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Sunday Living & Arts


‘Eyes on the Island’ a gothic tale of biblical proportions

There are many eyes on the island in “Eyes on the Island,” Atlanta writer Frank Reddy’s Spanish moss thriller, dark with biblical conflict. Scuttling ghost crabs with eyes on stalks feast on bits of human brain. The eyes of the Lord, equally indifferent, hover above remote Muskogee Island, “watching the storm brew.” It’s as if God despises his creation, and, in...
Drink hot toddies and spiked cocoa at these 8 Atlanta bars

Drink hot toddies and spiked cocoa at these 8 Atlanta bars

Alpine Dreams at Yebo Ski Haus pairs hot chocolate with green chartreuse. Photo: Heidi Geldhauser While Atlanta rarely dips below 20 degrees, our damp, gray winter days lingering in the 40s gets in the bones.
The holidays are a great time to preserve family recipes

The holidays are a great time to preserve family recipes

Six easy steps to preserve family recipes Of all the food stories I have written, the one most meaningful to me is titled “From Poland, With Love.” My dad’s Polish mother passed away long before I was conceived, so when I embarked on the project, she wasn’t available for kitchen consultation. Nor had her recipe been written down. But my dad and my aunt, as well as some Polish...
Marcel to open today after injuries outside restaurant due to railing collapse

Marcel to open today after injuries outside restaurant due to railing collapse

Famous Pub closing in Toco Hill after 30 years

Famous Pub closing in Toco Hill after 30 years

Patrons play pool at Famous Pub. / AJC file photo An Atlanta institution is closing its doors. Famous Pub, which has been open in the Toco Hill Promenade at 2947 N Druid Hills Road NE since 1986, addressed the closure on Facebook: Owner Tony Trzos bought the spot in 1986 when it was still Discount Deli, and turned it into its current incarnation, which shows nearly every sport on its more than 50 televisions...
Exploring Atlanta’s kosher restaurant and food scene

Exploring Atlanta’s kosher restaurant and food scene

Dining options for vegetarians, though improving, are somewhat limited in Atlanta. Moreso for vegans. But, when it comes to eating out, those who adhere to a kosher diet, the Jewish dietary laws of kashrut, are even more restricted. There are just a handful of eateries, and only one full-service, sit-down kosher-certified restaurant, in all of Atlanta. Maybe you’re curious about the variety...
Rethinking the sandwich game: Duluth is site for new concept Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery

Rethinking the sandwich game: Duluth is site for new concept Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery

  Schlotzsky’s sandwich shop is launching a new concept, Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, in Duluth.
Tierras Alto now closed in Virginia-Highland

Tierras Alto now closed in Virginia-Highland

Photo from Tierras Alto’s Facebook page Mexican restaurant Tierras Alto has closed its doors in Virginia-Highland.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is coming to Atlanta

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is coming to Atlanta

Photo from Hattie B’s Facebook page Here’s some news that’lll heat you up — Nashville standby Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is opening its first Atlanta location.
Atlanta Ballet’s John Welker will take final bow after 24-year career

Atlanta Ballet’s John Welker will take final bow after 24-year career

Sprawled out upon the floor minutes before a scene rehearsal, John Welker, 40, stretches and contorts his body. After all, he doesn’t want to hurt himself when he’s just weeks from hanging up the ballet shoes for good.  “I’m not the young pup anymore,” Welker said. “I used to be the youngest when I first joined the company. Now I’m one of the oldest company...
8 new picture books for little readers

8 new picture books for little readers

For lap listeners, bedtime storytelling and young readers, here are eight new, recommended picture books this holiday season. A little boy knows the alphabet, but can’t write words. His big sister encourages him: “Every story starts with a single word, and every word starts with a single letter…” The boy’s story may be mostly squiggles, but the door has...
Make One Eared Stag’s pancakes with in-season buckwheat

Make One Eared Stag’s pancakes with in-season buckwheat

Find a farmer around metro Atlanta and chances are good, if she’s growing buckwheat, she’s growing it as a green manure crop. Buckwheat grows in poor soil, it’s not subject to many diseases or pests and it adds nitrogen to the soil if it’s tilled into the ground. But at Gilliam’s Community Garden in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Oakland City, buckwheat is grown...
Holiday baking made simple

Holiday baking made simple

Like many people, I grew up in a world where holiday baking, candy-making and cooking-swapping seemed as mandatory as shopping for gifts and putting up a tree. My grandmother baked old-school fruit cakes, whiskey-soaked Lane Cakes and towering Japanese Fruit Cakes. My mother stayed up until the wee hours concocting snow-white Divinity candy (sometimes dyed pink or green, always topped with half a...
Learn to make Rreal Tacos’ cilantro salad dressing, just the way Grandma made it

Learn to make Rreal Tacos’ cilantro salad dressing, just the way Grandma made it

Rreal Taco’s chef and owner Adrian Villarreal was happy to provide not only the recipe but the story behind it. “I’m often a home body. Watch a movie, cook something, finishing a project or just chill at home is more appealing than going out. That has been true for a long time. When I was a young teenager I would ask my parents if I could stay at home to cook for us so we could eat...
Free cinnamon biscuit Wednesday morning at this chain restaurant

Free cinnamon biscuit Wednesday morning at this chain restaurant

Get a free cinnamon biscuit today. Photo credit: Bojangles’. Start your morning off with a free cinnamon biscuit at participating Bojangles’ in metro Atlanta on Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.
Which holiday favorites you’ll find on stages around metro Atlanta

Which holiday favorites you’ll find on stages around metro Atlanta

For all that is festive about the upcoming holiday, it can be a trying time for certain theatergoers: Dare to complain about the been-there, done-that, seen-it-all-before aspect to most of the offerings on the local scene this month, and you risk being labeled some kind of a Scrooge. In the spirit of the season, though, suffice it to say that for every returning “Christmas Carol,” &ldquo...
PizzaFire coming to Town Brookhaven

PizzaFire coming to Town Brookhaven

A new spot for pizza is coming to the Town Brookhaven development.
Pork rinds are the hidden gem at this barbecue joint

Pork rinds are the hidden gem at this barbecue joint

The pork rinds at Bub-Ba-Q. The restaurant has locations in Jasper and Woodstock, Ga. Photo by Ligaya Figueras Dish of the Week: Pork rinds at Bub-Ba-Q William Latimer, aka Bubba, is a heavily decorated competition barbecue pitmaster, but he sure has something special going with the pork rinds he serves at his restaurants.
Eat and party in Atlanta: open bar party, ugly Christmas sweater celebration, more

Eat and party in Atlanta: open bar party, ugly Christmas sweater celebration, more

Experience Spain in Buckhead with specialty cocktails and half-priced bottles of wine. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates.
Free hot fudge cake today at this popular chain restaurant

Free hot fudge cake today at this popular chain restaurant

Say yum to the holiday season with a free slice of hot fudge cake at Shoney’s today. Photo credit: 150 PR.
Review: Theatrical Outfit’s splashy ‘Big Fish’ flounders a bit

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s splashy ‘Big Fish’ flounders a bit

It’s only a matter of time before someone in “Big Fish” inevitably refers to the protagonist of the piece — a larger-than-life spinner of tall tales from a quaint little Alabama town — as the proverbial “big fish in a small pond.” The same could probably be said about the terrific Travis Smith, who assumes the role in The script (by John August) spans many...
Review: Benjamin Britton’s solo show plays with paint’s possibilities

Review: Benjamin Britton’s solo show plays with paint’s possibilities

ART REVIEW Strange times call for strange art, and Benjamin Britton’s sublime, hypnotic paintings certainly fit the bill. Like an episode of “Black Mirror” played out in paint, Britton’s paintings shred our sense of reality and perspective, turning the world into a fun house mirror. We see slivers of the knowable universe, sprinkled like jimmies, throughout Britton’s...
6 metro Atlanta restaurants and farms selling Christmas hams

6 metro Atlanta restaurants and farms selling Christmas hams

Photo credit: The Fresh Market BY ZACHARY HANSEN The transition from Thanksgiving turkeys to Christmas and holiday hams has begun.
FEED fried chicken restaurant coming to Braves ballpark project The Battery Atlanta

FEED fried chicken restaurant coming to Braves ballpark project The Battery Atlanta

Chef and restaurateur Marc Taft Another restaurant has been added to the roster of eateries coming to The Battery, the entertainment development opening adjacent to the Braves’ SunTrust Field in 2017.
8 great books for young readers

8 great books for young readers

For the middle grade to young adult reader on your holiday gift-giving list, here are eight recommended books, several with a Southern connection. Georgia author Kate Beasley stirred up a publishing bidding war with her humorous and heartfelt debut Gertie Foy, as spunky as the star of Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” books. Gertie’s estranged mother skipped out when Gertie was a baby...
BLT Steak closing at W Atlanta – Downtown

BLT Steak closing at W Atlanta – Downtown

Bone in Ribeye steak at BLT Steak. / AJC file photo BLT Steak is closing at W Atlanta – Downtown at the end of the year.
Shared kitchen facility PREP Atlanta announces $7 million expansion

Shared kitchen facility PREP Atlanta announces $7 million expansion

Atlanta-based shared kitchen facility PREP will convert 33,000 square feet of office space into production space for culinary entrepreneurs.
Alino Pizzeria to open at Mall of Georgia

Alino Pizzeria to open at Mall of Georgia

5 gift books sure to dazzle this holiday season

5 gift books sure to dazzle this holiday season

This season’s crop of coffee-table books delivers more than just pretty pictures. For the person on your gift-giving list who has everything, consider one of these books designed to inspire, entertain and educate. From the University of Georgia Press, “Inspired Georgia” takes a thoughtful look at our state through the prism of poems and photographs by writers and artists with ties...
A very vintage Christmas in author’s Avondale Estates home

A very vintage Christmas in author’s Avondale Estates home

The handmade stockings on Kathy Hogan Trocheck’s mantel gave her a gift that means everything to an author. Trocheck, who writes under the pen name Mary Kay Andrews, faced writer’s block as the deadline approached for her 2016 novel, “The Weekenders.” Unable to put words on paper, she craved a creative outlet. “I was supposed to be working on ‘The Weekenders,&rsquo...
Author events, Dec. 4-10

Author events, Dec. 4-10

The Bard and Song: Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young and Jericho Brown. Steve Twomey, “Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack.” Dan A. Aldridge Jr., “To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia.” Gavin Edwards, “The Tao of Bill Murray: Real Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing.” Jordan Flaherty, “No More Heroes...
These two metro Atlanta restaurants made a list of 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2016

These two metro Atlanta restaurants made a list of 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2016

Grilled Louisiana andouille sausage with fried chicken, Cajun remoulade, chow-chow, peanuts and celery at Antebellum.
Atlanta author shares strategies for living life to the fullest in new book and training series

Atlanta author shares strategies for living life to the fullest in new book and training series

Two decades ago, Sheri Riley was a twenty-something making six figures as a record industry executive in Atlanta. She was living the dream she’d first hatched as a teen in Richmond, Kentucky to move to Atlanta and work in the music industry.
Review: See Alliance’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ now, or it will haunt you

Review: See Alliance’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ now, or it will haunt you

The next time you see a lonely soul, shut off from the warmth of the world, don’t judge. Read closely the text of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Follow carefully David H. Bell’s magnificent Alliance Theatre treatment of the Victorian text. And you will see that the crusty, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is a man with a broken heart. But in life as in literature, man&rsquo...
Free Starbucks cider and coffee, free Establishment cocktails during Midtown party today

Free Starbucks cider and coffee, free Establishment cocktails during Midtown party today

Check out trees, drinks cocktails, hot cider and coffee at this Midtown holiday party. Photo credit: Colony Square.
Learn how to decorate the perfect holiday cookies this weekend at this Atlanta bakery

Learn how to decorate the perfect holiday cookies this weekend at this Atlanta bakery

When it comes to holiday cookies, as long as they taste delicious, we’re happy. But there’s something about a well-decorated cookie that really puts us in the holiday mood.
Atlanta dining deal: free doughnuts in Buckhead tomorrow

Atlanta dining deal: free doughnuts in Buckhead tomorrow

Buy one, get one free doughnut at Bon Glaze in Buckhead. Photo credit: Sara Hanna. What’s better than one doughnut?
Love, lust and longing abide in ‘Virgin and Other Stories’

Love, lust and longing abide in ‘Virgin and Other Stories’

“Do you really think people change, or just seem to change?” This seemingly innocent question is posed by Sheila, an evangelical Christian, to her husband Jake, who she can no longer bear to sleep with, in the title story of April Ayers Lawson’s dazzling debut collection, “Virgin and Other Stories.” Jake senses the duplicitous tone of his wife’s query. For Sheila...
5 of the best places for pie outside the Perimeter

5 of the best places for pie outside the Perimeter

Crave Pie Studio specializes in baking mini artisan pies made from fresh seasonal ingredients. Photo by Emily Marie Schultz Photography Pies are undeniably one of the best desserts of the holiday season.
Get a kick out of the stuffed peppers at this new Atlanta pizza spot

Get a kick out of the stuffed peppers at this new Atlanta pizza spot

Lessons from a tour with Atlanta’s barbecue guru

Lessons from a tour with Atlanta’s barbecue guru

BARBECUE CLUB Many of us who think in excess about food go through stages of obsession. Right now, I’m having a moment with barbecue. In September, I joined a team that competed in the Atlanta Kosher Barbecue competition How did the Massachusetts native, who has called Atlanta home since attending college at Emory University, catch the barbecue fever? “I don’t know. I just love barbecue...
Meet the ‘Top Chef’ contestants with Atlanta ties

Meet the ‘Top Chef’ contestants with Atlanta ties

Bravo’s “Top Chef” has become something of a cable television juggernaut since it launched in 2006, spawning several spinoffs and all-star editions.
Life with Gracie: How dying taught Cobb attorney what it meant to live life fully

Life with Gracie: How dying taught Cobb attorney what it meant to live life fully

REMEMBERING SHERRI Sherri Graves Smith was as sick as she could be, but her college roommate and one of her best friends Veleta Rogers was about to get married and she had no intention of missing it. She knew Rogers would’ve understood if she backed out, but Smith had never let a friend down and she wasn’t about to do it now. And so she endured the three-hour drive from her home in Marietta...
Holiday season day trips from Atlanta

Holiday season day trips from Atlanta

You don't have to get too far out of town to visit some of the state's best attractions. Add these day trips to your calendar this holiday season. Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary. Ice skate at Lake Oconee. Get tacky and set a record at Six Flags Over Georgia. Feast your eyes on illuminated ruins. Play in the snow at Stone Mountain Park. Go south and enjoy a fantasy land. Throughout <script...
20 best things to do in Atlanta this Christmas

20 best things to do in Atlanta this Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and there are many magical activities around Atlanta this holiday season. Whether you already have special traditions or are looking to make some new ones, here is our ultimate guide to the holidays in Atlanta. Cross all of these events and actitivities off of your holiday to-do list and you're sure to have a holly jolly season. You won't want to miss a thing...
Theater review: Ralphie in pursuit of a BB gun, with song and dance

Theater review: Ralphie in pursuit of a BB gun, with song and dance

For a holiday that has infused Western culture with garish decorations, cheerful carols and sweet confections, Christmas hasn’t exactly birthed a multitude of enduring pop-culture entertainments. But in 1983, a quirky movie about a bespectacled kid named Ralphie insinuated its way into the jaded heart of America. Ralphie dreams of finding a BB gun under the Christmas tree, and his journey is...
2 Chainz’ Escobar Restaurant and Tapas to open in Atlanta next week

2 Chainz’ Escobar Restaurant and Tapas to open in Atlanta next week

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, shown is getting into the restaurant and lounge business with Escobar.Robb D.
The year in cookbooks

The year in cookbooks

Ever wondered how we go about picking the cookbooks we cover in this newspaper? And, of the dozens of new cookbooks that arrive in the mail, day in and day out, how we choose the year’s best? I’d love to tell you that it’s an orderly, systematic process: that we scrutinize every word and test every recipe; attach score sheets to every cover; grade every volume as if it were a math...
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to read his poetry in Atlanta

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to read his poetry in Atlanta

Richard Blanco The event is set to run from 7-9 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive NW in Atlanta. Tickets are free, but a $15 donation is recommended. Find tickets The child of Cuban exiles, Blanco often raises questions about cultural identity in his poetry: What is home? Where do I belong? He read his poem “One Today” at President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony in January...
Review: 2 artists at Hathaway look at nature in its diversity

Review: 2 artists at Hathaway look at nature in its diversity

ART REVIEW John Folsom’s images of Southern landscapes capture the Spanish moss-draped live oaks standing sentinel on lonely back roads, the marshy inlets and places overtaken by the wild rampage of marauding kudzu. Even if the specific locales aren’t known, they are familiar. They are the wild, overgrown, blindingly green places that form the backdrop to Southerners’ lives. In Folsom&rsquo...
10 champagne cocktails to sip this holiday season

10 champagne cocktails to sip this holiday season

Why choose between a glass of bubbly and a cocktail when you can have the best of both worlds? These champagne and bubble-licious cocktails are perfect for celebrating the season across Atlanta -- a little fizz, a little spice, something naughty and something nice. Sparklehorse 999 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309; 404-541-1105,  Why choose a champagne-based cocktail? "Champagnes and...
Get 99-cent smoothies today to celebrate Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Brookhaven opening

Get 99-cent smoothies today to celebrate Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Brookhaven opening

Treat yourself to an inexpensive smoothie today, courtesy of a new Brookhaven spot.
Buy This: 3 experiences of a lifetime to give an Atlanta food lover

Buy This: 3 experiences of a lifetime to give an Atlanta food lover

Treat your foodie friend to a special day at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market with chef Kevin Gillespie.
New novel coming from ‘Girl on the Train’ author

New novel coming from ‘Girl on the Train’ author

NEW YORK — The British author of “The Girl on the Train” will next tell a tale of murder in a riverside town. Riverhead Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Paula Hawkins’ “Into the Water” is a suspense novel about family secrets and “the slipperiness of truth” that will be published May 2. The plot centers on the discovery of the bodies of...
Photos: Grant Park renovation and home tour appearance years in the making

Photos: Grant Park renovation and home tour appearance years in the making

Rob Smith and Carl Mattison rebuilt their historical Grant Park home in time for the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes.
Private Quarters: Grant Park renovation and home tour appearance years in the making

Private Quarters: Grant Park renovation and home tour appearance years in the making

Rob Smith and Carl Mattison’s favorite piece of furniture is not your typical item. Instead, it’s the custom wood range hood designed to match their 111-year-old home’s original windows and doors.
Twisted Soul to open this weekend in West Midtown

Twisted Soul to open this weekend in West Midtown

Chef Deborah VanTrece is reopening Twisted Soul. / Photo by Henri Hollis. Ready to get Twisted? Chef Deborah VanTrece will open Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours this Saturday, Dec.
Take a look at the menu for Cast Iron, now open in Old Fourth Ward

Take a look at the menu for Cast Iron, now open in Old Fourth Ward

Cast Iron has opened its doors in Old Fourth Ward.
10 recipe ideas for holiday party punch

10 recipe ideas for holiday party punch

Get out your Christmas sweaters and festive dinnerware: Holiday party season is coming up fast. And hosts know how stressful this time of year is. From menu planning to DIY decorations, there's enough to do. Save yourself from bartending all night and provide a large bowl of punch. (It makes for a beautiful centerpiece.) We're punch drunk in love with these easy festive non-alcoholic recipes. If you...
Where Atlanta food lovers should shop on Black Friday (and beyond)

Where Atlanta food lovers should shop on Black Friday (and beyond)

Treat yourself to the Timballo from Storico Fresco. If you love food — and really, who doesn’t?
Answering questions about property taxes

Answering questions about property taxes

John Adams is a real estate broker, investor and author. He answers real estate questions every Sunday at 3 p.m. on WGKA-920 AM. He welcomes your comments at Money99.com, where you will find an expanded video version of this column. My recent column on property tax returns generated quite a few good questions on the topic of property tax reduction in Georgia. Here are some of the best: Q: You have...
Pre-Thanksgiving party with $5 drinks and more at this Midtown spot

Pre-Thanksgiving party with $5 drinks and more at this Midtown spot

Grab a specialty drink and kick off your holiday festivities at Edgar’s Proof and Provision’s pre-Thanksgiving party.
Atlantan shares tragic story of loss in the new ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles’

Atlantan shares tragic story of loss in the new ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels and Miracles’

Designer’s Virginia-Highland tour home has timeless family vibe

Designer’s Virginia-Highland tour home has timeless family vibe

For Eryn Houck, home is where her children are; so it comes as no surprise that her two sons and daughter figured prominently in renovations to her Craftsman bungalow. Although the home retained original elements, like a fireplace and picture molding, the changes created extra living spaces, such as a finished attic playroom for the children. The designer also turned her sons’ obsession with...
Biography of Krazy Kat creator reads between the (color) lines

Biography of Krazy Kat creator reads between the (color) lines

Have you ever wondered why Mickey Mouse and other iconic cartoon characters wear white gloves? Author Michael Tisserand suggests a credible — and uncomfortable — explanation in “Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White,” a hefty new biography of the comic art pioneer. He notes that early newspaper comics often borrowed their mischief makers and other characters from...
Southern-made food gifts you can order online

Southern-made food gifts you can order online

From sweets to treats, send a taste of the South to your favorite cooks and eaters on your holiday “give” list. The mother-son team behind Columbus-based Southern Straws uses a cherished family recipe to create its old-fashioned cheese straws in three flavors: the best-selling original cheddar, mild and spicy. A three-ounce bag of the crispy, bite-size wafers is $6. A one-pound bag is...
‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ coming to Fox for first time

‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ coming to Fox for first time

The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2012, will take the stage The infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are some of the iconic moments that will come to life on stage in this musical warmly received by audiences and critics. At the time of its release in 1983, “A Christmas Story” was considered a sleeper that attracted...
Best foodie events: Black Friday deals, fight party, free Uber rides in metro Atlanta

Best foodie events: Black Friday deals, fight party, free Uber rides in metro Atlanta

Head to Ponce City Market this weekend and get a free ride thanks to Uber. Photo credit: Blue Hominy PR.
Zac Brown Band celebrated with Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit

Zac Brown Band celebrated with Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit

NASHVILLE – The Zac Brown Band isn’t the first group to be honored with an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — the Oak Ridge Boys and Statler Brothers preceded them — but they own the rights to a couple of other distinctions.
New shops in Atlanta reflect indie bookstores making a comeback

New shops in Atlanta reflect indie bookstores making a comeback

That there’s a space specializing in the areas of food, wine, art and design on the Westside — home to many of Atlanta’s contemporary art galleries and its trendiest high-end restaurants — isn’t surprising. That it’s a bookstore, perhaps, is. Opened just over a year ago in a loftlike locale with exposed brick walls and concrete floors, standard thanks to the area&rsquo...
Great side dishes enhance your turkey, tradition

Great side dishes enhance your turkey, tradition

Is your Thanksgiving menu set in stone or do you have some room for flexibility? Maybe you have a tried and true turkey recipe, a preference for the form of cranberries you serve and definite feelings about the right dessert to top off the meal. The side dishes are the one place many folks feel it’s safe to play around. For Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow, Revival and Communion, Thanksgiving dinner...
Art review: Mystery abounds in emerging artist Tommy Nease’s photos

Art review: Mystery abounds in emerging artist Tommy Nease’s photos

ART REVIEW Photographer Tommy Nease’s images resemble something channeled from the subconscious directly into a photograph. Like the dream sequence in an Alfred Hitchcock film, Nease’s silver gelatin photographs of a woman pierced by an arrow, a boulder balanced on a hillside, a body curled up into itself surrounded by a halo of light are visitations from another reality. In his black-and...
Tiff’s Treats coming to Decatur and other Atlanta food and restaurant news from the week

Tiff’s Treats coming to Decatur and other Atlanta food and restaurant news from the week

Tiff’s Treats is set to open in Sandy Springs in December and in Decatur in 2017. Here are the restaurant openings and closings, news and things to cook, eat, drink and buy from this week: Openings and closings Tiff’s Treats warm cookie delivery company has announced a Dec.
Eat food from some of Atlanta’s best chefs, do good with tickets to Team Hidi fundraier

Eat food from some of Atlanta’s best chefs, do good with tickets to Team Hidi fundraier

Chef Ryan Smith of Staplehouse is one of 50 chefs who will be cooking food fofr the Team Hidi fundraiser, (Chris Hunt/Special) Who doesn’t love the opportunity to eat delicious food for a good cause?
Use this Turkey Cubano recipe to bring everyone together on Thanksgiving

Use this Turkey Cubano recipe to bring everyone together on Thanksgiving

Special ‘Cuban-style’ dinner turkey prepared by David Benoit. (Chris Hunt/Special) AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras recently spent time with David Benoit and his family at their Tucker home as Benoit went through a Thanksgiving dinner run-through in preparation for the big event.
Kids eat free and 2-for-1 appetizers for adults at this Decatur restaurant

Kids eat free and 2-for-1 appetizers for adults at this Decatur restaurant

Kids eat free and adults can order two-for-one appetizers at Wahoo! Grill. Photo credit: Emily Cameron.
John Lewis says he cried after winning National Book Award

John Lewis says he cried after winning National Book Award

U.S. Rep. John Lewis He may have been denied access to books that time, but on Wednesday, the civil rights veteran and Freedom Rider received one of the nation’s most prestigious literary honors — the  The graphic novel, written with Atlanta native  “It’s unreal. It’s unbelievable,” Lewis said in a telephone interview Thursday. He jumped, “then I...
Take a look at the menu for Ludacris’ Chicken + Beer, now open at Hartsfield-Jackson

Take a look at the menu for Ludacris’ Chicken + Beer, now open at Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta – Hip-hop artist Ludacris performs at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during the Honda Battle of the Bands, January 30, 2016.
Former Atlanta Falcons player bringing restaurant and dog park bar to Old Fourth Ward

Former Atlanta Falcons player bringing restaurant and dog park bar to Old Fourth Ward

Stephen Ochs and Garrett Reynolds are opening Fetch in Old Fourth Ward. There’ll be something new to bark about in Atlanta next year.
John Lewis wins National Book Award

John Lewis wins National Book Award

Rep. John Lewis Lewis choked up Wednesday as he accepted the award for “March: Book Three,” written with Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune “This is unreal,” Lewis said, according to the Star Tribune. “This is unbelievable. I grew up in rural Alabama, very, very poor, very few books in that home.” Colson Whitehead...
Georgia’s rural churches get reverential treatment in new book

Georgia’s rural churches get reverential treatment in new book

What started as two old friends’ jaunts into the country to find old churches has turned into something worthy of any coffee table. “Historic Rural Churches of Georgia” The partial result of their road trips is a publication showcasing 47 houses of worship. They are located in the green folds of the mountains, in pine-dotted coastal forests and in forested tracts far from any interstate...
Chick-fil-A flies above the competition—again

Chick-fil-A flies above the competition—again

Even after ditching coleslaw and  The  Chick-fil-A’s ACSI score increased by 1 percent to 87 this year, based on ACSI metrics on the restaurant’s perceived quality, customer loyalty and customer complaints. Nearly all fast food chains included in the survey saw gains in customer satisfaction,  "Americans are now spending more money dining out than shopping for groceries...
5 places to buy Thanksgiving dinner to go in metro Atlanta

5 places to buy Thanksgiving dinner to go in metro Atlanta

Pre-order a Thanksgiving feast from Serpas True Food. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Planning a big Thanksgiving dinner is for the birds.
Ibtisam Barakat, Palestinian memoirist, to speak at rights center

Ibtisam Barakat, Palestinian memoirist, to speak at rights center

Ibtisam Barakat is a Palestinian poet and autobiographer Her newest book, “Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine,” published last month, continues the story of her girlhood, from elementary school through high school. Barakat, 53, will discuss the book at 3 p.m. Sunday at the An American citizen since 1992, Barakat lives in Columbia, Mo., She spoke recently about her childhood...
Chutneys blend sweet with sour for incredible fall flavors

Chutneys blend sweet with sour for incredible fall flavors

Some tips on making chutney at home: How do we know it’s fall? It’s getting dark way too early in the evening, for one thing. And the sidewalk is starting to feel way too chilly beneath my bare toes when I walk outside to pick up my morning newspaper, for another. But mostly, it’s about the changing guard of flavors, which in autumn make a slow slide from the bright, sunny savor...
Private Quarters: City cottage in College Park showcases school spirit

Private Quarters: City cottage in College Park showcases school spirit

Lionel Richie still dazzles at Las Vegas residency

Lionel Richie still dazzles at Las Vegas residency

  Lionel Richie rolls through the hits in Las Vegas. Photo: Denise Truscello LAS VEGAS – Even those with only a passing knowledge of Lionel Richie knows that the man is a human jukebox.
City cottage in College Park showcases school spirit

City cottage in College Park showcases school spirit

Before renovating a Craftsman home in College Park, Dr. Clara Truesdell decided she might as well make changes to the layout so she could see her kids walk to Woodward Academy.
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River attracts Atlanta gamblers one year in

Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River attracts Atlanta gamblers one year in

HOW TO GET THERE MURPHY, N.C. — It’s a few minutes before midnight on a Thursday, but it sounds more like a weekend crowd at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. A cluster of 20-somethings pack a $10 blackjack table. A few yards away, the excited yelps of a craps winner pierce the air over a soundtrack of inoffensive Top 40 hits from the ’80s and ’90s. Those who prefer the...
Co-productions let metro Atlanta theaters split costs, extend reach

Co-productions let metro Atlanta theaters split costs, extend reach

Theater is often described as a collaborative art form, and actions speak even louder than words. Consider a number of recent co-productions that could be called a win-win-win-win situation — not only for both of the respective theater companies involved, in terms of allowing them to split the production costs and share in the box-office revenues of a particular show, but also for both of their...
Kendall Jenner deletes Instagram account, releases second novel

Kendall Jenner deletes Instagram account, releases second novel

Unconventional centerpieces can surprise on holiday

Unconventional centerpieces can surprise on holiday

With the holidays almost upon us, it is time to start thinking about how to dress the table. China, flatware and stemware take center stage, but so do the centerpieces. This holiday season, instead of going with the traditional, why not try the unconventional? Organic elements such as moss, grass, river stones and succulents — elements you may not normally think of during the Thanksgiving holiday...
Best food events: beer and yoga, chili cook-off and more in metro Atlanta

Best food events: beer and yoga, chili cook-off and more in metro Atlanta

Do yoga and drink beer during a fun-filled class at Second Self Beer Company. Photo credit: Annalise Kaylor.
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