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Dancing with the Dinosaurs

The idea of dancing and drinking while dinosaurs watch is appealing to me. I can't possibly be the only one who wants to do this, and Fernbank makes that possible with Martinis and IMAX. They have the IMAX movies of course, all about beautiful things like butterflies and Alaska, but they also have live music, which starts 30 minutes after you can buy your first drink. They make sure you have a little liquid courage before you are encouraged to swing dance. This week's band is Abby Wren and What It Is, which is a group described as ...

April 25, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Nuns and Doo-Wop

It's always fun to attend a play or a concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. So it made it doubly fun to be able to attend opening night of the award-winning play "Sister Act," direct from Broadway.

April 25, 2013 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | ENTERTAINMENT


High Class Shots

Start your weekend off early tonight with tequila tasting at the High Museum of Art! Yep, you totally read that right. In honor of the museum's Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting exhibit, they are going South of the Border and letting you have three shots, as well as music from a Mexican trio, a visit to the exhibit and appetizers (if you want to buy them). I'm more of a Chagall fan myself as far as art is concerned, so maybe The High will take the hint and honor him by hosting vodka tasting and Russian folk ...

April 25, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


The Colors of Spring

I love flowers. Like ridiculously love them. But I am not alone! There's obviously plenty of people in Georgia that are all about pretty little flowers, and for those people I give you Atlanta Blooms! At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There are a quarter-million bulbs – just try to wrap your mind around that – featured are tulips, daffodils, hyacinths (which smell amazing), crocuses and other bulb-ish plants that I am not smart enough to know the name of. Know what I do know? That they are gorgeous and well-worth the allergy medicine that you may need to take in order ...

April 25, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


No Gators Allowed

I have never been paddling because, to tell the truth, the idea never really appealed to me. I have seen too many episodes of "Swamp People" to feel comfortable on a tiny little canoe in the middle of a lake. However, I might make an exception for the twilight paddle happening at Hard Labor Creek State Park. The idea that I might be eaten by a gator or a giant snake pales in comparison to the idea of watching the twilight descend over a beautiful lake, and the absolute quiet I imagine comes with it. Just the thought of it ...

April 25, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


The Show Must Go On

I was raised on Disney movies and musicals, and while my love for the princesses quickly waned (mostly), my adoration for musicals never did. I even broke my nose for the first time while watching a musical, which may be why I still don't like "The Sound of Music." But throw me some "Phantom of the Opera" and "Wicked" and I am like the cat that got the cream.

April 25, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


"Driving Miss Daisy" premieres tonight

The New Depot Players are officially streaking – with well-written, acted and directed performances. Following up the notable, but unfortunately under-attended "Rabbit Hole," their spring production is none other than "Driving Miss Daisy."

April 24, 2013 | By Jessica Smith | ENTERTAINMENT


Try the crab cakes!

I'm not a fancy eatery kind of girl. I assume I will spill or talk too loud and embarrass myself. I lean more towards burgers at the Vortex than salmon satay in pistachio oil, but Watershed on Peachtree is - I have to admit – pretty freaking amazing. It's a little fancy, but not crazy, the food is a little pricy, but not outrageous, but every button-up shirt and kitten-heeled shoe is worth it for that food. From ultra-fancy popcorn balls to my personal favorite – the crab and shrimp cakes. The move from hipster Decatur to posh Peachtree Street hasn ...

April 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Little Dawg: A Band of Artists

On a night when the news calls for storms and meteorologists issue area-wide tornado watches, I find David Clemens and the rest of the DC3 sitting on the upstairs patio at Jimbo's in Porterdale. The band is having a round of Pabst Blue Ribbon – the standard beer of choice in the music industry from what I've been told. David hovers over a basket of fresh onion rings, and he is quick to introduce the rest of the band, Andrew Carroll on drums and Clayton Ferguson on bass, as well as his wife, Tamra. David stands up and greets ...

April 18, 2013 | By Shane Wilson | ENTERTAINMENT


Swing into Spring

Want to know how you can tell that spring has sprung in the ATL? The Atlanta Dogwood Festival. For 77 years people have been wandering around the city, faces turned to the sun like they had forgotten what warm weather felt like, buying crafts and food served on a stick. If it was good enough for your grandparents then it's good enough for you! There's music, food, crafts, people with dogs, probably some hipster Frisbee golf – what's not to like? This weekend is supposed to be lovely in Atlanta, so get outside and eat a Funnel Cake ...

April 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Dream a Dream in Covington

This local version of the classic musical might not have Anne Hathaway weeping on the stage of Porter Auditorium, but if the snippets I've heard sung by our local talent are any indication, they might give her a run for her money. A story of politics, struggles, love and redemption, even the dudes will dig this musical. Because what guy doesn't like stories with convicts, French Revolutionaries and strumpets? Plus there are over 100 local kids singing their theater-loving hearts out on stage. You can take your older kids, but I'd leave the little ones at home ...

April 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Will smile for food

I always thought I might enjoy swimming with sharks, but alas I am not Ocean Ramsey or the Crocodile Hunter. And while the massive Georgia Aquarium doesn't offer the ability to swim with sharks for real (whale sharks don't count), they do let you hang out with the dolphins, which is probably just as cool – or more so, considering dolphins are said to be friendly. These will totally be your friend, because in the brand new Dolphin Encounter program, you get to feed them, learn how to train them and pet them a little too. And while dolphins ...

April 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Gardening: Not just for girls and old women

My love of flowers is pretty well-known. It's my one real nod to femininity. In fact, I had an orchid in my house that I loved like a child. It recently died and I nearly shed a tear. Not kidding. It's interesting that I love flowers so much when I have such a black thumb. If I plant it, it usually dies. Maybe because I just want it to bloom and look pretty without requiring me to do boring things like give it water. Greedy, needy plants.

April 18, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


'I do what I like, and I suits me!'

Live music, a classic story come to life and puppets? I can't think of a better way to spend some time during my weekend. In fact, I'll be there this weekend, so you guys should copy me and head out the Center for Puppetry Arts to see Brer Rabbit and Friends this weekend.

April 11, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


Check out that body!

A little creepy but a lot amazing – Bodies the Exhibition is some of the coolest stuff you'll ever see. It's like science class meets serial killer - skinned bodies, with all the systems on display. It sounds awful at first, but it's amazing and it makes science seem more like art or vice versa. Want to see how the circulatory system works? Check! How about the digestive or reproductive systems? Check, check! They've got you covered with everything but skin. Take your kids, take your camera and take your time. This place is absolutely amazing. Plus, you ...

April 11, 2013 | Amber Pittman | ENTERTAINMENT


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