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Monday, June 16, 2008

Ralph Write

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

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RALPH REED AT ATLANTA PRESS CLUB: I swear that it’s perfectly Christian to take millions from one casino to lobby against a competing casino.

Ralph Reed is a long-time master of fiction. What J.K. Rowling has done for juvenile wizard stories, Reed has done for the myth that the Republican Party is a beacon of Christian decency. Despite his well earned reputation as a masterful teller of tales, it’s only recently that the Duluth political consultant has turned his attention to novels.

Reed’s new book, Dark Horse, is a “political thriller” about a fictional presidential campaign featuring a black Democratic candidate, a loudmouthed minister and an assassination. Discussing the book at the Atlanta Press Club last Thursday, Reed said any parallels to the actual 2008 campaign are coincidental since he started the book years ago.

Asked about this year’s campaign, Reed said if the election is about style that Obama will win, but if it’s about substance that McCain will win. Never mind polls that show voters consistently agree more often with Democrats on policy issues. Once a tale-teller, always a tale-teller.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Vampire Weekend at Variety Playhouse

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 11:30 PM

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VAMPIRE WEEKDAY: Wednesday's Vampire Weekend show at Variety Playhouse ended with a stage invasion

(Photo by Dustin Chambers)

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Seven-buck Chuck

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 4:32 PM

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GEORGIA TREE FARMER AND ROLLING STONE KEYBOARDIST CHUCK LEAVELL INTRODUCES STONES’ CONCERT FILM AT THE FOX THURSDAY WITH A THREE-SONG SET: Without people like Chuck, people like Keith Richards wouldn’t have anything to fall out of.

(Photo by Perry Julien)

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Va-Hi Simmerfest

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

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VA-HI SUMMERFEST: Artist Bill Winn sells puppets of famous people like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Buffett, Frank Zappa and, um, Bill Winn.

The Virginia-Highland annual neighborhood festival, Summerfest, is supposed to be a misnomer. Seasonally speaking, summer doesn’t actually start until June 20. But this year’s Summerfest took place in the middle of a Spring heat wave that saw daytime high temperatures in the 90s all week. Damn you, Al Gore.

Despite the wrath of Helios, fun was still had at the festival. Highlights included performances by Shawn Mullins, Sister Hazel and Michelle Malone, a come-as-you-were in 1984 costume party (which I did not participate in because it was way too hot for a Members Only jacket and parachute pants), and a 5K (which I did not participate in because I’m exceptionally lazy).

(Photo by Dustin Chambers)

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Adrian Belew at Variety Playhouse

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:22 PM

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PART-TIME KING CRIMSON-IAN AND FULL-TIME GUITAR-ACE ADRIAN BELEW AT SMITH'S OLDE BAR THURSDAY: The Goldthwait Years

(Photo by Perry Julien)

(Note: The original caption named the incorrect venue. I apologize for my error.)

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Screen on the Green — Jaws

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 6:52 PM

So much of Screen on the Green on Thursday night, with its showing of Jaws, felt familiar. There was the huge signature banner covering the monster screen. There was the crowd of picnickers camping out on the sloping grass, this time Centennial Olympic Park. There was the sort-of entertaining pre-screening music act, this time in the form of Athens' Blue Flashing Light. There was, ultimately, a really cool community vibe that makes Screen on the Green one of my favorite Atlanta experiences.

For the entire PopSmart post and a gallery of photos from the event, click here.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Georgia honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

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STATE CEREMONY FOR FALLEN SOLDIERS: 24 fellow members of Spc. Tracy Smith’s National Guard brigade have died in Iraq. (Photo by Joeff Davis)

On a day when presumptive presidential nominees McCain and Obama sparred over veteran’s benefits, Gov. Sonny Perdue hosted a somber pre-Memorial Day service at Mount Paran Church of God to honor the 137 Georgians who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

So many family members of fallen Georgia troops were in attendance that, when they were asked to stand, half the church stood up. Keynote speaker Retired Army Lt. Gen Russel Honoré said the best way to honor soldiers, sailors and Marines is expanding veterans’ benefits.

Not long after the ceremony, a veto-proof Senate majority (including Obama and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, but not including McCain) defied President Bush by voting to greatly expand benefits for veterans of the nation’s current wars.

(Additional reporting by Joeff Davis)

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Messiah meets Unicorn

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM

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MACK MESSIAH AT DRUNKEN UNICORN LAST WEDNESDAY: Band leader Kenny Crucial’s shadow-puppet-solo brought down the house. (Photo by Perry Julien)

More photos from the show can be found on our music blog Crib Notes.

Mara Shalhoup's 2007 cover story about Kenny is also a great read.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Life in the balance: Troy Davis

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 10:35 AM

On May 17, the NAACP and Amnesty International jointly sponsored a rally to bring awareness to the cause of Troy Davis. Emotional loved ones and supporters gathered to try saving the life of a man they all believe to be innocent.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

I can be your gyro, baby

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 4:24 PM

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MID-EAST FOOD FESTIVAL: A flake of cigar ash adds spice to any meal. (Photo by Dustin Chambers)

If you’re the sort of Atlantan who likes his/her meat-on-a-stick seasoned with Eastern Christianity, then man, oh woman, last weekend was heaven (on Earth) for you.

On Saturday, the St. John Chrysostom Melkite Catholic Church in Druid Hills held its 43rd annual Mid-East Food Festival. And all weekend, the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta held its annual Marietta Greek Festival. Along with abundant lamb, beef and pork, the feta’d fete featured traditional Greek folk dancing, and a Greek musical history lesson with included folksy Zorba-ish tunes as well as modern club hits. Did you ever know that you’re my gyro?

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