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NYE Downtown Countdown!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Well, almost…. but it is time to start planning

NYE Downtown Countdown!

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

CENTENNIAL BALLROOM – 90’s & Beyond

The Vegabonds 9:00 – 9:45pm
A Southern rock band from Nashville, TN, The Vegabonds are known for “makin’ yo’ mama move and shake”. Indie-music.com ranked The Vegabonds one of the ‘Top 25 Unsigned Bands of 2011’, and a group that will be “redefining southern rock!”
Generation Now 10:15 – 11:30pm
Generation NOW! is Atlanta’s favorite dance band featuring covers of your favorite top 40 hits from the late 90’s and now! You’ll lose your mind on the dance floor while they throw down all your favorites from Ke$ha, Lady GaGa, Katy Perry, Neon Trees, Blink 182, CeeLo, & more!
MIDNIGHT COUNTDOWN & BALLOON DROP 11:45pm – Midnight
Say goodbye to 2012 in style with thousands of your new best friends at Atlanta’s largest balloon drops, located in the two main ballrooms!
Ill Communication 12:00am – 1:30am
The Beastie Boys are one of the longest lived hip hop acts in the history of the genre. Since forming in the early 80’s, they have enjoyed both critical and commercial acclaim for their ability to mix live instrumentation with samples into a production style which can only be called their own. Ill Communication is a tribute to the talent, the brilliance, and the “fight for your right to party” mentality of this phenomenal band. Consisting of a full live band, DJ samples, and three MC’s, Ill Communication brings all the sound of the Beastie Boys’ greatest hits and their wild presence to the stage
DVDJ CRUSH   (in between sets)
Known for his HIGH ENERGY video remixes, DVDJ CRUSH travels the world to work with the industry’s most viable music artists and producers including Usher, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Lil Jon, The Disco Fries, Clinton Sparks, & Fatman Scoop. From London, Japan, and Paris to Las Vegas, New York, & Atlanta, DVDJ Crush brings his one-of-a-kind custom audio/video creations to life by re-mixing and scratching the hottest music videos, cartoons, TV commercials, and movie clips for high profile nightclubs and celebrity events.

REGENCY VI – 70s Disco & Funk

The Highballs  9:00-10:00pm, 10:15-11:15pm, 12:00-12:45am
The popular Athens retro-pop outfit will be bringing you a groovelicious evening of dance classics from the era of funk and disco. Flashback to the days of polyester, bell bottoms and platform shoes. Disco down and check out the show.
DJ Dave of Jammin’ DJs Between Sets
DJ JAMMIN’ Dave, discovering the passion for sound and music in college, has lead him to a respected position in entertainment performance and management. As the owner of JAMMIN’ DJs, he currently is one of the top requested disc jockey entertainers in Atlanta for special events including weddings, corporate parties, clubs, high school and college dances. JAMMIN’ Dave has been a choice favorite as as part of the mobile crew for local radio stations All the Hits Q100 and 95.5 the Beat and has spun at Twisted Taco, 1150, Velvet Room, Jack Rabbit Lounge, and the In Like Flynn- Summer Pool Parties at the Hyatt. His enthusiasm and ability to connect with his people during the events help define his edge at keeping the dance floor packed and pleasing the crowd.

REGENCY VII – 80s Party & Dance

The Cheesebrokers 9:00-10:00pm, 10:15-11:15pm, 12:00-12:45am
Once upon a time a band came up with the idea of creating an 80’s band based on the cheesy MTV songs. The band dressed in parachute pants, handkerchiefs around their necks, gelled up hair and all the 80’s garb you might remember and began playing the fraternity party circuit in Alabama. This band known as The Cheesebrokers will blow you away with those classic MTV hits from that era this New Year’s Eve.
DJ JOEL of Lethal Rhythms  Between Sets
Joel Rabe specializes in live mash ups, intricate mixing and packed dance floors! This will the 7th Year for Joel at the Downtown Countdown. If you have seen his video mixes in the past, you will recall his unique mix-up style. This year he will be incorporating a format that will bring back classics from the 80’s & 90’s and the hottest tracks of today. Joel can be seen in events ranging from Atlanta to New York to The Dominican Republic to Cancun to Miami. If you are looking for that DJ who will give you that Dance-Floor feel that you’ve been missing in the Atlanta scene, this is your opportunity! Check out his mixes on his website or Soundcloud.

PUNCHLINE COMEDY LOUNGE

COMEDIANS SUBJECT TO CHANGE     9:00-10:00pm, 10:30-11:30pm

JUSTIN MORGAN

Justin Morgan is a comedy nerd and comedian who was initially trained in musical, dramatic and improvisational theatre. He utilizes his education along with a wealth of pop culture knowledge, love of jokes and unique storytelling ability to craft his stand-up act.  He now resides in New York City.

MIA JACKSON

Mia Jackson, a native of Columbus, Georgia and a self proclaimed know it all, wondered what would happen if she took her sense of humor to the stage. After graduating from University of Georgia she hit the local comedy scene and has thrilled audiences since day one. To her credit she has appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly & TLC’s Wild Weddings.

DAN WEEKS

Dan Weeks has crafted a style that’s anything but ordinary. Whether delivering a punchy 1 liner, or a well paced, hilarious story, Dan is sure to keep audiences laughing.

GILBERT LAWAND

Gilbert Lawand has performed in clubs all over the country including the LA’s famous Hollywood Improv & Comedy Store, San Jose Improv, Denver Improv, Comedy Works, as well home based Atlanta clubs the Punchline, Funny Farm, and Laughing Skull.

 

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Each all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • 5 1/2 hour premium open bar (8:30pm – 2am)
  • Heavy hors d’ouvres, carving and pasta stations (9-11pm)
  • Late night breakfast and access to all party areas (except VIP)
  • Atlanta’s Largest Balloon Drops at Midnight, Decorations, Party Favors
  • 4,000 of your closest friends with whom to celebrate 2012!

ACCESS TO MULTIPLE PARTY AREAS

  • Centennial Ballroom – 3 Bands & DJ Crush on Main Stage
  • Regency VI – Cheesebrokers (80’s Cover Band) & DJ Joel of Lethal Rhythms
  • Regency VII – The Highballs (70’s Cover Band) & DJ Dave of Jammin’ DJs
  • Punchline Comedy Lounge – 4 Comedians in The Learning Center

Food & Drink

BAR MENU

(Brands subject to change)
8:30pm – 2am

Premium Bar Serving…

    • (Brands subject to change)
    • 5 1/2 Hour Premium
    • Open Bar Serving…
    • Smirnoff Vodka
    • Tangueray Gin
    • Jose Cuervo Tequilla
    • Crown Royal Whiskey
    • Johnny Walker Red Scotch
    • Myers Platinum Rum
    • Assortment of bottled beer
    • Red Bull
    • Wines:
    • Tapena Tempranillo (Merlot/Pinot Noir Blend)
    • Verdejo (sauvignon Blanc)
    • Champagne:
    • Freixenet Blanc de Blanc
  • Juices, soft drinks & water
  • Champagne bottle cash bar available

FULL DINNER BUFFETS

(Menu subject to change)
9:00pm-11:00pm

Asian Station

  • Stir Fry Chicken with Asian Vegetables
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls w/
  • Sweet Chili Soy Sauce
  • Five ingredient Fried rice

Pasta Stations

  • Rotini & Pene Pastas tossed with Italian Sausage &
  • Peppers
  • Garlic Alfredo Pasta
  • Past with Spicy Arrabiata Sauce

Round of Beef Carving Station

  • Served with Herbed aioli, Horseradish sauce, Au Jus,
  • Whole Grain Mustard & Silver Dollar Rolls

LATE NIGHT BREAKFAST

  • Fresh Scrambled Eggs
  • Apple Smoked bacon
  • Crispy Homestyle Potatoes
  • Assorted Pastries
  • Juice and Coffee

 

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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Dance

“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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