Research news: A sod shortage, soil DNA, and direction-giving chimps

We don’t want to alarm y’all, but evidently there will be a Georgia sod shortage this year.

60 Voices: Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein on covering Georgia politics

AJC legend Jim Galloway and AJC chief political reporter Greg Bluestein on national political superstars, the state's shift to purple, and why "Georgia is the nexus now."
Cowboy art

Booth Museum exhibit honors Cowboy Artists of America

Over its 50-year history, there have been only 77 members of the invitation-only Cowboy Artists of America, a group of accomplished Western painters, sculptors, and other artists.

In Tune: Joey Sommerville

Though it seems unlikely, hip-hop’s Jazze Pha, jam band Phish, and Cirque du Soleil do have common ground—they’ve all worked with Atlanta trumpeter Joey Sommerville. A Detroit native who grew up on Motown, Sommerville’s influences are diverse. “Music has gotten so compartmentalized and segmented,” he says. “People ask what I play. I play music. Sometimes it’s gospel. Sometimes it’s jazz. Sometimes it’s pop.”
General Assembly Georgia Gold Dome

The 40-day headache: Your guide to the 2020 Georgia General Assembly

On January 13, lawmakers from across Georgia will converge under the Gold Dome downtown for the annual session of the General Assembly. Here are the major issues they'll be discussing in 2020.

SCADpads transform parking spaces into micro houses

Right now, SCAD Atlanta students and faculty are sleeping in the parking lot of the Atlanta campus’s main building. No, it’s not a dorm crisis or a protest, but an experiment in small living spaces.

New Neighbor: Rail Arts District

Alongside the CSX rail line that winds from Avondale Estates to Decatur, a consortium of studios and galleries have banded together in the last few years to form the Rail Arts District. It all began in 2004, when Erik Haagensen and Luba Sharapan moved their MudFire Clayworks pottery studio from Brookhaven to Decatur; the latterR

Archery Rivals: Katniss vs. Daryl vs. Chipper

If you don’t get the Sportsman Channel (and even if your cable carries it, you still may not get it), you probably don’t know that onetime Braves star Chipper Jones has traded his bat and uniform for a compound bow and camo as star of outdoors show Major League Bowhunter. We immediately wondered how No. 10 would fare against two famous, if fictional, archers who shoot (arrows and film) in Georgia.
Gucci Mane

What we learned from Gucci Mane’s new autobiography

In The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, published this month, the 37-year-old Atlanta trap rap crossover act revisits his rise to rap stardom; his struggle with a codeine cocktail called “lean;” and becoming a mentor to Future and Migos.
MARTA artist Ana Guzman

Artist Ana Guzman’s subjects are her fellow MARTA passengers

Following the tradition of cityscape artists like Edward Hopper, Ana Guzman often has a sketchbook in hand, ready to capture urban life in front of her. Passengers usually keep to themselves on MARTA, earbuds in place and eyes locked on their phones. But when Guzman pulls out her paint pens and starts drawing, fellow riders begin to interact.

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