Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Game of Thrones," Season 2, Episode 5

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

MR. PEEPERS, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
If the first episode of “Game of Thrones” had been like this one, would the show have so successfully drawn in fantasy detractors and non-fans? Early episodes kept magic to a minimum and offered so much sexuality, the show popularized the term “sexposition.” “A Ghost in Harrenhal” features a baby dragon, a warlocks, a pyromancer and a supernatural assassin made of shadow, and mentions direwolves, three-eyed ravens and zombie-like White Walkers. And unless I missed an uncovered body part, there’s nary a bit of gratuitous nudity this week. Maybe the creators are showing more confidence it the viewers’ attention spans.

It begins as an ill wind roars through Renly’s camp, although things look optimistic for Catelyn’s negotiations. In his tent, Renly seems willing to ally with Robb Stark and will allow him to be King of the North as long as he swears fealty to Renly. And after they overthrow the Lannisters, of course. The negotiations hit a snag, however, in the form of a blade jabbed through Renly’s chest by the wraith we saw birthed by Melisandre last week. It swoops in, kills Renly and dissipates, leaving Catelyn and Brienne the only witnesses. Guards rush in and, not unreasonably, assume that the armed Brienne was the murderer, and she messes them up good in self-defense. Christie movingly captures Brienne’s grief for Renly, while Catelyn convinces her to flee: “You can’t avenge him if you’re dead.”

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First Slice 4/29/12: We can debate Falcons stadium funding... if we have a time machine

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 9:01 AM

1. Yep, it's true: The public debate over whether public cash should fund a new Atlanta Falcons stadium happened nearly two years ago. And it missed a lot of folks' radars.

2. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday said several vendors who won bids during the Atlanta airport's controversial procurement process didn't meet the definition of "disadvantaged." And on Friday the city reportedly inked a tentative settlement with one losing airport vendor. This thing is far from over.

3. A Marietta family has achieved the modern measure of success: a morning talk show appearance because of a viral video.

4. More school cheating!

5. The maker of the computer or phone you're probably using right now sidesteps paying billions of dollars in taxes every year, says the New York Times. Part of the way the California-based firm manages to do so: locating some a handful of employees tasked with investing the company's profits in Nevada, where there's no state corporate income tax and no capital gains tax. But they make pretty things!

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5 things today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Dick Dale

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play Verizon
2. Dick Dale plays the Earl
3. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County continues at the Alliance
4. Mohammad Reza Shajarian plays the Ferst Center for the Arts
5. Catch the final performance of Saiah's Rua | Wulf at the Goat Farm

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5 things today: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Dick Dale

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers play Verizon
2. Dick Dale plays the Earl
3. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County continues at the Alliance
4. Mohammad Reza Shajarian plays the Ferst Center for the Arts
5. Catch the final performance of Saiah's Rua | Wulf at the Goat Farm

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

5 things today: Beach Boys, Inman Park Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM

1. The Beach Boys play Chastain Park
2. Inman Park Festival continues in Inman Park
3. Lebowski Fest bowling party at 300 Atlanta
4. Speakerfoxxx and Social Studies play the closing party at the High
5. Gomez plays Variety Playhouse

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5 things today: Beach Boys, Inman Park Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM

1. The Beach Boys play Chastain Park
2. Inman Park Festival continues in Inman Park
3. Lebowski Fest bowling party at 300 Atlanta
4. Speakerfoxxx and Social Studies play the closing party at the High
5. Gomez plays Variety Playhouse

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Why we're sticking with Occupy Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Occupy Atlantas first General Assembly in Woodruff Park aka Troy Davis Park
  • Joeff Davis
  • Occupy Atlanta's first General Assembly in Woodruff Park aka Troy Davis Park

Yesterday CL published a column by metro Atlanta journalist and researcher George Chidi about why he's leaving the Occupy Atlanta movement. We're happy to give members of the group a chance to respond.

Many of us in Occupy Atlanta were deeply saddened by George Chidi's article, "Why I'm leaving Occupy Atlanta," published yesterday in Creative Loafing, and several of us have come together to pen a collaborative response. This response certainly does not speak for all members of Occupy Atlanta, but rather reflects the thoughts of those who felt compelled to contribute.

There is a debate among many of us about whether or not publicly discussing the pros and cons of Occupy Atlanta in Creative Loafing is productive. At first, many of us saw George's article as an unnecessary public airing of incorrect or uninformed assumptions and conclusions. After a period of reflection, however, we began to see it as an opportunity to share our message, the work we've been doing, and the victories we can claim - and to more explicitly deal with the controversies and issues we have within our movement.

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Roswell officials concerned by Chicken Man-related bomb, death threats

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The front of Andrew Wordes former home in Roswell
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  • The front of Andrew Wordes former home in Roswell

In this week's cover story about Andrew Wordes, the 53-year-old Roswell man who blew up his home and himself on March 26, we quoted a friend who said, "If there are ghosts, Andrew will haunt [Roswell]."

That friend is among many who believe the City of Roswell is complicit in the death of Roswell's Chicken Man - that police and code enforcement officials bullied Wordes until he finally took dramatic action and ended his life. The evidence suggesting that Roswell paid special attention to Wordes isn't unconvincing, but in the piece we allowed you to make your own judgement. Other news sources (mostly blogs and websites) have been more eager to pass judgement, running stories with headlines like, "City of Roswell, GA, bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens."

And Roswell is certainly being haunted.

According to the AJC, the city has increased security at City Hall in response to threatening emails and phone calls - "threatening to kill people, threatening to blow the building up," according to a city spokeswoman - that have been received since Wordes' death ...

Starting Wednesday, visitors to the municipal offices and courts no longer can use the front entrance. They must come through a special door and pass through a metal detector. A police officer mans the security post, and video surveillance records all visitors.

Apparently, plans to ramp up security had been in place for a while, but threats related to Wordes' case expedited the process.

Another development: Blogger Maggie West Bean of the Fulton County Buzz Examiner discovered that a man named Arnold Wall is behind the mysterious IRA that purchased Wordes' mortgage and later evicted him. As we reported in our piece, Wordes and his attorney planned to file an improper foreclosure suit based on the fact that the foreclosure notice he received didn't provide the mortgage holder's contact as required by Georgia law, and only listed an IRA account and the investment company that set up the account. The former mortgage holder, an elderly woman named Dora Hardeman, has said she was pressured by Wall to sell the mortgage.

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Film Clips:The Five Year Engagement

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

OPENING TODAY:

Five years is a long time to be engaged in The Five Year Engagement

ELLES (NC-17) A journalist begins an investigative report on the lives of two student prostitutes, what began as another assignment quickly becomes very personal. The journalist, Anne, becomes so involved with these female students it forces her to confront her own reservations about what happens in the bedroom. The world's oldest profession reveals more to Anne than she ever thought possible. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA

THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (R) From the producer of the marital comedy Bridesmaids, comes a new twist on the romantic comedy, a film spotlighting the time between the proposal and the marriage. When Tom and Violet get engaged, they have no idea what they are in for because it seems everything in the world is working against them getting married. The comedy ensues as this couple learns what it takes to make an engagement work.

THE HUNTER (R) A proficient and knowledgeable mercenary named Martin is sent into the Tasmanian wilderness to search for the rare Tasmanian tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that desires the tiger's genetic material, Martin poses as a scientist when he lands in Tasmania. While living with a family, the patriarch of the house goes missing, and Martin can't help wanting to find the father. In the search, Martin's mission to find the tiger becomes even more complicated than he could have ever imagined. Willem Dafoe plays an amazing mercenary and gives a chilling performance.Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISTFITS (PG) The same people who created Chicken Run and the Wallace and Gromit series, have created a new stop-motion film about a pirate captain who just isn't very good at being a pirate. Voiced by Hugh Grant, the Pirate Captain is a lovable dope with aspirations of winning the "Pirate of the Year" award and finally getting some credit for his exploits as a buccaneer. Given directors Jeff Newitt's and Peter Lord's track record together, this movie is sure to be a great one.

THE RAVEN (R) When a deranged killer begins acting out the twisted poems and short stories of famed author Edgar Allen Poe, it is up to the author himself to stop the killer since Poe is the killer's ultimate inspiration. Poe, played by John Cusack, is helped by a young detective in his search for the killer. But the game of chase takes a turn for the worst when Poe's lover becomes the next target.

SAFE (R) Jason Statham plays Luke Wright a washed-up cage fighter in an MMA-style fighting circuit, essentially being paid to get beat up in front of a crowd. But when Luke wins a rigged fight he was supposed to lose, hell breaks loose, the Russian Mafia murders his family to teach him a lesson after costing them a small fortune. Then when Luke witnesses the Russians going after a young girl named Mei, he snaps and goes into an all out war against the mafia. In an attempt to redeem himself and avenge his own family, Statham delivers his usual action packed performance.

DULY NOTED

96 MINUTES (R) Is the story of four very different high school students on the brink of graduating, caught in the middle of a carjacking one night. The film follows each of the four student's days leading up to the point of the carjacking. This coming of age film confronts societal issues such as race, income levels, gender roles, and the like through the drama that unfolds on the screen. AMC Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS When a trio of gorgeous girls at a college meet transfer student Lily, they immediately take her under their wing. The girls attempt to teach Lily the ways of life at their university, showing her their tap dancing therapy for depressed students. They seem to even have the men on the campus figured out, until a couple of guys threaten the girl's grip on their environment. The collegiate comedy has tons of familiar faces and was selected to play at Venice and Toronto's respective film festivals last year. UA Tara Cinemas 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road NE

FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS (2006) (R) This film follows the life of Diane Arbus, who is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Played by Nicole Kidman, Arbus turns away from her wealthy family and follows her heart into the arms of Lionel Sweeny (played by Robert Downey Jr.) who introduces her to the marginalized and deviant people that made her photos so famous. This film is being shown in conjunction with a series of other films at Poem 88 as part of their "Films for the 99% campaign." Poem 88, Wed., May 2, 8 p.m. 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA

RESTLESS CITY (R) The portrait film of Dijbril, a young African immigrant in NYC whose passion for music he hopes will take him all the way to the top and bring him a better life. He believes he can achieve his dreams and save his family back in Africa from a meager life, but its never that simple in the city that never sleeps. AMC Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA

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Atlanta police name new LGBT liaison to replace Pat Powell

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 12:41 PM

LGBT liaison Pat Powell moves on

When Pat Powell became the Atlanta Police Department's LGBT liaison in May 2010 — charged with "improving communications and relationships" between the APD and the gay community — she had her work cut out for her.

The damage the department did when it improperly raided the Atlanta Eagle in September 2009 still seemed nearly irreparable. Plus, Powell was replacing former liaison Dani Lee Harris, who was pushed out of the position without explanation, though she claims is was for filing an OPS complaint against a superior.

Just shy of her two year anniversary on the job, the APD announced yesterday that Powell was moving on and taking a position with the department's Background & Recruitment Unit. She's being replaced by former Zone 5 patrol officer Kristin Knight. She'll join liaison Brian Sharp, who was hired in September 2010.

It was around that time we interviewed Powell for a cover story about a high-profile gay bashing in Piedmont Park and how it presented an opportunity for healing between the cops and the LGBT community. She discussed the challenge of basically being the sole member of a one-woman unit assigned to mend a cavernous rift:

"When I first came on in May, it was a challenge," Powell says. "But, what the department's been doing is continuing to get me out there in the community and build that relationship, build that trust back. The only way you're gonna do it is for me to get out there and do the legwork. Are we there yet? No. But since May I think we've come a short distance, but a positive difference."

Josh Noblitt, a pastor and a victim in the Piedmont Park attack, praised Powell's attentiveness to his case, saying she'd been "awesome," adding, "I mean, she sat with me in court."

A little bit about your new LGBT liaison ...

Knight, a native of Milford, Connecticut, joined the department in 2005 and worked as a patrol officer in Zone 5, covering Downtown and Midtown. Last year, Knight joined the department’s Community Liaison Unit in the Community Oriented Policing Section, serving Zone 5.

“I’m looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department,” Officer Knight said. “As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding. The LGBT liaisons are instrumental in helping foster those partnerships that are at the core of our mission here at APD.”

Prior to joining APD, Knight worked briefly with the Transportation Security Administration. Previously, she worked in the restaurant business and joined APD when she was 23. Officer Knight moved to Atlanta to attend
Clark Atlanta University. She is now working to complete her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

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