Sometimes it's easy to zone out in traffic, unaware of your surroundings. But when I found myself trailing a MARTA bus with a bright illustration posted to its backside, I couldn't help but notice. "DARWIN," the bus banner headlined, followed by "Scientist. Naturalist. Serious to do list."
And yes, he's the founder of the theory of evolution, with much of his work based on the Galapagos Islands off the mainland of Ecuador.
And sure, Darwin's evolution work traces all life back to a common ancestor, putting forth the idea that all organisms — including different human ethnicities — are inherently related, and thus making the abolition of slavery a scientific (and moral) imperative.
But a to-do list? It seemed like such a mundane, modern idea for a historical figure at the center of incredible scientific development and global controversy.
Fernbank Museum's Darwin exhibit surely will shed light on exactly what that to-do list entailed. Including such features as live animals, fossils and an array of scientific tools Darwin used, and covering a broad range of themes relating to life and earth science, science history, geography, and the scientific process, the exhibit sounds chock-full of things visitors, especially kids, might want "to do" as well.
Check back here for updates on upcoming events related to the exhibit, including guest lectures, trivia nights and more.
Didn’t we tell you the Best of Atlanta party was due to be insane! What an appetizer Blast-Off Burlesque gave, as they toured you through numerous cities and billowed a plea for what they’re really hiding underneath. Cousin Dan put on a helluva show, captivating you with his drawn-out auto tune, basted beats, and psychedelic vocals. Nonetheless, the one-man-band, cross-blend performer of Austin Powers and Napoleon Dynamite — (quite agnate) left the crowd boggled and fist-pumping — and with his bejeweled crotch, the crowd just couldn't take its eyes off of him. DJ Martina is definitely more than McFlyy. She lured the crowd with her house mix, which is sicker than your boyfriend’s two-step!
Thanks again to the amazing winners, inebriated guests, and a few truckloads of food whose scent lingers and says, “Fiend for me.” Although Community Q's barbecue ribs tempted you to slap-yo-momma, Bocado’s deviled eggs could have been the advocate. It’s quite OK, Stir It Up's Caribbean cuisine mellowed it out with their jerk chicken and garlic wings. Not to gloss over Morelli’s bomb.com ice cream, and the Good Food Truck's Indian-flavored rice crispy treats, which were more than delectable.
Before you go crying to your neighbor about how much fun the both of you missed, check out Music Midtown this weekend. You could possibly run into our avid supporters, and get their rundown on the Best of Atlanta party.
Music Midtown. $55 general admission. Saturday, Sept. 24. Piedmont Park. www.musicmidtown.com.
It's not too late to buy your discounted tickets to tonight's Best of Atlanta Party at the Graveyard Tavern and the Basement.
It's $12 in advance — but even at $15 at the door, the party is a bargain, with complimentary beverages while supplies last; complimentary food from Best of Atlanta winners Bocado, Community Q BBQ, Good Food Truck, Morelli's and Stir It Up; and entertainment from Best of Atlanta winners the Wheeler Boys, 4-IZE, Cousin Dan, DJ Martina McFlyy and Blast-Off Burlesque.
Come celebrate with us and buy your tickets now!
It's a scavenger hunt! We'll provide the clues and a couple prizes, you hunt down the art — and support an oh-so-worthy organization, the Atlanta Beltline.
Click here to register and learn more. The hunt begins Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-noon.
One of the most notable events of the year is soon to arrive, and we want you to help us celebrate along with the Best of Atlanta (BOA) 2011 winners! Come prepared for a crazed event: filled with an awesome package of entertainers, winners who range from restaurants to local artists, and a great selection of complimentary food and cocktails (PERK!) while they last — so arrive early! Who knows, you could be captured on Creative Loafing's website, flirt with a couple of locals, and network with the BOA winners all in one spot — SCORE!
The trendsetter DJ Martina McFlyy will be blazing through the speakers. Our set-up will include some of the dopest, lyrical, flashy, and fist-pumping celebrity performers (cheesy, I know): 4-IZE, the Wheeler Boys, Cousin Dan, and Blast-Off-Burlesque. Have you jumped out of your seat yet? Well, sit back down, and RSVP to the event first, then you can teach-us-how-to-dougie, while we teach you how to pursue being a professional teaser (that's burlesque performer to you).
Free before midnight with RSVP to www.halofridays.com. 10 p.m. Halo is located near West Peachtree and Sixth Street.
It's that time again! Here are a few new locations where you can find CL. Don't forget to let Virgil Claritt know if you're interested in having the paper available near you, or at a business you own.
• All Good Soul Food, 339 University Ave. 770-899-4563.
• E-Styles Unlimited, 6128 Roswell Road. 404-250-3933.
• Jakotes, 806 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW. 404-658-9706.
• Kaleideiscope Bistro & Pub, 1410 Dresden Drive NE, Suite 100. 404-474-9600.
• Sausalito West Coast Grill, 1389 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 111. 404-875-5005.