1) Sordid Lives: It's a Drag! continues at Onstage Atlanta.
2) Green Design: The American Institute of Architects COTE Exhibit continues at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur.
3) James Braziel discusses Snakeskin Road at Decatur Library.
4) The Ropes play 529.
5) A Cappella hosts a midnight release party of Thomas Pynchon's latest, Inherent Vice.
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Crab Louie: I played music before I understood the Beatles. Once I got the Beatles, understood the musicianship, it was easily a redefinition of my approach to crafting songs, to instrumentation, to you name it. Even my bass playing. White folks never heard bass being played like that. [It was] nothing short of a complete overhaul of my understanding of how I should approach the instrument and engage the public. I prefer John Lennon as a songwriter, but I can't help but show love for Paul McCartney. Favorite Beatles song: "Mother Nature's Son."
Lauren: He's pretty much affected any modern musician. His involvement with the Beatles paved the way for all different kinds of experimental music. I actually play metal. He paved the way for people like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and everybody after him. He's pretty much the predecessor for everything. And I look at him for more than music, too, in terms of him trying to lead an ecological life. He's a vegetarian. He's really a great person, musically and ethically, too. Favorite Beatles song: "Eleanor Rigby."
Kevin: His bass playing was so original. You will hear that bass melody inside the song itself. It's melody inside another melody. Fantastic. In most songs, the bass is in the background. They're the rhythm section. With McCartney, the bass makes a lot of those Beatles songs. The refrain with "Lucy in the Sky [with Diamonds]," it's all the bass. In "Come Together," it's the sliding bass that really captures it. He just didn't play a bass note, he put a whole melody right into the song. I always think how can I make a bass line really carry a song. Favorite Beatles song: "I'm Looking Through You."
1) Kid Cudi and Asher Roth perform at the Tabernacle.
2) The Pan African Film Festival continues at the Woodruff Arts Center with The End of Poverty?
3) Blondie, Pat Benetar and the Donnas play Chastain Park Amphitheater.
4) Morehouse College hosts the African Dance and Drum Festival.
5) Ricardo Arjona performs at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
(Photo by Duran Rose)
After a July 25th weekend marked by the carjacking of a City Councilman, the killing of a pro boxer and the shooting of an Edgewood resident, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington was once again criticized for his noticeable absence.
At this particular time, I do not know.
An Atlanta Police Department spokesman tells CBS Atlanta on July 29 he didnt know the chiefs whereabouts.
I was surprised to watch a recent press conference regarding crimes near the [Georgia Tech] and see the Atlanta Police Department represented by a lieutenant and a sergeant. Where was the chief? Leadership matters, and he hasnt mattered. His absence has been an issue.
Former Atlanta Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli in a July 30 AJC article.
I want the critics to know that I have not checked out.
Pennington, who says he was at a mandatory training conference in Virginia during the crimes, at a July 30 press conference.
Chris D., Cranston, R.I.
Careful, bud. Thinking outside the box is great, but we don't want to cross the border into the completely insane. That's a chronic risk with continental drift, talk of which was a sure way to clear out your end of the bar at scientific conferences until the 1950s and which still inspires wacky theories. Asteroids don't figure in any of those I've heard about but wait till you get a load of the expanding earth.
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Number of homeless families who were relocated from New York through the city's one-way airline ticket program, since 2007: 550
Amount it costs the city of New York to house a homeless family for a year: $36,000
Amount the city spent to buy plane tickets for the 550 families: $1,000,000
Number of plane tickets the city purchased to relocate a family to Paris: 5
Number of states where the families have chosen to relocate: 24
Number of families that relocated to Georgia: 38
Number of states that had more families relocate there than Georgia did: 2
Number of homeless men who are housed at Atlanta's Peachtree-Pine shelter: 350
Estimated cost to purchase 350 one-way tickets to New York: $29,750
1) Incarnation wraps up at the Alliance Theater.
2) Davila 666 plays the Earl.
3) Award Winning continues at Woodruff Arts Center.
4) Twin Tigers play 529.
5) Jon Reep performs at the Punchline.
(Photo by Will Day)
Southern Voice posted a story today breaking down how Georgia's representatives in the U.S. House and Senate stand on LGBT legislation, as well as their scores from the Human Rights Campaign.
Not surprisingly, it usually comes down to geography, with the strongest support by those representing the Atlanta area and the least support by those representing rural areas. Here's the full chart.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, continues to take the lead on pro-equality issues but Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, has quickly joined alongside Lewis. The pair have become two of Georgia's and the nation's largest voices in Congress in moving pro-equality legislation forward. They were the only two members of the Georgia delegation to vote no on both the Protection of Marriage Act and the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. They were also co-sponsors on six pro-equality bills, including the hate crimes bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Warner Video's straight-to-DVD animated film Green Lantern: First Flight has a terrific premise. Since the Green Lantern Corps amounts to an intergalactic police force, the creative team offers a story that could be pitched as "Training Day... in space!" Test pilot Hal Jordan (voiced by Christopher Meloni) serves the "Ethan Hawke" role as the inexperienced but shrewd rookie, who finds a mentor in celebrated Green Lantern Sinestro (Victor Garber of "Alias"), the evil "Denzel Washington" of the piece.
Apart from a brisk version of Jordan's Earthbound origins, First Flight takes place entirely in space, including such alien planets as Oa and Qward. Given the unlimited imaginative canvas of animation, First Flight would seem perfect for an animated film, but it's a minor disappointment by the standards of such predecessors as the Cold War-era Justice League: New Frontier and the feminist action-fable Wonder Woman.
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