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Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show continues 30-year tradition

Apologies to T.S. Eliot, but Atlanta thinks February is the cruelest month. It’s a long, muddy slog to spring, and it can’t get out of the way quickly enough. For decades, the Atlanta Flower Show (and then the Southeastern Flower Show), held every February, served as an indoor oasis of green in the middle of the gray, giving gardeners a chance to fantasize about the season ahead. After...


Beer Pick: SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin

Beer Pick: SweetWater 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin

Credit: SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Co. celebrates turning 21 on Saturday with rocking party at the brewery featuring live music from Dirty Heads, Twiddle, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Bird Dog Jubilee. But for beer geeks, the big news is the release of 21st Anniversary Oud Bruin, which will be available for the first time on Saturday...
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...
Atlanta Concerts this week: St. Vincent, Howard Jones

Atlanta Concerts this week: St. Vincent, Howard Jones

St. Vincent shown performing Jan. 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images ) FRIDAY Tommy Emmanuel On his latest release, the esteemed guitarist went collaborative. “Accomplice One” features guest appearances from, among others, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell and tour mate Rodney Crowell. The songs they ...
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...
‘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...
‘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...
A go-to guide for getting bang for your bite at your next barbecue festival

A go-to guide for getting bang for your bite at your next barbecue festival

You know you love finger-licking, slow-smoked barbecue and you're getting hungry right this minute just thinking about it. So, you can check off No. 1 on the list of requirements for attending your first BBQ festival.  Still, you can do better: if you brush up on the lingo (and the controversies) before whetting your appetite and gathering your wet wipes, you'll have even more fun at the gatherings...
6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

While the lights are much brighter in big city Atlanta, there is nothing like a visit to a small Georgia town to brighten your outlook when you tire of the city. It's amazing that some of these simple pleasures of Georgia's heartland are so close to the urban center, and all are within a couple hours of Atlanta.  If you're weary from the big city pace and noise, rejuvenate by taking a day or...
7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

Congratulations, you happen to live in a place surrounded by some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery in the country.  One drive around some of Georgia’s scenic byways, and you’ll be reminded of the beauty that lies just a few miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia: When you travel along the Cohutta-Chattahoochee...
Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth celebrates 15th anniversary

Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth celebrates 15th anniversary

Infinite Energy Arena celebrates 15 years in Duluth. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It’s been 15 years since Infinite Energy Arena opened its doors with an arena football game showcasing the Georgia Force. The 13,000-capacity venue in Duluth, which was known as The Arena at Gwinnett Center until the Infinite Energy naming rights agreement in 2015, celebrates that anniversary...
Run the Jewels tapped as ambassadors of Record Store Day 2018

Run the Jewels tapped as ambassadors of Record Store Day 2018

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene This year’s Record Store Day will have a hometown ambassador: Run the Jewels. The rap duo of Atlanta’s Killer Mike and Brooklyn’s El-P have been chosen to promote the April 21 music holiday dedicated to celebrating independent record stores. During the past decade, Record Store Day ambassadors have included Metallica, Dave Grohl, Iggy...
Tired of crowds? Try these 8 quiet parks, trails and pools

Tired of crowds? Try these 8 quiet parks, trails and pools

The metro Atlanta area is home to many parks, pools and trails, but some are so popular that they can get a bit crowded. If you're looking to find an urban escape, try these eight destinations that have a more relaxed, quiet feel: 453 Freedom Pkwy, Atlanta A 35-acre park is tucked away on the grounds of the Carter Presidential Center, and it's home to many different gardens, including...
6 of the best Atlanta murals you didn't know existed

6 of the best Atlanta murals you didn't know existed

Atlanta is quickly becoming a city rich in street art − from the Forward Warrior assembly each summer in Cabbagetown to the connective fiber between art and urban development provided by Living Walls  − our intown experience is increasingly colored by the muralists and street artists working here. Living Walls, a public art project that promotes public and street art in...
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 ...
Broadway in Atlanta 2018-19 season lineup dazzles with ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Come From Away’ and more

Broadway in Atlanta 2018-19 season lineup dazzles with ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Come From Away’ and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene As Evan Hansen might say, words fail to describe the impressive lineup set for the 2018-19 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season. Topped by last year’s best musical Tony winner, the sensitive “Dear Evan Hansen,” the rundown also features Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Come From Away,” “Waitress...
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...
Unplug at Georgia's most under-the-radar hike inn

Unplug at Georgia's most under-the-radar hike inn

The path to unplugging from Atlanta this winter lies at the top of Amicalola Falls. There, a five-mile trail wends its way to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge. Accessible only by foot, the Hike Inn welcomes hikers with rustic and comfortable rooms, fresh meals and views of the southern Appalachian Mountains. TripAdvisor awarded the Hike Inn with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence...
Review: UniverSoul provides nonstop party with attention-grabbing acts

Review: UniverSoul provides nonstop party with attention-grabbing acts

A long, slowly moving line of parents and children stretched down the sidewalk on Hank Aaron Drive, snaking into a big red-and-yellow tent in the parking lot across from Georgia State Stadium. One kid peered up at the UniverSoul Circus big top and wondered aloud: “What’s in there?” The child would soon find out what kind of pulsating lights, sights and sounds were “in...
7 spring break road trips for college kids (inspired by movies)

7 spring break road trips for college kids (inspired by movies)

Whether you're a genuine college kid taking a break from the books or you're a few years out and trying to recapture those carefree days, it's time for some spring break inspiration. Why not take a cue from a cinematic adventure? Let's just start by getting “Dirty Grandpa”(2016), starring Robert De Niro and Zac Ephron, out of the way. If you haven't been introduced to the time-honored...
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...
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...
Author Events Feb. 18-24

Author Events Feb. 18-24

Susan Nefzger, “A Practical Guide to Awareness.” Nefzger’s step-by-step guide to achieving fulfillment includes in-depth exercises that will help readers discover their unique gift and purpose in life. 2 p.m. Feb. 18. Talk, signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road NE., Atlanta, 404-636-2498, talltalesatlanta.com Paul Finkelman, “Supreme...
“And we’ll have the poem for two.”  Atlanta restaurant’s Valentine’s menu is truly special

“And we’ll have the poem for two.” Atlanta restaurant’s Valentine’s menu is truly special

Talk about the Daily Special! Popular Atlanta restaurant White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails is back with its uniquely romantic take on a Valentine’s Day menu. And we don’t just mean the Oysters on the Half Shell. On Feb. 13th and 14th, White Oak will serve up a custom made order of Southern poetry on the same menu as its renowned contemporary Southern cuisine.  Related video: Literally...
9 Atlanta dates under $20 for the Valentine who understands you're broke

9 Atlanta dates under $20 for the Valentine who understands you're broke

On Valentine's Day, there's always the lavish choice − the two dozen roses, the fondue dinner out, the theater. However, if you and your Valentine have an understanding about your low cash flow, what can you do for Valentine’s Day? If you and your Valentine have an understanding, there are still thrilling and romantic ways to have a date without all the roses and $100 dinner bills. ...
Spike Lee to appear at 30th anniversary ‘School Daze’ screening at Fox

Spike Lee to appear at 30th anniversary ‘School Daze’ screening at Fox

Long before “Black Hollywood” or “ATLwood” for that matter became popular monikers for Atlanta, Spike Lee was sowing the seeds that would one day help it all come true. “School Daze,” the director’s bold and epic HBCU film shot at his alma mater Morehouse and the Atlanta University Center at large, hit theaters 30 years ago this month. In celebration, &ldquo...
5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

5 places to catch the blues in Atlanta

Atlanta is a big enough town that finding a list of a dozen bars offering life-sized jenga and another dozen where bocce ball is close to club sport is easy to do. Yet, if you wanted to make a list of bars to listen to the blues — slim pickings. That may have something to do with shifting generational music tastes. There just aren't many hot new blues acts (exceptions: Valerie June, ...
5 spots that define the West Midtown scene

5 spots that define the West Midtown scene

 West Midtown (Westside), once largely industrial, is now a revitalized area of historical neighborhoods, retail and restaurants that will leave you with a full stomach and heart. It's growing even further with the development of the Atlanta Beltline's westside trail, venturing into territory that has before been less traveled. Step outside of your comfort zone, expand your horizons and...
7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

7 Instagram-worthy brunch spots in Atlanta

Undoubtedly, many Atlantans' (and those visiting) include brunch in their scheduling for the weekend. Whether with friends, after church or as a hair of the dog treatment - brunch can accommodate all needs. But brunch isn't only about the food these days, it's about the full experience: how you dress, the atmosphere, the cutesy beverages and most of all, how it looks on Instagram. 1100 Howell Mill...
Anita Baker announces Mother’s Day weekend concerts at Fox Theatre

Anita Baker announces Mother’s Day weekend concerts at Fox Theatre

BY SHEILA POOLE/AJC Features Reporter Your search may be over for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Tickets to Anita Baker. The Grammy-winning “Sweet Love” songstress will bring her tour to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre  – as part of her series of “farewell concerts” – for two shows over Mother&rsquo...
East Atlanta is losing one Mexican restaurant, but is set to gain another

East Atlanta is losing one Mexican restaurant, but is set to gain another

A Tomatillos burrito / AJC file photo A Mexican restaurant that has called East Atlanta home since 2011 is closing next month, with another spot offering similar cuisine set to take its spot. Tomatillos announced on its Facebook page that it will close at 1242 Glenwood Ave. SE March 11: The restaurant, owned by Margaret Kaiser ( ...
First Look: Hoyle’s in Marietta melds family tradition and out-of-the ordinary food

First Look: Hoyle’s in Marietta melds family tradition and out-of-the ordinary food

Hoyle’s Kitchen and Bar signature Hoyle’s Burger with lettuce, caramelized onion, woven bacon, provolone, and tomato jam. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Hoyle’s Kitchen and Bar, which opened in Marietta in late 2017 , is a reimagining of the sprawling Roswell Road space most recently occupied by 120 Tavern and Music Hall. The contemporary sports bar is named...
A popular Alpharetta cafe is closing this month

A popular Alpharetta cafe is closing this month

Quiche from Mittie’s Cafe / Photo from the Mittie’s Cafe Facebook page A popular Alpharetta cafe will close this month after nearly 15 years in business. Mittie’s Cafe announced the closure at its location at 62 N. Main St. on its website and on Facebook: Another post on the Mittie’s Facebook page said the restaurant could potentially open in a new...
Fill up on this Old Fourth Ward pasta dish, back by popular demand

Fill up on this Old Fourth Ward pasta dish, back by popular demand

Garganelli at BoccaLupo / Photo by Angela Hansberger Dish of the week: Garganelli at BoccaLupo BoccaLupo has a way of sending out dishes that are classic but also fresh and innovative. Bruce Logue’s Garganelli with chicken and veal ragu – delicate fluted tubes of fresh-rolled pasta blanketed in a hearty ladle of meat gravy – is no exception. The name for the garganelli...
Fat Tuesday parties, Valentine’s Day dinners and more in metro Atlanta this week

Fat Tuesday parties, Valentine’s Day dinners and more in metro Atlanta this week

Gather at Park Tavern to celebrate Oysterfest this Saturday in Piedmont Park. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Party in Midtown for Fat Tuesday. Make reservations now for Valentine’s Day. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Tuesday...
Find out how to get Chobani yogurt for free

Find out how to get Chobani yogurt for free

Get Chobani yogurt for free now through March. Photo credit: Edelman. Have your cake yogurt and eat it too. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chobani is giving away a cup or bottle of yogurt now through March 4. To cash in on this offer, print a coupon at Chobani.com/freeyogurt and redeem it at your local retailer. The coupon is...
5 Instagram-worthy Atlanta spots for tapas

5 Instagram-worthy Atlanta spots for tapas

Big, over-plated chain restaurants are sometimes just a little... blah.  Too much food, too much hassle and not enough Instagram-worthy plates. If you're in the mood for a quick bite after work or for a new date-night spot, try out a tapas spot. The plates are on the smaller side, which makes for a perfect light meal. Or you can order a bunch and share with friends. Lucky for us, Atlanta knows...
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

There’s never a wrong time of year to visit one of Georgia's nearly 50 state parks, each of which has its own unique character.  Whether you'd like to hike, fish, appreciate towering waterfalls or explore caves, you'll be able to do it at Georgia state parks far and wide. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources manages the parks and recommends these 25 things to do while visiting...
7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

The biggest or tallest of anything – whether it's a drive-in restaurant or a skyscraper – is entitled to bragging rights and often becomes an iconic symbol of its city and state.  Georgia and Atlanta certainly have their fair share of impressive buildings – or in a few cases, impressively odd – that help define the area. The following are 5 of the biggest, tallest things...
Review: Aurora’s ‘Ontario Was Here’ reveals social workers’ secret lives

Review: Aurora’s ‘Ontario Was Here’ reveals social workers’ secret lives

My mother worked for the Department of Family & Children Services for 30 years, and one of my earliest memories is of her and my dad getting up in the wee hours of the morning to look for a child who had run away from a foster home. This happened numerous times throughout my childhood, along with napping on the floor of the DFCS office in my Barbie sleeping bag, seeing other little girls in my old...
‘Shelter’ a reminder homelessness still pervasive

‘Shelter’ a reminder homelessness still pervasive

The sidewalks around the former Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter are now empty, but a few blocks up Peachtree Street, near the Fox Theatre, a woman is sometimes seen huddled in dirty blankets, sleeping on the sidewalk or staring into space. She’s a reminder that “Shelter,” choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s 1988 work on homelessness, remains relevant. The sight of people...
This was the one Southern town where escaped slaves could live free

This was the one Southern town where escaped slaves could live free

The promise rang through the young British colonies: Any enslaved black person who could reach Florida, then under Spanish control, would be declared free if they immediately converted to Catholicism and declared themselves loyal to Spain. That decree, issued by Spain’s King Charles in 1693, changed the course of thousands of black lives and led to the founding for Fort Mose, the first free...
UniverSoul holds on to its core, looks to expand as it marks 25th anniversary

UniverSoul holds on to its core, looks to expand as it marks 25th anniversary

Lena Black-Josey and her mom, Pamela Black, rose to their feet in applause as UniverSoul Circus opened a new, high-octane show in Atlanta. Black-Josey, now 27, was 9 years old when she started going to the UniverSoul Circus every year with her mom. “I love it,” said Black-Josey, smiling. “I love all of it.” Stilt walkers from Trinidad and Tobago. Aerial acrobats from Mongolia...
Super Museum Sunday: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Super Museum Sunday: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Don't just sit around and let the weekend pass you by.  Learn a little something new by attending one of the many performances, presentations and classes taking place in and around Atlanta. From music workshops to cook-offs, events all around the Metro will keep you educated and entertained all weekend long.  Bonsai Study Group. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Free with garden admission...
15 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Atlanta

15 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Atlanta

Sure, flowers and chocolates can melt the heart of any lover, but you can really turn up the heat this Valentine's Day by taking advantage of the many special events happening around the city. Whether you want to celebrate your romance with a little dinner and dancing, or show your significant other how much you love them with a night of comedy or music, you won't have any trouble making your Valentine's...
Beads and jubilee: Mardi Gras celebrations in Atlanta

Beads and jubilee: Mardi Gras celebrations in Atlanta

It’s time to bring out your most colorful beads and fanciest masks, because Fat Tuesday is upon us. No need to make the trek to New Orleans to celebrate the occasion. There are a slew of happenings taking place right here in Atlanta. From lavish parties and creative crawls to family revelry and lively festivals, the metro area will be buzzing with plenty of fun Mardi Gras activities for everyone...
Review: Big Apple reminds us how magical a circus can be

Review: Big Apple reminds us how magical a circus can be

“Who wants to fly?” The booming question was directed at Big Apple Circus audience members one recent chilly February night, shortly after they’d witnessed a stunning balancing act in which a man jumped rope atop a constantly moving platform. A blond girl in the first row tentatively raised her hand, the kind of gesture that’s made when the answer is “yes”...
Dragon Con Night: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Dragon Con Night: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

While it's easy to snuggle up with a blanket on the weekends, taking part in community-centered events can help you connect with your town and break the monotony of winter. It may not look like summer out there, but you'll be happy you left the house this weekend to enjoy these entertaining and enlightening events taking place around the Metro. Just make sure to bring a coat along. Embroidery...
Black History Month bucket list: 6 must-see Atlanta landmarks

Black History Month bucket list: 6 must-see Atlanta landmarks

Atlanta never comes up short when it comes to special events and exhibits that observe Black History Month. What distinguishes this city from every other is that millions of tourists flock to the city from all points of the globe for the specific purpose of heralding its achievements in overcoming a past marred by discrimination, misunderstanding and disadvantage based on race. Here are six institutions...
In “Don Quixote” role, Atlanta Ballet dancer fulfills his quest

In “Don Quixote” role, Atlanta Ballet dancer fulfills his quest

Like Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, whose visions (or delusions) spur him toward knightly quests, Sergio Masero-Olarte has pursued a dream to become a world-class dancer. It sent him on a serendipitous journey, bringing growth and discovery, but also disappointments, misunderstandings and lost opportunities. An accomplished technician with an athletic build, the 23-year-old native of Madrid...
Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Report: Hillary Clinton protected adviser despite sexual harassment allegations in 2008

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to keep a top adviser on her 2008 presidential campaign team despite repeated complaints that he was sexually harassing a subordinate, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing unidentified sources who were familiar with the situation, the Times reported that Clinton’s then-campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, recommended the firing of her faith...
Big Apple Circus: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Big Apple Circus: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's all about entertainment this weekend with locations around Atlanta offering a wide range of unbeatable shows, demonstrations, expos and performances. With the snow all melted away and more moderate temperatures moving in, don't miss your opportunity to get a little more sunshine at many exciting events taking place throughout the Metro.  Dancing With The Stars of Marietta. 7 p.m. Saturday...

Faith calendar

Evening entertainment: Organist David Brensinger will be joined by classical guitarist John Huston; percussionist John Lawless; and Atlanta Symphony musician Ted Gurch, alto saxophone, in an hour-long performance. Free and open to all. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta. 404-255-4023, holyinnocents.org. Dance performance: The Koresh Dance Company...
7 most romantic bed and breakfast getaways in Georgia

7 most romantic bed and breakfast getaways in Georgia

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to spice up your life than to escape on a romantic bed and breakfast getaway. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and all your cares behind won't take long at all when you stay at one of these amazing and award-winning B&B locations found throughout Georgia. »RELATED: 5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in...
Trump physical results: 6 things to know

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

President Donald Trump is in excellent health and likely to finish his term in office without any medical issues, a presidential doctor said Tuesday at a news conference, four days after the president underwent a physical exam. “The president's overall health is excellent," White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday. Here are six things to know about the results of the president&rsquo...
Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

Atlanta's High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast, housing a large permanent collection of more than 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary. The museum has a particularly diverse array of highlights, including American and European paintings and sculptures, one of the largest collections of civil rights-era prints in the U.S. and a significant folk and self-taught...
Atlanta History Center offers free MLK Day admission, special programs

Atlanta History Center offers free MLK Day admission, special programs

It has been 50 years since the assassination of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and yet his legacy lives on as large as ever. For 2018’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, the Atlanta History Center will offer free admission to attendees and, for the second year in a row, a slate of special programming. RELATED | 11 Atlanta events that honor the...
Where to volunteer for MLK Day of Service 2018

Where to volunteer for MLK Day of Service 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" We've rounded up volunteer opportunities around Atlanta to help you serve your neighbors and your community in recognition of MLK Day of Service on Jan. 15, 2018.  Hands On Atlanta – Hands on Atlanta is providing many opportunities for volunteers. Participating...
Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Oprah 'intrigued' by idea of running for president, friend Gayle King says

Longtime pal Gayle King said Tuesday that Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the idea of running for president, although she said it’s still unclear whether the media mogul is seriously considering a run. “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” King said on “CBS This Morning.” “She loves this country and would like to be of service...
Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been charged with investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, might interview the president as part of the investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Mueller “brought up the issue of interviewing Trump during a late...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff on Trump: 'He is like a child'

Journalist Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial tell-all book on the administration of President Donald Trump, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that “100 percent of the people” around the president question his ability to lead. “Senior advisers, family members, every single one of them, questions his intelligence and fitness for office,” Wolff said...

Faith Calendar

Vision board party: Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Young Adult and College Ministry will host a vision board social. Attendees should bring visions, goals and plans for 2018; lunch and materials will be provided. This event will take place immediately after the 11:30 a.m. service Jan. 14. Ebenezer Baptist Church, 101 Jackson St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-688-7300, historicebenezer.org. Cue a concert: The...
10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

10 stunning claims about Trump White House from 'Fire and Fury'

President Donald Trump didn’t want to win 2016’s election, got angry over celebrity snubs at his inauguration and eats fast food partially because of his fear of being poisoned, according to a book about his administration set to be released next week. The claims are among a slew of allegations made in journalist Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House...
Top spots to watch the National Championship game in Atlanta

Top spots to watch the National Championship game in Atlanta

The final matchup is upon us. The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are preparing to take on the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Game day is Jan. 8 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, and college football fans from all over the country will flock to the city to catch the tournament. The game starts at 8 p.m. Not able to cheer from the stands?...
Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in...
Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Alabama's Doug Jones, Minnesota's Tina Smith sworn in as Democratic senators

Congress convened Wednesday to welcome a pair of new Democratic senators – Alabama’s Doug Jones and Minnesota’s Tina Smith. They were sworn in just after noon. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, became the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in 25 years. He beat former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by more than 20,000 votes in a result certified by officials...
Tiffany Trump rings in new year at Playboy party

Tiffany Trump rings in new year at Playboy party

After a week at Mar-a-Lago with her presidential family, Tiffany Trump headed to California to spend New Year’s Eve with a very different kind of group. The first daughter was a guest at a Los Angeles bash hosted by heir to the Playboy throne Cooper Hefner. The 24-year-old was photographed speaking to Hefner and posing beside his fiancee, Scarlett Byrne, as well as other friends, multiple...
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

After four decades in the U.S. Senate, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election at the end of his term in November. Hatch announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter.
10 tips for sticking with your exercise plan in the new year

10 tips for sticking with your exercise plan in the new year

It’s the New Year’s resolution that everyone has and virtually no one keeps: We want to get in shape. Here are 10 tips to help you keep on track: If you made your decision on New Year’s Eve, that’s only making a decision based on your emotional state that day. Make a plan for big and small goals and particular parts of your body you want to target to help keep you...
5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City. You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash...
9 inspiring New Year's resolution quotes that will be your 2018 motivation

9 inspiring New Year's resolution quotes that will be your 2018 motivation

"Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet?" Perhaps you've been asked this question one too many times in the past few weeks, and you've just laughed nervously and changed the subject. Or perhaps you're one of the more optimistic types who has a full list, including a game plan on how you're going to stick to them. Either way, when reality sets in, we all know that New Year's resolutions...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 29-31

3 Fun Things: Dec. 29-31

ALPHARETTA Special Needs Screening of “The Last Jedi” Everyone is talking about the new “Star Wars” film, but if your child has special needs, it might be difficult to see it in a crowded theater. Studio Movie Grill in Alpharetta has a solution. On Dec. 30, the theater will host a special needs screening of the movie, during which the lights will stay on, and the volume will...
5 facts about New Year’s Eve

5 facts about New Year’s Eve

As the roller coaster year that was 2017 comes to a close, plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations are underway. >> Read more trending news  Before “Auld Land Syne” begins to play, here are five facts about New Year's Eve: Different cultures celebrated the new year at different times of the year. CNN reported that some cultures considered the autumn equinox, or winter...
Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

Report: UK government worried about Trump's reaction if Obamas get royal wedding invitation

The British government is urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to reconsider inviting former President Barack Obama to their wedding out of fear of how current President Donald Trump might react, according to reports. “Harry has made it clear he wants the Obamas at the wedding, so it’s causing a lot of nervousness,” The Sun reported, citing a senior government official...
It’s not too late to make plans to ring in the new year

It’s not too late to make plans to ring in the new year

Although the gifts have been unwrapped and the leftover meals have been gobbled up, the holiday season isn’t over just yet. The countdown to 2018 is officially on, and it’s not too late to solidify your New Year’s Eve plans. RELATED | What you need to know about New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a delicious dinner, there are still a...
Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

Cabbagetown Rising: 7 things to do in the emerging arts district

The insular community that exists on and around Wylie and Carroll Streets − the Cabbagetown area − has become a favorite hangout for film industry workers in town, Atlanta artists and those who just love living life a little alternatively. Cabbagetown was built as the residential arm of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, which today looms over the neighborhood as loft apartments and...
Report: Ex-staffer says Blake Farenthold made her work for campaign on public’s dime

Report: Ex-staffer says Blake Farenthold made her work for campaign on public’s dime

A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold told the congressional committee investigating the Texas Republican that the lawmaker made her work on his re-election despite never volunteering for or being paid by the campaign, sources told CNN. Congressional rules bar lawmakers from using public resources to benefit their political campaigns.  The allegations brought by former Farenthold...
White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House Deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn stepping down, reports say

White House deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn will leave his position early next year in the latest high-profile resignation from the Trump administration in recent weeks, according to multiple reports. “Rick loyally served the president for two and a half years and brought tremendous energy to the White House staff,” White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement obtained...
21 things to do this Christmas weekend in Atlanta

21 things to do this Christmas weekend in Atlanta

Visiting Santa, ice skating, viewing twinkling lights and enjoying a holiday service -- Christmas is truly in the air this weekend all across metro Atlanta. Although you (and your little ones) might feel anxious for the big day to arrive, make sure to spend a little time with your family at some of these festive events that will make your celebration one to remember. »RELATED: Where...
3 Fun Things: Dec. 22-24

3 Fun Things: Dec. 22-24

MARIETTA Food Tour With the new year looming, it will soon be time for those diets to start. But not yet! Enjoy those last few sweet days of caloric freedom by exploring Marietta’s mushrooming food scene. The Marietta Food Tour winds its way through the city’s downtown district and make flavorful stops at local favorites such as the Australian Bakery Cafe, Cool Beans coffee house and Miss...
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