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Atlanta Festivals 2008

Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2008

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Atlanta Arts Festival 2008

Atlanta is blessed with an amazing array of festivals and fairs that happen all year round. Below is our coverage of the big Festivals in Atlanta in 2008.

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SURFWISE

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Sun., Jan. 20, 8:55 p.m., Regal Atlantic Station; Mon., Jan. 21, 2:20 p.m., Lefont Sandy Springs.

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4 stars

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Thurs., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Lefont Sandy Springs.

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Sun., Jan. 20, 6:45 p.m., Regal Atlantic Station; Mon., Jan. 21, 6:55 p.m. Lefont Sandy Springs.

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This is an article from 2003. For all current information and additional links see Cl's coverage of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

The folks who put on the annual Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park were informed yesterday that the park will host no major events in 2008 because of the drought.

That's understandable, but the late notice has left organizers scrambling to find a location for the festival, now in its 72nd year.

The festival sent out this press release today:

After the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation’s announcement that no large festivals can be held in Piedmont Park during 2008, the 72nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival must search for a temporary site so that it can present a viable event for its fans. This last-minute notification delivered to festival organizers yesterday will mean major changes are required for one of the South’s oldest and most beloved spring traditions, which is scheduled to open April 4.

“We were disappointed to learn that the City of Atlanta decided to not allow any large park festivals this year,” said Atlanta Dogwood Festival executive director Brian Hill. “In spite of the city’s announcement, we will remain positive and attempt to present the festival at an alternative and suitable location, retaining the very high level of entertainment quality we were planning for Piedmont Park. We understand the severity of the drought conditions and had previously presented an alternative layout to restrict the festival’s activities to the streets within the park. We had hoped the city would allow the festival to proceed as scheduled.”

For the past 71 years, Atlanta’s “Favorite Festival” (as voted by readers of Atlanta Magazine) has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city, creating a valuable economic impact with a cumulative value of hundreds of millions of dollars. The festival has always taken care to reduce the physical impact of its audience on Piedmont Park and has paid for any minimal damages to the park due to the festival use.

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After the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation’s announcement that no large festivals can be held in Piedmont Park during 2008, the 72nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival must search for a temporary site so that it can present a viable event for its fans. This last-minute notification delivered to festival organizers yesterday will mean major changes are required for one of the South’s oldest and most beloved spring traditions, which is scheduled to open April 4.

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The folks who put on the annual Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park were informed yesterday that the park will host no major events in 2008 because of the drought.

That's understandable, but the late notice has left organizers scrambling to find a location for the festival, now in its 72nd year.

The festival sent out this press release today:

After the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation’s announcement that no large festivals can be held in Piedmont Park during 2008, the 72nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival must search for a temporary site so that it can present a viable event for its fans. This last-minute notification delivered to festival organizers yesterday will mean major changes are required for one of the South’s oldest and most beloved spring traditions, which is scheduled to open April 4.

“We were disappointed to learn that the City of Atlanta decided to not allow any large park festivals this year,” said Atlanta Dogwood Festival executive director Brian Hill. “In spite of the city’s announcement, we will remain positive and attempt to present the festival at an alternative and suitable location, retaining the very high level of entertainment quality we were planning for Piedmont Park. We understand the severity of the drought conditions and had previously presented an alternative layout to restrict the festival’s activities to the streets within the park. We had hoped the city would allow the festival to proceed as scheduled.”

For the past 71 years, Atlanta’s “Favorite Festival” (as voted by readers of Atlanta Magazine) has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city, creating a valuable economic impact with a cumulative value of hundreds of millions of dollars. The festival has always taken care to reduce the physical impact of its audience on Piedmont Park and has paid for any minimal damages to the park due to the festival use.

“We share a passion for Piedmont Park,” said Hill “Our goal is to sustain Atlanta’s favorite springtime event for many years to come.”

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Organizers of the venerable Dogwood Festival - long a spring tradition at Piedmont Park - will hold a press conference tomorrow (Friday) to announce its new location for this year.

Seeing as how the press conference will be held at Lenox Mall, and Lenox was one of the locations the festival was considering, you can probably put one and one together.

Piedmont Park is off-limits this year to major festivals due to the drought. Organizations have complained that the city's late notice has left them scrambling to find alternative sites. The festival is planned for April 4, 5 and 6.

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Add declining record sales and increasing Internet influence to the country's waning infatuation with all things Southern, and hip-hop is on the verge of becoming as homogenous as it's ever been. So seeing the artist roster on the promotional fliers for the fourth annual A3C (All 3 Coasts) Music Festival is more like looking at a tarot card than an advertisement.

In addition to names such as Clan Destined, Collective Efforts and Binkis Recs, the 2008 edition features national acts like the Re-Up Gang/Clipse, Little Brother, Wale, Guilty Simpson, Aceyalone, Akrobatik, Tanya Morgan, Del Tha Funky Homosapien and Jeru the Damaja.

"With this festival, it just comes down to if it's good or not," says Brian Knott, partner and founder of A3C. "Just because it's underground doesn't mean it's good and just because it's on the radio doesn't make it hot. We're really trying to say who's dope, and in addition to that, who can put on a show, too."

A3C got its start three years ago as "an independent, backpacker-driven" festival, says Knott, who was running Atlanta's now defunct indie label ATF Records at the time. He created the festival to serve as an outlet for his artists and their associates. It wasn't meant to be a reoccurring thing, but the feedback from the show was so positive that he decided to keep it going. Each year the bill has grown larger, with this year's three-day event being the biggest ever.

"What we are trying to do is be inclusive of everything," insists Knott, who is especially excited about A3C playing host to the first reunion of the legendary Juice Crew (including attendees Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Roxanne Shante and Craig G) in 17 years.

"I think historically, A3C was backpacker-driven because that's who we knew then, but as we've grown I think it represents how diverse we are."

The new crop of Atlantans featured in the festival represent a microcosm of that diversity. Friday night's Counter Couture event, hosted by Caleb Gauge with DJ Klever manning the tables, will showcase names like Proton, Gripplyaz, Hollyweerd and Rebel Rock/Atlantic recording artist B.O.B.

While Proton and Gripp have been mainstays in Atlanta's "otherground" scene for years, and Hollyweerd and B.O.B. have had mild radio support recently, A3C will be the first time that many outside of each act's niche fan base will get to see what some are calling the future of Atlanta hip-hop.

"As much as we are the home to Lil Jon, we are the home to OutKast," Knott says. "When you look at OutKast and Goodie Mob, to me that's where a lot of these artists are cut from. We have an influx of people coming here trying to sound like Southern rappers and fit into that sound. These artists in the fashion show are trying to find their own sound out of the South and we want to support that."

In the grand scheme of hip-hop fests, A3C also seems to be one of the few that actually appeals to all. Similar factions like Rock the Bells, Paid Dues and Scribble Jam put in bids as the premier hip-hop festival. But with A3C being a stationary event rather than a tour, it has more appeal.

"When you look at the landscape, Rock the Bells is a New York-centered festival, Paid Dues is a West Coast-centered festival and Scribble Jam is in Ohio," says Knott, adding that while it's nice to camp out all day, the best rap shows are in nightclubs with drink in hand. "We're the only people that do what we do in the Southeast. A lot of these artists – solid touring artists – if they came through Atlanta they might play for 250 people. But at A3C they will do 900 to 1,200 people. I think that's what's attractive."

Staying true to its hip-hop tag, A3C offers more than just rap shows. Friday and Saturday will both host B-boy exhibitions while Saturday will hold both a producer's battle and women in hip-hop panel.

"The bottom line here is to have fun," Knott say. "There was a while where hip-hop wasn't about being fun, it was about being hard. I love a lot of that music, but I think the festival atmosphere brings the fun back. We're trying to bring the block party back."

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To win one of the AFF awards won't guarantee future success, but every little bit helps. Festival director Dan Krovich says, "To whatever extent winning an award at the Atlanta Film Festival can have a positive impact for a film's future, we want to maximize that impact by making films still searching for an audience eligible for the prizes."

Consequently, most of the films and filmmakers in competition qualify as debut projects. Director/co-writer/leading man Brian Peterson clearly proves to be a promising film artist in his half-successful feature film Coyote (3 stars; April 13, 6 p.m.; April 17, 1:30 p.m.). In some ways Peterson's drama plays like a serious take on the old Michael Keaton comedy Night Shift, only here, an average pair of "nice" white guys (played by Peterson and co-writer Brett Spackman) begin smuggling people across the Mexican border instead of becoming New York pimps. What begins as a one-time lark becomes a profitable, high-adrenaline venture with yuppie-style frills (including bronze, silver and gold "travel packages" for illegal immigrants).

Some wildly implausible plot twists and a hackneyed speech about the American dream nearly torpedo Coyote's modest virtues. Nevertheless, the film's documentary-style perspective on illegal border crossings sets a fast pace, presents some fascinating details and even generates a few laughs.

The documentary Nerdcore Rising (3 stars; April 12, 10:30 p.m.; April 15, 2:40 p.m.) explores the type of fringe artistic community ideal for film festival fare – so-called "nerdcore" hip-hop, which amounts to white guys rapping about geeky subject matter like role-playing games and Internet porn. (One fan says "Nerdcore is like playing Halo while getting a blowjob from Hello Kitty.") Director Negin Farsad follows pioneering nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot and his band on their first modest tour, and strikes gold with the quirky cast of characters, each of whom apparently has a Chewbacca impression.

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If the AFF's competition section is about finding new talent, the inclusion of Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (3 stars; April 13, 3 p.m.; April 17, 9:45 p.m.) is a little ironic, since Castle embodied old-school cinematic showmanship. The producer/director was best-known not so much for cranking out B-list thrillers such as The Tingler but for their promotional gimmicks such as that film's "Percepto," which included joy buzzers under theater seats.

Spine Tingler! borders on hero worship and seems made less for theatrical distribution than as an anchor for an evening of Castle films on a cable movie channel. Still, it qualifies as an affectionate tribute to a bygone form of showmanship that, however cheesy, feels extremely remote in an era of corporate franchise films and impersonal marketing.

Film student Jeremy Zerechak records his deployment as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard without unnecessary frills or sensationalism in Land of Confusion (4 stars; April 12, 12:15 p.m.; April 14, 1 p.m.). It stands out not only among the AFF films I've seen as of this writing, but also among the many recent features and documentaries about soldiers fighting the Iraq war. Land of Confusion even finds some rueful humor as it depicts Zerechak's Iraq training at snowy, dilapidated Fort Dix.

Zerechak and fellows end up based at one of Saddam's vacation spots and assigned to provide security for the Iraq Survey Group as they look for elusive weapons of mass destruction. The soldiers come across as likable, fair-minded guys (if a little intense), and their barracks talk about the war sounds like conversations going on in America's bars, offices and dorm rooms. Compared with ambitious movies such as Jarhead or Redacted, Land of Confusion reveals more urgency and equanimity, and makes an eloquent statement about Americans at war without striving for grand themes. Regardless of how it fares in the AFF's Documentary Competition, Land of Confusion is a winner."
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If the AFF's competition section is about finding new talent, the inclusion of Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary ''Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story'' (3 stars; April 13, 3 p.m.; April 17, 9:45 p.m.) is a little ironic, since Castle embodied old-school cinematic showmanship. The producer/director was best-known not so much for cranking out B-list thrillers such as ''The Tingler'' but for their promotional gimmicks such as that film's "Percepto," which included joy buzzers under theater seats.

''Spine Tingler!'' borders on hero worship and seems made less for theatrical distribution than as an anchor for an evening of Castle films on a cable movie channel. Still, it qualifies as an affectionate tribute to a bygone form of showmanship that, however cheesy, feels extremely remote in an era of corporate franchise films and impersonal marketing.

Film student Jeremy Zerechak records his deployment as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard without unnecessary frills or sensationalism in ''Land of Confusion'' (4 stars; April 12, 12:15 p.m.; April 14, 1 p.m.). It stands out not only among the AFF films I've seen as of this writing, but also among the many recent features and documentaries about soldiers fighting the Iraq war. ''Land of Confusion'' even finds some rueful humor as it depicts Zerechak's Iraq training at snowy, dilapidated Fort Dix.

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The greatest prize such a film can receive – actual theatrical distribution – lies beyond a film festival's powers. The Atlanta Film Festival thus reserves its Dramatic Feature and Documentary Feature Competition categories to films without distribution, in many ways giving pride of place to new discoveries.

This year the 32nd Atlanta Film Festival received 1,630 entries in short and feature categories. Such movies as the English comedy Son of Rambow, the French drama Priceless and the culture-clash drama The Visitor (the closing-night feature) will be released in Atlanta theaters within weeks of the festival. Those films don't need the extra boost as much as the out-of-nowhere labors of love just starting out on the festival circuit.

To win one of the AFF awards won't guarantee future success, but every little bit helps. Festival director Dan Krovich says, "To whatever extent winning an award at the Atlanta Film Festival can have a positive impact for a film's future, we want to maximize that impact by making films still searching for an audience eligible for the prizes."

Consequently, most of the films and filmmakers in competition qualify as debut projects. Director/co-writer/leading man Brian Peterson clearly proves to be a promising film artist in his half-successful feature film Coyote (3 stars; April 13, 6 p.m.; April 17, 1:30 p.m.). In some ways Peterson's drama plays like a serious take on the old Michael Keaton comedy Night Shift, only here, an average pair of "nice" white guys (played by Peterson and co-writer Brett Spackman) begin smuggling people across the Mexican border instead of becoming New York pimps. What begins as a one-time lark becomes a profitable, high-adrenaline venture with yuppie-style frills (including bronze, silver and gold "travel packages" for illegal immigrants).

Some wildly implausible plot twists and a hackneyed speech about the American dream nearly torpedo Coyote's modest virtues. Nevertheless, the film's documentary-style perspective on illegal border crossings sets a fast pace, presents some fascinating details and even generates a few laughs.

The documentary Nerdcore Rising (3 stars; April 12, 10:30 p.m.; April 15, 2:40 p.m.) explores the type of fringe artistic community ideal for film festival fare – so-called "nerdcore" hip-hop, which amounts to white guys rapping about geeky subject matter like role-playing games and Internet porn. (One fan says "Nerdcore is like playing Halo while getting a blowjob from Hello Kitty.") Director Negin Farsad follows pioneering nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot and his band on their first modest tour, and strikes gold with the quirky cast of characters, each of whom apparently has a Chewbacca impression.

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If the AFF's competition section is about finding new talent, the inclusion of Jeffrey Schwarz's documentary Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (3 stars; April 13, 3 p.m.; April 17, 9:45 p.m.) is a little ironic, since Castle embodied old-school cinematic showmanship. The producer/director was best-known not so much for cranking out B-list thrillers such as The Tingler but for their promotional gimmicks such as that film's "Percepto," which included joy buzzers under theater seats.

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Film student Jeremy Zerechak records his deployment as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard without unnecessary frills or sensationalism in Land of Confusion (4 stars; April 12, 12:15 p.m.; April 14, 1 p.m.). It stands out not only among the AFF films I've seen as of this writing, but also among the many recent features and documentaries about soldiers fighting the Iraq war. Land of Confusion even finds some rueful humor as it depicts Zerechak's Iraq training at snowy, dilapidated Fort Dix.

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  string(3671) "LET THEM CHIRP AWHILE 3 stars (NR) If you enjoy watching, or identify with, Manhattan hipsters drifting aimlessly in a sea of bourgeois malcontent, this film's winking look at art-scene pretension will appeal to you. Writer/director Jonathan Blitstein catches the everyday pitch and cadence of his movie-referencing heroes and the scene they represent ­-- one filled with quasi-artists deep in the throes of quarter-life crisis — as they ramble around searching for meaning and their Big Break. Luckily, Blitstein incorporates some flashy stylistic elements and bulbs of true-life comedy that keep his trendy tale from buckling under the weight of its own ennui. Sat., April 12, 7:20 p.m.; Mon., April 14, 2:45 p.m. — Allison C. Keene

SKILLS LIKE THIS 2 stars (NR) Nothing's worse than having a job. At least that's the frame of mind driving this slacker fantasy written by and starring Spencer Berger. After penning a script so bad it gives his grandfather a heart attack, Max (Berger) decides to take another path in life — grand larceny. Helped along by his broadly sketched sidekick buddies and a girl he robs and then instantly falls for, Max grasps weakly to a carpe diem justification that glorifies crime as art and a viable way of finding himself. His self-indulgence makes him the Robin of a very hollow, deluded 'hood. Thurs., April 17, 9:25 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 2:45 p.m. — Keene

SON OF RAMBOW 3 stars (PG-13) In the early 1980s, two outcast English schoolboys (Bill Milner and Will Poulter) band together to film a home-movie "sequel" to First Blood called Son of Rambow. Writer/director Garth Jennings captures the low-key charms of Bill Forsythe comedies like Local Hero while leaving room for some short, surreal fantasy scenes and the always-hilarious sight of a young English pipsqueak imitating Sylvester Stallone's Vietnam-vet killing machine. Some of the jokes overstay their welcome (such as the tres chic French exchange student who becomes a role model for half the school), but it's hard to resist Son of Rambow's generosity of spirit and its notion that creative fantasies can bring disparate people together. Fri., April 18, 7 p.m. — Curt Holman

THE WORLD UNSEEN 3 stars (NR) Beautiful faces and exotic places populate this South African story, which focuses on the struggles of two Indian women in 1950s Capetown who find themselves caught in an unexpected and repressed love affair. Despite its languid pace, writer/director Shamim Sarif, who adapted the film from her novel, manages to expose the fiercely bubbling undercurrents of race, femininity, sexuality and injustice that shape the characters' lives. The film suffers from a reliance on convention and some disappearing subplots, but Sarif achieves a palpable pathos for all involved as she explores the complexities of forbidden love. Mon., April 14, 9:45 p.m. — Keene

YOUNG@HEART 3 stars (NR) Director Stephen Walker offers a funny and uplifting documentary about the Young@Heart chorus, a group of New England senior citizens with a penchant for puckish covers of punk rock and other incongruous hits. Faux music video segments (including "I Wanna Be Sedated") come too close to mocking the elderly charmers, and Walker's incessant, tell-don't-show narration nearly botches what should be a can't-miss subject for a nonfiction film. Walker doesn't probe the chorus' history very deeply but nevertheless offers unforgettable portraits of feisty octogenarians who set an inspiring example of how to face the end of life with spirit and dignity. Plus, you'll never hear Sonic Youth or Coldplay the same way again. Sat., April 12, 2:30 p.m. — Holman"
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__''SKILLS LIKE THIS''__ __2 stars__ (NR) Nothing's worse than having a job. At least that's the frame of mind driving this slacker fantasy written by and starring Spencer Berger. After penning a script so bad it gives his grandfather a heart attack, Max (Berger) decides to take another path in life -- grand larceny. Helped along by his broadly sketched sidekick buddies and a girl he robs and then instantly falls for, Max grasps weakly to a ''carpe diem'' justification that glorifies crime as art and a viable way of finding himself. His self-indulgence makes him the Robin of a very hollow, deluded 'hood. __Thurs., April 17, 9:25 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 2:45 p.m.__ ''— Keene''

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__''THE WORLD UNSEEN''__ __3 stars__ (NR) Beautiful faces and exotic places populate this South African story, which focuses on the struggles of two Indian women in 1950s Capetown who find themselves caught in an unexpected and repressed love affair. Despite its languid pace, writer/director Shamim Sarif, who adapted the film from her novel, manages to expose the fiercely bubbling undercurrents of race, femininity, sexuality and injustice that shape the characters' lives. The film suffers from a reliance on convention and some disappearing subplots, but Sarif achieves a palpable pathos for all involved as she explores the complexities of forbidden love. __Mon., April 14, 9:45 p.m.__ ''— Keene''

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SKILLS LIKE THIS 2 stars (NR) Nothing's worse than having a job. At least that's the frame of mind driving this slacker fantasy written by and starring Spencer Berger. After penning a script so bad it gives his grandfather a heart attack, Max (Berger) decides to take another path in life — grand larceny. Helped along by his broadly sketched sidekick buddies and a girl he robs and then instantly falls for, Max grasps weakly to a carpe diem justification that glorifies crime as art and a viable way of finding himself. His self-indulgence makes him the Robin of a very hollow, deluded 'hood. Thurs., April 17, 9:25 p.m.; Fri., April 18, 2:45 p.m. — Keene

SON OF RAMBOW 3 stars (PG-13) In the early 1980s, two outcast English schoolboys (Bill Milner and Will Poulter) band together to film a home-movie "sequel" to First Blood called Son of Rambow. Writer/director Garth Jennings captures the low-key charms of Bill Forsythe comedies like Local Hero while leaving room for some short, surreal fantasy scenes and the always-hilarious sight of a young English pipsqueak imitating Sylvester Stallone's Vietnam-vet killing machine. Some of the jokes overstay their welcome (such as the tres chic French exchange student who becomes a role model for half the school), but it's hard to resist Son of Rambow's generosity of spirit and its notion that creative fantasies can bring disparate people together. Fri., April 18, 7 p.m. — Curt Holman

THE WORLD UNSEEN 3 stars (NR) Beautiful faces and exotic places populate this South African story, which focuses on the struggles of two Indian women in 1950s Capetown who find themselves caught in an unexpected and repressed love affair. Despite its languid pace, writer/director Shamim Sarif, who adapted the film from her novel, manages to expose the fiercely bubbling undercurrents of race, femininity, sexuality and injustice that shape the characters' lives. The film suffers from a reliance on convention and some disappearing subplots, but Sarif achieves a palpable pathos for all involved as she explores the complexities of forbidden love. Mon., April 14, 9:45 p.m. — Keene

YOUNG@HEART 3 stars (NR) Director Stephen Walker offers a funny and uplifting documentary about the Young@Heart chorus, a group of New England senior citizens with a penchant for puckish covers of punk rock and other incongruous hits. Faux music video segments (including "I Wanna Be Sedated") come too close to mocking the elderly charmers, and Walker's incessant, tell-don't-show narration nearly botches what should be a can't-miss subject for a nonfiction film. Walker doesn't probe the chorus' history very deeply but nevertheless offers unforgettable portraits of feisty octogenarians who set an inspiring example of how to face the end of life with spirit and dignity. Plus, you'll never hear Sonic Youth or Coldplay the same way again. Sat., April 12, 2:30 p.m. — Holman    Courtesy Atlanta Film Festival TOUGH COOKIES: Writer/director Garth Jennings opts for pint-sized heroes in Son of Rambow  0,0,10    "atlanta film festival"  13027061 1272912                          Atlanta Film Festival - Atlanta Film Festival Quick Hit Reviews "
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  string(4460) "With spring finally here, festival season is underway, and that includes several fine beer festivals. Festivals can be crowded and hectic, but they're the best way to sample the overwhelming number of different styles and brands available that are worthy of a whole six-pack purchase. Most offer unlimited tastings for a set price, with a tasting usually consisting of a 4-ounce pour. If you really like a particular label, though, you can usually get a little bit more. Distributors often use beer fests to promote new brands and seasonal styles from their existing stable, so look for new stuff rather than fill up on what you can get every day at the grocery store. Magic Hat Brewery from Vermont will be distributed in Georgia soon (it's already on tap at Taco Mac), so you'll probably get a chance to sample it at upcoming festivals. Its marketing machine is similar to Sweetwater's, with accessible beers, lots of merchandise and a party atmosphere, so the locals better step up their game. Here's a preview of some upcoming festivals in the Southeast ...

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you could do worse that driving down to the Pensacola area for the Gulf Breeze Beer Fest sponsored by Aloha Fine Wines. Admission is cheaper than most at $20, and it's just a few minutes from Pensacola Beach! The event promises more than 300 beers from 15 countries, along with red beans and rice and jambalaya to soak it all up. Visit www.alohafinewines.com for more information.

Now in its seventh year, the Dunwoody Beer Festival "Hops for Hope" benefiting Camp Twin Lakes for special-needs children is slated for Sat., May 17, 2-7 p.m. in the Perimeter Mall parking lot. More than 150 beers, malt beverages and liquors from around the world will be featured. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. German beer maid costumes are popular, but optional.

Tickets are on sale now for the East Atlanta Beer Festival in the East Atlanta Village on Sat., May 31. The festival takes place on the grounds of the J.B. Gordon School, at the corner of Moreland and Metropolitan avenues, and will feature around 100 beers from dozens of breweries, along with food vendors, live music from Entropy and Hair of the Dog, and more.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. A ticket gets you a tasting glass, which can be exchanged for a souvenir pint glass on the way out. Advance purchase is recommended, not just for the $5 savings, but to avoid the aggravation of waiting in the long line that inevitably forms.

Next up on the beer festival calendar, celebrate Flag Day by waving your beer standard high at the 3rd Annual Creative Loafing Beer Fest on Sat., June 14 in Woodruff Park downtown. The festival runs from 2-7 p.m. and features a Beer’lympics theme. Sample food and drinks while participating in casual, beer-compatible games such as corn hole, horseshoes, and darts. And of course, there will be live music. Stay tuned to this page, as well as Creative Loafing for more details soon. 

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Beer lovers have to choose between two tempting beer dinners on Tues., April 29. Brick Store Pub will host a dinner that features Malheur beers from Belgium's Brouwerij de Landtsheer. Five courses will be paired with five Malheur beers, including the famed Malheur Brut and Brut Noir – dry, sparkling beers prepared in the "methode champenoise." The Malheur 6 (Belgian pale ale), Malheur 10 (Belgian strong pale ale) and Malheur 12 (quadruple) also will be served. Roast pork on crispy plantains, red chili-seared diver scallops, and braised oxtail are among the items on the menu. Tickets are $65 per person and are available at the Brick Store now.

If you're a Lagunitas fan, you'll want to be at the Lindbergh Taco Mac on Tues., April 29, for a beer dinner featuring five beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company (including the new Sonoma Farmhouse Saison-style ale). Also featured will be Lagunitas Pils, HopStoopid, Lumpy Gravy and Hairy Eyeball. The menu includes a pea-and-lobster bisque, Chinese duck salad, roast filet of beef, and Valrhona chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. Send an e-mail to beerdinner@tappanstreet.com for more information. If you can't make it to the dinner but want to try the Lagunitas saison, you're in luck; it's the Beer of the Month at all Taco Mac locations in April.

Talking Head columnist Jeff Holland can be reached at jeff.holland@creativeloafing.com. "
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Beer lovers have to choose between two tempting beer dinners on Tues., April 29. [http://www.brickstorepub.com/|__Brick Store Pub__] will host a dinner that features Malheur beers from Belgium's Brouwerij de Landtsheer. Five courses will be paired with five Malheur beers, including the famed Malheur Brut and Brut Noir – dry, sparkling beers prepared in the "methode champenoise." The Malheur 6 (Belgian pale ale), Malheur 10 (Belgian strong pale ale) and Malheur 12 (quadruple) also will be served. Roast pork on crispy plantains, red chili-seared diver scallops, and braised oxtail are among the items on the menu. Tickets are $65 per person and are available at the Brick Store now.

If you're a Lagunitas fan, you'll want to be at the [http://www.taco-mac.com/beer_dinners.htm|__Lindbergh Taco Mac__] on Tues., April 29, for a beer dinner featuring five beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company (including the new Sonoma Farmhouse Saison-style ale). Also featured will be Lagunitas Pils, HopStoopid, Lumpy Gravy and Hairy Eyeball. The menu includes a pea-and-lobster bisque, Chinese duck salad, roast filet of beef, and Valrhona chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. Send an e-mail to [mailto:beerdinner@tappanstreet.com|beerdinner@tappanstreet.com] for more information. If you can't make it to the dinner but want to try the Lagunitas saison, you're in luck; it's the Beer of the Month at all Taco Mac locations in April.

''Talking Head columnist Jeff Holland can be reached at [mailto:jeff.holland@creativeloafing.com|jeff.holland@creativeloafing.com]. ''"
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If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you could do worse that driving down to the Pensacola area for the Gulf Breeze Beer Fest sponsored by Aloha Fine Wines. Admission is cheaper than most at $20, and it's just a few minutes from Pensacola Beach! The event promises more than 300 beers from 15 countries, along with red beans and rice and jambalaya to soak it all up. Visit www.alohafinewines.com for more information.

Now in its seventh year, the Dunwoody Beer Festival "Hops for Hope" benefiting Camp Twin Lakes for special-needs children is slated for Sat., May 17, 2-7 p.m. in the Perimeter Mall parking lot. More than 150 beers, malt beverages and liquors from around the world will be featured. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. German beer maid costumes are popular, but optional.

Tickets are on sale now for the East Atlanta Beer Festival in the East Atlanta Village on Sat., May 31. The festival takes place on the grounds of the J.B. Gordon School, at the corner of Moreland and Metropolitan avenues, and will feature around 100 beers from dozens of breweries, along with food vendors, live music from Entropy and Hair of the Dog, and more.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. A ticket gets you a tasting glass, which can be exchanged for a souvenir pint glass on the way out. Advance purchase is recommended, not just for the $5 savings, but to avoid the aggravation of waiting in the long line that inevitably forms.

Next up on the beer festival calendar, celebrate Flag Day by waving your beer standard high at the 3rd Annual Creative Loafing Beer Fest on Sat., June 14 in Woodruff Park downtown. The festival runs from 2-7 p.m. and features a Beer’lympics theme. Sample food and drinks while participating in casual, beer-compatible games such as corn hole, horseshoes, and darts. And of course, there will be live music. Stay tuned to this page, as well as Creative Loafing for more details soon. 

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If you're a Lagunitas fan, you'll want to be at the Lindbergh Taco Mac on Tues., April 29, for a beer dinner featuring five beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company (including the new Sonoma Farmhouse Saison-style ale). Also featured will be Lagunitas Pils, HopStoopid, Lumpy Gravy and Hairy Eyeball. The menu includes a pea-and-lobster bisque, Chinese duck salad, roast filet of beef, and Valrhona chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. Send an e-mail to beerdinner@tappanstreet.com for more information. If you can't make it to the dinner but want to try the Lagunitas saison, you're in luck; it's the Beer of the Month at all Taco Mac locations in April.

Talking Head columnist Jeff Holland can be reached at jeff.holland@creativeloafing.com.     Joeff Davis 2008 Summer Beer Festivals in ATL  0,0,10      13027157 1273106                          Talking Head - Festivaaaaal! "
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Apart from a few missing beers, the festival was well-run and had a good selection of beer. By the end of the day I was grooving happily to Entropy's funky version of Bill Withers' "Use Me," while sipping on a funky Avery 15 Anniversary ale.

Exotic Imports

Two new brands bring regional flavor to Georgia

The EABF also featured two breweries that are new to Atlanta. Their stories are so remarkably similar that I could almost write the same story and just substitute their names and the states where they're made. Kona Brewing Company and Magic Hat Brewing Company both were launched in 1994, developed strong regional identities, became the largest craft brewers in their respective states of Hawaii and Vermont, cut back their ambitious portfolios to a handful of accessible styles with good drinkability, and are expanding nationwide with deliberate marketing campaigns and distribution deals with Anheuser-Busch.

Kona taps into the laid-back surfer vibe of the Big Island with a slate of ales and lagers that are refreshing, crisp and well-suited to Hawaii's year-round tropical temperatures. Its flagship beer is the Longboard Lager (5.5 percent ABV), an easy-drinking American all-malt lager. The Fire Rock Pale Ale (5.8 percent ABV) is a light pale ale that's less hoppy than typical examples, according to Kona. Hawaii has no seasons, so instead of "seasonals," Kona has two yearly limited releases. The spring/summer offering, which is in stores now, is the Wailua Wheat, an American-style wheat beer brewed with Lilikoi passion fruit. The fruit infusion cuts some of the spiciness imparted by the wheat, while taking advantage of its lighter body. The fall/winter release is the Pipeline Porter, brewed with 100 percent Kona coffee.

Shipping beer to the mainland is cost-prohibitive, so all the beer sold by Kona in the continental United States is brewed at Widmer's Portland, Ore., brewery by Kona Brewing Company staff. Kona has had good success in California, where its style fits the beach vibe, and has expanded into other Western states and Texas. The Southeast is the next frontier, with its extensive coastline and warm temperatures that favor lighter styles. The lager, pale ale and wheat are available now in six-packs at retail outlets including Kroger and Publix grocery stores, and on draft at local pubs such as Tap, Stats, Six Feet Under and Summits.

Magic Hat plays off the trippy alchemy of its hippie home in Burlington, Vt., home of Phish and Ben and Jerry's. Although it has drawn rave reviews for such intriguing creations as Anti Oxidant Acid Ale Flanders Red and Heart of Darkness Oatmeal Stout, it has whittled down its national portfolio to a few less challenging beers that have broad appeal, anchored by its #9 "Not Quite Pale Ale." The not-so-secret ingredient in the #9 (5.1 percent ABV) is an "essence" of apricot that gives it a unique and pleasant fruitiness.

Magic Hat is doing a slow roll-out in Georgia starting with the No. 9 on tap at a few select locations including Taco Mac, The Vortex, Manuel's, North River Tavern in Roswell and Varner's Station in Marietta. Expect to see six-packs of #9, along with Hocus Pocus and Circus Boy, both American pale wheat ales, in package stores around August. Magic Hat will also be introducing its variety 12-pack that features three bottles each of #9, Circus Boy and Hocus Pocus, and three bottles of an Odd Notion, an unidentified "brewer's choice" that it uses to test potential regulars. After giving it a whirl, customers can "rave it or grave it" on the company's Rube Goldberg-like website.

I got a chance to sample all the beers that these two companies will be offering in Georgia, with the exception of the Pipeline Porter. All six will be available at the Creative Loafing Beer Festival June 14, so come try them for yourself. Here are my initial impressions:

Magic Hat #9 and Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale – Two easy-drinking pales with a bit of a fruity profile. If you like Sweetwater 420, you should give these a try. Solid, everyday beers.

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Kona Wailua Wheat – Not my cup of tea. Nice passion fruit aroma, but a too-light body and a sacchariney finish give it a soda-pop feel.

Magic Hat Hocus Pocus and Circus Boy – If you're going to introduce three styles, why would you make two of them American pale wheats? I liked the Hocus Pocus better of the two. I would have pegged it as a blonde ale. Not as grainy as a typical wheat. Either would make a fine beer to take to the beach."
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Which is not to say I didn't get to sample a few new beers and revisit some old favorites. Innis & Gunn barrel-aged English ale is remarkable in its complexity. The aroma is musky and almost pungent, while the flavor isn't unlike a scotch and water: woody, earthy and dry. MacFoochie's Scottish ale from Atlantic Brewing Company features rich, smoky malts and a dark fruitiness that's tempered with a roasted-coffee bitterness and a grassy, herbal note from heather tips. Clipper City's Small Craft Warning Uber Pils was also a nice find. I've enjoyed some of the other beers in its "Heavy Seas" series, but hadn't tried this one. Imperial pilsners are difficult to pull off, but this one manages to balance moderate body, low sweetness and a solid floral hoppiness to achieve the goal of a high-gravity pilsner that's refreshing and crisp.

Apart from a few missing beers, the festival was well-run and had a good selection of beer. By the end of the day I was grooving happily to Entropy's funky version of Bill Withers' "Use Me," while sipping on a funky Avery 15 Anniversary ale.

Exotic Imports

Two new brands bring regional flavor to Georgia

The EABF also featured two breweries that are new to Atlanta. Their stories are so remarkably similar that I could almost write the same story and just substitute their names and the states where they're made. Kona Brewing Company and Magic Hat Brewing Company both were launched in 1994, developed strong regional identities, became the largest craft brewers in their respective states of Hawaii and Vermont, cut back their ambitious portfolios to a handful of accessible styles with good drinkability, and are expanding nationwide with deliberate marketing campaigns and distribution deals with Anheuser-Busch.

Kona taps into the laid-back surfer vibe of the Big Island with a slate of ales and lagers that are refreshing, crisp and well-suited to Hawaii's year-round tropical temperatures. Its flagship beer is the Longboard Lager (5.5 percent ABV), an easy-drinking American all-malt lager. The Fire Rock Pale Ale (5.8 percent ABV) is a light pale ale that's less hoppy than typical examples, according to Kona. Hawaii has no seasons, so instead of "seasonals," Kona has two yearly limited releases. The spring/summer offering, which is in stores now, is the Wailua Wheat, an American-style wheat beer brewed with Lilikoi passion fruit. The fruit infusion cuts some of the spiciness imparted by the wheat, while taking advantage of its lighter body. The fall/winter release is the Pipeline Porter, brewed with 100 percent Kona coffee.

Shipping beer to the mainland is cost-prohibitive, so all the beer sold by Kona in the continental United States is brewed at Widmer's Portland, Ore., brewery by Kona Brewing Company staff. Kona has had good success in California, where its style fits the beach vibe, and has expanded into other Western states and Texas. The Southeast is the next frontier, with its extensive coastline and warm temperatures that favor lighter styles. The lager, pale ale and wheat are available now in six-packs at retail outlets including Kroger and Publix grocery stores, and on draft at local pubs such as Tap, Stats, Six Feet Under and Summits.

Magic Hat plays off the trippy alchemy of its hippie home in Burlington, Vt., home of Phish and Ben and Jerry's. Although it has drawn rave reviews for such intriguing creations as Anti Oxidant Acid Ale Flanders Red and Heart of Darkness Oatmeal Stout, it has whittled down its national portfolio to a few less challenging beers that have broad appeal, anchored by its #9 "Not Quite Pale Ale." The not-so-secret ingredient in the #9 (5.1 percent ABV) is an "essence" of apricot that gives it a unique and pleasant fruitiness.

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While Tremé was spared the worst of Katrina's floodwaters, its residents – many of whom have yet to return – feel abandoned yet again by their government. "I'm wondering now how can our past help us survive," Elie says at the film's beginning. By the end, the question remains unanswered. Thurs., July 17, 6:35 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.nbaf.org.

Co-executive producer Wynton Marsalis will make several appearances throughout the National Black Arts Festival. For more on New Orleans culture, check out Liza Katzman's documentary Tootie's Last Suit, on Sat., July 26, 10 a.m.

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes 3 stars – Byron Hurt is conflicted. Like many of his generation, the filmmaker grew up on hip-hop, and loves its sense of urgency, its relevancy and of course, the beats. But it's the conflicting relationship with manhood and masculinity that troubles Hurt, and he deftly addresses those concerns in Hip-Hop. Hurt mixes his own perspectives with interviews from a wide range of sources, including social theorists such as Michael Eric Dyson, hip-hop artists such as Chuck D and Jadakiss and everyday fans.

Together, they reveal how sexism and homophobia keep hip-hop from being an even more transformative music genre than it already is, partly because of the virtual corporate takeover of its artistry back in the '90s.

"The dominant image of black masculinity in hip-hop is the fact that somebody can be confrontational. But they're confrontational with the wrong cat," says Chuck D in a series of prescient comments. "They're not ever confrontational with the cats who will claim, you know, 'I'll wipe your whole neighborhood out,' because, they're almost like trained not to even see them. It's like, 'My beef is with this cat right here, that looks just like me.'"

Hip-Hop also features lots of local flavor, thanks to the Spelman College faculty's and students' mixed emotions about rapper Nelly's planned visit to the school for his bone-marrow drive. (His "Tip Drill" video features a shot of him sliding a credit card down the crack of a woman's butt.) The students recommended a forum after the drive to discuss his views on women; Nelly declined.

Spelman women's studies professor Beverly Guy-Sheftall put it succinctly: "Women are primarily sex objects and people to be fucked. It is that kind of message and those kind of images that we want to disrupt." Fri., July 25, noon.

For more on hip-hop, check out Bling: A Planet Rock, Raquel Cepeda's documentary about rappers who travel to Sierra Leone to learn about the lethal diamond trade. Fri., July 25, 2:45 p.m.

Something Is Killing Tate 3 stars – There's not much of a mystery as to what's killing Tate (Jocko Sims) – it's his past. But as writer/director Leon Lozano's melodrama slowly unfolds, we learn why.

Through flashbacks, Tate revisits his childhood demons and the abuse he and his sister endured at the hands of their stepfather and the turned head of their mother. Lozano's use of black-and-white imagery to separate the past from the present might feel cliché if it weren't for his selective use of color in some scenes.

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For another promising feature film, check out Carl Seaton's Of Boys and Men, about a man trying to hold his family together after losing his wife in a fatal accident. Stars Robert Townsend and Angela Bassett. Sat., July 19, 8 p.m."
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For more on hip-hop, check out Bling: A Planet Rock, Raquel Cepeda's documentary about rappers who travel to Sierra Leone to learn about the lethal diamond trade. Fri., July 25, 2:45 p.m.

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Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Aug. 20-24. $7.50-$35. Venues include the Plaza Theatre, Youngblood Gallery and Boutique, Highland Inn Ballroom, Lenny's, the EARL and MJQ. www.auff.org."
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This year, submissions from Atlanta-based emerging filmmakers include the comedy Loaded Guns: The Movie (Aug. 21, 10 p.m.), directed by Eli Banks, Julian Modugno and Jamie Gaar. Atlanta's Twinhead Theatre produced and financed the collection of shorts and compares it to Kentucky Fried Movie and the work of John Waters. The Atlanta underground animation studio Mike the Pod presents the spoof John's Arm: Armageddon (Aug. 21, 11:30 p.m.), in which a security guard's severed arm turns into a superhero costumed in a colorful sleeve. John's Arm kicks off the festival's "Animation Attack" lineup, which includes two programs of animated shorts (Aug. 22, 9:30 p.m., and Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m.).

The nonfiction track DocuFest opens with Greg Kohs' profile of a husband-and-wife Neil Diamond tribute duo in Song Sung Blue (Aug. 20, 9 p.m.). Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's and Dawn Valadez's Going on 13 (Aug. 22, 8 p.m.), focuses on the lives and concerns of four preteen girls of color, and Shane MacDougall's Wiener Takes All (Aug. 21, 10 p.m.) takes a look at the world of weiner dog competitions.

Several slots are devoted to films about immigration and the United States' relations with Latin America. In Calavera Highway (Aug. 23, 10 p.m.), two brothers take their mother's ashes to the Texas borderlands and uncover some dark implications about the region's legacy. Georg Koszulinski presents an exposé of the challenging lives of migrant farm workers in Immokalee, U.S.A. (Aug. 23, 8 p.m.). Opposite Land (Sun., Aug. 24,) considers the economic disparities between the United States and Latin-American nations.

The quirkiest film on the bill may be Sex Galaxy (Aug. 22, 11:59 p.m.), which describes itself as the first ever "green movie," in that it's edited entirely of recycled public-domain and stock footage. Director Mike Davis uses snippets of forgotten educational films and vintage sci-fi epics to recount a tale of futuristic astronauts desperate to find willing women in outer space. In its irreverent way, Sex Galaxy may be the boldest experiment in the Atlanta Underground Film Festival's laboratory this year.

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He originally serialized Old Man's War on Whatever in 2002, thinking "This is where it will live forever" since it was available to the public for free. Instead, the senior editor of sci-fi publisher Tor Books found it online, bought it and released it in 2005. Scalzi and a handful of other authors who've experienced similar blog-to-book success have inadvertently led to the fallacy that aspiring writers will be discovered once they start a blog.

"Anecdotally, it sounds like a good idea. Statistically, it's better to do it the old way," Scalzi says. "Between 2002 and now, the number of books sold because someone saw them on a website is 20 to 25. The number published because someone followed the submission guidelines are thousands and thousands. People consider doing it via blog for the same reason people are more scared of being consumed by a shark at the beach than being hit by a car on the way to the beach. People think anecdotally."

Instead, he sees blogs as opportunities for establishing a foundation of readers and potential fans. "Blogs build communities and familiarity, and can help build a core audience. It's a way to say to the world 'Here I am, I'm a writer,' and to connect you with other writers and people in publishing community."

Horror/fantasy writer Cherie Priest, another guest at both Dragon*Con and the DBF, has also attracted publisher interest and built readership via her blog since its launch in 2001. Priest's blog regularly offers funny personal stories, but it also serves as a tool for her daily writing, complete with a "word meter" to keep track of the amount of prose she's written for the year. She says, "Posting word counts with meters and whining about my productivity – or lack thereof – keeps me accountable and working even when I don't want to, sometimes. I even draw experts out of the woodwork to contribute helpful articles or information."

In one entry she talked about her research for an alternate-history steampunk book (an Industrial-era fantasy genre). "I speculated that, if the American Civil War had gone on for oh, say, another decade, it would've done remarkable things to the era's technology – because nothing drives innovation and tech like warfare (except possibly porn). Lo and behold, a retired Navy woman with a fondness for military history piped up with this amazing old book discussing the technological innovations of the Civil War, along with a fabulous quote that I have every intention of using at the beginning of my novel."

Priest knows that helpful experts aren't the only kind of people who can surface, though. "Several times in the last few years, I've had readers cross that line from Generally Interested Reader to Practically A Stalker, which is always tricky and a little unnerving – and it's made me much more careful than I used to be." She also recalls that after her first major book deal, she was barraged with friends and strangers seeking advice or assistance with unpublished books. "At one point, I was receiving two or three full PDF manuscripts a month, unrequested and unwanted."

Along with such external headaches, blogs can create the internal pitfall of crowding out one's bread-and-butter writing. "Blogging is the equivalent of empty calories," Scalzi says. "It's fun and it feels like work because you're typing, but you're probably not getting paid for it, and your main job is creating short stories or novels." Unfortunately, that magnum opus can go to seed while the author spends hours crafting new posts, responding to the comments on earlier posts, commenting on other people's blogs, ad infinitum.

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None of the Decatur Book Festival guests were invited exclusively for blogging, but the line between books and blogs is becoming increasingly blurry. Kristen Chase and Mir Kamen will be present for their contributions to Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers, an anthology of parenting-related blog posts. Next month Scalzi publishes Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, an anthology of writing from Whatever – ironically, coming out within a month of Zoe's Tale, his latest volume in the Old Man's War universe.

Author blogs are evolving into permutations that involve more than just conversational text and digital photos. Comic book artist and DBF guest Rich Tommaso offers a visual blog with his Seattle Sketchbook of autobiographical comic strips about his everyday experiences in the Pacific Northwest. "I try to add new pages to the Seattle Sketchbook blog every week," Tommaso says. "I started posting those online because I don't intend to publish them in print form. Also, the sketchbook is a way to keep me disciplined in doing something consistently every week."

Tommaso finds that his online work helps connect him to his peers and get feedback during the long hours of writing and drawing a graphic novel alone. "It takes years to finish a long book and I thought a blog would be a good way to share with people what I was working on."

Blogs will certainly evolve newer, shinier features as Internet technology improves, but Scalzi expects that blogs are here to stay, without offering serious competition for the printed word. "Blogs are quick hits, and books are long-form. If the former is done right, they can be a complementary experience for the latter – certainly my own personal experience suggests so. But otherwise it's like asking if those homemade light saber duel videos on YouTube are competing with the Star Wars films."

Priest and Scalzi downplay the link between blog readership and literary success. The potential size and strength of online fans shouldn't be underestimated, though, as demonstrated by Scalzi's reluctant trip to Kentucky's Creationism Museum. In a 2007 post, he mentioned the opening date of the Creationism Museum, located 80 miles from his home, but added that he had no intention of visiting. Commenter (and fellow writer) Joe Hill said, "Not only will I pay the price of the Scalzi family tickets to the Creation museum, I will donate an amount matching the price of those tickets to the charity of John's choice ... but only AFTER he files a comprehensive report about his visit."

Scalzi then told his readers, "I will go to the Creation Museum and file a full, detailed and delightfully snarklicious report of the trip IF AND ONLY IF I receive at least $250 in donations via PayPal," which he would donate to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Within the week, Scalzi received $5,100, with some readers putting exactly $250 in his PayPal account and crowing, "Now you have to go!"

Scalzi says, "I thought I'd get $1,000. I figured my readers would be interested enough in the topic to want me to go, and sadistic enough to force me to go. I eventually went, wrote the piece and put up a Flickr slideshow, and it was a hugely successful piece of writing."

He remains realistic about what attracts the most attention online. Once he Scotch taped a few strips of raw bacon to his cat, posted a photo of it and it became one of his most popular entries. "I'm amazed that nobody had ever done that in the history of the Internet before. That got hit by Fark, and two minutes after it went up, it had been clicked on 2,000 times. I got 200,000 hits in a couple of days, although the blog's baseline hits didn't really budge."

Scalzi owns the BaconCat.com domain, which presents the photo along with a motivational poster-style caption that puts his work with blogging and books into perspective. "Awards? Success? Fame? Perhaps one day they will be yours. But the fact is, nothing you do will be more popular than that online picture of bacon taped to a cat.""
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"Anecdotally, it sounds like a good idea. Statistically, it's better to do it the old way," Scalzi says. "Between 2002 and now, the number of books sold because someone saw them on a website is 20 to 25. The number published because someone followed the submission guidelines are thousands and thousands. People consider doing it via blog for the same reason people are more scared of being consumed by a shark at the beach than being hit by a car on the way to the beach. People think anecdotally."

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Horror/fantasy writer [http://cmpriest.livejournal.com/|Cherie Priest], another guest at both Dragon*Con and the DBF, has also attracted publisher interest and built readership via her blog since its launch in 2001. Priest's blog regularly offers funny personal stories, but it also serves as a tool for her daily writing, complete with a "word meter" to keep track of the amount of prose she's written for the year. She says, "Posting word counts with meters and whining about my productivity – or lack thereof – keeps me accountable and working even when I don't want to, sometimes. I even draw experts out of the woodwork to contribute helpful articles or information."

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Well, books have been around for centuries, while the terms "Web log" and "blog" were coined for online journals about 10 years ago. In little more than a decade, blogs and book writing have become seemingly inextricable, especially with authors at the dawn of their careers.

Authors will descend on Atlanta en masse this weekend for the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon*Con, but many of them maintain such lively online presences, their readers feel like they know them already. As the blog emerges as a communications medium in its own right, author blogs can raise personal profiles, cultivate fan bases and drive readers to Amazon pages – as well as attract trolls and distract from real writing.

Science-fiction author John Scalzi, a guest at both events, freely admits that his writing career wouldn't exist without his blog. Old Man's War, the first novel in his increasingly popular space opera series, deserved publication on its own merits. It gained attention, however, through his personal blog Whatever, which Scalzi has updated daily for 10 years. Whatever currently receives 40,000 hits daily and more than a million unique visits monthly.

He originally serialized Old Man's War on Whatever in 2002, thinking "This is where it will live forever" since it was available to the public for free. Instead, the senior editor of sci-fi publisher Tor Books found it online, bought it and released it in 2005. Scalzi and a handful of other authors who've experienced similar blog-to-book success have inadvertently led to the fallacy that aspiring writers will be discovered once they start a blog.

"Anecdotally, it sounds like a good idea. Statistically, it's better to do it the old way," Scalzi says. "Between 2002 and now, the number of books sold because someone saw them on a website is 20 to 25. The number published because someone followed the submission guidelines are thousands and thousands. People consider doing it via blog for the same reason people are more scared of being consumed by a shark at the beach than being hit by a car on the way to the beach. People think anecdotally."

Instead, he sees blogs as opportunities for establishing a foundation of readers and potential fans. "Blogs build communities and familiarity, and can help build a core audience. It's a way to say to the world 'Here I am, I'm a writer,' and to connect you with other writers and people in publishing community."

Horror/fantasy writer Cherie Priest, another guest at both Dragon*Con and the DBF, has also attracted publisher interest and built readership via her blog since its launch in 2001. Priest's blog regularly offers funny personal stories, but it also serves as a tool for her daily writing, complete with a "word meter" to keep track of the amount of prose she's written for the year. She says, "Posting word counts with meters and whining about my productivity – or lack thereof – keeps me accountable and working even when I don't want to, sometimes. I even draw experts out of the woodwork to contribute helpful articles or information."

In one entry she talked about her research for an alternate-history steampunk book (an Industrial-era fantasy genre). "I speculated that, if the American Civil War had gone on for oh, say, another decade, it would've done remarkable things to the era's technology – because nothing drives innovation and tech like warfare (except possibly porn). Lo and behold, a retired Navy woman with a fondness for military history piped up with this amazing old book discussing the technological innovations of the Civil War, along with a fabulous quote that I have every intention of using at the beginning of my novel."

Priest knows that helpful experts aren't the only kind of people who can surface, though. "Several times in the last few years, I've had readers cross that line from Generally Interested Reader to Practically A Stalker, which is always tricky and a little unnerving – and it's made me much more careful than I used to be." She also recalls that after her first major book deal, she was barraged with friends and strangers seeking advice or assistance with unpublished books. "At one point, I was receiving two or three full PDF manuscripts a month, unrequested and unwanted."

Along with such external headaches, blogs can create the internal pitfall of crowding out one's bread-and-butter writing. "Blogging is the equivalent of empty calories," Scalzi says. "It's fun and it feels like work because you're typing, but you're probably not getting paid for it, and your main job is creating short stories or novels." Unfortunately, that magnum opus can go to seed while the author spends hours crafting new posts, responding to the comments on earlier posts, commenting on other people's blogs, ad infinitum.

"A blog is primarily a medium like print is a medium or books are a medium," says Scalzi, who points out that writers need to be aware of the significant difference between the two forms, even though they both involve writing. "Information is transmitted through words, but the fact is, what you're producing through blogging is not writing per se. It's a presentation of your public persona." It's like the difference between conversation and craft, between hosting a talk show and performing a Shakespearean role.

None of the Decatur Book Festival guests were invited exclusively for blogging, but the line between books and blogs is becoming increasingly blurry. Kristen Chase and Mir Kamen will be present for their contributions to Sleep is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers, an anthology of parenting-related blog posts. Next month Scalzi publishes Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, an anthology of writing from Whatever – ironically, coming out within a month of Zoe's Tale, his latest volume in the Old Man's War universe.

Author blogs are evolving into permutations that involve more than just conversational text and digital photos. Comic book artist and DBF guest Rich Tommaso offers a visual blog with his Seattle Sketchbook of autobiographical comic strips about his everyday experiences in the Pacific Northwest. "I try to add new pages to the Seattle Sketchbook blog every week," Tommaso says. "I started posting those online because I don't intend to publish them in print form. Also, the sketchbook is a way to keep me disciplined in doing something consistently every week."

Tommaso finds that his online work helps connect him to his peers and get feedback during the long hours of writing and drawing a graphic novel alone. "It takes years to finish a long book and I thought a blog would be a good way to share with people what I was working on."

Blogs will certainly evolve newer, shinier features as Internet technology improves, but Scalzi expects that blogs are here to stay, without offering serious competition for the printed word. "Blogs are quick hits, and books are long-form. If the former is done right, they can be a complementary experience for the latter – certainly my own personal experience suggests so. But otherwise it's like asking if those homemade light saber duel videos on YouTube are competing with the Star Wars films."

Priest and Scalzi downplay the link between blog readership and literary success. The potential size and strength of online fans shouldn't be underestimated, though, as demonstrated by Scalzi's reluctant trip to Kentucky's Creationism Museum. In a 2007 post, he mentioned the opening date of the Creationism Museum, located 80 miles from his home, but added that he had no intention of visiting. Commenter (and fellow writer) Joe Hill said, "Not only will I pay the price of the Scalzi family tickets to the Creation museum, I will donate an amount matching the price of those tickets to the charity of John's choice ... but only AFTER he files a comprehensive report about his visit."

Scalzi then told his readers, "I will go to the Creation Museum and file a full, detailed and delightfully snarklicious report of the trip IF AND ONLY IF I receive at least $250 in donations via PayPal," which he would donate to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Within the week, Scalzi received $5,100, with some readers putting exactly $250 in his PayPal account and crowing, "Now you have to go!"

Scalzi says, "I thought I'd get $1,000. I figured my readers would be interested enough in the topic to want me to go, and sadistic enough to force me to go. I eventually went, wrote the piece and put up a Flickr slideshow, and it was a hugely successful piece of writing."

He remains realistic about what attracts the most attention online. Once he Scotch taped a few strips of raw bacon to his cat, posted a photo of it and it became one of his most popular entries. "I'm amazed that nobody had ever done that in the history of the Internet before. That got hit by Fark, and two minutes after it went up, it had been clicked on 2,000 times. I got 200,000 hits in a couple of days, although the blog's baseline hits didn't really budge."

Scalzi owns the BaconCat.com domain, which presents the photo along with a motivational poster-style caption that puts his work with blogging and books into perspective. "Awards? Success? Fame? Perhaps one day they will be yours. But the fact is, nothing you do will be more popular than that online picture of bacon taped to a cat."    Tor Books PAPER OR PLASTIC: John Scalzi scored a book deal (left) thanks to his blog, but his online writing's never been as popular as his Bacon Cat (right).  0,0,10  Dragon Con  "Decatur Books Festival" "DragonCon"  13028033 1274978                          Book Review - Dragon*Con and the Decatur Book Festival: Books vs. blogs "
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Magic Hat Brewing Company intends to take democracy back to the taverns where it was born with the release of its Participation Variety Pack, a 12-pack of beers selected to provoke political discussion. At the same time, it has partnered with Head Count, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to voter registration. Brewery representatives will be on hand with Head Count registrars to encourage participation in political dialogue at the bar and political action at the polls.

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Oktoberfest in Munich kicked off this past weekend, and local bars and brewpubs are following suit with their own more modest-sized parties.

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Magic Hat Brewing Company intends to take democracy back to the taverns where it was born with the release of its Participation Variety Pack, a 12-pack of beers selected to provoke political discussion. At the same time, it has partnered with Head Count, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to voter registration. Brewery representatives will be on hand with Head Count registrars to encourage participation in political dialogue at the bar and political action at the polls.

"People forget that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were conceived in local taverns," says Magic Hat "conductor of cosmic symphonies" Alan Newman. "Local taverns were the original hotbeds of political action. Somehow we have come to believe that bars today are only for getting drunk and meeting members of the opposite sex, but that is wrong. They are, as they have always been, the ultimate community gathering place where friends and neighbors come together to talk about what's going on."

The Participation 12-pack includes three bottles each of #9, Circus Boy, Jinx and the new Participation Lager. The Participation is an All-American "pre-Prohibition" lager brewed with pale malt, Columbus hops and corn, replicating the style developed by German immigrants who sought to create their venerable Old World lagers using the ingredients at hand.

It's great to see craft brewers embracing lager styles and bringing the kind of attention to detail that made these beers popular in the first place. The Participation has a thick, billowy head and a husky graininess that demands notice. The spicy, grassy hops come on strong midway in and linger in a pleasing way. The corn adds a hint of sweetness, but avoids the vegetal blandness that plagues most American industrial lagers. Participation definitely reaches across the aisle to unite Flavorcrats and Drinkabilicans.

The Participation Variety pack also includes the brewery's fall seasonal, Jinx, that nicely balances the smokiness and caramel sweetness of a Scotch ale with the roastiness and chocolate notes of a doppelbock. At almost 7 percent ABV, it's certain to enliven any political debate.

Lederhosen Not Required

Oktoberfest in Munich kicked off this past weekend, and local bars and brewpubs are following suit with their own more modest-sized parties.

If anyone in Atlanta knows how to brew an authentic German-style lager, it's Glen Sprouse of 5 Seasons in Sandy Springs. His Vienna and Helles styles are spot-on, and each year he brews an authentic festbier for the brewpub's Oktoberfest celebration. On Sat., Sept. 27, starting at 3 p.m., guests can enjoy as much German food and beer as they care to consume for $60 per person. More modest celebrants can order a la carte.

Max Lager's downtown is synching its Oktoberfest with the one in Munich, and is thus already under way. Now through Oct. 5, enjoy brewer John Roberts' special Oktoberfest lager, as well as the Vienna-style Max Red, Max Gold Pilsner, Max Kölsch Blonde Ale and Max Black Dark Lager, along with daily drawings and specials.

The Brick Store Pub in Decatur will celebrate Oktoberfest Sat., Oct. 4. There will be two special keg tappings (one at 1 p.m. and one at 5:30), the usual pub songs, 1-liter krug mugs all day, and yet another appearance by "Das Boot," the massive boot-shaped glass that separates the contenders from the pretenders.    Courtesy Magic Hat DRINK AND DISCUSS: Magic Hat's Participation 12-pack  0,0,10    "Oktberfest"  13028230 1275502                          Talking Head - Magic Hat brings beer back to the political process; plus Oktoberfests around town "
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La Zona takes its name from "The Zone," the gated community that boasts its own private school, security force and convictions that it can police itself. When a storm causes a power failure and knocks a billboard over the gate, three thieves sneak in and murder a resident. La Zona's citizens kill two of the assailants but cover up the incidents from principled city detective Rigoberto (Mario Zaragoza). Between the pressures of keeping the secrets and tracking down the remaining intruder, La Zona's residents resort to worsening police-state tactics in the name of self-protection.

La Zona's moral issues play out in the conscience of Alejandro (Daniel Tovar), a teenager who initially subscribes to his father's suspicion of the official police force. Alejandro and his young pals emulate their parents by getting guns and looking for criminals on La Zona's golf course (of all places), but the tactics of his parents' friends and neighbors increasingly appall Alejandro. Given both the popularity and class-struggle implications of gated communities in Mexico, it's easy to imagine an oversimplified American remake of La Zona with, say, Shia LaBeouf in the lead. (LaBeouf's thrillers such as Disturbia show comparable interest in suspicion and surveillance technology.)

La Zona refuses to let the audience off the hook with easy resolutions, however. The film neither demonizes nor makes excuses for the intruders, and harshly condemns the justice system both within and outside La Zona. Even Rigoberto, a potential "good cop," resorts to thuggish behavior. With rolling blackouts and a mood of increasing paranoia, La Zona echoes the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," which put suburban neighbors at each other's throats. Plá's La Zona takes place in a similar ethical twilight.    Courtesy High Museum of Art FIGHT CLUB: The Zone/La Zona, 2007  0,0,10    "Latin American Film Festival"  13028304 1275720                          La Zona wants justice at the High Museum's Latin American Film Fest "
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"The Last Lecture's" popularity might be part of this morbid cultural obsession, but one that genuinely inspires self-awareness and joie de vivre in its audience. On Sept. 18, 2007, Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Randy Pausch gave a talk called "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." It was part of the university's "Last Lecture" tradition, in which professors give valedictory talks to their students as if it were their last chance before dying. Brimming with boyish energy, Pausch intended the Sept. 18 talk to literally be his final lecture: His doctors had recently informed him that he had terminal pancreatic cancer and only a few months left.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Zaslow, a Carnegie Mellon graduate, was present for Pausch's funny anecdotes, reminiscences, simple advice and heartfelt tributes to his colleagues. Zaslow reported on the lecture for the Wall Street Journal and posted a four-and-a-half minute video clip. The online clip gradually turned Pausch's talk into a viral phenomenon and a mass-media sensation viewed by worldwide audiences an estimated 10 million times. It turned the virtual reality expert into an unexpected celebrity even as his health declined, until his death July 25, 2008. Zaslow co-authored the best-selling hardback version of Pausch's life and ideas, and speaks about The Last Lecture on the final night of the 17th annual Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival.

In addition to such celebrity authors as movie star Tony Curtis, the festival puts the spotlight on religious-themed books, including God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi by Rabbi Jamie Korngold; How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L. Kugel; and My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith by Atlanta's Benyamin Cohen. The Last Lecture, however, may encourage readers to evaluate their lives in the most practical terms.

"Randy was a scientist, a realist and an optimist," says Zaslow, who adds that he was a Unitarian, although Pausch didn't mention his faith specifically in either the lecture or his book. Early in the lecture, Pausch said, "We're not going to talk about spirituality and religion, although I will tell you I have achieved a deathbed conversion: I bought a MacIntosh."

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Zaslow believes that the unguarded, heartfelt quality of Pausch's talk made "The Last Lecture" strike a chord with so many people. "It was authentic. People felt like they were eavesdropping on a man saying goodbye to his work family. They would find it in their inboxes and send it to others. If ABC, CNN and all the rest had been there with camera crews, it wouldn't have been the same. Randy went on Oprah, and once you've gone on Oprah and given a talk, that's less authentic, but people were moved by that, too."

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Pausch's lecture includes PowerPoint descriptions of "Lessons Learned" along the lines of "Show gratitude," "Don't bail," "Get a feedback loop and listen to it," and "Never lose the childlike wonder." Zaslow says that working with Pausch changed his own perspective on his life and family. "I'm addicted to Googling his name, and I would send him links to stories about him. Finally he told me, 'Stop Googling my name, and go and hug your kids instead.'" He thought he'd be a good parent of teenagers, especially since he'd been teaching young people for years, and he regretted that he wasn't going to be able to raise his kids as teens. I have teens, so I'm aware that it's a gift."

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  string(3541) "The rabbit-masked, Ramones-esque crooner known as NOBUNNY prefers to conceal his true identity in order to maintain a sense of "fun and secrecy," he says.

He gave birth to his twisted stage persona in a trailer located in the desert about an hour outside of Tucson, Ariz. "I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life," the Bay Area performer explains. "I wanted to love what I was doing, while making money. I came up with the idea to be an animal Elvis impersonator.

"There's already fat Elvis, skinny Elvis, extreme Elvis, female Elvis, midget Elvis, etc., so I figured that being a rabbit could fill the gap of novelty Elvises," he says. "I was living in the trailer, practicing my guitar and Elvis stance, and pretty soon I started writing my own songs...."

NOBUNNY's point of conception sounds about as random as the impetus behind the fine mess happening in Atlanta this weekend. "We wanted to throw a party for ourselves because we deserve one," boasts Travis Flagel, who co-owns Rob's House Records with temporary New Yorker Trey Lindsay. "This is pretty much a party for us and a chance to get wasted with a lot of bands."

Indeed, the fraternal triad of Atlanta's punk and garage rock labels Die Slaughterhaus, Rob's House and Douche Master Records are throwing a party – just for the hell of it. Between Nov. 14--16, the local bastion of indie rock will host the Atlanta Mess-Around at the Earl and Danger House (formerly Rob's House) that serves as little more than a glorified excuse for all involved to pat themselves on the back.

"Between the three labels, we have released over 100 records, and have accumulated some pretty kick-ass rosters," says Douche Master Records owner Bryan Rackley. "We figured it was time for a homecoming."

The Mess-Around brings 16 bands together from as far away as California, Texas and New York. "There are a lot of bands out there who represent us but wouldn't normally be in the same room together, so we wanted to make that happen," says Rackley. The lineup covers everything from the straight-forward rock of Oxford, Miss.'s Black and Whites to the deranged, garage-rock comedy of NOBUNNY, the irrefutable star of the show.

NOBUNNY's mostly original set of songs came to fruition with the jittery, amphetamine strum of his vinyl-only debut, Love Visions. Throughout the album, songs like "NOBUNNY Loves You," "Chuck Berry Holiday" and "Hippy Witch" take shape with a fuzzy, gutter-pop plod and a gruff sense of Muppet-rock humor.

But it's not all fun and games at the Mess-Around. The labels had to cough up a lot of money to fly in such bands as the Wax Museums (San Francisco) and the Hex Dispensers (Austin, Texas). If they can break even on expenses, they may do it again next year.

Drummer David Rahn faces a different test throughout the three-day fest. He plays shows with the Carbonas, Gentleman Jesse, Baby Shakes and Blade 2 – an updated version of the Gaye Blades that features Jared Swilley of the Black Lips, Bobby Ubangi and Jesse Smith. "I'll probably just sleep really late the day before and the day after," says Rahn.

The one act that Rahn narrowly avoided being roped into for the fest is NOBUNNY. Instead, members of the Wax Museums will step in to back the rabbit during his set.

Though he rarely dips into his animal Elvis repertoire nowadays, the bunny isn't ruling anything out. "I may go back to the original NOBUNNY idea some day," he says. "It may not be a million dollar idea, but at least it's a living wage.""
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He gave birth to his twisted stage persona in a trailer located in the desert about an hour outside of Tucson, Ariz. "I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life," the Bay Area performer explains. "I wanted to love what I was doing, while making money. I came up with the idea to be an animal Elvis impersonator.

"There's already fat Elvis, skinny Elvis, extreme Elvis, female Elvis, midget Elvis, etc., so I figured that being a rabbit could fill the gap of novelty Elvises," he says. "I was living in the trailer, practicing my guitar and Elvis stance, and pretty soon I started writing my own songs...."

NOBUNNY's point of conception sounds about as random as the impetus behind the fine mess happening in Atlanta this weekend. "We wanted to throw a party for ourselves because we deserve one," boasts Travis Flagel, who co-owns Rob's House Records with temporary New Yorker Trey Lindsay. "This is pretty much a party for us and a chance to get wasted with a lot of bands."

Indeed, the fraternal triad of Atlanta's punk and garage rock labels Die Slaughterhaus, Rob's House and Douche Master Records are throwing a party – just for the hell of it. Between Nov. 14--16, the local bastion of indie rock will host the Atlanta Mess-Around at the Earl and Danger House (formerly Rob's House) that serves as little more than a glorified excuse for all involved to pat themselves on the back.

"Between the three labels, we have released over 100 records, and have accumulated some pretty kick-ass rosters," says Douche Master Records owner Bryan Rackley. "We figured it was time for a homecoming."

The Mess-Around brings 16 bands together from as far away as California, Texas and New York. "There are a lot of bands out there who represent us but wouldn't normally be in the same room together, so we wanted to make that happen," says Rackley. The lineup covers everything from the straight-forward rock of Oxford, Miss.'s Black and Whites to the deranged, garage-rock comedy of NOBUNNY, the irrefutable star of the show.

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