Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shemekia Copeland At Eddie's Attic: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Tuesday, see the soulful blues singer Shemekia Copeland at Eddies Attic in Decatur. Start the day at Empire State South for breakfast. Then, do some donation research for Hurricane Sandy relief and make a contribution. Then, lunch at 
the CNN Center's Latitudes lounge. Then, Rob Simmon's Photography at the Hammond House Museum. Finish up with dinner at the Iberian Pig in Decatur and the talented Ms. Copeland. Great Tuesday.

Here's what you do Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shemekia Copeland is playing Eddie's Attic on Tuesday Night at 8.   Daughter of Blues Guitar Man Johnny Copeland, she brings a heavy dose of soul. 
Shemekia Copeland is playing Eddie's Attic Tuesday Night at 8.  She's a true pleasure to hear.  Soulful.  Gutsy.  Blues heritage abounds.  And she makes it all her own with socially conscious songs like "Ghetto Child," and the playfully indignant "Ain't Gonna be your Tattoo" from her latest album 33 and 1/3.

Check out this review from NPR:

“Far from breaking with tradition, Copeland embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues. The blues has always been about what’s going on — whether it’s in someone’s home, in the town square, all across the country or in a person’s soul. It’s in Copeland’s blood, and on her new album, it’s in her voice, too.”
Meredith Ochs, “All Things Considered” - National Public Radio (NPR)

Go check her out at Eddie's attic.  8p.  $18 online.  $20 at the door.  Get your tickets here.

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Here's what you do Tuesday

First:  Breakfast at Empire State South.  Great way to wake up on a Tuesday.   Take a seat at one of the tables outside.  Have the daily quiche, and a cup of coffee.  So good.  $6 per person.

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday, 7AM to 10:00AM.

Second: Make a contribution to Hurricane Sandy Relief.  It's being called one of the worst storms of all time.   Hitting over 60 million people along the east coast with black outs, floods.  New York is virtually shut down.  Covered in 3 feet of water.  The major needs right now are for financial donations to organizations like the Red Cross, Americares, and Feed America's National Network of Foodbanks.

Blood donations are also badly needed, with the storm causing the cancellation of thousands of scheduled blood drives.  There are plenty of additonal drives set up now for Atlanta.  Find them close to your zip code by using the Red Cross's drive finder here.

Third:  Sometimes, it's good to have lunch at the Latitudes Lounge in the CNN center and watch downtown Atlanta from the second floor.  Go check it out.  Have a martini and take in the Atlanta energy.  $20 per person.  Park in the Philips Arena/CNN parking lot just across Centennial Olympic Park Dr.

A light lunch in the Latitudes Lounge.  Lovely.

Fourth:  Rob Simmons Photography at the Hammond House Museum in Southwest Atlanta, close to Morehouse.  Rob is an undeniable photography talent on the Atlanta scene.  Making Atlanta and her people his subject, Rob captures the feeling Atlantans have about their city, a feeling you can only get after living and breathing Atlanta for decades.  His show, "Southern State," is on at the Hammond House Museum right now.  Go take a look.  You might come away with a treasure.  $Free.

Rob Simmons' Southern State photography exhibition is currently showing at Hammond House Gallery.

Fifth: Nap time.  Dreams are always welcome.

Sixth:  An early dinner in Decatur is a good idea.   How about the Iberian Pig.  It hustles.  It bustles.  It's got amazing cocktails, and wonderful tapas.  From IP, on the meaning of their name:
"The Black-footed Iberian Pigs that roam Spain create some of the most sought after cured meat in the world, Jamon Iberico. Only recently imported into the United States, we are one of the select few restaurants in the country that serves the acorn fed Iberico ham from Spain. To preserve the integrity of Jamon Iberico, we slice the ham in view of our guests on a imported mechanical proscuitto slicer from Italy. Served with toasted ciabatta and espresso aioli, this item is truly a signature of the restaurant."
Start out with an Iberian Old Fashioned.  Then a small plate.  I love, love, love the manchego mac & cheese.  Also try out the cabrito carbonara.  So, so good.  Be adventuresome, and give it a try.   ($40 per person).
Have Sunday Dinner at the Iberian Pig.
Cabrito Carbonara.  Slow roasted goat, chitarra pasta in carbonara sauce with Benton's bacon, fresh cream, and poached egg.

Finally:  Shemekia Copeland.  $20 per person for tickets plus about $10 each for drinks and $5 for parking.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast: $12
  • Hurricane Sandy Donation: $Up to you
  • Latitudes at CNN Center: $40
  • Rob Simmons Photography: $Free
  • Nap: $Free
  • Dinner at the Iberian Pig: $80
  • Shemekia Copeland: $65
Total: $197

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 25 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 25 miles  equates to about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 4 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

25 miles of driving
20 pounds of carbon dioxide
4 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at Slate.com.

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