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. . . of Tease, Tattoos, Terror and Theater!

You may still be reeling from an awesome Labor Day weekend, but it’s time to start planning for the post Labor Day weekend fun! Here’s a list of where to be and be seen this weekend.

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Ink 4 Pink Presents “Vaudeville Villains” at The Basement
Start your weekend early on Thursday night with Ink 4 Pink presents “Vaudeville Villains” at The Basement in East Atlanta. Ink 4 Pink is an Atlanta-based breast cancer advocacy group that works within the tattoo and art community to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, treatment, prevention and a cure – all while showcasing great talented, philanthropic artists and musicians! “Vaudeville Villains” will feature burlesque performers, musicians, devilish art, and a custom circus-style sideshow! Burlesque performances by Kittie Katrina, D’Lilah D’Lite, and Sweet Christina. Music from The Goddamn Gallows, Hell Fire Revival, Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band, and James Hunnicutt. Custom sideshow by Ringmaster Captain Stab-Tuggo and Maybelle the Southern Belle from Hell. The Sugar Dolls will also be on hand with drunken cupcakes if you need to take care of your sweet tooth. Nearly 30 artists will be selling custom art for this breast cancer benefit and there will be a lot of raffle prize gift certificates from several of Atlanta’s favorite local tattoo parlors, hair salons, restaurants and more!

Doors open at 9pm. There is a $10 cover charge (21+ only). All proceeds from the $10 door cover, art, and raffle sales goes to Ink 4 Pink.

www.ink4pink.org

The Basement
1245 Glenwood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA (East Atlanta Village)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Blast Off Burlesque’s “World Tour” at 7 Stages
Kick your weekend off on Friday with Blast Off Burlesque’s “World Tour” which launches at 7 Stages in Little Five Points. This “World Tour” promises to explore destinations, fantasy trips, modes of transportation, sightseeing, roadside attractions, and more. So, you know, it’ll be like your second long vacation weekend wrapped up in a tour of burlesque babes and their special guests, including Chien Hong from Lion Dance Troupe, Chico from Dames Aflame, and the return of Mr. Bigfoot 2.0. They’re already packed, so what are you waiting for? They also have two Saturday shows in case you need another time.

www.blastoffburlesque.com

Friday, September 9 at 9 PM (doors at 8 PM)
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 PM (doors at 6:30 PM) and second show at 10:30 PM (doors at 9:45 PM)

Coach (General Admission): $18 advance, $20 at door
Business Class (front row seating behind First Class): $25 advance only
First Class (VIP tables up front): $100 advance only

7 Stages Theatre
1055 Euclid Ave
Atlanta, GA (Little Five Points)

 

World Premiere of “Dear God No!” Movie at The Plaza Theater
If you are not looking for glitz and glamour, but guts and gore, then go see the World Premiere of “Dear God No!” at the Plaza Theater on Saturday night. Full of bikers, beards, boobs, and blood, this is NOT a movie premiere for “sissies, minors, and those with heart conditions.” The film focuses on “The Impalers,” an outlaw biker gang, who’s tri-state murder and rape rampage ends in a gang war with rival biker gang, “Satan’s Own.” The surviving Impalers from that bloody massacre, end up seeking refuge in a cabin deep in the North Georgia mountains. They picked the wrong house and a living nightmare of depravity and violence ensues, but a captive innocent young girl may hold the key to the twisted nightmares and secrets locked in the basement and the flesh-eating killing machine out in the forest. This film has not yet been rated. Local talent was used in the making of this movie. The movie costs $10 and starts at 9:30 p.m. 100 uncensored posters will be given away. After the movie, take your ticket stub to The Little Vinyl Lounge (under The Star Bar) for the cast after-party. There will be drink specials there and DJ Dusty Booze from 11:15 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

www.deargodnomovie.com

www.plazaatlanta.com

The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA

 

Kingsized Trio at Ray’s on the River
For those of you looking for a nice date night with dinner, a romantic view of the Chattahoochee river, and a serenade, then go to Ray’s on the River and see the Kingsized Trio perform. Lead singer “Big Mike” will croon the classics with the help of Rich Rowlinson on piano and Father Tim Delaney on upright bass. The entertainment goes from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. so it would be perfect for a night ending with dessert or cocktails. This fine dining establishment serves fresh seafood, prime steaks, and organic chicken. Business casual dress code is required. No cover charge for the restaurant. Valet and self-parking available.

www.kingsized.biz

www.raysrestaurants.com

Ray’s on the River
6700 Powers Ferry Rd
Sandy Springs, GA

 

High Museum’s “Atlanta’s High Connection: Art Partners & Young Patrons Kick Off Event” event at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Looking for an inexpensive night to network with other art lovers? Then go to the High Museum’s “Atlanta’s High Connection: Art Partners & Young Patrons Kick Off Event” event at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. This is an annual High Connection event membership drive for Art Partners (AP) and Young Patrons (YP, ages 20-39). At this time, current members are allowed to bring friends to enjoy a free evening of networking, contemporary art, and music. It’s also a great way to get introduced to Atlanta’s art community, become involved, and show support for Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Genki Noodles & Sushi and The Little Cake Bakery will be sharing mini-cupcakes. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Any current AP or YP member who brings a non-member will receive a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Special gifts and discounted memberships will be offered to potential new members. Entertainment and door prizes will be offered to the AP or YP who brings the most new members. Art Partners membership is an enhancement/additional fee added on to a current High Museum of Art membership. AP membership benefits include, private home and studio tours, onsite museum events and educational programs, book club, High Museum volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and more. (AP membership is High Museum of Art membership amount plus AP Individual is $40, Dual is $70.) Young Patrons membership is an extension of the High Museum membership (which is included at the YP price). YP membership benefits include full museum membership for two adults, four one-time complimentary guest passes, monthly socials, discounted entry into signature events, access to all Art Partners programming, invitation to special previews, volunteer opportunities, and reciprocal membership at participating art museums. (YP membership is $150.)

www.high.org

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
535 Means St NW
Atlanta, GA

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge “Flying Saucers Rock N’ Roll & Burlesque Show” at The Masquerade
Get ready for an out of this world rockabilly experience with Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge “Flying Saucers Rock N’ Roll & Burlesque Show” at The Masquerade this Saturday night. One of Atlanta’s most beloved rockabilly bands, The Psycho DeVilles, will get you off your saucers to shake your atomic dance things! Also, throughout the night Garage 71 Deejay Reverend Andy will spin psychobilly freakout to keep your body movin’. Mon Cherie’s Pin-Up Beauties will even welcome you with free jello shots! Outer space titillating teases will be performed by Evil Sarah, The Chameleon Queen, Stormy Knight, Fonda Lingue, and Scarlett Page. There will be in-club stores, sponsors and even a rawkin’ raffle where you could win prizes including a Lux deVille hand bag, gift certificates for local services – tattoos and hair styling, hand crafted jewelry, hats and fleurs, massage candles, and more. All the kool kats and kittens will be there!

Doors open at 9pm. There is a $10 cover charge (18+ allowed, 21+ to drink).

www.moncheriepresents.com

The Masquerade
695 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA

 

Atlanta Underground Market
Wait, foodie! Were you about to forget dinner before going to Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge? Well, I have a special secret for you! On Saturday, The Atlanta Underground Market will feature 30-40 local food artisans in a food market. It’s going to be kind of like those “Taste of…” events. Drooling yet? The catch is that you have to sign up for a membership. It’s a food club where you acknowledge that the food has not been inspected by a health department and will hold no one liable for any harm. Membership is free and NECESSARY to get into the event. This is a private invite-only event (after you sign up) and costs $3 to attend. The location of the Atlanta Underground Market will be emailed to you the night before the event.

www.atlantaundergroundmarket.com

 

The 16th Annual Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival at Lang-Carson Park
On Saturday, the community of Reynoldstown is hosting The 16th Annual Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. There will be food, art, bands, beer, and fun – all to benefit the revitalization and public safety of the residents and community! There will be a Wheelbarrow Race 5K to benefit the Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League (a non-profit organization responsible for neighborhood revitalization), AM 1690-sponsored Artist Market, a Health Fair (FREE health screening and education), and Wheelbarrow Jr. (family fun with the kids). Music includes Wade in the Rhythm, Ruination, 3052 Dub Collective, Shark Week, 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra, Sol Junky, Little Tybee, The Dante Harmon Band, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and the Shadows, Atlanta Funk Society, Noot D’ Noot, and Colonel Bruce Hampton featuring Grant Green Jr. Even though the event is named “Wheelbarrow Festival,” there will be no wheelbarrow races (or anything to really do with wheelbarrows at all) at this event.

wheelbarrowfestival.com

Reynoldstown, Atlanta, GA – Lang Carson Park
100 Flat Shoals Ave
Atlanta, GA

ONGOING THEATER EVENTS

“Into The Woods” at the Alliance Theatre
Have you encountered one of those weird eyeballs with the cell phone QR scannable barcode on it while walking around town? Creepy, huh? Well, it’s for the Alliance Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-Winning Musical, “Into The Woods.” This musical is based on a book written by James Lapine and set to music with lyrics by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. “Into The Woods” is filled with romance and magic as it explores a world of adult implications in fairytales. Magic beans create ladders, Prince Charming is one glass slipper away, and wishes still come true – but be careful what you wish for! “Into The Woods” combines the plot of fairytales with the unexpected consequences of dreams that come true. The production is a special project of the Alliance Theatre’s education engagement program utilizing non-professional high school musicians from Atlanta high schools and features a unique collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Atlanta Federation of Musicians. The run time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Performances are held Tuesday through Sunday nights with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $25 per person. This production runs until October 2.

www.alliancetheatre.org

Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

 

“Spring Awakening” by Actors Express at The King Plow Arts Center
Need some sex, theater, and rock’n’roll in your life? Then head on over to see “Spring Awakening” by the Actors Express at the King Plow Arts Center. This musical explores the raw emotions of teenage friends trying to explore sex in all its varieties. “Spring Awakening” was the 2007 Tony Award-Winner for Best Musical. The music for this play is by Duncan Sheik (remember that really popular late-90’s radio song “Barely Breathing”? That’s him!). The book and lyrics were done by Steven Sater.
Performances are held nightly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday (no performances of this musical on Mondays and Tuesdays). Tickets start at $26 per person. This production runs until October 1.

www.actors-express.com

King Plow Arts Center
887 West Marietta St
Atlanta, GA

Art

Rain and Fire in Sedona

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Ange Alex

A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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“20/20:Visionary”: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Photograph by Charlie McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet.

Last weekend (March 18-20) the Atlanta Ballet gifted the city with “20/20: Visionary,” three pieces, including a world premiere, presented at the Cobb Energy Center.

The world premiere, “Playground,” by British choreographer Douglas Lee, belied its name by being a shadowy piece danced between upright, rolling chalkboard set pieces. Prepared for a lighthearted, joyful expression of childhood, I was surprised that the work instead exposed the darker side of childhood memories. There were some light moments, such as the towering billboard inscribed with multiple lines reading, “Jackie must remember the steps” – clearly a humorous aside about Jackie Nash, one of the most capable company members and perhaps the quickest study in rehearsal. There were some easily-seen choreographic devices–a lot of theme and variation, even more pushing around of set pieces–but there were a few exceptional moments as well, including intricate, slow-motion manipulation of a dancer’s body by another dancer.

Pen-Yu Chen & Tara Lee in “Boiling Point.” Photo by C McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet.

The opening work, “Boiling Point,” by Darrell Grand Moultrie, was playfully performed at breakneck speed. Dancers are often told to “make it look easy,” and the company took that concept to heart. Highlighted against the men in black costumes, the women wore bits of metallic fabric, providing splashes of intense color and exposing powerful bodies with long muscles. The piece began with the stage space open almost to its fullest, and the dancers running across like a rushing river. They rolled, twisted, turned, and slid like water itself. The choreography juxtaposed synchronicity with counterpoint, traditional with innovation. There was a gargouillade, rarely seen even in classical ballets. The lines of the bodies were critical to the piece, and often layers deep. The flow was almost nonstop, with only an occasional flick of a wrist or toss of a head to provide momentary stasis. The standout was Christian Clark, who sometimes nearly managed to integrate himself into the group but then something distinctive and powerful in his dancing drew the eye to him again.

“Red Clay” from “Home in 7.” Photo by C McCullers, courtesy of Atlanta Ballet.

“Home in 7,” a work by Amy Siewert, closed the concert. A portrait of Atlanta, the ballet was a rich tapestry woven from music, spoken word, and movement. Performed in 7 segments to a libretto written and performed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and an intriguing, haunting string score composed and performed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, the dance, too, was a poem, shimmering like summer moonlight on the Chattahoochee. John Welker opened the ballet with tiny explosions of movement “Secrets.” Perhaps the most enchanting segment was “Home of the Braves:” 5 men using baseball imagery, holding their formation as they slid precisely between pitches and catches. “Red Clay” evoked August nights, intolerance, and redemption—Atlanta history, a story familiar to many. I first saw this ballet in 2011, and it has grown in depth as the dancers have matured technically and emotionally. Atlanta loves its ballet company, and never more than when it showcases its home city.

John McFall is ending his tenure with the company at the end of this season. For newcomers to Atlanta Ballet offerings, this will have been a dynamic performance. For long-time supporters, it will have been an opportunity to reflect on his legacy. There are a couple more opportunities to see the company under his watch, and then he will pass the torch to Gennadi Nedvigin, the company’s fourth artistic director. Stay tuned!

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