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Saturday May 9, 2009 11:00 am EDT
As a popular, sleepy-voiced prop comic in the 1980s, Joel Hodgson turned his back on success as a stand-up comedian. He found renewed fame as the creator and first host of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” In the cult hit TV series, Hodgson’s hapless human and a pair of wisecracking robots heckled some of the shlockiest movies ever made. Hodgson left “MST3K” in 1993 but has returned as a movie... | more...

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Friday May 1, 2009 09:04 pm EDT

image-1All’s not lost in Requiem for a Paper Bag (In honor of A&E Assistant Wyatt Williams' last day — he'll still be contributing regularly to the paper and blog — I present to you one of his great recent blog posts.)

‘Snoutbreak’ is the word of the week (Jon Stewart coins a new term for the swine flu.)

The Televangelist: ‘Lost’ episode 14 (The...

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Friday April 24, 2009 12:15 pm EDT
Lauretta Hannon celebrates dive bars, fishin' holes and other prime pieces of real estate on the wrong side of the tracks in The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life. Hannon's book combines family stories from the gritty, quirky corners of Savannah, Atlanta and Warner Robins, along with tongue-in-cheek motivational passages about the "Way of the Cracker Queen." A National Public... | more...

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Tuesday April 21, 2009 06:43 pm EDT

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After witnessing secondhand another critic's less-than-positive reception of Saltworks' Cumanana show ("art whose list of materials reads like the inventory of a homeless lady's shopping cart"), this writer is more than a little curious to see what's next.

Enter ELSEWHERE: a group show at Saltworks Gallery opening Sat., April 25 from 7-9 p.m. On one hand, the press materials...

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Monday April 20, 2009 10:00 am EDT
Author and activist Alice Walker has long championed the quilt. For the narrator of her story "Everyday Use," quilts aren't simply objects of beauty and handiwork, but industrious articles meant to be used as well as learned from. Walker's writing has reinforced the symbol of handmade blankets in American history, calling attention to the ways culture and tradition have passed through the hands... | more...

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Friday April 17, 2009 09:29 pm EDT

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State of Play's thrills put reporters above the fold (Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck star in this political thriller. Curt's verdict? Click to find out.)

The Televangelist: 'Lost' episode 13 (In Allison's words, "Ah yes, the long awaited Miles episode!")

New Movies & TV page (CL has a lovely new home for all your big and small screen needs.)

Bench Press: Weekend...

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Monday April 13, 2009 07:02 pm EDT

Our local daily released the official list of staffers accepting buyouts today. Among them, a number of features reporters and, more notably, arts critics.

CL's Scott Henry reports, saying,

The paper also appears to be clearing house of its arts critics: visual arts critic Cathy Fox, theater critic Wendell Brock and classical music critic Pierre Ruhe, as well as Sonia Murray, who...

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Tuesday April 7, 2009 02:34 pm EDT

Last month, the Atlanta Ballet announced that executive director Barry Hughson would be leaving his post to lead the Boston Ballet beginning June 1. Today, the Ballet announced Virginia Hepner as the interim executive director. Hepner spent 25 years with Wachovia and retired from the bank in 2005.

More on Hepner from the Atlanta Ballet's press release:

Hepner has been one of...

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Sunday April 5, 2009 08:00 am EDT
Director Victor Fleming is sometimes remembered as the most famous pinch-hitter of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He took over back-to-back directing duties on arguably the two greatest films of the studio era: The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. Baltimore Sun film critic and New Yorker contributor Michael Sragow has written a biography to rehabilitate the reputation of one of America’s most... | more...

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Friday April 3, 2009 09:00 pm EDT

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Art House Co-op opens Sketchbook Project at MODA (Art House Co-op breaks the mold by taking indie art on the road.)

League does justice to lit history (Curt delves into the third volume of the League of Extraordinary Gentleman graphic novels, Century, from Watchman writer Alan Moore.)

Adventureland finds charm in the mysteries of Pittsburgh (The director of Superbadtakes...

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Monday March 30, 2009 10:30 pm EDT

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Traveling exhibitions — such as Louvre Atlanta, or the ongoing (though nearly concluded) museological battle between King Tut and China's first emperor — are typically reserved for Atlanta's larger, higher profile institutions. While there's such a thing as a nationally calibrated indie arts tour, rarely does one ever originate here.

Art House Co-op breaks the mold...

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Monday March 30, 2009 07:00 am EDT



From a restored farmhouse in Dunwoody, the Spruill Gallery offers a quaint oasis of culture among the strip malls, giant restaurant chains and fancy condo complexes. The current exhibit PLAY, on view through April 25, showcases the lighthearted facets of creativity from more than a dozen artists, including Avantika Bawa, Barrett Feldman, Jason Fulford and Staci Stone. As Hope Cohn observes...

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Friday March 27, 2009 10:00 pm EDT

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Violence runs in veins of three new plays (Curt Holman takes a closer look at three plays that all share a common thread.)

The 1950s creature features that spawned Monster vs. Aliens (The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Blob and The Fly ... oh my!)

The Televangelist 'Lost' episode 10 (It's "Lost" people, how am I expected to describe it in one dinky sentence?)...

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Monday March 23, 2009 07:10 pm EDT

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The scope of professor Saskia Sassen's research is, in a word, international. How international, you ask? Her work is so cosmopolitan, she's comfortable lecturing on both sides of the Atlantic. Sassen currently serves as the Robert S. Lynd professor of sociology at Columbia University, as well as a centennial visiting professor at the London School of Economics (where,...

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Friday March 20, 2009 08:00 pm EDT

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Lux Interior benefit Cramps the Graveyard's style (The Graveyard was transformed into a virtual shrine to Lux, the late Cramps frontman.)

Hollywood Product: I Love You, Man (This flick partners Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in what is surely not another dirty bromance comedy ... right?)

The Televangelist: 'Lost' episode 9 (It's back! And so the speculation can resume —...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 07:00 pm EDT
Thinking about selling your soul? With the economy the way it is, it's probably a better deal than what the banks are offering, but you still might want to think twice. Local actor Timothy Hand has been working with the Vanguard Artist Alliance to update the original deal-with-the-devil tale. He premieres his one-man show Digital Faust Wed.-Thurs., March 18-19 at Eyedrum. Local musicians Track,... | more...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 06:34 pm EDT
Last week's cover story, "Atlanta's arts organizations brace for crisis," offered a fairly bleak and depressing look at the struggle for survival in which local arts organizations – both non-profit groups and private galleries – now find themselves as a result of a shrinking economy. The article looked at the dwindling audiences, reduced grants and a fall-off in individual donations... | more...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 05:30 pm EDT
New York-based composer Phil Kline isn't afraid of experimentation. He's written music for boombox orchestras and iPod ensembles, as well as for string quartets and Medievalist vocal troupes. He's perhaps best known for the annual production of Unsilent Night, a DIY performance piece in which he passes out tapes to attendees with cassette players, and then they all go electronic Christmas... | more...

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Monday March 16, 2009 05:45 pm EDT
Though he's a native Egyptian, Zahi Hawass is no stranger to Atlanta. The city's become a hotbed of Egyptian activity thanks to the Emory Michael C. Carlos Museum's dedication to the subject, as well as the popular exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs currently on view at the Atlanta Civic Center. As a result, the Egyptologist has likely spent as much time here as on some... | more...

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Thursday March 12, 2009 07:25 pm EDT

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Atlanta Ballet executive director Barry C. Hughson will finish his tenure May 17. Hughson leaves to take the reigns of the Boston Ballet as of June 1.

From the Chronicle:

During his two-year tenure at Atlanta Ballet, Hughson oversaw the organization’s move to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, completed the sale of 1400 West...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Given labels such as “Ballet Mavericks” in the press, the Trey McIntyre Project uses ballet technique as the jumping-off point for emotionally charged dance performances. Trey McIntyre of the North Carolina School of Arts, the Houston Ballet Company and the New York City Ballet founded the company in 2004. Executive director John Michael Schert describes the Trey McIntyre Project’s approach to... | more...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Donnell Rawlings turned a natural ability to be funny into a craft that pays the bills. He's served in the armed forces, coined a pop-culture catchphrase ("Chappelle's Show's" "I'm rich, bitch!") and appeared in several hit shows, but he's not done yet. He performs at the Vortex's Laughing Skull Lounge March 12-15. Here, Rawlings speaks about what got him into the industry, and what his plans... | more...

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Monday March 9, 2009 11:55 pm EDT

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The Atlanta Ballet’s current show begins with a skin-crawling prologue. Wolfish, costumed dancers surround a sleeping man’s bed; a happy wedding repeatedly turns into a mournful funeral; and booming, insistent knocks resound throughout. The rapping sounds suggest Poe’s raven tapping at the chamber door. The images evoke Goya’s nightmarish paintings, and the...

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Thursday March 5, 2009 06:20 pm EST

image-1 that takes place in Quebec City every two years during May and June. Fortin's been tapped to curate the 2010 edition. According to the press release, she "will announce the theme of the 5th Manif d'art in Quebec City in late-March. She will also host of series of workshops and conversations in Atlanta, starting in mid-April."

Fortin joined the Atlanta-based contemporary art...

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
After more than 20 years, DC Comics' Watchmen will make the quantum leap from comic book page to live-action film with its release this Friday. If hype and anticipation translate to even a fraction of box office success, Watchmen will affirm the popularity of superheroes — and even R-rated antiheroes — as Hollywood's saviors. The blockbuster could join the ranks of such record-breakers as... | more...