Sunday Living & Arts


From pain, a purpose

Dorsey Jones was once a fixture on her father’s shoulder. That was her baby seat, most places Henry Jones went. And she was his world, his only child. Perched up there, Dorsey — born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Thanksgiving Day 1970 — would often try to comb his hair. At least that’s what his family told her. She hasn’t a single memory of her dad.  While crabbing...


Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Salon owners find their ideal ranch home in Gwinnett

Leslie McCoy’s ideal home was a ranch — not a midcentury ranch, but new construction. Two-story homes were prominent, though, in the new Gwinnett County neighborhoods where she searched. “Looking for a ranch and new build I thought was going to be impossible,” she said. With a baby on the way, she and her husband were determined to find a one-level home after living in...
Three finds worth buying

Three finds worth buying

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder Formulated to appear invisible on the skin, the Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder ($29, Sephora) keeps skin looking beautiful while also blotting away excess oil. The instant matte powder, which is the newest addition to Von D’s Lock-It collection, can be used both as a setting powder for your foundation and to touch up your face throughout the day. First impression...
The only ATL restaurant where you can’t get angry at the staff

The only ATL restaurant where you can’t get angry at the staff

Atlanta doesn’t lack for brunch spots, but when I awoke recently on a Sunday morning, wishing I could hit the pause button on a dizzying 24/7 news cycle, I longed for a brunch that would feed my soul. I needed a place where the food would be good, but the community better. Feel-good came in the form of Café 458. Café 458 is a Sundays-only brunch spot at 458 Edgewood Ave. in...
Cobblers and kin reign in Southern ovens

Cobblers and kin reign in Southern ovens

In rural Texas where my mother grew up, there was often no money for the expense of baking a cake, but a pie or cobbler was something easy to make, especially in the summer when fresh fruits were abundant. No matter how hot it was, fruit pies were easily thrown together and didn’t cost nearly as much in time or ingredients as a cake might have. Pies are a special part of Southern gastronomy...
Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

Review: Doug’s Place serves down-home, country-style cooking in Emerson

When you live in Atlanta and get assigned to review a country-cooking spot up Lake Allatoona way, and invite a friend and her 15-year-old son to come along, you don’t expect them to text back: “We love that place!” As it turns out, Doug’s Place Restaurant, a Southern meat-and-three diner just off I-75 in Emerson, is a favorite spot of my friends, Jodi and Sam, who reside in...
Author Events July 30-August 5

Author Events July 30-August 5

Writers @ The Wrecking Bar, “Atlanta Noir.” To launch the long-awaited Atlanta version of this groundbreaking series, editor Tayari Jones joins Daniel Black, Jim Grimsley, Anthony Grooms, Jennifer Harlow, John Holman, Dallas Hudgens, Kenji Jasper, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, David James Poissant, and Gillian Royes to read, discuss, and answer questions about the stories, each set in a...
VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best late-night spot in Atlanta?

Night owls rejoice, as you too can find exceptional dining, cocktails and entertainment during your prime waking hours. This week’s Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you choose to frequent after midnight. Spend an evening at these five quintessential dive bars in Atlanta. Here are some alternatives to Waffle House when you're bored in Atlanta at 2 a.m. In case you needed any...
Would the Michael Jackson trial jurors convict him if they voted today?

Would the Michael Jackson trial jurors convict him if they voted today?

Michael Jackson’s infamous mugshot — and the media frenzy surrounding his 2005 child molestation trial — will forever be burned into the collective pop culture consciousness, but the events of the media circus that accompanied the high-profile court case have lingered in the minds of the 12 jurors who ultimately decided the fate of an icon as the world watched in awe (and, for some...
Atlanta arts groups promote postcard campaign to protect NEA funding

Atlanta arts groups promote postcard campaign to protect NEA funding

Georgia arts organizations, stung by the president’s plan to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (among other federal arts programs), are fighting back with a postcard-writing campaign. More than a dozen Atlanta-based groups will offer blank postcards to patrons, along with the addresses of the state’s U.S. representatives. Signage in some locations will describe the financial...
How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

Laura Moss was volunteering for a cat rescue group when one day she discovered a note and a tiny blue harness dangling beside the cage. The instructions at the local pet store where adoptions were taking place: Take the orange tabby on a walk. Much to her surprise, the skinny ginger seemed comfortable on a leash and knew right where he wanted to go, exploring aisles devoted to cat food, and later...
One financial pro thinks you should stop taking advice from Suze Orman

One financial pro thinks you should stop taking advice from Suze Orman

Usually we hear about beefs in the entertainment industry, but what happens when financial gurus go at one another? Suze Orman has long reigned as a financial pro offering up advice in books, on television and in magazines. But a fellow financial advisor now says he has an issue with Orman — six issues to be exact. Stacy Johnson, CPA and founder of Money Talks News, said he could...
Holy Taco pop-up hits East Atlanta Village this weekend

Holy Taco pop-up hits East Atlanta Village this weekend

The neighborhood of East Atlanta Village is quirky, eccentric and a plain ol' good time any night of the week. This weekend, the eternally hip community will gather to showcase all of its quirkiness for a good cause. Pop Up at Holy Taco's, beginning noon Sunday, July 23, will feature dozens of vendors, dj's and local artists seeking to raise money for community projects in EAV. The tight-knit...
9 recipes for quick, easy and healthy lunches to pack for your kids

9 recipes for quick, easy and healthy lunches to pack for your kids

You want to pack a healthy, appealing lunch for your kids every day. Problem is, it’s easy to fall into a lunch rut. Who hasn’t eaten the same turkey sandwich every day for a week? Experts say planning ahead and getting your kids involved into the process can go a long way in preparing a healthy, balanced — and enticing— school lunch. Here are six tips and nine recipes designed...
4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

Celebrate the end of a work week by venturing through Atlanta's much-anticipated and elite parties. Get ready to mix and mingle with locals, because there are plenty of parties happening this weekend that are too good to miss. From a glow-in-the-dark extravaganzas to a crawl dedicated to the dope decade that was the 1990s, there's plenty reason to pull out that 'fit you've been waiting to don for...
Review: Horizon’s ‘Blackberry Daze’ is ripe for summertime picking

Review: Horizon’s ‘Blackberry Daze’ is ripe for summertime picking

Ladies and gentleman: If ever you see a sleazy snake like Herman Camm slither into the room, make haste to protect all women and children. By turns vile, violent and yet somehow dangerously seductive to women of the species, Camm is the erotic and demonic epicenter of “Blackberry Daze,” a musical entertainment by Ruth P. Watson and Thomas W. Jones II. With a rollicking jazz, blues and...
Festival Under the Magnolia: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Festival Under the Magnolia: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Although it's hot and muggy out there, you can forget all about it while having a blast around town this weekend, Atlanta. Whether you enjoy crafting, going on a run or watching independent films, you'll find a little something for everyone to do around town.  Georgia Cares Color Me Free 5K Run. 8 a.m. Saturday, July 22. $40 per racer, free to watch. Due West United Methodist Church. 3956...
A fraught and ferocious debut

A fraught and ferocious debut

Atlanta author Christopher Swann doesn’t waste time in explaining the title of his tense debut novel. “Shadow of the Lions” begins with 18-year-old Matthias Glass staring down a pair of ferocious felines at the entrance of the Blackburne School in rural Virginia. The stone lions are as rigid and unforgiving as the institution itself, where breaking the honor code means immediate...
Most countries don’t refrigerate their eggs — why do Americans?

Most countries don’t refrigerate their eggs — why do Americans?

If you’ve ever shopped around supermarkets or homes in Europe or Asia, you may be surprised to find eggs stored outside the refrigerator. In fact, Americans are in the minority when it comes to refrigerating eggs. According to NPR, only a few other folks (like the Japanese, Australians and Scandinavians) are as “squeamish” as Americans when it comes to eggs. And according...
Americans are eating bacon faster than farmers can produce it

Americans are eating bacon faster than farmers can produce it

Do you love bacon? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? It’s flavorful, fatty, and (if cooked correctly, no debate on this point) crunchy. Americans. Love. Bacon. We love bacon so much, in fact, that demand has outpaced supply and prices for pork belly are hitting record highs. According to the Wall Street Journal, the price of the part of the pig used for bacon is up 80 percent this year...
True Colors’ ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ a delicious, wild ride

True Colors’ ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ a delicious, wild ride

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis has an abiding affection for characters living on the margins: the unemployed, the imprisoned, the drug-addled, the violent. By comparison to some of his frenetically paced earlier works, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner now onstage at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, seems kind of soft and sitcom-esque. At the center...
Atlanta’s coffee shops serve up java for Gens X, Y and Z

Atlanta’s coffee shops serve up java for Gens X, Y and Z

When I think about the bad old days of coffee in Atlanta, when you could still get away with selling a cup of hot black water fit for a gas station and call your place a cafe, I’m afraid I sound like an old man talking about walking 5 miles uphill both to and from school. To young ears, it might not sound real. A decade ago, you might have found yourself driving halfway across town in search...
Review: Jai Ho could use a little focus in showcasing flavors of India

Review: Jai Ho could use a little focus in showcasing flavors of India

When I first came to Atlanta in the ’80s, Little Five Points was where you went for Indian food. Then it seemed that all the city’s Indian restaurants were clustered around the intersection of Moreland and Euclid avenues. Every place had a similar menu of North Indian classics, and a cheap, set-price lunch menu that began with a cup of Mulligatawny soup and ended with a friendly, not-too-spicy...
6 spots that define the West Midtown scene

6 spots that define the West Midtown scene

 West Midtown (Westside), once largely industrial, is now a revitalized area of historical neighborhoods, retail and restaurants that will leave you with a full stomach and heart. It's growing even further with the development of the Atlanta Beltline's westside trail, venturing into territory that has before been less traveled. Step outside of your comfort zone, expand your horizons and...
Court allows Trump travel ban enforcement, but says it must allow broader exemptions

Court allows Trump travel ban enforcement, but says it must allow broader exemptions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to enforce its refugee ban for now, but said it must allow broader exemptions to the president's travel ban for family members, including grandparents. The justices in a short order refused the administration's request that it stay a lower court's decision that said the Trump administration had too severely interpreted...
'Hell on Earth': What Dunkirk was really like, according to men who were there

'Hell on Earth': What Dunkirk was really like, according to men who were there

Trapped on a French beach as German warplanes attacked, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops thought they were doomed. Many were. But in the spring of 1940, the Battle of Dunkirk turned out to be one of the most successful military evacuations in history, as the British Navy and civilian ship rescued 330,000 soldiers. Now, 77 years later, director Christopher Nolan’s new movie ...
Review: ‘Girls Trip’ is raucous, raunchy fun

Review: ‘Girls Trip’ is raucous, raunchy fun

Films about adult friends behaving badly aren’t exactly an endangered Hollywood genre. “Rough Night”, an R-rated comedy about a Miami bachelorette party gone wrong, hasn’t even been in theaters for a full month, and now, here comes Malcolm D. Lee’s “Girls Trip”, an R-rated comedy about a New Orleans getaway gone wrong. But although ...
‘The Beach House Cookbook’ offers easy breezy vacation recipes

‘The Beach House Cookbook’ offers easy breezy vacation recipes

The subtitle of “The Beach House Cookbook” by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s Press, $29.99) is “easy breezy recipes with a Southern accent.” For anyone who’s cooked for even a small crowd during a beach vacation, those words are as soothing as the sound of waves lapping against the shore on a summer evening. If you don’t know, Andrews is a New York Times...
Chicken, peaches make sauce together

Chicken, peaches make sauce together

an interesting thing happened on the way to delivering this recipe. It’s a one-pan dish that fuses a few spices and brown sugar with ripe peaches and that old weeknight standby — boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Prep work is minimal: Blanch the peaches, peel and slice them. Pound the chicken to an even thickness. Cut a lemon in half. The first time I tested it, the skinned peach slices...
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ camps at Actor’s Express

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ camps at Actor’s Express

From its modest origins as a low-budget 1960 cult film (directed by Roger Corman), to its splashy reincarnation as an off-Broadway musical in 1982 and its subsequently mainstream 1986 movie version (featuring songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman), “Little Shop of Horrors” certainly has stood the test of time. By now, for better or worse, most of us have seen and heard it all before &mdash...
Atlanta comedian/screenwriter turns her failures into funnies

Atlanta comedian/screenwriter turns her failures into funnies

Everyone’s life is full of missteps and mistakes, but while most people try to forget their less-than-stellar moments, Amy Lyle decided to put her foibles on full blast. In her recently released self-published book, “ The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures,” the Atlanta-based comedian and aspiring screenwriter documents several decades of stumbling through...
Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta. The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with...
Review: Roswell troupe’s ‘Ring of Fire’ doesn’t quite do Cash myth proud

Review: Roswell troupe’s ‘Ring of Fire’ doesn’t quite do Cash myth proud

Anything with Johnny Cash’s name attached to it is virtually guaranteed to draw a crowd. Case in point: Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s concert version of “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” which the Roswell playhouse has chosen to mount outdoors in its third summer-concert series at Chattahoochee Nature Center. The show apparently sold out before it could open last week...
Could Congress put horse meat back on the menu in America?

Could Congress put horse meat back on the menu in America?

WASHINGTON — It's taboo to eat horse in America. Anyone who wants to kill horses for human consumption in the United States will face plenty of obstacles — one of the biggest being Congress' ban on Department of Agriculture funding for horse meat inspections. But that may soon change: A panel in the House of Representatives has voted to lift restrictions on horse slaughter for...
Learn to make eggplant caponata from Barcelona Wine Bar

Learn to make eggplant caponata from Barcelona Wine Bar

From the menu of … Barcelona Wine Bar, 240 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta; 404-589-1010; barcelonawinebar.com Eggplant caponata is a classic dish of Sicily, a sweet-and-sour treatment for eggplant, which absorbs flavors so beautifully. There are many variations, but this one is notable for its use of honey. It’s a perfect make-ahead summer dish since you want to serve it at room...
Bordeaux estate makes fine wines naturally

Bordeaux estate makes fine wines naturally

The French have a notion that has no real counterpart in English for discussing a delicious wine. It is digestibilité, digestibility in English, a single word that, like terroir, connotes something far more complex. Digestibilité begins with deliciousness, but it also indicates wines that are easy to drink without weighing heavily in the gut. It’s an immediate, unmediated pleasure...
7 secret menu items from Atlanta restaurants you have to try

7 secret menu items from Atlanta restaurants you have to try

From “secret menus” at fast food cult destinations like In-N-Out Burger to “off-menu” items for regulars at fine dining restaurants, the idea of ordering a dish or a hack that’s unavailable unless you’re in the know holds an almost mystical allure. For fast food chains, secret items can create buzz in social media, as witnessed by the number of sites and even apps...
Author Events July 16-22

Author Events July 16-22

Susan Boyer, “Lowcountry Bonfire.” A woman who hires two PIs to find out what her husband is hiding becomes the prime suspect when he turns up dead. 2 p.m. July 16. Tea, signing. Free. Bookmiser-Roswell, 4651 Sandy Plains Road, Roswell, 770-993-1555, bookmiser.net Monica Hesse, “American Fire.” Washington Post reporter Hesse examines the five-month-long arson spree that...
Donjenna offers distinctive, hand-crafted pieces

Donjenna offers distinctive, hand-crafted pieces

Atlanta-based Donjenna offers contemporary, handcrafted home décor as art. And art as home décor. The founder & artist: Donjenna Yokley grew up Greeneville, Tennessee, and attended East Tennessee State University. She studied sculpture at the Atlanta College of Art and Georgia State University. In addition to her work as jeweler and sculptor, Yokley has worked at furniture trade shows...
4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

4 Atlanta underground parties to attend this weekend

Atlanta is in its peak summer season, and it's heating up with many reasons to venture out into the city. From day soirees to trivia nights, there's endless ways to enjoy the summer that will be sure to make you feel like your weekend was worth it. If you needed some help mapping out where the hottest upcoming parties are happening, we've got you covered. Here are the four of the top underground parties...
Crawl of Thrones, an epic Game of Thrones pub crawl, is coming to Atlanta

Crawl of Thrones, an epic Game of Thrones pub crawl, is coming to Atlanta

"Winter is coming" early to Atlanta with festivities devoted to the upcoming Game of Thrones season. MarksterCon is hosting a Crawl of Thrones that will span five pubs in Atlanta's Virginia Highland area at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14. The next night, Saturday, July 15, the celebration will continue with the Party of Thrones. Mark Baggett, founder of MarksterCon, which is a company...
Come hungry: 6 can’t-miss barbecue festivals in Georgia 

Come hungry: 6 can’t-miss barbecue festivals in Georgia 

The only thing better than the delicious smell and luscious taste of Georgia barbecue is having a whole festival dedicated to enjoying it. Late summer is prime barbecue festival time in the Atlanta area and surrounding regions. Even though the ever-popular Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival has announced it is postponing its usual late-summer gathering in favor of one in Spring 2018, die-hard smoked...
These animals can survive until the end of the Earth, astrophysicists say

These animals can survive until the end of the Earth, astrophysicists say

Tardigrades have a reputation as the toughest animals on the planet. Some of these microscopic invertebrates shrug off temperatures of minus 272 Celsius, one degree warmer than absolute zero. Other species can endure powerful radiation and the vacuum of space. In 2007, the European Space Agency sent 3,000 animals into low Earth orbit, where the tardigrades survived for 12 days on the outside...
Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

The Inn at Serenbe, located in planned community with 1,000 acres of preserve forestland, now offers a series of day retreats designed to offer a getaway from the pressures of daily life. Related: Free outdoor yoga in Atlanta Sunday Wellness, is a series of retreats led by Zoetic, the local wellness company at Serenbe. During a day filled with health and wellness, ...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

7/ 23 Family Sunday Gather the family for your own special recipe of Grilled Pork Loin. While the grill is hot, make Grilled Sriracha Cauliflower Steaks. Cut 1 head cauliflower into 1/2-inch-thick steaks, cutting through the core. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Place on medium grill. Turn after 5 minutes and brush with Sriracha sauce. Turn again after...
Learn to make twice-cooked potatoes from Rreal Tacos

Learn to make twice-cooked potatoes from Rreal Tacos

Last summer Ashley Rodgers left her job as farm manager for Serenbe Farms to start her new venture, Rodgers Greens and Roots Organic Farm in Campbellton, just south of Douglasville. She purchased 60 acres of land, with eight of those acres fronting the Chattahoochee River. Because much of the property is in the river’s flood plain, plans to farm the land and to build a greenhouse, high tunnels...
How a red velvet cupcake can help AIDS research

How a red velvet cupcake can help AIDS research

Whether you’re working hard on that summer bod or haven’t quite started yet, now’s a great time to take a break and indulge—and make the world a better place while you’re at it. For the month of July, Sprinkles Cupcakes is offering a gourmet red velvet cupcake adorned with an image of the actress-activist Elizabeth Taylor to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor...
Macon Symphony Orchestra to disband this fall

Macon Symphony Orchestra to disband this fall

The Macon Symphony Orchestra informed its patrons with a letter on its website that after 40 years of entertaining middle Georgia residents, it will be unstringing its violins and packing away its timpani. “It is my sad duty to communicate the news that the Macon Symphony Orchestra will be ending its existence after our October concert this fall,” wrote Bob Veto, board chair of the orchestra...
Restaurants think outside the box … about the box

Restaurants think outside the box … about the box

It used to be that a shipping container was used for just that — shipping stuff. Shipping containers employed at a restaurant — or as a restaurant? Not so much. Yet restaurant owners around Atlanta are thinking outside the box as they get creative with big metal boxes. Shipping containers are being converted into kitchens, bars and even connected like life-sized jigsaw puzzle pieces...
Georgia Tech professor finds how fire ants build wriggling Eiffel Tower-like columns

Georgia Tech professor finds how fire ants build wriggling Eiffel Tower-like columns

When floods sweep through the homes of fire ants, they either huddle into floating balls or build a tower reaching upward using the most immediate material available: themselves. Often, these venomous insects build these temporary structures around blades of grass or other flimsy structures. Don't tell the French, but these terrifying towers share many characteristics with the Eiffel Tower &mdash...
Review: Thai pop-up mixes classic technique with modern panache

Review: Thai pop-up mixes classic technique with modern panache

It’s about 7:30 on a Saturday night, and a stocky, bespectacled guy wearing a green T-shirt is hunched over a cutting board slicing scallions. The chef sprinkles the green onions on a dish of red catfish curry tossed with eggplant, green beans, lime basil and Thai lime leaves. Cupping the bowl in his hands, he moves from behind the counter to our table. He places the “pla duk pat prik...
Review: Whiskey Bird puts twist on traditional Japanese skewers

Review: Whiskey Bird puts twist on traditional Japanese skewers

If I had to guess which way of cooking meat is the oldest, which technique was favored by our loincloth-wearing, cave-dwelling ancestors, I would probably say “shoving hunks of meat on a stick and holding it over a fire.” It is a culinary invention that was spontaneously invented in dozens of places across the entire world. Skewered, charred meat might be called one thing in Nigeria or...
72 hours in Eleuthera

72 hours in Eleuthera

The idyllic island of Eleuthera is a curious place, free from the crowds, herds of cruise ship passengers, casinos and high-rises that plague many of its more popular Caribbean neighbors. It seems to make sense considering the island’s name is derived from the Greek word “eleutheros,” meaning freedom—something you’ll feel almost instantly as you arrive and begin to take...
Satisfy your cravings with these fries in Atlanta

Satisfy your cravings with these fries in Atlanta

One of the most common dishes in America, the humble French fry, is finally getting its due.  Atlanta chefs are looking at the deep-fried potato with new eyes, and promoting it from side dish to main star.  887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta What does one of the best burgers in Atlanta need to be complete? A perfect side of fries. Bocado’s version of the dish is tossed with a very healthy...
Modern makes sense for DeKalb family

Modern makes sense for DeKalb family

Jim and Claudia Bilotto merged family-friendly needs with minimalist sensibilities when they built a new modern home in Atlanta this year. The couple moved from an intown bungalow — and before that, a loft — in search of another bedroom and bathroom, an office and a garage with storage. The couple used the same footprint of the blighted teardown in Atlanta’s Lake Claire neighborhood...
New coffee pods promise two-way buzz: from caffeine and marijuana

New coffee pods promise two-way buzz: from caffeine and marijuana

Want your morning coffee to come with a little extra buzz? Brewbudz just might do the trick. A company called Cannabiniers on Wednesday launched the Brewbudz, which is "the world's first cannabis infused coffee, tea and cocoa pods." The pods are compatible with all Keurig and Keurig 2.0 brewers, making your morning wake and bake as simple as pushing a button. Brewbudz are available in different...
A man freed a whale from a fishing net. Then it killed him.

A man freed a whale from a fishing net. Then it killed him.

Joe Howlett was no stranger to the risky work of rescuing whales. More than 15 years ago, the Canadian lobster fisherman co-founded the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, an "intrepid group of fishermen who care so much about whales that they are willing to risk their lives to save them." From their base on Campobello Island, just across the border from Maine, the group's volunteer members would...
TC Carson of ‘Living Single’ stars in Horizon’s ‘Blackberry Daze’ musical

TC Carson of ‘Living Single’ stars in Horizon’s ‘Blackberry Daze’ musical

As a child, Ruth P. Watson used to listen to stories her grandmother and older neighbors shared as they sat around the kitchen table sipping coffee. Like a sponge, Watson soaked them up. “I wasn’t supposed to be listening,” said Watson, who grew up in Lynchburg, Va. “If I asked my grandmother about the stories, she would say, ‘Girl, shush your mouth’. She didn&rsquo...
5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in Georgia

5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in Georgia

Georgia's waterways − the rivers and lakes that crisscross and dot the landscape and those ports of call along the coast −are places where millions look to relax, unwind, enjoy sunshine and even roll dice. Here are five of the best riverboat (and lake and ocean) cruises in the state. 9 East River St., Savannah. 912-232-6404. www.savannahriverboat.com/dinner You want to talk about...
Iced tea preferences vary, but they’re all sweet

Iced tea preferences vary, but they’re all sweet

How you feel about iced tea often depends on where you grew up and what you grew up with. Did you drink tea sweet enough to stand up on its own? Did your family brew Lipton? Luzianne? Is lemon essential or blasphemy in your glass of tea? And what about the ice? Lifelong tea drinker Linton Hopkins says there’s nothing sadder than a glass of iced tea that just has a few lonely ice cubes....
From the menu of Fred’s Meat & Bread: Cauliflower and Eggplant banh mi

From the menu of Fred’s Meat & Bread: Cauliflower and Eggplant banh mi

From the menu … Fred’s Meat and Bread, Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street, Atlanta. 404-634-6268; fredsmeatandbread.com Executive chef Todd Ginsberg provided the many recipes it takes to recreate this delicious sandwich. First, if you want to use the same bread, you’ll need to call TGM Bread and special order it. They make the demi semolina baguettes all the time, but the majority...
From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

In about 30 minutes, the Backstreet Boys will descend from the ceiling inside The Axis theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, tucked into individual lighted squares as the crisp sounds of “Larger Than Life” boom through the room. But in the lead-up to the arrival of the well-preserved boy banders – Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Georgia mainstay...
Jesse Williams addresses cheating rumors in JAY-Z’s footnotes for ‘4:44’ video

Jesse Williams addresses cheating rumors in JAY-Z’s footnotes for ‘4:44’ video

Jesse Williams is opening up about his divorce from Aryn Drake-Lee — and addressing cheating rumors. The “Grey’s Anatomy “ actor appears in JAY-Z‘s short film Footnotes for 4:44, a visual accompaniment to the rapper’s new album, which was released Monday, according to E! News. Williams, 35, joins JAY-Z...
24 Atlanta hot spots to cool down with summer treats

24 Atlanta hot spots to cool down with summer treats

Summer is coming and with it will come crazy hot days and outdoor activities. To beat the heat, here is a list of places where you can stop and grab a frozen treat on your way to a festival or outdoor concert. Whether you're into ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt or Italian ices — this list of local ice cream and frozen treats will be your survival guide as temperatures rise. Closed Mondays,...
6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

While the lights are much brighter in big city Atlanta, there is nothing like a visit to a small Georgia town to brighten your outlook when you tire of the city. It's amazing that some of these simple pleasures of Georgia's heartland are so close to the urban center, and all are within a couple hours of Atlanta.  If you're weary from the big city pace and noise, rejuvenate by taking a day or...
Lost book by Maurice Sendak discovered

Lost book by Maurice Sendak discovered

Maurice Sendak tantalized the imaginations of decades of curious children with dozens of books, including his classic illustrated book “Where the Wild Things Are,” first published in 1963. When the author and illustrator died in 2012, though, most thought the world had seen the last of his inimitable storytelling. Sendak fans can rejoice, then, because it turns out he had one more book...
Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

What's the perfect complement to warm weather, festival season and a healthy appetite? If an image of a colorful food truck came to mind, then you're in good company. Atlantans have it made in the shade when it comes to getting the best meals on four wheels. There's something to satisfy every craving - savory, sweet, healthy or indulgent. It's our pleasure to help you map out the when's and where's...
Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Now that summer is here in full blast, we bet you have a few secret go-to frozen treats to help beat the heat. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll was inspired by all things cool and tasty. Do you prefer a creamy ice cream, decadent sundae, tangy sorbet or creative Popsicle? Lucky for you, all of these can be found around Atlanta.  With 53 percent of the votes, it's fair to say that Butter...
Secrets fester in a small Southern town

Secrets fester in a small Southern town

Leia Birch, a 38-year-old graphic novelist, must tell her family that a stranger in a Batman costume impregnated her. She also has to watch after her niece while her stepsister tries to salvage her marriage, take care of her grandmother who has been masking dementia, and come up with a prequel to her popular comic book that she has no idea how to write. There’s a lot going on in ...
Larger showers replace bathtubs

Larger showers replace bathtubs

That oversized spa tub that’s been gathering dust in a corner of the master bath may be going the way of dial-up. For years, the amenity has gotten more attention as a romantic upgrade than a practical fixture. Though upscale homes with gigantic master baths may still accommodate a soaking tub for the wow factor, most homebuyers now are opting for something they can use every day: a roomy, glam...
7 Dau Menu Planner

7 Dau Menu Planner

07/ 16 Family Sunday For a special family meal, serve Steak Au Poivre With Mushroom Sauce (see recipe), along with mashed potatoes, steamed fresh zucchini and dinner rolls. Make or buy a peach cobbler for dessert and top it with a dab of vanilla ice cream. Plan ahead: Save 2 steaks and prepare 3 extra cups mashed potatoes...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals. Initially, this...
Author Events July 9-15

Author Events July 9-15

Ben Mezrich, “Woolly.” Mezrich’s Jurassic Park-like, true adventure story encompasses the race against global warming, the power of modern technology, and the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals like the woolly mammoth. 7:30 p.m. July 9. Talk, signing. $15. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 678-812-4000, atlantajcc.org Osizwe...
Review: Cafe Songhai offers West African eats in Peachtree Corners

Review: Cafe Songhai offers West African eats in Peachtree Corners

At a weekend lunch in June, I walked into Cafe Songhai from the summer heat, slipped down into one of the cool, long booths, and decided to try something new. Like many places that serve African food, or food of the African diaspora, the kitchen here will be happy to whip you up a plate of ripe plantains, sliced and fried to a light caramelized touch. But the menu also offers krakro, a fried lumpy...
Sandy Springs townhome is urban cool with custom touches

Sandy Springs townhome is urban cool with custom touches

Suburban living didn’t mean a single-family home or huge yard for Gabe Dalusky. Instead, a new brownstone-style townhome with a flat roof offered a more “intown, urban feel” with no lawn maintenance and walkability to a MARTA station for his commute to downtown Atlanta. His three-level townhome in Sandy Springs is less than five minutes from his former condo. Getting in on the ground...
Fans say Bobby Brown forgot lyrics at Centennial Park 4th of July performance

Fans say Bobby Brown forgot lyrics at Centennial Park 4th of July performance

Turns out,  Bobby Brown still has reason to sing the lyrics "everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me.”  On Tuesday night, he took to the stage, with a circle of gyrating, youthful dancers surrounding him, in front of reportedly 30,000 people at the Fourth of July celebration at Centennial Olympic Park and faced the same grating criticism he did when he first...
Give recipes a little lavender love

Give recipes a little lavender love

With its spike of purple flowers and sweet floral scent, lavender arrives every summer along with the honeybees. Poking my nose into a bouquet of lavender, I know how a giddy bee must feel. Some people think lavender belongs in soap and perfume, not food and drink. Indeed, when I bury my head in sheets and pillowcases washed with lavender detergent, I feel alive and balanced. But lavender has its...
Revival’s Lemon Icebox Pie tastes like ones mom made

Revival’s Lemon Icebox Pie tastes like ones mom made

From the menu … Revival, 129 Church St., Decatur; 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com Revival has indeed revived interest in a lot of wonderful old-fashioned recipes. This Lemon Icebox Pie is one of those classic desserts that’s simple to make and delicious. You’ll find the recipe reminiscent of another favorite, a traditional key lime pie. At the restaurant they prepare individual...
Mushrooms a prize for foragers

Mushrooms a prize for foragers

Chanterelles have been characterized as “golden looking, golden tasting and golden priced.” These trumpet-shaped mushrooms aren’t something a grower cultivates, but a prized crop for foragers who search forests for edible treats. This spring and early summer’s plentiful rains mean chanterelles are equally plentiful at local farmers markets. When I talked with Jonathan Szecsey...
Australia makes riesling its own

Australia makes riesling its own

Wines made from the handful of international grapes planted throughout the world must have qualities that cause them to stand out or they run the risk of being ignored. Why, for example, would you choose a South African cabernet sauvignon over one made in Argentina, or Australia, or the United States, to say nothing of Italy or France? The answer may be as simple as pricing. Which region, all else...
Roswell native one to watch in design field

Roswell native one to watch in design field

Last year, Atlanta designer Anna Braund was named one of the Southeast’s 11 up-and-coming designers to watch by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Designer & background: Grew up in Roswell, influenced by her mother, who was an interior designer. Braund graduated from the University of Georgia with a fine arts degree and went to work for Veronica Werbalowsky at La Bella Vie. In 2013, established...
Thriller chronicles parent’s worst nightmare

Thriller chronicles parent’s worst nightmare

In a country where mass shootings take place in movie theaters, playgrounds, schools and baseball fields, it’s not difficult to imagine gunmen storming a local zoo and taking out every visitor in their path. This is the horror Joan and her 4-year-old son Lincoln face in Alabama author Gin Phillips’ novel, “Fierce Kingdom.” The novel opens on a breezy October...
8 of the most romantic picnic dates in Atlanta

8 of the most romantic picnic dates in Atlanta

Pack a basket, invite that special someone−it's the season for a picnic date in Atlanta.  Eating al fresco, whether sandwiches or the luxury nibbles, can set a romantic tone.  And Atlanta has the setting for a sumptuous picnic on any budget level. Chattahoochee Nature Center Sunset Sips 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055 An evening date that's also a picnic is the height of romance...
Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

“Call me last.” For decades, that phrase has been the calling card of vintage guitar buyer David Davidson. “It takes years sometimes to buy a guitar,” he explains. “When someone’s not ready to sell for whatever reason — it’s emotional, it’s sentimental, or the money’s not right — ‘call me last’ is a way of saying, &lsquo...
6 tips for a healthier smoothie or icy beverage

6 tips for a healthier smoothie or icy beverage

On the warmest of days, nothing beats the summer heat like an icy beverage. The good news is frozen drinks and fruit smoothies are everywhere — from Starbucks to McDonald’s to juice bars to the nearest gas station. QuikTrip offers as many as 20 frozen drink options. But alas, some of these cool treats can pack a lot of calories (some topping more than 600 calories)...
Get Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for free beginning July 4

Get Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for free beginning July 4

July is National Ice Cream month and  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is kicking if off with a big bonus for customers . Beginning Tuesday, on America’s birthday, the Ohio-based brand is launching a free birthday giveaway. Related:  6 of the hottest...
Author Iris Johansen’s $8.5 million mansion headed to auction

Author Iris Johansen’s $8.5 million mansion headed to auction

Crime and romance author Iris Johansen’s 8.5-million mansion in Cartersville, on the market for years, is heading to auction in August. The 47,000-square-foot home features five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, four half-baths, a 5,000-square-foot closet, a 21-seat cinema, an office/library, a guest plaza and an outdoor kitchen. The 130-acre property also includes a dog kennel and stables. Dewey...
Shonda Rhimes hates that people treat her differently after losing 150 lbs.

Shonda Rhimes hates that people treat her differently after losing 150 lbs.

Shonda Rhimes knows she lost lots of weight. But she doesn’t need you to remind her about it. In her new Shondaland newsletter, the uber-producer behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” reflects on how her recent weight loss of “closer to 150 lbs” brought unwanted attention from women and men alike. “Women I barely knew...
6 of the hottest July 4th parties to attend in Atlanta

6 of the hottest July 4th parties to attend in Atlanta

Kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang by attending the most lit parties in Atlanta. A burst of bashes will be heating up around the city, including celebrity luxury soirees and patriotic day parties.  So, carve out some time outside of the family barbecue to party at the hottest July 4th parties taking place in Atlanta this weekend. 10 p.m., June 30 Artisans Bar & Gallery 140...
Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

A rocking chair and album covers make folk singer Caroline Herring’s kitchen a welcoming space for meal prep and conversation. Her husband’s parents had the same rocking chair in the kitchen of their home in Mississippi, where the couple grew up. “When we moved here, that seemed like a great space for it. It is a good place to sit and talk,” she said. Herring and her husband...
Modern, minimalist tour home replaces rat-infested house in Midtown

Modern, minimalist tour home replaces rat-infested house in Midtown

Minimalist, modern design seemed like a lofty, aspiration goal for Vivian Lee, who saw them as grand, tony structures in other neighborhoods. After years of condo living, she and her husband, Benjamin, searched for single-family homes to purchase in Midtown Atlanta, but found mostly bungalows, Tudors and one-story, post-World War II homes. “That just was not our style. We just didn’t see...
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