Wednesday, February 23, 2011

SINBAD Tickets on Sale This Friday!

A hardworking funnyman whose clean, family friendly persona and animated antics have endeared him into the hearts of dedicated fans worldwide, Sinbad has worked tirelessly to rise to the top of the standup circuit, finding success in both television and film in addition to his popular stage act.

Born David Adkins on November 18, 1956, in Benton Harbor, MI, the energetic youngster spent much of his youth entertaining his three brothers and two sisters and refining his unique sense of humor. A passion for basketball and the Harlem Globetrotters won the red-haired youth (affectionately christened "Red" Chamberlain by his teammates) a basketball scholarship to the University of Denver, but a knee injury later sidelined his professional sports aspirations. Turning back to his humorous instincts, Sinbad hit the road for his "Poverty Tour," working the comedy circuits while taking the Greyhound from city to city and living hand-to-mouth. Adapting the moniker of a legend that embodied the spirit of strength, adventure, and optimism symbolized all that the hardworking comedian aspired to be. Putting his faith in God and his ability to make others laugh paid off, and following seven appearances on Star Search the now-established Sinbad was given his television break by comedy legend Redd Foxx. Playing Foxx's son on The New Redd Foxx show in the mid-'80s found the aspiring actor expanding his talents, and though the show didn't last long, it did bring said talents to the attention of yet another comedy legend, Bill Cosby. Following a few other television appearances, Sinbad joined the cast of Cosby Show spin-off A Different World in 1987. Concurrently serving as host for It's Showtime at the Apollo continued his career momentum on the right track, and before long he had developed his own television show, Sinbad and Friends All the Way Live...Almost.

On the world of the silver screen, Sinbad made an appropriate debut as a standup comedian in 1989 with That's Adequate. Following with notably funny bone-tickling minor roles in Necessary Roughness (1991) and Coneheads (1993), he took the lead for 1995's Houseguest and has since turned up memorably alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way and with James Coburn and Burt Reynolds in the made-for-television film The Cherokee Kid (both 1996), all the while making frequent appearances in standup cable specials and continuing to tour tirelessly. The 2000's would find him appearing on shows like Resurrection Blvd. and Slacker Cats, as well as in films like Stompin' and Leila.

In addition to his constant efforts to bring laughter to the masses, Sinbad has dedicated his free time and personal efforts to such causes as the Children's Defense Fund and the Omega Boys Club. Sinbad also made his bid to increase AIDS awareness with his involvement in the Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You video in 1992. His intense dedication to family is evident in his hiring of his brothers and sisters to assist him in his numerous endeavors.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Museum of Design Atlanta Celebrates Dream Location with Grand Opening Party

Grand Opening Event - Saturday, March 19
Museum Open for Daily Viewing - Sunday, March 20

In high style, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) will launch its new space on Peachtree Street with a Grand Opening Party celebrating its move to the Midtown Arts Corridor. The evening will double as a fundraiser and will offer attendees a chance to preview the inaugural exhibition, Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle.

Museum of Design Atlanta Grand Opening Party

The party will feature all things Italian including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the thrilling motorcycle exhibition. There will be photo ops galore with Italian-styled extras, a spectacular Italian theme silent auction including a private wine tasting, a ride on the racetrack at the Barber Vintage Sports Museum and an ultra-chic ladies accessories package. A not-to-be-missed soundtrack will keep the party in high gear. Vroom Vroom!

Saturday, March 19
7 to 10 p.m.

MODA in Midtown:
1315 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Tickets are $100 per person and will be available at or by calling 404.979.6455.

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), in association with the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, introduces Passione Italiana curated by Joe Remling of ai3, Inc. – an examination of the astonishing design passion and technological advancement behind the most desired motorcycles in the world. This exhibition presents eleven masterpieces of Italian motorcycle design spanning the last five decades including motorcycles by MV Agusta, Ducati, Bimota and Moto – Morini.

With a dynamic and exclusive mixed media backdrop and freestanding interpretative stations, the exhibition will showcase and discuss the design of Italian motorcycles in the larger context of fashion, industrial and furniture design. This rare and intimate exhibition will compare design and technological advancements of vintage Italian motorcycles to their contemporary counterparts. By exploring the ingenuity and creative evolution of Italian motorcycle design, Passione Italiana will expose the raw passion of their designers and riders.

The new MODA is housed on the ground floor of a building artfully restored by Perkins+Will, one of Atlanta’s leading architectural firms. The upper floors include the Perkins+Will Architecture firm and the Peachtree Branch of the Atlanta Public Library. With the move, MODA acquires 9,000 square feet of space in a building is on track to receive LEED Platinum certification — the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

About Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
Moving to Midtown Atlanta in March 2011, MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA examines how design affects our daily lives through engaging exhibitions, K-12 educational outreach and exciting adult programming. MODA regularly features exhibitions of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, and more. For more information, visit:

Museum entrance is $10, free for members.

Museum Hours at 1315 Peachtree will be as follows:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-5pmSunday 12noon-5pm

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Clayton State’s Center for Continuing Education

Are you looking for something different this Valentine’s Day? Check out That’s the website for Clayton State University’s Center for Continuing Education, which is holding three special events for the Valentine’s Day weekend. All three programs will be held in the Harry S. Downs Center on the main campus in Morrow, Ga.

Starting on Friday, Feb. 11, there’s the Valentine Murder Mystery Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s an evening that begins with a murder, (well, not really, but you get the idea) only to climax with clues and a dinner buffet. The menu (for dinner, not the murder) includes; grilled chicken breast with fruit salsa garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes, vegetable medley, fresh mixed greens salad with raspberry vinaigrette on the side, bread and butter, and assorted desserts. The cost is $39 per person.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 13, you can choose between Massage for Couples (1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and Romantic Cupcakes and Cookies (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

If you want to learn how to give a full body massage to that massage "buddy" and not tire out after five minutes, Massage for Couples is for both of you. This class teaches some basic essentials of Swedish massage wherein partners will practice massage techniques on each other. However, as you might guess, registration is for couples only. As you also might guess, there aren’t many openings – spots are still available for just three more couples.

Each student should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and a swimming suit underneath. Each couple should bring two fluffy pillows with pillow cases, two twin flat sheets, a large floor blanket and their favorite lotion for massage. The cost is $49 per couple.

For those who don’t make it for the massage class, there are still cupcakes and cookies. Since filled cupcakes are all the rage in bakeries these days, you’ll learn the proper tools you will need to make them, practice the tricks for filling, and share some great recipes. Here’s a chance to learn how to embellish cupcakes and cookies with trendy damask, paisley and toile designs in butter cream, royal and fondant. You’ll also learn how to package your creations professionally with wraps, ties and stickers. The cost for this class is $35 per person.

For more information, or to register, you can also call the Center for Continuing Education at (678) 466-5050 or email