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How to get the most out of Dragon Con when it hits Atlanta
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How to get the most out of Dragon Con when it hits Atlanta

It’s official. Come Labor Day weekend, Dragon Con, downtown Atlanta’s ultra-successful pop culture convention, enters its 30s.
Visit Oxford, Miss., for literature, food and college football

Visit Oxford, Miss., for literature, food and college football

Oxford, Miss., was a bucket list Southern destination for me. I grew up in Birmingham and lived most of my adult life in the Atlanta area, but I had never set foot in this Mississippi college town celebrated far and wide for three things I love: literature, food and college football.
Panda twins? Again?

Panda twins? Again?

Lun Lun, the prolific giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, is expecting twins, for the second time. Zoo officials announced five days ago that Lun Lun was pregnant.
Film on belugas criticizes Georgia Aquarium

Film on belugas criticizes Georgia Aquarium

A documentary on the treatment of beluga whales in a Russian capture operation — purportedly the same type of operation used to capture whales for the Georgia Aquarium — presents the viewer with disturbing images and raises difficult questions.
Theater review: Bigger isn’t always better in Atlanta Lyric’s ‘Shrek’

Theater review: Bigger isn’t always better in Atlanta Lyric’s ‘Shrek’

Under the enterprising guidance of Brandt Blocker (now in his 10th season as managing artistic director), Atlanta Lyric Theatre has built its reputation on the sort of gargantuan musical productions more commonly associated with those national touring shows that frequently visit the Fox.
WINNER: Best cocktail in Atlanta

WINNER: Best cocktail in Atlanta

Atlanta takes its cocktails seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it was a challenge to even narrow our Best of Atlanta nominee list down to eight.
Patchett’s ‘Commonwealth’ a modern-day family saga

Patchett’s ‘Commonwealth’ a modern-day family saga

Ann Patchett’s muscular new novel begins with what might be a miracle. On a scorching Los Angeles afternoon in 1964, multitudes of thirsty guests are packed into policeman Fix Keating’s bungalow for his daughter’s christening party.
7 awesome things to do at Free Family Festival at Woodruff Arts Center

7 awesome things to do at Free Family Festival at Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center will host its sixth Free Family Festival Sept. 11 featuring everything from live performances from Jamaican musicians and storytellers to scavenger hunts inspired by Eric Carle’s children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and interactive musical experiences.
Lun Lun: another baby panda on the way?

Lun Lun: another baby panda on the way?

The reliably fertile Lun Lun is expecting yet again. Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda mom, who has given the world five cubs, including a pair of twins, during her 18 years on the planet, could deliver another baby sometime in the next three weeks, according to zoo officials.
Rural scenes, regional art opening at the High Museum

Rural scenes, regional art opening at the High Museum

The tobacco farmer is as weathered and wrinkled as the bright leaf that he handles. The young girl is untouched by the sun — as smooth and pale as the inside of a pea pod.
Arts: the lively side of the AJC Decatur Book Festival

Arts: the lively side of the AJC Decatur Book Festival

This book festival isn’t just about reading. There will be a variety of music, dance, theater performances and visual art installations throughout the three days of the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend.
Author events, Aug. 21-27

Author events, Aug. 21-27

Indie & Self-Published Authors Open House. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Discussion, meet and greet, signings. Free.
Art review: Storybook lessons for grown-ups in ‘Paper Thin’

Art review: Storybook lessons for grown-ups in ‘Paper Thin’

Photographer Patrick Heagney creates dreamy artificial worlds out of paper. In the photographer’s work, paper houses blow away in a fierce wind, chunks of their mortar floating off into the atmosphere as the occupant reaches out, as if to save her crumbling home.
6 Atlanta date nights better than dinner and a movie

6 Atlanta date nights better than dinner and a movie

Dinner and a movie? Yawn. With so much to do in Atlanta, you should branch out. Whether you're a history buff, vodka connoisseur or art lover, we've got ideas to help you out of your slump.
Author events, Aug. 14-20

Author events, Aug. 14-20

Jonathan Todres and Sarah Higinbotham, “Human Rights in Children’s Literature.” 7:15 p.m. Aug. 15. Talk, signing.
Roth adaptation ‘Indignation’ nimbly depicts youth, repression

Roth adaptation ‘Indignation’ nimbly depicts youth, repression

“Indignation” is beautifully acted and the tone is witty and grave. Writer-director James Schamus can’t solve all the limitations of the source material: The female protagonist, a WASP goddess tormenting the Jewish narrator, remains more person-adjacent than an actual person.

3 fun things

KENNESAWProgram PaloozaKennesaw Parks and Recreation Department is rolling out the red carpet — or rather, the red noses — with a carnival-themed party to showcase its new season of recreational activities.
‘Hell or High Water’ is intense modern Western

‘Hell or High Water’ is intense modern Western

In the desolate Texas of “Hell or High Water,” a bank clerk (Dale Dickie) gently sasses the ski-masked robbers with the condescending assessment, “y’all are new at this.
‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ hits all the wrong notes

‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ hits all the wrong notes

Perhaps not every quirky true story needs a biopic starring Meryl Streep, as evidenced by Stephen Frears’ bizarre “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a wealthy older woman who launched an amateur singing career in the 1940s, despite her distinct lack of talent.
Live music picks

Live music picks

FRIDAY Def Leppard Even though “Pour Some Sugar on Me” has earned its place in ‘80s glam rock history (as well as in strip clubs around the world), Def Leppard has about 4,328 additional hits and has assembled a fan-friendly set list that revisits more than a dozen of them (“Animal,” “Love Bites,” “Foolin’,” “Rocket,” “Photograph”).
Ryan Gravel, BeltLine visionary, to receive award

Ryan Gravel, BeltLine visionary, to receive award

Ryan Gravel, whose master’s thesis at Georgia Tech outlined the vision for the Atlanta BeltLine back in 1999, will be given the inaugural Judy Turner Prize at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend.
Frozen treats with a twist in metro Atlanta

Frozen treats with a twist in metro Atlanta

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. True, this dairy-licious dessert never goes out of style, but sometimes we need a break from two scoops of cookie dough on a cake cone.
Something bad happened at the backyard barbecue

Something bad happened at the backyard barbecue

The parents in Liane Moriarty’s darkly humorous novels are much like parents anywhere: Loving, busy, distracted, juggling their children’s needs and their own desires as they negotiate the difficulties of adult relationships, jobs and the past, which intrudes at the least convenient moment.
7 ways to enjoy a rainy day in Cobb County

7 ways to enjoy a rainy day in Cobb County

Looks like rain? Don't let a little wet weather get you down, Cobb. The county is brimming with activities to prevent cabin-fever during a shower.
Theater review: Essential’s ‘When Things Are Lost’ dares to aim high

Theater review: Essential’s ‘When Things Are Lost’ dares to aim high

“When Things Are Lost,” an audaciously original and challenging comedy-drama by Atlanta writer Derek Dixon, traverses between dreams and reality to chart the soul-searching journey of Andrew, a young man who’s desperately looking for his “missing” best friend, only to possibly find himself in the process.
4 reasons downtown Atlanta is better than you think

4 reasons downtown Atlanta is better than you think

There was a time that going to downtown Atlanta meant one of three things: you had tickets to a sporting event, a parking ticket to dispute or out-of-town guests that wanted to visit World of Coke.
Author events, Aug. 7-13

Author events, Aug. 7-13

Rona Simmons, “Postcards From Wonderland,” Valerie Joan Connors, “A Promise Made,” Susan Jimison, “Dear Mark” and Constance McKee, “Girl in the Mirror.
Heart of Atlanta’s westside: Northside Tavern

Heart of Atlanta’s westside: Northside Tavern

On a Monday afternoon, Northside Tavern is devoid of blues, bodies in motion and beer. But, as sunlight filters through the smoke-covered windows, even in this lonely state the tavern is alive with stories — memories seared into every nook and cranny.
Live music picks

Live music picks

FRIDAYChaka KhanThe 10-time Grammy winner made headlines last month when she disclosed that she had entered rehab for an addiction to the same prescription painkillers that led to Prince’s death in April.
‘Gleason’ is true window into life with ALS

‘Gleason’ is true window into life with ALS

The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot, and it’s a title that Steve Gleason first earned during the first football game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina.
Live music picks

Live music picks

FRIDAYChaka KhanThe 10-time Grammy winner made headlines last month when she disclosed that she had entered rehab for an addiction to the same prescription painkillers that led to Prince’s death in April.
‘Underground Railroad’ lays bare horrors of slavery and toxic legacy

‘Underground Railroad’ lays bare horrors of slavery and toxic legacy

In his dynamic new novel, Colson Whitehead takes the Underground Railroad — the loosely interlocking network of black and white activists who helped slaves escape to freedom in the decades before the Civil War — and turns it from a metaphor into an actual train that ferries fugitives northward.
Poor little gymnast girl, poor cute dead guy

Poor little gymnast girl, poor cute dead guy

What Megan Abbott knows, as so many maestros of the heebie-jeebies do, is that it’s not strangers who are scary; it’s the people you think you know and love.
New Harry Potter book is a bit different

New Harry Potter book is a bit different

Harry dies.Just kidding.But consider this our dark mark in the sky: If you’re looking to read about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” without any spoilers, read this instead.

3 fun things

STONE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE“Grits the Musical”No, it’s not about your favorite dish on the Waffle House menu.
‘Jason Bourne’ is a ripped-from-the-headlines thrill

‘Jason Bourne’ is a ripped-from-the-headlines thrill

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. That’s if the dog is super-soldier former CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), and the trainer is director Paul Greengrass, who helmed Bournes “Supremacy” and “Ultimatum.
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