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A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opens Aug. 26. When the Falcons take on the Arizona Cardinals in that preseason game, fans will come with an appetite for winning. But the 2 million-square-foot sports facility, also home to Atlanta United, will offer ways to satiate a belly and wet a whistle. Here’s what you need to know to eat and drink well at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — on game days and...


Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Margherita Pizza from Antico Pizza / Photo by Chris Hunt — Antico Pizza owner Giovanni di Palma is taking over the space at 1099 Hemphill Ave. next to his Gio’s Chicken Italiano, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. di Palma will open Antico Laboratorio, a “glass-enclosed dough room, offering an elevated version” of Antico Pizza using special...
5 reasons to stay up late in East Atlanta Village 

5 reasons to stay up late in East Atlanta Village 

Located off I-20 and south of Little Five Points, East Atlanta Village (EAV) is a neighborhood that offers a quirky, diverse and unpretentious balance of living. It's a walkable part of the city that has both an edgy urban vibe and a small-town feel. Community is important to this pocket of ATL; there's a farmers market every Thursday from April to December, and many of the restaurants, bike...
Summer Shade Festival: 5 things to know about Grant Park’s signature fest

Summer Shade Festival: 5 things to know about Grant Park’s signature fest

Continue your summer festival lineup with a one of the last great summertime happenings before fall — the 15th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. The Summer Shade Festival, a two-day extravaganza in Grant Park, 625 Park Ave. SE Atlanta, is expected to be filled with around 30,000 visitors come Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. Plan for it to be the hot spot for must-see performances, artist markets...
Dinosaur Birthday Bash: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Dinosaur Birthday Bash: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

With the kids back in school, you'll want to take advantage of the all your weekends by enjoying a little time together as a family around town. These family-friendly events throughout the Atlanta area are perfect for kids and grown-ups alike, with everything from free movies to dinosaurs.  So, make sure to get out there and experience this lineup of fantastic, fun-filled activities...
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...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper

Atlanta Concerts this week: Lyle Lovett, Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper heads to town Monday with Deep Purple. Photo: Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SATURDAY Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic EWF always puts together a creative summer tour package, and aligning with the funky-fresh Nile Rodgers and Chic will make for a groove-filled night . Aside from Chic thumpers “Good Times&rdquo...
A season of hellos, goodbyes and new beginnings

A season of hellos, goodbyes and new beginnings

It’s something of an historical moment in Atlanta theater, a year of celebration and change. Robert J. Farley is staging his final season at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the playhouse he founded a quarter-century ago in Roswell. After GET’s silver anniversary season, Farley hands the baton to associate artistic director Alan Kilpatrick. Meanwhile, the Alliance Theatre undergoes...
Gallery exhibitions focus on photography

Gallery exhibitions focus on photography

The smart money this fall is on photography, a genre the story-telling South has always excelled at. With its gorgeous light, delightfully off-kilter people and lushly photogenic landscape, the South seems the ideal muse for the medium. In addition to the October events and exhibits surrounding the annual roster of lectures, exhibits and workshops that constitute the 19th Atlanta Celebrates Photography...
Choreographers explore violence, migration, redemption

Choreographers explore violence, migration, redemption

This fall, many Atlanta dance artists are examining the world’s political shifts, trying to make sense of some of the weightier issues at hand. As for the season’s lighter side, even fairy tales have moral lessons, and a 1789 French comedy ballet hints at revolution. ‘X.’ In this 10-year retrospective, current and former Staibdance company members will join with local guest...
An operatic debut, a beknighted pianist and a 20-year celebration

An operatic debut, a beknighted pianist and a 20-year celebration

Concert venues in Atlanta this fall will resound with the strains of classical music from beloved classics to hidden gems performed for the very first time in the city. The action centers on Symphony Hall and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 season, but many other venues are hosting performances that promise to rank among the most intriguing and talked about classical concerts of the...
From Mastodon to Lady Gaga, an eclectic music lineup on tap

From Mastodon to Lady Gaga, an eclectic music lineup on tap

From hometown raucous rockers Mastodon to Lady Gaga’s globe-spanning “Joanne” tour, the fall music calendar offers an eclectic lineup of live productions. Here are a few to consider. One MusicFest. The eighth installment of the One MusicFest will spotlight a lineup including Jill Scott, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Jidenna,...
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...
Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Rum continues to rise in popularity with classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri. Photo: Veronica Rodriguez Last month marked the 15th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The yearly, week-long booze conference is attended by 15,000 bartenders, beverage professionals and journalists from around the world. Each July, the booze industry descends upon the Crescent...
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...
A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

    Read this cookbook: “The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond” by Brian Bartels (Ten Speed Press, $18.99)   By Wendell Brock Brian Bartels claims he mastered the Bloody Mary out of necessity, as a cub bartender working the brunch shift at a brewpub in the thirsty college town of Madison...
Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Zunzi’s specializes in sandwiches such as The Godfather. / Photo contributed by Zunzi’s A popular Savannah sandwich shop is set to make its debut in Atlanta. Hot counter-service restaurant Zunzi’s will open a location at 1971 Howell Mill Road in the Collier Hills neighborhood, in a space previously occupied by Salsa Havana by the end of the year, ...
Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Shortbread from Henri’s Bakery / Photo from the Henri’s Facebook page An Atlanta institution is settled into its new home and open for business. Henri’s Bakery & Café opened its doors at 56 East Andrews Drive in Andrews Square today, a block from its old location 61 Irby Ave. NW. The new space features white subway tile, hex tile flooring and a banquette ...
Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Atlanta wood master Michael Courts designs unique custom furniture to suit any style. And space. The company: Mcmeubel started in 1996 in the Netherlands, where the self-taught craftsman grew up. In 2005, Courts moved to Atlanta, where he had family, and restarted his company a few years later. Meubel is Dutch for furniture. What’s popular: Custom tables and vanities ($3,500 to $8,000), plus...
SiriusXM adds two new music options to channel lineup

SiriusXM adds two new music options to channel lineup

Coldplay is among the artists that will be featured on the new PopRocks channel. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SiriusXM listeners have a couple of new channel choices. Turbo (Channel 41) will showcase hard rock from the 1990s and early 2000s (think Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, System of a Down and Limp Bizkit) while PopRocks (Channel 17) will focus on artists...
Author Events August 20-26

Author Events August 20-26

Poetry Atlanta Presents Franklin Abbott. For his double album of new songs and selected poems, “Don’t Go Back To Sleep,” Abbott has drawn from Shakespeare, William Blake and the Coleman Barks translations of the mystic Sufi poet Rumi. Abbott will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Ken Gregory. CDs will be available for sale during the event. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 21. Reading, music. Free...
‘Menashe’ shines gentle light on hermetic Yiddish-speaking community

‘Menashe’ shines gentle light on hermetic Yiddish-speaking community

Yiddish is a language without a homeland. Once spoken by Jews almost everywhere in the world, it’s used today largely by the ultra-orthodox in hermetic communities that insist on keeping outsiders at arm’s length. Which is one reason why “Menashe” is such an unusual accomplishment. Starring nonprofessional Yiddish-speaking actors from haredi communities in Brooklyn’s...
Both Catherines superb in ‘The Midwife’

Both Catherines superb in ‘The Midwife’

The second career of Catherine Deneuve is one of the ongoing pleasures of Western cinema. Here’s an actress who became famous for being icy and beautiful and a half-century later she is matter-of-fact and down-to-earth, warm and unguarded in a way that makes you think this is what she must have been like all along. This is what she was hiding. So the later career is not an epilogue or some less...
‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ misses its mark

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ misses its mark

If you’re feeling nostalgic for a ’90s-style buddy action comedy with some early 2000s edge, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the film for you. Recycling vintage character types, tropes and even politics, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” already feels like you’re half-watching it on TNT on a Saturday afternoon. Directed by “The Expendables 3” director...
‘Logan Lucky’ gives us characters to root for

‘Logan Lucky’ gives us characters to root for

If there is something wrong with “Logan Lucky,” I simply can’t find it. After a hiatus from moviemaking, Steven Soderbergh is back with a blast of pure escapist cinema. This terrific caper film, about working-class Joes pulling off a stupendous bank robbery at a NASCAR raceway, is a textbook example of how to create an exciting and entertaining film with the right director guiding...
‘The Only Living Boy’ starts off strong, then goes horribly wrong

‘The Only Living Boy’ starts off strong, then goes horribly wrong

It’s hard to know what to make of the protagonist of “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a dour but idealistic aspiring writer in his early 20s who, when he learns that his father is having an affair, embarks on his own ill-advised relationship with Dad’s 40-something mistress. Why on Earth would somebody do that? I mean, beside the fact that she’s Kate Beckinsale? As...
‘SNL’ star Kyle Mooney talks about his weird new movie

‘SNL’ star Kyle Mooney talks about his weird new movie

Not long after writing and pitching their wildly original, completely incomparable, thoroughly inimitable movie “Brigsby Bear,” “Saturday Night Live” star Kyle Mooney and his collaborator, Dave McCary, heard that — gulp — somebody had already made it. That is, they got wind of the 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack,” about New York shut-ins whose only knowledge...
Misguided ‘Brigsby Bear’ is quirky but little else

Misguided ‘Brigsby Bear’ is quirky but little else

It’s a worthy ambition to make horrible subjects wacky; laugh or you’ll cry. But despite its lofty aim and a cast including Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes and Mark Hamill, sugary-sweet “Brigsby Bear” feels as if it was made by and for well-meaning lightweights. It stars deadpan “SNL” regular Kyle Mooney as James, a 20-something who was kidnapped as a baby and is growing...
Kenny Leon headed back to Broadway with ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Kenny Leon headed back to Broadway with ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Kenny Leon accepts the award for Best Direction of a Play for “A Raisin In The Sun” during the 2014 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Kenny Leon is headed back to Broadway. After a successful run at Massachusetts’ Fitzpatrick Main Stage at the Berkshire Theatre Group...
The top 7 rides you must try at Six Flags Over Georgia

The top 7 rides you must try at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia hits 50 years old this year, but the only talk about being over the hill involves screaming along at 70 mph with your stomach floating in your chest. Georgia’s best-known amusement park, sits west of Atlanta in Cobb County and spans 290 acres. It features 40 rides and attractions and 12 roller coasters, including two top-ranked rides, Mind Bender and Goliath, which have...
Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

It’s well known in these parts that if you’re craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, you’re out of luck. The Atlanta-based chain has famously stayed true to its values, including closing on Sundays, since 1946. That won’t change with the opening of two Chick-fil-A stands in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium. Seven of eight Atlanta Falcons home games will be played...
Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Poke bowls at Izakaya in Whole Foods Chamblee. / Photo courtesy of Genji Sushi When Whole Foods opens its newest location in Chamblee this Friday , a Japanese tapas concept currently only available in New York will be amongst the offerings. Izakaya, from Whole Foods’ national sushi partner Genji, will feature items including sushi pizza, ramen, Japanese fried chicken ...
Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Beef carpaccio with fried oysters and garlic aioli at Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser What’s better than enjoying a delicious meal? How about knowing that you’re helping a good cause while you’re chowing down? There’ll be three opportunities over the next few days to do just that: Dining With Gratitude More than 50 local restaurants — including...
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...
Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Crispy Brick Chicken with Garlic-Kale Pesto at Marlow’s Tavern. Styling by Ben Krawiecki / Contributed by Adrienne Harris Peachtree Corners will soon to be home to the 18th Georgia Marlow’s Tavern location. The restaurant will open in 2018 as part of the Peachtree Corners Town Center mixed-use project at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Medlock Bridge Road...
Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Fish & chips at Hudson FC. / Photo by Tori Allen PR There’s a new spot to watch soccer in Brookhaven, just in time for Atlanta United’s move to its new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hudson FC International Sports Pub, or Hudson FC for short, is now open at 4058 Peachtree Road in the former Pub 71 space in Brookhaven Station. The...
Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. The outlook is rosy for those who relax in the bar area at  Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails . During the bubbles and pearls happy hour, guests can get 13 oysters for half price as well as sparkling rosé...

MC Hammer will perform during Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Of the many activities accompanying the Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend , the musical component is reserved for MC Hammer. Don’t laugh – there is actually a connection to the baseball great. A young Hammer worked as a bat/ball for the Oakland Athletics and entertained fans during game breaks with dances that...
Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Stephen Herman (left) will serve as the chef at Arnette’s. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras A “stylish alternative” to a steakhouse is set to open in Brookhaven in early 2018. Arnette’s Chop Shop will set up shop in the Apple Valley Brookhaven development at 2700 Apple Valley Road in a 6,000 square-foot space, according to What Now Atlanta. The restaurant...
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. 3, 2017. Caterina O'Sullivan lives in metro Atlanta and is a Dragon Con veteran. "I always walked around where...
This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

An apple and belgian endive salad is sprinkled with pomegranite seeds. CONTRIBUTED BY: Courtesy Spring restaurant Two weeks after being named a finalist for best new restaurant in America by Bon Apetit, Spring in Marietta now knows where it stands. The restaurant was named to the magazine’s “Hot 10” list, coming in at number seven. While editor Andrew...
This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

This Buford Highway bread will have you falling for figs

Fig bread from the pastry case at Buford Highway Farmers Market. / Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Fig Bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market I am fixated on figs. The $1 fig bread at Buford Highway Farmers Market is the latest way I’m getting my fill. Called pan de higo, it’s stuffed with chunks of dried Mission figs and the entire roll gets dusted in sugar. I made the mistake...
Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Fly over to the second annual Springer Mountain Farms Atlanta Wing Fest this week.  Wing Fest in Midtown. Hatch chile fest in the Westside. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Aug. 19: Ray’s at Killer...
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...
Faith calendar

Faith calendar

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...
Faith calendar

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...
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...
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...
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