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MAY 21-30, 2016

MAY 4 – MAY 30 At all Metro-Atlanta

Jim R. Miller Park Marietta, GA

MEGA PASS $21.95 includes gate admission, circus admission and unlimited carnival rides any one day open to close, all riders must be 36" *10 and under are free [no rides]


Weekdays 5pm Saturday 10am Sunday Noon Memorial Day 10am


Weekdays 7pm Saturday 11am, 1, 4, 7pm Sunday 1, 4, 7pm Memorial Day 11am, 1, 4pm



*Mega pass includes gate admission, circus admission and unlimited carnival rides any one day open to close. all riders must be 36” *10 and under are free [no rides]

Admission Tickets : $3.50 21 Ride Tickets Strip : $11.00

*Rides require more than one ticket **All riders must be 36”


1 ticket $1.25 : 21 tickets $20 55 tickets $50 : 120 tickets $100


Monday-Thursday, May 23-26 $18 per person *does not include admission **All riders must be 36”


Admission $7.00 10 & under FREE *includes circus admission

Parking $5.00


2016 WORLD'S LARGEST YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR The biggest and best Shrine Circus and Fair in North America is back for its 74th year! Boasting more thrills and outstanding circus performers than ever with the addition of free ground acts to include, alligators, pig races, magic and on both Saturday’s this year you can catch a huge fireworks show!!! This year’s Tarzan Zerbini Circus features several new acts under the Big Top including the World Famous Wallenda Family, The Flying Cortes, The Zerbini Animals including the Nerger’s Lion and Tigers and the Close Encounter of the Exotic Kind, The Amazing Videlas and the Real Steel Riders presenting their Motorcycle Globe of Fire and the always hilarious Red Devil Clowns. Wade Shows will provide affordable entertainment with 35 rides for all ages. Come be entertained and amazed, laugh at Shrine Clowns, then fill up on all your favorite fair foods-corn dogs, funnel cakes, and cotton candy just to name a few.



Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008 - Take I-75 to Windy Hill Road (exit #260). Go west approximately five miles on Windy Hill Road and turn left on Austell Road. Turn right on Callaway Road. Jim R. Miller Park will be on your right. PG 2 • May 2016 •

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INTERVIEWS 08 Beautiful: Carol King 10 10 Pattie Boyd 14 Elaine Elias 14 Benny Golson 15 Dolly Parton 16 Morning Glory 16 Western Star 17 Laughing Skull 19 The Posies

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Events and Performances taking place this Month


one of the three most important musicians in world music. Tickets at


I-85; Exit 61 - Fairburn / Peachtree City


Ponce City Market

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Taste of Alpharetta

Historic Downtown Alpharetta

The 2016 Georgia Renaissance Festival opens for its 31st Season on the weekend of April 16 & 17, and runs for 8 consecutive weekends through June 5th, including Memorial Day Monday. Festival guests will be greeted by Queen Anne Boleyn and her Court, merry minstrels, fair maidens, gallant Knights in shining armor and a full-day of entertainment on 10 stages, food fit for kings, and a marketplace of over 150 master artisans displaying their time-honored artistry as they craft their one-of-a-kind treasures. Visit

SUNDAY, MAY 8 Bunny Wailer

Georgia Freight Depot

Bunny Wailer will perform this Mother’s Day for the first time in Atlanta. The three time Grammy Award winning reggae singer / songwriter, percussionist, the only living founding member of the reggae group the Wailers, Neville Livingston AKA "Bunny Wailer" will be live in concert w/ special guest Lady Ali at the Freight Depot. Bunny Wailer is considered one of the longtime standardbearers of reggae music, and was named

Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs at 60 restaurants in one fun night. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, you may purchase food tickets on site at our ticket booths for $.50 each. Restaurants charge $1-3 per food sample. The Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another and kids can play at the fun zones. Visit

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Purple Rain

The Fox Theatre

Prince’s Purple Rain will be the opening film of their Summer Festival and marks exactly one month since his legendary performance at the Fox Theatre. Attendees will get a first look at scheduled films for the 2016 festival. This year’s films will include will include the 30th anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the Audrey Hepburn classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and the much beloved family programming of Saturday Morning Cartoons and “The Little Mermaid” sing-a-long. Reserved Seating tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of the show (plus applicable fees). Tickets available online at

Taste of the Town

Taste of Town Brookhaven takes place on Saturday, May 14th from 3-7pm. Enjoy culinary delights from participating restaurants, beer, wine, music, prizes, cooking demonstrations & more. The event benefits Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. All activities will be held on the green space. Advance Tickets are $30 while Day of Tickets are $40. To purchase tickets, visit


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

the water at the base of the mountain. Marvel as the skies above light up in a specially choreographed musical tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country. Visit

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Brew at the Zoo

Zoo Atlanta in Grant Park

Brew at the Zoo features a variety of live music on stages throughout the Zoo and other entertainment. Tickets include unlimited sampling of over 70 beers and wines. Visit for ticket information.


Atlantic Station

Enjoy a day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy “All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings.” There are 40 Bourbons and 60 Beers on Tap. Many of the city’s leading barbeque vendors are on-site. Attend seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day.


Gwinnett Beer Fest

Coolray Field / Lawrenceville, GA

The second annual Gwinnett Beer Fest will take place on Saturday, June 4th at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves in Lawrenceville. The festival will take place from 1pm to 5 pm with an exclusive VIP tasting starting at 12 pm. Enjoy unlimited sampling of over 150 craft beers, live music and great food. Visit

Salute to the Troops Stone Mountain Park

Come to Stone Mountain Park Memorial Day Weekend for a special salute to the troops, extended fireworks finale, and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® with breathtaking fire effects. Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air. Plus, special new fireworks spray multi-colored bursts and dance on

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On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA May 1 - 31: Various Venues

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL e Atlanta Jazz Festival will present concerts and events around Atlanta during the entire month of May, including Juan De Marcos & Afro-Cuban Allstars at Variety Playhouse May 13 and Funk Jazz Café celebrating their 20th Anniversary at e Tabernacle May 21. e festival returns to Piedmont Park May 27-29. e Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend. Visit AtlantaFestivals.


May 18: Philips Arena


Rihanna has become a global superstar, Grammy Award® winner and multi-platinum selling artist. She stops in Atlanta for e Anti World Tour. e singer has released 7 albums in 7 years with 13 Number One singles and 210 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. is show was rescheduled from its original date on March 9. Travis Scott performs as guest.

SEP 27 – OCT 2, 2016

NOV 1 – 6, 2016

May 19: Aaron’s Amphitheatre


American music duo Hall & Oates is performing live at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood. e duo is known for their number one hits like "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," and "I Can't Go for at (No Can Do)." ey were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. eir 2016 tour is with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Tickets available at

NOV 29 – DEC 4, 2016

MAR 28 – APR 2, 2017

APR 18 – 23, 2017


May 20: Chastain Park Amphitheatre Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. e critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. e show originally featured the late Merle Haggard and has been replaced by Kris Kristofferson.

May 21: Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre


Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork bring the Monkees 50th Anniversary Tour to e Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre May 21. is summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Monkees' television series and the release of their debut single "Last Train To Clarksville," and the group is celebrating by releasing their new album “Good Times!” and embarking on an extensive North American tour. Tickets at

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FEB 22 – MAR 5, 2017

MARCH 17 - 19, 2017


June 4: Infinite Energy Arena


An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of entertainment. Dolly has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.

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Know of a low cost event happening? By Marci Miller the Garden’s lawn. In addition to the artists’ market, there will be musical perSWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST formances by the youth to show off their Historic Auburn Avenue District skills with various musical instruments. Free Event; ese musical performances will be held in Celebrating its 32nd year in 2016, Sweet the Pavilion and outdoor performance Auburn Springfest is one of the largest free stage in the Children’s Natural Play Area. outdoor festivals in the Southeast. It attracts up to 350,000 attendees over the Saturday, May 21 - Monday, May 30 three-day weekend with fun events, a vari- SHRINE CIRCUS & FAIR ety of food, and plenty of entertainment for Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta, GA the whole family. is year’s added attrac- tion is a 150 foot long zip line. Yaarab Shrine's 74th Annual Shrine Circus Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8 is a popular annual family event that offers an affordable, safe, and wholesome enviDUNWOODY ARTS FESTIVAL ronment for adults and children of all ages. Dunwoody Village Parkway;Free Event In addition to the 25 (80-minute) circus performances under e Big Top, there are e Dunwoody Arts Festival attracts top more than 40 exciting carnival rides and atartisans from across the country. Along tractions, as well as lots of food such as hot with the creative artist market, a fun-filled wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Kidz Zone awaits youngsters with great Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and rides, sand art, imaginative crafts and more. Circus goers can enjoy circus acts games. A relaxing stage with continuous from around the world including high-flylive music also offers festival goers a chance ing trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, eleto unwind. ere is also a food court with phants, and of course, world-famous great eats from neighborhood restaurant Shrine clowns. e Circus Midway and fare to tasty funnel cakes. Flea Market begins Friday May 20, at 5:00pm and is open Monday through FriFriday, May 20 day at 5:00pm, 10:00am on Saturdays, and INSIDE OUT MOVIES AT MABLE 12:00pm on Sundays.

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Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30


In Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotions of Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. While Riley tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Gates open at 7:30pm. Movie starts at dusk. Rain or shine. Bring your own food or purchase from concessions.

is three day event taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, will host more than 90 colorful artisans from around the country. e festival will feature live music, cultural arts performances, entertaining children’s activities, and a variety cuisine.

Saturday, May 21

Etowah River Park; Free Admission


Woodlands Garden; Free Event M.A.Y. Fair (Music, Art, & Youth) will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include an artists’ market with over 20 booths, where youth (grades 2-12), will create and sell their own artwork and crafts. e art booths will be set up on

Alpharetta Historic District; Free Event

Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5


e 11th Annual Wing and Rock Festival features some of Atlanta's best tasting chicken wings from local restaurants & bars plus great live music on two stages featuring over a dozen bands. ere’s jumpies, rides and face painting for kids plus plenty of cold beverages for adults to wash down those tasty wings. Wing & Rock Fest

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Under The Lights Now through May 15 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 The Alliance Theatre opens their world-premiere Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, the hilarious and heartwarming true story of six-time Grammy Awardwinning icon BeBe Winans’s journey to fame. In Born for This, Detroit natives BeBe and CeCe Winans, youngest siblings of the Winans family dynasty, experience the ultimate in culture shocks when invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise The Lord Network. The Winans teenagers become not only television celebrities, they also become like adopted children of the Bakkers, integrating TV evangelism. As BeBe and CeCe encounter fame, fortune, and even a young Whitney Houston, BeBe must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling.


May 14 Duluth Town Green Aurora Theatre Duluth Art Week closes with a one-nightonly performance of Aurora Theatre’s Memphis on May 14 in co-production with Theatrical Outfit. Loosely based on reallife rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Dewey Phillips, Memphis follows the story of quirky and irreverent DJ Huey Calhoun and his transformation of the iconic sound from the radio to the TV. Breaking racial barriers along his journey, he falls in love with a soulful black singer and a cultural revolution is ignited. Memphis boasts an original score by Bon Jovi’s founding member and keyboardist David Bryan with the book and lyrics by three-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro. The show is free to the public while VIP tables are available for purchase.


May 20 - June 26 Horizon Theatre (404) 584-7450 The Off-Broadway smash hit The City of Conversation, a rousing story of a political family over three decades of change by Anthony Giardina, makes its Atlanta premiere at Horizon Theatre Company.

Washington DC was once a place where people actually talked to each other… savvy maven Hester Ferris opens her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. But that is all about the change. Colin, her beloved son, brings home a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view rocking Hester’s world. Follow the Ferris family from the end of the Carter presidency through the Reagan era and into Obama’s game-changing inauguration.






May 24 - 29 The Fox Theatre Tickets (855) 285-8499 The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful.


May 31 - July 10 Hertz Stage Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 Pancakes, Pancakes! is a delightful tale for all ages inspired by the beautiful and iconic book by Eric Carle. Featuring original songs and a stunning design, Pancakes, Pancakes! explores the May 31–July process of cooking, and celebrates the10joy in the labor and in the final feast. Adapted from child tickets Eric Carle's beloved book of the same name, only $8! this new play is written by Alliance favorite Get tickets! May 31–July 10 Kenneth Lin. Pancakes, Pancakes! is presented in conjunction with the High child Museum of Art exhibition. tickets

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They have no idea that when she was 16 she was writing big hit songs for other people. She had her first number one hit at the age of 17. She had a baby at 17, too. The stuff in her story is constantly surprising to people who see the show. Sometimes when you learn the true story of someone you admire you go, “Oh they aren’t really a nice person.” But in Carole’s case it’s inspirational.

INGER-SONGWRITER CAROLE KING has told many evocative, intimate tales in her time as a composer and performer. Now “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells her own intensely personal story as it features some of her greatest works. The force behind so many classic rock and pop songs, King came to prominence during the golden age of pop music, and her songs BEAUTIFUL: Tell us a bit about the process of have been recorded by many of the her story to the stage. THE CAROLE bringing greatest artists since the dawn of From the beginning, I said I rock ‘n’ roll, soul and rhythm and KING MUSICAL wanted to do her true story. And blues. In the hands of screenwriter, Carole had always said if there MAY 24–29 director and playwright Douglas were to be a musical about her The Fox Theatre McGrath (Bullets Over Broadway, life she wanted it to be about her Emma, Saturday Night Live), and Gerry Goffin, who was her King’s story is respectfully husband and lyricist, and their best presented, deftly wrapped around friends [and fellow songwriters] Barry Mann some of her most recognizable songs. McGrath and Cynthia Weil, who were basically on the talked at length about the production in a recent other side of the wall at their office. interview from his home in New York City. Carole King’s own story is as amazing as the narratives in any of her greatest songs. Yet many people aren’t familiar with it. I agree. She really has an amazing story. Most people, if you ask them what they know about Carole King, they might say: “She was born, she learned to walk, she recorded [landmark 1971 album] Tapestry.” Exactly. Her musical story began well over a decade before that album was recorded. PG 8 • May 2016 •

That’s not an unreasonable request. How did you proceed? I wanted to sit with all four of them and just interview them at length about their lives. I didn’t know much about their personal lives and I wanted to know everything in order to figure out what the show would be about. I interviewed Carole by herself at my office in New York, Gerry at his home in Beverly Hills and Barry and Cynthia together in their home. I’m sure you had a ton of great info from all

those conversations. So much! I had hundreds and hundreds of pages of transcriptions. It was the story of four full lives because they were all in their ‘70s at that point. Then I said, “Ok, now what?!” I decided I’d play their music full-time and just study and sit and think because I figured there were gonna be clues in the songs.

And the clues became pieces of the story? I’d hear things in the songs and I’d think, “Oh that relates to this and that’s why that happened” and so on. I wanted to find the links between their lives and their music. When the songs come up in the show, it’s not just a cheap nostalgic rush, they’re linked to what they were feeling and living at that moment. Each tune becomes a true theater song, not just another hit in a jukebox musical. It would’ve been so easy to just string together 40 songs with no storyline at all. Right. It’s the expression of their true feelings. As I immersed myself in their music, I realized it’s a distinct cut above most of the pop songs of that era, so I wanted to find a way for people to hear each piece in their full emotional power. The show is unique in that the songwriters are shown singing their early drafts of the songs. I was very interested in showing how the songs started and how they ended up. So you’ll see the writer singing the song and then, thanks to our wonderful director Marc Bruni, it turns into the hit version of the song. You’ll see [actors

portraying] The Drifters for example doing the familiar version. That technique must be very effective with the story behind “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” It’s a wonderful moment. Gerry had stayed up all night to write those lyrics to Carole’s melody. They knew they had to get it in to [producer/publisher] Don Kirshner’s office early that morning or someone else was gonna get the job. So Gerry’s asleep on the couch and Carole comes downstairs and finds the lyrics on the piano. She starts to play the melody and sings the lyrics herself and as she does, she’s hearing it herself for the first time. It’s very emotional. Then there’s a wonderful transition from their little apartment in Queens to Kirshner’s office where they’re playing it for him. Then you see The Shirelles in their wigs and costumes singing the hit version. It’s a way to show how a song can literally come from nowhere and become a classic hit.

Taste of the Month - BRUNCH! American Roadhouse 842 N. Highland Ave 404.872.2822

American Roadhouse has been serving delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch since 1989. Located in historic Virginia Highland neighborhood, expect to find quality food, generous portions and down-home service. Choose from a variety of breakfast plates including the Roadhouse Breakfast (Two eggs, bacon or sausage & choice of home fries, fruit or grits, served with a buttermilk biscuit). Also try their Breakfast Burrito, Roadhouse Scramble and Red Flannel Hash. Several omelets and benedicts are on the menu including the Meat Lover’s Omelet, Vegetable Omelet, Classic Eggs Benedict and Crab Cake Benedict. Enjoy an assortment of pancakes, French Toast and waffles. You also can get a terrific Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your brunch! American Roadhouse is open 7am to 3pm weekdays and until 4pm on the weekends. Enjoy dining al fresco on their patio where dogs are welcome. This “hidden gem in the Virginia Highlands,” has ample free parking as well as free WiFi for patrons. American Roadhouse is the ideal location for large group meals, private business breakfasts, company lunch meetings or casual weekend brunches. They also do a brisk catering business for large and small events and can customize their menu for special orders. Call or visit their website for details.


Virginia Highland - 997 Virginia Avenue NE 404.872.0904

Murphy's is one of Atlanta's best-loved restaurants and

has been for more than 35 years. Located in the heart of stylish Virginia Highlands, Murphy's is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the best of the areas dining and nightlife. Tom Murphy's acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, unpretentious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. Culinary Director, Ian Winslade creates American contemporary comfort food that focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Weekend brunch at Murphy's is a must-do, featuring Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cake Benedict, and Chilaquiles. You will also find favorites such as the Hazelnut Encrusted French Toast and the Corned Beef Hash featured on the menu. As well as an excellent restaurant, Murphy's has also gained recognition as a bakery and wine shop. The interior combines rustic, exposed brick and French cafe doors to make a light, airy effect by day and a warm, sparkling atmosphere by night. The wine program includes weekly themed wine tastings on Tuesday nights, an on-site retail shop, and exclusive wine dinners with prestigious winemakers.

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Candler Park - 1655 McLendon Ave 404.687.8888 Midtown - 1001 Piedmont Ave 404.874.8887 Catering Hotline 404.849.2283;

The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, seven days a week starting at 7 AM. They are known for their mouth-watering biscuits and delicious menu items. Their signature dish is The Flying Biscuit

Breakfast. It is served with two large farm-fresh eggs, signature chicken breakfast sausage, and a side of creamy dreamy grits. If you are in the mood for an omelet, The Flying Biscuit has several options to select from, including the health-conscious Hollywood Omelet made from egg whites, spinach, mushrooms & mozzarella cheese topped with a warm tomato coulis. Enjoy Weekend Sweet Specials on a variety of pancakes - chocolate chip, blueberry, gingerbread and more! The Flying Biscuit offers an organic-friendly menu and bakery and is a great choice for catering.

Café Intermezzo

Midtown 1065 Peachtree St. 404.355.0411 Dunwoody 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. 770.396.1344

Brunch in Europe without leaving Atlanta! Serving breakfast from early morning to late night anytime can be brunch at Café Intermezzo. Long before the modern “Coffee Houses” adorned corners all over America, Café Intermezzo embodied the essence of the 300 year-old European coffeehouse. Step into Café Intermezzo, and you are stepping into another time, another place. They offer many Brunch classics including a variety of Omelets, French Toast, Eggs Benedict and Sausage and Eggs. Plus Burgers and Sandwiches, delicious Entrées and Crêpes! Please visit either Café Intermezzo, in Midtown at Peachtree & 11th Street, and in Dunwoody at Park Place, across from Perimeter Mall. You can also enjoy Café Intermezzo at the Atlanta Airport in the center of Concourse B, and coming soon to Avalon in Alpharetta.

27 Years Serving Atlanta’s Best Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch!

Open 7 Days a Week Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm

Come Enjoy Our Pet Friendly Patio! Hours: 7am – 3pm Weekdays • 7am – 4pm Weekends Located in Historic Virginia Highland Neighborhood 842 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 • (404) 872-2822 • May 2016 • PG 9




Takes Root in Asheville, NC LOCAL PROVISIONS



HE INTEREST ON THE FOOD that we put into our body has grown exponentially in recent years. Knowing where the food on your plate comes from, how it’s grown and what chemicals are used during the process are as important to how it is prepared. With the industrialization of agriculture we have seen a rise in degenerative diseases and diets centered on animal-based and processed foods. The increased use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), which now include over 80% of all corn, cotton and soy grown in the United States, has come under increased scrutiny. So it is to no surprise that more and more chefs are going with the “foodto-table” approach. Built around traditional regional cuisines, with a focus on sustainable organic agriculture and fresh ingredients, the food to table ideal has been steadily gaining steam over the last decade. Asheville, NC has long been known as a place for arts, culture, wellness and healing. It’s also been a favorite spot for America’s most famous statesmen, poets, artists and musicians. More recently the city has made headlines for its rapidly growing micro-brewery scene. Now the food to table movement has taken hold in the city. INsite had the opportunity to visit this fine city and speak with the chefs at three of the restaurants who are among the foremost innovators of the movement.

Posana Restaurant Photo by Martha Pollay


1 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: (828) 505-3969 Posana is a popular contemporary American restaurant located in downtown Asheville on Historic Pack Square. They serve local, seasonable and sustainable cuisine. Their menu is sourced by unprocessed, premium ingredients from nearly 65 different local purveyors and farmers each week. Their regularly changing dinner menu highlights these sourced ingredients by its extensive network of local partners. Slow Food is in DNA of Posana with continued focus on heirloom ingredients, sustainable products and practices. The launch of their urban garden in 2015 was just one more step in our commitment to the slow food movement. “I’ve long wanted to get my hands in the dirt and truly tend to the ingredients we serve,” says Posana Executive Chef and Owner Peter Pollay. “I believe it will give me a greater respect for the food. So far, it has definitely given me an even higher respect for all the farmers we work with. It’s been an exciting process and has taught me so much about our community. My goal was to grow ingredients we couldn’t always find elsewhere, as well as simple ingredients that are quintessential to the Posana menu,” says Pollay. Posana features a wine list that is entirely organic, bio-dynamic, local, or sustainable. You can get wine by the glass and they offer full bar with specialty spirits and seasonal cocktails. PG 10 • May 2016 •

77 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801 Phone: (828) 424-7815 At Local Local Provisions Chef Provisions, chefJustin Burdett Photo by Johnny Autry owner Justin Burdett serves modern American cuisine using local ingredients. Justin prefers to eat and cook local ingredients and likes to turn people on to this way of looking at food. Asheville embodies the food to table movement because local, sustainable ingredients are a huge focus which people appreciate. Currently there are five weekly farmers markets in the area to meet the demand, which is very demonstrative of the food culture in the area. Chef Burdett works with local farmers and visits the local markets to find the best local ingredients. He then adds his own style and technique to make delicious food that people either can’t make at home or with ingredients that they may not be comfortable cooking with or may have not heard of before. Many of his dishes incorporate multiple preparations of single ingredients in which he explores different techniques and preparations styles to show the versatility and range of ingredients. Some of the local farmers that Justin works most closely with are: Culinary Gardner, Second Spring and Rise Up Rooted. “It was important to me to stand by the local growers and purveyors as much as possible because it’s the way I like to eat and cook and it also supports the community,” Justin Burdett, chefowner Local Provisions.

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen


290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804 Phone: (828) 252-2711 Chef Philip Bollhoefer of EDISON craft ales + kitchen at the Grove Park Inn has been recognized for his menu creation and kitchen operation expertise and is a true champion of locally sourced cuisine. Bollhoefer has developed several key partnerships with local farmers, volunteers for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and oversees their Chef’s Garden with help Spinach from Ivy Creek Farm from Ivy Creek Farms. The delicious produce from local Ivy Creek Farm (www. can also be found at the EDISON craft ales + kitchen and other restaurants at the hotel.


Catching up with artist Pattie Boyd



EHIND THE LENS” IS A travelling art, music and pop culture exhibit featuring photographs and stories from Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz. Both artists are deeply immersed in classic music history. Boyd, a muse and mate to George Harrison and Eric Clapton who gained international fame as an iconic fashion model in London’s swinging ‘60s. Boyd is also cited as the direct inspiration for several of rock’s best-known love songs, including Clapton’s “Layla,” and Harrison’s “Something.” Diltz, founder of the Morrison Gallery in New York and Los Angeles is a world-class photographer and musician whose instantly recognizable pictures have graced hundreds of album covers and posters including The Doors, Crosby Stills and Nash and James Taylor. Additionally, he has played on sessions with The Monkees, The Lovin’ Spoonful and America. Together they tour with the “Behind The Lens” presentation, offering highly personal remembrances and images from their storied careers. We caught up with the lovely Pattie Boyd as she was relaxing on a day off from the tour in Florida. Tell us a bit about your personal creative process. When did it blossom into a fullfledged art form for you? Probably after my marriage to Eric [Clapton]. Before that, I was just taking photographs, capturing people – and Eric in particular. After that, I realized that maybe I had something to offer. I was really passionate about it, too. So photography became my focus. I took a three-month course on learning the basics of the manual camera. I learned how to develop and process film and I found that I really love printing. So I love the whole process of taking photographs and then processing them. Did you have a period where you thought you might specialize in a different medium? Painting, for example. Yes I did, as a matter of fact. I was very much interested in botanical art and detailed close-ups of apples and roots and stems. And in that, I found that the same rules also apply to photography. You have to look for the light. It’s a very subtle thing. Also, how you’re gonna frame the image is so, so necessary.

A lot of people don’t realize how important framing is for a good photograph. Exactly. Framing and light. You’ve said that you really came into your own as a photographer during the whole TM period [in early 1968 when the Beatles and friends visited the Maharishi and delved into Transcendental Meditation]. Yes, well I took my camera with me. But when I was there, I really felt it wasn’t right to be too intrusive so I was very subtle with my photography during that time. I only captured about one roll of film. Was that the beginning of the whole “fly-onthe-wall” technique that you and Henry both use to this day. Yes! I think we do photograph in the same way because we like to capture the moment and not make a big deal of it. I hate it when people pose for photographs. I much prefer to capture them when they’re off-guard, just in a more natural way. Otherwise it looks so phony and stilted. Exactly, you can’t see the real person. They’re putting on a face and creating an image that they think will be attractive. It’s not real at all. The TM period was ushered in by the socalled “Summer of Love” in 1967. What do you remember most about that time? I think that whole period, in England anyway, there was an awful lot of creativity. Amazing painters, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers. It was really a zeitgeist and creativity just emerged. Could that era ever be equaled? Well it was similar in France in the ‘20s when you had all the amazing groups of painters like Chagall and Dali. Paris was really hot and swinging. And Berlin as well, but I don’t know if it would ever be equaled. It’s all so different now, isn’t it? But you know, technology is here in the forefront. People are being creative now in terms of their new ideas of technology. But it’s not a natural creativity. Right, it’s like one of those posed pictures you mentioned. It’s a mask of forced creativity. Please see Pattie on page 16

In the Mood for . . . TAPAS!

Popular Atlanta restaurants offering small plates

Eclipse di Luna

764 Miami Circle 404.846.0449 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody 678.205.5862

Upon entering Eclipse di Luna you feel like you’ve been transported into an exotic locale. Take in the festive, high-energy dining experience with an artsy setting as a backdrop. With over two dozen tapas to choose from there is something to please any taste. Their cheese based tapas are great choice to start with. Try the Quesos Espanoles, a tasting of Spanish cheeses with assorted accompaniments. Eclipse di Luna features a variety of meat dishes like the Pollo a la Parilla, a chicken breast grilled and marinated with red pepper salad and avocado. On the beef side, The Brocheta de Bistee is a red wine marinated skirt steak skewered with chimichurri. There are also several seafood dishes to choose from including the Gambas al Ajillo which is sautéed shrimp & garlic with calabes pepper. Eclipse di Luna has been voted Best Tapas by INsite readers several years running. Both locations offer patio dining.

Mediterranean Grill

VIP area upstairs. Enjoy a wide range of tapas including Snapchat worthy selections like: Spanish Style Ribs, Mini Cuban Sliders, Pao de Queijo, Brazilian Cheese Rolls, Emapanda de Carne, carne asada steak skewers, Ceviche De Camarones, lamb meatballs; garlic and lemon aioli. Come in Tuesday nights for Unlimited Tapas at just $18 or crazy Taco Thursday’s serving Unlimited Tacos for $10. Make sure to try their world famous Mojito while you're here, it has been voted best in Atlanta. The happening bar is open till 2:30am on weekends with a wide selection of exotic cocktails, top shelf liquor and many wines to complement a good meal or a night of dancing. Loca Luna has also been voted best late night venue, patio, appetizers, latin music and girls night out, among others, by both local and national publications. They feature live Latin music every night on their large dance floor and the hottest DJ's spin late night on Fridays and Saturdays. There is plenty of free parking and free valet available.


800 Peachtree St. Midtown 678.666.5198

N. Decatur Plaza 404.320.0101 Midtown 404.917.1100 East Cobb 678.996.0045 Athens 706.543.5000

Mediterranean Grill has consistently been voted "Best Mediterranean" in Atlanta. They serve authentic regional dishes like gyros, falafel, Greek salad, kabob and lamb shank. You will find great Mediterranean Tapas on the menu including Hummus, Baba Ganouj, Calamari, Dolmas and Greek Potatoes. Start with one of their artfully prepared appetizers like Hummus, Baba Ganouj, Tabouleh Salad Calamari or homemade Spanakopita. Try the Business Lunch Special offering Shish Kabob, Kufta Kabab & Gyro slices w/rice pilaf, salad, pita and drink for just $8.00. Mediterranean Grill has tasty sandwiches including: Gyro, Kufta Kabob, Chicken Kabob, Falafel and a Grilled Vegetable sandwich. Mediterranean Grill is also popular for catering. Their menu can be found online or by calling any of their three locations. Give them a call or come in for an authentic Mediterranean experience.

Loca Luna

550-C Amsterdam Ave. 404.875.4494

Samba. Salsa. Merengue. They have it all at Loca Luna, where you'll find live Latin music nightly and savory dishes from Spain, South America and Latin America. Their location on Amsterdam Ave offers a spacious main dining room, ample bar/lounge area, tropical outdoor patio with Midtown skyline view, and a private

Escorpion is a regionally inspired Mexican tequila bar and cantina from chef-owner Riccardo Ullio. The restaurant captures the authentic tastes and ingredients indigenous of the country. The atmosphere is fun and electric, making Escorpion one of the hottest restaurants in the bustling Midtown scene. Escorpion’s food and drink menus are rooted in Mexican flavors and culture. Find familiar favorites like queso dip, guac, quesadillas, and burritos. But there are also plenty of surprises, starting with the storied ceviche menu (octopus, for example, in lime habanero, and pico de gallo). There are a variety of inspired taco dishes including: Fried Tilapia, Lengua (braised beef tongue), Grilled Shrimp and Barbacoa de Chivo (braised goat). Also find an assortment of salads, appetizers and sides to go with chef inspired Platos Fuertes (entrees).

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Voted Best Tapas in Atlanta Creative Loafing, AJC, .Jezebel Magazine and Atlanta Magazine

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Red Sky Tapas & Bar

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1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta 770.973.0100

Red Sky Tapas in East Cobb offers and unforgettable dining experience. Here you will find tapas influences from around the world including Blackened Ahi Tuna with pineapple soy, Spicy Chicken Egg Rolls, and Buffalo Calamari. Red Sky is open Monday through Friday for lunch at 11:00am and Sunday brunch at 10:30am. They are open for dinner at 4pm seven nights a week and offer a full range of catering and event services. Enjoy live entertainment of acoustic guitar on Wednesday and Thursdays and dueling pianos on Friday and Saturdays.

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550 Amsterdam Ave NE • Atlanta, GA 30306 • May 2016 • PG 11



Blue Ribbon BBQ Cook-off and Tour of Homes. The event will take place at Bessie Branham Park, rain or shine. The festival is free, but the 5K and Tour of Homes require tickets. Visit



Chastain Park, Buckhead

The award-winning, two-day festival is held in Atlanta’s beautiful Chastain Park. An estimated 40,000 visitors attend each year with up to 185 displays of art and crafts, including many local and regional artists and artisans. In addition to the abundance of unique art, there will be a children’s area in the adjacent green space, local gourmet food, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. This free event showcases painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Visit



Central Park & International Plaza Shaky Knees Music Festival returns May 13 featuring bands across five outdoor stages as well as local food trucks, artisans and vendors. The music lineup includes Jane’s Addiction, My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Deftones, Walk The Moon, the Decemberists and many more. Full lineup and ticket info online now at, with single day and 3-day passes available.

MARIETTA GREEK FESTIVAL May 13–15 Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta This popular festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, cooking demonstrations, church tours, music, and dancing with special audience participation. The festival takes place Friday May 13 through Sunday May 15 at the Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church 3431 Trickum Road in Marietta. Visit

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Bessie Branham Park Don’t miss being part of the 14th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, 2016. Celebrating the historic and eclectic in-town neighborhood of Kirkwood, this family-friendly festival offers a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the warmth of spring with a 5K run, artist market, diverse lineup of live music, creative kids’ activities,

Centennial Olympic Park The Inaugural Shaky Beats Festival features over 40 top-notch electronic, indie and hiphop acts across three stages. Major Lazer, Odesza, Big Gigantic and more will have you hooping and dancing the night away. Leave your FoMO behind and come join the party. Visit

EAST ATLANTA BEER FESTIVAL May 21 East Atlanta Village, Brownwood Park The 13th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival will be held in East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park. From a great beer selection to early access VIP entry to rocking local music, the EABF is an event not to be missed. Sample over 200 craft beers from across the globe and visit shops and restaurants in East Atlanta Village. Enjoy live local music on the festival’s main stage and a wide array of food. Proceeds benefit the community. Visit


Jim R Miller Park, Marietta, Ga. Yaarab Shrine’s 74th Annual Shrine Circus is a popular annual family event that offers an affordable, safe, and wholesome environment for adults and children of all ages. In addition to the 25 (80-minute) circus performances under The Big Top, there are more than 40 exciting carnival rides and attractions, as well as lots of food such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more. Circus goers can enjoy circus acts from around the world including high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, elephants, and of course, worldfamous Shrine clowns. The Circus Midway and Flea Market begins Friday May 20, at 5:00pm and is open Monday through Friday at 5:00pm, 10:00am on Saturdays, and 12:00pm on Sundays. Visit

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL May 27–29 Piedmont Park Celebrating 39 years of musical mastery, the festival returns to historic Piedmont Park with three days of music over Memorial Day Weekend. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend Memorial Day Weekend with family and

friends. Audiences will enjoy a wide spectrum of styles from traditional straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz and swing to jazz flavored with neosoul, hip-hop and R&B. Experience the stellar swing of saxophonist Benny Golson, soak up the sensuous stylings of Eliane Elias, and groove to the soulful rhythms of Jamison Ross. The festival offers music every day in May and culminates with the huge final weekend in Piedmont Park. Over Memorial Day Weekend a wide variety of food vendors will tempt your taste buds with BBQ, gyros, burgers, Caribbean foods and more. The family-friendly atmosphere will include two KidZone areas with games, inflatables and fun activities. National and international musicians will perform on two stages. Admission to the festival is free. Festival hours in Piedmont Park are Friday, May 27 from 6pm - 11 pm; Saturday, May 28 from 11am - 11pm and Sunday, May 29 from 11 am - 11 pm. Visit

DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL May 27–29 Decatur Square Decatur’s biggest arts event takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. Get started Friday evening, May 27, with the ArtWalk all around Decatur. The fun continues with the new dance festival, literary arts performances, musicians all day long on Decatur’s community bandstand, a juried artists market, the fine arts exhibition, a special Kids and Teens Arts Festival and more. For additional info visit

JUNE ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL June 2–5 Greensward area of Piedmont Park The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is a four-day culinary experience celebrating the South. Indulge in a variety of Learning Experiences, Tasting Tents, Dinners & Events and Masterclasses all designed to educate and entertain guests from the novice to the connoisseur. Visit

CANDLER PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL June 3–4 Candler Park, Atlanta This popular neighborhood festival formerly known as the Midsummer Music and Food Festival is back this month on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The Gallop & Groove 5K will be held Saturday at 10:00 am. Friday

Atlanta Jazz Festival

features musical performances by Galactic, Keller Williams and Blair Crimmins & the Hookers. Saturday features Chris Robinson, the Revivalists, Lee Fields and more. Alcohol and food are available for purchase. For full line-up and ticket information visit


VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST June 4 & 5 Virginia-Highland Neighborhood Taking place the first weekend in June, the VirginiaHighland Summerfest offers an Artist Market featuring works of over 200 artists and craftsmen from all over the Southeast. The Kidsfest offers games, crafts and activities for children of all ages. Live music will be held on stage and will feature a variety of local musicians along with nationally acclaimed singer songwriters. Over a 1,000 runners will compete in the Summerfest 5K on Saturday through the neighborhood streets of Virginia-Highland. Visit for more info.

ATLANTA FRINGE FESTIVAL June 8–12 Downtown and East Atlanta The 4th annual Atlanta Fringe Festival brings adventurous local and national artists together for a five-day celebration of live performances from across the theatrical spectrum. Expect a wide variety of dance theatre, spoken word, circus performance, puppetry, comedic monologues, to traditional ensemble theatre. For more information visit


Historic 4th Ward Park The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest features over 200 beers from local and other great breweries from all over the country. It takes place from 4pm through 9pm and also offers ciders and a small selection of wines. There will be live music with Ocean Street and plenty of fun attractions including the return of the Bud Light Game Zone. Be sure to check out their Facebook page to get all of the updates. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after June 9 and $55 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at

When: Friday, May 27 from 6-11pm | Saturday, May 28 from 11am-11pm Sunday, May 29 from 11am-11pm. Where: Piedmont Park Three Stages: Local, National and International Artists. Admission: The event is FREE and open to the public.

The complete 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival schedule: FRIDAY, MAY 27

Main Stage: 7:00 pm ......... Next Collective 9:00 pm ......... JOI


Local Stage: .. 12:30 pm ........ Rialto Jazz for Kids All Stars 2:30 pm ......... The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO) 4:30 pm ......... Mabu’s Ark Band 6:30 pm ......... Alex Lattimore International Stage: 1:30 pm ......... Camila Meza 3:30 pm ......... TATRAN 5:30 pm .......... Mette Henriette 7:30 pm ......... Etienne Charles


Main Stage: 1:00 pm ......... Chargaux 3:00 pm ......... Tomeka Reid 5:00 pm ......... Theo Croker 7:00 pm ......... Jamison Ross 9:00 pm ......... Hypnotic Brass Ensemble



Local Stage: 12:30 pm ........ Band Room Nation 2:30 pm ......... Anonymous DaBand 4:30 pm ......... Joe Alterman Trio 6:30 pm ......... Chandra Currelley ......................... International Stage: 1:30 pm ......... Assaf Kehati Trio 3:30 pm ......... Tumi Mogorosi 5:30 pm ......... Daby Touré 7:30 pm ......... Eliane Elias


Main Stage: 1:00 pm .......... Navy Band Southeast: V.I.P Protocol Combo 3:00 pm .......... Eugenie Jones 5:00 pm .......... The Headhunters 7:00 pm .......... Benny Golson 9:00 pm .......... Gregory Porter


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The Sensual Rhythms of Eliane Elias are in Her Blood

Stan Getz. But Elias insists it helps if it’s literally in your blood. You can try to develop s she speaks with a writer about her a skill-set to form a basic proficiency of it, she career, a car and driver wait patiently says. “But there is nothing like that inherited outside Eliane Elias’ New York home. rhythm. It’s a cultural thing. You just need to In a few minutes, she’ll be on the way to the be born with it.” airport en route to yet another European Last year, the album won the Best Latin concert tour. While the limo idles outside, Jazz Album Grammy and she’s Elias’ richly accented voice especially proud of the fact that it’s purrs through the static of the first record she’s recorded in the cell connection. Her native Brazil since arriving in SUN, MAY 29 • 7:30PM her conversational tone is as the United States in 1981. “Music sensual and deliberately Atlanta Jazz Festival is such a universal language,” she paced as her music, a smooth says, as she gathers up the final and instantly recognizable items for her trip. “I am glad to be amalgam of her Brazilian touring with the record and I’m roots. so happy that people just love it everywhere Since she’s still touring in support of her we go. And we tour around 200 days a year, much-lauded 2015 album Made In Brazil, so we play a lot these days. But it’s the kind the conversation quickly turns to the familiar of music the world needs to hear, no matter Brazilian beat. “You know, I am very fortunate where you’re from or where we’re playing.” In to have grown up at the time in Brazil when addition to the performances on the disc, she the sound of bossa nova was everywhere,” she is credited as co-producer, composer, lyricist, says proudly. “It was on the streets, you heard arranger, pianist and vocalist. it on the radio, on television, just everywhere. “Just like the title says, it’s made in Brazil I like to say that bossa nova is a big part of just as I am. I happen to enjoy wearing many my DNA. The music scene there is so strong hats,” she laughs. because Brazil is such an incredibly musical Elias is one of the leading women of jazz, place. The music of Brazil is basically an but she’s a bit cautious when the topic arises. extension of who I am.” “It’s only taken since the ‘80s, but it’s been She explains the key to mastering the a wonderful journey! But it’s also been a lot finesse of the incessant beat is to “find the of hard work. When I first started, I used true authenticity of the rhythm.” A number to go to clubs and to jam sessions and I’d of American jazz pioneers have had major introduce myself as a pianist.” The reaction, she successes with it, most notably saxophonist remembers wasn’t initial acceptance at first.




“The first reaction was ‘Oh, a blonde woman from Brazil, hmm.’” But as word spread about her undeniable talent, striking appearance and genial charm, she was quickly working with some of the heaviest hitters in the scene. She’s been immersed in the inner circles of the New York jazz world since she first moved to the metropolis in 1981. The shift from her native Sao Paulo to the intensities of New York City didn’t bother her in the least. It only hastened her acceptance in the music industry, she says. “I think it was meant to be. I grew up in a very cosmopolitan city and when I got to Manhattan, I wasn’t intimidated at all. I was like, ‘Ah, it’s such a cute little town!’ And I was accepted very quickly. The music spoke for me back then and it still transcends any other language.” Music has always been the preferred method of communication for the child prodigy. Before she was a teenager she was already transcribing solos from her jazz heroes. Soon she was teaching piano and improvisation at one of Brazil’s most respected schools. Today she remains a critically acclaimed performer with a yet

another new project in the works. “Sometimes, for one reason or another, people will have a time of success and popularity and then they fade away or their career simply doesn’t continue. But I’m still here, still touring and working on the next album.” She won’t divulge many details about the new record yet. “Well, let’s say it’s a departure,” she says coyly. After a cordial exit that includes a kind invitation to attend the Atlanta performance, she’s off to the airport on time. Without missing a beat or rushing her admirably steady pulse, she’s back on the road to another plane, another country, another show.


Legendary Be-Bop Songwriter Looks at the Horizon of Jazz



PEER AND FRIEND TO MANY of the greatest figures of jazz, be-bop pioneer Benny Golson has written many standards of the genre. “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Stablemates” and “Whisper Not” are among his greatest hits. A veteran of Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey’s groups, Golson was also a fixture of ‘70s soundtrack instrumentals with a slate of television and film compositions on his credits. History buffs like to point out that Golson and fellow sax-man Sonny Rollins are the sole living survivors of Art Kane’s famous 1958 photograph “A Great Day in Harlem.” Now 87, he continues to evolve and record and his latest release Horizon Ahead was released last month. The new collection finds the innovative saxophonist revisiting classic standards alongside some stellar originals. Just back from a successful tour of Europe, Golson spoke with INsite from his home in New York. Your live show is a living lesson in jazz history. PG 14 • May 2016 •

Well I talk a lot. My wife says I talk too much! But people seem to love it. I like to tell people about why things happened, who was involved, what was the outcome, things like that. The challenges and the rewards, too.

Usually I don’t know what I’m going to do until I get to the show. The audience dictates it – unknowingly of course. But since the album is new, probably. There are songs I have to do, but if I also do “Mood Indigo,” they can - as you said - relate to it.

People need to hear that. Yes and most of my songs have some good stories to go along with them. “Blues March,” we almost didn’t do because [legendary jazz drummer and frequent Golson collaborator] Art Blakey didn’t even want to record it. “I Remember Clifford” is a heartbreaking story. The audience hasn’t heard these stories so it’s all new to them and depending on how I feel, the delivery is different from time to time.

I’m really looking forward to your set at the Jazz Festival. Me too. It’s a pleasure to come to Atlanta now. Years ago, it was nothing like it is now. You go to Atlanta now and it’s like Times Square. Industrious, busy, just everything going on. Do you remember the first time you came to town? Oh yeah. I was about eight years old. It was horrible. I’m an old guy now, but I remember those days.

What about “Whisper Not”? It’s a very evocative title. My autobiography is coming out in June and it’s called “Whisper Not”. Many times people tell me they enjoy my stories as much as the music. Besides the book you have a new album [Horizon Ahead] out as well. I do and it’s relatable, too. I decided to do some standards. Things like “Mood Indigo,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and some originals too. This album is where I kind of settle down and look at things as I interpret some familiar stuff.

What happened? Were you with your family? Yeah, my father had friends down there. It was my father, my mother, me and my uncle. I remember something happened and we got lost. There was a cop directing traffic. My uncle leaned out the window and said, “Hey Bud! Excuse me, but can you tell me…” He ignored the question, but he walked over to us. He was so close his uniform SUN, MAY 29 • 7PM was brushing the car. “What did you call me?” My uncle thought for a minute and said, “Um, I Atlanta Jazz Festival don’t know, ‘Bud’?” He told him if he ever called anybody else down South - any white man – “Bud,” what they would do to him.


Do you feel like this is a statement on the music industry or on your own body of work? I feel like I haven’t said everything I need to say yet and who knows everything there is to know? Basically we’re a creative people. If one thing doesn’t work, then we’ll try something else. See, I was a truck driver before I became a professional musician. The day I told them I wasn’t coming back, they asked me what was I gonna do. I said, “I’m going to be a saxophone player, a jazz musician.” Everybody in the place laughed, but I never went back. Are you working the new album into the live show?

That’s a very heavy moment for a child to process. I was eight years old and I couldn’t understand it. I wasn’t into that - yet. I thought my uncle was such a fearless man. Then to see him back up like a little kid, you know? But things like that, and worse, happened as I became a musician. You couldn’t go here; you couldn’t stay there. It’s a lot different now. It’s finally changing. But things have a long way to go. Your right but it has to be in people’s hearts to really make a difference. Sometimes generations have to die out in order to make a change.



There’s Nothing Simple About the Original Multi-Media Diva



HE WORLD IS DOLLYWOOD, WE just live in it. Long before Mariah’s melisma, Beyone’s bat, and Taylor’s rebounds, Dolly Parton was the original multi-media diva. Out-Madonnaing every new competitor, Parton remains one of the most prolific, honored and awarded female performers of all time. Her best little warehouse of credits includes seven Grammys as well as Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award nominations. Though her roots are firmly planted in red country clay, her appeal is paved in the solid asphalt of the mainstream. Her fans admire her as a singer-songwriter, actress, variety-show host, author, businessperson and generous humanitarian. Even her harshest critics concede that her trademark brand of over-the-top camp and calculated glitz is backed with solid talent. In dual celebration of her 70th year of life and the success of last year’s “Coat Of Many Colors” TV-movie, she has recorded a new record slated for mid-summer release. “Pure and Simple and Dolly’s Biggest Hits” is her 43rd studio album and the upcoming double-disc set adds a few more original tunes to her impressive chest of over 3,000 songs. As she plotted her biggest tour in years to promote it, she spoke with INsite from her office in Nashville. How does it feel to know you’ll be spending the entire second half of 2016 on the road? I’m really excited about getting out and seeing everybody. We’ve done a few shows here and there over the last several years, but this is the first time in a while for such a long one. Everything seems to be going really good right now. There’s been a lot of activity lately, with the “Coat of Many Colors” movie and a [recent]

European tour. The [U.S.] promoters said, “Well why don’t you come and play here?” Now seemed like a good time to do it so we’re just gonna be tourin’ from June through December.

The first stop is scheduled for North Carolina on June 3. Have you heard about the artists who have cancelled or postponed performances there in the shadow of the HB2 controversy? Oh, I’ve heard about it but I have no plans to cancel the show. I think I can better serve everybody from the stage and doin’ what we do. I think everybody should be treated great and with respect. Everybody knows that about me. I have an open, generous heart and I can address anything I need to say about that from the stage and in that format. I don’t really like to get caught up in controversial issues and I don’t think it’s fair to the public. So no, I won’t be cancelling any shows because of it. You’re touring to support your 43rd album. How do you sort through that much material in order to create a manageable setlist? It’s really hard to pick out what you need to get the dynamics for the show. But you always have to do the things your fans demand. So of course we’ll be doing the old favorites, like “Jolene,” “I’ll Always Love You,” “Two Doors Down,” “Here You Come Again,” “Islands In The Stream” and even “9 to 5.” All the things people expect need to be in there. Since I have a new CD out, I’ll be doing maybe three or four from it. Then we’ll do the family things that people enjoy like “Coat Of Many Colors” and songs about my Tennessee Mountain home. People expect a bit of the gospel and folk songs too. And we’ll have to tell a few corny jokes. We’ll have some of everything, I believe. I work real hard and try to give it my best. Since it’s called Pure and Simple, are you stripping the production down to basics? It’s pretty much scaled down, yes. There won’t be a lot of loud music and drums this time. We don’t have a bunch of videos or anything goin’ on in the background. It’s pretty much just us, doin’ what we do. Just us’uns! It’ll be just four of us on stage: Richard Dennison, Tom Rutledge, Kent Wells and me. We’ll all just kinda swap-off on the different instruments as we need ‘em. You’re often named as an influence by many of today’s hottest female musicians. Any plans to feature guest spots from any of your fans such as Katy Perry or Taylor Swift? Not that I know of, the whole idea of this is to be pretty plain and simple. But if any of them should show up I’ll betcha I wouldn’t refuse


‘em! They’ve got a lot of fans and I’m very touched when they act like they love me. I really respect what those girls do. Can you tell us about some of the new material you’ll feature? Well the title song, I like it a lot and I thought it’d be a great little song to open the show with, so that’s what we’re opening with and that’s the name of the tour. It’s the whole theme of the show, really. And there’s another new one called “I’m Standin’ Outside Your Door.” It’s a fun and soulful little piece. Another one is “Never Not Love You.” It’s a sweet and up-tempo song.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of your first album. Do the songs acquire different meanings as the years go by? They do take on different meanings. You’re singing them in different times and to different people. And there’s a whole lot of young people who are getting turned on and tuned in to them. That’s all good and the ones who’ve always loved them seem to love hearing them again. Since we’ll be adding some of the new songs from the album, I think it’ll be a good and interesting mix and they may even mean something different by the end of the tour.

How have your songwriting methods changed over the course of five decades? The new album contains an entire second I’ve been writing nearly all my life, so disc of your greatest hits. I’ve done it differently at Yeah and you know I different times. Sometimes really hope there are some it happens that I’ll think new hits on there, too! of a good melody and I’ll The first part is all new JUNE 4 think, “Oh that’s good, now songs with the exception Infinte Energy Center let’s add some lines to it.” of two; I pulled a couple Then I’ll have some lines from the old Porter and and go with that first - or Dolly days. There’s a even just a good title. But song called “Tomorrow Is this album is mostly love songs, so I seemed Forever” [from Parton and Wagner’s 1970 to be in a very inspired mood. I’ve always album Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca]. liked painting pictures with words. I’ve always thought it was a good song so we did it in the pure and simple style this How did you begin the process for this time. There’s another one [from 1975] that particular album? I actually used a little bit of in the “Coat Of Well, I thought I needed a song called Many Colors” movie last year; it’s called “Pure and Simple” and I wrote that one. “Say Forever You’ll Be Mine.” Everything Then I thought, “Well, what’s this album else is new things that haven’t been heard. gonna be about? Will they all be pure and The Biggest Hits half is the classics. Which will they all be simple?” Then I started writing and it turned out that they all were ones did you select? I’m not sure at the moment if it’ll be eight about love. or ten things, but it’ll be some of the songs You’ve said you almost didn’t do this that people want to hear. You know, the “Jolene”s and all of those. Maybe even a few tour because you have a number of other projects in the works. What else do you we haven’t done in a while have planned for the next few years? Well, I’ve got so many things I’d still like You mentioned that you’ll be talking about to do. I’d like to see my story on Broadway home in the show, as well. as a musical and I’d like to have a cosmetics I will. I just like to talk about my old line and things like that. I always seem to Tennessee home. So I’ll tell about the coat do pretty much what I want, it just takes a of many colors and my momma. And since while to get it done. the movie did so well I’ve written a new song called “Mama.” I’ll probably sing it You make no secret of your age. What’s your before I start with my home section. And guide to staying healthy and fit at 70? I also talk about my grandpa and being (laughs) Well, a good doctor, good brought up in his church. That’s why I love lighting and good makeup. And a to do the gospel segment so much. good attitude!

DOLLY PARTON • May 2016 • PG 15




Bridging the Gap–Thin Lizzy & Old 97s Home for Songs with Post War Psalms BY JOHN B. MOORE


we’re blown away by his lyrics and after we left for Virginia we talked about him getting in the band. Only thing missing was a drummer. Cut to spring 2013. Nick and I are living and working in Baltimore, jamming every day in a skeezy warehouse in the East Side if town. Bob Shade, our newfound drummer, was drumming in a bar band at time. We immediately clicked. He was the guy. All we had to do was get Justin and him introduced...which is a whole ‘nother story.

HE BALTIMORE, BY WAY OF Texas, foursome Western Star have found a way to brilliantly marry the thunder of Thin Lizzy with the boot stomp and charm of the Old 97s. Their debut, “Fireball,” just out on Saustex Records, is a stellar calling card, 12 songs of cowboy-booted punk rock. The band comes about the Old 97s influence pretty genuinely. The 97s lead guitarist Ken Bethea is old friends with brothers Max and Nick Jeffers’ (singer and bassist for Western How did you get Ken Bethea involved with Star), dad having played everything from Little this record? League to guitar together growing up. So Ken is an old family friend. He and my dad picking Bethea to produce their debut seemed grew up in Tyler, TX and played baseball only natural. together. They learned guitar together and dad’s The result is impressive. Max was cool enough band, the Newlyweds, toured with the 97s for a to take some time recently to short leg in the early ‘00’s. Nick talk about how the band first got WE EXCELLED AT and I we’re raised going to 97s started, the differences between shows since childbirth. Big fans. APPALACHIAN Texas and Maryland and what’s Nick and I can recite Rhett’s BLUEGRASS STYLE next. lyrics in our sleep. HARMONIES AND THEY I started talking with Ken Let’s talk about how the band WERE A REAL HIT AT one day over breakfast during first got together. THE OPEN MICS AND a ranch visit about potential Justin Myers and I have been candidates for our first real playing music together since we BAR ROOMS WE WERE studio effort. It just made sense were 13 and 15. Never in the PLAYING ALL OVER THE to both of us. He was like a same band until now, but we great baseball coach in the COUNTRY. gigged together in Harrisonburg, studio with us. Lots of ass slaps. VA through high school. I moved to Boston for music school and we stayed in Do you plan to tour much now that the record touch and played every time I came back into is out? town. It was all ways magical and easy when Absolutely. We just bought a new 15 passenger we played and sang together. Justin moved up van with low, low miles. No more minivan. around the time I was finishing up with school This Spring we will swing up to Chicago then and we went into the studio and recorded California, Austin for SXSW along with a some demos. handful of Texas dates. We’ll do our southern We moved down to Baltimore for a few swing after that and head back home. months in summer of 2012 and then hit the road for two and a half months as a duo. We were playing lots of folky stuff at the time. I was always into that since dad raised me and Nick on the old Waylon and Willie stuff (granddad played guitar with Waylon or so the story goes) Heartbreak ballads and train tunes. Mostly original stuff. We excelled at Appalachian bluegrass style harmonies and they were a real hit at the open mics and bar rooms we were playing all over the country. Then we hit North Carolina where my brother Nick was living on a farm, writing songs. Good songs.... Damn good songs. We

Pattie from page 10

You’re exactly right. It’s forced and it has nothing to do with nature or human beings or any sort of actual life-force.



F IT SEEMS LIKE THE NEW YORKbased punk outfit Morning Glory is constantly putting out new music, well, it’s because they are. Singer Ezra Kire has always been a prolific writer, so why stop now. With three records and a split (alongside Off with Their Heads) already out, the band had half a dozen orphaned songs that didn’t find their way onto 2014’s War Psalms. The songs were pretty damn great so Off with Their Heads frontman Ryan Young, a Morning Glory fan, decided to give them a proper home. The 10”, dubbed, Post War Psalms, is just as ferocious and powerful as its predecessor and comes out this month. INsite spoke with Kire about the new EP, his relationship with Young (more than just a fanboy/stalkee situation) and the need to constantly keep writing music. Anxious and Angry is putting out this new record along with Chris’ label. Did you know Ryan before you toured with his band and did the split 7”? I met Ryan right after he got back from their Australian tour with one of the versions of Black Flag. I knew his band before that but otherwise we had never met. He contacted me through our booking agent. At first I thought he was some crazy stalker type fanboy. Then I realized he probably is but at least he owns and runs a distro/label. We’ve become pretty good friends at this point. Heavy Metal Chris I’ve known for years. He can’t play the bass for shit but he’s got a solid upcoming label called Buyback. I think he’s Greek. These 6 songs didn’t make the last record. Why did you decide to cut them from War Psalms? I know what you’re thinking... they weren’t good enough to make the first record. But that’s not true. We recorded two records at the same time with the intent of releasing the second full length six months later. But Fat didn’t want to do it, they had a full roster of releases already scheduled through the fall. That’s what they told me anyway. But I still wanted to release it and so did Anxious and Angry. So it’s coming out. By any means necessary.

Yes it is and what we’re doing with this show is to make it a travelling exhibit, really.

So many great behind-the-scenes stores go along with these images. With the advent of available photography on every device, Oh they do. Quite often people want to know what was now everyone thinks they’re a photographer of some sort. going on just before or just after the picture was taken, the I think now people merely capture moments whole situation of it. So you’ll get all that in our just to share with friends and the cameras talks because we talk about each photograph. I HATE IT WHEN on their devices have become a medium I should say Henry does; in my case, it’s PEOPLE POSE FOR Well for sharing. more about my life in general with photography. How did you first start working with Henry Diltz at the Morrison Gallery? Well when I was promoting my book in whatever it was…


2007, right? Yes! Well, they asked if I’d like an exhibition at the gallery in New York. Of course it was fabulous and I had a book signing as well. So I’ve known them since then. It’s a great one-stop for iconic images. PG 16 • May 2016 •

I’ve found that many artists prefer to let the image itself tell the story, but you and Henry seem to enjoy relating the history of each piece. Yeah, we do because people are interested. It’s rather nice to give a talk and people are really appreciative afterwards. They tell us so, and it’s really just a nice thing to do.

You also seem to enjoy the one-on-one of signing the prints and being the focus of fan interest. Also rare for an artist. Yes I think so. And we do have a number of images available. People can buy them and we’ll sign them and talk a bit.

You’re a pretty prolific writer. Have you started thinking about writing and recording new material yet? I write all the time but punk songs only come to me every now and again. It takes a while for them to accrue into a full length record. I write a lot of acoustic guitar material, piano tunes, kids’ songs, weird orchestral shit, nursery rhymes, and some violent kind of electronic music. I don’t have time to develop them all so I have to pick and choose what I work on. But I’ll never give up punk, it’ll always be my main thing - it’s the ethos behind all my projects, no matter what the genre. You’ve never been one to shy away from politics. Have you been paying attention to the presidential election? Any thoughts on Trump, Hilary or Bernie you want to share? I’ll say this about politics: I’m never voting again. I’ll vote again when I feel like someone really represents me. And I’m the only one that can truly do that, and I don’t intend on running, so... The whole entire system is one giant scam. It’s all set up to fail. When we have a ballot system where you can check a box that says “non-confidence” then I’ll vote. Any plans to tour once this 10” is out? We have some shows booked in New York. We’ll probably do other shows but we have yet to plan and book it. I’m pretty sure our booking agent Ron doesn’t like me anymore and we only recently got John John Jesse back in the band as our guitarist so we’re just starting rehearsals. We’re having fun playing new songs and just being a band. There’s still some kind of simple cathartic joy in being with your friends, getting stupid and playing some songs in a room together.

People ask some really interesting questions in that situation. You’ve led an incredible life and your adventures and art would fill several mere mortal life stories. What’s next? Well, I just enjoy travelling so much. We travel with this show and I love it. But I really want to go to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and take photographs there. I like taking photographs of people in different cultures. I want to do more of that. I also want to take more photographs of flowers and plants. The botanical images will take you full circle back to your earliest paintings. That’s a beautiful convergence. Oh yes, yes, yes! Exactly.



Skull Fest Flips Wig With 101 Comedians





HE MIGHTY LAUGHING SKULL is flexing its muscles again. For the seventh annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival the jokes will be flying at 16 Venues for 60 unique shows featuring a total of 101 comics. Selecting from a pool of over 600 comedians Marshall Chiles and a team of industry pros selected the top 101 acts for good-natured competition in a variety of venues all across town. Each show has 10 or more scheduled performers with contests at the Laughing Skull Lounge, Eddie’s Attic, and Smith’s Olde Bar. The finals and decisive semi-finals will be held at Terminal West on June 11. Additionally, the club-sponsored “Set List Tournament” is slated for a run at the Relapse Theater. INsite caught up with festival big-wig Marshall Chiles to fill for details on all the new developments. The Skull Fest grows every year. What’s new this time? Yeah it’s our seventh year and I can’t believe it. It’s actually more than doubled in size from last year. We’re taking it to a whole new level this year. Last year, we had 72 comedians, 27 shows and five venues. This year, it’s 101 comedians, 16 venues and 60 shows and more comedians have applied than ever before. It’s got a lot of moving pieces, that’s for damn sure! It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame and I’m neck-deep in it as you can imagine. It’s quite an undertaking but I think we’re on a great path. We’re already setting the pace for next year and we’ve got a great team in place. There’s no way I could do it by myself.









We give points to it, from zero to ten and from that we take the top scorers. I really think this year we have the best talent ever. We had people that didn’t make the cut this year, that had made it in years past.

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Any changes in how the winners are selected? This year we have two contest shows to partake in. Before, we’d just take the National attention first and second has increased too, place and you’d go JUNE 7–12 correct? into the semi-finals. Yes, this year Third and fourth we have a new place went to a wild sponsorship from card. If you won Sirius XM and they’re giving us about 300 the wild card, you came over to the finals, national radio spots to promote the festival. so even the third and fourth place had a Is Sirius XM recording the shows as well? chance. But judging on just one show, I Yeah they’re gonna record the finals and don’t think is a good way to do it. Now we’re chop it up and then play the finals for a judging on two shows with a point system. month. Then after that, they’ll chop up On Saturday morning we’ll announce who the induvial comedians and list them and made the semi-finals. And this year we’ve pay the comedians directly. So now the got a Set List tournament, based on the TV comedians will get national exposure and show, and that’s like a fast-paced improv money as well. It’s crazy. show with suggestions on a screen.


And all this growth is happening without relying on special guests and name acts. Most festivals are so concerned with bringing in the big-name comics, but we don’t really do that. I think it’s really good for us, too. With these shows you’re gonna see 12 great comics and it’s gonna be a blast; it’s like the Best Of Atlanta shows we do regularly. And I think that’s what the fans want, they want to be able to go out, see good comedy and know that they’ll see some of the very best. We’re not bringing in celebrities, we’re bringing in the best shows and there’s a big difference. What is the basic criteria used to select the participants? Whether we are judging the entries or at the festival, we use the same criteria. Material, delivery, stage presence, audience response and overall judge’s impression.

Even if the comics don’t win, it’s good exposure. Lots of industry people will be here, yeah. For our judges, we have 15 high-powered casting reps who cast comedians for the major shows. They know that if they come here, they’re gonna see some of the very best. And the comics know that they are being judged by the very best. One of the judges is a booker for the Tonight Show and one works with the Jimmy Kimmel show. These people know what they are looking for. Most festivals when they do a competition, they’ll have a radio DJ, a hair-dresser and a life coach or something on the panel. They don’t know comedy. So it was a real goal to have people who know what they are looking for. It’s good for the comedians to be seen by all these people. They don’t have to win the festival; if they’re in, it’s going to be worth it for them. • May 2016 • PG 17


Album Reviews


never sounded better in this set, remastered from rough analog sources for today’s hi-tech standards. While their heavily rhythmic brand of friendly new wave never quite attracted enough attention to fill arenas, they were featured prominently on MTV and college radio, back in the halcyon days before “alternative” became an evil corporate genre. Still active in the Jersey scene, The Cucumbers have managed to secure pockets of fans across the world and this new glimpse at their glorious past should fully cement their rightful place in the pop pantheon. An absolutely indispensable piece of ‘80s music history.

Solo & Live (Cumberland Recordings)

The Cucumbers

The Fake Doom Years (1983-1986)

(Fake Doom Records) While hipsters are shelling out twenty and thirty bucks each for new thick vinyl copies of their favorite albums from decades past, affable New Jersey-based combo The Cucumbers are going the opposite route. The band, formed in the early ‘80s by Deena Shoskes and Jon Fried, released a few vinyl-only rock ‘n’ roll gems on fledgling indie label Fake Doom Records in a dizzy three-year burst of creativity. The new bundle gathers their first EP, fulllength album and 12-inch single and adds a few non-issued rarities to round out the rollicking collection for its digital debut. The full LP (originally released as “Who Betrays Me & Other Happier Songs”) finds the quartet at an early peak, with short, delightfully loopy songs delivered with undeniable hooks and a decidedly innocent happiness. Shoskes and Fried, the singersongwriter-guitarists of the Cukes, have

PG 18 • May 2016 •

Up the Chain

The Prison Break (Self-Released)

Will Hoge

Though he usually plays with a full band or at least a beefed-up trio, Solo & Live is, as advertised, a document of a recent barebones story-teller performance by Will Hoge. Luckily, he’s still on the same tour and will play Atlanta later this month. His solo shows give him a chance to jettison the over-the-top Springsteen-esque anthems and just relax and play some well-written country-tinged folk-rock. Of course, there’s nothing new about a scruffy guy and a guitar and a batch of singer-songwriter tunes but Hoge is especially good when working within the confines of the oft-copied genre. In this world of detached popstars, his honest approach is a welcome refuge for fans of introspective craftsmanship. Recorded this past December, Solo & Live isn’t his first live album. New converts should seek out his almost-solo live disc recorded at Smith’s Olde Bar in 2003. This outing leans on selections from his recent Small Town Dreams album while reaching into his back catalog for a set of well-received numbers including album highlight “Jesus Came to Tennessee,” from his Modern American Protest Music collection, a sadly underappreciated release from 2012. Will Hoge plays the The Buckhead Theatre May 28.

Wolves of Want marks the band’s first release with a new guitarist and bassist and is modern indie pop rock at its finest. Lyrically, they tackle some pretty heady themes, like mental illness and faith in humanity, but they go down pretty easy thanks to the band’s infectious sound. The record, more focused than their last studio album, is a rewarding collection of sharp hooks and sweet melodies without being too polished. Songs like “Realization Hits” and “What We Do is Public” manage to perfectly combine song-along choruses and garage rock guitars.

Jeff Buckley

You And I (Columbia/Legacy)

Like other wildly talented young musicians who died tragically young, there is always a move to release all unheard recordings made during their lifetime. The result is not always ideal. In the case of Buckley, who drowned in Memphis in 1997 at the age of 30 with only one studio album to his name, the recordings have all been pretty impressive, including the latest, packaged as “You And I.” Long rumored as the “Addabbo Sessions,” the 10 songs that make up this record are a collection of fantastically reimagined covers some of his musical heroes like Dylan (“Just Like a Woman”), Sly & The Family Stone (“Everyday People”), a couple of Smith’s tracks (“The Boy With the Thorn in His Side” and “I Know It’s Over”) and others. While Buckley does a phenomenal job of reinterpreting these classics in his own hauntingly, sad style, the most impressive moment on the record is his take on the Sly Stone ditty. He manages to take a get-on-thedancefloor classic and turn it into a genuine, emotionally wrought plea to understand the differences in everyone.

Philly’s Up The Chain self-describe their sound as “Neighbor Rock.” I honestly have no idea what in the fuck that term means, but if their latest, “The Prison Break,” is any hint, I’m already huge fan of the genre. On this latest album, the band – once a solo project, now a proper four-piece outfit – mixes tight harmonies and swirling guitars and with smart pop, bringing to mind everyone from Beck and Ben Folds to Kris Kristofferson (that latest was pointed out to me in their press materials and now I can’t help but hear it songs like “Departed Trains” or “Start of a Ghost”). Unfolding across a dozen tracks, their sound is stirringly unique, managing to slip in and out of different musical classes somehow coming off both reassuringly classic and refreshingly new. Despite being a relatively young band, they have already toured Europe twice and will likely be headed back again to christen these news songs. Though their sound is not easy to define, it’s just as hard to ignore.

Bent Shapes

Wolves of Want (Slumberland Records)

The heart of early 90s college pop rock is clearly still pumping; the sophomore release from Bent Shapes, Wolves of Wants, is all the proof you need. The Bostonbased four-piece – formerly known as Girlfriends - takes all that was great about bands like The Lemonheads, The Blake Babies and The Modern Lovers (all founders of the scene there) and adds their own touch to the mix, for a wildly satisfying record that manages to both comfortably nostalgic and fresh.


Automatic And Voluntary (ZMG)

Thanks to a little help from current goto producer Brendan Benson, Nashville’s MODOC (by way of Indiana) have put together their best album yet. Following up last year’s live record and 2013’s decent self-titled debut, both hinted at greater things and the payoff is definitely all over “Automatic And Voluntary.” There is a solid catchy rock vibe to this latest that hints at 1970s acts like ELO and Supertramp, but with an updated sound (the falsetto vocals on the horns-heavy “No News is Good News” would make Jeff Lynne proud). Songs like the album opener, “Black Eyed

Lover” and “Always the Same” have a quick easy appeal that grabs you on the first go-round, but some of the more challenging tracks, like the slow build “Make the World Wait” and “Kids on the Run” are just as impressive, they just take a few more listens. A remarkable step forward for a band that’s just getting started.

Al Scorch

Circle Round the Signs

(Bloodshot Records) The marriage of punk rock and bluegrass is doing just fine and as a result the kids keep piling up. As proof, just check out “Circle Round the Signs,” the latest full length from Chicago native Al Scorch (god, I hope that’s his real name), a beautiful mix of string band, folk, bluegrass and grimy punk rock, all played out on banjo, guitar and fiddle. While Scorch is a stellar lyricist (just check out “Want One” or album opener “Pennsylvania Turnpike”), the highlight here may be his glorious cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Slipknot,” possible one of the best interpretations of this oft-covered classic. After years of self-releasing his music, “Circle Round the Signs” is Scorch’s second offering from Bloodshot Records and a beautiful match for this storied label which has decades of experience taking in a slew of musicians who love their Guthrie and Cash as much as their Social D and Black Flag.

Rosu Lup

Is Anything Real (Self-Released)

For the past few years, Philadelphia has been making a name for itself by churning out unpretentious punk rock, from Beach Slang and The Menzingers to Cayetana and Sheer Mag; it’s hard to escape distorted guitars in the City of Brotherly Love. Despite sharing a zip code with these bands, the four-piece Rosu Lup have opted for a very non-punk rock sound. “Is Anything Real,” their debut album, has a sweet indie folk vibe to it, like Band of Horses or The Decemberists. The result is a tight 10song collection, though a bit monotonous towards the end that still delivers peeks at a band with more to say. The band has a tendency to play it safe with the music, but they are at their best when they turn up the guitars a bit, like on the title track and “Halloween Ghost;” that’s also where Jonathan Stewart is able to show off his range as a singer. Rosu Lup may not be treading much new ground with their debut, but they’re doing a commendable job nonetheless.


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HE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS suffered a number of harrowing This tour and album signals a real losses and upheavals this year. crossroads for the band. Recently the crafty Bellingham-born Posies Right, the band has changed quite have endured a microcosm of personal radically very recently. Just about this time tragedies and changes, as well. Formed last year Darius Minwalla, our drummer by Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer nearly for the past 15 years, died unexpectedly 30 years ago, the group has endured the right in the middle of making this record. recent deaths of two band-members, a We were already working toward making a divorce and remarriage and a transoceanic very different kind of album, but once he relocation. “Nothing is in the same place died, everything was different. Our past for us,” says Stringfellow. In fact, even was essentially over. their sound has changed. Solid States, out this from MyMusicEmpire, reinvents How did you deal with it? the band as an electronic-dominated trio We were really thrown for a loop. He with new drummer-producer Frankie wasn’t a drug addict or he didn’t have a Siragusa. Longtime fans shouldn’t worry, disease. He was just a guy and doin’ his their undeniable pop thing and he just died one smarts, harmonies and day - at age 38. It was like, quirky narratives remain “Are we gonna work again? uncompromised. If anything, Are we even gonna finish SATURDAY, MAY 7 new tracks such as set opener this record?” But you have to Undisclosed Location “We R Power” equal or best go on. It wouldn’t have fixed the band’s ‘90s watermarks. Wait list at anything if we’d stopped. Currently, the band is selling advance copies of the new So now you’re a trio with album on their unique tour Frankie Siragusa on drums. of non-traditional venues, with details We’d already planned to do the drums and directions provided after the ticket last because the record sounds different is purchased. Busy musician Stringfellow, anyway. Thankfully he stepped in and we who has logged thousands of sky-miles as didn’t have to spend a year worrying about a touring member of Big Star and R.E.M., what to do. He helped us mix it at this spoke with Insite by phone moments studio and now he’s on the road with us! before a show in Barcelona. Our first show was in Brussels last month and it’s been going great but we didn’t even You are Jon are definitely exploring a new have a chance to rehearse until a week way to market and tour. before the tour. You know how it is, music is so available these days. So we thought we’d try to make That’s a lot of personal and creative it a little more difficult and personal at upheaval to process. the same time and see the reactions to it. So much. All this new stuff: new guy, People have gotten really excited about it new technology, new songs! First day so far. As lame as it might sound, it sort of was dealing with all the technical stuff qualifies as an adventure for some people. and by the second day, it was like, “We got this. It’s gonna be great.” And that’s The secret venues only add to the a credit to Frankie’s skills. In the studio, excitement of the experience. he’s this mild-mannered guy. Very precise Exactly. It’s that way on most of the and under control. On stage? He’s a f— shows and a lot of them have sold out ckin’ animal! already. The one in Atlanta is through a Facebook link for reservations and on You definitely need that element for the our website []. It’s in diversity of your catalog. Lawrenceville, kind of halfway between We do! If we’re playing the older songs, Atlanta and Athens and I can tell your he’s playing the stuff that Darius was on readers this much, it’s at a church. There’s and Mike Musburger, too. They were both a waiting list of people already and so far, I monster  drummers. think there’s about 200 people who are set for it. And more want to come in so that’s a But the new stuff requires a certain finesse. good place for us to be. That’s so true. For this new music, we kinda wanted to sort of tone down the punk Tell us about the challenges of the venues. rock attack that we usually do, especially None of the live. But we still shows are in play some of the clubs and some old stuff too. of the places We’ve actually are somewhat found a kind of a sensitive in that sweet spot where we couldn’t have a everything is super hundred people or epic and the older a bunch of bikers stuff is now way or whatever show over the top. We up. We’re playing thought we were in some vintage gonna rein it in a recording studios little bit but the and really odd sound is actually places. Some only bigger than before. have 15 people With just the three there. But they of us! It means that


Jon and I can now be a little bit more sloppy and Frankie can push and pull us. Change isn’t anything new for you or Jon. Historically, you are pros at adapting musically in new situations. I’m especially thinking of how you both really revitalized Big Star from ’93 until 2010. That was a giant challenge in itself. Yeah there’s that and my time with

R.E.M., of course. I had to play like eight different instruments with them. But yeah, I agree. We’re one of those bands that always does it the hard way. We don’t just do it the way that would just please everybody. We want to throw ourselves and our listeners a few curveballs, a few challenges. Why just rest on the past and play casinos or something? I’d much rather have less certainty. • May 2016 • PG 19


Movie Reviews PREVIEWS CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (R) In Theatres May 6 Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. MONEY MONSTER (R)

In Theatres May 13 Starring: George Clooney and Julia Roberts In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.

THE MEDDLER (PG-13) In Theatres May 13 Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of

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THE NICE GUYS (R) In Theatres May 20 Starring: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling This Action Comedy set in 1970s Los Angeles, tells the story of a down-on-hisluck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (PG) In Theatres May 20 Voice Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Blake Shelton In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis) a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING (R) In Theatres May 20 Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne In the sequel we find what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood. Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being. Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell

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In Theatres May 20 Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton In A Bigger Splash, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. A Bigger Splash is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (Not Yet Rated) In Theatres May 27 Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer

Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.


(PG-13)  Dev Patel has received scant recognition for his work in Slumdog Millionaire and the Marigold Hotel movies. Perhaps he’ll fare better with this true story fans of A Beautiful Mind should appreciate. Patel plays S. Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical genius from Madras, India, who was brought to Trinity College, Cambridge, a century ago by G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), a man of pure intellect. Ramanujan believes his theories are sent to him by God, but the atheistic professor impresses on him the importance of proof in the academic world. The Indian takes his gift for granted but is filled with wonder at his first sight of snow. Ramanujan is hindered by racial prejudice in England and an interfering mother back home who intercepts his correspondence with the wife he left behind. There’s enough math talk to make the story credible but not so much detail that we mortals are overly aware of our ignorance. Like Hardy, the most unfeeling among you should be moved to laughter and tears before it’s over. –Steve Warren


1/2 While waiting to see – and hear – Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, you can torture your eardrums and delight your other senses with a French adaptation of the same true story. Catherine Frot, who won the French César award for this performance, plays Baroness Marguerite Dumont, another wannabe opera singer of a century ago who has enough money that her total lack of talent doesn’t matter. She married a penniless baron for his title and is as blind to his infidelity as she is deaf to her own singing voice. Like Norma Desmond, she has a faithful butler who shields her from reality. After years of hosting charity concerts at home for a close group of wealthy friends, Marguerite (not to be confused


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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY with Margaret Dumont, who had her Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers) is championed by avant-gardists with a sense of irony and decides to give a public recital. The delusional diva is tutored by a mediocre tenor whose entourage includes a deaf pianist and a bearded lady fortune teller. Laughable as she is, Marguerite is also kind and generous, so we’re not rooting for her total humiliation. There’s also a young love story between a music critic and a promising soprano, but that remains well in the shadow of the main plot. Writer-director Xavier Giannoli has set a high bar for the Stephen Frears/Streep version to compete with. I’m saving a place on this year’s Top Ten list for Marguerite. –Steve Warren


1/2 A soapernatural thriller that’s heavy on soap but light on thrills, Pali Road kept me thinking, “If it turns out to have all been a dream, I want my money back.” The actual ending, if less clichéd, is even less satisfying. In Hawaii, which provides great scenery, Lily (Michelle Chen), a young Chinese doctor, is desired by two men: her boss Mitch (Sung Kang), and her boyfriend Neil (Jackson Rathbone), an American teacher. While she’s considering Neil’s marriage proposal there’s a car accident, and Lily wakes up in – is it an alternate universe? – where she’s married to Mitch and has a son by him, and Neil never existed. She still has her memories of Neil, seen in frequent flashbacks, and dedicates herself to proving they’re real by finding – or imagining – clues to her other life. Is Lily a victim of concussion or conspiracy? Some femme-centric movies can be enjoyed by all genders but Pali Road should have a “No Boys Allowed” sign on the door. Some women may like it but I’d rather have stayed home and read a romance novel. –Steve Warren


 Social satire needn’t be humorous. High-Rise, based on a novel by J.G. Ballard (Empire of the Sun), is an urban Lord of the Flies, or maybe a landlocked Titanic, in which a 40-story apartment building becomes a vertical battleground in a class war in the 1970s. The architect who designed the building (Jeremy Irons) lives in the penthouse, which looks like a rooftop country estate. The lower

(geographically as well as economically) classes are like steerage passengers on the Titanic. We first glimpse the building with bloodied and dead people in an interior that looks like postwar ruins, then flash back three months to when Dr. Laing (Tom Hiddleston) moves in on the 25th floor and starts sleeping with Charlotte (Sienna Miller) on 26. The building has a communal feel, with everyone shopping in the supermarket on 15, swimming in the pool on 30, and going to the same parties. If they don’t all get along, they coexist. Then there’s a strange montage blending past, present and future, and maybe reality and fantasy. When it ends civilization has broken down and the building is a mess. It feels like the old days when movies were on reels and there was a reel missing, an awkward transition the film never recovers from. Despite a solid premise, generally good acting and fine camerawork, High-Rise is sunk by the writing and editing. –Steve Warren


1/2 It’s been over 40 years since artist David Hockney got the documentary treatment in A Bigger Splash. There have been many other docs about him in the meantime – the man was never camera-shy – but I haven’t seen them. Randall Wright’s Hockney probably won’t win the artist any new fans. While I like some of his work I was reminded why I haven’t paid a lot of attention to it. Now in his late seventies, Hockney has always had a unique way of looking at the world and transferring his vision to canvas. Wright’s vision is less original, combining scenes from earlier films with more recent interviews with Hockney and others, some of whom were featured in A Bigger Splash. The best thing Wright does is to show some of the actual subjects Hockney painted – people, trees and that damned swimming pool – next to the paintings. If we weren’t told how Hockney uses new technology – from fax machines to iPhones and iPads – in his art, we might think little has happened to him in the second half of his life. While the late Henry Geldzahler was his closest friend, if he’s had another life partner since Peter Schlesinger, with whom he broke up in the early ‘70s, it’s not mentioned. Hockney won’t replace Exit Through the Gift Shop as my favorite film about a living artist. - Steve Warren



HREE OF THIS YEAR’S DARKEST new shows can’t be found easily on your TV. They’re not on any broadcast or cable network. Heck, one of them is so experimental, groundbreaking and bizarre that it isn’t even on a regular streaming video site. The show is called HORACE AND PETE . It was written and created by Louis CK. It stars him and is available for purchase through his website, The full season costs $31. The show also stars Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Alan Alda and Jessica Lange. Occasionally other notable actors show up, including Laurie Metcalf and SNL’s Aidy Bryant. It is the story of a 100-year-old bar and its current proprietors, Horace (CK) and Pete (Buscemi). They inherited the place recently after the death of the prior Horace, their father. Alda plays the prior Pete, now Uncle Pete, and he is a foul-mouthed racist sadsack monster who now works as the lead bartender. Much of the show is set in the bar and deals with the depressing, realistic circumstances of dissatisfied people in a Brooklyn dive bar. Horace and Pete doesn’t even feel quite like a television show. You don’t know what to expect from episode to episode as the focus changes every time. It feels more like a play that some of us were lucky enough to catch before it closed. The acting is stellar, even when the overriding mood of the piece is a dark examination of deeply flawed people. Hulu’s new drama THE PATH , starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, True Detective’s Michelle Monaghan and Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy, is more traditionally structured but no less uncomfortable than Horace and Pete. The Path was developed by Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims, and new episodes are available every Wednesday. The show examines the followers of a

tiny, potentially dangerous cult called Meyerism, which the show paints to be not unlike Scientology in its origins and tenets Monaghan plays Sarah, a high-ranking cult leader who was raised within it by her member parents. Eddie, played by Paul, is married to her - even though he was once an outsider. During a recent spiritual mission, Eddie had a very bad drug trip and now doubts the truth of Meyerism, which is reasonable considering that the entire group is governed by lies and manipulation. The heir-apparent leader Cal, excellently portrayed by Dancy, is a complicated man who’s only certain that he wants to lead Meyerism into the future and into a more public view. To some, Cal comes across like a well-meaning savior. To others, he’s a threat. Watching Paul play the father of a teenager is a bit off-putting, considering that his Breaking Bad character was like a perpetual child. But The Path is still a solid, interesting show with layers upon layers still to explore in its story. The bleakest new show of 2016, available in its entirety on Netflix, is the new Ashton Kutcher-Danny Masterson comedy THE RANCH. And what makes it so bleak is that it’s just a lousy, terrible, bro-centered nightmare of a sitcom. The show centers on Kutcher, a washed-up football player returning home to Texas to save his father’s ranch. His father, played by Sam Elliott (who deserves better) hates him. Every episode deals with Kutcher’s character being a hated, awful disappointment whose only ambition is to get laid. A father and son yelling at each other and talking about sex on and on, episode after episode, is painful as hell. Three-time Oscar nominee and oncereclusive acting legend Debra Winger costars in The Ranch as Kutcher’s estranged mother. Once upon a time, the rumor was that Winger left Hollywood because there were no good parts for women. Now she’s doing this show which tries to prove it.

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SILICON VALLEY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (HBO Films) Easily one of the best comedies currently on TV right now, Silicon Valley has managed to take a very niche subculture (tech companies) and create a series that appeals to audiences well outside of that industry. The second season is consistently even stronger than the first. Led by its founder Richard (played brilliantly by Thomas Middleditch), the Pied Piper team sets out to find new investors to keep the startup afloat and manage to embarrass themselves spectacularly with each new attempt. Thanks to brilliant writing and a flawless cast, Silicon Valley is still one of the true great comedic series left. MORGAN SPURLOCK PRESETS: MEET THE HITLERS (Virgil Films) Despite a pretty interesting premise (tracking down and interviewing several families with the unfortunate surname of Hitler), this doc loses steam about half way in. Not surprisingly, most folks find it a drag to share a name with the most notorious villain in the world, but still manage to get through their day with little more than a defensive eye roll. That’s

pretty much it. The filmmakers also manage to talk to a white supremacist living in New Jersey who named his son Adolf Hitler (his last name, by the way, is Campbell). In addition, they also follow around a journalist who is trying to interview the last known direct descendants of Adolf Hitler, but it never happens. The result is little more than an interesting concept and a mildly entertaining documentary.

CASUAL – SEASON ONE (Lionsgate) Hulu has been lagging pretty far behind Netflix and Amazon when it comes to original content, but Casual is their strongest showing so far. The half-hour comedy series centers on Valerie, a recently divorced psychologist, who along with her teenage daughter, moves in with her brother, a dating site co-founder who doesn’t believe in long-term relationships. The chemistry between brother and sister (played by Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins) is stellar and the show walks a satisfying line between comedy and family drama. Smartly written, the show is worth catching up on before the second season starts.



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NJURIES HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED meaningful roles in the NBA Playoffs. The aches and sprains just feel more significant this year. You might not like anything about the L.A. Clippers, but you had to hurt for them just a little when it was announced that their two top players, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, were finished for the season with various ailments after Game 4 of L.A.’s first-round series with Portland. And though, at press time, the Golden State Warriors were 6-0 in 2016 postseason games where Stephen Curry sat at any point with ankle or knee issues, you can’t ignore the sense of vulnerability surrounding the team now. But try as San Antonio, Cleveland and Oklahoma City might to take advantage of any perceived Warriors weaknesses, none of them will be able to keep Golden State from repeating as champions—but it sure is going to be fun watching them try.


LeBron James vs. his former team. Dwyane Wade vs. Father Time. It’s all really compelling stuff that should make for a week of must-see TV. The Heat, coming off their gritty mild upset against the upstart Toronto Raptors, will have some pep in their collective step (not to mention some spark in Joe Johnson’s game), but it won’t be enough to top a Cavaliers squad that will have too much on the perimeter (JR Smith, who had 21 treys in his first five Playoff games), too much in the paint (reboundsnatching Tristan Thompson) and too much King James praying for another chance at Golden State in the NBA Finals. Cleveland wins 4-2


Though these two went at it like hardwood heavyweights during the regular season, the Warriors ended up winning three of the four meetings by an average of over 15 points. Still, by the time Golden State and San Antonio shake off Portland and Oklahoma City in the conference semifinals, everyone hopes that Steph Curry is ready for a conference finals for the ages. If Klay Thompson, who’s averaged over 25 points this postseason, is on, too, the Spurs will need to be nearly flawless to keep things competitive. But who are we kidding? Of

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The last time we had an NBA Finals rematch was in 1998. But unlike that backto-back affair between Utah and Chicago that went 4-2 in the Bulls’ favor each time, this battle between the game’s two best teams (and top individual talents) will go down to the wire. Though the series will be filled with headliners — Curry vs. Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green vs. Kevin Love, Klay vs. LBJ — it’ll be ancillary assassins like Cleveland’s Smith and Golden State’s Shaun Livingston who’ll truly make this match-up so memorable. A year ago, the Cavs were marred with injuries. In 2016, our fingers are crossed that they’ll be healthier—well, at least, until Curry finds his footing. After he and Thompson start heaving threes from deep, there won’t be any stopping the blood. Golden State wins 4-2

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INsite Atlanta May 2016 Issue  

Atlanta's Entertainment Monthly featuring the Atlanta Jazz Festival and other Spring festivals. Plus interviews with Dolly Parton, Pattie Bo...

INsite Atlanta May 2016 Issue  

Atlanta's Entertainment Monthly featuring the Atlanta Jazz Festival and other Spring festivals. Plus interviews with Dolly Parton, Pattie Bo...