Flipping through my press releases, I spied a nifty little gem today from the W Hotels. Top Chef season 6 finalist and fan favorite - Woodfire Grill's Executive Chef, Kevin Gillespie will make an appearance to meet and greet foodies tonight from 8pm til 10pm at the W Hotel's Midtown location.
Today's announcement was just a peek at the hotel chain's latest promotional tool: a custom "insider deals" text messaging system. The perk for tonight's event is a $5 discount for self parking at Colony Square.
Here's how the press release explains the new service:
1. Simply text TGIW to 99699 every Wednesday, beginning June 2 to score the weekly deal.
2. Within seconds, receive a message from W Hotels of Atlanta containing the offer of the week.
3. Youll have one week to redeem your wonderful offer by showing your insider text message when you visit the participating hotel.
In no time, youll be enjoying exclusive SIPS at Whiskey Blue, Whiskey Park, WETBAR and DRINKSHOP, basking in bonuses on products and services at Bliss Spa, savoring the culinary creations of BLT STEAK, Savu, Spice Market, Market, and accessing the hottest summer parties plus much more all exclusively from W Hotels of Atlanta.
... Sounds swanky, don't it?
Without spouting a bunch of legalese, updates will be available every Wednesday morning after 9am and standard text rates apply.
The W Hotel Midtown is located at 188 14th Street, Atlanta, GA.
From the cutting edge architecture of each property to the themed scapes and swanky accoutrement, the W Hotels are known for delivering a posh, experience for trendy travelers and party goers. With such a reputation, it should come to no surprise the hotel chain has its own music director to add a unique acoustic flair to the chain's notoriety.
Last week the W-Hotel Buckhead threw an intimate shindig celebrating the release of the hotel's latest music CD, Symmetry - a collection of music compiled by their Global Music Director, style maven Michaelangelo L'Acqua.
Charged with integrating music into the overall brand of the worldwide hotel chain, L'Acqua steps out in bold fashion blending smoky ambient remixes with glam dance tracks for his latest compilation. Symmetry features music from Mike Snow, Little Dragon, Sebastien Tellier and a host of other "Ibiza-inspired" artists.
Before working for W Hotel Worldwide, L'Acqua created atmosphere for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. His production company, Onda produced fashion shows for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and a host of others.
I still remember that spring day of 1993 at my friend Josh's house when I first played Street Fighter II on Super NES. A higher echelon of gaming competition was introduced to me invoking a fury in my soul. I loved it. Most players of the game can confirm the cocky satisfaction that fills you after vanquishing your buddy with a well-timed shoryuken. Street Fighter II was the revolution of mano-a-mano gaming and became the grand pappy of many, many many fighting games to come. Like a fried Twinkie, too much of a good thing can be monstrously destructive. The genre suffered a powerful decline earlier this decade partly due to consumers being bombarded by fighting games, sequels and updates. It seemed that every few months you had a new game with the Street Fighter or Capcom name: X-Men vs Street Fighter Ex, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, SNK vs Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3 Double Impact, Marvel vs Capcom, blah blah blah. All of these were great, but it got heavy on the wallet, and doesn't include all the other miscellaneous fighting games from Capcom, SNK or Namco (Remember Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Samurai Showdown, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure?). I won't bother going into the 3D fighters, the point is made that there were a lot. Marvel vs Capcom 2 was truly the reason to buy a Sega Dreamcast in 2000 as it brought together all characters from five years of Capcom crossover fighting games. Sadly, we gamers later found that MvC2 represented the apparent end of 2D fighters, a depressing realization that set in as 3D gaming became the mainstream. Capcom even stated there would never be another numeric Street Fighter title. But Producer Yoshinori Ono changed the fate of world warriors when he pitched the revival of the series to Capcom bigwigs in 2006, it was a go with one condition: it had to be done proper.
Its finally here, yeah nucca - The long-awaited return on Aaron McGruder's animated series The Boondocks kick off it's third season Sunday, May 2, on Adult Swim. The premiere episode pokes fun at the hysteria and rockstar status of #44 - POTUS Barack Obama.
According to a recent post on Atlanta Magazine's website, the episode entitled "Its a Black President, Huey Freeman", Huey (voiced by Regina King) is labeled a domestic terrorist by a cable news show for befriending Obama on MySpace. From the teaser vids posted on Boondocks Bootleg, McGruder and crew seem to satire the groundswell support and sometime mindless adoration for Barack Obama.
South Park has already had their fun mocking the nation's polarized views about having a Black President the season 12 episode "About Last Night", which showed the citizens of South Park using the newly elected president as a catch-all excuse to party, while McCain supporters (including Ike) prepared for the end of days. Later we find out the Presidency is only a ruse - a distraction on a national level orchestrated by Obama, McCain and their team to pull off an Ocean's 11-styled jewelry caper.
The LA Times reports that this season will have guest appearances by familiars Ed Asner and Charlie Murphy, but also will feature Bill Mahr, Billy Dee Williams and Marion Ross. The Times (dem Bitches) also have an exclusive trailer on their site promoting the new season. Rumors on the interwebs report that the series will also
Most gamers know of Final Fantasy. Seriously, a gamer who has not at least heard of the franchise is like a movie goer whose never heard of Star Wars. The innovations and cult-like fandom of this Japanese series has definitely made its mark on the world's gaming culture. It can be argued Square's ingenuity in gameplay and story telling opened the door to games for development of a bevy of intense story-arced series such as Mass Effect and World of Warcraft.
In regards to the franchise, Final Fantasy's VI and VII introduced me to a mind-blowing level of epic narrative in games. However the series lost its momentum in previous releases due to an uncharacteristic lack of finesse for the series. Now with the release of the latest version: Final Fantasy XIII, it seems Square is attempting to correct their pass faults by throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. Yeah it has some interesting new features and stunning visuals but sorely, too many ideas were attempted without thinking them through.
Hear me out, This is a great game with some shining points, but there are tedious moments. Check it!
"Good Night Guildies."
That is what we hear almost every raid night during our five minute, usually more like 10-minute break from Justin, the 7-year-old son of a World Of Warcraft guild member I'm a part of. Justin has become almost symbolic of what our motley band of thirty-to-forty-something year-olds is about. Most of us have spouses and kids that take precedence over our addictive gaming hobby. If we didn't have kids we probably would be raiding five-to-six days a week for several hours a night instead of the three days a week for a couple of hours each of those nights.
I guess its official now that I've read the press release - Conan O'Brien's new late night show will be on TBS. According to a statement released today, O'brien will host a late night talk show starting in November. Here's what the release said about the decision:
OBrien began talks in earnest with TBS just last week, after George Lopez personally called him to ask that he consider joining the networks late-night line-up. I cant think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in, Lopez said. Its the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy.
Said OBrien: In three months Ive gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now Im headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly."
TBS plans to move O'Brien's show into the 11pm time slot currently held by Lopez Tonight. Lopez's show will move to a midnight time slot. No details were revealed about the show format but I wouldn't be surprised to see glimpses of Conan's past on the new network.
CoCo is currently on tour with his "Legally Prohibited from Being on Television" which kicks off tonight in Eugene, Ore.
The battle wages on. It seems you can't get a real consensus on who's on top amongst Twihards in Atlanta: Team Edward or Team Jacob. The argument gets a little more intense as the books progress, but now its getting more heated as the Twilight saga is playing out on the big screen as well between the picturesque Robert Pattinson and his on-screen rival Taylor Lautner.
Yeah, we can flutter about, back and forth on the matter but on Friday, the ATL was home for the wolfpack as two members of Jacob's brood - Chaske Spenser and Tyson Houseman, made an appearance at the Blockbuster Video in Brookhaven in support of the midnight release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on DVD. In the film, Spencer plays Sam, the older of the shape-shifting group, while Houseman plays the youngest member - Quil.
During their time at the Blockbuster store, the two answered questions from the audience, took photos with fans and signed over 300 copies of the two-disc Special Edition version of New Moon DVD.
Fans asked Spencer and Houseman to reveal information about the next installment of the Twilight series, Eclipse due in theaters in November, but they were not forthcoming with the details. Spencer finally broke down telling the audience to, "Expect more action in Eclipse."
The audience went crazy.
Zoo Wee Mama!
As part of Youth Empowerment Day in the city of Atlanta, kids were kind enough to brought their parents along to hang out and meet "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author Jeff Kinney and stars of the film Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron.
The festivities were held after school at Warren T Jackson Elementary School and hosted by Star 94's Cindy and Ray.
The event kicked off with Cindy and Ray pumping up the crowd. After a round of screams, cheers an applauds, Kinney along with actors Gordon and Capron made their way to the stage. While there, Ray read the proclamation from the City of Atlanta officially making March 9 Youth Empowerment Day. Afterwards, the cast along with the audience participated in a game of "wimpy kid says," a take off the schoolyard game Simon Says. Kids also had the opportunity to ask the author and movie cast members questions about the book and the upcoming film.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid opens Friday, March 19 in area theaters.
CoCo must have a lot of time (and money) on his hands because he just dropped some big news that will make his die hard fans pretty happy. Two hours ago, Conan O'Brien announced via Twitter that he's packing up and taking his show on the road.
Hey Internet: I'm headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour. Go to http://TeamCoco.com for tix. I repeat: It's half-assed.
The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour is scheduled for 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada next month. The tour kicks off in Eugene, Ore. April 12, and will end in Atlanta, Ga. at The Fabulous Fox Theater on June 14. Since the announcement earlier this morning, two new shows have already been added for the Chicago and New York show stop dates.
Conan has been flying under the radar since leaving his gig as the Tonight Show host in January. If you follow his posts on Twitter, you'd think he's just been sitting around in his underwear (or sometimes naked) eating cereal and talking to squirrels in his backyard. Its good to know he's put that big hairdo to good use and got a show together. According to the exit agreement with NBC, O'Brien cannot have another TV show until September so maybe let his fans know what his next steps will be on the final leg of his tour in Hotlanta.
Tickets for the tour went on sale on Ticketmaster this morning. According to the Ticketmaster's website, price for the Atlanta, Ga. show range from $55 to $99 (price includes the Ticketmaster processing fees).