Meet Jack Brantley, Atlanta’s longest-practicing accordion repairman

What do you hear when you drop an accordion from a 10-story building? “Applause,” quips Jack Brantley, one of the few artisans in the Southeast qualified to patch the long-suffering instrument back together and restore it to tunefulness.

Atlanta’s Lace Larrabee is training a new generation of women comics

In the male-dominated stand-up comedy world, Lace Larrabee is making sure women are a force to be reckoned with by launching Laugh Lab, the only stand-up comedy class in Atlanta that’s exclusively for women. She also role in the new Catherine Zeta-Jones comedy Queen America, which debuts this month on Facebook Watch.
Ryan Gravel Where We Want to Live

An excerpt from Ryan Gravel’s Where We Want to Live

When I was a kid, the full force of sprawl was not yet in effect. The roadways were not at capacity because the region was always building more of them.

3 must-see authors making stops in Atlanta this fall

The literary agent turned humorist is famous for fabrication, but here’s what we can truthfully tell you: The Daily Show “resident expert” and PC in those Apple ads has written three satirical books—The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require, and That Is All.
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Jeremy Smith—aka BeltLine Cat Guy—explains life with a feline sitting shotgun

"People see the cat and they see me on the bike, and they get happy. It makes me feel like I have some influence in my life with other people to make them feel happy and maybe even feel a little bit of peace, rather than just negativity."
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A Douglasville couple created DriButts reusable diapers to help impoverished families

Michael Wahl never planned to start a diaper company. But in 2013, after building wells as a church missionary in Haiti, where toddlers often go naked, he returned home and, with wife Starla, set about designing a quick-dry, reusable diaper.
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10 Best Things to Do After Midnight in Atlanta

Karaoke at FamFam, roller skate at Golden Glide, relax at Jeju Sauna, go bowling at Painted Pin, go to a strip club—the list goes on.

Center for Puppetry Arts to undergo major expansion

In the Center for Puppetry Arts’ atrium, a coterie of America’s puppetry elite stand in a semicircle, contemplating an acrylic-encased Miss Piggy. The starry-eyed swine sports the feathery boa and sarong she wore in 1996’s Muppet Treasure Island, her curlicue locks blonde as ever. “She’s beautiful,” says Bonnie Erickson, who created Miss Piggy and now directs the Jim Henson Legacy. “She gets better and better.”

Predictive policing crime prevention software successful for APD

Atlanta Police Lieutenant LeAnne Browning recalls her days as a patrol officer. “Our lieutenants would say, ‘Okay, I want you to look at the beat books so you can know what’s out there on your beat.’ Well, the beat books are like this thick with reports,” she says, holding her hands a couple of feet apart. “And you’d sit there and thumb through it all, and there was no time because they were then kicking you out of the precinct to handle calls.” She pauses before pointing to her computer screen. “That’s the old way of doing things. This­—it’s right here.”

Mapping the exposome

Researchers at Emory University and Georgia Tech have joined forces to study the “exposome”—a measure of the environment’s impact on health. The partners received $4 million, the first exposome-centric grant awarded in the U.S., to establish HERCULES.

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