Monday, August 6, 2012

Man robs bank in Tina Turner wig — but which Tina was he?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 5:42 PM

According to WSB-TV, a man was arrested shortly after he's alleged to have robbed a bank inside Walmart on Gresham Road in Atlanta whilst wearing what they say resembled a Tina Turner wig.

A photo taken shortly after his arrest this afternoon shows the guy in a red ball cap, so the question remains: what incarnation of Tina was the robber channeling? That lady wears lots of wigs. And they're all great.

Here are your options ...


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Golden Girl gets the illustrated encyclopedic treatment

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Jody McFerren
  • Jody McFerren

Jody McFerren loves “The Golden Girls” and Jody McFerren loves Rose Nylund, the “chucklehead” played by Betty White, in a house of Floridian retirees.

Rose is famous for her Betty White brand of dumbness — and also for being from fictional St. Olaf, Minn., a town of aqua midgets and giant black holes.

Facts like these and more — Rose’s sayings, Rose’s recipes and many, very many, of Rose’s stories about St. Olaf — have been gathered together in Back in St. Olaf... An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Stories, Idiotic Sayings & Home Cookery, McFerren’s compendium-cum-tribute to White’s character.

McFerren — artist, columnist, cook, Atlantan — took on the writing of the book as a labor of love, having tossed the idea around for more than a decade and spending six months researching both “The Golden Girls” and “The Golden Palace” on DVD, but it’s borne fruit: Though McFerren hasn’t published the book yet, he is promoting it. Blake’s on The Park will host the first official release party for Back in St. Olaf... on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. More than 20 of the book’s recipes will be on display and large prints of the book’s accompanying illustrations will be exhibited for purchase, with proceeds to benefit AIDAtlanta (a nod to Rose’s own AIDS scare) and Atlanta Queer Lit Festival.

The book is “written very campy,” McFerren says, and it’s exhaustive: he’s included more than 185 recipes and 100 illustrated stories. The chapters list a breakdown of St. Olaf’s points of interest, special events, and holidays as well as glossary of the town’s characters.

It hasn’t exhausted McFerren’s love, though: explaining this-or-that St. Olaf oddity to me, he still cracked up.

And still: Rose isn’t McFerren’s favorite Golden Girl. That title belongs to Blanche — who he hasn’t forgotten. If Back in St. Olaf... is successful, McFerren says, “She’ll have a book of her own later down the road,”

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First Slice 8/6/12: School's back in session

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Welcome back to school, kiddos!

Ed Hula, an Atlanta-based writer for Olympics news website Around the Rings is in London covering The Games That Refuse to Acknowledge Atlanta™. Hula asked Michael Phelps, the world's most successful lazy person of all time, for a photo after a press conference. Phelps' reaction...

A gay couple was attacked near Atlantic Station on Saturday night while walking to a party. According to the Georgia Voice, an unknown male approached the couple, asked if they were gay, and when the two men responded yes, he punched one in the face and fled. UPDATE, 3:23 p.m. An Atlantic Station spokeswoman sends along the following statement:

We are committed to serving the diverse Midtown neighborhood, including the LGBT community, a commitment that has been demonstrated by our partnership with events such as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Big Wig Party and the Fenuxe Magazine Best of Atlanta Fire Party and the diversity in our own management team. In the case of Saturday's incident, witnesses have given both Atlantic Station Public Safety officers and APD officers conflicting information. We are cooperating in the investigation and will share information as it becomes available. Our own public safety officers handled the incident according to protocol and were respectful to all parties involved. The safety of all guests at Atlantic Station is our top priority.

The AJC's Greg Bluestein has a solid look at the Atlanta Beltline's next steps — and progress thus far — now that the regional transportation tax is off the table.

Sprayberry High School's student newspaper, which generated headlines last year over a satirical column about President Barack Obama, has a new editor-in-chief: the school principal.

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5 things to do: 'Fifty/Fifty,' Kishi Bashi

Posted By on Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM


1. Fifty/Fifty continues at ABV Gallery

2. Kishi Bashi and Tall Tall Trees at 529

3. Monday Night Brewing Co. Meet ’n' Greet at Battle & Brew

4. "Four Artist" Summer Show at TEW Galleries

5. D.R.U.N.K. Bingo at the Highlander

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