Sunday Living & Arts


‘Take You Wherever You Go’

I saw an article in the paper about actor auditions for the Academy of Theatre and Music. They were looking to diversify their company and were specifically looking for African-Americans. My gut told me to go after this intriguing opportunity. And I figured I had enough experience to give it a try. When I auditioned for the Academy Theatre, it wasn’t like I was completely new to that world....


Designer wallcovering gives a serene vibe at Druid Hills home

Designer wallcovering gives a serene vibe at Druid Hills home

Judy Ragunas spotted a hand-painted wallpaper in multiple design magazines and was enticed by the chinoiserie pattern with birds and branches. When she redecorated her dining room, she decided to splurge — and wait — on the designer wallcovering. The process took a year to sketch the drawings, measure the wall space for a custom fit, finalize the drawing, paint the wallpaper and ship it...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Chef Kevin Gillespie talks about his battle with cancer

AJC EXCLUSIVE: Chef Kevin Gillespie talks about his battle with cancer

One month ago, chef Kevin Gillespie underwent surgery to remove a kidney after having been diagnosed with renal cancer. The 35-year-old Atlanta native with the red beard that gives his restaurant group its name has since been recuperating in his home, contemplating what could have been, as well as what’s to come. “I feel like I dodged not a bullet, but an atom bomb,” Gillespie said...
Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants. >> Read more trending news  Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent...
21 fun and free things to do with kids this summer in Atlanta

21 fun and free things to do with kids this summer in Atlanta

Summer has begun – at least according to the school calendar – but it won't be long before you hear the complaint of kids everywhere: "I'm borrred!" It can be a challenge to keep kids happily occupied throughout the summer in metro Atlanta, and it's even harder to do it on a budget.  B at the Movies. Free family movies including "Coco" and "Jumanji: Welcome...
Review: Actor’s Express stages moving production of ‘The Color Purple’ musical

Review: Actor’s Express stages moving production of ‘The Color Purple’ musical

“If God ever listened to the prayers of a poor colored woman, the world would be a different place.” During the early 20th century, when “The Color Purple” takes place, and in 2018 an unfortunate truth remains — to be a poor woman of color in America is to be invisible and subject to suffering. Specifically, black women deal with higher rates of police brutality...
Margaritaville: 9 facts about the newly-branded water park 

Margaritaville: 9 facts about the newly-branded water park 

There's still an exciting and refreshing Atlanta amusement park at Lanier Islands, but don't look for the name "LanierWorld" anymore. Starting with the 2018 season, the park is now Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. A company co-owned by music icon Jimmy Buffett and Safe Harbor Development of Knoxville, Tenn.   Safe Harbor Development – in partnership with Margaritaville,...
Impact of folk art on the trained artist revealed in show at the High

Impact of folk art on the trained artist revealed in show at the High

If Americans remained unaware of outside art and folk artists during most of the last century, trained artists, from Pablo Picasso to Kara Walker, have been paying close attention. The exuberance of the folk artist, the dedication to a singular vision and the willingness to pursue that vision in the absence of any acclaim often inspired the trained artist to pursue their own muses with vigor...
Healthy Cooking: How to reimagine cucumber salad without sour cream

Healthy Cooking: How to reimagine cucumber salad without sour cream

Dear Husband Bob eats cucumbers with sour cream the way I drink gin with tonic: enthusiastically consuming both items in equal measure, oblivious to the judgment-filled stares of others. Drowning vegetables in full-fat dairy is a trick he learned from his mother, who appreciated the nutritional value of fresh veggies, but needed the paths of least resistance (Velveeta, butter, and cream of all varieties)...
Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Bob Dole's final mission takes place each Saturday at the National World War II Memorial

Each Saturday, before Bob Dole sets off on his latest vocation, he has cornflakes, a little sugar on top, and a bottle of chocolate Boost. It takes less time to get dressed now that the 94-year-old finally allows a nurse to help him, but it remains a rough half-hour on a body racked by injury and age. The blue oxford has to be maneuvered over the dead right arm and the shoulder that was blown away...
5 other things to do when visiting the new Great Wolf Lodge Georgia

5 other things to do when visiting the new Great Wolf Lodge Georgia

If you've given in to your kids' pleas and are planning a trip to the new Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, you'll find plenty to do inside the resort and indoor water park. Located about an hour south of Atlanta, it features plenty of water slides and features as well as an adventure park with attractions like a ropes course, arcade and more. But when you're ready to venture outside of Great Wolf...
Winner: Best Seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best Seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll found out who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Located on The Square in downtown historic Lawrenceville, Oyster Bay Seafood Café is a Florida-style restaurant known for their smoked fish dip, stuffed grouper, conch fritters and fresh oysters.  Enjoy...
A garden with a message

A garden with a message

When we pulled up, unannounced, in front of the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, the jovial self-taught tree magician and scrap metal sculptor was sitting in his John Deere tractor. The garden around the modest house where he and his wife live — three unfenced acres thick with more than 300 fantastically shaped plants, trees and shrubs — officially closes at 4 p.m. but Pearl, as everyone...
The last slave

The last slave

Call it what you will — an oral history, a biography, an ethnography, a poem, a song. For Zora Neale Hurston’s posthumously published book, “Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo,’” is a revelation that defies categorization. A barracoon is a prison where Africans who’d been sold into slavery waited to board ships to Europe or the Americas. It...
5 old school Atlanta steakhouses to revisit

5 old school Atlanta steakhouses to revisit

For some, a steakhouse is a place to wheel and deal. For some, it's an excuse to get dressed up and hit the town. And for others, it is a way to slide back into the past. A time when the martinis were strong and dry — not a cosmo or a lemon drop to be found.  A time when your waiter might just be dressed better than you and soft piano music floated in the air as you ate an immaculately...
At Atlanta Botanical Garden, refugees to make meals representing ‘home’

At Atlanta Botanical Garden, refugees to make meals representing ‘home’

Cultural exchange can happen in many ways. Often the most accessible, and easily the most delicious, form is by sharing a meal. There’s no lack of Atlanta restaurants where you can sample dishes from Thailand, say, or Ethiopia, but how often does the diner connect with the chef and learn not only what goes into a dish but why that dish is important in the chef’s culture? Next weekend (June...
40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia

40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia

Georgia's rolling terrain and plentiful waterways create the perfect environment for one of nature's most beautiful displays: the waterfall. Visit these popular waterfalls, located throughout the northern half of the state, plus two south of the ATL. Amicalola Falls, Georgia's tallest waterfall, tumbles more than 720 feet through a shady forest. Amicalola Falls State Park, 280 Amicalola Falls State...
8 most romantic overnight getaways near Atlanta

8 most romantic overnight getaways near Atlanta

Whether for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion, an overnight getaway breathes new energy into a relationship. Relax at the spa, inhale fresh air from the outdoors or spend time in front of the fire with a glass of champagne. These eight romantic getaways around Atlanta beckon a passionate escape, if only for a weekend. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. (Buckhead) Mandarin Oriental’s...
Review: Buford’s Wicked Sushi & Grill tries hard but is somewhat uneven

Review: Buford’s Wicked Sushi & Grill tries hard but is somewhat uneven

At Wicked Sushi & Grill, you can get your sushi rolls cold, deep-fried, baked and flambéed. Some have foreboding names (Black Widow, Rattlesnake, Heart Attack). Others riff on nearby landmarks (Mall of Georgia). These rolls with the mock-provocative names and alternative techniques are the handiwork of chef-owner Rex Jeong. The Atlanta newcomer was born in South Korea, moved to the States as...
Review: Chai Yo brings Thai fine dining to posh Buckhead

Review: Chai Yo brings Thai fine dining to posh Buckhead

There’s no need to look around for Thai starter staples like a green papaya salad or satay when the Nam Prik Ong platter is an option. You dunk this spread of crispy lotus chips, curly cue pork cracklings and fresh cucumber slices into a chunky dip of chiles, ground pork and roasted tomatoes. Between bites, you sip on sparkling lychee sake, perhaps a Thai lager or even the nonalcoholic Lemongrass...
West End Craftsman reno does not show its century-old age

West End Craftsman reno does not show its century-old age

Brenda Hubbard’s home is more than a century old, but doesn’t show its age, with a bathroom remodel finished this year and colorful walls filled with African-American art. The bathroom redo removed an old porcelain tub and cracked floor, and redesigned the space to accommodate both a clawfoot tub and larger shower, and a marble double vanity in a niche. For the lighting, she selected a...
Albert Einstein decried racism in America; his diaries reveal a xenophobic, misogynistic side

Albert Einstein decried racism in America; his diaries reveal a xenophobic, misogynistic side

In 1946, Albert Einstein stood in front of students at the oldest historically black college in the United States and decried the oppression of African Americans. "There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it," he said during a commencement...
Everything you need to know about Ponce City Market 

Everything you need to know about Ponce City Market 

Ponce City Market (or PCM as its affectionately nicknamed) has become the hot topic of conversation when Atlantans are searching for the latest, greatest event or seeking the city’s best dining and shopping.  Atlantans had been awaiting the project since 2011, when developer Jamestown Properties bought City Hall East, a former Sears distribution center, and announced plans to turn it into...
Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

Jefferson's Monticello gives Sally Hemings her place in presidential history

You cannot see Thomas Jefferson's mansion, Monticello, from the small room burrowed into the ground along the south wing of his estate. When the door is closed, you can't see anything at all, because it is a windowless room, with a low ceiling and damp walls.  But this was, very likely, the room inhabited by Sally Hemings, the enslaved woman who bore six of Jefferson's children, a woman about...
8 fun spots for Atlantans who don't drink

8 fun spots for Atlantans who don't drink

You can love the nightlife without liking alcohol or the drinking scene in Atlanta. And the teetotal crowd is entitled to go out and have a great time at metro gathering spots, just like their imbibing friends and family. Well, not "just like," since these venues and activities are strictly alcohol-free. But just as good when you're seeking evening and even late night entertainment. So whether...
7 spots for late-night Atlanta fun — no bars included

7 spots for late-night Atlanta fun — no bars included

What if you love the night life, but you don't necessarily want to boogie at a bar?  Atlanta night owls, you've got options. Here are seven ideas for late night fun —minus the bars— in metro Atlanta. Hours: 9-midnight a.m Monday-Thursday; 9 -2 a.m.; Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-midnight Sunday. Midtown's Topgolf entertainment complex is the place to play an oddly appealing game until 1...
Kenny Leon to give keynote at AJC Decatur Book Fest 2018

Kenny Leon to give keynote at AJC Decatur Book Fest 2018

The AJC Decatur Book Festival announced Monday that Atlanta theater legend Kenny Leon will serve as the keynote speaker during the kickoff ceremonies for the festival this Labor Day weekend. The Tony Award-winning Leon, former artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, will speak at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. He is the author of a new memoir, “Take You Wherever You Go.”   Leon...
4 Atlanta recording studios where you could meet (or become) a star

4 Atlanta recording studios where you could meet (or become) a star

For up-and-coming musicians, there are a handful of studios in Atlanta that can produce the quality demo needed for that next big break. Some of the once unknown hip hop stars who have laid tracks at these studios are today the biggest stars in the world. And all it takes is one track. 4610 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross 770-242-8944 One of the most prestigious, well established recording spaces...
VOTE: Who has the best seafood in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best seafood in Atlanta?

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is all about who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Perhaps you need to do a little sampling before casting your vote. Awaken your seafood taste buds at these Atlanta restaurants.  There are few things better than Cajun seafood done right. Hit up these joints...
Winner: Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

From vegetables and fruit to locally sourced meats and treats, farmers markets around Atlanta have as much selection as your local grocery store. Summertime means a visit to your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients of the season.  Keeping that fresh summer spirit in mind, which farmers market was named the Best in Atlanta?  Coming in first place, Decatur Farmers Market ...
Anthony Bourdain, chef, travel host and author, is dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, chef, travel host and author, is dead at 61

Anthony Bourdain, whose madcap memoir about the dark corners of New York’s restaurants made him into a celebrity chef and touched off a nearly two-decade career as a globe-trotting television host, was found dead Friday at 61. Bourdain was found in his room at Le Chambard, a luxury hotel in Kaysersberg, a village in the Alsace region of eastern France, according to a prosecutor in the nearby...
7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples

7 low-key date ideas for Atlanta's chill couples

Contrary to popular belief, dating doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to break the bank account. Of course, there's nothing wrong with throwing out money for the ones you love or doing things up, but if you're a terminally chill couple or in the early stages of dating, low-key dates are the ones for you. You can learn a lot about somebody by playing games, and no, not the lying, cheating...
A new children’s book tackles police shootings of unarmed black men

A new children’s book tackles police shootings of unarmed black men

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, 12-year-old Tamir Rice. As a series of high-profile killings of black men and boys by police officers shook the country, Atlanta child psychologists and longtime colleagues Dr. Marietta Collins, Dr. Marianne Celano and Dr. Ann Hazzard wanted to do something to spark conversations about racial injustice, counter negative stereotypes and encourage young people to embrace...
9 ways to make the most of your ride on the Atlanta Streetcar 

9 ways to make the most of your ride on the Atlanta Streetcar 

While Atlanta is abuzz with MARTA and the city's proposed building of 21 miles of light rail lines and other transit improvements, the Atlanta Streetcar is quietly making its reduced-emission way around the Cenntennial Olympic Park area. The modern electric streetcar will never "clang, clang, clang" like the Judy Garland song, but it does provide an entertaining field trip for...
Review: Grain bowls that break the rules at Recess

Review: Grain bowls that break the rules at Recess

The Casablanca bowl at Recess is a perfect little name for a perfect little dish. Not that it has much to do with Moroccan food. Outside of a few spices that season a bright orange smear of pureed carrot, the contents of this bowl would likely be hard to find in the Old Medina in Casablanca. Instead, the name seems to simply conjure up a far-out place where rice crispies mingle with beluga lentils...
Atlanta’s long-term love affair with old-style chicken salad

Atlanta’s long-term love affair with old-style chicken salad

It’s a composed dish lost in time, a relic from another era, the apotheosis of Southern lady food. On a doily of lettuce, a scoop of chicken salad amandine is paired with a blob of pastel-colored frozen-fruit melange. Off to the side sit a couple of crispy cheese wafers for delicate nibbling. Years ago, when the AJC was literally across the street from Rich’s Department Store downtown...
Short stories in new book ‘Florida’ treat state like another character

Short stories in new book ‘Florida’ treat state like another character

Lauren Groff’s highly anticipated new book, “Florida,” is a collection of 11 short stories that first saw the light of day in publications such as The New Yorker and Esquire. The collection was inspired by the author’s move to the state, with Florida being the undercurrent running through each story — even if it’s simply the place characters are fleeing for vacation...
Metro Atlanta fantasy author rides giant boars to mainstream book deal

Metro Atlanta fantasy author rides giant boars to mainstream book deal

A stereotype holds that brawling, rule-breaking biker gangs like to call their motorcycles “hogs.” Norcross author Jonathan French gives that idea a fantastical spin in his new novel “The Grey Bastards.” The book’s boisterous antiheroes patrol their desolate turf atop massive, razorback boars about the size of horses. And the steeds fit the riders: The titular &ldquo...
Historic West End bungalow offers ‘Afro chic’ farmhouse mashup  

Historic West End bungalow offers ‘Afro chic’ farmhouse mashup  

Adedayo Lawal and Christopher Altman blended her Nigerian roots and his Midwestern upbringing in their home in Atlanta’s historic West End. The budget-conscious couple scoured outlets, Facebook Marketplace and Lumber Liquidators for materials, furniture and accessories. When they couldn’t find exactly what they wanted, they made or modified the pieces to fit their “Afro chic&rdquo...
Theater review: Synchronicity’s ‘Taming’ veers wildly over the top

Theater review: Synchronicity’s ‘Taming’ veers wildly over the top

Highly touted as the most produced playwright in the country last year, Decatur native Lauren Gunderson (now based in San Francisco) is doubtless among the most prolific, too. Just consider all the local productions of her work over the past several years: “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” at Synchronicity; the Weird Sisters’ “Emilie”; Aurora’s “I and...
Are you making this mistake when cooking chicken thighs?

Are you making this mistake when cooking chicken thighs?

   Wanna know who deserves an apology: chicken thighs. As if it isn’t enough to be upstaged by a less flavorful chunk of meat (*ahem* chicken breasts), for reasons beyond explanation, this delicious portion of the chicken is too often brutalized atop the grill, on a skillet, or in the oven. By avoiding one mistake in preparing your chicken thighs, you’ll gladly jump off the breast...
Ways to make a salad less ordinary

Ways to make a salad less ordinary

In late spring and early summer, when temperatures climb, and farmers markets and produce aisles are brimming with fresh vegetables, salads are a simple way to eat light and not really cook as often. Even better, as several new cookbooks teach, salads can be much more than lettuce with some add-ons and dressing. They can be a dish with flavors and textures as complex as any other — but often...
Healthy Cooking: When too much zucchini is a good thing

Healthy Cooking: When too much zucchini is a good thing

People love to give me bags of homegrown zucchini. Which is a bit of a stressor, because they expect me to make something amazing with it. Also because, while I’m contemplating amazing things to make with zucchini, the zucchini takes over my fridge and squeezes out my rosé. Friends, if you, too, are the beneficiary of someone’s summer squash largesse, read on for fresh ideas to...
Theater review: A nice breeze flows in Outfit’s ‘110 in the Shade’

Theater review: A nice breeze flows in Outfit’s ‘110 in the Shade’

“110 in the Shade,” a reasonably modest and unsung 1960s musical version of the famous 1950s play “The Rainmaker,” is hardly the sort of flamboyant show that incorporates any actual downpours of precipitation on stage, a la “Singin’ in the Rain.” At a time when the vast majority of musicals now are conceived as elaborate spectacles, there’s definitely...
Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to be entombed in Denver cathedral

Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to be entombed in Denver cathedral

On the streets of post-Civil War Denver, Julia Greeley was unmistakable as she stood at doorsteps of poor families in the middle of the night, pulling a red wagon behind her and wearing a floppy black hat. Because the former slave lost an eye as a child when she was whipped by a slave master in Hannibal, Mo., some people in Denver knew her as one-eyed Julia. But most called her an angel of charity...
The favorite crime books of Atlanta’s top cops and lawyers

The favorite crime books of Atlanta’s top cops and lawyers

Crime books are among the most popular genres out there. True crime. Legal fiction. Courtroom thrillers. Police procedurals. They fly off the shelves. We asked the leaders in metro-Atlanta law enforcement as well as some of the region’s top criminal defense attorneys to name their favorites. They live these stories every day. What books get it right? Which ones inspire them? Here — in...
Which Atlanta doughnut shop was named the best in Georgia? 

Which Atlanta doughnut shop was named the best in Georgia? 

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. Travelocity’s “The Best Doughnut...
Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin at the High Museum

Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin at the High Museum

For a bear of very little brain, Winnie-the-Pooh has done well. He has inspired television shows, a half-dozen movies, theme park rides, and stuffed toys, and he earns $5.5 billion for the Walt Disney Co. every year. But Pooh had humble beginnings in a children’s book by A.A. Milne, with somewhat scruffy pen-and-ink drawings by E.H. Shepard. The story of the birth and miraculous rise of the...
Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

What's the perfect complement to warm weather, festival season and a healthy appetite? If an image of a colorful food truck came to mind, then you're in good company. Atlantans have it made in the shade when it comes to getting the best meals on four wheels. There's something to satisfy every craving - savory, sweet, healthy or indulgent. It's our pleasure to help you map out the when's and where's...
Meet pair of architects tied to MA! (Modern Atlanta) Architecture Tour

Meet pair of architects tied to MA! (Modern Atlanta) Architecture Tour

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. I moved to Atlanta in 1997 and worked at the Johnson...
Review: Uncommonly excellent fried chicken at Mary Hoopa’s

Review: Uncommonly excellent fried chicken at Mary Hoopa’s

On Friday night at Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters, I could detect a certain kind of fear in the eyes of the man standing behind the host stand. The front of the restaurant was packed with customers: two couples with strollers in tow, a gaggle of teens hanging irritatingly in the way of the door, a three-top here, a four-top there. If one more customer walked in, there wouldn&rsquo...
‘Visible Empire’ explores privilege in novel tied to 1962 Orly crash

‘Visible Empire’ explores privilege in novel tied to 1962 Orly crash

Hannah Pittard’s ambitious fourth novel, “Visible Empire,” was inspired by the 1962 Paris plane crash that killed over 100 prominent Atlantans, art patrons returning from a tour of European museums. Pittard grew up hearing stories of the crash’s aftermath, and she dedicates the book to her mother, “who first told (her) the story of the disaster at Orly.” History...
Review: Ponko Chicken does tenders and sides with Amer-Asian twist

Review: Ponko Chicken does tenders and sides with Amer-Asian twist

Colonel Sanders had his original recipe. The peeps at Ponko Chicken have theirs. Twenty years ago, sisters Reiko Clark and Maggie Antoine opened a Stone Mountain restaurant called Food Ease, where they developed a following around Antoine’s panko-crusted, sweet-soy-sauce-drizzled “Amer-Asian chicken tenders.” Eventually they changed the name to Ponko Chicken, after their most famous...
9 sizzling summer festivals not to miss in Atlanta

9 sizzling summer festivals not to miss in Atlanta

Take advantage of Atlanta's warm weather by coming out to a sizzling summer festival. Art, music, food and drink festivals are heating up around the city, making this season one of the most popular for outdoor events. "It's summertime... people just want to get out and have fun with their friends and experience new things," said Adam Cohen, director of operations for Spiral Entertainment...
6 must-have metro Atlanta memberships

6 must-have metro Atlanta memberships

At last count there were over 40 museums in the city, and countless galleries. Add to that a stellar number of parks, attractions and gardens. Choosing which to visit is a daunting task; choosing where to drop membership dollars arouses confusion in even the most decisive residents. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Thousands of colorful tulips bloom in spring, clever scarecrows haunt in...
Theater review: Horizon’s ‘Citizens Market’ opens for business

Theater review: Horizon’s ‘Citizens Market’ opens for business

Tucked away somewhere in New York City, mere blocks between the looming shadows of a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s, the Horizon Theatre play “Citizens Market” (written by Cori Thomas) takes place in a comparatively modest mini-mart called the Super Union. The store’s name is no coincidence, insofar as its small faction of immigrant workers hails from a veritable United...
Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

Your guide to the Fabulous Fox Theatre

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. Discover the magic of the Fox Theatre for yourself with these...
Buckhead condo owner treasures her estate sale finds, classic interiors 

Buckhead condo owner treasures her estate sale finds, classic interiors 

Elizabeth Cook passed a home advertising an estate sale during a run a year-and-a-half ago. She returned to Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood on the day of the sale and purchased an armchair covered in designer fabric with an ikat print. “I love the statement it makes in the room, adore the fabric, and relish the deal I got on the chair,” Cook said. “It anchors our living...
Author Events May 26-June 1

Author Events May 26-June 1

Jenny Milchman, “Wicked River.” A newlywed couple honeymooning in the Adirondacks discover that they are not alone in their isolated paradise—someone is watching them who will stop at nothing to make sure they never leave. 2 p.m. May 26. Signing. Free. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock, 770-516-9989, foxtalebookshoppe.com Joshilyn Jackson, “The Almost Sisters...
Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ a magnificent tale of triumph and tragedy

Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ a magnificent tale of triumph and tragedy

Born out of wedlock on a tiny Caribbean island in the middle of the 18th century, Alexander Hamilton arrived on American shores with killer timing: It was 1772. The American Revolution was at hand. By dint of his soaring intellect and vaulting ambition, he went on to help George Washington defeat the British and participate in the design of a miraculous new experiment in democracy. All the while,...
Atlanta Public Schools students see ‘Hamilton’

Atlanta Public Schools students see ‘Hamilton’

More than a thousand Atlanta Public Schools students had the coolest class trip of the century this week as they trooped into the Fox Theatre to watch that phenomenon called “Hamilton.” “This is absolutely amazing,” said Grady High School senior Morgan Watkins during intermission. The University of Georgia-bound 18-year-old was one of a sea of teenagers in the ornate...
Review: At Old Fourth Ward’s Taco Cantina, tortas surpass the tacos

Review: At Old Fourth Ward’s Taco Cantina, tortas surpass the tacos

Back in January, when I started exploring the plethora of new taco places turning up all over town, I felt that Taco Cantina in the Old Fourth Ward had considerable potential. Here was a chef from Zacatlan, Mexico, who had found success at his original location in Smyrna, raising the taco flag on Boulevard. And it was just down the street from my home in Grant Park, too. Que bueno. So I kept...
Review: Achie’s scores but doesn’t hit it out of the park

Review: Achie’s scores but doesn’t hit it out of the park

There are currently 16 restaurants at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park. While the cuisine varies, each eatery is vying for dining dollars, especially when the entertainment district fills up on Braves game days. On a recent Saturday evening, despite the Braves being out of town, The Battery was hopping. Then again, just last week came news that Todd English Tavern had struck out...
Why North Georgia is the perfect nearby girlfriends getaway

Why North Georgia is the perfect nearby girlfriends getaway

It's always been too long since the girlfriends got away together. North Georgia has plenty of places to make up for lost time, without traipsing off to far away (and budget busting) locales. Girlfriend getaways not far from Atlanta hit all the right marks in your relaxation check boxes − from massages and wine to shopping, and maybe a bit of theater or chocolate thrown in. Family-size...
Southern beach books

Southern beach books

What do you want in a “beach book”? Forgettable fluff? Or something more substantial because you’re on vacation and finally have time? Author Dorothea Benton Frank says she always wants a book from which she’ll learn something — or one “that I wish I had written.” Here are eight new or coming-soon Southern-tinged titles, all well beyond pure escapism...
Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

Healthy Cooking: Give tomato-less green gazpacho a whirl (in the blender)

I am such a liar, my yoga pants are on fire. (Not really. That’s a lie.) I tell whoppers every time I visit the farmers market, where I enthusiastically over-purchase fresh, colorful produce with the promise that I will clean, peel and prepare every single item. Then the veggies, and my intentions, wither and die in my kitchen. The truth is, some days are so overwhelming that the hardest steps...
Todd Richards’ new cookbook ponders what puts the soul in Southern food

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

With his first cookbook, Atlanta chef Todd Richards delivers a glorious compendium of thoughtful and refined recipes that are his personal response to the accumulated history of American cooking, from slave days to the contemporary moment. In the pages of “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes,” published Tuesday, you will discover super-sophisticated multi-component recipes...
Winner: Best fried chicken in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best fried chicken in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

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

Aging and dying the old-fashioned way

In her 2001 book, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America,” journalist Barbara Ehrenreich goes undercover as an employee in several minimum-wage jobs (waitress, hotel maid, nursing home aide, etc.) to expose the reality of those earning wages so low they can’t afford to feed, shelter, clothe or meet their health care needs. The critically acclaimed book shed light on the...
8 things you didn't know about Atlanta’s Great American Cookies

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

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

Author Events May 20-26

Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” Pulitzer Prize–winning author Meacham believes our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and he shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. In conversation with fellow Pulitzer-Prize winning author Doug Blackmon. 7 p.m. May 21. Lecture...
Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Review: Miss Gogi does Korean barbecue without the gimmicks

Before driving to Miss Gogi in the Peachtree Pavilion strip mall in Doraville, I tried to do a little research. I knew, of course, to expect the salty sweet pleasures of tender bulgogi, the Korean barbecue dish referenced by the name, but I wanted to figure out what they were doing differently. You see, Korean barbecue restaurants are thriving in metro Atlanta these days. This Korean barbecue...
Real-life girl’s courage inspired Aisha Saeed’s sophomore novel

Real-life girl’s courage inspired Aisha Saeed’s sophomore novel

On the eve of the recent release of “Amal Unbound,” her second novel for children, Brookhaven author Aisha Saeed, sipping a Coke Zero, seems as cool as a cucumber at La Madeleine French Bakery and Café. Her demeanor belies the chilling and potent narratives she pens about young girls who, against all odds, rally against the sociopolitical forces that disenfranchise them. Saeed...
Kirkwood Craftsman bungalow features adorable matching chicken coop

Kirkwood Craftsman bungalow features adorable matching chicken coop

Twenty chickens cluck and roam where cement once filled the backyard of Andy McKeegan’s home in Kirkwood. The chickens live in a coop that matches the 1922 Craftsman house. “They’ve got a big old run,” he said. “They’ve got a big old coop right next to it that’s painted to match my house. It’s legit.” The backyard redo is among $100,000 in renovations...
11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

11 of the biggest scandals in sports gambling history

With the Supreme Court ending a federal ban on sports betting, the floodgates have opened for some, or all, of the 50 states to legalize wagers on athletic events. With this brave new world of gaming, we'll see extra focus on players, officials, spreads, lines and money, all as leagues, law enforcement and sports books try to ensure that sports gambling stays incorruptible...
Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe’s ‘A Man in Full’ had Atlanta pegged

Tom Wolfe spent years researching and writing what would become perhaps his most significant novel, 1998’s “A Man in Full,” and the city of Atlanta was collectively proud and apprehensive to be in the crosshairs of the writer’s gimlet-eyed scrutiny. Atlanta’s jitters manifested early. Wolfe came to town to celebrate the November publication date, but the Buckhead Coalition...
Theater review: High-strung comedy ‘Ripcord’ malfunctions at Aurora

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

You’ve probably seen it all before, or at least might feel like you have: Two strong-willed little old ladies, both of them set in their own ways, become mismatched roommates at a modest senior-living facility; because Marilyn’s more chatty and free-spirited, while Abby’s more cynical and reserved, they quickly clash. If that sounds like some utterly routine pitch for yet another...
A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

A barista refused to serve a man for 'being really racist' to a Muslim. Her bosses backed her.

Kathleen "Amina" Deady stood in front of a pastry counter in Riverside, California, holding a key fob and wearing a veil across her face. Only her eyes peeked through the veil. In Islam, it is called a niqab, though the man standing in front of Deady at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Friday had other words for it. » Muslims in America, by the numbers "Is this Halloween or something?"...
5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

5 ways your kids can explore the Atlanta Beltline

The Atlanta Beltline is a surefire site to gain your kids' full participation and undivided attention during designated family time throughout the year. Tykes to teenagers have access to year-round events and activities along the redeveloping, 22-mile loop of multipurpose parks and trails. This sustainable venue offers educational experiences and oftentimes with a wild adventure twist. Add...
Have you tried the Georgia cookie that made the list of best chocolate chip cookies in the US?

Have you tried the Georgia cookie that made the list of best chocolate chip cookies in the US?

The best chocolate chip cookie title has been contested. Though Muss & Turner’s is still in the afterglow of winning the title of best chocolate chip cookie in Georgia from one travel site, a Savannah bakery has just nabbed the same title from a celebrated online food magazine. Earlier this month, Delish.com placed Back in the Day Bakery’s chocolate chip cookie on its &ldquo...
Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

Foraging for food in Atlanta’s urban forest with Concrete Jungle

On a recent drizzly Tuesday, Katherine Kennedy and five volunteers wrestled with a mulberry tree on Pearl Street. While four members of the foraging party held the corners of a blue tarp, the tallest, Riley Perszyk, stood on the bed of a pickup truck, grabbed a high branch of the tree and shook it like a Polaroid picture. Down came a hail of dark fruit, along with a shower of raindrops, prompting...
Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

Painting Michelle Obama brought Amy Sherald fame. Here is what’s next for the Georgia-born artist

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday evening, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It's been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama's official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled...
VOTE: What restaurant has the best fried chicken in Atlanta?

VOTE: What restaurant has the best fried chicken in Atlanta?

Fried chicken is a Southern delicacy taken very seriously by anyone whose ever crunched into the perfect juicy bite. That's why it's our Best of Atlanta poll spotlight this week.  Looking for other fried and tasty meals like mama used to make? These are Atlanta restaurants that offer the best soul food with all the fixings to go with it. If you’re looking for spots to get a spicy bird...
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 107.9 is the host...
1962 Orly plane crash inspires novel

1962 Orly plane crash inspires novel

Hannah Pittard can’t remember when she first heard about the 1962 plane crash at Orly Field. The disaster, which killed 106 Atlantans on a chartered art tour to France, serves as the starting point for Pittard’s fourth novel, “Visible Empire,” which goes on to trace the grief and loss that rippled through a city just beginning to grapple with its own history. For...
‘A Shout in the Ruins’ a Civil War drama that treads tired terrain

‘A Shout in the Ruins’ a Civil War drama that treads tired terrain

Kevin Powers’ “A Shout in the Ruin” hopscotches from the Civil War to the mid-1980s, meandering through threads of intersecting black, white and multiracial lives, though pointedly it doesn’t successfully untangle the knots that those threads make or even articulate why the tangling is necessary beyond narrative contrivance. Each chapter offers up new perspectives and voices...
7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

7 ways to wow mom on Mother's Day in Atlanta 

Moms do so much for their kids, so why not treat yours to something special in Atlanta to celebrate her day? If you’re still looking for unique Mother’s Day ideas, you have a plethora of options for Mother’s Day in Atlanta −whether  an artsy event, shopping for her favorite things or just plain ‘ol brunching  Saturday or Sunday −  will give...
Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

Review: Lao food in full focus at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville

My dining companion and I had wandered in from a rainy weekend day to this modest strip mall joint in Doraville. It is a well-lit, very clean space full of long tables for sharing, but nothing to write home about in the interior decoration department. We’d each picked a few dishes off the flat-screen menu hanging above the register without paying much attention to what the other one ordered...
Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Savasana and sip: 6 metro Atlanta classes where yoga meets booze

Those feel-good vibes you get post-yoga class combined with the happy buzz of sipping your favorite adult beverage is a recipe for the ultimate Zen. Part wellness and part foodie, the trend has finally hit Atlanta, served up now at plenty of yoga studios, breweries, wine bars and other spaces across the city where you can practice both your savasana and your swirl technique. Get ready to detox, then...
Grant Park couple’s Craftsman bungalow blends macabre with midcentury style

Grant Park couple’s Craftsman bungalow blends macabre with midcentury style

From skulls lining the original fireplace mantel to scattered vintage and antique pieces, the decor of Adam and Jessica Willhite’s bungalow brings a hint of the macabre into their daily lives. “Our styles are both eclectic but each with a little bit of a different twist,” Jessica said. “We do kind of like things that … are a little bit mysterious.” When they made...
Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

Thanks to Mom, we had the best foods of Britain and America

With the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coming up May 19, quickly on the heels of the latest royal baby, American Anglophilia is flaring anew. Whether it’s “Victoria,” Helen Mirren, John Oliver, The Beatles or Jane Austen, Americans’ pop culture love affair with the U.K. is an enduring one. But we also show our country’s British roots when we sip English breakfast...
Best places to have an outdoor wedding in Atlanta

Best places to have an outdoor wedding in Atlanta

From historic estates to classic landscapes, Atlanta's neighborhoods offer unique outdoor wedding venues to fit your budget. Smith Family Farm (Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta 30305) – Step back in time and go rustic with your choice of venue. The 1860s farmhouse and period gardens provide a unique setting that can accommodate up to 200 guests. The rental fee...
How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

How to cook a possum: Rick Bragg on his momma’s table

In Margaret Bragg’s kitchen, the food of poverty never went out of style. She is a wizard with fatback, turnip greens, sow-belly and tripe, and she’s not impressed with the fact that the rest of the world has caught up with her, and that catfish is served at the most fashionable tables. “She wouldn’t care what the rest of the world was doing,” said Rick Bragg. What...
Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

Area chefs to Kevin Gillespie: ‘Here for you’

The Atlanta dining community is reacting to news announced Monday that Kevin Gillespie, one of the city’s most prominent and popular chefs, has been diagnosed with renal cancer. Gillespie, 35, is a chef and partner with Red Beard Restaurants group, whose dining concepts include Gunshow in Atlanta’s Glenwood Park neighborhood and Revival in Decatur. A native of Atlanta, Gillespie was...
Kandi Burruss’ private escape is accented with pops of color

Kandi Burruss’ private escape is accented with pops of color

Fuschia in the family room. Red in the piano room and the dining room. Pops of color accent Kandi Burruss’ seven-bedroom, 9.5 bath home in southwest Atlanta. The R&B singer, songwriter, producer and member of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast moved in to the house in 2013. The home’s amenities include an indoor pool, an elevator and a private spa behind the family...
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