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Best of Atlanta 2018: Arts & Culture

The best of Atlanta's arts and culture in 2018, including best superstar, painter, museum for local art, improv theater, and more.
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In her new book, Chef Carla Hall reclaims soul food: “It’s part of my DNA.”

For many years, chef Carla Hall resisted being called a soul food cook, but now she's fully embracing her Southern roots. The Nashville-born Top Chef alum, former Chew co-host, and culinary ambassador for the Smithsonian's Sweet Home Café stops by the Atlanta History Center to promote her new cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration.

How an Atlantan photographer, Angie Mosier, wants to reshape our perceptions of Southern cuisine

New York City–based chef Marcus Samuelsson will release a cookbook called A Moving Feast: Recipes and Stories of Soul Food’s Journey North. Through the lens of food, it will share accounts of the Great Migration. Nearly every one of the more than 100 images in the book will have been captured by photographer Angie Mosier, a lifelong Atlantan who is preternaturally talented, excessively humble, and unmistakably white.
Peachtree Corners Festival

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 6-12

Help the revitalization of historic Sweet Auburn at the Sweet Auburn Gala, nerd out with classic games at the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo, or explore the Westside on foot at Atlanta Streets Alive.
Hamilton

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

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is finally coming to the Fox; participate in a weeklong celebration of two-wheelers at Atlanta Cycling Festival; and treat yourself to ”all-you-can-indulge” tasting sessions at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: April 4-10

Partake in a pillow fight in Grant Park, run a 5k followed by DJ-led yoga at Piedmont Park, and bike or walk during the year's first Atlanta Streets Alive.
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Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 Atlanta event picks for April

Looking for things to do in Atlanta during April? Laugh your butt off with Kevin Hart at Philips Arena, watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Washington Nationals, and join in the 50th year of the Druid Hills Home Tour.
Rich’s Department Store

Flashback: The Pink Pig at Rich’s, 1990

In the mid-1950s, Rich’s executive Frank Pallotta had an idea: If the annual Great Tree wasn’t enough to coax holiday shoppers to Rich’s downtown department store, then a monorail would be. Dubbed the Snowland Express, the rickety three-and-a-half minute ride over the toy department—and later the roof—cost a quarter, making it a magnet for kids and a moment’s reprieve for parents to study their shopping lists.

Brash Coffee is coming to Buckhead and bringing a sophisticated espresso bar

The new 1,500-square-foot Brash space at the Atlanta History Center will feature a Modbar, allowing baristas to profile espresso. In other words, the Brash baristas will be able to match the coffee preparation to fit the exact humidity and temperature in the air.
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Revamped attraction: Atlanta History Center

Everything old is new again at this renovated Buckhead stalwart, which now features a StoryCorps studio, a Souper Jenny outpost, and an expanded bookstore and gift shop. Bonus: The museum no longer prohibits event guests from sipping cocktails while visiting the exhibits.

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