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Archive for March, 2010

Access Points 28: Georgia Aquarium’s coral reef

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Did you recognize this week's Access Point? You might if you spend a lot of time around the coral reef inside Georgia Aquarium. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

There were dozens of guesses at this week’s Access Point, and no, it’s not an up-close shot of human skin. (The camera and lenses I dug out of AJC storage just aren’t that powerful.) It is, though, a living creature inside the Georgia Aquarium’s Tropical Diver exhibition — coral, an animal (not a plant!) related to sea anemones and jellies.

This one, in fact, is a leather coral, sarcophyton sp., that came to the Aquarium as a donation from a home hobbyist in North Carolina. Like all the other donated, purchased, shared or rescued coral there, it went through a quarantine period before it was planted inside the tank.

Atlanta’s is the second-largest coral exhibit in the United States, and there’s more to come. (Here’s a detailed article about it from a few years ago in Reefkeeping Magazine.) This is an example of a barrier …

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Missing Conan O’Brien? He’s coming to the Fox June 14!

Not so long ago, if someone had told me that Conan O’Brien was coming to the Fox Theatre, I would’ve thought, “Oh, that’s nice.” Guy is funny, sure, but we can see him most nights on TV.

Now that we can’t, though, expect tickets to his June 14 performance here to go quickly.

Read more about at Rodney Ho’s Radio TV Talk blog, or just hop in line — tickets are on sale now.

Want to go? Conan O’Brien performs. 8 p.m. June 14. $54.55-$98.75. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.

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Weekend to do list: March 12-14

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At this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Atlanta, keep an eye out for green and plaid, then see it all at the Irish-inspired festival at Underground Atlanta. AJC file photo

I just love how Atlanta has something for every interest. Please just look at the lineup for Friday: there’s ballet, hockey, free art, lessons about bugs, modern dance, a craft show and a wrestling convention. TRUE.

There’s a smidgen of music down there, but if you’re really looking for info on live shows, check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

And if you’ve got more suggestions for the weekend, please add ‘em to the free AccessAtlanta.com calendar, and share them in the comments! — Jamie G.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

Art: Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, 6-11 p.m., various galleries and locations, Atlanta. FREE.

Crafts: American Craft Council Show opens, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Cobb Galleria, Atlanta.

Dance: Southern Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, …

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To do list: March 11

Art: ‘PostSecret’ exhibition continues, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Kennesaw State’s Sturgis Library art gallery, Kennesaw. FREE. Read more.

Film: “The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights” screens, 7:30 p.m., Plaza Theatre, Atlanta.

For families: “Little One Inch” continues, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta.

History: Phoenix Flies Chastain Arts Center Tour and “The Poor Houses” book signing, 7 p.m., Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta. FREE.

Stage: True Colors Theatre presents “Our Town,” 8 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

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

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Access Points 28: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 3/11: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Have you seen this? If so, share your guess at what it is in the comments!

Here we go, our 28th Access Point. Much like the 27 before it, here’s an image from something fun to do around Atlanta. If 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.

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What do you think of ‘Spring Awakening’ at the Fox?

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"Spring Awakening" and all its teen angst is at the Fox Theatre through March 14.

A list of ways I will sort “Spring Awakening” into my memory:

  • Musicals I’m unlikely to see performed by high school drama programs.
  • Theater experience I don’t want share with anybody I’ve only just met.
  • Conversely, theater experiences I don’t want to share with my dad.
  • Musicals that address puberty and sex, but not like in, say, “Once Upon a Mattress,” where the young are comically naive, or even in “West Side Story,” where the young and naive are in love.
  • Shows that use words I’m not allowed to type in this family-friendly blog in a musical way.
  • Shows that include words like “labia majora” in the script.
  • Shows that make me wonder, “Wait, which of those 1990s radio hits belonged to Duncan Sheik?”
  • Shows where audience members laugh uncomfortably, hoot like high school kids, raise their eyebrows and mutter “Oh, hell no…” when two characters begin to kiss, and then stand on their feet to applaud at …

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To do list: March 10

Art: Art Papers Live! presents a lecture by artist Laurent Grasso, 8 p.m., Georgia Tech College of Architecture Auditorium, Atlanta. FREE.

Dance: Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” opens, 7:30 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Atlanta.

For kids: “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” author Avi discusses books, 7 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE.

Sports: Georgia High School State Basketball Tournament runs March 10-March 13, Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s “What I Did Last Summer” continues, 7:30 p.m., Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell.

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

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Panda Mei Lan to exit quarantine, celebrate Earth Hour

For the first time tomorrow, Mei Lan, the Atlanta-born panda who recently moved to Chengdu, China, will be released from quarantine to greet the public in her new home.

Tai Shan, the National Zoo panda that Mei Lan plane-pooled with to China, left quarantine today.

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Mei Lan at Zoo Atlanta. AJC file photo

Meanwhile, she has also been chosen as an ambassador for Earth Hour 2010, the one-hour window starting 8:30 p.m. March 27 when people and organizations worldwide turn out the lights. (Earth Hour is a program of the World Wildlife Fund, whose logo is a panda.) Lanterns will be lit March 10, too, on each of the seven continents as a countdown to lights-out. In Asia, the lantern launch will be at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Mei Lan’s new home. Here’s a Q&A the AJC recently did with Heather Roberts, the keeper who made the journey to China with Mei Lan.

As for the pandas still at Zoo Atlanta, Mei Lan’s little brother, Xi Lan, has been weaned from his mama, and …

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Vote for Atlanta’s best festival on Best of the Big A blog!

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If you've got a favorite festival around Atlanta, whether it celebrates a vegetable or local history, time to nominate it for the Best Festival on Best of the big A. AJC file photo

Nevermind the weather forecast, here’s just one more sign that spring has arrived: the AJC’s Best of the Big A blog is asking you to pick the best festival around Atlanta. After all the festivals and fairs we’ve discussed on this blog, I know you’ve got opinions on the matter. It could be books, chili, rides, crafts, flowers, animals, music or a certain neighborhood that gets you to vote — as long as it comes in the form of a festival.

Here’s how it works: voters nominate their favorites in the Best of the Big A blog comments. One week later, we tally the top vote-getters and ask you to pick among the top 5. Finally, we’ll announce the winner one week after that.

Keep an eye out — I’ll have another big announcement involving Best of the Big A later this week, too!

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To do list: March 9

Art: “Cycle Through” arts how continues, noon-8 p.m., Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta.

For kids: Target Free Second Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m., Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta. FREE.

Music: Eric Clapton performs with Roger Daltrey, 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Nashville Predators, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: “Spring Awakening” opens, 8 p.m., The Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

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

For instant updates, follow @insideaccess on Twitter.

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