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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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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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Weekend to do list: March 5-7

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Participants in last year's Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts costume-partner-alley-cat-scavenger-hunt-style bike race get their faces painted at a checkpoint. This year's race is March 6. (Full disclosure: I'll be at one of the checkpoints this year, more for fun than for work. Wave hi!) File photo by Jamie Gumbrecht.

Happy almost weekend! I can tell we’re getting out of the winter doldrums. The word “festival” is re-entering the lexicon, Snow Mountain is closing, Six Flags is opening and every day this weekend, there are tours, races and activities going on outside.

As always, there’s a pinch of music here, but if you’re really looking for info on live music, 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! Have fun! — Jamie G.

FRIDAY, MARCH 5

Comedy: Laughing Skull Lounge Comedy Festival continues, 8 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta.

For …

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To do list: March 4

Art: First Thursdays Downtown Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., various venues, downtown Atlanta. FREE.

Books: CBS correspondent Don Teague and translator Rafraf Barrak discuss “Saved By Her Enemy,” 7:15 p.m., Decatur Library, Decatur. FREE.

For kids:Your Jewish World” exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Sophie Hirsch Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum, Dunwoody. FREE. Read more.

Presentation: A discussion with Henry Louis Gates Jr., 1-4 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta. FREE, tickets required.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. New York Islanders, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: Synchronicity Theatre’s “Women + War” continues, 8 p.m., 7 Stages, 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 27: Do you know what and where this is?

UPDATE 3/4: Want to know the answer? Here it is!
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Does this look familiar? Share your guess at what it is in the comments!

Another week, another Access Points photo game!

Like every week, I’ve found something around Atlanta where we go to have fun. If you think 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, or see them on our Access Points map.

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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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To do list: March 3

Comedy: Laughing Skull Lounge 5-day Comedy Festival begins, 8 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge and other local comedy clubs, Atlanta.

For kids: Author Rachel Hawkins discusses and signs “Hex Hall,” 7 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE.

Movies: Died Young, Stayed Pretty” screening and appearance by director Eileen Yaghoobian, 7:30 p.m., The Plaza Theatre, Atlanta.

Music: DeKalb Youth Symphony Winter Concert, 8 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College’s Cole Auditorium, Clarkston.

Outdoors:Grow A Native Garden From Seed” workshop, 7-9 p.m., Oakhurst Community Garden, Decatur.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

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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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