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What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

In its 16th year, Taste of Atlanta has moved from Tech Square to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and added a few new wrinkles along the way. But the food that more than 100 participating restaurants will serve over the weekend, Oct. 20-22 this year, remains the big draw for the crowds that gather to enjoy this perennial outdoor fall event. “We want to be in a cool, hip neighborhood, and we really...


‘Mark Felt’ is no ‘All the President’s Men’

‘Mark Felt’ is no ‘All the President’s Men’

In “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” we have a film that is culturally significant but at best decently made. It’s an account of crime and stonewalling denials from the Nixon presidency during the Watergate investigation and the secretive whistle-blowing by Felt, an assistant director at the FBI handling the federal investigation. (Some viewers might say it echoes...
In seedy shadows of Disney, a child tries to make magic kingdom

In seedy shadows of Disney, a child tries to make magic kingdom

“The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s exuberant, ungovernable ode to the innocence and resilience of childhood, takes place in a ramshackle lavender-painted hotel called the Magic Castle, nearby to Orlando’s Disney World. Along with its neighboring oxymoronically named fleabags, the Magic Castle evokes the American Dream, while denying it at every downbeat, threadbare turn. It&rsquo...
Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival begins this weekend in Beaufort, S.C., and the event has grown in time and scope. “We’ve expanded the footprint,” said Jonathan Haupt, founding director of the festival. This year events at the gathering will spread over four days, and it will spotlight not only the regional writers who Conroy championed but also “the theme...
‘Sesame Street Live’ brings the party to Infinite Energy Arena

‘Sesame Street Live’ brings the party to Infinite Energy Arena

Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others will take the stage in Atlanta next month in a new live, sensory adventure. “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party,” the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the nonprofit educational organization, will perform at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth from Nov. 10-12.  The theme is...
Brookhaven Arts Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Brookhaven Arts Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It isn't Halloween just yet, but you wouldn't know it with all the exciting events happening all around Atlanta this weekend.  Get spooked on a haunted trail, celebrate the season at a fall festival or hit the road at one of the many autumn-themed road races taking place throughout Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett and North Fulton. Check out this spooktacular lineup you have to look forward to this...
Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Bytes’ main dining room. / Contributed photo A restaurant housed in a tech-focused space is open for business in Midtown. Bytes, a “digitally-infused” space at 848 Spring St., according to a press release, features three large LED screens in the main dining room, a 360 video-mapped private dining room and e-boardrooms, an outdoor patio area with LED-lit furniture, iPad...

‘The Snowman’ is a jumbled nonsensical mess

Mister Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools — a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbo, and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is “The Snowman” such a jumbled nonsensical mess? Director Tomas Alfredson has copped to the fact that scheduling issues were a big part of the problem, which doesn&rsquo...
Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people at Sage Woodfire Tavern. Photo credit: JBR Marketing. Go hungry for a grand opening. To celebrate the opening of its third location, Sage Woodfire Tavern will host a ribbon cutting followed by a free all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet lunch with prime roast beef and turkey carving stations; chilled...

Jane Fonda is turning 80. You’re invited to her Atlanta birthday party

Jane Fonda invites you to her birthday party. James Taylor and Carole King will perform a t her  upcoming 80th birthday extravaganza, which will benefit the organization she founded here in 1995, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. PAST COVERAGE: ...
Biopic remains superficial tearjerker

Biopic remains superficial tearjerker

“Breathe” is meant, no doubt, as a sincere homage to the late disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who died, after living with polio for 36 years, in 1994. Commissioned by his son, producer Jonathan Cavendish — who plays a minor role in the film — and directed by Jonathan Cavendish’s business partner, actor Andy Serkis, the movie has the tone of a eulogy delivered by...
‘Take Every Wave’ looks at life, work ethic of surfing star

‘Take Every Wave’ looks at life, work ethic of surfing star

It takes a lot of work to be a surf bum. “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” the latest documentary from Rory Kennedy (“Last Days in Vietnam”), is partly the life story of Hamilton, widely considered the world’s best big-wave surfer, and partly a study in obsession. Kennedy bounces back and forth between times in Hamilton’s life: his unconventional upbringing...
‘Only the Brave’ is gripping story of firefighting heroes

‘Only the Brave’ is gripping story of firefighting heroes

Wildland firefighting is a mysterious art: a delicate dance with a raging, unpredictable force. It’s bested only with a unique mastery of weather, fuel and wind to extinguish fire with fire itself. If our image of firefighting is a big red truck and a hose, “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tweaks that image, introducing audiences to a crew of yellow-shirted mountain...
5 things to know about the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade

5 things to know about the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade

Celebrate the Halloween season in one of Atlanta's most eclectic and unearthly events — the 17th Annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade. More than 4,000 people plan to attend this year's parade, according to Facebook, and more than 16,000 are interested in seeing the uncanny mix of Halloween sights and frights that will take over the Little Five Points area. All the festivities begin...
Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom. The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County. Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon. The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street...
Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

  Read this cookbook: “Home Grown: Cooking From My New England Roots” by Matt Jennings (Artisan, $35)   By Wendell Brock In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant: a place of legendary berries, maple syrup...

Mercedes-Benz announces Kenny Chesney concert, promises better sound

Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials are excited to announced country star Kenny Chesney will perform there and promises fans will be able to hear him. “We are thrilled to be hosting Kenny Chesney as part of his 2018 stadium tour,” says Tim Zulawski, chief commercial officer, AMB Sports and Entertainment, said in a release.  “Kenny in an incredible performer...
Maker Faire Atlanta puts creative innovation in spotlight

Maker Faire Atlanta puts creative innovation in spotlight

Picture a science fair, arts festival and county fair wrapped into one, and you’ll start to get an idea of what’s in store at this weekend’s Maker Faire Atlanta. On Sunday, the best inventions in Atlanta, such as hoverboards, Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, DIY furniture and robots, will be on display at the free annual event. Most of the making takes place behind the scenes...
Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Wok Fried Long Beans paired with Jing-A Brewing beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst. Photo credit: Fred Crudder. One of the side benefits of The Festival — the expansive international beer tasting presented in Atlanta in August by Shelton Brothers Importers — is the number of rarities that made it to the city...
Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Harry Pagancoss / Contributed photo Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market won’t be the only food hall games in town for long. Caravaca Market, a gourmet food hall from chef Harry Pagancoss, is set to open in late fall in Midtown. The 6,000 square-foot space at 782 Peachtree St. will feature a season “taste bar,” wine bar that will also sell charcuterie and cheeses...
Why does David Sedaris hate ‘Santaland Diaries’?

Why does David Sedaris hate ‘Santaland Diaries’?

You may think you’ve already read David Sedaris’ diaries. His droll autobiographical stories — about growing up Greek in North Carolina, picking fruit in the Northwest, and serving as an elf at “Santaland” in a Manhattan department store — put him on NPR, on the best-seller list and in the same company as Mark Twain and S.J. Perelman. But you’ve...
The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The Porsche Experience includes rides on their test track. / BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM There’ll soon be two new spots to fill up your tank near the airport. Solis Two Porsche Drive, the forthcoming Porsche hotel set to open next month , will feature dining and beverage concepts in addition to 24-hour in-room dining service. Located on the lobby level, Apron, a full-service restaurant...
Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

The Jessica Sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co. / Photo by Henri Hollis DISH OF THE WEEK: Simple Pleasure Found in Sandwich Near Georgia Tech By Henri Hollis In a world saturated with Buffalo chicken, the Jessica sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Company stands out. Why? Mostly, because it doesn’t try too hard. The Jessica sandwich features diced chicken tossed in your choice of...
Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oak Steakhouse will participate in Avalon Restaurant Week, a week of prix fixe lunch or dinner options for $15, $25 or $35. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Schuck it up at Oysterfest. Enjoy prix fixe lunch at dinner in Alpharetta during Avalon Restaurant Week. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
15 ways to celebrate National Pasta Day

15 ways to celebrate National Pasta Day

Ripiena pasta with Quail, Smoked Mushrooms, Garlic, and Quail Jus from Donetto. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. We all love our carbs, and today — National Pasta Day — is the perfect time to celebrate our love of the dish that can be gussied up gourmet-style or dressed down to serve as the perfect comfort food. Here, 15 ways to celebrate: Check out the winner of the recent AJC poll...
Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Everyone will get a free slice of pizza today from Villa Italian Kitchen. Photo credit: BML Public Relations. Look up. At the pizza picture, of course. Look how yummy it is. And it’s free. For its eighth annual Have a Slice Day, Villa Italian Kitchen  will give patrons a free slice of cheese pizza. To cash in on the offer, visit freesliceday...
Author Events October 22-28

Author Events October 22-28

David Sedaris, “Theft By Finding Diaries (1977–2002).” The best-selling author (“Me Talk Pretty One Day”), humorist and NPR contributor will offer a selection of all-new readings and recollections. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Discussion, Q&A, signing. $45.50-$60.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org David DiBenedetto and John Huey, “S...
5 of Atlanta's best college bars

5 of Atlanta's best college bars

There are two kinds of college bars: the low-key, low-cost everyday hangouts —our college year corollaries to Bayside High's The Maxx —  and the weekend barn fire kind, filled with Atlanta's youngest drinkers.  The first offers a comfortable place to drink a beer with friends, the second is for turning up the volume on the best years of life. Find your own after class hangout...
5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

We know the stories of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson.  They're among the most famous of Oakland Cemetery's residents, but were their lives the most interesting?  Sam Downs – Downs, who is buried in a plot near the Oakland Avenue gate, was the umpire at Atlanta's first baseball game on May 12, 1866 when the Gate City Nine took on the Atlanta Ball Club. Downs...
Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

He’s made some of the most shocking underground movies in American film history, micro-budgeted thumbed noses to straight, boring, respectable society. Variety called his 1972 lowbrow opus “Pink Flamingos,” in which fires are set, chickens are murdered and unspeakable things are eaten, “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made.” Often shot in brutal...

Want to meet Bo Derek? She’ll be in Atlanta on Thursday

Actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek will be in Atlanta this week on behalf of Fix Georgia Pets , an organization committed to ending animal overpopulation (and the euthanasia that can unfortunately result) by supporting spaying/neutering programs statewide. Bo will meet and greet two and four-legged friends at City Dog Market...
7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

If you're in need of taking in some fresh air on sunny days and trying something new with your loved ones, camping in Georgia is your answer.  The Peach State offers glamping as well as traditional sites and dozens of parks, but the common spots − Sweetwater Creek State Park, Stone Mountain and Red Top − get pretty busy. So, how about taking your next camping excursion...
First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary...
Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Commanding 22 acres in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, the three levels of Phipps Plaza make a premier, upscale shopping destination. Beautiful, airy and climate-controlled, Phipps Plaza is a shopper's paradise, with 100-plus stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Belk, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and more.  Phipps Plaza also has plenty of entertainment in store, from the...
Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Drink up at these Atlanta Halloween parties. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post) Looking to scare up some fun this year? Check out the Halloween festivities going down at your favorite metro Atlanta bars and restaurants. Oct. 20 Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery : The brewery’s party will feature beer Jell-o shots, special Halloween beers, a photo booth, costume contest...
Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite.  Coming in first place is Double Zero, who aims to update the concept of the Italian-American restaurant. The sourcing of their ingredients...

Bad news about Hugh Jackman’s “Princess Bride” event in Atlanta

Hugh Jackman, who’s been in Atlanta filming his role as former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart and presidential contender Gary Hart in “The Front Runner,” lends his voice to a unique a fundraiser this weekend benefiting hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. If you don’t already have tickets, you’re likely out of luck. Jackman will read the role of...
TV best bets with ‘The Walking Dead’ return, Gucci Mane, George Michael

TV best bets with ‘The Walking Dead’ return, Gucci Mane, George Michael

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog The only notable show that returns this week is “The Walking Dead,” which happens to be the 100th episode on Sunday, October 22. The timing works because the show will be all about war between Negan and Rick. Otherwise, Atlanta’s Gucci Mane gets his own reality show Tuesday...

Check out Google’s rainbow-colored map directions honoring Atlanta Pride

If you need help with directions during Atlanta Pride weekend, Google Maps will get you .where you’re going with flair. Directional indications have been customized in rainbow colors. The 47th annual event is being held in Midtown and Piedmont Park this weekend, the AJC’s Nelson Helm reports. Given the recent mass shooting spree in Las Vegas, authorities are taking...
Choreographer Juel D. Lane brings Atlanta flavor to Ailey II

Choreographer Juel D. Lane brings Atlanta flavor to Ailey II

Destination Dance, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s initiative to produce year-round programming in Atlanta, will wrap up its pilot season this weekend with performances that could launch a locally based choreographer to new heights. Juel D. Lane will make his choreographic debut with Ailey II, the organization’s second company, with “Touch & Agree (2017),” which...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Willie Nelson, Halsey

Atlanta Concerts this week: Willie Nelson, Halsey

Willie Nelson comes to Chastain on Saturday. Photo Credit: Scott Moore/for American-Statesman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Chris Isaak The sultry voice behind “Wicked Game” released his 12th studio album, “First Comes the Night,” in 2015, which he recorded in Nashville. But he’s hardly been idle. That same year he landed a judging spot on &ldquo...
Atlanta Concerts on sale this week: Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Pink

Atlanta Concerts on sale this week: Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Pink

Pink will return to Atlanta in 2018. BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  Twitter. ON SALE NOW A Conversation with Tyler Perry. 3 p.m. Nov. 12....
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Family festival: The 10th annual Fall Family Fun Fest will feature games, candy, prizes and more. Entry to the fest is free and open to all; there will be a nominal fee for food and admission into a haunted house. 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Bethel United Methodist Church, 245 Fairview Road, Stockbridge. 770-474-2570, bethel-umc.com. Film screening: Join filmmaker Althea Brown and former student leaders...
Dogtoberfest and 5 other little-known fall festivals in metro Atlanta

Dogtoberfest and 5 other little-known fall festivals in metro Atlanta

One of the best parts about fall is breaking out the flannels, tossing on a sweet pair of shades, and filling up Instagram with all the fun festivities. Though summer has come and gone, there are festivals left for From Atlanta Pride to the Chastain Arts Festival, some of the most celebrated events in the city take place here this fall. But the big flashy events aren't the only ones left on the 2017...
Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

The Atlanta Braves had a bad season this year. That’s not news to anyone. The Braves have limped along for the past couple of years, and this season wasn’t much different aside from the opening of SunTrust Park, their new home in Cobb County. On the other hand, I hadn’t realized the situation was so bad until I dropped in to Todd English Tavern, expecting to catch the last game...
3 Fun Things: Oct. 13-14

3 Fun Things: Oct. 13-14

LAWRENCEVILLE Street Survival Course “Arrive Alive:” That’s the goal of Street Survival, a nation-wide program designed to help teenage drivers be safer behind the wheel. Coming to Lawrenceville for a one-day program on Oct. 14, Street Survival gives new and less-experienced drivers hands-on training for everyday hazards and challenges, all from behind the wheel of participants&rsquo...
Where to find autumn fun all around metro Atlanta

Where to find autumn fun all around metro Atlanta

As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to turn, it may be tempting to snuggle up in a blanket and stay inside. But there may be a better way to take advantage of the crisp weather. Instead, create a personalized fall bucket list that’s full of apple picking, pumpkin carving and leaf peeping for you and your friends and family. Luckily, metro Atlanta is one of the best places...
3 pumpkin-carving Halloween events coming up in Atlanta

3 pumpkin-carving Halloween events coming up in Atlanta

As Halloween draws nearer, the nightly sight of jack-o’-lantern peering out from stoops is becoming more commonplace. But the carving up of pumpkins doesn’t have to be something you do, or watch others do, solely inside the privacy of your own home.   Here are a few public pumpkin-carving events going on around Atlanta in the coming weeks. • Highland Walk is having...
Fans will turn eyes to the skies at Atlanta Motor Speedway Oct. 14-15

Fans will turn eyes to the skies at Atlanta Motor Speedway Oct. 14-15

At most events hosted at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the focus is on fast cars zipping along the raceway. However, those at the speedway on Oct. 14 and 15 won’t focus on the track. Their eyes will instead be glued skyward. Those two days will comprise the Atlanta Air Show, which organizers say is the first-ever aerial acrobatic show to be hosted at a speedway. According to Bryan Lilley...
Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

Atlanta dancer Lauri Stallings wins $50k Hudgens Prize

Lauri Stallings, founder of dance troupe Glo, known for interactive performances in public spaces, was awarded the Hudgens Prize over the weekend, an honor that includes a $50,000 prize. Stallings has collaborated with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, and recently presented a solo exhibition of wall drawings and dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia as part...
At Chateau Elan, swanky car show offers museum-quality vintage autos

At Chateau Elan, swanky car show offers museum-quality vintage autos

A vintage ad bills the Lozier touring car as one made for the “man of affairs” and the man “whose time is measured in big money value.” The price was listed at $5,000, a hefty sum when Ford Model Ts of the same era were running only a few hundred dollars. Bill Walsh uses his Lozier — versions of which have sold for around $1 million — for trips to the ice-cream...
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...
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People and pets: During Adult Formation, guests will learn about the canine cellmate program which uses shelter dogs to change the lives of incarcerated men. The guest speaker will bring one of the dogs. Free and open to all. 9:15 a.m. Oct. 1. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church’s Common Room, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane N.W., Atlanta. 404-237-5589, saintannes.com. Anniversary celebration: A special...
Sept. 29-Oct. 7: 3 Fun Things

Sept. 29-Oct. 7: 3 Fun Things

DECATUR Tiny House Festival Scale back, trim down and step into something smaller during the second annual Tiny House Festival in Decatur. The Tiny Homes Atlanta group is showcasing more than 20 wee abodes to show the public what living small is all about. Peruse tiny house vendors and talk to downsizing experts for tips on how you can start shrinking your living space. Atlanta’s Commissioner...
The ultimate guide to Atlanta’s 2017 fall festivals

The ultimate guide to Atlanta’s 2017 fall festivals

Summer may be ending, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With the changing leaves and cooling weather approaching, there’s no better way to delight in the beauty of fall than by attending the many festivals around metro Atlanta. From film and music events to food and art celebrations, grab your coziest sweater and embrace all that autumn in Atlanta has to offer before the holiday...
Border patrol Halloween costume has people upset, reacting on social media

Border patrol Halloween costume has people upset, reacting on social media

Every year, there seem to be costumes that spark outrage. Halloween 2017 is no different, as a costume that will “transform” the wearer into a supposed border patrol agent is starting to shake up social media, People magazine is reporting. Spirit Halloween Superstores are promoting a green shirt that has the name tape “Agent Wall” and “Border Patrol” on...
Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Cheese lovers unite. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival is coming to Historic Fourth Ward Park, along the Atlanta Beltline, on Saturday, Oct. 7, for the first time. Some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants will be there to make sure you get the melty, cheesy goodness you deserve. However, there will be a lot more than the celebration of grilled cheese sandwiches to enjoy. Members of the Atlanta...
Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Five years ago, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving spoke at the NFL owners meeting about their partnership with the league, including how some teams were working with local MADD volunteers on programs. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t one of those teams, a fact that didn’t sit particularly well with owner Arthur Blank or his future wife. “I talked to Arthur that day at...
Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

It may be hard to imagine when you spend your time in the middle of Atlanta's lights and asphalt, but Georgia is home to over 500 discovered caves. Most of Georgia's best caves are in Northwest Georgia, where they were formed by limestone that has dissolved into groundwater over the years. If you'd like to explore some of Georgia's caves, there are a couple things to remember: 1) Many...

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Recycling services: A community environmental electronics recycling event will be free and open to all. Acceptable items include laptops, phones, cables and wires, routers and modems, printers and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road S.E., Smyrna. 678-279-4300, mysaintb.org. Community concert: As part of a fall concert series, pianist Mauro Ronca...
East Atlanta Strut: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

East Atlanta Strut: 16 things to do this weekend around Atlanta

It's finally fall. Even though the weather feels more like summer, you'll still find plenty of events to help you ring in the new season this weekend.  Whether you enjoy pets, classic cars or arts and crafts, counties all around the Metro are brimming with fall festivals and family-friendly fun.  Let this event lineup help you celebrate the coming of cooler weather: General 100 Relay...
3 Fun Things: September 22 -24

3 Fun Things: September 22 -24

NEWNAN Fido Fest Calling all canines and their two-legged friends! The inaugural Fido Fest is happening in Newnan, and it’s for those looking to combine their love of animals and being active. Spend the day with your doggie participating together in the 1-mile run or the 5k – or both. Awards will be given out for the races. Make sure your pup is vaccinated, leashed, non-aggressive and...
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 just what beauty lies just miles away from Atlanta. Hit the road this year and experience these unbeatable scenic routes in Georgia: When you travel along the Cohutta-Chattahoochee...
7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

A 67-year-old woman in England complained of dry eyes and went to an optometrist, according to a recent Mens Health report. The cause of her irritation: 27 contact lenses that had to be surgically removed. Though most contact lens wearers wouldn’t let things go that far, many are guilty of bending the rules and taking a risk with their eyes. Some people start treating their lenses...
Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Review: ‘Throw Me on the Burnpile’ shows world through girl’s eyes

Some of the most memorable characters in the charming new play “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up” never actually walk on stage. Although the narrative is densely populated with quirky, often lovably hilarious people, there’s technically only one performer in the theater throughout the evening. Actress Taylor M. Dooley performs as the young fourth-grade narrator in playwright...
Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Best orchards to pick apples in North Georgia this fall

Fall is on the horizon, and there is no shortage of things to do in and around the Atlanta area in the autumn months. Attending festivals, picking apples and observing the Georgia leaves change this fall are high on the list. B.J. Reece Orchards. You-pick season continues through Oct. 29, but call after Oct. 30 to be sure. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Weekdays, $2 admission for everyone 2 and over; weekends...
Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Your guide to some of Atlanta's most engaging public parks

Like just about anywhere Atlanta has some very hot and very cold days and every now and then a hurricane might just run straight up the middle of the state, but most of the time, the weather’s pretty mellow and Atlanta public parks are welcoming spots to enjoy the day.  Whether you'd like to go for a run, take a swim or let the kids burn off some energy, there are ideal parks in ...
Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

Big catch: The best places in Georgia for Atlanta fishermen

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, Lake Patrick has already won the title as Georgia's best place for family-friendly fishing.Plus, serious fisherman get to work far south of Atlanta on commercial fishing operations harvesting everything from catfish to the incredible ...
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Community workshop: Jeffrey Small, an award-winning author, speaker, entrepreneur and theologian, will lead a workshop titled “The Nature of Human Suffering: Why Doesn’t God Take Away my Problems?” which will explore the question: Why does suffering and death exist? Visit tinyurl.com/ybhzkf7n for details. Free and open to all. 9:15 a.m. Sept. 17. Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church...
Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Gwinnett County Fair: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend

After a week filled with worries about Tropical Storm Irma and its aftermath, it's time to get out and have a little fun.  As temperatures warm back up, your thoughts are probably turning from stocking up on bread and other essentials to enjoying all Atlanta has to offer. Whether you'd like to enjoy the sights and sounds of a festival, learn to cook authentic Tuscan dishes or get active...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

3 Fun Things: Sept. 15-17

MARIETTA Streetfest Marietta is shutting down some streets for a weekend-long festival featuring all sorts of excitement, from crafts to cars and tot trots to tasty treats. The festivities kick off Saturday with a 1-mile fun run and continue with the Hubcaps and History classic car show. Sunday features the Military, Motorcycles & More Cruise-In to showcase military vehicles and a variety of bikes...
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. (Just remember to use any money saved to go on more dates–your love life is worth...
11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

11 restaurants you have to try in downtown Atlanta

Headed downtown to an event at Centennial Olympic Park or the Georgia World Congress Center? Here are some restaurants within walking distance where you’re sure to find dishes to get you in proper formation: Alma Cocina: The modern Mexican eatery serves up margaritas, ceviches, tamales and other Mexican staples.191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-968-9662, www.alma-atlanta.com Der Biergarten...
Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

Living Walls has now staked its claim on Buford Highway

For the first time, artistic creations will come to life in new spaces along Buford Highway with a one-of-a-kind street art extravaganza. Living Walls, an Atlanta based non-profit organization, is partnering with We Love BuHi to bring The Buhi Walk Buford Highway Conference to the surrounding areas, where public art ranging from murals to installations will showcase the multicultural landscape...
‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

‘Elegant’ classic car show returns to Chateau Elan this month

Every concours — with its elegant atmosphere and its multi-million dollar classic cars — is already unlike most auto shows. But the 2017 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, which returns to Braselton’s Chateau Elan later this month for its second annual event, wants to be unlike anything else within that world, too. Big, sure. Iconic, renowned, enviable? Absolutely. But also...
26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

26 ways to kick fall up a notch at Georgia's state parks

State parks across the state offer everything from paddle adventures, overnight camping and even a haunted hayride to get you into the season. Appling's Mistletoe State Park: The name echoes a different season but this park northwest of Augusta is the perfect spot to extend your summer. A fishing rodeo in late September lets youth fish in bass-stocked waters of the 7,200-acre Clarks Hill Lake...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

3 Fun Things: Sept. 8-10

ELLIJAY Apple Pickin’ Jubilee September is here and with it comes apple season. If you’re looking for something a bit different from what you’ll find in the grocery stores, head north to Hillcrest Orchards to get the goods straight from the source. After you’ve had your pick of more than seven pommes varieties, from golden delicious to Arkansas Black, there will still be plenty...
Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet announces new company and new season

Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin has announced the 2017-2018 company roster and the company’s new season. This year’s team of 30 dancers includes 13 new members from companies around the world, such as Ballet Memphis, Boston Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Houston Ballet and Orlando Ballet. The ballet company spent the summer rebuilding after losing 13 dancers...
9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

9 swimming holes that'll make you forget the pools are closed

Public pool season may end with Labor Day, but with still-simmering weather in Georgia there's no need to bid swimming goodbye just yet.  The state's swimming holes offer a wet and wild option post-Labor Day and sometimes late into the fall or even year 'round. Grab your suits and some sunscreen and get ready to play in the water at these nine Georgia swimming holes: Chattahoochee National...
How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

How to spend your Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

Labor Day weekend will soon be upon us, Atlanta. Representing the all-too-soon, unofficial end of summer. A three-day grindstone sabbatical. A weekend that could otherwise be called "Gridlocalypse" due to all the events around the city.  Start planning your weekend now with our guide to the area's holiday happenings. Dragon Con: Sept. 1 - 4  (Downtown)Nerd out (and cosplay) 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 31st 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. 2, 2017. Caterina O'Sullivan lives in metro Atlanta and is a Dragon Con veteran. "I always walked around where...
7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (without a ticket)

7 places to people-watch at DragonCon (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 Sept. 1-4, has been a long-standing staple of Atlanta (celebrating its 31st year on Labor Day weekend), growing momentum ever since its first year in 1987. More than 82,000 people are expected to attend the weekend-long festivities that will include...
How to survive Dragon Con 2017

How to survive Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con, and all of its many celebrities, panels, screenings and Storm Troopers, is back for its 31st year. The four-day convention draws tens of thousands of people to Atlanta and runs "round the clock" Sept. 1-4 at five downtown hotels: the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Sheraton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Westin Peachtree Plaza.  The ever-growing event...
AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

AJC Decatur Book Festival: 16 things to do this Labor Day weekend

It's a budget-friendly Labor Day weekend around Atlanta with free events taking place everywhere you look.  Whether you want to enjoy a free movie, take in a little culture or help out your fellow man by donating blood, you'll find plenty to do without breaking the bank.  Check out all the free events in this weekend's lineup: Marietta Square Art Walk. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept...

Faith calendar

Anniversary celebration: For its centennial anniversary, Mount Paran Church will host two morning services to share future visions; the evening service will feature songs, videos and speakers from the past and more. A reception will follow the evening service. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-923-8700, mountparan.com. Community festival...
Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Live it up on Lake Lanier: 7 things to know before heading to Lake Lanier

Staycation or vacation, "adulting" or family time, Georgia's Lake Lanier offers lots of fun just an hour's drive from Atlanta. Whether you're interested in a rowdy day of LanierWorld water rides, boating or camping, you've come to the right place. And to make your trip even more fun and get the most out of your budget, consider these travel tips from Lake Lanier insiders: Be on time...
3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

3 Fun Things: Sept. 1-4

MARIETTA Noshfest As the name suggests, you’re invited to nosh, nibble and snack your way through this Labor Day weekend food event that celebrates Jewish food and culture. The festival offers an array of ethnic and regional foods from partners throughout the metro Atlanta community, so you can pair that matzo ball soup with fried green tomatoes then top it all off with craft brew from Reformation...
Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta school board candidates court voters as incumbents make case for re-election

Atlanta Board of Education incumbents hoping to fight off a pack of passionate opponents asked voters Tuesday for four more years to finish the work they’ve started.  More than 200 residents gathered at the IBEW Auditorium to hear from 24 of the 30 candidates who qualified to run in the November election. All four incumbents battling in contested races showed up to the forum. &ldquo...
3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

3 Fun Things: Aug. 25 – 27

JOHNS CREEK “Give Me Five” charity dinner Foodies, get ready to fawn! Dine on five different dishes prepared by local Atlanta chefs from establishments such as Atlas and Richards’ Southern Fried. Start with a cocktail hour before sitting down to a multi-course feast paired with wines selected by local sommeliers. Between courses, consider bidding on the live and silent auctions featuring...
How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

How will your pets react to the solar eclipse?

The August 21 Great American Solar Eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse to stretch coast to coast in the continental United States in 99 years. Humans are expected to react with amazement when the thin path of totality, or total eclipse, passes through portions of 14 states, but what about their pets? Dogs and cats will be affected by the eclipse much less than wildlife, according...
12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

12 hot events to keep you warm this fall

The fall arts season will soon be upon us. Here are a dozen events we’re eagerly anticipating as the season gets underway. ‘Shakespeare in Love.’Richard Garner, who shuttered Georgia Shakespeare in 2014 after 29 years. returns to his old Georgia Shakespeare haunt, Oglethorpe University, to direct “Shakespeare in Love” for the Alliance Theatre as they take their shows...
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