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Archive for November, 2009

To do list: November 30

For kids: Author Chanda Bell discusses and signs “Elf on the Shelf,” 10 a.m., FoxTale Book Shoppe, Woodstock. FREE.

Music: Songwriters Open Mic, 7 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur. Read more.

Music: Raphael Saadiq performs, 8 p.m., Center Stage, Atlanta. Canceled.

Music: The Concert of Hope benefits Innocence Atlanta, 7 p.m., InTown Community Church, Atlanta.

Shopping: MudFire Gallery Holiday Studio Sale continues, noon-8 p.m., MudFire Clayworks and Gallery, Decatur. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Florida Panthers, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

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Chelsea Lynn LaBate wins Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout


That's the winner: Chelsea Lynn LaBate. Forgive my grainy, far-away photos. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

After nearly five hours of acoustic singer-songwriter performances, there were just two acts left standing at the Eddie’s Attic Bi-annual Open Mic Shootout: Chelsea Lynn LaBate and The Honey Dewdrops.

As one of seven judges for Friday night’s songwriting competition, I’d love to write you a tale of competition and suspense, but this was kind of a quintessential Decatur night: acoustic music, smoke-free food and drink, black curtains and holiday lights, unfailingly polite, appreciative applause. Eddie’s Attic is like the public radio of music venues. It’s fun, smart and ends with hug, but any adrenaline belongs to those behind the microphones.

Each of the 23 acts has a remarkable talent, whether for writing songs, singing them, playing or performing them. That’s what got them through the Monday Open Mic competition and onto the Shootout stage. What changes this competition is …

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Access Points Map: Track the game around Atlanta

Most Wednesdays, at 4 p.m., I post an image from around Atlanta and ask you to guess what it is. Because I intend to be on my second slice of pumpkin pie when I should be posting the answer tomorrow, I’ve got something else for you: the brand new Access Points map!

The idea behind our Access Points photo game has always been to reward people who’ve been exploring Atlanta, and to educate those who are seeing it for the first time. By making each of these a point on a map, I’m hoping it’ll make it easier for everyone to try something new without feeling lost.

And if you’re new to our game, this is a good way to get into it. Each point links back to an object that might keep you guessing, even if you know the location.

I’ll make sure to update the map every week, once the answer is revealed. Check back next week for a new view on Atlanta!

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Know before you go: Atlanta Macy’s Great Tree Lighting

UPDATE 11/29: If you’re looking for photos from the tree lighting, check out this photo gallery!
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The Macy's Great Tree Lighting in Atlanta is November 26. Here's a view of the 2004 tree. AJC file photo

A 60-foot white pine that lived for years outside a home in Dallas, Ga. will light up Thursday night outside Lenox Square for an audience of about 100,000 people. It’s Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, an Atlanta tradition that’s been around fo rmore than 60 years.

The best part: the celebration and fireworks are free. As Macy’s spokeswoman Melissa Goff put it, “it’s our gift to Atlanta.”

If you’ve got ideas about how to make the Great Tree Lighting a smooth, fun experience, or if you’ve got memories of the event to share, post them in the comments!

For now, here’s what you need to know before you go:

When: The tree-lighting pre-show starts at 6:15 p.m., but people always arrive early.  Nov. 26. The lighting celebration begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks will continue through 8 …

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See you at Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout November 27


Eddie's Attic has helped launch the careers of performers like the Indigo Girls. It could happen again Friday at the Decatur venue's Open Mic Shootout. AJC file photo

It’s time again for the twice-per-year Open Mic Shootout at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. More than 20 performers, one song, head-to-head competition, single-round eliminations.

They’re competing for $1,000, but perhaps moreso, the mojo. Eddie’s Attic has helped to launch a lot of music careers, but past winners of this competition include Jennifer Nettles, John Mayer, Clay Cook and Shawn Mullins.

I’ll be among the judges this year, so make sure to come say hi.

Here’s a list of most of the performers:

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To do list: November 25

Comedy: The Jerry Farber Experience,” 8 p.m., The Punchline, Atlanta.

For little, little kids: Infant Walk, 10 a.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

Holidays: Magical Nights of Lights continues, 5 p.m., Lake Lanier Island Resort, Buford.

Movies:The Proposal” shows, 2 p.m., Covington Library, Decatur. FREE.

Music: Aventura performs, 8 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth. Read more.

Music: Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun performs, 8:30 p.m., The EARL, Atlanta.

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New photo exhibit at Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

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These photos by Stanley Tretick are in the "Bobby, Martin and John" exhibit. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

A new exhibition at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site follows the lives of King, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy with their families, at protests , at campaign stops — all in photos.

Each of the 150-some images in “Bobby, Martin and John: Once Upon an American Dream,” was shot by photographer Stanley Tretick. He’s the man behind the iconic photos of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s son peeking out from beneath his father’s desk in the Oval Office, which is included in the exhibition. There are contact sheets featuring King, and images from the hotel suite where Robert F. Kennedy waited for election returns the night he was assassinated.

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"Bobby Martin and John" at the King Historic Site.

The exhibition is both art and history, revealing telling moments in the lives of three leaders of the 1960s and the changes, too, in photojournalism and how politicians are …

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Hearing on later ‘last call’ in Atlanta draws supporters

At a public hearing last night to discuss moving Atlanta’s ‘last call’ for alcohol sales back to 4 a.m., nearly all of the two dozen people that spoke supported the idea.

From the story, “Extending ‘last call’ in Atlanta gets support from some residents,” by AJCer Eric Stirgus:

About 60 people showed up at the 80-minute public hearing. Some were young. Some were bar owners and service-industry employees who argued in favor of the idea, saying Atlanta needs longer hours if it is to be a world-class city. Many live in Castleberry Hill, the central Atlanta neighborhood that has become a hub for nightlife in the city in recent years.

Mayor Shirley Franklin, City Council President Lisa Borders and Councilman Howard Shook, who arranged Monday’s hearing, each oppose the idea. They say it will put an additional burden on police officers. Borders said Monday she believes there is a correlation between late-night nightlife and crime.

I’ll try to keep you updated on this issue as it …

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To do list: November 24

Exhibition:The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure” international toy exhibition continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, Atlanta.

For families: “14 Cows for America” author Carmen Deedy tells stories, 10 a.m., Central Library, Atlanta. FREE.

Music: Switchfoot performs, 7 p.m., The Loft, Atlanta.

Sports: South Carolina Stingrays vs. Gwinnett Gladiators, 7:05 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Stage: Sanders Family Christmas” continues, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Square, Marietta.

Stage: PushPush Theater’s “The Secretaries” continues, 9 p.m., PushPush Theater, Decatur.

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Thanksgiving weekend to do list: November 26-29

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The Macy's Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square is free on Thursday night. Holidays not your thing? There's a lot more to do this weekend. AJC file photo

Since I hope you won’t be sitting in front of your computer on Thursday, we’re publishing the Thanksgiving Weekend To Do List today. Plan ahead to prevent the post-feast coma.

If your Thanksgiving plans mostly involve food, Black Friday shopping and holiday merriment, check out John Kessler’s Food and More blog, Rana Cash’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog, the AJC’s Jessica Shops blog and the Holiday Guide.

But if you’re just looking for fun stuff to do, here are some ideas. As always, share your suggestions for fun weekend goings-on in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving! — Jamie G.


Exercise: Atlanta Marathon and Half-Marathon, 7:30 a.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Exercise: Thanksgiving ice skating – admission is 1 cent per pound you weigh, or $4, 7-10 p.m., IceForum at Town Center, …

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