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Your First March Weekend Is In Like A Lion!

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What is it they say about March… in like a lion out like a lamb or vice versa? Well, here is March roaring in this weekend with a few hot spots for ya!

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Faster Pussycat with Super Hooligan, Jackhammer, Years of Sorrow
Head on over to the Masquerade for sleazy metal bands all night long! The bill includes Super Hooligan, Jackhammer, Years of Sorrow, and headliner Faster Pussycat. Super Hooligan is an energetic rock band heavy with elements of indie, grunge, and punk, held together by big hooks and infectious choruses. Jackhammer cranks out raw rock ‘n’ roll that will rock your face off. Years of Sorrow boasts an monster sound with great riffs, slamming breakdowns, wicked guitar solos, and melodic sing-along choruses. Sleazy Hollywood metal band and headliner, Faster Pussycat, has been making trashy glam metal and explosive alternative rock since 1987. The resurging interest in ‘80’s glam pop caused Faster Pussycat to reunite for this tour. This is an all ages show (21+ to drink) in Heaven. $10 in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Masquerade
695 North Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 577-8178

Patterson West with Allatoona at The Local in Marietta
Enjoy southern fried rock ‘n’ roll with hints of blues and classic rock Friday night at The Local at Sidelines in Marietta will have Allatoona opening for Patterson West. 18+, but 21+ to drink. Doors open at 8 p.m.

http://thelocalatsidelines.com/
The Local Music Hall
1440 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 509-3320

Cineprov! pokes fun at Godzilla Versus Mothra
Experience fun movie night mockery with the crew of Cineprov! Friday night, they will be making fun of the movie Godzilla Versus Mothra 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.

http://cineprov.com/
Cineprov!

http://www.relapsecomedy.com/
Relapse Theatre
380 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 246-3805

The Hot Carltons at Medlock Tavern
If you are hanging out in Norcross on Friday night, go check out The Hot Carltons at the Tavern at Medlock. The Hot Carltons are a four-piece band that plays out purely for the sake of good music and a good time!

Tavern at Medlock
3230 Medlock Bridge
Norcross, GA 30092
(770) 242-2757

Mon Cherie’s Hindu Fest – Belly Dancing & Body Modification Show
Continuing on with her theme of destination tours, Mon Cherie and The Shelter Atlanta host this Indian-inspired night. Expect belly dancers, body modification, burlesque, and possibly a drag show thrown in the mix. Featured performers: Stormy Knight, Mr Eagle – Chandler Bearden, Mina, Ashlie Page, Blucifer Dhalia, Hada Pixie, Renee Storm, Katy Malmquist, and Kitty von Kaye. 21+ only. $7 cover. Doors open at 9 p.m.

http://theshelteratl.com/
The Shelter
2101 Tula Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 694-7435

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Run For Your Lives!
All day on Saturday, you can Run For Your Lives! in a live action zombie 5k race. Participants will have to run through an obstacle course and avoid having zombies eat their flags. (Think flag football with zombies.) At the current moment, registration is still open for Spectators until the day before the big obstacle course race (Spectator registration ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 2, 2012). The cost to be a Spectator is $32 per person (children 10 and under are free). Spectators are welcome to watch the race, take pictures, cheer on their friends, and party down at the Apocalypse Party. (Registration for the event began three months prior and has officially closed for race participants, zombies, and volunteers.) There is a $10 charge for parking.

http://runforyourlives.com/locations/atlanta-georgia/

Run for Your Lives – Atlanta
Durhantown Plantation Sports Complex
2350 Randolph Church Road
Union Point, GA 30669
(1 hour 45 minutes east of Atlanta)

First Annual Atlanta Dance Marathon
Need to get your dance on? 13.1 hours of music, food, games, and festivities will happen this Saturday at Zoo Atlanta. The Atlanta Dance Marathon benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. So, “dance for those who can’t” by joining up! Benefits include: Supporting the patients of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; free meals and entertainment for 13.1 hours; behind the scenes tour of Zoo Atlanta; live music from local bands; exercise as you learn new dances – everything from hip-hop to country line dancing; an awesome ATL Dance Marathon t-shirt (exclusive to dancers); and meeting new people and creating new memories! Dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Registration cut off is on Friday, March 2 at 11:45 p.m. Registration is $15 per dancer.

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Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30315

Email: laurenb@atlantadancemarathon.com
www.atldancemarathon.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

The Masquerade & Sweetwater Present: Dr. Dog with Purling Hiss at The Buckhead Theatre
TBB’s Editor Amber Amick is super totally over the moon for Dr. Dog! Find out why on Sunday at The Buckhead Theatre. They play psychedelic indie rock with iconic hats and infectious tunes. Wanna read Amber gush about the band? Check her love out here: http://atlanta.thebackstagebeat.com/2012/03/dr-dog-this-sunday-sunday-sunday/ Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.70 each.

www.drdogmusic.com/

http://www.thebuckheadtheatre.com/
The Buckhead Theatre
3110 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 843-2825

The Walking Dead Viewing Party!
Every Sunday, Diesel Filling Station in Atlanta hosts the Walking Dead viewing party. As always, they are hosting a canned food drive – bring in canned food items in order to trade for sponsored shots of Fireball or Jagermeister or for raffle tickets to win gory zombie prizes. Party starts at 7 p.m. The Walking Dead TV show starts at 9 p.m. and the party goes until the bar is closed.

http://www.dieselatlanta.com
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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