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Atlanta’s coffee shops serve up java for Gens X, Y and Z

When I think about the bad old days of coffee in Atlanta, when you could still get away with selling a cup of hot black water fit for a gas station and call your place a cafe, I’m afraid I sound like an old man talking about walking 5 miles uphill both to and from school. To young ears, it might not sound real. A decade ago, you might have found yourself driving halfway across town in search...


Shoe love and lust the highlight of “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.”

Shoe love and lust the highlight of “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain.”

Shoes — with their ability to titillate, hobble and confer power — are the crux of a show dedicated to this both utilitarian and expressive garment. The show, “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” is at the Savannah College of Art’s SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Except for the corset, no garment probably affects the body as profoundly as the shoe—or does so as publicly...
Intensity almost never lets up in ‘Dunkirk’

Intensity almost never lets up in ‘Dunkirk’

Not much can prepare you for the heart-stopping immersion of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” his tribute to the World War II battle that looms large in the history and heart of England. The 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 British soldiers from a French beach, under heavy fire from German soldiers and planes, was aided by a flotilla of small boats captained by civilians from across...
‘Girls Trip’ is raunchy yet refreshingly fun

‘Girls Trip’ is raunchy yet refreshingly fun

Perfecting the raunchy, randy, female-driven comedy can be a tall order. “Bridesmaids” showed it could be done, though such successes can be few and far between. “Girls Trip” proves to be the heir apparent to “Bridesmaids,” a film about female friendship that nails the comedy, the boldness and the heart. There’s no need for high concepts or outlandish premises...
The Killers announce new album, tour dates including Duluth

The Killers announce new album, tour dates including Duluth

The Killers are back! Photo: Anton Corbijn BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene   Last fall, The Killers captivated with their headlining set at Music Midtown . Now, with a new album arriving Sept. 22, the guys are returning to the road and will perform at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth at 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets for the show...
Concert review: Barry Manilow returns to Atlanta with loose, fun show

Concert review: Barry Manilow returns to Atlanta with loose, fun show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene There’s a snarky line from Judd Nelson’s character in “The Breakfast Club” – recently resurrected for promos on SiriusXM’s ‘80s channel – directed at a school official: “Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?” It’s meant to be an insult, of course. Another jab...
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...
“His Double Life” aims to reflect real life, raise suicide awareness

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

On Saturday, Aug. 26, the play “His Double Life” will take the stage for one night only in Macon. 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...
Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks 40th anniversary tour with Cheap Trick, playing in Atlanta

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson talks 40th anniversary tour with Cheap Trick, playing in Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Not many bands can release a 40th anniversary album containing 40 credible hits, but put Foreigner in that rarefied air. Between 1977 and 1987, the band was inescapable on Top 40 and rock radio with a parade of now-classic guitar crunchers (“Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Head Games”) and soaring ballads (“Waiting...
Perspective: Let trans voices tell own stories

Perspective: Let trans voices tell own stories

Jared Leto won an Oscar for it. Jeffrey Tambor won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for it. But when the actors took off the hair and makeup that helped turn them into transgender women, left in the mirror were two cisgender men. RELATED: hat is the difference between transgender and transsexual?  Herein lies the problem with Hollywood casting. It reinforces the notion that being transgender is a...
‘Emoji Movie’ could not be more meh

‘Emoji Movie’ could not be more meh

“Words aren’t cool,” is the courtship advice imparted by one texting teen to another in “The Emoji Movie.” That statement is the canary in the coal mine that “Cyrano de Bergerac” this movie is most decidedly not. Will Alex (Jake T. Austin) choose the right emoji to express his ardor for Addie (Tati Gabrielle)? Or will “meh” emoji Gene (T.J. Miller)...
Why this downtown rooftop bar was named one of the best in America

Why this downtown rooftop bar was named one of the best in America

One Atlanta lounge is gaining worldwide attention because of how notably it's scaling heights. SkyLounge, 110 Marietta St. NW, has been dubbed one of the 21 best rooftop bars in the U.S. by Thrillist for its picturesque view of bustling Downtown Atlanta. While Atlanta is at its peak in the summer season, it's the perfect time to enjoy the fresh air outside, especially on SkyLounge’s lavish...
‘Landline’ coasts on ’90s nostalgia

‘Landline’ coasts on ’90s nostalgia

Three of the key creative members of 2014’s heartfelt abortion dramedy “Obvious Child” have re-teamed for the ’90s family comedy “Landline.” Director Gillian Robespierre once again joins forces with writer Elisabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate for this story about multi-generational complications of life and love. The specificity with which Holm and Robespierre have...
Kathryn Bigelow shoots the ‘67 war at home in ‘Detroit’

Kathryn Bigelow shoots the ‘67 war at home in ‘Detroit’

Oddly in sync with the narrative strategy (though without the imposing visual panache) of “Dunkirk,” the other historical drama of the moment, director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” is an artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice and what many see, still, as the American way with police brutality. In...
Edie Falco lands a plum role on big screen in ‘Landline’

Edie Falco lands a plum role on big screen in ‘Landline’

Edie Falco is widely known for her award-winning performances in a pair of celebrated and long-running cable series: as the exasperated wife of a mob boss in “The Sopranos” (1999-2007) and as a drug-addicted health care provider in “Nurse Jackie” (2009-2015). But comparably demanding roles on the big screen have been few and far between. She excelled most memorably as a lovelorn...
A buddy picture worth trumpeting

A buddy picture worth trumpeting

Filmmaker Kirsten Tan riffs on the tropes of both the buddy film and the road trip movie in her absurd yet subtly observed feature debut “Pop Aye.” The writer and director sets a tragicomic tone early on, when the middle-aged architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh) wanders out of his Bangkok office and buys an elephant he’s convinced is his long-lost childhood pet, Popeye. (According...
‘Lady Macbeth’ is brooding, mesmerizing

‘Lady Macbeth’ is brooding, mesmerizing

In the opening shots of “Lady Macbeth,” a bride (Florence Pugh) gazes upward through the mist of her veil, looking lovely, quietly curious and very young. In its final shots, she sits on a mustard-yellow couch in her husband’s home, her position precisely centered, her gaze as unyielding and dark as the heavy wooden furniture in the room. In the world of the film, not very much time...
‘13 Minutes’ offers another unique tale of resistance

‘13 Minutes’ offers another unique tale of resistance

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Academy-Award nominated 2004 film “Downfall” was all about Hitler, his final days, in fact. Hirschbiegel’s latest, “13 Minutes,” is also about Hitler, though the man is scarcely in the film at all. “13 Minutes” takes place six years before Hitler’s demise, and documents an incident that could have thwarted Hitler’s reign...
‘Atomic Blonde’ loses its punch in second half

‘Atomic Blonde’ loses its punch in second half

The ’80s are back, baby — the fashions, the tunes, the Russian spies. The Cold War is so hot right now, and action thriller “Atomic Blonde” is here to capitalize on that moment. Charlize Theron stars as the titular blonde in this violently stylish spy flick, doing her own version of “John Wick” as a taciturn secret agent with a very impressive set of skills. Directed...
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...
Broadway stars, actors will perform at ‘Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!’ in Atlanta

Broadway stars, actors will perform at ‘Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!’ in Atlanta

Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller will perform at the event in August. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene A cavalcade of Broadway stars, actors, comedians and recording artists will take the stage at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts for the “Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” The event, created and hosted by SiriusXM Broadway channel host Seth...
Gregg Allman’s final studio, ‘Southern Blood,’ will arrive in September

Gregg Allman’s final studio, ‘Southern Blood,’ will arrive in September

Gregg Allman performs at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa, Oka., in May 2016. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Gregg Allman’s legacy will be solidified with his final recording, “Southern Blood,” out Sept. 8. The 10-track album, produced by Don Was and recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, includes...
Review: Booth Museum show centers on Kennedys’ public, private lives

Review: Booth Museum show centers on Kennedys’ public, private lives

In an age of intense political division, the photographs in “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe” at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville take us back to a different time. Jacqueline Kennedy dubbed it “Camelot” after a popular Lerner and Loewe Broadway show of the early 1960s showing King Arthur’s idyllic, principled rule. In many instances...
Review: Aurora, Outfit re-up on ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Review: Aurora, Outfit re-up on ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

As musicalizations of Victor Hugo go, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is no “Les Miserables.” The good folks at Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre probably already know as much, having produced an ambitious (if necessarily pared-down) undertaking of the acclaimed Boublil-Schonberg sung-through version of that latter literary classic —  to such considerable fanfare...
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...
The only ATL restaurant where you can’t get angry at the staff

The only ATL restaurant where you can’t get angry at the staff

Atlanta doesn’t lack for brunch spots, but when I awoke recently on a Sunday morning, wishing I could hit the pause button on a dizzying 24/7 news cycle, I longed for a brunch that would feed my soul. I needed a place where the food would be good, but the community better. Feel-good came in the form of Café 458. Café 458 is a Sundays-only brunch spot at 458 Edgewood Ave. in...
Ming-Na Wen of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ among top names at Dragon Con 2017

Ming-Na Wen of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ among top names at Dragon Con 2017

She has been a doctor, a Disney princess and a deadly killer, which makes Ming-Na Wen a triple threat in the pop culture universe. This Labor Day weekend the Chinese-American actress will make her first appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention expected to bring 82,000 fans to downtown Atlanta. As weapons expert Melinda May in the ABC television...
7 millennial-friendly volunteer opportunities in Atlanta

7 millennial-friendly volunteer opportunities in Atlanta

Giving back to the community is a great way for new residents to get to know the city and for native Atlantans to expand beyond their comfort zones, too. In the case of millennials and young professionals, giving time and talent can be the most impactful way to enrich the city and feel like a part of something bigger. 1. Wonderroot 982 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. 404-254-5955. wonderroot...
Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

When you live in Atlanta and get assigned to review a country-cooking spot up Lake Allatoona way, and invite a friend and her 15-year-old son to come along, you don’t expect them to text back: “We love that place!” As it turns out, Doug’s Place Restaurant, a Southern meat-and-three diner just off I-75 in Emerson, is a favorite spot of my friends, Jodi and Sam, who reside in...
Author Events July 30-August 5

Author Events July 30-August 5

Writers @ The Wrecking Bar, “Atlanta Noir.” To launch the long-awaited Atlanta version of this groundbreaking series, editor Tayari Jones joins Daniel Black, Jim Grimsley, Anthony Grooms, Jennifer Harlow, John Holman, Dallas Hudgens, Kenji Jasper, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, David James Poissant, and Gillian Royes to read, discuss, and answer questions about the stories, each set in a...
Zoo Atlanta panda twins growing too big to handle

Zoo Atlanta panda twins growing too big to handle

Zoo Atlanta’s twin pandas, Xi Lun and Ya Lun are approaching an important milestone. On Sept. 3 they will celebrate their first birthday. In anticipation of that milestone, Zoo Atlanta’s curator of mammals, Stephanie Braccini, invited The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to a behind-the-scenes visit with the bears. We watched as the juveniles moved from one den to the next, sampled leaf-eater...
Grassroots fitness movement gains following in Atlanta

Grassroots fitness movement gains following in Atlanta

There is no shortage of new workout programs coming to Atlanta. Just this month, the latest fitness craze — Australia-born F45 — launched its first studio in the metro area. Many of the most popular workouts are part of the wave of high intensity interval training group exercises currently enjoying widespread support. Each take on fitness may have its own cult following, but...
12 can't-miss back-to-school sales for Atlanta parents

12 can't-miss back-to-school sales for Atlanta parents

Georgia legislators may have canceled the 2017 back-to-school tax-free weekend, but parents can still take advantage of some deals before −online and at Atlanta stores − before the kids head back. 1. Groupon has grouped discounts into a Back to School category, featuring everything from AbeBooks to Target to Zappos. Discounts are for both online and in-store...
VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

Night owls rejoice, as you too can find exceptional dining, cocktails and entertainment during your prime waking hours. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you choose to frequent after midnight. Spend an evening at these five quintessential dive bars in Atlanta. Here are some alternatives to Waffle House when you're bored in Atlanta at 2 a.m. In case you needed any...
Which concert tours are tops so far this year?

Which concert tours are tops so far this year?

Metallica brought its “Worldwired Tour” to sold-out SunTrust Park on Sunday, July 9. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Record sales might remain in a slump, but the live music industry continues to thrive. At least according to the figures tallied by concert industry trade magazine Pollstar in its annual mid-year...
TV best bets with Kelsey Grammer, Rick Ross, Princess Diana

TV best bets with Kelsey Grammer, Rick Ross, Princess Diana

Tycoon_0450.CR2 This was posted Sunday, July 23, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Kelsey Grammer returns to scripted TV with Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” Friday which also stars Matt Bonner. Bonner plays Monroe Stahr, a gifted young movie executive, in the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about...
Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the powerhouse Broadway star, the bracingly funny New...
Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

This was posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Not too long ago, your only options for a decent TV selection were cable or satellite. Now thanks to streaming, the buffet is seemingly endless. Targeting younger folks who still want access to broadcast and cable networks anywhere, YouTube is now offering an...

Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Following the death of singer Chester Bennington , Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of...
Holy Taco pop-up hits East Atlanta Village this weekend

Holy Taco pop-up hits East Atlanta Village this weekend

The neighborhood of East Atlanta Village is quirky, eccentric and a plain ol' good time any night of the week. This weekend, the eternally hip community will gather to showcase all of its quirkiness for a good cause. Pop Up at Holy Taco's, beginning noon Sunday, July 23, will feature dozens of vendors, dj's and local artists seeking to raise money for community projects in EAV. The tight-knit...
4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

Celebrate the end of a work week by venturing through Atlanta's much-anticipated and elite parties. Get ready to mix and mingle with locals, because there are plenty of parties happening this weekend that are too good to miss. From a glow-in-the-dark extravaganzas to a crawl dedicated to the dope decade that was the 1990s, there's plenty reason to pull out that 'fit you've been waiting to don for...
The Moody Blues revisit ‘Days of Future Passed’ on summer tour

The Moody Blues revisit ‘Days of Future Passed’ on summer tour

For a certain generation, “Days of Future Passed” ranks among their lifetime musical highlights. The Moody Blues’ landmark 1967 album, widely considered a hallmark of prog rock, spawned the lushly orchestrated “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon” (though it was the 1972 re-release of “Nights” that climbed the U.S. charts...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Charlie Wilson, Barry Manilow

Atlanta Concerts this week: Charlie Wilson, Barry Manilow

It’s always a party with Uncle Charlie. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Charlie Wilson “Uncle” Charlie Wilson is a regular presence in Atlanta and for good reason – people love him. Even though he packed Philips Arena at the beginning of the year with Fantasia and Johnny Gill, he’s coming back to continue ...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Jack Johnson, Florida Georgia Line

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Jack Johnson, Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line will play a sort-of hometown show this fall. Photo: Getty Images BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  Twitter. ON SALE JULY...
Fast Times at Ridgemont High coming to Atlanta theaters for 35th anniversary

Fast Times at Ridgemont High coming to Atlanta theaters for 35th anniversary

Hey Dude, let’s party…at a movie theater near you. On Sunday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., fans of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High can catch the movie once again on the big screen at Perimeter Point 10 and Avenue Forsyth 12. It has been 35 years since Sean Penn starred in his memorable role as Jeff Spicoli, the most lovable surfer, stoner...
True Colors’ ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ a delicious, wild ride

True Colors’ ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ a delicious, wild ride

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis has an abiding affection for characters living on the margins: the unemployed, the imprisoned, the drug-addled, the violent. By comparison to some of his frenetically paced earlier works, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner now onstage at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, seems kind of soft and sitcom-esque. At the center...
An artist comes out from behind her camera in new film

An artist comes out from behind her camera in new film

Photographer Elsa Dorfman is known for her large-format Polaroid portraits, created on 20-by-24-inch instant film, using one of the five cameras originally built by the company, which stopped making the specialized film after it went bankrupt in 2008. Dorfman stockpiled as much of it as she could get her hands on, but as it ran out, the artist, now 80, decided to retire a couple of years ago. Directed...
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...
Faith calendar

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...

Faith Calendar

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...
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...
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...
What to do in Atlanta: Atlanta festivals and Fourth of July weekend events | July 1-4

What to do in Atlanta: Atlanta festivals and Fourth of July weekend events | July 1-4

Celebrate America's independence this weekend with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race or check out one of the many festivals and fireworks displays in and around the metro area.  FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.  The Dunwoody 4thof July Parade. Parade steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road. www.dunwoodyga.org. Decatur&rsquo...
8 of the most romantic picnic dates in Atlanta

8 of the most romantic picnic dates in Atlanta

Pack a basket, invite that special someone−it's the season for a picnic date in Atlanta.  Eating al fresco, whether sandwiches or the luxury nibbles, can set a romantic tone.  And Atlanta has the setting for a sumptuous picnic on any budget level. Chattahoochee Nature Center Sunset Sips 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055 An evening date that's also a picnic is the height of romance...
3 Fun Things: June 30 - July 2

3 Fun Things: June 30 - July 2

NORCROSS If you’re looking for an escape this weekend but can’t make time to leave town, follow the advice Twyla Tharp: “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Three local artists have taken that theme and created the “Art is the Only Way” exhibit at the Rectory, a restored 1900s house that’s now a community arts venue in Norcross. Painters...
A recap of Saturday’s massive water balloon fight at Candler Park

A recap of Saturday’s massive water balloon fight at Candler Park

Hundreds slipped, slid and dodged high-flying water balloons during an epic water balloon fight in Candler Park on June 24. Local organizer Sasha Nino and Homes for Homies hosted the 6th annual Big A$$ Water Balloon Fight with dozens of warriors equipped with hundreds of balloons and water guns big and powerful enough to back up the decidedly crude name. "Once I got hit, I was like I'm not...
7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

Metro Atlanta offers many fun family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day. From parades and fireworks to pool parties, sporting events, and of course, The AJC Peachtree Road Race, the 4th of July is a day filled with special events. Here’s a look at seven fabulous ways families can enjoy the day. On July 4, the Atlanta Braves will host the Houston Astros in a home game at SunTrust...
7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

The biggest or tallest of anything – whether it's a drive-in restaurant or a skyscraper – is entitled to bragging rights and often becomes an iconic symbol of its city and state.  Georgia and Atlanta certainly have their fair share of impressive buildings – or in a few cases, impressively odd – that help define the area. The following are 5 of the biggest, tallest things...
5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

We're going to let you in on one of the biggest secrets in town.  When it gets hot and you want the luxury and refreshment of a hotel pool, you don't have to buy a room to experience it. If you want to enjoy a relaxing day at one of Atlanta's top hotel pools, a handful actually offer day passes for locals - and you don't even have to be a guest. As summer arises, you'll want to take advantage...
Faith Calendar

Faith Calendar

Men’s breakfast: The inaugural Citywide Quarterly Men’s Breakfast with the Rev. Raphael G. Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church and special guest Bishop Marvin Sapp will provide men with tools and resources to develop godly character and more. Tickets are $25 for men and $15 for boys 18 and under. Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.; the program, 9 a.m. June 24. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson...
3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

JOHNS CREEK Shawn Mullins Concert On June 23, ev-er-y-thing’s gonna be all right in John’s Creek as the city hosts Atlanta native Shawn Mullins live in concert. A performer who’s born to shimmer and born to shine, Grammy-nominated Mullins will perform at 7 p.m., but those who arrive an hour early when the gates open will have an easier time snagging a spot on the green. You can also...
New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

New study on well-being ranks U.S. as a ‘second tier’ country 

America leads the world when it comes to access to higher education. But when it comes to health, environmental protection and fighting discrimination, it trails many other developed countries, according to the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit. The results of the group's annual survey, which ranks nations based on 50 metrics, call to mind other reviews of national well-being...
Cool off this summer with these 7 wet adventures near Atlanta

Cool off this summer with these 7 wet adventures near Atlanta

It's officially summer, but you don't need to spend the season sweating in the hot Georgia sun.  Keep it cool this summer by trying out a few of these water-based adventures around the state. Enjoy a relaxing float down the Chestatee River, courtesy of Appalachian Outfitters. For $6, you can rent a tube and take a shuttle to a drop-off location, where you can gently meander along the river...
9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

Sno-cone season is here and Atlanta has plenty of shaved ice and snoballs to melt over! While there's not exactly an avalanche of sno-cone spots in the Atlanta area, there is a flurry of businesses serving up these icy concoctions in every tasty flavor under the sun. Whether you favor the traditional, Hawaiian, or the sweetness called "shaved snow," these food trucks, storefronts and small...
Trump PAC misrepresents scene from Obama book to get 6th District blacks to vote Republican

Trump PAC misrepresents scene from Obama book to get 6th District blacks to vote Republican

In the eighth chapter of his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," former president Barack Obama describes a barbershop haircut he got in Chicago in the 1980s, just days after he moved to the city for his new job as a community organizer. Obama's barber, named Smitty, speaks in the passage of the racial and political tension in Chicago before the city elected Harold Washington as its first black...
Everything to know about Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

Everything to know about Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival

O4W will kick off its celebration of regional arts, Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival, on Saturday, June 24. Interested in going? Here's the rundown: The first O4W Park Arts festival took place four years ago. It was (and remains) an event put together by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships, awards and educational programs...
Photos: Here's what you missed at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Photos: Here's what you missed at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Rain or shine, hundreds filled their cups with bubbly beer at the 2017 Atlanta Summer Beer Fest in Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday. Festival goers had a wide array of libations to choose from, including 200 local and national craft, macrobrews and cider. For those who needed a break from the beer, the beer fest also offered up 75 wine selections and plenty of local fare from places like Cousins...
Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Once threatened with extinction, the National Endowment for the Arts, with encouragement from Congress, is moving ahead, and recently announced its spring grants. Those grants include $2.7 million to 16 different Georgia organization, most of them in Atlanta. These grants are among the $82 million that the federal agency will distribute to support the arts in every state, plus the District of Columbia...
Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

African-American history will be championed in a major way during this weekend's Juneteenth celebration. From the Black History Parade to live performances, the 5th annual Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival will be a multi-day event to go down in the history books. Already, more than 10,000 people have chimed in on the Facebook event page so far. "The vision has really developed...
Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

The insular community that exists on and around Wylie and Carroll Streets − the Cabbagetown area − has become a favorite hangout for the film industry workers in town, Atlanta artists and those who just love living life a little alternatively. Cabbagetown was built as the residential arm of the Fulton Cotton Mill, which today looms over the neighborhood as loft apartments and condominiums...
6 ways to savor the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

6 ways to savor the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Downtown Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Curb Market has grown with the city since its origins as an open-air market held under a large tent starting in 1917.  Today's name, which was adopted in the 1990s, reflects the fact that blacks were at first only allowed to sell outside along the curb, as well as its proximity to Auburn Avenue. From retail shops to places to grab a meal or sweets, the Curb...
June 16: 3 Fun ThingsJune 16: 3 Fun Things

June 16: 3 Fun ThingsJune 16: 3 Fun Things

ROSWELL Puppet Show The Roswell Cultural Arts Center hosts a variety of puppet shows this summer, and on June 16-17, it will welcome master puppeteer Paul Mesner. He will put his special spin on the classic tale of Old Mother Hubbard, who finds that her cupboard has at least one bone in it — a funny bone! Laugh along as hilarity takes over her cottage as she tries to look after her furry companion...
5 things to know about the ArtsATL Lawn Party at Oakland Cemetery

5 things to know about the ArtsATL Lawn Party at Oakland Cemetery

Navigating the evolving Atlanta art scene can be a bit tricky, but noshing among the culturally savvy and artistically inclined can make your art stroll through the city a bit more smooth. That's where ArtsATL, an Atlanta non-profit arts publication comes in. "Lawn-ch" into the summer art scene with the ArtsATL Lawn Party from 3- 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at Historic Oakland Cemetery...
AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

AJC Decatur Book Festival announces 2017 lineup

A feast of fiction, science, poetry, politics and history will once again grace the square in Decatur over Labor Day weekend when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival returns. On Monday afternoon, organizers of the event — the country’s largest independent book festival — announced the roster of authors scheduled to appear at the three-day marathon. The free...
6 ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month around Atlanta

6 ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month around Atlanta

Metro Atlanta has a large LGBT population, with dedicated sports leagues, a liaison with the Atlanta Police Department and plenty of great gay-friendly neighborhoods, it's no surprise, then, that the area hosts quite a few LGBT Pride Month events. Pride is recognized in June in honor of Manhattan’s 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. which is regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT civil...
8 can’t-miss festivals in metro Atlanta this summer

8 can’t-miss festivals in metro Atlanta this summer

Throw on your shorts and slide into your flip-flops for a season full of quintessential summer Atlanta festivals you won’t want to miss. We’ve compiled a collection of metro Atlanta’s best festivals that span various interests. Set aside some time on your Google calendar for some of these exciting summer festivals that will surely entice you to brave the heat this summer. Here&rsquo...
3 Fun Things: June 9 - 113 Fun Things: June 9 - 11

3 Fun Things: June 9 - 113 Fun Things: June 9 - 11

DULUTH Spring Arts Festival Duluth is bursting with all kinds of creativity this weekend during the Spring Arts Festival. Featuring more than 125 painters, glass blowers, photographers, sculptors and more, this celebration “for artists by artists” will have a seemingly endless array of items to marvel at — and buy. Between purchases, enjoy demonstrations, a children’s area...
6 ways to catch some rays at Atlanta’s best summer rooftop socials

6 ways to catch some rays at Atlanta’s best summer rooftop socials

Beginning in spring and running until fall, people often seek out patios and rooftops. There are quite a few hot spots in Atlanta that offer them, like Six Feet Under and Tin Lizzy's, but dining isn't the only experience Atlanta rooftops have to offer.  Check out these 6 sizzling  summer rooftop events: WET Deck. 1-6 p.m. Sundays. $25. W Atlanta - Midtown. 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta...
Everything to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

Everything to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

Springtime in Atlanta is a season rich with food festivals and interesting things happening around town. But if you're unsure about what festival to visit next, Food-O-Rama's Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival has emerged as one of the city's most anticipated events. The inaugural festival begins at 11 a.m. May 20 in Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. SE, According to the event's Facebook...
Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

It's the first weekend of May, and all the weekend revelry kicks off with Cinco de Mayo. If you still haven’t found just the right way to celebrate, there’s a bevy of underground parties across Atlanta this weekend featuring the top DJ's at some of the city’s crème de la crème spots. Whether you're looking to day party for Cinco de Mayo or hitting up a late-night set...
5 can't-miss late night shows at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2017

5 can't-miss late night shows at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2017

Shaky Knees Music Festival will return to Atlanta for the fifth time May 12, and the musical mastery fans will expect throughout the day will be aptly matched by a number of late night shows across the city. The three-day music fest takes place May 12-14 at Centennial Olympic Park and includes more than 60 bands. Those acts, including Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem and Cage The Elephant, will all rock...
8 can't-miss summer festivals in Atlanta

8 can't-miss summer festivals in Atlanta

Throw on your shorts and slide into your flip-flips for a season full of quintessential summer Atlanta festivals you won't want to miss. As the unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day - hits, families, music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will be looking for the summer outing that fits their tastes. We've compiled a collection of the metro Atlanta area's best festivals that span various interests...
3 Fun Things: June 2-4

3 Fun Things: June 2-4

ROSWELL Butterfly Festival Behold the beauty of the butterflies as they fill the air at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Walk through an exhibit filled with hundreds of different types of the fluttering creatures, grab a plant to attract some in your own backyard and get a few tips on how to capture them on film from the Georgia Nature Photographers Association. Twice a day on June 3 and 4, the center...
5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but many people are already celebrating the start of the season. From pool openings to special events, many seasonal activities kick off after Memorial Day. Summer break is certainly thrilling for kids, but it often leaves parents scrambling to ensure that their children are consistently entertained. We’ve come up with five diverse outdoor...
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...
Here are 6 things to do at Centennial Olympic Park this summer (despite the construction woes)

Here are 6 things to do at Centennial Olympic Park this summer (despite the construction woes)

For those who attended Sweetwater 420 Festival, Shaky Beats or Shaky Knees, it was apparent that there is construction taking place in Centennial Olympic Park. What you might not have known is that the construction is underway for the next year or two − shaking things up the rest of summer. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which manages the downtown park, recently announced...
Memorial Day 2017: 21 things to do around Atlanta this weekend

Memorial Day 2017: 21 things to do around Atlanta this weekend

Memorial Day weekend has come, again, and along with showing honor to Atlanta’s local veterans, active and retired military, folks around metro Atlanta will be searching for engaging ways to spend the three-day weekend. Whether you want to celebrate Memorial Day with a traditional ceremony or by spending the weekend with festive fireworks and friends, metro Atlanta’s list of...
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