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Atlanta Festivals 2003

Our Atlanta Festival recap for 2003

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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 2003.

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Z-93/Michelob Ultra stage:
12 p.m.: Sam Taylor with JP Blues
1:30 p.m.: Cadillac Moon
3 p.m.: Bone Pony
4 p.m.: Janah
5 p.m.: Tony Furtado & the American Gypsies
6 p.m.: Ike Stubblefield
7 p.m.: Derek Trucks Band

Nationwide Insurance stage:
12 p.m.: Page Spooks & The Anti-Graves Misfits Cover Band
12:30 p.m.: A.R.C.H. Teen performance
1 p.m.: Melissa Crabtree
2 p.m.: Ken Gaines
3 p.m.: Toby Walker
4 p.m.: Danzig and Woolley/Martha's Trouble
5 p.m.: Newcomers Home
6 p.m.: Paul Melancon
7 p.m. Sugarland

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12 p.m.: T. Woods
1 p.m.: 5 O'clock Charlie
3 p.m.: Liz Melendez Band
4:30 p.m.: Clay Cook
6 p.m.: Deep Blue Sun

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SUNDAY

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1 p.m.: Cooper Tisdale Band
2 p.m.: Groovelily
3 p.m.: Donna Hopkins Band
4 p.m.: Three5Human
5 p.m.: Cindy Wilson (of the B-52's)
6:30 p.m.: Mother's Finest

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1 p.m.: Sonia
2 p.m.: Dave Sutherland
3 p.m.: Moses Mo Band
4 p.m.: Ellen McIlwaine
5 p.m.: Jodie Manross Band
6 p.m.: Delta Moon

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12 p.m.: Peter Heart Puppetry
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4 p.m.: Janah
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1:15 p.m.: Slide by Slide
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6 p.m.: Deep Blue Sun

Tent 1: Pickin' Parlor

Tent 2: Street Singers Haven

SUNDAY

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2 p.m.: Groovelily
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94.9 Lite FM/Coca-Cola stage:
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2:30 p.m.: GA State Jazz Ensemble
4 p.m.: Rua 6 Brazilian Music

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Complete these sentences:

1.: "In the near future, our band hopes to secure ..."

"... legal representation." Atlantis

"... a part-time job at Grant Central Pizza." IG

2. "When we perform, we wear ..."

"... whatever we happened to put on that morning." IG

"... whatever we happened to put on,  as long as it's tight and glittery." Atlantis

3. "The first thing we did after recording as a band was ..."

"... print up stickers with our name and logo so we'd seem more popular than we really were." Atlantis

"... misplace the masters under a pile of old vinyl." IG

4. "Our market is ..."

"... Atlanta and the Southeast." Atlantis

"... that bodega around the corner." IG

5. "While we want to get our music heard, we'd never be  willing to ..."

"... compromise our artistic vision."IG 

"... sell it for less than the industry  standard." Atlantis

6. "I admire Sting because of ..."

"... his career longevity and ability to age gracefully with his audience." Atlantis

"... his ability to sing and play bass  at the same time." IG

7. "Our promotional photos  display ..."

"... our image as strong but sensitive artists." Atlantis

"... the photo processing skills  of CVS." IG

8. "Our band's website ..."

"... features high-resolution photos and MP3 downloads, plus a secure server for Web-commerce." Atlantis

"... will be totally cool if we ever get  it going." IG??


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While other arts groups put their riskier ventures on hold until better           days are here again, IMAGE Film & Video Center shakes things up with              the 27th annual Atlanta Film Festival. This year, the nine-day event abandons its former home base in Chamblee and sets up shop downtown --

a bold move organizers hope will galvanize the festival as an intown event.

Most screenings will be held on at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, with outdoor screenings at Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park and Starlight Drive-In. And this year's hefty international component features films from the Czech Republic, France, Australia, Brazil, Iceland and other far-flung locales.

The festival kicks off June 6 with American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance           Film Festival, and closes with Camp June 14. In between will be more than 100 features, documentaries and                shorts, as well as retrospective screenings of film favorites such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ziggy Stardust                            and the Spiders From Mars and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. For fledgling filmmakers, there's also a slate of panel discussions and educational forums at CNN Center.

Economy be damned. Let's go the movies.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Special events
?IMAGE Film & Video Awards Gala?
?Thurs., June 5, 7 p.m.?
?The Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre?
?Guests of honor include Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee,           Burt Reynolds and Parker Posey?
?$125 individual; $1,000 table?
?404-352-4225

 Opening night gala?
?American Splendor?
?Fri., June 6, 8 p.m.?
?Rialto Center for the Performing Arts?
?Reception follows screening

 Closing night gala?
?Camp?
?Thurs., June 14, 8:30 p.m.?
?Rialto Center for Performing Arts?
?Reception follows screening

Individual tickets
?Regular screenings:$7.50, $6 members, seniors & students?
?Matinee screenings (before 6 p.m.): $5, $4 members, seniors & students?
?Animation Extravaganza: $10, $8 members, seniors & students?
?In-Focus Panel Discussions: $3, $2 members, seniors & students

Festival passes
?All Access Festival Pass: Good for admission for one person to all screenings, panels and events (excluding presentations at the Starlight Six Drive-In).$100, $75 members, seniors and students. ?
?6-Pack Festival Certificate: Good for six admissions to any regular screenings. $35, $30 members. ?
?In-Focus Panel Discussion All Access Pass: Good for admission for one person to all panel discussions. $20 for general public, $15 membersTo purchase tickets Same-day tickets must be purchased at screening venue.?
?To reserve tickets in advance, call 1-866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com?
?Advance tickets also available June 6-14, noon-9 p.m., in the lobby of the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts

Screening venues 
?Rialto Center for the Performing Arts: 80 Forsyth St., www.rialtocenter.org?
?Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Central Library, Downtown Branch: One Margaret Mitchell Square,www.af.public.lib.ga.us/central/index.html?
?Auburn Avenue Research Library: 101 Auburn Ave., www.af.public.lib.ga.us/aarl/index.html?
?The Carter Presidential Center: 453 Freedom Parkway, www.cartercenter.org?
?Centennial Olympic Park: 265 Luckie St., www.centennialpark.com?
?Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Art Center: 1280 Peachtree St., www.woodruffcenter.org?
?Lefont Garden Hills Cinema: 2835 Peachtree Road, lefonttheaters.com/?
?Omni Hotel at CNN Center: 100 CNN Center, www.omnicnn.com?
?Piedmont Park: www.piedmontpark.org?
?Starlight Six Drive-In Theatres: 2000 Moreland Ave., ?www.starlightdrivein.com

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While other arts groups put their riskier ventures on hold until better           days are here again, IMAGE Film & Video Center shakes things up with              the 27th annual Atlanta Film Festival. This year, the nine-day event abandons its former home base in Chamblee and sets up shop downtown --

a bold move organizers hope will galvanize the festival as an intown event.

Most screenings will be held on at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, with outdoor screenings at Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park and Starlight Drive-In. And this year's hefty international component features films from the Czech Republic, France, Australia, Brazil, Iceland and other far-flung locales.

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?__IMAGE Film & Video Awards Gala__?
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?Advance tickets also available June 6-14, noon-9 p.m., in the lobby of the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts

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?__Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Central Library, Downtown Branch__: One Margaret Mitchell Square,[http://www.af.public.lib.ga.us/central/index.html|www.af.public.lib.ga.us/central/index.html]?
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?__Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Art Center__: 1280 Peachtree St., [http://www.woodruffcenter.org/|www.woodruffcenter.org]?
?__Lefont Garden Hills Cinema__: 2835 Peachtree Road, [http://lefonttheaters.com/|lefonttheaters.com/]?
?__Omni Hotel at CNN Center__: 100 CNN Center, [http://www.omnicnn.com/|www.omnicnn.com]?
?__Piedmont Park__: [http://www.piedmontpark.org/|www.piedmontpark.org]?
?__Starlight Six Drive-In Theatres__: 2000 Moreland Ave., ?[http://www.starlightdrivein.com/|www.starlightdrivein.com]

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While other arts groups put their riskier ventures on hold until better           days are here again, IMAGE Film & Video Center shakes things up with              the 27th annual Atlanta Film Festival. This year, the nine-day event abandons its former home base in Chamblee and sets up shop downtown --

a bold move organizers hope will galvanize the festival as an intown event.

Most screenings will be held on at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, with outdoor screenings at Centennial Olympic Park, Piedmont Park and Starlight Drive-In. And this year's hefty international component features films from the Czech Republic, France, Australia, Brazil, Iceland and other far-flung locales.

The festival kicks off June 6 with American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance           Film Festival, and closes with Camp June 14. In between will be more than 100 features, documentaries and                shorts, as well as retrospective screenings of film favorites such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ziggy Stardust                            and the Spiders From Mars and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. For fledgling filmmakers, there's also a slate of panel discussions and educational forums at CNN Center.

Economy be damned. Let's go the movies.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Special events
?IMAGE Film & Video Awards Gala?
?Thurs., June 5, 7 p.m.?
?The Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre?
?Guests of honor include Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee,           Burt Reynolds and Parker Posey?
?$125 individual; $1,000 table?
?404-352-4225

 Opening night gala?
?American Splendor?
?Fri., June 6, 8 p.m.?
?Rialto Center for the Performing Arts?
?Reception follows screening

 Closing night gala?
?Camp?
?Thurs., June 14, 8:30 p.m.?
?Rialto Center for Performing Arts?
?Reception follows screening

Individual tickets
?Regular screenings:$7.50, $6 members, seniors & students?
?Matinee screenings (before 6 p.m.): $5, $4 members, seniors & students?
?Animation Extravaganza: $10, $8 members, seniors & students?
?In-Focus Panel Discussions: $3, $2 members, seniors & students

Festival passes
?All Access Festival Pass: Good for admission for one person to all screenings, panels and events (excluding presentations at the Starlight Six Drive-In).$100, $75 members, seniors and students. ?
?6-Pack Festival Certificate: Good for six admissions to any regular screenings. $35, $30 members. ?
?In-Focus Panel Discussion All Access Pass: Good for admission for one person to all panel discussions. $20 for general public, $15 membersTo purchase tickets Same-day tickets must be purchased at screening venue.?
?To reserve tickets in advance, call 1-866-468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com?
?Advance tickets also available June 6-14, noon-9 p.m., in the lobby of the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts

Screening venues 
?Rialto Center for the Performing Arts: 80 Forsyth St., www.rialtocenter.org?
?Atlanta Fulton Public Library, Central Library, Downtown Branch: One Margaret Mitchell Square,www.af.public.lib.ga.us/central/index.html?
?Auburn Avenue Research Library: 101 Auburn Ave., www.af.public.lib.ga.us/aarl/index.html?
?The Carter Presidential Center: 453 Freedom Parkway, www.cartercenter.org?
?Centennial Olympic Park: 265 Luckie St., www.centennialpark.com?
?Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Art Center: 1280 Peachtree St., www.woodruffcenter.org?
?Lefont Garden Hills Cinema: 2835 Peachtree Road, lefonttheaters.com/?
?Omni Hotel at CNN Center: 100 CNN Center, www.omnicnn.com?
?Piedmont Park: www.piedmontpark.org?
?Starlight Six Drive-In Theatres: 2000 Moreland Ave., ?www.starlightdrivein.com

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ANGELA  Angela is a goodfella who works as a courier in her husband's drug business, which operates under the cover of the family shoe business. Glamorously put together, Angela (Donatella Finochiarro) is a dead ringer for Madonna and soon catches the eye of a cocky young thing, Masino (Andrea di Stefano), who's also involved in her husband's business. The film's verité style and Finochiarro's old-school womanly charisma gives Angela an engaging pace, though the soap opera denouement is less than satisfying in this based-on-fact drama.  Mon., June 9, 9 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — Felicia Feaster

ANIMATION EXTRAVAGANZA  The best entries in this program of 12 shorts toy with our expectations of kitschy imagery. "Atomic Love" shows a teenage girl's first date with a robot and takes a peek into their old-fashioned fantasies. "Three Small Deaths" puts animal faces on human beings for a trio of wrenching death scenes that are gradually revealed to be touched-up from recent feature films. In "Parking," Bill Plympton riffs on Looney Tunes by pitting a zealous parking lot attendant against a stubborn blade of grass, but it's a one-joke affair, while "La Pirouette" and other shorts suffer from both sloppy animation and threadbare humor. Thurs., June 12, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema. — Curt Holman

AT THE FIRST BREATH OF WIND  This intriguing feature from Italian director Franco Piavoli, which suggests the work of Athens filmmaker James Herbert, unfolds on one day in the Italian countryside. There, a family leisurely interacts with nature, makes artwork, naps and play the piano, but their reveries are interrupted by shocking intrusions from the modern world, which are experienced as fantastic hallucinations, fantasies and daydreams. Sun., June 8, 1 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.  FF

CINEMANIA  A potentially fascinating idea is given superficial treatment in this documentary about five lovable "freaks" who spend every waking hour trying to cram as many movies into their day as possible. Set amidst the movie memorabilia-crammed apartments and copious possibilities of Manhattan's film scene, the film concedes that, yes, these people have no life as they bounce a circuit from MOMA to Film Forum to every art and revival house and multiplex in between. But there are enormous depths to be mined here — which the filmmakers neglect — especially regarding how the cinema's romantic vision of life provides a substitute for sexual fulfillment for these fans. Sun., June 8, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

DON'T TEMPT ME (NO NEWS FROM GOD)  This captivating Spanish film shifts gears roughly four times in its first 20 minutes. Heaven appears as a lush film-noir fantasyland run by the French, while the British-operated hell is a stark and claustrophobic prison camp. On Earth, devilish Penélope Cruz spars with angelic Victoria Abril to claim the soul of a weather-beaten boxer (Demiàn Bichir), but eventually the two spirits must team up to fulfill their missions. Sat., June 7, 8:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — Tray Butler

THE EVENT  Parker Posey plays a district attorney investigating the assisted suicide of a man dying from AIDS in this film by Thom Fitzgerald. One-by-one, the suspects are questioned, and one-by-one, they trigger flashbacks that reveal a little more about Matthew's life. Thanks to Olympia Dukakis, there are a couple of moving scenes between mother and son, but this maudlin drama fails to build much tension and most of it just rings false. Thurs., June 12, 6:30 p.m. Rich Auditorium. — Suzanne Van AttenTHE FEDERATION OF BLACK COWBOYS  There's something inherently unsettling about seeing a cowboy — 10-gallon hat and all — riding through the graffiti-riddled backstreets of Brooklyn. But it's a apparently a common sight in Howard Beach, N.Y., where Cedar Lane Stables houses 40 horses on 26 acres. The titular group uses the animals to teach inner-city kids discipline and respect. An oddball and often-uneven documentary that defies easy characterization. Fri., June 13, 3:30 p.m. Downtown Library. — TB

FEEL NEIL  Move over Elvis impersonators: Neil Diamond impersonators are claiming your place in the pantheon of kitsch. Documentarian David A. Sarich uses interviews to make the distinction between tribute acts like Atlanta's Hot August Knights and several self-important, "real" Neil Diamond imitators working out of Vegas and elsewhere. The film devotes way too much time to The Jazz Singer's scarily obsessed fans called, inevitably, Diamondheads, but Sarich's shapeless film never advances any ideas as to what separates Diamond from the Zircons. Look for local interviewees such as 99X's Jimmy Baron and Creative Loafing's Andisheh Nouraee. Tues., June 10, 5 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts. — CH

GIRLHOOD  Two adolescent girls with a history of violence move through the system of juvenile detention centers, group homes and foster care in this compassionate documentary. Gang raped at 11, Shanae is convicted at 12 of murdering a friend. Her baby-faced aloofness initially suggests an unwillingness to improve her situation. But Shanae reveals new facets of her character and coping mechanisms as the film unfolds. Megan, however, never seems to escape the stew of rage and self-destruction her drug-addicted mother has inspired in her. The crucial connections that might really bind us to the girls' experience are missing — maybe that's partly the point. These are "girls" who have not experienced girlhood in any traditional sense, and their ability to soldier on despite their ugly pasts is remarkable. Wed., June 11, 2:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Sat., June 14, 4 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

THE HEART OF ME  After a brief jaunt into the 20th century with Fight Club, Helena Bonham Carter has returned to a familiar world of ringlets, bonnets and velvet coats in The Heart of Me, an overheated love triangle in which two sisters vie, mysteriously, over the same dull man. There is very little charismatic charge between the sheets in this bizarrely incestuous story, which ultimately seems to veer toward some kind of sloppy post-feminist message about how sisters need to stick together even when they're shagging the same man. Sun., June 8, 4 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — FF

HIP HOP HOPE  (NR) In the days immediately following 9-11, almost everyone asked, "Where do we go from here?" This documentary poses the question specifically to New York City's underground hip-hop community, but it never arrives at any coherent — or particularly compelling — answer. Filmmaker Darrell Wilks depends too much on man-on-the-street commentary, which quickly wears thin and loses any sense of unity implied by the title. Sun., June 8, 11 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Thurs., June 12, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — TB

LONG GONE  The Depression-era art of hobo-ing is given a respectful, at times romantic, treatment (partly due to Tom Waits' aching music) in David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill's beautifully photographed document of the modern railroad tramp's life. The self-admitted misfits, who have escaped parental deaths, memories of Vietnam and bad homes, present their lives of freedom as the only possible response to such hardships. The tight-knit brotherhood of hobos and their unabashed, teary-eyed awe at the beauty of the country they travel means this is not simply a portrait of a strange subculture but of defiantly individualistic people who choose to live this way. Fri., June 13, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

MELVIN GOES TO DINNER  Bob Odenkirk of HBO's cult sketch series "Mr. Show" makes a directorial debut that has more in common with My Dinner With Andre. Chance brings together four 30ish professionals (Matt Price, Annabelle Gurwitch, Stephanie Courtney and screenwriter Michael Blieden in the title role) for a casual meal that becomes a probing discussion of such preoccupations as infidelity, the afterlife and sexual kinks. Chronological crosscutting from before and after the dinner makes the early scenes an incomprehensible hash, but once the narrative settles down, it comes up with surprisingly provocative insights. Jack Black and "Mr. Show's" David Cross provide funny cameos, but Melvin is more interested in how we define ourselves through love, work and faith. Sat., June 7, 8 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. Wed., June 11, noon. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. --CH

MILK AND HONEY  Joyce and Rick are a well-heeled couple of surly city dwellers who keep score in their marriage by racking up infidelities. When their cocktail party turns ugly, guests quickly skedaddle into the night, and after a nasty row, so do Joyce and Rick. While Joyce befriends a performance artist who looks like an old lover, Rick encounters a hostile house painter who teaches him a lesson. The characters are unlikable and the 11th-hour bid for redemption is weak. The best part is the cool soundtrack featuring Yo Lo Tengo and Fischerspooner. Wed., June 11, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Public Library. -- SVAMIRANDA  A loving evocation of 1960s          cinema begins this kinky romance, in which a        shy Yorkshire librarian (John Simm) falls for an American mystery woman named Miranda (a        flinty Christina Ricci). The audience's heart soars with Simms as he awkwardly bursts into song: "Miranda! You've got eyes like a panda!" But the film's good will evaporates as its focus shifts to Miranda's participation in a convoluted real          estate swindle, organized by her scheming        mentor (John Hurt) against a perverse mogul         (Kyle MacLachlan). First-time director Marc      Munden can't coherently convey the plot's mechanics, but he shows a flair for capturing sensual little details like Ricci's toe ring. Fri.,        June 13, 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the      Performing Arts. — CH

THE POLITICS OF FUR  (NR) High-maintenance music exec Una (Katy Selverstone) lives in an antiseptic world of her own creation, where doting assistant Dick (Tim Young) does everything but wipe her ass as she nurses an actual baby tiger. But her blind date with B. (Brynn Horrocks) makes her empire crumble, and the abysmal directing only makes matters worse.  Tues., June 10, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — TB''

THE PRINCESS BLADE  Shinsuke Sato's        cost-conscious revenge story derives from a Japanese comic book by Lone Wolf and Cub  creator Kazou Koike, in which a young woman (Yumiko Shaku) from a secret society of assassins literally crosses swords with her order. With moody, bluish cinematography and a setting that combines past and future by putting swords alongside computers, The Princess Blade takes a fresh stab at the conventions of martial arts movies. Shaku makes a fiercely effective heroine, but the film's strong points get ultimately undercut — no pun intended — by budget limitations and the gratuitously grim, bloody resolution of the romantic subplot. Fri., June 13, 10:30 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts. — CH

STORIES FROM THE ROAD - A FILM ABOUT FOLLOWING PJ HARVEY  In a nod to       "The Real World," this breathless documentary features a charmingly shy, passive-aggressive Atlantan, Kyle Keyser, who acts on a brilliant        idea: He will use the pretense of filmmaking as          a license to stalk. Keyser decides to make a documentary about rock hero PJ Harvey so he      can meet her. Though the film is breezy and light,     a certain melancholy sets in as time runs out to meet the divine Miss PJ and Keyser's enthusiasm dampens. The fates conspire against Keyser and crew.  Anyone who has ever pined for a connection to an admired artist will recognize the mix of    regret and relief that accompanies Keyser's impossible dream as well as the contact high of mere      proximity to celebrity and the inevitably bummer       of intrusion by unfabulous reality.    Sat., June 7, 10:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF''"
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__''CINEMANIA''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} A potentially fascinating idea is given superficial treatment in this documentary about five lovable "freaks" who spend every waking hour trying to cram as many movies into their day as possible. Set amidst the movie memorabilia-crammed apartments and copious possibilities of Manhattan's film scene, the film concedes that, yes, these people have no life as they bounce a circuit from MOMA to Film Forum to every art and revival house and multiplex in between. But there are enormous depths to be mined here -- which the filmmakers neglect -- especially regarding how the cinema's romantic vision of life provides a substitute for sexual fulfillment for these fans. __Sun., June 8, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.__ -- ''FF''

__''DON'T TEMPT ME (NO NEWS FROM GOD)''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} This captivating Spanish film shifts gears roughly four times in its first 20 minutes. Heaven appears as a lush film-noir fantasyland run by the French, while the British-operated hell is a stark and claustrophobic prison camp. On Earth, devilish Penélope Cruz spars with angelic Victoria Abril to claim the soul of a weather-beaten boxer (Demiàn Bichir), but eventually the two spirits must team up to fulfill their missions. __Sat., June 7, 8:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.__ -- ''Tray Butler''

__''THE EVENT''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Parker Posey plays a district attorney investigating the assisted suicide of a man dying from AIDS in this film by Thom Fitzgerald. One-by-one, the suspects are questioned, and one-by-one, they trigger flashbacks that reveal a little more about Matthew's life. Thanks to Olympia Dukakis, there are a couple of moving scenes between mother and son, but this maudlin drama fails to build much tension and most of it just rings false. __Thurs., June 12, 6:30 p.m. Rich Auditorium. -- ''Suzanne Van Atten''____''THE FEDERATION OF BLACK COWBOYS''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} There's something inherently unsettling about seeing a cowboy -- 10-gallon hat and all -- riding through the graffiti-riddled backstreets of Brooklyn. But it's a apparently a common sight in Howard Beach, N.Y., where Cedar Lane Stables houses 40 horses on 26 acres. The titular group uses the animals to teach inner-city kids discipline and respect. An oddball and often-uneven documentary that defies easy characterization. __Fri., June 13, 3:30 p.m. Downtown Library.__ -- ''TB''

__''FEEL NEIL''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Move over Elvis impersonators: Neil Diamond impersonators are claiming your place in the pantheon of kitsch. Documentarian David A. Sarich uses interviews to make the distinction between tribute acts like Atlanta's Hot August Knights and several self-important, "real" Neil Diamond imitators working out of Vegas and elsewhere. The film devotes way too much time to ''The Jazz Singer's ''scarily obsessed fans called, inevitably, Diamondheads, but Sarich's shapeless film never advances any ideas as to what separates Diamond from the Zircons. Look for local interviewees such as 99X's Jimmy Baron and ''Creative Loafing'''s Andisheh Nouraee. __Tues., June 10, 5 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts.__ -- ''CH''

__''GIRLHOOD''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Two adolescent girls with a history of violence move through the system of juvenile detention centers, group homes and foster care in this compassionate documentary. Gang raped at 11, Shanae is convicted at 12 of murdering a friend. Her baby-faced aloofness initially suggests an unwillingness to improve her situation. But Shanae reveals new facets of her character and coping mechanisms as the film unfolds. Megan, however, never seems to escape the stew of rage and self-destruction her drug-addicted mother has inspired in her. The crucial connections that might really bind us to the girls' experience are missing -- maybe that's partly the point. These are "girls" who have not experienced girlhood in any traditional sense, and their ability to soldier on despite their ugly pasts is remarkable. __Wed., June 11, 2:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Sat., June 14, 4 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.__ -- ''FF''

__''THE HEART OF ME''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} After a brief jaunt into the 20th century with ''Fight Club'', Helena Bonham Carter has returned to a familiar world of ringlets, bonnets and velvet coats in ''The Heart of Me'', an overheated love triangle in which two sisters vie, mysteriously, over the same dull man. There is very little charismatic charge between the sheets in this bizarrely incestuous story, which ultimately seems to veer toward some kind of sloppy post-feminist message about how sisters need to stick together even when they're shagging the same man. __Sun., June 8, 4 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.__ -- ''FF''

__''HIP HOP HOPE''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} (NR) In the days immediately following 9-11, almost everyone asked, "Where do we go from here?" This documentary poses the question specifically to New York City's underground hip-hop community, but it never arrives at any coherent -- or particularly compelling -- answer. Filmmaker Darrell Wilks depends too much on man-on-the-street commentary, which quickly wears thin and loses any sense of unity implied by the title. __Sun., June 8, 11 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Thurs., June 12, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.__ -- ''TB''

__''LONG GONE''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} The Depression-era art of hobo-ing is given a respectful, at times romantic, treatment (partly due to Tom Waits' aching music) in David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill's beautifully photographed document of the modern railroad tramp's life. The self-admitted misfits, who have escaped parental deaths, memories of Vietnam and bad homes, present their lives of freedom as the only possible response to such hardships. The tight-knit brotherhood of hobos and their unabashed, teary-eyed awe at the beauty of the country they travel means this is not simply a portrait of a strange subculture but of defiantly individualistic people who choose to live this way. __Fri., June 13, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.__ -- ''FF''

__''MELVIN GOES TO DINNER''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Bob Odenkirk of HBO's cult sketch series "Mr. Show" makes a directorial debut that has more in common with ''My Dinner With Andre''. Chance brings together four 30ish professionals (Matt Price, Annabelle Gurwitch, Stephanie Courtney and screenwriter Michael Blieden in the title role) for a casual meal that becomes a probing discussion of such preoccupations as infidelity, the afterlife and sexual kinks. Chronological crosscutting from before and after the dinner makes the early scenes an incomprehensible hash, but once the narrative settles down, it comes up with surprisingly provocative insights. Jack Black and "Mr. Show's" David Cross provide funny cameos, but ''Melvin'' is more interested in how we define ourselves through love, work and faith. __Sat., June 7, 8 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. Wed., June 11, noon. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.__ ''--CH''

__''MILK AND HONEY''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Joyce and Rick are a well-heeled couple of surly city dwellers who keep score in their marriage by racking up infidelities. When their cocktail party turns ugly, guests quickly skedaddle into the night, and after a nasty row, so do Joyce and Rick. While Joyce befriends a performance artist who looks like an old lover, Rick encounters a hostile house painter who teaches him a lesson. The characters are unlikable and the 11th-hour bid for redemption is weak. The best part is the cool soundtrack featuring Yo Lo Tengo and Fischerspooner. __Wed., June 11, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Public Library. __-- ''SVA''__''MIRANDA''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} A loving evocation of 1960s          cinema begins this kinky romance, in which a        shy Yorkshire librarian (John Simm) falls for an American mystery woman named Miranda (a        flinty Christina Ricci). The audience's heart soars with Simms as he awkwardly bursts into song: "Miranda! You've got eyes like a panda!" But the film's good will evaporates as its focus shifts to Miranda's participation in a convoluted real          estate swindle, organized by her scheming        mentor (John Hurt) against a perverse mogul         (Kyle MacLachlan). First-time director Marc      Munden can't coherently convey the plot's mechanics, but he shows a flair for capturing sensual little details like Ricci's toe ring. __Fri.,        June 13, 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the      Performing Arts.__ -- ''CH''
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''__THE POLITICS OF FUR__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} (NR) High-maintenance music exec Una (Katy Selverstone) lives in an antiseptic world of her own creation, where doting assistant Dick (Tim Young) does everything but wipe her ass as she nurses an actual baby tiger. But her blind date with B. (Brynn Horrocks) makes her empire crumble, and the abysmal directing only makes matters worse. __ Tues., June 10, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.__ -- ''TB''

__''THE PRINCESS BLADE''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} Shinsuke Sato's        cost-conscious revenge story derives from a Japanese comic book by ''Lone Wolf and Cub''  creator Kazou Koike, in which a young woman (Yumiko Shaku) from a secret society of assassins literally crosses swords with her order. With moody, bluish cinematography and a setting that combines past and future by putting swords alongside computers, ''The Princess Blade'' takes a fresh stab at the conventions of martial arts movies. Shaku makes a fiercely effective heroine, but the film's strong points get ultimately undercut -- no pun intended -- by budget limitations and the gratuitously grim, bloody resolution of the romantic subplot. __Fri., June 13, 10:30 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts.__ -- ''CH''

__''STORIES FROM THE ROAD - A FILM ABOUT FOLLOWING PJ HARVEY''__ {img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"}{img src="http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/images/stars_full.gif"} In a nod to       "The Real World," this breathless documentary features a charmingly shy, passive-aggressive Atlantan, Kyle Keyser, who acts on a brilliant        idea: He will use the pretense of filmmaking as          a license to stalk. Keyser decides to make a documentary about rock hero PJ Harvey so he      can meet her. Though the film is breezy and light,     a certain melancholy sets in as time runs out to meet the divine Miss PJ and Keyser's enthusiasm dampens. The fates conspire against Keyser and crew.  Anyone who has ever pined for a connection to an admired artist will recognize the mix of    regret and relief that accompanies Keyser's impossible dream as well as the contact high of mere      proximity to celebrity and the inevitably bummer       of intrusion by unfabulous reality.    __Sat., June 7, 10:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.__ -- ''FF''''"
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ANGELA  Angela is a goodfella who works as a courier in her husband's drug business, which operates under the cover of the family shoe business. Glamorously put together, Angela (Donatella Finochiarro) is a dead ringer for Madonna and soon catches the eye of a cocky young thing, Masino (Andrea di Stefano), who's also involved in her husband's business. The film's verité style and Finochiarro's old-school womanly charisma gives Angela an engaging pace, though the soap opera denouement is less than satisfying in this based-on-fact drama.  Mon., June 9, 9 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — Felicia Feaster

ANIMATION EXTRAVAGANZA  The best entries in this program of 12 shorts toy with our expectations of kitschy imagery. "Atomic Love" shows a teenage girl's first date with a robot and takes a peek into their old-fashioned fantasies. "Three Small Deaths" puts animal faces on human beings for a trio of wrenching death scenes that are gradually revealed to be touched-up from recent feature films. In "Parking," Bill Plympton riffs on Looney Tunes by pitting a zealous parking lot attendant against a stubborn blade of grass, but it's a one-joke affair, while "La Pirouette" and other shorts suffer from both sloppy animation and threadbare humor. Thurs., June 12, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema. — Curt Holman

AT THE FIRST BREATH OF WIND  This intriguing feature from Italian director Franco Piavoli, which suggests the work of Athens filmmaker James Herbert, unfolds on one day in the Italian countryside. There, a family leisurely interacts with nature, makes artwork, naps and play the piano, but their reveries are interrupted by shocking intrusions from the modern world, which are experienced as fantastic hallucinations, fantasies and daydreams. Sun., June 8, 1 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library.  FF

CINEMANIA  A potentially fascinating idea is given superficial treatment in this documentary about five lovable "freaks" who spend every waking hour trying to cram as many movies into their day as possible. Set amidst the movie memorabilia-crammed apartments and copious possibilities of Manhattan's film scene, the film concedes that, yes, these people have no life as they bounce a circuit from MOMA to Film Forum to every art and revival house and multiplex in between. But there are enormous depths to be mined here — which the filmmakers neglect — especially regarding how the cinema's romantic vision of life provides a substitute for sexual fulfillment for these fans. Sun., June 8, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

DON'T TEMPT ME (NO NEWS FROM GOD)  This captivating Spanish film shifts gears roughly four times in its first 20 minutes. Heaven appears as a lush film-noir fantasyland run by the French, while the British-operated hell is a stark and claustrophobic prison camp. On Earth, devilish Penélope Cruz spars with angelic Victoria Abril to claim the soul of a weather-beaten boxer (Demiàn Bichir), but eventually the two spirits must team up to fulfill their missions. Sat., June 7, 8:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — Tray Butler

THE EVENT  Parker Posey plays a district attorney investigating the assisted suicide of a man dying from AIDS in this film by Thom Fitzgerald. One-by-one, the suspects are questioned, and one-by-one, they trigger flashbacks that reveal a little more about Matthew's life. Thanks to Olympia Dukakis, there are a couple of moving scenes between mother and son, but this maudlin drama fails to build much tension and most of it just rings false. Thurs., June 12, 6:30 p.m. Rich Auditorium. — Suzanne Van AttenTHE FEDERATION OF BLACK COWBOYS  There's something inherently unsettling about seeing a cowboy — 10-gallon hat and all — riding through the graffiti-riddled backstreets of Brooklyn. But it's a apparently a common sight in Howard Beach, N.Y., where Cedar Lane Stables houses 40 horses on 26 acres. The titular group uses the animals to teach inner-city kids discipline and respect. An oddball and often-uneven documentary that defies easy characterization. Fri., June 13, 3:30 p.m. Downtown Library. — TB

FEEL NEIL  Move over Elvis impersonators: Neil Diamond impersonators are claiming your place in the pantheon of kitsch. Documentarian David A. Sarich uses interviews to make the distinction between tribute acts like Atlanta's Hot August Knights and several self-important, "real" Neil Diamond imitators working out of Vegas and elsewhere. The film devotes way too much time to The Jazz Singer's scarily obsessed fans called, inevitably, Diamondheads, but Sarich's shapeless film never advances any ideas as to what separates Diamond from the Zircons. Look for local interviewees such as 99X's Jimmy Baron and Creative Loafing's Andisheh Nouraee. Tues., June 10, 5 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts. — CH

GIRLHOOD  Two adolescent girls with a history of violence move through the system of juvenile detention centers, group homes and foster care in this compassionate documentary. Gang raped at 11, Shanae is convicted at 12 of murdering a friend. Her baby-faced aloofness initially suggests an unwillingness to improve her situation. But Shanae reveals new facets of her character and coping mechanisms as the film unfolds. Megan, however, never seems to escape the stew of rage and self-destruction her drug-addicted mother has inspired in her. The crucial connections that might really bind us to the girls' experience are missing — maybe that's partly the point. These are "girls" who have not experienced girlhood in any traditional sense, and their ability to soldier on despite their ugly pasts is remarkable. Wed., June 11, 2:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Sat., June 14, 4 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

THE HEART OF ME  After a brief jaunt into the 20th century with Fight Club, Helena Bonham Carter has returned to a familiar world of ringlets, bonnets and velvet coats in The Heart of Me, an overheated love triangle in which two sisters vie, mysteriously, over the same dull man. There is very little charismatic charge between the sheets in this bizarrely incestuous story, which ultimately seems to veer toward some kind of sloppy post-feminist message about how sisters need to stick together even when they're shagging the same man. Sun., June 8, 4 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — FF

HIP HOP HOPE  (NR) In the days immediately following 9-11, almost everyone asked, "Where do we go from here?" This documentary poses the question specifically to New York City's underground hip-hop community, but it never arrives at any coherent — or particularly compelling — answer. Filmmaker Darrell Wilks depends too much on man-on-the-street commentary, which quickly wears thin and loses any sense of unity implied by the title. Sun., June 8, 11 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. Thurs., June 12, 3:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — TB

LONG GONE  The Depression-era art of hobo-ing is given a respectful, at times romantic, treatment (partly due to Tom Waits' aching music) in David Eberhardt and Jack Cahill's beautifully photographed document of the modern railroad tramp's life. The self-admitted misfits, who have escaped parental deaths, memories of Vietnam and bad homes, present their lives of freedom as the only possible response to such hardships. The tight-knit brotherhood of hobos and their unabashed, teary-eyed awe at the beauty of the country they travel means this is not simply a portrait of a strange subculture but of defiantly individualistic people who choose to live this way. Fri., June 13, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF

MELVIN GOES TO DINNER  Bob Odenkirk of HBO's cult sketch series "Mr. Show" makes a directorial debut that has more in common with My Dinner With Andre. Chance brings together four 30ish professionals (Matt Price, Annabelle Gurwitch, Stephanie Courtney and screenwriter Michael Blieden in the title role) for a casual meal that becomes a probing discussion of such preoccupations as infidelity, the afterlife and sexual kinks. Chronological crosscutting from before and after the dinner makes the early scenes an incomprehensible hash, but once the narrative settles down, it comes up with surprisingly provocative insights. Jack Black and "Mr. Show's" David Cross provide funny cameos, but Melvin is more interested in how we define ourselves through love, work and faith. Sat., June 7, 8 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. Wed., June 11, noon. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. --CH

MILK AND HONEY  Joyce and Rick are a well-heeled couple of surly city dwellers who keep score in their marriage by racking up infidelities. When their cocktail party turns ugly, guests quickly skedaddle into the night, and after a nasty row, so do Joyce and Rick. While Joyce befriends a performance artist who looks like an old lover, Rick encounters a hostile house painter who teaches him a lesson. The characters are unlikable and the 11th-hour bid for redemption is weak. The best part is the cool soundtrack featuring Yo Lo Tengo and Fischerspooner. Wed., June 11, 8:30 p.m. Fulton County Public Library. -- SVAMIRANDA  A loving evocation of 1960s          cinema begins this kinky romance, in which a        shy Yorkshire librarian (John Simm) falls for an American mystery woman named Miranda (a        flinty Christina Ricci). The audience's heart soars with Simms as he awkwardly bursts into song: "Miranda! You've got eyes like a panda!" But the film's good will evaporates as its focus shifts to Miranda's participation in a convoluted real          estate swindle, organized by her scheming        mentor (John Hurt) against a perverse mogul         (Kyle MacLachlan). First-time director Marc      Munden can't coherently convey the plot's mechanics, but he shows a flair for capturing sensual little details like Ricci's toe ring. Fri.,        June 13, 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the      Performing Arts. — CH

THE POLITICS OF FUR  (NR) High-maintenance music exec Una (Katy Selverstone) lives in an antiseptic world of her own creation, where doting assistant Dick (Tim Young) does everything but wipe her ass as she nurses an actual baby tiger. But her blind date with B. (Brynn Horrocks) makes her empire crumble, and the abysmal directing only makes matters worse.  Tues., June 10, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. — TB''

THE PRINCESS BLADE  Shinsuke Sato's        cost-conscious revenge story derives from a Japanese comic book by Lone Wolf and Cub  creator Kazou Koike, in which a young woman (Yumiko Shaku) from a secret society of assassins literally crosses swords with her order. With moody, bluish cinematography and a setting that combines past and future by putting swords alongside computers, The Princess Blade takes a fresh stab at the conventions of martial arts movies. Shaku makes a fiercely effective heroine, but the film's strong points get ultimately undercut — no pun intended — by budget limitations and the gratuitously grim, bloody resolution of the romantic subplot. Fri., June 13, 10:30 p.m. Rialto Center for Performing Arts. — CH

STORIES FROM THE ROAD - A FILM ABOUT FOLLOWING PJ HARVEY  In a nod to       "The Real World," this breathless documentary features a charmingly shy, passive-aggressive Atlantan, Kyle Keyser, who acts on a brilliant        idea: He will use the pretense of filmmaking as          a license to stalk. Keyser decides to make a documentary about rock hero PJ Harvey so he      can meet her. Though the film is breezy and light,     a certain melancholy sets in as time runs out to meet the divine Miss PJ and Keyser's enthusiasm dampens. The fates conspire against Keyser and crew.  Anyone who has ever pined for a connection to an admired artist will recognize the mix of    regret and relief that accompanies Keyser's impossible dream as well as the contact high of mere      proximity to celebrity and the inevitably bummer       of intrusion by unfabulous reality.    Sat., June 7, 10:30 p.m. Fulton County Downtown Library. — FF''       0,0,10    "atlanta film festival"  13011430 1241928                          Festival highlights June 05 2003 "
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"We have always tried to tie Athens' music scenes of the past to the present," says Jeff Montgomery, promotion chairman of AthFest, the annual  summer celebration of all things Athenian. He says that Athens now boasts over 460 bands, making the scene much more diverse now than it was two decades ago, when a mere handful of bands ruled the city's music scene. With over 150 bands featured in the three-day festival, music lovers can sample a wide variety of music and art while checking out a number of  downtown storefront displays  containing vintage flyers, photos  and memorabilia.

Several founders of Athens'  so-called golden age will  participate this year, including Cindy Wilson, Bob Hay and Dexter Romweber, who will perform with their new projects. All were featured prominently in director Tony Gayton's 1987 documentary Athens Ga.: Inside / Out, a movie that  indirectly led to the creation of AthFest. "It prompted me to move to Athens in 1988," says AthFest booker Troy Aubrey. "The music was original and the artists and |musicians in the film made Athens seem almost 'magical' in a weird sort of way. I wanted to be a part of it." Athens, Ga.: Inside / Out and a host of rare video footage will be shown at Low Yo Yo Stuff, 285 W. Washington St., at dusk, Friday and Saturday.

One of the first bands Aubrey saw when he arrived in '88 was the folksy-new wave, (then) massively popular Squalls. Squalls singer/ songwriter Bob Hay has enlisted former bandmates Diana Torell and Ken Starratt for a new project that celebrates the music of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). In addition to Burns' songs, Hay and company also perform old-time bluegrass. Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars play the outdoor stage at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The B-52's continue to rock love shacks all over the world, but singer and Athens native Cindy Wilson's new soulful, groove-oriented band will be making their Classic City debut at AthFest. Her band contains a busy beehive of Athens history. Keyboardist Keith Bennett (Wilson's husband) is the designer of the  B-52's logo. Paul Scales, who also plays  keyboards in the band, founded the first location of Athens' famed 40 Watt Club.  The Cindy Wilson Band plays the outdoor stage at 9:20 p.m. Saturday.

Based in Athens briefly, garage-rockabilly wildmen the Flat Duo Jets were actually a North Carolina band. Guitarist Romweber — currently joined by former Athens-area  resident C.S. LaResh on drums — will revisit some of the old Jets songs during his set. The White Stripes have often cited the Flat Duo Jets as a major influence on their style and sound. The Dexter Romweber Duo plays the outdoor stage at 9 p.m. Friday.

Noah Ray remembers the Inside/Out era of Athens from a different perspective. As a teenager, Ray saw tons of historic music before he was even legally supposed to set foot in a club. Through pal Michael Lachowski, bassist of first-wave Athens band Pylon, Ray met the members of R.E.M. and art professor-filmmaker Jim Herbert, all of whom appeared in the film. When Ray appeared in R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World" video in '87, he instantly went from being "the trashy kid who wore the same clothes every day to being the kid on MTV. Maybe that's why I have to get on stage and scream at people now," he laughs.

Now 30, Ray fronts the aggressive rock band called Music Hates You. Heir to the abrasive spirit of such mid-'80s bands as Jack-O-Nuts and Porn Orchard, Ray's  hard-rocking trio have been banned from several area clubs due to their uninhibited antics. Music Hates You plays at Element, 120 E. Clayton St., at 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

"The scene is so much bigger now,"  concludes Ray. "There are sub-genres of sub-genres. When I started seeing shows, there were probably 25 or so bands, total. Athens is very cliquey and its size makes it easy to be self-centered. But, you know what? Athens is a town you stick to, through thick and thin."

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The B-52's continue to rock love shacks all over the world, but singer and Athens native Cindy Wilson's new soulful, groove-oriented band will be making their Classic City debut at AthFest. Her band contains a busy beehive of Athens history. Keyboardist Keith Bennett (Wilson's husband) is the designer of the  B-52's logo. Paul Scales, who also plays  keyboards in the band, founded the first location of Athens' famed 40 Watt Club.  ''The Cindy Wilson Band plays the outdoor stage at 9:20 p.m. Saturday.''

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The Earl:
?9 p.m. Jupiter Watts

9:50 p.m. THE ROY OWENS JR. — Owens filters the cream of '70s AM-radio pop/rock through a quirky, guitar-driven, quasi-indie-rock sensibility a la Built to Spill. (KM)

10:40 p.m. The Shazam

11:30 p.m. BOSS MARTIANS-- The Boss Martians latest phase finds frontman Evan Foster writing like Armed Forces-era Elvis Costello, playing powerhouse guitar like Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and singing like the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley.(GN)

12:20 a.m. WOGGLES — The Woggles cap off the night with their own searing brand of ragged-but-right '60s bomp 'n' stomp. (GN)

Eastside Lounge:?
?Rare Form Audio Explorations

Echo Lounge:?
?9 p.m. Tag Team

10 p.m. THE FRAMES-- Irish pop-rockers the Frames temper their passionate ambitions with a more studied, atmospheric approach. (KM)

11 p.m. CALEXICO-- Calexico, the desert Americana project of Giant Sand-men Joey Burns and John Convertino, crystallizes its approach on this year's majestic, experimental Feast of Wire. (KM)

Raw Gallery: ?
?Art Opening Party7 p.m. DJS KISS AND TELL — Dance your way to damnation with retro-futuristic rump shaking courtesy of ladies Kiss and Tell, who play new wave '80s, funk and Mod(ern) post-Brit garage rawk + roll. (TW)

8:30 p.m. TENTH TO THE MOON — Former Pineal Ventana drummer Mitch Foy's newest creation is getting better with every show, resembling at last stage a more soulful, cinematic Laibach. (OK)

9:15 p.m. Gong Fodder

10 p.m. oncideres

10:45 p.m. Low Life Quartet

11:30 p.m. The Desert Fathers

12:30 a.m. BLACK KITES — Featuring members of American Dream, 3D5SPD and former Jet By Day bassist Amy Burmeister, Black Kites craft a thunderous and mathematically precise dirge that evokes everyone from the Pixies to Pere Ubu. (CR)

The Village:?
?9:30 p.m. Nerdkween

10:20 p.m. Light Pupil Dilate

11:10 p.m. Gainer

midnight Plate Six

12:50 a.m. Myssouri

FRI., OCT. 17

The Earl:
?Lifeform Project Showcase8:30 p.m. Homeroom

9:20 p.m. I Almost Saw God on the Metro

10:10 p.m. Jeff Joseph

11 p.m. Grant Aaron

11:40 p.m. Aye! Robotics!

12:20 a.m. SPEEDY J — Rotterdam's Speedy J crafts electronic compositions combining a Dutch maelstrom with streamlined Detroit techno into brutal paranoid breakbeat, melodic alien ambience and mechanical funk deconstruction. (TW)

Eastside Lounge:
?Earthtone Soundsystem — Staples of Atlanta's underground deep-house scene, ES DJs pump soulful, tribal, invigorating funk that perspires speakers and rouses tweakers. (TW)

Echo Lounge: ?
?Dr. Mortonstein and Calugula's Fright Night9 p.m. J.J. Garrison and the Hustlers

9:45 p.m. Artimus Pyledriver

10:30 p.m. JESCO -- See feature, p. 34.

11 p.m. Doll Squad

11:30 p.m. Fiend without a Face

12:15 a.m. Jesco

12:40 a.m. TWEEZER — Atlanta's infamous mid-'90s extreme rockers re-unite for one show only. Guitarist/vocalist Freddy DeShon promises they'll play "our greatest hits in all their noisy sloppy glory." (GN)

1:30 a.m. JESCO

Raw Gallery: ?
?8 p.m. Pony Law

8:45 p.m. Black Love

9:30 p.m. Stacey Cargal

10:15 p.m. THE FLAKES — Performing as a duo, guitarist Randy Castello and percussionist Alex Lambert (Blame Game, Lie and Swell) play a set of short, rustic numbers that unfold over a backdrop of shapeless visuals. (CR)

11 p.m. Dark Inside The Sun

11:45 p.m. Gorge Trio

12:30 a.m. UNTIED STATES — Usually a bridesmaid, rarely the bride, this noise-rock, avant-random trio headline with blaring dissonance confined to the boundaries of pop structure. (NS)

The Village: ?
?9:30 p.m. 3d5spd

10:20 p.m. Blue Jays

11:10 p.m. Rock City Dropouts

midnight Malachi Constant

12:50 a.m. THE HISS — This may be the last time the Hiss can play IG and it not be ironic or hypocritical. The post-garage, modern rockers are already huge over the pond, so isn't America sure to catch up eventually? (NS)

517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant): ?
?Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)Brotherhood of the Hammer

The Names

Swan Song Super Group

ELECTROSLEEP INT'L — Reckless, arrogant and fueled by an innate sense of self-destruction, Electrosleep Int'l churns out thrashing new wave and angular post-hardcore that recalls everyone from Nation of Ulysses to Antioch Arrow. (CR)

U.R. Jaguar

Deerhunter

IWOULDSETMYSELFONFIREFORYOU — With their lithe and spastic riffwork, classic screamo vocals, subtle viola drones, and a penchant for metal chunk, Athens' IWSMOFFY provides a convulsive live show not to be missed. (HJ)

SAT., OCT. 18

The Earl:?
?JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW — Kingsized's Mike Geier, Dames Aflame and Clete Reid are among the many Atlantans scheduled to honor The Man in Black tonight with brief memorial performances. (GN)

Eastside Lounge:
?More Dusty Than Digital

Jonah LS

Echo Lounge:
?8:45 p.m. Susan Enan

9:15 p.m. NELS CLINE CASIO CONSPIRACY — Veteran guitar improviser from "a musical twilight zone" (L.A.) finally transports his conspiracy to Atlanta. (OK)

9:45 p.m. Two Food Yard

10:20 p.m. CARLA BOZULICH — Bozulich, best known as the acquired-taste voice of the Geraldine Fibbers, is touring behind her song-for-song interpretation of Willie Nelson's 1975 classic Red Headed Stranger. (KM)

11:45 p.m. Steven Delopoulos

12:10 a.m. OVER THE RHINE — Husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine support Ohio, a spare-yet-sprawling genre kaleidoscope (from folk to soul) of a double-album; it's easily the pair's high-water mark to date. (KM)

Raw Gallery:
?8 p.m. Noise Chronicle

8:30 p.m. Cal-Rip and Clayborne

9:15 p.m. Dang Dang Dang

10 p.m. HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM) — Bill Taft and his backing musicians aren't really from Belgium, but he uses that angle to offer profane, provocative and often hilarious social commentary. (LS)

10:45 p.m. Anti-Social Chamber Music

11:30 p.m. Liquid Brick

12:30 a.m. ENVIE — Renee Nelson and her ever-expanding and contracting combo conjure dreamy demons and lithe angels with soaring vocals, heavenly harp, moody cello and precise percussion. (LS)

1:15 a.m. It Happens Tonight

The Village:?
9:30 p.m. Emery Reel

10:20 p.m. Scout Niblett-- Niblett songs, which feature little beyond hollow, thumping percussion and Niblett's croaking, careering voice, don't always cohere, but for sheer unity of vision, he is as close to a musical monologuist as most things come. (JEK)

11:10 p.m. AMERICAN DREAM — Swelling with imagery of a Southern Americana tinged with pop-melancholy and a bit of hope, American Dream's sound draws from reflective interplay between lush string arrangements, colossal drumming and vocalist David Railey's lavish songwriting. (CR)

midnight Drill Team

12:50 a.m. The El Caminos

517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant):
?Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)AIROES — Unleashing a blitzkrieg of sonic terror that flails in ecstasy, Airoes' one-man live, electronic dance terror is unrivaled. Whether wrapped in wire and duct tape or sporting a frog suit, Airoes ignores the lines that separate audience and performer. (CR)

900 Dixx

Kill Me Tomorrow

BLAME GAME — Blame Game squeezes a Beefheartian swagger through explosive beats, and a screaming, grinding cacophony that turns on a dime. The group's sound is fast music for fast-thinking people that blasts from a part-improv/part-orchestrated hardcore throb. (CR)

The Orphins

The Blue Hour

SUN., OCT. 19

Starlight Drive-In: 
?IG Closing Party3 p.m. A FIR-JU WELL — Local outfit offers a refreshing, unforced spin on classic Byrds-ian guitar jangle and the psychedelic atmospherics of prime '90s Brit-pop. (KM)

4 p.m. JIMMY AND THE TEASERS — North Carolina's spicy psychobilly trio shakes up the film fest's closing party with their crunchy Cramps-ish rockin' bones beat and some tantalizingly teasing eye-candy. (GN)

5 p.m. MAGIC MAGICIANS — Combining a member of the Black Heart Procession with a piece of 764-HERO, this experimental duo takes indie rock to the far reaches of its power structure without becoming banal or metal. (NS)

6 p.m. BLACK KEYS — See feature, p. 97. (NS)

For more information, visit www.indiega.org.

Contributors: Hamilton Jordan Jr., J. Edward Keyes, Omar Khalid, Kevin Moreau, Greg Nicoll, Chad Radford, Lee Smith, Nikhil Swaminathan, Tony Ware."
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__The Earl:__
?9 p.m. __Jupiter Watts__

9:50 p.m. __THE ROY OWENS JR.__ — Owens filters the cream of '70s AM-radio pop/rock through a quirky, guitar-driven, quasi-indie-rock sensibility a la Built to Spill. (KM)

10:40 p.m. __The Shazam__

11:30 p.m. __BOSS MARTIANS__-- The Boss Martians latest phase finds frontman Evan Foster writing like ''Armed Forces''-era Elvis Costello, playing powerhouse guitar like Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and singing like the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley.(GN)

12:20 a.m. __WOGGLES__ — The Woggles cap off the night with their own searing brand of ragged-but-right '60s bomp 'n' stomp. (GN)

__Eastside Lounge:__?
?__Rare Form Audio Explorations__

__Echo Lounge:__?
?9 p.m. __Tag Team__

10 p.m. __THE FRAMES__-- Irish pop-rockers the Frames temper their passionate ambitions with a more studied, atmospheric approach. (KM)

11 p.m. __CALEXICO__-- Calexico, the desert Americana project of Giant Sand-men Joey Burns and John Convertino, crystallizes its approach on this year's majestic, experimental ''Feast of Wire''. (KM)

__Raw Gallery: __?
?''Art Opening Party''7 p.m. DJS KISS AND TELL'' — Dance your way to damnation with retro-futuristic rump shaking courtesy of ladies Kiss and Tell, who play new wave '80s, funk and Mod(ern) post-Brit garage rawk + roll. (TW)''

8:30 p.m. __TENTH TO THE MOON__ — Former Pineal Ventana drummer Mitch Foy's newest creation is getting better with every show, resembling at last stage a more soulful, cinematic Laibach. (OK)

9:15 p.m. __Gong Fodder__

10 p.m. __oncideres__

10:45 p.m. __Low Life Quartet__

11:30 p.m. __The Desert Fathers__

12:30 a.m. __BLACK KITES__ — Featuring members of American Dream, 3D5SPD and former Jet By Day bassist Amy Burmeister, Black Kites craft a thunderous and mathematically precise dirge that evokes everyone from the Pixies to Pere Ubu. (CR)

__The Village:__?
?9:30 p.m. __Nerdkween__

10:20 p.m. __Light Pupil Dilate__

11:10 p.m. __Gainer__

midnight __Plate Six__

12:50 a.m. __Myssouri__

__FRI., OCT. 17__

__The Earl:__
?''Lifeform Project Showcase''8:30 p.m. __Homeroom__

9:20 p.m. __I Almost Saw God on the Metro__

10:10 p.m. __Jeff Joseph__

11 p.m. __Grant Aaron__

11:40 p.m. __Aye! Robotics!__

12:20 a.m. __SPEEDY J__ — Rotterdam's Speedy J crafts electronic compositions combining a Dutch maelstrom with streamlined Detroit techno into brutal paranoid breakbeat, melodic alien ambience and mechanical funk deconstruction. (TW)

__Eastside Lounge:__
?__Earthtone Soundsystem__ — Staples of Atlanta's underground deep-house scene, ES DJs pump soulful, tribal, invigorating funk that perspires speakers and rouses tweakers. (TW)

__Echo Lounge: __?
?''Dr. Mortonstein and Calugula's Fright Night''9 p.m. __J.J. Garrison and the Hustlers__

9:45 p.m. __Artimus Pyledriver__

10:30 p.m.__ JESCO __-- See feature, p. 34.

11 p.m. __Doll Squad__

11:30 p.m. __Fiend without a Face__

12:15 a.m.__ Jesco__

12:40 a.m. __TWEEZER__ — Atlanta's infamous mid-'90s extreme rockers re-unite for one show only. Guitarist/vocalist Freddy DeShon promises they'll play "our greatest hits in all their noisy sloppy glory." (GN)

1:30 a.m. __JESCO__

__Raw Gallery:__ ?
?8 p.m. __Pony Law__

8:45 p.m. __Black Love__

9:30 p.m. __Stacey Cargal__

10:15 p.m. __THE FLAKES__ — Performing as a duo, guitarist Randy Castello and percussionist Alex Lambert (Blame Game, Lie and Swell) play a set of short, rustic numbers that unfold over a backdrop of shapeless visuals. (CR)

11 p.m. __Dark Inside The Sun__

11:45 p.m. __Gorge Trio__

12:30 a.m. __UNTIED STATES__ — Usually a bridesmaid, rarely the bride, this noise-rock, avant-random trio headline with blaring dissonance confined to the boundaries of pop structure. (NS)

__The Village:__ ?
?9:30 p.m. __3d5spd__

10:20 p.m. __Blue Jays__

11:10 p.m. __Rock City Dropouts__

midnight __Malachi Constant__

12:50 a.m. __THE HISS__ — This may be the last time the Hiss can play IG and it not be ironic or hypocritical. The post-garage, modern rockers are already huge over the pond, so isn't America sure to catch up eventually? (NS)

__517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant): ?__
__?__''Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)''__Brotherhood of the Hammer__

__The Names__

__Swan Song Super Group__

__ELECTROSLEEP INT'L__ — Reckless, arrogant and fueled by an innate sense of self-destruction, Electrosleep Int'l churns out thrashing new wave and angular post-hardcore that recalls everyone from Nation of Ulysses to Antioch Arrow. (CR)

__U.R. Jaguar__

__Deerhunter__

__IWOULDSETMYSELFONFIREFORYOU__ — With their lithe and spastic riffwork, classic screamo vocals, subtle viola drones, and a penchant for metal chunk, Athens' IWSMOFFY provides a convulsive live show not to be missed. (HJ)

__SAT., OCT. 18__

__The Earl:__?
?__''JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW''__ — Kingsized's Mike Geier, Dames Aflame and Clete Reid are among the many Atlantans scheduled to honor The Man in Black tonight with brief memorial performances. (GN)

__Eastside Lounge:__
?__More Dusty Than Digital__

__Jonah LS__

__Echo Lounge:__
?8:45 p.m.__ Susan Enan__

9:15 p.m. __NELS CLINE CASIO CONSPIRACY__ — Veteran guitar improviser from "a musical twilight zone" (L.A.) finally transports his conspiracy to Atlanta. (OK)

9:45 p.m. __Two Food Yard__

10:20 p.m. __CARLA BOZULICH__ — Bozulich, best known as the acquired-taste voice of the Geraldine Fibbers, is touring behind her song-for-song interpretation of Willie Nelson's 1975 classic ''Red Headed Stranger''. (KM)

11:45 p.m. __Steven Delopoulos__

12:10 a.m. __OVER THE RHINE__ — Husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine support ''Ohio'', a spare-yet-sprawling genre kaleidoscope (from folk to soul) of a double-album; it's easily the pair's high-water mark to date. (KM)

__Raw Gallery:__
?8 p.m. __Noise Chronicle__

8:30 p.m. __Cal-Rip and Clayborne__

9:15 p.m. __Dang Dang Dang__

10 p.m. __HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM)__ — Bill Taft and his backing musicians aren't really from Belgium, but he uses that angle to offer profane, provocative and often hilarious social commentary. (LS)

10:45 p.m. __Anti-Social Chamber Music__

11:30 p.m. __Liquid Brick__

12:30 a.m. __ENVIE__ — Renee Nelson and her ever-expanding and contracting combo conjure dreamy demons and lithe angels with soaring vocals, heavenly harp, moody cello and precise percussion. (LS)

1:15 a.m. It Happens Tonight

__The Village:__?
9:30 p.m. __Emery Reel__

10:20 p.m. __Scout Niblett__-- Niblett songs, which feature little beyond hollow, thumping percussion and Niblett's croaking, careering voice, don't always cohere, but for sheer unity of vision, he is as close to a musical monologuist as most things come. (JEK)

11:10 p.m. __AMERICAN DREAM__ — Swelling with imagery of a Southern Americana tinged with pop-melancholy and a bit of hope, American Dream's sound draws from reflective interplay between lush string arrangements, colossal drumming and vocalist David Railey's lavish songwriting. (CR)

midnight __Drill Team__

12:50 a.m. __The El Caminos__

__517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant):__
__?__''Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)''__AIROES__ — Unleashing a blitzkrieg of sonic terror that flails in ecstasy, Airoes' one-man live, electronic dance terror is unrivaled. Whether wrapped in wire and duct tape or sporting a frog suit, Airoes ignores the lines that separate audience and performer. (CR)

__900 Dixx__

__Kill Me Tomorrow__

__BLAME GAME__ — Blame Game squeezes a Beefheartian swagger through explosive beats, and a screaming, grinding cacophony that turns on a dime. The group's sound is fast music for fast-thinking people that blasts from a part-improv/part-orchestrated hardcore throb. (CR)

__The Orphins__

__The Blue Hour__

__SUN., OCT. 19__

__Starlight Drive-In: __
?''IG Closing Party''3 p.m. __A FIR-JU WELL__ — Local outfit offers a refreshing, unforced spin on classic Byrds-ian guitar jangle and the psychedelic atmospherics of prime '90s Brit-pop. (KM)

4 p.m. __JIMMY AND THE TEASERS__ — North Carolina's spicy psychobilly trio shakes up the film fest's closing party with their crunchy Cramps-ish rockin' bones beat and some tantalizingly teasing eye-candy. (GN)

5 p.m. __MAGIC MAGICIANS__ — Combining a member of the Black Heart Procession with a piece of 764-HERO, this experimental duo takes indie rock to the far reaches of its power structure without becoming banal or metal. (NS)

6 p.m. __BLACK KEYS__ — See feature, p. 97. (NS)

''For more information, visit www.indiega.org.''

''Contributors: Hamilton Jordan Jr., J. Edward Keyes, Omar Khalid, Kevin Moreau, Greg Nicoll, Chad Radford, Lee Smith, Nikhil Swaminathan, Tony Ware.''"
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  string(8927) " Vibes Feature 16301  2020-04-05T02:03:54+00:00 vibes_feature-16301.jpeg    independent georgia Independent Georgia Festival 2003 30344  2003-10-16T04:04:00+00:00 Independent Georgia:  Festival Schedule ben.eason@creativeloafing.com Ben Eason   2003-10-16T04:04:00+00:00  THURS., OCT. 16 

The Earl:
?9 p.m. Jupiter Watts

9:50 p.m. THE ROY OWENS JR. — Owens filters the cream of '70s AM-radio pop/rock through a quirky, guitar-driven, quasi-indie-rock sensibility a la Built to Spill. (KM)

10:40 p.m. The Shazam

11:30 p.m. BOSS MARTIANS-- The Boss Martians latest phase finds frontman Evan Foster writing like Armed Forces-era Elvis Costello, playing powerhouse guitar like Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and singing like the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley.(GN)

12:20 a.m. WOGGLES — The Woggles cap off the night with their own searing brand of ragged-but-right '60s bomp 'n' stomp. (GN)

Eastside Lounge:?
?Rare Form Audio Explorations

Echo Lounge:?
?9 p.m. Tag Team

10 p.m. THE FRAMES-- Irish pop-rockers the Frames temper their passionate ambitions with a more studied, atmospheric approach. (KM)

11 p.m. CALEXICO-- Calexico, the desert Americana project of Giant Sand-men Joey Burns and John Convertino, crystallizes its approach on this year's majestic, experimental Feast of Wire. (KM)

Raw Gallery: ?
?Art Opening Party7 p.m. DJS KISS AND TELL — Dance your way to damnation with retro-futuristic rump shaking courtesy of ladies Kiss and Tell, who play new wave '80s, funk and Mod(ern) post-Brit garage rawk + roll. (TW)

8:30 p.m. TENTH TO THE MOON — Former Pineal Ventana drummer Mitch Foy's newest creation is getting better with every show, resembling at last stage a more soulful, cinematic Laibach. (OK)

9:15 p.m. Gong Fodder

10 p.m. oncideres

10:45 p.m. Low Life Quartet

11:30 p.m. The Desert Fathers

12:30 a.m. BLACK KITES — Featuring members of American Dream, 3D5SPD and former Jet By Day bassist Amy Burmeister, Black Kites craft a thunderous and mathematically precise dirge that evokes everyone from the Pixies to Pere Ubu. (CR)

The Village:?
?9:30 p.m. Nerdkween

10:20 p.m. Light Pupil Dilate

11:10 p.m. Gainer

midnight Plate Six

12:50 a.m. Myssouri

FRI., OCT. 17

The Earl:
?Lifeform Project Showcase8:30 p.m. Homeroom

9:20 p.m. I Almost Saw God on the Metro

10:10 p.m. Jeff Joseph

11 p.m. Grant Aaron

11:40 p.m. Aye! Robotics!

12:20 a.m. SPEEDY J — Rotterdam's Speedy J crafts electronic compositions combining a Dutch maelstrom with streamlined Detroit techno into brutal paranoid breakbeat, melodic alien ambience and mechanical funk deconstruction. (TW)

Eastside Lounge:
?Earthtone Soundsystem — Staples of Atlanta's underground deep-house scene, ES DJs pump soulful, tribal, invigorating funk that perspires speakers and rouses tweakers. (TW)

Echo Lounge: ?
?Dr. Mortonstein and Calugula's Fright Night9 p.m. J.J. Garrison and the Hustlers

9:45 p.m. Artimus Pyledriver

10:30 p.m. JESCO -- See feature, p. 34.

11 p.m. Doll Squad

11:30 p.m. Fiend without a Face

12:15 a.m. Jesco

12:40 a.m. TWEEZER — Atlanta's infamous mid-'90s extreme rockers re-unite for one show only. Guitarist/vocalist Freddy DeShon promises they'll play "our greatest hits in all their noisy sloppy glory." (GN)

1:30 a.m. JESCO

Raw Gallery: ?
?8 p.m. Pony Law

8:45 p.m. Black Love

9:30 p.m. Stacey Cargal

10:15 p.m. THE FLAKES — Performing as a duo, guitarist Randy Castello and percussionist Alex Lambert (Blame Game, Lie and Swell) play a set of short, rustic numbers that unfold over a backdrop of shapeless visuals. (CR)

11 p.m. Dark Inside The Sun

11:45 p.m. Gorge Trio

12:30 a.m. UNTIED STATES — Usually a bridesmaid, rarely the bride, this noise-rock, avant-random trio headline with blaring dissonance confined to the boundaries of pop structure. (NS)

The Village: ?
?9:30 p.m. 3d5spd

10:20 p.m. Blue Jays

11:10 p.m. Rock City Dropouts

midnight Malachi Constant

12:50 a.m. THE HISS — This may be the last time the Hiss can play IG and it not be ironic or hypocritical. The post-garage, modern rockers are already huge over the pond, so isn't America sure to catch up eventually? (NS)

517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant): ?
?Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)Brotherhood of the Hammer

The Names

Swan Song Super Group

ELECTROSLEEP INT'L — Reckless, arrogant and fueled by an innate sense of self-destruction, Electrosleep Int'l churns out thrashing new wave and angular post-hardcore that recalls everyone from Nation of Ulysses to Antioch Arrow. (CR)

U.R. Jaguar

Deerhunter

IWOULDSETMYSELFONFIREFORYOU — With their lithe and spastic riffwork, classic screamo vocals, subtle viola drones, and a penchant for metal chunk, Athens' IWSMOFFY provides a convulsive live show not to be missed. (HJ)

SAT., OCT. 18

The Earl:?
?JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW — Kingsized's Mike Geier, Dames Aflame and Clete Reid are among the many Atlantans scheduled to honor The Man in Black tonight with brief memorial performances. (GN)

Eastside Lounge:
?More Dusty Than Digital

Jonah LS

Echo Lounge:
?8:45 p.m. Susan Enan

9:15 p.m. NELS CLINE CASIO CONSPIRACY — Veteran guitar improviser from "a musical twilight zone" (L.A.) finally transports his conspiracy to Atlanta. (OK)

9:45 p.m. Two Food Yard

10:20 p.m. CARLA BOZULICH — Bozulich, best known as the acquired-taste voice of the Geraldine Fibbers, is touring behind her song-for-song interpretation of Willie Nelson's 1975 classic Red Headed Stranger. (KM)

11:45 p.m. Steven Delopoulos

12:10 a.m. OVER THE RHINE — Husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine support Ohio, a spare-yet-sprawling genre kaleidoscope (from folk to soul) of a double-album; it's easily the pair's high-water mark to date. (KM)

Raw Gallery:
?8 p.m. Noise Chronicle

8:30 p.m. Cal-Rip and Clayborne

9:15 p.m. Dang Dang Dang

10 p.m. HUBCAP CITY (FROM BELGIUM) — Bill Taft and his backing musicians aren't really from Belgium, but he uses that angle to offer profane, provocative and often hilarious social commentary. (LS)

10:45 p.m. Anti-Social Chamber Music

11:30 p.m. Liquid Brick

12:30 a.m. ENVIE — Renee Nelson and her ever-expanding and contracting combo conjure dreamy demons and lithe angels with soaring vocals, heavenly harp, moody cello and precise percussion. (LS)

1:15 a.m. It Happens Tonight

The Village:?
9:30 p.m. Emery Reel

10:20 p.m. Scout Niblett-- Niblett songs, which feature little beyond hollow, thumping percussion and Niblett's croaking, careering voice, don't always cohere, but for sheer unity of vision, he is as close to a musical monologuist as most things come. (JEK)

11:10 p.m. AMERICAN DREAM — Swelling with imagery of a Southern Americana tinged with pop-melancholy and a bit of hope, American Dream's sound draws from reflective interplay between lush string arrangements, colossal drumming and vocalist David Railey's lavish songwriting. (CR)

midnight Drill Team

12:50 a.m. The El Caminos

517 Flat Shoals Ave. (Formerly Roti Jamaican Restaurant):
?Stickfigure: DIY Showcase (times TBA)AIROES — Unleashing a blitzkrieg of sonic terror that flails in ecstasy, Airoes' one-man live, electronic dance terror is unrivaled. Whether wrapped in wire and duct tape or sporting a frog suit, Airoes ignores the lines that separate audience and performer. (CR)

900 Dixx

Kill Me Tomorrow

BLAME GAME — Blame Game squeezes a Beefheartian swagger through explosive beats, and a screaming, grinding cacophony that turns on a dime. The group's sound is fast music for fast-thinking people that blasts from a part-improv/part-orchestrated hardcore throb. (CR)

The Orphins

The Blue Hour

SUN., OCT. 19

Starlight Drive-In: 
?IG Closing Party3 p.m. A FIR-JU WELL — Local outfit offers a refreshing, unforced spin on classic Byrds-ian guitar jangle and the psychedelic atmospherics of prime '90s Brit-pop. (KM)

4 p.m. JIMMY AND THE TEASERS — North Carolina's spicy psychobilly trio shakes up the film fest's closing party with their crunchy Cramps-ish rockin' bones beat and some tantalizingly teasing eye-candy. (GN)

5 p.m. MAGIC MAGICIANS — Combining a member of the Black Heart Procession with a piece of 764-HERO, this experimental duo takes indie rock to the far reaches of its power structure without becoming banal or metal. (NS)

6 p.m. BLACK KEYS — See feature, p. 97. (NS)

For more information, visit www.indiega.org.

Contributors: Hamilton Jordan Jr., J. Edward Keyes, Omar Khalid, Kevin Moreau, Greg Nicoll, Chad Radford, Lee Smith, Nikhil Swaminathan, Tony Ware.    Roger Sargent The Hiss play the Village Fri., Oct. 17, at 12:50 a.m  0,0,10    "Independent Georgia"  13012883 1244470                          Independent Georgia:  Festival Schedule "
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