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Monday, May 31, 2010

A Memorial Day Tribute by the Decatur Civic Chorus

From Andrea Berry of elifemagazine.net



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Blue Elephant Book Shop has a new location.


Blue Elephant Book Shop has a new location. They have moved to 407 W Ponce de Leon Avenue, in downtown Decatur. Which is across the street from Watershed Restaurant.

The store will be open for business at the new location on June 1. They will be holding the grand opening party on Saturday, June 5, so please join them.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Decatur Arts Festival 2010 Photos

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Have a Great Weekend - OH BEHAVE , BABY !



OH BEHAVE ! YEAH BABY!

Groovy! Austin Powers is set to return to the big screen sometime in the future. Director Jay Roach confirmed this during an interview with MTV News.

“Mike [Myers] is working on ideas for it, people are definitely talking about it and I'm all good for it,” Roach said. He said that Austin would be going “somewhere you haven’t thought of” in the next film.

This comes after years of speculation that Powers would be returning to the big screen. Three years ago Myers said at the Shrek The Third premiere that the movie was in development. The last news on the project came in July of 2008 when Myers did an interview saying that he was working on the script for the fourth installment and the movie was “really about Dr. Evil and his son.

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GRAPHIC. Magazine Releases Fifth Issue

From Ben Lambeth of GRAPHIC. Magazine

-GRAPHIC. Magazine is an independent publication created by students from Decatur High School. Pick up a copy at the Art Festival this weekend.

GRAPHIC. Magazine would like to announce the release of its fifth issue, which made its appearance Monday morning in select Decatur locations. The full content of the magazine has been uploaded to GRAPHIC.'s website,
http://graphicmag.net. Pick up a physical copy at the Decatur Arts Festival this weekend!

GRAPHIC. Magazine is an independent publication created by students from Decatur High School. Featuring student-created comics and artwork, GRAPHIC. has been working to entertain the Decatur student body and community since January 2009.

We invite the community to visit our website,
http://graphicmag.net/ where we upload the full content of each issue. Read all five issues for free! That's a total of 200 pages of Decatur's own comics and art, completely free!

If you like what you see online, please consider supporting us by purchasing something from our online store or making a donation. Your support ensures we can continue to distribute freely to Decatur High School students.

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Feel free to contact me with further question.

Thank you very much,

Ben

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Ben Lambeth
Business Manager & Webmaster, GRAPHIC. Magazine
http://www.graphicmag.net

Recycled Art Project @ ROSE Squared Gallery

ROSE Squared Gallery
111 Clairemont Avenue, Downtown Decatur, Georgia
presents a world premiere event featuring works of art created by using recycled materials and objects.
Please stop by the gallery during the Decatur Arts Festival Art Walk on Friday, May 28 from 5pm to 10pm or during the daytime hours
during the Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
Artists included: Fran Davis, Lucinda Patterson, Ivan Bailey, Edgar Figueroa, JD Isaacs, Richard Bulman...
A sneek preview of what you will see...



'Reclamation I'
with Violin
by JD Isaacs
created from broken violin and other recycled materials.
26" x 36"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Birds Eye View

ArtWalk Starts at 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Friday May 28

Friday, May 28 • 5-10 pm • All around Decatur • Free

From thedecaturminute.com

Local shops, retailers and restaurants host Decatur's largest, single-night art experience with city-wide art show openings and receptions that are free and open to the public.

ArtWalk Participants

Agnes Scott College
Fine Arts Exhibition
Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building
141 E. College Ave.

Alexia Gallery
335 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-373-1969

Art Institute of Atlanta
1 W. Court Square, Suite 110
404-924-1800
Beacon Hill Arts Center
410 W. Trinity Place
404-377-2929

Boogaloos Boutique
246 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-373-3237

Decatur CD
356 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-371-9090

Heliotrope
248 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-371-0100

Lenz Inc.
119 E. Court Square
404-373-2021

Little Shop of Stories
133 E. Court Square
404-373-6300

Mingei World Arts
427 Church St.
404-371-0101

Parker’s on Ponce
116 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-867-4007

Rose Squared Gallery and Frame Shop
111 Clairemont Ave.
404-377-1414

Sawicki’s Meat Seafood Food and More
250 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-377-0992


The Seen Gallery
415 Church St.
404-377-0733

Speak . . . Easy!
Old Courthouse on the Square

Squash Blossom
113 E. Court Square
404-373-1864

Sycamore Place Gallery and Studio
120 Sycamore Place
404-377-7747

www.sycamoreplacegallery.net Vivid Boutique
133 E. Court Square
404-371-5181

Wild Oats and Billy Goats
112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-378-4088

Worthmore Jewelers
117 E. Court Square
404-370-3979

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Old Sears building could draw Major Anchor Tenant

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The former Sears, Roebuck and Co. complex on Ponce de Leon Avenue, more recently known as City Hall East, cleared a hurdle Tuesday night that would allow it to again hum with commerce

Atlanta’s Zoning Review Board voted to approve new conditions for the site that would allow a major anchor tenant -- such as a Target or REI -- to occupy a portion of the mammoth building.

The vote allows an anchor tenant to occupy up to 150,000 square feet and changes green-space requirements. Two neighborhood groups attended the meeting to support the proposal, which was introduced by Councilman Kwanza Hall.


ajc full story

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CAN YOU SAY WAL-MART

Book Sale @ The Decatur Library this Saturday May 29, 2010


The Friends of the Decatur Library Book Sale
Saturday May 29, 2010
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Front Lawn - Rain or Shine

Decatur Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, Ga. 30038
404-370-3070

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Decatur RADIO & TELEVISION circa 1977


Decatur, GA.

Decatur RADIO & TELEVISION was located on Church St.
More than 5,000.00 sets were checked or reparied each year.
Neat little fact: President Jimmy Carter's mother Lillian, always took her TV there to have it repaired.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Art of Books Event is now Free

From Decatur Education Foundation:


NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED AND NO LONGER REQUIRES TICKETS.

COME BY LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES DURING ARTWALK ON FRIDAY, MAY 28 BETWEEN 5-10PM FOR A GLASS OF WINE, YUMMY SNACKS FROM SUN IN MY BELLY AND CAKES & ALE AND BID ON GREAT ARTWORK AND SIGNED BOOKS BY YOUR FAVORITE CHILDREN'S AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS. YOUR CHANCE TO BID ON AN ORIGINAL PETE THE CAT PAINTING BY DECATUR'S OWN JAMES DEAN! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE AND REMEMBER - NO TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED!!! ALL DONATIONS AND PROCEEDS RAISED FROM THE AUCTION SUPPORT THE DEF BOOK FUND WHICH ENSURES THAT ALL CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY BOOKS AT HOME. VISIT WWW.DECATUREDUCATIONFOUNDATION.ORG FOR MORE INFO.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Moo Cow Bikers visit Relics and Rarities



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Decatur, GA
Moo Cow Bikers visit Relics and Rarities


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RECYCLE ART PROJECT @ ROSE Squared

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'Cello Reclaimed' ( a much larger piece, 26"x48")


'Lute Reclaimed'



'Reclamation' by JD Isaacs...
13"x36" a violin that was beyond repair and use as a musical instrument was 'reclaimed' by nature in this piece. The background was also recycled from packing materials overpainted with acrylic paint and satin varnish. Polymer clay was used to create the vines and leaves.

RECYCLE ART PROJECT


ROSE Squared is transforming the gallery into a showing of artworks using recycled materials and objects for the Decatur Arts Festival. Please come and bring your friends to the Art Walk on Friday, May 28. There are magical works of art to behold made from ordinary and extraordinary materials... Sculpture from melted down metal car parts turned into sophisticated sea turtles and birds in flight, by reknowned metal artist, Ivan Bailey. Whimsical ornaments made from old postcards and advertisements by artist Lucinda Patterson. Edgar Figueroa created table center pieces from broken cello parts. And I am making use of broken musical instruments donated by Emil Baran's Music Showroom, as shown below. And a a special treat for the kids and kids at heart, you will be greeted at the door by a flock of grinning sheep made entirely of packing cardboard.

Come out to see us during the festival!

Be sure to stop by Rose Squared. If you have not been there you need to take the time to visit.

ROSE Squared
111 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

ph: 404 377-1414


Great job on all of these JD.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hawaii Five-O Returns this Fall on CBS


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Window Shopping at Mingei World Arts


Mingei World Arts Decatur, GA


Decatur's most unusual gift shop and gallery!

427 Church Street
next to Javamonkey

just south of Ponce de Leon

one block off the square

Downtown Macy's to reveal its latest incarnation


photo http://alt.coxnewsweb.com

Davison’s, later Macy’s, will become event facility, have restaurants


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Davison’s, that “Cathedral of Commerce” on Peachtree Street, opened in 1927, it was reportedly the first department store south of Philadelphia to have air conditioning. Many tourists came from around the region just to ride the escalators.

By 2003, most shoppers had fled to suburban malls. The Davison’s building (rechristened Macy’s in the 1980s), went dark.

Today, workmen are busy completing a $16 million renovation at the massive downtown landmark. Of the 26 or so investors in the project, 25 are native Atlantans.

Many of them were around when Davison’s represented the acme of Atlanta’s glamour and glitz. That nostalgia didn’t lure them into an emotional investment. But it didn’t hurt.

“We’re not in the preservation business,” said Robert Patterson, the Chastain Park-raised, Ivy-educated president of 200 Peachtree. “This is a business investment. We’re not trying to say this is a philanthropy. This a group of people that remember Davison’s and what that building meant to downtown. There is a desire to see that come back.”


ajc story

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thieves steal historic half-ton bell from church

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A copper bell that has been with a local church since its founding in 1868 has gone missing.

The large copper bell, weighing anywhere between 600 and 1,000 lbs, belongs to Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was discovered missing sometime around April 19 or 20, James Simon, church administrator, told the AJC.

“Some actually cried when we discovered it was gone,” Simon said. “It feels like a part of the church’s personality is gone.”

The bell had been sitting on a pallet in the back of the church since they moved to their current location on S. Hairston Road in 1995. Plans had been to have it remounted at the new location.

“When we moved here from Decatur we had to pay someone to move it,” Simon said. “That’s just how heavy it is.”

ajc story

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Many Lives of Lakewood Fairgrounds


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Over the last 100 years, even as Atlanta’s borders swelled and its population exploded, the old Lakewood Fairgrounds escaped a sea of cement and a wave of condos and shopping centers.

Always, there were other ideas: a weekend getaway for the city’s elite, an agricultural fairground, a race track for horses, a race track for cars, a monthly antique market, a concert venue, a movie set, even housing for 1996 Olympics security personnel.

On the list of could-have-but-weren’ts: a Ford Mustang museum, a zoo, a city cemetery, a mixed-use development complete with its own charter school.

Indeed, a film studio planned for the old fairgrounds is the latest in a long line of ideas, schemes and plans laid out for the 110-acre parcel of land on Atlanta’s Southside.

On Monday, the city council welcomed the newest plan, approving a multi-million dollar, 50-year lease for the Lakewood Fairgrounds to be used as film studios and sound stages. EUE/Screen Gems will pay $250,000 per year in rent until it jumps to $600,000 per year in 10 years.

City leaders hope it will create more than 1,000 jobs.

ajc full story

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Farm Burger Review

Farm Burger
410 B West Ponce de Leon, Decatur

By Meridith Ford Goldman

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Every Wednesday night, Farm 255 in Athens hosts “Primal Night,” an evening when one of the cows from this restaurant’s cattle farm, Full Moon Farm, is, well, eaten.

Many of the prime cuts, dry aged for up to three weeks, are kept for Primal Night, while some of the beef is sent to Farm Burger, the restaurant’s new eco-friendly sister in Decatur. To keep up with demand, Farm Burger also sources some of its meat through cooperatives across the Southeast -- but mostly farms in Georgia such as Riverview Farms and White Oak Pastures, which, like Full Moon, feed their cows only grass.

Without getting off on too much of a tangent, let’s just say that grass-fed beef is the latest craze in the movement toward eating sustainably. Food 101 for those of you who skipped class: Cows are ruminants; they eat grass. They do not eat corn, unless of course they are forced to. Eating corn is actually not good for cows -- it’s difficult for them to digest.

accessatlanta.com full STORY

The 24 hr Decatur Diner Opening Soon


The Decatur Diner side door.


Inside The Decatur Diner

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday Night on the Square


May 15, 2010



Decatur, GA





Listening to the sounds of The Bitteroots


Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Bitteroots at Concerts on the Square


The Bitteroots performing at Concerts on the Square
in Decatur, GA on May 15, 2010
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Misty Meredith and Bill Taylor of The Bitteroots

Pete the Cat Party at Little Shop of Stories

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Artist James Dean at the Pete the Cat Party held
at Little Shop of Stories Saturday night May 15, 2010

Artist James Dean and Author Eric Litwin's book Pete the Cat "I Love My White Shoes" is on the New York Times Best sellers list.

Eric's idea for a story which would involve Pete the Cat, met James Dean by chance on an Atlanta street. The two began to fine tune the story idea. Drafts were written and sketches were revised. After James and Eric were satisfied with their work, the two published the book themselves, selling it on their own and through a handful of bookstores. (Little Shop of Stories was one such store.)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Big Changes for Decatur and their going to be Great


The Decatur Diner is opening soon and it's going to be open
24hrs
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Meldoar Hair salon is Opening Soon across the tracks from
Farmstead 303
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Farmstead 303 is Opening Soon also.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Decatur Street Scene

Saturday's Decatur Farmers Market Starts Tomorrow Morning


The location of the Saturday Farmers Market will be at the corner of
Trinity & N. McDonough St.
Time: 9:00AM - Noon.
Free Parking
Come join in on the fun.

Decatur Concerts on the Square Continues Tomorrow Night


Saturday Night will be The Bitteroots

Sara Moulton Cooking Classes at The Cook's Warehouse's


Sara Moulton has just taught three sold-out classes at each of The Cook's Warehouse's stores on tour for her new book, "Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners."
Call Cook's Wearehouse stores to see if they still have her cookbook.
See
The chef demonstrates how to prepare salmon with hot mustard cracker topping on ABC News.

The Cook's Warehouse is Atlanta’s premier gourmet stores and cooking schools with more than 14,000 items and 600 classes per year. Voted Best in Atlanta 2004–2010, it is Atlanta’s culinary resource in Midtown, Brookhaven or Decatur.

Sent in by

Jim Brams 404-403-6218 • PR Counsel for The Cook's Warehouse

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Decatur Police Department will host its first Junior Police Academy

Over at The Decatur Minute Catherine reports on Decatur's first Junior Police Academy.


During the week of June 28, The Decatur Police Department will host its first Junior Police Academy for Decatur residents who have completed the 7th or 8th grade during the 2009-2010 school year. Students will participate in fun and educational exercises designed to simulate real law enforcement activities.

Applications are due on June 4 at 5 p.m. and can be obtained at the Decatur Police Department or at Renfroe Middle School.

For more information, please contact Deputy Chief Keith Lee at 678-553-6620.

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Below is my personal Jr Deputy Sheriff's League Badge from the early 70's.

This is the city, Decatur, GA. I carry a badge.

The story your about to hear is true.

The Dekalb County Police Department had a similar program when they opened it's new Dekalb County Police Department building back in the early 70's

I can remember Dekalb County Police cars being gold in color about the color of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Winnona Park Community-wide Yard Sale is May 15th

@ WINNONA PARK
Join us from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, May 15th.

Community Yard Sale!

The Winnona Park Neighborhood Association would like to invite you a
to the Winnona Park Community-wide Yard Sale on this coming
Saturday. Over 25 families are participating, so there will be lots
of great finds.
Start at 140 Winnona Drive, 30030. We will have maps available
while they last, directing you to the sales we know about. Please
forward all this information to your mailing lists, if appropriate.
Join us from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, May 15th.
Winnona Park is located near Agnes Scott College and the Columbia
Seminary in Decatur, GA. The primary bordering streets of our
community are S. Columbia Drive, E. College Ave., S. Candler Street,
and Midway Road. (East/North/West/South). Look for signs on these
roads directing you to the sites.
It will be helpful to note that the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA has soccer
games for young children in the park of the elementary school from 9
AM to 1 PM. Please, then, be careful of young children as you drive
through the neighborhood. Also, the games bring a lot of vehicles on
the streets adjacent to the school. For the Yard Sale, please attempt
to park on streets other than the streets adjacent to the school (see
Thanks and enjoy a nice walk in the neighborhood, as well as a fun
sale -

city of deCATur


Decatur, GA

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Iberian Pig to Host Cooking Class

Iberian Pig to Host Cooking Class
The Iberian Pig will host an Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Simple Abundance Cooking Class at The Cook\'s Warehouse on May 17. One hundred percent of class tuition benefits Atlanta’s Table, a project of the Food Bank that collects food from our local hospitality industry and delivers it to more than 40 nonprofit partner agencies that provide meals for those in need. Details of the class are below. For details about other classes or to register, visit www.ACFB.org, or call 404-892-FEED, ext. 1444.

A Taste of Spain
Chef Chad Crete of The Iberian Pig
Monday, May 17, 7-9 p.m.
Location: The Cook's Warehouse in Decatur
180 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
$55 “ Demonstration and Tasting
Chef Crete brings the Spanish and Portuguese influenced flavors of his Decatur restaurant to Simple Abundance. The menu for this class includes: Ensalada Mixto - mixed field greens, pickled red onions, figs, Serrano ham, golden peppadews stuffed with Mahon Cheese, piquillo peppers and sherry vinaigrette; Croquetas de Queso - crispy goat cheese, citrus-honey yogurt and lavender honey; B.W.D. - bacon wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and walnuts and Meat Flatbread - Serrano ham, arugula, caramelized onions, shaved Manchego cheese, pistachio and Chilean extra virgin olive oil. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win fabulous door prizes provided by Atlanta Beverage, Bella Cucina Artful Foods, and Cabot Cheese.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Vintage Postcard of The Old Decatur Courthouse




Decatur's fourth courthouse was built in 1898 and damaged by fire in 1916.
The present Old Courthouse, home of the Dekalb Historical Society, was built within
the granite walls of this structure in 1918.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

TWAIN'S To Host Springfest a benefit for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, on Saturday May 15th.





A day full of entertainment.

Uri Wurtzel owner of Twain’s Billiards and Tap, echoes the sentiment of his brother by saying, “Homemade beer and music go so well together, and we wanted to put together a day that featured local bands for a springtime celebration. We also were looking at new ways to contribute to people in the community in need, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank's mission made a lot of sense to us. We're glad to be teaming up again with them for the second go-around!”

This year’s line-up:

  • UNCLE DADDY AND THE KISSIN COUSINS
  • TELEGRAM
  • THE MUSTARD GREENS
  • TAG TEAM
  • BALLOONAUT
  • SHATHOUSE RATS
  • BANJOLICIOUS
  • THE BARROW BOYS
  • NASVILLIAN FAMILY BAND
  • ROLLING NOWHERE
  • THE COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER ENSEMBLES
  • as well as DJ RAFIKI.

All the musicians slated for the day are donating their time and talents to help raise these funds.

Tickets are $10.00 and available for purchase the day of the event at the door. All proceeds will go to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Doors open at 12:45 pm with the first band beginning promptly at 1:00 pm. Music will last until 12 midnight.

Located at 211 E Trinity Pl
Decatur, GA 30030 (Cross Street: Church Street)


Vintage Decatur High School Postcard


Decatur, GA
circa 1910

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The 2010 Decatur Arts Festival Poster

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Looks like Next Stop...Decatur for Pete the Cat.


Big crowd turned out at the old courthouse for the unveiling of The 2010 Decatur Art Festival Poster by James Dean (Pete the Cat)

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Sydney Rhame of Decatur entertains the crowd.