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Springs Cinema and Taphouse Sandy Springs

Springs Cinema & Taphouse opens following a $2.5 million renovation

In November 2017, Brandt Gully purchased the Sandy Springs neighborhood landmark and kicked off a $2.5 million investment in the space. The theater now includes a full kitchen and bar, along with heated reclining seats.
Candytopia Atlanta

8 things to know before you visit Candytopia in Atlanta

Candytopia, a colorful, Instagramable wonderland filled with large candy sculptures and paintings, opened in Buckhead at Lenox Marketplace in February. Before you go, here's what you need to know. (Hint: Bring socks, a fully charged phone, and prepare for confetti.)
Goodnight Tyler play

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 13-19

Watch an award-winning play, Goodnight, Tyler, at Alliance Theatre, celebrate Fat Tuesday early with a Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure, and enjoy Galentine's Day at Center for Puppetry Arts.
The Home Team Camille Pendley

With “The Home Team,” a journalist-turned-filmmaker explores Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s impact on Vine City and English Avenue

At some point every journalist comes across a story that deserves more space and attention than the assignment permits. For Camille Pendley, that story was the plight of the residents of Vine City and English Avenue, two of the city’s poorest neighborhoods—which sit across the street from the country’s newest and grandest cathedral to sports, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Walking Dead 909

The Walking Dead Awards: Whispers on the outside

Negan explores the outside world while Daryl, Michonne, and Tara question a captured Whisperer.
Good Gracious Variety Show

Atlanta’s Good Gracious Variety Show combines music, improv, and storytelling

A locally funded, A Prairie Home Companion-esque show, the Good Gracious Variety Show will celebrate a collection of Southern artists and talents when it holds its 14th event on Saturday.
IGNITE Atlanta

At Agnes Scott College, the IGNITE conference encourages women to pursue politics

Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath and state House Representatives Brenda Lopez and Park Cannon are among the speakers at IGNITE's Young Women Run Atlanta conference at Agnes Scott College.
Pop-up Magazine Atlanta

Journalistic phenom Pop-Up Magazine brings its novel storytelling to Variety Playhouse

“We’re asking people to take a step back from the craziness of day to day, enjoy some really good stories, and hopefully learn something that they’ll be able to talk about with other people,” says Pop-Up Magazine producer and host Aaron Edwards.
Jonas Ho's electric skateboards

Meet Jonas Ho, Atlanta’s LED-lit evangelist of electric skateboards.

About five years ago, Jonas Ho was watching YouTube videos when he discovered a novel way to spend the $500 burning a hole in his pocket: a battery-powered MotoTec skateboard. Since then, Ho, the owner of Noble House Tattoo in Stockbridge, has become a mad scientist of electric skateboards, turning his board into a 51-pound street cruiser lined with lights and capable of traveling up to 32 miles per hour on city streets.

Fighting to kneel: A Kennesaw State University cheerleader sues for the right to protest on the playing field

Similar to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, five cheerleaders for Kennesaw State University decided to kneel during the national anthem at a football game to protest unjustified killings by police officers. When the school decided to move them off the field if they were going to kneel, Tommia Dean, one of the cheerleaders, filed a lawsuit against the school's higher ups for restricting her freedom of speech.

Redeeming the Cyclorama: Why the century-old attraction is anything but a monument to the Confederacy

Cyclorama
Conceived in Chicago, created in Milwaukee, and premiered in Minneapolis, the Cyclorama was meant to celebrate the Union’s great triumph in capturing Atlanta and hastening the end of the Civil War. But when the painting moved South, new audiences flipped its meaning, bastardizing the spectacle into a testament to white Southern pride. For decades, it was a masterpiece of misinterpretation. Now, it has a new life at the Atlanta History Center.

Georgia pecan farmers have thrived for a century. After Hurricane Michael, they’re unsure if they’ll survive another generation.

Georgia pecan farmers
After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017, and Hurricane Michael in 2018, Georgia's pecan farming industry is suffering. Georgia lost a sixth of its total pecan trees from Hurricane Michael and generations of farmers lost their crops—giving them a long road to recovery. Combined with increasing tariffs, many farmers are uncertain about their future.

After Atlanta icon Herman Russell died, DNA proved Joycelyn Alston is a daughter he never knew. That’s when things got complicated.

Herman Russell: Joyce Alston
Sixty years ago, as he was building the construction empire that would make him one of Atlanta’s richest and most influential men, Herman Russell fathered a daughter out of wedlock. Now, four years after his death, Joycelyn Alston is fighting her three half-siblings for a portion of their father’s vast estate.
David Cummings Groundbreakers 2018

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Groundbreakers 2018

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