Atlanta’s German Influx

Five years ago, Doreen Eitel left Germany and ended up in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked as an au pair. She married and moved to Tampa. Two years ago, the couple moved to Atlanta, and Eitel was pleasantly surprised.

In Tune: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ didn’t set out to take a twelve-year hiatus. For the decade and a half following its formation in 1985, the Atlanta band was tireless, putting out eight albums and touring with bands such as the Who, the Allman Brothers, and R.E.M. The success of 1991’s “Fly Me Courageous” and R
Atlanta After Dark: Addis Lewis, trauma nurse at Grady Health System

Even at 5 a.m., this trauma nurse is saving Atlanta lives at Grady Hospital

Three nights a week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Addis Lewis joins Grady Memorial Hospital medical professionals tending to car crashes, gunshot wounds, heart attacks.

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for November

Elton John comes to Atlanta for the last time with his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour, eat endless chili at Chomp and Stomp, and more to do this November.

From the baseball field to the broadcast booth, Jeff Francoeur is still knocking it out of the park

Homegrown phenom and former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur starts his first season as the Braves’ lead analyst, offering commentary alongside veteran play-by-play announcer Chip Caray. A look into why he was more nervous for this job than being an MLB pro.

Geniuses Unite: An Atlanta lawyer becomes a MacArthur Fellow

When Atlanta lawyer Jonathan Rapping got the call in early September informing him that he was one of 21 2014 MacArthur Fellows—a recipient of the so-called “genius grant”—he was instructed to tell only one person and that he would never know who nominated him.

Jazz Age

When pianist Herbie Hancock gazed out over Piedmont Park on Memorial Day in 2007, there was barely a patch of grass unoccupied by picnic blankets or folding chairs. It was closing night of the three-day Atlanta Jazz Festival, and 100,000 people packed the park to celebrate the free event’s thirtieth anniversary. A year later, a relatively meager crowd wedged into Downtown’s Woodruff Park for just two days of concerts. The event had to be relocated due to drought, costing the festival thousands in lost sponsorship dollars. Organizers staged a “no-frills festival,” relying mostly on $120,000 in residual funds, says Camille Russell Love, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. “I basically told my staff, we’re going to create a festival that we can afford to create,” she says. “We’ll use local artists, but we won’t lose the momentum of the festival.”

Vermeer’s masterwork hangs out at the High

On her current world tour, she travels incognito, with only her closest handlers aware of her true identity. In Japan last year, she attracted more than a million fans. In San Francisco this spring, she demanded strategically placed soft lighting befitting an icon of a certain age.

BeltLine rules of engagement

Despite our lousier-than-usual weather, the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail drew daily winter patronage of 2,500 walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skateboarders. Plus that lady on the giant exercise scooter. As spring blooms and trail use booms, consider these rules.
Avalon yoga

A drone’s eye view of Sunrise Yoga at Avalon, Alpharetta

The center of a mixed-use development is not the first place one thinks of seeking enlightenment. But downward dog usurps shopping sprees during Sunrise Yoga classes on the grassy plaza of Avalon in Alpharetta.

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