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Movies worth seeing this holiday season

There are holiday movies, and then there are holiday movies. The second category includes exclusively seasonal fare: “A Bad Moms Christmas” (now in theaters); the Nativity-themed animation “The Star” (Nov. 17); and “The Man Who Invented Christmas” (Nov. 22), a story about Charles Dickens and the writing of “A Christmas Carol.” But those films have, by...


Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Chris Tomlin, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, U2

BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  Twitter. ON SALE NOV. 17 ATL Collective presents Funky Christmas with Bernard Purdie, Fred Wesley, Marcus King...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Randy Newman will plays selections from his his new album “Dark Matter,” and other favorites. Photo: Pamela Springsteen BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Randy Newman The delightfully wry songwriter released “Dark Matter,” his first album in nearly a decade , this summer and immediately reminded us that while he may love L.A...
Sharon Jones’ final album released; Dap-Kings to perform on Jimmy Fallon in her honor

Sharon Jones’ final album released; Dap-Kings to perform on Jimmy Fallon in her honor

  Almost exactly a year to the day of her death , Sharon Jones’ voice is being heard again. “Soul of a Woman,” the final studio album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, is available today on Daptone Records. The 11-track collection was recorded before Jones’ passing from pancreatic cancer and spotlights the ferocity and intensity ...
Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer is a finalist to sing with Katy Perry on a new YouTube show. Riley Biederer learned how to exude confidence from Pharrell Williams, gleaned style tips from Gwen Stefani and caught the attention of Elton John as a teenager. But the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter might soon have the opportunity to learn from her musical soul sister, Katy Perry. Biederer is...
Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

The pulled pork sandwich is a trusty pick at Grand Champion BBQ. / Photo credit: Rob Sutton Pita, pizza, poke , barbecue and tacos are first on the menu of the food hall proposed for downtown Marietta. Today, Marietta Square Market developers Capital Properties Group and Concordia Properties released the names of the first five restaurant...
Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, augmented by a quartet of exceptional guest artists, performed a work Thursday that was likely familiar to regular ASO patrons. It’s barely been two years since Robert Spano conducted the piece to magnificent effect in the same hall, but in the case of Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” even two years may have been too long between performances...
Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Light the night (and the tree) with these metro Atlanta Christmas tree lightings.  The season opens with tree lightings at Atlantic Station and the classic Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square. We’ve gathered the details on metro Atlanta’s most dazzling tree lightings, and we’ve included some of the smaller tree lightings in communities outside of Atlanta. Let...
Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal for Thanksgiving at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Eat, but don’t cook. Thanksgiving is less than a week ago. If you haven’t done so already, now—like today—is  a good time to make reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the following metro Atlanta restaurants...
Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Sure, you can spend your holiday season ice skating at one of the many indoor rinks around Atlanta, but would it really fill you with holiday cheer? Nothing beats the experience of feeling the crisp air surrounded by twinkling lights as you glide across an outdoor skating rink. Thankfully, Atlanta has a variety of ways to get the optimal outdoor ice skating experience. Delight in one of the best...
VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

Squash casserole from Ted’s Montana Grill / Photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill If you’re still putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu, Ted’s Montana Grill’s Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole should make the cut. The savory dish is easy to make and provides a perfect complement to main dishes. Watch Ted’s chef Cooper Baldwin ...
Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at gusto!. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Got flannel? Get free food. Local restaurant,  gusto! , offers Flannel Fridays, a food and fashion event that gives guests a buy one, get one free meal. Here’s how it works: wear a flannel shirt, receive a BOGO ticket and eat. No coupons...
Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

An animated fable about the first Christmas, “The Star” reimagines the Nativity story from the perspective of an animal — actually, an entire menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the production companies involved in making “The Star” are the faith-based Walden Media and Sony’s religious...
Tale is rallying cry against rape culture, brutality

Tale is rallying cry against rape culture, brutality

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is an angry, hot-blooded tale, seething with rage and energy. It’s a barn burner, a bracing shot of whiskey downed while spoiling for a fight, a cathartic wail against the zeitgeist of rape culture and state brutality. It’s a rallying cry, a right hook to the jaw, and wow, does...
Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Actress and writer Greta Gerwig turns in the flawless “Lady Bird” for her directorial debut, a funny, poignant and assured film about that fleeting, heady moment during the transition from high school to college. Anchored by stellar performances and a clear voice, “Lady Bird” draws its universal relatability from its richly rendered specificity. It’s all too easy to label...
‘Mudbound is portrait of country being forged in blood, soil

‘Mudbound is portrait of country being forged in blood, soil

“Mudbound,” a sprawling World War II-era drama by Dee Rees, plays like great literature on the screen. Adapted by Rees and fellow screenwriter Virgil Williams from a novel by Hillary Jordan, this audaciously old-school movie harks back to the novels of Faulkner and Steinbeck, the films of William Wyler and John Ford. This is a big movie, about big emotions and ideas, which Rees evokes...
‘BPM’ recreates critical moment during AIDS crisis

‘BPM’ recreates critical moment during AIDS crisis

“BPM (Beats Per Minute)” is a French movie that recreates a particular moment in the AIDS crisis through the lives of several ACT UP living in Paris. From the first minute of the film, which plunges the audience into an ACT UP meeting, “BPM” has vitality and directness, a sense of witnessing life in the moment. It’s the third film written and directed by Robin Campillo...
Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

A reunion and a road trip set the dramatic comedy “Last Flag Flying” in motion, and its feel-real conversations keep you buckled in tight for the ride. Doc (Steve Carell), Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) are old Marine Corps buddies from Vietnam who haven’t seen each other in decades. Sal doesn’t even recognize Doc at first when he quietly orders a beer...
Atlanta dancers aim to show what it’s like to be a black person

Atlanta dancers aim to show what it’s like to be a black person

in Human, RAIIN Dance Theater’s first production, is a dance show that combines contemporary hip hop, trap music, spoken word and jazz in an exploration and celebration of black culture.  “The question we seek to answer is what happens when a person or a people are identified as less than human and what does that classification do to the type of art they create,” says Raianna...
The Buckhead Heritage Society plans a fun, informative holiday fete

The Buckhead Heritage Society plans a fun, informative holiday fete

The Buckhead Heritage Society is in the business of preserving the past for the future. The non-profit organization plans a holiday fundraiser to support its mission of promoting historic resources. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Beechwoods, the former home of noted Atlanta historian Franklin M. Garrett and the current home of Ann and ...
Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 OTP dishes

Get your pumpkin fix with these 8 OTP dishes

Pumpkin cheesecake with pecan caramel at Sugo in Johns Creek. Photo courtesy of Sugo. No matter your stance on the PSL (that’s “pumpkin spice latte” for those of you living under a rock), pumpkin is unequivocally the flavor of fall. Whether you prefer your pumpkin in a savory preparation or a sweet treat, these OTP eateries have you covered. Check out these...
The Lighting of Avalon: 16 things to do this weekend

The Lighting of Avalon: 16 things to do this weekend

It's time to eat, drink and be merry, Atlanta, because your weekend is about to fill up with exciting, holiday-themed events to put a twinkle in your eye. With this lineup, you'll enjoy a little bit of everything the Atlanta has to offer, from once-a-season Christmas shopping to old-fashioned ice skating.  Better bring along a sweater, because you're sure to be out of the house all weekend...
Forget Thanksgiving. ‘Friendsgiving’ offers recipes for a no-hassle, turkey-day party

Forget Thanksgiving. ‘Friendsgiving’ offers recipes for a no-hassle, turkey-day party

Read this cookbook: “Friendsgiving: Celebrate Your Family of Friends” by Alexandra Shytsman (William Morrow, $16.99) By Wendell Brock Alexandra Shytsman moved to Brooklyn from the Ukraine when she was 9. At Thanksgiving, her parents would enjoy their time off by hanging out with fellow expats, leaving Shytsman and her sister alone at home. As a result, the girls threw parties...
8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

Whether you wish to forget the rest of the world is gathered together for Thanksgiving Day or actually want to hit a bar as part of the festivities, you’ve got a drinking hole lineup to get you through that post-turkey slump. A number of Atlanta bars are open on Thanksgiving. Just make sure to note any amendments to the typical schedule or menu, and then enjoy! Here are eight bars in metro Atlanta...
It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

It’s pie time: O4W Pizza owner returning to Atlanta with new restaurant

O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie / Photo courtesy of Blue Hominy If you’ve been mourning the loss of an intown spot to get O4W Pizza’s Grandma Pie, it’s time to wipe your tears. Owner Anthony Spina, who closed O4W’s Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location...
10 sneaky ways to stay fit during the holidays

10 sneaky ways to stay fit during the holidays

The mind may be willing, but the post-Thanksgiving, tryptophan-riddled bodies of even the most dedicated among us can turn the hoildays into a season of inactivity.  Experts agree that exercising every day is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain amid all the food, social obligations and travel. But how do you do it?  Here are our top 10 ways to work in a workout - and sneakily keep...
Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

Make it fast or make it slow: Thanksgiving turkey, two ways

    For those of us who love to cook, there's nothing better than spending an entire Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, simmering sauces and baking cakes. But the reality is that those days of long-recipe luxury are few and far between. In Make it Fast or Make it Slow, we're bringing you two versions of the same dish: one that's quick and easy and one that's well, not so quick. Both are...
Thanksgiving To-Go: Where to buy last minute holiday dinners in Atlanta

Thanksgiving To-Go: Where to buy last minute holiday dinners in Atlanta

Alon’s Bakery & Market offers several Thanksgiving to-go options. COURTESY OF ALON’S BAKERY & MARKET. Thanksgiving traditions don’t have to be home-made. If you’re worried about burning the turkey or don’t have time to cook a full meal, here’s a roundup of restaurants and grocery stores offering to-go Thanksgiving dinners. North Fulton Pick up...
Where to get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday

Where to get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday

Get $5 cocktails in Atlanta every weekday at Food 101. Photo credit: Henri Hollis. Get happier with a wallet friendly drink deal. Select cocktails are five bucks at Food 101 every weekday from 4-6 p.m. While celebrating the end of the day or another reason for cheers, check out the food menu, which includes daily specials like salmon patties, pot...
‘Justice League’ is breathtakingly bad

‘Justice League’ is breathtakingly bad

It’s been a long, hard road to “Justice League.” Director Zack Snyder, who helmed the latest iterations of Batman and Superman in “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman,” stepped away for personal reasons during post-production. “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon came in to finish the film, including reshoots, which were famously foiled by Superman...
‘Wonder’ is a cry-fest, but it’s also complex and funny

‘Wonder’ is a cry-fest, but it’s also complex and funny

Middle school can be agonizing for any kid, but, as “Wonder” begins, we suspect it’s going to be especially hard for 10-year-old Auggie Pullman. After 27 surgeries to help him see, breathe and hear, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) doesn’t look like other children. He’s small and scarred, with a high-pitched, scratchy voice and a braided rattail, and he usually wears an astronaut...
Nobu restaurant to open in Atlanta as part of Phipps Plaza expansion

Nobu restaurant to open in Atlanta as part of Phipps Plaza expansion

A rendering shows a new 12-story office tower, Nobu hotel and restaurant and a 60,000-square-foot Life Time fitness complex. / Photo contributed by Simon A Japanese restaurant that’s a favorite with celebrities will set up shop in Atlanta. Nobu Atlanta Restaurant will open as part of the Nobu Hotel at the Phipps Plaza mixed-use development in Buckhead. The expansion, which will...
Here are 7 places you can cut your own tree near Atlanta

Here are 7 places you can cut your own tree near Atlanta

Atlantans have dozens of places to pick up a freshly cut tree, but where do you go if you're looking for the rigor and reward of cutting down your own Christmas tree? Whether you want to go retro with your live evergreen purchase this year or you've always dreamed of cutting your own tree, these Atlanta-area tree farms can make make that fantasy come true. You can enjoy the experience without environmental...
Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Beer Town: Sam Smith III talks Samuel Smith’s ales

Sam Smith III from Samuel Smith Brewery recently visited the U.S. for the first release of Oatmeal Stout in kegs. CONTRIBUTED BY: Samuel Smith Brewery. Samuel Smith, otherwise known as the Old Brewery at Tadcaster, was founded in Yorkshire in 1758. It’s a truly historic institution, as well as one of the few remaining independent breweries in England. Celebrated for...
Two-of-a-kind lives: Bush twins in Atlanta to discuss their new book

Two-of-a-kind lives: Bush twins in Atlanta to discuss their new book

At the beginning of their absorbing new book, “Sisters First,” a pair of former first daughters (and granddaughters) wisecrackingly lament the lack of individual identity that comes from growing up twins in a very public eye: “Our true middle name might as well have been ‘and,’” Jenna Bush Hager writes. “’Jenna and Barbara, Barbara and Jenna.’&rdquo...
Grant Park Market now open in The Larkin

Grant Park Market now open in The Larkin

There’s a new spot for sandwiches and food products in Grant Park. Grant Park Market — a second location of Candler Park Market — is in soft open mode in the Larkin on Memorial development at 519 Memorial Drive.     Candler Park Market, located at 1642 McLendon Ave., has been open for nearly 15 years.   The 63,000 square foot mixed-use Larkin re-development...
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark’ and light side

Randy Newman’s ‘Dark’ and light side

Randy Newman, who performs Friday at Symphony Hall, has something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde catalog. Back in 1972, he was the master of dark comedy, chuckling at nuclear annihilation with the song “Political Science.” Today, listeners know him for Disney sweetness and light, and such songs as “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story,” which is among the...
CFP National Championship 2018: Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Darius Rucker will perform ahead of game

CFP National Championship 2018: Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, Darius Rucker will perform ahead of game

Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers and Darius Rucker are among the musical acts joining the run-up to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January. The artists, along with Lizzo, Bebe Rexha, Spencer Ludwig and Brett Young, will perform during the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! event, which runs Jan. 6 through Jan. 8. The free, three-day...
Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

Soft pretzels and beer cheese dip hit the spot at Hobnob

Soft pretzels and cheese dip at Hobnob / Photo by Henri Hollis By Henri Hollis Piping hot, slick with oil and sprinkled with sea salt: Almost any food is good when it meets these criteria. Even pretzels. Make those soft pretzels, then pair them with tangy, gooey beer cheese dip, and even the most entrenched pretzel-hater like me might be tempted to dance a little polka. Hobnob...
Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon: 12  can’t-miss holiday happenings in Atlanta

Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon: 12  can’t-miss holiday happenings in Atlanta

The cool winds of winter are finally blowing through the city of Atlanta.  Twinkling lights, Santa hats and turkey dinners will soon be upon us. Check out this list of quintessential holiday activities for Atlanta residents: Since the 1950s, the iconic Pink Pig train has entertained generations of Atlantans over the holidays. Visit Macy's Lenox Square and take a ride on the Pink Pig, now through...
Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile in Atlanta on Sunday

Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile in Atlanta on Sunday

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile will be in Atlanta Sunday to discuss and sign copies of her new book, “Hacks:  The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House.” The free event , moderated by Mo Ivory, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ZuCot Gallery, 100 Centennial Park Drive NW. Brazile’s book...
Concert review: Jay-Z revealed and commanded in Atlanta return

Concert review: Jay-Z revealed and commanded in Atlanta return

As flames consumed his image on the video screens folded like protective books to conceal him from view, Jay-Z burst into “Kill Jay-Z,” the opening track on his current “4:44” album. The screens slowly rotated, the stage at the center of Philips Arena arched upward like a “Star Wars” creation and fans got a peek at the black streak on the...
Texas-style barbecue joint open in College Park

Texas-style barbecue joint open in College Park

“Dino-Ribs” in the smoker at Hattie Marie’s. / Photo from the Hattie Marie’s Facebook page South Fulton has a new spot for Texas-style barbecue. Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ and Cajun Kitchen opened its doors last week at 3699 Main St. in College Park. Husband and wife Willie and Ramona Griggie named the eatery...
Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

If there’s one meal at which family drama is on full display, it’s Thanksgiving. Expectations and emotions run high, and there are a lot of moving parts to cause friction. Even Anthony Bourdain, who is seemingly immune to the criticism of others, feels the pressure to pull off the most anticipated meal of the year. In fact, he dedicated a whole chapter to Thanksgiving in the book I co-wrote...
Family-friendly Christmas in Chattanooga: Elves, fairies and Santa!

Family-friendly Christmas in Chattanooga: Elves, fairies and Santa!

Chattanooga, less than two hours away from Atlanta, offers a great Christmas getaway for ATL residents, especially those with kids. The little ones will be all a'shiver with sheer Christmas spirit when they see the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, the Enchanted Garden of Lights, ride the Polar Express or do any of the other great Chattanooga Christmas activities. And there's plenty for...
Black Friday 2017: Kohl’s Black Friday deals on Xbox One S, Instant Pot and more start Monday

Black Friday 2017: Kohl’s Black Friday deals on Xbox One S, Instant Pot and more start Monday

Earlier this month, Kohl’s revealed its ultimate 66-page 2017 Black Friday ad with wild deals starting Monday, Nov. 20. On Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 23 —the retailer’s doorbuster sales will begin online at 12:01 a.m. CST. Stores open at 5 p.m. (an hour earlier than last year) and will remain open through 1 p.m. on Black Friday. But shoppers can get in on ...
King of Pops’ new venture: A Christmas tree lot at Ponce City Market

King of Pops’ new venture: A Christmas tree lot at Ponce City Market

King of Pops selling Christmas trees is not new. The Atlanta-based business began delivering them years ago, through a venture called Tree Elves. But here’s what is a first: Kings of Pops selling Christmas trees at Ponce City Market, which also marks the first time the market has had a tree lot on its premises. The marriage seems like a natural fit, as Kings of Pops Bar and Food...
Hitting up Cumberland Mall for Black Friday? Here are the hours

Hitting up Cumberland Mall for Black Friday? Here are the hours

Once again, people will ditch the post-Thanksgiving sleep-in and instead attack Cumberland Mall with shopping lists and hopes of cheap stuff. From Aeropostale to Zumiez, shops at Cumberland will have special Turkey Day and Black Friday hours. From the looks of it, participating stores will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and at 6 a.m. the next day. Specific hours for each mall outpost can...
What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. The Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A complete list of store and restaurant hours can be found on ...
Black Friday 2017: 10 stores offering the biggest Black Friday discounts this year

Black Friday 2017: 10 stores offering the biggest Black Friday discounts this year

Are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? This Black Friday on Nov. 24, retailers are bringing out some major doorbuster deals. Personal finance site WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from the 35 biggest U.S. retailers’ Black Friday ad scans to identify stores offering the deepest cuts in a variety of product categories, including apparel/accessories, electronics and computers/phones...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 17-19

3 Fun Things: Nov. 17-19

ROSWELL Roswell Tellabration If there’s one thing we know in the South – aside from how to cook mind-blowing barbecue and biscuits – it’s storytelling. The tradition has been passed down through generations and is prized as an ability to weave tale for strangers and friends alike. Roswell is celebrating this talent by taking part in the worldwide Tellabration event, when four...
Your 2017 guide to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Georgia

Your 2017 guide to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Georgia

If more than a million of LED lights, chocolate-dipped peppermint pretzels and superhero rollercoasters don’t put you in the holiday spirit, then avoid Six Flags Over Georgia this winter. Holiday In The Park begins Saturday at the Austell theme park, 275 Riverside Parkway SW. It ends Jan. 3, said Six Flags Over Georgia spokesman Gene Petriello. Below is your guide to all things Holiday...
The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting

The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting

Hopefully Santa Claus has an updated map because The Battery didn’t really exist last holiday season. But this year, he’ll be bringing cheer to the mixed-use development connected to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park.   The Battery announced a bunch of events for its first holiday season since opening. According to a news release, there’ll be an ice skating rink...
Study: It’s gotten a little pricier to buy the ‘12 days of Christmas’

Study: It’s gotten a little pricier to buy the ‘12 days of Christmas’

The classic carol “The Twelves Days of Christmas” is almost as old as the holiday tradition itself, so with the rising cost of “doing Christmas” it should be no surprise that the price tag for that partridge in a pear tree and those five golden rings has seen a hike. For 34 years, financial company PNC has issued its “PNC Christmas Price Index” to predict the...
Metro Atlanta malls where you can get a Christmas photo with Santa 

Metro Atlanta malls where you can get a Christmas photo with Santa 

For many children, going to see Santa at the mall can be one of the most thrilling experiences of the holiday season.  They wait in line for what seems like an eternity, watching as other children seem to trade secrets with the luminous man clothed in velvety red and white. Anticipation builds until suddenly it’s their turn, and moments later they’re hoisted onto Santa’s lap...
6 thoughtful Christmas gifts for your empty-nesting mom

6 thoughtful Christmas gifts for your empty-nesting mom

When mom becomes an empty nester, a thoughtful child will adjust Christmas gift-giving strategies accordingly. After all, she probably doesn't want any more clutter and her taste in outings will have altered from the days of all-family-friendly-all-the-time.  You can still thrill her, though, if you consider these six thoughtful Christmas gifts for an empty nest mom: Now that the kids are out...
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...
5 Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven

5 Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven

Pie making is a tasty pastime for many.  But when the hankering is really strong, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. When we've got so many sweet spots around town, why not let the connoisseurs of cooking prepare the pies – if nothing else, it may spark some creativity in your own kitchen. Whether this list prompts you to get out the rolling pin or the car keys, we can all...
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they’d give up gift-giving this holiday season. Would you?

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they’d give up gift-giving this holiday season. Would you?

Would you give up the holiday gift-giving tradition this year if your friends and family agreed to it? According to a new Harris Poll survey on behalf of SunTrust, 69 percent of Americans said they would. The poll, conducted online within the U.S. between Oct. 3-5, includes responses from 2,185 American adults ages 18 and older, 1,986 of whom said they spend money on something related to the holidays...
5 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

5 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

Along with the favorite family recipes, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to pass the tradition of volunteering to your children. While lots of the churches and shelters already have full volunteer rosters to serve Thanksgiving meals, there is a bounty of opportunities to contribute in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on the leisure days that follow it. And there is no need to restrict yourselves...
Non-touristy ways for kids and adults to beat Atlanta’s cold weather 

Non-touristy ways for kids and adults to beat Atlanta’s cold weather 

The roughest thing about fall and winter in Atlanta, arguably, is that the weather isn’t consistent. One day it’s chilly, the next you could go comfortably all day without a jacket.  That’s why the really frigid days — the ones that bring to mind cliches about polar bears and toenails — seem to come smack dab out of nowhere. You wake up one morning...
Too much Christmas music is bad for your health, psychologists say

Too much Christmas music is bad for your health, psychologists say

The holiday season is upon us and that probably means the icicle lights are going up at your local hangouts, your neighbors are starting to set up their front yard decor and, of course, Christmas music is likely on a continuous loop everywhere you go — or it will be soon. If you’re not all that excited about the last bit, you’re not alone. In fact, according to some...
7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

Preparing a successful Christmas dinner can be pulled off on a budget. It doesn't take a fortune to set up a multiple-dish meal that can get your dinner guests full and leave them satisfied. To help you with creating a tasty, yet affordable Christmas dinner, we have seven tricks to help you save money while preparing the feast. Form your budget for the dinner ahead of time and keep in mind how many...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 10-12

3 Fun Things: Nov. 10-12

ALPHARETTA Butcher & Brew Festival Be there for the beginning of a tradition as Butcher and Brew kicks off its first fest. The event offers full access to unlimited samples of seasonal craft brews, including Creature Comforts, Sweetwater, Gate City and Abbey of the Holy Goats. Between sips, play a few games of giant Jenga or cornhole and grab a bite from the Big Green Egg, sizzling under the direction...
All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now 

All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now 

To find the best Black Friday deals on gifts this year, you'll want to know what you're looking for and be on the ball now until Thanksgiving Day. Luckily, many of the best Black Friday ads have leaked, allowing you to get started early on your shopping lists and create a plan of action. Don't miss these top deals from some of the most popular retailers that will be going on Black Friday (and...
See the 2017 Black Friday hours for Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza

See the 2017 Black Friday hours for Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza

Eventually, “Black Friday” might be changed to “Black Thursday through Sunday.” Until then, just deal with the misnomer.  Hey, speaking of the pre-Christmas holiday: The 2017 Black Friday hours have been announced for Buckhead’s two major malls. The most important distinction between the two is that Lenox Square Mall will be open Thanksgiving evening; Phipps...
Photographer Pete Souza stops in Atlanta as Obama book comes out

Photographer Pete Souza stops in Atlanta as Obama book comes out

For eight years, Pete Souza was a full-time professional shadow, tucking himself into corners, twisting his body at odd angles and generally doing whatever was necessary to shoot 1.9 million of just the right photographs at just the right time. And what does he have to show for all his hard work?1.6 million followers on Instagram, where his posts are a mix of new and exquisitely timed older...
Black Friday 2017: Target reveals massive Black Friday ad, Monday preview sale

Black Friday 2017: Target reveals massive Black Friday ad, Monday preview sale

Target announced new Black Friday hours Monday, along with a big reveal of its 40-page Black Friday ad, packed with killer deals on tech, toys, home goods and everything in between. To get in on the early-bird action, shop the Target Black Friday Preview Sale in stores or online until shops close at 11:59 p.m. PDT Monday. Target REDcard holders will get early access to more than 100 Black Friday deals...
Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

There’s never a wrong time of year to visit one of Georgia's nearly 50 state parks, each of which has its own unique character.  Whether you'd like to hike, fish, appreciate towering waterfalls or explore caves, you'll be able to do it at Georgia state parks far and wide. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources manages the parks and recommends these 25 things to do while visiting...
Oprah’s 2017 favorite things are ultimate holiday gift guide — Here are our 11 top picks

Oprah’s 2017 favorite things are ultimate holiday gift guide — Here are our 11 top picks

Oprah Winfrey has released her 2017 favorite things just in time for those early bird shoppers and it’s her longest inventory ever, complete with a gratitude jar, genetics test and pizza oven. Winfrey’s annual list will be featured in the December Issue of “O” (the Oprah Magazine) with special discount codes to use on Amazon.com and other websites. According to the...

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Singles game night: Get ready for an evening of video, card and board games such as Super Mario Kart, Uno, spades, Jenga and more during game night hosted by the singles ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church. A DJ will also be on-site spinning tunes for line dancing. Free and open to all. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300, historicebenezer.org. Food...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 3-5

3 Fun Things: Nov. 3-5

SANDY SPRINGS Elegant Elf Marketplace Santa’s elves have been working hard all year and so too have the 85 select local and regional vendors you’ll find at this year’s Elegant Elf Marketplace. Held over two days, the super-sized sale invites attendees to peruse jewelry, handcrafted fashions, handbags, toys and an array of other crafts. In between bouts of buying, fuel up at the Polar...
7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season

7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season

If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck. Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity. In fact, about 80 percent of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20 percent of Americans going for a real, live tree, according to the American Christmas Tree...
5 reasons Atlantans love Macy’s Pink Pig

5 reasons Atlantans love Macy’s Pink Pig

She doesn’t don the traditional holiday colors of green or red nor does she rub elbows with Santa, but Priscilla the Pink Pig is a holiday staple in Atlanta. For five decades, the Pink Pig has been a treasured monorail ride that gets little ones and Atlantans of all ages in the holiday spirit. In 1956, Rich’s department store in downtown introduced Rich’s Pink Pig, a monorail ride...
The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If that’s your goal, there is an endless number of towns...
Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy world of podcasts, this weekly meditation is distinguished...
Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic. There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day. The ultimate etiquette authority...
AJC Decatur Book Fest names Julie Wilson interim exec director

AJC Decatur Book Fest names Julie Wilson interim exec director

The AJC Decatur Book Festival has named Julie Wilson interim executive director for 2018, replacing founding executive director Daren Wang. In August Wang announced he would leave his post. Wang nurtured a festival that, over 12 years, grew to attract 80,000 visitors each Labor Day weekend. Wilson was appointed program director in 2015, replacing Phillip Rafshoon. She worked previously...
Where in Cobb to get a warm drink that isn’t a pumpkin spice latte

Where in Cobb to get a warm drink that isn’t a pumpkin spice latte

Even if you love a good pumpkin spice latte or peppermint mocha, that’s going to get old after months of cold. Winter is about having options: an alternative route road to drive when your regular one is iced-over, different layers you only get to wear for a few months, several holiday classics to eat, a back-up sweater for when you ate too much holiday food. So when you get tired of some silly...
What is Kwanzaa? 7 enlightening facts about the holiday

What is Kwanzaa? 7 enlightening facts about the holiday

In 2017, Kwanzaa celebrates its 51st anniversary but compared to its more popular counterparts, it is relatively unknown.  Here are a few facts to help anyone that is curious and considering celebrating this holiday. Karenga, born Ron Everett, created the holiday during a particularly tumultuous time in American history. Karenga was a member of US Organization, or simply US, a black nationalist...
Independent toy store opens 2nd shop—this one in Ponce City Market

Independent toy store opens 2nd shop—this one in Ponce City Market

With impeccable timing, Atlanta-based Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop has opened a second location in advance of the holiday shopping season.  Rhen’s Nest, the Glenwood Park shop known for carrying independent toy manufacturers and supporting other small businesses, opened in Ponce City Market in late October. The business opened in 2015 after owner Christina Bonaccorse...

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Feed the homeless: A dinner and special service for homeless people will be held at The Cathedral of St. Philip. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m.; service starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. No registration is required. To volunteer to serve homeless guests, sign up on the church’s website by Oct. 29. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-365-1000, stphilipscathedral.org. Public...
It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most. The rich, deep history of this centuries-old tradition is woven into the United States' cultural fabric, yet, there are still many aspects of the holiday that most Americans don’t know. The holiday...
3 Fun Things: Oct. 27-29

3 Fun Things: Oct. 27-29

BUCKHEAD 500th Anniversary Reformation Concert Eight Atlanta churches are staging one mega concert in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, hosted by Peachtree Road United Methodist. The church’s choir will be joined by singers from seven metro area Presbyterian churches to create a chorus of more than 200 voices. Orchestras, organists and conductors from the participating...
8 of America's most dazzling holiday parades

8 of America's most dazzling holiday parades

It's time to dig up your jingle bells and festive decor− the holidays are right around the corner! Along with merry times and rosy cheeks, parades arrive to keep you entertained.  There are floats and boats dripping with shimmering lights, balloonicles (balloons on bicycles) and photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Here are eight of the most dazzling and spirited holiday parades across...
5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.  The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits...
Creeped out by clowns? You’re not alone, according to one expert

Creeped out by clowns? You’re not alone, according to one expert

Whether it’s a playful circus clown, or a clown at a haunted house, for those of us who suffer from coulrophobia or a ‘fear’ of clowns, they simply creep us out. According to Scott Bea, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic, our fear of clowns is most likely due to the elusive nature of their appearance. “I think what it is about clowns is you can’t really identify what their intentions...
Puppets sing, play and wreak havoc on Atlanta stages

Puppets sing, play and wreak havoc on Atlanta stages

Puppets and bloodshed. Puppets and sex. Puppets and Mozart.” Puppets are doing some strange things on Atlanta stages this fall, offering entertainments that are far removed from “Romper Room.” The Atlanta Opera is staging a performance of “The Magic Flute” with a Chinese dragon, a flying bird and an 8-foot Queen of the Night. The Center for Puppetry Arts is just finishing...
Book fest boasts 17 days of literary treats

Book fest boasts 17 days of literary treats

For two weeks in November, the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta occupies the sweet spot between major publishers’ fall release dates and the start of the gangbusters-for-books holiday shopping season. But even in its 26th year, it’s not as easy as it sounds arranging 45 authors and almost as many genres into a schedule that guarantees festival-goers...
Faith calendar

Faith calendar

Family festival: The 10th annual Fall Family Fun Fest will feature games, candy, prizes and more. Entry to the fest is free and open to all; there will be a nominal fee for food and admission into a haunted house. 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Bethel United Methodist Church, 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. 770-474-2570, bethel-umc.com. Film screening: Join filmmaker Althea Brown and former student leaders...
Maker Faire Atlanta puts creative innovation in spotlight

Maker Faire Atlanta puts creative innovation in spotlight

Picture a science fair, arts festival and county fair wrapped into one, and you’ll start to get an idea of what’s in store at this weekend’s Maker Faire Atlanta. On Sunday, the best inventions in Atlanta, such as hoverboards, Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, DIY furniture and robots, will be on display at the free annual event. Most of the making takes place behind the scenes...
Why does David Sedaris hate ‘Santaland Diaries’?

Why does David Sedaris hate ‘Santaland Diaries’?

You may think you’ve already read David Sedaris’ diaries. His droll autobiographical stories — about growing up Greek in North Carolina, picking fruit in the Northwest, and serving as an elf at “Santaland” in a Manhattan department store — put him on NPR, on the best-seller list and in the same company as Mark Twain and S.J. Perelman. But you’ve...
Choreographer Juel D. Lane brings Atlanta flavor to Ailey II

Choreographer Juel D. Lane brings Atlanta flavor to Ailey II

Destination Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s initiative to produce year-round programming in Atlanta, will wrap up its pilot season this weekend with performances that could launch a locally based choreographer to new heights. Juel D. Lane will make his choreographic debut with Ailey II, the organization’s second company, with “Touch & Agree (2017),” which...
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