Friday, April 30, 2010

Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms: Is PARKatlanta even legal?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Although this morning's work session that was meant to provide answers — namely, what a moratorium on PARKatlanta enforcement would look like should the full council approve councilman Kwanza Hall’s measure on Monday — city officials were left with a whole lot of questions.

The most pressing of those queries, raised early in the meeting by councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms: Is what PARKatlanta’s doing even legal?

“The more I look at this,” she said, armed with a copy of the city’s contract with the agency, “the more I’m convinced that this program is not a legal program.” A former magistrate judge and an attorney by trade, Bottoms questions whether non-sworn officers (a.k.a. meter maids) are authorized to write tickets that become a criminal matter if brought before the municipal court.

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Video: Sine Die 2010

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM

We are putting the finishing touches on our own legislative round up in the meantime view the most exciting thing that happened last night at the Capitol at midnight.

(Video by Thomas Wheatley)

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The Human Centipede is a movie that really exists

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM

When I saw the trailer for The Human Centipede, the premise seemed so awful and insane, I pegged it for one of those bogus grindhouse trailers like "Hobo With a Shotgun." But no: it's an actual feature film that opens today in New York and enters limited release next week. Dutch director Tom Six presents tale of two airhead American tourists who stumble across a deranged surgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins before pursuing his obsession with a "human centipede." I won't elaborate, save to add that the concept's so upsetting, the Marquis de Sade would probably say "That's a bit much, isn't it?"

The Human Centipede's trailer literally freaked me out for days, and only feel obliged to blog about it because it's become such a horrified talking point. My friend Dave White at Movies.com gives possibly the world's most qualified recommendation, Daniel Engber at Slate's BrowBeat blog finds it restrained compared to the torture-porn likes of Saw and Hostel, and Adam K. Raymond offered tips on watching it without throwing up. I'm not exaggerating when I say that if you don't like having gross ideas in your head, DO NOT WATCH THIS.

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Photo of the Day: House fire

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:25 PM

April 30

"My niece started the fire, she got mad and started the fire and I don't know where she is, she ran off, she ran off," said a shaken Cepeda Glover, standing only feet from his burning house as firemen hosed down the interior of his destroyed home with gigantic bursts of water and broke through the walls of the exterior with fire axes.

"We been here since 1989, bought the house when it was brand new," Glover  continued, "it breaks my heart, this is all we got left — a shell," he said, gesturing toward the smoldering house.

Glover suffered a stroke in October and the right side of his body is paralyzed. He has nowhere to stay this evening.

"I am hoping the Red Cross is coming to assist us," he said. Nobody was physically injured in the fire.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Weekend Arts Agenda

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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Male dancers, visual poems, disasters, and sprouts: what more can you ask for Atlanta? Check out all the details for the art scene this weekend after the jump.

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Film Clips: This weekends movie openings and more

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Jackie Earle Haley in A Nightmare On Elm Street
  • Jackie Earle Haley in A Nightmare On Elm Street

OPENING FRIDAY

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP 4 stars (R ) This documentary about underground grafitti art and the cultural establishment may not be all it appears. The narrative follows Thierry Guetta, an amateur French filmmaker who documents the exhilarating transgressions of street artists like Shepard Fairey and enigmatic “guerilla artist” Banksy. When the director himself turns into an artist nicknamed “Mr. Brainwash,” audiences may wonder whether this “Banksy film” is a prank on the art world and film audience, but it’s themes about the exhilaration of street art and the herd mentality of the art market still hold up. — Curt Holman

FURRY VENGEANCE 1 star (PG) Well-meaning but compromised real estate developer Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) bears the brunt of the animal outrage (including crotch-bites and skunk spray) at his company’s plans to destroy an unspoiled forest. No one would expect sophisticated humor from a film in which a bear locks Brendan Fraser in a Port-a-Potty, but Furry Vengeance even botches the dumb laughs. With poor material badly executed that looks dismally cheap, Furry Vengeance reminds you just how awful movies can be. — Holman

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Freddy Krueger returns in a glorified remake of the 1984 original. Like the original, he's the serial killer with blades for fingers haunting your nightmares. If he gets you there, you're a goner in real life.

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Theater review: His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

ALL THAT JAZZ: Bernardine Mitchell as Ethel Waters in Theatre in the Square's production of His Eye Is on the Sparrow
  • ALL THAT JAZZ: Bernardine Mitchell as Ethel Waters in Theatre in the Square's production of His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Supposedly no two people are alike – so why do so many biographical stage plays share DNA? Practically the same genetic code underwrites shows about the lives of famous musical entertainers, especially when written for three actors or less. The signature compositions frame a series of anecdotes that begin with the subjects' humble upbringing and find a crescendo at the height of their popularity – which usually marks the intermission and anticipates an inevitable decline due to personality flaws and/or old age.

Theatre in the Square's His Eye Is on the Sparrow, a portrait of trailblazing jazz singer Ethel Waters, touches all the bases of the bioplay, from name-dropping famous fans to keeping track of significant paydays. Waters goes from a $10-a-week vaudevillian to a $1,000-a-week celebrity chanteuse, beloved by audiences of all races. Bernardine Mitchell unquestionably has the soaring vocal prowess and the stage presence for the part, but His Eye Is on the Sparrow frequently stays earthbound during its nonmusical moments.

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(Photo by Palmer Wells)

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Hollywood Product: Furry Vengeance

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Brendan Fraser in Furry Vengeance
  • ENDANGERED SPECIES: Brendan Fraser in Furry Vengeance

GENRE: Fish-out-of-water slapstick

THE PITCH: Well-meaning but compromised real estate developer Dan Sanders (Brendan Fraser) bears the brunt of the animal outrage at his company's plans to destroy an unspoiled forest.

MONEY SHOTS: The animals employ a Rube-Goldberg device to roll boulders at unsuspecting SUVs. Dan's face swells grotesquely from bee stings. Dan has a nightmare of his wife (Brooke Shields) with a raccoon face.

ANIMAL ANTICS: The ring-leading raccoon and his platoons of skunks, crows and occasional bears neither talk nor behave like real beasts. Instead, they flash creepy CGI grins or twinkly eyes, while chirping noises sound like like "Uh-oh!" "Yoo-hoo!" etc. At times, comic strip thought-balloons "translate" the squeaks of the animals.

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(Photo courtesy Summit Entertainment)

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5 things to do: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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1) Martin Sexton performs at Variety Playhouse.

2) The High Museum of Art hosts a free screening of Goldfinger on the Sifly Piazza.

3) LIFTed: motion. captured opens at the new Gallery 221 in Castleberry Hill.

4) Theatre in the Square stages His Eye Is on the Sparrow.

5) Charis Books & More hosts Fiona Zedde one last time before she heads to Florida.

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(Photo courtesy Martin Sexton)

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5 things to do: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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1) Martin Sexton performs at Variety Playhouse.

2) The High Museum of Art hosts a free screening of Goldfinger on the Sifly Piazza.

3) LIFTed: motion. captured opens at the new Gallery 221 in Castleberry Hill.

4) Theatre in the Square stages His Eye Is on the Sparrow.

5) Charis Books & More hosts Fiona Zedde one last time before she heads to Florida.

See more Atlanta events.

(Photo courtesy Martin Sexton)

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