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Coming Up: Perry Preview

For the sake of silence, the air conditioner has been snapped off at the Gwinnett Medical Center’s Glancy Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, the mid-June set of Tyler Perry’s latest film, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Whoopi Goldberg uses a Chinese fan to cool off while Janet Jackson steels herself for the scene. Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, and Thandie Newton walk over last-minute marks. Perry shouts “Action!

Down Under

I’ve heard about “underground viaducts” in Atlanta—where and what are they? A viaduct is like an aqueduct (both are inheritances from the Roman Empire), only instead of water, it carries a via—a road or railway—over a valley, another road, or a body of water. As such, they’re almost always aboveg

The Shelf: Decatur Book Festival

Decatur Book Festival This labor day weekend, the AJC Decatur Book Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary. This precocious, audacious five-year-old has become one of the signature literary events in the country, attracting some 70,000 people to downtown Decatur. Keynote speakers have included heavy hitters such as Sir Harold Evans, Charles Frazier, Arianna Huffington, and this year’s Jonathan F

Is Cobb on Board?

Unlike Gwinnett, which has voted on MARTA a couple of times, Cobb County has never had a referendum on the Atlanta transit system since the authority was founded nearly forty years ago. Will we ever get rail up here? Tough time to ask that question: MARTA is staring down the wrong end of a $120 million operations deficit. E

Local Biz: Come Sail Away

About half of Grant Park–based Sixthman’s twenty-eight employees have just returned from a cruise to Grand Cayman with Kid Rock and 2,000 of his screaming, adoring, tattooed, and bikinied fans. But CEO Andy Levine and his staff weren’t sunning on the lido deck or sipping mai tais. They were hustling to run concerts and contests, organizing meet and greets and autograph sessions with the bands on the cruise’s lineup. They paused for a beer only after their midnight staff m

Coming Up: Mary Chapin Carpenter Returns

On “The Way I Feel,” a track on her new album, The Age of Miracles, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter races alone across the South in the middle of the night. Blowing east from Nashville, she sings, “Atlanta, it’s been way too long.” Indeed, on July 17 Ca

The Shelf: Melanie Sumner

Melanie Sumner A cavernous sense of loss permeates The Ghost of Milagro Creek (Algonquin Books, $13.95 paperback), a tragic story of love and heartbreak

On Stage: Serenbe Playhouse

Since 2006, the Serenbe community has gently manicured a reputation for bucolic bliss. This summer, among the carrots and strawberries, the sleepy town of 200 is cultivating its own professional theater company. But don’t expect the new Serenbe Playhouse to produce the theatrical equivalent of Fourth of

The Shelf: Joshilyn Jackson

Joshilyn Jackson “It was an airport gypsy who told me that I had to kill my husband.” Joshilyn Jackson catapults into her fourth novel, Backseat Saints

Frat House

I’m curious about the Masonic Temple on Peachtree, next to the Amtrak Station. Can I look around? In a recent issue of the brotherhood’s quarterly, the Northern Light, Sovereign Grand Commander John William McNaughton says the Masonic fraternity has lost two-thirds of its members worldwide over the past fifty

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