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Enchanted Woodland Trail As the chill air stirs and the trees lose their leaves, fairies and gnomes make their journey south and begin preparations to build their whimsical winter Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes along Kingfisher Pond Trail to create the Enchanted Woodland Trail. Bundle up, head out to the trail, and take notice of the beautiful and enchanting features of the winter woods. Slow down as you search for the miniature abodes made from natural objects and tiny treasures. These homes are designed by volunteers, donors, and local artists. If you feel inspired, create your own house from found natural objects in the free play area on CNC’s grounds. Included with general admission. Free to CNC Members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. chattnaturecenter.org PUBLISHER Mark Penstone mark@thecurrenthub.com

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Avalon on Ice

Learn the basics of figure skating on Avalon’s picturesque outdoor rink in Alpharetta. They will teach you how to get started: gliding across the ice forward and backward, one-foot glides, stopping, the proper way to fall and get up, and beginning jumps and spins. If you are more advanced, they can teach more sophisticated skills. Private lessons, by appointment, are taught by professional figure skating coaches (members of the Professional Skaters Association and US Figure Skating) and follow US Figure Skating’s basic skills curriculum. Group lessons (no appointment necessary) are held on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. All lesson fees include coach fees, rental skates, and extra skating time to practice your newly acquired skills. To inquire about private lessons, email sk8coach.avalon@gmail.com. General admission $18. Children (9 and under) $14. Avalon, 400 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. Times vary for each day and change on holidays. experienceavalon.com

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January 4, 11, 12 & 18

January 3 Join Fulton County Library System for a grand reopening celebration of the Roswell Public Library. After extensive renovation work, the library will reopen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Enjoy light refreshments, special programs, and tours of the newly renovated library. The renovations consist of upgrades to the building envelope—including a new roof, windows, and upgrades to the technology and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems. The interior has been opened, lightened, and brightened with the help of raised ceilings, and there is a new entrance with direct access from Norcross Street. While you’re there, be sure to tour the recently unveiled Youth and Adult Library Outreach “Innovation Station” vans. Roswell Library, 115 Norcross Street, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. afpls.org GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tiffany Cox tiffany@thecurrenthub.com

January 2–19 Multi-talented musician Tara Vaughan takes us on a rockin' ride through the 60s, 70s, and 80s with the hits of the world's greatest female rockers. Backed by an all-star band, Tara performs the music of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart, and many more! Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. get.org

Schoolhouse Rock Live


Roswell Library Grand Reopening Celebration

Tara Vaughan’s SHE ROCKS: The Women of Rock

The pop culture phenomenon moves from your 1970s TV to the stage in brilliant color and with all the catchy musical numbers you remember. A nervous schoolteacher learns how to capture students’ imaginations with songs about history, civics, science, math, and grammar— like “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” Kids will want to blast off with “Interplanet Janet” on this colorful adventure. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 7:00 p.m. get.org

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Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience One of a kind and for one night only—see the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of The Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy and Matthew McGuigan, does away the worn out “tribute” format of bad wigs and fake accents. Instead, they perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member fills out three things: their name, favorite Beatles song, and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected, and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by the audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening. Every show is different, every show is interactive, and every show proves that The Beatles' music truly is the soundtrack to our lives. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 8:00 p.m. get.org


Roswell Restaurant Week January 20–29

The largest restaurant week in metro Atlanta is back and aims to cultivate and promote the diverse culinary experiences the city has to offer. Enjoy prix fixe menus at your favorite Roswell restaurants or discover a new place to dine. Visit RoswellRW.com to view this year’s 42 participating restaurants. Roswell Restaurant Week is presented by Roswell Inc. For more information, check out Tara’s cover story on page 27. roswellrw.com

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Family Night Hike and Campfire

January 18 Winter is one of the best times of year to explore nature at night. The winter world of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is one that deserves exploration in the dark. Listen for the sounds of winter in the woods and gaze up at the stars, while enjoying the crisp air of the season. A campfire where you can roast a marshmallow will be waiting for you as the evening wraps up. $12 General Public/$10 CNC Members. Register by January 9 and save $2. All ages. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. chattnaturecenter.org ART OF DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY

Artist’s Reception and Book Signing: Jim Alexander

January 26 Meet the award-winning photographer who has spent over fifty

years refining what he calls the art of documentary photography. A photojournalist, teacher, activist, media consultant, and entrepreneur—Alexander has amassed an impressive collection of images of Black culture and human rights photographs. He received a 2017 Jus’ Blues Music Foundation Humanitarian Award, for his 50 years of documenting black music. He is a 2006 inductee into The HistoryMakers, and in 1995 when the city of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs began its annual “Master Artist” program, he was the first artist chosen “for his contribution to Atlanta and the world.” January 13 – March 31, Spotlight Exhibit: The Photography of Jim Alexander will be on display weekdays in the lobby. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. roswellgov.com, thejimalexandercollection.com


Mario the Maker Magician January 25

As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout Network, Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese is a New York based children's performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props, and signature slapstick character. Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious, and very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths. $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 10:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. roswellgov.com, mariothemagician.com

The Alive at 25 course was developed by the National Safety Council in an effort to address the number one cause of death for drivers ages 15 to 24—motor vehicle crashes. This course is a highly interactive fourhour program that teaches young drivers how to take control of situations by taking responsibility for their own driving behavior. The program addresses driver’s attitude, knowledge, and behavior, rather than being a technical, hands-on driver training course. It complements driver’s education and training; thus is not a replacement for these courses. The curriculum includes five modules that cover topics such as state laws, statistics, risks and responsibilities of driving, distracted driving, and following too closely, along with a discussion about safe driving practices. Registration is required. Cost is $35 per student. Parents/guardians are not required to attend. Sponsored by the Milton First Responders Foundation, with all proceeds to benefit the foundation. Milton Police Department & Municipal Court, 13000 Deerfield Parkway Suite 107F, Milton. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. cityofmiltonga.us miltonfirstresponders.org

Let’s Make 2020 Extraordinary!

It’s a new year, a new start, a fresh start. A time to reflect on past accomplishments and plan for the year ahead. How is your bucket list for travel looking? Are you feeling that there may not be enough time to see everything you want to see? We may have a suggestion for something Extraordinary. Why not embark on the Journey of a Lifetime? Why not a WORLD cruise? It is easier than ever to stay in touch with loved ones or even work while traveling. For the droves of people who work from home, when you can work from anywhere, why not a balcony on the Viking Sun?

This year’s World Cruise leaves from Miami, Florida on December 14th, 2020, returning to London, England on May 24th, 2021.

The Viking Sun is an all balcony ship with fares starting at $59,995 per person with Business Class air included along with these WORLD Cruise Exclusives: • Business Class air • Ground transfers to and from the ship; private car transfer for Owner’s Suite or Explorer’s Suite • All onboard gratuities and service fees • Our Silver Spirits beverage package, including virtually all drinks on board • Complimentary visa service • Free luggage shipping services for embarkation

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One excursion in each port Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary) Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center Self-service launderette available to all guests; laundry, dry cleaning, shoeshine and pressing available based on stateroom category • Port taxes and fees

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January 16–19 at GA World Congress Center

From seasoned sailors to amateur anglers, there will be boats, education, and fun for guests of all ages at the 2020 Atlanta Boat Show. You’ll see nearly 700 boats, including houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and activities for families, boaters, and anglers of all experience levels. The 58th show features the new fishing simulator—feel the strike, watch the rod bend, and experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom. This interactive fishing simulator is as “reel” as it gets without getting your line wet. Will you land your trophy fish? Or just tell the tale of how it got away? Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one. Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta. Thursday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.



They’re pushing the limits of basketball and having even more fun. Don’t miss the one and only Harlem Globetrotters in an all-new tour. There will be new high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt, and unforgettable family moments. Get the ultimate globetrotter experience—purchase bench seats for the game and get a one-of-a-kind, VIP experience. With these tickets, you’re truly part of the team. Not only do you get to sit on the bench and interact with the stars the entire game, but you will also receive an official jersey. Only a few of these special tickets are available for each game, so don’t wait to get your bench seats. Can you spin a basketball on your finger like the Harlem Globetrotters? If you upgrade your experience with the Magic Pass Pre-Show, the stars will show you how. At this 30-minute interactive event, held 90 minutes before all Globetrotters games, you will meet the stars, get on the court to learn basketball tricks, and shoot some hoops before the game begins. Infinite Energy Arena. January 18: 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. State Farm Arena. January 19: 12:30 & 5:30 p.m.


FREE NATIONAL PARKS DAY January 20 in the Parks

In honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., National Park Service (NPS) sites will offer free admission Monday, January 20. This is also a day of service when hundreds of volunteers participate in service projects at parks across the country. Visit a park connected to the life and legacy of Dr. King— Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. Here you will walk through Dr. King's neighborhood in Atlanta that influenced his life, and visit his birthplace, home, church, and gravesites. Four other days this year, NPS sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission, April 18: First day of National Park Week; August 25: National Park Service Birthday; September 26: National Public Lands Day; and November 11: Veterans Day. Get outdoors and experience the surrounding national parks.


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY January 20 at Atlanta History Center

Come enjoy this special community day, which features inspiring performances, programs, and historical simulations that highlight contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta. Among this year’s highlights is a performance of Walking Through the Valley written by Addae Moon, Atlanta History Center’s Director of Museum Theatre. Set in 1963, a young activist is asked by the “powers that be” to alter the language in a speech he’s written for what will become a historic event. He envisions a conversation with four iconic freedom fighters in an effort to decide whether a compromise will best serve the greater good. This is a free admission day. Guests are invited to enjoy the program as well as Atlanta History Center’s historic houses, gardens, and exhibitions. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.



Annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in its 14th year, this MLK Day event will celebrate the spirit of Dr. King by introducing the City’s first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Art and Film Festival. This family-friendly event will feature interactive art projects and a film designed to celebrate, educate, and share the teachings of Dr. King. Collaborating with DiasporaU and the Bronze Lens Film Festival, this inaugural event is designed to engage children and their families with hands-on craft projects. It will present two screenings of the Emmy-nominated animated family film, Our Friend, Martin—an animated children's educational film about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. The film follows two friends in middle school who travel through time, meeting Dr. King at several points during his life. It features an all-star voice cast and was nominated for an Emmy award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program. There will be two screenings of the movie in the Studio Theatre at 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the community. While there are set times for the film’s showings, the children's activities are available throughout the event. Parking in the City Springs deck is complementary, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in CityBar. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. sandyspringsga.gov

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Celebrate your back-to-back National League East Champion—Atlanta Braves—when Chop Fest returns this month. Spanning across SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta, Chop Fest gets you closer to your team than ever before. Admission is free and features a variety of exciting events such as on-field activities, player autographs, player photos, unique interactive experiences, shopping, dining, live entertainment, and more. Fans seeking autographs may do so by purchasing a Chop Fest Autograph Pass. Each autograph session will feature two to three players or coaches. Pricing ranges from $35–$75 per pass, and passes will go on sale January 10. All autograph sales benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation. The Free Kids Autograph line will return for kids ages 4–14. Select players will be signing at this location, and admission will be first-come, first-served. Mark your calendars and bring the entire family to experience this Atlanta tradition. The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Avenue SE #130, Atlanta. SunTrust Park, 755 Battery Avenue SE, Atlanta. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Get your tickets this month for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)—returning for its 20th year. The 2020 edition will highlight AJFF’s 20 years of storytelling, with more of the compelling film programming that audiences look forward to each year. The festival will open at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre before expanding to multiple metro area venues across 18 days. In addition to popular venues UA Tara Cinemas, Regal Perimeter Pointe, and the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, AJFF is pleased to announce two new in town locations—the Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema and the Plaza Theatre. The full film lineup and official schedule will be announced January 10, and tickets will go on sale January 27. ajff.org

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February 10-27 at Metro Area Venues

ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SOUP: A SOUPER JENNY CABARET February 14 at Atlanta History Center

Save the date for a Valentine’s Day cabaret to support The Zadie Project—a nonprofit organization helping to feed and educate children, families, and seniors affected by food insecurity in Atlanta. Celebrate with the one you love, and come see some of Atlanta's finest performers. Jenny Levison, owner of Souper Jenny, will lead an all-star cast in an evening of song, story, food, and drink. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert at intermission, and a glass of wine or cocktail. Tickets are $100 and go on sale January 6. Jenny chose the name of her organization to honor her father, Jarvin Levison who is known as Zadie (yiddish for grandfather)— he is her inspiration for cooking and motivation for getting involved in her community. Money raised through donations and “My Dad's Turkey Chili” sales are used to help feed hungry kids and seniors right here in Atlanta. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, Atlanta. 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


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(acoustic tribute to Pink Floyd) jan 16 — Jacob Deaton Band jan 23 — The Foothill Brothers jan 30 — The High Beams thursday shows start at 6:30 pm — no cover!



sunday jan 26 — Jeff Mosier and Friends friday jan 31 — Frankly Scarlet

TREECYCLING – JANUARY 4 29th Annual “Bring One for the Chipper” Georgia’s Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program

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oin the tradition, and give a gift to nature this holiday season by recycling your Christmas tree. For 29 years, the “Bring One for the Chipper” program has helped Georgians recycle their Christmas trees. Sponsors like The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission, One Tree Planted, and WXIA-TV make it possible for the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation to implement the program in hundreds of communities statewide. Since its inception, the network has recycled over six million Christmas trees, and that number continues to grow each year. Resulting mulch gets donated to playgrounds, government beautification projects, parks, and individual yards. In certain communities, trees are also transformed into fish habitats at local lakes. Trees from metro locations will be chipped into mulch by The Davey Tree Expert Company. Mulch is available free to the public upon request by calling 770-451-7911 or by filling out the form on their website at davey.com. This year, Chipper’s official date is January 4. Support the program by bringing your unadorned tree (no flocking or fake snow made from artificial materials) to a designated drop-off site or volunteering with your local affiliate—the program involves the entire community and countless volunteers. Visit keepgeorgiabeautiful.org for more information. Need help with the disposal of your tree? For the eighteenth year, Boy Scout Troop 841 will step up to help with the disposal of your Christmas tree in North Fulton and pick up your tree(s) for a donation of $15 per tree. If you would like to make use of this service, please visit t841.org/tree and reserve your pick up slot before 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2. Alpharetta: The Home Depot, 5300 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. alpharetta.ga.us East Cobb: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Home Depot, 4101 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. The Home Depot, 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. You can also bring your tree from December 25 – January 18 to one of the participating Cobb County parks: Sewell Park, 2055 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta or Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta. cobbcounty.org

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The Bad Boys trilogy continues January 17


t’s that time again. Go along for the ride with buddy cop duo—Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence)—in their third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. We were first introduced to the Miami detectives in 1995 in Bad Boys, continued their journey in Bad Boys II in 2003, and now in 2020—the “boys are back in town” for Bad Boys for Life. A trilogy that’s spanned twenty-five years, it’s interesting to see how time has affected these characters, as well as the style of each film. In order to get the full enjoyment and full understanding of Bad Boys for Life, I highly recommend watching Bad Boys and Bad Boys II before seeing the new one. The Buddy Cop Movie Formula

In the 80s, the buddy cop film genre was born—48 Hrs. (1982), Running Scared (1986), Stakeout (1987), Tango & Cash (1989), and the iconic Lethal Weapon trilogy (1987, 1989, and 1992). There was a formula; buddy partners (usually with opposite styles) would butt heads, quibble, exchange funny banter, and shoot up the city, crash cars, blow stuff up, etc. Then, get yelled at by their sergeant. It’s a style that works, but only if the two actors have chemistry—if you believe they really work together. Bad writing and over-the-top situations are forgiven… if the actors sell it correctly. Many films have fallen flat with miscasting, but when they get it right, it works. Bad Boys (1995)

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This movie was action director Michael Bay’s first feature film. (He got his start directing music videos). With super-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer behind this one, we were introduced to a new version of the comedy/action buddy cop film. The formula was still there, but with new stylized camera antics and a fast-pumping soundtrack that sucked you into the action. It was our first look at those “Michael Bay signature moments.” The slow-motion foot race with pigeons taking off and the 360-degree camera swoop around the two by the car that went up to the sky—all well-known tricks he used in his later hits: The Rock, Armageddon, and Transformers. It was fresh and new in this movie, and even rewatching it now, it was still a cool feature that enhanced this film. In this first Bad Boys, we get a lot more establishing of the characters. Will Smith plays suave, smooth ladies’ man Detective Mike Lowrey, a trustfund Miami narcotics detective with a fast car, expensive condo, and “bullets fly off him” attitude. He is partnered with the goofy, struggling family man, Detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), who cares more about getting “quality time” with his family, avoiding dead bodies, and not getting shot. Their case becomes personal when Mike’s informant friend gets shot by big-time heroin smugglers, and they are tasked to protect a witness (Téa Leoni) while investigating the case. The real antics unfold when Marcus

Bad Boys II (2003) With the huge success of Bad Boys and the monumental success Will Smith was having (Independence Day, Men in Black, Enemy of the State, Ali), it was time to cash in and bring back the duo for a bigger, “badder” sequel. Director Michael Bay had established himself with big hits—The Rock, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor (perfecting his camera swoops). And Martin Lawrence needed something to redeem his image after misfires (Nothing to Lose, Life, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House). By now, eight years later, the cop genre had changed a bit. Everyone wanted to amp up the action and deliver more, faster, louder films. The Fast and the Furious (2001) was a hit, and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) was filming in Key Biscayne at the same time as Bad Boys II. Michael Bay changed focus to try and deliver a grittier, straight up action flick, downplaying the comedy aspects that made the first one so special. In this installment Marcus (Lawrence) is in a much different place. Frazzled and in therapy, tired of the risks, and not getting along with Mike (Smith), he has secretly put in for a transfer to get a new partner and less stressful assignment. However, a big turf war from a Cuban drug cartel forces the duo to take on their largest case ever. This time it’s personal for Marcus. When his DEA sister (Gabrielle Union) goes undercover to stop this ecstasy smuggling ring, Mike and Marcus must jump in to rescue her and catch the bad guy again. It’s also personal again for Mike, who’s secretly dating the sister (Union). When I first watched this one, I’ll admit, I felt it was about thirty minutes too long, and I was disappointed by the lack of comedy that endeared me to the first one. But rewatching them now, back-to-back, I could appreciate what they were going for in this one. Once it focused on the main adversary, Johnny Tapia (Jordi Mollà), the movie took shape and became a decent action flick. (Still love the first one better, but this one is worth seeing). Bad Boys for Life (2020) It’s now seventeen years later, and these characters have aged and changed a lot. There’s even a new director duo. Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah

took over the director’s chair (from Michael Bay) 13 to bring their fresh perspective to the franchise. Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) is now a police inspector getting ready to retire. Mike Lowrey (Smith) is struggling with a midlife crisis. But Marcus and Mike are tasked to work one more case when an Albanian mercenary comes after them for killing his brother. This time Mike is in danger when they are coming after him for revenge. He pleads with Marcus, “On these streets, I never trusted anybody but you—one last time— it’s bad boys for life.” Marcus, of course, agrees to help since family is most important to him, and after all these years, Mike is family. Their captain assigns them to work with AMMO, the bureau’s young newbie gun-toting crime-fighting team (Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig) who see these two old cops as “dinosaurs” who should step aside and let the “real team” take over. Motorcycle chases, gun fights, driving through a mall, jumping onto a helicopter—all the usual high jinks ensue as the duo fight to get their guys for the third time. Is it worth revisiting Bad Boys again? Yes. The best parts from the first two movies are sprinkled in again. The hilarious Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) is back screaming at them for the carnage and high body count. Martin Lawrence gets his comedic bits in. Marcus wants the slower, more peaceful approach to “talking nicely to a suspect,” which doesn’t end well for his face. He quips about a pit bull taking his seat before a motorcycle pursuit. A dead body smashes his wife’s car and sets him off on a rant. We get his fun one-liners and reactions (mall car chase) throughout for a little levity. And the new directors bring the gritty, action genre to the 2020s, again mirroring what you expect from other flicks with The Fast and the Furious level explosions and carnage. If you’re an action junkie, this one delivers that eye candy of chases. (Of course, if your speed is more Downton Abbey than Downtown Miami shooting spree, this one isn’t for you). To get the full enjoyment out of Bad Boys for Life, I recommend a marathon— watching the first two, then catching this one on the big screen while it’s fresh on your mind. Getting to compare the style as it’s evolved over twenty-five years helps you appreciate the trilogy so much more.l JANUARY 2020 THECURRENTHUB.COM

is forced to impersonate suave Mike and must switch places with him to fool the witness. We get a good mix of comedy from this bit, and a good mix of high-octane car chases and explosions as they pursue and finally capture the bad guy at the end. A successful action flick that I admit, I have watched many times over the years because of the funny banter between Will and Martin. Casting and chemistry, they got it right.

Britt Argo, an avid movie fan for 30 years, sees an average of 150 movies a year in movie theaters. She is the marketing cooordinator at Area 51: Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf5100 Commerce Parkway in Roswell. 770-5180977. auroracineplex.com & a51fun.com.

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community education and outreach to proactively address the opioid epidemic that plagues many communities. WellStar recognizes total health begins with education. Beginning this January, they will partner with the Rotary Club of Marietta, Smyrna, and Atlanta-Brasil to provide literacy packets to every baby born at WellStar Kennestone Hospital through the “Legacy of Love and Learning” literacy program. They have even collaborated with a 17-year-old girl scout to renovate the Mary Ann Manley House, which provides lodging to family members of out-oftown patients for $10 per night. Did you know Georgia is facing some of the worst doctor and nurse shortages in the country? Proactively, WellStar is addressing Georgia’s doctor and nursing shortage by partnering with Kennesaw State University through the WellStar Leadership Academy, WellStar Physician Leadership, and Nursing Career Pathway Programs, which develop a pipeline of future doctors and nurses. Foreseeing how this shortage could impact the community, WellStar is

equipment to ensure their health parks and facilities can provide the best care for their patients at every stage of life. Investing in the growth of the WellStar organization, its communities, and its services, confirms WellStar doesn’t rest on its laurels. They continue to strive to make what is already an exemplary healthcare organization even better, and it shows. Engaging with the community ensures a healthy relationship inside and out of the walls of their facilities. It doesn’t stop there. Even when patients find themselves facing the end of life and decide to make the selfless decision to donate their organs, WellStar not only provides emotional support, but conducts honor walks to pay respect to those individuals. By partnering with LifeLink, WellStar hopes to promote and increase awareness of the importance of becoming an organ donor. WellStar has proven it is not only a healthcare and wellness organization, it is also a part of the families it serves and the communities surrounding it. Finding the right physicians and healthcare providers can be a daunting task, but not if you know right where to go, should you need such services. It’s a relief to have this gem of a healthcare system, especially in this day and age where customer service, loyalty, honesty, and true quality of nurturing care are rare.l


taking the initiative to counteract the shortage by providing scholarships to WellStar employees, spouses, and dependents in the healthcare industry to promote careers in providing healthcare. They are even expanding their Kennestone Emergency Department to meet the community’s growing population. Not only are they expanding, they truly care enough to consult and collaborate with the community to better understand how the newly renovated space can best In the fiscal year serve their needs. Last month I of 2018, WellStar wrote about the invested $685 million breast cancer patient, Nan, in charity care, who couldn’t unreimbursed care, speak highly and community enough about her experience programs. and the care she received from WellStar. You may recall she was the first patient at WellStar to receive treatment from the newly purchased mobile intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) machine. Her procedure was a great success. WellStar has invested $3.2 billion in technology, such as robotics and state-of-the-art

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar – January 2020 SUPPORT GROUPS


Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Roswell Room. Open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 404-630-3293 to register or for more information.

American Heart Association CPR Classes* Watch for new 2020 class dates. Classes offered include Hands-Only CPR, Family and Friends CPR, Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid, and BLS for Healthcare Providers.

Stroke Support Group Last Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., ACE Dayroom. Join stroke survivors, caregivers and families for sharing and support. Facilitated by the Stroke Program Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. RSVP to Edna Kennedy at edna. kennedy@wellstar.org or 770-751-2708. Epilepsy Support Group Third Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m., Roswell Room. For people with epilepsy, families and care providers. The meetings provide time for attendees to share helpful information and resources from their own experiences. Contact Tim for more information at 770-667-9363. Lupus Support Group Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roswell Room. Informal meetings to share experiences and learn from others. Guest speakers occasionally present and we also participate in some Lupus Foundation of America events. Contact Julie for more information at 404-626-2394 or lupusgroup4roswell@gmail.com. Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Fourth Saturday, 10 – 11 a.m., Roswell Room. Join our monthly support group for caregivers and family members of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. We offer a place to share information, support each other and learn about community resources. Call Christine at 404786-3433 for more information.

Good Life Club Offered through WellStar Health System, this is an organization for people 50 and older who want to learn how to live better, be healthier and stay active. Our focus on wellness, health education, travel and social activities, along with providing valuable membership benefits, affirms our commitment to healthy aging in our community. Our lifetime membership fee is $15 per person. At WellStar, we believe in life well-lived and Good Life Club members are evidence of this belief. Invite WellStar To Your Event Interested in requesting a sponsorship, a speaker or a worksite wellness or community event? Please visit wellstar.org, click on “Contact Us” at the top of the page, then “Sponsorship & Event Requests” on the right side of the page. Create an account and submit. You will be contacted by someone in WellStar Community Education & Outreach. For more information, call 770-793-7373.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop Second Tuesday, 9 a.m. The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call 404-527-7180 for more information and to register. There is no fee for this class. Maternity Tours Join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the L&D Suites, Mother/Baby Unit and Neonatal ICU. Water Birth Registration is required; call for dates. This class is for couples exploring the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at North Fulton Hospital. $30 per couple.



For more information on classes, to register or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit www.wellstar.org. All classes are held in the hospital classrooms, unless otherwise indicated.

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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Team Helps Roswell Resident Make Complete Recovery

wo-time breast cancer so I could keep my wound dry. I survivor Heidi Bohlmann ate plenty of protein and took the was accustomed to successrecommended supplements.” fully facing health challenges. Though Bohlmann acknowlBut when stomach pain brought edges she was an active particthe Roswell resident to WellStar ipant in her care, she and her North Fulton Hospital’s husband Steve, who was constantEmergency Department (ED), she ly by her side, credit North faced her ultimate challenge: a Fulton’s multidisciplinary team torn small intestine, which led to with her recovery. a life-threatening infection. “So many clinicians were “I remember being in the ED, involved in my care, including then waking up in a hospital room general surgeon Mark Middleton, 11 days later with machines all M.D., infectious disease specialist around me,” said Bohlmann, 58. Manuel Castro-Borobio, M.D., “My family from Wisconsin was assistant director of rehabilitation there. No one was sure I would Brent Clower, D.O., Phillip Byrd, pull through.” M.D., interventional radiologist, Bohlmann underwent surgery and cardiologist David Jacoboff, to repair her perforated bowel, M.D.,” said Bohlmann. which included creating a hole in “We were impressed with the Heidi Bohlmann (front center), with her husband Steve (back center), and Wound Care Center caregivers, from left, her abdomen so the contents of her doctors’ and nurses’ care and Karen Johnstone, RN, CWON; Melissa Conrad, RN; Debra Gonzalez, RN, CWS; and Ricardo Duran, M.D. small intestine could empty into an collaboration. They worked external pouch. Called an ileostomy, the procedure allows the intestine to heal. together to coordinate my care plan, and always took the time to provide Because of her serious infection, surgeons did not close her large stomach thorough explanations. wound to eliminate the risk that it would become a breeding ground for more “In fact, everyone at North Fulton went above and beyond, from the technibacteria. Unfortunately, an incision related to a recent breast surgery also cians to the cafeteria staff. Vicky, a cafeteria team member, was impressed became infected. The wounds fused into one large wound, which was treated with Steve’s dedication to my wellbeing, so she came by to meet me. We felt so with negative-pressure therapy, a therapeutic technique that suctions fluid cared for, like we were part of the North Fulton family.” and promotes healing. The Bohlmanns recently brought lunch to the Wound Care & Hyperbaric “Heidi’s negative pressure therapy wound dressing change took up to two Center staff and the inpatient rehab team to show their appreciation. “I’m hours, three times a week,” explained Debra Gonzalez, program director for very thankful for the care I received at North Fulton,” said Heidi, who plans to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, and one volunteer at the hospital. of Heidi’s caregivers. “Heidi’s case was very complicated,” said Ricardo Duran, M.D., the Wound “Heidi spent 48 days at North Fulton, first in the Intensive Care Unit, then Care & Hyperbaric Center’s medical director. “Successful wound care involves in a regular room, then in rehabilitation,” said Gonzalez. “For a while, she was a multidisciplinary team guided by a board-certified physician and nurses on a breathing machine and dialysis because her kidneys shut down, and she with extensive training and experience in wound management.” needed multiple infusions to treat the infection. Then she began outpatient North Fulton Hospital’s nationally accredited Wound Care & Hyperbaric therapy. When her wounds healed, she underwent an ileostomy reversal. Her Center offers comprehensive care and management for chronic, non-healbody was so weak, she had to learn to walk again. Today, a year later, she’s a ing wounds and sores due to diabetes, pressure ulcers, circulatory problems, walking miracle. She was a model patient.” and open surgical site wounds, such as Heidi’s. Dr. Duran is a board-certiBohlmann said she did everything her clinicians recommended so that she fied wound care physician, and the Center’s nurses include certified wound could fully recover. “I followed the advice given by Debra and wound care specialists. For more information, contact WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s specialists Melissa, Karen and Angela,” she said. “I did not shower for a year Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at 770-751-2830.l




what’s on tap BEER TRENDS FOR 2020

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inding beer trends for 2020 on the internet is as difficult as finding a Budweiser in my refrigerator. I searched and searched, but seriously, who really knows what will happen in the beer industry this year? What I found repeatedly was the prediction of lower-calorie IPAs. I just Googled the calories for one 12 ounce bottle of locally brewed Sweetwater 420—185 calories and 15 grams of carbs. In my opinion, that’s not really that bad. However, I’m sure many of you will disagree. The prediction, in most cases, follows the trend of the highly sought-after hard seltzers, like Truly and White Claw, which seem to be extremely popular. These 12 ounce, 100 calorie drinks have become so popular that White Claw experienced a “shortage” this past year. Sales increased the week of the Fourth of July in 2019, 283 percent from the same week in July 2018 (according to CNN). I’m in no way claiming these seltzers are a fair comparison to craft beer, well maybe a fair comparison to those “beers” that are lighter in color (and definitely in taste) that I grew up with many years ago and consumed in college. I do believe the hard seltzers might be popular for their low five percent alcohol content, as well as the low-calorie content, as implied by many. It’s been suggested these low-calorie hard seltzers are sparking a trend for lower calorie IPAs. I’m not so sure I agree. Being a craft beer lover, I can’t see myself choosing to consume a beer at one of our nearby breweries based on a low-calorie content. I choose my beer by taste, and depending on the day and time, by alcohol content as well. If I know I will be drinking at an event where I need to be on my toes, I will choose a low-alcohol content beer. I also choose low-alcohol content beer if I am going to be in the sun all day. However, when consuming a few beers with friends, I will typically choose something higher in alcohol content because those seem to be the ones that taste the best to me. Through my travels I have seen one trend in craft beer I absolutely love, unusual flavors. For example, I recently visited a little brewery in New Braunfels, Texas—Guadalupe Brewing Company— which I highly recommend. They were serving a

Banana Cream Pie Hefeweizen with coconut, vanilla, and a vanilla wafer rimmed glass (6% ABV). It was the best beer I tasted on that trip. Mind you, my favorite hobby is craft beer and visiting as many craft breweries as possible. The second-best beer on the trip was at the same brewery, a chocolate bitter stout called Ja S’more Bitte complete with a toasted marshmallow on the rim. The sweetness of the marshmallow countered the bitterness of the stout perfectly. I will definitely revisit Guadalupe Brewing on my next trip to Austin to see what’s new on their taps. The trend of these well-paired and intriguing flavors is something I’ve noticed an increase in for a variety of beers, especially stouts and porters. Our local Gate City Brewing Company serves a perfect example of this trend seasonally in the fall, another one of my favorites, Gourd Vibrations. It’s a chocolate pumpkin porter (7.8% ABV), one of those beers I reserve for gathering with my friends or sipping at the taproom. Another trend I foresee, is an increase in the amount of beer available from Wild Leap Brew Co. in LaGrange, Georgia. It’s a no-brainer considering the brewery was voted “Best New Brewery in the U.S.” by USA Today Readers’ Choice in 2019. Shockingly, I have visited this brewery as well and could taste why they received such a prestigious award. My absolute favorite beer from Wild Leap is the Alpha Abstraction double IPA. This popular, juicy haze brew is so easy to drink. I am looking forward to having a taste of the newest release of Alpha Abstraction, Vol. 10, very soon. In the meantime, Happy New Year and happy new brews! No matter what you like to drink, please remember to drink responsibly.l

When not writing, Roswell resident Tara Gary is busy making industrial furniture, charcuterie boards, and local art. Most nights she can be found with her friends at local breweries and pubs drinking craft beer.

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Guadalupe Brewing Company flight—the front left is the Banana Cream Pie Hefeweizen, and on the right is the Ja S’more Bitte chocolate stout.


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ids, it’s a new decade, and it’s time for us to “do it on purpose.” Yes, you heard me: let’s jump into 2020 on purpose. So, y’all, breathe a collective sigh of relief. I’m not lecturing about dieting, exercising, or quitting McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme. I’m not going to browbeat you about watching TV. I dig TV. I slump on the sofa as much as anyone. So, friends, say hallelujah! This year, I have an idea about doing something (or some things) on purpose. Remember when we were children and would get into, well, let’s just say, “squabbles?” Around my house, with our tribe of monkeys (referred to as children), squabbles usually were good-natured but resulted in poundings and tauntings—and the inevitable, “Mom!” Usually my youngest, older brother who, truth be told, was a cute little instigator. “What’s going on?” Mom yelled down the stairs of our basement, where we kids were thrown after dinner and homework. She poured a glass of wine each night before correcting papers up in the living room for the junior high classes she taught. Smart woman. Ninth graders all day and then us? Uff. “He’s pounding on me!” “Who?” “He is!” the guilty dog denied it. “He did it on purpose!” the victim protested. And there’s that line, one that is universally associated with dastardly ac-

tions: He did it on purpose. They did it on purpose. You did it on purpose. I’ve certainly done plenty on purpose. But what if there’s an entirely different way to look at “on purpose?” Like, “I’m going to do something ‘on purpose’ in 2020?” As a devoted admirer of The Thinker (Yes, I know he’s a sculpture. Personally, I prefer to do my naked thinking in the shower or tub.), when I think about living “on purpose,” I want to blaze a new concept, a new trail. Why not? We writers live and work in our heads. Just ask my husband, when I spend deadlines cramming peanut butter and tortillas into my mouth whilst standing in the kitchen, staring blankly, thinking. When I wrote a book about Beth Sanden, with whom I’ve had a friendship of many years, I realized that I was on purpose. I knew her well during her time as a champion Ironman competitor; and later as a victim of a tragic bicycle accident that left her a paraplegic. But always, a lady with an amazing smile. It came to me as I wrote the book Rekindle Your Purpose: Break through your disappointments, discouragements, and detours to resurrect your purpose and live it!, that being “on purpose” can be anytime, any place, for anyone. The opportunity to write about Beth, and how through enormous determination she excruciatingly overcame paralysis in one leg and set the world on fire, was “on purpose” for me. She began to compete in marathons throughout the world as a handcyclist.

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Through 101 marathons, one Guinness World Record, and four Official World Records, she’s proven that disabled individuals race, finish, and win. More importantly, she proves that disabled individuals can participate in life, and be on purpose themselves. She’s witnessed the disabled living in abject poverty, wheelchairs taped together with duct tape, but wanting to race—to be on purpose. She is their encourager and ambassador. Beth is 65 years old, a partial paraplegic, and has raced the Great Wall of China, the North Pole, Antarctica, Boston, and the Rome Marathons; and over ninety more globally. Her most recent was the Khunjerab Pass Marathon in Pakistan (the highest altitude marathon on earth) at 15,000 feet. Ladies and gentlemen, talk about a woman of steel. Where’s her Superwoman costume? I asked her stuff like how did she run to, and use, a tented latrine in 50-below weather at the North Pole? (The entire world would have known about my bathroom run in the wee hours! Oops! Pardon the pun!) And how much penguin poop covered her clothes after her race in the Antarctic? What can’t this challenged athlete do? She is on purpose. In between races, she contacts global race directors, encouraging them to add disabled athlete race categories. She collects used handcycles and ships them to destitute, challenged athletes worldwide. She holds her own paratriathlon camps—charging nothing to coach a group of disabled individuals (of all ages) to accomplish physical exercise, from simple to complex movements, based upon their conditions. The joy she brings them with even the slightest movements is incredible. Doing it “on purpose” isn’t necessarily about career, money, winning, ego, or fame. Heck, it doesn’t have to impress anyone. It’s about creating the moments you want to have in your life, and then being in them, in a way that fulfills what those moments mean to you. And if humans aren’t your thing, do it on purpose in mother nature’s gardens, parks, and historic sites. Y’all know about my oversized love of animals. I want to be the lady with the purse doggie in my tote bag at Marshalls. I volunteer at Good Mews Animal Foundation to introduce kitties to groups of humans. I goochie goo canines on the hiking trails, fawning over their faces to the delight of beaming pet parents. I do it on purpose. I hope sharing my delight spills over and makes the parents and the pooches delighted, too. Like Beth, you have an “on purpose” sweet spot inside you. Perhaps artistic, scientific, physical, cerebral, encouraging, loving, supporting, smiling, assisting—whatever it is, it’s perfectly yours. You have something to do, on purpose, that will make your family’s day, your friend’s day, your boss’s day, your club’s day, your grocer’s day, your neighbor’s day, a child’s day—doggone it, somebody’s day. More importantly, doing something you want on purpose will make your day. It’s 2020. Let’s watch Beth’s next act. Let’s make 2020 an amazing year with good luck, and grand dreams. And throughout the year, let’s live on purpose.l

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HOUSEPLANTS AND O2 Healthy plants growing under the right conditions produce more oxygen than they consume and remove harmful trace pollutants from indoor air.


reen plants growing indoors, known as houseplants or tropicals, can improve indoor air quality by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during the natural process of photosynthesis. They also give off water vapor from the surface of the leaves, acting as beneficial humidifiers in dry, heated rooms. Many common houseplants also have the ability to remove trace amounts of toxic chemicals that are released by synthetic materials in the home. Filling your home with green, growing plants adds color, serenity, and contributes to the overall feng shui. Your houseplants’ ability to produce oxygen and clean the air depends on a number of factors, including their species, size, health, and the light levels in your home. Healthy plants growing under the right conditions produce more oxygen than they consume and remove harmful trace pollutants from the air. You can noticeably improve indoor air quality by growing one houseplant large enough to fill a 6- to 8-inch pot for every 100 to 120 square feet of floor space.


One of the main environmental factors limiting oxygen production in indoor plants is light. When plants do not receive enough light to support photosynthesis, they begin to decline. Plants that are adapted to grow in direct sunlight need a strong, direct light source or a south-facing window. Indoor light levels on a clear winter day average about 200 foot-candles. Contrast this with 10,000 foot-candles available in a sunny field in summer, and you see the challenges. Check for the level of light needed on plant labels, or ask a pro.


Different plant types require differing amounts of water. Cacti and succulents from dry deserts require less water than rainforest or jungle plants brought into the home. Beware overwatering; more plants are killed by overwatering than by too little watering. Don’t keep them in standing water in their saucers.


Several plants topped NASA's list of the best oxygen-producing houseplants, and are hard to kill: Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Don't be alarmed; the weeping ficus tree will drop Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) its leaves when moved, but then acclimates to the Rubber plant (Ficus elastica) conditions in your room. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) English ivy (Hedera helix) Snake plant aka mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) Spade-leaf philodendron (Philodendron domesticum) Split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) Decorate interior rooms economically while contributing to your well-being with interior plants. For in-depth info, read the University of Georgia Extension publication, “Growing Indoor Plants with Success” at extension.uga.edu.l


Indoor plants can improve air quality by removing trace amounts of toxic chemicals that are released by synthetic materials in the home. These chemicals often come from cleaning supplies, pets, paint, carpeting, furniture upholstery, and other sources.

Split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) looks beautiful and is really hard to kill.

With bright light, the peace lily flowers several times a year.

Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a never-finished landscape. You can connect with Geri at facebook.com/gerilaufer or email at geri@gardengeri.com.

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dwell in East Roswell. We East Roswellians fancy to grumble how west of GA 400 gets all the cool restaurants and shopping playthings. We get exasperated at the political establishment for approving developments we don’t desire. Pro tip: we in East Roswell don’t put our money where our mouth is. It’s not the elected hacks. It’s all on us. The impressive Super Target was continually uninhabited, and the three most excellent restaurants on this side of town are also the most under-supported restaurants within miles: Foundation Social Eatery, Circle Noodle, and From the Earth. From the Earth, also a brewery, is the top hangout in the purlieu. Preferably with food, FTE is also a spectacular place to meet friends for an adult beverage… or ten. FTE was one of the restaurant openings I most awaited. I was impressed with the previous work of the original, young, talented, but irascible chef, and wooed by the fact one of the

investors was headliner chef Kevin Rathbun. I liked From the Earth at the start, but truthfully, it’s only recently under new chef Jason Stern that FTE has elevated their game. Rathbun remains a financier and principal counselor on the menu. Oh, the beer game has skyrocketed too, but more about that later. Stern emigrated from Colletta, one of the original restaurants at trailblazing Avalon. Even more notable, he toiled and created with Jamie Adams at il Giallo Osteria & Bar, perhaps metro Atlanta’s hottest Italian restaurant.

Flights (beer sampler) are my favorite option at FTE.

Stern’s braised lamb tagliatelle is the best plate I’ve devoured here, under any chef. My anecdotal evidence suggests most foodies are like me and favor sauce potency levels relative to the quality of meat or seafood. For prime steak, only minor spicing is required. Reserve a vivacious sauce for chicken breast or salmon. At the opposite extreme of prime steak, the only way for tilapia to approximate edibility is to suffocate it in chili sauce or something. Versatile lamb is pretty much in the middle. I do love vigorous lamb vindaloo at Indian restaurants and adore cumin mutton at “authentic” Chinese joints. Notwithstanding, lamb is quite delicious in and of itself. Stern's tasty, but exquisite, sauce is both understated enough but flavorsome to complement the meat impeccably. Respect the flesh— and the chef does. Proprietor Tim Stevens briefed me that, along with the braised short ribs, the lamb is ranked highly on the inventory of most beloved items. My wife is a card-carrying member of the beer pretzel craze. Superstar

chef Todd Hogan, articled previously here, generates our fave version. But the soft pretzel balls at FTE are a very noble second. Accordingly, it’s paired with their own IPA mustard and beer cheese. Braised lam Insofar as appetizers, I enjoyed the beef and pork blend meatballs on top of some of the best polenta I’ve had. East Roswell resident Lloyd Merriam cherishes the fried chicken on mashed potatoes. In the early days, the yardbird was boned and with white and dark meat. Stern’s version is with Springer Mountain Farms chicken breast. Lloyd remarks the fish and chips are “excellent,” but instructs to require it extra crispy. In addition to Springer Mountain Farms, From the Earth sources other top-grade vendors. They source Benton’s out of Tennessee for their bacon. Believe you me, as much as I preach supporting local; I have to admit I adore Benton’s even more than Georgia’s own Patak’s. I fell head over heels in love with Benton’s at Knoxville’s (Duffy family favorite) Stock & Barrel. Scott Long and his wife Emilie, a recent “Teacher of the Year” at Esther

Beer pretzels with beer cheese strangely enough goes very well with…beer.


Braised lamb tagliatelle may just be the go-to item. Jackson Elementary School, are big supporters of local music, not only in Roswell, but also Little Five Points and all over—inside and outside the perimeter. Mr. Long is very impressed with what Tim Stevens has brought to FTE, expressing, “When people catch on to the level of original musical artists that Tim

Beef and pork meatballs are a perfect way to start the meal. has been able to bring into From the Earth, they are dumbfounded.” Long urges those unfamiliar with regular artist Rev. Jeff Mosier to “Google him.” The Longs especially enjoy the variety of music, Scott continues, “Bluegrass open jam night in the spring and summer is a dreamy way to spend a (continued on next page)


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Rev. Jeff Mosier, one of the original musical artists playing at FTE. Photo credit: Nick DiSebastian. Wednesday evening.” The eats? Long loves the bone-in pork chop, saying he often has leftovers from the generous portion. A fan from day one, Scott concludes, “The pimento cheese fritters are a

guilty pleasure. Oh yeah, and the lobster mac and cheese—enough said.” Like many breweries, From the Earth has found their groove after experimentation. Often it’s a signature beer that takes a suds producer to new heights. Tropicália did this for Creature Comforts out of Athens and Alpha Abstraction for LaGrange’s Wild Leap. You heard it here first, a new brew, Can’t Find My Way Home will accomplish this for FTE. I’m safely assuming the 10.2% ABV inspired the name of the triple IPA. Well balanced, this is among the best hops and barley in Georgia. Egad, East Roswell. Stop flocking to order-by-number Speedy Gonzales joints with bargain-basement margaritas. Industry players are watching. They will not invest and entrust in a locality with a dubious record of patronizing the same quality establishments that prosper just a few miles west. Support them, and they will come. You aren't living up to your end of

the deal. Meet me at the bar of From the Earth, and let's get this future-ofEast Roswell party started.

Sound Bites Speaking of breweries, established Alpharetta beer maker, Jekyll Brewing has unwrapped a restaurant at Alpharetta City Center. Bison-wagyu (spelled without the “y” on the menu) is a beautiful take on the ubiquitous double-patty craze. The chef came from Buckhead Diner. As one would presume, the “milk” chowder with clams and oysters was less velvety than most chowders. The common theme on both items I had was a faintly unique take on the usual. This new hot spot is undoubtedly good enough to go back, and the rooftop patio may outshine Avalon’s Barleygarden as Alpharetta's most beautiful… Chain chicken wars. I made it to Popeyes and tried their chicken sandwich. Though I like the crunchiness of Popeyes, Chick-fil-A remains

my preferred fast-food chicken sandwich… Rock ‘N’ Taco refocused from Buckhead to uOTPia, Canton Street in the Roz. A decent band was playing, perfect TV setup, and good beer selection. Food was respectable Americanized Mex. The best stuff is chips, queso, and three salsas. With a nice TV setup, it's among the few sports bars I don't need to eat beforehand. The meal alone wouldn’t rate it among Roswell’s elite, but a friendly vibe and overall occurrence. In fact, for that one game you know will be on—their big TV is the best this side of Sports & Social at The Battery.l

When he’s not eating, which is rare, the author is CEO of Sports Handicapping website OffshoreInsiders.com. His bride’s gift site, DuffyGifts.com is the place to go for gifts of all occasions from My Thirty One Gifts.

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ach December, I take the time to transfer birthdays and anniversaries from my old wall calendar to my new one. There’s something satisfying about revisiting each month and recollecting the events of the past year. I do get mocked by many for continuing to refer to this age-old, outdated source for reference when I can simply put all my information in my phone (which I also do). But there is something comforting to me about glancing at my wall calendar each morning when I grab my first cup of coffee. Every month has something for me to look forward to. Speaking of which, glancing at my current calendar, I am especially excited to celebrate the largest restaurant week in the metro Atlanta area—Roswell Restaurant Week. In its sixth consecutive year, Roswell Restaurant Week returns Monday, January 20 through Wednesday, January 29. This year 42 restaurants will participate in this fine culinary experience. However, this does present a dilemma. The difficult decision of choosing which of these remarkable restaurants to dine during this ten-day event. I would love for this to be a month and 11-day event. What makes Roswell Restaurant Week different from others, you may ask? Each participating restaurant will offer prix fixe menus featuring signature favorites and original specialties. For those who aren’t familiar with the term prix fixe, it is a French term meaning “fixed price.” Restaurants will offer complete course meals (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner) at a fixed price. It’s the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurants and discover new ones. If you’d like to see the prix fixe menus prior to the event, they are available at RoswellRW.com. This genius approach to promote the abundant culinary talents of Roswell is presented by Roswell Inc. Many people have asked me about Roswell Inc’s role for the city. Roswell Inc is the economic and business development organization for the City of Roswell. They promote growth for the city by serving as “a catalyst for a sustainable, innovative, (story continues on page 30)





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and vibrant business community in the city.” This organization is comprised of many local business owners and leaders in our community who strive to make Roswell greater than it already is. “This event is designed to support one of the city’s top industries, hospitality and restaurants, while also building Roswell’s reputation as a top destination in the region for food and culinary entrepreneurs,” responded Carisa Turner, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Roswell Inc. I have spoken with many chefs involved in restaurant week over the past several years. The conclusion from our conversations is simple. The participating restaurants are not competing against one another—they are part of a large family of truly talented culinary artisans. Fulfilling their individual dreams and supporting one another, they all strive to make Roswell a flavorfully unique destination to dine and enjoy with family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Roswell Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to take advantage of exceptional menus created exclusively for these ten days. If there is ever a time for your oven to have a glitch of some sort, I suggest it start on January 20. My kitchen has a continuous complication—I live within walking distance of Canton Street. That in itself is a worthy excuse to ditch my appliances and seek the expertise of those trained to tease my taste buds in this savory city. Happy New Year and bon appétit!l

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The Current Hub January 2020  

Your guide to Roswell Restaurant Week, along with the Bad Boys for Life movie review, and upcoming beer trends for 2020. Also read Joe Duffy...

The Current Hub January 2020  

Your guide to Roswell Restaurant Week, along with the Bad Boys for Life movie review, and upcoming beer trends for 2020. Also read Joe Duffy...