Thursday, September 3, 2015

Andretti Indoor Karting Teams Up with Brave PR!



Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Selects BRAVE Public Relations as Agency of Record

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games announced today that the company has retained BRAVE Public Relations to publicize and promote its entertainment complex in Roswell and its newest location in Marietta, opening in October.

The premium entertainment destination provides guests with state of the art indoor karting, the latest gaming and recreation technologies, extreme activities like laser tag and an elevated ropes course, and a selection of fresh, house-made menu options crafted by an award-winning chef.

Whether it’s high-speed karting, competing against friends and family in the gaming arcade, dining at the renowned Andretti Grill from its chef-inspired menu, or indulging in a hand-crafted cocktail at the domed Sky Bar, a visit to Andretti is “entertainment you can feel.”

With 15,000-square feet of meeting space available and catering onsite, both locations are the perfect place to host corporate team outings and special events.  “With the opening of our new Marietta location, we’re excited to offer the Roswell and Marietta communities a place to enjoy big celebrations, as well as everyday victories,” said Jennifer Waxman, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Director of Marketing. “We’re confident our partnership with BRAVE Public Relations will enhance our relationships with these communities. Their seasoned experience, combined with a successful track record with entertainment venues, will help grow our brand awareness as we expand our footprint in the Atlanta area.”

Specializing in retail and entertainment clients, BRAVE Public Relations has a history of successfully promoting both new and existing venues and retails centers in the Southeast. As the agency of record for area entertainment destinations including LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Center for Puppetry Arts and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, BRAVE Public Relations is poised to position Andretti Indoor Karting & Games as a top destination to Roswell and Marietta residents and visitors. With a strong background in publicizing entertainment brands, BRAVE PR also represents Broadway in Atlanta, Aurora Theatre and Taste of Atlanta.

ANDRETTI INDOOR KARTING & GAMES          

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is headquartered in Roswell, Ga., and was established in 2001. Their locations feature high-speed super-karts, European-style tracks, a state of the art arcade, Sky Trail ropes course, cosmic rock wall, zip line, XD motion theater and Cruden racing simulators. Each location is also home to The Andretti Grill, a full bar and restaurant capable of serving more than 10,000-square feet of event and meeting space. For more information, please visit www.andrettikarting.com.

In addition to the indoor facility in Roswell, Ga., the company also owns and operates the Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne, Fla. This outdoor park opened in 1999 and features five go-kart tracks, miniature golf, laser tag, rock wall, ropes course, family spinning coaster, batting cages, Andretti Challenge super-karts, paddle boats, kiddie rides and the largest arcade in the Space Coast. For more information, please visit www.andrettithrillpark.com.

Since 1999 the Andretti facilities have entertained more than 13 million guests.

About BRAVE Public Relations

BRAVE Public Relations is a full-service lifestyle public relations firm specializing in the entertainment and retail industries. BRAVE PR clients include The Fresh Market (176 stores nationally), Simon (21 malls in the Mid-Atlantic region), Taste of Atlanta, Room & Board, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Center for Puppetry Arts and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Connect with BRAVE Public Relations on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

IHOP - $1 Pancakes Today!




Today only, you can get a $1 short stack of pancakes at IHOP and help support Share a Smile Day.

Special runs from 7AM until 7PM.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Memphis Plays Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre to Standing Ovations



Last Saturday night, I had the privilege of venturing out of my comfort zone and into the small, quaint town of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

I've lived in Lawrenceville before - for almost two decades, in the 1980s and 1990s...but I had not been back to this small town since the revamping of the historic town square.

One of the wonderful and welcome additions made to Lawrenceville's town square was the addition of the Aurora Theater.

The Aurora Theater sits quietly and perfectly inside an old historic church building.  This gives the theater just the right amount of character and charm. The theater is small and intimate.

Picture courtesy of Goldstar.com.

I was going to see and review the musical Memphis.  Memphis is a spectacular show that maybe many of you have seen in different venues over the years.

It is set, of course, in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1950s, a time of racial unsettling and abuse.  The story revolves around Huey Calhoun and Felicia Farrell.  Huey, played by North Carolina School of the Arts graduate, Travis Smith, is a young white male who lands a job at a local radio station.  The interesting story line here though is that before landing the gig, Huey has met and fallen head over heels in love with Felicia.  Now, here's your twist in our story - Felicia, played by Atlanta resident Naima Russell, is a Beale Street black R&B singer, and what ensues over the next few hours is their story - life, love, and the turbulent time of racial diversity in the 1950s.

It is a love and rise-to-fame story laced with energy, excitement, and abuse. We watch as Huey rises to the top of the ratings chart, taking Felicia with him as he introduces her to a whole new audience of white, American teenagers.  We watch as music executives find and "discover" Felicia and, in turn, offer to make her a national superstar.  We watch as our couple eventually make life-altering decisions - decisions about about their personal and business relationships.

It's the 1950s, and this musical doesn't give us the happy ending we'd all like to see.  It's real and it's raw, and it's reflective of life as it used to be.

But no matter how turbulent our Country was (or still may be) during the 1950s, its greatest gift to us was the music it birthed, and the music of Memphis reflects this.

Songs such as, "The Music of My Soul" and "Everyone Wants to Be Black on a Saturday Night" are perfect examples.  Here is "The Music of My Soul" from the Tony Awards a few years ago.  Not the same talent of course, but a tease of what you will find at the Aurora Theatre through the month of August.  Wow.  Just watching this makes me want to go back for a second time!




The Cast Members in this play have credentials a mile long and talent immense.  Here are two particular actors to keep your eye on when you visit (not to discredit anyone else by far):
  • Eric Moore as Bobby.  Fabulous!

  • Eugene Russell as Gator - Keep your eyes on this young man.  That's all I'm going to say...

The Aurora Theatre's small setting also provides for high-energy vibrations, close encounters, and audience participation.  Our audience members yelled out their support and encouragement (or disdain) to the characters, clapped and sang along to the songs, and even rose to their feet to celebrate.

Memphis plays the Aurora theater in Lawrenceville through August 30. Tickets are available by calling 678.226.6222 or visiting the theatre's website.  Tickets start out at $20.

Last word?  Make a date with your significant other, your best friends, or even your children to go and see Memphis while it is in town.  Such great music and such great lessons to be learned.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Inflatable Movie Screen - Daily Deal from Home Depot!





It's back.

The Today Only deal from Home Depot is this 12' inflatable diagonal widescreen airblown deluxe movie screen.

Originally almost $200, it is on sale today for $130.  This is an online exclusive, so you must visit the Home Depot website to purchase. 

I love that is says, "Limit 5 per customer."  Who is buying five of these???

Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Atlanta's Fox Theatre Unveils New Behind The Scenes Tour for Media and Guests




Photo courtesy of facebook.

Most of us who have lived in the City of Atlanta, or one of its metro suburbs, all our lives have dreamed of a tour such as this one. We have dreamed of what lies behind those 86-year old stone and cement walls.  We have been fascinated with the prospect of a peek "behind the scenes." 

So, when The Fox Theatre (the "Fox") set up a media preview for our small group of ten last week, I jumped at the invitation to come and witness what this famed and legendary theatre might hold behind its walls.  The Behind the Scenes Tour ended up being everything we expected it to be and so much more. 

If you did not follow along on my Instagram tour last week, I hope, after today's read, you will make a reservation for this limited-time, historic tour.  You may visit The Fox Theatre's website to sign up or receive more information.  (Currently, the tour is only planned for June dates.)

Our tour started off in the Lobby at the bottom of one of the Grand Staircases inside the theatre.  A young and energetic tour guide, named Alexis, gave us a brief history lesson on the Fox.  Did you know the original investors thought it would only take $1 million to build, but it actually ended up costing over $3 million?  Did you know the theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929 with all the fanfare of acrobats and a Steamboat Willie cartoon?  (Yes, my worlds actually collided for a brief moment!)  Did you know this theatre has been running and operating in the black since 1978?  Atlanta is so proud.

Our first official stop on tour was the Hospital.  Yes, you read that correctly -- the Hospital.  Buried behind the scenes and behind a large wooded door clearly marked, "Hospital," is a tiny subway-tiled room complete with an early 1930s-era bed, a medicine cabinet, and a bathroom sink.  Fascinating!  Still as you might picture it was during the early part of last century.  What used to be manned by a nurse for ailing performers or Guests is now attended to by an EMT.  Times may have changed, but the decor has not.




From the hospital, we proceeded to the old "screening room."  Pictures of the room can be view on my Instgram virtual tour, but basically, this room was used by Atlanta censors to decide if new releases from the major motion picture studios in Hollywood should be banned in Atlanta.  By the time this practice ended in 1966, 15 films had been banned from our City!

Today, the Fox uses this room for a multitude of purposes -- from Artist Meet and Greets to catering set-ups to prop storage areas.  It is not a large room, but the history contained within it?  Wow, if these walls could only talk!  I'm sure the stories themselves would be large.  

Next stop on tour was the pit.  This is the original pit from 1929.  The hydraulics used are still original (although the motors are new).  The pit contains a "floor" that lowers and raises.  This can be used for anything -- from strictly utilitarian procedures to dramatic production effects and entrances.  Again, pictures for this area may be seen on my Instagram account.  The pit was an extremely fascinating area to see, and one that both theatre fans and students will definitely want to take a peek at.

From the pit, we moved along to the electrical rooms.  These large and antiquated rooms are no longer used, as most of them have been replaced by small and unobtrusive small gray boxes along the walls.  However, here is an interesting factoid - Georgia Tech often sends engineers and students over to study these rooms as there so few in existence anymore.  Hats off, once again, to The Fox for keeping as much intact as possible these last 86 years.




Next stop was the paint room.  The fun part of this tour is that you are not only walking and climbing centuries old staircases, you are also riding century-old elevators.  The larger, freight-style elevator you take to get to the paint room, reminded me immediately of my beloved Walt Disney World's Tower of Terror.  (Only thing missing was a push out over the edge.)

I can't speak for everyone on our little tour, but it seemed to me that this room got the most inquisitions and pictures taken.  Very fascinating, and one stop I am glad the theatre includes!




The paint room is run by Ms. Edna Tillander.  She is the last one (out of four) from her family that has worked in the theatre's paint room for the past 65 years!  This room was a treasure trove of history and artifacts.

From the paint room, we took my beloved Walt Disney World's Tower of Terror elevator back down to the Rehearsal and Dressing Room areas.  The rehearsal room was fascinating as it housed the Production Manager's office up above and overlooking it.  This office space once gave way to an in-house radio station!  Who knew?




The Dressing Rooms were simply put, amazing.  Not for their elaborateness or luxury, but for a few pretty cool wallpaper designs, both custom made for the Fox.  The first dressing room's wallpaper was a montage of ticket stubbs from over the years.  It was fun trying to look at them all and hearing all of us say, "Remember them?" or "Hey!  I was at that concert!"  The second dressing room's wallpaper was a montage of show posters, many of them autographed by the shows actors.  Again - cool factor - off the charts.





And, before I forget.  One other cool thing about these two dressing rooms.  There is a tradition, apparently, at The Fox Theatre...artists sign the dresser drawers of their room!  Take a peek at just one of the drawers we saw.  (Yes, Mary Poppins was on one of them.  Again, worlds colliding.)




To wrap up our Behind the Scenes media tour nicely in a bow, we ended our night with the greatest cherry on top ever -- heading backstage and onto the Fox's famous stage itself.  Wow!  What a treat!

Before heading on stage, you are met with a large wall of performers' 8 x 10 head shots, most of them autographed by their subjects, letting you know you are in good company performing at The Fox Theatre.  And, right before you step out onto that impressive and historic stage, you are greeted over head with a classic quote by the famous Ronnie Van Zandt.  Such a great touch on this backstage area.

To say this tour is impressive would be an understatement.  If you are a lover of history, the City of Atlanta, or the Fox Theatre itself, you should not miss this tour.  There is no other place or time in the Fox's history where you will be or have been able to see all of these areas of the Fox.  They, quite simply put, have never been open to the general public before.  

Nowhere else will you be able to see the Mighty Mo up close and personal.  Nowhere else will you be able to stand and look out over an empty theatre and imagine you are seeing what the performers themselves see each nightNowhere else will you see Depression-era electrical systems.

Folks, this is a chance in a lifetime tour.  I promise you will not be disappointed.  I am so happy I was invited and got a chance to see this tour.  If you and/or your family would like to check out this historic tour too, here is the information on how you might acquire tickets.  Please remember this tour is not recommended for children under the age of 7, and there are several stairs and areas not ADA accessible.

Fox Theatre Behind The  Scenes Tour

For a limited time only, the Fox Theatre is offering special Fox Theatre Behind the Scenes Tours.  These tours are a 90-minute guided program that will allow guests to experience the Fox from a different perspective, BACKSTAGE.  This tour will feature many elements of the Fox, including refreshments in the star dressing rooms, a peek under the stage, and culminates with photo opportunities on the Legendary Fox Theatre stage.  The Behind the Scenes Tours are not recommended for children under 7 and no children under the age of 2 are permitted.   Everyone must have a ticket to attend the tour.
Fox Theatre Behind the Scenes Tours will take place on Tuesday, June 9, Wednesday, June 10, Sunday, June 14, Tuesday, June 16, Wednesday, June 17, and Saturday, June 20. Please note there are a large number of stairs and several places on the tour are not ADA accessible.
Tickets are $45, and may be be purchased at The Fox Theatre's website.
As I wrap up this article, I will leave you with one more photo, from my Instagram feed...

Since this was a private media tour and the only one of the night, we were treated to the "closing down" of the Fox that night.  And, as all good theatre patrons know, not all lights can be turned off.  This one light was left lit as we left the building.  Do you know why?





The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929, a perky tour guide named Alexis explained during a media preview Tuesday night, and the theater staff works hard to maintain the building’s original features and essence. She led our group of 10 down into the lower ladies lounge and opened a door marked “hospital” to a preserved 1920s medical room, where a nurse once tended to injured or ailing performers. (An on-site EMT serves this role today.) Nearby, in an odd juxtaposition of  historic and modern, sinks in the bathroom with original faucets stood opposite Dyson hand dryers. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/what-we-saw-during-the-fox-theatres-new-behind-the-scenes-tour/#sthash.oEKoG9s5.dpuf
The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929, a perky tour guide named Alexis explained during a media preview Tuesday night, and the theater staff works hard to maintain the building’s original features and essence. She led our group of 10 down into the lower ladies lounge and opened a door marked “hospital” to a preserved 1920s medical room, where a nurse once tended to injured or ailing performers. (An on-site EMT serves this role today.) Nearby, in an odd juxtaposition of  historic and modern, sinks in the bathroom with original faucets stood opposite Dyson hand dryers. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/what-we-saw-during-the-fox-theatres-new-behind-the-scenes-tour/#sthash.oEKoG9s5.dpuf
The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929, a perky tour guide named Alexis explained during a media preview Tuesday night, and the theater staff works hard to maintain the building’s original features and essence. She led our group of 10 down into the lower ladies lounge and opened a door marked “hospital” to a preserved 1920s medical room, where a nurse once tended to injured or ailing performers. (An on-site EMT serves this role today.) Nearby, in an odd juxtaposition of  historic and modern, sinks in the bathroom with original faucets stood opposite Dyson hand dryers. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/what-we-saw-during-the-fox-theatres-new-behind-the-scenes-tour/#sthash.oEKoG9s5.dpuf
The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929, a perky tour guide named Alexis explained during a media preview Tuesday night, and the theater staff works hard to maintain the building’s original features and essence. She led our group of 10 down into the lower ladies lounge and opened a door marked “hospital” to a preserved 1920s medical room, where a nurse once tended to injured or ailing performers. (An on-site EMT serves this role today.) Nearby, in an odd juxtaposition of  historic and modern, sinks in the bathroom with original faucets stood opposite Dyson hand dryers. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/what-we-saw-during-the-fox-theatres-new-behind-the-scenes-tour/#sthash.oEKoG9s5.dpuf
The Fox Theatre opened on Christmas Day 1929, a perky tour guide named Alexis explained during a media preview Tuesday night, and the theater staff works hard to maintain the building’s original features and essence. She led our group of 10 down into the lower ladies lounge and opened a door marked “hospital” to a preserved 1920s medical room, where a nurse once tended to injured or ailing performers. (An on-site EMT serves this role today.) Nearby, in an odd juxtaposition of  historic and modern, sinks in the bathroom with original faucets stood opposite Dyson hand dryers. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/what-we-saw-during-the-fox-theatres-new-behind-the-scenes-tour/#sthash.oEKoG9s5.dpuf

Friday, June 5, 2015

Living Social - $10 off $50!





Starting today, you can snag an additional $10 off your $50 purchase at livingsocial.  Just use the promo code TENOFF when you check out.

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