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Your R-Rated Weekend of Ghouls, Girls, and Gritty Prohibition Era Ragtime!

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Parents, leave your kids at home because this weekend is full of r-rated entertainment from ghouls to girls to gritty prohibition era ragtime to bump ‘n’ grinding it on the dance floor – you are sure to find something naughty and scandalous to get into this weekend.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

 

Mon Cherie Presents Mad Lib-Ations at the Corner Tavern in Little Five Points

On Thursday night, you can get prizes for keeping your mind in the gutter with Mon Cherie Presents “Mad Lib-Ations,” where you will be able to play an adult form of Mad Libs with other tavern goers. The game happens at Corner Tavern in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. There will be nine rounds of game play with three prizes per round. The last round will start at 11:30 p.m. DJ Rev Andy will be spinning your favorite alternative tunes all night long.

www.moncheriepresents.com

www.thecornertavern.com

Corner Tavern

1174 Euclid Avenue

Atlanta, GA

(404) 521-0667

 

Black Daniels, Posey & The Party Pirates, Campaign, She Rides (RI) at The Highlander

Punk rock your night out with Black Daniels, Posey & The Party Pirates, Campaign, and She Rides (RI) at Midtown Music Hall located in the Highlander in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. $5 cover.

http://www.thehighlanderatlanta.com

The Highlander

931 Monroe Drive

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 872-0060

 

Days of the Dead Atlanta Pre-Show Party with The First Jason

Get your pre-party on for the Days of the Dead II convention on Thursday night in Newnan!  The first Jason Voorhees will host the Days of the Dead Atlanta pre-show party at Jekyll and Hyde’s Sports Bar in Newnan, Georgia. (The Days of the Dead con will be held in Newnan’s neighboring city of Peachtree City.) Atlanta’s own horror icon, Circus Envy, will emcee the event that starts off with a parade of costumes, Goddamn Zombie (band) playing their horror tunes, the first Jason, scary karaoke, and a midnight bikini zombie contest. The bar also has a room full of pool tables and BBQ. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until past midnight.

http://www.jekyllandhydessportsbar.com

Jekyll & Hyde’s Sports Bar

10 The Boulevard, Suite 101

Newnan, GA 30263

(770) 683-5000

 

Southern Fried Burlesque Festival

Starting Thursday night, the girls and their girls will be out in full force for the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur hotel. The fun starts on 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night with an open cocktail reception, a newbie burlesque talent showcase, and “Have Tassels Will Travel” – a one-woman improv play about the life and times of a burlesque star who traveled around the world as Satan’s Angel aka “The Devil’s Own Mistress,” who was the originator of fire tassel twirling. Friday will start early at 9 a.m. with vendors selling their burlesque, vaudeville, and variety star wares; along with classes being offered by performers, legends, and other industry professionals including movement, make-up, hair, and business; and then the evening’s Free Range Burlesque International Showcase with a bevy of beauties from around the world (including featured performances by Burlesque Legends Satan’s Angel, Shannon Doah, and Gabriella Maze; neo-burlesque stars Perle Noire, the Black Pearl and headlined by The Queen of the Quake, Miss Exotic World 2002, Kitten De Ville). There will be vendors and classes on Saturday as well, along with Southern Fried Burlesque Fest Pageant to see who’s the best in burlesque, vaudeville, and variety, topped off by the crowning of The Southern Fried Burlesque Queen. Performers will be competing to win categories, including Best Duet, Group, Variety, and the Southern Fried Burlesque King and Queen. The Pageant will also include a farewell performance by the first ever Southern Fried Burlesque Queen, Siren Santina. Later in the evening on Saturday, there will be the Southern Scorcher Showcase to see homegrown talent from all over the South, including a special performance by Sadie Hawkins from Blast-Off Burlesque and headlined by Atlanta native Vagina Jenkins. Sunday rounds out the fest with more vendors and lastly a Burlesque Legends panel where the audience can asks questions of the performers. All skill and interest levels are welcome to attend this festival, as well as supporters or admirers of the art of burlesque, and all genders are welcome to attend all the events and classes too!

www.southernfriedburlesquefest.com

http://www.courtyarddecatur.com/

Courtyard Atlanta Decatur

Downtown/Emory

134 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 371-0204

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9

 

Days of the Dead II Convention: The Dead Walk – Atlanta at Wyndham Peachtree in Peachtree City, GA

The most anticipated horror convention in the south is being held this weekend starting on Friday night and ending on Sunday. You will be able to see stand-up comedy by headliner “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (of Hell Comes to Frogtown, They Live, and Wrestling Superstar) on Friday night; screenings of horror movies, including the torture-ific Human Centipede II with its star Laurence Harvey; meet some zombies from the TV show The Walking Dead; see fans’ costumes; and meet other horror celebrities. For the full run down, check out my preview in TBB’s March mini mag or online:

http://atlanta.thebackstagebeat.com/2012/02/days-of-the-dead/

 

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers at The Strand in Marietta

The addictive sounds of Blair Crimmins and The Hookers will be invading the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta this Friday night. Back by popular Marietta demand, this band will bring their brand of gritty ragtime and ‘20’s and ‘30’s swing back to their fans. Dress up in your prohibition era finest and get ready to dance the night away. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

http://www.blaircrimminsandthehookers.com/

www.Earlsmithstrand.org

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

117 North Park Square NE

Marietta, GA 30060

 

Gentleman Jesse & His Men LP Release Show at The Earl

http://www.badearl.com

The Earl

488 Flat Shoal Avenue

East Atlanta, GA 30316

 

Ritual’s Pirate Dance Party at The Shelter

If you have the guts for it, come out on Friday night for Ritual’s Pirate Party at The Shelter. All buccaneers, carousers, renegades, and scallywags are invited to hoist the Jolly Roger and get down to some booty shakin’ tunes spun by DJs Caz10 and Catt Ninetails. $10 cover charge. 21+ only. Free parking.

http://www.TheShelterAtl.com

The Shelter Atlanta

2101 Tula Street NW

Atlanta, GA 30309

 

First Fridays by IRIS at the Jungle Club in Atlanta

Dance your Friday night away with First Fridays by IRIS at the Jungle Club in Atlanta. Boasting the very best in talent, sound, lighting, lasers and visuals, and stage performers. DJ’s will include Mark Instinct, AK1200, Heroes x Villians vs. Mayhem (tag team set), Eddie Gold, MANTIS, Supaphreshh, Bad Robotz, Sikora, NextofKin aka D-Lemma, MK Ultra, Ralph & Loui, and Eyeronik. There will be stilt walkers, confetti cannons, cryogenics, tons of decorations, go-go dancers, breakers, and girls! Dance to dubstep, drum & bass, electro, breaks, and house music. General admission is $15. 21+ only.

www.jungleclubatlanta.com/

Jungle Club

2115 Faulkner Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30324

 

Chamber of Horrors’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Torture Lounge at Days of the Dead Atlanta

Looking for an adults only party at Days of the Dead II con in Atlanta? Then hit up the Chamber of Horrors Rock ‘n’ Roll Torture Lounge on Friday for a night of punk and horror rock spun by DJ Reverend Andy, ambiance provided by the crew from Chamber of Horrors, and ghoulish gals spinning the Wheel of Torture to see if you can win prizes. This free party starts at 11:30 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m.

www.DaysoftheDead.net/atlanta/

Wyndham Peachtree Hotel & Conference

2443 Highway 54 West

Peachtree City, GA 30269

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

The Walking Dead Viewing Party at Diesel Filling Station

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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