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The one-woman show seems to be a trend in Atlanta lately. And it’s not just the solo female on stage, but a gal that is cooking. Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison is currently wrapping up her gig under the lights at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Roswell.
Some of Leah Elliott’s projects are Pinterest “wins.” Although ideas and directions posted on the social media site can befuddle some do-it-yourselfers, she’s found inspiration and success when looking to Pinterest for decor in her Woodstock home. She and her husband, Josh, work together to bring creative focal points to fruition.
The dining world is changing. What’s driving restaurant growth in every county in greater Atlanta is not big buck, fine dining. That’s taken a back seat to eateries of a more casual sort. These are joints with a more affordable price point that still strive to serve a menu from the mind of a chef and to offer some sort of “experience.
It will be cool and cloudy Thursday — a perfect fall day for some theater, a good read and a few lessons on design. Two mother/daughter teams will talk about their books Thursday at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s annual Book Festival. The festival runs through Nov. 18. On Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m.
In her 2017 best-selling book, Kate T. Parker wanted girls to embrace their strength and individuality. Now, she’s giving them a road map.
Each year, Thanksgiving comes around with with the giddy anticipation of devoruing comfort food and spending some QT with loved ones, which reminds you just what what you are thankful for the most.
Standing on a New York City subway platform, en route to work one brisk winter morning in 1988, a stranger whispered in Jack Barsky’s ear: “You must come home or else you’re dead.” It was just another bizarre moment in the bizarre life of Jack Barsky, whose experiences are like something out of “The Americans” TV show.
Does Thanksgiving make your mouth water, dreaming of your favorite pumpkin or sweet potato pie recipes? Are you ready to pull out your crowd-pleasing stuffing recipe or are you a cautious cook easing into the kitchen for the first time? No matter what your culinary skill level, it's easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal on a budget.
Although the turkey will surely take center stage at your Thanksgiving table, a few unforgettable side dishes can't hurt. These simple Thanksgiving sides won't take very much time or effort to pull together, but look (and taste) like a million bucks. This Thanksgiving Day, give your family a feast they won't forget by including a few of these easy-to-make dishes to accompany the big star.
In “American Judas,” Maggie and Seth Ginsberg live in a dystopian America where Christianity is the only permissible religion. When Seth is caught practicing his Jewish faith by a co-worker, he’s outed to the authorities and makes a run for the Mexican border, while Maggie is rustled off to a savior camp.
Actor’s Express triumphed at the 14th annual Suzi Bass Awards on Monday night, walking off with a total of 11 awards, including top honors in both the musical and play categories.
Natasha Trethewey turned to poetry to make sense of what happened after her mother was kidnapped and murdered more than three decades ago. In 1985, Trethewey’s stepfather pleaded guilty to the crime in DeKalb County and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms behind bars. Trethewey has said her first attempts at writing poetry about her mother were not successful.
If you’re going to make room in your diet for one Atlanta doughnut, a recent national listing has made the case for one doughy, creme-filled local favorite. On the heels of National Doughnut Day, travel site Travelocity gathered its team of “fried dough fanatics” to scour each of the 50 U.S. states for the best doughnut shops in America.
Few lunchmeats leave us with more questions than the classic bologna. It’s perfectly round, impossibly pink, and as synonymous with brown bag lunches as juice boxes. But for something so common, most Americans know very little about bologna’s origin.
The unusually warm fall may have caused fall colors to be muted this year, but colors are quickly bursting now. Georgia State Parks spokeswoman Kim Hatcher said weather conditions have been less than ideal for intense colors, saying it’s been “far too warm, especially at night.
A multipurpose room at the Clairmont Place was tidy and perfectly functional. In a room with a flat-screen TV and several tables and chairs, residents at this senior community in the Decatur area gathered here for movies and documentaries, bingo games and conversations over cups of coffee. But all the while, the space was missing something — original art.
If you want to kick off your post-Halloween fun, there’s lots to do in and around metro Atlanta. You have rock at Smith’s Olde Bar and a llama-inspired pub crawl in Little Five Points or celebrate a pitbull rescue. The Bitteroots If you want to start the weekend with rock n’ roll, check out Bitteroots with special guests Moody Hollow and the Bantam Breaks on Nov.
When you're looking to warm up, these cold-weather comfort food dishes and drinks around Atlanta will keep away the chill. Ration & Dram's Chicken & Dumplings is made from scratch using Darby Farms chicken, Southern Swiss Dairy milk made into cream and fluffy biscuit dumplings. The restaurant promises the dish "will make you feel like you're at your grandmother's house.
The 27th annual book festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is in full swing. Running through Nov. 18, the event, one of the largest book fests among Jewish centers nationwide, brings more than 45 authors to the organization’s campus in Dunwoody. Big names this year include Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks and Sally Field, former Sen.
For remodeler Mark Galey, transforming a dated house was an opportunity to be creative and a tad spiritual. When Galey and his wife, Debbie, purchased a midcentury modern home in Sandy Springs three years ago, the dated interiors came with what seemed like 16 layers of dirt.
There’s a cliché that the Christmas season starts earlier every year, and that’s often the case with holiday plays, some of which premiere in early November and run through New Year’s. This review of some of the metro area’s holiday shows includes some perennial favorites as well as new productions that aspire to become yearly traditions.
New documents filed this week in Orange County, Florida, offer a first look at plans for Universal Orlando’s fourth theme park. The plans will transform 540 acres of empty land near Lockheed Martin. That’s in addition to the construction of two hotels on the old Wet ‘n Wild property as part of the 4,000-room Endless Summer Resort.
Opened in late 2013 in Morganton, N.C., Fonta Flora Brewery has been creating unique “Appalachian-style” beer using grains and malts from the state and fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. But until last week, its coveted farmhouse-style saisons and fruit, vegetable and wild beers weren’t available here.
In Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s “I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti,” Jennifer Levison is tasked with inhabiting the skin of a successful and sophisticated Manhattan woman who makes a heck of a risotto but can’t keep a man.
Steve Yockey’s “Reykjavik,” the latest presentation in the National New Play Network’s “rolling” world premiere program, marks a homecoming of sorts for the former Atlanta playwright (now based in Los Angeles). Ahead of productions at other theaters in Dallas, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
Biscuits are one of my guilty pleasures. I simply cannot pass up one of these heavenly, flaky, buttery rounds. Not sure about you, but I’ve got a biscuit ritual: Snag one hot from the oven. Slice the already bursting seam with a knife. Add a pat of good butter to each half and watch it melt.
Atlanta's no slouch when it comes to Mexican food. Whether checking out hidden gems in Roswell or looking for the flavors of Mexico in Grant Park, Atlanta has something to offer. For the last two years, we've asked readers to tell us the best Mexican restaurant in Atlanta.
The other night at Momonoki in Midtown, I sat at the tiny bar, scarfed down a bowl of barbecue eel over rice and watched the kitchen at work. On the surface, it was just a bunch of cooks assembling bowls of ramen; cutlet sandwiches; artfully composed protein bowls and delicate pastries. And yet what I witnessed was more profound, a culinary love affair.
Magic. Augusta Wheeler mulled it over for a few weeks and decided that’s the word that represents her home. Then in “one fell swoop,” she said, she spray-painted in pink the word on a canvas that she found on the side of a road.
It has been in the works for two years, but the timing couldn’t have been better for the upcoming release of “Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers,” a box collection of silent films made by women.
My mother and grandmother made better reservations than roasts, so the concept of home cooking was as wild as a barrel of monkeys to me when I was growing up. But then I had my own children and realized that meals were more fun and nutritious if we cooked them together.
Tyler Hanes doesn’t like boxes. They are too restrictive and confined, so the Marietta native prefers to step outside of them. » RELATED: Earl Smith Strand Theatre: Movies, events and parking “I’m a variety of things, so I don’t like to play it safe,” he said. “I challenge myself, because that’s where the growth really begins.
Fictional tales of dark doings in the hollers and hamlets of Appalachia have become so prolific in recent years, they’ve spawned their own genre: Appalachian noir. North Carolina author David Joy is one of its leading proponents. But his third novel, “The Line That Held Us,” is straight up Southern gothic, and it is as horrifying and delicious as that label suggests.
The stretch between Buckhead and Buford is known for its amazing food − from goat curry at Nam Phuong to Viet-Cajun crustaceans at Crawfish Shack Seafood. As the AJC's Ligaya Figueras put it in our fall dining guide for Buford Highway, "The list of must-try ethnic dishes on Buford Highway is as long as the 30-plus miles of this roadway.
Musicals come and go, but the story of the Sharks vs. the Jets, of Tony and Maria who fall in love against the odds, can still seem as moving today as when it premiered more than 60 years ago. When the Atlanta Opera opens its 2018-19 season with a new production of the classic musical at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Nov.
Growing up in Newnan, Ga., Mary Mann wanted to go to faraway places, but the farthest away place her parents let her go was to Agnes Scott College, 40 miles away in Decatur. “She waited a long time to go to Europe,” said her daughter, Ann Rhea.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s vice president of artistic planning, Evans
Kiese Laymon’s visceral “Heavy: An American Memoir” conveys sweat, shivers and raw pain. His book is of the flesh, about how what happens to our flesh gets inscribed on our souls, and how what we’re told to think about our bodies gets branded on us as fiercely as the mark of a hot iron. On nearly every page, he reminds us of how his bulk takes up energy in his brain.
Another cool, dry day is upon us, with temperatures in the low 70s. Celebrate the arrival of autumn (finally) by getting out of the house, for some music, some theater, and a lesson in making your own glass pumpkin. You will be astonished at these 10 and 11-year-old musicians, who really play their instruments onstage, in this delightful theatrical adaptation of the classic Jack Black movie....
It’s Chili Season in the South. Not familiar with Chili Season? Of course you are! It’s those precious weeks during football season when the fall weather finally starts to cool off, causing sudden cravings for big pots of chili. Like pumpkin spice latte season, but spicier.
Angela Fusaro often hunts for trinkets with a story, but she supersized that mindset when she and her husband purchased a nearly 8,000-square-foot Atlanta home on the National Registry of Historic Places. The two-story brick, columned home in the East Lake neighborhood was built in the early 1900s by architect P.
As of this writing, the morning after the national touring production of the Broadway musical “School of Rock” opened at the Fox Theatre (where it runs through Sunday), my ears are still ringing. It kind of takes me back to my vaguely distant youth, in a way, and seeing bands like the B-52s, the Police or the Pretenders rock the Fox.
Today, it’s a bustling brew of shops and restaurants representing cultures from every part of the globe. But back before the days of I-285 and the Northeast Expressway, Buford Highway was simply a way to get from the big city to a string of much smaller towns. Let’s take a look back at how the highway has changed since the 1950s.
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. Our 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.
Earlier this year, three juicy or hazy styles were formally incorporated into the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines.
A cheese ball is not something that my siblings or I ventured downstairs for when our parents threw a dinner party. The fake fish sticks with tartar sauce beckoned us, but never the cheese balls. When “Cheese Balls: 40 Celebratory and Cheese-Licious Recipes” by Dena Rayess (Chronicle Books, $16.95) landed on my desk recently, I burst out laughing.
Sally Field’s memoir “In Pieces” is the opposite of a self-aggrandizing, celebrity biography meant to cement one’s place in history. Rather, it’s a vulnerable, frank, almost voyeuristic view inside Field’s mind and her efforts to “piece” her life’s most crucial moments into a coherent understanding of who she is as a human being.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta this year managed to snag two of Hollywood’s biggest stars for its 27th annual book festival — “Forrest Gump” costars Tom Hanks and Sally Field. Both happen to have books to promote, but just getting them to come to Atlanta was an impressive feat. And no surprise: both events are sold out.
There’s no question that Patdro Harris is an undoubtedly qualified choreographer and director of musicals on the local theater scene. Take his last venture at Theatrical Outfit, where he frequently collaborates: 2017’s Nina Simone show “Simply Simone,” which was unusually bold and creative by the run-of-the-mill standards of most greatest-hits revues.
Visitors may come to the Carl Sandburg Home in the mountain town of Flat Rock, N.C., for the poetry, but they’ll likely linger for the goats.
Celebrating its 17th year, Taste of Atlanta returns to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and more than 90 metro Atlanta restaurants will serve up all sorts of signature bites over the weekend of Oct. 19-21, as crowds gather to eat, drink and mingle outdoors. “Our move to Fourth Ward Park was great last year,” said Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena.
Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon and Tennessee Williams created worlds, and they all used typewriters to do it. Attention young people: a typewriter is an archaic device. You beat it with your hands and it produces manuscripts. You might call it a word processor and a printer wrapped into a machine-age marvel.
Judy Tabb built a home that is future focused in historic Ansley Park. “This was going to be my last move and I was planning on staying here forever,” she said. “I wanted to make sure it was right for me when I got a lot older.
An enigmatic science fiction and western novel set in modern times, Jamie Iredell’s “The Fat Kid” unleashes an inscrutable force upon the Eternal Frontier. Origin unknown, it resides in a size-changing, “filigreed” gold-and-silver cube called the Machine.
La Imperial Tortilleria y Rostiseria (you will also find it online as Tortilleria Avorrate Imperial) is a one-stop shop in Norcross for all things Mexican. It is a tortilla and tamale factory, bakery, hot food buffet, maker of agua fresca and mini grocery.
A few years ago, I ordered a steamed lobster at a little New England fish market and ate it outside on a pier, looking out at the same water the crustacean had been pulled from. It wasn’t a luxurious meal in any of the traditional ways.
Atlanta actress Minka Wiltz is taking her show on the road — without ever leaving the greater metro area.
Cake is festive. Cookies are fun. Fruit for dessert seems like a punishment. Yes, a bowl of berries is elegant and virtuous, but my heart drops unless there’s a little piece of pound cake next to it. I’m not alone; my busy teens will linger at the dinner table a few moments longer if they are enticed (bribed) with a sweet treat.
Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot chose Atlanta for its first season, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South. While the new Fab 5 are all that, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town.
Jupiter “Jupe” Charity-Sanchez is a stunning biracial girl with two dads. She is openly “into girls.” Courtney “Coop” Cooper is a 6-foot-4-inch basketball player, an all-around top guy who crushes on Jupe, suffering in silence because he’s straight. They are longtime next-door neighbors, best friends and busy students at Decatur High School.
In highlighting 10 original songs by Atlantans Phillip DePoy and Tyrone Jackson, “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” comes to vibrant life with its celebratory embrace of the 1950s jazz scene.
In Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, “Unsheltered,” Willa Knox and her family are falling apart. While grieving her mother’s recent death, Willa loses her job as a magazine editor. Her husband Iano Tavoularis’ Virginia college shutters its doors, taking with it his secure, tenure-track position. After they move to Vineland, N.J.
When it comes to dining out, few sights are less appealing to me than food-court steam tables. From malls to airports, I’ve had my fill of geriatric green beans, crusty-topped mac and cheese, soggy fried chicken. I feel nothing but pity for people whose job is to mind the hot bar for approaching customers: They see you coming, then stir, stir, stir.
Mark and Dave Curran thank their friends for drawing them to Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, but once there, the loft-like openness of the first floor, rooftop deck and extras like a two-car garage sold them on the townhome. “We walked in and we knew that it was it, right off the bat,” Dave said.
The itch for a European lifestyle can be scratched in the woods of Georgia just 30 miles south of Atlanta at a place called Serenbe. Nestled in Chattahoochee Hills, the nearly 700 creatives and aesthetes that call Serenbe home have found a paradise entrenched in New Urbanism that is in direct contrast to the traffic-clogged metropolis known as Atlanta.
Lure’s executive chef Mike Manley gladly supplied this recipe. It was created by David Bradley, Lure’s opening chef, back in 2013. They’re a guest favorite, and Manley enjoys them as much as Lure’s diners do. They’re listed as a side dish and come six to an order. We’ve cut the recipe by about half in order to make something a little more sized for home cooks.
With eyes so big they dwarf his gaunt face, the child stands beside an open refrigerator, its contents looking more like garbage than food. Dead flies appear to float in the sludge coagulated on the bottom shelf.
Eleanor (“Nell”) Gwynn may have been ahead of her own Restoration-era time and place, but she doesn’t seem to hold up or carry over quite so well in our current #MeToo day and age.
Eating vegetables is an insufferable affair for some folks. They do it because it’s good for the body, not because it brings much pleasure. Yet, getting a fill of veggies doesn’t have to mean a boring bowl of rabbit vittles.
When you move somewhere, there are few things as important as knowing where to get the best pizza. Last week’s Best of Atlanta poll got your take on who makes the best pie in town. Your votes have been tallied! Antico Pizza taking the top spot should be no surprise. In 2015, TripAdvisor rated it the seventh-best pizzeria in all of America.
The title of Delia Owens’ debut novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” refers to a place “far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters.” Indeed, the untamed North Carolina marshland setting is not merely a backdrop for the remarkable story that unfolds, but it shares center stage with the unforgettable protagonist, Kya.
In spring 1977, Romare Bearden’s “Odysseus Series” opened at the Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery in New York’s Upper East Side. Bearden, already considered a major presence in American art, used collage to reinterpret the classical myth of the wandering hero through the lens of the black diaspora.
New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry didn’t intend to break rank with her new book, “Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
It’s a familiar tale. A breakfast diner serves good food, and thanks to word-of-mouth, before the critics can even weigh in, diners are jostling for biscuits and gravy, fried croissants, avocado toast. This was the playbook some years ago at Grant Park’s Home Grown and Buckhead’s Buttermilk Kitchen. Lately it’s been the fate of the Little Farmhouse Cafe in DeKalb.
Plants and flowers decorate Kenan Hill’s Morningside home, from the mudroom to the bathrooms to living spaces. While her houseplants tend to be more exotic, the exterior plants are inspired by the home’s English Tudor architecture. “I love English gardens,” said Hill, artist and co-founder of Real Men Buy Flowers, an online florist.
Whether you're looking for a new sweetie or already have a beau this fall, newsflash: Atlanta is currently on the cusp of cuffing season. That means you need to be on point with date ideas. "Cuffing," you'll remember, is the time of year when you search for someone to "cuff up" with during the cool months.
The reaction and counter-reaction was a swift, often-vitriolic social media debate that spiraled into calls for a boycott of Monday Night and its beer. That caused the three co-founders-owners, Jonathan Baker, Jeff Heck and Joel Iverson, to admit they hadn’t really thought hard enough about their decision.
Not every local theater gets into the scary spirit of Halloween, but the ones that do wear their hearts on their sleeves — and possibly other misplaced body parts, as well. The following stage plays offer spooky tricks and some amusing treats in the buildup to All Hallow’s Eve.
Possibly befitting the play’s heroine, a stockroom clerk who packs and ships presumably valuable Tibetan-oriented knickknacks that are actually mass-manufactured in China, there’s something oddly fabricated and inauthentic about “Be Here Now,” a pseudo-spiritual romantic comedy-drama by Deborah Zoe Laufer.
On a recent weekend, we celebrated our son’s birthday in our usual way: I grilled an outrageous amount of red meat, and over the course of two dinners, a lunch and a brunch, the family picked every last T-bone clean. By Sunday evening, Dear Husband Bob felt sluggish and a little sheepish. Even though he was born in cattle country, he admitted that he had enjoyed too much of a good thing.
From free yoga to live music at Center Stage, here’s a few ways to enjoy your Tuesday. FREE YOGA CLASSES AT THE MALL OF GEORGIA To help provide a sense of peace for the week, the Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County will host Namaste Nights: Yoga in the Village on Tuesday nights now through October 23. Free. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Sixteen years ago, Kenny Leon left the plummest of theater jobs in Atlanta — running the Alliance Theatre — to create something near and dear to his heart. With former Alliance colleague Jane Bishop, he founded Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, to show that great stories can appeal to all audiences.
There is something romantic about a well-made pizza pie. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know where you chow down on the most delicious pizza in town. It may be one of these four places for a fancy pizza night in Atlanta.
For being so far from the ocean, Atlantans love their seafood. When the season permits, we flock toward the New England staple, the lobster roll. And why not? Sweet, fleshy lobster piled onto a toasted top-split bun. Sounds like heaven. As for what makes up the rest of that sandwich you're about to inhale is a bit of a debate. Mayo vs.
Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn spectacular shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s getting to be that time of year — even if it feels like a never-ending summer. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much of November.
As one of the most cherished city landmarks, The Fox Theatre is more than just a building, it's an experience. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the exquisite architecture and stunning decor inside The Fox transports guests to the temples of Ancient Egypt, palaces of the Far East and into elaborate Arabian mosques.
It’s been a rough couple of years for former Allman Brothers Band members. Both bandleader Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks died in 2017, and now, guitarist Dickey Betts is undergoing surgery following what has been called a “freak accident.
Arnette’s Chop Shop is a word-of-mouth kind of place. You’d have no reason to venture this far back on Apple Valley Road in Brookhaven unless you were planning to sup here. Well, you could be dropping off your pup at the doggie day care next door. Otherwise, it’s because you’re lost. But word-of-mouth about Arnette’s is spreading.
It’s a humble little sandwich with a funny-sounding name: a portmanteau that sounds like what happens when you smash its two main ingredients — shawarma and falafel — into a pita pocket.
School’s in, summer work hours are out and the stressful holiday season is fast rounding the corner. Sigh. If you’re like most of metro Atlanta, you’re ready for a quick getaway right about now.
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.
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.
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.