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CONTENTS • MARCH 2017 • VOLUME 25, NO. 8 EARS! ING 25 Y T A R B E CEL
INTERVIEWS 09 Globetrotters 10 Naked Magicians 14 Monster Trucks 15 The Bodyguard 16 Duran Duran 16 Sandra Bernhard 17 Micky Dolenz 18 Colin Hay 18 Craig Finn
08 March Madness 09 ATL’s Best Wings 10 Irish Recipes 11 St. Patrick’s Day
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Events and Performances taking place this Month
MARCH 9 - 12
MARCH 17 & 18
MARCH 23 - APRIL 5
Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville
Sandy Springs Shopping City Center
Alpine Helen, GA
The Bridges of Madison County
Tossed Out Treasures
The two-time Tony Award-winning musical captures the story of a lonely Iowa farmer’s wife Francesca and her unexpected, four-day love affair with a traveling photographer Robert. Will the passionate romance fuel Francesca to leave her family and to continue along the fiery, amorous path with her newfound love? This timeless love story based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller offers a romantic getaway. Auroratheatre.com
The 26th annual Tossed Out Treasures, presented by the Sandy Springs Society, returns to 6337 Roswell Road, Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The upscale resale event offers deep bargains on gently-used high-end home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, clothing, and more. Admission to the show Friday and Saturday is free. Visit Sandyspringssociety.org.
American Craft Show
Atlanta Brunch Festival Atlantic Station
Atlanta Brunch Fest is back for the 2nd year, this time at Atlantic Station on Saturday, March 11th. The event will be held from noon to 5 pm with advanced entry for VIP ticket holders at 11 am. Over 30 restaurants will be on hand providing delicious samples of brunch items, including locations like Buttermilk Kitchen, Einstein’s, Hampton and Hudson, and more. Beverages available include mimosas, Bloody Mary’s (with Absolut Vodka), SweetWater beer, and a selection of wines. Entertainment offerings include live music and a DJ. Get tickets at AtlantaBrunchFestival.com
MARCH 17 - 19
Cobb Galleria Center
The American Craft Show is the Southeast’s largest juried indoor craft show bringing together over 250 of the country’s most talented contemporary craft makers. Fine craft lovers and collectors shop oneof-a-kind handmade objects in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor, with special family-friendly activities, all under one roof. Visit Craftcouncil.org/atlanta
Publix Georgia Marathon Centennial Olympic Park
The Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon is one of the southeast's premier distance events. The 11th running of this Atlanta tradition starts and finishes at Centennial Park and runs through several Atlanta neighborhoods. As of press time the Marathon was sold out with tickets available for the Half Marathon. To register online visit Georgiamarathon.com
Prodigy. Superstar. Activist. Exile. One of the true divas of the 20th century, vocal powerhouse Nina Simone defied classification and defined a generation. This musical revue lays bare the rich legacy of an American icon whose work spans genres from jazz to gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll and features such definitive classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” Heart-melting and hopeful, Simone’s spellbinding voice comes alive via four actresses in this incredibly soulful theatrical journey. Visit Theatricaloutfit.org
MARCH 24 - APRIL 2
Dad’s Garage Theatre
Atlanta Symphony Hall
The 2017 ATLFF will welcome 27,000 attendees at the 10-day festival that will be packed with programming celebrating Atlanta’s vibrant arts community through screenings, educational events and parties that combine film with other local elements like food, music and art. Among the feature films represented, themes range from Iranian transgender rights in “Cold Breath” to poverty-stricken Beyoncé super-fans from Brazil in “Waiting for B.” These films will be joined by over 150 others. Visit Atlantafilmfestival.com.
MARCH 25 Bacon Fest
Atlanta Film Festival
Come on out to Alpine Helen, GA on Saturday March 25th from 6:00 am – 2:00 pm for the annual Trout Tournament. Win prizes including $1,000 (1st Place), $500 (2md Place); $300 (3rd place) and $50 for next 20 plus $25 for remaining tagged trout. $20 Entry fee per participant. Event Registration will take place at the Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA on Friday, March 24th 4:00pm - 7:00pm & Saturday, March 25th 6:00am - 9:00am. For additional information & Registration Forms visit HelenChamber.com or call 706.878.1908. For Lodging, dining and tourist information call 1.800.858.8027
Founded in 1999, the kitschy festival has become a fixture in the Atlanta community by combining troughs upon troughs of cold beer; hilarious carnival games manned by the best improvisers in the city; and unforgettable entertainment like a hobo wine tasting, naughty face painting, drunken spelling bee, a scavenger hunt, and more. This year’s event takes place at the iconic theatre company's new home at 569 Ezzard Street, just off of Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward. There is no parking for this event so MARTA or Uber is recommended. Visit Baconfestatl.com.
5k Run 1k Walk
The 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is sponsored by
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On Tap this Month
ATLANTA’S FIRST URBAN WINERY, INTIMATE MUSIC VENUE, RESTAURANT & PRIVATE EVENT SPACE
MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA
Friday, March 10: Cobb Energy Arts Centre
MJ LIVE is the number one Michael Jackson tribute show in the world showcasing the energy, excitement, spectacle and pure joy of this legendary superstar and his music. Experience this awesome, theatrical stage production with its powerful sound, spectacular lighting, visual eﬀects, team of dancers and live band on stage taking audiences back to when the King of Pop ruled the charts. Visit Cobbenergycentre.com
Upcoming Shows mar 19-29
of she & him mar 25
Fri & Sat, March 10 & 11 Buckhead Theatre
THE NAKED MAGICIANS
Make plans for an exhibitionist night out as e Naked Magicians come to the Buckhead eatre for three incredible performances. is boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. e show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these hunky and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Available at Ticketmaster.com.
Saturday, March 11: Philips Arena Saturday, March 18: Infinite Arena
THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
e iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their entertaining shows for the whole family. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rimrattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit HarlemGlobetrotters.com.
M. Ward Amel Larrieux Early & late shows
Poi Dog Pondering w/ special guest abra moore
Micky Dolenz Early & late shows
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Sat & Sun March 25 & 26: Blackburn Park
BROOKHAVEN CHERRY BLOSSOM e 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place in beautiful Blackburn Park on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 10am to 6pm each day. ere will be an Arts & Crafts Market, Food Trucks, Classic Car Show, Children’s Village, 5K Run & 1K Walk, Pet Parade & Costume Contest plus musical performances throughout the weekend. Admission is free. Visit BrookCherryfest.org.
Sunday, April 2: City Winery
Founding member and voice of e Monkees, Micky Dolenz is a unmistakable performer that moved a generation and led the pop culture phenomena to a dozen Top 20 singles, four #1 albums and two Emmy Awards. Having entertained audiences his entire life, Micky brings a one-of-a-kind presence to City Winery for two shows. He draws on his background in television, ﬁlm broadcasting and Broadway. Visit CityWinery.com.
Tue & Wed April 4 & 5: The Fox Theatre
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a landmark musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances. Hedwig tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. e fourthwall-smashing show is about ﬁnding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer. Visit Foxeatre.org. insiteatlanta.com • March 2017 • PG 5
Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 Saturday, March 25
EVENTS HAPPENING FOR SMALL CHANGE IN ATLANTA
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Through March 31
Saturday, March 11
275 Centennial Olympic Park chlildrensmuseumatlanta.org
Historic Oakland Cemetery; Free oaklandcemetery.com
is month join the Children’s Museum and take $10 oﬀ the cost of a new Family Membership and receive one extra bonus month of fun. Members get free daytime general admission to the Museum for a full year, plus discounts on Summer Camp and on tickets to special events. Members also receive invitations to special membersonly events, including member preview nights for upcoming traveling exhibits.
For the third year, Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the Georgia Daﬀodil Society to host Daﬀodil Day, a springtime celebration of Oakland Cemetery’s ubiquitous bloom. Enjoy a day in Oakland’s Victorian gardens with guided walks, garden presentations, a cut ﬂower display, dialogue with local daﬀodil and gardens experts, children’s activities, and more.
Now Open Through April 2
ATLANTA SCIENCE EXPO
THE ATLANTA FAIR
Turner Field Gray LotTicket range $1 - $8; $1.25 per ride atlantafair.com
March 15 - 25
Centennial Olympic Park; Free Event atlantasciencefestival.org
MODEL TRAIN SHOW
RESCUE DOG OLYMPICS
is is the Southeast’s largest train show featuring six operating model railroads, including one for kids to run. ere will be over 250 tables of model train dealers plus door prizes, raﬄe layout, and an exchange for guests to sell their trains.
Compete in fun, easy dog Olympic competitions and enjoy a dog day of festivities. All are welcome to enter the free Olympic Game competitions and can pre-register or just show up on event day and play.
March 22 - 26
SPRING FESTIVAL ON PONCE
Cobb Galleria Centre Adults $10; Kids under 12 Free themodeltrainshow.com
ATLANTA AUTO SHOW
Georgia World Congress Center GoAutoshow.com e Atlanta International Auto Show is the largest annual consumer event held annually at the GWCC and one of the nation’s great auto shows, attracting many of the world’s major automotive manufacturers during its ﬁve day run. Check out over 500 new and preproduction vehicles on the 400,000 sq. ft. show ﬂoor. Event takes place in the C Building of the GWCC.
Brook Run Park; 11am - 4pm; Free rescuedogolympics.com
Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2
Historic Olmstead Linear Park; Free festivalonponce.com
e two-day ﬁne arts event features over 125 displays of local and regional ﬁne art and crafts, utilizing the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. In addition to the abundance of unique art, visit the children's area and enjoy gourmet food trucks, beverages and acoustic musical performances. Free and open to all ages; dogs are welcome.
Find science at your ﬁngertips during the Enjoy electrifying adventure, heart- 4th annual Atlanta Science Festival’s Expounding exhilaration and endless ploration Expo, the metro area’s largest amounts of mouth-watering funnel cakes. free interactive science day. is wildly Admire the city lights atop the Towering popular, family-friendly event brings sciFerris Wheel, spin gleefully in the spring ence to Atlanta’s backyard with more than air on the Tea Cups and take a magical 100 interactive exhibits; hands-on experiAtlanta Science Expo tour on the nostalgic carousel. Stop by one ments; mind-blowing demos; and a full Free Event of the many fair-food eateries to indulge in line-up of live performances. e festival March 15–25 Centennial Olympic Park the savory delights of elephant ears, cot- culminates with Exploration Expo, at Cenatlantasciencefestival.org ton candy and candy apples. tennial Olympic Park on March 25. REceive Updated Events Weekly. Sign Up by Emailing Subscriptions@atlantaonadime.com Enter on the subject line: Sign me up Insite!
Raise $1,000 to rappel for Special Olympics Georgia and take part in the rare experience in stepping Over the Edge and rappelling down the Overlook III building in Vinings.
Vinings Saturday, April 29 2017 Register as an individual or a team with $25 fee. Visit OvertheEdgeAtlanta.org to register and learn more about the event contact Jennifer Harper at Jennifer.email@example.com PG 6 • March 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
Under The Lights ON STAGE THIS MONTH
CINDERELLA & FELLA
March 17 - 19 The Fox Theatre (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/annie
The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. ANNIE, now in its third smash year of a national tour, will play five performances March 17 – 19 at the Fox Theatre this month. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. The production features a 25 member company: in the title role of Annie is Tori Bates, an 11-yearold actress from Sarasota, FL, making her tour debut. The beloved score for ANNIE includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
NOBODY LOVES YOU
March 17 - April 30 Horizon Theatre (404) 584-7450 HorizonTheatre.com
Horizon Theare presents the hilarious OffBroadway musical NOBODY LOVES YOU March 17 - April 30. The game of love is on! Tune into “Nobody Loves You,” the show in which cluelessly self-obsessed contestants compete for love and adoring fans. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, snags a spot on this reality dating show in trying to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and attempts to expose its “authenticity.” That is until he unexpectedly falls into an onset love connection with Jenny, an enticingly prickly producer. Take a behind-thescenes ride through this hilarious musical comedy about the intimate and gutwrenching quest for love while millions of viewers watch.
March 19 - April 19 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/cinderella CINDERELLA AND FELLA is a magical retelling of the Cinderella story that's more high-tops than glass slipper and is fueled by the magic of lightning bugs, singing cicadas, and oozing mud. The young prince, who was raised by an overbearing parent, searches the kingdom for a best friend ready for adventure. Cinderella, who has spent countless days pulling her ungrateful stepmother around in her tiny house, fits the bill. Filled with humor and wonder, this is a world-premiere adaptation by Atlanta’s own Janece Shaffer with music by S. Renee Clark. Cinderella and Fella, a contemporary musical spin on the Cinderella fairytale. For information and tickets, visit alliancetheatre.org/cinderella.
March 28 - April 2 The Fox Theatre (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/bodyguard
The first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD is based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris. The musical recently completed a sell-out 16month UK run. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
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MARCH MADNESS Dining Guide
Where to get a bite with friends during the Basketball Tournament Hudson Grille 7 Atlanta Locations HudsonGrille.com
Your NCAA Tournament headquarters! Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch the game, to meet friends for a great meal or enjoy drinks from one of their expansive bars. Favorites from the menu include their 1/2 pound hand-pattied burgers, steaks, and fresh seafood. Hudson Grille offers 50+ draft beers with plenty of craft and local options, party rooms and 360-degree views of way too many HD TV's. See you there!
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
Marietta 80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770.321.1177 Doraville 5697 Buford Hwy. 770.455.8570 Milton 12890 Highway 9 678.580.0434 baldinos.us Baldinos has been serving the best sub sandwich in the South since 1975. Their true New Jersey style subs are as fresh as any sandwich anywhere. The rolls are baked in-store everyday - all day; each sub is sliced fresh as ordered; hot subs are grilled, not nuked or pressed, and only the freshest produce garnishes every sub as ordered. Salads, soups and delicious baked goodies compliment a true value menu. Check out Baldinos $3.99
Daily Special - a different sub every day that will keep you coming back. Stop by Baldinos newest store located at 12890 Hwy 9 in Milton.
Chicago’s Nancy’s Midtown
265 Ponce De Leon #A 404.254.5103 NancysPizza.com
Nancy's serves up thin, deep dish and new Rustic Crust Italiano Pizza as well as a full menu including great appetizers, sandwiches and signature salads. Nancy’s in Midtown displays multiple TV screens in their two dining rooms. They recently completed a major renovation doubling in size; now able to accommodate 200 seats. The new room is perfect for large parties and private events while take-out, delivery and catering are available. Come on out to Nancy’s Pizza on Ponce for all the tournament action!
822 N. Highland Ave. 404.874.7147 LimerickJunction.com Limerick Junction offers traditional Irish meals Corned Beef, Atlantic Cod Fish & Chips, Bangers and Mash and Cottage Pie. Also find an assortment of burgers, salads, appetizers and sandwiches. Make sure to come out to Limerick Junction and
March Madness! Marietta 80 Powers Ferry Rd 770-321-1177 (closed Sundays)
Doraville 5697 Buford Hwy. 770-455-8570
celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17. Partying starts inside at noon and the outdoor festival begins at 4pm. This family friendly event offers face painting and balloon artists from 5 - 7 pm. Music by Galen Crader, Wes Yoakam, Domino and Kevin Lewis.
Johnny’s NY Style Pizza
Over 50 Atlanta area locations Order online at JohnnysPizza.com Johnny’s Pizza is synonymous with great pizza and subs in Atlanta. The secret to their success is in the preparation, using only the finest ingredients. Johnny’s specializes in NY style pizza, which is thin in the middle and thick around the edges. Johnny’s also offers subs, salads, sandwiches and other popular Italian dishes including calzones, strombolis, and lasagna. All their restaurants offer dine-in, take-out and delivery as well as online ordering. Go to JohnnysPizza.com to find the nearest location to you.
1041 N. Highland Ave (404) 892.3648 georgesbarandrestaurant.com George’s, the iconic Virginia-Highland establishment recently celebrated their 55th anniversary. Known for their award winning burgers, George’s also offers a wide range of salads and sandwiches. You will find everything from Grilled Chicken Wraps, Patty
Melts, Reuben sandwiches plus a kids menu with many great offerings. George’s boasts a wide selection of draft and bottle beer and wine is served by the glass or bottle. They have multiple flat screens so you and your friends can catch all the tournament action. George’s is open for lunch and dinner. Sunday (11:30am - 9:30pm); Monday (11:30am - 10:30pm); Tue -Thu (11:30am 11pm); Fri -Sat (11:30am - 12am).
3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com
Mo’s has been serving up great pizza in Atlanta for over 30 years! But the menu isn’t limited to pizza: sandwiches, subs, wings, nachos and salads ensure that anybody who comes here can find something they like. Check for daily lunch and dinner specials. Everything is made using the freshest ingredients including the dough built from scratch every day. Come to Mo’s this month and catch all the tournament action. They have a huge deck to hang out on and plenty of screens offering great views from any table. Mo’s is one of the longest running pizza joints in Atlanta, come in and see why they are one of the best.
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Atlanta’s Favorite Pizza! Multiple Atlanta Locations: JohnnysPizza.com
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Taste of the Month...WINGS! Hudson Grille
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Briana “Hoops” Green Dons the Red, White and Blue
BY DAVE COHEN
NE OF THE NEW FACES dribbling with the Harlem Globetrotters this season is Lexington, Kentucky native Briana “Hoops” Green. She joined the Globetrotters after playing professionally overseas in the Czech Republic, Spain and Mexico. She played her college basketball at the University of TexasEl Paso, where she ranks 3rd on the schools list for all-time wins, with 79 and scored 650 career points.
home and I never really got homesick. I just knew how to deal with it. I think it worked out for the best.
How was playing professionally different from college? The Czech Republic was the first place I played overseas and it was different. I did not know what to expect because it was the first time for me playing professionally in a foreign country. Then I had a lot of fun in Spain and then in Mexico but now that I’m with the Globetrotters, honestly, I don’t even see it as a job. It’s something I love to do. I love playing basketball and I love MARCH 11 • Philips Arena traveling. I’m blessed to MARCH 18 • Infinite Energy Arena be here and to be a part Harlemglobetrotters.com of this team.
You developed an interest in playing basketball early on. The game has been a part of most of your life. I was four years old and would be playing against my older brother. I think I wanted to be like him and follow his footsteps. I’d play with and against him all through my elementary and middle school years. His early guidance led to me playing basketball in college and then professionally in the Czech Republic, Spain and Mexico and that eventually brought me to the Globetrotters.
You being from Lexington, Kentucky, I gather that you’d either be into basketball or horse racing. For you it swung in favor of basketball. Yes, it’s basketball country. Big Blue Nation for those of us Kentucky Wildcat fans. I grew up around basketball, going to the women’s games at Kentucky, so I saw basketball at a very young age and that definitely helped my progress. You were an outstanding player in high school and then at Texas-El Paso. Did you know early on that you wanted to play the game professionally somehow? I think I always knew that because it was something I was passionate about. I went to a really good school academically and athletically. We were on a lot of people’s radar. I was getting recruited at a young age and knew I wanted to play basketball at the college level and wanted to get a scholarship as well. I think I knew that I just had to keep working on my game to improve and not just stay consistent. How was your experience at UTEP as far as preparing you for a professional career? I definitely think it helped me because I was so far away from home. I knew I wanted to go to school away from Kentucky and just grow and be by myself. That taught me a lot because later playing in Spain, the Czech Republic and Mexico, I was always away from
How do you balance your competitiveness on the court with the need to also be an entertainer and playing to the crowd? We do put in a lot of time practicing our craft. It’s not just doing tricks. We have to be good basketball players first and foremost but we know and understand that it is entertainment. We’re still trying to compete because the team we’re playing, the World All-Stars, they’re trying to beat us so we have to bring out best game every night. What does it mean to you to be just the 15th female member of the Harlem Globetrotters? After every game I’ll have parents come up to me and thank me for being an inspiration to their daughters. That means a lot to me and says a lot because it breaks barriers letting you know that gender doesn’t matter. You can have a role model, like I did with TNT (fellow female Globetrotter), seeing a girl playing basketball with all these guys lets the girls know that you can play at any level as long as you put the time and work in. Being active in community service is important to you and fits in well with being a Globetrotter. The Globetrotters are the ambassadors of goodwill and that’s something I wanted to be a part of. I like getting involved with the community, giving back and working with kids and this gives me a huge platform to do so. Like going to schools to talk about bullying or the cheer program or going to hospitals on smile patrol. Promoting positive character is definitely something I want to be a part of.
great wings at George’s. There is no fuss, just done right. Their buffalo wings are seasoned in traditional mild, medium and hot sauces and served with celery and blue cheese dressing.
Multiple Area Locations TacoMac.com
Nothing pairs better with March Madness better than Hudson Grille’s signature wings and boneless wings. The boneless wings are tender, juicy, premium pieces of 100% chicken breast, lightly seasoned and fried. Also try their other flavors: Maker’s BBQ, Sweet and Spicy, Thai Ginger, Lemon-AKI, Jerk, Lemon-Pepper and—if you’ve got the guts— ghost pepper insanity. Did you know all their sauces are made in-house?! Try getting that at other sports bars. Wash down their wings with one of their 50+ draft beers with all your favorite local and craft options.
The Wing Factory
Multiple Area Locations wingfactory.com Their name says it all, or most of it anyway. At the Wing Factory, wings are indeed serious business with 25 flavors to choose from. There are plenty of tongue-burning options to please pepper pros but there are also enough subtle and complex “alternative” flavors to suit the less adventurous palette.
1041 N. Highland Ave (404) 892.3648 georgesbarandrestaurant.com George's is located in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. They have been around for over 55 years and is a favorite hangout for area residents. They are best known for their award winning burgers but you can also find
Founded in 1979 by a couple of guys from Buffalo NY. They stopped in Atlanta by chance and decided to stay and open up a restaurant that featured the great chicken wings they loved from home and the Taco Mac concept was born. Their buffalo wings have been an Atlanta favorite ever since. Taco Mac wings are fresh, never frozen and offered in Signature, Boneless and Jumbo varieties.
3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com Don’t let their name full you, Mo’s on Briarcliff off Clairmont Rd. offers a lot more than pizza. Great sandwiches, salads, subs, burgers and of course great wings. Mo’s has been serving them up for over 30 years!
Multiple Atlanta Locations Hooters.com Original Hooters wings are fresh, never frozen and have been their signature menu item since the first Hooters opened in 1983. Hooters offers 15 wing sauce varieties on boneless, traditional, naked or Daytona style wings. These delicious chunks of fresh chicken can’t be beat. Hooters is a great place to take in the tournament action.
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What is your specialty skill during the game that fans can look for? I’m a dribbler so you’ll see all my dribbling skills. You’ll see me slide on the court and my ball-handling skills throughout the game. insiteatlanta.com • March 2017 • PG 9
PUB RECIPES NOTHIN’ UP THEIR SLEEVES! IRISH For St. Patrick’s Day Naked Magicians Mix Comedy & Magic for a Naughty Night of Good, Cheeky Fun Humor, magic - and yes, nudity - are universal. They really are! Everyone loves having a laugh, everyone loves magic and we’ve decided to throw two naked Aussies into the mix as well.
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
IDICULOUSLY FIT ILLUSIONISTS and comics Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler hail from Australia and travel the world as The Naked Magicians. Yes, As with strip clubs, are you forced to adhere as advertised, the duo do indeed strip down to to regional restrictions? For example, some nothing more than their tophats and birthday gentlemen’s are strictly topless only, depending suits while presenting a delightfully cheeky mix on the laws. of ribald jokes and magic. We do, actually. It’s quite Currently celebrating three interesting. Basically, there’s years of wayward hijinks, a theatrical liquor licensing the act is back on tour in the law that does and doesn’t US this month, crisscrossing allow us to show our actual the country with their MARCH 10 & 11 penises. Because we’re not successful brand of sexuallyThe Buckhead Theatre playing bars, we’re playing liberated humor and goodtheaters. Like tonight we’re thebuckheadtheatre.com natured charm. at the Lincoln Theater, this INsite caught up with amazing historical place. So co-founder Christopher yeah, there are different laws and regulations we Wayne in Washington D.C. as the act set up for have to abide by. But we’re still naked it’s not just two shows at the (ahem, speaking of impressive a cheeky name for our act. tophats) Lincoln Theater.
THE NAKED MAGICIANS
How’s the current tour going so far? So busy! We just did five shows in Boston and we’ve just now touched down in D.C. It’s all been so incredible; we did 45 cities last year and we’ve got 60 cities so far lined up for this year. Every night has been crazier than the last one, with 500 to 1500 people at every show - and for a magic show, that’s extraordinary. We’re just honestly having the time of our lives right now. Now that you’ve toured America for a couple of years, can you feel any differences in the various regions of the country? Do southern audiences react differently than, say, the West Coast? I don’t think so because the themes of our show are based on common denominators that every single human has inside of them. At the core, it’s just a fun, naughty show. We’ve done the show now across America to Australia to New Zealand to London and I think every single person has that same naughty side. That’s what we’re all about, tapping into that naughty side with a comedy and magic show that’s based around what we may not talk about in public, but what we all enjoy. That’s the basis of any sort of comedy - to talk about things you might not want to talk about, but still need to be discussed, shared and ultimately laughed about. Yes exactly. I’ve realized that as the years have progressed, maybe because of the times, or of the whole Fifty Shades Of Grey thing, some women are ok with talking about getting spanked, and it’s not as taboo a subject as before. So our show works within that new openness, and it really is a celebration of sexuality as a really funny magic show. I was going through the Twitter account earlier and I got a tweet asking if gay guys can come to our show. I was like, of course gay guys can come to the show, why wouldn’t they want to come? We want everyone there, because everyone has that side. PG 10 • March 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
In those states with restrictions, do you have to wear a thong or a g-string? Oh, well that would be gross. There’s good naked and bad naked and that would definitely be bad naked! Usually a guy in a thong can’t be good. But we never compromise what we wear on stage and by the end of the show, what we wear on stage is always nothing. How did you come up with the idea and how did the whole thing get started? We got the idea from Simon Painter who is a huge producer and we were helping him with The Illiusionists in Australia. He had this idea “A naked man with a top hat covering his cock. It’s gonna be fucking hilarious! Call it the naked magician!” We spent over a year working on it but that didn’t fully prepare us for doing it live. We weren’t strippers and we had to learn how to get naked. I remember the first time we did it, I was so nervous my heart was beating in my throat. But something amazing happened. We took our clothes off and the audience cheered and went nuts! A liberating sense of freedom came with that and we haven’t looked back since. Now the favorite part of my day is when I’m standing on stage in front of hundreds of people, wearing nothing but a top hat and a smile. You aren’t naked the whole time, there’s a slow reveal? And that’s very important to us. We give you plenty of foreplay before we get naked. When we were first writing the show, we looked at other shows where guys take their clothes off in the first few minutes. So then what? Right, otherwise it would be anti-climatic. Metaphorically and literally! When that actual moment comes, it’s absolute pandemonium in the theater. Have you ever gotten aroused during a show? (laughs) Never happens!
BY BRET LOVE
RISH PUB RECIPES MIGHT NOT BE the sort of thing you’d want to make at home every day, especially if you’re trying to follow a healthy diet. But on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone seems to like a wee taste of Ireland, and we’re no exception. Nearly 40% of Georgians claim Irish heritage, with Atlanta ranking as the 7th largest “Irish city” in North America. From the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in downtown Atlanta to the even more massive celebration in Savannah, it seems like our home state goes crazy for shamrocks and shenanigans this time every March. With loads of Irish pubs in the city, this year we turned to one of our personal favorites, Rí Rá Irish Pub, to get some traditional Irish Pub Recipes we could share with our readers. From classic fare like the Boxty Bites and Shepherd’s Pie to more modern Irish-American fusions such as the Guinness BBQ Burger, these dishes are virtually guaranteed to inspire an appreciation for Irish culture. Serve them up with some traditional Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day and you’ll have an enchanting taste of the Emerald Isle!
GUINNESS BBQ BURGER
INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds ground beef • 4 soft Kaiser Rolls • 4 leaf cleaned green leaf lettuce • 8 slices of ripened tomato • 8 slices of peeled red onion with the rings separated • 8 slices of yellow onion, with the rings separated and soaked in buttermilk • 1 cup flour • 3 cups canola oil • 4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese • 8 oz Guinness BBQ Sauce (recipe below) • 1 tsp olive oil GUINNESS BBQ SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 4oz Ketchup • 3oz Molasses • 1oz Guinness Stout • Dash of cumin • Dash of cayenne • Dash of chili powder • Dash of celery salt • Mix all ingredients together well and chill. DIRECTIONS: Form the ground beef into 5” patties and season both sides with salt & pepper. • Heat a cast iron or heavy bottom pan with the olive oil until just smoking. • Place patties
into pan and sear for 3 minutes on each side • Reduce heat slightly and finish cooking burgers to desired temp. • Heat the 3 cups of canola oil in a deep frying pan to 350 degrees. • Place the flour in a large bowl and dredge the buttermilk soaked rings through until well coated. • Shake of excess flour and drop rings into the hot oil in small batch’s turning them with tongs until golden crisp. • Remove from oil and drain well. • Place the cheese on top of the burgers 30 seconds before finished to melt. • Place the burger on the bottom of the bun, spoon the Guinness BBQ sauce over the cheese & top with 3-4 of the onion rings. • Lay the lettuce, tomato and red onion on the top side of the bun and serve open-faced.
SHEPHERD’S PIE SHEPHERD’S PIE, PHOTO BY HEIDI GELDHAUSER COURTESY RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB
INGREDIENTS: 3 LB fresh ground lamb • 1 LB yellow onion diced • 4 Tbs AP Flour • 2 Tbs vegetable oil • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley • 2 cups lamb stock (chicken stock can be substituted) • 2 cups frozen peas & carrots • 8 Idaho Potatoes; 1 cup milk • 4 Tbs butter PIE DIRECTIONS: Heat large pot with oil. • Add ground lamb and brown. • Drain off grease and add yellow onion. • Cook for 3-4 minutes. • Add the flour and cook out for 5-6 minutes. • Add the stock and mix well. • Bring to heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. • Add the chopped fresh herbs, peas and carrots. • Season to taste with salt and pepper. TOPPING DIRECTIONS: Peel and dice washed potatoes. • Bring to boil in salted water. • When tender enough for a fork to pierce through, remove from heat and drain. • Let the potatoes steam off until almost dry. • Mix in bowl with milk and butter. • Season to taste with salt and pepper. • Pour the Pie mixture into a 9×9 baking dish. • Spread mashed potatoes over top and broil in oven for 3-4 minutes or until mashed potato on top is golden brown. • Serve family style with fresh bread, butter and cans of COLD Guinness for a great taste of Ireland!
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Patrick’s Day 2017
Greenmile Pub Crawl Saturday, March 11 Midtown atlantabartours.com
Eat, Drink & Party in Midtown’s Entertainment District for the 7th Annual Green Mile Block Party. Join 1,000 plus party goers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early. Don’t miss the crowning of Irish Girl Costume Contest at Midnight. Participating bars offering complimentary themed Irish beverages or shots, 3/2/1 drink specials, Irish themed food specials, party beads and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 11 Midtown atlantastpats.com
The popular Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade, an Atlanta favorite for the past 135 years, returns to the streets of Midtown on Saturday, March 11. This year’s parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th street and continues down Peachtree to 5th Street. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, llamas and Irish and local dignitaries are expected to march this year. The parade will feature one of the world’s largest Irish “walking flags,” a large
Parades, Events and Festivals
flag carried — or, more accurately, worn — by dozens of participants.
Kegs N Eggs
Saturday, March 11 Virginia Highland atlantabartours.com
This is the event for all you early risers. The event takes place from 10am - 2pm and includes Irish brew and grub from popular neighborhood pubs including: Hand in Hand, Atkin’s Park, Neighbors Pub, Dark Horse Tavern and American Roadhouse.
Shamrock ‘N Roll Race
Saturday, March 11 Atlantic Station shamrocknroll.org
The JLA’s Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race begins at 8:30 am on Saturday, March 11 at Atlantic Station and will feature a family friendly 5K Run, 10K Run, and 1K Belk Kids’ Fun Run. With 1,800 runners, walkers, strollers and dogs, the Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race is one of Atlanta’s fastest growing family focused races.
Saturday, March 11 Park Tavern parktavern.com
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the park, at Park Tavern on Piedmont Park’s south lawn. The party is put on by A Social Mess and takes place from 2:00 pm to 2:00 am. Limited tickets available.
Lucky Fest 2017
Friday & Saturday March 17 & 18 Park Tavern spiralentertainment.com
Fado’ Irish Pub Buckhead
Saturday, March 11 & Friday March 17 fadoirishpub.com
Fado’ is celebrating St. Patty’s Day twice with outdoor events on Saturday, March 11 and Friday, March 17. The party begins at noon with 10 hours of DJ’s and live entertainment. Buckhead Avenue will be closed down to make room for their six bar stations and music stage.
Friday, March 17 Virginia Highland limerickjunction.com
Shamrock the Station
Saturday, March 11 Noon - 11 p.m. Atlantic Station atlanticstation.com
Rock 105.7, Guinness, and Meehan's Public House are joining forces for the ultimate Atlanta St. Patrick's Day celebration: Shamrock the Station. Central Park will be turning green with free activities including kid-friendly fun, Irish dancing, and music starting at 5 pm from Kick The Robot, Bleeker, COIN, and Judah & the Lion!
different as the celebration starts inside at noon and the outdoor festival begins at 4pm. This family friendly event offers face painting and balloon artists from 5 - 7 pm. Music by Galen Crader, Wes Yoakam, Kevin Lewis plus Van Morrison tribute band Domino.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17 in Virginia Highland. Limerick Junction hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Day Party each year and this year will be no
Join Spiral Entertainment for their TWO-DAY, shamrockin’ good time at LuckyFest at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park. The event begins on Friday, March 17th, at 4 pm with Lucky Night. But the party doesn’t stop there—don your best Irish garb on Saturday, March 18th, and join thousands of lucky leprechauns and southern belles for tons of green beer, green food, live music, DJ’s and outrageous fun. This two-part event will start with a boozy brunch from 11 am – 2 pm on Saturday, full of green eggs, kegs, and legs. Oh my! The event will continue on into the night with music by Ian Schumacher, Radiobirds, Lefty Williams Band and Zale with DJ’s spinning all night long. Tickets are available on their website, but don’t forget to share the love on their Instagram and Facebook too! Wear your green and get ready to shamrock the Park! Event is 21 and up.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival Friday, March 17
Open Inside at Noon Outdoor Festival at 4pm LIVE MUSIC FEATURING:
Galen Crader • Wes Yoakam • Kevin Lewis Domino (Van Morrison Tribute) FAMILY FRIENDLY. Face Painting and Balloon Artist 5-7pm 822 N. Highland Avenue NE • Atlanta • (404) 874-7147
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Movie Reviews BY STEVE WARREN
1/2 Collide isn’t what you would call an intelligent action movie – if that’s not an oxymoron – but it has enough car crashes to tide you over until The Fate of the Furious opens next month. The plotting is sufficiently absurd to qualify as camp, especially with Ben Kingsley’s over-the-top performance as the number-two villain, Geran, a hedonistic Turk. But this is really a love story. In Cologne, Germany, Casey (Nicholas Hoult with facial hair that looks like it’s on the wrong face), an errand boy for Geran, meets fellow American Juliette (fellow Brit Felicity Jones), and goes straight to win her. But when she turns out to need a kidney transplant they can’t afford, you know the drill: It will just take one big score to pay the bills. Casey and a friend plot to steal a truckload of drugs from Geran’s boss, Hagen Kahl (Anthony Hopkins in possibly his most sinister role since Hannibal Lecter). And the chase is on, with guns firing thousands of bullets that shatter glass but never hit people. The stuntwork is impressive, the romance – well, who goes to a movie like this for romance? Everything else, not so much. –Steve Warren
DONALD CRIED (NR)
Donald (not that one!) Cried isn’t a great movie but it’s one of the best examples since Sling Blade of an actor creating a role to showcase his talent. Expanding on his 2012 short, writer-director Kris Avedisian plays the title role; but Donald is a wingman of sorts to the main character. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) returns to his old Rhode Island neighborhood a couple decades after leaving for New York and reinventing himself. He’s there to settle his late grandmother’s affairs, but he’s lost his wallet on the way. The only person he can turn to for help is Donald, his childhood friend and neighbor who never grew up. (Pete can’t access the Internet on his phone? Yes, but then there wouldn’t be a movie.) The town hasn’t changed any more than Donald has – Pete might have arrived in a DeLorean - and Avedisian is remarkable as the obnoxious but somehow endearing man-child who awakens Pete’s suppressed memories of the not-alwaysgood old days as he gives him a tour of their past. Donald reminds me of Dobie Gillis’ friend Maynard G. Krebs, who was played by Bob Denver. Wakeman, who shares the story credit, is too bland to be believable as a man who’s
been surviving in New York, but this makes Avedisian’s performance stand out even more. Donald Cried is like a buddy comedy without much comedy, but the drama is quirky enough that you don’t miss it. –Steve Warren
1/2 François Ozon, responsible for several of the best French films to reach our shores in this century, adds another. Last month Frantz won five of the 11 César Awards it was nominated for. The drama begins in Germany in 1919, when a French visitor was as welcome as a carpetbagger in the post-Civil War South. Adrien (Pierre Niney) puts flowers on the grave of Frantz, a young local who was killed in the war. Anna (Paula Beer), 21, was Frantz’s fiancée and is living with his grieving parents, who have virtually adopted her. Curious, she meets Adrien and is charmed, as are Frantz’s parents, by his stories of his friendship with the dead soldier. He helps them all to start living again. Seeing through our 21st-century eyes, despite charmingly retro black-and-white cinematography, we may form our own theory about these sensitive young men who shared interests in art, music and poetry; but that doesn’t prepare us for the secret Adrien reveals near the film’s midpoint. It’s not the last time we’ll be surprised by this adaptation of a 1932 Ernst Lubitsch film, Broken Lullaby. In telling what may be a love story, Ozon says a lot about war and its aftermath, about old men sending young men to fight their battles, and what we might be missing when we hold a grudge. If you’re holding a grudge against the French for something or other, give it a rest and see one of their best. –Steve Warren
GET OUT (R)
Tired of seeing the same horror movie week after week under a different name? Get Out will get you out of that rut. It also suggests that Jordan Peele, who wrote and directed, was the brains of the Key and Peele team. The opening scene shows the danger of Walking While Black (Is that a thing?) in a white suburb. Then, after five months of dating, Rose (Girls’ Allison Williams) is taking Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her wealthy parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford). She hasn’t told them he’s black but they’re total liberals so it won’t matter, she says. At first that seems to be true, but things seem just a little off – enough to keep Chris and us
GET OUT on edge. Rose’s psychiatrist mother hypnotizes Chris to help him quit smoking. At an annual gathering of their (almost all white) friends, everyone has some subtle bit of unconscious racism to contribute. Then there are the two black servants, Rose’s wacky brother and a blind art dealer... Chris may just be paranoid, but if you were in his place you wouldn’t want to be in his place. It takes the longest time for the full-on horror to kick in, but it’s not as if you haven’t been warned. The film’s ironic humor is easier to miss, thus all the more to be savored when you get it. Most ironic of all is knowing how the tone of the ending would change if the camera kept rolling for a couple more minutes. The next time you think you’re living in a “postracial” America, let Get Out shock you back to reality. –Steve Warren
Infinite for cat lovers, for others If you’re going to spend an hour and a half watching cat videos anyway, you may as well see some good ones on a big screen – and get a look at Istanbul at the same time. Apparently there are thousands of street cats in Turkey’s exotic, colorful largest city – not in the high-rent district but around the open-air markets near where the fishing boats dock. No one “owns” them but many have someone who takes care of them, sometimes dozens of them. They know where to go when they need food, shelter, even vet care. Ceyda Torun’s well-crafted documentary gets up close and personal with some of these cats and the people who care for them. Some of the people express interesting points of view; some of the cats do too, but they’re not subtitled so we don’t understand them. One woman describes her own interspecies conversations as like communicating with aliens. They may attribute human qualities to the cats but the movie doesn’t try to anthropomorphize them like docs by Disney and others. “People who don’t love animals can’t love people either,” one man opines; but do these animal lovers automatically love people too? Do they feed homeless humans the way they do cats? I spent 17 years fighting a cat for a person’s affection and always lost. But even I enjoyed Kedi, and with all the obsessive cat lovers out there it could prove to be a surprise blockbuster. If I were Torun I’d be collecting footage for Kedi 2. - Steve Warren
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI (PG-13)
1/2 I hate it when I’m right and everyone else is wrong. Despite its Oscar nomination and festival awards, My Life as a Zucchini is just a sweet little stop-motion animated feature with as many flaws as virtues. For one thing, it’s predictable. If you can’t guess ten minutes in where the protagonist will end up, you don’t PG 12 • March 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
see enough movies. For another, the pace is too slow in an obvious effort to stretch it to feature length. (It runs 80 minutes, including about 10 of credits, with a strange Easter egg in the middle of them). Nine-year-old Icare accidentally kills his beer-swilling mother in the opening scene, although this isn’t clear until later dialogue confirms it. Raymond, a kind cop, places him in a small orphanage. Icare would rather be called by his mother’s pet name for him, Zucchini, which sounds better, if less manly, in French (Courgette). He eventually becomes besties with the house bully, Simon; and his relationship with the new girl, Camille, could get interesting if there’s a sequel. Oh, those French! Check the schedule because you have a choice of the original French version with subtitles or a dubbed English version with the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris. You won’t want to bring anyone too young to read subtitles because of “locker room talk” (e.g., “exploding willies”) as the pre-adolescent boys exchange theories about sex; and the inadvertent matricide is never questioned or condemned. As a Truffaut worshipper I object to publicity materials calling this story “reminiscent of” his work. There’s as much similarity in plot and tone as there is between these animated figures and Truffaut’s live actors. –Steve Warren
THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT (R)
1/2 Only in the movies would a war between Christians and Muslims be fought over a woman. OK, I’m exaggerating. World War I would have been fought anyway, even if Lillie (Hera Hilmar, who looks like the young Stockard Channing), a strong-willed, 23-year-old nurse from Philadelphia, hadn’t volunteered at a hospital mission in Eastern Anatolia in 1914. Aside from idealism, part of the attraction for her is Jude (Josh Hartnett), an American doctor, until she meets the title character, Ismail (Michiel Huisman), who is assigned as her “military escort” from the Ottoman Imperial Army when she arrives in the country. The hospital treats everyone, as America hasn’t entered the war yet. The movie is equally neutral, showing war as bad for all people and barely touching on the Turkish genocide of Armenians. If you have an American public-school education the historical details will go over your head, but you can follow the romance. Beautiful cinematography by Daniel Aranyó is the strong point of a movie that might have been made 50 years ago by a David Lean wannabe. (The director is Joseph Ruben, whose best film was The Stepfather, 30 years ago.) Everybody in the world speaks fluent English in a script that trades in clichés. The rating would be PG-13 if not for a little extra bloodshed. –Steve Warren
Album Reviews NEW RELEASES THE LATEST DVD, BLU RAY & VOD RELEASES
REVIEWS BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH AND JOHN B. MOORE
By John Moore
Cindy Lee Berryhill
ROY ORBISON – BLACK & WHITE NIGHT [DVD/Blu Ray] (Legacy Recordings) The Roy Orbison special Black & White Night was a must-see by rock fans of all ilk when it first aired on Cinemax in 1988. The star-crammed supergroup special has long since been hijacked by PBS stations across the country looking for an attention-grabber during pledge season, but the appeal is just as strong now as when it first aired 30-years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Legacy Recordings is putting out a re-edited, re-mastered, and best of all, expanded version of that original special on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD. The set featured Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, among others, serving as back up to the Texas icon. The re-release features plenty of never-seen-before footage.
The Adventurist (Omnivore Recordings)
Singer-songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill burst on the burgeoning late ‘80s acoustic consciousness with Who’s Gonna Save The World?. The “anti-folk” performer blended her detail-heavy penchant for intimate storytelling within stark but memorable melodies. Her latest collection is a return to the scene from a sabbatical as caregiver. Four years ago her husband, noted music critic Paul Williams died following a lengthy battle with brain injuries and the onset of early dementia. From the despair of his departure, Berryhill has created what she calls an album of “tone poems about the experiential feeling of enlovement.” With an impressive cast of guest players including Syd Straw, DJ Bonebrake and Probyn Gregory, the result is an incredible journey into her relationship with Williams. Her first release in a decade is definitely a labor of love and the song cycle encompasses a wide swath of emotional snapshots from their time together. The uniquely orchestrated presentation recalls some of Brian Wilson’s best studio experimentations (and includes two members of his current band). Lush arrangements include strings, a horn section, some cleverly deployed marimba, found percussion materials and yes, even a dishwasher. From “Somebody’s Angel” to the heady intensity of new romance in “Contemplating the Infinite (In A Kiss)” to the wrenching “An Affair Of The Heart,” Berryhill’s endearing look at her own story of love, loss, and revival mark the disc as absolutely essential listening for anyone seeking the power of music as an outlet for healing.
Black & White Night [CD and DVD/ Blu Ray] (Legacy Recordings)
The Roy Orbison special “Black & White Night” was a must-see by rock fans of all ilk when it first aired on Cinemax in 1988. The star-crammed supergroup special has long since been a PBS staple especially during pledge season. To celebrate the anniversary, Legacy Recordings is putting out a re-edited, re-mastered, and best of all, expanded version of that original special on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD. The set, recorded in black and white (hence the title), featured Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, KD Lang, T Bone Burnett, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne, JD Souther and Jennifer Warnes, serving as back up to the Texas icon. The DVD is more than just a simply reissue though; there were hundreds of hours of unused footage thanks to seven cameras filming the set, so this new release features plenty of never-seenbefore footage. The song order has also been rearranged on the DVD, putting it in the proper chronological order so viewers are finally seeing it play out the way the live audience saw it that night in the club. The 19-track CD, which is almost a greatest hits collection from Orbison, includes an alternate version of “Pretty Woman.” But, more than just an appeal to casual fans, Orbison
sounds amazing on some of his lesser known tracks like, “The Comedians” or “Mean Woman Blues” making it worth the purchase for diehards as well.
Turbo 30 (Columbia/Legacy)
Raise those devil horns high – Legacy has just released a massive 3-CD set of Judas Priest’s threedecades old “Turbo” album, dubbed Turbo 30 (natch). The record, the band’s 10th, was definitely not without controversy; mainly because of the group’s use of synthesizers. For a metal band, being labeled by the Religious Right as devil worshippers was pure street cred, but being referred to as a synth-band, Jesus, that’s career suicide. But far from being a Depeche Mode clone, Judas Priest still was still armed with plenty of earshattering guitar solos and Rob Halford’s glorious banshee vocals all across this record and over time “Turbo” has managed to hold up really well (despite what that dude in the faded denim jacket and greasy mullet tells you). In the band’s defense, it was 1986 and if you didn’t live through that neon-soaked year, you have no right to question it. With a more melodic sound and relatable lyrical themes, “Turbo” is the band’s most obvious attempt at commercial success and despite a few missteps, there are a slew of great songs here, like the album opener “Turbo Lover” and the infectious “Parental Guidance” (how is it possible that this song wasn’t as big as Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock”?). This re-release also comes with a live recording of the band’s May 22, 1986 Kansas City show, spread out over two CDs. For any of the headbangers who turned their nose up at this one the first go ‘round, it deserves another listen.
ARCADE FIRE -THE REFLEKTOR TAPES (Eagle Rock Entertainment) Arcade Fire has been an enigma ever since 2004’s brilliant Springsteen-influenced Funeral brought the Montreal band global attention. Don’t expect The Reflektor Tapes
to answer many of the questions you may have about the band. What it is though is a visually-impressive doc about the making of the band’s 2013 album Reflektor. Filmmakers Kahlil Joseph tracked the band throughout Canada New York and beyond, capturing a group that was trying to get out of their comfort zone to make a different record. There are also some amazing live shots of the band playing at venues across the globe. The documentary is also paired with a second DVD, Live At Earl’s Court, recorded at the London venue during the band’s 2014 tour. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (Universal Studios Home Entertainment) One may be an anomaly, but two is a track record. For his second movie, fashion designer turned director Tom Ford yet again delivers a powerful, moving film earing an Oscar nomination. Nocturnal Animals is a much darker and tense experience than his last offering, A Single Man. It centers on an LA art gallery owner who decides to meet up with her ex-husband who has just completed a new book. She becomes engrossed by the book that has a striking number of parallels to her life with her ex-husband and current one. Taught and compelling until the very end, this latest from Ford proves, despite a wildly successful career in fashion, his real talents lie in making movies.
Tambaleo (Already Dead Tapes)
For the past few years, Austin-based musician Matthew Squires has been turning out one great album of quirky indie pop after another and “Tambaleo” shows no signs that he is letting up anytime soon. Blending electronic and acoustic instruments underneath Squires distinct vocals gives the songs a truly unique vibe. You can hear snatches of everyone from XTC to They Might Be Giants popping up here and there, but make no mistake; Squires is truly unique. He and his band have been on a prolific jag lately, putting out three albums in 2013, another in 2014. With 15 tracks, the Tambaleo feels a tad bit bloated toward the end, but his idiosyncratic style and his way with lyrics is appealing enough to hold your attention for most of the record. It also happens to be one of his strongest releases yet, but to quote Squires summing up his music on his Facebook page: “Matthew Squires has been warmly recognized by many different critics. He’ll die, they’ll die. You’ll die, too!”
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FAMILIAR CHARACTERS, NEW TWIST RAMER TOUGH BY BENJAMIN CARR
ROM ARCHIE TO ZOMBIES, familiar characters and stories have been completely revamped lately, allowing 2017 TV audiences new entryways into triedand-true material. The approaches have reenergized old properties - in some cases - and found new intrigues there.
The CW’s new teen drama Riverdale is a blast. It takes all the familiar, wholesome characters from the Archie comics, including Jughead, Betty and Veronica, and turns them on their heads by placing them in the middle of a murder mystery. The drama has been equal parts Twin Peaks and Beverly Hills 90210, with savvy pop culture references and strange detours into the perverse. Archie, played by KJ Apa, is suddenly a ripped, brooding musician who’s having an affair with his beloved teacher Miss Grundy. Betty isn’t just the image of blonde, American purity. Now she’s got a bit of psychosis. Veronica is now running from her father’s embezzlement crimes. And Jughead is writing his own personal In Cold Blood in between cheeseburgers. All of the crazy twists and pop culture nods are intentional, with tongue firmly in cheek. To prove that they are in on the joke, the showrunners have filled Riverdale with teen stars of the 1990s, including Luke Perry, Robin Givens and Madchen Amick. In doing this, the show feels like a rare treat for both nostalgic and new reasons.
sitcom about realtors, played charmingly by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, who are trying to keep the spice in their marriage while doing their best to raise a somewhat rebellious teenage daughter. And, in the middle of the first episode, Drew Barrymore’s character Sheila suddenly falls sick and dies - without actually dying. No real explanation is given for this, yet she suddenly develops a taste for human flesh and a strange murderous streak. The effect this has on her familly is, of course, startling. Yet it adds new energy to the family. Santa Clarita Diet is a wacky fun sitcom, along the lines of Cougar Town and Desperate Housewives. And the zombie element adds an unexpected charm to the proceedings. Barrymore and Olyphant have great chemistry, and the show is a breeze to binge.
Santa Clarita Diet LEGION (FX)
SANTA CLARITA DIET (Netflix)
Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet is a zombie show with a strange, strange flavor. It’s a family
FX’s Legion, meanwhile, is a strange, difficult show to love. Taking a lesser-known character from Marvel’s X-Men comics, the show follows a bafflingly insane schizophrenic named David, played by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey, who it turns out is also a powerful mutant with the ability to control everything with his mind. At the outset, though, David does not know this. He merely believes he’s insane, suicidal and under perpetual supervision. He slowly comes to know the danger he poses to the entire world, for the premise suggests that David could easily zap us all into oblivion just by changing his mind. It’s a tough show to love, even though it comes from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley. As it continues and David learns the extent of his powers, who knows what it might become? FOLLOW US ON
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Youngest Monster Jam Driver Puts the Pedal to Metal & Nose to the Books
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
VERY YEAR, THE INESCAPABLE TV commercials menacingly growl to herald the return of Monster Jam at the Georgia Dome. This time a certain bittersweet finality hangs in the dusty air as the yearly event will be the last main attraction in the venerable venue. But one of the happy highlights of the weekend show will feature an appearance by the youngest female in the oil-splattered, and decidedly male-dominated sport. 19-year old GA Tech sophomore Rosalee Ramer has been around monster trucks all her life. This month, the Watsonville, California-bred athlete will be making her Atlanta debut in front of an audience that will include some of her mathematical engineering classmates during what promises to be a raucous completion. Among the 104 scheduled entrants is her dad, veteran monster truck driver Kelvin Ramer. Before they unscrew the seats for sale as souvenirs, she’ll lead the pack of the imposing 10,000-pound monster trucks. As they flatten the dome, she’ll be striking a major blow for feminism - just by being herself. INsite caught up with Ramer after a day of classes at Tech. You were driving monster trucks before you even had a license to drive a car. Yeah, I got to hop in my dad’s truck when I was 11 and helped him move it into the pit at the end of a show. My dad used to take a nap before shows and I’d always joke and go, “Dad you look kinda tired, maybe I should go out and drive for you this time.” We’d laugh about it, but pretty soon we had a truck that was ready to retire. When it ended up in the shop, we worked on it and I eventually got to drive it for my first show. I was 14 at the time. That first show must have been an incredible thrill for you. That was 2012? Yes and it was so crazy, it was set up at an airport and there was a six or seven-foot-tall dirt jump set-up for us. I caught maybe 20 or 25 feet of air my first time out. It was such a huge adrenaline rush! Were you driving Wild Flower? It’s the same truck, but then we called it Detour. It’s evolved. I had an idea for a truck with flowers across it when I was still using Detour as the name. But Wild Flower kinda ties into my name so I like to think of it like, roses are super pretty on top. But if you try to pick one, there are thorns underneath. Now that’s how my truck
and my firesuit looks. Bright pink flowers all across it but if you look closer, there are these little dark purple thorns along the vines like barbed wire. After four years of prep, your first Monster Jam must have been a big moment for an 18yea -old. For sure. I got to do my first show at the same place my dad did his first Monster Jam, at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. That’s been the big start of my year for me, every year for all of my life. It’s our first show in January. Now you divide your time between classes at GA Tech and Monster Jam shows across the country. That’s a lot to balance. Well with school, a weekend for me usually starts as soon as my classes end each week. On Thursday afternoon, I’m in a car on the way to the airport. While I’m on the plane, I’ll do my homework. I’ll get to the venue on Thursday night. If the trucks aren’t completely ready, we’ll have to do some maintenance. I’m one of the few drivers who actually work on their own truck. That must be incredibly time-consuming. It is. For about every five minutes of play, we do about 60 hours of maintenance on the truck. And doing it yourself definitely helps with the technical aspects of driving. You know how your own truck works so if something breaks during your run, you can compensate for it as you’re driving. I’m very supportive of women’s rights and causes but I had no idea there were female Monster Truck drivers. It’s something that never really crossed my mind, either. Growing up in the sport, I was just another one of the kids around. I liked working on the trucks and I just kind of did it, I didn’t really think about it. When I first started getting attention from the media I was kinda surprised. But Monster Jam has a really big connection to the fans. We do pit parties every week and we do meet and greets and everyone is always really supportive. You’re making a great statement for feminism just by standing up and being yourself. That’s the way I look at it. I’m not hugely involved in women’s rights or anything like that, I’m just doing what I love. The fact that I can make a difference by doing that is amazing to me. When I get out of that truck, I just want everybody in the stadium to feel as good as I do, because I’m living my dream and they can, too.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BODYGUARD!
Revival Tour of the Popular 1992 Film Comes to Town This Month
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
N 2012, THE ICONIC 1992 MOVIE “The Bodyguard” opened in London’s legendary West End theater district as a significantly revamped musical reboot. Since then the production has spawned a number of touring companies around the world. With a slate of constantly evolving casts, the show has gained a massive cult following of new fans. The current US tour stars singer/actress Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron, the role Whitney Houston made famous in the film. The stage adaptation includes the signature soundtrack songs as well as many of Houston’s familiar hits including “One Moment In Time,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “How Will I Know?” Cox knew and recorded with Houston and brings the production full circle with Judson Mills along for the ride in Kevin Costner’s titular role. Seven weeks into a scheduled year-and-a-half stint, veteran stage actor-singer Charles Gray now co-stars as manager Bill Devaney. Just before a recent performance in Philadelphia, Gray spoke with Insite about the production. Before we talk about the Bodyguard, let’s talk about your new single, “Love Is Love.” What inspired it? Well, after the Orlando massacre, I really took it personally because I envisioned myself, just going to clubs at that age. As we all do, very innocently, to just go out and have a good time. The idea that somebody could come along and blow you away for no good reason, just messed with me horribly. I had gone to visit my folks and it was a three-and-a-half hour drive back from New Jersey. By the time I got back, the song was there. It was me just getting it all out. I wanted it to be another choice for people to band together to acknowledge that it really doesn’t have to be this way. It’s an anthem and I put it in a format that I thought would be more likely to be heard in a club.
the details of the various roles are up to us. They’ll adjust dialog to make it fit and work for us. We’re at a little under a 100 performances, I think it’s around 90-something at this point, but the trick now is to get it to Broadway. We get a standing ovation every night and overall, the audience response has been incredible. It really puts things into a new context and makes you listen to songs you’ve heard forever in a completely different way. Ultimately, everybody just comes out smiling and clapping, having had a great journey in the theater. Did you create your own backstory for your character? Well I’m ever so blessed in this situation. Bill Devaney has one goal, one thought, one mantra, and that’s the care and protection of Rachael, end of story. And I get along with Deborah really well, I just do. Early in the rehearsals, I started to just discover who she was and what kind of relationship we were going to have as human beings on this planet. I’d bring her little treats to rehearsal and make sure she had everything she needed. So I basically took on that type of caring position. She knows that at some point, a sugar-free Peppermint Patty is going to show up in her dressing room and she gets all excited about it. We have a great time, so the backstory for me, is just the reality of our dynamic. If it seems that I’m very caring for her onstage, it’s because I really am.
SO WE ARE VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING TO ATLANTA BECAUSE WE’RE ALL PRETTY SURE THE FOLKS THERE ARE GONNA COME OUT AND REALLY MAKE THEMSELVES HEARD!
Oh Lord, yes! We can’t wait to get to Atlanta, to be honest. It’s so funny, even in rehearsals, people were saying, ‘Oh, just wait till you get to Atlanta!’ We just came from Columbus and there were times it was like singing to the shady pines, you know? It was like, ‘Is anybody here?’ They were just so quiet! But then, like clockwork, we get to the final number and they’d all jump up and start hollering and screaming and clapping.
It’s like, ‘Where were you for the last two and a half hours?’ You know, a little back-and-forth never hurt anybody! But Philly has been great, and they’ve been very vocal. Almost to the point of being distracting and kind of funny. The show – well any show, really – works so much better when the audience is really feeling comfortable enough to express themselves. So we are very much looking forward to coming to Atlanta because we’re all pretty sure the folks there are gonna come out and really make themselves heard!
That’s a very healthy dynamic. Exactly! But I’ve just come to admire her so much to get out there and sing those 13 songs and be on stage every minute, just hollerin’ the whole time. And she’s always in such a good mood. I have such admiration for her as a person, as a mother, as a friend, just all of it. She’s an extraordinary human being so it’s not hard for me to do this role. All I really have to do is just stand there and show everybody how we are.
Is this from an upcoming full-length album? No, this is just a one-off. That’s so rare. Some casts MARCH 28–APRIL 2 I’ve never really done a full barely tolerate each other. The Fox Theatre album, but there’s a lot of I can’t say that I’ve ever random stuff out on You foxtheatre.org been in a situation where Tube and Soundcloud. A I’ve gotten along with hundred years ago, I was a absolutely everybody. session singer for 8-Ball Records in Manhattan Crew, stagehands, everybody’s been really cool. so somewhere there’s some random house We generally do hang out and confide in each music with me screaming in the background. other and stuff. We have a cast who, in many Funny stuff! There’s an arc of a career in cases, are under the age of the movie. Some there somewhere. are like 22 or 23 and I’m like, wow, they weren’t even born yet! It’s kind of hard to digest, but And that arc has led to The Bodyguard. their experience with this music and the story is Well what’s funny is, I went to school to sing completely different than people in their 30s, 40s and I went to New York as a singer and all the and 50s. roles that I’ve had have been singing. But this is the first musical I’ve had where I don’t sing Some of the songs don’t seem that old, but a note! It’s kind of difficult to wrap my mind they’re becoming standards at this point. around the fact that I’m in this show with all Yes they are that old (laughs). Funny how these iconic tunes and I don’t get to sing any of it! time creeps up on us, isn’t it! And this show is new to me because I’ve spent a long time being How is the cast settling into the run? the youngest person in the room but now I’m It’s been an exciting journey. What’s interesting officially the oldest person in the cast. to me is none of us had intentionally tried to find out more about the existing show because we But with age comes a whole shift in the wanted it to be ours for this tour. We didn’t try to experience and brings additional respect. find out what was going in London or Germany It does! And it really serves my role. I’m the guy or any of that, we just let it come to us. You who comes in and is supposed to be in charge of know the music is going to be good, but it must everything, so it just plays right into it. have been interesting for the director to watch us discover the show. It’s caused each company You mentioned the audiences, can you tell a to be quite bespoke. There are similarities but difference from city to city?
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WILD BOYS TO PAPER GODS
Nearly Two Years After Its Release Duran Duran’s 14th Album Continues to Shine It does. It was one of things that’s so obvious and so brilliant. [Co-producer] Mark Ronson said, “Why don’t you guys have Nile in one day and just see what happens.” We all agreed and Nile came in with his Strat, the guitar that apparently wrote a million dollars’ worth of records, and it really worked out well. And then we had more guitar from John Frusciante [of Red Hot Chili Peppers] and it just went on from there.
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
ELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 11 OF ’15, PAPER GODS IS the latest album from Duran Duran, the original poster boys of New Wave, New Romanticism and international video stardom. The record boasts an incredible guest list of collaborations including influential producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, musicians John Frusciante, Janelle Monae - and a surprise appearance from Lindsay Lohan. And someone else on the guest list is dear to It continues the stylish, challenging new many around here, [singer/actress] Janelle wave sound of the band that originally Monae [who sings on the album’s first single gelled in 1978. Today founding members “Pressure Off”]. SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Simon Le Bon (vocals), John Taylor (bass), Her involvement is something that Chastain Park Amphitheater Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and Roger Taylor happened almost by accident. We had gotten duranduran.com (drums) continue to anchor the group. to Pressure Off and we were having a breakINsite spoke with Roger Taylor at his home down of the record and we needed a female in London as he looked back on the making voice. Nile suggested Janelle because he’d recently worked with of the new record which has just been issued in a deluxe vinyl her. That’s how the whole thing happened, actually, with the box set from Warner Brothers. entire album. Everything just happened at just the right time.
Paper Gods certainly has its share of collaborators. Probably more than any of your previous records. Did it start by inviting Nile Rodgers (Chic, Bowie, Madonna) into the studio? Yeah, more than ever. It wasn’t a conscious decision this time. We didn’t sit down and say, “Ok right, this is gonna be an album of collaborations.” It just kind of happened organically. And you’re right, I do think the first collaboration was with Nile Rodgers, who we hadn’t worked with since the reunion record Astronaut [in 2004] and we hadn’t worked with him before that since Notorious in the mid-‘80s. So it’s a long history. The occasional Rodgers/Duran Duran pairings make total sense, with his classic rock/funk/disco style.
Everyone who appeared on the record seem to be perfect for the songs and it seems to have turned out really well.
Of all the guests on this one, the biggest surprise is the appearance of Lindsay Lohan. As pop culture fans, it must have been fun to have her around for a session. Yeah. Well she was in the neighborhood, actually. She was visiting London and she’s a friend of Simon’s. She called up the studio and said, “Can I do something on your record? I’d like to sing something” or whatever. We just kind of put that on the backburner, but then we’d written this song called Danceophobia. We had this little bit in the middle which we thought could have a Vincent Price, “Thriller”-type vibe with a spoken voice. We said, “Why don’t we try Lindsay for this? She could be amazing.” She eventually came in, with her sister, and did some great work. She did it in like an hour.
As technology has transformed, has the band dynamic evolved over the years? Not one iota! When I walk back into the room with these guys, it may as well be 30 years ago. The balance within the band is exactly the same as it’s always been. I think, if anything, we’re more patient with each other and I think we understand each other a little bit more. But I’d say the actual band dynamic is the exactly same as it always was. It’s stayed like that because we’re such different personalities and so different in our outlook and the way we express ourselves, but something about it all just works. All the great bands have very diverse personalities within them, and I think that’s something that really works for us. And long may it continue!
Sandra Bernhard Returns with a New Live Show and Same Sassy Attitude
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
N EVERY POSSIBLE WAY, ATLANTA’S City Winery is a long way from Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills, but that incredible path has led Sandra Bernhard on an amazing journey. Working as a manicurist in a ritzy salon on Canon Drive, the then-19-year-old comic/actress/singer/ writer played her first gig just down the street from her day job. Now, after a career that began one fateful evening in 1975, Bernhard is looking back on the travelogue of her life with “Sandra Monica Boulevard: Coast To Coast,” her newest live performance piece. The host of Sirius radio show Sandyland stars in a cabaret-style routine that blends stand-up comedy and challenging social commentary, slathered with pop-culture snark and a surprising amount of live music, accompanied by pianist Mitch Kaplan (of L.A.’s Uncabaret revue) and erstwhile combo the Flawless Zircons. For the uninitiated, the show is authentic lounge humor featuring the raw inventiveness of one of alt-comedy’s true pioneers. During a recent conversation from her home in New York City, she’s every bit as funny, caustic and opinionated as one would expect - infused with the underlying sweetness and empathy that fuels her best work. Last time you were in town, your show was called Sandyland. Right and this time it’s Sandra Monica Boulevard, it’s all-new material. Now my show on Sirius is Sandyland on Radio Andy [daily at 12 p.m. on channel 102]. PG 16 • March 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
How do you work up new material for both the radio and live shows? Both shows keep evolving. I’m constantly working on new material, often from things I see as I’m travelling or just day-to-day ideas from the news and my life. I just jot things down and use that as a springboard.
Does having a daily radio show burn up a lot new ideas? You know, it really doesn’t. I do my opening, which is kind of stream-of-consciousness for 10 to 15 minutes and then I curate songs. I also have set pieces that I do, like “Small Town News,” “The United States of Sandy” and “Throwback Thursday.” Then I have a guest every day, so that’s almost a half-hour right there. The great thing about having a show like this, is people want to hear what’s going on in your life that day, which is what I like talking about anyway. Social and cultural commentary has always been a staple of your work. Right, since I’m not doing a political show per se, I think people really appreciate that I can do smart material as well as call people out on what they’re doing to pull apart our country. You’ve always been a fearlessly outspoken performer, but it seems that so many average people are really finding their voice, probably now more than ever Definitely. Well, the switch got flipped overnight and now everybody is mobilizing and everybody’s just on top of it and that’s how
it is. If you care, you’re there.
People need to laugh and speak out. Oh honey, do we ever! For sure. But you’ve never been afraid to speak out, even in the mid’70s L.A. scene. Jim Carrey is producing the new “I’m Dyin’ Up Here” series for Showtime about those days. It’s been romanticized of course, but what were those times like for a working female comic? Well, being a woman in that world was very different that being a man; remember this was the ‘70s when they’re weren’t very many women doing standup anywhere. The men were predators and misogynistic. It did have its good points because if you could survive in that atmosphere and make the best of it, you learned a lot from it. It was not where I wanted to be it was a means to an end and I had fun with it. It was totally sleazy with everyone all coked-up and crazy and I wasn’t. So I sorta came and went. I did my material and sang a song and everybody went “uggh,” and I just got out of there as fast as I could every night. Your early work really paved the way for the whole alt-comedy movement - which didn’t even have a name at the time. I think the people who are doing that now is a result of the kind of stuff I was doing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, yeah. And now everyone wants to tell their story and do their one-person show. But maybe not everyone should, you know?
SANDRA BERNHARD City Winery • March 10 When you began, there weren’t any easy marketing labels for comedy brands. It was, as Bill Maher says, “either funny or not.” Here’s the criteria: are you funny? Are you compelling? Can you hold the audience, or can’t you? And that’s it, really. I think it’s just a gimmick people use to sell their shows because there are so many different venues and outlets and festivals. There’s so much content now, due to the demand of all those outlets. Absolutely. The airwaves are clogged with crap. But there’s still some great stuff, too. With so many choices, there’s no real sense of community connection anymore. That’s why performing live is the best antidote for that experience. For the audience as well as the performer. I always say to people go to a show. It’s well-worth it for your mental health. There’s nothing like it. You’re in the moment and it’s unedited. It’s a great, wonderful high.
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
TV/music/pop Icon of the ‘60s, Micky Dolenz looks back and Forward to the Present
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
S A MEMBER OF THE SOcalled Pre-Fab Four, Micky Dolenz was lead vocalist and drummer for the made-for-TV Monkees. An obvious nod to the Beatles, the group went on to equal and in some cases better the sales and successes of those Liverpool Lads. Now 50 years later, he has a storied career with multi-media successes and a catalog of band and solo material that continues to garner new fans of all ages. Currently on tour with his solo revue, Dolenz returns to town for a show in early April at City Winery.
So you went on your way behindthe scenes. Yeah, I started a little production company and then I got really lucky. I went to England to do a play based on Harry Nilsson’s “The Point.” As you know, he was a dear friend of mine and he asked me if I’d like to go and be in a production of it in London’s West End. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a limited run and we went over there for a while. I happened to have married an English girl, so it was ok that I could work over there. I didn’t have anything going on in Los Angeles at that time, so I brought my reels with me and gave them to an agent. “I’m here for a few months, see if you can get anything going with this.” She sent it to the BBC and from that, I got a gig directing a drama - of all things.
Unlike many of your peers who enjoyed massive success in the ‘60s, you had a very productive, creatively diverse ‘70s. Yeah, it was huge, and it was a bit of good luck, and a bit of planning and strategy. That began a whole new chapter in When the Monkees show ended, I already your life. knew what that was like because I’d had a Yeah, it really did. I said to my wife, series [“Circus Boy” in the mid-‘50s] that “Listen, I’ve got nothing going on in L.A., went off the air when I was a kid. I knew I’d like to just stay here and see what you just had to move on. At that time, I was happens.” It was one of those “pack for already moving in the toward producing three months and stay for 12 years” kind and directing TV, films and commercials of things. I didn’t go back to the States, we and stuff. I’d directed an episode of the just put everything in storage and I became Monkees and I’d decided quite a successful television that was the way I wanted producer and director. to go. I knew that I probably wasn’t going to You went from Micky to APRIL 2 get a lot of action as an Michael during those years City Winery actor at that point. It would and really avoided the have been wonderful to citywinery.com/atlanta whole “ex-Monkee” stigma. get a series like, say, Happy Well back then it wasn’t Days, but I really wasn’t up unusual over there for for that. I went to a couple of auditions for a film star, like Alec Guiness, say, to do acting gigs and they said, “What are you television. Unlike in America at the time. doing here? We don’t need any drummers!” Plus, I think they just got it over there. But you get typecast and we all know that The British fans and press just sort of got happens. So I was keen on moving on what the Monkees was all about. In fact it into production. was John Lennon who famously said the Monkees were like the Marx Brothers and You mentioned Happy Days. Legend has it he was absolutely right. Pretty soon, over that you actually auditioned for the role of there, it would go from “ex-Monkee Micky Fonzie on that show. Dolenz” to “producer-director Michael Oh yeah, that’s true! It was finally down to Dolenz.” It was wonderful because I was me and Henry Winkler. I’ve become good able to step back and accomplish something friends with him over the years and he tells besides just being in The Monkees. I’m very the story that it was just down to the two proud of that, of course. But I can imagine of us. He remembers me because I’d just if I’d stayed in Los Angeles and around all come off the Monkees show and he saw me those people and places of the time, what walk in the room and thought, “Oh Christ, would have happened. I doubt very much Micky Dolenz is here, I’ll never get this!” I’d have gotten the breaks I got over there. But he was perfect for it.
Flashback to L.A, at the Rainbow there’s gathering of so many perfect elements. We still a plaque upstairs commemorating the found these old tracks, unfinished multi“Hollywood Vampires.” And that legendary tracks in the vaults. One of them was a song by Harry that he’d written for me and done debauchery has been resurrected as a a demo of - with him on piano and vocal rock band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Michael Nesmith on guitar. I heard that and Johnny Depp. But the upstairs was and I thought “Oh My God, I can finally do headquarters for you and Alice, Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and a few other like- a duet with my old friend.” That fired up the record company and we had the title track. minded ne’er-do-wells. Then we found two or three others and (Laughs) It’s funny, the Vampires has the record company started reaching out. kind of reared its ugly little head again. Soon we were getting these submissions Of course, it wasn’t a band back when I from Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Ben was part of it, but now it is, and Alice and Johnny [Depp] have created that wonderful Gibbard and Andy Partridge and it was little metal thing. Johnny is really good, you so incredible. The whole album really fell together very quickly and [producer know? He can play. And of course Alice and Fountains Of Wayne founder] Adam is one of my oldest and dearest friends. It Schlessinger and I just got along great. It all started because Alice said, “Let’s start turns out these guys were a softball team.” We’d play THIS YEAR IS THE huge fans and it turned out charity matches against the I can’t tell you how police or fire departments 50TH ANNIVERSARY great. thrilled I am because of it. or music industry OF OUR FIRST REAL companies. That’s how it started. We’d play softball TOUR. SO THERE’LL BE It’s so rare for an act celebrate their 50th games on the weekends STUFF GOING ON THIS toanniversary with a record and then we’d go to the SUMMER AND FALL that is an actual vital Rainbow for pizza and beer after the game to drink and AND THEN, WELL YOU statement of now, rather just a quick rehash hang out and party. If you JUST NEVER KNOW. than made for the merch table. see pictures of us from back You know, I was thinking then, we’re wearing the about this other day. It went Top 20 and we baseball shirts. got great reviews from places that never liked the Monkees, like Rolling Stone. But Such a wholesome beginning to such to have the equivalent of this happen when legendary decadence. Or is that a myth? we started… well ok, cast your mind back Well it wasn’t nearly as decadent as to 1966. A great year for music with the people would like to believe. It’s become Beatles and the Monkees and the Stones an urban myth as things get a little exaggerated. It wasn’t nearly as decadent as and Hermans Hermits and everybody, of course a big, huge music year. This would some people would like to think, but that’s be like an act having a Top 20 album and fun, it adds a bit of color. tour from the year 1916! It would have been like Eddie Cantor or Al Jolson or Enrico If [singer-songwriter] Harry Nilsson Caruso. I feel blessed. was involved, there were obviously some colorful times. So what’s next for you personally and for Well yeah, craziness. He was one of few the Monkee legacy in general? people I can say I’ve met who were a true I’m always thinking and working on stuff. genius. If you look at what he accomplished I get offers and I’m doing my “Little Bit in his rather short life, yeah we partied hard and he partied very hard, but you can’t Broadway, Little Bit Rock and Roll” show in New York again at the end of March [at 54 accomplish that kind of stuff on a regular Below, under the old Studio 54 location]. basis for so many years without having We’re talking about another Monkee some sort of discipline. He knew when to project. Nothing to announce at this point, step back from the edge of the cliff. but it’s in the air because this year is the 50th anniversary of our first real tour. So It was a Nilsson song that kicked off the there’ll be stuff going on this summer and recent Monkees record Good Times. fall and then, well you just never know. It was. It was just a perfect storm, a insiteatlanta.com • March 2017 • PG 17
CRAIG FINN KNOWS COLIN HAY We All Want The Same Things
Is This the Real Life?
industry didn’t care about you. Is your career even more rewarding now that… OLIN HAY IS BEST KNOWN AS [Interrupts] The industry still doesn’t the frontman for Men At Work, the really care. I’ve always played live, and Australian ‘80s icons behind hits like it’s been a word-of-mouth sort of thing. “Down Under,” “Who Can It Be Now,” and People discover you and tell other people. “Overkill.” But that band broke up in 1985, I’m very happy that the shows are selling and he hasn’t had a major hit since then. out: It’s fantastic. It wasn’t always that big. Yet Hay recently sold out all three shows at I’ve been working with independent record Atlanta’s City Winery. labels since 2003, so it’s not like I don’t The native Scotsman built his audience have people helping me. But it’s not a large the old-fashioned way. He kept writing great corporate machine. It’s about people who songs such as “Waiting For My really care about the music and Real Life to Begin” (featured on I TEND TO WRITE are trying to spread the word. It Scrubs) and “I Just Don’t Think feels like it has a strong organic WHATEVER I I’ll Ever Get Over You (featured feel to it. on the Garden State soundtrack), FEEL, PUT IT OUT and toured his ass off. THERE, AND MOVE Can you talk a bit about how Here the veteran journeyman ON. HOW PEOPLE the music industry has changed talks about his long and winding INTERPRET IT IS since your Men At Work days? career road, how the music That’s a big subject! Mine is industry has changed, and his THE RANDOMNESS more of a cottage industry. The new album, Fierce Mercy. OF THE UNIVERSE, Internet was important for me AND OUT OF YOUR because it enabled people to be We’ve lost a number of ’80s able to discover you. It meant CONTROL. icons in the last year. So my that you didn’t just drop off first question is, how are the earth if you were dropped you feeling? Are you taking good care of by a major label. That was a big thing. It’s yourself? still a slow process: If you want to have a It’s tricky work. You’ve gotta pay attention sustaining career, you have to work at your to it, but you can never really tell. But I’m craft and tour regularly. But it is a very doing the best I can, and I’m feeling good! different period, and people consume music in a very different way. Buying an album You’ve had a fascinating career. The band used to be an event– you would count down that made you famous, Men At Work, was the days for it to come out– but those days only together for a few years in the early are long gone. ’80s. And yet here you are, still relevant more than 30 years later. Was it difficult to Has the way people consume music in the carve out your space as a solo artist? Internet era changed the way you approach Not really. You have to figure out how to making records like Fierce Mercy? stay in the game, but I was very fortunate No, it’s still pretty much the same. I’m that I managed to have success with the a creature of habit. I still like albums, and band. It’s not without its frustrations, having every song on the record count as because you have to find your audience. But opposed to having a few good songs and the I wasn’t poor, which enabled me to keep rest is fluff. It’s still fun to tell a story with a food on the table and keep making records full album. Who cares if people don’t get it? rather than having to do something else for It’s still fun doing it. a living.
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IVEN THE CURRENT POLITICAL climate, it would be easy to assume Craig Finn was thinking of a PostTrump world when he named his latest record We All Want The Same Things. “The title actually came from one of the songs, so I was kind of looking at the lyrics and looking for a title and it was kind of perfect, in part because of the current political climate,” says Finn, who also fronts the band The Hold Steady. “Now the record was named before the current election, but during the campaign we also weren’t all on the same page. There’s a little black humor in the title, but in some ways, there’s truth there and I do think we want the same things; we want safety for our children and we want food and shelter and we want freedom. We just disagree on how we’re going to get there.” The line is also reflective of the characters in the songs, as well. Like many of the subjects in his music, they tend to be unremarkable people, just trying to get through life and their situations. We All Want The Same Things, his third solo record, comes out March 24th on Partisan Records. Craig spoke with us recently about the new record as well as when we can hear from The Hold Steady again. You just finished up the Living Room tour, right? Yeah, it was really fantastic. We sort of arranged it because I was going around and visiting radio stations, so that’s how we routed it. For the last record, we did a radio tour to set it up and I found the night time kind of lonely, so I thought I would make use of that time. The Living Room tour was very rewarding. I was playing a lot of new material and being that it was really quiet and people could hear all of the words – it was an intimate setting – it was a really nice way to debut new stuff and beyond that there is something really nice about people allowing strangers into their house to play music. There was an intimacy there that was really rewarding. It was really nice. It was a combination of the intimacy and the comfort of not being in a dark rock club. I played at 8 pm too and I think my audience is largely employed PG 18 • March 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
and maybe a little older, so I think it was nice for people to hear music and then be home around 10:30. Your last album came out just over a year and half ago and now you’re back with another solo record. Did you have a lot of left over material or are you going through a particularly prolific period? I’m kind of on a prolific jag. Faith in the Future came out in September of 2015 and we started recording this one – the first session of many – in November of 2015. I’ve just been writing a lot and also in this day and age, with the resurgence of vinyl, it takes a while to get a record out. It takes about 6-months to generate vinyl, so there’s plenty of time once you turn in your record and start writing new songs to start on another one (laughs), so that’s just what I did. The last record was a little more of a melancholy album, but on We All Want the Same Things, it seems a little more optimistic. Is there a general theme to these newer songs? I think it’s more exuberant, but I also think it’s more musical. It’s a little less sparse and that comes from the fact that the last record was pretty much me, Josh (Kaufman) and my producer and the drummer, but this one had a lot more people in the room; a piano player, a horn player, a bass player. And because of that, I think it leads to something that’s a little more joyful. It’s hard not to smile when you’re listening to horns. Yeah, horns and piano kind of bring out the carnival in things. Is it too early to start talking about the next Hold Steady album? Yeah, we played three shows in September and four show in December and before that we hadn’t played in 18 months. Right now, we don’t have any songs, so it’s a little early, but I think some shows need to happen first and I thing that’s what the short-term goal is. We did four shows in Brooklyn and that turned out great. I hope we can replicate that model again where we play multiple shows in one city. We’re all a little older and I don’t think anyone’s excited to drive around in a van anymore. But, to put together a block of shows in major cities and dig in and really make the sets different every night and make them really special, I think is idea.
Garden State and Scrubs gave your solo work a broader audience 20 years after Men At Work broke up. Do you find that you have a multigenerational audience because of this unusual career arc? Yes, there are different people who know me from different periods. But there was a long time between those two eras when there was very little interest from the music industry– agents, managers, record companies… So I went out on the road and I developed an audience. My live audiences will always be very important to me. One of my favorite live clips is you performing “Waiting For My Real Life to Begin.” You talked about how odd it was to learn that people are using that song for weddings. Is it strange to see how your music is used by your audience? No, I think it’s great. I tend to write whatever I feel, put it out there, and move on. How people interpret it is the randomness of the Universe, and out of your control. I’m just glad people like them and feel some sort of emotional resonance with the songs. Otherwise, why would you bother? You sold out all three of your Atlanta shows. You mentioned the years when the
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