Free-For-All Friday 9/8/17

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    A Tale of Enchantment
    In search of a kind woman to be his bride, Prince Ramiro and his valet swap identities to pay a visit to Don Magnifico and his three daughters, Clorinda, Tisbe, and Angelina (Cinderella). Ramiro, disguised as his valet, is enchanted by the beautiful Angelina, who is mistreated by Don Magnifico and her sisters. Later at the Prince’s ball, a gorgeous stranger arrives, horrifying Clorinda and Tisbe who had hoped the Prince would choose one of them to be his wife. Upon leaving the ball early, the lovely stranger leaves the Prince a bracelet with which he can use to later find her. Searching his kingdom, the Prince discovers the identity of the lovely stranger in the most unlikely of places. Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella, a variation on the classic peasant-girl-becomes-princess love story, combines lively comedy with a poignant tale of the triumph of kindness. This opera is suitable for children, so parents and grandparents bring your little princes and princesses.
    Cole Auditorium, Fine Arts Bldg. CF
    Perimeter College at Georgia State University – Clarkston campus
    3735 Memorial College Ave.
    Clarkston, GA 30021

    September 10, 2017
    Sunday afternoon at 3:00PM (Pre-opera talk at 2:00PM)

    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call Peach State Opera at 678-775-8445. Group rates for 10 or more are $10 plus ticketing fee on ticketing site Xorbia, or on PSO website where you click donate. Tickets will be held at Will Call under group name.

    About PSO: Peach State Opera is a touring company that serves small communities in Georgia and surrounding states. The company produces condensed, family-friendly versions of classic operas in English. PSO productions are thrilling entertainment, whether you are new to opera or a seasoned pro.

  2. They should offer the Eastlake Marta Station redevelopment to Amazon for their new second headquarters. Probably too late for Avondale Station though there is a lot more adjacent commercial property there.

      1. Assembly in Doraville might have the space and right location, but I think they ruined any chance by letting a car dealership take space there (and I doubt Doraville could afford to even contend for the site). Fort Mac checks a lot of the boxes, but the nearby amenities are lacking. Midtown near GA Tech is an obvious choice, but don’t know where they’d find the space.

        1. Why not right in downtown Atlanta? Have you ever seen the first season of Walking Dead? That was largely filmed in the Gulch around the stadiums and they didn’t have to do a thing to make it look like the end of the world. It’s close to transportation and businesses and, besides railroad tracks, there’s really nothing there. But frankly, compared to Seattle prices, anything in Atlanta would seem cheap to Amazon.

          1. Interesting possibility. But given the deadline for proposal submissions is in 6 weeks, could that site be properly presented? I still think Assembly in Doraville has a compelling case, but the problem is it’s in a small city without a lot of resources.

  3. Is the new pizza place in the Emory Commons shopping plaza open? A banner says “Coming Soon…” but someone said they saw people eating in there.

    1. From the AJC restaurant blog:
      Decatur, Blaze Pizza is hosting a free pizza day event from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today. To cash in on this offer, like Blaze Pizza on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat and you’ll get a free 11-inch pizza with any toppings. That’s it. No purchase necessary.

      1. Wow, interesting. I would have bet money on a huge Racetrack gas station. But I imagine the homeowners just behind there will be relieved.

  4. Walked by where Harkin Medical used to be (next to Thumbs Up on Ponce). It now says “Emory Clinic” so the place didn’t sit empty for long….

    1. I’m glad it’s not empty, but that stretch of road creates a buffer between the restaurant businesses on the Square and those on West Ponce. Walking through Decatur on a Friday evening, it’s like walking through no man’s land and the vibe on West Ponce is noticeably diminished. I was hoping to see something that might create a bridge instead of keeping the buffer.

  5. So, schools are closed, UGA is closed, GSU is closed, several workplaces are closed. Curious what folks think: is this just an abundance of caution (which I commmend) or is Armageddon heading our way? The risk of flooding, tornados, and trees topping is something we always have during violent summer storms, right? Is this a lot worse? And will power outages last longer than usual because power crews all headed south to Florida earlier in the week? Just curious what folks think.

    1. Most recent info I’ve seen from the NHC has the chance of prolonged winds over 40mph now down to just 20% or so. Hourly from the Weather Channel indicates a six or eight hour span Monday afternoon with wind in the 35-40mph range which is heavy but short of the truly bad stuff. Otherwise just a windy rainy mess. Are others reading the signs differently?

    2. some of both, but i would say the difference between a strong storm moving through part of the metro and a strong sustained stormed on all of the metro is probably a big difference in terms of impact to the area.

      1. And we still don’t have power in much of Decatur, especially near Scott & Clairmont. And we will be cleaning up branches for quite some time.

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