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Concert review and photos: 3 takeaways from the first of Drake’s 3 Atlanta shows

On Sunday, Drake will wrap his “Aubrey and The Three Migos Live!” tour with a third and final show at State Farm Arena. The live outing, which started in August to promote his double “Scorpion” album, has featured Atlanta rap trio Migos (and Roy Woods) throughout as well as a slew of unannounced guests. That didn’t change at Friday night’s sold-out show...
The empire the Elf built

The empire the Elf built

Inside an Atlanta high-rise office building, an elevator opens up to “the North Pole.” It’s not only what employees call the local headquarters of Elf on the Shelf, but it’s the place that seems to live and breathe Christmas — and stay busy developing new products for the annual holiday shopping season.
If you want to help women veterans, here’s where to start

If you want to help women veterans, here’s where to start

On Veterans Day, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution told the story of Krystina Brown, 32, a Navy veteran who served in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere from 2009-2013. She performed her duties honorably on the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, but when she came home to the States, she ran into trouble.
New generation of older people embraces ‘Golden Girls’ communal living

New generation of older people embraces ‘Golden Girls’ communal living

Beth Hogan and Debbie Aschemeier are both in their early 60s, divorced and working in the medical field. They both love gardening. And they love living in the small town of Mableton. Strangers until recently, they’re now roommates and close friends — for reasons both social and financial. “From the moment we met, we hit it off,” said Hogan.
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places.
Thankful for heaven-sent moments that changed my life

Thankful for heaven-sent moments that changed my life

There was once an engineering student who longed to take a philosophy course as an elective, but his academic adviser cautioned him against it, saying it’d be a waste of time. Still, this fellow was determined to examine life’s meaning, so he went ahead with his plan.
Healthy Cooking: A Thanksgiving dish to please everyone

Healthy Cooking: A Thanksgiving dish to please everyone

This Thanksgiving, awkwardness is on the menu. My niece’s fiance’s parents, aunts and grandmother will join us for the first time. And I fear we won’t make it past appetizers before these good people throw their son in the trunk of their rental car and whisk him away to a different family.
Michael B. Jordan steps into the ring for another round in ‘Creed II’

Michael B. Jordan steps into the ring for another round in ‘Creed II’

Michael B. Jordan can’t get enough of Atlanta. From the monstrous hit “Black Panther” to the upcoming Netflix series “Raising Dion” to the highly anticipated flick “Just Mercy,” his work keeps bringing him back to Atlanta. “I just left like four weeks ago, and I’m coming right back,” he said.
‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel ony good for shrugs

‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel ony good for shrugs

Without overpraising the charm of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” or undervaluing the baseline proficiency of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” I must report: It took J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter-adjacent franchise exactly one film for the shrugs to set in, even with all those fine actors up there amid expensive digital blue flames.
‘Instant Family’ is more like a slow cooker

‘Instant Family’ is more like a slow cooker

“Things that matter are hard.” That’s the lesson a new father teaches in “Instant Family,” a comedy-drama about a couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) who are unable to conceive children of their own and who choose to adopt — not just one child, but three siblings.
America’s public education system

America’s public education system

For the record, I believe in the concept of public (aka, taxpayer-funded, government, “free”) schools. I attended public schools and obtained an excellent education that challenged my intellect and imparted a broad understanding of the world and my place in it. I am forever grateful to my teachers.
Wild turkey populations are soaring after nearly going extinct

Wild turkey populations are soaring after nearly going extinct

A Thanksgiving trivia question: What is the largest gallinaceous bird in North America? It’s the turkey, of course, the big meaty bird that becomes America’s most celebrated feathered creature on Thanksgiving Day. Gallinaceous birds are heavy-bodied, mostly terrestrial creatures that also include grouse, pheasants, quails and common domestic chickens.
This Life with Gracie: Is our safe place just an illusion?

This Life with Gracie: Is our safe place just an illusion?

If you’re prone to reading and listening to as much news as I do, you might be feeling a little anxious or downright scared about now. I don’t get rattled very easily, and even when I do, I’m able to find comfort in knowing that no matter how things look, God is in control.
Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in the livestock industry.
Beyond the hotspots: Dining suggestions for Buford Highway enthusiasts

Beyond the hotspots: Dining suggestions for Buford Highway enthusiasts

As is the case with any food phenomenon, not all restaurants share the spotlight equally. Attention is repeatedly pulled to the same few places. Some offer a truly special experience. A good example from Buford Highway is Sushi Hayakawa, where chef Art Hayakawa has won universal acclaim for his skill and meticulous ingredient sourcing.
Review: Hattie B’s delivers the heat but doesn’t live up to the hype

Review: Hattie B’s delivers the heat but doesn’t live up to the hype

For a good many weeks after the Nashville hot-chicken chain Hattie B’s opened just south of Little Five Points in July, passers-by couldn’t help but notice the hovering and insatiable crowd. All day and into the night, a line stretched from the front counter almost out to Moreland Avenue.
Shaky Knees 2019 lineup: Tame Impala, Beck among headliners

Shaky Knees 2019 lineup: Tame Impala, Beck among headliners

The 2019 edition of Shaky Knees Music Festival will offer the headlining quartet of Tame Impala, Beck, Cage the Elephant and Incubus. The seventh year of the festival will again take place at Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward near downtown Atlanta. More than 65 artists will perform during the May 3-5 event, including Tears for Fears, Gary Clark Jr.
WATCH: Marvel Studios shares video tribute to the late Stan Lee

WATCH: Marvel Studios shares video tribute to the late Stan Lee

“Stan Lee‘s best creation was always Stan.” Marvel Studios is paying tribute to the iconic comic book author, who died at age 95 on Monday, with a new video clip. Lee is credited with co-creating some of the most popular superheroes of all time, from Spider-Man to the Hulk and the X-Men.
Beer Town: ‘Drink Beer, Think Beer’ a thought-provoking primer

Beer Town: ‘Drink Beer, Think Beer’ a thought-provoking primer

In his new book, “Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint” (Basic Books, $26), John Holl challenges readers to think critically about beer. To that end, he draws on history and delves into business, sensory experience, and even some of the negative aspects of current beer culture for what adds up to a thorough and thought-provoking primer on the subject.
Thorny trifoliate orange is a nuisance on woodland property

Thorny trifoliate orange is a nuisance on woodland property

Q: I have a bunch of thorny three-leaf orange plants with lots of fuzzy yellow fruit on my property. Are they worth anything? What’s the best way of getting rid of them? Nathaniel Reed, email A: I have heard of farmers planting trifoliate orange seeds along a fence row to grow an impenetrably thorny green fence.
CMA Awards 2018: what you need to know about Wednesday’s show

CMA Awards 2018: what you need to know about Wednesday’s show

As niche music awards shows go, the CMAs always bring a wicked lineup. The 52nd Country Music Association Awards will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ABC and blast off with a performance from Leesburg native and entertainer of the year nominee (he’s won it twice) Luke Bryan.
“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns December 3, with a lineup of actors

“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns December 3, with a lineup of actors

Returning to the TLC network December 3rd for its 11th season is the award-winning genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” At press time, the featured celebrities are Josh Duhamel, Regina King, Mandy Moore and Matthew Morrison, all of whom are actors. Series promotional material indicates that at least one of them will travel to England to search for roots, another to Australia.
Trip to Peru brings comfort to sister of teen who died in 1970 crash

Trip to Peru brings comfort to sister of teen who died in 1970 crash

On a warm, sunny September afternoon, Paula Ashmore finally arrives at a towering cross in the countryside of Cusco, Peru. Protected by an awning, the stone cross, about 10 feet tall, is surrounded by red potted flowers. A string of triangular flags flutters in a gentle breeze.
This Life with Gracie: Red states, Black Lives Matter

This Life with Gracie: Red states, Black Lives Matter

It’s not surprising that two of us can look at the same thing and see two totally different realities. It has everything to do with how our brain works and more precisely how we apply our life experiences to what we see and feel.
Kitchen Curious: What makes Creole-style Mac and Cheese a winner?

Kitchen Curious: What makes Creole-style Mac and Cheese a winner?

There are two areas of my culinary life that I’m working to improve these days: getting a handle on spicy heat and overcoming my skepticism of the Instant Pot. Last year, I literally cooked my family out of the house when I used handful upon handful of Naga Morich peppers to make a hot sauce.
Ramona Wood, 54, of Lawrenceville lost 91 pounds

Ramona Wood, 54, of Lawrenceville lost 91 pounds

Former weight: 244 pounds Current weight: 153 pounds Pounds lost: 91 pounds Height: 5 feet 5 inches Age: 54 years How long she’s kept it off: “On April 29, 2015, I had bariatric surgery, the sleeve,” Wood said. She reached her current weight eight months later and has maintained it ever since. Personal life: “I live in Lawrenceville with my husband and three cats.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Give your Tuesday a boost of fun and inspiration by considering an evening with a beloved cook Ina Garten, or checking out a spectacular film about the journey of monarch butterflies. Here are some more details on ways to enjoy your Tuesday: A food network star, Ina Garten comes to Atlanta in celebration of her her newest cookbook, “Cook Like a Pro.
Concert review: Christina Aguilera (finally) returns to Atlanta after 11 years

Concert review: Christina Aguilera (finally) returns to Atlanta after 11 years

Fans waited 11 years to see Christina Aguilera live - and then they waited some more. For a tour that’s been rolling since late September and ending Tuesday, was a near-hour wait for Aguilera really warranted? But, that’s what concertgoers endured on Sunday night at the Fox Theatre following Big Boi’s prompt, satisfying opening performance.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 12

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 12

Enjoy fall days with a stroll or take in a new exhibit at the Bremen Museum. Here are some ideas to start your week: There are more than two miles of path in the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. Enjoy views of the natural landscape while listening to songbirds and watching for animals.
Concert review: Ed Sheeran enchanted Atlanta with talent and charm

Concert review: Ed Sheeran enchanted Atlanta with talent and charm

Not many artists can hold nearly 51,000 people rapt with a microphone and an acoustic guitar. But Ed Sheeran long ago defied the odds of a standard pub musician, using his significant talent and scrappy charm to vault onto the charts and, well, barely ever leave.
Review: Abbado leads ASO in a stunning Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8

Review: Abbado leads ASO in a stunning Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8

Thursday evening at Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of frequent guest conductor Roberto Abbado, was laser focused on the string section. The strings dominated from the opening, bite-sized String Sonata No. 1 by Rossini to the evening’s main event, the Brahms Violin Concerto with violinist Veronika Eberle.
A new look — and face — to this heroine

A new look — and face — to this heroine

Something’s different about Lisbeth Salander. Could it be the hair? To be sure, the titular protagonist of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story” has changed her look dramatically since 2011’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” There, she sported an asymmetrical, homemade-looking punk-rock mop and several scary facial piercings.
You’d have to be a Scrooge to resist the new animated ‘Grinch’

You’d have to be a Scrooge to resist the new animated ‘Grinch’

I know what you’re thinking: “Bah! Humbug!” Can a Christmas movie that’s being released in November, well before Thanksgiving, be any good? It just so happens that the new animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a welcome, if early, Christmas gift. You’d have to be a Scrooge to resist it.
Autumn’s falling leaves help revitalize the forest

Autumn’s falling leaves help revitalize the forest

The autumn leaves now adorning forests with rich color and drawing legions of leaf peepers to North Georgia’s mountains will fall soon. But on the ground, they are destined for another important role — revitalizing the forest.
How Hallmark's movie marathons become a holiday tradition

How Hallmark's movie marathons become a holiday tradition

There’s something predictable and comforting about the holiday season. The familiarity of favorite carols, Nana’s homemade desserts, the neighbor’s holiday lights and the huge Christmas tree that nightly illuminates the town square are customs many look forward to year after year.
Influential Leapfrog Group jumps in to rate 5,600 surgery centers

Influential Leapfrog Group jumps in to rate 5,600 surgery centers

The influential Leapfrog Group, which grades nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is launching a national survey to evaluate the safety and quality of up to 5,600 surgery centers that perform millions of outpatient procedures every year.
Counting fetal kicks can help prevent stillbirths

Counting fetal kicks can help prevent stillbirths

Emily Eekhoff was in the 33rd week of her second pregnancy when she made an unsettling discovery. As she had with her first baby, Liam, Eekhoff had been religiously keeping track of the number of kicks her unborn baby delivered during the third trimester. This baby had been consistent, kicking about 10 times in a 10-minute period.

Diligent college student has less time for old friends

Dear Abby: I’m in my early 20s and the only one in my circle of friends who’s currently in college. They all want to hang out all the time, but most of them live more than 100 miles away. I have a strict school schedule, and I’m required to study and earn high grades or I will be let go from my university.
Ivory Lee Young loved his neighborhood, served Atlanta

Ivory Lee Young loved his neighborhood, served Atlanta

Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Lee Young’s passion for his family occasionally spilled over into council chambers. “He would serenade his wife, sing her happy birthday from the council floor, letting everybody know he loved her,” said city councilwoman and now Council President Felicia A. Moore. “He was always fun-loving and full of life.” Ivory Lee Young Jr.
Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Your guide to Christmas tree lighting events around metro Atlanta

Light the night (and the tree) with these metro Atlanta Christmas tree lightings.  The season opens with tree lightings at Atlantic Station and the classic Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square. We’ve gathered the details on metro Atlanta’s most dazzling tree lightings, and we’ve included some of the smaller tree lightings in communities outside of Atlanta.

Faith calendar

Holiday music: During the fifth annual Lighting of Avalon (400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta), an event that features a tree lighting, appearance by Santa, ice skating and more, the North Point Community Church will take the main stage to get everyone in the Christmas spirit with a variety of holiday songs. Free and open to all. For a complete lineup of events, visit experienceavalon.com.

Author Events Nov. 17-23

Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America.” Pulitzer Prize winner Meacham (“American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House”) helps us understand the present moment in American politics by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. In conversation with Gail Evans, former executive vice president of CNN. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Talk, signing.
A question of ownership

A question of ownership

It’s hard to imagine a legal case with a more intriguing title than “United States v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.” The 2013 asset forfeiture case centered around a 24-foot-long fossil that had sold for more than $1 million at a New York auction.
Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

Debate settled: This is the right time to put up your Christmas tree

While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic. There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day.
When are metro Atlanta malls open on Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

When are metro Atlanta malls open on Thanksgiving, Black Friday?

Much like last year’s trend, many stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2018. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes at the Thanksgiving feast are gone.
2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for beauty lovers

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for beauty lovers

Women with demanding schedules are increasingly seeking beauty and personal care products that are easy to use. And for women on the go, saving time can also mean getting salon- or spa-worthy results at home. From anti-aging products to the most advanced innovation in hairstyling, here are some of the best gifts to satisfy beauty lovers of all sorts.
New Emory program on early memory decline gets $23.7 million boost

New Emory program on early memory decline gets $23.7 million boost

In some ways, Dan Goerke has lost his wife. Her disappearance began slowly in her 50s. At first, Denise Goerke would forget where she put her glasses or car keys. Soon, though, it became more troubling. Denise would leave for a work meeting and forget where she was headed. She would call her husband and ask where she was going and how to get there.
CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event 

CMA Awards 2018: Complete winners list from star-studded Nashville event 

The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards. >> Read more trending news  The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 15

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 15

The rain should stop, though flash flood warnings continue in the metro area through Thursday morning, and temperatures will stay cold. This gray day should be a good time for some indoor recreation — a scary movie, a thoughtful play, a little comedy and a resurrection. Team Coco comes to Luckie Street Thursday evening for his first show in Atlanta since 2010.
Pink’s husband Carey Hart threatens to shoot wildfire looters in Malibu

Pink’s husband Carey Hart threatens to shoot wildfire looters in Malibu

Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting. >> Read more trending news  He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C.
Mock Tudor-style reno is a labor of love for Virginia-Highland couple

Mock Tudor-style reno is a labor of love for Virginia-Highland couple

Working together, two legal professionals renovated their mock Tudor-style home in Virginia-Highland to reflect their love for art and design. Over 25 years, Valerie and Charles Surasky raised the roof to expand the attic into a second floor, dug a basement, and added a garage and a pool to the home, which will be on the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes on Dec. 1-2.
2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Top Toys

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Top Toys

Toys are a leading gift for children ages 2-12, according to data from PBM Strategic Insights. In the South, STEM toys, games and puzzles, DIY craft kits and books are big categories for kids on the verge of tween-hood. Last year, L.O.L.
10 tips to create a great closet

10 tips to create a great closet

Let’s face it, closets can be messy! One of the main culprits often relates to a lack of proper organization. The key to a well-organized space is for everything to be in place and to have a place. When looking to create a closet that is organized and tidy, here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Use boxes and bins.
4 décor tips to update your home

4 décor tips to update your home

Driving down a city alley the other day, a flash of fur caught my eye. Nope, it wasn’t another chimpanzee-sized rat. It was a formerly prized possession: a faux Moroccan Beni Ourain-style rug, pale and shaggy with a dark diamond pattern, a once-bold accent that had imbued its owner’s apartment with of-the-moment style. Until that moment passed. Or the dog had one accident too many.
What to consider before starting a bedroom remodel

What to consider before starting a bedroom remodel

Remodeling your bedroom is a great way to revive an outdated space and add value to your home. But like any major home improvement, it’s important to go in prepared — and to plan your budget and design before you get started. Good planning is key not only to saving money, but also to making sure your vision is realized once your project is complete.
Early Wonder camellia shakes the gardening world

Early Wonder camellia shakes the gardening world

At ‘The Garden Guy’s’ house a couple of Camellia sasanquas have started showing a little color while at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah they are already claiming the first Camellia japonica of the year. This is amazing because the Camellia japonica is normally a late winter and early spring bloomer.
A family home uses angles to capture brightness, sweeping views

A family home uses angles to capture brightness, sweeping views

EDMONDS, Wash. — Beth and Tom Sanger are not going anywhere. Well, except maybe to the Edmonds Arts Festival at the park directly across the street. Or to the handy kayak/paddleboard-launching beach just down the hill. Or — well, OK — also to the salon/spa that Beth owns, a mere two-block commute, on foot. Otherwise, though: This is it.
The top 5 aging-in-place trends

The top 5 aging-in-place trends

As aging in place gains momentum, the tools and tactics for making homes safe and accessible are becoming ever more sophisticated. And manufacturers are responding with a slew of products designed to make homes more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Here are five enhancements to consider for your home: 1.
7 books for the readers on your gift list this holiday season

7 books for the readers on your gift list this holiday season

Gift-giving season is upon us again. It’s the time of year when publishers release their flashiest, priciest oversized books in hopes of capturing the holiday market. And it’s our job to sort through them and pluck out the ones we think are the best. Here are our seven favorites from the offerings this year.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 14

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 14

This Wednesday you can see Amy Schumer, hear LeVar Burton and go to the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays designer showhouse. It’s not too late to catch comedian Amy Schumer at her rescheduled Atlanta appearance. Schumer, who is in her second trimester, was initial scheduled to appear in September but had to postpone when she found out she was pregnant.
Interracial love in the time of slavery

Interracial love in the time of slavery

It began with a picture. Paula Wright, 52, was just a baby when she was photographed in a onesie with her fingers in her mouth while balanced on the lap of an elderly man with a gray tie and a big smile. Each time she visited her great-grandparents in New Jersey, Wright would ask to see the pictures.
Lend a hand this holiday season with charitable drives in Atlanta

Lend a hand this holiday season with charitable drives in Atlanta

This holiday season, share the love and give back to the community by participating in some of the many food, toy and clothing drives in and around Atlanta. Through your contributions, you can help make the holidays a little brighter and warmer for children and families all over the metro Atlanta area. Toys for Tots Atlanta. Nov. 29-Dec. 15.
HBO whets appetite of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with #ForTheThrone teaser 

HBO whets appetite of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with #ForTheThrone teaser 

HBO gave fans of its hit series “Game of Thrones” what they wanted. Well, sort of. The premium cable channel dropped a teaser trailer for the final season of the series, but much to the faithfuls’ disappointment, the video was just that -- a tease and a re-edit of past footage from seasons one through seven.

Will Viagra lead to vision loss?

Q: I am concerned about the possibility that Viagra for erectile dysfunction might affect vision. I have read about this, but I have not been able to get my doctor or pharmacist to tell me how often vision loss occurs and whether it is temporary or permanent. I’d like to use the drug, but I don’t want to risk my sight.
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