Blue Velvetini

Every Tuesday night at Bluepointe is Martini Night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy Chef Doug Turbush’s fusion cuisine and sushi until midnight, and check out the $6 “Ladies Martini List.” In case you can’t wait until Tuesday, here’s a recipe for the restaurant’s signature Blue Velvetini:

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Dancin' in the aisle

Live shows often move audiences to levels of exuberance that screen versions, no matter how well acted, rarely achieve. When Mamma Mia! the movie opens on the big screen this summer, some moviegoers may leave the theater humming the seductive, familiar tunes from the ’70s pop group ABBA that inspired the popular Broadway musical, but it’s doubtful they’ll be dancing out to the parking lot.

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The marriage of two arts

When the time came to cast the Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, people literally wheeled into the audition room with shopping carts full of musical instruments. The earlier 2004 London revival, re-orchestrated by Sarah Travis and directed by John Doyle, had turned the 1979 Sondheim musical on its head, creating an orchestra from the actors on stage. So when the musical transitioned to Broadway, the entire show had to be recast, so orchestral assignments were up for grabs. Auditioning actors carted in whatever instruments they could play, hoping versatility would give them a better chance of being cast.

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A brief history of Riverdance

Did the priests forbid it? Did the Irish do it to trick British soldier/spies? Or were traveling Irish dance teachers too lazy to teach students anything other than fancy footwork? The true reason will forever remain shrouded in history, but the fact remains: Irish dancers haven’t much use for their hands…

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Outdoors in the city

“Going green” should apply to more than just your appliances. With spring weather on the horizon, it’s a great time to head outside and see what natural splendor Atlanta has to offer. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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