When Andrew Young moved to Atlanta in 1961, restaurants and hotels were still segregated. He couldn’t eat in the lunchrooms at Rich’s or Davison's (later Macy’s). A couple years later, when his colleague Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize and a dinner was held at the Dinkler Plaza Hotel to celebrate, many Atlantans were outraged by the bi-racial guest list. Mayor Ivan Allen and execs from Coca-Cola had to strong-arm local business leaders to take part.
Last night I talked with some of Atlanta's leading experts on contemporary art, design, and architecture. During our "Atlanta Embraces Modernism" panel discussion, they weighed in on whether the city reflects a modern spirit.
I was drawn to this 11 Alive online story by the appalling headline "Transvestite prostitutes becoming more violent in Midtown." For Pete's and Patricia's sake, the headline isn't just offensive because it uses a term many consider an epithet. It's also constructed in a way that a) implies transgendered prostitutes are an organized unit perpetrating violence b) assumes the people allegedly involved in a particular alleged attack were, in fact, prostitutes and c) conjures a delicious mental image of a planning meeting where a group of men dressed as women plan a raid on Mary Mac's.
The historic Sweet Auburn corridor will get an infusion of energy over the next six months as the Obama presidential reelection campaign sets up its Georgia headquarters at 171 Auburn Avenue. Having such a high-profile tenant in the area will bring much-needed attention to the struggling historic district. This is especially critical this year as work is underway on the new streetcar line that will run along the street, and civic leaders look for ways to revitalize the surrounding area.
Veteran Atlanta concert promoter and current Eddie's Attic co-owner Alex Cooley talked to Atlanta magazine today about Attic namesake Eddie Owen's unexpected exit from the Decatur nightspot. Cooley told us Wednesday: "Eddie's got a new passion and that is the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth. He was no longer doing anything for the Attic. He hasn't been at the Attic in quite a while. He hasn't kept regular hours there in well over a month."
In a Facebook post to friends posted Wednesday morning, Eddie Owen, the namesake and former owner of Eddie's Attic in Decatur responded to reaction from fans after he announced his firing from the club Monday morning. In the post Owen wrote: "Wow. Thanx for all the love. The ones of y'all that know me know that responding to each individual, on the computer, would take me 72 days. and to all those media / press folk, sorry I haven't called you back. it's a pretty simple story.
In an email sent to press this week announcing the 2012 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival series, Fox Theatre general manager Allan C. Vella promises a "mix of classic and contemporary movies which gives everyone the opportunity not just to see a great film but to have a true movie going experience in the luxurious setting of the Fox Theatre."
In a feature dedicated to his 20-year successful run at Eddie's Attic in our current May 2012 issue, Eddie Owen told Atlanta magazine senior editor Tony Rehagen, "I don't think I'll ever leave the attic." According to a post on Owen's Facebook page Monday morning, those plans changed Friday night.
When Atlanta filmmakers Jon and Brantly Watts finally screened "AKA Blondie, their 52-minute documentary for Atlanta's most famous stripper this spring, Jon will cop to being a little nervous. The doc, the first in-depth examination of 55-year-old Clermont Lounge legend Anita Mae Strange's life and times, screens this week at 9:30 p.m. at The Plaza Theatre.