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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...


Off the Wall Art Project (Super Bowl)

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...


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...


Atlanta Beer and Breweries

Gold, perhaps cooper 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...


Actor Jussie Smollett of "Empire"

Best known for his captivating role as Jamal Lyon on the hit TV drama “Empire,” actor Jussie Smollett is building a musical kingdom of his own. During a recent visit to Atlanta, the actor and singer gave us a taste of the soulful tracks from his debut album, “Sum of My Music.” In this episode, Smollett candidly describes his love affair with music, his appetite for collard greens, and the one character on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” he wants to meet. Listen to AJC’s Najja Parker’s...


Country Music Band Sugarland

The hiatus is finally over. Country music duo Sugarland is coming home sweet home to Georgia. Originally from the A-T-L, the popular band is performing on tour together for the first time in years. And fans are greeting them with open arms. AJC music reporter Melissa Ruggieri talks to band members about their 2018 album, “Bigger,” ahead of their August performance in Duluth. Plus, Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including the Roswell Summer Puppet...


Miss Georgia Pageant

More than 100 women will compete, but only one is crowned Miss Georgia. Rehearsals, appearances, workouts, and sponsor visits lead to a single, big moment—a night that could yield a life-long dream. AJC reporter Amanda Coyne describes how the South embraces pageant tradition, resulting in a Georgia woman competing in Miss America. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Barbecue Nation at Atlanta History Center.


28th Annual Creepers Car Show

Two words: vroom, vroom. The Creepers Car Show drives onto the classic car scene once again this year in Marietta. These antique, rare machines are sure to impress. The charity event will show off vehicles at least 30 years old, with each car having its own unique story that car owners are ready to tell. AJC senior editor Todd Duncan talks about the beauties you’ll see at the event, and what it’s like to be a judge for the show. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta...


Atlanta Oddities Dealer James Freeman

An Atlanta entrepreneur has found his niche—historical antiques with a twist. James Freeman collects and sells oddities at Scott Antique Markets and local pop-up shops. Think letters from serial killers, decades-old Ouija boards, and original drawings by Robert Ripley, the founder of Ripley's Believe It or Not! AJC reporter Becca Godwin takes us in the world of rare, unique, antique, odd, and death-related collectibles. Disturbed yet? Wait until you hear from oddities dealer James Freeman...


Olympic Gold Medalist Laurie Hernandez

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, American gymnast Laurie Hernandez won the hearts of many across the world. She danced. She flipped. She fearlessly competed on the world’s biggest stage for athletes. During her recent visit to Atlanta, senior features editor Nicole Smith asks the gymnast to describe how it feels to live a life saturated with adrenaline, competition, excitement and gold-medal success. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days,...


Atlanta Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder Steals the Show

Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder is making his mark on the Atlanta theatrical scene. In fact, he defines himself as an authentic “southern writer.” In this charming conversation, AJC reporter Najja Parker dives into the story, struggles, and triumphs of Holder as an artist. Listen to how the Morehouse grad found his way in theatre and continues to live out every writer's dream. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including The Championship Tour...


"Backyard Wilderness," an IMAX movie

Walk into your backyard and discover an entire world hidden in plain sight. A new IMAX movie at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta encourages folks to explore an ecosystem of critters, plants, animals, and more. AJC reporter Gracie Bonds Staples talks about the fascinating 3D movie, “Backyard Wilderness,” and takes a tour of the Fernbank’s backyard with filmmaker Andrew Young. Plus host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including the Kirkwood...


Comedian W. Kamau Bell of CNN's "United Shades of America"

Known for sparking dialogue across the country about American social and political issues, comedian and TV host W. Kamau Bell makes his way to Atlanta for his latest discussion. In a new episode of CNN’s “United Shades of America,” Bell uses local historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)—Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta—as the backdrop of his conversation about race. This week, AJC entertainment reporter Jennifer Brett visits Morehouse College for a one-on-one...


President Jimmy Carter Teaches Sunday School

In the sleepy Georgia town of Plains, there is a presence that feels undeniably presidential. Jill Vejnoska, the AJC’s authority on all things Jimmy Carter, takes you to Plains, where the former president and first lady still live. In this episode, you’ll hear the best excerpts of a Sunday school class recently taught by President Carter, and through sound resurfaced from our archives, learn what it takes to accommodate so many visitors who descend on the small town every week. Plus, host...


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Musical Director, Robert Spano

Robert Spano, the musical director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is set to retire in the coming years. The 2020-21 season will be his final curtain call. But not before leaving classical music lovers with something beautiful and melodic to remember. Although a man known for championing contemporary composers, he is also grounded in the classics. AJC features reporter Bo Emerson has a revealing interview with the music conductor whose career has spanned more than three decades. Plus,...


Atlanta’s Dining Scene: Spring 2018

Atlanta’s food scene has transformed into a culinary delight. For folks in search of sumptuous flavors, you'll find unique experiences from across the world right in the heart of the city. In this episode, AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras discusses international eats and treats that make Atlanta’s dining scene one of a kind. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next 10 days, including Freaky Friday, the Disney-based musical at Horizon Theatre.


Meet the Heavy Hitters

With every beat, every note, and every sound, the drumline band for the Atlanta Braves plays their way into the hearts of Atlanta’s baseball fans. Meet the Heavy Hitters—24 drummers who captivate fans with a game day, musical performance that leaves onlookers entertained and feelin’ mighty good. In this episode, the AJC’s Jill Vejnoska gets to know the drummers and showcases what it’s really like to be a Heavy Hitter. Plus, host Shane Harrison shares things to do in Atlanta during the next...