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Creative Loafing Best of 40th Anniversary Party 

Joeff Davis
Nearly 2,000 people last night packed the Goat Farm Arts Center to help CL blow out the candles on its 40th birthday and unveil the annual Best of issue trumpeting Atlanta's most awesome people, places, and things. In addition to sipping beer and dining on local BBQ, Caribbean dishes, and cupcakes, attendees nodded heads to Arrested Development, Adron, Gun Party, and The Wheeler Boys with Joe McGuinness. Between the live music, DJs mixed tunes.
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It was a good party.
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Adron opened the evening's musical performances. She won a Critics' Picks award for Best Songwriter.
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A dancer hula-hoops during Adron's performance.
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Local artists designed CL news boxes based on famous art pieces that are coming to the High Museum this fall. This one was done by artist All Ways Open.
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Acclaimed Atlanta artist Radcliff Bailey (left) was among the dignitaries to celebrate CL's 40th anniversary.
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Creative Loafing's brain trust turned out at the big anniversary party: Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm, CL's parent company; Sharry Smith, CL Atlanta publisher; and Susan Torregrossa, SouthComm's director of sales operations.
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Former Creative Loafing Corporate Administrator/HR Michael Goodrich (left) parties with a friend.
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The Wheeler Boys, winner's of Best Live Act and Best Local Hip-Hop act, put on a great show.
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The Wheeler Boys
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The Wheeler Boys
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Getting down to the Wheeler Boys
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Local artists designed CL news boxes based on famous art pieces that are coming to the High Museum in the fall.
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Creative Loafing's Operations Assistant Sarah Brooks with boyfriend Joseph Caylor.
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Tats were prevalent.
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Former Creative Loafing Art Director Chris Mihal with Operations Editor Alicia Carter and her husband Cory.
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D.R.E.S. the Beatnik was the MC, spirit, and soul of the party.
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Members of gloATL performed with members of the Atlanta Opera.
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Members of gloATL performed with members of the Atlanta Opera.
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DJ Kemit, who snagged a CL Critics' Pick award for Best Perennial Soul Stirrer, performed at the soiree.
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CL Best of party revelers
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CL Senior Editor Debbie Michaud and her husband Jason mug for the camera with an empty mug.
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Creative Loafing News Staff Writer Thomas Wheatley and his wife Capucine are confronted by paparazzi.
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Creative Loafing Online Producer Edward Adams with Sales & Production Coordinator Jemima Peddie.
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Creative Loafing's Operations Editor Alicia Carter and her husband Cory.
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Creative Loafing Clay Duda, associate editor of digital, and his wife Melissa.
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CLXL, a brown ale brewed by Atlanta-based Sweetwater for CL's 40th birthday, was one of the beers on tap.
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Stir It Up won a CL Readers' Pick for Best Caribbean. They dished out jerk chicken and curry tofu.
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Pura Vida won a CL's Readers' Pick for Best Tapas and was awarded a Critics Picks' award for Best Clearly Not Italian Or Southern Charcuterie.
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Pura Vida
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Yum Yum served up yummy cupcakes
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As day turned to night, the table designed by Amy Osaba took on a more mellow vibe.
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The Goat Farm's ambiance made for a truly romantic evening.
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Gun Party led by the brother and sister duo put on an a killer, avant-garde punk performance. The band was awarded a Readers' Pick for Best Local Experimental Music Act.
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Gun Party
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Revelers Emily Palten and Karl Langberg
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Founder of Living Walls Monica Campana and artist Trek Matthews got crunk.
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A living breathing Hell goblin from Netherworld Haunted House was also in attendance.
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CL Art Box By c.flux.sing.
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Creative Loafing Sales Executive Leighton Hellem (center) with Sales & Production Coordinator Jemima Peddie (right).
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Creative Loafing covers from the last 40 years flashed on the walls at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The slide show was compiled by CL staffers and the Atlanta Film Festival.
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Creative Loafing Art Director Amanda Croy (left) and Francis Shaw (right)
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Former CL Events Editor Wyatt Williams.
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Tryna' cuddle?
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D.R.E.S. the Beatnik introduces Arrested Development
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Arrested Development's crowd gets pumped.
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Arrested Development started with a spiritual opening.
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Speech of Arrested Development
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Arrested Development
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Arrested Development pays homage to Eshe (left), who has been with the group since its inception. "She even taught me how to dance but I'ma spare y'all that," Speech said. "I love y'all too much."
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Arrested Development
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Arrested Development, Gun Party, and CL Music Editor Rodney Carmichael (far left, crouched)
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Pick up your copy today
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Really, be sure to pick up your copy.
20/80
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Members of gloATL performed with members of the Atlanta Opera.
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