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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2018 explores Southern culture and cuisine

In its eighth year, the four-day Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 31-June 3, has become a major showcase for exploring Southern culture through its cuisine. It boasts a convivial atmosphere described as “one-part conference and one-part party.” And it gives festivalgoers the opportunity to rub elbows with many of the South’s best chefs, who come to cook, teach and talk, then hang...


You’ll soon be able to order food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co.

You’ll soon be able to order food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co.

SweetWater Brewing / CONTRIBUTED BY SWEETWATER BREWING CO. Get ready to wash down some food with your beer at SweetWater Brewing Co. The Atlanta brewery has plans to serve food at its taproom at 195 Ottley Drive, What Now Atlanta first reported. “Since the Sept 1 laws went into effect, we’ve been thinking about how we should incorporate food into our taproom services,&rdquo...
The Pig & The Pint has closed in College Park

The Pig & The Pint has closed in College Park

The Pig & The Pint / Photo provided by The Pig & The Pint College Park restaurant The Pig & The Pint closed its doors over the weekend after more than four years in College Park. Located at 1583 Virginia Ave. the restaurant was known as a “modern meat and three” and offered Southern staples on its lunch and dinner menus. Executive chef and co-owner...
Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

“Soul: A chef’s culinary evolution in 150 recipes” by Todd Richards. (of Time Inc. Books/Angie Mosier) Read this cookbook: “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes” by Todd Richards (Oxmoor House, $35)   By Wendell Brock With his first cookbook, Atlanta chef Todd Richards delivers a glorious compendium of thoughtful and refined recipes that ...
Going to ‘Hamilton’? Then these etiquette rules may apply

Going to ‘Hamilton’? Then these etiquette rules may apply

Have fun at “Hamilton,” but also keep your theater neighbors in mind. Photo: Joan Marcus BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene At the back of every show program when you attend a Broadway production at the Fox Theatre is a list. It’s a handy list. It’s an important list. It’s also a list often ignored by theatergoers. This list is a gentle reminder of some basic etiquette...
Winner: Best fried chicken in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best fried chicken in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Fried chicken is a Southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. That's why it's one of our most popular Best of Atlanta polls each year.  Where can you get the best fried chicken in Atlanta served up with the most delicious sides in town? Mary Mac's Tea Room is the No. 1 choice, declared by all of the Southern fried enthusiasts in Atlanta....
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern expanding again with Atlantic Station location

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern expanding again with Atlantic Station location

The Mother Nature Salad is on the menu at HOBNOB. More changes are in motion at Atlantic Station. The mixed-use development is set to get a fourth location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in fall 2019. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will be featured in the renovated Central Park area of Atlantic Station and will feature a rooftop patio bar. Locally-owned HOBNOB serves a menu of tavern...
Buy This: 3 products to pretty up your wedding or baby shower

Buy This: 3 products to pretty up your wedding or baby shower

‘Tis the season for showers and we’ve got two ways to pretty up your table and a tip for surprising your guests with floral beverages. Flower Confetti from 3 Porch Farm Flower confetti from 3 Porch Farm We love the idea of flower confetti. It’s pretty sprinkled on a tabletop or we can easily imagine it tossed over the bride at a garden shower or wedding. Mandy...
Things to do in Atlanta on Monday, May 21

Things to do in Atlanta on Monday, May 21

Memorial Day is exactly one week away, and it will cap off a long weekend of parades, picnic and other playful events. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around like a lump this Monday. Here are three things-to-do today that can help light a firecracker under your body and brain: ANTHONY GROOMS AT GEORGIA CENTER FOR THE BOOK Award-winning novelist Grooms will discuss his newest book...
TV best bets with series finale of ‘The Middle,’ season finales of ‘NCIS,’ ‘Idol,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Roseanne’

TV best bets with series finale of ‘The Middle,’ season finales of ‘NCIS,’ ‘Idol,’ ‘The Voice,’ ‘Roseanne’

THE MIDDLE – “A Heck of a Ride: Part One/A Heck of a Ride: Part Two” – After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home, on the one-hour series finale of “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MAY 22 (8:30-9:30 p.m. EDT)...
Concert review and photos: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers offer finely honed nostalgia

Concert review and photos: Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers offer finely honed nostalgia

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene There is something comforting about the summer shed tour circuit. The Doobie Brothers rocked a 15-song set list. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Sure, you get some Kendricks and Wiz Khalifas, but music fans of a certain age wait to see which mix-and-match formula will be created each year among the ‘70s and ‘80s rockers – the Styxes and...
‘Hamilton’ makes its long-awaited Atlanta debut with messages of diversity and unity

‘Hamilton’ makes its long-awaited Atlanta debut with messages of diversity and unity

For some, it’s the diversity of the cast — a real American story told by people who reflect all cultures in the country. For others, it’s the intoxicating labyrinth of the lyrics, a soundtrack that delivers hip-hop beats and musical poetry to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t know DMX from a BMX. And, for the historically minded, it’s a simple appreciation...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Christina Aguilera, Nine Inch Nails

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Christina Aguilera, Nine Inch Nails

Christina Aguilera will be joined by Atlanta’s Big Boi on her upcoming tour. BY LEA HOLLAND/AJC Editorial Assistant If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Lea Holland at lea.holland@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  Twitter. ON SALE MAY 18 Aly...
Hen Mother Cookhouse now open in Johns Creek and other metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Hen Mother Cookhouse now open in Johns Creek and other metro Atlanta dining news from the week

The exterior of Hen Mother Cookhouse / Photo from the Hen Mother Cookhouse website Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. Hen Mother Cookhouse is now open at 11705 Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek. The breakfast, lunch and brunch spot is owned and operated by Soraya Khoury, who took over the space formerly occupied by Farmhouse Coffee and Cafe, ...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Khalid

Atlanta Concerts this week: Chris Thile, Willie Nelson, Khalid

Willie Nelson will be in town Sunday. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SATURDAY Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers “The Summer of Living Dangerously” tour finds Steely Dan on its first major outing since the Sept. 27 death of band co-founder and guitarist-bassist Walter Becker. At the tour kickoff in Charlotte last weekend, Steely...
ITP Atlanta area parks perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

ITP Atlanta area parks perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

When it’s a beautiful, breezy Sunday afternoon. Your top priorities? Sunshine, fresh air and relaxation. Grab a friend (or a few), a blanket and pack a picnic. Then head to one of the Midtown area's best green spaces for a relaxing lounge in the park. Clear the weekend schedule for a relaxing day. Fly a kite. People watch. The vibe is relaxed and the sunshine is plentiful. Savor some great...
Shaved ice, flavored pickles coming to the Edgewood Retail District

Shaved ice, flavored pickles coming to the Edgewood Retail District

Shaved ice Frozen sweet treats are coming to Atlanta. Afolabi Ayanwale is set to open Amir’s Parlor in the Edgewood Retail District in the place of now-shuttered Cupcake People at 1245 Caroline St., What Now Atlanta first reported. The spot, named for Ayanwale’s 3-month-old son, will serve shaved ice, ice cream, milkshakes, slushies and flavored pickles, Set to...
Beer Pick: Toast the royal wedding with a real British beer

Beer Pick: Toast the royal wedding with a real British beer

Credit: Fullers’s Brewery. A soap opera and a live television spectacle rolled into one, Saturday’s royal wedding is the  real life Hollywood fairytale of an actress marrying a prince. It’s also the story of a young Briton and a young American making some waves. As an American of British ancestry, I’m not a big fan of royalty — because, you...
Bill Kim’s ‘Korean Barbecue’ is really a mash-up of many cultures and cuisines

Bill Kim’s ‘Korean Barbecue’ is really a mash-up of many cultures and cuisines

    Read this cookbook: “Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces” by Bill Kim with Chandra Ram (Ten Speed Press, $29.99) By Wendell Brock   Bill Kim had his eureka moment while working as chef de cuisine for Charlie Trotter in Chicago, circa 2005. A cheeky female chef from New York took one look at him and said, “What are you doing working here?” He married...
8 things you didn't know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies

8 things you didn't know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies

Great American Cookies has one goal: to bake the best cookies ever made. If you're an Atlanta native, you know this to be true. Many of the malls across metro Atlanta have these scrumptious stores and at some point in time you have stopped to buy one whether your kid begged or your inner-kid couldn't resist. There's a reason you keep going back, and that's because Great American Cookies has ensured...
Author Events May 20-26

Author Events May 20-26

Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” Pulitzer Prize–winning author Meacham believes our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and he shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. In conversation with fellow Pulitzer-Prize winning author Doug Blackmon. 7 p.m. May 21. Lecture...
4 of the best things to do in North Fulton this weekend

4 of the best things to do in North Fulton this weekend

Rain or no rain, North Fulton has your answer for a weekend filled with exciting family events. If you’re thinking of heading out outside this weekend, you might want to keep your umbrella handy. The weekend forecast predicts a 60 percent chance of rain and storms across metro Alanta, according to Channel 2 meteorologists. North Fulton is expected to see a high of 83 degrees on Sunday....
Beer Town: Try these six spring-to-summer sippers

Beer Town: Try these six spring-to-summer sippers

Reformation Alani the Lighthearted, dubbed a rosé ale, is perfect for sipping this time of year. CONTRIBUTED BY REFORMATION BREWERY In late May, the last days of spring give way to the first days of summer, and in Atlanta, temperatures in the high 80s and even the 90s are common. But it’s also the time of year in beer when spring and summer seasonal offerings...
A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

A dozen ways to indulge in strawberry season in metro Atlanta

il Giallo Osteria & Bar features a pizza di fragile with strawberries on its dessert menu. Photo by Erik Meadows. Strawberry season is now in full swing in Georgia. If you don’t want to mess with pick-your-own farms , you still can reap the fruits of the season with these drinks and dishes from various OTP eateries.   il Giallo Osteria &...
TAP to close in Midtown this weekend

TAP to close in Midtown this weekend

Miso and soy marinated salmon with kimchee at Tap gastropub. Photo credit: Rowina Amick/Concentrics Restaurants. A popular Midtown restaurant will close its doors after 10 years. TAP Gastropub is set to close at the end of the weekend at 1180 Peachtree St. NE,, What Now Atlanta first reported. A location at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will remain open. Concentrics Restaurants...
Sting and Shaggy tour will play the Tabernacle this fall

Sting and Shaggy tour will play the Tabernacle this fall

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene That unlikely duo of Sting and Shaggy are taking their island-flavored collaboration on the road this fall. The pair will kick off a tour Sept. 15 in Miami and head to Atlanta for the next date, Sept. 17 at the Tabernacle . Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $80.50 for general admission (standing) floor and $130.50 for reserved...
Get free coffee, enter to win free doughnuts this weekend in Alpharetta

Get free coffee, enter to win free doughnuts this weekend in Alpharetta

Duck Donuts / Photo by Jessie Bove The Alpharetta location of Duck Donuts is celebrating its one year anniversary , and is celebrating with giveaways and deals this weekend.   May 18: Free iced coffee and sweet tea with any purchase all day Buy one, get one free espresso drink 1-4 p.m. Buy one, get one free donut sundae 4-7 p.m.   May 19-20 Enter...
T.I. returns home to celebrate son’s birthday after arrest

T.I. returns home to celebrate son’s birthday after arrest

T.I. makes his way to the ESPN set during the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl run in 2017. Photo: Ryon Horne/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene T.I. says he believes his arrest early Wednesday morning while trying to enter his residence at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club was due to being in “a very white area” of Georgia. The 37-year-old Atlanta native, legally...
We tried new flavors of Montane, Deer Park sparkling waters — find out what we thought

We tried new flavors of Montane, Deer Park sparkling waters — find out what we thought

New flavors of Montane and Deer Park sparkling water / Photo by Erica Hernandez Not all water is created equal. To put that to the test, we tried new flavors of (made in Georgia) Montane Sparkling Spring Water and Deer Park Sparkling Natural Spring Water. What did we think? Watch the video below to find out.   RELATED: More taste tests...
Zedd will perform following an Atlanta Braves game in August

Zedd will perform following an Atlanta Braves game in August

Zedd will visit SunTrust Park this summer. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Zedd, the DJ/producer behind such radio hits as “Clarity” and “The Middle,” will perform after an Atlanta Braves game this summer. The artist will bring his electronic music stylings to SunTrust Park following the 7:35 p.m. Aug. 31 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates The concert...

Atlanta to get a taste of Chicago with first Gino’s East in Georgia

Chicago transplants to the South are going to be able to get a taste of home this summer. Gino’s East of Chicago is set to open its first Georgia location in Poncey-Highland at 675 N. Highland Ave. NE, in a space previously occupied by Rize Artisan Pizza, Tomorrow’s News Today first reported. Rize closed in August 2017. The Chicago-based...
5 things to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

5 things to know about the Atlanta Margarita + Taco Festival

Taco and margarita fans, get your appetites ready. The second annual Atlanta Margarita +Taco Festival, presented by Tortillas La Banderita, will be kicking off bigger than ever as a two-day event on 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 in Old Fourth Ward Park.  Jim Shumake, Food-o-Rama events principal owner, organizes the festival and projects there...
Take a look at the menu for Drafts + Dogs, now open in Ponce City Market

Take a look at the menu for Drafts + Dogs, now open in Ponce City Market

A variety of craft hot dogs are on the menu at Drafts + Dogs / Photo from the Drafts + Dogs Instagram account The team behind 18.21 Bitters has opened a new cocktail and craft hot dog stall at Ponce City Market. Missy and Kristin Koefod’s new venture is located in the Central Food Hall next to Lucky Lotus, in the stall formerly...
Yes, ‘Hamilton’ tickets are still available for the Fox Theatre shows – this is why

Yes, ‘Hamilton’ tickets are still available for the Fox Theatre shows – this is why

Fans of “Hamilton” can still buy tickets to the Fox Theatre run of the show, May 22-June 10. Photo: Joan Marcus BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Some inquisitive “Hamilton” fans have noticed pockets of tickets available on the Fox Theatre website for most of the dates for the show’s May 22-June 10 run. How is that possible...
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tour will visit Atlanta this summer

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd tour will visit Atlanta this summer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) are joining for perhaps the most obviously named tour in memory, “Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018.” The two rap stars will share the bill with Lil Skies and OT Genasis for a 27-city run of amphitheaters, which pulls into Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood at 6 p.m. Aug. 21...
A nod to mod & made in Atlanta

A nod to mod & made in Atlanta

When Jennifer J. Matchett couldn’t find a pair of tortoiseshell earrings that suited her, Matchett first designed some for herself. Then she launched a modern, eco-conscious jewelry line. The designer: Matchett, originally from Maine, grew up in South Florida and graduated with an art history degree from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. She started making earrings using acetate jewelry...
Guy Wong is bringing sushi to Ponce City Market

Guy Wong is bringing sushi to Ponce City Market

Chef Guy Wong. (Beckysteinphotography.com) The owner of Ponce City Market ramen spot Ton Ton is expanding with a sushi stall. Guy Wong announced on his Instagram account that he would open Miso Ko in the food hall, but provided few other details. In addition to Ton Ton , Wong also helms Miso Izakaya in Edgewood and  ...
Theater review: High-strung comedy ‘Ripcord’ malfunctions at Aurora

Theater review: High-strung comedy ‘Ripcord’ malfunctions at Aurora

You’ve probably seen it all before, or at least might feel like you have: Two strong-willed little old ladies, both of them set in their own ways, become mismatched roommates at a modest senior-living facility; because Marilyn’s more chatty and free-spirited, while Abby’s more cynical and reserved, they quickly clash. If that sounds like some utterly routine pitch for yet another...
Art review: A sense of ennui pervades William Downs’ moody drawings

Art review: A sense of ennui pervades William Downs’ moody drawings

Strange creatures with naked bodies and bald heads act out equally bizarre gestures in artist William Downs’ drawings. Downs’ solo show is titled “Inhuman,” and his figures with their part rag doll, part “Metropolis” robot appearance certainly wed the human and the otherworldly. Their bodies are often female, though their hairless heads give them a Buddha-like,...
5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline is a surefire site to gain your kids' full participation and undivided attention during designated family time throughout the year. Tykes to teenagers have access to year-round events and activities along the redeveloping, 22-mile loop of multipurpose parks and trails. This sustainable venue offers educational experiences and oftentimes with a wild adventure twist. Add...
Todd English Tavern strikes out at The Battery at SunTrust Park

Todd English Tavern strikes out at The Battery at SunTrust Park

The exterior of Todd English Tavern, which was part of the LIVE! at the Battery development adjacent to Suntrust Park. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS A restaurant from celebrity chef Todd English has closed its doors. English, who grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the Galloway School in the 1970s, opened Todd English Tavern in April 2017 at...
Grab convenient food without the guilt at this venerable Atlanta chain

Grab convenient food without the guilt at this venerable Atlanta chain

The densely packed falafel wrap at Grecian Gyro will cost you only $6. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS Dish of the Week: Falafel wrap at Grecian Gyro Fast food’s powerful grip on American appetites has as much to do with convenience and price as it does with the food. People with busy lives and tight budgets often are forced to choose between an unhealthy meal or going hungry. Luckily...
Regal ways to celebrate the royal wedding in metro Atlanta this weekend

Regal ways to celebrate the royal wedding in metro Atlanta this weekend

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement in 2017. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be joined in wedded royal bliss this weekend , and there are several ways to get in the spirit at Atlanta restaurants. All events are May 19 unless otherwise noted. Where to watch Joseph & Co. ...
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...
Grant Park turns 135: 5 things to know about one of Atlanta’s most beloved parks

Grant Park turns 135: 5 things to know about one of Atlanta’s most beloved parks

One of Atlanta's most cherished landmarks, Grant Park, will celebrate its 135th birthday on May 17. Established in 1883 when Lemuel P. Grant donated the land to the city, the park endures as a vital part of Atlanta history and culture. Whether it's your first or fiftieth time visiting Grant Park, the beautiful green space, countless events and activities and rich heritage will have you falling...
Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Here's how your kid can become a Georgia junior park ranger

Go, go Georgia junior park rangers. The Georgia State Parks program begins May 28, and kids can earn badges for hands-on nature activities, exploring Georgia history and other fun outdoorsy stuff like hiking, boating and archery. Who doesn't love badges? Plus, the outdoors experience builds as children work their way through three badge levels. Free Junior Ranger Activity Books are available...
7 ways to make your first AJC Peachtree Road Race the best ever

7 ways to make your first AJC Peachtree Road Race the best ever

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.  Whether you're an elite athlete crossing one of the largest...
Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

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

Historic collaboration brings ‘Candide’ to Symphony Hall

Early in the planning stages for “Candide,” director Susan V. Booth ran into a square-footage issue. The artistic director of the Alliance Theatre had partnered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring Leonard Bernstein’s operetta to Symphony Hall, but on a stage filled with the ASO, the ASO Chorus and 16 performers, there wasn’t much room for a set. Volcanoes...
Spoil ‘em rotten: 6 fun summertime spots for grandparents and grandkids in Atlanta

Spoil ‘em rotten: 6 fun summertime spots for grandparents and grandkids in Atlanta

As the amusing video from “It's a Southern Thing” makes clear, choosing your grandma name is serious business. But whether you're Mimi, Granny or something in between, any grandmother (or grandfather) worth their salt is going to be up for doing fun things with the grandkids once school’s out and summer’s in session. The warm months when the kids are out of school are...
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. As summer arises, you'll want to take advantage...
Snellville Days: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Snellville Days: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Your weekend around town just isn't complete unless you add in a few of these not-to-miss events and activities taking place around the Metro.  You'll find everything from live music to horse racing, with a few kid's activities thrown into the mix. So, pack up the family and head on over to enjoy some fun in the sun (if the weather holds out).  Motown and More Revue Cabaret. 8-11 p...
Plaza Theatre will show “Maynard,” beginning Friday

Plaza Theatre will show “Maynard,” beginning Friday

“Maynard” is getting its first theatrical run and it’s happening in Atlanta. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., will screen “Maynard”, beginning  Friday. Related: Filmmakers focus on Maynard Jackson and Rep. John Lewis The documentary details the life of  Maynard H. Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor, and has received praise at a number...
Colorful lo mein dish contains variety of flavors

Colorful lo mein dish contains variety of flavors

You can stir up a colorful noodle/veggie meal in a flash with this lo mein dish. I chose the vegetables for their variety of flavors, colors and textures. Most supermarkets sell fresh Chinese noodles in the refrigerated section of the produce department. Dried Chinese noodles can be found in the Chinese food section of the market. Either type works fine. If authentic noodles are difficult to find...
How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

How not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and before everyone gets ready for happy hours and parties, it helps to go in with a plan. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, which commemorates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5 1862, during the French-Mexican war. Make sure you do not do any of the following: There is no need to "dress up" for this day, but if...
11 not-to-miss Atlanta festivals in May

11 not-to-miss Atlanta festivals in May

Now that all those spring showers have turned into May flowers, metro Atlanta is bustling with activities, including festivals and fairs , that are taking center stage. From barbecue and beer to artwork and pets, there's a little something for everyone in your family at some of the best festivals in the state. So, pack up your lawn chairs, bring along an appetite and get ready for some fun...
Taste of Marietta: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Taste of Marietta: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's a festival-filled weekend and just about every county in the Metro is celebrating spring with music events, food festivals, parades and community-rich activities. Don't miss out on the rainy weather clearing and sunshine taking its place at a number of happenings this weekend in Atlanta. Plus, you won't need to break the bank to have a great time this weekend − many of these events...
What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

What is Earth Day? 5 things to know

Sunday is Earth Day 2018, and more than one billion people across the globe are expected to celebrate with environmentally friendly events. But what exactly is Earth Day? Here's what you need to know: >> Read more trending news  The first Earth Day celebration took place 48 years ago, in 1970, after a devastating oil spill in America brought environmental issues to the forefront of public...
Unorthodox life inspires Charles Frazier’s ‘Varina’

Unorthodox life inspires Charles Frazier’s ‘Varina’

Varina Anne Banks Howell Davis, first lady of the Confederate States of America, was no pushover, no delicate Southern belle, no simple and refreshing glass of sweet tea. North Carolina author Charles Frazier, best known for his 1997 breakout hit, “Cold Mountain,” describes Varina’s life as full of woe. She was “beaten up” by having children — from “loving...
Earth Day: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend  

Earth Day: 16 things to do in Atlanta this weekend  

Sunny days, festivals and friends − that's what you'll find all weekend long throughout Atlanta.  Just as the Big Shanty Festival hits Cobb, Lemonade Days takes over DeKalb, and Gwinnett and North Fulton aren't far behind with Art on the Chattahoochee, Sandy Springs Artsapalooza and more. Along with live music, shopping and food, you'll have opportunities to give back for Earth Day...
How to survive the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

How to survive the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

In case you missed the time change, the warmer weather and the rising pollen count, one sure fire way to know it's spring in Atlanta is the kickoff of Atlanta's annual Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park. The festival, which is in its 82nd year, takes place Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15. If you have never been, then hurry up. Having never been is akin to saying that you don't drink Coke...
Give a wet one - It's International Kissing Day

Give a wet one - It's International Kissing Day

Pull out the chapstick and keep the gargle handy, friends. Yes, that's something you should do every day, but since folks are celebrating International Kissing Day, the odds of using more gargle and lip moisturizer are pretty high today.  The awareness day, which started in the United Kingdom but has now caught on across the globe, inspires the appreciation of the lip embrace among...
Night Hike and Campfire: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Night Hike and Campfire: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Good day sunshine – it's warm, it's sunny and Atlanta is filled with plenty of events and activities to keep you entertained all weekend long. From spring festivals and special museum days, to car shows and dancing, you definitely won't find yourself stuck indoors hoping for winter to finally end. Atlanta, spring is here, so get out there and have some fun this weekend. Here's the lineup...
Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

After months of speculation, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election come November, ending a two-decade career in Congress. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a journey well worth taking to be able to do my part to strengthen the American idea,” Ryan said. “That pursuit is never ending. Much work remains, but I like to think I...
Plan it, plant it: 5 spring plant sales, events in Atlanta

Plan it, plant it: 5 spring plant sales, events in Atlanta

Spring is in the air, and you'll soon see its presence in your garden, thanks to the many spring planting events taking place around town. From azaleas to hostas, hydrangeas to maples, you can make your landscape stand out this year with a little planning and some help from local gardening clubs and organizations.  4th Annual Roswell Azalea Festival. Through April 30. Various locations throughout...
Everything to know about ‘Stranger Things’ attraction opening at Universal Studios

Everything to know about ‘Stranger Things’ attraction opening 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 is teaming up with Netflix to create an elaborate "Stranger Things" maze for its 2018 Halloween Horror Nights this fall, USA Today reported last  week...
Spotlight shines on women at 42nd annual Atlanta Film Festival

Spotlight shines on women at 42nd annual Atlanta Film Festival

It’s been a tough few years for American women. On one hand the solidarity of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington offered a moment of unity and hope for positive change in promoting issues of pay equity, women’s health and reproductive rights. But more recently, the escalating revelations in the #metoo movement of rampant sexual harassment and workplace discrimination across industries...
Rhythm & Brews: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Rhythm & Brews: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

From gardening to education, wine tasting to music, it's all about learning this weekend around Atlanta with workshops, expos, concerts and festivals galore. Don't just sit around the house watching television all weekend long − expand your mind and enjoy a little sunshine to boot. Start with a few of these enriching and enjoyable events happening in metro Atlanta this weekend: The...
Here’s how to train with the Atlanta Track Club for the AJC Peachtree Road Race 

Here’s how to train with the Atlanta Track Club for the AJC Peachtree Road Race 

Lace up those running shoes and get ready to dash. The AJC Peachtree Road Race happens July 4. Registration for the Peachtree Road Race lottery ended in March, but April 7 is another important milestone for metro Atlanta entrants.  That's when the Atlanta Track Club kicks off its in-training program with an event at each of its six AJC Peachtree Road Race in-training locations. Show...
Runs with a view: 7 super scenic races to run this spring

Runs with a view: 7 super scenic races to run this spring

Running a race during spring is almost a can’t-miss proposition, sort of like hitting up an all-you-can-eat kale buffet in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower: You’re doing something really good for yourself, healthwise. So even if it’s a little uncomfortable at times, at least you’ve got something really pretty to look at! Alas, metro Atlanta isn’t France (apologies, Paris...
A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

A metro Atlanta millennial's guide to glamping

If you're an Atlanta millennial who wants to experience nature, you may not necessarily want to rough it out by sleeping on the ground and being away from other creature comforts. That's why glamping – a mashup of glamour and camping – has become so popular. It lets you enjoy activities such as hiking and biking while staying in a comfortable environment.  From glamping sites...
Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

Analysis: The White House releases a photo of its interns, and the internet asks: Why so few people of color?

WASHINGTON - The White House released a photo Friday of its spring 2018 interns - and the internet quickly noted a lack of people of color. One reaction on Twitter: "I missed the fall intern photo, but last summer and this spring, the White House had a combined 206 interns. Among them: 3 black men. 0 black women. Out of 206." Another person tweeted: "The White House intern photo is...
Lemonade Days and 9 other not-to-miss April festivals in Atlanta 

Lemonade Days and 9 other not-to-miss April festivals in Atlanta 

April showers might bring May flowers, but that rain better hold off so that you can enjoy all the exciting and community-driven festivals taking place throughout the city. From live music and art to food and film, April is jam-packed with not-to-miss festivals perfect for the whole family.  3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews. 2-7 p.m. April 7. $25 to $35 for adults, $15 to $25 for children and young...
5 can't-miss spring break deals on Atlanta’s favorite attractions 

5 can't-miss spring break deals on Atlanta’s favorite attractions 

With spring break approaching, it's time to figure out some ways to keep the kids happily occupied – without breaking the bank. These five can't-miss deals on Atlanta’s go-to destinations will provide fun for the whole family and some pretty easy ways to save money while doing so: Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700. tellusmuseum.org. Tellus is ready...
Brew 101: 6 do's and don'ts for your first craft beer fest

Brew 101: 6 do's and don'ts for your first craft beer fest

So you want to go to a beer festival. Wouldn't any self-respecting beer aficionado feel the same? Brew fests are a lovely rite of passage, with their exclusive releases, tasting flights, food pairings and live music. Pick an event that will expand your beer experience. You can get hammered any time; your first beer festival should be more about really tasting regional brews and enjoying brewery lore...
Kids Easter Buffet: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Kids Easter Buffet: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's Easter weekend around Atlanta, but there's more to do out there than just waiting to see if you had a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Sure, you'll find plenty of egg hunts and breakfast buffets for the kiddos, but you'll also enjoy plenty of interactive and exciting events to go around. Whether you're looking for a memorable Sunday morning Easter service, or that perfect Saturday activity...
How to enjoy chocolate Easter eggs without the Cadbury bunny

How to enjoy chocolate Easter eggs without the Cadbury bunny

The Cadbury bunny shows up on television and suddenly the hunt for chocolate Easter eggs is on. The egg is a traditional symbol of the Christian holiday and the delectable chocolate form has fans on both sides of the pond tensed with anticipation. The UK sets the tone, hosting more than 250 National Trust Cadbury Egg Hunts in lucky locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the...
This is the best restaurant in Georgia, according to Southern Living 

This is the best restaurant in Georgia, according to Southern Living 

Southern Living has announced its Southern Living Awards, and that means a restaurant in every state has the bragging rights as Southern Living’s crème de la crème. The competition for the “South’s Best Restaurants in Every State 2018”  is just as fierce as it seems, and picking top dining destinations from establishments across the country took more...
The ultimate guide to Atlanta’s 2018 spring festivals

The ultimate guide to Atlanta’s 2018 spring festivals

The flowers are blooming, and the days are longer. What better way to relish the warm weather than by making your way to one of Atlanta’s many outdoor activities? » RELATED: Where to find 2018 farmers markets around metro Atlanta From film and music events to food and art celebrations, the city has plenty of offerings to help you delight in the beauty of the colorful season....
6 Georgia sites that offer a glimpse of Civil War history

6 Georgia sites that offer a glimpse of Civil War history

The Civil War had a major impact on Georgia, which is apparent by the many historical sites found throughout the state. If you're a Civil War enthusiast, or simply want to learn a little more about this important time in Georgia's history, take a journey through some of these not-to-miss forts, battlefields, prisons and museums. Pickett's Mill Battlefield. 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road, Dallas...
Atlanta Opera prepares edgy ‘Out of Darkness’

Atlanta Opera prepares edgy ‘Out of Darkness’

On a sunny afternoon in early spring, the cast of “Out of Darkness: Two Remain” begins a run-through in a rehearsal room at the Atlanta Opera’s headquarters. Brandon Nguyen impersonates a Nazi guard inspecting a line of prisoners. Just as he finishes, Atlanta Opera Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun raises his hand to stop the music. More menace, less rhythm and grace, he instructs Ngyuen...
Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle in response to an attack earlier this month on a former spy in the United Kingdom.
4 heartfelt, homemade gifts your pet will pant over

4 heartfelt, homemade gifts your pet will pant over

We do love our pets and there certainly are days when they feel like the only ones who should receive a special gift. But do you really need expensive pet beds, $14-a-pound treats or $30 "indestructible" chew toys that aren't really? Instead, you can spend an hour or so making your dog or cat a present he'll enjoy at a price that will make you smile: less than $10 each. These four homemade...
Spring Atlanta Home Show: 14 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Spring Atlanta Home Show: 14 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Just when you thought spring was here to stay, Old Man Winter shows up like an uninvited house guest.  Whether you're planning on stopping by one of the many expositions and shows taking place around the Metro, or braving the cold to race for a good cause, you might need to unbox your jackets before heading out to enjoy these spring-themed events.  However, it'll all be worth it when...
FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

FBI investigated Jeff Sessions for possible perjury: reports

The FBI investigated U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible perjury last year amid allegations that he misled lawmakers about his contacts with Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple reports. The investigation into Sessions started before the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with probing Russian efforts to meddle in the election...
Explore the Hooch: 7 must-visit spots on the Chattahoochee River

Explore the Hooch: 7 must-visit spots on the Chattahoochee River

From a mere trickle to deep pools and serene wetlands to tumbling whitewater, the Chattahoochee River is full of possibilities for outdoor adventure. Hike, bike, paddle or float the river at these scenic spots to catch a dose of outdoor fun, see the Chattahoochee's natural beauty and explore the river's diversity. Hike to the Chattahoochee's headwaters.The Chattahoochee River begins as a mere trickle...
Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

Russia investigation: Special counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization

  Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump and his associates, according to multiple reports. The subpoena is the first directly connected to one of Trump’s businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. The...
St. Patrick's Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

St. Patrick's Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

It's all coming up green this weekend, and you'll need a little luck of the Irish not to miss all the amazing (and colorful) events taking place throughout the Metro.  Along with many St. Patrick's Day activities, you'll find family-friendly performances, shows and festivals in every county around Atlanta. American Craft Show. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m...
Here's how to get maximum sand for minimal travel bucks near Atlanta

Here's how to get maximum sand for minimal travel bucks near Atlanta

Beach vacation. The words can conjure up a vision of luxury, stretches of white sand, four-star oceanview restaurants, maybe a little cliff diving. It's whimsical, but what if you don't have the travel budget for a luxurious private beach, like the reputed $40,000-per night Laucala Island Resort in the South Pacific? Believe it or not, you can still have your sand. There are beaches and sandy...
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