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Archive for July, 2009

POLL: Are you over Zoo Atlanta’s pandas?

Xi Lan was born Aug. 30, 2008. In this recent photo, he lounges in his favorite spot in Zoo Atlanta's panda enclosure. His big sister, Mei Lan, will soon head back to China. Vino Wong/AJC

For years now, the biggest draw to Zoo Atlanta has been its black-and-white fuzzballs, a pair of panda parents and their Atlanta-born offspring, Mei Lan and Xi Lan. This is no surprise. There are 13 captive pandas in the United States and we’ve got four of them. It’s incredibly special.

But now the Grant Park zoo is trying to raise $500,000 more to keep them, rather than sending them back to China when the lease ends. An AJC story, “Fund-raising lags to keep pandas in Atlanta,” says even the undisputed stars of the local animal kingdom aren’t a big moneymaker right now:

With $2 million already pledged from corporations and foundations, the zoo went public with its “Give So They Stay” campaign in mid-June, and has raised $59,000. That’s roughly a tenth of the goal, but no one seems fazed, at …

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To do list: July 22

Books: Author James Gavin lectures on “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne,” 6 p.m., Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta.

Film: “I Love You Man” for Flicks on 5th, 9 p.m., Technology Square, Atlanta. FREE.

For kids: “The Wiz” for Midweek Movie Madness for Munchkins, 10:30 a.m., The Strand Theatre, Marietta.

For kids: “Wednesdays at 1″ improv, magic and storytelling, 1-2:15 p.m., Theatre on Main, Acworth.

Music: Joan Baez performs, 8 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta. STORY.

Sports: AC Milan plays Club America in the World Football Challenge, 7 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta. STORY.

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Free Atlanta area art walks for every day of the week?

A confession: I haven’t participated in any of the free art walks around here, but I like the possibilities when I see the words free, art and walk together in a sentence. And my, do we have a lot of them.

dk Gallery during Marietta's gallery walk. Photo courtesy Rhonda Dixon, Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau.

Fellow AJCer Jill Vejnoska apparently devoted a decent chunk of a month to noshing on gallery cookies and wine in plastic cups. Ahh, the sacrifices we make for such stories: “Monthly strolls put art districts on display.”

She visited and compared the First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk in Atlanta, the First Friday Artwalk in Marietta, the 3rd Saturday Art Walk in the Westside Arts District and 4th Friday Art Stroll in Castleberry Hill — what makes them different, what the ads don’t tell you, who skips out on the adult beverages.

It’s a handy guide, but still, I know there are more. In the past, Creative Loafing wrote about the Studioplex art stroll in Atlanta, …

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To do list: July 21

Comedy: Jokes for Jugs comedians perform to support breast cancer research, 8 p.m., Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, Atlanta.

For kids: “High School Musical 2″ continues, 7:30 p.m., The Legacy Theatre, Tyrone.

History: Cheatham Hill guided history walk, 11 a.m., Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Cheatham Hill parking lot, Kennesaw. FREE.

Music: Music @ Noon performances continue, noon, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. FREE.

Outdoors: Atlanta Botanical Garden tours, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden admission area, Atlanta.

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‘Prom Night’ integration movie features Georgia teacher

It’s a rare thing for me to file TV watching under the “to do” category — that’s more Rodney Ho’s gig. But tonight’s showing of the documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” calls for something different.

Austell resident Natashia McNair is in the documentary "Prom Night in Mississippi." AJC/John Spink

The film, which debuts at 9 p.m. on HBO, tells the story of a prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi. Prom, singular. Until 2008, the school had always held two, one for white students and another for black students. It remained segregated even after actor Morgan Freeman, a Charleston resident, offered to pay for an integrated dance in 1997.

Then teacher Natashia McNair arrived, and helped to organize one integrated prom. Freeman said the offer stood. A film crew led by director Paul Saltzman showed up. Then things got really crazy.

In Monday’s AJC story, “Divided over school prom,” McNair said the school’s first integrated prom was “perfect.” Still, she moved to Georgia …

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Arrest in WonderRoot burglary; arts center lab to reopen

UPDATE 7/22/09: Atlanta police Lt. Richard Smythe reported back that the WonderRoot burglary suspect was arrested on a traffic violation in Walton County. Three computers were found in his car, which was impounded. He was charged with theft by receiving in Walton County and there are warrants for him for burglary and criminal trespassing in Atlanta.

Good news for local filmmakers: the community computers are back.

A suspect is in custody after a burglary at WonderRoot earlier this month that shut down the community arts center’s digital media lab, the non-profit’s executive director said Monday.

The AJC reported last week that five iMacs were stolen late July 10 or early July 11 when someone entered the Memorial Drive facility through a window with burglar bars. WonderRoot is used as a concert venue, recording studio and art gallery, but also as a dark room, video lab and education center for kids and adults. The digital media lab was used most often by graphic designers, …

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To do list: July 20

Comedy: Hollis Gillespie performs, 8 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta. STORY.

For families: Family Fun Read Night of “Tafari’s Folktale Stories,” 6:30-7:15 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, Alpharetta. FREE. STORY.

Music: Haste the Day performs, 8 p.m., The 7 Venue, Douglasville.

Sports: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants series begins, 7 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Braves vs. Norfolk Tides series begins, 7 p.m., Gwinnett Braves Stadium, Lawrenceville.

Visual arts: “Paint Nite Out” class, 7 p.m., Blue Frog Gallery, Atlanta.

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To do list: July 19

For families: Flying Colors Butterfly Festival continues, noon-5 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell. PHOTOS.

Music: Amy Speace performs, 8:45 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur.

Outdoors: Fee-free weekend at National Parks, all day, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Frederica National Monument, Fort Pulaski National Monument. FREE.

Stage: Essential Theatre’s “Jim Crow and the Rhythm Darlings” continues, 2 p.m., Actor’s Express at King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta.

Stage: Button Theatre’s “The Mousetrap” continues, 8 p.m., Red Clay Theatre and Arts Center, Duluth.

Visual art: Last day for “I Have a Dream,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta. FREE.

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To do list: July 18

Film: “Second Hand Lions” for Movies Under the Stars, 8:30 p.m., Mall of Georgia, Buford. FREE.

For families: Los Titiriteros de Binéfar puppetry company, 11-noon a.m. workshop 2 p.m. performance, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta. FREE.

For kids/stage: Georgia Shakespeare’s “Alice in Wonderland” opens, 10 a.m., Conant Performing Arts Center, Atlanta.

Music: Jazz vocalist Gwen Hughes performs, 10:30 p.m., King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta.

Music: Pistolero, Royal Bangs and What Happened to Your Fire, Tiger? perform, 9 p.m., The EARL, Atlanta.

Stage: “Nunsense” continues, 7:30 p.m., Act1 Theater, Alpharetta.

Visual Arts: “Rockshow2: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photography by Perry Julien and Annette Brown”, 7-11 p.m., Composition Gallery, Atlanta.

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PHOTO: Turner Field’s Coke bottle debuts and Braves win

Coincidence? Hmm.

After the news about how Braves fans could get a piece of the old 42-foot Coke bottle adorning left field, it seems only right to let you know how the new 49-foot bottle looked on its first night at work.

New Coke at Turner Field on July 16, 2009. AJC Photo by Jamie Gumbrecht.

Still not as tall as the Chik-fil-A cow, but the fireworks did all right for themselves after a 5-3 win over the Mets.

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