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Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.  At one time autumn&rsquo...


Ludacris performs for PGA Tour Championship kickoff event in downtown Atlanta

Ludacris performs for PGA Tour Championship kickoff event in downtown Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It was fitting that Ludacris bounded onstage, in his dark shades and “Mastermind” shirt, to the engaging thumps of “Welcome to Atlanta.” The hometown rapper was playing to a crowd that likely included many visitors in town to celebrate the 2017 PGA Tour Championship event for the third consecutive year. Before Luda...
Style South brings shopping events, fashion show to the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Style South brings shopping events, fashion show to the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Hundreds of locals hit the Shops Buckhead Atlanta this weekend for the second annual Style South. The event, a day-long series of special shopping events culminating in an outdoor fashion show, began on Thursday with a kick-off party at Buckhead Art & Company. By Saturday evening, more than 300 people made their way to the plaza for a runway presentation featuring a range of retailers...
Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Fall Folklife Festival at Atlanta History Center promises fun for food lovers

Cooking demonstrations by culinary historian Michael Twitty are part of numerous activities scheduled for the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center this weekend. / Contributed by Atlanta History Center  This Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will dish out fun for the entire family at the Fall Folklife Festival. At this celebration of Southern culture...
First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado. The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market ...
Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Imaginatively directed and choreographed by Ricardo Aponte, and joyously performed by a vibrant 11-member cast — under the musical direction of the peerless S. Renee Clark, leading an invigorating five-piece band on piano — Georgia Ensemble Theatre opens its 25th-anniversary season with a bang to make the outgoing Robert Farley proud. (Farley, who co-founded the Roswell company, is stepping...
Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

The City Barbecue menu includes a variety of barbecue staples. / Photo from the City Barbecue Facebook page Decatur has a new spot for barbecue. Ohio-based City Barbecue opened its first metro Atlanta location today in the Decatur Crossing development at 2511 Blackmon Drive in Decatur. The fast-casual restaurant offers up barbecue staples including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken...
New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

Pizza from Atwood’s. / Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza The team behind established pizza spots Atwoods Pizza in Midtown, Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs and Camps Kitchen & Bar in Marietta has a new pizza spot in the works. Howell’s is slated to open in November...
Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Fall is on the horizon, and there is no shortage of things to do in and around the Atlanta area in the autumn months. Attending festivals, picking apples and observing the Georgia leaves change this fall are high on the list. B.J. Reece Orchards. You-pick season continues through Oct. 29, but call after Oct. 30 to be sure. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Weekdays, $2 admission for everyone 2 and over; weekends...
TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Jerry Seinfeld, ‘Transparent,’ Biggie & Tupac

TV best bets with ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Jerry Seinfeld, ‘Transparent,’ Biggie & Tupac

This was posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog This covers Monday, September 18 through Sunday, September 24, 2017 Jerry Seinfeld, with a lot of material he did at the Fox Theatre earlier this year, taped a Netflix stand-up special out on Tuesday. A few fall TV shows also are debuting this week, including ABC’s &ldquo...
Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Fall brings the grape harvest and for the Southeast, that means muscadines. We’re huge fans, loving the flavor. But the seeds and tough skins put a lot of people off. These folks have taken the work out of eating muscadines. Butterfields Muscadine Grape Buds Sometimes you just want a tiny taste of something sweet. And when that something sweet tastes like muscadines, all the better...
Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow at Macaroni Grill. Photo credit: Fitzgerald Petersen Communications. As a thank you to first responders during Hurricane Irma, metro Atlanta police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics will receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entrée now through Sept. 19 at all three metro Atlanta...
Music Midtown Day 2 concert reviews and photos: Future, Mumford & Sons, HAIM and more

Music Midtown Day 2 concert reviews and photos: Future, Mumford & Sons, HAIM and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI and RODNEY HO/AJC Music Scene (This story was originally posted at 1:50 a.m. Sept. 18, 2017.) Early Sunday afternoon at Piedmont Park, Peter Conlon was sporting a smile. “Of all the weekend events (in Atlanta), we beat ’em all,” he said. Conlon, the president of Live Nation Atlanta, which produces the annual two-day Music Midtown festival at the park, had reason...

Music Midtown 2017: Day 2 Videos

You can catch performances here from several artists including COIN, Zara Larsson and Hiss Golden Messenger. Hiss Golden Messenger Hiss Golden Messenger, a country-rock band, based in Durham, N.C., got music lovers clapping, snapping their fingers and dancing Saturday with music featuring a wide range of elements –  folk, bluegrass, country. Chris McDaniel was on the job selling...
Music Midtown 2017 Day 1 concert reviews and photos: Bruno Mars, Blink-182 and more

Music Midtown 2017 Day 1 concert reviews and photos: Bruno Mars, Blink-182 and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI, HELENA OLIVIERO and YVONNE ZUSEL/AJC Music Scene There was plenty of humidity, more than a few large patches of mud, but not a drop of rain as Music Midtown 2017 rolled through the first of its two days on Saturday. More than 70,000 music fans were expected to pack Piedmont Park for almost 10 hours of music that included notable sets from Vintage...
Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Like just about anywhere Atlanta has some very hot and very cold days and every now and then a hurricane might just run straight up the middle of the state, but most of the time, the weather’s pretty mellow and Atlanta public parks are welcoming spots to enjoy the day.  Whether you'd like to go for a run, take a swim or let the kids burn off some energy, there are ideal parks in ...
Your guide to mastering yoga in Atlanta | Inside Atlanta

Your guide to mastering yoga in Atlanta | Inside Atlanta

Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years, but it's enjoying newfound popularity. In fact, it's among the top 10 most popular fitness trends for 2017, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Yoga emphasizes physical poses, breathing and meditation in an effort to clear the mind and strengthen the body. It provides a total mind-body workout while strengthening your core...
Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Stone Mountain Park, which encompasses the largest exposed mass of granite in the world, is one of Atlanta's most enduring landmarks and tourist attractions. The park, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia,  features 3,200 acres of geology, land and history, including the iconic Stone Mountain, which displays the controversial memorial carving depicting three Confederate heroes of the Civil...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Dead & Company, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Dead & Company, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

John Mayer will join Dead & Company again when they return in November. Photo: Robb D. Cohen /RobbsPhotos.com 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: UB40, Arcade Fire

Atlanta Concerts this week: UB40, Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire comes to town on Sept. 21. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY The B-52s To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the band that will be forever tied to Athens is taking a novel approach and performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, singer Fred Schneider said, “We’ll do our set and the...
Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Whole Foods will open in Kennesaw next month. / (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Whole Foods Market is set to open a new store on Friday, Oct. 6 in Kennesaw at 1300 Ernest Barrett Parkway. A relocation of Whole Foods Market’s Harry’s Farmers Market store in Marietta, which will close October 5, the new store will feature offer opening day product demonstrations and...
Review: To take Cirque show to next level, ‘Luzia’ adds water

Review: To take Cirque show to next level, ‘Luzia’ adds water

Acrobatic bodies somersaulting through the air at Atlantic Station can mean only one thing: Cirque du Soleil is back in town. The new production, “Luzia,” though not as strong as last year’s freshly inventive and delightfully surreal “Kurios,” still provides plenty of flash, color and thrills — a few are downright jaw-dropping — all of which will assure...
MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

Ronaldo’s Resto Bar offers a weekday, lunch-only menu of tacos, tostadas and quesadilla / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter...
Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Bob Townsend’s Beer Pick: Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat

Scofflaw Sneaky Wheat. Credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Scofflaw Brewing celebrates its one year anniversary at noon on Saturday. And what a year it’s been. The brewery that literally started in a basement, and birthed one of Atlanta’s biggest buzz beers, Basement IPA, grew by leaps and bounds in just 12 months. Along the way, there were triumphs, trials and weird...
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Reformation Brewing and Freight Kitchen are pairing up for National Cheeseburger Day. / Contributed photo When it comes to culinary pairings, you can’t get much tastier than a cheeseburger. A juicy patty topped with a slice of cheese — is there anything better? So imagine our delight to find out that Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day.  A whole day set aside...
Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

Some of the best fishing environments in the country are right here in Georgia's lakes and rivers.  For the casual fisherman (or fisherwoman) and their families, Lake Patrick has already won the title as Georgia's best place for family-friendly fishing.Plus, serious fisherman get to work far south of Atlanta on commercial fishing operations harvesting everything from catfish to the incredible ...

Jill Scott to be honored at Motherless Daughters fundraiser

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott, who played the late James Brown’s second wife DeeDee in the 2014 biopic “Get On Up,” will be honored at the fifth annual  Motherless Daughters Foundation gala, planned for  6 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia International Convention Center at 2000 Convention...
Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

“Ethnic cooking is dead. We are all simply making dinner.” Thus writes Christopher Kimball in the introduction to his new cookbook, “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking,” published by Little, Brown and Company. If you are among those who, over the years, flipped through the pages of Cook’s Illustrated or tuned in to “America’s Test...
This Emory Point restaurant’s sandwich is everything it’s cracked up to be

This Emory Point restaurant’s sandwich is everything it’s cracked up to be

Pastrami and egg sandwich at The General Muir. / Photo by Ben Johnson DISH OF THE WEEK: Pastrami and Egg Sandwich at The General Muir By Amanda Coyne Growing up in New York, I attended the private school where my mother taught math. At lunch, students and faculty sat together, eating family style from a platter that was passed around the table. Pastrami day, though infrequent, was the...
“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday during a special dinner for two. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Friday nights just got better for you, your bestie, beau or boo. Whether you’re in the mood for a girls/guys night out or a good date, consider The  Friday Hookup at ONE. midtown kitchen , a wallet-friendly dinner...
Concert review: The B-52s celebrate 40 years in style with Atlanta Symphony

Concert review: The B-52s celebrate 40 years in style with Atlanta Symphony

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene If you’re wondering how “Roam” sounds with brass, cellos and violas, the answer is – pretty awesome. At the first of a two-night stand at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Thursday, Athens’ beloved quirk-rockers, The B-52s, joined with the Atlanta Symphony for a pair of 45-minute sets that paid tribute...
Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – headliners Bruno Mars, Blink-182, Future and Mumford & Sons

Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – headliners Bruno Mars, Blink-182, Future and Mumford & Sons

Future will take a headlining stage Sunday night. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In this week leading up to Music Midtown, we’ll spotlight a handful of artists worth catching at the festival on Sept. 16-17 at Piedmont Park. With the big weekend only a day away, it seems an apt time to spotlight the festival’s four headliners...
New cookbook: Farmhouse eating at its finest from a North Carolina farmer

New cookbook: Farmhouse eating at its finest from a North Carolina farmer

  Read this cookbook: “The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm” by Jamie DeMent (University of North Carolina Press, $35)   By Wendell Brock Jamie DeMent grew up an only child and grandchild in rural North Carolina, where her family ran a farm-supply store. After seeing the world a bit and working for a congressman in Washington...
Not going to Music Midtown 2017? Here’s how you can still use Piedmont Park

Not going to Music Midtown 2017? Here’s how you can still use Piedmont Park

  BY JILL VEJNOSKA/AJC Staff Reporter You and Bruno Mars have something in common this weekend: You can both do your thing in Piedmont Park. If some folks without Music Midtown tickets mistakenly think the whole park is off limits to them this Saturday and Sunday, that’s somewhat understandable. After all, the two-day festival that this year features...
Read this: 7 cocktail books to buy this Fall

Read this: 7 cocktail books to buy this Fall

The latest cocktail books to buy this Fall. Photo: Beth McKibben FALL MUST-BUYS “Mezcal: T he History, Craft & Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit” by Emma Janzen ( Voyageur Press, $25) Emma Janzen, an editor for beverage magazine Imbibe, takes readers on an in-depth journey through the past...
Atlanta Opera presents ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

Atlanta Opera presents ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

The Atlanta Opera season opens this week, but if you show up at the company’s customary venue of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, you’re out of luck. The first show, a production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s “The Seven Deadly Sins,” takes place at the Maison Rouge nightclub in the Paris on Ponce market as part of the company’s popular new Discoveries...
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places. Some are lesser known but close at hand, some take you off the beaten path, and some...
Brookhaven gets a taste of Bangladesh with new restaurant

Brookhaven gets a taste of Bangladesh with new restaurant

Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine is now open in Brookhaven. / Photo from the Ruchi Facebook page There’s a new spot for Bangladeshi food in Atlanta. Surprise! It’s not on Buford Highway. Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine, which opened its doors last week at 4847 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, features an expansive menu of Bengladeshi and Indian staples including butter chicken, vindaloo and...
Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

After a week filled with worries about Tropical Storm Irma and its aftermath, it's time to get out and have a little fun.  As temperatures warm back up, your thoughts are probably turning from stocking up on bread and other essentials to enjoying all Atlanta has to offer. Whether you'd like to enjoy the sights and sounds of a festival, learn to cook authentic Tuscan dishes or get active...
Music Midtown 2017: Peter Conlon talks about the annual Atlanta music festival

Music Midtown 2017: Peter Conlon talks about the annual Atlanta music festival

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The early-week appearance of Tropical Storm Irma brought a brief halt to the setup of Music Midtown stages at Piedmont Park. But on Wednesday afternoon, under a pulsing sun, crews were busily continuing with the erection of the four stages that this weekend will welcome more than three dozen bands. RELATED>> Your guide to Music Midtown 2017 We...
‘Fallout’ a new play by local playwright hits close to home

‘Fallout’ a new play by local playwright hits close to home

A new play by local playwright Laura King is hitting close to home for many Atlantans. With the metro area still emerging from the impact of its first tropical storm in history, many locals found themselves hunkering down in their homes without basic utilities or decamping for safer locations. “Fallout” tells the story of David and Anna, two acquaintances trapped together in...
Documentary juxtaposes music, politics

Documentary juxtaposes music, politics

“Two Trains Runnin’,” Sam Pollard’s compact, resonant documentary — part essay film, part road picture, part musical anthology — is built around an astonishing historical coincidence. On June 21, 1964, two lost giants of the Delta blues, Skip James and Son House, were found by separate crews of obsessed music fans after weeks of amateur sleuthing along the back...
Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – Vintage Trouble

Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – Vintage Trouble

Say hello to Vintage Trouble. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In this week leading up to Music Midtown , we’ll spotlight a handful of artists worth catching at the festival on Sept. 16-17 at Piedmont Park. If you want an electrifying live act, then do NOT miss Vintage Trouble. The R&B-rock band from California will perform ...
Food Tour: College Park

Food Tour: College Park

Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter, or the glitz and glamour of Buckhead. Here, it is locals, and perhaps airport workers, just looking to fill up. And you can fill...
Jennifer Lawrence pushed to the limit in ‘mother!’

Jennifer Lawrence pushed to the limit in ‘mother!’

It’s the houseguests from hell in writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the bonkers “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living in an isolated, rambling country house, who have to contend with some rambunctious invaders. Based off the trailer and poster, many have surmised that this is Aronofsky’s tribute to “Rosemary&rsquo...
Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Some of the most memorable characters in the charming new play “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” never actually walk on stage. Although the narrative is densely populated with quirky, often lovably hilarious people, there’s technically only one performer in the theater throughout the evening. Actress Taylor M. Dooley performs as the young fourth-grade narrator in playwright...
Faith calendar

Faith calendar

Community workshop: Jeffrey Small, an award-winning author, speaker, entrepreneur and theologian, will lead a workshop titled “The Nature of Human Suffering: Why Doesn’t God Take Away my Problems?” which will explore the question: Why does suffering and death exist? Visit tinyurl.com/ybhzkf7n for details. Free and open to all. 9:15 a.m. Sept. 17. Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

MARIETTA Streetfest Marietta is shutting down some streets for a weekend-long festival featuring all sorts of excitement, from crafts to cars and tot trots to tasty treats. The festivities kick off Saturday with a 1-mile fun run and continue with the Hubcaps and History classic car show. Sunday features the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-In to showcase military vehicles and a variety of bikes...
11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

While it's swell to indulge in a lavish evening out every now and then, there are plenty of Atlanta date ideas that are heavy on fun and light on your wallet. Whether you're trying to liven up your regular date night or impress a first date for less, you'll spend $30 or less for the hip yet affordable dates below. (Just remember to use any money saved to go on more dates–your love life is worth...
11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

Headed downtown to an event at Centennial Olympic Park or the Georgia World Congress Center? Here are some restaurants within walking distance where you’re sure to find dishes to get you in proper formation: Alma Cocina: The modern Mexican eatery serves up margaritas, ceviches, tamales and other Mexican staples.191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-9662, www.alma-atlanta.com Der Biergarten...
Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

For the first time, artistic creations will come to life in new spaces along Buford Highway with a one-of-a-kind street art extravaganza. Living Walls, an Atlanta based non-profit organization, is partnering with We Love BuHi to bring The Buhi Walk Buford Highway Conference to the surrounding areas, where public art ranging from murals to installations will showcase the multicultural landscape...
‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

Every concours — with its elegant atmosphere and its multi-million dollar classic cars — is already unlike most auto shows. But the 2017 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, which returns to Braselton’s Chateau Elan later this month for its second annual event, wants to be unlike anything else within that world, too. Big, sure. Iconic, renowned, enviable? Absolutely. But also...
26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

State parks across the state offer everything from paddle adventures, overnight camping and even a haunted hayride to get you into the season. Appling's Mistletoe State Park: The name echoes a different season but this park northwest of Augusta is the perfect spot to extend your summer. A fishing rodeo in late September lets youth fish in bass-stocked waters of the 7,200-acre Clarks Hill Lake...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

ELLIJAY Apple Pickin’ Jubilee September is here and with it comes apple season. If you’re looking for something a bit different from what you’ll find in the grocery stores, head north to Hillcrest Orchards to get the goods straight from the source. After you’ve had your pick of more than seven pommes varieties, from golden delicious to Arkansas Black, there will still be plenty...
Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company spent the summer rebuilding after losing 13 dancers...
9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

Public pool season may end with Labor Day, but with still-simmering weather in Georgia there's no need to bid swimming goodbye just yet. The state's swimming holes offer a wet and wild option post-Labor Day and sometimes late into the fall or even year 'round. Grab your suits and some sunscreen and get ready to play in the water at these nine Georgia swimming holes: Chattahoochee National Forest near...
Hillary Clinton's subtly savage takedown of Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton's subtly savage takedown of Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton's book is due out next week. And judging by a page that was just tweeted by one of her staunchest supporters — not to mention plenty of other evidence — it's likely to include a heaping dose of score-settling. That includes with Bernie Sanders. In the passage that was tweeted out Monday evening by Tom Watson, Clinton attacks some of Sanders's supporters...
How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

Labor Day weekend will soon be upon us, Atlanta. Representing the all-too-soon, unofficial end of summer. A three-day grindstone sabbatical. A weekend that could otherwise be called "Gridlocalypse" due to all the events around the city.  Start planning your weekend now with our guide to the area's holiday happenings. Dragon Con: Sept. 1 - 4  (Downtown)Nerd out (and cosplay) all...
4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

For its 31st anniversary, Dragon Con is taking its parade to a new level. If you're the type who needs to see the costumes up close, here are some suggested vantage points for getting a great view of the action.  This is where the parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Caterina O'Sullivan lives in metro Atlanta and is a Dragon Con veteran. "I always walked around where...
7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (without a ticket)

7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (without a ticket)

Combine science fiction and gaming into a single super convention and what do you get? Dragon Con.  The cosplay extravaganza, which takes places Sept. 1-4, has been a long-standing staple of Atlanta (celebrating its 31st year on Labor Day weekend), growing momentum ever since its first year in 1987. More than 82,000 people are expected to attend the weekend-long festivities that will include...
How to survive Dragon Con 2017

How to survive Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con, and all of its many celebrities, panels, screenings and Storm Troopers, is back for its 31st year. The four-day convention draws tens of thousands of people to Atlanta and runs "round the clock" Sept. 1-4 at five downtown hotels: the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  The ever-growing event...
AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

It's a budget-friendly Labor Day weekend around Atlanta with free events taking place everywhere you look.  Whether you want to enjoy a free movie, take in a little culture or help out your fellow man by donating blood, you'll find plenty to do without breaking the bank.  Check out all the free events in this weekend's lineup: Marietta Square Art Walk. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept...

Faith calendar

Anniversary celebration: For its centennial anniversary, Mount Paran Church will host two morning services to share future visions; the evening service will feature songs, videos and speakers from the past and more. A reception will follow the evening service. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-923-8700, mountparan.com. Community festival...
Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Staycation or vacation, "adulting" or family time, Georgia's Lake Lanier offers lots of fun just an hour's drive from Atlanta. Whether you're interested in a rowdy day of LanierWorld water rides, boating or camping, you've come to the right place. And to make your trip even more fun and get the most out of your budget, consider these travel tips from Lake Lanier insiders: Be on time...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

MARIETTA Noshfest As the name suggests, you’re invited to nosh, nibble and snack your way through this Labor Day weekend food event that celebrates Jewish food and culture. The festival offers an array of ethnic and regional foods from partners throughout the metro Atlanta community, so you can pair that matzo ball soup with fried green tomatoes then top it all off with craft brew from Reformation...
Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta Board of Education incumbents hoping to fight off a pack of passionate opponents asked voters Tuesday for four more years to finish the work they’ve started.  More than 200 residents gathered at the IBEW Auditorium to hear from 24 of the 30 candidates who qualified to run in the November election. All four incumbents battling in contested races showed up to the forum. &ldquo...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

JOHNS CREEK “Give Me Five” charity dinner Foodies, get ready to fawn! Dine on five different dishes prepared by local Atlanta chefs from establishments such as Atlas and Richards’ Southern Fried. Start with a cocktail hour before sitting down to a multi-course feast paired with wines selected by local sommeliers. Between courses, consider bidding on the live and silent auctions featuring...
7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

A 67-year-old woman in England complained of dry eyes and went to an optometrist, according to a recent Mens Health report. The cause of her irritation: 27 contact lenses that had to be surgically removed. Though most contact lens wearers wouldn’t let things go that far, many are guilty of bending the rules and taking a risk with their eyes. Some people start treating their lenses...
How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

The August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to stretch coast to coast in the continental United States in 99 years. Humans are expected to react with amazement when the thin path of totality, or total eclipse, passes through portions of 14 states, but what about their pets? Dogs and cats will be affected by the eclipse much less than wildlife, according...
12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love” for the Alliance Theatre as they take their shows...
7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

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

Congratulations, you happen to live in a place surrounded by some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery in the country.  One drive around some of Georgia’s scenic byways, and you’ll be reminded of just what beauty lies just miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia: When you travel along the Cohutta-Chattahoochee...
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Free movies: For the 13th year, Leadership Sandy Springs will host Movies by Moonlight, a free summer movie series featuring an inflatable screen, vendors, food trucks, jumpy houses, performances and other activities for kids. Activities will begin at 6 p.m.; movies will start once the sun goes down. “Moana” will be shown on Aug. 18; “Lego Batman,” Aug. 25; “Beauty and...
7 ways to keep your dog but lose the allergies

7 ways to keep your dog but lose the allergies

When man's best friend causes allergic reactions, remember you have options. There are a host of alternative measures for reducing dog allergies that most pet owners consider much more bearable than finding Fido a new home, according to experts at Health.com.  So, don't give up before trying these seven ways to reduce dog allergies: 1. Make sure the dog is causing your symptoms. The dog...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 11-13

3 Fun Things: Aug. 11-13

KENNESAW Program Palooza Saddle up, partner, and head northwest to the city of Kennesaw, where this weekend, the town is unveiling its various activities and sports programs for the fall. It’s all happening with a Western them, so get gussied up in your best bolo, belt buckle and boots, and join in the cowboy-themed activities. See if you’re as good as the Sundance Kid at the kid-friendly...
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Faith calendar

Back to school events: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will host two back-to-school events. The first will welcome families, teachers and students of all ages at a special prayer to bless backpacks, tote bags and messenger bags. Participants will receive a bag tag as a reminder that God goes wherever they go. 10 a.m. Aug. 6. The second event will be the church’s sixth annual back-to-school carnival...
‘Woke’ comic trades traditional stand-up for unique, sketch comedy show

‘Woke’ comic trades traditional stand-up for unique, sketch comedy show

If you walk past Artisans Bar & Gallery on the first Tuesday of the month, the laughter spilling onto the streets may instantly grab your attention. What’s on the inside? It’s a cackling audience who can’t help but slap their knees and hold their stomachs as the comics on stage deliver punchline after punchline. But the performers aren’t telling ordinary “yo momma&rdquo...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 4-6

3 Fun Things: Aug. 4-6

ROSWELL Garage sale extravaganza Get ready treasure hunters. Wake up early, do your stretches, clear out the car’s trunk space — this is the big one. The Roswell United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Garage Sale Extravaganza loaded with books, jewelry, furniture, sports items, art, household goods and seemingly endless selections of men’s and women’s clothing. The sale...
5 unusual but totally worth-going-to events this August

5 unusual but totally worth-going-to events this August

Just because school's back in session doesn't mean the month of August should be dreaded. The month is jam-packed with great weather, new Rick and Morty, and tons of wacky pleasure. RELATED: What you must do in Atlanta this summer You may have heard of the Piedmont Park Summer Arts Festival and Sips Under the Sea, but what about variety shows and other quirky events happening in Atlanta?...
A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

If you're an Atlanta millennial who wants to experience nature, you may not necessarily want to rough it out by sleeping on the ground and being away from other creature comforts. That's why glamping – a mashup of glamour and camping – has become so popular. It lets you enjoy activities such as hiking and biking while staying in a comfortable environment. Since 2015, the camping industry...
“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the play “His Double Life” will take the stage for one night only in Atlanta. Although it originally debuted in 2011, producer and writer Nial Martin, founder of No Jive Productions, says there has never been a better time to revive a play he hopes will start a dialogue in families about love, identity and acceptance. The play stars Robyn Charles, the youngest daughter...
Faith Calendar

Faith Calendar

Fellowship dinner: The annual “O Taste N See” dinner will feature an array of dishes prepared by the men of First Congregational Church. Past dishes included beef brisket, jerk chicken, Louisiana gumbo and vegetarian pasta. This year’s menu is subject to change. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door the day of the event, are $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID and $5 for...
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...
3 Fun Things: July 28-30

3 Fun Things: July 28-30

SANDY SPRINGS “All I want is a room somewhere far away from the hot, muggy night air — with one enormous picnic blanket.” Eliza Doolittle might be singing that tune if she lived in Atlanta. But if the traditional version of “My Fair Lady” appeals to your ears, along with classic songs from “Carousel,” “Guys and Dolls,” “South Pacific&rdquo...
As kids head back to school, why vaccinate?

As kids head back to school, why vaccinate?

School systems across Georgia require vaccinations for children entering school. Some parents have concerns about vaccines causing maladies, such as autism, though all the credible scientific studies say there is no link between the two. As children prepare for school, here is a video The Atlanta Journal-Constitution created that explains the benefits and concerns of getting children vaccinated or...
How much will you spend on your child this school year?

How much will you spend on your child this school year?

It's an annual rite of passage. As the new school year approaches, parents open their wallets and rev up the debit cards to buy back-to-school stuff. But just how thin will your wallet be afterwards? Just how much will you spend on your kid this school year? Retail consultant Deloitte has few answers to those questions.  The financial giant recently sent out its annual survey, conducted...
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Faith calendar

Back-to-school and health fair: Students of all ages and parents from the West End will have access to gently used uniforms and books, free haircuts, informational breakout sessions, health and wellness resources, children’s activities and more during a back-to-school and health fair. Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents should register online at thewestender...

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Catechism conversations: Dig deeper into the historical and theological foundations of the Episcopal Church through a series of conversations on the Catechism and historical documents. 9:15 a.m. July 16, 23, 30, Aug. 13, 20, 27. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane N.W., Atlanta. 404-237-5589, saintannes.com. Book reading: Author, coach and lawyer Liz Thompson will present...
3 Fun Things: July 14-15

3 Fun Things: July 14-15

MARIETTA The Marietta Museum of History strives to preserve and showcase items from the city and Cobb County’s history, and illustrate the part this small corner of the country plays in world history. In addition to seeing the exhibits, the museum invites guests to bring their own pictures and artifacts on July 14-15. The curators are searching for photos and items that pertain to life in Cobb...
Georgia Mountain Fair offers vintage family fun

Georgia Mountain Fair offers vintage family fun

HIAWASSEE — The pace is generally a little slower up here in the North Georgia mountains, but not in the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds front office as the annual Georgia Mountain Fair approached. “We’ve got so much going on it’s unbelievable,” said general manager Hilda Thomason, who rushed in after scurrying around town to run a few errands. A chorus of ringing phones...

3 Fun Things: July 7 - 9

STOCKBRIDGE Indoor archery Release your inner Katniss Everdeen, Princess Merida, superhero Hawkeye or whichever archer you hide inside at a bow-and-arrow class this weekend. Panola Mountain State Park’s indoor range is the setting for a class geared toward sharp-eyed shooters older than 9, regardless of experience. If you do have a bit of expertise and just want to hone your skills, you&rsquo...
Loving the lake life: 6 things to do near Allatoona Lake

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

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