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PHOTOS & VIDEO: gloATL’s ‘Bloom’ at Lenox Square

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gloATL dancers perform "Bloom" this weekend only at Lenox Square. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht

I’ve gotten all gushy about gloATL before, and I’d do it again here, but instead, there are photos and video.

To summarize: it’s tremendously fun to show up in a place like Lenox Square and see people gathered around because they know something kind of crazy and different is happening, and they’re not sure what, but they’re willing to watch. I’ll bet the Starbucks and Great American Cookies near the stage did pretty well this weekend, too.

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Hundreds of people gathered to watch the dance, from above and at the same level.

If you want to see, there’s another performance on Sunday.

Till then, here are some photos of the performance, and a video:

Want to go? “Bloom” performed by gloATL and presented by Flux Projects. 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Free. Outside Macy’s at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-6767,

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This gloATL dancer exited the stage, but …

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How do you have fun while holiday shopping?


Shoppers flooded Ambient + Studio in Atlanta for the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Sale Spectacular on Nov. 21, 2009. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Let’s think for a second about the experience of holiday shopping — the exhausting, stressful, maddening lengths we go to land a good deal or satisfy a list of friends and family who will (surely?) love us no matter what we give them.

Some people will never bat an eye at a line out the door or a pile-up of parents atop an electronic hamster. The thrill of a good deal is enough to keep them happy. (I’m looking at you, Rana.) But I don’t think I’m alone when I say I have no patience for shopping around, even for an awesome deal, if it makes me a cranky mess who can’t get the lyrics to “Jingle Bell Rock” out of her head. This is supposed to be a fun time of year!

How do I combat this? When I’m back in Michigan, I shop with my sisters and mom, who is particularly quick with the jokes and unfailing in her devotion to the gods of the Good Deal. …

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PHOTOS: 5 things to love about Le Flash in Castleberry Hill


Melanie Turner dances a sequence in "Dollhouse" inside the Dance Truck at Le Flash 2009. The truck served as the stage, with CNN Center and the rest of downtown as the backdrop. AJC photos by Jamie Gumbrecht.

I didn’t see the inaugural Le Flash event last year, and arrived in Castleberry Hill last night expecting something like a raucous gallery walk.


Gyun Hur created a piece on Walker Street with a headlamp as guide.

Organizers call Le Flash “a yearly ephemeral arts celebration that would deepen the significance of contemporary art Atlanta,” which can meananything. Some key characteristics drew me to it: art, performances, outdoors, all-night and free.

The only thing it had in common with a gallery walk, though, was that my feet hurt after wandering the neighborhood so long. A gallery walk usually requires active participation — the decision to walk in, look around, have a cookie, maybe buy something. For an organized event, Le Flash looked and felt like something …

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PHOTOS: 24-foot Leonardo da Vinci horse rebuilt at High

Howard Pousner and I  wrote this story about a particularly noticeable piece in the new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition to open at the High Museum. It’s  scheduled to run in Saturday’s print edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s a photo gallery of how they built the 24-foot, 6,600-pound horse.

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The head of the Sforza horse, designed Leonardo da Vinci, is loaded onto the fiberglass-and-steel body on Thursday. AJC/Phil Skinner

It was an unusual scene for the quiet road behind the High Museum of Art on Thursday: workers posing for giddy snapshots, onlookers gathering, a crane ready to work, yellow caution tape to keep the excitement under control.

“What more could a curator ask for?” Gary Radke said, watching  as a crane lifted a massive piece of Leonardo da Vinci-designed artwork into the sky. He followed with his eyes, then ran up stairs to see it swing over a 70-foot wall, taking the white-gloved work of exhibition installation to terrifying heights.


The …

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PHOTOS: 2009 Atlanta Arts Festival at Piedmont Park


Reflections from the 2009 Atlanta Arts Festival at Piedmont Park. AJC/Elissa Eubanks

For being a few days off from fall’s official start, I feel like we’re already deep into the season when every vegetable has a celebration and every beer is sipped in the company of a polka band. The Atlanta Arts Festival celebrates a different variety of delights, but fits right into the season none the less. Check with out some photos from the Atlanta Arts Festival, and share in the comments: how was it this year, and where does it fit among  the must-see fall festivals in the metro area?

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PHOTOS: Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park


Shoppers caught by shiny, pretty things. There's a lot of that at Yellow Daisy. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

I wrote earlier this week about what to know before you go to the Yellow Daisy Festival. Now that I’ve wandered the grounds of Stone Mountain Park myself, I have a few things to add before the festival closes this evening.

Want to see more? Here are even more photos from the festival.

Weathervanes are big this year: Maybe people have always wanted to see the direction of the wind atop their homes? Perhaps it’s an extension of the urban chicken-raising phenom? I don’t know, but everyone seemed to be hauling one out of there.

Hand-made stuff is cooler: Unlike some craft shows I’ve seen, almost everything for sale at Yellow Daisy seemed to be home-made, stitched, dyed, welded, baked, cut, tied and painted — and the person who did it was usually sitting right there. It’s cooler than most of what you’ll buy at the store.

You need not worry about children being bored: I saw so very …

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PHOTOS: 2009 Decatur Book Festival closing day

Skippyjon Jones: a big deal. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

I spent the day wandering the Decatur Book Festival, heading from reading to signing to launch to meeting to, well, Raging Burrito, to trivia to concert to picnic. Here were a few of the things I saw. Share your favorite book festival moments in the comments!

Bookzilla shoes! AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Sweet AlizAbeth performed during the closing picnic. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Brigid Choi of The Wren's Nest Publishing Co. launched its magazine and drew people in to a literary salon with free food, live music and readings. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Will Pearson, president of Mental Floss, asked Miriam Sokolow, 16, to name whether a quote came from Angelina Jolie or Gandhi. It's tougher than you think. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Not old enough to read? No problem — there were a lot of balloons and bubbles. Here, 2-year-old Benjamin Reynolds caught a few. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

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PHOTOS: Dragon*Con Parade takes over Peachtree Street

Cinderella's wicked step-sisters sing to the crowd during the Dragon*Con parade on Saturday. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Here’s what I saw this morning at the Dragon*Con parade up Peachtree Street in Atlanta:

  • Dozens of gleeful children dressed as Stormtroopers, shooting at their enemies.
  • More Ghostbusters than I realize pop culture allowed.
  • Faeries offering starry-pointed wands to little boys, who seemed happy to have them.

Puss in Boots! AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

  • A sword fight in front of Brooks Brothers.
  • A serious pirate ship, towed by a truck, but plenty large enough to float on the Chattahoochee…
  • An all-female Quidditch team chanting, “We are the Harpies, mighty, mighty Harpies!”
  • A bunch of Spartans, and not in an athletic-team kinda way.
  • Confused Virginia Tech and Alabama fans.

Stylish. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

  • Hotter boots than I ever see on Peachtree Street when everybody is dressed normally.
  • Frankenstein and his bride, in a convertible decked out with a “Just Married” sign.
  • The …

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PHOTOS: Overnight at Fernbank Museum’s first sleepover

Jake Moore, 7, of Atlanta, stayed overnight at Fernbank Museum of Natural History's first sleepover. Jamie Gumbrecht/AJC

I posted earlier this week about the first public sleepover at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Mysteries, air mattresses, noctural beasties, dance parties, public pajama wearing, IMAX movies and freedom to romp in the exhibits — it had it all.

Fernbank hasn’t yet scheduled more sleepovers, but organizers said they expect to have more. Zoo Atlanta has an overnight program, as does the Georgia Aquarium.

Till then, here are some photos from the Fernbank sleepover to keep you dreaming. (Link corrected.)

Omari Stanford, 7, of Morrow, learned about flying squirrels at Fernbank's sleepover. Jamie Gumbrecht/AJC

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