Friday, August 1, 2014

5 things to do: Drafts and Dream Cars

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:43 AM

5 things to do in Atlanta today

1. Drafts and Dream Cars at the High Museum

2. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers and more at the Earl

3. Monsterama at the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta-Perimeter

4. John Heffron at the Punchline

5. Pink Panic at the Big House

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ATLwood: 'Ant-Man' starts filming here next month

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Filming Updates:
>> Ant-Man will begin filming here next month (Aug. 18, to be exact). According to previous reports, including ours, the film will shoot mainly inside the massive Pinewood Studios, though there are rumors of location scouts fanning out around the perimeter. Keep scrolling for some Paul Rudd news.

>> Jennifer Brett is reporting that MTV's "Finding Carter" has been filming at a former hospital facility in Dallas, Ga, while USA's "Satisfaction" shot a night club scene somewhere unknown on Wednesday. Bolden! about the eponymous musician, starring Jackie Earle Haley and Omari Hardwick, has been filming at the Goat Farm.

>> Ride Along 2, following its successor's smash success, has started production here. It filmed at a "downtown parking garage," early this week, according to reports. 55 Park Place, to be exact. Random Olivia Munn break!

>> HBO's Bessie is down in Rutledge.

>> "The Walking Dead" filmed around Gilmer and Courtland Streets earlier this week before moving back to Griffin.

>> Goosebumps — or, rather, some "cars that are being driven by stunt-people" — filmed in Hall, Forsyth, and Jackson counties.

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First Slice 8/1/14: Ebola patient to receive treatment at Emory Hospital, some Americans fear pandemic

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Some Ebola virus particles, like the ones pictured above, are making their way to Atlanta.
  • Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine/Wikimedia Commons
  • Some Ebola virus particles, like the ones pictured above, are making their way to Atlanta.
An American medical missionary who was infected with Ebola while working in Liberia is expected to be admitted to Emory University Hospital for treatment. The medical institution is one of only four hospitals in the country equipped with a highly-isolated facility needed to quarantine the virus. And some U.S. citizens are worried that an outbreak could occur.

In a meeting with Georgia's Latino community leaders, Gov. Nathan Deal took a bit of a "softer tone" on the issue of 1,100 unaccompanied minors from Central America who were sent to Georgia after crossing the U.S. border. "I agree that the president's goal of reuniting these children with their families is certainly the goal that should be worked toward and we are willing to do our part while they're here," Deal said.

Warning: Watch out for flying sledgehammers on the Downtown Connector!

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn made light of a memo that leaked out information about her potential strengths, weakness, and campaign strategies. “I always thought I wanted to run an open and transparent campaign but this has gone beyond what I anticipated or intended,” she said at a Macon campaign stop.

Will Druid Hills become Atlanta's newest neighborhood?

Mark your calendars: The era of the massive Atlanta-Raleigh "megalopolis" will begin in 2060, a new study says.

Eight of Georgia's finest congressmen have backed the decision to sue President Barack Obama.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spring Street viaduct to close in September, prepare for chaos

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The Spring Street viaduct that spans the Gulch, that vast railyard and parking lot near Philips Arena, is in terrible shape. It's in such bad shape that buses and trucks are not allowed on it, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Does this happen in a world-class city, hmmmm?

Starting in early September, crews will begin demolishing the circa 1922 viaduct's northern half between Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Marietta Street. They'll then rebuild the span. The approximately $21 million project, GDOT Spokesman David Spear says, is being built in sequence with the recently replaced Mitchell Street Bridge because the area has high traffic. Construction should be complete in November 2016.

The project, coupled with the ongoing construction of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium, might create a traffic headache. As one would expect when a viaduct gets demolished, pedestrian and auto traffic will be rerouted. Centennial Olympic Park Drive will also be made into a two-way street until Walton Street. What you see above is the proposed street closures. Print it out, tape it to your iPad, and be prepared when construction starts.

“This will be a change for Downtown," Angie Laurie, Central Atlanta Progress' vice president of transportation, said at this morning's CAP town hall. "We are excited it’s happening because the bridge is in need of repair.”

The fun will start all over again next year when crews begin work on the southern section of the viaduct. More information about the project, including a description of the difference between a viaduct and a bridge, can be found here.

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Critic's Notebook: An 'Oklahoma' where the bustiers come sweeping down the plain

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

TO SURREY WITH LOVE: Kelly Chapin Schmidt and Edward McCreary perform in Serenbe Playhouses outdoor production of <em>Oklahoma!</em> Director Brian Clowdus doesnt shy away from some of the shows strange, dark elements.
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  • TO SURREY WITH LOVE: Kelly Chapin Schmidt and Edward McCreary perform in Serenbe Playhouse's outdoor production of Oklahoma! Director Brian Clowdus doesn't shy away from some of the show's strange, dark elements.
Brushing a bit of dust off an old classic is director Brian Clowdus' aim with Serenbe Playhouse's latest show, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! running through Aug. 17. It's an outdoor production which utilizes a real barn as its backdrop: Curly enters on horseback (it's set in rural Oklahoma after all), and the protagonists ride away in the much sung about, but customarily seldom seen surrey with the fringe on top.

The show is mostly a straightforward, capable production of a winning classic, but Clowdus also cleverly teases out some of the story's sinister, enigmatic, and erotic elements (In Oklahoma! who'd have thunk?). It's certainly always seemed that there's more to Laurey's feelings for Jud than what she lets on. And isn't taunting a lonely outsider about suicide kind of creepy and cruel, even by the standards of romantic rivalry? And doesn't that "He fell on his own knife!" at the end sound just a tad bit fishy? These questions tend to come to mind at even the most cheerfully gung-ho production of Oklahoma!, and what's nice about the Serenbe show is that it keeps that quality (and then some) but doesn't shy away from the story's dark corners. This Oklahoma has beautiful mornings and wind-swept plains, sure, but it also has nooses, bustiers, and knife-fights. The smokehouse is appropriately sinister, even hellish (with gallons of stage smoke), and the dream sequence that ends Act I is fittingly dark and erotic, more Cabaret than Disney-princess.

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5 things to do: 100 Watt Horse

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

5 things to do in Atlanta today

1. 100 Watt Horse and more at Mammal Gallery

2. Dining + Design kicks off at Kevin Rathbun Steak

3. Boris, Atlas Moth, and more at Terminal West

4. Locals We Love at Trace at the W Midtown

5. Bill Morris at A Cappella Books

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Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Domestic Hats'

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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"The discipline of architecture needs a swift kick in the ass, especially in Atlanta" Jennifer Bonner told me in an email. Thus Domestic Hats, a new exhibit of hers opening at the Goat Farm, where the James Templeton Kelly Prize-winning artist/Georgia Tech professor will exhibit 15 mega-models (and one "super-mega-model," according to TGF) of roof forms. "I am encouraging 'misbehavior' in architecture, particularly at the roof line," she said.

Bonner said the models are probably closer to "big-big" than "huge," which doesn't make their mission any less large: a re-examination/definition of roofing typologies. It is, she acknowledges, "kind of ridiculous to take typical roof types and recombine, stretch, distort, and multiply them as a proposal for new roof forms."

"So in that sense, 'misbehaving' or 'acting out' is acting as a prompt to encourage the public, clients, and designers to rethink traditional ways of building and designing," she said. Domestic Hats evolved from a curriculum initiative at Tech. With 10,000 square-foot of exhibition space, Bonner will also include a series of 49 model homes, 3D-printed and hung up along the walls with their addresses (so you may see for yourself). She says that the exhibit will be attractive to architecture buffs and artistic laypeople alike. For the former, however, a warning before viewing the show: "They also might disagree with it!"

Opening reception Sat., Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (Also: the announcement of the 48 Hour Design Competition winners.)

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First Slice 7/31/14: West Nile Virus found along Beltline, near other Atlanta parks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Fulton County health officials are urging residents to take precautions after several mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus in Atlanta. The areas include the Historic Fourth Ward Park Skate Park along the Atlanta Beltline, Perkerson Park near Capitol View, Grove Park near Hortense Place, and Ollie Street near Washington Park.

And we have a winner! Jeff Fuqua, the Atlanta developer behind the Edgewood Retail District and the upcoming (and controversial) 800 Glenwood Ave. retail center along the Atlanta Beltline, has been selected to develop the retail portion of the "entertainment district" adjacent to the proposed Atlanta Braves stadium. Pope and Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate will co-develop the rest of the project.

Immigration reform advocates yesterday called on President Barack Obama to push comprehensive immigration reform. One advocate also noted that changes are needed in state laws to better protect undocumented children from being deported. Gov. Nathan Deal, who last week scolded the president about more than 1,000 Central American children being sent to Georgia to be reunited with families, used a "softer tone" in comments with Hispanic community leaders yesterday.

Can a retention pond similar to what was constructed in Historic Fourth Ward Park help solve Peoplestown's flooding woes?

The New York Times editorial board's series urging the feds to end marijuana prohibition continues with a focus on the science behind claims that reefer will make you go bonkers, man.

Think of the grandchildren! In 2100, Atlanta in the summertime might feel a lot like Pharr, Texas.

ICYMI: The Whigs canceled an in-studio performance at Georgia Public Broadcasting yesterday amid protests about the state media outlet's takeover of Album 88.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

'The Bachelorette' FINALE: Nick said it. Well, he whimpered it.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Aw, they have so much frowns in common.
  • Aw, they have so much frowns in common.
It's a strange and beautiful thing when sitting through a third motherfucking hour of this show feels worthwhile. The actual finale? I don't know. Josh definitely did NOT get his suit at Casual Male XL: Big and Tall, which is where he should be shopping, and until now I never knew that people who were created in laboratories could have such active sweat glands. Also, was Chris Harrison sick? He sounds congested. But also his eyes are all glazed and twinkly, so it's fun for me to imagine he schussed down a mountain of cocaine to get to the studio.

Other highlights:

— In the show's intro, Chris Harrison reveals that the guy who Andi did NOT pick followed her to Mexico while she was on vacation, which is the act of a true wiener, which meant Nick definitely did that. Way to spoil it.

— Andi's father Hy tells Josh: "I feel exactly the same way about Andi that you do." Gross!

— Hy's Blessings to get married are meaningless, but, then again, I love a charade.

— Anyone else notice that Josh is a loud breather? It seems so purposeful, just like his top-and-bottom-teeth smile. It's like, I'm respirating, so I make BREATHING SOUNDS. But I guess it takes like a really big fan to motor a gargantuan humanoid.

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Green battle lines formed at Atlanta EPA hearing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters, says 50,000 of the Leagues members and supporters have asked the EPA to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
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  • Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters, says 50,000 of the League's members and supporters have asked the EPA to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
If success in setting federal air pollution policy were measured by comfortable walking shoes on the ground in Downtown, matching T-shirts, and folks giving away donuts and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Tuesday would be considered a big success for those who want to see carbon dioxide limits on existing power plants.

Unseasonably pleasant weather greeted ralliers from all over the Deep South in Centennial Olympic Park, just under the windows of the Omni Hotel, where the federal Environmental Protection Agency was inside holding regional hearings on mandating lower carbon dioxide intensity from power generation nationwide.

"Georgia can build on the success we’ve already had ramping up solar power and bringing in clean, low-cost wind to create jobs, lower power prices and clean up our air," said Mary Anne Hitt, national director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. The West Virginia resident traveled to Atlanta for the hearing and the club was a prime mover in organizing green turnout.

The EPA wants all the states to cut how much carbon dioxide is emitted per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. Georgia’s intensity was 1,500 tons per MWh in 2012, according to the EPA’s math. Federal officials want the number down to 834 by 2030.

Georgia Power, the state’s biggest electric utility, and the place where 2.4 million Georgians get their power, says that’s too much.

“The guidelines penalize Georgia for taking early action in constructing new nuclear,” said Ron Shipman, vice president of environmental affairs at Georgia Power.
Georgia Power is doubling capacity at its nuclear Plant Vogtle on the Savannah River near Augusta. That project, plus a handful of others started by other utilities over the past few years, has helped break a generation-long drought of new nuclear construction.

Given that step it’s already made away from carbon dioxide Georgia Power thinks going all the way down to 834 is an oversized burden.

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