Thursday, January 19, 2017

RISE UP-Championship Football, Nat King Cole, Lewis Grizzard & Atlanta Dining Adventures

Atlanta, for all the growth and diversity, still places Southern hospitality at the top of how we welcome guests. We’re friendly & generous, always willing to provide guidance and reliable suggestions. Our town is a major arts center, unchallenged as the South’s leader and the restaurants here attract international acclaim. Before the big game is played Sunday afternoon, there’s time to really enjoy a sample of what makes Atlanta such a terrific place to visit.

Just a short distance from the Georgia Dome, the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts presents a tribute Saturday evening to Nat King Cole by Ramsay Lewis and John Pizzarella. During the day, you can visit the College Football Hall of Fame, the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and tour the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.

Dining choices are staggering. Go to Amazon and get your copy of Culinary Atlanta, produced by Malika Bowling our resident food authority. It’s loaded with reliable and very current descriptions of the best of the best including Ponce City Market along with hundreds of others. Ponce is a showcase of urban preservation and restoration with dozens of restaurants, shops, interesting locals; an experience you’ll take back home with pleasant memories.

Lewis Grizzard, a native son, left us in the 90’s, but Hollywood actor Bill Oberst, Jr. brilliantly revives his legacy of humor and solid Southern storytelling on the stage of Art Station Theatre, adjacent to Georgia’s top tourist attraction, Stone Mountain Park. Tickets available at A visit there includes a tour of the stunning exhibition of folk art, “My Southern Memories,” the paintings of Olivia Thomason.

Bill Oberst, Jr. as Lewis Grizzard
“Rise Up” was introduced to the world in Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. We’ve adopted it here in many ways. One includes the cheering on our Atlanta Falcons. We invite you to join in as we chant this on Sunday afternoon before, during and after the championship game.

Enjoy Atlanta. Welcome to the South’s Renaissance City.

 By Doc Lawrence

Folk Art by Olivia Thomason

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