Sunday Living & Arts


Upscale dining options key to happiness at senior living communities

When The Club opens later this summer at Lenbrook Atlanta, it arguably will be one of the more well-vetted dining establishments to hit Buckhead in recent memory. At tasting sessions, residents of the Peachtree Road senior community helped select which dark, light and decaf blends will be served all day in the coffeehouse before it morphs into a dessert-and-drinks spot at night. Even the name...


Smoking good: The ultimate guide to Savannah's top barbecue joints

Smoking good: The ultimate guide to Savannah's top barbecue joints

It would be easy to overlook Savannah's barbecue scene, considering Memphis, Texas and the Carolinas get all the credit after all. But one trip to the Hostess City of the South will change all of that. Smoked meats, tomato and vinegar sauce, Brunswick stew −it's an underrated, but definitive style of barbecue unique to Savannah and south Georgia. 4700 U.S. Highway 80 East, Savannah. 912-201-3259...
Theater review: “Book of Mormon” an overflowing cup of raunchy comedy

Theater review: “Book of Mormon” an overflowing cup of raunchy comedy

As Elder Cunningham’s parents pack him off for two years of duty in “The Book of Mormon,” they instruct their son to be mindful of his little problem. Seems the nerdy and bespectacled kid with self-esteem issues has a tendency to embellish the facts. The teenage elder’s flair for fantasy is an essential plot twist in the Broadway blockbuster centered on a pair of young men...
Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Your Thursday will probably include humidity, if not thunderstorms. Here are a few ways to stay crisp. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT THE GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Warm your soul with the classics. The music of the late great Man in Black will echo off the river when the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at the Chattahoochee Nature Center...
This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

All too often people with autism are stymied by life’s disappointments, unable to move past the frustrations of being let down. Dr. Tyler Whitney, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine with an active practice in Alpharetta, knows how that happens. “With most of the people who are on the autism spectrum and are past high...
YA author’s Decatur home shows off her literary flair, ‘chicken fortress’

YA author’s Decatur home shows off her literary flair, ‘chicken fortress’

When author Jackson Pearce is not writing, she enjoys tackling DIY projects, such as tiling the backsplash and installing a farmhouse-style sink in her kitchen, or building a “chicken fortress” in her Decatur backyard. “There were lots of odd challenges with this renovation, since it was bigger than anything we’d taken on before,” she said. Updating her home is meditative...
Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

It’s like the berries are showing off. Farmers market blueberries, produce aisle strawberries and backyard blackberries are all an abundance of superlatives right now. The berries are so ripe, so sweet, so colorful and so reasonably priced that I’ve forgiven them for costing $6 per half-pint back in February. This weekend, I gathered a bag full of berries in anticipation of making cobblers...
This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish entrees executed by owner and chef Taylor Neary on opening...
Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Enjoy some early week comedy or shorter lines at the Georgia Aquarium. Here’s some more details on ways you can make your Tuesday truly enjoyable. Head over to Meehan’s Public House at Atlantic Station and be entertained for free. Around 10 or 12 comics will help you laugh the night away. 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is sponsored by Good People Brewing Company. (Currently scheduled for...
6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

6 small Georgia towns to explore when you're tired of the city

While the lights are much brighter in big city Atlanta, there is nothing like a visit to a small Georgia town to brighten your outlook when you tire of the city. It's amazing that some of these simple pleasures of Georgia's heartland are so close to the urban center, and all are within a couple hours of Atlanta.  If you're weary from the big city pace and noise, rejuvenate by taking a day or...
5 more reasons to love Cartersville (besides Tellus Science Museum)

5 more reasons to love Cartersville (besides Tellus Science Museum)

In the time it takes you to get through an episode of “The Voice,” you could have head start on an adventure in Cartersville. This Georgia gem is only a short drive north of Atlanta on I-75, making it the perfect choice if you're in need of change of scenery. Cartersville offers a vibrant, earthy scenery with a history-rich downtown area. Cartersville is most known for being the backdrop...
‘Brother Moochie” an ambitious, uneven look at prison system and race.

‘Brother Moochie” an ambitious, uneven look at prison system and race.

Our heroes don’t have to die for us to lose them. When Issac Bailey was 9, his beloved brother Herbert Lee Bailey, known as Moochie, killed a man. Moochie stabbed poor James Bunch two dozen times during a botched robbery in the man’s own home. Moochie, an African-American, was 22 and high as a box kite at the time. The victim was a white shop owner who seemed to have no enemies of any...
5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in Georgia

5 dinner cruises for a little romance on the water in Georgia

Georgia's waterways − the rivers and lakes that crisscross and dot the landscape and those ports of call along the coast −are places where millions look to relax, unwind, enjoy sunshine and even roll dice. Here are five of the best riverboat (and lake and ocean) cruises in the state.  9 East River St., Savannah. 912-232-6404. www.savannahriverboat.com/dinner You want to talk...
‘Titanic’ musical at Serenbe explores innovation then and now

‘Titanic’ musical at Serenbe explores innovation then and now

When the Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912, heading from Southampton, England, to New York, it was one of the largest ocean liners the world had seen. Its voyage was chronicled in newspapers around the world, including The Atlanta Constitution, which devoted virtually the entire front page on April 16, 1912, to covering the toll after it sank. With more than 2,000 people onboard — from...
The taste of India in a frosty treat

The taste of India in a frosty treat

Neuro-anatomy tells us that the olfactory bulb, which starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain, is directly connected to the limbic system, triggering memories and emotions with great immediacy. That’s why Proust’s tiny almond-scented sponge cake gave rise to seven volumes of “Remembrance of Things Past.” And why the heady aroma of saffron, almonds, cardamom...
Modern Midtown Atlanta condo boasts ‘million-dollar view’

Modern Midtown Atlanta condo boasts ‘million-dollar view’

Removing a wall created a “million-dollar view” from Larry Henderlight and Julio Gomez’s high-rise Atlanta condo. “We were thinking about ways to increase or open up the view of the living space,” Henderlight said, “but the only drawback with the floor plan was the view was obstructed by the third bedroom.” So they took out that wall to extend the living room...
SweetWater has a new IPA that mimics the aroma of cannabis

SweetWater has a new IPA that mimics the aroma of cannabis

SweetWater’s new 420 Strain G13 IPA is officially described as “a phenomenally tasty IPA with strain specific terpenes and proprietary hemp flavor, creating an olfactory experience that mimics the G13 cannabis strain.” With its tie-dye merchandise, branding references to the 420 lifestyle, and annual jam band-related 420 Fest, it’s never been difficult to figure out that the...
Kitchen Curious: New ways with lemonade

Kitchen Curious: New ways with lemonade

Here in the South, it’s easy to find a quality glass of mouth-puckering, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Perhaps we do it better than other regions around the country, but circle the globe, and you’ll find numerous refreshing glasses filled with the flavors of chilled citrus. In her new book “Lemonade With Zest” (Chronicle Books, $16.95), author April White explores the many sides...
For art, food, shopping and the great outdoors, take a trip to Suwanee

For art, food, shopping and the great outdoors, take a trip to Suwanee

What’s that you say? Summer’s already half over (more, if you’re a schoolkid, sigh …) and you’ve already used up all your vacation time or big-bucks travel budget? So long, long weekend in New York, where you might’ve biked through Central Park and scored tickets to “Springsteen on Broadway.” Au revoir, Paris, where you never got to feast on fine food...
VOTE: Who has the best burger in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best burger in Atlanta?

Our largest number of votes in 2017 was for the Best of Atlanta burger poll. Can the 2018 competition for best thing between a bun top last year’s 5,000 votes?  We’re sure Atlanta is down for the challenge. On the heels of biting into some of your favorite homemade Fourth of July burgers, we’ve gathered the list of some of the best ones you can purchase at metro Atlanta&rsquo...
Mississippi murder unearths family secrets in ‘Myth of Perpetual Summer’

Mississippi murder unearths family secrets in ‘Myth of Perpetual Summer’

In the prologue of Susan Crandall’s “The Myth of Perpetual Summer,” protagonist Tallulah James is shocked to learn via a newscast that her younger brother, Walden, has been arrested for murder back home in Mississippi. Nine years earlier, Tallulah, 17, hitchhiked to California, severing all ties with her family, determined to free herself from its dysfunction. But that meant leaving...
Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia reopens in Milledgeville

Andalusia, the Milledgeville farm where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of her fiction, is welcoming visitors once more. Its new owner, Georgia College and State University, has spent much of the past year painting, sealing and repairing the 200-year-old farmhouse and its outbuildings. It reopened to tours June 19, with extended hours. In the short term, the paint and repairs have stabilized the...
Flashback to 1943: 75 years ago in Georgia

Flashback to 1943: 75 years ago in Georgia

World War II was raging in Europe. Back home, the war effort was a part of daily life for Georgians, too. Take a look back at a few photos that capture those days, 75 years ago in Georgia. The war effort included making parachutes, as the worker above is doing at a facility in Gainesville.  Of course, when work is over, there was fun to be had in 1943, too, like this dance party on Auburn Avenue...
Cobb County family’s contemporary home shines with pops of color

Cobb County family’s contemporary home shines with pops of color

Bursts of blush and teal in an abstract painting by Atlanta’s Melissa Payne Baker pops against neutral walls while pink peonies and a deer antler add natural elements to the living room in Jessica McRae’s Kennesaw home. “It’s a fun way for me to use color,” she said. “It all feels very soft and light.” Artwork and unexpected texture, such as beads displayed...
The White Bull fills plate with fresh fare, but some dishes miss bull’s-eye

The White Bull fills plate with fresh fare, but some dishes miss bull’s-eye

Making something out of nothing is what creative types do. There is a thrill about starting from zero, but it can also be paralyzing. Hemingway understood that about the writing process, calling the challenge of the blank page “the white bull.” Pascarella is a 20-year veteran of kitchens, having worked most recently as executive chef at the Optimist before embarking on his own endeavor...
Review: Midtown’s Mulavi a mixed bag of Persian and American dishes

Review: Midtown’s Mulavi a mixed bag of Persian and American dishes

Mulavi sits on the ground floor of a towering Midtown apartment building in a quadrant of the city known for its hustle and bustle. With its sleek brown interior and bright-orange, statement lighting fixture, the West Peachtree restaurant might pass for one of the swanky nearby nightclubs or condo lobbies. Like its sister establishment, Sufi’s Kitchen, 2 miles north on Peachtree Street, Mulavi...
Healthy Cooking: Grilled corn salad brings summer flavor without a sweat

Healthy Cooking: Grilled corn salad brings summer flavor without a sweat

My family’s weekday (and evening) calendar is a cacophony of outside obligations, but on weekends, my people shift their focus to our favorite activity: fighting over the barbecue grill. Dear Husband Bob and our teenage sons enthusiastically grill red meat, white meat, and red and white meat kebabs until the dying embers warm their last kielbasa. And my veggie-focused daughter and I? Around...
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...
Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse’s ‘Peter Pan’ sequel is soaring and fun

Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse’s ‘Peter Pan’ sequel is soaring and fun

When last we checked in on J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” Captain Hook had been banished to a watery grave, Wendy Darling and her brothers had returned to London to grow up, and Peter and the Lost Boys were enjoying a state of perpetually arrested development in Neverland. But playwright Roger Q. Mason and composer-lyricist Ella Grace, creators of Serenbe Playhouse’s splendid...
Off the menu: Exercise is recipe for success for area chefs

Off the menu: Exercise is recipe for success for area chefs

At 6 a.m. sharp, Guy Wong shows up at the 900 block of Marietta Street in West Midtown. It’s the same block that houses his restaurant, Le Fat, but that’s not where he’s headed. Dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, he walks a few doors down to the entrance of an apartment complex and swipes a security card to unlock the gate. He swings it open and marches through the courtyard...
Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best ice cream in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Now that summer is here in full blast, we bet you have a few secret go-to frozen treats to help beat the heat.  Last week's Best of Atlanta poll was inspired by all things cool and tasty.  Coming in first place, write-in nominee Berens Frozen Custard in Gwinnett has been making mouth-watering and taste-tempting flavors since 1976. All of their frozen custards are made fresh...
Celebrating small-town Georgia and the great American hot dog

Celebrating small-town Georgia and the great American hot dog

Back when I was a kid, one of the highlights of summer was getting to spend the night at my uncle’s place in Colbert, the tiny Northeast Georgia town where my father and his brothers grew up. Uncle Larry, my dad’s kid brother, was always up for a game of catch, or telling us wild stories about Indians and bears and other imaginary denizens of Colbert’s forests. Still, the best part...
Explore the new wave of Atlanta brewpubs

Explore the new wave of Atlanta brewpubs

One of the most interesting and exciting developments in the growth of the metro Atlanta beer scene is the sudden new wave of brewpubs. Recent openings, which range from Chamblee to Roswell and Duluth, seem to take some cues from the successes of intown brewpubs such as the long-running Max Lager’s and groundbreaking Wrecking Bar. With surprisingly sophisticated build-outs, the concepts borrow...
Lakefront Roswell home serves as backdrop for bird habitat

Lakefront Roswell home serves as backdrop for bird habitat

A duck often returns to Sue and Richard Smith’s backyard and the lake 25 feet from their Roswell home to beg for food or lay her eggs. And that’s just fine with them. The backyard was designed for birds. The Smiths brought in more trees, plants such as autumn ferns, hostas and holly bushes, and various feeders and bird seed, using recommendations from the National Audubon Society. Those...
Riding the Atlanta Beer Bus route

Riding the Atlanta Beer Bus route

Call it another sign of the maturing Atlanta beer scene: The Atlanta Beer Bus — advertised as “a hop-on/hop-off shuttle service that transports beer enthusiasts between Atlanta’s finest breweries” — officially launched in early May. Founded by Travis Irions, who’s lived in Atlanta for 15 years and worked in both banking and the bar business, it’s an efficient...
Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

Sea lice in Florida? Beachgoers warned about itch-inducing pests

As travelers flock to northwest Florida beaches this summer, an unwelcome guest may await them. According to the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page, purple warning flags indicating dangerous marine life have been flying along the shore this week thanks to an itch-inducing pest commonly called "sea lice." WEAR-TV reports that the term is a misnomer: The creatures are really thimble...
6 breweries that are changing the beer game in Georgia and beyond

6 breweries that are changing the beer game in Georgia and beyond

I often say that when I first started writing about beer some 20 years ago, there wasn’t much in Georgia to write about. Right now, though, the number of new and notable breweries in the state, and especially around metro Atlanta, seems to grow exponentially from month to month and year to year, to the point that it can be overwhelming to keep up with. Arches in Hapeville, Dry County in...
The best and the brightest: A taste of 12 Georgia-made IPAs, pale ales

The best and the brightest: A taste of 12 Georgia-made IPAs, pale ales

India pale ale is still the best-selling craft beer style in the U.S., and many newer sub styles in the hazy, fruity, juicy spectrum are the stuff of both fierce fandom and debate. Though not as big as it once was, pale ale remains popular, especially with many styles emerging that take cues from what’s happening with lighter, brighter IPAs. >> RELATED: The state of beer in Georgia...
5 ways to get BBQ sandwich bliss in Atlanta

5 ways to get BBQ sandwich bliss in Atlanta

Obviously, we love BBQ in the South. We love it in every form possible: ribs, chopped pork, smoked chicken with just the right sauce. But if we're honest, it's the BBQ sandwich that gets us the most excited. Great bread with smokey meat, sauce and sometimes something a little special all served together to get that 'cue in your mouth quickly. So where are the go-to spots in Atlanta for that BBQ...
VOTE: Who has the best ice cream in Atlanta?

VOTE: Who has the best ice cream in Atlanta?

Now that summer is here in full blast, we bet you have a few secret go-to frozen treats to help beat the heat.  This week's Best of Atlanta poll is inspired by all things cool and tasty.  Do you prefer a creamy ice cream, decadent sundae, tangy sorbet or creative popsicle? Lucky for you, all of these can be found in just a short drive.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with these OTP ice...
Author Events June 26-June 29

Author Events June 26-June 29

Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts, “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy.” The authors reveal the deep roots of public rituals, controversial monuments and whitewashed historical tourism, and trace them to the heart of Southern slavery: Charleston, S.C. 7 p.m. June 26. Talk, signing. $10. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. NE., Atlanta,...
Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 

Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 

It’s been nine years since the sudden death of Michael Jackson, and his adoring legion of fans, collaborators and family have honored the King of Pop with tributes, music and films ever since his death on June 25, 2009. In his 50 years on earth, Jackson accomplished such feats as producing the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller,” and revolutionizing pop music with...
Justices won't hear case of anti-gay marriage florist

Justices won't hear case of anti-gay marriage florist

The Supreme Court is ordering Washington courts to take a new look at the case of a florist who refused to provide services for the wedding of two men because of her religious objection to same-sex marriage. The justices' order Monday means the court is passing for now on the chance to decide whether business owners can refuse on religious grounds to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect...
New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message. According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard...
Righting wrongs in a family torn asunder

Righting wrongs in a family torn asunder

He’s a star preacher on the Pentecostal circuit, “burning through all the churches round these parts” and “praying like a fever let loose.” So what makes Asher Sharp change? To be sure, he’s grown skeptical of prayer, not the godliest of conditions for a pastor at the Cumberland Valley Church of Life in rural Tennessee. There’s his wife, Lydia, from whom he&rsquo...
The state of beer in Georgia

The state of beer in Georgia

Is Georgia the worst state in the U.S. for craft brewing? I asked that question in a blog post in September 2016. At that time, Georgia, which had been in a two-way tie for last with Mississippi, was about to become the only state where a brewery could not sell beer to the general public. But the following year all that changed, thanks in large part to the public relations and lobbying efforts...
The Piedmont Park 2018 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

The Piedmont Park 2018 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

Bought in 1834 for $450, closed to traffic in 1983, and today the 189-acre crown jewel of Atlanta green space, Piedmont Park is an Atlanta icon. Centrally located in the heart of Midtown, it’s big enough to host our largest concert and festival productions, and versatile in its offering for families, young professionals and day-drinking festival herds alike. For that versatility and...
Review: Ok Yaki brings Osaka to Atlanta

Review: Ok Yaki brings Osaka to Atlanta

Okonomiyaki is the sort of food that inspires unreasonable, outlandish devotion. It is most commonly described as a Japanese pancake, a flat concoction of cabbage and batter cooked on a griddle and topped with various meats and a distinctive sweet and savory sauce. That is technically accurate, in the way it is technically accurate to describe pizza as some dough, sauce and cheese baked with some...
Secret no more: An insider’s guide to hidden menus in metro Atlanta

Secret no more: An insider’s guide to hidden menus in metro Atlanta

The secret menu item is irresistible to diners, restaurateurs and journalists alike. It takes a variety of forms, such as the off-menu Meat Stick at One Eared Stag, an open secret for years now. Sometimes it’s offered in limited quantities, like the original burger at Holeman & Finch, where tightly controlled supply drove demand to unusually frenzied heights. In other restaurants, it’s...
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: 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
9 things no one tells you about weight-loss surgery

9 things no one tells you about weight-loss surgery

When I was 12, my mother took me to my first-ever Weight Watchers meeting. I don’t know how much I weighed back then, but I remember seeing a big "20" on the tag of my denim shorts. At the time, I think I assumed the weight would drop off simply due to regular attendance, but I’ve learned since that's not exactly how it works. For decades, every pound I lost on every diet I tried...
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