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Hot trainny mess

15 Sep

According to the most recent audience reach and customer demographic analysis by the Pecanne Log market research division, the average reader of this blog is a 57-year-old white male who makes 46.2 online purchases a month, is a model train hobbyist, reads rail timetables for pleasure, and eats Jimmy Dean products four meals a week.

These findings are likely due to the fact that Pecanne Log’s only reader is Thomas Wheatley, and that’s just when we pop up in his Google Alerts for himself. We also might be like the 80th result when Thomas Wheatley googles “Sam Massell’s Celebrity Transit Policy Alaskan Cruise 2012.”

Anyway, all this goes to say that the average reader of this blog might also find interest in Burnaway’s annual art party fundraiser, happening this Saturday night:

  1. The theme is “trains”
  2. Tickets can be purchased online
  3. Thomas Wheatley will be performing
  4. There will be food trucks (of course) but it’s cool if you bring your own Jimmy Deans

To make up for there being no Atlanta cookie cakes for sale this year, here’s some TRAIN FASHION.

Southern Railway, Southern Streamline Train; March 1941

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Cake walk through Atlanta

15 Jul

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the Pecanne Log centerfold of Thomas Wheatley-designed cookie cakes. I alluded to these last month for the BurnAway fundraiser/Lot & Parcel and I know a lot of people didn’t take us seriously. I didn’t take us seriously, but then after making 13 batches of cookie cake batter (=2 sticks of butter each) I came around and realized this was really happening.

And then after the bake sale, I wanted to wait a little while to celebrate that we pulled this off in case anyone who took one of these cakes home died (the BeltLine one was pretty undercooked in the middle) (metaphor!). I am happy to say we sold all but three, one of which was secretly devoured by the bar volunteers (they deserved it) and the other two of which we kind of phoned in when we decorated (we deserved it).

First, a few words about the creative process. Not to brag, but I can decorate a high-quality cookie cake (birthday party caliber) in five minutes flat. Thomas is still struggling with expressing himself in an efficient manner via decorative gel. It was really hard for me to hold back when I wanted to mentor him artistically yet not smother his creativity. Often he wanted to use hot pink buttercream frosting to recreate architecture that would look better in a more natural color and with a more delicate line, but I had to sit back and let the Olympic Spirit carry him. Sometimes I would lose my patience and covertly churn out a design (anything you see below that uses cursive script, obviously).

These are all issues we’ll have to work out when we quit our day jobs to bake and decorate Atlanta-themed cookie cakes full time.

Westview Cemetery

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Run of the mill

14 Jun

Things Miss Darrow’s award-winning vanity side project BurnAway is too classy/brief to tell you about this event:

  1. Bring lots of dollar bills to buy dinner from Farm Cart (a close and mobile relative of Farm Burger) and the King of Pops.
  2. One of the works of art mentioned above won’t be there; it was eaten by squirrels. You can preview some of those that weren’t eaten on Culture Surfing.
  3. This will be the launch of the first-ever Thomas Wheatley Charity Bake Sale; cookie cakes decorated by Thomas Wheatley with “signature scenes of Atlanta” will be available for purchase. Makes a great Father’s Day gift!
  4. The Goat Farm is the former E. Van Winkle Gin and Machine Works. It is awesome!
  5. If you buy something fancy at the PonyUp! Vintage trunk show (Saturday, 2-8 pm, MINT Gallery) and mention BurnAway, they will give you a 10% discount. A TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT!

Industrial design, y’all!

3 Jun

Oh, I meant to post this earlier this week and then, you know – three day weekend and all – time just slipped away.

Do you know what an “industrial designer” is? Are they just people who design factories? No…and yes. I still don’t really understand what industrial design is, even after guest speaking in an actual industrial design class.

Well, does this poster explain it for you?

Of course not! You know how these “artistic types” can be. So obtuse.

Here’s what I know: Tomorrow, Saturday, June 5, Atlanta’s hottest ID darlings People of Resource (these guys) are hosting YALL & US [sic] – a bunch of designers are showing stuff in the People of Resource studio in the Telephone Factory lofts, in conjunction with Modern Atlanta. Get a sneak peak at some of the product designs here, or just go on Saturday!

Also – free Blenheim and bourbon, Pimm’s cups, and PBR, and a chance to spot some of the cool new styles of eyewear. Isn’t that all you really wanted to know?

7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
828 Ralph McGill Boulevard, N.E.

Revamping the Clermont Lounge

24 Jun

clermont design contest

Our very own Gomorrah has recently joined the ranks of Top Design and HDTV shows everywhere. The Clermont Lounge’s design contest, which began yesterday, is now in full swing and will continue through the deadline of July 22nd. So, any of you with artistic inklings of any sort (“designers, architects, students, creative geniuses, butlers, bell boys, photographers, tourists, bartenders, dancers and engineers” requested specifically) get to crackin’! Grand Prize for the redesign of the lobby and guest rooms in the hotel wins a weekend stay at the Clermont (Let’s hope this is post-redesign, otherwise plan on bringing your hazmat suit), a whopping $1,000 (Good), and a year supply of Whynatte (Is this the purple drank of latte’s?). Second place get’s a not quite as awesome prize of a tall boy and a lap dance. So far, I am a big fan of Creative Loafing’s design suggestion of emulating the infamous Chelsea Hotel.

Oh look, we have good taste for once

15 May

Picture 4Y’all, Modern Atlanta, y’all! I think Modern Atlanta is doing some of the coolest stuff in town, along with Pecha Kucha and Brunks on Dikes.

TODAY is the kick-off party for their annual week of design-y type events (this year’s theme: “Design is Human”). This weekend is the home tour, which everyone should attend because it will teach you that neighborhoods should not implement design guidelines because modern architecture is awesome and NIMBYs have no place telling people they can’t build beautiful eco-friendly homes. You can gaze in envy at some of the homes on the MA Flickr page. There’s still time to rush to Octane and buy tickets ($25 for students!) that will get you into the party and the home tour. I understand there is some sort of “interactive exhibit” at the kick-off party that I suspect will be sexual in nature, so you don’t want to miss that.

There are other events that are free, so study the lineup and try to at least send yourself on the PoMo tour.

Graffiti hike with Dosa Kim this Saturday

9 Apr

Designer Dosa Kim will be guiding a tour of Atlanta’s graffiti art on Saturday morning. The urban hike starts at 10 AM at Park Grounds in Reynoldstown.  If he takes you where I’m guessing he’ll take you, you better wear your close-toed sneakers. (via Urban Hiking Atlanta)

If anyone picks Paul Blart, you are banned forever

24 Mar

I’m not sure if this is supposed to be open to everyone, but whatever, now it is: you can vote for what you think Georgia Tech’s summer film series Flicks on 5th should screen! We hope Pecanne Log readers are as classy as we like to think they are and all write in Brideshead Revisited.

The scheduled dates for Flicks on 5th are June 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, and 22. Now that Screen on the Green is at Centennial Olympic Park possibly forever, Flicks on 5th is your only Midtown option for outdoor summer films.

rudoycursi3378665789_b639ecc402But first, it’s almost Atlanta Film Festival time! This year they are featuring some incredible films from Mexico; the closing night is Rudo y Cursi (a marvelous quién es quien of Mexican cinema). As usual, I am desperate to make it to all of the AFF films and events but will be lucky if I make it to one movie.

But first, the cult-celluloid-inspired We Are Going To Eat You opens at Mint Gallery Saturday, April 4. The show is curated by Turner Classic Movies’ Eric Weber and Millie De Chirico. Oooh, this looks so good. There are over 20 artists involved (see Jon Walters’ flyer on the right).

But first, Whitespace Gallery hosts At Loose Ends, three evenings of underground film curated by Brad Lapin. Friday nights are free screenings of documentaries that follow the art and lives of unconventional filmmakers Guy Maddin (April 3), Jack Smith (March 27), Nick Zedd, and Richard Kern (April 27).

Office of Culture Affairs Economic Impact Study Results

18 Feb

Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs released a report this week on the Economic Impact that is being felt throughout Atlanta’s nonprofit arts organizations. Not surprisingly the survey shows that the nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry in the City of Atlanta and generates over $274 million in local economic activity. Here are a few of the figures:

  • $274.8 million- Local economic activity resulted from nonprofit arts and culture
  • $113.94 million- Spending by nonprofit arts and culture
  • $160.87 million- Event-related spending by audiences
  • $167.17 million- Household income to local residents
  • $27.07 million- Local and state government revenue

This is certainly a sign that the arts are indeed something worth investing in. As if we needed proof.

Georgia finally gives a (f)art

26 Nov

Well, our clever Georgia Tourism Foundation has taken some clues from Richard Florida circa 2001 and decided to launch the fancy Georgia Made Georgia Grown website, a “free marketing website for Georgia’s art-centric businesses.” I am excited/cynical about this, so I will just post the whole damn email:

It’s here – Georgia’s Creative Economies website for marketing and promoting Georgia Made Georgia Grown Products. The website will connect buyers and sellers, corporations and corporate suppliers, locals and visitors to Georgia’s creative small businesses. The listing is free to Georgia-based artisans, theaters, crafters, agritourism venues, festival planners and others looking to enhance their marketing and advertising. Continue reading

No gluten-free holidays here

25 Nov

It’s almost holiday time, which means two things: 1) MARTA pumps terrible Lawrence Welk-style Christmas carols through all of its rail stations, which makes public transit even more depressing, and 2) there were a bunch of craft sales over the last few weeks. I hope you figured this out and attended one or all of them, because you certainly didn’t read about them here. We ladybloggers have been too busy throwing birthday parties for our dogs, picking apples, getting engaged, being blog whores, feeling guilty about not blogging, feeling resentful that Atlanta magazine readers hate us so much, or all of the above to write a simple post to remind you to buy a tiny hat at one of these craft fairs. There are a few more chances to buy ingenious homemade gifts in our dwindling 2008, with Youngblood Gallery’s Kraftwork on Thursday, December 4 and Spruill Gallery’s holiday artist market December 5-24. There’s also the ever-reliable Etsy if you can’t manage to drag your ass to one of our many wonderful galleries and boutiques to buy locally made stuff. What else am I missing? Please enlighten us all in the comments.

And if all else fails, just make felt toast ornaments (as per Atlanta Craft Mafia’s instructions) or varnish a loaf of bread for every person on your list. “Celebrity Home Workshop” has your how-to video right here! I’m telling you now so you can sneak some rolls from the Thanksgiving dinner table to get started.

Art and Cankles: Interview with the lovely Sarah Emerson

13 Nov
Breaking the Wave, 2008

Breaking the Wave, 2008

Miss Darrow hooked me up with Sarah Emerson, a supremely talented Atlanta artist and mom.  Since Sarah has a four year old and a bun in the oven, Miss Darrow thought maybe we could bond over some of those universal mommy things and I could get the lowdown on what it’s like to be a fabulous artist and mama.  I don’t know how to paint gorgeous murals or paintings, but I know all about morning sickness, not being able to see your toes, and trying to work while mommying.

Mamalikey: Susannah tells me we should talk about cankles, but I have you pegged as one of those cute pregnant women who are adorable until delivery and beyond.  She tells me you are still fairly early on in the pregnancy, how far along are you?  I had ankles as big as basketballs and I looked like a big swollen monster when I was pregnant.  So spill, do you have cankles?  Is this a nice breezy pregnancy?  Better than the first?
Sarah Emerson: Actually, I feel a bit like a pot bellied piggy,  I’m 6 months along now but I look a little bigger I think.   With Harlow I was happy go lucky and my hair grew fast-it was great and I never got any morning sickness but with this one:)… Until recently I was sick as a dog and I could barely get off the couch.  I feel great now but it’s definitely been an adventure.
ML: I remember feeling very very creative when I was pregnant, although the result was mostly half-finished knitted booties and baby blankets.  Has being pregnant changed your working style or your level of productivity?  I also had wicked morning sickness in my first trimester, so I spent a couple of months laying on the floor under my desk.  Any of that?  Is the smell of paint making you sick?
SE: I’ve been doing a lot of drawing and planning but over the summer it was hard for me to work and  I was not as productive as I usually am.  Fortunately, that 2nd trimester burst of energy hit me and I’ve been able to really start working on my newer paintings and mural ideas.
ML: Your art is absolutely amazing.  I especially love the way you contrast lovely and fragile images like flowers and dainty deer and horses with more violent images like ice and stone.   Has being a mom affected your arrival at any of this imagery?  Maybe the violence of labor and the lovely little result?
SE: In my work I can see now that I’ve always been interested in ways to find calm in tragedy and disaster and I do admit that after I had Harlow there was a brief period in my work where you can see a sense of euphoria and beauty without disaster.  However, as I let the imagery evolve in the studio, the tsunami appears and I  return that tension to my work.
ML: Your murals are also fantastic, with lots of movement and emotion.  I see what looks to be your daughter in front of the mural from the Spruill Art Center.  How old is she?  How does your daughter like your work?  Do you paint anything especially for her?  Is she a budding artist herself?
SE: Harlow is 4 and she loves to work in my studio, she’s curious about the imagery and she seems to have a very instinctual understanding of the kind of paintings I make.  She likes it when we do little paintings together so I have a little area set up in the studio just for her so we can work together. Like every 4 year old she loves to draw so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it sticks.
ML: What’s new for you? Anything big coming up (aside from a baby)?
SE: Right now I am working on a mural for the Agnes Scott Library and I will be in a group show in Nashville at The Arts Company in November.  I also have a show scheduled at Whitespace for September of next year so I’m just huddled away with that in mind.
OK, so keep an eye out for Sarah Emerson’s art.  It really is lovely, and if you haven’t been to Whitespace, you should.  It’s a really cool little gallery off of Edgewood in Inman Park.  It’s easy to miss, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the little sign, and note that it’s next to a large home in an old barn.  It’s worth finding.

I need a pedestrian *please*

9 Oct

You know that dumpy little stretch of Ponce de Leon between North Highland and Moreland/Briarcliff? There are some shops along there, like the antique furniture shop that always has awesome furniture out front but you assume it would be a pain the ass to park there so you just go to Highland Row Antiques instead, and then there is that beauty salon that looks like it’s straight out of 1972. Along there. On one of the abandoned buildings that is totally covered in graffiti, someone has painted a lovely image of Sarah Palin’s head on the body of a pitbull. Or at least, it was there a few days ago. I would love to stop myself and get out of the car and take the picture, but I always have the dang baby and she complicates endeavors like that. So I’m issuing a request that one of our fine readers do it and send it to us at Pecanne Log and we will post it (with a credit to the photographer). Please keep in mind that if no one gets the photo for me, I am going to look stupid. Please. And I understand that this type of image is in no way artsy or high brow, unlike the photos that Christa gets. I just think it’s funny.

Busy bees

8 Oct

Sometimes I feel an enormous amount of my Jewish guilt complex moving in when I don’t post anything here for a few weeks. This time though, I promise that it is for good reason. Myself and two other local bloggers, Jeremy Abernathy and Ben Grad have decided to combine our BA’s and start up yet another blog. After many a meeting we came to the conclusion that Atlanta does not have a good source for local artists and audiences who are interested in more than just calendar announcements to see what is happening. Of course, there is the wondrous photographic skill of Jonathan Bouknight and the scheduling prowess of Art Relish but the buck stops there.

Now, you can check out up to date reviews, interviews with artists, studio visits, and us attempting to put art history degrees to use at Burn Away. Content is updated very regularly so check it out. And often! We are regularly bringing on guest writers and a few others, so even if you get sick of us you can rest assured eventually someone will come along that doesn’t annoy the piss out of you.

The hunt is on!

3 Oct

Scavenger hunts! Yay! We love those! The Art House Co-op (run by 2 SCAD students) still has their Scavenger Project in the works, and the deadline to participate is upon us. But the first thing you need to know is what a Scavenger Project is. Well, I’m not totally sure. It appears to be something like a very interactive/experimental/experiential version of the Scholastic Book Club:

We’re making a book and we need your help! We’re going to send you a list of 24 things which will end up being the 24 chapters of the book. Each chapter is a reference to a moment, scenario, or item and we need your help visually representing each item. Every participant who sends back their images will be guaranteed at least one published photo in the book!

What? That sounds adorable! So far, 328 people are participating and they have room remaining for twice that. But you must apply by October 15. And you have until November 15 to mail the completed scavenger hunt back for inclusion in the book. This is a great gift idea for someone recently laid off from his/her job in print media, finance, or car manufacturing. (Idle hands, etc, you know.)

The book will be for sale at the project’s show on January 23 (that’s 2009, y’all), which will be held in conjunction with Collecting Objects: The Timeline Project (deadline to sign up: Nov. 1).

Here’s the Co-op’s full list of projects in case you want to hop on to another one later on down the road.

To see the highlights reel of Art House’s last two years in the mail-order art project business, their gallery in Castleberry Hill will be open all day this Saturday to show off “the 100 greatest things we ever received.” I hope one of the things is a Ukrainian bride!

The extraterrestrials must be crazy!

26 Sep

Look at the latest crop circle the aliens made south of Atlanta:

Psyche! It’s just a corn maze, something youth groups and stoned Blockbuster employees do for fun in the fall. Who am I kidding? We’re not cool enough to have real crop circles in Georgia. I mean, what does Saxby Chambliss do as the ranking Republican on the Senate Ag Committee all day anyway? He lets Sens. Roberts (R-KS) and Nelson (D-NE) hoard all the paranormal artistic activity for their states’ farms.

However! Eyedrum comes to the rescue next month with its “Crop Circles, Cosmograms, Psychogeography” exhibit, curated by Eyedrum executive director Robert Cheatham, in conjunction with a feature in Perforations. (Here’s the call for entries if you need more explanation.) The show opens on October 18 with a performance by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel which is sure to set the mood for viewing art inspired by meditational diagrams. And maybe we will get really jazzed and start the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Psychogeographical Association, like the one in the Bay Area. No, really, it sounds cool. Let’s get MARTPA going.

If you can’t wait for three more weeks to explore these phenomena in the comfort of your own hometown, there’s always a great article on sacred geometry in every month’s Aquarius. Or you can drive down to McDonough to wander around inside Larry Munson’s head made from corn stalks.


24 Sep

Performance art gets a pretty bad rap sometimes. The opening track on the latest Pig Destroyer album (don’t ask me why I know this) hit the nail on the head in terms of summing up everything that makes it difficult for me to get behind performance art: It seems like the majority of the time performance ends up as masturbation for the artist, allowing a select pretentious few the ability to pat themselves on the back for “getting it” and alienating the remaining audience.

Heading to Karen Tauches’ “Everything Disappears” ritual/performance Monday night in Cabbagetown I was skeptical. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, but my faith in Karen to successfully pull off an slightly off-kilter evening was high enough that I was willing to chance it. “Everything Disappears” was more of a happening than what I consider a contemporary version of performance art. Tauches invited the community to come to assist in a house clearing to rid a Cabbagetown bungalow at 221 Tye Street of malignant energy that had entered the house during March’s tornado. The performance aspect of the evening was intended more to help facilitate the clearing of the bad energy of the house than for a conceptual end. We were all instructed to move through the house counterclockwise to stir and remove the remaining energy and then exit out the back door and around the corner of the house back up to the front and repeat the cycle. Throughout the house there were several participants who were engaging the house in various ways, be it playing drums or tuning an amp connected to a video receiver or writing messages on the wall with chalk and spray paint.

I realize that this may sound more like a scene out of The Craft than anything, but the sincerity of the performance, and frankly the creepiness of it after the sun went down and the workings inside began to crescendo, saved it from becoming disingenuously theatrical.

MOCHA Atlanta

20 Sep

Just moments ago my heart skipped a beat and a warm flush came over my entire body at reading the joyous news that crafting in Atlanta is being taken to the next level. The Museum of Contemporary Handmade Art will not only be the home of handmade delights, but will also have a small cafe as well. Oh! Mocha. Ok, I just got it… Clever ones, they are. The museum should be opening at the Irwin Street Market sometime late this month if all goes according to plan. My first thought was that this was going to be a bit redundant seeing how many crafting resources Atlanta has already, but I think considering the 11:11 Teahouse is now defunct as a tea shop, this will be able to fill that void and become a lovely addition to the crafting community.

In case you haven’t seen Handmade Nation yet, here is a little clip.

Through the looking glass

19 Sep

Hackneyed phrases such as “so much to do, so little time” kept coming to mind as I was flipping through the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival Guide today. Thanks to the addition of new Executive Director Amy Miller to the organization and growth in participation, this year’s annual celebration of photography is serving up an overwhelming number of amazing events and exhibitions. There seriously is SO much worthwhile to see this year, that I do not even know where to begin.

Man of the People" Photographs by Peter Magubane at Spruill Gallery

One trend that seems to be popping up this year is a number of exhibitions focusing on civil rights struggles. The High Museum has the outstanding “Road to Freedom” exhibition up right now. The show is completely worth going to and is the result of years worth of compiling of photographs by the High Museum Photography curator, Julian Cox. The Woodruff Arts Center will be hosting a lecture to supplement this exhibit Thursday, October 2nd from 7 to 8.30 p.m at the Rich Theater. While you are there, also take a look at their additional civil rights exhibit, “After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy.” In this same vein is the “Nelson Mandela: Man of the People” exhibit at Spruill Gallery. This show of photographs by Dr. Peter Magubane depict South Africa pre and post-apartheid. And, if you come see this one I can give you your own personal tour of the show. The exhibit will be up through November 8th.

Spelman Museum Director Andrea Barnwell Browlee and curator Lisa Kurzner will be hosting a Public Art Artist’s Talk at the water tower at Auburn Avenue and Irwin Street on Saturday, October 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. The talk will be discussing public art and social advocacy in the context of a video installation by Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry. This has been a topic of increasing interest and importance in Atlanta over the last year, so this may be one to attend if you like that kinda stuff. Also, if you are interested in Atlanta goings on of that nature, Barbara Archer Gallery is featuring an exhibit, “Picturing the Beltline” with works by Mary Truett, which opens October 9th from 7 to 9 p.m.

At Eyedrum tomorrow night, Jonathan Bouknight, the man behind the much loved Local Ephemera blog, is having an opening for a new series, “Catch-as-Catch-Can.” You will kick yourself if you do not come to this. The opening is tomorrow night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Other shows of note:

Hello Liberty” at Dalton Gallery with works by some of my favorites, Mario Petrirena, Hope HIlton, and Suellen Parker. The opening reception is Wednesday the 24th from 6 to 9 p.m.

Martha Rosler: Bringing the War Home” at Emory which runs through October 11th.

You Ain’t Wrong” by William Boling at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery. Runs through October 3rd.

“Steal this Art Show” put on by Click Clique at Mint Gallery. Opens October 4th.

Danielle Roney’s Working Artist Project opens at MOCA GA October 4th as well.

Mary Stanley Studio at Castleberry Hill. Her shows are always a huge party and extremely fun. And…. you can see a photo of me done by Laura Noel, says the shameless self-promoter.

Art scenes and Nicecream

15 Sep

We don’t want to turn this blog into a community calendar so I will try to get two notable upcoming events in one post and then stop telling you what to do with your free time. You can just click the calendar you see to your right for other things.

1. Beautiful Losers screening at the Plaza Theatre, Thursday 9/18

This is a documentary about the DIY-inspired street art and design scene that emerged in New York in 1990s, with interviews from artists like Mike Mills, Harmony Korine, and Shepard Fairey (who designed those iconic and sort of propagandist Obama posters).

The film is hosted by AIGA Atlanta, so it costs less if you are a member and/or register in advance. There will also be an art show “showcasing a variety of work from local Atlanta artists who are part of this movement.” I can’t seem to find the names of any of the local artists, so I guess it will be a surprise for us.

7:00 – 9:30 PM, $8-$12, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave

2. Nicecream Sundae Sunday at Jake’s Ice Cream, Sunday 9/28

Jake’s has come out with Nicecream, some sort of healthy (non-dairy and organic) ice cream-like substance that is supposedly delicious (made with coconut cream), so they are offering free Nicecream sundaes and other celebratory festivities.

4-7 PM, $5 suggested donation to Atlanta Food Bank, Irwin Street Market – 60 Irwin St (via News You Can Eat)

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