Saturday, May 29, 2010

Kim Anno’s liberal media

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 3:00 PM

ABSTRACT ELEGANCE: “Sheer” by Kim Anno
  • ABSTRACT ELEGANCE: “Sheer” by Kim Anno

In a small but powerful solo show of paintings, photographs, and video at Marcia Wood Gallery, San Francisco Bay Area artist Kim Anno tackles abstraction with gusto for the painted surface. Uncompromisingly committed to non-representational painting, Anno says in her artist statement, "I want to make the last abstract painting I can before it becomes narrative."

Anno’s work reflects the assurance of one who knows her medium — specifically, how to achieve luminosity with paint. She’s executed her midsize paintings on wood or aluminum rather than stretched canvas. The paint-tinted aluminum panels have a distinct shimmer. To create the shapes their surfaces, Anno poured paints of different densities and then manipulated the images by tilting or wiping them. The work looks improvised, as if the artist allowed her compositions to reveal themselves rather than predetermining them.

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(Photo courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery)

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The Blotter

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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DIXIE VIXON: A man told police that a woman "wearing Daisy Dukes ... snatched $400 and stuffed it in her butt so that he could not get it back," an officer wrote. The man said a $100 bill fell out as the woman sped away in a white Cadillac Deville -- but she still had $300 of his money.

The man said he reported the incident and then drove around looking for the woman near Harwell Road because he'd heard she lives near there. He said he spotted the woman's car parked outside a Mrs. Winner's restaurant on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. So he called police again. An officer went inside the Mrs. Winner's and found the suspect – a 40-year-old woman wearing a pink shirt and Daisy Dukes. She went to jail on a theft charge.

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(Illustration by Tray Butler)

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5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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1) The Star Bar hosts Bubbapalooza, with performances by the Dex Romweber Duo and more.

2) Neil Young plays Fox Theatre.

3) Caribbean Carnival parades through the Sweet Auburn District.

4) Psychedelic Furs play the Masquerade.

5) WonderRoot celebrates its second anniversary with an Alley Cat Bike Race and I Love Atlanta opening.

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(Photo courtesy Bloodshot Records)

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5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, May 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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1) The Star Bar hosts Bubbapalooza, with performances by the Dex Romweber Duo and more.

2) Neil Young plays Fox Theatre.

3) Caribbean Carnival parades through the Sweet Auburn District.

4) Psychedelic Furs play the Masquerade.

5) WonderRoot celebrates its second anniversary with an Alley Cat Bike Race and I Love Atlanta opening.

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(Photo courtesy Bloodshot Records)

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Exciting new transportation project unveiled in Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 9:30 PM

From the AJC:

After many months of construction along the Downtown Connector, the payoff for northbound motorists bound for Midtown comes Friday with the opening of a new ramp to 17th Street.

The opening of the ramp, set for 11 a.m. Friday, marks the completion of the $88.5 million 14th Street bridge replacement project that also added a southbound ramp from I-75/85 to 10th Street.

Atlanta: We're movin'!©.

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Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings and more

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM

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  • Andrew Cooper

FILM OPENINGS

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD (R ) 1 star (George A. Romero brought us the modern version of zombie thrasher movies, but this latest edition is a more of a morbid Romeo and Juliet clash of the clans that just so happens to lead to a struggle for life among the dead.

SEX AND THE CITY 2 (R ) 2 stars Men are from Abu-Dhabi and women are from Venus. The SATC sequel sends the cast to the middle east where they enjoy lavish living after Samantha impresses a rich sheik. All four women peruse the city (and all of its misogyny) amidst their highly individualistic problems — yet again.

PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (PG-13) 3 stars From Jerry Bruckheimer comes the action-packed videogame-based movie that has little historic accuracy. Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a street kid-turned-courageous-(and buff)-warrior prince in sixth century Persia. When Dastan, along with his brothers and his uncle (Ben Kingsley) conquer the holy city of Alamut, a struggle ensues within the family for control, not just of the empire, but of a sand-fuelled dagger with the power to turn back time. — Andisheh Nouraee

DULY NOTED

AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973) (PG) this coming of age comedy-drama co-written by George Lucas, might as well have inspired all others. Set in the ’60s, two boys (Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss) are about to embark on the next chapter of their lives in college, but they still have one epic night on the last day of summer left. Free. May 28, 9 p.m. High Museum of Art. 1280 Peachtree Street. 404-733-4570. www.high.org

CITY ISLAND (2009) (PG-13) Everyone has something to hide, but sometimes it just doesn’t stay hidden. Secrets are uncovered when a man’s most shameful ambitions entangle him in a web of lies after he brings home his long-lost ex-con son. Fueled by it’s comedy, City Island is a humorous account of a family that vehemently avoids the truth. 5:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939

www.plazaatlanta.com

THE ECLIPSE (2009) (R )The phantom world crosses paths with that of the living when a man is haunted by apparitions of his recently deceased wife. 5:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939 www.plazaatlanta.com

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP (R ) A documentary about graffiti artist named Bansky who turns the limelight on the French shopkeeper and the filmmaker who try to expose him. Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive North East, 678-495-1424 (www.landmarktheaters.com)

GREENBERG (R ) Roger Greenberg appears to be going nowhere in life. The single, 40ish-year-old goes to L.A .to house-sit for his successful and married brother where he meets his assistant who just happens to be a fellow lost soul. With their connection through music and lifestyle choices Greenberg might finally find something worth chasing. Show times vary. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939 www.plazaatlanta.com

PRINCESS KAIULANI (2009) (PG) Set in the late 1800s, the movie is an account of the Hawaiian royals exiled after a civil war. Princess Kaiulani is separated from her family, but must find a way back to America where she can meet President Cleveland and correct misconceptions about her people. Show times vary. Regal Tara Cinemas, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E. 404-634-6288. www.REGmovies.com

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R ) The Plaza Theater brings back the celebration of horror and sexual liberation. The kinky comedy is visually captivating and aurally pleasing and basically an anthem to the rock ’n’ roll sci-fi fusion. May 28, 12 a.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

THE RUNAWAYS (R ) 3 stars Joan Jett famously proclaimed "I don't give a damn about my bad reputation!" in one of her trademark rave-ups. The original riot girl served as a producer on The Runaways, a docudrama about her first band, but the film feels surprisingly like Jett's apology to lead singer Cherie Currie. The Runaways' contrite tone may not have been Jett or writer/director Floria Sigismondi's intention, but a consequence of the (mis)casting of Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as the two leads. 9:45 p.m.Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939

www.plazaatlanta.com. — Holman

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We can do better

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I don't want to encourage criminal behavior, but when I read that the same Subway sandwich shop in Buckhead has been targeted by smash-and-grab burglars twice in three weeks, one of my first thoughts was "Can't you rob something better?"

I mean, if I were gonna risk prison time burglarizing a sandwich chain, I'd go with a Schlotzsky's, or maybe even a Panera.

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Gentle reminder: Clock's ticking on water wars negotiations

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

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  • Was once a lake, but now a pond...

In July 2009, a federal judge gave Gov. Sonny Perdue three years to cobble together an agreement with the governors of Alabama and Florida about sharing water from Lake Lanier. It was a long-awaited ultimatum in a nearly 20-year "Water War," over the lake's water, which travels through all three states through several splendid rivers.

If no agreement was reached, the judge said, metro Atlanta would essentially lose its main source of drinking water. And Georgia's long reign as the South's most prosperous state would most likely end. With water comes growth and fortune. Whiskey's for drinkin', water's for fightin' and all that folksy shit.

We'd all go thirsty, riot in the streets, and start drinking from toilets. It'd be like Clockwork Orange, just with Southern accents.

The governors have said they're confident an agreement could be reached. But all three state's chief executives — who keep in mind, are most familiar with the issue — had until the end of this year to finalize such a deal. They're either term limited or running for higher office. So they better act fast.

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UGA scientist blogging from Gulf Coast oil spill

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:33 PM

If you're interested in firsthand accounts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill/leak/disaster, your best bet is the Gulf Oil Blog, which is penned by Samatha Joye, a marine scientist from the University of Georgia.

Joye and other scientists are aboard a boat in the Gulf of Mexico and tracking a giant oil plume that's leaking from the ocean's surface roughly one mile below. She's posting regular updates, including photos, of what the team has discovered.

(H/T Lee Shearer at the Athens Banner-Herald)

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Hollywood Product: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:06 PM

A beefed-up Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan in  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • A beefed-up Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

GENRE: Video-game derived, relentlessly sandy Bruckheimer action extravaganza

THE PITCH: Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a street kid-turned-courageous-(and buff)-warrior prince in sixth century Persia. When Dastan, along with his brothers and his uncle (Ben Kingsley) conquer the holy city of Alamut, a struggle ensues within the family for control, not just of the empire, but of a sand-fuelled dagger with the power to turn back time.

MONEY SHOTS: The glorious scenery and Gyllenhaal’s countless acrobatic fight scenes are the movie’s visual bread and butter (or lavash and paneer, if you prefer). Dastan’s constantly overcoming superior enemy firepower with his climbing, leaping and quick wits. It’s breathless fun, but unfortunately the camera is frequently too close-up and the edits too choppy. Every time you’re about to hit a majestic Crouching Camel, Hidden Dagger sorta moment, you’re pulled back to Earth with close-ups and some crunching bones.

STOCK REPORT: The film features two especially annoying archetypes. Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), deposed ruler of Alamut, is frigid and pouty at first with Dastan (who overthrew her after all). Then, as all movie damsels do, she gradually falls ill with cinematic Stockholm Syndrome. Seso (Steve Toussaint) plays what Spike Lee once called the “magical negro,” a mystical black supporting character whose only apparent motive in life is to help his white friends.

BEST LINE: When Tamina harangues Dastan for his swagger, he turns to her with his soulful eyes and says “What you’re looking at is the walk of a man who just lost everything.” Honorable mention: “Protect the dagger.” It’s kinda of the theme of the movie, after all.

WORST LINE: Tamina calls Persians a “horde of camel-riding illiterates.” First of all, lady, Alamut is in Persia. Check your map. Second of all, even camel jockeys have feelings.

ACCURACY SHMACCURACY: To be sure, you don’t go see a Bruckheimer video game movie for historical accuracy, but really the only vaguely Persian things about the film were the title and a couple of names (ex. Dastan and Alamut). The characters speak with British accents. And the sets don’t look especially Persian. It’s more North African (where much of it was filmed), with a few minutes of Indian subcontinent, than Persian.

TYPECASTING ALERT: The Sands of Time is the second film in seven years in which British-born actor Sir Ben Kingsley has played a murderous, Persian army commander. The other was 2003’s House of Sand and Fog. Kingsley came to the attention of American moviegoers with his Oscar-winning 1982 portrayal of ultimate peacenik, Gandhi. Talk about range. He’s the Meryl Streep of beige men.

BEST CREDIT: Gyllenhaal’s personal trainer was named during the closing credits. Is there an Oscar for turning delicate pretty boys into muscled-up, on-screen killing machines? There should be.

SUPERFLUOUS CANADIAN: An overly mannered, angsty Alanis Morrissette track plays over the closing the credits. It doesn’t quite match the film’s playful, rompiness. If you find it distracting, just imagine her awesome cover of “My Humps” in its place.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Good clean fun. Except for all the sand.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

3 out of 5 stars. Directed by Mike Newell. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley. Rated PG-13. Opens Fri, May 28. At area theaters.

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