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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 …

Two film fans in Argentina uncovered the fragile footage in a small museum, earlier this year — 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 03:18 pm EDT
The thing with young professional athletes — as ESPN's Rick Reilly notes in today's column — is that too many of them never consider that someday the money spigot is going to be shut off. They'll get old and retire. It's just a law of nature. How else do you explain Evander Holyfield building a palace in Fayette County that requires $1 million a year (in 1997 dollars) just for... | 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’t be better. “Sordid Lives,” Shores’ 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
Decatur's not-so-secret garden | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
What the Atlanta-based erotica writer finds hot | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
DeKalb County city holds head high as it pushes revitalization | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
OnStage Atlanta finds its golden ticket | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Southface course teaches green-building techniques | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
In repertory at Georgia Shakespeare | more...

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Wednesday July 2, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Downtown's Arts for All Gallery executive director | more...

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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’s Air Loaf features CL’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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