Thursday, June 26, 2008

5 things to do: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) Aslyn performs at Smith’s Olde Bar.

2) The Beam hosts its 2007 Emerging Artist Concert with choreography by Molly Schneider Perez.

3) Merle Haggard performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

4) Ben Jones signs and discusses Redneck Boy in the Promised Land at Manuel’s Tavern.

5) A Common Space by Charlotte Foust and Melissa Stern continues at Barbara Archer Gallery.

(Photo courtesy Aslyn)

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Bill Burr

1) Comedian Bill Burr finishes his three-day run at the Punchline.

2) Sha'ni and the Tiger's Eye Collection host A Midsummer Night’s Dream with world-renowned dancer Ava Fleming at Sketchworks Theater.

3) Lakewood Amphitheatre strikes a fun trifecta: R.E.M., Modest Mouse and the National perform.

4) Leslie Jordan reads and signs My Trip Down the Pink Carpet at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

5) Blues Traveler and more perform in Candler Park for the Midsummer Music Fest.

(Photo courtesy APA Agency)

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Friday, June 20, 2008

5 things to do: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) Less Than Jake performs at the Masquerade with openers Mustard Plug.

2) Urban wear brand Sol Munki celebrates street culture with its shoe release party at MJQ.

3) Decatur ships in 60 tons of sand for the annual Decatur Beach Party.

4) Beep Beep Gallery hosts a closing reception for Double Feature: New Works by Blink and Rene Arriagada with DJs, a cookout and music performance by All the Saints.

5) Melissa Etheridge performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

(Photo courtesy Less Than Jake)

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cyd Charisse died yesterday at age 86...

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:03 PM

But her long legs live on in dance.Charisse, called "beautiful dynamite" by occasional dancing partner Fred Astaire, was best known as the slinky love interest in the "Broadway Melody Ballet" sequence in Singin' in the Rain, but she cut many more rugs than that. Here she is dancing in silk stockings in Silk Stockings.[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

If I could, I'd post the whole movie as a tribute, if only to see her in the upbeat Commie number "The Red Blues," or to hear her say, "Where is the little comrades' room?" when she has to powder her nose. She was a beautiful and incredible dancer, and she has no contemporary equal. She will be missed. UPDATE:Turner Classic Movies will honor Charisse with a screening of three of her films on Friday, June 27: 1952's Singin’ in the Rain (8 p.m.); 1953's The Band Wagon (10 p.m.), directed by Vincente Minnelli and co-starring Fred Astaire; and 1957's Silk Stockings, the popular musical remake of Ninotchka that also features Astaire. “Cyd Charisse was one of the few who managed to have it all: a great career, a place in movie history, respect from her peers and a husband who adored her,” TCM host Robert Osborne said in a press release. “My last time seeing her just a few months ago in New York said it all, with photographers snapping pictures of the movie star while she smiled brightly on the arm of her husband of 60 years, Tony Martin.”

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Christen Edwards: The PopSmart Interview

Posted By on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM


CityDance’s Earthly Paradise production at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday), June 14, represents a sweet doubleheader for Christen Edwards. The dancer, an instructor with Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music, not only performs but also will premiere her very first choreographed piece, “Graduation Ball.” The production also features the jazz-influenced piece, “The Lady Sings.”

Tickets to the performance at Pace Academy Fine Arts Center (966 West Paces Ferry Road) are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 404-877-0005 or visit the website.

Edwards (pictured) took some time to discuss the upcoming production.

What makes you most excited about the upcoming production? Which numbers will you be dancing, and what will your role be?

I am very excited about this upcoming production because I’ve choreographed my first full-length ballet, “Graduation Ball.” Even though it’s considered at “short ballet” at under a half hour, I still feel like it’s a personal accomplishment for me as an emerging choreographer! Also, I will be dancing in Pamela Dionne’s “The Lady Sings.”

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5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) Hot 107.9 hosts its annual Birthday Bash at Philips Arena, with headliners T.I. and Lil Wayne.

2) Syrens of the South performs Cabaret Noir at the Highland Inn Ballroom & Lounge.

3) CityDance Ensemble presents Earthly Paradise Saturday, featuring the Lady Swings, Graduation Ball and contemporary modern dance.

4) Virginia Willis signs Bon Appetit, Y'all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking at Eagle Eye Book Shop.

5) Mamma Mia! continues at the Fox Theatre.

(Photo by Patrick Hoelck)

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Monday, June 9, 2008

5 things to do: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 3:45 AM

1) Ben Goldman’s exhibit, Fun and Games, continues at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

2) Rick Fowler performs at Smith’s Olde Bar with Mighty Orq, Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies, and Quadrosonic.

3) Full Radius Dance presents Sideshow dance performance at 7 Stages.

4) Steven Raichlen signs and discusses The Barbecue! Bible at Wordsmiths Books.

5) Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery screens Bomb It!, a feature documentary about graffiti and street culture.

(Image by Ben Goldman)


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Sunday, June 1, 2008

5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) The AVP Crocs Atlanta Open volleyball tour finishes its three-day stay at Atlantic Station.

2) Atlanta-based African-American Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra performs at Woodruff Arts Center.

3) Your last chance to gnaw on an oversize turkey leg: The Georgia Renaissance Festival finishes its final weekend of 2008.

4) Sweeney Todd closes the curtain after its last night at the Fox Theatre.

5) Steve Coffey performs at the Earl with the Rockin' Pontoons.

(Photo by AVP/Holly Stein)

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Air Loaf

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Today’s Air Loaf features CL’s own Chanté LaGon and Curt Holman chatting about Out of Hand Theater's Schreibstück.

Air Loaf is broadcast weekdays on 1690 WMLB-AM at approximately 8:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.


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5 things to do: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 3:59 AM


Katrina, Katrina: Love Letters to New Orleans (Photo by Steve Nealey)

1) Pearson Widrig Dance Theater’s Katrina, Katrina: Love Letters to New Orleans takes another look at Hurricane Katrina.

2) Abigail Washburn performs at Variety Playhouse with a superstar lineup including Bela Fleck, Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee.

3) Sideways Contemporary Dance Company’s Evolution: No Fixed Points explores male-female relations at 7 Stages Theater.

4) Alexandra Fuller reads and signs The Legend of Colton H. Bryant at Margaret Mitchell House & Museum.

5) Bell X1 performs at the Loft with Rantings of Eva.

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