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The man behind mic stands used by Prince, other artists

Jay Dozer followed his older brother into metal work, but while his big bro went on to make top dollar for Toyota, Jay made custom microphone stands for Prince. His shop, Metaldozer, sits unobtrusively at the back part of a business complex in Duluth, bordered by a parking lot for buses on one side and Buford Highway on the other. A garage door opens to an industrial space, where an American flag...
First Look: Schlotzsky’s new Austin Eatery debuts in Duluth

First Look: Schlotzsky’s new Austin Eatery debuts in Duluth

Sweet n’ Sassy, Peruvian Porker, Very Verde, Killer Kielbasa, and French Connection sliders. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Healthy Cooking: Slow Cooker Breakfast Millet

Healthy Cooking: Slow Cooker Breakfast Millet

Sure, I had heard the tales from others who had been there before me. But like the vastness of the ocean, and the stars in a Montana night sky, I couldn’t truly appreciate the depths of a teenage boy’s appetite until I saw it with my own eyes. Last semester, my high school freshman had THE growth spurt — the one where the length of his jeans increased twice, but his waist size stayed...
4-year-old bookworm already has read more than 1,000 books

4-year-old bookworm already has read more than 1,000 books

She’s only 4 years old, but Daliyah Marie Arana already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. A librarian.
Comic book crew gets personality update

Comic book crew gets personality update

On paper, the concept sounds a bit mad: What if the freckled-faced teens of the wholesome “Archie” comics were wrapped up in a seedy murder mystery? And yet the CW’s “Riverdale,” which premieres Jan. 26, is arguably one of the most anticipated new series of 2017. Ever since “Riverdale’s” pilot debut at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, fans have been...
Michelle Nichols lost 82 pounds

Michelle Nichols lost 82 pounds

Success story Michelle Nichols, 44: From 369 pounds to 287 pounds Former weight: 369 pounds Current weight: 287 pounds Pounds lost: 82 pounds Height: 5 feet 11 inches Age: 44 years How long she’s kept it off: “I actually started really making an effort … in September of 2015,” says Nichols, who reached her current weight in December. Personal life: Nichols lives in Douglasville...
New work by Atlanta composer highlights Orpheus concert

New work by Atlanta composer highlights Orpheus concert

Crumbling buildings with windows long since blown out by bombs and gunfire line the solitary street. A young man walks down the road past a charred car. Debris and rubble are everywhere. This is just one image of many images published recently by the BBC of the war in Syria. As Atlanta-based composer Richard Prior saw these pictures — as well as photos of conflict...

Which Georgia musicians are up for People’s Choice Awards?

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene While no one is going to confuse the People’s Choice Awards with the Grammys, there is an element of pride that comes with the acquisition of a purely fan-voted award. This year’s show, hosted by the lovably smirky Joel McHale, will air live at 9 p.m. Wednesday on CBS. Performers include Blake Shelton and Fifth Harmony, who will perform for the first...
VCU instructor stumbles onto the radio gig of a lifetime

VCU instructor stumbles onto the radio gig of a lifetime

RICHMOND — If you’re a public radio listener, you’ve been hearing an unlikely Cinderella story lately and probably didn’t realize it. A new voice popped up after Thanksgiving on the underwriter spots - those promos for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or Pajamagrams. It’s a man’s voice, joining Jessica Hansen, who’s had the solo gig for about two years...
The General Muir, West Egg and more offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

The General Muir, West Egg and more offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

The scene at Fred’s Meat & Bread at Krog Street Market. / AJC file photo It was barely three months ago when then presidential candidate (now president-elect) Donald Trump made headlines by referring to “bad hombres” during a presidential debate.
Use in-season Brussels sprouts to make an Indian dish with a twist

Use in-season Brussels sprouts to make an Indian dish with a twist

Some farmers do it because it’s been a family business for generations. Some farm because they wanted a change from corporate and/or city life. And some farmers, such as Brad Nersesian of Sacred Ground Farms in Bowdon, are in it because they have a mission. Nersesian went to college for a horticulture degree, but his college coursework in permaculture shifted his focus from landscaping to farming...
Chicken combo meals are $2.99 at this popular chain restaurant

Chicken combo meals are $2.99 at this popular chain restaurant

Honey-butter biscuit battered chicken tenders are available for a limited time at Church’s Chicken.
Plant oil controls spider mites

Plant oil controls spider mites

Listen to Walter Reeves Saturday mornings on News 95.5 FM and AM750 WSB. Visit his website, www.walterreeves.com, follow him on Twitter @walterreeves, on Pinterest, or join his Facebook Fan Page at bit.ly/georgiagardener for more garden tips. Q: On your radio show you mentioned a product that you use to get rid of spider mites on your lemon tree. What is it? Bruce Alberts, Covington A...
Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

For music lovers, one of the best things about a Florida getaway is checking out the dynamic local nightlife. Whether your style is kicking back at a beach bar while a local band croons Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” showing off your best salsa moves at a Latin club or listening to some cool cats jam at a little-known jazz spot, you’ll find your niche in this musically diverse...
Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

MIAMI BEACH Atlantikos This upscale Greek restaurant with Santorini-inspired blue and white decor serves the best from the land and sea. The Aegean wild sea bream cooked in parchment is a must-try. Located at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Fla. 305-993-3333, stregisbalharbour.com/atlantikos. NAPLES 1500 South Celebrity chef Art Smith opened...
Learn how to make Petite Violette’s onion soup

Learn how to make Petite Violette’s onion soup

Petite Auberge is starting 2017 in a new home, its first move since the restaurant’s founding in 1974. Leaving its longtime location in the Toco Hills Shopping Center, Petite Auberge is now Petite Violette on Clairmont Road near the I-85 intersection. Anthony Gropp, head chef and co-owner of Petite Auberge (now Petite Violette), was glad to share the recipe for this classic French soup that...
Atlanta-based Girl Talk fosters self-esteem, desire to give back

Atlanta-based Girl Talk fosters self-esteem, desire to give back

More often than not, Haley Kilpatrick came home from middle school with tears in her eyes. After she endured middle school — three years of not getting invited to birthday parties, sleepovers or even feeling welcome at a table in the cafeteria — it seemed history was doomed to repeat itself. That was, until she came to a realization: Kilpatrick was not alone. It was not only the biggest...
Tallying up favorites before Oscar noms

Tallying up favorites before Oscar noms

The film academy gave its members a reprieve this year, pushing back the beginning of Oscar voting so everyone had more time to go to screenings, sift through their DVDs and deeply consider what movies and performances to nominate. Balloting ended the same week that the directors and producers guilds announced their slates and Meryl Streep delivered an awards show speech for the ages about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named...
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds pair for tour that will play Alpharetta

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds pair for tour that will play Alpharetta

Guitarist Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews performed the opening song, “Recently,” during DMB’s 2014 tour stop at Lakewood.
Punch Bowl Social expanding to The Battery at SunTrust Park under Hugh Acheson’s guidance

Punch Bowl Social expanding to The Battery at SunTrust Park under Hugh Acheson’s guidance

The interior of Punch Bowl Social Less than a year after announcing he was joining the Punch Bowl Social restaurant group as a “culinary advisor,” the Empire State South owner and “Top Chef” star has announced he’ll help open the first metro Atlanta location this year.
ChowBaby Alpharetta closes after less than a year

ChowBaby Alpharetta closes after less than a year

Stir fry veggies and shrimp over rice at Real Chow Baby. / AJC file photo A popular stir-fry restaurant that closed its Midtown location to make the move to North Fulton County has closed that location, too.
Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city

Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city

Stephen Wells’ collection of contemporary artwork seems like it was selected just for his modern condo in Midtown. He actually began acquiring the photography and paintings well before he moved into the former model unit in 1065 Midtown earlier this year. He live in a house in north Buckhead for nearly 20 years, but bought the condo for a more urban, walkable lifestyle and less home and yard...
Baked now closed in Old Fourth Ward

Baked now closed in Old Fourth Ward

Baked, a comfort food spot that offered up take out options and brunch, has closed its doors in Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant, situated next to Condesa Coffee at the bottom of Tribute Lofts at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, posted a statement on its website confirming the closure: “Baked has closed its doors permanently in Atlanta. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for allowing us...
Lucky’s Burger & Brew now closed in Emory Village

Lucky’s Burger & Brew now closed in Emory Village

Lucky’s Undertaker, a 7 ounce burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, two slices of American cheese, fried egg, fried onion straws at Lucky’s Burger & Brew.
‘Troubadour’ aims to bring country authenticity to Alliance stage

‘Troubadour’ aims to bring country authenticity to Alliance stage

It’s a week before the first preview of “Troubadour” and the creative energy is ricocheting inside the Alliance Theatre. In one room, Radney Foster and Zach Seabaugh look over two pages of script changes with director Susan V. Booth. Down the hall, Kristian Bush – he of Sugarland fame and the composer for the country-themed musical – sits...
$5 burgers and drinks at The Pinewood and other top food events happening in Atlanta

$5 burgers and drinks at The Pinewood and other top food events happening in Atlanta

Cooks & Soldiers will host a lively fete in honor of Spain’s La Tamborrada party. Photo credit: Phase:3 Marketing & Communications.
Free cookie at Great American Cookies today

Free cookie at Great American Cookies today

Get a free cookie at Great American cookies today. Photo credit: Global Franchise Group. Today is a fun, yummy food holiday; it’s National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz says he won’t perform at Trump inauguration

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz says he won’t perform at Trump inauguration

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is the latest musician to report that he won’t be performing at the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. According to a video posted on Instagram, Chainz said he always wanted to go to the White House during President Obama’s term but was never invited. He then said that his management received a phone call from Trump&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: Why two Atlanta women will join their first protest march

Life with Gracie: Why two Atlanta women will join their first protest march

At exactly 10 p.m. Friday, Beverly Molander, Pat Harris and 18 of their girlfriends will board a charter bus headed north to our nation’s capital. It promises to be a heady moment for the women, who will make the journey far beyond their comfort zone. This will be their first protest march, but they have been looking forward to it since early December when Molander spotted news of the planned...
Life with Gracie: Is our opinion of Bishop Eddie Long that important?

Life with Gracie: Is our opinion of Bishop Eddie Long that important?

Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia died early Sunday morning, and the rest of us are left arguing about all that made him good, and for some, all that made him bad. He was great. No, he wasn’t. He was fake. I am reminded of Scripture where Jesus declared, he who is without sin cast the first stone. And I was warmed by this from NaShelle Green: “I&rsquo...
New focus on necks

New focus on necks

After nights spent sleeping on her side, Gigi Howard, a former public relations executive, would wake up with lines etched into her décolletage. By day she wore scarves to hide the wrinkles. At night, she searched for a solution. “I’d sleep with stuffed animals between my breasts,” Howard said. “I tried masking tape, but it wouldn’t stay on. I needed an adhesive...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: There is a hair product that I have enjoyed using, and cannot locate. Hopefully, you will be able to assist me. It is made by Schwarzkopf and called Got 2b Fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Thickening Plumping Mousse. It comes in an 8.5-ounce yellow-and-silver can. Thank you for your assistance. Claire Simpson, Cumming A: Claire, I found your mousse for $3.99 through ulta.com (and $15 on Amazon...
Surviving the ‘storm’ takes more than bread, milk and eggs

Surviving the ‘storm’ takes more than bread, milk and eggs

The Big Storm has come and gone. How’d you fare? I got through it, although there were some sticky moments. You know, before this “storm,” I felt all arrogant and smug about my ability to handle snow, sleet, rain, ice, tornadoes and whatever else Mother Nature whips up and sends our way. I grew up on that stuff in the Midwest. They don’t call us “hearty” for nothin&rsquo...
There shouldn’t be pressure to buy what friends are selling

There shouldn’t be pressure to buy what friends are selling

Nina Grotto is a door-to-door saleswoman, and she’s a standout at her job. She’s got her sales pitch down, and last year, she sold 7,000 boxes of cookies. This year, she’s determined to do even more. If you live anywhere near Hinsdale, Ill., you can expect a knock on your door from Grotto. The high school student, who is 17, has been selling Girl Scout cookies since she was in the...
Lesser-known yoga style focused on internal health gains popularity

Lesser-known yoga style focused on internal health gains popularity

During a 75-minute kundalini yoga and meditation class at Lighthouse Yoga Center in Washington one Saturday morning, eight women stood and bent at the waist, letting their arms hang loosely as they swung them side to side in gradually larger swoops for about seven minutes. This twist through the thoracic spine opens the shoulders and chest, instructor Julie Eisenberg told the group - pretty standard...
A fight over “bogus” 688 Club T-shirts

A fight over “bogus” 688 Club T-shirts

Steve May, former impresario at the 1980s hot spot, the 688 Club, said in a Facebook post that he’s filing suit against a T-shirt company selling shirts with the club’s logo. “I want to warn people about a bogus 688 t-shirt on Amazon,” he wrote on his Facebook page Friday night. “This is not an original 688 t-shirt it doesn’t have the band names on the back. Please...
Best websites to start off the year

Best websites to start off the year

Contact Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., P.O. Box 901, Decatur, GA 30031 or gagensociety.org. “Start Here,” by Sunny Jane Morton in Family Tree Magazine’s January-February issue, starts off the new year with the 25 websites that she says are a must to use. I will mention here first the ones I was not familiar with, or am not using regularly. About.com contains a lot of how-to articles, many...
Love of art brought designers together

Love of art brought designers together

Huff Harrington Home recently moved to a new airy and white space on Roswell Road. The Buckhead store offers a mix of modern and antique furnishings, unusual decorative object and lighting, plus a wide selection gifts. Founders & owners: Ann Huff and Meg Harrington were raised in Europe: Huff in Geneva and Harrington in lots of different countries. Huff earned a degree in art history from Swarthmore...
Author events, Jan. 15-21

Author events, Jan. 15-21

Michael J. Breus, “The Power of When.” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Talk, signing. $15. Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4000, atlantajcc.org/pldb-live/dr.-michael-j.-breus-the-power-of-when-33919/?back=pldb_active. Learn the best time to do everything — according to your body’s chronotype — in this book by a former Atlantan and clinical psychologist...
The Halal Guys set to open in Chamblee this month, celebrating with free food

The Halal Guys set to open in Chamblee this month, celebrating with free food

A platter and sandwich from The Halal Guys. The long wait is (almost) over — The Halal Guys is ready to make its Georgia debut, and give out some free food in the process.
Gov. Deal promises teachers a raise, but they’re skeptical

Gov. Deal promises teachers a raise, but they’re skeptical

The reaction to Gov. Nathan Deal’s announcement this week of a 2 percent raise for teachers met with skepticism on social media. One teacher on Facebook posted: “2%? Just throw it at our health care please.” Another said, “Skeptical? More like insulted!” Why? Deal promised a 3 percent raise last year — really a one-time bonus — but many teachers saw their...
3 things to do in Atlanta on Friday the 13th

3 things to do in Atlanta on Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th! Looking for something different to do in Atlanta? Here are a few not-so-routine activities you can try this weekend and beyond: Catch an award-winning film:  Hunter Gatherer took the Jury Award for Best Actor at SXSW and has been nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. It is the debut film of writer/director Josh Locy and its limited release...
Don’t ‘drain the swamp,’ protect it

Don’t ‘drain the swamp,’ protect it

“Drain the swamp” is a catch-all slogan we’re hearing a lot of these days, a metaphor for cleaning up the political mess in Washington. The problem is that it gives swamps a bad name. Indeed, some people view swamps as dark, shadowy and mysterious, metaphors for moral decadence. But, to nature lovers like me, swamps are magical — places of peace, tranquility, otherworldly beauty...
7 Day Menu

7 Day Menu

1/ 22 Family Sunday Surprise the family with Cajun Baked Turkey Breast. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Loosen skin from breast of a 4- to-7-pound bone-in turkey breast to form a pocket. In a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons canola oil, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 cloves minced garlic and 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning. Rub half the mixture under skin and remaining mixture on outside of breast...
Advice for parents of teen who smokes marijuana

Advice for parents of teen who smokes marijuana

Visit family psychologist John Rosemond’s website at www.johnrosemond.com; readers may send him email at questions@rosemond.com; due to the volume of mail, not every question will be answered. Q: We recently discovered that our 16-year-old son has been smoking marijuana on a regular basis. At first, we intended to begin using an over-the-counter drug test but then learned that teens have figured...
Wes Moss: If investments are a journey, which way should you head now?

Wes Moss: If investments are a journey, which way should you head now?

Ah, the new year. Time to look forward, think strategically and make (or revise) your investment plans — both long- and short-term. So, where are the markets headed in 2017 and beyond? Let’s go back a few years for perspective — to 1492, specifically. Or 1513. Or 1534. History buffs, and certain elementary schoolers, including my son, will recognize those as the years in which Europeans...
Bazinga! Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons to host radio show on politics

Bazinga! Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons to host radio show on politics

On “The Big Bang Theory” socially awkward smartypants Sheldon Cooper frequently mentions his numerous PhD’s. Who knew the “P” stood for politics? “Cooper” — actually, Jim Parsons, the actor who portrays him so well he’s snagged four Emmys — is about to strut his political stuff on the radio. Or maybe not strut it, if you believe Sirius XM...
Second Muss & Turner’s location coming to East Cobb, taking place of Common Quarter

Second Muss & Turner’s location coming to East Cobb, taking place of Common Quarter

Muss & Turner burger / Photo courtesy of Unsukay Concepts Common Quarter in Marietta is closing to make way for a second Muss & Turner’s location.
5 reasons to check out Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar in Alpharetta

5 reasons to check out Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar in Alpharetta

Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar’s bourbon-braised short ribs are served on truffle sweet potato puree and topped with Cajun shoestring onions.
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Commemorative services:Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church will honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with special services at 7:45 and 11 a.m. Jan. 15. Angela Tuck, an Atlanta-based writer, editor and longtime member of Pleasant Grove, will speak at the first service; Charles Person, a 1961 Freedom Rider, member of the Atlanta Student Movement and a Marine, will be the guest speaker...
Mediterranea set to open this month in Grant Park

Mediterranea set to open this month in Grant Park

Baked Egg Shakshouka at Mediterranea. / Photo courtesy of Mediterranea A new restaurant and bakery with a Mediterranean flair is set to open its doors this month in Grant Park.
Fast causal Korean restaurant BullGogi now open in Decatur

Fast causal Korean restaurant BullGogi now open in Decatur

The interior of BullGogi. / Photo from the BullGogi Facebook page A new spot for fast-casual Korean food has opened in Decatur.
In with the old: the 46th annual Cathedral Antiques Show

In with the old: the 46th annual Cathedral Antiques Show

The Cathedral Antiques Show is back for the 46th year Feb. 5-12. Organized by the Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, festivities include a speaker series, antiques show, flower festival, two home tours and a patron preview gala. Things kick off Feb. 5, with the Young Collectors’ Home Tour, showcasing five homes decorated with antique furnishings. The...
Review: Ramen (with the drinks to match) at Nexto

Review: Ramen (with the drinks to match) at Nexto

Behind the former factory that once made telephones, look for an outbuilding where a welder once lit torches and cut metal. You will know you are in the right place when you see a pixelated space invader glowing mysteriously on an exterior white wall. Step inside. Look up. The industrial ceiling will rise so high that it seems to disappear over the room’s centerpiece: a bonsai-like arrangement...
Review: Stick with the chowder at C&S Chowder House in Roswell

Review: Stick with the chowder at C&S Chowder House in Roswell

I love the sand and sea, but I don’t like to eat beach. Yet, there I was at C&S Chowder House trying to stomach gritty-beyond-edible steamed clams that were part of a $50 lobster dinner called the Down East Feast. The debacle of the Down East Feast was the breaking point after a slew of misshapen fish and seafood dishes at the restaurant, which opened this fall a few doors down from the Peach...
We tried Korean Barbecue, Sriracha and Maple Bacon chips — find out what we thought

We tried Korean Barbecue, Sriracha and Maple Bacon chips — find out what we thought

Plain chips are overrated. That’s the consensus after trying some new-ish flavors of Kettle Brand Potato Chips on our most recent Snapchat Taste Test (follow us on Snapchat here). We tried Korean Barbecue, Sriracha and Maple Bacon (using unsalted chips as a palate cleanser in between flavors). Check out the results here: Have you tried these chips before? What did you think?   MORE...
Life with Gracie: The sad and empowering stories behind brain injuries

Life with Gracie: The sad and empowering stories behind brain injuries

Chase Gottlieb and his mom joined me in a room away from the den of activity in the Patricia M. Brown Center at Annandale Village in Suwanee. Like the 20 or so other participants, they had come to somehow give voice to a life lived with a brain injury — some acquired from a medical condition such as a stroke or brain tumor and others the result of a traumatic incident like Chase’s attempted...