RALPH REED AT ATLANTA PRESS CLUB: I swear that its 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, its only recently that the Duluth political consultant has turned his attention to novels.
Reeds 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 years campaign, Reed said if the election is about style that Obama will win, but if its 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.
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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 wouldnt have anything to fall out of.
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The Virginia-Highland annual neighborhood festival, Summerfest, is supposed to be a misnomer. Seasonally speaking, summer doesnt actually start until June 20. But this years 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 Im exceptionally lazy).
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(Note: The original caption named the incorrect venue. I apologize for my error.)
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.
On a day when presumptive presidential nominees McCain and Obama sparred over veterans 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 nations current wars.
(Additional reporting by Joeff Davis)
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.
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.
If youre 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 fetad 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 youre my gyro?
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