Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Streetalk: Best and worst theater to see those Academy Award movies?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM


Jason: The new Movies ATL near Camp Creek Parkway is a little low-budget. I went to see I Am Legend and instead of having movie posters on the wall, they had photocopies of the newspaper ad. They really went bargain basement. It’s like a walk-in drive-in. [The best is] Buckhead Backlot. You can sit and drink a beer. If they wouldn’t turn the lights up at the end and make you pay your check, it would be perfect.

Nisha: [The best is] Perimeter. You can actually lift the armrest. You can cuddle and you can get comfy. It’s for high school kids that want to score. [The worst] is the IMAX at Mall of Georgia. I guess we had a bad experience. We watched a bad movie, Batman Begins, and it seemed like Batman was very, very close to my face. I was getting a headache. Your neck hurts. You can’t really see what’s going on.

Mark: [The best is] Plaza Theatre. You can have a beer next door at the Righteous Room. The crowd is always fun to watch. You got punks, hipsters and drag queens. Not many places you can go and see all those people. [The worst is] Atlantic Station. It reflects everything bad about this country. It’s movies Hollywood wants you to see, bad concessions, discourteous people. It’s a factory. They get you in, take you through the process and get you out.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Streetalk: Are you excited about Valentine’s Day in Atlanta?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 9:31 AM


Wendy: Atlanta is a good city for straight, single men. Atlanta can be romantic. It’s just hard to find the right person with straight, single men being a high commodity. Unless you have that magical, wonderful boyfriend or girlfriend, Valentine’s Day makes a lot of people unhappy. I don’t like people to be unhappy. I don’t feel I have to prescribe to what my nation makes a romantic day. My idea of romance is being taken out for pool and beer.

Almeta: Valentine’s Day sucks. I’m having an anti-Valentine’s Day hump and grope party for my birthday, which is the day before Valentine’s. I don’t have a date for Valentine’s. My apartment is really tiny so I’m going to invite a lot of people. Forget that couple shit; let’s just get in a room and hump and grope. Valentine’s Day should not exist. It’s made to make single people feel bad. I’m expecting to sit home, drink a bottle of wine and maybe cry.

Bubba: No. I always get turned down on Valentine’s. It’s just a good reason to get drunk. Atlanta is not a romantic city. I mean, where are you going to go? Are you going to go to the zoo? Are you going to go to the aquarium or the CNN Center? Six Flags ain’t open. I guess I hang out in the wrong places, looking for the wrong thing. I never have a date for Valentine’s. It’s been so long, I’ve forgot. Hawaii would probably work better.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Streetalk: How does it feel to be a first-time voter?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2008 at 1:00 AM


Stanton: Very exciting. Instead of just griping about what these people are doing in office, I can actually vote. And then I can talk about it because I put my two cents in the election. Now that I voted, I feel like I’m entitled to talk about the president and the election altogether. I can understand if you don’t vote because you don’t want to do jury duty, but other than that, you don’t have the right to complain because you didn’t actually go out and vote.

Mallory: I’m not really concerned with the issues of our country right now. I’m just going to come out and say it. A lot of youth are concerned with bigger things. I’m not voting. It’s not my responsibility. I look at people on a one-to-one level instead of looking up to the leaders. I’m just going to leave it up to the majority, which is why we vote in the first place. I’m not going to try to pretend to care about something that I don’t, even if everybody around me does care.

Christopher: I had convictions in my early life. I can’t vote now. I would like to vote. I’m in between Hillary and Obama. I would like to express how I feel. It’s highly unjust I can’t vote. A lot of people have been through the situation I’ve been through. The situation I was placed in was wrong. I still had a choice, but it was things I had to do to feed myself, to feed my family. I’m not really agreeing with the Republicans so I wanted to check out on my Democratic candidates and give them a shot.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Streetalk: Do you think that hat makes you look good?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 9:30 AM


Rob: I think it looks awesome, and the consensus is that it looks superdope. Most Atlanta hats are boring. This hat is crazy as hell and everyone would agree I’m crazy as hell. The girls like it better than the boys. Most guys wouldn’t normally wear this. The girls ask me where I got it from, but it’s a secret. I don’t want to tell them and I wouldn’t want to give a plug to this place because they’re a corporate monster. And it glows in the dark. That’s what separates it from the pack.

Danielle: I really don’t care. I don’t look in the mirror when I put on a hat. I just wear it when it’s cold. But it’s important that my boyfriend likes it, ’cause I care if he’s embarrassed to walk with me. And it’s old and my hair is messy. If he hadn’t liked it, I would wear the messy hair. But I get to approve his hat, too. He has a hee-haw hat that’s pretty cool. I wish I had that hat. My hat was purchased in Montreal, made in Bolivia, and I wear it in Atlanta.

James & John: We enjoy the hard hats. I [James] like the color. It’s very visible. The color of our hard hats means something. Yellow is “caution,” and green is “high-visibility humans ahead.” Yellow draws bees. Green doesn’t draw anything. Bees gravitate to the yellow. It must look like a flower to them. You don’t see any green flowers. When you put on the hat, you feel “GIT ‘R’ DONE.” And there’s something about hard hats and women. They like them. I don’t know what it is, but they do.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Streetalk: Will Cats ever go away?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 9:40 AM


Tony & Socks: I don’t know. But I’ll tell you about Cats -- it’s no Sweeney Todd. You’re never going to see a movie about Cats starring Johnny Depp as a cat. It’s the longest Broadway show in history because nobody knows what’s happening so nobody says it’s bad. That’s the crux of it. I couldn’t understand a word they said. I saw it years ago. I’m not going to see that thing again. I have a cat, but I’ve never liked Cats. It has no plot. Give me West Side Story or Oklahoma! or Sweeney Todd.

Cliff & Pilot: I hope not. So many of us love animals, love music, love dance, and all of these are incorporated into the final product. It’s incredible. We’ve always seen in dogs and cats reflections of ourselves. I’ve seen cats do things incredibly human that freaked me out. And that play vocalizes and visualizes those things. There’s a parallel between animals and humans, and they just nail it. Plus, if you have children, there’s not a better play in the world. And what better place than the Fox.

Cassie & Snapper: All I know, it’s about slinking around in leotards. That doesn’t sound very catlike to me. If it was about cats, it would be a lot of sleeping, eating and getting petted. Most people who like cats like them because they hate people, so who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of people. I would never see Cats because I love cats. I don’t want to demean them by watching humans act like cats. And now I’ll make it a point never to see it just because you’re asking me.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Streetalk: Are you excited about that holiday office party?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM


Sara: I’m excited about going to my husband’s office party. I want to see if there’s really any hot girls he works with so I can be on him. I just want to make sure. I hope they’re all big and fat and have moles all over their face. I’ll be looking around. I’ll just keep a little list in my head. I’ll be real nice, but I’ll make sure I get their names. He has no reason to lie, but he’s a man, so you never know.

John: My boss invited me and my pregnant fiancee to the party. My ex-girlfriend works there and she’s telling embarrassing stories about me, so my boss e-mailed me saying he heard I tend to get drunk and belligerent at these parties. That really pissed me off. I decided not to go. My ex tends to make snide remarks and my current fiancee has a propensity towards violence. I don’t want the baby to get hurt.

Halima: No, because the first year meeting everybody is kind of nice and kind of cordial. The second year, when you realize people’s attitude and differences, you realize you’re better off staying home. I’m not going. I’d rather spend my time with people I really care about as opposed to people who are fake. You don’t want to be around people who smile in your face and give you a cheesy gift you don’t like. It seems ridiculous.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Streetalk: Why should you be the Atlantan of the Year?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2007 at 9:30 AM


Bobby: I’m one of the best hip-hop artists and hardest-working people that’s ever graced Little Five Points -- ever. Atlanta, being a mecca for hip-hop, I set an example for people who believe if you want to come to a city [to record hip-hop], this would be the city to do it in. I’m gracing people with good music and inspiration. I’ve sold 27,000 CDs by myself. People come to Atlanta to see me. If I wasn’t here in Atlanta, it would be like a part of Atlanta was missing.

Melissa: I supply the city with coffee and I drive better than most people. I was in 13 accidents between the age of 15 and 16, so I kind of got a feel for that whole ‘oh, this is probably going to happen soon.’ I’m, like, more alert. I’m a good driver now. No more accidents. I’ve been driving since I was 10. I’m also a socialite, so I go to all the bars and hang out. I’m supporting the Atlanta socialite scene. If it weren’t for me, everyone would be in a worse mood.

Phillip: I’m fuckin’ awesome, that’s why. I have impeccable taste in music and fashion. And I work in a really terrible place, but I just make it awesome, for real. Whenever I walk in the store, everyone starts smiling because I’m here. I have studied a little bit on being awesome, but for the most part it’s just natural. I’m just overall awesome. It makes Atlanta a cooler place, but unfortunately I’m leaving soon. San Diego will be a lot cooler.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Streetalk: What is the best and worst holiday song?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 10:00 AM


Al and Juan: “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC. We grew up in New York, so we know what it’s about having Christmas in Queens. Also, they had midgets and elves in the video. The worst is “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Are we supposed to duck? Give me a break. We’re brothers. We never got presents. Here comes Santa Claus? Well, guess what. He never came to our house, but Run-DMC was always there in our radio every night for Christmas.

Candance: “Back Door Santa” by Honeymoon Killers. It’s bluesy and trashy. We really don’t have a lot of that around Christmas; Santa sliding down your chimney, sneaking out the back door. I just like old, dirty blues songs. The fact it’s a Christmas song makes it even better. The worst is those dogs barking to “Jingle Bells.” It’s the most annoying song I’ve ever heard. I don’t like small dogs, or babies, and that incessant barking makes me crazy.

Larry: “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” by James Brown. I could relate to it. When it came out, I was living deep in the city and I thought what a cool idea for a song. Instead of giving to the haves, how about giving to the have-nots? Worst is “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” When you think about Christmas, you don’t think about something that morbid. As a songwriter it caught your ear pretty much but in the spirit of Christmas it failed miserably.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Streetalk: What’s a great way to spend Thanksgiving without your family?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 9:33 AM


Marisa: At the Highlander. They do a really good Thanksgiving dinner, then you can get drunk and not have to worry about the shame of doing it in front of your folks. That’s the spirit of Thanksgiving! And instead of hearing early Christmas carols or crappy family music, you get heavy metal. Sweet. I’d be more thankful if my fiance was down here. He’s in Canada. Canadians have their Thanksgiving in October. But it’s not a real Thanksgiving, much like their money and their army.

Frank: Make your own dinner. It doesn’t have to be turkey. If your favorite dish is lasagna, cook lasagna. Bring your music, spoil yourself. Take that long shower or bath. A holiday is a day off. The pressure people put on themselves to make the turkey is almost like a wedding. It’s just a freakin’ Thursday. Relax. With turkeys being so big, you can roast a chicken with the stuffing and turkey gravy. It will be just like Thanksgiving, and you will still have leftovers.

Shenise: Thanksgiving is a really wonderful movie day. There are no Emory students in there. They’re out of town, so you get to enjoy your movie and hang out with cool people who actually want to see the movie. Have you ever been stuck behind an Emory student at a movie? You know they’re Emory students by how many times they say “like” in a sentence. They sit in front of me with their really big heads and ruin my Wes Anderson movie.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Streetalk: Would the country have been better off with the turkey as the national symbol?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 10:00 AM


Alex: Ben Franklin believed the turkey was more of a patriot than the bald eagle. Ben said the bald eagle was nothing more than a fish eater and a pirate. I don’t know why we chose the bald eagle. The turkey is more representative of Americans. We’re fat and we eat each other. The bald eagle is majestic, but is America really majestic? Are we really the land of majesty and purple mountains? I don’t see any purple mountains. I see the turkey as the rugged underdog which is America.

Page: We would look foolish. You call people turkeys when they act like a doofus. A bald eagle is regal. It flies into the sky and then plummets down and eats whatever it wants to. It could eat a turkey, too. Eagles are intelligent and turkeys are just kind of stupid. They just run around and they let us eat them. If I could have called it out, I would have picked the hummingbird. They’re adorable. You can fit four of them in a teaspoon when they’re babies.

Patrick: It’s a delicate situation right now with us and Turkey. If we were to switch the national symbol, Turkey might feel good and that could save thousands of Kurds. Turkey would feel honored. Who wouldn’t? The bald eagle is in Alaska and that’s about it. We already have Alaska, so they can’t do anything. Are they going to secede or something? The turkey is not as majestic, but maybe a little more accurate as to what America is. We’re a lot goofier than we think, but I’m OK with goofy.

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