Archive for July, 2007

Don’t call it "Oktoberfest"…

Because it’s in August and people would just point and laugh. I’m only saying this to help you.

Bierfest will be held @ Atlantic Station on August 25th from 2-8 and rain or shine according to the official website. The site also touts no less than 20 different German beers to be sold as well as…a DJ…and they have a metric assload of sponsors. Check out the site if you must, but more importantly – check out the beer bier.

a diamond not so in the rough.

just a heads up, because i haven’t seen a ton of publicity on it. shara worden, aka my brightest diamond, is going to be doing a pretty intimate in-store at wordsmith books in decatur.

shara collaborated with/backed up genius songwriter sufjan stevens for years and toured as his opening act last year. any of you who caught her at the fox know that the opportunity to hear her in this setting is not to be missed.

for those who didn’t here is a little taste courtesy of youtube:

details:

wordsmith books
141 east trinity place, decatur
wednesday
4 p.m.

Vi-Hi "Charettes"

I was kind of hoping it was somewhere between a briquette and a cigarette, but they insisted on being practical and sticking to the dictionary definition. Apparently (according to someone at the ViHi assoc.), a charette is an interactive meeting with members of the community and the ViHi community is having a few this weekend. Know what else? You’re invited. Seriously. You.

The question: What do you want the North Highland Commercial Strip to look like in 5, 10… 20 years??

More: Beginning this weekend, two charettes will be held to gather community input for creation of a Neighborhood Commercial zoning ordinance that will be submitted to the City. A charette is an interactive meeting with members of the community. Participants will break up into small teams that encourage input from all residents on details such as building heights, uses, and parking. The information will be documented and used to write the proposed zoning ordinance that would eventually get submitted to City Council for a vote.

Charette #1: Saturday, August 4, 2007 9am-2pm
Charette #2: Saturday, September 8, 2007 9am-2pm

Church of our Saviour Meeting Room @ 1068 N. Highland Ave. (next to Chico’s)

Please see http://vahi.org/planning/nc.html for details on this initiative including meeting times and locations.

Don’t go? Don’t wine to me in 5, 10 or 20 years. Smoochies!

hunting deerhunter.

i almost went to the free deerhunter concert at lenny’s friday night, but was so worn out after an insane experience at the midtown ru-san’s that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to go back out.

apparently it wasn’t the safest place to be.

according to a post on the deerhunter blog by frontman bradford cox:

We got a friendly homecoming suprise last night in Atlanta when Lockett and I got robbed at gunpoint after our show at Lenny’s last night. We literally had just walked off the stage and I was pretty wasted. Lockett was trying to take care of me and get me home. He grabbed my guitar and my stuff and we walked to his car which was parked about a block away from Lenny’s because it was so crowded. I heard a commotion behind us but like I said I was pretty out of it. I just opened the door to the car and collapsed in the passenger seat. Then I heard all this yelling and I hear this loud metallic banging on the window and look up and there is a gun in my face and a guy yelling “get the fuck out the car man” I stumbled out and see the other guy has Lockett with his arms spread on the roof of his car and is patting him down. Lockett was begging them to leave me alone. The guy put his gun up to my temple and said “give me EVERYTHING motherfucker I aint fucking with you” I just mumbled something and he put his hands in my pants and took everything I had. My cellphone, my wallet

yikes.

well maybe andy can tell us where the mayor was while one of atlanta’s favorite indie bands was getting robbed at gunpoint after a gig that HAD to have attracted some police attention.

h/t to jamsmooth for the heads up.

Nike Suspends Vick’s Contract

This morning’s New York Times reports that Nike suspended Michael Vick’s contract yesterday. You would have to be living under a rock to have not received an email requesting that you sign a Humane Society petition to ask Nike to drop Vick. Nike hasn’t dropped him, but is suspending the contract until Vick’s case is heard.

I do think Nike is doing the right thing, but I wonder how much the petition had to do with the decision. Nike doesn’t release information on how much Vick’s contract is worth, but it makes me wonder just how much this is hurting Vick’s wallet, and even more, how much the loss of the contract hurts Nike. I am sure it is no small amount, and Nike should be commended for taking a hit to their wallet for doing the right thing. Or maybe Vick has become such a liability that doing the right thing actually saves Nike money in the long run.

Whether or not the petition prompted Nike’s decision, I for one am glad to see such a groundswell of public opinion turning against Vick. I hope he gets every little punishment he deserves and I am enjoying each one that comes down the pike.

The Humane Society is still petitioning the NFL to suspend Vick from playing until this matter has been decided in a court of law. You can sign the petition here.

fast plane to china.

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you probably didn’t know this but atlanta has the nation’s largest and busiest airport without direct access to china. hometown airline delta is attempting to change that having entered a bid for new routes that have opened up to beijing and shanghai (see businessweek here.)

securing these routes is actually a very important thing for our city and it’s emergence as a center of global commerce; and frankly having to get of a plane in o’hare having just flown from shanghai and change planes to come here is a major pain in the ass.

you can help; believe it or not, signs of support from the public weigh in quite a bit in determining who gets awarded these routes.

delta has set up a web site celled next gateway to china where there is a petition you can sign.

give it some thought.

Atlanta Black Arts Festival

Today at lunch I popped over to Atlantic Station with a few co-workers to check out the clothes, art and jewelry on display and to take in a little ambient music. A few of the surface streets are closed to make room for vendor booths, and there’s a stage near the main 17th street entrance where musicans were starting to warm up by way of a loose jam session. While the Friday lunch traffic/attendance was low, it was still promising and we watched it swell even as we closed in on 1:15. I’m sure they’ll be swarms of folks there over the weekend, but all I have to say is “ha! I got there first and got *the* cutest dress for $60!” (insert Nelson ha-ha here).

Swing by tonight if you can, there are some really amazing deals to be found on incredible work and you know they’re not going to last.

Summary of event (what’s left of it, it started on the 20th):

10 a.m.-9 p.m. through Sunday, July 29.

Includes artists market, literary festival, education/children/family programming, the Pan African Film Festival. Also, dance, musical, theater and visual arts events. Venues include Greenbriar Mall, Clark Atlanta University, Atlantic Station, Hammonds House, Woodruff Arts Center, Fox Theater, Horizon Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, Rialto Arts Center, Balzer Theater and Tabernacle.

Brew Pub Restrooms

Holy crap. I haven’t been to the brew pub in Little Five Points since last Fall. I’ll be honest – their restrooms have been disturbingly nasty for years. I got up from the table to break the seal (three pints for me, if you are counting) and went to the restrooms. First of all, I almost went into the Men’s, which if I recall correctly, is where the Women’s used to be located, on the left of the hallway. Then, upon opening the door to the new Women’s restroom, I could have keeled over at the joy. Multiple stalls. Clean floors, clean walls, two sinks, and I could have danced Swan Lake there in the middle of the bathroom.

Kudos to Brew Pub for a great (and much-needed) renovation. Also, big thumbs up to our totally awesome waiter, Cody.

mv pleads ng.

not that this is any surprise, but michael vick and his co-defendents have pled not guilty to all the charges in the federal indictment against them (ajc here.)

vick’a attorney made a the usual ‘we’re going to prove he is innocent of these horrible charges’ statements on the courthouse steps and mv’s mom was there to show support.

it’s almost part of the high-profile trial script now.

perhaps the only surprising piece of news was the government’s announcement it would enter a ‘superceding indictment’ suggesting that more charges may be filed.

the court of public opinion is also pretty heavily turning against vick, with even the criminal records weekly newsletter bringing it up….

Muppets Take Atlanta

If you’re as much of a fan of Jim Henson’s Muppets as I am, then you’ll cheer the news that the Henson family and the Jim Henson Foundation are letting The Center for Puppetry Arts display many of the puppets and props that brought The Muppets into our pop culture vernacular [NY TImes] [AJC].

We’ll be waiting until 2012 until we have a Henson wing at the The Center for Puppetry Arts, but I’m just glad that they’ll be on display somewhere instead of cold storage.

UPDATE: Video and photos of the press conference! [Thanks to Andrew and Josh Phillipson, respecitively]

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