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Food Tour: Hapeville

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone’s neck. Hapeville feeds many an employee of these companies...


Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

No summer is complete without backyard barbecues, cookouts and picnics. However, there are certain risks to keep in mind when preparing and eating food outside, especially in Georgia’s hot weather. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people contract foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000...

Xscape reunites for performance on BET Awards

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Consider the Xscape reunion launched. Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their &lsquo...
A recap of Saturday’s massive water balloon fight at Candler Park

A recap of Saturday’s massive water balloon fight at Candler Park

Hundreds slipped, slid and dodged high-flying water balloons during an epic water balloon fight in Candler Park on June 24. Local organizer Sasha Nino and Homes for Homies hosted the 6th annual Big A$$ Water Balloon Fight with dozens of warriors equipped with hundreds of balloons and water guns big and powerful enough to back up the decidedly crude name. "Once I got hit, I was like I'm not...
TV best bets with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale, returns of ‘Younger,’ ‘Zoo,’ ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

TV best bets with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale, returns of ‘Younger,’ ‘Zoo,’ ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

This was posted Sunday, June 25, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog On Tuesday, Freeform’s popular “Pretty Little Liars” will end with “A.D.” unmasked and plenty of other secrets revealed. Otherwise, a few summer shows are back including the fourth season of TV Land’s “Younger,” CBS’s third season of “Zoo&rdquo...

Why “Celebrate America” event was canceled

A “Celebrate America” planned for today at The Rock Ranch in Middle Georgia, a popular family destination, was shelved but not because of any sort of political division. Instead the event got scotched by a foe we all can unite against: this infernal rain. A video posted on the facility’s Facebook page said threats of severe weather guided the decision. “We will reschedule the...
7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

Metro Atlanta offers many fun family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day. From parades and fireworks to pool parties, sporting events, and of course, The AJC Peachtree Road Race, the 4th of July is a day filled with special events. Here’s a look at seven fabulous ways families can enjoy the day. On July 4, the Atlanta Braves will host the Houston Astros in a home game at SunTrust...
It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s enough to make a Muggle feel downright ancient. (Or maybe just young all over again?) On Monday, Harry Potter turns — gulp — 20. It was two decades ago — June 26, 1997 — when first-time novelist J.K. Rowling’s little book about the orphaned boy who’d grow up to become the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) wizard was published in England. That’s when a...
6 underground artists worth seeing in Atlanta this May

6 underground artists worth seeing in Atlanta this May

The month of May is festival galore for Atlanta. It brings Brew at the Zoo, the Decatur Lantern Parade and two major music festivals− Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats. But if you find yourself needing a break from the, at times, over-zealous crowds or don't have the time and money for a three-day weekend of music, there's another option for you: a chill night at one of Atlanta's smaller venues with...
How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

Fast food history is filled with secret formulas: Mrs. Field’s cookies, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Coca-Cola or the special sauce on McDonald’s Big Macs. Fans are always looking for ways to crack the code and make their own versions at home. Watch Nedra Rhone and Jewel Wicker make a Shake Shack Shack Burger: Rather than keep consumers guessing, the founders of the fine casual burger joint...
11 summer concerts worth the Atlanta heat

11 summer concerts worth the Atlanta heat

Summer is here and that means music festivals and shows at some of Atlanta’s best outdoor concert venues. While some of this year's best lineups have already come and gone with springtime (like Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats) and despite Centennial Olympic Park being officially off the concert menu for the foreseeable future, all is not lost for Atlantans that love awesome outdoor music shows...
Mad About Metals

Mad About Metals

In her elegant and edgy jewelry, Atlanta artist Kristi Hyde takes style cues from patterns and textures in nature. The artist: Grew up in Decatur, Ala., influenced by the fields, woods and Tennessee River around her.  Hyde graduated in 1998 with a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Savannah campus and studied clay at the Penland School of Crafts (North...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias will visit Infinite Energy Arena on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Chicago and the Doobie Brothers Chicago trombonist James Pankow said the band recently enjoyed a celebratory dinner to commemorate its 50th anniversary and, like many veteran acts, acknowledged that he never knows when a tour might be the final one.
‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

A subtle comedy with considerable pathos, “Beatriz at Dinner” made me laugh a bit and squirm a lot. That’s its aim as it focuses on a clash between the 1-percenters among Los Angeles’ Anglo society and the Mexican immigrant working class. At one point, John Lithgow, playing a real estate billionaire, shows Salma Hayek, an idealistic Latina health practitioner, a photo on his...
‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

“The Exception” is a handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters and inspired by a little-known footnote to history, the story of a ruler who left but never went away. That would be Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, engagingly played by the veteran Christopher Plummer. Though the kaiser exited history’s stage...
Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Michael Bay is the kind of filmmaker who has always understood machines better than people. In his films, chrome hurtles through space with a sensual weightiness; the clangs and thuds of metal against metal send a frisson down the spine. “Transformers: The Last Knight” does not stray from this formula, except that it is more; it is the most. It’s shinier, louder, crazier; it&rsquo...
Author Events June 25-July 1

Author Events June 25-July 1

Alan Alda, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating With Others.” Alda (“Never Have Your Dog Stuffed”) brings us an indispensable guide to improve the way we communicate. 7:30 p.m. June 27. Discussion. $37 includes copy of book. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road...
Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

With his shock of white hair, crosshatched tan skin and deep, sonorous voice, 72-year-old Sam Elliott seems less human than something forged out of silver, leather and smoke. He’s long been a valuable supporting player, whether on-screen (“Grandma,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams”) or mostly off (“The Big Lebowski”). In “The Hero,” Elliott finally...
Can Charles Barkley lose weight without eating salads?

Can Charles Barkley lose weight without eating salads?

Early this month, former NBA star Charles Barkley said he was heading to a “fat farm” in San Antonio, Texas to lose weight. The star of Atlanta-based TNT’s Inside the NBA, said he has gotten lazy since his days on the court. “Listen, I am embarrassed about how fat I have become,” said Barkley on television during the NBA Finals. “I’ve become lazy. Number one...
Make cheese? Yes, please

Make cheese? Yes, please

We gathered at 8 a.m., four professional cheese-makers and me. By rights, I should have used the door labeled, “Cheese Connoisseur Entry.” Instead, I came in the door marked, “Cheese Makers Only.” I was in Sandy Springs at CalyRoad Creamery to watch CalyRoad founder Robin Schick, head cheese-maker David Rospond, Margout Abatto and Bill Hayes turn gallons and gallons of milk...
Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

South African-inspired, and designed and built in Macon, Ga., the Kudu Safari Braai may well be the next big thing in backyard grilling. Touted as a multifunction grill, griddle, and fire pit, the portable, multi-level system brings a degree of precision to handling live fire, offering creative ways to cook over charcoal, wood or a combination of the two. Kudu founder Stebin Horne got the idea for...
Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

The Lilburn Farmers Market opened for its eighth season on June 2 with vendors offering “a little bit of everything,” says market manager Mandy McManus. “We’ll have eight to 10 farmers every week, and that means a third of our vendors are bringing produce. We also have meat, honey, eggs, coffee, jelly, salsa, bread and more.” McManus is not only the manager, she&rsquo...
On 50th anniversary, Chicago still touring, rocking

On 50th anniversary, Chicago still touring, rocking

In February, the members of Chicago had a celebratory dinner to mark their 50th anniversary as an active touring band. Trombonist James Pankow, one of the three remaining original band members who still tour and record with the band, has clearly taken time to absorb how rare that kind of longevity and success is. “We wined and dined and made the toast to 50 years,” Pankow related...

“30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer coming to Atlanta for a charity improv night

On the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Jack McBrayer‘s character, Kenneth, hailed from Stone Mountain and often rhapsodized about his hometown. “My high school reunion was so much fun,” the irrepressible page said in one episode. It’s not far from reality. McBrayer, who was born in Macon and went to high school in Conyers, will be back for a high school of reunion of sorts...
2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families 

2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families 

"I'm bored!" Have you heard it yet? If not now, it will likely happen before summer ends. But you’re in luck. We've compiled a list of summer things to to do around Atlanta that will banish those words forever−or at least until fall. Here's an all-inclusive 2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families: The Dancing Granny. Now Until July 16. Adults $15, Children 6-17 $8...
Cool off this summer with these 7 wet adventures near Atlanta

Cool off this summer with these 7 wet adventures near Atlanta

It's officially summer, but you don't need to spend the season sweating in the hot Georgia sun.  Keep it cool this summer by trying out a few of these water-based adventures around the state. Enjoy a relaxing float down the Chestatee River, courtesy of Appalachian Outfitters. For $6, you can rent a tube and take a shuttle to a drop-off location, where you can gently meander along the river...
9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

Sno-cone season is here and Atlanta has plenty of shaved ice and snoballs to melt over! While there's not exactly an avalanche of sno-cone spots in the Atlanta area, there is a flurry of businesses serving up these icy concoctions in every tasty flavor under the sun. Whether you favor the traditional, Hawaiian, or the sweetness called "shaved snow," these food trucks, storefronts and small...
6 of the best Atlanta murals you didn't know existed

6 of the best Atlanta murals you didn't know existed

Atlanta is quickly becoming a city rich in street art − from the Forward Warrior assembly each summer in Cabbagetown to the connective fiber between art and urban development provided by Living Walls  − our intown experience is increasingly colored by the muralists and street artists working here. Living Walls, a public art project that promotes public and street art in...
Everything to know about Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

Everything to know about Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

O4W will kick off its celebration of regional arts, Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival, on Saturday, June 24. Interested in going? Here's the rundown: The first O4W Park Arts festival took place four years ago. It was (and remains) an event put together by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships, awards and educational programs...
Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

I am a kale woman married to a meat-and-potatoes man. Our relationship works because I cook him beef, and he holds our hound dog while I dress her in costumes. So when I want a restaurant meal that’s vegetable-forward, I buy myself lunch at a lovely little Ethiopian place. I’m obsessed with its gomen wat: tender collard greens, spicy ginger and some sort of magic that makes me crave it...
Aurora Theatre to produce ‘Mamma Mia!’ in spring 2018

Aurora Theatre to produce ‘Mamma Mia!’ in spring 2018

Aurora Theatre, which has brought professional dramatics to Gwinnett County since 1996, announced the showstopper for its 2017-2018 season, and it’s a pop music confection. “Mamma Mia!,” the musical dedicated to the infectious hits of the Swedish supergroup ABBA, will cap the Lawrenceville theater’s new season, with performances March 8-April 22, 2018. “Mamma Mia!&rdquo...
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ soundtrack to be released on vinyl

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ soundtrack to be released on vinyl

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The soundtrack to “Dear Evan Hansen” landed in the Billboard 200 with a smash upon its release in February. Now the Tony-decorated musical will have its songs unveiled on vinyl this summer, when “Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” arrives July 21. Pre-orders are available here. The soundtrack for the Ben Platt-fronted show...
Alison Krauss and David Gray team for tour coming to Atlanta

Alison Krauss and David Gray team for tour coming to Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Alison Krauss and David Gray are combining musical forces for a 21-city co-headlining tour this fall. The two artists will launch the outing Sept. 18 in Hershey, Penn., and visit Chastain Park Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Krauss, the most decorated female artist in Grammy history, worked with Robert Plant in recent years, outside of her longtime collaborators...
VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is all about who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Perhaps you need to do a little sampling before casting your vote. Awaken your seafood taste buds at these Atlanta restaurants.  There are few things better than Cajun seafood done right. Hit up these joints...
5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

Today marks a pivotal point in American history. One hundred and fifty-two years ago, June 19, 1865,  the last slaves in Texas and more broadly the Confederate South were freed. Nationally and in cities like Atlanta, the day has been celebrated with parades, plays and other festivities that honor the African-American culture that developed during and after slavery. Yes and No. Abraham...
Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

From the menu of … S & S Cafeteria, 2002 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta; 404-755-2005; sscafeterias.com The folks at S & S Cafeteria were happy to share their recipe. They make it with 5 pounds, 25 pounds and even 35 pounds of squash at a time. We’ve scaled it back for home cook use to half the smallest size recipe. One secret to the recipe is that they steam the squash and then save...

Photos: Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash included Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Migos and Lil Wayne

This year’s Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash billed itself as a “pop-up” edition. While acts including Gucci Mane, Migos, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, B.o.B. and D.R.A.M. were among the announced performers,   a slew of guests such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Lecrae surprised the sold-out crowd at Philips Arena during the Saturday night show. Photographer Robb Cohen was there to document the...
7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

The biggest or tallest of anything – whether it's a drive-in restaurant or a skyscraper – is entitled to bragging rights and often becomes an iconic symbol of its city and state.  Georgia and Atlanta certainly have their fair share of impressive buildings – or in a few cases, impressively odd – that help define the area. The following are 5 of the biggest, tallest things...
5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

We're going to let you in on one of the biggest secrets in town.  When it gets hot and you want the luxury and refreshment of a hotel pool, you don't have to buy a room to experience it. If you want to enjoy a relaxing day at one of Atlanta's top hotel pools, a handful actually offer day passes for locals - and you don't even have to be a guest. As summer arises, you'll want to take advantage...
Faith Calendar

Faith Calendar

Men’s breakfast: The inaugural Citywide Quarterly Men’s Breakfast with the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church and special guest Bishop Marvin Sapp will provide men with tools and resources to develop godly character and more. Tickets are $25 for men and $15 for boys 18 and under. Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.; the program, 9 a.m. June 24. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson...
3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

JOHNS CREEK Shawn Mullins Concert On June 23, ev-er-y-thing’s gonna be all right in John’s Creek as the city hosts Atlanta native Shawn Mullins live in concert. A performer who’s born to shimmer and born to shine, Grammy-nominated Mullins will perform at 7 p.m., but those who arrive an hour early when the gates open will have an easier time snagging a spot on the green. You can also...
New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

America leads the world when it comes to access to higher education. But when it comes to health, environmental protection and fighting discrimination, it trails many other developed countries, according to the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit. The results of the group's annual survey, which ranks nations based on 50 metrics, call to mind other reviews of national well-being...
Trump PAC misrepresents scene from Obama book to get 6th District blacks to vote Republican

Trump PAC misrepresents scene from Obama book to get 6th District blacks to vote Republican

In the eighth chapter of his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," former president Barack Obama describes a barbershop haircut he got in Chicago in the 1980s, just days after he moved to the city for his new job as a community organizer. Obama's barber, named Smitty, speaks in the passage of the racial and political tension in Chicago before the city elected Harold Washington as its first black...
Photos: Here's what you missed at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Photos: Here's what you missed at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Rain or shine, hundreds filled their cups with bubbly beer at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest in Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday. Festival goers had a wide array of libations to choose from, including 200 local and national craft, macrobrews and cider. For those who needed a break from the beer, the beer fest also offered up 75 wine selections and plenty of local fare from places like Cousins...
Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Once threatened with extinction, the National Endowment for the Arts, with encouragement from Congress, is moving ahead, and recently announced its spring grants. Those grants include $2.7 million to 16 different Georgia organization, most of them in Atlanta. These grants are among the $82 million that the federal agency will distribute to support the arts in every state, plus the District of Columbia...
Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

African-American history will be championed in a major way during this weekend's Juneteenth celebration. From the Black History Parade to live performances, the 5th annual Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival will be a multi-day event to go down in the history books. Already, more than 10,000 people have chimed in on the Facebook event page so far. "The vision has really developed...
Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

The insular community that exists on and around Wylie and Carroll Streets − the Cabbagetown area − has become a favorite hangout for the film industry workers in town, Atlanta artists and those who just love living life a little alternatively. Cabbagetown was built as the residential arm of the Fulton Cotton Mill, which today looms over the neighborhood as loft apartments and condominiums...
6 ways to savor the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

6 ways to savor the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Downtown Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Curb Market has grown with the city since its origins as an open-air market held under a large tent starting in 1917.  Today's name, which was adopted in the 1990s, reflects the fact that blacks were at first only allowed to sell outside along the curb, as well as its proximity to Auburn Avenue. From retail shops to places to grab a meal or sweets, the Curb...
June 16: 3 Fun ThingsJune 16: 3 Fun Things

June 16: 3 Fun ThingsJune 16: 3 Fun Things

ROSWELL Puppet Show The Roswell Cultural Arts Center hosts a variety of puppet shows this summer, and on June 16-17, it will welcome master puppeteer Paul Mesner. He will put his special spin on the classic tale of Old Mother Hubbard, who finds that her cupboard has at least one bone in it — a funny bone! Laugh along as hilarity takes over her cottage as she tries to look after her furry companion...
5 things to know about the ArtsATL Lawn Party at Oakland Cemetery

5 things to know about the ArtsATL Lawn Party at Oakland Cemetery

Navigating the evolving Atlanta art scene can be a bit tricky, but noshing among the culturally savvy and artistically inclined can make your art stroll through the city a bit more smooth. That's where ArtsATL, an Atlanta non-profit arts publication comes in. "Lawn-ch" into the summer art scene with the ArtsATL Lawn Party from 3- 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at Historic Oakland Cemetery...
AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

A feast of fiction, science, poetry, politics and history will once again grace the square in Decatur over Labor Day weekend when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival returns. On Monday afternoon, organizers of the event — the country’s largest independent book festival — announced the roster of authors scheduled to appear at the three-day marathon. The free...
6 ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month around Atlanta

6 ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month around Atlanta

Metro Atlanta has a large LGBT population, with dedicated sports leagues, a liaison with the Atlanta Police Department and plenty of great gay-friendly neighborhoods, it's no surprise, then, that the area hosts quite a few LGBT Pride Month events. Pride is recognized in June in honor of Manhattan’s 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. which is regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT civil...
8 can’t-miss festivals in metro Atlanta this summer

8 can’t-miss festivals in metro Atlanta this summer

Throw on your shorts and slide into your flip-flops for a season full of quintessential summer Atlanta festivals you won’t want to miss. We’ve compiled a collection of metro Atlanta’s best festivals that span various interests. Set aside some time on your Google calendar for some of these exciting summer festivals that will surely entice you to brave the heat this summer. Here&rsquo...
3 Fun Things: June 9 - 113 Fun Things: June 9 - 11

3 Fun Things: June 9 - 113 Fun Things: June 9 - 11

DULUTH Spring Arts Festival Duluth is bursting with all kinds of creativity this weekend during the Spring Arts Festival. Featuring more than 125 painters, glass blowers, photographers, sculptors and more, this celebration “for artists by artists” will have a seemingly endless array of items to marvel at — and buy. Between purchases, enjoy demonstrations, a children’s area...
6 ways to catch some rays at Atlanta’s best summer rooftop socials

6 ways to catch some rays at Atlanta’s best summer rooftop socials

Beginning in spring and running until fall, people often seek out patios and rooftops. There are quite a few hot spots in Atlanta that offer them, like Six Feet Under and Tin Lizzy's, but dining isn't the only experience Atlanta rooftops have to offer.  Check out these 6 sizzling  summer rooftop events: WET Deck. 1-6 p.m. Sundays. $25. W Atlanta - Midtown. 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta...
The Trump effect: Everyone's thinking of running for president

The Trump effect: Everyone's thinking of running for president

When former Vice President Joe Biden announced recently that he was setting up a new political action committee called American Possibilities, the political world read it as a signal: He's seriously thinking of running for president in 2020.  Then again, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got the same reaction when Hollywood's highest-paid star told GQ magazine that running for office is "...
Everything to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

Everything to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

Springtime in Atlanta is a season rich with food festivals and interesting things happening around town. But if you're unsure about what festival to visit next, Food-O-Rama's Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival has emerged as one of the city's most anticipated events. The inaugural festival begins at 11 a.m. May 20 in Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, According to the event's Facebook...
Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

It's the first weekend of May, and all the weekend revelry kicks off with Cinco de Mayo. If you still haven’t found just the right way to celebrate, there’s a bevy of underground parties across Atlanta this weekend featuring the top DJ's at some of the city’s crème de la crème spots. Whether you're looking to day party for Cinco de Mayo or hitting up a late-night set...
5 can't-miss late night shows at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2017

5 can't-miss late night shows at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2017

Shaky Knees Music Festival will return to Atlanta for the fifth time May 12, and the musical mastery fans will expect throughout the day will be aptly matched by a number of late night shows across the city. The three-day music fest takes place May 12-14 at Centennial Olympic Park and includes more than 60 bands. Those acts, including Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem and Cage The Elephant, will all rock...
8 can't-miss summer festivals in Atlanta

8 can't-miss summer festivals in Atlanta

Throw on your shorts and slide into your flip-flips for a season full of quintessential summer Atlanta festivals you won't want to miss. As the unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day - hits, families, music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will be looking for the summer outing that fits their tastes. We've compiled a collection of the metro Atlanta area's best festivals that span various interests...
3 Fun Things: June 2-4

3 Fun Things: June 2-4

ROSWELL Butterfly Festival Behold the beauty of the butterflies as they fill the air at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Walk through an exhibit filled with hundreds of different types of the fluttering creatures, grab a plant to attract some in your own backyard and get a few tips on how to capture them on film from the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. Twice a day on June 3 and 4, the center...
Loving the lake life: 6 things to do near Allatoona Lake

Loving the lake life: 6 things to do near Allatoona Lake

There's a lot of Allatoona Lake to love. When it's full, the lake, located in northwestern metro Atlanta, covers more than 12,000 acres and has 270 miles of shoreline. With all that coverage, spanning parts of Cobb County and Bartow County, there won't be a shortage of things you'll love to do there — from water sports to luxury outings. Sink your toes in the sand.Red Top Mountain Park...
5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but many people are already celebrating the start of the season. From pool openings to special events, many seasonal activities kick off after Memorial Day. Summer break is certainly thrilling for kids, but it often leaves parents scrambling to ensure that their children are consistently entertained. We’ve come up with five diverse outdoor...
5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

Your family can take on an exciting adventure they'll never forget, courtesy of Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park's newest zip line canopy.  Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park level 2 zip line, dubbed North Georgia's largest zip line canopy tour, is nestled in the lush mountains surrounding Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen, Georgia. While the level 1 zip line at the Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park...
Here are 6 things to do at Centennial Olympic Park this summer (despite the construction woes)

Here are 6 things to do at Centennial Olympic Park this summer (despite the construction woes)

For those who attended Sweetwater 420 Festival, Shaky Beats or Shaky Knees, it was apparent that there is construction taking place in Centennial Olympic Park. What you might not have known is that the construction is underway for the next year or two − shaking things up the rest of summer. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which manages the downtown park, recently announced...
Memorial Day 2017: 21 things to do around Atlanta this weekend

Memorial Day 2017: 21 things to do around Atlanta this weekend

Memorial Day weekend has come, again, and along with showing honor to Atlanta’s local veterans, active and retired military, folks around metro Atlanta will be searching for engaging ways to spend the three-day weekend. Whether you want to celebrate Memorial Day with a traditional ceremony or by spending the weekend with festive fireworks and friends, metro Atlanta’s list of...
3 Fun Things: May 26 - 283 Fun Things

3 Fun Things: May 26 - 283 Fun Things

BUFORD Movies Under the Stars The Mall of Georgia is bringing back its Movies Under the Stars series for 2017. This year’s series of family-friendly films kicks off with a screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The show starts around dusk, but if you head over before then, you’ll find games, bouncy houses and a variety of snack concessions to enjoy. Local bands...
No canoes, no problem: 11 unusual Atlanta summer camps your kids will love

No canoes, no problem: 11 unusual Atlanta summer camps your kids will love

Your memories of summer camp may be filled with canoes and campfires, but today's camps cater to more varied interests.   You can still find the more traditional camps if that's what your child would prefer, but there's now one to suit just about any kid's interests. Here are 11 unusual camps your quirky kid will love this summer: Location: Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville...
Cheers! Celebrate Brew at the Zoo turning 10 this Saturday

Cheers! Celebrate Brew at the Zoo turning 10 this Saturday

Party with animals and locals in the great outdoors during Zoo Atlanta's biggest 21 and up event of the year, Brew at the Zoo. All the excitement kicks off at 5:30 this Saturday. In its 10th year, Brew at the Zoo, will keep the traditions the party is known for — live entertainment, exotic animals and alcoholic drinks. In addition to those Brew favorites, the 6,000 people planning to attend...
Tips for coping with the stress after a hurricane

Tips for coping with the stress after a hurricane

There is the rush to prepare, the nervous anticipation, the unsettling period during the storm, the loss of property, scavenging gas, or just living without power for a few days. A hurricane experience can be incredibly stressful. In the weeks after Hurricane Wilma in 2005, nearly 1,000 people called a state mental-health hot line looking for help with problems such as depression and anxiety. Prepare...
6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

Thrill seekers, you can stay in the state and still get a premium adrenaline fix. Georgia state parks offer job-dropping, adrenaline-pumping thrills within hours of Atlanta, some practically next door. Here are six state park attractions for the most adventurous: At the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a loop that beckons the toughest trail for hikers who also have a...
3 Fun Things: May 19 - 21

3 Fun Things: May 19 - 21

KENNESAW Rose Garden Gala It’s spring, so take every chance to stop and smell the roses. Here’s an event that will have you doing just that–literally. Enjoy an evening under the stars and among the fragrant flowers during the Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ 7th Annual Rose Garden Gala. Stroll through the carefully sculpted gardens, have your picture taken beneath the rose arbor, and...
Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

The Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profit theater companies, announced it has received a $100,000 gift from the Arthur W. Blank Family Foundation to help research ways to improve access to theater (and other events) through MARTA. In a press release, the theater company said that the gift will help it “research the intersections between MARTA users and performing arts...
Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Go, go Georgia junior park rangers. The Georgia State Parks program begins May 15, and kids can earn badges for hands-on nature activities, exploring Georgia history and other fun outdoorsy stuff like hiking, boating and archery. Who doesn't love badges? Plus, the outdoors experience builds as children work their way through three badge levels. Free Junior Ranger Activity Books are available at all...
7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

Congratulations, you happen to live in a place surrounded by some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery in the country.  One drive around some of Georgia’s scenic byways, and you’ll be reminded of just what beauty lies just miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia: When you travel along the Cohutta-Chattahoochee...
3 Fun Things: May 12-14

3 Fun Things: May 12-14

GAINESVILLE Jump on over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville to see what’s hopping at the new Ribbit the Exhibit installation. You’ll find 23 different cooper frog sculptures, each up to something different in the garden landscape. Many of the whimsical works feature frogs doing activities such as bird watching, watering plants, mowing the lawn, dancing and meditating...
5 things to know before heading to the Great Gatsby Lawn Party

5 things to know before heading to the Great Gatsby Lawn Party

Take a trip back to the roaring 20's, when ladies slayed in flapper dresses and men looked dashing in bow ties, at a unique period party in the West End. Dardanella, a signature retro event planning company, is throwing an experiential Great Gatsby Lawn Party at Atlanta's oldest museum The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Already, more than...
3 fun things: May 5-7

3 fun things: May 5-7

SANDY SPRINGS Celebrate Sandy Springs with your taste buds at the Food That Rocks event. More than 20 local area restaurants, including Buttermilk Sky Pie, Hammocks, Three Sheets and Under the Cork Tree, will be on site with food, wine, cocktails and beer tastings. Pair those beverages and bites with live music from local bands such as The Biffs. As an added bonus, local author...
Things to do in Atlanta on a Friday night

Things to do in Atlanta on a Friday night

If you're looking for something to do in Atlanta on a Friday night, you won't have to look very long. The bars, clubs, theaters and restaurants throughout the city are alive all night with an ever-changing series of events, exhibitions and more. Outside of the nightlife covered on ajc.com, recurring events also are worth checking out. Here are three of the city's favorite Friday events: The High...
11 of the sweetest strawberry festivals and events near Atlanta

11 of the sweetest strawberry festivals and events near Atlanta

Come spring, there is a countless list of festivals that celebrate the prickly, juicy goodness of strawberries. Lucky for berry believers in Atlanta, several of those strawberry festivals are just a weekend drive away. April 21-22Georgia Strawberry Festival Reynolds, Georgia 115 miles from Atlanta  Free admission 3 E. William Wainwright Street, Reynolds. 478-847-3493  This grandaddy of all...
6 amazing outdoor sculpture destinations in the South

6 amazing outdoor sculpture destinations in the South

Now that the popular interactive "Rockspinner" piece has been moved from Midtown, you may be inspired to find more outdoor art sculptures to enjoy outside of Atlanta. The South is chock-full of such opportunities, ranging from an outdoor garden with over 1,400 sculptures to an iconic statue that symbolizes an entire city. Yokna Sculpture Trail, several locations in Oxford...
Georgia Tech performance series brings science, art, digital magic

Georgia Tech performance series brings science, art, digital magic

The Georgia Institute of Technology announces its 2017-2018 performance season Tuesday, a roster of acts that take science and creativity on a double date. The season, presented at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, features a robot-human interactive jazz ensemble; a live “video,” edited and projected in real time; shadows that step away from their human companions and many other clever...
7 times popular rappers mention DeKalb County in song

7 times popular rappers mention DeKalb County in song

Y’all probably ought to know by now. DeKalb is to rap as hoecakes and greens are to the South. The county gets shouts like Killer Mike and El-P run the jewels. South DeKalb Mall, Lithonia and Candler Road: pick one or two. Might be Donald Glover, Gucci Mane or — ay, remember Bone Crusher? They came through, wrote it down and spit one time or another. Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton and even ATL...
Here’s what you need to know about the Jonquil Festival this weekend

Here’s what you need to know about the Jonquil Festival this weekend

Smyrna’s favorite festival is in bloom. The Spring Jonquil Festival this weekend will feature 175 arts and crafts booths, 15 food options, live entertainment and children’s activities. If that sounds good, head to the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. If you’re wondering what a “jonquil” is and who doesn’t, check out...
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