Sunday Living & Arts


Blindness couldn’t keep young woman away from dream job

Katie Hearn started losing eyesight at 28, but her determination, Braves’ backing kept her going.


Couple’s soaring treehouse, Japanese garden complement Candler Park home

Couple’s soaring treehouse, Japanese garden complement Candler Park home

The lack of a tree didn’t keep Stephanie Andrews from having a treehouse. She added a two-story structure with the same soaring stature to her backyard makeover. The family continues to use it, several years later, with her kids now teenagers. “I always wanted one,” she said.
Documentary film ‘Kusama — Infinity’ tells tragedy, triumph 

Documentary film ‘Kusama — Infinity’ tells tragedy, triumph 

The intense public fascination with the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, 89, is something to behold. Her “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, coming to the High Museum in November, has drawn millions of followers worldwide. Atlantans were willing to wait on hold for hours to buy advanced admission. The museum sold 28,000 tickets to the show in a single day.
Beer Town: Atlanta Brewing Co. rebrands, celebrates 25 years this month

Beer Town: Atlanta Brewing Co. rebrands, celebrates 25 years this month

Atlanta Brewing Co., which until a major rebranding move late last month was most recently known as Red Brick Brewing Co., will mark its 25th anniversary this month with a series of collaboration beers. And on Sept. 29, there’s a big party at the brewery. Though Atlanta Brewing is Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, charting its history can be tricky.
7 restaurants within walking distance of the Fox Theatre

7 restaurants within walking distance of the Fox Theatre

Seeing a show at the Fox Theatre has the added benefit of bringing you into the heart of Midtown. There are, with only slight exaggeration, dozens of bars and restaurants within feet of the building. But all of those options make choosing one even more difficult.
Kitchen Curious: A recipe for easy, peas-y tailgating

Kitchen Curious: A recipe for easy, peas-y tailgating

My family was never much into tailgating. An early ’90s photo of my dad chomping on an apple prior to a U.S. Air Force Academy football game against a Western Athletic Conference rival pretty much sums it up. A few years later, I had the opportunity to be a better tailgater at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Vote: Who has the best coffee in Atlanta?

Vote: Who has the best coffee in Atlanta?

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town.  Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.
Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

As the temperature starts to drop, many Atlantans will begin loading up on their favorite carbs. Pasta happens to be at the top of the list for most of us. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite.  Coming in first place is Osteria Mattone with an overwhelming vote.
Four Points of the Compass: Head south for a star-gazing cruise, lesson in civil rights

Four Points of the Compass: Head south for a star-gazing cruise, lesson in civil rights

Whether traveling in the United States or the tropical climes of the Caribbean and Central America, check out what’s new and noteworthy at points south on the compass, or get a different perspective on familiar destinations. Once called “the Cradle of the Confederacy,” Montgomery has come a long way since Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era.
Four Points of the Compass: Venture north to soak in a beer spa and hike sea cliffs

Four Points of the Compass: Venture north to soak in a beer spa and hike sea cliffs

Now that school is back in session and the promise of cooler temperatures is in the air, snowbirds are planning their annual pilgrimages south. But a balmy climate is not everyone’s idea of paradise. Cold weather fans embrace the chilly weather and set their sights north this time of year. Here are nine locations worthy of breaking out a parka.
Four Points of the Compass: Travel east for a local Guinness, take a Mr. Rogers tour

Four Points of the Compass: Travel east for a local Guinness, take a Mr. Rogers tour

Travelers looking for new adventures are advised to look east, to both the near and far locations of that compass point. From Atlanta, the Eastern seaboard offers a wealth of attractions at the end of a short flight or a leisurely car drive. Farther afield, countries of the east also offer new reasons to make the long-distance trek.
Remington exhibit at Booth Museum: reality and legend

Remington exhibit at Booth Museum: reality and legend

Like the Wild West itself, Frederic Remington was a mix of legend and reality, but as they said in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Remington (1861-1909) painted, sculpted and printed the legend.
Review: New chef comes to learn at old-school Sam’s BBQ-1 in east Cobb

Review: New chef comes to learn at old-school Sam’s BBQ-1 in east Cobb

On the counter of Sam’s BBQ-1 in east Cobb, you’ll find a tray of fried pork rinds. Crinkly and reddish brown, they are a revelation, even to connoisseurs of pig skins high and low. A complimentary nosh for those who queue up to place an order at legendary pitmaster Sam Huff’s original joint, they are perfect just as they are: naked.
Small town quakes in wake of tragedy

Small town quakes in wake of tragedy

“To us, it came from out of nowhere: two blasts and the roar of a crashing train that rumbled far too long … Those of us who ran outside, the ground beneath us shaking still, saw wobbling plumes of smoke in a Texas postcard sky.
Atlanta’s ambassador for South African cuisine

Atlanta’s ambassador for South African cuisine

When Justin Anthony took to the field as a striker for the Atlanta Ruckus in 1996, there were not 70,000 screaming fans in the stands. Neither Mercedes-Benz Stadium nor Atlanta United FC was probably even hatched in Arthur Blank’s head. Certainly, a South African dining concept was not cooking in Anthony’s mind.
For Better or worse on the Isla del Encanto

For Better or worse on the Isla del Encanto

Joe steered the rental car onto the gravel driveway. The cluster of two-story, concrete buildings looked like a ghost town. Downed palm trees lay on the rooftops. The grounds were littered with clothes, broken bottles and wooden slats from shutters ripped off windows. I stepped over a high-heeled shoe as I walked up the busted stairwell to the reception desk. We were back.
4 reasons to learn Civil War history at this Kennesaw museum 

4 reasons to learn Civil War history at this Kennesaw museum 

If you take a trip to visit the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, you might learn that the American Civil War was the first time that railroads played a significant role in a military conflict. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in downtown Kennesaw first opened in 1972 as the Kennesaw Civil War Museum.
4 of the best spots for sizzling steak in Atlanta 

4 of the best spots for sizzling steak in Atlanta 

These are not your average steakhouses.  Chic and swank in appearance, the following four steakhouses offer the best in beef—from bone-in to burgers and skirt to strip. Should you prefer to eat and entertain in private, one restaurant even offers a closed-curtain option called The Hideout. 1075 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Modern. Swanky. Sultry. Steakhouse.
This Life: Author’s dark tales an escape from darkness in her own life

This Life: Author’s dark tales an escape from darkness in her own life

Last week in a Westin hotel room way above Atlanta, Sherrilyn Kenyon talked about her life and “Stygian,” the latest installment of her best-selling Dark-Hunter series. If you’re among its legion of fans, you know the series takes place over 300,000 years of history, back to the dawn of time. If not, you’ll want to catch up.
Review: The Alden reaches for great culinary heights

Review: The Alden reaches for great culinary heights

There is nothing better on the menu at the Alden than the rack of lamb. The other night, as I sat eating it in full view of the open kitchen, I had to close my eyes just to contain my feelings. To borrow a line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways.
Conveyor-belt format lets diners choose at I Luv Hot Pot in Duluth

Conveyor-belt format lets diners choose at I Luv Hot Pot in Duluth

You’ll know you’ve arrived at I Luv Hot Pot when you see the Eiffel Tower replica out front. Strung with Christmas lights and reaching skyward, the Parisian mini-monument dominates the parking lot of a Duluth strip mall that also boasts a 24-hour Vietnamese noodle parlor called I Luv Pho and a clutter of Asian shops and restaurants. A poor man’s Vegas, open until 2 a.m.
Healthy Cooking: A recipe for meatless chopped liver with chutzpah

Healthy Cooking: A recipe for meatless chopped liver with chutzpah

We’re about to enter the Jewish high holidays, and I find myself wrestling with the meat of them. Not the meaning, but literally, the meat. Similar to families of all faiths, our important religious days are marked with a service, followed by loud, large gatherings of relatives and a meal that is as timeless as it is abundant.
Film on Yayoi Kusama of ‘Infinity Mirrors’ opens in Atlanta

Film on Yayoi Kusama of ‘Infinity Mirrors’ opens in Atlanta

Yayoi Kusama, the 89-year-old creator of the remarkable “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, is perhaps the most successful living female artist. Her works sell for millions of dollars. Viewers line up by the thousands to see the traveling exhibit of her eye-boggling installations, which arrive at the High Museum of Art Nov. 18.
Best-selling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes first children’s book

Best-selling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes first children’s book

Barbara Brown Taylor has been called one of the effective preachers in the English language. She’s one of Christianity’s most influential writers. Now, the Georgia-based theologian and best-selling author of “Leaving Church” and “Learning to Walk in the Dark” has turned her attention to reaching young minds.
New theater season spotlights premieres, revivals

New theater season spotlights premieres, revivals

If variety is the spice of life, then Atlanta’s professional theater companies are spicing things up in a big way with their respective 2018-19 seasons — offering a wide-ranging smorgasbord of regional and world premieres, popular revivals, topical dramas, mainstream comedies and spectacular musicals.
Kitchen Curious: How to get clever with croutons

Kitchen Curious: How to get clever with croutons

Croutons are smile inducers. Set a plain dinner salad in front of someone, and they might thank you for making sure they get their daily intake of veggies. Give ‘em a salad with croutons, and they’ll start finger-picking the cubes out of the bowl right quick.
This state eats the most Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets

This state eats the most Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets

   Heading to the Chick? If you're not ordering the original Chick-fil-A sandwich, we bet we can guess your order. An 8-count of Chick-fil-A nuggets.   » RELATED: Chick-fil-A adds 5 new menu items No, we're not telepathic, they're just that good.
Tour of Natchez features sites that inspired Greg Iles’ books

Tour of Natchez features sites that inspired Greg Iles’ books

I took one look at Edelweiss, a gingerbread-trimmed German chalet built atop the bluff in downtown Natchez, Miss., in 1883, and a melancholy swept over me like an unexpected draft. The average passerby wouldn’t understand my gloominess.
'A Hard Rain' takes a sweeping look at the tumultuous 1960s

'A Hard Rain' takes a sweeping look at the tumultuous 1960s

Frye Gaillard was a senior at Vanderbilt University when Robert F. Kennedy came to speak a few days after announcing he was running for president in March 1968. As a member of the program committee, Gaillard joined the welcoming delegation that met Kennedy at the Nashville airport.
Anita Allen-Farley helms a new era at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Anita Allen-Farley helms a new era at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Not long after her husband died, Anita Allen-Farley knocked down a wall in her home. Not out of raw grief but newfound clarity. “We had talked for years about knocking this wall out and making this all open space,” Farley says, sitting at the dining-room table of the Marietta home she and her husband bought in 1987.
Esteemed Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen finds inspiration at home

Esteemed Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen finds inspiration at home

Always within reach of her camera, Lucinda Bunnen keenly observes to seize a decisive moment — like when clouds in the sky seem to replicate the cotton balls in the fields of the Mississippi Delta on a cool fall day, or when a cow stands perfectly still in India near the banks of the Ganges River.
Couple transforms ‘uninhabitable’ bungalow into Virginia-Highland gem

Couple transforms ‘uninhabitable’ bungalow into Virginia-Highland gem

No electricity or running water didn’t stop Charlie Lefort and John Peter Casey from purchasing a bungalow in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood. But those problems and others, like the kitchen ceiling falling in, kept them from moving in immediately. “It was uninhabitable. Everything had to be replaced,” Lefort said.
Summits Wayside Tavern celebrates 25 years with a month of rare beers

Summits Wayside Tavern celebrates 25 years with a month of rare beers

In September, Summits Wayside Tavern celebrates 25 years with a monthlong series of keg-tapping events at its two locations in Snellville and Cumming. For a bit of history, Andy Klubock opened the original Summits on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in 1989. The Snellville location followed in 1993, and Cumming opened in 1998.
Review: Iberian Pig offers Spanish flavors to please the party crowd

Review: Iberian Pig offers Spanish flavors to please the party crowd

Coca con Seta arrived at the table. A blend of meaty, sauteed mushrooms, black truffle, pickled onion, melted Tetilla cow’s cheese from Galicia and a zigzag squizzle of aioli flavored with gently spiced guindilla, a chile pepper typical of Basque cookery, covered a round, cracker-thin flatbread. I’m unaccustomed to a pizza-sized, cracker-thin flatbread as a tapa.
Review: Blue India in Midtown offers meat from the tandoor

Review: Blue India in Midtown offers meat from the tandoor

When I stepped inside for a recent meal at Blue India, it seemed to be more or less like many other restaurants I’ve encountered at the ground floor of a condo tower in Midtown Atlanta. Near the entrance was a short bar with curved edges, big enough for a few friends to grab drinks but quiet enough for a working lunch.
Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson?   

Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson?   

Today, the world celebrates what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. Since Jackson’s death, his adoring legion of fans, collaborators and family have honored the King of Pop with tributes, music and films.
‘Infinity Mirrors’ bring multiple problems for ticket buyers

‘Infinity Mirrors’ bring multiple problems for ticket buyers

Teri Anulewicz knew that a big crowd would be lined up in virtual space Monday, waiting for much-coveted tickets to the “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit at the High Museum of Art. In each city visited by the bedazzling installation, large groups of people have queued up online to vie for admission to the mind-expanding experience.
Love him or hate him: AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich is fine either way

Love him or hate him: AJC cartoonist Mike Luckovich is fine either way

“Mike Luckovich should crawl back into his cradle until he matures.” “Luckovich is an asset not only to Atlanta, but to the entire country.” “He has achieved new lows countless times.” “He is my hero!” “Luckovich is a louse.
Anthony Grooms tackles redemption in ‘The Vain Conversation’

Anthony Grooms tackles redemption in ‘The Vain Conversation’

In his latest novel, “The Vain Conversation,” Georgia author Anthony Grooms focuses on the question of redemption. How does America redeem itself from racial crimes? What does a fully redeemed United States look like? “Does it look like it does today?” asked Grooms, a professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University. “I don’t think so.
5 dishes worth the drive to Buford Highway 

5 dishes worth the drive to Buford Highway 

There’s no doubt that Buford Highway is one of the best food destinations in Atlanta. From Vietnamese pho to authentic tacos, this 49-mile stretch of culinary bliss has it all. It’s a magical place, but it can be a little intimidating to explore for first-timers.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 28

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 28

Make the most of your Tuesday by considering live music and a farmers market at Ponce City Market. Here’s three ideas for a fun Tuesday: Ponce City Farmers Market will be held at The Shed adjacent to the Beltline every Tuesday from 4 p.m-8 p.m through Nov. 20.
VOTE: Who has the best wings in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best wings in Atlanta?

No need to wing it when it comes to one of Atlanta's specialty foods.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you chow down on the best chicken wings in town.  Enjoy savings with half-priced appetizers at this popular Midtown spot.  Get chicken and waffles with a twist at these metro Atlanta restaurants.
Where to eat and drink during Dragon Con

Where to eat and drink during Dragon Con

If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy or pop culture, Dragon Con – running from Aug. 30-Sept. 3, is your Super Bowl. But you’ll need to keep up your strength while waiting in line for all those panels and attending the late night dance parties. Here, some spots to find sustenance for your journey. 5Church.
Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales’ have become the never-ending story

Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales’ have become the never-ending story

If he could just avoid having sex forever, thought the teenage Armistead Maupin. Then he could avoid admitting to himself — and confessing to his family — what he really was. Maybe he could become paralyzed from the waist down? “A car wreck, perhaps, if it wasn’t a really bad one.
What not to miss Sunday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

What not to miss Sunday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

Age is just a state of mind at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. At 13 years old, the annual Labor Day weekend event already is the largest independent book festival in the country. With 430 authors taking part this year, there’s something guaranteed to appeal to every one of the expected 80,000 attendees.
What not to miss Saturday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

What not to miss Saturday at 2018 AJC Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival may be 13 years old now, but unlike some difficult teens we’d rather not name, it aims to please. And please and please and please. With some 430 authors spread across two days and 17 different stages, there’s a lot to take in. Here are some highlights of Saturday’s schedule (see decaturbookfestival.
9 Southern books we recommend this fall

9 Southern books we recommend this fall

While summer book releases often tend toward frothy, entertaining fare, fall is the time for heavy hitters, and this year’s slate of titles do not disappoint. Here are nine substantive Southern books we look forward to curling up with when temperatures cool.
The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
‘Quackery’ a cure-all for those seeking good reading

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

Smoking has an awfully lousy image these days, from its health implications (cigarette smoking causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC) to the way it stinks up people’s cars. Still, there were even worse aspects to smoking not so long ago, according to a recently published book.
Remembering a lost Atlanta in Eve Hoffman’s lyrical personal poems

Remembering a lost Atlanta in Eve Hoffman’s lyrical personal poems

The world in Eve Hoffman’s autobiographical poems is beautiful and frightening. We see the barefoot girl treading a dusty road on the family farm in the bend of the Chattahoochee River, and we see the grown woman walking through the “No Sanctuary” exhibit of lynching postcards, horrified and thunderstruck.
Review: Madras Mantra serves masterful masala sans meat

Review: Madras Mantra serves masterful masala sans meat

For nearly the past two decades, one Indian restaurant or another has been located at 2179 Lawrenceville Highway in the North DeKalb Square shopping center. There have been different names and different owners. There have been good years and bad years. There has been lots and lots of curry.
Meal-kit startup owner’s Buckhead home features inviting test kitchen

Meal-kit startup owner’s Buckhead home features inviting test kitchen

The heart of Hadi Irvani’s home extends from his working kitchen into his dining room and great room, where he sometimes sets up extra tables to seat guests. Irvani, who founded PeachDish, the Atlanta-based meal kit delivery company, frequently hosts dinners for two to more than 45 folks in his Buckhead home. He and his team test out recipes in his kitchen three or four times a week.
A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A guide to eating and drinking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is host to Atlanta’s favorite teams− Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United. Ever since the stadium opened in late August 2017, fans have arrived with a winning appetite.  To satiate that hunger, the 2 million-square-foot sports facility offers many ways to fill the belly and wet a whistle.
‘A High Low Tide’ predicts a happy future for the Georgia oyster

‘A High Low Tide’ predicts a happy future for the Georgia oyster

André Joseph Gallant grew up in a family of fishermen in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, home of the Malpeque Bay oyster, relished by aficionados for its plump size and brine. But, like the cobbler’s son who had no shoes, Gallant never enjoyed the pleasure of a fresh oyster until he moved away.
World's most livable cities ranked: Did your hometown make the list? 

World's most livable cities ranked: Did your hometown make the list? 

What’s the most livable city in the United States? The results may surprise you. The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Livability Survey, which ranks 140 cities worldwide on factors like stability, health care, culture, education and infrastructure on a scale of 1-100, was released this week. >> Read more trending news  The top U.S.
Kitchen Curious: Need a late-summer pick-me-up? It’s mint to the rescue

Kitchen Curious: Need a late-summer pick-me-up? It’s mint to the rescue

Georgia soil has a way of putting people in their place. I thought I had a green thumb, but the state’s red clay says otherwise. Tomatoes, watermelon, squash … none of it is happy in my vegetable garden. The only plant that’s truly thriving is mint. And there are only so many juleps one should drink in a day.
Things to do in an around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 21

Things to do in an around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 21

Live music, theater, a colorful exhibit at the High Museum. Take your pick for a fun-filled Tuesday. ‘NEWSIES’ AT AURORA THEATRE Aurora Theatre kicks off its 23rd season with the Tony Award-winning “Newsies,” based on the 1992 Disney film inspired by the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. Through Sept. 2. $30-$65; Aurora Theatre, 197 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville.
Review: Outfit’s blissful ‘Book of Will’ honors the Bard

Review: Outfit’s blissful ‘Book of Will’ honors the Bard

Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s engagingly well-read “The Book of Will” chiefly concerns a factual story about the magnanimous effort that went into gathering, publishing and preserving the timeless classics of William Shakespeare.
The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
430 authors to descend on Decatur for annual book fest

430 authors to descend on Decatur for annual book fest

It has been a watershed year for the AJC Decatur Book Festival as it approaches its 13th annual outing this Labor Day weekend. With founding executive director Daren Wang no longer at the helm, programming director Julie Wilson took charge, juggling both jobs and a budget that wasn’t as robust as she would have liked.
10 AJC Decatur Book Festival authors you don’t want to miss

10 AJC Decatur Book Festival authors you don’t want to miss

There is no shortage of literary star power scheduled to appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year. Armistead Maupin, Karin Slaughter, Tayari Jones, Rick Bragg and Charles Frazier are but a few of the authors sure to pack sanctuaries and conference rooms Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 other authors we recommend checking out at the 13th annual event. David Peisner.
VOTE: What is the best food truck in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best food truck in Atlanta?

Sometimes the best food comes on wheels.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll rounds up the most delicious food trucks hittin' the streets in our city.  Want your flavor to go? Here’s where you can find Atlanta’s best food trucks.  Now that your dream meal is in-hand, you’ll need a place to enjoy it.
Winner: Best urban radio show | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best urban radio show | Best of Atlanta

It's likely that you spend a lot of time listening to the radio while in Atlanta traffic, in the office or while relaxing at home. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered our city's favorite urban radio personalities. They share a bit of news and lot of laughs in between spinning the latest Drake track or an old school Anita Baker record. Rickey Smiley Morning Show of HOT 107.
Author events Aug. 18-24

Author events Aug. 18-24

J. Patterson, “Legal Blood.” When a longstanding truce between humans and vampires is threatened, a teenager and her friends fight to uphold peace in the face of genocide. 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Signing. Free. Tall Tales Book Shop, Toco Hill Shopping Center, 2105 LaVista Road NE, Atlanta, 404-636-2498, www.talltalesatlanta.com/events.html Karin Slaughter, “Pieces of Her.
Tap into Georgia Beer Fortnight 2018

Tap into Georgia Beer Fortnight 2018

Once upon a time, there was a thing called Atlanta Beer Week. It was celebrated annually in October, and existed in one form or another for some five years, beginning in 2012.
An overdue date with the Queen of Soul

An overdue date with the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin – the legend, the singular voice, the Queen of Soul – is my dad’s first love. My dad has loved Aretha Franklin all of my life. I’m sure her music was playing when I was in my crib. I had just assumed that someone who loved Aretha as much as my dad had seen her in concert many, many times, but he hadn’t.
Food Tour: From Reynoldstown to Grant Park along Memorial Drive

Food Tour: From Reynoldstown to Grant Park along Memorial Drive

As anyone who lives in Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown or Grant Park will tell you, the section of Memorial Drive that borders those three neighborhoods is booming with new developments. But beyond the hassles of construction detours and traffic jams, there’s an enticing new wave of bars and restaurants to discover along a roughly mile-and-a-half stretch between Bill Kennedy Way and Hill Street.
Review: Mariscos El Sazon del Kora brings Mexico’s Nayarit to Doraville

Review: Mariscos El Sazon del Kora brings Mexico’s Nayarit to Doraville

A couple of months ago, after picking up some groceries at the Buford Highway Farmers Market, I got a hankering for an afternoon snack and decided to drive up the road until I saw something that I was in the mood for. A bowl of pho, some Korean chicken, or a bite of nigiri at Sushi Hayakawa? No, no, nothing sounded quite right.
Award-winning West End Queen Anne home features abstract stained glass

Award-winning West End Queen Anne home features abstract stained glass

An abstract stained glass welcomes guests into Caleb Racicot and Daniel Vasquez’s 1902 home, and it even surprised them during their award-winning renovations. When they began removing layers of paint, they realized the hues of the stained glass complemented the colors in the hallway and fireplace tile.
Recipes: Adding honey to dishes makes for a sweet surprise

Recipes: Adding honey to dishes makes for a sweet surprise

The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit at the High Museum of Art has me thinking “honey.” After all, Pooh spent much of his time in a pretty single-minded pursuit of the sweet sticky stuff. “Winnie-the-Pooh” author A.A. Milne wrote that his small bear believed, “… the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey. ….
Healthy Cooking: How shakshuka can give leafy greens a friendlier reputation

Healthy Cooking: How shakshuka can give leafy greens a friendlier reputation

I was recently in a meeting where we introduced ourselves by confessing our favorite binge food. The facilitator turned to me first, and I froze. I could think of nothing to say except the truth: leafy greens. In case you’re wondering, publicly declaring your love of vegetables to a room full of chocolate eaters earns you exactly zero new friends.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 14

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 14

Live music, comedy, a cats exhibit. Here’s three ideas for your Tuesday. ‘DIVINE FELINES: CATS OF ANCIENT EGYPT’ AT MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM From domesticated pets to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt for thousands of years.
Is this Atlanta cocktail bar one of the best in the country?

Is this Atlanta cocktail bar one of the best in the country?

Atlanta just keeps getting praised.  From our sushi to our wings, the city has made it on many of lists for top cuisine in the country. Now, our beverages are making a splash in a new ranking. Food and entertainment website Thrillist released its collection of the best cocktail bars in America, and one of Atlanta’s signature cocktail bars made the list.
How to deal with your picky eater

How to deal with your picky eater

Tired of dealing with kids who have demanding palates? Instead of indulging their often unhealthy demands, Atlanta-based Chef Ahki offers a few table-tested ideas to satisfy finicky eaters. "Sometimes our kids will try to see if they can get away with eating foods that they know you don't approve of," said Chef Ahki, who's also a mother of one.
9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

Every fall Atlanta’s stages, parks, galleries and movie theaters come alive with so many stellar shows, exhibits and movies, it can be overwhelming. Because you can’t go to everything, we’re here to help by recommending some of the events we’re looking forward to this season. Some are perennial favorites that come around every autumn, others are brand-new.
City Springs Theatre Company prepares to make a big splash

City Springs Theatre Company prepares to make a big splash

There are a couple of new kids on the block that is the Atlanta theater scene. On second thought, that probably isn’t the best way to put it, considering those kids are named Brandt Blocker and Shuler Hensley.
Women’s voices loud and clear on local stages this fall

Women’s voices loud and clear on local stages this fall

Is the #MeToo Movement re-shaping pop culture? Whether intentional or just a coincidence, Atlanta’s theater season opens with a strong feminist streak. In show after show, women at different stages of life undergo powerful revelations. Here’s a look at some best bets for fall. ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2.
Summer reading: Around the world in a dozen cookbooks

Summer reading: Around the world in a dozen cookbooks

You had planned on buttering your baguette in Paris this summer, but somehow you never got around to booking your trip. Not to worry. You can still travel to faraway culinary destinations from the comfort of your own couch or bar stool. Here’s a look at a suitcase full of cookbooks with international flair.
Review: Mission and Market surprises at Alliance Center in Buckhead

Review: Mission and Market surprises at Alliance Center in Buckhead

On a recent Saturday night, the members of an exclusive, invitation-only group called the Elite Club convened for dinner at Mission and Market. As they arrived, the valet lined up their cars one by one in front of the glittering, 30-story Buckhead tower known as Three Alliance Center: candy-green Porsche, bright red Ferrari, silver-gray Bentley, and so on.
Expectation fuels tension in brilliant story collection

Expectation fuels tension in brilliant story collection

The beauty and brilliance of “Baby You’re Gonna Be Mine,” a collection of 10 short stories, is that Tennessean author Kevin Wilson allows the context of the times to do most of the heavy lifting for him. It’s tough to read his stories without thinking you know what’s coming, based on the set up and in light of modern-day issues and epidemics.
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