After the initial announcement nearly a year ago, CeeLo's TBS reality show, "CeeLo Green's The Good Life," is set for a sneak peek at this weekend's SCAD aTVfest. And CeeLo will be on-hand, along with the rest of the Goodie Mob, for a live Q&A to follow Friday's screening. The series promises to give viewers a behind-the-scenes ride-along as the Mob prepared to re-enter the scene last year with the release and promotion of the 2013 reunion album Age Against the Machine. Here's the setup:
To enjoy this ride of a lifetime, all they have to do is navigate a demanding schedule, the perks and temptations of being at the top of the music game, and 20 years of history together, all while keeping their friendship intact.
TBS has ordered six episodes, but you know the drill. If the ratings are impressive, we could be seeing more of the Mob on cable TV. At last spring's media listening for Age Against the Machine, Big Gipp assured those in attendance that Goodie Mob would not be contributing to Atlanta's reality-show cesspool with "The Good Life." Should be interesting to see the finished product. Executive producers Andrew Jameson and Eli Frankel will also be there for the post-screening panel discussion. $5. 4 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7. Main stage.
Other SCAD aTVFest event highlights include:
It's hard to think of a better way to ring in the new year than with a free concert at Symphony Hall. And even better, the concert isn't just to celebrate 2014, but it marks the 20th anniversary of a fantastic program that helps minority youth achieve their dreams.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program (TDP), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the 2013-14 season, will host an Alumni Legacy Concert on Saturday, January 4, at 7 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets are free but should be reserved online or by calling the Woodruff Box Office at 404-733-5000.
Netherworld For those adventurous, brave and perhaps a bit fearful, Netherworld returns for another season of terror, strobe lights, and fog machines. The Dead Ones bring ancient evil, Illuminati myths, and other chills as the main show. May dread and panic ensue. $25-$53. Through Nov. 2 in Norcross. www.fearworld.com.
Chambers of Horror Open seven nights a week, Chambers of Horror is back and ready to incite fright in all attendees. Pound back a couple to get that liquid courage flowing and listen to some live music while you wait for your number to be called. This is an adult-only house of horror; must be 18 and older. $17-$45. Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. and Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Nov. 2. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.chambersofhorroratl.com.
Containment Containment is a 25,000-square-foot, quarter-mile long maze of haunted house mayhem. The haunt (which takes guests along a 1,300-foot trail of terror through several scream-inducing scenes) is the largest of its kind in Atlanta, and is the only large-scale haunt inside the Perimeter. 7 p.m. Through Nov. 3. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive. www.containmentatl.com.
Scoutmob + The Goat Farm Halloween 2013 For the third consecutive year, the Goat Farm and Scoutmob team up to create a spacey, surreal phenomenon, complete with experimental music, exclusive art installations, and a 12-foot astronaut puppet. You know, the normal stuff. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $35. Sat., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St. www.scoutmob.com.
The Dos Equis Masquerade Dos XX, Power 105.7, and the Southwest Porch at Park Tavern bring Halloween Haunts to Piedmont Park this Halloween. Music, $1 Dos XX, and a costume contest with the grand prize of a trip to Los Angeles to see Pearl Jam at the L.A. Sports Arena on Nov. 23. $5 donation. Thurs., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.
ATL Collective Presents: Michael Jackson's Thriller
MJ's greatest, Thriller, comes back to life on Oct. 30 at the Sound Table with an incredible lineup of ATL-local musicians to relive this album. Get those costumes ready. Oct. 30-31, 9 p.m. $10. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. atl-collective.com/thriller.
"You can dismiss me, but you can't dismiss the issue of gender inequality in the church," he said in an interview with CL.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Bourgeois will speak about his personal experience with the Catholic Church and long history fighting for social causes, including a campaign to close the controversial School of the Americas near Fort Benning, at Emory's Cannon Chapel. The event is called "Disturbing the Peace."
"I plan to address issues of peace, justice, and equality, making connection to my own journey from the military to my introduction of foreign policy as a Vietnam veteran," Bourgeois said.
Following military service, he moved to Bolivia where he was part of a movement aimed at empowering the poor to speak out for justice and equality. Bourgeois strongly opposed the U.S.-supported dictatorship of President General Hugo Banzer. During his fifth year in Bolivia, Bourgeois was deported for attempting to overthrow Banzer. In the following years, he investigated the murders of religious leaders in Bolivia and El Salvador and found that many of the soldiers who were allegedly responsible for the killings, as well as Banzer, were graduates of The School of the Americas in Fort Benning, just south of Columbus, Ga.
"That's when I came here to Columbus, to investigate SOA and from there our movement blossomed," he said. "I'll mention some of the basics of the issue, but over 50,000 students have been trained here, learning methods of torture, combat and counterinsurgency."
In 1990, Bourgeois founded The School of the Americas Watch to peacefully protest and raise awareness about the school, which is now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Located 100 miles south of Atlanta, the school provides training to military and government personnel from Latin American countries. Bourgeois says that SOAW seeks to close a school that has trained thousands of soldiers, some of whom, he says, are allegedly responsible for the murder, torture and rape of people in numerous Latin American countries. The school claims that, like any other institution, it cannot guarantee its students won't later commit crimes, but that all instruction will be conducted "in accordance with U.S. law, doctrine and policy."
"We are here in the name of peace to keep alive the memory of thousands killed by graduates of this school," Bourgeois said. "We come in the name of solidarity."
Bourgeois said that it is an honor to return to Emory. Four years ago, he spoke at a lecture series on faith at Emory, where he remembered a great student turnout and response to his message.
Following his presentation and Q&A session, there will be a dessert reception with Bourgeois at 8:30 p.m. also in the Cannon Chapel.
But tonight, the street will transform itself for the second annual family-friendly block party, Brighten Up Broad Street. Hosted by the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, the event is expected to draw between 300 and 400 attendees to the historic block from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
According to ADNA Vice President Kyle Kessler, the neighborhood initiative aims to "build a better block for downtown."
"We had artists, musicians, and performers at last year's event, and they helped lay the groundwork for what's happened on South Broad the past twelve months," he tells CL.
Since then, the neighborhood has forged partnerships with many arts organizations such as C4 Atlanta, the city's Office of Cultural Affairs, and Eyedrum to bring attention to Broad Street's rich history and potential, Kessler says. This summer, two artists transformed a vacant space on the street over three weeks for Dashboard Co-Op's "No Vacancy" exhibition.
Partygoers can enjoy everything from all-American burgers to savory waffle cones at the Streatery and the Good Food Truck while admiring the work of artists such as Mike Stansy and JiMi FliX. The South Downtown event is also conveniently located between the Five Points and Garnett MARTA rail stations. The MARTA shuttle carrying Atlanta Braves fans from Turner Field to the Five Points station following tonight's game will pass the street party, giving them a chance to check out the event and decide if they want to drop by.
In addition to food and art installations, attendees can enjoy many other activities including sitting for caricatures by Team Artboy!, and checking out the historic Miller's Rexall drugstore, which has operated on South Broad Street since 1965. According to the event's fact-filled website, the shop is also "where Paul McCartney found the inspiration for his song and album titled 'Run Devil Run.'"
Next month, Elevate, the city's Office of Cultural Affairs' public art commissioning program, is expected to bring another round of street performances and art installations to the area for the third consecutive year.
This weekend is your chance to really freak out, Atlanta! From the Decatur Book Festival to college football at the Dome to Dragon Con to NASCAR - the possibilities are endless, and we want to see your pictures documenting the madness. If you plan to festival hop from the John Lewis keynote at the Decatur Book Festival on Friday night to the Dragon Con parade Saturday morning to Drive Invasion on Sunday - we want to see your pictures! Even if you plan to just hit up one of the dozens of events taking place this weekend, send us your pics to email@example.com to be posted in our Clusterfest gallery.
Also, be sure to tag your tweet, Instagram photos, and Facebook updates with #Clusterfest so we can follow along. The Creative Loafing staff will be out and about reporting on the madness this weekend with #Clusterfest, too.
If you're new to Atlanta and need help navigating the weekend, or even if this isn't your first Clusterfest rodeo, check out our handy guide to the Labor Day Weekend madness online and on your phone.
Chamblee's Fourth of July celebration is rescheduled to Sun., July 7.
Atlantic Station's Party on 17th has been canceled.
Six Flag's fireworks display has been postponed to Sat., July 6.
Decatur's Pied Piper Parade, Concert & Fireworks have been pushed back to Sept. 28.
East Point's Fourth of July Hometown Celebration is postponed to Sat., July 6.
The Avondale Estates Fourth of July parade will be held as scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The fireworks will be postponed until Aug. 31.
Kennesaw's Salute to America fireworks have been postponed but no new date has been set.
The Peachtree City parade has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend.
The following events will take place rain or shine:
The Peachtree Road Race will go on as scheduled with an "Event Alert System" in place along the course to alert participants to current race and weather conditions.
FOURTH OF JULY AT LENOX SQUARE For more than half a century, Lenox Square has celebrated stars and stripes in grand tradition with activities for the entire family. Presented by the Atlantan, this year's activities will include musical entertainment, food concessions, and the "largest fireworks display in the Southeast." This year, Lenox Square will host its inaugural talent search, "Atlanta's Next Legend," where the crowned winner will perform in front of crowds filled with family and friends. Thurs., July 4, 10 a.m. Free. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. *rain or shine*
CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK'S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Celebrate the Fourth of July with Centennial Olympic Park, featuring a night of fun and entertainment for the entire family, including downtown Atlanta's best fireworks display. Musical act von Grey will perform at 6:30 p.m. The Fireworks Spectacular, synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music, will start at approximately 9:40 p.m. Thurs., July 4, 6 p.m. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. West. 404-222-7275. www.centennialpark.com. *rain or shine*
PEACHTREE ROAD RACE The AJC Peachtree Road Race attracts runners and walkers from all over the country, and is a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July. For those not running or walking in the event, there are opportunities to take part in the festivities by cheering on the 60,000 participants. Thurs., July 4. 6:45 a.m. www.peachtreeroadrace.org. *rain or shine*
As curator of Emory's "What's New in Poetry?" series, what is currently exciting you about poetry in Atlanta?
Bruce Covey: Everything! I wouldn't trade Atlanta's poetry community for any other in the country! What's most amazing is how close and positive the community has remained - across stylistic differences that might otherwise divide a community - even as it has grown exponentially.
I'm particularly excited about all of the readings - our series "Solar Anus" at the Beep Beep Gallery, Jamie Iredell's new series at SCAD, "Lost in the Letters" - and some of our new and younger community members: Erica Wright, Amy Herschleb, Laura Relyea, Esther Lee. I love the efforts to integrate and collaborate within the arts - mixed media performances and shows, the return of Eyedrum. I'm thrilled that Vouched Books recently moved its center to Atlanta. And I'm proud to publish Coconut Books and Coconut Magazine in Atlanta!
My intent with "What's New in Poetry" is to bring some of the best poets in the country to converse with our community. We have scheduled more than 60 readers to visit this year, spread out over 17 events. Pulitzer Prize winner Rae Armantrout reads in September, Laura Mullen (with Khadijah Queen and Kim Gek Lin Short) in October, and David Lehman and Stacey Harwood from Best American Poetry in April. But the majority of our readers are still-on-the-rise poets, writers with zero, or one, or two books. And while the series takes place on the Emory campus (in the Emory Bookstore), it's really constructed not just for our students, but for all of Atlanta.
What is your favorite aspect of traveling to other parts of the country, as you are now, for poetry readings?
It was DuBois, the social scientist and cofounder of the NAACP, after all, who coined the term "double consciousness" to describe, in part, the dual realities - one friendly, one foreign - inhabited by people of color in America. That was way back in 1903.
If anything, the existence of our nation's first black head of state has only heightened our national obsession with matters of race. But at least the last 110 years have taught us how to laugh at our own psycho-social mess.
Which is where contemporary urban chameleon reporter, Funnel Cake Flowers, comes in. Armed with a microphone and a bougie accent, the star correspondent of Tickles.TV makes it her business to expose the secret realities of code-switchers, or "urban chameleons," who regularly navigate between cultural extremes. The character Funnel Cake Flowers is the creation of Emmy-nominated writer/performance artist/producer and New York native HaJ, who initially became aware of her own code switching status while majoring in acting at Carnegie Mellon University. As the only black female in all of her classes, she regularly found herself "'chameleon-ing' in these different environments."
It became the foundation for a series of satirical skits mocking issues of identity and race, which she and her friends shot guerilla-style and posted online. This weekend, she takes Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons to the stage, where the show debuts on 7 Stages' mainstage in the lineup for the second annual Atlanta Fringe Festival. (There is still one show remaining, Sun., June 9, at 2 p.m.)
Presented in an interactive talk-show format with video clips interspersed, the show will expose the harsh realities faced by urban chameleons, like the female black professional steeped in the prim-and-proper cultural mores of the white corporate world during the week, who must then transition to ghetto-ology 101 when it's time get her beauty needs taken care of every weekend ("Traveling Back to the Hood to Get Your Haid Did"). Or the successful black college professor who climbs his way out of the inner city only to have his less fortunate nephew tell him he ain't shit without a BMW ("Without a BMW, I'm Just a Negro With an Opinion").
With all the "change" (Obama pun intended) that has occurred around the framing of race in America, I wanted to know if HaJ foresees a time when urban chameleons will be an endangered species.
In a lot of ways it seems like we're better able to laugh at our differences in the Obama era, but in other ways it seems like his being in office has brought a heightened sensitivity and awareness to racial differences. How do you process that?
HaJ: Well, you certainly see more commercials with black men.
(Laughs) Really? I hadn't noticed.
Yeah, my mom [filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira, who directs the show] and I, we laugh about that.
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