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Theater review: Co-stars deliver Ensemble’s talky ‘Having Our Say’

There are considerably more trying and less pleasant ways to spend a couple of hours than in the company of two kindhearted little old ladies. Emily Mann’s play “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” based on the remarkable true story of black siblings Sadie and Bessie Delany, takes place circa 1992, when Sadie was 103 and Bessie 101. After a comparatively &ldquo...
Mexican restaurant coming to Perimeter Mall

Mexican restaurant coming to Perimeter Mall

Cinco Mexican Cantina is opening a location at Perimeter Mall this fall. Similar to the Cinco in Suwanee (pictured), the interior at Cinco in Perimeter Mall will feature a communal table / Photo by Todd Burandt Cinco Mexican Cantina is headed to Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody.
Lady Gaga replaces Beyonce in Coachella lineup

Lady Gaga replaces Beyonce in Coachella lineup

Lady Gaga will bring her glitter to the desert. Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Beyonce out, Lady Gaga in.
The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space / AJC file photo Add two more new concepts coming to the old East Andrews Entertainment District, now known as Andrews Square.
Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Battered catfish at Chicken + Beer at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is an unexpected star on the menu.
Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Celebrate oysters at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. / AJC file photo Wine, brunch and chocolate are all on the menu next month with these March events for food lovers.
Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

He lurks in the catacombs of Paris’ Palais Garnier, gliding across the opera house’s subterranean lake in a gondola and coming out to terrorize performers and audiences with flashes of fire and a crashing chandelier. A man who conceals his grotesque face behind a mask and wears his heart on his lacy sleeve, he is of course the tortured antagonist at the center of Andrew Lloyd Webber&rsquo...
Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Chef Nick Melvin It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets.
Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Smoked snow crab legs with crawfish smoked gouda mac and cheese and lo lat rolls on the side at Bon Ton.
Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Early Saturday morning, March 18, Reynoldstown resident Erin Thoresen will be hard at work, setting up tents and tables, getting everything ready for the season opening of the Green Market at Piedmont Park. It’s Thoresen’s third year of volunteering there. “When I moved to Atlanta, I wanted to get involved in groups that provide access to healthy food. I found out about the Green...
Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Smoke & Duck Sauce has opened a new location.
Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

There are tons of places to enjoy a drink in Atlanta, but when you want to narrow it down to the best of the best, who’re you going to ask?
The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

Milk tea from Boba Bee on Buford Highway. / Photo from the Boba Bee Facebook page Question: When is milk bubble tea not just milk bubble tea?
Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Martina McBride has Lauren Alaina along for the ride. Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Martina McBride For the second leg of her “Love Unleashed” tour, the country songbird paired with CMT’s Next Women of Country and teamed with “American Idol” runner-up (and Rossville native) Lauren Alaina.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Styx, J. Cole

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Styx, J. Cole

  Styx’s James “JY” Young and Tommy Shaw rocked Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta in May 2016 and will return this year.
Alan Cumming talks ‘sappy’ songs, politics and Eli Gold

Alan Cumming talks ‘sappy’ songs, politics and Eli Gold

Alan Cumming at Carnegie Hall. He’ll bring his cabaret show to Atlanta on March 3. Photo: Tré.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Martina McBride has Lauren Alaina along for the ride. Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Martina McBride For the second leg of her “Love Unleashed” tour, the country songbird paired with CMT’s Next Women of Country and teamed with “American Idol” runner-up (and Rossville native) Lauren Alaina.
Q&A: TobyMac brings his diverse band and sound to Duluth

Q&A: TobyMac brings his diverse band and sound to Duluth

Toby’s back. The Grammy-winning Christian artist is returning to Georgia with his “Hits Deep Tour” on March 9 at the Infinite Energy Center. Toby McKeehan, known as TobyMac, is coming off the release of his “Hits Deep Live” album in November 2016, and he’s touring with an entourage of diverse opening acts and musicians, including Mandisa, Matt Maher, Mac...
Beyonce pulls out of Coachella performance because of pregnancy

Beyonce pulls out of Coachella performance because of pregnancy

Beyonce unveiled her voluptuous form at the Grammys. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Beyonce would have been the first female artist to headline Coachella since Bjork in 2007, but her impending pregnancy has nixed those plans.
This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

People stroll along Lumpkin Street in front of The Globe. / AJC file photo College is for learning, of course, but that also includes learning to have fun, right?
Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Marvin Woods / AJC file photo A well-known Atlanta restaurant space with a hip-hop pedigree is getting a makeover with a new concept, look and menu.
Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Scofflaw Brewing Co. selections. / Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There are tons of great breweries in metro Atlanta — and plenty more to come — but only one is in the running for Best New Brewery in the U.
Sting primed to deliver a loose, fun concert at the Tabernacle

Sting primed to deliver a loose, fun concert at the Tabernacle

ST. LOUIS – Don’t arrive late. The 8 p.m. ticket time matters to Sting, because a few minutes past the top of the hour, he’ll stride on stage in his Sting uniform of black – snug pants, T-shirt, work boots – chat for a moment or two and share what he calls, “The story of my life around 1975,” revealed as the acoustic ballad “Heading South on the Great...
4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with a masquerade party at Cypress Pint & Plate. HANDOUT / Caren West PR.
More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

Poke bowls from Poke Perfect, which is entering the Atlanta market. / Photo from the Poke Perfect Facebook page Less than a month after releasing news that it was opening a store in Decatur, a poké restaurant has announced its second Atlanta location.

Future announces another new album, ‘HNDRXX’

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene A week after Future dropped a new, self-titled album, the Atlanta MC is ready to unveil another one this week. Future took to Twitter to announce the arrival of “HNDRXX” (pronounced Hendrix), a 17-track album that can be pre-ordered now on iTunes. It will be released Friday. Told YALL,I got a fully loaded clip…thought I was bluffing #HNDRXX...
Chris Brown taps 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. and others for tour that will play Atlanta

Chris Brown taps 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. and others for tour that will play Atlanta

Chris Brown brought his moves to Philips Arena in March 2015. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos.com. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Chris Brown seems unable to escape controversy in his personal life.
A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

3:8 Juice & Eatery is now open in Alpharetta. / Photo from the 3:8 Facebook page A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating a month of business with a grand opening and ribbon cutting next week.
6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

This eponymous double barrel margarita will be $10.99 at all PURE locations. HANDOUT / Birds of a Feather Creative.
Concert review: Tony Bennett demonstrates eternal elegance in Atlanta

Concert review: Tony Bennett demonstrates eternal elegance in Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The recorded voice of Frank Sinatra told the fans who packed Atlanta Symphony Hall that they were about to witness “the greatest singer in the world,” and out strolled spry, 90-year-old Tony Bennett.
More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta “I’ve been all over the world.
Feeling lucky? Travel to these four casinos closest to Atlanta

Feeling lucky? Travel to these four casinos closest to Atlanta

If you’re a gambler living in Georgia, your choices are a few hours on a plane to the gaming meccas in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City or Tunica or a few hours in the car to North Carolina or Alabama. Yes, there plenty of other places to go, since 18 states currently allow commercial casinos and 30 states offer legalized gambling (either commercial or tribal). If and when casino gambling is...
J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In summer 2015, J. Cole joined with pals Big Sean and YG for a show at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Now the hip-hop star/producer is headlining a 57-city worldwide jaunt in support of his fourth album, “4 Your Eyez Only.” Cole will perform at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on Aug. 11. Tickets are $29.50-$99.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at www...
Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Chris Stapleton has new music on the way and a spring tour date set for Atlanta. On May 5, Stapleton will release the follow-up to his acclaimed “Traveller” album- and it’s also the same day he’ll perform at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta (show time is 7 p.m.). Joining the hirsute country-rock-soul breakout star on his “All American...
Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina features three types each of guacamole and salsa with plantain chips and tortilla chips.
Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English is opening Todd English Tavern at Battery Atlanta. The Battery entertainment complex adjacent to the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park will offer plenty of options for dining and drinking.
Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

[Congrats to randomly selected winners Lee D., Julie M., Felipe B., Tammy M. and Mark S. and thanks to all who participated!] BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Maybe you’re a “La La Land” fanatic. Or maybe you’re one of those people who has had every intention of getting to the theater to see it, but then life got in the way. The movie, as you might have heard, is up for...
A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

For 18 years, the Art Papers Art Auction has asked artists from Atlanta and beyond to contribute works of art to support the mission (and about 25 percent of their annual operating budget) of the Atlanta-based quarterly art magazine. This year, 250 artists have donated artworks, with so many offering up their work that Art Papers executive director Saskia Benjamin says some had to be turned away...

John Mellencamp sets summer concert date at Chastain

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene John Mellencamp will hit the road again this summer for his “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour.” The musical troubadour, who played the Fox Theatre in 2015 on his “Plain Spoken Tour,” will return to Atlanta with a June 27 date at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Tickets will range from $55.50-$90.50; an on-sale date hasn’t been announced. A...
Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Ever wish a world-class chef would teach you how to cook? You can get at least one dish under your belt from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who taught us how to make Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp, a recipe from his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” live during an appearance in Atlanta last week. Check out the demo here, and keep scrolling down for the complete recipe. [facebook url="...
How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

I hadn’t been to the Colonnade in four years.  Hoping to right this wrong, I emailed two friends and asked them to go with me for martinis and fried chicken on a Wednesday night. My last visit to the iconic Atlanta restaurant located on Cheshire Bridge Road was a year before they rocked the city with big news — the Colonnade would begin accepting credit cards.  An ATM had held...
3 fun things: Feb. 24-26

3 fun things: Feb. 24-26

BUFORD Casino Night The Lanier Education Foundation invites you to “ante up for education” at its annual fundraising event to benefit Lanier cluster schools: Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle School and Lanier High School. Whether it’s blackjack, hold ’em, roulette, craps or bunco for you Bond types, the evening will be full of...
Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Red bean moon cake from Sweet Hut.
‘Temple Bombing’ at Alliance recalls historic Atlanta event

‘Temple Bombing’ at Alliance recalls historic Atlanta event

One of the most dramatic events in Atlanta history will literally become drama when “The Temple Bombing” has its world premiere on the stage of the Alliance Theatre starting Feb. 22. The play is based on Atlanta author Melissa Fay Greene’s bestselling 1996 non-fiction book. The work, which was a National Book Award finalist, describes the origins and aftermath of the events of Oct...
See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

Meherwan Irani, chef-owner of Botiwalla and Chai Pani. Credit: Courtesy of Chai Pani. Looking to get a taste of India without leaving your couch?
Find out what we thought of Amara’s Inman Park Indian fusion

Find out what we thought of Amara’s Inman Park Indian fusion

Saag with paneer, 24 hour lentils, and Naan at Amara. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind.
Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Joshua Hopkins of Empire State South shows off his hot dog from last year’s Helpful Hotdog initiative.
Concert review: Eric Church plays epic country-rock show in Duluth

Concert review: Eric Church plays epic country-rock show in Duluth

Eric Church, shown at his Jan. 27 show in Brooklyn, played an epic, 39-song set in Atlanta. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene No one can ever accuse Eric Church of a shoddy work ethic.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Metallica, Lady Gaga

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Metallica, Lady Gaga

Metallica and Lady Gaga lit up the Grammy Awards – and both have concerts going on sale this week!
Atlanta Concerts this week: Tony Bennett, Juicy J

Atlanta Concerts this week: Tony Bennett, Juicy J

Tony Bennett is still getting it done at 90. Photo: Amy Lombard/The New York Times BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene TUESDAY Tony Bennett The iconic singer, now 90 years young, recently released a new memoir, “Just Getting Started.
Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

The interior of One Rooster. / Photo by Jennifer Brett One Rooster Mongolian Bar has opened its doors in West Midtown.
You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

Boneless wings at East Coast Wings & Grill. / Photo courtesy of East Coast Wings & Grill Want wings?
These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

Georgia protestors come out during ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. / Photo courtesy of Mundo Hispanico Several metro Atlanta restaurants are set to participate in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ a Feb.
‘The Great Wall’ defies expectations

‘The Great Wall’ defies expectations

The buzz on “The Great Wall” has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called “The Great Wall” (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is now revealed, and “The Great Wall” defies any expectations — it’s absolutely...
Horror film ‘A Cure for Wellness’ is masterful, but flawed

Horror film ‘A Cure for Wellness’ is masterful, but flawed

Though Gore Verbinski has made a name for himself with large Hollywood studio pictures like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lone Ranger,” he’s always had a weird streak; a “one for them, one for me” mentality, interspersing in films like “The Weather Man” and “Rango.” “A Cure for Wellness,” a horror film set at a spa...
‘Toni Erdmann’ is a gloriously unpredictable father-daughter comedy

‘Toni Erdmann’ is a gloriously unpredictable father-daughter comedy

The glorious peculiarity of the German comedy “Toni Erdmann” resists easy categorization. Sony Pictures Classics boasts some of the savviest stewards in international film, and even they can’t figure out how to sell this movie. What is it? Something about a tightly wound businesswoman and her relentlessly practical-joking father. But what? I suggest you find out the old-fashioned...
‘Fist Fight’ gets by on its stars’ chemistry

‘Fist Fight’ gets by on its stars’ chemistry

There’s a scene near the end of the comedy “Fist Fight” — not long before the altercation promised in the title — that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let’s just say that the combo of Big Sean’s unprintable hit rap, star Charlie Day’s nebbishy physicality and a young girl’s school talent show is comedy...
A true love story gets mired in global politics in ‘A United Kingdom’

A true love story gets mired in global politics in ‘A United Kingdom’

Is there no escaping politics? Apparently not, even with a period love story hitting theaters the week of Valentine’s Day. “A United Kingdom” tells the true story of a couple who wanted nothing more than their Happily Ever After. If only their union hadn’t created a geopolitical incident. The movie begins in 1947 in London. Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is a law student visiting...
Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun. Credit: Kaiser’s Chop House. Kaiser’s Chop House, a collaboration from chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun, will open at 5975 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in spring 2017.
Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

TJ Reddick An Atlanta chef is trying to cook up a win on Food Network tonight — and you can help cheer him on.

Zac Brown Band cancels annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Zac Brown Band is canceling this year’s installment of the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, citing the need to focus on their new album, “Welcome Home.” On the festival’s website, the band announced that the annual gathering in Charleston, S.C., which was planned for May 20-21, would be “rescheduled for next year.” Last...
Art review: The whir of modern life subject of group photography show

Art review: The whir of modern life subject of group photography show

The current exhibition “On the Edge” of three artists working with photography at Spalding Nix Fine Art is a blow-out of pattern and blazing, juicy color. Though the three artists — Atlantans Lisa Tuttle and Spencer Sloan and New Yorker Landon Nordeman — take very different approaches to subject matter and to photography itself, they are united in a surface style beholden...
Academy Awards 2017: How to see all 34 top nominees by Oscars night

Academy Awards 2017: How to see all 34 top nominees by Oscars night

And the Oscar for best prepared audience member goes to … … You. But only if you have the right battle plan. Seriously. There are 34 nominees representing 15 different movies competing in what are considered the top Academy Awards categories. That’s a lot of screen time for Oscars pool-players to log before the live ceremony on ABC on Feb. 26. Luckily, the days of despairing because...
Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Mario Rizzotti will be in town next week. Want to rub elbows — and eat food with — a Food Network celebrity?
A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

Head to Taco Mac for an original burger and beer for $9.95 or upgrade to this bacon burger for a buck.
‘Hamilton’ dates announced as part of 2017/2018 Broadway in Atlanta season

‘Hamilton’ dates announced as part of 2017/2018 Broadway in Atlanta season

It might be, without exaggeration, the most anticipated theatrical tour of the past several decades.
Theater review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ doesn’t quite live up to name

Theater review: ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ doesn’t quite live up to name

Four rock ‘n’ roll legends in search of a story. With apologies to Pirandello, that’s my take on the Atlanta Lyric Theatre-Georgia Ensemble Theatre co-production of “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway musical about that storied day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins had an impromptu jam session at Sun Records in Memphis,...
Shaky Knees 2017 festival adds Ryan Adams to lineup; single day tickets available

Shaky Knees 2017 festival adds Ryan Adams to lineup; single day tickets available

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene If you’re heading to Shaky Knees Music Festival in May, you can now better plan your weekend with the release of the daily lineup. Single-day tickets are also on sale for the May 12-14 fest in Centennial Olympic Park, for $99 (general admission) and $225 (VIP) at www.shakykneesfestival.com. The May 12 lineup will feature LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant...
The Band Perry sets intimate pop-up concert date in Atlanta

The Band Perry sets intimate pop-up concert date in Atlanta

The Band Perry will launch its intimate tour in Atlanta. Photo: Steven Klein BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Band Perry has a new look and a desire to share their new music with fans in an intimate environment.
Theater review: ‘Sweep’ stirs up a murky load of clutter at Aurora

Theater review: ‘Sweep’ stirs up a murky load of clutter at Aurora

My first instinct was to feel sorry for a small group of latecomers to a recent performance of Aurora Theatre’s “Sweep.” They arrived 10 or so minutes into the excessively weird and unwieldy one-act show, and quietly took their seats in a corner of the company’s intimate studio space. “Those poor people,” I soon thought, knowing that they’d missed the opening...
8 Instant Pot soups and stews to save you tons of time

8 Instant Pot soups and stews to save you tons of time

When it comes to kitchen trends, 2017 is quickly shaping up to be "the year of the Instant Pot." Bloggers are professing their undying love for it, entire Pinterest boards are dedicated to it, and it’s been featured on leading news sites. A pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and stockpot warmer in one (whew!), this Canadian-born gadget...
Chance the Rapper announces 2017 tour that will play Atlanta

Chance the Rapper announces 2017 tour that will play Atlanta

An exuberant Chance The Rapper accepts the award for Best Rap Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.
Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a meal that sounds fancy without all the trappings of fine dining — including the price tag — you’ll want to pull into a Krystal parking lot today. The Atlanta-based chain is offering a Surf & Turf menu for two today from 11 a.m. until close featuring eight classic Krystal sandwiches, a dozen fried shrimp, an order of chili cheese or Junkyard fries and...
Theater review: Outfit/Garage satire is ‘Lost in the Cosmos,’ indeed

Theater review: Outfit/Garage satire is ‘Lost in the Cosmos,’ indeed

Novelist Walker Percy’s “Lost in the Cosmos” (1983), subtitled “The Last Self-Help Book,” parodied a certain (and ever-popular) brand of motivational best-sellers, outlining a series of philosophical and existential “thought experiments” intended to help readers discover and realize who they are in relation to the universe — or, perhaps, who they&rsquo...
Theater review: Out Front’s second effort not quite up to par

Theater review: Out Front’s second effort not quite up to par

Atlanta’s Out Front Theatre arrived last fall with a production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and a mission to serve the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intergender and allied (LGBTQIA) communities. Occupying the Westside space vacated by Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, Out Front journeys now from the world of splashy Broadway musical to that...
3 fun things: Feb. 17-19

3 fun things: Feb. 17-19

SMYRNA If you long ago exhausted your supply of Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell novels; listened to every possible true crime podcast; and watched each “Making a Murderer” episode endless times, then the Sisters in Crime is the group for you. The Atlanta chapter of the international organization holds its regular meetings on the second Saturday of each month, but on...

STATS adding brewery, rebranding as STATS Brewpub

STATS sports bar is expanding with a brewery. / AJC file photo A downtown Atlanta mainstay is getting a makeover this year.
VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

After getting a first look at Fetch, the restaurant and dog park bar coming to Old Fourth Ward this year, we started thinking about the other dog friendly bars and restaurants in metro Atlanta. Our pooches are our best friends, and we love places that welcome them with special treats, menus and general puppy love, especially now that the weather is starting to warm up. What’s your favorite dog...
6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Dive into a basket of tacos and Valentine’s Day themed drinks at The Original El Taco. HANDOUT / Phase:3 Marketing and Communications.
David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ earns first musical Grammys of his career

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ earns first musical Grammys of his career

“Blackstar” gets a Grammy moment. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene LOS ANGELES – David Bowie’s career was finally acknowledged with his first career musical Grammys.

Concert photos: Bon Jovi rocked Atlanta crowd

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Bon Jovi rocked Philips Arena Friday night on the second date of their “This House is Not for Sale” tour. Since I’m in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday, I wasn’t able to attend the Atlanta show, but instead covered Wednesday’s tour opener in Greenville, S.C. You can read that review here. But photographer Akili-Casundria...
Chef changes at Hampton + Hudson

Chef changes at Hampton + Hudson

Savannah Sasser. / Photo credit Matthew WongSavannah Sasser has been tapped as the new executive chef at Hampton + Hudson.
Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Linton Hopkins Restaurant news and events Chef Linton Hopkins — of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch — is gearing up for the opening of his new dining concept at The Battery next to Suntrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.
Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Marcus Samuelsson / Photo courtesy of Macy’s Famed restaurateur, cookbook author, frequent “Chopped” judge — and arguably the most prominent black chef in the U.
Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind. Rather, it is the spice rack. It is cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, fenugreek, mustard seeds, tamarind, turmeric, saffron. It is whole, dry spices, pan-toasted or wet-fried to draw out their complexity, with the added bonus that they fill the kitchen with a heady fragrance. The first thing I noticed...
Theater review: Alliance’s ‘Too Heavy’ threads personal and political

Theater review: Alliance’s ‘Too Heavy’ threads personal and political

Love is everywhere in the opening moments of Jiréh Breon Holder’s “Too Heavy for Your Pocket.” Sally, a sweet and diminutive woman, has baked a pink strawberry cake and stitched up a suit for her husband Tony’s best friend, Bowzie. She’s about to have a baby, and graduate from the Joyce Howard School of Glamour. Tony, worshipful and muscular, calls her &ldquo...
High Museum’s ‘Cross Country’ is a sweeping view of America

High Museum’s ‘Cross Country’ is a sweeping view of America

Seeing the 200 paintings and photographs in the new show “Cross Country,” which opens Feb. 12 at the High Museum of Art, one is left with the resolute impression that it’s a big country. The show puts together trained artists and self-taught artists, scenes of Southwestern deserts and Northeastern factories, in a sweeping attempt to show how American artists turned...
Review: ASO’s performance of Beethoven outshines Mahler work

Review: ASO’s performance of Beethoven outshines Mahler work

At the tail end of the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which had been playing with intense passion under the baton of music director Robert Spano, stopped short. Guest artist Juho Pohjonen, with his fingers seeming to barely touch the keys, then launched into a dizzying cadenza. He produced bubbly strings of sixteenth...
4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Head to Le Bilboquet for dinner on Valentine’s Day. HANDOUT / Allison PR. Have a change of heart about dining out on Valentine’s Day?
MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

Deviled Egg Po Boy with fried shrimp, farm egg salad, creole remoulade, veggies and Twisted house fries at Twisted Soul.
Andrea Bocelli talks Valentine’s Day, Heather Headley ahead of Infinite Energy Center concert

Andrea Bocelli talks Valentine’s Day, Heather Headley ahead of Infinite Energy Center concert

That Andrea Bocelli is performing in Atlanta on Valentine’s Day seems like some sort of gift from Eros.
5 reasons to watch the 2017 Grammys – from Adele to the Weeknd

5 reasons to watch the 2017 Grammys – from Adele to the Weeknd

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (I’ll be in Los Angeles all weekend covering various Grammy events as well as the awards on Sunday, so make sure to come back daily.
7 Gwinnett County summer camps taking registrations now

7 Gwinnett County summer camps taking registrations now

The early bird does get the worm when it comes to registering your child for summer camp. Well before spring officially hits, parents are setting their kiddos up for a productive and interesting summer. Whether your child is into sports, the arts or academics, there's a camp in Gwinnett County to suit nearly every interest. What's offered: Camps to learn improv, film making and sketch comedy. Where...
New flower show coming to Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2018

New flower show coming to Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2018

Historically, Atlantans have looked forward to a yearly flower show during the gray days of February to enliven the drizzly, post-groundhog winter and to whet the appetite for spring planting yet to come. With roots in the 1930s, the Atlanta Flower Show grew to become the Southeastern Flower Show, a mammoth undertaking that drew tens of thousands of visitors and was staged at convention centers such...
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