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Theaters across metro Atlanta deck the halls for the holidays

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


‘God’s Own Country’ finds rapturous romance in wilds of England

‘God’s Own Country’ finds rapturous romance in wilds of England

Toughness and tenderness duke it out to the bittersweet end of “God’s Own Country,” a transporting, wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of northern England. A near-flawless first feature written and directed by Francis Lee, the movie tracks the aching bond that develops between two young men — one a Yorkshire lad who’s toiled on his family farm his...
Atlanta brewery set to expand for the third time

Atlanta brewery set to expand for the third time

Scofflaw Brewing Company is set to expand. Photo courtesy of Scofflaw Brewing Co. Third time might just be the charm for a fast-growing Atlanta brewery. Plans are in place for a third expansion at Scofflaw Brewing Company , known for its IPAs and barrel-aged stouts. A 50-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse is scheduled to be installed by March 1 at the...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Blackberry Smoke, Kristian Bush, Lady Gaga

Atlanta Concerts this week: Blackberry Smoke, Kristian Bush, Lady Gaga

FRIDAY Blackberry Smoke The Atlanta swamp-rockers return for the fifth edition of their annual benefit show, which, over the years, has generated more than $150,000 for children’s cancer research. The band is supporting its latest album, “Like an Arrow.” With Jason & the Scorchers. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. $39.50-$59.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000...
We tried Thanksgiving-flavored sushi and potato chips — here’s what we thought

We tried Thanksgiving-flavored sushi and potato chips — here’s what we thought

Boulder Canyon ‘Thanksgiving flavored’ potato chips and the Gobble-Gobble-ooshi roll from Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar / Photo by Erica Hernandez   This Thanksgiving, we’re giving thanks — for the hilarious ways that food companies find to cram the taste of the holidays into unexpected food products. Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar — which has one...
Find gifts and stocking stuffers for food lovers at these metro Atlanta stores

Find gifts and stocking stuffers for food lovers at these metro Atlanta stores

Buy PROOF Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup in metro Atlanta. At a loss for what to get the food lover in your life for the holidays? Metro Atlanta stores and producers have plenty of ways to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces with stocking stuffers and gifts, with everything from cocktail syrup and pie-making kits to beet juice and an exotic chutney. Check out the map...
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...
5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

Atlanta is a big enough town that finding a list of a dozen bars offering life-sized jenga and another dozen where bocce ball is close to club sport is easy to do. Yet, if you wanted to make a list of bars to listen to the blues — slim pickings. That may have something to do with shifting generational music tastes. There just aren't many hot new blues acts (exceptions: Valerie June, ...
16 things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta

16 things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta

Just because it's Black Friday doesn't mean you have to stand in line all weekend long. Sure, you'll want to take advantage of all the Small Business Saturday events and department store deals, but it's all about balance. Along with shopping, make sure to spend a little time having fun with the family at some of the many festive, holiday-themed events taking place across the Metro. Holiday films...
Review: ‘Christmas’ is a Dickens of a good time

Review: ‘Christmas’ is a Dickens of a good time

There have been numerous TV, film and stage adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” over the years. None have combined as much charm, warmth and holiday spirit as Bharat Nalluri’s “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” OK. Before you start shouting “Bah, humbug,” this technically isn’t a direct adaptation of the well-known story of Ebenezer...
Review: Colorful, lush ‘Coco’ is a masterpiece

Review: Colorful, lush ‘Coco’ is a masterpiece

One thing’s for certain — you’re going to want to call your grandparents after seeing Pixar’s latest masterpiece “Coco.” Centered around the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), “Coco” uses the vibrant colors and style of the holiday to spin an imaginative tale rich in tradition and culture, while beautifully celebrating family. Dia...
Review: Denzel Washington overpowers ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

Review: Denzel Washington overpowers ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

Writer/director Dan Gilroy had Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington in mind when he was creating the script for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” His instincts were right. Washington buries himself deep in the role of a savant lawyer who finds himself at a major junction in his life when his mentor dies. As Washington has done in every role he plays, it’s not just enough to act out the words...

T.I. will distribute turkeys to needy seniors for Thanksgiving

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene For the 12 th consecutive year, Atlanta rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris will host a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for seniors in need. At noon on Wednesday, T.I. – along with family members, friends and other Atlanta representatives – will visit the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta to hand out hundreds of turkeys and...
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...
Metro Atlanta restaurants offering free Thanksgiving meals for the community

Metro Atlanta restaurants offering free Thanksgiving meals for the community

Thanksgiving turkey / (Dreamstime/TNS) If you’re at a loss for who to celebrate Thanksgiving with this year, these metro Atlanta restaurants are opening their doors to you. Taqueria del Mar in Peachtree Corners is hosting “Jose Feeds the Hungry,” a free traditional Thanksgiving meal from 2-4 p.m. Thursday. “Open to everyone, we want to give back to...
What to do before and after Thanksgiving in metro Atlanta

What to do before and after Thanksgiving in metro Atlanta

Mellow out before the mayhem of Thanksgiving at Edgar’s Proof and Provision. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Start new traditions with  friendsgivings events. Dance the night (and calories) away at in-town parties. 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...
First Look: From the Earth Brewing Co. is open in Roswell

First Look: From the Earth Brewing Co. is open in Roswell

From the Earth Cheddar and Goat Cheese Mac side. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. In early November, Atlanta restaurant veteran Tim Stevens opened From the Earth Brewing Co. on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Stevens, formerly of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, and more recently Cook Hall in Buckhead, has a long history as a front of the house presence...
Author Events Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Author Events Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Susan Sands, “Christmas, Alabama.” A photographer who returns to her Alabama hometown talks her next-door neighbor, a doctor filling in at the local hospital, into an unusual charade that just might backfire. 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Signing. Free. Posman Books Atlanta, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE. C197, Atlanta, 470-355-9041, poncecitymarket.com Carapace: In The Dark. Bring a 5-7-minute true personal...
Malbec Monday means half off bottles at this Midtown steakhouse

Malbec Monday means half off bottles at this Midtown steakhouse

  Malbec Monday means half off bottles at STK Atlanta. Photo credit: Caren West PR. STK Atlanta offers half off bottles of Terrazas de los Andes Malbec in the lounge and dining room every Monday. An ideal complement to this favorite varietal, executive chef Andrea Montobbio recently unveiled new seasonal menu offerings for fall including an ...
Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

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

While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic. There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day. The ultimate etiquette authority...
Eerie, awe-inspiring: 5 ways to explore Georgia's new Dark Sky Park

Eerie, awe-inspiring: 5 ways to explore Georgia's new Dark Sky Park

Serious stargazers have long known that the skies over Georgia's Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp are truly spectacular, but the International Dark Sky Association has made it official. The IDA named the park as a gold-tier "International Dark Sky Park," the first in Georgia and the only gold-tier designee in the southeast. The designation means SCFSP has...
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...
Barcelona Wine Bar employee killed during robbery at restaurant

Barcelona Wine Bar employee killed during robbery at restaurant

A woman died after a robbery in which she was shot, police said. An employee of Barcelona Wine Bar Westside was shot and killed during a robbery at early Sunday morning, and three suspects are on run, according to police. Chelsea Beller, 29, of Atlanta was shot in the shoulder after being forced to open a safe in the upstairs part of the restaurant, located...
6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

6 Georgia state parks for adrenaline junkies

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

A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

If you're an Atlanta millennial who wants to experience nature, you may not necessarily want to rough it out by sleeping on the ground and being away from other creature comforts. That's why glamping – a mashup of glamour and camping – has become so popular. It lets you enjoy activities such as hiking and biking while staying in a comfortable environment. Since 2015, the camping industry...
Concert review: Randy Newman spikes Atlanta show with humor and heart

Concert review: Randy Newman spikes Atlanta show with humor and heart

The setting was perfect. A guy who only needs his piano and the sharp, sardonic voice in his head sat at the keyboard of his ebony grand piano, unfurling his 1979 album opener, “It’s Money That I Love.” Randy Newman played two sets of songs from his 40-year career. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Solid-color lighting shaded the curtain backdrop and stage floor at Atlanta...
Author Events Nov. 19-25

Author Events Nov. 19-25

Rafi Kohan, “The Arena” and Gary Belsky, “Up Your Game.” In a fascinating, addictive look at the places we go to yell our lungs out, Sportswriter Kohan crisscrosses the country, bringing the modern American sports stadium to life. Belsky, the former editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, offers the ultimate sports handbook: a compendium of the tricks, techniques, and unwritten...
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Just follow these simple tips to make these delicious...
Shop, then eat at these restaurants around metro Atlanta malls

Shop, then eat at these restaurants around metro Atlanta malls

We know it’s only an expression, but we really don’t want you to shop til you drop! Check out these spots to get some sustenance while you do your holiday shopping. Barleygarden Fried Cauliflower with parmesan and smoked paprika. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com Tasty choices abound...

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Chris Tomlin, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, U2

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 NOV. 17 ATL Collective presents Funky Christmas with Bernard Purdie, Fred Wesley, Marcus King...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Atlanta Concerts this week: Randy Newman, John Prine, The Shins

Randy Newman will plays selections from his his new album “Dark Matter,” and other favorites. Photo: Pamela Springsteen BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Randy Newman The delightfully wry songwriter released “Dark Matter,” his first album in nearly a decade , this summer and immediately reminded us that while he may love L.A...
Sharon Jones’ final album released; Dap-Kings to perform on Jimmy Fallon in her honor

Sharon Jones’ final album released; Dap-Kings to perform on Jimmy Fallon in her honor

  Almost exactly a year to the day of her death , Sharon Jones’ voice is being heard again. “Soul of a Woman,” the final studio album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, is available today on Daptone Records. The 11-track collection was recorded before Jones’ passing from pancreatic cancer and spotlights the ferocity and intensity ...
Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer a finalist to perform on YouTube series with Katy Perry

Atlanta’s Riley Biederer is a finalist to sing with Katy Perry on a new YouTube show. Riley Biederer learned how to exude confidence from Pharrell Williams, gleaned style tips from Gwen Stefani and caught the attention of Elton John as a teenager. But the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter might soon have the opportunity to learn from her musical soul sister, Katy Perry. Biederer is...
Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

Marietta Square Market announces first batch of restaurants

The pulled pork sandwich is a trusty pick at Grand Champion BBQ. / Photo credit: Rob Sutton Pita, pizza, poke , barbecue and tacos are first on the menu of the food hall proposed for downtown Marietta. Today, Marietta Square Market developers Capital Properties Group and Concordia Properties released the names of the first five restaurant...
Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

Review: Exquisite soloists, chorus highlight ASO’s exceptional ‘Requiem’

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, augmented by a quartet of exceptional guest artists, performed a work Thursday that was likely familiar to regular ASO patrons. It’s barely been two years since Robert Spano conducted the piece to magnificent effect in the same hall, but in the case of Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” even two years may have been too long between performances...
Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Light the night (and the tree) with these metro Atlanta Christmas tree lightings.  The season opens with tree lightings at Atlantic Station and the classic Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square. We’ve gathered the details on metro Atlanta’s most dazzling tree lightings, and we’ve included some of the smaller tree lightings in communities outside of Atlanta. Let...
Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Restaurants in metro Atlanta still accepting RSVPs for Thanksgiving meals

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal for Thanksgiving at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Eat, but don’t cook. Thanksgiving is less than a week ago. If you haven’t done so already, now—like today—is  a good time to make reservations for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the following metro Atlanta restaurants...
Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Sure, you can spend your holiday season ice skating at one of the many indoor rinks around Atlanta, but would it really fill you with holiday cheer? Nothing beats the experience of feeling the crisp air surrounded by twinkling lights as you glide across an outdoor skating rink. Thankfully, Atlanta has a variety of ways to get the optimal outdoor ice skating experience. Delight in one of the best...
VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

VIDEO: Make this crowd-pleasing side dish from Ted’s Montana Grill for Thanksgiving

Squash casserole from Ted’s Montana Grill / Photo courtesy of Ted’s Montana Grill If you’re still putting together your Thanksgiving dinner menu, Ted’s Montana Grill’s Aunt Fannie’s squash casserole should make the cut. The savory dish is easy to make and provides a perfect complement to main dishes. Watch Ted’s chef Cooper Baldwin ...
Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at this Midtown restaurant

Wear flannel, get a free meal every Friday at gusto!. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Got flannel? Get free food. Local restaurant,  gusto! , offers Flannel Fridays, a food and fashion event that gives guests a buy one, get one free meal. Here’s how it works: wear a flannel shirt, receive a BOGO ticket and eat. No coupons...
Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

Nativity-themed animation ‘The Star’ is hit-and-miss affair

An animated fable about the first Christmas, “The Star” reimagines the Nativity story from the perspective of an animal — actually, an entire menagerie of comical Holy Land critters, led by a miniature donkey, who become key supporting players in the tale. Among the production companies involved in making “The Star” are the faith-based Walden Media and Sony’s religious...
Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

Star of ‘Last Flag Flying’ is the talk

A reunion and a road trip set the dramatic comedy “Last Flag Flying” in motion, and its feel-real conversations keep you buckled in tight for the ride. Doc (Steve Carell), Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) are old Marine Corps buddies from Vietnam who haven’t seen each other in decades. Sal doesn’t even recognize Doc at first when he quietly orders a beer...
Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Flawless ‘Lady Bird’ soars

Actress and writer Greta Gerwig turns in the flawless “Lady Bird” for her directorial debut, a funny, poignant and assured film about that fleeting, heady moment during the transition from high school to college. Anchored by stellar performances and a clear voice, “Lady Bird” draws its universal relatability from its richly rendered specificity. It’s all too easy to label...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 24-26

3 Fun Things: Nov. 24-26

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

Catch a Christmas tree lighting in Cobb next week

A Christmas tree! Light refreshments! City of Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling! There will be all that and choral singing and more at the tree lighting this year at Depot Park in the Cobb County city’s downtown. The program starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and is expected to run an hour, the city said. There will also be tree lightings at The Battery and Marietta Square. But before then...
Black Friday 2017: 10 stores offering the biggest Black Friday discounts this year

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

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

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

Black Friday is notorious for crowded shopping malls, long lines and total madness. But if the adrenaline rush of the post-Thanksgiving shopping day doesn’t appeal to you, Cyber Monday is another (almost) stress-free option for anyone looking to save big bucks on holiday gifts this year. To get the best deals this Monday — and during Cyber Week — you’ll need quick fingers and...
Cobb museum holding ‘Polar Express’ in your PJs party

Cobb museum holding ‘Polar Express’ in your PJs party

If you know a child going through an obsessed-with-trains phase, the Southern Museum could earn you a big hug. On Dec. 9, a Saturday, the museum is again holding its Polar Express Adventure, which will feature a decked-out historic locomotive, a walkable Santa’s workshop and a visit by Santa Claus. There will also be model trains to play with and a showing of the 2004 animated holiday heartwarmer ...
‘Doggie kissing booth’ to be held at Atlanta pet supply store

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

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

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

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

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

We do love our pets and there certainly are days when they feel like the only ones who should receive any part of our hard-earned Christmas gift budget. But do you really need expensive pet beds, $14-a-pound treats or $30 "indestructible" chew toys that aren't really? Instead, you can spend an hour or so making your dog or cat a present he'll enjoy at a price that will make you smile: less...
It’s not all about the turkey: 9 things you probably didn't know about Thanksgiving

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

Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most. The rich, deep history of this centuries-old tradition is woven into the United States' cultural fabric, yet, there are still many aspects of the holiday that most Americans don’t know. The holiday...
Tory Burch’s nieces to open holiday pop-up boutique in Atlanta

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

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

Holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday at metro Atlanta malls

Much like last year’s trend, some stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2017. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes at the Thanksgiving feast are gone. Here are...
Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

Anthony Bourdain says you’re doing Thanksgiving wrong

If there’s one meal at which family drama is on full display, it’s Thanksgiving. Expectations and emotions run high, and there are a lot of moving parts to cause friction. Even Anthony Bourdain, who is seemingly immune to the criticism of others, feels the pressure to pull off the most anticipated meal of the year. In fact, he dedicated a whole chapter to Thanksgiving in the book I co-wrote...
Family-friendly Christmas in Chattanooga: Elves, fairies and Santa!

Family-friendly Christmas in Chattanooga: Elves, fairies and Santa!

Chattanooga, less than two hours away from Atlanta, offers a great Christmas getaway for ATL residents, especially those with kids. The little ones will be all a'shiver with sheer Christmas spirit when they see the Sugar Plum Fairy Village, the Enchanted Garden of Lights, ride the Polar Express or do any of the other great Chattanooga Christmas activities. And there's plenty for...
King of Pops’ new venture: A Christmas tree lot at Ponce City Market

King of Pops’ new venture: A Christmas tree lot at Ponce City Market

King of Pops selling Christmas trees is not new. The Atlanta-based business began delivering them years ago, through a venture called Tree Elves. But here’s what is a first: Kings of Pops selling Christmas trees at Ponce City Market, which also marks the first time the market has had a tree lot on its premises. The marriage seems like a natural fit, as Kings of Pops Bar and Food...
Hitting up Cumberland Mall for Black Friday? Here are the hours

Hitting up Cumberland Mall for Black Friday? Here are the hours

Once again, people will ditch the post-Thanksgiving sleep-in and instead attack Cumberland Mall with shopping lists and hopes of cheap stuff. From Aeropostale to Zumiez, shops at Cumberland will have special Turkey Day and Black Friday hours. From the looks of it, participating stores will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and at 6 a.m. the next day. Specific hours for each mall outpost can...
What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. The Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A complete list of store and restaurant hours can be found on ...
8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

8 Atlanta bars open Thanksgiving night

Whether you wish to forget the rest of the world is gathered together for Thanksgiving Day or actually want to hit a bar as part of the festivities, you’ve got a drinking hole lineup to get you through that post-turkey slump. A number of Atlanta bars are open on Thanksgiving. Just make sure to note any amendments to the typical schedule or menu, and then enjoy! Here are eight bars in metro Atlanta...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 17-19

3 Fun Things: Nov. 17-19

ROSWELL Roswell Tellabration If there’s one thing we know in the South – aside from how to cook mind-blowing barbecue and biscuits – it’s storytelling. The tradition has been passed down through generations and is prized as an ability to weave tale for strangers and friends alike. Roswell is celebrating this talent by taking part in the worldwide Tellabration event, when four...
Your 2017 guide to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Georgia

Your 2017 guide to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Georgia

If more than a million of LED lights, chocolate-dipped peppermint pretzels and superhero rollercoasters don’t put you in the holiday spirit, then avoid Six Flags Over Georgia this winter. Holiday In The Park begins Saturday at the Austell theme park, 275 Riverside Parkway SW. It ends Jan. 3, said Six Flags Over Georgia spokesman Gene Petriello. Below is your guide to all things Holiday...
The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting

The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting

Hopefully Santa Claus has an updated map because The Battery didn’t really exist last holiday season. But this year, he’ll be bringing cheer to the mixed-use development connected to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park.   The Battery announced a bunch of events for its first holiday season since opening. According to a news release, there’ll be an ice skating rink...
Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon: 12  can’t-miss holiday happenings in Atlanta

Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon: 12  can’t-miss holiday happenings in Atlanta

The cool winds of winter are finally blowing through the city of Atlanta.  Twinkling lights, Santa hats and turkey dinners will soon be upon us. Check out this list of quintessential holiday activities for Atlanta residents: Since the 1950s, the iconic Pink Pig train has entertained generations of Atlantans over the holidays. Visit Macy's Lenox Square and take a ride on the Pink Pig, now through...
Study: It’s gotten a little pricier to buy the ‘12 days of Christmas’

Study: It’s gotten a little pricier to buy the ‘12 days of Christmas’

The classic carol “The Twelves Days of Christmas” is almost as old as the holiday tradition itself, so with the rising cost of “doing Christmas” it should be no surprise that the price tag for that partridge in a pear tree and those five golden rings has seen a hike. For 34 years, financial company PNC has issued its “PNC Christmas Price Index” to predict the...
Metro Atlanta malls where you can get a Christmas photo with Santa 

Metro Atlanta malls where you can get a Christmas photo with Santa 

For many children, going to see Santa at the mall can be one of the most thrilling experiences of the holiday season.  They wait in line for what seems like an eternity, watching as other children seem to trade secrets with the luminous man clothed in velvety red and white. Anticipation builds until suddenly it’s their turn, and moments later they’re hoisted onto Santa’s lap...
6 thoughtful Christmas gifts for your empty-nesting mom

6 thoughtful Christmas gifts for your empty-nesting mom

When mom becomes an empty nester, a thoughtful child will adjust Christmas gift-giving strategies accordingly. After all, she probably doesn't want any more clutter and her taste in outings will have altered from the days of all-family-friendly-all-the-time.  You can still thrill her, though, if you consider these six thoughtful Christmas gifts for an empty nest mom: Now that the kids are out...
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...
5 Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven

5 Atlanta pie shops that serve a slice of heaven

Pie making is a tasty pastime for many.  But when the hankering is really strong, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. When we've got so many sweet spots around town, why not let the connoisseurs of cooking prepare the pies – if nothing else, it may spark some creativity in your own kitchen. Whether this list prompts you to get out the rolling pin or the car keys, we can all...
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they’d give up gift-giving this holiday season. Would you?

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they’d give up gift-giving this holiday season. Would you?

Would you give up the holiday gift-giving tradition this year if your friends and family agreed to it? According to a new Harris Poll survey on behalf of SunTrust, 69 percent of Americans said they would. The poll, conducted online within the U.S. between Oct. 3-5, includes responses from 2,185 American adults ages 18 and older, 1,986 of whom said they spend money on something related to the holidays...
5 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

5 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

Along with the favorite family recipes, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to pass the tradition of volunteering to your children. While lots of the churches and shelters already have full volunteer rosters to serve Thanksgiving meals, there is a bounty of opportunities to contribute in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on the leisure days that follow it. And there is no need to restrict yourselves...
Non-touristy ways for kids and adults to beat Atlanta’s cold weather 

Non-touristy ways for kids and adults to beat Atlanta’s cold weather 

The roughest thing about fall and winter in Atlanta, arguably, is that the weather isn’t consistent. One day it’s chilly, the next you could go comfortably all day without a jacket.  That’s why the really frigid days — the ones that bring to mind cliches about polar bears and toenails — seem to come smack dab out of nowhere. You wake up one morning...
Too much Christmas music is bad for your health, psychologists say

Too much Christmas music is bad for your health, psychologists say

The holiday season is upon us and that probably means the icicle lights are going up at your local hangouts, your neighbors are starting to set up their front yard decor and, of course, Christmas music is likely on a continuous loop everywhere you go — or it will be soon. If you’re not all that excited about the last bit, you’re not alone. In fact, according to some...
7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

7 tips on doing Christmas dinner on a budget

Preparing a successful Christmas dinner can be pulled off on a budget. It doesn't take a fortune to set up a multiple-dish meal that can get your dinner guests full and leave them satisfied. To help you with creating a tasty, yet affordable Christmas dinner, we have seven tricks to help you save money while preparing the feast. Form your budget for the dinner ahead of time and keep in mind how many...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 10-12

3 Fun Things: Nov. 10-12

ALPHARETTA Butcher & Brew Festival Be there for the beginning of a tradition as Butcher and Brew kicks off its first fest. The event offers full access to unlimited samples of seasonal craft brews, including Creature Comforts, Sweetwater, Gate City and Abbey of the Holy Goats. Between sips, play a few games of giant Jenga or cornhole and grab a bite from the Big Green Egg, sizzling under the direction...
All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now 

All the Black Friday sales you should be jumping on now 

To find the best Black Friday deals on gifts this year, you'll want to know what you're looking for and be on the ball now until Thanksgiving Day. Luckily, many of the best Black Friday ads have leaked, allowing you to get started early on your shopping lists and create a plan of action. Don't miss these top deals from some of the most popular retailers that will be going on Black Friday (and...
See the 2017 Black Friday hours for Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza

See the 2017 Black Friday hours for Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza

Eventually, “Black Friday” might be changed to “Black Thursday through Sunday.” Until then, just deal with the misnomer.  Hey, speaking of the pre-Christmas holiday: The 2017 Black Friday hours have been announced for Buckhead’s two major malls. The most important distinction between the two is that Lenox Square Mall will be open Thanksgiving evening; Phipps...
Photographer Pete Souza stops in Atlanta as Obama book comes out

Photographer Pete Souza stops in Atlanta as Obama book comes out

For eight years, Pete Souza was a full-time professional shadow, tucking himself into corners, twisting his body at odd angles and generally doing whatever was necessary to shoot 1.9 million of just the right photographs at just the right time. And what does he have to show for all his hard work?1.6 million followers on Instagram, where his posts are a mix of new and exquisitely timed older...
Black Friday 2017: Target reveals massive Black Friday ad, Monday preview sale

Black Friday 2017: Target reveals massive Black Friday ad, Monday preview sale

Target announced new Black Friday hours Monday, along with a big reveal of its 40-page Black Friday ad, packed with killer deals on tech, toys, home goods and everything in between. To get in on the early-bird action, shop the Target Black Friday Preview Sale in stores or online until shops close at 11:59 p.m. PDT Monday. Target REDcard holders will get early access to more than 100 Black Friday deals...
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...
Oprah’s 2017 favorite things are ultimate holiday gift guide — Here are our 11 top picks

Oprah’s 2017 favorite things are ultimate holiday gift guide — Here are our 11 top picks

Oprah Winfrey has released her 2017 favorite things just in time for those early bird shoppers and it’s her longest inventory ever, complete with a gratitude jar, genetics test and pizza oven. Winfrey’s annual list will be featured in the December Issue of “O” (the Oprah Magazine) with special discount codes to use on Amazon.com and other websites. According to the...

Faith Calendar

Singles game night: Get ready for an evening of video, card and board games such as Super Mario Kart, Uno, spades, Jenga and more during game night hosted by the singles ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church. A DJ will also be on-site spinning tunes for line dancing. Free and open to all. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300, historicebenezer.org. Food...
3 Fun Things: Nov. 3-5

3 Fun Things: Nov. 3-5

SANDY SPRINGS Elegant Elf Marketplace Santa’s elves have been working hard all year and so too have the 85 select local and regional vendors you’ll find at this year’s Elegant Elf Marketplace. Held over two days, the super-sized sale invites attendees to peruse jewelry, handcrafted fashions, handbags, toys and an array of other crafts. In between bouts of buying, fuel up at the Polar...
7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season

7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season

If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck. Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity. In fact, about 80 percent of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20 percent of Americans going for a real, live tree, according to the American Christmas Tree...
5 reasons Atlantans love Macy’s Pink Pig

5 reasons Atlantans love Macy’s Pink Pig

She doesn’t don the traditional holiday colors of green or red nor does she rub elbows with Santa, but Priscilla the Pink Pig is a holiday staple in Atlanta. For five decades, the Pink Pig has been a treasured monorail ride that gets little ones and Atlantans of all ages in the holiday spirit. In 1956, Rich’s department store in downtown introduced Rich’s Pink Pig, a monorail ride...
The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

The 12 best US small towns to revel in all things holidays

From quaint town squares aglow in twinkling lights in New England to carriage rides alongside Louisiana lakes, small towns near and far really capture the magic of Christmas. As you’re planning your winter wonderland adventures, you may be looking for a short drive (or a long one) to towns that have the most holiday spirit.  If that’s your goal, there is an endless number of towns...
Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic

Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy world of podcasts, this weekly meditation is distinguished...
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