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Le Discotheque French electro-pop darlings YELLE gained international fame after posting their hit single “Je Veux Te Voir” to MySpace in 2005. After working with the likes of Robyn and Katy Perry, Yelle returned in 2011 with its latest, Safari Disco Club. Breezy synthesizers mix with sultry beats and lead singer Julie Budet’s always-effervescent delivery to make for a deeper, yet highly danceable sophomore effort. Expect outlandishly fun pop with just enough je nais se quoi. centerstage-atlanta.com. (Kathryn McBroom) When + Where + $: Mon., Dec. 5. The Loft. $20.
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SCUMMY SANTA Chunklet founder and local asshole Henry Owings will continue his long-standing holiday tradition this weekend: posing for pictures as ASSHOLE SANTA AT CRIMINAL RECORDS. Asshole Santa and Crappy Jesus will be sharing their ugly mugs for holiday photos that’ll offend your whole family DEC. 3-4, 1-4 p.m. Asshole Santa suggests to “bring your dogs, cats, kids, iguanas, birds, etc. We don’t care. We’ll be drunk.” The Gill Durant Xmas Spectacular will perform in the store on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. criminalatl.com. (Wyatt Williams)
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Power ballads, Aquanet, and guitars that sounded like Cheez Whiz in a blender (not in a good way): These were the calling cards for Sunset Strip hair-metal man-hussies of the Reagan era, L.A. GUNS. Hot on the heels of the group’s 1989 hit, the schmaltzy “Ballad of Jayne,” its second album, Cocked and Loaded, sold a million copies, and nearly 6 million records since. Can millions of L.A. Guns fans be wrong? On Sun., DEC. 4, guitarist Tracii Guns and the purple-dreadlocked frontwoman Dilana play the group’s most forgettable hits at Smith’s Olde Bar. smithsoldebar.com. (Chad Radford)
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Did you have a no-shave November? Then you just might be prepared for the firstever BATTLE OF THE BEARDS at Highland Inn Ballroom on Sat., DEC. 3. Woodfire Grill executive chef Kevin Gillespie of “Top Chef” fame will judge categories including Best Beard, Best ’Stache, and Most Creative, among others. Ladies, don’t feel left out because there’s a Best Lady Beard category, too. With live music, stand-up comedy, local artists, and a full bar packing the house, there should be no shortage of bearded bravado. battleofthebeards.net. (Elijah Black)
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Though you may have witnessed some serious shredding, it probably was not the kind that won installation artist GYUN HUR the $50,000 Hudgens Prize last year. Hur’s artistic process involves the meticulous shredding of silk flowers, which are organized by color (this isn’t confetti, folks) and then laid on the floor or set on the wall in a desired pattern. In a visceral display of “labor” and “place,” themes from Hur’s forthcoming exhibit, In a Landscape Anew, Hur will conduct her particular form of flower-shredding in a public installation previous to her Dec. 17 reception at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. From DEC. 6-10, visitors may view Hur, alongside her parents and colleagues, as they carefully construct her piece, after first destroying it on the silk. thehudgens.org. (Catherine Maddox)
Playwright/monologuist MEGAN GOGERTY returns to Atlanta with her latest one-woman show, bearing the memorable title Feet First in the Water With a Baby in my Teeth, running DEC. 2-18 at Synchronicity Theatre. Where Gogerty’s previous solo show, Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant, offered a light-hearted look at a good-humored young feminist’s decision to have a child, the followup explores Gogerty’s anxieties and misadventures in raising an infant. Gogerty’s writing credits range from the controversial musical Love Jerry to a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” tribute album, and audiences can expect Feet First to be filled with amusing insights. synchrotheatre.com. (Curt Holman)
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ayor Kasim Reed on Monday announced that Atlanta Police Major Rodney Bryant would be suspended for 15 days without pay for allowing Tracy Reed, the mayor’s brother, to leave the scene of a traffic stop
despite having a suspended license, expired tag, and a bench warrant out for his arrest. Reed, who at the time was a city employee, later resigned. Many commenters tried to shrug off the incident. “The Mayor’s brother did the right thing by resigning and the PAGE NO.
city followed up properly,” wrote “Hmmmm.” “What else is there to report?” “Turner did the right thing,” said “John Parker Booth.” “We’re waaay too quick to call for people’s heads around
this City. Chill out ... the Major’s probably an asset to Atlanta.” These comments were similar in Join the tone and regular CL bloggers were at conversation quick to call them out as a sock . af lo clfresh puppet’s work: “Isn’t it interesting m co how almost all the posts deriding this story are from first-time commenters?” asked “Question Man. “Whose PR machine is working overtime to defuse this story?” On th
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Occupy Atlanta took to local malls to “raise awareness” about Black Friday, the national retail sale-a-thon. On Thursday night, the group served food to shoppers waiting in line at Best Buy. The next day, they visited H&M’s Atlantic Station location where they placed “free” stickers on items and spokesman Tim Franzen asked a cashier if she knew what aisle he could find universal health care. Some Fresh Loafers weren’t impressed. “What does trolling retail workers accomplish?” asked “DA Baracus.” “These are not the people the Occupy movement is fighting.” “Giving meals to people on line is fine” said “InAtl.” “But the idea of entering the stores to protest our country’s excessive consumerism seems pretty stupid because that’s a more difficult message to convey.” Said “The Bald Eagle”: “I don’t agree with everything (a lot of things) Occupy Atlanta stands for, but I respect the Hell out of them for making their voices heard.”
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The PATH Foundation last week pitched its 20-year vision for a massive bike trail network throughout metro Atlanta. The plan promises routes to destinations including Lakewood Amphitheater, Lenox Mall and Piedmont Hospital, with Centennial Park serving as the hub. “NRFPT Riders” seemed to think the PATH plan was not enough: “Even if you make these connections Atlanta will still be bottom tier.” Added “Centennian”: “It’s a great goal and I hope we make it but keep in mind that by the time we build out the trails that would make us top notch if they existed today, all of these other cities are going to be building upon their already extensive networks.” Wrote “Machete”: “By developing a network of interconnected PATH trails, consider the awareness that’s raised around cycling in general and how accessible the sport becomes to the novice.” C — AbbEy McdAniEl
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34-year-old woman walked up to an officer on Peachtree Street with a bizarre fake story about how she was sexually assaulted in a park. The officer asked: “Which park?” “Grant Park,” the woman replied, but immediately changed her response to “where the protesters are” (Woodruff Park). Seconds later, the woman admitted that the sex was consensual. She said she met a guy and agreed to have sex in exchange for a pair of shoes from Walmart. Apparently, the man bought her dinner and took her to a Buckhead hotel. After some lust and thrust, the guy was supposed to drive her back to the park, but she said he refused to drive her anywhere. The woman told the police she needed help because she didn’t know how to get back to Woodruff Park and “didn’t want to walk the 13 miles” from Buckhead. The woman wasn’t hurt, so the officer drove her back to Woodruff Park.
CATFIGHT IN THE PARK: An officer dealt with two women brawling in Washington Park. One woman, who was bleeding from her head, said a woman wearing no underpants had been lifting up her dress and flashing her privates. The bleeding woman said she asked the woman with no panties to move on, but she refused. Also, she said the woman with no panites pushed her and tried to bite her. The women tumbled to the ground and duked it out. The officer charged the woman with no panties with disorderly conduct and took her 10 ❘ DECEMBER 1-DECEMBER 7, 2011 ❘ clatl.com
to Grady Memorial Hospital. While there, “she was acting very violent and threw a bedpan at an officer.” So they quickly moved her to jail.
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dealers: Don’t smoke too much product before trying to make a sale. On McDaniel Street, two women said a guy in a black hoodie walked up and asked if they wanted to buy some marijuana. “No thanks,” the women replied. Then, the guy reportedly used his finger to poke each woman in the head and called them “bitches and hoes.” After that, the women say he ran across the street, pulled out a handgun, cocked it, but didn’t point it at them. He ran away before police arrived.
BREAK UP, ALREADY: A couple got into a fight at their Campbellton Road apartment. The woman said she was following her boyfriend around and she was doing some cleaning and happened to have bleach handy during their argument. Still, she accused her boyfriend of splashing bleach into her face. The boyfriend’s story was entirely different: He says he was trying to leave and he lugged a bag of clothes in each hand as he walked outside. He said his girlfriend followed him and poured bleach on his hand, which also spilled onto the clothes in his bag. He said he felt his hand burning and he tried to swat the bleach away, which caused the bleach to splash back on his girlfriend. No charges were filed. Let’s hope the guy keeps on walking right out of this relationship. Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.
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Rape cases skyrocket
Atlanta sees a 79-percent increase in reported rapes, but an explanation remains elusive
By Gwynedd StuArt
134 reported rape cases in 2011 75 reported rape cases in 2010
Overall crime is down in 2011
ach week, the Atlanta Police Department publishes a spreadsheet detailing citywide crime statistics and compares them to stats from the previous week, month, and year. For the most part, the increases and decreases in the number of crimes committed year-toyear are subtle. For instance, there’s been a 13-percent decrease in the number of murders, a 4-percent decrease in the number of aggravated assaults, and a 7-percent decrease in the number of burglaries. Overall, crime is down 1 percent. But, as of mid-November, there was one glaring exception to the modest fluctuations in the number of crimes committed in 2010 versus the number committed in 2011: rape. With just a month left in the year, there’s been a 79-percent upswing in the number of reported rapes this year, 134 versus 75 the same time last year. Police say they’re “aware of” and “concerned about” what would appear to be a pretty dramatic increase in the number of rape cases. Deputy Chief Calvin Moss, who oversees the Criminal Investigations Division, puts the statistic into perspective by explaining last year’s numbers were low, and as little as a decade ago, the numbers were way worse. “As recently as 2001 we had 367 reported rapes,” Moss says. “Since ’01, there’s been an overwhelmingly downward trend in reported rapes. Even though we’re up this year … we’re not looking at the 300 or better rapes.” Still, while there’s been a reduction in the number of most other crimes and only modest increase in others, it remains unclear what factor would explain such a huge fluctuation in the number of rape cases. Phyllis Miller, executive director of the DeKalb County Rape Crisis Center, hypothesizes — and hopes — that what Atlanta is seeing is not necessarily a surge in actual rapes, but in the number of victims reporting them. The APD has four different ways in which it classifies rape cases. Three of those classifications — “domestic rape,” in which a spouse or live-in partner is the assailant; “acquaintance rape,” in which a victim and her attacker know one another and were spending time together consensually; or “just met,” meaning the attacker isn’t well-known, but isn’t a stranger per se — encompass situations in which there’s some familiarity or relationship between the victim and the attacker. The vast majority of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows, so in many cases victims are
SKY HIGH: Grady’s Rape Crisis Center sees most Atlanta rape victims — assuming they seek medical care.
reluctant to report their attackers. While the number of rape cases might fluctuate, the nature of rape in Atlanta doesn’t appear to have changed, according to police. Eighty-four percent of the rapes reported to the
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APD this year were cases in which the victims knew their assailant. Offering what’s perhaps small comfort, Deputy Chief Moss says, “What we’re not seeing is an increase in young women being snatched into the bushes and raped.”
DeKalb’s Miller says the increase in clients her facility has seen over the past four years “seems to be because more people are reporting.” “Clearly, there’s an increase in more people reporting,” she says. “Is there more rape? I don’t know.” Miller suggests that if the same is true in Atlanta and more women are reporting their assaults, the reason could be socioeconomic. State law provides that rape victims “have the right to have a forensic medical examination regardless of whether the victim … cooperates with law enforcement” and “shall not be required to pay, directly or indirectly, for the cost of a forensic medical examination.” Sonya Cruel, social work manager at Grady Memorial Hospital’s Rape Crisis Center, stresses that rape victims never have to pay for exams or STD testing — as long as the victim comes forward within the 72-hour window during which evidence of an attack could still be gathered. “It doesn’t matter whether or not they want to file a police report,” Cruel says. “That has nothing to do with it. If someone comes in and they’ve been assaulted and they want a forensic exam, that’s free.” Grady will also offer to hold onto a rape kit in case a woman who’s decided not to report her rape changes her mind in the future. Cruel, however, disagrees with Miller’s theory that the increase in reported rapes is due to more victims being compelled to report their attacks. After reviewing her center’s intake numbers for the past six months, Cruel says: “[The numbers] fluctuate. But I don’t think there’s any indication there are less assaults happening [versus more victims reporting their attacks].” This year, the APD’s Special Victims Unit has solved 61 percent of the rapes that took place in 2011, well above the national average, which hovers around 44 percent. According to Deputy Chief Moss, the APD continues to focus on capturing fugitives because a “vast majority” of rape suspects are repeat violent offenders or have some prior criminal record. “Obviously we’re aware and concerned [about the increase in reported rapes],” Moss repeats. “People need to remain aware of their surroundings and make wise social choices. This is not to point the finger at the victim. That’s not what we’re saying. We just want to remind everyone that there are predators out there who will take advantage of unsuspecting people.” C firstname.lastname@example.org
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To fight AIDS, fight its stigma On the occasion of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, I am struck by the persistence of stigma of the disease over the course of three decades. To make any progress toward the goals of this year’s mantra, “Getting to Zero: zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDSrelated deaths,” we must take on the pervasive AIDS stigma and its influence on legislators, funders, public health agencies, and care providers, as well as those stigmatized. To address AIDS stigma in the United States is to address what it means and what it costs to be black or Latino, homeless, a woman of color, queer or
By Craig Washington Guest Columnist gender nonconforming, young and sexually active — in short, to be human in a society that does not allow full human expression. Burdened with the highest HIV infection rates, young black gay/bisexual men and transgenders live at the epicenter of the epidemic and its stigma. The crossfire of homophobia, racism, gender and class oppression, and lack of legal protection makes it difficult for many to maintain housing and employment, achieve educational goals, or sustain overall health. Outside of HIV prevention and support programs, there are few venues throughout the South designed or willing to meet their needs. In larger cities like Atlanta, many black gay and bisexual men and transgenders belong to the Ballroom community, which consists of groups, or “houses,” that compete against each other at balls held throughout the year. Members find a sense of stability, understanding, and acceptance within these houses that they do not receive from their biological families. For femme men and transgender individuals, walking to the MARTA station is itself an act of resistance. The resourcefulness they demonstrate is rarely acknowledged in bulletin reports of the latest HIV infection spikes. It is this very resilience that is featured in AID Atlanta’s upcoming From Where I Stand campaign, the brainchild of community organizer Charles Stephens, who points out “the stories of
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Don’t save people TV, exactly
eople TV, Atlanta’s own public-access Channel 24, has been cable-casting for 30-odd — sometimes very odd — years. Over that time, the scrappy station has provided studio space and airtime to drag queens, communists, vagina enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, and outright nutjobs. For much of its lifespan, it served its designated role as the ultimate free-speech forum for nonmainstream viewpoints, a place where anybody willing to learn basic TV production skills could share his opinions, offer social commentary, incite the masses, or just get silly — without fear of censorship or pressure from advertisers. People TV now faces an existential crisis. Its traditional funding source, franchise fees from the local cable provider, was stripped away by the state Legislature in 2007, causing its revenue stream to shrink from more than $800,000 a year to about $100,000. Its only hope is to persuade the city of Atlanta to subsidize its dwindling operations, a move the Council appears unlikely to make before the station loses its lease next month and has to close its doors. And don’t bet on Mayor Reed swooping in with a last-minute grant; the city scarcely funds its own in-house Channel 26, which broadcasts public meetings and press conferences. Frankly, as much as we support the dissemination of alternative points of view, it’s hard to make a case for the relevance, much less the necessity, of public-access TV in the Internet age. We understand there is still a collection of insomniacs, shutins, and mostly older, low-income, and nontech-savvy folks who adore People TV. We
admire those who herald its blend of locally produced cooking shows, arts programming, church services, and booty-shaking videos that air late into the night. But although the station once served as the only medium through which an average Atlanta resident without money, connections, or a telegenic face could reach a wide local audience, technology has since created many such avenues. These days, any high-schooler with a $100 digital camcorder and Web access can post videos online, start a vlog, or create his own YouTube channel — with the potential for reaching far more viewers than likely tuned into Channel 24 at its peak. Put metaphorically, public-access TV is a pay phone in a cell-phone world. Chief Executive Charlotte Engel has spent recent months preparing People TV to go dark: giving notice on its lease, letting staffers go, canceling insurance contracts, closing out grants. Even if the station got an 11th-hour reprieve, she says it could probably prove difficult, and costly, to ramp up operations again. Engel has suggested that city officials allow a private entity — she won’t say which — to take over Channel 24 in the interest of continuing to give Atlantans access to the public airwaves. This could be the best possible solution, a chance for People TV to be reborn in the mold of, say, WRFG-FM (89.3), the Little Five Pointsbased grassroots radio station that manages to air radically noncommercial community programming while ably supporting itself through private donations and public grants. Now, that’d be something worth getting cable for. C AmAndA Croy illustrAtion
young black gay men cannot be told only through statistics.” This anti-homophobia initiative will couple diverse images with affirming first-person testimonials. As Charles explains, “From Where I Stand aims to show every young gay black man his inner beauty and strength, to empower him, creating a sense of community while emphasiz-
ing individuality and diversity, and to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.” We need visible campaigns like FWIS to uplift young black gay men and all marginalized “others,” and to challenge the hearts and minds of those who discriminate against them. For this World AIDS Day, I urge you to
recognize the connection between stigma and the needless new infections and AIDS-related deaths it causes. How will you stand? C Craig Washington is manager of prevention programs at AID Atlanta. He has been HIVpositive since 1985.
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Atlanta is supposed to be one of America’s
most wired cities. #Truth? Despite a heavy Twitter presence, we’re not there yet.
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or the past few years, Atlanta’s consistently landed on a series of lists proclaiming it one of America’s five most wired cities. Add to this a handful of lists placing our bustling little town to have one of the most engaged populations on such social media services as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr. To which we say: Are you sure? We’re not as dense as Chicago, nor as populous as New York, and not nearly as tech-obsessed as San Francisco. Last time we checked there wasn’t free, public Wi-Fi. And the city’s website has a certain 2002 quality to it. But there we are, year after year, supposedly a hotbed of techno know-how and connectivity. There is a nugget of truth to the claim. Since 2008, social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and others have changed the way Atlanta businesses promote deals and handle complaints, allowed local politicians to bypass the news media to deliver messages, and helped protest movements rally supporters when under threat of arrest. Millions of residents are tapping their thumbs on screens, clicking icons, and speaking their minds, sometimes without talking to anyone at all. We flood the microblogging service with tweets during Atlanta Falcons games on Sunday, organize at least three Facebook groups to protest a toll lane along I-85, and tune in by the hundreds via livestream to watch Occupy Atlanta tempt arrest. Some of Twitter’s most followed users, including CNN, Soulja Boy, and Justin Bieber — and the occasional self-promoter — boast Atlanta addresses. Atlanta-based corporations such as Turner, Coca-Cola, and Home Depot have strong social media presences. Without social media, local popsicle hawkers and food trucks would be much harder to locate, and artists would never have convinced Atlantans to comb the city looking for cat-shaped cutouts. But none of that necessarily makes us “a wired city.” It just means that we’re embracing the technology of our time, as are most other urban centers. To understand why Atlanta’s landed on so many lists of “wired” cities, it helps to understand that the city is, literally, very wired. Atlanta was one of the early “nodes” of the Internet and sits on top of much of the wiring that keeps the Internet a-humming. Prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics, millions of dollars were invested in laying fiber optic cables underneath our feet, particularly in downtown Atlanta. “If you were to go on one of those horse see #ATlFAil p. 18
Atlanta’s most-wanted Twitter handles, in 140 characters or less ATL’s MosT FoLLoweD @ludacris Curious where Ludacris gets his hashtag raps? The hip-hop superstar is followed by 3.3 million people. @souljaboy With more than 3 million followers, local rapper Soulja Boy Tell ’Em tweets frequently about his pretty boy swag: “I think my dick getting bigger” @UsherRaymondIV Need some inspirational tweets from a megafamous crooner? Then make like 2.6 million fans and follow Usher. CL’s MusT FoLLows @JonCarnright This Midtown blogger tweets historic pictures of Atlanta that will change how you see the city. @OaklandCemetery Southern hospitality and factoids from 6 feet under. @DowntownAtlanta Shameless and glorious pimping for all things center city. @hipstergardener With restaurant experience including Empire State South, this urban agriculture enthusiast will get you excited about gardening. — BoBBy Feingold
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Some of our favorite Atlantans to follow on Twitter @Senorbobby’S muSt followS @mayorofponce A one-time CL nightlife writer, J. Winter snarkily tweets about Atlanta’s charming oddities.
#ATLFAIL From p. 18 carriage tours around downtown, they should be pointing out that this random building was the first place where data access was available,” says Peter Fasano, a senior digital marketer. “Down on Marietta Street and DeKalb Avenue there are many buildings that are still there that are dedicated server ports. That enabled companies like MindSpring or EarthLink to thrive back in the day. This was the place you needed to be.” That continues to this day. Less than one mile from downtown Atlanta, guarded by a fence and a security guard, hundreds of servers hum in a nondescript, 990,000-squarefoot warehouse — the world’s second-largest data center, trailing only a behemoth in Chicago — which handles Twitter’s micro-sized messages from the East Coast and Europe. The city isn’t without more socially relevant bragging points (which is completely different than a #humblebrag). It’s true that, according to some social media gurus, Atlantans are quick to jump on new technologies and experiment. Students from the historically black colleges on the Atlanta University Center which include Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta, pounced on Twitter, says Brandon Sheats, a local web developer, because they could post quick, concise messages using the service’s technology that allows tweeting by text. (Peruse Twitter’s trending topics after the sun sets each night and you find young black people riffing on memes — “WhatILearnedFromMyHBCU,” for a recent example — well into the next day.) Atlanta’s Brazilian population is loyal to Orkut, a network service owned by Google that’s wildly popular and commonly referred to as the South American country’s Facebook. When Foursquare, which allows you to compete with your friends and tap deals by checkingin to locations and events, began beta testing, Atlanta was one of the first cities to be selected. Not only does the city boast lots of actual locations, giving fodder to Foursquare,
@dyanabagby The deputy editor of the GA Voice tweets LGBT news with plenty of her own photos. @beSharodell’S muSt followS @andishehnouraee Former CL columnist & Americapedia author offers insight and wit on everything from Iran’s nuclear crisis to Justin Bieber’s new hairdo. @lancegummere A lot of chefs tweet more than Lance (Shed at Glenwood), but his mix of honest cheffy personality and smart fuck-it-all humor makes me happy. @whatnowatlanta Restaurant and retail news and gossip. Of all the ATL upstart bloggers to attempt this, Caleb is doing the best job. He’s gonna go far. @raPPin_rodney’S muSt followS @Freshalina The queen of black celeb fuckery and #ghettowratchedness dishes it daily. Much like her blog, @freshalina’s tweets are crunk and disorderly. @BigBoi Extroverted half of OutKast takes 2 Twitter like catfish 2 cornmeal, whether tweeting live from the studio or a Troy Davis rally. #weoutchea
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but it had a strong following on Dodgeball, the service’s precursor. Why we embrace these services might be because we’re so spread out. Stephen Fleming, vice president of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, says without Twitter, he and his peers, some of whom are as far off as Duluth, wouldn’t be able to share ideas or communicate in real time. No longer do people have to carve out 30 minutes to meet when they can just pitch concepts via direct message. Lurking underneath all this social activity is a bustling industry of marketing agencies that handles the campaigns and innovators plotting how to create new technologies that could help people live more interesting or stress-free lives. Start-ups have picked up the banner first flown by local success stories such as MindSpring and WebMD. Among them: Regator, a blog aggregator; MailChimp, an email newsletter company; Scoutmob, the daily deal service that’s expanded to 13 cities; and a host of Facebook apps that were locally developed and then acquired by other companies. Fueling both industries are the local universities, including SCAD and Georgia Tech, which churn out ideas and talent, and local tech-biz boosters. Meanwhile, Atlanta commercial real estate honchos not only want local firms to excel, but to also poach some of Silicon Valley’s established and upstart firms. A local team recently jetted to California to make its pitch, touting Atlanta’s low cost of living, talented young graduates, and cheap office space — features that could lure if not entire companies, perhaps research and design divisions. But to assert we’re a San Fran of the South is absurd. There’s still a long way to go. Though Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall has long been one of Twitter’s most active users — even landing on CNN after he urged his followers to call 911 for a woman — city, county, and state government agencies have only recently jumped on Twitter, and, to many observers, still don’t use the low-cost technologies to their full advantage. Mayor Kasim Reed, who during the mayoral campaign was very active on social media, has tweeted only once since Oct. 16. (Mayor Sam Adams of Portland tweeted nearly 10 times last Sunday.) The social media business community, which many involved say is vibrant but not as connected as in other cities, could share strategies. And start-ups could use better promotion by city and state officials and venture capitalists — which could help retain the talent that’s nurtured at state universities rather than watching them, upon graduation, flee for greener pastures in Silicon Valley. There’s no shame, though, in being “pretty wired.” And given the speed at which change in the social media world occurs, we may actually deserve our digital rep sometime between next year and the time you’ve retweeted this story. C
Not too hood for Twitter The whole social network’s a stage for Lil Duval By RoDney CaRmiChaeL
hen the rumored death of R&B legend Teena Marie hit Twitter last December 26, Atlanta-based comedian Roland “Lil Duval” Powell sought confirmation by tweeting the source directly:
“@MsTeenaMarie hey are u dead?”
As it turned out, she was. The resulting Twitter rage, and Duval’s foolhardy defense, made him equally popular and polarizing. #Unfollowlilduval became a trending topic, hyped by Duval himself. He even received death threats by tweet. The entire episode was the perfect example of the kind of stuff one wouldn’t dare dignify with an LOL or STFU in the presence of real company. But on the Internets, we’re all heckling trolls. Yet Lil Duval is more than a viral asshole phenom. While most comedians tweet to promote product or stoke their audience between live gigs, Duval treats Twitter as if it is the gig, turning his ghetto snaps and hashtagged hood rationale into virtual performance art. His crass comedic style has earned him more than 600,000 followers — many of whom are totally enamored when he alerts them of their personal failings and #basicbitch behavior. Even dude’s mom is fair game: “My momma just called & asked me to get up wit her 3am for the black Friday sale. I told her to GTFOH basic ass.” And when his sobering relationship advice and personal sexploits get tangled, the result can be downright ignorant: “I was bout to slip my dick in my ol lady while she’s sleep then this bitch farted. Now I’m soft.” Managed by the comedy arm of T.I.’s Grand Hustle label, the Jacksonville, Fla., native has been building underground awareness with traditional stage shows, DVDs, and rap video cameos since the early 2000s, but no medium has exposed his real-time rawness to the masses like Twitter. He’s parlayed the resulting buzz into a featured commentator spot on the new MTV2 show “Guy Code” alongside collaborator and N.Y. radio personality Charlamagne Tha God, which premiered two weeks ago. The @unfollowDUVAL page started by those critical of his tactless sense of humor hasn’t fared as well. It has 611,837 fewer followers than he does. C email@example.com
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The local street art phenom finds success in social media By BoBBy Feingold
t times, the Twitterverse seems overstuffed with self-indulgence (that, and pictures of lunch), but one local artist has found popularity by bringing social media to Atlanta’s streets. Less than a year ago, Catlanta converted smartphone-toting Atlantans into ravenous scavenger hunters looking for his magnet and cardboard cut-out kittens. The anonymous artist first hides the craft kittens around the city, then posts a picture on Flickr, tweets clues, and posts info on Facebook. His more than 2,700 followers pursue the kittens, taking home the feline-inspired art on a first-come, first-nabbed basis. On November 10, the High Museum partnered up with the artist for Catlanta Day where patrons received free admission if they presented a kitten. So how did Catlanta win Atlanta’s heart? I tweeted the man to find out. @cl_atlanta: How did you get the idea for
@cat_lanta: Catlanta was based off a drawing
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@cl_atlanta: Interactive like this #Twinterview (I just made that up). Tell me, how do you use social media to plan a “kitten drop”? @cat_lanta: I don’t plan the hunts ahead of time. Social media allows me to get info and pics out to large numbers quickly. It makes the hunt. @cl_atlanta: Why is it important to keep your identity secret? @cat_lanta: It’s tough to hide a kitten, photo it, and tweet it without people spotting me. It’s even tougher if they know what I look like.
@cl_atlanta: Have you ever been caught? Any close calls? @cat_lanta: Yes, but only a couple times. Most recently at Catlanta Day. It was nearly impossible to hide so many cats in such a small area. @cl_atlanta: Catlanta Day was great! Why do you think Atlantans covet your creations? @cat_lanta: 1. Everyone loves cats. 2. It’s a fun way to interact with your city. It’s become a citywide game anyone can join in on. @cl_atlanta: Is Catlanta art? @cat_lanta: Yes, I think so. There’s a free
art movement that is growing so fast in Atl. It’s unconventional, so it’s hard to categorize it.
@cl_atlanta: You’re right, everyone does love #cats. Why do you like them? @cat_lanta: Cats do what they want, and I like that. @cl_atlanta: We could all learn something from their nonchalant attitude. Finally: Who are your Twitter must follows? @cat_lanta: must follows: @fafatl, @evereman, @criminalrecords, @cl_atlanta, @mintatl, @goodie_bags, @fallen_arrows, @ABVatl, and @plfpaint. C firstname.lastname@example.org
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SauSage factory HD1 makes a good case for cheap fun By Besha Rodell
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understand the merit of a good burger. A good burger, at its best, is a celebration of grease and meat: the mighty, juicy yawp of carnivorism and calorific glory. I get it. But I’m more of a hot dog gal. That is to say, I will eat a nasty hot dog from a gas station, but I will not eat a nasty hamburger from Wendy’s. While the perverse trend of putting everything and anything on a burger seemed tired to me about as soon as it began, the hot dog is primed for such treatment. It’s part of the hot dog’s inherent nature to have ridiculous toppings. Ballparks around the country base their very identities on the specifics of what sits atop their wieners. Burgers have been forced into fun, but hot dogs are fun. And who else to tackle the fun potential of tube meat than Richard Blais? I don’t really have to tell you about Richard Blais, do I? Here’s the truncated version: He came to Atlanta and wowed us with his zany cooking; he oversaw a number of exciting restaurants that ultimately failed; he left for Miami then came back and went to work at Element; he appeared on “Top Chef” and almost won; he went to work for Tom Catherall at Home but didn’t stick around long; he wrote a column for Creative Loafing then stopped; he opened trendy burger spot Flip; he competed on “Top Chef All-Stars” and won; and now we find him here, with HD1, his haute doggery (his words, not mine). In a couple of months he’ll also open the Spence, a restaurant more in line with the Blaisian cooking many Atlantans have yearned for. But for now, along with HD1 chef and longtime collaborator Jared Pyles, wieners. HD1 sits in the heart of Poncey-Highland in a building that used to be San Francisco Coffee. The exterior grew a large pointy bit during construction, made of dark wood that extends toward the sky like a menacing sideways fence. Apart from that one extrusionlike appendage, the restaurant fits nicely into the neighborhood. Unlike the experience of entering Flip, walking into HD1 is not like walking into a sexed-up fantasy. It’s like walking into a hipster hot dog joint. Art-rock plays as you peruse the menu, writ large on a board just beyond the entrance. The sleek fence theme extends indoors, with polished wood beams and lighter wood slab tables extending down the rectangular room. You order at the register and then proceed to a table. If you want full service, it’s available at the bar. Runners deliver the food, often quicker than seems possible. The good news is, most of what they bring is delightful. I love the chicken liver appetizer, although I wish they’d use livers large enough to stand up to the super-crunchy crust. Regardless, the crust is masterful, and the vinegar-heavy hot sauce is good for drenching everything on the plate, including the funky, flavorful mustard greens. Shrimp fried in grits is basically high-class fair food — skewers of large
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STK, Alma Cocina open soon; Bakeshop to close STK has announced an opening timeline of mid-December for its new restaurant in Midtown. The concept is a mix between a classic steakhouse and a lounge. STK bills itself as a steakhouse for women, saying it’s a place where you can eat steak and be flirty (um, OK). STK has recruited local talents Marcus Marshall and Jeremy Miller to helm the venue. Marshall, the restaurant’s new general manager, comes from Concentrics Restaurants, and Miller has been appointed executive chef following his time at Bluepointe.
atlanta food life shrimp coated in a grits batter and fried till they resemble a corn dog. They’re almost disconcertingly creamy, but in a good way. Sausages are made in-house or by outside vendors with HD1’s recipes, and they’re the true achievement of this restaurant. The pork sausages are juicy and meaty, and the hot dogs have the appropriate snap and nitrate tang. Buttery toasted squares of brioche buns make for a sturdy and tasty base for the sausages. My favorites include the fennel sausage with grilled radicchio, ketchup and fontina, which delivers an amalgamation of prickly Italian flavors, bitter and sweet and meaty, and the merguez, a dusky lamb sausage with currants, minted cucumber relish and yogurt. The bouncy red haute dog is topped with Vidalia onions, pepper jack foam, and chili that rides the proper line between slutty and upscale. The pleasure in this place falls squarely in that precarious realm, the balance between astute cooking and unabashed entertainment. Here’s the thing about HD1: When playing a game this wacky, some things are bound to fall flat. The North African boiled peanuts taste like vegan food circa 1983, all salt and uncooked spices and peanut moosh. The lemon curd Szechuan peppercorn chicken wings are too sweet and too oily. The Louisiana lobster dog, which is actually crawfish salad, has an odd, chemical aftertaste. There’s a hash of ox tongue and tripe that will not convert any offal distrusters and might be a hard sell to the offal lovers among us (it’s a touch wet-dog for me). But for the most part the sausages are well-made, the accompanying flavors are clever and tasty, and the food is fun. Remember fun? I like fun. Especially cheap fun. And that’s another one of HD1’s strengths. It’s easy for two people to eat here for $20, $30 if you stuff yourself silly.
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HD1 HHIII 664 N. Highland Ave. 404-815-1127. www.hd1restaurant.com. Mon.Wed., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Entrées: $4.50-$10. Full bar. Lot parking.
My biggest complaint has less to do with food and atmosphere and more to do with service, or the lack thereof. It’s not a function of rudeness or ineptitude as much as it is the by-product of a cool idea to streamline dining. I can see the smarts in the order-at-thecounter setup, but it makes for a too quick, too lonely dining experience. After ordering, the only person you’re likely to encounter is the food runner. If you decide you want dessert or another drink, you have to get up and order it from the counter, pay again, etc. It makes for a dinner experience that lasts around 30 minutes, and leaves those of us who usually drink three beers with dinner unlikely to do so. A chef I encountered one night while I was eating at HD1 said, “I wish there was more of a service presence on the floor, it would make me feel more welcome.” I wish that as well, especially at dinner. I also wish for a wine list that was as quirky as the menu, and a beer list that went beyond the cute gimmick of everything-in-cans. This is a place I’d come to hang out with friends and drink if the setup didn’t make it so hard to do so. Yes, you can sit at the bar and get full service, but I’m talking afterwork drinks and nibbles with a group, which would not be easy at this bar. That said, I hope HD1 survives and thrives. We could all use more cheap, fun wieners in our lives. C
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Alma Cocina will open December 6 in downtown’s 191 Peachtree building, serving a contemporary Mexican menu infused with the many flavors of Latin America. The restaurant will also have a unique bar program centered around drinks complemented by infused ice cubes (think exotic flavors like prickly pear and maple-caramel). It will be interesting to see if that location — which will benefit at lunch from the neighboring office buildings — can draw a consistent dinner crowd in the sometimes desolate downtown neighborhood (hey, the area was picked as the set of “The Walking Dead” for a reason). What Now Atlanta reports that Lime Fresh, which is opening in Buckhead, will also open a Midtown location — taking over the current Bakeshop location on Peachtree Street. Bakeshop owner Jonathan St. Hilaire announced via Facebook that he’s working on two projects that can’t yet be revealed, promising that fans will still be able to find Bakeshop breads and pastries in Atlanta. Bell Street Burritos has opened a new Westside location — joyous news for those craving a burrito at dinner time. Beginning Monday, regular hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. from Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The new location is at the corner of Howell Mill Road and Chattahoochee Avenue. Earlier this week, Thumbs Up Diner announced it’s franchising the popular breakfast spot. According to the press release, each location will have the assistance of Thumbs Up founders Lou and Elizabeth Locricchio who oversee the brand management, including menu, design, and overall message. The opportunity carries a franchising fee of $27,000, start-up costs range from $150,000 to $400,000. — Laura HorTon
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Midtown’s Cypress Street Pint & Plate By Brad KaPlan
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he last time I toured a brewery, they made us all wear those thick, plastic protective eyeglasses as we walked through the production area. “Protective eyewear must be worn at all times,” stated a sign with authority. There must be some governmental office that requires such things — God forbid some errant beer might get in your eye. As I was eating a recent meal at Cypress Street Pint & Plate, I realized that it could use a similar warning sign on its menu. Not because I got beer in my eye, but because Cypress Street’s kitchen is geared to a certain type of eater. The Cypress Street warning should read, “Beer goggles must be worn when eating.” Beer goggles are usually an excuse for a night gone wrong, a simple way of explaining how someone who had the appeal of a supermodel the night before came out looking like a stage-four meth addict the following morning. In the case of Cypress Street (and, really, many of the bars around town that do a stellar job serving up large volumes of very good beer), beer goggles are a way to walk out the door happy with your eating experience, rather than dwelling on all the faults. Take the pretzels with “IPA and cheddar fondue,” for example. If you’re not a few beers in, you’ll be disappointed that the pretzels are too hard to be soft, too soft to be hard. You’ll also be slightly dismayed by the sad little plastic cup of watery cheese sauce that is supposed to be fondue. Three beers later, beer goggles on, you’ll happily be cramming your face with salty, cheesy, carb-laden stomach filler. Beer goggle success. Cypress Street has been a Midtown hangout for almost four years now, but it gained a new executive chef, Richard Silvey, this past spring. When Silvey joined the team, there was talk of a new fresh/ local/seasonal approach; but today’s fall menu looks an awful lot like the summer menu did, filled mostly with beer goggle food. Sure, there are a few standard salads, but the overall menu tilts heavily to meat and cheese in close proximity, plus a wide variety of burgers and fried snacks. Given Silvey’s background at places like Fritti and Pizzeria Vesuvius, it’s no surprise to see a small pizza section on the menu, but that doesn’t change the fact that the kitchen seems calibrated to taste buds under the influence of a hearty buzz. The short rib
BUT WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW? Much of the food at Cypress Street Pint & Plate, including the Sublime burger, is best consumed through the haze of booze.
pizza sure sounds compelling, and the pickled onions adorning it bring a nice acidic bite to balance out the cheddar cheese and brisket-y shreds of short rib, but the crust suffers from saggy middle syndrome and the whole thing comes off as not much more than better than average. But it goes great with a good, hoppy IPA. Cypress Street has a few menu items that sound more like a dare than a dish. Of course, there’s the epitome-of-anti-healthfood Sublime burger (aka Luther burger) with cheddar cheese and bacon, saddled in doughnuts instead of a bun. It’s actually one of the best things on the menu, if you don’t mind a bit of sweet with your beef and bacon and cheese. The delightful doughnuts from Sublime manage to bring the burger a pancakes-and-syrup quality that’s not too far away from a McGriddle. (Yes, a positive McDonald’s comparison just happened!) There’s a Southern-fried riff on a Scotch egg — hard-boiled egg, pimento cheese, and sausage, all wrapped up in a crunchy panko shell. It looks like a Cadbury Creme Egg from hell, or maybe southern Alabama, but how a puddle of cilantro sauce ends up as the anchor in this dish baffles me. It simply doesn’t work, and the elements of the dish seem to fight against each other rather than sing along in harmony. Likewise, barbecue egg rolls
containing pulled pork and collard greens sound like a Southern score, but the pork is as mushy as a Sloppy Joe and the collards taste like they came straight out of a can. Beer goggles, where are you? Please save the day. Luckily, beer does save the day at Cypress Street. The staff knows their stuff, they can describe the small but smart list of beers on tap in great detail, they even offer to bring you a taste if you want to try something. “Beer Geek Tuesdays” often bring a bevy of interesting brews on tap, and are definitely worthy of the beer geek title. Just go with an understanding that the food is there to support the beer, not the other way around. Get those goggles going, and you’ll walk out the door with a satisfied grin. But try not to look back with a critical eye come morning time. C firstname.lastname@example.org
Cypress Street Pint & Plate, 817 W. Peachtree St., Suite E125 (corner of Cypress and Sixth streets, behind the Biltmore Hotel). www.cypressbar.com. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.midnight. Appetizers: $6-$9. Sandwiches and pizzas: $8-$10. Read Brad’s musings on gravy, eating shacks, and more at OmnivoreATL.com.
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top 10 restaurants Cliff revamps his list of favorites By Cliff BostoCk
n response to many requests, I’m updating my 2009 list of 10 favorite restaurants. This is not a “best of” list. All but one of these are inexpensiveto-moderate restaurants that are mainly convenient to my home in Grant Park. So don’t berate me because they’re not the best in town. These are not rated in any particular order except for No. 1. 10) Spoon in East Atlanta. I eat here nearly JOEFF DaViS anD JamES Camp
every Thursday. I love the staff and I love the rich, layered Thai sauces. In recent months, the restaurant has added regular, usually intriguing specials like a classic radna with shrimp and crab; a fiery, earthy eggplant; and spicy, seared ahi tuna over fresh greens. 749 Moreland Ave., Suite C105. 404-624-4713. www.spoonatlanta.com.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: From left, tapas at Lunacy Black Market, steamed buns at Miso Izakaya, and cappuccino at Octane East 9) The Shed at Glenwood. Along with
many chefs in town, I am still hitting the Shed every Wednesday for chef Lance Gummere’s wacky, weekly changing menu of $3 sliders. My favorite, which never sells, is the stewed chicharrónes in green salsa. Compact oyster po’ boys, a weekly panino, schnitzel with pear jam … the list goes on and on. The regular menu includes everything from fried chicken hearts to rabbit legs. My favorite dessert is the Greek yogurt with honey, dates, and walnuts. 475 Bill Kennedy Way. 404-835-4363. www.theshedatglenwood.com. 8) Lunacy Black Market. Paul Luna, one of the city’s most gifted chefs, is also author of a children’s book and a political activist. His eccentric imagination blooms here with an absurdly inexpensive menu of cross-cultural dishes meant for sharing. Lately, he and partner Cynthia Thonet have added a good wine list. Sundays, he features the pastas and risottos that initially made him famous in our city in the early ’90s. Call ahead to make sure it’s open. 231 Mitchell St. 404-736-6164. www.lunacyblackmarket.com. 7) Eclipse di Luna (Miami Circle location).
Notice the name Luna. This restaurant was actually created years ago by Paul Luna (see above). I lunch here on inexpensive tapas so often with friends that my car feels like it’s programmed with a homing device. Favorites are the glazed, spicy Spanish-style ribs; the plate of charcuterie and cheese; lamb meatballs; and piquillos stuffed with honeytinged goat cheese. But there’s more, much
more. 764 Miami Circle. 404-846-0449. www.eclipsediluna.com. 6) Miso Izakaya. Guy Wong demonstrates
what can happen when a chef loses his timidity and follows his muse. His restaurant has graduated from mediocrity to stardom. Wong was named Chef of the Year recently by Eater Atlanta and Bon Appétit cited him in a list of six favorite izakayas. He has most recently made a hit with his sublime, after-10 p.m. bowls of ramen, which will not remind you of your college dormitory meals. There is nothing on his menu I would not recommend. For a fun and inexpensive taste, stop by, have a drink, and sample the exotic, slider-like steamed buns that will show up in his new venture in West Midtown this spring. 619 Edgewood Ave. 678-701-0128. facebook.com/misoizakaya.com.
5) Holy Taco. This is another spot that went
from ho-hum to addictive. Chef/co-owner Robert Phalen started with a menu of the usual taqueria dishes. Then his head blew up and he went tricky. Holy cow! Try the chicken heart tacos or a short-rib sandwich with local turnips, Manchego cheese, arbol aïoli, and crunchy surprises. 1314 Glenwood Ave. 404-230-6177. www.holy-taco.com.
extra special. Her butter croissant is an utterly amazing obsession. There are also groovy small plates and sandwiches for light dining in the evening. 437 Memorial Drive, Suite A5 (in the rear of the Jane complex). www.octanecoffee.com.
ingredients and the play of flavors makes that obvious. I’m still addicted to the black spaghetti, the daily specials — a panino, a crispy fish, or the daily scallopini. 1545 Peachtree St. 404-888-8709. www.lapietracucina.com.
3) Las Palmeras. I’ve been eating at this tiny Cuban café on a residential Midtown street for most of the 19 years it’s been open. It’s by far the best Cuban food in the intown area. My longtime favorites are the masitas de puerco and the fried chicken. The fluffy tamales make a great starter and try the fried yucca. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday-Saturday only. Call ahead. 368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846.
Other moderately priced favorites: Top Flr, El Señor Taco, El Taco Veloz, Fritti, Chateau de Saigon, Daddy D’z, Pura Vida, the Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Bocado, Super Pan, Sprig, Goin’ Coastal, Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q, Stone Bowl, Peter Chang’s, and, of course, Popeyes.
2) Stir It Up. This newbie in Little Five Points has all I want in a restaurant — complexly spicy food, an amiable staff, (very) inexpensive prices, and a unique ambiance. The Jamaican food is not, as is usual around town, served out of steam trays. It’s cooked to order and, if they can’t cook it to order, they won’t serve it. The brownstew chicken, a dish of salted cod and slaw, and the jerk chicken are among my faves. 1083 Euclid Ave. 404-963-2384. www.stiritupatl.com. 1) La Pietra Cucina. Yep, this remains nu-
4) Octane and the Little Tart Bakeshop.
Yeah, this second location of Octane, the city’s best coffee shop on the Westside, just opened. But it is a new favorite. The coffee’s not cheap, but you won’t find better espresso drinks in the city. Sarah Brown’s bakery makes the place
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mero uno for me. It’s damn expensive at night but lunches are affordable. The chef is Bruce Logue, a Babbo graduate, who calls his cuisine “progressive Italian.” That means he makes no pretense of preparing fastidiously authentic Italian food but he is fanatical about
Pricier faves: Miller Union, Empire State South, Sotto Sotto, No. 246, One Eared Stag, Serpas, and Cakes & Ale.
By way of excursus, this is a good place to explain that after this column, the weekly publication of Grazing ceases and, for the time being, will continue as a monthly column. I have written the column for 24 years, as best I can remember. Elliott Mackle reminded me last week that it’s the longestrunning column in the city. (Mackle, who went on to become dining critic at the AJC, was the original author of Grazing. I hired him to write it during my first stint as editor of Creative Loafing in the early 1980s.) I will also continue contributing to the paper’s Omnivore blog, which I started in the spring of 2007. Meanwhile, you can keep track of my comings and goings — and my personal take on this change — on my personal blog, cliffbostock.com/sacreddisorder. C email@example.com
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of light in the overcast sky, filtering them into fat, shifting beams that spill over artworks leaning against walls, stacked in corners, and sprawled across workspaces. David runs the Fine Arts Atelier, an experiment in teaching for him that’s evolved over three years from a series of straightforward painting workshops into a way of life for David and an unexpected group of emergent artists. “Forty- to 60-year-old women usually aren’t taken seriously and are seen as hobbyists,” says David. “But I found that they could be great if they took themselves seriously. The fact that they had histories, the fact that they were desperate for this and open and sensitive and intelligent made the work grow
in a way that no one ever imagined. They paint like their lives are on the line.” “These are not dilettante housewives,” says Bill Lowe, a longtime Atlanta gallerist and art dealer who curated The Irascible Muse: A Coming of Age ... and fried green tomatoes for his eponymous Midtown gallery. The exhibit features 85 works of art from 17 atelier artists and is the gallery’s most diverse show in its 22-year history. Lowe knows he’s “taking a chance” on these artists. “I haven’t done a group show in years and now I’m showing 17 people no one’s ever heard of,” he says. Since the show’s opening, Lowe has begun representing seven atelier artists. While there are a few male artists active in the workshop, it’s dominated by women who,
hothouse, or greenhouse, can be just about any size or shape as long as it lets in plenty of light. Light facilitates growth; the hothouse accelerates it. “This is a painting hothouse,” says artist and teacher Michael David, gesturing purposefully at the 2,400-square-foot open studio he runs at the King Plow Arts Center on Atlanta’s Westside. The concrete walls and floors and exposed brick of the labyrinthine former industrial complex don’t exactly exude warmth, especially on a grey fall day. But a towering grid of factory warehouse windows finds moments
By DeBBie MichauD TALKING SHOP: Artist and teacher Michael David (center) in his King Plow studio with a few of his Fine Arts Atelier artists.
for the most part, always put marriage and motherhood before individual creative pursuits. “I have been painting off and on for years after my children got to a certain age, but not with this level of focus or confidence or inspiration. I was kind of floundering,” says Donna Horn, an expert, if very self-critical, drawer. “I felt hampered by the fact that I could draw. I wanted to be an abstract painter at a certain point. Michael’s helped me develop a way where I can use my drawing as less controlled, and I have these layers of information and things that kind of reflect who I am.” Thirty-nine-year-old mother of two Erika Page grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Louisiana “where there was zero opportunity for me,” she says. Page’s large-scale abstract paintings are a ferocious crashing of lines, colors, and textures. Her massive works have an engulfing quality similar to a 3-D IMAX movie, the work opening up as if to consume the viewer. “I used to call her a hillbilly Pollock,” says David. “She came in and showed me these paintings and this one photograph that were ... ” “Decoratively sad,” offers Page. “I’ve never seen anybody understand abstraction as quickly as she did, and as intelligently as she did. The transformation of it has been astounding,” says David. A painting wunderkind that came of age in 1970s New York, David was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 at age 30 (at the time, the award’s youngest recipient ever), as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Art Award, among other accolades. David, who has work in a number of high-profile permanent collections, including the Guggenheim and the Met, is renowned for his encaustic painting technique in which he mixes pigment and heated beeswax. In 2001, David was diagnosed with bilateral neuropathy, a result of inhaling the toxic fumes cooked up from heating the wax for his largescale artworks at scorching temperatures. It left both his legs partially paralyzed. An eminently physical painter, David was dropped from his longtime gallery, New York’s legendary Knoedler & Co., and eventually headed south to work as an artist-in-residence at the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment in Palmetto, Ga. There he started a Fine Arts Workshop with artists Scott Browning and Thomas Swanston and “much to my regret I found out that I was really a great teacher, which I didn’t ever really want to be,” says David, laughing. “I mean I got into fistfights with my teachers in college and here I am with some kind of karma.” When David opened the Fine Arts Atelier at King Plow a year later, classes were open to anyone but quickly filled with aspiring women artists. “There is something very specific about the ability of women to form a community and to support each other and at the same time to compete with each other. It’s one of
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LADY IN WAITING: Ellen DeLoach’s “Full Armor”
the reasons why [the atelier] has worked as well as it has,” says David. “Women are the ones who stay, because it is a community,” says Page. While David says he doesn’t believe in masters, there is a kind of guru aspect at play, with all the intellectual and emotional intensity that accompanies such a dynamic. “Michael has that gift to see an individual strength or individual direction within that person and hone in on that,” says Page. “[Membership] was open in the beginning and I’m very protective of everyone that’s here now and what we’re doing. Hardly anybody ever leaves,” says David. Many of the women are vying with newfound ideas surrounding identity in their paintings. The works are affecting, sometimes guarded, often tumultuous, and other times downright haunting. For example, Ellen DeLoach’s eerie self-portraits possess an airy heft, the figures fighting their way out of the abstract hellscapes that form the backgrounds of her paintings.
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“In the history of art it’s not that women were more talented or less talented, it’s just that it’s hard to raise babies and be a wife and be a painter,” says David. “There’s this wealth of incredible talent, work ethic, desire, skill set to organize, manage time, not bullshit, have something to say about a life that maybe you’ve given things up for. Maybe now you have a chance to express yourself. That’s very emotional.” “I don’t know how long it will sustain, I don’t know if it can sustain,” says David of his painting atelier. “I don’t know if it can be institutionalized, but for the current moment, it’s like this touch point, a hot point.” C firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rocío Rodriguez: I can’t say that any of the work I’m doing specifically relates to Atlanta, but I did do a painting five years ago in 2006. I was very upset about the Iraq War and this censoring of images that was occurring in this time period. They were just sort of controlling what we were allowed to see. You have to understand, I grew up in the ’60s, when the Vietnam War was on TV. We saw body bags. We saw everything. I would sit here and think — I’m here in the United States in my studio doing my thing, and some 22-year-old is in the middle of a gunfight right now. Or some young woman is walking home from her place in Baghdad, and she’s going to be blown up. So I spent a long time on the Internet looking at videos and photographs that soldiers posted. I remember one night specifically, I had just been on the computer, and I had looked at some pretty bad stuff, horrible stuff. I remember that night I walked out there and sat out on those steps, and I looked up at the sky. And in Atlanta, you never see the full sky. You only see it in pieces because it’s not like the desert where you can just see the whole thing. So, I’m out here looking at the sky and thinking about this dead soldier that I had
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n early November, New York-based arts nonprofit Artadia awarded $45,000 in grant money to seven Atlanta visual artists. Rocío Rodriguez and Jason Kofke took home the top prizes with $15,000 each. Founded a little over a decade ago in response to National Endowment for the Arts cutbacks, Artadia works to fund and support artists in a few cities around the U.S., including Atlanta. Rodriguez is a Cuban-born painter who has been active in Atlanta’s art scene for three decades. Her wall-sized paintings are strikingly abstract, filled with agitated lines and fractured colors that may resemble urban environments or disastrous scenes though they often refer back to the act of painting itself. Kofke moved to Atlanta five years ago, attending SCAD as part of the first round of students at the Atlanta campus. His ongoing project, Everything Will Be OK, employs installation, graffiti, projection, and other various forms and draws on historic events like the Chernobyl meltdown or the Challenger explosion. We asked them to sit down for a quick conversation and, as the talk turned to the influence of Atlanta on their work, the two artists quickly found common ground discussing the influence of the Iraq War and U.S. foreign policy, international travel, and cultural differences.
BACK AND FORTH: Jason Kofke (left) and Rocío Rodriguez discuss their recent $15,000 Artadia awards in Atlanta at Rodriguez’s home studio.
looked at that day. I did two paintings that related to the fact I was thinking somewhere in that desert in Iraq there are dead soldiers laying there under some amazing sky. And I’m here in Atlanta looking at this amazing sky, but all I see are pieces of the sky here. I was just thinking about this, so I made a painting titled “Pieces of the Sky.” Then, I made this other painting of this man on the ground and this enormous sky above him. That’s the only direct thing I can tell you about being here. The work comes from a global perspective, from constantly looking information up. I’m not just stuck here. Jason Kofke: I think that’s the overlap of our work. What you’re describing is very similar to what I do. If I were alive in the ’60s, I probably would’ve been shot by some military police. RR: You mean because you’d be demonstrating? JK: Oh, yeah. RR: Absolutely. JK: I have a painting that’s similar, the one I did for [street art conference] Living Walls in 2010. It just looks like an airbus. That’s an Iranian airbus that was mistakenly shot [in 1988] down by one of our aircraft carriers, and the captain that year was awarded for protecting the aircraft carrier, but over 200 Iranian citizens died. I feel like by making that work, the point isn’t the work, the point is perhaps the media will pick it up and perhaps it will wind up on
a website and perhaps some people from the Middle East living here in Atlanta will connect and say, “Ah, there is an awareness here in this city.” I feel like I’m in the city, appreciating the city, loving the city, but at the same time somewhat disgusted of the city and hoping not to counter it in a sense of conflict but to use humor and to use empathy to try to say, “Alright, let’s try to make this better morally, socially, not just economically, not just by comfort of more material.” I think that’s how Atlanta plays in. RR: It’s sort of like playing off Atlanta. I am totally jealous of your travels. JK: See, and I went to China [for a residency at the China Academy of Art] as this snotty little kid. I went over with my fixed-gear bike with my tight pants thinking, “I’m an American. I rock. Let’s show the Chinese what culture is.” A year of that completely put me in my place. I realized, not just in Atlanta, but in America we’re in this self-concerned bubble. I had to be really put in my place by contemporaries from other countries. RR: This is why I think travel is so crucial. It’s not just about going to New York and doing the museums and standing in front of somebody else’s artwork. It’s about actually having a life experience elsewhere where you’re taken out from your language, your culture where you’re in a totally new place where you have to use new parts of yourself that you’ve never used before. C Wyatt.Williams@creativeloafing.com
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real, Michel Gondry-esque Paper Thin series, Heagney crafts the world out of construction ith his piercing blue eyes, paper to represent psychological distress. slick photographs, and silver- People float away in paper balloons and tongued spin, photographer swoon in the midst of paper conflagrations. Patrick Heagney, 29, is his “That whole series was about people who own best press. By day, Heagney works as a are at that moment when they realized evcommercial photographer who’s shot national erything they thought to be true they all of a musical meteorites including Janelle Monae sudden realized was not,” says Heagney. In his latest body of work, the tongue and Athens’ Of Montreal for publications such as Atlanta magazine, Architectural Digest, and twister Perpetual Nascency, Heagney returns Veranda. But his fine art photography, now on to his favorite leitmotif. The series was inview at Kai Lin Art, is where he really gets to spired by a Radiolab podcast on “Memory and Forgetting” about the slipperiness of total rock his cerebral cortex. Hailing from Fairfax, Va., “the Marietta recall. “Whenever we remember things, we’re of D.C.” as he refers to it, Heagney mines basically telling ourselves a story about what happened,” says Heagney. the fertile intersection of “So every single time you technology and photogThe ArT of SnAp remember something raphy while consistently Through Dec. 3. Free. Tues.-Fri., you’re in effect destroying reinforcing the idea that 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. an old memory and creatreality is malleable. A Kai Lin Art, 3096 Roswell Road. 404-408-4248. www.kailinart.com. ing a new one.” new breed of photogThe Perpetual Narapher along the lines of German photographer Loretta Lux for scency images, with their heavily lacquered whom Photoshop and hyper-constructed al- magazine page surfaces, suggest a psycheternate realities are second nature, Heagney delic spin on fashion photography in which uses his own technical experiments to delve women sporting tropical fish hues are set deeper into the idea that reality is what we against enveloping black backgrounds. Heagney creates an image of faulty memmake it. Heagney uses his tools of manipuory, using double exposure and long-exposure lation to show how easily our own ideas of to blur his subjects until they become race-less, truth can be shaped and distorted. Heagney’s work often translates interior identity-less abstractions. “There’s not a lot of states onto image, as in the cul-de-sac gothic accurate information left in them,” he says. “There is no truth,” says Heagney, sounding series Homeland’s angst-plagued suburbanites, who look greatly distressed to find like the host of some cosmic quiz show. “We all themselves living in a world of cluster homes have our own interpretations of it.” C and manufactured communities. In his email@example.com
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Sex and the Second City heats up Alliance Theatre
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as Travis conceals his emotions in sarcasm and consumer electronics. Written by Kirk or the fourth year in a row, the Al- Hanley and Maribeth Monroe with Jimmy liance Theatre outsources another Carlson, Sex and the Second City doesn’t recomedy show to the Second City. veal a lot of insight into how social networkFor the past three years, members ing alters courtship, but mines the annoying of Chicago’s legendary improv troupe wrote behaviors of the iPhone age. By spending time with its characters, Sex original, Atlanta-themed material for productions with names like Peach Drop, Stop and and the Second City builds to some warm, Roll. The latest show, Sex and the Second City, bittersweet moments, such as a failing date that turns tender. When Travis and his reboots the format. Rather than string together a grab-bag father (Kross) have a heart-to-heart about of sketches, songs, and one-liners, Sex and marriage, his dad describes the benefits for the Second City’s scenes weave among four married couples to share each other’s brains: characters trying to negotiate love in the time “She becomes your satellite brain. … You of sexting. The format adds more emotional have no idea how much shit I keep in your mom’s brain.” depth to the evening’s Kross emerges as humor, but at the expense Sex and the Second city the ensemble’s funniest of the Second City’s fastThrough Dec. 18. $30-$50. Alliance Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, performer. Dawes, alas, paced fun. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. seems to have been shortPretaped video segwww.alliancetheatre.com. changed in the casting ments frame the evening and receives few memothrough an eHarmonytype dating site called iLove. The iLove rable funny characters. Sex and the Second City name-drops local spokesperson, whose shtick runs through the entire show, turns out to be a famed, beloved landmarks, but doesn’t feature specific conSecond City alumnus (whose I identity I won’t tent about the ATL. The evening I attended, give away). Two awkward iLove customers former Atlantan Roeder improvised an amusrepeatedly endure bad dates. Clichéd nerd ing riff on “The Walking Dead”: “I’m gonna Edrick (Ed Kross) has the profile name “Han load up an RV with a bunch of guns, because Sulu” and works at Medieval Times, while that’s how we respond to tragedy in Georoffice worker Dorinda (Amy Roeder) gushes gia!” If the Alliance hosts the Second City again next year, more Atlanta jokes might be over Renaissance fairs and falconry. While that dorky duo looks for a love welcome, since the previous productions were connection, Allie and Travis (Angela Dawe more laugh-out-loud funny. Hopefully this and Zach Muhn) find their relationship at a year’s Sex will get the juices flowing. C crossroads after dating for a year. Allie seethes firstname.lastname@example.org By CurT HolmAn
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Eric Bachmann’s Crooked Fingers planted in red clay — for now
By Christopher hassiotis
ric Bachmann isn’t the sort to sit still. For more than two decades, the lead of bands Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers has settled in and uprooted from multiple cities, states, and countries. He says he can’t help but develop a strong connection with any place he calls home — though in Bachmann’s world, that’s a relative term. “I feel extremely grateful to be part of Denver, to be part of Seattle, to be part of Chapel Hill and Durham, to be part of NYC,” he says, speaking on the phone while touring to promote the new Crooked Fingers album, Breaks in the Armor. “I feel like the luckiest person. I’ve chosen to live a lot of places, and I don’t leave and end a relationship.” When Bachmann says “home” these days, he means Georgia. It’s partly why he chose to launch the Archers of Loaf 2011 reunion tour at the Earl in Atlanta last summer. But more than anything, his sense of home seems defined less by geography than by the act of creating music and finding people to share in that process. Although he’s recorded in Atlanta before and has friends here and in Athens, Bachmann’s newest roost offers him more than a place to hang out and store his stuff. He’s set up a new Crooked Fingers lineup in his Athens home base that jibes with his aesthetic, and he’s developed a romantic relationship with Liz Du-
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rrett, his bandmate and recording partner. “Liz and I like it there,” he says. “We’ve talked about other places, too, but I think we’ll stick around.” An acclaimed musician in her own right, Durrett recorded her 2008 album, Outside Our Gates, with Bachmann as producer. She handles guitar duties in the current iteration of Crooked Fingers, with Athens musicians Jeremy Wheatley (Je Suis France, the Low Lows) on drums and Matt Nelson (A.Armada) on guitars, bass, and Moog synthesizer. “I really like the way the band I ONE BIG HAPPY: Eric Bachmann (middle) builds community with Jeremy Wheatley and Liz Durrett.
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have now is sounding,” says Bachmann. “The biggest pain in the ass is rehearsing the songs I wrote about 10 or 15 years ago.” When the Athens-based record label Warm released the first two Crooked Fingers releases 10 years ago, it set the precedent for that band’s decidedly more weather-beaten and Americana-influenced sound, compared to the aggressive indie-rock din Archers of Loaf kicked up back in North Carolina in the ’90s. Crooked Fingers’ October release, Breaks in the Armor, was recorded in Athens, but it had its start in Taipei, Taiwan, where Bachmann moved a few years ago out of frustration with the music business. “I was kinda burnt out with everything,” says Bachmann, who’d hired publicists and tour managers to sustain a recording and touring career around the time of his independently released Crooked Fingers album Forfeit/Fortune in 2008. Always eager to act on his nomadic urges, he’d flirted with the idea of teaching English abroad in his 20s. After reaching the breaking point with his career, he decided to live out his past aspirations for one year by heading off to Taiwan, where Athens-based producer Andy Baker was also living. But Bachmann — a guy who spent more than two months in 2005 recording a solo album while living out of the back of his van — didn’t anticipate the challenge of dealing with children in the classroom. “I was teaching kids and realized I wasn’t that good at it. I’m too impatient, so dealing with children is horrible for me. I found right away that I really missed playing music.” When airy folk-rock duo, and former Georgians, Azure Ray got in touch and asked Bachmann to produce its new album, “that kind of gave me an excuse to come back to the States,” he says. “I thought I could do anything for a year. But it only took me a month to start writing again. I bought a guitar about two months in and within minutes of getting home I’d written the very last song on the album.” With its subtle sounds and world-weary lyrics augmented by Durrett’s haunting alto vocals, Breaks in the Armor features some of Bachmann’s strongest songs. Its rustic, barebones production doesn’t veer too far from past Crooked Fingers releases, thanks to the collaboration with Matt Yelton, an Athens technician who holds down a high-profile day job as the Pixies’ touring sound engineer. “We had a similar aesthetic about the album’s sound — just leave the recording alone, run it through some pre-amps, and pull back on anything else,” Bachmann says. In Bachmann’s brief time there, Athens already has left its mark on his music. Whether he leaves an indelible mark on Athens, only time to tell. C
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Ben Trickey When Ben Trickey strums his songs about life on the dark end of the street, a naked sense of honesty fills the air. The characters he invokes resonate with somber timelessness and lingering tones that add depth to his stories. Celebrating the release of his “Cold Wind” b/w “You Are My Sunshine,” “Cavalry” 7-inch on Pygmy Records, Trickey will be joined on stage by a handful of players including Jonathan Griffin, Will Raines, Steve McPeeks, and more. — chaD raDforD BRYAN KELLEY
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Christmas music can be grating, but being that it’s December now, a solid way to ring in the season would be at the third annual Merry Y’all-Tide Celebration. One band, We Three Keanes, offers a unique holiday option: Athens producer and steel guitarist John Keane, best known for his work with R.E.M., Indigo Girls, and Widespread Panic, has for years recorded Christmas songs with his twin teenaged daughters, Rachel and Paige. — chrIs hassIoTIs
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Mastodon brings home Missing Link Music fest aims to spur ATL rock pride
REPPING THE A: Don’t sleep on Brent Hinds (from left), Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders.
Dailor says. “You’d think these radio stations would see the opportunity and say, ‘Let’s grow t’s been a banner year for Atlanta metal this thing here, in their hometown,’ but we’re behemoth Mastodon. The group’s fifth just going to keep doing what we do.” Mastodon is currently on the road with New album, The Hunter, debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 in September, Jersey’s maniacally complex metal heads the achieving greater commercial success than any Dillinger Escape Plan, and Portland stoner of its previous releases without sacrificing its rockers Red Fang, who are also playing the infernal snarl. Not since the group’s September Missing Link. To bolster local support, garage2010 show opening for Alice in Chains at Lake- punk heavyweights Black Lips have been added wood Amphitheatre have Troy Sanders (bass/ along with Tiger! Tiger! and MonstrO. Nepovocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill Kel- tism notwithstanding, MonstrO is Atlanta’s liher (guitar/vocals), and Brann Dailor (drums) latest psych-metal export, in which Mastodon played a hometown show together. That’s about bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders’ brother Kyle folto change, however, when Mastodon headlines lows his lead. The group’s self-titled debut was the Missing Link Festival at the Tabernacle on released in September (Vagrant). Experimental post-garage rock ensemble Friday, Dec. 2. Tiger! Tiger!, whose “AmThe Missing Link is Mastodon nesiac’s Dream” b/w “To a mini-fest organized by With Black Lips, the Dillinger EsWhom It May Concern” Mastodon to stir up some cape Plan, Red Fang, Tiger! Tiger!, MonstrO. $42. 5:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2. 7-inch is out this month hometown pride. “There The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. via Atlanta’s latest indie are a lot of cities that are 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. upstart Pygmy Records, proud of their local rock features Dailor’s wife Subands and get behind their cause when they start doing well, but it’s difficult sanne Gibboney singing and playing bass. It’s all to make that happen in Atlanta,” Dailor explains a family affair in one way or another. Like Mastodon, Black Lips have had an from a hotel room in Montreal just a few hours before playing a show there. “There have been equally triumphant year following the release several times when I’ve met people in Atlanta of the band’s Mark Ronson-produced fifth — in Little Five Points — and they have no idea proper album, Arabia Mountain. This is the first time that any of these that Mastodon’s from Atlanta. They’re like, bands have ever played a bill together, and if ‘What are you doing here?’ It’s kind of weird.” As the year draws to a close, Mastodon’s it works out, they plan to do it again. “I love “Curl of the Burl” single is receiving steady Atlanta,” Dailor says. “I moved here from airplay from Norway to Japan, but Atlanta’s Rochester, N.Y., several years ago and I talk it up wherever I go. I’m always excited to see radio stations remain indifferent. Watching a deserving Atlanta artist fail to bands from here doing well, and hopefully, get local airplay is nothing new around these a fest that celebrates some hometown talent parts: Remember the lack of airplay that Big could help make some progress.” C Boi received when he released Sir Lucious Left Send local music news to chad.radford@ Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty? “That’s sort of the same thing we’re experiencing right now,” creativeloafing.com. By ChAd RAdfoRd
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In the profiteering world of mainstream hip-hop, it’s shocking to hear a record devoid of cynicism. Yelawolf’s uncompromising Radioactive draws on the music he loves most, horror-movie crunk unsuitable for radio. “Hard White (Up in the Club),” produced by Lil Jon, nods affectionately to circa-’98 Three 6 Mafia. Mystical rises from the blunt ashes to deliver an astonishing verse on “Get Away,” while “Throw It Up” resurrects the longforgotten Gangsta Boo. These are not the decisions of a rapper angling for commercial success. Three years ago, Yelawolf was lifted from Gadsden, Ala., with the career-breaking mixtape Trunk Muzik. Here he swaps canned rock guitars for club music with extra horsepower, a natural fit for his superhumanly dexterous flow. Most impressive, Yela’s appeal ranges truly wide, from sweaty ATL clubs to the Appalachian foothills. It’s that intertwining of hood parables and redstate politics that propels Radioactive. HHHHI
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Decision Records/Nia Music/eOne Distribution The muddy thump of true Delta blues has been bottled by Southern soulsters the Revelations, featuring Tré Williams, on the band’s Memphis-recorded sophomore spinner Concrete Blues. Following the catchy retro-soul debut, The Bleeding Edge, producer Bob Perry’s pairing of red dirt, hip-hop hooksters Rell and Tré Williams with NYC’s top session men has produced an LP of social consciousness and relationship fodder. Baritone Williams digs deeper and gets more vocally intimate on ballads “Lonely Room,” “One Reason to Stay,” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Don’t Wait,” making up for the largely absent alternate frontman, Rell. Guitarist Wes Mingus and drummer Gintas Janusonis step up, cementing the gritty blend on the harrowing “Behind These Bars,” while giving Williams a soaring platform on rhythmic jams such as “I Gotta Have It” and “One Reason to Stay.” These Concrete Blues graduate the Revelations novelty to something real. HHHHI — L.M. Gipson
Triple Threat Atlanta by-way-of Brooklyn MC, DJ, and producer J-Live embodies hip-hop’s holy trinity. It’s no coincidence that the cover of his fifth full-length, S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability, pronounced “Spitta”), portrays the man as three-in-one. Some formidable knob-twiddlers (Diamond D, RJD2, Marco Polo, Nicolay) contribute to the album as well. But from the one-man convo between his three personalities on “As I Start” to the effortless flow on “The Authentic” and “No Time To Waste,” it’s all J-Live. He’s best when he’s in a boom bap state of mind. Not to undersell the atmospheric grooves of “Half a Glass” (feat. Lyric Jones); it slows the album’s roll a bit, but the song’s cautionary voice adds depth to J-Live’s freewheeling ascent. “Life Comes In Threes” (feat. Rasheeda Ali) switches into full-on jazz mode, and without a single lyric it’s the LP’s most memorable production, boasting the catchiest flute-backed track this side of Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Shiznit.” It’s this level of musicianship, variety in production, and layers of hip-hop histrionics that make S.P.T.A. an instant classic. HHHHH — Chad RadfoRd
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CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m. $17$19. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. CROOKED FINGERS, STRAND OF OAKS Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. $12-$15. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. MASTODON, BLACK LIPS, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, RED FANG, TIGER! TIGER!, MONSTRO Fri., Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. ROBIN THICKE Wed., Dec. 7, 9 p.m. $30-$35. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-685-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. STAIND Thurs., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $35. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.tabernacleatl.com. YELLE, HOUSSE DE RACKET Mon., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. $20. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-685-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
529 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769 Antagonizers ATL, Hub City Stompers, El Caminos Thurs., Dec. 1. $5 Book Club, Tracy Shedd, Virginia Plane, The good Graces Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $7 Ricer, Pile, The Long Shadows Tues., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. $5 CENTER STAGE 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-875-9364 Dir En Grey, The Birthday Massacre Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m. $25 COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway 770-916-2800 Demi Lovato, We the Kings Thurs., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$47.50 THE DRUNKEN UNICORN 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. Dropdead with Torche, Double Negative, Bukkake Boys Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. $10-$12 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Champagne Champagne, Xperience Sat., Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m. $10 Halmos, Canopy, Sorrowful End Wed., Dec. 7, 9 p.m. $5 THE EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950 Cory Branan, Ben Trickey, The Meeks Family Thurs., Dec. 1, 8:30 p.m. $8 The Villain Family, Megan Jean and the KFB Fri., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. $7 All the Saints, Hollow Stars, The Clap Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $7 Cotton Jones, Quiet Life, Lily and the Tigers Tues., Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m. $10 We the Lion Christ, Lord, Faun and a Pan Flute Wed., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. $5 EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 Arlington Priest’s Holiday Show feat. Rebecca Loebe Thurs., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $10-$50 Charlie Mars, Crowfield Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. $15-$75 THE FIVE SPOT 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100 Tunes 4 Tots feat. BoulderMonkey, Free From Bones, Liquid Marble, Richard Bicknell and the Shakedusters, Toothless Tiger, the Velvet Jesus, Curvature Sun., Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Free w/unwrapped toy Five Spot Jam Session Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Free MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 Black Label Society, Texas Hippie, Coalition Legion X Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. $29.50 The Hot Rods, Jack Hammer, The Accidents Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $10 The Devil Wears Prada, White Chapel, Enter Shikari Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. $13 Obscura, Abysmal Dawn, Enfold Darkness, An Isle Ate Her, Mandroid Academy Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. $13 Critical Bill, Smokehouse Junkies, T.O.N.E.z Flickum Jackal, Bankrupt Records, Bloodtooth Records Wed., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $12 SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 The Elvis Show Fri., Dec. 2, 10 p.m. The Brandy Bros, Joanna Duff, My Cousin The Emporer, Mike Killeen & The Dregs Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. $8 Indecision, The Vegabonds, Sloppy Men Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. $15 C L.A. Guns with Ledfoot Messiah Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. $15 Asteroid Shop Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $5 The Trews Thursdays, 8 p.m. Through Dec. 8. $5 80s Band of Destiny Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 STAR BAR 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018 Jade Lemons, the Crimson, Lust the Head, the
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THURs/1 ANTHONY HAMILTON Carolina soul man Hamilton is cut from vintage cloth. A fine songwriter, a sharp-eared producer, and a damn good singer to boot, his songs are sugary-smooth but transfixing. No wonder soulstress Jill Scott picked “So In Love,” her duet with him, to front her new album. Sold out. 7 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — Gabe Vodicka TERRORBIRD
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FRi/2 DROPDEAD, TORCHE, DOUBLE NEGATIVE, BUKKAKE BOYS Rhode Island’s speed-punk/hardcore elders Dropdead celebrate a 20-year legacy with a full-on display of pissed-off, old-school DIY aggression. Equally chaotic Raleigh, N.C., act Double Negative and Atlantabased acts Torche and Bukkake Boys take turns burning the place to the ground. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS & GUESTS SCOTS’ witty white-trash paeans to roadkill suppers and trailer living sometimes overshadow their musical skill. Frontman Rick Miller’s a six-string ninja fluent in country, rockabilly, and surf. Pouty-lipped bassist Mary Huff’s sultry vocals balance the goofier moments. REPEATS SAT/3. $15. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. — Chris Parker AN EVENING WITH PATTERSON HOOD The cofrontman from the Drive By Truckers goes alone and personal tonight and Saturday. Minus the bombast, you
Yelle plays the Loft on Mon., Dec. 5. get a chance to really hear and understand his often dark, often hilarious, but always fascinating lyrical skills. REPEATS SAT/3. $20. 8 p.m. Red Clay Theatre. 404-478-2749. www.eddieowenpresents.com. — James Kelly
sAT/3 KID CEDEK, DJ EU, SIN DIESEL Atlanta club and dubstep favorite Kid Cedek hosts this anniversary party for Buzz, Sutra’s monthly electronic dance party. Joining Cedek are DJ EU, who has established himself as one of the most diverse DJs in the Southeast, and Sin Diesel, a local favorite who spins everything from electro to Dirty South hip-hop. $10. Free before 11:30 p.m. with RSVP to rsvp@kidcedek. com. 10:30 p.m. Sutra Lounge. 404-607-1160. www.sutraloungeatl.com. — Jonathan Williams
Marques, Them Thangs Thurs., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. Free VINYL 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198 Kevin Rowe, Stefan Cashwell Fri., Dec. 2, 9 p.m. $6-$10
CAPOZZI’S NEW YORK PIZZA 1355 Clairmont Road 404-471-1655 Stark Jazz Trio Saturdays. THE CHOCOLATE BAR 253-A Trinity Ave. 404-880-0809 Caramel Thursdays Jazz Jam Session Thursdays, 7 p.m. CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE 660 Peachtree St. 404-876-3030 529 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769 Justin Chesarek Wednesdays. $5-$7 Thought Criminals, Adam WarRock, Tribe One (of The Pure Soundz Thursdays. Remnant), Dual Core. Ill Botz Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. $5 Russell Gunn Bionic Thursdays. APACHE CAFE 64 Third St. N.W. 404-876-5436 DARWIN’S BLUES 1598 Roswell Road 770-578-6872 Go Go Nights ft. The XO Band Thurs., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. Blues jam hosted by the Larry Griffith Band $5-$10 Wednesdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Big Pooh, The Mighty Network, Produx moree FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS 349 Ferst Fri., Dec. 2, on th Drive 404-894-9600 9 p.m. $5-$10 Take 6 Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m. $22-$42 Tarrey Torae Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $10 NORTHSIDE TAVERN 1058 Howell Mill Road BFD’s Hip Hop Jam Session Tuesdays, re concert o M 404-874-8745 9 p.m. $5 listings online Monday Night Blues Jam Mondays. Al Smith’s Midtown Jam Session Blues jam w/Lola Mondays, 10 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $6-$10 at clatl.com Nathan Nelson & BlonJu Tuesdays. THE BASEMENT 1245 Glenwood Ave. Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck Wednesdays. 404-622-8686 The Breeze Kings Thursdays, 10 p.m. Free Pill, Tuki, Jarren Benton, Jus Nice, SL Jones Sat., Zydefunk First Friday of every month, 10 p.m. $10 Dec. 3 Uncle Sugar Sundays, 9:30 p.m. MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB 1080 Peachtree St. 404-477-1700 DJ Warlock’s Underground Hip Hop Showcase Jim Culliton Sundays, noon. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. $8 STUDIO 281 281 Peters St. 404-524-7247 Anybody Killa, Critical Bill, Smokehouse Junkies, Peters Street All Stars Thursdays, 9 p.m. Free T.O.N.E.z Wed., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. $12 ZUFFY’S PLACE 1860 Corporate Blvd. 404-343-1171 Donna Hopkins Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.
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DWIGHT YOAKAM It’s been quite a while since the honky-tonk man came through town, and without a new album to push, this will likely be a retrospective from a Kentucky boy who understands what country music is really about. $30$200. 9:30 p.m. Wild Bill’s. 2075 Market Street. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com. — JK
CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS This North Carolina string band blends traditional 19th-century AfricanAmerican Piedmont roots with modern sensibility. Lineup changes followed the band’s Grammy win earlier this year, as they prep a new Buddy Millerproduced album which covers Run DMC’s “You Be Illin.” $17-$19. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404 5247354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — CP DIR EN GREY, THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE Japanese metal band Dir En Grey has traversed many rock genres, ranging from the dramatic visual kei of its early offerings to the more experimental and progressive sounds of the group’s latest release, Dum Spiro Spero. The band brings its dynamic show to town, joined by synthpop-inspired Canadian act the Birthday Massacre. $25-$31.25. 8 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — JW
YELLE, HOUSE DE RACKET Call it a global clubpop revolution: Having already experienced much success in its corner of Europa, Yelle’s sights are now fixed on the rest of us. The hyperactive trio is undeniably French — brash, sassy, and maybe just a tad androgynous — but Yelle is leading the international pop panorama with its relentlessly upfront semi-throwback/semi-futuristic electro jams. Don’t let the Katy Perry endorsement deter you; Yelle far surpasses the “Firework” singer in the flair department. $20. 8 p.m. The Loft. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — GV
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Graces Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $7 EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 Roxie Watson, Alex McMurray Sat., Dec. 3. $15-$18 Cowboy Envy Sun., Dec. 4. $10-$12 The Bitteroots Tues., Dec. 6. $7-$10 Diane Durrett and Friends Wed., Dec. 7. $12-$15 RED LIGHT CAFE 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828 Barren River Trio Thurs., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $7 All That Jazz: A Benefit for Open Hand Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. $10-$12 The Ruth Moody Band Sun., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. $15-$17.50 VARIETY PLAYHOUSE 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354 The Whiskey Gentry, the Packway Handle Band, Shovels and Rope Fri., Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m. $15-$17 VINYL 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198 Revival: An Allman Brothers Experience Sat., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. $10-$12
10 HIGH 818 North Highland Ave. 404-873-3607 Funk Royale w/ DJ Romeo Cologne Tuesdays. ANDREW’S UPSTAIRS 56 East Andrews Drive Suite 13 404-467-1600 Dance Hits @ 8 Traxx Disco Thursdays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Free-$5 Acoustic music and DJ Dreams Fridays, 9 p.m. Dance Hits Saturdays, 9 p.m. Free APACHE CAFE 64 Third St. N.W. 404-876-5436 Open Turntables Mondays, 7 p.m.-midnight. $3 EASTSIDE LOUNGE 485-A Flat Shoals Road 404-521-9666 I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It Mondays, 10 p.m. Free-$110 Swine Song Presents Wednesdays. Hot Mess, Dan Brown, Gimpmode, Ployd First Thursday of every month.
BENT FREQUENCY WITH JENNIFER WALSHE Two edgy works by composer/performer Jennifer Walshe: “XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!” (a Lysistrata-meetsBarbie tragic puppet opera) and the premiere of “Atlanta_2089,” a sci-fi piece where the city becomes a quirky techno-research center in a post-polarshifted arctic. $5-$12. 7:30 p.m. Kopleff Recital Hall. 404-413-5901. www.bentfrequency.com. — Mark Gresham
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The Boogie w/DJs Kwasi, Kamal, Mike Swift, Solomon Grundy Fridays, 8 p.m. $5 Millennium Disco Fridays, 9 p.m. $5 EL BAR 939 Ponce de Leon Ave. 678-613-3807 El Bar Fridays Fridays, 10 p.m. HALO LOUNGE 817 W. Peachtree St. 404-962-7333 Industry Night Mondays. THE HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM LOUNGE 644 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-874-5756 Jawsome Thursdays, 10 p.m. Free Ladies Eighties Fridays, 11:30 p.m. Free-$5 LOEWS ATLANTA HOTEL 1075 Peachtree St. 404-745-5000 Live @ Loews w/DJ Tabone First Thursday of every month, 7-11 p.m. Follow Me Fridays w/DJ Tabone Fridays, 6-10:30 p.m. DJ Tabone Saturdays, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 Bootylicious w/DJ Colby Thursdays, 10 p.m. $3-$5 Old Wave w/Stephanie Sweet Thursdays, 10 p.m. $3-$5 w/out password THE RESERVE AT CAFÉ CIRCA 464 Edgewood Ave. 404-477-0008 Taste Tuesdays w/DJ Tabone Tuesdays, 7-11 p.m. THE SHELTER 2101-B Tula St. N.W. 678-694-7435 Dark Industry Night Tuesdays, 9 p.m. $5 / free before 11 80s vs 90s Retro Thursdays. STRIPPED Saturdays. SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 DJ Sky Thursdays. SPANISH HARLEM 262 Edgewood Ave. 404-420-0077 Sangria Sundays w/DJ Tabone Sundays, 7 p.m.-midnight. Free
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Holiday AGLCC ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY Thurs., Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. $10-$15. Melia Hotel Atlanta, 590 West Peachtree St. 404-877-9000. ASO GOSPEL CHRISTMAS Part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series. Features the ASO Gospel Chorus and Real Housewife of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss. Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. $15-$42. Fri., Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. $15-$42. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org. SANTA SAVES CRIMINAL RECORDS C ASSHOLE Chunklet founder and local asshole Henry Owings will
continue his longstanding holiday tradition this weekend: posing for pictures as Asshole Santa at Criminal Records. From 1-4 pm on Dec. 3-4, Asshole Santa and Crappy Jesus will be sharing their ugly mugs for holiday photos that’ll offend your whole family. Asshole Santa suggests to “Bring your dogs, cats, kids, iguanas, birds, etc. We don’t care. We’ll be drunk.” The Gill Durant Xmas Spectacular will perform in the store on Dec. 3 at 3 pm. Dec. 3-4, 1-4 p.m. Criminal Records, 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511. www.criminalatl.com. ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT Atlanta Wind Symphony performs “Wondrous Works of the Season.”. Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m. FREE. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-368-9536. www.ci.roswell.ga.us. CELTIC WOMAN Part of the ASO’s 2011 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series, this famed group will sing the Christmas classics on their first ever symphony tour. Tues., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. $35-$90. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH Part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert series. Thurs., Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. $29-$59. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org. HANDEL’S MESSIAH Thurs., Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. $29-$59. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org. HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY Will feature the music of house band Tortured Soul. Thurs., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. $15$20. 595 North Event Venue & Lounge, 595 North Ave. 404-835-2329. www.595north.com. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Stop by and browse a wide selection of hand-blown glass, jewelry, original art and gifts. Dec. 6-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002. www.artsgwinnett.org. POLAR EXPRESS EXPERIENCE Come enjoy watching the Polar Express movie in a railroad car while our staff entertains you in sync with the movie. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Through Dec. 17. $20. Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth. MOREE www.srmduluth.org/about/events.shtml. On th
THE RINK AT PARK TAVERN The Rink will reside in the garden tent and will be complete with modern amenities for day & night skating, including a heated tent, piped-in music with a mega sound system, and rink-side dining. Through Feb. 28, 2012. $15. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.
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OLYMPIC PARK’S ICE SKATING RINK C CENTENNIAL If you aren’t still wobbly from stuffing yourself with
stuffing, Centennial Olympic Park’s ice skating rink is now open for group skate now through January 29th. A significant one-up from the discoball ambiance of suburban roller rinks, the lights of Downtown’s skyscrapers and the park’s GIANT Christmas tree provide a festive backdrop for skating through the holidays. It is cash only, but an ATM is available on site, and student and group discounts are available on certain days should you choose to bring the posse. Open daily, even X-mas and Turkey Day. Mondays-Fridays, 4:30-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; First Sunday of every month, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Through Jan. 29. Centennial Olympic Park, 26 5 Park Ave. West. 404-222-7275. www.centennialpark.com.
SUPER SATURDAY SHOW The kids C SANTA’S matinee is at 1pm. The grown-up showing is at
10pm. The event includes vintage Christmas cartoons and shorts, Christmas carol sing-alongs, goody bags, snacks, and cider. Help benefit the Plaza Theatre and Toys for Tots. For an additional $10, you can get your picture taken with Santa. Sat., Dec. 3, 1 and 10 p.m. $5-$10. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.facebook.com/reallybigsanta. SCUBA CLAUS Guests can witness the Georgia Aquarium’s diving Santa, Scuba Claus, as he dives into the Ocean Voyager, the world’s largest aquatic habitat. Scuba Claus will also talk to guests during the program. WednesdaysSundays. Through Dec. 24. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL RADIO PLAY Listen to an old radio broadcast of this Charles Dickens’ classic, while the sound effects are reproduced live and the actors even join in for a sing-a-long at the end. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Through Dec. 18. $7-$14. Newnan Community Theatre Company, 24 First Street, Newnan. 770-683-6282.
SING ALONG WITH SANTA Sat., Dec. 3, 10 and 11 a.m. $7. Aurora Children’s Playhouse, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 770-476-7926. www.auroratheatre.com.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE ASO Led by Director of Choruses, Norman Mackenzie, this year will be the 45th anniversary of Christmas with the ASO. Part of the ASO’s 2011 CocaCola Holiday Concert Series, the event will feature the ASO Chorus, Morehouse College Glee Club, Gwinnett Young Singers and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 8-10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2 p.m. $29-$62. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org.
TROUBLE IN TOYLAND A blizzard is on the way, the elves are on strike, and Rudolph has a runny nose! Will Christmas have to be cancelled?. Sat., Dec. 17, 10 and 11 a.m. $7. Aurora Children’s Playhouse, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 770-476-7926. www.auroratheatre.com.
DAVID BENOIT’S A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Grammy nominated pianist David Benoit and 10-yearold piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick perform music from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Fri., Dec. 16, 8 p.m. $34-$65. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu. LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS Once the sun C GARDEN is down and the gardens can no longer be seen,
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ST. ANDREW UMC CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM St. Andrew UMC children’s choir will perform with a reception to follow. Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m..
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ANSLEY MALL - GM sks roommate. to share a 2BDR totally furn bedroom $490/mo Includes EVERYTHING! 404815-7016 OR 404-273-0747 COLLEGE PK South of airport. Roommate needed to share 3bdr house. One person @ $360 per month. Call 770.472.3545 LITHONIA AREA - SM seeks SM to share 4Br/3Ba house. WD, no pets/smkng. Nr Marta. Includes cable, $100 to move in & $110 weekly (678) 760-5688
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Community: Manor at Scotts Crossing Apartments: Applications will be accepted at:
The Peaks of MLK Apartments 2423 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Atlanta, Georgia 30311 Eligibility Criteria:
All members of the household must be 62 years of age or older. Pre-application period: Open Date: December 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM Close Date: December 6, 2011 at 2:00PM Pre-application forms will be distributed on December 6, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Distribution and acceptance of completed pre-application forms will close at 2:00 PM on December 6, 2011. All pre-applications must be completed on site. Annual Household Income: Annual Household Income cannot exceed the following amounts based on the number of persons in the household:
MARTA, Phone, Near Ansley Mall.
DECATUR Completely Furn. room $125/weekly utilities incld. Washer/dryer on site. Mike 678-508-0357
Ledic Management Group is accepting pre-applications for apartment units receiving rental assistance at Manor at Scotts Crossing Apartments. Eligible residents will pay no more than 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent. Manor at Scotts Crossing is an elderly community housing senior ages 62 or older. The community will consist of 100 (1) bedroom apartment homes offering the residents a Fun Relaxing place to call home.
Elderly (AGES 62+):
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Manor at Scotts Crossing SITE-BASED WAITING LIST OPENING December 6, 2011-ONLY
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Priority Categories: Eligible applicants will be placed on the site-based waiting list and will be ranked by the lottery method. The random order in which the applicant is posted by the computer will determine the applicant’s ranking on the waiting list.
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• First, to a resident or former resident of an Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) owned public housing community that has undergone revitalization where there are no longer any AHA-assisted units available as part of the revitalized community, who has not been permanently relocated;
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• Second, to residents of other AHA owned public housing community who are required to relocate due to a scheduled demolition , which is not being done in conjunction with the revitalization of the community; • Third, to all other applicants receiving assistance through an AHA program and is referred to the community by AHA, including AHA Special Demonstration programs; • Fourth, all other applicants. The announcement is being advertised in the Creative Loafing and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to provide the appropriate priority category for their household. Manor at Scotts Crossing will not verify the applicant’s claim for a particular priority prior to final application for occupancy. If an applicant changes his/her preference claim, the applicant will be transferred to the appropriate category and placed at the bottom of that category. If it is determined that the applicant does not qualify for the priority category in which he/she indicated on the application, the applicant will be transferred to the appropriate category and placed at the bottom of the list for that category. Applicants who have committed fraud or have misrepresented the qualifications for a priority will be removed from the waiting list. Request for Reasonable Accommodations during the pre-application process will be taken by telephone on December 6th by contacting 1-901-435-7824 or TTY/ Relay 711. Future re-opening of the site-based waiting list will be publicly advertised. opening of the site-based waiting list will be publicly advertised.
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