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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Micro Championship Wrestling turns wrestling's absurdity up a notch

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Micro Championship Wrestling stands tall!
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  • Micro Championship Wrestling stands tall!

As pro wrestling’s biggest event, WrestleMania, descends upon Atlanta this week, some of the industry’s tiniest grapplers were at Wild Bill’s last Tuesday, March 22 as Micro Championship Wrestling was there to film an episode of its upcoming TruTV series debuting this summer. Though competitors such as Blixx, Justice, Short Sleeve Sampson and the lucahdor-masked Demo (billed at 3 feet 5 inches and 75 pounds) are clearly outsized by the guys that will be doing battle this weekend, MCW also had one of the biggest wrestling stars of all time, Hulk Hogan, providing commentary during the matches. Joining Hogan were Nasty Boy Knobbs and MCW’s Johnny G (whose chainsaw-like voice was difficult to decipher), with wrestling legend Pat Tanaka (who looked a bit cumbersome as a regular-sized guy in a micro-sized ring) acting as referee.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ten Thousand Points of Light screens at Mary's tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 1:25 PM

When do Christmas decorations become installation art? What are the aesthetic intersections between Elvis iconography and Christian iconography? What would a massive altar to Southern kitsch look like if it mounted in someone's Stone Mountain home?

The answers to these questions may or may not be answered by Ten Thousand Points of Light, the 1991 VHS-shot documentary about the Townsend family's outlandishly decorated home, but you're more than welcome to ponder over them at Mary's tomorrow evening. Local record label Dust-to-Digital recently issued the documentary for the first time on DVD, rescuing a bit of Atlanta folk art history from obscurity.

Linda Dubler, who currently serves as the curator of media arts at the High, wrote about the documentary for Creative Loafing in 1991 (a time that stretches back before our internet archives) noting the fine line that it navigates:

Ten Thousand Points of Light could have come across as a bad-tempered, Letterman-style trashing of working-class values and rituals. Instead, it’s a sly portrait, shadowed with hints of the surreal, that strikes a perfect balance between affection and awe-struck disbelief.

The screening starts at 9 pm on Wed., Dec. 8, but Mary's promises to have bad holiday tunes playing all night long. More details on Facebook.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bill Cosby wants you to know about the new MINT Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Since Cosby = unbridled heaps of truth at all times, it seems the new MINT Gallery space will be super rad.

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