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Don’t ruin your eclipse experience — What not to do the day of and during the total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is a rare and magnificent sight, especially for Americans, many of whom will experience their first and only total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  If you’re among the millions of Americans with plans to flock to cities along the path of totality, don’t let the excitement...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Any time I broach the subject of race, I feel like I did every time I had to dissolve disputes between my daughters, which was, thinking back, much like walking on hot coals. It was certainly more complex than it first appeared. Having grown up in a family of 10 kids, I had no doubt about that. While it was always clear they were at war, the reasons weren’t always so obvious. One of them felt...
Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor is typing with her right thumb. One letter at a time, she explains herself, touching the screen on her iPhone with the only digit that works, carefully shifting for capital letters and punctuation. Her Buckhead condominium is quiet but for the hiss of the portable ventilator, automatically inflating her lungs every three seconds. The compact breathing machine is packed under her motorized...
Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

When Audra Dial heard about the upcoming the solar eclipse, she immediately thought about seeing the astronomical phenomenon back in 1979 when she was 7 years old. Dial was living in California at the time, and she and her parents traveled to Indiana, to watch the solar eclipse with her grandparents. She remembers using a homemade cardboard eclipse viewer with a pinhole, and being side by side...
6 rooftop bars in Atlanta to watch the solar eclipse

6 rooftop bars in Atlanta to watch the solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, the sun, moon and planet Earth will align for the first total solar eclipse to cross the country from coast-to-coast in nearly 100 years. While Atlanta is not in the eclipse’s “path of totality,” the sky-darkening phenomenon will still be visible when the partial eclipse reaches its peak in the city at around 2:36 p.m.   If you aren’t able...
How to watch the 2017 solar eclipse on TV or online

How to watch the 2017 solar eclipse on TV or online

In preparation for the solar eclipse to cross North America, eclipse watchers are also anxiously watching the weather. If cloudy skies or rain hide the sun, then you can’t see the moon passing in front of it. In northeastern Georgia, the area of the state that falls in the path of totality (100% eclipse is visible), recent forecasts have been for cloudy skies and thunderstorms...
8 places to view the solar eclipse in metro Atlanta

8 places to view the solar eclipse in metro Atlanta

On Monday, Aug. 21, the 2017 American Eclipse will offer a mid-afternoon spectacle in the sky. A solar eclipse — the moment when the moon completely covers the sun during the daytime hours — is a sight many people have just a few opportunities to view in their lifetimes. Read more : The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar...
Solar eclipse apps help people prepare for celestial extravaganza

Solar eclipse apps help people prepare for celestial extravaganza

The upcoming solar eclipse in August bids to be more than a rare celestial event — it could meld the increasingly pervasive world of smartphone apps with a total eclipse visible from sea to shining sea. At least 15 free apps that focus on the eclipse are available for Android phones, iPhones, or both. They’ll help you find your way to spots where you can experience the eclipse from within...
Bolster flavor instantly with miso

Bolster flavor instantly with miso

Inventive cooks are always looking to push flavor to the maximum. Here is my advice: When in doubt, add a little miso. It has transformative powers. In addition to offering a host of nutritional and probiotic benefits, miso imbues everything it touches with a sweet, salty, nutty complexity. Whether you choose mild white miso, medium-bodied yellow miso or the more intense reddish-brown miso, it gives...
Resource Connection can help with questions about elder care

Resource Connection can help with questions about elder care

Where do you go when you need services for an elderly loved one? Mom needs transportation; dad needs help with his meds. They both should move out of that big house, but where are they going to go? It’s enough to send siblings scrambling for answers and resources. In Georgia, the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection is the one-stop information network for all those questions. Since...
Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Margherita Pizza from Antico Pizza / Photo by Chris Hunt — Antico Pizza owner Giovanni di Palma is taking over the space at 1099 Hemphill Ave. next to his Gio’s Chicken Italiano, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. di Palma will open Antico Laboratorio, a “glass-enclosed dough room, offering an elevated version” of Antico Pizza using special...
Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Couple got 'deepest wish' — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander. Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone. So the two, who lived in Didam, a town in the eastern...
North Georgia towns brace for huge crowds for solar eclipse

North Georgia towns brace for huge crowds for solar eclipse

Dillard City Clerk Glenda Enloe was in her office when she got an unusual call from a man looking for a house or cabin to rent — two years in advance. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  “He was the first one who told me about the eclipse,” she said. “He said, ‘Look it up.’” She went on the internet...
Teens and the distorted reality of social media

Teens and the distorted reality of social media

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist, widely known for some of the most popular all-American songs. He wrote hundreds of tunes, many of which became major hits, making him a celebrity before turning 30. In addition to composing favorites such as “God Bless America” and “Easter Parade,” he also wrote “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” which...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/27 Family Sunday Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Pair it with baked potato wedges coated with olive oil spray and sprinkled with chili powder and crusty bread. Top vanilla ice cream with toasted coconut for dessert. Plan ahead: Prepare enough steak for Monday. Save enough watermelon for Thursday and ice cream for Saturday. 8/ 28 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make...
From Mastodon to Lady Gaga, an eclectic music lineup on tap

From Mastodon to Lady Gaga, an eclectic music lineup on tap

From hometown raucous rockers Mastodon to Lady Gaga’s globe-spanning “Joanne” tour, the fall music calendar offers an eclectic lineup of live productions. Here are a few to consider. One MusicFest. The eighth installment of the One MusicFest will spotlight a lineup including Jill Scott, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Jidenna,...
Take away pot-smoking son’s car

Take away pot-smoking son’s car

Q: A few months after he got his driver’s license, we found a bag of marijuana in our 16-year-old son’s car. He swore it wasn’t his and that he didn’t know whose it was and that he’s never used pot, but then he failed to pass a drug test. Now he admits that he’s smoked pot, but he says he only tried it once and didn’t like it. He still maintains that the pot...
Pokeweed is a signature plant of the South

Pokeweed is a signature plant of the South

While tromping earlier this week through some open, sunny woods near my home in Decatur, I found myself bushwhacking through a dense colony of pokeweed bushes more than six feet high. The lush growth stretched more than 200 feet and I thought it would never end. But, then, as is often the case, I found myself stopping to admire the pokeweed flowers and berries now in various stages of ripening. Many...
12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love” for the Alliance Theatre as they take their shows...
A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

A Bloody Mary for all tastes: Bartender tells a good tale, with recipes and party tips, too

    Read this cookbook: “The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic, with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond” by Brian Bartels (Ten Speed Press, $18.99)   By Wendell Brock Brian Bartels claims he mastered the Bloody Mary out of necessity, as a cub bartender working the brunch shift at a brewpub in the thirsty college town of Madison...
Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Savannah sandwich favorite Zunzi’s expanding to Atlanta

Zunzi’s specializes in sandwiches such as The Godfather. / Photo contributed by Zunzi’s A popular Savannah sandwich shop is set to make its debut in Atlanta. Hot counter-service restaurant Zunzi’s will open a location at 1971 Howell Mill Road in the Collier Hills neighborhood, in a space previously occupied by Salsa Havana by the end of the year, ...
Kempner: Twin DeKalb brothers pay (in fresh veggies) to use home lawns

Kempner: Twin DeKalb brothers pay (in fresh veggies) to use home lawns

Ah, front lawns. Symbol of home and nesting. Also, sweat-inducing, time-sucking money pits that make us look bad in front of the neighbors. Which is why you might want to know about Georgia Tech-trained engineers and twin brothers Roger and Reggie Ramos of DeKalb County. They “pay” to use some of homeowners’ front lawns. The soft-spoken 34-year-old brothers kill the grass and convert...
Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Henri’s Bakery now open in its new Buckhead location

Shortbread from Henri’s Bakery / Photo from the Henri’s Facebook page An Atlanta institution is settled into its new home and open for business. Henri’s Bakery & Café opened its doors at 56 East Andrews Drive in Andrews Square today, a block from its old location 61 Irby Ave. NW. The new space features white subway tile, hex tile flooring and a banquette ...
Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Southern Made: For the nester & entertainer

Atlanta wood master Michael Courts designs unique custom furniture to suit any style. And space. The company: Mcmeubel started in 1996 in the Netherlands, where the self-taught craftsman grew up. In 2005, Courts moved to Atlanta, where he had family, and restarted his company a few years later. Meubel is Dutch for furniture. What’s popular: Custom tables and vanities ($3,500 to $8,000), plus...
SiriusXM adds two new music options to channel lineup

SiriusXM adds two new music options to channel lineup

Coldplay is among the artists that will be featured on the new PopRocks channel. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SiriusXM listeners have a couple of new channel choices. Turbo (Channel 41) will showcase hard rock from the 1990s and early 2000s (think Linkin Park, Korn, Papa Roach, System of a Down and Limp Bizkit) while PopRocks (Channel 17) will focus on artists...
Baby girl hustle

Baby girl hustle

My granddaddy is the only black man I’ve ever met who was never broke a day in his life. He ran an illegal liquor house in Decatur, selling moonshine for 50 cents a shot from behind a bar he built himself out of plywood and old scraps of carpet and red leather. Granddaddy’s real name was George Walker, but folks called him Bear Cat or .38 for the two pistols he kept in his front pockets...
What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

What beer fans should know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United fans who are craft beer lovers will be happy to know that Mike Gomes is a craft beer lover, too. Gomes is the senior vice president of fan experience at AMB Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Falcons and United. And he’ll have a big hand in what beers you’ll find at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Since moving to Atlanta, after more than...
A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opens Aug. 26. When the Falcons take on the Arizona Cardinals in that preseason game, fans will come with an appetite for winning. But the 2 million-square-foot sports facility, also home to Atlanta United, will offer ways to satiate a belly and wet a whistle. Here’s what you need to know to eat and drink well at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — on game days and...
Author Events August 20-26

Author Events August 20-26

Poetry Atlanta Presents Franklin Abbott. For his double album of new songs and selected poems, “Don’t Go Back To Sleep,” Abbott has drawn from Shakespeare, William Blake and the Coleman Barks translations of the mystic Sufi poet Rumi. Abbott will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Ken Gregory. CDs will be available for sale during the event. 7:15 p.m. Aug. 21. Reading, music. Free...
‘Menashe’ shines gentle light on hermetic Yiddish-speaking community

‘Menashe’ shines gentle light on hermetic Yiddish-speaking community

Yiddish is a language without a homeland. Once spoken by Jews almost everywhere in the world, it’s used today largely by the ultra-orthodox in hermetic communities that insist on keeping outsiders at arm’s length. Which is one reason why “Menashe” is such an unusual accomplishment. Starring nonprofessional Yiddish-speaking actors from haredi communities in Brooklyn’s...
Both Catherines superb in ‘The Midwife’

Both Catherines superb in ‘The Midwife’

The second career of Catherine Deneuve is one of the ongoing pleasures of Western cinema. Here’s an actress who became famous for being icy and beautiful and a half-century later she is matter-of-fact and down-to-earth, warm and unguarded in a way that makes you think this is what she must have been like all along. This is what she was hiding. So the later career is not an epilogue or some less...
‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ misses its mark

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ misses its mark

If you’re feeling nostalgic for a ’90s-style buddy action comedy with some early 2000s edge, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is the film for you. Recycling vintage character types, tropes and even politics, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” already feels like you’re half-watching it on TNT on a Saturday afternoon. Directed by “The Expendables 3” director...
‘Logan Lucky’ gives us characters to root for

‘Logan Lucky’ gives us characters to root for

If there is something wrong with “Logan Lucky,” I simply can’t find it. After a hiatus from moviemaking, Steven Soderbergh is back with a blast of pure escapist cinema. This terrific caper film, about working-class Joes pulling off a stupendous bank robbery at a NASCAR raceway, is a textbook example of how to create an exciting and entertaining film with the right director guiding...
‘The Only Living Boy’ starts off strong, then goes horribly wrong

‘The Only Living Boy’ starts off strong, then goes horribly wrong

It’s hard to know what to make of the protagonist of “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a dour but idealistic aspiring writer in his early 20s who, when he learns that his father is having an affair, embarks on his own ill-advised relationship with Dad’s 40-something mistress. Why on Earth would somebody do that? I mean, beside the fact that she’s Kate Beckinsale? As...
‘SNL’ star Kyle Mooney talks about his weird new movie

‘SNL’ star Kyle Mooney talks about his weird new movie

Not long after writing and pitching their wildly original, completely incomparable, thoroughly inimitable movie “Brigsby Bear,” “Saturday Night Live” star Kyle Mooney and his collaborator, Dave McCary, heard that — gulp — somebody had already made it. That is, they got wind of the 2015 documentary “The Wolfpack,” about New York shut-ins whose only knowledge...
Misguided ‘Brigsby Bear’ is quirky but little else

Misguided ‘Brigsby Bear’ is quirky but little else

It’s a worthy ambition to make horrible subjects wacky; laugh or you’ll cry. But despite its lofty aim and a cast including Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes and Mark Hamill, sugary-sweet “Brigsby Bear” feels as if it was made by and for well-meaning lightweights. It stars deadpan “SNL” regular Kyle Mooney as James, a 20-something who was kidnapped as a baby and is growing...
Earth, Wind & Fire ready to turn up the funk with Chic

Earth, Wind & Fire ready to turn up the funk with Chic

Somewhat surprisingly, Earth, Wind & Fire has never toured with Nile Rodgers and Chic, but they’re hardly strangers to each other. “We’ve known Nile for years,” Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White said, before touching on some shared history during an early summer phone interview. “Nile had produced one of Philip’s albums and I introduced Philip to Niles. And...
Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Chick-fil-A addresses decision to close Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

It’s well known in these parts that if you’re craving Chick-fil-A on a Sunday, you’re out of luck. The Atlanta-based chain has famously stayed true to its values, including closing on Sundays, since 1946. That won’t change with the opening of two Chick-fil-A stands in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium. Seven of eight Atlanta Falcons home games will be played...
Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Exclusive: New Chamblee Whole Foods to feature Japanese tapas concept Izakaya

Poke bowls at Izakaya in Whole Foods Chamblee. / Photo courtesy of Genji Sushi When Whole Foods opens its newest location in Chamblee this Friday , a Japanese tapas concept currently only available in New York will be amongst the offerings. Izakaya, from Whole Foods’ national sushi partner Genji, will feature items including sushi pizza, ramen, Japanese fried chicken ...
Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Eat well for a cause with these 3 Atlanta charity food events

Beef carpaccio with fried oysters and garlic aioli at Oak Steakhouse in Alpharetta / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser What’s better than enjoying a delicious meal? How about knowing that you’re helping a good cause while you’re chowing down? There’ll be three opportunities over the next few days to do just that: Dining With Gratitude More than 50 local restaurants — including...
Some figs slow to ripen this year

Some figs slow to ripen this year

Q: I have a young fig tree. Last year I got 25 delicious figs. This year none of the figs are ripening. I have over 40 green figs of various sizes on the tree. Sharon McClurd, Canton A: I really should patent a product called “Patience” that gardeners could apply to plants every week until desired results are obtained. If you think you are anxious about the figs ripening, think...
Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Marlow’s Tavern adding another Gwinnett location

Crispy Brick Chicken with Garlic-Kale Pesto at Marlow’s Tavern. Styling by Ben Krawiecki / Contributed by Adrienne Harris Peachtree Corners will soon to be home to the 18th Georgia Marlow’s Tavern location. The restaurant will open in 2018 as part of the Peachtree Corners Town Center mixed-use project at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Medlock Bridge Road...
Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Watch the Atlanta United at this new Brookhaven international sports pub

Fish & chips at Hudson FC. / Photo by Tori Allen PR There’s a new spot to watch soccer in Brookhaven, just in time for Atlanta United’s move to its new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hudson FC International Sports Pub, or Hudson FC for short, is now open at 4058 Peachtree Road in the former Pub 71 space in Brookhaven Station. The...
Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at this North Fulton restaurant

Get 50-percent off oysters and $5 drinks weekdays at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. The outlook is rosy for those who relax in the bar area at  Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails . During the bubbles and pearls happy hour, guests can get 13 oysters for half price as well as sparkling rosé...
Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...
Analysis: Grain-free pet foods are no healthier, vets say

Analysis: Grain-free pet foods are no healthier, vets say

Losing weight is tough. It would be easier if a benevolent someone concerned about your health controlled exactly how much you ate and how often you exercised, right? That's the situation for most dogs and cats in the United States, and yet the majority are overweight or obese. As with our own dieting woes, the unpleasant prospect of the simple solution - feeding our furry friends less - makes us...
Coming soon: genealogy seminar in Marietta; WWI symposium in Morrow

Coming soon: genealogy seminar in Marietta; WWI symposium in Morrow

Lisa Louise Cooke, a nationally known speaker on genealogy, as well as a publisher and blogger, will speak at the Georgia Genealogical Society’s fall seminar on September 16. Co-sponsored by the Cobb County Genealogical Society, the event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St., Marietta, from 9:45 a.m until 4:15 p. m. Cooke, of Genealogy Gems, will present four lectures...
Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Steakhouse from team behind Vero Pizzeria coming to Brookhaven

Stephen Herman (left) will serve as the chef at Arnette’s. / Photo by Ligaya Figueras A “stylish alternative” to a steakhouse is set to open in Brookhaven in early 2018. Arnette’s Chop Shop will set up shop in the Apple Valley Brookhaven development at 2700 Apple Valley Road in a 6,000 square-foot space, according to What Now Atlanta. The restaurant...
Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

You’ve heard about some of the problems facing eclipse chasers as they flock to the path of totality across the United States. Massive traffic jams, eye damage, etc. Charleston, the Holy City by the sea and perhaps the coolest town in the path of the shadow, presents a few additional concerns. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, why would it be a great idea to visit Charleston,...
This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

This Marietta restaurant was named one of the top 10 new eateries in America

An apple and belgian endive salad is sprinkled with pomegranite seeds. CONTRIBUTED BY: Courtesy Spring restaurant Two weeks after being named a finalist for best new restaurant in America by Bon Apetit, Spring in Marietta now knows where it stands. The restaurant was named to the magazine’s “Hot 10” list, coming in at number seven. While editor Andrew...
Prince gets a custom purple from color authority Pantone

Prince gets a custom purple from color authority Pantone

His royal badness just got his own custom color. Prince, the late musician who died just one week after his final public concert in Atlanta , is being honored with a custom shade of purple from global color authority, the Pantone Color Institute and the Prince Estate. The purple shade, Love Symbol #2, was inspired by the custom-made Yamaha purple piano which was scheduled to tour with...
Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Midtown’s Wing Fest, hatch chile fest and more in metro Atlanta this weekend

Fly over to the second annual Springer Mountain Farms Atlanta Wing Fest this week.  Wing Fest in Midtown. Hatch chile fest in the Westside. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Aug. 19: Ray’s at Killer...
Corso Coffee closed in Buckhead, to be replaced by Revelator Coffee concept

Corso Coffee closed in Buckhead, to be replaced by Revelator Coffee concept

Corso Coffee’s interior in Shops Buckhead Atlanta. There’s good news and bad news for coffee lovers who got used to getting their fix at Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Corso Coffee, which opened in late 2014 in the upscale shopping complex at 3065 Peachtree Road NE, closed its doors yesterday, Eater Atlanta reports. But the space won’t be caffeine free for long...
Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week in Buckhead

Students get $2 off PB&J flavored ice cream all week at Sweet Charlie’s. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Back-to-school savings are sweeter in Buckhead. Sweet Charlie’s  recently rolled out a new kid-approved ice cream flavor: PB&J. To celebrate, students will receive $2 off the new flavor now through Aug. 18. Ice cream rolls are served...
Life with Gracie: Glen Campbell’s death ‘brings Alzheimer’s out of the shadows.’ Now what?

Life with Gracie: Glen Campbell’s death ‘brings Alzheimer’s out of the shadows.’ Now what?

Sometimes Sue McCormick wonders what’s worse — caring for your loved one who’s physically impaired or one who is so cognitively impaired they no longer recognize you. As the co-owner of Synergy HomeCare in Alpharetta and the daughter of an ill parent, McCormick has seen both sides of that coin, and neither is pleasant to look at. “It’s devastating,” she said the...
Healthy Cooking: Make a tasty turkey burger with unexpected ingredients

Healthy Cooking: Make a tasty turkey burger with unexpected ingredients

I have never said, “I can’t wait to snarf a turkey burger.” OPTB (Other People’s Turkey Burgers) are dry and tasteless, and I’ve choked them down with the tight smile I usually reserve for clothes shopping with my tween daughter. But ground turkey is leaner than ground round. And if that’s not the sort of endorsement that makes you throw your hat in the air with...
Allan Williams, 55, of Roswell lost 30 pounds

Allan Williams, 55, of Roswell lost 30 pounds

Former weight: 225 pounds Current weight: 195 pounds Pounds lost: 30 pounds Height: 6 feet 4 inches Age: 55 years How long he’s kept it off: He started his weight-loss journey in January. “I reached my goal weight of 200 pounds on March 8, 2017, but I decided to keep going — I have weighed 195 pounds for five months,” said Williams, who had previously tried the Atkins Diet...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: Many decades ago, I purchased two sets of percale sheets. One brand was Cannon. They are threadbare now, but I still love the crisp, cool feel of these sheets. They are a blend of polyester and cotton, and they dry without one wrinkle. I have researched sheets online but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Most percale sheets I have found are 100 percent cotton, and the reviews...
‘The Good Daughter’ is ‘something different’ from author Karin Slaughter

‘The Good Daughter’ is ‘something different’ from author Karin Slaughter

What to do if your name’s Karin Slaughter? If you’ve got the goods, you turn to a life of crime — concocting, crafting and churning out intense crime-thriller fiction, that is. If you’ve got the goods to the tune of 35 million books sold in some 120 countries, the heat is always on. You’ve signed up to deliver a winner every year. That requires utter solitude, so you...
Aldi and Instacart launch grocery delivery in Atlanta

Aldi and Instacart launch grocery delivery in Atlanta

Aldi, the rapidly expanding German grocer, has announced a partnership with Instacart. Read more: Who will win the low-price grocery war, Aldi or Wal-Mart? The on-demand grocery delivery service will begin delivering Aldi products to the doorsteps of customers in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles later this month. “Our partnership with Instacart is another example...
VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best brunch cocktail in Atlanta?

The best brunches include an adult beverage or two to accompany the dining experience. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you get your favorite brunch cocktails. Atlanta offers up some of the most refreshing and virtually endless bottomless brunch drinks one can handle.  There’s also no shortage of If a frozen cocktails to fit that bill, namely these chilly concoctions...
Is this dog dangerous? Shelters struggle with live-or-die tests

Is this dog dangerous? Shelters struggle with live-or-die tests

Bacon, a cream-colored retriever mix, took a behavior test recently at an animal shelter here. He flunked. Bounding into the evaluation room, Bacon seemed like an affable goofball, ready for adoption. But as he gulped down food, Dr. Sara Bennett, a veterinary behaviorist, stuck a fake plastic hand attached to a pole into his bowl and tugged it away. Instantly, Bacon lunged at the hand, chomping down...
Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best restaurant chain in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta is the founding location of some of America's most beloved chains. Which chain deserves the Best of Atlanta crown? You let us know loud and clear. Back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, New York, made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida, they decided to stay and bring their favorite food, buffalo wings, to the sunny South. Thus, Taco Mac was born, and...
Georgia native recognized as one of the most powerful women on Wall Street

Georgia native recognized as one of the most powerful women on Wall Street

A Georgia native and Wall Street heavyweight was honored at the Black Girls Rock! 2017 Awards on Aug. 5. Savannah-born Suzanne Shank, CEO and co-founder of the investment firm Siebert Cisneros Shank (SCSCO)  was recognized at the event as one of the most powerful women in the financial industry with the 2017 Shot Caller award. The show, which airs Aug. 22 on BET network is an...
Concert review and photos: Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey bring hits, differing styles to Duluth

Concert review and photos: Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey bring hits, differing styles to Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lionel Richie aptly summed up the dichotomy between himself and touring mate Mariah Carey. “She’s campy. I’m fun,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview last week. Lionel Richie clearly loves to be on stage. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com The gregarious Richie and...
Lively, refreshing wines at good price

Lively, refreshing wines at good price

Several little-known red grapes of Italy have achieved some small measure of renown beyond their home territories in the last 15 years, but montepulciano has not been among them. Unlike aglianico, nerello mascalese and frappato, montepulciano did not burst on to the scene, leaving behind a frenzied Instagram trail of fervent sommeliers and impassioned wine merchants. While those grapes have all deservedly...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

WRIST STUDS Carmen Sol, the luxury resort accessories brand founded in 2016 by designer Carmen Sol Espejo, has announced the launch of the new Borchia Bracelet collection. In Italian, Borchia means “studs” — a trend which remains popular in the fashion world. The Borchia Bracelet incorporates studs into a rose-scented, water-resistant design crafted from non-toxic jelly material...
Teens more stressed and anxious but don't know why. How parents can help

Teens more stressed and anxious but don't know why. How parents can help

The teenage years can be tough, marked with physical and emotional changes, new choices and responsibilities, and evolving relationships with the people who surround us. But a recent report shows that hormones aren't the only thing troubling the teen years; young people are increasingly showing a general inability to identify the source of their angst and pain. These results have serious implications...
Concert review and photos: Air Supply shares timeless songs at Chastain

Concert review and photos: Air Supply shares timeless songs at Chastain

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The beauty of Air Supply is that their well-crafted soft rock never diminishes. An ageless ballad is a gift, and from the late-‘70s to mid-80s, Air Supply provided radio with a string of musical gems wrapped in a giant bow. That Russell Hitchcock – he of the voice – can still present “Every Woman in the World,&rdquo...
Wes Moss: Do recent stock market highs, real world economy match up?

Wes Moss: Do recent stock market highs, real world economy match up?

Imagine this — you’re on a cross-country road trip. You’ve mapped the 2,800-mile distance between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., charted your course, and now you’re on the open road, cruising along at 60 mph with the wind in your hair. Life is good, right? Now imagine that you’re on the home stretch, with only 400 miles until your destination point, and traffic slows...
Lionel Richie talks Mariah Carey, Kennedy Center Honors ahead of Atlanta concert

Lionel Richie talks Mariah Carey, Kennedy Center Honors ahead of Atlanta concert

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene There are few more pleasant artists to talk to than Lionel Richie. He’s unfailingly upbeat, lasers in on his interviewer with interest and is never less than candid. And here’s another thing — he likes being Lionel Richie. As he jokes as soon as he gets on the phone during a day off from his “All the Hits” tour with Mariah...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: The Killers, Gin Blossoms

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: The Killers, Gin Blossoms

The Killers return in 2018. Photo: Anton Corbijn BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@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 AUG. 11 Awake at Last with...
Suwanee artist creates 11-foot solar eclipse sculpture

Suwanee artist creates 11-foot solar eclipse sculpture

Suwanee artist Drew Dylan was 7 years old and living in Fort Benning when he witnessed his first total solar eclipse. “I remember thinking, ‘This is so awesome,’” said Dylan, now 54, whose class made little pinhole viewers to watch the solar event. “The notion that the moon could block out the sun in the middle of the day was fascinating.” He had already created...
How to protect your eyesight during upcoming solar eclipse

How to protect your eyesight during upcoming solar eclipse

On Aug. 21, an event decades in the making will occur across the United States, including portions of far northeast Georgia. A total eclipse will be viewable along a path from Oregon to South Carolina, and millions are gearing up for it with road trips and events dedicated to viewing the rare phenomenon. But the excitement of viewing the eclipse could give way to long-term or even permanent eye damage...
Concert review: John Mayer wows on guitar during Atlanta show

Concert review: John Mayer wows on guitar during Atlanta show

John Mayer (shown in Arizona Aug. 1), called Atlanta his “musical birthplace.” (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) BY ARIELLE KASS/AJC Reporter There’s no question that John Mayer is a wizard on the guitar. He showed off his chops at Lakewood Amphitheatre Thursday night, switching instruments in his two-hour set more often than some pop stars change their costumes. It...
Roseate Spoonbill puts Atlanta birders in the pink

Roseate Spoonbill puts Atlanta birders in the pink

I first saw roseate spoonbills on a January day some 25 years ago at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Cape Canaveral, Fla. The large, unusual wading birds lived up to their name — stunning pink feathers with a weird bill ending in a circle, like a spoon. Their bright plumage gleamed in the morning sun as I watched them perform their courtship rituals in a salt marsh — a...
Should parents force their children to submit to random drug tests?

Should parents force their children to submit to random drug tests?

You know times have changed when drug tests become part of the back to school routine. If that sounds extreme, you haven’t been keeping up with the opioid epidemic hitting our communities. It’s bad and it’s pretty scary. After years of ebbs and flow, teenage drug use has shown a steady decline, but drug addiction is still a big problem. In 2015 alone, more than 4,000 teens age 14-17...
7-Day Menu Planner

7-Day Menu Planner

8/ 20 Family Sunday Gather the family for Mustard-Garlic Roast Pork Loin. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves (crushed), 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Massage into a 3- to 4-pound boneless pork loin roast. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes per pound or until...
Advice on widowhood from a two-year survivor

Advice on widowhood from a two-year survivor

Two years ago, I was initiated into a club no one wants to join. On that brutally hot August day, I drove to the hospital as a wife — and returned home as a widow. I’m still learning to navigate life as a solitary woman, and often cringe when I check “single” on legal forms. Still, I’m well aware many of my readers also have endured the gut-wrenching loss of a spouse...
Pause before imposing law to ban underage smartphone use

Pause before imposing law to ban underage smartphone use

When I was a child, a popular comic strip was There Oughta Be a Law. It ran in the paper that came to our doorstep every morning and was one of the first things I went to when it was my turn to get ink all over my fingers. I later realized that at one level the cartoonist was satirizing people who hold to great faith in the ability of government to solve all manner of social problems. I thought of...
Chris Cornell to be memorialized with statue in hometown of Seattle 

Chris Cornell to be memorialized with statue in hometown of Seattle 

Fans of Chris Cornell will be pleased to know his legacy will live on forever. According to US Weekly, Vicky Cornell, the widow of the late singer, has announced plans to commission a memorial statue to be placed in his hometown of Seattle. Vicky has reportedly hired sculptor and artist Wayne Toth to design and create the statue. “He has already given me a design and the children and I love...
Emily Saliers stretches beyond Indigo Girls with debut solo album

Emily Saliers stretches beyond Indigo Girls with debut solo album

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene You might not expect the ringtone on Emily Saliers’ cellphone to be the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize.” But for someone who has maintained a steady 30-plus-year career with the Indigo Girls, Saliers still manages to surprise. Saliers will perform with the Indigo Girls and Atlanta Symphony in September and return for a solo performance...
Atlanta teen’s anti-gun billboard campaign going up in Chicago

Atlanta teen’s anti-gun billboard campaign going up in Chicago

At 19, Mary-Pat Hector possesses enough passion and compassion to cover a multitude of wrongs. If you keep up with the news, you might have heard of her. She was just 13 when she was named national youth director of the National Action Network, which promotes civil rights; 15 when she launched a campaign called Think Twice to raise awareness about gun violence; and last year she ran an unsuccessful...
Concert review and photos: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins share friendship, songs in Atlanta

Concert review and photos: Stephen Stills and Judy Collins share friendship, songs in Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It’s a unique enough scenario that a former couple in the same industry maintains a close friendship for 50 years. It’s even more unbelievable that these long-ago lovebirds would decide now, in the sunset of their careers, to record an album together. And it’s downright implausible that the album release would be prefaced by a tour...
Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

Review: Sweetheart of a place, Petit Chou feels at home in Cabbagetown

My handcrafted cherry-and-rosemary soda comes garnished with a dainty purple carnation that’s just a few shades darker than the outside of this restaurant. The Chicken Liver Mousse arrives in a little red tea cup, surrounded by sliced green apples, yellow carrots and watermelon radishes so thin you can almost see through them. Ooh la la. This is what Saturday brunch looks like at Petit Chou...
‘Escapes’ finds talkative bore

‘Escapes’ finds talkative bore

“Escapes” is an eccentric portrait of a not especially eccentric — or even terribly interesting — subject: Hampton Fancher. An actor of little note, Fancher stopped performing entirely in the mid-1970s, after a career that began with a 1958 turn as a zombie in “The Brain Eaters” and led to supporting roles on a host of 1960s TV shows. He is best known as a screenwriter...
Get the scoop on metro Atlanta’s top frozen treats

Get the scoop on metro Atlanta’s top frozen treats

Don’t tell anyone I said this, but I believe ice cream is an appetite suppressant. Mind you, I have zero scientific evidence to support this. But I believe a really good frozen treat made from top-quality ingredients can center you body and soul, erase your cares and make you less hungry. I don’t suggest you binge-lick or scoopa-dive your way through a half-gallon of whatever’s on...
Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Review: Bacchanalia still the place for fine wining and dining

Thanks to “Baby Driver,” moviegoers everywhere are now privy to what Atlantans have known for years: Bacchanalia is “the finest wining and dining of all the wines and dines in town.” It is the default special occasions destination in this city. A reservation at Bacchanalia begs for dressing up, for thinking twice about attire, all in anticipation of being transported to the...
Bland ‘Nut Job’ sequel forages for a reason to exist

Bland ‘Nut Job’ sequel forages for a reason to exist

Be thankful for the second-rate visuals in “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature.” The jokes about dogs eating their own vomit would have been much harder to watch with state-of-the-art animation. You take victories where you can at this point in the summer, when studios feel compelled to continue releasing movies, even though most filmgoers have been stripped of their desire to see them. &ldquo...
‘Annabelle: Creation’ is scary good

‘Annabelle: Creation’ is scary good

If we have learned anything from the Cooking Channel, it’s that talent isn’t defined by the ingredients you use but what you do with them. By that measure, director David F. Sandberg is an alchemist of the first order, taking the base — even leaden — components of horror and whipping them into a shivery chiffon of dread. The Swedish filmmaker did it with his debut feature,...
Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Farmhaus Burger. This popular downtown spot serves farm-to-table burgers, salads, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and spiked milkshakes. Shakes start at $7; burgers, $6.75-$9.75. 1204 Broad St., Augusta. 706-496-8771,www.farmhausburger.com. The Dillard House. 2017 marks the 100th year in business for this legendary establishment serving Southern dishes family-style at each table. The mountain views...
Documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ a loud, angry plea for justice

Documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ a loud, angry plea for justice

Although Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis rarely stray beyond the borders of Ferguson, Mo., in “Whose Streets?” their frontlines documentary about a torn community pushing for change in the wake of the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown, viewers’ thoughts probably will be roaming far and wide, and across time. Like to Michigan in 1967, where Kathryn Bigelow’s...
A freewheeling childhood is both dream and nightmare

A freewheeling childhood is both dream and nightmare

Jeannette Walls’ nomadic, freewheeling childhood was often a dream — except when it was a nightmare. The journalist wrote about her unorthodox upbringing, which left her scarred, both literally and figuratively, in her 2005 memoir “The Glass Castle,” which is now a film starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson. The movie begins in 1989, with Jeannette working as a gossip columnist...
‘Wind River’ inspired by true events

‘Wind River’ inspired by true events

A harsh, wintry beauty pervades “Wind River,” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s modestly assured directorial debut. In this sturdily effective thriller, Jeremy Renner plays Cory, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker whose job is to quickly dispatch the wolves and mountain lions that kill livestock on the Wind River Indian reservation in Wyoming. As an outdoorsman well versed in...
7 bands that Donald Trump should break up before Journey

7 bands that Donald Trump should break up before Journey

After waiting decades to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will the members of Journey find themselves going their “Separate Ways” because of President Donald Trump?  Co-founder and guitarist Neal Schon took to Twitter to express his dismay at an unofficial visit by three band members to the White House. The visit occurred despite the band’s long-standing agreement...
Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Legendary comedian, brash entertainer,  zany actor and dedicated humanitarian Jerry Lewis has died in Las Vegas at the age of 91. He died at his home at 9:15 a.m. , according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by his agent, Variety reported. Lewis was born Joseph Levitch in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to show business parents and made his professional debut at the age of 5...
Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Photographed for the very first time! Pop star Madonna shared a debut family portrait Friday that featured her and all six of her children. The Material Girl posted the photo on Instagram following her 59th birthday party at a two-day, gypsy-themed celebration in Italy. From top left Rocco, 17,  David, 11, and Mercy James, 11, to the right of Madonna. From bottom left, Lourdes, 20, kneeling along...
TV best bets with ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale, MTV Video Awards, Whitney Houston, ‘The Tick’

TV best bets with ‘Game of Thrones’ season finale, MTV Video Awards, Whitney Houston, ‘The Tick’

Singer Whitney Houston is seen performing on stage during the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) This was posted on Sunday, August 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog On Sunday, HBO concludes the seventh season of its biggest show &ldquo...
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