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Monday July 14, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) America Elects Its First Black President continues at Wood Is Wonderful Gallery.

2) Dr. Jim Cobb discusses his new book chronicling Georgia's past at the Decatur Library.

3) Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts Flying Colors Butterfly Festival.

4) Have Heart, Verse and Fondation perform at the Drunken Unicorn.

5) Earth, Wind and Fire performs at Chastain Park...

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Sunday July 13, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Election fever's in the air, and while we have our opinions on who we want in office, we all have a responsibility to educate ourselves on the issues and, most importantly, to register to vote and play a part in the changing tide. To that end, the Five Spot in Little Five Points hosts JUST THINK!, a night of political exploration navigated by a progressive lineup of musicians and guest... | more...

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Sunday July 13, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Young Americans is on display at the High Museum.

2) Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes perform at Turner Field.

3) The Five Spot hosts Just Think!, a night of political exploration.

4) Unplugged in the Park continues at Piedmont Park.

5) Atkins Park Tavern hosts the Dave FM Sunset Live Concert Series.

(Photo © Sheila Pree Bright)

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Saturday July 12, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Following the opening of several mini solo exhibitions, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center hosts the out-of-town artists for ARTIST'S TALKS Sat., JULY 12. Daniel Duford, graphic novelist and sculptor, hails from Portland, Ore.; performance artist and video maker Dave McKenzie comes in from New York; and L.A. artist Susan Silton will be on hand to discuss her projects relating to... | more...

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Saturday July 12, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1The fourth time is looking like it's the last for New Street Gallery's VINYL SHOW. Which is a shame, considering that this year's silent auction/benefit, taking place Sat., JULY 12, hopes to offer up artfully designed vinyl record discs from an even wider range of figures in Atlanta's art community. That includes efforts by Jonathan Bouknight, Adron and Toya North as well as Ed Hall.... | more...

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Saturday July 12, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Chris Rock performs at the Fox Theatre.

2) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center presents Artist's Talks with Daniel Duford, Dave McKenzie and Susan Silton.

3) New Street Gallery hosts Vinyl Show.

4) Papa Grows Funk performs at Smith's Olde Bar.

5) Charles Frazier signs his new book, Thirteen Moons, at Eagle Eye Book Shop.

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Friday July 11, 2008 09:30 pm EDT
Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier returns to Atlanta to once again promote his follow-up novel, Thirteen Moons, which Curt Holman reviewed in advance of a previous appearance by Frazier. (I also reviewed the movie version of Cold Mountain.) Frazier will appear on Saturday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center as part of the "Gwinnet Reads" series.Here is Frazier discussing the... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 09:17 pm EDT
image-1When it came to my coverage in this week’s issue of the New Street Gallery’s Vinyl Show, I wasn’t at the top of my game. Not only did I misstate the bidding situation in the See & Do section (bidding starts at below $100, not AT $100), but New Street co-founder Meshakai Wolf was understandably concerned about the way I excerpted comments from a phone interview I conducted... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 08:58 pm EDT

I saw Kit Kittredge: An American Girl at 10 a.m. the day it opened, so I got to check out a bunch of trailers for upcoming kid-oriented films. The shocking thing was seeing the previews for two computer-animated talking-animal comedies, Space Chimps and Fly Me to the Moon. They're the same movie!

OK, they have cosmetic differences. Space Chimps, as the title suggests, depicts a trio of...

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Friday July 11, 2008 08:43 pm EDT
image-1TNT announced today that everyone's favorite Quantum Leaper and Minor Leaguer, Scott Bakula, has joined the cast of the upcoming drama "Men of a Certain Age," which sounds suspiciously like a male version of "thirtysomething" with an extra decade thrown in. (Maybe that's because the pilot episode's director, two-time Emmy winner Scott Winant, includes among his credits "thirtysomething.") | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 03:56 pm EDT

image-1Fans of Fannie Flagg know that there's no replacement for Southern humor. Now take that Southern humor, mix in some social change and add four irrepressible ladies, and you get North Carolinian Dawn Shamp's debut novel On Account of Conspicuous Women.

On Account of Conspicuous Women takes place in Roxboro, N.C., (Shamp's hometown) in 1920, and the author's four "conspicuous women"...

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Friday July 11, 2008 03:40 pm EDT
image-1In anticipation of next week's big-screen release of the Batman epic film The Dark Knight, July 8 saw the direct-to-DVD issue of Batman: Gotham Knight (reviewed here), a moody, inventive anthology film with Japanese anime filmmakers presenting their interpretations of the Caped Crusader. The same day also saw the release of another DC Comics video adaptation with a distinct anime flavor:... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 01:40 pm EDT

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s Chanté LaGon and David Lee Simmons discussing author and Atlanta native Rob Kutner. The Emmy award winning writer will be in town to promote his new humor book Apocalypse How: Turn the End-Times Into the Best of Times!.

Kutner will appear Saturday, July 12, at the Barnes and Noble at Perimeter Mall, and on Sunday, July 13, at the William Breman...

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Friday July 11, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Family history collides with demographic changes in HALLELUJAH STREET BLUES, Atlanta playwright Valetta Anderson's comedy/drama about, in part, the gentrification of a Decatur neighborhood. Presented in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival and opening Fri., JULY 11, the multigenerational family story stars "The Young and the Restless'" Veronica Redd (right) and "Hill Street... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Sometimes it's hard to tell where the joking ends and the true deep-space funk and electro psychedelia begins, but that's the beauty of NOOT 'D NOOT. It's the ultimate Atlanta party band that channels expert musicianship into dance-floor party jams. The CD/LP release party Fri., JULY 11, for the Noot's International Hits debut, Goofer Dust, will be an awesome display of seriously funky... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Hallelujah Street Blues opens at Horizon Theatre.

2) John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties perform at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

3) Disappearing Black Neighborhoods opens at Georgia State's Student Center Lounge.

4) Noot 'd Noot performs at the Earl.

5) Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts Martinis and IMAX.

(Photo Lisa Adler)

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Thursday July 10, 2008 07:45 pm EDT

image-1My Speakeasy interview with "The Daily Show" writer and Atlanta native Rob Kutner gets the extended-online-version treatment on our website for this week's issue, which includes a lot of funny/funnier stuff. Again Kutner will appear on Saturday, July 12, at the Barnes and Noble at Perimeter Mall and on Sunday, July 13, at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.

Here's a favorite...

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Thursday July 10, 2008 05:41 pm EDT
image-1Back in April I reviewed the inspirational documentary Girls Rock!, which chronicled the weeklong travails of teen musicians learning to come together in hastily assembled bands and perform one song at the camp's end. The great news that came out of it was the local news that there would be an Atlanta chapter of Girls Rock!, which begins its five-day camp for girls ages 10-18 next week... | more...

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Thursday July 10, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Joel Gresham painted "AMERICA ELECTS ITS FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT" in 1989, not realizing his fantasy could feasibly become reality in a presidential election almost 20 years later with Sen. Barack Obama's shot at the White House. Gallery visitors can support the cause Mon., JULY 14, and purchase notecards, posters, prints and art shirts featuring Gresham's work, made available by... | more...

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Thursday July 10, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The Swear performs at Andrews Upstairs.

2) Reflections of Culture continues at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

3) Alison Krauss and Robert Plant perform a sold-out show at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

4) Natalie Chanin discusses and signs Alabama Stitch Book at Whitespace...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 09:42 pm EDT

image-1The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - Best of Ricky and Dave

American Zombie — A warm documentary look at the unlife of the contemporary zombie.

Batman: Gotham Knight

I Dream of Jeannie the Complete Fifth Season

Jet Li's Fearless

Journey to the Center of the Earth — The made-for-TV movie, as a companion toimage-2 the made-for-movie-theater movie, out...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 08:56 pm EDT
Hellboy II: The Golden Army opens this weekend, and the film's dark visual splendors affirm that director Guillermo del Toro is one of the major visionary filmmakers of our time — even though some of its thematic and emotional content doesn't have the same punch as the first Hellboy. Del Toro is such an outlandishly stylish film fantasist that sometimes it's easy to overlook the... | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 07:08 pm EDT
Not long after its witty Youtube trailer for Song of the Living Dead, Dad's Garage Theatre presents a teaser trailer for the world premiere of its Top Shelf show, FWD. Mike Katinsky directs the madness-laced office satire written by Christian Danley and Randy Havens, which features two of my favorite performers in the Dad's circle, Matthew Myers and Alison Hastings. (Incidentally, I interviewed... | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 02:15 pm EDT

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s Chanté LaGon chatting with Curt Holman about Ben Hur playing at the Fox Theatre this Sun., July 13, and Journey to the Center of the Earth opening Fri., July 11 at multiple Atlanta theaters.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 02:00 pm EDT

image-1MySpace. What's it done for you lately? (Besides helping you remember to close your bedroom window?) As a matter of fact, it's bringing Rainn Wilson's ("The Office") new movie, The Rocker, to Atlanta for a free sneak preview this Thurs., July 10, according to a press release we received yesterday afternoon.

The film follows Robert "Fish" Fishman (Wilson) as he tries to recapture his...

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