Today in Atlanta: Purrfect Wednesday and local news highlights

Purrfect Wednesday

July 10 — Today is National Kitten Day, so all you cat parents out there make sure you give your furry friend (or friends) a big hug!

🌞 Mostly sunny and a high of 90° today. 

💔 Dunwoody High School student Mia Dieguez, who died on May 6 after suffering a medical emergency while in class, had twice the lethal amount of Fentanyl in her system, according to an autopsy report.

🗳 Georgia’s infrastructure conditions received a decidedly mediocre grade of “C+” Monday in a report released by the Georgia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

📱 The DeKalb County school board this week voted to join a growing movement to reduce cell phone usage at school. 

🎷 The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University has announced its 2024-2025 Rialto Series, which includes award-winning funk, opera, and jazz musicians.

✈️  Delta and startup Riyadh Air have signed a strategic partnership with the Atlanta-based airline aiming to become the first U.S. carrier to fly to Saudi Arabia.

🚧 Maintenance to the DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s Office online property information website will result in the system being unavailable to the public from July 19-Aug. 2

✍️ The first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion survey by the city of Brookhaven showed that the majority of respondents – which totaled 406 – think favorably about the Brookhaven Police Department.

🥒 The Atlanta Bouncers, the Major League Pickleball team co-owned by Hawks star Trae Young, plays the Frisco Pandas in the MLP mid-season tournament today at 5 p.m. Stream it live.


🇺🇦 At the 75th anniversary NATO summit in Washington, President Joe Biden said the alliance stands behind Ukraine in its war with Russia. “Ukraine can and will stop [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” Biden said.

PICTURE THIS: Looking for some art? Head to the Broad Street Boardwalk today for a free lunchtime performance from noon-1:30 p.m.

🕖 Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:

• Emily Giffin’s new book
• Shane DeLancey on ‘Jersey Boys’
• July restaurant openings 
• Concert Picks 

Have a good day,
Collin & Sammie 

🍹Raise your glass and savor the flavors at the Grand Tasting Alpharetta on Aug. 8 at The Hotel at Avalon! Join us for a one-night-only event celebrating Alpharetta’s diverse restaurant scene. Enjoy unlimited food, wine, craft beer & cocktail tastings, decadent desserts, and entertainment. Buy your tickets today!


Photo by Chris Martin

1. Emily Giffin writes about friendship, love, and mental health in new novel ‘The Summer Pact’

📖 Atlanta-based bestselling author Emily Giffin has just released her latest novel, “The Summer Pact,” and will celebrate with a book launch event at the Atlanta History Center on Fri., July 12.

The new book follows a group of college friends who, in the wake of tragedy, make a promise to always be there for each other. Ten years later, they find themselves reuniting for an adventure that will change their lives.

Our own Eloisa Bloom recently sat down with Giffin at her Ansley Park home to discuss friendship, love, loss, the importance of talking about mental health, her favorite Atlanta book spots, and her recent brush with royalty. 

☀️ Read their conversation here.

See the newest photography exhibition at the High


📷 Tyler Mitchell has traveled the world with his photography career. This summer, he’s bringing it back home to Atlanta.

The High Museum’s newest exhibition presents the work by Atlanta native Tyler Mitchell, who rose to fame when he photographed Beyoncé for Vogue as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for the magazine. Tyler Mitchell: Idyllic Space blends fine art and fashion photography while delving into themes of Black self-determination and empowerment through scenes of love, leisure, and camaraderie.

🎟️ Get tickets today

Photo courtesy of City Springs Theatre Company

2. In conversation with Shane DeLancey, director of ‘Jersey Boys’ at City Springs

🎸 “Jersey Boys” is opening at the Byers Theatre in Sandy Springs on July 12 for a five-week run with City Springs Theatre Company.

The show will run until Aug. 11 and is the regional premiere for “Jersey Boys,” which tells the story of the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from their formation to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The City Springs production is directed by Shane DeLancey and choreographed by Meg Gillentine. Each of the four leading men – Haden Rider, Nick Walker Jones, Alec Beard, and JD Myers – are Atlanta-area residents. 

🎵 Sammie Purcell recently spoke with DeLancey about the production. You can find that interview here.

Photo courtesy of Emerald City Bagels

3. A bagel shop, coffee and wine bar, and restaurant serving birria tacos among early July openings

🥯 No matter what type of meal you’re looking for, Beth McKibben has you covered when it comes to restaurant openings this July.

Emerald City Bagels has opened a second location along the Eastside BeltLine, and the owners of Birria El Gordo have a new taco restaurant in Uptown Atlanta. Plus, Cafe Bartique has what you need when it comes to great coffee and wine. 

🌮 Check out more on these new restaurant openings here.

🍹Raise your glass and savor the flavors at the Grand Tasting Alpharetta on Aug. 8 at The Hotel at Avalon! Join us for a one-night-only event celebrating Alpharetta’s diverse restaurant scene. Enjoy unlimited food, wine, craft beer & cocktail tastings, decadent desserts, and entertainment. Buy your tickets today!


Photo via The Lox

4. Concert Picks


Wed., July 10 
🎶 Allan Rayman @ Vinyl 

Thurs., July 11
🥃 Night Cap @ Vinyl 
🌳 The Basement Yard Experience @ Coca-Cola Roxy 
🎙️ slchld @ Terminal West
Fri., July 12
🎸 Parker Smith @ The Eastern
🎛️ Kenzie Cait @ Vinyl 
Sat., July 13 
👢 The Doobie Brothers @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
🔊 The Lox (pictured) @ The Eastern 
🔥 Almost Legendary @ Vinyl 
🍑 Def Leppard, Journey, and Steve Miller Band @ Truist Park
🚀 Cosmic Swift – The Laser Spectacular @ Gas South Convention Center
⭐ Kenyon Dixon @ Terminal West
🚪 Two Door Cinema Club @ Coca-Cola Roxy
Sun., July 14 
🇰🇷 AB6IX @ Variety Playhouse 
🪩 The Rock and Roll Playhouse @ Terminal West
⚡ Chris Brown @ State Farm Arena

Mon., July 15 
🎤 Jhené Aiko @ State Farm Arena

Tues., July 16
✨ Xscape and SWV @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
🎯 Sammy Hagar with Loverboy @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Wed., July 17 
🌟 Iration and Pepper with DENM and Artikal Sound System @ Tabernacle
🔌 Styx and Foreigner with John Waite @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
🦇 The Aquabats @ Center Stage
😎 jxdn @ Buckhead Theatre
🎉 PARTYNEXTDOOR @ Coca-Cola Roxy (also Thurs.) 
🎷 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra @ Rialto Center for the Arts

🎙️ Don’t miss Sammie with the AJC’s Mike Jordan every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. as they preview the top events in town on WABE.

📧 Today’s newsletter was edited by Julie E. Bloemeke.

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