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Dance ‘Til Ya Lose Your Pants Weekend!

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The first weekend in 2012 and Atlanta people already have plans to dance their pants off! Don’t worry after you lose your pants on Sunday, I’ll let you know where to caftan up on Monday. We got ya covered!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th

Mon Cherie Presents Murder on the Orient Express at the Shelter
Start your Chinese New Year off right with Mon Cherie’s “Bon Voyage – World Destination Tour Parties” in the orient. After a white hot “Va-Va Voom Winter Wonderland Burlesque Show” in December, Cherie’s grand voyage heads on over to the orient for “Murder on the Orient Express.” Players in the sexy murder mystery game include, Chad Sanborn as Detective Axe, Stormy Knight, Katarina Laveaux, Fonda Lingue, Mina, Marilynn Chen, Frankie Sin, and Tora Torrid. The night plans to offer up entertainment in the form of erotic Asian shows and a murder mystery scavenger hunt. A crew of conductors will host the event and attendees are encouraged to doll up in Asian inspired outfits, Japanese geisha wear, or vintage detective style. In between performances DJ 313 and Rev Andy will spin industrial dance and dub step tunes to get your heart pounding and body groovin’. So, grab your passports and get ready to take a trip on the Orient Express. There will be raffle tickets and vendor goods for sale. Sponsored vendor items will be raffled off at the end of the night. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. The Shelter offers free parking. 21 and up only. $5 cover charge.
(Future Mon Cherie “First Fridays” events will rotate between “Bon Voyage – World Tour Destination Parties” and “Va-Va Voom – Titillating, Tantalizing Burlesque Show” at the Shelter.)

http://www.moncheriepresents.com/

http://theshelteratl.com/

The Shelter
2101 Tula Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 694-7435

Electrohurtz 3rd Annual New Year’s Redeux at The Jungle Club
If you missed ringing in the New Year properly or want to do it again – hit the Jungle Club up on Friday night. Drink, dance, and be merry with VJ/DJ Anthony and DJ Jennocide spinning ‘80’s, retro, electro, IDM, house, and any dark danceable beat from the ‘80’s until now! There will be a free champagne toast at midnight. So, “Spank in the New Year Right” with an erotic city surprise just after midnight and sexy fetish girl stage shows at 1 a.m. The party starts at 10 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m. 18+ to enter; 21 to drink. The Jungle Club has free parking. $5 cover before midnight if you are wearing white. $7 in non-white attire or after midnight. No backpacks or outside alcohol allowed. $5 re-entry fee.

http://jungleclubatlanta.com/

Jungle Club Atlanta
2115 Faulkner Road
Atlanta, GA 30324

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7th

New Computer with Entertainment and B-R-A-N-E-S at 529
People’s sunny 2012 outlooks got you feeling dark and downright gothy? Then head on over to East Atlanta on Saturday night to get your dark electro party fix on at 529 with Entertainment, B-R-A-N-E-S, and New Computer. Don’t miss this show if you love haunting goth vocals with synth kicks and electro notes. $7 cover gets you in to see three bands in the ultra hipster EAV neighborhood, so go show those hipster kids what hip was before it was ironic. 21+ only.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Computer-band/202794226428216

http://www.entertainme-nt.com

http://www.B-R-A-N-E-S.com

http://www.529atl.com
529
529 Flat Shoals Avenue
East Atlanta, GA 30316

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8th
The No Pants Subway Ride Atlanta 2012
Yes, this does exist! The No Pants Subway Ride is a global event started by Improv Everywhere in 2002 in New York. Last year more than 3,500 people from 48 cities participated in the 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride. Atlanta’s No Pants Subway Ride is an event staged by Gobi Lumberjacks annually in January. (This is the fourth year that people in Atlanta have participated in this event.) So, if you are brave and want to ditch those britches, meet the other crazy people willing to lose their pants in the name of comedy at the white arch near Underground Atlanta on Sunday at 3 p.m. (This is across Peachtree Street from MARTA’s Five Points station.) Remember to arrive at the meeting place with pants on and bring a bag to store them in for later. The Gobi Lumberjacks will let participants know when to drop their drawers. There are only two rules: (1) You have to be willing to ride pants less on a train and (2) you can come up with a “character” reason for doing so. Please remember to bring cash or credit/debit card for the ride. MARTA rules must be obeyed during your train ride (I’m pretty sure that pantsless and in jail is NOT the way you want to spend your Sunday afternoon).

Gobi Lumberjacks Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9022645689

Event details:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9022645689#!/events/121634851288357/

http://www.itsmarta.com/
Five Points MARTA Station
30 Alabama Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

MONDAY, JANUARY 9th
Night of 1,000 Mrs. Ropers at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium
The weekend may be over, but the party continues! So put those pants back on and cover up with a caftan (or muumuu) and get ready to show the world your best Mrs. Roper at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium. Sister Louisa’s slogan is “Church (it’s a bar!).” Get it? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. If for some reason you don’t know who Mrs. Roper was, well then let me explain (and hopefully hilarity ensues in your mind about the possibilities of bringing a caftan back in style). Mrs. Roper was the warm hearted landlady from Three’s Company (a late ‘70’s to early ‘80’s tv show) who loved to laugh and try to bed her stick in the mud husband Stanley. (He often left her frustrated.) She was known for wearing kooky caftans, bold bright colored jewelry, and her bright red curly hair. The only requirement to attend this Roper loving event is that YOU MUST WEAR A CAFTAN. This is a non-negotiable requirement of the newly formed Mrs. Roper Social Club. Feel free to wear wigs, hats, big jewelry, and whatever footwear you like, but YOU MUST HAVE A CAFTAN ON. (The main Mrs. Roper says that you might be able to find a caftan at Ross, Goodwill, or an Auntie.) She also dictates that if not in caftan, you can dress as stick in the mud Stanley or the more fun Mr. Furley (polyester shirt paired with a neckerchief). Mrs. Roper’s mission is to make this a true social club where Mrs. Roper outings happen every 4 to 6 weeks. These events or outings may include bowling, karaoke, getting pedicures, playing putt putt, picnics, going to the gun range, and many other possibilities – ALL IN CAFTANS! With this newly formed social club, Mrs. Roper #1 is requesting, but not requiring, a $2-5 donation for a “Roper Room Fun Fund” so that participants can receive a “Member in Good Standing of the International Order of Mrs. Ropers” ready-to-frame certificate, a button to wear, and a fund to help defray the expenses for Members Only events which may include HIRING A MARIACHI BAND to follow shopping Ropers romping around the Virginia Highlands neighborhood or bar hopping in East Atlanta (tentatively set for maybe spring or summer). A donation is not required to participate in this event, but if you would like to donate, Pay Pal “Roper Room Fun Fund” at roperroomfunfund@gmail.com. (P.S. Remember to take care of your caftan sleeves when playing ping pong or risk getting pinged by one of Sister Louisa’s pong balls!) The night starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes until the last Mrs. Roper leaves the building.

Night of 1,000 Mrs. Ropers
http://www.facebook.com/SisterLouisasChurch?sk=info#!/events/337575809586063/

Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium
466 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-8275

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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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