Nearly three weeks after the controversial police raid on local gay bar the Eagle, a protest or two, a press conference, and calls for resignations and outrage throughout the gay and straight communities alike, the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta community are going to church.
The forum came together as a result of a collaboration between openly gay mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser and LGBT community liaison Officer Dani Lee Harris, with help from Atlanta City Council Post 1 at-large candidate Adam Brackman. The forum, which is free and open to the public, starts at at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Virginia-Highland Church. It's co-sponsored by grassroots group Atlantans Together Against Crime, of which Keyser is a founder.
The Georgia Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear arguments in the controversial case of Plant Longleaf, a coal power plant proposed in Southwest Georgia's Early County.
Tom Crawford of Capitol Impact reports:
The justices voted 6-0 this week not to consider the appeal, in effect upholding a July decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals that will allow the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to issue a permit for the Longleaf Energy Station.
The case involves a $2 billion, 1,200-megawatt power plant that was originally proposed by two energy companies, Dynegy of Houston, Tex., and New Jersey-based LS Power Associates. It would be the first coal-fired facility in Georgia in 20 years.
Aurora Theatres comedy boom gives new meaning to the expression I wouldnt go out with you if you were the last person Earth. Directed by Joe Gfaller, boom begins with an unimaginably lousy date that somehow manages only to get worse.
Jo (Eve Krueger), a young journalism student, responds to a Craigslist ad promising a no-strings-attached hookup. Meek marine biologist Jules (Topher Payne), who placed the ad, shies away from Jos sexual aggressiveness, and eventually reveals that hes both gay and a virgin. When Jo asks how he knows hes gay if hes never been with anyone, Jules replies, The non-randomness of the erections.
Nodding to the aquarium in his underground lab, Jules explains that his examination of fish behavior patterns has convinced him that a cataclysmic event is nigh. He and Jo could end up as the last two people on Earth, although Jo accuses him of engineering a Cormac McCarthy meets Road Warrior meets 'Survivor' fantasy. Krueger and Payne prove well-cast as the mismatched couple, but the comedic action doesnt quite crackle in the plays initial section, which unfolds like a Kids in the Hall sketch.
(Photo courtesy Aurora Theatre)
It's Wednesday evening in the Hanover West neighborhood near Buckhead, and the clean-up from the unprecedented storms and floods that whacked metro Atlanta on Sept. 21 and 22 has winded down for the evening. Concerned neighbors mill from house to house, deliver pizzas and supplies, and nurse well-earned beers next to Dumpsters filled with water-logged dry wall and insulation.
Less than four miles away in the historically black Lincoln Homes subdivision, efforts to make sense of the destruction have only just begun. Homeowners stack soggy possessions in front yards and mop up bathrooms covered in pungent mud left from the deluge. Residents toiling into the night tell neighbors leaving to bunk with family members that they'll look after their homes. Compared to Hanover West, where the flood was met with a well-organized communal response, the mood in Lincoln Homes is rife with uncertainty and laden with apprehension as to when things could get back to normal.
(Photo by Liza McLain)
Have you been wondering which city candidates were most likely to be anointed by powerful northside CEOs? Well, wonder no more, because the Buckhead Coalition has spoken by putting a not-inconsiderable sum of money where its mouth is.
Like the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition doesn't do direct endorsements. Unlike the Chamber's questionnaire process, the Coalition makes its picks known with sizable campaign contributions through a PAC.
So here's who got the cash:
Whatever you do, dont call Freddy O the paparazzi. Though hes had run-ins with celebs from Kanye to Beyonce, Freddy says he merely captures images and subjects that are relevant to the times.
How did you get started?
I worked for V-103 for about two years. During that time, I was also a producer for Jermaine Dupri. And Im an artist, so I would have arts shows and worked with the National Blacks Arts Festival and other events around Atlanta. I was trying to figure out a way to make more money, and Im not a very focused person, per se, so I decided to just go buy a camera. I started taking pictures around the radio station, and then one day 50 Cent came into the station. It was during the time he and Kanye West were having their fake beef, and he had a teddy bear with him that he was calling Kanye. I took a picture of him with the bear, and soon all the blogs were requesting my photo because they had seen it online. It pretty much started from there.
Have you ever had a negative run-in with a celebrity?
Oh my God, yes. In this business, especially now that I have my own blog, celebrities immediately recognize me by face. I had a run-in with Kanye West a little before his mother passed away. He was at a bowling alley here in Atlanta. I didnt even know he was going to be there, but when I saw him I took out my camera to take my three pictures. As I was walking out, Kanye ran up to my car and was saying, Dont disrespect me. The funny thing about it was, later that night he took a whole lot of pictures at the Velvet Room.
With Mayor Shirley Franklin closing in on her final three months in office, community tributes celebrating her tenure have begun. The first is an event tonight launching the "Shirley Franklin Legacy Fund," which boasts high-powered co-chairs in ex-Mayor Andy Young and Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
The minimum donation to attend tonight's event is $100, with the money going to "support efforts to address homelessness" and to advance quality education, according to the invitation. The fund is being administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
The invitation, which came from the "Friends of Shirley Franklin," is extended to those who wish to "thank her for 8 years of making us proud," which, you may recall, was Franklin's campaign promise.
This car was parked on Alta Ave. NE when a tree fell on it at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 26. The car was Billy Eiselsteins. All week Billy had purposely parked his car in the front of his house because two big pecan trees in the back of his house had been staining his car with falling pecans. I been parking in the front of my house all week to avoid pecan stains, he said. "I didn't know how bad it was 'til they removed the tree."
(Photos by Joeff Davis)
Drew Barrymore usually radiates high spirits and good cheer on screen, so it makes sense that her directorial debut, Whip It, would display the same virtues. In fact, Barrymores film shows more skill and subtlety than she often reveals in her acting, which comes as a particular surprise in a coming-of-age tale full of roller derby players with names such as Iron Maven and Maggie Mayhem.
Junos Ellen Page plays Bliss, a meek high schooler in a small Texas town who's forced by her mother to compete in social events like the Blue Bonnet Pageant. Bliss finds herself beguiled when she sees three bohemian chicks on roller skates glide into a vintage clothing shop and hand out fliers for a roller derby match. Thrilled by the sight of uninhibited women brawling and working the crowd, Bliss tries out for and joins the Hurl Scouts. She's soon skating alongside supportive tough cookies played by Kristen Wiig, singer Eve, and stuntwoman-turned actress Zoe Bell. Barrymore gives herself the comic relief role as sketchily drawn dum-dum Smashley Simpson.
(Image by Darren Michaels)
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