Monday, March 2, 2009

5 things to do: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:15 AM

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1) The Great Novels Made into Great Films series at Emory screens John Huston's adaptation of Wise Blood at White Hall, with an introduction by Salman Rushdie.

2) Brad Gooch discusses Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor at Margaret Mitchell House.

3) Chris Williams' The Eve opens at Apache Cafe with a reception and artist talk.

4) Georgia WAND holds a public forum to discuss nuclear weapons, power and waste issues at the Carter Center.

5) Ludo plays the Masquerade.

(Photo courtesy Anthea)

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Streetalk: Are you more talented than Britney Spears?

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

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Rooster: She’s an entertainer, I’m an entertainer. We’re peers. I play drums and sing and she just sings and just sings and just sings and dances. I’m not better. She may be at the top of her game, but I’m at the top of my game. She’s inspiration for me. I’m waiting to be discovered. It’s a big enough world for everyone. I’m an older cat, she’s still young. She’s endured. The best is yet to come. There are more rap stars without talent than there are people like Britney.

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Pete & Bo: We’re really good with the 7 to 15-year-olds. She takes over the teenagers who actually, like, go out and purchase CDs, but we get the kids going. And then the parents have no choice but to stand there and wait, so they wind up giving us $10 or so. Realistically, I don’t think Britney Spears could come down in the corner and entertain people like we do. With her name, she could, but if nobody knew who she was, we’re more talented. And we got way more sex appeal.

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Kumar: I play horn and sell books. I’m definitely a better writer. Anytime a celebrity is popular I can’t stand them, but anytime the media picks on them then all of a sudden I love them, like Pamela Anderson.  Britney has been picked on enough so she’s endeared to me now. I do an entirely different style of music. For me to say I’m better is not giving her due credit. To say that she’s better is not giving me credit. As long as she sticks to pop and I stick to blues we’ll call it even.

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Cumanana's new world order

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 7:30 AM

LINE BACKER: Glexis Novoa's 'Refurbish, 2007'
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At least one historian has described the Peruvian song form called cumanana as "descuidado," or careless. He meant that in the best way, referring to the form's random, haphazard meter. Likewise, the group exhibition Cumanana currently on view at Saltworks showcases art that feels casual, thrown together and improvisational.

The 13 artists assembled by curator William Cordova all have long histories of collaboration — many of the same shows from the last half decade pop up over and over in their CVs. In Cumanana, the artists use mostly trash, found objects and low-grade materials to channel the experience of making something from nothing. This should sound familiar — the trend of making art whose list of materials reads like the inventory of a homeless lady's shopping cart is well-established.

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5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:15 AM

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1) Japanese drumming troupe Kodo visits the Fox Theatre.

2) The MJCCA hosts the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, with performances by Full Radius Dance, Zoetic Dance Ensemble and more.

3) Atlanta Chamber Players perform at Spivey Hall.

4) Students and instructors their wares at the Spruill Center for the Arts' jewelry market.

5) The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research holds a benefit show at North Atlanta High Center for the Arts.

(Photo by Shinji Minami)

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

News of the Weird

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM

LEAD STORY: Though India is recognized as a world leader in promoting the health benefits of urine, its dominance will be assured by the end of the year when a cow-urine-based soft drink comes to market. Om Prakash, chief of the Cow Protection Department of the RSS organization (India's largest Hindu nationalist group), trying to reassure a Times of London reporter in February, promised, "It won't smell like urine and will be tasty, too," noting that medicinal herbs would be added and toxins removed. In addition to improved health, he said, India needs a domestic (and especially Hindu) beverage to compete with the foreign influence of Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

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Air Loaf: No local love for local bands? Plus Scion Metal Festival preview

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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CL's Chante Lagon and Chad Radford talk about the Scion Metal Festival going on tonight and how it reflects on the tendency for local Atlanta bands to make it big in, say, New York, before they get any serious recognition here. Also be sure to check out Chad's related cover story and let us know what you think in the comments.

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5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 5:15 AM

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1) The Atlanta Rollergirls kick ass and take names at the Yaarab Shrine Center for their season opener.

2) ATLexis09 raises funds for Theatrical Outfit with comedian Ed Helms.

3) Booze it up at the Oakhurst Wine Crawl.

4) The Westside Arts District Art Walk gets under way at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, winding down at Octane.

5) Scion Rock Fest invades the Masquerade.

(Photo by Colin J)

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Photo of the day: February 27, 2009

Posted By on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 12:06 AM

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Hundreds of people stood in the pouring rain outside the Capitol this afternoon to protest the Obama administration's stimulus package. The “Atlanta Tea Party" was one of many Tea Party events that took place across the nation today. The idea originated from CNBC analyst Rick Santelli’s on-air rants last week for a new “tea party” to protest the stimulus plan from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while backed by howls and whistles from traders on the floor.  A You Tube clip of the rave has received more then 800,000 views. At the Atlanta event this afternoon people clumped together under an array of umbrellas, many getting soaked to the bone during the rainstorm. The 40-minute demonstration included speeches by a few members of the Georgia Legislature. The crowd whooped and roared as people from the microphone railed about the “socialists running the country,” called for extensive tax cuts, read the Declaration of Independence and defended the sanctity of the Constitution. The event ended with demonstrators dumping tea bags into a bucket. I guess the revolution starts now?

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(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Franklin: Furloughs can't end without mo' money

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 10:40 PM

On only a couple of hours' notice, Mayor Shirley Franklin called a surprise press conference Thursday to "discuss the current state of the city."

After a cryptic opening statement in which she invoked Shakespeare and the "Ides of March," Herronor told the assembled print, radio and TV reporters: "I came here today for no other reason than to answer your questions."

And with that, she opened the floor for a no-holds-barred Q&A session. One guy asked about an Atlanta Police Foundation report comparing the size of the APD to other cities' police forces. Someone else wanted to know the schedule for paying back funds borrowed from the Watershed cash reserves.

But the question that seemed to set Franklin off came from this reporter. I observed that some Council members (cough, cough, Mary Norwood, cough) had publicly blamed the mayor for the current police furloughs, while she has criticized the Council for rejecting her suggestion to raise property taxes – a move she says made the furloughs necessary. My question had something to do with what it might take to break this stalemate, but I never quite got to finish asking it.

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Plaza Theatre presents what kind of demons? She Demons

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 10:31 PM

The monthly burlesque-and-B-movie festival The Silver Scream Spookshow at the Plaza Theatre presents She Demons at 1 and 10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 28. The 1958 schlock fest features a remote island, dancing jungle girls, snaggle-toothed monster chicks and guys in Nazi uniforms, so it looks sort of like Werewolf Women of the SS, only in black and white and not fake. The trailer calls it "A FRIGHT-Mare of Blood-Chilling HORROR," so you know it's serious, because a frightmare is a lot worse than a regular nightmare:

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