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New Year’s Eve 2017 Atlanta concerts: Xscape, Widespread Panic and more

Xscape will bring their reunion tour back home on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Getty Images As posited by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson to Ella Fitzgerald to Harry Connick Jr. — what are you doing New Year’s Eve? You still have a few weeks to answer that. But plenty of Atlanta venues will be bopping as the clock ticks toward midnight. Here are some possible places to rock out in the...


For these Atlanta businesses, ‘Star Wars’ day is a holiday

For these Atlanta businesses, ‘Star Wars’ day is a holiday

It’s that time of year again, when fanboys and girls go to sleep with visions of X-wing starfighters dancing in their heads. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuts in Atlanta on Thursday night. It’s the second-to-last movie in the triple trilogy of space operas that began 40 years ago with “Episode IV: A New Hope.” Though pent-up demand is not as high as it was for &ldquo...
Laugh along to our 5 funniest Snapchat taste tests of 2017

Laugh along to our 5 funniest Snapchat taste tests of 2017

We came, we sniffed — we taste-tested. We tried lots of interesting food and drink products this year, from edible cookie dough and cascara tea to pickle pops and quinoa bars. You can check out all of your taste tests here , and watch five of our funniest tests below. Corn butter knife   Oreo Peeps   Dr. Pepper Cake   The newest...
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...
20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

For each $100 gift card purchased, guests will receive an extra $20 at One Sushi + as well as other restaurants this holiday season. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. Did you make your list and check it twice? For last minute gifts, consider gift cards from the following 20 metro Atlanta restaurants. With slew of bonus dollar deals, each will be a gift of something good to eat...
Concert review: Katy Perry showcases the razzle and dazzle in Atlanta

Concert review: Katy Perry showcases the razzle and dazzle in Atlanta

Imagine if the surroundings in “The Wizard of Oz”’s Munchkin Land fused with the backdrop of “Alice in Wonderland” and you might have the Katy Perry “Witness” tour. It’s a delightful spectacle to behold – from the five-piece band dressed in cupcake-frosting pink to the see-sawing lighted cubes to the massive eye-shaped...
Learn to make turnip cakes from Suzy Siu’s Baos

Learn to make turnip cakes from Suzy Siu’s Baos

From the menu … Suzy Siu’s Baos, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St., Atlanta; 404-996-6504.  Interestingly, although these are called turnip cakes, they’re actually radish cakes. Courtney Graham of Suzy Siu’s sent the recipe and told us, “We actually use daikon which is a Chinese radish very similar to turnips. You can use hakurei and/or regular turnips...
Author Events Dec. 17-23

Author Events Dec. 17-23

Mark Pendergrast, “City on the Verge: Metro Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future.” Atlanta author Pendergrast (“For God, Country & Coca-Cola”) presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted history of the biggest city in America’s Southeast, using the Beltline saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy...
St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue scene. There are indie newcomers like B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside  , Hattie...
An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

It’s cold out there, but there are plenty of ways to warm up with a drink this season. The hot milk punch Bad Santa at the Miracle pop-up mixes with overproof rum with Batavia Arrack. Photo: Rachel Harrison Meet legendary bartender Jim Meehan and try drinks from his new book Celebrate the season at two Christmas-themed Miracle bars Curl...
Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

By Bob Townsend December and January mark a joyous time for beer lovers, with an abundance of winter seasonals and special holiday offerings available at package stores, growler shops and beer bars. Here’s a sampling of classic craft, international and local beers to brighten your celebrations. Classic craft Anchor Christmas Ale — Brewed every year since 1975, this is the...
You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

Pontoon Brewing partners Chris Irby, Marcus Powers, Sean O’Keefe, Wesley Budd. Credit: Pontoon Brewing Co. Pontoon Brewing, which has been producing beer for awhile , now has a facility to call its own, and starting this week it’ll be open to the public. Located at 8601 Dunwoody Place in Sandy Springs, the 11,000-square-foot space provides a place for Pontoon...
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...
TV best bets with Gwen Stefani, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, ‘Mr. Robot’

TV best bets with Gwen Stefani, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, ‘Mr. Robot’

Posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Oops. I forgot to finish this by yesterday. So the Monday listings are already out of date. My apologies. The rest of the week includes some more holiday specials by the likes of Gwen Stefani (NBC, Tuesday) and Taraji P. Henson (Fox, Thursday). And the final original...
Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Since food and fitness go well together, Life Time Fitness will host a special breakfast with Santa featuring healthy options. Photo credit: M Squared PR. Bingo, Santa, games and more at Krog Street Market. Four-course beer dinner. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

Metro Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a couple of new spots to quench their thirst (and curb their hunger). Allen Porter — a real estate entrepreneur whose father, Winston, is an owner of STATS Brewpub in downtown Atlanta — is set to open Porter Pizza & Brewery in Sandy Springs next month and PorterQ & Brewery in March, What Now Atlanta reports. Porter...
Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex in Decatur. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. This dining deal is just for your momma. Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex , a Decatur-based restaurant that offers a mix of Texas-style and southern comfort food like smoked wings with Texas sauce, fried chicken steak, catfish...
Review: Santa Claus and Shakespeare collide in Craig Drennen solo show

Review: Santa Claus and Shakespeare collide in Craig Drennen solo show

Artist Craig Drennen gives the schlock treatment to high art in his quirky, conceptually challenging solo show “Bandit” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. “Bandit” essentially operates on two levels. On one hand, it is a deconstruction of one of William Shakespeare’s (reputedly working with a literary collaborator) lesser-known works, “Timon of Athens...
First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

Good Word Brewing Americano Hamburgesa with two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, sauteed onions, LTP, burger sauce, with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Since opening in 1997, beloved Decatur Square beer mecca Brick Store Pub has spawned two successful sister destinations in the immediate neighborhood, Leon’s Full Service and Kimball House. But the new venture...
Jeezy announces ‘Cold Summer Tour’ ahead of new album release

Jeezy announces ‘Cold Summer Tour’ ahead of new album release

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jeezy is readying the Dec. 15 arrival of his new album, “Pressure,” and has announced a tour to go with it. The Atlanta rapper will launch his 31-city tour in February in California and play his hometown with a March 10 date at the Tabernacle. Tee Grizzley will guest at all shows. Jeezy will hold a “Cold Summer Tour” 48-hour ticket...
Kesha and Macklemore team for tour that hits Atlanta this summer

Kesha and Macklemore team for tour that hits Atlanta this summer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Kesha and Macklemore have teamed for a tour that will play the newly renamed Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Aug. 2. Tickets for the show will go on sale at noon Dec. 15 via www.livenation.com. A Citi card presale will run from noon Dec. 13 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14 through Citi’s Private Pass program ( www.citiprivatepass.com). The...
Woodruff Arts Center features Veterans Portrait Project

Woodruff Arts Center features Veterans Portrait Project

Stacey Pearsall’s more than 6,000 veteran portraits are like snowflakes (lately Atlanta is all too familiar with snowflakes): No two are the same.  Pearsall started the Veterans Portrait Project in late 2008. The goal, according to a video on the project’s website, is to “show that every veteran is an individual of themselves and has a unique story.” Little more than...
Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Jim Meehan knows a thing or two about drinks. A beverage professional for nearly 20 years, he’s an acclaimed bartender, journalist and the author of “The PDT Cocktail Book” and 2017 guide “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” (Ten Speed Press, $40). Meehan visits Atlanta Dec. 18 for a dinner at Linton Hopkins’ new steakhouse C. Ellet’s that will see the drink...
5 gifts for people who like to bake

5 gifts for people who like to bake

Bake and dish it in the is casserole dish, which is available at Southern Kitchen. Photo credit: Caren West PR. ’Tis the season to give great gifts. This Christmas, present bakers with a casserole dish, enroll them in a croissant-making class or purchase something they can use like a recipe book. Some of the following five gifts are local, so you can go get them now (and browse for...
Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Simply Gum A cookbook? Something that looks like a book but isn’t? Or something else to chew on? MasterChef Junior Cookbook Are your kids crazy about the food shows on TV? Do they dream of competing on MasterChef Junior? This cookbook is a compilation of 100 recipes inspired by the dishes made during the first five seasons of the show. Each recipe names the young chef who ...
Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

It hasn’t been an easy year for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family. In July, longtime bassist David “Z” Zablidowsky was killed in a car accident while touring with his other band, Adrenaline Mob. Three months earlier, TSO endured serious heartache when founder Paul O’Neill, 61, died from an unexpected reaction to prescription medication. But the organization...
Santa's Wonderland: 12 things to do this weekend in Atlanta despite the snow

Santa's Wonderland: 12 things to do this weekend in Atlanta despite the snow

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose and snow still sticking around, you might think about staying indoors for the weekend, but you won't want to miss out on the festive events still taking place throughout the Atlanta area. Kids (and pets) have multiple opportunities to visit with Santa, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is in town and voices will fill the air with song...
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Mary J. Blige, Gabriel Iglesias, Royal Blood

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Mary J. Blige, Gabriel Iglesias, Royal Blood

Mary J. Blige performed a sold-out show at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Aug. 8. 2017. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/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: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kelly Clarkson

Atlanta Concerts this week: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Kelly Clarkson

SATURDAY Trans-Siberian Orchestra Despite the death of tour founder and mastermind Paul O’Neill earlier this year, his legacy will live on through the lasers and pomp-rock of TSO. Al Pitrelli, the musical director for one of the two TSO units that tour the country, said fans won’t see TSO fade away anytime soon. 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9. $48.50-$88.50...
Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ tour will be a spectacle to behold

Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ tour will be a spectacle to behold

When fans step into Philips Arena on Tuesday to behold Katy Perry’s “Witness” tour, they’ll be transported to a world of kaleidoscopic colors, mega-sized props (you can’t miss the salt and pepper shakers) and other visual dazzlers to accompany her set list of frothy pop songs. While the inarguably plucky Perry is willing to fly high to entertain...
Beer Pick: Red Brick Sea Otter Stout

Beer Pick: Red Brick Sea Otter Stout

Sea Otter Stout. Red Brick Brewing Co. Atlanta’s Red Brick Brick Brewing Co. has been partnering with the Georgia Aquarium to create limited edition offerings with the goal of bringing attention to the Aquarium and its mission. The the third in the series is Sea Otter Stout, a roasty American stout brewed to celebrate one of the Aquarium’s most beloved animals,...
New video released to commemorate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday

New video released to commemorate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday

Allman at his tribute concert at the Fox Theatre in 2014. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In celebration of what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70 th birthday Dec. 8 comes the release of a striking video for “Song for Adam,” from Allman’s final album, “Southern Blood.” The song, a cover of the 1972 Jackson...
Atlanta weather: Which metro Atlanta restaurants are open or closed?

Atlanta weather: Which metro Atlanta restaurants are open or closed?

The dusting of snow — more in some places — is making it beautiful out there. Road conditions, though — that’s a different story. Find out which Atlanta restaurants are closing early because of the weather, and keep checking back for more updates. Get the latest on weather conditions at ajc.com. We are closing at 2pm today, Fri, Dec 8. Go play in the snow! ...
All aboard: 5 awesome holiday train adventures near Atlanta

All aboard: 5 awesome holiday train adventures near Atlanta

Trains and Christmas seem to go hand in hand, especially if your family enjoys watching "The Polar Express" as a seasonal tradition. This Christmas season, create an experience that your children will never forget by taking a festive train ride. Whether you're interested in an all-day excursion, or just a short tour, these locations around Georgia offer holiday-themed experiences that...
The guide to buying the perfect gift for every food (and drink) lover in your life

The guide to buying the perfect gift for every food (and drink) lover in your life

Everyone needs to eat (and drink), right? Which means that no matter who you’re buying presents for this holiday season, there’s bound to be a foodie gift that’ll be perfect for them. Keep reading to find out what to get everyone on your “nice” list (and some gifts for the “naughty” ones, too). Salud! Cooking School is offered inside...
Crunch time: This Atlanta breakfast sandwich was named one of the best in America

Crunch time: This Atlanta breakfast sandwich was named one of the best in America

Mornings are hard, but there’s something about a savory Southern breakfast that makes waking up before noon almost worth it.  If you want to wake up to one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the U.S., you don’t have to go too far. Editors at Food & Wine have scoured the country for the best breakfast sandwich − from bountiful biscuit combos to wondrous waffle mashups...
Partnership between Scofflaw Brewing and BrewDog USA announced

Partnership between Scofflaw Brewing and BrewDog USA announced

Scofflaw Brewing Co. beer. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Atlanta’s rapidly expanding Scofflaw Brewing Co. has announced a new partnership agreement with BrewDog, the international brewery and pub chain based in Scotland. The agreement will give Scofflaw access to the brewing and canning operation at BrewDog USA’s new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters near Columbus...
Find out how to win one year of sandwiches from this chain restaurant today

Find out how to win one year of sandwiches from this chain restaurant today

A Cinnabon six-pack could get you free sandwiches for a year. Photo credit: Allison + Partners. Today is a great day for a six-pack. Schlotzsky’s , a chain restaurant that offers sandwiches, Cinnabons, pizzas and more, is celebrating guest appreciation day by offering one free small Original Sandwich each week for a year to the first 100 people who purchase a Cinnabon...
‘Darkest Hour’ is soaring portrayal of Winston Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ is soaring portrayal of Winston Churchill

Until this year, perhaps the greatest piece of moviemaking about Dunkirk was only part of a movie: It was a breathtaking sequence of the massive World War II evacuation, filmed in one astonishing five-minute take that dramatically punctuated the movie “Atonement,” directed by Joe Wright. Now Wright returns with a fully fledged Dunkirk film: “Darkest Hour” is already receiving...
‘The Disaster Artist’ shows finesse behind supposed failure

‘The Disaster Artist’ shows finesse behind supposed failure

In 2003, a mysterious billboard popped up in Los Angeles, with a sinister headshot and a phone number, advertising a movie called “The Room.” Playing in one theater, the romantic melodrama written, directed, produced by and starring the inimitable Tommy Wiseau was a flop, until cult movie fans discovered possibly the best worst movie ever and made it a hit. Now the story of the making...
‘Tom of Finland’ a solid film about iconic gay artist

‘Tom of Finland’ a solid film about iconic gay artist

One can imagine that when Touko Laaksonen finally arrives in Los Angeles and realizes the full impact his work hath wrought, it went down much the way it did in Dome Karukoski’s living biopic “Tom of Finland.” Operating in near secrecy in Finland during the 1950s and ’60s, working on nights and weekends around his gig in a Helsinki advertising firm, Laaksonen’s drawings...
Six Flags gives a peek at new Twisted Cyclone ride

Six Flags gives a peek at new Twisted Cyclone ride

Here’s a bit of advice before you hop on the new Twisted Cyclone ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. Skip lunch. The Austell amusement park’s newest attraction is rising amid the wooden, weathered skeleton of what was once the Georgia Cyclone, which opened in 1990. The media got an early look Thursday at construction of the Twisted Cyclone, which will be made of wood and steel and is expected...
Score! Your guide to the College Football Hall of Fame

Score! Your guide to the College Football Hall of Fame

If you're a college football fan, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta just might be the next best thing to your team winning the national championship. A hall of fame might conjure up visions of old photos and statues in a fairly staid atmosphere, but the CFHF is anything but. The College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 1951 and was originally housed in Kings Mill, Ohio, before...
These 3 Atlanta restaurants were named to OpenTable’s 2017 list of best restaurants in America

These 3 Atlanta restaurants were named to OpenTable’s 2017 list of best restaurants in America

Sushi at Umi in Buckhead. / AJC file photo Whittling down the list of best restaurants in the country is no small task, but reservation site OpenTable thinks its users are up to the challenge. Its list of best restaurants in the country — generated by diner reviews collected from Nov. 1 2016-Oct. 31, 2017 — includes three Atlanta entries, which all happen to be...
College national championship game in Atlanta — fun ideas for kids

College national championship game in Atlanta — fun ideas for kids

College football’s national championship game will be here before we know it. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We don’t know which two teams will be playing yet, but we do know the four schools who have made it into the playoffs on New Year’s Day: Georgia will take on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, and Clemson will go up against Alabama in...
10 boozy gifts for the holidays

10 boozy gifts for the holidays

From cocktail classes to whiskey-filled ornaments to Charleston-made candles that smell like pinot noir, here are 10 boozy gifts that make for a spirited holiday season. Gunshow cocktail classes This is the gift for that person who fancies themselves a bartender or at least hopes to...
Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

When you're looking to warm up, these cold-weather comfort food dishes and drinks around Atlanta will keep away the chill. Ration & Dram's Chicken & Dumplings is made from scratch using Darby Farms chicken, Southern Swiss Dairy milk made into cream and fluffy biscuit dumplings. The restaurant promises the dish "will make you feel like you're at your grandmother's house." 130 Arizona...
Katy Perry visits CHOA, rents out Christmas-themed bar in Santa outfit

Katy Perry visits CHOA, rents out Christmas-themed bar 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...
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. · Greenbriar Mall...
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...
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...
Six Flags reschedules fake snowball fight canceled due to real snow

Six Flags reschedules fake snowball fight canceled due to real snow

Snow won the battle this weekend but not the war. Yes, Six Flags Over Georgia was forced to cancel its inaugural snowball fight due to real snow (read: dictionary definition irony) but the Cobb County amusement park has rescheduled. The cancellation in Austell got attention of folks from as far away as the United Kingdom. Some portions of Cobb got a foot of snow, according to...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

While hilarious television host Ellen might be able to make the perils of holiday mall parking funny ("New Year's Eve, you finally get that space"), the rest of us find little humor in the waiting and anxiety involved in parking at the mall to shop for presents. Ellen can make the executive decision to skip ever purchasing her mom items from the mall’s Victoria’s Secret...
Christmas 2017: 20 darling couples gifts that your daughter-in-law will actually like

Christmas 2017: 20 darling couples gifts that your daughter-in-law will actually like

When your adult child gets married, you double the holiday fun if you're lucky. But you also multiply the gift-giving quandaries. After all, you've had a whole lifetime to get to know your child's gift preferences. Working another person into the equation can be an occasion for advice-column-level misunderstandings, burst budgets and a new family tradition of re-gifting. As they noted at Grandparents...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 8-10

3 Fun Things: Dec. 8-10

BUFORD Pet photos with Santa Want to include the entire family in this year’s holiday photo? If it doesn’t quite feel right without the Fifi or Fido, then plan to take that photo at the Mall of Georgia this weekend. That’s when Santa will make a little extra room on his lap for your four-legged family members. For two hours on the evening of Dec. 10, enter through the Savvii Formalwear...
11 ways to simplify the holidays without feeling like The Grinch

11 ways to simplify the holidays without feeling like The Grinch

Recognize this Christmas scenario from Simply Family Finance blogger Chris Tecmire? "Think about it," he wrote. "Instead of simply celebrating with our families on December 25th, we have turned Christmas into a month-long whirlwind of work parties, gift exchanges and credit card stuffing trips to the mall. It has become a laundry list of to-dos instead of a time of celebration...
5 Christmas gifts for the little one who already has too much stuff

5 Christmas gifts for the little one who already has too much stuff

If the preschooler on your gift list already has the big ticket items that most kids twice their age only dream of − iPhones, luxury two-seater ride-on cars or even a big screen TV −  take heart. There are wonderful alternatives for the toddler who already has too much stuff. They emphasize creativity and bonding rather than money spent, and each is designed to keep the...
6 ways kids, families can volunteer this holiday season in Atlanta

6 ways kids, families can volunteer this holiday season in Atlanta

Giving can be just as rewarding as receiving. This Christmas, plenty of families can use a helping hand. Here’s a list of organizations offering volunteer opportunities for individuals and families who would like to add a little more cheer for those in need this season.  Furkids is one of the only animal rescue groups in Georgia that encourages kids to participate in their volunteer...
World AIDS Day 2017: 9 facts about HIV/AIDS everyone should know

World AIDS Day 2017: 9 facts about HIV/AIDS everyone should know

World AIDS Day has been designated every December 1 since 1988 as a way to draw awareness of the disease and mourn the 35 million people who have died from it. The event has since shifted to focus on successes in the global fight against the disease and the importance of continuing these efforts for the 36.7 million worldwide who are living with HIV/AIDS. Yet, as recently as 2012, more than a...
Swedish Christmas Market: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Swedish Christmas Market: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Time is ticking away, but never fear because you'll find plenty of family-friendly events to make your season great this year.  Whether you still need to find a few gifts for loved ones, or want to have visions of sugar plum fairies from a Nutcracker performance, you don't need to look any further than this weekend's lineup to fill your time with Christmas cheer. Check out these events happening...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 1-3

3 Fun Things: Dec. 1-3

PEACHTREE CORNERS Point of View Exhibition Have you ever wanted to see through someone else’s eyes? View different parts of the world from the perspective of those who have been there? At the R Alexander Fine Art “Point of View” Group Exhibit, you can do just that. See the seasons change in Europe through the work of Miguel Peidro. Step into cities around the world through the first-person...
Driver with giant Christmas tree on roof stopped by police

Driver with giant Christmas tree on roof stopped by police

Police in Massachusetts caught what looks like a scene from “Christmas Vacation” on the road Monday, prompting them to remind drivers to be careful when transporting trees this holiday season. Officers said Friday that they stopped a driver who had a massive Christmas tree unsafely perched atop a vehicle on Route 20 in Sudbury. Police shared a photo of the tree draped over the vehicle...
Celebrate Christmas with light displays: 5 of the South's best

Celebrate Christmas with light displays: 5 of the South's best

Looking for a holiday-themed Southeastern getaway with glowing appeal? Light displays string across the region, plugging in for all ages to enjoy.   Multicolored wattage, often designed in seasonal shapes from candy canes to dreidels, can offer more celebratory spirit than spiked eggnog. Ponder the following suggestions when plotting a holly jolly vacation or a pit stop while road tripping...
6 holiday events the whole family will enjoy

6 holiday events the whole family will enjoy

Family is the nucleus of the holiday season. From shopping for loved ones to dinners with old friends, winter is jam-packed with activities and traditions meant to celebrate the folks who make your life special. Here are six events the youngest — and oldest — members of your clan will enjoy. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Children’s Christmas Parade is the largest...
Christmas 2017: 11 gifts your kids will ask Santa for this season

Christmas 2017: 11 gifts your kids will ask Santa for this season

Some of the trendiest toys for 2017 might surprise you. As a parent, you might look at a few of these toys and wonder why they're such a big deal.  Although the top gifts for kids this year might seem very different from the classic toys you grew up with, your children will shriek with glee finding a few of them underneath the tree on Christmas morning. As you finish up your holiday shopping...
Norcross kicks off holiday events with Santa, Disney princesses

Norcross kicks off holiday events with Santa, Disney princesses

Norcross will celebrate its Christmas tree lighting with visits from Santa Claus and a group of Disney princesses. The city’s Christmas tree will be lit in Thrasher Park on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m., and Norcross First United Methodist Church will provide live music. There will be free hot cocoa and cookies for attendees, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be played on a big...
Get a holiday light show with free hot chocolate at a Cobb Chick-fil-A

Get a holiday light show with free hot chocolate at a Cobb Chick-fil-A

For the second year, a Marietta Chick-fil-A will be spreading some serious holiday cheer. The restaurant at 2105 Roswell Road is debuting its drive-through holiday light show Monday night. Shift manager Julien Benjamin said last year’s display was comprised of 10,000 lights, and the show this year will be similar. He said it took between seven and eight hours to put up the structure and...
Santa’s arrival in Cobb tomorrow means a parade and a tree lighting

Santa’s arrival in Cobb tomorrow means a parade and a tree lighting

The holly, jolly dude is again coming to Smyrna. The city is hosting “Coming Home for The Holidays” on Tuesday, which will mark the arrival of Santa Claus. It all starts at 5 p.m. on the Village Green with free hot cocoa on the front porch of the community center and a 20-minute performance from Cumberland Christian Academy’s Patriot Singers in the center’s large gym. There...
Meet Santa, get free photos at Gwinnett Christmas tree lighting

Meet Santa, get free photos at Gwinnett Christmas tree lighting

Kids, make sure your wish lists are up-to-date: Santa will be taking a look at them at Suwanee’s Jolly Holly Day. The annual Christmas celebration and tree lighting will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at Suwanee Town Center. Santa Claus will be on hand for photos and to ask Suwanee’s well-behaved children what they’d like under the tree. Photos with Santa are free, but you must take them...
It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

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

Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most. The rich, deep history of this centuries-old tradition is woven into the United States' cultural fabric, yet, there are still many aspects of the holiday that most Americans don’t know. The holiday...
Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade.  The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 24-26

3 Fun Things: Nov. 24-26

METRO AREA Wreath Make & Take Feeling festive but need a little guidance in the craft department? Perhaps your creative skills are superb, but you’re looking for new ideas. Whatever the case, Pike Nurseries is offering a Make & Take session to help you design the perfect holiday wreath. Inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, the wreath is adorned with real fruit and nuts that will make any door...
Catch a Christmas tree lighting in Cobb next week

Catch a Christmas tree lighting in Cobb next week

A Christmas tree! Light refreshments! City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling! There will be all that and choral singing and more at the tree lighting this year at Depot Park in the Cobb County city’s downtown. The program starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and is expected to run an hour, the city said. There will also be tree lightings at The Battery and Marietta Square. But before then...
5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

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

Your family can take on an exciting adventure they'll never forget, courtesy of Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park's newest zip line canopy.  Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park level 2 zip line, dubbed North Georgia's largest zip line canopy tour, is nestled in the lush mountains surrounding Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen, Georgia. While the level 1 zip line at the Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park...
Black Friday 2017: 10 stores offering the biggest Black Friday discounts this year

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

Are you ready for the biggest shopping day of the year? This Black Friday on Nov. 24, retailers are bringing out some major doorbuster deals. Personal finance site WalletHub surveyed nearly 10,000 deals from the 35 biggest U.S. retailers’ Black Friday ad scans to identify stores offering the deepest cuts in a variety of product categories, including apparel/accessories, electronics and computers/phones...
The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals on tech, clothing, home and more

The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals on tech, clothing, home and more

Black Friday is notorious for crowded shopping malls, long lines and total madness. But if the adrenaline rush of the post-Thanksgiving shopping day doesn’t appeal to you, Cyber Monday is another (almost) stress-free option for anyone looking to save big bucks on holiday gifts this year. To get the best deals this Monday — and during Cyber Week — you’ll need quick fingers and...
6 ways to survive the holidays with toxic relatives

6 ways to survive the holidays with toxic relatives

Maybe your family's not Norman Rockwell during the holidays or even the Griswolds. But do they have to act like the Sopranos? Anyone who's unconcerned about gravy recipes and place cards but very worried about how to keep the brandy away from Uncle Ned so he won't get abusive or keeping mom from dropping poison remarks about deadbeat dads is probably poised for a holiday with toxic relatives...
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...
Cobb museum holding ‘Polar Express’ in your PJs party

Cobb museum holding ‘Polar Express’ in your PJs party

If you know a child going through an obsessed-with-trains phase, the Southern Museum could earn you a big hug. On Dec. 9, a Saturday, the museum is again holding its Polar Express Adventure, which will feature a decked-out historic locomotive, a walkable Santa’s workshop and a visit by Santa Claus. There will also be model trains to play with and a showing of the 2004 animated holiday heartwarmer ...
Theaters across metro Atlanta deck the halls for the holidays

Theaters across metro Atlanta deck the halls for the holidays

From timeless classics to fresh newcomers, Atlanta theater has a ton of shows on tap this holiday season. Whether you’re excited to see dancers twirl and glide across the stage or Ebenezer Scrooge transform from grouch to good-mannered, there’s something available for everyone. Take a look at the merry lineup for a sneak peek of the offerings. The holiday comedy stars an out-of-work, middle-aged...
‘Doggie kissing booth’ to be held at Atlanta pet supply store

‘Doggie kissing booth’ to be held at Atlanta pet supply store

A mistletoe sale and “doggie kissing booth” will soon be held at a Grant Park pet supply store to raise money for a nonprofit. Proceeds from the event at Intown Healthy Hound will benefit Stubby's Heroes, which advocates on behalf of pit bulls and other “bully breeds.” The mistletoe, $5, will be sold in sealed bags and tied with bows to benefit the...
Black Friday 2017: Kohl’s Black Friday deals on Xbox One S, Instant Pot and more start Monday

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

Earlier this month, Kohl’s revealed its ultimate 66-page 2017 Black Friday ad with wild deals starting Monday, Nov. 20. On Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 23 —the retailer’s doorbuster sales will begin online at 12:01 a.m. CST. Stores open at 5 p.m. (an hour earlier than last year) and will remain open through 1 p.m. on Black Friday. But shoppers can get in on ...
4 homemade Christmas gifts for your pet for less than $10

4 homemade Christmas gifts for your pet for less than $10

We do love our pets and there certainly are days when they feel like the only ones who should receive any part of our hard-earned Christmas gift budget. But do you really need expensive pet beds, $14-a-pound treats or $30 "indestructible" chew toys that aren't really? Instead, you can spend an hour or so making your dog or cat a present he'll enjoy at a price that will make you smile: less...
Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

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

While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic. There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day. The ultimate etiquette authority...
Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta

Everything to know about mastering disc golf in Atlanta

Long before the trademarked Frisbee became a household name, a group of Canadian schoolboys are said to have made a game out of tossing a disc around an obstacle course in 1920s Saskatchewan. But throwing tin plates at a fence posts is not what draws more and more people out to the disc golf courses popping up around metro Atlanta these days. »RELATED: Gwinnett’s got a brand new disc golf...
6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

Thrill seekers, you can stay in the state and still get a premium adrenaline fix. Georgia state parks offer jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping thrills within hours of Atlanta, some practically next door. Here are six state park attractions for the most adventurous: At the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest is a loop that beckons the toughest trail for hikers who also have a...
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...
Tory Burch’s nieces to open holiday pop-up boutique in Atlanta

Tory Burch’s nieces to open holiday pop-up boutique in Atlanta

Women’s brand Neely & Chloe is scheduled to open a holiday pop-up shop at the Westside Provisions District in November.  The temporary boutique will carry women’s bags and shoes that were previously only available online, and which all retail under $300, according to a press release. It will also carry customizable wallets, keychains and cases. Sisters Neely and Chloe...
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