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Archive for December, 2009

To do list: December 17

Art: Avant Garden discussion, 6-8 p.m., Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Author Russell S. Bond discusses “War Like the Thunderbolt,” 7:15 p.m., Decatur Library, Decatur. FREE.

For kids: Hanukkah Storytime, 7 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE.

Holiday: The Atlanta Concert Ringers Holiday Handbell Concert, 8 p.m., St. Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta. FREE.

Music: Dashboard Confessional performs, 8 p.m., The Loft, Atlanta.

Music: Star 94’s Jingle Jam showcases The Fray, Jordin Sparks and more, 7 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Dallas Stars, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

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Weekend to do list: December 18-20

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For the first time in four years and for one night only, Atlanta Ballet will perform "Nutty Nutcracker," a holiday classic spoof to benefit Dancers Resource Fund. The above nutty shot is from 2003. AJC file photo

Happy alm0st-holiday weekend! I suspect there will be tons of shopping going on this weekend, but that’s long past the point of being fun. Why not go do something with the family instead? Everybody will remember a PG-13 “Nutcracker” spoof, a bird-spotting adventure or a live Nativity scene more, anyway. So here’s a list of what’s going on around Atlanta this weekend — check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog or this holiday concert story for more info about live shows. As always, suggestions and ideas for what to do this weekend are welcome in the comments! – Jamie G.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

Books: Southern Children’s Authors Day book signings, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Eagle Eye Book Shop, Atlanta. FREE.

Comedy: “Chelsea Lately” regular Natasha Leggero performs, 8 p.m., Laughing …

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Access Points 19: Do you know what and where this is?

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Does this look familiar? Share your guess at what it is in the comments! AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

UPDATE 12/17: Want to know the answer? Here it is!

Time for this week’s Access Points photo game: share in the comments what’s in this photo and where you’ll find it. There’s a prize for the first person to correctly name in the comments or on Twitter what and where it is!

For those trying this for the first time: 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, or follow them on our new Access Points map.

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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New concert series, ‘Eddie and Agnes,’ to launch in 2010

UPDATE 12/18: Here’s the official announcement from Agnes Scott College, and a blog post (plus a beautiful logo!) from Daren Wang.

“Eddie and Agnes,” a new Decatur concert series expected to be announced this week, will offer audiences  the size and acoustics of Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College and the talent-booking skills of local music man Eddie Owen.

No artists or dates have been announced yet, but organizers hope to have the first show booked for February and to follow up with 10 to 15 more shows throughout the year. At 800 seats, Presser Hall is roughly the size of venues like Variety Playhouse, but expect these shows to feel more like Decatur, less like Little Five Points.

“Eddie and Agnes” director Daren Wang, who is also the AJC Decatur Book Festival co-founder, said they discovered a great model for local entertainment with the Eudora Welty-inspired show by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Campbell, Caroline Herring and Claire Holley during the 2009 festival. Tickets …

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New Fulton County dog parks open — what’s your favorite?

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Yara plays in the new dog park at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in November. AJC/Johnny Crawford

If you and your pooch are looking for new place to explore, there are a few new options around Atlanta.

First, an airport dog park opened in November near the new transportation center at Hartsfield-Jackson. It will give four-legged travelers a place to stretch out and play, but unless they’re frequent travelers, I doubt many locals will make this 1,000-square foot park a regular destination. You can see more of it in this video, too.

Another new dog park,  Canine Crossing Dog Park, recently opened behind the South Fulton Government Service Center. It’s five fenced acres split into two sections — one for dogs less than 20 pounds, one for larger dogs — and operated by the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Department. It even has restrooms for humans.

Of course, there are dog parks (and dog-friendly spots) all over metro Atlanta. Here’s a (slightly outdated, but …

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To do list: December 16

For families: BODIES” continues, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Premier Exhibition Center, Atlanta.

Music: Atlanta Flute Ensemble Christmas Concert, 11 a.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch Library, Alpharetta. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays” opens, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

Stage: Christmas Through the Ages,” 8 p.m., The Cumming Playhouse, Cumming.

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Ultimate Fighting at Atlanta Symphony Hall?

Well, this isn’t a headline I expected to see on a press release: “Brawl at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall.”

It has nothing to do with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new 25-year-old concertmaster, nothing to do with musicians in a duel of skill, nothing to do with diva rivalry.

Indeed, Sin City Fight Club and SportFight X will hold 15 mixed martial arts fights at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Jan. 16, 2010.

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Atlanta Symphony Hall, all decked out for Christmas. Now, can you picture it as a fight venue? Photo by Jeff Roffman.

A quick definition for those of you who, like me, know only that brawls are atypical at Symphony Hall: mixed martial arts is also known as Ultimate Fighting. Competitors use techniques from boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and other fighting styles to knock each other out.

This event will feature Saraiva Mixed Martial Arts owner Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva of Doraville, “Georgia’s fastest rising and possibly brightest new star” Ethan Garrison and former Tennessee …

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Fewer free admissions for BoA’s ‘Museums on Us’ in 2010

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You can see the High Museum of Art's Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, photographed as it was being installed, for free — if you're a Bank of America customer or a Fulton County resident. AJC file photo

Fewer Atlanta museums will be free to Bank of America customers through the “Museums on Us” program in 2010.

The program allows the millions of Bank of America debit, credit and ATM cardholders to visit more than 100 museums around the United States for free during a designated weekend each month.

When the program renews again in 2010, cardholders will still be able to get free admission to the Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art and Millennium Gate Museum. That’s three fewer than in 2009, when the free weekends also included the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Zoo Atlanta.

Said Diane Wagner from Bank of America: “It is cyclical, they’ve chosen not to participate. We’re exploring some other opportunities with other organizations. It changes …

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Fans wait up to 7 hours to meet Neil Gaiman in Decatur

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The view from the balcony at the Neil Gaiman reading at Agnes Scott College on Dec. 14. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

UPDATE, 4:50 p.m. 12/15: Here’s Little Shop’s thank-you post for Neil Gaiman.

How devoted are Neil Gaiman’s Atlanta fans? Well, devoted enough to lure him here with  a fabulous party at Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories, devoted enough to stand in line for free tickets and devoted enough still to wait up to seven hours at Agnes Scott College to get his signature inside a book.

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I did not wait so long for a signature, but I was there last night, along with 1,000 or so people, for his reading. Gaiman is an unusually entertaining reader — yes, he does voices! — and even as he read from children’s books “Odd and the Frost Giants“and “The Graveyard Book,” it felt like storytime for grown-ups.

Which is good, considering that he signed the last book around 1:15 a.m., then caught an early flight to Winnipeg, where another store (and another giddy audience) waited.

Here’s …

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To do list: December 15

For kids:Your Jewish World” exhibit continues, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Sophie Hirsch Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum, Dunwoody. FREE. Read more.

Holiday: Candlelight Nights celebration, 5:30-9 p.m., Atlanta History Center, Atlanta.

Music: Atlanta Sacred Chorale Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta.

Music: Amy Ray, Warm in the Wake and The Tim Lee 3 perform, 8:30 p.m., The EARL, Atlanta.

Music: Caroline Herring performs, 8 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur.

Stage: Christmas Through the Ages,” 8 p.m., The Cumming Playhouse, Cumming.

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