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This Week's Various

Friday, December 23, 2011

The LA Times' most-viewed home galleries of 2011 includes the Eames home, which is presently, partly, on display at the Los Angeles County Museum.

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Krispy Kreme has an app now to let you know when the 'hot' light is on at any of their shops you choose.  And Randazzo's has a king cake app now, too.

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George Rodrigue's Blue Dog as victim.  In New Orleans, of course.

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Can you believe this has had $5MM in sales?

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A few years ago, I walked into a country store in Mississippi that had a hand-written notice next to the cash register letting people know that there was a several-thousand-dollar reward if anyone found and took a picture of (but certainly not killed) an ivory-billed woodpecker.  Since then, it's the one bird I've been interested in, as it's widely believed to be extinct.  Ira Flatow's Science Friday on NPR did a piece today on the ivory-billed's cousin, the Imperial woodpecker.  And it's interesting.

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Blue Willow Inn, Social Circle GA
The Blue Willow Inn, in Social Circle, closed temporarily this week after an outbreak of customers getting sick...  The writer at Atlanta's CL has it right:
...the place has received much national press over the years, probably less for the quality of the cooking, which is respectable but fairly standard, than for the antebellum setting and a series of grand dining rooms that seek to transport the diner to a more genteel, bygone era. There are only a handful of spots in Georgia serving rustic, all-you can eat Southern fare to the masses — the Smith House and Dillard House are the first that come to mind — but the Blue Willow has the most fancy-pants decor and manners. And it's the closest to Atlanta, making it a perfect place to take grandparents from out of town.

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The WSJ has a nice year-end mention of the Thornton Dial show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art:
Two decades of relief paintings, free-standing sculptures and drawings attested to Mr. Dial's power. Their titles asserted deep convictions about ecology, civil rights, the role of women, and politics; their quirky materiality declared their affinity with the oddball objects in Southern "yard shows," but no special pleading was required for the art or its author. Whatever the works' lineage or motivations, whatever Mr. Dial's history, "Hard Truths" was an impressive survey of first-rate works by a major artist. Period.

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Tales of the Toddy, the first-ever Bourbon Spiked Eggnog Competition in New Orleans, with recipes.

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Turducken burger at Flip.

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Salvation Mountain update.

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