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!!Things to do on Buford Highway


Go on a shopping spree at Plaza Fiesta

Plaza Fiesta is exactly like one of those winding marketplaces you'll find in the neighborhoods of Mexico City. You can get a tattoo, buy a live rabbit, eat an astounding array of Mexican and Latin American foods, and shop for Western wear at any one of the shops that offer a dazzling array of boots, shirts, and belts for everyone in your family, even baby.

Go to the annual Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport

Buford Highway has an airport in the middle of it, which most of the year is good for one thing (unless you have a plane): eating at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant where you can watch the planes take off. But let's face it - there's better food on Buford Highway, and you need action! Well, fear not: The annual air show is coming up on May 12, and it's billed as the BEST CIVILIAN AIRSHOW IN THE COUNTRY!!!!! Stunt planes, antique planes, fire trucks, and more will be on display, and you can buy a ride in a plane or helicopter.

Get your international grocery on at the Buford Highway Farmers Market

We have many stellar farmers markets in Atlanta, but for international specificity, Buford Highway takes the cake. A massive produce section leads into a back corner where a huge machine turns out fresh-made tortillas. Meat refrigerators stretch toward a giant seafood department, after which you're liable to get lost in the crazy isles, each dedicated to a different corner of the globe. Eastern European baked goods and toiletries, Japanese cookies, Nigerian powdered beverages. A brand-new food court is nearing completion and is bound to offer mind-blowing lunch diversity.

Eat like a Japanese businessman at Sushi House Hayakawa

Pristine sushi, traditional Japanese service, huge sake selection, and a ladies room that stocks stockings (in case yours rip!), Sushi House Hayakawa not only delivers some of the best Japanese in Atlanta, it also feels more Japanese than anywhere else. Be sure to ask the chef, Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa, what the specials are, and be prepared to gobble pristine salmon roe, melting monkfish liver, and the freshest sashimi around.

Sing your heart out at Karaoke Melody

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!!Things to do on Buford Highway


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Plaza Fiesta is exactly like one of those winding marketplaces you'll find in the neighborhoods of Mexico City. You can get a tattoo, buy a live rabbit, eat an astounding array of Mexican and Latin American foods, and shop for Western wear at any one of the shops that offer a dazzling array of boots, shirts, and belts for everyone in your family, even baby.

__Go to the annual Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport__

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We have many stellar farmers markets in Atlanta, but for international specificity, Buford Highway takes the cake. A massive produce section leads into a back corner where a huge machine turns out fresh-made tortillas. Meat refrigerators stretch toward a giant seafood department, after which you're liable to get lost in the crazy isles, each dedicated to a different corner of the globe. Eastern European baked goods and toiletries, Japanese cookies, Nigerian powdered beverages. A brand-new food court is nearing completion and is bound to offer mind-blowing lunch diversity.

__Eat like a Japanese businessman at Sushi House Hayakawa__

Pristine sushi, traditional Japanese service, huge sake selection, and a ladies room that stocks stockings (in case yours rip!), Sushi House Hayakawa not only delivers some of the best Japanese in Atlanta, it also ''feels'' more Japanese than anywhere else. Be sure to ask the chef, Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa, what the specials are, and be prepared to gobble pristine salmon roe, melting monkfish liver, and the freshest sashimi around.

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!!Things to do on Buford Highway


Go on a shopping spree at Plaza Fiesta

Plaza Fiesta is exactly like one of those winding marketplaces you'll find in the neighborhoods of Mexico City. You can get a tattoo, buy a live rabbit, eat an astounding array of Mexican and Latin American foods, and shop for Western wear at any one of the shops that offer a dazzling array of boots, shirts, and belts for everyone in your family, even baby.

Go to the annual Good Neighbor Day Open House Airshow at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport

Buford Highway has an airport in the middle of it, which most of the year is good for one thing (unless you have a plane): eating at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant where you can watch the planes take off. But let's face it - there's better food on Buford Highway, and you need action! Well, fear not: The annual air show is coming up on May 12, and it's billed as the BEST CIVILIAN AIRSHOW IN THE COUNTRY!!!!! Stunt planes, antique planes, fire trucks, and more will be on display, and you can buy a ride in a plane or helicopter.

Get your international grocery on at the Buford Highway Farmers Market

We have many stellar farmers markets in Atlanta, but for international specificity, Buford Highway takes the cake. A massive produce section leads into a back corner where a huge machine turns out fresh-made tortillas. Meat refrigerators stretch toward a giant seafood department, after which you're liable to get lost in the crazy isles, each dedicated to a different corner of the globe. Eastern European baked goods and toiletries, Japanese cookies, Nigerian powdered beverages. A brand-new food court is nearing completion and is bound to offer mind-blowing lunch diversity.

Eat like a Japanese businessman at Sushi House Hayakawa

Pristine sushi, traditional Japanese service, huge sake selection, and a ladies room that stocks stockings (in case yours rip!), Sushi House Hayakawa not only delivers some of the best Japanese in Atlanta, it also feels more Japanese than anywhere else. Be sure to ask the chef, Atsushi "Art" Hayakawa, what the specials are, and be prepared to gobble pristine salmon roe, melting monkfish liver, and the freshest sashimi around.

Sing your heart out at Karaoke Melody

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
In 1974, the Atlanta Rhythm Section sang the virtues of Doraville with the line, "Touch of country in the city." Today, you might wonder, "Which country?" as you drive along Buford Highway on either side of the Doraville line and read the billboards and shop signs in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and more. Although Buford Highway as a thoroughfare spans from Buckhead to Buford, the multi-ethnic... | more...
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  string(1875) "Named for Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, who donated the parkland to Atlanta in 1922, this neighborhood is centered on a 55-acre park and nine-hole golf course. Long a hippie enclave, Candler Park is also a family-oriented community due to Mary Lin Elementary School's outstanding reputation. Also nestled in this neighborhood is the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, a green sanctuary that is open to the public complete with trails, gardens, and weekly drum circles. With its small strip of boutiques and casual eateries, Candler Park remains one of Atlanta's more laid-back and quirky neighborhoods.

!!Things to do in Candler Park


Picnic in the park

Stop by Candler Park Market's deli counter for a turkey Reuben (add tomato), then reach for a Mexican coke or one of the market's many beers or wine bottles and have a picnic in the park.

Show Lou some love

Pay a visit to Big Lou, the emu who has made the Lake Claire Community Land Trust his home for nearly 10 years. Bring some grapes to feed him, they're his favorite snack.

Learn to shake those hips

Get your belly button pierced at Piercing Experience (in Candler Park since 1995), then show it off during a belly-dancing lesson at Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio right down the street.

Hit some balls

Grab your golf clubs and knock a few balls around at the Candler Park Golf Course. It's not the legendary East Lake Golf Club a few miles away, but at less than $10 for a round on weekdays, this course is one of the better deals in town.

Vinyl y paella

Shop around the shelves and shelves of records at Full Moon Records. Once you've had your fill of yinyl, walk next door to enjoy paella and wash it down with horchata at La Fonda Latina.

Namaste ATL

Roll out your yoga mat and bend it with CL's Reader Pick for Best Yoga Instructor, Jaya Devi Bhagavati, at Kashi Atlanta."
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__Picnic in the park__

Stop by Candler Park Market's deli counter for a turkey Reuben (add tomato), then reach for a Mexican coke or one of the market's many beers or wine bottles and have a picnic in the park.

__Show Lou some love__

Pay a visit to Big Lou, the emu who has made the Lake Claire Community Land Trust his home for nearly 10 years. Bring some grapes to feed him, they're his favorite snack.

__Learn to shake those hips__

Get your belly button pierced at Piercing Experience (in Candler Park since 1995), then show it off during a belly-dancing lesson at Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio right down the street.

__Hit some balls__

Grab your golf clubs and knock a few balls around at the Candler Park Golf Course. It's not the legendary East Lake Golf Club a few miles away, but at less than $10 for a round on weekdays, this course is one of the better deals in town.

__Vinyl y paella__

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Roll out your yoga mat and bend it with ''CL'''s Reader Pick for Best Yoga Instructor, Jaya Devi Bhagavati, at Kashi Atlanta."
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!!Things to do in Candler Park


Picnic in the park

Stop by Candler Park Market's deli counter for a turkey Reuben (add tomato), then reach for a Mexican coke or one of the market's many beers or wine bottles and have a picnic in the park.

Show Lou some love

Pay a visit to Big Lou, the emu who has made the Lake Claire Community Land Trust his home for nearly 10 years. Bring some grapes to feed him, they're his favorite snack.

Learn to shake those hips

Get your belly button pierced at Piercing Experience (in Candler Park since 1995), then show it off during a belly-dancing lesson at Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio right down the street.

Hit some balls

Grab your golf clubs and knock a few balls around at the Candler Park Golf Course. It's not the legendary East Lake Golf Club a few miles away, but at less than $10 for a round on weekdays, this course is one of the better deals in town.

Vinyl y paella

Shop around the shelves and shelves of records at Full Moon Records. Once you've had your fill of yinyl, walk next door to enjoy paella and wash it down with horchata at La Fonda Latina.

Namaste ATL

Roll out your yoga mat and bend it with CL's Reader Pick for Best Yoga Instructor, Jaya Devi Bhagavati, at Kashi Atlanta.           "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067156 5102810                          Neighborhoods - Candler Park "
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!!Thing to do in College Park/East Point


Cycle at Dick Lane Velodrome

Constructed in 1974, this open-year-round cycling venue is part of Sumner Park, a peaceful public park that includes a baseball field, tennis courts, rose garden, and a children's playground. Team and individual cyclists built for speed take advantage of the incline for personal bests or competitive races. For those not in it for the competition, a tamer (and flat) inner track is available to more modest bicyclists as well as runners and walkers.

Peruse East Point Farmers Market

From opening day in 2011, the community has embraced this new addition to its hungry neighborhood. Vendors include several familiar faces from intown markets, including Farm Mobile food truck, Dumpling Girl, Café Campesino, the King of Pops, and Red Queen Tarts. Located on the Commons in downtown East Point, the market runs on selected Saturdays.

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Win team trivia night at East Point Corner Tavern

Yeah, we've checked out that other trivia night down the road but we prefer the smooth question-popping skills and musical hints provided by host Noel, not to mention some strong drinks matched with tough competitors, including teams Lewinsky's and Big Daddy's Discount Meats. A good Tuesday night outing is usually guaranteed at this popular watering hole.

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Civic bedlam and blood boiling doesn't get much more intense than this. Attend only if you enjoying watching disgruntled citizens fight amongst themselves and confront a leader who exited one unruly gathering saying, "I don't answer to you. I don't answer to hooligans. I don't answer to disrespect ... Madam Mayor is gone.""
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Constructed in 1974, this open-year-round cycling venue is part of Sumner Park, a peaceful public park that includes a baseball field, tennis courts, rose garden, and a children's playground. Team and individual cyclists built for speed take advantage of the incline for personal bests or competitive races. For those not in it for the competition, a tamer (and flat) inner track is available to more modest bicyclists as well as runners and walkers.

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__Win team trivia night at East Point Corner Tavern__

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!!Thing to do in College Park/East Point


Cycle at Dick Lane Velodrome

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Peruse East Point Farmers Market

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Small College Park has several claims to local fame: It's a lickety-split MARTA ride from the airport; it's home to Woodward Academy, the largest private school in the continental United States; and it boasts one of Georgia's largest historic districts, with more than 700 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. But its picturesque main street, which it shares with East Point, has... | more...

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!!Things to do Downtown


Channel your inner Bobby Fischer

And capture another man's queen (stop it) at Woodruff Park's chess boards.

Spend a few hours at the state Capitol - and then stop by City Hall

Too often people fixate on the partisan battles in Washington, D.C., when the real political events that affect our daily lives play out closer to home. For 40 days out of the year, state lawmakers meet at the Gold Dome to craft policy. Pay them a visit and remind the men and women that you're watching. Afterward, drop by Atlanta's City Hall across the street.

Pay respects to Mitchell Street

This south downtown street - one block of which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places - boasts one of the city's best (and most affordable) restaurants, NBA players' go-to shoe store, and a voodoo shop. If you're looking for clippers, cross the street and pick 'em up at the barber supply store. The best part? They're all locally owned businesses.

Do and/or don't visit Magic City

The venerable strip club and stomping ground of rappers and hangers-on will provide all the acrobatic pole work and booty shakin' one might desire on a given night.

Wake up early and watch Liverpool FC play anyone at Meehan's Public House

The Celtic pub teams up with Atlanta's local Liverpool fan club to host early morning viewing parties in downtown, replete with chants, camaraderie, and a free halftime buffet of toast, eggs, and hash browns.

Don't waste your time in Underground Atlanta

That is unless you want to witness live ear candling, get your photo taken in front of an airbrushed Atlanta skyline, or get incredibly depressed.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Unseen Underground Walking Tours

Led by local architect Jeff Morrison, the two-and-a-half mile, three-hour walkthrough (and "underneath") offers an up-close look at the city's beginning as a railroad town - and how much things have changed. Sure, it's now available on YouTube - but nothing beats the real thing.

Volunteer at one of the many homeless outreach organizations

There's a reason homeless men and women gather in downtown: It's where many of the city's service providers are located. Such groups as the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, the Gateway Center, and Trinity House and Trinity Table, and the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are often seeking volunteers to help prepare meals or keep the operations running.

Stop by the city's Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Founded in 1918 on land that was gobbled up by a huge fire, this true public market has evolved into an urban gem that provides fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses to downtowners. The city-owned facility also acts as an incubator for up-and-coming restaurateurs and has helped eateries such as Bell Street Burritos and Grindhouse Killer Burgers - both of which now have brick-and-mortar locations - to gain their footing.

Down tropical shots with conventioneers at Trader Vic's

Every Thursday night, the tiki- and tribal mask-filled downtown location of this Polynesian chain hosts Tongo Hiti, a Mai Tai-fueled dance fest to the live sounds of Big Mike Geier of Kingsized. Yes, the entire evening, what with the smarmy umbrella drinks and island decor, is ridiculous. That's what makes it so damn enjoyable."
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__Channel your inner Bobby Fischer__

And capture another man's queen (stop it) at Woodruff Park's chess boards.

__Spend a few hours at the state Capitol - and then stop by City Hall__

Too often people fixate on the partisan battles in Washington, D.C., when the real political events that affect our daily lives play out closer to home. For 40 days out of the year, state lawmakers meet at the Gold Dome to craft policy. Pay them a visit and remind the men and women that you're watching. Afterward, drop by Atlanta's City Hall across the street.

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__Do and/or don't visit Magic City__

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__Wake up early and watch Liverpool FC play anyone at Meehan's Public House__

The Celtic pub teams up with Atlanta's local Liverpool fan club to host early morning viewing parties in downtown, replete with chants, camaraderie, and a free halftime buffet of toast, eggs, and hash browns.

__Don't waste your time in Underground Atlanta__

That is unless you want to witness live ear candling, get your photo taken in front of an airbrushed Atlanta skyline, or get incredibly depressed.

__Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Unseen Underground Walking Tours__

Led by local architect Jeff Morrison, the two-and-a-half mile, three-hour walkthrough (and "underneath") offers an up-close look at the city's beginning as a railroad town - and how much things have changed. Sure, it's now available on YouTube - but nothing beats the real thing.

__Volunteer at one of the many homeless outreach organizations__

There's a reason homeless men and women gather in downtown: It's where many of the city's service providers are located. Such groups as the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, the Gateway Center, and Trinity House and Trinity Table, and the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are often seeking volunteers to help prepare meals or keep the operations running.

__Stop by the city's Sweet Auburn Curb Market__

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__Down tropical shots with conventioneers at Trader Vic's__

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!!Things to do Downtown


Channel your inner Bobby Fischer

And capture another man's queen (stop it) at Woodruff Park's chess boards.

Spend a few hours at the state Capitol - and then stop by City Hall

Too often people fixate on the partisan battles in Washington, D.C., when the real political events that affect our daily lives play out closer to home. For 40 days out of the year, state lawmakers meet at the Gold Dome to craft policy. Pay them a visit and remind the men and women that you're watching. Afterward, drop by Atlanta's City Hall across the street.

Pay respects to Mitchell Street

This south downtown street - one block of which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places - boasts one of the city's best (and most affordable) restaurants, NBA players' go-to shoe store, and a voodoo shop. If you're looking for clippers, cross the street and pick 'em up at the barber supply store. The best part? They're all locally owned businesses.

Do and/or don't visit Magic City

The venerable strip club and stomping ground of rappers and hangers-on will provide all the acrobatic pole work and booty shakin' one might desire on a given night.

Wake up early and watch Liverpool FC play anyone at Meehan's Public House

The Celtic pub teams up with Atlanta's local Liverpool fan club to host early morning viewing parties in downtown, replete with chants, camaraderie, and a free halftime buffet of toast, eggs, and hash browns.

Don't waste your time in Underground Atlanta

That is unless you want to witness live ear candling, get your photo taken in front of an airbrushed Atlanta skyline, or get incredibly depressed.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Unseen Underground Walking Tours

Led by local architect Jeff Morrison, the two-and-a-half mile, three-hour walkthrough (and "underneath") offers an up-close look at the city's beginning as a railroad town - and how much things have changed. Sure, it's now available on YouTube - but nothing beats the real thing.

Volunteer at one of the many homeless outreach organizations

There's a reason homeless men and women gather in downtown: It's where many of the city's service providers are located. Such groups as the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, the Gateway Center, and Trinity House and Trinity Table, and the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are often seeking volunteers to help prepare meals or keep the operations running.

Stop by the city's Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Founded in 1918 on land that was gobbled up by a huge fire, this true public market has evolved into an urban gem that provides fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses to downtowners. The city-owned facility also acts as an incubator for up-and-coming restaurateurs and has helped eateries such as Bell Street Burritos and Grindhouse Killer Burgers - both of which now have brick-and-mortar locations - to gain their footing.

Down tropical shots with conventioneers at Trader Vic's

Every Thursday night, the tiki- and tribal mask-filled downtown location of this Polynesian chain hosts Tongo Hiti, a Mai Tai-fueled dance fest to the live sounds of Big Mike Geier of Kingsized. Yes, the entire evening, what with the smarmy umbrella drinks and island decor, is ridiculous. That's what makes it so damn enjoyable.           "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067166 5103249                          Neighborhoods - Downtown Atlanta "
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!!Things to do in Emory


Get prehistoric (or tipsy) at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Kids will goggle at the enormity of the long-necked Argentinosaurus battling the toothy Giganotosaurus in the museum's Great Hall, as well as its new interactive exhibit NatureQuest. Adults will dig Friday night's Martinis and IMAX screening, which makes a great date, as long as the mix of alcohol and vertiginous photography doesn't make you sick.

Walk South Peachtree Creek Trail PATH

Emory University's sprawling Lullwater Park is undeniably idyllic, but the South Peachtree Creek Trail recently opened a must-see section of the PATH featuring woodsy walkways with views of creeks and the backyards of huge homes, as well as a fascinating restoration of part of the Old Decatur Water Works, featuring a fountain and colorful graffiti decorating the remnants of old walls.

See mummies at Michael C. Carlos Museum

Housing the largest ancient art collection in the Southeast, including Greek, Roman, African, Asian, early American, and, most famously, coffins and mummies for both humans and animals, which can be at once kind of gross and totally cool.

Peruse the stacks at Eagle Eye Bookshop

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!!Things to do in Grant Park


Comparison-shop for fixie accessories

With two hardcore fixed-gear bike shops, Grant Park is the go-to destination for tricking out your sick ride. In addition to offering repair service and selling new and used bikes, both the venerable No Brakes and newcomer Loose Nuts Cycles stock leather saddles, handlebar baskets, branded T-shirts, and other hipster accoutrements.

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Relive the Civil War, intown-style

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__Comparison-shop for fixie accessories__

With two hardcore fixed-gear bike shops, Grant Park is the go-to destination for tricking out your sick ride. In addition to offering repair service and selling new and used bikes, both the venerable No Brakes and newcomer Loose Nuts Cycles stock leather saddles, handlebar baskets, branded T-shirts, and other hipster accoutrements.

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Comparison-shop for fixie accessories

With two hardcore fixed-gear bike shops, Grant Park is the go-to destination for tricking out your sick ride. In addition to offering repair service and selling new and used bikes, both the venerable No Brakes and newcomer Loose Nuts Cycles stock leather saddles, handlebar baskets, branded T-shirts, and other hipster accoutrements.

Enjoy a beverage and pastry at Octane Coffee

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Stroll the Grant Park Historic District

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Relive the Civil War, intown-style

Instead of driving out to the suburbs to see a battlefield or read a plaque, you can drop in on the Atlanta Cyclorama and see the entire Battle of Atlanta played out before you in semi-3-D from the comfort of a theater seat. This most bizarre of tourist attractions features a rotating 15,000-square-foot oil painting and diorama showing the Confederacy getting its ass whupped. Pass the popcorn.

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Play ping-pong with Sister Louisa at Church

This religious-kitsch dive bar has become an anchor of the thriving nightlife scene at the corner of Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue. Have a cheap beer or "spiritual sangria" before playing ping-pong against the owner, Grant Henry, better known by his artistic alias Sister Louisa.

Taste the izakaya at Miso

Chef Guy Wong has his creative talents on full display at this Japanese-styled bar, offering small plates like salt and pepper quail, pork kakuni over grits, and his much-talked-about buns.

Pay your respects to Martin Luther King Jr.

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The nonprofit veterinary clinic offers discount medical care based on the pet owners' financial needs, but still serves a more diverse public than you might expect. "We qualify our clients, but just because people drive a Mercedes, that doesn't mean they're not financially struggling. People can make $100,000 a year and be on the brink of bankruptcy. We just want to help the pets," says Bob Christiansen, former director of the DeKalb Humane Society and now president of WellPet.

Christiansen founded WellPet in 2008 with Dr. Amy Orlin, the clinic's medical director (and his wife). "We were going for the 25 percent of the market who can't afford to go to the standard vet," he says. "Then the economy took a dive, and that amount became closer to 40 percent. Some are underemployed and the working poor, and their pets can suffer for it. We call it 'economic euthanasia.'"

WellPet, which consists of treatment and surgery centers as well as a wellness center for vaccines and preventive medicine, shares a block on Peachtree Road with ZenTea Tea Shop and My Sister's Closet boutique, at the former site of the Chamblee bank. "We opened it in Chamblee because of the socioeconomic mix that it historically has," Christiansen explains, having chosen a location convenient to the immigrant communities along Buford Highway. "Since then we brought on a Spanish-speaking vet, vet tech, and client-service person to handle the phones. We would like to reach out more to the Asian community."

The soft lighting and mustard-colored walls make the lobby look less bright and clinical than many vets. In the back rooms, vet techs attach the cones of shame to recently treated clients, while a surgical vet neuters a cat with a black anesthesia mask attached to its muzzle. Christiansen says that WellPet treats a high enough quantity of pets to make the nonprofit model work. "We do enough volume to keep our doors open, and we need volume to make it," he says. "Through word of mouth, it's expanded beyond our anticipation. We started with limited space and five employees, and now have about 30."

WellPet's staff has found that people often become closer to their pets when times are hard. Christiansen particularly remembers a client named Johnny Cash, a dreadlocked, initially intimidating African-American man, who brought in a cocker spaniel that was in really bad shape. "We gave him a lot of veterinary medicine at a reasonable rate. All he had was $125, and when my wife asked, 'Do you have any more money?' he said, 'No, I just came from the pawn shop.' He was giving all his money in the world to his dog, so my wife gave him $10 back for gas."

The clinic has received clients from as far as Alabama, but primarily serves the greater Atlanta area: Christiansen compares it to Grady Hospital for animals. "Poor people know about us, but rich people don't. That's in keeping with a nonprofit mission, but like many nonprofits, we'd like to be supported with donations." In its mission to return Chamblee's ailing animal populace back to their dog parks and windowsills, WellPet would appreciate a little humane assistance. "
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Christiansen founded WellPet in 2008 with Dr. Amy Orlin, the clinic's medical director (and his wife). "We were going for the 25 percent of the market who can't afford to go to the standard vet," he says. "Then the economy took a dive, and that amount became closer to 40 percent. Some are underemployed and the working poor, and their pets can suffer for it. We call it 'economic euthanasia.'"

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The soft lighting and mustard-colored walls make the lobby look less bright and clinical than many vets. In the back rooms, vet techs attach the cones of shame to recently treated clients, while a surgical vet neuters a cat with a black anesthesia mask attached to its muzzle. Christiansen says that WellPet treats a high enough quantity of pets to make the nonprofit model work. "We do enough volume to keep our doors open, and we need volume to make it," he says. "Through word of mouth, it's expanded beyond our anticipation. We started with limited space and five employees, and now have about 30."

WellPet's staff has found that people often become closer to their pets when times are hard. Christiansen particularly remembers a client named Johnny Cash, a dreadlocked, initially intimidating African-American man, who brought in a cocker spaniel that was in really bad shape. "We gave him a lot of veterinary medicine at a reasonable rate. All he had was $125, and when my wife asked, 'Do you have any more money?' he said, 'No, I just came from the pawn shop.' He was giving all his money in the world to his dog, so my wife gave him $10 back for gas."

The clinic has received clients from as far as Alabama, but primarily serves the greater Atlanta area: Christiansen compares it to Grady Hospital for animals. "Poor people know about us, but rich people don't. That's in keeping with a nonprofit mission, but like many nonprofits, we'd like to be supported with donations." In its mission to return Chamblee's ailing animal populace back to their dog parks and windowsills, WellPet would appreciate a little humane assistance.            "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067158 5102812                          Neighborhoods - Grady Hospital for pets "
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Overdose on artisan chocolate

There are few artisan bean-to-bar chocolate creators in the world, but Cacao in Atlanta is one of them. Get your chocolate fix of dark bean truffles or Aztec sipping chocolate at the new Virginia-Highland outpost.

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Celebrate summer with an outdoor festival

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!!Things to do in the Virginia Highland


Karaoke to a live band

Buford Highway has the Korean karaoke club scene down to a science, but 10 High Club has the best live band karaoke in town. Unleash your inner rock star at Metalsome Karaoke every Friday through Monday nights; the latter night has no cover.

Listen to the blues

You won't have much to be sorry about living in these neighborhoods, but just in case your purebred dog ran away, there's legendary blues club Blind Willies. The 26-year-old venue features live music nightly.

Don't hang with the grown-up frat boys

While you're doing steps 1 and 2, you'll need to steer clear of the douche bags that invade Va-Hi bars every weekend. The neighborhood is a nightlife magnet for aspiring date rapists and the women who need their intoxicated validation.

Hike the Morningside Nature Preserve

The 30-acre preserve is a hidden gem of hardwoods and pines, perfect for hiking and off-road cycling.

Become the target of Twitter ire

Chef Ron Eyester at Rosebud shot to online infamy as the Angry Chef, a Twitter personality with rude remarks for his customers. Having opened the neighborhood bar the Family Dog last year, now you too can be the butt of Eyester's wisecracks!

Overdose on artisan chocolate

There are few artisan bean-to-bar chocolate creators in the world, but Cacao in Atlanta is one of them. Get your chocolate fix of dark bean truffles or Aztec sipping chocolate at the new Virginia-Highland outpost.

Shop the Morningside Farmers Market

Morningside offers a true farmers market year-round, with fresh, organic produce for sale by the men and women who grew it, as well as certified organic, Georgia-raised beef and pork, fresh-cut flowers, handmade soaps, and artists' wares.

Experience sensory overload at a Thai restaurant

While the food at Panita Thai Kitchen is tasty, it's the bizarre interior that will keep you coming back. With a decor that looks like a drunk Stevie Nicks went buck-wild at a Dollar General, diners will definitely feel transported  -  just not necessarily to Thailand.

Celebrate summer with an outdoor festival

Virginia-Highland's annual Summerfest features live music, kids' events, and an expansive outdoor artists market from June 2-3. When the weather's this nice, there's no excuse to drink indoors.

Don't call it "the Highlands"

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!!Things to do in the Westside


Have a beer, spy on artists at the Goat Farm

Over the last two years, this dilapidated former cotton gin has morphed into a creative sanctuary. At any given moment the Southern Gothic compound is flush with working artists rehearsing, welding, and hosting dinners. Take a gander at all the official and unofficial goings-on while making your way to the Victorian-tinged on-site bar/coffee shop Warhorse.

Drink and handle balls at Ormsby's

Drinking is fun. So are games. Westside tavern Ormsby's put two and two together and filled its cave-like basement with plenty of things to throw, push, or scream about while imbibing, including backgammon, bocce, darts, pool, and shuffleboard. There's also a black-and-white photo booth - an activity nearly as tempting to drunk people as karaoke.

Westside Arts District art walk

By 2009, a slew of contemporary art galleries had taken up residence in the neighborhood and banded together to form the Westside Arts District. WAD hosts an afternoon art walk the third Saturday of every month featuring lectures, discussions, and musical performances at galleries such as Emily Amy, Get This!, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and more.

Stock up at the Marietta Street Salvation Army

This outpost of the charity thrift-store chain is among the best in the city: bright, clean, orderly, and boasting a huge selection of clothing, shoes, home goods, and one of the largest selections of good-quality second-hand furniture around. Furniture is discounted depending on the amount of time it's spent on the showroom floor (the longer the cheaper); all clothing is 50 percent off every Wednesday.

Kick your feet up at Nouvelle Nail Spa

Nouvelle's sleek industrial design offers a calming minimalist respite for some you-time. The spa's luxury pedicures coddle customers in upended ergonomic recliners. Even the basic manicure includes a thorough hand and arm massage before the expert paint job by Nouvelle's attentive beauticians.

Northside Tavern

This hole-in-the-wall dive bar looks practically derelict in the daylight next to its nouveau industrial surroundings. But come nightfall, locals flock to the wonderfully crusty, crumbling blues joint for pool, tallboys, and of course, live music. No cover charge Sunday-Thursday, and blues jam Mondays with host Johnny Knox.

Dandy it up at Sid Mashburn

So maybe a bespoke three-piece suit isn't in the budget this month, or maybe you're not a dude and can't wear Sid Mashburn's custom designs (humph). It's still worth wandering through the local clothier's storied boutique to pass your fingers over the rows of silk ties and soak in some style inspiration.

Eat pizza at Antico

The ovens are so hot at Antico (1,000 degrees) that the pizzas only spend about a minute inside before they're delivered to your table crust blistered, cheese bubbling. It's possible to snarf down the charred gooey goodness in a matter of minutes, but try and pace yourself and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the communal kitchen crammed full of diners, chefs, and servers.

Take in the sunset view from JCT's upstairs bar

Upscale Southern restaurant JCT Kitchen may be situated on the backside of the White Provisions complex, but its upstairs bar's balcony wraps around the building's end to offer an unobstructed view of the Atlanta skyline, best taken in at sunset. The only downside can be the live singer/songwriter lineup, which tends to favor the likes of Jack Johnson and John Mayer.

Gorge yourself on a wallet- and belt-busting progressive dinner

The Westside is home to some of the city's best restaurants. Rather than choose one, how about a progressive dinner/bar-hop? Start early in the day at Sublime Doughnuts before the supply runs out (not technically a restaurant, but they are damn good doughnuts). Then it's to Abattoir for the charcuterie plate, Miller Union for the farm egg in celery cream, and Bocado for the burger. We'll leave the cocktail part up to you."
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__Stock up at the Marietta Street Salvation Army__

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__Kick your feet up at Nouvelle Nail Spa__

Nouvelle's sleek industrial design offers a calming minimalist respite for some you-time. The spa's luxury pedicures coddle customers in upended ergonomic recliners. Even the basic manicure includes a thorough hand and arm massage before the expert paint job by Nouvelle's attentive beauticians.

__Northside Tavern__

This hole-in-the-wall dive bar looks practically derelict in the daylight next to its nouveau industrial surroundings. But come nightfall, locals flock to the wonderfully crusty, crumbling blues joint for pool, tallboys, and of course, live music. No cover charge Sunday-Thursday, and blues jam Mondays with host Johnny Knox.

__Dandy it up at Sid Mashburn__

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Have a beer, spy on artists at the Goat Farm

Over the last two years, this dilapidated former cotton gin has morphed into a creative sanctuary. At any given moment the Southern Gothic compound is flush with working artists rehearsing, welding, and hosting dinners. Take a gander at all the official and unofficial goings-on while making your way to the Victorian-tinged on-site bar/coffee shop Warhorse.

Drink and handle balls at Ormsby's

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By 2009, a slew of contemporary art galleries had taken up residence in the neighborhood and banded together to form the Westside Arts District. WAD hosts an afternoon art walk the third Saturday of every month featuring lectures, discussions, and musical performances at galleries such as Emily Amy, Get This!, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and more.

Stock up at the Marietta Street Salvation Army

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Kick your feet up at Nouvelle Nail Spa

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Northside Tavern

This hole-in-the-wall dive bar looks practically derelict in the daylight next to its nouveau industrial surroundings. But come nightfall, locals flock to the wonderfully crusty, crumbling blues joint for pool, tallboys, and of course, live music. No cover charge Sunday-Thursday, and blues jam Mondays with host Johnny Knox.

Dandy it up at Sid Mashburn

So maybe a bespoke three-piece suit isn't in the budget this month, or maybe you're not a dude and can't wear Sid Mashburn's custom designs (humph). It's still worth wandering through the local clothier's storied boutique to pass your fingers over the rows of silk ties and soak in some style inspiration.

Eat pizza at Antico

The ovens are so hot at Antico (1,000 degrees) that the pizzas only spend about a minute inside before they're delivered to your table crust blistered, cheese bubbling. It's possible to snarf down the charred gooey goodness in a matter of minutes, but try and pace yourself and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the communal kitchen crammed full of diners, chefs, and servers.

Take in the sunset view from JCT's upstairs bar

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!!Things to do in Buckhead


Drink cocktails/eat charcuterie at Holeman & Finch

The glassed-in bar area is a proper setting for the glorious cocktail creations at H&F, because some nights it seems the drinks should be put in a case and studied by future generations. (We're partial to the rye-'n'-bitters-fueled Awry One, but try 'em all.) The drinks pair wonderfully with its selection of fat-flecked meats.

Don't visit LEGOLAND Discover Center at Phipps Plaza without a kiddo

The $15 million, 35,000-square-foot interactive attraction plays by the same rules as Chuck E. Cheese's and doesn't permit adults without a child. (It does plan to hold occasional "adult nights" in the future.)

Visit Oxford Comics

Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday (and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday), Oxford Comics is a great place to rediscover the joy of comic books. Stop by May 5 for Free Comic Book Day and (until 7 p.m.) you can get a quick sketch for your kid from comic book artists on-site.

Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

MOCA GA turns 12 this year (although it's been in this space just since 2007), and you can celebrate by supporting this nonprofit that houses more than 600 works by 200-plus Georgia artists in its permanent collection. (It's $5 admission for nonmembers, but artist's talks are free.)

Run the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4

This city tradition starts at Lenox Square mall and it was until recently the largest 10K in the world (damn you, Toronto!). Still, 70,000 people registering for 60,000 spots is nothing to sneeze at. Celebrate America's birthday by getting sweaty and cramping up, like everyone else does.

Watch the car porn at Lenox Square mall's valet stop

This is self-explanatory, but, seriously, take you and your Dodge Neon to the mall, bring a bottle of water and folding chair, and take Instagram shots of the most outrageously sweet line of autos this side of a car show.

Read at the Buckhead Branch Library

If for no other reason, because it qualifies as a gem of modern architecture. Designed by locals Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam and seemingly covered with slate fish scales, it's been a pilgrimage spot for aspiring architects since opening in 1989.

Act fancy and have afternoon tea at the swanky St. Regis

According to the hotel, you can "celebrate the arrival of spring during a St. Regis Atlanta Afternoon Tea experience." With that many capital letters and the word "experience" tacked on, how could it not be divine?"
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!!Things to do in Decatur


Eat and drink yourself silly

Start with the spaghetti with Georgia white shrimp, pequín chiles, and garlic at No. 246. Then slip next door to Leon's Full Service and sip a Kentucky Breakfast, a bold blast of espresso-infused 12-year-old bourbon and bitters. Follow that with the Brick Store Pub's walk-in vintage cellar packed with hard-to-find brews. Then come back tomorrow night - or head to Oakhurst - and visit the city's other excellent restaurants.

Support books

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Support wine

Drop by the Decatur Wine Festival this fall.

Don't pose for photos ...

With the statue of the old couple sitting on a bench outside the historic courthouse. It's about three more snapshots away from becoming metro Atlanta's Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Hear true stories

Crowd Oakhurst's Kavarna coffee shop with other lit-minded nerds every other month to hear "tantalizingly true tales told by rogue writers and nervy journalists" at True Story!

Take MARTA

Decatur's one of metro Atlanta's true suburban success stories when it comes to building city centers around transit stops. Plus, you'll avoid wrecking your car's undercarriage on all the speed bumps installed on every residential street.

Pluck a tomato

Take one from the vine at the Oakhurst Community Garden. Founded in 1996, the nonprofit helps connect Decaturites with nature and grow fresh produce - and give the city some true greenie cred.

Read DecaturMetro.com

What began as a hobby and experiment in online news and community building has morphed into the city's sounding board and virtual gathering place. Even if you don't live in Decatur, a few dives into the comments section of the award-winning blog - a hyperlocal journalism success story - should keep you interested.

Get outdoors at Deepdene Park

Watch skateboarders at McKoy Park, take a dip at Glenlake Pool, or marvel at metro Atlanta's tallest tree in the shaded retreat of Deepdene Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Venture just outside the city

Catch non-blockbuster tripe on Fernbank Museum's IMAX. Marvel at the carcass of a hairless, green-dyed monkey encased in a glass cylinder, which three Georgia men in the 1950s tried to pass off as a Martian just a few miles south of the city limits at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's museum. Afterward, explore 25,000 square feet of vintage treasures at Kudzu Antiques, check mate child geniuses at the Atlanta Chess Center, and scoop up a durian - or maybe a pomelo - at Your DeKalb Farmers Market."
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Support wine

Drop by the Decatur Wine Festival this fall.

Don't pose for photos ...

With the statue of the old couple sitting on a bench outside the historic courthouse. It's about three more snapshots away from becoming metro Atlanta's Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Hear true stories

Crowd Oakhurst's Kavarna coffee shop with other lit-minded nerds every other month to hear "tantalizingly true tales told by rogue writers and nervy journalists" at True Story!

Take MARTA

Decatur's one of metro Atlanta's true suburban success stories when it comes to building city centers around transit stops. Plus, you'll avoid wrecking your car's undercarriage on all the speed bumps installed on every residential street.

Pluck a tomato

Take one from the vine at the Oakhurst Community Garden. Founded in 1996, the nonprofit helps connect Decaturites with nature and grow fresh produce - and give the city some true greenie cred.

Read DecaturMetro.com

What began as a hobby and experiment in online news and community building has morphed into the city's sounding board and virtual gathering place. Even if you don't live in Decatur, a few dives into the comments section of the award-winning blog - a hyperlocal journalism success story - should keep you interested.

Get outdoors at Deepdene Park

Watch skateboarders at McKoy Park, take a dip at Glenlake Pool, or marvel at metro Atlanta's tallest tree in the shaded retreat of Deepdene Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Venture just outside the city

Catch non-blockbuster tripe on Fernbank Museum's IMAX. Marvel at the carcass of a hairless, green-dyed monkey encased in a glass cylinder, which three Georgia men in the 1950s tried to pass off as a Martian just a few miles south of the city limits at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's museum. Afterward, explore 25,000 square feet of vintage treasures at Kudzu Antiques, check mate child geniuses at the Atlanta Chess Center, and scoop up a durian - or maybe a pomelo - at Your DeKalb Farmers Market.           "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067164 5103212                          Neighborhoods - Decatur "
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!!10 things to do in Kirkwood


Suck down the grits stack at Le Petit Marché

Disguised as a cute French market full of fancy imported jams, local orange blossom honey, and sundries for sale, Le Petit Marché doubles as an all-day throw-down breakfast spot. The grits stack, with scrambled eggs, cheddar, shrimp, and chicken sausage piled on top of dreamy grits, will make you want to French kiss the cook.

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!!10 things to do in Kirkwood


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Suck down the grits stack at Le Petit Marché

Disguised as a cute French market full of fancy imported jams, local orange blossom honey, and sundries for sale, Le Petit Marché doubles as an all-day throw-down breakfast spot. The grits stack, with scrambled eggs, cheddar, shrimp, and chicken sausage piled on top of dreamy grits, will make you want to French kiss the cook.

Savor the scones at Dulce Vegan

So what if Kirkwood doesn't have a neighborhood coffee shop? Dulce Vegan will do fine, thank you. With its daily menu of vegan goodies - from chocolate cupcakes to raspberry scones - the health-conscious bakery and café is the best kind of sinful. And there's plenty of cappuccino to wash it down.

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Try out the fitness class at Circus Arts Institute

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Blink and you'll miss this one-time home to the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind, situated just off Peachtree Street between 9th and 10th streets. (When Mitchell lived there, the structure was an apartment building, in which Mitchell lived on the ground floor.) It's there where she wrote most of GWTW, and the home contains a museum and visitor center. (Yes, the filming of the movie is also intimately detailed.)

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It's historic, it's gorgeous, and it books more than 300 shows a year. In fact, in 2009 Billboard magazine named it "the No. 1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade (5,000 seats or less)." We don't know what that means, but ... impressive, right? End the night with a cocktail and small bite at the very underrated Publik Draft House next door.

Don't drive if you can help it

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Play pool at the Independent

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Atlantans are at once impressed by and dismissive of Midtown. They'll tell you that no part of the city has evolved more dramatically over the past two decades - and then they'll wax nostalgic about how it used to be (funky, seedy, a little scary) and complain about what it is now (chain restaurants and a disappearing gay epicenter). But there is much to love amid the sea of national and local... | more...
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Eat a Mexican chocolate popsicle

The Atlanta food cart that started it all, King of Pops, sells delicious handmade popsicles at its flagship corner of North and North Highland avenues in front of Buddy's gas station. With a rotation of new flavors and an attractive staff, it's hard not to get a sweet tooth.

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Crush your beer can between two luscious boobs

The Clermont Lounge and Blondie are synonymous in this town. The ageless stripper will crush your beer can between her iconic breasts and sign it for you. Now that's a star.

Drink wine from a one-of-a-kind barrel

Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse, Two Urban Licks stores its wine in 42 stainless steel barrels in a temperature-controlled 26-foot wall. The restaurant says it's the only one of its kind in the country. We say it tastes great going down.

Sing along with Dr. Frank-N-Furter

We usually hate live re-enactments of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but if you have to go to one, the Plaza Theatre productions on Fridays at midnight are gold. The historic theater has staged Rocky Horror productions for the last 12 years and sells prop bags on-site.

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Yeah, Netflix Instant is pretty convenient, but will it force you to watch an obscure Chinese horror movie or critically acclaimed Polish coming-of-age drama? Long-standing movie-rental store Videodrome may be pretentious and anachronistic, but that's the charm.

Find your Zen, courtesy Jimmy Carter

Where does a Nobel Peace Prize winner find inner peace? Tucked away at the Carter Center is a Japanese garden with 40 varieties of roses, sculptures, and waterfalls.

Get into a political discussion over a pint

Manuel's Tavern is a Poncey-Highland institution, a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. The restaurant is still run by the Maloof family after Manuel Maloof acquired the spot in 1956.

Eat a mind-blowingly good Cuban sandwich

Pura Vida chef Hector Santiago gained notoriety after a brief stint on "Top Chef" before opening the neighboring lunch spot Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop. The Medio Dia is a bit pricey at $13 but worth it purely for the chicharrón, or crackly pork skin.

Gawk tipsily at the street life

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Eat a Mexican chocolate popsicle

The Atlanta food cart that started it all, King of Pops, sells delicious handmade popsicles at its flagship corner of North and North Highland avenues in front of Buddy's gas station. With a rotation of new flavors and an attractive staff, it's hard not to get a sweet tooth.

Practice yoga to heavy metal music

Find mind-body wellness while striking a pose to heavy metal music surrounded by tattooed hipsters. Tough Love Yoga guides the popular Metal Yoga class at Young Blood Gallery for a $10 suggested donation.

Crush your beer can between two luscious boobs

The Clermont Lounge and Blondie are synonymous in this town. The ageless stripper will crush your beer can between her iconic breasts and sign it for you. Now that's a star.

Drink wine from a one-of-a-kind barrel

Tucked away in a refurbished warehouse, Two Urban Licks stores its wine in 42 stainless steel barrels in a temperature-controlled 26-foot wall. The restaurant says it's the only one of its kind in the country. We say it tastes great going down.

Sing along with Dr. Frank-N-Furter

We usually hate live re-enactments of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but if you have to go to one, the Plaza Theatre productions on Fridays at midnight are gold. The historic theater has staged Rocky Horror productions for the last 12 years and sells prop bags on-site.

Be a film snob

Yeah, Netflix Instant is pretty convenient, but will it force you to watch an obscure Chinese horror movie or critically acclaimed Polish coming-of-age drama? Long-standing movie-rental store Videodrome may be pretentious and anachronistic, but that's the charm.

Find your Zen, courtesy Jimmy Carter

Where does a Nobel Peace Prize winner find inner peace? Tucked away at the Carter Center is a Japanese garden with 40 varieties of roses, sculptures, and waterfalls.

Get into a political discussion over a pint

Manuel's Tavern is a Poncey-Highland institution, a home away from home to the politicians, artists, and madmen it's drawn as clientele for decades. The restaurant is still run by the Maloof family after Manuel Maloof acquired the spot in 1956.

Eat a mind-blowingly good Cuban sandwich

Pura Vida chef Hector Santiago gained notoriety after a brief stint on "Top Chef" before opening the neighboring lunch spot Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop. The Medio Dia is a bit pricey at $13 but worth it purely for the chicharrón, or crackly pork skin.

Gawk tipsily at the street life

The only thing better than drinking on an Atlanta patio is drinking on an Atlanta patio while rubbernecking at Ponce de Leon Avenue's street characters. Drink a margarita outside of El Azteca or down a Cherry Bomb in the screened porch of Friends on Ponce. Think of it as free entertainment.           "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067183 5103808                          Neighborhoods - Poncey-Highland "
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Explore the Silver Comet Trail

The trail begins in Smyrna at the Mavell Road Trailhead and runs 61 miles long to the Georgia/Alabama state line. The best time for quiet workouts, cycling, strolling, and dog walking is early morning when the sun's rays filter through the tall trees lining the path. Visual notes include creeks, suburban backyards, covered wooden bridges, and native flora and fauna.

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!!Things to do in Vinings/Smyrna


Explore the Silver Comet Trail

The trail begins in Smyrna at the Mavell Road Trailhead and runs 61 miles long to the Georgia/Alabama state line. The best time for quiet workouts, cycling, strolling, and dog walking is early morning when the sun's rays filter through the tall trees lining the path. Visual notes include creeks, suburban backyards, covered wooden bridges, and native flora and fauna.

See a show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The venue offers a variety of performances - from readings by humorist David Sedaris or food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain to Atlanta Ballet performances choreographed by Twyla Tharp to concerts by Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, or the Irish Tenors. Its John A. Williams Theatre has striking architectural and design elements while still offering a warm and intimate setting.

Eat at Heirloom Market BBQ

This fusion barbecue hot spot has made it onto several Atlanta foodies' best lists. A chef-driven menu combines Korean influences with Southern cuisine. Menu highlights include the Georgia Sampler: pork, chicken, ribs, and a choice of brisket, turkey, or sausage. There's also a cast-iron grilled burger, side dishes, plus a satisfying selection of sauces, including a sweet-spicy Korean option.

Unwind at Old Vinings Inn

Why? Because it's sill there after 150 years. The white wood-and-stone "home" and historic tavern is an oasis of Southern civility amid newish office buildings and condo complexes. Southern fare is served in the dining room nightly. Unwind with locals on the patio or head to the Attic Bar for classic cocktails and live music.

Get your Philly fix at Roy's Cheesesteaks

For those Smyrna-bound, the first thing you see when exiting I-285 at South Cobb Drive is a long impersonal stretch of gas stations, motels, and fast-food joints. If you're stopping to get refueled food-wise, it's worth veering just slightly off the main thoroughfare toward this tidy haven of brotherly love and Philly cheese steak goodness.           "neighborhood issue 2012"  13067188 5104060                          Neighborhoods - Vinings + Smyrna "
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!!Things to do in the West End


Cultivate your artistic side at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

The 15-year-old museum's focus - "to emphasize works by and about women of the African Diaspora" - has flourished under the direction of Andrea Barnwell Brownlee with installations from such esteemed artists as Carrie Mae Weems and Sheila Pree Bright.

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Besides being home to the largest conglomerate of historically black colleges and universities in the nation, the West End runneth over with the kind of cultural dichotomy - from the Southern folkloric figure Uncle Remus found at the Wren's Nest to such Afrocentric institutions as the Shrine of the Black Madonna - that could only be nurtured in one of the city's oldest communities and... | more...
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