Thursday, December 30, 2010

5 things today

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 7:02 AM

1) Bassnectar plays the Tabernacle.
2) Black Nativity closes at Southwest Arts Center.
3) Deerhunter and the Black Lips play Eyedrum.
4) Un/Inhabited closes at the ACA Gallery of SCAD.
5) Rebecca Loebe performs at Eddie's Attic.

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5 things today

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 7:02 AM

1) Bassnectar plays the Tabernacle.
2) Black Nativity closes at Southwest Arts Center.
3) Deerhunter and the Black Lips play Eyedrum.
4) Un/Inhabited closes at the ACA Gallery of SCAD.
5) Rebecca Loebe performs at Eddie's Attic.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

EAV cell phone tower dispute rages on online

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I'm pretty sure the last time we reported on this was way back in April, when a group of East Atlanta Village residents were planning a demonstration to prevent Clear wireless internet service from erecting one of those dorky faux-tree cell phone towers on a vacant lot smack in the middle of the neighborhood (469 Metropolitan Place, to be exact).

Yesterday, via the community message board, "AlanDavidSanders" (who says he's David Sanders of Communications Structures of GA, the owner of the lot in question) said he still very much intends to erect a cell tower on the property. In a post entitled "Monopole 469 Metropolitan Place - Compromise" (which, since noon yesterday, has been viewed more than 1,100 times), Sanders said that if the City of Atlanta doesn't approve the pole, he'll continue to pursue its construction in Federal Court. "However," he wrote, "the court case will cost me another $30,000, and it seems so pointless and wasteful. Keep in mind, I’m just a guy with a family and all of the financial stress you have. I don’t own any other monopoles and the costs I have incurred in this project have been very damaging."

So, he suggests a compromise: he'll erect a stealth monopole — a less conspicuous option — and donate $10,000 to the East Atlanta Security Patrol per carrier tenant (AT&T and Verizon, for example). Response has been split between people who still oppose the pole for reasons including the potential for exposure to harmful radiation and the depreciation of property values, and those who want the pole if it will improve cell reception in EAV. It's a lively conversation, but since his original message, "AlanDavidSanders" hasn't weighed in.

Check it out here.

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Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 3:53 PM

YOU SEW AND SEW: Sally Hawkins in Made in Dagenham
MADE IN DAGENHAM 2 stars (PG-13) Happy-Go-Lucky’s Sally Hawkins plays Rita O’Grady, who pick ups the nickname “the Revlon Revolutionary” when she becomes the public face of a highly publicized 1968 strike of female workers at the Ford Motor Company’s factory in Dagenham, England. Director Nigel Cole never strays far from the template for uplifting underdog films and portrays Rita as a martyr to social progress. Despite credible work from Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Geraldine James and “The West Wing’s” Richard Schiff as a soft-spoken union buster, Dagenham’s script relies on speeches and plot twists that feel unnecessarily manipulative, as if real life didn’t jerk enough tears. — Curt Holman

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) 4 stars (R ) In Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Anthony Burgess novel, Malcolm McDowell plays Alex, a charismatic young psychopath who commits horrible crimes in a lousy future when bowler hats are all the rage and pubcrawlers drink drug-laced milk. An experimental treatment “cures” Alex of his violent ways, and he gets a taste of his own medicine. You’ll never hear “Singing in the Rain” the same way again. Tue., Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m., and Fri., Jan. 7, 9:30 p.m. and midnight. $8. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

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Shelf Life: The Film That Changed My Life by Robert K. Elder

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 3:18 PM

GENRE: Collected interviews

THE PITCH: Thirty directors discuss a single film that made a lasting impact on their career and work with an insightful critic and columnist.

THE REAL DRAW: Elder has a knack for keeping his conversations casual and disarmed while sticking to a relatively tight set of questions for each director. The longer interviews, like Danny Boyle on Apocalypse Now, sprawl out for pages of intimate, personal memories and tangents about film history, while others, like John Waters on The Wizard of Oz, are focused with witty jabs of insight. In either case, the conversations never feel forced or canned.

PETER BOGDONAVICH ON CITIZEN KANE: "It fucking flipped me out."

HAPHAZARD SELECTION: The directors collected here run a gamut from commercially successful to artistically revered, domestic and foreign, contemporary and dated. Sticking to a specific generation or school of filmmakers might have given the book a more organized punch, but the haphazard selection still offers some fruitful intersections. Richard Linklater discusses Raging Bull before Kevin Smith discusses Linklater's early masterpiece, Slacker. The influence of Orson Welles comes up with everyone from Frank Oz to Henry Jaglom, an interestingly wide range of directors.

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Ben's Sports Take: Why the AJC should stay off of Twitter

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:10 PM


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who was named to his third straight Pro Bowl yesterday, is a frequent user of that Twitter contraption that all the kids are into these days.

White—or @roddywhiteTV as he's known in tweetland—likes tweeting about everything from his apparent affinity for Thrashers hockey to his sleeping habits.

Mostly all of White's tweets are in good humor and in no way intend to stir up controversy, but a recent "Twit fit" erupted before the Falcons game against the Saints on Monday night and White was at the center of it all.

The entire incident is documented here by the one and only Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

All of the negative publicity White received for his "Twomments" (comments via Twitter) forced the Falcons' wideout to issue an apology to...the city of New Orleans?

As ridiculous as that sounds, White made this request via Twitter in an effort to prevent any further "Twittroversy" (controversy arising from one's use of Twitter).

I think that was a pretty fair Christmas wish from the Pro Bowl wide receiver, who has much more to worry about right now besides keeping his comments under 140 characters.

Doesn't the AJC have better things to report on?

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'Red' artist Cully Hamner sings new book for your 'Eyes Only'

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM

  • WildStorm Comics
Comic book illustrator/inker Cully Hamner, who works out of Norcross' Gaijin Studios, will be signing copies of Red: Eyes Only at Oxford Comics from 7-9 p.m. Wed., Dec. 29. You might remember Red as the Bruce Willis spy comedy from earlier this year, with Helen Mirren firing huge guns, as based on the eponymous graphic novel written by Warren Ellis with art by Hamner. For the prequel, Red: Eyes Only, Hamner takes over writing duties as well with this account of how CIA super-spy Frank Moses went into retirement.

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Morning Newsdome: South Korea's ready to unify with the North. Your turn, Kim Jong-il

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

>> South Korea announced today that it will prepare for unification with North Korea next year, to the obvious annoyance of North Korea and China. Keeps your friends close, and your Kim Jong-il closer. (the Christian Science Monitor)

>> The Vatican will issue new rules tomorrow to make its financial transactions more transparent after Rome prosecutors seized 23 million euros ($30.2 million) in September after a money laundering probe. How will the Pope afford his Prada shoes now? (USA Today)

>> Five suspected Islamist militants, including three Swedes, were arrested today for planning an attack on the Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of Muhammad in 2005. Denmark's Justice Minister called it the country's most serious terrorist plot. Not a good day to work at a newspaper. (BBC)

>> Housing prices in all twenty major measured cities dropped by 1.3 percent, the third monthly fall on record. Economists believe we're returning to the rock bottom prices of April 2009. Don't you hate double-dippers? (the Wall Street Journal)

>> And finally: A federal judge has decided that Lisa Murkowski will be an Alaskan Senator after winning as a write-in candidate by more than 10,000 votes. Her opponent, Joe Miller, initially delayed certification because Murkowski's write-ins were spelled incorrectly, but the judge has since decided you can't blame Alaskans for being bad spellers. Thanks Sarah Palin. (the New York Times)

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New laws starting Jan. 1 benefit boat dealers, unwanted animals, 'In God We Trust' sticker makers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 9:16 AM

The Morris News Service's Walter Jones briefs us on several new laws that will kick in next year.

Among them: requiring all counties to use lethal injection to euthanize animals (some still use asphyxiation); exempting boat dealers from inventory taxes (that's a snoozer and some politico's favor to a constituent); and prohibiting out-of-town businesses from portraying themselves as local firms (aren't these incredibly exciting?).

And for all you property owners: You can rest a little easier knowing tax assessors must take foreclosures into account when determining property values. This kind of blew our mind, however:

If you're still unhappy with your local assessors or don't like your local government, you no longer have to display the name of your county on your car tag. A new law lets you put a sticker reading "In God We Trust" in place of the county name.

Jesus Christ. That must have been one of the few pieces of legislation by state Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, that snuck past his colleagues.

Several ethics laws — some of which don't go far enough, as Jim Walls has noted — will also take effect. Lobbyists must now disclose more frequently where they wined and dined politicos. And local elected officials will have to file campaign disclosures with the state Ethics Commission, which should make the lives of reporters a little less crazy. (Have you ever tried to pull a campaign disclosure form for an Atlanta City Councilmember? It's not fun.)

These changes might be worthless, however, since the commission is woefully underfunded to handle the additional tasks.

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5 things today

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 7:06 AM

  • Courtesy Lyric Jones

1) Lyric Jones performs at 529.
2) CyHi Da Prynce plays the Masquerade.
3) Atlanta Hawks take on the Golden State Warriors.
4) Col. Bruce Hampton & the Quark Alliance play Smith's Olde Bar.
5) North Mississippi Allstars perform at Variety Playhouse.

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