Wanna see the stars of TNA's (Total Nonstop Action) Impact Wrestling for free? Well, we have five pairs of tickets to this Friday's Impact Wrestling World Tour stop at the Tabernacle!
The Essential Theatre really wants teachers to see its latest play, Evelyn in Purgatory - and the company is offering a one-off deal to make it happen. Like a free-wine-and-ticket-for-all-educators sort of deal. Really.
The play, by Atlanta resident and previous Best of CL winner for local playwright Topher Payne, premieres next week and teachers - with a valid ID - will be admitted free to the preview show on July 5 at 8 p.m. They'll also be allowed a glass of wine, which is both complimentary and carry-able into the theater. Essential isn't taking reservations, so interested teachers should come early.
Self-described as "The Breakfast Club for teachers," Evelyn in Purgatory follows a small group of teachers stuck in the "Reassignment Center" in New York City. Each of them faces claims of unbecoming conduct and none of them is allowed to leave until that claim has been processed and resolved. The process takes months. Sometimes years.
The show itself - or at least its script (which you can read in full here) - has a comic rational irrationality, all absurd gray-walled bureaucracy. The phrase "very intricate hierarchy of chair ownership" occurs early on. The show is also something of a dissection of educational regulation. Late into it, the spineless Toby launches into an aria of indignation against the regulators.
"Who's gonna fight to save these kids from idiots like you?" he says. "If you really cared about these kids' futures, you'd send me back to my classroom and let me do my job."
As the teacher-full audience might say at next week's preview, "Bravo!"
Take an extended look at the show after the jump
Creative Loafing managed to snag two tickets to the WonderGlo gala to give away to our beloved readers. Don't think we're going to let go of them easy, though. These tickets run $250 a piece and get you a seat at the table for a collaborative dinner from James Beard nominee Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Top Chef star Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill, Joe Truex of Watershed, and others. We hear dinner is going to be served on tables designed and built by Justin Rabideau sitting on a dining floor that has been laid with grass.
Then, there are the performances by Atlas Sound, gloATL, DJ Vikki Powell, Fahamu Pecou, The Atlanta Opera, and others. Artwork by Jason Kofke, Gyun Hur, Lonnie Holley, and others. Then there are things I'm forgetting to mention right now and also the things that I don't even know about. The point being, these tickets get you into quite the party.
Here's how to win: In my feature about the this week, I talked about the difficulty of describing WonderGlo. Take a picture that you think somehow "describes" WonderGlo and email it to email@example.com or tweet it at me @wyatt_williams with the hashtag #wonderglo. The best photo wins. All entries must be received by 9 am on Thurs., March 22, which gives you about 24 hours from now. Judging is entirely unscientific and based on whim. I'll post the winner and the best runner ups shortly after the contest ends.
Don't have time for these games? Buy your tickets here.
We're also giving away a couple of "second wave" tickets (they don't include dinner) here.
The Georgia Office of Highway Safety developed an app for iPhone and Android that "allows Georgians to have mobile access to organizations around the state providing free rides home for those who are impaired by alcohol" on New Year's Eve and again on Superbowl Sunday. From the looks of the app, you hit free rides and then your city or region, which connects you with one of the "wide variety" of taxi companies and designated driver services.
Of course, if you don't want to download an app that you can only use on two specific nights or you don't have a phone with app downloading capabilities (I didn't until, like, a couple months ago, so no judgment here), you can go to the GOHS's website and print out/write down the applicable phone numbers.
In Atlanta-proper, it looks like Zingo and Designated Driver Alternative are the free-ride options. Anyone utilized these services in the past? Are they reliable? Timely? Regardless, getting home late is better than getting home dead, I suppose.
I'll be there to introduce host Jimmy Baron, who'll emcee a chat with author and former "Daily Show" producer David “D.J.” Javerbaum and Shmaltz Brewing Company founder and author Jeremy Cowan. Curt Holman spoke with Javerbaum last week about his new book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God and the author offered an inside look at working with the Almighty:
He’s not very pleasant. He’s like the Old Testament God. He would come over and expect me to work at all hours. I’d be working on a screenplay or a TV pilot, and He’d come in at 3 a.m. and demand that I work. He’s big on divine inspiration, because He IS divine inspiration. I would type at the keyboard while He spoke, or sometimes He’d take over my body and type at the keyboard Himself.
Read CL beer dude Austin L. Ray's interview with Cowan and his new memoir Craft Beer Bar Mitvah here.
That's the Ha Ha part. For the Brew, there'll be a He'Brew Kosher craft beer tasting. Fun starts at 7:30 p.m.
Now back to the original reason for this post: FREE TICKETS. I got two pairs, all you have to do is make me laugh. The two commenters with the best jokes by 4 p.m. get the goods.
If you're one of the feline lovers who have adopted one of the many cats that local artist Catlanta has dropped around the city, the flier above should be of interest to you. Bring that pussy up to the High and you'll get a free pass to the Picasso to Warhol exhibition. Follow Catlanta for more info.
The moment you've been waiting for is nearly upon us. Creative Loafing's annual Best of Atlanta issue hits streets and information superhighways tomorrow. To celebrate, we're throwing a big ol' party at the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and include free food and dranks (while they last) and song and dance.
BUT because we like giving away things for free here, we're offering readers a chance to win passes to tomorrow's fun.
So, tell us what these two pictures have in common AND what it has to do with Best of Atlanta. The first to leave a correct answer in the comments section below wins two free passes to tomorrow's BOA throwdown.
Today is the big day: free museum day! Oprah is giving everyone a museum! Or, actually, the Association of Art Museum Directors is celebrating Art Museum Day by letting everyone in for free at art museums around North America. So, if you've got a hankering to check out those Italian motorcycles at MODA or if you haven't seen the Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective at the High, drop what you're doing and get over there!
Who: Luminocity Atlanta
What: Hinterland, presented by Luminocity Atlanta, a new creation by gloATL starring Big Boi
When: Saturday, November 27; 7:00p.m.
Location Specifics: Peachtree Street Parade 8:00p.m.- 8:40p.m.
Baker Street | World of Coca-Cola | Pemberton Place 8:40p.m. - 9:15p.m.
Performance Route Details:
The show begins at 7:00p.m. with a 50-minute migrating performance through Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta near the Georgia State University campus, featuring Big Boi. When the show begins, the talent will enter Woodruff Park at the tall gazebo near the Phoenix statue at the south end of the park and the action migrates from there.
After the Woodruff Park performance, there will be a shift to the parade procession. The audience is encouraged to join the procession, which is less than one mile of flat terrain, with the exception of one steep downhill segment on Baker Street to the finale. The procession will culminate in a 20-minute finale at Baker Street in the Coca-Cola plaza with the full cast, including Big Boi, and DJ Heather B.
Friday, November 26 — Sunday, November 28: Auburn Avenue between Courtland and Peachtree and Park Place as it runs along Woodruff Park.
Saturday, November 27 (8:00p.m. — 10:00p.m.): Baker Street between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Luckie Street.
Peachtree Street from Woodruff Park to Baker Street will only be temporarily “paused” by a rolling roadblock as the parade procession goes by from 8:00p.m. — 9:00p.m.
VIP Cast & Crew Party Information:
Who: Cast and crew of Hinterland
What: VIP After Party: With Live Performances by STACE and appearances by all Hinterland Cast and Crew
When: November 27th — 9:00p.m. — 1a.m.
Where: Ventanas — 14th Floor of the Hilton Garden Inn located at 275 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313
Tickets are available at luminocityvip.eventbrite.com/
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