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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Upcoming Exhibits: Photography, Currency & Disaster

I received notice of a few new exhibits opening in Tallahassee next month:

At the Thomas Eads Fine Art Gallery at 1122 Thomasville Road, Suite 8 (across from the historic Whataburger), the James Valentine "Wild and the Sacred" FL & GA Photographs opens with a reception on Sept. 1, 6 - 9 p.m. and runs through Oct. 11, 2006. Always on display at the gallery is original photography, paintings and sculptures. If you're heading out to the gallery, lunch or dinner at the nearby Kool Beanz Cafe (850-224-2466) at 921 Thomasville Rd. is the perfect complement. The unassuming building holds a cache of funky surprises with eclectic, modern folk art, wine list on bottles and edgey classic Southern dishes and continental cuisine with a tasty twist.

Downtown, Tallahassee's the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science will kick-off two exhibits this September with: "The Florida League of Cities' City of Wonders: When Disaster Strikes" and "Currency: Art as Money, Money as Art."

"Disaster" opens Sept. 8 and runs through Jan. 1, 2007. For those who are lucky to evade hurricanes this season, this exhibit will have a "Hurricane Simulation experience" on hand, along with live connections with NASA and NOAA data.

"Currency" opens Sept. 9 through and Nov. 26. I wonder if this exhibit will contain origami birds folded from dollar bills.

If you weren't invited to the Sept. 8 Member's Opening Reception, the museum is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The first Friday of each month, the museum is FREE between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. How much currency is needed? $6 for adults and $3.50 for everyone else.

My favorite lunch spot around the Brogan is a yellow food cart serving vegan, Southern dishes. Yes, sounds like a contradiction, but the meals are flavorful and satisfying, albeit a bit pricey.

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