Sunday, November 8, 2009

5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Aisha Tyler

End the weekend on a comedic note with a stand-up show by Aisha Tyler at Laughing Skull Lounge.

Celebrate the Horizon Theatre's 25th anniversary with an 80s themed party at the Georgia Tech Hotel.

Get out of the city for a breath of fresh air and a glass of fine wine with Les Dames d’Escoffier at the annual Afternoon in the Country.

View Fernbank's new exhibit Gold and catch an afternoon screening of The Goonies at the Pirates and Gold weekend.

Learn a thing or two from the Syrens of the South as they present the ABCs and 123s of Burlesque.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Dance Canvas performance series this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 9:53 PM

2009 Poster Duet

The 2009 fall perfamance series of Dance Canvas kicks off this weekend at the 14th Street Playhouse. Now entering the second year, Dance Canvas features pieces from 10 up-and-coming choreographers. Over 30 professional dancers from Atlanta will perform in the series.

This year's choreographers include:

Juel Lane- (NYC/Atlanta) Ron K. Brown/Evidence; North Carolina School for the Arts

John-Mark Owen- (NYC) American Repertory Ballet, Nashville Ballet

Jennifer Davis- (Atlanta) Florida State Dance Dept.

Jelani Jones- (Atlanta) Jelani Jones Dance Theater (Artistic Director)

Ray Hall- (Atlanta)

Kristin Clay- (Atlanta) The Georgia Ballet

Sarah Boies- (Baton Rouge, LA) The Georgia Ballet

Terry Slade- (Atlanta) Redemption Dance Theater (Artistic Director)

Lonnie Davis- (Atlanta) Royal Caribbean Productions, Refuge Dance Co. resident choreographer

Performances begin tonight at 8 p.m. and continue into the weekend. Visit Dance Canvas for more details.

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Socialism prepares to 'steam roll' Georgia Congressman

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 9:39 PM


At the GOP rally/Tea Party at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, Rep. Paul Broun (R - CrazyPartsOfGeorgia) had a stern warning for Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

"Go tell your Congressman you’re not going to eat this rotten, stinking fish that is . . .  [awkward pause] Pelosi health care!

We’re going to put a stop sign in front of her steam roll of socialism! Go to it, patriots!"

I haven't played Rock-Paper-Scissors in a while, but I'm pretty sure steam roller beats stop sign. Here's a video. Broun's comments begin at the 4:35 mark.

While we're on the subject of gratuitous dumbassitude masquerading as steadfast patriotism, at the same event yesterday House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner's held up what he claimed was his copy of the U.S. Constitution and read aloud from what the section he described as its preamble:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Those words are not from the Constitution. They are from the Declaration of Independence.


The video:

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Weekend Arts Agenda: Free fun.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Breastplate by Flora Rosefsky
  • Breastplate by Flora Rosefsky

Add some extra excitement to this beautiful weekend by heading to these free art events. See what's going on around town after the jump.

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Wanda Sykes Show and Lopez Tonight bring color to late night

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Starting this weekend, uninhibited Hispanic stand-up comedian George Lopez and equally controversial African-American comedian Wanda Sykes make their late night debut challenging the status quo of what Jay Leno refers to as “the parade of nine white men.”

On Saturday, November 7, FOX will premiere The Wanda Sykes Show making Sykes the first black woman since Whoppi Goldberg to have a late night show on network television. Similarly, on Monday, Nov. 9, TBS will air Lopez Tonight that establishes Lopez as America’s first Hispanic late show host.

Late night talk has had its share of minority hosts. The Arsenio Hall Show, The Chris Rock Show, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, The Magic Hour added color to the talk circuit on and off from the mid ‘90s until the untimely cancellation of Rock’s show in 2000. Recently BET put Blacks back on the late hour schedule with the launch of actress/comedian Mo’Nique’s late night show in early October.

The Sykes Show format resembles that of her former boss’  - HBO’s The Chris Rock Show a combination of skits, on-the-street segments and spirited panel discussions. Its no surprise Sykes chose this format - she won an Emmy award as a writer on the show. Always busy, audiences may best know her from show cancelled Fox series, Wanda at Large and sidekick roles as Barb and herself in The Old Adventures of Christine and Curb Your Enthusiasm respectively.

Sykes is no stranger to controversy. She became both the first African-American woman and openly LGBT person to perform as entertainment at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year. Her set garnered national attention when she responded to Rush Limbaugh’s comment of hopes the Obama administration fails, with “I hope his [Limbaugh] kidney’s fail.

Fox’s Saturday night slots have rarely had a stronghold in major late night programming. Their previous shows – the long running sketch comedy show, Mad TV and quirky TalkShow with Spike Feresten’s garnered consistently low ratings that resulted in their cancellation this year. Sykes Show replaces the 11pm to midnight time slot previously held by MadTV that unsuccessfully competed with NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Sykes popularity goes head to head with the recent upswing of SNL’s popularity, so the likelihood of Skyes’ show grabbing a significant hold on late night audiences will be a challenge.

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Crediting late night maverick Arsenio Hall, George Lopez says wants to bring the party back to late night. According to TBS, Lopez Tonight is an informal, casual environment for guest to engage with the audience and experience. “It’s time to get back to the kind of show that is fun for everybody to watch,” says Lopez. “There are enough heavy things going on every day that you should be able to sit down late at night, have a drink, relax and enjoy a party on television.”

Lopez who is probably America’s leading Hispanic comedian is known for his every man style of humor. With three HBO comedy specials under his belt including his most recent Tall, Dark and Chicago, he made history creating and starring in the sitcom George Lopez that ran for six seasons on ABC.

Lopez was lucky enough to land a 4-night-a-week spot, giving him a stronger possibility to compete with the majors and minors of late night; but his biggest upcoming barrier may be his timeslot. Lopez is set to premier Nov. 9 on TBS at 11 p.m., a slot that vies with popular late night Comedy Central programs The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Colbert Report as well as the cult favorite The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

All things considered, it’s impossible to applaud the network’s courage to air these new shows without examining how race could affect their success. The scrutiny against and lack of diversity for Sykes, Lopez, and also Mo’Nique are also possible obstructions that may prevent them from breaking big. Either way  - whether set up for failure or bound for glory, Sykes and Lopez will go down in television history and could possibly be the ratings booster their networks are hoping for to combat recent decline in ratings for late night viewing.

The Wanda Sykes Show. Premieres Sat., Nov. 7, 11pm – 12 Midnight (EST) on FOX.

Lopez Tonight. Premieres Mon., Nov. 9, 11pm – 12 Midnight (EST) on TBS

(Sykes photo courtesy of Fox Television, Lopez photo courtesy of Turner Broadcasting)

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Fulton County delegation to hold public meetings for 2010 legislative session

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 6:15 PM

In January, state lawmakers will convene in Atlanta to shake hands, eat at fancy restaurants, and maybe pass a law or two. Because it's an election year, these men and women will introduce a bunch of ridiculous proposals and resolutions to earn some brownie points with voters. But they'll also have to tackle such serious issues as water, transportation and tax reform.

On Nov. 11 and 12, state lawmakers who represent Fulton County under the Gold Dome will hold three public meetings at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building to discuss local issues. Among them: Grady Health Systems, MARTA and education.

At the annual citizens' public hearing on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., you'll have a chance to tell lawmakers what you'd like to see them focus on during the session.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Meeting dates and details are after the jump.

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Morning Newsdome: Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 5:04 PM

WOAH, GIRL: Having fun with a four-legged friend
  • WOAH, GIRL: Having fun with a four-legged friend

>> Scientist are discovering more animals appear to be having sex for pleasure, including Australian redback spiders that have 100 minutes of foreplay and fruit bars that have oral sex. The discovery brings to light the debate of "what's natural" and if sex exists purely for procreation. Next, the Supreme Court will be debating whether the animal porn observed by these scientists is considered obscene. (Fox News)

>> Someone who knows a thing or two about animal pleasure: A 50-year-old South Carolina man was sentenced to five years in prison after having sex with the same horse for a second time within two years. The horse's owner became suspicious when she noticed Sugar, her 21-year-old horse, was getting infections again.  In the man's defense: it was a female horse. (New Orleans Examiner)

>> President Obama told representatives from the 564 federally recognized Native American tribes at a summit yesterday that he promises to work on issues with them while also respecting their sovereignty. In other words, he'll continue to ignore them just like always. (the New York Times)

>> More seriously: Twenty-three American CIA agents as well as two Italians were convicted by the Italian court for kidnapping an Egyptian cleric off the streets of Milan and taking him to be tortured in Egypt. This practice of shipping arrested people (sometimes innocent) to countries where torture is illegal, common under Bush's war on terrorism, is now brought to the international spotlight as illegal. (the LA Times)

>> Decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia were overwhelmingly voted OK in Breckenridge, Colo., this Tuesday, but the next day Colorado health officials struck "caregiver" from the rules governing medical marijuana sales, making it harder for patients to legally buy pot. Indecisiveness is apparently common in pot smokers. ( Summit Daily News, the Denver Post)

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Hollywood Product: The Fourth Kind

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

THE FOURTH KIND: Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) recalls in detail her alien abduction experience under hypnosis.
  • THE FOURTH KIND: Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) recalls in detail her alien abduction experience under hypnosis.

GENRE: Supernatural docudrama

THE PITCH: Director Olatunde Osunsanmi reenacts a mysterious tale of alien abduction told by Dr. Abigail Tyler through interviews and recorded footage of close encounters in Nome, Alaska. Shot as a hybrid between a documentary and a feature film, viewers follow Tyler’s (Milla Jovovich) desperate search to uncover the truth about strange coincidences occurring to her family and the residents of Nome.

MONEY SHOTS: Dr. Tyler and her colleague Dr. Campos (Elias Koteas) reluctantly hypnotize her patient Scott Stracinsky (Enzo Cilenti) again in his bedroom after he starts to exhibit abnormal behavior. As he begins to retrace what happened to him, he springs forward, sitting straight up before hovering over the bed and speaking in ancient Sumerian.

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(Photo Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

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Toll roads, train terminal deals, and MARTA's clean bill of health

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:57 PM

So there was an election this week in which an estimated 24 percent of registered voters participated. Pretty depressing.

But there was also a ton of transit and transportation news we couldn't get around to covering. Thus, we present it here. Catch up time!

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Browse the Atlanta Graffiti Pool

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Photo by Flickr user silaslevi
  • Photo by Flickr user silaslevi

If you really want to know what's happening in the world of Atlanta graffiti, you probably should go get on a bicycle, ride around town very slowly, and stop often to check out the back side of buildings and alleyways. The next best option would be the Atlanta Graffiti Pool on Flickr. The collection has more than 6,000 images right now and a number of talented photographers documenting the hard work of Atlanta-based artists painting on walls. I'm particularly fond of the multi-shot panoramics that nda5150 has been posting. It's also a good opportunity to search for individual artists like DOSE, ARSN, or HENSE.

Speaking of HENSE, his first solo show Surface Strength opens next Friday at The Rail Yard.

(H/T to Thomas Wheatly for the link)

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