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Concert review and photos: Bon Jovi romps through classics at Philips Arena return

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ten songs into a two-hour-plus romp, Bon Jovi went back to the very beginning. Amber lights created a halo around David Bryan’s curls as he tapped out the signature opening of the band’s first hit, 1984’s “Runaway.” David Bryan, in his usual spot. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC There was no way Jon Bon Jovi, 56, was going to...
ASO review: Conductor’s composition steals the show at Symphony Hall

ASO review: Conductor’s composition steals the show at Symphony Hall

Under the direction of guest conductor Matthias Pintscher Thursday night, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra awoke in fits and starts, as if from a deep slumber, for a disquieting, disorienting introduction to a program rounded out by the familiar sounds of Beethoven and Brahms. The 12-minute “Ex Nihilo,” written in 2011 by Pintscher and tenderly conducted at the top of the program...
Carving out silence each day to hear God’s voice

Carving out silence each day to hear God’s voice

I’ve been waking up for the past week at 5:30 a.m., which I once considered an ungodly time to get out of bed, but now I believe it’s just the opposite. You see, the world is quiet and still — and there’s such peace at this hour. Before the first bird outside my window has emitted a tentative chirp, I’m at the dining room table with a cup of coffee, awaiting glimmers...
Royal Wedding guide: Everything to know for When Harry weds Meghan

Royal Wedding guide: Everything to know for When Harry weds Meghan

On May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor, England in a ceremony that will be low-key only by royal standards. For the millions of commoners expected to watch on TV, some aspects of the nuptials may seem as odd or over-the-top as the more highbrowed guests’ headgear. Other aspects will be as swoon-inducing as tiny titled tots in wedding finery: Not to worry. There&rsquo...
This Life: Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

This Life: Atlanta a hot spot for sugar daddies willing to pay college tuition

We’ve known for some time that Atlanta is considered a hub for sex trafficking. But who knew metro Atlanta is also known for having an abundant number of, ahem, sugar daddies — older men seeking the companionship of college-age women? According to SeekingArrangement.com, Georgia ranks sixth in the country, behind places like Arizona, Philadelphia and New York. Over the past few years,...
‘Kodachrome’ flattens colorful source material

‘Kodachrome’ flattens colorful source material

It’s fairly common for nonfiction articles to be adapted for the screen, particularly when they detail events of extreme daring or heroism. But “Kodachrome,” adapted by Jonathan Tropper, directed by Mark Raso, takes for its source material a short, poignant 2010 profile by A.G. Sulzberger in the New York Times about the people flocking from around the world to develop their Kodachrome...
‘I Feel Pretty’ is bold take on self-love

‘I Feel Pretty’ is bold take on self-love

The Amy Schumer vehicle “I Feel Pretty” tackles a very real epidemic — the crisis of confidence. Low self-esteem is part of the human condition for people of any age, gender or race, but it’s particularly virulent and destructive in the young female population, resulting in eating disorders, imposter syndrome, plastic surgery, billions of dollars spent on beauty products, diets...
‘You Were Never Really Here’ is good, maybe even great

‘You Were Never Really Here’ is good, maybe even great

Joaquin Phoenix assumes a hooded, bearlike presence in “You Were Never Really Here,” a disquieting urban thriller directed by Lynne Ramsay. As Joe, a taciturn hit man whose specialty is rescuing young women who have been abducted and forced into sex trafficking, Phoenix is a lurking, skulking bundle of anxieties and retributive obsession, a dangerous mash-up of Holden Caulfield’s...
Comedy sequel stalls at the side of the road

Comedy sequel stalls at the side of the road

From the beginning, the makers of “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest” have built these politically incorrect odes to nonsense practically daring you to disapprove. The Broken Lizard comedy group embraces the lowbrow to predictable extremes. This approach is not aging well in “Super Troopers 2,” a film that looks way more fun to make than it is to watch. There&rsquo...
‘Little Pink House’ explores real-life eminent domain case

‘Little Pink House’ explores real-life eminent domain case

“Little Pink House” deals with a legal case that has implications for everyone who owns their own home, or hopes to, or just aspires to having a precious, inviolate space where the world can’t get at you. It tells the true story of Susettle Kelo, a paramedic who decided she wanted to live in a quiet place, so she bought a house in New London, Connecticut, completely renovated it...
A special relationship between a Georgia butterfly and an azalea

A special relationship between a Georgia butterfly and an azalea

Hundred of spring wildflower species are sporting bright blooms and producing copious amounts of nectar now to entice pollinators — bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, bats — to visit them. The insects and creatures are vital to scores of native Georgia plants for pollination, which is necessary for plant fertilization and seed, fruit and nut production. In essence...
7 Day Menu

7 Day Menu

4/29 Family Sunday The family will give their approval for your Baked Walnut-Coated Chicken. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 4 chicken cutlets in a mixture of 3 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; then dip into 2 beaten egg whites. Next, roll chicken in 1 cup finely chopped walnuts. Bake on a nonstick foil-lined baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes or until...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Hanson, Vince Gill, Lauryn Hill

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Hanson, Vince Gill, Lauryn Hill

Hanson will celebrate an anniversary at Atlanta Symphony Hall. 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 APRIL 20 John Pizzarelli Duo....
Atlanta Concerts this week: Little Big Town, Pink

Atlanta Concerts this week: Little Big Town, Pink

Little Big Town will bring their big show to Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Bon Jovi Slightly more than a year after packing the same venue, the durable soon-to-be-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famers return with their arsenal of melodic pop-rock anthems. Although the band re-released its current album, “This House Is Not...
Forget Napa Valley — Dahlonega’s wine country is just an hour away

Forget Napa Valley — Dahlonega’s wine country is just an hour away

At Kaya Vineyard and Winery, wines are made exclusively from estate-grown grapes planted with classic European, Italian and American varietals. Photo courtesy of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau It’s hard to believe that rolling hills of vineyards are located a little over an hour from Atlanta. But, that’s exactly what you’ll find...
New Realm Brewing expanding with equipment purchase

New Realm Brewing expanding with equipment purchase

Mitch Steele, Carey Falcone and Bob Powers outside New Realm Brewery near the Atlanta Beltline. Credit: Sara Hanna Photography and New Realm Brewery. New Realm Brewing Co. announced today that it’s making a major move to expand its brewing capacity with the recent purchase of brewing equipment from the former Green Flash Brewing Co. facility in Virginia Beach, VA....
What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear

CHANHASSEN, Minnesota — Near Influence Hallway, past Paisley Park's platinum album-lined entry, our tour group is led to Prince's inner sanctum, a two-story atrium painted sky blue with clouds — his take on heaven. A trio of doves flutter in an ornate cage. They don't cry. They coo. The late artist's residence and recording complex sprawls alongside a well-traveled highway, 20 miles from...
College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

College students create app making it easier to track diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, the numbers are staggering -- 30 million Americans are estimated to be living with the disease, 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually in the United States and about 25 percent of those patients don’t know they have the disease. Those numbers caught the attention of some Harvard students who came up with an easy way for people to track their blood sugar levels...
When hate strikes in North Fulton, a community comes bearing gifts

When hate strikes in North Fulton, a community comes bearing gifts

Last Friday, not far from the place where six teens allegedly scrawled anti-Semitic drawings on Hilary Karp’s driveway, Erik Schefstad, his wife, Carson, and one of their two children came hoping to communicate a decidedly different message, and it blew Karp away. Actually, they came bearing many messages, about two dozen total that, taken together, simply said, “We love you.” &ldquo...
Review: Korean inflections give fresh flavor to Noona’s steakhouse fare

Review: Korean inflections give fresh flavor to Noona’s steakhouse fare

“My taste buds are going crazy!” said one of my dining partners as we stepped outside Noona and onto the sidewalk in the burgeoning Parsons Alley development in downtown Duluth. Indeed, a succession of dishes — kimchi fried rice, grilled octopus with the sweet heat of ssamjang (a Korean dipping sauce), a sizzling bone-in rib-eye with melting shiso butter, a side of collard greens...
Review: Pinch of Spice brings the bright flavors of India to Kennesaw

Review: Pinch of Spice brings the bright flavors of India to Kennesaw

Few things are more satisfying than going out to eat and loving every single dish. (Well, duh.) Unfortunately, delivering a meal that’s impeccable from start to finish is a rarity, and about as easy as performing Beethoven’s Ninth. Pinch of Spice — an Indian restaurant in Kennesaw owned by Vikram Balasubramani and his wife, Archana Vikram, both from southern India — is not...
Southern Made: These are not just-for-mom gifts

Southern Made: These are not just-for-mom gifts

Engineer-turned-artist Wiwat Kamolpornwijit uses polymer clay in his contemporary jewelry designs. The artist: Kamolpornwijit grew up in Thailand, where he attended an engineering college. He moved to the United States to attend graduate school at New Jersey Institute of Technology and worked as an environmental researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee for six years. At a fundraising...
New books on Scotland could aid genealogy research

New books on Scotland could aid genealogy research

David Dobson has been one of the most prolific authors on the subject of migration from Scotland. He holds a Ph.D. and is an honorary research fellow with the University of Saint Andrews. One of his major focal points is Scotland’s link to North and South America. “Scottish Trade with Colonial Charleston, 1683-1783” is his latest book. In it, he discusses the various trades that...
Robert Spano looks back on his years with the ASO

Robert Spano looks back on his years with the ASO

Conductors of symphony orchestras are called “maestro,” and they rarely don horsehead masks and dance around the stage. But these kinds of things happen at a Robert Spano concert, and did happen at a performance of “cloth/field,” which not only featured dancers spinning Spano’s piano in circles while he performed his original music, but also included Spano&rsquo...
Azalea blooms sparse first year after severe pruning

Azalea blooms sparse first year after severe pruning

Q: This year our azaleas are green and healthy with beautiful foliage but few blooms. The blooms that do appear are in the middle of the plants. We pruned them severely after they bloomed last spring. Catherine Grieves, Cobb County A: I think the severe pruning could explain what happened. After an azalea is pruned deeply, it puts out lots of new growth. These new twigs are characterized...
Lauryn Hill will celebrate anniversary of ‘Miseducation’ with summer tour coming to Atlanta

Lauryn Hill will celebrate anniversary of ‘Miseducation’ with summer tour coming to Atlanta

Lauryn Hill will celebrate her landmark album this summer. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lauryn Hill will remind fans of the potency of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” with a 20 th anniversary tour this summer. Hill will perform the songs from her classic album, which arrived in August 1998 and has sold more than eight...
First Look: Punch Bowl Social at The Battery Atlanta

First Look: Punch Bowl Social at The Battery Atlanta

Hugh’s Pimiento Cheese with “Tender Belly” bacon marmalade and Pullman toast. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Punch Bowl Social opened at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park in late March . The two-story, 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment venue is notable for a couple of reasons. It’s the first Southeast outpost...
3 featured food events in metro Atlanta April 19-22

3 featured food events in metro Atlanta April 19-22

Learn how to make sushi rice, safely serve raw fish at home and more during a sushi-making class at Second Self. Photo credit: Birmingham Sushi Class. Learn how to make sushi this Sunday. Celebrate spring with a four-course dinner paired with select wines. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
‘Scandal’ cast pledges ‘satisfying’ ending

‘Scandal’ cast pledges ‘satisfying’ ending

Glancing inside stage 12 at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood on a recent mid-March day, a person could be forgiven for thinking a phone service ad was being shot: The smartphones are out and in serious use. But this is what’s it’s like during a lunch break on the set of “Scandal,” which, as the show that helped fuse TV watching and Twitter thumb-tapping, has as deep a relationship...
This Buckhead steakhouse is giving away free meals for its anniversary celebration

This Buckhead steakhouse is giving away free meals for its anniversary celebration

Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse is offering a free meal this week. Photo credit: Mia Yakel. This anniversary celebration features a free meal for you. Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse  is celebrating its third anniversary in Atlanta by giving diners a voucher for one free meal on a return visit. Vouchers will be distributed today through April 20. Desserts...
This Life with Gracie: How you can help this campaign to feed the hungry

This Life with Gracie: How you can help this campaign to feed the hungry

The fifth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign has been up and running for two weeks now, but there’s still time to get in on the action. You can either make a donation during checkout at any Walmart store, participate through social media or log onto walmart.com/fighthunger and give that way. If you’re lucky enough to not have to worry about where...
Concert review and photos: Christopher Cross brings hits and unassuming presence to Atlanta

Concert review and photos: Christopher Cross brings hits and unassuming presence to Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Christopher Cross could be sitting next to you right now on an airplane and you would probably have no idea. The voice (and pen) behind such early-‘80s classics as triple Grammy winner “Sailing,” the pump-up-for-a-bike-race favorite “Ride Like the Wind” and the tender eulogy, “Think of Laura” is such an unassuming...
Dorothy Aenlle, 58, of Marietta lost 29 pounds

Dorothy Aenlle, 58, of Marietta lost 29 pounds

Former weight: 150 pounds Current weight: 121 pounds Pounds lost: 29 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 58 years How long she’s kept it off: She started in January 2017 and reached her weight goal in December. Personal life: “I have a grown daughter and a dog, and I take care of my mom,” Aenlle said. “I am a business analyst for a software company. Part of my job...
10 Atlanta patios for unique spring experiences

10 Atlanta patios for unique spring experiences

The South has a love affair with outdoor dining. It takes many forms: the college football tailgate, the neighborhood or church picnic, hog roasts, oyster roasts and shrimp, crawfish or crab boils, just to name a few. Atlanta restaurants know this and take advantage of their location in a temperate, tree-filled city boasting a picturesque skyline and attractive neighborhoods. In a market where restaurants...
Theater preview: ‘Something Rotten!’ tweaks Shakespeare in fresh musical

Theater preview: ‘Something Rotten!’ tweaks Shakespeare in fresh musical

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene For decades, Wayne Kirkpatrick’s name has been a familiar sight on song credits. From Amy Grant to Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton to Little Big Town, Kirkpatrick has long been regarded as a reliable creator of hooks and melodies. About 15 years ago, he and his screenplay writer brother Karey, known for his work on the cinematic versions of “James...
Prince’s music to be celebrated by ASO in new show produced by Questlove

Prince’s music to be celebrated by ASO in new show produced by Questlove

A celebration of Prince’s music will come this fall. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene With the second anniversary of Prince’s death pending on April 21, what better timing to unveil “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” The show – the first and only estate-approved Prince celebration – is curated, produced and directed by...
‘Scandal’ taking over Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Thursday

‘Scandal’ taking over Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Thursday

SCANDAL – “Over A Cliff” – The highly anticipated series finale of the groundbreaking series, “Scandal,” receives a momentous send-off, beginning with an exclusive sneak peek at the final episode on “Good Morning America,” THURSDAY, APRIL 19 (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless) ...
Jason Aldean honors Las Vegas, Route 91 victims in ACM acceptance speech

Jason Aldean honors Las Vegas, Route 91 victims in ACM acceptance speech

Jason Aldean accepts his Entertainer of the Year Award at the ACMs in Las Vegas. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The first major country music gathering in Las Vegas since the massacre during October’s Route 91 festival was expected to spark plenty of emotional pressure points – and it did. Sunday’s 53 ...
As seen on TV: 11 Atlanta restaurants featured on the small screen

As seen on TV: 11 Atlanta restaurants featured on the small screen

If you live in Atlanta, you have probably watched a television show (or two) and spotted one of your local hangouts. Perhaps you've seen one of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" throw a drink at your favorite bar or a one of your favorite Atlanta dishes featured on the Food Network. It's not uncommon for Atlanta residents to do a double take while flipping through the channels. Atlanta has...
It’s the worst time in history to be a clown

It’s the worst time in history to be a clown

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — This has been a terribly sad time for clowns, those purveyors of happiness whose recorded history dates back to ancient Greece. Last year was possibly the pits. Clowns witnessed the shuttering of venerable Ringling Bros., the largest and latest of circuses to close. The layoffs of regional Ronald McDonalds. The movie — don’t get them started — “It...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

LUGGAGE WITH LATITUDE Tumi has launched a new, premium hard-shell luggage collection. Latitude is the lightest Tumi travel collection yet that does not compromise durability. “With Latitude, we wanted to create a collection that offers the best of the best in terms of innovation and aesthetic, which pushed us to improve weight, function, durability, organization and more,” said Victor...
Genetic testing for breast cancer risk

Genetic testing for breast cancer risk

Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently was diagnosed with breast cancer at 65. I have a strong family history of the disease. However, my doctor hasn’t mentioned genetic counseling or testing. Is this something I should bring up? A: Only about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene defects (mutations) passed on from a parent. For...
Beer Pick: Allagash Saison for Saison Day

Beer Pick: Allagash Saison for Saison Day

Credit: Allagash Brewing Co. Saison is one of my favorite beer styles. And on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Max Lager’s is hosting this years’s Allagash Saison Day. In addition to several spot-on saisons from Allagash, there are examples of saisons and farmhouse ales from Blackberry Farm, Birds Fly South, Burial, Creature Comforts, Max Lager’s, 7th Sun, St. Somewhere...
How to manage your spring allergies

How to manage your spring allergies

Spring is in the air, literally.  Over the next few days, many parts of the country may experience high pollen levels. Dr. Castellaw with the Baptist Medical Group said, “This is probably one of the worst allergy seasons that we have seen in years.” Castellaw said the signs are clear to see and even easier to feel. “If the drainage from your nose and things that you're coughing...
Atlanta music program strikes the right chord in changing neighborhood

Atlanta music program strikes the right chord in changing neighborhood

MaKhi Haynes runs his fingers down the keyboard as instructor James Shealy looks on. A smile slowly crosses Shealy’s face as he watches the Centennial Academy student play the “Mexican Hat Dance.” “Now give me some of that soul from last week,” said Shealy. He gently prods the teen not to look down at his hands but up at the music. Sing the notes, he said. “If you...
Friend’s uncomfortable confrontation may be our last warning sign

Friend’s uncomfortable confrontation may be our last warning sign

He was supposed to be at war, but, instead, he sent Joab to lead the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. Night falls, and the king cannot sleep. So, he goes to the roof of the palace, where he sees a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of looking away, his gaze lingers, and lust sets in his heart. David then calls for Bathsheba, the wife of one of his faithful soldiers. He sleeps with her, and she...
Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at this Midtown steakhouse

Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at this Midtown steakhouse

Happy hour food and drink deals start at $5 at STK Atlanta in Midtown. Photo credit: Caitlin Kreidler. Kick off the weekend with savings at this steakhouse. STK Atlanta offers a special wallet-friendly happy hour menu, available today and every weekday from 5-7 p.m., featuring loaded tater tots served with bacon cheddar cheese chives ($5); li’l BRG’s with...
Sugarland announces details of new album, ‘Bigger,’ to complement summer tour

Sugarland announces details of new album, ‘Bigger,’ to complement summer tour

Sugarland is back with a new album to complement their summer tour. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Sugarland is coming back “Bigger” with their sixth studio album. The country duo, which reunited at the November Country Music Association Awards after taking a hiatus to pursue other projects, will release their first new album in seven years...
Road comedy quickly goes south

Road comedy quickly goes south

“Baja,” an uninspired comedy about an RV, road trip and resort, tries hard to be madcap and magical, but the story has so many moving parts — and so little pizzazz — that things go south quickly. The virginally inclined, risk-averse Bryan (Jake Thomas, solid) has a dead-end job at a sporting goods store when his adventurous parents assign him the task of driving their luxury...
‘Truth or Dare’ a humorless horror flick

‘Truth or Dare’ a humorless horror flick

FILM-DARE-REVIEW 344 words · 1 photo Special To The Washington Post · Jane Horwitz · ENTERTAINMENT, FILM · Apr 11, 2018 - 4:36 PM While on a hard-drinking spring break trip to Mexico, the young people at the center of this unforgivably humorless horror flick jump into a game of Truth or Dare, which they discover - too late - is demonically possessed. They’re college...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

4/22 Family Sunday Beef Cubes and Gravy (see recipe) will become a favorite at your house just like it is at ours. Serve it over no-yolk egg noodles and garnish with chopped fresh parsley. Add fresh asparagus and whole-grain rolls. Buy a Boston cream pie for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough pie for Monday. 4/23 Kids Monday Try kid-friendly...
‘Finding Your Feet’ is a watchable British comedy

‘Finding Your Feet’ is a watchable British comedy

“Finding Your Feet” gets off to a brilliant start. We meet a woman in her 60s, very sure of herself, preparing for a party in celebration of her husband’s being awarded a knighthood. Through her thin facade of British reserve, we can tell she is thrilled about this, and especially excited about everyone having to call her “Lady.” Everything about the atmosphere suggests...
Geoffrey Rush delivers winning performance in ‘Final Portrait’

Geoffrey Rush delivers winning performance in ‘Final Portrait’

One of the finest bits of filmmaking in the 20th century came late in Stanley Tucci’s “Big Night,” a raucous comedy that ended with a quiet masterpiece of staging and acting, as two brothers — played by Tucci and Tony Shalhoub — made eggs together in ritualistic morning silence. Photographed so that their dancelike movements were on full display, they communicated in...
Before diagnosing a person’s problems, first be a friend

Before diagnosing a person’s problems, first be a friend

Q: My husband’s sister is expecting her first child in the next few months. This seems to be really important to her husband, and my in-laws are over the moon. The thing is, I’m 98 percent sure that she doesn’t and never has wanted children. She has seemed ambivalent throughout the pregnancy and appears depressed and isolated. I worry that when the baby comes, the disconnect will...
Don’t assume all bird song is a male thing

Don’t assume all bird song is a male thing

I once assumed that every singing bird I heard was a male. As any bird lover knows, male songbirds sing lustily in spring to attract females and defend territory. About the only exception, I thought, was the female cardinal. During the nesting season, she often sings in a soft, flute-like voice to her bright red mate. I now know, though, that the female cardinal is not an exception. Females in dozens...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Alice Cooper, Goo Goo Dolls, 5 Seconds of Summer

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Alice Cooper, Goo Goo Dolls, 5 Seconds of Summer

B Alice Cooper returns to Atlanta this year. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Y 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. O N SALE APRIL 13...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Alabama, Lorde, Jimmy Buffett

Atlanta Concerts this week: Alabama, Lorde, Jimmy Buffett

Alabama and the Charlie Daniels Band are heading to the Fox. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Alabama In 2013, the legendary country trio that covered the airwaves starting in the ‘70s with “I Wanna Come Over” set a record with a pair of consecutive sellouts at the Fox Theatre. The shows — Alabama’s first-ever at the Fox — brought in more than...
As privacy concerns grow, users remain hooked on Facebook

As privacy concerns grow, users remain hooked on Facebook

When Jennifer Keenan Giliberto joined Facebook in 2008, she was thrilled to connect with old classmates from high school and college. She was 33, living in Alpharetta and often wondered where her high school classmates in Connecticut had landed, as well as college friends from Pennsylvania and Indiana. It was virtually impossible to keep track of job changes, relocations, marriages and name changes...
E.Coli outbreak in 11 states linked to chopped romaine lettuce

E.Coli outbreak in 11 states linked to chopped romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked store-bought chopped romaine lettuce from a growing area in Yuma, Arizona, to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in 11 states, the agency reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC. The...
Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it?

Checking calendar ... no it isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. Heinz is actually introducing a mayonnaise and ketchup mix called Mayochup. Fox News reports that Mayochup is also known as fry sauce, fancy sauce and a multitude of other names with sauce worked in. >> Read more trending news  But Heinz is mixing it’s two signature products Heinz Ketchup and Heinz Real Mayonnaise...
Watching ‘A Quiet Place’ in a theater?

Watching ‘A Quiet Place’ in a theater?

It’s always annoying to have people around you at the movies rustling bags, crunching popcorn and slurping down soda. But with one new movie, it’s not just irritating. It’s practically deafening. The noise itself is no louder than usual. The problem is the movie. It’s quiet. Really quiet. Crunch at your own risk. Last Friday, John Krasinski debuted his horror thriller film...
4 game-changing grilled cheese sandwiches in Atlanta

4 game-changing grilled cheese sandwiches in Atlanta

The grilled cheese sandwich is an ooey-gooey favorite for all ages.  Here is a guide to some of the spots in town that are keeping their grilled cheese game on point. If you're in need of more comfort food, this list will keep you well-fed for days. 3073 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404-262-3336, https://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/buckhead-diner/ Every diner needs a classic grilled...
Get $3 drinks and free snacks during happy hour at this Buckhead Italian restaurant

Get $3 drinks and free snacks during happy hour at this Buckhead Italian restaurant

Get $3 drinks plus free meat and cheese snacks during Bar Americano’s happy hour. Photo credit: Green Olive Media. Here’s a remedy to rush hour. Instead of sitting in traffic, head to Bar Americano for happy hour drink specials such as $3 Prosecco and $3 Bellinis plus a complimentary spread of fine meats, cheeses and olives from 4-6...
Nontraditional ramen worthy of its own tradition

Nontraditional ramen worthy of its own tradition

Anyone who has seen the classic Japanese film “Tampopo” knows that making ramen is no simple thing. The movie tells the story of two truck drivers who take pity on a widow, Tampopo, whose small, roadside restaurant is struggling simply because her ramen is not good enough. They bring her from one ramen-ya (traditional ramen shop) to another, where she learns the precise, time-honed traditions...
10 Atlanta mashup restaurants to try

10 Atlanta mashup restaurants to try

Whether you call them post-fusion or mashup, some the most exciting restaurants are crossing cultures and cuisines to create concepts and dishes that bridge the distance between people and places. And, in Atlanta, as elsewhere, younger chefs are behind some of the most lively examples. Here are 10 to check out right now: Chai Pani — The Decatur Indian street food spot from Meherwan Irani...
Creative condiments add zing to meals at Atlanta restaurants

Creative condiments add zing to meals at Atlanta restaurants

Around the world, people sprinkle, slather and squirt condiments on their food without a second thought. And while the idea is universal, the actual condiments themselves are anything but. It stands to reason, then, that global flavors have made their way into the jars and bottles already awaiting you at restaurant tables. The phenomenon of Sriracha is a case study. The bright red sauce seems to be...
Why Viet Cajun food in Atlanta is opposite of fusion

Why Viet Cajun food in Atlanta is opposite of fusion

There’s a reason fusion has become something like a dirty word in culinary circles. There’s nothing wrong with intermingling culinary traditions and flavors, but there are wrong ways to do it. From artificial combinations to co-opting traditional techniques as gimmicks to just outright bad ideas (Think: wasabi mashed potatoes), fusion has become the code word for everything that can go...
Humble tacos in metro Atlanta a blank canvas for seemingly all the flavors of the world

Humble tacos in metro Atlanta a blank canvas for seemingly all the flavors of the world

The taco, I believe, is on the way to becoming as ubiquitous as the hamburger. In the near future (probably next week), this humble Mexican workhorse, so amenable to allowing proteins, salsas and condiments of all nations to ride in its little tortilla saddle, will be a fixture of the casual American menu. For better or ill, the taco has become a vehicle for delivering a global pantry of ingredients...
Life with Gracie: Why Taylor Swift and Gucci Mane are wrong about the haters

Life with Gracie: Why Taylor Swift and Gucci Mane are wrong about the haters

There’s a lot of stuff bothering us. Politics. Social issues. Societal changes. You name it, there’s someone or something to loathe. It’s safe to say that we’ve always been this way, but for Wes Parham, an organizational analyst with WEEW consulting and author of “Be a Hater: A Polemic on the Hater Mindset,” our refusal to engage with our dissenters dates back...
Global flavors rise and shine on breakfast menus around town

Global flavors rise and shine on breakfast menus around town

The morning is no time for experimentation. Breakfast is utilitarian, fuel necessary to face the day: eggs for protein, bread and grains for carbs and something fatty to jump-start the metabolism. Chefs are asked only to serve these elements hot and fast. Yet, the world is shrinking and expectations have changed. Once-exotic dishes like shakshuka and chilaquiles have entered the common brunchgoer&rsquo...
We’re awash in box office statistics

We’re awash in box office statistics

Have you seen the numbers? “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler’s masterful adaptation of the Marvel comic book series, recently crossed $1 billion in box-office receipts worldwide, putting it in the top 10 moneymakers of all time. Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” is another commercial phenom, its opening-weekend take of more than $40 million counting as the director&rsquo...
‘Rampage’ is big, dumb fun

‘Rampage’ is big, dumb fun

Dwayne Johnson has become a genre unto himself. Outfit the hulking former WWE star in a pair of cargo pants and a snug henley tee, and throw him into any extreme situation — jungle-based video game, diesel-fueled car stuntery, beach crimes, fighting an earthquake, starring across Kevin Hart — and it just works. So pairing Johnson with a giant albino gorilla in the video game adaptation...
Eccentric ensemble comedy starts funny, then goes off the rails

Eccentric ensemble comedy starts funny, then goes off the rails

William H. Macy, as both director of and supporting player in the eccentric ensemble comedy “Krystal,” seems to have taken a page (or 10) from David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” In place of that 2012 film’s sports-crazed Philly family with a bipolar adult child, this Southern-fried tale (written by Will Aldis) centers on the Ogburns, an artsy Savannah...
Amplify Decatur Music Festival, topped by The Lone Bellow, focuses on charity, community

Amplify Decatur Music Festival, topped by The Lone Bellow, focuses on charity, community

The Lone Bellow will headline Saturday’s festival. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Decatur, as Mike Killeen attests, is full of music lovers. While that sounds like an appropriate sentiment for a bumper sticker, the fact is that the small city just east of Atlanta  is rich with musical history, from the national recognition of Eddie’s Attic to longtime residents...
Why will Boden triplets take separate paths after 25 years together?

Why will Boden triplets take separate paths after 25 years together?

It’s not surprising that the Boden sisters are all going into orthopedics. They have shared many things in life, all three graduating from Lakeside High School, Pomona College and Emory University School of Medicine. Even before they were roommates at Emory, they were womb-mates in a much smaller space. Fraternal triplets, they’ve been as inseparable as Musketeers for the past 25...
KISS frontman Paul Stanley strutting to Atlanta to exhibit artwork

KISS frontman Paul Stanley strutting to Atlanta to exhibit artwork

Paul Stanley at work. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Paul Stanley’s interest in creating art is well-documented, starting with the legendary KISS logo that he drafted on his parents’ coffee table in the 1970s. About 12 years ago, the Starchild known for his raspy yowl and spandex-clad hip thrusts returned to painting, specifically portraits...
Wrap your hands around these global mashups

Wrap your hands around these global mashups

Eschew a knife and fork this season and put your hands to work. There are plenty of hand-held fusion options for those wanting to mix their cuisines. Korean Cheesesteak from Fred’s Meat and Breads. Arguably Philly’s most popular export (with apologies to Kevin Bacon and Tina Fey), the cheesesteak goes exotic with this treatment. Your choice of chicken or rib-eye gets a kick from gochujang...
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit heading to SunTrust Park for Braves postgame concert

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit heading to SunTrust Park for Braves postgame concert

Jason Isbell performing at the Fox in February 2018. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will perform at SunTrust Park following the May 28 Atlanta Braves game. Isbell, a noted Braves fan , will play the postgame show following the team’s 1:35 p.m. game against the...
Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.

Most dorm residents at Southeast Missouri State University will show up this fall with bedding, a laptop, a backpack and other typical accessories. A few dozen others will tote something furrier — and breathing: Their pets. The school in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, announced last week it is creating pet-friendly floors in one residence hall, where students will be allowed to bunk with roommates...
Mexican meets Southern in recipes from ‘Turnip Greens & Tortillas’

Mexican meets Southern in recipes from ‘Turnip Greens & Tortillas’

The first time I flipped through the pages of “Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin Books, $30), the new cookbook by Eddie Hernandez and Susan Puckett, I had a sudden deja vu-like sensation of visiting with some old friends. Hernandez is the executive chef of Atlanta-based Taqueria del Sol, a pioneering fast-casual...
Food offerings abound at Great Wolf Lodge opening in May in LaGrange

Food offerings abound at Great Wolf Lodge opening in May in LaGrange

You’ll work up an appetite when you splash for hours in a water park, traverse a rope course or summit a climbing wall. Luckily, guests at the soon-to-open Great Wolf Lodge Georgia in LaGrange don’t have to walk away famished. When the family resort opens this May — grand opening is slated for May 24 — it will offer numerous ways to keep fed the bellies of young and old...
Homemade shield protects plants from spray

Homemade shield protects plants from spray

Q: What can I spray to kill weeds in and around my rose bushes without hurting them? Estelle Cooper, Jefferson A: At a big-box store I recently saw a sprayer that had a conical shield attached to the spray wand. The label indicated it was for use near ornamental plants. You can make a homemade shield by cutting the neck of a four-inch plastic funnel so that it fits over the nozzle of your...
Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline live on with their own musical revues

Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline live on with their own musical revues

Rock ’n’ roller Buddy Holly and crossover country/pop singer Patsy Cline died before their times — Holly in 1959 at the age of 22, Cline in 1963 at 30, and both in fateful plane crashes, ironically — but their musical legacies live on in the respective jukebox revues “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and “Always … Patsy Cline.” Georgia Ensemble Theatre...
New book gives close-up look at current and historic Augusta

New book gives close-up look at current and historic Augusta

Historic Augusta, the city’s private preservation organization, has just published a beautiful coffee-table book. “Augusta” has much more to offer than its size would indicate. The book’s text was written by two well-known professors — James W. Garvey, retired chair of the Department of Communication at Augusta University, and Lee Ann Caldwell, professor of history at...
Best Pizza in Every State: The winners are…

Best Pizza in Every State: The winners are…

Everyone knows there’s amazing pizza to be found in every state, and several of your best spots claim to be “the best.” But which places actually take the top spot? The Daily Meal compiled a handy list that breaks down the best pizza in every state, as well as Washington D.C. >> Read more trending news  According to The Daily Meal:  In Massachusetts, Area Four in...
Featured food events in metro Atlanta, April 12-16

Featured food events in metro Atlanta, April 12-16

Canoe will host an intimate wine dinner with Paul Hobbs Winery. Photo credit: Ryan Fleisher. Food and drink deals will begin at a dollar during a block party at Avalon in Alpharetta. Head to Canoe for an epicurean wine dinner. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat...
Life with Gracie: In fighting ‘summer slide,’ Horizons Atlanta giving kids better future

Life with Gracie: In fighting ‘summer slide,’ Horizons Atlanta giving kids better future

The gap between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next can wreak havoc on student learning, erasing as much as three months of academic achievement. Summer slide, experts call it. But for nearly 825 metro Atlanta students from three school districts, that won’t likely happen. Instead of kids falling behind, children fortunate enough to participate in Horizons Atlanta are...
YouTube accused of illegally collecting children's data

YouTube accused of illegally collecting children's data

A new complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses video-sharing site YouTube of illegally collecting children's data. According to the Guardian, nearly two dozen advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are arguing that YouTube's parent company, Google, violates the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting...
Healthy Cooking: When veggie preferences clash, it’s asparagus fries to the rescue

Healthy Cooking: When veggie preferences clash, it’s asparagus fries to the rescue

My dear husband Bob and I are simpatico on the subjects of religion, politics and the better Van Halen frontman. But when it comes to asparagus, we are a house divided. I prefer crisp green goodness; Bob wants the stalks steamed until they’re soft and squishy. Obviously, I’m right and he’s wrong. But in the interest of marital harmony, I searched for a single preparation method...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I love your column on Sunday mornings, and enjoy reading about all the hard-to-find items that fellow readers are looking for. I never thought I’d need help, but I cannot find McCormick’s cinnamon grinder in the grocery store. When I look online, it appears to be discontinued. I see that Drogheria and Alimentari have a cinnamon spice mill through Amazon for $8.89. That seems a bit steep...
John Michael Dunn, 37, of Newnan lost 50 pounds

John Michael Dunn, 37, of Newnan lost 50 pounds

Former weight: 225 pounds Current weight: 175 pounds Pounds lost: 50 pounds Height: 5 feet 10 inches Age: 37 years How long he’s kept it off: He started in June 2017 and reached his current weight in December. Personal life: “I have a wife and two kids, a boy and a girl, and I’m a lineman for Coweta-Fayette EMC,” Dunn said. “We live in Newnan.” Turning point: &ldquo...
Report: Fleetwood Mac fires Lindsey Buckingham

Report: Fleetwood Mac fires Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham, performing at Philips Arena in 2014. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The rumors of Lindsey Buckingham’s departure from Fleetwood Mac are true. Rolling Stone reports that the singer-songwriter-guitarist was fired from the band after a disagreement over their upcoming tour. Mike Campbell, a veteran of Tom...
First Look: Decatur’s White Bull inspired by Hemingway

First Look: Decatur’s White Bull inspired by Hemingway

The menu at the White Bull includes a number of vegetable-forward offerings. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. The White Bull, a new restaurant and bar from chef Pat Pascarella , opened in early April next door to Brick Store Pub in Decatur. The 123 E. Court Square storefront space was most recently occupied by Truman, which closed in September 2017 after barely a year...
10 must-see movies at the 42nd Atlanta Film Festival

10 must-see movies at the 42nd Atlanta Film Festival

From low-budget movies made on this city’s streets to features from all corners of the world, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases the many varieties of cinematic expression. Running from April 13-22, the 42nd festival screens more than 150 documentary and narrative feature and short films, drawing from more than 7,600 submissions. Highlights include “RBG,” “Maynard&rdquo...
Review: Atlanta Opera captures 2 powerful stories in ‘Out of Darkness’

Review: Atlanta Opera captures 2 powerful stories in ‘Out of Darkness’

You know what’s easy to say? Nothing. These words, heard early in the Atlanta Opera’s devastatingly powerful new production of Jake Heggie’s “Out of Darkness: Two Remain,” outline some of the profound challenges faced by the show’s two central characters. The deeply moving work, based on the stories and recollections of two Holocaust survivors, has had workshop...
Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream Tuesday

Ben & Jerry's is giving away free ice cream Tuesday

Get ready for another free guilty pleasure. Ben & Jerry's scoop shops are scooping out their ice cream for free tomorrow all around the world.  From noon until 8 p.m., the popular ice cream company's stores will give everyone who stops by a cone of your favorite flavor for free.  It's the company's way to say thanks for another year of success, according to Ben & Jerry's Facebook...
Anita Baker adds third concert to Atlanta appearance in May

Anita Baker adds third concert to Atlanta appearance in May

Anita Baker is prepping a farewell tour that will play Atlanta for three shows in May. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Good news for fans who couldn’t snag tickets to Anita Baker’s two Atlanta performances during Mother’s Day weekend – a third show has been added. The R&B/soul powerhouse will now begin her run at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. May 10. She...
Wes Moss: Figure out your ‘Rich Ratio’ to help plan for retirement

Wes Moss: Figure out your ‘Rich Ratio’ to help plan for retirement

There are myriad philosophies on how to achieve financial stability and ensure a happy retirement. Some are more complex than others, and most have their merits. But all these strategies are based on the same assumption — that you are living within (or below) your means. This is the crux of wealth building. Imagine you are hiking a beautiful mountain pass. Your destination is just a little way...
Johnny Cash’s poems get a second life as songs

Johnny Cash’s poems get a second life as songs

November of 2016 saw the arrival of “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a posthumous collection of unpublished poetry written by Johnny Cash, the first person ever to be inducted into both the country music and rock ‘n’ roll halls of fame. By turns flinty and tender, devotional and irreverent, haunted and enraptured, Cash’s poems — which date back to the 1940s &mdash...
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