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Saturday,  April  2-­ * Saturday, April 2Saturday,  April  2-­ *  School  Spirit  Contest School Spirit Contest* Sunday,  April  10,  2011 Sunday, April 10, 2011  School  Spirit  Contest

Sunday,  April  10,  2011

Help  your  favorite  K-­12  school,  college,  or  university  WIN!  Wear  a  shirt  from  your  favorite  school  and  your  order   total  will  be  recorded.  The  school  with  the  highest  total  at  the  close  of  business  will  WIN  $1000  in  IKEA  Gift  Cards.   Help  your  favorite  K-­12  school,  college,  or  university  WIN!  Wear  a  shirt  from  your  favorite  school  and  your  orde One  winner  will  be  selected  each  day  from  Monday,  April  4  to  Friday,  April  8.  A  school  can  only  win  once. total  will  be  recorded.  The  school  with  the  highest  total  at  the  close  of  business  will  WIN  $1000  in  IKEA  Gift  Car

IKEA  Week

Entry  form  required  (the  form  below  will  also  be   One  winner  will  be  selected  each  day  from  Monday,  April  4  to  Friday,  April  8.  A  school  can  only  win  once. Saturday,  April  2,   Thursday,  April  7,   available  on  the  Events  &  Activities  page  at:   www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta,  as  an  email  attachment,   12-­3pm 12-­3pm Entry  form  required  (the  form  below  will  also  be  

MAIN  ENTRANCE

 School  Spirit  Contest

Saturday,  April  2-­ * Interactive  Reading  with   Thursday,  April  7,   and  inside  the  store).  Wear  your  school  shirt  and  submit   available  on  the  Events  &  Activities  page  at:   Sunday,  April  10,  2011 your  form  at  the  checkouts  upon  making  your  purchase.   Puppets,  SMALAND www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta,  as  an  email  attachment, 12-­3pm Help  your  favorite  K-­12  school,  college,  or  university  WIN!  Wear  a  shirt  from  your  favorite  school  and  your  order   Each  receipt  can  only  be  recorded  once. and  inside  the  store).  Wear  your  school  shirt  and  subm Scavenger  Hunt,   total  will  be  recorded.  The  school  with  the  highest  total  at  the  close  of  business  will  WIN  $1000  in  IKEA  Gift  Cards.   Interactive  Reading  with   MAIN  ENTRANCE your  form  at  the  checkouts  upon  making  your  purcha One  winner  will  be  selected  each  day  from  Monday,  April  4  to  Friday,  April  8.  A  school  can  only  win  once. Puppets,  SMALAND Entry  form  required  (the  form  below  will  also  be   Each  receipt  can  only  be  recorded  once. Entry  Form  

Game  Day  &  Candy,  SMALAND FREE  Airbrush  Tattoos,   Saturday,  April  2,   Thursday,  April  7,   Sunday,  April  3,   12-­3pm 12-­3pm MAIN  ENTRANCE Scavenger  Hunt,   Friday,  April  8,   12-­3pm Game  Day  &  Candy,  SMALAND School  Name   Interactive  Reading  with   MAIN  ENTRANCE 12-­3pm Puppets,  SMALAND Interactive  Reading  with   FREE  Airbrush  Tattoos,   Puppets,  SMALAND Sunday,  April  3,   FREE  Face  Paint,   12-­3pm MAIN  ENTRANCE                    

Interactive  Reading  with   Puppets,  SMALAND Monday,  April  4,   12-­3pm FREE  Face  Paint,   Pictionary,  SMALAND MAIN  ENTRANCE                     '..$ 0,+)$#4(+2* with  Balloon  Art,  ENTRANCE Monday,  April  4,   Scavenger  Hunt,   12-­3pm MAIN  ENTRANCE

Pictionary,  SMALAND Tuesday,  April  5,   '..$ 0,+)$#4(+2* 12-­3pm with  Balloon  Art,  ENTRANCE '.*$4+1'$-'1' SMALAND Scavenger  Hunt,   Ice  Cream  Sundae   MAIN  ENTRANCE Competition,  BISTRO Wednesday,  April  6,   Tuesday,  April  5,   12-­3pm 12-­3pm

Game  Day  &  Candy,  SMALAND

'.*$4+1'$-'1' SMALAND 6-­8:30pm Ice  Cream  Sundae   +1'$'%&/RESTAURANT Competition,  BISTRO Scavenger  Hunt,  MAIN   ENTRANCE

available  on  the  Events  &  Activities  page  at:   www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta,  as  an  email  attachment,   and  inside  the  store).  Wear  your  school  shirt  and  submit   your  form  at  the  checkouts  upon  making  your  purchase.   Each  receipt  can  only  be  recorded  once.

Entry  Form  

Scavenger  Hunt,   Name   MAIN  ENTRANCE

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Zip  Code  

Email Transaction  $:   Saturday,  April  9,   12-­3pm

Internal  Use  Only  Section: Transaction  $:  

Game  Day  &  Candy,   Register#:   Register#:   +!'($,/'+* ( SMALAND

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Transaction  #:  

FREE  Airbrush  Tattoos,   Coworker  ID:   Internal  Use  Only  Section: Tuesday,  April  5,   Kids  Eat  FREE,   MAIN  ENTRANCE 12-­3pm Date: Coworker  ID:   RESTAURANT Saturday,  April  9,   Kids  Eat  FREE,  '.*$4+1'$-'1' SMALAND Transaction  $:   *CONTEST  RULES:  Contest  open  to  all  participating   12-­3pm Ice  Cream  Sundae   Date: Sunday,  April  10,   RESTAURANT IKEA  customers.  Participants  must  wear  a  shirt  with   Competition,  BISTRO

Game  Day  &  Candy,   SMALAND Wednesday,  April  6,   12-­3pm Sunday,  April  10,   Game  Day  &  Candy,  SMALAND 12-­3pm FREE  Airbrush  Tattoos,   6-­8:30pm Craft  Day,  SMALAND MAIN  ENTRANCE +1'$'%&/RESTAURANT FREE  Face  Paint,   Scavenger  Hunt,  MAIN   Kids  Eat  FREE,   ENTRANCE MAIN  ENTRANCE RESTAURANT Get  on  The  List:

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the  school's  name.  Participant's  must  provide   complete  information  on  entry  form.  Each  receipt   *CONTEST  RULES:  Contest  open  to  all  participating   can  only  be  recorded  once.  Winning  schools  will  be   FREE  Face  Paint,   announced  April  18,  2011  on  the  Events  &  Activities   MAIN  ENTRANCE IKEA  customers.  Participants  must  wear  a  shirt  with   page  at:  www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta  and   Kids  Eat  FREE,   the  school's  name.  Participant's  must  provide   Twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta.  Odds  of  winning  depend   RESTAURANT   on  the  recorded  sales  total  of  each  participant   complete  information  on  entry  form.  Each  receipt   supporting  a  school.  This  contest  does  not  include   See  Event  Details  on  the   can  only  be  recorded  once.  Winning  schools  will  be   any  other  offers,  specials,  coupons,  or  deals.   Events  &  Activities  page  at:   Contest  Entry  valid  at  IKEA  Atlanta  store  only.

Craft  Day,  SMALAND

Transaction  #:   Coworker  ID:  

announced  April  18,  2011  on  the  Events  &  Activities   www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta Date: page  at:  www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta  and   Kids  Eat  FREE,   Twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta.  Odds  of  winning  depend   There's  always  something  new  happening  at  IKEA!  Get  on  the  List:  http://IKEA-­USA.com/Join RESTAURANT  Visit  our  website:  http://IKEA-­usa.com/atlanta5+!'($$3/Text  JOIN  to  62345 on  the  recorded  sales  total  of  each  participant   *CONTEST  RULES:  Contest  open  to  all  participating Join  our  business  owners'  network:  www.IKEA.com/business    Follow  us  on  http://twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta     supporting  a  school.  This  contest  does  not  include   Like  us  on  http://facebook.com/IKEAUSA See  Event  Details  on  the   IKEA  customers.  Participants  must  wear  a  shirt  wit any  other  offers,  specials,  coupons,  or  deals.   Events  &  Activities  page  at:   the  school's  name.  Participant's  must  provide   '*/( */'"/ /'+*5  /&/5/( Contest  Entry  valid  at  IKEA  Atlanta  store  only. */   5   

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complete  information  on  entry  form.  Each  receipt   Craft  Day,  SMALAND +" /$#'*/( */'"/ /'+*'#/+2*-$ !$/2$$*/&$  +**$"/+-+-/&.'#$-'1$ Wednesday,  April  6,   something new happening at IKEA! Get on the List:can  only  be  recorded  once.  Winning  schools  will  be http://IKEA-USA.com/Join Get  on  The  List:Get on the List: There’s always FREE  Face  Paint,   12-­3pm Visit our website: http://IKEA-usa.com/atlanta • IKEA Mobile Text: Text JOIN to 62345 announced  April  18,  2011  on  the  Events  &  Activitie There's  always  something  new  happening  at  IKEA!  Get  on  the  List:  http://IKEA-­USA.com/Join MAIN  ENTRANCE Join our business owners’ network: www.IKEA.com/business • Follow us on http://twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta • Like us on http://facebook.com/IKEAUSA page  at:  www.IKEA-­USA.com/Atlanta  and   Game  Day  &  Candy,  SMALAND Visit  our  website:  http://IKEA-­usa.com/atlanta5+!'($$3/Text  JOIN  to  62345 Kids  Eat  FREE,   Twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta.  Odds  of  winning  depend   IKEA in Atlantic Station • 441 16th St. • Atlanta, GA 30363 • (404) 745-IKEA Join  our  business  owners'  network:  www.IKEA.com/business    Follow  us  on  http://twitter.com/IKEA_Atlanta     Open daily 10am-9pm • IKEA Restaurant hours: Open daily 9:30am-8:30pm RESTAURANT   6-­8:30pm on  the  recorded  sales  total  of  each  participant  

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March 31 - april 6, 2011 • VoluMe 39, issue 48 • clatl.coM

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“It’s the place other cities want to be when they make peace with their inner child.” — Carl Black, social media monster

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“This is where I first felt safe enough to wear the green dress. Now I wear it everywhere.” — Angel Luis Poventud, community do-gooder and green-dress-wearing rollerblader

“The old houses are funky and cool, it’s still affordable and it’s close to everything.” — Susie Mercer, Grady High School teacher

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“We have fun around here. I hope they take me out feet first.” — Shirley Maddox, proprietor of Rust ’n Dust Antiques

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HOW WE CAME UP WITH OUR NEIGHBORHOOD RANKINGS: Each neighborhood received a reported and researched score of 1 to 10 in 11 different categories. For more on our methodology, including the breakdown of points awarded per category and per neighborhood, go to clatl.com/neighborhoodguide.

FIND YOUR PERFECT (NEIGHBORHOOD) MATCH: For the sake of this issue, we gave equal weight to each of the categories — from safety to greenspace to nightlife to schools — to give each neighborhood an ultimate score. But what’s the best place to live if you don’t care about walkability but care a lot about nightlife? Or if dining is paramount but shopping matters not? Go to clatl.com/neighborhoodguide and weigh the importance of categories yourself. We’ll then deliver your neighborhood soul mate! 10 ❘ MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2011 ❘ clatl.com


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And despite having poor highway access, Decatur has a centrally located MARTA station to whisk commuters to jobs downtown.

A 140,000-square-foot heaven on Earth for foodies, with an amazing variety of superfresh produce, a fish counter bigger than your house, and a bakery and juice bar, all at ridiculously low prices. 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-6400. www.dekalbfarmersmarket.com.

Your DeKalb Farmers Market

A small-town-yet-progressive vibe; great schools; a strong LGBT community; and beer. Soooooo much beer, from Twain’s house brews to the Brick Store’s Belgian beer smorgasbord.

D OW N S I D E S

Kudzu Antique Market

High liberal yuppie quotient. (If that’s a plus for you, refile under upsides.)

Multiple dealers specializing in American and European furniture, with an affordable selection of vintage clothing, jewelry and books, too. 2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-6498. www.kudzuantiques.com.

Swarms of beer lovers on weekends can mean long waits at tiny pubs. Joeff Davis

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Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 38.89 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3.75 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 35.14 M EDIA N HO ME P R I CE

$308,000

Real estate values have held remarkably steady, thanks to strong schools, a low crime rate and a walkable downtown. Decatur also has added hundreds of apartments and condos in just the past few years.

With its historic square, cozy restaurants, quaint shops and vibrant nightlife (bars here stay open an hour later than in Atlanta!), Decatur evokes Rockwellian sensibilities with a modern twist.

WILD CARD Five points for being a bookish pocket of small-town blisstopia.

Average rental is $800.

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Leon’s is perhaps the personification of dear ol’ Decatur: clean, vintage, delicious and possessing a serious appreciation for booze. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500. www.leonsfullservice.com.

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Cakes and Ale

Glenlake Park, the largest in Decatur’s park is closest to downtown and boasts a pool. 1211 Church St., Decatur. www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

Simple Southern fine dining at its best. Look for a move to new digs (on Decatur Square). 254 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-7994. www.cakesandalerestaurant.com.

HIDDEN GEM

Farm Burger

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Farm fresh and organic, you can easily create a $15 burger (mmmm $3 bone marrow). 410B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-5077. www.farmburger.net.

“It’s a small town that wants to make a difference, and it’s full of honest heart and soul. It’s the place other cities want to be when they make peace with their inner child.” — Carl BlaCk, Decatur resiDent/ cheerleaDer, social meDia monster

N I G H T LI F E

Heliotrope

Gift store crammed with witty cards and hip housewares. 248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-371-0100. www.heliotropehome.com.

Decatur CD

New and used CDs, staffed by friendly clerks and offering the occasional live in-store performance. 356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-371-9090. www.decaturcd.com.

CULT URE

Dalton Gallery

Agnes Scott College-affiliated gallery hosts an eclectic array of group shows from local and national artists. 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-471-5361. daltongallery.agnesscott.edu.

Brick Store Pub

PushPush Theater

Eddie’s Attic

Decatur Book Festival

The gastro pub that started it all around these parts, with gourmet bar food and beers from around the world. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com.

A venue for singer/songwriters and the folkie set, with shows most nights. 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.

Thinking Man Tavern

An eclectic selection of books and the vibe of a living room. 537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-370-1717. www.thinkingmantavern.com.

True to its name, this company specializes in pushing artistic limits in its anything-goes approach to stagecraft. 121 New St., Decatur. 404-377-6332. www.pushpushtheater.com.

In five short years, the annual three-day DBF has grown to become the largest independent book festival in the country, featuring hundreds of authors and tens of thousands of visitors during Labor Day weekend. The marquee event has established Decatur as a literary hub. www.decaturbookfestival.com.


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Top Flr

The 189-acre Piedmont Park is reason enough to live here, never mind that it's close to everything, exceedingly walkable and super cultured.

Top Flr is what happens when the kids who used to wait tables and bartend grow up and become their own bosses: a user-friendly restaurant with a menu that is short and sweet. 674 Myrtle St. 404-685-3110. www.topflr.com.

D OW N S I D E S

Bottleneck traffic on Peachtree Street and high property crime are downers.

Ecco

A fashionable spot that remains one of the best in the city. Chef Micah Willix’s menu is perfect for grazing on house-cured meats, cheeses, small plates and wood-fired pizzas. 40 Seventh St. 404-347-9555. www.ecco-atlanta.com.

C R IM E

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 129.58 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 16 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 113.58

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Possibly the city’s most walkable 'hood, Midtown’s housing options run from the mansions of Ansley Park to condo skyscrapers overlooking Peachtree Street to the funky old houses and apartments around Piedmont Park.

Average rental: $850 E DU C AT ION

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Grady High’s stadium just got a fresh face-lift. Plus, the school has the city’s top journalism program — now there’s a growth industry!

HIDDEN GEM Embrace locavorism at the Piedmont Park Green Market, an outdoor market that sells Georgia-grown produce every Saturday from May 7 through Dec. 10. 1071 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-4024. www.piedmontpark.org.

“I live in Midtown because I love being near Piedmont Park. This is where I first felt safe enough to wear the green dress. Now I wear it everywhere.” — Angel luis Poventud, community do-gooder often spotted rollerblading around the city in his dress

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No part of the city has evolved more dramatically over the past two decades than Midtown. Impersonal office buildings, imposing parking decks and cold asphalt have given way to high-rise living and an explosion of street life. The city’s art institutions (the High Museum, SCAD-Atlanta, and the newly relocated MODA) are all anchored in here. Where once there was a wasteland, now there are restaurants, groceries, shops, townhouses, lofts and ... people.

WILD CARD Five points for the high percentage of recently out gay men. CULTURE

Atlanta Pride Festival

A weekend-long celebration of all things LGBT. Oct. 8-9. Piedmont Park, Piedmont Avenue and 14th Street. 404-733-4444. www.atlantapride.org.

Center for Puppetry Arts Entertainment comes with strings attached at this theater and museum that features creative puppet plays both for adults and kids. 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3089. www.puppet.org.

S H OP P I N G

Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse

The epicenter of Atlanta’s LGBT scene is one of the city’s best indie bookstores. 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com.

CB2

The urban sibling of Crate and Barrel anchors the revitalized Midtown Mile. 1080 Peachtree St. 404-894-3763. www.cb2.com.

Drew Lewis

It’s not exactly budget shopping, but a few purchases can form the basis of your ideal wardrobe. Dog-friendly to boot! 935 Peachtree St. 404-881-5359. www.drewlewis-atl.com.

Hugh Acheson has brought his magic from Athens to Atlanta, and chef Ryan Smith sees it through. Retro-modern feel, next-generation Southern cooking and the best wine list in the city. One of the most exciting things to happen to Atlanta eating in ages. 999 Peachtree St. 404-541-1105. www.empirestatesouth.com.

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Opera

The last of the Midtown megaclubs, which plays host to big-name DJs and bigger hairdos; bring your ego. 1150 Crescent Ave. 404-874-3006. www.operaatlanta.com.

Halo

A down-tempo lounge with a serious coolout aesthetic for electro/trance heads and tragically hip converts. 817 W. Peachtree St. 404-962-7333. www.halolounge.com.

Aurum Lounge

A spiffy space catering to a casual but mature, well-manicured set. 915 Peachtree St. 404-815-9426. www.aurumlounge.com.

Cheetah Lounge

When a strip club is this upscale — complete with valet parking and fine-dining — it’s called a gentlemen’s club. Bring your bank. 887 Spring St. 404-892-3037. www.thecheetah.com.


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Gorgeous homes and plenty of greenspace. Great restaurants within walking distance.

Eight points for bragging rights associated with living in Atlanta’s loveliest 'hood.

A location squarely between the nightlife districts of Little Five and Edgewood Avenue.

D OW N S I D E S

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Sotto Sotto

Expensive and not particularly diverse.

Nowhere in town is the room more comforting in its simplicity, the service more astute, or the risotto more delicious. 313 N. Highland Ave. 404-5236678. www.sottosotto restaurant.com.

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Parish

The glorious redo of this historic brick building brings us one of the most beautiful restaurants in town. Louisiana-inspired fine dining upstairs, bakery and café downstairs. 240 N. Highland Ave. 404-681-4434. www.parishatl.com.

Atlanta’s first suburb, Inman Park boasts some of the city’s most picturesque Victorian mansions, but also has smaller homes and apartments.

Average rental: $1,100 EDU C AT ION

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Inman Middle School has a computer for every two children.

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“I love the fact that I live in a walking neighborhood and we have all these beautiful trees. We don’t have to get in the car to go to a shopping center.” — SuSan BridgeS, owner of whitespace Gallery

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Take your pick between Springvale Park, a quaint, off-the-road oasis with a pond, or the multiuse fields and bike trails of Freedom Park. www.inmanpark.org. www.freedompark.org.

Inman Park is where members of the city’s creative class go when they hit the big time — or where those seeking the refuge of quaint coach houses or partitioned Victorians go to fake it. It’s the perfect mix of resplendence and cool.

The wine is great, the tapas are fun, but the chill patio and warm glowing interior of this fancy shed makes it a favorite. 112 Krog Street. 404-524-1618. www.krogbar.com.

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City Issue

Treasure chest for lovers of vintage and midcentury modern. 325 Elizabeth St. 678-999-9075. www.cityissue.com.

Adaptation Floral Design

Think green raspberries, mini purple cabbages, elegant orchids and dainty hellebores instead of the typical carnations, plus they deliver. 316 N. Highland Ave. 404-577-1910. www.adaptationfloraldesign.com. NIGHT L IFE

The Albert

As chill as the neighborhood, with pool tables and Tuesday ping-pong tourneys. 918 Austin Ave. 404-872-4990. www.thealbertatlanta.com.

Sauced

Southern comfort with a twist, DJs in the later hours and a fun roster of creative and classic cocktails. 753 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-6554. www.saucedatlanta.com. CULT URE

Whitespace Gallery

Local art maven Susan Bridges’ Inman Park carriage-house-turned-gallery is at once nostalgic and modern. 814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892. www.whitespace814.com.

Dad’s Garage

A fun playhouse with high-spirited theatrical hijinks and late-night improv. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.

Inman Park Festival

Atlanta’s see-and-be-seen neighborhood festival, with an eccentric parade, two days of live bands, a sprawling artists market and a tour of Victorian homes. Last full April weekend. www.inmanpark.org.


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This summer, the Beltline’s eastside trail between 10th Street and Monroe and DeKalb avenues will connect to the Freedom Park PATH. What’s more, the newly opened Historic Fourth Ward Park provides a western retreat for residents. www.beltline.org. www.h4wpc.com.

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E AT S

Super Pan

There’s a never-ending supply of colorful street characters along Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Hector Santiago's Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop is the love chid of street food and gastro genius. 1057 Blue Ridge Ave. 404-477-0379. www.superpanlatino sandwichshop.com.

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D OW N S I D E S

Because it’s so tiny, finding digs in PonceyHighland-proper can be a chore. The ’hood’s burgeoning street-food corridor has been temporarily shut down by the county. C R IM E JOeFF DAViS

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$173,300

The houses are nice, but apartments can run from decent to scroungy.

Average rental: $900 E DU C AT ION

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For a relatively small neighborhood, PonceyHighland has a hell of a lot going on, from movies at the deco-chic Plaza Theatre to drinks at true-blue political haunt Manuel’s Tavern to meals post-midnight at the Majestic Diner to middle-aged jubblies at the Clermont Lounge. The best part — everything’s within walking distance.

Served by roughly the same schools as Virginia-Highland.

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Seven points for Blondie.

There’s a Japanese garden and pond tucked away at the Carter Center and a community garden in Freedom Park (who knew?).

D I VER S I TY

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Poncey-Highland is a predominantly white neighborhood.

“It’s really the most walkable neighborhood in the city. We’ve got a movie theater, four-star restaurants — and then you have the Clermont Lounge.” — AnnA Foote, Neighborhood AssociAtioN member ANd loNgtime resideNt

Two Urban Licks

A restaurant of bold exuberance, where eye-popping design and satisfying small plates work together to produce a long wait for dinner. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. 404-522-4622. www. twourbanlicks.com.

Babette’s Cafe

Comforting FrenchAmerican classics in a charming bungalow setting. 573 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-9121. www. babettescafe.com.

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Urban Outfitters

The hipster lifestyle chain lands at the corner of Ponce de Leon and North Highland avenues. Youthquake results. 1061 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-541-9256. www.urbanoutfitters.com.

Highland Row Antiques

Two levels full of mid-century furniture finds and vintage clothing. 628 N. Highland Ave. 404-815-8830. www.highlandrowantiques.com.

Videodrome

Houses an eclectic collection of hard-to-find movies, foreign films, cult classics, anime and mainstream titles. 617 N. Highland Ave. 404-885-1117. www.videodromeatl.com. NIGHT L IFE

MJQ /Drunken Unicorn

This former parking garage-turned-nightclub hosts dance parties and hip-hop events on the MJQ side, and live indie rock next door at the Drunken Unicorn. 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.

Masquerade

Divided into Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, it books dubstep/electro DJs, extreme metal, poster-boy pop punk and national touring acts. 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.

Clermont Lounge

Our city’s oldest strip club, with aging strippers to match, is truly the delightfully debauched underbelly of Atlanta. 789 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-874-4783. www.clermontlounge.net.

Highland Inn Ballroom

Live music spot that feels like it’s teeming with ghosts and hosts a full schedule of local music. 644 N. Highland Ave. 404-874-5756. www.thehighlandinn.com/highlandballroom.

CULT URE

Plaza Theatre

Scruffy movie house specializing in arthouse films, local movie-related events and revival screenings. 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

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EAT S

The Porter

A dynamic menu, 100-plus beer list and Anglophile aesthetic offers fine dining with good drinking for cheapskates. 1156 Euclid Ave. 404-223-0393. www.theporterbeerbar.com.

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Questions of authenticity aside, the ginormous tacos, burritos and vegan- and veggie-friendly options are Atlanta staples. 1091 Euclid Ave. 404-588-0250. www.elmyr.com.

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Homes in Little Five Points are in the same pricey price range as Inman Park.

Average rental: $900 E DU C AT ION

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Kids from L5P go to Inman Middle School and Grady High School.

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HIDDEN GEM There aren’t too many nooks and crannies in L5P these days, but there is the Elvis Presley vault tucked away in an unassuming corner of the Star Bar. Before it was a local rock dive it was a bank, and when it became the Star Bar in the ’90s, it was ground zero for Atlanta’s flourishing rockabilly and redneck underground scenes. The bar has diversified since then, but the converted Elvis vault remains a cluttered treasure trove that’s filled with a dizzying array of Southern-fried memorabilia including photos, a jukebox and an alter where you can bow, kneel and hail to the king. 437 Moreland Ave. www.starbaratlanta.com.

N I G H T LI F E

Variety Playhouse

The finest midsized music venue in town books everything from jam bands to acclaimed national acts. 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.

The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

Where locals come to take a load off, have a drink and escape the bustling sidewalks. 1136 Euclid Ave. 404-688-2582. www.theeayc.com.

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Hippy-dippy hangout that hosts a variety of roots, jazz, rock, soul and rap acts. 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com.

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Star Bar

A Little Five institution that sports a diverse lineup of punk, indie rock, garage acts and DJs. 437 Moreland Ave. www.starbar.net.

Vintage and new vinyl, CDs, magazines, toys and in-stores make for hipster heaven. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511. www. criminalatl.com.

Junkman's Daughter

Superstore for T-shirts, hipster housewares, retro clothing and devices for smokin' that wacky tobacky. 464 Moreland Ave. 404.577-3188.

Stefan’s

Granddaddy of intown’s high-end vintage shops. Great for formal wear. 1160 Euclid Ave. 404-688-4929. www.stefansvintage.com.

Wish

A space every bit as cool as its clothes, carrying apparel for fashionable hipsters. 447 Moreland Ave. 404-880-0402. www.wishatl.com.

CULT URE

Horizon Theatre

This scrappy L5P playhouse hosts intriguing new voices in Southern theater. 1083 Austin Ave. 404-523-1477. www.horizontheatre.com.

Little Five Points Halloween Parade

A delightfully freakish assortment of zombies, monsters and ghouls, who congregate by the hundreds in mid-October. www.l5phalloween.com.

7 Stages

Avant-garde playhouse enjoys a sterling reputation for stylistic daring and moral urgency. 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org.


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UPSIDES

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Close to Midtown and downtown.

At the rustic, 12-acre Goat Farm, you'll find roosters, artists and, yes, goats. Recently, the former cotton mill has served as a venue for concerts, art happenings and film shoots. 1200 Foster St.

Great for the hip, the young, artists and foodies, with great food, shopping and culture.

D OW N S I D E S

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Low on certain amenities, like grocery stores.

Nine points for utter coolness. We love this ’hood.

The cost of a real loft space has gotten steep, pricing out artists and other urban pioneers.

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Abattoir

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This upscale but lower-priced restaurant from the owners of Bacchanalia is a smart response to the recession. Adventurous foodies will be drawn to the offal dishes. 1170 Howell Mill Road. 404-892-3335. www.starprovisions.com.

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 114.7 Total violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 24.46 Total property crimes per 1,000 residents: 90.24

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Like other parts of the city, the Westside has seen a condo boom that’s turned the former industrial/warehouse into a true neighborhood.

Average rental: $700 E DU C AT ION

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There's Home Park and Knight Park. Or cross your fingers for Westside Reservoir Park, a proposed 350-acre Beltline greenspace centered around the 100-foot-deep Bellwood Quarry. DIV E R SITY

The Westside is mostly white, but with notable black, Hispanic and Asian populations.

“I can walk everywhere. I never cook at home because there are so many great restaurants around, and I see everyone out and about. You can’t beat that.” — Jay Morel, six-year Westside resident noW living in White Provisions lofts

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Once a wasteland of warehouses and drab industrial spaces, Atlanta’s Westside has been transformed into what’s arguably the city’s hottest ’hood for top-notch dining, loft living and highbrow shopping. Indie galleries also have taken up residence. Throw in the mixed-use, mega-shopping destination that is Atlantic Station — and the youthful brainpower of Georgia Tech — and you’ve got a section of town that’s thriving despite tough economic times. N I GHTL I F E

Northside Tavern

An intown blues oasis, this tavern is the real deal, with live music nightly from the likes of local legend Mudcat. 1058 Howell Mill Road. 404-874-8745. www.northsidetavern.com.

Ormsby’s

Hidden-from-sight downstairs bar boasts shuffleboard, pool, bocce ball and darts — in addition to craft beers. 1170 Howell Mill Road. 404-968-2033. www.ormsbysatlanta.com.

Swinging Richards

Don’t even think about throwing your little bachelorette party at this all-male strip club, boo. Richards is strictly dickly. 1400 Northside Drive. 404-352-0532. www.swingingrichards.com.

S H OP P I N G

Anthropologie

Oozes good taste in its women’s clothing, as well as charming housewares. 1207 Howell Mill Road. 404-355-4889. www.anthropologie.com.

Perrine’s Wine Shop

The former sommelier at Joël offers a nicely rounded selection of varietals for all price points in an airy space. 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite B. 404-254-5077. www.perrineswine.com.

Bungalow Classic

Couches, lamps and high-end linens in muted colors and simple shapes. Low-key swank. 1197 Howell Mill Road. 404-351-9120. www.bungalowclassic.com.

The soothing, minimalist space is as delightful as the menu, which was created to be sharable and speaks to the aspirations and inspirations of talented chef Todd Ginsberg. The burger is among the best in town. 887 Howell Mill Road. 404-815-1399. www.bocadoatlanta.com.

Miller Union

Watershed sous chef Steven Satterfield and Sotto Sotto manager Neal McCarthy have delivered a truly regional restaurant, serving Southern food without shtick or embellishment. 999 Brady Ave. 678-733-8550. www.millerunion.com.

CULT URE

Westside Arts District

Officially including 10 galleries, WAD has emerged as the city’s most cohesive arts 'hood. Its daytime third Saturday art stroll is a monthly highlight. www.wadatlanta.org.

Actor’s Express

Possibly Atlanta’s most exciting theater company, specializing in finding bold new plays and rediscovering classics. 887 W. Marietta St. 404-875-1606. www.actorsexpress.com.

Relapse Theater

Located in a renovated church, it showcases burgeoning local comics, artists-in-residence and strong improv impresarios. 380 14th St. 404-343-0347. www.relapsecomedy.com.


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Bill Hallman Boutique

Designer jeans and ultra-hip labels for men and women, as well as a vintage collection. 792 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-6055. www.billhallman.com.

Paris on Ponce

Part antique shop, part housewares store and part event facility in a sprawling, eccentric, Gallic-flavored space. 716 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-249-9965. www.parisonponce.com.

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UPSIDES

The neighborhood is picturesque, active, safe and eminently walkable.

D OW N S I D E S

High-priced real estate, very competitive parking situation and stop-and-go traffic on North Highland Avenue. C R IM E

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 35.24 Total violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2.135 Total property crimes per 1,000 residents: 33.105

Where else can Atlanta residents walk to restaurants, boutiques, bars, grocery stores and even a neighborhood movie theater with the monthly Silver Scream Spook Show? There are few places in VirginiaHighland you can’t reach by way of a pleasant stroll along tree-shaded sidewalks or a quick bike ride. To the north, Morningside remains a dreamy — albeit pricey — destination for families.

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$437,000

Houses here are top-dollar, but near Briarcliff Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue are scores of apartment buildings brimming with character.

Average rental: $800 E DU C AT ION

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Brand-new Springdale Park Elementary won an award from Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission for its context-sensitive, LEED-certified design.

“I live in Virginia-Highland because I like the neighborhood feel. There’s a great social scene here, even during the day. You can walk around with your dog and everywhere is pet-friendly.” — Nicole Hess, 25, sales associate at Bill Hallman and local designer

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GREEN S PACE

Residents are just a short walk from Piedmont Park and this year, Morningsiders are expected to also be able to access the park — and the Beltline, which runs along its eastern edge — via its expanded borders near Ansley Mall. D I VER S I TY

Virginia-Highland is a predominantly white neighborhood.

HIDDEN GEM The city-owned 30-acre Morningside Nature Preserve is a little-known haven for hiking and mild off-road cycling. Thanks to a new suspended bridge spanning Peachtree Creek, it now links to other nearby parks. 1941 Wellbourne Drive. 404-817-6740. www.atlantaga.gov.

WILD CARD A low three points because the neighborhood bars are weekend magnets for a largely frat-boy crowd.

E AT S

Alon’s Bakery and Market

Alon's is justly renowned for its baked goods and desserts, but don't miss out on the prepared food offerings. Succulent sandwiches, deli treats, wine, cheese, and some of the best cookies around. 1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000. www.alons.com.

La Tavola Trattoria

A true neighborhood restaurant, from its glass storefront location to its cozy, 55seat dining room and tiny bar. The regular menu consists of classic, carefully coddled Italian fare. 992 Virginia Ave. 404-873-5430. www.latavolatrattoria.com

Murphy’s

For more than 25 years, Murphy’s has been serving classic American fare. Also serving brunch, with a bakery and wine shop attached. 997 Virginia Ave. 404-872-0904. www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.

Morningside Farmers Market

Organic produce sold year-round by the folks who grew it, as well as local beef and pork, flowers and soaps. 1393 N. Highland Ave. 404-313-5784. www.morningsidemarket.com.

NIGHT L IFE

Blind Willie’s

For 25 years, Blind Willies has kept rockin’ with a roster of local and national blues, roots, jazz and soul acts. 828 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com.

Dark Horse/10 High

Knock back a few Jäger Bombs with your bros upstairs or check out the tunes in 10 High’s cozy basement confines. 816 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-3607. www.darkhorseatlanta.com.

Moe’s & Joe’s

With Tuesdays and Thursdays designated as cheap beer nights, Moe’s & Joe’s is a staple Emory hangout. 1033 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-6090. www.moesandjoes.com.

CULT URE

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

A community arts center in a gorgeous old Coke-money mansion. 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org.

Virginia-Highland SummerFest

Annual festival featuring live music, kid's events and an expansive outdoor artsists market. June 3-5. www.vahi.org/summerfest.html.

Solomon Projects

This contemporary art gallery encourages experimentation, larger-scale work and video installations. 1037 Monroe Drive. 404-875-7100. www.solomonprojects.com.


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From the Kashi ashram to the First Existentialist Congregation to the Hare Krishna temple, this is ground zero for alternative spirituality. Good neighborhood schools.

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$465,750

The formerly hippie ’hood is so hot that prices have bounced back to near-bubble levels.

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Should you tire of the eponymous 55-acre greenspace — what with its playing fields, swimming pool and a city-owned nine-hole golf course — pedal yourself to Freedom Park via the adjacent PATH trail. www.freedompark.org.

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UPSIDES

Named for Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, who donated the parkland to Atlanta in 1922, this neighborhood is centered around a 55-acre park and 9-hole golf course. Long a hippie enclave with its small strip of boutiques and casual eateries, Candler Park remains one of Atlanta’s more laid-back and quirky neighborhoods.

HIDDEN GEM A holdover from the ’hood’s hippie era, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is an oasis of sustainable grooviness. For 25 years, the plot off Arizona Avenue has been home to trails, communal gardens, a menagerie of pet-able animals (including Big Lou the Emu) and the clothing-optional sweat lodge. www.lcclt.org.

WILD CARD With few knocks against it, save for scant retail or dining options, Candler Park rates a solid eight.

“It’s just a great little neighborhood that makes you forget you’re in a big city.” — Nick ParsoNs, co-owner of Dr. BomBay’s UnDerwater tea Party

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Candler Market

As much a wine shop as a grocery, with a lunch counter in back. 1642 McLendon Ave. 404-373-9787. www.candlerparkmarket.com.

Full Moon Records

Used LPs, CDs and DVDs, as well as a popular $1 section. 1653 McLendon Ave. 404-377-1919.

EAT S

Dr. Bombay’s

A charming coffee shop with a Mad Hatter vibe, filled with knickknacks. 1645 McLendon Ave. 404-474-1402. www.drbombays.com.

The Mercantile

An extensive, gourmet deli. 1660 DeKalb Ave. 404-378-0096. www.themercantileatl.com.

Gato Bizco

This tiny outpost is the sort of place you imagine in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago. 660 McLendon Ave. 404-371-0889.

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MidSummer Music Festival

Annual live music and summer festival sponsored primarily by Red Stripe. June. www.midsummermusicfestival.com.

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This laid-back autumnal celebration features food, music and a road race through the fallen leaves. Oct. 15-16. www.candlerparkfallfest.org.


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Karaoke nights at Mary’s — “Maryoke” to regulars — is simply fab-ulous!

The longest-standing bar, restaurant and music venue in the 'hood with a menu a notch above pub grub and a calendar that’s booked with local and nationally touring indie acts. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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More indie rock than you can shake a PBR trucker cap at.

The annual East Atlanta Strut is a loveable freak show.

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Cramped and smoky jewel of the local underground music scene, and a good place to see and be seen chillin’ on the patio. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com.

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More hipsters than you can shake a PBR trucker cap at.

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From mid-century ranches to quaint bungalows to Victorian fixer-uppers, East Atlanta has a variety of housing styles.

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Next year, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School — formerly Southside — will launch fine arts, IT and AP engineering programs.

HIDDEN GEM When folks think of East Atlanta, they think of bands and booze. But what about Brownwood Park? The 12-acre greenspace is home to a rec center, tennis courts, playground, pavilion, community garden, walking trail and grassy knolls for lounging. 602 Brownwood Ave. www.eaca.net.

East Atlanta is near the epicenter of the city’s trend-setting counterculture. The ’hood boasts a diverse mix of dingy bars, a decent smattering of affordable shops and restaurants and the city’s highest concentration of hipsters. The music scene attracts an impressive roster of visiting bands.

WILD CARD Nine points for the ’hood’s absurdly named concentration of drunk-people food: Happy Donuts, Buffalo China, Burger Win, and Supreme Fish Delight. EAT S

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Chef Robert Phalen has taken a tired idea — tacocentric Tex-Mex — and turned it on its head. The tacos are good, but the outrageous fusions he creates, borrowing from Spain, Europe, Mexico and beyond, yields some of the most creative and exciting food in town. 1314 Glenwood Ave. 404-230-6177. www.holy-taco.com.

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Premium pet foods, toys and accessories — even homeopathic meds. 479-A Flat Shoals Ave. 404-588-0140. www.parkpetsupply.com.

Holy Taco

A rotating menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and takeout dinners from popular local chef Calavino Donati. Local, farm-fresh groceries, too. 477 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-230-9865.

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“The neighborhood is full of charming, diverse people. You can always find a friendly face and a good time. And you don’t have to pay for parking.”

Traders

Quality furniture and housewares — with prices a notch below the norm. 485-B Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3006. www.tradersatlanta.com.

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Quality used and new books, and the obligatory bookstore cat. 481-B Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-0877. www.boundtobereadbooks.com.

Roomy venue is home to gothic décor and a tattooed clientele that loves dancing to Lady Gaga and the Smiths. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. www.graveyardtavern.com.

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If you’re here and you’re queer, and you’re looking for the best damn karaoke in town, you’ve come to the right place. 1287 Glenwood Ave. 404-624-4411. www.marysatlanta.com. CULT URE

East Atlanta Beer Festival

Popular festival featuring more than 150 craft beers and benefitting local organizations. May 21. Brownwood Park, Glenwood and Brownwood avenues. www.eabfonline.com.

East Atlanta Farmers Market

Scrappy local market that’s low on the yuppie factor. May-November: Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. 1231 Glenwood Ave. www.farmeav.com.

East Atlanta Strut

A community-organized one-day festival featuring music, art, a 5K and wacky mustsee parade to raise money for neighborhood charities and organizations. East Atlanta Village, Glenwood Avenue and Flat Shoals Road. www.eastatlantastrut.com.


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$162,750

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The site of one of the Civil War’s most brutal battles, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is now a recreational wonderland with unmatched views of the Atlanta skyline and Stone Mountain. www.nps.gov/kemo. DIVER SITY

Very diverse mix of white, black and Latino.

HIDDEN GEM On Friday nights during Marietta High School’s football season, virtually every man, woman and teen in the city packs Northcutt Stadium, the seriously no-frills, ’40s-era stadium. 121 Winn St.

WILD CARD Five points for being a livable suburb. But still, it’s a suburb.

“I love Marietta because of the smalltown feel with big-city benefits. Everything we need is within 15 minutes: mall, grocery stores, shops, hundreds of restaurants.” — Missy Hunter, high school teacher

EAT S

Falafel Cafe

Ironically weak falafel, but the stews and the dips are some of the best home-style Persian in town. 950 Cobb Parkway. 770-429-8999.

Tasty China

With Peter Chang again at the helm, this is the spiciest, most alluring Szechuan in the region. 585 Franklin Road. 770-419-9849. SHOPPING

Eddie’s Trick Shop

Average rental: $700

Before you run off to join the circus, visit Eddie's for magic tricks, makeup and juggling supplies. 70 S. Park Square. 770-428-4314. www.eddiestrickshop.com.

EDUCATION

CULTURE

Homes run the gamut from antebellum-style mansions to small row houses.

ABCDF

Marietta boasts one of Georgia’s first charter systems, which allow local school officials more flexibility in setting curriculum.

Strand Theatre

The 1935 art deco movie house stood vacant for years on Marietta’s historic square. The restored venue proves cozier than the Fox Theatre with less grindhouse funk than the Plaza. 117 N. Park Square. 770-293-0080. www.earlsmithstrand.org.


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Situated on a ridge high above the Chattahoochee, Vinings’ rep as an upscale shopping and dining destination remains untarnished. And Smyrna is growing into its own notable destination, thanks in part to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

UPSIDES

The area is home to several good restaurants, as well as boutiques and antique shops. The ’hood boasts a low crime rate.

D OW N S I D E S

The area isn’t very walkable or transit-friendly. Nightlife seekers will be left wanting. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 28.46 Total violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2.72 Total property crimes per 1,000 residents: 25.75

The Chattahoochee River National Rec Area is nearby. Or hop on the Silver Comet Trail and pedal to Alabama. www.silvercometga.com. DIVER SITY

Vinings is a predominantly white, while Smyrna has black, Hispanic and Asian populations.

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The Vinings Butcher and Deli is a one-stop shop for cut-to-order meats, deli items and sandwiches. 2810 Paces Ferry Road. 770-805-4011. www.viningsbutcheranddeli.com.

WILD CARD Four points, due to word aversion to the area’s nickname, “Smynings.” EAT S

Muss and Turner’s

Equal parts upscale deli and neighborhood bistro. 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309. 770-434-1114. www.mussandturners.com.

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Classic food, situated along a stunning stretch of the Chattahoochee. 4199 Paces Ferry Road. 770-432-2663. www.canoeatl.com.

SHOPPING

Emly Benham

A local favorite for its top-tier shoes and bags. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 228. 678-213-2595. www.emlybenham.wordpress.com. NIGHTLIFE

Vinings Inn

Quaint, historic inn with Southern charm, an antique vibe and live music. 3011 Paces Mill Road. 770-438-2282. www.viningsinn.com.

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$165,136

Add another 100 Gs or so to upgrade from “Smynings” to Vinings proper.

Average rental: $750 EDUCATION

ABCDF

Campbell High School’s most famous graduate: Julia Roberts.

CULTURE

Jonquil Festival

Semi-annual arts fest and street party in downtown Smyrna is popular with locals. April 30-May 1 and Oct. 22-23. www.smyrnacity.com.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Premier venue for Broadway shows, concerts and opera. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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With Georgia State University’s enrollment topping 30,000 and Centennial Olympic Park now a major family draw, downtown is not the ghost town it once was. The newish W and Twelve hotels have likewise helped bring nightlife to what had been a dead zone after dark.

The Georgia Aquarium provides a reliable attraction for visiting family members.

D OW N S I D E S

Panhandlers. Tourists. Conventioneers. A maze of one-way streets. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 178.01 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 15.64 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 163.37 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

Social Restaurant

Downtown’s great hidden gem: Euro-centric, casual, affordable, welcoming. 12 W. Peachtree Place. 404-525-2246. www.socialintown.com.

Lunacy Black Market

This place is so good, so weird and so cheap it’s hard to believe it’s legal. 231 Mitchell St. 404-736-6164. www.lunacyblackmarket.com.

BLT Steak

Some of the best (and priciest) steaks in town, served at the bottom of the Downtown W Hotel. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 404-577-7601. www.bltsteak.com.

SHOPPING

Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Stalls selling soul food, burgers and 10-pound bags of pig knuckles. 209 Edgewood Ave. 404659-1665. www.sweetauburncurbmarket.com.

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Magic City

Donkey butts and dollar bills reign in this 25-year-old institution among strip joints. 241 Forsyth St. 404-584-5847. www.magiccity.com.

Pal’s Lounge

As historic as its Auburn Avenue address, Pal's is funkier than Rick James’ jheri curl and hosts the city’s crunkest karaoke nights every Tuesday. 254 Auburn Ave. 404-524-4300. CULTURE

Dragon*Con

$94,200

Labor Day weekend fantasy convention hosts a parade of characters from movies and comics. Sept. 2-5. Hyatt Regency and other downtown hotels. www.dragoncon.org.

Average rental: $800

National Black Arts Festival

Downtown residential choices are limited to lofts, apartments or Centennial Place townhomes.

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EAT S

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WILD CARD Five points for being home to one of the few surviving Trader Vic’s tiki bars in the U.S.

More than 1,000 artists dedicated to work from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Americas are expected at this 10-day cultural festival. July. www.nbaf.org.


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Besides being home to the Atlanta University Center, the ’hood runneth over with the kind of cultural dichotomy — from Southern folkloric figure Uncle Remus to such Afrocentric institutions as the Shrine of the Black Madonna — that could only be nurtured in one of the city’s oldest communities.

UPSIDES

Affordable, artist-friendly studios and warehouse spaces. A nationally registered historic district with Victorian homes and cobblestone streets.

D OW N S I D E S

Let’s just say the Mall West End is not among the city’s premier shopping destinations. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 172.87 Total violent crimes per 1,0000 residents: 25.25 Total property crimes per 1,000 residents: 147.61 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$84,500

This area has bank-owned bungalows going for $12,000 on up to restored Victorian showplaces.

Average rental is $700. DIVER SITY

The West End is an overwhelmingly AfricanAmerican neighborhood.

EDUCATION

ABCDF

Brown Middle School students wear uniforms, but the schools lag in test scores and diversity. GREENSPACE

Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar

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The Outdoor Activity Center and Cascade Springs Nature Preserve offer miles of hiking through largely untouched woods. www.wawaonline.org.

HIDDEN GEM “Art of the Negro,” a mural by Georgia artist Hale Woodruff, decorates the atrium of the Clark Atlanta University art galleries. 223 James P. Brawley Drive. 404-880-6102. www.cau.edu.

WILD CARD Five points for having more finger-lickin’ soul food joints than you can shake an oxtail at.

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79 Poplar St. 404-588-1850

www.sidebaratlanta.com Walking distance from Georgia State, Downtown hotels and destinations

“When you live in this neighborhood, you become more than just a person in a house. You become part of a community.” — Nia KNowles, chairwoman of the west end’s neighborhood Planning Unit t

EAT S

Busy Bee

This venerated soul-food joint serves up some of the city’s best fried chicken at a price that’s hard to beat. 810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-525-9212. www.thebusybeecafe.com.

Beautiful Restaurant

No-nonsense cafeteria-style soul food till 11 p.m. seven nights a week! 2260 Cascade Road. 404752-5931. www.beautifulrestaurant-atlanta.com. CULTURE

Hammonds House Museum

Museum in a historic Queen Anne house sponsoring exhibitions and events celebrating the culture of the African Diaspora. 503 Peeples St. 404-612-0500. www.hammondshouse.org.

Wren’s Nest

Victorian home of “Uncle Remus” author Joel Chandler Harris with performances by master storytellers. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. 404-753-7735. www.wrensnestonline.com. clatl.com ❘ MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2011 ❘ 39


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EAT S

Noni’s Bar and Deli

Homey Italian food, a raucous party scene, vintage photos, blond wood and great wine. Sound fun? It is. 357 Edgewood Ave. 404-343-1808. www.nonisdeli.com.

The Sound Table

There’s better food in town, but not in such a cool, casual setting. There’s a better dance scene in town, but not a more homegrown one. There aren’t better cocktails anywhere. 483 Edgewood Ave. 404-835-2534. www.thesoundtable.com.

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UPSIDES

Tara-Lynne PixLey

A thriving restaurant and nightlife scene and a perfect destination for urban pioneers.

D OW N S I D E S

Some blocks are downright sketchy, and decent retail can’t seem to get a foothold here. C R IM E

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 184.5 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 18.57 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 165.94 M EDIA N HO ME P R I CE

$107,754

Houses vary wildly in quality, from the restored mansions of the MLK Historic District to ramshackle crapholes a few blocks away.

Average rental: $1,000 E DU C AT ION

Though less-gentrified than nearby Inman Park and Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward’s crop of hip bars and restaurants along lovably grungy Auburn and Edgewood avenues has secured its place as one of the most exciting ’hoods in Atlanta.

“I live in the Fourth Ward because some of the old houses are funky and cool, it’s still affordable and it’s close to everything.” — SuSie Mercer, Grady HiGH ScHool teacHer

HIDDEN GEM

GR E E NSPAC E

The quirky Madam C.J. Walker’s Beauty Shoppe Museum, in a former salon once owned by an African-American entrepreneur, preserves tress relics dating back to the ’50s. 54 Hilliard St. www.madamecjwalkermuseumatl.com.

In addition to the newly opened Historic Fourth Ward Park near City Hall East, residents can look forward to the city’s first public skate park and 11 more acres of greenspace later this year.

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Fixie Bicycle Gallery

Specializing in fixed-gear and single-speed bicycles, with new and vintage frames. 415 Edgewood Ave. 404-221-8898. www.fixieb.com.

LottaFrutta

Heavenly fruit cups with fanciful names like dolce vitta and cremolatta, with a freezer case of homemade tropical fruit pops. 590 Auburn Ave. 404-588-0857. www.lottafrutta.com.

NIGHT L IFE

ABCDF

Cook Elementary boasts a Boys to Men community service program, but schools here are among the least diverse in Atlanta.

SHOP P ING

WILD CARD Seven points for its cultural scene, the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the cool quotient.

CU LT U R E

King Center

Organization founded by MLK’s late widow, Coretta Scott King. The crypt for the Civil Rights leader is in the stately plaza. 449 Auburn Ave. 404-526-8900. www.thekingcenter.org.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

The MLK birth home and other houses along the street where he grew up are maintained by the National Park System, which operates an impressive visitor’s center/museum. 450 Auburn Ave. 404-331-5190. www.nps.gov/malu.

Café Circa

Nothing bohemian about the soul aficionados that pack this upscale bar/restaurant on weekend nights and puff hookahs on the rooftop deck. 464 Edgewood Ave. 404-477-0008. www.cafecircaatl.com.

The Music Room

The basement of Pizzeria Vesuvius gets noisy after closing time when local bands take over, blasting everything from punk to electronica. 327 Edgewood Ave. 404-343-4404. www.pizzeriavesuvius.com/themusicroom.

P’cheen

Mint Gallery

An “international bistro” with DJs spinning into the a.m. 701 Highland Ave., Suite 5. 404-529-8800. www.pcheen.com.

Studioplex

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping-Pong Emporium

An indie gallery with a penchant for all things DIY and big support for local artists. 145-B Sampson St. 404-946-8982. www.mintatl.org.

The former cotton warehouse turned lofts/artist studios/office and retail spaces located right along the Beltline-to-be. Stop by for the fourth Friday artwalk. 659 Auburn Ave. 404-733-6000. www.studioplexlofts.com.

Grant Henry’s surreal vision of a bar/gallery, decorated with alter-ego Sister Louisa’s ironic artwork, is good for cheap beer and cheaper laughs. 466 Edgewood Ave. 404-522-8275.


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“Cabbagetown is unbeatable because of its strong sense of neighborhood, fascinating history, unique architecture and great vibe. It’s an authentic, close-knit village." — Dave Knox, Cabbagetown artist/photographer

EAT S

Agave

Wildcard

The chili-laden but not overly spicy restaurant consistently turns out comforting, filling and satisfying Southwestern. 242 Boulevard. 404-588-0006. www.agaverestaurant.com.

UPSIDES

AlAn FriedmAn

Because of its history as a refuge for young, artsy types, Cabbagetown boasts strong support for nonprofits like WonderRoot, Trees Atlanta and the recently relocated Eyedrum. Rentals are pretty reasonable for a neighborhood so close to the city center, too.

D OW N S I D E S

Buying a home here can be pricey, and crime can be dicey.

CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 92.53 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3.8 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 88.74 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$168,400

Originally built for mill workers, Cabbagetown’s older houses are cute but have few extras, while Reynoldstown is still a little dodgy in places.

Average rental is $800 EDUCATION

ABCDF

Tech High charter school specializes in engineering, communications and IT classes. GREENSPACE

Cabbagetown Park sits smack-dab in the middle of the neighborhood and features a playground and, in keeping with the area’s adorability factor, a tree swing. 701 Kirkwood Ave.

Buckhead’s premier live music and party venue

Shabby-chic Cabbagetown underwent a slow transformation over the years, morphing from a downtrodden mill town brimming with dilapidated shanties to a lovingly restored artists’ community — one that still retains its ramshackle charm. Neighboring Reynoldstown is right on the heels of Cabbagetown’s restoration; young urbanites are setting up shop in R-town’s bungalows and shotgun homes alongside old-timers who’ve been there for generations.

WILD CARD Nine points for being quirky, authentic, creative and distinct — and for the ever-evolving graffiti artist playground that is the Krog Street tunnel.

Carroll Street Cafe

This romantic winebar embodies Cabbagetown’s eclectic sensibilities. 208 Carroll St. 404-577-2700. www.apresdiem.com. SHOPPING

Memorial Tattoo

Revered Cabbagetown ink outpost. 190-A Carroll St. 404-681-9111. www.memorialtattooatl.com.

Wag-A-Lot

One of the best doggie day cares in town, and a wide selection of organic food and dog products. 840 Old Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-2230. www.wagalot.com.

NIGHTLIFE

97 Estoria

Favored watering hole for the American Apparel set to drink for cheap, eat decent bar food and soak up sun on the patio. 727 Wylie St. 404-522-0966. www.97estoria.com. CULTURE

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Five bucks gets you as much cook-off chilli as you can eat, plus an afternoon of priceless people-watching. Every in-the-know under35-year-old within a 10-mile radius is here. www.chompandstomp.com.

OUTDOOR SEATING WITH WATER BUCKETS AND TREATS 4 YR POOCH!

WonderRoot

Multi-media Package Great Food • Live Music

From classes and workshops to music, literary and visual arts events, this Reynoldstown art collective unites movers and shakers across Atlanta’s various scenes. 982 Memorial Drive. 404-254-5955. www.wonderroot.org.

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Location » Intown/North, occupies much of the “V” formed by Interstates 75 and 85

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UPSIDES

HIDDEN GEM

Many of the skyscrapers are sidewalk-friendly,

Little about Buckhead is hidden, but the Buckhead Branch library is still a gem. Covered with what looks like slate fish scales, it’s been a pilgrimage site for aspiring architects since '89. 269 Buckhead Ave. 404-814-3500. www.afplweb.com.

with ground-level restaurants, shops and cafes.

If you’ve got the money, you can get just about anything here, from Range Rovers to red-carpet fashions to $500 steak-and-lobster dinners.

WILD CARD

D OW N S I D E S

For most, Buckhead’s expense makes it a place to visit and not to live, earning it a mere two points.

Its very upscaleness makes Buckhead a playground for gold-diggers and starfuckers.

EAT S

C R IM E

Aria

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 46.75 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 5.58 Joeff Davis

Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 41.17 M EDIA N HO ME P R I CE

$468,763

Buckhead boasts some of the highest home prices in metro Atlanta.

Average rental is $1,000 Thanks to the building boom, Buckhead is overflowing with apartments and condos.

Buckhead is no longer the epicenter of Atlanta’s once buck-wild club scene — and that’s how most residents like it. The ritzy Streets of Buckhead development is still on hold, but the area remains among the Southeast's top shopping destinations, with two high-end malls and tons of swanky boutiques. And Buckhead has more fancy hotels and restaurants than anywhere in Georgia — if that’s your thing.

EDU C AT IO N

ABCDF

Buckhead has more children attending private school than any other part of town, but is still replacing its high school because of overcrowding. G R E E NSPAC E To commune with nature and history, spend an afternoon at rustic Tanyard Creek, site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, and home to part of the Beltline bike trail.

“I’ve lived here 34 years. It’s clean, beautiful, safe and there are so many things to enjoy. I wish there was a way to equalize it more with other parts of Atlanta.” — AlAn HArris, homeless advocate

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Relocated from its old Garden Hills home, this 35-year-old shop stocks thousands of discs, from post-punk to jazz to the city's largest selection of classical. Posters, stickers and old porn mags, too. 360 Pharr Road. 404-237-3193.

And you thought Buckhead excess went down with the Gold Club. 2416 Piedmont Road. 404-693-9693. www.goldroomatl.com.

Jeffrey

Much of the cougar-iffic clientele is eligible for AARP. But everyone gets down. 3771 Roswell Road. 404-233-8026. www.johnnyshideaway.com.

Fantasyland Records

High-end women's shop hawking Gucci, Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road. 404-420-2997. www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.

Pieces

What looks like a impeccable housewares boutique is filled with pristine vintage culled from the world’s antique markets. 3234-A Roswell Road. 404-869-2476. www.piecesinc.com.

Gold Room

Aria oozes cool. Classic New American from Gerry Klaskala, with one of the best wine programs and sexiest dining rooms in town. 490 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-233-7673. www.aria-atl.com.

Cafe Agora

Owner Al Ozelci is as much reason to visit this Middle Eastern gem as the food itself. Open till 4 a.m. on the weekends! 262 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-949-0900. www.cafeagora.com.

Holeman and Finch Public House

Perhaps our favorite haunt in the city. Breathtaking cocktails. Groundbreaking format. (Is it a bar, restaurant or the coolest hangout ever?) Brains, balls and duck heads. 2277 Peachtree Road. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com. CULT URE

Atlanta History Center

Johnny’s Hideaway

More than 40,000 collectibles spanning the Civil War to Civil Rights. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.org.

Prohibition

A premiere photography gallery with work by local and New York artists. 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave. 404-233-3739. www.jacksonfineart.com.

A speakeasy-themed bar that requires a secret code and Matrix-like phone-booth theatrics to gain entry. 56 E. Andrews Dr. www.prohibitionatl.com.

St. Regis Bar

St. Regis boasts the most over-the-top of the posh hotel bar scene. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-563-7900. www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis.

Jackson Fine Art

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

MOCA GA has embarked on an invaluable project archiving the work of local artists. 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. www.mocaga.org.


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In his 1998 novel A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe titled one chapter “Chambodia” in r Chamblee’s immigrant population. In the ensuing decade, the neighborhood has begun to gentrify, attracting young professionals looking for affordable housing inside the Perimeter.

UPSIDES

It’s conveneint to Buford Highway's polyglot restaurants, Buckhead’s tony shops, Oglethorpe University’s cultural draws, and the MARTA line. Antiques addicts can spend hours browsing its cluster of shops, which provide old-school props for Georgia’s booming film industry.

D OW N S I D E S

There’s not a lot to do in Chamblee per se, and between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Buford Highway and the railroad tracks, the residential neighborhoods feel a bit squeezed. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 22.84 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2.7 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 20.14 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$200,000

Chamblee is home to some of the area’s newest transit-oriented developments.

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WILD CARD Four points for the chance of finding an antique magic lamp to grant you three wishes. The odds are still low, but higher in Chamblee.

“I’ve been on this corner for 37 years, and it’s been like this since before I got here. We have fun around here. I hope they take me out feet first.” — Shirley Maddox, for 37 years the proprietor of rust N’ Dust aNtiques

E AT S

Shoya

Stunningly authentic Japanese izakaya — the most fun you’ll have eating stuff you don’t recognize. 6035 Peachtree Road. 770-457-5555. www.shoyaatlanta.com.

SHOPPING

Antique Factory

Art deco chrome, arts and crafts furniture. 5505 Peachtree Road. 770-455-7570. www.antiquefactory.net.

Broad Street Antiques

This 20,000-square-foot antique mall has ... just about everything. 3550 Broad St. 770-458-6316. www.broadstreetantiquemall.com. NIGHTLIFE

The Velvet Room

The long lines just to get in the door say it all: This is where the city’s black Hollywood set comes to ball. 3358 Chamblee Tucker Road. 404-874-4460. www.velvetatl.com.

CU LT U R E

Georgia Shakespeare

Slick, reliable and at times surprising productions of the Bard and other classics. Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-264-0020. www.gashakespeare.org.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

Intimate space that exhibits everything from Tibetan art to Russian painting. 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-364-8555. museum.oglethorpe.edu.


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“We see all types of people — blue collar, white collar, people from all over the world. This is a place to gather and run into your neighbors and family.”

EAT S

So Kong Dong

Red-hot tofu soup, cold noodles, small fried fish, kimchee galore. Hangover cure of the gods. 5280 Buford Highway, Suite C. 678-205-0555.

UPSIDES

Food, glorious food. You could eat each meal at a different Buford Highway restaurant without repeating for the rest of your life.

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Buford Highway’s better known for its density of apartments, but neighborhoods just off the highway offer cozy, affordable starter homes.

D OW N S I D E S

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Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 52.83 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 9.34 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 43.49 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$165,000

With subdivisions of no-frills ranch homes, BuHi hasn't rebounded from the real-estate crash.

Average rental: $800 The six-lane state route is home to thousands of low-end to midrange apartments. EDUCATION

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Low test scores likely attributed to a wealth of students for whom English is a second language. GREENSPACE

Doraville’s Dresden Park offers 24 acres of fields and trails, while Flowers Park boasts a 25-meter swimming pool. www.doravillega.us.

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It’s a nice place to eat, shop and sing karaoke, but once your stomach’s full and your wallet’s empty, you might rather live somewhere else.

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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. The multi-ethnic, seven-mile stretch inside and outside the I-285 perimeter is a mecca for exotic and cheap food and adventurous shopping. Looking for meat-shaped tofu? Cowboy boots or ball gowns for preschoolers? Buford Highway awaits.

WILD CARD We adore the ’hood as one of our most valuable cultural treasures, but it's a little ... highway-like, which earns it six points.

Some of the best in pho Atlanta, perfect spring rolls and killer Vietnamese coffees. 4186 Buford Highway, Suite G. 404-633-2111.

Sushi House Hayakawa

Hayakawa is obsessed with freshness, purity and skill, and it shows. 5979 Buford Highway. 770-986-0010. www.atlantasushibar.com.

El Rey del Taco

Combine homemade tortillas and authentic meats with fresh masa and behold: El Rey del Taco! 5288 Buford Highway. 770-986-0032.

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Buford Highway Farmers Market

Huge space with hard-to-find Asian and Latino wares and uncommon meats. 5600 Buford Highway. 770-455-0770. www.aofwc.com.

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Over 200 shops selling frilly dresses, cowboy hats and chili-flavored lollipops. 4166 Buford Highway. 404-982-9138. www.plazafiesta.net.

NIGHTLIFE

El Chaparral

A mostly Hispanic crowd that flocks to both hip-hop and LBGT nights. 2715 Buford Highway. 678-568-9657. www.chaparralatlanta.com.

Mansion Elan

Hip-hop meets architectural artifice. Think gothic columns, Roman statues and crystal chandeliers. 3595 Clairmont Road. 404-997-6900. www.themansionelan.com.

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“There is a strong, yet laid-back aspect to the community. The park is a sublime getaway in the middle, or end, of a long day. And the Grant Park Farmers Market is coming soon.” — Mark Leibert, artist and online producer

EAT S

The Shed at Glenwood

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Whether you’re there for the now-legendary Wednesday slider night, the Sunday brunch, or just a great dinner, the Shed is a neighborhood restaurant worthy of destination status. 475 Bill Kennedy Way. 404-835-4363. www.theshedatglenwood.com.

UPSIDES

Leafy, lovely and loaded with character. Close to downtown and Turner Field, convenient to the interstates.

Daddy D’z

Good place for families with kids. Joeff Davis

D OW N S I D E S

Good place for families with kids. Seriously, have you ever seen so many strollers? Few retail/food amenities in the neighborhood itself. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 109.56 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 15.1 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 94.46 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$260,000

With many homes a century old, the Grant Park historic district has strict rules for renovating.

Average rental: $800 EDUCATION

ABCDF

The eponymous K-5 charter school is so competitive, some grades are filled by lottery. GREENSPACE

What other neighborhood offers a 132-acre greenspace — with a zoo — that’s also home to a recently renovated and rarely crowded public pool?

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Grant Park claims a hearty slice of Atlanta history, including the city’s oldest park and rows of handsome Craftsman-style and Victorian homes. The park itself holds the Atlanta Zoo and Cyclorama (a very big, very round Civil War painting), as well as a public pool and tons of lovely greenspace. Big with the aging hipster parent set, the neighborhood also has a great charter school and a friendly family vibe.

HIDDEN GEM Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore sells cheap fixtures, used appliances and home improvement tools, with proceeds going to a good cause. 519 Memorial Drive. 404-223-5180. www.atlantahabitat.org/restore.asp.

Funky run-down shack packed with diners diving into barbecue. 264 Memorial Drive. 404-222-0206. www.daddydz.com.

Ria’s Bluebird Cafe

Wildly popular breakfast spot featuring creative dishes and traditional staples. 421 Memorial Drive. 404-521-3737. www.riasbluebird.com.

SHOPPING

No Brakes

Hipsterish, fixed-gear shop offering custom bikes and repairs. 586 Woodward Ave. 404-589-9539. www.shopnobrakesatl.vpweb.com.

Garden*Hood

Gorgeous selection of plants and garden stuff. 353 Boulevard. 404-880-9848. www.gardenhoodatlanta.com.

CULTURE

Cyclorama

At 358 feet, the Cyclorama claims to be the largest oil painting in the world. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-658-7625. www.atlantacyclorama.org.

Zoo Atlanta

The 40-acre zoo houses 200 species, including celeb pandas and twin gorillas. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-9453. www.zooatlanta.org.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Artist’s market, wine and food booths, topbilled bands and family activities. Aug. 27-28. 840 Cherokee Ave. www.gpconservancy.org.


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This verdant, diverse and quiet neighborhood has a storied history of being a good place to settle down and raise a family — while still being close to the East Atlanta haunts you enjoyed in your younger days.

UPSIDES

Compared to other neighborhoods, it’s relatively cheap to buy or rent. Lots are huge and the housing styles run the gamut. The schools are both diverse and good.

D OW N S I D E S

It’s walkable, but unless you want to get ice cream, there’s not much to walk to. The gritty, beautiful Beltline segment nearby is still active railroad — and off-limits. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 105.28 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 18.63 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 86.65 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$168,500

If you can’t find a suitable house on one of Ormewood Park’s tree-lined streets, you haven’t looked hard enough.

Average rental: $1,000 DIVER SITY

Just more than 50 percent white, with a decent-sized black population as well.

EDUCATION

ABCDF

The Atlanta Charter Middle School, which sits in the heart of the community, recently merged with Grant Park’s Neighborhood Charter School. GREENSPACE

Morgan Geist Saturday April 2 11pm opening set played by

Mark Lippert (warm art/cardio atl) rsvp for reduced entry to mg@thesoundable.com

Once a kudzu-covered lot, Jacci Fuller Woodland Garden Park — the only city greenspace in Ormewood Park — owes its present-day beauty to the careful tending and planning by its namesake, a neighborhood resident who died in 1995.

483 Edgewood Ave (+Blvd) www.thesoundtable.com

HIDDEN GEM On Gilbert Avenue, there’s a house built out of one of the famed Ormewood streetcars.

WILD CARD It’s the last scrappy, truly affordable intown neighborhood that’s livable, earning it 10 points. EAT S

Spoon

What may appear as your run-of-the-mill noodle and rice place turns out to be some of the best Thai in town. 749 Moreland Ave. 404-624-4713. www.spoonatlanta.com.

Morelli’s Ice Cream

It’s hard to go wrong with even the simplest flavors at this mom-and-pop stand. 749 Moreland Ave. 404-622-0210. www.morellisicecream.com.

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Lucky Exchange

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An off-the-beaten-track collection of nearpristine vintage threads. 749 Moreland Ave. 404-622-4848. www.luckyexchange.com. CULTURE

Hotoberfest

This neighborhood beer fest benefits Trees Atlanta and Legacy World Missions. Oct. 1. www.hotoberfest.net.

“I love our neighborhood’s old big trees and gorgeous flowering trees (especially this time of year). I love that I’m minutes from downtown and at the same time have a forest in my backyard. And I love that I can walk to the best ice cream in Atlanta (Morelli’s)!” — Julie Fishman, OrmewOOd Park resident since 1997

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Still not entirely gentrified, Kirkwood is a hodgepodge of restored homes and quaint bungalows. The small retail district has yet to crest, but most amenities are only a short drive away, and the neighborhood has parks and bike trails aplenty.

UPSIDES

Proximity to MARTA, Decatur and I-20. An ideal intown bedroom community with a small-town feel.

D OW N S I D E S

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Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 27.01 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 81.05 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$195,696

With lovely Craftsman bungalows and room for new construction, Kirkwood has been a gentrifier’s playground for the past decade.

Average rental: $800

Off of a quiet residential street, Morris Restaurant & Lounge is an old-school dive with a working-class black clientele who comes to dance. 2254 Oakview Road. 404-378-9262.

“Kirkwood is definitely a neighborhood; everyone gets to know their neighbors, and they love getting to know and supporting their local business owners.” — AlAnA Kelly, owner, Gitche Yah Yah

E AT S

Le Petit Marché

Fresh-baked cookies, scrumptious sandwiches and fancy sundries. 1963 Hosea L. Williams Drive. 404-371-9888. www.thelittlemarket.net.

Sun in My Belly

Impressive brunch menu until 4 p.m. at this hardware-store-turned-restaurant. Challah french toast with ricotta, anyone? 1345 Piedmont Road. 404-532-7375. www.suninmybelly.com. SHOPPING

Kirkwood Feed and Seed

Premium pet supplies, dog washing and pro dog photos. 1998 Hosea L. Williams Drive. 404-378-2829. www.kirkwoodfeedandseed.com.

NIGHTLIFE

Aces

Neighborhood hangout that’s good for a quiet drink or two. 1992 Hosea L. Williams Drive. 404-377-9577. www.kirkwoodaces.com.

Picaflor Studio

Yoga studio by day, cutting-edge art gallery and indie music spot by night. 195 Arizona Ave. 404-247-6432. www.picaflorstudio.com.

Arizona Pub

A bustling spot with a nightclub vibe. The sofas upstairs are a good place to catch up with friends. 130 Arizona Ave. 404-370-0550. CU LT U R E

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Kirkwood has as much architectural charm as it does community spirit, which is to say a lot. The Fling features a tour of homes, 5K, music and more. May 14-15. Bessie Benham Park, 2051 Delano Drive. www.kirkwoodfling.com.


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Civic-minded families coexist with coeds in Emory and neighboring Druid Hills, home to resplendent homes, a bustling retail strip undergoing a major overhaul, and, on its southern edge, a celebrated linear greenspace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

UPSIDES

Good schools, safe streets and plenty of greenspace make this a haven for families.

D OW N S I D E S

Constant presence of college students serves as a nagging reminder that you’re getting old.

E D U C AT I O N

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Fernbank Elementary sits across the street from its namesake science center, making field trips easy, while Paideia is the private school for crunchy, creative, intown liberals. E AT S

Mezza Lebanese Bistro

A family restaurant serving delicious Lebanese food to a thankful clientele. 2751 Lavista Road. 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Bagel Palace

With 18 varieties of bagels and an extensive menu including blintzes, knishes and challah bread. 2869 N. Druid Hills Road. 404-315-9016.

Floataway Café

The less decadent younger sibling of Bacchanalia, Floataway is the essence of decadent chill. 1123 Zonolite Road. 404-892-1414. www.starprovisions.com.

SHOPPING

Finders Keepers Boutique

Women’s consignment store with hip brands. 2130 N. Decatur Road. 404-634-6995. www.finderskeepersconsignment.biz.

Wuxtry

Morning and afternoon traffic around Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be a nightmare.

Long-running record and CD shop with solid selection of indie, folk and early country. 2096 N. Decatur Road. 404-329-0020. www.wuxtryrecords.com.

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

CU LT U R E

$350,000

Streets lined with old-school mansions make Druid Hills a home-tour organizer’s wet dream.

Average rental is $1,000; plenty of the larger homes rent rooms for students.

G R E E N S PAC E

Emory's 185-acre Lullwater Park has a gorgeous lake, trails, and an awesome suspension bridge spanning the South Fork of Peachtree Creek.

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The spectacularly designed museum features an IMAX theater, traveling shows and interactive science exhibitions. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

The building, designed by post-modern starchitect Michael Graves, houses the Southeast’s largest collection of ancient art from Egypt, Greece, Rome and Central America. 571 S. Kilgo Circle. 404-727-4282. www.carlos.emory.edu. clatl.com ❘ MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2011 ❘ 49


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Home to loft dwellers by day and a hip nightlife scene after hours, Castleberry Hill is ground zero for creatives on the come-up. And its mix of vintage storefronts, historic warehouses and a killer skyline makes it the preferred urban haunt for on-location music video, TV and film shoots.

UPSIDES

The coolest cultural fusion occurs when patrons of the monthly Friday night ArtStroll and the late-night lounge crowd spill onto the sidewalks in a mishmash of metropolitan flavor.

D OW N S I D E S

Not to knock the hustle, but the parking panhandlers that crawl out of the woodwork after dark can be a bit of a nuisance. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 173.86 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 29.75 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 147.11 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$170,882

Although the typical loft unit lists for more than $300,000, sales have been slow in Castleberry.

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Castleberry lacks an actual city park, but residents have adopted an area between two loft buildings for movie nights and yard sales, and the new dog park is a regular gathering area.

WILD CARD Once the trendiest of intown neighborhoods, Castleberry’s hip quotient already seems to be on the wane after a five-year run, earning it a meager four points.

“A lot of free-spirited people and entrepreneurs live in the neighborhood. It’s an extension of downtown — kinda like the Meatpacking District in New York.” — NapoleoN Williams, owner of Vitesse exchange clothing boutique

E AT S

Slice

The pizza’s cool, but the mix of creatives and hip-hop hopefuls give this location its vibe. 259 Peters St. 404-588-1820. www.sliceatlanta.com. SHOPPING

Adrene Boutique

Chic boutique owned by celebrity stylist Adrene Ashford. 262 Peters St. 404-688-8876. www.adreneboutique.com.

City of Ink

Tattoo parlor doubling as an art gallery and hub for Atlanta’s indie hip-hop scene. 323 Walker St. 404-525-4465. www.thecityofink.com.

NIGHTLIFE

Elliott Street Deli & Pub

The closest thing the 'hood has to a membersonly pub; the regulars possess zero pretense, the sandwiches are surprisingly good and every Wednesday the music is live. 51 Elliott St. 404-523-2174. www.elliottstreet.com.

CU LT U R E

ArtStroll

Open galleries create a street-art, block-party vibe the second Friday night of every month. www.castleberryhill.org.

Marcia Wood Gallery

A great selection of regional and national artists working in every medium and united by their provocative pieces. 263 Walker St. 404-827-0030. www.marciawoodgallery.com.

Flux

A one-night celebration of public art, with large and small-scale projections, dance, music and more. Sept. 30. www.fluxprojects.org.


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Despite its OTP location and bigbox retail strips, Sandy Springs has an urban feel, from the busy lunchtime rush to the crushing traffic. But its active network of community organizations, boutiques and local restaurants help give the area its soul.

UPSIDES

Great for families, thanks to its low crime rate, top-notch schools and great public library. Eclectic, high-end antique shops.

D OW N S I D E S

Some of the worst traffic in metro Atlanta, a dearth of nightlife and high home prices. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 14.87 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1.01 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 13.86 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$330,600

Home prices took a tumble in 2008, but remain some of the highest in metro Atlanta.

Average rental is $800 EDUCATION

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Schools are among the most diverse in metro Atlanta. Riverwood High School boasts a special international studies magnet program.

GREENSPACE

Newly opened 159-acre Morgan Falls Park overlooks Bull Sluice Lake. 450 Morgan Falls Road. 404-730-6200. www.sandyspringsga.org.

PAWS Atlanta has over 100 dogs and cats waiting for their forever homes.

Mostly white, with notable slices of black and Hispanic populations.

5287 Covington Hwy Decatur, GA 30035 770-593-1155 www.pawsatlanta.org

Heritage Sandy Springs' community gardens play host to free concerts, festivals and weddings. 6110 Blue Stone Road. 404-851-9111. www.heritagesandysprings.org.

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5 Seasons

Excellent house-brewed beer, lobster cakes, pommes frites and grilled pizzas. 5600 Roswell Road. 404-255-5911. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.

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Rumi’s Kitchen

Upscale Persian food in a breezy, modern setting. 6152 Roswell Road. 404-477-2100. www.rumiskitchen.com. SHOPPING

Little European Bakery

Artisanal breads, cakes, cookies and Europeanstyle pastries. 334 Sandy Springs Circle. 404C 255-8200. www.littleeuropeanbakery.com. M

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Has played host to Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld MY and Dave Chappelle. 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-5233. www.punchline.com. CY CMY

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Popular fest with artists market, music and car show. Sept. 17-18. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. 404-851-9111. www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

Jewish Film Festival

Three-week event features dozens of films at LeFont theatre and other venues. Usually takes places in January or February. www.ajff.org.

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Clarkston’s main draws are its diversity and abundance of affordable vintage homes on sprawling lots. It’s a mere 10-minute drive to downtown Decatur and a stone’s throw from Your DeKalb Farmers Market. Plus, the PATH bike trail runs stright through town.

D OW N S I D E S

Yeah, it’s close to Decatur — but other than that, Clarkston’s kind of out there. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 63.73 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 8.5

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On the surface, quaint and rural Clarkston feels more like Main Street USA than suburban Atlanta. But over the past few years, the east DeKalb enclave has become something of a posthipster nesting place — or, as one resident described it, “a punk rock retirement village.”

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$53,000 MEDIAN HOME PRICE

Artists and designers have flocked to Clarkston for its low-priced houses.

Average rental: $600

EDUCATION

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The schools aren’t much, but your kid could be in a class with one of the Fugees soccer players. DIVER SITY

Mostly black, although Clarkston is home to residents from many countries, including Ethiopia and Nepal.

HIDDEN GEM Forty Oaks is a gorgeous nature preserve and dog park that sits right on Market Street, about two blocks off Ponce de Leon Avenue.

WILD CARD Five bonus points for Clarkston’s multi-culti factor and its shabby-chic adorableness. SHOPPING

Records Galore

An old-school record store that carries used country, rock and hip-hop vinyl. 4148 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-294-5271. NIGHTLIFE

Pho Truc

Steaming bowls of pho, cheap cold beer and free live music Thursday nights. 926 Montreal Road. 404-294-0404. CULTURE

WRFG Peach Blossom Bluegrass Festival

Nonprofit community radio station WRFG (89.3-FM)’s annual benefit/festival hosts a great lineup of bluegrass performers. Sat., April 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave. 404-523-3471. www.wrfg.org.

“I love my neighbors because they come in all types: young couples with babies, older Asian ladies out walking every morning, people doing yard work. We all know each other's faces and people wave.” — HeatHer Gulden, pet store owner who lives on Market street


Location » Suburbs/Intown: In the far southwestern corner of the Perimeter Crime Transit Greenspace Restaurants Retail Affordability Schools Nightlife Arts & Culture Diversity Wildcard

Small College Park has several claims to local fame: It’s a threeminute MARTA ride from the airport; it’s home to Woodward Academy, the largest private school in the continental U.S.; 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 has been hit hard by the economy, so for now, it’s primarily an ITP bedroom community with a small-town feel.

UPSIDES

Apart from the pretty homes, it’s easy to get almost anywhere, with quick access to I-85, I-285 and Camp Creek Parkway. And did we mention you’re one MARTA stop away from Delta check-in?

D OW N S I D E S

Few restaurants, even fewer shops. These days, College Park feels pretty dead. CRIME

Average total crimes per 1,000 residents: 26.69 Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3.86 Property crimes per 1,000 residents: 22.83 D I V E R S I TY

College Park is a predominantly AfricanAmerican neighborhood with a sprinkling of white residents.

MEDIAN HOME PRICE

$74,000

Houses in College Park and nearby East Point run the gamut from quaint and homey to cheap and trashy, sometimes in the same block.

Average rental: $650 E D U C AT I O N

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Tri-Cities High School boasts OutKast as wellknown grads. G R E E N S PAC E

While the city has plenty of parks offering ball fields and tennis courts, it’s hard to beat Barrett Park, a well-designed, visible park where diverse groups of children gallivant on quality playgrounds as adults enjoy a walking loop.

HIDDEN GEM Not much to choose from, so let’s go with Barbecue Kitchen, a dive-y meat ’n’ three restaurant that serves barbecue, catfish and Southern veggies in a no-frills setting. 1437 Virginia Ave. 404-766-9906.

WILD CARD Five points for affordability and the potential of its nifty row of Main Street storefronts. The hip Hotel Indigo chain is planning to put its newest property near the College Park MARTA station. SHOPPING

Poor Little Rich Girl

Vintage boutique with a hipster edge carrying affordable duds, jewelry, accessories and shoes for women and men. Also offers rental services. 3393 Main St. 404-423-9546. www.poorlilrichgirls.blogspot.com.

“I love the architecture here and the cleanness of the city, which has great public services and low taxes. But mostly, I found a 1923 bungalow next to a wonderfully renovated city park.” — Tom Fulkerson, real estate agent

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THE ATTITUDE ADJUSTERS • 11pm

Saturday, April 2 TODD WELLS BAND • 11pm Sunday, April 3 BLUEGRASS BRUNCH WITH JIM CULLITON & FRIENDS • 12pm Free Poker Tournament • 7pm

Monday, April 4

Free Poker Tournament • 8pm MIDTOWN at the corner of 12th & Crescent 404-477-1700 • www.rira.com

LAURYN HILL It seems the early negative reviews Ms. Hill’s tour received have only helped to fuel the public’s desire to see a rare performance from the ’90s hip-hop/soul legend. One day after giving a free makeup show to Atlantans who waited in vain to see her back in January, she takes the stage again for a second show. $67.50. 8:30 p.m. Center Stage. 404-875-9364. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — Rodney Carmichael ROBERT EARL KEEN, BLOODKIN The original Texas party man, Keen is always ready to delight the frat crowd with his wit and wisdom. He’s an amazingly good songwriter, but sometimes it seems his real message is missed by the rowdy drunks who prefer to scream along. $26-$36. 8 p.m. Buckhead Theatre. 404-843-2825. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com. — James Kelly

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BOBBY LONG, ZAIB KHAN The songwriter who penned Twilight’s “Let Me Sign,” Bobby Long was thrust into the spotlight before he’d finished school. His husky drawl and rootsy predilections characterize February’s debut LP, A Winter Tale, blending folk-rock and singer/ songwriter styles. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — Chris Parker

The Big LisT AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS Sat., April 2, 8:30 p.m. $25$30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, CORY BRANEN, JOHN LEFIER Sun., April 3, 6 p.m. $25. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. DURAN DURAN Mon., April 4, 8 p.m. Sold out. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-875-9364. www. centerstage-atlanta.com. LAURYN HILL Thurs., March 31, 8:30 p.m. $67.50. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-875-9364. www. centerstage-atlanta.com. SALT-N-PEPA, DOUG E. FRESH, KOOL MOE DEE, KURTIS BLOW, ROB BASE, CHUBB ROCK Sat., April 2, 7 p.m. $52.55-$87.54. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-523-6275. www.atlantaciviccenter.com. SOL FUSION FEAT. DJ MICK BOOGIE, SALAH ANANSE, DRES THA BEATNIK Fri., April 1, Free before 10:30 p.m. Aja Restaurant, 3500 Lenox Rd. RSVP at solfoolery. eventbrite.com. THE WAILERS Fri., April 1, 8 p.m. $20. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.

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529 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769 From Exile, Lazer/Wulf, Universe Divide Thurs., March 31, 9 p.m. $5 Ignitor, Pardner, Os Ossos Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. $5 Novakord, Waking the Bake, Toy Devils, Lo Country

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Wednesday, March 30 MARIO DIAZ • 9pm Thursday, March 31 BRANDON CROCKER • 9pm Friday, April 1 C. SCOTT MOODY &

KENDRICK LAMAR, ALEON CRAFT, JAY WEST, NESBY PHIPS, ETHEREAL, DJ DIBIASE Compton, Calif., hasn’t exactly garnered a friendly reputation over the years. But rap rookie Kendrick Lamar is single-handedly giving folks a new outlook on the most gangsterific city in America with his emotionally-balanced mixtape, Overly Dedicated, which has even earned him co-signs from the likes of Dr. Dre. Hosted by Maurice Garland. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Jacinta Howard

Kendrick Lamar plays Masquerade on Thurs., March 31. DAVID SOLANO, MIKE CZECH Touted as the world’s largest paint party, Dayglow brings together aerialists, fire breathers, a paint cannon and other sideshow acts with a headlining set by house DJ David Solano. Local club favorite Mike Czech opens the show. $25-$65. 9 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. www.liquified.com. — Jonathan Williams DELBERT McCLINTON Rumored to have taught John Lennon to play the harmonica (my dad said, “bullshit”), Delbert is a good-time, all-around showman. He knows what the people want and delivers plenty of boogie-woogie and a little blue-eyed soul. $27.50-$30. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK HELLTRASH, DJ AESTHETIC, DJ STRANGER DANGER Local industrial metal band Helltrash headlines Fame Asylum, a bizarre carnival-like event hosted by a grotesque clown named Circus Envy and featuring sideshow-like performances. DJs Aesthetic and Stranger Danger spin electro-industrial beats throughout the night. $10. 9 p.m. Five Spot. 404-223-1100. www.fivespot-atl.com. — JW

Mon., April 4, 9 p.m. Free Damon Moon, Cute Boots Tues., April 5, 9 p.m. $5 DIXIE TAVERN 2319 Windy Hill Road 770-690-0090 FUGM Thurs., March 31. THE DRUNKEN UNICORN 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. Morning Teleportation, Nicos Gun, Circles Still Repeating Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. $8-$10 Attractive Eighties Women, the Vaginas, Je Suis France Sat., April 2, 9 p.m. $7 Anal Cunt, Strong Intention, Wolves & Jackals Mon., April 4, 8 p.m. $10-$12 Killing Floor, StoneRider, the Six Shoot Revival Wed., April 6, 9 p.m. $5 THE EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950 Maserati, Hollow Stars, Skin Jobs Thurs., March 31, 8:30 p.m. $10 Papercuts, Banjo or Freakout, Nomen Novum Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. $10 Little Tybee, Venice is Sinking, Do it to Julie Sat., April 2, 9 p.m. $8 Phil Lesh Sun., April 3, 7 p.m. $49.50-$59.50 Men, Romy Sun., April 3, 8 p.m. $10 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Twin Shadow, GoldBears Tues., April 5, 8:30 p.m. $15 Joe Pug and the Hundred Mile Band Wed., April 6, 6:30 p.m. $8-$10 EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Karen Scheldt Thurs., March 31, 7:30 p.m. $10-$13 Please PleaseRock Me Fri., April 1, 7 p.m. $12-$14 THE FIVE SPOT 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100 Helltrash, DJ Aesthetic, DJ Stranger Danger Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. $10

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4-IZE W/SEÑOR KAOS, BACKBONE, SLIMM CUTTA CALHOUN, DJ MAJESTIK Current leaders of Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene 4-Ize and Señor Kaos rub elbows with former OutKast cohorts and old-school Dungeon Family emissaries Backbone and Slimm Cutta Calhoun, who’s high-energy Georgia drawl is as potent in 2011 as it was at the turn of the millennium. $5-$7. 9 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. — CR

PAPERCUTS, BANJO OR FREAKOUT, NOMEN NOVUM Banjo or Freakout is dreamy, textured indie pop from the lo-fi bedroom of Alessio Natalizia. The rich soundscapes are rife with sonic detail and quirkiness, yet strangely mesmerizing for all their noise and activity. Natalizia is supporting his self-titled debut. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-5223950. www.badearl.com. — CP

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MICHAEL BURKS The big man with a booming voice and bigger guitar leavens some of his searing blues rock with convincing stabs into classic Stax-styled R&B. His three Alligator albums are all keepers but, as is typical with blues-based musicians, it’s on stage where he really smokes. $12. 9 p.m. Blind Willie’s. 404-873-2583. www.blindwilliesblues.com. — Hal Horowitz

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THE CLAP, MOOD RINGS, RED SEA, SHEPHERDS All four bands on the lineup are celebrating the release of brand-new cassettes via local label Pink House Tapes. It’ll be a night of ghostly punk, noisy ambiance, damaged pop, and arty, funky soulpunk, but probably not in that order. Free. 9 p.m. Noni’s Italian Bar and Deli. 404-343-1808. www.facebook.com/nonis.deli. — CR

LAST WALTZ ENSEMBLE, DELTA RAE Last Waltz Ensemble returns to the stage to play the songs of Bob Dylan and the Band. This time around, the show will also feature the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horn section, and Daniel Hutchens (from Bloodkin). $25. 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — Chad Radford

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soundmenu from p. 54 THE HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM LOUNGE 644 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-874-5756 Megan McCormick, Daphne Willis Thurs., March 31, 9 p.m. $5 Modern Paranoia, Baby Baby, the Glitter Twins Fri., April 1, 8:30 p.m. $5 MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm, Art of Dying Fri., April 1, 5 p.m. $35.50 The Black Angels Fri., April 1, 8 p.m. $15 The Octopus Project, Cinetrope, Imagination Head Sat., April 2, 6 p.m. $10 Aural Pleasure, Sol Sat., April 2, 7 p.m. $7 Harvester, Project Mayhem, Hey look a Bear, Breaking Down Broadway Tues., April 5, 7 p.m. $6 THE SHELTER 2101-B Tula St. N.W. 678-694-7435 Suicide Doors, 40 Hells, and more Wed., April 6. SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 Mark Webb, Kyshona Armstrong Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m. $7 The Last Waltz Ensemble, Bloodkin, Delta Rae, Moontower Fri., April 1, 8 p.m. $15 Scythian, The Whiskey Gentry Sat., April 2, 8 p.m. $12-$15 80s Band of Destiny Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 STAR BAR 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018 Monstro, Bigfoot the Dreaded Marco Thurs., March 31, 9 p.m. Free VARIETY PLAYHOUSE 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354 Conspirator Thurs., March 31, 8:30 p.m. $20-$25 The Residents Mon., April 4, 8 p.m. $25-$27.50 VINYL 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198 The Damnwells, Harper Blynn, Howard Jennings Sat.,

SALT-N-PEPA, DOUG E. FRESH, KOOL MOE DEE, KURTIS BLOW, ROB BASE, CHUBB ROCK Now that old-school hip-hop tours have become de rigueur, the irony is that these acts came of age when the genre was still in its adolescence. So watching S-N-P perform the safe-sex anthem “Let’s Talk About Sex” or Kool Moe Dee rapping his venereal disease-laced classic “Go See the Doctor” gives new meaning to nostalgia for the good ol’ days. $42.50-$125. 7 p.m. Atlanta Civic Center. 404-523-6275. atlantaciviccenter.com. — RC THE DAMNWELLS, HARPER BLYNN, HOWARD JENNINGS Picture a less ironic Fountains of Wayne and you’ve got NYC’s Damnwells, a folk/rock/pop duo — emphasis on pop — fleshed out with a revolving door set of backing musicians. $12-$14. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — HH

April 2, 9 p.m. $12-$14 WILD BILL’S 2075 Market St. 678-473-1000 Molly Hatchet Sat., April 2. $15-$25 WONDERROOT 982 Memorial Drive S.E. 404-254-5955 She Came From Above, The Railroad Bulls, The Moondogs Sat., April 2, 8 p.m. Eva Collider, Can of Snakes, E-S Guthrie Thurs., March 31, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 2, midnight. Pineapple Explode, Faun and a Pan Flute Tues., April 5, 8 p.m.

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THE OCTOPUS PROJECT, CINETROPE, IMAGINATION HEAD With Hexadecagon, indie-electro-rock act the Octopus Project explores more experimental electronic elements than ever before. The band brings some of that adventurous approach to its current tour, stopping at the Masquerade tonight. $10-$12. 6 p.m. Masquerade (Hell). 404-577-8178. www.masqueradeatlanta.com. — JW

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MEN, ROMY MEN is a synth-pop project led by the androgynous JD Samson of Le Tigre. Having recently released its debut album, Talk About Body, the band headlines the Earl with opening sets by synth songstress Romy. $10. 8 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JW

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ANAL CUNT, STRONG INTENTION, WOLVES AND JACKALS Grindcore legends/noted anti-humorists Anal Cunt boast probably the most offensive band name in the history of music. That’s no small feat in and of itself, but the band takes it a step further with purposefully ridonculous songs like “You’re Pregnant So I Kicked You in the Stomach.” $10-$12. 8:30 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Gabe Vodicka

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DURAN DURAN After an original lineup reunion a few years ago, ’80s new-wave legends Duran Duran seem to have picked up where they left off with the latest Mark Ronson-produced release All You Need Is Now. The band brings this revived synthpop energy to town for a sold-out performance. Sold Out. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 4 04 -885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — JW THE RESIDENTS LITTLE The Residents Little is actually the (presumably rotating) cast of characters that makes up long-running avant-garde collective the Residents. Expect an evening of surrealist, cockamamie wonder few other artists can even hope to match in terms of uncompromising weirdness. $25$27.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — GV

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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, TWIN SHADOW, GOLD-BEARS Touring in support of its recent release, Belong, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart play upbeat power pop with a ’90s alternative reminiscence. Twin Shadow’s electronic pop ranges from down-tempo to upbeat and sexy. Local indie popsters the Gold-Bears open. $15. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 4 04 -522-3950. www.badearl.com. — JW

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VINYL 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198 Bobby Long Fri., April 1, 9 p.m. $12-$15 WILD BILL’S 2075 Market St. 678-473-1000 Bush Hawg Fri., April 1. $10

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-876-3030 Justin Chesarek Wednesdays. $5-$7 Pure Soundz Thursdays. Russell Gunn Bionic Thursdays. DARWIN’S BLUES 1598 Roswell Road 770-578-6872 Blues jam hosted by the Larry Griffith Band Wednesdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. DIXIE TAVERN 2319 Windy Hill Road 770-690-0090 Clay Coley Wed., April 6. EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Bob Livingston Tues., April 5, 8 p.m. $10-$13 The Dappled Grays Wed., April 6, 8 p.m. $5 MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 The Atomic Rockets, Atomic Boogie, Junior, Dola, and Cash, Sonoramic, Commando Sat., April 2, 7 p.m. $8 NORTHSIDE TAVERN 1058 Howell Mill Road 404-874-8745 Nathan Nelson & BlonJu Tuesdays. The Breeze Kings Thursdays, 10 p.m. Free Zydefunk First Friday of every month, 10 p.m. $10 Uncle Sugar Sundays, 9:30 p.m. VARIETY PLAYHOUSE 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354 Delbert McClinton Fri., April 1, 8:30 p.m. $27.50-$30 Lee Ritenour Sun., April 3, 7:30 p.m. $30-$32.50 ZUFFY’S PLACE 1860 Corporate Blvd. 404-343-1171 Donna Hopkins Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.

10 HIGH 818 North Highland Ave. Funk Royale w/ DJ Romeo Cologne Tuesdays. ANDREW’S UPSTAIRS 56 East Andrews Drive Suite 13 404-467-1600 DJ Dreams Fridays, 9 p.m. BLUE FROG CANTINA 469 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-658-6108 Atlanta Bass Wars w/Quad Control, Zan, Hypnotikk, Avalanche Sat., April 2, 10 p.m. $5 Friday Night Live with DJ Scizzahandz Fridays. GRAVEYARD TAVERN 1245 Glenwood Ave. S.E. 404-6228686 Rare Form DJs J. $ol and Apple Juice Fridays. Filthy & Famous Fridays, 11 p.m. $5-$10 THE HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM LOUNGE 644 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-874-5756 Noot ‘d Noot, Mathis Hunter and the Rinse, DJ Dookie Platters, DJ Gnosis Sat., April 2, 9 p.m. $7 Shameless Dance Party w/DJ Alan Matthews and DJ Velvet Reign Wednesdays, 10 p.m. LOFT A6 AT METROPOLITAN LOFTS 675 Metropolitan Parkway Broke $ Boujee w/DJ Osh Kosh, Genesis Sat., April 2, 10:30 p.m. MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178

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BOOkS JONATHAN W. JORDAN Discusses Brothers, Rivals Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership That Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, the rarely explored aspect of warfare: the personal friendship and rivalry of allied leaders. Wed., April 6, 7 p.m. Free. Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7100. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org. KRISTIN HANNAH Discusses Night Road. After the death of her mother and a string of foster homes, Lexi Baill is taken in by a great-aunt who lives a Spartan life near Seattle. Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. www.gwtw.org. MEG WOLITZER Discusses The Uncoupling. When the new drama teacher chooses the classical Greek play Lysistrata for the high school school performance, a strange spell seems to

be cast over the school. Wed., April 6, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. www.gwtw.org. ROB BELL Discusses Love Wins, which argues that the church’s traditional understanding of heaven and hell is actually not taught by the Bible. Thurs., March 31, 7 p.m. Free with book purchase. North Avenue Presbyterian Church, 607 Peachtree St. 404-875-0431. www.acappellabooks.com. HALL WRITERS SERIES: SARAH VOWELL Discusses C IVY Unfamiliar Fishes, an investigation of the history of Hawaii

since the United States annexed it in 1898. Tues., April 5, 6:30 p.m. Free. Savannah College of Art and Design - Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700. www.scad.edu/ivyhall.

SUSAN LUCCI Discusses All My Life, which chronicles Lucci’s journey, including growing up on Long Island, portraying Erica Kane, finding true love, and living the Cinderella moment when she finally won her Emmy Award. Mon., April 4, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404249-7015. www.gwtw.org.

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SPOON LAKE BLUES A world-premiere comedy by Josh Tobiessen. Brady and Denis have found one easy solution to save their house from the bank: burglary. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Through April 24. $25. Hertz Stage, Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.

ARCHER GALLERY Mr. Imagination. After C BARBARA a fire destroyed renowned Chicago visionary artist

OngOing TheaTer ACADEMY The tensions at St. Edward’s Academy heat up as a short-sighted bet between two upperclassmen fails. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through April 10. $25-$35. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com. COLORED MUSEUM A vaudevillian mosaic that C THE spans more than 200 years of the African-American

experience and celebrates African-American culture, mocks stereotypes and takes a closer look at what it means to be black in America. Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Through April 17. $15-$30. Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. 404-588-0308. truecolorstheatre.org. III Join us as we discover one of the causes of C EDWARD the Hundred Years’ War between England and France:

the claim of Prince Edward III to the French throne. In repertory with The Two Noble Kinsmen. Sundays, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Through April 16. $12.96-$34.56. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com. KISS OF THE VAMPIRE The Process Theatre presents the world premiere of Johnny Drago’s comedy. Arthur and Vince are the perfect gay couple. There’s just one tiny little problem: Vince has been bitten by a vampire bat, and Arthur must save him from transforming into one of the undead. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through April 16. $12-$20. Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-897-1802. www.onstageatlanta.com.

HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART Blonde Bombshells. A playful theme meets some serious art, including new works from six of the gallery’s most popular (blond) artists. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through April 2. Free. 4240 Rickenbacker Drive. 404-257-0511. www.huffharrington.com. SCHWARTZ GALLERY Taken by the Fog. C JENNIFER A collection of X-ray photographs by Lisette de Bois-

blanc inspired by her grandmother’s doll collection, which was ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through April 2. Free. 1000 Marietta St., Suite 112. 404-790-9078. www.jenniferschwartzgallery.com. KAI LIN ART GALLERY Earth: Natural Organic Beauty. A dual artist solo exhibition featuring landscape artists SCAD Atlanta Dean Brett Osborn and London-born plasterer James P. Garrett. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through April 6. Free. 800 Peachtree St. N.E. www.kailinart.com.

LITTLE FOXES Following in the footprints of C THE Bette Davis, Jessica Phelps West plays Regina Hubbard

WHAT I WANNA SEE Michael John LaChiusa C SEE adapted the triptych of three short musicals from stories

MARCIA WOOD GALLERY Frances Barth. Noted American artist, teacher and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient makes abstract paintings and videos. Through April 9. Mernet Larsen. Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of South Florida has also taught at Yale among other institutions. TuesdaysSaturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through April 9. Free. 263 Walker St. 404-827-0030. www.marciawoodgallery.com.

by Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa. In 1950s New York, eyewitnesses give conflicting testimony, lovers plot to kill one another and a disillusioned priest perpetrates a hoax. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through April 16. $25-$30. Actor’s Express Theatre Company, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.

“A PURE PLEASURE TO EXPERIENCE... An off-center human comedy at its funniest and most heartfelt.”

BEEP BEEP GALLERY Smokescreen. A dual endeavor by Atlanta artists Allen Taylor and Andrea Sanders. Playing off each other’s styles, the two artists are incorporating a range of media including drawing, sound, and video. Opening reception April 2, 8-10 p.m., as part of the Ponce Crush art stroll. Thursdays, 1-6 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Through April 30. Free. 696 Charles Allen Drive N.E. 404-4293320. www.beepbeepgallery.com.

KIBBEE GALLERY Halfawake. Inspired by a W. Hogarth etching, Yana Dimitrova creates a parallel between a social and physical condition, metaphorically using a state of being neither aware nor unconscious. Opening reception April 2, 6-10 p.m., as part of the Ponce Crush art stroll. April 2-30. Free. 688 Linwood Ave. www.kibbeegallery.com.

Giddens, who schemes against her brothers and husband to seize control of the family fortune in Lillian Hellman’s 1939 hit. Sundays, 2:30 and 7 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through April 10. $12-$33. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-422-8369. www.theatreinthesquare.com.

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Gregory Warmack’s home, his beloved pets and most of his art, he relocated to Atlanta in 2009. This exhibition represents his reemergence into the art world following this devastating tragedy. Thursdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through April 9. Free. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite A102. 404523-1845. www.barbaraarcher.com.

BLACK Patdro Harris’ world-premiere play C TRAVELIN’ combines dance, poetry, story and song to explore how

the centuries-old legacy and evolution of African-American music have defined a nation’s cultural identity. WednesdaysSaturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Through April 10. $15-$35. Theatrical Outfit, The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500. www.theatricaloutfit.org.

TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Two best friends, skilled C THE fighters both, fall in love with the same girl while stuck

in prison. Their friendship takes a beating as they try over and over to prove who is most worthy to have her. In repertory with Edward III. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Through April 17. $12.96-$34.56. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF GEORGIA Moca Gala Art Auction 2011. Offering affordable, high-quality art by more than 100 of Georgia’s finest artists through a live and silent auction. Sat., April 2, 6:30-10 p.m. $125. TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. www.mocaga.org. SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY Shaggy Land. Corinne Colarusso paints the landscape and visions of the natural world, real and imagined, because it offers the moving experience of positioning one’s place in the world. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Through April 2. Free. 1009-A Marietta St. 404-817-3300. www.sandlerhudson.com. YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY & BOUTIQUE Medicina. A largescale installation with more than 300 drawings and paintings by David Hale and Kris D. Live music by Athens’ Rahasya. Opening reception April 2, 7-10 p.m., as part of the Ponce Crush art stroll. Fridays, Saturdays, noon-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Through April 23. Free. 636 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-254-4127. www.youngbloodgallery.com.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It’s an ideal time for you to explore the intimate wonders of ecosexuality. Nature’s libidinous pleasures are calling to you. How about trying some erotic experiments with waterfalls? Or skinny-dipping in wetlands? Or making out with oyster mushrooms right where they grow up out of a fallen log? APRIL FOOL! It’s true that this is a good time to expand your sexual repertoire, but it’s quite possible to accomplish that by confining your erotic communion to human beings.

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