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The B-52s want fans to be prepared to dance at Chastain concert

No matter how many decades have passed, The B-52s will never lose the weird and quirky shades that define their music. The Athens-birthed band is still spritzing their live shows with color and dancing with abandon as they pump out late-‘70s cult hits “Rock Lobster” and “Planet Claire” and ‘80s radio regulars “Love Shack” and “Roam.” Guitarist...
Boy George and Culture Club will bridge old and new at Chastain concert

Boy George and Culture Club will bridge old and new at Chastain concert

If social media existed in the 1980s, Boy George would have been a frequent presence on your timelines. Between 1982 and 1986, the rainbow-bright frontman and the rest of Culture Club were as ubiquitous as a Kardashian at an NBA game, with hits including “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and, what has now become a staple of any ‘80s club night...
Should I give a tablet to my 4-year-old?

Should I give a tablet to my 4-year-old?

Q: I’ve noticed that my mom friends all give their preschool-age kids tablets (to play games, watch videos, etc.). Should I get one for my 4-year-old daughter? I admit that it would be a great tool to use while waiting in lines, sitting in restaurants or doing something where it would be helpful if she were occupied. Also, maybe the games that kids play on these tablets are educational? But...
‘Mamma Mia!’ provides escapist fluff of the highest order

‘Mamma Mia!’ provides escapist fluff of the highest order

Welcome back to the magical island of Kalokairi, a sun-strewn rocky outcropping in the azure Aegean Sea, a land where white people can only express themselves with the music of Sweden’s most enduring musical group, ABBA. The sequel/prequel hybrid “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” arrives a decade after the bonkers filmed adaptation of the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” Vehicles...
The farmers principle: reaping what we sow

The farmers principle: reaping what we sow

“You have a magical green thumb, daddy!” “No, I don’t. I just take care of my plants, that’s all. I was but a little boy when my dad taught me a valuable lesson. We didn’t have much money, so father planted vegetables in our backyard. One day, I was helping him sow some seeds. I had just placed some in the ground, put dirt back in the hole and was patting it with...
‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that’s “The Equalizer” films, based on the ’80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the 2014 film featured Washington demonstrating a facility with a hammer...
Rare Georgia grasslands are home to a variety of plants

Rare Georgia grasslands are home to a variety of plants

In the book “The Natural Communities of Georgia,” the authors write: “From cool, moist mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge to the sun-drenched shores of our Atlantic coast, this state boasts an amazing diversity of natural habitats.” Indeed. The many different habitats, which support a wide range of flora and fauna, make Georgia the nation’s sixth most biologically diverse...
BB&T Atlanta Open will launch with concert from Home Free

BB&T Atlanta Open will launch with concert from Home Free

The BB&T Atlanta Open is bringing some country to the courts this year. To celebrate the kickoff of the annual tennis tournament, country vocal band Home Free will perform from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the BB&T Atlanta Open Stadium Court at Atlantic Station. The Minnesota quintet, which won NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2013, released their most recent album, “Timeless” last...
Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park: Tickets, parking, lineup and other info

Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park: Tickets, parking, lineup and other info

When Jason Aldean showed up at SunTrust Park on a chilly March day to announce his summer concert, he already had a simple goal: “We want to come in and make a statement show,” he said. On Saturday, Aldean will get his wish to commandeer the Braves’ home when he stages his “High Noon Neon Tour” at the stadium. Expect to hear plenty from his stash of hits, including &ldquo...
Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Your Thursday will probably include humidity, if not thunderstorms. Here are a few ways to stay crisp. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT THE GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Warm your soul with the classics. The music of the late great Man in Black will echo off the river when the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at the Chattahoochee Nature Center...
The dreaded diaper rash: A pediatrician's advice for preventing and treating an angry bottom

The dreaded diaper rash: A pediatrician's advice for preventing and treating an angry bottom

Your child will likely spend two to three years in diapers. Regardless of the type of diaper you choose, you can expect to battle at least a few diaper rashes. They are common and rarely dangerous, but with these prevention and treatment pointers, you should be better equipped to handle and conquer even the angriest of diaper rashes. Most diaper rashes are caused when a baby's sensitive skin comes...
Atlanta couple wins ‘The Knot Wedding of the Year’

Atlanta couple wins ‘The Knot Wedding of the Year’

While they came from opposite ends of the East Coast (she was born and raised in New York and he is from Florida), Daly and Summerton’s love story began somewhere in between - Atlanta, Georgia.   In 2013, the pair struck up a friendship after both moving to Georgia for work. Daly worked in marketing and Summerton worked full-time in business while pursuing a successful career in racecar...
This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

All too often people with autism are stymied by life’s disappointments, unable to move past the frustrations of being let down. Dr. Tyler Whitney, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine with an active practice in Alpharetta, knows how that happens. “With most of the people who are on the autism spectrum and are past high...
Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

A man died from a Vibrio vulnificus bacterial infection after eating raw oysters at a Florida restaurant, health officials say. The 71-year-old man reportedly died two days after eating the raw oysters in a Sarasota restaurant. Health officials have not said which restaurant. "We have an individual that consumed some raw oysters and to the best of our knowledge had no exposure to salt water...
Want to beat the heat and rain? Here are some things to do indoors

Want to beat the heat and rain? Here are some things to do indoors

Whether to beat the heat or rain, there are plenty of places to enjoy yourself indoors in metro Atlanta. Some places offer fun and activities for the whole family, including little ones. Other activities can be done solo. From Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange to shopping or dining at Ponce City Market or visiting the King Center or one of several museums in the area, there are many ways to enjoy the summer...
Review: Kajun Crab offers Vietnamese with an Acadian twist

Review: Kajun Crab offers Vietnamese with an Acadian twist

Among the tenants of 5000 Buford Highway, a sprawling strip mall just north of Chamblee Tucker Road, there is a grocery store with notable selections of Southeast Asian produce and Latin American snacks. There is a homey Korean joint that makes a mean budae jjigae, the Spam- and hot dog-laden stew influenced by the tastes of American GIs stationed on the Korean Peninsula. There is a hit Malaysian...
What are the biggest tours and busiest Atlanta venues so far this year?

What are the biggest tours and busiest Atlanta venues so far this year?

By the time Ed Sheeran gets to Atlanta in November, he could buy a ton of seat licenses at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The British pop-soul-folk singer is leading the touring charts halfway through the year, having grossed $213.9 million so far (last year’s midpoint leader was Guns N’ Roses, with $151.5 million). While Sheeran’s worldwide jaunt – he’s been in Australia...
Bruce Springsten’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

Bruce Springsten’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

If you couldn’t snag (or afford) a ticket to Bruce Springsteen’s lauded appearances on Broadway, at least there’s the TV version. Netflix will launch “Springsteen on Broadway” on Dec. 15, the same night as the artist’s final show of what will be a 236-performance run at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Springsteen’s historic series of intimate, acoustic...
Georgia Archives to celebrate 100th anniversary with August dinner

Georgia Archives to celebrate 100th anniversary with August dinner

The Georgia Archives was founded in 1918 in a small room in the State Capitol. On August 18, its centennial will be celebrated at a special dinner. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Archives — now at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow — with a reception, tours and an exhibit on Georgia’s earliest land records. Next, those attending will move across the plaza to the National...
A 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum has been erected in London

A 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum has been erected in London

London has many fine sights for tourists: There’s London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and now … there’s a giant statue of an almost-shirtless Jeff Goldblum. Yes, you read that correctly. On Wednesday, a huge statue of a the “Jurassic Park” actor appeared on the banks of the River Thames by London’s Tower Bridge. The 25-foot statue depicts Goldblum...
Listen: AJC podcast explores 2019 Super Bowl entertainment, preparation and possibilities

Listen: AJC podcast explores 2019 Super Bowl entertainment, preparation and possibilities

Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: See that bright, shining light in the distance? That’s the Super Bowl of 2019, heading straight for Atlanta. It will take a while to get here — on Feb. 3, to be exact — but the excitement is already building. And there’s so much preparation and anticipation filling the coming months. Join us at ajc.com/53 as we...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Hump Day! Yeah, we know. You’re tired of hearing about it. But not as tired as you are of trying to slog through it with no rewards along the way. That’s why we’re here. Here are a few suggestions for fun and interesting things to do this Hu -- er, this Wednesday.  “VIOLENT FEMMES AND ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN” It’s 1983 all over again! And yes, that’s a...
Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

The Grammy Awards will head back to their usual home of Los Angeles for the 2019 edition. The 61st annual ceremony will return to the Staples Center on Feb. 10 and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. Last year, the Grammys were held in New York for the first time in 15 years, but were always slated to revert to the West Coast following the 60th anniversary production. Nominations for the 2019 awards will be...
Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Grateful Dead fans are renowned for their loyalty and longevity. (And for making tie-dye T-shirts seem cool, so, thanks for Casual Fridays at work, guys!) But, will Deadheads, who followed the band from Whisky a Go Go and Psychedelic Supermarket to the muddy fields at Woodstock be able to handle this? A movie theater meet-up. On August 1, the Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies will be truckin&rsquo...
Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday. Matt Porteous, who took the photo,...
Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

It’s like the berries are showing off. Farmers market blueberries, produce aisle strawberries and backyard blackberries are all an abundance of superlatives right now. The berries are so ripe, so sweet, so colorful and so reasonably priced that I’ve forgiven them for costing $6 per half-pint back in February. This weekend, I gathered a bag full of berries in anticipation of making cobblers...
Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Enjoy some early week comedy or shorter lines at the Georgia Aquarium. Here’s some more details on ways you can make your Tuesday truly enjoyable. Head over to Meehan’s Public House at Atlantic Station and be entertained for free. Around 10 or 12 comics will help you laugh the night away. 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is sponsored by Good People Brewing Company. (Currently scheduled for...
This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish entrees executed by owner and chef Taylor Neary on opening...
Heather Harman, 24, of Alpharetta lost 40 pounds

Heather Harman, 24, of Alpharetta lost 40 pounds

Former weight: 160 pounds Current weight: 120 pounds Pounds lost: 40 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 24 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started in mid-November of 2017 and ended in June of 2018,” Harman said. Personal life: I am the director of operations for an event company in Atlanta called Track Seven Events,” Harman said. “I design, organize and plan events...
ATL Collective and Atlanta History Center will showcase the music of Muscle Shoals

ATL Collective and Atlanta History Center will showcase the music of Muscle Shoals

The music produced at Muscle Shoals studio is legendary: Paul Simon (“Kodachrome”), Bob Seger (“Old Time Rock and Roll”), Bob Dylan (“Gotta Serve Somebody”), Lynyrd Skynyrd (“One More Time”) and The Rolling Stones (“Wild Horses”) are a mere smattering of artists whose work was crafted in the unassuming building in Sheffield, Ala.  On...
Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10

Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10

The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations. MTV announced Monday that the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. Five of Cardi B's nominations are thanks to her collaboration with Bruno Mars on the upbeat anthem, "Finesse (Remix)." The song's video, inspired...
Russ will play a hometown headlining arena concert this fall

Russ will play a hometown headlining arena concert this fall

 Following last year’s Music Midtown performance, we surmised that the next time Russ came to town, it would be on a bigger stage. The New Jersey hip-hip artist who now calls Atlanta home will indeed grace a larger platform when he brings his “I See You Tour Part 2” to Infinite Energy Arena on Oct. 24. Tickets for the show are $29.95-$59.95 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. July...
Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon — and at its rivals

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon — and at its rivals

Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products...
Theater preview: ‘The Book of Mormon’ still showing its heart

Theater preview: ‘The Book of Mormon’ still showing its heart

In the seven years since “The Book of Mormon” stampeded Broadway with its artful mix of the sardonic skewering of Mormon beliefs and well-intentioned sweetness, dozens of musicals have floundered. But the script and songs from “South Park” inventors Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” alum Robert Lopez (now also the youngest person to score an EGOT &mdash...
Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites

Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites

Miles of central Georgia trails and some of Macon's most prominent historic landmarks can now be toured online on Google Maps. Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David says anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual journey to the top of the mounds and get 360-degree views of the places they're walking. The views were captured with a Google Street View Trekker — a 45-pound...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My boyfriend and I attended the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival last month and had the best pimento cheese from a company represented there. I believe the name of the product is Wicked Pimina Cheese and it’s made by Harvest Moon. I haven’t been able to find it in stores, yet, and the company’s website address leads to a dead end. Where can I find it? Alicia Battiste, email A: Wicked...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Strung Out. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. $18. Masquerade. TM. Creek Boyz. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $15-$40. Masquerade. TM. The Pink Spiders. 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $13. Masquerade. TM. Hasan Minhaj. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $29.50-$64.50. Tabernacle. LN. Sam Evian. 9 p.m. Sept. 21. $10. Drunken Unicorn. www.masqueradeatlanta.com. Bat House. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $10. Masquerade. TM. Watsky. 7 p.m. Oct. 5. $18. Masquerade. TM. Local H. 8 p...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

FRIDAY Some music listeners might only remember Hornsby from his late-‘80s run of radio hits – “The Way it Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “The Valley Road” among them. But the Williamsburg, Va., native long ago deserted the chase for radio play, preferring instead to hone his piano/keyboard craft with Ricky Skaggs, The Grateful Dead and Branford Marsalis,...
Keep the memory of an ancestor alive by documenting death

Keep the memory of an ancestor alive by documenting death

Many of us began our genealogy journeys visiting cemeteries and searching for tombstones. If a relative is buried in a city cemetery, there’s usually (but not always) an office record and a map showing where. But many ancestors are buried in rural cemeteries, either in family graveyards or church-affiliated cemeteries. And not everyone got a permanent tombstone or marker. For those with no markers...
This Life with Gracie: FDA-approved drug holds first promise for kids with genetic disease

This Life with Gracie: FDA-approved drug holds first promise for kids with genetic disease

In the nearly five decades since Mucolipidosis Type IV, or ML4, was first identified, children with the disease have had little promise of ever having a “normal” life. ML4 generally strikes their nervous system early and hard. Most never learn to walk or talk and have a maximum mental capacity of about 18 months. By their teen years, the disease steals their eyesight, and by their 20s...
A German ‘Cakemaker’ and an Israeli widow share loss, cookies

A German ‘Cakemaker’ and an Israeli widow share loss, cookies

Drool-worthy confectionery expresses unspoken emotions in “The Cakemaker,” the first feature from the writer and director Ofir Raul Graizer and a master class in exquisite restraint. Beginning as one thing and ending as quite another, this softly lighted melodrama follows Thomas (Tim Kalkhof), a reserved German pastry chef with a cozy cafe in Berlin and a handsome Israeli lover, Oren (Roy...
Documentary shows dark origins of your breakfast sausage

Documentary shows dark origins of your breakfast sausage

There are many disturbing phrases bandied about in “Eating Animals,” the Natalie Portman-narrated documentary about the morality of meat-eating, based on the 2009 nonfiction bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer. Some involve wonk-speak, such as “CAFO,” an acronym for “concentrated animal feeding operation.” (The name itself is less upsetting than the inhumane reality...
I spy toilet-training atrocities

I spy toilet-training atrocities

Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the Baby Products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at least 3, some as old as 5. The first question that came to mind: Why would a 5-year-old who is continuing to eliminate on himself be happy? Perhaps a spokesperson for the unnamed manufacturer of said diabolical...
‘The Rock’ pulls off gritty performance in ‘Skyscraper’

‘The Rock’ pulls off gritty performance in ‘Skyscraper’

The hardest working man in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, debuts his third blockbuster action flick in nine months this weekend. The descriptively titled “Skyscraper,” which comes on the heels of “Rampage” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in the very funny buddy comedy...
Some songbirds already are heading south for the winter

Some songbirds already are heading south for the winter

The days are hot and sultry now, like a tropical climate. A multitude of insects, spiders and other small invertebrates are crawling, flitting and flying about. Yet, even with abundant food and other basic resources still available — and the first day of autumn still more than two months away — several of Georgia’s spring-nesting songbirds already are departing for winter homes in...
‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ a little short on the zing factor

‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ a little short on the zing factor

It’s all about the zing. If you are not up on monster speak, the term zing refers to what happens once in the life of a vampire, mummy, werewolf, etc. It’s that moment when they know they have found the one true love in their life. In the case of “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) learns it’s possible to zing more than once as he...
The Isley Brothers will be honored at Atlanta concert

The Isley Brothers will be honored at Atlanta concert

When The Isley Brothers perform Saturday at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, they’ll receive more than cheers from the crowd. Brothers Ronald and Ernie Isley will be granted a proclamation by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to declare July 14 as The Isley Brothers Day. The group’s mother, Sallye, was raised in Georgia, but The Isley Brothers were reared and founded in Cincinnati...
Oprah ‘impressed’ with True Food Kitchen; invests in healthy restaurant chain

Oprah ‘impressed’ with True Food Kitchen; invests in healthy restaurant chain

Oprah Winfrey is expanding her portfolio, investing in a health-focused restaurant chain.  >> Read more trending news  The media mogul has partnered with True Food Kitchen as a shareholder. She is joining the company’s board of directors, which already includes health guru and celebrity doctor Andrew Weil. The Phoenix-based business, which has 23 locations across 10 states...
Theater review: Sheer spectacle keeps Serenbe’s ‘Titanic’ afloat

Theater review: Sheer spectacle keeps Serenbe’s ‘Titanic’ afloat

In my last review of his work, after already beholding a singing cowboy on actual horseback in “Oklahoma!” and a functioning, full-scale Ferris wheel as the centerpiece of “Carousel,” I couldn’t help myself from doubting whether Serenbe Playhouse founder and artistic director Brian Clowdus would ever be able to match the experience of watching a real helicopter landing...
Getting into the BB&T Open, July 21-29

Getting into the BB&T Open, July 21-29

The BB&T Atlanta Open begins this weekend, bringing tournament tennis to Midtown Atlanta and bringing University of Georgia grad John Isner back to the Peach State. In addition to Isner’s return, the ATP World Tour event will offer a rematch between the two finalists from the 2017 U.S. Open, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, in a sold-out  exhibition match on Sunday, July 22, at 7...
Does your child have a food allergy? Here's how to tell

Does your child have a food allergy? Here's how to tell

Food allergies are a growing problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in the cases of children, an allergic reaction to something as simple as sandwich could potentially be life-threatening. About 4-6 percent of children in the U.S. have food allergies, and it's important to know whether your child is among this group. The most common food allergies in children...
Theater review: “Book of Mormon” an overflowing cup of raunchy comedy

Theater review: “Book of Mormon” an overflowing cup of raunchy comedy

As Elder Cunningham’s parents pack him off for two years of duty in “The Book of Mormon,” they instruct their son to be mindful of his little problem. Seems the nerdy and bespectacled kid with self-esteem issues has a tendency to embellish the facts. The teenage elder’s flair for fantasy is an essential plot twist in the Broadway blockbuster centered on a pair of young men...
Marietta foundation helps folks caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s

Marietta foundation helps folks caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s

James Faison learned from a friend that he could get a little help with the expenses of caring for his wife, Marilyn, as she battled dementia. Faison is his wife’s full-time caregiver. When he’s not with her, she attends an adult day care center in Fulton County. The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation is set up to help caregivers such as Faison, who need a break emotionally and financially...
New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

New Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix gets title, release date

You’ve had Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto, but now Joaquin Phoenix is throwing his card on the pile and will portray the “Clown Prince of Crime”- The Joker. Warner Bros confirmed the standalone project and has announced the film’s title and release date. “Joker” is now scheduled to hit the big screen on Oct. 4, 2019, Variety reported. >>...
Upscale dining options key to happiness at senior living communities

Upscale dining options key to happiness at senior living communities

When The Club opens later this summer at Lenbrook Atlanta, it arguably will be one of the more well-vetted dining establishments to hit Buckhead in recent memory. At tasting sessions, residents of the Peachtree Road senior community helped select which dark, light and decaf blends will be served all day in the coffeehouse before it morphs into a dessert-and-drinks spot at night. Even the name...
Georgia Mountain Fair returns with vintage flair and family fun

Georgia Mountain Fair returns with vintage flair and family fun

A trip to North Georgia offers gorgeous views of the mountains and stunning sights of the green pastures. It’s known for its fruit farms and hiking trails. But it’s also home to the Georgia Mountain Fair, a nine-day family-fun affair attended by both locals and travelers. » RELATED: 10 festivals in the Southeast this summer  Each summer, thousands of people flock to Hiawassee...
2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

Athletes and celebrities have once again come together for the ESPY Awards. The 25th anniversary of the show was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by Danica Patrick. It’s the first time the show has had a woman host. >> Read more trending news  The best in sports were honored not just for their athleticism, but for contributions to society and humanitarian work...
Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Update 5:30 EDT July 18: The charges against the two strippers arrested with adult film star Stormy Daniels last week in Columbus, Ohio, have been dropped, according to BuzzFeed News. >> Read more trending news  Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda were taken into custody along with Daniels early last Thursday at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club. Daniels, who was charged with three...
New trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ released

New trailer for Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ released

Fans of Queen are getting another look at the upcoming biopic of the band that created the iconic songs “We are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You.” The second trailer released features not only those two hits, but also gives a peek into the movie version of how the band came up with the operatic sections of the film’s namesake “Bohemian Rhapsody.&rdquo...
YA author’s Decatur home shows off her literary flair, ‘chicken fortress’

YA author’s Decatur home shows off her literary flair, ‘chicken fortress’

When author Jackson Pearce is not writing, she enjoys tackling DIY projects, such as tiling the backsplash and installing a farmhouse-style sink in her kitchen, or building a “chicken fortress” in her Decatur backyard. “There were lots of odd challenges with this renovation, since it was bigger than anything we’d taken on before,” she said. Updating her home is meditative...
Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

Bare-chested Jeff Goldblum statue appears in London park on ‘Jurassic Park’ anniversary

A 25-foot statue of actor Jeff Goldblum, posing open-shirted in a famous pose from “Jurassic Park” has appeared at Potters Field Park in London. It honors the 25th anniversary of the release of the first installment of “Jurassic Park” in the United Kingdom, USA Today reports. The statue depicts Goldblum’s character, Dr. Ian Malcolm, in a famous scene after a...

Tropical hibiscus needs regular feeding

Q: Our hibiscus did not bloom this year after doing so for the last four years. It winters in our home and was fed blood meal once in winter and again in early spring. Chuck Mathis, Powder Springs A: Tropical hibiscus needs lots of vigorously growing leaves in order to flower well. It is likely the nutrients from blood meal have washed out of the soil by now. The rule for fertilizing tropical hibiscus...
5 signs your relationship is hurting your mental health

5 signs your relationship is hurting your mental health

Everyone in a relationship knows how easy it is to accuse a partner of something they didn't do. It's their fault, you tell them, whether the spat is about towels on the bathroom floor, an angry mother-in-law or a missed restaurant reservation. Sometimes you know you're wrong the second these words leave your mouth; other times you recognize your mistake in the days to come. But the same people often...
Absinthe arrives in Atlanta

Absinthe arrives in Atlanta

If you were to believe the stories, absinthe is a wild drink, an alcoholic spirit from the heart of Europe that conjures hallucinations, inspires poets and ignites madness. Those are great stories, but they’re far from the truth. And, with the introduction of Jetty, the first absinthe distilled and bottled in Georgia, area drinkers can experience the storied spirit on a local level. Hope Springs...
How to know if your child is overweight

How to know if your child is overweight

It's easy to fall in love with your child's chubby cheeks and pudgy legs. But by the age of two, if your toddler is heavier than the other children of the same age, it's possible that he or she may be overweight.  How can you tell the difference between normal baby fat and an actual weight problem? Here's the skinny on excessive weight and obesity in children: According to the Centers for...
Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports. Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted. Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving...
Dragon Con promises a ‘Stranger’ Labor Day

Dragon Con promises a ‘Stranger’ Labor Day

Expect a “Stranger” Dragon Con this year. Stars from “Stranger Things” will be among the many celebrity guests at Dragon Con 2018, the enormous pop culture convention taking place in downtown Atlanta from Aug. 31-Sept. 3. There will be 400 personalities from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy appearing in panels, discussions, lectures and demonstrations, including...
First look: Here's everything to know about the all-new Hotel Clermont

First look: Here's everything to know about the all-new Hotel Clermont

Atlanta can once again breathe easy, as the once Clermont Hotel – one of the city's most famous motor lodge and basement adult entertainment venues– has risen from the ashes and reopened as the Hotel Clermont, a 94-room boutique hotel. Built in 1924 in the heart of the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, Hotel Clermont has long been a landmark for the city of Atlanta. The late...
Oglethorpe University Museum of Art celebrates 25 years

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art celebrates 25 years

Museums abound in Atlanta, but while many are familiar with the High Museum, there are several lesser-known museums with rich offerings, such as the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The OUMA is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with “OUMA in Retrospect,” an exhibition of 10 percent of its permanent collection, including several works from famous artists such as Henri Matisse and...

Are sunscreens effective against skin cancer?

Q: It seems to me that sunscreens may prevent burning, but I’m not sure they prevent skin cancer. The incidence of all types of skin cancer has increased since sunscreens were introduced. I also worry that people who shun the sun completely may be missing out on vitamin D. I’ve read that this vitamin helps keep cancers (even skin cancers) from developing. Can you help with this puzzle?...
What is autism? Things to know about the disorder

What is autism? Things to know about the disorder

Autism is a disorder that has been around since the 1940s, but still has an air of mystery around it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 59 children in the United States has autism. But with a list of different symptoms and causes, it can be hard to know what you should look for and how to tell if your child might be showing early signs. To help you, here's an overview...
Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Nickelodeon is bringing a part of our childhood back to the small, and big, screen. The children’s television network has given the green light to bring back Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, better known as “Rugrats,” E! News reported. >> Read more trending news  Nickelodeon announced it will be producing 26 new episodes and a live action movie that...
Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Grandma was right: Why it's good for your health to be outdoors

Sure, there are treadmills at climate-controlled gyms and Nintendo's Wii is still going strong with indoor workouts like Zumba Fitness 2. And yet, old-fashioned advice to "go outside and play" is still the best for your health, according to researchers the world over. In one study published by the NCBI, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and cortisol...
5 more reasons to love Cartersville (besides Tellus Science Museum)

5 more reasons to love Cartersville (besides Tellus Science Museum)

In the time it takes you to get through an episode of “The Voice,” you could have head start on an adventure in Cartersville. This Georgia gem is only a short drive north of Atlanta on I-75, making it the perfect choice if you're in need of change of scenery. Cartersville offers a vibrant, earthy scenery with a history-rich downtown area. Cartersville is most known for being the backdrop...
When should your baby begin eating real food?

When should your baby begin eating real food?

Just when those on-demand and pumping debates about breastfeeding are starting to fade, conscientious new parents have a whole new set of baby food considerations. When is the best time to start introducing "real" food to a young child's diet?  Should it be rice, oatmeal or barley? Could Grandma possibly be right about this, or should we listen to what the doula recommended? Thankfully...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, June 16

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, June 16

Weekend hangover? What weekend hangover? Yeah, we know. Monday can be a drag, what with having to get back into the normal weekday routine. So, don’t do it. No, we’re not suggesting you play hooky from work or school. That would be wrong. But nothing’s wrong with mixing in an hour or two (or three) of playtime with your more serious responsibilites today. Here are a few ideas...
Appalachian speed-hiker celebrated in movie

Appalachian speed-hiker celebrated in movie

Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer, who speed-hiked the Appalachian Trail with the help of beer and bacon, is celebrated in a new movie, “Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken.” Available for free, and streaming on Netflix, the movie follows the ups and downs of Melter’s ridiculously fast jaunt from Maine to Georgia, which he completed in 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes. It was, at...
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dead at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr., the first of entertainer Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of their three children, died Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 101. >> Read more trending news  Her death was announced on Twitter by her daughter Nancy, who tweeted “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101. She was a blessing and the light of my...
These small steps can produce big results to your health

These small steps can produce big results to your health

To be sure, great healthcare is a big part of keeping citizens fit. Yet each of us individually has a big part to play as well. As health care moves from go-see-the-doctor-when-you’re-sick mode to I-want-to-feel-as-good-as-I can-every-day model, we have some work to do. No matter where we live, say experts, a few simple steps can reap big rewards to our health…if we practice them most...
Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Ditching the doctor? What to know about home health tests

Medical tests save lives. Discovering diseases before they become more serious can mean the difference between life and death. But many Americans say they don’t have time to see a doctor, live too far from a medical facility or are so uncomfortable with examinations that they avoid tests altogether. These challenges have created a demand for home-based medical tests. The market is exploding...
‘Brother Moochie” an ambitious, uneven look at prison system and race.

‘Brother Moochie” an ambitious, uneven look at prison system and race.

Our heroes don’t have to die for us to lose them. When Issac Bailey was 9, his beloved brother Herbert Lee Bailey, known as Moochie, killed a man. Moochie stabbed poor James Bunch two dozen times during a botched robbery in the man’s own home. Moochie, an African-American, was 22 and high as a box kite at the time. The victim was a white shop owner who seemed to have no enemies of any...
Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Ever had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future

Robin Shine Maddox has racked up $160,000 in charges for biopsies, chemotherapy, medications and scans since being diagnosed with breast cancer in February. Now the 55-year-old Mt. Airy resident looks forward to finishing treatment and being able to call herself a cancer survivor. But even then, she’ll be among the one-fourth of Americans under age 65 who could be uninsurable on the individual...
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