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Where’s the beef? Chef and former owner of Inman Park’s Shaun’s, whose shuttering shocked the Atlanta food world, is beefing up his game. Thanks to One Midtown Kitchen’s SUMMER CHEF SERIES, Yeah! Burger’s Shaun Doty takes a burger break to team up with Drew Van Leuvan on JUNE 15 for five courses. Cows everywhere rejoice. onemidtown kitchen.com. (Savanna Keo)
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With their debut album, Sigh No More, West London foursome MUMFORD & SONS draw just as much inspiration from American folk, country and bluegrass as they take from such proto early alt-rock bands of their homeland as the Pogues and the Waterboys — albeit cleaner and nicer. Their songs are all about biblical parables and shedding a tear in your pint, and since the album arrived stateside, the group has been on a steady rise to the top. Fellow Brits Matthew and the Atlas open the JUNE 12 show with songs from their latest EP, Kingdom of Your Own, along with a few older numbers as well. (Chad Radford) When + Where + $: June 12, Fox Theatre, $35. foxtheatre.org.
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Street value The third annual EVOLVERFEST features art, live music, workshops, guest speakers and eco-friendly crafts, all in a family-friendly atmosphere at Lake Claire Community Land Trust. It’s a celebration catered toward making our Earth a beautiful one and transforming it, one home at a time. Festival-goers are asked to walk, bike or ride MARTA to reduce their carbon footprint JUNE 11. Speaking of bicycles and carbon footprints, it’s time for another ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE on JUNE 11, when the city, with the help of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, temporarily shuts down a loop of streets for a car-free zone that’s part bike tour, part block party. (Jamila Dewitt)
KeepinG it reel Sitting in dark, stuffy theaters on beautiful summer nights seems almost sinful. FLICKS ON 5TH offers a remedy: The outdoor summer film series begins JUNE 15 at Georgia Tech’s Technology Square with Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis. The COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL presents another spin on movie night, with screenings at Fox Theatre. The festival runs JUNE 9-12; the first screening will be Oscar winner The Social Network. (Krystle Drew)
teMpeSt in a c cup? Contemporary theater artists have given Shakespeare’s Prospero a sex change. Lately it seems we see the magic-wielding protagonist of THE TEMPEST as a female rather than a male. Not only did Helen Mirren play “Prospera” in Julie Taymor’s recent film adaptation, but beginning JUNE 8, Carolyn Cook joins Jan Akers as actresses who’ve made a woman of the role for Georgia Shakespeare. gashakespeare.org. (Curt Holman)
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1 O L D F O U R T H WA R D When a 51-year-old homeless woman was crushed to death beneath the rubble of a demolished house on Daniel Street in early May, it took the first emergency vehicle 18 minutes to show up. Last week, it was revealed why: An Atlanta 911 dispatcher erroneously sent rescuers to Daniels Avenue, nearly five miles away.
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The father of the 30-year-old woman who died after falling out of a 10thfloor window at the W Hotel on 14th Street in late May filed suit against the hotel chain this week. The woman, LaShawna Threatt, was apparently play-wrestling with a friend in their hotel room when both broke through the window.
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A local police officer was selected to run the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece. A press release says Scott Luther was selected because of his “enthusiastic volunteering and fundraising for Georgia’s Special Olympics program” during his 10 years on the force.
AMC’s zombie-drama “The Walking Dead” is back in the area filming its second season. A stretch of Highway 19 near the Atlanta Motor Speedway was shut down for five days to accommodate the faux-undead.
— Gwynedd Stuart SOURCES: ajc.com, Inmanparkga Yahoo Group, Special Olympics Georgia, wsbtv.com
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ecently unemployed? Finished with for a decade make the neighborhood look right?” school? Have you considered picking Other commenters said the filling station could crops on one of South Georgia’s many cause traffic problems and attract ne’er-dofarms? Some farmers say they’re in wells. But “Centennian” pointed out the diffithe midst of a labor shortage, thanks to Georgia’s culties in making neighborhoods more walkable. strict new immigration law. So Gov. Nathan Deal “Either focus on being a pedestrian friendly has proposed urging out-of-work Georgians to neighborhood in which needs of vehicles take a apply for some of the jobs. “I have a master’s backseat,” he wrote, “Or bow before the altar degree and no job,” wrote “NSF.” “Why the hell of the automobile and make pedestrians second would I move to south Georgia to pick fruit? If I class citizens. Trying to have it both ways is why move anywhere, it’ll be to where I can find a job so much of Atlanta is mediocre.” in my field.” Replied “eric pfeifer”: “I’m underemployed with a master’s too. Apparland deal to save ently in the new economy ‘a job in the the streetcar? Moree field’ should be taken literally.” “Col. City officials, red-faced over a th on Whisk” said unemployed people $5.6 million accounting error inWeb shouldn’t be so picky. “Sometimes volving the planned streetcar, last Join the at n I can’t believe that this is the same tio week proposed selling two chunks sa er conv nation that made it through the trials of land to Post Properties to make clfreshloaf. of previous generations,” he wrote. up the difference. “Amazing how this com And “DanaBlankenhorn” wondered is trying to be swept under the rug as an about the law’s other side effects: “A num‘honest mistake,’” wrote “VoxPopuli,” reber of businesses are going to go out of business ferring to the city’s explanation for the accountover this, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Who ing error. “Ineptitude appears to be a historical cooks the food? Who washes up afterward?” hallmark of Atlanta city government. Imagine how well [Atlanta] could do with efficiently run central government.” Some commenters noted Fancy petrol station that the city could lose nearly $250,000 each year hits roadblock Ormewood Park residents celebrated a small from Post in lease payments. Wrote “cityzen”: victory last week after the city rescinded its ap- “Small stuff, but in principle we’ll get 250k less proval of a site plan for a QuikTrip on Moreland services or have to pay 250k more tax in order to Avenue. Some Fresh Loafers were appalled. “I take that capital payment to fund the streetcar. live in a beautiful, historic, intown neighborhood That seems OK to me. But when will Atlanand I would kill for a QT nearby,” wrote “lazer- tans” — this CL staffer included — “realize mike.” Added “fight for your right to have urban that there is no free lunch, even when the blight”: “No concerns about how the bordered lunch is a transit project?” C up houses in the area that have been sitting there — thoMas Wheatley clatl.com ❘ JUNE 9-JUNE 15, 2011 ❘ 11
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he family that cooks together … winds up with knife wounds. A 23-year-old woman was pulling apart lettuce with her hands in the kitchen, when her mother-in-law — well, the mother of her baby’s father — walked in with a green-handled knife and suggested she cut the lettuce instead. When she ignored the helpful advice, the woman claims her baby’s grandmother stabbed her. The grandmother basically corroborated, saying that she saw her daughter-in-law ripping a head of lettuce apart, breaking a house rule that lettuce be cut with a knife. She said they began to argue and she felt threatened, so she stabbed her grandchild’s mother. An officer who reported to the scene wrote, “The handle sticking out of [the woman’s] arm was a clear, green, thick plastic handle about six inches long.” At Grady Memorial Hospital, doctors removed the green-handled knife and gave it to police as evidence. The young woman is in stable condition, and is expected to fully recover from the lettuce kerfuffle.
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stopped and attempted to ticket a man they spotted casually strolling through Piedmont Park — at around 2 a.m. (FYI, night owls, Piedmont Park is officially closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) The man, a 24-year-old from Stone Mountain, became belligerent and yelled that police “were assaulting him and sexually violating him by stopping him
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in the park,” an officer wrote. “He said he didn’t like the city ordinance about being in the park after hours.” The man made clear he was determined to continue his late-night meanderings, so the officers took him to jail.
DIAPER DISAGREEMENT: On McDaniel
Street, a 23-year-old woman said she called her child’s father and told him their little girl needed Pampers. When he didn’t oblige, she called again, but this time she put her daughter on the phone to tell Daddy that they needed Pampers now. The father fetched the diapers, but he wasn’t happy about it. When he delivered the goods, he threw the box of Pampers and a shoe at the woman’s face (she wasn’t hurt) and said, “Don’t you ever have my little girl call me for some Pampers.” Sounds like Daddy needs a diaper change.
EX MARKS THE SPOT: After an argument
with her ex-boyfriend, a young woman returned to her Angier Avenue apartment to find that her former beau had beat her there. From there, the fight escalated and the ex reportedly grabbed a bottle of bleach, removed the top and threw it at her. The woman said she put her arms over her face, but the bottle struck her arms and some bleach got into her eyes. The ex-boyfriend — who left in a taxi — is described as being 6 feet tall and slender with an “extremely large head” and a tattoo on his arm that reads, “Rest in Peace, Larry.” Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.
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Between a botched breast-feeding ordinance and a law targeting strip clubs, the Clayton County burg is no friend of the mammary By Gwynedd Stuart
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orest Park has lately been obsessed with breasts. In late May, elected officials in the tiny south metro city caught hell for enacting an out-of-the-blue public indecency ordinance that deemed breast-feeding in public unlawful unless the child enjoying his or her mother’s milk al fresco is younger than 2. Unhappy about the arbitrary age limit, so-called “lactivists” staged a “nursein” outside city hall, resulting in an onslaught of media coverage — something it’s safe to say Forest Park’s rag-tag, five-member city council isn’t accustomed to receiving. To mitigate the overwhelmingly negative attention, the council amended the ordinance June 6 to remove the age limit on public breast-feeding. But the council’s sensitivity to exposed mammaries hasn’t been limited to nursing mothers. Since 2009, Forest Park has been embroiled in a quiet legal tussle over legislation targeting adult entertainment establishments. Late that year, a new ordinance was passed to force strip clubs to choose between selling alcohol and nudity. Suddenly, cocktails and naked ladies could no longer co-exist. Jack Galardi, owner of Pink Pony South and Crazy Horse Saloon — the city’s only two strip clubs — filed suit in both district and federal courts. The city has been busy fighting both cases since then. What’s puzzling to many, including Councilwoman Karen Brandee Williams, is that the city’s sudden crusade against indecency doesn’t seem to be a reaction to any existing problems. “We don’t want 50 clubs like this in the city,” Williams says, “but [we] have them here now, and [we] haven’t had any problems that I’ve seen documented. Now [the council’s] embarrassed the city, because [it’s] attacking adult entertainment.” Forest Park certainly isn’t the first place to attempt to purge itself of strip clubs. Because the First Amendment protects “erotic expression” as a form of free speech, a popular way for municipalities and county governments to try to snuff out strip clubs is to prohibit them from selling alcohol. Some cities have been successful by quoting studies that show the “adverse secondary effects” strip clubs have on surrounding communities. The preamble to Forest Park’s embattled ordinance lists dozens of cities — from nearby Sandy Springs to not-so-nearby
Seattle — where studies indicate that adult entertainment heightens crime and lowers property values. But Forest Park never performed its own study to see what effect its own clubs have had on criminal activity. Galardi’s attorney, Aubrey Villines, says using outside studies to justify banning alco-
hol sales in Forest Park’s strip clubs demonstrates faulty logic. “If you moved into a neighborhood and there was a liquor store two doors down from the house you wanted to buy, you’d say, ‘What’s the impact of that liquor store?’ It would be like them saying, ‘Well, lemme tell
“We don’t Want 50 clubs like this in the city, but We have them here noW and haven’t had any problems.” — CounCilwoman Karen brandee williams
you what the impact was in Seattle or what it was in Indianapolis,’” he says. Adds Villines: “I’ve heard the chief of police say we have more problems at the Chick-fil-A than we do at Pink Pony.” When Fulton County attempted to do away with drinking in strip clubs a few years back, rather than use outside evidence of adverse secondary effects, they were ordered to do their own official study. According to local attorney Alan Begner, who represents several local strip clubs, the Fulton study didn’t turn out the way county officials had expected. “The study came back showing the opposite,” says Begner. “There was half as much crime [around strip clubs].” Forest Park Councilwoman Sparkle Adams, who also serves as Mayor Pro Tem, voted against granting adult entertainment licenses to both Galardi clubs back in 2008, but was out-voted. Following the council’s June 6 meeting, CL attempted to speak with Adams, but although her legislative actions suggest she has strong feelings about public indecency, she refused to comment. After trying to evade the media by slipping out a back door, Adams chided us for calling her at her home (the number was provided by a city receptionist) and said she would only discuss the city’s next “teen council” meeting. Councilwoman Williams says she believes there has been an effort to run the Pony and Crazy Horse out of town. “They’ve been a key figure in the community, they’ve been a blessing to certain institutions, been good business people, then all of a sudden [the council] is changing all the rules and laws and trying to run them out of business,” she says. “I’ve never felt that was the right way to treat a business, especially when even the mayor has said they’ve been great to the city, and never been a problem.” The lawsuit Galardi filed in district court — which claims the city violated a consent agreement it entered into with the clubs — is still in front of a judge who will decide whether the clubs should be granted a temporary restraining order. In the other case, a federal judge refused a TRO request, but Galardi has appealed, claiming the ordinance violates the First Amendment. In the meantime, the clubs are in a kind of limbo: They continue to serve alcohol, but since January dancers have worn bikinis, and Villines says the clubs are losing money as a result. Maybe an organized “strip-in” at city hall is in order. C
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Kill the death penalty With the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection in March of Troy Davis’ appeal for a new trial, it’s likely that a new execution date for the state’s best-known death row inmate will be announced any day now. But state officials would be wise to take a hint from the embarrassing difficulty they recently had in getting their hands on lethal drugs and instead call an end to capital punishment in Georgia. I don’t say this because I believe executions are inherently barbaric or that a society has no right to take the lives of its citizens. Quite the contrary. I feel strongly that there are certain
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eorgia just can’t quit its love affair with super-roads in Sprawlville. Hard up for cash to fund new highways, officials are pinning their hopes on a freemarket champion’s wet dream: optional toll lanes and even public-private toll roads. In Paulding County, the local development authority is drooling at the idea of building a crescent-shaped, 113-mile private toll road that would link to metro Atlanta’s southern edge. Gwinnett County officials are sponsoring, in concert with a private engineering firm, a study to see if one of its roads could be expanded and funded with tolls. Later this summer, state officials will celebrate the unfortunate conversion of an I-85 HOV lane into a toll lane, prices for which would fluctuate depending on congestion. (As part of an agreement with the State Tollway Authority, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the state agency that operates suburban buses to take riders downtown, is perversely advertising this drive-more service on the backs of its own buses.) And that proposed toll tunnel under East Atlanta, Little Five Points and Morningside that nearly caused intowners to break out the pitchforks? It’s still a possibility. Public-private deals of the kind prized by the Georgia DOT are often shrouded in secrecy until the players are announced — never mind that homeowners unfortunate to live along proposed routes could possibly see their properties condemned. And the agreements sometimes prohibit the state and local governments from building transit and road improvements nearby. Frankly, the state doesn’t have a stellar record when it comes to realizing toll-road projects. Just last week the AJC reported that state officials were once again delaying bids on a $1 billion, 26-mile toll-lane project along I-75 and 575. It’d be the first of a proposed $16 billion network — $7 billion of which would come from taxpayers — of pay-as-you-go roads in metro Atlanta. What’s most unsettling about such projects, however, is that they do nothing to address metro Atlanta’s addiction to the automobile. At best, toll roads are a temporary fix for our overall transportation problems. Even worse: Such projects would serve to encourage more people to drive to work. Sure, Georgia does need some new roads. And managed lanes, when done correctly, can sometimes work well. But local officials would be better off stopping the slow bleed of MARTA, which has been neglected in favor of GRTA’s suburban coaches, and investing cash and political capital into
the requirement for unanimous jury verdicts. But if modern juries — in court parlance, the “will of the people” — have become less comfortable with the idea of sending men to death row, shouldn’t that tell us something? I can no longer think of a single compelling
crimes so heinous that death is an appropriate punishment. But I’ve also reached the inescapable conclusion that our court system cannot be trusted to apply justice in an impartial, equitable and reliable manner. More than that, though, I don’t believe the death penalty justifies its own considerable cost. It’s hard not to lose a little faith in stateissued jurisprudence each time DNA evidence proves that some luckless convict spent decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Even more damning are reams of statistics showing that such factors as the defendant’s race, the race of the victim and the county where the trial takes place are disturbingly predictive for whether a convicted murderer winds up on death row. Brian Nichols aside, there are dozens of killers now serving life sentences in Georgia prisons whose crimes are fundamentally no different from many who await execution. But I soured on the death penalty long before I knew any of that. I hate to be coldly pragmatic, but I became a capital punishment opponent the day I learned that it costs far more to bring a man to execution — when you add in the price of a capital trial and the legal expense of the inevitable appeals — than it does to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. There are lawmakers in Georgia whose solution for fixing this imbalance would be to make it easier to execute killers by spiking
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building bus and rail transit. The goal should be to have fewer cars on the roads, cleaner air and, if rail is built where’s it most needed, a boost in economic development. At the least, the DOT should stop inconveniencing suburban carpoolers by eliminating HOV lanes. Those solutions would help metro Atlanta undo its decades of devolution, improve its quality of life and prepare for the inevitable gas shortage that no one wants to address. C
argument against abolishing the death penalty in Georgia. It’s not as if any rational person believes it’s an effective deterrent to violent crime. And whether or not one agrees with the moral reasoning, America’s dogged attachment to capital punishment has lowered our standing
in the eyes of other democratic nations. Frankly, if the death penalty doesn’t save the state any money; it cannot be applied fairly and uniformly; and if it arguably doesn’t further the aims of justice in a meaningful way, what purpose does it serve? C clatl.com ❘ JUNE 9-JUNE 15, 2011 ❘ 17
DIVE IN: The tiny Beer Barrel, a former bar/package store in Marietta, has been serving brew for more than 50 years.
Viva la Dive Bar!
In celebration of the comfortable squalor and cheap-ass booze of Atlanta’s dive-iest bars
mong Atlanta tastemakers, the cocktail is now king. From Peachtree Road to Edgewood Avenue, the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants are concocting creative libations using obscure ingredients and flashy mixology skills, and serving them up in ever-hipper, of-the-moment environments. To be certain, it’s a rich and heady time to be a cocktail connoisseur. But what about nontastemakers? The regular Joe, the average barfly, the working stiff who just wants a cold one after a rough third shift? Fact is, in many of Atlanta’s watering holes — the ones tucked away in unobtrusive buildings on side streets or in aging strip shopping centers — the typical drink comes in a can, a long-neck or a plastic cup. And for the regular patrons, they’re every bit as satisfying as anything made with imported bitters or herbal infusions, and a hell of a lot easier on the wallet. Of course, you could drink cheap beer on your couch. But that’s where the neighborhood dive bar comes in. 18 ❘ JUNE 9-JUNE 15, 2011 ❘ clatl.com
By Scott Henry
These havens provide a home away from home, a sanctuary from domestic concerns and temporary, if inebriated, companionship in familiar surroundings. And, if you’re not too picky, they can also rustle you up a burger or a basket of wings. Because of Georgia’s famously backward liquor laws and our city’s propensity to tear down anything that’s been around more than a generation, Atlanta largely lacks the kind of corner bar that can be found so readily in the blue-collar neighborhoods of Chicago and New York. Still, dive bars are out there if you look hard enough. To be clear, we’re not talking about places like Northside Tavern or the erstwhile Lenny’s or even the Clermont Lounge, which were long ago embraced by hipsters and musicians despite — or, more properly, because of — their grunginess. To meet our definition of a dive, it’s not enough for a joint to be a shithole. It has to be an irony-free shithole. Nor can we lend our approval to Five Paces Inn, the Buckhead Pool Hall or other places crowded with frat boys
all weekend. Ideally, when you first walk into a dive, you should feel a bit uncomfortable, maybe even a little concerned for your safety, as the regulars turn to see who just stepped onto their turf. Asking for a fancy drink should earn you a funny look. The wrong word could get you cut. A dive bar should feel lived-in, with rounded corners and well-worn floors. It should indulge no pretensions, follow no trends. It doesn’t need to be old, but it helps. Any decent dive should have a timeless quality, as if the outside world has left it untouched. You can’t manufacture the kind of unpracticed carelessness that goes into achieving dive-dom. It has to occur organically. A proper dive is a place where a guy can expect to drink at the same barstool for 20 years without worrying that the room will get remodeled or a new chef will overhaul the menu. Above all, a dive bar should serve cheap, cold beer and have enough spirits on hand to lend some variety. Let us then salute the holdouts that, in all their casual squalor, serve to enrich and diversify metro Atlanta’s drinking scene. Viva la dive bar!
The Beer Barrel
1294 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-321-1543. This almost comically tiny bar has been serving drinks since 1957 and, up until four years ago, also operating as package store, a holdover from when that sort of thing was still legal. At the time the bar’s former owners retired, the place was believed to be the last remaining hybrid bar-package store left in metro Atlanta. When current owner Terri Alvey took over, she renamed the joint, closed up its drive-thru window(!) and started slinging brews to the bar’s many longtime regulars, some of whom show a near-worrisome devotion to the establishment. “We open at 9 a.m. and most days folks are already waiting in the parking lot,” Alvey states proudly. Really? That doesn’t quite seem healthy. “Well, they’re mostly retired veterans,” she adds, as if that fact makes the thought of a morning beer buzz more palatable. But there’s an American Legion hall up the street. Why don’t they just go there? “The legion hall doesn’t open till 11,” Alvey says. There’s a limited selection of spirits and a handful of draughts, but the regulars bellied up to the bar seem partial to bottled beers, anyway, which Alvey pulls from galvanized steel tubs filled with ice. But most of her time is spent selling and redeeming Keno cards. With two TVs tuned to the Georgia Lottery and patrons busy scribbling on cards all day, Alvey says she’s been told the Beer Barrel does more Keno business than any other bar in the state — a frankly insane statistic considering the place’s size. It’s difficult to imagine a functioning bar smaller than the Beer Barrel. The rectangular wooden bar seats about 15 and there are another half-dozen stools along a side wall, but any fire marshal worth his saltpeter would likely cap occupancy at 35. Apart from beer-themed bar lamps, the only décor of note consists of hundreds of signed dollar bills stapled to the ceiling. The only food to be had on a recent visit was a Crock-Pot full of complimentary, selfserve hot dogs.
JUST CHILLIN’: It’s a laidback scene at Murph’s Lounge, top left, a former biker bar off South Cobb Drive; center left, Speak Eazy Lounge doesn’t promise much, and it delivers; bottom left, the menu at Pryor Tavern in Mechanicsville offers pig’s ear on toast.
Murph’s Lounge & Deep South BBQ
1679 Joyner Ave., Marietta. 770-422-4465.
Speak Eazy Lounge
1187 Ira St. at University Avenue. 404-752-7912. Who says every Atlanta bar has to have air conditioning? Or that every place touting itself as a disco needs an actual dance floor? At Speak Eazy, they dispense with the frills and pass the savings on to you! This hole-in-the-wall in the struggling Pittsburgh community has been going strong — well, surviving, anyway — for around 40 years. The noticeably sloping floors are bare concrete, the seating options consist of small booths and a few secondhand stools, and the painted cinder block walls are largely free of any visual distractions. Near the front door, several square mirror panels have dropped off the wall and no one appears in a hurry to find replacements. Speak Eazy has added a few upgrades the last few years. For one, it now serves real liquor with your choice of mixer in plastic cups — a marked improvement over a selection once limited to 40-ounce bottles in an Igloo cooler behind the bar. A hand-written sign claims that the special of the day is a pork chop plate, for those willing to call the kitchen’s bluff. In recent weeks, the bar has even installed a small bandstand that, on weekends, accommodates a cover band. At other times, there’s a DJ or music from the digital jukebox, which is stocked with soul classics by Aretha, Percy, Otis and the Godfather of Soul. Perhaps the most remarkable
update is the addition of a projection TV screen for showing sporting events. And yet, Speak Eazy somehow effortlessly maintains the atmosphere of an underground bunker, its windowless walls and curtained doors shutting out most traces of the harsh Southern sun even at noon, when the bar opens for business. Inside, under the glow of artificial light, with a Jack and Coke in your hand and Marvin Gaye competing with the hum of three large fans, you could easily imagine that time has stood still. And therein lies the allure.
Located just off South Cobb Drive in south Marietta’s bedraggled Fair Oaks community, Murph’s opened in the ’70s, around the time National Geographic dismissed the area as “the redneck capital of the world.” Occupying a rustic, wood-sided building with no visible marquee, this thirtysomething-year-old tavern can appear a little foreboding on initial approach. Its only welcoming feature is a hand-written sign tacked to the outside wall reading “Biker Friendly.” Inside, the place has the homey jumble of the living room of someone who wasn’t expecting guests. On one visit, there was a dirt bike parked on the small dance floor. The stage — barely large enough for a three-piece band or one-and-a-half Italian tenors — and a nearby waitress station appear to be used mainly for storage. In a back corner, behind the pool tables and next to a pinball machine, sits an electric stove that apparently never quite made it out the door to the salvage yard. The area behind the bar is a joyful riot of bottles, bumper stickers, license plates, girlie calendars and mirrors. Aside from its threadbare carpet, Murph’s is relatively presentable for a biker bar, with clean table tops and no discernible mustiness. According to the barmaid, the hog-riding segment of the clientele has greatly decreased over the past decade. These days, Murph’s owner Glen Hickman is trying to attract new customers by bringing in a big smoker and hosting monthly Boston Butt cookouts on the cement patio behind the bar. The rest of the time, the kitchen offers the standard bar food, as well as barbecue sandwiches and even steaks. Although his bar doesn’t feature much live music any more, Hickman, who sports a black leather biker’s vest while at work, remains proud of the fact that Marietta native Travis Tritt was signed to his first record deal at Murph’s back in the late ’80s. see DIVe BARs p. 20 clatl.com ❘ JUNE 9-JUNE 15, 2011 ❘ 19
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GOOD TIMES: Regular patrons of Marietta’s Beer Barrel have a lively time at the bar.
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The Foxy Lady Lounge
1635 Moreland Ave. 404-622-9250. www.foxyladyatlanta.com. As I get out of my car in the parking lot of the Foxy Lady, an unsteady gentleman steps out from behind the low-slung pink building. “I’ll keep an eye on your car for ya!” he yells as I hurry for the entrance. Of all the countless times I’ve driven past this landmark of decadence, this is one of the few occasions I can remember not seeing a police cruiser or ambulance out front. After a reassuring pat-down by the security guard, I step inside to confirm it’s a slow day at the Foxy Lady. Several strippers are clustered together in a corner so dark I can’t tell if there’s a customer with them. On the other end of the room, a patron is enjoying (I assume) a floor-level table dance. No one’s on the small club’s 10-foot-long stage. A card table in front of the DJ booth displays ball caps for sale. Not Foxy Lady-branded caps, mind you. Just regular, blank ones. Still, every revenue stream helps, right? How long has the Foxy Lady been around? The house DJ, a friendly older man, says at least 27 years because that’s how long he’s worked there. While I digest this imponderable fact, he steps back into the booth to put on a booty-shaking song lyrically explicit enough to make Rick James blush. The Foxy Lady isn’t without aspirations. For instance, it divides the week into theme nights, kicking off with a Madden NFL PlayStation tournament on Mondays that allows patrons to win free drinks and table dances. And there’s a purported VIP area, screened off from the rest of the room by a dark curtain. And yet, the Foxy Lady still isn’t dive-y enough for some. On one local message board, for instance, someone has lodged the complaint: “I think the two-drink minimum policy
is bullshit!” Well, you can’t please everyone. As I edge my way toward the door, a tall woman wearing a bikini and several gold caps approaches to ask if I need help. “I’m just looking around,” I say. “Well, how ’bout looking around my body!” she counters. Headed back to my car, I hear the unsteady lurker call after me: “Hey, no love for the parking lot attendant?”
Morris Restaurant & Lounge
2254 Oakview Road. 404-378-9262. How this dive has managed to survive on a side street in Kirkwood for more than 40 years isn’t just a mystery, but a genuine miracle. Drive by before dark and you’d swear this place closed down years ago. With its brick exterior and stately white columns, Morris looks more like a church or funeral parlor than a bar. But come 10 p.m., the chain comes off the doors, the music begins playing and Morris opens for business. Not that this is a crunk party joint; the owners restrict entry to the over-25 crowd in order to keep out the troublemakers. Despite its fast-gentrifying surroundings, Morris still attracts a working-class black clientele, folks looking to have a good time, sip a few drinks and listen to the occasional live band. While Morris isn’t filthy, frightening or cramped, it is charmingly outdated, with booth seating that looks like it was salvaged from a diner and a carpet that’s seen better days. The menu is limited to the usual wings, fries and such, and the fanciest drink available is a Crown Royal and Sprite. If you drop in on a busy night, you best come ready to dance — the regulars aren’t shy about pulling strangers onto the floor to get down to some Al Green. If friendliness is any key to longevity, Morris will continue to be around for years to come.
730 Concord Road, Smyrna. 770-434-2432. You gotta love the positive attitude of any bar that still has a condom machine in the men’s room. First opened in the late ’60s, Timbers claims to be the oldest bar in Smyrna. Its exterior is all old-school retro, with natural wood siding and jigsaw-cut lettering across the front — next to the window-unit A/C. Thankfully, few of the renovations planned by a previous owner seem to have taken place. The interior still consists of a horseshoe-shaped bar, several tables and a low stage. The new management is trying to liven things up by hosting karaoke, Texas Hold’em tournaments and a Tuesday “bike night,” as well as bringing in live metal bands on the weekends. But let’s face it: The real reason people come to a dive like Timbers instead of a more upscale joint is to drink a cheap beer in a laid-back atmosphere where they can relax, smoke a few cigarettes and strike up a conversation about local high school football or reality TV shows. Some things don’t change.
726 Pryor St. 404-581-1994.
Located on the edge of Mechanicsville, Pryor Tavern is well-fortified, with a heavy security door and its large picture windows covered by burglar bars. No word on whether it offers seating in the panic room. If ambiance is your thing, keep driving. Pryor Tavern is basically a short-order grill that somehow got its hands on a liquor license. The single room contains maybe eight booths, a jukebox and the counter. The menu includes such standards as fried whiting, wings and pig’s ear on toast. Nom, indeed. The bar, if it can be called such, consists of canned beer and a handful of economysized liquor bottles grouped on the counter. Asked what kind of drinks they offer, the cook pauses a second, then says, “We can give you a shot.” The tavern lets its hair down Thursday nights, when it hosts karaoke. But don’t look for a stage. Aspiring American Idols can either sing from their seats or stand in the middle of the floor. On one visit, a Corvette, a shiny new Hummer and a Ferrari F430 sit in the asphalt parking lot. Yet there’s no one inside who looks like a professional athlete or a hedge fund manager. Perhaps there’s more to this tavern than meets the eye. C firstname.lastname@example.org
Other dive-y must-dO’s
138 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. 770-579-3801. www.faceslounge.com.
This 40-year-old pub is a little frayed at the edges — worn vinyl barstools, missing linoleum tiles — but it keeps plugging on. For several years now, it’s held its own “Shooting Star” singing contest, as well as pool tournaments and karaoke four nights a week, emceed for the past decade or so by the same hostess. Explains a waitress: “People who come here tend to stay.”
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645 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-792-6666. www.niksplace.com.
Occupying a sprawling old bungalow on the edge of the historic district, Nik’s is several places in one. It’s a dive bar, with plywood floors and a gnarly fiberglass drop ceiling. But it’s also a restaurant serving a full menu of gyros, moussaka and other Greek specialties. Finally, it’s a high schooler’s dream of what a frat house should be, with ratty thrift-store couches, pool tables and video games.
The Rusty Nail
2900 Buford Highway. 404-634-6306. www.rustynailpub.com.
The smoker out front shaped like a giant Colt revolver may scare some folks away, but on the inside, this hexagonal, 36-year-old watering hole is invitingly rustic, with wooden booths built into the walls. Aside from its age and unselfconscious down-hominess, the Rusty Nail is probably too clean to qualify as a genuine dive bar, but the vibe is right.
3766 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. 770-864-1985.
This former 1940s farmhouse has had six different names in the last few years, including the Shack, the Other Bar, the Outhouse, the Sea Shanty and, aptly, the Shack is Back. But don’t worry: It’s still a dive, with graffiti covering the walls and ceiling, and cigarette butts littering the floor. It now caters largely to gays, bikers and gay bikers. The owners also say they’ve purged the drug dealers and ne’er-do-wells who helped the saloon achieve near-legendary status as a place to look for trouble. Consider that a challenge.
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By Wyatt Williams
he Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry Road is not what people generally consider budget shopping. Tucked inside Buckhead Village, across the street from restaurants like Chops Lobster Bar, the grocery store is set firmly inside a neighborhood steeped in luxury, a place where thrift is an afterthought if it’s considered at all. Canoe’s executive chef Carvel Gould knows what she’s doing around here. She should — she grew up in a house on West Paces Ferry, attended primary school at Westminster on West Paces Ferry, runs her restaurant on West Paces Ferry and lives in a townhouse just off West Paces Ferry. Most of her life, save for a few crucial years attending the University of Georgia in Athens, has transpired around this road. It’s no surprise she would shop on it, too. Gould has a few tricks for shopping at Whole Foods without spending the whole paycheck. Those big bags of ripe cherries? She breaks one open for just a few because they’re sold by the pound, anyway. Instead of buying the packaged slivered almonds, she gets a small handful — just what she needs — from the bulk section. Fruit and vegetables pile up in her cart — oranges, avocado, broccoli rabe — but she passes by the pricey options from the butcher, electing for a tiny can of anchovies instead. “I could care less about the protein most of the time,” she admits. Back at Gould’s townhouse, her family history comes into clearer focus. Proudly displayed on the wall is a Civil War-era portrait of Col. L.P. Grant, the relative from whom Gould got her middle name of Grant and who donat-
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ed the land to the city that became Grant Park. Seven generations later, Gould’s family still lives in Atlanta. Margaret Mitchell baby-sat her mother. To say that Gould’s Atlanta roots run deep would be a vast understatement. Of course, a well-bred young woman like Gould wasn’t supposed to grow up to be a chef, to work long, hard hours among the foulmouthed men who typically run the backside
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of a restaurant. Gould says that when she told her mother of her intentions, she was sent to speak with Gerry Klaskala, an acquaintance of her mother’s who was then the chef at Buckhead Diner, with the expectation that he would talk her out of it. When he found he couldn’t, he offered to put her on the schedule for a few days, sure that the fast-paced and difficult work environment would change her mind. Gould says that after working in the restaurant for about a week, she meekly asked Klaskala if she was a real employee yet. Busy with an order, Klaskala looked over his shoulder and barked back, “You’re on the goddamn schedule, aren’t you?” In the years since, Gould has developed a philosophy with her food that is as apparent at Canoe as it is with the modest menu she’s prepared today. Each of the three dishes — orange and avocado salad, broccoli rabe and anchovy pasta, port wine cherry rice pudding — express singular, focused flavors. The saltiness of anchovy serves to bring out the nutty flavor of broccoli rabe, and the fat of the avocado adds depth to the citrus that runs through the salad. The creamy rice pudding is nearly a blank canvas for the sweet but substantial port wine cherries. “I suppose I fuss over the ingredients, but I don’t want to obscure them,” Gould says. “I respect them. I work so hard to get them and get them right. I know it’s a cliché, but there is always one star and everybody else is just a supporting actor. There’s always meant to be one thing that stands out and everything else should compliment it.” Seated at her dining table, Gould is particularly in tune to the history of her ingredients, to the way that past is conveyed on the plate. “These farmers and these fishermen, they go through these processes. I go to Alaska every year to hang out with the guys from ‘Deadliest Catch,’ and what they go through and the politics concerning that is amazing. So now you have this fresh king crab that’s never been frozen — how are you going to respect it and make sure people can taste the difference? If you put this big glob of stuff on it, then why buy the fresh crab? Why go to the length to make sure that it was only caught a couple days ago? There’s no point; you can’t tell. It’s like making a beautiful couture dress and wearing an overcoat over it.” C
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Orange and avocado salad IngredIents • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced • 1 navel orange, peeled with a knife and segmented • 1 head butter lettuce, rinsed and roughly chopped • 1 plantain, sliced thin as possible and fried until crispy • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar • 1/2 cup olive oil • 2 pinches of salt • 2 pinches of sugar • Cracked pepper to taste
dIrectIons: For the dressing, juice the orange remnants from peeling, strain into a large bowl and combine with sherry, olive oil, salt, sugar and cracked pepper, whisking vigorously until emulsified. Toss the butter lettuce, onion, orange and avocado in the large bowl, mixing until fully dressed. Serve with fried plantains atop.
Broccoli rabe and anchovy pasta IngredIents • 1 can anchovies, roughly chopped with oil reserved • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin as possible • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, thick stems removed, parboiled until soft and drained • 1 box whole wheat linguine, cooked in salty water and drained • 1/3 cup olive oil • Juice of 1/2 lemon • Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, to taste • Red chili flakes, to taste
dIrectIons: Drizzle cooked pasta with reserved anchovy oil. In a pan over medium heat, toast garlic and red chili flakes in oil for a few minutes. Add broccoli rabe, lemon juice, a splash of stock or water, and anchovies and turn off heat. Toss the pasta in the pan until totally combined. Serve with a generous shaving of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Port wine cherry rice pudding IngredIents • 1/3 cup jasmine rice (substitute Arborio, if possible) • 1 1/3 cup milk (almond milk, if possible) • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1/2 tablespoon salt • 1 pinch cinnamon • 1 large handful of cherries, pitted and sliced in half • 1 tablespoon butter • 1 small handful of slivered almonds • 1/4 cup port wine (if port is unavailable, use any red and add an extra tablespoon of sugar) • 1 tablespoon brown sugar • Pinch of salt
dIrectIons: For the rice pudding: Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium heat and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to just above a simmer and half cover. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Chill. For port wine cherries: Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pot over medium-high heat, cooking until syrupy, just a few minutes. Serve port wine cherries over chilled rice pudding.
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’ve never really understood how Vietnamese could be anyone’s favorite Asian cuisine. Sure, I always loved the standards — cha gio (fried spring rolls), bun, pho and green papaya salad — but, given the choice, I’d rather eat Korean or Japanese. That all changed the minute I experienced the expertly prepared wonders featured on Nam Phuong’s enormous 12-page menu. Beyond the nuoc cham (fish sauce-based dipping sauce), are more specialties and textures than I could have imagined. The only downside was the Norcross location, so you can imagine my recent excitement when I learned that another Nam Phuong was opening on Buford Highway. After several stalkerish drive-bys, I found that the second Nam Phuong Restaurant (4051 Buford Highway, 404-633-2400. www. namphuongatlanta.com) had opened just across the street from Fiesta Plaza, smack-dab in the middle of Buford Highway’s unofficial Little Vietnam. The new, impeccably clean location greets you with a shiny new sign, leather-bound menus, and servers who operate with the same sense of professionalism and pride as the original — the mark of owners Tieng and David Nguyen’s extreme attention to detail. And I’m happy to report that the food is even better here. After years of many sad cha gio, I’ve finally found a version worthy of the indulgence. Instead of being tough and greasy, these spring rolls are light and flaky with juicy ground-pork interiors. Within the menu’s “street food” section are specialties not often found in our many pho parlors, including immense crepes (banh xeo) made with rice flour, water and turmeric powder, then fried and filled with shrimp, slices of roast pork and mounds of bean sprouts. The dish is served with a mountain of lettuce and various
fresh herbs to wrap around bits of crepe before dipping them in the fermented soybean sauce. The bot chien is one of the more interesting dishes in terms of texture. The kitchen fries cubes of rice cake in oil until crisp and covers them in an egg “batter” and green onions. The dish resembles a frittata. Drizzle a bit of the sauce on top to bring it together. Any salad is a win, but the sour and crunchy lotus root salad that you eat with puffed rice scoops is a perfect summer lunch. The cha tom (shrimp mousse cooked on sugarcane) is a tender and perfect centerpiece among the herbs and cooked rice vermicelli squares wrapped in the do-it-yourself rice paper rolls (soak the paper first in the bowl of water). Massive platters of broken rice, bowls of beef stew with French bread and tons of other main dishes abound, including a respectable selection of Vegetarian choices. A few soups stand out among the numerous offerings. Lovers of rice porridge will marvel at the chao ga (chicken congee) flavored with an intense chicken stock and filled with a generous amount of shredded white chicken and fresh ginger. Nam Phuong advertises they serve more than pho, but its version is respectable with hints of anise and deep beef flavor. Another soup worth a taste is the mi tom thit, with its clearer broth sweetened by caramelized shallots and, instead of rice noodles, crinkly egg noodles. Nam Phuong features an expansive drink menu. Try the cool and fizzy soda chanh, fresh lemon juice sweetened with sugar and made sparkly with soda water. Or, if you crave creamy, cool and eye-opening, order the cafe sua da, strong espresso-like coffee mixed with condensed milk and poured over ice. There are also several fresh juices — including sugar cane — and bubble teas with tapioca pearls for a sweet end to an always refreshing and soothing meal. C
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djectives are not my strong suit. In fact, in journalism school their use was virtually taboo and, as an editor, I enforced that rule. Then I began writing food stuff. I found that the pressure to be intensely descriptive produced a cloying lexicon. I have, for example, avoided the word “foil” since 1975 when I edited another food writer, because it absolutely requires adjectival upchucking. (Hey, that was descriptive, wasn’t it?) But here I am during my third meal at One Eared Stag (1029 Edgewood Ave., 404-525-4479, www.oneearedstag.com) and I want to tell someone, anyone, about the adjectival flip-flops my palate is undergoing. Unfortunately, it’s lunchtime and, except for a table of obvious friends of the owners, the restaurant is empty. Thank God for Twitter. What am I eating? It’s a bowl of clams with such a shocking flavor it’s evoked a buried memory of a lunch in Virginia Beach so long ago its visualization is as grey as the clam shells. I was 18, a college freshman, and couldn’t believe the flavors of the clams I’d been served at a beachside cafe. I told this over and over again to my server. She laughed and an hour later dragged me upstairs to her bed. In the middle of things, a sailor, her boyfriend, walked into the room and joined us in bed. Hello, world.
The kid in me is feeling emotional. The clams are awash in a bacon-infused cream. Little chunks of the salty meat — not cooked to nubs as usual — are scattered throughout the bowl, nestling in some of the shells along with fresh field peas. A few fingerling potatoes are also included. I mash the potatoes in the cream at the bottom of the bowl, scooping up some peas with the fork. (I’ve done the same with some thin, crackly bread garnishing the bowl.) Now I’ve finished all the clams, depositing their licked shells on a plate, and I grab a spoon, tilt the bowl and consume every drop of cream and every pea. This lunch costs $12 and is a bargain. Besides kind of enjoying the cinematic memory evoked by the meal, I’m feeling unexpectedly full. Cream and bacon will do that to you. The alchemist who created this evocative dish is Robert Phalen, the owner/chef of Holy Taco in East Atlanta Village. He and his partners have taken over the spot formerly occupied by Shaun’s, across from the Inman Park MARTA station (thus making it convenient to downtown folks). The look is little changed. There’s a big patio out back, plenty of taxidermy besides the stag with one ear, a large dining room, and a cozy bar area where you can also enjoy the menu of mainly small plates, five or six larger entrée portions, and creative side dishes such as pole beans with apricots and cured ham. (Phalen is curing most meats on the premises.)
The idea here, obviously, is not to replicate Holy Taco’s food, but it does share Phalen’s delightfully playful style. Here, the menu is international and will change regularly. I’ve not had a dish I didn’t like. My second-most favorite dish has been the whole, grilled sardines. If you’ve eaten and played around the Mediterranean, you’ll find this dish as sensually evocative as I found the clams. Phalen splits the beauties and stuffs them lightly with chopped black garlic and arugula. Meyer lemon also figures in the dish, communicating notes of sweetness, like the garlic. I’ve sent a couple of friends to eat the sardines and they complained that the fish are served with bones intact. Jesus, it takes about 10 seconds to lift the filets from the tiny bones. An entrée of Niman Ranch pork Milanese was large enough to split. The slightly crunchy flour coating of the pork filets had a hint of cayenne. They were topped with a fried egg that seemed superfluous, if pretty, to me. A tomatoey pipérade of mysterious depth, on the other hand, was the stuff of compulsion. It reflects Phalen’s interest in Spanish and Basque cuisine. There are a few somewhat challenging plates, such as grilled veal heart, roasted beef tongue and buttermilk-fried chicken necks. I tried the latter. They were interspersed with kimchee, creating a funny riff on Buffalo chicken wings. I did find the batter a bit heavy; it outweighs the meat by far. An earthy pork terrine was served with palate-pricking pickled mustard seeds and some pistachio bits. God, it was good. It wasn’t served with bread and, in truth, you get more flavor eating it straight up. A soft-shell crab with a papery-thin, crispy top was served over a salad of field peas with yellow tomatoes and radishes tossed with mint. Pea tendrils tangled with the other ingredients. So far, the only dessert offered has been toasted bread topped with Nutella and roasted strawberries. It’s a perfect ending to a meal here. I’ve lately enjoyed few restaurants as much as One Eared Stag. As soon as I get tired of the small-plates thing, something like this comes along and blows me away. As I said, I found the food immensely evocative, but I feel confident it won’t hurl you into a bisexual threesome. Then again, if you’re looking, the kitchen is open every day of the week until 10 or 11 p.m., the bar even later. I’m sure you’ll get lucky eventually. C email@example.com
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S ot t o S ot t o HHHHI There are few places in town where you can show up and relax, knowing your meal is going to be understatedly brilliant. Sotto Sotto is that place. It begins with wine, and a staff that can chat about it intelligently and breezily, as if discussing the merits of a collection of old friends. Unabashedly Italian and composed with food in mind, it’s one of the more delightful lists in the city. A light, elegant touch in the kitchen allows even the heaviest dishes to seem almost weightless. Starters range from ethereal to downright robust, and risottos are downright masterful. D. 313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678. www.sottosottorestaurant.com.
Canoe HHHII Originally opened in 1995, Canoe has long been a favorite among Atlanta’s upper crust. Holding the chef title since 2005, Carvel Grant Gould has access to unparalleled ingredients, and she utilizes those ingredients to create upscale classics. This food is not modern, but it’s hardly old-fashioned. Service is more of an issue. The theater of verbose formality can be an irritating throwback. But there’s no better or more special-feeling restaurant in town for events that may seem kind of throwback in and of themselves. Canoe still makes a grand first impression, and a pretty darn good fourth or fifth one as well. L, D. 4199 Paces Ferry Road. 770-432-2663. www.canoeatl.com.
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also excels at a seemingly forgotten aspect of service, and that’s pacing. Meals at Floataway are languid affairs — never slow, but gloriously unrushed. D. 1123 Zonolite Road. 404892-1414. www.starprovisions.com. lunaCy BlaCk market HHHII There is very little about Lunacy Black Market that feels familiar in the sense of a restaurant experience. But there’s a lot about it that feels familiar in the more personal sense. It’s like dinner at a friend’s house. It’s hard to see how chef/owner Paul Luna could possibly make money here: The prices are so low, it appears money is of no interest. Luna’s cooking style is deceptively simple — a potato soup, flavored slightly with garlic and stippled with fresh thyme. Atlanta has few true originals, and sometimes the only antidote to the monotony of predictable upscale food is home-cooked meals and visits to Buford Highway. Lunacy Black Market provides another kind of respite — a restaurant so steeped in personality, it borders on madness. L, D. 231 Mitchell St. 404-736-6164. www.lunacyblackmarket.com.
eleven HHIII Chef Olivier Gaupin uses the language of farm to table and aims for a Southern theme. Some of the best dishes here are the ones that channel Southern classics. Much of this food would be better if it were toned down, simplified and released from its Euro-centric, or conversely, faux-Southern pretenses. It’s a fine line, distinguishing elevation from bastardization. But the food at Eleven lacks honesty, and it is hard to find a good reason for the ribbons rathBun’s HHHII More than any other chef, and bows that often serve only to distract from Kevin Rathbun is responsible for defining the what might otherwise have been a perfectly restaurant food of Atlanta: Practically every MOREE good dish. Eleven may provide some comfort th On culinary trend and compulsion is represented for the visiting Yankee who stays at Loews here and, for the most part, Rathbun’s does and comes to the restaurant looking for grits nt it bigger, better and bolder. The menu is luthe same way a grizzled gambler bellies up ,000 restaura 12 dicrously large, but choose wisely and you’ll to a Las Vegas table at 3 a.m. looking for gs online at tin lis be rewarded: a colossal 20-ounce bone-in lobster. B, L, D. 1065 Peachtree St. 404-745/ m o l.c clat rib-eye, slathered in warm blue cheese vinai5000. www.loewshotels.com. grette; a tiny Jonah crab tart, all warm, gushgoodeats Farm Burger HHIII Like many things reing custardy richness and flaky crust surrounding garding Decatur, the best thing about Farm Burger a generous pile of hot crab meat; the best bone is its feel. The airy space, speckled with bright-blue chairs marrow appetizer in town; tender chicken livers a la planand long wooden tables, is pleasant in the extreme. Music cha. The bar and wine list lacks strong vision to set tastes wafts. Life is good. The menu provides a few concept burgand standards, but that’s the exact opposite of the feel you ers, prestacked by the kitchen. But the main game here is get from the rest of this enterprise. This is still a restaurant build-your-own, bolstered by a number of inventive topthat we should be proud to define ourselves by. D. 112 Krog pings. Step up to the counter, choose from the somewhat St. 404-524-8280. www.rathbunsrestaurant.com. boggling list of toppings, take a number and wait. And here the sound taBle HHHII When Top Flr opened in the comes the Farm Burger dichotomy: The less healthy your summer of 2007, it signaled a change in the tempo, style burger, the better it’s likely to be. But the burgers themand speed of Atlanta’s grand dining dance. And now, from selves are slightly underseasoned, so the toppings make the the same duo of Darren Carr and Jeff Myers, along with meal. Beyond the main event, sides and starters have mixed partner Karl Injex, comes the Sound Table. A little less slick success. L, D. 4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404than Top Flr, the Sound Table nonetheless changes the 378-5077. www.farmburger.net. tempo once again. Perched on the corner of Boulevard and Floataway CaFe HHHHI Floataway is a place you Edgewood Avenue, the Sound Table proves that the best come to be chill. To feel chill. To eat chill. With the walls restaurants are the ones in which the owners create a place painted vibrant blue, assorted glass bottles lining the bar where they want to hang out. Chef Shane Devereux’s menu and vintage fire-engine-red accents, it’s as if owners Anne has no unifying theme, except that the victuals could be colQuatrano and Clifford Harrison splashed the essence of lected under the title “drunk food”: sticky Chinese pork ribs, hipster indie craft aesthetic over the place and then toned it Mexican elote, Peruvian ceviche. And barkeep Paul Calvert down just enough to feel fancy. This approach to the decor mixes some of the best cocktails in the city. Occasionally, the is similar to the way the kitchen approaches food: ramp up kitchen becomes so carried away with maximizing taste, it ingredient quality, then tone down dishes to the absolute forgets about technique and pacing, but this neighborhood, essentials. Chefs Quatrano, Harrison and Drew Belline reguthis food, this vibe may prove that an all-out party is not larly create masterpieces, but occasionally something more only the most fun, it might also be the most viable. D. 483 raucous is longed for on Floataway’s plates. The restaurant Edgewood Ave. 404-835-2534. www.thesoundtable.com.
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7 Stages remounted Mr. Universe in 1991 to help launch Grimsley’s play Belle Ives and now has brought it back for a third time. Mr. Universe remains a knotty, provocative work about people who scoff at assimilating into the mainstream. But in 2011, it also seems less transgressive than nostalgic. Today, the context of its debut proves nearly as intriguing as the bad behavior on stage. Grimsley completed the play in 1986 while performing in 7 Stages’ production of Sam Shepard’s The Tooth of Crime. Mr. Universe first came to light at post-production readings. A year later, the play became the inaugural production at 7 Stages’ new playhouse on Euclid Avenue. “The theater was thriving
and the vibe was hopeful, but it was a risky move. 7 Stages didn’t own the building at the time, and the rent was huge,” says Grimsley. The play’s first cast drew from a tight-knit group of theater artists, including actress/ playwright Rebecca Ranson, actress Donna Biscoe and 7 Stages artistic director Del Hamilton, who played Vick. “I think that was a time when we’d been together long enough to do something really special,” Grimsley recalls. “Mr. Universe had a definitely edgy quality, partly because of the sexuality of the play, and because drag queens were the focus of the action, for a change.” Mr. Universe takes place in the 1970s, but avoids dated references. “It’s my memory
n the mid-1980s, then-aspiring Atlanta playwright Jim Grimsley envisioned a pumped-up bodybuilder disrobing in the street, interrupting a conversation between a pair of drag queens. That imaginary collision of Mr. Muscles and Miss Thang ricocheted across decades of Atlanta theater as Grimsley’s play Mr. Universe. Set in the sleaziest corner of the French Quarter, the dark comedy’s preening protagonists first emerged in 7 Stages’ 1987 world premiere production. Mr. Universe became a cornerstone work for the avant-garde playhouse, marked a turning point in Atlanta theater’s treatment of gay issues and boosted Grimsley’s writing career.
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of gay sexuality before AIDS, what people called ‘The Party,’” says Grimsley. “Everything in the gay literary universe is either before AIDS or after AIDS. Back then, gay men didn’t talk about relationships, they talked about sex. A long-term relationship lasted a week.” Cross-dressing barflies Vick and Judy (played in the current show by Doyle Reynolds and Don Finney, respectively) behave more like cellmates than an ostensibly committed couple. A drug user and pusher, Judy initially resembles Divine in Diana Ross drag, with a temper to match. Vick sports sparkly evening gowns and strives to maintain the poise of a hostess. When Judy picks a bar fight, the melee leaves Vick a filthy mess, which tells you all you need to know about their relationship. They’re an unstable couple even before they encounter the beefed-up mystery man. Brian Kirchner’s enigmatic muscle man seems incapable of speech but frequently draws incisions across his oversized pecs and abs. He can only communicate through flexing and posing, which, in Kirchner’s performance, seems more like a defense display than a show of force. The drag queens bring him to their fleabag apartment to dress his wounds. The physically perfect yet vulnerable stranger brings out parental instincts in Vick, who has a son from a failed marriage, and predatory appetites in Judy. In the second act, Judy schemes like a Shakespearean villain to seduce and rape the stranger. Throughout the 1980s, gay plays gradually became a force in American theater: Mr. Universe followed not long after the New York debuts of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy and Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. “There was gay theater [in Atlanta], but it wasn’t like it is now,” says Grimsley. “It started to pick up with Mr. Universe and other Atlanta productions. Between then and now, gay-themed theater has become one of the mainstays of theater — it can economically support theater.” While tragic AIDS patients and wisecracking gay best friends were becoming theatrical clichés, Mr. Universe unflinchingly presented a rapacious and unrepentant homosexual character with Judy. Only four years after its 1987 debut, Mr. Universe’s first remount seemed almost conventional. “It was a much safer environment to do the play — and it made me feel like I was in the middle of a pretty decent writing career. By then, I was publishing novels and felt like I had a much bigger name,” says Grimsley. “It was a beautiful production, but it didn’t have the same magic for me. In 1987, it was the first time I’d had a hit.” Currently, Grimsley directs Emory University’s creative writing program and has published multiple novels, including his book Dream Boy, which has been adapted for stage and screen. Grimsley finds that the new production feels darker than the earlier ones, and points out that Hamilton cast older actors as Vick and
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Judy than the playwright imagined. Both pushing middle age, the roles seem more desperate now. Mr. Universe begins with saxophonist Syl Spann performing a kind of overture of New Orleans tunes such as “Do You Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans).” Fans of HBO’s “Treme” will appreciate the way Spann’s bluesy approach sounds more like bebop than Dixieland, distinguishing the play’s setting from “Big Easy” clichés. Viewed today, Mr. Universe embraces some shopworn ideas, particularly a mentally addled neighbor (Yvonne Singh) who speaks to her dead husband’s ghost and feels like a stereotype of a holy fool. Promiscuous Katie Jume (Tara Ochs) embodies a kind of feral feminine sexuality, as a counterpoint to Vick and Judy’s simulations of female charisma. But the role never clicks in the current production. Hamilton obviously knows the material and Ochs is a talented, funny actress, but Katie never reveals the emotional complexity to justify her seemingly endless presence on stage. She’s like a party guest who won’t leave. Mr. Universe now comes across as time capsule twice over. It offers a seedy snapshot of New Orleans’ urban decadence, like Berlin in the 1930s, that would sneer at the idea of family-friendly tourism. And it’s far less politically correct than the homosexual-themed plays of the 1990s, which took pains to assert gay normalcy in everyday society. Mr. Universe might be older, but it remains untamed. C
About a month ago, CL received a mysterious package full of clues, codes and a $10 bill. The enclosed letter reads: “Thank you for opening the envelope. The money is real. This is not an ad campaign or sales pitch — it’s an art project. Please save the story fragment enclosed, use the hints and find me. Let’s play.” Since then, similar clues have shown up at various publications such as the GA Voice, on Reddit, on local author Jessica Handler’s blog, and on a wiki-style page devoted to cataloging all of the available information. After a citywide sleuthing expedition by CL Culture Editor Debbie Michaud and contributor Wyatt Williams that included stops at the Biltmore House Apartments, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Loews Hotel and more, the case has yet to be cracked. Maybe the answer is that there is no answer? Atlanta Celebrates Photography has announced artist Monica Cook as the 2011 recipient of its annual public art commission. Cook, best known for her paintings of primal, fleshy female bacchanals, has begun dabbling in stop-motion animation. ACP presents Cook’s work in collaboration with Flux Projects, and will open the interactive installation Sept. 30 at Flux 2011. The project will then migrate around the city during ACP’s October run. Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs has its hands on some interesting public arts projects lately. Just after announcing the ambitious Elevate: Art Above Underground coming this fall, it also officially announced the beginning of the annual mural project Four Coats. The idea was the brainchild of Beep Beep Gallery’s James McConnell. Each year, Four Coats will help secure the rights to four public walls to be curated for murals by local galleries. This year, Whitespace, Marcia Wood, Get This!, and Beep Beep, chose, respectively, Tommy Taylor, Andy Moon Wilson, Sunday Southern Art Revival, and Lucha Rodriguez to paint murals near their galleries. Finally, Tyler Perry’s longstanding Supervising Producer and Executive Vice President of Tyler Perry Studios Roger Bobb announced he’s leaving TPS after seven years to launch Bobbcat Films. — Compiled by debbie miChAud
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n Elizabeth Street in Inman Park, cozy-looking multicolored yarn hugs a pole with a sign gently warning “Butterfly Crossing.” Yarn bombing, or grandma graffiti, as such site-specific fabric formations are also known, has become increasingly popular in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. But the trend has only recently started appearing locally. From noon to 3 p.m. on Sat., June 11 in Freedom Park, fiber artists will join together for International Yarn Bombing Day and World Wide Knit in Public Day. Local arts collaborative the Sixfold Collective will put up themed work for the day, while other artists piece together improvised collaborations that will cover the benches, trees and light poles on the south side of Freedom Parkway for one month. Sixfold Collective members Susan Ker-Seymer and Terri Dilling, as well as Leisa Rich and Suzi Gough of the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance discuss their extreme knitting, its connection to graffiti and how they hope to challenge perceptions of knitting.
What do you think is most people’s impression of knitting, crocheting and other forms of fiber arts? Terri Dilling: Traditionally there has been a separation between art and craft. However, I think those boundaries are much more blurred now, and contemporary artists are using all kinds of materials and techniques and putting it out in the world as art. Leisa Rich: There is still the perception of it as not being a valid art form, especially in Atlanta, although that is also changing. Yarn bombing is just one of the ways that this art form can reach the masses and gain ground as a valid artistic discipline. What’s the theme of the work that will be part of the June 11 yarn bomb? Susan Ker-Seymer: The theme of [the Sixfold Collective’s] current work has to do with nets, and the making of nets as a community experience and also a metaphorical practice. We are all approaching our net making from a different perspective, using a variety of materials and techniques. Suzi Gough: [Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance’s] contribution will be a spontaneous
work incorporating small creations in any fiber technique. Participants can bring premade items or work on the spot. Everyone is welcome to participate — all ages, all abilities, all fiber techniques — so the end result will be a joyous mix of whatever we have to work with. What is your opinion of the relationship of graffiti and yarn bombing? LR: I’m pro-graffiti. It can be both positive and negative. Yarn bombing is more a happy statement, more socially encompassing and less about the self than graffiti. SG: Traditional graffiti is about marking territory or expressing social and political messages. [Yarn bombing] is about making people smile, making them look closer, making them take an interest in their surroundings and about personalizing public spaces. Would you like to see more yarn bombs in Atlanta? Have you seen any? LR: You bet. Haven’t seen any. There still isn’t a fiber arts presence here, the High Museum hasn’t had it, even the smaller galleries haven’t presented it. C firstname.lastname@example.org
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Vintage Woody Allen
Allen’s time-travel comedy Midnight in Paris finds humor in the Lost Generation By Curt HoLmAn
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n the 1960s, Woody Allen published a humorous essay called “A Twenties Memory,” which spoofed the “lost generation” of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and their famed contemporaries: “I kidded Hemingway about his forthcoming novel and we laughed a lot and had fun and then we put on boxing gloves and he broke my nose.” Nearly 50 years later, Allen rediscovers the pleasures of 1920s nostalgia, and apparently the joy of filmmaking itself, with Midnight in Paris. Allen’s happiest and most satisfying movie since 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway begins like a luminous travelogue of the City of Lights and builds to a frequently hilarious critique of over-romanticizing the good old days. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a self-described hack screenwriter visiting Paris with his superficial fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) and
her parents. Gil struggles with writing a serious novel and fantasizes about moving to Paris instead of grinding out scripts in Southern California. As a couple, they seem a poor match even before Inez begins clubbing with an old flame (Michael Sheen in a devil beard) while Gil wanders the streets at night. While lost and tipsy, Gil accepts an invitation into a vintage Peugeot, which drops him off at a party marked by flapper-era clothes and music. He watches a dapper pianist (Yves Heck) crooning “Let’s Do It” with such wit and charm, Gil gradually realizes the guy isn’t just singing Cole Porter, but is Cole Porter. Gil swiftly falls into the orbit of such legendary bon vivants as Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Alison Pill and Thor’s Tom Hiddleston), and becomes smitten with Adriana (Marion Cotillard), an artist’s model and lover to the likes of Picasso. Allen clearly shares Gil’s affection for the era of champagne, cafés and new artistic styles, but gently satirizes it as well. As Hem Hem-
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ingway, Corey Stoll makes hilariously serious movie. But just when you think you know pronouncements in the author’s trademark where Midnight in Paris is headed, Allen clipped prose about The Real and The True. takes some surprising turns, finding more Gil discusses his predicament with a trio of clever implications than you expect from famous surrealists, who find nothing pecu- the premise. Adriana, for instance, ends up being a more complex character than simliar about a man traveling in time. Like many actors playing the leads in ply a male fantasy out of art history. The 75-year-old filmmaker and funnyWoody Allen movies, Wilson stammers oneman has been a lover liners and interrupts of Manhattan all his himself, without managMidnight in Paris HHHHI life, but lately he’s been ing to sound like he’s doDirected by Woody Allen. Stars having some passionate ing an Allen impression. Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard. Rated PG-13. Opens Fri., June 10. At Regal flings with other cities, Wilson speeds up his Tara and LaFont Sandy Springs. to judge from films such natural cadence a little, as London’s Match Point but never seems to be straining, and amusingly captures and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. He’s no less infatuated with Paris, but in Midnight he Gil’s moonstruck befuddlement. Allen suppresses most of his bad reveals maturity and self-awareness about storytelling habits with Midnight in Paris, the risks of perceiving people, places and although he still tends to overexplain some even other time periods as being more than of his themes. Gil delivers more speeches they actually are. Midnight in Paris suggests than necessary about his creative difficul- that in the future, some people might even ties, while Inez comes across as so unsup- look back on today as part of a long-lost portive and condescending, she might as Golden Age. C well be a bad spouse from a Tyler Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ASO clarinetist praises el Sistema for giving him a life beyond Venezuela By Mark GreshaM
“You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time.” — Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again
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lcides Rodriguez arrives exactly on time — to the minute. Neatly attired in a solid soft-blue dress shirt and slacks, his stride exudes relaxed confidence. A 34-year-old bass clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Rodriguez has instrument case in hand, ready for a rehearsal that begins in an hour and a half on the Symphony Hall stage. His articulate voice is soft-spoken; its expressive virtuosity full of nuance. He talks about his work as a musician and his CD The Venezuelan Clarinet, which features sophisticated renditions of popular Venezuelan dances. Mostly he speaks about his amazing life journey, which led him from a simple childhood in a small Venezuelan town to a scarce career opportunity as a member of a major U.S. symphony orchestra. Rodriguez was born in Guanare, Venezuela. His father was a truck driver and “by heart” musician who played a little guitar, accordion and cuatro, a Venezuelan traditional instrument. Young Alcides ultimately took up clarinet and enrolled in Guanare’s youth orchestra, under the auspices of el Sistema. And though the government-funded el Sistema gave him the initial musical grounding that fueled his youthful dreams, he ultimately had to leave that nest, and his home country, to reach them. El Sistema (“The System”) is Venezuela’s famed music education program comprised of hundreds of youth orchestras. It was founded in 1975 by retired economist and social reformer José Antonio Abreu, who, as the CBS news program “60 Minutes” clatl.com ❘ JUNE 9-JUNE 15, 2011 ❘ 35
reported in 2008, “built it with religious zeal, based on his unorthodox belief that what poor Venezuelan kids needed was classical music.” From instruments to lessons, everything is provided free by el Sistema. Well, almost everything. Rodriguez’s parents did have to buy what is arguably the most essential and fragile part of the clarinet: the bamboo reed which creates the instrument’s sound and constantly requires replacement. “That was an ordeal at times,” says Rodriguez. It meant going to Caracas, seven hours away by bus. So one of the older kids in town would go and buy for everyone. “We would all chip in for the bus fare. He’d travel all night, buy the reeds, then come back. And there was no choice: You just get one out of the box, and that’s the reed you play. That reed would have to last at least a month and a half.” But by age 15, Rodriguez already knew he wanted to leave Venezuela. At the end of his teens he came to the U.S. to study, even though he knew that what he wanted to achieve would never be put to use in his home country. That’s because all that free musical training had a flip side. “They pretty much tell you, ‘We give you everything you need here, why do you need to leave the country?’ So in some ways, if you go study somewhere else, that’s not good. They start looking at you almost like you are a traitor,” says Rodriguez. “I love Venezuela, I love my family and I love going back there to visit. But from the career standpoint, I can’t go back to a job there.” Once he stepped onto the airplane in 1999 to come to the United States, Rodriguez left everything behind except his clarinet and a suitcase. “I could not speak English at all. I just wanted to get my education and become a better musician,” says Rodriguez, who became an American citizen two years ago. “Where I am right now has exceeded my expectations. To be in the Atlanta Symphony, it’s like a privilege.” Still, Rodriguez defends el Sistema against stereotypes that suggest most of the program’s benefactors are poor or homeless. While he had friends in the program who came from poor families, there were also children from middle class families, like himself, and well-to-do families. What el Sistema actually does, he says, is level the playing field. “It’s open to everybody, and everybody’s treated the same.” “The System, I would say, has saved kids,” says Rodriguez. “It saved me in the sense that I love what I’m doing today. If I hadn’t studied music, I’d probably be in my hometown doing any other decent job, but it would not have been this. The System was an open door to another dimension, a different world that I probably could have never seen.” C email@example.com
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June 18- The Coathangers Album Release Party June 24- Virginia Plane, Os Ossos, DJ Wolf’s 80’s Night June 25- Purkinje Shift, Vegan Coke July 8- The Sour Notes,Venice is Sinking, Lille, Eline Greer July 11- A Cappella Books presents -- Randy Schmidt
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This Tuesday! June 14 • 7pm LG Ones to Watch Presents
Mat Kearney; Unwed Sailor Friday, July 22 • 8pm
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Live Nation and OK Productions Present
TV On The Radio Broken Social Scene
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Explosions In The Sky Wye Oak
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The David Crowder Band
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Mudfish’s wobbly bass battle Plus, Slim Chance and the Convicts turn 25 By Chad RadfoRd
ach month, long-standing Atlanta DJ/producer Capeeton Mudfish releases a new digital/CD mixtape as part of a series called Breaking Bad, which covers a broad swath of rare cuts of mostly hip-hop and island sounds. For this month’s installment, Breaking Bad 19, Mudfish goes head-to-head with dubstep DJ/ producer Whisperlink for a mashup of oldand new-school hip-hop styles, tied together with twisted bass wobbles and electro beats. “I asked [Whisperlink] if he wanted to do a ‘vs. mixtape,’ where we blend our styles and maybe turn some of our fans on to something new,” Mudfish says. “I emphasized everything has to be new, and Whisperlink was probably the best choice for that. He really is on the pulse.” Mudfish and Whisperlink will face off for the Breaking Bad live event at Blue Frog Cantina on June 17.
June marks the 25th anniversary
for Atlanta country trio Slim Chance and the Convicts. Fronted by singer/guitarist and Creative Loafing music contributor James Kelly (full disclosure), the group played its first show on June 4, 1986, for patients at the now-defunct Georgia Retardation Center in Dunwoody, where Kelly worked as a behavioral specialist. “They never had music there except for around Christmas time [when] some church groups would come and sing,” Kelly says. “We got permission to play and they loved it so much that we even had to play ‘Hound Dog’ twice.” The Convicts’ show prompted the facility to book more shows, included performances from then-burgeoning locals the Indigo Girls and RuPaul. To celebrate, the Convicts are playing at Kathmandu Kitchen in Clarkston on June 16. The original lineup of Kelly, “Dangerous” Dan Jolivet (bass) and Mike Gagel (drums) will perform their set list from the first show, which featured three original numbers, five Elvis songs, a Buddy Holly song and one Bob Dylan tune. The group is also planning shows to perform all three of its albums, and will release a new full-length soon, along with an album of rarities and live material that covers the group’s 25-year career.
math rock threesome the Humboldt Trio has added a fourth member, guitarist Ryan Sims, to its lineup. Sims originally played bass for the Humboldt Trio
John Butler Trio
BREAKING BAD: Mudfish drops installment No. 19 in his monthly mixtape series.
a few years ago. Now that he’s back, it’s no longer a trio so the group has changed its name to Hello Cobra.
neWs reLeases: Producer/DJ Rob Wonder’s “Cracked Out Smash-Up” remix of U.S. Royalty’s “Hollywood Hollows” is floating around the Internet. Hip-hop production duo Introspective Minds has two new fulllengths posted on Bandcamp, City of God and Bow Down. Places’ album, Half-Done’s is also available via Bandcamp. Exact Index’s fivesong Desire EP arrived this week via Double Phantom. Atlanta rapper Eddie Meeks (formerly of Prophetix) celebrates the release of a new album, Cappuccino, on June 22 at 529, where he’ll also unveil the video for his new single, “Song of Satisfaction.” Tricil’s “One Day Soon” video arrives June 28. Power-pop/ country/punk trio the Young Antiques’ fourth album, A Man, Not a Biography, is out July 1 via Two Sheds. Atmospheric metal outfit MonstrO releases a self-titled debut via Vagrant on September 6, and Lyric Jones’ debut album, Jones St., drops Sept. 23. C Send local music news to chad.radford@ creativeloafing.com.
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From Killer Mike to T.I. to Young Dro, the best local rappers take venomous delight in language. SL Jones fits comfortably in this tradition. He’s smart and a little bit flashy, with a slow-crawling monotone flow that sounds most at ease over the kinetic, synthetic beats of his new mixtape, The Number 23. On “Trapped Out” he plays a docile foil to the more animated Yo Gotti and Waka Flocka Flame, deadpanning marvel-smooth couplets while those two grovel and yell. Internet hit “Swervin’” sounds like a direct homage to the Texas rap producers of the mid-1990s; it’s as woozy and disjointing as a sizzurp high. Many tracks (“2 23,” “Grind-100-Hustler”) sustain a similarly leisurely tempo, while others, like the Lex Luger-helmed “Driveby Music,” ride waves of chafing 808s and synthesizers. Regardless, The Number 23 is very capably produced, bringing SL’s universal appeal and linguistic flair into sharp focus. HHHHI
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Motown/UMG If 1971’s What’s Going On is the gem of Marvin Gaye’s rich catalog, this is the crown jewel of its many reissues. The voluminous extras, both written and audio, on this sumptuous (and pricey) two CD plus vinyl 12x12 set substantiate the somewhat ostentatious title of “super deluxe.” But the real find of the set is the rare, previously unreleased original “unsweetened” Detroit mix on vinyl. It captures the darkness, anger and frustration behind classics such as “Mercy Mercy Me” and “Inner City Blues” as Gaye originally intended. Timeless is an adjective that gets tossed around too lightly, but Gaye’s themes of senseless wars, sweeping urban poverty and the country’s ecological concerns are every bit as powerful, riveting and pertinent today as on this classic’s original release four decades ago. This groundbreaking album was the first to show that soul music could be erotic, edgy and edifying while staying commercially viable. HHHHH
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Sometimes a mallet can do more than beat chicken fillets into submission. Occasionally, it’s the essential ingredient in an already-virtuosic experimental psychpop band’s rhythmic impact. Fargo, N.D.’s Secret Cities use mallets to complement the dual lead-vocal duties deftly executed by Charlie Gokey and MJ Parker. The hard-hitting doesn’t stop there. Rarely has such a multitalented group of musicians made such an emotional piece of art so welcoming. Even if this sophomore record falls just short of the rock-opera scope of Pink Graffiti, the group’s 2010 debut LP, Strange Hearts is a testament to the fact that ecstatic pop doesn’t have to be simple or single-minded. With lush orchestration that avoids sounding obtuse, Secret Cities always have something spectacular up their collective sleeve. HHHHI — Julia reidy
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THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND Fri., June 10. $25-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000. www. wildbillsatlanta.com. THE CIRCUS RECORDS TOUR: FLUX PAVILLION, DOCTOR P, THE LIVING EXPERIENCE, HEROES X VILLAINS, TRENCH, KUJO, DISCIPLE 13, NANO, ENEXGEE, IDEAL Fri., June 10, 9 p.m. QUAD @ Spring4th Complex, 714 Spring St. 404-870 0040. www.spring4th.com. CURREN$Y, TRADEMARK, YOUNG RODDY, FIEND, CORNER BOY P Sat., June 11, 7 p.m. $18. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. LORETTA LYNN Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m. $45.95- $92.05. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com. MÃ¶TLEY CRÃ¼E, POISON, THE NEW YORK DOLLS Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. $81-$101. Aaron’s Ampitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. www.aaronsamphitheatre.com. MUMFORD & SONS Sun., June 12, 7:30 p.m. $35. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. PHISH Tues., June 14, 6 p.m.; Wed., June 15, 6 p.m. $45-$60. June 14-15, 7:30 p.m. $50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404733-5397. www.vzwamp.com/. SONDRE LERCHE, NIGHTLANDS, KISHI BASHI Sat., June 11, 7:30 p.m. $11. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. WILLIE NELSON’S COUNTRY THROWDOWN Sun., June 12, 3 p.m. $150-$350. Gwinnett Braves Stadium, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. 678-277-0300.
The Sword plays the Masquerade on Thurs., June 9.
THE SWORD, KYLESA, ZOROASTER This daunting ship of heavy rock luminaries is helmed by the Sword, whose retro-stoner metal commands immediate and complete attention. Savannah art-sludge outfit Kylesa recently released the best album of its career in Spiral Shadow, while Atlanta’s Zoroaster has seemed on a big-time threshold for the past few years. $16. 7 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Gabe Vodicka ETHEREAL, KEITH CHARLES, HAL WILLIAMS, RITTZ Avant-garde rapper Ethereal celebrates the release of his new CD, Abstractica. Keith Charles and Hal Williams (NRK/Odd Future) and Slumerican Records signee Rittz perform as well. Hosted by DJ DiBiase and DJ Speakerfoxxx. $8. 8 p.m. Masquerade. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. — Chad Radford
LYRIC JONES, MATT CUSSON, DANIEL MCCLAIN, KEVIN ROSS Celebrating her 23rd birthday, At-
SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA 7561 Six Flags Parkway 770-948-9290 Atomic Tom Sat., June 11. Free with admission A Rocket to the Moon Sat., June 11. Free with admission SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 Justin Kennedy (CD Release), the Well Reds $10. The Heavy Pets Wed., June 15, 9 p.m. $10-$12 80s Band of Destiny Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 TABERNACLE 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022 Owl City Tues., June 14, 7 p.m. $28 VARIETY PLAYHOUSE 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354 Uriah Heep Tues., June 14, 7:30 p.m. $25-$27.50 Noah And The Whale, Bahamas Wed., June 15, 7:30 p.m. $15-$17.50 VINYL 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198 Gravity Burn, Eleven Standing Still Sat., June 11, 8 p.m. $7-$10 WONDERROOT 982 Memorial Drive S.E. 404-254-5955 Bo and the Locomotive, Mama Gypsy, Ryan Sheffield Fri., June 10, 8 p.m. The Front Porch Project, The Illegal Wiretaps, The Acorns, Zach Tilley Sat., June 11, 8 p.m. Wind & Sail, Suspect Raptor, Northe Tues., June 14, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Love, Homewrecker, Focused X Minds, Bentlife, Bad, Comatose Wed., June 15, 7:30 p.m.
APACHE CAFE 64 Third St. N.W. 404-876-5436 Time 2 Shine Concert Series Thurs., June 9, 9 p.m. $10 The Intersection: Lyric Jones 23rd birthday celebration and video release Fri., June 10, 9 p.m. $10 Soul Noir feat. Lando. Sat., June 11, 8 p.m. $15-$20 Beat Fiends Producer Battle Tues., June 14, 9 p.m. $5 BFD’s Hip Hop Jam Session Tuesdays, 9 p.m. $5 Al Smith’s Midtown Jam Session Wednesdays, 8 p.m. $6-$10 THE FIVE SPOT 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100 Atlanta Funk Society Mondays, 9 p.m. $5
lanta MC Jones has assembled an evening of soul, hip-hop and jazz stylings with her three favorite male vocalists, Matt Cusson, Kevin Ross and Daniel “Sky High” McClain. Jones will also premiere her video for “Trapped in the City Lights” before closing the show, backed by the Intersection Band. With DJ Dug Boogie. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info. — CR
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DICK DALE, LARAMIE DEAN Surf-rock pioneer Dale is still riding the crest of a 50-year wave that has established him as a rock ’n’ roll legend. His music is an indelible pop culture fixture, having long since rooted itself in our collective consciousness. Many have tried to duplicate Dale’s unmistakably twangy, hyperactive guitar style to no avail. $25. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — GV DEATH IS A DIALOGUE, THE ORKIDS, THE CARRYONS Fronted by Jason Lee, former frontman for dance-y synth-rock act the Drownout, Death is a Dialogue retains some dance elements via a more straightforward pop-punk approach. The band celebrates the release of its debut EP with opening sets by Athens electro-rock band the Orkids and Atlanta’s the Carry-Ons. $6-$8. 10 p.m. The Basement. 404-662-8686. www.thebasementatl.com. — Jonathan Williams
THURS, JUNE 9 .....................................TOMMY BROWN FRI, JUNE 10 ................. SANDRA HALL & THE SHADOWS
SATURDAY,, JUNE 12
JOHN LEE HOOKER JR. $12
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MON, JUNE 13......................................... BILL SHEFFIELD TUES, JUNE 14 ..................................... ZAIB KHAN BAND WED, JUNE 15 ..........................................BURNT BACON THUR, JUNE 16 ..........FRANKIE LEE & THE BLUES MISSION
COMING SOON THURS, JULY 14 ................................ NOUVEAU HONKIES SAT, JULY 16............................... BIG BILL MORGANFIELD SAT, JULY 30...............................................DELTA MOON 828 N. Highland Ave • 404-873-BLUE
LINDSAY RAKERS BAND, BITTEROOTS Tonight’s early gig is a benefit for Poverty Is Real, and the talented Ms. Rakers will be bringing her palatable country rock thing to Decatur. With a brand new album out, the LRB have found a comfortable spot in the local scene. Bitteroots open. $10-$50. 7 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. — James Kelly
MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 Spiritual Rez, Chris Cab, 3052 Thurs., June 9, 7 p.m. $8 Ethereal (CD Release), Keith Charles, Hal Williams Thurs., June 9, 8 p.m. $8 Donnis (CD Release), Hollyweerd Fri., June 10, 7 p.m. $10 WILD BILL’S 2075 Market St. 678-473-1000 Needeep, Rittz Sat., June 11. $15-$21
BARBARA ANN’S 4522 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 770-938-1080 Blues Jam Session w/Frankie Lee Robinson Tuesdays. BLIND WILLIE’S 828 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-2583 John Lee Hooker Jr. Fri., June 10. CAPOZZI’S NEW YORK PIZZA 1355 Clairmont Road 404-471-1655 Stark Jazz Trio Saturdays. CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE 660 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-876-3030 Justin Chesarek Wednesdays. $5-$7 Pure Soundz Thursdays. Russell Gunn Bionic Thursdays. DARWIN’S BLUES 1598 Roswell Road 770-578-6872 Blues jam hosted by the Larry Griffith Band Wednesdays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. THE EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950 Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Los Straitjackets Sat., June 11, 8:30 p.m. $20 EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers Sun., June 12, 6:30 p.m. $15-$18 GEORGIA AQUARIUM 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000 Jazz Journeys Fridays. Through Sept. 30. $18.95-$24.95 LONDZELL’S JAZZ AND BLUES CAFE 2300 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 309 678-795-9100
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TEAM LUIS PRESENTS
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COUSIN DAN | DEAD RABBITS CUSSES
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sat June 11 9pm $7
ORDER OF THE OWL | SONS OF TONITUIAH
mon june 13 8PM free
ATLANTA’S BEST AMATEUR COMEDY and THE OZLO VARIETY SHOW
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION Nationally Acclaimed Club presenting Live Original Music Rooftop Grille H Full Bar On the Square in Downtown Decatur
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THE SWINGINGEST DANCE PARTY IN THE WHOLE SOUTH PONCEY DISTRICT
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Eastern Standard MONDAY: 6/13
Verge of Bliss & Quench TUESDAY: 6/14
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JOE PURDY WITH THE MILK CARTON KIDS Purdy’s a gruff-voiced singer/songwriter in the David Grey mold, making textured folk with dreamy ache. He achieved some ubiquity with “Can’t Get It Right Today,” which was used for a Kia commercial, and “Washed Away,” which was featured on “Lost.” Milk Carton Kids open for, and back, Purdy. $15-$17. 8:30 p.m. The Loft. 404-8851365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com. — Chris Parker
SONEN, THE PASS, KID PYRAMID The electro indie art dance party known as Laserbeam Kitty returns for its second outing of the year, and this time indie-synth band Sonen is back in the headlining slot. Joining in the festivities are the Pass, a Louisville new wave act with hints of psychedelia, and Kid Pyramid featuring Ben Coleman from Judi Chicago. $5. 9 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. 404-874-5756. www.thehighlandinn.com. — JW DAVE ALVIN, LOS STRAITJACKETS West Coast Americana icon meets East Coast guitar twangers in this sure-to-sell-out double bill. Alvin’s new album returns him to the gritty, working-class storytelling
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THE EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950 Dick Dale Fri., June 10, 8:30 p.m. $25 EDDIE’S ATTIC 515 N. McDonough St. 404-377-4976 Lindsay Rakers Band, the Bitteroots Fri., June 10, 6 p.m. $10 Daniel Franklin Brewer, Rebecca Loebe, Matthew Kahler Sat., June 11, 6 p.m. $15 Ladies Gun Club, Levi Lowrey, Ted Russell Kamp Tues., June 14, 6:30 p.m. $12-$15 THE LOFT 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-685-1365 Joe Purdy, the Milk Carton Kids Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m. $15-$17 RED LIGHT CAFE 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828 Bluegrass Thursday Thursdays, 7 p.m. $7 SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 The District Attorneys, Autumnattics Fri., June 10, 8 p.m. $5 Greensky Bluegrass Tues., June 14, 9 p.m. $10-$12 WONDERROOT 982 Memorial Drive S.E. 404-254-5955 The Fortunate Few, Bill & Eli Perras, Liminal Space Thurs., June 9.
rock he made his name with after a gentler release featuring the Guilty Women. Los Straitjackets’ masked instrumental guitar shtick never gets old because they burn it up live. Let’s hope both veteran acts share the stage for at least a few tunes. $20. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. — Hal Horowitz SIMA BINA & LIAN ENSEMBLE Persian singer Bina is a household name in Iran, performing a wide array of Iranian music, including Mazandarani, Kurdish, Turkmen, Baloch and Lor styles. The Lian Ensemble merges Persian musical heritage with contemporary aesthesia. $30-$50. 8 p.m. Pace Academy Fine Arts Center. 678-357-3572. — Mark Gresham
GEOFF ACHISON, OLIVER WOOD Two sets feature Australia’s soul/bluesman Achison, visiting his second hometown and promoting a new acoustic album with an opening unplugged set that will feature his terrific finger-picking skills and husky vocals. But stick around because the real sparks will fly when Wood joins him for a second electric set and brings along other local all-stars such as Yonrico Scott, Marty Kearns and Ted Pecchio for what will surely be some inspired blues/ rock jamming. $18-$15. 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-524-7354. www.eddiesattic.com. — HH
URIAH HEEP, STONERIDER While they never seem to get the retro-respect here in the U.S. that other early hard/prog rock bands enjoy, the Heep were groundbreakers. They put out some really great albums, perfect for a Boone’s Farm and sensimillaenhanced evening. Easy living, indeed. Stonerider opens. $25-$27.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. — JK
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10 HIGH 818 North Highland Ave. Funk Royale w/ DJ Romeo Cologne Tuesdays. ANDREW’S UPSTAIRS 56 East Andrews Drive Suite 13 404-467-1600 Dance Hits @ 8 Traxx Disco Thursdays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Free-$5 Acoustic music and DJ Dreams Fridays, 9 p.m. APACHE CAFE 64 Third St. N.W. 404-876-5436 Open Turntables Mondays, 7 p.m.-midnight. $3 THE BASEMENT 1245 Glenwood Ave. Sorry Darlin’ presents Hot & Sticky Thurs., June 9. BELUSHI’S 3580 Sweetwater Road The New Alliance Saturdays, 9 p.m. Free-$10. BLUE FROG CANTINA 469 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-658-6108 DJ Numbskull Fri., June 10, 10 p.m. Free Deflo Radio Tuesdays. Open Stage Open Mic Night Wednesdays. Friday Night Live with DJ Scizzahandz Fridays. Doin’ It Froggy Style Saturdays. CLOUD IX BISTRO & LOUNGE 177 Peter Street 347-742-5566 Soundproof with DJs Kemit, Mafioso, Rasta Root Thursdays, 9 p.m. Free CLUB 291 3011 Campellton Road SW Swagged Up Sundays Sundays, 10 p.m. $5 CLUB 426 5469 Memorial Drive 404-298-5337 Xtasy Fridays with John Wayne, Juggla, Mixmaster David, Deathzone and Amazan Fridays. Addictive Saturdays with Optimistique, Tony Tempo, Hottness and Touches Saturdays. Caribbean City Saturdays. Free Money Sundays with Craig Lion and Mad Max Sundays. CLUB SUBZERO 50 Alabama Street 404-222-2421
DJ Jelly Tuesdays. EASTSIDE LOUNGE 485-A Flat Shoals Road 404-521-9666 Bottoms Up w/Cristo Disco Mondays. Free Dookie Chain Tuesdays w/DJ Solomon Grundy Tuesdays. The Boogie w/DJs Kwasi, Kamal, Mike Swift, Solomon Grundy Fridays, 8 p.m. $5 EL BAR 939 Ponce de Leon Ave. 678-613-3807 El Bar Fridays Fridays, 10 p.m. GRAVEYARD TAVERN 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686 Graveyard Mondays Mondays. Rare Form DJs J. $ol and Apple Juice Fridays. Filthy & Famous Fridays, 11 p.m. $5-$10 HALO LOUNGE 817 W. Peachtree St. N.W. 404-962-7333 Industry Night Mondays. THE HIGHLAND INN BALLROOM LOUNGE 644 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-874-5756 Laserbeam Kitty feat. Sonen, Kid Pyramid, The Pass, DJ Keith Evans Sat., June 11, 9 p.m. $5 Shameless Dance Party w/DJ Alan Matthews and DJ Velvet Reign Wednesdays, 10 p.m. MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178 Miami Horror Wed., June 15, 9 p.m. $10 Bootylicious w/DJ Colby Thursdays, 10 p.m. $3-$5 Old Wave w/Stephanie Sweet Thursdays, 10 p.m. $3-$5 w/out password OPERA 1150 Cresent Ave. N.E. 404-874-3006 Revolution Saturdays, 10 p.m. QUAD @ SPRING4TH COMPLEX 714 Spring St. 404-870 0040 Flux Pavilion, Doctor P Fri., June 10, 9 p.m. $25 Tuesdays at Quad Tuesdays. THE SHELTER 2101-B Tula St. N.W. 678-694-7435 80s vs 90s Retro Thurs., June 9. Ritual: “The Vicar’s Tarts” themed costume party Fri., June 10. Stripped with DJ Silk Wolf Sat., June 11. EMB, Industrial, Goth Night Tues., June 14. Dark Industry Night Tuesdays, 9 p.m. $5 / free before 11 80s vs 90s Retro Thursdays.
STRIPPED Saturdays. SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522 DJ Sky Thursdays. THE SOUND TABLE 483 Edgewood Ave. DJ Kemit Kickin’ Up Dust Second Saturday of every month, 10 p.m. $5 SPACE ATLANTA 1310 White St. 404-756-9494 Digital Thursdays Thursdays. Free SPRING4TH CENTER 728 Spring St. N.W. 404-870-0040 Tight Tuesdays with DJs Escape From LA and Hynotikk Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Sensual Thursdays Thursdays, 10 p.m. $10 SQUARE PUB 115 Sycamore Street, 404-844-4010 Industry Night With DJ Dub-A-Day Sundays. Free STAR BAR 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018 DJ Keiran, DJ Kevin O Tuesdays, 9 p.m. Free SUTRA LOUNGE 1136 Crescent Ave. N.E. 404-607-1160 Drinking & Dancing hosted by Marco “Blue” Johnson Thursdays. WILD BILL’S 2075 Market St. 678-473-1000 DJ JJ, Verce, Contagious, Catastrophe, Johnny Arsin Thurs., June 9.
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drawn by acclaimed artist Josh Neufeld in her graphic nonfiction book, The Influencing Machine. Mon., June 13, 7:15 p.m. Free. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-8450. www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. LAUREN KATE Sweeping across centuries, Passion is the third novel in the unforgettably epic Fallen series. Wed., June 15, 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble Mansell Crossing, 7660 Northpoint Parkway, Suite 200, Alpharetta. 770-993-8340. laurenkatebooks.net.
SUGAR RAY LEONARD The former professional boxer discusses The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. Sat., June 11, noon. Free. West End Library, 525 Peeples St. 404-752-8740. www.afplweb.com.
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THE COLOR PURPLE Theater of the Stars presents the Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker. The story focuses on female black life during the 1930s in the Southern United States -- mostly Georgia -- to address the numerous social issues black women faced in American culture. June 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 3:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 1:30 and 7 p.m. $20-$75. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. MADAMA BUTTERFLY Puccini’s immortal story of an ill-fated marriage. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 3 p.m. Through June 11. $20-$78. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org. RENT Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents Jonathan Larson’s hit musical. Directed by Alan Kilpatrick and starring Felicia Boswell of Broadway’s Memphis (2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical), RENT is recommended for mature audiences. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through June 26. $30-$45. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 404-377-9948. atlantalyrictheatre.com. THE MINOTAUR’S DREAM The dreamy world of Greek mythology transports you into the strange and wondrous labyrinth of the terrifying Minotaur. Performed by Odd Man Out Theater. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 5 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 5 p.m. Through June 18. $20-$25. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.oddmanouttheater.com. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS A provocative and wickedly funny theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. June 9-11, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 11, 4 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 3 p.m. $35-$55. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.
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AVENUE Q The neighbors are nice on Avenue Q, the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or just trying to find your way in life. An upbeat musical for grown-ups. Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 and 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Through July 3. $20-$50. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com.
an unusual sight. 7 Stages’ MR. UNIVERSE takes place in New Orleans’ French Quarter, however, where the inhabitants scarcely bat a false eyelash at the unexpected. The Little Five Points playhouse MOREE staged the world premiere of Jim Grimsley’s On th gothic comedy in 1987 and presents a revival. Don Finney and Doyle Reynolds star as drag queens trying to decide what to do events at with the man of their dreams. Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 and 10 p.m. Through June 19. $18-$25. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org.
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on indecency charges. Though he has the chance to flee, Wilde’s equally scandalous lover, Bosie, persuades him to stay. Wilde emerges from prison three years later, broken but determined to reunite with his libertine lover. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through June 11. $15-$32. Actor’s Express Theatre Company, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com. LIFE IS SHORT! Onion Man Productions presents a collection of short plays by local Atlanta playwrights that remind us that life is short, but it’s good. Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Through June 12. $16-$18. Lionheart Theatre Company, 10 College St. 770-885-0425. www.lionhearttheatre.org.
TAYARI JONES Discusses Silver Sparrow, a story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the teenage girls caught in the middle. Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. 404-524-0304. www.charisbooksandmore.com.
JUDAS KISS All of London has the taste of salaC THE cious scandal on its lips as Oscar Wilde faces trial
FAYE GREEN Discusses No Biking in the C MELISSA House Without a Helmet, world-class reporting from
the ridiculous front lines of parenthood. Thurs., June 9, 8 p.m. $5-$10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.org.
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FOOL FOR LOVE Starring Jasmine Guy and Kenny Leon. A haunting story of obsession, love, denial and the relationship between two people who can’t live with or without each other. Inside the confines of a motel room, two estranged lovers revisit their shared history and reignite old rage. TuesdaysFridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Through June 11. $18-$50. Theatrical Outfit, The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500. www.truecolorstheatre.org.
MRS. JOHN MARSH: THE WORLD KNEW HER AS MARGARET MITCHELL A one-woman play about the reclusive author celebrates the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind’s publication. Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through June 19. $25-$40. Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St. 404-875-1193. www.ansleyparkplayhouse.com. CAMP A homicidal maniac terrorizes C SLAUGHTER a theater camp. The result is a beautiful musical
punctuated by buckets of blood washing across the stage. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Through June 25. $12-$23. Dad’s Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. N.E. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.
VISUAL ArTS Openings & recepTiOns BARBARA ARCHER GALLERY Francis X. Pavy: New Roads. A collection of works by Francis Pavy, a distinctive Southern visual narrator. In this new series of works, Pavy makes use of his past iconic imagery layered in transparent color-saturated fields to make narrative works. Opening reception June 10, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.5 p.m. Through July 30. Free. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite A102. 404-523-1845. www.barbaraarcher.com. CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER New Site-Specific Work . Sculptor Ruth Stanford’s site-specific installation incorporates elements of Callanwolde’s historic architecture in a fun and educational interactive gallery experience. Names, images and poetic descriptions of the Gothic-Tudor architectural details present throughout
Callanwolde’s buildings are incorporated into an elegant, large-scale word game that finds inspiration from its own surroundings. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; MondaysFridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Through Aug. 26. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. 980 Briarcliff Road. IMAGINE IT! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TEAM Up! Explore Science & Sports . Jump! Pass! Throw! Cheer! Kick off the summer and join the team! You’ll discover the connection between science and sports! Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sept. 11. $12.50. 404-659-5437. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART Summering at the End of Empire . Join us for a gallery walk and lecture with artist John Folsom. Thurs., June 9, 7 p.m. $5. 770-528-1444. www.mariettacobbartmuseum.org. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA ArtMERGE: Summer 2011. For our first ArtMERGE we offer an up-close look at the art and design behind Italian motorcycles plus a private tour of MODA’s newly renovated space at 1315 Peachtree Street. On tap for the evening: drinks and welcome and a guided tour of the newly renovated space by Bruce McEvoy, Perkins+Will architect and Chair of MODA’s Board of Directors. Thurs., June 9, 6 p.m. $5-$10. 404-367-8700. www.mocaga.org. 1315 Peachtree St. WHITESPACE Metronome. Michele Schuff explores the perception of time and how we measure life’s passing. Schuff uses the metronome, a tool traditionally used to set a fixed tempo while practicing music, as a metaphor for keeping time as well as a meditative device. Opening reception June 10, 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 23. Free. 814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892. www.whitespace814.com.
OngOing Visual arTs EMILY AMY GALLERY The Haunting Hudson River Valley. The second solo exhibition for Vermont-based landscape painter Michael Abrams at the gallery. The landscapes are loosely based on the Hudson River Valley vistas he remembers from his childhood but are also partially fabricated in his imagination. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through June 18. Free. 100 Marietta St. 404-877-5626. www.emilyamygallery.com. KIBBEE GALLERY Hortus Occultus. Installations and mixed media by artists Sloane Robinson Cheatham, Susan A. Cipcic and Shana Wood. Through June 25. Free. 688 Linwood Ave. www.kibbeegallery.com. MUDFIRE GALLERY Porcelain. Heather Knight’s prickly porcelain sculpture. Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays, noon8 p.m. Through June 18. Free. 175 Laredo Drive, Decatur. 404-377-8033. www.mudfire.com. 88 Marwencol: Photographs from Mark HoganC POEM camp and David Naugle. Using GI Joes and Barbies as
fictitious characters and stand-ins for his own neighbors, Hogancamp sorted through the trauma of a hate crime. Using a 35mm camera, Hogancamp documented uncannily constructed images of war, romance, justice and redemption. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Through June 25. Free. 1100 Howell Mill Road, Suite A03. www.poem88.net. SALTWORKS GALLERY Black Drawings. Alejandro Aguilera’s large works incorporate ink, coffee and collage on craft paper. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Through June 18. Free. 664 11th St. 404-881-0411. www.saltworksgallery.com. YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY & BOUTIQUE Crossbred Thread: Ego and Memory. Works by Stacey Page and Stephanie Blair. Fridays, Saturdays, noon-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Through June 26. Free. 636 N. Highland Ave. N.E. 404-254-4127. www.youngbloodgallery.com.
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STONE MOUNTAIN: 1Br In private home. $100-$125/wk or couples $175, cable, WD, Phone. Hugh Howell Rd. MARTA access Shared bath & kitchen privileges. Wayne or Jeanne McCall. 770-491-0161 or 770-378-3376 STONE MTN Special - Large Furnished Rooms $400/mo. CATV, laundry on site. Near Marta. Fixed income welcome. Call 404.394.7660.
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$100 ATLANTA Furnished Rooms weekly. Need proof of employment. Includes cable TV & utilities. Near Marta rail line. 404-641-1898 $75-$100 per week ATL lg size bedrooms clean, quiet, WD, cable WI-FI internet hrwds. near MARTA. 404-909-6519
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to be extra cute in the coming week. I mean you have a divine mandate to exceed the usual levels of being adorable and charming and delectable. Here’s the potential problem with that, though: Trying to be cute doesn’t usually result in becoming cuter; often it leads to being smarmy and pretentious. So how can you take advantage of the cosmic imperative to be wildly, extravagantly, sublimely cute — without getting all selfconscious about it? That’s your riddle of the week.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): You have a poetic license
week for you to declare war on everything that wastes your time. Well, maybe “declaring war” is not quite the right spirit to adopt; after all, we don’t want you to go around constantly enraged and hostile. How about if we phrase it this way: It’s prime time for you to ingeniously elude all activities, invitations, temptations, trains of thought, and habits that offer you nothing in return for the energy you give to them. This is always a worthy project, but it so happens that you’re likely to achieve more progress than usual if you do it now.
L5PTS Candler Pk $100 off 1 months rent. 1BDR $585/mo. + $325/dep. Convenient to everything. Euclid Court Call 404-524-1719
COLLEGE PARK 2 rms avail. master rm w/pvt.bath $155/wk OR Room with shared bath $125/weekly. Close to Marta and near restaurants. Gatlin Unlimited, LLC. 770-899-1159 Decatur $100-125 weekly. Nice Large, clean, with refridgerator, TV included. On busline. dep req. 404.422.3091 or 678.437.0308 DECATUR/Stn Mtn clean nice furn. rooms w/cable, utils incld, convenient to shops/eats $100/week & UP/wk. Marta. (770) 314-7673 or 4) 728-6565
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