When photographer Sally Mann first published her series titled “Immediate Family” in the early '90s, it caused a stir in the art world. Her black-and-white photographs of her young children, often nude, were immediately praised, but also criticized by those who claimed the photos sexualized her children.
In it, New Orleans-based author M.O. Walsh breaks down Southern literature, comparing its component parts to that of a bicycle and taking examples from the works of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston and other well-known authors known to have a bit of a twang to their prose.
It’s likely, if you’re reading this, that you have a favorite podcast or two. Few can dispute that the podcast is experiencing a big cultural moment. Last month, President Barack Obama chose to be interviewed on comedian Marc Maron’s popular podcast, and last year, the podcast "Serial" hit some 40 million downloads around the world.
In 2003, an independent film titled "The Room" premiered at a Los Angeles theater. The film's budget was $6 million – all in personal cash – and the movie made a grand total of $1,800 at the box office.
By those numbers alone, the movie should have faded into obscurity, and the reviews should have solidified that fate. "The Room," with a plot revolving around a contrived love triangle, has been called "The 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies."
Most people know how movies and records are made ─ or have a good understanding. But that doesn’t always hold true for the design of video games.
One company, just north of Atlanta, is Hi-Rez Studios. They produce a free, online game called SMITE, which ─ at any one time ─ could have millions of people playing it simultaneously. We stopped by their studios to see how a video game comes together.
In a small room at the Belmont Village retirement home in Buckhead, photographer Tom Sanders adjusts the lighting to match the height of one of the residents, Richard Frederick, dressed in a navy peacoat.
“When’s the last time you had that jacket on?” Sanders asks.
“Oh that was 1944,” Frederick answers with a laugh.
Frederick is a veteran of the second World War. He’s getting his photo taken as part of a portrait series, titled “American Heroes,” organized by Belmont Village Senior Living.
Fans of English and American literature have a lot of new material to read. Though when we say "new," there is a bit of a caveat there.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas spent the last year digitizing some of their collections and making them available online in what they call "Project REVEAL." The collections contain thousands of pages of original source material from many well-known authors such as L Frank Baum, Oscar Wilde and Joseph Conrad to name just a few.
Three films that epitomize summer movies will be part of an upcoming summer film series at the Plaza Theatre.
“Clueless,” “Friday” and “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” will be shown from July 29 to Aug. 12, but the venerable theater itself is also part of the attraction.
As “City Lights” contributor Matthew Bernstein explains, the 75-year-old Atlanta cinema has recently undergone major renovations. A new owner has installed new seats and carpeting and has upgraded the viewing screens and sound system.
For the past 75 years, a mysterious evil has killed several generations of a family – haunting a forest on their property.
That's the plot of “Solitude,” a horror film by Taylor Olson and Atlanta-based Livingston Oden.
Shot in Minnesota, the film travels through six horror time periods. It pays homage to the campy monster movies of the 1930s, the Hitchcockian psychological style of the 1960s, the supernatural horror films of the 1970s, the slasher films of the 1980s, the found footage style – think "The Blair Witch Project" – of the 1990s and modern day horror.
The lead character of David Mark’s latest novel, “Taking Pity,” is a Scotsman working as a police officer in Hull, England. His size and seriousness hide a vulnerable and tender core, which he usually feels comfortable showing only around his family.
In this installment, McAvoy is living apart from his wife and young son for safety reasons. As “City Lights” contributor Michele Ross explains in her review, McAvoy is given what’s supposed to be an easy cold case to confirm, but nothing is what it seems and betrayal is everywhere.
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is the longest-running original cartoon on Adult Swim, the decidedly child-unfriendly block of evening programming on the Cartoon Network. "Aqua Teen" is distinguished by its bizarre humor and the fact that its main characters are a talking milkshake, french fries and a wad of meat.
The show is in its 11th and final season, and WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with co-creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis to talk about the show’s end and about where it began.
There’s something about coffeehouses that inspires artists. Maybe it’s the lighting; maybe it’s the background noise; maybe it’s the caffeine. It’s probably the caffeine. But at Java Monkey in downtown Decatur, Georgia, the inspiration lies with the regulars.
Kodac Harrison has been doing the same thing almost every Sunday night for the past 14 years: Java Monkey Speaks, an open mic poetry night.
Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz, the Chair for African and African-American studies at Duke University, curated the National Black Arts Festival’s symposium “Dance Across the Diaspora: a Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement.” That will be held Saturday.
Credit Courtesy of the National Black Arts Festival