Film Reels: Marietta’s movie festival returns
Laughing out loud
Atlanta United fans share unspoken bond, love of the flag
Fox Theatre Marquee Club makes its mark over Peachtree Street
Live music transports the travelers at Atlanta Airport
Full Radius Dance extends beyond the limits
The Wren’s Nest navigates the rich legacy of Joel Chandler Harris
As much as Atlanta is heralded, the city gets a bum wrap when it comes to jazz artists. The truth is Atlanta is home to a number of musicians who play alongside acclaimed names in concerts around the world. There are even legendary musicians who have planted roots here, such as Freddy Cole, who recently performed at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta.
An inner calling emerged for Sydney Weissman in 2016 when her close friend Camille experienced a loss. Only weeks after the girls graduated from the Wesleyn School in Peachtree Corners, Camille’s mother, Karen High, passed away from colon cancer. Karen had survived the illness for five years.
Story by H.M. Cauley. Photos by Jenni Girtman. In the 1990s, real estate agents specialized in selling the low-slung brick bungalows of Chastain Park, and referred to the simple but functional 1950s plans as “ranchburgers.” That was in the days before gourmet burger stacks, McMansions, and the drive to bulldoze old houses to make way for more glamorous abodes.
Story by Curt and Lane Holman We recently visited Chattanooga to rediscover its distinct blend of big-city diversions and outdoor activities. But we also wanted to whet our curiosity about Chattanooga’s nickname. Do locals really call it “The Noog?” Or is it more of a civic branding thing? The answer seemed to be both, more or less.
Story by H.M. Cauley. Photos by Jenni Girtman. Richard Rhodes recently realized he was at an aging crossroads. A childless, single man whose parents have passed, the 80-year-old Brookhaven resident began thinking seriously about what would happen to his health, his condo and his cherished possessions as he got older.
AUGUST Theater: Essential elements Since its 1999 debut, Essential Theatre has staged an annual festival showcasing new work, including 26 Georgia writers. This year’s program include the magic realist tale “Built to Float” by Rachel Graf Evans and “Woke” by Georgia Playwriting Award Winner Avery Sharpe. The 2018 Essential Theatre Play Festival. Through Aug. 26.
Story by Haisten Willis. Photos by Jenni Girtman. Every so often, certain unexpected combinations work just right. French fries and a Frosty. Chicken and waffles. Whatever it is that goes into a Bloody Mary. Hadyn Hilton stumbled on one such pairing while working on a class project.
Story by H.M. Cauley One hundred years ago, what’s now known as the Sweet Auburn Curb Market at 209 Edgewood Ave. was more than an intown grocery. It started to resolve a problem created by a catastrophe. Flash back to downtown circa 1917. The Great Atlanta Fire swept across the district, consuming about 2,000 homes in a 200-acre swath.
Just after 8 p.m. on a Tuesday, it’s quiet on a darkened Decatur neighborhood. Yet listen closely, and you’ll hear the faint, rhythmic sound of a bass drum amid the upper-middle class calm. Follow the noise, and the muted melodies of an electric guitar emerge. Venture down one of the driveways, and the music grows louder. It may be a school night, but this ’hood rocks.
Chef Todd Richards had two goals for his first cookbook, a photo-filled, autobiographical, 150-recipe tome called “Soul.” The first was to share the culinary legacy of his own family. “People ask why I’m a chef,” he says, “and it’s really because of my family and how we ate together,” The second was a little more complicated.
Story by Anya Martin. Photos by Jenni Girtman. In 1985, while visiting an art school in Dakar, Senegal, Jean-Patrick Guichard was captivated by the work of young artist Cheikh Tidiane Kéïta. As a college student, Guichard could only afford $400 for a large acrylic painting textured with cardboard and tar depicting a faceless young man sitting on the ground.
When Melissa and Christy Gallagher were children growing up in Florida and later Georgia, their family nicknames were “Coco” and “Mischa.” Their close relationship is mirrored by their closeness in age, with Christy 14 months older. So when Melissa wanted to open a temporary pop-up shop in Decatur in December 2015, she enlisted Christy (now LeClair) as a business partner.
Story by Curt Holman “What we can’t make right, we can make better,” reads a hand-painted sign near the entrance of the paved trail at Constitution Lakes Park. It may seem like an all-purpose affirmation, but it’s one of the first hints of the park’s Doll’s Head Trail and aptly expresses its ethos.
Fulton County Election Board members expressed concerns on Thursday about “electioneering” having occurred inside the home of a high-ranking manager at the county’s election department and ordered the department’s staff to consider new policies to prevent similar situations.
Atlanta architects Cara Cummins and Jose Tavel live in a modern home they designed. The Atlanta husband-and-wife team also have a modern house they designed on the Atlanta Design Festival’s MA! (Modern Atlanta) Architecture Tour June 2-3. Cummins: I grew up on a horse farm in Virginia and received my architecture degree from Virginia Tech.
“This is not a competition,” talk show host David Letterman used to say. “This is only an exhibition. Please, no wagering.” We at Living Intown and our sister publication, Living Northside, apply a similar attitude to this comparison of our respective home bases.
Georgia State University’s freshman class had the best high school grades of any incoming class since the university began tracking such data. This semester’s first-year students had a 3.5 grade-point average, officials said in its annual report released Wednesday of the freshman class. Average SAT scores for incoming students have increased by 20 points, to about 1100.
Bill Nordmark fought polio as a child and racism as an adult, all the while believing one person could make a difference. And he proved it in the way he lived his life of 69 years. The longtime Atlantan spent early childhood in an iron lung but went on to be a four-year letterman on Georgia State’s basketball team.
DeKalb County School District officials hope opening its doors to students as young as 3 will give them — and the district — a better chance to succeed later. Registration began recently for the district’s Early Learning Academy, which expects to receive some 200 3-year-old students when school begins in August.