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The AJC Decatur Book Festival

AJC DEcatur Book Festival 2014

Authors everywhere

More than 600 authors will speak or appear on panels at this year’sAJC Decatur Book Festival and plenty of new elements have been added to the mix, including an outdoor kitchen for cooking demonstrations and a Global Voices “track” that salts the conversation with tales from Iran, India and Mexico.

“Every year we’ve seen growth,” said program director Philip Rafshoon. “Every year we’ve seen new additions come to the festival, new ideas, new activities.”

Along with books and authors, you can find art, music, food, dance, theater and all sorts of entertainments. But let us focus on literary delights. Read on for a few highlights.

Music

Chicago and REO Speedwagon talk joint tour
Randee St. Nicholas

Chicago and REO Speedwagon talk joint tour

It’s a lite-rock fan’s dream bill, the pairing of Chicago and REO Speedwagon for the first time in their respective histories.

Between them, the bands have sold more than 80 million records and, primarily in the ‘70s and ‘80s, kept the chart trackers busy with a parade of hits.

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Dining

Makan
Becky Stein

Asian comfort food redefined for a new generation

Inventing a cuisine broadcloth can be an exciting process, but also fraught and tricky. It’s a bit like inventing a personality.

But a cohort of Asian-American chefs across the country has been doing just that in recent years. They’ve reached for their mothers’ and grandmothers’ recipes and interpreted them through the prism of their lives: their childhoods filled with burgers, pizza and tacos.

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Dining

Savor summer peaches before the season is over

Savor summer peaches before the season is over

It’s a challenge to grow peaches, said Al Pearson of Fort Valley’s Pearson Farm. “If we don’t win the battle with taste, then we’ve lost.”

The family-run farm is in its fifth generation of harvesting Georgia peaches, which Pearson believes are superior. “I think the heavy Georgia red clay soil gives the peaches a particular terroir, much like wine grapes,” he said.

Movies

‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ feels like an excuse to play dress-up
RICO TORRES

New ‘Sin City’ feels like an excuse to play dress-up

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is like Paris after the zombie apocalypse. Beautiful to look at but not a living soul in sight.

The sequel to 2005’s visually groundbreaking “Sin City,” which in turn was based on Miller’s popular graphic novels, is once again an homage to the hard-boiled fiction and film noir of mid-20th century America.

Movies

Young love lives or dies with one decision in ‘If I Stay’
Doane Gregory

Young love lives or dies with one decision in ‘If I Stay’

Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit “If I Stay” like original packaging. Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a well-executed teen weeper for themselves, and this film fills the bill.

Chloe Grace Moretz takes on her first real star-vehicle romance in this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s novel.


Things to do

Late summer festivals celebrate the season

What to do in Atlanta | Aug. 20-27

Head outside for barbecue, beer and some great music at several festivals around the metro Atlanta area this weekend.

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

» 3 fun things: In Kennesaw, Marietta and Cartersville

» 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.

Film series

Restored gems, Polish classics, Pinter films in free Emory screenings

Restored gems, Polish classics, Pinter films in free Emory screenings

Emory University’s Cinematheque, a reliable source of art films, international cinema and titles generally residing outside the mainstream, plans a busy fall, presenting three just-announced series of free screenings, with details still to come on a fourth.

The first series is the “UCLA Festival of Preservation,” showcasing American classics and lesser-known gems that have been recently restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Things to do

3 festivals focus on Atlanta history, Western and Southern culture

Fests focus on Atlanta history, Western and Southern culture

Here are three upcoming family-friendly festivals that go beyond the usual crafts and funnel cakes (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to creatively explore different cultural aspects.

Meet the Past turns history into theater

Over the past two years, the Atlanta History Center has brought unheard voices from the dusty shadows of the city’s and region’s history through a program it calls Meet the Past.


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