Week of 18 July 2011
Friday, July 22nd
Have Your Say - Spoonerisms
Friday, July 22nd is known as Spooner’s Day, named for the Reverend William Archibald Spooner. Spooner’s frequent lips of the stung…er, slips of the tongue became known as “spoonerisms.” And that is the subject of this week’s Salve Your Hay…pardon, Have Your Say. Here are some of the great responses we received.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.
Get Delicious Again: Atlanta’s Global Eateries
When we last caught up with Atlanta corn-dog and drive-in movie maven, Jim Stacy, he had just premiered as a public TV host. Jim served as our guide through some of Atlanta’s hidden restaurant treasures in the PBA30 production Get Delicious! Well, Jim and PBA30 have another serving premiering this week, a special focused on Atlanta’s international fare. It’s Get Delicious Again! Atlanta’s Global Eateries. We sat down with Jim Stacy for a sneak peek at this latest installment.
Thursday, July 21st
A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with WABE contributor David Lee Simmons.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
The AJC’s Shane Harrison tells us about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.
Wednesday, July 20th
Atlanta’s Museums: A Visit to the Wren’s Nest
On this date in 1879, writer and journalist Joel Chandler Harris published a story called “The Story of Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Fox as Told by Uncle Remus” in the Atlanta Constitution. It was the first of 34 such stories which would later be compiled into Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings just a year later and which would launch the modest Harris into international acclaim.
WABE’s John Lemley previously paid a visit to Harris’ West End Atlanta home, the Wren’s Nest, to talk to his great-great-great grandson and Executive Director of the house museum, Lain Shakespeare. He was greeted by docent Jeri McWilliams, who showed us in and talked about Harris—pre-Uncle Remus.
Georgia History: Battle of Peachtree Creek
On July 20th, 1864, Union and Confederate forces clashed outside of the fortified city of Atlanta in what is known as the Battle of Peachtree Creek. The site of the battle, which preceded the Battle of Atlanta, is now Tanyard Creek Park on Collier Road. We met there with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University, to learn about that bloody confrontation.
Read more about the Atlanta Campaign in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Tuesday, July 19th
StoryCorps Atlanta - Bryce Barnes & Angella Copeland
When Bryce Barnes and Angella Copeland started dating in 2008, Angella was about to move to South Korea for a year and a half of Mormon missionary work. That didn’t stop Bryce from sending Angella more than 300 letters while she was away.
Art Salon Meets the Music at Grocery on Home
A local venue is boasting growing popularity and packed houses at its acoustic shows. But these are not shows advertised in any weekly paper. They take place in a former neighborhood grocery whose owner converted it into a living space—and now, a concert space, too. The shows at Grocery on Home are limited to just fifty audience members, all of whom must RSVP, usually over the internet. Kate Sweeney went to one show recently—and has this story.
Monday, July 18th
Local Book Events
Daren Wang of the Decatur Book Festival and verb.org talks about local book events.
Scott Poulson-Bryant at Outwrite Bookstore - The VIPs
Chelsea Handler at Outwrite Bookstore - Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me
Eric Litwin & James Dean at Little Shop of Stories - Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Antony & Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra closes this Friday at Georgia Shakespeare, on the campus of Oglethorpe University. The story picks up where Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar left off, and follows the two main characters into the ends of their lives. It’s the first time Georgia Shakespeare has performed the play, and earlier we stopped in on a rehearsal to meet the cast of characters and artistic director.