Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Killer Mike, Bernie Sanders fire up the Fox

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders Monday night at the Fox Theatre. - BRANDON ENGLISH
  • Brandon English
  • Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders Monday night at the Fox Theatre.
What does it take to fill the Fox Theatre on two days’ notice on a Monday night? A political rally for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders featuring Killer Mike.

Sanders announced the lineup Friday, as part of a swing down South in the race for the Democratic nomination for president next year. Killer Mike, the Atlanta rapper, business owner, half the duo Run the Jewels, and maybe one-day elected official, showed Sanders around town. The two spent a few hours between Mike’s SWAG Shop and the Busy Bee Café before heading to the Fox, where supporters started lining the block hours before doors opened to enter the Midtown venue.

“I have to tell you that in my heart of hearts, in my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country,” said Mike, introducing Sanders at the Fox.

Mike quoted his some of his own political lyrics in the Sanders’ intro: “I don't trust the church or the government / Democrat, Republican / Pope or a bishop or them other men.” But Bernie, he said, has spent 50 years fighting for peoples’ rights and deserves the Killer Mike endorsement.

Sanders, who is gaining on Hillary Clinton in the polls, started a roughly hour-long stump speech with a shout-out to the late-model political campaigns of Martin Luther King Jr., which had expanded beyond fighting segregation and racism. Sanders pointed out that King was in Memphis on the day he was assassinated in 1968 because the civil rights leader was supporting striking sanitation workers. He was also planning a Poor People’s March to Washington, D.C.

“It was [to be] the coming together of all exploited people to demand that that the United States government start … passing policies which represented all the people, not just not just the people on top,” said Sanders. The references made a neat tie-in to Sanders' own left of center-left politics. Sanders also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and met King’s daughter Bernice King on Monday.

His speech to the young crowd returned several times to issues of income inequality, unemployment, college debt, criminal justice reform, health care and racial justice. Sanders supports a massive public works program to create jobs, universal health care, college diplomas without debt, decriminalization of marijuana possession, and a $15 per hour minimum wage.

“We measure the greatness of a nation not by the number of millionaires and billionaires we have, but on how we treat the weakest and most vulnerable among us,” Sanders said.   

More photos, along with a video of the entire event, are after the break.

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Calling all artists: Submit your work to Ladyfest Atlanta

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Nina Dolgin (from left), Theodore McLee, and Chelsea Dunn - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Nina Dolgin (from left), Theodore McLee, and Chelsea Dunn

In March, Ladyfest Atlanta came roaring onto the city's radar, empowering messages of female-identifying and gender non-comforming artists. The organization plans to hold its second incarnation next year from May 16-21. Organizers Chelsea Dunn and Nina Dolgin say the emphasis of 2016’s DIY art and music fest is on the broad field of public health. Specifically, they say the festival will be focusing on how public health relates to environmental justice, decriminalization of HIV/AIDS, and reproductive justice and body autonomy. Folks are strongly encouraged to submit works based around this theme in the areas of performance art and theater, music, film, visual art, literature, and comedy. 

You can find more submission info at Ladyfest's website. Submissions will be considered until Feb. 1. 

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Georgia Supremes grant Peachtree-Pine a day in court

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

A jury will decide what happens next with the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the nonprofit that operates the city's largest shelter. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • A jury will decide what happens next with the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, the nonprofit that operates the city's largest shelter.
The people who run the controversial homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets will get a jury trial over their claims that the nonprofit was wrongfully targeted in a quiet plan to oust them from the massive building.

The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has long said it’s the target of conspirators who want sway their funders away from them and use a debt to foreclose on the Midtown building. That would mean shutting the doors to hundreds of homeless people.

Under a unanimous state Supreme Court ruling Monday, the Task Force will get a jury hearing on some of their claims. It can also stay put in the 100,000 square-foot former auto parts warehouse until a jury decides its fate.

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First Slice 11/24/15: Killer Mike and Bernie Sanders broke bread at Busy Bee, baby

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Before introducing the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to a crowd of supporters at the Fox Theater last night, Killer Mike took him to Atlanta's iconic soul food restaurant Busy Bee on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. for some serious soul food. (Stay tuned for full Fresh Loaf coverage of the rally at the Fox.)

Mark Toro of North American Properties (Atlantic Station, Avalon) has been dropping truth bombs about the retarded state of Atlanta's mass transit. After a candid interview in Max Blau's recent Atlanta magazine profile on Keith Parker, Toro took the gloves all the way off last week and blamed Atlanta's historic aversion to MARTA expansion on "racism." At a Bisnow event, he said: "We've got to recognize it and call it what it is.... The train runs both ways, and we don't want those people out here. That is the prevailing theme in suburban communities." Perhaps he intends to guilt-trip North Fulton into approving a half-penny sales tax to pay for a potential heavy-rail expansion, as ULI Atlanta's Livable Communities Council chair.

The Turner Field redevelopment bids are in and two out of three already look like strike balls. As suspected, Georgia State University leads the pack with its $300 million plan for student housing, apartments, retail and a football stadium conversion of Turner Field. Little is known about the scope of plans from the other two entities. In fact, one of them — Rita World Pearl Kingdom, LLC — doesn't even turn up on public database searches. Looks like an easy win for Mayor Reed's preferred bidder.

School safety inside Atlanta Public Schools will get a closer look due to a $7.5 million federally funded grant. It will be used to research student disciplinary problems, behavior improvements, emergency preparedness, and school policing. In the words of The Wire's Bunny Colvin, "So, they gonna study some shit, huh?"

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Comic's Weekly Roundup: From 8-Bit Comedy to Jarrod Harris

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Mon., Nov. 23
Whether you have family in town already and are looking for something fun to do together or looking for an out from that mess, Beer and Comedy Night is a great Monday night activity. Held in the lovely Sweetwater Brewery taproom, you get a liquid dinner and a show with eight of ATL’s finest comics, plus beer tastings throughout the evening. Admission also comes with a souvenir pint, and you can load up on BBQ at the Sweet Auburn food truck in the parking lot before the show. It’s a great event for out-of-towners, too. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show’s at 8 p.m. $10.

Wed., Nov. 25

This Wednesday, 8-Bit Comedy comes back to Joystick Gamebar in Edgewood. Joe Pettis hosted the first 8-Bit show last month and it was such a good time he’ll be doing more, the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s show features the likes of Ismael Loutfi, David Perdue, John-Michael Bond, Kevin Saucier, and more. Show starts at 8 p.m. Free.

>> Over at the Drunken Unicorn will be the debut of a brand new monthly showcase, Surprise Crowd Work. For six comedians, this is just your normal stand-up show, but for two it’ll be a night of just crowd work. The only problem is, nobody knows who’ll get the crowd-work-only sets till they hit the stage. The inaugural show features such local favorites as Paul Gallois, Zach Lamplugh, Will Copeland, Andrew Michael, and more. Andrew Markle and Cherith Fuller host. Doors open at 9 p.m. $7.

Fri., Nov. 27
Unwind after a day of stuffing your face and grab a few cold ones at Milltown Arms on Friday night while you enjoy another edition of Cabbage Patch Comedy. Joseph Highsmith hosts this free show that never seems to disappoint. Seats are limited so get there early to snag one. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.

>> Need more time to sleep off all that turkey? If you're looking for a casual late-night shindig, throw on some comfy sweats and head out for a night of comedy at the Village Theatre. Hell, you can even attend in your underwear, if you want. You’ll even get into the show for free if you do because it’s time for another edition of Underwear Comedy Party, the show where Atlanta comics will strip down and perform in nothing but their undies. Show starts at 11 p.m. $10 (for the clothed).

The Weekend


After the holidays, avoid the violence and insanity of the mall and go see Jarrod Harris headline the Laughing Skull Lounge. Harris has performed on TBS series “Lopez Tonight,” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” Last year, he put out his first album, Present & Talkative, via Rooftop Records. Harris will headline five shows, Friday through Sunday.

>> On Saturday, you can see former host of CBS’s “Late Late Show” Craig Ferguson headline the Cobb Energy Center. In addition to his tenure as late night host, Ferguson is well known for his role on “The Drew Carey Show” and such films as Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, and more. Ferguson also released his fifth comedy album, I’m Here to Help, in 2013. ATL favorite Dave Stone will also be in attendance as Ferguson's feature act. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $50.


Monday Night Comedy at Star Bar (Nov. 23, at 9:30 p.m.)
Preston Lacy at The Masquerade (Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.)
Last Wednesdays at The Mammal Gallery (Nov. 25, at 9 p.m.)
Rell Battle at The Improv (Nov. 26-28)
Michael Blackson at Uptown Comedy Corner (Nov. 26, at 8pm)
Alex Thomas at Uptown Comedy Corner (Nov. 27-29)
Corey Holcomb at Cobb Energy Centre (Nov. 27, at 8 p.m.)
Cabbage Patch Comedy at Milltown Arms (Nov. 27, at 8:30 p.m.)
1AM Secret Show at Smith’s Olde Bar (Nov. 28, at 1 a.m.)
Hair of the Dog Comedy Brunch @ Punchline (Nov. 29, at 12:30 p.m.)

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First Slice 11/23/15: Federal judge wants MARTA update on paratransit service

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 9:26 AM

A federal judge is demanding MARTA appear in court and prove it has not violated the terms of a consent decree regarding its paratransit service. 

DeKalb County is dragging its feet to pay back a contractor — who also says he's a former FBI mole — for his work on fixing a main break that left residents and some businesses without reliable water service for days.

Why crack down on people stealing items from luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when you can just wrap travelers' bags in plastic?

A Union City family wants an investigation into why police officers shot their pit bull.

DeKalb County residents want to create the East Decatur Greenway and take out an old stinky gas station in the process.

So, that $300 million plan by Gov. Nathan Deal to increase water supply... how's that working out?

Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who was arrested in Iran in October 2014 and accused of espionage, has been sentenced to prison. Family members, media advocates, and elected officials have long called for Rezain's release.

NPR produces quality content. Now they have to create content that to interest more young people.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

First Slice 11/22/15: 'No specific and credible' info suggesting planned terror attack tonight at Philips

Posted By on Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM

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Law enforcement authorities say, despite finding no "specific and credible information about a potential threat, they are investigating reports that ISIS plans to launch attacks in several U.S. cities, including Atlanta at WWE's Survivor Series. One Twitter account linked to Anonymous, the hacking collective that news reports said spread word about the potential attacks, says it did not spread the rumor. 

Prepare for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, says Georgia State University's Rajeev Dhawan.

The Georgia Supreme Court tomorrow will issue its opinion in the ongoing legal battle involving the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. 

The former University of Georgia alumni director who allegedly told her staff to find ways to bill personal trips as public expenses has resigned from her job at the University of Louisville while UGA investigates.

An Atlanta man is dead after being struck by a tow truck in a hit-and-run at University Avenue and Pryor Road. The vehicle left the scene but later returned.

Donald Trump supporters allegedly shoved and kicked a Black Lives Matter protester who started heckling the cartoon during a campaign stop. 

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