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Photos: Chris Brown performs at State Farm Arena

Chris Brown closed out three dates of his 11:11 tour to another packed crowd at State Farm Arena on Sunday night. Here, check out the scenes photographer Perry Julien captured at the show.
Wax & Wane

Wax & Wane is ushering in a new model, using commercial work to fund narrative film

The company has only four people on staff, but they regularly work with up to 40 local crew members on their productions. While a short film can let someone flex their creative muscles, a commercial production, like a recent one for Grammarly, can pay full rates and keeps collaborators coming back. Wax & Wane has so far produced 10 shorts and plans to expand to features next.

What to expect from distillery and music venue Block & Drum, opening in Chamblee in the fall

Atlantan Justin Staples worked for Bacardi and consulted for other spirit companies and vineyards. He admired the way Napa Valley vineyards invite visitors into their space and walk them through the wine-making process from grape to drink. In contrast, he noticed that distilleries used most of their space for production, saving only about 15 percent for tasting and sales. He’s set to offer a different take on a distillery with the opening of Block & Drum in Chamblee in the fall.

Old Fourth Distillery returns with an airport location, opening spring 2025

Atlanta’s first legal distillery since 1906, Old Fourth launched in 2014 distilling vodka, gin, and bourbon. Despite winning numerous awards, it shuttered its Edgewood Avenue distillery and tasting room in December 2022. Next year, a new bar and eatery will open under the name—this time in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Old Fourth Distillery + Kitchen will launch in Terminal E in spring 2025, featuring cocktails, local beer on tap, and small plates that reflect the seasonality of the South.

Conductor Keitaro Harada’s perfect day in Savannah, Georgia

Keitaro Harada, the music and artistic director of the Savannah Philharmonic, spends a lot of time on the road. But all that travel only makes him appreciate his adopted home that much more. Here he shares his perfect day in Savannah.
Maven Baseball Lab

How an Atlanta high-tech baseball startup is helping players improve

At Maven Baseball Lab, hitters and pitchers undergo a 12-swing or 12-pitch assessment under the eyes of 16 cameras, which produce data on biomechanics, spin rate, vertical break, and more. Maven’s client list includes Braves players Matt Olson, Max Fried, and A.J. Minter, along with other MLB stars like Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.
A bright, green future as Agnes Scott College goes solar

The first building in DeKalb County to have electricity will soon go solar

When it was built in 1891, Agnes Scott College’s Main Hall was an instant spectacle. It wasn’t for the High Victorian Gothic architecture, the bell tower, or the steam-heated interior corridors. The hall made headlines because it was the first building in DeKalb County to have electricity—described as “startling” to the town. The community would often gather at the building’s base, simply to see the lights come on. Fast-forward 133 years, and Agnes Scott Hall, as it’s formally called, will soon draw the majority of its electricity from solar power.
5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 10-16

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 10-16

Jersey Boys plays in Sandy Springs, free movies at the Tara, and more fun things to do this week.

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Gene’s opens July 23 in East Lake, promising a mix of highbrow and lowbrow in an eclectic atmosphere

Gene’s is an eclectic restaurant opening July 23 in the former Salaryman space in East Lake. Previously a pop-up at spots like Kimball House, Talat Market, Bogg’s Social & Supply, and Poor Hendrix, Gene’s serves smoked barbecue with Vietnamese and Cajun flavors. Gene’s is designed as a mix of highbrow and lowbrow, reflected in the food, drinks, and decor.

My South: Fox Sports Broadcaster Erin Andrews on Tampa

I had a great childhood in Tampa, but I think I really developed an appreciation for the city after I moved away. I just love the low-key, super-chill vibe of it all. It’s totally different from what you get in Miami Beach or Fort Lauderdale, let alone what I experience living in Los Angeles.
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The Atlanta restaurants that fed and nurtured the civil rights movement

As the civil rights movement unfolded in Atlanta, leaders and organizers came to the table, quite literally, in a coterie of Black-owned restaurants.
A novelist’s house and writing shed in Roswell offer lots of mysterious twists

A novelist’s house and writing shed in Roswell offer lots of mysterious twists

“Our client’s style is a mixture of Don Draper meets Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets the Brontë sisters,” says Kate Duffy, one of the team with Duffy Scott Interiors. “She loves the mix, and she loves vintage.”

South Carolina pitmaster John Lewis is joining Atlanta’s barbecue scene

South Carolina pitmaster John Lewis is bringing his Central Texas-style barbecue to Ansley Mall next year with a location just off the Atlanta BeltLine. The 11,000-square foot restaurant will take over the spaces formerly home to Laundry Lounge and the Hideaway, behind Publix and Cook’s Warehouse. Lewis and team will build out the area to feature six, 1,000-gallon barbecue pits, where they will smoke meat over indirect heat.
DanceOut Atlanta line dancing at the Heretic

This ain’t Texas, it’s Thursday night at the Heretic

In 2018, Terence Ng and a few friends formed DanceOut Atlanta, a queer-centered organization that teaches free country dance lessons at the Heretic and the Atlanta Eagle multiple times a week. There’s something for every level of dancer from beginner to advanced, and it’s not just line dancing, either.

Counter-service Italian restaurant Pochino caters to the college crowd

With a name that means “a little bit of Italy,” Pochino promises Old World flavors with imported, high-quality ingredients. Customers can choose their pasta (penne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, gnocchi, and maccheroni) and sauce (options include pomodoro, cacio e pepe, pesto, and Bolognese), a salad (house or caprese), and/or a pinsa (eight varieties are available).

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How an Atlanta high-tech baseball startup is helping players improve

At Maven Baseball Lab, hitters and pitchers undergo a 12-swing or 12-pitch assessment under the eyes of 16 cameras, which produce data on biomechanics, spin rate, vertical break, and more. Maven’s client list includes Braves players Matt Olson, Max Fried, and A.J. Minter, along with other MLB stars like Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.

The first building in DeKalb County to have electricity will soon go solar

When it was built in 1891, Agnes Scott College’s Main Hall was an instant spectacle. It wasn’t for the High Victorian Gothic architecture, the bell tower, or the steam-heated interior corridors. The hall made headlines because it was the first building in DeKalb County to have electricity—described as “startling” to the town. The community would often gather at the building’s base, simply to see the lights come on. Fast-forward 133 years, and Agnes Scott Hall, as it’s formally called, will soon draw the majority of its electricity from solar power.

Food & Drink

Che Butter Jonez is moving to Brookhaven

Che Butter Jonez—the Queens-inspired restaurant based on the food truck of the same name—is moving its flagship location from Southwest Atlanta to Brookhaven. With a much bigger space—capacity is 81 instead of 15—the restaurant will be open six days a week, in contrast to its current three. It will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch.

Emerald City Bagels is now open on the BeltLine

Located in the Citizen building near Kevin Gillespie’s now-defunct Cold Beer, Emerald City is modeled after old-school delis and pharmacy counters where the staff dons white coats and paper hats. The menu of both BeltLine and EAV locations is similar, but with all bagel-making taking place in East Atlanta, the BeltLine outpost was able to expand its coffee program and add an Automat for faster service.

Gene’s opens July 23 in East Lake, promising a mix of highbrow and lowbrow in an eclectic atmosphere

Gene’s is an eclectic restaurant opening July 23 in the former Salaryman space in East Lake. Previously a pop-up at spots like Kimball House, Talat Market, Bogg’s Social & Supply, and Poor Hendrix, Gene’s serves smoked barbecue with Vietnamese and Cajun flavors. Gene’s is designed as a mix of highbrow and lowbrow, reflected in the food, drinks, and decor.

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The famed Marburger Farm Antique Show comes to Atlanta in July

The highlight of the mammoth Round Top market is coming to Peachtree Street—its first-ever sale outside Texas. Shoppers can expect Marburger’s signature high-low mix, which ranges from fine Continental antiques and oil paintings to midcentury collectibles, Americana, African and Asian imports, industrial artifacts, and more.

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