Showing posts with label Your Dekalb Farmers Market (Decatur GA). Show all posts
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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Weekend with The Folks (Hers): Aquarium, Antiques & Buddha! + Derby

First off, hooray for Chinese Buddha reopening. A favorite of ours, this Chinese restaurant had been closed for months, after forced to relocate to a new venue. Time went by, with its opening continually pushed back. Questions arose, would we ever have the good food we craved, how much tackiness would remain, would this picture be hanging in the foyer like in the original?

The answer are yes, not much and no.

Yes, the food is back, they reopened on Sunday. We got dishes that we had before the restaurant's closing, and there was no difference. You can tell new waitstaff is finding their pace. One thing new thing... white people as waiters. One person missing, our favorite cranky waiter.

Tacky, no. The restaurant is beautiful, a bit too much so for my taste. We heard other patrons commenting about the nice digs, and wondering if the Mick "Ick" Jagger picture would return. I doubt he and friends will be appearing in public again.

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Our first visit to Buddha was just us, our second (of the week) was with my in-laws. They liked it very much as well. While there, a hellacious rain storm swept away the blues skies. Before Buddha, we took the 'rents to the Dekalb Farmers Market. It took awhile for them to overcome being overwhelmed, but then the shopping commenced.

Dinner was followed by a trip to the Aquarium. Special late-night hours made the visit great. Fewer people, much fewer kids and adult drinks. Again, in-laws were pleased.

Next day, we hit the Scott Antiques Market. The 2 massive complexes house loads of dealers, but few bargains, and we left spending money only on some cheap hot dogs and ice cream. A trip to Trader Joe's was made and dinner at 6 Feet Under made everyone fat and happy.

And now that they have left, I will be doing derby tonight, the Denim Demons vs. Sake Tuyas.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Fun With Friends, Weekend Puppetry Art Show, Tonight's Animation Screening

We had a friend in town and got a chance to show what we really like about Atlanta.

Over the weekend, we went to the production of the Center for Puppetry Arts' "The Ghastly Dreadfuls' - Compendium of Graveyard Tales and Other Curiosities.'"  A really nice show that mixed live cabaret singing/musicians and staged marionette Halloween/horror stories. Really interesting stage craft.  And funny.

During her visit we also hit the R Thomas Deluxe Grill for dinner, Cafe Intermezzo for great deserts and hot chocolate, Nam for subtle Vietnamese  and the Your Dekalb Farmers Market buffet for the cheapest meal of the trip (3 people for $10).

As per her request we tried to show her some of the local flea markets and thrift stores, with mixed results.  Some places found online were permanently closed when we went to them.  And a few that were open were wonderfully sketchy and weirdly laid out.

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Now we are relaxing and recuperating. Our friend is back in Vegas, and us chilling at home. I'm planing on seeing a screening of animated movies at the Five Spot, sponsored by the ASIFA-Atlanta.   Which I just found out about today from The Ward-O-Matic.

From the ASIFA website...

"'ASIFA' stands for Association Internationale du Film d'Animation. It was started in France in 1960 as a membership organization devoted to encouraging animaton. "

"Blowin' Smoke
Monday, October 16th (7:30pm)

The follow-up to our popular "Roll Yer Own" screening. In fact, that screening has become so popular that we had to break it into two separate shows. "Roll Yer Own" is strictly non-commercial, featuring mostly student work as well as independent and "downtime" works from professionals. "Blowin' Smoke" will feature full-on commercial work, including studio reels. It's a chance for every one to show off what they've been working on over the past year, as well as shameless self-promotion!

To Hell with Hitler!

C. Martin Croker's collection of animation propaganda from the 1940's is sure to astound you. 13 different cartoons, 13 different Hitler model sheets from the likes of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, and more, including "Der Fuhrer's Face" and "Education for Death- the Making of a Nazi"!

Bizarro Saturday Morning

Weird stuff that nobody's seen! Nobody, that is, except the collector and purveyor of all things cartoon- C. Martin Croker!

The Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie

That's right, your favorite Adult Swim value meal on the big screen. See it here first, with the writers, artists, producers and all other guilty parties in attendance. No weapons allowed!"

Friday, April 28, 2006

One Gallery, Some Flowers, Misc...

Before going to work this evening at the Ferst Center I decided I needed to hit some places in town for a little taste of culture.

First on my list was Youngblood Gallery and Boutique. They will be having a new gallery show opening next week, which I am hoping to attend. The boutique had a 40% off sale so I ended up buying a copy of Found Magazine #4 and a pair of Stroke's Striped Socks.

After that I headed out to Foundation One Studios, a gallery Atlanta blogger Mary wrote about. But they were closed. On a Friday?

After that it was a short visit to a couple of vintage clothes and antique/tchotchke stores in Decatur. Before coming home, it was a trip to the Your Dekalb Farmers Market for some flowers for the hard-working sweetie.

Now I'm home getting ready to head out. This show (The Secret Garden) will be the last scheduled show for me, and I have to start working on a summer strategy for work. Often museums, galleries and theaters have less work during the summer's warm months and this is something most freelancers in my field have to contend with.

But before that, a big 'ole roadtrip.

Upstate NY!
New Orleans!!!


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Daytripping: Breakfast, DMV, Stone Mountain Village & YDFM

A chore turns into a trip... Having relocated to Atlanta from Vegas, the GA DMV made us get state licenses. They track the movement of people into the state via insurance records. Thus we were spotted and told to get ourselves new licenses now! And we did, but not before breakfast. We had "the most important meal of the day" at Radial, where we again had another good meal. The neighboring martial arts studio teaches a collection of fighting styles. Some more familiar than others, "Kill Bill", "Jedi Style?"...

We then went out hunting for the DMV. The direction had us going to Candler Rd. near Flat Shoals and searching the quazi-rundown mall for the unmarked DMV hidden inside. The people were fine and the pictures bad. But since we reserved our arrival times in advance on their phoneline, less time was spent waiting than expected. So, with the rest of the afternoon open, it was time to explore.

First, we headed to Stone Mountain Park. Where we turned right around and left when we found it was cash-only to enter. Instead we went to the admission-free Stone Mountain Village. Which is soon to be holding its local elections. Lawns were littered with candidates' signs, like the following examples from Williams and Peterson...

Ponce De Leon Ave cuts through Stone Mountain Village, and we started back on it. We stopped at Your Dekalb Farmers Market. I had first heard of it when listening to an NPR show about the market (NPR : Visiting the DeKalb Farmers' Market) and had some idea of what to expect. But my wife had not a clue, and wasn't expecting the expanse of organized chaos. A little shopping was done with definite plans to return. Strangely enough, the market has a "no photography" policy.

And now I end my evening writing about our day's adventure.