Friday, July 29, 2016

BOSCO and Speakerfoxxx want to talk about women and sneaker culture

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 12:40 PM

click image WHERE THE GIRLS ARE: Catch BOSCO and Speakerfoxxx discussing women's role in sneaker design at the High Museum's Rich Theatre on Aug. 5. - BY FAISAL MOHAMMAD
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  • WHERE THE GIRLS ARE: Catch BOSCO and Speakerfoxxx discussing women's role in sneaker design at the High Museum's Rich Theatre on Aug. 5.
In a sea of news about Kanye’s latest shoe collection or the next gotta-have-it sneaker styles from Nike, rarely is there a woman positioned as the face (or designer) behind athletic footwear, traditionally an avenue reserved for men. For every promo about Rihanna’s collab with Puma, there are thousands for male athletes and celebrities pairing up with footwear brands. And more than just the spokespersons, what about the women behind the scenes?

That’s what BOSCO and Speakerfoxxx want to talk to you about. On the heels of their inarguably fire collab single “Girls in the Yard,” musician Brittany Bosco (aka BOSCO) and DJ/recording artist Speakerfoxxx are teaming up once again for a panel discussion dubbed Where Are the Women in Sneaker Design? At the High Museum of Art, to coincide with the museum’s recently opened exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, on display now through Aug. 14.

The event, happening Fri., Aug. 5, at the Rich Theatre followed by a performance by the duo on the Sifly Piazza, will also feature New York designer Sophia Chang discussing her own collaboration with Puma, and Los Angeles-based designer Melody Ehsani on her collaboration with Reebok. “It just felt right,” BOSCO says about being asked to join the panel. “Atlanta is our home base, so it was an honor to be included in this group of phenomenal women designers.”


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State regulators OK Georgia Power plan for more solar and nuke energy as utility edges away from coal

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Update to Georgia Power's 20-year plan calls for more shiny panels to soak up the sun - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • Update to Georgia Power's 20-year plan calls for more shiny panels to soak up the sun

Georgia Power, the company that lights up metro Atlanta, is looking to make more electrons from nukes and the sun as it edges away from coal. State regulators broadly gave the utility the go-ahead for that vision for the next three years — but not without some debate about who should take on the financial risk.

In a 4-1 vote on Thursday, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved an update to Georgia Power’s 20-year plan that envisions the utility adding on a substantial bit more renewable energy. The plan also OKs Georgia Power spending $99 million on preliminary studies for a possible new nuclear power plant on the Chattahoochee River in Stewart County.

The decision was tough, said Stan Wise, one of members of the elected, all-Republican, five-member body that determines how much people pay to heat up their ovens and turn on their lights.

“When I first took office [in 1995], coal generation in this state was over 70 percent. Today it’s under 30 percent,” said Wise. “We can debate the wisdom of the coal exodus but the void has to be replaced with something that is cost-effective, that can maintain that diverse portfolio that we’ve come to take such pride in.”

That’s the question regulators and power companies everywhere struggle with: where will we get electricity, how do we make sure it’s reliable, and how much will it cost? Nuclear power gets dissed because it's so expensive to build, is freakin' complex, and prone to delay (as people near Waynesboro have seen). Plus, its byproduct is literally radioactive.

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Democratic National Convention: Day 4

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 9:40 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. Check out photos from Day 3 here.

Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother, Hillary Clinton, on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother, Hillary Clinton, on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
Bill Clinton during Chelsea Clinton's introduction of Hillary Clinton on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Bill Clinton during Chelsea Clinton's introduction of Hillary Clinton on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Clinton speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • Hillary Clinton speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

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First Slice 7/29/16: Funds raised for homeless teen frozen, questions raised

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Donors pledged more than $184,000 to fund Fred Barley's education, but the woman who started the campaign says he may not receive the money - FACEBOOK/SUCCESS FOR FRED
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  • Donors pledged more than $184,000 to fund Fred Barley's education, but the woman who started the campaign says he may not receive the money

GoFundMe officials have frozen an account with $184,000 raised to send a homeless young man to school. The 19-year-old student, Fred Barley, says he rode his bike 50 miles to register for Gordon State College, then slept in a tent on campus until local police officers found him and chipped in to get him a hotel room. The woman who took up Barley's cause and started the campaign says she now has "multiple questions about his story." So far she hasn't elaborated on any of those questions.

Soon-to-be-former Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee sent an email to supporters after losing in this week's runoff election. Though he doesn't mention the new Braves stadium by name, he stands by his decision. He says, "That investment - however unfairly maligned and misrepresented - is already paying off and will enrich this community long after many of us are gone."

Think tiny house living might be right for you? Stop by the Decatur Tiny House Festival this weekend to learn about the benefits and challenges of living in such a small place, plus get informed about Georgia's and Atlanta's laws on minimum square footage requirements for homes.

Curbed Atlanta invites Atlantans to sound off on controversial developer Jeff Fuqua in a poll regarding the plans for his latest project in Reynoldstown.

Jack Davis, Georgia illustrator and founding editor of MAD Magazine, has died at age 91. “There is not a humorous illustrator in the past 50 years who hasn’t been influenced by him,” says MAD art director Sam Viviano.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Empty apartment becomes DIY gallery for ‘The Sofa Show’

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

click image THE PURGE: Artist Katie Troisi's installation for The Sofa Show was inspired by this Instagram photo taken as part of her "He Got the Cat in the Divorce" project. - PHOTO BY KATIE TROISI
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  • THE PURGE: Artist Katie Troisi's installation for The Sofa Show was inspired by this Instagram photo taken as part of her "He Got the Cat in the Divorce" project.
Marissa Graziano is leaving Atlanta. She’ll soon head to Massachusetts to pursue an MFA in Painting at Boston University — but not before she hosts an art opening in her Highland Avenue apartment.

The Sofa Show, conceived in response to the Low Museum’s closing and the temporary stall in MINT Gallery shows, will feature works from nearly 20 local artists displayed in Graziano’s first-floor apartment, including Abigail Justman, Tori Tinsley, Alex Kerr, and Nick Gable, as well as Graziano herself. Expect everything from paintings and photographs to installations and more. The show will also serve at Graziano’s going-away party. “I want to help contribute to the quickly growing DIY atmosphere that artists are establishing throughout the city,” she says.

As part of The Sofa Show, ATL-based artist Katie Troisi will display her first installation piece, which plays off of her Instagram photography project, He Got the Cat in the Divorce. Troisi has used the project to chronicle her struggles with moving out of the house she and a former partner had shared for several years. “Seems an appropriate way to close out the project,” Troisi adds. If you’re looking for an intimate experience that shows just what this city’s DIY art movement is about, look no further.

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Atlanta starts designing program that could send some low-level offenders to services rather than jail

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:38 AM

The city jail could see fewer inmates if city and county officials and service providers successfully design pre-arrest diversion program. - ERIC CASH
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  • The city jail could see fewer inmates if city and county officials and service providers successfully design pre-arrest diversion program.

In late June, judges, prosecutors, police, and social service providers started trying to answer an important and timely question: How can they reduce arrests (and recidivism) for city ordinance violations and help the people arrested avoid the vicious cycle of the criminal justice system altogether?

The proposed solution they discussed is pre-arrest diversion, a program that aims to stop people accused of committing low-level crimes from ever seeing a jail cell. Over the next 12 months, officials will try to create a program that would divert people from arrest toward services meant to address the root causes of their offenses, such as homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse.

Some local protesters who rallied following two high-profile police killings called for police to stop disproportionately jailing black people for low-level crimes, such as selling small amounts of marijuana. Pre-arrest diversion, depending on how it’s designed, could help accomplish that goal.

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Democratic National Convention: Day 3

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:58 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. 

At the end of President Obama's speech, Hillary Clinton came out and gave the President a hug and the two left the stage together. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • At the end of President Obama's speech, Hillary Clinton came out and gave the President a hug and the two left the stage together.
President Barack Obama's remarks at the Democratic National Convention. - JOEFF DAVIS
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  • President Barack Obama's remarks at the Democratic National Convention.

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Weekend Arts Agenda: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:57 AM


This weekend, the Infinite Energy Center brings a classic musical to Atlanta. Based on stories from the Book of Genesis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the titular Joseph, son of Jacob, through his trials and tribulations. Full of catchy tunes, the family-friendly musical continues to please audiences.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat runs Sat., July 30, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., thru Sun., July 31, at 3 p.m., at the Infinite Energy Center.

You have three days before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits shelves, Atlanta. Here’s some things to do between butterbeer runs, all laid out after the jump.

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First Slice 7/28/16: 'Don't boo. Vote.' Best Democratic campaign slogan ever?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:34 AM

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President Obama gave one of the biggest speeches of his presidency at last night's DNC. A lofty vision, full of hope and optimism and American exceptionalism, it stood in stark contrast to the doom and gloom cast at last week's RNC. He told the crowd of conventioneers he wanted them to lift up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton the same way they lifted him up eight years ago. But the biggest takeway came as an aside, when his mention of "homegrown demagogue" Donald Trump garnered boos from the crowd. "Don't boo. Vote." he responded, inadvertently creating the closest thing the Democrats have yet to a bona fide campaign slogan.

Also, America's Uncle, VP Joe Biden, called Trump's promise to lift the middle class a bunch of "malarkey." And VP nominee Tim Kaine did a halfway decent impression of the Donald. Oh, and Mayor Reed hopped on the mic to introduce former NY Mayor Bloomberg.

Have you heard about Zoo Atlanta's gay flamingos? Apparently No. 20 and No. 46 stole an egg from a hetero couple during last year's mating season and raised the chick as their very own. Now they're empty nesters.

Unemployment ticked up in Atlanta last month, partly due to the summer school break. But it's still lower than it was a year ago. 

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced yesterday that the state would be dropping all charges against police officers in the case of Freddie Gray. The embattled prosecutor listed several definitive reforms that would make for a more successful pursuit of such prosecutions, including the ability to enlist an independent investigatory agency. "Without real substantive reforms to the current criminal justice system, we could try this case 100 times and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result," she said, proving that even in a majority-black city with a black mayor, black prosecutor, black judge, and black police officers, cases like these are rife with deep, systemic challenges.

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