Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lucky Penny premieres Blake Beckham’s 'OneAnother'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 11:41 AM

TANGLED UP IN CREW: Dancers Claire Molla (left) and Melissa Word perform in OneAnother. - KELLY BLACKMON
  • Kelly Blackmon
  • TANGLED UP IN CREW: Dancers Claire Molla (left) and Melissa Word perform in OneAnother.
Since its launch in 2015, The Lucky Penny’s Work Room has served as a steady creative haven for contemporary dancers to experiment, sweat, and deepen the evolution of their creations. Collaboratively created by choreographer Blake Beckham and impresario Malina Rodriguez, the Work Room studio houses 10 resident artists who, back in June, performed their diverse works in progress at HEADS UP!, The Work Room’s showcase performance at Emory’s Schwartz Center.

Thurs., August 4, Beckham reveals OneAnother in its entirety, a contemporary dance piece from The Work Room that’s a years’-worth of creativity, commitment, and evolution. Beckham started the piece by considering the construction of the space. Sculptors and sound artists Jane Foley Garver and Dana Haugaard served as her collaborators to create a scene where a performance unfolds as two dances for two audiences in one room.

“[Garver and Haugaard] are both exceptional talents in our community and I think there’s a whole audience of visual artists that will really want to see what they’ve contributed to this environment,” Beckham says.


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College Park mayor threatens retribution if newspaper publishes unflattering story

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Mayor Jack P. Longino - CITY OF COLLEGE PARK
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  • Mayor Jack P. Longino
"There is no side to the story and the story shouldn’t be printed in the first place... And that’s where I’m going to stand. Because when you print things in newspapers, you’re not going to have it right, you’re going to have parts of the conversations, and you’re going to print something to glorify somebody else. And that’s the typical thing. The paper should not be writing stuff like that. And if you write something that I don’t like, and you make me mad, we will quit using y’all as our city organ. We will find somebody else to use. We’ve come close to doing that before. And y’all glorify that group up there, and I’m telling you there are going to be consequences."

— College Park Mayor Jack P. Longino tells the South Metro Neighbor's Ross Williams that the city will find a different news outlet to carry its public notices if the newspaper publishes an article about a dispute over an arts festival. Festival organizers allege that Longino and other city officials prevented them from holding the annual event because of "political backlash." The mayor says he would have voted to support the event if organizers would have moved the location and date.   

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Democratic National Convention Day 1: Greetings, Philadelphia

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Per tradition, CL Photo Editor Joeff Davis packed his gear and traveled to Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. We are publishing photographs from his journey.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday in Philadelphia. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • The 2016 Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday in Philadelphia.
Thousands of people packed the Wells Fargo Center for Monday's events. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Thousands of people packed the Wells Fargo Center for Monday's events.
Louisiana delegate Jennifer Vidrine tries to outshout Bernie Sanders supporters sitting behind her during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. - "We are suppose to be united," she said. "Bernie has urged his supporters to support Hilary and they are not being obedient, we are stronger being together" - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Louisiana delegate Jennifer Vidrine tries to outshout Bernie Sanders supporters sitting behind her during the first day of the Democratic National Convention."We are suppose to be united," she said. "Bernie has urged his supporters to support Hilary and they are not being obedient, we are stronger being together"
Paul Simon sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water," during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Paul Simon sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water," during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
Delegates wore creative hats and clothing during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Delegates wore creative hats and clothing during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The crowd cheers during First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • The crowd cheers during First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
The crowd cheers during First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • The crowd cheers during First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Chris Riker and Dr. Leonarda Duran shout support during a speech by a young Latina girl named Esperanza Ortiz. "I am a Hispanic," said Duran. "I believe in immigration reform. I believe if Trump becomes president we are all going to have to go packing. Trump is un-American." - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Chris Riker and Dr. Leonarda Duran shout support during a speech by a young Latina girl named Esperanza Ortiz. "I am a Hispanic," said Duran. "I believe in immigration reform. I believe if Trump becomes president we are all going to have to go packing. Trump is un-American."
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, enters the stage for her address at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, enters the stage for her address at the Democratic National Convention.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
A man gives a thumbs down during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • A man gives a thumbs down during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
A Wisconsin delegate sits with tape — with the word "silenced" — over her mouth. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • A Wisconsin delegate sits with tape — with the word "silenced" — over her mouth.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic Party's nomination, speaks at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic Party's nomination, speaks at the Democratic National Convention.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Democratic National Convention.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders waves goodbye to the crowd after his speech. He said he supported Hillary Clinton. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders waves goodbye to the crowd after his speech. He said he supported Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders delegate Sanjay Patel from Satellite Beach, Florida, made a jacket with his wife using 150 lights to support Bernie Sanders at the convention. "Hillary is going to have to earn my vote," he said. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • Bernie Sanders delegate Sanjay Patel from Satellite Beach, Florida, made a jacket with his wife using 150 lights to support Bernie Sanders at the convention. "Hillary is going to have to earn my vote," he said.
A protester during a rally outside Philadelphia's City Hall. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • A protester during a rally outside Philadelphia's City Hall.
Protesters on Monday afternoon filed several city blocks and marched to the Wells Fargo Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Protesters on Monday afternoon filed several city blocks and marched to the Wells Fargo Center, where the Democratic National Convention is being held.
Global Progressive Justice prepares to march to the Wells Fargo Center. The group works on a variety of issues including, housing issues, immigrant rights, childcare, and environmental justice. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Global Progressive Justice prepares to march to the Wells Fargo Center. The group works on a variety of issues including, housing issues, immigrant rights, childcare, and environmental justice.
Protesters walk past an open fire hydrant during a march on an extremely hot day in Philadelphia. Marchers on Monday afternoon filled several city blocks as they walked to the Wells Fargo Center. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Protesters walk past an open fire hydrant during a march on an extremely hot day in Philadelphia. Marchers on Monday afternoon filled several city blocks as they walked to the Wells Fargo Center.
Dozens of protesters were taken away in plastic handcuffs outside the Wells Fargo Center. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Dozens of protesters were taken away in plastic handcuffs outside the Wells Fargo Center.
Dr. Cornell West addresses the crowd during a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • Dr. Cornell West addresses the crowd during a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall.
Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate,  addresses the crowd during a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, addresses the crowd during a rally at Philadelphia's City Hall.
Ivan Delsol came from Cottage Grove, Oregon with hIs Bernie Sanders get-up. "He is the most hopeful presidential candidate in my lifetime," he said. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Ivan Delsol came from Cottage Grove, Oregon with hIs Bernie Sanders get-up. "He is the most hopeful presidential candidate in my lifetime," he said.

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First Slice 7/26/16: AHA approves $150 million mixed-use development for former Herndon Homes site

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:44 AM

COURTESY HUNT COMPANIES
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A $150 million housing redevelopment project is coming to the 12-acre site of Herndon Homes, the demolished public housing project located less than a mile from the future Mercedes Benz Dome. Atlanta's Oakwood Development is pairing with El Paso, Texas-based Hunt Companies to develop a mixed-use, mixed-income community with 700 housing units, fitness center, retail outlets, etc. The Atlanta Housing Authority, which selected the proposal out of eight total, has not released financial info on how much the developers will get paid for the project.

An Old Fourth Ward Instagram page has become a battleground over gentrification and the depiction of intown Atlanta, with commenters increasingly calling out the account for the noticeable lack of diversity in posted pictures. The account features a colorful abundance of street art, businesses, shops, and overwhelmingly white residents indulging in the culture of the historic neighborhood. Several commenters complained of having their comments deleted or accounts blocked after posting criticism.

Congressman Hank Johnson has apologized for a statement in which he used termites as a metaphor to compare how the infiltration of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is impacting Palestinians.

"The First 48" is back in Atlanta, on the trail of a 2014 double-murder cold case that left Derrick McGinty and Michael Edwards dead in the parking lot of a Memorial Drive apartment complex.

Michael Jordan, the notoriously apolitical NBA legend, broke his silence (and opened his wallet) to address the racial tension broiling around the tragic police shootings of black people and retaliatory targeting of police. 

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Tiny Doors ATL celebrates two years

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM

COURTESY TINY DOORS ATL
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To commemorate two years of building small wonders (like the door pictured above), Tiny Doors ATL is throwing a birthday party at Hodgepodge Coffee House. The all-ages event will feature retired doors, tiny cupcakes, and a pop-up shop selling miniatures crafted by local artists. Attendees will meet and celebrate with the folks who make the cute, beloved miniature doors that can be found around Atlanta. King of Pops — host to the newest door, unveiled at the end of March — will be vending to benefit future Tiny Doors projects.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Burning down the house with hot jokes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:52 PM

ED DINZOLE
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Whether celebrating music, film, or mac and cheese, every festival is a labor of love that takes weeks to organize — unless you’re Joe Pettis. Ever ambitious, the local comic and producer decided he wasn’t busy enough running four shows in Atlanta. He wanted to throw together a festival in under a month. Pettis followed through and thus the Hotlanta Comedy Fest was born.

For three days, Pettis and his Atlanta comedy brethren perform eight shows over three nights at Midtown’s creative commune, 368 Ponce (formerly Big House on Ponce). Like any good party, it needs a theme. Every show revolves around a special theme like Fine Wine, which highlights local comics who’ve been making waves for years, or the ‘90s show that pays tribute everything from Starter Jackets to Trapper Keepers.

One of the more notable shows includes the debut of Queer History Live hosted by Ian Aber. Atlanta’s LGBT comics are bringing their unique perspective to the forefront. Each comic will shine a spotlight on a subject in queer history, followed by an audience Q&A.


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The Big Green House invites Atlanta to make friends, feel something

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 11:55 AM

BRING THE PAYNE: Asher (left) and Ethan Payne stand in the hallway where they usually show art. - ERIC CASH
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  • BRING THE PAYNE: Asher (left) and Ethan Payne stand in the hallway where they usually show art.
Athens’ closely integrated arts community became a warm bathtub for Ethan and Asher Payne, who played in dream pop band Easter Island together. When the brothers made the leap to “the big city” of Atlanta in May 2014, they felt confident the move would be a good one, but they worried about building a good friend community. After settling into a Cabbagetown home, which would later become colloquially known as the Big Green House, the Paynes — alongside third roommate Jake Adams — decided to throw a party. But not just your typical porch-bound PBR-pounding fest.

The dudes wanted the vibe to attract a certain tribe. So they invited photographer Jimmy Rowalt to hang large-format black-and-white photos in the hallway. Adams pulled strings at Wild Heaven Craft Beers, where he then and still currently works as Head Brewer, to secure a certain caliber libation. And with that, in November 2015, the Big Green House hosted its first-ever Art Party. (Note: Although similar in name — if not capitalization — Cabbagetown’s Art Parties are not related to Atlanta Contemporary’s annual ART PARTY.)

“For us, it's all about building community,” Ethan says, noting the parties have been successful in fostering lots of new friendships, for himself and just attendees in general. “There's so much talent in this city and we want to see all of it and make sure everyone else sees it, too.”

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First Slice 7/25/16: How can older civil rights groups help young activists?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Myrlaun Walker, 29, holds up her fist to greet protesters as they marched down Peachtree Street. - ALYSSA POINTER
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  • Myrlaun Walker, 29, holds up her fist to greet protesters as they marched down Peachtree Street.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the civil rights group once led by Martin Luther King Jr., wants to help support younger groups working to end racial injustice. How can they make the collaboration work?

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is planning to develop a 234-acre new urbanism community adjacent to Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville.

Are students of the Georgia Cyber Academy, one of the country's largest online schools, getting a quality education?

A Cherokee County man on Sunday told a sheriff's deputy at church that he had shot his stepson, who had just finished his freshman year at college, earlier that day.

Another day, another ridiculous mailer by DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton

Rob Brawner, a longtime player in the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, will succeed Chuck Meadows as executive director of the project's fundraising arm.

ICYMI: Soccer in the Streets and MARTA want to install a mini-soccer field at the Five Points station plaza. If it moves forward, it might be the world's first soccer pitch inside a transit station. 

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