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Ming-Na Wen of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ among top names at Dragon Con 2017

She has been a doctor, a Disney princess and a deadly killer, which makes Ming-Na Wen a triple threat in the pop culture universe. This Labor Day weekend the Chinese-American actress will make her first appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention expected to bring 82,000 fans to downtown Atlanta. As weapons expert Melinda May in the ABC television...
Why we women are flocking to ‘Girls Trip’

Why we women are flocking to ‘Girls Trip’

You know these girls. They live down the street, around the corner or across the hall. They are your ace boon coon, your BFF, family. They laugh with you and cry with you. They’re there through the good and bad, the ups and downs, through thick and thin. And whether you talked yesterday, a week ago or sometime last year, they have your back. No matter what. They are the women we see in &ldquo...
Historic Friendship Baptist Church moves into new home on Sunday

Historic Friendship Baptist Church moves into new home on Sunday

When the large bell of Friendship Baptist Church tolled, it sent Henrietta Phillips Antonin and her brothers and sisters darting down Hunter Street so they wouldn’t be late for Sunday school. If they were late, it wouldn’t be a secret for long. Someone, undoubtedly, would tell their parents. Members of the historic black church, founded by freed slaves, were like extended family. The church...
Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million

Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million

A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," ''Thriller" and more of the superstar's biggest hits. The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately $392...
James Bond returns in 2019

James Bond returns in 2019

James Bond will officially make his sleek return to the big screen in 2019. Bond 25, the as-yet untitled 25th film in the long-running 007 franchise, will debut in the U.S. Nov. 8, 2019, EON Productions and MGM said in a joint statement earlier this week. The U.S. release follows the traditionally earlier release of the film in the U.K. and abroad. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned scripts for...
‘Emoji Movie’ could not be more meh

‘Emoji Movie’ could not be more meh

“Words aren’t cool,” is the courtship advice imparted by one texting teen to another in “The Emoji Movie.” That statement is the canary in the coal mine that “Cyrano de Bergerac” this movie is most decidedly not. Will Alex (Jake T. Austin) choose the right emoji to express his ardor for Addie (Tati Gabrielle)? Or will “meh” emoji Gene (T.J. Miller)...
Southern-made items perfect for your kitchen and dining room

Southern-made items perfect for your kitchen and dining room

Tennessee ceramicist Leanne Moe-McQueen crafts a simple yet sophisticated line of dinnerware designed to make even an everyday meal look good. The artist & owner: Grew up in North Dakota and graduated in 2009 with a degree in ceramics from the University of Tennessee. She started working as a potter in a small shop in an old brownstone in downtown Maryville, Tenn. Three years later, McQueen moved...
Wes Moss: 3 mistakes of unhappy retirees

Wes Moss: 3 mistakes of unhappy retirees

What do we talk about when discussing retirement planning? One of the most deep-seated human fears, “Will my money ever run out?” Hence, much of the discussion and debate centers on saving and investing to build a retirement war chest that will fund our post-career years. What is often overlooked, though, in this savings arms race is our quality of life in retirement. Will you be a happy...
Life with Gracie: Cherokee’s first black nurse takes friend’s illness as cue to retire

Life with Gracie: Cherokee’s first black nurse takes friend’s illness as cue to retire

The email said that Velma Blackwell had decided to retire and her colleagues were planning to throw a celebration in her honor at Northside Hospital Cherokee. It was hard to fathom. When I met the 71-year-old nurse back in April, retirement didn’t quite figure into her future. She balked at even the suggestion because, well, the hospital was poised to move into a new building and Blackwell...
‘Landline’ coasts on ’90s nostalgia

‘Landline’ coasts on ’90s nostalgia

Three of the key creative members of 2014’s heartfelt abortion dramedy “Obvious Child” have re-teamed for the ’90s family comedy “Landline.” Director Gillian Robespierre once again joins forces with writer Elisabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate for this story about multi-generational complications of life and love. The specificity with which Holm and Robespierre have...
Kathryn Bigelow shoots the ‘67 war at home in ‘Detroit’

Kathryn Bigelow shoots the ‘67 war at home in ‘Detroit’

Oddly in sync with the narrative strategy (though without the imposing visual panache) of “Dunkirk,” the other historical drama of the moment, director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” is an artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice and what many see, still, as the American way with police brutality. In...
Edie Falco lands a plum role on big screen in ‘Landline’

Edie Falco lands a plum role on big screen in ‘Landline’

Edie Falco is widely known for her award-winning performances in a pair of celebrated and long-running cable series: as the exasperated wife of a mob boss in “The Sopranos” (1999-2007) and as a drug-addicted health care provider in “Nurse Jackie” (2009-2015). But comparably demanding roles on the big screen have been few and far between. She excelled most memorably as a lovelorn...
‘Atomic Blonde’ loses its punch in second half

‘Atomic Blonde’ loses its punch in second half

The ’80s are back, baby — the fashions, the tunes, the Russian spies. The Cold War is so hot right now, and action thriller “Atomic Blonde” is here to capitalize on that moment. Charlize Theron stars as the titular blonde in this violently stylish spy flick, doing her own version of “John Wick” as a taciturn secret agent with a very impressive set of skills. Directed...
‘Lady Macbeth’ is brooding, mesmerizing

‘Lady Macbeth’ is brooding, mesmerizing

In the opening shots of “Lady Macbeth,” a bride (Florence Pugh) gazes upward through the mist of her veil, looking lovely, quietly curious and very young. In its final shots, she sits on a mustard-yellow couch in her husband’s home, her position precisely centered, her gaze as unyielding and dark as the heavy wooden furniture in the room. In the world of the film, not very much time...
A buddy picture worth trumpeting

A buddy picture worth trumpeting

Filmmaker Kirsten Tan riffs on the tropes of both the buddy film and the road trip movie in her absurd yet subtly observed feature debut “Pop Aye.” The writer and director sets a tragicomic tone early on, when the middle-aged architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) wanders out of his Bangkok office and buys an elephant he’s convinced is his long-lost childhood pet, Popeye. (According...
‘13 Minutes’ offers another unique tale of resistance

‘13 Minutes’ offers another unique tale of resistance

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Academy-Award nominated 2004 film “Downfall” was all about Hitler, his final days, in fact. Hirschbiegel’s latest, “13 Minutes,” is also about Hitler, though the man is scarcely in the film at all. “13 Minutes” takes place six years before Hitler’s demise, and documents an incident that could have thwarted Hitler’s reign...
Broadway stars, actors will perform at ‘Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!’ in Atlanta

Broadway stars, actors will perform at ‘Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!’ in Atlanta

Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller will perform at the event in August. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene A cavalcade of Broadway stars, actors, comedians and recording artists will take the stage at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts for the “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” The event, created and hosted by SiriusXM Broadway channel host Seth...
Kempner: Atlanta-based practice offers would-be parents a sort of fertility 401(k)

Kempner: Atlanta-based practice offers would-be parents a sort of fertility 401(k)

The process of making babies is, biologically speaking, designed to be pretty dang glorious. But this isn’t a column about sex. It’s about efforts to expand the business of having babies later in life, an exercise sometimes loaded with anxiety and steep costs for would-be parents. An Atlanta-based medical practice backed by big investors wants to become a national powerhouse with a pitch...
Gregg Allman’s final studio, ‘Southern Blood,’ will arrive in September

Gregg Allman’s final studio, ‘Southern Blood,’ will arrive in September

Gregg Allman performs at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa, Oka., in May 2016. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Gregg Allman’s legacy will be solidified with his final recording, “Southern Blood,” out Sept. 8. The 10-track album, produced by Don Was and recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, includes...
Sawfly larvae damage hibiscus

Sawfly larvae damage hibiscus

Q: My hibiscus is growing beautifully but something is eating the leaves. I can’t see any bugs. D. Pesce, Cobb County A: My guess is that your hibiscus has been chewed on by hibiscus sawfly larvae. These caterpillar-like creatures feed on the bottom side of leaves so you don’t notice them until holes form. The easiest way to control them is to use a systemic insecticide drench...
Cobblers and kin reign in Southern ovens

Cobblers and kin reign in Southern ovens

In rural Texas where my mother grew up, there was often no money for the expense of baking a cake, but a pie or cobbler was something easy to make, especially in the summer when fresh fruits were abundant. No matter how hot it was, fruit pies were easily thrown together and didn’t cost nearly as much in time or ingredients as a cake might have. Pies are a special part of Southern gastronomy...
Major genealogy events coming up this fall

Major genealogy events coming up this fall

A lot of genealogy events are scheduled for this fall. Here’s a list of the major events, as well as a reminder of the usual monthly meetings of many genealogical societies. Each will be featured in more detail in a later column closer to the time. • September 2 and 3: The AJC Decatur Book Festival will include numerous authors speaking on their books, many with historical themes, as well...
Vortex embroiled in Black Lives Matter flap

Vortex embroiled in Black Lives Matter flap

A kerfuffle between a patron of the Vortex restaurant and the boyfriend of a waiter has lit up Atlanta’s social media Tuesday. A couple received what they considered substandard service at the Vortex restaurant in Little Five Points earlier this month. The waiter “seemed as if he hated his job and or annoyed he was serving black guests,” they told the website BlackLivesMatterGreaterAtlanta...
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey joined the hunt for pythons in Florida, bagging three snakes

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey joined the hunt for pythons in Florida, bagging three snakes

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay joined the fight against Florida’s invasive Burmese pythons recently, cooking up his catch on a levee near where one of the snakes was found. The Emmy-nominated chef tagged along with one of the South Florida Water Management District’s python hunters, catching three snakes in western Miami-Dade County. The hunt is part of an upcoming segment...
Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

When you live in Atlanta and get assigned to review a country-cooking spot up Lake Allatoona way, and invite a friend and her 15-year-old son to come along, you don’t expect them to text back: “We love that place!” As it turns out, Doug’s Place Restaurant, a Southern meat-and-three diner just off I-75 in Emerson, is a favorite spot of my friends, Jodi and Sam, who reside in...
Bob Lee, 73, of Valdosta lost 140 pounds

Bob Lee, 73, of Valdosta lost 140 pounds

Former weight: 334 pounds Current weight: 194 pounds Pounds lost: 140 pounds Height: 6 feet Age: 73 years How long he kept it off: “I started TOPS Club Inc. July 15, 2015, between 6 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.,” said Lee, who reached his current weight in December and has maintained it since then. Personal life: “I am married to my wife, Jeniene, 45 years this December. I met her...
Do you hahaha? Or Lol?

Do you hahaha? Or Lol?

It was early in our courtship that I realized the guy I was dating, with whom I now cohabit, wasn’t laughing at my jokes. Well actually, he may have been laughing at my jokes, and in fact I thought he was laughing at my jokes, because he consistently respond with boisterous HAHAHAs to my humorous text messages. It was flattering. Except when I made a joke that clearly wasn’t that funny...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My favorite perfume is Jessica McClintock. I have looked several places with no luck. I bought it originally at Belk’s. They no longer carry it, nor does Macy’s. I have checked the web with no luck. Please help me find my favorite perfume. Thank you. Barbara Bentley, Cartersville A: Back in the late 60s, Jessica McClintock bought the Gunne Sax label, and took young women back in time...
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Grassroots fitness movement gains following in Atlanta

Grassroots fitness movement gains following in Atlanta

There is no shortage of new workout programs coming to Atlanta. Just this month, the latest fitness craze — Australia-born F45 — launched its first studio in the metro area. Many of the most popular workouts are part of the wave of high intensity interval training group exercises currently enjoying widespread support. Each take on fitness may have its own cult following, but...
‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

A sequel to the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” is in the works; at least, that’s the word following a weird Warner Bros. flash card announcement at Comic-Con over the weekend. The studio flashed a title card with the words “Wonder Woman II” during a “Justice League"panel, according to CBS News. Lead actor Gal Gadot is expected to reprise her role as the...
VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

Night owls rejoice, as you too can find exceptional dining, cocktails and entertainment during your prime waking hours. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you choose to frequent after midnight. Spend an evening at these five quintessential dive bars in Atlanta. Here are some alternatives to Waffle House when you're bored in Atlanta at 2 a.m. In case you needed any...
Would the Michael Jackson trial jurors convict him if they voted today?

Would the Michael Jackson trial jurors convict him if they voted today?

Michael Jackson’s infamous mugshot — and the media frenzy surrounding his 2005 child molestation trial — will forever be burned into the collective pop culture consciousness, but the events of the media circus that accompanied the high-profile court case have lingered in the minds of the 12 jurors who ultimately decided the fate of an icon as the world watched in awe (and, for some...
WATCH: Marine's son, 4, bursts into tears, hugs new stepmom during wedding vows

WATCH: Marine's son, 4, bursts into tears, hugs new stepmom during wedding vows

Better get out those tissues. A heartwarming viral video shows the moment that a Marine's 4-year-old son burst into tears and hugged his new stepmother Saturday during a wedding tribute to the boy.  According to WPVI, Marine Sgt. Joshua Newville's son, Gage, became emotional during his father's wedding to Senior Airman Emily Leehan in Ripley, New York. "I want you to be safe and to try your...
Which concert tours are tops so far this year?

Which concert tours are tops so far this year?

Metallica brought its “Worldwired Tour” to sold-out SunTrust Park on Sunday, July 9. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Record sales might remain in a slump, but the live music industry continues to thrive. At least according to the figures tallied by concert industry trade magazine Pollstar in its annual mid-year...
Learn to make Petite Violette’s classic vichyssoise

Learn to make Petite Violette’s classic vichyssoise

From the menu … Petite Violette, 2948 Clairmont Road, Brookhaven. 404-634-6268; www.petitevioletterestaurant.com Petite Auberge makes the very best vichyssoise I have ever had, bar none. Any chance Anthony (chef/owner) would share? — Donald Donovan, Hiram As always, Anthony Gropp, head chef and co-owner of Petite Violette was happy to share. Earlier this year, the restaurant...
Hoda Kotb posts new pics of new daughter, cutest photos yet

Hoda Kotb posts new pics of new daughter, cutest photos yet

On Friday, Hoda Kotb shared another adorable picture of her new daughter, Haley Joy, whom she calls her “everything” in the caption on Instagram. In the picture, Hayley smiles right at the camera with her big, brown eyes shining and sporting some thick, growing hair. Kotb has been keeping fans updated on Haley’s growth ever since announcing her adoption early this year, posting cute...
New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern.  The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher)...
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered...
Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the powerhouse Broadway star, the bracingly funny New...
Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

In an effort to entice top-rated teachers to transfer to low-rated schools, Fulton County offered $20,000 stipends in a pilot program announced with great fanfare in 2014. It was not an easy sell. Although 375 Fulton teachers were eligible to participate, only 32 applied. Teachers were daunted by the long commutes and concerns over how they’d be received at their new schools. The strategic staffing...
9 recipes for quick, easy and healthy lunches to pack for your kids

9 recipes for quick, easy and healthy lunches to pack for your kids

You want to pack a healthy, appealing lunch for your kids every day. Problem is, it’s easy to fall into a lunch rut. Who hasn’t eaten the same turkey sandwich every day for a week? Experts say planning ahead and getting your kids involved into the process can go a long way in preparing a healthy, balanced — and enticing— school lunch. Here are six tips and nine recipes designed...
The Moody Blues revisit ‘Days of Future Passed’ on summer tour

The Moody Blues revisit ‘Days of Future Passed’ on summer tour

For a certain generation, “Days of Future Passed” ranks among their lifetime musical highlights. The Moody Blues’ landmark 1967 album, widely considered a hallmark of prog rock, spawned the lushly orchestrated “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” (though it was the 1972 re-release of “Nights” that climbed the U.S. charts...
Kyra Sedgwick directs husband, daughter in new Lifetime flick

Kyra Sedgwick directs husband, daughter in new Lifetime flick

Actress Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) will be back on TV this fall in ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” but first she’s making her directorial debut on Sunday with the Lifetime movie “Story of a Girl,” whose stars include her husband, Kevin Bacon, and their daughter, Sosie Bacon. There are Lifetime movies, and there are Lifetime movies — every so...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Charlie Wilson, Barry Manilow

Atlanta Concerts this week: Charlie Wilson, Barry Manilow

It’s always a party with Uncle Charlie. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Charlie Wilson “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is a regular presence in Atlanta and for good reason – people love him. Even though he packed Philips Arena at the beginning of the year with Fantasia and Johnny Gill, he’s coming back to continue ...
Atlanta teacher turns rock star with music video on back-to-school fashion

Atlanta teacher turns rock star with music video on back-to-school fashion

Getting dressed for the first day of school is as easy as 2,2, 3 according to one local educator. Dr. Valerie Camille Jones, a middle school math teacher at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy, is the star of her own music video. Her original song, A Fashion Computation, describes all the different ways you can create an outfit with two shirts, three skirts and two pair...
Privileged child steals for the thrill

Privileged child steals for the thrill

Q: We’ve just been informed that our 7-year-old son has been effectively “expelled” from the private school he attended last year because of repeated instances of stealing small items from classmates and, on one occasion, from the teacher’s desk. We’re rather shocked because our son was the highest-performing student in his first-grade class and the school’s administration...
Anxiety and depression do not define who we are

Anxiety and depression do not define who we are

Hi. My name is Patricia and I am a recovering anxious Christian. I hid behind the smile and said everything was great, even though my world was falling apart. I lied to myself that I could handle one more item on my to-do list, even though I knew I was about to hit a wall and crash. And I believed that my anxious days were behind me, only to find out that anxiety may be my thorn in the flesh. &lsquo...
Cobb and Fulton middle schools lead in Milestones math performance

Cobb and Fulton middle schools lead in Milestones math performance

The state Department of Education today released the results of the 2017 Milestones tests, given to public school students in elementary school through high school each spring. The AJC data folks are doing some deep dives into the data, including identifying the highest scoring middle schools in math in metro Atlanta. Nine of the top 10 are in Cobb and Fulton. The scores are based on the percentage...
O.J. Simpson granted early release

O.J. Simpson granted early release

O.J. Simpson has been granted early release from prison following a Thursday parole board hearing during which he smiled, chuckled and told commissioners he’s lived a “conflict-free life.” He’ll be eligible for parole on Oct. 1. “Thank you .. thank you,” he said, bowing his head briefly. A smattering of applause could be heard following the decision. During...
Cobb scores generally ahead of state averages on Milestones tests

Cobb scores generally ahead of state averages on Milestones tests

Cobb County scores on the Georgia Milestones tests released today show mild ups and downs in pivotal elementary and middle school grades, but generally align with the district’s 2016 performance and outpace the state averages. About half of students in grades 3, 5 and 8 passed the exam and are considered prepared for the challenges of the next grade; the other half posted failing scores and...
Idina Menzel gets candid about touring, being a role model

Idina Menzel gets candid about touring, being a role model

In the span of a decade, Idina Menzel soared from vaunted Broadway player to international superstar. Her Tony-winning turn as the misunderstood Elphaba in “Wicked” in 2003 transformed her into a hero to scores of teenage girls. She continued her active theater career, including her 2013 Tony-nominated performance in Broadway’s “If/Then,” but playing ...
Why are so many musicians hosting pop-up shops?

Why are so many musicians hosting pop-up shops?

It was almost a year ago when lines simultaneously formed in 21 cities around the world from Berlin to Bondi Beach (and at Atlanta’s Lenox Square) for the opening of Kanye West’s Life of Pablo pop-up shops. The rapper-turned-designer set up three-day long, mini boutiques offering a range of merchandise in advance of his tour of the same name. The shops...
Updated: Here’s every job returning “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest has ever had

Updated: Here’s every job returning “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest has ever had

Add another line to Ryan Secrest’s resume. Or maybe just move a slightly older one back up to the very top of the list. The AJC’s Rodney Ho is reporting that Dunwoody native Seacrest has “finally signed off on hosting the ABC version of “American Idol” in 2018.”  That returns him to the hosting job he originally held from 2002 to 2016 on Fox, the gig that...
Muppets Studio: Atlanta Kermit the Frog actor fired for 'unacceptable' conduct

Muppets Studio: Atlanta Kermit the Frog actor fired for 'unacceptable' conduct

The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. This explanation, issued Monday, follows Whitmire's emotional blog post last week after his firing was made public. He said he learned last October that the role of Kermit would be recast. Whitmire, an Atlanta native, had been with the Muppets since...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a new health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
How many aluminum cans does it take to build a home?

How many aluminum cans does it take to build a home?

Rashawn Medley sits on the steps of her new home, imagining the moment her empty driveway will be filled with relatives arriving for, well, no particular reason. Family doesn’t need a reason to visit. It’ll be a heady moment for the 35-year-old single mother of two. For four years they’ve shared a one-bedroom apartment always in need of repair. Her daughters shared the bedroom while...
Intensity almost never lets up in ‘Dunkirk’

Intensity almost never lets up in ‘Dunkirk’

Not much can prepare you for the heart-stopping immersion of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” his tribute to the World War II battle that looms large in the history and heart of England. The 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 British soldiers from a French beach, under heavy fire from German soldiers and planes, was aided by a flotilla of small boats captained by civilians from across...
Shoe love and lust the highlight of “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.”

Shoe love and lust the highlight of “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.”

Shoes — with their ability to titillate, hobble and confer power — are the crux of a show dedicated to this both utilitarian and expressive garment. The show, “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” is at the Savannah College of Art’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Except for the corset, no garment probably affects the body as profoundly as the shoe—or does so as publicly...
An artist comes out from behind her camera in new film

An artist comes out from behind her camera in new film

Photographer Elsa Dorfman is known for her large-format Polaroid portraits, created on 20-by-24-inch instant film, using one of the five cameras originally built by the company, which stopped making the specialized film after it went bankrupt in 2008. Dorfman stockpiled as much of it as she could get her hands on, but as it ran out, the artist, now 80, decided to retire a couple of years ago. Directed...
‘Girls Trip’ is raunchy yet refreshingly fun

‘Girls Trip’ is raunchy yet refreshingly fun

Perfecting the raunchy, randy, female-driven comedy can be a tall order. “Bridesmaids” showed it could be done, though such successes can be few and far between. “Girls Trip” proves to be the heir apparent to “Bridesmaids,” a film about female friendship that nails the comedy, the boldness and the heart. There’s no need for high concepts or outlandish premises...
Atlanta’s coffee shops serve up java for Gens X, Y and Z

Atlanta’s coffee shops serve up java for Gens X, Y and Z

When I think about the bad old days of coffee in Atlanta, when you could still get away with selling a cup of hot black water fit for a gas station and call your place a cafe, I’m afraid I sound like an old man talking about walking 5 miles uphill both to and from school. To young ears, it might not sound real. A decade ago, you might have found yourself driving halfway across town in search...
Review: Jai Ho could use a little focus in showcasing flavors of India

Review: Jai Ho could use a little focus in showcasing flavors of India

When I first came to Atlanta in the ’80s, Little Five Points was where you went for Indian food. Then it seemed that all the city’s Indian restaurants were clustered around the intersection of Moreland and Euclid avenues. Every place had a similar menu of North Indian classics, and a cheap, set-price lunch menu that began with a cup of Mulligatawny soup and ended with a friendly, not-too-spicy...
6 spots that define the West Midtown scene

6 spots that define the West Midtown scene

 West Midtown (Westside), once largely industrial, is now a revitalized area of historical neighborhoods, retail and restaurants that will leave you with a full stomach and heart. It's growing even further with the development of the Atlanta Beltline's westside trail, venturing into territory that has before been less traveled. Step outside of your comfort zone, expand your horizons and...
'Hell on Earth': What Dunkirk was really like, according to men who were there

'Hell on Earth': What Dunkirk was really like, according to men who were there

Trapped on a French beach as German warplanes attacked, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops thought they were doomed. Many were. But in the spring of 1940, the Battle of Dunkirk turned out to be one of the most successful military evacuations in history, as the British Navy and civilian ship rescued 330,000 soldiers. Now, 77 years later, director Christopher Nolan’s new movie ...
Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

A New York judge has ordered a company planning to auction articles belonging to pop star Madonna, including a love letter from rapper Tupac Shakur, a hairbrush, used underwear, and unreleased cassette recordings, to pull 22 items from the auction scheduled for Wednesday, July 19. The Material Girl claimed the items had been stolen from her by a “former friend.” The singer sought...
Local mall creates its own tax free holiday after Georgia ends tradition

Local mall creates its own tax free holiday after Georgia ends tradition

Georgia has officially cancelled its annual tax-free shopping weekends this year. Read More: Georgia to skip sales tax-free weekend According to the Georgia Department of Revenue, state lawmakers failed to pass legislation during this year’s Legislative session to provide for any 2017 tax holidays. Read More...
Aaron Carter speaks out after DUI arrest, says he doesn't drink alcohol

Aaron Carter speaks out after DUI arrest, says he doesn't drink alcohol

Following his DUI arrest Saturday night, Aaron Carter is telling his side of the story by recounting his version of the events that night. In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," the pop singer emotionally opened up about how things have been since his arrest on charges of DUI refusal, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of drug-related objects. He explained...
Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

Aaron Carter rips brother Nick after family feud goes public

Pop singer Aaron Carter criticized his famous brother this week, shortly after Nick Carter reached out to his sibling via social media. Aaron was recently arrested in Georgia on charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After news of his arrest circulated, Nick posted about his brother on Twitter. “To my brother: I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to...
‘The Beach House Cookbook’ offers easy breezy vacation recipes

‘The Beach House Cookbook’ offers easy breezy vacation recipes

The subtitle of “The Beach House Cookbook” by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99) is “easy breezy recipes with a Southern accent.” For anyone who’s cooked for even a small crowd during a beach vacation, those words are as soothing as the sound of waves lapping against the shore on a summer evening. If you don’t know, Andrews is a New York Times...
Early blight damages tomatoes

Early blight damages tomatoes

Q: I and many others had a terrible tomato season because of early blight. Are there any tomatoes that are resistant to blight? Is there any successful treatment? Conversely, I have several volunteer cherry tomatoes that are disease free! Anne Stanley, Atlanta A: Early blight has been a real problem this year because of all of the rain and high humidity. Different tomato varieties have...
Chicken, peaches make sauce together

Chicken, peaches make sauce together

an interesting thing happened on the way to delivering this recipe. It’s a one-pan dish that fuses a few spices and brown sugar with ripe peaches and that old weeknight standby — boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Prep work is minimal: Blanch the peaches, peel and slice them. Pound the chicken to an even thickness. Cut a lemon in half. The first time I tested it, the skinned peach slices...
Concert review and photos: Hans Zimmer taps into musical movie memories at Alpharetta show

Concert review and photos: Hans Zimmer taps into musical movie memories at Alpharetta show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene There are a handful of film composers who fit the rock star category: John Williams, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman and Howard Shore are among them. But earlier this year, Hans Zimmer actually became a rock star when, at the start of his first-ever U.S. tour, he slayed at hipster-heavy Coachella, his orchestrated film scores...
Few Fulton teachers tempted by $20,000 to move to struggling schools

Few Fulton teachers tempted by $20,000 to move to struggling schools

In an effort to entice the district’s highest performing teachers to its lowest performing schools, Fulton County chose a bold course: Launch a pilot program in which the teachers earn a $20,000 stipend if they agree to transfer. Announced in 2014, the pilot has quietly faded away, failing to yield the desired results, an outcome similar experiments elsewhere in the country also saw. &ldquo...
Atlanta comedian/screenwriter turns her failures into funnies

Atlanta comedian/screenwriter turns her failures into funnies

Everyone’s life is full of missteps and mistakes, but while most people try to forget their less-than-stellar moments, Amy Lyle decided to put her foibles on full blast. In her recently released self-published book, “ The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures,” the Atlanta-based comedian and aspiring screenwriter documents several decades of stumbling through...
Why running to ‘burn off’ that ice cream is missing the point

Why running to ‘burn off’ that ice cream is missing the point

Frozen margarita, anyone? A calorie-counting app will tell you a 12-ounce margarita contains between 650 and 700 calories; for a 150-pound person, that would equal about 60 minutes of spinning at a moderate effort. Although it can be fun — and sometimes shocking — to match unhealthy foods with their “exercise cost,” does that information encourage healthier behavior? When personal-training...
Police officer helps woman, daughter left homeless over medical bills

Police officer helps woman, daughter left homeless over medical bills

A woman is thanking a police officer for helping her when a health emergency left her homeless. Jennifer More and her mother, Barbara, were recently begging on a Los Angeles street corner when someone called the cops on them. A fall recently left Barbara with brain damage. Her medical bills were so expensive, she and her daughter were left with nothing, leading to homelessness. Los Angeles Police...
Baby who was 'close to death' from blood disease saved by anonymous bone marrow donor

Baby who was 'close to death' from blood disease saved by anonymous bone marrow donor

Baby Denniya Rawls was born with a potentially deadly genetic blood disease known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, and was admitted to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in March where doctors described her as “close to death.” “She was really almost in liver failure and could not breathe well,” Dr. Rabi Hanna, the department chairman of Pediatrics Hematology...
Strangers help man with Down syndrome rebuild movie collection lost in wildfire

Strangers help man with Down syndrome rebuild movie collection lost in wildfire

A man with Down syndrome is thanking strangers around the country for helping him rebuild his prized movie collectionafter a wildfire destroyed his home. Mark Orsillo, 34, was devastated when a a raging wildfire engulfed his family’s Oroville, California, home earlier this month. The family lost everything, including Mark’s collection of 400 DVDs. “He has all the movies from...
Georgia burn victim receives more than $250K in donations to aid in recovery

Georgia burn victim receives more than $250K in donations to aid in recovery

A burn victim from Tallapoosa is on the road to recovery thanks to generous donations from thousands of strangers. In September 2016, Courtney Waldon, a 27-year-old single mom, suffered third and fourth degree burns on her face and body after a camp fire incident. She spent almost three months in the ICU burn unit undergoing    multiple surgeries. Doctors have said...
Life with Gracie: Diane Pfeifer’s quirky journey from hits to grits

Life with Gracie: Diane Pfeifer’s quirky journey from hits to grits

Listening to Diane Pfeifer recount the days of her life, I couldn’t help remembering that ancient proverb that claims a cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays. Truth or myth, some believe it foretells cats’ ability to always land on their feet, which gets me back to 66-year-old Diane Pfeifer and how this Midwesterner ended up atop...
Healthy Cooking: Paella isn’t just for special occasions

Healthy Cooking: Paella isn’t just for special occasions

White rice is the yoga pants of the carbohydrate universe. It’s comfortable and gets the job done, but wins no points for effort or aesthetics. This is not a criticism. In fact, most days I cook white rice while wearing yoga pants. But I can serve plain rice only so many times before my dear husband sneaks cholesterol-filled macaroni and cheese into the house, and his tender arteries. So, to...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I’m trying to find a local source for soup mix in bulk. It’s much too expensive to order online with shipping costs. I’m not stuck on any one flavor, but if split pea were available, I’d be interested in that as a possibility. Thanks for any leads you might find for me. R. Horn, email A: I have just the place for you where you can select from bulk soup mixes in four flavors...
Three finds worth buying

Three finds worth buying

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder Formulated to appear invisible on the skin, the Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder ($29, Sephora) keeps skin looking beautiful while also blotting away excess oil. The instant matte powder, which is the newest addition to Von D’s Lock-It collection, can be used both as a setting powder for your foundation and to touch up your face throughout the day. First impression...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

SHAKE UP YOUR SHOWER Shake up your shower routine with the new Yes to Shower Cocktail Body Washes. The collection of three washes each address different skin needs and feature fruits, veggies and other natural ingredients to offer a yummy smell combined with powerful cleansing. The Revitalizing Shower Cocktail Body Wash contains grapefruit, mandarin and kiwi to refresh body and mind while the Hydrating...
Jude Jean-Marie, 31, of Lawrenceville lost 45 pounds

Jude Jean-Marie, 31, of Lawrenceville lost 45 pounds

SUCCESS STORY / Jude Jean-Marie, 31: From 255 pounds to 210 pounds Former weight: 255 pounds Current weight: 210 pounds Pounds lost: 45 pounds Height: 5 feet 10 inches Age: 31 How long he’s kept it off: “I started January 2017 with the Gold’s Gym 12-week challenge, which ended April 13, 2017, and I weighed in at 189.6 pounds,” Jean-Marie said. Since April, he has put on 19...
Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta. The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with...
It just became easier to access some historic Georgia newspapers

It just became easier to access some historic Georgia newspapers

The Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia just created a new umbrella website that makes it easier to access some historic newspapers. The publications can be found at gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu. There’s an interactive map to click a region, pull down menus listing newspapers by county plus a good deal of background information about the digitizing program and how...
Film composer Hans Zimmer will bring scores of favorites to Atlanta concert

Film composer Hans Zimmer will bring scores of favorites to Atlanta concert

Film buffs and music nerds instantly coo with respectful excitement at the name Hans Zimmer. Casual followers of entertainment might not immediately recognize his name, but reciting a litany of just a smattering of his creations as a film composer answers any quizzical looks: “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Pearl Harbor,” &ldquo...
So your dog works as a model? Don’t quit your day job

So your dog works as a model? Don’t quit your day job

Amy Peller, a marketing consultant who lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, was in the flagship Banana Republic store in London last winter when she looked up and recognized the model whose picture greeted her. “I think I gasped or screamed and said, ‘That’s my dog!’” Peller said. There was her white labradoodle, Benny Hana, pictured in the middle of a party of other dog and...
Could Congress put horse meat back on the menu in America?

Could Congress put horse meat back on the menu in America?

WASHINGTON — It's taboo to eat horse in America. Anyone who wants to kill horses for human consumption in the United States will face plenty of obstacles — one of the biggest being Congress' ban on Department of Agriculture funding for horse meat inspections. But that may soon change: A panel in the House of Representatives has voted to lift restrictions on horse slaughter for...
Gwinnett firefighter’s vigil for injured daughter: ‘please wear helmets’

Gwinnett firefighter’s vigil for injured daughter: ‘please wear helmets’

Caroline Wirl, 17, hasn’t left the hospital since she was injured skateboarding on July 4, but her name is traveling around the country. Firefighters in Savannah, Doraville, Smyrna and Rockdale County; in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, New York and Sacramento, Calif.; even in Tavira, Portugal, are putting Caroline’s name on their duty rosters and hoisting signs that read “Caroline...
Pregnant news anchor in Augusta responds to viewer who criticized her appearance

Pregnant news anchor in Augusta responds to viewer who criticized her appearance

Laura Warren, a television news anchor for WRDW in Augusta, recently took a stand against viewers who took offense to her choice of maternity wear. Warren was 20 weeks pregnant when a viewer called and left a voicemail telling her she was getting to be “disgusting on the TV.” “Please go to Target and buy some decent maternity clothes so you don’t walk...
Martin Landau will forever be remembered for this line during his Oscars speech

Martin Landau will forever be remembered for this line during his Oscars speech

In March 1995, actor Martin Landau put a cap on a decades-long career in Hollywood by winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor. Landau died on Saturday at age 89, according to TMZ, The Associated Press and other media outlets. Throughout his career, Landau starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In 1994’s “Ed Wood,” he played Bela Lugosi...
Bordeaux estate makes fine wines naturally

Bordeaux estate makes fine wines naturally

The French have a notion that has no real counterpart in English for discussing a delicious wine. It is digestibilité, digestibility in English, a single word that, like terroir, connotes something far more complex. Digestibilité begins with deliciousness, but it also indicates wines that are easy to drink without weighing heavily in the gut. It’s an immediate, unmediated pleasure...
Concert review: Roger Waters brings visually arresting, politically charged show to Duluth

Concert review: Roger Waters brings visually arresting, politically charged show to Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Much about Roger Waters’ “Us + Them” show is a slow-build. The first two songs of his show at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on Sunday focused on the gargantuan video screen spread behind the large, open stage as Waters and his taut six-piece band unspooled Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” and “One of These Days.&rdquo...
Pop star Gwen Stefani sued by injured concertgoer after inviting fans to fill empty seats

Pop star Gwen Stefani sued by injured concertgoer after inviting fans to fill empty seats

Gwen Stefani is in the middle of a messy situation. The former “The Voice” coach and girlfriend of country crooner Blake Shelton is being sued by a woman who said she was injured while attending one of the pop star’s concerts. According to The Charlotte Observer, the plaintiff, Lisa Stricklin, attended Stefani’s Charlotte, North Carolina, show at the PNC Music...
Boy gets surprise from special heroes after no one shows up to his birthday party

Boy gets surprise from special heroes after no one shows up to his birthday party

After no one in 7-year-old Cole Hittler’s class showed up to his birthday party, he got a special surprise from those touched by his story. Hittler is in first grade at Harris Elementary in St. Charles, Missouri. As an infant, he underwent skull surgery. At age 4, he was diagnosed with Apraxia, a speech disorder. Once they heard that no one showed up to Cole’s birthday party...
Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

The country music community is mourning the passing of legendary producer, musician and songwriter Joe Walker Jr., who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64. According to CMT, Walker had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing in the early morning hours of July 25.. As a producer, Walker worked on projects for artists from the early...
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