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Archive for October, 2010

Weekend best bets: Oct. 15-17

A kiss is still a kiss and "Casablanca" is still a classic. The 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on Friday.

A kiss is still a kiss and "Casablanca" is still a classic. The 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta on Friday.

FRIDAY

Halloween: Little Five Points has been keeping Atlanta weird for decades, and the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade makes sure it stays freaky. Oct. 15-16 (parade begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 16). Centered around Findley Plaza at Euclid and Moreland avenues in Atlanta.

Halloween: The candlelight Norcross Ghost Tour focuses on stories of paranormal investigations, historical events and tragic deaths in this Reconstruction-era town during its 100-year history. There are three tours per night: kids/family tour at 7 p.m. and adult/teenager tours at 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 15-16, 20-23, 27-31. At 54 Jones St., Norcross.

Music: The ’70s rock legends the Eagles take the stage for the Green Concert benefit for Piedmont Park. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Meadow at Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

Stage:

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Best sports bar

The original Taco Mac, located at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues.

The original Taco Mac, located at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues.

YOUR PICKS

1. Taco Mac
You say, “Taco Mac is the clear winner. I go with buddies and sit in the bar and have an unreal selection of beer, TV’s and wings, or go with the family and everyone is happy. What’s not to like?”

2. Hudson Grille
3. Stats
4. The Derby
5. Midway Pub

Just because you're there to watch sports doesn't mean you can't eat well. Forget the wings and order some Zinfandel short ribs at Dantanna's.

Just because you're there to watch sports doesn't mean you can't eat well. Forget the wings and order some Zinfandel short ribs at Dantanna's.

OUR PICKS

1. Dantanna’s
We say, “Don’t call it a sports bar. This establishment’s web site insists you refer to it as a sports restaurant, and with pretty good reason. The menu offers Zinfandel short ribs, Niman Ranch pork chops and scallop and lobster risotto. Dantanna’s now has a second location downtown in the CNN Center, but the original Buckhead location includes a cigar lounge.”

2. The Derby
3. Twain’s Billiards & Tap
4. Taco Mac
5. TJ’s Sports Bar …

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Weekend best bets: Oct. 8-10

Joel McHale brings the laughs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. Photo: Mitchell Haaseth / NBC

Joel McHale brings the laughs to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. Photo: Mitchell Haaseth / NBC

FRIDAY

Stage: True Colors Theatre Company presents “Gut Bucket Blues,” a biographical musical that explores the life of Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the blues. Through Nov. 7 at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House was created by movie professionals Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina and named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. Through Nov. 6 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.

Festival: You know it’s fall when Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival rolls around. The 9th annual event takes place through October. At U.S. Highway 78 E., Exit 8, Stone Mountain.

Sports: It’s opening night for the Atlanta Thrashers as they face off against the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena.

Stage: In a new version of the classic tale “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,”

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Best place to take visiting guests

sharks.0802_4YOUR PICKS

1. Georgia Aquarium

You say, “All my guests arrive wanting to visit the Aquarium.”

2. Stone Mountain

3. Turner Field/Braves game

4. The Varsity

5. Oakland Cemetery

OUR PICKS

1. Georgia Aquarium

We say, “The wonders of the world’s watery depths have the power to delight both young and old, and the Georgia Aquarium, recently certified as the world’s largest by Guinness World Records, showcases them in breathtaking ways.”

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District

3. Stone Mountain

4. The Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

5. Explore Buford Highway’s cuisine

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