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

Hot Chicks with Douchebags: Could this be you?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 7:00 PM


In the world according to Jay Louis, there's no such thing as too many douchebags. No, not the countless politicos that Jon Stewart likes to skewer on "The Daily Show," but the tatted-up, hair-spiked, shiny-foreheaded, six-pack-packed, hand-symbol-thrusting, shades-sporting, wife-beater-wearing, tongue-thrusting, hand-gesturing and pec-bearing American men who somehow wind up with really attractive women in living color.

Louis, aka douchebag1, hosts the phenomenally popular website Hot Chicks with Douchebags, in which he and alert readers hip the rest of us "normal" folk to the cheesily over-packaged American men hanging out with women who would seem way out of their league. As popular as the site is, the next logical step would seem to be a book, Hot Chicks with Douchebags (Simon Spotlight Entertainment), which fell into our reluctant hands this week and will hit bookstores July 8. The book's thesis seems simple enough:

In this book, we will identify every type of ’bag within the douche spectrum, from the youthful stage-1 Fratbags to the polluted, noxious stage-4 DJ Club Douche. We will tap directly into the core of not only how douchebaggery manifests, but also how it corrupts the hottie within its wily, greased-up charms. These unnatural cohabitations must be exposed to the disinfecting light of detailed scrutiny if we have any hope of societal redress.

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Sorry, Mike Myers. I'm not feeling the Love. (Who is?)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:23 PM

I was unable to screen The Love Guru for this week's paper. Apparently I'm not alone; looking for an alternative newsweekly review of the horrifically reviewed comedy from the former clown prince of Hollywood is an exercise in futility. (Maybe that's because studios are making it more and more difficult for alt-weeklies to screen movies in time for their weekly deadlines, but then, they're making it difficult for everyone to screen indie films for review because they keep changing the release dates, but whatever. More on that later.) I'm struggling to think of a more poorly reviewed film this year by someone held in such high esteem.


But as chronicled in Entertainment Weekly's recent profile of Myers, there's no love lost for him in Hollywood. In a city filled with egomaniacs, Myers seems to be a particular target of scorn. Some think he's singled out unfairly; others wish he'd just go away. The man who once supposedly had the Midas touch with the Wayne's World, Austin Powers and Shrek franchises seems to have, ahem, lost his mojo on this one.

I know it's a predictable bit of pile on, but while I've always found Myers amusing, I've never really gotten the depths of praise heaped on him over the years. I've often thought of him as the right comic talent at the right time, a "Saturday Night Live" sketch genius who had been able to stretch sometimes brilliant gags, sound bites and wordplay into movie-length hits. But, really, how hard did you laugh at any of the Wayne's World or Austin Powers sequels? (I completely avoided the last AP installment, Goldmember, as well as the third Shrek cuz just I figured it would be more of the same.) Frankly, I think the most daring movie work Myers did was portraying Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell in 1998's 54. Besides delivering a spot-on mimic job, Myers captured the tragedy of Rubell.

A lot of Myers' critics believe his style of comedy is already played out. I'm inclined to agree. The thing is, Myers' style is so facile, it doesn't warrant much examination. To borrow the current phrase du jour, it is what it is. And that's just not that much to get excited about. I have a bad feeling that, come Monday, the box-office receipts will bear that out.

(Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures)

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Plaza's Sick & Twisted fest features "Dr. Tran"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:06 PM

From June 20-26, The Plaza Theatre will present Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, billed as a 25th anniversary compilation of the perennial collection of raunchy cartoons. Originated by Craig "Spike" Decker and the late Mike Gribble, the touring show presents short animated films that range from embarrassingly sophomoric to ingeniously creative.

The current collection includes favorites from previous shows, including Don Hertzfeldt’s “Rejected,” which may be one of the best short films I’ve ever seen of any kind. Other items on the line-up are “Save Virgil,” starring “The Man Show’s” Adam Carolla providing the voice of a animated guy born in a live-action world, plus some new adventures of “Happy Tree Friends,” cute forest creatures who suffer grisly, unfortunate mishaps. The evening reportedly concludes with director Breehn Burns’ “Roybertitos,” the latest appearance from the amusing Dr. Tran, American's #1 action star — or is he?

The character originally appeared in “Here Comes Dr. Tran,” an extremely funny (if overly drawn out) short from 2003 with an online cult following. If you like "South Park," you'll love it.

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I'm especially intrigued by Dr. Tran Doles Out the Harshness.

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival plays at 7:45 and 9:45 p.m.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pulled Quote: Eddie Izzard

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 7:41 PM

“There's no Church of England fundamentalism, you know, like they have Islamic fundamentalism. Church of England fundamentalism is impossible because you can't have: ‘You must have tea and cake with the vicar... or you die!’ Cake or death? That's a pretty easy question. Anyone could answer that. ‘Cake or death?’ ‘Uhh, cake, please.’”

— Actor, comedian and occasional cross-dresser Eddie Izzard, who brings his latest stand-up show “Stripped” to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday-Wednesday, June 24-25.

As a PopSmart bonus, here's the full quote as re-enacted by Lego toys. YouTube features a surprisingly high quantity of Lego-style Eddie Izzard routines.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Rowdy Roddy punts Cyndi Lauper, tells all in Atlanta

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 9:43 PM

While digging around for my recent post on the True Colors Tour, which concludes tonight at Chastain Park, I learned that wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper explained what happened when he (accidentally?) kicked True Colors headliner Cyndi Lauper back in 1985 when she was into the whole Wrestlemania scene. The cool thing is that Piper is seen telling the story at another Atlanta event: the annual International GI Joe Collectors Convention.

It takes awhile for Piper to get to the Lauper incident, but everything's hilarious …

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Chastain Park shows off its True Colors

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 5:35 PM


You'll have to forgive me if I wax a little nostalgic after watching the True Colors Tour's opener of a two-night stand last night at Chastain Park. We all have our B-52's stories to tell around here, so I'm sure hearing one from someone who didn't live in Atlanta until that last two years probably won't dazzle anyone. But they're fun to tell anyway. But first, about last night … well, before that, here's the True Colors credo, as pulled from its site …

The goal of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) equality is at the heart of True Colors. From day one, the tour has sought to raise awareness about the discrimination the GLBT community still faces and raise significant funds for the organizations that work everyday on their behalf. This year, the True Colors Fund of Stonewall Community Foundation has been created to enable increased and efficient fundraising for the tour's national non-profit partners through various revenue sources.

The brainchild of the Human Rights Campaign and the tour's headliner, Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors is an entertaining mix of music, comedy and wee bit of get-out-the-boat speechifying. And what was most impressive about the proceedings was how little pontificating was done, even considering comedian Rosie O'Donnell's sour-grapes rant on her tenure on "The View." Actually, Rosie was quite funny and more than a little melancholic as she recalled her late mother, and how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Her point: Teach your children well. Point taken, Rosie, who's got four kids and brought at least some of them along for the ride. But she was at her funniest when she grabbed a chunk of her own flab in a righteous display of healthy body self-image and yelled to an absent Donald Trump: "I'm gonna rub some of this on his orange, bald head. Here, ya prick!" And if the crowd still didn't dig her plus-size sexiness, she recalled how, when in Mexico, she was all the rage with the menfolk, one of whom explained to her, "Bone is for the meek; meat is for the man!" Good stuff.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

5 things to do: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 3:45 AM

1) Nick Longo Band plays at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center's Jazz on the Lawn series.

2) Monster Mayhem opens at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo, with more than 50 artists paying homage to their favorite monsters.

3) Local cool-kid outfitter Wish launches its own clothing line with Block Party, featuring entertainment by Just Blaze, DJ Don Cannon and more.

4) Comedian Henry Cho performs at the Punchline.

5) Wordsmiths Books celebrates its one-year anniversary with a weekend of poets, music, authors, food and festivities.

(Photo courtesy Nick Longo)

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Viral video alert: Censor bar art

Posted By on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

If you haven't seen this already, I predict you're going to see this everywhere. It's a music video for the song "Toe Jam" by The BPA, a pseudonym for Fat Boy Slim, featuring vocals from David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. If the treadmill choreography of OK Go's "Here It Goes Again" could turn that clip into a viral sensation, "Toe Jam's" use of strategically placed censor bars over unclad bodies — check out the "Pong" game should break records. It's sort of like Busby Berkeley meets Boogie Nights. Not technically work safe — or is it? Catchy beat and fun vocals (and a surprising f-bomb) from Byrne, too:

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A higher-res version is here.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

5 things to do: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 3:46 AM

1) Ingrid Michaelson plays Variety Playhouse.

2) Masaru Emoto, author of Hidden Messages in Water, discusses his photographic process at Georgia World Congress Center.

3) Comedian Dale Jones begins his three-day stop at the Punchline.

4) Stevie Nicks performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

5) Whole World Theatre hosts Improv Comedy.

(Photo courtesy Variety Playhouse)

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