Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ten things to know about Flux 2010

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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  • A mock-up of Micah and Whitney Stansell’s Between You and Me

1. Castleberry Hill has been playing host to one-night public art event for a couple years now but this year’s event on Friday Oct. 1, called Flux, looks to be the most ambitious version yet. Walker St. between Haynes and Peters St. will be closed to traffic while the dancing, cloud cutting, film projecting, art watching, and everything else will go on until 2 am.

2. If you want to see Tristan Al-Haddad’s work, hope for a cloudy night. His laser-based work, Cloud Cutting, will “cast planes of amplified green light into the cloud cover.” Even if the weather doesn’t comply on Friday, Al-Haddad’s work will continue through the end of the year.

3. Check out the performance schedule and compare it with the map. Trying to actually see each performance might be a little ambitious, but most of the performance projects like Amber Boardman’s Visual Concert and Zoetic Contemporary Dance Ensemble will have performances on the hour throughout the night.

4. Lima Lives! The late zebra that stopped traffic in Atlanta earlier this year will be honored by a roaming projection. Look for it.

5. Did you have some trouble finding projects or figuring out exactly what was going on at last year’s Le Flash? The organizers behind Flux say they’ll have signs and docents at each project, which should make wandering around a little more comprehensible.

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5 things today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

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  • Doron Gild

1) Phantogram plays the Drunken Unicorn.
2) Jennie Helderman discusses As the Sycamore Grows at Eagle Eye Book Shop.
3) Previews begin for Night Blooms at Horizon Theatre.
4) Ken Follett discusses Fall of Giants at Carter Library.
5) Theater of the Stars presents 9 to 5 at Fox Theatre.

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5 things today

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

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  • Doron Gild

1) Phantogram plays the Drunken Unicorn.
2) Jennie Helderman discusses As the Sycamore Grows at Eagle Eye Book Shop.
3) Previews begin for Night Blooms at Horizon Theatre.
4) Ken Follett discusses Fall of Giants at Carter Library.
5) Theater of the Stars presents 9 to 5 at Fox Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eyedrum to leave longtime space on MLK

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM

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A little more than a year after it was forced to scramble for donations in order to pay rent, Eyedrum Art & Music gallery announced today that it will move out of its current location by year's end.

Where will the alternative art and music space go? It appears even Eyedrum's own board doesn't yet know. From the press release:

"We have received attractive offers for a new space and will finalize our decision about relocation shortly,” said Board Chair Allen Welty-Green. "Wherever Eyedrum winds up, though, the organization intends to continue its mission and remain essential to Atlanta's underground and alternative arts scenes," he added.

The organization has been looking for a new home for more than a year now, spurred by the fact that its lease was due to expire at the end of 2010, and landlord Braden Fellman had made no promise of a renewal. In fact, for a cover story I wrote last November, Eyedrum executive director Priscilla Smith said the organization would likely accept an offer to move to a new space in Castleberry Hill that comes with a promise of temporarily subsidized rent. I've since been told that some board members were worried Eyedrum would lose much of its following if it moved too far from its current home in the Memorial Drive corridor. Whatever the reason for the delay, it's now under a crunch to find a new location before it becomes homeless.

Eyedrum has occupied the space at 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive since 2001, after a humble beginning as a DIY gallery and concert venue on Trinity Street downtown in 1996.

Today's press release promises a yard sale prior to the organization's upcoming move.

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Jill Chambers tries to link opponent's campaign contributions to DeKalb schools brouhaha

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM

State Rep. Jill Chambers is, without a doubt, one of the scrappiest fighters under the Gold Dome. The DeKalb County Republican who represents parts of Chamblee and Doraville isn't afraid to sling mud at her political opponents during election season. This year's tight contest against Democrat Elena Parent won't be an exception.

Since last Friday, some voters in Chambers' district have received two robocalls attacking Parent. The calls, which don't mention Chambers by name, claim the Democrat received more than $22,000 in campaign contributions from a high-powered law firm that represents the DeKalb County Board of Education. The school system has been mired in controversy after several former officials were indicted for racketeering and bribery charges and hired Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where Parent was once worked as an associate.

The first call features a man who claims to be a former state lawmaker telling voters to call Parent and ask why she hasn't returned the contributions. The second call features an unidentified male urging the same. (We've reached out to the former lawmaker to confirm he lent his voice to the first robocall, which we're having problems uploading here at CompuServe CL.) But here's the second call:

That's not entirely accurate.

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Dali's “The Persistence of Memory” en route to High

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM

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  • Courtesy High Museum

You know it well — Dali's rendering of a barren, rust-colored landscape distinguishable primarily by it's four-some of melting clocks, the inspiration for which came from a slab of melting Camembert. On Nov. 16, the image that's decorated dorm rooms for decades joins the current High Museum exhibition Dali: The Late Works. It appears courtesy the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and will remain on view through the show's closing date Jan. 9.

Dated 1931, “The Persistence of Memory” doesn't qualify as a "late work" per the post-1950 terms of the High exhibit, but it certainly is a symbol now for Dali's celebrity, something the exhibit takes time to explore. If you haven't yet read it, check out the New York Times review of the show.

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Eyedrum is moving

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 4:26 PM

ChadRad's got the full scoop over on Crib Notes, but here's the basic 411:

Sayeth Eyedrum's board chair Allen Welty-Green:

Eyedrum Art & Music gallery announced today that it will move from its current location as of Dec. 31, 2010. It has occupied its current location since 2001. The organization extends its gratitude to property manager Braden Fellman for the many good years at Eyedrum's 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive location.

We'll let you know when we hear more.

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Art, it's what's for dinner

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

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If you're like me, then you get really excited about something when food's involved.

Lucky for us, two events this week pair food and art. Tonight, the UH-mazing chef Linton Hopkins is partnering with local author Susan Rebecca White and creating a Southern feast at Restaurant Eugene. White, the author of Bound South and, most recently, A Soft Place to Land, will be at the table for an "intimate dinner and conversation about Atlanta food, memories and cuisine." Event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and book signing. The dinner — four courses with pairings — starts at 7 p.m. and costs $85. Reservations required, so hop to it if you plan on making this tonight. 404-355-0321.

On Thursday, Atlanta-based contemporary art magazine ART PAPERS holds a benefit at Shaun's: 20 percent of the evening's proceeds benefit the publication. Shaun's is an intimate neighborhood restaurant so space is limited and reservations are required. Check out the menu here. 404-577-4358.

The press release says "everybody will be there," so, you know, don't be the only one at home watching "30 Rock."

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Consider the Source: 'True Grit'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 2:28 PM

The Coen Brothers have released a trailer for its latest film, True Grit, which The A.V. Club inevitably nicknames No Country For 14 Year-Old Girls. If you already know that it stars newcomer Hailee Stanfield, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges in John Wayne's Oscar-winning role, it pretty much looks exactly like you imagined it would:

Supposedly the new Grit will be less a remake of the beloved 1969 Western so much as a fresh adaptation of Charles Portis original novel. (Don't filmmakers doing remakes always say that?) Ethan Coen explained some of the differences between the book and the film:

It's partly a question of point-of-view. The book is entirely in the voice of the 14-year-old girl. That sort of tips the feeling of it over a certain way. I think [the book is] much funnier than the movie was so I think, unfortunately, they lost a lot of humor in both the situations and in her voice. It also ends differently than the movie did. You see the main character — the little girl — 25 years later when she's an adult. Another way in which it's a little bit different from the movie — and maybe this is just because of the time the movie was made — is that it's a lot tougher and more violent than the movie reflects. Which is part of what's interesting about it.

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Judge's ruling affects some, not all parking tickets

Posted By on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

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  • Joeff Davis

After is was discovered — thanks to an 11Alive News investigation — that a computer virus was preventing people from paying City of Atlanta parking tickets both online and over the phone, Municipal Court Judge Crystal Gaines signed an order waiving late fees on tickets that were issued between July 22 and September 14 of this year.

Yesterday, presumably because there'd been some confusion about Gaines' ruling, the city issued a press release clarifying that fees are only being waived for tickets issued by the City of Atlanta, not for tickets issued by outsourced parking authority PARKatlanta.

Let's look at the difference, shall we?

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