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Archive for February, 2010

True Story! Reading Series talks nonfiction at Kavarna

For the crowd that loves to hang on “This American Life,” to read Sunday newspapers, to wish Cringe had a home here, there’s good news — Atlanta has its own informal non-fiction reading series. You just have to say it with a dramatic, movie trailer voice: “True Story!”


Kate Sweeney and Dionne Irving, obliging my request for a snapshot at Java Monkey in Decatur.

The series was started by two pals, Dionne Irving, a creative writing student at Georgia State University, and Kate Sweeney, a writer/teacher/radio producer. In its first month, nearly 50 people showed up to see three readers share artifacts from their pasts and pieces of non-fiction writing, whether  narrative, journalistic, essay, letter or poem. It matters only that it’s true.

The momentum kept up through the second reading by Dionne, Tom Bell of Decatur Book Festival fame and former AJCEr Kay Powell. Kavarna was packed, despite sharing a city and time slot with Neil Gaiman.

This month’s edition will be at 8 p.m. …

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Atlanta Braves single game tickets go on sale Feb. 24


Martin Prado goes into first base head first last September against the Marlins. I'm looking forward to baseball — and baseball weather — and lucky us, tickets go on sale next week. AJC file photo

Ahhh, as if to celebrate the return of 50- and 60-degree weather, I just saw that single game tickets for the Atlanta Braves go on sale Feb. 24. Baseball=spring=the end of my sweater-wearing, $200-gas bill, comfort food-binging misery, right?

Anyway, Braves tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. at, at the Braves Ticket Office at Turner Field, the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, at Publix Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Opening Day at Turner Field is 4 p.m. April 5 when the Braves play the Chicago Cubs. Friday Night Fireworks will be back this year, along with All Star Sundays, when kids younger than 14 can run the bases after a game and anybody can get Braves alums to sign autographs in the Fan Plaza before the game.

And oh yeah! There will …

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Last weekend to see High’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibit

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Workers moved three bronze figures by Giovan Francesco Rustici into the High Museum of Art's Leonardo exhibition in September. They'll be moving them out next week. AJC file photo

The High Museum of Art extended its hours this weekend to give people a few more chances to see “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius.” It’ll be the last chance — the exhibition closes on Sunday.

The museum will be open 10 a.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

I explained in this preview post that “Hand of the Genius” isn’t an expansive show of the greatest hits. It educates us about Leonardo’s influences, and offers a (very) close look at a few detailed pieces. It can look sparse, but there’s a lot to take in.

Art Critic Catherine Fox wrote of the show:

Leonardo came of age in one of the most glorious periods in western culture, when knowledge expanded, humanism took hold and culture bloomed. His artistic brilliance was rooted in his times and grounded in the artists …

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Access Points 25: Orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden


This week's Access Point photo was a deep look inside the Laeliocattleya Spring Squall orchid in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers" exhibition. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

This week’s Access Point photo may only have looked familiar if you’ve been looking very, very closely. Then again, it’s hard not to look closely at the orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers” display.

In this case, Twitterer @dreweli was the first to suggest it was inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and commenter Laurie Dupree was the first to say it was an actual orchid at the Garden. Indeed, it’s a Laeliocattleya Spring Squall, and there are two of them among the 998 orchids in this year’s Orchid Daze display. (Some orchids in the display were grown in the garden, but this one came from Peach State Orchids.)

Becky Brinkman, the Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center manager, said this particular flower is a hybrid of Laelia and …

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Alvin Ailey dancers head ‘Uptown’ at the Fox Theatre

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform "Uptown" at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Feb. 18. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform some attention-getting choreography at the Fox Theatre the next few days, including “Uptown,” a Harlem Renaissance love letter by long-time company member Matthew Rushing, “Dancing Spirit” a tribute 20 years with Alvin Ailey director Judith Jamison and “Best of 20 Years,” excerpts from nearly 100 ballet’s she has has commissioned during her tenure.

We’re lucky to have this show in town now, with the dance company propelled forward with the momentum of a Kennedy Center Opera House performance. A review in the Washington Post said the night went from giddy to focused with “Uptown”:

“Uptown” is what so many dance companies are yearning for these days: a work that unfurls a story, with vivid characters that tell us about themselves without the help of complicated program notes but solely — and significantly — in the way …

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To do list: February 18

Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

For kids: Cyberchase Storytime, 3 p.m., Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta. See photos.

History: WWII vet Arnold Whitaker discusses the Battle of the Bulge for Brown Bag Banter, 11:30 a.m., Marietta History Museum, Marietta.

Poetry: Slammin’ in the Suburbs, 8 p.m., Red Door Playhouse, Roswell. FREE.

Stage: Rising Sons” opens, 8 p.m., 7 Stages, Atlanta.

Stage: Southside Theatre Guild presents “Teachers, the Musical,” 8 p.m., Southside Theatre, Fairburn.

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

For instant updates, follow @insideaccess on Twitter.

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Weekend to do list: February 19-21


Want to see the sky from a different level? There's an introductory tree climbing course this weekend at Panola Mountain State Park. Here, 9-year-old David Newman tried out a climb in Stockbridge a few years ago. AJC file photo

Now with a King Cake hangover, maybe you need to get outside this weekend to work it off? Or sit in a cool, dark theater without too many bright lights? Whatever you need: covered. Just check out the list of fun stuff to do in Atlanta this weekend, from comedy to dance to bike rides to tree climbing!

If you’re looking for a deeper list of live music going on this weekend, here’s the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

As always, please share your suggestions for weekend events in the comments! — Jamie G.


Art: Final weekend to see “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius,” 10 a.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Music: Leila Josefowicz performs Prokofiev, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.

Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs, 8 …

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Access Points 25: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 2/18: Want to know the answer? Here it is!

Do you know what and where this is? Share your ideas in the comments!

Access Points No. 25! Wow. Three cheers for arbitrary anniversary celebrations!

If you haven’t played before, almost every week, I zoom in on something fun to do around Atlanta and ask you to identify what it is.

Tell me what’s in this photo and where around Atlanta you’ll find it. Post your ideas in the comments, or on Twitter @insideaccess.

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

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

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PHOTOS: ‘Cyberchase’ at Atlanta children’s museum

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Sisters Evans and Cece Miller solved a puzzle (and some math problems) at the new "Cyberchase" exhibition at Imagine It! The Children's Musuem of Atlanta on Feb. 16, 2010. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

When I walk up to an exhibition at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, I read the signs, assess how it works, consider what we can learn from it.

A kid walks up to and their hands are immediately all over it. If the balls fit here, they must go here. It’s capable of spinning? Spin, I will! There’s a button? It must be pushed.

Which is why, of course, Imagine It! is a museum for children. A new exhibition there is loaded with things to pedal, push and play with, and somewhere along the way, kids might gain some understanding of fractions, decimals and patterns.

“Cyberchase: The Chase is On!” is inspired by the PBS kiddie series, and skews a little older than many of their exhibitions –  some of the learning concepts might even be better suited for 9 and 10-year-olds. …

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Do Georgia State Parks need more camp sites, cabins?

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Tugaloo State Park could add to its 113 camp sites and 20 cottages on the shores of Lake Hartwell. AJC/Brant Sanderlin

Some Georgia State Parks could get new campsites, cabins and cottages — good news for anybody who has waited for a spot during peak season in spring, summer, fall or on any holiday.

The Department of Natural Resources hopes to float $5 million in bonds for the building projects, and Gov. Sonny Perdue supports the project. As the story, “Lawmakers could put $5 million into campsites, cabins for state parks,” by AJCer Nancy Badertscher explains:

The idea is to make the parks more self-sustaining, says Becky Kelley, the DNR’s director of parks, recreation and historic sites. The system brings in 69 cents for every dollar it spends …

The strategy of investing in more cabins and campsites for the state parks is based on history, she said.

State parks make the most money “when people spend the night with us,” Kelley said.

It explains that the Richard B. Russell …

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