Thursday, June 30, 2016

5 things to do: RAW:Atlanta presents TREND

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 7:00 AM

5 Things to Do Thursday, June 30, 2016

  1. Mai Tai Cocktail Class at Biltong Bar
  2. RAW:Atlanta presents TREND at The Masquerade
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Fox Theatre
  4. Highwire’s MegaVolt at Famous Pub
  5. Ziemba, APHWK&K at The Mammal Gallery

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The first En Route murals get unveiled

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 1:45 PM

"An individual has not started living until he can RISE ABOVE the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Presenting #RiseAbove... The first of 4 public art installations I'll be creating at select #Marta stations in Atlanta. Completing this first one has been about 2 years in the making and I'm grateful to #WonderRoot for your faith in selecting me to lead this initiative. It has been an honor working with supporting artists #FabianWilliams and #JoeDreher for the last 5 days to bring this work to life. Thank you also to The TransFormation Alliance, MARTA, and Fulton County, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Atlanta Regional Commission. #ATLARTS

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Commemorating the completion of the first in a series of En Route murals, WonderRoot, MARTA, the TransFormation Alliance, and Fulton County Arts and Culture are throwing a free celebration at the King Memorial Transit Station, where a new mural is displayed.

The En Route public arts program, organized by WonderRoot, is funded by a series of grants and funding sources including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Ford Foundation. Organized to help advance MARTA’s development efforts while also enhancing the lives of neighborhood residents, the program is led by lead artist Fahamu Pecou, current Emory University Ph.D. student and active exhibitor/lecturer. Pecou created the mural’s concept with a respect and regard for the neighborhood’s history: The text portion of the mural, simply reading “Rise Above,” references a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote.

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City Hall auditor says process to prevent conflicts of interest could use a tune-up

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 1:25 PM

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Each year, city officials, employees, and some citizens serving on boards and agencies are required to disclose information about their personal finances and income, including what real estate they own. These disclosures are a way to monitor conflicts of interest and make sure employees don't try to enjoy personal gains from public service. It's about transparency. More than 1,700 were filed in 2014 and you can search them here.

But according to a report by City Auditor Leslie Ward, some of these disclosures omitted key information. In an audit delivered last week to the Atlanta City Council, Ward said that the city code is not entirely clear on how the disclosure process is supposed to go, disclosures are not checked for accuracy, and the ambiguity has exposed “the city to risk of non-compliance with disclosure requirements.”

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Author Liz Lazarus gives back with Little Free Libraries

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM

After self-publishing her psychological thriller, Free of Malice, local author Liz Lazarus found herself inspired by Little Free Libraries in her neighborhood. As a way to promote her book and give back, Lazarus started leaving copies of her book in these libraries around town to encourage feedback, all with the promise of donating a portion of her book sales to local libraries with every new review. 

CL spoked to Lazarus via email about what inspired this initiative, how can residents get involved, and where the June book sales portion is going.

What made you think of adding your books to Little Free Libraries? How did you discover them?
Would you believe this all started with my cat? To explain, a neighborhood teenager “babysits” my cat when I travel. After my last trip, I was walking around the corner to her house when I noticed one of the Little Free Libraries across the street. That sparked the idea to donate one of books which I promptly did. The next week, I was in New Orleans meeting with my PR team, JKS Communications, and showed them a photo of my book in the windowpane of the little library. One brainstorming idea led to another and we came up with the plan to donate more copies to other little libraries and to encourage feedback by donating portions of my book sales to local libraries, a win-win.

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First Slice 6/29/16: Georgia Power investigating chemical leaks at three power plants

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Arsenic, beryllium, and selenium have leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants in Georgia - BRINGAID/FLICKR/CL FILE
  • Arsenic, beryllium, and selenium have leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants in Georgia
Georgia Power has found evidence that chemicals such as arsenic, beryllium, and selenium leaked into groundwater at three coal-fired power plants throughout the state. It is possible the contaminants came from Georgia Power's coal ash ponds, and the company is conducting further tests to check. Aaron Mitchell, Georgia Power's general manager of environmental affairs, says none of the chemicals have gotten into deeper aquifers.

Columbus, Georgia's Fort Benning held its first LGBT Pride celebration this week. Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith organized the event in response to the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She felt it was important for soldiers and civilians to have a place to grieve and find support. “We celebrate Pride because the military is an organization that values its people," Smith said during a speech. "We celebrate Pride for all the reasons we celebrate any other diversity group, because we value our differences.”

Publix Supermarkets has its eye on the Atlanta Civic Center site. The grocery store is in talks with Weingarten Realty Investors to be the anchor of the planned mixed-use development there. If the store moves in, it would serve areas of Downtown and Old Fourth Ward that are now considered food deserts.

In court on Monday, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was found not guilty of driving under the influence after he was charged three years ago. The jury did find him guilty of driving without headlights.

An attack on Istanbul's Ataturk Airport yesterday left 41 dead and 239 injured. Three terrorists struck the arrivals hall and nearby parking areas, first opening gunfire and then detonating themselves with explosive devices. Turkey's Prime Minister has declared a national day of mourning for the victims.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Atlanta Film Fatales give voice to local female filmmakers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM

click image LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Atlanta Film Fatales is comprised of a diverse group of women working in documentary, drama, comedy, animation, puppetry, TV, and more. - PHOTO BY KARLA JEAN DAVIS
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  • LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Atlanta Film Fatales is comprised of a diverse group of women working in documentary, drama, comedy, animation, puppetry, TV, and more.

There’s no question being surrounded by a supportive community is one of the keys to success — and few may know that better than women in the film industry. Enter: The Film Fatales, an international collective of female feature directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, collaborate on projects and support each other in their endeavors. The group was founded in New York City in 2013 and has inspired sister groups in more than two dozen cities around the world, including Atlanta.

“In an industry where less than 5 percent of the top grossing Hollywood films and less than 15 percent of independent features are directed by women, Film Fatales provides a space for female filmmakers to support each other, share resources, and help get their films made,” Danielle Bernstein, head of the local Film Fatales chapter, says. Along with monthly meetings, she says FFs also collaborate through writing groups, master classes, panel discussions, film festival programming, educational workshops, theatrical field trips, and a handful of other avenues. “In these ways,” Bernstein says, “we hope to continue to promote the creation of more films by and about women.”

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Traffic arrests made outside a police officer's jurisdiction are a no-no, says Georgia's highest court

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:24 AM

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Police officers can not make traffic arrests outside of their jurisdiction, the Georgia Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling last week. 

The ruling stemmed from a 2013 case when Kennesaw State University Police Department Officer Decri Mason stopped and arrested motorist Bajrodin Zilke for two counts of D.U.I, failing to maintain lane, and operating a vehicle without headlights.

However, Zilke was arrested in Marietta, a good 10 miles outside of the KSU police department’s jurisdiction. According to the court, Mason was on his way back to campus after dropping off an arrestee at the Cobb County jail. The high court said that because Mason hadn’t witnessed the crime at KSU, and because he was outside of his jurisdiction, he had no legal authority to make an arrest.

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Love & Tinderness: The Opening Message

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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I like to imagine there’s a backstory to my lamest Tinder messages. When I receive a message at 3 a.m. that says “‘sup,” I try to think it’s the culmination of a night’s agony rather than a general lack of care. I picture the sender lying in bed in a sweaty tangle of sheets, determined to labor until he’d nailed down the golden ratio of intrigue, wit, and sincerity. But the task was too daunting, and before arriving at that artistic blend, he sandbagged himself with doubts and typed “hi.”

It’s hard — I know. As a virtual dating assistant, I write scores of opening messages every day across every platform imaginable. OkCupid estimates that the average response rate of man-to-woman first messages is 27 percent, a pretty meager return on an investment. This perceived failure, I imagine, fuels the cycle of low-effort and boilerplate messages, which in turn lead to even lower response rates, which cause guys to disinvest further. And so on, and so forth. It’s basic self-sabotage as protection against the cruel possibility a woman won’t find your best effort all that compelling. But the fact of the matter is almost anything a fella could write would perform better than “hi.” Even “yo.” Even “holla.”

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First Slice 6/28/16: This is what gentrification looks like in Buckhead

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Atlanta artist Chris Veal's mural on Ponce speaks volumes. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • Atlanta artist Chris Veal's mural on Ponce speaks volumes.

You know Atlanta redevelopment has jumped the shark when Buckhead's the latest target
. More Irby Avenue landmarks — like the Five Paces Inn in operation since 1955 — are being threatened by the continued onslaught of high-rise apartments and highfalutin shops.

Have you seen the view from Ponce City Market's rooftop and vintage Skyline Park? It's gearing up to open to the general public as early as this Friday, with a beer-garden style restaurant Nine Mile to jump on board in August. Nobody get drunk and fall off, umkay.

Four people were arrested during a deportation protest yesterday in Downtown Atlanta. 

Georgia Tech's expansion continues as it prepares to acquire 52 acres and four buildings from Lockheed Martin's Cobb County campus.

The Supreme Court continues its rollout of landmark decisions this session. Yesterday's abortion-related ruling will stave off the threatened shutdown of clinics in some states. But not without a fight.

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