Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Totem: Friday, October 26, 2012

Here's what you do Friday, October 26, 2012

See Circque du Soleil's Totem on their opening night at Atlantic Station.

Circque du Soleil's latest show, Totem is coming to Atlanta.  Opening night is Friday, October 26.  The reviews for it are amazing.  Check this out from the Boston Globe:
"For “Totem,’’ [director], Lepage has concocted a loose narrative about the development of the human species from its amphibious state to the age of space exploration. We’re meant to think about life’s origins and about the unpredictability of evolution, but not too hard. As usual with Cirque, the story line is mainly a pretext for showcasing the virtuosity of its astonishing acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, hoops dancers, balance-beam artists, and other performers."
Sounds pretty darned awesome.  I know I'm goin'.  Now, since it's opening night, might be tough to get a ticket.  At the time of writing, Stub Hub was out completely for opening night.  But, there were some tickets available at  $100 each.  Hurry, Hurry, Hurry if you want to get them!  Show starts at 8.  It's at the big tent just to the North of Atlanta Station.  Park at the Atlantic Station parking lot, close to the cinema.  That'll get you pretty close.  $100 per person, plus $5 for parking, plus maybe $20 for drinks and snacks.

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Here's what you do Friday

First: Breakfast time.  Breakfast at home is a great idea.  Time for a new recipe from.  Imagine this.  A banana french toast panini.  Check it out!  Try your hand at this recipe for breakfast.  $10 for ingredients.

Make a banana French Toast Panini from the Food Network for breakfast. 

SecondFeed your soul at the High Museum.  Named after Atlanta's High family, the High is Atlanta's top spot for art appreciation.    After a good breakfast, it's a pleasure to stroll around the Richard Meier designed main building and look at their collection.  It's appropo, no doubt, that one of their current exhibits is "Choose Me," a series of photographic portraits of presidential races from Arthur Grace.  From the High, 
"Arthur Grace (American, born 1947) is an award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer who has covered stories for some of the most reputable news sources of our time. This installation highlights selections from a project Grace undertook for Newsweek magazine, which culminated in his book Choose Me: Portraits of a Presidential Race, featuring the candidates of the 1988 campaign, including George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore, and Michael Dukakis."
nd delightful. This will be the largest exhibition of KAWS’s work to date.
Then candidate George H. W. Bush participates in a debate for the election of 1989.  Bush won, and become president in 1989.
Admission is $19.50, $16.50 for students, $12 for children 6-17, $0 for kids below 6.

Membership at the High has its privileges, including free admission to view the art exhibits, free admission to some entertainment events, membership level previews of exhibits, a subscription to the museum magazine and many other perks.  We highly recommend it.  Think of it this way, if you go three times to the High this year, your membership is paid for ($65 for general membership).

Third:  Lunch at the High's Cafe.  It's such a pleasant environment.  Why not stay a little longer and have a salad or a club sandwich?  Sit in the cavernous main hall, or even outside amongst the sculpture, and enjoy.  $10 per person.

Fourth:  Nap time.  Gotta get your beauty rest. 

Fifth:  Now, a circque show can be two hours or more.  So, have an early dinner at Antico Napoletana.  Go at 6 to make sure you have time to get to Totem. 

First, Antico doesn't sell wine, but they freely allow you to bring it to dinner.  Go get a good bottle at Mac's on your way.  Mac's has a highly educated staff of wine guys that can really help you out.  Try to get a good brunello, sangiovese, or valpolicella.  Also, get some plastic wine glasses with stems.

Atlanta's hottest pizza place, Antico brings a whole new dimension to rustic dining.  Here's what you do.   First, find parking.  On Thursday night, you have a good chance of getting a spot either in their small parking lot in front of the place, or across the street in the gravel lot.  If that doesn't work out, try parking on Ethel.  Make sure not to go too far into Home Park (east on Ethel).  You need a permit.

Antico Napoletana, Artisanal pizza with a whole lot of charm
Walk into the non-descript store front and order your pizza at the counter.  Then, walk on back into the pizza kitchen where they have wood benches and high tables.  Find a seat, pour some wine, sit back and take in the smells, sights, and sounds as the team of pizza chefs go about their work of making your pizza.

Antico makes pizza in the verace artignale style (true artisan).  They use refractory sorrento stone pizza ovens rolling along at 900 degree temps to slightly char the thin crust pies, which are topped with hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella di bufulata cheese from Campania, the best extra virgin olive oil, and lots of different toppings, all from Napoli.  Try the margherita - add pepperoni to it for some spice.  They'll bring you your pizza as soon as its ready.  Dig in!  Get your wine on.  Get ready for the Gentry.  ($ - $20 per person including wine)

Finally:  Totem time.  Try to get to the show around 7:30 to take your seats and look around the pavilion before you go in.  It's pretty cool, and they have some great memorabilia.  Bet you might even be able to find at least a part of your Halloween costume.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • The High: $40
  • High Cafe: $20
  • Nap: $Free
  • Antico: $40
  • Totem: $225
Total: $ 325

Day Map:

View Cirque du Soleils Totem in a larger map

Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 5 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 5 miles  equates to about 5 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 1 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

5 miles of driving
pounds of carbon dioxide
1 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

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