THE ART OF THE REVIEW

Film critic Stephen Michael Brown shares his search for the creative and different on the big screen

STORY: Michael Jacobs

Stephen Michael Brown started writing movie reviews as a third grader in Greenville, South Carolina. His parents regularly took him to the theater and movies, and the storytelling of stage and screen hooked him. He brought monthly HBO guides to kindergarten for show-and-tell, joined the Boy Scouts for […]

ACT TWO: WRITE A BOOK

Clothing boutique founder Dana Spinola adds author to her resume

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Call it a life crisis; call it a crossroads. Whatever it was, it hit Dana Spinola hard last year. After 16 years, the founder of the Fab’rik clothing stores and the mom of four was wiped out.

“I was living at 1 percent battery life,” says the 44-year-old. “When my team told me to take a […]

GOING FOR IT

A local art lover fulfills her dream of owning a gallery

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Katie Jones isn’t waiting for a midlife crisis or fate to take hold to do what she’s always dreamed about. Instead, the recent Birmingham-Southern College graduate has leapt body and soul into one of the toughest jobs in town: art gallery curator.

Atlanta has a wealth of destination galleries—and a list almost as long of […]

SCORING THE BLOCKBUSTERS

BRIAN BRASHER’S MUSIC STARS IN BIG-TIME MOVIE TRAILERS AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS

STORY: Muriel Vega
PHOTO: Loli Lucaciu

Musician and composer Brian Brasher first dove into the music industry during his college years in Tallahassee, Florida, when he was a founding member of the rock band Creed. Collaborating on two of their number-one hits (“What’s This Life For” and “One”) made him realize he was passionate about the other side […]

PAINT YOUR STATION WAGON

A BUCKHEAD ARTIST CAPTURES HIS FAVORITE CARS ON CANVAS

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Artrice Woodard remembers the days when gasoline was 35 cents a gallon “and you got a set of steak knives if you filled the tank,” he says. From those early years growing up in New York, he was fascinated by cars of all kinds.

“When my buddies back in high school were working nine hours […]

DR. DARRIA HACKS INTO MOTHERHOOD

And in short, snappy bursts that won’t stress parents out

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Being an ER doc is nothing like parenting a 5- and 2-year-old. It’s considerably easier, insists Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, a Sandy Springs mom, writer and TV contributor who faces her biggest challenges the minute her kids wake up.

“When I’m in the ER, I have too much to do and not enough time, but I’m […]

LITTLE BOOK, BIG MESSAGE

A local mom’s first work is inspired by lessons for her own kids

Lissa Webber with her own puppy, Ladybug.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Growing up in Buckhead, where she attended Morris Brandon Elementary and Sutton Middle School, Lissa Webber was enamored of writing. But after graduating from the University of North Carolina, her career path led her in an opposite direction. First were the years as […]

KNOCKOUT

BUCKHEAD’S MOMENT IN BOXING HISTORY

STORY: Art Jones
PHOTO: Sam Massell photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center

One of the most exciting sports events to ever take place in Atlanta occurred on Oct. 26, 1970, when a highly anticipated boxing title bout was waged between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. It had been more than three years since Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title. Convicted of draft evasion, […]

TUNING IN HIS ROOTS

Brookhaven’s Jonathan Katz creates TV the way it used to be

Atlanta, GA. August 3, 2014. Jonathan Katz, Katz Broadcasting. Photo by Michael A. Schwarz

STORY: H.M. Cauley

If Jonathan Katz’s early years in Tuscaloosa were a sitcom, they’d be dubbed Jerry Seinfeld in Alabama. “My mom is from Chicago, my dad is from Boston and both were professors at the University of Alabama,” says the […]

REMAKING A MASTERPIECE

Experts at the Atlanta History Center painstakingly restore a national treasure

Experts tackle the painstaking work of restoring the 132-year-old cyclorama.

STORY: H.M. Cauley
Photos courtesy Jason Hales/Atlanta History Center

Sandy Springs resident Gordon Jones has been the military curator at the Atlanta History Center since 1991, a background that prepared him well to tackle his most challenging assignment: restoring a work of art so big it […]