1) Supercross comes to the Georgia Dome.
2) Here We Hide opens at Mint Gallery.
3) The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival begins at the MJCCA.
4) Atlanta Opera stages Aida at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
5) Silver Scream Spook Show features It Conquered the World at Plaza Theatre.
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Rachel May directed Synchronicity Theatre's first production of Women + War in 2005, as well as the new remount that runs through March 7 at 7 Stages. In a significant way, she's not the same woman who helmed the original.
Since Synchronicity debuted a nearly three-hour version of the ensemble-created work nearly five years ago, May has had three children a 3-year-old daughter and newborn twin boys with her husband, ace Atlanta actor Daniel May. Women + War presents kaleidoscopic perspectives on global armed conflicts, ranging from a young soldier who doesn't know when she'll see her infant daughter again, to a Congolese woman who unflinchingly describes being gang-raped and maimed while carrying her infant on her back. Five years and three children later, such vignettes hit May where she lives. "Since I've become a mom, working with anything with characters who are mothers has been different. I can understand them not just intellectually, but from my core."
Arguably, Synchronicity itself is no longer the same company that presented Women + War's's world premiere. Since then, the 12-year-old, female-focused theater company has undergone some typical transitions for a small performing arts group as well as some painful decisions more recently. Not to trivialize the experience of Women + War's subjects, but May has been on the frontlines of the fight to produce new, socially relevant theater in the harshest economic climate of her lifetime.
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Last week, a man described in court documents as the Black Mafia Family's third-in-command pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 killing of Rashannibal "Prince" Drummond, who was shot to death in the parking lot of Peachtree Street's now-defunct Velvet Room.
The plea marks the first and only resolution of a violent charge filed against a member of BMF, the $270 million nationwide cocaine enterprise that had hubs in L.A., Detroit and Atlanta. Though close to 150 BMF associates in a half-dozen states pleaded guilty to or were convicted of drug and/or money-laundering offenses, none of its members has been imprisoned for a violent crime.
That will change now that Fleming "Ill" Daniels pleaded to the 2004 killing an altercation that allegedly began when Daniels backed his luxury SUV into Drummond, who was hanging out with friends in the club's lot. Witnesses say that Drummond smacked the side of the vehicle with his hand and yelled, "Yo homeboy, you hitting me."
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Last week, of course, it was a runaway zebra on the Downtown Connector.
I've heard that these events happen in threes so what's next? Meercats on Metropolitan? Baboons on Boulevard, perhaps? A rutting Alpaca on Ponce?
"My son was killed by the Black Mafia Family."
Those nine words, spoken by a grieving mother one morning in 2004, started journalist Mara Shalhoup on a trail that, more than five years later, has led to the publication of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.
When Shalhoup, then news editor at Creative Loafing, first met with a distraught Debbie Morgan over breakfast at Thumbs Up Diner, she was only hazily familiar with the crime group. Morgan herself knew little, just the names of a few people involved with the organization she blamed for her son's murder. But after a records search at the Fulton County Courthouse, Shalhoup uncovered the tip of an iceberg. Each new document revealed a criminal enterprise so vast, it even reached into the Atlanta mayor's home.
Listen to your mothers! They're probably right about all the things they say, even if they mispronounce celebrity names and ask you the same question repeatedly until they get the right answer. Mothers have already lived through a life of unending disappointments--they had you after all--so they know what they are talking about when they say, "Daughter, get over that teenage low-life who cheats on you, even though you're too young to know what cheating is" or "Son, don't get Britney Spears lyrics tattooed on your wrists." They're only looking out for your best interests.
Self-professed Girl Power© icon, second only to the Spice Girls, Kelly Cutrone on "Kell on Earth" is not only a mother to her adorable daughter Ava (we met her hottie Italian baby-daddy this episode!) but the mother wolf to the "powerful young women" at her fashion PR firm People's Revolution. She's writing a book (out now) titled If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, and even worked on her book mid-episode with her ghost-writer on a helicopter to the Hamptons. The future Pulitzer-prize winning work is full of tips and tricks for the up-and-coming power woman. For example: Moments before flying on the helicopter, Smelly told her girl interns: "You seem real healthy and happy and we [the senior staff] dont. And it should be the other way around, frankly, in my book." In her book, which you can buy now. Girl power!
Creative Loafing Atlanta is looking for a freelance nightlife columnist who can cover it all from the underground to the overdone with verve, attitude and smarts. Can you write up a hole-in-the-wall strip club one week and a swank, Midtown lounge the next? Are you driven by a reporter's curiosity and able to write in an edgy, honest style that offers a fly-on-the-wall point of view? Can you introduce readers to the quirky personalities and places that make Atlanta nightlife pop and fizz? You can? Then shoot music editor Rodney Carmichael an e-mail at email@example.com. Be sure to include any relevant clips.
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COP OUT (R ) Two lackluster NYPD cops -"White Lightning," aka Jimmy Monroe (Bruce Willis), and "Black Thunder," aka Paul Hodges (Tracy Morgan) - set out on a personal investigation to recover Monroe's stolen rare baseball card he planned to sell to pay for his daughter's wedding. Edward Adams
THE CRAZIES (R ) Radha Mitchell and Deadwoods Timothy Olyphant star in this remake of of one of George Romeros first follow-ups to Night of the Living Dead, in which a mysterious phenomenon turns humble small-town inhabitants into psycho killers.
FISH TANK 4 stars (R ) In the second feature film from Andrea Arnold (whose live-action short Wasp won an Oscar), Katey Jarvis delivers an edgy, uncompromising performance as Mia, a 15 year-old wild child who seeks solace from her dismal working-class background in hip-hop dancing. Inglorious Basterds Michael Fessenden plays his mothers latest boyfriend, who becomes both a positive grown-up role model and Mias object of desire. Compared to the kitchen-sink naturalism of such English filmmakers as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, Arnold has an almost supernatural ability to get inside the heads of her emotional, unreflective characters. Curt Holman
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