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A Georgia spin on post-WWI action tale

Most people know Jekyll Island as a beach getaway on the Georgia coast, about a five-hour drive from Atlanta. In the graphic novel series “The Jekyll Island Chronicles,” it provides a base of operations for a team of do-gooders after World War I, with fictional but extraordinary veterans working alongside such historic figures as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and Nikola Tesla. “The...


6 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

6 places your kid can volunteer this Thanksgiving in Atlanta

Along with the favorite family recipes, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to pass the tradition of volunteering to your children. While lots of the churches and shelters already have full volunteer rosters to serve Thanksgiving meals, there is a bounty of opportunities to contribute in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on the leisure days that follow it.
Here's where veterans can eat free in Atlanta on Veterans Day 

Here's where veterans can eat free in Atlanta on Veterans Day 

This Veterans Day, restaurants around Atlanta will honor those who served in the military by offering an entree, appetizer or dessert on the house. If you have someone special in your life who deserves to be celebrated this Sunday, make sure to plan a visit to one of these participating locations around the Metro.
Legal luminaries appear in special ‘Bard Show’ that honors its founder

Legal luminaries appear in special ‘Bard Show’ that honors its founder

This season’s “Bard Show” put on by the Atlanta Bar Association will honor Cathy O’Neil, the highly respected attorney who founded the popular production. O’Neil, a former federal prosecutor, passed away in October 2017 at age 53 after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
10 ways to celebrate Veterans Day in metro Atlanta

10 ways to celebrate Veterans Day in metro Atlanta

It’s time to salute the servicemen in your life, because Veterans Day is upon us. The holiday, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, honors U.S. veterans and victims of all wars, and there are plenty of ways to do just that in Atlanta.
Review: Coalition in Alpharetta is solid addition to busy dining scene

Review: Coalition in Alpharetta is solid addition to busy dining scene

The dining world is changing. What’s driving restaurant growth in every county in greater Atlanta is not big buck, fine dining. That’s taken a back seat to eateries of a more casual sort. These are joints with a more affordable price point that still strive to serve a menu from the mind of a chef and to offer some sort of “experience.
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 8

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 8

It will be cool and cloudy Thursday — a perfect fall day for some theater, a good read and a few lessons on design. Two mother/daughter teams will talk about their books Thursday at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s annual Book Festival. The festival runs through Nov. 18. On Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Atlanta author talks about life as a KGB spy at book festival

Atlanta author talks about life as a KGB spy at book festival

Standing on a New York City subway platform, en route to work one brisk winter morning in 1988, a stranger whispered in Jack Barsky’s ear: “You must come home or else you’re dead.” It was just another bizarre moment in the bizarre life of Jack Barsky, whose experiences are like something out of “The Americans” TV show.
The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner 

The ultimate guide to a budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner 

Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time?  No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 7

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 7

It’s the day after election day. Get out and celebrate or enjoy a pick-me-up with events happening this week. Shop current and discontinued styles of travel bags, handbags, totes, cosmetic bags, and accessories by Cinda B at up to 70 percent off retail.
9 of the most delightful holiday light displays in Georgia 

9 of the most delightful holiday light displays in Georgia 

As the holiday season gets underway, the hustle and bustle can quickly overtake you as you rush to get everything done.  Take some family time to drive or walk through Georgia's many magical light displays. They'll get you into the holiday spirit while making fond family memories.
Spiffed up Texas locomotive debuts at Atlanta History Center

Spiffed up Texas locomotive debuts at Atlanta History Center

On a chilly December afternoon three years ago, the 26-ton locomotive Texas swung into the sky above Grant Park, hoisted aloft by a mighty crane. Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center, was among the hardy witnesses to the surreal moment. As the Texas moved through the air, Hale spoke, almost with reverence, about the significance of this colossal artifact.
Where you and your family can volunteer in Atlanta for Thanksgiving

Where you and your family can volunteer in Atlanta for Thanksgiving

A recently released report from Kids Count shows Georgia  continuing to rise in the rankings of how well kids are doing, but we are still pretty low overall. You may not see it in your neighborhood but plenty of kids −and their parents −can use your help. With Thanksgiving coming up, there are still plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area who can use your help.
Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Feel the chill: 7 of Atlanta's best places to ice skate

Sure, you can spend your holiday season ice skating at one of the many indoor rinks around Atlanta, but would it really fill you with holiday cheer? Nothing beats the experience of feeling the crisp air surrounded by twinkling lights as you glide across an outdoor skating rink. Thankfully, Atlanta has a variety of ways to get the optimal outdoor ice skating experience.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is creative champion

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is creative champion

The challenge for any director putting together a biopic is to find the balance between making sure the audience has been given every moment they want to see and hear in regards to the subject’s public persona while pulling back the curtains enough to delve deep into more personal matters.
Things to do Nov. 2-4 in metro Atlanta: Rock out or drink with llamas

Things to do Nov. 2-4 in metro Atlanta: Rock out or drink with llamas

If you want to kick off your post-Halloween fun, there’s lots to do in and around metro Atlanta. You have rock at Smith’s Olde Bar and a llama-inspired pub crawl in Little Five Points or celebrate a pitbull rescue. The Bitteroots If you want to start the weekend with rock n’ roll, check out Bitteroots with special guests Moody Hollow and the Bantam Breaks on Nov.
11 can't-miss Atlanta festivals in November

11 can't-miss Atlanta festivals in November

Winter is coming, but you don't need to hole yourself inside quite yet. Atlanta has got a few more fun outdoor festivals on its November calendar. From BBQ and bluegrass to German Christmas festivals and more, the festival scene gets eclectic come November. Native American Festival and Pow Wow. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 1-2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4. Prices vary.
Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

When you're looking to warm up, these cold-weather comfort food dishes and drinks around Atlanta will keep away the chill. Ration & Dram's Chicken & Dumplings is made from scratch using Darby Farms chicken, Southern Swiss Dairy milk made into cream and fluffy biscuit dumplings. The restaurant promises the dish "will make you feel like you're at your grandmother's house.
National, local culinarians among author lineup at MJCCA Book Festival

National, local culinarians among author lineup at MJCCA Book Festival

The 27th annual book festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is in full swing. Running through Nov. 18, the event, one of the largest book fests among Jewish centers nationwide, brings more than 45 authors to the organization’s campus in Dunwoody. Big names this year include Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks and Sally Field, former Sen.
Review: Tiny Lou’s adds French style to the Hotel Clermont

Review: Tiny Lou’s adds French style to the Hotel Clermont

Fifteen years ago, the Clermont Hotel was not the sort of place you wanted to stay. A room in the rundown 1924 relic went for about $150 a week around that time, as long as you were willing to risk questionable sheets and sketchy neighbors. (Suffice it to say, a local newspaper sent a reporter to stay there, not as a travel piece, but for a gritty work of undercover, investigative journalism.
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 1

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 1

Cool weather is here (with a good chance of precip) and you’re a little foggy from last night’s candy hangover? Take in a pow wow, a throwdown, and a beatdown. The Atlanta Hawks, 2-5 after getting whipped on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, return home to play the Sacramento Kings Thursday, a team that historically has provided almost an even match.
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.
5 romantic glamping and other winter escapes near Atlanta

5 romantic glamping and other winter escapes near Atlanta

If your idea of a perfect romantic winter weekend mixes time outdoors and time snuggling, metro Atlanta has plenty of nearby escapes. Each getaway offers a new place to explore or a new way to experience it together.Most importantly, they're in metro Atlanta's backyard, giving you plenty of time to woo one another once the travel is done.
All aboard: 5 awesome holiday train adventures near Atlanta 

All aboard: 5 awesome holiday train adventures near Atlanta 

Trains and Christmas seem to go hand in hand, especially if your family enjoys watching "The Polar Express" as a seasonal tradition. This Christmas season, create an experience that your children will never forget by taking a festive train ride.
Theaters across metro Atlanta get ready to roll out holiday shows

Theaters across metro Atlanta get ready to roll out holiday shows

There’s a cliché that the Christmas season starts earlier every year, and that’s often the case with holiday plays, some of which premiere in early November and run through New Year’s. This review of some of the metro area’s holiday shows includes some perennial favorites as well as new productions that aspire to become yearly traditions.
Thing to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 31

Thing to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 31

Wednesday is Halloween! Here are some events to help you celebrate. Join the fun at City Winery with a performance by tribute bands Gypsies, Doves and Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) followed by Elton Dan (Elton John). There will be an Elton John Costume Contest before the performances begin. The winner will receive a free pair of tickets and dinner for two (up to $100) to a future City Winery show.
Review: Artist Zanele Muholi embodies complexity of Africa in photos

Review: Artist Zanele Muholi embodies complexity of Africa in photos

With an intense stare, androgynous beauty and skin often deepened in postproduction to an inky, painterly black, Johannesburg-based artist Zanele Muholi compels you to look. As the subject of an ongoing series of self-portraits, Muholi offers complicated commentaries on Africa, sexual identity, race, injustice and environmental pollution.
Review: Actor’s Express has been there, done that in ‘Reykjavik’

Review: Actor’s Express has been there, done that in ‘Reykjavik’

Steve Yockey’s “Reykjavik,” the latest presentation in the National New Play Network’s “rolling” world premiere program, marks a homecoming of sorts for the former Atlanta playwright (now based in Los Angeles). Ahead of productions at other theaters in Dallas, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
A rundown of the top grown-up Halloween parties in Atlanta

A rundown of the top grown-up Halloween parties in Atlanta

Who says you can't dress up for Halloween anymore? While you might get turned away from door-to-door trick-or-treating, Atlanta knows how to throw a grown-up Halloween bash to make up for all that missing candy.
‘Hunter Killer’ so full of military stereotypes it’s almost parody

‘Hunter Killer’ so full of military stereotypes it’s almost parody

Think of every military action movie cliche you can. The maverick hero who’s just an average guy. The uptight rule-following second-in-command who learns a good lesson. The token concerned woman who has one line. Enemies who aren’t so different after all.
‘Beautiful Boy’ is powerful but not pretty

‘Beautiful Boy’ is powerful but not pretty

In “Beautiful Boy,” the national epidemic of substance abuse is told in intimate personal terms. An unembellished portrait of present-day addict life, it explores the chilling real-life struggles of journalist David Sheff and his teenage junkie son Nic.
Things to do in and around Atlanta: Lisa Fischer and the Pumpkin Festival

Things to do in and around Atlanta: Lisa Fischer and the Pumpkin Festival

For music lovers, Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton bring their magical sounds to City Winery. Halloween, though, is just around the corner, so there’s something for those who like a little fright in their day. Here are some suggestions for your weekend. Luther Vandross knew it. The Rolling Stones and Tina Turner did as well. It’s no secret.
Review: Momonoki a peach of a place for Japanese diner food and sweets

Review: Momonoki a peach of a place for Japanese diner food and sweets

The other night at Momonoki in Midtown, I sat at the tiny bar, scarfed down a bowl of barbecue eel over rice and watched the kitchen at work. On the surface, it was just a bunch of cooks assembling bowls of ramen; cutlet sandwiches; artfully composed protein bowls and delicate pastries. And yet what I witnessed was more profound, a culinary love affair.
14 spooky ways to celebrate Halloween in metro Atlanta

14 spooky ways to celebrate Halloween in metro Atlanta

Goons, goblins and ghosts are all around, which means the Halloween season is officially upon us. » RELATED: These 5 Halloween events in metro Atlanta offer a tasty time Whether you’re looking for family fun at a festival or an eerie adventure through a haunted house or maze, there are plenty of spooky happenings across the metro area.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 24

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 24

This week, enjoy a movie in the park, meet the author of a new political thriller or practice pitching your startup. Catch the final screening of this movie series showing “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The event will also celebrate “Biketober,” the Atlanta Bike Challenge, with cycling-centric activities and prizes for anyone who bikes to the event.
Broadway star returns to Marietta hometown with one-man show at Strand Theatre

Broadway star returns to Marietta hometown with one-man show at Strand Theatre

Tyler Hanes doesn’t like boxes. They are too restrictive and confined, so the Marietta native prefers to step outside of them. » RELATED: Earl Smith Strand Theatre: Movies, events and parking “I’m a variety of things, so I don’t like to play it safe,” he said. “I challenge myself, because that’s where the growth really begins.
Putting a human face on wartime

Putting a human face on wartime

That’s the late Robert Williams, who served as an Army paratrooper in World War II, talking about getting ready to jump behind enemy lines on D-Day. It’s the kind of very human, very personal recollection that makes the oral histories collected by the Atlanta History Center’s Veterans History Project so compelling.
Where to see lively outdoor art on walls all around Atlanta

Where to see lively outdoor art on walls all around Atlanta

Atlanta has hundreds of murals painted on its factory exteriors, highway overpasses and retaining walls. They range from 100-foot-high monsterpieces to hidden jewels in tunnels and alleys. The challenge is seeing them before they are erased and replaced with something else.
Tour de Scoville: A quest for the spiciest dishes on Buford Highway

Tour de Scoville: A quest for the spiciest dishes on Buford Highway

Aside from humans, there is only one animal that prefers spicy peppers to other foods. Apparently, tree shrews have a genetic mutation that lowers their sensitivity to capsaicin, the chemical that makes some peppers spicy. Tree shrews gobble up chile peppers with reckless abandon. I may have found my spirit animal.
Atlanta Opera’s ‘West Side Story’ still relevant 60 years later

Atlanta Opera’s ‘West Side Story’ still relevant 60 years later

Musicals come and go, but the story of the Sharks vs. the Jets, of Tony and Maria who fall in love against the odds, can still seem as moving today as when it premiered more than 60 years ago. When the Atlanta Opera opens its 2018-19 season with a new production of the classic musical at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Nov.
7 of the spookiest places to celebrate Halloween in America 

7 of the spookiest places to celebrate Halloween in America 

Bone-chilling buildings, eerie trails and even stranger worlds are guaranteed situations for horrifying fun this fall. Across the nation, major cities and whistle-stop towns take All Hallows' Eve to astronomical extremes to give the masses iconic, horror movie-like scares and amusement.  424 Market St. San Diego, California 92101 Once ranked as the No.
Christmas 2018: Target to offer cheese Advent calendar this season

Christmas 2018: Target to offer cheese Advent calendar this season

Target has the perfect holiday gift for the cheese lovers in your life -- a cheese Advent calendar.  The store has teamed up with a company called So Wrong It’s Nom, KYW reported.  Officials with the company said the calendar will be available in 247 Target stores in the U.S., and can also be found in stores in the UK, France, Denmark and Portugal.
How Sally Field turned boxes of memorabilia into a book

How Sally Field turned boxes of memorabilia into a book

Sally Field’s memoir “In Pieces” is the opposite of a self-aggrandizing, celebrity biography meant to cement one’s place in history. Rather, it’s a vulnerable, frank, almost voyeuristic view inside Field’s mind and her efforts to “piece” her life’s most crucial moments into a coherent understanding of who she is as a human being.
Jewish book festival draws big names

Jewish book festival draws big names

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta this year managed to snag two of Hollywood’s biggest stars for its 27th annual book festival — “Forrest Gump” costars Tom Hanks and Sally Field. Both happen to have books to promote, but just getting them to come to Atlanta was an impressive feat. And no surprise: both events are sold out.
7 of the best fall color hikes in Georgia

7 of the best fall color hikes in Georgia

Pumpkin spice, cozy sweaters, colorful leaves - now that's a recipe for the perfect transition into autumn. Fall is officially here and what better way to celebrate the season than by taking a picturesque hike along one of Georgia's many stunning trails.
Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

Celebrate black history, culture and food during Juneteenth in Atlanta

African-American history will be championed in a major way during this weekend's Juneteenth celebration. From the Black History Parade to live performances, the 5th annual Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival will be a multi-day event to go down in the history books. Already, more than 10,000 people have chimed in on the Facebook event page so far.
Review: ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ imagines creation of classic song

Review: ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ imagines creation of classic song

Nina Simone, the powerhouse diva who performed scorching civil rights protest songs, was fierce yet flawed, at once powerfully self-possessed and yet torn by her insecurities. As portrayed in Christina Ham’s play, “Nina Simone: Four Women,” she was also a comic lightning bolt, deliciously full of herself — insufferable.
‘Garden Lights’ returns to Botanical Garden: how to get tickets

‘Garden Lights’ returns to Botanical Garden: how to get tickets

Tickets to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, the wildly popular winter-time attraction at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, are on sale now. This year, among many colorful lighting installations, the garden will bring back its “Nature’s Wonders” exhibit, which drew raves from visitors when it was introduced in 2017.
11 can't-miss Atlanta festivals in October

11 can't-miss Atlanta festivals in October

Make the most of the harvest season with 11 of Atlanta's best festivals for fall. From block parties to Oktoberfest, hot air balloons to pride parades, the October air is just right for festivals all over the city. Sweet Auburn Music Fest. Times vary. Oct. 6-7. Free admission. Near Downtown Atlanta. 320 Irwin St., NE, Atlanta. http://www.sweetauburnmusicfest.com.
Everything to know about the new ‘Stranger Things’ haunted house at Universal Studios 

Everything to know about the new ‘Stranger Things’ haunted house at Universal Studios 

Fans of “Stranger Things" can actually visit the Upside Down – if they dare – this Halloween. And they won't even need to break into the Hawkins National Laboratory to find the gate. Universal Studios teamed up with Netflix to create an elaborate "Stranger Things" maze for its 2018 Halloween Horror Nights this fall, USA Today reported in April.
7 Atlanta dates that will kick off the fall (aka cuffing) season right

7 Atlanta dates that will kick off the fall (aka cuffing) season right

Whether you're looking for a new sweetie or already have a beau this fall, newsflash: Atlanta is currently on the cusp of cuffing season. That means you need to be on point with date ideas. "Cuffing," you'll remember, is the time of year when you search for someone to "cuff up" with during the cool months.
Citywide festival focuses on photography

Citywide festival focuses on photography

Now that most people carry cameras in their pockets and can publish pictures of their cat, their lunch or themselves online with abandon, it is easy to assume we’ve got this photography thing on lock. That is one of the beauties of photography. Everyone in possession of a camera has the power to create. But fine art photography is not so simple.
7 of the best group outings around Atlanta

7 of the best group outings around Atlanta

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.
Hike these 5 beginner-friendly waterfall trails in North Georgia

Hike these 5 beginner-friendly waterfall trails in North Georgia

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.
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Sept. 17

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Sept. 17

“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.
Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse remake of ‘The Seagull’ is an odd bird

Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse remake of ‘The Seagull’ is an odd bird

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.
New study puts Georgia in top 20 of happiest states in US

New study puts Georgia in top 20 of happiest states in US

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.
High-end antique car show ‘like going to a museum of fine art’

High-end antique car show ‘like going to a museum of fine art’

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.
5 great places for comedy in Atlanta

5 great places for comedy in Atlanta

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.
Event-packed weekend draws multitudes to the city

Event-packed weekend draws multitudes to the city

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.
Your complete guide to Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

Your complete guide to Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

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.
4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

4 best spots to view the Dragon Con parade in all its glory 

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.
How to watch Dragon Con Parade (with 65,000 of your closest friends)

How to watch Dragon Con Parade (with 65,000 of your closest friends)

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.
What not to miss Sunday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

What not to miss Sunday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

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.
What not to miss Saturday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

What not to miss Saturday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

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.
‘Quackery’ a cure-all for those seeking good reading

‘Quackery’ a cure-all for those seeking good reading

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.
Why 2018 Dragon Con is a grand slam for puppet lovers

Why 2018 Dragon Con is a grand slam for puppet lovers

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.
How to spend an active Labor Day weekend at Georgia’s state parks

How to spend an active Labor Day weekend at Georgia’s state parks

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.
7 places to people-watch at Dragon Con (without a ticket)

7 places to people-watch at Dragon Con (without a ticket)

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.
How to survive Dragon Con 2018

How to survive Dragon Con 2018

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.
Atlanta, just chill out with these 10 most relaxing spas around town

Atlanta, just chill out with these 10 most relaxing spas around town

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.
8 Atlanta dates that will impress your sweetheart for less than $20

8 Atlanta dates that will impress your sweetheart for less than $20

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.
9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

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.
5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

5 ways to take a dive at Atlanta hotel pools − without booking a room

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.
Classical performances wildly varied this fall

Classical performances wildly varied this fall

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
The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

The cat’s meow: 14 of the best cat cafes in the US

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.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, August 8

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Wednesday, August 8

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.
Festival offers art, fun, music at Piedmont Park Aug. 18-19

Festival offers art, fun, music at Piedmont Park Aug. 18-19

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.
For first time, Dragon Con offers fan track focusing on diversity

For first time, Dragon Con offers fan track focusing on diversity

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.
7 not-to-miss Atlanta festivals in August

7 not-to-miss Atlanta festivals in August

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.
11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

11 Atlanta date ideas that will wow for less than $30

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.
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