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INTERVIEWS 10 Iliza Shlesinger 12 Tiger Style 12 Australian Pink Floyd 14 Diet Cig 14 The Toadies 14 Foreign Tongues 17 Bridget Everett 20 Netherworld 22 A Fragile Tomorrow 22 Lloyd Price
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FEATURES 08 Fall Patio Guide 10 Out on Film 11 ATL’s Best Sandwiches 18 Halloween Guide 21 Galapagos Islands 21 Reynolds Plantation
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Around Town THROUGH OCTOBER 25 Pumpkin Festival
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park’s annual Pumpkin Festival has become a family favorite with kids and parents alike. Take in all of the splendor that autumn provides with attractions, fun-filled games, shows and more. Follow the life sized telling of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you wind your way through Spookley’s A-MazIng Adventure. Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin and lift his friends into the air for a Dance-A-Long Party Parade that dances through Crossroads. Bring the entire family to The Great Pumpkin Junction. Visit stonemountainparkcom
OCTOBER 8 - 31
Scarecrows in the Garden 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
OCTOBER 8 & 9
Arts@Tech presents - Streb: Forces Ferst Center for the Arts
Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action Company give action a voice and a story in Forces. Big ideas, big hardware, big hearts and big muscles collide in this show that in-
Events and Performances taking place this Month
tertwines dance, boxing, rodeo, and Hollywood stuntwork to create a bristling, muscleand-motion experience. Combining daring with precision of movement is the hallmark of STREB, an entertainment phenomenon whose performances include the 2012 London Olympics. Call 404-894-9600 or visit arts.gatech.edu/ferstcenter.
the event includes Bluegrass from Georgia Jug Huggers and Appalachelation, garden games and tours of Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity Garden. Details and tickets are available at harvestonthehooch.org.
Buena Vista Social Club Rialto Center for the Arts
OCTOBER 17 & 18
Behind Brookhaven MARTA Station
Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park
Brookhaven Arts Festival
The Brookhaven Arts Festival has been Brookhaven’s premier art festival since 2004. This year a group of local artists, business owners and community members, took the reins of the Brookhaven Arts Festival, after the dissolution of the Brookhaven Arts Alliance. The festival looks to be better than ever while showcasing works from over 100 artists. On Apple Valley Rd. between N. Druid Hills Rd. and Dresden. Visit brookhavenartsfestival.com
Harvest on the Hooch
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Harvest on the Hooch celebrates the vital connection between the garden and the plate and raising funds for the Center’s Unity Garden. In addition to featuring catering from local restaurants and chefs,
Buds N’ Burgers After more than a thousand performances by a total of more than 40 musicians, Cuba's legendary Orchestra Buena Vista Social Club is bidding the road farewell. One of the Rialto's all-time most popular groups will fill the venue for the final time on Saturday, 24 at 8 pm. Enjoy their native Havana's joyful, rhythmic, brassy Latin jazz sounds - son montunos, danzon, cha cha cha, and boleros - once again, one last time. Visit rialto.gsu.edu to purchase tickets.
OCTOBER 24 & 25
Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival
Village Green in Downtown Smyrna
This year’s festival features over 175 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. There will be a kids costume contest and parade beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday. Crowd favorite Peter Hart will be bringing his Atlanta Puppet
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Show and Scott Thompson will be supplying the music. Admission is free and festival hours are 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday and Noon - 5 pm Sunday. Visit Smyrnacity.com
The 1st annual Bud-n-Burgers Festival is being held between 11 am - 6 pm at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park. This event showcases 12 to 15 local restaurants and their burger grilling skills. The event is free to attend with sampling tickets and beverages for purchase. Tasty burgers and other food items will be for sale by each of the participating restaurants that day while the youngsters can enjoy the Kid Zone or corn hole games. Visit budnburgers.com
OCTOBER 24 & 25
Atlanta Arts Festival Piedmont Park
The Atlanta Arts Festival attracts outstanding artists from throughout the country with the large and enthusiastic art buying community of the Atlanta area. It is free to the public and open on Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 5pm. Artist demonstrations, classes, live entertainment, festival food and beverages are available. Visit atlantaartsfestival.com
On Tap this Month MAJOR EVENTS COMING TO ATLANTA
Through October 4: Jim Miller Park, Marietta
NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR
As the largest fair in metro Atlanta, the North Georgia State Fair attracts nearly 300,000 people every year from North Georgia and neighboring states. e fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, ﬂower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. Headline musical acts include Kellie Pickler Oct. 2 and Eric Paslay on Saturday, October 3. NorthGeorgiaStateFair.com
October 3: Candler Park
GEORGIA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL is outdoor festival will include an afternoon of games, live entertainment and a variety of edibles from the city's top food trucks. Over 30 top breweries from around the state showcase their signature craft beers and attracting beer enthusiasts from all over town. It is being held next to Red Brick Brewing Company from 1 - 6pm. Use the code "INSITE" to get $5 oﬀ every ticket purchased. GeorgiaCraftbeerFestival.com
October 7 - 11: Philips Arena
DISNEY ON ICE
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Disneyonice.com
October 10 & 11: Piedmont Park
ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL
e Atlanta Pride Festival coincides with National Coming Out Day. e Oﬃcial Kickoﬀ Party returns to the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, October 9. 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 17: Downtown Decatur Square
DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Come and enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting on the Decatur square. More than 100 of the ﬁnest local, American and international beers are showcased at this annual event sponsored by area distributors and Decatur's restaurants and pubs. Enjoy live music on the Community Bandstand and food from local restaurants available for sale. All tickets are sold online. No tickets are available at the gate. DecaturFestival.com
October 30: The Fox Theatre
THE B-52S HALLOWEEN SCREAM Be a part of an All Hallows Eve show in the inimitable B-52s style. Costumes, glitter, and dancing shoes will be encouraged as the B-52s bring their live dance party back to their home state for the biggest Halloween event of the year. irty six years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why the B-52s remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. Tickets at Foxeatre.org insiteatlanta.com • October 2015 • PG 5
Saturday & Sunday October 17 & 18
FESTIVAL ON PONCE
EVENTS HAPPENING FOR SMALL CHANGE IN ATLANTA
and media. See favorites such as the Southeastern Snake Encounter’s Reptile Wagon and live music by Tribute a celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. AutumnEats returns with local chefs preparing delicious tastings with local farmed and sourced ingredients.
e Festival on Ponce has something for everyone: Artist's Market, 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. is is a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr.
Saturday, October 17
Sunday, October 25
Free Festival from 12 to 11 p.m. Parade from 4 to 6 p.m. l5phalloween.com
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Saturday & Sunday October 3 & 4
CANDLER PARK FALL FEST Free to Attend Candler Park candlerparkfallfest.com
Atlanta’s best family-friendly arts and music festival is celebrating its 15th year! With a challenging 5K, Tour of Homes, live music, local food, fun-ﬁlled Kids Zone, and over 110 artist booths this free festival is not to be missed. e 5K kicks things oﬀ at 10am on Saturday before gates open at noon. Be sure to check out the tasty oﬀerings of local restaurants and Atlanta Food Trucks while enjoying an astonishing total 10 bands over the two days. Gringo Star headlines Saturday night with Blair Crimmins & e Hookers on Sunday.
Saturday & Sunday October 3 & 4
Free to Attend Avondale Estates autumnfestavondale.com
Experience AutumnFest in Avondale Estates, October 3 and 4. is familyfriendly festival oﬀers a new 5K Run. It also features food trucks and a KidsZone, with activities for children of all ages. Explore the work of more than 90 regional artists representing a diversity of styles
Free to Attend Olmsted Linear Park festivalonponce.com
LITTLE FIVE POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE
Head to Little Five Points this Halloween season for the 15th annual Halloween parade and festival. e festivities will consist of live entertainment on two stages, great food selections and shopping from local artisans who, along with the area businesses, provide a wide variety of oﬀerings for festival attendees. e Parade will begin on Euclid at Austin Ave. near Horizon eatre, take a right on Moreland Ave. to the Wrecking Bar Brewpub where it will make a U-turn and head back up Moreland to end at Freedom Parkway. Steve Harris of Variety Playhouse will be the Halloween Parade Grand Marshal.
DECATUR HALLOWEEN PARADE: HAINTS AND SAINTS
e theme this year’s parade is "Haints and Saints". e day begins with a classic car and hearse cruise at noon at Church Street between Trinity and Sycamore. e oﬃcial parade starts at 4 p.m. starting at the Decatur Post Oﬃce, leading to the Square. e "Haints and Saints Hoedown" immediately follows the parade with live music from Wasted Potential Brass Band, Black Sheep Ensemble and Mercury Orkestar.
Friday, October 30
HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON CALLANWOLDE MOUNTAIN $4 advanced, $5 door; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center callanwolde.org
Callanwolde celebrates Halloween for the whole family by ﬁlling the 12-acre historic estate with a live Halloween concert, doorto-door trick-or-treating, and Halloweenthemed building activities from LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
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A STEADY RAIN
Ends October 11 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/rain A Steady Rain is a harrowing and intimate story of two Chicago policemen pushing their moral boundaries to the breaking point. Sharing a squad car, the two men bond together against an increasingly violent and deeply troubling inner city. Their alreadystrained professional and personal relationship is put to the test when a deadly error of judgment sends their lives spinning out of control. A scorching drama with edge-ofyour-seat dramatic tension.
October 6 - 11 The Fox Theatre Tickets (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/jerseyboys
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
September 30 - October 18 Alliance Theatre (404) 733-5000 AllianceTheatre.org/tigerstyle Tiger Style! tells the story of star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. But when it comes to adulthood, they’re epic failures. Albert's just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser
boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable egghead brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! Travelling from California to China, Tiger Style! embraces the inner slacker and the outer tiger parent in all of us.
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October 9 - November 8 Horizon Theatre (404) 584-7450 HorizonTheatre.com Informed Consent follows the eager geneticist Jillian and her quest to uncover what is causing a diabetes epidemic among a Native American tribe in the Grand Canyon. As her ground-breaking research comes to fruition, Jillian exposes long hidden truths of the tribe’s origin, as well as life-threatening monsters lingering in her own DNA. With time against her, she races to solve scientific mysteries affecting the future of her own family. Inspired by a true story, this fastpaced tale unfolds in an electrifying journey of science, religion and ethics.
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Fall Patio Guide
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 events.
Tacos & Tequilas is a family-owned traditional Mexican restaurant offering recipes passed down through generations. Here you’ll find all your Mexican favorites – tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and more. The quality in their food is on par with the finest Mexican restaurants in the city but at very reasonable prices. At Tacos & Tequila everything is authentic including their drinks as they offer 100 different brands of tequila. Both Atlanta locations have large patios that are great places to head to this fall.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
848 Peachtree Street 404.870.0805 3242 Peachtree Road 404.264.0253 GordonBiersch.com
Tacos & Tequilas
650 Ponce de Leon Ave 678.705.5955 4279 Roswell Rd. 404.705.8225 TandTAtlanta.com
menu featuring individual and shareable appetizers. Both locations offer large patios; Buckhead comes with an outdoor fireplace.
242 Boulevard SE 404.588.0006 AgaveRestaurant.com
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.
500 10th Street NE 404.249.0001 ParkTavern.com
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.
Mo’s Pizza Gordon Biersch is an upscale brewery restaurant specializing in handcrafted German lagers brewed in-house. They feature a made-from-scratch American menu with bold international flavors. Gordon Biersch is now offering a limited time Oktoberfest menu, to pair with the new seasonal beer Festbier (a modern take on the traditional Oktoberfest lager). This fall check out their new Small Plates
3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com
Mo’s has been serving up great pizza in Atlanta for over 30 years! But the menu isn’t limited to pizza: sandwiches, subs, wings, nachos and salads ensure that anybody who comes here can find something they like. Check for daily lunch and dinner specials. Everything is made using the freshest ingredients including the dough built from scratch every day. In fall, their
Exquisite mexican food with a hint of tequila in every dish, friendly staff and a party atmosphere.
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 - Midnight, 1/2 priced bottles of wine on Wednesday, and $1 Drafts when it rains Park Tavern pours. Saints & Sinners Ball Halloween night!
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Great Subs, Sandwiches, Salads & Wings
Multiple Atlanta Locations: www.JohnnysPizza.com
484 Moreland Ave. 404.523.0500 115 Laredo Dr. 404.299.5799 SavagePizza.com
While the Midtown location off Piedmont Park allows for dining inside or on their corner patio which is surrounded by windows that 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.
The Downwind Restaurant This eclectic neighborhood restaurant is a favorite hangout among residents of Little 5 and Avondale Estates. Both locations offer ample table seating inside and large patios. Savage prepares all their menu items using only the freshest vegetables and first quality meats, cheeses, breads and pastas. On their 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 Flying Biscuit Cafe’
1655 McLendon Ave. 404.687.8888 1001 Piedmont Ave. 404.874.8887 Catering 404.849.2283 FlyingBiscuit.com
Dekalb Peachtree Airport 2000 Airport Rd. #201 770.452.0973 DownwindRestaurant.com
265 Ponce De Leon #A 404.254.5103 NancysPizza.com
serviced by the outgoing Twin Peaks wait staff. Twin Peaks Restaurant offers highquality comfort food with a wide array of sandwiches and salads to choose from. Choose from an extensive selection of 29degree 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.
Johnny’s NY Style Pizza Multiple Metro Area Locations JohnnysPizza.com
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.
Twin Peaks Restaurant
3365 Piedmont Rd. 404.961.8946 TwinPeaksRestaurant.com
The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Their Candler Park location (shown) is the original Flying Biscuit cafe and boasts a newly renovated patio..
Chicago’s Nancy’s Midtown
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
Chicago has some the best pizza in America and that great pizza can be found on Ponce in Midtown at Chicago’s Nancy’s. The restaurant seats 70 inside and 25 on their patio. Besides great pizza they offer an assortment of sandwiches, appetizers, salads and new this fall Barbecue! Now offering Smokehouse BBQ Ribs tender to order and slathered with their special Memphis Sweet BBQ sauce. Nancy’s provides take-out and delivery to the area.
7 Area locations FellinisAtlanta.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. Johnny’s is also known for their delicious calzones, subs, sandwiches and salads. The Cheshire Bridge location featured has daily lunch specials from just $6.85, $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 to the area after 6pm.
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
A Festival with a Rainbow Carpet BY STEVE WARREN
HEN OUT ON FILM STARTED, in 1987, a majority of Americans would probably have said they didn’t know anyone who was Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT). Most of them would have been wrong, of course, but many LGBTs didn’t feel comfortable sharing their status. That was then, this is now, when only a few Kim Davises don’t know they have LGBT friends, neighbors, co-workers and/or family members. Most of this year’s films, showing October 1-8 at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinemas, reflect society’s newfound diversity; and audiences will too. Festival Director Jim Farmer, who married his longtime partner shortly after this year’s Supreme Court decision, says the rainbow carpet will be rolled out for all kinds of movie lovers: “We’ve been delighted that our audiences have become more diverse over the years, to include heterosexual patrons who just want to come and see great stories. Our films may have an LGBT core but much of what we screen is universal.” There are a few throwbacks. Beautiful Something (Oct. 4, 9:15 p.m.) takes place in an all-gay world of men on the prowl and Liz in September (Oct. 5, 8:15 p.m.) is about a heterosexually married woman who jumps the fence when she meets a predatory lesbian. The latter has an excuse because it’s based on a play, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove,that opened in 1980. My favorite film in the festival How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) (Oct. 5, 7:35 p.m.), is about a modern family in Thailand where one of two brothers is gay and has a transgender friend. Their problems stem from poverty, not societal prejudice. In the opening night film, Fourth Man Out (Oct. 1, 7:15 p.m.), a 24-year-old (Evan Todd) finally tells his three best friends he’s gay. Nothing changes except that they try to help him meet the right guy instead of the right gal. Of the two sisters in Addicted to Fresno (Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.), Natasha Lyonne is a lesbian and Judy Greer a sex addict who’s not particular. An accidental death and minor crime spree complicate their lives in one of the better fall comedies, if you’re not afraid of edgy. The closing feature, Guidance (Oct. 8, 8:30 p.m.), is about an unemployed actor (writerdirector Pat Mills) who masquerades as an unorthodox high school guidance counselor. Everyone but him knows he’s gay and no one cares, except a gym teacher who’s attracted to him. The last three are all comedies to some extent. At the other end of the spectrum are documentaries, Upstairs Inferno (Oct. 3, 12:20 p.m.) and The Guy with the Knife (Oct. 5,
Comic Iliza Shlesinger Checks in From Across the Pond
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
T 5:30 p.m.), that recall hate crimes perpetrated against gays in New Orleans and Houston. In both cases activists had to push authorities to take action, but The Guy with the Knife turns into a surprising story of redemption. On the lesbian side, Jodie Foster probably holds the record for the slowest emergence from the closet, beating Lily Tomlin’s record, while Ellen DeGeneres did it in three words. Kristen Stewart put at least one foot outside the closet recently, following last year’s revelation by Ellen Page, who plays Julianne Moore’s partner in Freeheld (Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m.), a true story that illustrates why the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage was necessary. Sports fans will be pleased with three documentaries about LGBT athletes. Out to Win (Oct. 4, 5 p.m.) is a survey course about a dozen who have come out, from David Kopay through Michael Sam and younger folks they’ve inspired. More specific are Game Face (Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.), about lesbian transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox and gay college basketball player Terrence Clemens; and Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw (Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 8:45 p.m.), which focuses on the local basketball star and her mental problems. Other local celebs are on view in Queer Moxie (Oct. 4, 3 p.m.), a documentary about performance artists which will have its world premiere at the festival. Margarita, with a Straw (Oct. 4, 11 a.m.) is most notable for the astounding performance of Kalki Koechlin as a young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves her familial cocoon in India to go to school in New York, where she spreads her sexual wings in both directions. If there’s an award for the wildest premise it should go to Two 4 One (Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m.), in which a man who hasn’t completely transitioned gets pregnant accidentally while helping his former lesbian girlfriend artificially inseminate herself. It’s not entirely serious but strikes the right balance. Hey, it’s a film festival. See what intrigues you. Some of these films will show up in theaters or video venues, while for others it will be your only chance. For the full schedule, tickets, and information about all the films, go to outonfilm.org. Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer star in Addicted to Fresno
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LONDON CALLING O SAY ILIZA SHLESINGER IS BUSY is an understatement. Currently on tour, she is also working on two television pilots, compiling material for a comedy special due at the end of the year and hosts Separation Anxiety, a new TBS game show debuting this fall. Iliza broke out in 2008 as the youngest (and first female) winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. The Texas-born comic-actress-writer-podcaster spoke with INsite during her recent UK tour. How’s the tour going, in general? Great! I’m happy and after 10 years at this to be selling out shows and doing theaters without having my name attached to a TV show, it’s very validating. At this point in the game, with both specials online I think people are coming to see me and the act - as opposed to just taking a chance. How are the London audiences? British humor is widely appreciated here so it’s only natural they’d appreciate American humor, right? I find the Brits love American voices and the different accents which makes sense. We love British accents so it’s almost like a cultural exchange. Of course, there are teeny-tiny nuances that differ from country to country. Comedy brings us together so I focus on that.
funny women is set very high, so I’m on a mission.
Obviously you’ve done plenty of TV. A lot of people were first introduced to you via the Last Comic Standing show. Did that change how people reacted to you on stage and off? Did they feel a sort of instant familiarity with you from seeing you on their home screen? I think anytime you are on Can you write new material TV people feel a connection while you travel or do you to you. It’s a tricky question need to be at home to focus? because I had only been For standup it all happens doing it for three years when SEPT. 30 & OCT. 1 on stage. I can’t sit at a I won, so it wasn’t like I had computer and write out bits. a fan base before. Even after Improv Atlanta I write in real time and I do it still took years for people theimprovatlanta.com “get” me. It’s happening now it all from memory minus a few chicken scratches on probably because I’ve found a cocktail napkin or a gum my voice and there is no fear wrapper or whatever I can find. I perform in me when I’m onstage. And now girls call every night, often multiple times a night me their “spirit animal.” I love it. I want all because that is my writing session. The only girls to know we share a crazy heart. way to get better is to keep working at it. You’re lying to yourself if you aren’t getting You’ve also featured on two major USO up onstage as much as you can. tours. What was your favorite aspect of doing those tours? Specials are becoming today’s equivalent My favorite part is knowing that for one of the now-quaint “comedy album” of the hour these men and women who give up so ’60s and ‘70s. Where do you see the trend much for us can forget what they are giving going next? up and just enjoy themselves. I’m such a lover I’ve never been great with forward thinking of my own country and this is my only way to in terms of technology and trends. I put give back. It’s a privilege to entertain them. I hashtags in my special so the audience could try to give them a taste of home. For the guys, interact with it and feel part of it so perhaps I want to remind them of the crazy things live specials are next. Airing live - and what their girlfriends do -- and I want to give a gamble! them some good old-fashioned American aggression and curse words. For the girls, Podcasts are a really good forum for comics I like to do material that lets them know too. Your podcast (truthandiliza.com.) is that I know they’re still women and we all great, and you’ve produced a lot of material have the same feelings. It’s all about making for it. them happy. I love talking to people I don’t know very well and feeling like for that hour we’re old Were you ever in any dangerous situations? friends. So many comics do podcasts just They do such a great job of keeping the so they can talk but they have no charisma. performers safe I’ve never felt in danger. One Being funny isn’t enough; you have to be a time this last trip to Afghanistan a rocket did good conversationalist and a good listener. come over but I was sleeping and I thought it was something normal. I didn’t realize what it You’d be the perfect host for a very was until they had told me later. Mom, if you irreverent late-night TV show. are reading this a rocket came over while we I agree! It’s sad that there are no women in were in Bagram. I didn’t want you to know late night. I don’t think the bar for intelligent because I didn’t want you to worry!
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Explores Modern Asian Culture
BY MARCI MILLER
E’VE ALL HEARD THE NEWS stories about Tiger Moms, moms of Asian descent that push their children hard to achieve in academics and music. And most of the time this parenting style works leading offspring to become successful in school, careers and life. But what if it doesn’t work out so well? That’s the story of Tiger Style! the new show opening at the Alliance Theatre on September 30 from Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner Mike Lew and directed by the Tony Award-nominated Moritz von Stuelpnagel. We recently spoke to playwright Mike Few, who drew on the experiences of his own tiger family to bring this new show to life. How did you come up with the premise of TIGER STYLE!? For a long time I wrote about pretty much anything but my family. But then the concept of “Asian tiger parenting” reached wide public consciousness and I started to notice a backlash that I felt was unfounded. People insisted that this style of high-expectations
disciplinarian parenting could only beget antiparental resentments, mental breakdowns, and suicide. Yet here I am happy with my parents, relatively sane, and alive. So Tiger Style! is a play about tiger parenting from someone who’s actually been there and an attempt to “write about my family” in a way that moves the race debate in theater forward by dispensing with outdated tropes. I wrote it during my last year at Juilliard (which was brilliant for not placing cultural expectations upon me), and the play was so ready to come out of me that I’d wake up in the middle of the night and find my laptop in the dark and start writing. I shot out the first draft in under two weeks. (Before, you know, painstakingly editing and rewriting for two years afterward.) What are both the positive and negative effects that “Tiger Parenting” has had on you growing up and today? My parents are secondgeneration Chinese-American (born in the US) but they retained a very immigrant work ethic and a firm faith in the value of a good education. They were raised by immigrants yet they worked hard, got into UC Berkeley on scholarships and eventually went on to be doctors. My sister
and I went to Yale and our cousins went to Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Stanford. I don’t think this emphasis on education (or the many sacrifices necessary to become such high-achievers) was wrong per se, but I do think it was in some ways short-sighted. Not because tiger parenting doesn’t work; clearly it does work. But after all of that schooling I think there are a lot of big life questions that IQ alone can’t address and there are a lot of social justice issues and instances of unconscious bias in the workplace that education alone can’t combat. Like your characters in TIGER STYLE! did you face any disappointmentswhen you entered the real world? All the time. The theater is not a meritocracy and we do anything we can not to attach metrics to art. It’s taking me much longer to “succeed” in the theater than I ever dreamed. But for all the setbacks three things keep me motivated. First, I’m so grateful for my community of artists, because ultimately I write plays not for external recognition but to feed and be fed by my peers. Second, I’ve tried really hard to shift from an external gauge of success to an internal one; as long as I’m challenging myself in my writing and growing as an artist I’m happy. And finally I think of the fact that my grandparents fled starvation in China and settled in a country where they had absolutely no bearings, and I think of how my parents grew up dirt poor and were still able to rise past that and train to be doctors. So whatever disappointments I’ve faced feel pretty small in comparison.
This is your second show that’s played at the Alliance – compare TIGER STYLE! to your previous show, BIKE AMERICA. I think a lot of my plays are a sort of comedic temperature-taking of where we’re at in America. In the case of Bike America it was about the millennial generation and the rite of passage of the American road trip. Tiger Style! is about the generational acculturation of Asians in America. In both cases I want to make adventurous plays with crackling humor, laced with deeper questions about who we are as Americans. What is your next project? I’m currently working on an adaptation of Richard III set in high school called Teenage Dick. It’s a play that attempts to explode tropes about the disabled by re-examining the most famous disabled character of all time. The play is a commission from The Apothetae, a new company that was formed to shed light on “the disabled experience.” I’m also co-writing books/lyrics on a new musical called Bhangin’ It alongside my wife Rehana Lew Mirza and composer Samuel Willmott. Bhangin’ It draws from the high stakes world of intercollegiate bhangra (Indian folk dance) competitions. It’s about a biracial (half-Indian) girl named Mary who gets kicked off her college bhangra team for “not being Indian enough” so she forms a ragtag team of her own.
THIS IS JUST A TRIBUTE
How Australian Pink Floyd Became the World’s Greatest Tribute Band
BY BRET LOVE
ACK IN 1988, BEFORE THE term “tribute band” had been coined, a group of crazy Aussies from Adelaide got together and decided to play Pink Floyd songs exclusively. They had no money for stage production, no industry connections, just a passion for one of the world’s most beloved rock bands. Six years later, guitarist David Gilmour came backstage after an APF show in London, and later invited them to attend an after-show party for Floyd’s The Division Bell tour. In 1996, Australian Pink Floyd played Gilmour’s 50th birthday, performing with several of their iconic heroes. With Gilmour’s blessing, they went on tour the world thanks to incredible concerts that faithfully recreate Pink Floyd’s sound, feel and look, right down to the massive projection screen and inflatable pig. We recently spoke with bassist/vocalist Colin Wilson to talk about how Australian Pink Floyd became the most successful tribute act in the world. Let’s start off talking about the origins of the band. How does one decide to launch a tribute act to one of the greatest bands of all time? It was a totally organic thing. There was no specific decision to take over the world or anything. Just the desire to try and recreate the sound and feel of Pink Floyd’s music and then see if there was an audience who would want to come and see/listen to us. PG 12 • October 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
Your bio describes creating the sounds necessary to perform Pink Floyd correctly as “one of the most important aspects of the band.” What were the biggest challenges? Every part of it has been a challenge. The sounds that Pink Floyd created in their recordings are paramount to the music sounding the way that it does… that, and the actual musicianship of the four musicians who wrote these songs. It all works together, and that is why those recordings still stand up today. There’s a quality there that isn’t always as evident in contemporary music. What was the reaction like in the early days, before you guys had the cash for your amazing sound and light show? I think it’s fair to say that it was a very mixed reaction. We started out on this venture before the whole “tribute band” title was coined, so to some degree we were trying to educate the audience that it was OK to do this. Pink Floyd fans, by their very nature, are passionate and almost protective. So we were met with a lot of skepticism in the beginning– and even now, to a certain degree– by some fans. The thing is that we are just like them. We demand of ourselves that the music is done justice, and the production value is so important to create the right atmosphere so that everybody has a total Pink Floyd experience when they see us. We like to give good value for the money! Did you ever imagine you’d be as huge as you
are now, more than 20 years later? In a word, no! We dreamed, of course, but certainly never expected anything. We really take one day at a time, and take one tour at a time.
Can you talk about the feelings of validation when David Gilmour came backstage after your show? It was such a surreal experience to meet him. He was so generous with his comments to us about our show and was very complimentary, if not slightly bemused! It was a total shot in the arm for us as a struggling band. What was it like playing his 50th birthday party and performing with several Floyd members? Again, surreal! It was also nerve-racking, to say the least. Not only were the members of Pink Floyd in the audience, but also other famous faces, such as the late George Harrison, for example! We likened the whole experience to being like students playing to their masters. It was all over in a heartbeat, but we’ll never forget it. You guys have grown in terms of popularity and production value considerably over the years. Is there internal pressure to top yourselves with each new tour? Yes there is, because we are all perfectionists! We review everything each year and try to make small improvements wherever we can. Obviously we have budget constraints that Pink
Floyd wouldn’t necessarily have, so it’s difficult to keep improving everything. But we feel we have a pretty good show at the moment. As long as the audiences keep coming and go away smiling, we’re happy. Why do you think tribute acts like TAPF are so incredibly popular these days? I simply think it’s because of the quality of the music that was written and recorded back in the day. People want to either relive those times from their youth, or they want to experience the music for the first time in a live setting. What can audiences expect from your current tour? I think that what you get with us is a band that has been developing this show for over 20 years. You get the music of Pink Floyd recreated as faithfully as possible. We have one of the best touring light shows that you’ll ever see, with lasers, inflatables and projected video onto the circular screen that is synonymous with Pink Floyd. It’s a total Pink Floyd experience.
REVIEWS BY BRET LOVE, LEE VALENTINE SMITH AND JOHN B. MOORE
Still Got That Hunger
(Cherry Red/The End Records) It’s hard to believe that in five decades of existence, the Zombies have only released six studio albums. But in the case of the progressive psych outfit from St Albans, quality unequivocally wins over quantity. The Who could learn a few “less is more” lessons from the Zombies. And like the Who, they feature the two original, core members. But founders Colin Blunstone (vocals) and Rod Argent (keyboards and vocals) have been on a solid reunion vibe since the early 2000’s after sporadic attempts in the ‘90s. With over a decade of dedicated touring and songwriting, the group does indeed still have that hunger referenced in the title. A band of this vintage is generally coasting on a wave of pure nostalgia and if they do decide to record, it’s usually to rehash hits from their catalog to recoup publishing rights. Hunger is definitely not one of those records. It’s a modern take on the band’s airy, often R&B-tinged guitar and keyboard-driven sound. They do pause to reflect on the past a bit, which seems an unwritten law for aging rockers offering some introspective advice from their younger selves. (For further proof, check out any Paul McCartney album from the past 30 years.) But here, the past serves as an inspiration to carry on into the future. “I won’t cry for the past / For I’ve re-found my freedom at last,” to quote “Movin’ On,” the charmingly wise opening track. Elsewhere their fondness for keyboard-driven, soulful rock (“Now I Know I’ll Never Get Over You”) ranges to Blunstone’s famously hushed delivery (“Little One”). As the band bravely face their own mortality with “Edge of the Rainbow,” “And We Were Young Again” and “Chasing The Past,” they seem determined to leave an indelible legacy of intelligent pop-rock. The Zombies’ new album is strong (and yes hungry) enough to become the perfect bookend to their classic “Odessey [SIC] and Oracle” from 1968. –Lee Valentine Smith
Chase The Sun
(Warner Brothers) Once in a while, the Internet introduces the world to a worthy talent. Such is the case with British-born singersongwriter Greg Holden. The talented and handsome artist first gained attention by posting his performances on You Tube. After a string of successful independent releases, the major labels came a-calling and he was taken under the mega-corporate wing of Warner Brothers. The result was released in April and continues to grow in popularity as fall arrives. The big-budget, major-label production touches are evident but not overwhelming and his original vision remains as distinct as on some of his earliest online posts. The title track arrives at the halfway point of the track-list and it’s a fitting crossroads of the overall theme of the collection. “Go Chase The Sun” is basically an empowerment anthem that encourages both personal and global evolution while tending to
the minute details of everyday life. Meanwhile, “Save Yourself” reiterates the core concept of the song cycle in a delightful way, by stressing personal expression and freedom. Probably the one track to garner the most attention is the intensely personal “Boys in the Street.” The emotional narrative follows the heartbreaking story of a young man verbally abused by his father. It’s a tough tune to follow, but “Give It Away” ups the intensity, by insisting we should simply give away all of the things that hold us back in life. The overall hopeful disc ends on a crisp folk-rock note with “The Next Life,” offering the anticipation for love within the life we know and into the unknown expanse of the afterlife. Greg Holden opens for Vintage Trouble at Terminal West on October 20. –Lee Valentine Smith
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Self-titled
(Red House Records) The complete credits of multi-taskers Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams could quite easily fill this entire issue. Campbell is probably best known as Bob Dylan’s lead guitarist from the elusive artist’s transcendent ‘97 to 2004 period. Williams has worked with her share of illustrious icons as well, including stints with Phil Lesh and Levon Helm. On their debut, the couple stand center-stage for a wide-ranging cache of material that deftly showcases their musical diversity and instrumental dexterity. An apt historical comparison could be the musical and personal teaming of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, or even much more recently in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell duo recordings. From the reckless abandon of “Bad Luck Charm” to the conversant covers of “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” and “Attics of My Life,” the pair are backed by a number of special guests including their late collaborator Helm and Bill Payne from Little Feat. Currently on the road, Campbell and Williams have a stunning Americana-tinged set to offer early arrivals on Jackson Browne’s current tour, so get there early when he plays Chastain on October 10. After their performance, they’ll remain on stage as part of Browne’s talented ensemble. –Lee Valentine Smith
Simon & Garfunkel
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection
(Columbia/Legacy) Ever wonder who was the most pissed off guy in the 70’s? My money is on Art Garfunkel. Simon & Garfunkel had just left the 60’s behind with a few Grammys and a ton of stellar songs on their resume. After calling it quits, (apparently Garfunkel pulled the plug so he could embark on an acting career) Paul Simon took a year or two off and comes out with his amazing solo debut… meanwhile Garfunkel settles into his lifetime role as punch line to a slew of jokes for the next few decades, while sitting by the phone waiting for the occasional invitation from Simon for a reunion tour. But as a reminder of just how great the two were as a duo, Legacy has just re-released the Simon & Garfunkel collection on 180 gram vinyl, and it’s even better than you remembered.
• Wednesday Morning, 3 AM – Admittedly this one is not going to make anyone’s list of best debut albums, but a decent enough start for the band. A bulk of the songs were written by Simon, including “The Sound of Silence,” a few traditionals and a so-so cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” • Sounds of Silence – Ok, now this is more like it. Despite inexplicably including “The Sound of Silence” (again), the album includes other Simon-penned tunes, including the brilliant “I Am A Rock” and the very-dated, but still solid “We’ve Got a Groovy Thing Goin’.” • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – The dreadful title track aside, this album is the first in a trio of brilliant albums the band would put out before imploding. Songs like “Homeward Bound” and “The 59th Street Bridge” are still hard to resist decades later. • Bookends – “Mrs. Robinson,” “Hazy Shade of Winter”… along with being a simply stellar album, Bookends also found the band moving further and further away from their mellow, folkie debut and on a more rock… or at least pop-infused path that would keep Simon on the music charts for the next couple of decades. • Bridge Over Troubled Water – If you have only one Simon & Garfunkel album, this is the one you own. And for good reason. Along with the title track, it includes “Cecilia,” “The Boxer,” “The Only Living Boy in New York,” “Bye Bye Love”… there is not a weak track on this album. • Greatest Hits – Um, the title pretty much says it all. –John B. Moore
Live at the Moore
(Columbia/legacy) In terms of 1990s supergroups, Mad Season was easily one of the best. Comprised of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Screaming Trees’ drummer Barrett Martin and Walkabouts’ bassist John Baker Saunders – all Seattle residents riding high on the success of grunge at the time - the side project ran from 1994 until Saunders death in 1999. Though they only put out one record, 1995’s Above, which went on to sell more than half a million albums in the U.S. alone, bootlegs have been traded for years by fans desperate for new music from the group. The band put out a VHS of their hometown show, Live at The Moore, the same year Above was released and Columbia eventually released the show on DVD and CD, but Legacy – to honor the show’s 20th anniversary, has finally put the set out on vinyl for the first time. Spread over two LPs, the remastered set features live versions of 10 songs from their record as well as a powerful cover of John Lennon’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Soldier.” Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan also adds in some commanding vocals on “Long Gone Day.” With both Saunders and Staley both gone, there is no chance for a proper Mad Season reunion, but this live set should serves as a some comfort for fans of the group. –John B. Moore
The Memories Home Style
(Randy) The Memories’ latest, Home Style, is the perfect antidote to this past summer’s party records. Crammed with lo-fi, mellow pop songs, the record is a great way to wind down with a beer or bong at the end of the day, while trying to escape the thumping bass and inane lyrics screaming out of the radios of passing cars. The Portland band was able to squeeze 17 tracks onto this record and just about everyone has earned its right to be there with subtle nods to jangle pop and psychedelia and even a few hints to ‘80s New Wave (particularly on “Dancing in My Dream”). The music is not complicated, but that’s the point. A perfect soundtrack to a chill summer and unlike anything that’s being played on the radio today (thankfully). –John B. Moore
Sorry All Over the Place
(Jullian Records) Thanks to a slew of cheap-to-free recording software anyone can make an album’s worth of music now, regardless of how mediocre their sound is. The guys that make up Chicago’s (by way of South Dakota) The Kickback, however, took their time building up to a full length. Through years of touring and three EPs, the four-piece indie rock outfit built up a strong collection of tried-and-true rockers and finally committed them to their first proper full length, Sorry All Over the Place. The 10 songs that make up the debut are lyrically complex but delivered with an easy, but driven college rock vibe that flirts with power pop and classic pop rock at times. The result manages to be both original and familiar. You should also check out the band’s fantastic podcast Diary of a Disas-tour: where they cover everything from being a touring band to Michael Keaton and The Muppets… but pick up their debut album first. –John B. Moore
Love is the Great Rebellion
(Warner Bros) It’s been 20 years since Ben Lee’s solid debut Grandpaw Would and over the years he’s experimented a bit with his sound, but has long since settled into a comfortable vibe of somewhat poppy acoustic music for his aging fan base – a James Taylor for Generation X. His latest, Love is the Great Rebellion - his tenth album and surprisingly his first for a major label – Is pretty much what we have come to expect from a Ben lee album over the past few years; optimistic, if a tad bit earnest lyrics, some mellow sing-along and a handful of peppier sing-alongs. While there is definitely and audience out there for these types of songs (mainly the folks who pull together soundtracks for Gray’s Anatomy), the album is not exactly original and probably won’t bring about the excitement many felt for Lee’s first few recordings back in the 1990s. –John B. Moore insiteatlanta.com • October 2015 • PG 13
Takes on the World BY JOHN B. MOORE
HAT STARTED AS A REQUEST for a lighter at a house party has snowballed into a full time band, with an EP, tours and now a new 7”. But more on the origin story of Diet Cig shortly. Comprised of Alex Lucinao and Noah Bowman, the upstate New York-based duo has barely been around for a year and has already won over fans across the globe thanks to their unpretentious ditties that sound smart, simple and unbeholden to any obvious classification. As the band preps the release of a new 7” to coincide with a fall tour, we checked in with singer Alex Luciano to talk about how the band first came together.
FOREIGN TONGUES written along with the others that made it on the EP? All the songs were written in New Paltz, around the winter of 2014-2015. The songs on the 7” were written pretty shortly after the ones on the EP... feels like we’ve been playing them forever. Have you thought about putting out a full length? We’re currently writing what will probably end up as a full length, hopefully out sometime next year. We’ve been traveling all summer and so there’s a lot of fun stuff to write about. We’re sooo excited to get more tunes out... it means more time to dance during our live set!
How have things changed for you Let’s start off with two since the how you two first record came out WE BECAME REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND A earlier met and when this year? you decided to start FEW MONTHS LATER WE DECIDED TO TRY A lot has changed. the band? SOME SONGS OUT. IT ENDED UP BEING SO FUN Since putting out We met in New SO WE KEPT DOING IT AND HERE WE ARE! this music, we’ve Paltz (NY) at this rad gotten so many house show, Noah opportunities to travel. I’ve never been in was playing in his other band Earl Boykins. a band before so between two tours we’ve I walked up to him while playing and asked gone on and all the rest of the shows, it’s him for a lighter, he gave me a bottle of wine been really crazy seeing all these new places. instead. Later I convinced him I’d make We’ve met so many amazing people and him a music video, got his number, and we made incredible friends. For Noah, he used hung out the rest of the night. The next day to play guitar in his other band, so it’s been he gave me a stick n poke tattoo, I didn’t a big change for him to go back to drums all think I’d ever see him again! We became the time. really good friends and a few months later we decided to try some songs out. It ended What’s next for the band? up being so fun so we kept doing it and here We have a fall U.S. tour scheduled that we are! we’re so excited about, and after that probably recording a full length. Then maybe Where the songs from this new 7” originally Europe? Disneyland? Who knows?
Re-Imagine Their Music, Tour BY JOHN B. MOORE
HE TOADIES HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR more than 25 years – with a few breaks here and there – so you can’t blame the Texas rockers for wanting to try something different. With their sixth and latest album, Heretics, the group has decided to re-work and re-interpret some of their earlier songs with acoustic guitars and mandolins. There’s even a fascinating take on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” As the band gears up for a tour this fall, drummer Mark Reznicek spoke recently about the idea for the new record, pulling together the band’s annual three-day music festival and their future as brew masters. Before we talk about the new record, I wanted to let you know that I tried the Toadies Texas Bock and loved it. How did that come about? Was it a one-time thing or do you plan on brewing more beer? Martin House is a brewery in our hometown of Fort Worth, and last year they approached us about collaborating on a Toadies-themed beer. It was the 20th anniversary of our debut album Rubberneck, so that beer was called Rubberneck Red, and proved to be a success. So we decided to reteam for another one this year, Bockslider. As long as people keep PG 14 • October 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
Finally Ready with their Debut
BY JOHN B. MOORE
HE GUYS IN THE BOSTON INDIE rock four-some, Foreign Tongues have had a few one-off visits to recording studios over the years. Mainly quick sessions to record singles and splits here and there, but thanks to the recent signing with indie/ punk label No Sleep Records they finally had the time and money to put their attention to working on a proper calling card for the band. Their debut, Fragile, As Said Before, is a solid mix of modern indie rock and emo with some subtle nods to early 1990’s college radio noise rock staples. So, a perfect fit for the creatively eclectic No Sleep label. Just before the release of their record, singer/ guitarist Cameron Moretti spoke with us about the band’s founding, finally getting enough time in the studio and a brief review of the current season of True Detective. Let’s start off with how the band first started? The band started four years ago. James (Scuderi) and I began just bouncing some songs off one another and recorded some rough demos to listen back too. It was pretty simple finding other members to jam with. It ended up being one of our closest friends Andy (Drivas) to playing bass and Joey (Barthelette) to play drums. And how did you guys end up on No Sleep? We got in contact through them after doing a split with The Felix Culpa that No Sleep released last year. You guys have been in studios before to record singles and splits, but what was the
enjoying the beer, we’d like to keep making it. So Heretics is not what I expected, but it turned out great. When/how did you come up with the idea for acoustics and different arrangements? Every year we host a two-day festival at various locations around Texas, Dia de los Toadies. On the first night of the festival, we play an intimate, almost acoustic set, and fans really seem to respond to it. So the idea of an album in that style grew from that. Was it tough deciding which songs to include? Not really. Once we started rearranging and deconstructing the songs, it became obvious which ones worked best in this format. I also loved the Blondie cover, partially because it was so unexpected. Why that song instead of another cover? Vaden (Todd Lewis) had been playing this cover as a part of his solo acoustic shows, and the rest of us really liked the arrangement, so it was a natural decision to do it for the album. It’s fun because it’s so unexpected! Will the tour feature you guys playing acoustic with different instrumentation? Yes, our aim is to replicate the album as much as possible, including augmenting our lineup with additional players and occasional guests.
experience like working on a full length for the first time? This experience was a lot different. For the first time in the bands existence we had enough time and inspiration to dial in the most honest songs we’ve arranged yet. We recorded the record with a longtime friend Jay Maas in Haverhill, MA. It’s fairly close to where we live so for our first full length I think because it was so laid back and we were in our environment the whole time as well it felt as genuine as can be. How far back do these songs go? All of the songs were written last year we had a few floating riffs that had been kicking around for a while that ended up sneaking their way in. But for the most part it was all a fresh takes on these songs. Is there a general theme to the songs on the record? I would say there more of a generalized sound than a theme. A handful of songs have some similar topics but no ongoing concepts for this one. What’s next for the band after the record comes out? Keep writing more material. Those are all the questions I have. Anything else you want to talk about? I’m pretty disappointed so far with the newest season of True Detective. I wouldn’t say I dislike it but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt that it’ll turn around. It’s a hard last season to follow.
You mentioned Dia de los Toadies. This is your eighth year putting it on. What’s the toughest thing about hosting your own festival? Have there been years when it didn’t seem worth the hassle? A lot of work goes into hosting this festival every year. From about the time the festival is over, we start planning the following year’s show. There are times when it might become frustrating, but really, by the time the weekend is over, it always seems worth the extra work. Have you started writing new songs for the next studio album? We are definitely in the beginning stages of writing for the next album, but as of now there are no completed songs. Lots of cool ideas in various stages of development. What’s next for the band? In October and November we’ll be on the road promoting Heretics. Then next year, we’ll really concentrate on creating a new album. The plan is to incorporate some elements of the Heretics style into our more familiar loud rock, so it’s really exciting looking forward to that.
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This will be your second visit to DragonCon. YesFILM and last year was an awesome show. It’s our favorite of all the conventions we visit and the energy and everyone there, it’s all just amazing. I love learning new things and learning about other people’s interests and their hobbies and seeing just how are about THE LATEST DVD,passionate BLU RAY &they VODallRELEASES being involved in pop culture. BY BRET LOVE AND JOHN MOORE Many&ofMercy the attendees are huge fans of your Love (Lionsgate) grandfather’s art. What are your memories Easily the best music-based biopic to come of him? along in years, Love & Mercy focuses on the I wasperiod the first of eleven tragic ingrandchild the life of out Beach Boys’ and Brian he’d bring mehe to the he would me Wilson when wasstudio, struggling withteach mental about animals and about life. He would take me problems and under out on nature walks and now, looking back, it the control of Svengali seemed likeLandy such a storybook tale. Up until I was Dr. Eugene about 14 or so I spent (played flawlessly evilevery summer with him. We were very close. He passed away in 2010, and by Paul Giamatti). Just still, to this day, I can’t he’s really gone. about every role here believe is brilliantly cast; Elizabeth Whenplays did you became aware of his art? Banks onefirst of her My first memory was the painting “Downward best roles yet as Melinda To The Earth” and I remember looking at it and Lebetter, the woman at first it really freaked who ultimately rescuesme out. But my uncle was really into theturning horror genre Wilson. Also in and fantasy and he owned and ran a costume a great performances are shop in the Poconos so weCusack were surrounded John as Wilson by in fantasy imagery and all 1970s that. Soand I became a big fan and I became the Paul Dano to it inWilson. a way. I just looked at it like, asimmune the younger “Oh, these are interesting. The movie is sentimental” without being sappy and manages to show The Egyptian Queen is light another favorite of a Wilson in an unbiased – not always yours.with When did you firstifsee it?were never a given biopics. Even you favorite allBeach of his paintings. fanIt’ofs my Wilson or of The Boys, it’sIstill a remember looking at her when eight and fantastic movie about struggle,I was compassion I was like, “Oh my gosh!” But I didn’t really and moving on. appreciate my grandfather as an artist until I was in my twenties.High That’s when I really looked at the All American details and I still believe that he could do Revisited (Virgilcan’t Films) some of these pieces in a night. This 1987 documentary was never really considered the film. powerful women in his works an a Were seminal It was inspiration to you as selected for Sundance,a child? Did they become role by models a way? seen someinand then forgotten. But with the release of American High Revisited the film gets a second chance. It shows what an average California high school in 1984 looked like, through the eyes of a foreign exchange student attending the school for a year. From the cliques (punks, metal heads and preppies) to the parties and, of course a trip to the mall, the film is a fun, nostalgic look at a high school that could have been a stand in for anywhere in U.S. at the time. The extra 10 minutes of the movie are priceless, as the director catches up with many of the students in the doc.
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Punk in Washington, DC
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Texas Rising (Lionsgate) After countless bizarre alien-based TV shows, The History Channel finally decided to take itself seriously once again with the 10-episode drama Texas Rising. And despite some questionable playing around with facts, the series is solidly entertaining, thanks in large part to a talented cast that includes Ray Liotta, Brendan Frasier and Bill Paxton (playing the central character, Sam Houston). The show focuses on Houston and his fellow Texans as they fight to wrestle their territory away from Mexico in the 1800s. The show follows nicely on the heels of the network’s other fact-based drama Hatfields & McCoys.
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Movie Reviews BIG STONE GAP (PG-13)
1/2 Big Stone Gap, Virginia, is a small town where nothing ever happens – except during the six or eight months in 1978-79 when our story takes place. Ave Maria (Ashley Judd) turns 40 and doesn’t mind being “the old maid of Big Stone Gap.” She runs her late, hated father’s drugstore and is serviced regularly by “Yankee” actor Theodore (John Benjamin Hickey), but her real interest is in lifetime friend Jack (Patrick Wilson). You can tell by the way she looks at him. He looks at her the same way, but never at the same time. Ave directs the annual “outdoor extravaganza” and the town’s biggest (true) event occurs: a campaign stop by senator-to-be John Warner and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Ave’s mother dies, revealing a secret she would surely have told her daughter sooner. It sets the stage for a ludicrous series of events - including a frivolous lawsuit that would be laughed out of court - that quickly exhaust any good will generated by the movie’s first half. Judd is always good, if not at her best here, and there’s a strong supporting cast, including Jane Krakowski, Jenna Elfman, and Whoopi Goldberg phoning in her usual warmly sarcastic shtick. Director Adriana Trigiani adapted the screenplay from her own novel, which suggests some autobiographical content, but it must have happened more believably in real life. –Steve Warren
THE MARTIAN (PG-13)
1/2 The Martian gave me a night off from being a critic. Instead I was a teenage boy again, putting down Ray Bradbury’s latest book to go to the movies to watch the ultimate Martian chronicle unfold on the big screen. I got that feeling from the first trailer for The Martian and was so psyched for months I was sure I’d be disappointed by the actual movie. I wasn’t. If I could be objective I’d admit it’s not the best picture of the year, but I can’t imagine enjoying another one more. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist who’s stranded on Mars when a storm forces the rest of the crew to evacuate. His vlog tells us what we need to know about how he survives. Some of it goes over our heads but it’s not the gibberish some sci-fi films use as filler to sound authentic. You only have to be a little geeky to appreciate it. Back on Earth, NASA is run by Jeff Daniels, who makes every decision as if he’s consulted a focus group and ignored their unanimous opinion. There are enough voices of reason that some
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right things get done, but there are enough setbacks that we can’t be sure of the outcome until the end. I could have done without the oldies – especially disco – soundtrack. David Bowie’s “Starman” is appropriate, as is the song behind the closing credits, but who the hell decided to play “Waterloo” to suggest disaster at a tense moment? No matter – I forgive them; and it’s great to see Ridley Scott, at 77, back in Alien country where he belongs. –Steve Warren
THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION (NR)
Like a lost episode of CNN’s The Sixties, The Black Panthers focuses on an aspect of a bygone decade, providing education, nostalgia or both. Too much of white America, the Black Panther Party was the ISIS of its day, a bunch of terrorists trying to destroy our country. This view was encouraged, if not invented, by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who created a special counterintelligence force to infiltrate and eliminate the party. There’s irony in the way the Panthers’ taking advantage of the Second Amendment by flaunting weapons in public led conservatives to favor gun control, but less well remembered is their massive program to feed hungry children. Stanley Nelson’s (black) powerful documentary recaps significant news footage and has comments from historians, while providing an inside view from new interviews with former Panthers and opposing views from law enforcement officials of the time. The ending, when the party and its founder, Huey Newton, both go off the rails, will be discouraging to neorevolutionaries. Sadder still is realizing how little has changed in nearly half a century, that the Panthers’ goals - including housing, welfare, nutrition, healthcare and eliminating racism, poverty and police brutality against minorities – have yet to be met. In that sense the Panthers were a cross between Black Lives Matter and Michelle Obama. –Steve Warren
FINDERS KEEPERS (NR)
You could call Finders Keepers a reboot of My Left Foot, if you lean toward that kind of humor. John Wood’s mother says, “It’s a funny story but it’s born of tragedy.” John lost the lower part of his left leg when his father’s small plane crashed near their home in Maiden, North Carolina. His father, who
was piloting, was killed. John wanted to keep the leg to use in a memorial to his dad, and stashed it in a barbecue grill when he put all his belongings in a storage unit. He didn’t pay his rent and the contents of the unit were sold at auction. The grill was bought by Shannon Whisnant, who, craving attention, milked the discovery of the leg for publicity and turned the grill into a tourist attraction, even though the police had confiscated the leg and stored it in the local funeral home. He sold t-shirts with the nickname “The Foot Man.” Wood heard about it and sued to get his leg back. Legally he didn’t have a leg to stand on (that joke’s used twice in the film), but the case, which received international publicity, was resolved by TV’s Judge Mathis. Wood was an addict who alienated his own family, but we don’t see him at his worst so the blowhard Whisnant probably comes across as more villainous than he was. Given the story and their access to everyone involved, the filmmakers couldn’t have failed to make this documentary leg-endary. You might say it makes the Honey Boo Boo crowd look sophisticated, but I doubt it will make you want to wave a Confederate flag. –Steve Warren
MEET THE PATELS (PG)
1/2 If you have friends or associates of Indian descent, Meet the Patels will give you a crash course in their culture. It’s been compared to My Big Fat Greek Wedding but Monsoon Wedding is a more direct ancestor. This is classified as a documentary, a designation that’s becoming as believable as “reality show.” It’s the story of Hollywood actor Ravi V. Patel’s search for love – or at least marriage – to satisfy the demands of his Indian-born parents, whose own marriage was arranged back in the day. They don’t know Ravi, who’s nearly 30, has just broken up with Audrey, a Connecticut redhead, with whom he had his first serious relationship for two years. They want Ravi to uphold tradition by marrying an Indian woman, preferably another Patel, “the biggest family in the world.” Ravi’s sister Geeta, three years older and also unmarried, follows Ravi with a camera during his twoyear quest. (No wonder she doesn’t have time to find a man!) A joke is supposed to excuse her shaky camerawork, periodically relieved by animated segments in storyboard form. If nothing else you’ll learn why there are so many Patels, and that there really is a Patel Matrimonial Convention. A scripted romcom would have been better if you’re looking for typical entertainment; a real documentary would have been more satisfying for purists. This hybrid is a fair compromise that’s hard to love but harder to dislike. –Steve Warren
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (R)
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grieving the death of her BFF Laura, who died shortly after giving birth, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) visits Laura’s widower David (Romain Duris) and finds him in Laura’s clothes. David explains he’s always been into cross-dressing, except while he was married to Laura; and whatever he’s wearing, he’s attracted to women. He asks Claire not to tell anyone, even her husband Gilles (Raphaël Personnaz, a ringer for Supermanera Christopher Reeve); so she invents a new girlfriend, “Virginia,” to explain the time she spends with David in his – er, her new persona. After the initial shock wears off, Claire finds she enjoys going shopping and having an occasional girls’ night out with Virginia, even though it means enabling him – er, her. The story could go in a lot of different directions from here, and it does. Between dreams, fantasies and reality, every possibility is explored, including some you’d never think of. Be prepared to be surprised – repeatedly. Writer-director François Ozon, who’s made some of the best French films of the last two decades, adapted this script from a short story by Ruth Rendell. It’s mostly serious, and when it makes you laugh you’ll have second thoughts about whether that was the appropriate (i.e., PC) reaction. The New Girlfriend is another nail in the coffin of labels for gender identity and sexual orientation. Enjoy watching Claire wrestle with the changes. You may be next. –Steve Warren
SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE (R)
One of the better recent romcoms, Sleeping with Other People is a 21st-century take on When Harry Met Sally, again questioning the proposition, “Men and women can’t be friends.” This time Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meets Lainey (Alison Brie) in college, where they lose their virginity to each other. Over a decade later they run into each other at a sex addicts meeting, where both have gone after being dumped for [see title]. For reasons not entirely clear (except that it worked for Billy and Meg) they decide to be friends without benefits, even though they’re still attracted to each other. Lainey’s also still attracted to Matthew (Adam Scott), her college crush and recent lover, even though he’s married; and Jake’s attracted to his boss, Paula (Amanda Peet). Each faces other distractions too, but they keep coming back to each other. It seems an obvious “when” question, but writer-director Leslye Headland manages to turn it into an “if” question. I won’t spoil the answer. Headland’s dialogue is a lot more original than her premise, running the gamut from sophomoric to intellectual, sexy to romantic, pop cultural to timeless. I used to think of Sudeikis as a lightweight but after Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers and this, I’m starting to take him seriously – in a funny way, of course. –Steve Warren See the rest of our movie reviews at insiteatlanta.com/movies.asp
A WILD FIRST DATE
Uninhibited Alt-Cabaret Comic Bridget Everett Brings the Party
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
MY SCHUMER IS HER BEST friend and biggest supporter, Ben Stiller co-produced her debut special on Comedy Central, Beastie Boy Adam “AdRoc” Horowitz writes songs with her and leads her band, Riot Grrl icon Kathleen Hanna co-wrote her TV pilot and Todd Oldham designed her t-shirts. Her shows in New York are attended by the hippest who’s-who of the entertainment industry. Currently she’s surrounded by the brightest lights of comedy including her pals Schumer, Aziz Ansari and Jeff Ross on this year’s edition of the Oddball Festival tour, a careening caravan of comedians and curiosities. Wickedly naughty and unabashedly uninhibited cabaret sensation Bridget Everett is poised to be the next big thing in conceptual comedy. Speaking by phone from her apartment in New York, she dishes on her physically demanding and limit-testing style of entertainment. The Oddball tour is playing the same sheds and venues as the huge rock and country tours. We are but the difference is we’ll have however-many thousand people there and they’re all actually listening! It’s like you’re in an intimate club except there’s maybe 15,000 people there.
The whole alt-cabaret movement is really breaking out of the underground now. Right! And cabaret is best when you do your own thing within it. At first when people would ask what I do, I was kind of embarrassed to use the word cabaret. But I’ve really come around to it. Music has always been the main thing for me. I don’t even think of myself as a comic; I think of myself as a singer. Being able to tell stories through song is really important to me.
Comedy in big outdoor settings used to be Obviously you work with pretty difficult to watch musicians Kathleen and hear. Hanna and Adam That’s so true. But now Horwitz but there’s a they have the big screens whole creative overlap on the sides of the stage, with music and comedy great sound and I think SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 • 5PM in general. they have a no cell phone Aarons Amphitheater Oh yeah, and you know policy so it works really oddballfest.com Adam’s in my band and well. And for us there’s a my drummer is also lot of different styles of Kathleen’s drummer so comedy on the show and we just work together and come up with cool it’s a really very supportive atmosphere. ideas. And with Kathleen people may be like, “Oh she’s a riot grrl” and all that. At first you You’re making it sound like a might not think she can be funny but she’s junior Woodstock. really funny and Adam is one of my favorite (Laughs) I know! Well, it does feel a bit like that. You have to be good if you really want to people in the world. He just has this crazy sense of humor that I can’t get enough of. get somewhere and everyone on this festival are really, really good. Tell us about why you veer off stage in your acts and get into it with the crowd. Of course a lot of people are familiar with It makes it exciting. I like to connect with you through your appearances on Amy’s people in more than one way. For me it feels shows, which is a great connection to have. like you’re on a wild first date with somebody. Amy is a close friend and she’s been so You never quite know how it’s going to end up. supportive. There’s no doubt she changed my life when she put me on her TV show. She just If I was standing on stage and doing the same thing every night, I’d get bored. wanted people to see me. And that’s just her being generous and lovely. It’s just a reflection There’s a lot of really rough, physical humor of who she is. in your show. Do you ever get hurt doing your act? Could you feel a shift in your audience the Oh yeah! I just had acupuncture for the minute you started to be on her show? first time yesterday because I’ve been getting Definitely. Especially when I’m traveling. In these crazy headaches. The acupuncturist New York, I’m pretty well established but on the road,I opened for her for a while, then she said, “Can you identify where you might’ve hurt yourself?” I was like, “Yeah, I can identify had me on her show and everything changed. everything. I walk into walls, I trip over People tell me all the time they’re there banisters…” But it’s just part of the job. because they saw me on her show.
ODDBALL FESTIVAL OF COMEDY AND CURIOSITIES
You have to be unique to really stand out. Yeah, I don’t know how many cabaret singers have been a part of Oddball before. You know I think I just might be the first!
You are becoming known for physical and sexual empowerment. Yeah I just want people to walk out of my show feeling powerful and happy. Like they just left a really great party. insiteatlanta.com • October 2015 • PG 17
INsite’s Guide to Halloween Haunted Houses, Attractions, Events and Costume Suppliers Haunts
Georgia Antique & Design Center Dawson Blvd. Norcross 404.608.2484 fearworld.com Opening weekend Sept 25 & 26 Nightly October 2 - November 1; plus Nov 6 & 7
Nationally recognized as one of the scariest haunted houses in the country, Netherworld Haunted House returns for its 19th Pulse Pounding Season! Netherworld is a walkthrough 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 ... The Rotting and Vault13 Unearthed. 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. Read our exclusive interview with Netherworld founder Billy Messina located on page 20. It offers a behind the scenes look at how it all got started and what goes into raising the bar each year.
Chambers of Horror
695 North Ave NE (Behind Masquerade) 404.577.8178 Opens October 2 then Thu - Sun nights through Oct. 18 ChambersofHorrorATL.com
Within 7 years of its opening, Chambers of Horror has established itself as one of America’s most intense, disturbing, and groundbreaking horror attractions. Unlike the majority of spook-and-scare haunted houses, Chambers of Horror is story-driven, innovative, and extreme. Played out by some of Atlanta’s most talented actors and amateurs, with high-quality makeup, props, and prosthetic. Sets and props created by industry professionals that spend most of the year working on The Walking Dead and other popular television shows. Upon entering, guests are pulled into the storyline, they become part of the show being possible infected victims of unknown terror from beyond. They are brought through the facility experiencing and discovering the terror that lies beyond the facade. Hallways and rooms full of actors and frights tell the story, complete with shocks and scare for those not faint of heart. They offer several different ticket options. No one under 18 admitted. Sun & Thu 8pm - 12am, Fri - Sat 8pm - 1am. Haunt is open through at least October 18 but may remain open longer. The Masquerade is scheduled for demolition at the end of the month. Check website for details.
Located in The Georgia Antique Center 6624 Dawson Blvd. (on the I-85 access road) I-85 Exit 99 - Jimmy Carter Blvd. - Norcross
Haunted Hotline: 404-608-2484 PG 18 • October 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
2277 Whooping Creek Rd. Carrolton, Ga. 30116 CampBlood.com 770.854.CAMP (2267) Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights thru October 31st Opens at 9 pm; closes at 11pm Thu & midnight weekends
Now in their 25th year, Camp Blood has entertained visitors and guests from all over the United Estates, including: many cast members from "The Walking Dead" TV Show; Jonathan Breck, the "Creeper" from "Jeepers Creepers"; Andrew Bryniarski AKA "Leatherface" from "Texas Chainsaw" and more. Camp Blood offers four great adventures. In MentalBrook Estates lifelong resident Dr. Clem Rustmuler is up to his evil ways in this horrifying adventure. When you take a walk on the legendary Camp Blood Trail you may find that many of the residents of nearby Mentalbrook Estates have escaped and are now roaming the woods and living off the land and whatever it has to offer. 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 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.
www.FEARWORLD.com facebook.com/netherworldhauntedhouse twitter.com/hauntedatlanta
13 Stories Haunted House 320 Temple Ave. bldg. A
Newnan, GA 30263 Open most nights Sept. 25th - Nov. 13th, see calendar on website for exact dates. 13stories.org
Georgia’s most innovative Haunted House, 13 Stories is back this Halloween for another gut wrenching season of terror! 5 attractions throughout 54,000 square feet: Immerse yourself in the madness of 13 Stories and see what happens when the inmates take over in Ward B, fight the living dead in Zombie Alley or have a blast with the twisted clowns of the Legendary Clown Haus! The mind-bending Sacrifice is back as well and only available to the 18 and over crowd after signing a waiver. Tickets start at $25 with coupons available on website.
72 Broad St. (corner of MLK) 678.828.4410 Open 10 am - 8 pm, 7 Days a Week; Reservation required; ParanoiaQuest.com
Paranoia Quest is one of the kind Adrenaline-pumping adventure. Picture this: You're locked in a building like a haunted house with a group of friends (or complete strangers) and the only way to escape are through solving puzzles, clues, tools, and wit...! Put your logic and skills to the test with fully immersive scenario like a "Zombie Apocalypse". This adventurous scenario
is better known as “escape the room," and they’re trending all over the globe! Join in on the scary, mystery, team building, mind-bending experience.
Events & Attractions
Boos and Brews Halloween Party at Masquerade
Saturday, October 31, 8:00pm-2:00am atlantabeerfestivals.com/boos-and-brews
Live Music, DJ, Costume Contest, & Chambers of Horror 2 Ticket types. Party with Atlanta’s sexiest monsters. General Admission: $10 Advance, $15 after Oct. 22, $20 day of event. Beer Lovers Ticket (includes all beer samples 8pm-1am): $35 Advance, $40 after Oct. 22, $50 day of.
Cinefest Film Theatre 44 Courtland St. SE 404.413.1798 thehorrorquest.com
HorrorQuest, Atlanta's only completely free horror film festival, is celebrating it's 5th annual festival this month. Unlike other film festivals, HorrorQuest never charges ticket prices and makes all festival screenings free and open to the public on a "first come, first served" basis. Sponsored by Atlanta Movie Tours and hosted by CineFest Film Theatre, HororQuest will feature three days (October 16th-18th) of free movie screenings. While HorrorQuest has a
focus on horror the festival also offers Sci-Fi, dark comedy and animated content that will appeal to all types of genre fans. This year the festival will screen six feature films, and dozens of shorts films from all over the world.
Costumes & Accessories
Norcostco Atlanta Costume
2089 Monroe Dr. NE 404.874.7511 norcostco.com Extended hours Oct. 4 – Nov. 1
Atlanta’s theatrical superstore for more than 40 years rents and sells: Costumes, Foggers, Black Lights, Strobe Lights, Wigs, Acce s s o r i e s 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.
Psycho Sisters Little 5 Points 428 Moreland (Near Vortex) 404.523.0100 pscychosistersatlanta
Psycho Sisters in Little Five Points, Incredibly Fun, Funky and Unusual offering cutting edge Cool Clothing and Accessories. With creative Sales Associates ready to help dress you in
the "Best of Every Era" signature piece garments for every Festival, 60's Hippie, 70s Disco, Go Go & 80's Party you want to attend. Be it Masquerade 20s Gatsby Theme Balls or fantastically fun accessories such as rainbow Tutus, Angel wings, Afro Wigs, Boas, Gloves or Sunglasses always $10, Earrings always $4. Psycho Sisters carries a plethora of closeout costumes, many new costumes closeouts under $24 or mix and match a costume to suit your alter ego. After Halloween, be the first to search for the wining Ugliest Christmas Sweater, Psycho Sisters Little Five Points has 1000s to choose from! A cool fashion ensemble for every occasion, always at Psycho Sisters.
1381 Market Street, Atlanta GA 30363 Atlantic Station (next to Dillard’s) 470.344.2522 atlhalloweenhq.com
Halloween HQ located in Atlantic Station is one of the largest Halloween stores in Atlanta covering more than 10,000 square feet of everything you might need for Halloween. Not only a great selection of costumes, but a huge selection of wigs, hats, shoes, makeup, masks and other accessories to take your costume to the next level or to help you create a one of a kind look. They also have tons of decor items to decorate your home or business inside and out. Call for information on extended hours.
insiteatlanta.com • October 2015 • PG 19
HOUSE OF BOOS Netherworld Scares Away Competition as it Entertains Horror Fans of All Ages
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
Lovecraft-type scenes into a story. Certain people can find an element of the story familiar but as far as mass appeal, we never do any kind of licensed characters or anything of that nature.
OW IN ITS 19TH YEAR, Netherworld continues to be one of the leading haunted house events in the country. Since 1998, the darkthemed walk-through attraction has been Since you create the original storyline, conveniently located in an airy, multi-level does it force you to raise the freight level warehouse just north of Spaghetti Junction each year? in Norcross. Unlike many such destinations, It’s extremely important to us that we Netherworld utilizes its own original and create something new and we try to top elaborate themes while veering away from ourselves every year – and it’s becoming tired old slasher movie characters and increasingly difficult. We keep taking up scenes. INsite spoke with more and more space event co-founder Billy with more and more new Messina, as he prepared ideas. But by topping to open the haunt for this OPEN AT 7:30PM FRIDAY AND ourselves every year, year’s busy Halloween SATURDAY, 7PM WEEKDAYS we now tend to top season. THROUGH OCTOBER ourselves with bigger fearworld.com and bigger stuff. And The great thing about that big stuff has to go Netherworld is it does somewhere so we Rubik’s not rely on stale horror themes. It’s popular Cube it the best we can. But often there’s a now, but it must have been a big risk lot of stuff just sitting in a warehouse full of in 1997. big monsters and things that we just didn’t When we started most haunted houses have the room for that year. relied heavily on Freddy Kruegers and Jasons, but we always wanted to be very And you have a lot of repeat customers. original. And yes, we definitely knew it was Oh yes and we have people who come from a risk because people really wanted those every state just to come to Netherworld. We characters and of course the chainsaws. can’t believe it but it’s quite gratifying. And But my partner Ben Armstrong and I some fans just want to see the same thing always wanted to do it differently and rely over and over again like a spinning tunnel on popular culture to a certain extent or vortex, people always love that -- and the and include deeper elements of history or
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CLOSEOUTS VINTAGE
COOL CLOTHES & COSTUMES 428 MORELAND AVE NE ATLANTA (NEXT TO VORTEX) 404-523-0100 • OPEN EVERYDAY–ALL DAY /PSYCHOSISTERSATLANTA PG 20 • October 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
chainsaws. You have to give the people what they want sometimes but we have to do it in a way that not only satisfies the audience but satisfies us, so we’re always looking for something brand new and a different way to do it. A couple of years ago, we introduced the lasers and people went bananas for that. And the crazy big stuff with people hanging from bungees and people flying over the audience from above. We have a staff of around 300 very talented people so it’s a pretty elaborate operation.
For the uninitiated, please describe the attraction. There’s an upstairs and a downstairs section, The Rotting and Vault 13: Unearthed. Right, we have the two shows. The big show is on the main floor and then we have a basement show which is a little more glory or grittier than the upstairs. Upstairs is basically a haunted mansion and downstairs is maybe more like a modern-day horror movie. The main floor is based on folklore and monsters with special effects and creatures of all kinds. In that area we really don’t go into the slasher element of movies like the “Saw”-type things. It’s clean and fantastical. You can’t just put on a mask and go “Boo!” anymore because the audience is a bit jaded and very sophisticated. Back in the day the film industry was so limited and now it’s perfectly unlimited. And for people like us you’re not just competing with other haunted houses you’re competing with video games, handheld devices and everything else. Kids especially have access to so much and like you said you can’t just go “boo!” anymore. I remember having to sneak into horror movies but now kids are so savvy about horror, it’s like a G-rated movie now. Kids see the stuff every day so to have a monster just coming at them that really won’t cut it. To scare people there’s a bit of an art to it, there’s a bit of a science to it. A lot of it is just putting the pieces together so old-school meets high-tech in a very real way. Right, people are totally desensitized to any sort of shock element these days. Absolutely. But our mantra is always been to scare and to entertain because if you say you’re only planning to scare people that’s just a blanket statement. Ultimately our goal is just to entertain them. We give them a show with that “Wow factor.” Hopefully
they’ll walk out and go, “Oh, that was cool,” and they’ll come back and bring their friends. Haunted houses are definitely a communal activity. It used to be a couple on a date or four friends maybe; now it’s become a whole group of people experiencing this together because it really is a totally communal event. It brings people together, it gives people stories, it gives them memories and laughs and that’s a good thing. It’s such an immersive environment. Once you’re in the door you’re kind of in another world because you don’t see lights you don’t see any behind-the-scenes stuff. You could take a movie camera and shoot a film as you go through it because it’s so seamless. And that’s the fun of it, people come out in big groups from all ages, all walks of life. “Let’s all go, let’s meet there, and Tweet about it while we’re in line.” The audience is totally involved from the minute they arrive. Netherworld opens at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 7 pm weekdays through October. Visit www.fearworld.com for tickets and more information.
RITZ-CARLTON LODGE, REYNOLDS PLANTATION
With a Completed Stunning Renovation!
BY MARCI MILLER
UST 75 MILES FROM ATLANTA, find The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, one of the most stunning lake resorts in Georgia. Earlier this year the resort underwent a multi-million dollar renovation of their meeting spaces, ballrooms, spa and pool area. The enhancements to the outdoor infinity pool will likely be most noticeable to returning guests as it includes a deck expansion offering 25 percent more seating, an updated sundeck with new lounge chairs, a renovated children’s pool complete with water features and also additional restrooms. These upgrades and additions have enhanced guests’ poolside experience while maintaining the stunning views of the Lake Oconee.
This lake resort offers a wide array of activities for couples and families alike. Most known for their world class golf courses, Reynolds Plantation also has an international tennis center with two stadium-size and six championship-size, lighted and tournamentready courts. Take out a boat or Jet Ski on the lake or enjoy one of their many pedal boats, canoes and kayaks. All are included with an activity pass. Other activities include fishing, hiking, bicycle riding plus Segway tours and many planned kids programs. Explore scenic areas of The RitzCarlton Lodge with a complimentary tenminute ride on the Linger Longer Express, a one-of-a-kind, eco-efficient locomotive.
The resort spa is an award-winning, 27,600-square-feet complete rejuvenation complex. They have expansive locker rooms with personalized, safe lock wooden lockers, shower area, steam, sauna, whirlpool, and cold plunge. Much of the spa is devoted to special treatments and they have separate men’s and women’s lounges that lead into the customized treatment rooms. With the renovation the spa offers a new treatment menu showcasing the ESPA product line, updated relaxation lounges, 24-hour access fitness center, expanded women’s lounge and enlarged manicure and pedicure room.
The Ritz-Oconee offers an array of dining options to make your stay as effortless and luxurious as you want it to be. Gaby’s by the Lake is their poolside full service restaurant open for lunch and dinner. It boasts the distinction of serving the most diners out of any Ritz-Carlton property in the country. Georgia’s Bistro is an informal and comfortable restaurant located in the main lodge with beautiful terrace. The menu offers casual, contemporary cuisine with a distinctive Georgian influence. All items also reflect a passion for fresh, regional and organic ingredients of the highest quality. Linger Longer Steakhouse is a classic steakhouse which provides precise execution to enhance great steaks. Enjoy views of the Oconee golf course while you dine on American classics such as Lobster Bisque and Certified Black Angus Steaks. The dining room offers seating
by the open kitchen so you can watch their Chefs prepare your perfect meal. On Wednesday through Sunday nights in October, Chef Chris Heath has partnered with Ritz-Oconee Bar Chefs to create a tapas-style menu available at Linger Longer Bar. The “Five for Five” menu will feature 5 cocktail selections and 5 appetizers for $5 each and will be available at our bar from 4 - 6 p.m. S’mores By The Lake takes place daily from 8 to 10 p.m. by the rustic, lodge campfire just outside of Georgia’s Bistro restaurant. Huddle around the warmth of the resort’s cozy lakeside bonfire and indulge in their signature tradition of delicious s’mores created just to your liking.
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Presents: Amy Grant and Friends The Live at the Lake Culture Series debuts with the talents of six-time Grammy Award winner Amy Grant, esteemed playwright Tricia Rose Burt and songwriter Leslie Satcher. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge invites guests to spend three days with them at the resort to discover your creative side from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25. The weekend will feature workshops, experiences and sessions with the experts. This exclusive weekend in the intimate setting ensures a truly personal experience. THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL Every Friday and Saturday in October, families and their children may enjoy fall activities such as Bewitching Rides on the Linger Longer Express, Classic Autumn Hay Rides, The Great Pumpkin Carving and the Fire Lighting Ceremony with Chief Winterhawk followed by delicious s’mores. Cost for The Great Pumpkin Carving is $75 per pumpkin and reservation is required. All other festival activities are complimentary. PUMPKIN PAIRINGS Throughout October resort-wide dining options will showcase the great, flavorful pumpkin with delicious dessert and cocktail pairings, such as specialties from the classic gourmet cuisine of Linger Longer Steakhouse (Pumpkin Pie Soufflé with Cinnamon Ice Cream and a Pumpkin Pie Martini); casual waterfront fare from Gaby’s by the Lake (Pumpkin Crème Brûlée and local pumpkin ale selections); and low- country dishes from Georgia’s Bistro (a 3 for $33 pumpkinthemed menu an Pumpkin Pie Cappuccino). Additionally, the Lobby Lounge will feature Pumpkin Pie with Five-Spice Chantilly, pumpkin cocktails and pumpkin seeds. FAMILY MEMORIES is a package available this fall featuring overnight accommodations in a resort view guestroom, lake view guestroom, Executive Suite or two-bedroom cottage; American Breakfast for two adults and two children daily in Georgia’s Bistro; family welcome amenity with lake-themed items such as Dooley apparel, a keepsake tote bag, backyard and pool toys and more; and a $200 resort credit to use towards spa treatments or Ritz Kids Camp. The Family Memories package starts at $369 per night. For more information about fall offers and packages, visit www.ritzcarltonlodge.com.
SNORKELING THE GALAPAGOS
Species You Won’t See Anywhere Else
BY BRET LOVE
HE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ARE best known for the distinctive wildlife found on their shores, and the impact animals such as the Galapagos Tortoise and Galapagos Finches had on Darwin’s theory of evolution. Significantly less discussed are the remarkable wonders to be found in the surrounding waters. The Galapagos Islands are blessed with extraordinary marine biodiversity thanks to their location on the Equator, 560 miles west of Ecuador. Nutrient-rich water runs off from the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, travels east across the Pacific Ocean (known as the Cromwell current), and is churned up by the warm California current from the north and the cooling Peru (or Humbodlt) current from the south. The upwelling of deep water to the surface caused by this collision brings nutrients that stimulate the growth of algae, or phytoplankton, which are the base of the ocean’s food chain. When they flourish, so does the marine life. And since many of the volcanic islands do not offer enough nutrients on land, some of the Galapagos’ most intriguing species have adapted to live off the bounty of the sea. Here are four favorites you’re likely to see while Snorkeling the Galapagos:
The Flightless Cormorant is among the most rare bird species in the world, with around 900 individuals living on the Galapagos Islands. It’s an odd bird, with black and brown feathers, turquoise eyes, low growling voices, and wings about 1/3 the size that would be required in order for the bird to fly. Their feathers aren’t waterproof, so they spend a lot of time drying their short, stubby appendages in the sun. But while they may not be able to fly, in the water they’re like feathered rockets, using their webbed feet and powerful legs to dive down to the bottom of the ocean in search of fish, eels and other small prey. Their mating dance is an elegant aquatic waltz, with the male and female shaking their heads dramatically while circling one another as other suitors try to cut in. Later they build a seaweed nest above the hightide mark, with the male bringing his lady friend gifts of flotsam from the ocean. She’ll lay 3 eggs, with only one likely to survive, and they share parenting responsibilities until the chick leaves the nest.
The Galapagos may be the only place in the world where you can snorkel with penguins, and the Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin that lives north of the equator. They’re
also extremely rare and endangered, with less than 1,000 breeding pairs left. Found primarily on the islands of Fernandina and Isabela, the tiny Galapagos Penguin measures just 19 inches long and weighs around five pounds, making them the second smallest penguin species in the world. Scientists have surmised that their Antarctic ancestors got caught in the Humboldt Current and wound up in the Galapagos, where they genetically adapted to the heat (which ranges from 59º-82ºF). They cool themselves off via thermoregulation, stretching out their flippers, hunching forward to keep the sun from shining on their feet, and panting to cool themselves.
GALAPAGOS SEA LIONS
These sea lions are on the endangered species list, but they’re ubiquitous in the Galapagos. You can find them almost everywhere– in public parks, on the San Cristobal docks, and on every beach of every island. Distinguishable from fur seals by their earflaps, Galapagos Sea Lions seem awkward and clumsy on land, with a lurching side-to-side gait, loud barks and an array of odd bodily noises. But once they reach the water, they transform into something magical, like elegant ballet dancers of the oceanic world. They also prove eminently playful and curious, swimming fast as lightning. With their huge eyes, cute faces and funny flippers, the sea lions’ charms prove impossible to resist. Española island’s beautiful Gardner Bay is a special place to wind down a Galapagos adventure. Here, on a white sandy beach, hundreds of sea lions live in large colonies. Pups nurse from their mothers, juveniles frolic in the cerulean blue surf, and male bulls battle for dominance over their harems.
Marine iguanas look like little miniature Godzillas, hissing and sneezing (in order to expel excess salt from their nasal glands) and tending to clutter en masse like kittens. Marine Iguanas can be found almost everywhere in the Galapagos, but they love congregating on the lava-strewn shores, where they can rapidly absorb heat from the sun to warm their bodies after a swim. They vary greatly from island to island in terms of size and color, from the teal green-tinged adult males on Española to the brick red colors of the subspecies on Fernandina. On land they appear graceless and clumsy, but their flattened tails and spiky dorsal fins make them a wonder to behold in the water. It’s bizarre to see this a 4-foot long prehistoric-looking lizard diving for algae then shimmying their bodies to swim to the surface for air.
insiteatlanta.com • October 2015 • PG 21
BIG PLANS FOR EVERYBODY A Fragile Tomorrow Makes Retro-Pop for Today
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
Which is sort of our concept of the future, at first. Basically, that’s where it all started, with that idea.
NE OF THE BEST POWERPOP bands of the moment is A Fragile Tomorrow. The Charleston-based You opened the set with the title track of the band may be firmly rooted in the southern new record. charm and jangle of the Carolina tradition, Sean: Yeah and it was really was inspired their approach and outlook is thoroughly by Slade, I’d just watched the documentary modern and their reach is worldwide. Their CD on them and we literally namerelease show for their fifth album EVERY TIME WE checked [Slade frontman] Noddy Make Me Over (MPress Records) MAKE ANOTHER Holder in the song. is in New York during the CMJ showcase and then they’re off on a RECORD, WE LOOK And that’s quite rare. Is there cross-country tour with the Indigo BACK AND SAY, another song that actually Girls. We caught up with the Kelly ‘WHAT ARE WE mentions him directly in brothers Dom, Sean and Brendan, the lyrics? GOING TO along with bassist Shaun Rhodes Sean: Exactly,and if there’s any DO NEXT? after their recent show opening one thing that could give away for their friends The Bangles at the the fact that we’re not shooting for a top 10 Variety Playhouse. hit, then that would be it! Because nobody in America even knows who he is. On stage tonight, you said this new record is your “David Bowie album.” Since this is your fifth album, you can really Brendan: Well, the whole David Bowie vibe stretch out and change the sound quite a bit is in the production. It’s not as weird as some at this point right? of Bowie’s stuff, but it has that feeling. It was Sean: Yeah, I think with just the four of us just created by listening to Heroes over and over in a room, we can really figure it out and we again, everywhere we could. kind of vibe off of each other. It’s been amazing Sean: And we’ve been talking a lot about the process just having the freedom to be able to whole concept of retrofuturism, which is sort do what we want to do, whether it’s to write of a design concept. It’s like in the ‘50s, the way a definitely non-top-40 hit or just working people saw the future, from that perspective. around the studio, that’s a big freedom. Like “The Jetsons,” you know? Dom: So we were like, what if we do the You guys have worked with - and quickly record like that, sonically and musically? became friends with - a number of the
most influential artists of pop music. Peter Holsapple, Mitch Easter, Vicki Peterson, Matthew Sweet, The Cowsills and Don Dixon. Sean: Yeah, but I think Susan was really the first person that really took a liking to us, and it sort of grew from there. Shawn: When I first met these guys, I realized that they don’t have any idea of “unattainability,” for lack of a better word. They will think of a person and it will be like, “I’ll write them and say, ‘I’d love to meet you and we’d love to play some shows and please check out our record.’” And it worked! All these people, who are our heroes, Sean and Dom basically wrote to them or just waited outside of a show to meet them and give them one of our albums. And then those people knew other people and it was like “These boys are coming to your show so check ‘em out.” Sean: Well like with Peter Holsapple, I was just sort of afraid to contact him because he’s The dB’s guy, he’s the REM guy! I was a little afraid to write to him but he wrote me back right back and we started talking about different bands. He’s like an encyclopedia of knowledge. Did you enjoy working with [REM producer and Let’s Active leader] Mitch Easter? Brendan: I think it was the first time that really realized what kind of band we wanted to be. We’d been searching for this thing and all of a sudden the songs all seemed to sort of have a genre and we finally knew what it was: the twelve-string, jangly powerpop stuff.
How have you changed since your first album, from way back in the stone-age of 2006? Sean: It was just the three of us, and Dom and I were 13. It was the definitive first record in that we made all the mistakes and got everything wrong. And our second record when I listen back to it now the songs seem pretty juvenile but we were like 16 or so. Even though you weren’t old enough to be a band in the 80’s, you’re definitely one of the best ‘80s bands I’ve ever seen. Sean: That’s the greatest compliment in the world! That’s all we want to be. For music, news and more, visit the band at www.afragiletomorrow.com.
MR. PRICE IS RIGHT
Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B Legend Lloyd Price Addresses Racism in Intense new Book
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
N 1952, ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF Famer Lloyd Price changed the perception of music and social interaction when he wrote and recorded “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” The highly influential record inspired a generation and its impact has led to an undeniably impressive legacy. After 30 other hits, in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the busy 82 year old entrepreneur continues to tour, write and plan new business ventures. This month his newest project hits the shelves of bookstores and the bins of Amazon in a wide new release. Sumdumhonky is a chillingly candid memoir about his experiences with racism in America and Africa. Sumdumhonky is a very powerful book. Well, it’s from life experiences. It seems to be catching on because I think people really seem to feel it. The whole idea was to tell the story of living in this country with all the opposition over the years and then growing up in a time when it was really rough for an African-American. But it’s not intended to alienate, it’s intended to educate about the political situation of the times. It’s a very painful book to read but the story is very liberating. Yes, it is. Because the truth is the truth and all you’ve got to do is tell it. But you’ve gotta live it in order to really express it. The title instantly grabs you. Well that was on purpose. Everybody in PG 22 • October 2015 • insiteatlanta.com
politics or anything else has their opinion so in order to get people’s attention you really have to grab them from the very start. And as for the subject, I found that not only just here in this country but everywhere people are confused about black people from America. Even in Africa they never called me an AfricanAmerican they called me the Black American.
It’s really the perfect time for this book. I think so because man you can see the world over people are just trying to find their way. And the only two people who really know each other are the black man and the white man. We’ve been here 400 years together under one nation, so if we don’t know each other don’t nobody know each other! You mentioned traveling the world to do your show, and there’s an intense passage in the book that details the
early ‘60s era when you were having massive hit records, yet you were still facing blatant racism and inequality. Without question. But I was able to dance around it. I was from the South so it wasn’t that difficult to understand because I’d seen it. I had hit after hit and it never got any better. For example there’s a big hotel in my hometown, The Roosevelt Hotel. In 1963, I was playing there but I still had to go through the kitchen to go in and do the job. It was just ridiculous. But it was not just there it was in Los Angeles and New York - you always got that same feeling. And you’ve got to remember that segregation was not just among blacks and whites it was among black people too. Do you think it will ever go away completely? I think it’s coming. I’ve seen a huge improvement since I was a kid. We got a black President and who would’ve ever thought that! It was young people and the youth movement that made that happen. Just like at the beginning of rock-and-roll kids started to dance and skate together. Just kids having fun and that’s how it starts.
One good thing about social upheaval is good music usually comes from the chaos. Well that’s absolutely correct. Rosa Parks would’ve never ever been able to sit on that bus if four years before she did that “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” hadn’t started the youth movement from New Orleans. I bear witness that in 1963 Martin Luther King marched in Washington but that music had started to bring people together ten years before that. It was the New Orleans sound that started this movement not just in this country but around the world. Everybody understood this music and then came James Brown and Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. By that time I’d been on the charts for two years with five records. How does it make you feel that a song you wrote and recorded in 1952 has transcended genres and inspired so many? Well, I just see myself as a messenger. As of today, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” has been recorded 178 times, by some of the biggest rock stars in the world. I’ve written 30 songs that have been in the top 100. It wasn’t a black or white thing when the kids came to dance it was just kids. So I saw it as a party where folks could get to know each other. I really didn’t see it as a big deal. To me it was something just as natural as trees growing. Sumdumhonky is available from most book retailers and through the Lloyd Price website www.lawdymissclawdy.com.
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