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Week of 10 August 2009

Friday - August 14, 2009

Question of The Week

All week we’ve been asking listeners: What are some sites around Atlanta that you’ve always seen and wondered about? Listeners phoned in with these questions and here are the answers.

  • What is that big, white, cube-liked building between Turner Field and the capitol building right along I-20?

    • The big marble block at 330 Capitol Avenue is the former home of the Georgia Archives. Eventually, the archives outgrew this space so in 2003, the archives were relocated to a new site in Morrow.
  • Why is there a section of Freedom Parkway, close to the Carter Center, that is covered?

    • The roof over that section of Freedom Parkway has to do with a large antenna just next to it. If you look closely when going under that over-pass you’ll notice guide-wires that support a nearby broadcast tower. Well, in extreme winter conditions there is a chance that ice could form - and then fall - from these lines. So that cover was put up as a precaution.
  • How old is the large Ginkgo tree in front of the High Museum?

    • Well, any time we have a question about trees, we turn to our friends at Trees Atlanta. They agree that it was easily planted in the late 1800’s, making the tree 100 -125 years old.
  • What is the translation of the Latin inscription around the Millennium Gate in Atlantic Station?

    • According to Rodney Cook Jr., President of the National Monuments Foundation the inscription reads: This American monument is dedicated to all peaceful accomplishments since the birth of Jesus Christ, in the year of our lord 2000. The archway was originally conceived in 1999 and was intended to be erected in Washington DC. It opened in Atlanta on July 4th, 2008.

We’d like to thank everyone who called in, but since we couldn’t get to all of the questions, we’ll be posting more of them on City Café’s Facebook page.

Thursday - August 13, 2009

Alec Soth: Picturing The South

Alec Soth, Enchanted Forest, Texas, 2006

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The High Museum started the Picturing the South initiative back in 1990. It’s aim is to highlight the American South by commissioning the work of established and emerging photographers. Some of the past participants—whose work has been added to museum’s permanent collection—include Sally Mann, Alex Webb and Richard Misrach.

Add to that list the name Alec Soth, an artist who’s first project was a series taken while travelling from his home in Minneapolis, down the Mississippi River to the Delta.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently spoke with Julian Cox, Curator of Photography at the High, about how that previous work made him a prime candidate for Picturing the South.

Alec Soth: Black Line of Woods is on display at the High Museum now through January 3rd.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Access Atlanta

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AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.

Wednesday - August 12, 2009

Community Supported Agriculture

Photo by Anthony-Masterson Photography

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During World Wars I and II, Victory Gardens popped up all over the U.S. They were planted on private residences to grow vegetables and fruits to reduce pressure on the public food supply. In addition these gardens were also considered a civil moral booster. Over the past couple of decades a new kind of Victory Garden has begun to blossom in Community Supported Agriculture or SCA. John Lemley spoke with Meredith Ford Goldman, Dining Critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Atlanta Farmers Market Guide

Georgia Organics

Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine

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Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.

Saturday, August 15th - Dar Williams - Eddie’s Attic

Monday, August 17th - Bat For Lashes - The Loft

Sunday, August 16th - The Bowerbirds - The Earl

Tuesday - August 11, 2009

Sunshine Tucker

Patricia Sunshine Tucker

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The Fox Theatre turns 80 this year… But inside, employees are busy celebrating a different milestone. Dana Goldman has the story of Patricia Sunshine Tucker.

Amanda Gable

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These historic sites are memorials and windows into the past—and—for author Amanda Gable, they are sanctuaries where a young girl can come of age.

Amanda Gable’s novel—out today—is called “The Confederate General Rides North” and the author kindly shared some of her insights into the fifteen year journey that went into writing it.

Amanda Gable will be giving a reading tonight at 7:15 at the Decatur Public Library, courtesy of our friends at the Georgia Center for the Book.

Monday - August 10, 2009

Fernbank Dinosaurs

Fernbank Dinosaur

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The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is in the midst of their 90 Days of Dinosaurs program, which includes the exhibits Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries” and “Giants of the Mesozoic.” Eager to get a closer look, producer Myke Johns headed out to the museum and found more than just skeletons.

Local Book Events


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Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival and curator of verb.org Daren Wang stops by to talk about local area books and book events.

Monday, August 10th - James C. Cobb - “Georgia Odyssey”

Tuesday, August 11th - Mark Bagley, Paul Jenkins & Daniel Way - Marvel 70th Anniversary

Wednesday, August 12th - Nene Leakes “Never Make The Same Misktake Twice”