Things to do
‘Lizzie’ features some killer performances
Zoo Atlanta’s expansion brings African Savanna to Atlanta
‘Weirdo’ bakery puts down roots at Ponce City Market
Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre
From our foodies
Curry Up Now picks first metro Atlanta locations and other dining news from the week...
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2018
The Barrelhouse is opening in Old Fourth Ward Monday
Check out the menu for Ramen Station, now open in Grant Park
Atlanta Bread in Smyrna offers free coffee and pastries, $5 sandwiches through Sunday ...
Arnette’s Chop Shop is a word-of-mouth kind of place. You’d have no reason to venture this far back on Apple Valley Road in Brookhaven unless you were planning to sup here. Well, you could be dropping off your pup at the doggie day care next door. Otherwise, it’s because you’re lost. But word-of-mouth about Arnette’s is spreading.
It’s a humble little sandwich with a funny-sounding name: a portmanteau that sounds like what happens when you smash its two main ingredients — shawarma and falafel — into a pita pocket.
As summer (or Indian Summer) hangs on with a vengeance, spend this 90-plus-degree day with some theater, or some music, or get some ideas for the patio.
School’s in, summer work hours are out and the stressful holiday season is fast rounding the corner. Sigh. If you’re like most of metro Atlanta, you’re ready for a quick getaway right about now.
If you're looking for a good time with a group of friends, family, co-workers or even strangers — look no further. Replace the traditional dinner and movie with something off our list of entertaining team-building activities around Atlanta. Escape the Room Atlanta: 200 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.
Painting has often offered viewers the pretense of a privileged and idealized way of seeing the world. But Athens-based painter Scott Belville is into upending this notion like a mischievous player overturning the card table when he sees the game is rigged. For Belville, painting is a process composed of endless choices, points of view and inspiration.
North of Atlanta, Georgia's terrain rolls, tumbles and climbs over the southern stretches of the Appalachian Mountains. Streams, creeks and rivers wind through the mountainous landscape, falling over rocky cliffs to create some of this state's most popular hiking destinations: waterfalls.
Even at the nicest spas and most revered wellness boutiques, the dent a nice treatment can put on a bank account can rain on the relaxation parade. Fortunately, there are plenty of Atlanta establishments that allow those looking to pamper themselves to do so guilt-free. Rosefinch Spa 1604 Dekalb Ave. Suite C, Atlanta. 404-724-5811. www.therosefinchspa.
Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town. Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.
As the temperature starts to drop, many Atlantans will begin loading up on their favorite carbs. Pasta happens to be at the top of the list for most of us. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite. Coming in first place is Osteria Mattone with an overwhelming vote.
“ATLANTA BRAVES VS. ST LOUIS CARDINALS” The Baby Braves are on a tear toward a delightfully unexpected (this early, anyway) divisional title. Come cheer them on for the first of three important home games against the Cards, perennial powers who are in the thick of the hunt for a Wild Card playoff berth.
Head toward the huge tent ringed by tiny houses in downtown Decatur later this month, and you’ll know you’ve arrived at the third annual Decatur Tiny House Festival. The two-day event takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, on Electric Avenue.
About a decade ago, I fell out of love with Disney on Broadway. First there was the “Tarzan” flop of 2006, with music by Phil Collins of ’80s rock band Genesis. Then the glitzy but disappointing “The Little Mermaid” two years later.
The cooler weather means it’s apple time in North Georgia. That’s good news for the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, which happens every October, as well as for the pick-your-own farms, which have been welcoming apple lovers since the beginning of September. Here are some pom-tastic North Georgia activities for apple fanciers. The Georgia Apple Festival.
The movie “Man Made,” one of 218 narrative and documentary shorts, feature films and web series at the 31st Out on Film Festival, definitely qualifies as homemade. Director T Cooper, an Emory University creative writing professor, chronicles multiple competitors at an Atlanta-based event: Trans FitCon, the world’s only all-transgender body building competition.
Quiet as it’s kept, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson might be the biggest Prince nerd on the planet. On Saturday, the acclaimed drummer of The Roots will demonstrate his years’ worth of studying, following and playing with Prince to metro Atlanta with “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
If you find yourself at Music Midtown, stop for a second to take in the history. In May 1969, a few shaggy bluesmen from Macon ran an extension cord from someone’s apartment and played an impromptu show at Piedmont Park. It shook many. The Allman Brothers Band went on to shake a lot more.
On the counter of Sam’s BBQ-1 in east Cobb, you’ll find a tray of fried pork rinds. Crinkly and reddish brown, they are a revelation, even to connoisseurs of pig skins high and low. A complimentary nosh for those who queue up to place an order at legendary pitmaster Sam Huff’s original joint, they are perfect just as they are: naked.
There are few restaurants less pretentious than the average American sports bar. The style is so ubiquitous and so consistent that such a sweeping generalization is possible.
Foul weather is coming, but not yet. While you’re waiting for Hurricane Florence to arrive, keep yourself amused with comedy, food and a “Star Wars” drama from a parallel universe.
Just two hours outside of Atlanta, you'll find one of Country Living's 50 small towns with the most beautiful foliage. Clayton, also dubbed the farm-to-table capital of Georgia, is a quaint mountain town that offers shopping, dining, outdoor adventures and spectacular views. With a population under 2,500, Clayton gives visitors a small-town feel from inside the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Robert Barnett, artistic director emeritus of Atlanta Ballet, is finally seeing the company grow to a size that befits its place as the longest continuously operating American ballet company.
Chantelle Rytter lives in a zoo. The creatures crowding her tiny Adair Park bungalow — a 25-foot white alligator on the living room wall, a blue-beaked 14-foot phoenix in one corner — don’t resemble the residents of an earthly zoo. They’re more like escapees from the bar scene in “Star Wars.
With its magic, fairies, mythical creatures and mysterious woods, the Atlanta Botanical Garden seems ideally suited for a little Shakespearean romantic romp. Happily, the Alliance Theatre is ready to step in.
When Justin Anthony took to the field as a striker for the Atlanta Ruckus in 1996, there were not 70,000 screaming fans in the stands. Neither Mercedes-Benz Stadium nor Atlanta United FC was probably even hatched in Arthur Blank’s head. Certainly, a South African dining concept was not cooking in Anthony’s mind.
The High Museum of Art will hold a job fair Sept. 24-26 to hire temporary staffers to help with the expected rush of visitors to the “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit. The museum will be hiring 40 to 50 extra hands to serve in guest relations and another 8 staffers to work in merchandising while the wildly popular exhibit is open. “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” runs from Nov.
It’s Monday, Atlanta. Do you know where your zing went? We know, it’s hard. Summer is but a distant memory now, and the eat, drink and be merry days of November and December feel like they’re still months away. (Actually, they are still months away. But cancel that negative thought!) You just think your get up and go has gone up and went.
If you take a trip to visit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, you might learn that the American Civil War was the first time that railroads played a significant role in a military conflict. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in downtown Kennesaw first opened in 1972 as the Kennesaw Civil War Museum.
Dinner and a movie? Yawn. With so much to do in Atlanta, you should branch out. Whether you're a history buff, vodka connoisseur or art lover, we've got ideas to help you out of your slump. Here are six suggestions for fun and romantic date night ideas around Atlanta. Party with the Past. Free history. Cold beer. It's the perfect slogan for fun.
These are not your average steakhouses. Chic and swank in appearance, the following four steakhouses offer the best in beef—from bone-in to burgers and skirt to strip. Should you prefer to eat and entertain in private, one restaurant even offers a closed-curtain option called The Hideout. 1075 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Modern. Swanky. Sultry. Steakhouse.
Bill Wallet gets the questions pretty regularly. Why, someone will ask, should they pay to go to the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance when there are so many other weekend car shows that are free to attend? What’s the difference? Wallet tends to offer simple — if not always succinct — explanations.
No one can accuse last year’s inaugural Mercedes-Benz Stadium 5K/Walk Like MADD of not going the extra mile.
Whether you consider yourself an amateur Atlanta historian or the thought of a history center sounds a little boring and dry to you, you're likely to be surprised at everything the Atlanta History Center has to offer. Far from stuffy, it has a modern, welcoming exterior and atrium as well as interesting exhibitions and plenty of hands-on activities and places to visit.
There is nothing better on the menu at the Alden than the rack of lamb. The other night, as I sat eating it in full view of the open kitchen, I had to close my eyes just to contain my feelings. To borrow a line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways.
You’ll know you’ve arrived at I Luv Hot Pot when you see the Eiffel Tower replica out front. Strung with Christmas lights and reaching skyward, the Parisian mini-monument dominates the parking lot of a Duluth strip mall that also boasts a 24-hour Vietnamese noodle parlor called I Luv Pho and a clutter of Asian shops and restaurants. A poor man’s Vegas, open until 2 a.m.
It’s a good Thursday for outdoor (and indoor) music and activist crafts. Slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity welcome us to September. Though it’s too hot to feel like autumn, here are a few ideas for fall activities. Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter ego of American entertainer Donald Glover, creator and star of the television series “Atlanta.
Yayoi Kusama, the 89-year-old creator of the remarkable “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, is perhaps the most successful living female artist. Her works sell for millions of dollars. Viewers line up by the thousands to see the traveling exhibit of her eye-boggling installations, which arrive at the High Museum of Art Nov. 18.
A double-entendre title that references the annual start of the school year, “Class Pictures” at the Zuckerman Museum of Art is also about social class and how portraiture can affirm or comment upon it.
Work's done for the day, the television news is turned off, the dog's fed, so it's time to interface with people who have no purpose but to amuse you.
No need to wing it when it comes to one of Atlanta's signature foods. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered where you chow down on the best chicken wings in town. Three Dollar Cafe started serving up Atlanta’s best wings from their Sandy Springs location in 1983.
If variety is the spice of life, then Atlanta’s professional theater companies are spicing things up in a big way with their respective 2018-19 seasons — offering a wide-ranging smorgasbord of regional and world premieres, popular revivals, topical dramas, mainstream comedies and spectacular musicals.
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.
In Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” melancholy and despair are draped over with the elegance of Russian realism and restraint. Sure, his characters make terrible choices in life and love. But the deeper yearnings and fears that propel them to their unhappy endings remain grandly enigmatic.
Georgia might not be the happiest state in the country, but it’s in the top 20. Financial website WalletHub took into account factors both within the environment, society and personal well-being to determine a state’s happiness level. For example, money can’t buy happiness. Wealth increases a person’s happiness only up to a $75,000 annual income.
There were no inter-planetary or inter-dimensional conflicts during Dragon Con 2018, which drew about 80,000 visitors to downtown Atlanta over five days. “We are unaware of any significant incidents involving any of this weekend’s events,” said Officer Jarius Daugherty of the Atlanta Police Department.
While it's no longer true that everyone who works hard for a living gets Labor Day weekend off, one thing about the end of summer holiday has remained the same: Atlanta can't be outdone for Labor Day entertainment options. Of course, they're not "one size fits all.
For its 32nd anniversary, Dragon Con is taking its parade to a new level. If you're the type who needs to see the costumes up close, here are some suggested vantage points for getting a great view of the action. This is where the parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. Caterina O'Sullivan lives in metro Atlanta and is a Dragon Con veteran.
The ever-popular Dragon Con Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, giving the city a chance to see some of the characters who populate this science fiction/fantasy convention. There will be 65,000 spectators and 3,200 participants. The parade features a mile-long cavalcade of superheroes, monsters, dragons and villains.
Age is just a state of mind at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. At 13 years old, the annual Labor Day weekend event already is the largest independent book festival in the country. With 430 authors taking part this year, there’s something guaranteed to appeal to every one of the expected 80,000 attendees.
The AJC Decatur Book Festival may be 13 years old now, but unlike some difficult teens we’d rather not name, it aims to please. And please and please and please. With some 430 authors spread across two days and 17 different stages, there’s a lot to take in. Here are some highlights of Saturday’s schedule (see decaturbookfestival.
Smoking has an awfully lousy image these days, from its health implications (cigarette smoking causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC) to the way it stinks up people’s cars. Still, there were even worse aspects to smoking not so long ago, according to a recently published book.
Atlantan Beau Brown belongs to two tribes: the worlds of puppetry and Dragon Con, the pop culture gathering each Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta. As Dragon Con’s Puppetry Track director, he melds the two by overseeing more than 45 hours of puppet-related programming. Think workshops, performances and more. Since the track’s 2012 debut, it keeps growing.
Labor Day may be a federal holiday, but lots of the really fun ways to celebrate are courtesy of the state. Georgia’s state parks are a fine example of that, with many in the Atlanta vicinity (or within about an hour's drive) offering a boatload of special ways to celebrate the Labor Day weekend.
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.
Combine science fiction and gaming into a single super convention and what do you get? Dragon Con. The cosplay extravaganza, which takes places Aug. 30-Sept. 3, has been a long-standing staple of Atlanta (celebrating its 32nd year on Labor Day weekend), growing momentum ever since its first year in 1987.
Dragon Con, and all of its many celebrities, panels, screenings and Storm Troopers, is back for its 32nd year. The four-day convention draws tens of thousands of people to Atlanta and runs "round the clock" Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at five downtown hotels: the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Imagine yourself relaxing in complete and absolute tranquility —a little hard to do when you've spent all afternoon in Atlanta traffic. Take your mind off the bumper-to-bumper madness for a moment and find peace of mind again at some of the area's most relaxing spas. These are some of Atlanta's best spas to help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated again. Bliss Spa. 188 14th St.
There are so many great reasons to seek out inexpensive aka cheap date ideas around Atlanta. Maybe you don't want to overwhelm the object of your affection or both of you like the simple things in life. Could be you're saving for a bigger purchase, like a ring? Or perhaps you're just frugal. Price: $10 for the gentlemen all night long, free for ladies between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Every fall Atlanta’s stages, parks, galleries and movie theaters come alive with so many stellar shows, exhibits and movies, it can be overwhelming. Because you can’t go to everything, we’re here to help by recommending some of the events we’re looking forward to this season. Some are perennial favorites that come around every autumn, others are brand-new.
We're going to let you in on one of the biggest secrets in town. When it gets hot and you want the luxury and refreshment of a hotel pool, you don't have to buy a room to experience it. If you want to enjoy a relaxing day at one of Atlanta's top hotel pools, a handful actually offer day passes for locals - and you don't even have to be a guest.
They say variety is the spice of life, and that seems to be a credo that Atlanta’s classical music organizations have taken to heart this season. From foundational classics to contemporary works by forward-thinking composers to a beloved Broadway musical, the fall season offers something for everyone. Adding to the appeal is some seriously world-class star power. ASO
If you know anything about cat cafes, you know that they are places to sip a magical cup of coffee - surrounded by the fierce and fabulous. You might even end up adopting one. What you might not know is that the first cat cafe opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan. They have since popped up all over the world and a second one just opened here in Atlanta.
This week, learn all about sustainability, Dungeon and Dragons or chill out with Tortured Soul at City Winery. GREEN SCENE WITH GREEN DRINKS Join this community of sustainability enthusiasts for drinks and conversation. Expect to mingle with green industry experts, environmental advocates and general supporters of the sustainability movement.
Nearly 250 artists will converge on Piedmont Park on Aug. 18-19 for the ninth annual arts festival held by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. The free festival, geared toward families, will also feature live music and activities for children.
Jarvis Sheffield vividly remembers his first Dragon Con, the ultra-successful pop culture convention that overtakes downtown Atlanta each Labor Day weekend. With the power of a Superman punch, Dragon Con’s welcoming spirit and diversity made an impact. He saw a melting pot of fans, many in costume, celebrating together, letting their geek flags fly.
For many kids, summer barely gets under way before they're saying, "I'm bored!" Keep them happily occupied with a summer camp, and they'll be learning, staying active and making some great memories. The following are seven North Fulton summer camps that are already taking registrations: What's offered: Sports camp for rising 2nd-6th graders (ages 7-11).
The summer is slowing down, and school is back in session, but there is still plenty of time to soak up some fun in August. »RELATED: Browse the full AJC festivals calendar for more things to do in Atlanta Atlanta and the surrounding areas are filled with festivals throughout the month to keep you satisfied.
While it's swell to indulge in a lavish evening out every now and then, there are plenty of Atlanta date ideas that are heavy on fun and light on your wallet. Whether you're trying to liven up your regular date night or impress a first date for less, you'll spend $30 or less for the hip yet affordable dates below.
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.
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. 30-Sept. 3.
When your child is ready to start preschool, it's a big adjustment for both of you. There might be some tears (from either one or both of you) as well as a healthy dose of guilt (yours alone). Gradually introduce your child to their preschool as well as some of the activities they're likely to participate in.
Throw on your shorts and slide into your flip-flips for a season full of quintessential summer Atlanta festivals you won't want to miss. As the unofficial start of summer - Memorial Day - hits, families, music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will be looking for the summer outing that fits their tastes.
You know you'll enjoy yourself during all the Fourth of July festivities, but what about the rest of the month? No worries because Atlanta and the surrounding area will fill with festivals throughout July, keeping you and your family dancing, running, eating and shopping to your heart's content.
Due to ongoing renovations at Centennial Olympic Park, this year Atlanta’s biggest fireworks show will move to the International Plaza between the Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
With an expected more than 60,000 runners and more than 45 years and counting in the making, the AJC Peachtree Road Race is guaranteed to be a blast −and not just because it happens on the Fourth of July. If you're one of the lucky registrants, congratulations. And if you are entering for the first time, welcome to you, too.
Shake up your week, rain or shine, with events ranging from the grand opening of West Elm in Buckhead to a sound immersion experience in Old Fourth Ward. Learn to hand-pour your own candle and blend fragrances during Lumary’s Custom Candle Workshop at Citizen Supply. In this guided workshop, attendees prepare the container, paint the rim and wick the jar.
If the way to a heart is through the stomach, Atlanta's culinary scene has plenty of date options even for those who are still getting the hang of boiling water. Sure, surprising a date with a gourmet meal right at home is a worthy goal, but these six Atlanta cooking classes make great date ideas regardless of skill level in the kitchen. 660 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta. 404-889-6568.
The metro Atlanta area will be painted red, white and blue as people commemorate the Fourth of July. It’s a day to observe the country’s independence, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday.
The week may just be getting started, but why not mix it up early in the week with an adorable family friendly show at the Alliance Theatre or check out some live music at night. Here’s a few happenings worth checking out: “Winnie-the-Pooh.” Based on the children’s stories by A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh comes to life in this family-friendly one-act production.
Happy Father's Day! Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom. >> Read more trending news Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below: 3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns 4.
With simmering weather in Georgia the norm in spring and summer, you’ll need to have more than metro Atlanta’s local pools to cool you off. The state's swimming holes offer a wet and wild option and sometimes late into the fall or even year 'round.
Who doesn't love getting a good discount or freebie every now and again? There's nothing sweeter than treating yourself to a few indulgences while you celebrate the day on which you were born. Here are freebies to score, surprises to be had and deals to sign up for around Atlanta as you cheers to you and your special day.
Some of the best fishing environments in the country are right here in Georgia's lakes and rivers. For the casual fisherman (or fisherwoman) and their families, Sweetwater Park has already won the title as Georgia's best place for family-friendly fishing.
Whether for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion, an overnight getaway breathes new energy into a relationship. Relax at the spa, inhale fresh air from the outdoors or spend time in front of the fire with a glass of champagne. These eight romantic getaways around Atlanta beckon a passionate escape, if only for a weekend. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.
You’ve been there, you love it, but do you really know how to expertly navigate Piedmont Park? With its more than 180 acres of open space, walking trails, tennis courts and playgrounds, Atlanta’s most central park is a lot to take in.
Whether you look forward to your birthday all year long or regard it with contempt, finding the perfect spot to celebrate in Atlanta can be stressful. Canoe (Vinings) – Lining the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, Canoe has become one of the best restaurant choices in Atlanta for almost any occasion.
Ponce City Market (or PCM as its affectionately nicknamed) has become the hot topic of conversation when Atlantans are searching for the latest, greatest event or seeking the city’s best dining and shopping.