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Cartersville museums added to free BoA program

Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum and The Booth Western Art Museum both are free to Bank of America customers who visit this weekend.

The Cartersville museums were both added to the bank’s Museums on Us program, which offers free admission to customers one weekend a month. Upcoming weekends include March 6-7, April 3-4 and May 1-2.

The program already allows free admission to the Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art and Millennium Gate Museum, three fewer than had been offered in 2009.

Tellus and the Booth are great additions to this program, though, especially for folks who want to explore something further to the north. Here are posts I did from the Booth art museum, and from Tellus.

There are more free and and discounted days or events at museums, too, like Fulton Free Saturdays at the High Museum of Art, Target Free Second Tuesdays at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and Phoenix Flies events at The Wren’s Nest, The Center for Puppetry Arts and …

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Last weekend to see Zoo Atlanta lion cubs; more baby news

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Remember these kids, Small, Medium and Large? (OK, they were later dubbed Christos, Mikalos and Athanaisi.) Zoo Atlanta's lion cubs will soon move to Africam Safari, a zoo in Mexico. They're not the only zoo babies making news lately, though. AJC file photos

One more sign of spring: there’s a lot of baby news coming out of Zoo Atlanta these days. Most pressing is that this is the last weekend to see Zoo Atlanta’s lion cubs before they move to their new home at Africam Safari in Puebla, Mexico.

They’re not as tiny as they were in the above photo from 2008, but they’re Atlanta babies none the less.

In other baby news:

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There could be another baby orangutan, like little Dumadi, shown here in 2007. Zoo Atlanta has a pregnant mama.

  • Xi Lan, the panda cub, is a big boy, all weaned from his mom and living alone. (Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta’s first panda cub, is already back in China. Here’s a great Q&A with the keeper who traveled there with her.) The AJC reported this week Zoo Atlanta …

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Phoenix Flies showcases hidden historic sites in Atlanta

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Hidden inside Grady Memorial Hospital is a historic chapel designed by local architect Philip Shutze. It was recently refurbished and will be on display during the Atlanta Preservation Center's Phoenix Flies event. AJC file photo

Starting this weekend, there are dozens of events that teach something new about Atlanta. Usually, you’d have to pay for them, but for these few weeks, they’re free. In some cases, there wouldn’t be a usually because you’d never get this kind of access to them.

It’s the Atlanta Preservation Center’s seventh Phoenix Flies; it coordinates the city’s historic sites and schedules free tours and events there from March 6-22. It’s two weeks to refute the idea that there’s no history left in Atlanta, to point out that it’s not too late — those sites and stories don’t have to be forgotten.

“Many people don’t think of Atlanta as having historic sites,” explains Rebecca Roberts, the Preservation Center’s director of programs. “They may know about the History …

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ in the movies, on Atlanta stages

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Helena Bonham Carter is the Red Queen in the new "Alice in Wonderland" film.

I expect to see Disney’s new “Alice in Wonderland” film among the top moneymakers this weekend. The theater was packed when I saw a preview this week, the audience all too gleeful to put on 3D glasses, to sign and laugh at the right moments, to applaud at the end.

The film, which opens today, is a little of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” a little “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,” a bit too much Disney and a lot Tim Burton. I have an extreme fondness for rabbits and loyal dogs, but the Red Queen is an unusually great villain. She’s evil in every way, but still worth our sympathy; she’s clearly hurt and insecure.  Unfortunately for everyone else, her only coping skill is beheading dissenters.

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"Lookingglass Alice" opens at Alliance on March 31.

But that’s far from the only Alice you’ll see around Atlanta this month. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre will present the …

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011 classical and some not-so-classical shows: Ringo Starr, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Boyz II Men, Ben Harper, more to come

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Here's the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in 2008 — the orchestra announced its 2010-2011 season yesterday, including its summer concerts. AJC file photo

The annoucements are coming fast these past few days: Alliance, Chastain Park and yesterday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. (Broadway Across America at the Fox Theatre tickets go on sale today, too.)

As Pierre Ruhe pointed out in a round-up for the AJC, here’s some of the news in the 2010-2011 season:

  • There are two world premieres next season, including a 20-minute work by Alvin Singleton, a one-time ASO composer-in-residence, and James Oliverio’s Double Timpani Concerto for the Brothers Yancich.
  • The classical series is gone from Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, the ASO’s summer home. They will play rock concerts, community events and there will be pops and family concerts.
  • Symphony highlights include Puccini’s complete opera, “Madama Butterfly,” in a staged …

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Shake at the Lake returns to Piedmont Park in May

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Free Georgia Shakespeare Shake at the Lake performances return to Piedmont Park in May with "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Here, a performance of "The Servant of Two Masters" by Goldoni. AJC file photo

After a year off because of funding cuts, Georgia Shakespeare’s popular Shake at the Lake performances will return to Piedmont Park in May.

The troupe will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” beside Lake Clara Meer. Reported AJCer Howard Pousner:

The performances overlooking Lake Clara Meer were popular between 2004 and 2008, but funding cuts shelved them in 2009. Presenting sponsor Bank of America and several other supporters stepped forward this year.

Here are more photos of Shake at the Lake from 2008.

Did you miss Shake at the Lake last year? Will you head back this year? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Want to go? Georgia Shakespeare’s Shake at the Lake stages “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 7:30 p.m. May 5-9. Free. Tickets distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis …

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Q&A with Jonathan Rej of Atlanta’s historic Plaza Theatre

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Gayle and Jonathan Rej, on stage during the 70th anniversary celebration for the Plaza Theatre. The day-in, day-out businesses is tougher to run. AJC file photo

The Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue turned 70 this year, and it was a big time — all history and celebration.

But a Q&A with Plaza Theatre co-owner Jonathan Rej that ran in the AJC this week points out that the day-to-day is pretty tough: no janitorial services, no time, no advertising for lesser-known films, no money to keep it going long-term. As he said in the article, “We need more money to stay open. As of now, it’s really not going to last — there is no way to make it long term like this.”

Yikes.

But here’s the plan, to match the theater’s relatively new non-profit status:

Now we offer memberships to patrons so they can support us. We are trying to get grants. We are trying to get sponsors. We have gotten a few groups that will support a particular movie. It’s a tax write-off for them.

We are …

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Mental Floss co-founder to speak at SCAD tonight

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Will Pearson, president of Mental Floss, quizzed Miriam Sokolo about whether a quote came from Angelina Jolie or Gandhi during the Decatur Book Festival. He's back tonight, at SCAD, up to his same quizzical tricks. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

I had many favorite moments at last year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival — books! and people who like them! hooray! — but among the best was a session of good-natured, dry-humored, quiz-show fun courtesy of Will Pearson, co-founder of Mental Floss. Lucky us, he’s back in Atlanta tonight as part of SCAD’s Ivy Hall Writers Series, the very same one that brought Margaret Atwood to town last week, and bring Joel Cohen later this month.

Here’s an interview with Pearson by my colleague Jennifer Brett, who you can follow over at The Buzz. This ran in Tuesday’s print edition of the AJC:

Angelina Jolie. Mahatma Gandhi. Angelina. Gandhi. Who can tell them apart?

Actually, you’d be surprised how often they – or their pronouncements, at least – get …

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History of Titian masterpieces coming to High Museum

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Titian's "Diana and Callisto" shows the story of a nymph's expulsion from Diana's court. The painting will make its U.S. debut at the High in October.

I posted last week about Titian masterpieces that will make their United States at the High Museum of Art in October, and one reader asked for the stories of what’s happening in the paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto.”

Well, well, here’s a great multimedia history of the paintings and how they came to the National Galleries of Scotland.

If you’re just looking for the key details, know that in 1550, Titian made a deal with the crown prince Philip of Spain to create paintings based on “the loves of the Olympian gods and the consequences for any mortals who encountered them.” Among the six paintings, “Diana and Actaeon” and “Diana and Callisto” were the last two.

So explains the tour:

The literary source for both the Bridgewater paintings is the Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a poem in fifteen books which …

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2010 Chastain concert Series A Lineup: Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Styx, Jeff Beck, Backstreet Boys and more

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Check out the crowd at the Earth, Wind & Fire show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre last year. Think the shows below will draw the same kind of crowd? AJC file photo

Spotted first on the Atlanta Music Scene Blog: this year’s Chastain concert Series A lineup includes hitmakers of decades past, and more announcements are on the way. The Series B lineup should be released soon, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will announcement will come later, too.

The Series A show that perplexes me: KC & the Sunshine Band performing with MC Hammer. Huh-who? How did those become a pair, I wonder?

Here’s the list:

April 24: Hall & Oates with special guest Todd Rundgren
May 1:
Gipsy Kings
May 8:
ZZ Top with special guest Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
June 3:
Backstreet Boys with special guest TBA
June 6:
Jethro Tull with special guest Ian Hunter
June 7:
Styx, Foreigner & Kansas
June 11:
Jeff Beck with special guest Imelda May
June 13:
KC & The Sunshine Band & MC Hammer
June 19:
Harry Connick …

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