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Atlanta's Top Music Venues

There’s something special about experiencing live music. Not just the tunes. Not just the band. And not only the music-loving crowd. The venue shapes our experiences and how we enjoy live performances. Atlanta is filled with many music venues fans are sure to remember. From the small spots like Eddie’s Attic and Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory to the biggest names in town, such as newly-renovated State Farm Arena, music venues have permeated the city, most unique in their own right. AJC music...


Chimps Sanctuary in North Georgia

Project Chimps, a 236-acre property in Morganton, houses more than 200 chimps that have been retired from research. For decades, the U.S. government supported the capture and breeding of chimps for biomedical research. The practice peaked during the AIDS epidemic when more than 1,000 chimps were living in research labs across the country. Project Chimps' goal is to allow the chimps to live the remainder of their lives as they wish. Built in two phases, the cost to renovate the former Dewar...


State Farm Arena Opens

With a new season comes the renovated State Farm Arena — formerly known as Philips Arena. The $200 Million makeover — that started almost three years ago — makes the space more open, connected, and an exciting place for fans to experience basketball. From new upper-deck seating and party space featuring a Topgolf simulator to a unique premium space called Atlanta Social, there are several fun ways to watch the game. Men can even get a haircut and keep their eyes on the court at Killer Mike's...


Netherworld Haunted House

Jeepers creepers. With Halloween right around the corner, Netherworld Haunted House has something special for horror fans at its new Stone Mountain location. There might be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of people in attendance and 200 people working per night. And 22 years later after opening, the company is still finding new ways to keep visitors frightened and entertained. This year's theme, "The Awakened" and its new haunted sci-fi theme, "Subject: UNKNOWN" will keep people on their...


Buford Highway - 2018 Fall Dining Guide

Attention authentic foodies and lovers of international cuisine. The AJC's 2018 Fall Dining Guide celebrates Buford Highway, a 30-mile roadway that spans from Buckhead to Buford and has more than 125 restaurants. So many options exist on the stretch that patrons can eat on the highway every day for a year without ordering the same thing twice. In this episode, AJC food and dining editor Ligaya Figueras explores the Buford Highway of past and present, and former AJC dining editor John Kessler...


Independent Record Stores Around Atlanta

Everything old is new again, including records. The way we listen to music has evolved over the last couple of decades. Even as music streaming services and digital downloads proliferate, younger generations are making vinyl the hottest new format. Folks of a certain age — fans who once moved from records to CDs —are returning to an old familiar groove, revisiting their favorite artists' discography again in the way that they first discovered them. The vinyl renaissance means that record...


Appalachian Trail

This week's story is about a unique journey, one less than 15,000 people have ever completed. Beginning on Springer Mountain, the Appalachian Trail is about 2,180 miles and runs through 14 states, spanning from northern Georgia to Maine. Hiking it is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times. AJC features writer Bo Emerson and CNN editor Andrew Iden have both hiked parts of the trail. In this episode, they come together to reminisce. You will hear from trail angels, hiking champions, and...


The Atlanta Concours d'Elegance (Car Show)

Vroom... Vroom. Beep... Beep. Rev up your engines car fans and kick it into high gear as you make your way to The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance. A large variety of vehicles including exotics, muscle cars, and hot rods will be on display on Sept. 29 and 30 at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. AJC senior editor Todd Duncan chats with co-founder Bill Wallet about the founding of the show. And trust us. There's more to the event than what meets the eye. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do...


Next Stop for Food Lovers: Buford Highway

For those wanting to tap into their adventurous side, explore one of the most eclectic thruways in our area: Buford Highway. Travel down this multicultural stretch, and you'll be inundated with restaurants that boast of cuisine from across the world. AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras connects with the founder of We Love BuHi Social Club to discover a new way to become immersed in food served along 10 miles of the extended highway. Plan to eat your way through Brookhaven, Chamblee, and...


Music Midtown 2018

Come mid-September, Atlanta’s most dedicated music fans will make their way to Piedmont Park—and for good reason. The city’s preeminent outdoor destination is home to our most prominent music festival—Music Midtown. For two days and with four stages, music fans will be energetic spectators of 30 popular musical acts, such as headliner Imagine Dragons, Grammy-winning rap artist Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop act Post Malone, rock band Fall Out Boy, and Atlanta’s own Janelle Monáe. AJC music reporter...


ONE Musicfest

It's a big year for the ONE Musicfest. Going into its ninth year, the festival expands to two days with a wide range of acts for everyone to enjoy. Musical acts such as Nas, Big Boi, H.E.R., and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will hit the stage on Sept. 8 and 9 in Atlanta's Central Park. AJC music reporter Melissa Ruggieri talks to ONE Musicfest creator Jason 'J' Carter about wanting to create "an urban cultural Woodstock," and the obstacles he faced when first developing the concept...


Bobby Brown

Superstar Bobby Brown is no stranger to seeing his life make headlines. This time, he's bringing his side of the story to your living room through 'The Bobby Brown Story' on Sept. 4 and 5. Playing on BET, the two-day, four-hour miniseries, will touch on the "Every Little Step" singer's rise to stardom and relationship with the late Whitney Houston. AJC radio/TV blogger, Rodney Ho, chats with the musician about the highly anticipated miniseries and singer/songwriter/producer, Babyface, about...


Casting Directors in Atlanta

Time magazine has called Atlanta the Hollywood of the South. And with good reason. Filmmakers and actors are flocking to the city to be a part of Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry. With megahits like Marvel's “Black Panther” and FX’s “Atlanta” filmed here, TV and movie production has become a stable fixture for Georgia. AJC radio/TV blogger, Rodney Ho, chats with casting directors from Feldstein|Paris Casting about finding actors for Netflix's “Stranger Things,” “Ozark” and more, and how it...


90th Anniversary of The Varsity

Ask any Atlanta native to name a popular staple in their city and they’re apt to mention The Varsity. Founded in 1928, this year marks the 90th anniversary of the restaurant's opening. When people visit, they are reminded of a time in history when malt milkshakes and drive-in theaters were all the rage. Celebrities have regularly indulged in popular menu items like The Varsity’s frosted orange and chili steak. Muhammad Ali, President Barack Obama, and both Bush 41 and 43 are few of the many...


30 Murals for Super Bowl 53

In less than 200 days, visitors from around the world will enjoy more than sports when they pour into Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. The city’s history and united spirit will be on full display through an artistic project called Off the Wall. Created by the City of Atlanta, the Super Bowl Host Committee and nonprofit WonderRoot, 30 murals will showcase Atlanta’s dedication to civil and human rights, with each piece unveiled one by one before the big game in February 2019. Spread throughout the...


Nappy Roots and Craft Beer

Atlanta’s Nappy Roots made some of the biggest hip-hop singles of the early 2000s. These days, the Grammy-nominated group is making more than music. Members of the rap quartet are behind a new brand of craft beer, with specialty beers bearing the names of their most memorable musical hits. Listen to AJC reporter Shelia Poole talk to the group about what inspired them to join the craft beer movement and what they enjoy best during the brewing experience. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares...


Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry

There are a few weeks left in the 2018 season for our city’s WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream. But as the season winds down, the team’s drive revs up as they work to score their way into the playoffs. AJC’s Bria Felicien chats with one of the Dream’s notable players, Angel McCoughtry. Listen as she talks about returning to the court, being a role model and setting her sights on the championship. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do during the next 10 days, including R&B singer Janelle...


200 Days Until Super Bowl 53

The countdown is officially on. There are just 200 days until Super Bowl 53 descends upon Atlanta. And fans are already gearing up for the kickoff. The big game hasn't been held in this city in nearly two decades. The last time the city hosted the Super Bowl was in 2000, and once before in 1994. But a shiny new stadium makes Atlanta the perfect place for Super Bowl mania at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019. AJC music reporter (and avid football fan) Melissa Ruggieri talks about past...


Children's Museum of Atlanta

Children are stepping into their own fairy tales this summer at the Children's Museum of Atlanta. Pages from the "The Amazing Castle" exhibit come to life as kids and their parents navigate their way through the museum. From creating your own dinner with "Kipper the Cook" to repairing iron tools with "Synge the Blacksmith," there are plenty of ways to live as a storybook character. For AJC features writer Helena Oliviero and her 11-year-old daughter, Izzy, fiction becomes reality as they are...


Atlanta Beer and Breweries

Gold, perhaps copper in color. Slightly chilled with a smattering of fruit or spice. Mmmmm…Nothing provides satisfaction like a cool, tasty beer during the scorching summer months. Local craft breweries are rising to the taste bud challenge, providing Atlanta with a sweet water experience that didn’t exist 20 years ago. AJC senior dining editor Ligaya Figueras chats with one of Atlanta’s premier beer columnists about what’s on the horizon for our city’s exploding beer scene. Plus, host Shane...