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Long march before Battle of Atlanta
Kent D. Johnson

Long march before Battle of Atlanta

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The rain came intermittently, a pattering of silver drops that plinked on the brim of my canvas hat. In the distance I heard thunder, the dog day’s low growl.

This, I thought, was what they must have felt: the heat, the wet, the dirt. As the troops marched toward East Atlanta, hoping to surprise an army, they had to deal with another enemy: Georgia itself.

The rain increased. I cursed it. For a moment, standing under an oak tree growing on the edge of Moreland Avenue, I felt a connection with men who’d been here in 1864.

Theatre

Theater review: Starry cast can’t save ‘Same Time Next Year’

Theater review: Starry cast can’t save ‘Same Time Next Year’

He’s the biggest name in Atlanta theater. She’s one of his great leading ladies.

He directed her Tony Award-winning performance in the 2004 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun,” then came back to pick up his own Tony this year for his second take on the Lorraine Hansberry classic.

So when these two artists decide to share the stage for the first time, it’s a headline-making occasion.

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Dining

Many moving parts at new Brookwood Hills restaurant Lusca

Many moving parts at new Brookwood Hills restaurant Lusca

Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, until it just … does.

At first glance, it may seem like things don’t quite jibe at Lusca, the new Brookwood Hills restaurant. There’s a lot going on here. But this one’s worth a second look.

Take the two giant octopus murals artfully weaving their way up the walls. They conjure images of the restaurant’s sea monster namesake, but also of Lusca’s sister restaurant Octopus Bar.

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Comedy

Poundstone brings her signature observational humor to Variety

Poundstone brings her signature observational humor to Variety

Stand-up comic Paula Poundstone made her mark in the 1990s with award-winning stand-up TV comedy specials and humorous “correspondence” work for Jay Leno and Rosie O’Donnell.

She now has more of a radio presence as a regular panelist on the popular NPR comedic news quiz show “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” which airs locally Saturday mornings on 90.

Dining

Beer, salty food and a seat outdoors. What else do you need?

Beer, salty food and a seat outdoors

In the heat of summer, nothing seems better than kicking back on a sun-drenched patio with an icy beverage and some salty food. Here are some neighborhood spots with extensive beer and wine selections and the kind of pub grub that will make you want to stay for a spell and soak up the rays.

Movies

Braff stays in his ‘Scrubs’ comfort zone with ‘Wish I Was Here’
Merie Weismiller Wallace

Braff stays in his ‘Scrubs’ comfort zone with ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punchline rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, “When’s his best friend / former ‘Scrubs’ co-star Donald Faison showing up?”

And then he does.

It probably took a little work to invent a character and place for Faison in this Jewish life / end-of-life dramedy.


Movies

‘Planes 2’ is twice as good as the original, which isn’t saying much
PLANES FIRE & RESCUE

‘Planes 2’ is twice as good as the original, which isn’t saying much

Four movies and several more short films into the world of “Cars” and “Planes,” cynical adults will continue to ask hard questions.

When a “Planes: Fire & Rescue” character puts an AC/DC album on a record player, does this mean that there is an airplane version of the Australian band, or is the music left over from the now extinct/annihilated human race?

Visual Arts

At Contemporary, 3 talented artists occasionally work well in tandem

At Contemporary, 3 talented artists occasionally work well in tandem

“Be Here Now” is Stuart Horodner’s final curated show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center following a seven-year tenure as artistic director there. Not every show during his stint at the Contemporary was a winner, but “Be Here Now” ends his reign on an up note, with compelling, intelligent work by Atlanta-based artists Andrew Boatright and Mike Black and Madison, Wis.


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