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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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Access Points 27: Staircase carving at SCAD’s Ivy Hall

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Maybe the ivy carving in this week's Access Point will look familiar when you see it on this staircase at Ivy Hall. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

If you’ve ever set foot inside Ivy Hall, reached out to grab the rail and stepped up the staircase, you’ve touched this week’s Access Point. The 1883 home of one of Atlanta’s founding families remains one of Atlanta’s best examples of Queen Anne Victorian architecture, and yet another place to find fun things to do in the city.

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SCAD's Ivy Hall. Photo by Chia Chong.

Several commenters recognized this week’s image — the first was Chris P. who said it was part of The Mansion on Peachtree. Indeed, this space was a restaurant for decades before it was restored. Commenter Sandy was the first to point out that it is now part of the staircase in Ivy Hall, an academic and cultural center for SCAD Atlanta.

The ivy on the main staircase of the Peters family home was one of many original details painstakingly restored, and documented in the Georgia Public …

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Access Points 26: African penguin at Georgia Aquarium

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Did you recognize this week's Access Point? It's an African penguin at Georgia Aquarium — just a little easier to see when it slows down. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

This is an African penguin, one of 19 that lives at Georgia Aquarium. Commenter Lora was right about the place in this week’s Access Points photo game, but it’s quite a bit smaller than a whale — most African penguins weigh 6 to 7 pounds. (Mallory was the first to guess correctly! Woohoo!)

One of these birds was the star of a recent film, “Love Lost and Found: A Penguin Odyssey.”

It’s so cute, you may have seen me squealing about it on Twitter.

Here it is:

Dodo, a 5-year-old penguin who came to the aquarium from Portugal, is the star. He was young when he arrived in Atlanta — still mostly gray, instead of his mature black-and-white — and a nervous little bird. Over many “enrichment sessions” with “environmental enrichment objects” — husbandry speak for “playtime with toys” — aquarium staffer came to learn this …

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Access Points 25: Orchid at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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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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Access Points 24: Midtown’s Laughing Skull Lounge comedy club

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Did you recognize the image for this week's Access Point? It was the Lenny Bruce likeness outside Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. Bruce is to the left in this photo from March, 2009. AJC file photo

See something familiar in this week’s Access Points photo game? Commenter David was the first one to get it right — indeed, it’s one of the black-and-white-on-red signs outside the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown. They feature Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman and other comedians. The one in the photo features Lenny Bruce.

The comedy club celebrates its first anniversary this weekend, and what a year it has been. It has drawn some big names, gotten kudos from a national travel magazine, filmed comedian Paul F. Tompkins’ Comedy Central special and will launch its first comedy festival in March. Owner/Operator/Dudeman Marshall Chiles signed a one-year lease for the space at first, but recently signed on for another five years.

For those who haven’t visited, Laughing Skull is tucked …

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Access Points 23: Willie B. gorilla statue at Zoo Atlanta

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The Willie B. statue at Zoo Atlanta was featured in this week's Access Points photo game. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Did something in this week’s Access Point photo game look familiar? It certainly did to Twitter users @ratpack and @lisaashmore — they were the first to correctly guess that it was the Willie B. statue at Zoo Atlanta.

Since Atlanta said good-bye to its first panda cub, Mei Lan, this week, I thought we should look back on some zoo history, and an animal we’ve bid farewell to before.

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Willie B, shortly after he arrived at Zoo Atlanta.

The most famous, of course, is Willie B., a 400-pound silverback gorilla and undisputed king of Atlanta’s zoo. The gorilla was born in the wild in Africa, came to the Grant Park Zoo as a baby in 1961 and lived for decades in a cage with only a television for entertainment. In the 1980s, Atlanta’s zoo was known as one of the country’s worst, and it lost its accreditation. But with new leadership and a capital campaign, the facilities …

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Access Points 22: Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland

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Did you recognize this week's Access Point? It's the Plaza Theatre in Poncey-Highland, shown here in 1983. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

If I’d posted a color picture of this week’s Access Point, I don’t think there would have been any question. It’s not The Varsity, nor Chuck E. Cheese, but the more popular choice: The Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The first commenter to guess correctly is two-time Access Points winner Lain Shakespeare.

Easy to see why so many of you guessed the photo correctly. The sign and marquee stand out on that stretch of Ponce, and they’ve been there a long time, 70 years, in fact. Theater owners Jonathan and Gayle Rej will celebrate this Friday by partying with Robert Osbourne of Turner Classic Movies and screening of the 1939 hit, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” plus more 1939 films the rest of the month. This will also kick off the fund-raising campaign for the Plaza Theatre Foundation, the new non-profit that runs the theater.

A quick history:

  • The …

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Access Points 20: Snow tubes at Stone Mountain Park

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It's Snow Mountain! AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

Were you able to identify the image in this week’s Access Points photo game? Indeed, commenter Tony was correct — it was a snow tube at Stone Mountain Park’s Snow Mountain attraction.

This is Stone Mountain Park’s second year of Snow Mountain playtime. It planned to open the attraction for the first time in 2007, but caught criticism for using more than 1 million gallons of tap water during a drought and watering ban. The park brought the plan back last year, using water from its own lake.

And I’m glad it worked, because snow is far more fun to play in than to drive in. By 9 a.m., there were hundreds of kids and parents dressing snow people, throwing balls at the Snowball Shooting Gallery and carving icy angels into the ground. I underestimated how much fun there is to be had with a bucket and a fresh layer of white on the ground.

There’s no time limit to how long you can stay in the play areas, and I could tell some children …

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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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Access Points 18: History Center’s Leila Ross Wilburn exhibit

Were you able to identify the image in this week’s Access Points photo game?

What if it looked a bit more like this?

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This home on Fairview Road in Druid Hills was designed by architect Leila Ross Wilburn. Models based on Wilburn's homes are featured in the Atlanta History Center. AJC file photo

The image on Thursday is a model of a home designed by architect Leila Ross Wilburn. It’s inside the Atlanta History Center’s “Metropolitan Frontiers” section, with a small biography of the architect.

Homes built with Wilburn’s designs still stand in older sections of Atlanta and Decatur, but History Center’s model houses are small, white, made to fit inside the exhibit, provide a hands-on model for kids or a useful aid for people with visual impairments.

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Leila Ross Wilburn

In that section of the museum, visitors are moving out of 19th century Atlanta and into streetcar suburbs, like Inman Park, and Craftsman Bungalows. Wilburn was born in 1885, and studied at Agnes Scott College in …

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