Sevananda is the only vegetarian/vegan store in town, but don't be shy if you're not a veggie/vegan, there's lots of good stuff to sample and buy anyway.
I really like the Hot Bar on Thursdays as it's African themed and lately they've been doing a lot of Ethiopian foods.
It's in Little 5 Points, already a funky neighborhood, and always makes me feel welcome (I've even seen guys in suits there!) whenever I am shopping for some grub or some incense or herbal allergy formulas. I am going to try to shop more organic this month (as organic already means GMO-free) and see how it goes.
I hope that somehow the larger, more in-depth articles will come back in the Loaf.
I really enjoyed the actual reporting and work that went into articles about things like the race riots in the early 1900's here in Atlanta, or Maria Shaloup's award-winning series on the BMF empire. I miss really insightful stories covering local politics and the arts.
Small 600-word articles are all right I suppose, but I need real news, solid research and unabashed opinion (whether I disagree with it or not).
I guess, somehow, I hope that Sorkin's new show on HBO will inspire some "Damn the torpedoes" thinking all across the media I consume and it will be better -- again.
Keep being awesome, Creative Loafing.
I grew up with you in Florida and these last sixteen years in the ATL...and I want to keep reading you (in physical form) for years to come!
Wow... no need to call Dan names. And I have seen the people of D*C drink. Those bartenders will still make money.
mrssqueaky & kingof---
I don't know if you've been paying attention, but there's a brand new ticketing/badge pickup procedure in place. If you've pre-paid, a postcard was mailed to you with a unique barcode. Present that and your ID and presto, insta-badge! Also, the time to pick up now starts much earlier as well on Thursday, the day before it all officially starts.
Lines will still happen anywhere you have 40,000+ people. But, with either A: proper preparing for a wait with a book or some friends to talk to or B: skipping it and doing one of the other hundreds of things available at that time -- you can get through it.
I mean, I don't have stats, but I doubt that Disney's lines are any different... and they have much more space than D*C does. Last time I was there, there was lots of standing around outside in the Florida humidity for a 5 minute experience. The panels last an hour...so if you amortize the time, it's a much better deal.
As it is, most of the bigger guests have multiple panels so if you miss one, you can see another. And, the D*C staff and management didn't make this decision and request to the host hotels lightly. It was done after years of seeing what a clusterfrak the nighttime turns into and by requests of the people who DO pay for the privilege of being there. So, if you're a casual fan, come on a day pass (less expensive the further from the Con, btw) and mosey on home.
If you do want to come, and realize the value ($30 a day for the whole 4 days) of the entire experience (meeting new and interesting people, seeing that dude on that show you love, or watching robots fight it out for your pleasure) then it will be nice to have you both.
Just try to wipe that smirky grin off your face before you come in. Someone might think you're cosplaying as a couple of Judgmental Jerks or something.
PS... I do not work for Dragon*Con. I just have been going there since '96 when I moved to Atlanta.
Have none of you guys ever heard of VIDEODROME?!?
It's on the corner of N. Highland and North Avenue, and Matt (the owner) has a ton of great stuff. Hard to find titles, Midnight movies (cult and camp) and even has a section done by director. So, if you're looking for your Kurasawa, or your Park Chan-Wook, VIDEODROME is the place to be.
They also have lots of anime, indie and documentaries.
While you're there, you can walk across the street to Buddy's and get a killer KING OF POPS popsicle too!
I don't work there, just have been going since I moved the ATL 15 years ago, and I can't imagine the area without them.
Don't let the On Demand and Netflixes of the world make you miss out on this place. I am sorry that Movies Worth Seeing is closing. So don't let it happen to VIDEODROME too!
I prefer to call him by the film done of his life: The Legend of Douchebagger Vance.
Saw this earlier this week, been on medium-simmer angry about it ever since.
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