Monday, July 14, 2008

5 things to do: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) America Elects Its First Black President continues at Wood Is Wonderful Gallery.

2) Dr. Jim Cobb discusses his new book chronicling Georgia's past at the Decatur Library.

3) Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts Flying Colors Butterfly Festival.

4) Have Heart, Verse and Fondation perform at the Drunken Unicorn.

5) Earth, Wind and Fire performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

(Image Joel Gresham)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

This week's notable DVD releases

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 9:42 PM

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - Best of Ricky and Dave

American Zombie — A warm documentary look at the unlife of the contemporary zombie.

Batman: Gotham Knight

I Dream of Jeannie the Complete Fifth Season

Jet Li's Fearless

Journey to the Center of the Earth — The made-for-TV movie, as a companion to

the made-for-movie-theater movie, out on Friday.

Left Behind — All four movies based on the Left Behind book series in one overpriced collection.

Monk/Psych Two-Pack — Both USA series had DVD sets come out yesterday, but when one oddball detective just isn't enough...

The Mummy Two-disc deluxe edition

The Ruins

Stargate Atlantis Season Four


Superhero Movie

Wire in the Blood The Complete Fifth Season


X-Files Revelations — Eight episodes of "essential viewing," in anticipation of The X-Files: I Want to Believe, opening later this summer.

And new and notable on Blu-Ray:

Batman Begins

Drillbit Taylor

The Spiderwick Chronicles

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 3:45 AM


1) Atlanta Pride wraps up its celebration.

2) Lyle Lovett performs at Chastain Park.

3) The Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros at Turner Field.

4) The musical Urinetown is at Onstage Atlanta.

5) Doomsayer, Royal Thunder and Let the Night Roar perform at Smith's Olde Bar.

(Photo courtesy Atlanta Pride Committee)

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

5 things to do: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jul 5, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Tom Waits

1) The legendary Tom Waits performs at the Fox Theatre.

2) Jim Henson: Puppeteer is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

3) The Atlanta Pride Festival continues in downtown Atlanta.

4) Eddie's Attic hosts the Asylum Street Spankers.

5) Chunklet magazine presents Boris, Torche and Clouds at the Earl.

(Photo courtesy Tom Waits)

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Rising Appalachia

1) Rising Appalachia hosts and headlines Concrete Pandemonium at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.

2) Zoroaster headlines Corndogorama's final day at Lenny's Bar.

3) Monsters inhabit Atlanta in The Monster Show at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery.

4) Colbie Caillat performs at the Variety Playhouse.

5) REO Speedwagon and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform at Chastain Park.

(Photo © Chad Hess)

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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

'This Is Atlanta': Award-winning screen time

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:15 PM


Here's a fond PopSmart wish of good luck to the folks at PBA30's "This Is Atlanta," which is up for a Southeast Emmy this Saturday for Best Magazine Program under the umbrella category Outstanding Achievement: Television Programming Excellence for its segment, "The Atlanta Downhill Challenge," about the city's popular soapbox derby race. (Oddly enough, the program is up against two episodes of "TBS Storyline," which was canned when Turner changed TBS to last year Peachtree TV. Unfortunate, considering Peachtree TV's "hyper-local" mission statement.)

We mentioned the Telly Award-winning program in one of our first PopSmart blog posts back in November, so we're excited to see what happens on Saturday. Jack Walsh and Gordon Ray are the nominated producers of the show, and do an impressive job of providing witty polish to a type of community program that, when not in the right hands, can run on the dull side. This stuff is compelling work, though, reminding Atlantans just how diverse its city really is.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

5 things to do: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jun 15, 2008 at 3:45 AM

Cat Power

1) Cat Power performs her rescheduled show at the Tabernacle with Dirty Delta Blues.

2) Real Men Cook for Charity celebrates Father’s Day with a feast at Georgia Railroad Depot while raising money for various nonprofits.

3) Stone Mountain holds its annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

4) The first annual Atlanta Gospel Festival is held at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

5) Grace Braun performs at the Earl.

(Photo by Stefano Giovannini)

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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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