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Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 19-27
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Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 19-27

Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 19-27
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One of the pops at Mokipops during the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival.

Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 19-27

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

“Cyclorama: The Big Picture.” Featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta.” $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our podcast on the restoration of the Cyclorama

“Barbecue Nation.” Through Sept. 29. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

Georgia Mountain Fair. The 69th annual fair showcases North Georgia’s rich history and culture with attractions, arts and crafts, carnival ride and musical performances from artists including Ricky Skaggs, Neal McCoy and Pam Tillis. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (concerts begin at 8 p.m. on select nights). July 19-27. $12-$90, children 12 and younger are free. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191, georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Atlanta African American Book Festival. More than 100 authors of fiction, non-fiction, romance, young adult fiction will convene with editors, publishers, literary critics and scholars to offer panel discussions and workshops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 20. Georgia State University, 55 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta. aaabookfest.com.

PeachFest. An evening of peach-inspired drinks and dishes. 4-7 p.m. July 21. $70-$100. Peachtree Center, 225 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. peachfest.org.

»»RELATED: Learn more about this year’s PeachFest

WWE Presents NXT Live. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $30-$150. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Adult Field Day Live. Each ticket includes admission for a team of eight, access to the Tavern Buffet, a pretty rad t-shirt, parking validation, bottled water, and a donation to The Giving Kitchen. Games include jousting, an obstacle course, bull riding and more. Noon-5 p.m. July 27. $250. Live! at the Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave. SE, Suite 600, Atlanta. thegivingkitchen.org.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27. Free admission. Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

»»RELATED: Learn more about the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl. This event features multiple pubs on the North Highland Avenue stretch, on-site zombie make-up artists, special guests, an Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest and more.4-11 p.m. July 27, Diesel Filling Station (registration), 870 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. atlantazombiecrawl.blogspot.com.

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City Springs Theatre’s musical “Hairspray” features Jennifer Massey (left) and Greg London. CONTRIBUTED BY MASON WOOD
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City Springs delivers an airy, uplifting version of ‘Hairspray’

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City Springs Theatre’s musical “Hairspray” features Jennifer Massey (left) and Greg London. CONTRIBUTED BY MASON WOOD

PERFORMING ARTS

“The True Story of Pocahontas.” Through Sept. 1. $13-$25. Serenbe Playhouse, 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” July 19-Aug. 11. $20-$42. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299, shakespearetavern.com.

“Max Makes a Million.” This family-friendly theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s book follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get from New York to Paris. Through July 21. $5-$15; free for ages 2 and under. Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org.

“Driving Miss Daisy.” Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the Alfred Uhry play in partnership with Oglethorpe University. Through July 21. $35. Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. get.org.

“Hair.” Serenbe Playhouse brings back this production to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Through Aug. 18. $35-$60. The Wildflower Meadow, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our review of Serenbe Playhouse’s “Hair”

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Inspired by the Neil Simon’s experience as a young staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.” Through Aug. 4. $33; senior citizen, student and youth discounts available. Stage Door Players at the North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.770-396-1726, stagedoorplayers.net.

“Hairspray.” Tracy Turnblad heads to “The Corny Collins Show” in the Tony-winning musical based on the John Waters film. Through July 21. $30-$62. City Springs Theatre Company at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. cityspringstheatre.com.

“Sweet Water Taste.” Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousin, Charlie Beckford, and demands to be buried in the “family cemetery.” Through Aug. 25. $27-$35. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. horizontheatre.com.

“East Texas Hot Links.” Greed, corruption and Jim Crow intertwine in the tense thriller set in 1955. Through Aug. 11. $20-$50. True Colors Theatre Company at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. truecolorstheatre.org.

“Head Over Heels.” This musical romp, featuring the songs of the Go-Gos and Belinda Carlisle, follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom. Through Aug. 25. $20-$40. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-607-7469, actors-express.com.

“Children of Eden.” This musical about love, family and the power of forgiveness revisits the book of Genesis with music by Stephen Schwartz. Through Sept. 1. $24-$60. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

RuPaul’s Drag Race. 8 p.m. July 20. $42-$120. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Eddie B. 8 p.m. July 20. $30-$50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.  www.cobbenergycentre.com.

The Try Guys. 7:30 p.m. July 23. $32-$82. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

MUSIC

Irrelevant Music Festival. Four nights of local music. Through July 20. $5-$25. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, and the EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. irrelevantmusic.net.

Howard Jones. 8 p.m. July 19. $38.50-$49.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra: “Music from the Stage and Screen – big & small.” With pianist Robert Strickland and his trio. 8 p.m. July 19. $15-$32. Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus, 555 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 678-891-3565, www.dekalbsymphony.org.

Spin Doctors, 10,000 Maniacs. 8 p.m. July 20. $30-$45. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 1-877-725-8849, amphitheater.org.

Iron Maiden. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $35-$125. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

L.A. Guns. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $25. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Emily Wolfe. 8 p.m. July 20. $13-$16. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Ana Barbara. 8 p.m. July 21. $55-$75. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Ra Ra Riot. 7 p.m. July 22. $29.50-$99.50. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Gordon Lightfoot. 8 p.m. July 22. $45-$120. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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Singer Bettye LaVette performs on stage during the David Lynch Foundation Honors Ringo Star "A Lifetime of Peace & Love" event held at the El Rey Theatre on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.
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Bettye LaVette

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Singer Bettye LaVette performs on stage during the David Lynch Foundation Honors Ringo Star "A Lifetime of Peace & Love" event held at the El Rey Theatre on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Bettye LaVette. 8 p.m. July 23. $25-$32. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Dave Matthews Band. 8 p.m. July 23. $45.50-$115. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. livenation.com.

Miss May I and the World Alive. 6 p.m. July 23. $18. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Peace & Love Tour. The Paisley Craze Band plays the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Who and more. It’s a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. 7 p.m. July 23. $22-$61. Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. infiniteenergycenter.com.

Daniel Sloss. 7 p.m. July 24. $36.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

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Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White gets his groove on during the EWF/Chicago show Aug. 4, 2015, at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. MELISSA RUGGIERI / MRUGGIERI@AJC.COM
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Taylor Swift, Billy Joel among Top 10 Atlanta concerts of 2015

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Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White gets his groove on during the EWF/Chicago show Aug. 4, 2015, at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. MELISSA RUGGIERI / MRUGGIERI@AJC.COM

Earth, Wind & Fire. 8 p.m. July 24. $40.25-$60.25. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Nelly, TLC, Flo Rida. 7 p.m. July 24. $25-$125. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Amy Black. 8 p.m. July 25. $20-$25. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Fishbone, Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf. 7 p.m. July 25. $35-$75. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Together Pangea, Tijuana Panthers. 7 p.m. July 25. $16.50. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Muscadine Bloodline. 8 p.m. July 26. $16.50-$25. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

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Luke Bryan performs during Watershed 2017 at the Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30, 2017 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
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Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan performs during Watershed 2017 at the Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30, 2017 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Jon Langston, DJ Rock. 7 p.m. July 26. $45.25-$135.25. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Capitol City Opera: “On the Light Side.” A musical “indoor picnic fundraiser.” 8 p.m. July 26; 1 and 8 p.m. July 27. $40. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. ccityopera.org.

Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga. 8 p.m. July 27. $49-$319. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. infiniteenergycenter.com.

ABBA the Concert. 8 p.m. July 27. $36-$80. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

The Georgia Players Guild presents the Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Grateful Dead. 8 p.m. July 27. $30-$40. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. earlsmithstrand.org.

Blink-182, Lil Wayne. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $37.50-$127.50. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

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In her Spring/Summer 2012 “Flower Fields” collection designer Mary Katrantzou revels in the beauty of nature but uses industrial fabrication to create her designs. Contributed by SCAD
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Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou scores solo exhibit at SCAD

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In her Spring/Summer 2012 “Flower Fields” collection designer Mary Katrantzou revels in the beauty of nature but uses industrial fabrication to create her designs. Contributed by SCAD

VISUAL ARTS

“Finster Forward: Art by Howard Finster and the Finster Fest Artists He Inspires.” Curated by Howard Pousner, the longtime Atlanta arts writer and editor who has organized the Finster Fest artist market since 2017. Opens July 20; meet-the-artists reception 5:30-8 p.m. Main Street Gallery, 51 N. Main St., Clayton. 706-782-2440, www.mainstreetgallery.net.

“Kaleidoscope Katrantzou: Mary Katrantzou, 10 Years in Fashion.” Through Sept. 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Labor Day. $5-$20. SCAD FASH, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-3132, scadfash.org

“Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.” This exhibition explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons. It includes guitars played by Bo Diddley, Kurt Cobain, James Hetfield, Jack White and St. Vincent. Through Sept. 29. $4-$10. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. museumofdesign.org.

“Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn From Atlanta.” Through Sept. 29. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400, www.high.org.

Georgia Working Artist Project exhibitions. Krista Clark, through Aug. 24. Myra Greene, Sept. 11-Nov. 2. Cosmo Whyte, Nov. 16-Jan. 11. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta. 404-367-8700, www.mocaga.org.

“Recent Drawings.” Through Aug. 31. Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-817-3300, www.sandlerhudson.com.

»»RELATED: Learn more about the three shows above in this roundup

“Creative Spirit.” Works by Miriam Gaisner, Carol Luttenberg, Maryann Rachelson, David Radersdorf, Melonie Sheldon, Sam Tapley, Wanda Watson and Ujjar Singh Wassan. Through July 27. Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. 770-840-9844, kudzuartzone.org.

“The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children.” Through Sept 15. $14.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

“Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin.” Through Nov. 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $14.50, ages 6 and older; free for children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

»»RELATED: Read our review of the High Museum’s “Strange Light”

“European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection.” Through July 14. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $14.50 ages 6 and above; free for children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

“Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic.” Explore how Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created “The Dark Crystal’s” mythical world of Thra. Museum admission is $12.50, but it’s free with a ticket to the Center’s Family Series shows. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will ask Thursday for the drafting of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  Update 12 p.m. Dec. 5: President Donald Trump slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after she announced the House will move forward with articles of impeachment against him. “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit,” Trump said. “She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more.”  Pelosi told reporters Thursday that the president’s actions since being sworn into office left Democrats with “no choice but to act.” Pelosi previously declined to pursue articles of impeachment against Trump, but she said Thursday that the surfacing of a whistleblower complaint filed against Trump over the summer changed her mind. The whistleblower in August filed a complaint about concerns over Trump’s attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate one of his political rivals, former vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Update 11:45 a.m. Dec. 5: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is speaking with reporters after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Update 11 a.m. EST Dec. 5: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is speaking with reporters after announcing earlier Thursday that the House plans to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Counsels for Republicans and Democrats will present impeachment evidence Monday at a 9 a.m. hearing, according to Politico and Axios. The Judiciary Committee will also hold a hearing to mark up the articles of impeachment, according to Axios. Update 9:50 a.m. EST Dec. 5: Officials with President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign slammed the decision announced Thursday morning by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. “The facts are uncontested,” Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday morning. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.” Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a tweet that Democrats decided to impeach the president “over ‘feels’ not ‘facts.'” Campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Democrats of trying to “take the decision of who should be president out of the hands of voters.” “Impeaching the President has always been their goal, so they should just get on with it so we can have a fair trial in the Senate and expose The Swap for what it is,” he said. “Speaker Pelosi, Chairman (Adam) Schiff, and Hunter Biden should testify, and then we can get back to the business of our country.” Democrats have been building a case for impeachment against Trump based on his decision to ask Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of several Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. Update 9:30 a.m. EST Dec. 5: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats “should be ashamed” after the California politician announced plans to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  “(Trump) has done nothing but lead our country - resulting in a booming economy, more jobs & a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments,” Grisham wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate.” Pelosi said Thursday morning that Trump’s decision to ask Ukraine for an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, were “a profound violation of public’s trust.” “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of national security by withholding military aid and crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” she said. Update 9:20 a.m. EST Dec. 5: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning that the House will move forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “The facts are uncontested,” she said at a news conference Thursday morning. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.” The announcement came one day after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting on impeachment, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree. The House Judiciary Committee also held its first hearing Wednesday on impeachment. “Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said Thursday. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.” The historic announcement came as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly by Christmas. Original report: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will give an update Thursday morning on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The California Democrat plans to make the announcement from the Speaker’s Balcony Hallway at 9 a.m. EST. On Wednesday, the impeachment inquiry moved to the House Judiciary Committee as three of four law professors considered experts in impeachment from across the country testified they believe Trump’s action toward Ukraine constitutes bribery. The three professors – Pamela Karlan, Noah Feldman and Michael Gerhardt – were called by the Democrats. The fourth professor testifying Wednesday, Jonathan Turley, called by Republicans, did not agree. House Democrats launched the inquiry in September to investigate whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter, and their connection to a Ukrainian energy company in exchange for an invitation to the White House and a military aid package. Read more here or here. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Disney has released the latest trailer for its series of remakes. This time “Mulan” is getting the live-action treatment. The film, which stars Yifei Liu in the title role, follows Mulan’s story as she takes the place of her father in the Chinese army, disguised as a man to fight to defend her country, CNET reported. >> Read more trending news  Watch the trailer below: The film, which will hit theaters on March 27, also stars Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the emperor and Jason Scott Lee as Bori Khan.
  • A restaurant in Columbus, Indiana, is hoping to ease the issues for customers with dementia and their families. Amazing Joe’s has rolled out a new menu for Sunday afternoons called “Forget-Me-Not,” WISH reported. Nick Grams, the restaurant’s managing partner, had first-hand knowledge of the struggles dementia patients and their families have when going to restaurants. His mother died from the condition this year. >> Read more trending news  Grams said it was always a challenge between forgotten orders and loud noise. Once a month on Sunday afternoons, he will offer a quieter room with limited menus so dementia sufferers can enjoy dinner out, WISH reported. The menu has only seven items, many of them finger foods, The Tribune in Columbus reported. The staff has also received training on how to deal with their special customers. Grams told WISH that he hopes other restaurants follow his lead in Indiana. The town has also started an initiative that’s called Dementia Friends, The Tribune reported. The program was started by Thrive Alliance in an effort to help make the town more dementia-friendly. They’ve worked with first responders by training them on how to deal with someone with dementia during an emergency, the newspaper reported.
  • An Oklahoma man was arrested this week on two different felony charges after investigators say he knowingly transmitted HIV to at least two victims. >> Read more trending news  Court papers state Benjamin Whitney had consensual sex with the victims and didn’t tell them he had HIV. In one case, the victim reportedly said Whitney explicitly told him he was not infected with the virus. The victim didn’t know he had it until he started feeling ill shortly after their sexual encounter and was tested by the Tulsa County Health Department. In the second case, the victim reportedly didn’t know he had it until he was approached by others who told him he may want to get checked. Court papers state Whitney was diagnosed with HIV in 2014 and received counseling regarding his test results, so he was aware he had it. Whitney was charged in July and was arrested on Tuesday. Read more here.
  • College football's conference championships are set for this weekend, a day ahead of the announcement of the pairings of the upcoming bowl games. >> Read more trending news  Below is a list of championship games, what time the games start and on what channels. Friday, Dec. 6 · Pac-12 Championship: Utah vs. Oregon – 8 p.m. ET, ABC Saturday, Dec. 7 · Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. Baylor – Noon ET, ABC · Sun Belt Championship: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana – Noon ET, ESPN · Mid-American Conference Championship: Miami of Ohio vs. Central Michigan – Noon ET, ESPN 2 · Conference-USA Championship: UAB vs. FAU – 1:30 p.m., CBSSN · American Athletic Championship: Memphis vs. Cincinnati – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC · Southeast Conference Championship: LSU vs. Georgia – 4 p.m. ET, CBS · Mountain West Conference Championship: Boise State vs. Hawaii – 4 p.m. ET ESPN · Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship: Southern vs. Alcorn State – 4 p.m. ET ESPNU · Big Ten Championship: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin – 8 p.m. ET Fox · Atlantic Coast Conference Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia – 8 p.m. ET ABC
  • Kids in Arizona may soon be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day at school. Rep. John Fillmore (R-Apache Junction) proposed a bill that would make the recitation of the pledge a daily requirement unless a parent informs the school that their child is not permitted to participate. The bill also would force schools to allow for at least a minute of each day for “quiet reflection and moral reasoning,” The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  Arizona schools must currently give time to students to say the pledge if they want to, but participation is not mandated. The American Civil Liberties Union says Fillmore’s plan is unconstitutional, the AP reported. An ACLU spokesperson, citing West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, said the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that forcing students to recite the pledge is unconstitutional, KTAR reported.