Monday, July 30, 2012

Stuck in Traffic: Is that Marty? Where's Marty? (Scorsese gets Siri-ous)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The last time we saw Marty Scorsese in the back seat of a cab, he was dropping n-bombs and offering to give Travis Bickle a ballistics lesson using his philandering wife's vagina:

Since Taxi Driver, not only has Martin Scorsese reached iconic status as a director, but he's also become a pop culture icon as a whizbang fast-talking pitchman in TV commercials for companies like American Express and Apple.

It's nice to see that he's since calmed down, and replaced his .44 Magnum with the phallic fetish object du jour: an iPhone iOS6:

Still waiting to see whether this spot generates the kinds of parodies inspired by others, but there is no doubt the table is set. (Siri: "Are you talking to me?")

Tip o' the cap to the Observer for spotting the best detail in the piece. There's a nice (and inevitable) homage to Taxi Driver in the spot itself.

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Poll finds using hotel-motel tax for new Falcons stadium very unpopular

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

A new home sounds wonderful... but who pays?
A new poll shows little public support for using the city's hotel-motel tax to finance a new Atlanta Falcons stadium. From the AJC, which commissioned the survey of 625 people:

Sixty-seven percent of metro Atlantans disapprove of using such funds for the stadium, according to the poll conducted last week for the AJC by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Twenty-three percent of those polled said they approve of using hotel-motel tax money on the stadium, and the remaining 10 percent were unsure. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. [...]

In the poll, disapproval was expressed by 75 percent of men, 61 percent of women, 59 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents.

Unlike the T-SPLOST, which has also polled low, the use of hotel-motel tax revenues to build a new football arena would not first require voter approval. But you'd think politicians would think twice before doing so if the funding mechanism was very unpopular.

We can't wait to see how project supporters spin the proposal to win public support. Vague threats by Falcons executives of moving the team from Atlanta, perhaps? Skywriters drawing Arthur Blank's face looking very angry? Commercials featuring Samuel L. Jackson weeping uncontrollably, asking the city why we refuse to "rise up?"

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Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" gets rare underground production

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Ever feel that modern life is a lot like living in a zoo? You're not the only one.

Back in 1958, Edward Albee wrote the intense two-man, one-act play The Zoo Story. The still-shocking, seminal work—his first—established him as one of the 20th-century's great American playwrights. The temperamental Albee has since turned his one-act into a full length play, At Home at the Zoo, disallowing professional theater companies the rights to produce the original work.

Underground Atlanta art collective NEM (New Evolutionary Movement) is bringing the original Zoo Story to the stage for three nights only this week, Monday-Wednesday, July 30, 31, and August 1, at 8 p.m. at the INK Gallery, 431 Fair Street, in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Though we're not familiar with NEM and its productions yet, we can say that the opportunity to see the heavy-hitting, iconic play as it was originally written is not to be missed. Its depiction of unquiet desperation and simmering urban tensions that culminate in violence seems suddenly more relevant than ever.

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First Slice 7/30/12: Congressmen are no-shows at televised debate

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Some incumbent Georgia congressmen think they don't have to show up for televised debates because, hey, why ruin re-election chances by answering questions?

Gun clubs and concealed weapons permits are on the rise in Cobb County.

When I first read the AJC homepage headline about "surgery to prevent bullying" I honestly thought it referred to performing lobotomies on aggressive children.

Note to political candidates: Make sure your robocall provider does not start ringing voters at 2 a.m. Or target people who don't live in your district.

Add the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editorial board to the list of T-SPLOST endorsers. (CL endorsed the 1-percent transportation sales tax last week.) Learn about the road and transit funding measure and be sure to vote tomorrow.

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Free panel tonight discusses gloATL-Atlanta Opera collaboration

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 7:54 AM

WIG OUT: The Atlanta Opera and gloATL performed together at Sol LeWitts sculptural installation 54 Columns on July 20 and 21. A discussion panel beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Sandler Hudson Gallery will address questions about the intriguing event.
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  • WIG OUT: The Atlanta Opera and gloATL performed together at Sol LeWitt's sculptural installation 54 Columns on July 20 and 21. A discussion panel beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Sandler Hudson Gallery will address questions about the intriguing event.
Seventeen dancers in platinum wigs, four opera singers in white, 54 concrete columns, a dozen photographers, and a bazillion viewers....

It was all lovely, but now we have more questions than answers.

Tonight, Monday, July 30, beginning at 7 p.m., the Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1009 Marietta Street, hosts a free event that will open up discussion about the recent intriguing collaboration between dance company gloATL and the Atlanta Opera.

glo Choreographer Lauri Stallings and the Atlanta Opera's Laura Soldati will discuss the July 20-21 performances. The free discussion will be kept moderate by me, the evening's moderator, Creative Loafing Contributing Writer Andrew Alexander.

Sparkling beverages and Indian tassies will be served. Platinum wigs and white skirts are optional.

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Traffic Jams on Film

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 7:16 AM

As we consider the upcoming T-SPOST referendum, let's take a look at some of our favorite traffic jams from the big screen:



Jean-Luc Godard - Weekend, The Traffic Jam Sequence from Blue Heron on Vimeo.


More after the jump.

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5 things to do: Jesco White, Sleepy Genes

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

1. Jesco White at Smith's Olde Bar

2. Sleepy Genes, Novakord, and more at 529

3. The Zoo Story at Raw Space Gallery

4. The Gray Room at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery

5. Take a dip in the Grant Park Pool

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

First Slice 7/29/12: Have you heard about this T-SPLOST thing?

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The Aleppo Codex
It's the Sunday before the T-SPLOST referendum, which means we're getting bombarded with news about the transportation sales tax. The AJC says its poll shows 51 percent of voters oppose the measure, with 42 percent in support. The Rev. Joseph Lowery laments the divisive debate. And elected officials in favor of the transportation sales tax gathered at Centennial Olympic Park yesterday to rally support.

Mayor Kasim Reed on Saturday told Peoplestown residents that his administration needs more time to determine how to resolve flooding issues in the neighborhood. One possible solution, should other methods fail: a retention pond.

Five people were arrested in Midtown on Friday night during a protest against police violence.

A College Park firefighter and emergency medical technician is in an awkward situation.

The mystery of the Aleppo Codex!

ICYMI: Atlanta and Los Angeles were apparently omitted from a montage of previous Olympic cities during the London Games' opening ceremony.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Atlanta, L.A. snubbed during London Olympics opening ceremony montage?

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM

People who tuned in to the 2012 London Summer Olympics opening ceremony last night might have noticed, just before the Danny Boyle-produced extravaganza began, a montage of posters from past games. Apparently Los Angeles, the 1984 Olympics host city, and Atlanta, which, as we all know, hosted the festivities in 1996, weren't included.

Writes "waltermitty1270" on the Atlanta subreddit:

Check your DVR's... At the beginning of the Opening Ceremonies, Right at the end of the Thames River flyover sequence, they show Posters from every summer Olympics since 1896 except the one for Atlanta 1996. WTF?

Here's his rough cell-phone footage of the segment. One can see posters from Moscow (1980), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004), and Beijing (2008). But no Los Angeles and Atlanta. He wasn't the only person who noticed the oversight.

Granted, we didn't watch the entire ceremony, so we might have missed some other nod to Atlanta and LA. Please correct us if we're wrong. It's worth noting that Atlanta's games were criticized by Olympics officials for being overly commercial. But to not acknowledge them?

We contacted the International Olympic Committee, which referred us to London organizers. We asked them if missed anything during the montage and why the two cities weren't included. We've also contacted officials with NBC Sports, which broadcasts the games. We'll update when we hear word.

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5 things to do: Build a Better Block, Corndogorama

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


1. Build a Better Block Atlanta at Georgia Avenue between Reed and Terry streets

2. Corndogorama kicks off at the Earl with Snowden, Royal Thunder, Sealions, Pls Pls, Speakerfoxxx, Moodrings, and more

3. The Starving Artists Games at the intersection of Krog and Irwin streets near MINT Gallery

4. The Zombies at Southern Ground Amphitheater

5. National Water Gun Fight Day at Freedom Park

Need more?

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