Things to do in Atlanta

Things to do in Atlanta

Looking for things to do in Atlanta? This is the podcast that gets you ready for the weekend and introduces you to the most interesting people in music, art food and culture in metro Atlanta. Hosted by Shane Harrison. Listen every Thursday.

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June 23, 2022 40 min

Throughout the summer, we are developing a brand new podcast with a new name and a new sound that will launch in late summer. In the meantime, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite shows from our first four years while still keeping you up-to-date on things to do in and around Atlanta. In 2019, we investigated Atlanta’s barbecue scene in our Spring Dining Guide. To go along with that, we talked to former AJC writer Jim Auchmutey...

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Throughout the summer, we are developing a brand new podcast with a new name and a new sound that will launch in late summer. In the meantime, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite shows from our first four years while still keeping you up-to-date on things to do in and around Atlanta. In 2019, our food, dining and living editor Ligaya Figueras made her first trip to a Waffle House as part of a dining guide to Waffle House. It w...

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Throughout the summer, we’ll be developing a brand podcast that will have a new name and a new sound. In the meantime, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite interviews from our first four years while still keeping you up-to-date on things to do in and around Atlanta. In 2018, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor and music director Robert Spano announced that he’d be leaving the orchestra in 2021. The pandemic postponed that for ...

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Throughout the summer, we’ll be developing a brand podcast that will have a new name and a new sound. In the meantime, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite interviews from our first four years while still keeping you up-to-date on things to do in and around Atlanta. In our very first podcast, then-AJC music writer Melissa Ruggieri had an in-depth conversation with John Driskell Hopkins, the multi-instrumentalist in the Zac Brow...

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For a long time, Bobby Brown was a tabloid magnet. Often, his misdeeds overshadowed his successful music career with both New Edition and as a solo artist. His relationship with Whitney Houston kept him in the headlines, as spotlighted on Bravo’s “Being Bobby Brown” reality show in 2005 while they lived in Atlanta. It overshadowed the show itself, meant to be a comeback vehicle for him. Instead, their marriage ended. Now at age 53,...

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Spring Dining Guide was published earlier this week. This time we’re focusing on something that just about everybody loves: pizza. Whether it’s vegan options or a pie piled high with pepperoni, you’re sure to find a favorite among the many options our team has compiled. You’ll also find short profiles of the folks who create these tasty treats. And on this week’s podcast, dining editor Ligaya Figu...

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For some Christian Siriano will always be known as the elfin 21-year-old with the punkish haircut, spouting his token “fierce” catchphrase as the winner of the 2008 reality TV phenomenon “Project Runway.” But Siriano, now 36, has far exceeded his pop culture 15 minutes of fame. Named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2018, Siriano has proven an incredibly resilient force and his work is the subject of a new exhibiti...

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Sneakers are everywhere, but they’re usually on our feet. Gary Lockwood, aka Freehand Profit, turns them into incredible art. He deconstructs rare, expensive and classic sneakers into elaborate masks that comment on modern crises like civil unrest, war, and climate change, while paying tribute to the emcees, DJs, graffiti artists, and b-boys who laid the foundation for hip-hop and sneaker culture. Remarkably, the masks retain the m...

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In the new Amazon Studios psychological thriller “Master,” horror becomes a powerful vehicle to express how centuries of racism have infected an elite Northeastern college campus.

“Master” continues a tradition established with Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking 2017 psychological horror film “Get Out,” which also used the horror genre to intensify the sense of isolation and terror a Black photographer begins to feel while staying at his...

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The number of film festivals has exploded in the past 10 years. More than 2,000 are staged around the world, dedicated to women directors, Japanese film, hip-hop and countless other themesAs testament to that intense festival growth, this year the 46-year-old Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) received 10,000 entries. Following a hybrid model, this year’s Atlanta Film Festival will return to indoor screenings at the Plaza Theatre and ...

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Plastic bottles, computer parts, buzzing flies circling decay and beaches streaked with acrid black oil register as a new kind of colonialism in the stunning Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University exhibition “And I Must Scream: The Monstrous Expression of Our Global Crises.” It’s a challenging, multifaceted show centered on topics like climate change, political corruption, consumption and the legacy of war and colonialism in ...

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“Gathering Blossoms Under Fire,” a 500-page digest of novelist Alice Walker’s edited journals, is set to be published April 12. It was edited by author, college professor and former Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Valerie Boyd, whose 2004 biography of Zora Neale Hurston, “Wrapped in Rainbows,” earned Walker’s admiration and trust. They worked together for years. Then two months before Walker’s journals were set to be published,...

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You won’t hear a single “you might be a redneck” joke on Jeff Foxworthy’s first solo stand-up special since 1998. And you’ll only see it on a ser ice that didn’t even exist at the time, Netflix. The long-time Atlanta resident’s “The Good Old Days” special covers a broad array of relatable material such as aging parents, erectile dysfunction ads, the difficulty remembering passwords and overpacking for vacations. For this week’s pod...

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After two years of being run under less than ideal conditions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race will be back to standard procedures for 2022. Registration for the event is now open and continues through March 31. The AJC’s Ken Sugiura spoke with Atlanta Track Club executive director Rich Kenah about the challenges of the two previous events and what we can expect as it return...

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Located in the Briarcliff Plaza shopping center, now branded Plaza on Ponce, the Plaza Theatre is the only independently owned movie theater remaining inside the Perimeter and the longest continuously operating one of its kind in Atlanta. Christopher Escobar, 35, purchased the Plaza in 2017 and recently signed a 25-year lease with Asana Partnerswho bought the shopping center five years ago. Despite the societal challenges working...

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The Fandemic Tour fan convention is coming to Atlanta March 18-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The focus of the weekend is on “The Walking Dead,” which has been filming here in Georgia for quite a while now. “Walking Dead” stars including Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be on hand, but so will non-”Walking Dead” stars like Sebastian Stan and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Rodney Ho recently spoke with organizers ab...

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Cartersville may not be the first place you think of visiting for a weekend road trip but it certainly should if you’re into cars, local history, art or science. Nestled between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Cartersville has been dubbed Georgia’s “Museum City.” It’s home to Georgia Museums Inc., a nonprofit that operates the Bartow History Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Science Museum and the recently opened Savoy Automobile M...

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ben Brasch asserts that America’s premiere storyteller is the Black professional wrestler. They communicate quintessential stories through not only acting, but with their bodies, performing amazing athletic feats. He talked to some of the industry’s best African American wrestlers about what it’s like to be pioneers in their field and what they’ve brought to the art form.

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Acworth’s Jeremy Sides, a former Navy man and father of two, is an entrepreneur and a metal-detecting hobbyist, who started out searching for Civil War relics in the woods and creeks. His fondness for finding gold nuggets earned him the nickname “Nug,” and he began documenting his exploits on his YouTube channel, Exploring with Nug. His career took a dramatic turn in November when he scanned the creeks around Sparta, Tennessee, and...

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Drs. Terrence Ferguson and Vernard Hodges graduated from Fort Valley State University and then attended veterinary school at Tuskegee University. Those are two of only four historically Black universities — with Delaware State University and Florida A&M — to offer a degree in veterinary medicine, and Tuskegee is the only one to offer a doctorate. The two opened Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in 1999, and now have their own s...

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