Saturday, October 31, 2009

5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

1) Atlanta Pride Festival officially kicks off in Piedmont Park.

2) Bands of America perform at Georgia Dome.

3) Big City Burlesque stages The Seven Deadly Showgirls at 7 Stages.

4) Hand of Doom performs at 529.

5) Halloween is in full effect with Fuggin Monster Jam, Silver Scream Spook Show and Halloweenus Wangdoodle, to name a few.

See more Atlanta events.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Here's the Democratic Party mailer labeling Norwood a Republican

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Here's the second of two Democratic Party of Georgia mailers that allege mayoral candidate Mary Norwood is actually a Republican. Jim Galloway's got photos of the other. SpaceyG also provided a link to one.


Click to enlarge. More photos, including Norwood's TV commercial response, are after the jump.

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New Kasim Reed ad reams Norwood as Republican

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Remember yesterday when I was praising a TV ad by Kasim Reed for its positive, upbeat, love-everybody tone?

Well, that was then. Today Reed has a new ad that smears Norwood as a Republican:

So much for civility. Now that polls indicate that Reed has pulled comfortably ahead of Borders, he's changed tack and is trying to pull support away from Norwood in order to prevent her from winning on Nov. 3 without a runoff.

Will it work? Damned if we know, but we'll be watching carefully to find out…

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Center for Puppetry Arts receives 75,000 big ones

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Create a puppet workshop (Courtesy Joe Boris)
  • Create a puppet workshop (Courtesy Joe Boris)

The Center for Puppetry Arts just received a $75,000 Common Good Funds Grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta so they can keep doin' what they do.

Since 1951, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting community members, nonprofits, and other partners to strengthen the Atlanta region through philanthropy. Today they are one of the largest Community Foundations out of the more than 700 that exist around the country. With the support of their donors, The Community Foundation averages more than $75 million in grants annually to an estimated 2,000 nonprofit organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Center for Puppetry Arts nonprofit organization operates with minimal staff and limited resources and still manages to continually provide awesome programming to the community such as the Ghastly Dreadfuls this time of year. The Center is dedicated to educating the public about the past, present, and future of puppetry as an art form. It's not afraid to experiment either, as with 2008's Cinderella Della Circus. The Center also tries to make its programming accessible to as much of Atlanta as possible through ticket donations and special programming.

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'30 Rock' visits totally made-up Stone Mountain

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Long ago Tina Fey's sitcom "30 Rock" established that resident hayseed-naif Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer) hails from Stone Mountain, Ga. "Stone Mountain" provided the title of last night's episode, in which Fey's Liz Lemon and Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaughey traveled to the Bible Belt to find a new "TGS" cast member with appeal for Middle American viewers. McBrayer was born in Macon and raised in Conyers, but it's not surprising that "30 Rock's" notion of Stone Mountain -- located in "Western Georgia" -- bears virtually no resemblance to the suburb found East of Atlanta. At one point a Stone Mountain newscaster announces that a local funnyman "has been hired by a Catholic to appear on 'TGS' with a black fella." One gets the impression that "30 Rock's" creators think that people actually live on Stone Mountain. It's good for a few chuckles, though:

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Poll: Norwood at 45 percent, Reed at 25 percent

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

A new Insider Advantage poll shows Mary Norwood's still the frontrunner in the Atlanta mayor's race with 45 percent support. Kasim Reed trails with 25 percent. Lisa Borders, who until two weeks ago was second in the race, is third with 16 percent. Jesse Spikes is in the low single digits. Eleven percent of the poll respondents were undecided. (Here's a link to a PDF of the poll's crosstabs.)

So sayeth pollster Matt Towery, CEO of IA:

“Based on this survey, if the election were held today, Norwood would likely be within one or two percent of winning the race without a runoff. Her barrage of ads and the apparent decline in Borders’ support suggests that white voters are moving to Norwood. That said, Reed now appears to be the African-American candidate with substantial support from the black community.

What's interesting about the mayor's race right now: It's about image rather than platforms.

Borders, Reed and even the Georgia Democratic Party have accused Norwood of being a Republican. Norwood, who invited the criticism after she said earlier this week that she couldn't remember if she ever voted for George W. Bush, responded with a TV ad. In it, she rattles off the names of Democrats and even Ross Perot, which, in my opinion, might've done her more harm than good.

The Reed campaign today issued a statement calling the Norwood spot a "slick and calculated denial of her well-documented Republican past" and a "scheme to trick Atlanta’s Democratic majority into making a false choice on the eve of this election."

Political wonks take note: Campaign disclosure reports, which'll tell us how much cash each candidate has to spend in the final days before Nov. 3, are due today at 5 p.m.

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Weekend Arts Agenda: Which craft?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Untitled, Sovereign Tree (kingfisher branch) by Todd Murphy
  • Untitled, Sovereign Tree (kingfisher branch) by Todd Murphy

The Atlanta art scene serves up some seasonal spooky shows as well as some great opportunities to meet local artists this weekend. Read on for the rundown.

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Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 7:04 PM

From Macon City Councilman, Peach Pundit main guy, and '69th Most Influential U.S. Conservative' Erick Erickson:

Just sent fake dog poop to Earl Pomeroy: You should too to protest him betraying his constituents. #TEAPARTY #TCOT #RSabout 2 hours ago from TweetDeck

The Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan is now the party of Beck, Palin and plastic poo. Congrats, Erick.

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13 Days of Halloween: The scariest dance video (and other weird sh$%t you'll find on the internet while looking for costumes)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

I was only looking for costume ideas...

(H/T to Gawker)

I also came across this tale of teen angst/recipe for Oh-No-She-Didn't Butternut Squash Soup from

Lindsey was a shoo-in for head cheerleader. Her handsprings were Slinkies on speed; her pikes were 90 degrees of perfection; her dismounts put Nastia Liukin to shame. On top of that, while other cheerleaders decorated the football players’ lockers (Go Warhawks!), Lindsey decorated the other cheerleaders’ lockers. Everyone on the squad adored her.

Except Tiffany. Tiffany, who could only do the splits because she was born with some sort of weirdo ligament problem. Tiffany, who slipped cards into the football players’ lockers after the squad had decorated them so the guys thought the work was hers alone. Tiffany, who had a secret stash of embroidery supplies and could arrange it so that the word FARTER mysteriously appeared on a certain teammate's black bloomers in bright yellow thread. Hmmm.

Find out what happens to Tiffany and grab the inexplicably accompanying recipe here. (And by the way, it's none of your beeswax why I was reading CosmoGirl.)

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