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Atlanta Food and Wine Festival returns to Midtown June 1-4

“Part conference, part party, one delicious Southern experience.” That’s how co-founder Dominique Love describes the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (#AFWF17). The four-day culinary extravaganza returns for its seventh year in Midtown June 1-4 to showcase the South’s rich and diverse food and drink culture. Love and her co-founder Elizabeth Feichter along with an advisory...


Review: Faure is focus in ASO study of French composers

Review: Faure is focus in ASO study of French composers

When a robust section of male singers, supported by a royal trumpeting in the brass section, sang out “Hosanna in excelsis” toward the end of Faure’s “Requiem,” the voices produced a sound that would have veered into shouting territory in a less practiced ensemble. After a brief repetition of the short phrase, women matched the basses and tenors with their own triple-forte...
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...
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...
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...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Todd Rundgren, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds

Atlanta Concerts this week: Todd Rundgren, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds (left) and Dave Matthews head to Verizon Amphitheatre on May 31. Photo: AP. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Freddie Jackson The seductive charms of the voice behind “You Are My Lady” and “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” haven’t diminished over the years as Jackson demonstrates on his new single, “One Night” from the upcoming album...
Expansive ‘Andy Warhol’ exhibit at the High a modicum of artist’s output

Expansive ‘Andy Warhol’ exhibit at the High a modicum of artist’s output

“In the future,” Andy Warhol once famously said, “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Or maybe he said it. The source of that oft-quoted quote has been disputed in recent years. Andy, even though your fame grew for four decades, you were so disco ball-cool and enigmatic, sometimes it feels like we hardly knew ye. Now, Atlantans have the opportunity to know Warhol...
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...
Atlanta artists put their spin on Coca-Cola bottles

Atlanta artists put their spin on Coca-Cola bottles

The newest exhibit at World of Coca-Cola puts the work of 10 Atlanta-based artists on display. “10 Artists, 10 Bottles” is featured in the Pop Culture Gallery through May 2018 and features the work of 10 local artists who put their unique spin on 4-ft. sculpted Coke bottles. “This exhibit was commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton...
‘Olli Maki’ works wonders

‘Olli Maki’ works wonders

“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist. Set in 1962 and inspired by a crucial moment in the life of a real-life Finnish boxer, “Olli Maki” works wonders with a story that only sounds...
Opinion: In search of the best burger in Atlanta

Opinion: In search of the best burger in Atlanta

What’s a great burger to you? Uber juicy patty? Maybe even make it a double. Melty cheese. Tangy, crunchy B&B pickles. Perhaps it needs the works: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard. Ah, but let’s not forget the all-important bun. Mine must be toasted, yet still airy, then again, hefty enough to handle the pile on. That’s a lot to ask of a burger. And now, some folk are asking for...
‘Dead Men’ shows some signs of life

‘Dead Men’ shows some signs of life

It’s been six years since the fourth movie in the amusement park ride-inspired “Pirates of the Caribbean,” that one subtitled “On Stranger Times,” sailed into local theaters. It was beginning to look like the Disney Studios had keelhauled the franchise leaving Johnny Depp to make such forgettable flops as “The Lone Ranger,” “The Rum Diary,” &ldquo...
3 Fun Things: May 26 - 283 Fun Things

3 Fun Things: May 26 - 283 Fun Things

BUFORD Movies Under the Stars The Mall of Georgia is bringing back its Movies Under the Stars series for 2017. This year’s series of family-friendly films kicks off with a screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The show starts around dusk, but if you head over before then, you’ll find games, bouncy houses and a variety of snack concessions to enjoy. Local bands...
Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Not even Dwayne Johnson can rescue ‘Baywatch’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has so much charisma it can be seen from space. His charisma should be considered a national resource and channeled to power homes and solve world hunger. It’s a precious and powerful tool that has lifted middling comedies like “Central Intelligence” and revved up the “Fast and Furious” franchise. But with the sloppy, incoherent &ldquo...
‘Wedding Plan’ attempts complicated story, but doesn’t quite pull it off

‘Wedding Plan’ attempts complicated story, but doesn’t quite pull it off

In “The Wedding Plan,” Israeli director Rama Burshtein attempts a more complicated story than she did in her debut feature for general audiences, “Fill the Void.” She doesn’t quite pull it off, however. But the film’s structural shortcomings will matter less to most viewers than the personality of the central character, Michal. It’s tough to spend two hours...
Sequel is imperfect elegy to vanishing musical art form

Sequel is imperfect elegy to vanishing musical art form

In the year or so after its release, the 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club” became a worldwide recording phenomenon. In 1996, American guitarist Ry Cooder had assembled Cuba’s most talented musicians — many of them well into their 70s — and invited them to play standards in the traditional “Son Cubano” style. A few years later, there was an accompanying...
MomoCon: How to navigate the largest gaming convention in the Southeast

MomoCon: How to navigate the largest gaming convention in the Southeast

Geek culture fans will unite for a four-day extravaganza of gaming, comics and animation in Atlanta this weekend. The 13th annual MomoCon is expected to draw 30,000 unique attendees, said MomoCon spokesperson Jessica Merriman. Hopes are high for turnout, because last year’s turnstile attendance (counting every time guests entered the conference hall) reached over 70,000. Get ready for the perfectly...

Photos: Sigur Ros performs at the Fox Theatre

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Icelandic trio Sigur Ros performed to a nearly sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Fox Theatre. I was on vacation, but photographer Robb Cohen was on site to document the scene. The band previously played Atlanta in October 2013. Click here for a gallery of his photos from the Fox concert. Sigur Ros recently told an Australian music site that they’ve finished...
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 in 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...
Make his day: Southern-made gifts for dad

Make his day: Southern-made gifts for dad

Atlanta’s Richard Webb has had a longtime interest in cars. He has collected them (374 over his lifetime). He also raced them. When he retired, Webb was driven to paint them. The artist: Webb studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute in New York and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied advertising design and painting. After graduating, Webb had a long career in advertising...
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...

Learn this one tip and master fine-dining etiquette

Erika Preval is proprietor of Charm Etiquette, where those of us who could stand a little refresher course in proper etiquette (note: that’s pretty much everyone) can turn to for guidance. Her events quickly sell out – there’s a waiting list for the May 21 “Time Out: Southern Charm,” happening at Bar Margot at the Four Seasons. Until the next opportunity arises, here...
‘Uncle Sam Wants You!’ Atlanta History Center exhibits WWI posters

‘Uncle Sam Wants You!’ Atlanta History Center exhibits WWI posters

A new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center features some fearful characters. In one image, a hulking figure looms over a ruined landscape, his gory hands grabbing, his bayonet dripping blood, his dark face glowering out of a World War I-era poster, which bears the legend “Beat back the Hun with Liberty Bonds.” Another “Hun” with a pointy-topped “pickelhaube&rdquo...
Get grilling with these recipes

Get grilling with these recipes

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer and the perfect time to break out your grill. Here are some of our favorite grilling recipes:
Cheers! Celebrate Brew at the Zoo turning 10 this Saturday

Cheers! Celebrate Brew at the Zoo turning 10 this Saturday

Party with animals and locals in the great outdoors during Zoo Atlanta's biggest 21 and up event of the year, Brew at the Zoo. All the excitement kicks off at 5:30 this Saturday. In its 10th year, Brew at the Zoo, will keep the traditions the party is known for — live entertainment, exotic animals and alcoholic drinks. In addition to those Brew favorites, the 6,000 people planning to attend...
Modern meets old school at Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs

Modern meets old school at Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs

Though it’s only been open for a few weeks, Kaiser’s Chop House on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs already has the look and feel of a classic dining destination. The modern steakhouse from Atlanta chef Peter Kaiser is billed as offering “an elevated dining experience with quality cuts of meats, superior ingredients and a boutique wine and cocktail program.” Beloved Atlanta chef...
Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

As one of the most cherished city landmarks, The Fox Theatre is more than just a building, it's an experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exquisite architecture and stunning decor inside The Fox transports guests to the temples of Ancient Egypt, palaces of the Far East and into elaborate Arabian mosques. Discover the magic of the Fox Theatre for yourself with these...
VOTE: What is the best fried chicken spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best fried chicken spot in Atlanta?

Fried chicken is a Southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. That's why it's our Best of Atlanta poll spotlight this week.  As you ponder your fried chicken past, warm up your taste buds with some of the best chicken and dumplings you can find even when the temperatures aren’t chilly.  If you need a chicken fix every day, ...
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 job-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...
John Legend charms Atlanta fans at Chastain

John Legend charms Atlanta fans at Chastain

It seems fitting that John Legend would begin Friday night’s show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre with “I Know Better,” the first song on his newish “Darkness and Light” album. The song of humility and accountability set the tone for what fans would get for the next hour and 45 minutes – a man reawakened by social consciousness, family, and love. As Legend sat at...
2017 Marietta Greek Festival: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

2017 Marietta Greek Festival: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

It's really warming up out there, so don't spend your weekend cooped up indoors. Spend a little time exploring your community with a few of these exciting and culturally rich events around Atlanta. 2017 Marietta Greek Festival. 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 through 21. $5 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under. Holy Transfiguration...
5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)

5 things to bring to a Memorial Day BBQ (besides beer)

What do you bring to a Memorial Day barbecue besides beer? On this holiday created to honor fallen veterans, we should pause and thank those who fight for freedom. And then cook some meat outdoors. But if you’re not throwing the party, you are probably not cooking the meat. (If you ARE throwing the party, don’t forget to include ribs, or you may end up like Sad Grandpa.) It&rsquo...
Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Here's when and where to meet Atlanta's best drag kings and queens

Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot will soon be shooting in Atlanta, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South. While you wait for the new Fab 5 to grace your screens, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town. Whether you want something scandalous, sexy or laugh out loud funny, pull out those dollar bills and visit the...
No canoes, no problem: 11 unusual Atlanta summer camps your kids will love

No canoes, no problem: 11 unusual Atlanta summer camps your kids will love

Your memories of summer camp may be filled with canoes and campfires, but today's camps cater to more varied interests.   You can still find the more traditional camps if that's what your child would prefer, but there's now one to suit just about any kid's interests. Here are 11 unusual camps your quirky kid will love this summer: Location: Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville...
3 Fun Things: May 19 - 21

3 Fun Things: May 19 - 21

KENNESAW Rose Garden Gala It’s spring, so take every chance to stop and smell the roses. Here’s an event that will have you doing just that–literally. Enjoy an evening under the stars and among the fragrant flowers during the Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ 7th Annual Rose Garden Gala. Stroll through the carefully sculpted gardens, have your picture taken beneath the rose arbor, and...
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...
Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

Arthur Blank Foundation gives $100,000 to Theatrical Outfit 

The Theatrical Outfit, one of Atlanta’s oldest non-profit theater companies, announced it has received a $100,000 gift from the Arthur W. Blank Family Foundation to help research ways to improve access to theater (and other events) through MARTA. In a press release, the theater company said that the gift will help it “research the intersections between MARTA users and performing arts...
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...
Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Go, go Georgia junior park rangers. The Georgia State Parks program begins May 15, and kids can earn badges for hands-on nature activities, exploring Georgia history and other fun outdoorsy stuff like hiking, boating and archery. Who doesn't love badges? Plus, the outdoors experience builds as children work their way through three badge levels. Free Junior Ranger Activity Books are available at all...
3 Fun Things: May 12-14

3 Fun Things: May 12-14

GAINESVILLE Jump on over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville to see what’s hopping at the new Ribbit the Exhibit installation. You’ll find 23 different cooper frog sculptures, each up to something different in the garden landscape. Many of the whimsical works feature frogs doing activities such as bird watching, watering plants, mowing the lawn, dancing and meditating...
5 things to know before heading to the Great Gatsby Lawn Party

5 things to know before heading to the Great Gatsby Lawn Party

Take a trip back to the roaring 20's, when ladies slayed in flapper dresses and men looked dashing in bow ties, at a unique period party in the West End. Dardanella, a signature retro event planning company, is throwing an experiential Great Gatsby Lawn Party at Atlanta's oldest museum The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at 11 a.m. Already, more than...
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...
3 fun things: May 5-7

3 fun things: May 5-7

SANDY SPRINGS Celebrate Sandy Springs with your taste buds at the Food That Rocks event. More than 20 local area restaurants, including Buttermilk Sky Pie, Hammocks, Three Sheets and Under the Cork Tree, will be on site with food, wine, cocktails and beer tastings. Pair those beverages and bites with live music from local bands such as The Biffs. As an added bonus, local author...
Things to do in Atlanta on a Friday night

Things to do in Atlanta on a Friday night

If you're looking for something to do in Atlanta on a Friday night, you won't have to look very long. The bars, clubs, theaters and restaurants throughout the city are alive all night with an ever-changing series of events, exhibitions and more. Outside of the nightlife covered on ajc.com, recurring events also are worth checking out. Here are three of the city's favorite Friday events: The High...
11 of the sweetest strawberry festivals and events near Atlanta

11 of the sweetest strawberry festivals and events near Atlanta

Come spring, there is a countless list of festivals that celebrate the prickly, juicy goodness of strawberries. Lucky for berry believers in Atlanta, several of those strawberry festivals are just a weekend drive away. April 21-22Georgia Strawberry Festival Reynolds, Georgia 115 miles from Atlanta  Free admission 3 E. William Wainwright Street, Reynolds. 478-847-3493  This grandaddy of all...
6 amazing outdoor sculpture destinations in the South

6 amazing outdoor sculpture destinations in the South

Now that the popular interactive "Rockspinner" piece has been moved from Midtown, you may be inspired to find more outdoor art sculptures to enjoy outside of Atlanta. The South is chock-full of such opportunities, ranging from an outdoor garden with over 1,400 sculptures to an iconic statue that symbolizes an entire city. Yokna Sculpture Trail, several locations in Oxford...
Georgia Tech performance series brings science, art, digital magic

Georgia Tech performance series brings science, art, digital magic

The Georgia Institute of Technology announces its 2017-2018 performance season Tuesday, a roster of acts that take science and creativity on a double date. The season, presented at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, features a robot-human interactive jazz ensemble; a live “video,” edited and projected in real time; shadows that step away from their human companions and many other clever...
7 times popular rappers mention DeKalb County in song

7 times popular rappers mention DeKalb County in song

Y’all probably ought to know by now. DeKalb is to rap as hoecakes and greens are to the South. The county gets shouts like Killer Mike and El-P run the jewels. South DeKalb Mall, Lithonia and Candler Road: pick one or two. Might be Donald Glover, Gucci Mane or — ay, remember Bone Crusher? They came through, wrote it down and spit one time or another. Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton and even ATL...
Here’s what you need to know about the Jonquil Festival this weekend

Here’s what you need to know about the Jonquil Festival this weekend

Smyrna’s favorite festival is in bloom. The Spring Jonquil Festival this weekend will feature 175 arts and crafts booths, 15 food options, live entertainment and children’s activities. If that sounds good, head to the Village Green from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. If you’re wondering what a “jonquil” is and who doesn’t, check out...
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...
Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

There’s never a wrong time of year to visit one of Georgia's nearly 50 state parks, each of which has its own unique character.  Whether you'd like to hike, fish, appreciate towering waterfalls or explore caves, you'll be able to do it at Georgia state parks far and wide. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources manages the parks and recommends these 25 things to do while visiting...
Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

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

As the weather starts to warm up and everyone emerges from their semi-hibernation, Atlanta public parks are welcoming spots to enjoy the day.  Whether you'd like to go for a run, take a swim or let the kids burn off some energy, there are ideal parks in metro Atlanta for whatever floats your boat: Here are top 4 picks for best parks in Atlanta: Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree...
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...
Celebrate Earth Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Celebrate Earth Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Honor the planet with Earth Day celebrations, spring festivals and health expos galore. Check out what's happening around Atlanta this weekend. Spring Sip n' Stroll. 5 p.m. Friday, April 21. Free. Glover Park. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-424-4664. www.mariettacalendar.com. Join the Marietta Tree Keepers this Friday for the Annual Spring Sip n' Stroll at Glover Park. BYOB to this...
11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

Headed downtown to an event at Centennial Olympic Park or the Georgia World Congress Center? Here are some restaurants within walking distance where you’re sure to find dishes to get you in proper formation: Alma Cocina: The modern Mexican eatery serves up margaritas, ceviches, tamales and other Mexican staples.191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-9662, www.alma-atlanta.com Der Biergarten...
Atlanta Streets Alive pushes aside car culture for fun April 23

Atlanta Streets Alive pushes aside car culture for fun April 23

Atlanta’s local open streets initiative, Streets Alive, hits town this weekend as walkers, bikers and skaters take the place of cars south of downtown. Streets Alive will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Georgia Avenue. The roads will be closed to cars and instead will be occupied by what organizer Chantelle Rytter calls “human-powered amusement...
Lucinda Williams headlines Amplify Decatur Music Festival

Lucinda Williams headlines Amplify Decatur Music Festival

It’s fitting that the same week Atlanta witnessed the great buckling of I-20, Lucinda Williams comes to town in support of her new record, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” The title track of her raw, haunting new album was inspired by that long stretch of road that bisects Atlanta and runs from Florence, S.C., to Nowheresville, West Texas. Speaking from her home in Los Angeles...
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

Soon, you, your family — or maybe even a group of courageous friends — will have the chance to 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...
8 sunrise services for Atlantans to attend on Easter Sunday

8 sunrise services for Atlantans to attend on Easter Sunday

If you're looking to get up early on Easter morning and attend a sunrise service, you have plenty of options in metro Atlanta. Many Atlanta-area churches will offer early morning services this Easter, Sunday, April 16, or you can explore a larger public venue, like the iconic service at Stone Mountain Park, to celebrate the holiday. Here are eight sunrise service across metro Atlanta for locals...
How to start in the best wave for the AJC Peachtree Road Race July 4

How to start in the best wave for the AJC Peachtree Road Race July 4

When the starting gun sounds for the 48th running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, some 60,000 runners will respond. Atlanta's 4th of July tradition is the largest 10K in the world, which means lots of competition for placement in one of the start "waves." The 2016 race had 19 separate start waves, with A as the first to leave, and the July 4 race in 2017 will be similar. If you want...
A closer look at individual donors to Georgia District 6 campaigns

A closer look at individual donors to Georgia District 6 campaigns

With less than a week remaining for the special elections for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the AJC decided to look at where donations are coming from.  To answer this question, we combed through Federal Election Commission campaign filings for five candidates -- Democrat Jon Ossoff, and Republicans Dan Moody, Bob Gray, Judson Hill and Karen Handel -- to produce...
South DeKalb cops are offering a free Easter egg hunt, movie Saturday

South DeKalb cops are offering a free Easter egg hunt, movie Saturday

The DeKalb County police South Precinct’s officers are inviting families to two free events Saturday: an Easter egg hunt and a movie. The hunt is from noon to 2 p.m. at Georgia State University-Perimeter College, located at 3251 Panthersville Road. The movie, which is to be determined, is at noon at Satellite Cinemas at the Gallery at South DeKalb, located at 2801 Candler Road...
Avondale Estates evokes the Bard with Shakespeare Festival

Avondale Estates evokes the Bard with Shakespeare Festival

Saturday Avondale Estates hosts what city leaders hope is the first annual “Shakespeare in Avondale Estates” festival. Given the city’s origins it’s a pairing so natural it practically rhymes like one of the Bard’s sonnets. “Frankly,” said Fisher Paty, chairman of the city’s business association, “I’m shocked nobody’s ever thought of...
Here's the inside scoop on 4 of the hottest NYE parties in Atlanta

Here's the inside scoop on 4 of the hottest NYE parties in Atlanta

When the peach starts to drop on Atlanta (and the rest of the country) in less than two weeks, time will stand still for a moment. But what about if you want a night with a trap beat and a little mystery. For that kind of night, you've got choices all around Atlanta you probably never heard about. 7:00 p.m.- 3 a.m. Studio West 1778 Ellsworth Industrial Drive, Atlanta Tickets: $30-$150 Seize the moment...
3 fun things: April 7-9

3 fun things: April 7-9

Easter Eggstravaganza The Rock Ranch, a working cattle farm about 8 miles southeast of Barnesville, hosts an Easter Eggstravaganza that’s eggs-actly what you’d imagine: eggs everywhere. The staff of the ranch hides 45,000 prize-filled plastic eggs across the property’s 1,500 acres, and they have egg hunts for different age groups throughout the afternoon. Come a little early to take...
3 fun things: March 31-April 2

3 fun things: March 31-April 2

DUNWOODY Leave Faulkner to lay dying and O’Connor to find a good man — hard as that is — and spend two days learning about the South’s lesser-known writers. Georgia State University’s Dunwoody campus welcomes contemporary Southern writers and scholars as they pay tribute to those whose works have often been overlooked. Speakers include former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey...
Here’s how to train with the Atlanta Track Club for the AJC Peachtree Road Race

Here’s how to train with the Atlanta Track Club for the AJC Peachtree Road Race

Lace up those running shoes and get ready to dash. The AJC Peachtree Road Race happens July 4. Registration for the Peachtree Road Race  lottery ends today, but April 8 is another important milestone for metro Atlanta entrants.  That's when the Atlanta Track Club kicks off its in-training program with an event at each of its seven AJC Peachtree Road Race in-training locations. Show...
From kids’ book character to star of puppet show: Meet Pete the Cat

From kids’ book character to star of puppet show: Meet Pete the Cat

In classrooms around the country, there’s a blue cat that’s getting lots of attention. He’s named Pete — Pete the Cat, and he’s the titular star of the popular children’s picture books. “Pete the Cat” has risen to become one of the biggest children’s book series to come from a Georgia author. That author, James Dean, didn’t even intend...
Where to find spring festivals all over metro Atlanta

Where to find spring festivals all over metro Atlanta

Winter is gone, but some people may still be hesitant about outdoor activities. As pollen begins to coat everything outside a dingy yellow, it can be hard to get yourself to leave the house. To convince you, we’ve compiled our annual list of can’t-miss spring festivals. These (mostly) outdoor events are so thrilling that you’ll temporarily forget that you’re hot and struggling...
3 fun things: March 24-26

3 fun things: March 24-26

ACWORTH If city lights are blocking your view of the sky, head to Red Top Mountain on March 24 for a better view. That’s the night the park plans a stargazing evening, so bring your sky-spying equipment or use the telescope and binoculars on site to stare up at the heavens. When not craning your neck, take a sip of the hot chocolate that will be provided. Amateur astronomers are invited to meet...
These are the hottest real estate markets in metro Atlanta, per RE/MAX

These are the hottest real estate markets in metro Atlanta, per RE/MAX

Where do people want to live in metro Atlanta these days? RE/MAX Georgia claims its analysis has answered just that. The study uses First Multiple Listing Service data to determine which cities will be most in demand in 2017. The cities are in Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth and north Fulton counties. “Atlanta’s housing market was strong throughout 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down,&rdquo...
6 can't-miss spring break deals on Atlanta’s favorite attractions

6 can't-miss spring break deals on Atlanta’s favorite attractions

With spring break approaching, it's time to figure out some ways to keep the kids happily occupied – without breaking the bank. These five can't-miss deals on Atlanta’s go-to destinations will provide fun for the whole family and some pretty easy ways to save money while doing so: Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700. http://tellusmuseum.org. Tellus...
3 fun things: March 17-19

3 fun things: March 17-19

SANDY SPRINGS Roswell Road in Sandy Springs has more than a few good consignment and thrift stores where you can uncover forgotten finds at fabulous prices. But this weekend, the 300-plus members of the Sandy Springs Society promise the mother lode. Now in its 26th year, the Tossed Out Treasures event this weekend features a bonanza of items that will make a deal-hunter’s heart sing. Check out...
Here’s a (free) DeKalb festival with food trucks, bands, superheroes

Here’s a (free) DeKalb festival with food trucks, bands, superheroes

The third annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Blackburn Park on March 25 and 26.  That means a free weekend of music, food, dressed-up dogs and plenty more, including a performance by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, whose singer was the lead singer in Collective Soul.  By the way, all of this free. “This festival has been a wonderful way to bring our community...
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