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

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  • Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Clack, Clack, Moo: Cows That Types Comes to Center for Puppetry Arts!




    Get ready for a brand-new barnyard tale like you’ve never “herd” before!

    Featuring Farmer Brown and his clever, comical cows, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type grazes the Center for Puppetry Arts stage with its debut June 9-July 26.  Directed by the Center’s artistic director Jon Ludwig, this bovine bunch illustrates what happens when cows learn to type and chickens go on strike!

    Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is adapted from the award-winning children’s book for the puppet stage by Ludwig and resident puppet builder Jason Hines.  This fun farm tale features rod marionettes and rod puppets performed by veteran puppeteers Brian Harrison, Mandy Mitchell, Amy Sweeney, and Tim Sweeney, with narration and original musical accompaniment by Dolph Amick.  All of the puppets, props and scenery were created onsite by the Center’s talented artists. 

    Based on the book

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, written by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin, is a New York Times bestseller and a 2001 Caldecott Honoree.  The book is also on the National Education Association’s list of “Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children” and the School Library Journal’s list of “Top 100 Picture Books of All Time.”

    Creating the show

    To research and develop this production, the Center partnered with Georgia State University’s Early Childhood Education department and Georgia Organics, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable foods and local farms in the state.  GSU paired the Center with several preschools and elementary schools where Ludwig and the Center’s education director Aretta Baumgartner presented in-classroom activities.  Through sing-alongs, discussions, drawing, and other educational exercises, more than 200 preK-3rd grade students influenced script development as well as puppet, scenic, and costume designs.  Each student was awarded a free ticket to the show in appreciation for their significant impact on the production.  Georgia Organics advised Ludwig on elements of the script that involved farming; the show’s artistic team also toured nearby organic farms for design inspiration.

    “The children's input was instrumental to the creation of the show,” said Ludwig. “We were also able to create content with local farms and organic farming advocates to emphasize healthy eating and an understanding of where food comes from.”

    Recommended for ages 4 and up, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is presented in the Mainstage Theater June 9– July 26.  Visitors can enjoy discount preview days on Tuesday, June 9, and Wednesday, June 10. 

    Regular show times are as follows:

    ·         Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.         
    ·         Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    ·         Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

    *The Center will be closed Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.


    Additional fun

    What’s a typewriter!?

    Let's face it: most kids don't know what a typewriter is!  When you visit the Center during the run of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, children will be able to see, touch, and type on a real typewriter—just like the cows do in the show!  Free with admission to the Center.

    Mobile Dairy Classroom
    Saturday, June 13

    Operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk and Georgia Dairy Farmers, the Mobile Dairy Classroom features a fully operational milking parlor with a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations!

    The program provides children with a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it is processed, the healthy benefits of consuming dairy products, and dairy farmers' management of natural resources.  For more information, visit www.milkcow.org. Free with admission to the Center.


    Tickets for the show include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can make their own Click, Clack, Cow Hand Puppet to take back to their own “barn!”  Due to construction for the Center’s ongoing expansion and renovation project, all Museum exhibits are closed at this time.  The new museum will open this fall.

    TICKETS ARE $9.25 (MEMBERS) / $16.50 (NONMEMBERS) AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT WWW.PUPPET.ORG OR BY CALLING THE TICKET SALES OFFICE AT 404-873-3391.

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    The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • PNC •  Aetna Foundation • The Coca-Cola Foundation • Regency Suites Hotel • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • YP • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit www.puppet.org/about/sponsors.shtml.

    Kermit and friends are getting a new home at the Center for Puppetry Arts!
    The nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to the art of puppetry is constructing a 7,500 square foot museum expansion.  Set to be completed in fall 2015, the museum will feature objects from the Center’s extensive global collection and will display the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson's contributions to the world of puppetry.  The project also includes a major renovation to existing spaces, including a renovated entryway, expanded research library, and many other upgrades that will enhance the overall experience for all visitors to the Center.  Due to construction for the project, all Museum exhibits will be closed beginning May 24, 2015 and will reopen with the unveiling of the newly renovated project this fall.  For more details, visit www.puppet.org/believeinmakebelieve.

    Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained.  Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs.  Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Center is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre; Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ); and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.



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