Monday, December 31, 2012

Favorite Photos of 2012

--2012 Mountain Moonshine Festival
--Decatur Art Festival

--Krog Street Tunnel

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Thousands more recycling in DeKalb

From: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By April Hunt

DeKalb County saw 6,400 new residents sign up for recycling in the first three months after making the service free.

After eliminating the $30 start-up fee, more than 4,000 residents joined the service in the first month after became free in late September. By December, that number had grown to 6,400.

The increase is the equivalent of about 4 percent more customers, added to the 21 percent who had been recycling. The county’s goal is to get 40 percent of its 159,000 customers to recycle in the next four years.
More information/to sign up: 404-294-2900 or

Monday, December 24, 2012

Remembering The Decatur Theatre at Christmas Time


 Caption for (above) photo:
Decatur, GA.
reprinted from ajc circa 1964
More than 500 persons turned out to see the first Sunday movie in Decatur in 7 years.
The film was Walt Disney's "So Dear to My Heart." The Decatur City Commission lifted the
ban on Sunday movies more than a week ago, but owner Fred Storey decided to open for
Sunday audiences with the Disney picture. Sunday movies have been prohibited in Decatur
for more than 18 years. For a brief period in 1957 the ban was lifted

Be sure to visit The Decatur Theatre Web site for a new found photo.

 Note: I am always looking for pictures of The Decatur Theatre.

For anyone new to Decatur, The Decatur Theatre was located  on N. McDonough St.
where that parking lot is next to Eddie's Attic.

American Flyer Christmas

--American Flyer Christmas--

--American Flyer Christmas--

Saturday, December 22, 2012

'Jack Reacher' review: Tom Cruise self-parody

 Photo credit: MCT | Tom Cruise, left, is Reacher and Robert Duvall is Cash in "Jack Reacher," from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. (MCT)

There's a fine line between macho wish fulfillment and delusional fantasy, and "Jack Reacher" crosses it. Reacher, played by Tom Cruise in tight jeans and sometimes a shirt, is always the smartest, strongest and fastest, and the only thing slowing him down are all the gorgeous women in his way. When five guys pick a fight with Reacher, he feels only sadness -- for the hellacious beating they're about to receive.

It all gets pretty insufferable, but "Jack Reacher" doesn't seem to realize this. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") is so caught up in his Mickey Spillane world that he can't tell when his movie starts tipping into self-parody. (Answer: Immediately.)
n this story, Reacher, a former military cop turned drifter, begins investigating the case of a Pittsburgh sniper accused of mowing down several innocent citizens. (Images of a nanny clutching a little girl may come too soon after the Sandy Hook shootings for some viewers; Paramount has excised some gunplay from the film's trailer.) Police Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo) already has his man, but Reacher isn't convinced. The suspect's idealistic attorney, Helen Rodin (an ill-used Rosamund Pike), hires Reacher to find out more.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays from Fernbank

-- ‘Tis the season for celebrations, and there are lots of ways to celebrate at Fernbank! The Museum will be closed Christmas day, but will be open during normal business hours the rest of the holiday weekend. Here are a few highlights: Make Fernbank your “Holly Jolly Headquarters!” Fernbank’s 3rd annual Winter Wonderland features a festive exhibition featuring a variety of culturally-themed trees, special photo opportunities with Fernbank’s holiday mascot, Santa-saurus and train rides aboard the Santa-sausurs Express. Don’t miss the final weeks of Genghis Khan. Experience the amazing, true story of one of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood conquerors. Give a gift they won’t return! Buy a membership and SAVE. Select levels of membership are on sale through December 24 and they come with a year of exhibits, programming days, discounts, and more!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Downtown Decatur - Guess the Year

Comment: Faceman said... Thanks for the picture. My wife and I were at Iberian Pig this past weekend and we were wondering what use to be in those 3 spots.

Kerry Lucasse said...
Great website -- I've been looking at all the pics for over an hour!

As for the picture, my guess would be 1999 or 2000?
Next Stop...Decatur said...
Sorry for the delay, this photo was taken in 2008. The place next door "Pasta Please" closed sometime in 2008.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Eye on Decatur - Greene's Snowman

Victory Sandwich Bar Coming Soon

 Victory Sandwich Bar Coming Soon to 340 Church St. Decatur, GA. This is where Johnny's Pizza and Rocket 88 were once located.
Look for the black letters V I C T O R Y to go up soon.
Here is the website to look at menu :

Friday, December 14, 2012

Agnes Scott College circa 1908

 Decatur GA.
Photo is circa 1908   shown is Main Hall and Rebekah Scott Hall.
To see a skyline photo of Decatur taken from Main Hall tower building check out decatur metro post from last week.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Apple Circus returning to Atlanta in Feb.

-- From ajc
By Howard Pousner

Big Apple Circus, which made Atlanta a tour stop for many years but hasn’t been to the city since 2010, plans to return to a new metro area site in February.

Instead of setting up its big top at Stone Mountain Park as usual, the New York-based circus will bring a new show, “Legendarium,” to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Feb. 1 to 18.

Celebrating its 35th year, Big Apple is a throwback troupe specializing in an intimate one-ring experience that revels in the artistry of performance — including acrobatics, clowning and juggling — with no seat more than 50 feet from the performers. It doesn’t boast the sorts of big animals presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, preferring to present horse and dog stars.

When “Legendarium,” a loose tribute to the roots of circus performance in 19th century Gotham, opened in New York in October, it played to positive notices in the city’s major daily papers. The New York Times called Big Apple “consistently inspired” and said “Legendarium” “isn’t about to break that long, superb streak.”

Through Dec. 31, Big Apple is making a “pre-sale offer,” discounting all weekday tickets 25 percent. Use code ATL12 when calling 1-800-922-3772. More info:

Big Apple’s return means that Atlanta will again be circus central in February, a time of year when troupes typically bring their tours south.

Ringling Bros. will present the show “Dragons” at Philips Arena downtown from Feb. 13 to 18 and at the Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth from Feb. 21 to March 3 ( And Atlanta-based UniverSoul Circus, celebrating its 20th anniversary, brings its “US” tour to Turner Field’s Green Lot from Feb. 9 to 26 (

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Eye on Decatur - BIG TEX CANTINA Christmas Beer Dinner Thursday Dec 13

Big Tex Presents A Christmas Bell's Beer Dinner Join us at Big Tex in Decatur on Thursday December 13 at 7 p.m. for a very special Christmas Beer Dinner, featuring beer pairings from Bell's Brewery, Inc. out of Kalamazoo, Mich. Big Tex's own, Chef Rick Watson, will be presenting a bountiful dinner, pairing dishes specially created for this event with a selection of Bell's outstanding products. The price will be $45 (excluding tax and gratuity) for five courses including, full bottles and pints of beer.

 308 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377-3939

Monday, December 10, 2012

1950'S Postcard of Ole Hickory Inn - Decatur, GA

This was located at 3015 Scott Blvd.

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Waiting for Balloon

Kathleen Covington
PR Manager
Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Waiting for Balloon

A highly interactive multi-sensory performance for very young children and their grown-ups

ATLANTA, December 10, 2012 — Beginning December 27, the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young will stage Waiting for Balloon written by folk artist TMarq and loosely based on the classic play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.

Directed by Rosemary Newcott, Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, Waiting for Balloon tells the story of two childlike hobo-clowns waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  Waiting for Balloon is a joyous introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects, designed by the creative mind of Puppeteer Michael Haverty.

Theatre for the Very Young is an artistic experience for children ages 18 months – 5 years that overcomes age, language, and developmental barriers, expanding the consciousness of very young audience members and integrating bi-lingual elements into each show.  Each production nurtures creative thinking, allowing the very young to experience art and culture on their terms.

“Theatre for the Very Young engages both parents and their pre-school children in creative experiences.  The fourth wall is dissolved as young ones willing become part of the experience,” says Director, Rosemary Newcott.

Tickets for Waiting for Balloon are $10 per person, no matter how young or old. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount of 25% off their single tickets. For additional information about Theatre for the Very Young or to purchase tickets, please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or You can also purchase tickets online at:

Waiting for Balloon - – Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 - Memorial Arts Building, 3rd Floor, Black Box Theatre:

    December 27–30, 2012

        Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
    January 3–6, 2013
        Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am & 11:00am
    January 12 & 19, 2013
        Saturdays, 9:30am & 11:00am

Calendar Synopsis

Waiting for Balloon

Two childlike hobo-clown characters are waiting near the railroad tracks for “balloon.”  The problem is that neither of them knows exactly what “balloon” is.  Through delightful trial and error, exploration and interaction with the audience, the two clowns piece together what makes a balloon a balloon and celebrate all that is discovered while we “wait!”  An introduction to gentle clowning and the joy of creating puppets from found objects.  For tickets - please contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or, also available online at

Theatre for the Very Young Season Ticket Packages

Season Ticket packages for the two upcoming Theatre for the Very Young productions are available.  When you buy a package for $20, receive tickets to both productions plus season ticket benefits.

    Waiting for Balloon - December 27-30, 2012; January 3-6, 2013; January 12 & 19, 2013
    A Child’s Garden of Verses - March 11-16 & 23; March 29-30, 2013
    Explore the sounds and sensations of nature as you journey through a magical garden.  Children will be actively engaged in this multi-sensory performance as they willingly become a part of the artistic experience.  A “cultural” garden in which children can grow their imaginations, and become gardeners themselves!

Producer Package – $20 (per person, no matter how young or old) –includes a ticket to each TVY production.  In addition to guaranteed seats, all TVY season ticket holders receive:
- 15% off additional single tickets to all Alliance Theatre productions
- 10% off acting classes
- $5 off return tickets to enjoy TVY performances again

For season tickets, contact Olivia Aston at 404.733.4702 or

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John reunite in Christmas video

  John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have an early Christmas present for you - and it's a doozy. The Grease co-stars, who recently announced they had collaborated on a 13-track Christmas album (fantastically cheesy cover alert), have dropped the strangely awkward music video for their up-tempo festive duet, I Think You Might Like It. more

Monday, December 3, 2012

Old Theatre News - The Perry Theatre in Perry Ga. to be Restored

 From: http://www.bizjournals.coml
Atlanta Business Chronicle by Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor
A nonprofit foundation is being formed to purchase, restore and reopen the historic 5,000-square-foot Muse Theatre (Also was called Perry Theatre ) in downtown Perry, Ga., reports the Macon Telegraph.

Billy Milby, of Kathleen, who is among seven people leading the effort to restore the property, said the Muse Theatre Foundation should be fully up and running in two to three months.

Much of the work needed to bring the old theater back to life is expected to be secured through grants, which are often dependent on a showing of community support through funds raised for the project, said Milby, who is president of the new organization, the paper said.

The foundation’s vice-president, Jon Pierce, told The Telegraph he used to go the Muse Theatre with his parents after lunch for a cartoon and a Western movie.
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 Top Photo from Flickr member Robb Cobb -
Small photo courtesy of Back on Tack
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Back in the Day Santa Arrived in Decatur by Helicopter

This image is based on an old ad for Santa coming to Downtown Decatur by helicopter
to light Decatur's Christmas Tree.( circa 1960's) back then Santa would land over at The old Decatur Federal building parking lot which is now Wells Fargo. The tree that year was located out in front of Decatur Federal bank building.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Seven Hens Celebrates Holiday Traditions

Sent in by Kelly Wallace

Decatur Schnitzel Spot Lets Urbanites Get a Taste of International Celebrations and Cuisine

DECATUR, GA (November 28, 2012) – As the holidays approach, families prepare for the season with cozy traditions including trimming the tree, baking cookies and beyond. To celebrate these pastimes and offer fun ways to get a taste of global traditions, schnitzel restaurant Seven Hens launches its Holiday Schnitzel Menu.

Beginning November 28, the eatery periodically highlights one of its internationally themed sandwiches and celebrates the indigenous holiday traditions of the areas that inspire that dish’s distinct flavors. Each week from now until December 22, guests can stop by Seven Hens to enjoy a themed schnitzel sandwich for $6* and learn about how families across the globe celebrate the holiday season.

WHAT: Holiday Schnitzel Menu at Seven Hens
The restaurant features one of its globally inspired schnitzel sandwiches for $6* each week. These international traditions breed unique flavor, apparent in each creation:

The Italian | Children in Italy await the arrival of Befana, an old woman bearing gifts much like the American Santa Claus, on Epiphany Eve. Inspired by this rich heritage, sandwich flavors go bold with classic Italian seasoning, pesto and sun-dried tomato aioli.

The Mexican | A primary tradition in Mexico is La Posada, a reenactment of the Christmas story. Families also enjoy decorating with indigenous poinsettias and celebrating with piñatas. This colorful culture inspires the sandwich’s picante seasoning, chipotle aioli and cilantro mojo.

The French | In France, little lumières place empty shoes in front of their fireplaces, hoping that the beloved Père Noël will leave them gifts. This finesse bids bonjour to the sandwich’s signature French seasoning, Dijon mustard and olive tapenade aioli.

The American | Across the country, families celebrate Christmas with trees and stockings, Hanukkah with menorahs and dreidels, Kwanzaa with kinaras and feasts and other holidays with a bevy of sacred pastimes. This melting pot of traditions inspires a sandwich with Cajun-style seasoning, BBQ sauce and classic American coleslaw.

For more about how each region celebrates the holidays, Seven Hens offers information in the restaurant for families to pursue.

*This dine-in only offer is not available for platters and cannot be combined with any other offers.

WHEN: November 28 through December 22
Monday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Each week features a different schnitzel sandwich:
November 26 – December 1: The Italian | December 2-8: The Mexican
December 9-15: The French | December 16-22: The American

WHERE: Seven Hens
North Decatur Plaza | 2140 North Decatur Road | Decatur, GA 30033

Seven Hens is a brand-new concept from Israeli-born Atlantan Michael Gurevich. The upscale, fast-casual restaurant marries age-old European cooking methods with international cuisine and serves an array of schnitzel-style chicken dishes with flavors from around the world.

Known for its global flair and embracing of diversity, Seven Hens offers guests six internationally inspired recipes: American, Mexican, Italian, French, Chinese and Indian. Guests looking to create their own adventures may opt for The Traveler, a playful build-your-own alternative. For more information, call 404.633.3000 or visit

Renewal Design-Build Wins Three OBIE Awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

ATLANTA, GA, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 Renewal Design-Build, one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 5 Remodelers, is proud to announce they received three awards at the 32nd OBIE Awards event held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. 
Held annually by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the OBIE Awards recognize achievement in building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. These coveted awards are the highest accolades given by the Atlanta housing industry.

"With this being the first time we entered the competition, we are honored to receive such acknowledgement," said Peter Michelson, CEO of Renewal. "It serves as a great recognition for the hard work of our designers, project managers and the entire Renewal team.  It is fantastic to receive this type of recognition from our peers.”

Renewal took home the Gold OBIE award for Best Kitchen - $50,000 and over category. The winning project located in Decatur’s Winnona Park neighborhood required Renewal to re-imagine the floor plan to accommodate a growing family with a modern lifestyle.  Converting the unused front rooms practically doubled the size of the original kitchen allowing for a generous island and ample storage.  The kitchen also features beautiful finishes, custom tile, and built-in shelving. Renewal was able to reuse the original cabinetry, saving the homeowners a significant amount of money.   View the kitchen.  

Renewal’s second Gold award came in the Marketing category for Best Website - Builder/Developer for

In addition to their Gold awards, Renewal won a Silver OBIE for the Residential Remodeling - Best Addition. With three children and one on the way, the homeowners were quickly outgrowing their three bedroom home. The value of this highly functional addition is not just in the three extra bedrooms, modern kitchen, and spacious mudroom, but in its added character and absolute seamlessness of the project. Renewal was able to successfully preserve the period of their 1940s home and the Decatur neighborhood. The keeping room features a wood burning fireplace, custom built-ins, and French doors leading out to the backyard. The exterior is a showpiece all on its own. From the charming color choices to the trim detailing, the addition enhances the home in every way.  View the addition.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Is Jack in the Box Coming to Atlanta ?

From Tomorrow's News Today
 Sources tell me San Diego, California-based Jack in the Box is eyeing an initial entrance
into the Atlanta market.  If their plans come to fruition, they will enter a crowded market where Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King, among others, all have significant representation. 

California-based chains have found mixed success in Atlanta.  Costa Mesa, California-based El Pollo Loco vacated the Atlanta market late last year after only about 2 and a half years in the market.  Lake Forest, California-based Del Taco has thus far proved the third time is the charm as they entered the Atlanta market for the third time earlier this year.  After opening their first store in Snellville in February, another store was added near Kennesaw State in the spring, and more recently, another location opened in a former El Pollo Loco off Cobb Parkway.  The current Atlanta area Del Taco locations are all open 24 hours have apparently each set company sales records. 
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Photo credit What the Hell are you Eating

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It's Small Business Saturday in Decatur

From: Mingei World Arts

Have a great Saturday in Decatur.
 See you soon!
Your friends at
Mingei World Arts
Read all about us , we are Featured in this week's Hand/Eye magazine

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Shop Mingei World Arts Satuday Nov. 24

From: Mingei World Arts
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Once you've eaten your fill of turkey and pie, we hope you will join us on Small Business Saturday! Small Business Saturday is that day between Black Friday and Cyber Monday when you can get out, shop locally and support a small us!  Drop by Saturday for unique holiday gifts and decor, or for something nice for yourself! In the afternoon we will be serving wine and other refreshments!
In the mean time, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

Ann and Ellen

Monday -Wednesday 10-6
Terrific Thursdays 10-10
Friday and Saturday 10-9
Sunday 11-6
427 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30306

Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree


 Lenox Square Macy's

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square Mall, and more than 500,000 more will watch the live broadcast on WSB-TV, which will be hosted by WSB Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore and Channel 2 Meteorologist David Chandley.

Channel 2’s Jovita Moore and David Chandley host the live broadcast from Lenox Square on Thanksgiving night beginning at 7 p.m. Our superstar lineup includes platinum selling country legend Trace Adkins, Chris Mann from The Voice, and  Nickelodeon’s Cymphonique Miller.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Vintage Photos

 Mickey Mouse 1930's

 Back before Christina Aguilera was lip-syncing on a truck covered in streamers and Santa was accompanied by a bevy of leggy blondes, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave Americans a reason to sit back and revel at the spectacle of a balloon bigger than their home. Check out photos of the vintage floats of parades past.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 29

From :
 It’s that time of year again! We are once again working with other local businesses to bring you the annual Decatur Christmas Tree! Join us on Thursday, November 29th for carols, sweet treats, a visit from a jolly man in a red suit, and lots of merry making! You don’t want to miss this wonderful holiday tradition!

Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

For more info visit

Friday, November 16, 2012

Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe ` Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe
Kerry sends this in:

Hi ,
I thought you might be interested in a unique holiday event that transforms a local elementary school into a bustling holiday shopping experience and cafe.
Now in its 21st year, the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe offers a local alternative to crowded shopping malls and big box stores, boasting nearly 100 local and national artisans.
 Slated for Friday, November 30 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 8 pm at Clairemont Elementary School
  (155 Erie Avenue, less than a mile from downtown Decatur), the event features handmade jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery and more.
The event also hosts a well-stocked cafe, featuring homemade soups and decadent desserts from local eateries. Local musicians and carolers will be on hand to add holiday cheer. If you’re shopping with children in tow, kindergarteners and older can join in the fun on Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5 pm with art activities provided by Colorwheel Studios. Parents can pre-register online for the art activities at and enter through school's side entrance by cafeteria the day of the event.
The Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe is more than just an ordinary craft market, but also a way for the community to support local students. Proceeds from the Decatur Holiday Marketplace + Cafe go directly to support learning for the students of Clairemont Elementary School.
For more information, please visit


Thursday, November 15, 2012

King of Pops side job is Tree Elves


They'll bring you Christmas trees

King of Pops founders Nick and Steve have a new side job as Tree Elves: basically, they'll come to your home or office and drop off a live, potted Leyland Cypress Christmas tree sourced from Parrott, GA's Circle G Farms, which're slightly different from the trees you normally cop outside Circle K.
Just pick a 4-, 5-, or 6-footer, then decide if you want an upgraded ceramic pot, and/or have them arrange your tree with multi-color LED lights at your crib/the Legal Sea Foods you weirdly decided to have a Christmas tree delivered to. And because these guys run a (highly benevolent!) popsicle empire, there are of course the popsicles: you can have them include either 10 or 50 holiday-flavored popsicles, including egg nog, apple cider, chocolate peppermint, and gingerbread, which you will surely proceed to house.
Finish by picking a delivery date, then tell them when to circle back and pick it up so it can be replanted somewhere in the city, something your Circle K tree-dealer never does, because that would just be way too seedy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

School board declines to release audit on finances.

— A school board near Atlanta has received a long-awaited audit of the system's finances, but isn't sharing it with the public.
Board members want to digest the information so they can answer questions before they release it publicly, DeKalb County Schools spokesman Jeff Dickerson told The Associated Press.
The board received the audit late last week, and some members were out of town, Dickerson said. He said Tuesday morning that he thinks the audit will eventually be made public, but he wasn't certain when or how it would be shared.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

"SKYFALL" Considered One of The Best

-- From CNN (CNN) -- James Bond just turned 50 -- in movie years, anyhow ("Dr No" came out in 1962) -- and in "Skyfall" Her Majesty's sexiest spy seems to be on the verge of a midlife crisis: He's stuck in a rut, feeling redundant and getting self-conscious about his age. He even considers early retirement, plunging to his apparent doom after he's shot in the movie's thunderously exciting pre-credit sequence. Spoiler alert: 007 survives to fight another day, but not until he's treated himself to an unofficial sabbatical, an opportunity for recuperation and introspection. Not that anyone goes to a Bond movie for navel-gazing, but there's definitely a more serious undercurrent this time around, a certain hankering after relevance that must surely be attributed to the presence of Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes. No disrespect to Michael Apted, Lee Tamahori and the rest, but Mendes represents a step up in pedigree for a franchise that's usually been the preserve of action specialists. more
 Bond soars with record $87.8M 'Skyfall' debut
 ---- From: By DAVID GERMAIN LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Bond's "Skyfall" has extended its worldwide box-office rule to North America, hauling in a franchise-record $87.8 million in its first weekend at U.S. theaters. Adding in $2.2 million from Thursday night previews at IMAX and other large-format theaters, "Skyfall" has taken in $90 million domestically, according to studio estimates Sunday. That lifts the worldwide total for "Skyfall" to $518.6 million since it began rolling out overseas in late October. Internationally, the 23rd Bond flick added $89 million this weekend to raise its overseas revenue to $428.6 million. The third installment starring Daniel Craig as British super-spy Bond, "Skyfall" outdid the $67.5 million U.S. debut of 2008's "Quantum of Solace," the franchise's previous best opening. "Skyfall" more than doubled the $40.8 million debut of Craig's first Bond film, 2006's "Casino Royale." "Skyfall" already has passed the $407.7 million overseas total for "Quantum of Solace" and by Monday, it will top the $432.2 million international haul for "Casino Royale." The Craig era has reinvigorated one of Hollywood's most-enduring franchises, whose first big-screen Bond adventure, "Dr. No," debuted 50 years ago. "It's quite a testament to Bond, considering it's the 50th anniversary. What a great anniversary present," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, which produces the Bond films along with MGM. "Skyfall" was the weekend's only new wide release, but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" had a huge start in a handful of theaters. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president, "Lincoln" took in $900,000 in 11 theaters for a whopping average of $81,818 a cinema. By comparison, "Skyfall" averaged $25,050 in 3,505 theaters. "Lincoln" centers on the months leading up to the president's assassination in April 1865, as he maneuvers to pass the 13th amendment abolishing slavery and end the Civil War. Distributor Disney will expand "Lincoln" into nationwide release of about 1,600 theaters Friday and may widen the film further over Thanksgiving week. The film has strong Academy Awards prospects for two-time directing winner Spielberg, two-time acting recipient Day-Lewis and the rest of the cast, which includes Oscar winners Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. "The performances are some of the greatest of recent time," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. "I don't know if you're ever going to think about it again without seeing our actor as Lincoln. Daniel is extraordinary in the role." "Skyfall" took over the top spot at the weekend box office from Disney's animated comedy "Wreck-It Ralph," which fell to No. 2 with $33.1 million, raising its domestic total to $93.7 million. While "Skyfall" marked a new high for Bond's opening-weekend revenue, the film has a long way to go to match the biggest audiences 007 has ever drawn. Adjusted for inflation, Sean Connery's 1965 Bond adventure "Thunderball" would have taken in an estimated $508 million domestically in today's dollars, with its 1964 predecessor "Goldfinger" not far behind at $444 million, according to box-office tracker

  The Bond films over the last two decades have come in around the $200 million range domestically in inflation-adjusted dollars. Still, Craig's Bond is setting a new critical standard for the franchise. While "Quantum of Solace" had a so-so critical reception, "Skyfall" and "Casino Royale" are among the best-reviewed Bond films, with critics and fans enjoying the darker edge Craig has imprinted on 007. "'Skyfall' is to the Bond franchise what 'The Dark Knight' was to the Batman franchise," said analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "By taking it to a whole other level, this is a different kind of Bond that can be taken really seriously."

Friday, November 9, 2012

“Tree of Love” program to help low income Children

From AJC

“Tree of Love” kicks off this month
 By April Hunt

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The annual charity effort to make the Christmas season better for disadvantaged kids in DeKalb County kicks off later this month.

The Tree of Love program creates wish lists for holiday gifts for low-income children as well as those in foster care. Residents can select names from the tree, to help make sure the children have something to open for the holidays.

The tree will be set up at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, near Decatur. The kickoff event will begin at noon Nov. 24 at the mall, with all gifts due back by Dec. 15.

More information: 404-964-4936.

SKYFALL Starts Today

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dekalb offering "Shred and Tread" event Saturday

From The AJC
By April Hunt

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In honor of America Recycles Day on Saturday, DeKalb County will host document shredding and tire recycling for all residents.

Sensitive documents will be shredded on-site free, though there is a five-box limit per person.

In addition, county residents can drop off passenger-car tires for $1 each, with a maximum of 10, for recycling. Commercial grade tires will not be accepted.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the county’s Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive, just off Kensington Road near Decatur.

More information:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Eddie's Attic Presents Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower Sunday Nov. 11

ELIZABETH MITCHELL, a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, has been recording and performing music for children and families since 1998. Elizabeth was the first new children‘s music artist signed to Smithsonian Folkways in the 21st century.
Elizabeth discovered her passion for making music with children in the early 1990s during her time as an assistant teacher at the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery School in New York City. There was a large international population in the school, with many different languages spoken among the children in her class and Elizabeth found that music was a common language that they could share. At the same time she was discovering traditional American music, immersing herself in the songs of The Carter Family and other music of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and the recordings of Elizabeth Cotten. A trip to Stereo Jacks Record store in Cambridge MA provided a turning point for Elizabeth, when she found a vinyl ten inch copy of Woody Guthrie’s “Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child.” As Elizabeth states in the liner notes of her album, You Are My Little Bird, “The songs that jumped off the vinyl of the Woody Guthrie record were the first songs I heard that accessed the poetry of the emerging language of children. One of my jobs as an assistant teacher was to write down the children’s descriptions of their artwork. Woody’s songs sounded like the stories I would hear from my students as they explained their drawings to me. I cherished these windows into their imaginations; as a songwriter it was inspiring, their minds were so free. I heard that same freedom in Woody’s lyrics.”
You Are My Flower, Elizabeth’s first album, was recorded in one afternoon in 1998, at the home studio of Warren Defever of His Name is Alive. It was not intended for commercial release, but after much word of mouth demand, she released the album on her own label, Last Affair records. Her next album, You Are My Sunshine, was released in 2002, following the birth of her daughter Storey in 2001. She signed with Folkways in 2006 and released her first album with them You Are My Little Bird later that year. That fall Elizabeth appeared on All Things Considered with Melissa Block, where she talked about the importance of singing to your children and sang a song.

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