Saturday, June 30, 2012

Movies for a Hot Summer's Day

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Blow Job: One of the Cinemas Most Iconic Images
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  • Blow Job: One of the Cinema's Most Iconic Images

We're fixing to cross 100° again today, with no relief in sight.

Our favorite thing to do on a hot summer day?

Watch movies.

Here are five great movies that bring the heat on the screen:

The Seven Year Itch
Billy Wilder's 1955 comedy stars Tom Ewell as a married publisher in New York, solo for the summer after sending his wife and kid off to Maine to beat the NYC heat, and Marilyn Monroe as the bombshell neighbor on whom he fixates and about whom he fantasizes. In addition to keeping underwear in the refrigerator to keep it cool, Marilyn Monroe also knows that the city offers lots of helpful ways to beat the heat. If you get my drift.

Sometimes a camera is just a camera, right?
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  • Sometimes a camera is just a camera, right?

Rear Window
It's hot hot hot in the village as apartment-bound action photographer Jimmy Stewart spends his day spinning tales about the private lives of his neighbors.

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5 things to do: Studiofest, 'Sign of the Times'

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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1. Studiofest at Studioplex

2. Sign of the Times at Glorieus in Buckhead

3. Creature from the Black Lagoon 3-D at the Plaza Theatre

4. ARTlanta at Hotel Indigo

5. These United States, Cute Boots, and more at the Earl

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Support for T-SPLOST slips, poll says

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Supporters of the regional transportation tax voters will decide on July 31 received bad news today, as a new poll says only 38 percent of metro Atlanta voters are in favor of the measure. According to the new survey conducted this week for WSB-TV by Rosetta Stone Communications, 49 percent of voters oppose the 1-cent sales tax that would raise billions of dollars for new road and transit funding in the 10-county metro region. Nearly 14 percent of respondents remain undecided.

What should raise the eyebrows of people pushing the tax: the percentage of supporters has slipped - and opposition has grown - since Rosetta Stone last surveyed metro Atlanta voters in May. Reports WSB's Lori Geary:

Those numbers show a drop in support of the tax from late May when a Rosetta Stone poll showed 42 percent supported the referendum and 45 percent opposed the measure.

The poll broke down respondents by geographic area, as well. Not surprisingly, there's more support for the measure in Fulton and DeKalb Counties than there is in the outer 'burbs. Republicans, also not surprisingly, are opposed to the sales tax. (Geary's posted a handy breakdown of the poll results.)

While these polls give a good snapshot of how metro Atlantans might feel about the measure, tax supporters will say that the only poll that's worth a damn is the one that's conducted on July 31. The business community's team that's spending millions of dollars to persuade voters to approve the measure has purchased more TV airtime. You'll probably start seeing even more online ads or hearing radio spots. And you can bet there will be a last-minute, very expensive push by the group in the final days before the vote takes place.

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Look at all them writers in Decatur!

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Official A Great Day in Decatur image

On the heels of the announcement of Decatur-based poet Natasha Trethewey's U.S. Poet Laureate-ship, Decatur Book Festival executive director Darren Wang gathered the authors that call Decatur home for a portrait on the courthouse steps. The photo is a nod to the historic 1958 image "A Great Day in Harlem," which captured dozens of the era's most significant jazz musicians and was originally published in Esquire. Authors including Trethewey, Joshilyn Jackson, Amanda Kyle Williams, James Dean, Andisheh Nouraee, and more participated to capture a particularly literary moment in the town's history.

More photos after the jump.

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Studiofest at Studioplex

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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It seems like most neighborhoods in Atlanta these days have a festival, whether it's a beer festival in East Atlanta Village or Decatur, an arts festival in Candler Park, Virginia Highlands or Inman Park, or a music festival in Midtown or Sweet Auburn, every neighborhood's got one.

But what about the Old 4th Ward? Home to numerous galleries, artists, restaurants, and creatives, this neighborhood is stacked with the type of people motivated and imaginative enough to pull together a festival. When a group of tenants at the Studioplex Lofts on Auburn Ave. realized they had all the tools at their disposal to pull off such an event, they only had to ask themselves one question, 'Why not?' and Studiofest was born.

Headed by four different Studioplex gallery owners, Geoffrey and Cristina Lee of Modern Now Gallery, Walt Woodall of Metro Gallery and Framing, and Greg Mike at ABV Gallery and Agency, Studiofest is a fine art, day-long event that celebrates local artists and businesses.

"This is the beginning of an Old 4th Ward festival, which we think needs a festival. And my reason for putting it together and working so hard is because I care about how the businesses here are doing. I've been to all the creative places around Atlanta like Studioplex, and ours can hang with the rest," Geoffrey says. "Studioplex is a high-end design, gallery, and creative hub that needs its own entity like Studiofest to really show that off."

Studiofest will highlight all of the great work being created in Studioplex, in addition to all the complex's galleries being open there will be a live glass blowing demonstration from Matt Janke of Janke Studios.

To complement the galleries and in-house artists, Studiofest will also feature an open-air artist market. Check out the Studiofest blog here for posts about different artists and sponsors.

Studioplex is also the home of chef Scott Serpas' Serpas True Food, which will be serving up some special eats for hungry festival goers. To wash down Serpas' creations, Studiofest will have a craft beer tasting, a wine tasting, and Red Brick Brewery will have a brew station set up.

"The greatest thing about Studiofest is that all of the sponsors and businesses are within a mile of here, with the exception of Red Brick but it's still local. And I think that's worth noting, there are no corporate sponsors. I like that it's all local," Geoffrey says.

Studiofest at the Studioplex, 659 Auburn Ave. Sat. June 30, 1-8 p.m.

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Film Clips: Ted

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

OPENING TODAY

Ted is a bad teddy bear.

MAGIC MIKE (R) Mike is a dancer, to be more specific he's a stripper at Club Xquistie, which is an all-male strip club. Mike has everything he could ever want: women, money, partying, and fun, but he wants something more. When Mike is not headlining in the club, he is making custom modern furniture. One day, when Mike meets the sister of a new dancer he has taken under his wing, she changes his perspective on everything and Mike must face the realities of the life he lives. Starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey, chances are, women will really like this movie.

PEOPLE LIKE US (PG-13) Sam is a young salesman, as his biggest deal of the year collapses in on itself, Sam gets the news that his father has passed away. When Sam returns home to handle and organize his father's estate, he makes an incredible discovery that he has a sister named Frankie he never knew about. As Sam reconnects with his new found family, he begins to rethink the way his own life has played out.

TED (R) Mark Whalberg plays John, who lives with his childhood teddy bear named Ted. When John was a little boy, he wished Ted would come to life and his wish came true! But now, with John and Ted all grown up, John is beginning to realize that Ted's boozing, drugging, and womanizing might not be the best influence on him. From the Seth McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, this film is not for children!

TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION (PG-13) When George, an investment banker, figures out that he has been picked as the fall-guy for a mob's ponzi-scheme, George knows he and his family are in danger. When he decides to go into witness protection, there's only one woman with the spunky attitude and size to match that can keep them safe, Madea! Tyler Perry's comedic alter-ego, the overbearing, say-anything Madea is back on the big screen.

DULY NOTED:

GOD BLESS AMERICA (NR) When Frank discovers that he is terminally ill, in addition to being jobless and lonely, he decides to go on a murdering rampage killing everything and everyone that is cancerous to society. But not just the bad guys, spoiled reality TV star teenagers, people that talk in movies; Frank is after anyone that 'deserves to die.' GSU's CineFest 66 Courtland Street

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER (R) A year has passed since Tom's brother passed away, but Tom is still very depressed and directionless. When Tom's ex-girlfriend Iris sees him make a scene at a party, she sends him off to her family's secluded cabin to help him find himself again. When Tom arrives at the Cabin, he is surprised to find Iris's sister Hannah up late drinking after ending a seven year relationship with her partner. In a moment of drunken randomness, Hannah and Tom hook up, and are awoken the next day to Iris showing up to the cabin. As the tension builds this love triangle starts to spiral out of control when Iris reveals she might still have feelings for Tom. Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive

YELLOW SUBMARINE (G) The trippy classic from one of the all time greats: The Beatles. Need we say more? Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, 8:30 p.m., tonight.

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RAW artist throwdown at Terminal West

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Work by RAW Atlanta artist Lucy Chastain
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  • Work by RAW Atlanta artist Lucy Chastain
In three years, RAW: natural born artists has grown from an L.A. art party to an international network of artists in 54 cities across the U.S. and an outpost in Brisbane, Australia with plans to expand into Europe and China next year. Tonight, RAW hols its coming out party in Atlanta with Solstice, a showcase highlighting local emerging artists working in film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hair and make-up artistry and photography. Part art fair, part fashion show and part concert, RAW's events focus on artists in the first 10 years of their careers and provide them with professional headshots and online portfolios and video profiles. Tonight's event at Terminal West will be hosted by local comic Trey Toler and was organized by Atlanta location director Eleanor Simmons. CL spoke with RAW's L.A.-based founder Heidi Luerra about the organization and how it's managed to grow so quickly with ticket sales as its only source of income.

How did you start RAW?
We stared in March of 2009 and previous to starting RAW I actually had another company that I ran for three years that featured fashion, music and art. And so I kind of made a lot of my mistakes with that company and was able to learn and figure out what I wanted to do exactly from that experience.

What was that company called?
It was called Project Ethos and it was just in Hollywood and it was every couple of months. After running that organization for three years and hosting big showcases, I realized I wanted to keep them small and more intimate and be able to go to several different communities. I was actually in the corporate world for a little while - I worked for CBS, CBS Radio - and was inspired by the fact that radio is syndicated everywhere. So it was a combination of those two things. I'm an artist myself. I grew up in a family of musicians. I paint, have painted since I was a little kid. I had my own clothing line for a while. So this was everything that I loved.

With the previous company, Project Ethos, when I was trying to get my clothing line out there I realized there was just no approachable entity that I could go to. I didn't know how to get started or what to do or how to get my stuff marketed correctly and so I just kind of took matters into my own hands. So RAW kind of came out of several years of experience in doing different things, of course, as everything does. I met my partner, Matthew Klahorst, who is a brilliant web programmer and web developer and he had his own company and was working to create a website where artists could sell their work online and as we started talking further we said, "Why don't we collaborate these two ideas and showcase artists both online and offline and kind of roll that into one because no one is really doing that. They're either one or the other but they're not both." So we put a plan down on paper and we're at the point now where we're like, "Hey, we just did everything we said we were gonna do." And now we're like, "Now what? I guess we go international."

So what is RAW's business model? Because looking at it, how sprawling it is, your're in 54 cities, you're talking about going international, each of these events, it's every month. How did you create a sustainable model that works for you? This is such a huge discussion point in Atlanta, issues of funding and lack thereof. There's tons of upstarts here and people trying to figure out how to be sustainable.
We're totally for artists, by artists. We have no funding since the beginning, we've never had funding. It's been just elbow grease. We don't have any venture capital; we don't have any of that. And I like that personally, 'cause I don't like that type of influence. We get to kind of do what we want to do. But it's definitely a harder path at the end of the day.

Each of the artists to participate in the show is responsible for selling 20 tickets and the tickets are $10 a piece and that's the way that we sustain. So we sustain through ticket sales essentially and everything that goes into our organization goes right back out into building bigger and better things for each of them. We have our end-of-the-year RAWards event that we put a ton of money into and create career-building prize packages for the winner. We're a lot like a nonprofit in a lot of ways, even down to our titles and everything that we do. We actually started out as a nonprofit in the state of California. That was the direction we were heading and then the economy tanked. And arts budgets are the first thing to be cut and arts councils' budgets are the first thing to be cut. And we were like, "We could do better just by boot-strapping, essentially doing it ourselves." And if the artists, if this is something they're interested in, if the community is interested in, we'll know right away. And so we decided to scratch that idea and know that we could kind of do more permanent good being a for-profit organization with a very altruistic mission. We're an extremely mission-driven organization, more than the bottom line for sure. We're always trying to create value for our artists. So that's how we've been able to do it thus far.

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Sign of the Times turns street signs into canvases

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Artist WEB1 repurposes a handicapped parking sign into a canvas.
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  • Artist WEB1 repurposes a handicapped parking sign into a canvas.
Street signs in cities like Atlanta often become canvases for the street artists around the city, displaying the most current artwork before it is painted over, buffed off or scraped away. Signs are ideal for displaying artwork, the combination of a smooth surface, in a visible location with stark colors and shape make them a natural eye-catching medium to work on.

MadClout, the production team behind the Steel Wheels Railroad Art Show, is presenting a new art show that features artwork on signs with contributions from local and national artists, including Sam Parker, Dr. Daks, SEVER, Michi, Keet D'Arms, and more. Mendez, one of the show's curators and organizers, discusses the upcoming show.

Where did the idea for this show come from? Was there any particular moment when you realized this was an interesting topic to explore for an art show?
The idea for The Sign of the Times show came when a dear friend and partner [who goes by the name] OILER passed. We did a tribute show honoring him and his work. A lot of the work submitted came in on street signs. OILER was a prolific writer/artist, who was well known for his handsome handwriting. [While putting together the show,] we noticed how natural art/writings looked on signage, not to mention authentically street, and the idea was born.

What is the significance of creating art on street signs? What about them makes them better than a traditional canvas?
Art on street signs goes hand-in-hand with aerosol art. It was created by inner-city youth who used their environment as their canvas. So, street signs and transit systems were some of the first canvases of the now global street srt movement.

Which artist's work in this show are you most excited about and why?
Having artists like WEB1 of TC-5, along with some of the other artists in the show, is so exciting because they have been involved with aerosol-art/graffiti for over 25 years, some of these artists have been extremely integral to the overall art movement. WEB1 is known world-wide as a style master.

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Woodruff Park, Occupy Atlanta's old stomping ground, reopens after months of repair — and now includes a playground created by video game designer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Workers this week quietly removed protective fences guarding the lawn at Woodruff Park, which has been closed since March to repair damage the city says was caused by Occupy Atlanta's sojourn in the downtown greenspace late last year. Among the additions to the park: A pretty cool play structure (that's currently off limits) designed by Jeff Santos, a video game designer from British Columbia. The "ATL"-themed structure, which was selected after an international competition, includes two slides, monkey bars, and climbing grips. A Central Atlanta Progress spokeswoman says the structure will be covered up soon so workers can finish construction on the surrounding playground area, including the installation of a playable surface. Mark your calendars for an official unveiling on July 17.

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ATLwood: One Direction versus President Obama in a battle of frenzy

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 9:46 AM

One Directions Niall Horan gives the eye to The Bert Shows Kristin Klingshirn
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  • One Direction's Niall Horan gives the eye to The Bert Show's Kristin Klingshirn

Celebrity Sightings

- Pop acts come and pop acts go in town all the time, but what makes this visit by British super boy band One Direction different is that band member Niall Horan got the phone number of The Bert Show's Kristin Klingshirn ... and proceeded to text her later! Directioners everywhere explode with jealous rage and animated gifs.

- English tabloid press The Daily Mail also found the boys' trip to ATL to be worth documenting, particularly how "American" they look (except ... )

- Friend Cassie Young, who also works at The Bert Show, got a hug from Niall and a kiss on the cheek from Harry. When asked what that was like, she replied, "His lips were like angels singing soft lullabies right before midnight on Christmas." You heard it here first!

- In a big week for our town, President Obama happened to drop in as well. In addition to stopping by the Varsity, he wanted to drop by the set of 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic currently filming near (or in) the Biltmore, but ultimately did not.

- After all of that, this updates seems rather underwhelming, although mostly it's just plain odd: According to the AJC's Rodney Ho "Random sighting at the National Center of Civil and Human Rights groundbreaking: Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) last seen on Mad Men." Welcome?

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