Alice Lovelace's Top Five 

Alice Lovelace is an award-winning Atlanta poet, spoken-word artist, playwright, essayist and activist. Along with Word Diversity Collective, she presents "Naked, Pagan & Uncensored," a New Year's Eve happening of poetry, theater, music and more at 7 Stages. For details, see www.worddc.org.

1) Batman Begins -- Warner Bros.: "I've seen the new Batman movie again and again. It's the best one since the first one, but the first one's still the best."

2) Putumayo Presents: Mali -- Putumayo World Music: "Even though I don't even speak the language, there's this sense of compulsion in the voices. ... Your soul understands everything they're saying."

3) "Art, Truth and Politics," Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize acceptance speech -- nobelprize.org: "He speaks to the art and the difference between creating the art and living your life as a responsible citizen, and the intersection and holding to the truth. We are in a time when truth is certainly lacking in our national lives."

4) "Power to the People," the "lost interview" of John Lennon by Tariq Ali and Robin Blackburn -- www.counterpunch.org: "They asked him about Liverpool. ... He said, 'Well, it's just like what they did to blacks in the United States. They told them they were going to let them be, but what they let them be was entertainers and sports stars.'"

5) Moving in the Spirit -- the Apprentice Corp.: "They're a dance company of young girls. They just performed at 7 Stages [in] Cafe Medusa. They set a high bar for everybody that came after them."

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