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Archive for February, 2010

Access Points 26: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 2/25: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Does this look familiar? Share your guess about what and where it is in the comments!

It’s Wednesday — time for an Access Point!

Like every week, I’ve zoomed in on something fun around Atlanta. If you think you know what it is and where to find it, share your guess in the comments or on Twitter @insideaccess.

I’ll reveal the answer in photos and a story at 4 p.m. tomorrow!

To keep playing, check out our earlier Access Points stops, or see them on our Access Points map.

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Overheard at MothUP Atlanta’s first storytelling night

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The Moth

Non-fiction storytelling seems to be enjoying a resurgence in Atlanta.

Last week, I wrote about the True Story! reading series, which I’m told had quite the crowd at Kavarna on Monday night.

Then last night, it was standing room-only inside Manuel’s Tavern for MothUP, a local installment of The Moth storytelling series. (Organizers apparently told Manuel’s staffers that it would be a party of 10. What a merry kind of oops.)

A quick explanation: The Moth began in New York in 1997, but has roots in Georgia. Poet and novelist George Dawes Green, a native of St. Simons, wanted to recreate the experience of sitting on the porch and swapping stories. As attendance grew, it moved to larger venues, it became a popular podcast,  appeared on radio programs like “This American Life” and has split off into satellite programs — like Atlanta’s.

Every MothUP has a story theme. This month’s was denial, next comes tradition, then rules. The stories are supposed to be true, but it’s …

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Georgia Aquarium belugas might be on display today

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Beethoven (front) and Maris, swimming inside Georgia Aquarium's Cold Water Quest exhibit this week. Returning is Maris, a 15-year-old female, and newcomer Beethoven, an 18-year-old male. They've been at Sea World San Antonio while renovations were done on their habitat in Atlanta. AJC/John Spink

Belugas are back!

Atlanta hasn’t seen them since last October, when female Maris, her mother, Natasha, and Nico, a male, were moved from Georgia Aquarium to Sea World San Antonio while construction was going on in their habitat. Nico died in San Antonio — the cause remains unspecified –  and Natasha will remain there because of a potential mate. Maris and her new pal, Beethoven, are back in Atlanta. Eleven-foot-long, 900-pound Maris and 13-foot, 1,740-pound Beethoven could, indeed, be a mating pair. Here are more photos of the beluga pair at Georgia Aquarium.

There are only 36 belugas on in captivity in North America. If Georgia Aquarium’s pair are responding well to their space, they …

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To do list: February 24

Art: Art Papers Live! artist talk with Johan Grimonprez, 7 p.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Zora Neale Hurston scholar Dr. Deborah Plant talks for The Big Read, 7 p.m., Decatur Library, Decatur. FREE.

For families: Moms & Tots Playtime, 11 a.m., Gwinnett Place Mall, Duluth.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage:Brownie Points” continues, 7:30 p.m., The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta.

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George Winston opens Eddie & Agnes series tonight

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Winston at the piano. He's in Decatur tonight!

The first show in the new Eddie and Agnes concert series in Decatur commences tonight with pianist George Winston. And hey, in AJCer Lynn Peisner’s interview with Winston, I learned something about him:

Q: We know you don’t want microphones at this show in Decatur. What else can audiences expect from the performance? Will you perform in your socks?

A: Yes, shoes make too much noise on the floor. And I don’t like the sound of a miked piano. I’ll be playing fall and winter songs. Some Vince Guaraldi, folk and melodic piano, New Orleans R&B. I’m sure the drive over will inspire something, too. I have yet to make it to the Great Plains, Tennessee and Alabama. I want [the journey] to affect what I play. We’re all influenced by the seasons whether we think about it or not.

No shoes and no mikes, eh? Well this should be fun. Alas, I won’t be at tonight’s show, but I hear there are still tickets available. Let me know how it goes, …

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‘Brawl at Symphony Hall’ returns as ‘Beatdowns in the Ballroom’: Ultimate Fighting at Ga. World Congress Center

We reported a few months ago that Mixed Martial Arts would take over Atlanta Symphony Hall in January at an event titled “Brawl at Symphony Hall.” Of course, it never happened; the fights were swiftly canceled after angry reactions from arts patrons.

But “Brawl” organizers said in a press release today they’re “still considering legal action” after the cancellation, and they’re planning another bout in an unexpected venue, if not one with the high art cachet of Symphony Hall.

This time, they’re calling it “Beatdowns in the Ballroom” and the Ultimate Fighting event will feature Cortez Coleman, Douglas “The Phenom” Lima, Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva, Ethan Garrison and others in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center, home to so-many bridal shows and pep rallies. The winner takes home a $10,000 prize.

Melissa Sanders, the director of public & media relations for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, said in an e-mail Tuesday that they have nothing further to …

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POLL: Gwinnett Braves Stadium becomes Coolray Field

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Gwinnett Braves Stadium becomes Coolray Field. Chopper stays just as goofy. AJC file photo

So I’m perusing the Gwinnett Braves Web site last night and notice a jokey story about a wayward zebra heading to Coolray Field. Strangely, I get the zebra gag, but where is this Coolray Field?

Do you like the change from Gwinnett Braves Stadium to Coolray Field?

  • Yes!
  • No!
  • It’s fine, but it’ll be a while before I remember what to call it.

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Turns out I missed the news from late last week that the Atlanta Braves signed a multi-million dollar deal with Marietta’s Coolray Heating and Cooling for naming rights to the Gwinnett ballpark in Lawrenceville.  That means Gwinnett Braves Stadium becomes Coolray Field.

(For the record, last we knew, the zebra was safely under the care of UGA veterinarians in Athens. Maybe there was a stop in Lawrenceville on the way.)

The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but based on the numbers available, it “puts the …

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To do list: February 23

Books: Author Margaret Atwood speaks for the Ivy Hall Writers Series, 6:30 p.m., SCAD-Atlanta. FREE.

For families: “Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters” continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. Read more.

Music: DeKalb Symphony opens its season, 8 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College’s Marvin Cole Auditorium, Clarkston.

Music: Pianist George Winston performs the first Eddie & Agnes concert, 8 p.m., Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall, Decatur.

Music: Tegan & Sara perform, 8 p.m., Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.

Storytelling: MothUP Atlanta, 7-9 p.m., Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta. FREE.

Have an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.

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To do list: February 22

After hearing the request from a few readers, I’m moving up the posting time for the daily To Do Lists from midnight to 7 p.m. the night before. Thanks for the suggestions, folks! — Jamie G.

Art:Horsepower” by Matthew Blackwell and Gregory Eltringham continues, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SCAD’s Gallery See, Atlanta. FREE.

For kids: Storytimes at Atlanta-Fulton County Public Libraries, various times and locations. FREE.

History: The Trial of Leo Frank benefit lecture for Theatre in the Square, 7 p.m., Theatre in the Square, Marietta.

Reading: True Story! Reading Series features Jamie Allen, Hugh Sheehy and Jim May, 8 p.m., Kavarna, Decatur. FREE. Read more.

Stage: Moscow Festival Ballet performs “Coppelia,” 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

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Tickets available next week to sit on stage during ‘Spring Awakening’ at the Fox Theatre on March 9-14

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This is a scene from the Broadway production of "Spring Awakening." You could be on stage for this when the show comes to the Fox in March. File photo

Strange as it sounds, the most affordable seat inside the Fox Theatre when “Spring Awakening” comes to town is the one on stage.

The Tony Award-winning show has incorporated audience members into seats on stage since its early days off Broadway. When “Spring Awakening” comes to Atlanta in March, you could be one of them for $25. The seats are available for purchase only in-person at the Fox Theatre Box Office in Midtown starting Feb. 23. The box office is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Of course, because you’re on stage, this is not the typical theater experience. Audience members with on-stage seats have to arrive a half-hour early, or they won’t be seated till after intermission. Personal belongings are stored in secured lockers because they can’t be taken on stage, and they’ll ask those …

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