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Jim Auchmutey
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On a cool morning in early May, Greg Wittkamper got in his Subaru Outback and started up the gravel road leading from his house in the mountains of southern West Virginia. He was going to check his post office box in the nearest town, Sinks Grove, as he did almost every day. Mixed in with the usual bills and business correspondence was a letter he had never expected to see: an invitation to his high school reunion.

High school had been the worst time of Greg’s life, his nightmare years.

Dance

Narcissus takes flight in Rhodes Theatre
Branden Camp

Narcissus takes flight in Rhodes Theatre

Even Atlantans who remember the old Rhodes Theatre might be surprised to learn that it’s actually still there. The single-screen movie house, originally opened in 1938, sold tickets to its last picture show (literally, a screening of “The Last Picture Show”) in 1985. For the most part, the doors to the theater in Midtown have remained closed and locked since then.

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From the archives: Food & more

A sandwich worth waiting for

A sandwich worth waiting for

This column originally appeared in 2009. The sandwich still rocks.

“It’s going to be at least 10 minutes for your order,” says the counter lady at Lee’s Bakery.

At least 10 minutes? But all I want is one measly egg sandwich. All right. … I’ll wait.

Clearly, I have picked the worst possible time to walk into this Vietnamese bakery cafe on Buford Highway.

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Spring Trends

From subzero to fashion hero in 5 items
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From subzero to fashion hero in 5 items

After a chilly winter, it’s fitting that the trendiest looks are bigger and bolder interpretations of perennial spring favorites. Jailbird stripes expand to maximum-security width at Victoria Beckham. Colorful prints burst into bloom not just on a skirt or a top, but both, whether matchy-matchy at Simone Rocha, house of Holland, Celine and Max Mara or in riotous contrast at Temperley, Dries Van Noten, Preen and Altuzarra.

Across the Nation

Grammy Museum spotlights Tupac Shakur and Taylor Swift
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Grammy Museum spotlights Tupac Shakur and Taylor Swift

“Writing is such a lost art form. I hope when young kids see this, they can be inspired by the fact that he put pen to paper.”

That’s Nwaka Onwusa, associate curator of the Grammy Museum, talking about Tupac Shakur, the rap visionary whose poetry — much of it eventually set to music — is the cornerstone of the exhibit “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur,” open through April 22 in Los Angeles.

Books

Mother and son reunion in George Hodgman’s memoir, ‘Bettyville’

Mother and son reunion in George Hodgman’s memoir, ‘Bettyville’

“Turns out I am a person who needs people,” writes George Hodgman, of his decision to move in with his elderly mother after losing his job. “I hate that.”

The Streisand reference is just a hint of the sly fun to come in Hodgman’s new memoir, “Bettyville,” which begins when he trades his adopted home, Manhattan, for rinky-dink Paris, Missouri (“population 1,246 and falling”), in order to care for 90-year-old Betty.


Across the Nation

Big Sur: Where pampering and wilderness meet
LiPo Ching

Big Sur: Where pampering and wilderness meet

“Oh my God, look at that!”

My wife, Sara, and I have just driven around one of those hip-hugging turns on Highway 1 in California’s Big Sur. They used to make me nervous — you know, the fact that there’s nothing but a guardrail between you and the death-fall. Now they make me greedy for what I know is coming next. And sure enough, this one has opened up onto a straight-shot view down miles of coastline: the jutting cliffs, the shining sea below.

Arts briefs

Atlanta sculptor Patterson crafts statement work for Dallas horse park

Atlanta sculptor Patterson crafts statement work for Dallas horse park

Atlanta sculptor Curtis Patterson is expected to be in attendance as his large-scale sculpture “Equine Rhythm” is dedicated at the entrance to the Texas Horse Park in Dallas during opening ceremonies on Saturday.

Made of Corten steel, which develops a dark red patina that radiates a deep reddish-orange glow in the sunlight, “Equine Rhythm” is 19 feet high, 10.

Television

In ‘The Jinx,’ Durst reminds us of the narrative power of crime dramas

In ‘The Jinx,’ Durst reminds us of the narrative power of crime dramas

“Such is the irresistible nature of truth,” wrote Thomas Paine in the “Rights of Man,” “that all it asks, all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”

When Robert Durst, the creepy yet hypnotic subject of HBO’s documentary “The Jinx,” appeared to confess to the deadly crimes of which he had long been suspected, the 71-year-old New York real estate scion did not simply offer great TV.


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