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As American as apple pie

I know I've written about baseball here before, but that was when I was telling you how to enjoy a game on the cheap. Now I want to recommend putting some cash down and enjoying a Braves game this weekend with your Pops – OR, getting him tickets to go enjoy it without his lovely family there to whine for hotdogs and nachos. I once gave tickets as a gift and they have this amazing option to sit in an area where you can have free food – so all the greasy franks and beer and popcorn you can eat while ...

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Super Dad!

Fernbank Museum is always a good idea, but on Sunday, they might be working on their best idea ever: Superhero Day! Dress as your favorite superhero – this means grownups, too – and play games, listen to kid-friendly music, do hero crafts, check out the Georgia Bubbleman (what kid doesn't LOVE bubbles?), watch some cartoons, learn how to create the perfect superhero and participate in a superhero costume contest. Come on, you can't read that without a smile on your face! Superheroes are awesome, all of the male species are all about them, and your kid AND your dad will ...

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Frogs and marshmallows

Chill out on the north shore of Sibley Pond Friday night to roast marshmallows and listen to stories around the campfire. When the sun goes down and the night creatures come out, put on your walking shoes and take a ranger-led walk around the shores to visit with frogs and any other creepy swamp creatures that happen to be out and making noise. I have it on good account that horror movie creatures are drawn to the smell of campfires and marshmallows, so beware. If you think I'm kidding, watch ANY horror movie from the 80s. If you're ...

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

‘We named the dog Indiana’

It's Father's Day weekend and what better way to honor your dad then by taking him to The Fox for a showing of the classic action movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." All guys love this movie and consider it one of the best movies ever, and certainly, the best one in the Indiana Jones series. I'm partial to "Temple of Doom," but was told (by a guy) that I am an idiot for thinking that. The Fox is beautiful, and while you might have to drag a guy there to see "Phantom of the Opera," a ...

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Smooth sounds of summer

I have always been a fan of music, but you know what I like almost as much as music? Free stuff! So there isn't much better than free music. Since the Arts Association in Newton County is awesome and loves us all, they make sure we can get our free music fix several times a year. The lunchtime concerts may have ended, but the second Friday evening concerts are just starting out. Friday at 7 p.m., come out to the square, bring a blanket and some grub, and listen to jazz saxophonist Chand Antonio Bennett and NEO4. Did ...

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Dear ol' Dad

My dad has always been notoriously difficult to shop for. He has that whole "There's nothing I want" thing going on, which is both infuriating and confusing for someone like me, who keeps an ongoing Amazon wish list – just in case.

June 13, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

An evening with Will

I'm a fan of Shakespeare, always have been – yeah, I was THAT kid in high school; the one who got extra credit for bringing her complete unabridged works to class. Don't judge me. Maybe because of that geek in me, The New American Shakespeare Tavern is like mother's milk, but it doesn't mean you have to be a Brit Lit nerd to enjoy a night out at this joint, the only one like it in America. They have a British pub menu (of course) before their amazing performances, and this month you've got a few ...

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Waking the Dead

It might sound a little morbid to some, but Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is a beautiful – not to mention historical AND haunted – place, and it's going to be a favorite haunt for some this weekend with the annual Tunes from the Tombs event. Wander the historic cemetery and check out the monuments, mausoleums and gardens, and listen to music from tons of different artists scattered around the cemetery. It's a little weird, I know – it kind of seems like something you'd get in trouble for in high school, playing guitar in the cemetery, but it's totally ...

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Yellow River Jams

If music is truly what feelings sound like, then Porterdale will be home to some amazing feelings this weekend when the annual Homegrown Jazz by the River returns. This event is crazy fun every year. You're encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic and cop a squat near the river to enjoy the music. Hosted by the Washington Street Community Center, the proceeds go to help them out, which is awesome – it's like an added treat! You get to help a great organization and also listen to The Daniel Jackson Review at the same time. If jazz isn ...

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Parrot Heads unite!

There's something about warm weather that lends itself to silly little ditties about cheeseburgers and margaritas. If you're a Parrot Head you'll get the reference, if not, you'll still enjoy A1A, a premier Jimmy Buffett tribute band that's playing in Olde Town Conyers this weekend. A crowd favorite, the band typically sells out quickly, but there are still tickets available for pavilion and lawn seating. Get there at 6 p.m. when the doors open and hang out with friends, have a drink and a chat, enjoy the evening and prepare yourself for the best ...

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

The cowboy life

Ever wanted to pretend to be a cowboy? Then don your hat and head out to the Shady Dale Rodeo this weekend! There will be enough giant belt buckles, cowboy hats and bucking animals to grant your wish for the cowboy life. This isn't a bunch of dudes with a horse, bull and a couple of sheep either. The Shady Dale Rodeo is the real deal, and has been for the last three decades. The roundup festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and the American Legion Rodeo parade starts at 3 p.m. Of course there will be ...

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

A Pinterest-ing Summer

It's already started: that muggy heat that makes staying inside sometimes preferable to attempting to breathe the sticky air outside. But what to do with these long summer days when you're stuck inside? You could always draw the blinds and watch reruns of "Jersey Shore," while enjoying the nice air conditioning, but one can only take so much Snooki before the desire to set yourself on fire outweighs the desire to have a nice summer. So what to do? I have one word for you, my friends: Pinterest.

June 06, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Live and local

Just because you may live in Covington doesn't mean you always have to travel to enjoy the nightlife. The Depot may have been kind of a dive bar for a long time, but a recent remodeling has made the place almost unrecognizable, and pretty darn fancy! You have pool tables, beer pong (relive those college days!), a full bar, a stage where bands are forever performing, and a little DJ booth for karaoke nights and the like. There's always music, the wings are good and the bartenders know their stuff. They have things going on all through the ...

May 30, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

In the trees and under the stars

I've always wanted to go ziplining, and I will totally get there this year, and you should too! Try North Georgia Canopy Tours and you can choose from ziplining, geocaching, disc golf and glamping – which sounds amazing and speaks to my Native American heritage, which I only mention when people talk about things like teepees and owning land. Spend the day on the line with your choice of tours, then spend the night "roughing" it in an authentic teepee – well, as authentic on the outside. These things have air conditioning and heating, electrical outlets and lighting, beds – you name ...

May 30, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

Summer unplugged

There's a reason Unplugged in the Park is one of Atlanta's longest-running summer concert series – because it's just that good! For you who have lived in the ATL for a while, you'll remember that 99X used to host it back when I was in high school and no one was allowed to drive to Atlanta without their parents in the car. It's outside, but don't let that dissuade you. You know the fancy folks at Park Tavern will make sure the tent has air conditioning AND a sushi bar, plus a pretty swank view ...

May 30, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT

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