Tuesday, October 30, 2012

There is more than one Sandy in the cinema

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM

So many Sandy references in the media, so little imagination.

If we have to see one more clip of John Travolta's Danny Zuko wailing Sandy at the drive-in (though Jimmy Fallon's take warrants a hat tip) we're going to drive into the angry surf off the Jersey shore:

The best cinematic Sandy?

Woody Allen's Sandy Bates from Stardust Memories, a whirling dervish of a director filled with neuroses, self-loathing, ego, imagination, and genius. An on-screen manifestation of Woody Allen himself, or a clever twist of his carefully constructed alter-ego? You decide.

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 introduced Sandman, a destructive force of nature, a supernatural menace, and the coolest-looking cinematic villain since T:2's liquid metal guy:

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Free talk at the Goat Farm to examine the arts-for-profit model

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

We've all heard how challenging the past few years have been for arts organizations. But can the arts still be approached as an entrepreneurial endeavor? Can an arts organization actually be run for profit?

Those are just a couple of the intriguing questions which will come under consideration this Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. at the Goat Farm Arts Center. In a discussion titled “Pushing Culture as a Farm,” Goat Farm owner Anthony Harper will talk about the philosophy behind the Goat Farm as a for-profit arts organization.

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Photos: Elevate throws a block party

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM

ELEVATE, a creation of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Atlanta, wrapped up its public art festival with a block party on Broad St between MLK and Mitchell St. Local and international street artists painted murals throughout the week.

Young violinists and a DJ provided the music, while street dancers mesmerized (and exercised!) the crowd in attendance. Food trucks were on hand from Roly Poly and Munch.

Photographer John Ramspott was kind enough to share images he captured from the party, check them out here.

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CL presents 'Atlanta Chefs and Their Knives'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM

As a follow-up to Brad Kaplan's excellent story in the Food Issue (Atlanta chefs and their knives), we went out and spoke face-to-face with chefs Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina, Mihoko Obunai of Miso Izakaya, Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun's, Duane Nutter of One Flew South, and Zeb Stevenson of Livingston, about their love for their knives and asked them to demonstrate some of their knife skills.

Learn more about Atlanta's food fetishes and check out CL's 2012 Food issue here.

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'The Good Wife' Season 4, Episode 5 Recap

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

They hate me because Im beautiful ...
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  • They hate me because I'm beautiful ...

After several weeks of complaining that "The Good Wife's" Cases of the Week had been unconnected filler at best, "Waiting for the Knock" did away with the show's procedural formula and made it all about the investigation and drama, to great effect. In fact, "Waiting for the Knock" may be the best episode so far this year (though not without its issues) because it played upon the series strengths which, strangely, recently have not been about courtroom drama (even Cary got a small part to play!) The theme of "Waiting for the Knock" seemed primarily about separating business from the personal, and how the two really are inextricably linked.

It was another week too where Lockhart Gardner focus on the money more than the morals. Though Alicia shakes her head at Diane and Will wanting to go after Bishop's drug business as well as his legit business, even trustee Hayden is for the idea. It's certainly a less nefarious portrayal of the lawyers who support the scourge of drug kingpins than in "The Wire," whose primary gangster attorney Maurice Levy was clearly a villain in a world where most everything is morally gray. I know that the writers and casting agents of "The Good Wife" have seen "The Wire," too, because not only do they borrow the occasional theme (Lemond Bishop = a Stringer Bell type) but also some of its cast (seeing Wee Bey and Bodie in the same episode was joyous).

The show often subverts conventional characterizations, and here the FBI is portrayed as the problem (with Lana possibly investigating Kalinda, having used her to get information — another personal / business overlap), taking Lemond away from his son over sad music.

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"Homeland," Season 2, Episode 5

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

WANT TO SEE MY STIGMATA JOKE? Damian Lewis and the back of Claire Danes head
If I didn’t love “Homeland” already, this week’s episode delivers one of my favorite narrative devices: the hour-long interrogation. I think the only way I would’ve enjoyed “Q&A” more if the story had been entirely confined to the dungeon-like interview room. Interrogations — either from secret police or the more overt kind — are charged situations by their very nature, boiling drama down to its essentials: a couple of actors, a table and some chairs. Two of my all-time favorite episodes are the Emmy-winning “Three Men and Adena” from “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Intersections in Real Time” from “Babylon 5” (no kidding), each of which restricts the action almost entirely to an interview room, what “Homicide” called “The box.”

“Q&A” opens with Brody’s hood coming off: he’s handcuffed to a table and manacled to the floor, probably having the most awful form of déjà vu that harks back to his time as a POW. Carrie paces outside the surveillance room in a corridor with a floor stained a red color that’s probably not blood. (Probably.) Estes shows up, shooting daggers at her with her eyes. He and Quinn want to keep her away from the interrogation, but Saul argues, “She’s forgotten more about Brody than we’ll ever know.” Thanks to her electroconvulsive therapy, that might be literally true.

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First Slice 10/29/12: North Fulton mayors keen on multi-county transit system

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Grand Central Station shuts down for Sandy
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  • Grand Central Station shuts down for Sandy
North Fulton mayors are once again pitching the idea of a regional transit agency comprising multiple counties.

Surprise! Special interest groups dumped mountains of money into Georgia's congressional races.

The deepening of the Savannah port, a key project of Gov. Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed, and the state's business community, received a push this weekend after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the controversial initiative the OK.

While we're talking about Savannah: The city's newspaper is going behind a paywall starting tonight. Non-subscribers will only be able to read 15 articles each month.

Young people: do not joke about "pulling a Columbine."

New York City transit officials closed the mammoth system last night to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. And, in the process, provided a rare glimpse of an empty Grand Central Station and rail stops.

And ICYMI: Southeast Atlanta residents tonight plan to protest a proposed retail center along Glenwood Avenue and the Atlanta Beltline.

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5 things to do: Tanz Farm and more

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

5 things to do in Atlanta today

1. Tanz Farm at the Goat Farm

2. Dark Harvest Haunted House at Academy Theatre

3. Susanna Hoffs at Eddie's Attic

4. Uncle Shucks Cornmaze

5. Divine Fits and Cold Cave at Terminal West

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

First Slice 10/28/12: Southeast Atlanta residents to rally against proposed retail center along Beltline

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Proposed development site along Glenwood Avenue and the Atlanta Beltline
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  • Proposed development site along Glenwood Avenue and the Atlanta Beltline
The grassroots fight against veteran developer Jeff Fuqua's proposed retail center near Glenwood Park along the Atlanta Beltline will be one to watch. Residents on Monday evening will rally against the concept, which they say does not comply with the Beltine's master plan for the property.

Demolition crews on Saturday morning bid farewell to one of two old office buildings on the former IBM Campus along Northside Parkway in Buckhead. The property will become the home of the new North Atlanta High School. (Warning: 11 Alive's still set its video's to automatically start playing. Be sure your speakers are turned down before clicking the link.)

Expect political theater unlike any you've ever seen when state lawmakers in January consider raising the Georgia World Congress Center Authority's bonding capacity — a vital step to providing public funding for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

Natina Reed, an actress and part of R&B group Blaque, was struck and killed by a car while walking on Lawrenceville Highway on Friday night. According to WAGA, the driver was not charged.

While we're building "retro gas stations" in Midtown, let's also bring back Atlanta's trolley system. That'd be fantastic.

Thousands of patriots waited in long lines and slightly chilly weather on Saturday to vote for the country's next drone commander.

Hurricane Sandy continues its journey toward the East Coast after killing more than 40 people in the Caribbean,. New York City is bracing for what forecasts say will be an especially hard hit. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered Atlantic City's 12 casinos to shut down and evacuate.

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