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2012 St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Events Without Shamrocks in Atlanta

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Okay, so St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us and I know that not everyone wants to drink and drown his or her shamrocks in tall glasses of Guinness or Jameson. What’s a bah humbug, non-Irish soul to do this weekend besides try to avoid the Friday night traffic that President Obama and his aides will be bringing into our dear city? Rock out, of course!

FRIDAY, MARCH 16th

 

Colin Hay at the Variety Playhouse

Colin Hay is probably best known as the lead singer for Men at Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the ‘80’s. You may remember their classic anthems, such as “Down Under,” “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Overkill.” Following the bands success, Hay moved to Los Angeles in 1989 and has since made 11 solo albums. His resurgence back into mainstream popularity has the popular show Scrubs and the movie Garden State to thank for inclusion on both soundtracks and a guest spot on Scrubs. He is currently on tour for his 2011 album, Gathering Mercury. Colin Hay was one of my all time favorite shows in 2011 and I really look forward to hearing his antecdotes, singer-songwriter style, and amazing voice again this year! If you get a chance, I’d highly recommend that you not miss this show!

Colin Hay

Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 521-1786

El Caminos CD Release Party for Get to the Top at The Star Bar

Head on out to The Star Bar on Friday night if you need a great night of rock ‘n’ roll. Little 5 Points Rock Star Orchestra and The F’n Heartbreaks will open up for The El Caminos CD release party. All bands have a punk rock sound, except The F’n Heartbreaks, which offer up a ‘60’s style harmonizing girl trio with synchronized dance moves backed by several talented musicians. The El Caminos are reminiscent of the good ol’ punk rock days when The Ramones held the top spot in everyone’s hearts. After The El Caminos play, Jade Lemons & The Crimson Lust will headline and close the show. CDs, stickers, t-shirts and other merch items will be available for sale. Doors open at 8 p.m. The first band will go on at 9:30 p.m. $8 cover charge at the door.

The Little Five Points Rock Star Orchestra

The F’n Heartbreaks

The El Caminos

Jade Lemons & The Crimson Lust

Star Bar
437 Moreland Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 637-5209

Cineprov! Presents Leprechaun In The Hood

Movie night mockery for St. Patrick’s Day weekend will begin on Friday night with Cineprov! ripping into Leprechaun In The Hood. The movie will be screened at The Relapse Theatre. Bar opens at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Popcorn is also for sale. Tickets are $10; students and military (with ID) are $5.

Cineprov!

Relapse Theatre
380 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 246-3805

ALL WEEEKEND: FRIDAY, MARCH 16 – SUNDAY, MARCH 18th

 

MomoCon

MomoCon is a convention showcasing panels, contests, workshops, fans, and industry professionals from Japanese animation, video games, analog games, costuming, comic books, American animation, and pop-culture. MomoCon is a great family event, appropriate for all ages, with three full days of events and features, along with thousands of fans!

MomoCon
Friday, March 16th: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, March 17th: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, March 18th: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303

SATURDAY , MARCH 17th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Have a safe and wonderful day – may the luck of the Irish be with you!!
St. Patty’s Day Parties!

SUNDAY, MARCH 18th

 

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Viewing Party at Diesel Filling Station
The season two finale of The Walking Dead will happen this Sunday, March 18th at 9 p.m. on AMC. Because the season two finale is approaching at rapid pace, much faster than your average walker, Diesel Filling Station is enforcing a mandatory quarantine of all the living during its viewing party for the season two finale of The Walking Dead. Lock down is from 7 p.m. until midnight at Diesel Filling Station in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. The Society of Zombie Assassins along with a special guest – a key The Walking Dead cast member – will be securing the building from zombie attacks. This event takes the quarantine one step further and in an effort to reserve generator power, only the ATM and televisions will be operational. Rations or meals will be prepared outside on the grill and all purchases must be paid in cash. The limited food menu will include burgers, hot dogs, snowballs, and chips – anything that the Diesel crew was able to scavenge around town while avoiding the hungry zombie hordes. Unlike perishable food, the Diesel crew knows that beer is important to the survival of mankind. With this in mind, the full beer menu will be available, along with copious amounts of Jagermeister and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. Survivors are asked to bring in canned food items to help stockpile the compound for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In exchange, Diesel will provide one raffle ticket per canned item of food donated. Raffle items include zombie survival items as well as rare The Walking Dead memorabilia.


Diesel Filling Station

870 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 815-1820

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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