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We all have a few crazy stories from childhood, but with a boisterous Italian mom and a hilarious Jewish dad, comedian Steve Solomon has more stories than most. After decades of a teaching and school administration career, Solomon transitioned to full-time comedy. This month, he brings his award-winning Broadway show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” to the Strand Theatre in Marietta.

We sat down with comedian Steve Soloman to talk about career, comedy and everything in between.

What advice would you give someone looking to change careers later in life?

“Follow your heart and don’t let anyone tell you…”you can’t!” You have no idea how many industry people told me I was insane to try to bring my show to Broadway….after two sold out years on the Great White Way.. and ten years of successful touring; I guess they were wrong!”

What was the biggest challenge in transitioning from being a teacher to a full time comedian?

“I first transitioned from a Physics teach to an Assistant to the Superintendent  of Schools. Being an administrator  made me really miss the kids. I despised bureaucracy for the sake of  bureaucracy. I couldn’t handle rules which made no sense—my heart was just not into political correctness and school politics. In my spare time I wrote comedy “roasts” and “toasts” for various organizations in both my Mom’s church and Dad’s temple. I loved writing; making a living at it….a whole different story.”

What’s your favorite part about being a comedian?

“It’s simple: I write a story, nurture it, perform it and wait for the reaction. What a thrill it is to see hundreds of people enjoying what I’ve written. When audiences leave the theater identifying with my characters saying, “That was my Dad…” or “I know that guy…” or “I laughed till my sides hurt.” Then….I’ve done my job!”

Who’s you favorite character in your one man show? Why? 

“No question….Pop. Dad’s character is wise, sensitive, stubborn and painfully naïve. Mom is just the opposite. Their mix is delicious. ”

What can those who’ve never seen your show before expect?

“They should prepare for ninety minutes of non-stop belly laughs—characters they can all relate to, situations they’ve ALL been through. Essentially, a great evening of fun.”

Details: Tickets start at $35,  117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA, (770) 293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

 

 

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For nearly 15 years Taste of Atlanta has been one of Atlanta’s most popular food, wine and beer festivals, and this year is no different. Drizzles of rain can’t stop local foodies from exploring over 90 of some of the city’s best restaurants.

Festival goers can enjoy samples from not just the usual downtown spots but also, restaurants that call popular suburbs such as Johns Creek, Marietta and Kennesaw home. This year’s taste point wristbands make it easy for tasters to simply scan and swipe as they go from booth to booth.

From Bellwoods savory and flavorful Gangsta Fries to Sprinkles cupcakes sweet treats, you’ll be more than satisfied. The food fun doesn’t have to stop once you get full though. The Chef’s Table stage will host live cooking demonstrations and conversation and The Kitchen Workshop will host hands on cooking classes.

For more family friendly activities head over to the Carnival Kids Cruise Zone for all day events including Lunch Box Fun Hacks, a Burger Battle, Fruits and a food twist on Family Fued.

There’s plenty to do, see and try at this year’s Taste of Atlanta for all. Grab your tickets here.

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dog-870941_640Looking for your perfect pet match? Try the website that’s like eHarmony for pets! PawsLikeMe matches potential pet parents with adoptable pets in the area for a match made in furry heaven. The secret to their 90 percent accuracy rate is an algorithm that predicts people-to-pet-compatibility. The service has recently partnered with Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends to broaden their database. Currently 3,500 adoptable pets are listed within a 50-mile radius of downtown Atlanta, so sign on and find your new friend today.

Details: pawslikeme.com

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Dr. Stephen Szabo, of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, answers a reader’s question about breast cancer.

I am at high risk for developing breast cancer. Are there medications that I can take to reduce this risk?

There have been a number of large, well-conducted studies looking at using medications to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk populations (such as people with a strong family history or certain pathologic findings on breast biopsy). The three medications that have been tested are Tamoxifen, Raloxifene and Exemestane. These medications either block the estrogen receptor on at-risk breast tissue or lower estrogen levels in post-menopausal woman. These medications, which are pills, have been shown to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by about 50 to 60 percent if taken for five years.

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Say goodbye to searching your symptoms on Google, thanks to Atlanta-based startup Alii Healthcare. The company recently launched an app called Bond Intelligent Care. Seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the app allows you to connect with an ER physician over a secure video connection, get a diagnosis, and even have your prescription electronically sent to your pharmacy. The app is currently only supported on iOS devices but will soon be available to Android, and the service costs a flat fee of $100.

Details: Available in the App Store, bondintelligentcare.com

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Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

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How many times have you heard that you should drink more water? Well, you should! Besides quenching thirst while working out, drinking water can help control appetite, improve sleep and add glow to your skin. For the longest time, I hauled around plastic gallon jugs to get enough, but this is not always the cutest fashion statement, and it’s not great for the environment either. So I searched high and low and found a reusable, BPA-free gallon water jug. It’s called Enviro-Bottle, and it comes in many different sizes. I have the one-gallon and the half-gallon bottle, which is great for air travel. The Enviro-Bottle retails for around $10, and I found mine at my local Whole Foods Market. Check out the website, newwaveenviro.com, to find one online or at a retailer near you, and start drinking your way to a healthier lifestyle!

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The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

Join VeinInnovations in fighting the number one killer of American women, heart disease, by registering to join team VI at this year’s Atlanta Heart Walk.

Instead of asking staff and patients for support to reach their yearly $10,000 donation goal to the American Heart Association, VeinInnovations instead is inviting you and your friends and family to stop by for a free vein screening at their Atlanta Heart Walk tent.

For every family member or friend you bring VeinInnovations will donate $11 (or more!) to fight heart attacks and strokes.

VeinInnovations will have all physician and staff hands on deck at the Heart Walk to hand out information to help walkers learn more about the many health advantages to having “great legs for life.”

Can’t make it to this year’s heart walk, but still want to help? Check out VeinInnovations  “Healthy Legs -> Happier Hearts” baseball t-shirts and show off your support for great legs and healthy hearts.

To learn more visit vieninnovations.com, metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org

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“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That’s what author Maria Higgins asks readers in her latest book and at this month’s Soul Healing Conference in Pine Mountain, Ga. During the conference, held the weekend of Sept. 25-27, attendees can hear Higgins’ keynote speech about overcoming fear, listen to inspirational talks from other successful women, and attend breakout sessions for succeeding professionally and personally, such as “Playing by the Unwritten Rules” and “Give Yourself Permission to Pursue Your Vision.” Register for the whole weekend for $199.

Details: Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, GA, soulhealingconference.com

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Atlanta based nonprofit MedShare and Halyard Health have come together to host your not-so-average fundraising dinner, Talk & Taste, which they hope will leave you full and inspired.

Guests will start the night by enjoying dinner and cocktails, then hear moving stories from guest speakers who turned their ideas into plans and into actions that changed the world.

Speakers Susan Grant, Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare; Dr. Carl Kihm, Podiatrist & Medical Mission Surgeon; Tatiana Jean-Louis, UPS Analyst & MedShare Volunteer and A.B. Short, MedShare Founder & Former CEO will share their experience helping solve crises from earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

MedShare aims to equip medical providers all over the world with surplus medical supplies that would simply end up in a landfill. Access to this supplies allows those local medical providers to give better healthcare to their communities, which they may not normally receive. So far they have donated medical supplies to over 96 countries and equipped over 2,500 medical mission teams.

To learn more about MedShare or purchase tickets visit http://www.medshare.org/

 

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March of Dimes and Grady Health System have partnered to host a foodie fundraiser. The Farmer & The Chef event, on September 19, will showcase five of Atlanta’s up and coming chefs.

Guests can enjoy healthy meal tastings featuring ingredients from local farms prepared by Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Todd Ginsberg, Eli Kirshstein, Franck Steigerwald and Andrea Kirshtein.

Culinary experiences, vacation getaways, sports and spa packages will also be up for grabs throughout the evening with a silent auction.

March of Dimes hopes this event will help raise awareness about the health benefits of eating well during pregnancy, for both mother and child. Funds from the event will benefit community programs to improve the health of mothers and babies, prenatal education, and to empower women to take control of their bodies.

For more information visit marchofdimes.com/ga.

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