Friday, July 22, 2016

My Parents’ Basement welcomes famed 'Betty and Veronica' comic book writer and artist

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 1:37 PM

click image GIRL FIGHT: Most of the Betty and Veronica storylines involve the girls competing to win over character Archie. - COURTESY TOM VINCENT /FLICKR
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  • GIRL FIGHT: Most of the Betty and Veronica storylines involve the girls competing to win over character Archie.
Anticipation has already begun to build at Avondale Estates comic book store and taproom My Parents’ Basement for their upcoming signing with Betty and Veronica writer and artist Adam Hughes, along with variant cover artist Andy Price, happening July 29. (Those in the comic book scene may recognize Price’s name as the artist behind the My Little Pony comic as well.)

The famed ongoing comic series from Archie Comics revolves around frenemies Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge who reductively complete for the affections of a freckly ginger named Archie. During the first hour of the two-hour event, guests are invited to snag a copy of the comic, and can also bring along up to four other comic book copies to be signed. For the second hour, Hughes and Price will be creating personalized sketches from blank sketch covers for $40 a pop.

“We are super excited for the event because it’s a big deal to have Adam Hughes doing a signing in general,” MPB owner and beer manager Timothy Ensor says. “The fact that he wanted to do it at our shop is super rad, especially since we are not even a year old — it’s big for us.”

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Thomas John sees dead people

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 11:26 AM

click image HE'S GOT SPIRIT: Medium and psychic Thomas John hosts a mass reading in Downtown Atlanta's Twelve Centennial Park Hotel on April 9. - COURTESY THOMAS JOHN
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  • HE'S GOT SPIRIT: Medium and psychic Thomas John hosts a mass reading in Downtown Atlanta's Twelve Centennial Park Hotel on April 9.

Thomas John
was four when he connected with his grandfather’s spirit from beyond the grave. More or less since then, the Boston native (who currently toggles between New York and Los Angeles) has been tapping into his intuitive senses as both a psychic and a medium to help people connect with their dead loved ones and answer questions about what their future may hold.

On April 9, Atlantans can meet and greet John in person when he holds a mass reading at the Twelve Centennial Park Hotel downtown. Though these larger events can garner audiences of more than 100 people, John says the probability of an attendee getting a reading isn’t as unlikely as you’d think. “A lot of people come in groups,” John says, “so there might be four or five people who are there for the same person. I don’t stop talking for two hours — I do a little introduction, then I read, and then we have a little time for questions, so a lot of people do get something.”

John’s splashy client roster includes celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Courteney Cox, and Betty White, and he’s made appearances on entertainment news shows — accurately predicting award show winners — and talk shows like Dr. Phil. He says the Hollywood stuff “just happened organically” because of where he’s based. “The big thing with celebs, is they want to make sure it’s someone they can trust and not someone who’s going to go tell their problems to the world,” John says. 

John says his connections usually come through as thoughts — he’ll get ideas or pictures in his head, then explains them to the person he’s conducting the reading with to determine the connection to the person who has passed on. “I just like to be open to what comes through, and then other things kind of unfold as it goes on,” John says. “It’s more organic that way.” While those who are more open-minded will generally get a better reading in his experience, John adds that he’s “had the most skeptical or close-minded people get good readings because sometimes they need more healing or help. There are really no rules about it.”

Thomas John’s “An Evening with Spirit” event will be held at the Twelve Centennial Park Hotel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are $40.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vintage Computer Festival resurrects dial-up dreams

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 10:36 AM

WHAT'S WIFI?: Back when DOS was boss. - BEN BOLGLA
  • Ben Bolgla
  • WHAT'S WIFI?: Back when DOS was boss.
Treat your inner child to a day of nostalgia and computer history in one of America’s nerdiest cities at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast. Enjoy presentations, speakers, and galleries curated by the The Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, as well as a vintage Apple and PC pop-up exhibit. There will be interactive activities and plenty of vintage computers to play around with, along with a few rare computers that will be operated by experts from across the country. The festival is suited for computer lovers of all ages.

To support the festival, you can donate to the Kickstarter

$10-$15. Kings Market Shopping Center, 1425 Market Blvd. Suite #200. Sat.-Sun., April 2-3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Editor's Note: Ashley didn't write that cutline originally misidentifying the DOS system. That was her editor. Hi. Sorry.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Luck of the Irish hits ATL

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

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  • LUCKY PENNY: Parade-goers

Luck is upon us as the Greekest Irish holiday of the year nears. From corned beef and cabbage to dyed beer, the party never stops—thankfully, Atlanta knows how to have a good time in green. Creative Loafing searched for the city’s hottest offerings this St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s a good start for paying homage to your legit or honorary heritage.

Luckyfest at Park Tavern

Park Tavern says it’s “the biggest green party on our little blue planet.” Groove to live music from Zale, Lefty Williams Band, Radiobirds, and Ian Schumacher all day with a green beer in hand Sat., March 12. 21+. $20. 2 p.m.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Behold! Incendia, a fire-spitting dome and music experience

Posted By on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 12:12 PM

  • Incendia
When you’re watching the traditional fireworks display and toasting a champagne flute this New Year’s Eve, know that somewhere else in metro Atlanta, people are dancing under a bonfire mounted upside down on a ceiling.

Think Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, just with six domes and fire flowing out of the top of each one. Add a DJ booth, some programmed lights, plus almost a thousand pounds of propane, and you have Incendia. The traveling event venue started in Athens, Ga., and consists of five 20-foot domes strategically placed around a 50-foot dome made of aluminum rods, supplying partygoers with all the sound, sights and heat they expect on the last night of the year.

CL sat down with Cory Glenn, the founder of Incendia, to talk about his upcoming NYE event “Fire in the Sky” in Conley, Ga., on the outskirts of Atlanta and the inspiration behind his mobile-party venue.

How did you come up with the idea for Incendia, and how long did it take to go from concept to completion?

We built the effigy for Alchemy a couple of years ago and, through working on that project, we discovered this phenomenon of fire aversion — where fire is trapped beneath an object and prevents it from rising. When it prevents it from rising, it tends to create a really cool, slow motion rolling effect. We found, later on in experimentation, that it also casts a lot of heat and light downwards when you do it in a controlled fashion with propane. We transformed the effect from an uncontrollable wood burning fire trapped beneath a ceiling to a captive propane flame trapped beneath a steel ceiling. And it was reproducible. We could dial it in, manipulate it a little bit better and set it up in an mobile application when we mounted the ceiling.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Social Studies: Condos Over Culture event this Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 3:51 PM

How can Atlanta evolve without displacing its rich cultural past and present? 

That question has come up time and again throughout much of CL's coverage over the past year. With development booming in the city, the term "mixed-use" has become both a threat as much as a promise. From Thunderbox to Masquerade, the examples seemingly unintended cultural erosion are growing. Artists are increasingly complaining of being priced out of the same communities where their creative contributions increased the cachet. Meanwhile, the luxury apartments are stacking up.

But there are also examples of increased collaboration between creatives and developers. And what about artists and their inherent role in the cycle of gentrification as first-wave revitalizers? There's a lot of gray area to work through. Which is exactly what we hope to spark in a new collaborative panel series we're calling Social Studies.

What is Social Studies? Well, here's the tease:

It’s a down-and-dirty diatribe on the state of this here city. It’s a conversation series designed to make some noise and simultaneously cut through it. It’s an attempt to pull at the cultural, political, and economic threads shaping the future of Atlanta. It’s intellectual and intersectional. And, most importantly, it’s very necessary. A collaboration between Creative Loafing and the Center for Civic Innovation, Social Studies is a free monthly convo series to engage the public around current issues covered by CL.

Our inaugural event — Condos Over Culture — takes place this week, from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Center for Civic Innovation (115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW, 3rd floor, Atlanta 30313). If you're reading this, you're invited, and so is anyone else with a passionate stake in Atlanta's future. The panelists are a mix of creatives and developers including Chris Appleton of WonderRoot, which is playing a major role in the development of surrounding Reynoldstown with its planned expansion; Katharine Kelley of Green Street Properties, the developer heading up the Manuel's Tavern renovation; Kevin "Mr. Soul" Harp of City of Ink, which has found smart ways to create community despite the change; and Neda Abghari of the Creatives Project, who has been cultivating strategic partnerships locally and nationally to promote cultural preservation through arts and social activism.

But mostly, we want to hear from you. So come on out.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Supporters of people living with substance abuse rappel down Downtown building

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Heather Craytor glances at her father while rappelling down the 17-story United Way building on Edgewood Avenue. She said the hardest part of the event was starting at the edge and hanging off “the empty space.” “At that moment, I questioned every decision that got me there,” Craytor said. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • Heather Craytor glances at her father while rappelling down the 17-story United Way building on Edgewood Avenue. She said the hardest part of the event was starting at the edge and hanging off “the empty space.” “At that moment, I questioned every decision that got me there,” Craytor said.

More than 40 people spent part of Tuesday rappelling down the side of a 17-story building in Downtown to raise awareness of addiction and provide support to families that have been impacted as part of a fundraiser for the non-profit group Shatterproof.

“Drug addiction is hell on earth,” said Beverly while waiting to rappel down the building. The Acworth resident participated to support her teenage son who is currently in treatment for drug addiction.

“We did not know much about drug addiction and Shatterproof has provided us awareness which helps to break the stigma and that's the first thing you feel, stigma,” her husband Mike said.

That stigma leads a lot of people to avoid getting the help they need. Dr. Douglas Nemecek, Cigna’s Chief Medical Officer of the behavioral health business and a member of Shatterproof’s Scentific Board, said an estimated 25 million people in the United States have problems with alcohol or drugs. Yet only 10 percent of that segment of the population seek help, he said.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Downtown, Midtown transforming pavement for PARK(ing) DAY

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Park it, buddy. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
  • Joeff Davis/CL File
  • Park it, buddy.

Atlanta's addiction to parking lots is real. So real, in fact, that it's keeping us from becoming the transit-oriented, walkable city of our dreams, as CL contributor Matthew Garbett recently opined. If there's any hope for a future paved with gold instead of asphalt, the time is now. Especially in Atlanta, where the current wave of intown development could set our destiny in stone for the next 50 years.

All that to say today is Park(ing) Day, y'all. PARK(ing) DAY!!!!

You know, that annual day where we stop being driven by our raging auto lust long enough to smell the roses. The national day is being celebrated in Atlanta this year from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 18 with some pretty whimsical parking lot transformations throughout the city's center. Imagine mini-golf on Mitchell St. (between Ted Turner and Washington Sts.), kicking soccer balls on Broad St. (between Poplar and Walton Sts.), and picnicking on Peachtree (34 Peachtree St. between Walton and Marietta Sts.)

The map below also shows all the hot spots where you can partake in a Park(ing) Day tour Midtown. For more information, visit Central Atlanta Progress' Park(ing) Day Facebook page or

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Throw summer the peace sign at Simmer Down Picnic

Posted By on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM

If you spent yesterday getting turnt at One Musicfest, a Sunday picnic might be the perfect way to simmer down. Quianah Upton, the local proprietor of vintage furniture brand Arbitrary Living, has been dreaming up the concept behind today's Simmer Down Picnic for a long time. "This is something I feel like I've been planning in my mind for like three years," she says. Scheduled to take place in the greenspace at the Arts Exchange from 3 p.m to 8 p.m., the event will feature a pre-feast bike ride (sponsored by ChillyO and Clutch BMX) that departs from the Sound Table at 3 p.m., a clothing swap hosted by Kiwi Vintage Market and Attic Noise, plenty of pop-up food and drinks to purchase and feast on (95th St Tacos, Two Dough Girls, Well Pressed Juice, Spot 364, Cupcake Hero, Hyphen), and live music (Nino Augustine & O.P.E Band, the Sagas, Yani Mo, Thea, Karen Alise).

But it's the bring-your-own-blanket bohemian vibe that Upton is really pushing. "That's the kind of thing I like to do when it comes to Atlanta," she says. "If I can do more things where people are coming together and being one with nature, I'm all for that. I'm so all for that." In the same spirit, another highlight of today's event will be in-depth birth chart astrological readings offered for $15 by Aubrey Astrology.

Originally scheduled to take place in August (hence the wrong date on the flier), the Simmer Down got pushed back after Quianah realized rain was forecasted for the date. But the move to today should make it a cool way to wind down the summer.

Simmer Down Picnic. Free w/onsite pop-up vendors. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fourth of July events roundup

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM

  • Joeff Davis/CL File
There are a lot of Fourth of July events taking place around the city this week. Not sure about how you'd like to partake in all the fun? We've got you covered.

Watch Atlanta light up during the fireworks displays around town, including Stone Mountain Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field, and Lenox Square. Or check out one of many neighborhood festivals, parades, performances, cookouts and barbecues, as well as the annual Peachtree Road Race. Here's a roundup of the best ways to celebrate the good ol' red, white, and blue.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park
- July 2-5, 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the park's traditional laser show and fireworks celebration each night. 

Centennial Olympic Park's 4th of July Celebration - Sat., July 4, 6-10 p.m.
The park's largest event of the year attracts thousands of Atlantans and visitors, and features live music, entertainment, and the city's biggest fireworks display. 

Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Mall - Sat., July 4, 6-10 p.m.
This year will have neighboring restaurants open, musical entertainment, and the fireworks display. 

Red, White & Brew at Georgia Aquarium - Sat., July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Celebrate with food, drink, live music and a view of the fireworks from the parking deck rooftop. The event benefits the aquarium's education program. 

Peachtree Road Race - Sat., July 4, 6:45 a.m.
With more than 50,000 participants each year, the annual race is a tradition for Fourth of July. Finish the race and get a Peachtree Road Race T-shirt, or cheer on family and friends from the sidelines. 

Atlanta Braves 4th of July Weekend - Sat., July 4, 7:15 p.m.
Stay after the Phillies vs. Braves game to watch a spectacular fireworks show at Turner Field. 

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