Wednesday, August 1, 2012

National Puppet Slam comes to Atlanta

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

SLAM DUNK: T-SPLOST may have failed, but puppet shows are still a total win. The National Puppet Slam, a showcase of the best adult short-form puppet skits, comes to Atlanta this weekend.
  • SLAM DUNK: T-SPLOST may have failed, but puppet shows are still a total win. The National Puppet Slam, a showcase of the best adult short-form puppet skits, comes to Atlanta this weekend.
Okay. So our dreams of turning Atlanta into Portland South overnight, of riding our bikes along mile after mile of pleasant urban trails, of zipping through the city on cozy little streetcars, of stepping into interconnected bustling nightlife districts and arty neighborhoods, of twirling around and throwing our hats in the air in moments of blissful, carefree joy at the abundant pleasures of urban life a la Mary Tyler Moore have to be shelved for the time being. (That last part about tossing our hats in the air wasn't actually part of the T-SPLOST vote, but we're thinking maybe it should have been. Mayor Reed, take note).

Anyway, it's time to rethink, regroup, re-plan. In the meantime, there'll be a couple days of mourning, complaining, and finger-pointing so... um... while that's going on... May we suggest a puppet show? It's cheaper than drowning your sorrows in bourbon and much more fun.

The National Puppet Slam comes to the stage of the Center for Puppetry Arts this weekend, Friday and Saturday nights, August 3-4, at 8 p.m.

The 18-and-over, adults-only event is a showcase of the best short-form puppet theater from the Puppet Slam Network (Think poetry slam crossed with Saturday Night Live and Triumph the Insult Dog and you'll start to get the idea). The most beautiful, ingenious and hilarious work from puppet slams in New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Atlanta will take the stage for two nights, proving that we have great shows in Atlanta and that sooner or later we'll figure out great ways to get there.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 404-873-3391 or visit the Center for Puppetry Arts. Tickets are $12 ($7 for members).

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