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Tuesday September 21, 2010 11:33 am EDT

The Atlanta Braves' away game last night versus the Philadelphia Phillies was interrupted during the seventh inning when a fan wearing a red bodysuit and mask stormed the field.

Stadium officials gave chase but couldn't catch up to the imaginative character. Luckily, Braves outfield Matt Diaz knew how to gracefully put an end to the madness.

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Friday September 17, 2010 04:01 pm EDT

TheatreSouth Atlanta become a resident theater company at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, which includes both a 500-seat mainstage and a 150-seat black box theater. Founded in 2007 by Herman LaVern Jones, TheatreSouth has announced its line-up through the December holidays:

Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Sep. 23-Oct 10). A touring production from Lamman Rucker's...

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Friday September 17, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Comedian Donnell Rawlings, best known for his role as Ashy Larry on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show," is in town performing at the Funny Farm all weekend. Today he stopped by Creative Loafing's Another Comedy Podcast to explain the meaning of his newly-trademarked acronym T.I.T.F, try to get me in trouble with the N-word, and recall the time a gay heckler almost ruined his career. | more...

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Friday September 17, 2010 10:41 am EDT

  • Michael Oliveri



Shipping containers become a pop-up gallery on Krog St. this weekend while the Westside Arts District packs in a schedule of speakers. More after the jump.

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Friday September 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
The Alliance Theatre's Twist, a riff on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, bears the subtitle An American Musical. This could be to readily distinguish the new play from Oliver!, the beloved British musical which stormed stage and screen in the 1960s. Director/choreographer Debbie Allen, book writer William F. Brown, and Grammy-winning lyricist Tena Clark, who co-wrote the music with Gary Prim,... | more...

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Wednesday September 15, 2010 01:13 pm EDT

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The 2010 college football season is now underway, but it isn't electrifying touchdowns or bone-jarring tackles that has fans talking, coaches complaining and players watching their collective backs.

No, the most talked about storyline of this year's college football season has been the one thing that the players aren't allowed to have, but somehow always seem to get: Money.

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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 02:22 pm EDT



Gilbert Lawand is a likeably odd mix of things. Born in Iraq and raised in Warm Springs, Georgia, he is a comedian, and an accountant. Despite freelance consulting by day, the oxy-moronic Lawand plays a pivotal role in Atlanta's comedy scene at night. He runs the Comedy Gold room out of the Landmark Diner in Buckhead every Friday and Saturday; he also organizes a monthly Comedy Gold show at...

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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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Friday September 10, 2010 11:09 am EDT

  • Courtesy Marcia Wood
  • Timothy McDowell



New work from some Atlanta's most talented opens this weekend. Ann-Marie Manker, Blake Beckham, and others deliver the goods. More after the jump.

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Wednesday September 8, 2010 01:47 pm EDT

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Although it came as no surprise to yours truly, the Atlanta Braves have relinquished their 99-day reservation atop the National League's Eastern Division—and it doesn't appear that they'll be reclaiming it anytime soon.

The team's ultimate descent can be attributed to a plethora of issues that have, until now, been nullified thanks to the team's overachieving All-Stars and surprisingly...

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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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Tuesday September 7, 2010 12:56 pm EDT



Karen Hilton is a fixture of Atlanta's underground comedy scene. Years ago, she was simply one of Atlanta's biggest comedy supporters, attending any and every local room around, lending her laughter to the performers. Eventually though, Hilton worked up the moxie to go from the seats in the crowd to spotlight on stage, and it's a good thing she did. After getting her start at the Relapse...

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Friday September 3, 2010 12:00 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



Atlanta, meet the comedic ball of energy that is Eric Andre. On Saturday night he will be headlining at Comedy Gold, but today he came into CL for Another Comedy Podcast where we discussed his lack of acting skills, how black-nerd comedy became a genre, and why he doesn't do dick jokes anymore. Take a ride into the very strange and entertaining fro-hawked mind of Eric Andre....

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Friday September 3, 2010 10:05 am EDT

  • Johnny Waggener


"Experimental Writers" and "Great American Novelists" mix in Decatur while Cornbred gallery serves up ribs and a solo show. Details after the jump.

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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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Wednesday September 1, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Doomed romances make spectacular theater at Actor's Express | more...

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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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Monday August 30, 2010 01:48 pm EDT



Comedian Patton Smith is a Good ol' boy with a silly side. The always animated, Alabama-born comic has fun on stage mixing it up with well-balanced sets of social satire, spontaneous zaniness and intelligent foolery. Smith tip-toes the line of confident and cocky well, remaining likeable even in sarcasm. In 2008, he won the "Funniest Human in Chattanooga" contest, and he has been making...

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Monday August 30, 2010 12:55 pm EDT



As Georgia State University's inaugural football season approaches, many people—CL included—are still questioning the school's desire to start a football program.

With the increase in student fees and the falsely assumed triviality of collegiate athletics in general, it's easy to understand why current GSU students might not be quite as "football-giddy" as the throngs of alumni anxiously...

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Friday August 27, 2010 12:32 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



John Caparulo is a football-watching, beer-drinking, "man's man" of a comic... who just happens to be on E! A regular on the networks "Chelsea Lately," and an alumnus of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Next Generation," Cap is in town all weekend to headline the Punchline. This morning he stopped by CL for Another Comedy Podcast where we discussed why shitting his pants at age...

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Friday August 27, 2010 09:18 am EDT

  • Nic*Rad and Brock Scott explore dreams at MINT Gallery tonight


Home videos of Basquiat, dreaming boys at MINT Gallery, and subterranean cinema at Eyedrum this weekend. Details after the jump.

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Thursday August 26, 2010 12:22 pm EDT

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  • Falcons linebacker Coy Wire (right) not only brings the hammer on the field, but off it as well

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Coy Wire may look like your prototypical football player.

He's intense, he's built like a fire hydrant and he's bald—not sure whether or...

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Tuesday August 24, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Online Producer Alejandro Leal visits a luxurious South American monastery | more...

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Tuesday August 24, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Paul Mooney brings his politically charged act to the Cobb Energy Centre | more...

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Monday August 23, 2010 02:59 pm EDT



As I sat inside the Georgia Dome press box before kickoff of the Falcons first preseason game of the 2010 season, there was an undeniable sense of energy and excitement stemming from the 65,726 fans in attendance—and this was just a preseason game.

Less than two miles away, 38,602 baseball fans filed into Turner Field to watch the first-place Braves take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Monday August 23, 2010 12:10 pm EDT



Comedian Ronnie Jordan is a big man doing big things. A native of southwest Atlanta, Jordan has been a hot comedy commodity since he first took the stage in 2001, being named Uptown Comedy Corner's "Rookie of the Year." He then went on to win the Miller Lite "Kings and Queens of Comedy Search Tour" in 2003. His flame of fame is still burning bright as he is currently one of the most booked...

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Thursday August 19, 2010 10:01 pm EDT

  • Twin Kittens gallery opens Saturday night



This weekend is packed full of artist / curator talks, mixed in with a few gallery openings, an experimental film festival and a shot of nudity—in case all that intellectual crap gets boring.

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Thursday August 19, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Theatrical Outfit offers an awkward but generally pleasing world premiere production | more...

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Thursday August 19, 2010 04:05 am EDT
Foul-mouthed performer and Drop Dead Diva star finds inspiration in the ATL | more...

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Wednesday August 18, 2010 11:56 am EDT

Theatrical Outfit and Theater Emory something in common this year, as both companies use the Pulitzer Prize as a unifying theme for their 2010-2011 season.

Theatrical Outfit applies the Pulitzer label a bit loosely. Its season began last week with A Confederacy of Dunces, artistic director Tom Key's adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer winning novel. It ontinues Jan. 26-=Feb. 20 with...

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Monday August 16, 2010 06:00 pm EDT
Process Theatre takes a chance on Mark Ravenhill's play and succeeds to mixed effect | more...

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Monday August 16, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Discarded rubber works and photogravures examine the artist's process and place | more...

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Monday August 16, 2010 01:55 pm EDT



One of Atlanta's most consistent performers for the last decade, comedian Dan Mengini has jokes, on jokes, on jokes. Nicknamed "The Machine" for his rapid-fire delivery, Mengini's shows move at a frenetic, but entertaining pace. While most of the UGA alumni's material is a family-friendly mix of one-liners and funny stories about his Italian father, Mengini is a big draw on college tours, and...

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Friday August 13, 2010 02:51 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



Today comedy icon and podcast extraordinaire Marc Maron stopped by the office to ask the greatest of all questions - What the fuck? Working as one of the most fearless comedians out for more than two decades, Maron now takes his cynicism and commentary from the stage to the airwaves, as the host of the very popluar WTF with Marc Maron podcast. We were delighted to have him as...

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Friday August 13, 2010 09:14 am EDT

  • Jason Murphy


International street artists are pouring into Atlanta this weekend and that's not even half of it. Check out all the details after the jump.

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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 11, 2010 10:13 am EDT

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  • Falcons rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon says that he knows a thing or two about 'Hotlanta'



"Whooooo."

That's the reaction from newest Atlanta Falcon Sean Weatherspoon when asked about his initial feelings after being drafted 19th overall by his new team back in April....

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Monday August 9, 2010 05:30 pm EDT
Stage adaptation rises to the challenge of the film version | more...

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Monday August 9, 2010 03:32 pm EDT


Mia Jackson may have started her career as a timid, aspiring comic in Athens' open-mic circuit, but today she can be seen confidently performing all over Georgia. Her ability to take broad, generally playful material to any crowd and clean it up, or edge it up, as necessary, has made her one of the most sought-after comics in the city. When Mia isnt hitting the stage solo, or adding to her...

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