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Talk of the Town - deco delight March 16 2005

The Wigwam's art deco details suit Eric and Nicole Carsten to a T

Even on a drizzly Sunday afternoon, the Wigwam is hard to miss. The compact, boxy condominium complex could have been plucked straight from South Beach and dropped, fully intact, on Auburn Avenue, just a few blocks from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace.

It's an arresting scene: relentlessly cheery shades of yellow, green, blue and coral cover the Wigwam's stucco exterior. Curved awnings and rails provide the only contrast to the predominantly rectangular shapes and perpendicular angles of the square, multilevel building.

The Wigwam was built in the 1940s but gradually fell into disrepair, until it was recently bought by Judi Knight, who rescued it from its crack house status and completely refurbished it.

Eric and Nicole Carsten, along with their cats Oreo and Oscar, are the proud owners of one of the Wigwam's eight units. Eric is a web developer by day and a DJ by night, while Nicole works for Cobb County government. Their airy little two-bedroom condo brings the Wigwam's exterior colors inside with pastel green, blue and yellow-walled rooms, and brightly patterned curtains.

Creative Loafing: How did this building come about?

Nicole: Originally, Cornelius King (no relation to the Civil Rights leader) built this building for his family.

Why is a South Beach-looking condo complex called the Wigwam?

Nicole: The building was originally concrete, and they eventually put stucco on it, so it wasn't originally King's interpretation of how it would look with the pastel colors. He wanted to go with a Native American look, hence the Wigwam.

Eric: I think he was half Cree Indian.

After Judi Knight bought the building, what was her role in refurbishing it?

Nicole: When she bought it, it was pastel. She just updated the colors. For the historic code, the original windows had to stay, and the outside had to remain the same. But she gutted it and put in all the cabinetry, the bamboo floors, the AC unit, the washer and dryer and rewired it. She put in the fountain and all the lights, and of course the landscaping and all the little palm trees.

Has your decor been influenced by living here?

Nicole: I don't think we'd have a mint green wall -

Eric: mint truffle ...

Nicole: - if we lived in a more traditional place. I think we're very eclectic, anyway, but it allows us to have everything really colorful. So it is very inspiring. You walk outside and it's coral and green and yellow!

What attracted you to the Wigwam?

Nicole: We were getting married and were looking for a place. We just happened to be driving by, and we both walked in and were like, "Oh, we love it!" It was so cute and unique. The units are all a little bit different. Like we're the only ones that have a square window in the door. All the other ones have a little portal.

Eric: It's not the cookie-cutter condo. One key element for us is that it was basically like an apartment that we could just move into, hands down. It had all the appliances already included. It's a great starter home.

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The traditional, two-story house retains a genteel Southern charm with its colonnaded wraparound porch, pale yellow brick and white-trimmed facade.

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The traditional, two-story house retains a genteel Southern charm with its colonnaded wraparound porch, pale yellow brick and white-trimmed facade.

But closer inspection reveals recycled wood floors made from Kentucky bourbon warehouses and deck materials constructed from wood waste, recycled plastic bags and milk jugs. Photovoltaics (that's fancy talk for solar panels) on the roof catch solar power to produce electricity that Georgia Power then buys.

Because the house is currently unoccupied, Walter Brown, vice president of Green Street Properties - the developing force behind the Idea House - stepped in to enlighten CL on everything environmental in the home.

Creative Loafing: Why develop in Glenwood Park?

Brown: The first point of trying to locate here was the proximity to downtown Atlanta and existing infrastructure and neighborhoods. We will be saving 1.6 million miles a year of driving just from Glenwood's location and because it is a mixed-use development. We're trying to create a walkable atmosphere to encourage people to dump the car and get out and move around.

So what's the idea behind the Idea House?

This house takes the model of EarthCraft (a program promoting environmentally friendly home building) to another level. The house has all the beautiful accoutrements that everybody looks for in a Southern Living house, but it also uses 50 percent less energy than a typical house.

What are the most important things to take care of when you're trying to build a green home like this?

The first thing to do is reduce the energy load. The environmental impact of energy use is huge. Try everything you can for the efficiency of the walls, windows and so forth. Then add on a very efficient heating and cooling system, and after you've taken care of water efficiency, maybe add on photovoltaics.

How does the house's construction reduce energy?

The most important way is insulation. The walls are thicker than usual, and they're filled with foam insulation. The windows are high quality, and there's no air leaking around them.

How else does the house save energy?

Eighty percent of the lighting in the house comes from compact fluorescent lights that use a quarter of the energy of a typical light bulb and put out almost no heat. We also selected Energy Star appliances that use 30 percent less energy than the industry standard.

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1) "American Wife" - Rilo Kiley: At Urban Outfitters. Hey, it's where all the high school hipsters are hanging out ... and they look younger than ever. No to UO's huaraches, but yes to Rilo Kiley.

2) "Beautiful Day" - U2: At Irvine Spectrum. Sitting outside, eating at Wahoo's Fish Taco on an aptly beautiful, breezy, freewheeling day. If you haven't eaten at Wahoo's, you haven't lived. Really.

3) "Collide" - Howie Day: At Metro Pointe in Costa Mesa. Day also seems more fall than early springtime to me. Maybe that's why there weren't too many people around. Or maybe they were all doing their bit for the economy at mega-mall South Coast Plaza across the street.

4) "Lightness" - Death Cab for Cutie: At Huntington Surf and Sport in Huntington Beach. Definitely winter-ish. But it was a rather gray day for the world's surf capital, anyway. Too bad for all the people there for the paintballers' convention.

5) "Cowboy Take Me Away" - Dixie Chicks: In my sister's car. Pre-no clothes, pre-political statements. I'm not a real fan of country, but I like singing along to this song.??


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When I'm not in Atlanta, I live in Orange County - which, by the way, nobody called "the O.C." until Fox did. I went home for spring break, promptly got sick, and spent most of the week being nursed back to health by my mother and her miracle-cure chicken soup. But I did manage to get out a little bit to soak up the SoCal rays and hear some tunes while shopping.

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?On tippy-toe?
Forty years ago, the Atlanta Ballet earned the distinction of being one of the first companies in the United States to perform SWAN LAKE in its entirety. But it's been a good 10 years since anyone's gotten to see them perform Tchaikovsky's classic. Beginning MARCH 10, the Atlanta Ballet presents the romantic tale in celebration of its 75th anniversary season. $23.54-$70.62. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.atlantaballet.com. — Daniela Chen

Festival?
?Attention Urban Cowboys?
There is a real reason why all things Western (remember those ponchos, cowboy boots and feather earrings you wore last fall?) make a comeback on a semi-annual basis: At the end of the day, we all know cowboys are pretty damn cool. Get an eyeful, earful and mouthful of the reasons why cowboy culture rules at the NINTH ANNUAL GEORGIA COWBOY POETRY gathering. Taking place at Cartersville's Booth Western Art Museum March 10-13, the festival features everything from a fiddling contest to yodeling and traditional trail songs by the Rockin' M Wranglers and a cowboy poetry open mic. For those who don't know, cowboy poetry spins tales in rhyme and meter. Kinda like hip-hop, only cleaner. $4-$6 per day. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300. www.boothmuseum.org.  — Layla Bellows

Sports?
?Fancy footwork?
If you've been watching the Atlanta Hawks this season, then you are probably tired of rooting for a losing team. Thank goodness the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS are coming to town MARCH 12, just in time to inject a little basketball fun into a town that is getting understandably tired of watching its home team bumble around the court. The Globetrotters will be showing off, dribbling the ball through their legs, shooting from half-court and making behind-the-back passes. After the game, there will be a 30-minute meet-and-greet session, where fans can get autographs and interact with the players. It's just what the doctor ordered. $15-$127. 1 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.harlemglobetrotters.com. — Coley Ward

Road Trip?
May the road rise to meet you?
Last week, I wrote about Fado's Irish Sessions and unfortunately referred to Ireland as a "British nation." Ireland is, in fact, no longer a member of the United Kingdom, having gained its independence in 1922. My great-grandfather, Coleman O'Toole, is turning over in his grave.

To atone for my sin, I plan on getting back in touch with my Irish roots MARCH 17 with a trip to Savannah, where River Street hosts the totally kick-ass ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON THE RIVER. Though the river may no longer be dyed green, all the other essential elements are there - live music ranging from upbeat Irish to world beat and mountain folk-rock, a parade and plenty of drinking. If you plan on sipping suds outdoors, all you'll need to buy is a bracelet. Oh, and a hotel room - and word is, those are booking faster than fast. Bracelets are $5. For other info, call 912-234-0295. www.savriverstreet.com. — CW

March 10 Thursday?
How could one choose between the Eagles Farewell I tour and the Masters of Persian Music, both performing tonight at Gwinnett Center? The Eagles, playing at the Gwinnett Arena, may only feature two original members of the folksy favorites (Don Henley and Glenn Frey), but with the other two members having served the band well since the mid-'70s, the tunes should be as sunny-side-up California-esque as ever.

Step into something more exotic at the Performing Arts Center, where Iranian supergroup Masters of Persian Music play on foreign instruments including the tar (which is like a lute) and the kamancheh (a Persian spike fiddle). Seriously, these guys are so popular that they're nearly sold out. Eagles: $25-$112. 7 p.m. 404-249-6400. Masters of Persian Music: $35. 8 p.m. 678-357-3572. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.(LB)

March 11 Friday?
Artist and mother Gail Vogels captures the bewitching quality of teenage boys who emerge from leafy glades like Lord of the Flies creatures wavering between wild and tame in Green, a series of paintings that finds the exotic living here among us. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (Felicia Feaster)

March 12 Saturday?
Tonight, THE FORTY-FIVES, THE BLACK LIPS and THE SPINNS present a rock and roll show like the rawest collection of Nuggets you'd ever hope to hear. The Forty-Fives, Atlanta's garage-rock saviors, are riding high on international acclaim for their screaming, mid-'60s-infected rave-ups. The Black Lips, those blues-tinged down-and-dirty punks, slide into second base on the bill, and the whole damn night will shake with the opening set from the Spinns. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (Lee Valentine Smith)

March 13 Sunday?
Lately, every song I hear in just about anyone's CD player reminds me of HOT HOT HEAT. It was one thing when I was mistaking Scotland's Franz Ferdinand for the Canadian foursome, but quite another when I was asking about the Killers. Obviously I'm in need of a sampling of the band's punky indie rock and will likely get one at the Loft, where the Heat will be playing in support of its upcoming Elevator. $12-$14. 8 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198. www.vinylatlanta.com. (LB)

March 14 Monday?
The death penalty remains a political hot button with many sides, both personal and public. Opening tonight, The Exonerated - a play presented by Jack in the Black Box Theatre Company - shares the stories of six innocent survivors of death row. $15-$25. 8 p.m. Through March 29. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-432-9847. www.jackintheblackbox.org. (LB)

March 15 Tuesday?
Mondays suck, but then again, so do most Tuesdays. THE PATIO offers one cure: all the pizza and salad you can eat for $10. As if that wasn't enough, Sweetwater drafts are only $2. The pizzas can get crazy depending on how the chef is feeling - we've sampled toppings as creative as figs and as pleasantly ordinary as mushroom. Served 6-10 p.m. 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-659-5757. www.inmanparkpatio.com. (LB)

March 16 Wednesday?
Here's a little math: Take your average Wednesday, add a "T," and what do you get? THUMP is Eleven50's newest offering to Atlanta nightlife, featuring the house music of Jason Jones (DJ Squatch) in its main room and a variety of performance artists in weekly rotation. Whether it will beat Eleven50's previous Wednesday night offering - the downtempo, loungey, but often deserted Hump - remains to be determined. $5-$7. 10 p.m. 1150-B Peachtree St. 404-874-0428. www.thumpATL.com. (LB)??


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?__Fancy footwork__?
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__May the road rise to meet you__?
Last week, I wrote about Fado's Irish Sessions and unfortunately referred to Ireland as a "British nation." Ireland is, in fact, no longer a member of the United Kingdom, having gained its independence in 1922. My great-grandfather, Coleman O'Toole, is turning over in his grave.

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__March 10 Thursday__?
How could one choose between the__ Eagles Farewell I tour__ and the __Masters of Persian Music__, both performing tonight at Gwinnett Center? The Eagles, playing at the Gwinnett Arena, may only feature two original members of the folksy favorites (Don Henley and Glenn Frey), but with the other two members having served the band well since the mid-'70s, the tunes should be as sunny-side-up California-esque as ever.

Step into something more exotic at the Performing Arts Center, where Iranian supergroup Masters of Persian Music play on foreign instruments including the ''tar'' (which is like a lute) and the ''kamancheh'' (a Persian spike fiddle). Seriously, these guys are so popular that they're nearly sold out. ''Eagles: $25-$112. 7 p.m. 404-249-6400. Masters of Persian Music: $35. 8 p.m. 678-357-3572. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.''(LB)

__March 11 Friday__?
Artist and mother Gail Vogels captures the bewitching quality of teenage boys who emerge from leafy glades like ''Lord of the Flies'' creatures wavering between wild and tame in __''Green, ''__a series of paintings that finds the exotic living here among us. ''Free. Noon-5 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.'' (Felicia Feaster)

__March 12 Saturday__?
Tonight, __THE FORTY-FIVES, THE BLACK LIPS__ and __THE SPINNS__ present a rock ''and'' roll show like the rawest collection of ''Nuggets'' you'd ever hope to hear. The Forty-Fives, Atlanta's garage-rock saviors, are riding high on international acclaim for their screaming, mid-'60s-infected rave-ups. The Black Lips, those blues-tinged down-and-dirty punks, slide into second base on the bill, and the whole damn night will shake with the opening set from the Spinns. ''$7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.'' (Lee Valentine Smith)

__March 13 Sunday__?
Lately, every song I hear in just about anyone's CD player reminds me of __HOT HOT HEAT__. It was one thing when I was mistaking Scotland's Franz Ferdinand for the Canadian foursome, but quite another when I was asking about the Killers. Obviously I'm in need of a sampling of the band's punky indie rock and will likely get one at the Loft, where the Heat will be playing in support of its upcoming ''Elevator. $12-$14. 8 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198. www.vinylatlanta.com.'' (LB)

__March 14 Monday__?
The death penalty remains a political hot button with many sides, both personal and public. Opening tonight, __''The Exonerated''__ - a play presented by Jack in the Black Box Theatre Company - shares the stories of six innocent survivors of death row. ''$15-$25. 8 p.m. Through March 29. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-432-9847. www.jackintheblackbox.org.'' (LB)

__March 15 Tuesday__?
Mondays suck, but then again, so do most Tuesdays. __THE PATIO__ offers one cure: all the pizza and salad you can eat for $10. As if that wasn't enough, Sweetwater drafts are only $2. The pizzas can get crazy depending on how the chef is feeling - we've sampled toppings as creative as figs and as pleasantly ordinary as mushroom. ''Served 6-10 p.m. 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-659-5757. [http://www.inmanparkpatio.com/|www.inmanparkpatio.com]''. (LB)

__March 16 Wednesday__?
Here's a little math: Take your average Wednesday, add a "T," and what do you get? __THUMP__ is Eleven50's newest offering to Atlanta nightlife, featuring the house music of Jason Jones (DJ Squatch) in its main room and a variety of performance artists in weekly rotation. Whether it will beat Eleven50's previous Wednesday night offering - the downtempo, loungey, but often deserted Hump - remains to be determined. ''$5-$7. 10 p.m. 1150-B Peachtree St. 404-874-0428. [http://www.thumpATL.com/|www.thumpATL.com]. ''(LB)??


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?On tippy-toe?
Forty years ago, the Atlanta Ballet earned the distinction of being one of the first companies in the United States to perform SWAN LAKE in its entirety. But it's been a good 10 years since anyone's gotten to see them perform Tchaikovsky's classic. Beginning MARCH 10, the Atlanta Ballet presents the romantic tale in celebration of its 75th anniversary season. $23.54-$70.62. Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.atlantaballet.com. — Daniela Chen

Festival?
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Sports?
?Fancy footwork?
If you've been watching the Atlanta Hawks this season, then you are probably tired of rooting for a losing team. Thank goodness the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS are coming to town MARCH 12, just in time to inject a little basketball fun into a town that is getting understandably tired of watching its home team bumble around the court. The Globetrotters will be showing off, dribbling the ball through their legs, shooting from half-court and making behind-the-back passes. After the game, there will be a 30-minute meet-and-greet session, where fans can get autographs and interact with the players. It's just what the doctor ordered. $15-$127. 1 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.harlemglobetrotters.com. — Coley Ward

Road Trip?
May the road rise to meet you?
Last week, I wrote about Fado's Irish Sessions and unfortunately referred to Ireland as a "British nation." Ireland is, in fact, no longer a member of the United Kingdom, having gained its independence in 1922. My great-grandfather, Coleman O'Toole, is turning over in his grave.

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March 10 Thursday?
How could one choose between the Eagles Farewell I tour and the Masters of Persian Music, both performing tonight at Gwinnett Center? The Eagles, playing at the Gwinnett Arena, may only feature two original members of the folksy favorites (Don Henley and Glenn Frey), but with the other two members having served the band well since the mid-'70s, the tunes should be as sunny-side-up California-esque as ever.

Step into something more exotic at the Performing Arts Center, where Iranian supergroup Masters of Persian Music play on foreign instruments including the tar (which is like a lute) and the kamancheh (a Persian spike fiddle). Seriously, these guys are so popular that they're nearly sold out. Eagles: $25-$112. 7 p.m. 404-249-6400. Masters of Persian Music: $35. 8 p.m. 678-357-3572. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.(LB)

March 11 Friday?
Artist and mother Gail Vogels captures the bewitching quality of teenage boys who emerge from leafy glades like Lord of the Flies creatures wavering between wild and tame in Green, a series of paintings that finds the exotic living here among us. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (Felicia Feaster)

March 12 Saturday?
Tonight, THE FORTY-FIVES, THE BLACK LIPS and THE SPINNS present a rock and roll show like the rawest collection of Nuggets you'd ever hope to hear. The Forty-Fives, Atlanta's garage-rock saviors, are riding high on international acclaim for their screaming, mid-'60s-infected rave-ups. The Black Lips, those blues-tinged down-and-dirty punks, slide into second base on the bill, and the whole damn night will shake with the opening set from the Spinns. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (Lee Valentine Smith)

March 13 Sunday?
Lately, every song I hear in just about anyone's CD player reminds me of HOT HOT HEAT. It was one thing when I was mistaking Scotland's Franz Ferdinand for the Canadian foursome, but quite another when I was asking about the Killers. Obviously I'm in need of a sampling of the band's punky indie rock and will likely get one at the Loft, where the Heat will be playing in support of its upcoming Elevator. $12-$14. 8 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198. www.vinylatlanta.com. (LB)

March 14 Monday?
The death penalty remains a political hot button with many sides, both personal and public. Opening tonight, The Exonerated - a play presented by Jack in the Black Box Theatre Company - shares the stories of six innocent survivors of death row. $15-$25. 8 p.m. Through March 29. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-432-9847. www.jackintheblackbox.org. (LB)

March 15 Tuesday?
Mondays suck, but then again, so do most Tuesdays. THE PATIO offers one cure: all the pizza and salad you can eat for $10. As if that wasn't enough, Sweetwater drafts are only $2. The pizzas can get crazy depending on how the chef is feeling - we've sampled toppings as creative as figs and as pleasantly ordinary as mushroom. Served 6-10 p.m. 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-659-5757. www.inmanparkpatio.com. (LB)

March 16 Wednesday?
Here's a little math: Take your average Wednesday, add a "T," and what do you get? THUMP is Eleven50's newest offering to Atlanta nightlife, featuring the house music of Jason Jones (DJ Squatch) in its main room and a variety of performance artists in weekly rotation. Whether it will beat Eleven50's previous Wednesday night offering - the downtempo, loungey, but often deserted Hump - remains to be determined. $5-$7. 10 p.m. 1150-B Peachtree St. 404-874-0428. www.thumpATL.com. (LB)??


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