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Why Ted Turner and Adrian Grenier hope your holiday stocking stuffers “suck”

Entourage star Adrian Grenier, who was honored in Atlanta last week at the annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala, believes stainless steel straws could be a 21st-century status symbol—a far healthier version of the 1950s sterling silver cigarette holders which were glamorized in movies.
Circa: Lockheed bomber plant

Flashback: How World War II helped turn Cobb County into an economic powerhouse

With war on the horizon in the early 1940s, the country needed B-29 Superfortress bombers to fight Nazi Germany, and it needed them fast. A group of boosters from Cobb County pitched the perfect site: a cotton farm and field of trees in Marietta. The investment turned Cobb, until then a sleepy suburb, into an economic powerhouse.
Shameik Moore Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star and Atlanta native Shameik Moore is one to watch

23-year-old Atlanta native Shameik Moore earned praise for his roles in Dope and The Get Down. Now he's starring as Miles Morales, Marvel's first Afro-Latino Spider-Man in the new animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We chatted with the actor about his latest milestone and why sharing his work with Atlanta is so important to him.
Elf on the Shelf Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas

Elf on the Shelf holiday cartoon specials are now coming to a TV near you

“I want our animated specials to be loved and last as long as the Grinch and Charlie Brown have been for me,” says Elf on the Shelf co-creator Chanda Bell. “The North Pole is the Greek mythology of our time. We want to tell all of Santa’s stories."
Where to order Pies for holidays Christmas Atlanta

8 Atlanta pies guaranteed to impress at your holiday feast

Pie is perfect for easily transporting to holiday parties and make a great gift. So what should you serve to impress your friends? Try one of these seasonal picks—think cranberry apple crumble, gingerbread chess, and eggnog custard—from metro Atlanta bakeries.
Jason Flatt pit bulls

Atlanta’s patron saint of pit bulls

Every morning, Jason Flatt wakes up compelled by that simple mission: He has to save a dog—especially ones that everyone else has given up as lost. As owner of Friends to the Forlorn, his animal rescue operation that specializes in pit bulls, he has saved more than 600 dogs since 2009.
Jermaine Dupri announces Super Bowl LIVE lineup

Jermaine Dupri announces the first Super Bowl LIVE acts, including Goodie Mob and Ying Yang Twins

Jermaine Dupri and the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee are clear about the fact that they want the upcoming Super Bowl LIVE concert series—six days of free shows that will take place in Centennial Olympic Park ahead of the Super Bowl—to incorporate and appeal to Atlanta’s residents, not just the thousands of visitors who are expected to flood the city for the big game in 2019.
Conspiracy Atlanta

A conspiracy-themed basement drink parlor is planned to open in Summerhill

Jake Karmin, former general manager and bartender of the now-closed Hand in Hand bar in Virginia-Highland, is opening a conspiracy-themed basement drink parlor in Summerhill. Together with Judy Ho, also formerly of Hand in Hand, Karmin will open the aptly named Conspiracy in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Nakamura.ke Atlanta glow in the dark ramen pop-up

The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ramen pop-up is debuting in Atlanta

Atlanta will be the first city in the world to experience a glow-in-the-dark ramen restaurant before it heads out on a global tour. Nakamura.ke, an immersive pop-up dining experience from an international team of artists (including Atlanta’s own Zoo as Zoo and Dashboard), debuts on January 30 and runs on select dates through February 16.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement

Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, and Tiffany Haddish are in town for a new comedy, Limited Partners; Amblin Television and Once Upon a Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are remaking the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories; and Stranger Things finally wraps up filming.
LLoyd's Inman Park Atlanta

LLoyd’s in Inman Park aims to be “like your grandpa’s bar”

Opening November 28 from the Victory Sandwich Bar and S.O.S. Tiki Bar team, the new "anti-bar" in Inman Park will serve old-school meat-and-two plates, including meatloaf with all-you-can-eat mashed potatoes. "We’re a younger, tighter version of the Colonnade," owner Ian Jones says of the menu.
Santa's Fantastical Atlanta

In Sandy Springs, Santa’s Fantastical is an Instagrammer’s Christmas dream

Reminiscent of the Museum of Ice Cream and Color Factory concepts in New York and Miami that have flooded many social media feeds, Santa’s Fantastical is divided into themed rooms with interactive components. It opens in Sandy Springs on November 16.
Basil Eleby, I-85 fire

The I-85 fire could have destroyed Basil Eleby’s life. Instead, it may have saved it.

When he was suspected of starting the fire that collapsed a portion of I-85 in Atlanta, Basil Eleby—a homeless man who grew up without a family and struggled with addiction—was facing felony charges that would put him in jail until he was in his sixties. But one year after the fire, Eleby is on the path to recovery, thanks to the help of the Atlanta community.
What to expect at Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors High Museum of Art Atlanta

7 things to know before you go to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors in Atlanta

Know ahead of time if photos matter to you or not, don't expect a selfie in the pumpkin room, and read the fun facts on absolutely every red polka dot sign. These are a few things we learned while at Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Elton John

Elton John’s lasting impact on Atlanta: turning the public’s fear of AIDS into action

Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.

News & Culture

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star and Atlanta native Shameik Moore is one to watch

23-year-old Atlanta native Shameik Moore earned praise for his roles in Dope and The Get Down. Now he's starring as Miles Morales, Marvel's first Afro-Latino Spider-Man in the new animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We chatted with the actor about his latest milestone and why sharing his work with Atlanta is so important to him.

Elf on the Shelf holiday cartoon specials are now coming to a TV near you

“I want our animated specials to be loved and last as long as the Grinch and Charlie Brown have been for me,” says Elf on the Shelf co-creator Chanda Bell. “The North Pole is the Greek mythology of our time. We want to tell all of Santa’s stories."

Jermaine Dupri announces the first Super Bowl LIVE acts, including Goodie Mob and Ying Yang Twins

Jermaine Dupri and the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee are clear about the fact that they want the upcoming Super Bowl LIVE concert series—six days of free shows that will take place in Centennial Olympic Park ahead of the Super Bowl—to incorporate and appeal to Atlanta’s residents, not just the thousands of visitors who are expected to flood the city for the big game in 2019.

Food & Drink

Where to eat on Christmas Eve and Day this year in Atlanta

With the abundance of holiday bar pop-ups in Atlanta this year, it's pretty easy to find a place to drink this holiday season. But if you're looking for a hearty meal, check out these metro Atlanta restaurants that are open and offering specials on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Year in Food: The most important things that happened in Atlanta’s restaurant scene in 2018

Looking beyond such fanfare as the opening of Tiny Lou’s and the rise of fast-casual everything, what else happened in the food world this year—and what does it say about Atlanta? We received a few snubs on the national stage, which might suggest that our dining scene is faltering. It could also be that we’re currently stewing on our most promising culinary ideas and talent.

Review: Estrella channels Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula from a BeltLine-adjacent rooftop

Part of what makes the Atlanta BeltLine so useful is that it encourages exploration of pockets of the city that were once overlooked. At Estrella, not only do you get to explore one of those pockets—you also get a taste of a region far more remote—Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

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Embracing my inner “wintrovert”

Wintroversion takes many years of faithful practice. It is a meditation, a seasonal discipline. It is a time that spans the end of an old year and beginning of the new, which invites metamorphosis. Things slow down, and your body is given the grace to catch up with your life.

For the home

There’s something special about knowing the person who actually made the jewelry you’re wearing, the handbag you’re carrying, or the food you’re serving. With Atlanta’s cleverly curated galleries and online sources, it’s easier than ever to shop local. These are the best indie makers who create handmade goods for your home.

Room Envy: A retro dining room gets a midcentury remodel

Loving all things midcentury, Laird Memory and her husband, Matt Bunting, updated their circa-1951 ranch off Collier Road while keeping the era’s cool vibe. The remodeled dining room (which was once a porch) features 11-foot-tall ceilings, oversized windows, and some sassy decor.

Big names, big giving

One of Atlanta’s most famous sons, Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Decades later, thousands of Atlantans volunteer, raise funds, and donate to causes. You don’t have to look far to find local celebrities—from rock star chefs and business moguls—who leverage their fame for good.

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