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25 hot things to do this summer

From festivals to bicycle tours to water parks, there a lot of ways to have a good time — and maybe even stay cool — in greater Hotlanta this summer. Here are 25 suggestions that might just make you want to forsake the air-conditioning and get out of the house.

» More things to do: Fox Theatre's summer movie series | Free outdoor movie series

» Explore Georgia's State Parks: Close to home | A daytrip away

» What to do in Atlanta: Best bets for July 2-9

» Holiday fun: Things to do for the Fourth of July | Fireworks



Becky Stein

Simple, satisfying meal in Kennesaw

Located in one of the plazas skirting Town Center Mall, the Rotisserie Shop provides an uncommon independent alternative to the usual outcropping of chain restaurants hovering near the busy shopping center. The casual atmosphere paired with an approachable menu built around simple rotisserie chicken and roasted pork gives the restaurant broad appeal. Add a decent children’s menu and a few craft beer options and you have the trappings of a family haunt.



After 20 years, Little Bangkok deserves to called classic
John Kessler

After 20 years, Little Bangkok deserves to called classic

“You know what I’m going to do?” the elderly gentleman at the next table said to his wife. “It might kill me, but I’m going to get the egg drop soup!”

I can’t imagine what ailments render egg drop soup a dietary danger, but I’m glad my friend went for it. Carpe diem. At the reliably crowded Little Bangkok, it’s not only easy to eavesdrop on your neighbors, you almost feel you’re part of their party.


Tammy (opens July 2)
Michael Tackett

McCarthy lets it all hang out in ‘Tammy’

Say this for Melissa McCarthy: A couple of years into her stardom, and not all that far past the dust-up over critics’ deriding her comic reliance on the sight gag that is her physique, she puts it all out there in the opening moments of “Tammy,” a star vehicle she co-wrote for herself.

From the moment we meet her, Tammy is a slovenly, morbidly obese vulgarian, from the top of her home-dye-job mop to the bottom of her omni-present Crocs.

» More: Sarandon is no one's idea of a grandma in 'Tammy'


Lonnie Holley

Inside Lonnie Holley’s imaginative world

He’s sold worms, flipped omelets, dug graves and endured immeasurable hardships. But now, at age 63, Lonnie Holley is in the fast lane, drawing an avalanche of attention for his art and music.

Holley takes the stage at Eddie's Attic (515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 (tickets are $10-$15). Check out our recent profile of the artist, originally published in April.

» Video: Holley sings "All Rendered Truth"


ROTATOR fireworks

What to do in Atlanta | July 3-9

Celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks, fun and floats. Many metro area towns and cities are throwing birthday bashes for the U.S.A.

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

» 3 fun things: In Smyrna, Conyers 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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