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4 museums, 1 square

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Historic Marietta Square isn’t merely one of metro Atlanta’s most charming collections of antiques stores, boutiques and restaurants. It’s also something like a giant bouillon cube of culture.

“Four Museums, One Square,” teases a promotional billboard just north of the square. Here’s a look at this quartet of offerings, all located within very easy walking distance of one another. There’s a free parking deck at the northwest corner of the square, and free two-hour parking throughout Marietta Square and behind the Marietta Welcome Center at 4 Depot St.

Music

A chance to view Willie Nelson through bandmate’s eyes

Willie Nelson through his bandmate’s eyes

No one knows Willie Nelson quite like musician Mickey Raphael. For more than 40 years and counting, the acclaimed harmonica player has been flanking the Red Headed Stranger onstage. The unmistakable whine of his harp has become nearly as synonymous to Nelson’s music as the singer’s own voice.

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Dining

It snorts, it gobbles, it thrills
Becky Stein

It snorts, it gobbles, it thrills

Q: What do you get when you cross a cockentrice with a turducken?

A: I don’t know. But, whatever it’s called, we can’t print that word in the newspaper.

Do we need definitions? A cockentrice (rhymes with “rice”), I’ve just learned, is a Tudor-era pièce de résistance consisting of a pig’s head and upper body sewn onto the lower extremities of a turkey or capon.

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Things to do

Billy Joel, Ariana Grande, Hozier dot winter concert landscape
Brad Barket

What to do in Atlanta | Feb. 25-March 4

The Atlanta Fair is back for another run, and the beer, bourbon and barbecue will be flowing at Atlantic Station

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

» 3 fun things: In Johns Creek, Marietta and Clarkston

» 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.

Dining

Hands-on approach works at this ‘dive’
Becky Stein

Hands-on approach works at this ‘dive’

Restaurant owners and chefs often function like figureheads.

When we say, “Jeff Myers serves a delightful mash-up of pork belly and French toast at his new Kirkwood restaurant Dish Dive,” what we usually mean is that Myers has hired cooks and servers and managers to prepare and serve that dish in the manner that he designed. It is a light metaphor, the same way we curse the president for a policy determined by a member of his cabinet.

Visual arts

A bold blend of influences define Wifredo Lam’s fascinating work

A bold blend of influences define Wifredo Lam’s work

The crowd milling around the Wieland Pavilion for the retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds” says something about this show: hang it and they will come. They being a remarkably diverse, multicultural mix of viewers young and old who attest to the power of delivering the unexpected at a museum that has increasingly been taking more programming chances.


Movies

Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into ‘Focus’
Frank Masi

Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into ‘Focus’

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc.

“Focus” one-ups that by pushing a romance to the fore, one that is supposed to be fun, sexy and cute. But when we don’t buy the veteran con man (Will Smith) in love with the hot young acolyte (Margot Robbie), well, what is there to cling to?

Movies

‘Shadows’ a sly, touching take on friendship

‘Shadows’ a sly, touching take on friendship

“This is the not-so-true story, of four vampires, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when bloodsuckers stop being polite, and start getting real … ‘The Real World’!”

A take-off on the quintessential MTV reality show’s famous intro comes to mind immediately during “What We Do in the Shadows,” a slyly hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampires “flatting” together in Wellington, New Zealand.

Movies

Sundance: Jan. 19, 2014
Chris Pizzello

Kendrick makes her case for musicals, again

It wouldn’t be a bad thing if “Pitch Perfect” Anna Kendrick spent the rest of her film career doing nothing but musicals. Her pleasant, Broadway-polished alto was right at home with Sondheim in “Into the Woods,” had a pop star sheen for “Pitch Perfect” and is given its best showcase yet in “The Last Five Years,” a romantic musical about the ups and downs of two young lovers struggling to stay together as they pursue artistic careers in Manhattan.


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