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Your fall festivals guide

Fall festivals
Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

22 ways to enjoy fall in Georgia

Fall is festival time in Georgia. Here’s a roundup of some of the season’s events where you can get your fill of art, food, music and fun.

» Plan your fall with our guides to: Concerts | Arts & Entertainment

» Enjoy the outdoors at Georgia's State Parks: Close to home | A daytrip away

Dining

Mexican restaurant struggling to compete with Decatur greats

Marbar struggles to compete in Decatur

With its beautifully relaxed decor and expansive selection of tequilas and mezcals, Marbar should be a place customers want to linger. Unfortunately, the “shoulds” here don’t translate into “dos.”

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Your fall movies guide

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

Hollywood banks on a stellar season

True to Hollywood form, the popcorn movies of summer are finally making way for the prestigious Oscar contenders of fall. Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fair share of silly comedies, mindless action movies and animated family films on tap, too. But with nary a comic-book superhero or sequel/prequel/remake/reboot in sight, grown-up audiences have as much to look forward to as the younger crowd.

» Trailers: 'Jimi: All Is by My Side' | 'Gone Girl' | 'Interstellar' | 'This Is Where I Leave You'

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Visual arts

A lot to unpack in this group show about untold Southern narratives.

A muddled look at untold Southern narratives

There’s no denying the South, maybe more than any other region, suffers from its share of stereotypes and false perceptions. The Zuckerman Museum of Art exhibit “Hearsay” purports to tackle such falsehoods, largely by suggesting that rather than some uniform, homogeneous place, the South is a diverse, ever-changing mix of vastly different people and experiences.

Dining

Bringing street food of Taiwan intown

Bringing street food of Taiwan intown

It’s no secret that if you want a taste of authentic ethnic cuisine, the pickings get a little slim the closer you are to the city. However, thanks to brothers Andy and Alex Chen, along with their father Shane, the intown crowd can get a convenient taste of Taiwan.

The Chens are the heart of Ah-Ma’s Taiwanese Kitchen, with Alex and Shane sharing duties in the kitchen while Andy runs the front of house — when he isn’t in the back helping with prep.

Movies

‘The Drop’ provides strong opening to fall film season
Barry Wetcher

‘The Drop’ provides strong opening to fall film season

The silly summer season is officially over. With the arrival of “The Drop,” a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang.

“The Drop” is notable for a variety of reasons. It’s made by Belgian director Michael R. Roskam whose little-seen 2011 effort, “Bullhead,” was nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar.


Movies

‘Love Is Strange’ succeeds with simple story

‘Love Is Strange’ succeeds with simple story

The title “Love Is Strange” is strange, since director Ira Sachs’ movie, from a screenplay he wrote with Mauricio Zacharias, shows the romance between its male leads to include normal problems, normal friends and normal frustrations.

Beyond that anomaly is the incomprehensible R rating for a movie that includes no nudity, no sex, no violence, just a tiny bit of cuddling and fewer swear words than used in an average day by a ninth-grader.

Visual arts

Gwinnett County gets new art gallery with botanical garden attraction

A quartet of metro Atlanta exhibits

Atlanta’s northern suburbs gain another art gallery as R Alexander Fine Art in Peachtree Corners celebrates with a grand opening reception 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Though the location is new, partner Robert Harris has been an art dealer for three decades, specializing in an array of international work.

Read on for more local art shows.

THINGS TO DO

Sesame Street Live

What to do in Atlanta | Sept. 9-17

They'll be parading in East Cobb, artists will gather in Piedmont Park and car and chili enthusiasts will take the spotlight in Flowery Branch.

Click 'read more' below to get the details and to see all of our best bets for the weekend.

» 3 fun things: In Lilburn, Sandy Springs and Roswell

» Live music picks: The best bets in live music around Atlanta

» What Atlanta is saying: Keep up with everything going on around town this weekend and beyond with AJC Current ATL.


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