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Sunday Living & Arts


‘Flight Path’

Despite protests from the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization and bad press in the local paper, they bulldozed the house where I lost my virginity. It was a turn-of-the-century farmhouse about a mile from my college campus, with great blue-gray gables framed by two towering cedars at the street. In 1895, the house would have been a suburban retreat, six miles east of downtown Atlanta by streetcar...
Sci-fi book about dogs launches Cobb 13-year-old’s career as author

Sci-fi book about dogs launches Cobb 13-year-old’s career as author

In a way, Emily Rose Ross blames McDonald’s. Or maybe she has McDonald’s to thank for the fact that at age 13, she’s a professional author. Her 218-page sci-fi fantasy book, “Blue’s Prophecy,” will officially be released on May 15 by TitleTown Publishing, based in Green Bay, Wis. Back in fourth grade, Emily was “regularly dragged” to McDonald&rsquo...
Brackets and brews: 8 best bars for watching college basketball in Atlanta

Brackets and brews: 8 best bars for watching college basketball in Atlanta

Need a great place to watch college basketball in Atlanta or Georgia Tech in NIT Championship? There are some great picks, starting with some for the dabbler −those who just want to check the bracket while concentrating on pool or darts or watch a novelty game during March Madness (hello Mount St. Mary's v. New Orleans). Other great sports bars in the Atlanta area cater to year-round devotees...
‘Desperation Road’ takes violent route to small-town redemption

‘Desperation Road’ takes violent route to small-town redemption

It takes a little chutzpah for a Mississippi-based author to start a book with one of the most famous quotes from the state’s most famous writer. But that’s just how Michael Farris Smith begins his novel “Desperation Road.” Smith precedes the first chapter of the blood-flecked character study with an epigraph from William Faulkner, “The past is never dead.” Smith...
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...
Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds

Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds

Fiona, the baby hippo born six-weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in January and 25 pounds underweight, is making great progress and gaining weight, tipping the scales at 116 pounds Wednesday morning. The zoo is preparing to gradually introduce 2-month-old Fiona to her parents as she gets a little bigger. She caught a glimpse of her parents in their outdoor habitat this week,...
Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Commanding 22 acres in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, the three levels of Phipps Plaza make a premier, upscale shopping destination. Beautiful, airy and climate-controlled, Phipps Plaza is a shopper's paradise, with 100-plus stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Belk, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and more.  Phipps Plaza also has plenty of entertainment in store, from the 14-screen...
Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ more for Whitney fans than musical purists

Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ more for Whitney fans than musical purists

Whatever happened to musical comedies about cowboys and beautiful Oklahoma mornings? Or pushy stage mothers like Mama Rose? With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, and musical-theater traditionalists everywhere, we present “The Bodyguard: The Musical.” Based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston as a pop diva pursued by a stalker, and Kevin Costner...
Checking in with the cult of the Instant Pot

Checking in with the cult of the Instant Pot

Not since the advent of the slow cooker has a small kitchen appliance captured the imaginations of so many home cooks so quickly, it seems. But I must admit, my curiosity about the Instant Pot wasn’t piqued until some busy friends and colleagues in my food and drink orbit starting talking up the time-saving advantages of the multifunction electric pressure cooker. The fact that they were in...
Learn how to make Vietnamese pork tenderloin with green garlic syrup

Learn how to make Vietnamese pork tenderloin with green garlic syrup

Glenna Wright of Flyinghorse Farm finds she has two kinds of customers: those who purchase from the farmer on a whim and those who plan their week’s menus by a farm’s harvest schedule. For many of the folks who will wander by the farm’s booth at the seasonal Green Market at Piedmont Park, which opened March 18 for the 2017 season, going to the market is an adventure. They make their...
Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Oakhurst center is getting a new spot for Chinese food, courtesy of the team behind Decatur’s Taiyo Ramen and Suzy Siu’s Baos at Krog Street Market. Michael Lo and George Yu plan to open Double Dragon at 350 Mead Road — the former home of Italian restaurant Saba — this May. The restaurant’s name is a play on historically uninspired Chinese restaurant names while also...
The ‘Magic Negro’ and comedian Mark Kendall’s quest to kill him

The ‘Magic Negro’ and comedian Mark Kendall’s quest to kill him

The idea of the “Magic Negro” or the “Magical Negro” has been among the most enduring and offensive tropes in cinema for decades. You know, the black character who comes in to provide sage advice or life-affirming support to a white protagonist in danger or need. Think Whoopi Goldberg’s character in “Ghost,” Michael Clarke Duncan’s character in &ldquo...

Bourbon bar added to SunTrust Park food and drink lineup

Braves Bramcle, made with Cooper’s Craft Bourbon. / Contributed photo There are already a plethora of food and drink options ready for Braves opening day on April 14, and now a bourbon bar has been added to the mix.
10 things Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones reveals in his new book

10 things Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones reveals in his new book

During his 19-year major league baseball career, Chipper Jones was one of the all-time greats at hitting from both sides of the plate. Turns out he’s pretty good at that as a writer, too. Star athletes’ autobiographies often are heavy on stats and scores and rehashed game accounts. But when it comes to telling it like it really was -- on and off the field -- they frequently refuse...
Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

A customer gives a cat some love at Java Cats Cafe. Java Cats Cafe — the first cat cafe in Atlanta (though not the first in Georgia — La Maison du Chat serves up coffee with a side of cat playtime in Buford — is officially open for business at 415 Memorial Dr.
Theater review: Horizon spoofs reality TV with ‘Nobody Loves You’

Theater review: Horizon spoofs reality TV with ‘Nobody Loves You’

If you’re a fan of so-called “reality TV” — or even if you aren’t — you might relish the prospect of “Nobody Loves You,” a musical send-up of dating shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Featuring a script by Itamar Moses and music by Gaby Alter (they co-wrote the lyrics), it takes satirical aim at a rather easy...
‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

What’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” to do once she becomes an internationally renowned touring Broadway star? Keeping the offbeat edge and downtown grit in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been part of the challenge for creators and performers of the recent Broadway production of the show, which makes a brief stop at the Fox Theatre April 4-5 as part of a...
Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Gangsta fries at Bellwoods Social House A bar and restaurant from the team behind Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta has closed its doors after less than three years in business.
Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Make it a movie night at The Pinewood, which will screen “The Goonies” this Sunday. HANDOUT / Green Olive Media.
Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

All steaks are half-off on Tuesdays at MAYA Steaks and Seafood. HANDOUT / Red Clay Public Relations.
Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

The subject of a solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary, “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” Lonnie Holley is a fascinating artist in his own right. But what his work says about being black in the rural South, and finding beauty where you can is testimony to an entirely different worldview with ramifications beyond the art world. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Holley has a backstory that plays...
Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

In the interest of getting it out of the way, before moving on to substantially bigger and better praises to be sung, let’s first dispense with the inherent flaw in “Simply Simone.” Like the vast majority of “jukebox” revues that chart the life and career of a famous musician — in this case, Nina Simone — Theatrical Outfit’s new show can be...
Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

I have plucked a Goldfish cracker from my child’s car seat and popped it straight into my mouth. I have served two kinds of potatoes and wished for a third. I think eating white bread is as natural as breathing air, only better because you can’t butter air. So given my starch-loving bona fides, you should believe me when I tell you that I have made cauliflower rice and you should too....
Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

  It may be something that every child accomplishes, but it means even more to the parents of Kaleb Graves, also known as Baby Bun. Arkell and Dana Graves of Virginia posted video of Kaleb sitting up on his own for 1 minute and 48 seconds on Facebook. Kaleb was an internet sensation even before he was born when his father’s reaction to his mother’s pregnancy news drew millions of...
Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

From William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, the South is known the world over for its great writers, but the monumental fame of the giants can easily overshadow the work of other, lesser-known writers from the region. Bringing the work of forgotten Southern writers to light is the aim of a new Atlanta literary festival taking place on Georgia State...
New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

The lemony chicken sandwich at Petit Chou. / Photo contributed by Petit Chou An “industrial chic” neighborhood bistro has opened its doors in Cabbagetown after being in soft open mode last week.
Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

It started out as a 1950s rock musical about a high-school hotshot who is simultaneously in love with a car and a girl he meets on summer vacation. This was 1971. By 1978, the Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey musical “Grease” had been turned into a film starring John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. (For the movie, Barry Gibb wrote a new title song, performed by Frankie Valli...
Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

“Bravo!” is what opera fans typically cry out when a performance hits the mark, but the Atlanta Opera’s current production of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic bel canto comedy “Don Pasquale” is just as likely to elicit cries of “Hooray for Hollywood!” The production updates the action of the work to the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the result is a fresh...
Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Van Jakes is bringing Cowboy Chicken to Atlanta. / Contributed photo A Dallas-based fast-casual chicken chain is bringing its birds to Georgia this year.
Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

This week we’re thinking about fuel for your walks in these beautiful spring days, snacks for the kids as they go from school to practice to home and something to munch on as you sit at your desk. Nuts, Chocolate and Fruit Atlanta-based small batch chocolate maker Xocolatl produces lovely single-origin chocolate bars with beans sourced from around the world. But they also make trail mix in two...
Which fast food kids’ meals are healthiest and which are total calorie bombs?

Which fast food kids’ meals are healthiest and which are total calorie bombs?

As a busy parent, you don’t always have the time or energy to prepare a meal for your child at home. When rushing to get from one place to the next, sometimes fast food is the only reasonable way to feed your kid. You may think you have to sacrifice nutrition for convenience and affordability, but this popular misconception isn’t always true. Plenty of fast food restaurants offer relatively...
Roof options expand with colors, materials

Roof options expand with colors, materials

Atlanta’s intense weather, ranging from scorching heat to hail-laden thunderstorms, can take a toll on a home’s exterior. Perhaps no other element takes the brunt like the roof, one of the most expensive and important components of a comfortable structure. Yet it’s not always first on homeowners’ minds. “A roof is a long-term commitment, so you want to get something that...
Spring Atlanta Home Show: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Spring Atlanta Home Show: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

Whether you're looking for a new project to freshen up your home, or just wanting to spend a little time enjoying your community, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied this weekend around Atlanta.  Check out these events taking place throughout the metro area: 39th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March...
The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids

The disease killing white Americans goes way deeper than opioids

In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-age white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 study that highlighted three "diseases of despair": drugs, drinking and suicide.  On Thursday, the pair released a deeper analysis that...
Flashback fotos: When Donald Trump pumped gas in West Palm Beach

Flashback fotos: When Donald Trump pumped gas in West Palm Beach

In my 35 years as a photojournalist, I have covered presidents since Ronald Reagan. But it was during a sticky July Monday morning in the mid-90s when I pulled out of the parking lot of The Palm Beach Post and encountered the future president of the United States. I was heading south on Dixie Highway in a Toyota Tercel that had outlived its air-conditioning in search of a photo for the next day&rsquo...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

4/ 2 Family Sunday Serve the family your own Roast Chicken with brown rice and gravy today. Alongside, try delicious Zucchini Casserole Au Gratin (see recipe), fresh broccoli spears and dinner rolls. For dessert, buy a blueberry crisp (frozen). Plan ahead: Save enough chicken, rice, gravy, zucchini casserole and crisp for Monday. 4/ 3 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make Open-Face Chicken Sandwiches for a quick...
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...
All you need to know for 2017 Inman Park Restaurant Week

All you need to know for 2017 Inman Park Restaurant Week

Risotto di frutti de mare at Sotto Sotto. / Photo credit Reynolds Group. If you find yourself eating dinner in Inman Park more often than not — and who would blame you?
Mind the waste: Rethinking leftovers and restaurant food waste

Mind the waste: Rethinking leftovers and restaurant food waste

It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of fellow AJC dining critic Wyatt Williams. He’s always juggling a plateful of interesting projects, which makes for great conversation. Plus, he’s an all-around affable fellow, and he has a way of keeping you comfortable when you show your true colors, particularly when those colors are not the ones that the popular kids are wearing. &ldquo...
A beer garden is coming to the Beltline

A beer garden is coming to the Beltline

Irwin Street Market in Old Fourth Ward. / AJC file photo More beer is coming to the Beltline. What’s Now Atlanta reports that plans have been filed for Lingering Shade Lounge, a beer garden to be located at Irwin Street Market at the entrance to the Eastside Trail.
Atlanta restaurant tops list of expensive steakhouses worth the price

Atlanta restaurant tops list of expensive steakhouses worth the price

Bone-in Ribeye for two at Bones. / AJC file photo Steak ain’t cheap — which is why when you plunk down cash on a hunk of meat, you want to make sure it’s really going to be worth it.
Finding work/life balance in Mableton basement remodel

Finding work/life balance in Mableton basement remodel

Laura Grifenhagen Zhiss needed to switch up her commute. So she remodeled her basement. Now, instead of having her work spill into her dining room and sitting room, she has a dedicated office space for her transportation and logistics business. The finished basement, with concrete floors, also is an easy-to-clean area for her three boys to come back into the Cobb County home after playing in the backyard...
Theater review: Move over, RuPaul; here comes ‘Georgia McBride’

Theater review: Move over, RuPaul; here comes ‘Georgia McBride’

When a drag queen named Anorexia Nervosa passes out drunk, sabotaging her Edith Piaf-on-roller-skates routine at a dive bar in the Florida Panhandle, things get real frantic real quick. The crowd jeers. The club owner paces. And Miss Nervosa’s sidekick, Miss Tracy Mills, bites her nails. What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what you do, honey. You grab Casey, the clueless Elvis impersonator-cum-bartender...
Which events in Atlanta should top your calendar this spring?

Which events in Atlanta should top your calendar this spring?

Now that spring has finally sprung, a bevy of fresh new productions, exhibitions and concerts are popping up to brighten venues around town this season. From humorous observations about race and divorce from Chris Rock to a Tennessee Williams literary classic set to ballet, the offerings are diverse, thought-provoking and aimed to entertain. The Atlanta Opera’s modern take on Gaetano Donizetti&rsquo...
3-year-old gets stuck in arcade toy machine

3-year-old gets stuck in arcade toy machine

Damien Murphy’s 3-year-old son, Jamie, is one of those curious, mischievous kids who gets into everything.  “Whenever I walk into a room and see something that could be trouble,” said Murphy, of Nenagh, Ireland, “I instantly see Jamie in it. He’s a real boundary pusher.”  Once, for example, he and his dad were looking after an aunt’s dog. Jamie &ldquo...
Meet your matcha in metro Atlanta

Meet your matcha in metro Atlanta

What is it about matcha? Is it the gorgeous green color? The grassy fresh taste? The buzz about something that provides an energy boost, calm alertness, antioxidants and a slow-acting caffeine lift with no jitters? “Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide” (Dovetail, $25) just published this month. Jessica Flint and Anna Kavaliunas wrote the book after enjoying a year of weekly matcha-fueled conversations...
Learn to make S & S Cafeteria’s cornbread muffins

Learn to make S & S Cafeteria’s cornbread muffins

The folks at S & S Cafeteria were happy to share their recipe. They make it seven dozen, 14 dozen or even 28 dozen at a time. We’ve scaled it back for home cook use although it will still make quite a few. Wrap in foil and freeze what you can’t use right away. Then keep them wrapped in foil and reheat in a 250 degree oven. It’s the high temperature used for baking and the teaspoon...
New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

A new pizza concept is making its debut in metro Atlanta with three locations. The Local Pizzaiolo has already signed three leases, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. One shop will be located in Toco Hills in place of the now-shuttered Toco Hills Coin Laundry at Toco Hill Promenade at 2947 N Druid Hills Road NE — the space will be renovated and expanded to accommodate more customers...
New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

A new pizza concept is making its debut in metro Atlanta with three locations. The Local Pizzaiolo has already signed three leases, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. One shop will be located in Toco Hills in place of the now-shuttered Toco Hills Coin Laundry at Toco Hill Promenade at 2947 N Druid Hills Road NE — the space will be renovated and expanded to accommodate more customers...
The No. 1 secret to finding the best deals at HomeGoods

The No. 1 secret to finding the best deals at HomeGoods

With 568 stores in 45 states, HomeGoods has become the go-to décor destination for millions of people who love a good deal — including celebrities like Melissa McCarthy and Lance Bass.  Since 1992, the chain has been saving people 20-60 percent off department store prices on the latest home fashions.  Christine Lee, the woman behind the popular @HomeGoodsObsessed Instagram...
Taco Tuesday: Get three tacos and a beer for $13 in Midtown

Taco Tuesday: Get three tacos and a beer for $13 in Midtown

Get three tacos and a beer at ONE. midtown kitchen every Tuesday. HANDOUT / Mia Yakel. Taco lovers can enjoy three different tacos plus a Cerveza Tecate at ONE.
Theater review: 7 Stages premieres ‘White Woman in Progress’

Theater review: 7 Stages premieres ‘White Woman in Progress’

Tara Ochs is a familiar face on the local theater scene, primarily known for her work as a longtime improviser with Dad’s Garage, as a frequent participant in shows at Agatha’s A Taste of Mystery, and for occasional appearances in more “legitimate” stage productions (most recently, “Lost in the Cosmos” at Theatrical Outfit). A couple of years ago, she was one...
Art review: There’s group show magic behind scruffy exterior at Eyedrum

Art review: There’s group show magic behind scruffy exterior at Eyedrum

Eyedrum is probably the most New York indie art experience you are going to have in Atlanta. The alternative gallery boasts a scruffy facade you’d be likely to pass by without a second glance; a sometimes scattershot exhibition style managed by a staff of volunteers. And Eyedrum’s location is a challenge, in a difficult-to-access stretch of downtown where parking options are, in a nutshell...
Find out how to support Atlanta chef battling cancer for second time

Find out how to support Atlanta chef battling cancer for second time

no. 246 is hosting a fundraiser for its sous chef, who is battling cancer. / Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.
Archaeological discoveries could provide clues to how Jesus lived

Archaeological discoveries could provide clues to how Jesus lived

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — When a revamped highway into Jerusalem fully opens in coming months, it will be just the latest makeover of a road that has served Holy Land travelers for centuries. Almost as a testament to a path well-trodden, tractors and plows that made way for a new tunnel that is part of the project revealed a Christian village that provided refuge to weary pilgrims making their...
Emory historian Carol Anderson wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Emory historian Carol Anderson wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Carol Anderson, an Emory historian, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism for her book, “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,”(Bloomsbury, $26).
Rescue group holds book signing event to help save dogs

Rescue group holds book signing event to help save dogs

Now you can buy a book and help save a pet. The Georgia authors will discuss and sign copies of their dog-related books during an event sponsored by Mostly Mutts Rescue and Adoption from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2700 Town Center Drive, Suite 124. Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit Mostly Mutts. Mostly Mutts, based in Kennesaw, provides a variety of services, including housing, training...
Buy This: Two appliances and one kitchen tool you do not want to be without

Buy This: Two appliances and one kitchen tool you do not want to be without

Spring has officially arrived! Time to take stock of your kitchen cupboards and update your kitchen appliances and tools. We love the upgrades to these particular kitchen tools. And the introduction of a new must-have appliance for our kitchen arsenal. Sous Vide Your Dinner Tonight Sous vide is more than a trend. It’s a very real cooking method moving from restaurant kitchens to home kitchens...
Get a free, cool Italian ice in celebration of spring in Atlanta today

Get a free, cool Italian ice in celebration of spring in Atlanta today

Get a free Italian ice today at Rita’s. HANDOUT / Vault Communications. Spring signifies warmer weather and to celebrate, Rita’s is giving away a free, cool cup of Italian ice to everyone from 12-9 p.
Designer duo currently obsessed with alcoves, ironwork

Designer duo currently obsessed with alcoves, ironwork

Jenny and Eric Rothman believe in fully integrated design and creating spaces tailored to the people who live in them. Next weekend, see some of their work on the Junior League of Atlanta’s 20th Annual Tour of Kitchens. The designers: Jenny is from Columbus and moved to Atlanta after graduating from Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville. Born in Chicago, Eric grew up in Druid Hills and...
Author Events March 19-25

Author Events March 19-25

Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give” 6:30 p.m. March 19. Talk, Q&A, signing. Free. Suggested donation $5. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave N.E., Atlanta, 404-524-0304, charisbooksandmore.com Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’ debut novel addresses racism and police violence in the story of a teenage girl who witnesses the fatal shooting of a childhood friend. Author...
Taylor Brown tackles fear and fate in ‘The River Of Kings’

Taylor Brown tackles fear and fate in ‘The River Of Kings’

Taylor Brown’s new book “The River of Kings” opens just outside of modern day Jesup as two brothers drop their kayaks into the Altamaha River at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Lawton Loggins, the eldest, is a career Navy man drawn home by the death of his father but haunted by the things he has seen and done overseas. Hunter Loggins, a student at Georgia Southern, is...
Jai Ho now open off the Beltline and other top Atlanta food news from the week

Jai Ho now open off the Beltline and other top Atlanta food news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Nan at the newly-opened Jai Ho in Morningside.
These three Georgia restaurants made a list of top 100 U.S. ‘hot spots’ for 2017

These three Georgia restaurants made a list of top 100 U.S. ‘hot spots’ for 2017

Smokey Sake at O-Ku Sushi. / Photo Credit: Kelsey Schulz The temperatures in Georgia are starting to warm up — and three Georgia restaurants are following suit.
Atlanta Opera resets ‘Don Pasquale’ in 1950s Hollywood

Atlanta Opera resets ‘Don Pasquale’ in 1950s Hollywood

The Atlanta Opera will present its first-ever production of Gaetano Donizetti’s 1843 bel canto classic “Don Pasquale,” and among the many surprises awaiting Atlanta audiences will be the notion that a lavish party given by the lead character is attended by the likes of John Wayne, Eartha Kitt, Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley. “I was looking for a different period to set...

Things I didn’t know about Ireland until I visited

This Atlanta brewery made a list of top breweries in the country

This Atlanta brewery made a list of top breweries in the country

Cheers to beer at SweetWater Brewing tours and tastings. / CONTRIBUTED BY SWEETWATER BREWING CO. Raise your glass to one of Atlanta’s biggest craft brew success stories.
‘Sunshine State’ examines life through prism of Florida’s weirdness

‘Sunshine State’ examines life through prism of Florida’s weirdness

Sarah Gerard’s “Sunshine State” uses the place she grew up as the backdrop for eight succinct essays. That tactic — using a familiar geography to loosely tie together otherwise independent tales— isn’t an entirely novel concept; Michael Knight employed it recently with “Eveningland,” a collection of seven fictional stories based in Alabama. But the stories...
Is this Georgia spot the best place for barbecue in the South?

Is this Georgia spot the best place for barbecue in the South?

Pulled pork, Hoppin’ John, hush puppies and a cold beer from Southern Soul Barbeque in St. Simons.
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

3/ 26 Family Sunday For a special family day, Beef Burgundy (see recipe) will please everyone. Serve it over (no-yolk) noodles with green peas (frozen), mixed greens and whole-grain bread. For dessert, angel food cake with a dab of chocolate ice cream is easy. Plan ahead: Save enough beef burgundy, any leftover peas and cake for Monday; save enough ice cream for Tuesday. 3/ 27 Heat-and-Eat Monday...
Popular Ponce pizzeria to close after more than two decades

Popular Ponce pizzeria to close after more than two decades

The McLeod Nine pizza at Cameli’s / AJC file photo A pizza place that made its home next to “Murder Kroger” since 1996 is reportedly set to serve its last slice next month.
9 ways to eat cookies for breakfast

9 ways to eat cookies for breakfast

Waking up to a blaring alarm clock is a terrible way to start the day. Waking up to a fresh batch of breakfast cookies? Much better. We're thinking we might finally leave the house with a smile instead of the usual we-need-coffee-now face, and it's all thanks to ingredients like blueberries, cranberries, and oats that make these nine breakfast cookie recipes perfect healthyish treats.   ...
Drugs are killing so many in U.S. that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

Drugs are killing so many in U.S. that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

By about 3 p.m. Friday, a county morgue in east Ohio was already full — and more bodies were expected. Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner's office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose. From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a...
Feast your eyes on the 12 burgers you can get for $7 in Gwinnett next week

Feast your eyes on the 12 burgers you can get for $7 in Gwinnett next week

If there’s a better combination than  a juicy burger and a cold beer, we haven’t found it. Explore Gwinnett apparently agrees — from March 19-25, the county will host Burger +  Brews Week, a celebration of burgers and beer pairings at 12 participating restaurants. Pay $7 for a burger (tax, beer and gratuity not included) and get a beer pairing chosen by the chef. Participating...
Photos: NCAA cheerleaders

Photos: NCAA cheerleaders

‘Mercies in Disguise’

‘Mercies in Disguise’

The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most begged her not to be tested — at least not now. “Please,” her mother pleaded. “Your dad is so sick. We are hurting so much already.” Her boyfriend implored her not to invite news that could cast such a long and dark shadow over their future. “You don’t know what it will do to you,” he warned. But she had always...
Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Hawaii is taking a hit once again, but they have certainly been down this road before. In the past seven years, Americans have called for no fewer than five boycotts on the 50th state in the country. This time, supporters of President Trump’s travel ban began calling for fellow Americans to boycott Hawaii as a vacation destination after the actions of a federal judge. On Wednesday, Hawaii Federal...
Get these ‘Game of Thrones’-inspired wines before the last season starts

Get these ‘Game of Thrones’-inspired wines before the last season starts

In this image released by HBO, Lena Headey appears in a scene from “Game of Thrones.”/ (HBO via AP)   Read The A List: The faces, places, dishes and drinks defining the Atlanta dining scene right now Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook, following@ATLDiningNews on Twitter and @ajcdining on Instagram.
Georgia Catholics get green light to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Georgia Catholics get green light to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day

The Guinness Stout Onion Soup at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub / Photo: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub Catholics in Georgia can celebrate St.
Beloved version of ‘Nutcracker’ ends with 2017-18 Atlanta Ballet season

Beloved version of ‘Nutcracker’ ends with 2017-18 Atlanta Ballet season

After 21 years, the Atlanta Ballet’s traditional holiday production of “Nutcracker,” as choreographed by former artistic director John McFall, will have its final run this year. New artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has commissioned Yuri Possokhov, resident choreographer with San Francisco Ballet, to create a new version of the holiday classic, set for a 2018 premiere...
Review: Neighborhood pleasures at Poor Hendrix in East Lake

Review: Neighborhood pleasures at Poor Hendrix in East Lake

It is a truth universally acknowledged, to paraphrase Jane Austen, that a community in possession of good fortune must be in want of a neighborhood bar and restaurant. Over the last number of years, the East Lake neighborhood has become exactly that. New residents have flocked there for good reasons. It is a charming neighborhood full of trees and old homes and young families happy to be close to...
WATCH: Gators march across pathway in spontaneous parade

WATCH: Gators march across pathway in spontaneous parade

“When the gators go marching in” should be the caption for this incredible video of an alligator parade. Bobby Wummer, a Florida wildlife photographer, captured the magic just after sunrise in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve this week. Wummer said in a Facebook post that the gators crossed the dirt road one by one for a half hour. They all ranged from 2 to 12 feet long...
Two Cobb Chick-fil-As are giving away ice cream on St. Patrick’s Day

Two Cobb Chick-fil-As are giving away ice cream on St. Patrick’s Day

A Cobb County location of Chick-fil-A originally posted on Facebook and confirmed by phone that it and another Cobb store would be giving away green ice cream on St. Patrick’s Day. Except now it won’t be donning the color of the day. The stores were told Thursday morning by Chick-fil-A that they aren’t allowed to alter the food, and that includes adding food dye. &ldquo...
Woman's headphone batteries explode on plane, causing burns

Woman's headphone batteries explode on plane, causing burns

A woman flying to Melbourne from Beijing in February fell asleep while wearing noise-canceling headphones, only to awake to the sounds of a nearby explosion. The battery in her headphones had burst into flame, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation into the incident released Tuesday. Photos depicted the unidentified woman with soot on her face, her cheek and neck singed....
How to avoid Costco’s membership increase for another year

How to avoid Costco’s membership increase for another year

Warehouse club shoppers across the country have been griping since Costco announced a $5 increase in the cost of an annual membership. But here's some good news: Depending on your renewal date, you might be able to still pay $55 for another year if you know this hack. Effective June 1, Costco is raising its membership fee to $60 a year for either a Gold Star and Business membership, up from...
Make Linton Hopkins’ larb with in-season cabbage

Make Linton Hopkins’ larb with in-season cabbage

Alex Johnson is the new farm manager for Burge Organic Farm in Mansfield. A transplant from Busti, New York, she’s no stranger to farming. Until she moved here, however, what she knew about farming was in a very different climate with a totally different growing season and what she refers to as “snow challenges.” Johnson graduated from the State University of New York College of...
Gigantes hard to find but worth a try for Fogo de Chao dish

Gigantes hard to find but worth a try for Fogo de Chao dish

Gigantes are large lima beans and they’re not that easy to find. The chefs at Fogo de Chao suggest that if you can’t find gigantes, you use chickpeas instead. You can purchase canned chickpeas, or cook dried peas by soaking them overnight and then draining, covering with fresh water and cooking until tender. <<More must-make recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants 6 cups cooked...
Asian design inspires decor for downsizing

Asian design inspires decor for downsizing

Chris and Linda Clark downsized from an 8,500-square-foot home but still found room for meaningful and unexpected decorations in their 2,000-square-foot cottage in Stone Mountain. One conversation starter is a handmade wooden harp in their living room. It’s a sculptural item, an instrument that Linda plays and an anniversary present. “I surprised Linda with the gift,” Chris said...
Local business owner passionate about serving up smoothies

Local business owner passionate about serving up smoothies

As a pre-teen riding through Houston to and from gymnastics practice, Sanden Andrews-Brager had her first encounter with a Smoothie King. She was an 11-year-old Olympic hopeful living with a host family in Houston while she trained with world-renowned coach, Bela Karolyi. Each day after practice, the host family would stop at the Smoothie King on the way home so the young athletes could get a post-workout...
Theater review: Aurora stages musical ‘Bridges of Madison County’

Theater review: Aurora stages musical ‘Bridges of Madison County’

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, and first adapted into a popular Clint Eastwood/Meryl Streep movie, Aurora Theatre’s polished musical version of “The Bridges of Madison County” tells the emotional story of a love affair between two lost soul mates who find each other in the middle of nowhere, however briefly. They meet in rural Iowa circa 1965. Francesca...