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Your Revival Weekend of Circus Oddities, Tim Burton Macabre, Sloppy Seconds, and Mullets!

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Now that we are finally getting some nice weather in Atlanta, it’s time to venture out and cause some trouble! (Ok, well, as much trouble as one can cause while sneezing out pollen.) Whether you are looking for a punk rock weekend or want to go run away with the circus OR want to sport a non-hip mullet for a good cause – this is YOUR weekend to have a good time!

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

 

The Revival Tour at The Masquerade

Come out on Friday night to hear Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio, In The Emergency Room), Tommy Gabel (Against Me!), and longtime Lucero collaborator Cory Branan, and renowned singer/songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff get together to perform naked acoustic songs in the mindset of an Americana revival folk tradition. Structured in the form of old-fashion folk musician get-togethers, The Revival Tour will offer a participating musicians the opportunity to collaborate and jam to create unique once-in-a-lifetime moments of brilliance every single night of the tour. The tour is sponsored by Daytrotter, Paste Magazine, Ernie Ball and Brixton Clothing. Tickets are $15 in advance. This is an all-ages show in Hell at The Masquerade. Parking is $5. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Chuck Ragan (of Hot Water Music)
Dan Andriano (of Alkaline Trio and In The Emergency Room)
Tommy Gabel (Against Me!)
Cory Branan

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

Cineprov! Pokes Fun at The Pilot Episode of 21 Jump Street

Friday movie night mockery continues as Cineprov! presents the pilot episode 21 Jump Street (starring a  young, hot Johnny Depp). The movie will be screened at the Relapse Theater. The bar opens at 7 p.m. and the movie show laughs start at 8 p.m. Popcorn will also be for sale. Tickets are $10; students and military (with ID) are $5.

Cineprov!

Relapse Theater
380 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 246-3805

The Imperial House of OPA!

Looking for a different type of entertainment for your Friday or Saturday night? Then check out The Imperial OPA circus, which is full of extraordinary humans doing remarkable and unusual circus style tricks. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. with “Breaking Point” (a favorite of the local Renaissance Fair in Atlanta) for a 30 minute performance that will leave you laughing out loud. Then at 9:15 p.m., the doors will be shut and you will be locked in for The House of OPA. There will be a 15 minute intermission at some point during the show and during that time you can witness live fire acts outside. Fire performances will also end the show too. General admission is $15 advance and $20 at the door. VIP admission is $30 advance and $40 at the door. A table up front for four people is $150 in advance and $180 at the door, which includes 4 tickets, a table close to the stage, and other treats too! For $100, you can become a Sponsor and receive the same treatment as a VIP plus a profuse “thank you” listing in their program guide. For $1,000, you can become a Producer, receiving the same treatment as a Sponsor plus admission to the cast wrap party for you and five friends (to be held the following Wednesday night).

The Imperial OPA!

The Arts Exchange
750 Kalb Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 624-4211
(770) 621-2686

Sloppy Seconds Rocks Out The Highlander

Punk rock your Friday night out as Promote Chaos presents Sloppy Seconds in Atlanta with openers Flat Tires and The Nervous Jerks. Sloppy Seconds formed in the mid-1980’s and has been playing Ramones and Dickies style punk rock ever since then. This Indianapolis-based band plays songs about pornography, classic horror movies, old TV shows, comic books, alcohol, being fat, and getting drunk. Punk rock openers The Flat Tires (Hickory, N.C.) and The Nervous Jerks (Atlanta) will play it loud and fast to get you revved up for the main act. Midtown Music Hall is located in The Highlander. 21 and up only with valid ID. Tickets are $13 advance (+ $1 paypal fee = $14 each) or $15 at the door.

Sloppy Seconds
Flat Tires
The Nervous Jerks

The Highlander
931 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0060

Tim Burton Themed Aries Bash at Jungle Club

Local Atlanta party promoter, Jsin Secretroom, is holding his annual birthday celebration bash at the Jungle Club this Friday night. The theme is Tim Burton, so wear anything Tim Burton movie themed or retro-Victorian, superhero, monsters, zombies, Pee-Wee/Circus – basically anything that’s unusual and not boring! Throughout the night, there will be an erotic burlesque stage shows and theatrics by Ruby Luster of Tampa and Evil Sarah. Paul Mercer will play live show music during the performances. DJ Nemesis (of Boston), DJ Omac (of NYC), and DJ/VJ Anthony will be spinning the best in electro, EDM, synthpop, ‘80’s remixes, and high energy dance music to keep you moving in the club. Tim Burton videos will be played all night long on multiple screens. At some point during the night, there will be a neo-Victorian steampunk couture fashion show by House of Canney. Additional entertainment will be provided by go-go boys and girls dancing all night long. Vendors Jezebel Blue and Aries Chain Mail & Leather will be there selling jewelry and Mystic Tarot readings can be bought by Doc Lazlo. Doors open at 10 p.m. Dress to impress! $10 before midnight and $15 after midnight. Free for March birthdays until midnight. VIP list is open until midnight only. 21 and up only. Free parking.

Jungle Club Atlanta
2115 Faulkner Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(504) 638-8198

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

 

The Backstage Beat Presents Fauxllet Fest at Sidelines in Marietta

On Saturday, March 24th all hair will break loose for Fauxllet Fest 2012: Faux Mullets, Faux Bands, Real Fun! It is kind of like a costume party, but with mullets, laughter, and rockin’ out for a good cause – Locks of Love. So get your business in the front and party in the back on with us because there will be prizes given away for the best mullets and more. From 8 p.m. until 9 p.m., Rogue Hair Studio (Woodstock, GA) will be providing free haircuts to people who are willing to donate their locks to Locks of Love. The bands will cover a variety of music, including The Police Tribute by The Outlaws of Love, Judas Priest by Priest Unleashed, glam rock by The Sexual Side Effects, and Creedence Clearwater Revival by “All the Locals.” Sadie & Sariah will debut their new song, “Can’t Imagine.” You can also get your laughs on with Steph Swain, the duo of HTRosen/Jordan Stylez and last but not least, Bo Micadelic!  Full backline for the evening will be provided by Orange Amps and Kenny Cresswell with Avatar Events Group. There will be a $10 cover charge to join in on the fun. Free parking is available. If you can’t make it out, please consider donating to our The Backstage Beat Locks of Love campaign.

The Outlaws of Love: The Police Tribute
Priest Unleashed: Judas Priest
The Sexual Side Effects
“All the Locals” doing some Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sadie & Sariah
Steph Swain
HTRosen and Jordan Stylez
Bo Micadelic

Locks of Love

The Local Music Hall at Sidelines Marietta
1440 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 509-3320

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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