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November 2009

Murder · Prison · Glock handguns · Decatur CD · Vintage brooches · Cooktops versus ovens · Bulbs · Carole Weaks · Forty-three bars, clubs, and events for navigating the city’s singles scene

Single in the City

Forty-three bars, clubs, and events that make Atlanta a great place to meet your match
PLUS our cover single, The Bachelorette‘s DeAnna Pappas, and notes from the field: a night out with a pickup artist; the search for a sugar daddy; and what happens when you follow the advice of dating experts
> ONLINE ONLY: “Flirt Boot Camp,” a diary

Hoochie Koo!
In the swinging seventies, no place swung like Riverbend—Atlanta’s most notorious singles complex. Fifteen former revelers reminisce about wild times by the Chattahoochee. Interviews by Charles Bethea

The Debtor
Darren Lumar whirled into Atlanta, married James Brown’s daughter, made a lot of promises, lived in one grand home after another, and died November 6, 2008, after a cigarette-smoking hit man strolled into his garage and filled him with bullets. The killer is still loose. The police have an unusual problem with their investigation: There are too many possible suspects. By Thomas Lake
> ONLINE ONLY: Reporter’s notes

Restaurant review Woodfire Grill
Culinary character Our avowed coffee drinker finds her cup of tea
Five points What to do this month
Georgia music
Ticket Alternative takes on Ticketmaster
> ONLINE ONLY: Q&A with Decatur CD’s Warren Hudson
Teresa Weaver Civil rights revisited


December 2009

Chick-fil-A Bowl · Widespread Panic · Denene Millner · SisterVG · Brantley Gilbert · Holiday sparkle · A Hemingway-esque remodeled basement · Entertaining in a Brookhaven cottage · Our full list of the best of 2009
Best of Atlanta
Our yearly rundown of the city’s finest places to dine, play, shop, and thrive. PLUS Hall-of-famers and neighborhood favorites

Eight stories of charity and courage that remind us the best parts of Atlanta are the people among us.

In a sport ruled by women half a foot taller, Melanie Oudin leveraged a tireless work ethic and a staggering intensity to surprise everyone at this year’s U.S. Open—everyone, that is, except herself.
By Elizabeth Westby Florio

Restaurant review Iberian Pig on the Decatur Square

Beauty school Inman Park’s Aviary sets the green standard


January 2010

Poultry 路 Pups 路 LaDiDa karaoke app 路 Laughter yoga 路 Liz Lapidus Christine Eisner’s new book 路 An Edgewood townhome 路 The 138 best schools

School Guide
Our yearly compilation includes the metro area’s most comprehensive school profiles, both public and private.
FAQs when considering your options
By Mary Jo DiLonardo

What’s the Big Idea?
Cover up the Connector. Turn vacant lots into gardens. Demolish Underground. Build the BeltLine. Synchronize the traffic lights. Atlantans have plenty of suggestions for our new mayor.
PLUS A panel of local leaders talk frankly about the city
Compiled by Steve Fennessy, Elizabeth Westby Florio, and Jackson Reeves

Like a Thief in the Night
The repo man does his best work alone in the dark. No good can come of a confrontation.
By Thomas Lake

February 2010

Bill Gentry 路 Trench coats 路 Hot chocolate 路 A floor-to-ceiling remodel in Buckhead 路 Our complete list of the sixty-seven things every Atlanta must do

67 Things Every Atlantan Must Do
When’s the last time you went to the opera? Or climbed Stone Mountain (in the dark)? Or toured Auburn Avenue with Andrew Young? Here are sixty-seven must-dos to reintroduce you to your city.

Don’t Try This at Home!
Sophisticated mixologists now craft drinks the way savvy chefs approach cooking: with intelligence and technique, using quality ingredients.
Photographs by Gregory Miller

The Black Mafia Family
Mara Shalhoup chronicles the rise and fall of Atlanta drug kingpin. An excerpt from her new book.

March 2010

Retirement communities 路 Phoenix Flies 路 Running gear 路 Guinness 路 Our roundup of sixty Georgia colleges

2010 Georgia College Guide
The most comprehensive annual guide to the state’s public and private colleges and universities.
> Browse our interactive directory of schools

Atlanta Student Movement
Fifty years ago this month, students at the Atlanta University Center published a civil rights manifesto and changed the country.
By Rebecca Burns
> Online only: Documents from the archives of Auburn Avenue Research Library
> Online only: Video interviews from a new exhibit at the Atlanta History Center

Wonder Women
Merrily the Atlanta Rollergirls roll along, knocking the socks off each other, their fans, and the idea that they’re just a campy group of retro roller vixens.
By Hollis Gillespie

Final Exit

John Celmer secretly reached out to a controversial group that advises the sick and suffering on how to end their own lives. The Final Exit Network says it provides a compassionate service, but are they breaking the law?
By Charles Bethea

Restaurant review Miller Union
Culinary character Bakeshop’s Jonathan St. Hilaire
Dining discovery Bishoku

Hot Shop Midtown’s My My My
Head to Toe
Jinah Kim, Georgia State MBA student

April 2010

Manuscript notes from Rushdie’s third novel 路 Our full list of the city’s top burgers, fries, sandwiches, tacos, breakfast, and pizza

The Champions of Cheap Eats
We searched the metro area, visiting beloved standards and promising newcomers, to compile our favorites鈥攁 blend of true bargains and more upscale renditions that are absolutely worth the price.
> Succulent burgers and fantastic fries
> The best pizza deals, including the metro area’s top four
> A world tour of sandwiches
> Transcendent tacos and breakfast鈥攚ith a side of pho
Edited by Bill Addison

The Long Goodbye
Sixty-five years after FDR’s sudden death in Warm Springs, a new book by Robert Klara reveals the intrigue and drama aboard his funeral train.

Q&A: Stewart Cink
The thirty-six-year-old golf pro talks about his unlikely British Open win, tweeting, and the Bible study group that keeps him grounded when he’s on the road.
Interview by Steve Fennessy

Urban Renewal

Spring’s most verdant dresses light up the ruins of a century-old cotton gin factory on Atlanta’s Westside.
Photographs by Alex Martinez

May 2010

Style finds in turquoise, the year’s “it” color 路 Paula Wallace’s book on porches 路 Botanical Garden for Mother’s Day 路 Pappy Van Winkle’s 23-Year Family Reserve bourbon 路 All you need to figure out how much your house is worth

Real Estate 2010
Navigate the current real estate environment with our guide. Including:
> What experts are saying about the recovery
> How to sell in this market
> What it’s like to be under water on your mortgage
> What Georgia’s new property tax law might mean for you
> The picture according to neighborhood and city
Edited by Amanda Heckert

The Streets of Buckhead
After three years, Ben Carter’s dream to bring Rodeo Drive to Peachtree Road is still up in the air.
By Thomas Lake

Q&A: Bobby Cox
The legendary baseball manager talks about almost fifty years in uniform and his last season in Braves red, white, and blue.
Interview by Charles Bethea

A Separate Peace

An iconic African American neighborhood, home to Kings and Hollowells and Abernathys, makes history again.
By Betsy Riley
> ONLINE EXTRAS: A note on Collier Heights’ architectural heritage / 1960s-era advertising for the neighborhood


Hollis Gillespie Rats happen
From the Editor

June 2010

Sunglasses 路 AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery yogurt 路 An excerpt from Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s new book 路 Our full list of the metro area’s top doctors

Top Doctors 2010
We asked hundreds of metro-area doctors to name their most respected colleagues. PLUS:
> Five tales of patient survival and medical wizardry
> Top-performing hospitals according to the nation’s leading independent ratings firm

The Golden Boy and the Invisible Army
When the H1N1 swine flu virus boiled up out of Mexico last year, the CDC became the epicenter of a worldwide struggle to stop its deadly march. Twenty miles north, at a brick house in Johns Creek, the virus found a perfect host.
By Thomas Lake

Travel AthFest

August 2010

Roads 路 Teachers 路 Braves shirts 路 Necklaces 路 The 111 Navy Chair at Design Within Reach Cake Hag 路 Plenty of football fun

Football 2010
Get in the game this fall at your home team’s favorite bar, learn how to tailgate in style, and hear gridiron legend Herschel Walker and five others talk about the sport. PLUS:
> Cross Keys, the United Nations of high school football
> The Georgia Football Player, a study in five stages
> Best UGA-Tech pranks
> Find a rec league that fits your style

The F Word
Georgia State University finally has a football team. So who’s gonna win?
By Charles Bethea

Super Station!
When TBS snagged Conan O’Brien, everyone was shocked. Everyone, that is, but TBS.
By Amanda Heckert

Q&A: Hugh Acheson
Athens’s star chef comes to Atlanta to open his latest creation, Empire State South.
Interview by Candice Dyer

Restaurant review Bacchanalia
> ONLINE EXTRA: Extended review, Quinones at Bacchanalia
Culinary character Concrete Jungle’s urban foragers
Dining discovery King of Pops

Style insider Timothy Tew
Head to toe Erik Hedrick and Bryan Kirkland
Getaway Space Coast’s final shuttle launches
Design advice FoundMarket.com helps you create your dream home

Made in Atlanta Eco-friendly furniture by Shiner
Fives minutes with . . . Jason Carter

July 2010

Military shirts 路 SCAD’s Working Class Studio 路 The Dump 路 All fifty-eight of the barbecue joints Bill Addison reviewed for our tasty cover package

The BBQ Guide
Who smokes the best ribs, pulls the best pork, or brews the best Brunswick stew? Our dining critic went on an epic quest to find out. PLUS:
> Jim Auchmutey ponders Georgia’s place in Southern barbecue
> Pitmaster Sam Huff imparts the secrets of a barbecue guru
> Two smokin’ hot hometown grills, the Primo and the Big Green Egg
> Our dining critic’s top five
> Top sides and a gallery of standout pitmasters

Mother Nature’s Daddy
Don’t call him a tree hugger. Ad man Joel Babbit taps into the new environmental movement to build an online empire.
By Elizabeth Florio

Shotgun Chic

When fire detroyed a 1930s Midtown house, its simply designed replacement took cues from historic cottage style.
By Lisa Mowry

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