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Grant Henry
Bob Andres

The gospel according to Grant

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Grant Henry sweats on the porch of his new bar one boiling afternoon in downtown Athens, waiting for a sign.

Vintage church chandeliers hang overhead and a huge painting of Jesus frowns behind Plexiglas. It’s here, on the porch, where two elderly women recently walked by and told Grant, Y’all are going to hell!

The notion by some that Grant is sacrilegious is nothing new. Four years ago, Grant raised hackles when he opened his popular Atlanta bar, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. Called “Church” for short, it’s a cathedral to high camp and table tennis, which the website BuzzFeed recently named best kitschy theme bar in the world.

Grant talks about the pushback with a devious smile. While he may be a provocateur, the vitriol can sting

Food

Tamales and sweet red pickles in the Delta
John Kessler

Tamales and sweet red pickles in the Delta

Hot tamales and Kool-Aid pickles. This may not have been the most nutritious or well balanced lunch, but it was six ways to delicious and — more than anything — it gave a true sense of place.

That place was Clarksdale, Miss., and the occasion was a daylong retreat for food writers who had attended the Association of Food Journalists annual conference in Memphis, about an hour to the north.

» Delta delicacies: Dining in the Mississippi Delta

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The arts

Wilderness art series inspired by the outdoors
Phil Skinner

Wilderness art series inspired by the outdoors

Stephen Wood paddled his kayak slowly through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, propelling it through the dark water. As he looked up, he saw an adult alligator longer than the kayak heading straight toward him. The two creatures passed each other quietly.

Later, as he stopped and looked around, holding still with his paddle, he noticed a tiny red plant, with five “paws” extending just an inch or so above the surface of the water.

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Arts briefs

Baltimore’s Visionary Art Museum among many elevating Finster’s profile

Exhibits, film elevate Finster's profile

The restoration over the last three years of the Rev. Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden folk art environment in the northwest Georgia town of Summerville also is proving to be a factor in a growing revival of interest in the work of the prolific artist more than a decade after his death.

The latest evidence is Finster’s powerful presence in a sprawling group exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore that opens Oct. 4 and in the documentary “Paradise Garden,” which will be screened at the Goat Farm Art Center on Nov. 18.

Books

Poet Richard Blanco’s wistful Cuban memoir shines brightly

Poet Richard Blanco’s wistful Cuban memoir shines brightly

Though set in Miami in the 1970s and ’80s, much of Richard Blanco’s sensual new memoir concerns a far less tangible territory: the imaginary lost paradise of pre-revolution Cuba.

Blanco’s mother got pregnant in Cuba, gave birth in Spain and brought her son to the U.S. when he was 45 days old. The extended family — parents, belligerent older brother, more belligerent grandmother — settled in Güecheste (Westchester), a Miami suburb where working-class exiles refused to let the customs of the old country fade away.

Travel

Festival brings songwriters to the Gulf Coast

Festival brings songwriters to the Gulf Coast

Frank Brown likely never imagined he would one day have a festival named in his honor, much less an international one.

The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, founded in 1984, takes place in November along the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. “Mr. Frank,” as he was called by those who knew him, wasn’t a singer or a songwriter.


Living & Style

Being 23: The meteoric rise of Millennials a powerful force
Lake Fong

Being 23: The meteoric rise of Millennials a powerful force

Right now in the United States, there are more 23-year-olds than people of any other age. This seemingly trivial fact of demographics is an anomaly more than 50 years in the making. According to U.S. Census data, since 1947, the most represented age in the United States has always been a member of the group born in the 20 years after WWII, the baby boomers.

Buyer's Edge

Accessories to dress-up your iPhone6

Accessories to dress-up your iPhone6

It’s safe to say that Apple provided enough information last week on the new iPhones, Watch and the technologies associated with them.

Getting the new iPhone is one thing, getting it dressed up is another. This week my email box was flooded with new cases to dress up your naked iPhone 6 or 6 plus, and here are some highlights.

Your health

Are you a willpower wimp? Then change your environment to lose weight
TAMMY LJUNGBLAD

Are you a willpower wimp? Then change your environment to lose weight

Need to lose weight? Instead of changing yourself, you might consider changing your environment.

Making changes — big and small — to the world around you is much easier than mustering the willpower to refrain from eating high-calorie foods, says Brian Wansink, who has for years studied our eating habits, currently as director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.


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