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Friday July 8, 2011 11:04 am EDT

The list of artists has been released for "Elevate/Art Above Underground," the 66-day long public art event sponsored by the city of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs.

From Aug. 26-Oct. 30, "Elevate" will present a series of temporary public art installations and exhibits ranging from murals to more conceptual work in downtown Atlanta along Upper Alabama Street and the surrounding areas....

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Wednesday July 6, 2011 12:00 pm EDT
Local artists pull modern art from antiquated machines | more...

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Tuesday July 5, 2011 05:00 am EDT
Theroun Patterson tackles a American family drama in Essential Theatre world premiere | more...

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Tuesday June 28, 2011 05:00 am EDT
Midtown venue gives aspiring improvisers their shot | more...

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Thursday June 23, 2011 01:00 pm EDT
Fanatical, fun and a little nerdy: Inside the Atlanta ping-pong revival | more...

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Thursday June 23, 2011 05:00 am EDT

Atlanta's unofficial bar pong circuit is filled with colorful and diverse personalities who've got some serious ping-pong game. We're not saying it's impossible to beat these dudes. But you're probably gonna have a hard time beating these dudes, OK?

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If you want to play the best on the bar pong circuit, go the Albert on a Tuesday...

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Thursday June 23, 2011 05:00 am EDT

Even on the bar pong circuit, you'll find players who are very serious about their paddles. In fact, it's probably no coincidence that the players who win the most local tournaments have the best paddles. In fact, some of the top players at the Albert build their own paddles using wood, rubber, glue, etc., that they purchase online.

If you're tired of using the bar's crappy paddle, first of...

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Tuesday June 21, 2011 04:30 am EDT
Book tour/exhibit arrives June 24 at Jackson Fine Art | more...

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Wednesday June 15, 2011 03:18 pm EDT

  • Courtesy WonderRoot
  • WonderRoot's Memorial Drive community center before its multi-colored paint facelift

WonderRoot and Alternate ROOTS announced today a new partnership with the Ethics and the Arts Initiative at the Emory University Center for Ethics and New York-based arts nonprofit Creative Captial to produce the FREE weekend workshop "Internet for Artists" this fall. From the press...

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Monday June 6, 2011 06:00 am EDT
Fiber artists join together for International Yarn Bombing Day and World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 11 | more...

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Thursday June 2, 2011 05:00 pm EDT
Altie may not be real, but yeah, it's a thing | more...

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Thursday June 2, 2011 05:00 am EDT
Beware, all of you Mothmen, Bat Boys and Bigfeet on the loose in the shadows. On the free audio podcast "MonsterTalk," Kennesaw's Blake Smith and his co-hosts Ben Radford and Dr. Karen Stollznow use science and skepticism to poke holes in some of the more spurious claims of cryptid sightings. Smith pays his mortgage with computer programming and web design, but has a passion for paranormal... | more...

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Wednesday June 1, 2011 04:00 am EDT
MA11 celebrates the best of architecture, fashion and more | more...

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Tuesday May 31, 2011 09:00 am EDT
Chinese artist's massive contemplative works on display at MOCA GA | more...

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Tuesday May 24, 2011 05:00 am EDT
Queer fest's 'Mondo Posse' chats about Sissy Bounce, analog tweets, embroidery hoops and more | more...

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Saturday May 14, 2011 10:48 am EDT

  • Charlie McCullers
  • Gina Patterson's "Quietly Walking" is one of the pieces in the Atlanta Ballet's mixed program "Ignition" on stage at the Alliance this weekend.

If there's still any doubt as to whether or not the Atlanta Ballet is a company willing to take risks, Ignition, the mixed program of three new works by young choreographers playing this weekend at the Alliance Theater, should put...

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Friday May 13, 2011 11:39 am EDT

  • Dustin Chambers

About 75 people gathered outside City Hall yesterday to protest proposed budget cuts to the Office of Cultural Affairs. Lining Trinity Avenue in front of City Hall artists, some in costume, and representatives from local arts organizations held a spirited rally with music, chanting and speeches, waving signs at passing cars and letting up cheers when cars honked in support....

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Thursday May 12, 2011 10:21 am EDT

  • Joeff Davis
  • 2010 rally to save Georgia Council for the Arts

Last week, the City of Atlanta announced a new round of budgetary belt-tightening that, yet again, puts arts funding on the proverbial chopping block. Last year it was the state legislature's proposed elimination of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Currently, the proposed city budget for fiscal year 2012 includes a 50 percent...

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Monday May 2, 2011 05:00 am EDT
humanistic approach to street art | more...

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Thursday April 28, 2011 09:00 am EDT
Inman Park Festival 2011 | more...

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Thursday April 28, 2011 04:02 am EDT
A portrait of the artist as a young blogger | more...

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Tuesday April 19, 2011 04:00 am EDT
What's the environment got to do with it? | more...

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Monday April 11, 2011 12:00 pm EDT
Daye's debut solo show, Want To See A Sad Boy Smile? Pay Him, opens Thursday | more...

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Thursday April 7, 2011 04:10 am EDT
Because God has his back | more...

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Thursday April 7, 2011 04:10 am EDT
More from our sit down with the media mogul | more...

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Tuesday April 5, 2011 05:20 pm EDT

  • Courtesy Saltworks and the artist
  • “The March of Democracy, 2010” by Brian Dettmer

This weekend, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia announced the 2011-12 recipients of its annual Working Artists Project awards. Awardees include book surgeon Brian Dettmer, the cartographically inspired Gregor Turk, and site-specific sculptor Martha Whittington, and were chosen with the help of guest...

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Tuesday April 5, 2011 04:00 am EDT
Blood, Bones & Butter avoids self-serving narcissism | more...

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Saturday April 2, 2011 10:04 pm EDT

Fed up with finding their home and building defaced with graffiti, two Old Fourth Ward residents and a nearby business have filed a lawsuit against the people they say are behind the works. The AJC's Kristi Swartz says the lawsuit, filed Friday in Fulton County State Court, seeks $1 million in punitive damages for intentional destruction of property and emotional distress.

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Saturday March 26, 2011 09:25 am EDT

  • Charlie McCullers
  • Pedro Gamino and Peng Yu-Chen in Helen Pickett's "Petal"

The Atlanta Ballet obviously takes the term “mixed program” very seriously. When an evening encompasses traditional African music, Bach, a ritualistic sacrifice and some gorgeous minimalism, it's safe to say that the term “mixed” definitely applies.

But it's a measure of the Atlanta Ballet's strength as a company...

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Tuesday March 15, 2011 04:00 am EDT
New space across from High adds to Midtown arts district | more...

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Friday March 11, 2011 10:29 am EST

  • Andrew Alexander
  • The Atlanta Ballet previews pieces from its mixed program "Fusion."

When the ballet Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused a riot. Things were much calmer last night at the Atlanta Ballet's headquarters as patrons took a first glimpse at young British choreographer Christopher Hampson's new work set to Stravinsky's famous score. Hampson has stripped the number...

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Wednesday March 9, 2011 04:00 am EST
Gals bare (almost) all over one titillating weekend | more...

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Thursday March 3, 2011 04:05 am EST
No, 'Archer' isn't your typical cartoon | more...

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Tuesday March 1, 2011 04:00 am EST
The Agnes Scott professor's discomforting honesty can feel like a slap to the face | more...

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Tuesday February 22, 2011 04:00 am EST
We asked. Local creatives answered. | more...

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Saturday February 19, 2011 10:10 am EST

What? You missed the most recent World Wide Art Federation showdown, “The Art of War of Art” at Stuart McClean Gallery in the Old Fourth Ward? Here's some video play-by-play of all the golden babies, foxy ladies, paintbrush weaponry and vocal improvisation you wish you'd seen.



Fabian Williams revived his Saw-esque red-masked artist captor, Exacto, to offer opening remarks. This time, the...

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Wednesday February 16, 2011 04:00 am EST
Monsters, demons and more on view in two new exhibits | more...

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Wednesday February 9, 2011 04:00 am EST
Husband and wife perform leading roles in Atlanta Ballet's Sleeping Beauty | more...

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Thursday February 3, 2011 03:17 pm EST


  • Joeff Davis
  • Beltline mural by Hense


Atlanta's biggest temporary public art project to date is now accepting submissions for round two of Art on the Beltline, which, in case you've been living under a rock the past year, turned out to be a pretty effing big deal. The Request for Proposals can be found online at the Beltline's website. Deadline for submissions is March 28. Installation...

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Wednesday February 2, 2011 04:00 am EST
Collaborative exhibit launches Creative Community Housing Project for artists | more...

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Wednesday January 26, 2011 09:00 am EST
Forget cheeseball self-promotion, the local production company presents an engaging model for authentic grassroots marketing | more...

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Friday January 21, 2011 03:55 pm EST

  • FRANCIS TATEM
  • 2010 Art Papers Art Auction

Some art news from around town:

The Art Papers Art Auction, the contemporary art magazine's annual fundraising and hobnobbing event, takes place Fri., Feb. 4 (collectors preview party) and Sat., Feb. 5 (auction). You don't have to wait until the 5th to start bidding, though. The online auction is officially open for preview and bidding. Going once,...

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Tuesday January 18, 2011 04:00 am EST

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For 15 years, art critic Felicia Feaster was the voice of visual art criticism at Creative Loafing. For many she was the voice of visual art criticism in Atlanta. When she left the paper in 2008 to serve as senior editor at the Atlantan, many in the art community waited eagerly to see what would become of her writing at the publication.

In fact, Feaster breathed new life into...

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Friday January 14, 2011 10:15 am EST

Local street artist Evereman gave cabin fever the finger this week by constructing one of his largest works to date - a 4-foot-by-4-foot cube branded with his trademark skull face - and planting in downtown on the GSU campus in Hurt Park.

Below is a cool video of the Everman installation from local urban art blog/shop Streetela.com, "a co-operative brand created to bring the independent...

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Thursday January 13, 2011 03:00 pm EST
16 works to seek out at the High, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, MOCA GA, Clark Atlanta University Art Collections and the Michael C. Carlos Museum | more...

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Monday January 10, 2011 07:00 am EST
Russian ballet dancers dispel some Black Swan myths before a local performance of Swan Lake | more...

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Wednesday January 5, 2011 04:00 am EST
The funny man talks life after being a Last Comic Standing judge | more...

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Thursday December 30, 2010 04:00 am EST
Help WonderRoot build a list of works the city should keep their hands off of | more...

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Thursday December 30, 2010 04:00 am EST
Figuring out how Atlanta plans to draw the line between vandalism and art | more...

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Thursday December 30, 2010 04:00 am EST
Not all graf is created equal. Some categories to help you differentiate between works | more...

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Monday December 20, 2010 04:00 am EST
Artist's painstaking process reveals a New World between the covers | more...

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Monday December 13, 2010 06:30 pm EST
Lowbrow art hub closes its doors for good Jan. 5 | more...

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Monday December 13, 2010 04:19 pm EST
As we prepare to send 2010 walk of shaming into the past, your friendly arts staff at CL, like everyone else, has been doing the requisite New Year Soul Searching. In addition to swearing* to mitigate our sinful ways, the question on the table is this: Going into 2011, which parts of Atlanta arts would you like to see more of, which ones should we leave in the past, and what don't we have... | more...

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Monday December 13, 2010 03:56 pm EST

Installation view of Micah Stansell's"Presynaptic Potential" at MOCA GA, 2010. Stansell is one of MOCA GA's 2010/2011 Working Artists Project Winners
Yet more grants have been announced as the end of the year approaches. The Charles Loridans Foundation recently awarded $444,500 in new grants to arts groups around the city.

The three organizations to be awarded the greatest portion of funds...

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Thursday December 2, 2010 05:34 pm EST

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A lot of money's been changing hands this week. We've got info on a few more grants and some fundraisers that'll let you do your part for the arts this weekend.

The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta received a $29,500 grant from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund as part of its Atlanta Arts Recovery Initiative. The grant will provide 10 percent of YEA's current fiscal budget,...

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Thursday December 2, 2010 04:00 am EST
The High Museum won the popularity contest with its brand-name blockbuster shows, but at what cost? | more...

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Monday November 22, 2010 12:00 pm EST
Big Boi reunites with Lauri Stallings for Luminocity Atlanta's Hinterland | more...

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Thursday November 18, 2010 10:57 am EST
If you’ve ever met Fabian Williams, you’ve noticed that he's never fully still or quiet. He's constantly talking, texting, tweeting, whistling or singing along to music that always seems to be playing whenever he’s around. He’s got a good voice, actually, so it’s kind of entertaining. Suddenly, without stopping he’ll give you his attention. He's at once quick, but never abrupt in pausing to... | more...

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Monday November 15, 2010 05:00 am EST
Huckaby's humor casts a spell at Tanner-Hill Gallery | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2010 04:01 am EDT
Tinseltown taps Atlanta as movie-making mecca! Will showbiz boom bring boffo box office? | more...

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Thursday November 4, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Shooting locations, celeb sightings and other movie-making madness in the A | more...

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Monday October 25, 2010 05:28 pm EDT

  • Courtesy Flux projects
  • CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN: Momentary Performances wraps this week



Lee Walton’s ongoing performance art project "Momentary Performances" finishes its run this week. A kind-of sidewalk theater, "Momentary Performances" installs vinyl text in public spaces describing a scene taking place in its vicinity. It's a little like those Orbitz commercials.



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Monday October 25, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
The Moth founder George Dawes Green wants to reinvigorate the art of storytelling | more...

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Tuesday October 19, 2010 11:49 am EDT

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  • The Atlanta Ballet's production not only draws its look from Lautrec's famous paintings of the Moulin Rouge, Lautrec is a character in the show itself.

It's hard to say precisely why the Moulin Rouge—a nightclub that saw its heyday almost 120 years ago on another continent—still maintains its hold on the popular imagination. But maintain its...

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Thursday October 14, 2010 03:36 pm EDT

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The two latest exhibitions at MOCA GA ask us to think a little about what we mean by "local artist." Such a small and innocuous phrase, right? Yet, I can't help but think that our own personal, limited definitions of "local artist"...

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Monday October 11, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Johnson delivers the Atlanta Queer Lit Fest's keynote address Sat., Oct. 15 | more...

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Friday October 8, 2010 08:00 am EDT

  • Andrew Alexander
  • The Atlanta Ballet warms up to give a preview of "Moulin Rouge" in a studio at its new headquarters.



Atlanta got its first glimpse of the Atlanta Ballet's new production of “Moulin Rouge” yesterday at a preview party at the company's new headquarters on Marietta Boulevard in west Atlanta. It's the first show to be rehearsed in the Ballet's new space, which is happy news...

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Friday October 8, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Infinite Moments at the ACA Gallery of SCAD is an exquisite and tightly curated exhibit | more...

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Thursday October 7, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
A photo essay of festival winners and other favorites that captured the spirit of city | more...

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Thursday October 7, 2010 10:15 am EDT



When there’s something strange in Atlanta art, who ya gonna call? Well, local artist Dave Cook is often the culprit when it comes to comical depictions of zombies, ghosts, rollergirls and the like. His latest show opened Oct. 5 as part of the Plaza Theatre’s Art Opening and a Movie series, with appearances by Atlanta Rollergirls, zombies, pinup girls and a screening of the 1984 horror comedy...

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Tuesday October 5, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Eric Jordan Young taps Sammy Davis Jr. and Adrienne Reynolds, Bessie Smith for two current productions | more...

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Tuesday September 28, 2010 03:52 pm EDT

If you're like me, then you get really excited about something when food's involved.

Lucky for us, two events this week pair food and art. Tonight, the UH-mazing chef Linton Hopkins is partnering with local author Susan Rebecca White and creating a Southern feast at Restaurant Eugene. White, the author of Bound South and, most recently, A Soft Place to Land, will be at the table for an...

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Tuesday September 14, 2010 02:14 pm EDT

  • Brittany Parris
  • Jeremy Abernathy, founder of BURNAWAY

The future of arts writing in Atlanta just got a lot rosier. Our friends at BURNAWAY and ArtsCriticATL as well as veteran critic Jerry Cullum were just named recipients of $30,000 grants from a brand new arts foundation, Possible Futures.

The foundation is yet another project from Louis Corrigan, best known as the founder of Flux...

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Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:00 am EDT
Staibdance performs with Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom at Emory Sept. 23-25 | more...

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Monday September 13, 2010 04:00 am EDT
A pop-up gallery made of 4-ton steel shipping containers? We're not making this up. | more...

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Tuesday September 7, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Mapping the Present Just Went By at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center offers a community collage | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Atlanta's no New York - and that's a good thing | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:05 am EDT
Eight of Atlanta's most interesting talents to follow this fall | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Ann-Marie Manker is among the busiest artists in Atlanta. Aside from teaching at SCAD and directing the new Kibbee Gallery, her drawings and paintings showed at the Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle earlier this summer, and are currently on view at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. And all this while she works on a new body of work for Whitespace Gallery called Softcore... | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Best bets for plays, exhibits, film fests and more | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Barely seven months after public arts organization Flux Projects produced its first official event, it's hard to imagine the Atlanta art scene without it. While the recession has forced some arts organizations to cut back, executive director Anne Archer Dennington has helped the Louis Corrigan-founded organization set a new agenda for public art. In doing so, she has assumed an ambitious... | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

One of the animating forces behind the early punk scenes in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., was the fact that many of the musicians made almost no distinction between themselves and their audiences. In those DIY days, the musicians were on stage not because they were doing something you couldn't do, but precisely because they were doing something you could — and often did — do.

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Atlanta actress Jill Hames doesn't exactly run away from her stage image as a bubbly wisecracker. She wears a "Cutie Pie" T-shirt to an interview and, whether in person or on Facebook, makes jokes with the frequency of a wacky neighbor on a sitcom. You feel like a laugh track should follow her around.

For years, Hames has proven her musical chops in lighthearted shows ranging from Once Upon a...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

On stage, Kevin Gillese finds it easy to switch into "party guy" mode. The 29-year-old Canadian director, poet and improviser can comfortably portray loud, oblivious, floppy-limbed Will Ferrell types who brim with beery bravado. Off stage, he tries to keep his energies focused and disciplined as Dad's Garage Theatre's new artistic director.

Gillese moved from the wind chill of Edmonton,...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

"The solar annulus is the intact anus of her body at eighteen years to which nothing sufficiently blinding can be compared except the sun, even though the anus is night," reads the last line of Georges Bataille's "The Solar Anus," the surrealist text for which authors Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell, and Amy McDaniel named their upstart reading series in October 2008.

The three writers were...

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Tuesday August 31, 2010 11:14 am EDT

  • Whirligig by R.A. Miller and two works of Tramp Art



The term "folk art" gets thrown around too often. It's a broad term, of course, meant to encompass a wide variety of styles and skills and approaches that don't fit comfortably in the canon of western art. Lately though, it brings to mind the imitators cranking out work for the shopping mall style booths at neighborhood festivals,...

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Friday August 13, 2010 09:05 am EDT
Street artists are descending on the city for a weekend of mural-painting and trouble-making. Will Atlanta even notice? | more...

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Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:47 am EDT

  • "Dali's Mustache" by Philippe Halsman
  • 3,534 people?! Damn!

Clearly I was out of mind to think that last Saturday's Surreal Soiree, an opening party for Dali: The Late Work at the High with a wearable-art fashion show by local artists including Sister Louisa, R.Land, Andy Moon Wilson, Lucha Rodriguez, Cooper Sanchez, Kelly Teasley, and HC Warner among others, would be low key.

My sister and...

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Wednesday August 4, 2010 03:47 pm EDT



What's a MFA graduate got to expect these days? A good job waiting tables? A decent-sized debt? A profile on CNN?

SCAD student Stephen Hayes's installation at Mason Murer Fine Art has been getting well-deserved attention from local critics, and now he's got national coverage thanks to a feature on our local cable news network.

You can check out Cash Crop for yourself at Mason Murer until...

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Tuesday August 3, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Hurricane Katrina's five-year anniversary informs three new exhibits | more...

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Sunday July 18, 2010 01:59 pm EDT

  • The Color of Hope, 2010



Chakaia Booker's massive, intimidating sculptures are composed almost entirely from used car tires. They may have been on the wheels of a Honda, driven a thousand times from home to work and home again on a boring daily commute from the suburbs. They could have been part of semi-truck, ferrying loads of lettuce from California to Florida in a never-ending caravan...

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Saturday July 3, 2010 03:35 pm EDT

  • Daniel Weir


When Creative Loafing dropped by Eyedrum yesterday evening, artists were still hard at work on their drawings for this year's edition of Chalk Off, a chalk-only exhibition that the gallery hosted once before in 2008. Daniel Weir's piece in the corner of the main gallery was especially eye-catching, as he was hand-smearing the chalk to give it a paint-like texture and glow....

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Monday June 28, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Graphic novel The Trap-Door Maker offers interesting prequel to popular musical | more...

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Thursday June 17, 2010 05:48 pm EDT

  • In Your Own Words, 2010

In Dayna Thacker's artist statement for her current solo show at Barbara Archer, she says, "Supposing our psychological/spiritual selves are formed by what we think — the same as our bodies are composed of what we eat — modern-day souls are made not only of responsibilities shouldered, love shared, curiosities and daydreams, but also the immense amount of information...

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Wednesday June 16, 2010 09:00 am EDT
New novel surpasses his career-defining work in beautiful, timely nihilism | more...

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Wednesday June 9, 2010 05:23 pm EDT
It's such a bummer when one of the good ones gets away. You try to be good to them and give them love and support but in theimage-1end, they leave you for the good-on-paper guy. That's how it feels when any of Atlanta's creative players ditches us for Brooklyn. In January, we got our little art hearts broken when Art House flew the co-op and relocated to New York. But regardless of being a... | more...

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Tuesday June 8, 2010 03:57 pm EDT

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Many of Atlanta's young, lowbrow galleries are seemingly devoted to the group show, often packing in a bunch of artists (or sometimes just a few) rather than asking a single artist to fill the space. In many ways, it's a good policy. More artists can be exposed to a larger audience and, besides, it gives the opening parties a spirit of collaboration and collective success.

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Friday June 4, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Buckhead, Castleberry Hill and the Westside dominate the city's rising trend | more...

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Tuesday June 1, 2010 07:14 pm EDT

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June is going to kick my ass in the best way. Between a month's worth of Art on the BeltLine performances and installations, and, like, everyone having a gallery opening, it's shaping up to be a deliciously exhausting month. The big kick-off: ARTLANTIS coming back to sing praise to the underground art gods on the stoop of Druid Hills Baptist Church on Saturday, June 5. Come get...

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Thursday May 27, 2010 11:46 pm EDT

Grab yer mama and all yer cousins and be downtown in June because it's BeltLine Fest 2010!

Okay, I made that name up. No one is calling it that. But essentially that's what it is: with the Art on the BeltLine installations having been completed, the BeltLine folks have announced an extensive lineup of music, art, family, and historical events along the BeltLine corridor for early this...

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Wednesday May 26, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Building an organization around the idea of provoking change, not with sandwiches, but with art | more...

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Tuesday May 25, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Queer event becomes part of the establishment on its own terms | more...

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Monday May 24, 2010 07:06 pm EDT



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Getting a complete picture of the art scene in Atlanta is about more than the finished product; it's one thing to attend gallery openings, art parties and stay abreast of political issues that concern the arts in our fair city, but to get a real idea of the life blood of the arts community, you have to go where the artists are.

One place where the artists are these...

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Saturday May 22, 2010 09:29 pm EDT

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The multimedia collaboration currently showing at Whitespace Gallery, Unless & Until, began as a series of paintings by Julie Püttgen that inspired a story to correspond with them by JS van Buskirk, a childhood friend of Püttgen. Lyrics from that story were later adapted to music by James Carlson, a colleague of Püttgen's at Sewanee in Tennessee. Then, through a call for help...

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Sunday May 16, 2010 11:52 pm EDT

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The culinary arts were on display during last Friday's Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. The Atlanta Street Food Coalition brought in four vendors to offer up quick bites between the galleries. The group is still working to get restrictive vending ordinances changed so that awesome, street-side food like this can be the typical, rather than exceptional, offering in Atlanta. There was...

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Thursday May 13, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Designer Julia Kubica flexes her fine art muscle in Sprout | more...

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Tuesday May 11, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Decatur author explains genius that hurts your brain | more...

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Thursday May 6, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Pop surrealist" work is movie-inspired" | more...

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Monday May 3, 2010 12:40 am EDT

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This delightfully cynical sign might be the most immediately legible piece in VISPO, Eyedrum's juried show of visual poetry. Those big block letters mounted on a real-estate-type corrugated signage are paired with videos, a mobile sculpture, a container of burned book covers, and other playful twists on the border between image and text. Jeff Dahlgren said Eyedrum's literary...

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Monday April 19, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Former Atlantan goes suicidal on Starz | more...

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Saturday April 10, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
Queens-born artist tackles themes of militarism and its global fallout | more...

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Monday March 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT
One-man show gives millennia-old stories contemporary significance | more...

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Monday March 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Skloot appears at various venues around Atlanta Thurs.-Mon., March 25-29 | more...

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Recent book DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop puts hip-hop's visual legacy in perspective | more...

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Bizarro Sat Morn series showcases his rare film collection | more...

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Monday March 8, 2010 04:00 am EST
Tailing NEVER as he leaves his mark on the Westside | more...

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Friday March 5, 2010 04:00 am EST
Local author's latest book comes with a new publishing model | more...

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Monday March 1, 2010 04:00 am EST
Sixty comedians perform over four days for serious prizes | more...

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Tuesday February 9, 2010 03:00 pm EST
Two men in their early 30s who take more satisfaction from video games than their real lives | more...

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Saturday February 6, 2010 11:00 am EST
The opportunity to make an impact is there, the time to do it is now | more...

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Friday February 5, 2010 08:38 pm EST

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Last fall, Art House's Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman announced they'd be moving their home base from Castleberry Hill to Brooklyn, NY. Last weekend's Sketchbook Project show was the gallery's last hurrah in the A before heading north of the Mason-Dixon. We asked the guys to bid adieu to Atlanta by sharing the things they'll miss most about the city.

1. The People

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Monday February 1, 2010 04:00 am EST
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Thursday January 28, 2010 05:20 pm EST
image-1Unless you live under a rock, heck even if you live under a rock, you know the New Orleans Saints are on their way to their first Super Bowl in franchise history next Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Given each city's pride in its respective teams, as well as the grand tradition of sports trash talking, what, pray tell, are these pigskin-obsessed metropoles doing to get into each... | more...

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Thursday January 28, 2010 12:00 pm EST
Guy has increasing stage presence in Atlanta | more...

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Thursday January 21, 2010 08:03 pm EST

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Emory's Hunt Gallery will open an exhibit of work from Art and Margo Rosenbaum tonight. Art Rosenbaum, professor emeritus at UGA, is perhaps best known for his work documenting and recording rural music for the past fifty years. His paintings often depict characters and musicians from that search.

Art's wife Margo is an accomplished documentary photographer whose black and...

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Thursday January 14, 2010 04:00 am EST
Chak's The Boxes Project pictures the common stereotypes | more...

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Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:00 am EST
New blood is needed to push the city forward in the next decade | more...

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Saturday January 9, 2010 11:00 am EST
The former poet laureate will deliver the keynote address at Georgia Perimeter College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration | more...

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Monday December 14, 2009 09:30 pm EST

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As an artistic event, Nutcracker does practically everything but crack nuts. The Tchaikovsky ballet provides a holiday tradition for families, a rite of passage for aspiring young dancers, and a kind of outreach program for ballet companies nationwide. This year's Atlanta Ballet production of Nutcracker features about 250 young area dancers in small roles, in addition to the...

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Friday December 11, 2009 11:00 am EST
7 Stages invites the devil to Christmas dinner | more...

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Monday December 7, 2009 09:00 am EST
Gaiman speaks and signs books Dec. 14 at Agnes Scott | more...

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Monday November 30, 2009 02:00 pm EST
The hacker facility doesn't look that different from a punk warehouse, but instead of political zines, their common library is filled with volumes on circuit analysis | more...

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Wednesday November 25, 2009 06:14 pm EST
Ruff Ryder's First Lady stars as rival singing troupe coach in tonight's episode of 'Glee' | more...

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Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:06 am EST
New Moon vampires sink their teeth into the Twilight phenomenon | more...

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Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:00 am EST
Gift baskets themed to local arts, comedy, highbrow culture, action, girly content and geek stuff | more...

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Saturday November 7, 2009 11:00 am EST
Daniels brings his renowned countertenor to Orfeo & Euridice at the Atlanta Opera | more...

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Wednesday November 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
The Men Who Stare at Goats' four-legged scene-stealer is no kid | more...

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Wednesday November 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
Controversial Love Jerry playwright returns with Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant | more...

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Monday November 2, 2009 04:00 pm EST
After a near-death experience, Eyedrum is poised for a revival | more...

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Monday October 26, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta History Center, Rialto Center and Mundo Hispanico celebrate Dia de los Muertos | more...

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Saturday October 24, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The 28-year-old Canadian takes over Dad's Garage Theatre as its fifth artistic director | more...

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Monday October 19, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Budget cuts claim 29 jobs from the university library system | more...

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Thursday October 15, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Law Abiding Citizen director puts character first in his latest film | more...

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Tuesday October 13, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Black Dynamite's creative duo sheds light on blaxploitation films | more...

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Thursday October 8, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Rock and Long straighten out the makings of Good Hair | more...

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Monday October 5, 2009 09:35 pm EDT

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A white plume passes between two young dancers in the Atlanta Ballet's rehearsal hall. Company members Christian Clark and Nadia Mara playfully hand the feather back and forth to convey the soaring love of young Tamino and Pamina in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Choreographer Mark Godden watches the young dancers as they rehearse the opening show of the Atlanta Ballet's 80th season....

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Monday October 5, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The dance company celebrates as America's longest continuously operating ballet company | more...

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Monday September 28, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The public art all-nighter returns for year two | more...

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Friday September 25, 2009 05:30 pm EDT
Hit local graphic novel leaps to the big screen in a single bound | more...

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Tuesday September 22, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The world-renowned dancer/choreographer talks candidly about her inspirations for Come Fly with Me | more...

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Sunday September 13, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Georgia's poet laureate talks about family, aging, and an upcoming book | more...

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Wednesday September 2, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
New York Times best-selling author makes three stops in Atlanta | more...

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Monday August 31, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta-based author talks about his sense of place, his theatrical project and how he nearly became a victim of the Baader-Meinhof gang of German terrorists | more...

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Monday August 24, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
We sifted through the calendar to help you navigate the massive four-day fest | more...

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Monday August 24, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The colossal literary fest consumes the Decatur Square on Labor Day weekend | more...

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Thursday August 20, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
Though notorious as the cursed “Scottish play,” Macbeth has been lucky for Rick Miller. The Canadian actor/comedian’s popular one-man show MacHomer casts the Shakespearean tragedy with about 50 voices from “The Simpsons.” Miller brings MacHomer to Georgia Shakespeare Wed.-Sun., Aug. 26-30. He discusses the show’s cocktail of high and low culture and why casting Barney Gumble as Macduff is more... | more...

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Wednesday August 12, 2009 07:15 pm EDT
The Real Atlanta Housewife speaks out | more...

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Monday August 10, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Faced with a heavy financial burden, the nonprofit looks to the community for help | more...

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Tuesday August 4, 2009 06:00 pm EDT
Residents come together in an effort to reclaim their neighborhoods through art | more...

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Sunday August 2, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The award-winning comedian appears at Relapse Theatre Aug. 8 | more...

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Thursday July 30, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The lawyer/potter discusses how craft meets art | more...

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Thursday July 30, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
Entourage' star hawks cars in new film The Goods | more...

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 07:00 am EDT
Former Arrested Development member discusses her newest book PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life | more...

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Monday July 13, 2009 10:00 am EDT
When Wall Street’s house of cards caved in last fall, scores of Sunday morning spinmasters pinned the Great Recession on us as our rightful national comeuppance. For years we spent more than we earned, so someone somewhere had to pay the bill, right? But even as the rest of the economy had shifted into overdrive, the vast majority of those who make art for a living never had it all that easy.... | more...

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Sunday July 12, 2009 07:00 am EDT
The Chinese artist discusses family, relationships and her work on view now at Spruill Gallery | more...

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Monday July 6, 2009 09:00 am EDT
R. Land's gone fishin' with Zaat-themed work for Art Opening and Movie's current installment | more...

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 07:39 pm EDT

Atlanta artists gathered at Eyedrum on June 28 to create over a hundred signs. In an effort to raise awareness of the propsed Beltline project, they then placed the signs at 108 different locations along the Beltline on June 30. Check out a photo gallery of both events on our Photos & Video page.

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The Hurt Locker actor discusses his explosive career | more...

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Monday June 22, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
With the departure of artistic director Kate Warner earlier this year, the playhouse finds itself at a turning point | more...

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Saturday June 20, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The drag queen appears at Primal on June 25 at a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion, which benefits AID Atlanta | more...

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Sunday June 7, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival takes place June 12-14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Perimeter | more...

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Friday June 5, 2009 09:42 pm EDT

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Saturday's not even here yet, but I'm already exhausted by all of it's possibilities.

First things first: ARTLANTIS. ARTLANTIS is Beep Beep Gallery's outdoor ode to the underground. The lowbrow gallery celebrates all things subterranean and artistic this Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with a free festival on the lawn of the Druid Hills Baptist Church on Ponce. From the horse's...

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Friday May 29, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Comedian smokes out the Laughing Skull June 4-7 | more...

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Saturday May 23, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
Former Funny Farm owner Marshall Chiles runs an intimate, one-of-a-kind venue | more...

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Wednesday May 20, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers such a relaxing environment, even  the monumental sculptures of Moore in America look more laid-back. Through Oct. 31, the Atlanta Botanical Garden displays 20 pieces from the famed English sculptor Henry Moore, including his massive trademark Earth Mother figures, as well as ones resembling playground equipment or dinosaur bones. ABG Executive Director Mary... | more...

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Saturday May 16, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Castor and Pollux, the twins from Greek mythology who inspired the name of the Gemini constellation, come down to contemporary Earth to kick some ass in Olympus, a new comic book series illustrated by Christian Ward and written by Nathan Edmondson of Macon. A graduate of Mercer University, Edmondson, 23, will sign copies of Olympus #1 at its release party Wed., May 20, 4-7 p.m. at Criminal... | more...

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Tuesday May 12, 2009 07:31 pm EDT

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The modern exhibition space is a strange beast. Some venues, like Atlanta's Civic Center, are like giant cardboard dioramas; the building itself is an oversized rectangle filled with semi-permanent partitions that, depending on the current show, can be altered and retooled to suit the needs of the moment. Smart curators spend hundreds of hours planning the layout, spacial pacing,...

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

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Friday May 1, 2009 09:04 pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday April 21, 2009 06:43 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Friday April 17, 2009 09:29 pm EDT

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

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

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

Bench Press: Weekend...

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Monday April 13, 2009 07:02 pm EDT

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

CL's Scott Henry reports, saying,

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

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Tuesday April 7, 2009 02:34 pm EDT

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

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

Hepner has been one of...

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

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Friday April 3, 2009 09:00 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Monday March 30, 2009 10:30 pm EDT

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

Art House Co-op breaks the mold...

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Monday March 30, 2009 07:00 am EDT



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

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Friday March 27, 2009 10:00 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Monday March 23, 2009 07:10 pm EDT

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

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Friday March 20, 2009 08:00 pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday March 12, 2009 07:25 pm EDT

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

From the Chronicle:

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

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

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

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Monday March 9, 2009 11:55 pm EDT

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

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Thursday March 5, 2009 06:20 pm EST

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

Fortin joined the Atlanta-based contemporary art...

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

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
OutKast's André Benjamin remains the headmaster of "Class of 3000," even though Cartoon Network ceased production of the animated school daze comedy after 26 episodes. "Class of 3000" is transferring to a new medium, however, as the Alliance Children's Theatre presents the world premiere stage adaptation beginning Fri., March 6. Benjamin, the show's creator, executive producer and vocal star as... | more...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST
Unlike reality shows that revolve around big hair and elimination ceremonies, TLC's "L.A. Ink" follows the life and art of tattooist Kat Von D. A stint in South Beach on the network's "Miami Ink" garnered Von D enough of a following to return home for her own spinoff in 2007. From her shop's bubble-gum pink walls to her facial tattoos and rock star boyfriend (Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx —... | more...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST
Kristen Ashburn doesn't flinch. Training her lens on some of the hardest to look at sights in Iraq, Gaza and New Orleans, she's become versed in the art of not looking away. The photographer's most recent excursion found her in sub-Saharan Africa documenting AIDS-ravaged communities and families. The result, Bloodline: AIDS and Family, runs through March 6 at the Atlanta Photography Group... | more...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST

Film Love curator Andy Ditzler treats old short films, and even film projectors, with the care and attention most people reserve for their children.

Before screening "Movies of Local People: Kannapolis" in the basement studio of his Grant Park home, he uses a cotton swab to clean his 16-mm projector. "You should always do this. There's a lot of motion of the film inside the gate, where the...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST
Alvin Ailey's pioneering dance troupe, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Artistic director Judith Jamison has worked off and on (mostly on) with the company since 1965, when she joined as a dancer. She was hand-picked by Ailey and appointed as the company's artistic director shortly after Ailey's death in 1989. Jamison gushed about the troupe's... | more...

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Friday February 13, 2009 11:15 pm EST

MASTER-PEACE OUT: From the High Museum:

The last day to view Johannes Vermeer’s painting “The Astronomer” at the High Museum of Art is Sunday, February 15. This painting, on view as part of “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” exhibition, had never been seen in the southeastern United States before coming to Atlanta in October 2008. George de la Tour’s “The...

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Wednesday February 11, 2009 12:04 am EST
In The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans, Aaron Glantz reports on the crisis of neglect that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face. His first book, How America Lost Iraq, chronicled a devastating firsthand account of the Bush administration's misguided policies in Iraq. Currently a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism at the Carter Center,... | more...

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Wednesday February 4, 2009 12:04 am EST

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are human beings. We can all agree on that. But does that disqualify them from being honorary cartoons?

True, they're not particularly exaggerated in appearance. Tim looks like the towheaded, pie-faced boy next door all grown up, while Eric's a bespectacled, sideburned galoot with plenty of height and a crooked smile. They were both born in Pennsylvania in 1976...

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST
If you've ever found yourself driving a Prius home from Whole Foods while calling a friend in Brooklyn on your iPhone, blogger and author Christian Lander owes you a "thank you." Stuff White People Like, his cheeky website and book of the same name, has become über-popular for its riffs on clichéd white-people favorites like expensive sandwiches and David Sedaris. Lander will sign books at the... | more...

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST
In 2006, Theatrical Outfit staged one of Atlanta's most impressive world premiere Southern plays of the decade, Keeping Watch by Thomas Ward. For Going with Jenny, opening Wed., Jan. 28, at Theatrical Outfit, the playwright shares writing duties with his wife, Sherry Jo. The play's a semi-autobiographical, he said/she said account of dating and marriage starring Mandy Schmeider and Travis... | more...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST

Richard Fleming, a world traveler thanks to his career as a documentary sound recordist, had his "Eureka!" moment while walking in the hills of Haiti.

Given the weekend off from his latest film, he went backpacking on Haiti's remote mountain trails and found them to be anything but isolated. "I was walking along what amounted to a pedestrian superhighway. There were hundreds of merchants and...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST
Broadway and film composer and music director Louis St. Louis may be best known for his treatments of 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll with Smokey Joe's Café, Grease and Grease 2. For the Alliance Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL (opening Jan. 21), he received permission from hit-making composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to reinterpret the rock opera through the prism of contemporary black gospel... | more...

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST

Every year since 2000, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has reliably presented the diversity of movies by Jewish artists or otherwise reflecting the Jewish experience. This year, films relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict range from Alan Dershowitz's legalistic documentary The Case for Israel to the family-friendly drama The Little Traitor, starring Alfred Molina.

The 2009 festival...

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST
Nami Mun's debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, follows Joon, a Korean American teenager growing up on the streets of New York during the '80s. Mun, like the protagonist, came of age as a teenage runaway on the streets of the Bronx. These days, she's the recipient of a coveted Pushcart Prize and teaches creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago. She comes to A Cappella Books/Opal Gallery... | more...

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Wednesday January 7, 2009 12:04 am EST
Atlanta-based novelist Jack Riggs follows up his award-winning 2003 debut When the Finch Rises with The Fireman's Wife, an introspective tale involving a firefighter's strained marriage in small-town South Carolina in 1970. Writer-in-residence at Georgia Perimeter College's Writer's Institute, Riggs will discuss the book Thurs., Jan. 15, at the Decatur Library's Georgia Center for the Book.... | more...

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Wednesday January 7, 2009 12:04 am EST

Some of the best parts of Cirque du Soleil are the things that go wrong.

It's not that I have a sadistic impulse to see injuries or mishaps under the blue-and-yellow stripes of the Grand Chapiteau. The performers' reactions to accidents or slip-ups simply add an additional charge to the show. I caught two apparent mistakes on the opening night of Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Kooza.

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST

We know you're feeling down, maybe a little out. So, we thought it'd help to point out that 2008 hasn't been a complete loss. Atlanta achieved a lot this year in the way of the arts. Here, CL Theater Critic Curt Holman and Visual Arts Critic Cinqué Hicks take a look back to recall some of their favorite moments.

Georgia Shakespeare artistic director Richard Garner commuted a few miles down...

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bids farewell (and good riddance) to 2008 with the help of two powerhouse vocalists, soprano Teri Dale Hansen and tenor Eric Van Hoven, under the baton of conductor Michael Krajewski. Van Hoven made his New York debut with the New York City Opera and has impeccable classical credentials, while Hansen has won international recognition as a Kurt Weill specialist and... | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 12:04 am EST
Rabbit Hole Gallery's 2006 opening for Tyson McAdoo featured go-go dancers, a live DJ and half of the nation's PBR reserves. The festivities were a fitting launch for the underground space, which has featured a consistent set of pop surrealist, low brow and comics-influenced work by artists from Atlanta and elsewhere. Proprietor Bethany Marchman and business manager Joe Cruz will be closing the... | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 12:04 am EST
Egypt's boy king takes on China's first emperor in a contest to see who'll rule Atlanta's historical art scene. It may be a mismatch to compare the lavish touring Tutankhamun show, on view at the Atlanta Civic Center until May 25, with the High Museum's smaller-scale but still impressive The First Emperor (through April 19). Nevertheless, King Tut and Qin Shihuangdi both established opulent... | more...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST
Ken Wright is literally putting his money where his mouth is, both as the first mayor of Dunwoody and as a supporter of the arts. President of health care software company eHealthcareIT, Wright has pledged to donate his first year's mayoral salary of $16,000 to Stage Door Players, a small, 24-year-old professional playhouse. Artistic director Robert Egizio says, "It will go into a general... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST
What was it like to work side-by-side with Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe? What did it take to earn Mick Jagger's trust? What was John Lennon doing in the hours leading up to his murder in 1980? Photographer Annie Leibovitz answers such questions and more in her new book, Annie Leibovitz: At Work, which chronicles her singular experiences capturing some of contemporary culture's most mythic... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST

As the home to the Cartoon Network, Atlanta contributes its own distinctive colors to the art and business of animation. Atlanta's "house" style has become synonymous with the scruffy, irreverent Adult Swim shows like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." This idiosyncratic cartoon attitude seems a far cry from the slick computer-animated features that command the contemporary cinema.

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
Beloved Atlanta performer Libby Whittemore brings her cabaret act – and loyal fan base – back to Actor's Express for Ho Ho Home for the Holidays and A Connie Sue Day Christmas from Dec. 6-21. For years Whittemore honed the show with longtime music director Robert Strickland at the now closed club Libby's, A Cabaret. A self-described "Christmas idiot," Whittemore sings secular holiday standards... | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
Relocated in fresh digs, Saltworks Gallery opened its new Westside space last month with Perfect Distortions, a solo installation show by Atlanta art world fixture Avantika Bawa. Bawa mines the territories of architecture and abstract sculpture. The current exhibit takes on a pair of Atlanta's Midtown icons: Ikea and Home Depot. Bawa is a professor in SCAD's School of Fine Arts and is based in... | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
Gangly, charmingly quirky character actor and blogger James Urbaniak became a familiar face to indie-movie audiences thanks to breakthrough roles in American Splendor and Hal Hartley's Henry Fool. He's most respected for his Drama Desk-nominated turn in the acclaimed one-man show Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), but may be most beloved as one of the lead voice actors on Adult Swim's "The Venture... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
Ballethnic Dance Company co-founders (and spouses) Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II referred to their homegrown take on Tchaikovsky, Urban Nutcracker, as "A Holiday Tradition in the Making" when they first staged the ballet in 1992. Urban Nutcracker has subsequently become an Atlanta tradition and returns Nov. 21-23 at the Ferst Center for the Arts with performances that will undoubtedly... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST
Actor and humorist John Hodgman isn't some kind of human computer, although he plays the PC on Apple's popular "I'm a Mac" ads. He does qualify as a font of obscure knowledge and "fake facts" in his recurring appearances as a "Resident Expert" on "The Daily Show" and through such books as his latest, More Information Than You Require, which he'll be signing at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble on... | more...

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Wednesday October 29, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Corsets, dolls, bungee cords and clawfoot bathtubs provide part of the repertoire in Dirty Pretty, Zoetic Dance Ensemble's latest feat of athletic modern dance playing Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at 7 Stages. Ellen McCollister, a member of Zoetic's all-female ensemble for eight years, talks about the demands of being a dancer and the development of Zoetic's playful signature imagery. McCollister graduated... | more...

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Wednesday October 22, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The swans come home to roost when the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra returns to perform live accompaniment for Swan Lake, the Atlanta Ballet's first show of the 2008-2009 season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 23. The Atlanta Ballet had switched to prerecorded music in 2006 over budgetary disputes with the orchestra, but donors recently stepped in to ensure that the 48-piece... | more...

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Monday October 20, 2008 05:06 pm EDT

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ART FUSION 40 CELEBRATED WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER’S 40TH  YEAR: Atlanta’s moneyed art patrons are notoriously conservative and uptight.

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Decades before Madison Avenue suits were defining the "look" of Obama's and McCain's presidential bids, Emory Douglas presided as the godfather of the Black Panther Party's visual identity. Douglas' posters, illustrations, flyers and other ephemera are instantly recognizable for the late-60s, power-to-the-people aesthetic they helped create. Douglas will be reviewing his work during the Party's... | more...

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT
You've probably never seen Bob Bergen before, but chances are you've heard his voice. For 25 years, the Los Angeles-based voice actor has worked in film, television shows and commercials, and is probably most famously known as the current voice of Porky Pig. Atlantans will get the rare opportunity to lay eyes on Bergen when he brings his one-man show to the Basement Theatre on Oct. 17. He also... | more...

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Tuesday October 14, 2008 09:51 pm EDT
image-1<span style="font-size: 10pt;font-family: "Bookman Old Style&quot&quot&quot&quot">Just in time for Election Day, Arts Engine Inc. releases the documentary Election Day and nine other DVDs as part of its Ten Year Anniversary Collection boxed set. Arts Engine Inc. produces socially conscious documentaries and advocates such projects as MediaRights.org, an &#147;on-line commons&#148; for... | more...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Investigative journalist and Harper's Washington editor Ken Silverstein wanted to find out how low Capitol Hill lobbyists would go for a buck (or at least a couple hundred thousand). So he went undercover as a corporate middleman representing the Stalinist dictatorship Turkmenistan and found that there were actually people willing to influence public policy and opinion for a regime deemed "one... | more...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT

While all the other kids were out playing ball and stuff, I used to stay in my room and imagine that there was a camera in the wall. And I used to really believe that I was putting on a television show and that it was going out to somewhere in the world.

– Andy Kaufman as quoted in Michael Largo's new novel Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT
One of Atlanta's most acclaimed young stage directors, Joe Gfaller haunts the Alliance Theatre by day as associate director of marketing and brand management. He's directed terrific productions of plays by David Mamet and Caryl Churchill for 7 Stages, and is currently helming Steven Dietz's adaptation of Dracula, which opens Oct. 9 at Aurora Theatre. He talks about his research into the lore of... | more...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT

"And now here is my secret. A very simple secret. Repeat after me so you will always remember it. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly ... What is essential is invisible to the eye."

– The title character of The Little Prince, a stage adaptation of the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, playing through Oct. 26 at 7 Stages

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The Second City: Too Busy to Hate ... Too Hard to Commute, playing at the Alliance Hertz Stage through Oct. 26, will test Atlanta's ability to laugh at itself. The comedy revue combines new material about Atlanta with classic sketches from Chicago's legendary Second City troupe, for decades an incubator of future comedy stars from Fred Willard to Mike Myers to Steve Carell. Second City veteran... | more...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Besides authoring more than 40 plays over the years, Lewis Black has built a comedic empire calling "bullshit" on everything from politics to pop culture to religion. Currently, he mediates debates on the merits of beer vs. weed and sororities vs. strip clubs, among other vices, on Comedy Central's "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil." And while he may be best-known for acerbic rants such as "Back... | more...

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Tuesday September 23, 2008 09:10 pm EDT

image-1The Atlanta Ballet announced yesterday that a live orchestra will accompany a selection of its 2008-09 performances. The ballet made the switch to digital music in 2006 to save money. According to the press release:

Swan Lake, the October season opener, February&#146;s Dracula, a favorite of Atlanta audiences, and the May world premier of John McFall&#146;s Don Quixote will feature...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Comedian stands up for sexy | more...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
25 Questions for a Jewish Mother by Judy Gold | more...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Photographer mounts solo show at Whitespace | more...

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Wednesday September 10, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Where the River Ends by Charles Martin | more...

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Wednesday September 10, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Actor makes Synchronicity debut in Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter | more...

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Wednesday September 10, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Artist's painting to represent Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride, Sept. 13-14 | more...

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Wednesday September 3, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Peachtree Battle creators | more...

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Wednesday September 3, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The good Fête | more...

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Wednesday September 3, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Kathy Griffin | more...

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Wednesday August 27, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Actor, filmmaker at the Plaza Theatre for What Is it? | more...

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Wednesday August 27, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace | more...

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Wednesday August 27, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Southern culture goes beyond the skids | more...

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Wednesday August 27, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Artist hits Decatur Book Festival, Dragon*Con | more...

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Wednesday August 20, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Co-founders of Methane Studios | more...

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Wednesday August 20, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Run DMCer has new book, tour | more...

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Wednesday August 20, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Trailer Trashed by Hollis Gillespie | more...

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Wednesday August 13, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Awesome | more...

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Wednesday August 13, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Folk Fest visionary | more...

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Wednesday August 13, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Cinematic orchestrations | more...

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Wednesday August 6, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Artistic moonlighting | more...

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Wednesday August 6, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Theatre in the Square's Sherlock | more...

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Wednesday August 6, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Comedian Doug Stanhope | more...

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Wednesday July 30, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Co-producer, photographer, editor of 'This Is Atlanta' | more...

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Wednesday July 30, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Comedian Kathleen Madigan | more...

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Wednesday July 30, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Shooting underwater | more...

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Wednesday July 23, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Putting the burlesque scene on blast | more...

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Wednesday July 23, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The Uprising: An Unathorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington | more...

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Wednesday July 23, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Holding down the first part of Art Beats + Lyrics | more...

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Wednesday July 16, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Show opens July 19 at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo | more...

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Wednesday July 16, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Made in the U.S.A. | more...

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Wednesday July 16, 2008 12:04 am EDT
30 Rock" star headlines The Punchline | more...

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Wednesday July 16, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Moving FWD: at Dad's Garage | more...

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Monday July 14, 2008 05:47 pm EDT
Hey, y'all: As of today, we're merging Popsmart into our Fresh Loaf blog. So please click here for the same insight, event missives, pop culture news and Nobel Prize winning writing that you're used to on Popsmart. If you had Popsmart bookmarked, in fact, we urge you to bookmark Fresh Loaf instead &#151; if for no other reason than to humor us. | more...

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Monday July 14, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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

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

3) Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts Flying Colors Butterfly Festival.

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

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

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

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Sunday July 13, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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

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

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

4) Unplugged in the Park continues at Piedmont Park.

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

(Photo © Sheila Pree Bright)

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

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

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Saturday July 12, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Chris Rock performs at the Fox Theatre.

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

3) New Street Gallery hosts Vinyl Show.

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

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

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

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Friday July 11, 2008 09:17 pm EDT
image-1When it came to my coverage in this week&#146;s issue of the New Street Gallery&#146;s Vinyl Show, I wasn&#146;t at the top of my game. Not only did I misstate the bidding situation in the See & Do section (bidding starts at below $100, not AT $100), but New Street co-founder Meshakai Wolf was understandably concerned about the way I excerpted comments from a phone interview I conducted... | more...

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Friday July 11, 2008 08:58 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Friday July 11, 2008 03:56 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Friday July 11, 2008 01:40 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and David Lee Simmons discussing author and Atlanta native Rob Kutner. The Emmy award winning writer will be in town to promote his new humor book Apocalypse How: Turn the End-Times Into the Best of Times!.

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

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

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

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Friday July 11, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Hallelujah Street Blues opens at Horizon Theatre.

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

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

4) Noot 'd Noot performs at the Earl.

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

(Photo Lisa Adler)

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Thursday July 10, 2008 07:45 pm EDT

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

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

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

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Thursday July 10, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The Swear performs at Andrews Upstairs.

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

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

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

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 09:42 pm EDT

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

American Zombie &#151; A warm documentary look at the unlife of the contemporary zombie.

Batman: Gotham Knight

I Dream of Jeannie the Complete Fifth Season

Jet Li's Fearless

Journey to the Center of the Earth &#151; The made-for-TV movie, as a companion toimage-2 the made-for-movie-theater movie, out...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 08:56 pm EDT
Hellboy II: The Golden Army opens this weekend, and the film's dark visual splendors affirm that director Guillermo del Toro is one of the major visionary filmmakers of our time &#151; even though some of its thematic and emotional content doesn't have the same punch as the first Hellboy. Del Toro is such an outlandishly stylish film fantasist that sometimes it's easy to overlook the... | more...

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

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 02:15 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon chatting with Curt Holman about Ben Hur playing at the Fox Theatre this Sun., July 13, and Journey to the Center of the Earth opening Fri., July 11 at multiple Atlanta theaters.

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

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 02:00 pm EDT

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

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

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1With Bonnaroo more than three hours away and Music Midtown canceled for the past few years, Atlantans don't often get the chance to see large music festivals that feature multiple acts in one day. Well, all that changes Wed., JULY 9, when the VANS WARPED TOUR comes to town. The lineup includes Angels and Airwaves, Relient K, the Academy Is ..., the Pinker Tones, the Gym Class Heroes and... | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory speaks on Sen. Barack Obama, health and more at Shrine of the Black Madonna.

2) Soul Asylum and Gin Blossoms perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

3) CL hosts a raging party for Best of Atlanta 2008 at Star Bar.

4) Vans Warped Tour comes to Lakewood Amphitheatre.

5) Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts Summer Coffeehouse...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The Daily Show writer and Atlanta native publishes a new book | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Atlanta playwright's Hallelujah Street Blues opens July 11 at Horizon Theatre | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 12:04 am EDT
On Atlanta's arts funding | more...

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Wednesday July 9, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The National Black Arts Festival returns to its visual roots | more...

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Tuesday July 8, 2008 09:30 pm EDT
I probably won't be able to see Eddie Murphy's Meet Dave this week, but the premise looks promising. Originally titled Starship Dave, the film presents Murphy in two roles. Dave, a seemingly ordinary man walking the streets of New York City, is in fact a starship built to exactly resemble a human being. Murphy also plays the ship's tiny captain, commanding a bridge of similarly diminutive... | more...

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Tuesday July 8, 2008 07:05 pm EDT

image-1So it's that time of year again, when underground filmmakers take their work above ground. The fifth annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) is coming up Aug. 20-24, and organizers recently posted the schedule.

With 18 features and 14 shorts at five venues over five days, the AUFF promises to be film-tastic, and other bad puns denoting cinematic fun.

The festival kicks...

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Tuesday July 8, 2008 04:33 pm EDT

image-1Kay Kallos has stepped down as the Contemporary's executive director after 16 months in the position to relocate to Dallas, Texas. From Board President Baxter Jones' press release:

Executive Director Kay Kallos, who has led the organization since March 2007, has resigned, effective July 7, 2008, for personal reasons ... To continue her good work, the Board of Directors is pleased...

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Tuesday July 8, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1The BLACK ANGELS' second full-length, Directions to See a Ghost (Light in the Attic) is a psychedelic drone-rock masterpiece that flourishes with bright black rhythms and a sensory-slurring pulse. On stage the Austin, Texas, five-piece pours the darkest elements of the blues, Indian ragas and morphine pop into a mesmerizing whirl of drones and melodies that conjure an atmosphere of... | more...

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Monday July 7, 2008 09:11 pm EDT

CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon chats with humor writer and Moodswing columnist Hollis Gillespie on today's Air Loaf in part one of a two-part series that highlights Hollis' advice and words of wisdom for the writers of the world.

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

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Monday July 7, 2008 04:47 pm EDT

image-1The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionnettes kicks off this year's SummerFest at The Center for Puppetry Arts. SummerFest usually presents shows from visiting puppetry troupes from around the nation, and The Dragon King may be the best all-around family show &#151; by an out-of-town-troupe &#151; that I've seen at the Center.

Based in Ware, Mass., Tanglewood Marionnettes adapted The...

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Monday July 7, 2008 03:37 pm EDT
image-1Celebrate we will for DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, who performs with Southport, England, indie-rock band Gomez Mon., JULY 7, for the 2008 Live Nation Concert Series. DMB's first Atlanta appearance since last September's Piedmont Park benefit with the Allman Brothers, the jam band brings an ardent fan base to Lakewood Amphitheatre. What could be better for curing a case of the Mondays than singing... | more...

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Monday July 7, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The Jet Age performs at Lenny's Bar.

2) Kenji Jasper discusses and signs Got and Cake at Wordsmiths Books.

3) Smith's Olde Bar hosts Luchagors, Dollyrots and Jesse Nobody.

4) Salman Rushdie reads and discusses The Enchantress of Florence at the Carter Center.

5) Watch footage of...

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Sunday July 6, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1LYLE LOVETT's consistent blend of country, folk, blues, gospel and his own style of Texas swing is no more apparent than on his 2007 release, It's Not Big It's Large, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his Large Band. Lovett and his crew roll into town Sun., JULY 6, in support of his new album, his first effort in four years and the second for the Lost Highway label. It's a rather ruminative... | more...

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Sunday July 6, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Atlanta Pride wraps up its celebration.

2) Lyle Lovett performs at Chastain Park.

3) The Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros at Turner Field.

4) The musical Urinetown is at Onstage Atlanta.

5) Doomsayer, Royal Thunder and Let the Night Roar perform at Smith's Olde Bar....

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Saturday July 5, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Although ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL has shifted from drought-stricken Piedmont Park to the less alfresco Atlanta Civic Center, the majority of events, including Saturday's Dyke March and Sunday's Pride Parade, will retain their outdoorsy origins. Among this year's offerings, continuing Sat., JULY 5: a nondenominational commitment ceremony, which gives couples the opportunity to pledge their... | more...

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Saturday July 5, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The legendary Tom Waits performs at the Fox Theatre.

2) Jim Henson: Puppeteer is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

3) The Atlanta Pride Festival continues in downtown Atlanta.

4) Eddie's Attic hosts the Asylum Street Spankers.

5) Chunklet magazine presents Boris, Torche and Clouds at the Earl.

(Photo courtesy Tom Waits)

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Friday July 4, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Depending on whom you ask, the new MILLENNIUM GATE in Atlantic Station is either a refreshing neoclassical monument that at last puts Atlanta in the same rarified architectural air as New York, Paris and Rome, or it's a fatuous bit of retrograde schlock that even Las Vegans would consider too tacky to build. Decide for yourself at the grand opening of the monument Fri., JULY 4. All the... | more...

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Friday July 4, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Check out our Fourth of July fireworks roundup!

2) Welcome King Khan and the Shrines to Lenny's Bar and experience the Indian guitar guru's magic.

3) Watch comedian Greg Morton incorporate Mick Jagger and Tina Turner into his bit at the Punchline.

4) Celebrate Pride Day of Local...

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Friday July 4, 2008 03:16 am EDT

In honor of our nation's birthday, I offer possibly the most patriotic song ever written. Chances are you've heard this anthem-to-end-all-anthems from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but I'll bet you've never heard the whole thing.

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Thursday July 3, 2008 11:22 pm EDT

The classic-film world, after the tragic loss of archived movies in Hollywood last month, should have cause for celebration when it was learned that the missing reels of the 1927 Fritz Lang silent-film classic, Metropolis, has been found! Woo-hoo! According to Reuters &#133;

Two film fans in Argentina uncovered the fragile footage in a small museum, earlier this year &#151; over eight...

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Thursday July 3, 2008 08:30 pm EDT
This year's installment of The Animation Show (reviewed here), opening July 4 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, features a charming little cartoon called "Western Spaghetti," the latest cartoon confection from the animator PES (Adam Pesapane). "Western Spaghetti" is another of the animator's stop-motion, doodle-like shorts that involves candy or other foodstuffs substituting for familiar... | more...

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Thursday July 3, 2008 07:45 pm EDT
image-1The new film Hancock (reviewed here) takes two steps forward and at least one step back in advancing the cause of black superheroes, who are solely underrepresented in pop culture. On the plus side, Hancock is a lavish summer movie scheduled for the prime July 4 weekend spot, starring arguably the world's most popular African-American screen actor. In the debit column, the title... | more...

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Thursday July 3, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Los Angeles duo NO AGE has taken the indie-rock world by storm, unleashing a wash of lo-fi noise that's driven by infectious pop rhythms. Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Spunt hammer out an overdriven punk/pop plod that's guided by frayed vocals and fidelity that are bound by a hearty, art-rock bent. Nouns, the group's Sub Pop debut, moves with hazy and catchy hooks that bounce... | more...

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Thursday July 3, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Fiona Zedde (pictured) reads Hungry For It at Charis Books & More.

2) Los Angeles duo No Age performs at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.

3) Hector Manuel Sagunto continues at Art Space International.

4) The Five Spot hosts the 4th of U-Lie concert, featuring NY Oil, Ishues, Stacy Epps and more.

5) APEX Museum screens its July Movies with a Mission, The Lion Mountains:...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 09:39 pm EDT
In my interview with Salman Rushdie this week, I talk about how the Satanic Verses author and Emory professor has not just a rock star level of fame, but comes close to being an actual rock star. He's not a musician (that I know of), but his novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet concerns a fictional Indian rock band that becomes as big as The Beatles. U2 took inspiration from the book to pen a song... | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 09:37 pm EDT
image-1Matt Brunson of CL's Charlotte paper serves up another batch of DVD reviews in his weekly "View from the Couch" column. This week, Brunson reviews a spiffed-up re-release of The Teena Brandon Story, along with Charlie Bartlett, City of Men and Drillbit Taylor. The Teena Brandon Story (1998) appears to be the clear winner here, which preceded by one year Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn... | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 07:11 pm EDT

image-1On Thursday, July 3, The Process Theatre, Whole World Theatre and Outwrite Books present an evening dedicated to the work of popular playwright Del Shores (pictured). The program features theatrical scenes from Southern Baptist Sissies and Sordid Lives as well as a talk-back session with Shores himself.

The timing couldn&#146;t be better. &#147;Sordid Lives,&#148; Shores&#146; TV...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 06:00 pm EDT

CL has launched a new blog called Sideshow that exists merely so happy party-goers can see their happy faces the day after. We want to help people remember exactly how much fun they had before they were hungover. And we need a couple awesome photographers to do that.

We'll be giving you the access to the coolest shows, parties and festivals. You'll be posting wicked photos to our website....

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 01:53 pm EDT

image-11) Power Plays Festival continues at Essential Theater.

2) Peter Murphy performs at Center Stage.

3) Sweetwater Brewery hosts a brewery tour that offers up tastes of Hummer, 420 and others.

4) Boz Scaggs, David Jacobs-Strain and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

5) War and Peace by Benji Williams, Sid Watters, Leslie Ditto and Cynthia...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Essential Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with POWER PLAYS FESTIVAL, another triple header of local and world-premiere plays. This year's lineup, selected by artistic director Peter Hardy, includes Paul Rudnick's comedy Valhalla, featuring Topher Payne as Mad King Ludwig; Gina Gionfriddo's heavyweight drama After Ashley, opening Wed., JULY 2, about the media circus surrounding a... | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Tuesday July 1, 2008 07:02 pm EDT

image-1Local poet and member of the Atlanta Art Amok! Slam Team, Shannon Leigh, died yesterday, having been in critical condition for more than two weeks following a cave-diving accident June 14. She was 20 years old.

She had gotten trapped in an underwater cavern at Ginnie Springs in High Springs, Fla., when her breathing apparatus came out. It's unknown how long she was underwater before...

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Tuesday July 1, 2008 02:05 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and Curt Holman discussin OnStage Atlanta's production of Urinetown: The Musical. (Through July 12.)

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

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Tuesday July 1, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Good and positive music is sometimes hard to come by, so when LYFE JENNINGS comes to town Tues., JULY 1, with his Baby I'm A Star Tour, people can enjoy the R&B and soul singer's unique brand of urban music that soothes while also delivering a powerful message. Jennings served 10 years in prison for an arson arrest, and since his release has been singing and informing youths of the... | more...

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Tuesday July 1, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) New Exhibits continues at ART Station Contemporary Arts Center.

2) Barbara Ann's features Blues Jam Session with Frankie Lee Robinson.

3) Lyfe Jennings plays at Center Stage.

4) DJ Romeo Cologne hosts Funk Disco at Star Bar.

5) Summer Slaughter Tour 2008 comes to the Masquerade.

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Monday June 30, 2008 09:30 pm EDT
Last night I attended Valhalla, the kick-off production of Essential Theatre's 10th anniversary season of local and world premiere plays. Valhalla was kind of an odd duck, juxtaposing the life of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria (Topher Payne) with an impulsive, gay Texan (Matt Felten) in the 1930s and 1940s. Playwright Paul Rudnick tends to be something of a one-liner machine, so the play's... | more...

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Monday June 30, 2008 08:28 pm EDT

image-1 In a display of ambition that seems positively, well, Shakespearean, The New American Shakespeare Tavern has announced that it will stage 15 plays between this August and next June for its 2008-2009 season. That's a staggeringly busy schedule for a company that has no second stage, requiring constant performance.

In prior years the Tavern has staged "August Three-peat" repertory...

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Monday June 30, 2008 02:24 pm EDT
image-1We've got a ton of free passes to see tonight's screening of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, which I review in the next issue, at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. (Hint: I likey.) Just email me at davidlee.simmons at creativeloafing.com. One huge caveat: The promoters of these screenings always encourage folks to get there early, as these passes don't guarantee admittance,... | more...

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Monday June 30, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1SILVER APPLES emerged from New York in 1967 with a rhythmic sound that was too revolutionary for the times. Forty years later, the name still carries a lot of weight among music heads who have an ear for true genius. Silver Apples opted for oscillators rather than guitars. And with these futuristic tools the group surfs the sine waves, carving out deep, psychedelic grooves that are as... | more...

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Monday June 30, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Stephen Wing signs and discusses Free Ralph! An Evolutionary Fable at Wordsmiths Books.

2) Elli Perry, Hammer Down and Martha's Trouble perform at Smith's Olde Bar.

3) A (new) Genre Landscape continues at Brownwood Park.

4) Silver Apples perform at the Earl.

5) SCAD professor Karen-Sam Norgard's Perishable Constructions continues at Trois Gallery....

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Sunday June 29, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Atlanta folk music duo Rising Appalachia has cheerfully woven topics of cultural evolution and fusion into its music, bringing the message around the world with its aural globe trotting. Siblings Leah and Chloe Smith take a more direct approach to encouraging themes of social evolution and responsibility when they host the third annual CONCRETE PANDEMONIUM Sun., JUNE 29. Billed as an... | more...

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Sunday June 29, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Rising Appalachia hosts and headlines Concrete Pandemonium at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.

2) Zoroaster headlines Corndogorama's final day at Lenny's Bar.

3) Monsters inhabit Atlanta in The Monster Show at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.

4) Colbie Caillat performs at the Variety...

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Saturday June 28, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1It's been half a decade since R. Land's last major promenade in the public arena, but the multimedia painter, sculptor and illustrator returns Sat., JUNE 28, with SUMMERLAND, a new passel of outlandish images in the heart of Little Five Points. Land's thumbprint has been heavy in Atlanta's hipper ZIP codes – his signature grotesqueries have delivered the one-two punch to diners' eyeballs... | more...

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Saturday June 28, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Celebrate artist R. Land's Atlanta return with Summerland.

3) Hear Oxford Collapse and Frightened Rabbit at Drunken Unicorn.

3) Visit Findley Plaza Art Fair, presented by the Little Five Points Art Association.

4) Learn about figurative ceramics and mixed-media sculptures from...

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Friday June 27, 2008 05:02 pm EDT
image-1Sunday offers us the first-ever Georgia Author Book Bash, presented by Atlanta magazine and the Literary Center of the Margaret Mitchell House. The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Margaret Mitchell House. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 members. Guests can schmooze with the LL (local literati) on the front lawn and wrestle them to the grass for an autograph. There'll... | more...

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Friday June 27, 2008 03:51 pm EDT
One detail I left out of my interview with Andrew Stanton, director of Pixar Studio's new classics WALL-E and Finding Nemo, was a tidbit about his early days. Before joining Pixar (where he was the second animator and ninth employee), one of Stanton's first Hollywood jobs was on Ralph Bakshi's short-lived animated sitcom "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures." "Mighty Mouse" offered a clever parody... | more...

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Friday June 27, 2008 03:25 pm EDT
On Sat., June 28, The Silver Scream Spook Show at The Plaza Theatre presents 1958's classic technicolor space opera, Forbidden Planet. It looks pretty kitschy these days, especially because The Naked Gun's Leslie Nielsen (referred to as "talented Leslie Nielsen" in the trailer) plays the heroic starship captain, a clear role model for William Shatner's James T. Kirk. Forbidden Planet gets extra... | more...

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Friday June 27, 2008 02:25 pm EDT

We all love Film Love, the ongoing cinematic series from Andy Ditzler's Frequent Small Meals that looks into the nooks and crannies of more independently minded movie-making in a way that's both entertaining and informative.

The Film Love blisses out on July 25 at Eyedrum with a twofer titled "The Trick of Disaster," which looks at the domino effect of destruction. Showtime is 8 p.m....

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Friday June 27, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1When EMMYLOU HARRIS was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year, the only question was: What took so long? Harris may be the finest song interpreter of our generation, the closest thing to a heavenly voice on Earth. Now 61 and still in full form, she's back on the road to promote her introspective new album, All I Intended to Be, and stops in at Chastain Park Fri., JUNE... | more...

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Friday June 27, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Emmylou Harris performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

2) Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 continues at DeKalb History Center.

3) Inman Park/Reynoldstown MARTA Station gives Atlanta Beltline Tours.

4) Comedian Bob Saget performs at the Tabernacle.

5) Art Nouveau magazine presents...

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Thursday June 26, 2008 08:35 pm EDT
image-1Remember waaay back in our June 4 issue, where we ran my review of the not-terribly-charming Hats Off, filmmaker Jyll Johnstone's loving profile of 93-year-old bit-part actress Mimi Weddell? (Of course you do!) Well, as is often the case with independent movies, the release date kept getting pushed back (the first time, after we'd gone to press and printed the review) and back and back... | more...

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Thursday June 26, 2008 08:22 pm EDT

image-1I want to clarify a little something I wrote in my review of the new Angelina Jolie shoot-em-up, Wanted, which is based on a graphic novel series by Mark Millar, J.G. Jones and Paul Mounts. I remarked that the film's hyper-stylish portrayal of magical hitmen "proves that graphic novels don't have to be about superheroes to provide material for silly movies."

I read the Wanted...

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Thursday June 26, 2008 02:21 pm EDT

image-1In this week's "View from the Couch" DVD column, Charlotte's Creative Loafing film critic Matt Brunson spans the spectrum of new releases. He takes on new films Definitely, Maybe as well as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Be Kind Rewind and 10,000 B.C., but also has takes on releases of older films such as The Furies and Xanadu.

For me, the most intriguing of the releases is the...

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Thursday June 26, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Georgia Shakespeare courts controversy by staging THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, historically one of Shakespeare's most puzzling plays. Beneath the trappings of light romantic comedy, Merchant features the antagonistic role of bloodthirsty moneylender Shylock (Chris Kayser), one of Shakespeare's most vivid characters, yet the embodiment of some of the Elizabethan era's anti-Semitic stereotypes.... | more...

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Thursday June 26, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Aslyn performs at Smith&#146;s Olde Bar.

2) The Beam hosts its 2007 Emerging Artist Concert with choreography by Molly Schneider Perez.

3) Merle Haggard performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

4) Ben Jones signs and discusses Redneck Boy in the Promised Land at Manuel&#146;s Tavern.

5) A Common Space by Charlotte Foust and Melissa Stern continues at...

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 07:53 pm EDT
image-1I reviewed the Actor's Express production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in this week&#146;s issue, and while I believe there&#146;s room for improvement, it remains an impressive production. And as I stated in my review, one of the reasons why watching Hedwig is such a compelling experience is because John Cameron Mitchell&#146;s collaboration with Stephen Trask is the most authentic... | more...

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 01:41 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and David Lee Simmons discussing Hedwig and the Angry Inch playing tonight and through the weekend at Actor's Express.

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

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1No, it's not onomatopoeia. Middle Ohio trio PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT shrouds primitive but gorgeous melodies and pop hooks in a dense cloud of buzzing, lo-fi noise and seat-of-the-pants punk-pop slop that evokes everyone from Guided by Voices to Times New Viking. Australian duo and Siltbreeze Records labelmates Fabulous Diamonds switch gears from the din and distortion that is quickly... | more...

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The Wrights perform at Eddie's Attic with Scott Miller.

2) Tibetan Sacred Arts, a night of cultural art and philosophy, is at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

3) Dunwoody Library hosts screenings of new independent and foreign films at the Film Series Movement.

4) Denis Johnson discusses and signs Trees of Smoke at the Decatur Library.

5) Flicks on...

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Wednesday June 25, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Stand-up comedian hits the Tabernacle June 27 | more...

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Vanishing America author opens show at Roswell gallery | more...

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Tuesday June 24, 2008 10:09 pm EDT

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I stayed up past my bedtime last night getting caught up on &#147;Battlestar Galactica&#148; episodes on Hulu. &#147;BSG&#148; isn&#146;t as easy to watch on-line as, say &#147;Lost,&#148; which has the full library of its episodes available on demand on the ABC website, with the new ones going up the day after broadcast. Hulu posts the new &#147;BSGs&#148; eight days after air...

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Tuesday June 24, 2008 01:47 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and Curt Holman chatting about Georgia Shakespeare production of As You Like It. (Through Aug. 1)

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

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Tuesday June 24, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Usually the audience doesn't care what male stand-up comedians wear, as long as they bring the funny. The question of wardrobe will be a little more pressing when EDDIE IZZARD brings his "Stripped" show to the Cobb Energy Centre Tues., JUNE 24. A self-described "executive transvestite," Izzard nevertheless comes across as the kind of garrulous bloke who'd be great company on a pub crawl.... | more...

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Tuesday June 24, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Journalist Thomas Laird discusses and signs The Story of Tibet, and Columbia University professor Robert Thurman discusses and signs Why the Dalai Lama Matters at Jimmy Carter Library & Museum.

2) Comedian Eddie Izzard performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

3) Chicago, the Doobie Brothers and Nicola Congiu perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

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Monday June 23, 2008 09:03 pm EDT

image-1The Fox Theatre has announced that, true to form, four of the current summer's most successful movies will be screening at the vintage movie palace Coca-Cola Film Festival in August. Of August's seven slots, the Fox has filled four:

Sex and the City: Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Iron Man: Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Kung Fu Panda: Aug. 10, 2 p.m.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the...

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Monday June 23, 2008 06:18 pm EDT
image-1The theme for this year's AJC Decatur Book Festival could easily be "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." Bigger, in that its programming has been expanded. Stronger, in that the authors lineup continues to improve in this, the festival's third year. And Faster, in that, much to the staff's relief, the lineup is all but set. (Compared to last year at this time, about half the lineup had been... | more...

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Monday June 23, 2008 02:58 pm EDT

Famously filthy-mouthed stand-up comedian George Carlin has died of heart failure at the age of 71. An icon of counterculture comedy and free speech rights, Carlin was most notorious for his "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television," a routine from his album Occupation Foole that eventually led to the Supreme Court:

A listener hearing New York's WBAI-FM play Carlin's "Filthy Words" routine...

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Monday June 23, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Because country music legend and gay icon Patsy Cline died 45 years ago, fans may not be able to go "Walking After Midnight" with her. They can, however, attend REMEMBERING PATSY CLINE, a book signing and discussion Mon., JUNE 23, led by Ellis Nassour, the first author to ever write about the life of the starlet. Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline, reissued by Chicago... | more...

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Monday June 23, 2008 03:47 am EDT

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1) Spike and Mike&#146;s Animation Fest continues at the Plaza Theatre.

2) Women and a Claw Foot Tub continues at Apache Café in conjunction with Art Mondays.

3) Michael O&#146;Neal Singers perform at Ahavath Achim Synagogue.

4) Author and music industry insider Ellis Nassour discusses...

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Sunday June 22, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Do you enjoy classic animated characters like Homer Simpson and Beavis and Butt-Head? SPIKE & MIKE'S SICK AND TWISTED ANIMATION FEST is bringing the next generation of characters in animated short films to Atlanta. The Spike & Mike fest has been pushing the boundaries of animation for 25 years with edgy characters and adult comedy. This year's fest, continuing Sun., JUNE 22, features... | more...

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Sunday June 22, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Your last chance to check out Athfest: The festival wraps up its final day with a performance by Dubconscious.

2) Lakewood 400 Antiques Market celebrates its fifth anniversary this month with a third-weekend-of-the-month extravaganza.

3) Angels & Insects: Things Seen, Known & Felt by...

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Saturday June 21, 2008 10:46 pm EDT
image-1As most of our readers know, our Creative Loafing empire spans the greater Southeast, and one of the many charms of this regional domination is CL Charlotte film critic Matt Brunson and his "View from the Couch" DVD column. In this week's column, Brunson takes on the Dirty Harry collection, High Noon, Jumper and Under the Same Moon. Here's his key point about Clint Eastwood's greatest... | more...

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Saturday June 21, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Three generations of underground crossover acts provide an astounding level of craftsmanship. Rootsy elder statesmen R.E.M. are supporting their best album in a dozen years, Accelerate, on Sat. JUNE 21. There's a cloudy Northwestern pallor shading the shimmer and softening the edges of Modest Mouse's jagged windy guitar and percolating rhythms. Isaac Brock's spindly mumble-shout echoes... | more...

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Saturday June 21, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Comedian Bill Burr finishes his three-day run at the Punchline.

2) Sha'ni and the Tiger's Eye Collection host A Midsummer Night&#146;s Dream with world-renowned dancer Ava Fleming at Sketchworks Theater.

3) Lakewood Amphitheatre strikes a fun trifecta: R.E.M., Modest Mouse and the National perform.

4) Leslie Jordan reads and signs My Trip Down the Pink Carpet at...

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Friday June 20, 2008 07:41 pm EDT

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I reviewed Jellyfish (pictured) and The Singing Revolution this week, but since there was no room for print we decided to publish them as online-only extras. And they're both worth checking out.

Jellyfish is a quirky little excursion into magic realism by Israeli author-turned director Etgar Keret and his partner, Shira Geffen:

Winner of the 2007 Camera d'Or at the Cannes...

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Friday June 20, 2008 07:00 pm EDT

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In the world according to Jay Louis, there's no such thing as too many douchebags. No, not the countless politicos that Jon Stewart likes to skewer on "The Daily Show," but the tatted-up, hair-spiked, shiny-foreheaded, six-pack-packed, hand-symbol-thrusting, shades-sporting, wife-beater-wearing, tongue-thrusting, hand-gesturing and pec-bearing American men who somehow wind up with...

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Friday June 20, 2008 06:24 pm EDT

image-1This weekend the Center for Puppetry Arts welcomes Handmade Puppet Dreams III, the third installment of the successful puppetry film festival presented by Heather Henson (yes, Jim Henson's daughter).

The event features 11 short films by independent puppeteers, including Miss Pussycat and Quintron's "Trixie and the Tree Trunks," Jason von Hinezmeyer&#146;s "In Private," and more. The...

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Friday June 20, 2008 05:55 pm EDT
image-1Emmy-winning actor and favorite Atlantan Leslie Jordan is going to be all over Atlanta this weekend and beyond, all in honor of the recent release of his memoir, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. The former "Will and Grace" guest performer is one of those guys who's just funny once he opens his mouth; I firmly believe that he could read the mayor's budget-cut proposals and get a laugh. (His... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 05:53 pm EDT
image-1Eyedrum is best known for its outside-the-box music events and independently spirited art exhibitions. This Fri., JUNE 20, however, the premier alternative art space goes swap meet on us with its second BOOK SALE. Those with over-endowed libraries may bring tables and as many books that fit on, under or around them to sell to the general public. Eyedrum asks only that sellers cut them in... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 05:23 pm EDT
I was unable to screen The Love Guru for this week's paper. Apparently I'm not alone; looking for an alternative newsweekly review of the horrifically reviewed comedy from the former clown prince of Hollywood is an exercise in futility. (Maybe that's because studios are making it more and more difficult for alt-weeklies to screen movies in time for their weekly deadlines, but then, they're... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 05:13 pm EDT
image-1The convention that the &#147;theatrical season&#148; runs from fall to spring should probably be put to pasture, since so many playhouses fail to observe it. Even if you&#146;re a traditionalist, when do you mark the end of Atlanta&#146;s theatrical season? My best guess would be some time between the opening night of Dad&#146;s Garage Theatre&#146;s final main stage show, and the start... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 04:15 pm EDT
image-1Here's a fond PopSmart wish of good luck to the folks at PBA30's "This Is Atlanta," which is up for a Southeast Emmy this Saturday for Best Magazine Program under the umbrella category Outstanding Achievement: Television Programming Excellence for its segment, "The Atlanta Downhill Challenge," about the city's popular soapbox derby race. (Oddly enough, the program is up against two... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 02:06 pm EDT

From June 20-26, The Plaza Theatre will present Spike & Mike&#146;s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, billed as a 25 anniversary compilation of the perennial collection of raunchy cartoons. Originated by Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble, the touring show presents short animated films that range from embarrassingly sophomoric to ingeniously creative.

The current...

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Friday June 20, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1It's appropriate that when Tel Aviv, Israel, power-rock trio MONOTONIX rolls through town, it's playing an action-packed Whirlyball show. on Fri., June 20. For the uninitiated, Whirlyball is a merger of basketball, hockey and Jai-Alai played in a bumper car. It's not your typical indie venue, but Monotonix unleashes just the kind of tornadic and riff-heavy rock that requires handle bars.... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1GENTLEMAN JESSE SMITH is heir to Atlanta's power-pop throne. His songwriting is bound by a simple, driving Rickenbacker chug that channels heartbreak, wit and catharsis into rambunctious pop gems that culminate somewhere between Beatlesesque pop and punk/new-wave gems circa &#146;79. The Fri., JUNE 20, show is the record-release party for Smith's debut full-length (Douche Master... | more...

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Friday June 20, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Less Than Jake performs at the Masquerade with openers Mustard Plug.

2) Urban wear brand Sol Munki celebrates street culture with its shoe release party at MJQ.

3) Decatur ships in 60 tons of sand for the annual Decatur Beach Party.

4) Beep Beep Gallery hosts a closing reception for Double Feature: New Works by Blink and Rene Arriagada with DJs, a cookout and music...

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Thursday June 19, 2008 07:41 pm EDT

&#147;There's no Church of England fundamentalism, you know, like they have Islamic fundamentalism. Church of England fundamentalism is impossible because you can't have: &#145;You must have tea and cake with the vicar... or you die!&#146; Cake or death? That's a pretty easy question. Anyone could answer that. &#145;Cake or death?&#146; &#145;Uhh, cake, please.&#146;&#148;

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Thursday June 19, 2008 03:47 pm EDT

Want the power to nominate a candidate for higher office? Have a strong opinion about what's truly the best of the best in Atlanta? Become an officially endorsed CL Super Delegate and give us your opinions.

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For this year's Best of Atlanta Raging Election edition, we are looking for independent voters to act as special CL critics. If your nominations are picked, YOU will be...

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Thursday June 19, 2008 02:46 pm EDT

image-1This Friday marks the book release party for FORM: Artistic Independence 2008 at Eyedrum. The book features the work of 46 local artists and was put together by the nonprofit company Williams-England (WE) Design. I spoke with Jamie England of WE about the book, the party and the future of WE Design.

Tell me a little about FORM: Artistic Independence 2008.

FORM: Artistic...

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Thursday June 19, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1There's an unmistakable resonance ringing out from MEGHAN COFFEE's latest CD, Songs to Sail By, and while it might continue comparisons to everyone from Tori Amos to Coldplay, here's hoping people think it's a good thing. Because it is. Coffee's wistful, quivering crooning appreciates every word that comes out, and her grand-piano playing displays a soft yet dramatic sweep in its... | more...

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Thursday June 19, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Meghan Coffee performs at Smith&#146;s Olde Bar.

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2) Healthcare NOW rallies against for-profit health insurance companies outside the Buckhead office of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

3) Dr. Lemoine D. Pierce discusses and signs copies of her book, George Washington Carver: Scientist, Artist and Musician, at Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and...

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Thursday June 19, 2008 12:00 am EDT
I just got an email from former CL music editor Heather Kuldell titled "greatest movie ever?" and a link to this page: www.lemmymovie.com Ahhh, Lemmy. My heart goes pitty-pat. | more...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 10:03 pm EDT
But her long legs live on in dance.Charisse, called "beautiful dynamite" by occasional dancing partner Fred Astaire, was best known as the slinky love interest in the "Broadway Melody Ballet" sequence in Singin' in the Rain, but she cut many more rugs than that. Here she is dancing in silk stockings in Silk Stockings.-+kml_flashembed movie=%22http://www.youtube.com/v/_rvbS5LJND8%22... | more...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 09:55 pm EDT

The Fox Theatre is planning a new initiative intended to assist other Georgia theaters in the preservation of their spaces. This initiative, the Fox Theatre Institute, will be presented on July 18 at their conference, "Thinking Outside the Fox," with the League of Historic American Theaters.

According to the Fox Theatre Institute, there are an estimated 260 historic theaters operating in...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 08:52 pm EDT
They don't make them like Mongol any more. The sweeping costume drama about the rise of Genghis Khan (reviewed here) opens Friday in Atlanta. Despite the plethora of computer enhanced Hollywood blockbusters in the theaters, this Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee from Kazahkstan can compete by offering such old-school epic movie pleasures as endless, rolling vistas, battle scenes... | more...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1The JUNETEENTH FILM FESTIVAL fuses film with history for Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Starting Wed, JUNE 18, spectators will see a number of mainstream films, including Prince Among Slaves, a movie made for PBS that follows a former African prince thrown into the workings of the slave trade. The festival also features two days of documentaries and... | more...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) The Band of Heathens plays Eddie&#146;s Attic.

2) Author Michael Rose discusses and signs Historic Photos of Atlanta at Manuel&#146;s Tavern.

3) Diary of a Madman opens at Holy Innocents&#146; Episcopal Church.

4) International Rescue Committee and nine Atlanta restaurants partner for World Refugee Day: Make Dining Out Count, a fundraiser for the IRC.

5) For the...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 12:04 am EDT

There's no Church of England fundamentalism, you know, like they have Islamic fundamentalism. Church of England fundamentalism is impossible because you can't have: "You must have tea and cake with the vicar ... or you die!" Cake or death? That's a pretty easy question. Anyone could answer that. "Cake or death?" "Uhh, cake, please."

– Actor, comedian and sometimes cross-dresser Eddie Izzard,...

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Wednesday June 18, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 18, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Tuesday June 17, 2008 09:43 pm EDT
While digging around for my recent post on the True Colors Tour, which concludes tonight at Chastain Park, I learned that wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper explained what happened when he (accidentally?) kicked True Colors headliner Cyndi Lauper back in 1985 when she was into the whole Wrestlemania scene. The cool thing is that Piper is seen telling the story at another Atlanta event: the annual... | more...

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Tuesday June 17, 2008 07:46 pm EDT
As tactless and morbid as it might sound, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who in just a couple days grew weary (and a bit wary) of the media, ahem, overkill coverage of Tim Russert's death. But here comes Slate's Jack Shafer, doing the dirty work and calling out the media (print and electronic) for its incessant coverage of Russert's untimely passing last Friday due to a heart attack.... | more...

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Tuesday June 17, 2008 05:35 pm EDT

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You'll have to forgive me if I wax a little nostalgic after watching the True Colors Tour's opener of a two-night stand last night at Chastain Park. We all have our B-52's stories to tell around here, so I'm sure hearing one from someone who didn't live in Atlanta until that last two years probably won't dazzle anyone. But they're fun to tell anyway. But first, about last night...

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Tuesday June 17, 2008 01:51 pm EDT

Today's Air Loaf features CL's Chante LaGon and David Lee Simmons talking about artist Sheila Pree Bright's High Museum solo debut, Young Americans. (Showing through Aug. 10.)

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

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Tuesday June 17, 2008 08:00 am EDT



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Tuesday June 17, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Lighting the Sun by Donna Mintz continues at Sandler Hudson Gallery.

2) Craig Seymour discusses and signs It Was All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C. at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

3) Harvey Milk performs at the Earl with Pride Parade.

4) Young Blood Gallery presents Samuel Parker&#146;s The Road to Excess.

5) The Spill Canvas...

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Monday June 16, 2008 08:55 pm EDT
On May 25, Jewish Theatre of the South staged the final performance of The Last Schwartz, the final show of the theater's 13 seasons. When the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta announced that JTS's current season would be its last, the MJCCA also revealed that it would establish a new theatrical company to replace it. Center Theatre at the MJCCA has just announced its inaugral season.... | more...

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Monday June 16, 2008 04:49 pm EDT
image-1So how did you spend your Creative Loafing Beer Fest? Did you pass by me on your way from the MARTA station, trying to figure out what the hell was up with the closed sidewalk for the last two blocks and why you had to cross the street twice just to get in? If I had a dollar for every person who gave me a screwy look as I played "Sidewalk Monitor," I could have afforded a ticket to get... | more...

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Monday June 16, 2008 04:03 pm EDT

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The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo's group art shows continue to draw fans of the lowbrow style, the Monster Mayhem opening on Friday night proved. This show struck a particular chord, not only with the huge crowd that jammed...

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Monday June 16, 2008 02:05 pm EDT

Today's Air Loaf features CL's Chante LaGon and Curt Holman chatting about all of the plays you can expect to see this summer!

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

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Monday June 16, 2008 02:00 pm EDT

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Hey readers, I had a couple True Colors tickets fall into my lap and can't go to tonight's promotional screening of Get Smart (starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday), June 16, at the Regal Atlantic Station. Kick me an email at davidlee.simmons at creativeloafing.com. I got...

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Monday June 16, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Composition Gallery presents BLOOMSDAY: A JAMES JOYCE CELEBRATION, featuring readings and performances from members of Theatre Gael, Atlanta's renowned Irish theater company, as well as local poet Rupert Fike. In conjunction with Irish pubs around the world, Bloomsday will include literary discussions of the life and works of Ulysses author James Joyce for the annual commemoration that... | more...

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Monday June 16, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Made in GA continues at Museum of Design Atlanta.

2) Composition Gallery hosts Bloomsday: A James Joyce Celebration.

3) Cyndi Lauper, the B-52&#146;s, Tegan and Sara, Rosie O&#146;Donnell and more perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for the True Colors Tour.

4) Matthew White's 121 Doorways continues at DeFoor Centre.

5) Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center screens...

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Sunday June 15, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1The film version of MAMMA MIA!, Benny Andersson's and Björn Ulvaeus' surprise smash-hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, opens in theaters nationwide in July. Conveniently, the touring stage production comes to the Fox Theatre, concluding Sun., JUNE 15, to give audiences one last chance to see the source material before the likes of Meryl Streep and Colin Firth take a chance (take a... | more...

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Sunday June 15, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Cat Power performs her rescheduled show at the Tabernacle with Dirty Delta Blues.

2) Real Men Cook for Charity celebrates Father&#146;s Day with a feast at Georgia Railroad Depot while raising money for various nonprofits.

3) Stone Mountain holds its annual Arts and Crafts...

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Saturday June 14, 2008 04:30 pm EDT

image-1I was out of town for the opening weekend of Song of the Living Dead, Dad&#146;s Garage Theatre&#146;s world premiere musical about love and zombies. Instead I saw it last night at a special Thursday fundraiser for, appropriately enough, historic Oakland Cemetery, which is still recovering from the tornado damage from earlier this year.

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Saturday June 14, 2008 09:00 am EDT
image-1CityDance&#146;s Earthly Paradise production at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday), June 14, represents a sweet doubleheader for Christen Edwards. The dancer, an instructor with Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music, not only performs but also will premiere her very first choreographed piece, &#147;Graduation Ball.&#148; The production also features the jazz-influenced piece, &#147;The Lady... | more...

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Saturday June 14, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Creative Loafing hosts its third annual Beer Fest Sat., JUNE 14, with a theme harkening back to that most prestigious and ancient of athletic competitions: BEER'LYMPICS. Don't worry, though &#150; everyone's a winner in this Olympic-sized competition, with spectator-sport energy required for games such as cornhole, flip cup and beer pong. A sampling smorgasbord of more than 120 types of... | more...

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Saturday June 14, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Hot 107.9 hosts its annual Birthday Bash at Philips Arena, with headliners T.I. and Lil Wayne.

2) Syrens of the South performs Cabaret Noir at the Highland Inn Ballroom & Lounge.

3) CityDance Ensemble presents Earthly Paradise Saturday, featuring the Lady Swings, Graduation Ball and contemporary modern dance.

4) Virginia Willis signs Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and...

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Friday June 13, 2008 10:29 pm EDT

&#147;The Spectacular Spider-Man,&#148; CW Kids&#146; animated series about the web-slinging superhero, ends its first season this weekend. In some ways, the kid-friendly cartoon improves on Spider-man 3, the most recent, megahit treatment of the character for the big screen.

Let me rephrase that. &#147;The Spectacular Spider-Man&#148; (airing at 10 a.m. Sundays in Atlanta) improves on...

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Friday June 13, 2008 02:00 pm EDT
image-1Ginny Tonic (sometimes known as Michael Howell) is one of the pack leaders of the East Point Possums (Possi?), who get together each year, throw one helluva drag ball, and raise lots of money for their charity of choice. This year&#146;s beneficiary is the Jerusalem House, which provides more than half of Atlanta&#146;s permanent housing designated for homeless persons living with... | more...

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Friday June 13, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Design-savvy locals know Museum of Design Atlanta best for bringing the world's design to Atlanta. Continuing Fri., JUNE 13, MODA stays on the home front with its current exhibition, MADE IN GA, a look at contemporary industrial design emerging from the Peach State. If this sounds like an out-of-nowhere idea, consider that the world's most recognizable consumer packaging in history came... | more...

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Friday June 13, 2008 04:01 am EDT
image-1The trailers for M. Night Shyamalan&#146;s latest thriller give away the supernatural premise. Beginning in New York&#146;s Central Park, an unexplained phenomenon &#151; what novelist Don DeLillo would call &#147;an airborne toxic event&#148; &#151; causes innocent bystanders to commit suicide. Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel play a young married couple trying to stay ahead of the... | more...

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Friday June 13, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Nick Longo Band plays at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center's Jazz on the Lawn series.

2) Monster Mayhem opens at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo, with more than 50 artists paying homage to their favorite monsters.

image-13) Local cool-kid outfitter Wish launches its own clothing line with Block Party, featuring entertainment by Just Blaze, DJ Don Cannon and more.

4) Comedian...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 05:50 pm EDT
If you haven't seen this already, I predict you're going to see this everywhere. It's a music video for the song "Toe Jam" by The BPA, a pseudonym for Fat Boy Slim, featuring vocals from David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. If the treadmill choreography of OK Go's "Here It Goes Again" could turn that clip into a viral sensation, "Toe Jam's" use of strategically placed censor bars over unclad bodies... | more...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 05:44 pm EDT

image-1For three weeks (June 13-July 3), Georgia State University's Cinefest will present the Super! Mega! Summer Cine Science Fiction Fest. The line-up runs the gamut from silent genre classics to cheesy recent fare, but most of them should be rousingly fun on a big screen. Cinefest's sci-fi selection includes:

Plan 9 From Outer Space : A colorized version of director Ed Wood's notorious...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 04:44 pm EDT
image-1So Atlanta's favorite cheftestant Richard Blais didn't win "Top Chef" last night. He's still a winner in our eyes. And to prove that he &#151; like his food &#151; is not bitter, he'll be appearing at Wordsmiths Books on Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m. to discuss the show and sign Top Chef: The Cookbook (in which his winning "Quickfire Challenge" recipe appears) to help celebrate Wordsmiths'... | more...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 04:15 pm EDT

The Incredible Hulk opens Friday, and you may have heard that it's far more fast-paced and action-oriented than Ang Lee's intellectually ambitious but sluggish, overthought 2003 treatment of the raging green giant. In 2004 The Onion tweaked the film's lack of popularity with a faux Op-Ed from the Hulk himself, "Why No One Want Make Hulk 2?"

In fact, Marvel Studios (the movie-making...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 03:15 pm EDT

Today's Air Loaf features CL's Chante LaGon and David Lee Simmons discussing Christopher Bell's documentary about steroid abuse, Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, opening Fri., June 13 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

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

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Thursday June 12, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1The sort-of-annual UNDERSKATEMENT VOL. 4 film festival showcases several experimental shorts, documentaries, music videos and other films Thurs., JUNE 12, all of which are conceived, shot and directed by skateboarders. The festival places an emphasis not only on the art of skateboarding, but on the art of filmmaking as well, and the new dimensions of dangerous and debaucherous creativity... | more...

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Thursday June 12, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Unwed Sailor plays the Earl with Sybris.

2) Managing editor Hank Klibanoff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses and signs The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation with Doris Derby and Brett Gadsden at the High Museum of Art.

3) Zappa Plays Zappa performs at Variety Playhouse.

4) Zombie Romance, comic-inspired paintings by Rod...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 09:14 pm EDT
image-1"And I was plugged in. I had a natural sense of where the two records were spinning. At one point, 'Assembly Line' fell off the beat for a split second and I dog-paddled the record backwards. Spin back! Then I punched it forward right on the break ... Punch phase! Zuka-Zuka! It sounds like a beat! But the drummer didn't play it, I did! And the rhythm was still on time!"&#150; Grandmaster... | more...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 09:00 pm EDT

image-1The Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), presented by the Georgia Writers Association, were handed out last Saturday at Kennesaw State University Center. Author and attorney Melody Moezzi won in the Creative Nonfiction: Essay category for War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, her first book.

"What makes this all especially hilarious," she says, in a press release, of...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 07:30 pm EDT
image-1Atlanta actress Park Krausen isn't likely to be mistaken for a man (to say the least). She frequently sparkles in ingénue roles at Georgia Shakespeare, and for the theater's summer repertory season, she plays two cross-dressing leading ladies, Rosalind in As You Like It (opening June 13) and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (opening June 27). As artistic director of Atlanta's... | more...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 07:07 pm EDT
image-1In March, Susie McMonagle joined a host of others in replacing the principal cast for the five-time Tony-nominated musical Mamma Mia!, which returns to the Fox Theatre on June 10-15 &#150; just in advance of the movie version starring Meryl Streep that hits theaters July 18. McMonagle plays Donna, a Greek isle bar owner who mulls over the three potential fathers of her daughter on the... | more...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 02:07 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and Curt Holman discussing The Clean House playing through June 29 at the Horizon Theatre.

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

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 12:00 pm EDT

image-1We here at PopSmart are so excited that Caramel &#151; the critically praised Lebanese romantic comedy centered around a beauty shop &#151; is finally being released on DVD (June 17) that we were able to score free copies in advance to give to you, our readers/cult followers.

As reviewed by Curt Holman back in February, Caramel is a heartwarming story of women looking for love in...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Second-generation Neville brother Ivan Neville has in record time made his DUMPSTAPHUNK outfit the premier funk band in New Orleans. The keyboardist, who often fills in for his uncle Art in the Neville Brothers, leads a stellar lineup featuring syncopation freak (and Dirty Dozen alum) Raymond Webber on drums and the stinging guitar licks of cousin Ian. The 2007 EP, Listen Hear, offers... | more...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Mudhoney performs at the Earl with Birds of Avalon and Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause.

2) S. David Freeman discusses his new book, Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How, at Jimmy Carter Library & Museum.

3) Dilated Peoples perform with Aceyalone at the Loft.

4) As You Like It, William Shakespeare's romantic comedy set in the 1960s "Summer of Love," opens...

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Wednesday June 11, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 11, 2008 12:04 am EDT

"And I was plugged in. I had a natural sense of where the two records were spinning. At one point, "Assembly Line" fell off the beat for a split second and I dog-paddled the record backwards. Spin back! Then I punched it forward right on the break ... Punch phase! Zuka-Zuka! It sounds like a beat! But the drummer didn't play it, I did! And the rhythm was still on time!"

– Grandmaster Flash,...

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Tuesday June 10, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Who knew a Ouija board could be more than a comical component of game night? In his exhibit FUN AND GAMES, continuing Tues., JUNE 10, Ben Goldman uses all his fingers and none of the lighthearted nature of questioning the Ouija to create works of art such as "Sweet Dreams," a piece done in ink, directly on familiar game boards. Through July 25. Free. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10... | more...

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Tuesday June 10, 2008 03:46 am EDT

1) Ingrid Michaelson plays Variety Playhouse.

image-12) Masaru Emoto, author of Hidden Messages in Water, discusses his photographic process at Georgia World Congress Center.

3) Comedian Dale Jones begins his three-day stop at the Punchline.

4) Stevie Nicks performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

5) Whole World Theatre hosts Improv Comedy.

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Monday June 9, 2008 03:23 pm EDT

For years, I&#146;ve studiously avoided &#147;Top Chef,&#148; Bravo&#146;s reality chef-competition show &#151; which is unusual for me considering my near obsession with practically all things Bravo reality-TV programming. (And in my defense, I do believe the best of the crop, &#147;Project Runway,&#148; is a multi-Emmy nominee, no?)

But &#147;Top Chef&#148; eluded me for years mainly on...

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Monday June 9, 2008 08:00 am EDT



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Monday June 9, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Ben Goldman&#146;s exhibit, Fun and Games, continues at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

2) Rick Fowler performs at Smith&#146;s Olde Bar with Mighty Orq, Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies, and Quadrosonic.

3) Full Radius Dance presents http://atlantahappenings.creativeloafing.com/gbase/Events/Event?oid=oid:409556&max=10Sideshow dance performance at 7 Stages.

4) Steven...

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Sunday June 8, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Don Dixon performs at Eddie&#146;s Attic.

2) Virginia-Highland Summerfest wraps up its final day on Virginia Avenue.

3) Jim Breuer finishes his four-day stop at the Funny Farm.

4) Apache Café hosts FFX: Free Forum Exchange spoken-word open mic.

5) Atlanta Stage Write Productions presents the second annual 9 x 9 '08: Nine Plays by Nine Playwrights at Norcross...

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Saturday June 7, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Comedian Margaret Cho performs at the Tabernacle for one night only.

2) Indie Craft Experience hosts &#147;Lucky No. 7&#148; at Centennial Olympic Park.

3) Little Five Points&#146; Five Spot hosts a solid bill including Feeding Fingers, Slow Motion Crash, Cinetrope and more.

4) A (new) Genre Landscape opens at Cyclorama in Grant Park.

5) ZZ Top performs at Chastain...

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Friday June 6, 2008 11:11 pm EDT



Personalities such as Tribe carry Reiss' (Better Living Through Circuitry) and producer Tracy Wares' enlightening and fast-paced film. Bomb It traces the art and its counter culture from its origins in 1960s Philadelphia to its current state around the world in cities such as Paris, London, Tokyo and São Paulo through the eyes of those who live it.

Bomb It was released on DVD May...

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Friday June 6, 2008 09:47 pm EDT

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So where is everyone with Adam Sandler? As we head into the weekend and what feels like the zillionth vehicle, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, I'm at a complete loss as to whether to consider Sandler a legitimate comedic talent of his generation. It's been long enough since his departure from his mugging days on "Saturday Night Live," and he now has what we haughtily refer to as a...

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Friday June 6, 2008 08:30 pm EDT
James Hong may be the most famous Asian face you've never heard of. You may remember him as Wong in last year's Balls of Fury, or as Chen in the TV series "The Big Bang Theory," doing the usual stereotypical Asian role that is being examined this month on Turner Classic Movie's "Race and Hollywood: Asian Images in Hollywood." He's also had small roles in some of the great films of his... | more...

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Friday June 6, 2008 07:24 pm EDT

Get ready to face reality in the next two weekends with a couple of reality TV casting calls.

For all you bad girls out there, Bunim-Murray Productions is lookingimage-1 for seven women (not ladies) with attitude (problems) for the 3rd season of Oxygen's hit series "The Bad Girls Club" &#151; it's like VH1's "Charm School," but with more heart and fewer references to Flavor Flav. So if you...

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Friday June 6, 2008 03:18 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and David Lee Simmons chatting about Surfwise, a film about the traveling Paskowitz family (opening tonight at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema), as well as comedian Margaret Cho whose Beautiful Tour stops at the Tabernacle this Sat., June 7.

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

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Friday June 6, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Billed as a traveling one-hour salute to politics in what is sure to be a year filled with them, Twinhead Theatre's DONKEY PUNCH! challenges a deeply ingrained aversion to heading to the polls by heading to the bars Fri., JUNE 6. The 13-member Twinhead ensemble, directed by Diana Brown, takes a less conventional approach to battling voter apathy by tackling politics &#150; and Uncle Sam... | more...

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Friday June 6, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Ethan Miller is best-known for the droning art metal of his other band, Comets on Fire. But with HOWLIN RAIN, performing Fri., JUNE 6, Miller helms a show of baroque, psychedelic rock jams that are laced with nods to the avant-garde. But above all else, Howlin Rain is a rock band that's rooted in the traditions of Jefferson Airplane in the '60s, the Byrds and the good Grateful Dead... | more...

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Friday June 6, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) The Dixie Bee-Liners play Eddie&#146;s Attic with openers the Chapmans.

2) "Last Comic Standing" alum Gabriel Iglesias performs at the Punchline.

3) Theatre Decatur presents opening weekend of A ... My Name Is Alice.

4) Battlestar Galactica goes down at Java Lords.

5) Django hosts Party with a Purpose, featuring art, music, and drink and dinner specials, to benefit the...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 10:36 pm EDT
Dad's Garage Theatre's zombie musical Song of the Living Dead (written by Matt Horgan and Travis Sharp, with songs by Eric Frampton) has its world premiere on Fri., June 6. To give you a taste, the playhouse and Cougars Film Group have produced this trailer, and it's probably the most effective Youtube-ready video clip I've ever seen for a new stage play. The actors include Gabriel Dean, Z... | more...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 09:36 pm EDT

My review of Kung Fu Panda has hit the internet &#151; and so, too, has one of my favorite scenes from the surprisingly entertaining cartoon feature. The voices are provided by Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman, and it'll probably make you hungry for dumplings. I recommend you watch the bigger, clearer image here, but this is good enough:

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Thursday June 5, 2008 07:04 pm EDT
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the 40th anniversary of which is remembered today, was the first historical moment that had any kind of resonance with me. There remain only fragments of it: plopped on my family&#146;s living-room floor while my family, including my Massachusetts-born father, watched the news coverage. I knew something bad had happened, and I think I remember it being... | more...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 06:52 pm EDT

The perfect joke makes you forget about your life. The perfect joke makes you remember about your life. The perfect joke is stupid when you write it down. The perfect joke was not made up by one person. It passed through the air and you caught it. A perfect joke is somewhere between an angel and a fart.

&#150; From The Clean House, a domestic comedy by Sarah Ruhl, playing through June 29...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 05:49 pm EDT
image-1He's played the First Amish Man in Space, and perhaps even more impressively, former President Jimmy Carter (while Jimmy Carter was in the audience!). Now Matt Horgan, ensemble improviser at Dad's Garage, puts character to paper in co-scripting (with Travis Sharp) Song of the Living Dead!: A Zombie Musical. The musical, directed by Kate Warner with music composed by Eric Frampton, runs... | more...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 04:48 pm EDT

image-1Fahamu Pecou's neo-pop expressionist self-portraits are familiar to any Atlantan who's been paying attention to local art over the last half dozen or so years. Formerly represented by Ty Stokes Gallery, Pecou's latest junket, Something Like a Fahamenon, opens at Midtown's Vaknin Gallery on June 7.

Continue reading Speakeasy.

(Photo courtesy of Fahamu Pecou)

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Thursday June 5, 2008 03:42 pm EDT

image-1Summer is about here, and so is Mattress Factory's Summer Open Studios. The semi-annual event features painting, photography and sculpture from more than a dozen local artists. Admission is free, and all art is available for purchase.

The event is this Sat., June 7 from noon-10 p.m. at Mattress Factory Studios, 290 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

The show features artwork by...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 02:29 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features CL&#146;s Chanté LaGon and David Lee Simmons chatting about Song of the Living Dead!: A Zombie Musical at Dad's Garage. The musical, directed by Kate Warner with music composed by Eric Frampton, runs June 6-July 5.

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

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Thursday June 5, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1When Pat Sullivan, aka "Papa Crazee," defected from the ranks of Brooklyn smart rockers Oneida, he embarked on a journey. That journey led the vocalist and guitarist far from the ballsy and oddball rock stylings of his past to pursue a tamer, countrified Americana. Six-piece alt-country outfit OAKLEY HALL tours Thurs., JUNE 5, under Sullivan's lead in support of I'll Follow You (Merge),... | more...

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Thursday June 5, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Mixed-media artists Ernesto Cuevas and Cullen Washington Jr. open their dual exhibit New Perspectives during Turner First Thursdays Downtown Artswalk at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

image-12) Railroad Earth performs at the Variety Playhouse.

3) MSNBC correspondent Richard Engel reads and signs War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq at Jimmy Carter Library and Museum.

4) Round...

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Wednesday June 4, 2008 10:09 pm EDT
image-1Last night was a great night for TV watching, particularly if you love informative filmmaking, but a horrible one if you don't have TiVo. It was bad enough that Turner Classic Movies dedicated the evening to its "Race and Hollywood: Asian Images in Film," which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays in June. The 35-film retrospective, hosted by Robert Osborne and University of Delaware professor... | more...

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Wednesday June 4, 2008 04:29 pm EDT

image-1 Atlanta artist and DJ Vikki Vaden was driving home from the old Youngblood Gallery space in Grant Park one night when, suddenly, her world was turned upside-down.

At around 1 a.m. Vaden, her two dogs, and her roommate, Suzy Moran, left the gallery, which Vaden had recently rented and was sprucing up. She steered her Volkswagen Passat wagon through the side streets of Grant Park...

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Wednesday June 4, 2008 03:45 am EDT

image-11) Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk signs and discusses his new book, Snuff, at Georgia Perimeter College.

2) Mac McAnally performs at Center Stage.

3) Comedy Central&#146;s Jeff Dunham begins a two-day stint at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

4) Taste of Atlanta hosts Culinaire at World of Coke.

5) The Artists' Atelier of Atlanta hosts visual artist Tom Wright...

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Wednesday June 4, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 4, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday June 4, 2008 12:04 am EDT

The perfect joke makes you forget about your life. The perfect joke makes you remember about your life. The perfect joke is stupid when you write it down. The perfect joke was not made up by one person. It passed through the air and you caught it. A perfect joke is somewhere between an angel and a fart.

– From The Clean House, a domestic comedy by Sarah Ruhl, playing through June 29 at the...

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Wednesday June 4, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Tuesday June 3, 2008 10:14 pm EDT

image-1Kennesaw State political science professor Kerwin Swint has a new book out, released today: Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes. (Note how Ailes' name towers over Swint's on the book cover.) The book is released by Union Square, which describes it thusly:

Roger Ailes, former Republican political consultant, and...

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 07:58 pm EDT

To piggyback on David Lee's post about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory showing at the Plaza Theatre this week, here's my favorite Wonka-related mash-up video. It's very short: the annoying "logo" clip that precedes it is about as long as the Wonka clip itself, which brings in the audio from one scary movie and the video from another.

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 07:38 pm EDT

image-1I hate Dave Kehr, and not just because he's one of the best film critics in the world. He's also got one of the sweetest movie-writing gigs in the world: his weekly DVD column in The New York Times. This week features two very interesting titles, and I'm stunned I've seen neither of them for a variety of reasons: What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) and Mandingo (1975).

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 05:42 pm EDT

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Two fantasy worlds collide tonight at the Plaza Theatre at its "Art Movie and an Opening" series, with the art of Lael Pastore going up on the walls before a screening of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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"We want to have events at the Plaza that are more than just watching a movie," Plaza co-owner Jonathan Rej says in an email interview. "A big reason we go...

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 04:00 pm EDT

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Thanks to everyone who played our Summer Guide Contest this year. We had 180 submissions, which if memory serves was double the total of last year's contest. Last Friday was the deadline, and we had a flurry of last-minute entries for the drawing that was held under a pounding June sun on Monday afternoon. As you can see, it was quite a challenge for Marketing Director Shana...

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 01:39 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features Max Arbes chatting with CL&#146;s David Lee Simmons about Leif Enger (author of So Brave, Young and Handsome), who will read tonight at 7:15 p.m. the Decatur Library. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

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

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1Alabama-born painter Jack Whitten has been in the game for more than four decades and has spent a good chunk of that time being unduly dissed by the New York art establishment. In MEMORIAL PAINTINGS, however, Whitten shows that his career is ripe for re-evaluation. Whitten's abstract, mosaic-style paintings, in an exhibit continuing Tues., JUNE 3, at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center,... | more...

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Tuesday June 3, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) Marcia Wood Gallery holds an opening reception for Ruth Laxson's Life Is a Page exhibit.

2) Cellist Ben Sollee performs at the Red Light Café.

3) Anne River Siddons discusses her novel, Off Season, at Margaret Mitchell House & Museum.

4) EP3 performs at Smith&#146;s Olde Bar.

5) Karen White reads and discusses her book, The Memory of Water, at Wordsmiths...

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Monday June 2, 2008 09:42 pm EDT
image-1 We here at Creative Loafing know that everyone is on pins and needles regarding the impending announcement of the winner of our Summer Guide Contest. And the winner is &#133; well, hang on. We needed to delay the announcement just a bit. Stay tuned. Clearly, as you can see from the photo, we're almost there. The good news is, we had 180 submissions this year, which is about double last... | more...

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Monday June 2, 2008 08:46 pm EDT
image-1 is like Drive-Invasion without the humidity and with more makeup. OK, it was already pretty warm on Sunday when hot-rodders, devil dolls, rock &#146;n&#146; rollers and ghouls of all ages got all tatted up at the Starlight Drive-In. The event sold out, with barely a parking spot available by mid-afternoon in which rockers and sci-fi/horror-movie fans could camp out, cook out and rock... | more...

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Monday June 2, 2008 02:23 pm EDT

Today&#146;s Air Loaf features Max Arbes chatting with CL&#146;s own David Lee Simmons about Bruce Davidson's Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement 1956-68.

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

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Monday June 2, 2008 08:00 am EDT
image-1An ordained deacon of the Episcopal Church, ELISABETH PAYNE ROSEN comes to Atlanta Mon., JUNE 2, to debut her first novel, Hallam's War, with a reading and discussion. Rosen's Civil War-era story touches on the life of a Confederate officer who is deeply entrenched in the war, while simultaneously conflicted by its horrors, loneliness and family life. After a discussion, Rosen will be... | more...

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Monday June 2, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Elizabeth Payne Rosen reads from and discusses her book, Hallam&#146;s War, at the Decatur Public Library.

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2) Beebo and Ravioli&#146;s Spectacular Circus at Imagine It! The Children&#146;s Museum of Atlanta teaches kids to eat healthy.

3) Emmure performs at Masquerade.

4) New Work and Abstractions, salt-glazed stoneware by Chris Baumann, Stacy Stanhope and...

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Sunday June 1, 2008 03:45 am EDT

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1) The AVP Crocs Atlanta Open volleyball tour finishes its three-day stay at Atlantic Station.

2) Atlanta-based African-American Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra performs at Woodruff Arts Center.

3) Your last chance to gnaw on an oversize turkey leg: The Georgia Renaissance Festival finishes its final weekend of 2008.

4) Sweeney Todd closes the curtain after its last...

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Saturday May 31, 2008 08:00 am EDT



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Saturday May 31, 2008 03:45 am EDT

1) Rene Arriagada&#146;s Death Stencil and Blink&#146;s Guardians of Our Memory open at Beep Beep Gallery.

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2) East Atlanta Beer Festival parties all day at East Atlanta Village.

3) Driving Miss Daisy closes it final weekend at Academy Theatre.

4) Drink for a good cause at Draft on Taft in Midtown, with proceeds benefiting H.E.R.O for Children and the Georgia...

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