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Archive for November, 2009

Access Points 16: 1948 Sain glove at Atlanta Braves Museum

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This week's Access Point was a bronzed glove worn by Johnny Sain during Game 1 of the 1948 World Series. It's at the Atlnata Braves Museum. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Did you make a guess at this week’s Access Point photo game? A few commenters were in the ballpark (Pun!) when they correctly guessed it was at Turner Field. It’s actually inside the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame inside the park gates. It’s pitcher John Sain’s glove and ball from Game 1 of the 1948 World Series, when the Boston Brave pitched a shutout against the Cleveland Indians.

There are many balls and gloves in the museum — and jerseys, World Series rings, photos and even a train car –  but this one stands out. The museum received it after Sain’s death, bronzed like baby booties you want to hold forever in one time.

It would be easy to miss among all the red and blue, but even easier to miss some of the story behind it. There’s only so much room on an information card. (Here’s a short piece from when I went on the

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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Margaret Mitchell House

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Visitors check out the bed of Margaret Mitchell in her apartment. Three-quarters beds like this were popular in small apartments of that day. Atlanta History Center photo.

Our journey to the area’s historical homes has so far taken AJCer Howard Pousner and me to Bulloch Hall in Roswell and the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

For the next stop, Howard checked in on the Margaret Mitchell House on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.

Margaret Mitchell House

History: “The Dump,” as Mitchell referred to this tiny, sweet apartment, is where the author composed most of “Gone With the Wind” from 1926 to 1929.

Highlights:

  • After the Atlanta History Center made some changes to the Mitchell House tour this summer, guests now enter the building through the rear Crescent Avenue entrance, just as Mitchell did when she lived in Apartment No. 1.

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    Margaret Mitchell House

  • The sunny corner where the would-be author, recovering from a foot injury, typed away on a used 1923 …

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To do list: November 19

Books: Author Peter Manseau discusses “Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter” for the MJCCA Book Festival, noon, MJCCA-Zaban Park, Dunwoody.

Food: Gluten-free holiday dessert cooking class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oakhurst Community Garden, Decatur.

For kids: Toddler Thursdays, 11 a.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Read more from Field Trips With Sue.

Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs selections by Wynton Marsalis, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.

Movies: Showing of the horror film “Blood Beach,” 7:25 p.m., Venture Cinemas 12, Duluth. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Boston Bruins, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: Radio City Christmas Spectacular” opens, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.  See photos and video.

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Weekend to do list: November 20-22

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Matt Richards set up trains at the Atlanta Botanical Garden this month. The holiday exhibits continue this weekend, and on through Jan. 3. AJC/Bob Andres

Weekend! I missed you! Look below for activities inside and outside, of science and Santa, of cat showing and bull riding. Music fans, check out our Atlanta Music Scene blog for information about live shows. As always, more suggestions are welcome in the comments! Have fun! — Jamie G.

FRIDAY, NOV. 20

Art: Panel discussion on Harry Shearer’s “The Silent Echo Chamber,” 8 p.m., Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta. FREE, reservations required.

Art: MINT Gallery local art and music reception, 6:30 p.m., Decatur Music Center, Decatur. FREE.

Comedy: Comedian Maz Jobrani performs, 8 p.m., The Punchline, Atlanta.

Rodeo: Professional Bull Riders continues through Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Houston Rockets, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: The Second City: Peach Drop, Stop and …

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Access Points 16: Can you guess what and where this is?

UPDATE 11/20: Want to see the answer? Here it is!
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For this week's Access Points photo game, guess what and where this is. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

For those new to our photo game: every week I post a photo of something fun in the Atlanta area, and ask readers to guess what and where it is. The next day, I’ll post the answer and the story behind it. For examples, check out our earlier Access Points games.

If you know what it is and where to find it, share in the comments, or on Twitter @insideaccess! I’ll reveal the answer at 4 p.m. Thursday!

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VIDEO: Radio City Rockettes at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular opens on reindeer Rockettes. AJC/Elissa Eubanks

Radio City Christmas Spectacular” opens this week at the Fox Theatre, and even with updated music and modern sets, the show is a serious throwback. Think non-stop song-and-dance variety show, all Christmas, CHRISTMAS IN BIG CAPITAL LETTERS, all the time.

This isn’t about story or suspense, just 100 percent family-friendly theatrical eye candy. Some of the costumes and dances haven’t changed since the 1930s, while others are new twists on old holiday themes. Check out more photos from the show, and a story about what goes on backstage.

I got a glimpse of the show yesterday during a rehearsal that welcomed members of the press, and as expected, the show is high on sparkle, precision and spectacle. Personally, I’m impressed by the dancing teddy bears. I’m usually impressed by mascots that manage to stay upright; these were performing a ballet.

Then there are the famous Rockettes. Three of the 18 …

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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Martin Luther King Jr. home

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There are free, half-hour National Park Service-run tours of the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home on Auburn Avenue every day. Nearby, the National Historic Site and King Center round out the tour experience. AJC file photo

Yesterday’s historic home tour took us to Bulloch Hall in Roswell. Today, we’re continuing our list of holiday stops with the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home. You can see more photos of the home in this photo gallery from a tour led by King’s sister, Christine King Farris.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home

History: The Auburn Avenue birth home of  Martin Luther King Jr. reveals how he grew from a bright young boy into a civil rights leader. It’s the jewel of a neighborhood that also features more National Park Service-owned historic buildings, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the King Center.

Highlights:

  • Every guide has a different way of telling stories and a different connection to the house. The Rev. G.H. Williams was among the …

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To do list: November 18

Art:Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods” continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Books: Author Jennifer Burns discusses “Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right,” 7 p.m., Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta.

Books: Rabbi Joshua Lesser discusses “Torah Queeries,” 7:30 p.m., Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Atlanta. FREE.

For kids: Author Chanda Bell reads “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,” 11 a.m., Cutie Pie’s Childrens Boutique, Dunwoody. FREE.

Music: DeKalb Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, 8 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College’s Cole Auditorium, Clarkston. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage:A Tuna Christmas” opens, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Square, Marietta.

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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Bulloch Hall

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Bulloch Hall in Roswell is used these days for education, preservation and events like festival and quilt shows. AJC file photo

Out-of-town family and friends should soon arrive at your house for ye olde holiday visit, and the age-old question remains: What to do with them? Even for the ones you’re sincerely happy to host, this can be tough.

AJCer Howard Pousner and I had an idea: get out of the house and take them to someone else’s — one of Atlanta’s historic homes, some of which already have halls beautifully decked for the season. They can learn something about the way our fine burg was back when chestnuts really did roast on an open fire. Life their  spirits with garland, candlelight and other seasonal decoration done by folks with a true talent for making things pretty. (Not that we’re not suggesting you’re something short of Martha Stewart; no, we’d never.)

Howard will start us off with a tour he took up in Roswell.

Bulloch Hall

History: The Greek Revival home of one of …

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Wiggles World to open at Six Flags White Water in 2010

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In this AJC file photo, a 2-year-old played in Little Squirt's Island at Six Flags White Water. Those parts will be removed and when Wiggles-themed attractions open in 2010. AJC file photo.

Six Flags White Water announced that North America’s first “Wiggles Water World” will open inside the Marietta park in May 2010.

wigglesThis isn’t just a new ride — it’s five sections spread over 40,000 square feet of the 75 acre park. The largest new attraction will be The S.S. Feathersword, a 25-foot play ship, where “guests can become Captain Feathersword’s first mate while exploring water cannons, telescopes, net climbs, secret crawl-throughs, port-holes and slippery slides.”

Other attractions: Wags the Dog’s Kennel Slide Tower, Henry the Octopus’s Pop Jets, Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Spray Garden, Big Red Car Slide and the newly branded Yummy Yummy Cafe.

Six Flags spokeswoman Kendall Kelton tells me the Wiggles attractions will replace the Little Squirt’s Island area for young kids. The Wiggles …

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