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Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Flu season showing first signs of slowing down 

Flu season showing first signs of slowing down 

Flu activity remains widespread, but there are signs this brutal flu season may beginning to wane.  As of the week ending Feb. 17, the Georgia Department of Public Health said 11.9 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu, down from 15.2 percent of patient visits the week before. The number of new flu-related hospitalizations reported added up to 91, down from 165 during the previous...
Know before you go: metro Atlanta farmers markets guide

Know before you go: metro Atlanta farmers markets guide

Once trendy and scattered, farmers markets have become a common staple in neighborhoods across metro Atlanta. More than 35 farmers markets dot metro area maps, each offering handcrafted bites, locally grown produce and some seriously delicious grub. New to the market? Don't breeze through. Take time to explore the great food, friendly faces and talented farmers, chefs and artists beneath the...
Alpharetta taco spot to host grand opening this weekend and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Alpharetta taco spot to host grand opening this weekend and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. Tacos are on the menu at Chronic Tacos / Photo from the Chronic Taco Facebook page California-based taco chain Chronic Tacos is set to open its first Georgia location this weekend, and is celebrating with giveaways and samples. The grand opening will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at 970...
The Commodores kick off 2018 season at ‘The Fred’ in Peachtree City

The Commodores kick off 2018 season at ‘The Fred’ in Peachtree City

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Commodores will kick off the 2018 concert series at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The storied R&B-soul group revered for classics including “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady,” will play The Fred at 8 p.m. April 13. Bogey and the Viceroy will open. This is the first show announced for the upcoming season at the Peachtree...
Find out which notables were named 2018 Georgia Grown chefs

Find out which notables were named 2018 Georgia Grown chefs

Chef Zach Meloy runs the show at Better Half. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Several familiar names were included in named to the 2018 Georgia Grown Executive Chefs list. Evan Cordes of Cast Iron, Zach Meloy of Better Half, Christian Rodriguez of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Jason Jimenez of Kitchen Six, Brian Jones of Kennesaw State University and Todd White of Albany Technical College were...
These are the Atlanta restaurants that received AAA’s ‘four diamond’ rating

These are the Atlanta restaurants that received AAA’s ‘four diamond’ rating

A first course of local sweet corn at Bacchanalia includes a delicate lace tuile covering the corn pudding and spoonful of paddlefish caviar. / CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Auto and travel group AAA has released its 2018 Diamond List, and several Atlanta restaurants made the cut. The list — compiled by inspectors who conduct unannounced, onsite evaluations of more than 31,000 restaurants...
Grand opening: Get free food at this new Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown Saturday

Grand opening: Get free food at this new Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown Saturday

Get free food at Pita Mediterranean Street Food Saturday. Photo credit: Pita Mediterranean Street Food. Make plans not to cook dinner tomorrow. Pita Mediterranean Street Food will celebrate its grand opening by giving guests a free gyro, chicken gyro or falafel pitas with a choice of side—all for free—from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. This offer will be valid at...
Learn about Lao food at one of metro Atlanta’s first Lao restaurants

Learn about Lao food at one of metro Atlanta’s first Lao restaurants

Larb Beef and Nam Khao from Snackboxe Bistro If you’re not familiar with Lao food, don’t feel too bad — there aren’t a whole lot of Lao restaurants in metro Atlanta. Vanh Sengaphone and Thip Athakhanh, the husband and wife owners of Snackboxe Bistro, a new Laotian street food restaurant in Doraville, are hoping to introduce the food from their home country...
Trout lily blooms put on an amazing spectacle in South Georgia

Trout lily blooms put on an amazing spectacle in South Georgia

The late Charles Wharton, who died in 2003 at age 80, was one of Georgia’s most eminent biologists. He tirelessly explored the state and probably knew more about its natural areas than any other person. Even so, he once said that even after 30 years of field experience in Georgia he still came upon natural environments in the state that left him “profoundly incredulous.” That was...
Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Female-driven ‘Annihilation’ is singularly adventurous

Sometimes cinematic adaptations are conversations with source material rather than direct representations. No recent film more exemplifies this idea than Alex Garland’s bold, metaphysical and just plain weird “Annihilation,” adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s book, the first in his “Southern Reach” trilogy. The result is a deeply challenging, big budget, female-driven...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

3/4 Family Sunday Make it family time with Mojo Beef Kebabs (see recipe). Serve the kebabs with orzo, a mixed green salad and whole-grain rolls. For dessert, buy a coconut layer cake. Plan ahead: Prepare 2 extra kebabs and extra orzo, and save enough cake for Monday. 3/5 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make Beef Pitas tonight. Line...
Daniela Vega makes ‘A Fantastic Woman’ truly lovely

Daniela Vega makes ‘A Fantastic Woman’ truly lovely

There’s an interaction in the middle of Chilean filmmaker Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” that perfectly describes the film’s conflict and asserts its core thesis. Two women meet in a downtown Santiago parking garage to exchange the car of the recently deceased Orlando (Francisco Reyes). It’s the first meeting of his girlfriend, Marina (Daniela Vega) and his...
‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

There’s no question the undisputed winner in the new comedy “Game Night” is the generally dependable Rachel McAdams. The infectious energetic and unfiltered exuberance she brings to the role of the super competitive Annie — one of a group of best friends who get together on a regular basis to play parlor and board games — turns what was little more than an extended episode...
Teen tantrums require a one-two ‘punch’ of authority

Teen tantrums require a one-two ‘punch’ of authority

Q: When our daughter, an only child, turned 13 and entered the eighth grade, it was like a switch was flipped. Almost overnight, she went from being a sweet, respectful and obedient child who had never given us any serious problems to being petulant, sassy, and often belligerent. She wants nothing to do with us anymore and makes that perfectly clear in often very hurtful ways. She stays in her room...
Finding ‘Me Time’ in quiet chapel

Finding ‘Me Time’ in quiet chapel

My friend’s little girl, Lucy, 12, was doing homework in my living room, while Fuzzy the cat meowed loudly for attention. “Let’s go to the grocery store,” I suggested, “and get your family some fixings for supper.” Her mom’s in the hospital prior to heart surgery, and I’d signed up to provide the family a meal that evening. We hurried into the car, only...
This Life: Vietnam vet says AR-15 has no place in civilized society

This Life: Vietnam vet says AR-15 has no place in civilized society

In the days since the Florida school shooting, we’ve heard a lot about assault weapons and the AR-15 in particular. It is the same semi-automatic style weapon Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected shooter, is said to have used to kill 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. It was also the choice of weapon in which 27 were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School...
67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old. >> Read more trending news  The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine. “I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home...
AJCaccessATL launches weekly events and entertainment podcast

AJCaccessATL launches weekly events and entertainment podcast

What to do? It’s a question that comes up every day. If you’re looking for answers to the question, we have a few. Actually, we have a lot, and we’ll be sharing them in a new weekly podcast that launches on March 1. Our entertainment and cultural experts will bring you the stories that make our eclectic city one of a kind, and take you behind the scenes in a town where we create...
Beer Town: Stalking the first ‘coolship’ beer from Orpheus

Beer Town: Stalking the first ‘coolship’ beer from Orpheus

Orpheus Brewing founder Jason Pellett blending barrel-aged coolship beer. PHOTO CREDIT: Bob Townsend. Recently, at Orpheus Brewing on Dutch Valley Place in Atlanta, Jason Pellett sat at a table surrounded by glass flasks and poured barrel-aged beers of various vintages back and forth between a pair of thin glass cylinders. It was the final blending session...
Get to know the executive pastry chef behind some of North Fulton’s tastiest desserts

Get to know the executive pastry chef behind some of North Fulton’s tastiest desserts

Kelly Lovett is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality. Photo by Shannon Sturgis of StarChefs. Kelly Lovett, 35, is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality, overseeing the pastry programs at Table & Main and Osteria Mattone , as well as the restaurant group’s third concept, Coalition Food and Beverage...
Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

CalyRoad Creamery owner, Robin Schick forms tube shapes of cheese for the final stages before wrapping the product at the facility. (Chris Hunt/Special) Several products from metro Atlanta producers are in the running for a statewide food award. 33 products were selected as finalists for the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest...
Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae’s new album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Janelle Monae is back. The singer-songwriter-actress-producer-activist hasn’t released an album since 2013 – mostly because she’s been busy conquering acting (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) and making powerful statements at the Grammy Awards ...
Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

O4W’s Grandma Pie. / Photo Credit- Mia Yakel The highly-anticipated restaurant from O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina finally has a name. Nina + Rafi will mark the return of Spina’s pizza to Old Fourth Ward after he closed Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location in...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
Made in Georgia: Cafe Campesino for great coffee, better life for farmers

Made in Georgia: Cafe Campesino for great coffee, better life for farmers

Social justice, not the quest for a better cup of coffee, was the cause that launched Cafe Campesino. Lucky for us, excellent coffee was the result. Bill Harris (right) talks with Don Julio of the CAC Pangoa farmers’ co-op during at 2014 trip to Peru./ Scott Umstattd. More than 20 years ago, Bill Harris, co-founder of Cafe Campesino was in Guatemala working with Habitat...
Review: Bluetop offers Americana with unexpected style

Review: Bluetop offers Americana with unexpected style

Here, on a stretch of Peachtree Road that now backs up to the Chamblee MARTA station, old-fashioned taxi cabs were dispatched to and fro from this brick building more than 70 years ago. After some period of disrepair, owner Andy Lasky and a crew have breathed new life into it. A 45-foot trailer has been repurposed and attached to the side of the dining room, a ramshackle-seeming but impressively executed...
Where to find Colombian cuisine in Atlanta

Where to find Colombian cuisine in Atlanta

Colombian restaurants aren’t new to Atlanta. Between a trio situated on or near Buford Highway in Doraville, and another in Marietta, these eateries have served up empanadas, arepas, patacones (fried green plantain) also referred to as tostones, fried yuca and other national hits for some time. Have you checked these spots out lately? I did, on a four-stop tour, looking to see what they offered...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

JUMPSUIT FOR JOY Head to Madewell to score clothing items that are sure to end up on your list of spring wardrobe favorites. A new collaboration between Madewell and Brooklyn-based label As Ever offers 10 pieces with a vintage feel. Designer Mark Kolski, known for reconstructing vintage pieces into brand new outfits, has created vintage jumpsuits ($350), vintage sweatshirts ($78), coveralls ($175)...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I have an item that I have yet to find at retail stores in the Atlanta area. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. I’m looking for Scharffen Berger chocolate bars. Thanks. Steve Huhman, John’s Creek A: Scharffen Berger bean-to-bar chocolate got its start by the combined ingenuity of a winemaker and a physician in San Francisco. The artisan chocolate has since been acquired...
Prince: Why he still reigns, even in death

Prince: Why he still reigns, even in death

At Paisley Park in Minnesota last April, on the eve of the anniversary of his death, Prince was still present. On a massive screen inside the soundstage the artist frequently used for performances, a clip from a 2014 concert he performed there with his band, 3rdeyegirl, showed Prince onstage telling the crowd, “At Paisley Park, we sing together, we dine together, we love together.” That...
Already seen ‘Black Panther’?

Already seen ‘Black Panther’?

“Black Panther” is a mass-appeal superhero movie, breaking box-office records with its dazzling special effects, heart-pumping fight scenes and charismatic characters brought to life by a predominantly black cast. It also tells a story laden with some pretty complex and specific references that you may or may not immediately notice. Here are a few things to know after watching “Black...
Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she “almost died after giving birth” to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.  >> Read more trending news  Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days,...
Marietta man spent nearly five decades working with Billy Graham

Marietta man spent nearly five decades working with Billy Graham

The Rev. Henry Holley of Marietta was by Billy Graham’s side for decades as part of his team. Holley, a 90-year-old retired Marine, spent years organizing crusades across Asia for the beloved religious leader, including a 1973 crusade in South Korea that drew more than 1.1 million faithful on the closing day. “I was one of the workhorses,” said Holley, one of the oldest surviving...
How Billy Graham led people to faith

How Billy Graham led people to faith

Nicholas Pepper was young and curious when he joined several thousand people for a Billy Graham Crusade at the Georgia Dome in October 1994. He didn’t belong to a church and was skeptical of religion. “I was an intellectual and logical thinker and was trying to research whether Jesus was even real,” said Pepper. But while Pepper sat in the upper tiers of the stadium, the 23-year-old...
This Life: Former co-chair of 1994 crusade says Billy Graham was man of integrity

This Life: Former co-chair of 1994 crusade says Billy Graham was man of integrity

Funny what we remember about people when they’re gone. In the hours after Billy Graham’s death Wednesday, swollen ankles filled the mind of the Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander. Weeks before Graham’s 1994 Atlanta crusade, the preachers had just wrapped up a meeting in Alexander’s office at Antioch Baptist Church North, when Graham asked to use the restroom. That’s when...
‘Star Wars’ live, in Technicolor sound, with the Atlanta Symphony

‘Star Wars’ live, in Technicolor sound, with the Atlanta Symphony

If you’ve been waiting for the chance for you or your children to see the original “Star Wars” on the big screen, if you’ve wanted to hear the “greatest American film score of all time” performed by a live orchestra, this week you’re in luck. The 1977 film, also called “Episode IV: A New Hope,” will be screened at Symphony Hall Thursday through...
Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

The cover of Lil Yachty’s upcoming album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lil Yachty will drop his next album, “Lil Boat 2,” on March 9. In announcing his new release, the 20-year-old Atlanta rapper, who has vaulted to stardom the past 18 months with his brand of “bubblegum trap” music, released the cover art for the album. In 2017, Lil Yachty&rsquo...
Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will be back. Photo: Allen Ralph BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Dispatch, the indie folk-jam band from Vermont, last summer released their first album in five years, “America, Location 12.” This summer, they’ll head on another tour to support it and will swing through Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 28. The  band played the venue last June. Tickets...
Hog heaven? Healthy livestock the heartbeat of sustainable meat

Hog heaven? Healthy livestock the heartbeat of sustainable meat

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts the American consumer will eat on average more than 220 pounds of red meat and poultry this year. If that’s a number that resonates with you, are you considering “sustainability” when you’re buying the protein to serve for dinner? Are you thinking about the environment, greenhouse gas emissions, water use or land use? Does &ldquo...
Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

On the Border is offering deals on its house margarita / Photo courtesy of On the Border We love a holiday we can raise a glass to. Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day, and lots of places in town are helping you celebrate with deals, specials and events: Babalu Tapas & Tacos: The Midtown spot will offer its Baba-Rita — made with Patron Silver tequila, agave...
Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

Women may be mistaking ovarian cancer symptoms for bloating, study says

According to a new research, women may be suffering from ovarian cancer without even knowing it. A study completed by Target Ovarian Cancer (TOC) shared Monday found that instead of visiting a physician after feeling symptoms including bloating and fullness, women are more likely to simply change their diets. By just switching to eating probiotic yogurts or leaving out gluten from their...
5 one-liners not to miss in ‘Black Panther’

5 one-liners not to miss in ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther is smashing box office records and giving moviegoers across the world all of the feels. Social media is abuzz with pictures of moviegoers clad in colorful African pieces, including flowing fabric, hand-crafted jewelry and traditional dashikis and head ties. But the best part has been the one-liners rattled off in hilarious fashion throughout the movie. Did we mention the movie was mostly...
Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Since childhood, Mark Gardner has enjoyed working with his hands. But there is something about working with wood that gives the renowned artist the most satisfaction. The artist: Growing up in Cincinnati, Gardner started as a child working with wood, his father’s hobby. At 16, he enrolled in a furniture-making class at the University of Cincinnati, where he later earned a degree in theater design...
Natara Beaurem, 40, of Roswell lost 34 pounds

Natara Beaurem, 40, of Roswell lost 34 pounds

Former weight: 227 pounds Current weight: 193 pounds Pounds lost: 34 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 ½ inches Age: 40 years How long she’s kept it off: She started in January 2017 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I am married to my amazing and supportive husband, Thomas, of 14 ½ years, who is also a member of Burn Boot Camp Roswell (burnbootcamp.com/roswell-ga)...
EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

The interior of One Midtown Kitchen / Photo courtesy of One Midtown Kitchen A longtime Midtown eatery is closing its doors next month. One Midtown Kitchen will close at 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE on March 4, according to statement released by Concentrics Restaurants. “In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be at the...
Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Chefs Tanya Jimenez and Michael Le A high-profile mixed-use development that has the allure of being next to one of the biggest movie studios in the country has announced details about its first restaurant tenant. Set to open in south metro Atlanta in Pinewood Forest in late 2019 , Braise will serve up a menu of dishes with European, New American...
‘Tragic Mulatto’: Past depictions give way to today’s biracial pride

‘Tragic Mulatto’: Past depictions give way to today’s biracial pride

It was nearly two centuries ago when writer Lydia Maria Child discussed what was a taboo topic in American life: the biracial children of slaves and slavemasters. Hailed by some as a champion of excluded groups in American society, Child’s goal in a short story titled “The Quadroons” was to describe the horrors of how they were treated by whites. The mixed-race woman in the story...
Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express / Photo by Wyatt Williams Dish of the Week: Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express By Wyatt Williams The Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta is a food hall of underdogs, a shoe-string operation with a handful of first-time restaurateurs chasing their culinary dreams. When you step inside for lunch these days, it is chef Amal Alaoui&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: Cobb teen engages kids with disabilities in martial arts

Life with Gracie: Cobb teen engages kids with disabilities in martial arts

On most any Friday night, you can find Marcus McAbee on the mat at Karate Atlanta Kennesaw. It isn’t the kind of thing most 16-year-olds will give of their time to after a long week of AP classes, but make no mistake, Marcus isn’t a typical kid. Never has been. Even at just 10, he knew as any good fighter does that sizing up your opponent before the first strike lands is essential to successful...
Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

The Hello Kitty cafe truck rolls into town this weekend. Photo credit: FWD PR. Brunchfest in Piedmont Park. The Hello Kitty Cafc truck rolls into Midtown with goodies. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Feb. 24: A cafe...
Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin, courtesy Java Joy, today. Photo credit: Java Joy. Take a break. Eat a muffin. In honor of National Muffin Day, the Java Joy crew will spread joy and serve complimentary muffins at Colony Square Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Java Joy, an initiative launched by Athens-based non-profit Extra Special People, is a stand-alone mobile coffee...
In ‘Kumbaya,’ the culture of slaves’ ancestors comes to life

In ‘Kumbaya,’ the culture of slaves’ ancestors comes to life

We chant it with locked arms and closed eyes, at campfires, in protests lines and from the pews at church, but the truth is, many of us have no clue what the lyrics mean or exactly where they come from. Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya. Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya. Thanks to research and lobbying by residents of a coastal community descended from slaves, the origins and meaning of “Kumbaya” have...
Flu hospitalizations in metro Atlanta reach record levels 

Flu hospitalizations in metro Atlanta reach record levels 

The total number of flu-related hospitalizations in metro Atlanta has now reached a new high at 1,801 during this flu season — and it’s not over yet.  This figure —1,801 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta — is already higher than any total for a flu season since the Georgia Department of Public Health started using this tracking system in 2009.  “It&rsquo...
Atlanta foundation will take 725 students to see ‘Black Panther’

Atlanta foundation will take 725 students to see ‘Black Panther’

Jay Bailey recognizes the importance of images and exposure. He was eight years old  when he saw the first superhero who looked like him. “I grew up with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman,” Bailey said. “I never saw my reflection in them. They were superheroes I admired and looked up to.” On Tuesday, the Phoenix Leadership Foundation, the nonprofit formed by Bailey...
Long before today’s advances, there was Greenwood’s researcher’s guide

Long before today’s advances, there was Greenwood’s researcher’s guide

Val D. Greenwood published the first edition of “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy” in 1973, way before the internet, digitized records, DNA testing kits and other new advances forever changed the way people explore their family trees. Late last year, he produced the fourth edition, 240 pages longer than the first. The latest edition is divided into two parts, “Background...
2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

A message from 2 Chainz. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The next offering from 2 Chainz will be called “Rap or Go to the League.” The Atlanta rapper unveiled the title of this fifth solo album on a blimp floating around Los Angeles during Def Jam’s NBA All Star Weekend party. In an Instagram post and video, 2 Chainz said his new work “shows continued growth...
‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

Grain bowls will be on the menu at Recess. / Photo by Sydney Cumminsky A new Krog Street Market food stall is hoping to help diners indulge in “healthy-ish” without the guilt. Recess — from Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also operates The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers , Sugo and ...
First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters whole house fried chicken and raw oysters. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Chef Robert Phalen’s Inman Park restaurant, One Eared Stag, has been a critic’s favorite since it opened in 2011. Lauded for his use of organic and sustainable ingredients, and way with inventive, sometimes unusual dishes, ...
Angela Davis: Activist, scholar still challenging status quo

Angela Davis: Activist, scholar still challenging status quo

What does it take to make the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List? Ask Angela Davis. In 1970, the civil rights activist found herself on the list after President Richard Nixon labeled her a “dangerous terrorist” for her involvement with a murder case, leading to a manhunt and an iconic mug shot highlighting her towering Afro. Davis was a thorn in the government’s side as a political...
Deadly choices: too many black women delaying breast cancer treatment

Deadly choices: too many black women delaying breast cancer treatment

For most Americans, breast cancer is not a death sentence. Over three and a half decades, breast cancer death rates have dropped by almost 40 percent in the United States. But not all women have benefited equally. “When you tell people you have breast cancer the look on their face changes,” Felicia Mahone said. “It’s a look like you’re going to die.” After losing...
Musicians take their final bows

Musicians take their final bows

Neil Diamond recently stunned music fans by announcing that he has Parkinson’s disease and was immediately retiring from touring — canceling an entire leg of the tour he was on. But he isn’t the only one retiring. A number of bands and musicians, including Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Elton John, have recently announced retirement, or at least farewell tours. (The possibility of...
Georgia experts to speak at genealogical society March meeting

Georgia experts to speak at genealogical society March meeting

Experts from Georgia Public Library Services and the Atlanta History Center are among the speakers who will take part in the March Seminar/Quarterly Meeting of the Georgia Genealogical Society. The March 17 event, to be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, runs from a 9:30 a.m. registration to 4:30 p.m. Speakers include: Angela Stanley, director of the library services’ Georgia HomePLACE...
Healthy Aging: Senior communities take precautions against influenza

Healthy Aging: Senior communities take precautions against influenza

If you’re planning to visit a senior residential community any time soon, there’s a good chance you could be turned away at the entrance or bluntly told not to come at all. With flu season in full swing, assisted living communities around Atlanta have proactive measures in place to protect their high-risk residents. At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab properties in Atlanta and Marietta...
Here’s how Twitter is reacting to “Black Panther”

Here’s how Twitter is reacting to “Black Panther”

Wakanda-mania is here. Movie and comic fans are flocking to see “Black Panther,” and Twitter loves it. Here’s what people are saying on social media after their hot-ticket movie experience. “Black Panther” was filmed in Georgia. After this, we suspect Wakanda’s population will increase 100-fold. Many fans are wearing African clothing to the film...
Classroom desk replaced by IKEA couches, beanbags and rocking chairs

Classroom desk replaced by IKEA couches, beanbags and rocking chairs

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Anderson Elementary School teacher Alexandria Gladstone-Lamas wants her classroom to be more like a Google office. Gone are traditional desks and chairs — they were moved to a separate room at the Newport Beach school. In their place is IKEA furniture such as high and low tables. Two couches are placed on opposite ends of the room. Bean bags, rocking chairs, squishy...
Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. The Hank at Illegal Food / Photo: Todd Brock After the sudden closure of Illegal Food last year , the team behind that Virginia-Highland restaurant is gearing up to open another eatery. Steven Lingenfelter confirmed in an email that Mouth of the South is opening at 186 Carroll St. in Cabbagetown, in the former...
Mass murderers – are we missing the signs?

Mass murderers – are we missing the signs?

“Suspect Charged – Nicholas Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.” In the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day slayings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, an astounded nation wakes up to read the shocking details on another mass shooter. Once again, a troubled teen’s warning signs are not caught in time to avoid tragedy. The most unsettling fact...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton, Brian McKnight

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton, Brian McKnight

The Steve Miller Band, (left to right) Kenny Lee Lewis, Gordy Knudtson, Steve Miller, Joseph Wooten and Jacob Petersen, performs at Verizon Amphitheatre in July. BY LEA HOLLAND/AJC Features 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...
A new coffee shop is coming to Grant Park

A new coffee shop is coming to Grant Park

Blue Donkey Coffee is based in Atlanta. / Photo from the Blue Donkey Facebook page A Grant Park multi-use residential building is getting a new spot for coffee. Blue Donkey Coffee, which both roasts and serves coffee, is set to open another location in The George at 275 Memorial Drive this year, What Now Atlanta first reported. The new location is also listed on the Blue Donkey’s...
Cajun food, as seen through the eyes of a noted Louisiana photographer, bon vivant and gumbo lover

Cajun food, as seen through the eyes of a noted Louisiana photographer, bon vivant and gumbo lover

The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist   Read this cookbook: “The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist” By Melinda Risch Winans & Cynthia LeJeune Nobles (LSU Press,  $39.95)    By Wendell Brock Fonville Winans (1911-1992) was a Baton Rouge photographer who spent the early...
Former Beltline Partnership leader opening farm, restaurant in Atlanta this month

Former Beltline Partnership leader opening farm, restaurant in Atlanta this month

Jim Adams storefront in Riverside neighborhood / Photo courtesy of Chuck Meadows A community leader is launching big projects in two Atlanta neighborhoods. Chuck Meadows — who previously served as a Metro of Atlanta Chamber vice president and executive director of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, among other positions — is set to open Jim Adams Farm & Table...
Get margaritas for $2.22 at this chain restaurant for a week

Get margaritas for $2.22 at this chain restaurant for a week

Get margaritas for $2.22 at Bahama Breeze for a week. Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group. When was the last time you spent just over two bucks on a cocktail? Bahama Breeze in Duluth is celebrating National Margarita Day — Thursday, Feb. 22 — early. Classic margaritas are $2.22 now through Feb. 24. Wondering how big of a deal this is? The regular cocktail...
Year of the Bird aims to save birds

Year of the Bird aims to save birds

For me and countless other people, birds have always mattered. They bring joy, wonder, inspiration, hope and beauty to our world. They help protect the environment and our health by consuming tons of pesky insects and performing myriad other ecological services. I could not imagine a world without birds. This year, birds are getting even greater respect: 2018 has been declared the Year of the Bird...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/25 Family Sunday Gather the family for Classic Roast Chicken (see recipe) from Atlanta cookbook author Cynthia Graubart’s new book, “Sunday Suppers,” which is full of easy, practical, delicious recipes. Serve the juicy bird with your macaroni and cheese and tiny green peas (from frozen). Add crusty rolls. For dessert, buy a ...
‘Detective Chinatown 2’ imports Chinese action to America

‘Detective Chinatown 2’ imports Chinese action to America

In a case of bringing coals to Newcastle and selling snow to the Eskimos, “Detective Chinatown 2” is an action movie imported from China. As we already have that aspect of cinema covered many times over — and as this is only an OK version of the form, nothing outstanding — it would be hard to make a case for why anyone, or at least anyone who doesn’t speak Mandarin, should...
Nick Park’s ‘Early Man’ wonderfully full of dated material

Nick Park’s ‘Early Man’ wonderfully full of dated material

Aardman Animations star Nick Park, the brilliant mind behind the adventures of “Wallace and Gromit,” tries to outdo the Flintstones in his latest comedy, “Early Man.” The film — set at the exact moment the Stone and Bronze Ages collide — milks humor out of primordial playfulness and primitive puns. On that level it scores big, but the film slightly misses the goal...
Director is back with kid who doesn’t play nice in ‘Happy End’

Director is back with kid who doesn’t play nice in ‘Happy End’

In ways both thematic and circumstantial, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” suggests a sequel of sorts to the Austrian filmmaker’s “Amour.” Like that Oscar-nominated 2012 film, which explored the gray area between coldblooded murder and assisted suicide as an act of love, Haneke’s latest effort also stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, once again in the role of an elderly...
‘Black Panther’ is bound to be one of the best movies of 2018

‘Black Panther’ is bound to be one of the best movies of 2018

Believe the hype: “Black Panther” is easily Marvel’s best film to date. This exhilarating, beautiful and genuinely moving superhero film is firmly rooted in the point of view of director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, a tremendous example of the radical possibilities to be found in Afrofuturism. Coogler builds a thrilling, exciting world, and threads throughout it a story filled with...
Smashing Pumpkins reunite for tour coming to Infinite Energy Arena this summer

Smashing Pumpkins reunite for tour coming to Infinite Energy Arena this summer

The Smashing Pumpkins return! Photo: Olivia Bee BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Smashing Pumpkins will return to the stage this summer with their first tour in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha. The “Shiny and Oh So Bright” tour will visit Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on July 22. Tickets...
Check out renderings for the new bar and event spaces coming to Ponce City Market

Check out renderings for the new bar and event spaces coming to Ponce City Market

The Parlor at RFD Social / Rendering courtesy of ASD | SKY The Roof at Ponce City Market will expand this spring with the unveiling of RFD Social in the building’s tower space, featuring a revamped 10th floor lobby area and a private event venue. Slater Hospitality – owner/operator of the rooftop amusement park, Skyline Park; beer garden, Nine Mile Station; and private ...
Atlanta restaurants, chefs among James Beard Award 2018 semifinalists

Atlanta restaurants, chefs among James Beard Award 2018 semifinalists

Chef Ryan Smith / (Chris Hunt/Special) The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for 2018 awards, and metro Atlanta restaurants and chefs fared well, although there were several notable omissions. The finalists will be announced March 14 in Philadelphia, and the winner will be announced May 7 in Chicago. The Atlanta and Georgia semifinalists include:   Outstanding...
How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

How to hear a never-released Jimi Hendrix rendition of ‘Hear My Train’

Get ready to hear another side of Jimi Hendrix.  The legendary guitarist is being memorialized on “Both Sides of the Sky” (out March 9), which features 13 studio recordings he made 1968-1970 — 10 of which were never before released. A freewheeling, never-before-heard rendition of “Hear My Train A Comin', ” recorded in New...
Review: Korean BBQ meets steakhouse style at Ari

Review: Korean BBQ meets steakhouse style at Ari

What makes a steakhouse? Is it the beef, the thick red slabs marbled with rich veins of white fat? Or is it the house, the tufted leather booths and luxurious touches that place a diner in the lap of comfort? Ari Korean Steakhouse, a rather large restaurant perched at the center of a shopping center on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek, certainly has both. If you order a cut of Angus rib-eye or prime...
Review: Atlanta Breakfast Club brings taste of the South to downtown

Review: Atlanta Breakfast Club brings taste of the South to downtown

So you’re cooking at a Southern breakfast joint in downtown Atlanta, and you want to create a signature dish that speaks to your town. What to do? It’s not like this urban sprawl is a bastion of bacon or an epicenter of eggs. Take a spin around the ‘hood, and you may find some clues, even in the asphalt jungle. At Atlanta Breakfast Club, executive chef Anthony Sanders clearly had...
This Life: Counselor’s compassion to family helps anchor student’s future

This Life: Counselor’s compassion to family helps anchor student’s future

So often we get so caught up in our differences that we forget, whether we admit it or not, that at our core we’re all the same. We all bleed red. We all want to be loved and accepted. We’re all human. Keep that in mind as you read the story of 15-year-old Jemariya Patterson and her mom La Toya, who at just 34 years of age has been battling heart disease now for nearly a decade. Keep in...
Why ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is basically an episode of ‘House Hunters’

Why ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is basically an episode of ‘House Hunters’

Anastasia and husband Christian are newlyweds in rainy Seattle. She likes hanging out with friends near their condo in the city. He prefers hiding away in a mansion in the woods. While they squabble over their differing tastes and lifestyles, audience members come to the realization that these two should never have gotten married in the first place. This is “Fifty Shades Freed,” but it...
5 questions with new HBCU documentary director Stanley Nelson

5 questions with new HBCU documentary director Stanley Nelson

As a documentary filmmaker, Stanley Nelson has long trained his lens on the black experience in America. From his early film, “Soldiers Without Swords,” which laid out the history of the independent African-American press, to his unflinching look at the murder of Emmett Till, Nelson has explored the triumphs and nadirs, joys and controversies that have been part of black America. His takes...
Old clump of hair found in book. Turns out to be George Washington’s

Old clump of hair found in book. Turns out to be George Washington’s

The next time you're standing in a motel bathroom staring at the previous guest's hair inside the drain consider: From whence came this hair? What great things might its owner have done, or go on to do? Do I really want to rid the world of this hair? Should I not rather keep it and preserve it? Might history not demand I keep this hair? Think carefully, and remember this story - of George Washington's...
Mary J. Blige packs the house at the Fox Theatre

Mary J. Blige packs the house at the Fox Theatre

R& B powerhouse Mary J. Blige enraptured a sold-out audience at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Feb. 13, 2018. It was the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day gift for many lucky couples. Check out our photos from the show. Winner of multiple Grammy Awards, Blige brought her "Strength of Woman" tour to Atlanta on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Blige has a collection of nine Grammy Awards out of...
Atlanta Hawks hosting ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding at Philips

Atlanta Hawks hosting ‘Swipe Right Night’ couple’s wedding at Philips

Ben McCleskey and Avery Armstrong will soon exchange their vows and get married where their romance began — at Philips Arena. Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin is keeping his promise to pay for — and host — the wedding of McCleskey and Armstrong, a couple who started dating after the NBA team’s first “Swipe Right Night” in 2015. Ben and Avery were acquaintances when...
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Caravaca Market in Midtown

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Caravaca Market in Midtown

Caravaca Market / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Food halls abound in metro Atlanta these days. AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras visited the newest one, Caravaca Market, at 782 Peachtree St. NW Suite AB in Midtown:   Read more stories like this by  liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook , following  ...
Kempner: What if ‘the-customer-is-always-right’ is wrong?

Kempner: What if ‘the-customer-is-always-right’ is wrong?

Just how much abuse do employers expect their workers to take from customers? I’ve seen recent accounts of people supposedly being pretty awful to fellow humans on the job. Like the male business customer who allegedly went on a racist rant against a female employee at an AutoZone store in South Georgia. Supposedly a manager later told the employee to suck it up, then put her out of...
A Nashville doughnut shop is opening a Ponce City Market location

A Nashville doughnut shop is opening a Ponce City Market location

Doughnuts from Five Daughters Bakery / Photo from the Five Daughters Bakery Facebook page There’ll be yet another place to try doughnuts this year , this time at one of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. Nashville-based Five Daughters Bakery will open this spring at Ponce City Market, Eater Atlanta reports. Known for its 100-layer...
Kid entrepreneurs drink up success with lemonade business

Kid entrepreneurs drink up success with lemonade business

Operating a lemonade stand is as much a rite of passage as learning to ride a bike or finally being allowed to cross the street by yourself. Think back to your first lemonade stand. Was it summer boredom that prompted it? Maybe it was the need for spare change to spend at the corner candy store that incited you and your siblings or your best friend from down the street to stir together lemon juice...
5 Atlanta pop-ups you need to try

5 Atlanta pop-ups you need to try

Chef Jarrett Stieber’s Winter Vegetables with Rice Porridge, Scallion, Peanut and Korean Chili Flake. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Since chef Jarrett Stieber launched Eat Me Speak Me at Gato in Candler Park in 2014, the Atlanta pop-up scene has grown in fits and starts. But right now, there seems to be a new wave of energy on the rise. Here are some to explore...
Katherine Johnson: The ‘hidden figure’ key to NASA’s early missions

Katherine Johnson: The ‘hidden figure’ key to NASA’s early missions

During the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson, stars of the Oscar-nominated, Atlanta-filmed “Hidden Figures,” took the stage to announce the nominees for best documentary. With them was a star beyond compare: Katherine Johnson, portrayed by Henson in the film about African-American women who faced institutional racial and gender barriers...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

Show your guests some love with paper XO beverage napkins or paper XO hand towels from Hudson Grace. Both are perfect for entertaining and leave guests feeling special. They come in white with red or gray monogram. The hand towels cost $25 for a package of 50 and can be used in the powder room or as dinner or lunch napkins. The cocktail napkins cost $18 for a set of 50. Get them now at Hudson Grace...
The art of the pop-up

The art of the pop-up

Since 2017, he’s continued to hone his crafty cooking at SOS in Decatur, offering an array of dishes with what former Atlanta Journal-Constitution dining John Kessler once described as “wit and smarts to spare.” Stieber got his start working in fine-dining restaurants such as Abattoir and Empire State South. But he’s always combined a playful and sometimes irreverent attitude...
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