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This Life with Gracie: Morehouse valedictorian headed to Harvard Law School

This Life with Gracie: Morehouse valedictorian headed to Harvard Law School

Two years ago this summer, Derrick Parker was hunkered down studying for the LSAT in a room at the Harvard Law School. Having been invited to participate in the prestigious Harvard/NYU TRIALS program (Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools), he felt good. His dream of graduating from college and going to law school was so close he could taste it. As he sat there alone...
Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

I am such a liar, my yoga pants are on fire. (Not really. That’s a lie.) I tell whoppers every time I visit the farmers market, where I enthusiastically over-purchase fresh, colorful produce with the promise that I will clean, peel and prepare every single item. Then the veggies, and my intentions, wither and die in my kitchen. The truth is, some days are so overwhelming that the hardest steps...
Mitch Kaminer, 52, of Roswell lost 41 pounds

Mitch Kaminer, 52, of Roswell lost 41 pounds

Former weight: 220 pounds Current weight: 179 pounds Pounds lost: 41 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 inches Age: 52 How long he’s kept it off: He started in August and reached his current weight in May. Personal life: “I have been a real estate agent for the last 25 years, with Re Max Paramount Properties. I was president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors in 2012, then I was Realtor of the...
First Look: Cultured South debuts kombucha cool on the Beltline

First Look: Cultured South debuts kombucha cool on the Beltline

Cultured South Golda Kombucha. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. On Sunday, Cultured South, the burgeoning fermentation company from Golda Kombucha founder Melanie Wade, debuted its new taproom and fermentation marketplace adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail. Billed as the first of its kind in Georgia, and one of only a few kombucha taprooms in the Southeast...
Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

With his first cookbook, Atlanta chef Todd Richards delivers a glorious compendium of thoughtful and refined recipes that are his personal response to the accumulated history of American cooking, from slave days to the contemporary moment. In the pages of “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes,” published Tuesday, you will discover super-sophisticated multi-component recipes...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Aww! Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son. "Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!" Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer...
Concert review and photos: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers offer finely honed nostalgia

Concert review and photos: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers offer finely honed nostalgia

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene There is something comforting about the summer shed tour circuit. The Doobie Brothers rocked a 15-song set list. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Sure, you get some Kendricks and Wiz Khalifas, but music fans of a certain age wait to see which mix-and-match formula will be created each year among the ‘70s and ‘80s rockers – the Styxes and...
Getting girls fired up about welding

Getting girls fired up about welding

As a high school student in Texas, Bria Sativa Aguayo walked past the all-male welding class on the way to her cosmetology class. “I never looked in. I wasn’t even curious,” she says. “It didn’t seem something that I, as a girl, would ever do.” Twenty-five years later, Aguayo, 43, is now teaching welding and pushing to get more girls interested in the high-paying...
Kennesaw man sues restaurant, says daughters got E. coli from lettuce

Kennesaw man sues restaurant, says daughters got E. coli from lettuce

A Kennesaw father has filed a lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse, claiming his daughters were sickened after eating a Caesar salad tainted with E. coli at the chain’s Marietta location. According to the suit filed in the Northern District Court of Atlanta on Thursday, William LoPresti and his daughters dined at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant located at 2475 Barrett Creek Parkway in Marietta...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Christina Aguilera, Nine Inch Nails

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Christina Aguilera, Nine Inch Nails

Christina Aguilera will be joined by Atlanta’s Big Boi on her upcoming tour. BY LEA HOLLAND/AJC Editorial Assistant If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Lea Holland at lea.holland@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  Twitter. ON SALE MAY 18 Aly...
ITP Atlanta area parks perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

ITP Atlanta area parks perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

When it’s a beautiful, breezy Sunday afternoon. Your top priorities? Sunshine, fresh air and relaxation. Grab a friend (or a few), a blanket and pack a picnic. Then head to one of the Midtown area's best green spaces for a relaxing lounge in the park. Clear the weekend schedule for a relaxing day. Fly a kite. People watch. The vibe is relaxed and the sunshine is plentiful. Savor some great...
Video: This woman did CPR on a parakeet and it actually worked

Video: This woman did CPR on a parakeet and it actually worked

Chelsea Steiner is a certified emergency medical technician, but she doesn't have a job in that field yet. She works as a manager at Domino's, volunteering with paramedics in her free time to get hands-on experience. » RELATED: 7 places in the Atlanta area to learn child and infant CPR Earlier this week, when she was visiting friends on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Steiner, 22, had an...
This Life with Gracie: Jewish program manager’s personal story informs work in opioid crisis

This Life with Gracie: Jewish program manager’s personal story informs work in opioid crisis

For years now, we’ve been hearing about the opioid epidemic and the devastation it has wrought here and across the country. No race, no religion, no age group, no community has been untouched. If you ever talked to anyone in the Jewish community, though, you might have missed that fact. Drug addiction is still a taboo topic fraught with shame, said Mandy Wright, program manager of HAMSA...
Children’s emotions rule their heads

Children’s emotions rule their heads

When I was in college and grad school, other students — mostly the “jock” and fraternity crowds — called me all sorts of names because, being the lead singer in a popular campus rock band, I sported long hair and wore flamboyant outfits. This being BPC (before political correctness), the reader can imagine the epithets in question. Sometimes I felt threatened, but mostly I...
Chimney swifts looking for suitable nesting sites

Chimney swifts looking for suitable nesting sites

They’re baaaak. They are the chimney swifts, which have nested in our chimney in Decatur for the past several springs in a row. We don’t know if it’s the same pair from previous years or another pair, but, whatever, we’re glad to host them again. Recently returned from their winter homes deep in the Amazon Basin in South America, the birds can be heard fluttering and twittering...
A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

il Giallo Osteria & Bar features a pizza di fragile with strawberries on its dessert menu. Photo by Erik Meadows. Strawberry season is now in full swing in Georgia. If you don’t want to mess with pick-your-own farms , you still can reap the fruits of the season with these drinks and dishes from various OTP eateries.   il Giallo Osteria &...
Georgia’s most popular baby names are . . .

Georgia’s most popular baby names are . . .

When it comes to baby names, Georgians know what they like. William and Ava reign again. In 2015, 2016, and now 2017, William and Ava were the most popular names in the state, according to the Social Security Administration, which released new data on applications for Social Security cards for children today.   Here are the top 10 most popular girls names in Georgia: 1. Ava 2. Olivia 3....
Sting and Shaggy tour will play the Tabernacle this fall

Sting and Shaggy tour will play the Tabernacle this fall

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene That unlikely duo of Sting and Shaggy are taking their island-flavored collaboration on the road this fall. The pair will kick off a tour Sept. 15 in Miami and head to Atlanta for the next date, Sept. 17 at the Tabernacle . Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $80.50 for general admission (standing) floor and $130.50 for reserved...
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Thursday, May 17

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Thursday, May 17

The weekend is almost here, but it’s a little soggy outside. Maybe you’d like to stay out of the rain. Here are a few ways to do that.    ‘BARBECUE NATION’  Atlanta History Center is celebrating the art of barbecue with this new food-centric exhibition, focusing on the idea that this is a truly American food and examining the political and social aspects of barbecue...
New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

A groundbreaking study is being done at Boston Children's Hospital that researchers say could potentially predict whether a child as young as 3 months old is at-risk for developing autism. Right now, most children can't receive a reliable diagnosis until they are at least 1 year old.  Chase Minicucci and his mother, Hillary Steele Minicucci, regularly go to Boston Children&rsquo...
This Life: DACA student: ‘We just want to better ourselves’

This Life: DACA student: ‘We just want to better ourselves’

The Georgia Supreme Court decided last week not to hear a case in favor of allowing immigrants with temporary permission to stay in the U.S. to pay in-state tuition to attend college. It was yet another blow to Sergio Blanco, who’d held out hope that instead of working full time and attending Georgia Highlands College part time, he could finally make education his top priority. “We pay...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Cookbook author and TV personality Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend have welcomed their second child, a son, People reported.  >> Read more trending news  "Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" Teigen, 32, wrote early Thursday in a tweet that included baby bottle emojis. The celebrity couple also have a daughter, 2-year-old Luna.  According to E!, Teigen and Legend...
Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Before driving to Miss Gogi in the Peachtree Pavilion strip mall in Doraville, I tried to do a little research. I knew, of course, to expect the salty sweet pleasures of tender bulgogi, the Korean barbecue dish referenced by the name, but I wanted to figure out what they were doing differently. You see, Korean barbecue restaurants are thriving in metro Atlanta these days. This Korean barbecue...
Feeling blue on a rainy day? You are not alone

Feeling blue on a rainy day? You are not alone

If this stretch of rain, rain and more rain is bringing you down — it’s not just you. Rainy days can make people more susceptible to feeling blue, even lonely, experts say. But rain falling from the sky doesn’t have to be a downer. John Grohol, founder and CEO of Psych Central, an online resource run by mental health professionals, has reviewed various studies on weather and...
Zedd will perform following an Atlanta Braves game in August

Zedd will perform following an Atlanta Braves game in August

Zedd will visit SunTrust Park this summer. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Zedd, the DJ/producer behind such radio hits as “Clarity” and “The Middle,” will perform after an Atlanta Braves game this summer. The artist will bring his electronic music stylings to SunTrust Park following the 7:35 p.m. Aug. 31 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates The concert...
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018 explores Southern culture and cuisine

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018 explores Southern culture and cuisine

In its eighth year, the four-day Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 31-June 3, has become a major showcase for exploring Southern culture through its cuisine. It boasts a convivial atmosphere described as “one-part conference and one-part party.” And it gives festivalgoers the opportunity to rub elbows with many of the South’s best chefs, who come to cook, teach and talk, then hang...
A Korean barbecue for an American kitchen

A Korean barbecue for an American kitchen

Seung Hee Lee traces her love of cooking back to her paternal grandmother. Her grandma would make her something to eat, and the little girl would taste it and tell her what it needed. By 6, she was inventing her own dishes and serving them to her family at their home in Cheongju, South Korea. The first one she remembers creating was kimchi and fried eggs. Nearly three decades later, and thousands...
Iris can be transplanted almost any time

Iris can be transplanted almost any time

Q: When can I transplant iris? How much sun should they have in their new home? Mackie Nisbett, email A: You can move them almost any time. Early summer, after they finish blooming, is fine but I usually wait until fall because there is less demand then for water by the leaves. Iris grow best in full sun as long as you can water them occasionally in the heat of summer. Q: Squirrels appear...
Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe spent years researching and writing what would become perhaps his most significant novel, 1998’s “A Man in Full,” and the city of Atlanta was collectively proud and apprehensive to be in the crosshairs of the writer’s gimlet-eyed scrutiny. Atlanta’s jitters manifested early. Wolfe came to town to celebrate the November publication date, but the Buckhead Coalition...
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tour will visit Atlanta this summer

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tour will visit Atlanta this summer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) are joining for perhaps the most obviously named tour in memory, “Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018.” The two rap stars will share the bill with Lil Skies and OT Genasis for a 27-city run of amphitheaters, which pulls into Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood at 6 p.m. Aug. 21...
A nod to mod & made in Atlanta

A nod to mod & made in Atlanta

When Jennifer J. Matchett couldn’t find a pair of tortoiseshell earrings that suited her, Matchett first designed some for herself. Then she launched a modern, eco-conscious jewelry line. The designer: Matchett, originally from Maine, grew up in South Florida and graduated with an art history degree from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. She started making earrings using acetate jewelry...
How Emory Healthcare is taking care of patients here from Australia

How Emory Healthcare is taking care of patients here from Australia

About four years ago, Dr. Tim Buchman groggily called a colleague after working yet another night shift. In 2014, Buchman, director of the Emory Critical Care Center, worked a total of 180 night shifts — 7 p.m.-7 a.m. — and the harsh realities of working evening hours were taking their toll. He was more irritable, more snippy and his ability to focus was impaired by a lack of consistent...
An evolving Buckhead battles for luxe bucks

An evolving Buckhead battles for luxe bucks

On a Wednesday evening in May, Aida and Allan Flamm drove away from their Buckhead home of 31 years heading for Palm Beach. The couple had been stalwarts of the community, but in recent years, it had just gotten to be too much. The relentless development was a prime factor in their decision to leave. “Buckhead has changed and I don’t think it is for the better,” said Aida Flamm....
Atlanta area Mormons weigh effect of church’s split with Boy Scouts

Atlanta area Mormons weigh effect of church’s split with Boy Scouts

Stephanie Daniels’ family is Mormon and part of the Boy Scouts of America program. She plans to maintain both relationships even as her church recently announced that at the end of 2019, it would sever its longstanding relationship with the Scouting program she loves. Like other metro Atlanta Mormon parents, Daniels has to decide to support one or both organizations. “We have been the...
Grab convenient food without the guilt at this venerable Atlanta chain

Grab convenient food without the guilt at this venerable Atlanta chain

The densely packed falafel wrap at Grecian Gyro will cost you only $6. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Dish of the Week: Falafel wrap at Grecian Gyro Fast food’s powerful grip on American appetites has as much to do with convenience and price as it does with the food. People with busy lives and tight budgets often are forced to choose between an unhealthy meal or going hungry. Luckily...
This Life with Gracie: Half of women with PCOS don’t know they have it

This Life with Gracie: Half of women with PCOS don’t know they have it

In some ways, Sasha Ottey was lucky. For many women with polycystic ovary syndrome like her, it can take years and untold doctor visits before they get a correct diagnosis. All too often, doctors end up treating the vast array of symptoms caused by the hormonal disorder. Severe acne. Sleep apnea. Obesity. Or thinning hair and excess hair growth on the face or body. But Ottey’s OB-GYN pinpointed...
Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls concert at Symphony Hall canceled

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls concert at Symphony Hall canceled

Derek Smalls, in all his glory. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene So much for getting a fresh gander at a member of Spinal Tap. Derek Smalls, the bassist for the fictional British heavy metal band, was slated for a June 29 solo appearance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. Alas, his “Lukewarm Water Live” show has been canceled. All tickets will be refunded...
Lauren Bradley, 32, of Marietta lost 37 pounds

Lauren Bradley, 32, of Marietta lost 37 pounds

Former weight: 200 pounds Current weight: 163 pounds Pounds lost: 37 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 32 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started in August of 2017 with Sparkle a New You and wellness coach Jacynta Harb, and reached my current weight on March 1,” Bradley said. Personal life: “I live in Marietta with my husband and two boys. I’ve been married...
Spike Lee's electric 'BlacKkKlansman' gets standing ovation at Cannes premiere

Spike Lee's electric 'BlacKkKlansman' gets standing ovation at Cannes premiere

Spike Lee's Ku Klux Klan crime drama "BlacKkKlansman" received a rousing, lengthy standing ovation at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Lee's film tells true-life tale of a black police detective in Colorado who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. It was among the most highly anticipated titles at Cannes this year, and immediate reaction was positive. "BlacKkKlansman"...
Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

On a recent drizzly Tuesday, Katherine Kennedy and five volunteers wrestled with a mulberry tree on Pearl Street. While four members of the foraging party held the corners of a blue tarp, the tallest, Riley Perszyk, stood on the bed of a pickup truck, grabbed a high branch of the tree and shook it like a Polaroid picture. Down came a hail of dark fruit, along with a shower of raindrops, prompting...
Review: Alliance, ASO collaborate on an adventurous ‘Candide’

Review: Alliance, ASO collaborate on an adventurous ‘Candide’

“All the world’s a stage” doesn’t come from Voltaire, but that famous phrase clearly fits composer Leonard Bernstein’s ambitious musical-theater adaptation of the French philosopher’s 1759 satirical novella “Candide.” Our titular hero is the banished bastard son of a German aristocrat, who embarks on a globe-trotting, soul-searching quest for &ldquo...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
Atlanta actor talks playing Prince Charles in royal wedding movie

Atlanta actor talks playing Prince Charles in royal wedding movie

If you thought it was noteworthy that Meghan Markle, a divorced, biracial American actress, is marrying Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, Prince Harry, on Saturday, then hold on to your top hat: Prince Charles, Harry’s dad and the future King of England, lives in Atlanta. Morningside to be precise. “When my agent called me, he was just as surprised as I was,” Steve Coulter said...
Things to do around Atlanta for Monday, May 14

Things to do around Atlanta for Monday, May 14

If Wednesday is Hump Day, then what the heck is Monday? How about Jumpstart Day? The weekend may just be a delicious fading memory, but that’s no excuse not to get out there and do something fun or enlightening on the first weekday. Here are today’s highlights from around town. MILK + COOKIES PRESENTS: NAV Here’s your one-night-only chance to catch the Canadian hip hop artist who...
Gina Breedlove talks about sound healing ahead of City Winery concert

Gina Breedlove talks about sound healing ahead of City Winery concert

Singer Gina Breedlove will perform at City Winery on Thursday. BY ROSALIND BENTLEY/AJC Staff Reporter There aren’t many people walking the face of the Earth who can say they originated a role on Broadway, but singer Gina Breedlove is one of the few who can. She was the first actress to play Queen Sarabi, mother of Simba, in the perennial Broadway favorite “The Lion King.&rdquo...
Child behind daycare attack that sent baby to hospital, prosecutor says; no charges filed

Child behind daycare attack that sent baby to hospital, prosecutor says; no charges filed

Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges after authorities determined that a young child attacked a baby boy at an Indiana daycare, reportedly sending him to the hospital last month. According to The Associated Press, a medical professional said 1-year-old Jesse Griffin's injuries – a bloody, cut face and swollen eyes – were caused by another child at Kiddiegarden in Indianapolis...
Concert review and photos: Justin Timberlake showcases effortless charm at Infinite Energy Arena

Concert review and photos: Justin Timberlake showcases effortless charm at Infinite Energy Arena

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” album didn’t turn out to be the genre-bending, stratospheric release that was clearly the playbook for his long-awaited return. But while Timberlake’s fifth studio release was more shrug worthy than career defining, his tour to support it is a masterstroke of ingenuity....
7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

Moms do so much for their kids, so why not treat yours to something special in Atlanta to celebrate her day? If you’re still looking for unique Mother’s Day ideas, you have a plethora of options for Mother’s Day in Atlanta −whether  an artsy event, shopping for her favorite things or just plain ‘ol brunching  Saturday or Sunday −  will give...
This Mother’s Day, give mom forgiveness, compassion and grace

This Mother’s Day, give mom forgiveness, compassion and grace

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and when I started thinking about the theme for my column, I had a recurring thought. For the past several years, I have been in constant prayer about some mothers I know and their children, whose relationships are filled with unforgiveness, separation or constant conflict. In each of these situations, I can easily understand the motives behind the estrangement...
Navigating veganism at the dinner table — and on the playground

Navigating veganism at the dinner table — and on the playground

Q: I’m raising my kindergarten-age twins as vegans for ethical reasons. We often talk about why we don’t eat animals or drink the milk meant for their babies. My question is how to handle it when my girls tell kids at the park or on play dates that “drinking milk is mean.” On the one hand, it’s an awkward moment when my kids scold their friends for something their friends...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I have a vintage Tissot Sideral sports watch from the late 70s that is in fair-to-good condition. I see on eBay that this watch has a very high selling point in perfect condition. I would like to find a local watch appraiser who may be interested in buying it. I have tried many online sites and some local jewelers, but no one is interested in appraising this. What can I do? Thank you. Leslie O&rsquo...
A close-up look at lichens can reveal a miniature world

A close-up look at lichens can reveal a miniature world

To most folks I presume, lichens are merely those crusty patches and splotches found on rocks, trees, tombstones, bare soil, old wooden fences and other outdoor surfaces. They appear nearly everywhere — in the yard on dead azalea limbs or all over Stone Mountain, covering the granite monolith with a green patina. But if you examine lichens under a magnifying hand lens, or loupe, a tiny, fascinating...
How to watch and stream the Royal Wedding (plus everything else on TV about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)

How to watch and stream the Royal Wedding (plus everything else on TV about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle march down the aisle in Windsor, England, on May 19th, they’ll be watched by 600 invited guests and additional untold numbers of nosy onlookers. And that’s just the American TV hosts. Ha, ha, we kid. Sort of. There’ll be cameras positioned inside St. George’s Chapel to televise and live stream the hotly-anticipated  nuptials between...
This Life with Gracie: How these siblings are honoring moms everywhere

This Life with Gracie: How these siblings are honoring moms everywhere

She had hopes of surprising her mom, but knowing Carrie Salone isn’t likely to sit still long, Alleah Salone let her mom in on her secret. To celebrate her love for Carrie, she’d be arriving home from Boston sometime Saturday in time to attend church with her, enjoy pampering at a local spa and then a late dinner. “If I hadn’t told her, she would’ve planned a day full...
Are you a ‘Hamilton’ fan? You can be in … the room where it happens

Are you a ‘Hamilton’ fan? You can be in … the room where it happens

“Best Hamiltunes ever!” After several hours of invigorating “Hamilton” songs in two back-to-back events, Donald Milton III, whose bright blue T-shirt says “Raise a Glass to Freedom,” jumps onstage at the Vista Room. That’s what he shouts into the microphone. “Hamilton” fans and fanatics respond with whoops and hollers, a “Hallelujah!&rdquo...
Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Those feel-good vibes you get post-yoga class combined with the happy buzz of sipping your favorite adult beverage is a recipe for the ultimate Zen. Part wellness and part foodie, the trend has finally hit Atlanta, served up now at plenty of yoga studios, breweries, wine bars and other spaces across the city where you can practice both your savasana and your swirl technique. Get ready to detox, then...
Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

My dining companion and I had wandered in from a rainy weekend day to this modest strip mall joint in Doraville. It is a well-lit, very clean space full of long tables for sharing, but nothing to write home about in the interior decoration department. We’d each picked a few dishes off the flat-screen menu hanging above the register without paying much attention to what the other one ordered...
RootsTech rewind offered in Roswell in June

RootsTech rewind offered in Roswell in June

RootsTech is one of the largest genealogy events in the country. Held in Salt Lake City on Feb. 28 to March 3 this year, the event is over. But there will be a recap of many important lectures on June 9 at the Church of Latter-day Saints in Roswell at 500 Norcross St. The RootsTech Family History Conference will present the latest news and actual video classes from the 2018 event, including: &ldquo...
Christina Aguilera will return to Atlanta for the first time in more than a decade

Christina Aguilera will return to Atlanta for the first time in more than a decade

Christina Aguilera, version 2018. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene For the first time in a decade, Christina Aguilera is hitting the road. The powerhouse singer will bring her “Liberation Tour” to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Aguilera’s tour will kick off Sept. 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and hit 22 cities across the country. Tickets will go on sale for American Express...
“Backyard Wilderness” comes to the Fernbank

“Backyard Wilderness” comes to the Fernbank

Our backyards are probably the last places we think of when seeking adventure but a new documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Andrew Young and Susan Todd might just change that. “Backyard Wilderness,” which opened this spring at the Fernbank and museums across the country and Canada, is not only inspiring, it promises to open our eyes to the many surprises nature delivers every...
Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

With the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coming up May 19, quickly on the heels of the latest royal baby, American Anglophilia is flaring anew. Whether it’s “Victoria,” Helen Mirren, John Oliver, The Beatles or Jane Austen, Americans’ pop culture love affair with the U.K. is an enduring one. But we also show our country’s British roots when we sip English breakfast...
How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

In Margaret Bragg’s kitchen, the food of poverty never went out of style. She is a wizard with fatback, turnip greens, sow-belly and tripe, and she’s not impressed with the fact that the rest of the world has caught up with her, and that catfish is served at the most fashionable tables. “She wouldn’t care what the rest of the world was doing,” said Rick Bragg. What...
This circuit breaker is still in homes despite safety concerns

This circuit breaker is still in homes despite safety concerns

Millions of U.S. and Canadian homes were built with circuit breaker panels that one expert has questioned as a potential fire hazard. Issues about Federal Pacific Electric's Stab-Lok circuit breakers were first raised decades ago with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC closed its investigation in 1983 because data then available did not establish "that the circuit breakers pose...
WATCH: Pollen cloud springs from tree in sneeze-worthy viral video

WATCH: Pollen cloud springs from tree in sneeze-worthy viral video

Look away, allergy sufferers: This viral video from New Jersey might bring you to tears. On Monday, Facebook user Jennifer Henderson shared a clip of a backhoe tapping a tree in Millville – and the enormous pollen cloud that followed. >> Read more trending news  "When my husband said the pollen's bad, I probably should've taken his word for it. Crazy!" Henderson wrote...
Stories, recipes chronicle chef Edward Lee’s trek to ‘American’ food

Stories, recipes chronicle chef Edward Lee’s trek to ‘American’ food

To call “Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine” (Artisan, $27.50) by Edward Lee merely a cookbook would be shame. Not because there aren’t many wonderful recipes in its 300-plus pages. But because the journey Lee takes and the stories he tells conjure writers as diverse and compelling as Alexis de Tocqueville, M.F.K. Fisher...
Milkweed aphids are easy to control

Milkweed aphids are easy to control

Q: I’ve wondered about purchasing beneficial insects for my yard. I’m particularly interested in ladybugs to combat aphids on milkweed that I plant for butterflies. Machele McCance, Walton County A: Lady beetles certainly do eat aphids. The problem is keeping enough lady beetles around to eat all of the aphids in short order. In my experience, when you release lady beetles...
Royal wedding evokes Georgia’s historic ties to the Crown

Royal wedding evokes Georgia’s historic ties to the Crown

The upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle brings to mind links between Georgia and the British Royal Family. Prince Harry’s direct ancestor was King George II (ruled 1727-1760) for whom the colony of Georgia was named in 1732 when he granted the charter. The city of Augusta was named for Augusta, Princess of Wales, mother of King George III. She was married to...
Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

The Atlanta dining community is reacting to news announced Monday that Kevin Gillespie, one of the city’s most prominent and popular chefs, has been diagnosed with renal cancer. Gillespie, 35, is a chef and partner with Red Beard Restaurants group, whose dining concepts include Gunshow in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood and Revival in Decatur. A native of Atlanta, Gillespie was...
Shawn Mendes tour will visit Atlanta in 2019

Shawn Mendes tour will visit Atlanta in 2019

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Shawn Mendes will travel around the globe next year in support of his upcoming third album. “Shawn Mendes: The Tour,” will stop at Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. July 31, 2019 (note the 2019). Tickets for the Atlanta show will range from $29.50-$85.50 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. May 19, but there are several pre-sales including...
Enjoy loaded Pittsburgher at this Roswell mom-and-pop

Enjoy loaded Pittsburgher at this Roswell mom-and-pop

The Pittsburgher at Roswell’s Peach & the Porkchop. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Dish of the Week: The Pittsburgher at Peach & the Porkchop Does Pittsburgh register as a major food city with Atlantans? That’s doubtful, but it might be recognized among the more studious food lovers in town. In 2015, Zagat rated Pittsburgh as the best food...
A look at the Tabernacle music venue after 20 years of rocking Atlanta

A look at the Tabernacle music venue after 20 years of rocking Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Its stage witnessed the debut of Tyler Perry’s first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” It was the venue where, in 2004, Elton John recorded a live DVD to accompany his “Peachtree Road” album. Dave Chappelle has paced and popped jokes there nearly three dozen times. And a year before he played what would be his final show in Atlanta...
This Life with Gracie: Sometimes, even good students need push in right direction

This Life with Gracie: Sometimes, even good students need push in right direction

Come Saturday, Indigo Gill will be a college graduate, holder of a bachelor of science degree in biology from Xavier University, and in a year, on her way to medical school. Gill always knew she’d attend college. She excelled at Lithonia’s Martin Luther King Jr. High School — in academics and extracurriculars. On paper, she shined. Then in the winter of 2011, she wore a beanie to...
Healthy Cooking: When you’re pressed to make dinner, go for panini

Healthy Cooking: When you’re pressed to make dinner, go for panini

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but exasperation was the genesis of my family’s easiest healthy meal. A few weeks ago, after Dear Husband Bob and I collapsed on the sofa and discussed our equally overwhelming and exhausting days, he looked at me and said, “So, what’s for dinner?” Readers, he did not get a menu in response. Instead, he was treated to the unholy diatribe...
Taylor Noland, 32, of Atlanta lost 47 pounds

Taylor Noland, 32, of Atlanta lost 47 pounds

Former weight: 252 pounds Current weight: 205 pounds Pounds lost: 47 pounds Height: 6 feet Age: 32 How long she’s kept it off: “I started my weight-loss journey in December 2016,” Noland said. Personal life: “I live in Buckhead and have two dogs,” she said. “I work at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in the eighth grade as well as coach volleyball, soccer...
First Look: Expat French-style bistro from Jerry Slater is open in Athens

First Look: Expat French-style bistro from Jerry Slater is open in Athens

Expat Fowl entree, duck with grilled escarole, Calabrian chili honey, and quinoa. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. It was big news when Expat, the new bar and restaurant from Jerry Slater, opened in Athens last week. Slater is a whiskey expert and well-known barman, who recently collaborated with Sara Camp Milam on “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails” (University of...
Kempner: Price of an ugly incident? Waffle House, Starbucks heartburn

Kempner: Price of an ugly incident? Waffle House, Starbucks heartburn

It doesn’t look like a threatened national boycott and sit-ins of Waffle House are getting big traction. The largest local sit-in drew about 20 people on Sunday to one metro Atlanta Waffle House, according to an organizer for the Alliance for Black Lives. But the Georgia-based restaurant chain had already endured a social media hurricane over the incident that sparked the protest calls. A black...
Chef Kevin Gillespie has been diagnosed with renal cancer

Chef Kevin Gillespie has been diagnosed with renal cancer

Kevin Gillespie / (BECKY STEIN) Kevin Gillespie, one of Atlanta’s most famous and beloved chefs and restaurateurs, is fighting renal cancer. Here is this morning’s statement from Gillespie’s team: After months of not feeling well, Kevin Gillespie has been diagnosed with a rare form of renal cancer. In the coming weeks, Kevin will have surgery to remove one of his kidneys...
Lea Michele and Darren Criss will bring co-headlining tour to Atlanta this summer

Lea Michele and Darren Criss will bring co-headlining tour to Atlanta this summer

Lea Michele and Darren Criss will play Atlanta this summer. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lea Michele and Darren Criss will now swing through Atlanta on their upcoming co-headlining tour. The actors/musicians who worked together on Fox’s musical hit, “Glee,” have added a show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. June 29. Tickets are $35-$95 and will go...
Gold hot wings offered at NYC eatery

Gold hot wings offered at NYC eatery

You have your mild, hot, extra hot and even Armageddon-melt-your-face-off varieties of hot wings; but how about the bar staple dusted in gold? Two New York City restaurants are offering the decadent dinner.  They’re called Foodgod 24 Karat wings and are being served at two locations of The Ainsworth: one in Chelsea and one in the East Village, the New York Daily News reported. ...
Is ‘hangry’ a real emotion? Scientist says yes

Is ‘hangry’ a real emotion? Scientist says yes

You know the commercials from Snickers - the ones with stars standing in for everyday people with the tag line that you’re not yourself when you’re hungry. Most of the spots deal with the feeling of being hangry - or so hungry that you’re actually angry. But the feeling isn’t just a hook to sell candy bars. One scientist claims it is real. “We’ve long recognized...
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband Cory welcome baby girl

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and husband Cory welcome baby girl

"Sister, Sister" star Tia Mowry-Hardrict has given birth to a baby girl. According to Essence, the actress and her husband, Cory Hardrict, welcomed their second child Saturday. They also have a son, Cree, who was born in 2011. >> Read more trending news  Mowry-Hardrict's twin and "Sister, Sister" co-star Tamera Mowry-Housley wrote on Instastory: "She's here!!...
Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Singer Jordin Sparks has become a mom. According to People magazine, Sparks, 28, and her husband, Dana Isaiah, 25, welcomed a son at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. The baby boy, named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, the magazine reported. The "American Idol" winner described giving birth as "miraculously beautiful," ...
Historic collaboration brings ‘Candide’ to Symphony Hall

Historic collaboration brings ‘Candide’ to Symphony Hall

Early in the planning stages for “Candide,” director Susan V. Booth ran into a square-footage issue. The artistic director of the Alliance Theatre had partnered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring Leonard Bernstein’s operetta to Symphony Hall, but on a stage filled with the ASO, the ASO Chorus and 16 performers, there wasn’t much room for a set. Volcanoes...
Allergies in Atlanta: Why they’re bad and getting worse

Allergies in Atlanta: Why they’re bad and getting worse

It is not your imagination. The allergy season really is getting worse. In Atlanta, a combination of factors, from climate change to automobiles to perverse choices by gardeners, are conspiring to turn your eyes and nose into a rheumy, runny battlefield. You probably took note of this back in April when the pollen count reached 5,354, or almost 50 times what allergists call “high.” Well...
Try this beer to kick off Wrecking Bar’s Wild, Wild Beer Festival this weekend

Try this beer to kick off Wrecking Bar’s Wild, Wild Beer Festival this weekend

Wrecking Bar Tampa Timeshare Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Inman Park is hosting its fourth annual Wild, Wild Beer Festival at noon on Saturday.   The event, which takes place in the pub and Marianna event space, will highlight sour and wild ales brewed in Georgia and feature barrel-aged sour beers made in America and Europe.   Tickets are...
Rare eye cancer striking some Auburn grads

Rare eye cancer striking some Auburn grads

It’s the health story worthy of a mystery writer: Over 50 people, including more than three dozen who attended Auburn University some two to three decades ago, have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer. As doctors and epidemiologists search for possible causes and connections, questions about the cancer and its possible impact in Georgia are swirling. To answer them...
Firing up the grill with Mark Bittman

Firing up the grill with Mark Bittman

With more than 20 books to his name, including “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00,” “Food Matters” and the entire “How to Cook Everything” series, it would seem that Mark Bittman has written about, well, everything. Not quite. The prolific food writer and former New York Times columnist is back this year with “How to Grill Everything” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...
This Life with Gracie: What you should know before choosing a summer camp

This Life with Gracie: What you should know before choosing a summer camp

Few of us will soon forget Benjamin “Kamau” Hosch III, the 5-year-old who drowned last summer during an outing with his day camp at Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills. Kamau, officials said, went missing sometime during a lunch break on one of the park’s nature trails. His little body was found a short time later in a pool of water near a creek, where he and the rest of the...
Cherishing the prayers of a patient mother

Cherishing the prayers of a patient mother

An intricately woven nest is tucked away in the crook of a cypress tree near my deck. The nest is nicely positioned, so rain and wind won’t damage it, and is high enough to discourage predators. One day, I spotted a twig sticking out of the nest — and upon closer inspection realized it was the tail of a female cardinal, whose brownish feathers blended so well with her home that she was...
3-year-old defies parents at every opportunity

3-year-old defies parents at every opportunity

Q: We are having no success getting our 3-year-old (her third birthday is in a couple of weeks) to do what we tell her to do. She defies us at every opportunity, whether it’s just ignoring us or telling us “no” or even physically fighting us. We’ve tried time-out, but she won’t sit, and if one of us tries to hold her in her “happy chair,” she screams and kicks...
Georgia refuge helped save wood stork from extincton

Georgia refuge helped save wood stork from extincton

Thirty-five years ago, wildlife scientists feared that the wood stork, a large wading bird of Southeast swamps, would be extinct by 2000 unless the species made a remarkable recovery. The lanky, bald-headed bird, North America’s only breeding stork species, was put on the federal Endangered Species List. State and federal wildlife managers in Georgia and elsewhere then undertook intense conservation...
Pink will return for encore concert at Philips Arena in 2019

Pink will return for encore concert at Philips Arena in 2019

Pink delivered high-flying skills, tremendous vocals and a lot of fun at her sold-out Philips Arena show on April 21, 2018. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene She flew through the air with the greatest of ease when she played Philips Arena a couple of weeks ago , and now Pink will bring her aerial and musical efforts...
Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

In the pantheon of fast-food burgers, the Krystal’s offerings were always undersized. That was part of their appeal, often for a late-night party crowd or anyone looking for speedy hand-to-mouth food consumption in the South. Thin on meat (an eighth of an inch thick, according to my ruler), heavy on white bread, square and, most importantly, tiny, Krystal burgers didn’t follow the crowd...
This Life with Gracie: Was Chaplain Conroy really canned for praying for the poor?

This Life with Gracie: Was Chaplain Conroy really canned for praying for the poor?

It goes without saying that not all Christians think alike. Still, I couldn’t help wondering what in the world Speaker Paul Ryan could’ve been thinking recently when he forced the Rev. Patrick Conroy to resign. As recently as a few days ago, it wasn’t immediately clear why the House chaplain was dismissed. Some said it was because of lawmaker complaints that the priest wasn&rsquo...
Review: Mourning Dove a lovely concept that hasn’t quite taken flight

Review: Mourning Dove a lovely concept that hasn’t quite taken flight

How do you take your coffee shops? Do you like dark lairs with sputtering espresso machines and spiky baristas? Or do you prefer bright, sunny rooms with marble counters, smart wine lists and chefs who aim to create thoughtful, handmade food? If you belong to the latter camp, Mourning Dove Cafe might give you reason to coo. Perched in a secluded northern branch of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta,...
Jon Cryer, Hilary Duff to be featured on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Jon Cryer, Hilary Duff to be featured on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Returning May 21 on the TLC channel for its 10th season will be the genealogy-based program “Who Do You Think You Are?” Scheduled to be featured are celebrities Laverne Cox, Jon Cryer, Hilary Duff, Megan Mullally, Molly Shannon and Jean Smart. The season contains six, hour-long episodes. The celebrities usually say how much they know about their ancestry, then one line is focused on. Hints...
Cutting carbs? Noodles & Company unveils trendy new noodle replacement

Cutting carbs? Noodles & Company unveils trendy new noodle replacement

The national restaurant chain Noodles & Company, which operates four restaurants across the region, announced today the nationwide launch of zucchini noodles that restaurant officials say will be spiral-cut daily at each location. The lower-calorie and low-carb zucchini noodles — or “zoodles” — are making their debut in two dishes: the new Zucchini Romesco, and the existing...
Binge drinking, risks common far beyond frat houses and the young

Binge drinking, risks common far beyond frat houses and the young

Visit almost any college campus and you’ll find widespread binge drinking at football tailgating, fraternity parties and even inside dormitories. But a new study by the Centers Disease Control and Prevention finds heavy drinking continues long after the college years and well into adulthood. More than 37 million Americans, or one in six , reported binge drinking about once per week in 2015...
Get your Drinko de Mayo on at these OTP Cinco de Mayo festivities

Get your Drinko de Mayo on at these OTP Cinco de Mayo festivities

Live music, DJs, drink specials and more are part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities at Tin Lizzy’s locations across metro Atlanta. Photo courtesy of Tin Lizzy’s. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday — which means plenty of over-the-top fiestas to choose from, and a little less guilt about having that extra margarita. Not sure where to celebrate OTP?...
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