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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Disco fever at Binders in Buckhead

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Two Atlanta artists, who go by the monikers 'Dr. Dax' and 'The Loss Prevention,' recently completed a mural honoring the old location of the World Famous Disco Club "The Limelight" in Buckhead. The huge mural spans the backside of Binders, and features a gigantic multicolored disco ball in addition to a dancing character and a disco babe.

Make sure you watch through the final interview.

For more work from these artists follow Dr. Dax's blog here, and The Loss Prevention's blog here.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Atlanta-based agency makes commercial that makes me giggle

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM


So last night I'm watching ESPN about 1:30 a.m., because it's smart to consistently get four to five hours of sleep and stay up late watching your favorite NBA team lose three consecutive games by last-second three-pointers. [Deep breath.]

ANYHOO, this commercial comes on, and for the first time, I really pay attention to it. It's an orange juice ad, and it makes me laugh pretty hard. Granted, I was looking for anything to laugh at to momentarily escape the hellishness of my situation (DEFEND THE MAN THROWING THE BALL IN! JESUS!), but still. So I Google it because I like to laugh, even more than I like to cry. And, WHAM, I find out it was made by BBDO Atlanta. I giggle, and I get a blog post out of it. Universe: aligned!

(P.S.: Why do I think it's funny? Because of the girl. The relationship status thing. The "yeaaaah." The "and me, you have me." C'mon. That's pretty good modern relationship commentary for an orange juice ad. So well done, because it seems as though selling OJ ain't easy.)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MODA's 24 Hours of World AIDS Day Events begin tonight at midnight

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM

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The Museum of Design Atlanta is marking World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, with 24 hours of programming starting at midnight and continuing through 11:59 pm of December 1.

Visitors to the museum will also have the opportunity to take in the two AIDS-related exhibitions currently on display at MODA: Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of World AIDS Posters and The AIDS Memorial Quilt. A complete schedule of events after the jump:

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WABE pursues the Ten Dollar Art Mystery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:14 PM

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Earlier this year, CL's Culture Editor Debbie Michaud got an interesting package in the mail. It was a busy week for Michaud (as most weeks are for her), but the package was too intriguing to not spend some time puzzling over. She took some pictures of it, put it up on the blog, and decided to call it the "$10 Art Mystery." Since then, the mystery has spread to other cities and shown up on blogs like GalleyCat and Gawker.

Now, WABE's John Lemley and Kate Sweeney are on the case. They asked Michaud and Decatur Book Festival's Darren Wang to come into the studio for this excellent segment on City Cafe. There seems to be a new round of activity around the mystery. We'll be on the case as it develops.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photo love for the latest Four Coats murals

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

By now you're probably familiar with the Four Coats Mural Project taking place around Atlanta. (If not, quietly click HERE and HERE, read up and then continue on like you've known all along.)

Two of the four murals are up for the viewing. Andy Moon Wilson's brilliant blue work can be found on the Westside near Get This! Gallery at 670 11th St. You'll find the Southern Sunday Art Revival's gracing a window at 364 Nelson St. in Castleberry Hill.

Murals by Tommy Taylor and Lucha Rodriguez are currently in progress in Inman Park, and Midtown, respectively. The murals are scheduled to be finished July 30 - details on unveiling celebrations across town still to come.

Where to find the murals and the galleries sponsoring them.
  • Where to find the murals and the galleries sponsoring them.

Photos of Taylor and Rodriguez at work after the jump.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

$10 art mystery

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

I just received an interesting package in the mail.

It's contents:

1. An envelope inside the manila envelope, one of those standard white business envelopes with a clear cellophane address window revealing a $10 bill. On the front of the envelope it says: "for you." On the back: "Follow your narrative urge! #14."

2. A note, bookended with hearts, that reads:

Thank you for opening the envelope. The money is real. This is not an ad campaign or sales pitch — it's an art project. Please save the story fragment enclosed, use the hints and find me.
Let's play.

And is stamped on the back with a UFO and the text: "sited by Horace Burgess above the Biltmore House: UFO RSNQHDR (NOT LOW)"

3. A clue on a torn slip of paper that reads:

14. Southern women have a natural relationship with the earth. It may have been bred during the Civil War, when genteel ladies suddenly found themselves in charge of entire vast farms in the absence of their husbands.

Hmmmmm......

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who is Catlanta?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I'm obsessed with Catlanta. So obsessed that I bothered to read CNN's profile of the local found-art phenomenon. But who is Catlanta, you ask? Today on his Flickr stream, the artist posted his latest adorable kitten at the Fox Theatre, with his reflection in the glass. Sneaky! The hairline is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but the body doesn't quite match. Touché, Catlanta. You win again!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Nico Muhly and the veil of secrecy

Posted By on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 8:07 AM

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“I'm way too perpetually anxious and self-loathing for self-publishing,” said Nico Muhly at a panel discussion yesterday afternoon for the music students at Kennesaw State University. The panel concentrated mostly on the practical ins and outs of the business, but due to Muhly's irreverent and chaotically energetic presence, Chick-fil-a, lesbian lute ensembles in the Netherlands, and tuna-eating crazy ladies with quilted handbags were also covered.

At 29, Muhly is already one of the world's most sought-after composers. He's worked with artists as diverse as Phllip Glass, Björk, John Corigliano, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and Antony and the Johnsons; he's written the film score for the Kate Winslett movie The Reader and a cantata based on Strunk and White's Elements of Style; and he's recently been commissioned by the Met for a full-length opera tentatively titled Two Boys to be based on a British case involving a 14-year-old boy taking on the on-line identity of a woman to lure strangers to kill him. He's currently in the Atlanta area to help guide the world premiere of a new work “How Soon?” which was co-commissioned by Kennesaw State University and will be performed by the contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird, the KSU Women's Chorus and the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra tonight, Saturday, April 2, at Kennesaw State's Bailey Center Performance Hall.

Muhly told the students he needs to keep a “veil of secrecy” between himself and the specifics of the music business, including how much he gets paid, so he can concentrate on actually making music. The initiative and drive to self-publish elude him, he said, and the thought of it, like the thought of publicists, long contracts, press blackouts, and health insurance, makes him anxious. The claim was, in the end, believable. Among his final words to the students about the biz: “Be nice to everybody.” It's good advice, but we're guessing there's probably a little more to it than that.

eighth blackbird will perform Nico Muhly's “How Soon?” tonight, April 2, at Kennesaw State University's Bailey Center Performance Hall. For more information, visit ticketing.kennesaw.edu or call 770-423-6650.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Tennessee!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Tennessee Williams (right) meets Andy Warhol (left) while Paul Morrissey (center) is unhappy and an unidentified cute guy (far left) looks one. March 26 marks the 100th anniversary of Williams birth.
  • Tennessee Williams (right) meets Andy Warhol (left), while Paul Morrissey (center) is unhappy about something and an unidentified cute guy (far left) looks on. March 26 marks the 100th anniversary of Williams' birth.
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 26, marks the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams' birth. Someone once called him the American Shakespeare, and we couldn't agree more. If you can't make it to New Orleans for the huge week-long conference and series of plays and parties planned to mark the occasion, we have some ideas for you right here in town...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Solar Anus Reading Series presents Scott McClanahan and Wyatt Williams

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Stories and Stories II by Scot McClanahan
  • Stories and Stories II by Scott McClanahan

Scott McClanahan is a fictional character from West Virginia, but he’s also a real person. His real name is Scott McClanahan, and he’s a writer from West Virginia. Of the stories McClanahan writes, he claims them to be 25 percent true, 37.2 percent real and 62.8 percent fiction; statistics worthy of consideration when he begins a story with, “I’m going to tell you something, I used to hit myself in the face.”

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