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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers Open for Chatham County Line at the Variety Playhouse
A local Atlanta favorite, Blair Crimmins and The Hookers, is opening for bluegrass band Chatham County Line on Friday night at the Variety Playhouse. Blair Crimmins and The Hookers play lively ragtime, Dixieland, and hot jazz infused with blues vocals that you just can’t help but dance (or tap your toe in time) to! This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers open at 8 p.m. Special dancing guest appearance by Davina and the Harlots. Tickets are $18.
Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

The Variety Playhouse
http://www.variety-playhouse.com
1099 Euclid Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-7354

Ho Ho Ho Down with The Dreaded Marco, Six Shot Revival, and SS Vendetta

If you want to hear Southern, gritty, nasty, and dirty rock ‘n’ roll this Friday night, head out to The Local Music Hall at Sidelines Marietta and catch a three band line up of The Dreaded Marco and Six Shot Revival with progressive ska punk band SS Vendetta. Under new ownership, this venue has undergone a huge renovation with a new kitchen, new roof, new parking lot, and new attitude! This is an all ages show. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 cover charge at the door.

The Dreaded Marco

Six Shot Revival

SS Vendetta

The Local at Sidelines Marietta
http://thelocalatsidelines.com/
1440 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30065
(404) 579-1919

 

Fallen Arrows Presents: Vince Guaraldis’ A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Earl
Performance on both Friday & Saturday nights!
Quickly becoming a new Christmas tradition, T.T. Mahoney and Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters will be performing the musical soundtrack by Vince Guaraldis from the classic cartoon, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Earl on Friday and Saturday nights accompanied by the cartoon playing on screen behind the musicians. There’s no better treat than to experience live musicians performing music to a beloved Christmas cartoon. This is the fourth year that they have presented their holiday love letter to Atlanta, speaking to the quiet longing and beautiful desperation that people feel at this time of year. Chad Shivers and Friends will open with another sixties gem: The Ventures Christmas album. Holiday baked goods, projections, and a homely bare Christmas tree will warm the Earl and your hearts for two nights of jazzy revelry. This year Butzer and Mahoney are joined by Robby Handley on bass. Perennially sold out, get your tickets early – $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Per the performers request, the venue will be non-smoking both nights. The show starts at 9 p.m.

The Earl
http://badearl.com/
East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge
488 Flat Shoals Avenue
East Atlanta, GA 30316
info@badearl.com

Zombie Santa Walk
For those of you who miss the bloody mess that was Halloween, come out and add a little horror back to your holidays. The Zombie Santa Walk will start at Diesel Filling Station in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. Come dressed as a Zombie Santa, elf, reindeer, or any other of Santa’s undead minions. Show up early to have someone help you with your zombie makeup, so you can put your best gorey foot forward! Speaking of foot, DJ Shoe will be provding the tunes for the evening. Diesel Filling Station will be collecting can goods for the Atlanta Community Food Bank during the event, so show up with 10 or more cans and get a free shot! There will be $3 shots and $5 drinks specials for everyone in costume. The Zombie Santa Walk starts at 8 p.m. and ends around midnight.

Diesel Filling Station
http://dieselatlanta.com
870 North Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 815-1820

Shriek Theatre Movie Night presents Rare Exports
Shriek Theater presents the movie Rare Exports at the dooGallery. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 10 p.m. $10 donation at the door for beverages and snacks. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Rare Exports is a 2010 movie about the events that take place on Christmas Eve in Finland during an archaeological dig and the aftermath of that dig. The best guarded Christmas secret is buried deep under the Korvatunturi mountains and is about to be dug up. So don’t cry and definitely don’t pout because this Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus! The dooGallery is the proprietor’s live-in home studio in the Reynoldstown neighborhood in an eclectic art warehouse community. (The gallery is only open when an event is taking place.)

Shriek Theater Movie Night

dooGallery
www.doogallery.com
205 Holtzclaw Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 913-6641
doogallery@yahoo.com

Flat Tires in Atlanta with Burns Like Fire; Junior, Dolan & Cash; and Expect Resistance at the Highlander
More bang for your punk rock dollars than you asked for – on Friday night, you can rock out and see four punk rock bands for a minimal donation of $10 which also get you a free Flat Tires CD!

Flat Tires
Burns Like Fire
Junior, Dolan and Cash
Expect Resistance

The Highlander
www.thehighlanderatlanta.com
931 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0060

Atlanta Mess-Around Presents Peach Kelli Pop, Predator, and Black Lodge at 97 Estoria
Warm up on Friday night with Peach Kelli Pop, Predator, and Black Lodge at 97 Estoria. Peach Kelli Pop plays very flirty girlish, beach blanket bingo style surf music. Predator will hit it harder and bring a thrashing, angry punk rock vibe to the joint. Black Lodge will bring back the gloom with ominous synth lines and deadpan vocals with deep minimalistic bass.

97 Estoria
www.97estoria.com
727 Wylie Street
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 522-0966

Cyberaver – White Out Christmas
The last Cyberaver of 2011 is your best bet for a cheap night of dancing. Just $5 at the door or $2 if you are wearing Christmas themed clothing – all white, red & white, silver & white, or green & white costumes or clothing accepted. The DJ lineup is extensive with Noise Ordinace, Ninjaflash, Section 8, Mandy Thomas, Jennocyde, Sid Reflux, Pinky Pink, Trick & Treat, and KC Osborn spinning a variety of styles of dance music, including breaks, trance, electro, house, dubstep, drum & bass, and hardstyle. The CyberDoll GoGo Dancers will be there looking pretty and trying to show you up on the dance floor. There will be three full bars and free parking. 18 and up welcome; 21 to drink. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the party goes until 4 a.m.

Jungle Club Atlanta
www.jungleclubatlanta.com
2115 Faulkner Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 844-8800

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th

The Discovery Channel is Taping Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles at Dixie Tavern for Café Racer
EXTRA! EXTRA!! Read all about it – Atlanta’s most popular rockabilly band, Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVilles, are being filmed at the Dixie Tavern in Marietta on Saturday night for the first episode of next seasons’ Café Racer on the Discovery Channel. They will be filming and featuring Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho DeVille’s new song “Ton-up” off their upcoming album, Rockabilly Rodeo. They need a big crowd out there for support and you may even get lucky enough to be featured on TV! Who wouldn’t want to be featured on a TV show about fast stripped-down bikes? 21 and up only. There’s a $3 cover charge. The band starts at 10:30 p.m. and the venue stays open until 3 a.m. So come out, get your rockabilly on, and maybe go down in infamy as you get your pretty mug on TV for Café Racer!

Café Racer on the Discovery Channel
www.caferacertv.com

Psycho Devilles
http://www.psychodevilles.com

Dixie Tavern
www.dixietavern.com
2319 Windy Hill Road SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 690-0090

Holiday Cheer Food &Wine Experience
The first annual Holiday Cheer Food & Wine Experience will be held at Dal Cuore Market & Restaurant in Johns Creek from noon until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The event will feature up to 90 wines for guests to try paired with your favorite holiday foods such as ham, beef tenderloin, turkey, brisket, barbeque, hearty stews, pasta, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pecan pie, and chocolate mousse. Sample food and wine pairings all the while raising money for charity! 21 and up only. $20/person and everyone has a chance to win prizes during the event. Prizes include cases of wine, free Wine Gorilla wine club membership, dinner at Dal Cuore, dinner at Mia Ristorante Italiano, weekend getaways to Chateau Elan in Braselton, The Inn at Half-Mile Farm in Highlands, N.C., and Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville. Best of all – any wine you taste will be offered at a special discount and may be ordered the day of the event with pick up available the following week.

Dal Cuore
http://www.dalcuorerestaurant.com
2100 Ray Moss Connector
Johns Creek, GA 30022
(678) 867-0854

Twisted Toyland- 2011
Looking for a different type of gift for your lover this holiday season? Then come on out to Atlanta’s premier fetish shopping experience, Twisted Toyland, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. There will be merchants and talented artists selling everything from cuffs to corsets, bedroom bondage toys to slap and tickle delights. A Sadistic Santa will be on hand to listen to bad girls and boys, so tell him what you really want for the holiday! There will be a photographer there to take pictures of you with or without Santa and his elves. Another Twisted Toyland tradition is Café Kink – where you can choose from a wide variety of homemade hot chili or delectable sweets to appease your appetite. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to get your boots blackened or your shoes shined so you’ll be looking sharp for those holiday parties. There will be demos of rope rigging, sensual flogging, classic caning, whip cracking, and so much more! There will also be raffles held all day long. All proceeds from admission and Café Kink will be donated to Atlanta Community Food Bank. $5 entry fee. This event will be held at the Jungle Club.

Twisted Toyland
http://www.twistedtoyland.org/

Jungle Club Atlanta
www.jungleclubatlanta.com/
2115 Faulkner Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 844-8800

7th Annual Atlanta Dirty Southern Burners SantaCon 2011 – Toys for Tots
The 7th Annual Atlanta Dirty Southern Burners SantaCon 2011 – Toys for Tots takes place starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Vortex Bar & Grill in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Hundreds of Santas will descend upon Little Five Points to sing carols, give out small gifts, drink and be merry, and donate new unwrapped presents to Toys for Tots. There will be a Toys for Tots drop off on the SantaCon route this year. Santas like to pub crawl, but there are rules to having the biggest Santa blast ever, so check the website out and join in the SantaCon-age – Spread Your Red! The event goes all night, winding down at about 3 a.m. This is a free event (except for whatever cash you want to spend on food or drinks at local bars and restaurants).

SantaCon
http://santacon.info/Atlanta-GA/

The Vortex Bar & Grill
http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/
438 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA
(404) 688-1828

Highlands Santa Stumble
Ho, Ho, Ho – if you don’t want to join SantaCon, maybe you’ll take a Santa Stumble through Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. There will be six participating bars in the Highlands ready to accommodate your Santa food and beverage needs. Dress in Santa or holiday themed costume and register and pay $20 at Diesel Filling Station from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. to enjoy six complimentary holiday drinks – one drink or shot at each bar. They will be collected new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as well. Participating bars with food and drink offerings include: Diesel – $3.50 Bud Light; $3.50 Bud Light at all bars; Neighbor’s Pub- 20% off all appetizers & small bites, $5.25 – Skinny Cocktail Menu: Jack Daniels, El Jimador Margarita, Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum, and all Absolut flavors; Hand in Hand – $5 well, $4 Fireballs; Limerick Junction – Mistletoe Mint Shots and $5 Bacardi; Dark Horse Tavern – $5.25 Barcardi Oakheart and 20% off Tapas; and Atkins Park is still to be determined. Ticket includes admission, hosted holiday drink at each bar, great food and drink specials, and a raffle at the stumble after party. The Highlands Santa Stumble goes until about 2 a.m.

Diesel Filling Station
http://dieselatlanta.com/
870 North Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 815-1820

5th Annual Tits for Toys Burlesque Show
Sugar plums will dance out of your mind and onto the stage at the Syrens of the South Production of Tits for Toys Burlesque Show. Entry into the show is half off if you bring in a new unwrapped toy worth at least $5 for the Toys for Tots toy drive. Opening up the event, there will be a Tease U Student Showcase. These ladies are students in a local burlesque studio and have been working hard for their very first performance. After the newbies cherries are popped, stay for the main acts – Fonda Lingue, Jacqueline Trade, Katherine Lashe, Kittie Katrina, Lah Lah Luscious, Lola LeSoleil, Miss Pearl E. White, Rosie Palms, Ruby Redmayne, Talloolah Love, and from Knoxville, Tenn. – Salome Cabaret’s Kisa von Teasa, and from North Carolina – Seila d’Katzmeow! The grand finale will be performed by burlesque legend, Gabriella Maze, who is coming out of retirement for her first performance in nearly 30 years. Admission for the Tits for Toys for Tots Show is $20 or $10 with a new unwrapped toy. The show starts at 7 p.m. and goes until 11:30 p.m.

Syrens of the South
http://www.syrensofthesouth.com
The Five Spot
http://www.fivespot-atl.com
1123 Euclid Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 223-1100

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Looking for a different kind of Christmas party? Then check out the Nine Inch Neils (Neil Diamond tribute band) and The Jagged Stones (Rolling Stones tribute band) as they ring in the holiday season at the Rocking Around the Christmas Tree bash this Saturday at House of Rock in Atlanta. Your ticket includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, sodas, and access to a dessert bar. For those who are 21 and older, you can enjoy up to two complimentary glasses of beer or wine. The entry fee is a $7 suggested donation plus one can of food (can food benefits the Lutheran Community Food Ministry). Methane Studios, creators of limited-edition concert posters will have some of their work up for silent auction. This is an all ages show that starts at 7 p.m.

Nine Inch Neils
www.facebook.com/NineInchNeils

House of Rock (in the basement at the Redeemer Lutheran church)
www.houseoftherock.org
731 Peachtree St. Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-8664

Davina & The Harlots Christmas Cabaret!
Davina and the Harlots presents “The Desperate Housewives of the North Pole” as they tell the story of poor Mrs. Claus at the newly renovated Inn Ballroom Lounge. They will even be debuting two new Harlots! DJ Doctor Q will be spinning the night’s musical delights to keep your toes tapping and body rockin’. There will be special guest appearances by Blair Crimmins, Jessica “Sugar” Cayne Urick, Aqualencia Litre, Ninja Puppet Theater, and St. Mikel the Mediocre Santa! This show promises you a good time full of music, comedy, prizes, pictures with Santa, and girls that shimmy in their skivvies. 21 and up only. $15 cover charge, but $12 if you bring a winter coat to donate to the less fortunate. Non-smoking venue. $5 will get you a naughty picture on Santa’s lap. Show starts at 8 p.m. and runs until about 11 p.m.

Davina & The Harlots
http://www.facebook.com/Davina.and.The.Harlots

The Highland Inn Ballroom
http://www.thehighlandinn.com/highlandballroom/
644 N. Highland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-5756 ext. 450

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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Ange Alex

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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