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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival turns spotlight on artists, Israel, more

For its 18th year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns to local cinemas with a robust lineup of movies that showcase such themes as Jewish-American life, the Holocaust, Israeli cinema and, particularly this year, the realm of arts and entertainment. The festival screens more than 70 narrative and documentary shorts and feature films from 27 countries at almost 200 screenings across the city....


Get out: 6 of Atlanta's best escape rooms

Get out: 6 of Atlanta's best escape rooms

If you're feeling a little tired of the usual dinner and a movie, try getting out of one Atlanta's top escape room experiences. Not for the faint of heart, escape rooms are sure to give you and your friends an exciting, exhilarating and − at times − terrifying time. Escape games connect the elements of the theater with gameplay and special effects, and they are becoming increasingly...
Is this the best chocolate chip cookie you can buy in Georgia?

Is this the best chocolate chip cookie you can buy in Georgia?

A quarter-pound of cookie so delectable they named it evil has been named the best chocolate chip cookie in Georgia. Tripping.com, one of the largest vacation rental sites in the world, listed Muss & Turner’s wickedly good chocolate chip cookie, the evil cookie, as the best chocolate chip cookie in Georgia on its “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Every U.S. State” list. The...
Def Leppard, Journey set massive summer tour that will play SunTrust Park

Def Leppard, Journey set massive summer tour that will play SunTrust Park

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Do you wanna get rocked this summer? Def Leppard and Journey will bring out the guitars and hits when they perform at SunTrust Park at 6 p.m. July 1. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 via livenation.com, braves.com/rock or by calling 1-800-745-3000. A pre-sale for A-List members and Club members begins...
Get details about The Whitley’s new chef and restaurant plus other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Get details about The Whitley’s new chef and restaurant plus other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

The Whitley Executive Chef Marc Suennemann / Photo courtesy of The Whitley The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, which rebranded as The Whitley in December, has named a new executive chef and provided details about its new restaurant. Marc Suennemann is managing culinary operations for the 507-room hotel, overseeing the culinary team and overseeing Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Trade...
7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

Undoubtedly, many Atlantans' (and those visiting) include brunch in their scheduling for the weekend. Whether with friends, after church or as a hair of the dog treatment - brunch can accommodate all needs. But brunch isn't only about the food these days, it's about the full experience: how you dress, the atmosphere, the cutesy beverages and most of all, how it looks on Instagram. 1100 Howell Mill...
2018 SCAD aTVFest: Alan Cumming, Zach Braff to be honored Feb. 1-3

2018 SCAD aTVFest: Alan Cumming, Zach Braff to be honored Feb. 1-3

Zach Braff (left) and Alan Cumming (right) will be honored at SCAD’s sixth annual aTVFest Feb. 1-3, 2018. CREDIT: Getty Images Posted Friday, January 19, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog This year’s SCAD aTVFest, its sixth, will honor actors Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”) and Zach Braff (“Scrubs&rdquo...
Beer Pick: Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA

Beer Pick: Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA

Credit: Terrapin Beer Co. On Saturday, the annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting convenes from 2:30-6 p.m. at Five Seasons Westside, with more than 50 rare, cask-conditioned ales from the USA and UK on tap. Among the varied offerings this year, you’ll find everything from the sublime Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, to the boozy Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium Imperial Stout, and...
Garden & Gun is opening a ‘cocktail and social club’ at The Battery

Garden & Gun is opening a ‘cocktail and social club’ at The Battery

Photo from the Garden & Gun Club Facebook page A ‘cocktail and social club’ from Southern culture magazine Garden & Gun is set to open at The Battery this spring. Garden & Gun Club will offer lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails, according to its Facebook page, and encourages customers to “ enjoy the start of a new chapter in Southern hospitality...
New roasting manual means never having to say, ‘Where’s the beef?’

New roasting manual means never having to say, ‘Where’s the beef?’

  Read this cookbook: “How To Roast Everything: A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More” (America’s Test Kitchen, $40)   By Wendell Brock Back in 1995, the great food writer Barbara Kafka published “Roasting: A Simple Art,” a book that focused on blasting food at high temperatures, a technique that produces...
Fourth South City Kitchen now open in Alpharetta

Fourth South City Kitchen now open in Alpharetta

A rendering of the exterior at South City Kitchen Avalon. / Rending provided by Fifth Group Restaurants Southern restaurant South City Kitchen has opened its doors at The Hotel at Avalon. The eatery — part of Fifth Group Restaurants, which also owns La Tavola Trattoria, The Original El Taco, Alma Cocina, Lure and Ecco as well as South City Kitchen locations in Vinings, Midtown and...
The owner of Tuk Tuk is about to open a new Thai restaurant in Buckhead

The owner of Tuk Tuk is about to open a new Thai restaurant in Buckhead

The interior of Chai Yo / Photo by Erik Meadows Photography A mother and daughter behind two popular Atlanta Thai restaurant have collaborated on the menu for a new Buckhead spot. DeeDee Niyomkul, who owns Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft in south Buckhead, is about to open Chai Yo at 3050 Peachtree Road NW, next to cocktail lounge Himitsu. The restaurant, currently in soft opening phase, ...
Get a three-course lobster dinner for $35 every Sunday in Roswell

Get a three-course lobster dinner for $35 every Sunday in Roswell

A three-course lobster dinner is $35 Sundays in Roswell. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. This deal is a real catch. Enjoy a three-course lobster dinner inclusive of a soup or salad, 1 ¼ pounds of steamed lobster with a side of fries and slaw plus dessert for $35 at C&S Chowder House . This deal is offered every Sunday, so you can make...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Zac Brown Band

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Zac Brown Band

Jon Bon Jovi and the boys will be back in Atlanta this spring. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC) 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  ...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Miranda Lambert, The Killers

Atlanta Concerts this week: Miranda Lambert, The Killers

Miranda Lambert heads to town on Saturday. FRIDAY Shawn Mullins The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter hasn’t released an album since 2015’s “My Stupid Heart ,” but continues to be a true road warrior. You know you’ll hear his 1998 mega-hit “Lullaby,” but Mullins also packs his set lists with more recent heart-tuggers, such as “Light...
Political commentator, Angela Rye, at Georgia Tech on Feb. 7

Political commentator, Angela Rye, at Georgia Tech on Feb. 7

  Political commentator, Angela Rye, will deliver the Black History Month Lecture, “Giving Voice to Justice for 50 Years,” on Feb. 7  at Georgia Tech. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the university’s student center ballroom. Rye is the principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, D.C. She is a political commentator for CNN and political...
Another build-your-own salad chain is coming to Atlanta

Another build-your-own salad chain is coming to Atlanta

Salad from Chopt / Photo from the Chopt Facebook page If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat healthier, the recent influx of salad spots in metro Atlanta should be good news to you. Joining the list is New York-based Chopt, which has locations in the works in Buckhead and Toco Hills, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The salad chain —...
Dead & Company will truck back to Atlanta this summer

Dead & Company will truck back to Atlanta this summer

Dead & Company will truck back to Atlanta this summer. Photo: Danny Clinch BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene For the third time in 12 months, Dead & Company will visit Atlanta. The collective of Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti will return to Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood...
Jason Aldean sets concert date at SunTrust Park this summer

Jason Aldean sets concert date at SunTrust Park this summer

Jason Aldean will visit the Braves’ ballpark this summer. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jason Aldean is heading off on his “High Noon Neon Tour” this summer and playing a home state show in a big way. Aldean, along with tour guests Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, will hit SunTrust Park on July 21. Ticket and on-sale information will be announced soon. The Macon native...
Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

MEAT MARKET — PALM BEACH Prime short ribs with lobster risotto. Kobe meatloaf with mango barbecue sauce. Buffalo tenderloin smothered in an espresso rub and chocolate mole butter. That’s just a short list of dishes to tempt carnivores at the Meat Market, a restaurant that puts an upscale, modern spin on that American dining institution, the steakhouse. Steakhouses have an old-school reputation...
‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war

‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war

If you’re doing your job right in the U.S. Special Forces, it likely means no one will ever know. It’s a tough, elite and highly classified position, where acts of incredible heroism never get the ticker tape parade, and that’s kind of the point. These soldiers are supposed to slip into and out of secret missions without making the evening news. “12 Strong” tells just...
‘Forever My Girl’ doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula

‘Forever My Girl’ doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula

Romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks cornered the market on a subgenre he essentially invented — exceedingly pleasant, Southern-set epic romances (between young, attractive, white, Christian, heterosexual couples). But this is a genre that overwhelmingly appeals to a female movie-going audience, so it’s about time female creators have been given a place behind the camera to...
‘The Final Year’ of the Obama administration hard to watch

‘The Final Year’ of the Obama administration hard to watch

Maybe you think you had the worst 2016 election night party in America — you know, the one that ended early. But no, that distinction belongs to then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, as evidenced in the new documentary “The Final Year,” about foreign policy during President Obama’s last year in office. Power decided that it would be really fun if she invited every woman representing...
‘Den of Thieves’ kicks off bad-movie season in style

‘Den of Thieves’ kicks off bad-movie season in style

So this is how it works: In the fall, movies are intended to be good and usually are. In the summer, movies are intended to be bad but profitable, and they’re usually both. But in January and February, we get the special season. That’s when the movies are intended to be great but are horrible. But not normal horrible. We’re talking seven-headed horrible, disaster-site horrible, a...
‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ shares last-gasp romance

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ shares last-gasp romance

In light of a résumé skewed toward male-dominated thrillers, Scottish director Paul McGuigan might seem an unlikely choice to guide a fading-siren weepie from page to screen. Yet “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a real-life romance adapted from the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, reveals an unexpected fontanel of sentiment in McGuigan’s style that — when...
Scotty McCreery will perform at February Georgia Swarm game

Scotty McCreery will perform at February Georgia Swarm game

Scotty McCreery. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Singer Scotty McCreery will perform during Country Night when the Georgia Swarm – 2017 NLL World Champions – take on the Toronto Rock at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 17. McCreery will play for 10 minutes during halftime as well as a 30-minute postgame concert in the Atlanta Classic Cars Mercedes-Benz Goal Zone Club at Infinite...
Miranda Lambert asking fans to bring pet supplies for FurKids before Atlanta concert

Miranda Lambert asking fans to bring pet supplies for FurKids before Atlanta concert

Miranda Lambert is asking for fans to help FurKids before her Atlanta concert. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Miranda Lambert is known for her love of animals as much as she is for being a country spitfire. Prior to her Saturday concert at Infinite Energy Arena, Lambert is calling on fans to help “Fill the Little Red Wagon,” which will be stationed outside the venue....
Grammy Awards 2018 performers: Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, U2 added

Grammy Awards 2018 performers: Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, U2 added

Kendrick Lamar won’t have to bundle up as much as he did for his recent performance in Atlanta during the College Football National Championship. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The musical stylings of Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2 will be on display during the 60 ...
7 most romantic bed and breakfast getaways in Georgia

7 most romantic bed and breakfast getaways in Georgia

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to spice up your life than to escape on a romantic bed and breakfast getaway. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and all your cares behind won't take long at all when you stay at one of these amazing and award-winning B&B locations found throughout Georgia. »RELATED: 5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in...
Netflix and chow: What to eat while binge-watching you favorite shows

Netflix and chow: What to eat while binge-watching you favorite shows

Being snowed in is the perfect excuse to binge watch that show you’ve been meaning to check out — and pig out with abandon. Here, we offer up some recipes for food to whip up while your eyes are glued to the show on your streaming service of choice. The Americans / FX via AP The Americans, Amazon — Two Russian spies pose as a normal Washington, D.C. couple at the height...
It’s a hot mess outside — get a free one at this metro Atlanta Mexican restaurant

It’s a hot mess outside — get a free one at this metro Atlanta Mexican restaurant

If you’re already going stir-crazy inside during the snow day, one metro Atlanta restaurant is giving you an incentive to venture outside. Tin Lizzy’s Cantina locations are open and offering up a free Hot Mess — an appetizer made with tater tots, queso blanco, seasoned pulled pork and bacon-cilantro slaw drizzled with honey chipotle barbecue sauce &mdash...
‘The Lion King’ at the Fox Theatre, other concerts canceled due to icy roads

‘The Lion King’ at the Fox Theatre, other concerts canceled due to icy roads

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Simba will nor roar tonight at The Fox Theatre, as the Wednesday performance of Disney’s “The Lion King” has been canceled due to the icy road conditions. All ticketholders will be refunded through their original point of purchase. Those who purchased by credit card will receive a refund automatically...
Jermaine Dupri, Cameo among 2018 Trumpet Awards honorees

Jermaine Dupri, Cameo among 2018 Trumpet Awards honorees

Jermaine Dupri will be honored at the Trumpet Awards this year. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jermaine Dupri and Cameo are among the honorees at this year’s Bounce Trumpet Awards, the annual event that celebrates African-American achievements and contributions. The ceremony will take place on Jan. 20 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and...
Stuck inside with the kids? These delicious recipes will help you stay full and entertained

Stuck inside with the kids? These delicious recipes will help you stay full and entertained

School’s out for the Snow Day! If you’re a parent looking for productive ways to entertain your kids — and get a little something tasty for yourself in the process — here are some recipes that should hit the spot. Muss and Turner’s Truffleupagus. / Photo by Chris Hunt Cookbook authors and restaurants including Muss & Turner’s ...
Send us your snow day food pictures for a chance to win free Krispy Kreme

Send us your snow day food pictures for a chance to win free Krispy Kreme

What are you eating and drinking for Snow Day? / JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM Happy snow day, Atlanta! If you are off work, it might mean a day of hearty comfort food, warm cozy drinks and a plate of homemade cookies. In the comments section in the post pinned to the top of the Atlanta Restaurant Scene Facebook page , leave a photo of something you’re eating...
Popular Buckhead steakhouse offers $1 oysters and half price appetizers weekdays

Popular Buckhead steakhouse offers $1 oysters and half price appetizers weekdays

The Cut Bar offers half-priced appetizers and $1 chef’s choice oysters weekdays. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There’s no need to cut it out. The Cut Bar, the bar and lounge of   American Cut steakhouse, offers half-priced appetizers from the all-day menu as well as $1 chef’s choice oysters from 4–7 p.m. weekdays. ...
Review: ‘Maytag Virgin’ delivers strong performances with heart

Review: ‘Maytag Virgin’ delivers strong performances with heart

In rural Alabama, the only thing worse than being the town slut is being the town widow. At least that’s how Lizzy Nash (Courtney Patterson) has felt since her husband died in a roofing accident. She spends her days reading quietly on her back porch, which is adorned with a collection of wind chimes; she’s avoiding going back to her job as a high school English teacher. However, that quiet...
Best bets for seafood in Atlanta

Best bets for seafood in Atlanta

There's no doubt that Atlanta is absolutely fabulous. The only thing missing is a beach. Although we can't dip our toes in the sand and smell the salty air, we're not deprived of incredibly fresh seafood.  »RELATED: AJC readers named this restaurant as the best seafood in Atlanta From swimming in the ocean to our plate in under a day? Not only possible, but pretty easy to find here. So...
Holocaust remembrance event pays tribute to ‘Japan’s Schindler’

Holocaust remembrance event pays tribute to ‘Japan’s Schindler’

During the early days of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed at a consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania, issued more than 2,000 visas for as many as 6,000 Jewish people desperately trying to escape Nazi persecution. An extraordinarily courageous act, Sugihara defied the orders of his superiors in Tokyo, who told Sugihara the Jewish refugees did not meet visa requirements. Within...
The team behind General Muir bringing barbecue to Summerhill

The team behind General Muir bringing barbecue to Summerhill

A rendering of the Summerhill project / Rendering from Carter Developments On the heels of the news that the historic Summerhill neighborhood in Atlanta is getting a new coffee shop and brewery comes the announcement that the team behind The General Muir is set to bring barbecue to the area. Todd Ginsberg, Shelley...
Are you a myAJC subscriber? You could win free dinner

Are you a myAJC subscriber? You could win free dinner

Le Bilboquet / Photo courtesy of Rainer Shaw There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but how about a free dinner? French restaurant  Le Bilboquet is hosting a four-course bourbon  dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and you have the chance to win two free seats to the event. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will select two myAJC subscribers who, along with their...
Dave Matthews Band returns with new album, summer tour to visit Atlanta

Dave Matthews Band returns with new album, summer tour to visit Atlanta

DMB last played Atlanta with a three-hour show in May 2016 at Lakewood. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /www.RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last year, the Dave Matthews Band took a rare hiatus from the road. This summer, the band will embark on an extensive outing from May through September, including an 8 p.m. May 26 return to Cellairis Amphitheatre...

Faith calendar

Evening entertainment: Organist David Brensinger will be joined by classical guitarist John Huston; percussionist John Lawless; and Atlanta Symphony musician Ted Gurch, alto saxophone, in an hour-long performance. Free and open to all. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta. 404-255-4023, holyinnocents.org. Dance performance: The Koresh Dance Company...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

Atlanta's High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast, housing a large permanent collection of more than 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary. The museum has a particularly diverse array of highlights, including American and European paintings and sculptures, one of the largest collections of civil rights-era prints in the U.S. and a significant folk and self-taught...
Atlanta History Center offers free MLK Day admission, special programs

Atlanta History Center offers free MLK Day admission, special programs

It has been 50 years since the assassination of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and yet his legacy lives on as large as ever. For 2018’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, the Atlanta History Center will offer free admission to attendees and, for the second year in a row, a slate of special programming. RELATED | 11 Atlanta events that honor the...
Where to volunteer for MLK Day of Service 2018

Where to volunteer for MLK Day of Service 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" We've rounded up volunteer opportunities around Atlanta to help you serve your neighbors and your community in recognition of MLK Day of Service on Jan. 15, 2018.  Hands On Atlanta – Hands on Atlanta is providing many opportunities for volunteers. Participating...
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...

Faith Calendar

Vision board party: Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Young Adult and College Ministry will host a vision board social. Attendees should bring visions, goals and plans for 2018; lunch and materials will be provided. This event will take place immediately after the 11:30 a.m. service Jan. 14. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300, historicebenezer.org. Cue a concert: The...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Top spots to watch the National Championship game in Atlanta

Top spots to watch the National Championship game in Atlanta

The final matchup is upon us. The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are preparing to take on the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Game day is Jan. 8 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, and college football fans from all over the country will flock to the city to catch the tournament. The game starts at 8 p.m. Not able to cheer from the stands?...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
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...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Tiffany Trump rings in new year at Playboy party

Tiffany Trump rings in new year at Playboy party

After a week at Mar-a-Lago with her presidential family, Tiffany Trump headed to California to spend New Year’s Eve with a very different kind of group. The first daughter was a guest at a Los Angeles bash hosted by heir to the Playboy throne Cooper Hefner. The 24-year-old was photographed speaking to Hefner and posing beside his fiancee, Scarlett Byrne, as well as other friends, multiple...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
10 tips for sticking with your exercise plan in the new year

10 tips for sticking with your exercise plan in the new year

It’s the New Year’s resolution that everyone has and virtually no one keeps: We want to get in shape. Here are 10 tips to help you keep on track: If you made your decision on New Year’s Eve, that’s only making a decision based on your emotional state that day. Make a plan for big and small goals and particular parts of your body you want to target to help keep you...
5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City. You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash...
9 inspiring New Year's resolution quotes that will be your 2018 motivation

9 inspiring New Year's resolution quotes that will be your 2018 motivation

"Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet?" Perhaps you've been asked this question one too many times in the past few weeks, and you've just laughed nervously and changed the subject. Or perhaps you're one of the more optimistic types who has a full list, including a game plan on how you're going to stick to them. Either way, when reality sets in, we all know that New Year's resolutions...
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 the beauty that lies just a few 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: Dec. 29-31

3 Fun Things: Dec. 29-31

ALPHARETTA Special Needs Screening of “The Last Jedi” Everyone is talking about the new “Star Wars” film, but if your child has special needs, it might be difficult to see it in a crowded theater. Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta has a solution. On Dec. 30, the theater will host a special needs screening of the movie, during which the lights will stay on, and the volume will...
5 facts about New Year’s Eve

5 facts about New Year’s Eve

As the roller coaster year that was 2017 comes to a close, plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations are underway. >> Read more trending news  Before “Auld Land Syne” begins to play, here are five facts about New Year's Eve: Different cultures celebrated the new year at different times of the year. CNN reported that some cultures considered the autumn equinox, or winter...
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
It’s not too late to make plans to ring in the new year

It’s not too late to make plans to ring in the new year

Although the gifts have been unwrapped and the leftover meals have been gobbled up, the holiday season isn’t over just yet. The countdown to 2018 is officially on, and it’s not too late to solidify your New Year’s Eve plans. RELATED | What you need to know about New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a delicious dinner, there are still a...
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 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 Bag and Cotton Mill, which today looms over the neighborhood as loft apartments and...
Report: Ex-staffer says Blake Farenthold made her work for campaign on public’s dime

Report: Ex-staffer says Blake Farenthold made her work for campaign on public’s dime

A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold told the congressional committee investigating the Texas Republican that the lawmaker made her work on his re-election despite never volunteering for or being paid by the campaign, sources told CNN. Congressional rules bar lawmakers from using public resources to benefit their political campaigns.  The allegations brought by former Farenthold...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
21 things to do this Christmas weekend in Atlanta

21 things to do this Christmas weekend in Atlanta

Visiting Santa, ice skating, viewing twinkling lights and enjoying a holiday service -- Christmas is truly in the air this weekend all across metro Atlanta. Although you (and your little ones) might feel anxious for the big day to arrive, make sure to spend a little time with your family at some of these festive events that will make your celebration one to remember. »RELATED: Where...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 22-24

3 Fun Things: Dec. 22-24

MARIETTA Food Tour With the new year looming, it will soon be time for those diets to start. But not yet! Enjoy those last few sweet days of caloric freedom by exploring Marietta’s mushrooming food scene. The Marietta Food Tour winds its way through the city’s downtown district and make flavorful stops at local favorites such as the Australian Bakery Cafe, Cool Beans coffee house and Miss...
5 Christmas traditions that aren't as traditional as you think

5 Christmas traditions that aren't as traditional as you think

Your Christmas traditions may feel like they've been around for a long time, but many aren't as traditional as you might think. »RELATED:6 things you may not know about Christmas They may have origins that go back for years, but, in many cases, they've evolved quite a bit. Otherwise, the popular image of Santa Claus might still be "Rough Nicholas" instead of the jolly figure we know...
5 ways to ensure your fitness New Year's resolution comes to fruition

5 ways to ensure your fitness New Year's resolution comes to fruition

The new year is quickly approaching, and with it follows your usual list of resolutions that probably includes starting a workout routine. You may have attempted (perhaps unsuccessfully) to keep a health-focused resolution in the past in order to lose weight, feel great and have more energy. However, for one reason or another, your plans fell through and you ended up falling back into your old, comfortable...
7 creative ways to repurpose your real Christmas tree

7 creative ways to repurpose your real Christmas tree

While everyone from Pinterest to Martha Stewart is full of advice about decorating Christmas trees, it's a bit tougher to find inspiration when it's time to take a natural tree down.  But there's no need to kick the tree to the curb. If you're willing to redecorate, the birds and squirrels would love to have a second celebration with your tree. This Old House recommends placing...
AJC’s 2017 holiday gift guide: Unique gifts for everyone on your list

AJC’s 2017 holiday gift guide: Unique gifts for everyone on your list

The holiday season can be costly, chaotic and completely overwhelming. To help keep your gift-giving worries under wraps, we pulled together our popular gift guides for everyone in your life, from your favorite foodies, your empty-nesting mom, the travel junkies or the kids who already have it all. 5 cool VIP experiences  For all you last minute shoppers, here’s when stores open...
This Cobb home has a free Christmas display with 350,000 lights

This Cobb home has a free Christmas display with 350,000 lights

Richard B. Taylor’s first Christmas light display outside his Kennesaw home started in 1988 with a mess of melted wires on a stick tree. He’s figured it out since then. This year’s set-up features more than 350,000 lights drawing more than 610 amps, said Taylor, who lives in the 1500 block of Ben King Road. That’s an increase of 75,000 lights from last year. Taylor said...
5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

Made for watching by the roaring fire, cocoa in hand, slippers on feet, the delightful, wintry scenes of Hallmark Channel holiday movies are not typically fit for Southern settings. It only makes sense: how are you going to have the Christmas Festival of Ice and similar “Winter Wonderland” themes set in Charlotte, or Atlanta or Rocky Top, Tennessee? What's surprising is that...
Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?

Which stores are open on Christmas Day 2017?

Whether you need to hop to the shop to snag some essentials (or a last-minute Christmas gift) or you’re missing an important ingredient for Christmas dinner, you may be able to find a store open on the big holiday. Though the vast majority of retailers are closed on Christmas Day, some pharmacies and convenience stores will be open. Note: The rule of thumb for holiday hours is to always call...
What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?

What time do stores open and close on Christmas Eve 2017?

If you’re banking on some last minute Christmas shopping, you’re not alone.  According to a 2016 survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers, 76 percent of adult shoppers said they planned on making holiday purchases right up until Christmas. And with Christmas Eve on a Sunday this year, shoppers will have an extra weekend day to hit the stores. For all you last-minute...
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Time to get your dancing shoes on, Atlanta, because you won't want to miss the year's best Christmas parties and celebrations taking place around the Metro.  From kid-friendly events to grown-ups-only bashes, there's a reason for everyone in your family to Deck the Halls this weekend. For those of you who don't feel like a crowd, you'll also find a few creative workshops to get you in the...
There’s going to be a charity Santa bar crawl at The Battery

There’s going to be a charity Santa bar crawl at The Battery

If the chance to thank Marines or give toys to children in need doesn’t interest you, maybe reduced-price drinks will. All that will happen at the Santa bar crawl on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online. Participants can walk with beverages between the following spots at The Battery: Todd English Tavern, Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta, Coors Banquet, ...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 15-17

3 Fun Things: Dec. 15-17

PEACHTREE CITY Santa is coming to town, and not just Atlanta. He’s showing up all around the metro area as the days tick down to The Big Day. In Peachtree City, he’ll be appearing in style: Instead of riding a big red sleigh, he’ll be arriving on a glam, shiny red firetruck. For this visit, he’s also collecting gifts before distributing his own on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 16...
Katy Perry shows Christmas spirit by going to Miracle in Santa outfit

Katy Perry shows Christmas spirit by going to Miracle in Santa outfit

Katy Perry had a busy schedule in Atlanta early this week.  On Monday, the entertainer visited patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta before renting out an insanely popular Christmas bar. The next night she performed at Phillips Arena, where she chirped about her love of playing in the city. Miracle, the holiday-themed pop-up bar, posted a Facebook photo Wednesday of the...
State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote

The attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on changing the country’s net neutrality rules as they investigate reports that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commission’s notice of the proposed change. “If the well of public comment has been poisoned by falsified submissions, the Commission...
#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

#ThankYouAlabama: Doug Jones wins Senate seat over Roy Moore, Twitter celebrates

News that Alabama voters chose Tuesday to send Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate over embattled Republican Roy Moore was greeted with relief and joy on social media. Moore was considered a favorite to take the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions early in the race, but his grip on the position slipped amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Several women told reporters that...
Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

If you're like me, this time of year brings the yearning for upholding or creating family traditions such as building a holiday gingerbread house, but the reality is that there's only so much time in a day. Most of us were already burning our candles from both ends before they turned red and started smelling of spice and apples. Now we're just burned out. Take a breath. You’ve got options. My...
See the 2017 Christmas Eve hours for Atlanta malls

See the 2017 Christmas Eve hours for Atlanta malls

Dear Procrastinators of Atlanta,  We have all the faith that you’ll have every gift wrapped by Dec. 24 this year.  However... Just in case you do end up needing to buy a few gifts last minute, here are the Christmas Eve hours for the major malls around town.   · Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. · Krog Street Market...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
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