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Where to find Colombian cuisine in Atlanta

Colombian restaurants aren’t new to Atlanta. Between a trio situated on or near Buford Highway in Doraville, and another in Marietta, these eateries have served up empanadas, arepas, patacones (fried green plantain) also referred to as tostones, fried yuca and other national hits for some time. Have you checked these spots out lately? I did, on a four-stop tour, looking to see what they offered...


‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

‘Game Night’ needed to take more Risk with comedy

There’s no question the undisputed winner in the new comedy “Game Night” is the generally dependable Rachel McAdams. The infectious energetic and unfiltered exuberance she brings to the role of the super competitive Annie — one of a group of best friends who get together on a regular basis to play parlor and board games — turns what was little more than an extended episode...
Free Family Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Free Family Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

As winter wraps up, we're all itching to get out and feel the beginnings of spring pop up. While you wait for spring to burst forth, get out there and enjoy all the sunshine and community-centered activities around the Metro. From hikes to seminars, you'll find plenty to do this weekend to invigorate your mind and keep your body moving. Here's the lineup: Beyond Feeling Good: How To Deal With...
Beer Town: Stalking the first ‘coolship’ beer from Orpheus

Beer Town: Stalking the first ‘coolship’ beer from Orpheus

Orpheus Brewing founder Jason Pellett blending barrel-aged coolship beer. PHOTO CREDIT: Bob Townsend. Recently, at Orpheus Brewing on Dutch Valley Place in Atlanta, Jason Pellett sat at a table surrounded by glass flasks and poured barrel-aged beers of various vintages back and forth between a pair of thin glass cylinders. It was the final blending session...
Get to know the executive pastry chef behind some of North Fulton’s tastiest desserts

Get to know the executive pastry chef behind some of North Fulton’s tastiest desserts

Kelly Lovett is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality. Photo by Shannon Sturgis of StarChefs. Kelly Lovett, 35, is the executive pastry chef for RO Hospitality, overseeing the pastry programs at Table & Main and Osteria Mattone , as well as the restaurant group’s third concept, Coalition Food and Beverage...
Big Boi will give hospice patients a Celebrity Trailers ride to see ‘Black Panther’

Big Boi will give hospice patients a Celebrity Trailers ride to see ‘Black Panther’

Big Boi, in Atlanta’s Stankonia Studios, is taking a group of hospice patients to see ‘Black Panther.’ Photo: William Thweatt/AJC Big Boi wants to “bring a little light” to a group of Atlanta hospice patients and take them to see “Black Panther” on Friday. The esteemed Atlanta rapper has rented a theater at Stonecrest 16 in Lithonia and will transport about...
Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

Several metro Atlanta products named Flavor of Georgia 2018 finalists

CalyRoad Creamery owner, Robin Schick forms tube shapes of cheese for the final stages before wrapping the product at the facility. (Chris Hunt/Special) Several products from metro Atlanta producers are in the running for a statewide food award. 33 products were selected as finalists for the University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest...
Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae’s new album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Janelle Monae is back. The singer-songwriter-actress-producer-activist hasn’t released an album since 2013 – mostly because she’s been busy conquering acting (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) and making powerful statements at the Grammy Awards ...
These 12 cocktails from Himitsu are inspired by the Japanese zodiac

These 12 cocktails from Himitsu are inspired by the Japanese zodiac

Shingo Gokan / Photo by Justin Driscoll As he shakes a Tokyo gin fizz behind Himitsu’s illuminated copper-topped bar, Shingo Gokan tells the drink’s backstory. This is just part of the alchemy he performs  behind the stick inside the swanky speakeasy. Most cocktail menus change seasonally, but Gokan’s new one shines a light...
Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

Forthcoming restaurant from O4W Pizza owner gets a name

O4W’s Grandma Pie. / Photo Credit- Mia Yakel The highly-anticipated restaurant from O4W Pizza owner Anthony Spina finally has a name. Nina + Rafi will mark the return of Spina’s pizza to Old Fourth Ward after he closed Irwin Street Market spot across from Krog Street Market in mid-2016 in favor of a new location in...

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform special SiriusXM listener concert at Buckhead Theatre

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Before Lynyrd Skynyrd embarks on its “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour,” the Southern rock icons will play a special show in the city that helped define their career . The band is teaming with SiriusXM for a subscriber-only performance March 15 at the Buckhead Theatre. Subscribers will have...
Made in Georgia: Cafe Campesino for great coffee, better life for farmers

Made in Georgia: Cafe Campesino for great coffee, better life for farmers

Social justice, not the quest for a better cup of coffee, was the cause that launched Cafe Campesino. Lucky for us, excellent coffee was the result. Bill Harris (right) talks with Don Julio of the CAC Pangoa farmers’ co-op during at 2014 trip to Peru./ Scott Umstattd. More than 20 years ago, Bill Harris, co-founder of Cafe Campesino was in Guatemala working with Habitat...
Already seen ‘Black Panther’?

Already seen ‘Black Panther’?

“Black Panther” is a mass-appeal superhero movie, breaking box-office records with its dazzling special effects, heart-pumping fight scenes and charismatic characters brought to life by a predominantly black cast. It also tells a story laden with some pretty complex and specific references that you may or may not immediately notice. Here are a few things to know after watching “Black...
Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

The cover of Lil Yachty’s upcoming album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lil Yachty will drop his next album, “Lil Boat 2,” on March 9. In announcing his new release, the 20-year-old Atlanta rapper, who has vaulted to stardom the past 18 months with his brand of “bubblegum trap” music, released the cover art for the album. In 2017, Lil Yachty&rsquo...
Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will be back. Photo: Allen Ralph BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Dispatch, the indie folk-jam band from Vermont, last summer released their first album in five years, “America, Location 12.” This summer, they’ll head on another tour to support it and will swing through Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 28. The  band played the venue last June. Tickets...
Pedal Atlanta's best paved cycling trails

Pedal Atlanta's best paved cycling trails

Ready to ride? Pedal these great bike-friendly trails in metro Atlanta over pavement and boardwalk to some seriously scenic sights: It's pretty much Atlanta's best place to bike if you're looking for a flat, long distance, scenery packed ride. Bike the Silver Comet Trail on a former rail line that runs more than 60 miles of gentle grade from Smyrna to the Alabama border. You'll cycle through forest...
Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

Celebrate National Margarita Day with these metro Atlanta deals and events

On the Border is offering deals on its house margarita / Photo courtesy of On the Border We love a holiday we can raise a glass to. Thursday, Feb. 22 is National Margarita Day, and lots of places in town are helping you celebrate with deals, specials and events: Babalu Tapas & Tacos: The Midtown spot will offer its Baba-Rita — made with Patron Silver tequila, agave...
A ‘magazine’ will come to life on Variety Playhouse’s stage

A ‘magazine’ will come to life on Variety Playhouse’s stage

Of all the great contributions modern technology has made to society — GPS means no one gets lost anymore, you can stream “Game of Thrones” on your phone in the bathroom — it does have one obvious drawback: Newborn babies have better attention spans than most of us do now. Especially when it comes to reading. (Right now, you’ve likely stopped reading and are instead Googling...
Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Bowls, jewelry and sculpture Mother Nature would love

Since childhood, Mark Gardner has enjoyed working with his hands. But there is something about working with wood that gives the renowned artist the most satisfaction. The artist: Growing up in Cincinnati, Gardner started as a child working with wood, his father’s hobby. At 16, he enrolled in a furniture-making class at the University of Cincinnati, where he later earned a degree in theater design...
7 great ways to explore Sweetwater Creek

7 great ways to explore Sweetwater Creek

It's no secret that Sweetwater Creek is one of Atlanta's most loved outdoor destinations. This state park is an ultra-popular hiking destination, and for good reason. The park's hiking trails explore Sweetwater Creek's rocky shores, forest, waterfalls and whitewater. It's a great natural getaway near the city; the park's rugged outdoor beauty will make you feel like you're in a rocky, wild...
Review: Human touch, tech coalesce in inspiring Laarman design show

Review: Human touch, tech coalesce in inspiring Laarman design show

With a remarkable style that combines cutting-edge technology and allusions to Gothic cathedrals, art nouveau and the movement of starlings and clouds and other natural phenomena, Dutch designer Joris Laarman shows the power of design to, quite literally, build a bridge between the past and future. There is a sense of hopefulness, delight and also an implication in this High Museum focus...
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reuniting for first North American tour in 32 years

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reuniting for first North American tour in 32 years

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Todd Rundgren is reuniting his mid-‘70s band Utopia for their first North American tour in 32 years. The band, which also features Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett, will perform as Todd Rundgren’s Uptopia for a tour that will play the Tabernacle at 7 p.m. April 28. Tickets for the show (all seating...
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will visit Atlanta on spring tour

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will visit Atlanta on spring tour

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss are playing a series of concerts together this spring, including a May 20 date at Verizon Amphitheatre. Tickets for the show are $30-$125 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 via www.livenation.com and the venue box office. Nelson performed in Atlanta in October with a show at Chastain Amphitheatre...
EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

EXCLUSIVE: One Midtown Kitchen to close next month

The interior of One Midtown Kitchen / Photo courtesy of One Midtown Kitchen A longtime Midtown eatery is closing its doors next month. One Midtown Kitchen will close at 559 Dutch Valley Rd NE on March 4, according to statement released by Concentrics Restaurants. “In the spirit of being passionate pioneers in the restaurant and hospitality industry and always working to be at the...
Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Get details on Braise, Pinewood Forest’s first restaurant tenant

Chefs Tanya Jimenez and Michael Le A high-profile mixed-use development that has the allure of being next to one of the biggest movie studios in the country has announced details about its first restaurant tenant. Set to open in south metro Atlanta in Pinewood Forest in late 2019 , Braise will serve up a menu of dishes with European, New American...
Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Get a taste of Morocco at this East Atlanta eatery

Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express / Photo by Wyatt Williams Dish of the Week: Meatball Tagine at Marrakech Express By Wyatt Williams The Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta is a food hall of underdogs, a shoe-string operation with a handful of first-time restaurateurs chasing their culinary dreams. When you step inside for lunch these days, it is chef Amal Alaoui&rsquo...
Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

Brunchfest, Hello Kitty Cafe truck and more food things to do in metro Atlanta this week

The Hello Kitty cafe truck rolls into town this weekend. Photo credit: FWD PR. Brunchfest in Piedmont Park. The Hello Kitty Cafc truck rolls into Midtown with goodies. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Saturday, Feb. 24: A cafe...
Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin in Midtown today for National Muffin Day

Get a free muffin, courtesy Java Joy, today. Photo credit: Java Joy. Take a break. Eat a muffin. In honor of National Muffin Day, the Java Joy crew will spread joy and serve complimentary muffins at Colony Square Plaza from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today. Java Joy, an initiative launched by Athens-based non-profit Extra Special People, is a stand-alone mobile coffee...
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. Many of Georgia's most beautiful waterfalls are located on short, relatively easy trails that are great for beginning...
5 trails for the whole family around Atlanta

5 trails for the whole family around Atlanta

No matter the season hiking in Georgia is always rewarding. Different seasons have different charms, even winter, but Georgia’s natural beauty is always there for you. Here are five trails of varying terrain that everyone in the family is sure to enjoy. Get outside, Atlanta. Anna Ruby Falls in Helen. An easy hike with a lovely reward at the end, Anna Ruby Falls' paved access leads...
6 Southern music festivals worth a concert road trip

6 Southern music festivals worth a concert road trip

This year, April showers will bring May flowers and also some swell springtime music festivals. Hopefully, singin' in the rain won't be necessary, just manageable drives to festival venues in the not-too-far-from-Atlanta areas. March 22-25 General admission weekend passes start at $200; Premier weekend passes start at $350; VIP passes start at $600 and first-come, first-serve movie festival passes...
Take this aerial adventure near one of Georgia's most beautiful waterfalls

Take this aerial adventure near one of Georgia's most beautiful waterfalls

Ready to take leaf peeping to all new heights in North Georgia? Now, you can get a squirrel's-eye-view of the mountain foliage from the new Aerial Adventure Park near the tumbling waterfall at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. The Amicalola Falls Aerial Adventure Park opened in  2016, so if you still haven’t checked it out,  here's what to know before you go...
2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

A message from 2 Chainz. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The next offering from 2 Chainz will be called “Rap or Go to the League.” The Atlanta rapper unveiled the title of this fifth solo album on a blimp floating around Los Angeles during Def Jam’s NBA All Star Weekend party. In an Instagram post and video, 2 Chainz said his new work “shows continued growth...
‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

‘Healthy-ish’ food stall Recess to open at Krog Street Market next week

Grain bowls will be on the menu at Recess. / Photo by Sydney Cumminsky A new Krog Street Market food stall is hoping to help diners indulge in “healthy-ish” without the guilt. Recess — from Castellucci Hospitality Group, which also operates The Iberian Pig, Cooks & Soldiers , Sugo and ...
6 fairly odd food festivals for the Georgia foodie’s 2018 bucket list

6 fairly odd food festivals for the Georgia foodie’s 2018 bucket list

Not every state can boast a Spam Jam complete with chef-inspired spam creations like they have in Waikiki. Most any state would probably prefer not to play host to the (beef) testicle festival, with eating competition, that Clinton, Montana is known for. But Georgia also has bragging rights for some cool, and frankly, odd food festivals throughout the year. Most have become annual traditions...
‘Rent’ and its resonating messages return to the Fox Theatre on 20th anniversary tour

‘Rent’ and its resonating messages return to the Fox Theatre on 20th anniversary tour

Lyndie Moe was 6 years old the first time she sang the national anthem in public. That it happened to be in front of an arena full of people at a Denver Nuggets game (her grandfather Doug was the team’s coach from 1980-1990) is testament to her early ease in the spotlight. Moe, 20, stepped into the role of Maureen Johnson, the feisty bisexual performance artist, last fall as &ldquo...
First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

First Look: Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters opens in East Lake

Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters whole house fried chicken and raw oysters. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Chef Robert Phalen’s Inman Park restaurant, One Eared Stag, has been a critic’s favorite since it opened in 2011. Lauded for his use of organic and sustainable ingredients, and way with inventive, sometimes unusual dishes, ...
VOTE: Who has the best dish for $10 or under in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best dish for $10 or under in Atlanta?

This week's Best of Atlanta poll is in search of the best meals for $10 or under. While it's nice to be fancy every now and then, most of us are looking for the biggest bang for our buck. Here are nine Atlanta restaurants where your meal is free if you can eat it all.  Where can you get some of the most delicious meals for an affordable price? Buford Highway. Check out this beginner's...
TV best bets with Winter Olympics, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Regina King

TV best bets with Winter Olympics, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Regina King

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog We not only get to say goodbye to two weeks of Winter Olympics this Sunday but Carl from “The Walking Dead’ gets his chance...
Musicians take their final bows

Musicians take their final bows

Neil Diamond recently stunned music fans by announcing that he has Parkinson’s disease and was immediately retiring from touring — canceling an entire leg of the tour he was on. But he isn’t the only one retiring. A number of bands and musicians, including Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Elton John, have recently announced retirement, or at least farewell tours. (The possibility of...
Atlanta Opera takes a comic turn with ‘Daughter of the Regiment’

Atlanta Opera takes a comic turn with ‘Daughter of the Regiment’

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,” or so the famous last words ascribed to English actor Edmund Kean tell us. Making audiences laugh has certainly never been easy, but making them laugh while hitting nine high C’s in a row is just one of the extraordinary challenges of performing in a production of Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment...
Chinese New Year Celebration: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Chinese New Year Celebration: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Love is in the air, but that's not the only thing going on this weekend around Atlanta. Join your community for some of these family-friendly events and activities happening this weekend, including not-to-miss celebrations, dance lessons, Black History Month events and hikes.  Great Backyard Bird Count. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Included with admission. Smith Gilbert Gardens. 2382...
Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Team behind Illegal Foods opening new restaurant and other top metro Atlanta dining news from the week

Here are the stories that made a splash in the Atlanta food world this week. The Hank at Illegal Food / Photo: Todd Brock After the sudden closure of Illegal Food last year , the team behind that Virginia-Highland restaurant is gearing up to open another eatery. Steven Lingenfelter confirmed in an email that Mouth of the South is opening at 186 Carroll St. in Cabbagetown, in the former...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Future of South Downtown galleries uncertain after fire

Future of South Downtown galleries uncertain after fire

One of the most enduring and resilient independent Atlanta art institutions, the non-profit gallery and performance space Eyedrum Art and Music, has survived the kind of trials that would sink lesser organizations. It has weathered recessions; Atlanta’s rapid gentrification; three location changes; personnel flux and just about everything else fate can dish out. For 20 years the peripatetic...
6 reasons Atlanta adores its botanical gardens

6 reasons Atlanta adores its botanical gardens

Everyone loves a gorgeous hometown tourist attraction and the year-round charms of the Atlanta Botanical Garden make any time of year the right time for a visit. But Atlanta's affection for the ABG is more permanent than a blooming spring flower and stronger than nostalgia for a landmark. They delight your date. The gardens are renowned as a romantic setting for a stroll, particularly 40...
7 scenic drives that will make you love Georgia just a bit more

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

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

5 Instagram-worthy Atlanta spots for tapas

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

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

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

Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

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

7 of the biggest, tallest things in Georgia

The biggest or tallest of anything – whether it's a drive-in restaurant or a skyscraper – is entitled to bragging rights and often becomes an iconic symbol of its city and state.  Georgia and Atlanta certainly have their fair share of impressive buildings – or in a few cases, impressively odd – that help define the area. The following are 5 of the biggest, tallest things...
Review: UniverSoul provides nonstop party with attention-grabbing acts

Review: UniverSoul provides nonstop party with attention-grabbing acts

A long, slowly moving line of parents and children stretched down the sidewalk on Hank Aaron Drive, snaking into a big red-and-yellow tent in the parking lot across from Georgia State Stadium. One kid peered up at the UniverSoul Circus big top and wondered aloud: “What’s in there?” The child would soon find out what kind of pulsating lights, sights and sounds were “in...
Review: Aurora’s ‘Ontario Was Here’ reveals social workers’ secret lives

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

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

‘Shelter’ a reminder homelessness still pervasive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Atlanta

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

Beads and jubilee: Mardi Gras celebrations in Atlanta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith calendar

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

7 most romantic bed and breakfast getaways in Georgia

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

Trump physical results: 6 things to know

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

Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

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

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

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

Atlanta History Center offers free MLK Day admission, special programs

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

Where to volunteer for MLK Day of Service 2018

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

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

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

Mueller could interview Trump in Russia probe: report

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

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

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

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

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

Faith Calendar

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

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

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

Top spots to watch the National Championship game in Atlanta

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

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

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

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

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

Tiffany Trump rings in new year at Playboy party

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

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Fun Things: Dec. 29-31

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