Thursday, December 31, 2009

Photo of the Day: 2009 out!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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The Peach is all ready to go.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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5 things to do: New Year's Eve

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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1) Alien performs at Hell Yeah.

2) The Hokies face the Volunteers at Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

3) Gentleman Jesse and His Men perform at 529.

4) Pura Vida, Livingston and more restaurants host special New Year's Eve dinners.

5) Tealights perform at Drunken Unicorn.

See our rundown of New Year's Eve events.

(Photo courtesy Alien)

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5 things to do: New Year's Eve

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 12:00 PM

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1) Alien performs at Hell Yeah.

2) The Hokies face the Volunteers at Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

3) Gentleman Jesse and His Men perform at 529.

4) Pura Vida, Livingston and more restaurants host special New Year's Eve dinners.

5) Tealights perform at Drunken Unicorn.

See our rundown of New Year's Eve events.

(Photo courtesy Alien)

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rep. Levitas wants smaller MARTA board, ponders state takeover

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Rep. Kevin Levitas, D-Atlanta
  • Rep. Kevin Levitas, D-Atlanta

A state lawmaker says MARTA's board of directors needs to be downsized.

State Rep. Kevin Levitas, D-Atlanta, says he plans to file a bill before the end of the week that would reduce the size of MARTA's board from 18 members to seven.

Levitas says a smaller board of directors could make the transit agency more efficient and place it in line with other people-moving agencies across the country.

“Chicago’s Transit Authority has seven members on its Board of Directors,” Levitas said in a statement. “The BART Board in San Francisco has nine members, and Washington, D.C.’s METRO Board has only six voting members along with six alternate directors. Why does MARTA need a board of directors two-and-a-half times the size of the San Francisco Authority?”

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Decade in Review

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Gallery owners such as Buckhead’s venerable Fay Gold dominated the arts scene in the beginning of the decade
  • Gallery owners such as Buckhead’s venerable Fay Gold dominated the arts scene in the beginning of the decade

Oh, 2000. How quaint you were. How innocent. How oblivious to such ills as tornados tearing up downtown Atlanta, drought drying up Lake Lanier, and rains causing creeks and rivers to rage, destroying homes, roads, businesses and lives. This was back before the housing market tanked and unemployment soared and nightlife (in Atlanta at least) soured — even before terrorists crashed planes into NYC’s skyscrapers.

But the aughts weren’t for naught. There was some good news in the past decade, predominantly in the form of technological time-sucks and cultural growth. Seriously, do you remember life before Gmail, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook? Do you recall an Atlanta devoid of smartly crafted cocktails, chef-driven restaurants, DIY arts collectives, and such staples as Trader Joe’s, H&M and IKEA?

Most important, though, are the intangibles that injected deeper meaning into our lives: the camaraderie that followed the devastation of 9/11, the pride that accompanied the election of President Obama, the in-it-together attitude that has risen from the decade of disappointment and challenge. Is Atlanta the better for it? Did we collectively learn from the highs and lows of the ’00s? In some ways, yes. In others, no.

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How well do you know the past decade? Correctly guess the relevance of the images on the cover of this week's paper and win an amazing prize!

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Boondocks finally confirmed for third season on Adult Swim

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 8:20 PM

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On Christmas Eve, The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder announced that he has confirmed an airdate for his animated series to return to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network for its third season. The popular show has been on hiatus for over two years. McGruder posted the following message on Twitter Thursday afternoon:

Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I’m allowed to put it out yet, so I’ll just say you got about three months! Merry Xmas!!

The Boondocks follows the misadventures of Huey Freeman (voiced by Regina King) his younger brother Riley (also voiced by Regina King) and grandfather Robert (John Witherspoon), a dysfunctional black family who move from urban Chicago to the upscale suburban neighborhood of Woodcrest, Maryland outside of Washington D.C. The controversial series has been nominated several awards and won the coveted Peabody Award for the episode “The Return of The King”, an alternate reality episode where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr awakens from a coma after a failed assassination attempt to discover the new world and the corruption of his efforts for civil rights.

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Correctly guess the relevance of the images printed on the cover of this week's paper and win massive popularity!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM

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  • CLICK FOR FULL-SCREEN IMAGE

Want to show off your knowledge of Atlanta, wow your friends and enemies, and earn the respect of Creative Loafing’s immensely powerful staff? Here’s how: Shoot us an e-mail in which you explain the meaning of each of the photos printed on the cover of this week’s Decade in Review issue. The more photos you can describe — and the better the description — the greater your chance of admittance into an elite inner circle of immeasurable privilege. The three participants with the best responses will be announced Monday, Jan. 4, on clfreshloaf.com — and will get to choose from an array of pretty decent prizes, including tickets to the Hawks, the Thrashers, Muse, Bon Jovi and Slayer/Megadeth, as well as a theater preview or film screening with Arts Critic Curt Holman. Deadline: Monday, Jan. 4. Send your guesses to decadeinreview@creativeloafing.com.

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Decade in Review

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM

The decade that gave us Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin (pictured)
  • The decade that gave us Bill Campbell and Shirley Franklin (pictured)

Oh, 2000. How quaint you were. How innocent. How oblivious to such ills as tornados tearing up downtown Atlanta, drought drying up Lake Lanier, and rains causing creeks and rivers to rage, destroying homes, roads, businesses and lives. This was back before the housing market tanked and unemployment soared and nightlife (in Atlanta at least) soured — even before terrorists crashed planes into NYC’s skyscrapers.

But the aughts weren’t for naught. There was some good news in the past decade, predominantly in the form of technological time-sucks and cultural growth. Seriously, do you remember life before Gmail, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook? Do you recall an Atlanta devoid of smartly crafted cocktails, chef-driven restaurants, DIY arts collectives, and such staples as Trader Joe’s, H&M and IKEA?

Most important, though, are the intangibles that injected deeper meaning into our lives: the camaraderie that followed the devastation of 9/11, the pride that accompanied the election of President Obama, the in-it-together attitude that has risen from the decade of disappointment and challenge. Is Atlanta the better for it? Did we collectively learn from the highs and lows of the ’00s? In some ways, yes. In others, no.

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Curt Holman's five most hated films of 2009

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Roofies should be distributed after some movies, to spare you the pain of remembering them. I get a spasm in my gag reflex whenever I recall:

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - which, nevertheless, will be the highest-grossing film of 2009 unless Avatar unseats it;

The Informers - not Matt Damon's The Informant!, the one based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel;

I Love You, Beth Cooper - a "teen comedy" unworthy of the term, given the absense of laughter and the fact that the leading man is in his late 20s;

Paper Heart - Charlyne Yi's quirky query into the nature of love squanders considerable audience goodwill with twee, faux-documentary gimmickry. (Good puppet shows, though); and

Fanboys - a sub-Kevin Smith geek comedy almost redeemed by a funny final line. Almost. (I hasten to add that some entirely different "Curt Holman" earned a cameo in the film based on the strength of his Star Wars collection. Could he be... a clone?)

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The decade’s best movies

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Pan's Labyrinth
  • Pan's Labyrinth

Never an easy task, confining the best films of the decade to a top 10 list seemed particularly difficult for 2000-2009. Does a single big-screen story that amounts to more than nine hours count as “one” film? How about one that’s nine minutes? Consequently, this retrospective list goes way over 10, and considers the points of connections between the decade’s best films and definitive talents.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001), The Two Towers(2002) and The Return of the King(2003): “The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.” The first words of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s beloved fantasy trilogy uses down-to-earth details to convey the weight of the past, a persistent approach that makes The Lord of the Rings feel more like a lived-in historical epic than a glossy fantasy tale. Jackson’s craft with spectacular battle scenes and terrifying, monstrous set pieces remains unsurpassed, but beneath the archetypal tale of good vs. evil lies a theme of the corruptibility of the righteous (particularly in the first film). Andy Serkis’ motion-capture performance as Gollum offers a haunting, timeless portrait of obsession and, incidentally, blazed the trail for such spectacles as Avatar. With the extended DVD editions, the three films comprise more than 10 hours of running time, but remain one sprawling, inextricable story that will take its place alongside the likes of The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as classic screen entertainments.

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