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Archive for December, 2009

‘Brawl at Symphony Hall’ Ultimate Fight night canceled

I reported last week about a Mixed Martial Arts event scheduled in January at Symphony Hall, but the event has been canceled after patrons complained.

From an AJC story, “No brawl in Symphony Hall“…

Symphony Hall officials had signed a contract with Sin City Fight Club promoter William McAlister, but they pulled out after a story in the Dec. 17 Atlanta Journal-Constitution prompted calls from angry patrons, McAlister said.

A few days later, he received his deposit in the mail along with a letter of termination, dated the same day as the AJC story.

What do you think? Did Symphony Hall officials make the right call?

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To do list: December 23

For kids: Santa Buddies” screening, 10 a.m., Clayton County Library Headquarters Branch, Jonesboro. FREE.

History: Through the Lens of Mundo Hispanico: Georgia’s Hispanic Community,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Atlanta History Center, Atlanta.

Music: Travel by Train and others perform, 8:30 p.m., The EARL, Atlanta.

Outdoors: Final days of “Moore in America,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

Stage: Invasion: Christmas Carol” continues, 8 p.m., Dad’s Garage Theatre, Atlanta.

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To do list: December 22

History:In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits,” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw.

Holiday: Living Nativity Scene, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. FREE.

Music: Jonathan Rich, Zac Taylor, Bethany Dick, Ryan Horne perform, 8 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur.

Sports: Georgia Tech vs. Kennesaw State basketball, 7 p.m., Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Atlanta.

Stage:A Christmas Carol” continues, 2:30 and 8 p.m., Alliance Theatre, Atlanta.

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Christmas weekend to do list: December 24-27

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Magical Nights of Lights continues at Lake Lanier Islands this weekend. There's plenty going on around Atlanta this Christmas weekend. AJC file photo

I’m off this week to enjoy a merry Christmas in snowy Michigan, but I’d hate for you to spend the holiday weekend around Atlanta thinking there’s nothing left to do but have just…one…more…cookie. (By all means, go ahead. I recommend the gingerbread.) Here are some ideas to carry you, your family and your visitors from Christmas Eve and on through the weekend. Keep an eye on the Atlanta Music Scene blog for more live shows, check out this post for more details about holiday theater performances and as always, please share your suggestions in the comments. Have fun! – Jamie G.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

Exhibition: Dialog in the Dark” continues, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, Atlanta.

For Families: The Pink Pig ride continues, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Macy’s-Lenox Square, Atlanta. Read more.

Outdoors: Winterfest, …

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To do list: December 21

For kids: Madeline’s Christmas” continues, 1 p.m., Horizon Theatre, Atlanta.

Holiday: Stone Mountain Christmas continues, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain.

Outdoors: Creature Feature-Animal Decorations, 3 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

Stage:Larry, Carols and Mo” features “A Christmas Story” screening, 7 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

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What to do this Christmas break? Try some of these ideas.

As a regular purveyor of blog-friendly lists, I couldn’t leave you without these as we move into the thick of holiday vacations and last-minute gift-purchasing.

1) 12 kid-friendly ideas for Christmas break: You’ll recognize a few of these suggestions from our daily to-do lists, mostly because I sent some to my fellow AJCer Howard Pousner

2) Top 20 events to while away the winter in 2010: We’ll go into detail on some of these events now, but this handy round-up from the Arts and Culture blog offers a preview. You might want to reserve tickets — for yourself or others — now.

For those needing more ways to keep everyone busy, I’ll publish a list of Christmas weekend activities on Tuesday!

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Tellus Museum and planetarium a hit with visitors

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The Planetarium at Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum got its 100,000 visitor this week. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

It’s been a busy year for the Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville. It opened in January, announced its Smithsonian Affiliate status in September and has already surpassed expectations for first-year attendance.

Museum officials said this week they expect the 120,000-square foot museum to hit the 200,000-visitor mark for the year — 50,000 more than expected. Just this week, a 7 year-old visiting with his family became the 100,000 visitor to the 120-seat planetarium inside the museum.

I’ve written before about the museum before, but never given the planetarium the attention it deserves: it offers four different shows throughout the day, with topics ranging from space travel, to the sun, to an animated children’s show, to “Mystery of the Christmas Star,” a show that will run through the holidays. New shows debut every few months.

Now that holiday …

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Stone Mountain becomes Snow Mountain Dec. 26-March 7

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Stone Mountain Park becomes Snow Mountain Park! AJC/John Spink

Here’s something to cheer you up on this decidedly gray, rainy day: there’s snow on the way. Don’t you feel better already?

What I’m talking about, though, is the best kind of snow — fluffy stuff that will never back up traffic, but happens to be perfect for tubing. As of Dec. 26, Stone Mountain Park becomes Snow Mountain Park, complete with tubing on the laser lawn, snow play areas for building igloos and snowmen, special spots for little kids and areas to take it all in or warm your feet by the fire.

Like in past years, Snow Mountain uses a closed-loop system that chills snow from Stone Mountain Lake. They’ll take several weeks to pile on layers, creating a nice slick for the daredevils who arrive on opening day. Here are some photos of Snow Mountain construction, shot yesterday by AJCer John Spink. The attraction opens a little earlier this year, catching that post-Christmas crowd that so badly needs to get …

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Best Event of 2009: Paul McCartney at Piedmont Park

After tallying your nominations and analyzing your votes, the clear winner for Atlanta’s Best Event of 2009 was The Green Concert at Piedmont Park with Sir Paul McCartney.

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Paul McCartney's Green Concert at Piedmont Park was voted Atlanta's Best Event of 2009. AJC file photo

Why, despite the huge crowd, rough weather and ticketing troubles? Just check out this user-submitted photo gallery.

Or consider what one commenter wrote: “Paul McCartney at Piedmont Park reminded us all of what an amazing feeling you get when you join with thousands of other people to experience the performance of a musical legend and master communicator.”

Indeed, much of Atlanta seems to be celebrating Piedmont Park — now drought-free, three of the five most popular events were held there.

Of course, all the finalists drew big crowds, and I hope we’ll see all those festivals and events grow and get more creative. More fun=better Atlanta.

Here are the other events that filled out your Top 5 Atlanta Events …

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Access Points 19: Macy’s Pink Pig ride at Lenox Square

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It's the Pink Pig at the Lenox Square Macy's! Photo by Barry Williams

The guesses for this week’s Access Points photo game were a-plenty — The Vortex, the eye of the Atlanta Hawk, the Big Chicken, an Elmo float — but in fact, it was a little Atlanta holiday tradition you can find these days at Lenox Square.

Yes, Laura, it is the Pink Pig at Macy’s. You were the first to identify it, so you win four passes from Macy’s for two rides aboard the Pig!

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Percival, one of the Monorail Twins, in their glory days. AJC file photo

The modern Pink Pig is a 3 1/2-minute ride based on a holiday attraction that appeared a the downtown Atlanta Rich’s store beginning in 1953. Priscilla, the original Pink Pig, was a sales-driving monorail that flew along the department store ceiling, giving kids an overhead view of the dreamy toy department. Another pig, Percival, was added later. Later on, the monorail moved to the roof the department store, and offered up a view of downtown Atlanta and Rich’s …

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