Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Something Wicked this Way Comes, Macbeth at Oglethorpe: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Here's what you do Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Local Atlanta fav Neal A. Ghant is Macbeth.  Georgia Shakespeare Center at Oglethorpe University.

In 1936, a 20 year old Orson Welles re-imagined Macbeth as a story taking place in a fictional Caribbean Island often thought of as inspired by Haiti, and acted by an all African American cast.   The production was a great hit, and a landmark in African American theatre.  On Wednesday, go to a production of Macbeth that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the so-called Voodoo Macbeth.  It's on at the Georgia Shakespeare Conant Performing Arts Centre at Oglethorpe University, and features Atlanta favorite, Neal. A. Ghant as Macbeth.  The production is in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival.

The show is at 8.  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.  Get your tickets here.  They range from $15 to $38.

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Here's What You Do Wednesday

First:  I got in a discussion with my friend Katelin the other day about what's more our speed, Murphy's or Ria's Bluebird for breakfast.  I think you should try it out for yourself.  Have pancakes at Ria's Bluebird Wednesday.   Then, on Saturday, try the brunch at Murphy's.  Try the Southwest Frittata.  Tell us which you like better in a comment at the bottom of this post.

Ria's Bluebird is Famous for their pancakes, either sit up at the bar, or try to get a seat right at the window, so you can have the strangely comforting view of Memorial Drive and the Oakland Cemetery beyond. Comforting because it's the site of some pretty impactful folks in terms of Atlanta History. You should check it out some time. But not today. Today, focus on your plate of pancakes and hot cup of coffee. Try the grits too.  If you're not in the mood for pancakes, try the country fried tempeh.  Not too shabby.  ($ - $10 per person).

Second:  See the Perks of Being a Wallflower at Tara.  It's Stephen Chbosky's coming of age film with Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller.  Check out the trailer below.  It's generating a lot of buzz.  It's on at Tara at 1:15.  $10 per person.

Third: In the pink afternoon tea at the St. Regis.  Want a treat?  Afternoon tea at St.  Regis is a good place to start.  And this month, you'll be giving back because 20% goes to the Susan G. Komen foundation for Cancer Research.    Make a Rez here, and enjoy.  Tea is from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Astor Court.  ($48 per person, plus about $10 for tip and valet).

Have afternoon tea at the St. Regis. 
Fourth:  Nap.  Been a long day so far, and you need to get ready for Macbeth.

Fifth:  Something wicked this way comes...  Head over to Oglethorpe to enjoy the show.

Finally:  A late desert at Intermezzo is just the ticket.   Head down to the Brookwood location.  Have a taste of flourless chocolate cake from the cake bar and a cafe au lait, or a glass of Fonseca vintage ruby port.  Good stuff!  $15 per person.

Book Keeping

For two people:

  • Breakfast: $20
  • Wallflower: $20
  • Tea:  $120
  • Nap: $Free
  • Macbeth: $30
  • Intermezzo: $30 
Total: $260

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 38 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  The 45 miles  equates to about 27 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 6 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

38 miles of driving
27 pounds of carbon dioxide
6 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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