Few TV shows and films have utilized the ancillary resources of Web like "The Office."
The AO knew since Stewart's death in December of 2010 at the age of 67 that they had been bequeathed in some way, but only found out this morning about the enormous generosity of the gift. “There are hardly words to express the gratitude and appreciation we feel at this moment,” said general director of The Atlanta Opera Dennis Hanthorn. “This gift is truly humbling.”
They'd been handed a common-sense proposal — one that allows cities and counties to vote on whether booze could be purchased on the Sabbath in stores — that offered political cover. Poll after poll showed strong support for the measure. Gov. Sonny Perdue — who for years had vowed to veto bills involving Sunday alcohol sales — had left office. Nathan Deal, Perdue's successor, said he wouldn't nix the measure if passed. Hell, he even dropped the golden quote "I don't drink — I simply believe in democracy."
Still, lawmakers found a way to muck it up. Via the AJC:
The chances of a Sunday sales bill passing this year took a major hit on Thursday when Senate Republican leaders said the measure lacks the support necessary among the majority caucus.
"It's a decision the Republican caucus made to not move forward with it," Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, the Republican caucus chairman, said.
For the past several days, Senate Republicans have been wringing their hands over the measure that just a few weeks ago seemed destined for passage. Social conservatives apparently started applying pressure, causing lawmakers to get antsy.
(Oh, and Christian conservatives shouldn't get all the blame for this foul-up. Word is that some senators with ambitions for higher office refused to support the measure. While it the measure was popular in their own districts, they feared a "yes" vote would bite them in the behind when they eventually ran statewide.)
Sure, a lot of things — including a floor amendment — could happen before the session gavels to a close. But to see such a popular measure — one that should've been handled years ago — break down so quickly says a lot about the current state of affairs in the Senate. Namely, that it's devoid of leadership and choked with personal ambition. Sigh.
>> Hawaii approved civil unions for gay and lesbian couples yesterday in an 18-5 vote, and then today the state appointed its first openly gay Supreme Court judge, Circuit Judge Sabrina McKenna. This should do wonders for that flailing tourism industry of theirs. (Reuters, KHON)
>> Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour refuses to denounce state license plates to commemorate KKK Grand Wizard and Confederate general Natan Bedford Forrest. "I don't go around denouncing people," he told the AP. Yeah, we know. (Politico, ABC News
>> The leader of the band of pirates who hijacked an American ship in March 2009 and held its captain hostage for four days was sentenced to 33 years in prison yesterday. Ironically, life in American prison will be an improvement. (Bloomberg)
>> And finally: We're all going to be replaced by super computers. The artificial intelligence creation Watson, who competed against Jeopardy!'s champions during the last three days, dominated the competition. Watson won $77,147, nearly three times as much as the second place winner, Ken Jennings, who wrote: "I for one welcome our new computer overlords." (the New York Post)
On Saturday, the curatorial alchemists of Poem 88 at the Tanner Hill Gallery Project Space will open California, an exhibition of new work from Virginia-based artist Sharon Shapiro. The paintings, watercolors, and photographs included in the exhibition explore the golden state as both a place and an idea.
In Shapiro's artist statement for the show, she says that her thoughts and ideas about California began long before she ever traveled there: "For me, growing up in West Virginia in the 1970’s, California seemed geographically and conceptually as far away as one could possibly go. Convertibles. Palm trees. Suntans. Nightclubs. Palm Springs. Valley of the Dolls. Hollywood. Beverly Hills. Marilyn Monroe. Hugh Heffner. Case Study Houses. California was the physical and ideological end of Manifest Destiny. I was 18 before I finally saw it with my own eyes."
California is Shapiro's first solo show in Atlanta since an exhibition at Solomon Projects in 2002. The reception begins at 7 pm on Sat., Jan. 19.
Preview a few images of her after the jump.
The deadline is nigh for the Creative Loafing and Atlanta Film Festival's ATL Short Cuts Film Contest, which will be accepting submissions through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 (i.e., tomorrow). To quickly reiterate the rules: the filmmakers must be Georgia residents and produce their entries in the Atlanta area; the films should convey our local color, so provide some indication of the flavor of Atlanta; films must be shot with a cell phone, point-and-shoot camera, or kind of Flip camera; and the films should be no more than five minutes, give or take.
Our top picks will be shown on the big screen at the Palomar Hotel in Midtown on March 2 and March 3, and subjected to an online voting competition to determine Viewers Choice Awards. Our panel of local film aficionados will select a Critics Pick and a runner-up. The winning entries will be shown before feature films at this year's Atlanta Film Festival, April 28-May 7.
For more specific details and submission forms, check the ATL Short Cuts Film Contest submission page. The clock is ticking.
A man looks at a figure by Stephen Schofield at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Feb. 11. There is something intriguing about the simplicity of the admirer and the larger-than-life figure standing on two different planes in their matching patchwork clothing. The measurements of this figure is based on the measurements of Michel Daigneault, Schofield’s partner.
Franklin is launching her own political blog: “Blogging While Blue” along with the help of her former communications director Beverly Isom and Cabral Franklin, a political advisor and researcher who also happens to be the former mayor’s son.
“As mayor I heard from scores of residents and leaders of every political perspective on nearly every current issue,” Shirley Franklin stated in an email. “Many engaged me in regular debate on their favorite issues in community meetings, emails and blogging. By joining Beverly and Cabral, we hope to encourage those from baby boomers to gen xers to engage with us in informed debates and discussions.”
The blog will feature frequent public opinion polls from around the region on a variety of issues, such as immigration and education.
You can view the blog here. 11 Alive spoke with Franklin, who says she enjoys reading blogs after wrapping up a day of teaching at Spelman College. Expect posts about her thoughts about the Beltline, transit and policy issues. Don't expect, however, to see the former two-term mayor join Twitter.
We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Franklin and team to the medium — and issue an open invitation to debate and discuss policy, pets and celebrity gossip via Skype. Name the time!
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