1. Dwayne Locklear with his AR-15 during the Pledge of Allegiance Friday morning at the Georgia Second Right Rally outside of the Gold Dome. (Photo by Joeff Davis)

    Guns at the Gold Dome

    Gun rights supporters gathered in front of the Georgia Capitol Friday morning and early afternoon for the “Georgia Second Right Rally.” This afternoon’s planned speakers included the leaders of gun-rights organizations, military veterans, and state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. A Capitol Police officer estimated approximately 250 people listened to this morning’s speeches. (An organizer put that figure closer to 100 people.)

    A fired-up Ray McBerry of Georgia First stood under a red, white, and blue banner and denounced President Obama. “We don’t intend to allow a foreign-born Marxist in the White House, or his Marxist attorney general, to destroy 200 years of American liberty,” McBerry said. He added that “We don’t plan on allowing them to use staged crisis events to have pretext for destroying American liberties.” He was answered with applause and cheers.

    Read the full article (and peep the photos).

     
  2. Georgia’s Brewed Awakening

    Atlanta leads the charge in Georgia’s craft-brewery boom (Plus, 8 new Atlanta breweries worth checking out).

     
  3. Atlanta
    Valentines Day Eats

    (Illustration by Wes Duvall)

    Valentine’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re a fan of the Hallmark holiday or not, that won’t stop Atlanta restaurants from offering up some enticing deals and specially crafted menus. Take your pick and share a lovie-dovie day with a special someone, or maybe just a fellow foodie. Check out the gloriously long list of Valentines Day events and avoid the sorrow of lazy people who didn’t peep the full list:

    Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant Sat., Feb. 9, 10 p.m. The Nuts and Bolts Valentine’s Day Party offers a chance for singles to match up before the holiday. 273 Buckhead Ave. 404-841-0066. Details

    Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern Wed., Feb. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Four courses of a specially prepared chocolate food tasting designed by Executive Chef Brett Ring will be served with four complementary beers. 1551 Piedmont Ave. 404-968-2288. Details

    Little Cake Bakery Through Valentine’s Day, enjoy special Valentine’s Day cupcake flavors such as lemon lavender, passion fruit vanilla, chocolate dipped strawberry, and French kiss. 3792 Roswell Road. 404-841-8856. Details

    STK Restaurant & Lounge Wed., Feb. 13. For $30 per person or $50 per couple, join resident mixologists for hands-on cocktail demos. 1075 Peachtree St. 404-793-0144. Details

    Woodfire Grill Mon., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. “Fools for Love” Wine Dinner with entertainment by Georgia Shakespeare’s Associate Artists. Tickets $150. 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-347-9055. Details

    Villa Christina Mon., Feb. 11-Sat., Feb. 16. Guests can enjoy a special three-course prix-fixe menu all week, for $45 per person or $80 per couple. 4000 Summit Boulevard. 404-303-0133. Details

    Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out the full list of Atlanta Valentines Day events

     
  4. In Case You Hadn’t Heard…


    The Old Fourth Ward is set to welcome a brand new music festival, and with a lineup like this, be glad we told you now. image

     
  5. Randy Rose of The Residents (Photo by Perry Julien)


    "In the beginning, there was Santa Dog."

    Experimental music group The Residents brought the Wonder of Weird to the Variety Playhouse on Tuesday. It was an act of madness 40 years in the making, and we have the pictures to prove it.

     
  6. SPICE ROUTE: Himalayan Spice's goat curry thali plate (Photo by James Camp)

    Clairmont Road welcomes some new cuisine, offering a slice of Nepal on the cheap. Check out the Full Story and see for yourself.

     
  7. peachtreekeen:

    Rep. John Lewis wrote a “graphic autobiography.”

    No word yet on what dates, if any, Lewis will be in Atlanta to promote the release of the book.

     
  8. BOOM City lights up Atlanta (Photos by Heather Hendricks)

    Artists from Atlanta, New York, and New Orleans came together to transform an aging and forgotten building into a space teeming with art and life.

    Check out all the photos and more

     

  9. $2.5 Million for Bike Projects: Yea or Nay?

    Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved $2.5 million in bike projects.

    What bike-friendly feature would you add to the ATL? Or do you worry an influx of spandex biker shorts will “tighten” up your morning commute?

    Check out the Full Story and let us know!

     
  10. When The Zombies Come (to the Sundance Film Fest):

    Inspired by a heavy dose of “Walking Dead” fandom and a lot of time to kill working at Ace Hardware, Jon Hurst’s mockumentary When The Zombies Come quicklyrose in the national indie ranks before screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January. 

    But Hurst’s short film shot in Gwinnett County wasn’t the only Georgia-born flick to hit it big this year. James Ponsholdt’s The Spectacular Now took top honors at Sundance and landed som big-money backers. 

    Get the full scoop on independent Georgia films on the rise, and find out why Ace Hardware doesn’t want to be your go-to place when the zombies do attack.