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Atlanta Neighborhood Happenings and Events this Month

finest single malts in the world and deepen your appreciation of fine spirits. Learn firsthand what goes into making The Macallan Single Malt Whisky. Visit their website, enter username: Scotch and password: Scotch to register. Raisethemacallan.com

OCTOBER 8 – 12 NOW THROUGH OCTOBER

Scarecrows in the Garden

Disney On Ice presents Frozen Philips Arena

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Throughout the month, the Garden will be stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, businesses and families. On Thursday evenings, visitors can explore the scarecrows under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest-of-Ale. For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 am - 4 pm Visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org

NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER Historic Hauntings Tour Dahlonega, GA

The 14-location guided tour takes guests on an eerie and intriguing journey full of local tales and legends. The tour weaves through streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings, and the historically significant local cemetery. Tours are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through November. Adults are $10, Children $5. Dahlonega.org

OCTOBER 7 - 10

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OCTOBER 18 & 19 Festival On Ponce Olmsted Linear Park

The Festival on Ponce is a local arts and crafts event featuring an Artist's Market with arts and handmade crafts, a Children's Park, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Attendance is free and visitors are encouraged to stroll the event to enjoy the art on display and the historic gardens. Appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr. Visit Festivalonponce.com

OCTOBER 24 - 26 Taste of Atlanta In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the-art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating. Special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite Disney characters. Visit Disneyonice.com

OCTOBER 18, 19, 20, 26 Boo at the Zoo Zoo Atlanta

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns on two weekends in October. Sample sweet treats, tour magical paths, and meet the whimsical costume characters of Zoo Boo Town. Don’t forget your costume! Free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; Free with general admission. Zooatlanta.org

Tech Square, Midtown

Experience delicious tastes from more than 80 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants, exceptional food, wine, beer, and cocktail tastings, seminars and food pairings and relaxing music cafes. Feast on Taste of Atlanta's fantastic programming in five different live demo areas. Watch chefs go head to head on the Home Plate Main Cooking stage or go Inside the Food Studio where Atlanta's top foodies will teach you about Atlanta's food history and current trends. Visit tasteofatlanta.com

OCTOBER 25

Georgia Craft Beer Festival Candler Park

Over 30 top breweries from around the state will be showcasing their signature craft beers and attracting beer enthusiasts from all over Atlanta. The festival will include an afternoon of games, live enter-

tainment, a variety of food selections from the city’s top food trucks and over 100 craft beers to sample. Attendees must be 21 years of age to participate in beer samples. All ages are welcome. Visit Georgiacraftbeerfestival.com

OCTOBER 25 - 26

Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival

Village Green in Downtown Smyrna

This year’s festival features over 125 handmade arts & crafts booths with artisans from all over the southeast. Enjoy live music, plenty of festival foods, and all types of children's activities. Friends of the Smyrna Library will hold their book sale during the festival. Peter Hart will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet Show to enchant audiences with his unique marionettes and puppet characters that sing, dance, juggle, play fiddle and more. Admission is free and festival hours are 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday October 25 and Noon - 5 pm Sunday October 26. Visit Smyrnacity.com


On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA October 4 & 5: Avondale Estates

AVONDALE AUTUMNFEST

Experience AutumnFest in Avondale Estates with an artist market, live entertainment, artist demonstrations, food trucks, a chef demo area and KidsZone. Explore the work of more than 90 regional artists representing a diversity of styles and media. AutumnEats returns with local chefs preparing delicious tastings. Festival hours are 11 am - 6 pm and admission is free. Visit AutumnFestAvondale.com

October 3 - November 30: Atlantic Station

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S AMALUNA

Amaluna fuses the words ama, which means “mother” in many languages and luna, which means “moon,” a symbol of femininity. Amuluna evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the island where the story unfolds. Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% female band. Visit CirqueduSoleil.com/amaluna

October 9 - 12: Greek Orthodox Cathedral

ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL

Enjoy food, fun and Opa! is year's Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries (including a festival drive thru for those short on time), cooking demonstrations, church tours, music, and dancing with audience participation. Festival opens at 5PM u/Fri and 11am Sat/Sun. Visit AtlantaGreekFestival.org

October 11: Cobb Energy Centre

VIDEO GAMES LIVE

Video Games Live is a multi-media concert experience and the #1 video game concert in the world. It offers: Guitar Hero competitions, costume contests, cutting edge video screen visuals and special effects. is event is for all ages; gamers and non-gamers alike. Attendees will have the opportunity for a post show meet and greet with performers. Music by the GA Symphony Orchestra. CobbEnergyCentre.com

October 11 & 12: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL

EVENTS HAPPENING FOR SMALL CHANGE IN ATLANTA

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$5 Donation Requested, 3 & Under Free October 17 - 19, 9:00am – 5:00pm Historic Oakland Cemetery $15 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6 – 12) SUNDAY IN THE PARK STONE MOUNTAIN oaklandcemetery.com Stone Mountain Park Sunday, October 5 12:00pm – 6:00pm HIGHLAND GAMES smhg.org $5 Donation Requested, 3 & Under Free October 17 - 19, 9:00am – 5:00pm Historic Oakland Cemetery Cemetery reconnects Historic Oakland per adult, $5 per child (ages 6 – 12) with its Victorian roots with Sunday in the $15 RegaleMountain in the spirit of Scotland at the Stone oaklandcemetery.com Park Park. For the 34th year, Atlanta oldest pub- Stone Mountain Highland Games. Outdoor feslic cemetery invites supporters and the cu- smhg.org tivities include Highland athletic events,

Historic Cemeteryliving reconnects rious alikeOakland to experience history with its Victorian roots with Sunday the demonstrations, Victorian costumeinconPark. For the 34th year, Atlanta oldest pubtests, carriage tours and free walking tours. lic cemetery invites supporters and the cuArious children’s area will feature crafts, oldalike to experience living history fashioned games and the traditional Teddy demonstrations, Victorian costume conBear Proceeds from in the tests, Tea. carriage tours and freeSunday walking tours. Park benefit the Oakland FoundaoldA children’s areaHistoric will feature crafts, tion. fashioned games and the traditional Teddy Bear Tea. Proceeds from Sunday in the OAKHURST ARTS AND Park benefit the Historic OaklandMUSIC Foundation. FESTIVAL

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e Atlanta Pride Festival coincides with National Coming Out Day. e Official Kickoff Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 10. is event that has now become a tradition for many and launches the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival. e Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday from the Civic Center and enters the Piedmont Park through the Charles Allen entrance. Visit AtlantaPride.org

October 18: Downtown Decatur Square

DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the Decatur square. More than 100 of the finest local, American and international beers are showcased at this annual event sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs. Enjoy live music on the Community Bandstand and food from local restaurants available for sale. Check website before attending as event usually sells out. Decaturbeerfestival.com

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STATION CONTROL Is TV Dead? BY BENJAMIN CARR

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T’S FALL AND TELEVISION’S most wonderful time of the year! As the new season begins, a mountain of pilots and returning shows clamor for our attention. While each new show should be met with great anticipation from the TV enamored masses, there seems to be ambivalence to the new season this year. As a television critic I have to agree. I mean I rarely find myself sitting on a love seat, remote control in my hand, promptly awaiting the debut of a show that I’ve been anticipating for weeks at exactly the moment it begins to air, willing to wait through the commercial breaks because I’m just that excited. There’s not really much that strikes me as appointment viewing anymore. (Although I do watch some stuff on demand very soon after it airs on the actual TV. Those final episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers, for instance, were pretty spectacular, deeply intelligent television. And the next season of Showtime’s Episodes or HBO’s The Comeback will likely garner my attention and may even inspire me to sit and watch something on an actual TV and not a computer or tablet or phone.) I don’t think I’m alone in this confession. We’re busy people with handheld technology in a digital age. We watch shows when we want, how we want, catching up on things in marathon, both consumers and networks growing more adept with a changing marketplace. So far this new fall season, I’ve watched the pilots for Fox’s tearjerker sick-kid drama Red Band Society, NBC’s romantic A to Z, ABC’s Selfie and the season premiere of CBS’s The

Good Wife. But only one of those viewings actually involved me sitting in front of a physical TV set. And even that viewing was not live. (And thank God I used DVR because, if I’d tuned in, I would’ve had to cope with football delays. And The Good Wife is way better than football.) Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Yahoo! are already offering original programming or they’re about to start. (I hear Amazon’s Transparent is the best pilot of the fall.) Even the way TV news comes to us is different. The CNN app on my phone tells me when news breaks. TMZ breaks the Ray Rice elevator video before the networks and cable started playing it over and over and over. This sort of thing makes me a little bit wary for the future. Our collective, shared cultural moments are forever changed. Depending on your age, you probably remember landmark moments of history and culture based upon where you were when you saw them on TV, gathered with your family or shocked as you were changing a channel. The moon landing. The Challenger explosion. The Twin Towers. JFK’s assassination. The episode of Mary Tyler Moore when Chuckles the Clown died. The first time Sam and Diane kissed on Cheers. When Laura Palmer was wrapped in plastic on Twin Peaks. The episode of Friends where everybody finds out about Chandler and Monica’s affair. David Caruso’s butt on the first episode of NYPD Blue. That time Mad Men showed us JFK’s assassination and the moon landing. TV as it was is dead, and that’s not news. And TV as it stands and what it now means to us is different, maybe better and more convenient. But there’s something that is lost. There’s little

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reason for a fall season anymore, as successful new shows can launch any time of the year on any platform you select to view it on. Netflix shows launch all throughout the year, every episode all at once, and that counts as more of an event than anything in the new fall season. Streaming How to Get Away With Murder is going to feel way different for me than the time I retreated to an upstairs bedroom to watch the first episode of The Golden Girls. Now we’ve got news feeds on our phones pontificating which show is going to be the first one axed. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think we’ve lost something good while reconfiguring TV shows to fit our needs. There’s no real excitement for little, pasty kids flipping through magazines anymore, memorizing plot lines and character names, preferring to basque in the glow of the television set to playing outside in the sun.

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ON STAGE THIS MONTH PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct 22 - Nov 2 The Fox Theatre Tickets (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/Phantom

Based on the classic novel, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. This new version of Phantom has reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. It will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

NATIVE GUARD

Sept 26 - Oct 19 Hertz Stage Box Office (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/nativeguard The Alliance’s Native Guard blends various art forms in this engaging premiere. The story juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a thenillegal marriage between her black mother

and white father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first AfricanAmerican Union troop in the Civil War, who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother's tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.

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Oct 22 - Nov 9 Alliance Theatre Box Office (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/steelmagnolias Steel Magnolias is the story of a group of strong, spirited women who tackle life’s triumphs and tribulations together with classic Southern humor and style, at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana. See the original play that inspired the Academy Award nominated film. Steel Magnolias is directed by legendary twotime Tony Award winner Judith Ivey of Designing Women and features six dynamic women in the lead roles.

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Fall Patio Guide

Agave

more. On weekdays they offer free chips & dip from 11am to 3pm. While relaxing on their patio, enjoy one of the 16 Craft Beers available on tap or try one of their 15 Tasty Margaritas. Also get a Sweetwater 420 and IPA pint for just $3.95 or pitcher for $13.95 Monday through Wednesday.

242 Boulevard SE 404.588.0006 AgaveRestaurant.com

Places to Go when Dining Outdoors! Athens Pizza House

1341 Clairmont Rd. Decatur AthensPizzaAtlanta.com 404.636.1100

Since 1966 the Papadopoulos family has served up great Greek and Italian cuisine to the Emory / Decatur area. Athens Pizza is the recipient of various awards including Best Greek Cuisine in Atlanta. Don’t let the name fool you, there is much more than great pizza, as some of the favorite recipes on their Greek dishes go back generations! As the weather accommodates in fall, diners head out to their patio. Their patio can also be booked for private parties. Athens Pizza offers an extensive catering menu for parties of all sizes.

Tacos & Tequilas

650 Ponce de Leon Ave 678.705.5955 4279 Roswell Rd. 404.705.8225 TandTAtlanta.com

Tacos & Tequilas is a family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant serving the greater Atlanta area. Many of their dishes are traditional Latin recipes passed down through family over the years and refined for modern taste buds. Here you’ll find all your Mexican favorites – tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and more. Even the drink menu is designed around genuine Mexican beverages. They also offer over 100 different brands of tequila. Both Atlanta locations have great patios that will be covered during the winter months.

Corner Tavern

Edgewood 404.577.2310 Little 5 (under renovation) West Midtown 404.228.5164 East Point 404.768.0007 TheCornerTavern.com

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Consistently voted the Best Southwestern restaurant in Atlanta, Agave uses only the freshest ingredients to create chef inspired dishes with an authentic southwestern flare. Agave’s menu is a unique blend of eclectic southwestern cuisine and extensive tequila bar that goes great with al fresco dining. Start with their two for one appetizers at the bar; available from 5pm 7pm seven days a week. Then head to your table on their romantic southwestern designed patio with fireplace. With creative daily specials, award winning margaritas and great ambiance one can see why this is a Cabbagetown favorite.

Raging Burrito & Taco

141 Sycamore St. Decatur 404.377.3311 RagingBurrito.com

Corner Tavern has come to be synonymous with your favorite neighborhood tavern no matter what corner of town you live in. All four locations offer great patios and nightly themes. They very to some degree, but Edgewood offers Taco Mondays with tacos starting at just $2.50. Trivia Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays, Team Trivia Thursdays and Friday is Crab Leg night. Saturdays nights offer live music and Sunday is Karaoke night. All locations offer a great brunch on the weekends from 11 am - 3 pm.

848 Peachtree Street 404.870-0805 3242 Peachtree Road 404.264-0253 GordonBierschRestaurants.com

Gordon Biersch is an upscale brewery restaurant specializing in handcrafted German lagers brewed in-house. Gordon Biersch features a made-from-scratch American menu with bold international flavors that can be found in 19 states across the country. Gordon Biersch is welcoming fall by introducing their FestBier lager and complementing seasonal menu. The new menu, inspired by Germany's famous Oktoberfest Festival, includes delicious, traditional German fare with Gordon Biersch flair. Visit either one of their two Atlanta locations. Both feature fabulous outdoor patios that overlook Peachtree Street.

Twin Peaks Restaurant

Raging Burrito & Taco on Decatur Square offers one of the best patio scenes in the city. As the weather cools down, their garden patio heats up and comes alive in the fall. The menu features hearty burritos, tasty tacos, large salads, quesadillas and

3365 Piedmont Rd. 404.961.8946 TwinPeaksRestaurant.com

Twin Peaks, the mountain lodge-style sports restaurant in Buckhead and its beautiful Twin Peaks girls offer great views! All three patios: street level, second floor open air and lively rooftop are serviced by

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Margarita Day

Draft Beer Day

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Midnight, 1/2 priced bottles of wine on Wednesday, and $1 Drafts when it rains Park Tavern pours.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe’

1655 McLendon Ave. 404.687.8888 1001 Piedmont Ave. 404.874.8887 Catering 404.849.2283 FlyingBiscuit.com

the outgoing Twin Peaks wait staff. Twin Peaks Restaurant offers high-quality comfort food with a wide array of sandwiches and salads to choose from. Choose from an extensive selection of 29-degree draft beers on 32 taps while the girls pour and serve into huge ice-cold, frosted mugs. Several rooms are available for private parties, corporate or holiday functions.

Park Tavern

500 10th Street NE 404.249.0001 ParkTavern.com

The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Their Midtown location (shown) near Piedmont Park allows for dining inside or on their corner patio. The patio is surrounded by windows which come off when the weather cools, offering great views of the bustling Midtown scene. The Midtown and Candler Park locations are offering a new beer & wine menu this fall in addition to nightly dinner specials.

Savage Pizza

484 Moreland Ave. 404.523.0500 115 Laredo Dr. 404.299.5799 SavagePizza.com

The Southwest Porch at Park Tavern has one of the best views in the city overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown Skyline. This amazing backdrop provides for a great atmosphere and is dog friendly. The Southwest Porch at Park Tavern boasts a large patio area dotted with table seating, private cabanas, fire pits, and TV's to catch your favorite teams in action. The patio can be transformed for weddings and in winter becomes an ice skating rink. The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern opens Thanksgiving Day and is open through Presidents Day. The Southwest Porch offers half-off Sushi nightly from 10pm -

menu you'll find innovative homemade sauces, fresh dough and thoughtfully prepared dishes, made from scratch every day. They offer is a wide variety of salads, subs, calzones and of course pizzas to choose from.

The Downwind Restaurant

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Mo’s has been serving up great pizza in Atlanta for over 30 years! But the menu isn’t limited to pizza: sandwiches, subs, wings, nachos and salads ensure that anybody who comes here can find something they like. Check for daily lunch and dinner specials. Everything is made using the freshest ingredients including the dough built from scratch every day. In spring, their front deck is the place to be. Families and friends flock here to catch some rays, enjoy the food and watch the Falcons and college football on one of their many screens.

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How many restaurants can boast patio seating with views of airplanes taking off and landing? The Downwind Restaurant & Lounge, a family owned establishment off of Clairmont Road can. Not only is their view superb, the food is fabulous too. Downwind boasts outstanding offerings including award winning burgers and some of the best seafood in Atlanta. They offer a full bar and live music every Friday night from 7pm to close. Downwind is family friendly with an aviation themed playground for kids.

Mo’s Pizza

3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com

Johnny’s Pizza is synonymous with great pizza and subs in Atlanta. They specialize in NY Style pizza, which is thin in the middle and thick around the edges. The Cheshire Bridge location featured has daily lunch specials from just $6.85 and $5 pitchers of beer on Tuesdays and $1 PBR Drafts all week long. Come for Trivia on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Johnny’s offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Fellini’s

This eclectic neighborhood restaurant is a favorite hangout among residents of Little 5 and Avondale Estates. Both locations offer patio seating. Savage prepares all their menu items using only the freshest vegetables and first quality meats, cheeses, breads and pastas. On their

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As popular as they are for their pizza, salads and calzones, Fellini’s is also known around Atlanta for their great patios. Almost all include a huge fountain in the middle that is lite up at night. The patios here are always bustling with people.

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OUT ON FILM FESTIVAL Highlights Modern Families BY STEVE WARREN

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OST OF THIS SUMMER’S movies were doubly disappointing, for audiences and the studios that released them. Things should be better for the rest of the year, as award hopefuls open every week; but you can start the transition to seeing good movies again at the 27th annual Out on Film festival, which runs October 2-9 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas. Having seen well over half of this year’s features, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of these films about, and often made by and/or for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) people. Now that it’s common to find LGBT characters in movies and TV shows aimed at general audiences, the formerly underserved community doesn’t have to settle for fluffy romcoms and amateurish dramas made just for them to find characters they can relate to. Out on Film is reaching out this year to other communities that are still underserved – Native Americans in Drunktown’s Finest and Native Hawaiians in Kamu Hina. Though the former is narrative and the latter documentary, both feature transgender women who receive a mixed reception as their formerly accepting cultures are influenced by external homophobia. More locally relevant is the descriptively titled Al Nisa: Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca. Although marriage equality is the LGBT issue du jour in the real world, few festival films touch on it; and those that do are documentaries, not fiction. Perhaps that’s because the anticipated Supreme Court decision on the topic is expected to alter the landscape significantly in the next year. Marriage is a factor in the true love stories in The Circle, about Switzerland’s first homophile organization and two men who met there; Limited Partnership, about the first gay couple to challenge America’s immigration laws; and Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, a filmed stand-up routine with a lot of material about the baby the comic and his husband adopted. The face of the “typical family” has changed, and family is a prevailing theme in many of the festival’s better films. There are stories of a mother and her gay son in Lilting, Eat with Me and Rosie; an Iranian-American family with a bisexual daughter in Appropriate Behavior; a son trying not to be gay in a religious, African American, Deep South household in Blackbird; and a straight daughter with a lesbian mother in Tru Love. Then there are two gay brothers in Tiger Orange. No conflict there? You wanna bet? The transgender teen in Boy Meets Girl is just out of high school but the boy in Blackbird is still in, as are the boys in Boys and The Way He Looks, films from the Netherlands and Brazil, respectively. The latter won top prizes at LGBT festivals this summer in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The protagonist in The Way He Appropriate Behavior

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Looks, which opens a regular run next month, is blind as well as gay. Also scheduled for theatrical runs, all at the Landmark, are Pride, about LGBT activists helping Welsh coal miners during a 1984 strike, and Lilting. Aging used to be a forbidden topic in LGBT films, where everyone was young and beautiful. While the mothers in Tru Love, Lilting and Rosie are at least upper-middle-aged, the most radical story is Gerontophilia, which has a teenage boy falling in love with a man in his 80s. If you’re old enough to relate to the octogenarian it may remind you of Harold and Maude. Also qualifying as an unusual love story is Eastern Boys, in which a middle-aged Frenchman is drawn to the young immigrant hustler whose gang robs him. As tough as society can be about trying to dictate who can love whom, we’re sometimes tougher on ourselves. The possibility of crossing the line between friendship and love is faced by two women in BFFs and two men in The 10 Year Plan. Most of the people in narrative films, other than Pride, aren’t very political; but the documentaries more than make up for it. Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank covers the life of the first openly gay Congressman and Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine the much shorter life of the Wyoming murder victim. Out in the Night relates how black lesbians known as the NJ4 faced double discrimination from the justice system. The Last One uses the Names Project Quilt, based in Atlanta since 2002, to educate about the ongoing danger of HIV/AIDS. Here, in roughly descending order, are my top ten favorites of the 26 festival films I’ve previewed, along with their scheduled screening times at the Landmark. For tickets, the full schedule and other information, go to outonfilm.org. 1. Appropriate Behavior (Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.) 2. Lilting (Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.) 3. Drunktown’s Finest (Oct. 4, 11:05 a.m.) 4. The Way He Looks (Oct. 5, 7:15 p.m.) 5. Tiger Orange (Oct. 4, 9 p.m.) 6. Boy Meets Girl (Oct. 3, 5:20 p.m.) 7. The Circle (Oct. 5, 3 p.m.) 8. Gerontophilia (Oct. 5, 9:10 p.m.) 9. Eastern Boys (Oct. 2, 9:20 p.m.) 10. Limited Partnership (Oct. 5, 11 a.m.)

CTRESS-COMIC-SINGER-WRITER Sandra Bernhard has a wild rock and roll attitude with a heart full of classic show tunes. Totally transcending the “diva” label, she’s remained a consummate performer since her debut in the mid-‘70s, playing on nostalgic showbusiness clichés and realities -- infusing her commanding presence with an ironic, informed and very liberated twist. Balancing prepared musical numbers with one-of-a-kind improv segments, Bernhard’s current “Sandyland” show is an ingenious blend of old-time Vaudeville with profane, cutting-edge delivery. Bernhard spoke with INsite about comedy, the entertainment industry and empowerment. Tell us about the show, it’s at an unusual venue. I haven’t been down to Atlanta to do a proper gig in a long time, so I feel this is a sort of a bridge back there, because it’s tied into the AIDS Walk, which is great, and we’ll have a built-in, natural audience. I’m doing two sets that night at the W Hotel and I’ll have my band with me, The Flawless Zircons. It’s a real blend of personal and cultural observations, crazy stories and travelogues, all blended in and out of songs, with some original songs I’ve written. Hopefully, I take people on a journey. Whenever I do my performances, I take you somewhere else, from out of the mundane into the crazy. Are Southern audiences different than a West Coast audience, for example? The south is a kooky place, but I think every part of the country and every part of the world is different. Whether it’s state to state in America or you go up to Canada, everybody has their own, psychological make-up, the history of the place, where it’s at culturally, and in terms of the political atmosphere. I think people are just different wherever you go and yet there’s a continuity, so it’s a funny experience.

I TAKE PEOPLE ON A JOURNEY… FROM OUT OF THE MUNDANE INTO THE CRAZY

it, like, ten times a day. People are just getting crazy with that. I woke up with a revelation this morning, that people you see the most on social media, especially Instagram, are people that really don’t have a life. You’ve gotta be in your life. And all these people on social media especially, taking pictures of themselves… I mean, it’s obvious you don’t have much going on, because that really takes up some time. When you did “King Of Comedy” (1983), did you and Jerry Lewis bond at all? Obviously you are so different in your style and approach to comedy. I don’t think Jerry really bonds with many people, let alone women who’re doing their own thing. I don’t think he really connected to me, but it certainly worked for the film. He’s like my dad’s generation. They’re sexists and they think a “little gal” is “cute.” That’s about it.

Even in the anything-goes ‘70s, when you started, there was a pervasive sexism, especially in the old-school boys-clubs of comedy. Everything is so segmented Even in the ‘70s? It still is! now; what is the biggest OCTOBER 18, 7:30 & 10PM It’s the battle of the sexes. change you’ve seen in the It’s always gonna be there. W Atlanta Midtown television industry since the I think that’s what keeps ‘70s? sandrainatlanta.com people interesting in a I think television, or just certain way. Men and women entertainment in general, is are very different. Everybody’s just gotta accept such a mix-up. In music, there’s a million bands that fact and kinda roll with it. that don’t have labels, but still have a following, because of social media and the internet. And In the middle of that, how did you find your in television, you sort of cherry-pick what you want. Some people are still mainstream network voice? Obviously it was quite a challenge, not that you weren’t up to it, but it must have been people, other people are totally cable, and now tough, standing up among the strong, mostly there’s Netflix and Amazon and all the other male, personalities of the day? things and even the third generation of filmed Well, I knew what I wanted to say, I had my shows. So it’s kinda cool in many ways, but it sort of makes you a little bit nostalgic for the way point of view and I just went for it. I was also a product of the feminist movement, or postthings were. feminist, because I was sort of young to be, you know, burning my bra, but nonetheless I was Are you still doing Switched At Birth [a sitcom very influenced by it. It inspired me and gave me on ABC Family]? a lot of strength. That’s just how I approached I did four episodes of that and then I did a my life and my career: “Hey, I’m gonna do this, couple of episodes of Brooklyn 9-9, and I did and do it on my terms.” a show that just aired on FX called You’re The Worst. So I’m kind of all over the place and Sandra Bernhard and The Flawless Zircons simultaneously pitching a show that I’ve coperform two shows at Altitude in W Atlantawritten, and that’s kinda moving along, as well. Midtown on Saturday, October 18 to Benefit AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K. Showtimes are 7:30 You have a very tasteful online presence, too. and 10 pm. $98.80. Information and tickets are I try to say things and post things that I feel available at www.sandrainatlanta.com that have some sort of relevance, and I don’t do

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Voted Best in Atlanta again this past year, Baldinos is recognized as the only true New Jersey sub sandwich in the South. Their in-store bakery assures the freshest rolls baked daily. Throughout October they are offering up a different specialty sub each day for just $3.49! Baldinos also serves homemade soups and cookies and brownies baked daily. For catering they offer single subs, party subs, deli salads by the pound, cookies by the dozen and iced-tea by the gallon that won’t break the bank. Head on in to Baldinos and watch your favorite team or head on out with a Baldinos Family Sub (pictured) and enjoy the game at home with a few of your friends.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

(Midtown) 848 Peachtree Street 404.870-0805 (Buckhead) 3242 Peachtree Road 404.264-0253 GordonBierschRestaurants.com

Gordon Biersch is an upscale brewery restaurant specializing in handcrafted German lagers brewed on premises. They offer five original lagers along with a rotating seasonal brew. The new fall menu inspired by Germany's famous Oktoberfest Festival, includes delicious traditional German fare with Gordon Biersch flair. The Classic BBQ Pork is slow roasted and topped with Marzen bbq sauce and apple cider slaw. The CBLT comes with grilled chicken, center cut bacon, tomato, romaine lettuce and avocado mayo on a sourdough bread. There also is a great Blackened Mahi that is dusted with cajun spices and topped with cajun remoulade. Visit either one of their two Atlanta locations.

Mo’s Pizza

3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com

Mo’s Pizza has been serving up great pizza and subs for over 30 years. Here you will find a huge Italian Sub made with ham, pepperoni, genoa salami, mozzarella, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and Italian dressing. Their Italian Sausage comes from a special recipe and is sliced and grilled with onions, topped with Marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Their Philly Cheese Steak is real sirloin steak that is trimmed and sliced on premise and grilled with onions and topped with American cheese. Come to Mo’s this fall to watch all your college and pro football games on one of the plenty of new plasma TVs offering great views from any table. They are one of the longest running neighborhood restaurants in Atlanta, come in and see why their customers say they are one of the best.

Downwind Restaurant Dekalb Peachtree Airport 2000 Airport Rd. #201 770.452.0973 DownwindRestaurant.com

Downwind boasts an outstanding menu including award winning sandwiches. They have a fabulous Turkey Club Sandwich (as shown). Other popular choices are the Salmon BLT, Triggerfish Reuben, and Roast Beef Blue Cheese Melt. They also have great burgers! All seafood at Downwind is "Wild Caught" as pilots fly in from Florida bringing Flounder, Sea Bass and fresh Fish of the Day. Get it as an entree or as a specially made sandwich. Downwind Restaurant is family friendly with an aviation themed playground for kids. They’re open Monday through Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm and closed on Sunday.

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Johnny’s Pizza has come to be synonymous with great pizza and subs in Atlanta. They always use the finest ingredients. Hot Oven-Toasted Subs are served with: Provolone Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions and Johnny's Own Great Italian Oil & Vinegar Dressing. Try their Johnny’s Special which is an Italian sub made with ham, salami and capicolli meats. The Johnny’s Turkey sub is made with the highest quality Hormel breast meat. They offer several hot Parmesana style subs toasted with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. These include: chicken, eggplant, Italian sausage and meatball. Johnny’s restaurants offer dine-in, take-out and delivery. Call your nearest location for special catering menus being offered this fall.

Savage Pizza

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Savage Pizza prepares all the sandwiches using only the freshest vegetables and top quality meats, cheeses, and breads. On Savage's menu you'll find thoughtfully prepared dishes made from scratch every day. Their Italian Sub is made with fresh cuts of capicolla, salami, pepperoni and provolone -served hot, crusty and melted. The Turkey-Cheddar Sub comes with smoked black forest turkey and cheddar cheese served hot. Try Savage's Eggplant Parmesan Sub; breaded and baked eggplant, red tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan. Savage serves both lunch and dinner, has indoor and outdoor seating and offers catering and delivery.

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Fall Movie Preview October & November offer cinematic treats for every film fan. BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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S THE TEMPS COOL OFF AND leaves begin to fall, the nation’s movie theaters are filling up with the more serious side of entertainment offerings. The superheroes, monsters and mindless explosions of summer give way to slightly more thoughtful material as the awards season picks up steam. And that means it’s time to get down to the business of intense, dramatic storytelling, with enough comedy and animations diversions to satisfy most tastes. Fall is when nearly every studio, no matter the size, rolls out their finest work, hoping for solid hits and maybe a few leftfield surprises. Once again, Insite looks at a sampling of the myriad of on-screen emotions, from goofy comedy (“Dumb And Dumber To”) to heart-wrenching drama (“You’re Not You”). As always, we cut to the last reel by offering “the stars,” “the shill” and “the skinny” on each new film.

OCTOBER 1 MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

The Stars: Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever. The shill: The pros and cons of the Internet, as seen through the lives of teenagers and their parents. How it affects relationships, communication and self-esteem is examined to dramatic -- and occasionally comic – extremes in this new Jason Reitman film. Ultimately, even in a close-knit family unit, isolation reigns supreme, especially within the confines of the Internet. The skinny: In the hands of “Juno” director Reitman, this cautionary tale should be a decentsized hit as well as a great think-piece for post-screening chat. Well, not chat, actual conversation. And it’s the first worthwhile Adam Sandler movie in, well, ever.

OCTOBER 3

service as a reluctant getaway chauffeur in a high-stakes, 9-million dollar bank heist. Complications arise, naturally. The skinny: Cusack and Jane make a great on-screen team and their fractious interplay features realistic tension interspersed with welcome and surprisingly frequent comic relief, saving the film from being yet another heist flick. Along the way, Ventoura is a great distraction.

GONE GIRL

The stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry. The shill: Based on the popular the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, the film centers around a man (Affleck), who is the target of a media feeding frenzy after his wife (Pike) mysteriously disappears. The supposition is that he knows more than he’s admitting, thus the expected intrigue and anguish. The skinny: Affleck is surprisingly good, as is Pike in her diminished role, and the revamped story decidedly deviates from the book, but with enough satisfying new twists to eventually justify the courageous casting of Perry in a pivotal role.

THE GOOD LIE

The stars: Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker. The shill: A no-nonsense American woman (Witherspoon) agrees to aid four Sudanese refugees as they seek to start a new life in the U.S. Directed in Atlanta by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau (“Congorama”). The skinny: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the masters behind Imagine Entertainment, lead the incredible crew behind the production, shot on location in Georgia a couple of years ago. Witherspoon turns in a wonderfully understated performance and the story radiates with a hard-scrabble, redemptive joy.

A GOOD MARRIAGE

The stars: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard. The shill: An attractive young couple welcome a newborn into their life, and in the process, learn the history of a vintage toy. Hint: it’s demonic. Evil hijinks ensure, with satanic cult members, terroristic threats and general mayhem prominent in the molten mix. All the fuss is centered around a strange and menacing antique doll. The skinny: A spin-off of last year’s successful spook-fest “The Conjuring,” with the always reliable Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors, Pan Am) in an inspired bit of casting.

The stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Joan Allen, Kristen Connoly, Steven Lang. The shill: Yet another movie based on a story by Stephen King, with sinister over and undertones. This time, a seemingly happy, 25-year-long marriage is disrupted by a box found in the garage. What sort of secrets does it hold and should his wife be afraid? Oh yes, indeed. Very. Turns out, hubby was a serial murderer. So now what? The skinny: Perfect for date night (albeit with a trustworthy mate) and upcoming Halloween trickery, this moody film takes King’s short story and expands it into an epic nightmare that examines marriage values and trust issues. Allen is frighteningly good as the brave wife.

DRIVE HARD

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The stars: John Cusack, Thomas Jane, Zoe Ventoura. The shill: A former race car driver, happily retired to the slow lane of employment as a driving instructor, is quickly shifted into

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The stars: Christina Ricci, Owen Wilson, Craig Ferguson, Rosie Perez. The shill: A young boy’s vibrant imagination dreams up a tale of living crayons in this delightful, animated film.

The story features a diverse band of colorful characters, protecting their homeland and the imaginations of children from an abusive monster. The skinny: Grand adventure, wonderfully assorted and familiar voices and significant life lessons abound in this cartoon tale, sure to please short-attention-span kids and entertain their easily-bored parents.

LEFT BEHIND

Jennifer Garner, Megan Mullally. The shill: 11-year old Alexander has an awful day, but his family doesn’t really emphasize with him, until they have their own bad days, too. Then they get it. A Disney comedy based on the 1972 book by Judith Viorst. The skinny: Perfect autumnal fun from the reliable, if predictable, Disney machine, with a strong and reliable comic ensemble cast, led by Steve Carell.

The stars: Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Lea Thompson, Cassi Thomson. The shill: Based on the popular series of novels and the subsequent film chain, this reboot features Nicolas Cage in a tale of the aftermath of The Rapture (check any Bible for more details). The remaining populace is, as the title suggests, left behind. Chaos ensues. Directed by veteran stuntman and raconteur Vic Armstrong. The skinny: A built-in audience of believers in the original Tim LaHaye book series will enjoy this revised look at the story while newcomers may embrace it too, for the sheer adventure and thrilling possibilities of the idea.

The stars: Ryan Phillippe, James Dumont, Joyful Drake. The shill: On the way to a location shoot, a grade-C movie star (Phillippe in appropriate casting) is kidnapped by thugs and held in a swamp hut in the murky depths of scary Shreveport, Louisiana. A grand gesture move for the multi-tasking actor, perhaps best known for “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Gosford Park.” The skinny: Phillippe cowrote, directed and stars in the psychological thriller, which should fimly establish him as a triple-threat in the burgeoning genre of claustrophobic horror.

THE LIBERATOR

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIM/HER

The stars: Edgar Ramirez, Maria Valverde, Danny Huston The shill: A biopic illustrating the exciting life and times of South American anticolonialist Simón Bolívar. One of the most influential politicians of his day -- think way pre-Watergate. He led the foundation for democracy in Latin America. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. The skinny: This turgid action drama with incredible historic significance isn’t likely to be a hit at the local megaplex, but it’s a worthwhile and well-crafted document of a momentous and yet, often-overlooked, world leader.

OCTOBER 10 ADDICTED

The stars: Sharon Leal, Kat Graham, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith. The shill: Based on Zane’s popular book of the same name, the film explores the life of a woman (Leal), with a seemingly idyllic life. She risks everything to follow the overheated temptations of the flesh. The skinny: The steamy potboiler was shot in Atlanta, and be sure to look for the High Museum, among other landmarks, but it is so overwrought with foolish temptations among impossibly attractive humans, it’s almost impossible to tolerate -- on so many levels.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY The stars: Steve Carell, Ed Oxenbould,

CATCH HELL

The stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda. The shill: Another installment in the trilogy of Ned Benson’s relationship profile of a young couple (Chastain, McAvoy), told from the viewpoints of their differing memory. A classic, classy and intelligent recycle of the creaky “he said/she said” plot device. The skinny: Chastain and McAvoy are equal parts irascible and irresistible and their performances christen the overlong epic as being worth the journey. Perfect for binge-watching on a long, rainy weekend by yourself or with a loved one.

DRACULA UNTOLD

The stars: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper. The shill: This atmospheric horror story grimly recounts Count Dracula’s origins, based (loosely) on Bram Stoker’s original Dracula tome. The skinny: A dark fantasy retelling of the familiar, gothic tale, infused with new elements of surprise in the backstory narrative. Universal is hoping to resurrect its famous monsters series with this stylish thriller, in Imax.

I AM ALI

The star: Muhammad Ali. The shill: Yet another documentary look at boxer Muhammad Ali. You’ve heard his story before, but in this intuitive essay, recordings of his own voice are craftily used to narrate


the bulk of the film, further padded with loving recollections from family, friends and sparring partners. The skinny: Ali recorded hours of descriptive conversations, solely intended for personal and family use. The filmmakers utilize those tapes and sew together a unique and thoroughly entertaining portrait that’s much more audio-biography than your standard biopic.

THE JUDGE

The stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga. The shill: A successful lawyer (Downey) returns to his childhood home for his mother’s funeral. While there, his estranged father, who also happens to be the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. Guess who has to defend his own dad? The skinny: The film is a great personalitydriven relationship study, populated with some of the screen’s finest character actors. It’s fun to see Duvall teamed again with his old friend and fellow character (on and off-screen) Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Jane Mansfield’s Car”).

YOU’RE NOT YOU

The stars: Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Frances Fisher. The shill: A carefree college student / wannabe rock singer (Rossum) takes a job assisting a successful classical pianist who has just been diagnosed with ALS (Swank). The two form an uneasy but strong bond in this emotive drama. The skinny: In the wake of those ubiquitous ALS ice-bucket challenges, this film sheds new light on the disease with dynamic interplay between Swank and Rossum as the stars. Truly heart-warming, inspirational and, yes, Oscar-worthy.

OCTOBER 17 THE BOOK OF LIFE

The stars: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate. The shill: In this animated picture, a conflicted hero and dreamer named Manolo (voiced by Luna) embarks on an epic quest through magical worlds, and the usual setbacks, in order to rescue his one true love, Maria (Saldana) and defend his village in the process. The skinny: A thrilling, with often genuinely scary segments, film that shows the lengths one will travel for love. Pretty darn far. A great collection of voices fill out the cast, including Cheech Marin, Ice Cube and Placido Domingo. How’s that for diversity in casting!

FURY

The stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña. The shill: Near the end of World War II, a five-man Allied tank crew, led by Brad Pitt of course, goes on a deadly final mission behind enemy lines to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Heroic action and claustrophobic enclosures ensue as the tank heads into battle. The skinny: Gritty, and obviously sweltering, men-in-a-can enactment of painfully realistic WWII events, with dynamic tension - amongst the crew and toward the dreaded enemy.

BIRDMAN

The stars: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts. The shill: A washed-up actor (Keaton) famous for playing an iconic superhero

(sound familiar?) struggles to adapt to the rigors of a new Broadway production. The skinny: Another actor-on-the-skids vehicle for this fall? Yep, and in the hands of comic genius Keaton, who should know since he actually played Batman, the premise works with an indelible resolution.

HOUSEBOUND

The stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru. The shill: Placed on house arrest in a strange manor, a twenty-something criminal (O’Reilly) is concerned when her talky mother seems right about the house being haunted, in this amusing horror film from New Zealand. The skinny: Another good Halloween choice, and definitely off the beaten path of the usual suspects, but the laughs are plenty. The good, mostly unfamiliar, cast goes for a few actual screams in this unhinged, haunted house story.

OCTOBER 24 LAGGIES

The stars: Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell. The shill: Lynn Shelton’s high-school-reunion comedy-drama is an absorbing look into goals and life, with an aimless adult (Knightley) hanging out with, and learning about life from, a group of teen girls, led by Moretz. With appropriately atmospheric and thoughtful music by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie. The skinny: For those who haven’t, or simply choose not to, grow up, this film is a good, often funny, life-lesson. Strangely reminiscent of ye olde “Reality Bites” and definitely worth seeing, if only for Knightley’s confused adultchild performance.

ST. VINCENT

The stars: Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher. The shill: St Vincent (Murray), a scraggly vet, is asked by his new neighbor (McCarthy), to watch her precocious 12-year old (Lieberher). Life lessons abound as he cleans up his act (a bit) in the face of newfound responsibility. The skinny: Loveable slouch Murray ambles through the film with his usual anti-style, and with the help of current megastar McCarthy, this film should endear him to even more dedicated fans – and maybe an Academy Award.

OCTOBER 31 HORNS

The stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar. The shill: Another dark fantasy thriller, this one directed by Alexandre Aja, based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as the enigmatic and devilish Ig Perrish. Accused of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, he uses his newfound paranormal skills to find the evil perp. The skinny: Gory remake king Alexandre Aja offers this convoluted demonic stew that stars Harry Potter’s Radcliffe in a dark change-of-pace role, as a guy with horns instead of horned-rim glasses. The captivating Heather Graham is otherwise

The skinny: Shot primarily in Georgia last spring, Jones (who also co-wrote and directed) is at his grizzled and ornery best in this lavishly shot character study. Swank, in another outstanding role this Fall, is equally Oscar-worthy, in fact. The mental illness issues raised in the story-line make this an extraordinary film on several levels.

wasted as “The Waitress.”

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

The stars: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Anne-Marie Duff. The shill: Based on the 2011 novel of the same name, Kidman stars as Christine Lucas, an innocent victim of a tragic and physically debilitating car accident. Her memory isn’t clear, but her former life is revealing. She’s on a quest to recapture those moments. The skinny: Kidman is intensely watchable as the heroine, but the story veers around predictability and preposterousness. Still, as a popcorn muncher, viewers could do worse, and the stylish thriller truly delivers moments of jarring horror and peril.

NOVEMBER 7 BIG HERO 6

The stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr. The shill: The strange Disney and Marvel Comics merger brings their first animated feature. Set in “San Fransokyo,” the story centers around a young robotics prodigy and his robot. They uncover an evil criminal plot and recruit a motley team of inexperienced crime-fighters to help save the day. The skinny: Disney, quickly swallowing up their competition like a big ol’ cinematic WalMart, works its usual magic on the Marvel dynasty and the results are about as streamlined -- and commercial -- as you’d expect.

INTERSTELLAR

The stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine. The shill: A group of explorers, led by McConaughey, discover and journey through a wormhole (a portal that enables transport to different times and locations), thus testing the limits of space travel and human interaction. Humanity is at stake and the allstar cast brings their A-game. The skinny: Spacey concepts about time travel, presented with the help of megaproduction values and an astronomical budget, propel this “Towering Inferno” of sci-fi into orbit, making it a long, strange trip indeed.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

The stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Emily Watson. The shill: The unlikely love story of physicist Stephen Hawking with his shy literature student bride Jane Wilde, at Cambridge in the ‘60s. Redmayne (Les Misérables) is a credible Hawking and as his love interest, Breathe In’s Felicity Jones is captivating. The skinny: On paper, the Hawking love story does sound a bit dull, but on screen, the two stars carry an exceptional weight of dedication and emotional baggage.

THE HOMESMAN

The stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep. The shill: A grizzled claim-jumper (Jones) is rescued from the hangman’s noose by a fiercely independent woman (Swank). The price? He must help her, as she escorts three mentally ill women from Nebraska to Iowa.

DUMB AND DUMBER TO

The stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daneils, Laurie Holden, Kathleeen Turner. The shill: The Farrelly Brothers offer more idiocy with their beloved dim-bulb characters, now rejoined twenty years after their previous adventures. Heavy on the dumb-er and chock full of astoundingly bad jokes. The skinny: Shot in Atlanta last fall, the sequel should appeal to a variety of mindless comedy fans. Perhaps the misspelled “To” in the title (why? because it’s dumb!) will help texters discern the difference between to, too and two. Or not.

NOVEMBER 14 FOXCATCHER

The stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave. The shill: The triumphant story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz (Tatum) is interspersed with how John duPont (Carell), a paranoid schizophrenic, killed Schlutz’ brother Dave (Ruffalo). The skinny: An unsettling modern truecrime story, Carell is wonderful and well-cast in an long-overdue non-comedic role. Buff Tatum and Ruffalo both offer a familial, and astringent, bond as the athletes.

NOVEMBER 21 HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 The stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland. The shill: The final book in the Hunger Games behemoth is given the cinematic treatment and stretched out over two (long) parts. Part one continues to follow Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) as she becomes a hero to the nation of Panem. The skinny: Another big one for the evergreen Hunger Games franchise and their built-in audience. Partially filmed in Atlanta.

NOVEMBER 26 HORRIBLE BOSSES 2

The stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Fox, Jennifer Anniston. The shill: This weak sequel finds the three enterprising businessmen battling a jealous and savvy investor. Kidnapping, mayhem and general forced chaos ensue as they follow their creaky plan for success. The skinny: Stale, shrill and deliberate, it’s yet another bad Jennifer Anniston movie.

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

The stars: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, John Malkovich. The shill: Another 3D-computer animated film from the magical Dreamworks castle; this one is a spin-off from the popular and immensely profitable “Madagascar” series. The skinny: With a flock of endearing characters and indelible voice-talents, this delightful tale should be the perfect way to usher in the chilly Thanksgiving weekend. The upcoming Christmas movie season is just around the corner, so be sure to look for our winter wonderland of films, coming soon.

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FILM

INTO THE WILD Movie Reviews

Bear Grylls On Celebrities, Survival & Running Wild BY BRET LOVE

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THE EQUALIZERMY (R) LIFELONG LOVE DEVELOPED

1/2  of the outdoors as a boy. My parents and Something abouttook theme pacing is off with grandparents backpacking in theThe Equalizer. In the first scene, for instance, the Appalachian mountains and to our rustic cabin camera pans across Robert McCall’s (Denzel on Lake Hartwell, where I learned to set up Washington) takesonforever to get camp, fish, startapartment. a fire (andItcook it), forage from end ofand, themost unit to the other. It’s rather for wildone berries importantly, respect frustrating. And then there’s the whole buildup the beauty and bounty that Mother Nature has the first piece of drama—you literally have to totooffer. wait over 20 minutes for director Antoine On Running Wild With Bear Grylls, the Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) to British adventurer does the same thing paint the picture of of McCall as thisbiggest quiet guy working at a with some the world’s celebrities. Home Depot-like whose Ben onlyStiller missions in It’s thrilling to watchstore a nervous life seem down to be tucking in his plaid shirts, rappelling a mountain onblue Scotland’s Isle an overweight coworker (Johnny ofhelping Skye, a terrified Tom Arnold conquering his Skourtis) become a securityaguard and aassisting fear of heights by traversing tree over 50a call girlin(Chloe withEfron her life foot drop Oregon,Grace and aMoretz) boyish Zac choices. By the time Russian baddies forceBut the stoked to see a wild beaver in the Catskills. young lady into a car for being inhospitable what makes the show even more interestingwith is a client, you almost forget that you’re the rare, honest glimpse it offers of thesethere starsfor an action movie and not abyspecial on Lifetime. emotionally overwhelmed the challenges of But thethemselves moment alltoofthe thislimit happens, something pushing in some of the world’s triggersmost in beautiful McCall’s wilderness head and areas. Fuqua’s lens. Grylls– a former reservist the British —you And thanks to some classicinDenzel-isms Special (SAS) whothe laterfidgety climbed know, Forces the stoic looks, hands, the Everest crossed North Atlantic and fight crossedand legs— andthe a few super graphic the Northwest in an lead inflatable boat– sequences, ourPassage mysterious climbs up the recently spoke to ladder us about the show mob’s hierarchy quicker than via youcell can say phone a littlethe cove off the(Marton south coast Takenfrom 3. When villains Csokas is of England. pretty damn scary as Teddy) rummage through McCall’s apartment looking for clues, one of the Where idea for Running Wildeverything come guys indidthetheentourage says, “Boss, from? knowisyou did”popular aboutI him wrong. With itsepisodes slowness and a offew Man Wildaction withclichés Will Ferrell tooVs many —folksand are seriously Jake Haswalks this concept been still Gyllenhaal. doing slow-mo after explosions?!— germinating in yourthis mind evercould since?have been everything about movie Yes. Those ManasVs Wild shows [with guest wrong, too. But is usually the case with Denzel stars] have been very successful all around the Washington films, he ends up saving the day. world. Once we were done with –Demarco that show,Williams we wanted to revisit this format. We knew it was that worked and, for me, it’s just THEa format MAZE RUNNER (PG-13) 1/2 really fun because you get to know people and  it’s such a good dynamic. So it was excitingfuture Set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic getting through all the health andand safety hoops. (much like The Hunger Games Divergent), Not a lot of it is planned, so that was quite this sci-fi/action epic is based on a trilogy of a young mountain fornovels us to climb before even adult (much like we The Hunger started. But NBC helped us through that, and Games and Divergent). Our hero, 16-year-old fought a few of those battles. Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien), is one of many teens to wake up with amnesia and find You have a lot of experience dealing withknown themselves trapped in a grassy clearing these harsh climates and wild places. But is as the Glade. The area is surrounded by tall grey it a lot of responsibility to take someone who walls, ominously referred to as the Maze, where doesn’t have experience in dealing with these crazy robotic spider-looking creatures known as conditions? Grievers in search of Runners, who try to Yes, it’s apatrol nightmare! When I’m on my map the ever-changing labyrinth before own I’ve got nothing to worry about apartthe sun goes down. After one of the Runners is stung by a Griever and attacks Thomas, accusing him of being the cause for their imprisonment, all hell breaks loose. There’s a Lord of the Flies-style battle for power, Glade leader Alby gets stung, and Thomas breaks the rules by entering the Maze. It’s all a little convoluted and angst-y, with little explanation of what’s going on, where these boys came from, or who’s behind the whole enterprise. But the cast (including Game of Thrones’ Thomas Brodie-Sangster and We’re the Millers’ Will Poulter) is uniformly solid, the action is intense and unrelenting, and director Wes Ball knows his way around special effects. It’s no Hunger Games, but I’m still curious to see the inevitable sequel. –Bret Love

GOOD PEOPLE (R)

 You know the old saying about how bad things happen to good people? Well, in this case James Franco and Kate Hudson star as a young financially-strapped couple to whom bad things PG 14 • October 2014 • insiteatlanta.com

from keeping myself alive. It’s definitely more challenging whenthey you’re taking somebody happen because do something really stupid. THE WILD IS VERY who’s done nothing like this You’ve got On the verge of losing theirbefore. inherited London REVEALING. YOU GET TO tohome, thinkthe for couple them a finds lot of 200,000 the time.pounds But it’s (drug been KNOW PEOPLE IN A WAY exciting be able to these guys away. money) tohidden in take their recently-deceased THAT YOU NEVER DO Idownstairs love seeing neighbor’s them comeceiling. alive when “Wethey’re spent our OTHERWISE, BECAUSE facing difficult terrain and big challenges, both whole lives being good, and what has it gotten THEY’RE UNCOVERED AND emotionally and physically. It’s great helping us?” asks Franco’s Tom. “Nothing. So maybe people overcome that, whether a fear VULNERABLE. YOU GET TO this money is a gift to help us getit’sour livesofback heights or” snake or whatever it is.it, they spend KNOW THEIR STRUGGLES, on track. 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Sadly, there Isaac, proving Inside Llewyn Davis was no money can’t buy. Fame doesn’t do it. Drugs where the tsunami hit in 2001 and decimated hidden you just need do a little digging, aisjack of a and lot of things, but atomaster of very are nopart newof interviews with Bowie. Rather, the fluke), the American tourguide and con man don’t do it. Booze doesn’t do it. It’s the power a big the island. It’s just this stinking, it feelsEvery like the just forgot to include little. daymakers I meet better climbers, betterthe film unfolds at the last day of V&A’s exhibit, who attached them in Athens of thehas wild, and I’vehimself seen it to a ton in people. explanations. This is just another filmabout where black, rotting swamp, with all of these skydivers, better survivalists. The thing as it stands in preparation for an international in 1962. Well, it takes one to know one; and it crocodiles feeding off the 6500 human corpses. Liam Neeson is a man withdamn a veryhard, particular me is that I’ll always work I’ll set tour. It hit the Museum of Contemporary Art in turns out Chester has scammed some investors of skills. Chicago on September 23, on the same day the bigtime back in the States. The detective they’ve –Christian Perez film was shown on more than 100 screens across sent to track him down is soon dispensed with, the United States. The movie contains no new but Chester and Colette have to go on the run. I AM ALI (NR) shocking breakthroughs, but it does visit with Rydal, in the wrong place at the right time,  curators and fans. The highlights include looks runs with them, seeing Chester as a father While Muhammad Ali is best known for his at the idea of the Diamond Dogs album, and figure, a romantic rival and a source of income. abilities in the ring, his legendary outspoken new views of every album and tour, all as plotted Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive, The Wings nature is almost as beloved as his pugilistic skills. by the Thin White Duke. Costumes, album of the Dove) adapted the script from one of Hushed by degenerative Parkinson’s disease, covers, photo outtakes and even the extremely Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr. Ripley, today his roar is no more than a whisper, but disappointing cover-art for last year’s The Next Strangers on a Train) lesser-known novels and thanks to a very forward-thinking Ali, a new Day is investigated. Definitely worth a few makes his directing debut. A more experienced treasure trove of unheard Ali-isms is now repeated looks for any real fan, especially hard- director might have squeezed more out of the available. The new documentary “I Am Ali” core Bowie fanatics who can’t afford to travel to thriller elements, but Amini keeps it classy and utilizes his personal collection of audio tapes worship at the tomb of the actual exhibit. focuses on the psychological aspects, making and phone conversations to create an incredible – Lee Valentine Smith. occasional bursts of violence all the more portrait of the man behind the brash persona. surprising. The period is effectively recreated, Using the archived conversations of Ali, MY OLD LADY (PG-13) with Athens, Crete and Istanbul furnishing the film stands out as authoritative because  attractive backdrops, some of them timeless. of sheer personal nature of the first-person Kevin Kline gives one of his best performances in The Two Faces of January misses classic status content. Centering on perhaps the most vital My Old Lady, Kristin Scott Thomas is good and but it gives you a good ride. 20-year period of his career and life, his private Maggie Smith is Maggie Smith – so what’s not –Steve Warren collection of conversations are neatly woven into to like? Plenty. The script, adapted by director Check insiteatlanta.com/movies.asp for all movie listings. remembrances from family and friends. Ali’s

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THINK ABOUT IT!

Former Georgian Sarah Tiana Balances Comedy and Insight BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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ROM HER FIRST ATTEMPT AT stand-up comedy at the Twisted Taco in Atlanta, to roles on Reno 911! and entertaining troops in Iraq, to headlining gigs at the finest comedy showcases across the nation, former Georgian Sarah Tiana has really made a name for herself in comedy. Born in Northern California but raised in the Northern Georgia community of Calhoun, she’s currently on a tour that brings her to Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge this month. The busy Tiana owns a sketch comedy troupe in Los Angeles, writes for The Soup Investigates and Jeff Ross’ The Burn. Tiana recently spoke with INsite about her intuitive style of observational comedy. Tell me about your upbringing. I was born in Heyward, which is a town in East Bay. My parents moved to Georgia when I was five. It was quite the transition. We moved there without any family, it was just the four of us. My mom, dad and my sister. My sister had a tougher time adjusting because she was two and hadn’t really developed speaking skills, so she was very confused by the accent differences. How did you fare with the accent? I think realizing languages and voices and stuff helped me and I think that’s where comedy really started for me. I was always a performer in plays and stuff and I would assume all kinds

really fit in, so I became a natural observer. Yeah, I think we’re all outsiders pretending to be insiders.

You worked at Six Flags for three years. That must have been an education in itself. And quite a commute! My senior year of high school, I auditioned of different personalities. I became a mimic. To for Six Flags. I went and there were tons of this day, wherever I go, when I hear an accent, people there, and I ended up getting on one of I can mimic your accent. But it gets annoying the shows. So I had to drive to Atlanta every because I travel all the time weekend. Once I started and if I’m in London, well going to UGA, I just couldn’t it’s very Madonna of me! balance the trip to Athens But it comes in handy. with all of that. It was just OCTOBER 9–12 so far away. Georgia State You’ve maintained a was much more convenient charming southern accent. LAUGHING SKULL LOUNGE to go to school and work at Oh, thank you, but I think it laughingskulllounge.com Six Flags. I worked there for comes out more when I’m three years before I started talking to other people from working for the Braves so it the south. It definitely comes out was the best scenario ever. more when I’m on stage because I’m not talking to anyone, and At Georgia State, you started to I’m not mimicking their accent. develop your craft a bit more, When I’m on stage I can just right? be myself. Yes, I was involved in film and theater and I was on Album Are comics naturally 88. I’d always acted, but outsiders? you know, living in North By the time I got to high Georgia, that’s just not school, I ended up being a profession people student body president, automatically think my senior year, and that of as a career choice. is because I never fit into People would tell me, just one group. I was growing up, “Sarah, always good at adapting you’re such a good to tons of groups. And actress; you’d make a that helped me be a great dental hygienist.” comic, too. I knew everybody but I never What was the

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one defining moment when you decided to seriously pursue acting? I did a monologue on stage and I don’t even remember doing it, I just remember people standing up and applauding. I said, “If I don’t do this for the rest of my life, I’ll be miserable.” So I started really focusing on theater and film, so I could understand the movie business and how all of it worked. Is stand-up your favorite platform? I feel like stand-up is one of the last forms of free speech. You can get in trouble for the things you say, but not really. Do you have any limits in your choice of material? I won’t be edgy just for the same of being edgy. That is a big trend amongst comics, especially among women comics. I feel like I have something to say and as long as I’m getting my point across, I can talk about whatever I want. People laugh when they’re uncomfortable, not just when something’s funny. And I think a lot of comics feel like they’re doing well, just because people are laughing. And obviously Mitch Hedberg is a huge influence. We would interview comics that came to the Punchline on Album 88. We interviewed David Allen Grier, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tom Rhodes, all these cool people that would come to town. But Mitch Hedberg was the first person that ever gave me tickets, so he was the first comedy show that I actually saw. He is the epitome of comedy. A really deep thinker, smart and witty. I want my comedy to be smart; I’m always thinking of a different way to tell the jokes, so it’s interesting and funny as opposed to an easy laugh.

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INsite’s Guide to Halloween Haunted Houses, Attractions, Events and Costume Suppliers Haunts

Netherworld

Georgia Antique & Design Center Dawson Blvd. Norcross 404.608.2484 fearworld.com Opening weekend Sept 26 & 27 Nightly October 3 - November 2; plus Nov 7 & 8

Nationally recognized as one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, Netherworld Haunted House returns for its 18th Pulse Pounding Season! Netherworld is a walk-through dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters that have thrilled and terrified visitors over and over again. This year features two all new haunts ... Season of the Witch and Spliced. Created by film and television professionals, Netherworld is also notable for its custom movie quality special effects, amazing actors, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets. The movie Zombieland was even partially shot here. The Travel Channel says "Netherworld Has More Scares Per Square Foot Than Any Other Haunt On Earth.” It is consistently rated as one of The Top 10 Haunts in the nation by the likes of USAToday and Fangoria Magazine. Publisher Steve Miller of INsite Magazine says “We have worked with the Netherworld team since its inception and they continually reinvent themselves in their constant drive to be the best in the industry.” Search NETHERWORLD for their mobile app for iPhone & Android.

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Chambers of Horrors

695 North Ave NE (Behind Masquerade) 404.577.8178 Open 7 nights a week throughout October and Nov. 7 & 8 ChambersofHorrorATL.com

Atlanta’s adults-only extreme haunted house, Chambers of Horror is the most disturbing and shocking horror attraction in the Southeast! Tour the TORTUREco facilities behind the Masquerade music complex in downtown Atlanta to see the disaffected wreak havoc on the flesh of the innocent. See the psychotic creations and mutations of the evil genius Dr. Dieter von Splechter, who has entered into a government contract to build super soldiers for a special ops program. But has the government made a deal with the devil himself? Find out this October! Visit the Splatter Bar & Lounge and enjoy a drink and entertainment while you wait to have the fright of your life! It’s the best place to spend Halloween in Atlanta. They offer several different ticket options. No one under 18 admitted. Sun - Thu 8pm - 12am, Fri - Sat 8pm - 1am; closed first two Mondays.

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

4215 Thurman Rd. Conley, GA 30288 AtlantaZombie.com Open Weekends in October

The creators of the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse once again have gone to great lengths to bring you the newest

and most exciting fully immersive Halloween horror attraction where you take part in realistic zombie apocalypse scenarios. With 150,000 square feet plus four acres of woods, the AZA brings two new huge horror shows in 2014. While in previous years they ran two separate zombie themed haunts, this year they are using the whole space for one giant haunted house attraction! The popular Zombie Killer attraction where customers experience the intensity of fighting their way through a horde of zombies with paintball guns is happening outdoors in the deep dark 4 acres of woods. This year Atlanta’s largest Haunted House will be hosting Monster Bash, Atlanta’s largest Halloween party on Saturday November 1st.

Camp Blood

2277 Whooping Creek Rd. Carrolton, Ga. 30116 CampBlood.com 770.854.CAMP (2267) Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights thru Nov. 1 Every night the last week of October except Sunday

Now in their 24th year, Camp Blood offers four great adventures. MentalBrook Estates takes over where Lakeview Asylum left off. Lifelong resident Dr. Clem Rustmuler is up to his evil ways in this horrifying adventure. The Trail is nearly a half mile of redneck terror where chainsaw wielding psychos try to separate you from the group. Remember to stay with your guide as you navigate through the deadly pine forest along the way to Crimson Lake. Take part in Zombie Shootin’ where


Norcostco Atlanta Costume

2089 Monroe Dr. NE 404.874.7511 norcostco.com Extended hours for Halloween

you get 50 rounds of paintball ammunition to fend off an attack of redneck zombies and undead hillbillies. Nightmare Hayride is a 2 1/2 mile journey along both paved and lonely dark dirt roads as scary story tellin’ and music accompany the ride.

Events & Attractions

Boos and Brews Halloween Party at Masquerade

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8pm-2am atlantabeerfestivals.com/boos-and-brews

Full Bar, Great Beers, Live Music, DJ’s, Costume Contest, and more! Party with Atlanta’s sexiest monsters. Discount admission to Chamber of Horrors haunted house. This is a 21 and up event.

Historic Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312 OaklandCemetery.com Oct 17, 18,19,23,24,25

Six Nights Only! Your only chance to experience Oakland after dark, walk amidst the Cemetery’s beautifully lit gardens, escorted by a costumed docent. Witness the magnificent final resting place of Atlanta’s sons and daughters as they tell their stories during the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours. You'll

also see gorgeous candlelit mausoleums in this one-of-a-kind annual tradition. Bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited and tickets do sell out early. Guided tours begin at 5:30pm and last approximately one hour.

Costumes & Accessories

Rag-O-Rama

L5P: 1111 Euclid Ave NE 404.658.1988 Mon-Thurs 11-9; Fri-Sat 10-9; Sun 11-8 Sandy Springs: 6500 Roswell Rd NE 404.497.0701 Mon-Sat 11-8; Sun 12-7 ragorama.com

Atlanta’s theatrical superstore for more than 40 years rents and sells: Costumes, Foggers, Black Lights, Strobe Lights, Wigs, Accessories and much more! Norcostco has the country’s most outstanding collection of rental costumes available. Original costumes found nowhere else including Drag Wear, Masquerade and Rave/Club Wear. You will also find Atlanta’s largest selection of professional, air-brush and FX make-up, prosthetics, zombie kits, vampire teeth and more! Costumes are offered in the widest possible range of sizes. Because their extensive inventory covers all periods in costume history, they have virtually any costume you can imagine.

friendly and ready to help you mix and match that original look you desire. Psycho Sisters carries a plethora of closeout costumes, many cost under $28 as well as wings ($12), gloves, boots, shades ($10), wigs, boas, and Halloween is our specialty. After Halloween, be the first to find the ugliest Christmas sweater, Psycho Sisters has 1000s to choose from! A cool fashion ensemble for every occasion, always at Psycho Sisters.

The Nearly New Shop

2927 N. Druid Hills Rd Atlanta, GA 30329 404.355.3547 nearlynewshopatl.org

Psycho Sisters Get ready for Rag-O-Rama’s BEST Halloween yet! Both locations (Little 5 Points & Sandy Springs) are stocked with costumes & accessories for men & women! They offer a huge selection of new & gently used costumes, in addition to wigs, shoes & accessories; anything you would need to make this year's costume one to remember. They buy daily & offer cash or store credit on the spot for current & vintage styles, as well as costumes! For more info, check out their website at ragorama.com. Make Rag-O-Rama your Halloween Headquarters!

Little 5 Points 428 Moreland (Near Vortex) 404.523.0100 FaceB pscychosistersatlanta Sandy Springs 280 Hammond Dr. (By Lowes) 404.255.5578 psychosistersshops.com Hapeville 3455 Dogwood Rd. 404.585.6024 psychosistersshops.com

After 23 years, Psycho Sisters is still cutting edge cool. With three convenient locations, at Psycho Sisters you will find fun, funky, festive and current clothing for everyday or special occasions. Psycho Sisters stuffs their stores with the Best signature pieces from every Era Vintage. From 60's Hippie, 70's Disco, 80's rocker, 90's gothic, 20's flapper-masquerade choices, the Psycho Sisters team are super

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind costume this Halloween? The Nearly New Shop is the place to shop for all your trickor-treat needs. Whether you’re searching for the perfect costume or looking for decorations to perfect your Halloween décor, the Nearly New Shop offers a quality selection of gently –used clothing, home goods, accessories, and shoes for men, women, and children. The Nearly New Shop also accepts daily donations from the public. Their inventory and selection is updated each day, so shop often. Also, don’t miss the Great Coat Event (during the entire month of October) and the Halloween 50% off Sale.

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TV

EMILY KINNEY SINGS OUT

Beth on The Walking Dead and Songwriter Talks Both Her Passions BY BRET LOVE

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F YOU WERE THE GAMBLING type, you’d be forgiven for betting against the long-term survival odds of Beth Greene– younger sister of Maggie, adoring daughter of Herschel– when she made her debut in The Walking Dead’s second season. Quiet, mousy and seemingly emotional fragile, the character seemed like the sort most likely to meet her maker curled up in a corner and crying for her mommy than going out in a blaze of zombie-slaying glory. But, while tough-as-nails types such as Shane, T-Dog and The Governor have all gone the way of the Dodo, sweet, singing Beth remains one of The Walking Dead’s longest-lasting survivors. She’s even emerged as a strong, nurturing maternal figure in the wake of Lori’s death and Carol’s exile, taking care of the kids and even attracting Daryl’s eye near the end of Season 4. As a longtime fan of the show (and the comics on which they’re based), I was delighted to get a chance to talk to Emily Kinney– the Nebraska native who plays Beth. Though she couldn’t reveal any spoilers for Season 5, we did talk about her early career on Broadway, how she landed The Walking Dead role, her singersongwriter aspirations, and what she loves most about filming in Georgia. It’s obvious music and acting are both passions for you. Which came first, and who/what inspired your original interest in performing?

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Singing was my first way into performing. I would sing at talent shows. But acting on TV and doing theatre quickly also become a huge part of my life, and a fun thing I liked to do, too. How did you land the role of Anna in Spring Awakening on Broadway? Seems like an auspicious professional debut! I auditioned for a while for Spring Awakening over the course of quite a few months. It was a long process but it was a blast!! Like a lot of people, I discovered you via The Walking Dead. Can you talk about the casting process for that? Casting for Walking Dead was like most auditions for me but the unique thing about it was it was so secretive. I auditioned with different scenes than what we did for the show. In fact I auditioned with Maggie scenes, but always knew I was going in for the part of her sister. The show was obviously a hit by the time you joined the cast in Season 2. Is that more freeing, to know it’s probably not going to get cancelled, or intimidating because the cast is already bonded? I didn’t know how long I would be on the show, and it was a hit especially with comicbook fans. But it definitely didn’t have the fan base it has now. I’m always pleased when I get to work on something that I know will be seen and has an audience. There is a lot of work

THEATRE, MUSIC, MAKING TV SHOWS, WRITING: I HOPE THESE THINGS ARE ALL A PART OF MY LIFE FOREVER.

singers and actors do that will never be seen! To have an audience, a listening ear, is a huge gift for any kind of artist. What are your favorite things about filming The Walking Dead in Georgia? I love the music scene I’ve found here. I love Decatur and Eddie’s Attic. I love all the trees and the heat really doesn’t bother me. It’s also really beautiful how fall lingers for SO long here. You’ve obviously gotten a chance to showcase your singing several times on the show. Was the part of Beth written with singing involved, or was that something they added because of your talent? It was something they added. But it was because it would add something special to the character and the story, as I understand, and not necessarily just because I could sing! Your latest EP, Expired Love, has a diverse array of sounds. I saw an interview where you compared your style to Tom Waits’. Was he a big influence on you, and if so, how? I just love his songwriting and story-telling. I feel like there are a lot of artists that influence me, but I’m most attracted to those that have their own unique voice and are very honest, and I find Tom Waits to be very honest in his stories and point of view.

Who are some of the other musicians who influenced your work? I listen to a lot of Frightened Rabbit and lately, A Fine Frenzy and Jaymay. Also, I love John Fullbright right now. Planning to go to his next show in Brooklyn. I’m a “#Fanbright” Which gives you bigger butterflies: Filming an intense, zombie-filled action sequence on the show, or performing live in concert? Both, and kind of the same for the same reason. I don’t want to fall on my ass and fuck up the show! I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the new season of The Walking Dead. I know you can’t reveal details, but can you give me a few thoughts on what lies ahead? No Spoilers!!!!! Fair enough, but you can’t blame a guy for trying. Do you think you’ll continue to balance music and acting after The Walking Dead ends, or do you see a future where you pursue one or the other full-time? I see a balance and focusing energy when one project requires more focused energy haha…but theatre, music, making TV shows, writing: I hope these things are all a part of my life forever.


TV

THE STRAIN

Creator Guillermo del Toro & ShowRunner Carlton Cuse on FX’s Horrific Hit BY ALEX S. MORRISON

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F YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET, THE Strain (based on director Guillermo del Toro’s trilogy of novels) is a gripping horror story that imagines Vampirism as a 21st century viral outbreak in New York. It starts with an airplane, an elaborately carved coffin, and a shadowy monster known as The Master. From there, each episode unfolds with an increasingly ramped-up sense of terror and dread as the virus spreads, producing an army of undead whose corpses are inhabited by insatiably hungry blood-sucking parasites. Our heroes– a trio from the CDC’s rapid-response team and an elderly Holocaust survivor named Sertrakian– ultimately unite in hopes of stopping the vampires before humanity is wiped out. Director del Toro (the mastermind behind cult horror hits like Pan’s Labyrinth) and showrunner Carlton Cuse (best-known for his work on Lost) sat down to discuss the show which was recently renewed for a second season.

vampire. I kept detailed notes on where to go with the vampire myth in terms of brutality, social structure and biology. We knew The Carlton, how did you first get involved Master needed to be hidden for at least half in this? the season, to make him inaccessible. I came CARLTON CUSE: I had read the first Strain up with the idea that this guy has been alive for novel, as a fan of Guillermo’s work. I decided centuries and essentially is an apex of the Dark to get involved for two reasons. One, because I Ages in the middle of a world of imminent had a lot of respect for Guillermo, and I think modernity. You have people with cell phones, he’s one of the most imaginative guys out there iPads, and all of that, and in the middle of in terms of creating creatures it is a 9-foot tall, hand-carved and worlds. I also thought coffin with a creature that has that this was a fantastic THE LONGER THE been alive for centuries. It’s opportunity to up-end the ancient, and that’s what makes VAMPIRES STAY vampire genre. It’s been ALIVE, THE MORE it powerful. overrun by romance. It’s time to go back to the concept THEY LOSE THEIR And what about the other of vampires as really scary, characters? HUMANITY. dangerous creatures. DEL TORO: The longer the vampires stay alive, the more Will each season follow one book in the series? they lose their humanity. They start by literally GUILLERMO DEL TORO: It was very clear losing their heart, which is suffocated by a from the start that we had the three books vampire heart that overtakes the functions. to plunder, but we also had the chance of That was important, metaphorically, because inventing. Carlton decided to leave the origins the beacon that guides these vampires to their of The Master, which we opened Book One victims is love. They [feed on] the people they with, for a second season. It’s a very elastic love the most, so they turn the instinct that is relationship that the series has with the books. most innately human into the most inhuman But, by that same token, it’s very respectful of feeding mechanism. the things that will not alienate someone that likes the books. What insight can you give us about David Bradley’s character, Setrakian? Can you talk about creating the look of the DEL TORO: We didn’t want the wise, gentle, creatures? father-figure mentor. We wanted a guy that DEL TORO: We went into it trying to reveal had a lot of edges, and that became a bristling the biological traits of these creatures so that hub for all the characters. Setrakian is the one they make sense to an audience. Not just from element of the show that goes through the a looking good point of view, but to make mythology of the ancient and the modern, but them feel organic, like a different breed in the brings a very hard edge to the figure of the man evolutionary history of this planet. You get who knows. He’s not whimsical. He’s impulsive, to see them as a species, in a way, the more aggressive and really edgy, and is capable of you advance in the plot. It took approximately big, great, sweeping actions. six months of purely conceptual, sculptural and draftsmanship design, and executing What’s it like for you to see this story come to it took a very long time. It was as complex life on the screen? and demanding as designing creatures for a DEL TORO: It’s great to go through the feature film. process with a partner that has been so close to the books, like Chuck, and someone that seems How did you decide the powers they would to have such a strong and revitalizing take as have, their appearance, and stuff like that? Carlton. Carlton and I are used to storytelling DEL TORO: I’ve been obsessed by vampires in the audio-visual universe in an absolute since I was a kid. I’ve read about vampire way, and this partnership has required growth mythology worldwide, and I familiarized and opening our views. This is truly one of myself with the Japanese, Filipino, Malaysian the most complete collaboration processes and Eastern European variations on the I’ve experienced.

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TRAVEL

FILM

GREENVILLE, SC

The Best Kept Secret in the South

BY MARCI MILLER

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F YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A quick weekend getaway in the city, save the airfare and look no further than Greenville, South Carolina. Located approximately halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte along Interstate 85, Greenville has gained recognition in various national publications like CNN Money, listing Greenville as one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.” Downtown Liberty Bridge

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has combined traditional southern charm, natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations. From a revitalized downtown to Greenville’s one-of-akind Liberty Bridge, quaint shops, boutiques, and fabulous restaurants to a world-class collection of museums, galleries, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything they say it is and more. At one time the retail center of the region, Greenville’s downtown district began to languish in the 1960s as shopping centers lured the retailers and customers to the suburbs. In response, the City started a downtown renewal project. They worked with consultants to develop and implement a downtown master plan and laid the foundation which encouraged business relocation back to the area and it worked. Fast forward to present day where downtown Greenville has become a restaurant destination for the region with 99 restaurants in the greater downtown area. There are over 300 event days each year including several weekly music series, a wide variety of parades, concerts, a farmers market and more. The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, located in the heart of downtown, brings Broadway shows and major headliners to the city each year. Fluor Field in the West End is an exact replica of Fenway Park and is home to the Boston Red Sox affiliate, the Greenville Drive. And of course, there is Falls Park on the Reedy, a large regional park in downtown Greenville with gardens and several waterfalls. Dedicated in 2004, the $15 million space is home to the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge overlooking the Reedy River. The park’s development sparked a $75 million public-private development, Riverplace, directly across Main Street.

The Westin Poinsett

There are several hotels to choose from in the downtown Greenville area, but if you are looking for true luxury, the Westin Poinsett (120 South Main Street, 864-421-9700, westinpoinsettgreenville.com) is the perfect destination. On June 20, 1925, the $1.5 million PG 20 • October 2014 • insiteatlanta.com

Poinsett Hotel opened to provide rooms for visitors to Greenville’s annual Southern Textile Exposition. In 1997, the hotel went through a major renovation. During the rehabilitation, all public spaces were restored to the 1925 design and a concerted effort was made to retain original finishes and design elements. On the exterior, original windows were retained, and damaged terracotta decorative pieces and ironwork were restored. The hotel reopened its doors in October 2000. The Westin Poinsett has now earned a Four Diamond hotel rating for the last seven consecutive years, it also earns top scores among all Westin hotels in North America. The Poinsett is a welcome retreat after a long day of exploring Greenville. The Piano Bar and Lounge features live entertainment, the Westin Workout Fitness Studio room and 200 smoke-free guest rooms are furnished with complimentary highspeed internet access and the hotel’s signature Heavenly Bed®. There are eight meeting rooms with 12,000+ square feet of functional space including unique ballrooms that feature soaring ceilings, unique lighting and rich décor elements. Greenville has become a major wedding destination in the south and the Westin Poinsett is tops as a wedding venue.

Breakwater Restaurant and Bar

Greenville also offers a variety of restaurants including coffee shops, ice cream parlors, restaurant chains and gourmet dining. For an amazing dining experience that rivals any big city establishment, make sure to visit Breakwater Restaurant and Bar (802 South Main Street, 864-271-0046, breakwatersc.com). The restaurant is the brain child of Chef Gary Lang and Chef Elizabeth Shaw, who believe that seasons should define their menu. They are also fully committed to sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible. They offer an elegant, contemporary approach to a traditional Lowcountry cuisine, and seafood from the Carolina coast is a hallmark. Highlights of the menu include Fried Green Tomatoes, Low Country Red and Rice & Blackened Shrimp, Southern Fried Chicken and much more. In May 2014 Breakwater was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor recognizing the restaurant’s consistent top rating. When planning your trip to Greenville, consider several ongoing city events you can take advantage of including Taste of the South Food Tour: Greenville History Tours which takes guests to five local hotspots and gives them the flavor of Southern cuisine. If you are a fan of craft beer, check out Greenville Brew Tours, an experience that will take guests on 4 stops to experience the craft beer scene. Fall for Greenville is taking place on October 10 – 12, 2014. Over 40 of Greenville’s finest restaurants will be showcasing almost 200 menu items. Explore exciting new cuisine or indulge in some of your favorites, each booth offers something for everyone. Greenville Open Studios, taking place November 8 – 9, a weekend event which opens the studios of local visual artists to the public. The event is held annually on the first weekend in November, and showcases artists at work in their studios. For more information about Greenville, SC, visit the website www.visitgreenvillesc.com.

YES, INDEED!

In “No Good Deed,” Taraji P. Henson is a Superhero

Are you a fan of thrillers? I don’t like anything that makes me scared. And ARAJI P. HENSON (“HUSTLE then I decided to stay in a five-bedroom house And Flow,” “”I Can Do Bad All By here, by myself, while I was filming a thriller! Myself,”) is a versatile, Academy AwardWe did all night-shoots, so imagine me coming nominated actress, producer and singer. This home, and my assistant is leaving me, “Ok, I’ll month, her newest film, “No Good Deed” opens see you tomorrow.” I’m like, “Wait, wait, don’t across the country. In the movie, shot in Atlanta you want to in 2012, she spend the plays Terri, a night?” And former district there was this attorney and one room in strong-willed the house that single mother. was locked! Idris Elba There was this (“Mandela: long hallway Long Walk to get to my To Freedom,” bedroom and “Pacific Rim”) it felt like “The co-stars Shining.” So I as Colin, a would literally dangerous go in the stranger who house, lock the talks his way door, set the into her house. alarm and run Recently, the down to the effusive Henson close I JUST LOVE WHAT I DO. I’M A CREATIVE bedroom, spoke at length the door, put a with Insite in PERSON AND I HAVE TO STAY CREATIVE OR chair under it a luxury suite and go to sleep I’LL WITHER UP LIKE A RAISIN.” at the Four with the covers Seasons Hotel. over my head.

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You’re known for your widely-varied roles. How do you choose your projects? I look at the character and if it’s something I haven’t done before, then I’m automatically interested. I like to push and challenge myself. I’d play a man; I can’t wait to do that! I just love what I do. I’m a creative person and I have to stay creative or I’ll wither up like a raisin. “No Good Deed” is unique in that it’s an African-American-centric thriller. We really had to fight to get this made, because it hasn’t been done. People were like, “It’s never been done; it’s uncharted territory,” but somebody had to take a risk. That’s why I took this; I was thinking, “When is the last time I saw a woman stand up for herself and not play the victim in a thriller?” J-Lo in “Enough” and Julia Roberts in “Sleeping With the Enemy,” but those were how many years ago? It’s time! I think women, I don’t care what color you are; mothers everywhere, will identify with Terri. Tell us about working with Idris Elba. There’s a definite chemistry in your interactions in this film. Oh, he’s ugly, he’s fat and has a dumb accent. No, no, no. Really, he’s great! Very charming, very charismatic. And to me, that makes the best bad guys, because secretly, twisted, you kinda want them to get away with it, a little bit. You don’t want to play a bad guy that everyone hates anyway, because then you lose the audience. Was it difficult to star in and produce the film? It was tough. My best performance was talking Idris into doing it! He had already booked “Mandela;” he was on his way to Africa. I was like, “Oh no, not so fast, you said you were gonna do this movie! And my son is about to go to college and I have that movie set aside for his tuition and please, you have to do this, I’m a single mother!” I pulled the single mother card, yes I did!

Now, nearly a decade later, what do you think of your film “Hustle and Flow,” in retrospect? That’s actually one of my favorites and God, I didn’t know it was ten years! I’m excited to be working with Terrance Howard again, on Empire. But wow, it was just a great experience because it was one of those projects that nobody believed in. Everybody that worked on that project was there because they believed in that story and these people and the script was amazing. As a producer now, I want to produce a “Hustle And Flow,” too; that movie that the studio thumbed-down and then at Sundance, they’re in a bidding war! Tell us a bit about Empire [scheduled to air on Fox next spring]? It’s around a record label that my character and Terrance Howard started when we were really young, and we had three sons. It’s very Dynastymeets-The Sopranos, meets an R&B/hip-hop version of Glee! You are considered a role model for many young women. Is there a pressure to live up to your fans’ expectations? I don’t put that kind of pressure on myself. I have respect for myself and I have morals and values so it’s not that I have to prove anything to anybody, this is just who I am. I have a son, so first of all, my child has to respect me. If he’s gonna go out into the world and respect women, it starts with his mother. You love challenges, so what’s next? A super hero role, or an iconic figure. I mean, I believe Terri was a super hero, but she didn’t have the cape. I want the cape - and I want special powers! “No Good Deed” is now playing. Check local listings for theaters and showtimes. An expanded version of this feature can be found on our website www.insiteatlanta.com.


COMEDY

PAST AND PRESENT

Comic Legend Bill Cosby Lives in the Moment BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH

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OSBY: HIS LIFE AND TIMES author Mark Whitaker says in the recently-published biography that Bill Cosby’s first goal is to “put them there,” – to engross his listeners with an engaging story – in the present. His second objective is to make them laugh. The iconic 77-year-old entertainer has been doing just that for over fifty years now, with a career that includes influential comedy albums, groundbreaking television shows and excursions into every aspect of the entertainment business. This writer was excited and prepared to talk with Dr. Cosby, armed with six pages of notes on his comedy, music, television, movies, books, touring, philanthropy (including his incredible 20-milliondollar donation to Spelman College), his mysterious friendships with Bob Dylan and Richard Pryor, his groundbreaking late ‘60s record label Tetragrammaton, which released not only early Deep Purple records but the American version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s controversial Two Virgins album. But that’s all in the distant past. Cosby lives in the moment and is busier now than ever, with a new NBC sitcom in the works, plans for a new Fat Albert series, a new comedy special (“Bill Cosby 77”) coming in November and a national tour that brings him back to Georgia this month for a show at the Classic Center in Athens. Cosby is the ultimate jazz musician. He is the Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Beatles of spoken word performance. His long, improvisational monologues riff on a theme, spiral out into space and may or may not return for a traditional punch line. But in his world, the big finish isn’t the payoff, the journey is the thing. He answers his phone with his unmistakable delivery, not with an expected hello, but “I’m ready!” And we’re off. Suddenly those six pages of notes become unnecessary. You’re known for your comedy records, but I must say, “Urselena” [from Cosby’s Hurray For The Salvation Army Band album in 1968] is one of the greatest soul records of all time. You know what, man, there are certain things in my life that will tie that statement you just made, but none will be above it. That, to me, was one of the grooviest things that was ever mis-promoted. I was in a cab in New York, and a cab driver with an accent said to me, “I am from Israel and you are very famous in Israel in the discos because your song Usra-lina is the most popular song.” And as quiet as it’s kept, I love it. [Cosby’s longtime musical collaborator] Stu Gardner and I put that thing together. Your late ‘60s records are extremely funny and enjoyable but there’s a ton of great musicianship going on, too. Some of them out-funk James Brown’s best stuff. On the LP, the one where I’m wearing a tuxedo and sitting at the piano [1976’s Bill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days] it’s got that song “I Love Myself Better Than I Love Myself.” When you listen to that, you’ll hear one of the baddest drummers ever. His name is Nate. I ad-libbed that whole thing, man. And James Brown, when I played the Apollo Theater, a guy came up to me and said, “James Brown wants to come back and

see you.” And I said, “Ok.” And James Brown came back. Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of talking to James Brown.

WILLIAM HAS A QUIET WAY OF NOT LISTENING.

Twice, yes. Did you understand what he was saying? Not a word! Thank you! Whatever it was he said, he said he appreciated my rendition more than anybody elses, of him. Besides the one hit, [1967’s “Little Ole Man (Uptight, Everything’s Alright)”] how were those records received at the time? Obviously they were appreciated in pockets, but overall, what was the reaction? I think it was a conflict. How could you be a stand-up comedian and do these songs? I think people had to make a choice on what they were gonna play. Some DJs, some programmers, I would imagine, whatever happens, they put money out to have somebody pick a song. But I’ve never really gotten [back] to that “Little Ole Man” point. Of course, if one wanted to reason in the dark, one would say, “Thank God for Motown because we copied, exactly, Motown’s whole [sound].” Except my words on the song, which was a dedication to my grandfather. Who at times -- and he wasn’t senile -- he just had a way of talking about life that was far over my head sometimes. And the chorus represented another little ole man, who was the neighborhood wino. His name was Bus Tibbs. He worked seasonally. He was a caddy, and an alcoholic. Bus worked all during golf season, and I guess he made enough tips. I don’t know what his behavior was on the courts. And off golf season, he was just known all around the neighborhood and he always had that look. One of the things I remember, Bus would ask you for money, but what was unique, was, he would never ask for more than seven cents.

What happened was, I lived like that until I joined the Navy. And that was an epiphany. I came out of the Navy with an earned GED, I entered Temple, just on a track scholarship. Then when I took the SAT, you know they say a dying person sees their whole life pass in front of them? Well, I saw my life pass in front of me as I died in that exam. All those questions, I sat in the classroom and I remembered looking at them and not paying attention. I got a total score of 500 and I’ve heard they give you 200, just for taking the test! I was put in remedial everything! Divine intervention comes in and I write two compositions for the first time since sixth grade, I’m serious. At that time I was

made serious by a teacher who went to high school with my mother. My mother said, “Get him!” And she did! I got straight A’s. She wrote on my report card, “If William is not watched, I’m afraid he will fall back on his old habits.” And I went back to my old habits of “the sun will come and it will go down.” And I’m gonna leave you with that, man. And next time, we’ll have another article. Just say, “Part two, coming!” Bill Cosby plays October 26 at the Classic Center in Athens. For more information and tickets, visit www.classiccenter.com. For more Cosby, an expanded version of this feature is available at www.insiteatlanta.com.

Was there a reason for that? There was a wine they sold in Pennsylvania stores called Tio. It must have cost around nineteen cents a bottle. And he would walk up to you and you knew he was gonna ask for six cents, three cents, something like that. It never went above seven. He had boundaries. I don’t know what you’d call it. You’re giving him too much. No, let’s just say Bus knew how much you could afford. I played baseball as a kid. And Bus Tibbs would come. And you knew he was there. All you would hear is “HEEEEEEEY!” He was a celebrity, man. And they would pass the hat around and he would always say, “Can I have seven cents?” Were you interested in comedy and jazz by the time you were playing ball on the block? The life I had as a kid was, “as long as I don’t have to study, I’m gonna be fine.” The only problem with all of that was that my mother and father were both very intelligent. My life and divine intervention brought me to the point of what I found myself doing after Temple University, and that was no sham. Temple University, I entered knowing only what I knew from just sitting in class and not bothering to study. The teacher said, when I was in sixth grade, “William has a quiet way of not listening.”

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Album Reviews

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

THE DEAN’S LIST

THE TOURÉ-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE The Paris Sessions (Cumbancha)

Killer cross-cultural collaborations. BL – An Israeli Jew and a West African Muslim walk into an airport… It may sound like the opening line to a decidedly un-p.c. joke, but it’s actually the true story behind this decidedly unique musical fusion pairing forward-thinking singer-songwriter Idan Raichel and Mali’s Vieux Touré, the son of legendary singer-guitarist Ali Farka Touré. After a chance encounter at a Berlin airport in 2008, the unlikely duo became friends, eventually performing together in November 2010 at the Tel Aviv Opera House. The next day they entered a recording studio with Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian percussionist Souleymane Kane. The resulting 2012 album, The Tel Aviv Sessions, was a seamless blend of West African rhythms and Israeli melodies, with Touré’s bluesy guitar and voice creating a musical dialogue with Raichel’s improvised piano. Their follow-up album was originally set to be recorded in Mali, but violent conflict in the region sent the group to Paris instead. Two years of touring has tightened up their sound considerably, and The Paris Sessions sounds like a musical ensemble truly finding its groove, recalling Ali Farka Touré’s work with Ry Cooder on the influential Talking Timbuktu. From the opening song, “From End to End,” to the closing “Alla,” Touré’s West African blues riffs drive the album’s his sound, with nimble guitar and soulful vocals echoing a tradition that resonates from Mali to the Mississippi Delta. Raichel wisely focuses on complementary melodies for the most part: Only on the middle section of “Tidhar” does his jazzy improvisational piano playing seem incongruous to the organic musical whole. For the most part, this is a crosscultural collaboration so stellar, you wonder why nobody thought of thought of blending Jewish and Muslim musical traditions before.

REST OF THE CLASS U2

Songs Of Innocence (Island)

LVS – To assume that everyone with an iTunes account might want the new U2 record was both a brilliant marketing plan and a huge mistake. Offered as a gift release in September, the record at least caused a stir; people were either saying it was good, or at least fair, while others were mocking the entire process. Regardless of your particular

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stance, the ploy set tongues-a-wagging and fingers flying to discuss the album on every platform of social media. The fact that it was free wasn’t the problem, it was the delivery method that stirred the masses, of course. But the point is, more people have probably deleted it from their units than bought the band’s previous release, 2009’s No Line On The Horizon, so at least market saturation was achieved. But under the upheaval, the new album itself suffers from the same problem the band has endured for the past decade. How to dismantle their past and provide a new, anthemic collection of great songs to hopefully change the world. Sadly, in that regard, they still haven’t found what they’ve been looking for, yet again. It’s just hard to endure billionaires reminiscing about the grit of their good ol’ punk rock past and love of all things low-budget and unpretentious, as is the message on the first single, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” It sets the tone for the album in a bad way, substantially marring the impact of the passion of “Song For Someone” and “Iris (Hold Me Close).” Those two tracks should have kicked off the disc because they contain all the necessary ingredients of the U2 survival kit: soaring vocals and grand gestures. “Volcano” is just plain bad songwriting, with insipid lyrics and heard-itall-before pop-rock showmanship. However, aided by studio-whiz Danger Mouse “This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now” is a definite highlight to an otherwise average collection of U2 songs that will -- in spite of the nowdiminishing hype -- be quickly forgotten. C-

NINA

My Mistake (Aztec Records)

UK-based synthpop diva Nina, currently on tour with the like-minded blokes in Erasure, has dropped a short and sweet ep just in time for the tour. Lauded by press here and abroad, her new icy hot platter should please even the most discerning fan of synthpowered pop. Obviously Erasure is a strong influence but she’s not trying to copy the moody duo. Rather, My Mistake takes the idea of a cooly detached narrative, wraps it around layers of keyboards and effects and… ok, that does sound like Erasure, but Nina takes it to a different floor of the disco hotel. Her voice is captivating and dangerous, and easily cuts through the programmed backing tracks with a devious and thankfully understated glee. It’s definitely chillwave a detached indifference in the delivery that creates an engaging mystery. Comparisons to Chvrches’ shiver is a fair comparison, but the overall theme is one of action and adventure. The b-side of the title track, “Dark Rider” is the perfect bookend to the tight spiral of “My Mistake.” With the inclusion of two remixes, one by “Bright Light” with additional club beats and the other, a galloping take by Big Black Delta, makes the disc a slight but tasty tease for the inevitable full-length release, due after the new year. B

Glenn Tilbrook

Happy Endings (Quixotic)

On this all-acoustic outing, Glenn Tilbrook, of the politely reserved UK pop legends Squeeze, takes the easy road to songwriting nirvana. He never forces his hand or plays down to his audience. Instead the crafty instrumentalist has penned a solid slab of gentle-rocking odes that are so inoffensive, his kids even pop ‘round for some vocals. Without the formidable croak of his main-Squeeze co-hort Chris Difford, the songs have a smooth glaze that never once breaks a sweat or encounters a pop-bump in the road. Instead, Tilbrook glides through the set with his soothing voice right up-front, never overpowering the slight backing of his acoustic guitar and equally restrained percussion. The result is a cache of incredible pop melodies, notably highlighted by the undeniably delicious ease of “Everybody Sometimes.” Lovers of ‘60s power-pop should also delight in the slippery “Hello There,” recalling the best of the early British Invasion at their best, in the most mannered, reserved behavior possible. B+

Midge Ure

Fragile (eOne)

‘80s New Wave legend still relevant on new record It’s been more than a decade since Midge Ure last offered a full album of new songs and the result is sure to please those who’ve been following the musician since the ‘80s. Fragile, coming in at 10 songs, is a delicate collection of synth-heavy songs that have not been swayed by recent fads in contemporary music; there is no forced reinvention, rather Ure sticks to his own brand New Wave synth music, with a dash of prog. The former guitarist for Thin Lizzy and Ultravox co-founder has never been able to eclipse his first two solo albums, released in ’85 and ’88, but that has thankfully not discouraged him for recording and touring. In fact, he is currently crossing the country with fellow ‘80s vets like Howard Jones and The Thompsons Twins’ Tom Bailey, and drawing strong reviews from critics and fans. Much like the just-released Echo & the Bunnymen album and the last OMD record, a number of New Wave survivors are continuing to put out some of their best music in decades. B

A Shoreline Dream

The Silent Sunrise (Late Night Week Night Records) Shoegaze lives in the latest from this Denver band Shoegaze is still alive and well, thanks to bands like Denver-based A Shoreline Dream. Their fourth full-length, The Silent Sunrise, sounds like a band raised on old Lush, Ride and even a couple of Sigur Ros records. The

nine-tracks here divert little from the basic formula of atmospheric guitars and Ryan Policky’s subtle vocals struggling to be heard over the deep lines of synth and guitars. The recording of The Silent Sunrise was done inside a historic 20th Century barn formerly belonging to PT Barnum which adds a bit to the sometimes eerie vibe captured on this record. The band is not exactly treading new ground here, but the result is satisfying nonetheless. And the genre lives on…B-

Tinnarose

self-titled (Nine Mile Records)

Quirky Austin band improves with repeat listens The self-titled debut from the Austin fivepiece Tinnarose is easy to dismiss as simply yet another indie rock band reveling in their quickness with no real contribution to the music world. God knows I did on a quick initial listen. But I couldn’t shake the second track on the record, the mellow “Hard Loving You” with its breezy jazz vibe and wah-wah guitars. I gave it another listen and found a couple of more tracks to like, the charging “Small Talk” and “Emptiness” with its airy, dreamlike vocals. Going back to the record again and again over two weeks, I was slowly but genuinely converted; the shared male/ female vocals, the crisp sound and the liberal use of non-basic indie rock instruments (sax, trombone, trumpet… fuck, is that an autoharp?) and I was won eventually over. This record should come with a warning label, pleading to hold judgment before several listens. B

Shovels & Rope

Swimmin’ Time (Dualtone)

Husbane/Wife duo top their last great Americana album The Charleston, SC duo Shovels & Rope caused quite a frenzy among critics jumping over each other to praise their 2012 debut. I can only imagine the chorus of approval that will meet the even stronger Swimmin’ Time. The husband and wife team of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst deliver one of the best alt country/folk albums of the year with this album, a nearly flawless collection of often dark, stripped down swamp romps. The tracks delicious gloomy “Evil” and rollicking piano-heavy “Coping Mechanism” are probably the finest in this stellar collection. It’s a toss-up as to the most exciting elements of their music: the beautifully haunting male/female harmonies or the better-than-most-novels story telling. Regardless the band has created an Americana album that will surely find appeal beyond its genre. A-


Road Warriors

This Month’s Hottest Shows BY SACHA DZUBA

10/4 – RAVEN

529 Bar Formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England by brothers John and Mark Gallagher (along with original drummer Paul Bowden). Raven became one of the forerunners of the thrash, speed and power metal genres. They are considered a large part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal which included brothers in arms, Iron Maiden. Dubbing their music “Athletic rock”, they embodied this to the point of wearing guards, helmets, and plates from various sports; often incorporating them into the playing of their instruments. These metallers are legendary; Metallica and Anthrax both had their first tour experiences opening for them. In 2001 Raven went on a long hiatus after guitarist Mark suffered a terrible accident; his legs being crushed by a wall collapsing on him. After years of rehabilitation, he is back on his feet along with brother John and drummer Joe Hasselvander; helping maintain Raven’s reputation for crazy high energy antics and regularly destroying their equipment in their live shows. Do not miss the unparalleled Raven, nevermore!

10/6 – LYKKE LI

The Tabernacle Originating from Sweden, Lykke Li initially arrived on the music scene with a mix of elec-

tro, soul, and pop music in the form of her first EP, Little Bit. She set vocals to several Röyksopp cuts, contributed a song for the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, recorded with David Lynch & also U2, and had her songs featured in various television shows and films. All of this popular media attention makes Li seem like a typical mainstream artist, but I Never Learn (her latest release) is textured and unpolished. Li’s bluesy, raw, & heartfelt vocals, reverberating piano chords and irregularly strummed acoustic guitars couple with emotive confessional songwriting and cavernous production. “This album is about the shame and the guilt and the sadness and the regret you can experience after leaving someone,” says Li. Shades of Adele, Feist, and Florence + the Machine adorn Lykke Li’s work, but she is a force, sound, and style all to herself; do not miss this intense, emotive artist.

10/8 – CHVRCHES

The Buckhead Theatre Originating from Glasgow, Scotland; Chvrches are Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty. Recently gaining acclaim in the music scene, these three Scots use electronic minimalism to create their fantastic electro-pop in the vein of New Order, Erasure, OMD, and Yaz. Sonically uplifting with bubbling, glittering electronic soundscapes and melodies, their music is underlined by darker lyrical roots. On tour in support of their latest release, The Bones of What You Believe, their hits are sure to get you on your feet and moving. A night of shimmery synth-pop, get out your best dayglo 80’s clothes, it’s time to go to Chvrches.

10/09 – FLYLEAF

The Loft Hailing from Texas, hard rock band Flyleaf are characterized by melodic and harsh female vocals and chugging guitar riffs. After a recent pivotal musical crossroad that saw the departure of longtime front woman, Lacey Sturm; new vocalist Kristen May was welcomed to the band with open arms. Guitarist Jared Hartmann describes their experience with Kristen, “She fit right in with us. For a while, we didn’t know if we’d ever be able to play again. She brought this incredible energy to the table, and it inspired us.”. With a new vocalist behind the microphone, the band was renewed and reinvigorated leading to their latest album release, Between the Stars. Kristen brings a purely clear and crisp vocal style which compliments the heavy rock that Flyleaf are known for, creating a new chapter and sound for this powerhouse band. The Loft provides a perfect and intimate setting to reacquaint yourself with the new Flyleaf.

10/13 – SONATA ARCTICA

The Masquerade Sonata Arctica, a melodic/power metal band from Finland, are unleashed upon the states and celebrating their 15th anniversary. Lead singer Tony Kakko’s emotive tenor vocals wind through keyboard lines that race alongside melodic guitars. Oftentimes the guitars and keyboards are doubling and dueling in a style similar to Children of Bodom or Stratovarius…but far more melodic and uplifting. Evoking imagery of snowy forests and lone wolves, their latest album is Pariah’s Child, a return to their power metal roots merged with the other musical styles they’ve explored in their releases. Don’t be a pariah, be there when Sonata Arctica hit the stage, metal horns high and howling at the moon.

10/26 - SECRET CHIEFS 3

The Earl Constant in their inconsistency, this instrumental rock group is led by guitarist and composer Trey Spruance. Many of the Mike Patton faithful know Trey as guitarist to Mr. Bungle and Faith No More. His time with Patton has certainly had its effects, as SC3 is a mish-mash of styles and ideas. Influenced by and encompassing the sounds of Arabian, Indian, and Persian music, as well as surf rock, death metal, film scores and electronic music; this is musical brilliance at its most bizarre. Consisting of a vast and rotating cast of musicians, these are sounds that have to be heard to be believed. If you like Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, and Fantomas, you should not miss this show. This is the musical equivalent of a circus sideshow, don’t be afraid to look!

10/28 – JUDAS PRIEST W/ STEEL PANTHER

Gwinnett Center Arena Judas Priest are one of the progenitors of the classic heavy metal scene; known for their iconic trendsetting leather and studs S&M look, operatic metal vocal style, and twin lead guitars. Though frontman Rob Halford did leave the band, the “Metal God” has been back on the mike with his soaring vocal range, high screams and strong vibrato since 2003. After threatening to stop touring with their recent Epitaph tour, Judas Priest sadly did bid a farewell to founding guitarist K.K. Downing; but newcomer Richie Faulkner slotted perfectly in place and has even given the band an energetic and creative boost. Touring in support of their 17th and latest album, Redeemer of Souls, Judas Priest are celebrating over 40 years in the metal scene. Tour mates Steel Panther create parodic and ironic music that evoke hair metal glam bands of the 80’s, they’re sure to make you rock-out laughing. Bang your head and laugh along with Steel Panther and then hear and worship the hellfire and damnation sermons of reinvigorated and renewed metal icons, Judas Priest.

MUSIC

MUSIC OF THE VIKINGS

Wardruna Revives Ancient Nordic Folk Traditions BY BRET LOVE

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HERE WAS A TIME BACK IN THE ‘80s and ‘90s when radio stations and MTV were great outlets for discovering new music. But these days, more often than not, I find my favorite artists through film and TV soundtracks. Such was the case with Wardruna, a Norwegian musical project created by Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik. Selvik, formerly the drummer for Black Metal band Gorgoroth, created the project in 2003 to pursue his passion for Nordic spiritualism. Profoundly influenced by the runes of the Elder Futhark, the world’s oldest runic alphabet, he began working with former Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl (a.k.a. Kristian Espedal) and vocalist Lindy Fay Hella to craft an epic, ambient sound rooted in ancient folkloric traditions. Their second album, Yggdrasil (named after the tree that connects the nine worlds of Norse mythology), was released in March of 2013. But it wasn’t until Wardruna’s music was featured prominently in the History Channel TV show Vikings that the band began building buzz. After tracking Selvik down via his website, we were delighted to get a chance to speak with him about his interest in Norse history, the challenges of making his own reproductions of ancient instruments, and how his success with Vikings will impact Wardruna’s third album, which he hopes to release next year. What was your original inspiration for wanting to do this project? As a kid, I was really taken by ancient Norse stories and history. It was so different from the

monotheistic way of seeing of the world in terms of black and white, good and evil. It’s much more complex. During my teens, my fascination with the esoteric and spiritual side of the old traditions became deeper. But there was no one interpreting these things musically. I did the first Wardruna recording in 2002-2003, and it took me seven years to finish that album due to the whole process of learning about the instruments and obtaining them.

How did you find these instruments? When I started digging into the source material, I came across instruments that I had to have. At that point, there were very few people who made or played them. I either had to find someone to build it or build it myself. Natural instruments are different from any other types of instruments. They are alive in a sense, and have their own will. Making frame drums in the old way, I didn’t shoot the animal, but I skinned it, tanned it and scraped the skin. It’s a very monotonous, time-consuming process, but it’s actually quite beautiful because you’re slowing bringing the animal back to life in a new form. I have a more personal, animistic way of viewing my instruments after that process. Wardruna’s music is based on the runes of the Elder Futhark, the earliest known runic alphabet. How did they inspire you? In the Finnish tradition of folk medicine, the magical songs are always called runes. Knowing the runes’ secrets was considered to be the highest knowledge one could have. So it’s something I approach with great respect. We

have three different rune poems– Norwegian, Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon– and they’re like proverbs or riddles that are designed to educate you. In making musical renditions of them, my creative concept was to interpret them on their own premises. If I’m working with the B rune, which symbolizes birch trees, I go out in the forest and play on birch trees. If I’m working with water, I use the sound of water, standing in the middle of a river while doing all of the vocals. The idea is to capture the relevant places and implement them into the music. Have your fans from your metal career followed you into this new transition? Though I have a metal background, bands like Gorgoroth were just a job. Apart from it being a very powerful artistic expression, it wasn’t anything I was able to put my creative voice into. When I started playing with Gorgoroth and got to know Kristian, we found common ground in that we’re both pagans and very interested in our own roots and history. When I started Wardruna, it was a natural thing for me to include him. From the very beginning, he was the guy I bounced my ideas off of. We created the whole concept together. I was kind of surprised to see that so many people in the metal world are into Wardruna. The response has been overwhelming. How did you get involved with doing music for the TV show, Vikings? In the beginning they were supposed to film here in Norway. I tried to get in touch with them because I thought they needed some of

my sounds, but I didn’t get through to anyone. About 3 or 4 months before the first season aired we were contacted by the production of Vikings, and they wanted to license quite a bit of our music. They got a lot of positive response to the music. When they started working on the second season, they wanted to have more of my sound in the heart of the series. So they asked if I would be interested in working with Trevor Morris, the main composer of the series. We quickly found that we like working together, and the results of our collaboration. What’s the plan for the third and final album in the trilogy? The main plan is to make a good record, which I hope to have ready by the end of 2015. Being part of Vikings is a major opportunity for Wardruna to enchant new listeners. I see Wardruna being able to reach a much wider audience because the themes I’m working with are universal. It’s all about man’s relationship to nature, to each other and to something larger than yourself. That’s something I think most people relate to. I feel like this is just the beginning.

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MUSIC

JUST DARLING

Frontman for The Darlings Talks on Latest Project and Jason Cruz & Howl BY JOHN B. MOORE

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UDDY DARLING, FRONTMAN AND guitarist for The Darlings, always looked up to Jason Cruz as a musician. So it was pretty incredible to get him to sing on their last album. Flash forward a few years and his band is touring with Cruz, releasing their latest album on his label and Darling is even a member of Cruz’s side project, Jason Cruz & Howl. Darling sums up the experience quite succinctly. “I’m a lucky son of a bitch.” And Darling will be pulling double duty when his band, The Darlings, open up for Jason Cruz and Howl and then he steps up to play with the headliner each night this summer. Darling spoke recently about the band’s new record, Made of Phantoms, seeing his music evolve and hanging out with one of his punk rock idols. The last time I interviewed you guys was about four years ago, when The New Escape was coming out. Do you think the band has changed much since then? Yes the music has matured from punk into more of a rock n’ roll style and I think we have started to develop our own sound, however our hard work and relentless drive has not changed. Our live show has definitely sweetened the pot. We have been on the road touring for the past ten years and there’s nothing like the glory of a good show. I am also fueled by the fresh blood in the band. Andrew Tyler Murphy on drums is a madman and Hunter Z goes nuts on stage. Mainly we

all like good fucking rock n roll and our styles work well together. Me and Chris (Kranes), the bass player, have been together since 2006

If I remember right, Jason Cruz sang on that record as well. He joined you or a song on this new one and you guys are about to tour with his band. How far do you guys go back? Jason and I have been close for about six years, I think. He was one of my idols growing up and a huge influence on my vocal melodies and lyrical content. Now I get to be friends and play music with the dude... It’s a beautiful thing! I’m a lucky son of a bitch. We started a side project, Jason Cruz and Howl, about four years ago and he’s bent over backwards helping The Darlings where ever he can. Me and him definitely inspire each other I am excited to hit the road with both of the bands this summer. First time I will be playing double duty I’m very excited. What can you tell me about this new album? Raw, truthful and dark. It is the album I have always wanted to release. On our other two records you can kind of hear some styles clashing a bit. This is the first time I have complete control to write what I felt. We’re breaking away from the ‘vanilla punk rock with a mild Americana twist” and venturing into some riskier, darker territory. I think it’s important to take risks. We were lucky enough to work with some amazing musical geniuses on this record. The producer Andy Carpenter, my buddy Jason Freese from Green Day laid down some keys on a couple songs and Jason Cruz recorded and wrote

“Evangeline” with me. Also we have released the album through Jason Cruz’ new Indie label Echotone. The song, “There’s a Madman Living in Waco” really jumped out on the first listen. Can you talk a little bit about the inspiration behind that one? Cults..... great writing material I suppose (laughs). I think David Koresh actually has an original song called “There’s a madman living in Waco.” Kinda funny. It’s got some great slide guitar on the song. You guys tour a lot and are known for your live shows. Is it difficult to try and capture the feel of those live sets when you’re in the studio recording? No we’ve always been told we’re better live and that’s why I wanted a more organic and raw fell for this record. We were real careful to not go for that over polished sound. I love the studio… well most of the time. But the

stage is sacred, it’s what I live for. The glory of a good show. These new songs are very fun to play live. I think we play maybe three or four of the old songs (laughs). Are you one of those bands who would rather be touring or making records in the studio? I’m not sure. I guess whatever manifests... It took us a long time between the last record and this one, we played a lot on that old stuff. Maybe this time the next album will come sooner but I don’t know. You have to live a little and experience new things to write about. We’re ready to tour for now though. Those are all the questions I have. Anything else you want to cover? That’s it for now thanks for taking the time to talk with us. You can find everything on our website thedarlingsrocknroll.com. Keep an eye out for a new music video from us. We’ll start shooting next month.

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New Album Gets Hellcat Records Up and Running Again BY JOHN B. MOORE

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T’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE HELLCAT RECORDS, THE Epitaph offshoot co-founded by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, last put out an album. But the stellar new record from The Interrupters, co-produced by Armstrong and featuring his sometime collaborator Kevin Bivona, was an appropriate enough reason to get the label up and running again. The debut album, featuring Aimee Interrupter on vocals, Kevin on guitar and his bothers Jesse and Justin, on drums and bass, is not that far removed from some of the work Armstrong has put out with Rancid and as Tim Timebomb, infectious music coated in 2 Tone Ska and Street Punk influences. The project initially started out as Aimee’s solo album, but with Kevin bringing in his twin brothers, it morphed into a full-fledged band. From that point, Armstrong was invited into the studio and the result is one of punk rock’s best debuts released so far this summer. Let’s start off with how the band first come together. I was writing my solo record with Kevin (Bivona) and he was producing. He brought the twins (Jesse and Justin

Bivona) in to work on it and we all had really good chemistry, so we decided to start a band. Kevin and the twins have been playing together since they were kids and I had already had good chemistry with Kevin so it all came together in a very natural way. Still haven’t finished that solo record! When and how did you first come to the attention of Tim? Tim and Kevin have been doing music together for years on various projects (Transplants, Jimmy Cliff). Tim co-wrote a few songs that were supposed to be for my album. When we made the shift into being a band he was just as excited as we were so he jumped on board right away as co-writer and producer. We were very lucky to have him. He got it right away and helped us develop our sound, he’s kind of like the fifth Interrupter.

What was he like to work with in the studio? It was amazing. We are all huge fans of his music and the records he has made. Being in the studio with him was so fun and spontaneous. We got so much done in such a short period of time because he made sure we weren’t overthinking it and we were being ourselves. It was very inspiring to make

the record with him. Given that you put your solo record on hold, how long had you been working on the songs that made it onto this record? When we got together as a band we pretty much started writing from scratch aside from some ideas we had already been kicking around. We got together with Tim one day, played him ideas, and we just developed the ones that felt good. We started recording the album like the next day so everything was pretty fresh to us. Can you talk a little bit about the inspiration behind song “Easy on You”? It’s a great song that I had to listen to a couple of times for the lyrics to really sink in. Sometimes I can be a little Catholic guilt ridden. I was trying to cheer myself up one day and the chorus popped into my head. That song is for anyone who is extra hard on themselves for things they can’t control. It made me feel better, so I’m hoping it does that for others.

Having started at solo, what is it like working as a band compared to going it alone? Does it ever get frustrating having to get a consensus on a song versus just being able to make the decision yourself? I’ve been solo for so many years. It feels like a weight off my shoulders that I can share responsibility with the boys. That being said, if I don’t wanna sing something, no one makes me. We all have each other’s backs. What’s next for the band? Lots of touring and writing!

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As I am crafting this, the biggest EDM festival ever to converge on the deep south, TomorrowWorld, is about to launch. Although I won’t be there, friend and contributor to The Greatest Singles Column in Human History, TJ Kenney, has valiantly volunteered to be my eyes and ears on the ground. In solidarity with him, and everyone else in attendance of this momentous event, is this collection of electronic audio brilliance:

ODD PARENTS

“Learn to Fly” (Maceo’s Flight Home Mix) Maceo Plex’s gorgeous refit of an alreadylovely Odd Parents track is EDM equally suited for both the dance floor and the bedroom. Marrying Burial’s ominous ambience and burrowing bass to early Moby’s raver hymnals (see: “Go”, “Everytime You Touch Me”), this is an anthem guaranteed to be on this author’s “Best of 2014” list in December. If you were at TW and missed him, shame on you.

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MASSIVE ATTACK

If you would like to hear this month’s tracks-and a few more great ones we didn’t have room to write about--check our “Track Suits Mix” at: mixcloud.com/tracksuits. (Special thanks to TJDJ and my brilliant sib Jody for their help in curating this.)

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THE BATTERY Tired of waiting for the return of The Walking Dead to get your Zombie fix? This New England indie (shot in 15 days for about $6000) is surprisingly solid, tracking the misadventures of two former baseball players traveling the backroads of Connecticut after the zombie apocalypse. Writer/director/star Jeremy Gardner and his co-producer/co-star Adam Cronheim very nearly knock it out of the park in their award-winning debut, crafting a dramatic horror film that balances the fright with genuine heart and soul. THE GODZILLA COLLECTION To capitalize on the attention surrounding director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the 60-year-old film franchise, Sony has released a ton of Godzilla titles on Blu-Ray at rock-bottom prices. Godzilla 2000 (which includes both the US and Japanese versions) is arguably the weakest of the bunch, with our favorite nuclear lizard battling an alien monster disguised as a UFO. But the shocker is that the double features– Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla/Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah/ Godzilla vs Megaguirus– more than hold their own against any Godzilla movie Hollywood has ever produced. GRIMM: SEASON 3 Rarely have I been more frustrated by a TV show’s promise than I was by Grimm, which was inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales but ultimately became a hot mess of mediocre acting, terrible writing and even worse “special effects.” Truth be told, I gave up on the show midway through Season 1. Season 3 shows improvement, striking a better balance between procedural police drama and supernatural creature-of-the-week horror. But when compared to similarly dark shows such as Sleepy Hollow and The Strain, Grimm still feels weak and watered-down for the masses. THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL This fantastic 6-DVD collection from the NBC show that ran though out the 1970s and early ‘80s is an essential keepsake for any music lover, with 100 live performances by diverse artists ranging from AC/DC to The Village People. Yes, some of the performances feel a bit dated (ahem, Gordon Lightfoot), but there are a slew of amazing sets crammed in here, including Fleetwood Mac, ELO and an Aerosmith performance that will convert the uninitiated. Though less well known, The Midnight Special was right up there with Soul Train and American Bandstand in introducing new music to the masses. THE NORMAL HEART Given the stellar cast– a brilliant Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and sitcom-famous Jim Parsons in a small, but career-defining role– this HBO film, based on the Tony Award-winning play, was one of the best TV movies to come out this year. Despite the recent inexplicable Emmy losses, this story of politics and relationships set in 1980s New York (at the beginning of the HIV-AIDS crisis) is emotionally tough, but remarkably satisfying.

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URE, MATT RYAN’S HAD gaudier stat lines than the one he had on Thursday, September 18 — the season-opening victory against rival New Orleans, where he tossed three touchdowns and passed for an Atlanta Falcons-high 448 yards, certainly comes to mind — but he’s probably never had a better overall professional game. Cool, calm and, at times, a little too collected for an NFL contest, Matty Ice was an astounding 21 of 24 for 286 yards and three TDs in a 56-14 smashing of Tampa Bay. “I don’t think anyone should ever doubt that Matt Ryan was going to come back and have a good game after the game last week,” said Falcons head coach Mike Smith, referring to the Falcons’ rough 24-10 loss to Cincinnati in Week 2. “He was on top of his reads, where to go with the football. There was some precise route running for the most part. He spun it about as well he has spun since we’ve been here and congratulations to Matt, over 85% completion.” So, when Ryan meets with the media for a post-game chat, he’s all smiles. As his coach just alluded, he had a phenomenal game. He tossed more touchdowns than incompletions. His squad moved into first place in the NFC South. No better time to get the two-time Pro Bowler’s thoughts on scoring in bunches, watching teammates make history and seeing his squad find its groove early in the 2014 season. On the 56-14 blowout... A fun night, it was. We talked about all week that we wanted to start fast and rebound from last week. I thought we did a great job of that collectively, all three phases. With that being said, even as good as tonight was, I think there are areas where we can improve and get better. But all in all, there was really good effort. I loved the energy from all three phases. We got the job done. It was a good night. On the offense clicking... Our objective as an offense is to try and score every time we touch the ball. Tonight, we did a pretty good job of putting up some points. Special teams added to it and the defense added to it. Defense had a turnover, an interception for a touchdown, but also a fumble recovery that puts us on the one-yard

line. Field position like that is pretty good. All three phases contributed to the scoring and great effort across the board. On the team’s ability to bounce back after a loss... I think, in this League, there are going to be weeks where it’s tough sledding, especially on the road. Sometimes you don’t play as well as you’d like. But good teams respond. Good teams come back and play better the following week. We got a long way to go to get where we want to go to, but this is a step in the right direction. On Devin Hester becoming the all-time leader in return touchdowns... You can’t say enough about him. Devin has been awesome since he got here. He is as good a teammate as you can ask for. He works as hard as anybody that I’ve been around and he’s extremely humble. I couldn’t be more happy for him to break the record. It was special that Deion [Sanders, the former record holder] was here as well. It’s always funny how things kinda have a way of working out like that. [Devin] was emotional. It’s really cool to see. A lot of hard work that he’s put into it. Just very, very happy for him. On the NFL schedule... These Thursday night games are always tough on the front end, physically [and] mentally, trying to get yourself as prepared as you can be to go out there and execute game plan. But they’re great on the back end because you get three extra days of rest, which, at any time of the year, is huge. I think guys will take advantage of that and get away from football for a day or two.

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F YOU’RE FASCINATED BY ZOMBIE lore, but your primary source of information about them is The Walking Dead, the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is a must-see. This is perhaps the only place outside of Haiti where you’ll find an expert on the subject of Voodoo– owner Jerry Gandolfo– willing to tell you how to make your own human zombie. His explanation is full of fascinating details, involving poison extracted from a blowfish and put into someone’s shoe, where it’s absorbed into the sweat glands and induces a catatonic state similar to death. Later, the victim is given an antidote and powerful hallucinogens, making them appear to rise from the dead. Gandolfo, a practicing Catholic from a Creole family who took over as caretaker of the Museum a few years after his older brother– “Voodoo Charlie”– passed away, clearly relishes sharing these stories of the supernatural (or superstition, depending on your view). The 61-year-old former insurance man, who leads many of the museum’s tours, typically has a tired, hangdog look about him, but gets a gleam in his eyes and the hint of a sly smile whenever he uses storytelling to toy with visitors’ expectations. And while skeptics may scorn the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum’s hodgepodge collection of voodoo dolls, African masks, grisgris (or talismans), dusty historic portraits of “voodoo queens” and human skulls as kitschy, for others it’s a loving paean to an ancient African religion dating back hundreds of years.

penchant for herbs, potions, charms and amulets with them. In the Dominican Republic, the practice became known as Vudu; in Haiti it was Vodou; and in Louisiana– the epicenter of the U.S. slave trade– Voodoo was born. Because enslaved Africans outnumbered European settlers by a ratio of two to one and most slaves were owned by a small subset of wealthy whites, West African culture continued to thrive in Louisiana. After the Embargo Act of 1808 ended the importation of slaves, laws were passed to prevent the separation of slave families, ensuring that these ancient spiritual beliefs were passed down from generation to generation. Over time, African folk traditions merged with the Catholic practices of the French Creole culture, creating many of the “Hoodoo” elements (gris-gris, voodoo dolls, etc) we associate with Voodoo today.

THE ORIGINS OF VOODOO/VODUN Voodoo (a.k.a. vudu, vodun, vodou or vaudoux) is a term used to encompass the traditional religions of coastal West Africa, including the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, the Fon people of Togo and Benin, and the Yoruba of Nigeria. These religions center around divine vodun spirits that govern the Earth, ranging in power from major deities that govern the forces of nature to ethnic vodun, which protect certain clans or tribes. There’s a Creator known as Nana Buluku, her offspring Mawu and Lisa (the moon and sun), Mawu’s child Legba, and dozens of other deities. This hierarchy is strangely similar to that of the saints of Catholicism, with which voodoo traditions are often fused. When the slaves were stolen from West Africa and spread throughout the Caribbean and the Americas in the 17th and 18th century, they took their spiritual beliefs (which include a healthy dose of ancestor worship) and their

INSIDE THE NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC VOODOO MUSEUM Like many of the world’s polytheistic pagan folk religions, Voodoo is largely matriarchal. Voodoo Queens are revered, typically presiding over ceremonial meetings and sacred rituals and concocting charms and potions for members of their community. Laveau was the most famous Voodoo Queen of all, renowned for her magical powers and influence, which included convincing followed to attend Catholic Mass as a way to hide their true spiritual beliefs. Today, Gandolfo leads daily tours to Laveau’s tomb in the nearby St Louis Cemetery No. 1, where devout Voodoo followers still leave offerings and ask for favors. We learned about New Orleans’ Skull & Bone Gangs– which appear in the 7th Ward and Tremé every Mardi Gras dressed as skeletons, warning local children of the dangers of drugs and alcohol– and how they and the Mardi Gras Indians are connected to similar secret societies in Africa. We learned about the Rougarou– a cross between a French werewolf, African vampire and Voodoo zombie– and the French Louisiana legend about how the half-man, halfalligator spirit emerges at night to suck blood and steal souls. And of course we learned about Zombies– not the myth, but the “Life After Death” rituals occasionally practiced in Haitian Vodou, as described in the book The Serpent & the Rainbow by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. The great thing about the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is that you can view at as a quirky, creepy bit of Louisiana kitsch, or you can approach it– as Gandolfo clearly does– as a loving tribute to a historically significant religion that remains alive and well in Louisiana today (estimates suggest that around 2% of the area’s population still observes Voodoo traditions in some form). Either way, it’s a fascinating place unlike any other museum I’ve ever seen.

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OUR FAVORITE THINGS BY BRET LOVE

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UTUMN IS OUR FAVORITE time of year, and arguably the best time of year to get out and ex-plore Georgia’s natural beauty. Here are a few great gear options we’ve found that make outdoor COLEMAN recreation even more enjoyable:

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One of the cooler ideas we’ve seen this year is the Instant 2-For-1 Tent & Shelter from COLEMAN (coleman. com), which gets points for adaptability. You can take it to a picnic and just use the 14 X 8 shelter, or attach the inner 8-person tent– big enough for two queen size air beds– for camping out… We’re big fans of KELTY (kelty. com), and their 3-season Granby 4 tent is another gem in the line. The 58 sq ft of floor space is big enough to sleep 4 people, while the roomy vestibule adds space for storing gear and hanging out. With an integrated mud mat to keep your feet clean, it almost feels like home… BROOKS RANGE (BrooksRange. com) is a new brand for OFT, but we were really impressed by the onepole design and spaceto-weight ratio of their 2-person Tension 30 tent. Roomy, rugged and under 3 pounds, it’s a perfect choice for backpackers.

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Cooking outdoors is one of our favorite things: It always makes food taste better. The El-ektra FE Cook System from OPTIMUS STOVES (OptimusStoves.com) is one of the most intriguing camp cooking designs we’ve seen. It’s slim, versatile and modular, weighing just over a pound and boiling water in 2.5 minutes… The Small Basecamp Kitchen from Kelty is larger– offering a wide surface area for prep, wind protection for your stove, and a zippered pantry that holds up to 80 pounds of food– yet it folds down to just 24” x 17” x 4”… Originally designed for airline employees, the Crew Cooler II from EBAGS (eBags.com) is equally handy for cookouts, with a dry compartment on top, a front compartment for silverware and napkins and such, and an insulated cold compartment with a PEVA liner that can be taken out for easy cleaning.

FISHING

I’ve recently taken an interest in flyfishing, and the Chattahoochee offers a great place to practice. The folks at ORVIS (orvis.com) are offering great deals for newbs like me: You get a complete All-in-One Fly Fishing Rod & Reel Set for $160, a hard-sided Safe Passage CarryIt-All Rod & Gear Case (which holds up to 6 fly rods and allows for customized organization of reels and fly boxes) for the same price, and a Safe Passage Angler’s Day Pack (with insulated cooler compartment and compression straps to

hold your rod tube) for $140. Trout, here I come!

BACKPACKS

Based in Seattle, TOM BIHN (TomBihn. com) is an indie outfitter with a reputation for superior quality and innovative design. Their 31-liter Guide’s Pack blends the aesthetics of old school camping gear with decidedly modern functionality, with a large top pocket, top loading main compartment, and fully customizable interior organization. Beyond that, it looks really cool, perfect for the city or the trail… The Z35 pack from GREGORY (GregoryPacks.com) is a 35-liter day pack designed for hiking/backpacking, with CrossFlo suspension to provide cooling airflow, moisture-wicking mesh on the harness and waist belt, and side/bottom compression straps and hideaway axe/trekking pole loops for carry-ing your gear.

SLEEPING BAGS

Camping gear has been changing at lightning speed in recent years. We love seeing new ideas such as the BESITO GOOD KIT FROM TICLA (ticlapr. blogspot.com), which combines a sleeping bag, sleeping mat and oversized stuff sack into one easy-tocarry package. The sleeping bag’s liner is as luxe as it could be, with a 2-sided design that works for warmer or cooler climates. It’s perfect for first-time campers… The Backcountry Bed Sleeping Bag FROM SIERRA DESIGNS (SierraDesigns.com) is another innovative concept, eliminating the standard mummy-style bag inn favor of zipper less access through a large oval opening and an oversized integrated comforter, which allows you to sleep on your back, side or stomach. Insulated with 600-fill or 800-fill DriDown and incorporating an integrated sleeping pad sleeve, the bag has earned 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards from Backpacker and Climbing magazines… The BOOT JACK 24 is a more traditional mummy-style bag from Big Agnes (BigAgnes.com), with DownTek water repellant insulation and patented Insotect Flow technology. But, at a price about half that of the other sleeping bags reviewed here, it’s perfect for no-frills backpackers on a budget.

HAMMOCK

In keeping with this month’s innovative design theme, we’ve got to give a shoutout to EA-GLE’S NEST OUTFITTERS (EaglesNestOutfittersInc.com). We’ve long been impressed by their two-person DoubleNest Hammocks, but their new HouseFly Rain Tarp allows outdoor lovers an adaptable alternative to tent camping. The floor-length sides and overlapping doors create an awesome weatherproof fortress for your hammock, keeping you warm, dry, comfortable and elevated no matter what time of year you choose to use it.


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