Within hours of veteran actress Elizabeth Taylor's death at age 79 Wednesday, Atlanta-based Turner Classic Movies had finalized plans for a on-air tribute. On Sunday, April 10, TCM has rearranged its schedule to air 24 hours of Taylor's finest films, beginning at 6 a.m. with her first film, the 1943 family flick "Lassie Come Home." The tribute will end with an April 11 4 a.m. airing of "Ivanhoe" from 1952.
At age 84, veteran actress Cloris Leachman has an Oscar, nine Emmys, a best-selling autobiography and a string of hit TV shows on her resume. Luckily for us, the woman does not possess a filter for her thoughts before they mischieveously sneak out of her mouth.
Forget the namesake of "J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan" currently taking off eight times a week in the round at the 360-degree tented theater downtown at Pemberton Place. We'd wager that most of the wide-eyed kids in the crowd would rather be Tinkerbell as portrayed by UCLA graduate Emily Yetter when they refuse to grow up.
At 7:25 Wednesday morning, Q100 news director Melissa Carter announced to listeners she would depart The Bert Show next month at the end of her current contract. A decade ago, Carter became the first out lesbian on the city's morning airwaves when she joined Bert Weiss, Jeff Dauler and former "Real World Seattle" cast member Lindsay Brien to debut The Bert Show in March 2001.
In 2009, an eighty-three-year-old pipe organ was sitting in an Illinois attic belonging to John Near’s parents—a bit of a miracle, given that the instrument’s thirteen-ton weight should have sent it crashing to the basement. Near had owned the organ—called a Barton
Richard Goodsell darts about his English Avenue–area workshop, past the piles of speakers and vacuum tubes he uses to create his boutique guitar amps. (Vince Gill and Big Boi are just a few of his fans.) He grabs a guitar: “Do you want to strap on the other Telecaster?” asks the fifty-two-year-old. “That way we’re both holding an instrument and relating on that level. I’m all about that kind of thing.”
So have her ambitions. There’s now a Broke Socialite event series (the Sugar Coma sweets tour is the most popular), and last December she organized the Lavish! conference, a national social media event that focused on the likes of fashion, beauty, home decor, and travel.
If you’re at the market this month selecting some fresh cauliflower or endive, and a deep baritone behind you suddenly belts out the opening lines to “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy & Bess, feel free to join other shoppers in the call-and-response: “Wadoo, zim bam boddle-oo/Hoodle ah da wa da/Scatty wah!” You have been fortunate enough to catch a Pop-up Opera from the Atlanta Opera.