Too much horror business is the perfect kind of evil for Atlanta!
Let’s start off with a quick nod to our local horror roots –
In recent years, Atlanta has been home to The Walking Dead TV show (2011-present) along with filming locations and local movie extras for Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009) and Zombieland (2009). Local horror celeb Professor Morte and his ghouls have been putting on shows and scaring the yell (and laughs) out of audiences for years at Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre before classic horror film shows. The Buried Alive Film Fest, Atlanta’s own independent horror film festival, hosts a weekend of short and feature length horror films each year. Gorehound Production presents Splatter Cinema, a monthly classic horror flick presented in 35mm film glory at the Plaza Theatre, each month with props in the entryway for the perfect recreation and homage to one of the film’s historic horror scenes. Gorehound also presents Zombie Walk Atlanta each year in the fall (as long as participants are well behaved). The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts The Ghastly Dreadfuls devilish song and dance puppet show annually during October. And we have some of the best haunts in the country during the month of October for Halloween – Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, Chamber of Horrors, Netherworld, and Folklore Haunted House.
With all that being stated – YES, you are damn right we deserve a horror convention to grace Atlanta with its ghoulish presence. After debuting in Indiana last year, the Days of the Dead convention makes it second stop in Atlanta (well, actually Peachtree City) on March 9-11, 2012. Here’s the rundown of what Days of the Dead II: The Dead Walk in Atlanta will offer you – chances to meet horror celebrities, watch scary movies, walk around in your favorite horror costume, meet other horror movie fanatics, and buy ghoulish merch and art. Oh, my stars, garters, and ghouls – I cannot wait! See ya there!! xo – Atlanta’s Zombie Marilyn Monroe
Friday, March 9th:
6 p.m. Ace the Zombie (presented by director Giles Shepherd and writer Rob Fox) (Taste of Tuscany room)
9 p.m. Monsters Among Us Costume Ball (Taste of Tuscany room)
9 p.m. Return of the Living Dead Workprint Screening with Linnea Quigley (2 hours) (Amphitheater) – Special workprint screening of the 80’s classic featuring alternate scenes, takes, and 15 minutes of footage never screened to the public.
11:30 p.m. An Evening with Roddy Piper (Amphitheater) – Come see “Rowdy” Roddy Piper perform a new comedy act!
Saturday, March 10th:
12 p.m. Mondo Schlocko (Taste of Tuscany room)
12 p.m. Jeff Burr Indie File Maker Panel (Amphitheater)
1 p.m. Beverly Lane (presented by director Josh Hull) (Taste of Tuscany room)
1 p.m. Men Behind the Mask Panel (45 minutes) (Amphitheater) – Q&A with special guests, Derek Mears, Nick Principe, Tyler Mane, Brian Steele
2 p.m. Scream Queens Panel (45 minutes) (Amphitheater) – Q&A with special guests, Barbara Crampton, PJ Soles, Linnea Quigley, and honorary Scream Queen Mark Patton
3 p.m. Dear God, No! (Taste of Tuscany room)
3 p.m. Tattoo Contest (1 hour) (Amphitheater) – Show off your ink at the wildest tattoo contest sponsored by Altered Image Tattoo and FearNet
4:30 p.m. Wickedbeard’s Costume Contest (1 hour, 30 minutes) (Amphitheater) – A costume showdown for onlly the best of the best, hosted by Jeff “Wickedbeard” Cochran
5 p.m. Scalene (presented by Director Zach Parker) (Taste of Tuscany room)
7 p.m. Spookyshow/Monsters Wrestling (2 hours) (Amphitheater)
9:30 p.m. The Collective Vol. 3 (followed by Q&A by various filmmakers) (Amphitheater)
12 a.m. (midnight) Human Centipede 2 screening with Laurence Harvey (Amphitheater)
Sunday March 11th:
To Be Announced…
Guest Appearances By:
Alec Gillis – Aliens, Aliens vs Predators, Galaxy of Terror, Monster Squad
Alex Vincent – Child’s Play I & II
Amelia Kinkade – Night of the Demons I & II
Ari Lehman – First Jason, Friday the 13th
Barbara Crampton – From Beyond, Re-Animator, Trancers I & II
Bill Moseley – House of 1000 Corpses, Repo: Genetic Opera, The Devil’s Rejects
Brian Steele – Hellboy I & II, Predators, Terminator: Salvation
Circus Envy – Official MC for Days of the Dead II: The Dead Walk Convention in Atlanta
Derek Mears – Friday the 13th, Predators, The Hills Have Eyes II
Dey Young – From Beyond, Re-Animator, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Trancers I & II
Elissa Dowling – Absolute Evil, DREAD, The Theatre Bazaar
Gary Busey – Lethal Weapon, Pirahna 3DD, Point Break, Predator II, Silver Bullet
George Kosana – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Haunted Hotties (TV show) – Courtney Landers, Julie Anne, Kayla Kizer, Kayla Perkins
J. Larose – Insidious, Saw III
Jake Busey – Identity, Starship Troopers, The Frighteners
Jeff Burr – PumpkinHead II, Puppetmaster IV, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
Jeremy Ambler – The Crazies (appearance sponsored by Dead Winter Horror Convention)
John Russo – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Laurence Harvey – Human Centipede II
Lily White – Official MC for Days of the Dead II: The Dead Walk Convention in Atlanta
Linnea Quigley – Night of the Demons I & II, The Return of the Living Dead
Mark Patton – Nightmare on Elm Street II
Micah Sloat – Paranormal Activity I & II
Nick Principe – Laid to Rest I & II
Nivek Ogre – REPO: Genetic Opera, Skinny Puppy (industrial band)
Patterson Lundquist – World Famous Elvira Impersonator & Co-Star of The Search for the Next Elvira
PJ Soles – Halloween, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
Roddy Piper – Hell Comes to Frogtown, They Live, Wrestling Superstar
Taafe O’Connell – Galaxy of Terror, New Year’s Evil
Tom Woodruff Jr – Aliens vs Predator, Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, Terminator
Tyler Mane – Rob Zombie’s Halloween I & II, X-Men
Sid Haig – Galaxy of Terror, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects
Zombies from The Walking Dead (TV show) – Ashleigh Jo Sizemore, Charles Casey, Keisha Tillis, Larry Mainland, Melissa Cowan, Michael Koske (appearance sponsored by The Source Online), Rodney Hall (appearance sponsored by The Source Online), Sonya Thompson
**Please note: All guest appearances are confirmed but subject to possible cancellation due to professional obligations
and opportunities beyond the control of DAYS OF THE DEAD.**
Days of The Dead Vendors:
Horror business vendors will be selling their merch in the vendor room and will hold the same hours as the convention (Friday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. VIP Pass holders will have early entry into the vendor room each day.) If you are interested in becoming a vendor contact Days of the Dead as soon as possible – pre-sale for vendor spaces ends on February 27, 2012.
Artists: 8Bit Monsters, Abyssmal Art, Altered Image Tattoo, Belligerent Monkey, Bonnie Rotten, Brad Parton Alpha Sketch, Cementary Prints, Chris Kuchta, Creature Seeker Studios, Diamond *Star*Halo, Dark Garden, Goddamn Zombie, Haunted Hotties, Jabb Pictures, Josh Hull, Judge Hydrogen, K4F Gloves, Little Dead Things, London 1888, Mad Hatter, Maniac Films, Murder Pinups, Oblivion FX, Sam Flegal, Shane Oglesby, Silver Scream Spookshow, TurnTabling.net, Western Evil
Convention: Spooky Empire
Horror: From Dusk Til Con
Magazine: Girls & Corpses, Stiff
Merchants: ESE Supplies, Galaxy of Junk, Hollywood Book & Poster, HorrorMerch, KittyVamp, Paranormal Babies, Source Online, T-Shirt Bordello, The Wright Stuff Collectibles
Weekend Pass $40
General Admission for a 1-Day Pass $20
VIP Package $199 (limited to 100)
- Admission to all 3 days
- 6 mo. Subscription to Fangoria magazine
- 1 Free guest autograph
- 1 Free Days of the Dead: Atlanta limited edition art print
- 1 Free The Walking Dead inspired limited edition art print
- Exclusive admission to Saturday night VIP soiree
- Exclusive Days of the Dead VIP Goody Bag
- Preferred seating throughout the whole weekend
- Limited edition Days of the Dead: Atlanta VIP t-shirt
- Limited edition Days of the Dead: Atlanta lanyard and badge
- More perks & goodies TBA!
Hotels Start at $99/ room
If you have any questions about Days of the Dead II: The Dead Walk in Atlanta – whether you are looking for additional information, vendor info, or questions about guest bookings – then fill out this web form: http://www.daysofthedead.net/atlanta/contact
Days of the Dead II: The Dead Walk – Atlanta
March 9 – 11, 2012
2443 Hwy 54 West
Peachtree City, GA 30269
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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