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CONTENTS • SEPTEMBER 2015 • VOLUME 24, NO. 2 Atlanta’s
06 Jersey Boys
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19 Motobunny 20 Epic Rap Battles 20 ZZ Ward
10 Fall TV Preview 12 Fall Festivals 21 Asheville, N.C. 22 NFL Preview
COLUMNS 04 Around Town
Two Chicago policemen push their moral boundaries to the breaking point in this scorching, edge-of-your-seat drama.
05 On Tap 07 Under The Lights 08 On A Dime Deals 09 Station Control 09 New Releases
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16 Movie Reviews 17 Favorite Things 18 Album Reviews
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Events and Performances taking place this Month
BEGINS SEPTEMBER 8
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Acting Class Program
East Cobber Parade & Festival
One of the most successful and respected programs in the country, the Alliance Theatre Acting Program offers students of all ages, experience, and abilities a chance to work with professional theatre and film educators in one of America's most renowned regional theatres. The Alliance’s adult acting classes can take you from absolute beginner all the way to a career in acting, whether your interests are on the stage, in front of a camera, or behind a microphone. Early Fall Acting Classes begin September 8th, visit alliancetheatre.org/classes to register and learn more about their acting classes and business communication training through the Alliance@work program.
The parade includes over two thousand participants and more than eighty groups in floats, marching bands, classic cars, and more. The East Cobb Parade is sometimes referred to as the candy parade as nearly all floats toss candy to the crowd. After the parade, you can enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drinks, and carnival games in the parking lot of The Fountains of Olde Towne Shopping Center. Visit mar ie tt a .com/e a st-cobb er- p aradefestival.
Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Roswell, the Roswell Arts Festival features artists, entertainment and children's activities throughout the weekend. Free Event. Visit RoswellArtsFestival.com
Monty Python and the Holy Grail The Fox Theatre
On Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Fox Theatre presents a celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a special screening of the film followed by a Q&A with cast member Terry Jones. Python Terry Jones will be making his first-ever appearance in Atlanta. In addition to co-writing and codirecting the film, Terry is featured as Sir Bedevere and assorted other silly roles. Regular tickets to the cult classic are $10, $15, and $20 (plus applicable fees) and are on sale at FoxTheatre.org.
SEPTEMBER 19 - 20
Roswell Arts Festival Historic Roswell Square
SEPTEMBER 19 - 20
Sandy Springs Festival Heritage Green
The Sandy Springs Festival offers a juried Artists Market, a kid’s zone featuring huge inflatables, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and face painting for all ages. The festival begins with a Lightning 5K/10K. Enjoy music and entertainment provided on
stage and attendees can nibble on delicious bites throughout the weekend. Visit SandySpringsFestival.com
Marietta Grassroots Festival Historic Marietta Square
The Marietta Grassroots Festival is a free music festival in Marietta Square showcasing metro Atlanta’s amazing musical talents. The event coincides with Marietta Street Fest which features 75 exhibitors. Visit MariettaGrassRoots.org
SEPTEMBER 21 - 27
Inman Park Restaurant Week Inman Park
Inman Park’s restaurant week is a great way to sample many of Atlanta’s best restaurants at a discounted price. All of the fourteen participants will offer a threecourse tiered menu which will be either $15.00, $25.00 or $35.00. The restaurants that are included are: Barcelona Wine Bar, Pure Taqueria, Fritti, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun’s Steak, North Highland Pub, Parish, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun’s, Sotto Sotto, The Albert and Wisteria. Visit inmanparkrestaurantweek.com
Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra Ferst Center for the Arts
Sparks fly and rhythms ignite as mambo and salsa bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente Jr brings a modern edge to the timeless music of his Latin heritage. This vibrant entertainer wows audiences with his unique musical style and passionate per-
formance. It's a Caribbean party that starts with free salsa lessons and dancing at 7:30. The show begins at 8:30pm and is presented by Arts@Tech. For Tickets visit arts.gatech.edu/ferstcenter.
Wine Stroll the Beltline Inman Park
The Wine Stroll on the BeltLine will be hitting the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine Saturday, September 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. With more than 20 restaurants and businesses participating, guests will enjoy views of the BeltLine, light bites and of course, sips of various vinos. Last year’s event sold out. Proceeds of this event benefit Friends of Inman Park. Visit facebook.com/BeltLineWineStroll
Atlanta Streets Alive Virginia-Highland
On Sunday, September 27th, Atlanta Streets Alive takes over “Highland.” Parts of the following streets will be open to people and closed to cars: North Highland Avenue, Highland Avenue, Boulevard and North Avenue. The event kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with a bicycle parade and it continues until 6 p.m. Enjoy biking, skating, walking and rolling down the streets and take part in this fun, free, family-friendly event. Visit atlantastreetsalive.com
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On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA
September 4 - 7: Downtown Atlanta
Now in its 29th year, Dragon Con returns this Labor Day weekend. Dragon Con is the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science ﬁction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and ﬁlm in the world. Dragon Con boasts close to 40 fanbased tracks, a ﬁlm festival, parade, art show, comics, pop art exhibits and displays, nightly concerts and parties. Visit DragonCon.org for more details.
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is year’s One Music Fest features 3 stages, and enlarged main stage, and two huge video monitors. ere will be a pit in front of the main stage for extreme music lovers. Artists appearing this year include: Ms. Lauryn Hill, e Roots, Janelle Monae, A$ap Ricky, Ghostface Killah, Wale and Big Krit. ere will be an abundance of food trucks along with an exclusive VIP Lounge. OneMusicFest.com
September 14: Georgia Dome
ATLANTA FALCONS HOME OPENER e Atlanta Falcons open their 2015 regular season at home on national TV Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. e Eagles and Falcons both ﬁnished last season ranked in the top-10 in total oﬀense and while a lot has changed in Philadelphia over the oﬀseason, the consensus is that they should be even better on the oﬀensive side of the football. is game is expected to be a shootout. Visit AtlantaFalcons.com
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TomorrowWorld is an award-winning electronic music festival known for amazing setting, multiple elaborate stages, and massive artist line-ups. e event takes place on 8,000 acres of secluded forests and lakes just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. TomorrowWorld promises an impressive range of electronic music and appeals to everyone who loves music, nature and breath-taking spectacle. Visit TomorrowWorld.com
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As fall Arrives, the Jersey Boys Return for an Encore Engagement at the Fox choreographer and dancer and my mom was a singer, pianist and music director. My whole life was spent going to the theater and playing soccer and baseball. But one night we were at a show and I was like, “I want to try that,” and it stuck.
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ERSEY BOYS IS THE POPULAR “ jukebox musical” that details the inspirational rise to fame of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the popular vocal group of the ‘60s. Still a massive hit on Broadway, the tuneful production has spawned a number of Prior to this, the production you toured in national and international tours and even a Europe was Saturday Night major motion picture. As the Fever. song-packed show heads back Right, all over Spain, France, to Atlanta for another run at the Italy, the Caribbean. Really, all Fox, INsite spoke with Matthew OCTOBER 6–11 over. Dailey, the multi-talented singerFox Theatre dancer-actor-musician who That shows the universal foxtheatre.org plays Four Seasons’ guitarist and appeal of great music. People singer Tommy DeVito. instantly know the ‘70s music in Saturday Night Fever and they also know Tell us about your international journey the ‘60s sounds in the Jersey Boys. to ‘Jersey. Exactly, it’s really the same appeal because It was pretty crazy. I initially auditioned about everybody knows those songs. They may not a year and a half ago and I didn’t hear anything know the name Frankie Valli and the Four back. Then about 8 months later I was working Seasons but they definitely know the songs. on a cruise ship in Europe and got an email from the casting director that they wanted When did you first see Jersey Boys? And what to meet me. I flew to New York and did this was your first impression of it? six-hour call-back day while metting with the I saw it for the first time in 2007, it was the director the next morning. I then flew back to national tour when it came through Denver. Spain to meet up with the ship. When I landed I was still in high school and I didn’t know back in Europe I had a call saying I had the job. I anything about it. And then the show started, joined the show in January of this year. and it was so funny. Song after song, I was going, “Oh I know this one, I know that one.” It’s When did you first decide you wanted a life in amazing, the sheer amount of music that these the theater? guys created and how much of it has lasted I was really born into it. My dad was a through the decades.
Even a lot of fans don’t know the actual story of the band, and with the advent of American Idol and The Voice, it’s a great time to see how people became famous in a very different era. Totally, it was a whole different time. People can relate to it because it was just these guys growing up in the neighborhood. One of my lines in the show is, “Growing up in my neighborhood, you had three ways out. You could join the army, you could join the mob, or you could become a star.” And that truly were your three options back then. It’s the rags to riches tale that everyone loves to see, and we love to tell. It’s so simple: it’s four guys just off the streets of Jersey who eventually reach the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You play [guitarist/vocalist] Tommy DeVito. What’s it like playing a real, living character? Have you met him? I haven’t met him yet but I hope to one day. It’s very fun and it’s different than anything I’ve ever done before. You have to maintain the integrity of musical theatre and these are real people, a real story. The show is told in such a humanistic way that it’s apparent these are real people and I think that’s really what resonates with the audience. The show is obviously quite popular yet the movie wasn’t a huge hit. What happened? I saw the movie and I enjoyed it but I just think there’s something about the live show, where so much of the story is being told through
performance in a concert setting. There’s a definite energy between the performer and the audience and you really don’t feel when it’s on screen. That’s the beauty of life performance. And the music is all live, too. It’s all live. Even my guitar is all either live from me or the guitarist who doubles in the orchestra. Sometimes the dance steps are just so crazy, and I’m swinging guitar around, but 90% of the time it’s live coming from me. I play through the whole show and the steps are so complicated, and I’m throwing the guitar around but I’m still making that G chord!
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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
September 2 - 20 Alliance Theatre Box Office (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/cuckoo In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Randle McMurphy charms his way onto a psych ward thinking it's the easy way to serve out a six-month prison sentence. There he encounters Nurse Ratched, a disciplined and extremely focused agent of authority. Randle uses his charisma and humor to breathe life into the ward and lead the other patients into open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Nurse Ratched and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results. This powerful American drama explores the beauty and danger of being a free spirit in a closed system.
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September 30 - October 18 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/rain A Steady Rain is a harrowing and intimate story of two Chicago policemen pushing their moral boundaries to the breaking point. Sharing a squad car, the two men bond together against an increasingly violent and deeply troubling inner city. Their
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Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
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IF YOU CAN’T CREATE NEW Copy a Show that’s Tried and True BY BENJAMIN CARR
NE OF THE BASIC RULES IN television and movies is that if you find a successful hit, rip it off. This may not be the most respectable and idealistic approach to art but it often works. Even if audiences say they’re looking for new concepts, it makes good sense (and thus good cents) to give them more of the same. After the 1980s hit The Cosby Show, it seemed every stand-up comedian was given a shot at their own family sitcom. This led to great successes like Roseanne and Home Improvement along with a dozen other shows that we don’t really remember now. After Seinfeld became a hit in the 1990s, another of those stand-up shows (except without a family), it led to other new shows with copycat elements - a group of pals gathered in a coffee shop on shows like Friends, Ellen, Two Guys, Two Broke Girls, etc. The immediate clones to Seinfeld, though, didn’t capture the spirit of the original recipe. Some of the ingredients in other shows were the same, but Seinfeld’s dark, bitter, mean-spirited, selfish cruel streak seemed to die in TV comedy after Jerry and the gang headed to jail in the final episode. The closest we’ve come in the years since was Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was made by and starred the co-creator of Seinfeld as himself Larry David. But this year, in case you missed Hulu’s pervasive ad campaign touting its streaming of the entire series - or the appearance of its cast members on David Letterman’s farewell in May, Seinfeld is back in style. And its dark tone has also reappeared on some new sitcoms.
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The best one is called Catastrophe, available through Amazon Prime. From creators and stars Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, its premise is decidedly adult. On a business trip to London, Rob meets Sharon in a bar. For a week they have constant unprotected sex and then he returns to America without ever learning her last name. A month later she calls him and announces she’s pregnant. He returns to London to help her through a high-risk pregnancy even though the two of them barely know each other at all. Catastrophe doesn’t feel like a romance. It feels like a chat among drinking buddies who hate everyone else around them. Another show, the Hulu exclusive Difficult People is also bitter to its core. Created by Julie Klausner the sitcom stars her and Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation) as two comedians who would prefer to spend their days criticizing celebrities and judging people. They hate everybody but they’re really funny in the way that they do. Every episode of the show features at least three laugh-out-loud lines. It’s a terrific show, reminiscent of Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine.
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The Affair: Season One Showtime has spent years trying to catch up to HBO. The network rises to the challenge with this sexy, suspenseful guilty pleasure, starring Dominick West as a teacher/writer who takes his family to Long Island for summer at the beach with his in-laws. At a local diner he meets a waitress (Ruth Wilson) who’s trapped in a strained marriage. The two embark on a passionate affair, and the show focuses on the psychological toll it takes. Despite a potentially clichéd storyline, the series is brilliantly written and the acting is exceptional. The Hee Haw Collection It may seem corny in retrospect, but this pickin’ and grinnin’ ode to country culture (which ran from 1969-1992) was a weekly must-watch for my Southern family. Hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the variety show was conceived as a rural alternative to Laugh-In, with comedy sketches, bluegrass jams and guest performances by legends such as Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette. This 3-DVD set from TimeLife features 5 late ‘60s and early ‘70s episodes previously unavailable at retail, and includes interviews with cast members Clark, George Lindsey and more. The Last Dragon: 30th Anniversary Edition Back in 1985, Motown founder Berry
Gordy produced a cult classic that was part Blaxploitation, part kung fu action, and 100% entertaining. The story follows NYC martial artist Leroy Green (a.k.a. “Bruce Leroy”), who idolizes the kung fu legend and embarks on an epic quest to find a master who can help him develop a mystical power known as “The Glow.” Along the way, there are rival gangs, sleazy video arcade impresarios, sexy pop stars and even Prince’s associate Vanity as music video jockey… in other words, totally cheesy ‘80s awesomeness.
Mad Max: Fury Road Over 35 years after his directorial debut, George Miller returned to the franchise that made him famous and delivered an action epic for the ages. The cinematography of the apocalyptic desert wasteland is stunning, the stunts are eye-popping from start to finish, and Charlize Theron (as the one-armed heroine Imperiator Furiosa) leads a largely female cast that steals the show right out from under Tom Hardy’s feet. His Max is serviceable, but the biggest star here is Miller, who somehow manages to rival (if not top) his previous career best, 1981’s The Road Warrior. Soaked in Bleach It’d be easy to dismiss this as another exploitative title in the growing “Kurt Cobain Was Murdered” genre. But its theories are put forth by the PI hired by Courtney Love when Cobain went missing in 1994, and he has plenty of incriminating recordings to add reasonable doubt that this was simply a suicide by a conflicted, drug-addicted rock star. In addition to bizarre recordings from Love, Tom Grant has recordings of Cobain’s lawyer/close friend Rosemary Carroll, who seriously doubts Kurt was suicidal. It’s a compelling documentary, regardless of where you stand on the murder vs. suicide spectrum. insiteatlanta.com • September 2015 • PG 9
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Dynamics of Television are Changing as Fast as Technology
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HE DYNAMICS OF TELEVISION are changing as fast as technology. Cable channels like HBO and AMC have practically cornered the market on Emmy nods. Shows such as Transparent and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are establishing Amazon and Netflix as major players. In an age when more and more people are watching online, what can the broadcast networks do to ensure their continued relevance? Check out our preview of this year’s new shows for the answers… 9:00 PM
BLOOD & OIL (ABC)
The Stars: Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Amber Valletta, Delroy Lindo The Scoop: Johnson (as powerful alpha male tycoon, Hap Briggs) heads up an ensemble cast for this soap opera following a young couple who move to Williston, North Dakota after the biggest oil discovery in American history. The Skinny: The project has been off and on for 4 years now, with its show-runner replaced just a few weeks ago due to the project’s “big scope.” Do we really need another Dallas? (Premieres September 27) 10:00 PM
The Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Masri The Scoop: Bollywood star Chopra anchors the racially diverse cast in this drama about young trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, whose stories are told using lots of flashbacks and flash-forwards. The twist? One of them is a sleeper agent who will engineer the largest terrorist attack on the U.S. since 9/11. The Skinny: Described as a timely cross between Grey’s Anatomy and Homeland, we’re hoping it will be less like the former and more like the latter. (September 27)
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
The Stars: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Rubén Blades, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey The Scoop: This spin-off of Robert Kirkman’s comic book-turned-TV smash is set in L.A. at the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse, and largely follows the interpersonal struggles of a family fighting to survive the end of the world. The Skinny: The first episode suggests the show will need time to find its storytelling rhythm. Given its predecessor’s success, AMC is likely to give it plenty.
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The Stars: Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Marton Csokas The Scoop: If you watched the Walking Dead finale and have even a passing interest in Westerns or martial arts, the stunning teaser trailer for this genrebending show likely got your attention. Loosely based on 16th century Chinese classic Journey to the West, the story follows a warrior and a young boy who journey through a dangerous feudal land seeking enlightenment. The Skinny: AMC is debuting the show right after the premiere of The Walking Dead season six, so you can bet your ninja sword they believe they have another hit on their hands. (November 15) MONDAY 8:00 PM
The Stars: Melissa Benoist, David Harewood, Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks The Scoop: Co-developed by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash) and Ali Adler (Chuck), the latest DC Comics adaptation casts Benoist (Glee) as Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El, who must learn to embrace her powers after years of hiding them. In a clever bit of stunt casting, Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (1984’s Supergirl film) play her adoptive parents. The Skinny: With all of the various producers and actors involved and CBS (which also owns the CW) clearly invested in expanding the DC Universe on TV, this one seems like a shoo-in for success with the Comic-Con fanboys. (October 26)
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (CW)
The Stars: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin The Scoop: This musical dramedy follows Bloom as a 20-something who quits her gig as a Manhattan lawyer to follow her soulmate
to LA 10 years after he dumped her in high school. Described by co-creator Bloom as “a dark, screwed-up romantic comedy,” the show was picked up and expanded to an hour by the CW after Showtime passed on the original half-hour format. The Skinny: Three reasons it’ll be a hit: 1) Bloom’s music has made her a viral video star; 2) There’s nothing like it on TV (and early buzz is excellent); and 3) it’s being smartly paired with Jane the Virgin (and appeals to a similar audience). (October 12) 8:30 PM
LIFE IN PIECES (CBS)
The Stars: Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister Jones, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest The Scoop: Described as “a new look at the atypical American family, one piece at a time,” Life In Pieces follows the intertwined lives of three generations of the Short clan. Youngest son Greg (Hanks) and wife Jen (Jones) just had a baby, and as they grapple with the challenges of first-time parenthood, his parents (Brolin and Wiest) struggle to age gracefully. The Skinny: Sounds a lot like a less hip and edgy take on Modern Family. But we love the cast, so we’re rooting for this one to be better than it seems on first glance. (September 21) 9:00 PM
(FOX) The Stars: Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Nick Zano, Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama The Scoop: Broadway star Sands anchors this sequel set in the year 2065, 15 years after the events of Tom Cruise’s 2002 film. Dash and his siblings are “Precogs” who can predict crimes before they happen. He works with a detective (Good) to stop them, while at the same time trying to find his missing twin brother (Zano) before dark forces seeking to use Precogs for nefarious purposes do. The Skinny: FOX is heavily invested in
this sci-fi series, which Steven Spielberg had a hand in developing. As film-to-TV adaptations go, this one has considerable potential for success. (September 21) 10:00 PM
The Stars: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Audrey Esparza, Marianne JeanBaptiste The Scoop: Co-created by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), this action thriller follows a mysterious woman with amnesia (Alexander), whose body is covered in tattoos that the FBI realizes provide clues to crimes that need to be solved. The Skinny: Three reasons it’ll be a hit: 1) Berlanoti’s got serious cred with fanboys thanks to the success of his CW shows and his forthcoming Flash film; 2) Alexander’s got serious cred with fanboys thanks to her role as Sif in the Thor movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; 3) their show’s panel proved to be one of the most heavily-buzzed at this year’s Comic-Con. (September 21) TUESDAY 8:00 PM
(FOX) The Stars: John Stamos, Josh Peck, Christina Milian, Paget Brewster, Ravi Patel The Scoop: Seemingly ageless Greek hunk Stamos stars as a recently divorced womanizing bachelor whose footloose-andfancy-free lifestyle is interrupted by the realization that he has a grown-up son (Peck), who now has a daughter from a one-night stand. Since this is a sitcom, we’re guessing hilarity ensues. The Skinny: We’re big Stamos fans, but something about this one feels very oldfashioned. Still, given the involvement of creator Daniel Chun (former head writer on The Office), we’re willing to give it a shot. (September 29)
THE MUPPETS (ABC)
The Stars: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn The Scoop: Pitched as a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Muppets’ personal lives, this mockumentary shows the day-to-day duties of our favorite felted friends during production of Up Late with Miss Piggy, a fictional latenight talk show. The Skinny: Though not quite what fans hoping for a Muppet Show revival expected, this inventive left-turn was created by writer/ producer Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), who began his career with Jim Henson Productions. With interest in a Muppets revival at an all-time high thanks to two successful films, the pressure is on not to muck this one up. (September 22)
THE GRINDER (FOX)
The Stars: Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Elliott, William Devane The Scoop: Coming off his career-redefining turn on Parks & Rec, Lowe stars as an actor who comes home after his TV series, The Grinder (in which he played a lawyer), ends its run. His brother (Savage) and father (Devane) are actual lawyers, so he decides to join their firm despite the fact that he has no education in the field. The Skinny: Director Jake Kasdan has a string of stinkers to his credit (see: Sex Tape & Bad Teacher… or, better yet, don’t). We’re hoping this one breaks the streak, for Lowe’s sake. (September 29) 9:00 PM
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (NBC)
The Stars: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier The Scoop: As an alt-comedy standup comic, Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors) is hilarious. His first starring role finds him on a laughtrack sitcom about a guy and his girlfriend (West) who have to tell his strict, ol’ school parents (Devine, Grier) that they’ve moved in together. The Skinny: The cast is great, but barely helps to elevate the weak, played-out script. There’s more promise here than NBC’s woeful Mr. Robinson could muster, but it’s still mediocre fare.
CHICAGO MED (NBC)
The Stars: Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto, Rachel DiPillo The Scoop: This Chicago Fire spin-off is set in the Windy City’s most intense hospital, where a bold team of doctors, nurses, admins and interns battles a constant stream of medical chaos. Topical storylines are ripped from the headlines, with the expected dose of melo- to the drama. The Skinny: Co-created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead (NYPD Blue, Prison Break), this would seem to be a safe bet for success. But the show runner stepped down in late August due to “creative differences,” which is rarely a good sign. (November 10) 9:00 PM
SCREAM QUEENS (FOX)
The Stars: Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Skyler Samuels, Keke Palmer The Scoop: Co-created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, Scream Queens combines the creepy, twisted sensibilities of American Horror Story with the millennial-friendliness of Glee. The story follows a serial killer out for revenge on a college campus 20 years after a Kappa Kappa Tau sorority pledge gone wrong. The Skinny: The Fall TV season rarely offers much in the way of safe bets. This is one we’ll definitely be setting our DVR’s to record. (September 22) 10:00 PM
BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (NBC)
The Stars: Neil Patrick Harris The Scoop: Based on hit British variety show Ant & Dek’s Saturday Night Takeaway, this left-of-center series offers a lively blend of sketch comedy, game shows, hidden camera pranks, audience giveaways, guest appearances by A-list stars and musical performances. The Skinny: His stint as guest judge on
America’s Got Talent proved the alwaysengaging Harris is game for anything. He should make a great ringmaster for this circus of shenanigans. (September 15)
The Stars: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Hill Harper The Scoop: This adaptation of the 2011 Bradley Cooper/Robert DeNiro movie takes place after the film’s events, with Cooper exec producing and appearing in the pilot. The story follows Brian Finch (McDorman), who develops superhuman powers of memory and intellect after taking a mysterious drug called NZT. The Skinny: We’ve heard no buzz on this sci-fi thriller, but Cooper’s involvement bodes well. (September 22)
THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER (FX)
The Stars: Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst The Scoop: This show from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is a historical drama set soon after the Welsh revolt against English rule (1294-1295). The story centers around a knight in King Edward I’s army who vows to lay down his sword. But the more he tries to get away from the violence, the more he’s sucked back into it, ultimately taking on the role of executioner. The Skinny: Sutter’s brutal style seems especially well-suited to Medieval Times. The only question will be whether Aussie newcomer Jones can rise to the occasion in his first lead role. (September 15)
WICKED CITY (ABC)
The Stars: Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Jeremy Sisto, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna The Scoop: This true crime drama tells the story of two detectives (Sisto and Luna) on the hunt of romantically-linked serial killers (Westwick, Christensen) in early ‘80s L.A. The Skinny: I’m no fan of procedural dramas,
and creator Steven Baigelman’s last script (Get On Up) required extensive rewrites. I wouldn’t bet on this one to last a full first season. (October 27) WEDNESDAY 8:00 PM
The Stars: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, Lorraine Toussaint The Scoop: Not connected with the underrated 1997 John Singleton film of the same name, this show follows Dr. Beaumont Rosewood (Chestnut), a studly Miami pathologist with a high-tech lab who pairs with feisty Detective Annalise Villa (Ortiz) to help the police solve crimes. The Skinny: Chestnut is undeniably charismatic and FOX is pairing the show with its breakout smash, Empire. I’m not their target demo (i.e. female), but I suspect Rosewood will be popular. (September 23) 10:00 PM
CODE BLACK (CBS)
The Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth The Scoop: Based on a documentary, this medical drama takes place in an overcrowded, understaffed ER in Los Angeles. ANGEL FROM HELL The Skinny: Creator Michael Seitzman has a string of failed films (Here On Earth, North Country) and TV shows (Americana, Intelligence) to his name. We’ll be shocked if this one breaks that streak. (September 30) THURSDAY 8:00 PM
HEROES REBORN (NBC)
The Stars: Jack Coleman, Henry Zebrowski, Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni The Scoop: This 13-episode miniseries builds on the promise of the first season (2006) of NBC’s sci-fi epic. It takes place a year after a terrorist attack in Odessa, TX that officials blame on the mutants. HRG (Coleman) is in hiding as a new generation discovers
their unique abilities, while vigilantes (Levi and Shekoni) hunt them down on a quest for revenge. The Skinny: Creator Tim Kring is back, as are original characters such as Hiro (Masi Oka), Matt (Greg Grunberg) & Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy). We’re hoping they can get this once-beloved show back on track. (September 24) 10:00 PM
THE PLAYER (NBC)
The Stars: Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield, Damon Gupton (September 24) The Scoop: Set in Vegas, this action thriller stars Winchester (Strike Back) as the titular character, a sniper-turned security expert forced into heroic action in order to stop complex crimes. Snipes co-stars as a mysterious casino pit boss, with Wakefield as a dealer and Gupton as a police detective. The Skinny: They had us at “Starring Wesley Snipes.” The fact that the crime drama is created/produced by comic book icon John Rogers is just the icing on the compelling cake. (September 24)
ANGEL FROM HELL (CBS)
The Stars: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Bornheimer The Scoop: This quirky fantasy-comedy follows the unusual friendship of Type A dermatologist Allison (Lawson) and the mysteriously eclectic Amy (Lynch). Amy insists that she’s a guardian angel who’s been watching over Allison all her life, but Allison suspects she might be insane. The Skinny: We’ve loved Lynch ever since 2000’s Best In Show. She’s almost always the “Best In” whatever show she’s on. Our fingers are crossed that this one will prove a keeper. (November 5) FRIDAY 8:30 PM
DR. KEN (ABC)
The Stars: Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley, Albert Tsai, Tisha Campbell-Martin The Scoop: Jeong (The Hangover) wrote, co-executive produced and starred in the pilot for this sitcom about a frustrated doctor struggling (and largely failing) to juggle his career, marriage and parenting. The Skinny: We loved Jeong on Community, and he certainly knows the material– he was a licensed physician in L.A. before his acting career took off. But can this rock-solid DRACULA (NBC) supporting actor handle the pressures of playing the lead? (October 2)
TRUTH BE TOLD (NBC)
The Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Vanessa Lachey, Tone Bell, Bresha Webb, Ashley Tisdale The Scoop: Based on creator DJ Nash’s life, this sitcom follows the lives of two couples— one black, one white— who live next door to each other and get together to analyze and obsess over everything from sex and race to parenting and marriage. The Skinny: As a producer, Nash has had five shows on TV in the past four years, each of which has lasted an average of seven episodes. Honestly, we’ll be surprised if this one lasts that long. (October 16) insiteatlanta.com • September 2015 • PG 11
all is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor festivals in Atlanta. The hot humid days of August are behind us and the weather feels invigorating! If you thought the spring was a busy time for festivals in Atlanta, wait until you see our Fall Festival Guide. It is chock full of events happening throughout the metro area. Stop by any of the ones listed below and you are sure to see packed crowds filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many of these festivals have a similar theme: food, music, kid's area, local performers, arts and crafts, vendors and more. Many have free admission or a small admission fee. Check the individual websites for more details.
is free and samples are just $1 - $4. Grab a cold beverage from the beer garden, sample delicious food, and sit back and listen to great music. The Main Street entertainment stage will have local entertainment all day and culminate with a concert at 6:00 p.m. featuring The Mustangs. The Taste of Kennesaw California Dreaming beer garden will feature acoustic sounds of Scott Thompson from 11am – 5pm. There will be an enormous Kids Zone with interactive inflatables. Parking will be available throughout the downtown area as well as Adams Park and First Baptist Church of Kennesaw.
September 13 at 6pm; Sept 19 at 8pm The Ferst Center nbaf.org
TASTE OF KENNESAW
September 12 11am - 8pm Downtown Kennesaw kennesawbusiness.org Bring your family out to Taste of K e n n e s aw S a t u r d a y September 12 to sample over 30 local restaurants from the Kennesaw and Cobb County area. Admission
NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL
The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is the longest-running multi-disciplinary arts festival of the African Diaspora. Each year the festival presents works and exhibitions from renowned legends as well as emerging young artists. On Sunday, September 13 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence one of the leading modern dance companies in the United States performs in Atlanta for its 30th anniversary and offers
signature works from its extensive repertory. The evening includes a conversation with members of the company. On Saturday, September 19 Malpaso, NBAF and Georgia Tech have partnered to present this acclaimed modern dance company from Cuba as well as a timely discussion about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today.”
bounces, 120’ roller coaster obstacle course and more!
ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL September 24 - 27 Greek Orthodox Cathedral atlantagreekfestival.org
TASTE OF SMYRNA
September 19 11am - 8pm Downtown Smyrna smyrnacity.com The Taste of Smyrna is food, fun and music all day long! Nibble and nosh your way around the Village Green on Sat., Sept. 19. Admission is free and samples can be purchased from $1 up to $4. Plan to sample from over 30 restaurants and listen to acoustic music on the beautiful Village Green and the Market Village. Scott Thompson provides acoustic music from 11am – 3pm adjacent to the Veteran’s Memorial. The evening will be topped off with a live concert from 7 - 9pm featuring The Unusual Suspects. The kids will have a blast at the Kids Zone on the Quad Bungee, 24’ Rockwall, 33’ inflatable Shark Slide,
Enjoy food, fun and "Opa" at the 40th Anniversary Year of the Atlanta Greek Festival! This popular festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries (including a festival drive thru for those short on time), cooking demonstrations, church tours, music, and dancing with special audience participation. This year’s festival takes place Thursday September 24th from 5pm - 10pm; Friday from 5pm – 11pm; Saturday 11am - 11pm; and Sunday from 11am - 7pm. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located on Clairmont Rd. between Briarcliff Rd. and LaVista Rd. in Atlanta. Admission for adults is $5 and children 12 & under are admitted free. Go online, for special promotions and to pur chase tickets. Free Parking and Shuttle buses from Century Center Office Park.
Free Admission Beer Garden Kids Zone Acoustic Music All Day The Unusual Suspects Concert 7-9 pm
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NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR
September 24 - October 4 Jim Miller Park Marietta northgeorgiastatefair.com As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. The fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. Headlining the Georgia Lottery Concert Series this year are: Danny Gokey on Friday, September 25; Mark Wills on Saturday; Montgomery Gentry on Wednesday; Dustin Lynch on Thursday; Kellie Pickler on Friday; and Eric Paslay on Saturday, October 3; All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are free with fair admission. There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway. New rides include The Black Forest: a state-of-the-art fun house, Balloon Ferris Wheel: a 40-ft. high family ride and The Lolli Swing: a kiddie swing ride. Admission to the fair is $7.00; Children 10 and under are free. Ride tickets are $1.25 each with packages available. Discounted fair tickets are available thru Sept. 25 at metro Atlanta Walgreens stores.
FOLK LIFE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 26, 10:30am - 4:30 pm atlantahistorycenter.com/folklife
A highlight among Atlanta’s fall festivals, the Fall Folklife Festival at the Atlanta History Center marries the Southern ways of good food, local brews, friends and family, and the joy of making memories. Held
each year during the first weekend of autumn, guests spend the day exploring the sprawling 33 acre campus and learning how Southerners prepared for the changing of the seasons in years past. This year’s festival highlights the contributions of African American chefs and home cooks to Southern Foodways. Features include cooking demonstrations by Michael Twitty and a culinary conversation featuring Erika Council, the author behind the popular blog Southern Soufflé. Guests enjoy the sounds of local musicians performing bluegrass, folk, and funk music, and sample local fare from Atlanta-based food trucks. The festival is free to members and included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers.
DULUTH FALL FESTIVAL
September 26 & 27 Downtown Duluth duluthfallfestival.org Come on out to the 33rd annual Duluth Fall Festival. There will be 375 plus Arts & Crafts, Food and Sponsor booths with many exciting new vendors. A huge parade kicks off the Festival o n Saturday morning at 10am followed by the Opening Ceremony. Then entertainment takes over on two stages where more than 20 acts will perform a variety of music and dance. Sunday starts with a 5K race at 8am followed by Worship on the Green and more entertainment. The Gold Medal Carnival is back. Go to Festival website to print off a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ Carnival coupon for Thursday and Friday nights.
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EAST ATLANTA STRUT
September 26 11am - 9pm East Atlanta Village eastatlantastrut.com Celebrating its 18th year, the East Atlanta Strut is a free one-day extravaganza that showcases the hottest in-town neighborhood in Atlanta. East Atlanta is the place to eat, drink, shop and play. Enjoy their classic car show, live local music, adult game area featuring contests of strength, stamina and beard growth and artists market. Make sure to check out the parade beginning at 2pm at Glenwood and Patterson Avenues. Also enjoy a free kids village, community booths, food and beverages. Alcohol is available for purchase for those with valid 21 or older photo ID. All festival proceeds are put back into the neighborhood and its community outreach. Leave the car at home. Parking will be limited to neighborhood side streets so take public transportation or ride your bike.
GREAT ATLANTA BEER FEST
September 26 3 - 8pm Turner Field greatatlantabeerfest.com The Great Atlanta Beer Fest returns to Turner Field on Saturday, September 26th. Enjoy over 200 beers to sample from across the country. The Geeks Band will be performing, watch college football on the big TV’s, plus fun and games at Scout’s Alley and around the event. The Chop House will host Atlanta’s newest Breweries.
TASTE OF ATLANTA
September 25, 26, 27 Midtown tasteofatlanta.com Taste of Atlanta is the city's original food festival. Where else can you sample amazing food from all over the city all in one place? Experience delicious tastes from more than 90 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants. Sample exceptional food, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings and participate in seminars and food pairings and relaxing music cafes. Feast on Taste of Atlanta's fantastic programming in five different live demo areas. Watch chefs go head to head on the Home Plate Main Cooking stage or go Inside the Food Studio where Atlanta's top foodies will teach you about Atlanta's food history and current trends.
OCTOBER FESTIVALS AVONDALE AUTUMNFEST
October 3 & 4 Avondale Estates autumnfestavondale.com Experience AutumnFest in Avondale Estates, October 3 and 4. This family-friendly festival offers a new 5K Run. It also features food trucks and a KidsZone, with activities for children of all ages. Explore the work of more than 90 regional artists representing a diversity of styles and media. See favorites such as the Southeastern Snake Encounter’s Reptile Wagon and live music by Tribute a celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. AutumnEats returns with local chefs preparing delicious tastings with local farmed and sourced ingredients.
CANDLER PARK FALL FEST
October 3rd and 4th Candler Park candlerparkfallfest.com
Atlanta’s best family-friendly arts and music festival is celebrating its 15th year! With a challenging 5K, Tour of Homes, live music, local food, fun-filled Kids Zone, and over 110 artist booths this free festival is not to be missed. The 5K kicks things off at 10am on Saturday before gates open at noon. Be sure to check out the tasty offerings of local restaurants and Atlanta Food Trucks while enjoying an astonishing total 10 bands over the two days. Gringo Star headlines Saturday night with Blair Crimmins & The Hookers on Sunday.
NORCROSS ART SPLASH October 3 & 4 Downtown Norcross
This popular Art Fest makes its home on the charming streets of historic downtown Norcross. The festivities begin October 3 from 10am to 6pm and October 4 from 11am to 5pm. Artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques. In addition to the artist market, the Kidz Zone awaits children of all ages with the free children’s art pavilion, face painting, inflatables and energetic rides. Entertainment provided on Thrasher Park’s intimate stage while food row always draws hungry shoppers with its large variety of tasty treats.
GEORGIA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
October 3 Candler Park georgiacraftbeerfestival.com The fall Georgia Craft Beer Festival is being held next to Red Brick Brewing Company on Saturday, October 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This outdoor festival will include an afternoon of games, live entertainment, a variety of food selections from the city’s top food trucks. Over 30 top breweries from around the state showcase their signature craft beers and attracting beer enthusiasts from all over town. All attendees must be 21 years of age. Tickets range from general to VIP, which includes access to the VIP area, air-conditioned bathrooms and exclusive beer samples.
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL
October 10 & 11 Piedmont Park atlantapride.org The 45th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival is the largest event in the United States to coincide with National Coming Out Day. The Official Kickoff Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 9. This event that has now become a tradition for many and launches the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival. The Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday from the Civic Center and enters the Piedmont Park through the Charles Allen entrance.
FESTIVAL ON PONCE
Oct. 17 & 18 Olmsted Linear Park festivalonponce.com The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and
crafts event held at the Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta. There is something for everyone: Artist's Market featuring arts and handmade crafts, a Children's Park, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Attendance is free and visitors are encouraged to stroll the event to enjoy the art on display and the historic gardens. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr.
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday October 17, Noon - 5PM Downtown Decatur Square decaturbeerfestival.com Come and enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the Decatur square. More than 100 of the finest local, American and international beers are showcased at this annual event sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs. Enjoy live music on the Community Bandstand and food from local restaurants available for sale. Admission is $40 per person and includes a commemorative tasting glass. Or take it up a notch with the purchase of a $100 VIP ticket for the ultimate beer festival experience. Don’t delay as tickets sell out fast. All tickets are sold online through Ticket Alternative. No tickets are available for purchase at the gate. You must be 21 or older to attend and no animals allowed at the festival.
ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL
October 24 & 25 Piedmont Park atlantaartsfestival.com The Atlanta Arts Festival is dedicated to bringing together outstanding artists from throughout the country with the large and enthusiastic art buying community of the Atlanta area. It is free to the public and open on Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Artist demonstrations, classes, live entertainment, festival food and beverages are available.
SMYRNA FALL JONQUIL FESTIVAL
October 24 & 25 smyrnacity.com The Fall Jonquil Festival is located on the beautiful Village Green in downtown Smyrna on October 24 & 25. There will be 150 arts & crafts booths, 12 food booths, and plenty of children's activities. The show will also feature a local entertainment stage. The show will draw crowds of around 17,000 people. Show hours are 10 am -6 pm on Saturday and 12 Noon - 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
November 7 & Chastain Park chastainparkartsfestival.com The Chastain Park Arts Festival is a twoday outdoor event with an emphasis on visual arts. This event will feature up to 185 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Admission is free.
THE NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL’S 2015 Season Continues... Join Us for More Extraordinary Performances and Conversations! Sunday, SePt 13, 6PM Ronald K. Brown/evidence, a dance Company: One of the leading modern dance companies in the United States performs in Atlanta for its 30th anniversary and offers signature works from its extensive repertory. The evening includes a conversation with members of the company! tickets: $30 and up ($20 students) Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, GA Tech
H FRiday, SePt 11, 5PM Ronald K. Brown Master Class tickets: $20 Location: Sylvan Hills Middle School
FRiday, SePt 18, 6PM nBaF’s Gallery Hop ii: Intersecting Disciplines: Visual/ Art/Dance: Merging gallery tours, receptions and live dance performances in one curated evening! tickets: $30
SatuRday, SePt 19, 8PM Malpaso dance Company: NBAF and the Georgia Tech Office of the Arts have partnered to present this acclaimed modern dance company from Cuba as well as a timely discussion about the “State of Dance in Cuba Today.” tickets: $30 and up ($20 students) Location: Ferst Center for the Arts, GA Tech H FRiday, SePt 18, 5PM Malpaso dance Company Master Class tickets: $20 Location: Sylvan Hills Middle School
tHuRSday, SePt 10, 5:30PM Film Series: Film Screening & Conversation — Representing Us: Black Dance in Film; Screening of david LaChapelle’s Rize (2005) tickets: Free, RSVP required Location: Bank of America Auditorium, Shirley Massey Leadership Building, Morehouse College
For full 2015 Season Schedule and Tickets go to NBAF.org tHanKS to ouR 2015 PRoGRaM SeaSon SPonSoRS!
Downtown Duluth Saturday, September 26 All Day Entertainment 9-7 Booths 10 Parade 11:30 Opening Ceremony
Sunday, September 27 All Day Entertainment 8 Road Race 9-5 Booths 10 Worship in the Park
Fullscale Carnival Thursday–Sunday! Coupons on Website! Free Free www.duluthfallfestival.org Admission! Shuttle!
Major support is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
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INTO THE WILD Movie Reviews
Bear Grylls On Celebrities, Survival & Running Wild BY BRET LOVE
STRAIGHT OUTTA DEVELOPED MYCOMPTON LIFELONG LOVE
1/2 of the outdoors as a boy. My parents and Much like thetook obituary for your late uncle grandparents me backpacking in the that somehow failed to mention how he Appalachian mountains and to our rustic cabin drank like a Russian sailor and cheated on on Lake Hartwell, where I learned to set up his wife, Straight Outtacook Compton leaves camp, fish, start a fire (and on it), forage outwild a berries few things aboutimportantly, its protagonists for and, most respect(a 20-something Dr. Dre’s issue with keeping the beauty and bounty that Mother Nature has hands off women, for one). But obscenely tohis offer. underrated F. Gary (The On Runningdirector Wild With BearGray Grylls, theItalian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) only had British adventurer does the same thing two and a half hours to world’s work with; there was only so with some of the biggest celebrities. much ground he could cover.Ben To Stiller economize It’s thrilling to watch a nervous his time,down Graya introduced to the drugrappelling mountain onusScotland’s Isle living-on-somebody’s-couch ofinfested, Skye, a terrified Tom Arnold conqueringliving his conditions Wright/Eazy-E fear of heightsofby Eric traversing a tree over a(played 50by drop Jasonin Mitchell), Young/Dr. foot Oregon, andAndre a boyish Zac EfronDre (Coreyto see Hawkins) and O’Shea Jackson/Ice stoked a wild beaver in the Catskills. But Cubemakes (O’Shea Jackson Jr.)more while, at the same what the show even interesting is time, how itthese the rare,explaining honest glimpse offers things of thesemolded stars them into overwhelmed the seminal byrap Niggaz emotionally the group challenges of Wit’ Attitudes (NWA). Run-ins withof the gang pushing themselves to the limit in some world’s mostgirls beautiful areas. (Paul bangers, and wilderness greasy managers Grylls– a as former in the Giamatti Jerryreservist Heller) got theBritish group fired Special Forces who laterbeen climbed up, sure, but(SAS) it may have unprovoked Everest and crossed thethe North Atlantic confrontations with L.A.P.D. thatand had the the Northwest Passage in an inflatable boat– biggest impact on the raging sound. If you recently to uscareless about the show via cell can getspoke beyond lines about women phone from a little offCube the south and drinking, youcove hear spewcoast timeless of England. bars on “Fuck The Police” like “Searching my car/looking for the product/Thinking every Where the idea for Running come nigga did is selling narcotics. ” ThoseWild words speak from? I know you did popular episodes to Southern California in 1988 and St. Louis ofinMan Vs Wild withthose Will moments, Ferrell andand later 2015. But for Jake Gyllenhaal. HasNWA’s this concept been Suge scenes discussing infighting, germinating in yourand mind ever since? Knight’s presence Eazy’s death, to really Yes.home, ThoseGray Man Vs Wild ashows guestthat hit needed core [with of actors stars] have been very successful all around folks could believe. In Mitchell, Hawkinsthe and world. Once werethat done that show, Jackson Jr., we he got andwith a helluva lot more. we wanted to revisit format. knew it for Oscar buzz mightthis already be We deafening was format thatmovie, workedbut and, me,Jason it’s justand theawell-paced wefor think really fun because you get to know people and O’Shea’s spot-on turns warrant individual it’s such a good dynamic. So it was exciting consideration, too. Hell, we’d even campaign getting through all the health”and safety stuffing hoops. for Gray as “Best Director, because Not a lot of it is planned, so that was quite as much as you can about beloved music a titans mountain us minutes to climb before we even ask intofor 150 ain’t easy—just started. But NBC helped us through that, and half the biopic directors before him. fought a few of those battles. –DeMarco Williams
You have a FOR lot of FIRE experience DIGGING (R) dealing with these harsh climates and wild places. But is it a lot of responsibility to take someone who Digging for Fire is carefully tailored for a doesn’t have experience in dealing with these specific demographic that can relate to the conditions? main a couple around Yes, it’scharacters, a nightmare! When I’m on my40 who have been married a decade or so are still own I’ve got nothing to worry aboutand apart trying to adjust to adulthood, not to mention parenthood. Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) wants to get their three-year-old into a good preschool that will ensure his future. Tim (Jake Johnson) works in the public school system and thinks it’s good enough for his son. What passes for a plot in this series of incidents and
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from keeping myself alive. It’s definitely more challenging when taking somebody conversations is you’re triggered when Tim finds a who’s donea nothing thisvacation before. You’ve gun and bone inlike their rental got and tofeels think for them atolotdigof up thethe time. Butinit’ssearch been compelled yard exciting to be the ablebone to takemay these guyscome away.from. of the body have ILee loveadvises seeing them come against it alive and when takes they’re the kid to facing difficult terrain andLight) big challenges, both visit her mother (Judith and stepfather emotionally and While physically. greatTim helping (Sam Elliott). she’sIt’sgone invites people overcome that, whether it’s brings a fear ofalong some buds over to party and one heights or snake or whatever a couple of women (Annait is. Kendrick, Brie Larson). The next day Larson comes back Were kind ofintraining alonethey and given Lee isany defended a bar by Orlando beforehand prepare them? Bloom. So to both spouses face temptation and When it comes training, we said, the suspense oftothe last part of the film is “You’ve got to a big whetherjust either orbring both two will things– yield. Filmmaker bag of fortitude and a big backpack full Joe Swanberg, who shares writingofcredit enthusiasm– andhas we’lllined do theup bestanwhen with Johnson, incredible we’re out there. ” The fun thing about it isAdams, roster of actors (also including Jane that not tooJenny prepared, Wefor Samthey’re Rockwell, Slateyou andknow? more) wing it together, and you see them on camera brief appearances as largely undefined and learning and making mistakes,This and that’s the often unnamed characters. bare-bones fun real part of it. The only training I did with storytelling could be a date night for couples any them wasTim, withbut Zac,they’re becauseprobably I wantedtoo likeofLee and tobusy skydive him. So I gave him some to gowith to the movies. training for a couple of hours the day before. –Steve Warren But beyond that, everyone else just arrived with that fortitude andTHE enthusiasm, and(PG) I said, KAHLIL GIBRAN’S PROPHET “We’ll 1/2do it altogether.”
Roger Allers and company have made Of all the places you’ve been, what’s the place a game effort to bring The Prophet to the that you connect with the most? screen in animated form. I don’t want to Home! (Laughs) A lifetime of doing this has spoil me it for Gibran’s taught twothose things.who One ismay thatfind I do love the poetry as deep, meaningful and heavy. Allers adventure. I love being out there. It’s where a it’s largely framework Ihas comecreated alive, and wherenew I perform at my for eightI of thethebook’s 26 poems, which best. love wildernesses we’ve goneare to read or sung in their majority or entirety, around the world, and it’s such a privilege. each But illustrated designer/director. going away aby lot ahasdifferent also taught me the value (voiced by Liam Neeson) ofArtist-poet home. YouMustafa know, I’ve got a lovely family, is about to sail for his homeland, but in this with three young boys. It’s the greatest driving storywhen he’s I’m beenupimprisoned years. force a mountain for or inseven a jungle– a He finds a new admirer/protégée in Almitra shining light making me work hard to get out Wallis), a young girl who hasn’t of(Quvenzhané there in one piece. spoken in the two years since her father died. Some of theupvisuals simple, others People look to you are as afairly survival expert. – or teacher psychedigital. There’s Ispsychedelic there a particular that you would plentyfor to giving look atyou butthe themost kids survival won’t sit still for credit the poetry, even though it’s animated. The knowledge? Lebanese work hasfeel survived a Well, to bepoet’s honest, I don’t like I’mnearly a hundredexpert. years When and may go onofffor hundreds survival I started doing Man more. Vs Wild, I felt like more of a survival expert –Steve Warren because I’d just left the military. That’s where I learned all of my survival skills. But the more FROM (PG-13) ofTHE thisMAN I’ve done, theU.N.C.L.E. more I realize that I’m 1/2 ajack of a lot of things, but a master of very makes low-budget little. Guy Every Ritchie day I meet bettergreat climbers, better gangster better movies (from Lock, Stock... skydivers, survivalists. The thing aboutto RocknRolla), but throw money at him me is that I’ll always work damn hard, I’ll and he’ll throw back crap (albeit profitable crap) like the Sherlock Holmes movies. This adaptation of the 1960s TV series is in the latter category. It’s got bland leading (and leaden) performances by Henry Cavill (as Napoleon Solo) and Armie Hammer (as Illya
THE WILD IS VERY REVEALING. YOU GET TO KNOW PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT YOU NEVER DO OTHERWISE, BECAUSE THEY’RE UNCOVERED AND VULNERABLE. YOU GET TO KNOW THEIR STRUGGLES, THEIR THEIR(co-written by Kuryakin) andDOUBTS, a screenplay TRIUMPHS, THEIRon HIGHS Ritchie) that’s heavier exposition than War andAND Peace (the LOWS. book, not the movie). THEIR Each character and situation is introduced with a lengthy speech explaining their history. It leaves so little time for action that those sequences areeven condensed splitalways keep cheerful when it’susing miserable, screen effects to suggest what’s happening. and I always go for it. But as for the training, At least the ‘60s, asIdo some aof the 99% wasthey fromrecall the military and learned atmospheric comes upa with. bunch as a kidvisuals with myRitchie dad, who’d been Had he been more consistent the movie could commander and a climber and loved all this claim excellence in that department. There’s stuff. He’ll be turning in his grave if I only also some comedy, at a fourth-grade level. credit him with 1 percent… He’s about 50%! The he ending if you hadn’t But taughtreveals me the–love of it, whichguessed actually– that it’sfor all everything. been a setup for a projected series. counts I don’t think so. I was ready to say U.N.C.L.E. beforeyou thishad oneawas halftoover. Have chance take your boys on –Steve Warren any of these adventures?
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Yes, I get to do that the rest of the year, when NOdon’t ESCAPE we have (R) TV cameras around us. They love it! Right now I’m in a little cove off the He may made some action south coasthave of England, looking at allcomedies, three but when hear thesea name Owen Wilson boys, stark you naked in the in the pouring you don’t instantlyunder thinka“action hero,trying ” unless rain. I’m sheltered fallen tree, to you’reoutbeing Don’t worry, he’sButnot keep of theironic. rain while talking to you. turning Liam Neeson; butDNA, whileforhe they love into it. They live it. It’s in their maintains his scruffy charm, he’s on the run sure. from near-beginning to end of No Escape, You’ve so has many places. except visited when he toinhospitable stand and fight. He’s How nail down wantand to tryingdotoyouprotect his the wifeplaces (LakeyouBell) film two in? daughters, which sounds Neesonesque Well, we trythe andratio pick diverse terrains. The but reverses of running to fighting. Isle Skye inhave Scotland is just barren and TheofDwyers just moved to an unnamed windswept, cold of andtourism) rainy. So we contrasted (for the sake “fourth world” that withcountry the hot deserts rock for Asian (playedandbydramatic Thailand) faces Utah. somebody has a real to dad’s ofnew jobIf as an engineer withwish a water go somewhere, we pick But really, it’s all company (“Cardiff, ” a that. stand-in for Nestle) about diversitythe andlocals. the challenging terrain. that exploits They arrive in time for a revolution, and the revolutionaries are Has there beeninvolved a place you’ve traveled that killing anyone with the government, was so incredibly difficult that you have no law enforcement, and especially foreigners. desire to go Most of theback? movie is one long chase scene Probably blackleft, swamps Sumatra, with peoplethedying rightofand center. It’s where the tsunami hit in 2001 and so insanely suspenseful I couldn’tdecimated tell if the apreview big part audience of the island. just this stinking, wasIt’slaughing to relieve black, swamp,some with allofofthe these tensionrotting or because setups are crocodiles feeding There’s off the 6500 pretty ridiculous. not ahuman wastedcorpses. shot in what plays like an old-time cliffhanger serial but without the slow parts. If you don’t want to think or breathe for 103 minutes, this is the movie for you. –Steve Warren
A funny thing happens in the middle of Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald: It goes off on a tangent and becomes a different, arguably more interesting film. Kempner makes wellresearched documentaries about prominent Jewish Americans (e.g., actress Gertrude Berg, baseball player Hank Greenberg) in danger of being forgotten. Her subject this time is Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), a wealthy merchant and philanthropist. The son of a German immigrant who grew up in Springfield, Illinois, he bought a part ownership in Sears, Roebuck & Co., eventually took it over from Richard Sears, built it into the country’s leading retailer and
became a multi-millionaire at the turn of the 20th century, when a million dollars was a lot of money. Never one to hoard his cash, he began giving it away through the Rosenwald Fund. Booker T. Washington raised his awareness of the plight of African Americans, with whom because They lost of a Rosenwald lot of lives inidentified that disaster, and their abuse by the KKK was comparable it’s become a disease-ridden, crocodile-filled,to what Russianplace. Jews So were in pogroms. snake-filled yes,suffering I’m not going to Washington accepted hurry back to that one. some aid for the Tuskeegee Institute but called Rosenwald’s attention the lack for African What is ittoabout beingofinschools the wilderness that American children in the South. Years later speaks to you personally? there “Rosenwald The were wild isover very 5000 revealing. You get toSchools” know around country. is adofine story of people inthea way that youThis never otherwise, “The Man and uncovered His Money, ” vulnerable. but the film’s because they’re and third act breaks into a series of sidebars about You get to know their struggles, their doubts, specific people who from And the their triumphs, their received highs andgrants their lows. Rosenwald Fund. They nearly ever if stuff happens in the wild,include it’s unpredictable. African American heardand of I’ve – and Things can go wrongyou’ve very quickly, got some you responsibility should have but haven’t - from a massive to keep these guys the first thethat challenge. 20th century. Some might alive.half But of I love never have achieved all they did without that little bit of financial aid.makes This atribute to What do you think it is that celebrity awant white philanthropist ultimately becomes to do this kind of adventure? a crash in Black andtheI think They’recourse not doing it for Studies, the money, fame, or thewould exposure. guys haveway. all of Rosenwald haveThese wanted it that that. They don’t need to take risks.–Steve And the Warren truth of doing this is that it is a risk. You’re going toJOBS: look like you’re strong, STEVE THE MANnotINbrave THEorMACHINE or whatever. I think it’s a testament to the (NR) idea1/2that people at heart love to challenge themselves. These have allKutcher reachedplayed Two years afterguys Ashton top ofand theira profession, but weweall see haveMichael that him month before yearning inside: If ourrole, livesSteve or ourJobs family’s Fassbender in the (1955lives were on the line, have I got what 2011) playsreally himself in prolific documentarian it takes to survive? Almosttheallco-founder of these guys Alex Gibney’s film about (with said one of the best was having and Steve Wozniak) of bits Apple. Unlikespace his hardtime to think about and how lucky theyand hitting exposés of life Enron, Scientology have been. The tries outdoors doesit that. creates others, Gibney to have bothItways with bonds between people and it gives us space Jobs. For 90 minutes he’s mostly positive, to breathe. At the of it,faults all of(as them had a acknowledging theend man’s a teenager, smileWoz, on their face and a light their aeyes that with ripping off Ma Bellin with device money can’t buy. Fame doesn’t do it. Drugs to avoid long distance charges; disclaiming don’t do it.ofBooze doesn’t do it.despite It’s the naming power paternity his first daughter of the wild, and I’ve seen it a ton in people. a computer after her) while celebrating Jobs as the prophet of the personal computer age. He almost singlehandedly turned the devices from business machines (the BM in IBM) to indispensable personal accessories, making customers feel connected to the company in the process. Jobs’ ugly departure from Apple in 1985 is glossed over quickly but he comes back over a decade later to pull Apple back from the brink. Gibney finally tears into Jobs’ dark side, or at least the corporation’s. On his watch there are backdated stock options, money stashed in Ireland to avoid U.S. taxes, and exploitation of Chinese workers who make Apple products, plus the discontinuation of philanthropic activities; so Apple is as soulless as any large corporation and worth more than any other. After this relatively brief segment Gibney concludes by stressing Jobs’ duality – basically a good man who did some bad things. It will be interesting to see how Fassbender plays him. –Steve Warren See the rest of our movie reviews at insiteatlanta.com/movies.asp
FALL OUTDOOR RECREATION GUIDE BY BRET LOVE
ITH ITS COOL TEMPS AND changing colors, Autumn has always been our favorite season in Atlanta. From days on Lake Allatoona in September/ October to mountain hiking and camping in November, the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless. Check out our guide to some cool gear that can make exploring Georgia’s great natural attractions even more enjoyable:
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Standup paddleboarding has exploded in popularity, and a summer class made my daughter a fan. The Newport 10’6” iSUP Bundle from NIXY (NixySports. com) is the perfect package, with an inflatable SUP, stabilizing fins, an adjustable paddle, pump, repair kit and a backpack to carry it all in. Total weight is only 25 pounds, and the board is remarkably sturdy for an inflatable… Inline skating is making a comeback, and the Macroblade 84 from ROLLERBLADE (Rollerblade.com) offers a sleek take on the ‘90s fitness trend. Form Fit liners and Soft True Wrap uppers give them a comfy feel, and the aluminum frame makes them much lighter than the skates we grew up with… The Ssmart Dynamo 2+ from OREGON SCIENTIFIC (store.OregonScientific.com) monitors your daily activity, connecting with the SmartFit App to track steps, distance, heart rate, calories burned and sleep cycle.
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innovative design, allowing you to turn the top of your Jeep or the bed of your truck into a cozy hammock for instant relaxification.
BAGS & BACKPACKS
Of all the new outdoor gear we’ve sampled, the Hopper 30 from YETI (YetiCoolers.com) is the one we’re using most. This soft-sided portable cooler is indestructible, leakproof and insulated enough to keep ice cold for days… The Fastback 30 from ULTIMATE DIRECTION (UltimateDirection.com) is a great day pack, with a vest-style fit, front access pockets for water bottles or smartphone, and a waterproof roll top closure for keeping stuff dry in harsh weather… The Energi+ Backpack from TYLT (Tylt. com) is for adventurers who want to stay pluggedin. It includes a removable rechargeable battery that can charge up to 3 devices at the same time… Serious backpackers will love the Altra 50 from ARC’TERYX (Arcteryx.com), which uses Composite Construction suspension to eliminate back panel layers and reduce weight (3lb, 2oz empty) without sacrificing comfort. The space-maximizing compartments, handy side pockets and one-handed closures are nice features as well.
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“Occasionally a product comes along that’s so brilliantly simple, you MAGELLAN wonder why nobody ever thought of it before. That’s how we feel about the Tumble 2 mntGLO from BIG AGNES (BigAgnes. com), a Backpacker Magazine 2015 Editor’s Choice. Weighing 4lb 8oz and offering 34 sq ft of flour space, this 2-person tent is illuminated with an LED light strand integrated into the seams, offering ambient light with the click of a button… We’ve been fans of KELTY (Kelty. com) for years, and their Gunnison 2.3 tent is another fine addition to the line. The 2-person, 3-season tent features compact folding poles and innovative hug clips to make setup a breeze, as well as two D-style doors for easy entry.
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The KID-O-BUNK (KidoBunk.com) is one of the most ingenious products we’ve seen. This portable 3-in-1 gizmo assembles into a bench, bunk beds or two single cots in minutes, with no tools required. It’s also light enough for kids to carry themselves… The Patagon from SELK’BAG (store.SelkbagUSA.com) looks like it’s made for kids, but it’s actually a wearable sleeping bag perfect for cold-night camping. The 5th generation line includes new features such as removable booties, Krekran insulation for better thermal efficiency, and improved ventilation… The JAMMOCK (Jammock.com) is another
We’ve been huge fans of adventure apparel from EXOFFICIO (ExOfficio. com) since we wore them to the Galapagos in 2011. Now, we pack their Ziwa Convertible and Damselfly pants, Breez’r and Trip’r shirts, and Give ’n’ Go underwear every time we travel. The lightweight fabric of their BugsAway line is remarkably comfortable, moisture-wicking, water/stain resistant and comes with an odorless “Insect Shield” that repels bugs for 70+ washings. They take up virtually no space in our luggage, are wrinkle-resistant, and can be washed and dried in a matter of hours, making them perfect for our outdoor adventures.
We’re not really big on technology, but when you’re exploring the great outdoors having the right technology on hand can be a matter of life and death. The weatherproof Talkabout T460 two-way radios from MOTOROLA (MotorolaSolutions.com) are handy when out of cell phone range, offering 2-way communications with a 35-mile range, NOAA weather channels and alerts, builtin LED flashlight and mini USB charging port… The submersible eXplorist 310 GPS from MAGELLAN (MagellanGPS.com) is an exceptional addition to any adventurer’s gear. Its many essential features include a World Edition map (which includes roads, water features, city centers and more), paperless geocaching, a transflective screen that makes it readable even in direct sunlight, 18 hours of usage powered by two AA batteries, and an ability to record your tracks with “Breadcrumbs” allowing you to find your way back at the end of the day.
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REVIEWS BY BRET LOVE, LEE VALENTINE SMITH AND JOHN B. MOORE
The Muffs The Muffs
(Omnivore Records) Long before pop-punk was compromised in the mainstream by Green Day and their ilk, it was much more of a fringe niche, thriving and writhing within a vibrant DIY mindset. The ‘80s and early ‘90s Los Angeles scene was an especially busy headquarters for short and catchy songcraft, splintered across several variations of ‘60s-style garage rock. One of the most influential bands of the indie end of that spectrum was The Pandoras, active from ’83 until 1990. From the ashes of that tumultuous combo came The Muffs, featuring former members Kim Shattuck and Melanie Vammen. Aided by Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Chris Crass (drums), The Muffs took the sloppy sonic scenarios of the movement and filtered them through a deliciously raw, Ramonesmeets-Beach Boys brand of SoCal crunch. Omnivore, the history-obsessed record label, has wisely reissued the band’s debut release from 21 years ago, as Shattuck and Vammen are currently touring Europe, performing again as The Pandoras. The Muffs’ collection fills a nice slot in the genre’s patchy history, with instantly beguiling tracks such as “Eye To Eye,” “Lucky Guy,” and “Don’t Waste Another Day,” marking the album an essential chapter of West Coast pop.
their newest release, centered around the vocal and instrumental talents of Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen, the album finds the two in good company, with a great guest roster of players including Rob Wasserman (Lou Reed), Dave Alvin (Blasters), Elliot Easton (The Cars) and drummer DJ Bonebreak of X, in addition to their own band. The results, specifically inspired by an Everly Brothers album from 1966, is a total delight from start to finish. Wasserman and Drennen’s vocal blends and penchant for slightly quirky roots-rock perfectly fit the material. From straightahead readings of classic favorites such as “Let It Be Me” and “Cathy’s Clown” to the lesser-known “The Price Of Love,” the band discovers the kinetic blend of joy and sadness the Brothers’ music often examines. Sure, many others have covered the Everlys’ catalog, but somehow in the hands of Dead Rock West, the same material bristles with a vibrancy that equals (“Gone Gone Gone”) and occasionally bests (“June Is As Cold As December”) the original recordings. Much more than a simple covers album, every track of It’s Everly Time is a finely-honed tribute to a timeless musical attitude. Dead Rock West opens for X in Athens at the Georgia Theater on September 8 and at Terminal West in Atlanta on September 9.
Blues,” “Midnight Rider” and “Melissa.” The DVD of the live show also splices in interviews with Gregg about the group’s songwriting and the influence of their hometown on the band’s music. A great collection for any fan of Gregg and the Allman Brothers.
My Dead Air
The Thief Who Knew My Name
For three decades now, the Tucson-based Giant Sand have been delivering beautifullycrafted, often heartbreaking, sometimes rocking alternative country. And based on the 15 tracks that populate Heartbreak Pass, their latest album, they show no sign of running out of steam anytime soon. With nearly 30 albums to their name, the band hit its stride around 2000 – with the latest line up reinvention - and hasn’t let up since. Led by the band’s constant, singer/guitarist Howe Gelb, Giant Sand’s sound, much like their fellow Arizona natives in the Meat Puppets, is hard to pin down from album to album or even track to track, but the quirkiness is always just under the surface. In the case of Heartbreak Pass, it comes courtesy of the eerie electronic vocals on “Transponder” and the weird guitar squawks at the end of “Texting Feist.” But the band can also play melancholy and loneliness beautifully, like on the album opener “Heaventually.” Despite cramming the album with 15 songs, the album doesn’t feel bloated thanks to the distinctiveness of each song, holding attention throughout the record. A stellar album from start to finish.
(Self-Released) My Dead Air was essentially started as a side project for Dan Ballard, at the time a guitarist for the band Until June. But hours spent writing songs on the side turned to months and soon he had enough to record an album’s worth in his own studio. The result is The Thief Who Knows My Name, 10 moody, tranquil Indie pop songs that could soundtrack a day spent watching the clouds roll by. The press materials cite a myriad of disparate musicians from George Harrison and Glen Campbell to Harry Nilsson and once you are clued into the influences, you can’t help but hear traces of each throughout the record. Ballard’s vocals also sound a bit like Nate Reuss, subtly powerful. The songs to tend to blend into each other now and then with little to distinguish one for the other, but overall a pretty impress debut that sounds different enough from his his work in Until June to make for an interesting evolution.
Summer Plans Self-titled
Dead Rock West
It’s Everly Time!
(Angel Flight Recording Company) Crafty Americana duo Dead Rock West have been on the national scene for a few years now, and their harmonious and hardscrabble tunes have found a solid niche following. The Los Angeles-based outfit’s newest release should broaden their appeal to a much wider audience if X frontman John Doe has any say in it. The band has backed the intelligent punk singersongwriter on solo tours and now the DRW is back on the trail, opening for X on their summer journey of the United States. On PG 18 • September 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
(Self-released) To fully enjoy the new record from Summer Plans, the listener doesn’t have to know the back-story of the band, but it helps. Their interesting history certainly explains the album’s concept and content. Kara Lorraine and JG Kemper, both in the bilious throes of post-breakup blues, met at a concert in 2010. As therapy, the pair decided to meet regularly and set their heartbreak issues to music. The end result, several years and many miles later, is their self-titled debut. Buoyed by the past and anchored to an overall theme of cautious hope, the mostly mid-tempo songs radiate healing amid obvious -- and often inspired -- soul introspection. The expansive crosscountry project bridges the lonesome distance between Virginia and California, offering fully-realized and totally relatable scenarios, culminating in a tempered crescendo of personal adjustment (“Lovers, Friends & Ghosts,” “Your Bed”) and, finally, growth (“California Skies”). Available from www.summerplansband.com.
(New West Records)
Rank Strangers Ringtones
Live: Back to Macon, GA [CD and DVD]
(Rounder) Although the Allman Brother may have officially called it a day in 2014, cofounder and namesake Gregg Allman is still going strong. His last record of original songs came out just four years ago and he continues to hit the road. And Back to Macon, this two CD/DVD set, proves he’s still a top caliber performer. Recorded in his home town on January 14, 2014, his first-ever solo DVD has this Godfather of Southern Rock backed by an 8-piece band, and includes special guest Devon Allman, his son and member of Honeytribe. This 16 song set includes plenty of his solo and Allman Brother hits, including great renditions of “I’m No Angel,” “Statesboro
(Veto) Minneapolis has one of the most consistently brilliant, yet somehow overlooked music scenes out there. From Prince and Morris Day to The Replacements and Soul Asylum, this Midwest musical hub too often gets glossed over when people start ticking off the list of great U.S. scenes. Rank Strangers are just further proof that the City of Lakes can still pull its weight musically. Signed to Grant Hart’s label (Hart of that other great Minneapolis band Husker Du), Rank Strangers plays classic garage rock, with just enough hints of lo-fi and punk rock to stand out from others in the genre. You can hear snatches of other bands throughout Ringtones, including Guided By Voices and The ‘Mats, but they still have a sound that’s largely their own. Tracks like “I See Motorcycles” and “The Box,” though lyrically cryptic are still relatable thanks to the timeless sound. With a dozen tracks here, there are some that are certainly stronger than others, but overall another impressive outing from the band.
POP PUNK + KEYTAR
BY JOHN B. MOORE
BY JOHN B. MOORE
Making Influential Fans
You worked with Death By Stereo’s Paul HE GUYS IN LA POP PUNK BAND Miner on this record. He doesn’t seem like Margate have managed to rack up an obvious choice. Why did you decide to some pretty influential fans over the get him to produce? What was he like to years. Among them, El Hefe - guitarist and work with? trumpet player for NOFX, and co-owner of We’ve actually been working with Paul the label Cyber Tracks. In fact, Hefe was so off and on since our second full length On impressed by the group that he snatched up The Other Side back in 2009. We recorded the band and put them on his label. everything ourselves and he mixed that one. Unlike their last album, which was recoded We hit it off with him from day one, and under a time crunch, Margate had plenty when we were ready to record our followof time to work on their latest full length, up - the Rock ‘n Roll Reserve EP - he was Beards in Paradise. They hit the studio with our first call. The title track from that EP Death By Stereo’s Paul Miner and walked out was in part what got us noticed by El Hefe with a faster record, but one that’s still just as and Jen (Abeyta) from Cyber Tracks, so I catchy as their earlier efforts. think it shows that our collaboration with Prepping to go out on a summer tour, Paul has always been a fruitful one. El Hefe guitarist Doug Mitchell spoke recorded, produced and mixed recently about the record, our last record, but due to tour WE REALLY WANTED working with El Hefe and their scheduling he wasn’t available TO DO THIS ONE move to vinyl. do this one so we went back ON VINYL BECAUSE to down to Paul’s place. Paul might How did the songs for this PEOPLE KEPT be best known for his work both latest full length come ASKING ABOUT playing and recording in Death together? IT AND IT WAS By Stereo, but his skills recording This is actually our fourth full and producing have really been length overall, but our second SOMETHING WE’VE getting him noticed lately. He’s NEVER DONE on Cyber Tracks. This group of got great ears and is super easy to songs definitely came together BEFORE. work with. more organically than the ones for our last album. Smack dab Being on El Hefe’s label and having toured in the middle the writing process for the last a bit with NOFX - did he ever give you guys album, we got offered an opening slot on a any sage advice? NOFX UK/Amsterdam tour, so we quickly Every time we’re with El Hefe he gives finished up the songs we were working on us sage advice – the dude has been around and rounded out the album with re-recorded and seen it all. On the self-titled album versions of some of our earlier material in he was super involved in every aspect order to have the record done prior to the of the recording, from helping us pick tour. With the writing for Beards In Paradise, guitars, amps, snare drums, basses, etc… we had the luxury of time. We also wanted to and he worked a lot with us on arranging write a fast, fun record this time around, and the harmonies for that record. He’s a those types of songs come together pretty total gearhead so he knows exactly what quickly for us. equipment to use to get the sound you’re looking for. As far as songwriting, he You’re putting this one on vinyl - a first for ingrained in us to always write from the the band. Do you guys collect vinyl? heart – that if the passion isn’t there, the rest I would call us all casual record collectors doesn’t matter. I think we really took that – none of us has crates full of them but it’s to heart with the songs on the new record. pretty awesome to get a limited edition LP We’re still blown away to be on his label and or the new record from your favorite band. know that he likes our little band after us We really wanted to do this one on vinyl having all grown up listening to his records. because people kept asking about it and it was something we’ve never done before. What’s next for the band? Hearing the test pressings, it’s amazing how We’re doing a West Coast tour in late July/ much better it sounds on vinyl than on MP3. early August to promote the record. After that, Hopefully Beards does well in this format we’ll see. We already have a few songs brewing and we can continue to press vinyl for our for the next record, and we’ve been talking future releases. I think we’re done with about doing a split 7” with one of our favorite pressing CDs. bands so that may actually happen soon.
ith two vocalists, a keytar and a shared love of classic Iggy Pop, MotoBunny have just turned in a truly original take on pop punk. The group formed in 2013 by merging members of The Love Me Nots and The Wooly Bandits and just out with their self-titled debut on the Rusty Knuckles label. Combined, the group including cofrontwomen Christa Collins (synth) and Nicole Laurenne (keytar), Michael Johnny Walker (guitar) and Rik Collins (bass) have shared stages with everyone from X and Nirvana to The Damned and Pearl Jam. Christina and Laurenne spoke recently about how the band first came together, their shared love of Iggy and being a contestant on The X Factor.
singing again. I had completely different experiences, and in truth done some hard living. If anything it made me a better more well-rounded performer. You also were on the first season on The X Factor. Musicians have said good things and bad things about shows like this and American Idol. Given your experience, do you ultimately think it’s a good thing for musicians getting started? Collins: I suppose in part it just depends on what type and what level of artist you want to be? I will say that this business is brutal and heartless at times, so if you don’t have a burning desire to perform then I might not recommend it. All that said the best thing about the arts is that it’s meant to be catharsis, to edify ones soul and spirit and evoke a change. You don’t have to be on TV, Broadway, or hanging in a museum to do that! You can find it in a garage playing instruments with your friends or in a local theatre production or coffee shop, on the street, whatever floats your boat? The best advice I can give someone is be open, be fearless, be experimental, be yourself.
Let’s start out with an easy one first, how did the band first come together? Collins: I think it was inevitable that Motobunny would happen! Nicole and Michael (Walker) are in a band called The Love Me Nots and Rik (Collins) and I are in a band called The Woolly Bandits. Both are garage rock in their own right. So after several years of sharing bills and dressing rooms, I don’t Nicole, you started out as a classical remember who said it first, but the general musician, what started you on the path to consensus was “we should do some music being a punk-influenced pop /rock band? together”. Not too much longer after that Laurenne: At first, a love for the red The Woolly Bandits were asked to play the grand piano that Jonathan Cain played in Ink & Iron Festival with Iggy Pop as the Journey – yes I admit it openly - but later headliner, “YES Please!” Being that it was I learned that keeping your outdoors and a large stage we classical chops up requires way I WILL SAY THAT really wanted to fill out our more time and sweat and tears THIS BUSINESS sound, so we asked Nicole to rock chops. So there was IS BRUTAL AND than play Farfisa and Michael to do a laziness element to it also a guest guitar spot. We pretty HEARTLESS AT I guess at first. When I met much wanted to be on stage TIMES, SO IF YOU Michael, he introduced me to together all the time after that! DON’T HAVE A garage rock like The Animals and The Seeds, and that vintage There aren’t a ton of bands out BURNING DESIRE organ sound suddenly there nowadays with co-lead TO PERFORM Farfisa jolted me awake, in a musical singers. Was there a discussion THEN I MIGHT NOT sense. All laziness stopped at at first about who would handle RECOMMEND IT. that point. I never looked back. the singing in the band? I’ve gone from spinet to grand Collins: I think Nicole was piano to farfisa organ to ...keytar! the one who brought it up? At first I wasn’t sure if it would work given that we had All four of you have, combined, a ton of both been our own lead for so long but I experience with so many different types of am a sucker for harmonies and I had been bands. Were there any shared influences plotting a girl side project for a while so that helped define MotoBunny’s sound? this was a perfect outlet for me. Nicole is Collins: Iggy Pop was what brought us the easiest person to get along with so that together as a band. For me personally I’ll makes collaborating fruitful! never forget the first time I saw a VHS tape Christa - what’s the toughest perception of him walking across a crowd smearing you have had to overcome as a musician peanut butter across his chest - Glorious! over the years, having started out I wouldn’t say there was a specific band with Disney? that influenced the album. We all have Collins: I think I’ve had to overcome more our personal favorite influences and perceptions as a petite female than I’ve we all have a “Fear No Music” diversity had to as an ex- Disney artist. Not a lot of policy. You never know where you may people know about my past or that I was a find inspiration? Motown, Bowie, B-52’s, professional dancer. It feels like a separate Led Zeppelin, Die Antwoord, Spice girls lifetime ago in many ways. I was forced into (Michael Walker’s personal favorite) it’s all retirement at 16 and there was such a large in there somewhere? gap between then and when I had started
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LOVE AND WARD
ZZ Ward Rocks the Blues, Hip-Hop–and Her Own Relationships relationship and everything’s gonna be perfect, but wait a minute, I still have a bunch of songs that I want to write - and so much I want to talk about.”
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
T’S MY LIFE AND I LOVE IT,” says sultry singer-songwriter ZZ Ward, as she discusses her hectic plans for the next few months. As she prepped for an And that’s where “Love 3X” began? appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 show Yeah, it was one of the first songs I wrote for in New York, she talked with INsite before the record. It really was born out of the idea her two-month Love and War tour crosses that, since I’d found myself with somebody, the nation. Her new ep features “Love 3X,” an instead of all of my shortcomings being sort of irresistibly giddy mix of blues, hip-hop and swept the rug, it was reflecting all of the sort of classic pop sensibilities. The Love and War ep bad stuff about me even more. precedes her newest fullWith all the greatness that length album, This Means comes from a relationship, still War, out in March. all these things that are so far MONDAY, SEPT. 7 from perfect. But I’ve always In “Love 3x,” you blame love Center Stage just gotta tell it how it is. for causing “the crazy shit I centerstage-atlanta.com do.” And that’s exactly what Many songwriters center love can do to an otherwise their narratives on books or sane person. other outside sources, but you base your songs I think everybody can relate to that, yeah. It on your own experiences. Is it scary to be so was going on in my life, so I just had to get it emotionally naked and honest about your out there. It’s really interesting for me, because own life? this whole album just kind of came naturally to I think that I have the ability to be transparent me, all the stories and just venting about all that and to be vulnerable. Like, “Charlie Ain’t was going on in my life. Home,” from Till the Casket Drops, it’s a very sexual song. And I’m playing in front of What was going on in your life to inspire a full thousands of people. They’re like, “Doesn’t that album’s worth of songs? make you feel uncomfortable at all?” And really, I had written my first album [2012’s Til the it doesn’t. The one place where I get to express Casket Drops], about being in a relationship. myself and not hold back and not be filtered, is I was very heartbroken and just having a lot when I’m writing a song. Real things in my life of inner turmoil going on inside myself. Then, give me plenty of inspiration to talk about. when I turned around to write this album, I found myself in [another] relationship. And Do you find there’s a disconnect between I pretty quickly realized that nothing had the actual songwriting process and the really changed inside myself. “Oh now I’m in a performance of the song?
That’s a great question. You know, a lot of artists that I listen to, like Robert Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, Muddy Waters, I really felt like they were living their stories. When they were singing their song, they were singing about what was going on in their hearts and their souls, so it was all very authentic and very raw. So for me, I love connecting with my stories on stage. I think it’s really important for me to find whatever emotion is in those songs, whether it’s sadness or strength.
You mentioned a number of great blues artists as inspiration. Many from your generation might not mention Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson, for example. But you were actually playing the blues on stage with your dad when you were very young. My parents were so into the blues, like at Thanksgiving dinner, they’d be playing Howlin’ Wolf! So I kind of grew up between the blues from my parents and my brother listened to hip-hop like Jay Z and NAS and Bone ThugsN-Harmony. And it’s all been an influence on me, because I can relate to it all. I just love the fact that rappers are very unforgiving, they’ll just take words and make them their own; they push boundaries to express themselves. I love that. Right, you’re carrying on the core of the genres, by doing it your own way, just as the blues pioneers did, many decades ago–and rappers still do today. And obviously, a new generation of young fans are listening. I covered a Son House song, “Grinnin In Your Face,” on my last tour. Someone came up to me, and they were probably in their early twenties.
They had gotten the lyrics for that song tattooed on their shoulder. They were like, “I got his tattoo of these Sun House lyrics because I heard you do that song. And it opened me up into the blues.” So that was a really magical moment for me. Your career has been validated just from that one moment, right there. I know right? I can basically retire after that one!
THEY MIGHT BE EPIC
Epic Rap Battles of History Bring Facts and Fun
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
HE CORE IDEA OF BATTLE RAP IS NOTHING new. It’s been around, in various incarnations for generations, as (usually) good-natured put-downs, roasts, ranking and flaming, among similar monikers. In the rap world as cited in some circles, it ignited in the late ‘70s on the East Coast. Historic battles were instigated by the likes of Kool Moe Dee and Big Daddy Kane. Decades earlier witty soul pioneers like Bo Diddley also participated in roasts. Today new practitioners carry on the tradition but improv and new technology gurus Lloyd Ahlquist and Peter Shukoff have taken the premise and modernized it to international success by looking back into history for inspiration. Their five seasons of “Epic Rap Battles of History” series has millions of hard-core fans who relish (and commit to memory) their hilarious collisions of notable pop culture figures via You Tube. This summer the duo known
WAIT, WHO ARE THESE CRAZY GUYS?
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as EpicLloyd and NicePeter are taking their irreverent and historically, if not politically, correct show on the road. Just after their network television debut on The Late, Late Show with James Corden, Ahlquist, spoke at length with INsite about their brand of humor, the state of internet programming and why nerds are finally cool.
do the very best we can. We only do 12 shows per season.
What started out as a live show idea turned into a video concept, then a series and now it’s gone full circle back to the live show and the tour. Yes! Well, we have a lot of experience playing live together and the live show, on-stage, is really Congratulations on the James Corden guest high energy. We play a lot of characters and do shot. How did that happen and what does it about 25 songs, with costumes, production and a TUESDAY, SEPT. 8 mean for the band? DJ. It’s just really fun. Masquerade Oh, thanks. They wanted to do a show that masqueradeatlanta.com took place at the YouTube space which is at There’s a major element of crowd a studio in Los Angeles. But I think it’s kind participation, as well. of hard to tell how it translates for us. We got a whole bunch of Oh yeah, we’ll bring up people from the crowd and have them tweets and stuff, and it’s loaded it on YouTube and all. But I think play a character and rap with us. And they know all these words it’s kind of similar to when we were on a bunch of billboards. I to the songs! It’s just amazing to us. They come up and really just think it’s more for people who maybe woulda never noticed us. knock it out of the park! It’s so cool to watch. Like your uncle who’s watching The Late Late Show, may go, “Wait, who are these crazy guys?” You have some very hardcore fans and they come away from the experience with a bit of history under their belt. You’ve been on the forefront of the internet content explosion Yeah, some of them know our words better than I do! It’s just been really good and generally, the message we’re sending is pretty for a while now. Yeah, we’ve been doing videos since 2010 and YouTube’s been on good, too. It’s not like an after school special, but it’s not like drugs and all, either. I definitely think there’s a little bit of educational the rise since that time. It’s unbelievable how many people watch material woven down in there. these videos we do. One of our battles gets on average, maybe 45 million views. It’s been going really good. There’s a very They Might Be Giants vibe to the whole thing, as well. You’re a smart duo and you mine some very This is a very ambitious project for short-form comedy. The sheer volume and content of your output is very impressive. obscure history. I just love those guys. I grew up with them and they’re the I think we may be one of the first You Tube series that greatest. But I think for the generation of kids now, we’re sort of in actually had “seasons.” And we’ve come a long way, our with the nerds, you know? When I was growing up, being smart first shows were just made for peanuts in front of a green was kind of looked down upon. With the kids now, it’s a whole lot sheet and I was cutting up a half of a wig and putting on my cooler to be smart and hip and well-read. So I think for us all those grandpa’s suit for a costume. Now we get to make videos with Weird Al Yankovic and Snoop Dogg and we’re trying to things really fit together.
A Mountain Getaway that is Just a Short Drive Away BY MARCI MILLER
OOKING FOR THE PERFECT getaway this fall? Then head out of town to the mountain retreat of Asheville, NC. Nestled between five mountain chains that include the Great Smokies, the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has long been known as a place for arts, culture, wellness and healing. It’s also been a favorite spot for America’s most famous statesmen, poets, artists and musicians. Only a few hours away from Atlanta by car, this is one road trip that has something for everyone.
OMNI GROVE PARK INN
290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804 (828) 252-2711 omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the “Father of Modern Asheville” purchased the property in the early 1900’s following his successful real estate developments in Atlanta. In 1911 Grove began to plan the development of a grand hotel, a place of respite and wellness, on his beloved Sunset Mountain. Four-hundred men worked 10hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, massive granite boulders were unearthed from the mountain to build the hotel. Three days shy of one year from its ground breaking, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Modeled after the grand old railway hotels of the West, it is listed on the national register of historic places and has been host to many famous guests including eight American presidents. The hotel features a grand lobby with two gigantic 14-foot stone fireplaces called The Great Hall and five restaurants including the fabulous Sunset Terrace, which offers
majestic views of the city and spectacular mountain sunsets. The Sunset Terrace features the finest hand cut steaks, premiere chops and fresh seafood. Partnering with local farmers, their chefs and staff provide a truly memorable dining experience as you look out over the mountains. The restaurant is the iconic spot for dinner in Asheville and is a winner of the 2014 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Sunset Terrace is a covered al fresco dining option and is open March through November and as weather permits in the colder months. Since its inception, The Omni Grove Park Inn has been a health and wellness destination for city dwellers looking for rest and rejuvenation in the pure mountain air of Asheville, NC. The resort’s spectacular $50 million 43,000 square foot subterranean spa features cavernous rock walls, arches, and tunnels, with numerous water features throughout the facility. There are indoor and outdoor pools, steam, sauna and spa services like massages, facials and mani/ pedis. After the spa, you can check out the resorts other activities including tennis, golf, swimming, aerobics, work out room and much more. Grove’s original vision of a place of rest and comfort continues to evolve to serve a modern audience and today his Inn remains one of America’s most beloved destinations
complex offering exciting shops, lively restaurants, cafés and green space to lounge out in. The Hilton anchors the square offering a luxurious, environmentallyfriendly hotel that is popular with family vacationers, couples seeking a romantic getaway and business travelers. It offers first-rate accommodations, attentive service, luxury amenities accompanied with an ideal location at very affordable prices. What’s more, Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is an environmentally-friendly property. They are one of America’s first hotels to utilize a large-scale solar water heating system. And they’ve recently been awarded LEED Sliver Certification by the United States Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. One of the hottest restaurants in Biltmore Park is the Roux, located right inside the hotel. The Roux offers an innovative menu featuring a variety of small plates and traditional entrees. Executive chef Randy Dunn puts an inspired twist on Southern comfort food. Examples include their watermelon gazpacho, salmon barbecue sliders and bistro meatloaf with red onion marmalade. The restaurant offers a full bar, diverse wine list and locally sourced produce and meats. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Biltmore Park Town Square is just two miles from Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 minutes from the renowned Biltmore Estate and just 5 minutes from the Asheville Regional Airport.
THE BILTMORE ESTATE
HILTON ASHEVILLE BILTMORE PARK
43 Town Square Blvd. Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 209-2700 ashevillebiltmorepark.hilton.com The Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park is located just a few miles from Downtown in the heart of Biltmore Park Town Square. Biltmore Park is an innovative new residential, retail and entertainment
One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803 (828) 225-1333 biltmore.com Another historic landmark is The Biltmore Estate located south of downtown Asheville in the Biltmore Village. The Biltmore Estate was built by George Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family of New York City who was drawn to the area by its stunning scenery and moderate climate. In 1888, Vanderbilt commissioned celebrated American architect Richard Morris Hunt to design the lavish structure and the grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York’s Central Park. The main house at 135,280 square feet remains the largest privately owned house in
the United States. The house was modeled after three 16th century French chateaux and features 4 acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The basement houses a swimming pool, gymnasium and changing rooms, bowling alley, servants’ quarters, kitchens and more. The estate occupies 8,000 acres with a Winery and over 75 acres of professionally manicured gardens. Biltmore horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including their Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties. Guests can stay overnight at the convenient village Hotel, elegant Inn or charming Cottage. As the best known and most popular tourist destination in Asheville, the Biltmore Estate attracts over 1 million visitors each year. UPCOMING ASHEVILLE EVENTS
September 19 – Memorial Stadium brewgrassfestival.com This annual beer festival combines over 40 breweries, 120 different beers, a lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians and a beautiful mountain setting. Sample unique craft brews, many of them native to Beer City USA.
October 10 – Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntown.org/ashevilleoktoberfest Sample local beers, seasonal batches and traditional German lagers at this downtown autumn event. Don’t miss the Oktoberfest Games, a brewery competition with events like the stein race and keg-rolling contest.
COMING IN NOVEMBER! Voting currently taking place online. Ends Sunday midnight October 11. Winners featured in November Issue.
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2015 NFL FOOTBALL PREVIEW BY DEMARCO WILLIAMS
consider us cautiously optimistic about this bunch.
T’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE ANYONE mentioned names like Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and Don Beebe in an NFL season preview story. But we have a good reason to include them this year—should the Seattle Seahawks make it to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara like INsite believes, it’ll mark the first since the 1991-94 Bills that a team has reached the championship in three straight seasons. However, unlike the fateful Buffalo bunch that never hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy, these new-look Seahawks — former New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and a reshuffled offensive line mark some of the biggest changes — will redeem themselves from last year and win it all.
We don’t know what’s scarier, having Graham on the same side as Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch or realizing the pissed-off, Richard Sherman-led D has revenge on its mind.
If early indications out of Eagles camp are true about Sam Bradford playing like he did before two ACL injuries, DeMarco Murray (NFL-leading 1,845 yards and 13 TDs in ‘14) is going to look like a genius for making the jump from Dallas.
3. GREEN BAY
As sad as Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury is, Aaron Rodgers’ Packers can’t take much time to mourn because they have to acclimate Davante Adams to the No. 2 WR role (after Randall Cobb) and get Eddie Lacy comfortable with being the No. 1 offensive option.
The ‘Boys had the fifth-most prolific offense last year (29.2 points per game). We’d say that Murray’s departure would prevent a repeat, but Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have a chip on their shoulders — if you need a refresher, re-watch film of the last five minutes of the NFC Divisional playoff game vs. Green Bay — so we’re not putting anything past them.
Though Father Time might have another thing coming for the 35-year-old Carson Palmer, we’d love to see how far these Cardinals could fly if the QB can stay healthy for 14 or 15 games.
If the Falcons’ defensive-minded new head coach, Dan Quinn, can get the lethargic pass rush out of neutral (rookie Vic Beasley will sure help), naming the team’s new home MercedesBenz Stadium starts to make a little sense.
Word out of the Lions den is that Calvin Johnson looks better than he has in years, which bodes well for QB Matthew Stafford’s run at a fifth-straight season in the NFL’s top 5 in passing attempts.
8. NEW ORLEANS
Mark Ingram (nine rushing TDs) will have a bigger role in the Saints offense, but a 10-6 season or a 6-10 one will come down to Drew Brees’ arm like it always does.
9. SAN FRANCISCO
In the quirky new commercial for Madden NFL 16, Colin Kaepernick portrays Al Pacino from Scent of a Woman. In real life, if the QB is Tony Montana-cool in the pocket, the Niners have a shot at playing a home game in the Super Bowl. If the offense sputters like Danny Collins at the box office, expect another 8-8 year.
The focus around the Twin Cities is squarely on Adrian Peterson’s return and Teddy Bridgewater’s remarkable poise, which is great because these are the main two who have to do something about an offense that managed just 315 yards per game.
11. ST. LOUIS
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Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell
When a team’s former GM (in this case, Jerry Angelo) says the starting quarterback (Jay Cutler) lacks poise, that isn’t a good thing. When the team’s top two wideouts, Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, keep getting banged up, that’s awful.
Somehow, the 7-8-1 Panthers lucked their way into the playoffs a season ago. As the heartbreaking preseason injury to the team’s top receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, suggests, the Cam Newton-anchored team won’t be so fortuitous this year.
14. NEW YORK GIANTS
A hilarious new Foot Locker ad might say otherwise, but we think the only ones who’ll have a problem with Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. being on the field at the same time are opposing secondaries.
Luckily, Robert Griffin III’s concussion wasn’t more serious than some feared. Still, the QB’s lack of consistency behind center is increasingly becoming more of a headache.
16. TAMPA BAY
We’re not going to go so far as to call No. 1 draft pick Jameis Winston the next Steve Young. But with soft hands (Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans) and a rock-solid head coach (Lovie Smith) by his side, he won’t flame out like Vince Young either.
Thanks to a kinetic offense led by Ben Roethlisberger (NFLhigh 4,952 passing yards), Le’Veon Bell (AFC-pacing 1,361 rushing yards) and Antonio Brown (NFL-topping 1,698 receiving yards), the Steelers have found their identity on offense. If they ever figure out what they want to do on D, watch out.
If this is Peyton Manning’s last rodeo like many predict, you can beat he won’t be horsing around when it comes to tossing the ball to Demaryius Thomas and handing it off to C.J. Anderson as much as humanly possible.
Should things keep falling into place down in South Florida — QB Ryan Tannehill looks more comfortable by the snap and DT Ndamukong Suh and WR Greg Jennings seem to be settling in well — we could be looking at a new AFC power.
Andrew Luck was an abysmal 12 for 33 with 126 yards in the Colts’ 45-7 thumping by the New England Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship. Emerging star T.Y. Hilton and former AllPros Andre Johnson and Frank Gore will do their best to help him forget all about it.
5. KANSAS CITY
Speedster Jamaal Charles declared himself the “LeBron of football” a few weeks ago. If Alex Smith airs the ball in the general vicinity of new receiver Jeremy Maclin, and rookie corner Marcus Peters keeps swatting them away from opposing WRs, the Chiefs will be a slam dunk for the postseason.
6. NEW ENGLAND
If Tom Brady’s replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, isn’t a complete mess during Brady’s four-game suspension, the Pats will be fine. The scheduling gods have the rival Colts waiting for the future hall of famer on October 18.
Andy Dalton threw nearly as many INTs (17) as TDs (19) a year ago, which is never good. But with evolving offensive weapons like Marvin Jones, Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert helping A.J. Green out, the future isn’t looking so bad.
Playoffs or not, QB Joe Flacco will garner a king’s ransom when he signs his new contract after the season. We’re guessing that trips to the bank will feel even better if he’s able to lead the Ravens to the AFC title game, though.
The outspoken Rex Ryan has rubbed many folks the wrong way over the years; we just didn’t know the NFL schedulers fell in that category. But with a late-season stretch of five road games in six weeks, that must be the case.
10. SAN DIEGO
If the Chargers are to make the playoffs for just the second time since ‘09, they need the newly re-signed Philip Rivers to be sharper (18 INTs led the league) and the new-look offensive line to be steadier.
The Browns managed a measly 18.7 points per contest last year. With perennially underwhelming Josh McCown (31st in completion %) as the QB, those numbers won’t improve—even if he’s throwing to former Chief stud Dwayne Bowe.
The fact that bruising back Arian Foster has only played 21 games the past two seasons has hurt the Texans tremendously. If he can come back from a preseason groin injury, Brian Hoyer’s growing pains as starting QB will be easier to take.
13. NEW YORK JETS
On October 4, the Jets take their dysfunctional gang to London for an international affair with the Miami Dolphins. There won’t be enough brilliant Brandon Marshall catches to distract fans from the world of issues on the defensive end.
While the jury is certainly still out on Derek Carr as the franchise’s starting QB, the verdict on the slithery Latavius Murray is that he has the talent to anchor the backfield for the next five or six years.
We really like what we’ve seen thus far with Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota’s accuracy. What we’re struggling to understand, however, is how the organization expects many wins with RB Bishop Sankey taking the majority of the reps.
QB Blake Bortles’ rookie season (17 picks, NFL-leading 55 sacks) was utterly forgettable. After an intimidating opening four games against Carolina, Miami, New England and Indianapolis, the Jags might need amnesia for his sophomore season, too.
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