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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.

What to expect at the 2024 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is returning to Historic Fourth Ward Park from September 12 through 15. This year, the theme is “Big Top Bazaar.” Expect an extra day of foodie fun (previous festivals were only three days long), now with a carnival twist.

Making the transition from mountain time to beach time

Everyone kept telling me about the Salt Life. The ubiquitous decals were everywhere, promising a secret world of unbridled summer loafing and easygoingness. When I moved back to North Carolina for a job at a university in the middle of the state, I listened to my colleagues’ enthusiasm as they planned their annual two-week, intergenerational trips to Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, or Fort Fisher.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights expands its museum and national impact

National Center for Civil and Human Rights expands its museum and national impact

When the National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened in 2014, it was a groundbreaking look into how Atlanta—and the South as a whole—shaped the civil rights movement in America. With interactive displays like a recreation of the sit-in at the Woolworth’s, visitors didn’t just learn about history; they experienced it. A decade later, NCCHR is now expanding by 24,000 square feet to offer an enhanced look into the history of civil rights in the American South, adding more event and classroom space to continue to engage with the community.
5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 20-26

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 20-26

Willie Nelson and the Outlaw Music Festival come to Alpharetta, Juneteenth celebrations in Piedmont Park, and more fun things to do this week.
Photos: Santana performs at Gas South Arena

Photos: Santana performs at Gas South Arena

Iconic musician Carlos Santana brought his seven-member band to Gas South Arena in Duluth on Tuesday night for their Oneness 2024 tour. Here, check out the scenes photographer Perry Julien captured at the show.

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.
Chloe Bailey chats about her new film, The Exorcism, and her Atlanta roots

Chloe Bailey chats about her new film, The Exorcism, and her Atlanta roots

Ahead of the release of The Exorcism, we caught up with endlessly talented multi-hyphenate Chloe Bailey to discuss the film, how her metro Atlanta roots impacted her creative voice, and her biggest inspirations.

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Kelundra Smith’s debut play, The Wash, delves into the 1881 strike that stunned Atlanta

Kelundra Smith’s debut play, The Wash, delves into the 1881 strike that stunned Atlanta

The Wash is set to have its world premiere June 7 to 30 at Synchronicity Theatre, then July 10 to 28 at Hapeville’s Academy Theatre, as a coproduction of Synchronicity and Impact Theatre Atlanta. Kelundra Smith’s play follows the lives of several fictional Black laundresses in 1881 Atlanta, all at crossroads in their personal lives and willing to fight for higher wages.
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The verdict on 3 new Atlanta dining spots: Ela, Mikata, and The Reading Room

A vibrant newcomer spices up the Mediterranean mix in Virginia-Highland, a modern take on hibachi opens in Dunwoody, and a new (but familiar) coffee shop comes to Decatur.
What happened to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame?

What happened to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame?

What is a hall of fame? Is it the building that contains artifacts, plaques, and statues honoring famous people, or is it the people themselves? Is it a physical place, or a transcendent honor? During its wobbly lifespan from 1996 to 2011, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was all those things, until it wasn’t anything.
After the Atlanta Eagle fire: Owner Richard Ramey reflects on 35 years of LGBTQ+ history

After the Atlanta Eagle fire: Owner Richard Ramey reflects on 35 years of LGBTQ+ history

Shortly before 8 p.m., Atlanta Fire responded to a multi-alarm blaze at the old Atlanta Eagle location at 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue, the city’s first designated LGBTQ+ historic landmark. “I’m so full of emotions right now,” Owner Richard Ramey said late Thursday night. “No one wants to see their history erased. So many people who had history there over the last 35 years are heartbroken tonight.”
A love letter to Reid's Seeds

A love letter to Reid’s Seeds

Born out of porch chats among neighbors, the Reynoldstown Rangers are an engine that runs on curiosity, committed to mapping and marking our place, making neighbors out of strangers. The Rangers were ideal stewards for what we dubbed “Reid’s Seeds.” Month after month, long into fall, past a gate magically left standing open, Ranger volunteers harvested the spiky brown seed heads, dried them out, and packed them into mason jars. Then we waited.

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.
Atlanta native Meghna Davé brings Indian-inspired apparel and textiles to Maelu in Grant Park

Atlanta native Meghna Davé brings Indian-inspired apparel and textiles to Maelu in Grant Park

Now in its 12th year of operation, Maelu is the marriage of Meghna Davé’s Indian heritage and American spirit. Collaborating with three block printers in India that specialize in different techniques, she combines the traditional with the modern. Her focus is on natural fibers, sustainable practices, and well-made pieces.

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Photos: Santana performs at Gas South Arena

Iconic musician Carlos Santana brought his seven-member band to Gas South Arena in Duluth on Tuesday night for their Oneness 2024 tour. Here, check out the scenes photographer Perry Julien captured at the show.

Chloe Bailey chats about her new film, The Exorcism, and her Atlanta roots

Ahead of the release of The Exorcism, we caught up with endlessly talented multi-hyphenate Chloe Bailey to discuss the film, how her metro Atlanta roots impacted her creative voice, and her biggest inspirations.

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The return of the neighborhood butcher shop

Evergreen’s Butcher + Baker's success coincides with a resurgence of the butchery industry throughout the nation. American butcher shops are no longer in decline, with research data showing growth in revenue and in the number of employees and businesses since 2019. Many are finding success offering meat with a side, via a connected restaurant, a retail market, or, as in Evergreen’s case, a bakery.

PlantBaed, a new plant-based cafe, opens in Vinings

Anne Onyeneho launched the first permanent brick-and-mortar PlantBaed location in Vinings, sandwiched between Arden’s Garden and TheraSolv Botanicals & Co. There, she sells loaded walnut meat nachos (ground down and spiced to feel and taste like ground beef), Bolognese over kamut noodles, and an "MLT" made with mushroom “bacon.”

Review: Gourmet sandwiches at The Little Hippo hit all the right flavors

The first time I went to Jamie and Aaron Russell’s outdoor sandwich restaurant, on the main drag in Avondale Estates, was shortly after it opened in December 2023. It was love at first sight.

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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.

Room Envy: A teen bedroom that’s both trendy and timeless

Cleverly straddling the line between trendy and lasting design, Tami Ramsay of Cloth & Kind, based in Athens, created this teenager’s bedroom to look good today and years from now.

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