Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend Arts Agenda: Art at the edges of the Inman Park Festival

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Alan Caomin Xie, Mandala #14 from The Mandala of Ruins series
  • Alan Caomin Xie, Mandala #14 from "The Mandala of Ruins" series

Art at the edges of the Inman Park Festival, superheroes and villains at ABV Gallery, and more this weekend. All the details after the jump.

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Add Atlanta tourism boosters to those who oppose Georgia's illegal immigration bill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

That makes too many to count. Via Jeremy Redmon at the AJC:

By a unanimous vote, the [Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau]’s executive committee passed a resolution saying House Bill 87 is “unwelcoming” and could “tarnish Atlanta’s reputation as one of America’s most welcoming cities.”

“The loss of potential revenues associated with conventions and tourism would have an adverse effect on Atlanta’s economy and the businesses and employees directly and indirectly associated with Atlanta’s hospitality industry,” the resolution says.

Atlanta’s convention and tourism boosters are hoping Georgia won’t suffer like Arizona, which lost dozens of conventions amid economic boycotts after that state enacted similar legislation last year. The leisure and hospitality industry ranks as the fourth largest employer in the Atlanta region with about 223,000 jobs, according to the bureau.

Officials say some convention organizers have inquired about HB 87, but none have canceled their events. Yet.

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The Friday morning Open Thread of the Century™

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

So much to discuss and so little time to write about it all: The city settles the airport corruption lawsuit; state officials say it might take years for some Georgia counties to recover from the destruction caused by Tuesday night's tornadoes; and MARTA might hike fares by 50 cents. (Still no talk of distance- or zone-based fares on trains and buses.)

Discuss whatever you wish while we gather our thoughts. But please — keep it civil.

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5 things today: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM

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1) Lucinda Williams plays Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
2) Theatre in the Square stages Circle Mirror Transformation.
3) Rosendo Pita opens at Barbara Archer Gallery.
4) Royal wedding parties, if you're into that kind of thing.
5) Before Words opens at TULA Art Center.

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5 things today: Lucinda Williams, Rosendo Pita

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 7:40 AM

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  • Courtesy Lucinda Williams

1) Lucinda Williams plays Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
2) Theatre in the Square stages Circle Mirror Transformation.
3) Rosendo Pita opens at Barbara Archer Gallery.
4) Royal wedding parties, if you're into that kind of thing.
5) Before Words opens at TULA Art Center.

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A case of nostalgia: Prom takes it back to High School and Vin Diesel's returns with Fast Five

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Dom Toretto (VIN DIESEL) and Luke Hobbs (DWAYNE JOHNSON) face off in  Fast Five
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  • Dom Toretto (VIN DIESEL) and Luke Hobbs (DWAYNE JOHNSON) face off in Fast Five

OPENING FRIDAY
DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT (PG-13) Brandon Routh of Superman Returns stars in this comic book adaptation as a supernatural private investigator with the motto “No pulse? No problem.” Expect plenty of vampires, werewolves and zombies.

FAST FIVE (PG-13) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson reunite for this fifth entry in the Fast & the Furious franchise, with Atlanta and Puerto Rico substituting for Rio de Janeiro. Will the next one be called Speedy Six?

HOODWINKED TOO! HOOD VS. EVIL (PG) This seemingly-belated sequel to the 2006 computer-animated fairy tale spoof Hoodwinked! finds Little Red Riding Hood (Hayden Panettiere) as a troubleshooting agent trying to rescue Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler) from a wicked witch (Joan Cusack).

PROM (PG) In the days leading up to High School's biggest thing, relationships unravel and sparks ignite. Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden) falls for the guy (Thomas McDonell) who nearly ruins her prom fantasy. Seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) keep secrets. Others deal with the insecurities typical of high school students anticipating their biggest night.

DULY NOTED
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (NR) For its 35th year, the Atlanta Film Festival presents 125 narrative and documentary features and short films. In addition to 35th anniversary showings of Network and Taxi Driver, the cinema celebration screens a retrospective of the work of young Mexican director Nicolas Pereda and special programs devoted to music, sports, gay issues and locally made movies via the “Georgia on Our Mind Film Series. April 28-May 7. Prices and times vary. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. atlantafilmfestival.com.

THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958) 4 stars (NR) Kerwin Matthews plays a suspiciously Caucasian version of the famed Middle Eastern sailor who journeys to a dangerous island to cure a shrunken princess. Special effects guy Ray Harryhausen is the real star, delivering classic movie monsters such as a one-eyed Cyclops, a fire-breathing dragon and a sword-wielding skeleton. April 30 at 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com

SWITCHBLADE SISTERS (1975) (R) A girl gang called the “Dagger Debs” faces off against drug pushers in this beloved 1970s exploitation film. On a double bill with Pam Grier’s first film, Coffy. April 25-May 1. Cinefest Film Theatre, Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. 404-413-1798. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

So, I guess there's this wedding tomorrow?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM


If you're stoked to see Kate's headgear or Will's rapidly retreating hairline in the company of others, check out some royal wedding events over here.

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What went down at IHOP — APD releases its report

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM

The now-infamous video of an Atlanta police officer decking an unruly woman in a Buckhead IHOP only tells part of the story: cop grabs woman, woman's friend intervenes, said friend gets punched by cop. But how'd it all start?

According Officer J. Vidal's narrative from that night — or, rather, early Saturday morning; just before 3 a.m. — the kerfuffle began when the women wouldn't shut up. He says he heard Cynthia Freeman — the woman whose collar he's clutching at the beginning of the video — yelling in the booth behind where he was standing, so he asked her to be quiet or leave. According to Vidal, Freeman refused, and told him that she's a criminal justice major and is familiar with the law.

"She stated that this is a public place and she knows her first amendment rights," Vidal wrote in his report, "I advised her that IHOP is private property and that I am employed by IHOP. I also advised her that she would have to leave the property if she continued to keep yelling. Ms. Freeman stated that she knew the law and wasn’t going anywhere. Ms. [Roberta] Caban [told me] to get out of her face."

Apparently, Freeman didn't believe that Vidal was a police officer. She said she refused to leave, and threatened to call the cops on him. That's when Vidal decided she was under arrest.

"I tried to get her out of the booth, and she resisted," Vidal wrote. He then says that Caban grabbed his arm and Freeman threw punches at his body.

Enter Ashley Leavell. Here's how Vidal describes what the video shows:

Ms. Ashley Leavell came over to the booth and started yelling to leave Ms. Freeman alone. Officer C. Heflin arrived and assisted me in trying to get the incident under control. Officer Heflin advised Ms. Leavell to stay back and Ms. Leavell punched me in the left side of my face. I returned the punch and struck her in her face. I then grabbed Ms. Leavell and tried to put her in custody. Ms. Leavell resisted arrest after a short struggle, I placed her in custody.

Caban, Freeman, Leavell and a fourth woman named Vanessa Chancey were arrested, and Leavell was transported to Grady Detention.

After the jump, TWO videos of the whole thing going down. What say you?

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Tyler Perry to launch new TV show, save Christmas, etc.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:06 PM

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Having released Madea's Big Happy Family last week, Tyler Perry is, apparently, doing every possible other showbiz activity.

On May 13-14, he'll be starring in Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - the timing of which suggests he'll be taping it for a DVD release just in time for the holidays. Apparently the plot is has it that "A wealthy family meets for Christmas at their posh Cape Cod estate; family arguments and secrets cause quite a stir. It takes Mr. Brown, Cora and the almighty Madea to save this Christmas and make it into a foot-stomping good time.” It's the kind of thing that seems crazy at first, and then makes so much sense you wonder why Perry hadn't done it years ago.

In addition to Perry renewing his movie deal with Lionsgate, as announced last month, TBS announced a deal that Tyler Perry would be ending his long-running (182 episodes as of this week) sitcom "House of Payne," and launching a new one, "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse." Based on the Why Did I Get Married? series, the show stars Michael Jai White and the hilarious Tasha Smith in their roles as bickering television anchor Marcus and salon owner Angela.

Oh yeah, and he also renewed his feud with Spike Lee at a press conference last week, remarking, "I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that." Which is especially serious because, as a Christian, Tyler Perry may actually believe in hell.

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Photo of the Day: Storm Damage

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Storm damage from last night's tornado in Madison, Georgia.

Check out more of John's storm damage images from Madison

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