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open improv is on FRIDAY this month January 1, 2009
9:00PM - - -
click here for event info

first thursday improv: New Planets January 2, 2009
9:00PM - 12:00PM
Price:  free
SPECIAL NEW YEARS DAY HANGOVER AVOIDANCE EDITION

(it's on Friday the 2nd, not Thursday the 1st)

the astronomy folks are discovering new planets all the time..
why can't we do that with music, art...thought!!
why listen to The Doobie Brothers...or John Mayer.. over and over again??!!
discover a new planet every day!




Eyedrum's long-running Open Improv night occurs on the first Thursday of every month -- our monthly gathering for instrumentalists and improvisers of all stripes. Bring your instrument! Hosted by the indefatigable Robert Cheatham.

WPBA 30, Atlanta's PBS station, did a bit about Eyedrum's Improv Night a couple years ago for their "This Is Atlanta" show. Click for their description and the video itself (Windows Media, 2m40s).

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 2, 2009


gallery hours today January 3, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM

Divided Like A Saints, Byron House and more January 3, 2009
10:00PM - - -
Price:  $6
Byron House

Smallpox

Divided Like A Saints

Pretzel Logic

Haves and Thirds

gallery hours today January 4, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM

Creative Loafing Fiction Contest Party January 8, 2009
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Price:  FREE
Come join us for the annual Creative Loafing Fiction Contest Party! The 3 winners will read from their entries, Atlanta band Night Moves Gold will play, and there will be refreshments and good times served.

Creative Loafing received more than 200 entries and had to whittle them down to the 3 faves. It wasn’t easy. The Loaf had amazing help from the 3 local judges: award-winning children's author Carmen Deedy; author, playwright and professor Phillip DePoy; and bookworm, aspiring author and Wordsmiths Books marketing guru Russ Marshalek.

The FREE party is a great chance to mingle with writers in the community, listen to author readings from the 3 winning stories, dance to some smooth party jams by local band Night Moves Gold, and indulge in refreshments from Highland Bakery.

Aside from the readings, live music and food, Wordsmiths Books will be on hand to sell books, CL will open up its press closet for a book swap (bring a book, take a book), and party co-sponsors Oxford Comics and Eyedeology will have tables at the event.

Bring your old glasses frames: Eyedeology will have a donation box handy so your old glasses can be of use to others.

Please come help Creative Loafing support Atlanta’s burgeoning literary scene. We think you'll like what you hear.

gallery hours today January 9, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM

class registration January 10, 2009
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Eyedrum will hold open registration for its new arts education initiative this weekend. Anyone interested in learning about a wide range of unique subjects, at a reasonable fee, and from innovators in Atlanta’s arts community is welcome to attend.

See press release here (PDF, 74 kB)

See course listing here (PDF, 289 kB)

gallery hours today January 10, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM

class registration January 11, 2009
1:00PM - 5:00PM
Eyedrum will hold open registration for its new arts education initiative this weekend. Anyone interested in learning about a wide range of unique subjects, at a reasonable fee, and from innovators in Atlanta’s arts community is welcome to attend.

See press release here (PDF, 74 kB)

See course listing here (PDF, 289 kB)

gallery hours today January 11, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  FREE

Ghost to Falco, Recompas, Dan Hole Pond January 13, 2009
9:00PM - - -


Portland, OR band Ghost to Falco is lush and aggressive and sometimes dreamy with brilliant lyrics, insightful but not overdone. Uncommon and a struggle to pinpoint...too bizarre to label pop and too pop to be considered noise. both comforting and challenging.

"heck, in the short time we've had Like This Forever in stock, in-store play has already been stirring up many, many queries with at least one purchased each time it's spun. Stormy waves of electric guitar distortion and reedy woodwinds crash upone one another, then melt into clear smooth bell chimes. Horns and piano also enter the fray that ebbs and flows around mainman Eric Crespo's emotive vocals..." - Aquarius Records, San Fransisco

Recompas, native to these parts, are an impressive ensemble indeed, always amazing with an array of electronic devices (many custom built by frontman Travis Thatcher of Judi Chicago fame) that blip, squiggle and drone, and often accompanied by throbbing live percussion and/or treated saxaphone. arpeggios, drones, rich overlapping melodies and a tasteful sense of dynamics make this band essential listening...especially for those who just can't believe that you have to be a rock n' roll band in order to rock.

Dan Hole Pond from Athens, GA is a one-man outfit that utilizes small keyboards, tapes, and samples to create some seriously interesting psychedelic droney goodness. At times melancholic and instrospective, other times joyous and rambunctious, always a mental journey for all lucky enough to check it out.

rehearsal January 15, 2009
6:00PM - 12:00AM

gallery hours today January 16, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

The Mighty Hannibal, Freddie Terrell, Noot D' Noot January 16, 2009
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $10 in advance / $12 at the Door
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THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL
with backing band
FREDDIE TERRELL & THE SOUL EXPEDITION w/ DELIA GARTRELL
and special guest openers: NOOT D' NOOT
$10 in advance / $12 at the door / 9pm / Music begins at 9:30

Advance tickets available here
Purchase advance tickets at the following Outlets:
Ella Guru * Decatur CD* Fantasyland Records


The Mighty Hannibal
James T. Shaw, who released records in the '60s and '70's under the names "Hannibal," "The Mighty Hannibal," and "King Hannibal" was born to Corrie Belle and James Henry Shaw on August 9, 1939. He grew up in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, but spent a good part of his adult life living in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the country. Still, he remained connected to the Atlanta R&B and soul music scene through the early '70s, releasing records for Wendell Parker's Shurfine label in the '60s and singles and an album on Michael Thevis' Aware label in the early '70s.

Shaw started performing in 1954 as a member of the doo-wop group The Overalls. The group, which consisted of Shaw, Edward Patton, Robert Butts and Merald Knight, performed on WERD after coming to the attention of DJ "Jockey" Jack Gibson, but never recorded. Patton and Knight went on to national fame as The Pips, the backup singers for Knight's sister Gladys. Among the groups Shaw from the mid-'50s Atlanta R&B scene were The Condors ("the pioneer group at the time"), as well as L.B. Williams and the Blue Dots and Arthur Conley's group The Corvets. Shaw credits Grover Mitchell, who sang with The Blue Dots and later had several records on the Philadelphia-based Josie label, with teaching him how to sing. Shaw recalls seeing such R&B legends as James Brown and Jimmy Reed in Atlanta venues like the Peacock Club and other lesser-known spots.

He relocated from Atlanta to Los Angeles and in 1958 released his first record, Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um,a novelty number which appeared under the name "Jimmy Shaw" on the Concept and then Imperial labels. He credits Kent Harris, a musician and producer who released records under the name 'Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew' with teaching him "the prescription on how to write songs." He worked for a year as a vocalist for legendary West Coast bandleader Johnny Otis, then began performing in a smaller group with H.B. Barnum and Jimmy Norman. At this time he became friends with blues player Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Larry Williams, an R&B singer who recorded for Specialty records. He adopted the name "Hannibal" in 1959 at the suggestion of Aki Aleong, who released three singles by Hannibal backed by a group called the Angels (actually Darlene Love and the Blossoms) on his Pan World label.

In 1962 he signed with Syd Nathan's Cincinnati-based King label, which resulted in four single releases. The best selling of these was Baby, Please Change Your Mind, which by Shaw's estimation sold around 300,000 copies. During this time he also claims to have worked as a pimp in L.A., a lifestyle which would inform many of his releases in the 1970s. According to Shaw, he quit the pimping game in 1965 when the record labels refused to do business with him: "Los Angeles wasn't like it is now. Everybody knew what you were up to. Johnny Watson, they cut him off, cut me off, Larry Williams, my whole gang." For whatever reason-the pimping and a dispute that Shaw claims to have had with Nathan are among the possible contributing factors-he was released from his obligations with King.

He returned to Atlanta in the mid-'60s and released several records on the Shurfine label, owned by a white engineer named Wendell Parker. The first, Jerkin' the Dog, was a moderately successful teen dance record in 1965. He followed up with the similarly-themed Fishin' Pole in 1966, then il content ("crying in this trench-hole covered with blood") this is not hard to believe. n the same year released Hymn No. 5 (from Hannibalism!, Norton Records, 2001), which would prove to be his biggest hit. The song, a ponderous, gospel-tinged anti-Vietnam balled, was banned on Armed Forces Radio according to Shaw. Judging by the lyrical content ("crying in this trench-hole covered with blood") this is not hard to believe.

St. John and the Cardinals, a white band led by drummer Dennis St. John and including guitarist Paul Goddard, who would later rise to fame as the bass player for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, backed Hannibal on most if not all of his Shurfine releases. St. John and the Cardinals also played live engagements with Shaw in and outside of Atlanta during this time. Shaw describes the give-and-take involved in playing in an integrated band during the twilight years of segregation: "Sometimes we'd go to these white gigs and the guys'd tell me, 'Look, Han, you better be cool over there.' That's what they'd do, but when we'd play they black clubs they'd go, 'Hannibal, see those guys in them overalls? They ain't gonna beat us up, are they?'"

The success that Shaw enjoyed during this period only fueled a growing heroin addiction. Around the same time, his failure to pay a large tax bill landed him in prison for eighteen months. Out of prison and off of drugs in the early '70s, he began recording again. As "King Hannibal," he released several singles and an album, Truth, in 1973 on the Aware label owned by local businessman Michael Thevis. Several of these songs displayed prominent social or political themes, such as Wake Up or The Truth Shall Make You Free (Aware Records, 1973) which used gospel overtones to convey an anti-heroin message. In the liner notes to Truth, radio DJ Paris Eley writes that "his gospel background prevailed through a very trying period of his life," but this is the extent of the information available on the obviously profound influence of religious music upon Shaw's work.


Freddie Terrell & the Soul Expedition
Freddie Terrell got his first guitar at the age of twelve and began playing in his father's Gospel group at the age of thirteen. He started his first group, Freddie Terrell and the Blue Rhythm Band, in 1967. This started a fruitful career as a professional musician, producer, writer, and recording artist that continues to this day. In 1970, Freddie got together with Ralph Favors and Eli Rivers to start The Soul Expedition Band, which would go on to play an important role in the Atlanta R&B and Soul scene. Together with the Rev. Dr. W.J. Stafford, Freddie recorded the coveted "Soul Expedition" album for LeFevre Sound, a popular gospel label in the South. In addition to his work with the Soul Expedition and other Atlanta area bands, Freddie has toured with and played for The Drifters, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, Major Lance, and The Shirelles. A well-respected session artist, Freddie now co-owns the Atlanta International Music Group with Levoski Brown. He continues to record and produce and is currently working on a landmark re-issue of the famous "Soul Expedition" album that helped to cement his place in Southern music history. For more information about Freddie, please see the interview conducted by Colin Dilnot of N'Soul magazine at: http://darkendofthestreet.blogspot.com/

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gallery hours today January 17, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

ASIFA Golden Age of Comics ends January 17, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free
Last chance to see the show; click here for show info.

4th annual CakeSit January 17, 2009
10:00PM - - -
Price:  $5.00 or 5 cans of food
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Twinhead Theatre proudly presents Cakewalk on the Wild Side: The 4th Annual Cakesit! Yes, it's that time of year again. Time for fresh starts, new resolutions, and sitting in cake. This year, Twinhead and Eyedrum invite you to the craziest cakesit yet! Inspired by the baked-out world of soft-core porn, Russ Meyer, Andy Warhol, and Boogie Nights. Our hero, Cookie, an innocent fish out of water, moves from a small town to the big city, "Los Anglaise." Once there, she is drawn to the iconic artist Candy Warhol and his group of pastry artists who inhabit "The Bakery." It is here that Cookie accidentally invents the new art craze that everyone's a-buzz over, Cakesitting! But will Cookie's 15 minutes of fame go to her head? And what about her boyfriend from back home? Don't miss the wildest and wackiest Cakesit ever, "jam"-packed with music, dancing, and LOTS of frosting.
January 17th, 2008 @ 10:30
Eyedrum Artspace

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 18, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Projexorcism, Sonic Suicide Squad, Tiny Concept January 19, 2009
9:00PM - - -
Price:  $5
PROJEXORCISM (NC)
http://www.myspace.com/projexorcism

SONIC SUICIDE SQUAD (DC)
http://www.myspace.com/sonicsuicidesquad

TINY CONCEPT (Bordeaux, France)
http://www.myspace.com/tinyconcept

9pm
5dollars

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 23, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 24, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Open Study January 24, 2009
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $10
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Open Study is a collaboration between choreographer/dancer Diana Crum and composer/guitarist Chris Forsyth. Audience members and performers share the same space. The dancer dances, the musician plays and the viewers see. The individual roles are both acknowledged and used in the creation of meaning and questioning of assumptions. The work explores performance as a series of relationships.

Diana Crum, founder of Diana Crum and Dancers, is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Hollins University/A.D.F. Her work has been presented at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam), Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, and Barnard College, among others. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University. www.dianacrumanddancers.org

Chris Forsyth’s music transcends many categories, from avant-rock to electro-acoustic experimentation to unclassifiable folk/noise/drone hybrids. He is an active collaborator across many media, and a founding member of the iconoclastic group Peeesseye, whose work has been manifested in 135 concerts around the globe and documented on 6 CDs since their formation in 2002.


For more information, visit www.evolvingear.com and www.peesseye.com



NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 25, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Open Study January 25, 2009
7:00PM - - -
Price:  $10


Open Study is a collaboration between choreographer/dancer Diana Crum and composer/guitarist Chris Forsyth. Audience members and performers share the same space. The dancer dances, the musician plays and the viewers see. The individual roles are both acknowledged and used in the creation of meaning and questioning of assumptions. The work explores performance as a series of relationships.

Diana Crum, founder of Diana Crum and Dancers, is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Hollins University/A.D.F. Her work has been presented at DNA (Dance New Amsterdam), Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, and Barnard College, among others. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University. www.dianacrumanddancers.org

Chris Forsyth’s music transcends many categories, from avant-rock to electro-acoustic experimentation to unclassifiable folk/noise/drone hybrids. He is an active collaborator across many media, and a founding member of the iconoclastic group Peeesseye, whose work has been manifested in 135 concerts around the globe and documented on 6 CDs since their formation in 2002.

For more information, visit www.evolvingear.com and www.peesseye.com



Beatrix*JAR January 26, 2009
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $7
**8PM**
Beatrix*Jar is Minneapolis sound art duo Bianca Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR). Formed in March 2005, the duo travels extensively spreading the good word of Toy Recycling & D.I.Y. electronics.

In the spirit of Fluxus, King Tubby, Ted the electrician, Kraftwerk, John Oswald, the showtime pizza animatronic singers & so many others, Beatrix*JAR create sound collages with some beats and fucked up toy sounds thrown in there for good measure.

Join them at Eyedrum for a unique fuzzy sound collage dance party that includes a circuit bending demonstration and hands-on performance.

www.beatrixjar.com



"...a night of new sound that will change your idea of music forever!"
- Sarah Carter, The Buchtelite - Akron, Ohio

"...sound-art team Beatrix*JAR are not only on tour to bring you their music, they're offering tutorials in the art of D.I.Y. sound-making, called circuit bending, the practice is a means of manipulating new sounds from recycled battery-operated electronic toys."
- C.G., Shepherd Express, Milwaukee




***early show, starting at 8pm!!
Performance, Circuit Bending Demo/Interactive, another performance

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 30, 2009
3:00PM - 8:00PM
Price:  free

Film Love: Beat Hotel January 30, 2009
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $6 suggested donation
Frequent Small Meals presents

Film Love #65
MINUTES TO GO
William Burroughs and Brion Gysin in the Beat Hotel


Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Naked Lunch, this one-night exhibition includes rare books, films, and recordings of Beat literature icon William S. Burroughs

co-sponsored by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University


Brion Gysin's Dreamachine in action, from Towers Open Fire

Paris, 1959. William Burroughs was staying in a rundown hotel at 9 rue Git-le-Couer, on the Left Bank. His artist friend Brion Gysin had recently moved into Allen Ginsberg’s former room at the hotel. By year’s end, Burroughs would assemble and publish the final version of Naked Lunch, the landmark novel which turned its author into an icon of Beat literature.

During their time on the rue Git-le-Couer, Burroughs and Gysin developed a radical system of artistic expression, and applied their ideas across media: writing, painting, sound art, and filmmaking. Central to these pursuits was Gysin’s accidental discovery of the "cut-up" – a method of writing in which texts are literally cut up and rearranged, revealing hidden meanings and subverting the foundations of language. With such collaborators as Ginsberg and Gregory Corso adding to the experimentation and aura, 9 rue Git-le-Couer became legendary as the “Beat Hotel.”

"Minutes to Go," a one-night exhibition and screening, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Naked Lunch by exploring the surprisingly wide range of artistic experiments undertaken by Burroughs and Gysin during their Paris stay. Rare books and other items from the Danowski Collection at Emory University’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library will be on view. Also featured are the short films The Cut-Ups and Towers Open Fire, two collaborations between Burroughs, Gysin, and filmmaker Antony Balch which encapsulate on film the cut-up technique and its powerful, hallucinatory effects.

Program:
Towers Open Fire (film directed by Antony Balch, featuring William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, 1963, 10 minutes)
The Cut-Ups (film directed by Antony Balch, featuring William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, completed 1963, 18 minutes)
Display of rare books, photos and Beat Hotel-related items from the Brion Gysin archive and Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory
other film selections TBA


William S. Burroughs in Towers Open Fire




MINUTES TO GO is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.




WABE's Susan Mittleman did a short piece on Andy Ditzler and the Film Love series. Click here to listen to it now.

NO REGULAR GALLERY HOURS today January 31, 2009
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Price:  free

Small Gallery show ends January 31, 2009


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