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INTERVIEWS 14 Kinky Boots 14 Bobcat Goldthwait 15 Lion, Witch, Wardrobe 17 Kool Stuff Katie 17 Basement Benders 18 Soul Asylum 19 Joe Satriani 19 Denny Laine 21 Harlem Globetrotters

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March Madness Dining Atlanta’s Best Wings St. Patrick’s Day Irish Pub Recipes Georgia Music History Travel Tanzania March Madness

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Around Town MARCH 5, 8, 11, 12 & 13 The Pirates of Penzance

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The Atlanta Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of young Frederic, who upon his 21st birthday has completed his apprenticeship to the Pirate King and wishes to marry the lovely Mabel, the Major-General’s daughter. But, Frederic was born on February 29th, the leap day. Technically, he has only reached his fifth birthday, and must remain with the pirate crew for another 63 years. Mabel promises to wait for him. Visit atlantaopera.org.

MARCH 10 - APRIL 17 Into the Woods

Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville

Into The Woods is a modern twist on the magical fairy tales of the beloved Brothers Grimm. The tale begins when a vengeful witch curses a childless baker and his wife for stealing her “magic” beans; in order to redeem themselves and have the curse lifted from the wife’s fertility, they must seek out special ingredients for her potent potion. While obeying the witch’s commands, they journey into the woods and encounter Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and other fictional favorites. Auroratheatre.com

MARCH 11 - 13

American Craft Show Cobb Galleria Center

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The American Craft Show is the Southeast’s largest juried indoor craft show bringing together over 225 of the country’s most talented contemporary craft makers. Fine craft lovers and collectors shop oneof-a-kind, handmade objects in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor, with special family-friendly activities, all under one roof. Visit craftcouncil.org/atlanta

MARCH 17 - 20

Bobcat Goldthwait Laughing Skull Lounge

Bobcat’s stand up features hilarious riffs on politics, divorce, going broke, and his career as a director of film. His show is a wild ride of fun finding the funny no matter what the situation. Best known for his unforgettable movies that were huge in the 80's, Bobcat has also starred in several HBO specials and a slew of television appearances. Laughingskulllounge.com

OPENS MARCH 19

Doorway to an Enlightened World Michael C. Carlos Museum

In Doorway to an Enlightened World visitors to the Carlos Museum will encounter compelling works of Tibetan Buddhist art, not displayed as individual, unconnected pieces but presented in their proper sacred context, regarded as a “doorway” into a higher world. Among the most impressive objects in the collection are large, giltbronze Buddhas and bodhisattvas dating

from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Visit carlos.emory.edu

MARCH 20

Publix Georgia Marathon Centennial Olympic Park

With over 17,000 registered participants in its first year, the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon was one of the largest inaugural marathon combo races in history. This year’s race winds through some of the most noteworthy Atlanta neighborhoods including Piedmont Park. Start and finish are at Centennial Park. To register online visit georgiamarathon.com

MARCH 26 BaconFest

Dad’s Garage Theatre

Founded in 1999, the kitschy festival has become a fixture in the Atlanta community by combining troughs upon troughs of cold beer; hilarious carnival games manned by the best improvisers in the city; and unforgettable entertainment like a hobo wine tasting, naughty face painting, drunken spelling bee, a scavenger hunt, and more. This year’s event takes place at the 20-yearold theatre company's new home at 569 Ezzard Street, just off of Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. Baconfestatl.com

Southern, European and ethnic cuisine. Each of the thirteen participating restaurants will offer a three-course tiered menu at $15, $25 and $35. Participating restaurants include: Fritti, Sotto Sotto, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun Steak, North Highland Pub, The Wrecking Bar, Parish, The Luminary, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun’s and Wisteria. Visit inmanparkrestaurantweek.com

APRIL 2 & 3

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival Blackburn Park

The Second Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in beautiful Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday, April 3 from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be an Arts & Crafts Market, Food Truck & Vendors, Children’s Village, 5K Run and 1K Walk, Pet Parade, Costume Contest and musical performances throughout the weekend. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is a great place to meet friends, bring out of town guests, or spend time with your family. Admission is free. Last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival attracted more than 10,000 attendees. Visit brookcherryfest.org.

MARCH 28 - APRIL 3

Inman Park Restaurant Week

Participating Inman Park Restaurants

Inman Park is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Atlanta and becoming a major culinary destination. The area is filled with restaurants and pubs offering American,

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On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA March 3 - May 8: Atlantic Station

CIRQUE DU SOLIEL: KURIOS Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios creates a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down. Visit Cirquedusoleil.com/kurios

March 9: Philips Arena

RIHANNA

Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, "Pon de Replay," and continued to demonstrate hit potential in subsequent years with S.O.S. in 2006; Umbrella in 2007; Disturbia 2008. However, it was the singer's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Visit PhilipsArena.com

March 9 - 13: Georgia World Congress Center

ATLANTAINTERNATIONALAUTOSHOW e Atlanta International Auto Show is the largest annual consumer event held annually at the GWCC and one of the nation’s great auto shows, attracting many of the world’s major automotive manufacturers during its five day run. ere will be over 400 new and preproduction vehicles on display on the 400,000 square foot show floor. is event takes place in the C Building of the GWCC. Visit GoAutoshow.com

March 12: The Fox Theatre

THE MOODY BLUES

Rock legends e Moody Blues return to the stage at e Fox eatre this month for the “Fly Me High” tour. e band named the 2016 tour “Fly Me High” to mark the 50th Anniversary of Justin Hayward and John Lodge joining Graeme Edge, Ray omas and Mike Pinder in 1966 as lead guitarist and bassist for the iconic band. eir hits include Nights In White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon. Visit Foxeatre.org

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

e iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled oncourt fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. Visit HarlemGlobetrotters.com

March 19: Lakewood Amphitheatre

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES

From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success. is includes six number one singles and six platinum albums. eir songs are filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them, incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock. Visit LiveNation.com

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Society to host Daffodil Day, a springtime celebration of Oakland Cemetery’s ubiquitous bloom. Join the Historic Oakland Foundation gardens staff and community partners on Saturday, March 19 for an afternoon of learning and expertise.

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Saturday, March 26

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Turner Field Gray Lot Ticket range $1 - $8; $1.25 per ride atlantafair.com Enjoy electrifying adventure, heartpounding exhilaration and endless amounts of mouth-watering funnel cakes. Admire the city lights atop the Towering Ferris Wheel, spin gleefully in the spring air on the Tea Cups and take a magical tour on the nostalgic carousel. Stop by one of the many fair-food eateries to indulge in the savory delights of elephant ears, cotton candy and candy apples.

Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13

MODEL TRAIN SHOW

Cobb Galleria Centre Adults $10; Kids under 12 Free themodeltrainshow.com is is the Southeast’s largest train show featuring six operating model railroads, including one for kids to run. ere will be over 250 tables of model train dealers plus door prizes, raffle layout, and an exchange for guests to sell their trains.

Sunday, March 13

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL

Free; 1 – 4 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center

ATLANTA SCIENCE EXPO

By Marci Miller woodruffcreateatl.org e free Family Festival will feature family-oriented programming led by the Alliance eatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art, including live theatre performances, a read aloud and book giveaway, a sweetheart photo station with props for all ages, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family concert live simulcast and more, all for free!

Monday, March 14

EGG HUNT ON THE FARM

Atlanta History Center Adults $6.50; Children $5.50 Free for Members; atlantahistorycenter.com

Centennial Olympic Park Free; atlantasciencefestival.org

Find science at your fingertips during the 3rd annual Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo, the metro area’s largest free interactive science day. is wildly popular, family-friendly event brings science to Atlanta’s backyard with more than 100 interactive exhibits; hands-on experiments; mind-blowing demos; and a full line-up of live STEAM-themed performances―plus so much more.

Saturday, March 26

NORTHEAST COBB EGG DROP

Sprayberry High School Football Field Free Egg Hunt; Unlimited rides $7 Child Toddlers and preschoolers celebrate communityeggdrop.com

springtime on the farm during our annual egg hunt. Join the search for colorful eggs hidden throughout Smith Family Farm to win prizes. Participate in fun and games like the peep toss, doing the bunny hop, and creating spring crafts. Hop on by and visit the Easter Bunny!

Bring the whole family out for the 7th Annual Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop. More than 90,000 eggs and pieces of candy are spread out and dropped from a helicopter at the football fields at Sprayberry High School. e event begins at 10 a.m., and in addition to gathering up all the eggs, there will be candy, face painting, Kids Zone with inflatable slides and bounce houses. Have your photo taken for free with the Easter Bunny.

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3

SPRING FESTIVAL ON PONCE Historic Olmstead Linear Park Free; festivalonponce.com

e two-day fine arts event will feature over 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, utilizing the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children's area, local gourmet food trucks, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. e event is free, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.

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Saturday, March 19

DAFFODIL DAY

Historic Oakland Cemetery Free; oaklandcemetery.com For a second year, Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the Georgia Daffodil

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ETHEL

March 25 - April 17 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/ethel Ethel is an exciting new show this month at The Alliance Theatre written by and starring accomplished Atlanta performer Terry Burrell. Ethel, is a glimpse into the magnificent and very complicated life of the legendary stage and film star Ethel Waters. A versatile actress who epitomized the glamour of Black Vaudeville while successfully and lucratively crossing over into traditionally white performance venues, Waters inspired directors, singers, and songwriters with her talent and versatility. Waters was the first to record “Stormy Weather” later starring in the remarkable Cabin in the Sky. Terry Burrell brings this amazing performer to life in a one-woman play with music, band, and the larger than life wit of Ethel Waters.

KINKY BOOTS

March 29 - April 3 The Fox Theatre Tickets (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/kinky Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Awardwinner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper, makes its Atlanta premiere at the Fox Theatre later this month. Kinky Boots took home six Tony Awards in 2013 including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Kinky Boots is represented around the world with the Broadway company now in its third year.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL

April 1 - 3 Cobb Energy Centre (770) 916-2800 CobbEnergyCentre.com Menopause The Musical is the comedic celebration of women and the change! Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years.

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SEX WITH STRANGERS

April 1 - May 1 Horizon Theatre (404) 584-7450 HorizonTheatre.com Sex with Strangers is the highly anticipated new production by playwright Laura Eason. Olivia, an attractive, gifted by obscure novelist, is unexpectedly snowbound in a secluded cabin with Ethan, a wildly successful, bad boy blogger turned author. Opposites attract and the chemistry is hot. After a weekend of passion, their literary futures are intimately intertwined, and both must confront the complications of reinventing themselves when the past is just a click away. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame, cyber identity, and big ambition asks: what would you do, and who would you become, to get what you want?

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Ends March 20 Alliance Theatre The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time. The play follows the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. The wardrobe transforms into a magical land while Narnia changes from winter to spring.

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Great places in town to get a good meal without breaking the bank

MARCH MADNESS Dining Guide

other popular Italian dishes including calzones, strombolis, and lasagna. Johnny’s restaurants offer dine-in, take-out and delivery and now online ordering. Go to JohnnysPizza.com nearest location.

Eats

600 Ponce de Leon 404.888.9149 eatsonponce.net

Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs

80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770.321.1177 5697 Buford Hwy. 770.455.8570 Where to get a bite with friends during the Basketball Tournament and original affordable menu items. The 12890 Highway 9 678.580.0434

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Your NCAA Tournament headquarters! Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch the game, to meet friends for a great meal or enjoy drinks from one of their expansive bars. Favorites from the menu include their 1/2 pound hand-pattied burgers, steaks, and fresh seafood. Hudson Grille offers 50+ draft beers, party rooms and 360-degree views of way too many HD TV's. During the tournament they are offering $3.25 pints and $11.95 pitchers of Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.

Twin Peaks

3365 Piedmont Rd. Buckhead 404.961.8946 TwinPeaksRestaurant.com Twin Peaks Restaurant, the rugged mountain lodge known for its ultimate man cave setting and beautiful Twin Peaks Girls, offers highquality comfort food with a wide array of sandwiches and salads to choose from. They have an extensive selection of draft beers served from 32 taps. This is a perfect place to sneak out of the office for a couple of hours during those early round games or after work and get together with friends.

265 Ponce De Leon #A 404.254.5103 NancysPizza.com Eats keeps their menu simple and their prices low. First choose from a variety of pastas. You pay by the sauce which range from $6.00 and $7.00 and includes: marinara, olive and garlic, pesto, Alfredo, creamy marinara, turkey meat sauce and chicken chili. All pasta plates come with garlic bread and you can add on extras from meatballs to chicken breast for just $2 more. They offer Chicago has vegetable some the best pizza in meat and plate dinners too. America thattheir great prized pizza can be found Choose and from jerk chicken, inlemon Midtown Atlanta at Chicago’s Nancy’s. pepper chicken and turkey meatloaf. Their Ponce location has multiple Some of the vegetables include:TVbroccoli, screens and seats inside and 25 on their green beans, and70collards. Vegetable plates patio. Besides great pizza they offer are priced at $5.25 for three or $6.25an for four. assortment sandwiches, appetizers, sal- for A meat andoftwo sides run $7.75 and $8.00 ads. See their Eats ad onis the Back Pagedays for a week three sides. open seven coupons offering and $3 Off online from 11am until$2 10pm.

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Nothing pairs better with March Madness better than Hudson Grille’s signature wings and boneless wings. The boneless wings are tender, juicy, premium pieces of 100% chicken breast, lightly seasoned and fried. Also try their other flavors: Maker’s BBQ, Sweet and Spicy, Thai Ginger, Lemon-AKI, Jerk, Lemon-Pepper and—if you’ve got the guts— ghost pepper insanity. Wash down their wings with one of their 50+ draft beers. During the tournament they are offering $3.25 pints and $11.95 pitchers of Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra!

Hooters

The Wing Factory

Chastain 404.255.4460; Smyrna 770.575.4884; Chamblee 678.580.4300 Dunwoody 404.935.9157 wingfactory.com The name says it all, or most of it anyway. At the Wing Factory, wings are indeed serious business with 25 flavors to choose from. There are plenty of tongueburning options to please pepper pros but there are also enough subtle and complex “alternative” flavors to suit the less adventurous palette. These include: Mild, Medium, Hot, Inferno, Habanero, Lemon Pepper, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, Ranch, Sweet & Sour, Honey Mustard, and BBQ. The Wing Factory was voted by INsite readers as Best Of Atlanta for their Wings in 2015.

13 Atlanta Locations Hooters.com

Taco Mac

Many have tried to copy them but there is only one original. Hooters wings are fresh, never frozen and have been their signature menu item since the first Hooters opened in 1983. Hooters now offers 15 wing sauce varieties on boneless, traditional, naked or Daytona style wings. These delicious chunks of fresh chicken can’t be beat. Hooters is a great place to take in the tournament action.

Founded in 1979 by a couple of guys from Buffalo NY. They stopped in Atlanta by chance and decided to stay and open up a restaurant that featured the great chicken wings they loved from home and the Taco Mac concept was born. Their buffalo wings have been an Atlanta favorite ever since. Taco Mac wings are fresh, never frozen and offered in Signature, Boneless and Jumbo varieties.

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Patrick’s Day 2016

Shamrock ‘N Roll Race

Sunday, March 6 Atlantic Station shamrocknroll.org

The Junior League of Atlanta’s annual ShamRock 'n Roll Road Race raises funds to train and educate the membership of JLA for effective community service as well as to continue its work in the community. There is a Tot Trot at 8am, 5K race at 8:30 am, followed by the 10K at 9:00 am. Dogs and strollers are welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 12 Noon - 1:30 PM atlantastpats.com

Parades, Events and Festivals

begins at noon Saturday, March 14, Peachtree Street at Woodruff Arts Center, and proceeds down Peachtree ending at 5th street. For additional information, visit atlantastpats.com.

Shamrock the Station

Saturday, March 12 Noon - 11 p.m. Atlantic Station atlanticstation.com

Rock 105.7, Guinness, and Meehan's Public House are joining forces for the ultimate Atlanta St. Patrick's Day celebration: Shamrock the Station. Central Park will be turning green with free activities and music all day, including music artists JR JR, Grizfolk, The Strumbellas, Declan McKenna, and All the Locals.

Lucky Fest 2016

Saturday, March 12 Park Tavern spiralentertainment.com

Celebrate Georgia’s rich Irish heritage at the 134th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade features floats, bands of every kind, military units, bagpipe & drum corps, thousands of children, Irish dancers, clowns, high tech firefighting equipment, police units, drill teams, dogs, horses, antique cars, and dignitaries from Ireland. The family-friendly event will feature highlights such as the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and the world’s largest walking flag, which is carried by dozens of marchers. The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade

On Saturday, March 12 join thousands of loaded leprechauns and southern belles in tight green shirts for tons of green beer, live music, DJ’s and outrageous fun. Lucky Fest starts at 1 pm outside Park Tavern at Piedmont Park with music by Ian Schumacher, Radiobirds, Lefty Williams Band and Zale with DJ’s spinning all night

long. Wear your green and get ready to Shamrock the Park! Event is 21 and up.

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receive four hours of complimentary beer and commemorative glass. There will be a DJ, three party areas, favors, fully staffed bars and more. Billed as the best all-inclusive St. Patty’s event in Atlanta.

Limerick Junction

Thursday, March 17 Virginia Highlands limerickjunction.com

Saturday, March 12 & Thurs. Mar 17 Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead fadoirishpub.com

Fado’ is celebrating St. Patty’s Day twice with outdoor events on Saturday, March 12 and Thursday, March 17. The party begins at noon with 10 hours of DJ’s and live entertainment. Buckhead Avenue will be closed down to make room for their six bar stations and music stage. Turnstile, The Josh Brannon Band, Justin and U2 Tribute band Desire will perform.

Cloverfest 2016

Saturday, March 12 Red Brick Brewing atlantanightlife.com

On Saturday, March 12 from 9p.m. to 1 a.m. Red Brick Brewing will host Cloverfest 2016. With ticket purchase

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17 in Virginia-Highland. Limerick Junction hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Day Party each year and this year will be no different as the celebration starts inside at noon and the outdoor festival begins at 4pm. This family friendly event offers face painting and balloon artists from 5 7 pm. Music by Galen Crader, Wes Yoakam, Chris Ricker, Kevin Lewis Band, Mudcat & the Atlanta Horns, plus Van Morrison tribute band Domino.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Thursday, March 17

Open Inside at Noon Outdoor Festival at 4pm LIVE MUSIC FEATURING: Galen Crader • Wes Yoakam • Chris Ricker Kevin Lewis Band • Mudcat & The Atlanta Horns Domino (Van Morrison Tribute)

FAMILY FRIENDLY. Face Painting and Balloon Artist 5-7pm 822 N. Highland Avenue NE • Atlanta • (404) 874-7147

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FOOD

IRISH PUB RECIPES For St. Patrick’s Day

BY BRET LOVE

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RISH PUB RECIPES MIGHT NOT BE the sort of thing you’d want to make at home every day, especially if you’re trying to follow a healthy diet. But on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone seems to like a wee taste of Ireland, and we’re no exception. Nearly 40% of Georgians claim Irish heritage, with Atlanta ranking as the 7th largest “Irish city” in North America. From the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in downtown Atlanta to the even more massive celebration in Savannah, it seems like our home state goes crazy for shamrocks and shenanigans this time every March. With loads of Irish pubs in the city, this year we turned to one of our personal favorites, Rí Rá Irish Pub, to get some traditional Irish Pub Recipes we could share with our readers. From classic fare like the Boxty Bites and Shepherd’s Pie to more modern Irish-American fusions such as the Guinness BBQ Burger, these dishes are virtually guaranteed to inspire an appreciation for Irish culture. Serve them up with some traditional Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day and you’ll have an enchanting taste of the Emerald Isle!

GUINNESS BBQ BURGER

INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds ground beef • 4 soft Kaiser Rolls • 4 leaf cleaned green leaf lettuce • 8 slices of ripened tomato • 8 slices of peeled red onion with the rings separated • 8 slices of yellow onion, with the rings separated and soaked in buttermilk • 1 cup flour • 3 cups canola oil • 4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese • 8 oz Guinness BBQ Sauce (recipe below) • 1 tsp olive oil GUINNESS BBQ SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 4oz Ketchup • 3oz Molasses • 1oz Guinness Stout • Dash of cumin • Dash of cayenne • Dash of chili powder • Dash of celery salt • Mix all ingredients together well and chill. DIRECTIONS: Form the ground beef into 5” patties and season both sides with salt & pepper. • Heat a cast iron or heavy bottom pan with the olive oil until just smoking. • Place patties into pan and sear for 3 minutes on each side • Reduce heat slightly and finish cooking burgers to desired temp. • Heat the 3 cups of canola oil in a deep frying pan to 350 degrees. • Place the flour in a large bowl and dredge the buttermilk soaked rings through until well coated. • Shake of excess flour and drop rings into the hot oil in small batch’s turning them with tongs until golden crisp. • Remove from oil and drain well. • Place the cheese on top of the burgers 30 seconds before finished to melt.

GUINNESS BBQ BURGER

• Place the burger on the bottom of the bun, spoon the Guinness BBQ sauce over the cheese & top with 3-4 of the onion rings. • Lay the lettuce, tomato and red onion on the top side of the bun and serve open-faced.

SHEPHERD’S PIE

INGREDIENTS: 3 LB fresh ground lamb • 1 LB yellow onion diced • 4 Tbs AP Flour • 2 Tbs vegetable oil • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley • 2 cups lamb stock (chicken stock can be substituted) • 2 cups frozen peas & carrots • 8 Idaho Potatoes; 1 cup milk • 4 Tbs butter PIE DIRECTIONS: Heat large pot with oil. • Add ground lamb and brown. • Drain off grease and add yellow onion. • Cook for 3-4 minutes. • Add the flour and cook out for 5-6 minutes. • Add the stock and mix well. • Bring to heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. • Add the chopped fresh herbs, peas and carrots. • Season to taste with salt and pepper. TOPPING DIRECTIONS: Peel and dice washed potatoes. • Bring to boil in salted water. • When tender enough for a fork to pierce through, remove from heat and drain. • Let the potatoes steam off until almost dry. • Mix in bowl with milk and butter. • Season to taste with salt and pepper. • Pour the Pie mixture into a 9×9 baking dish. • Spread mashed potatoes over top and broil in oven for 3-4 minutes or until mashed potato on top is golden brown. • Serve family style with fresh bread, butter and cans of COLD Guinness for a great taste of Ireland!

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SHEPHERD’S PIE, PHOTO BY HEIDI GELDHAUSER COURTESY RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB

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MOVIES

Movie Reviews GODS OF EGYPT (PG-13)

1/2 This bright, energetic, silly slice of Egyptian mythology is like a live-action cartoon – or, with so much of it created in a computer, from settings and crowds to shape-shifting gods sprouting wings and flying, maybe an animated cartoon. British accents add some gravitas, but even Morgan Freeman couldn’t make us take it seriously. “Before history began,” the narrator tells us, the gods came down to earth and lived among mortals. The latter, while not exactly hobbits, are about a foot shorter than the gods so we can tell them apart. Osiris is passing the title of king of Egypt off to his son Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), when Osiris’ brother Set (Gerard Butler), feeling slighted at having been stuck in a desert outpost, brings an army to the proceedings and seizes the crown for himself. And these are the gods! Our peeps are represented by a young thief, Bek (Brenton Thwaites), who aids Horus in one challenge after another, hoping the god will reciprocate by bringing his girlfriend back from the afterlife. The gods’ ability to change into various creatures begins creatively but quickly becomes redundant, as do the battles, romances and everything else. I’m not sure if Egyptian-born director Alex Proyas intended this as a tribute or a middle-finger to his native country. Still, it might appeal to youngsters who have never seen Star Wars, if any exist. –Steve Warren

LONDON HAS FALLEN

 You have to trust your gut. They’re the factual mental notes sitting just below the subconscious. When Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) and agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) brief President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) on the potential hazards surrounding the funeral of the British Prime Minister, they have a feeling that something just ain’t right. But POTUS, along with every other major dignitary around the globe, insists on paying his respect. As your intuition suggests, things go bad almost the moment Air Force One touches down in the UK. With a terrorist plot so intricate, so maniacal that you start wondering if the person behind you is in on it, London is brought to its knees. Director Babak Najafi, making his English-language debut with this sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen, doesn’t give you a second to catch your breath—gun fights, motorcycle chases and helicopter crashes all seam together in a beautiful crescendo of carnage. Once the dust from a crumbled

Westminster Abbey clears, world leaders are dead and the city is in shambles. The determined baddies get their hands on the U.S. prez, promising to post his execution live over the Internet. Butler is his gritty, cheesy one-line-spewing best here, so your sixth sense tells you that things won’t go well for anyone with a Pakistani accent. Those last explosive moments, where agent Banning tries to save the commander-inchief before it’s too late, play out like a level on the Halo video game—spaces are tight, cameras hang over shooters’ shoulders and bullets fly by at break-neck speeds. If you’re looking for the year’s first great action movie, go with your gut and see this one. –DeMarco Williams

RISEN (PG-13)

1/2 Having seen – and been unable to un-see – Hail, Caesar!, I couldn’t help thinking of Risen as the biblical epic that was being filmed within that film, with Joseph Fiennes in George Clooney’s role as a Roman soldier who encounters the risen Christ. (Fiennes’ brother Ralph played Clooney’s director, reinforcing the connection between the films.) Risen opens with a bloody battle scene, soon followed by the bloody crucifixion. As in Cecil B. DeMille’s day, Hollywood’s censors/ratings board cut religious films some slack, as this caters to bloodthirsty viewers while pushing the PG13 rating’s boundaries. Anyway, Clavius (J. Fiennes) is at the crucifixion and when, as foretold, the body of Yeshua (Cliff Curtis) disappears after three days, he’s sent to find it, to prevent an uprising. Once he meets Yeshua, Clavius joins his disciples, his curiosity evolving into conviction. It’s the familiar story told from a different perspective. Also like DeMille, but on a smaller scale, Risen exudes a cheesy, commercial sincerity. That will be enough for many believers. I might have bought it myself if I could have shaken the Hail, Caesar! comparison. –Steve Warren

MARGUERITE (R)

1/2 While waiting to see – and hear – Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, you can torture your eardrums and delight your other senses with a French adaptation of the same true story. Catherine Frot plays Baroness Marguerite Dumont, another wannabe opera singer of a century ago who has enough money that her total lack of talent doesn’t matter. She married a penniless baron for his title and is as blind

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GODS OF EGYPT to his infidelity as she is deaf to her own singing voice. Like Norma Desmond, she has a faithful butler who shields her from reality. After years of hosting charity concerts at home for a close group of wealthy friends, Marguerite (not to be confused with Margaret Dumont, who had her Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers) is championed by avant-gardists with a sense of irony and decides to give a public recital. The delusional diva is tutored by a mediocre tenor whose entourage includes a deaf pianist and a bearded lady fortune teller. Laughable as she is, Marguerite is also kind and generous, so we’re not rooting for her total humiliation. There’s also a young love story between a music critic and a promising soprano, but that remains well in the shadow of the main plot. Writerdirector Xavier Giannoli has set a high bar for the Stephen Frears/Streep version to compete with. It’s too early to start my Top Ten list for 2016 but I’ll be amazed if Marguerite doesn’t find a place on it. –Steve Warren

CREATIVE CONTROL (R)

 If you think texting is making our highways dangerous, wait until drivers are wearing glasses that let them see alternate universes or read masses of data about this one. Why look at other cars when there’s a naked (virtual) sex partner in front of you? Creative Control is about the marketing of Augmenta, a variation on Google Glass. The head marketer, David (writer-director Benjamin Dickinson), cheats on Juliette (Nora Zehetner) with an avatar based on Sophie (Alexia Rasmussen), the girlfriend of his best friend Wim (Dan Gill), a photographer who’s having an affair with a live model. You could say this is another take on the plot of Her, but what appealed to me most is how Dickinson combines old and new. The excellent cinematography is mostly in black-and-white. The music is mostly classical, with more Vivaldi than I wanted to hear this year; but the song that played in my head as I watched was “As Time Goes By,” because despite the hightech trappings the basic issues involve love and sex and careers: “The fundamental things apply.” This is the kind of movie you might stumble on in a festival and wonder why it doesn’t get released when it’s so much better than most of what’s out there. Creative Control is getting released, so show Hollywood that Juliette v. Sophie’s Avatar is as worthy of attention as Batman v. Superman. –Steve Warren

RACE

 The great ones make it look easy. Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens. When the cameras turned on, they somehow shut everything out. Yes, their physical feats were second to none—but that’s not what was most amazing about them. These courageous souls looked hate squarely in the face every day and never flinched at the name calling and spitting. This feel-good flick from Stephen Hopkins tiptoes around this fact with Owens (Stephan James) but it never really digs its track spikes into it. Jesse was a once-in-acentury talent rising in the 1930s, a time when domestic unrest was only rivaled by the atrocities in Hitler Germany. His story deserved more nuances. Instead, it feels like Hopkins simply went down a Hallmark Channel-approved checklist — let’s see, we need a colorblind white inspiration (Jason Sudeikis as Ohio State track coach Larry Snyder), a moral dilemma (go to the ’36 Berlin Games or no) and lots of reflective whiskey drinking — and took off. With #OscarsSoWhite, Donald Trump antics and questionable police practices making daily headlines, this movie should have left more of an impact once it crossed the finish line. But that’s impossible to do when you’re running around with the same Hollywood clichés. –DeMarco Williams

KRISHA (R)

 Krisha is the kind of uncompromising indie film you either like or you don’t. I didn’t. While it features an amazing central performance, this overextended family drama suffers from editing that breaks up scenes without regard for sequencing and unnerving music better suited to a horror movie. Krisha (pronounced like Lucretia without the Lu) returns to her Texas family on Thanksgiving Day after an absence of years. “I stayed away while I was healing myself,” she explains, but it’s obvious the effects of rehab will be fleeting. Dinner is at the Texas home of her sister and brother-inlaw. The relationships of most of the dozen other guests are left to your imagination, but it becomes clear that Trey (writerdirector Trey Edward Shults) is the son Krisha (played by Shults’ actual aunt, Krisha Fairchild) abandoned. Her brother-in-law calls her “a leaver, an abandoneer,” during a long conversation in which he goes from happy and supportive to grumpy and critical, and Shults cuts away to other scenes in


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STROLLING DOWN MEMORY ROAD BY BENJAMIN CARR

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ECAUSE OF NOSTALGIA FOR the 1990s, viewers now find themselves in the back of a white Bronco with O.J. Simpson or back on a confusing path toward the truth alongside FBI Agents Mulder and Scully. Or, most frightening of all, you could end up visiting Fuller House. You do not want to visit Fuller House.

FULLER HOUSE (Netflix)

which Krisha helps cook the turkey, snoops and eavesdrops, smokes and takes pills. The film’s semi-autobiographical nature (Krisha is a composite character based mostly on a cousin, Shults says) suggests things ended happily in real life. Fairchild gives a great performance that should get her roles in better films, but I wonder if she’s intentionally made to look transgendered, or at least androgynous, as suggested by her opening, makeup-less closeup. Nothing in the plot suggests it but it’s hard to overlook. That the film won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at last year’s South-bySouthwest Film Festival must have been due to home field advantage. –Steve Warren

ONLY YESTERDAY (PG)

 Japan’s Studio Ghibli has something of a cult in the U.S. among anime fans. (I’m not a cult member but their When Marnie Was There was my favorite animated film last year.) Landmark Theatres recently hosted a series of their greatest hits and now is showing one that was made 25 years ago but never released in North America. Only Yesterday is a charmer with an odd narrative structure that seems designed to allow the insertion of commercial breaks for television. Check the schedule to see when they’re showing the original (subtitled) Japanese version and when the new version dubbed into English, featuring the voices of Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel. Taeko (Ridley) is a single, 27-year-old Tokyo office worker. Taking a vacation trip to the country to work on a farm, she reminisces through long flashbacks about the year she was in fifth grade, when she had her first taste of love and pineapple. She also had her first period, and a long segment about that in an otherwise family-friendly (though probably more enjoyable for adults) film brings the PG rating into question. Once she meets Toshio (Dev Patel), who gave up office work to be an organic farmer, the outcome is hardly in question, but there are several more flashbacks and other diversions along the way. As she reevaluates her life choices, Taeko is essentially the female version of Zac Efron’s character in Dirty Grandpa; but she has a clean grandma to help her. –Steve Warren

TRIPLE 9 (R)

1/2 Atlanta plays itself in Triple 9, a collection of action scenes, many of them terrific, in service of a plot that’s far too complicated, with too many characters to know or care about. When a major villain is revealed

toward the end, the viewer’s response is less one of surprise than “Who was he again?” The Russian Mafia, or at least its Jewish auxiliary (which someone calls “La Kosher Nostra”), is led by Kate Winslet (going full Streep with her accent). They hire a gang, some of whom are cops, to rob a bank, then force them into a second heist, from a Homeland Security facility. The title refers to the police code for “officer down,” which the gang plans to use as a diversion during their second caper. Woody Harrelson is a top cop leading the investigation. His nephew, Casey Affleck has just transferred to the precinct and is partnered with Anthony Mackie, who’s in the aforementioned gang, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus and others. There’s also a mention of a “Mexican Mafia,” though all we see are a few thugs protecting their barrio turf. Australian director John Hillcoat, who also shot Lawless here, knows how to make it look good, but I doubt even screenwriter Matt Cook could pass a quiz on the plot’s details. –Steve Warren

THE WAVE (R)

1/2 Just as everything sounds sexier when you say it in French, a disaster movie becomes an art film when it’s in Norwegian. Even though Norway submitted it for the foreign language Oscar, The Wave has more in common with a typical disaster flick than what passes as serious cinema. It’s less trashy – hence less fun – than San Andreas, and less arty than the tsunamily tsimilar The Impossible. A prologue cites disasters in which mountains have crumbled into fjords and the resulting waves have destroyed lowlying towns. Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is a geologist at the Early Warning Center, but he’s moving to the city to work for an oil company. No one else at the EWC is able to recognize warning signs and they have no disaster plan other than to push the red alert button, giving the town of Geiranger ten minutes to evacuate before being inundated. Fortunately Kristian’s still around to help when the Big One comes, but he and his young daughter get separated from his wife and teenage son as everyone heads for the remaining hills. It happens at night, reducing the demand for detail in the special effects. The movie peaks too early with the wave, so the second half is mostly about the family trying to reunite, largely ignoring the many dozens (at least) who died and the responsibility of some individuals in causing the deaths of others. Sure, blame it all on Mother Nature, not maternal instincts. –Steve Warren

Olsen twinless revival of Full House, whose dismal 13 episodes debuted at the end of February, answers all the questions of that original series that no one ever posed. These questions include: Whatever happened to DJ Tanner after high school? Is neighborhood nuisance Kimmy Gibler now in a bad marriage with her Latin lover? What would Stephanie Tanner’s deejay name be? Did Comet the Dog have grandbabies? The questions you will find yourself asking: Why does this show exist? Could it be anything more than a transparent grab for cash? Candace Cameron Bure, lately a cast member on Dancing with the Stars, returns to her role as dream teen DJ Tanner, now a widowed veterinarian mom with three precocious boys of her own. Feeling overwhelmed, her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy move in to help her tame the brood with a mixture of hugs and catchphrases. Lots of catchphrases. Everybody who didn’t have a catchphrase during Full House gets one in Fuller House. And they repeat it constantly. The opening episode of the show reunites most of the original members of the classic sitcom’s cast except for the Olsen twins (who receive hateful asides for skipping out on this nightmare).

The original Full House may not have been sophisticated, clever or entertaining. Fuller House feels cynical, vile. Even though the actors are committed, particularly Andrea Barber (who is trying her damnedest to make this thing work), the characters feel trying and cliched.

THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON (FX)

On brighter notes and better shows, The People vs. O.J. Simpson is an absolute blast. It’s fascinating, intelligent, well-performed and wellwritten. It’s an interesting look at a multilayered and complicated court case - and the culture that it spawned. It also feels tawdry and over-the-top. Nearly every performance is spot-on, though my favorites are Courtney B. Vance and David Schwimmer as defense lawyers Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian.

THE X-FILES (Fox)

The X-Files revival, which just ended its sixepisode run, was a little bit messier. Aspects of it were confusing. It ended on a cliffhanger. But, all in all, it felt good to be in the company of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson again.

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THE FALL: SERIES 2 With The X-Files revival, NBC’s Hannibal and this critically-acclaimed BBC series, Gillian Anderson has made a stellar comeback. Season two of this gripping crime drama features the best performance of her career: Her Detective Stella Gibson is confident, intelligent, and perfectly self-aware, waging a psychological battle against serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). Don’t expect the intense action and over-the-top drama of American TV shows: This is more like an exquisitely paced chess match, with a huge payoff in the end. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE COMPLETE SEASON Two Robert Rodriguez has made a career out of gory, DIY movie fun, taking B-grade camera tricks (and actors) and creating genre action epics. He’s done it again with this TV adaption of From Dusk Till Dawn. In the second season, bank-robbing brothers Seth and Richie have split up, but they’re both still dealing with vampires south of the border. Rodriguez regular Danny Trejo shows up as The Regulator, and there are creative cameos from Demi Lovato and Gary Busey. It’s not exactly highbrow drama, but it’s a lot of fun. THE IRISH R.M.: THE COMPLETE SERIES of on our PBS’ movie reviews at Originally airedSeeinthe therest U.S. insiteatlanta.com/movies.asp Masterpiece Theatre from 1983 to 1985, this classic British dramedy follows retired Army officer Major Sinclair Yeates (Peter Bowles),

who takes a job as Resident Magistrate in West Ireland in 1895. The series finds charm and humor in the rural community’s colorful characters as well as cultural misunderstandings between the British Major and the Irish locals. Filmed entirely in County Kildare, the 6-DVD Complete Collection is delightful and includes a bonus making-of featurette.

RACING EXTINCTION Louie Psihoyos’ Oscar-winning directorial debut, The Cove, proved the difference filmmaking could make by confronting complex environmental issues. Racing Extinction follows his passionate team of activists as they address climate change and the international wildlife trade. Once again they put themselves in harm’s way in pursuit of their story and offer sustainable solutions to devastating problems. The results are informative, inspiring, and MUCH more thrilling than the new James Bond flick. TOGETHERNESS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON The Duplass Brothers have turned in some impressively dark indie comedies(see: The Skelton Twins, Safety Not Guaranteed). With Togetherness, the writing/directing/producing/ acting duo has turned in a refreshingly original half-hour TV comedy. Brett (Mark Duplass) is an uptight sound engineer married to Michelle (Melanie Lynskey), who’s trying to find herself as a stay-at-home mom. Her wild sister Tina (Amanda Peet) moves in at the same time Brett’s best friend has squatted on their couch. Nuanced and thoughtful, Togetherness is as satisfying as their movies.

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STAGE

ADAM KAPLAN, STAR OF KINKY BOOTS

Speaks to INsite about the Broadway Smash Hitting Atlanta this Month

BY ALEX S. MORRISON

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INKY BOOTS, THE SMASH-HIT musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Book) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper, makes its Atlanta premiere at the Fox Theatre later this month. Kinky Boots took home six Tony Awards in 2013 including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper), Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell), Best Orchestrations (Stephen Oremus) and Best Sound Design (John Shivers). We spoke with Adam Kaplan who plays Charlie in one of the show’s lead roles. When you did you discover your love of theatre and what was it that originally drew you the craft? I started performing in my middle school’s production of Oklahoma, when I played Curly. As a side note to any 13-year-olds out there,

I wouldn’t recommend trying to do Curly. My voice was changing and I was constantly jumping octaves mid-song! My love for theatre started a few years before that. My dad took me to see West Side Story at our local high school and I was hooked. I was taken by the whole spectacle— the acting, singing, dancing, and drama of it all.

At what point did you realize you might want to try doing this professionally? It was probably around my junior year of high school when I realized that this is what I wanted to study in college. But my parents will tell you that, for as long as they can remember, performing is all I ever said I wanted to do when I grew up. My parents were incredibly supportive in making the transition from performing as a hobby to what is now my profession. I also owe much of my success to my teachers and classmates at Elon University. They kicked my butt and made sure I was ready for this tough industry. What was it like when you finally made it to Broadway and performed in Newsies? My life changed when I made my Broadway debut. Performing was my first love and, while Broadway was obviously the goal, I was realistic about the fact that very few people actually make it. The night of my debut is a blur, for sure. But what I do remember is taking my bow and seeing my friends and family in the audience and just beaming. Newsies will always hold such a special place in my heart— it was

arguably the best two years of my life. We’ll see if that holds true after this tour!

What can you tell us about Cyndi Lauper’s music for the show? I’ve heard it’s very Getting the lead role in the first national different from that of traditional Broadway tour of Kinky Boots is obviously huge for your musicals. How would you describe it? career. What sort of process did you have to go Cyndi’s music is spectacular. She certainly through in order to get the part? knows how to write a song. Yes, you’re correct This is a huge step forward in my career, in that in doesn’t match the traditional music for sure. I was doing a production of How to theatre style. She looked at what was hip and Succeed in Business Without popular on the charts today Really Trying in North and drew from her own Carolina when I was told inspiration in order to create March 29 – April 3 there was an opportunity to our Tony Award-winning score. Yet, what’s so wonderful audition. I was able to fly to The Fox Theatre about the music is that just like New York on my day off and Foxtheatre.org any other musical, the songs sing and read for the team. drive the plot and are infused I had to fly back to North with real grit and emotion. Carolina that afternoon to do a show, but was able to come back to New York The original film version of Kinky Boots was for callbacks. It was a whirlwind process! not remotely a smash hit. Why do you think the Broadway musical version has emerged as Can you talk a little bit about your character such a surprising success? Charlie Price and the basic storyline of I can’t speak for why the film wasn’t as the show? successful as our production. However, I Charlie Price reminds me a lot of Pippin in do think that our producers assembled one that he is searching for his purpose. He is a of the finest creative teams around. Jerry people-pleaser and, while he may seem selfish Mitchell, Harvey Fierstein, Stephen Oremus, at times, he really only is trying to do what’s and Greg Barnes– who are all musical theatre best for those around him. His father passes royalty– made our show pop, move, and more away and leaves him the family shoe factory, importantly take the audience on a journey a job that he desperately wants nothing to that preaches love and acceptance. Add Cyndi do with. Just when it seems that Charlie will Lauper’s music to the mix and I think you have have to close the factory he bumps into Lola, your answer as to why people can’t get enough a fabulous drag queen, and together they start making Kinky Boots! of the Boots!

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CALL ME BOBCAT

Wildly Unpredictable Comic/Filmmaker Bob Goldthwait Does it His Way

BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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OMEDIAN BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT IS best-known for his rein in the ‘80s as a wildly uncontrollable, decidedly unconventional alternative comedian. In the ‘90s, he expanded his brand to include directing and screenwriting with shifts as director of Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a string of off-beat films. Over the years, his raging ‘80s stage persona has tempered substantially and his current stand-up shows feature a relatively calm performance. Currently “Call Me Lucky,” his latest movie making the rounds of festivals and ondemand viewing, is a documentary about unsung comedic hero and mentor Barry Crimmins. Goldthwait spoke with INsite by phone from his home in California.

to start the movie. It wouldn’t have gotten made if it weren’t for Robin.

It’s a great story. They say there’s a dark side to comedy but this movie also explores the inner rage of comedy. Yeah you know there’s the angry comic and the selfloathing comic, but then there were guys like Barry and myself, I’m sure in my early career, who had this rage. I figured out his story when he disclosed to me about his abuse. Then I had a sense of relief because I knew then that he was going to start taking the steps to move on and get that rage out of him.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT

For those that didn’t know him how do you describe Boston’s Ding Ho comedy scene he presided over? MARCH 17-20 It was the Wild West. The Ding Ho Barry Crimmins may not be a household Laughing Skull Lounge was a comedy club in Boston and Barry name, but he sure has meant a lot to booked it. He really was a gatekeeper. If several generations of comics. LaughingSkullLounge.com he thought you were being derivative, Yeah, I’ve wanted to tell my friend’s story you wouldn’t get on stage. But it was but I also wanted to make sure he knew how also insane because we’d do the comedy much he means to me - and it turns out to a show - and he was a pretty hard-drinking guy - so we would lot of people. lock up the club and then it was just Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s really crazy that we all survived it. And one of those people was your good friend Robin Williams. I had been talking about doing a documentary on Barry for You were doing so-called alternative comedy before there was even a term for it. How did you see it in retrospect? a long time and I was talking to Robin about maybe doing Yeah all the alternative comics came along and I think it as a narrative, like a movie with someone playing him, it’s about the third generation now. I’m very flattered they because I didn’t want him to have to relive the trauma of his include me. It’s funny to me because it’s like I’m the Iggy Pop life. I actually, sort of not-so-secretly, wanted Robin to do it. And that was years ago, like in the mid-‘90s. I finally made it of that scene or something. It’s nice. the year Robin passed away and earlier that same year, Robin said “Why don’t you make it as a documentary?” I said, “Well Your stand-up - and now your films - definitely inhabit an alternative mindset. I don’t have any money.” So he actually gave me the money PG 14 • March 2016 • insiteatlanta.com

Yeah and a lot of more mainstream comics get really bitter about it, that attitude. It’s like the idea is if you can go on to any club and just crush it, that’s what makes a good comedian. I say bullshit. I think a good comedian - or what I like in a comedian - is somebody that challenges everything, even the way we think and they ask you to think differently too. I think a lot of the audiences I get up in front of might prefer that I do the act I did in the ‘80s. But I’m not interested in that. I’ve always tried to do what has interested me. Set the record straight for us. Did you ever retire from stand-up or were you too busy with filmmaking to go out on tour? I do stand-up now so I don’t have to do the kinds of movies and stuff I did when I was a young man (laughs). Now I’m getting back out more and it’s really is fun again for me and that’s cool.


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C hi l d T iC k e T s

CLASSIC COMES TO LIFE

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Hits Alliance Theatre

BY MARCI MILLER

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HE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE Warrobe is now showing at the Alliance Theatre through March 20. This timeless fantasy adventure is the first book in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by acclaimed author C.S. Lewis. Based on that beloved novel, this magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time. The show is directed by Rosemary Newcott, the Alliance’s Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth and Families. A longtime member of the Alliance artistic team, Newcott has directed dozens of productions such as A Christmas Carol, The Grimm Lives of the Inbetweens, Charlotte’s Web, The Wizard of Oz and many more. We recently got to speak with Rosemary Newcott and she gave us a behind-thescenes look at this amazing show.

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C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most beloved stories of our time.

must sometimes come about very swiftly - and of course – some scenes are left entirely out. It is also an extremely physical piece, so it demands a lot from all of the performers. Putting all the pieces together in tech to make sure every moment is as perfect as possible. Also, we recognize that this play will be watched by a very generationally diverse audience, so we have tried to see it through many eyes.

What can audiences expect to see in this production of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe? This production is actually a very THROUGH MARCH 20 Without giving too condensed version of the much away, tell us Alliance Theatre book. Since a prominent about the show’s sets theme in the book is alliancetheatre.org and costumes. “transformation” all the Beautiful, minimal actors play more than set pieces establish one character and often also become part locations. I am particularly in love with of the environment. Scenes move in a fluid manner between England and Narnia. the transitions from winter to spring. The White Witch is indeed icy and white and There is beautiful cinematic original statuesque. Aslan is noble and strong musical composition by Kendall Simpson. and embodies physical qualities of lion Most of the costume design is minimal to and man. facilitate swift physical transformation.

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This is such a beloved story, tell us the pressure you feel to get it right for the audience. It is indeed a beloved story and the entire company and design team have approached this venture with great love for the book. The book has been present with us every day of rehearsal and throughout the process we have returned to its pages to clarify motivation or further enhance an image we are trying to communicate. We strive to honor its integrity. What are some of the challenges you faced in bringing the story to life on the stage? Since it is such a short version, episodes

How was it working with the children actors? I have not cast any children in this production. It is impossible to use many because our performances are primarily in the day during school days. We have professional adult actors playing the child roles. What makes the story so timeless and how does it relate to modern times? C.S. Lewis takes us on a fantastical journey, but also references familiar values and overall we recognize the power of good. This is relative to us wherever we are in history.

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don’t miss our FREE Family Festival on March 13! step into narnia and experience Free Family programming at the woodruff arts center, featuring acting workshops, The Lizard & El Sol performances, music for the Very young performances, free admission to the high museum of art and much more!

For more information on Family Fun at the Woodruff, visit woodruffcreateatl.org

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insiteatlanta.com • March 2016 • PG 15


MUSIC

Album Reviews

REVIEWS BY BRET LOVE, LEE VALENTINE SMITH AND JOHN B. MOORE

RAY LAMONTAGNE

Ouroboros (RCA Records)

The ouroboros is an ancient symbol (often associated with Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Hinduism) depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Rich with religious and mythological history, it is said to symbolize the cyclical nature– the destruction and renewal– of a being that constantly reinvents itself. It’s a fitting title for the 6th album from Ray LaMontagne, the soulful singersongwriter whose 2004 debut, Trouble, drew comparisons to Stephen Stills and Nick Drake for its melancholy folkblues sound. Subsequent albums found him venturing into Otis Redding-style arrangements, adding horns and strings, and rocking out with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. LaMontagne continues to push his music in different directions on Ouroboros, which was co-produced by Ray and Jim James of My Morning Jacket. It opens with “Homecoming,” a slow-burning 8-minute meditational whisper (“comforting sounds when the lights are down,” to quote one lyric). But he wisely counters it with the funky “Hey, No Pressure,” the sludgy stoner rock of “The Changing Man,” and the dreamy Beatlesque psychedelia of “While It Still Beats.” The second half of the 8-track album is decidedly more downtempo. “In My Own Way” seems like a tribute to Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” (from Meddle); the instrumental “A Murmuration of Starlings” boasts some beautiful blues guitar work; and the closer, “Wouldn’t It Make a Lovely Photograph,” is a lovely ballad about that feeling of being right where you belong. Twelve years into his career, Ray LaMontagne continues to experiment with styles, yet Ouroboros feels like one of his most cohesive records to date. With the myriad ‘60s musical references, it almost makes you wonder if a concept album is coming soon.

EMITT RHODES Rainbow Ends

(Omnivore Records) In the incredible 43-year interim since singersongwriter Emitt Rhodes last released a record, music has sustained an enormous amount of stylistic shifts and innovations but good songs and memorable melodies are never obsolete. Those lingering PG 16 • March 2016 • insiteatlanta.com

qualities were synonymous with the reclusive musician during his productive period in the late ‘60s with the Merry-GoRound until his ultimate disappearance in 1973, mired in label litigation and creative frustration. Four decades later his new album shows no discernable decrease in Rhodes’ mastery of intelligent baroque pop. But he’s no longer the fresh-faced boy as seen in clips from the Hollywood Palace or the studio stickler with the Rundgren-esque penchant for playing most of the instruments on his records. Today’s Rhodes is a scarred-butsmarter 66-year-old tunesmith, slightly grizzled by life’s injustices but fawningly surrounded by a number of the folk-rocklovin’ musicians he originally inspired. Of course his overwhelming Beatles and Brian Wilson influences remain unchanged. If anything, his distinct McCartney-isms are closer to the surface than in any of his previous material. This collection is culled from a stack of tracks that were supposedly inspired by a broken heart. Thus the context of most of the songs is a sober, decidedly adult, look at the end of a relationship. Standout moments include “What’s A Man To Do,” “I Can’t Tell My Heart” and “The Wall Between Us” as he ponders the universal aspects of post-affection anguish. Joined by an able cast of like-minded characters (Susanna Hoffs, Roger Manning, Jason Falkner, Aimee Mann and Jon Brion among others) the album is a melodic delight from start to finish. Rhodes’ return is solid proof that love - and the lack of it – is timeless fuel for the truly sensitive soul. Lee Valentine Smith

JENNY GILLESPIE

Cure For Dreaming (Narooma Records)

Long before Tori Amos started writing about fairies and mysticism, she was one of the ‘90s most original musicians to ever take a spot behind a piano. Judging from her latest, “Cure For Dreaming,” Jenny Gillespie may be the second coming of Amos. The album manages to combine elements of jazz, pop, folk and ‘70s-era California rock. “Cure For Dreaming” is a grab bag of experimental music that works more often than it doesn’t. With vocals the leak out, sometimes in near whispers, Gillespie covers themes of marriage, motherhood and even spirituality (no worries, she stops short of singing about fairies here). While the music is beautifully hypnotic, it’s the lyrics that really help Gillespie stand apart with vivid stories and compelling character unfolding in 3-and 4-minute lifespans.

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For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder (Freaks R Us)

You don’t immediately think funk when you hear the album title “For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder,” but from the opening bass lines of “Forces of Oppression” through the next eight songs, funk is front and center in this post punk

hybrid from 1980. The shortlived British punk collective The Pop Group c o m b i n e d funk, jazz and industrial rock, long before the latter genre had a name, with quasianarchist politics and despite only putting out two records and a handful of singles before splitting up in 1981, the band was highly influential in underground circles, helping to inspire everyone from Sonic Youth and Nick Cave to the Minute Men and Nine Inch Nails. The re-release of this sophomore album (originally out on Rough Trade) finds the material still impressively original and fresh, even more than three and a half decades after its initial release. Beyond the abrasive guitars, the random saxophone squawks and off kilter vocals, are songs brimming with substantive messages about war, greed and police corruption. The record has long been out of print on CD and vinyl, so the re-release is long over-do. While the band, reformed as of 2010, was never as famous as peers like Gang of Four or PIL, “For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder” is proof enough that the group deserves another shot.

THE MIAMIS

We Deliver: The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974 – 1979)

(Omnivore Recordings) When folks do the roll call nowadays of bands that stalked the stages at CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City in the ‘70s the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads almost always get mentions. Sadly, The Miamis, a brilliant five piece that played those venues and helped shape New York punk rock and new wave before the genres had proper names, is too often overlooked. They never signed to a label, despite having their songs covered by Teenage Lust and Wayne County, and eventually split up out of frustration, but in 2009, they pooled their resources and self-released a collection of studio tracks recorded decades before; but few noticed. Omnivore Recordings, however, is finally bringing the band to the masses, with “We Deliver: The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974 – 1979).” This 23-track album includes the 10 songs from the band’s 1970s studio sessions, demos of “She Sure Works Hard (At Lovin’ Me)” and “I Want a Girlfriend,” a couple of other alternate versions of their songs and nine live takes, capturing the band at their peak. While “We Deliver” would have been the obvious single, the record is crammed with just as many tracks that would have fared well regardless of when they were released (ok, maybe not the goofy “We Need a Bigger Navy,” but many of the others here). The band may have only existed for five years (1974 – 1979), but they left an album’s worth of should-be classics that will now hopefully get their due thanks to the folks at Omnivore.

ANTLERED AUNT LORD

Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (And On Fire) (HHBTM)

As the press materials that accompanied this record from Athens-based Antlered Aunt Lord so aptly describe it, the band (essentially Jesse Stinnard) is “the missing link between the Pixies and The Byrds if they’d been raised in the Appalachians.” No truer statements has ever been written in a press release. This oddball collection of nearly 20 songs is the perfect anecdote for what passes an “Indie Rock” today, which is more often than not just mainstream dad rock released by a major label masquerading as “alternative”. The songs on “Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (An on Fire)” are layer and layers of sound collages backing melodic choruses and quirky lyrics. Speaking of lyrics, Stinnard’s wording sounds appropriately enough like fellow Athens neighbor Michael Stipe’s early utterings, equally confounding, but just as memorable. Antlered Aunt Lord is certainly not for everyone, but absolutely perfect for some. Keep on keepin’ on you beautiful weirdoes!

Wreckless Eric America (Fire)

The legendary, albeit short lived British label Stiff Records, produced and amazing collection of rockers, everyone from The Damned and Madness to Graham Parker and Elvis Costello. Surprisingly, Wreckless Eric is not mention nearly enough for his contribution to the label and the 1970s British music scene. The musician probably sums it up best on “Several Shades of Green,” the opening track of his latest record: “I was nearly someone back in the day/I was in the lower reaches of the hit parade.” After sitting out most of the ‘80s and ‘90s and one offering in 2004, Wreckless Eric has finally turned in a fitting comeback with “America.” A concept album by the recent transplant to New York, “America” is 11 solid tracks that manages to paint a pretty accurate picture of this country from an outsider, equal parts marvel and frustration, as expected from one of the great cranks of the British pub rock scene, tacking on everything from exasperation and boredom (“White Bread”) to wanderlust (“Transitory Thing”). The album is thankfully true to his previous efforts, with little polish and shine, leaving a raw, real feel to the record. It’s been a long time coming, but “America” proves to be worth the wait.


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KOOL STUFF KATIE

BASEMENT BENDERS

BY JOHN B. MOORE

BY JOHN B. MOORE

Making a Lot of Noise for Two People

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This is your second full length in just over a year. Did you go immediately from tour to the recording studio? We practice and play together so much that by the time the first record came out we already had half of the second one written. We had really started to come into our sound at that point. We were learning to write well together and falling into a style we enjoyed, so we were creating a lot. We were writing so prolifically that it just didn’t take a lot of time to put together another record we were proud of.

O APPARENTLY CRAIGSLIST IS good for more than fetish-laden late night hookups. The classified ad site helped bring together Shane Blem and Saren Oliver, the Portland garage pop duo that in four short years has already churned out two stellar records and are very quickly winning over fans across the country thanks to infectious numbers that bring to mind everyone from Cheap Trick to The White Stripes. Shortly after handing in their self-titled debut, Oliver (drummer) and Blem (guitar and vocals) headed into the studio with Steve Fisk, who has worked with folks like Nirvana, How did you end up working with Steve Fisk? Soundgarden, and Screaming Trees – you Some buddies of ours from know, just some local Northwest another band introduced WE PRACTICE AND us. TheyPortland garage bands. The result is “It’s had worked with him and Fine,” another full length that PLAY TOGETHER thought we would be a good fit, manages to best their last album SO MUCH THAT and we were of course very eager (no small task), thanks to a more BY THE TIME THE to get in the studio with him, given focused, consistent sound. FIRST RECORD CAME his incredible history and presence Oliver was kind enough to speak OUT WE ALREADY in Northwest music. It ended up recently about the new record, the being a really nice relationship HAD HALF OF origins of the band’s name and why THE SECOND ONE and we work very well together they seldom make plans. we trust him and honestly didn’t WRITTEN. even really consider working with Let’s start off with how you guys anyone else on the second record. first met and when you decided to start the band? You guys were still pretty new as a band when We met on Craigslist in 2012. I had just you started working on the last record. Do moved to Portland from San Diego and left a you think much changed style-wise when you band there, and I wanted to continue making started pulling together songs for “It’s Fine”? music with people. I didn’t know anyone here, Totally. Our first record was more of an and the easiest way to find people to play with experiment for us. It’s definitely much more was through the Internet. Shane had also eclectic. It was mostly a result of trial and just left a band and had posted an ad seeking error in songwriting together. By the time we collaborators on a project he had started on decided on the songs for “It’s Fine” we had our his own. Originally, we were a three piece with feet much more firmly under us. We decided me on keyboards and a drummer that we also that we were going to focus much more heavily met on Craigslist, but after about a year we on a simplistic guitar-drums structure that decided to part ways. We didn’t want to bring we could easily recreate live. We also got anyone else into the mix and start all over so away from synth hooks and went much more we moved forward as a duo. classic rock ‘n roll. So we pulled from different influences. The songwriting process became What’s the story behind the name of more streamlined too and we got much better the band? at allowing songs to change if something Shane named the band. He wanted wasn’t working. something unique that you could Google and find easily. He incorporated women’s names What’s next for you guys? because of another concept that never came to We don’t have a concrete plan in motion, on fruition - originally he planned to incorporate purpose, for ourselves. We are excited to see graphic novel-type art about different women where this record takes us and we’re open to to correspond with songs and tell a story. But any opportunity as long it’s the right one. We when we all started working together and got would love to pull off a tour but mainly we everyone’s hands in the mix it ended up just just want to grow our audience whatever that being a band with a random name that stuck. looks like.

Tennessee Punk Vets

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HATTANOOGA PUNKS, Basement Benders, is made up of members of This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Hidden Spots, Future Virgins, Black Rainbow and a few other bands, so it would be okay to assume this is just another oneoff punk rock project. However, the group just turned in their debut full length, Lydiad, are about to tour Japan, and just recorded their latest LP in January; so, no, this is clearly not just another one-off project. The group is currently based in Tennessee started out in Asheville and quickly got to work on making a record not long after solidifying their line-up. No Idea quickly raised their hand to put out the first album and the band played a few Southeast dates, before heading to Fest. After their current Japanese tour, they plan on hitting up the West Coast in the spring. Guitarist Buddha was cool enough to spend some time recently talking about the band, finding their sound and talking up the Chattanooga music scene. Can we start of by talking about how the band came together? Ash, Morgan, and I were playing together in Dark Rides for a couple of years. That kind of fell apart, but the three of us still wanted to keep playing together. We were looking for a bass player and Terry was an obvious choice. Being Ashley’s partner, she was always around and might as well have been part of the group already. She brought a lot more to the plate than just her bass playing skills. Her songs and her singing are beautiful and unique, and they are a huge part of the band’s sound/ identity/what-not.

some sort of epic journey, so the title just seemed fitting. Does Chattanooga have a pretty thriving music scene? For a city of its size Chattanooga has a great music scene. There are a handful of great bands right now. There are some great rock and metal bands like the Bohannons and Red Necklace. It’s actually really nice that you can walk around this little city and catch a couple of different great bands at different venues and get all messed up on booze and just walk home. You just played Fest and have a handful of dates in TN and GA coming up. Any plans for a bigger US tour in 2016? We are about to leave for a Japan tour which starts next week, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. We will be playing with great Japanese bands like Your Pest Name, The Urchin, What-A-Nights, and a bunch of others. As far as US shows, we plan to tour the west coast in March.

A LOT OF THE LYRICS ON THE You guys have all spent time in some ALBUM SEEM TO REFER TO THE pretty well known KIND OF LEARNING OR GROWING punk bands. Was there EXPERIENCES YOU MIGHT DEAL a conscious decision WITH DURING SOME SORT OF EPIC of not to sound too JOURNEY, SO THE TITLE JUST similar to your SEEMED FITTING. other bands? Not with the song writing, but maybe a little with the recording. A lot of bands What’s next for the band? I have been in recently have spent a lot of We have 5 songs that we recorded time in the studio doing overdubs, doubling with Patrick Jennings for a split 10” with the vocals, things like that. For our first the fantastic Impossible Vacation from LP we decided to take a straight forward Asheville. That one will be coming out approach and just record the band as it sometime early 2016 on Starcleaner sounds. There are overdubs, but they are Records, which is run by friends Shell and pretty minimal. Jen from Shellshag. We will be recording our second LP in February with John and The LP is called Lydia. Is there special Jerri from Vacation at a place called The significance to that title? Loft somewhere in Kentucky. Hopefully, No “The Iliad” by Homer is an epic poem Idea will want to put that out, since they did about Ilium, which is better known as the such a great job with our first LP. The Loft city of Troy. So, I guess the title just suggests is supposedly haunted, so maybe we’ll get that the record is an epic story about Lydia, some ghouls on the backups. After that, US who is the subject of the second song on the west coast in March and then Europe in the record. A lot of the lyrics on the album seem summer. We’ve already toured the UK last to refer to the kind of learning or growing December so this time we are going to try to experiences you might deal with during cover some of mainland Europe.

insiteatlanta.com • March 2016 • PG 17


MUSIC

SOUL ASYLUM IS BETTER THAN EVER

Coming Through Rough Times and Changes, Band has Never Called It Quits

BY JOHN B. MOORE

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You obviously approached this album a AVE PIRNER IS THE FIRST TO little differently; you used Pledge Music to admit that his band, Soul Asylum, help fund the record. Were you skeptical has been through some rough at all? times. Co-founder and bassist Karl Mueller I was very skeptical and I think maybe died in 2005; there have been numerous because I’m a bit of a technophobe or a line-up changes thanks to defections and luddite or whatever you want to call it; it firings; the band went from an indie label still seemed like it was panhandling to your to the majors and then back down to the fans and that seemed awkward to me. In Indies, but through it all, Soul Asylum another sense it’s fairly normal I guess in continued. A bit battered at times, but they this day and age. But when I did get on the never called it quits. phone with the people from Pledge I was For “Change of Fortune,” the band’s 11th really impressed with the way they were album, they decided to reach out to the trying to sell the idea to me. They believed fans to help fund the record via Pledge so much that this was Music. A bit skeptical cool and I found myself at first, Pirner and his thinking I’m on the phone I’VE BEEN DOING THIS bandmates eventually someone likely got on board and went FOR YEARS AND YOU with half my age and twice as above trading donations as I am and that DO KIND OF BUILD smart for a typical vinyl, CD impressed me. It made me or early download in YOUR OWN CULT feel more comfortable to their crowdfunding that I wasn’t dealing efforts, offering items FOLLOWING AND YOU know with a bunch of fucking like original paintings For the band trying BUILD A CONNECTION idiots. from the frontman, to keep up with what’s private drum lessons and TO EACH OTHER. happening in the world house concerts. of the Internet has always The album, though still been a bit dubious, so I think that’s part of deeply rooted in Soul Asylum’s punk rock the reason why we were doing it, to try and sound, is more experimental than previous figure out how it all works. I’m not sure releases. Pirner spoke recently about the how much we all learned but I got to make band, the new album and reaching out to paintings for fans of the band and that was fans to help fund the new record. really cool.

Have you always painted? Yeah, I’ve always been I painter. I have no idea why I do paintings, but this was something cool to do with them, giving them to somebody who really wants them. I never really thought about it before that someone who is a fan of my music might also be a fan of my paintings. It’s a different avenue, but that’s how I rationalized it. The paintings were a pretty cool gift that was offered for donating. You also had drum lessons, private concerts. Was it interesting coming up with the different giveaways? Yes and no. It was about trying to come up with something special and what people are looking for that is intimate.

The thing that sold out right away was the handwritten lyrics and in my mind that was a little odd... It was me writing out the lyrics to their (chosen song) and it felt a little bit like I was writing “I will not throw spit balls” over and over again. I can go ahead and play these songs forever and never forget a word, but when I have to sit down and write them out, the weirdest thing is that I can’t remember them. There are 12 of these I have to write out and seven of them are “Runaway Train.” But in the same token, some of these were really surprising choices. I wasn’t expecting someone to pick a really obscure song that had a lot of words. I’m glad someone appreciated it enough to say “I want these words written out on a piece of paper by Dave.” Please see SOUL on page 20

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GEORGIA MUSIC GIANTS

A Guide to Our State’s Rich Musical Legacy, and the Legends Who Made It

BY BRET LOVE

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rom the Indigo Girls and Drivin N Cryin to Zac Brown and Sugarland, from Outkast and Cee-Lo Green to Sevendust and Mastodon, Georgia has earned its reputation as a hotbed of musical talent over the past few decades. But the truth is that Georgia’s rich musical tradition dates back more than 100 years, and has included myriad legends that have left indelible imprints on the history and evolution of popular music. Over the past few decades, the state has invested a lot of money in establishing itself as the South’s creative hotbed, creating numerous tourist attractions designed to pay tribute to our rich musical legacy. Born in Columbus in 1886, Ma Rainey was among the first blues singers to record professionally. She made over 100 recordings in the 1920s, working with jazz legend Louis Armstrong and gospel great Thomas Dorsey. The 2-story house in Columbus she moved into after retiring in 1935 is now the Gertrude “Ma” Rainey House & MA RAINEY PG 18 • March 2016 • insiteatlanta.com

Museum, paying tribute to “the Mother of the Blues.” Johnny Mercer, born in Savannah in 1909, became one of the most significant musical figures of the 20th century. Many of his compositions are now considered part of the Great American Songbook, including timeless classics like “Moon River,” “Dream,” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” A statue in his honor was unveiled in Savannah’s Ellis Square in 2009, and remains a popular photo op with visitors. Although he spent much of his childhood in Florida, Ray Charles was born in Albany, which erected a stature and fountain honoring the music legend in what is now known as Ray Charles Plaza. The city has good reason to be proud, as their native son changed the face of rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, rock and roll, and even country music with his revolutionary, genresmashing sound. After moving to Augusta at age five, James Brown became a leading figure during the Civil Rights movement thanks to songs like “Say it Loud- I’m Black & I’m Proud.” He also influenced every funk, soul and hip-hop artist who came after. Augusta honored Brown’s legacy by changing its motto to “We Feel Good,” erecting a life-size bronze statue, and renaming its civic center the James Brown Arena. Macon’s Big House was home to members of the Allman Brothers from 1970-1973. “Blue Sky” was written in the living room,

and “Rambling Man” in the kitchen. The band went on to put Southern Rock music on the map, as well as laying the stylistic groundwork for hundreds of jam bands. Now their old abode has been turned into a museum filled with memorabilia from the band’s storied career. But these are far from the state’s only noteworthy musical landmarks: The Georgia Theatre in Athens was nearly destroyed in a 2009 fire, but reopened in 2011 after extensive renovations. The venue has been a Mecca for music lovers since 1978, hosting shows by hometown heroes such as the B-52’s and Widespread Panic. Weaver D’s is an Athens restaurant known almost as well for its down-home soul food as for its slogan, “Automatic For The People,” which became the title of a classic R.E.M album. It remains a popular tourist attraction for the band’s fans today. Opened in 1959 and made famous by the Allmans, H & H Restaurant was located next door to the Capricorn Records Studio in downtown Macon, and became a favorite among rock stars, politicians and civil rights leaders alike. Founded by Jessica Walden (daughter of Capricorn Records co-owner Alan Walden), Rock Candy Tours offer an insider’s overview of Macon’s music scene, including the homes and favorite hangouts of some of the most legendary players in Southern music history. The Royal Peacock Club was one of

JAMES BROWN MOVED TO AUGUSTA AT AGE FIVE AND BECAME A LEADING FIGURE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Atlanta’s hottest African-American music venues during the early 20th century, providing an elegant setting in which the top musicians of the day could perform and bring the changing styles of black popular music to Atlanta. Originally called the Top Hat Club when it opened in 1938, the venue hosted incredible local talent and national touring acts such as B.B. King, the Four Tops, the Tams and Atlanta’s own Gladys Knight. The fact is, great music has always been in Georgia’s blood, providing roots of Southern culture as deep as red clay. And with newer acts such as Book Club, Eliot Bronson, Young Thug, Swae Lee, Gurufish, and Granville Automatic proudly carrying the torch, chances are good that the Peach State will continue to influence popular culture for many years to come.


MUSIC

SURFING TO SYMPHONY HALL

Guitar God Joe Satriani Looks Back on 30 Years of Progressive Instrumental Rock

BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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all the way back to ’95 and you know San Francisco was the hub of a lot of the early start-up internet companies. So we started out with a lot of live shows, rehearsals, events, interviews. Being an instrumental artist, its often difficult to get noticed with so many choices out there. The internet, thought it was devastating to every single artist as far as record-sales go, it was fantastic for artists like myself who love to play live. It’s a great way to be connected to fans around the world.

N THE RAREFIED AIR OF MODERN music heroes, Joe Satriani sits on a golden throne as a six-string deity. For over three decades, the affable NY-born guitarist has created some of the most complex yet melodic instrumental rock imaginable. Best known as a solo artist, Satriani has also logged stints with Mick Jagger, Deep Purple and as a member of his own divergent super-groups, the guitar-summit G-3 tours and classic-rock party band You’ve created a massive Chickenfoot with Sammy MARCH 23 • 7:30PM worldwide fan base and with Hangar, Chad Smith and the sci-fi elements in many Symphony Hall Michael Anthony. Currently of your albums, it seems on the road with his “Surfing satriani.com a natural lock for hardto Shockwave” retrospective core dedication. show, the busy musician Yeah, I hope so! But I can spoke with INsite the night after a sold-out tell, just thinking of the part of myself that’s homecoming show in Oakland. a sci-fi freak, I’m a life-long fan of many writers and scientists myself. And that’s also Oakland audiences seem to appreciate driven me to create a new sci-fi TV show. every type of music. It’s always cool to get to do a hometown How much can you tell us about it? show there and the fact that it was in the It’s still in its infancy, but I’ve been working early part of the tour, made it an even better on this thing called Crystal Planet for over time. Literally around the block, Prince was two years now. It’s based on characters from doing two shows and people had lots of the art book I put out a few years ago. We choices. I’m very happy they came and filled call it a noir, sci-fi, adventure animated show. up the Fox for us. That’s a mouthful! The show will feature a lot of crazy guitar playing as well as a lot of I saw some of the show last night on great sci-fi stuff. Periscope. Do you enjoy these new platforms for performances? What’s new in the G-3 world? I do. We’ve had an online presence, going I’m happy to say G-3 is rearing its crazy

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head once again! It’s one of the most difficult things to get going because we have to find two other players that aren’t right in the middle of touring or recording. This time we’re going with Steve Vai and Guthrie Govan (The Aristrocrats) and we’ll be out for at least two weeks in the middle of the summer. There’s nothing like getting frightened by some incredible guitar players in front of a few thousand people. It pushes me to try to excel by celebrating the guitar in front of an audience.

“You must be crazy, but I’m gonna take you up on that!” That turned out to be the Surfing With The Alien album and the tour that followed it was my very first one as an instrumentalist. The cool thing is, its music that’s very personal for me and was never directed by any outside people. It was so completely non-commercial I just decided I’d do whatever I want and I think that’s the charm.

Chickenfoot is also a good time band that just happens to be a supergroup. We don’t get together enough but we have one show coming up May 7 in Lake Tahoe and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s sort of controlled chaos, and at the core of it is our mutual respect for the classic rock we all grew up with. We got together to jam in Las Vegas one night just for fun, and it’s turned into two albums. We just play whatever comes out because there’s nothing to prove. Throughout your career, it seems you’ve always had the freedom to do whatever you choose. Yeah but it came late for me. I wasn’t planning it. In my 20s, I spent time in bands that went nowhere and then purely by accident a side-project of mine caught the attention of some label people. They said, “We’d like you to make another record, sign right here and we’ll pay for it.” I said,

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE GETTING FRIGHTENED BY SOME INCREDIBLE GUITAR PLAYERS IN FRONT OF A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE.

THE MAGNIFICENT MOODIES

March Brings Founder Denny Laine and the Modern-day Moody Blues to Town

BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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ENNY LAINE MAY BE BEST remembered for co-founding Wings with his old friend Paul McCartney. But the multi-instrumentalist also formed the Moody Blues in the early ‘60s and sang lead on the band’s first hit single “Go Now.” Back then, the Laine-led Moodys weren’t the overblown prog-injected band of their Justin Hayward-era catalog. When Laine was the singer, the group had a definite R&B sound and often played the gritty dance halls of Europe. Today, as Wings celebrates 45 years with the inevitable reissue campaign, The Moody Blues also look back on a magnificent 50-year career that began in the bleak

…I DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN THE PAST OR STAY IN ONE PLACE.

industrial town of Birmingham. Now on tour Laine covers five decades of his influential recordings as he stays busy with an ambitious new album and a potentially Broadwaybound musical. As a solo artist, you’re often on package shows with old friends. Do you enjoy those? I do, because it’s people I’ve worked with over the years. But lately I’ve been concentrating on my new album, so as long as I can play new material and not rely on the past so much, I’m pretty content.

Is this the “Valley Of Dreams” album you recorded in Las Vegas. It is. And it’s a private-label release for now, but when we get distribution then I’ll start doing more of the songs. I played a lot of the backing tracks with a couple of guys, which is kind of like a band mixture. The next album will be with a full band in the studio but this album is my take on a lot of things and all the styles I’ve been influences by. It’s kind of a travelogue across America. All the different influences you have from one side of the country to the other. One of the new tracks is a great song called “Below The Waterline” and it was on your website for a while. Oh yeah, somebody stuck that on there. The lyrics are a sort of a tongue in cheek take on my relationship with Paul. It’s like a lot of people don’t know what we’re all

about, the way we really are.

Vegas or Broadway. It must get really boring.

Right, there’s been speculation of possible friction between you two over the years. But as the song says, if you look below the waterline there’s a hell of a lot down there. So it’s the story of me and Paul basically.

Tell us about the musical you’ve written. It’s an environmental piece and I’ve been working on it for a while. When I wrote it, the whole ecology thing wasn’t as timely or acceptable as it is now. It touches on the rainforests and world issues, but I also took it to outer space, so it has a science fiction element as well. It’s been produced in New York with an orchestra.

For your current live set, what are you playing? Well, some songs off the first Moodies record and a few from Wings and then there’s MARCH 6 • 6PM some stuff from some of the You hate repetitive Eddie’s Attic more obscure albums I’ve put performances but would you out. That way I can change ever tour with it? eddiesattic.com the songs around a bit. We’ve Oh no, I could never be in done the whole Band On it myself, I’d want to leave The Run album at times, and that goes down after two weeks! But I’m not gonna knock it if really well. But we do it differently. I don’t it goes to Broadway or the London stage. It’s want to come across as any kind of tribute a new avenue for creativity for me. Not as a band, you know? But the music I’m doing performer, but as a writer. is a tribute to the bands I was in - without emulating them. One song you always include in your show, even in Wings sets, is “Go Now.” Yeah, Wings did it live in the ‘70s and that gave You don’t seem to overstay your welcome it another popularity. I’m kinda synonymous in any genre, in the Moodies you moved on with that song so I really have to sing it. If I after two years (1964 – 1966). don’t do it they’ll throw tomatoes at me! It has Right, I don’t want to live in the past or a universal theme and isn’t dated, it relates to stay in one place. I want to always improve. what you’d say to someone. It’s a “lost love” sort Anyone who thinks they’ve reached a peak of song and I think everybody can relate to that. when they’re in their twenties or thirties is ridiculous. It’s all about travelling around and The Moody Blues play March 12 at the being influenced. I feel sorry for the bands who do the same shows every night, like in Fox Theater.

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TRAVEL

TIME IN A BOTTLE:

Exploring Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area

BY BRET LOVE, PHOTOS BY BRET LOVE & MARY GABBETT

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ERHAPS IT’S SIMPLY HUMAN nature not to fully recognize the beauty of our blessings until we realize the possibility of losing them. The same can be said for mankind’s relationship with nature and wildlife. After more than a century of taking it for granted, we are collectively starting to realize just how fragile our planet’s ecosystems can be. And likely nowhere on earth reinforces the precious nature of time better than Tanzania’s Ngorongo-ro Conservation Area. Six hours: That’s how long you have to explore one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. The gates open at 6AM and close at 6PM. If you overstay your 6-hour permit (which runs about $200 per vehicle, $50 per tourist and $20 per guide), there are steep fees involved. If you try to leave the Crater after 6PM, there will be high-ranking government officials involved. In short, Tanzania is serious about regulating Ngorongoro tourism. As a result, this UNESCO World Herit-age Site is widely considered one of the world’s most pristine wildlife sanctuaries. In fact, when you look down on the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera from the viewing platform on its rim, the 100-square mile crater floor looks like open grassland virtually untouched by human hands since its formation two to three million years ago. There are no buildings in the crater, no picnic areas or restrooms. There are only one or two areas where you’re allowed to get out of the safari vehicle, and you must be accompanied by a licensed guide at all times. From above, the 10-mile wide Ngorongoro Crater looks like a vast, beautiful but empty expanse of nothingness. Which is precisely what makes your six hours of exploring the Ngorongoro Crater seem so magical. Once you’re inside, time seems to stand still, and the animals go on about their lives as they have for countless centuries, relatively oblivious to human presence. Although wildlife numbers vary widely depending on the time of year you visit, there’s an average of around 25,000 large animals in the Ngorongoro Crater at any given time. You’ll see huge herds of Grant’s Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Blue Wildebeest, and both Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles. Other ungulates, such as the Common Eland, Waterbucks and Hartebeest, can be seen in smaller numbers. We visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the end of the dry season, when the Lerai and Munge Streams and the Ngoitokitok Spring provided a vital source of water to the Crater. Hippos and various bird species congregate here in numbers, soaking themselves to counter the scorching midday heat. I’ve spent around five weeks on safari in various African countries, but never seen such a great diversity of wildlife congregated together in one place as we did in Ngorongoro. At any given time there were at least four to five different species within sight. Although I’m guessing it was a

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It sounds like it went pretty well. Is this something you guys would do again in the future? I’m not really sure. Maybe after the record is out for a while I’ll know if it’s a lasting thing or just a little fundraiser we did for five minutes… I feel a connection to these people. One of my biggest fans died not too long ago and it feels like a member of our tribe is gone. I didn’t know this person well, I just said ‘hi’ every time I saw them at a gig and they were always there. I’ve been doing this for years and you do kind of build your own cult following and you build a connection to each other. I don’t think I’m alone in assuming the band was done after the late ‘90s. There were some tragedies you guys faced and some line up shifts, but did you ever consider Soul Asylum PG 20 • March 2016 • insiteatlanta.com

temporary peace accord, indi-vidual predators (see: Hyenas) seemed to co-exist with their prey, including Gazelles, Warthogs and Zeb-ras. Ostriches were a constant presence on the open plain. We witnessed a fascinating mating dance between a seemingly clueless pink-legged male and a more diminutive (and less colorful) female, who was coyly playing hard-to-get while shaking her tail feathers in a come-hither fashion. As small and densely populated as it is, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is equally impressive for the animals you don’t see. Fierce predators such as the African Leopard, Cheetah, East African Wild Dog, and Serval inhabit the park, but are rarely ever spotted by visitors. There’s a small population of critically en-dangered Black Rhinoceros, but rangers try to keep them in an area inaccessible to humans in order to protect them from poaching. Despite the fact that the Crater forms a natural enclosure, some Ngorongoro Conservation Area residents are seasonal. Many Buffalo and Eland head north with the Great Migration at the beginning of the dry season, which lasts from June to October. Thousands of Lesser Flamingoes annually flock to salty Lake Magadi to feed and breed, but we didn’t see any during our visit. We’ve seen some stunning photos of Elephants in Ngorongoro, and spotted some relatively fresh dung on the road leading out of the crater. But our Tanzania Journeys guide, Rama Mmasa, told us that these de-ceptively excellent climbers tend to leave during the dry season. Like most things involving wildlife, see-ing Elephants in the crater is all about timing. The sun was beginning to dip in the sky as we made our way towards a stretch of Acacia trees lining a stream at the far end of the crater. We knew our time was running short, but Rama had a hunch that there might be leopards napping in the shade of the trees. There were no Leopards to be found, but we did spot a couple of safari vehicles stopped in the road (which usually means there’s something good to see). Sure enough, as we got closer we saw two Lions snuggled together in the shade of one of the Land Rovers. The mother was resting her head on the wheel well, while her adolescent male cub used her as a pillow. Knowing this was likely our last major sighting of the day, we sat watching them quietly for quite some time. Eventually a group of five other Lions crossed the open plain behind us to join them, and then sev-eral others wandered in after that. Finally, the entire pride of 11 Lions wandered off into the trees, and our time in the Ngorongoro Crater was drawing to a close. I was overcome by a feeling of wistful melancholy as we drove down the dusty dirt road towards the exit gate. I was struck by the fragile beauty of the myriad different ecosystems found within the crater, and the wildlife that had lived here for countless eons before the Maasai people arrived in search of a perma-nent settlement in the 1800s. The Maasai called this land El Nkoronkoro– Gift of Life. Our time for exploring the crater was limited, but it gave me

was over at any point? I don’t know. I think about our very first (line up) when I was the drummer and then moved up to lead singer position. When that drummer (Pat Morley) quit the band I was traumatized. I was super lost and I think that the conversations I had with Karl (Mueller, former bassist) and Danny (Murphy, former guitarist) at the time and were pretty desperate and the emotional pull I felt to say ‘we’ve already spent too much time on this and we can’t afford to stop and second guess ourselves.’ After realizing that wasn’t going to stop us it was like this train is going to keep rolling. And just about every bad thing that can happen to a band has happened to Soul Asylum. As far as thinking maybe I should have a real job or things would have been better if I had graduated college and become a teacher or something, it’s always in the front of your

a greater appreciation for the wondrous gift the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is. As Rama sped uphill towards the exit, less than 10 minutes to 6PM, I looked out over one of the most gorgeous sunset vistas I’d ever seen and urged him to stop for one last photo. As time keeps on slipping into the future, places like Ngorongoro remind us of the importance of making the most of every moment. Of treasuring our own “Gift of Life.” And of protecting the things we love now, before they’re gone forever.

mind: ‘how long can I get away with this?’ You’re just hanging on for dear life most of the time.

to it and thinking ‘Holy shit! I don’t know any other bass player that knows how to do stuff like this.’

This new record that’s coming out, this was the first time you guys have written and recorded with Justin (Sharbono, guitar) and Winston (Roye, bass). More or less.

Having seen the band play not too long ago, everyone seems like they’re enjoying themselves up on stage. Everyone is super comfortable playing together. There’s a feeling that we came to play and we understand how the four of us work together to make a sound that is pretty established. There’s a standard that’s been set and it’s always been a pretty high bar. We’ve always sort of been this punk band that’s been struggling to hit the bar and despite the expectation (with punk) that we’re going to fuck it up and there’s going to be some sort of explosion, that’s not what we’re going for. We would like to hit all the right notes and put across some powerful music and it’s pretty consistent these days.

Did the addition of those two guys change the dynamic if the band? The way you sound or write together? Absolutely. When I listen to this new record I hear Winston doing such beautiful bass moves and to hear them in context of these songs, its bass playing from someone that understands the instrument in a way that exceeds most of the punk rock stuff I came up with. It’s coming from an angle that is purely musical and it’s great to hear. I love listening


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HARLEM GLOBETROTTER Scooter Christensen Chats with INsite

BY DAVE COHEN

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ACH PLAYER WHO WEARS THE red, white and blue of the Harlem Globetrotters has their personal story as to how they wound up playing for the most famous basketball team in the world. Scooter Christensen was introduced to basketball at the age of five and it’s been a part of his life every day since then. After winning a state championship and team MVP honors in high school in Las Vegas, Scooter went on to play at the University of Montana, leading the Grizzlies to the NCAA tournament in 2002. Now, the game for him is a balance of being a basketball player while at the same time performing as an entertainer. You played college basketball at the University of Montana. How does one go from Missoula to Harlem Globetrotters? After college I played for a couple of minor pro leagues, the ABA and the CBA, and nothing year there was someone in either Germany was panning out for me so I wound up going to or China who set the record at 5.2. Then an NBA camp where I connected with a coach I had the opportunity this year to go back named Marc Iavaroni, who was an assistant to Phoenix and break that record and I did coach with the Phoenix Suns and he e-mailed with 7.7 seconds. I knew I could go longer. I me one time and said he had a great job for practice it every day. me and I’m thinking that this might be my chance to make the league (NBA) but I ended How do you balance being a basketball up being an assistant video player with being an coordinator and a practice entertainer? player for the Suns. At that It was hard for me time I did not know that the my first year. I’ll never Globetrotters home base was forget that. It was a hard there in Phoenix. We used transition because I was MARCH 5 to have pickup games all the so competitive and all I Infinite Energy Arena time on the weekends and a knew was competitive March 12 & 13 Globetrotters scout was at one basketball. But now, with Philips Arena of those weekend games. They the Globetrotters, if I miss were actually there to look at Harlemglobetrotters.com a shot I cannot have a scowl another player but the scout on my face because you’ve came up to me after one of the got kids looking at you and games and invited me to their camp. I’ve been the Globetrotter have always had the image with the team since. It was being in the right of family entertainment. If I miss a shot or place at the right time. mishandle the ball I have to go back with a smile of my face and not worry about it. Most players in college basketball dream of being able to play at the next level. The In your opinion, what’s the best part about Globetrotters, while not the NBA, is a different being a Globetrotter? kind of next level. It’s not for everyone, correct? I think it’s making the kids and the That’s so true. I think every kid has that dream families smile. A smile goes a long way. I of wanting to play in the league and take their love the fact that we can go to any country basketball to the highest level that they can, and we’re always the home team. Even wherever that may be. I was very lucky at an if we can’t speak the language that well early age to find my passion in basketball so we always get our message no matter what I did, whether it was overseas, across because just as the NBA, coaching, I knew I wanted to do they smile in the something with my life in basketball and I was United States, fortunate to come to the Globetrotters. It’s they’re smiling been a true blessing for me. overseas so we must be doing something right.

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You’re best known for being able to balance a basketball on your nose. As a matter of fact you’re in the Guinness Book of World Records for that skill. How did you come to master that? It actually started in 2009. We went to the NBA Celebrity All-Star Weekend in Phoenix and we saw a guy from the Guinness Book of World Records there and we asked him if there was anyone holding the record for spinning a basketball on his nose and did not find anything. I ended up setting the record at 5.1 seconds then last

A SMILE GOES A LONG WAY. I LOVE THE FACT THAT WE CAN GO TO ANY COUNTRY AND WE’RE ALWAYS THE HOME TEAM.

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OUTDOOR RECREATION GEAR

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BY BRET LOVE

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F ALL THE STATS THAT SPEAK to the 2015-16 college basketball season’s nearly unprecedented parity, this fact screams the loudest: no school ranked No. 1 this year has held the position for longer than four weeks. Just when you found yourself getting comfortable with a Villanova or Oklahoma in the top slot, they stumbled. Same went for Kansas and Michigan State. With all the instability in the polls, we offer our best guess on how the tournament will pan out.

THE FAVORED FOUR KANSAS

As we were going to press, the Jayhawks had just defeated the on-again, off-again Texas Longhorns by 30 in Austin. That Kansas could dominate with two of its stars, Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason III, combining for just 23 points goes a long way to showing just how scary this team can potentially be.

MICHIGAN STATE

Though Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield will earn the votes and LSU’s Ben Simmons will get the ESPN segments, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine is arguably the most important player in America. You can measure Valentine’s points (19.6 a night) and rebounds (7.6), but it’s hard to quantify the heart he shows in the second half of tight games.

NORTH CAROLINA

Amazingly, the last time the Tar Heels made it to the Final Four was the Ty Lawson- and Tyler Hansbrough-led crew from 2009. The current squad, which is anchored by future NBA lottery pick Brice Johnson, won’t ever be confused for that UNC team. Still, this talented bunch has shown glimpses of what it takes to bring a title back to Chapel Hill.

VILLANOVA

Holy goodness, Ryan Arcidiacono has been in Philly for a long time! For the 21-year-old senior guard’s last hurrah as a Wildcat, he’s chaperoning a well-balanced team of defensive studs (Daniel Ochefu) and dynamic scorers (Josh Hart) that should go a long way in the Big Dance.

(ALMOST) ELITE EIGHT VIRGINIA

There was an ugly stretch in early January when the Cavaliers lost three of four and seemed completely lost. Criminally underrated coach Tony Bennett didn’t panic; he simply recalibrated the GPS (i.e. team leader Malcolm Brogdon) and got his gritty UVA team (5-2 in February) going in the right direction again.

XAVIER

In the uproarious Cintas Center, this team is

like the Golden State Warriors—Trevon Bluiett has moments where he’s Klay Thompson-esque from behind the arc; Miles Davis in space brings out the Steph Curry-like tricks with the ball. Too bad the tournament doesn’t take place in Cincinnati.

OKLAHOMA

Through February, all-world Buddy Hield had nine games where he scored over 30 points. The only problem is that one-on-five scenarios don’t usually turn out that well. For the Sooners to have a real shot, senior guard Isaiah Cousins can’t have any more 3-for-13 nights.

KENTUCKY

The sensational Tyler Ulis may be 5 feet, 9 inches standing on crutches, but the kid always steps up in the biggest moments. Against ranked teams this season, he’s averaging 21.6 points and 7.3 assists. If Jamal Murray steps up, the Cats’ run won’t be a short one.

IOWA STATE

Georges Niang will leave the Cyclones as one of the school’s top all-time scorers and rebounders. But if he’s to add any postseason memories to that resume, he’s going to need fellow NBA prospect Abdel Nadar to live up to the preseason hype.

MARYLAND

In Melo Trimble and Raul Sulaimon, the Terrapins have two guys who can easily score 50 combined points any game. And in the 250-pound behemoth of a freshman senior Diamond Stone, they have that imposing figure who can seal a game with a big board.

OREGON

No, the Ducks didn’t come out of nowhere. Early-season wins against Baylor and Valparaiso prove as much. Oregon forward Elgin Cook didn’t just miraculously start playing last month either; it simply took a little while for all of his offensive ingredients to come together.

TEXAS A&M

Physical and scrappy, these Aggies are far from the prettiest team in the tourney field. But whatever this Danuel House-led team lacks in aesthetics it more than makes up for in hustle and pass-happiness (ninth in the NCAA in assists).

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE MIAMI, IOWA, INDIANA and ARIZONA BRACKET BUSTERS VALPARAISO, CHATTANOOGA, MARQUETTE and ARKANSASLITTLE ROCK WAYNE SELDEN JR.

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SHOES/BOOTS

CHACO (Chacos.com) has become one of our favorite outdoor lines, offering a broad range of styles for men, women and kids. I’m digging their Jaeger boot, which is equally suited to urban or actual jungles, while my lady loves the vibrant colors and casual crossover style of the Kanarra shoe… Speaking of jungles, TENTS we could’ve used the The TN4 from KELTY (Kelty. KELTY rugged Elite 15” Insulated com) is a great 4-person tent Performance Boot from offering 56 sq feet of space and XTRATUF (XtratufBoots. weighing 6.6 pounds. The stuff com) during our trip to sack saves space in your pack, Rwanda: It’s waterproof, and the hug clips ensure quick, comfort rated to -20ºF, easy set-up. But our favorite and has a slip-resistant feature is the Stargazing Fly, Chevron outsole designed which rolls up for night sky for rough terrain… Running viewing… At $159, the Daybreak shoe company HOKA 4 from SLUMBERJACK BIG AGNES ONE ONE (HonaOneOne. (Slumberjack.com) is a budgetcom) recently launched a friendly 4-man tent, with a new hiking line. Their Tor full fly that turns into a shaded Summit Mid WP offers porch. But at nearly 10 pounds a great blend of style and it’s heavy for long hikes… substance, with cushioning COTOPAXI (Cotopaxi.com) comfort, improved stability has a great mission to fund on uneven ground, and sustainable poverty alleviation. Vibram MegaGrip outsole Their Techo 3 is a lovely, for traction. lightweight 3-person/3-season EAGLE CREEK tent with two vestibules and TECH four internal mesh pockets An Innovation Award for storage… We’re big fans of nominee at the Consumer the mtnGLO line from BIG Electronics Show, the AGNES (BigAgnes.com), Lighthouse Mini Lantern which integrates LED lighting. & Power Hub from GOAL The Yellow Jacket 4 is perfect ZERO (GoalZero.com) for family camping, with 60 sq proves big things come in ft of space, 68” of head room, CHACO small packages. At 8 oz, it and lights that come on with a provide s500 hours of light button click. on one charge and charges phones, headlamps, etc. SLEEPING BAGS via USB port. Pair it with The Summit Park 15 from their Nomad 7 Solar Panel BIG AGNES is great for for endless backcountry early-season camping: Made power… The Buckshot Pro from 600-fill Downtek, with from OUTDOOR TECH comfy quilt-like construction, (OutdoorTechnology.com) it’s a roomy bag designed to GOAL ZERO is a multi-purpose marvel keep you cozy at 15º… The that combines an easily mummy-style Sojourn 20 from mountable rugged speaker, a SLUMBERJACK offers an flashlight with three settings, innovative “arms-out” design and a 2600mAh charging that keeps your head and power bank into one handy chest warm while managing device… Cyclists will dig the tasks without having to leave Jam-Pac Premium Handlebar your bag. With lightweight, Bag Bicycle Speaker System waterproof 550-fill down, it’s from AUDIBLE RUSH snug and cozy down to 20º… COLEMAN (AudibleRush.com), which The Cosmic 20 from KELTY mounts on handlebars and is 1/3 the price of the Summit connects your cell phone to a Park, but doesn’t skimp on 12-volt amp and high-output quality. The 600-fill hydrophobic speakers, allowing you to DriDown™ is rated to 20º, and at ride out the jams with a max 2lbs 6 oz it’s the lightest bag of volume of 97dB! the bunch.

AST WEEKEND, WHEN TEMPS topped 70º, our local park was packed with nature lovers. With Spring starting March 20, here’s our guide to gear that can enhance your outdoor experience:

BACKPACKS

The DoubleBack 22” carryon from EAGLE CREEK (shop. EagleCreek.com) is one of the most unique designs we’ve seen. Weighing 5.1 lbs, the sturdy wheeled bag quickly converts to a backpack with 39.5L capacity. It also has a removable day pack attached, offering a range of options for adventurous travelers… The Derby Tier from UNITED BY BLUE (UnitedByBlue. com) is a classy retro pack– organic cotton canvas, leather, and brass hardware– that gives back: For every product purchased, UBB removes one pound of trash from the world’s waterways… The iconic PATAGONIA (Patagonia.com) continues to impress with their Crag Daddy 45L, a sleek climber’s pack that offers easy packing, comfortable fit and massive side pockets.

MISCELLANEOUS

Campsite cooking gets a helluva lot easier with the Fyrecommander 3-in-1 Stove from COLEMAN (Coleman.com). Its extensive features include WindBlock protection for faster cooking, interchangeable cooktops, 200 sq in cooking area, side tables, and a DripTrap to catch grease for easy clean-up… Made in Scandinavia, the Harding hunting knife from HELLE NORWAY (Helle.no) boasts a beautiful handle made from birch and oak and a triple-laminated stainless steel blade designed to stay razor-sharp forever… The pressurized portable shower from RINSE KIT (RinseKit.com) won a Best Gear of Show award at Outside Retailer, holds two gallons of water, and offers impressively high pressure through a 7-setting nozzle. It’s the perfect way for ripe adventurers to wind down after an active day in the great outdoors!


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