What’s going on this weekend you ask? Well, lots of events involving zombies, pin-ups, medical mayhem, steampunk, and Snuggies! Here’s our run down of fun, interesting, and/or unusual events for you to be a part of this weekend.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th
The Buried Alive Film Festival
Have you been missing the blood and gory ooziness of Halloween? Well, fear not because Atlanta’s premier horror festival, the Buried Alive Film Festival, happens this weekend! The Buried Alive Film Fest team is a motley crew of individuals engorged in film making, special effects, and all things horror (including local multi-award winning “Atlanta’s Best Film Series” Splatter Cinema, Chamber of Horrors haunted house, and Zombie Walk Atlanta). A wide variety of films that fall into the horror genre will be included – you might see animation, puppeteering, dark comedies, suspenseful thrillers, and zombies. The Buried Alive Film Festival takes place on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at the Plaza Theatre. Individual tickets and festival passes are available on the first day of the festival (no online advance presale tickets available at this time). $7 per screening block/ $30 all access pass.
Friday, November 11th:
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Do Not Disturb The Dark Dead (Short films. 90 mins.)
Zombies. Disappearing cats. Severed heads. And love, sweet love….
“Cabine of the Dead” (Director: Vincent Templement. France, 2010. 9 mins.)
A distracted Frenchman, a phone booth, and zombies…
“Enter The Dark” (Director: Todd Miro. USA, 2010. 18 mins.)
Don’t do that! – not a good idea!
“Inside Ned’s Home” (Director: Jack Lorentz. USA, 2010. 23 mins.)
A beloved cat disappears. Don’t answer the red phone!
“Do Not Disturb” (Director: Patrick Rea. USA, 2009. 15 mins.)
– and do not ring for room service…
“Alice Jacobs is Dead” (Director: Alex Horwitz. USA, 2009. 21 mins.)
Love never dies – or does it? An award-winning tale of the end of the world.
9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. OPENING FEATURE/ SOUTHEAST PREMIERE: I Didn’t Come Here to Die (Dir: Bradley Scott Sullivan. USA, 2010. 85 mins.)
Volunteer work can be a killer. Six young people participating in a humanitarian project in the woods. Are the horrific incidents “accidents” or something more deadly? Watch out for that chainsaw!
Plus opening short: “An Evening with my Comatose Mother” (Dir: Jonathan Martin. USA, 2011. 33 mins.)
If you think the old lady is scary, wait until you meet… (we’re not telling you!)
Saturday, November 12th:
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nutman’s Nightmares. (Short films. 90 mins.)
An amputee. An apocalyptic paranoid. Hazing from Hell. Plus, life/death, incest…and goldfish!
A selection of the Buried Alive! Film Fest’s Programming Director’s favorite shorts and the World Premiere of Award-Winning Filmmaker Ashley Thorpe’s trailer for his new short – “Borley Rectory.”
“The Other Half” (Dir: Bret Wood. USA, 2009. 17 mins.)
A suicidal amputee, his wife, a gun, and a “dancer” – not a typical family movie.
“Emergency Preparedness” (Director: Patrick Rea. USA, 2006. 9 mins.)
Ready for the end of the world? It better be the right one…
“Hell Week” (Director: Patrick Rea. USA, 2011. 13 mins.)
And you thought your fraternity/sorority hazing sucked – welcome to the college from Hell.
“Borley Rectory” (Director: Ashley Thorpe. UK, 2011. 2 mins.)
The Buried Alive Film Festival is proud to host the World Premier screening of 2010’s visionary, award-winning filmmaker’s teaser for his next short. Be prepared to get a taste of the most haunted house in Great Britain.
“Down to Sleep” (Director: Ryan Lieske. USA, 2011. 40 mins.)
Another non-typical “family” movie. And what is she doing with that goldfish? This is another Buried Alive Film Festival World Premiere – this is the previously unseen Director’s Cut of this short.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Georgia Fever Dreams.
(World premieres of four local shorts , plus filmmakers’ Q & A. 2 hours.)
Freddy sex, Satanic rock ‘n’ roll comedy, the perils of identity theft, and a Stephen King short story.
“A Wet Dream on Elm Street”(Director: Andrew Shearer. USA. 3 mins)
Bring your Freddy sex doll…
“Satanic Panic: Band Out of Hell” (Director: Eddie Ray. USA, 2011. 20 minutes)
Music is the Devil’s tool. And you thought playing “Stairway To Heaven” backwards was a good idea?
“Data Entry” (Director: Taraja Ramese. USA. 6 mins)
Identity theft – but whose?
“Survivor Type” (Director: Chris Ethridge. 30 mins)
How far would you go to survive – loose a foot…or more? Based on the Stephen King story.
(In addition to the filmmakers, expect cast and crew in attendance for all of these films.)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FEATURE: The Selling (Director: Emily Lou. USA, 2011. 92 mins.)
A house with a history and crazy ghosts is a realtor’s worst nightmare in this witty and wacky movie. It’s the coolest unreleased comedy horror film that the Buried Alive crew has seen in a while!
Plus opening short: “The Familiar” (Director: Kody Zimmerman. Canada, 2009. 22 mins.)
What would you do if your “boss” promised you eternity and then he turned out to be a total jerk?
9:00 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Midnight) FEATURE: Chillerama (Directed by Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Tim Sullivan, Adam Rifkin. USA, 2011. 105 mins.)
The most twisted, crazy anthology horror movie ever made! Wadzilla! The Diary of Anne Frankenstein! Teenage Werebears…. and more zombies! It’s crued, lewd, rude, and totally demented! If you don’t laugh or throw up, you’re definitely dead… a quartet of insane “lost” movies from the directors of Hatchet, Wrong Turn 2, 2001 Maniacs, and Detroit Rock City. Welcome to the drive-in of the damned!
Plus opening short: “Banana Mutherfucker!” (Director: Fernando Alle. Portugal, 2011. 13 mins.)
More inspired insanity from the Portuguese crew who wowed movie goers with “Papa Wrestling” and “Blarghaaahrgarg” at last year’s Buried Alive Film Festival. So, don’t slip – because that banana is something else, man!
11:00 p.m. – Closing / After Party at the Highland Inn
Buried Alive Film Festival
The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
Southern Fried Fundraiser Spectacular with the Reigning Queen of Burlesque Indigo Blue
What better way to spend your Friday night than by showing benevolence for a few tassel twirling babes? So, go support your local burlesque performers and meet the reigning Queen of Burlesque, Seattle’s Indigo Blue, at the fundraiser for The Second Annual Southern Fried Burlesque Festival held at Bart Webb Studios in Avondale Estates, Georgia. The Southern Fried Burlesque Fest Executive Producers, Katherine Lashe and Ursula Undress, are teaming up with Syrens of the South Productions and Bart Webb Studios to put on a spectacular event – A Night With The Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Indigo Blue! The reigning Southern Fried Queen, Miss Siren Santina, will also perform. The show will start at 8 p.m. and go until about 11 p.m. with special performances by Fonda Lingue, Lola Lesoleil, Katherine Lashe, Ruby Redmayne, Sadie Hawkins, Talloolah Love, Ursula Undress, Lala Masseur, and many more! Doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. 21 and up only. There will be a raffle and cash donation bar to help support Southern Fried Burlesque Fest.
Southern Fried Burlesque Fest
Bart Webb Studios
2846 Franklin Street
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Ritual Quarantine – Medical Mayhem Party
Want to go dancing this weekend? Then hit up the RITUAL party on Friday night at The Shelter. This themed event is based on medical mayhem, so dress as a naughty nurse, scrubbed out deranged doctor, or a mental ward patient in straight jacket. There will be surprises, gifts, a bloody good show, and more! Deejays Spin Monkey and Ghost will be keeping the beat alive. Come out and see why The Shelter was voted Best New Club and Best Dive Bar in 2010 and their Das Bunker events were voted as Best Nightlife Event in 2011. $10 cover charge. 21 and up only.
2101 Tula Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Call or text: (678) 694-SHELTER
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th
Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge – Pinups for Soldiers Burlesque Show
In memory of the brave men and women of our armed forces, Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge will be hosting a special night of Pinups for Soldiers Burlesque Show as a tribute salute to our veterans, those still serving our country, and their families. This special night will be dedicated to the Chameleon Queen’s Da and the squadron he served during the Vietnam Crisis, the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 – better known as “Ugly Angels.” There will be special performances by Violet Vixen from Nashville and Atlanta’s own Chameleon Queen along with other burlesque troop tributes. Sonoramic Commando will perform live on stage and Rev Andy will spin psychobilly freakout and swing dance throughout the night. Go out early and you can even learn how to swing dance! Mon Cherie’s lovely beauties will welcome you with jello shots and there will be a rockin’ raffle with prizes awarded at the end of the night. This event is sponsored by Pin Ups For Soldiers Calendar and Wooten Pinup Photography along with the many other vendors that will be present. Raffle prizes will include a copy of Tiki Zombie by local comic book artist Michael Gordon, a pair of tickets to see GWAR, a pair of tickets to see Peter Murphy, and a variety of other rockabilly inspired products and services. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. $10 cover charge. 18 and up (21 to drink).
Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge
695 North Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30308
The Mechanical Masquerade: A Paranormal Fantasy” A Masquerade Ball
Still missing the magic, mystery, and costumed spectacle that is Halloween? Well, never fear – The Artifice Club is hosting “The Mechanical Masquerade: A Paranormal Fantasy” on Saturday night. The Artifice Club, a society of steampunks, retrofuturists, and like-minded creative folk love to dress up in costume and discuss curiosities and mystifying moments while partying the night away. To attend this masquerade ball, you MUST be dressed in theme-appropriate costume or black tie formal wear with a mask. Masks can be purchased at the event from the lovely Dread Sisters. There are no refunds for costume violation. Entertainment will include acts by Montague Jacque Fromage, Ik (the King of Trolls), Mezmer Society, Doc Volz and his Steampunk Trunk, The Ghosts Project, Vauxhall Garden Variety Players, Hostess and Haunting by The Dread Sisters, Dirk Stevens (Close-Up Magician), Fantasia de Mode Fashion Show presented by The Steampunk Chronicle and DJ Doctor Q after midnight. Other attractions include Occult Bazaar of the Bizarre, King & Queen of the Ball costume contest, storytelling around the bon fire with s’mores, libations and treats by Queenie and Mr. B along with the Good Food Truck and the Irwin Street Outdoor Market, full immersion décor and play actors, oracle readings by Talloolah Love, and charity food and fund raiser for the Atlanta Food Bank courtesy of VONSchmallhausen. $25 entry fee at the door. VIP seating available. $2 to park (cash only).
The Artifice Club
Blue Mark Studios
982 Jefferson Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
The Glenwood Snuggie Jammy Jam
If you are looking for an excuse to wear your Snuggie out in public, then head on over to the The Glenwood on Saturday night. Deejays will be playing your favorite tunes and there will be Snuggie contests! Awards will be given for the Sexiest, Funniest, and Most Original Snuggie or PJ’s. Drink specials, giveaways, and DJ Mason Gill will be rockin’ the all-request mixtape all night long.
1263 Glenwood Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th
The Walking Dead Viewing Party
When you just can’t get enough zombies in your life, come on out and join the zombie lovin’ horde at Diesel Filling Station in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood in Atlanta. Every week Diesel hosts this viewing party and raffles off zombie goodies to the masses. If you bring in a canned food item, you will automatically get a raffle ticket. Another way you can get a raffle ticket is to purchase one of their sponsor drinks. Sponsors include Chamber of Horrors, Splatter Cinema, Society of Zombie Assassins, Zombie Squad, Jagermeister, and Fireball Whisky.
Diesel Filling Station
870 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Rain and Fire in Sedona
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!
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
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.
“20/20:Visionary”: Looking Back, Looking Forward
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.
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.
“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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