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Irish drone hovering above 10th & Peachtree for St. Patrick's Day Parade in @MidtownATL? At least lights are green. pic.twitter.com/zms4PPyWT1
- Jay Tribby (@D2ChiefofStuff) March 15, 2014
Some jerks are stealing storm grates along roads, creating a safety hazard and leading the Georgia Department of Transportation to start stamping their initials on the plates.
An Atlanta man riding as a passenger in a minivan on Saturday morning was killed when the vehicle was struck by an Atlanta Police officer who was responding to a call.
State lawmakers, as always, are once again pushing efforts to strip the seemingly untouchable Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand of some of his power.
Why was an Atlanta man shot and killed on Friday night while walking between apartment buildings near Sylvan Hills?
The U.S. Commerce Department has given its blessing for federal officials to "relinquish" the remaining control the country has over that massive depot of pornography and Upworthy posts called the Internet.
Finally: Ukrainian officials say Russian soldiers have pushed deeper into their territory.
In a recent interview with NPR, Patterson said "We're at a juncture right now where bookstores as we've known them are at risk; libraries as we've known them are at risk, publishers are at risk, American literature is at risk... and getting kids reading is at risk."
Diane Capriola, co-owner of Decatur's Little Shop of Stories, agrees.
"The real beauty of what he's doing is he's trying to raise awareness of the importance of independent bookstores," Capriola said.
Little Shop of Stories was one of the independent bookstores to receive a grant of up to $15,000 as part of Patterson's giveaway. Patterson reportedly placed no requirements on how to spend the money. Some bookstores are spending the funds to give their employees raises, others to increase their presence at book fairs - Little Shop of Stories is using the money to buy a bus and turn it into a bookmobile.
"For about a year-and-a-half we've had this idea in our heads of creating some kind of bookmobile - taking an old school bus and just kind of revamping it and turning it into something really fun. We didn't have the cash to do it until now," Capriola said.
Capriola and Dave Shallenberger opened Little Shop of Stories nine years ago. After several years, Capriola said she and Shallenberger soon learned that to stay in business, Little Shop of Stories had to become much more than just a bookstore.
"The thing that we learned is that to survive we can't just sell books," Capriola said. "We've got to create events and really get out there, [sharing] books with people."
The bookstore focuses primarily on children and young adult books and Capriola said its mission is to turn children into "lifelong readers."
"We're always looking for ways we can extend our reach," Capriola said. "A lot of it is about reaching out to families and not just the individual child but getting parents on board about why reading is so important."
Capriola and Shallenberger hope to further this aim by using the bookmobile for a variety of things including bringing book fairs to local schools, using it to transport authors to speak to children and bringing books to those less fortunate.
"I'm sure there will be a charitable component where we'll be going to needy schools and giving out books," Capriola said.
This isn't the first time a popular author has made an effort to give back to local and independent booksellers, Shallenberger said.
Last year, poet Sherman Alexie offered to work at a local bookstore to create awareness of the importance of independent booksellers. Shallenberger said the idea spread like wildfire.
"It became a big national thing overnight and we had a couple big authors in our bookstore for that day," Shallenberger said.
So far, Patterson has given out approximately $267,000 to 55 bookstores around the country. Shallenberger said he hopes to have a bus purchased and decorated in time for the Decatur Book Festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend.
Capriola said the possibilities for the bookmobile are endless.
"We're just now realizing that there is so much we can do with the bus," Capriola said.
Georgia native James Brown's long-awaited biopic will finally make its way to the big screen this summer. And the first trailer for Get On Up has just hit the web. It stars Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42 to mixed reviews, and is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).
Whereas musical biopics have trended toward smaller, indie productions with narrower timelines in recent years, as the New York Times wrote about the new Hendrix pic All is By My Side, Get On Up seems to go for the more traditional womb-to-the-tomb epic as seen in the Oscar-winning Ray. Also unlike the Hendrix biopic, Get On Up will be full of Brown's original music.
Kennesaw State University has announced that they will reinstall Ruth Stanford's "A Walk in the Valley." KSU administration censored the artwork from the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art days before the opening of the museum because, according to a state from the university, "did not align with the celebratory atmosphere of the Museum's opening." Stanford wrote about the experience and complicated decision to negotiate with the KSU administration for CL last week.
In a statement to CL about today's announcement, Stanford said, "I am happy that my work is going back in the show so that viewers can see it and form their own opinions. However, despite my best efforts I feel that KSU largely continues to control the conversation. The conversation should be about censorship, and KSU does not want to talk about that."
Read the full statement from KSU after the jump.
The Osborn Award recognizes Payne's play, Perfect Arrangement, which premiered in June 2013 at The Source Festival in Washington D.C., directed by Linda Lombardi. The award is designed to recognize the work of an author who has not yet achieved national stature. Last year it went to Keri Healey for Torso. Previous winners have included Yussef El Guindi, Rebecca Gilman, Keith Glover and Richard Kalinoski.
The award, which comes with a $1000 prize, will be presented to Payne in a ceremony on April 5.
In January, Payne told critic Andrew Alexander, who profiled Payne for our 20 People to Watch issue in January, "I'm taking 2014 as a year of reboot. Since my work started to garner some degree of attention, I haven't stopped working at any point and just made myself available to opportunities as they arise. I was really intrigued by the possibility of what would happen if I did that."
It looks like this might be Payne's year.
It's taken years, but Atlanta's food trucks may soon be allowed to sell their pizza slices, smoked barbecue pork, decadent cupcakes on the city's streets. And South Downtown would be the first to welcome the mobile food chariots in the not-so-distant future.
A new City Hall ordinance would launch a pilot program that permits food trucks operate on public property in select spots near what's considered "Government Walk" - the general area where local, state, and federal employees spend their days. If the trial run gains enough traction, it may pave the way for food trucks to set up shop throughout the entire city.
The proposal would let operators park their vehicles in designated spots - they'd still have to feed the meter, of course - at varying hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (exact times would vary based on the uses of surrounding buildings).
For starters, 18 designated locations on several streets would be available to vendors on a first come, first serve basis each day. The trucks could occupy two back-to-back parking spaces on Central Avenue, Mitchell Street, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Trinity Avenue, and Pryor Street:
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the west side of Central Avenue between Trinity Ave and Mitchell Street.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the south side of Mitchell Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the north side of Mitchell Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the south side of Mitchell Street between Pryor Street and Central Avenue.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the south side of Martin Luther King Jr[.] Drive between Washington Street and Central Avenue.
-Six metered parking spaces (three Food Trucks) on the west side of Pryor Street between Martin Luther King Jr[.] Drive and Mitchell Street. Food Trucks utilizing these spaces shall be subject to the posted rush hour parking restrictions.
-Four metered parking spaces (two Food Trucks) on the east side of Pryor Street between Mitchell Street and Trinity Avenue.
-Two metered parking spaces (one Food Truck) on the north side of Trinity Street between Central Avenue and Washington Street. Any Food Truck utilizing this space shall be subject to the posted rush hour parking restrictions.
The new law will likely make life easier for food truck vendors, says Greg Smith, president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition. He says the ordinance is a "good place to start" as the city and coalition try to expand food truck access across the entire city. The streamlined permitting process eliminates much of the "time consuming and painful" elements that have long hindered food truck vendors. Operators will still have to pass Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness' health inspections, should the city's ordinance move forward.
"It was difficult to be a food truck vendor in Atlanta," Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean tells CL. "It's a wonderful business model that's very popular and gives people options. It gives restaurants a chance to test food to expand their models."
The food truck expansion ordinance, which requires vending to happen at least 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants, sailed through Council's Public Safety Committee earlier this week with a 6-1 vote. Councilman Kwanza Hall called the ordinance a "step in the right direction." Councilman Michael Julian Bond urged for the citywide expansion to happen "as quickly as possible."
On the other hand, Councilman C.T. Martin, who cast a vote against the measure, told CL after the meeting that he still had lingering questions and needed more time to understand how the process works. He expressed concerns about the preferential treatment food truck vendors might now be receiving compared to traditional street vendors near Five Points, Woodruff Park, and Turner Field.
"I didn't think that the [street] vendors were getting the same kind of respect that [food truck] vendors are getting," Martin says.
Council is expected to take up the matter on Monday during their full meeting. If passed, city officials says the pilot program could last between three and six months.
- Sorry for the headline: The third installment in Liam Neeson's action franchise will start filming here on April 24. Forest Whitaker joins the cast.
- Term Life filmed on Trinity Street S.W., Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, and Northside Drive. Random Jon Favreau break!
- "Rectify," which usually films in Griffin, shot in the city this week.
- The Octavia Spencer-starrer "Red Band Society," a TV movie for Fox, also filmed around midtown. Fun fact! The project is being directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who you should remember from every crazy angle on "American Horror Story."
- "Halt and Catch Fire" filmed on Conyers' North Main Street.
Magic City, there can be only one. The famed Atlanta strip club won a trademark infringement case against a business group in Chicago that attempted to co-opt Magic City's name and silhouette design in their advertising and signage.
Fuqua plans to begin construction on a mixed-use development that will be anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market. The new project is being erected at Piedmont Avenue and Cheshire Bridge Road. The developer believes that the 6-acre project along Piedmont Avenue could completely transform the corridor between Midtown and Buckhead.
If you're overwhelmed by an inexplicable sense of gloom and doom at any point today, please remember U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia happens to be in town to speak at a constitutional symposium.
Hey, it's 3/14, Pi Day. It's a special day for Americans where we get together with our friends and loved ones and gorge ourselves on sugary baked goods and talk about math. So it's like most other days, but we talk about math for a few minutes.
It's your first weekend to see Molly Hatch's "Physic Garden," a "two-story tall, hand-painted 'plate painting'" comprised of 456 plates, commissioned by the High and installed in its Margaretta Taylor Lobby earlier this week. "Physic Garden" is the largest such work Hatch has ever produced - inspired by two 18th century Chelsea Factory plates from the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics; the source plates "depict realistic flora and fauna" whose stylistic roots likely sprout from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. "I am thrilled to work with such a talented contemporary artist as Molly and to have the outcome be such a dynamic and monumental acquisition for the High," says Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design, in a release. Saturday is also the High's "Culture Shock" night, featuring live music and inspired by the photographer Abelardo Morell. More on that here.
A hint of the absurd also fuels Swinsky's obsession. Like an amalgamation of horror's most iconic villains - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, Halloween's Michael Myers, Friday the 13th's Jason Vorhees - his main character is a masked murderer named Lazer who makes quick, sometimes comical, work of his victims.
Swinsky began honing his own eye for the gruesome during his teens as a skateboarder in Atlanta, where he documented the scene from a filmer board while using an old hi-8 camera with a telephoto lens taped on it to create a makeshift fisheye. Those early skate films, including one titled Southern Comfort that earned him a lawsuit from the liquor brand, deepened his fascination for shock footage and raw reality as explored through his work with Vice and his Vrille video series.
Today, as director of photography for directing team Motion Family, he contributes to music videos for many of rap's biggest names. It's a complementary career for the horror king of Vine, as he was crowned last year upon winning Tribeca Film Festival's first Six-Second Film Competition. In preview of the April competition, for which he's again nominated, we explored the roots of his repulsive vice and the rape scenes featured in his recently directed Black Lips video "Boys in the Wood."
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