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Collecting Soul

collective-soul-backdropIs it better to party like a rock star or party with a rock star? I looked that up on Ask-a-Hedonist.com and the correct answer is: BOTH! I like it! But not in a Gordon Gekko “I like my Greed with a greasy hair gel icing” kind of way, but more like a “having your cake and eating it too” -happy- kind of way.

Rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL did a free outdoor concert for the hometown fans in Atlanta’s Centennial Park on Saturday. My “I’m with the band” friend artist/filmmaker Joseph Guay invited me to join the VIP action to which I jumped all over. Joseph shot the cover for the bands new album & designed the entire CD.

dragoncon2I arrive in Atlanta, pull off the interstate and head down Peachtree Street and immediately run into a complete freak show: Faeries (w/ Wings & faery dust) and Gladiators and Trekkies … TONS OF THEM! Are these people Collective Soul fans I wonder? I make my way to the park to see a more rocker/football fan clientele @ the park. The concert was a blast but the real fun happened post-concert at the band’s private party at the clubby-cool DRINKSHOP @ the W Hotel-Downtown. I cavorted with a Goose who was oh so Grey and flew freely into my glass all night long! Grey Goose was one of the sponsors so the vodka was complimentary. This was my kind of party.

The band’s rock star guest list included fun friends: Guay, Daily Candy’s Tiffany Davis, Celebrity stylist Ritchie Arpino and Good Day Atlanta host Suchita Vadlamani
I made a new cool friend, Vincent Martinez, who is looking for the next supermodel. If it’s you, click: FASHIONADO

dragonconlogo1Sunday I took the fam back to Atlanta to check out the Fantasy-Fest that is DRAGON*CON. Thinking this is totally not my scene, but the kids will get a kick out of it. NO….this was a complete eye candy extravaganza and more of a PG-13 rating. I’m all about a costume party, but this was way over the top. 50,000 people in way out costumes: monsters, trekkies, Star Wars characters, super heroes … if it’s in a comic book, it was there. My family was radically underdressed for the party: we arrived without weapons, wigs or masks. No capes or super hero logo’d leotards on any of us. I was thinking I should have brought my vampire cape. My daughter left her SCREAM mask in the car. If I go next year, I’ll definitely be dressed for the occasion and flying the freak flag!

The Vampire Dairies,” which is filmed in Georgia, premieres on tonight @ 8p on the CW network. A few locals are in the cast.

There are a very few Indigo Girls tix left for the Saturday night concert @ Cox Capitol Theatre. If you want them contact Kirsten West @ kirstenw1238@aol.com.

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

College Hill Corridor’s Downtown Look Around, Friday Sept. 11th 5p-10p. FREE EVENT.

11x17True Blooded Maconite Carrie Preston will be in Macon on Sept. 12th an acting workshop @ Theatre Macon from 2p – 4p. Tickets are $5.00 Preston be talking about the Business of Acting. Saturday evening, Preston will be available for the screening of her new film “Lovely By Surprise.” The FREE outdoor event will be at Coleman Hill. Preston will do a Q&A @ 7:30pm prior to the film. In case or Rain Saturday night, the event will be moved to the Willingham Auditorium @ Mercer on Coleman Avenue across from Tattnall Square Park.

SoChilites rejoice! The new YOGAMOGA yoga studio is opening Sept. 14th in the old Telephone Exchange Building on the corner of Poplar & Second St.

missouriwaltz21Don’t miss moviestar Karen Black‘s MISSOURI WALTZ @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Macon’s own Sylvia Haynie has the starring role.

The #2 Best haunted house in the U.S. is in Norcross, Georgia! If you want to get your horror freak on, check it out: Netherworld

I WANT TO ROCK-N-ROLL ALL NIGHT!
Indigo Girls, Sept. 12th @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
The Black Crowes, Oct. 3rd @ Chastain Park
U2, Oct 6th @ The Georgia Dome
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena
Echo & the Bunnymen, Nov. 15th @ Masquerade
Miley Cyrus, Nov. 29th @ Phillips Arena

World in My Eyes

I ♥ L.A.! My parents whisked my kids off to L.A. (Lower Alabama) for the weekend. As they say, “When the Cats are away, the Mice will drink cocktails and end up on stripper poles!” That IS what they say, right?

“Let me take you on a trip
Around the world and back
And you won’t have to move
You just sit still

Now let your mind do the walking
And let my body do the talking
Let me show you the world in my eyes” … Depeche Mode

Deonna Sage.Drag-SoChi.ad-photoFriday began with a few “Fabulous Bastards” & friends at Lemongrass Thai Bistro. I had the Shrimp Spring roll & Thai Clay Pot and would highly recommend them both. (the clay pot is lined in Bacon!) While there, B52’s front man Fred Schneider came in gave the bastard a sip and said “Very Complex.” So like any decent publicist, I’m pimping the quote! And to quote a pimp, the night ended on a Stripper Pole @ Synergy. Oh Yes, indeed. And NO, there are no photos. Although, I now know why those chicks have great legs…working the pole properly is a workout! The night was no drag, but it ended that way. I am all out of dollar bills but must give another Standing Ovation to the amazing Miss Deonna Sage.

taking-woodstock-posterA slow motion Saturday was well spent TAKING WOODSTOCK. Ang Lee’s hippie fest is, well, Groovy! The acid trip scene is just as vibrant as the real thing.

The stars weren’t only in the sky Saturday night…they were also inside Don Bivings & Pino Mauro’s Georgia Ave mansion. Star of stage & screen Karen Black and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Harriet Schock performed at the benefit for the upcoming play “Missouri Waltz” that will premiere at the Cox Capitol Theatre on September 18 and run until the 26th. Rock star Fred Schneider also made an appearance at the Love Shack baby!

Ok, Macon…support local actress Sylvia Boykin by going to see Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. She’s in the bookstore scene right after the stripper gets her face bashed in. This is a serious slasher flick and not for the faint of heart. But, if you’ve ever been stabbed in the back you’ll be able to deal. halloween2_poster1

There is nothing like a little beach reprieve to put the wind back in your sails. I cruised down to Tybee Island for the night and docked at one of the fabulous beachfront “cottages” provided by Oceanfront Cottages Rentals. tybee-island3I’m excited about a new foodie find: The Sundae Café. The name is completely deceptive…..they dished out a Seafood Cheesecake that was better than any life preserver. Tybee’s recent $11 million beach refurbishing is reeling in the big stars & received it’s own star by being named one of the “Top Ten City Beaches” by AOL Travel. Miley Cyrus just wrapped a film and Robert Redford is arriving this week for his latest film project. Go relax and tell “Miss Tybee Island” Stacye Jarrell of Oceanfront Cottage Rentals I said hello!

depeche_modeOne can only “Enjoy The Silence” for so long. After a walk on the beach I got “Behind the Wheel,” strapped on the seatbelt and raced up “Route 66″ to Atlanta for the Depeche Mode concert @ Lakewood Amphitheatre. I found My Own Personal Jesus that night. Man, Oh, Man … can they rock! The amazing production was worth the late night return to my bed in Macon. Well, hope you enjoyed “Walking in My Shoes.”

Future Love Paradise

First Friday. Sept. 4th beginning at 5pm. Downtown Macon

Labor Day. Monday, Sept. 7th.

True Blooded Maconite Carrie Preston will be in Macon on Sept. 12th for the screening of her new film “Lovely By Surprise.” The FREE outdoor event will be at Coleman Hill. Preston will do a Q&A @ 7:30pm prior to the film.

Wine Tasting to Benefit Hay House featuring Judy Beardsall a wine consultant, vinter & author of SNIFFING THE CORK. The $250 per person is hosted at the home of James & Amanda Upshaw on Oct. 24th @ 6:30pm. Catering by Natalia’s. For reservations, call Katey Brown @ 478-742-8155.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!

psychedelic.furs+sochilite.comCollective Soul & Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Sept. 5th @ Centennial Park, 5pm (FREE CONCERT)
Indigo Girls, Sept. 12th @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
The Black Crowes, Oct. 3rd @ Chastain Park
U2, Oct 6th @ The Georgia Dome
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

The Satin Doll & The Fabulous Bastard

Don’t name a STREET after me. I don’t need a DAY named in my honor. I’m not even interested in a KEY TO THE CITY. However, name a COCKTAIL after me, and you had me at “Hello!”

lemongrass-thai-bistrosochimacon-georgiaTuesday night Priscilla Esser & I were honored with our own signature cocktails at the oh-so-hip Lemongrass Thai Bistro in SoChi. We arrived with our minds on the mission and the mission on our minds. Does that qualify as Mission Work? Not sure, but I do know we were there to begin an outreach program. Not only did we get to select the cocktail’s name, we played mixologists for the night and concocted our cocktails, selected the glassware that the drink will be served in and the garnish. Priscilla’s cocktail is “The Satin Doll” and mine, “The Fabulous Bastard.” They are truly Signature! I would say that our mission is certainly of the outreach variety … bellies to the bar, outreaching for another Satin Doll & Fabulous Bastard!
terrell-sandefur-fabulous-bastard-signature-cocktail-lemongrass-thai-bistro1

The fun was had, now the work begins. A “Run for the Roses” ain’t just a horse-racing term. No sir, promoting our cocktails will make the Kentucky Derby look like, well, exactly what it is – a race for two year olds! Goodbye Horses! We are sophisticated SoChilites and there is nothing like a little friendly competition to turn up the heat! Especially when Alcohol & Egos are involved. This competition is between the sexy Satin Doll and the slightly older but never-the-less Fabulous Bastard!

So you ask, “What’s so Fabulous about the Bastard?” … EVERYTHING !!!!!!!
All for the Low, Low Price of $9.

Right out of the Starting Gate…Attempt if you dare:

Grey Goose Vodka
Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka
Kettle One Citreon Vodka
Zen Green Tea Liqueur
Tonic
Garnish with a Kaffir Lime leaf & a Thai Chili Pepper. Serve on the Rocks!
*note: the mixologists @ Lemongrass are the keepers of the exact proportions.

collective-soul-joseph-guay-cover1Bunnies weren’t made for boiling. Shoot ‘em instead. I have to give props to my dear friend, artist & filmmaker Joseph Guay. He shot the cover for Collective Soul’s new album.

Need to save face? My wife, Kim, had a post-summer microdermabrasion to remove the sun damage and she’s singing the praises of aesthetician Stephanie Ollikainen. If you’re in need, give her a call at Dr. Stefan Adair’s office. 478-633-7677.

Don’t Miss: Maconite Blogger & Editor-in-Chief of Red State.com, Erick Erickson on Sean Hannity’s show this coming Monday night, Aug. 31st. FOX NEWS Channel, 9pm.

I’ll end with a TOAST … to the incomparable Satin Doll, SoChi’s own Holly GoLightly, Priscilla Esser. “To The Death, Baby! SALUTE!”

Future Love Paradise

Weaver’s Weekend, August 29th. The Armory Ballroom. 8p-Midnight. $35 per person, open bar, meal included and music by John Dunn and the Jazzmen. All of the proceeds go to support Vine Ingle and the Mike Weaver Scholarship fund.

Lemongrass Thai Bistro’s Chef’s Table
5-course dinner prepared by Chef Tom Sarrtsud
6:30 pm, Aug. 31st
$75 + tax & gratuity
For Reservations: 478-257-6464

missouri-waltz-posterKaren Black (two-time Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee) brings her play, “Missouri Waltz,” to Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre. Sept. 18th – 26th. For tickets call 478-257-6391.

“On Golden Pond” @ Theatre Macon Sept. 11th – 19th. For Tickets, Call 478-746-9485.

Check out my new column about mixing & mingling: “The SoChi Life” in the August/Sept issue of Macon Magazine.

Listen to “SoChilizing with Terrell Sandefur” every first Thursday on WIBB-AM 1280 with Anita Ponder & Todd Haygood. 7:30 a.m.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!

Los Lobos, Aug. 28th @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Motley Crue, Aug. 29th @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Indigo Girls, Sept. 12th @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
The Black Crowes, Oct. 3rd @ Chastain Park
U2, Oct 6th @ The Georgia Dome
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arenaindigo-girlsemily-saliersamy-ray1

Frankly Lorena, I Don’t Give a Damn

true-bloodlorena2Not since Rhett Butler have we heard such an big “F… Off.” It wasn’t the arched eyebrowed Scarlett O’Hara that took the hit, but the bloody-eyed Vampire Lorena that was the victim of the scoff heard round the world. And frankly my dear, the fact that she is a vampire makes it all the more harsh. “You may be immortal Lorena, but you’re dead to me!” said vampire Bill Compton to his meddling maker on HBO’s True Blood. Talk about blood curdling!

I just got a piece. Yep, downtown in the alley! Macon Pizza in the Alley is serving up hot pies but may I suggest the Garlic Parmesan wings! Other HOT EATS: Try the Tomato Basil Soup @ Molly’s Cafe. The Cuban Sandwich & Coconut Cupcakes @ Fountain of Juice. Pino’s Paper Pizza @ Market City Cafe. The Gyros @ Greek Corner Deli – ask for extra Taziki sauce!

Did you Rock with the Docs on Saturday? If you called in sick, the event was a hit. Winning chefs were
Appetizer – Marcus Simmons
Entree – Stefan Adair
Dessert – Jay Davis

And speaking of Winning Chefs, SoChilite Priscilla Esser & I were guests of uber publicist Toren Anderson’s “Summer of Jar Love” Garden Party in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon for a sampling of “those things in a jar” that will be in her upcoming cookbook. Twelve of Atlanta’s top chefs presented their own things in a jar, including TOP CHEF contest Hector Santiago. The party bloomed in the garden of Bill Musso‘s stunning Villa Mira Flores and made all the sweeter by the signature cocktails provided by Alys Beach and created by C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar. It was a jarring experience and one that I’d like to experience again … here in Macon.

stuck-groupHit me with those laser beams! Frankie Goes to Hollywood … and Macon. Screenwriter Frankie Krainz was in town this past weekend doing a little research for his next film. Krainz wrote the film “STUCK!” that was recently filmed here. This will be another “get” gotten by the Macon Film Festival. Film folks are intrigued by this little town & its interesting inhabitants.

A shout-out to local actors Anthony Ennis & Sylvia Boykin. Ennis, famous for his SoChi Gallery party entrances will find fame on the small screen when he debuts in The Vampire Diaries airing on Sept. 10th on the CW. He’s also filming the web TV show “Soperton” around Macon.

Maconite Sylvia Boykin has been cast in several projects including The Fat Boy Chronicles which is filming in Newnan, GA. The film’s directors were at MAGA last year with their film “The Last Bullet.” Lifetime’s new hit show Drop Dead Diva is filmed entirely in Peachtree City. Boykin’s character will be introduced on the episode airing on Sept. 20th. She’s also in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 which opens nationwide on Aug. 28th. The flick was filmed in Madison, Covington, Decatur & Atlanta.

Future Love Paradise
michael-emerson_emmys carrie-preston-arlene1 Maconite Carrie Preston who portrays “Arlene” on the HBO hit TRUE BLOOD will be in Macon on Sept. 12th to premiere her latest film Lovely By Surprise. She’ll do a Q&A following the film. stay tuned for more details …

In 1999, Monday’s were a Bitch..but it looks like in 2009, it’s up to Tuesdays: the new MELROSE PLACE is premiering Sept. 8th on the CW.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!
Jonas Brothers, Aug. 22nd @ Phillips Arena
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Indigo Girls, Sept. 12th @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
The Black Crowes, Oct. 3rd @ Chastain Park
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

Clarice, Have the Lambs Stopped Screaming?

silence-of-the-lambsYou know what it’s like. You’ve had a day from Hell. The “rat on a wheel” kind of day. Quittin’ Time rolls around and you are now happily home. You dive into that newly delivered Macon Magazine enjoying “The SoChi Life” column on page 23. That’s when the Lambs start to Scream!

And by lambs, I mean children. And not just the two that you own, but several of the neighborhood kids as well. You and your wife race to the back of the house fully anticipating a protruding femur bone and blood spurting everywhere.

Well, not exactly. My wife and I get to the playroom at almost the same time. The flock is screaming and crying, they are freakin’ hysterical. Lazslo & Zara have murdered Honey and Bandit! It was horribly gruesome. The little fellas spread out on the floor – bellies up. Punctured … and bloody … and Dead! Oh, did I mention that Honey & Bandit were the family hamsters and Lazslo & Zara are our rat on a wheel hunting dogs? Regardless, this moment was pure hysteria! My gosh, the screaming! SILENCE! … SILENCE OF THE LAMBS!

Wow! All that drama leaves me a bit hungry. Have you checked out the new MACON PIZZA? It’s in The Alley right across from Tokyo Alley and Downtown Grill. Try the Garlic Parmesan chicken wings. AND…they will be open for Sunday Brunch from 11a – 3p. So…there is finally an independent restaurant open in Macon on a Sunday. Beginning on Aug. 17th they will do delivery. They just opened on this past First Friday.blog6

Oh,yeah…my lambs & I got framed on First Friday! FRAMED by photographer Maryann Bates @ the Contemporary Arts Exchange. This is an ongoing project of Maryann’s that has evolved from shooting fun pictures of people to “framing” them into works of art. She shoots these most First Fridays her gallery at the Contemporary Arts Exchange on the corner of 2nd Street and Mulberry. And hey, she has the costume closet from hell! You can go crazy with all the funky stuff to choose from. It’s an experience the whole family will enjoy so go for it…go down and get “Framed!”

Oh, by the way … the lambs did stop screaming!

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

SoChi Songwriters ShoCase. Thursday, August 13th @ The SoChi Gallery. 7pm. Three Nashville artists will perform in the round.

John Hughes movie night. Friday, August 14th @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Pretty in Pink at 7 pm. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 9 pm. $1.00 movie.

docwhorockposter1DOCS WHO ROCK. Saturday, August 15th @ The Blacksmith Shop. 7p-10p. Contact Macon Arts @ 478-743-6940.

WATCH: The Season 3 premiere of FLIPPING OUT on BRAVO, August 17 @ 10p. America’s favorite House Flipper is back!

LOOK: “The SoChi Life,” in Macon Magazine.

LISTEN: “SoChilizing with Terrell Sandefur” every first Thursday on 1280 WIBB-AM with Anita Ponder & Todd Haygood. 7:30 am

I WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE !!!

The B-52s, Aug. 14th @ Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton
Hippiefest, Aug. 15th @ Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre, Peachtree City
Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Aug. 22nd @ Cox Capitol Theatre
Jonas Brothers, Aug. 22nd @ Phillips Arena
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
The Black Crowes, Oct. 3rd @ Chastain Park
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

Brain, Athlete, Basket Case, Princess, Criminal

brat-packIn the ’80’s there was a tribe called THE BRAT PACK. These were the coolest cats in the Hollywood Circus and their Ringmaster was director, producer & screenwriter John Hughes.

When I hear his name the first thing that springs to mind is Molly Ringwald – followed immediately by the 80’s new wave music that he introduced to me through his films. That music has become the soundtrack of my life. It is almost like Hughes himself made a mixed tape just for me. (how’s that for an ‘80’s reference!)hughes-brat-pack1

His legacy: turning a redheaded teen into the Queen of the Brat Pack, brainwashing us all into accepting an Andrew McCarthy-type as a heartthrob and exposing Americans to some seriously fabulous British alternative tunes. I have to thank him personally for the music the most. The Psychedelic Furs, The Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen New Order, Joy Division, Charlie Sexton, Flesh for Lulu, Love and Rockets, Simple Minds, Kate Bush, OMD … the soundtrack of my life. Hughes married the film to the music like no other director ever has before or after.

OK, when you hear “Don’t You Forget about Me” don’t you immediately think: The Breakfast Club? I do. “Beat’s So Lonely”: Some Kind of Wonderful and “Pretty in Pink”: Pretty In Pink. Fortunately, these tunes can be heard today on Sirrius Satellite Radio. 1st Wave Classic Alternative.

Film Director & Writer John Hughes’ films include Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, She’s Having a Baby.

One of my all-time favorite movie quotes comes from a Hughes film. When the kids are asked to write a essay telling their teacher who they think they are…in rebellious but true to themselves fashion the kids respond: “Dear Mr. Burn, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in dentention for whatever it was that we did wrong. But we think your’re crazy to make us write an essay telling You who we think We are. You see us as you want to see us. In the simpliest terms, with the most convient definitions. But what we found out was is that each one of us is a BRAIN, and an ATHLETE, and a BASKET CASE, a PRINCESS and a CRIMINAL. Does that answer your question?” Sincerely Your, — The Breakfast Club

Having departed this world, I imagine Hughes saying to us all from his new alternate universe, “Don’t You Forget About Me” … I, for one, will not!

hughes-brat-pack2John Hughes mini film fest at the Cox Capitol Theatre this Friday, August 14: Pretty in Pink @ 7 pm. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off @ 9 pm. Each flick for the Retro Price of $1.00.

Ripping Off the Toga

togarific-priscilla-terrellI’m all over a theme party like a cheap bed sheet! Costumes play a big role in a successful themed event. Considering the struggling economy, there is no cheaper costume than a toga party. I mean seriously, EVERYONE’s GOT A TOGA! You have a BED, Right?

Besides, there’s just something so hedonistic about wearing a toga. Last weekend I hosted the PARTY AT THE PARTHENON @ The SoChi Gallery.
Upon entry the monumental columns backdrop from Macon’s Backdrops Fantastic really transformed the joint into a Grecian party palace. The signature cocktail appropriately named The Nectar, was truly fit for the gods. But what really made the theme party a success were the TOGArific party-goers and the mythological tunes provided by DKH Entertainment! If rolling out of the sheets and wrapping them around you ain’t your bag, call Needle & Thread Goddess Angie Hardison. She transformed me into Dionysus, the god of wine.

There are not many things cooler than live jazz. And the CD release party for jazz great Mose Davis’ new SUNSHINE CD certainly was one of the coolest things ever. It was the MOST, to say the least. The Jazz Association of Macon hosted the event at The SoChi Gallery on the 24th. Mose brought along songbird Maria Howell from the film THE COLOR PURPLE who blew us all away with her vocals. You can catch Maria perform at Sambuca in Buckhead on a regular basis. It was magical. Thanks to Wesley Audio for supplying the organ.

OK, have you seen the Sasha Baron Cohen flick BRUNO? Well, if not it’s a Must-See for the Sick & Demented set. I loved it! Apparently word has spread because I was one of 3 people in the theater. Fortunately, the other two people were also twisted. It was a serious laugh fest.

realhousewivesofatlanta-premiereparty-season2Speaking of sick & demented, I skipped the BRAVO premiere party for the new season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” at the W Hotel in Buckhead so I’ve nothing to report on that front other than I heard it was a complete bomb!

Hey, does your life suck? If so, check out this new site I found. It’s called F My Life. It’s good for a few laughs. And it just may make you realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence…in fact, the grass is dead or at least full of weeds.

Speaking of WEEDS, Happy Birthday to Mary Louise Parker of the Showtime hit by the same name.mary-louise-parker-weeds

Unlike most people, I gleefully usher out summer each year. It’s not my bag. I hate the heat. My family takes off and leaves me HOME ALONE or in the words of rocker Billy Idol, DANCING WITH MYSELF! Mercifully, Summer is coming to an end and my family has returned. WELCOME HOME!

Remember, this Friday is First Friday. See you all in SoChi!

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

docwhorockposterMacon Arts’ Taste of Music. August 15th @ The Blacksmith Shop. 7p-10p. If you are a doctor who’d like to be a celeb chef at this year’s event, contact Macon Arts @ 478-743-6940.

Weaver’s Weekend, August 29th. The Armory Ballroom. 8p-Midnight. $35 er person, open bar, meal included and music by John Dunn and the Jazzmen. All of the proceeds go to support Vine Ingle and the Mike Weaver Scholarship fund.

BLACK IS BACK! Movie legend Karen Black is bringing her play “Missouri Waltz” to the Cox Capitol Theatre. The show will run from Sept. 18-26. There will be a Kickoff Party for Karen & Grammy Award Nominee Harriet Schock @ the home of Don Bivings & Pino Mauro on August 29th for all event sponsors. Please contact the Cox Capitol Theatre for sponsorship opportunities. 478-257-6391 missouriwaltz2
Karen first came to Macon for the ’09 Macon Film Festival and fell in love with the city. This is why she is coming back so I encourage all to support her.

Check out my new column about mixing & mingling: “The SoChi Life” in the August/September issue of Macon Magazine.

OPENING FALL ’09 on Cherry Street: Jack & Coat Men’s Store and Dolce Vita Café & Bar. Stay tuned.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!
Jonas Brothers, Aug. 22nd @ Phillips Arena
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

La Vida Loca

la-vida-loca I can’t get Ricky Martin’s Livin’ la Vida Loca out of my head! This past week has been la vida loca for me so I thought I’d share some of the insanity. Not certifiably insane, but more of a “walk on the wild side” kind of surreal, Bizarre may be a better word.

I’ll begin at the end and work my way backward since that seems to go along with the crazy…

Dinner in Atlanta is always a good idea. Especially when the chef is about to be a big TV star. Saturday night began with dinner @ Pura Vida Tapas in Virginia Highlands. Owner/Chef Hector Santiago has been a star in my eyes for years, but his stardom is about to soar when TOP CHEF Season 6 premieres on BRAVO on August 19th. I threw a party for my wife’s birthday party 4 years ago and Chef Hector catered the event. People are still talking about it….and him…and his amazing food…and the signature cocktails! OK, back to the Now…We got the Rock Star treatment Saturday night beginning with the best table in the restaurant (Thank you Hector & Leslie Santiago!) Tapas are my fave and we feasted on little plate after little plate! A variety of delectables were delivered to our table all evening. Dinner ended with a game of Pass The Porron. porron1 Simply put, you drink wine straight from the vessel by pouring it into your mouth. The further away from your mouth you can go, the better you are. The porron is passed around the table until all the wine is drunk…or all ARE drunk! The catch: you can’t put the porron on the table until all the wine is gone.

clermont-lounge-hotelAfter the last drop was drunk, we moved on to the best dive bar in town. The Clermont Lounge is Atlanta’s oldest strip club located in the basement of the Clermont Motor Hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Clermont is famous for it’s “mature” strippers, like “BLONDIE” blondie-clermont-lounge1, who dance on a stage behind the circular bar. These girls are OLD pros at collecting a dollar…You gotta hand it to ’em … They aren’t afraid of revealing all their assets…(Hark! I hear a song in my head and it’s The Smiths’ SOME GIRLS ARE BIGGER THAN OTHERS.) Seriously, I think the youngest “girl” was around 40. The oldest, maybe 60. But don’t KID yourself, this joint is still hot, and not like in a Hot Flash sort of way. We left a bit after midnight and the line to get in was snaked around the block – and nary a cane or wheelchair in site! The Clermont Lounge is still a force in the Atlanta club scene.

After all the dollar bills ran out we met my friend Joseph Guay at Sutra Lounge in Midtown. Voted one of the “Top 100 Nightclubs in the United States” by Restaurant and Nightclub Magazine, Sutra is located at the very hip corner of Cresent & 14th Streets. I must give props to DJ Krillz who has got to be one of the most Slamming DJ’s I’ve ever had he pleasure of hearing…he had us all soul shaking. Mercifully, the huge floor fans were blowing ’cause the DJ was burnin’ down the house.

I was feeling a little insane last week, so I made an appointment with my therapist – tennis coach, Paul Tobin. You know, sometimes, a good game can really screw your head back on. Plus, he’s good about giving business advice…so he’s like a Two-fer.

lollyphile SUCK ON THIS!
LOLLYPHILE – Lollipops for Adults. Talk about a great party favor…these suckers are booze-infused! Bourbon, White Russian and Absinthe…I mean seriously, Absinthe was illegal in the U.S. until 2007 due to claims that it made you crazy, like insane. Apparently, this flavor is their best seller. Other flavors include Maple-Bacon, Wasabi-Ginger…….Crazy!

I met with singer/song writer Dawn Jackson @ The Tic Toc Room on Thursday to discuss some projects. She’s recently moved to Macon from L.A. via Nashville which is the crazy part…but what was even more bizarre was I met two cats who were in from Atlanta who are FANS of this blog! Now, THAT’s insane – in a very small-worldish sort of way. She is Atlanta Magazine writer Candice Dyer & Atlanta artist John Cox. Long story short…the three of us ended the evening @ Lemongrass Thai Bistro. Me with a refreshing CUKI Lemonade (cucumber gin cocktail) in one hand and a “pom pom” in the other espousing the great things that are going on in Downtown Macon. FYI: Look for an art show for John Cox at The SoChi Gallery in the not too distant future.

OK….for my last serving of crazy, check out the trailer for the Steve Balderson film that was filmed here in Macon a few months ago: “STUCK!”

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

BRAGG JAM. Macon’s summer music festival. 40+ bands. Multiple stages. Saturday, July 25th.

Mose Davis “SUNSHINE” CD Release Party. Sunday, July 26th. 6-9p. The SoChi Gallery. This on the heels of his Friday night performance at Chastain Park in Atlanta, opening for BABYFACE.

LOL …
Wanda Sykes @ Uptown Comedy Corner: July 30th & 31st, 800 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318

Jennifer Coolidge, Brett Butler & Hal Sparks @ Laughing Skull Lounge. Jennifer Coolidge is best known for her roles as “Stifler’s mom” in the AMERICAN PIE films, the manicurist in LEGALLY BLONDE. July 28: Brett Butler of GRACE UNDER FIRE. Sept 17 – 20: Hal Sparks known for his stint as the host of TALK SOUP. Also VH1 Shows and his starring role in QUEER AS FOLK. For tickets: call 877-523-3288. Laughing Skull Lounge is located @ 878 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

parthenon-eblastParty @ the Parthenon, a Greek-themed costume party. July 31st @ The SoChi Gallery.

Greenhaven, the first eco-friendly Decorators’ Show House in Atlanta. Open to the public until August 9, 2009, Greenhaven will showcase the latest in sustainable interior design, state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency. The home will feature over 20 of Atlanta’s top interior designers, each with a fresh and unique perspective on eco-friendly design. From a healthy home nursery and eco-pet suite to a green “tween” room and fly fishing experience, guests will enjoy an exclusive tour of the most innovative and sustainably designed interior spaces in Atlanta.

DOCS WHO ROCK! Macon Arts’ Taste of Music. August 15th @ The Blacksmith Shop. 7p-10p. If you are a doctor who’d like to be a celeb chef at this year’s event, contact Macon Arts @ 478-743-6940.

The Green Concert @ Piedmont Park, Aug. 15th

Weaver’s Weekend, August 29th. The Armory Ballroom. 8p-Midnight. $35 per person, open bar, meal included and music by John Dunn and the Jazzmen. All of the proceeds go to support Vine Ingle and the Mike Weaver Scholarship fund.

Check out my new column about mixing & mingling: “The SoChi Life” in the June/July issue of Macon Magazine.

I WANT TO ROCK-N-ROLL ALL NIGHT !

Chris Isaak, July 25th @ Chastain Park
Tori Amos, July 27th @ Chastain Park
Tom Jones, July 31st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
American Idols Live! July 31s @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Jonas Brothers, Aug. 22nd @ Phillips Arena
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

“In a world full of people there’s only some want to fly
Isn’t that crazy
Oh
But we’re never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy, crazy
No we’re never gonna to survive unless we are a little crazy” – SEAL

She Sells Sanctuary

sailing-in-the-edgartown-harbor1Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain is so on my Bucket List. But much like commercial air travel, I’m sure it sounds more exotic than it really is. I chose the fish over beef and jetted off to Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts for a little summer sanctuary. Searching for a little piece of PEACE.

Well, jetted might be overstating it a bit….I’ll just say, I made it by air, land & sea (a plane, bus & ferry.) Don’t ask! OK, I’ll tell you. Air travel & I don’t seem to get along. Inevitably something always happens…long story short, Cape Air owes me a round trip ticket.

Shake it off! I finally made it to the vineyard. The 95 degree Georgia temps now just a bad memory and the 66 degree vineyard embraces me like a mama embraces a child upon returning from summer camp!

jaws_posterThe movie “JAWS” was filmed in Martha’s Vineyard back in 1975. It’s also the place where I first met my wife back in 1985. It’s also the locale where JFK, Jr’s plane crashed in 1999, 10 years ago this week. It’s also a great place to eat LOBSTER!

I was there over the 4th and let me tell you…they do it old school! The Independence Day Parade down Main Street is SO Mayberry … in the best sense of the word. Small town charm with a lot of Big City guests. My son’s sailing class was in the parade this year and their float won some award. As day turned to night, we headed out to Chappaquiddick for lobster and fireworks. It was spectacular! As I’m watching these fireworks, it’s hard to believe that we are in a recession. You’d never know it!

Speaking of recession, I was encouraged to have my tea leaves read … to answer a few questions I have about the state of my affairs. Sounds weird, right? Well, I’m all about it. Bring on the funk! Fly that freak flag and I’ll be there to salute. I went to this very fancy tea house, The English Butler, and made an appointment with the very British owner, Alison David, to have my leaves read. After I drank the tea, Alison performed a little Psychic Surgery on me (her words, not mine.). Fascinating is all I can say…made all the more enjoyable by her lovely British accent!

We celebrated my sister-in-law Ellen Bender’s birthday @ Atria. Called “Sexy & Sophisticated” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, our table lived up to its moniker. We had the only outdoor table in the garden under a large tree – a chandelier hanging from a branch. Regrettably I didn’t have a camera to capture the very TOWN & COUNTY moment. This joint has ambiance by the boatful. The Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and swordfish entrée were delish. FYI: there is no better swordfish than the freshly harpooned vineyard variety.

Before I divert from the culinary tales, there is a MUST if visiting the vineyard. And that is the foie gras @ L’Etoile. It is totally to-die-for! Chef Michael Brisson’s Sauteed, Spice Crusted Duck Foie Gras is simply the best bite on earth.

I have an addiction: Sunglasses. The dealer: Summer Shades in Edgartown. The Drug: Oliver Peoples sunglasses. My latest fix: the “Robert Evans.” Ahhh…..with the eyes rolling in the back of my head.

Tip: If your cell phone or iPod gets wet, put it in a brisker for a few hours. It’ll dry it right out.

Fun Beach Read: “When You Are Engulfed In Flames” by David Sedaris. Warning: your laughter will annoy those around you.

Can you Moonwalk? Post your video on the Eternal Moonwalk site.

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

mos-davis-final-e-blastMose Davis “SUNSHINE” CD Release Party. July 26th. 6-9p. The SoChi Gallery. This on the heels of his opening for Babyface at Chastain on July 24th.

BRAGG JAM, July 25th! Macon’s ultimate summer music festival = over 40 bands take on multiple stages.

Party @ the Parthenon, a Greek-themed costume party. July 31st @ The SoChi Gallery.

DOCS WHO ROCK! Macon Arts’ Taste of Music. August 15th @ The Blacksmith Shop. 7p-10p. If you are a doctor who’d like to be a celeb chef at this year’s event, contact Macon Arts @ 478-743-6940.

Hector Santiago of PURA VIDA in Atlanta is going to be on TOP CHEF Season 6. Premieres Aug. 26th on BRAVO. Hector (PURA VIDA) catered my wife’s 40th Birthday Party…and he’s amazing!

Weaver’s Weekend, August 29th. The Armory Ballroom. 8p-Midnight. $35 er person, open bar, meal included and music by John Dunn and the Jazzmen. All of the proceeds go to support Vine Ingle and the Mike Weaver Scholarship fund.

Check out my new column about mixing & mingling: “The SoChi Life” in the June/July issue of Macon Magazine.

I WANT TO ROCK-N-ROLL ALL NIGHT!

Jonas Brothers, Aug. 22nd @ Phillips Arena
Depeche Mode, Sept. 1st @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Pet Shop Boys, Sept. 12th @ Chastain Park
Psychedelic Furs, Oct. 2nd @ The Masquerade
Kings of Leon, Oct. 9th @ Phillips Arena

THAT’S HOT!

Are you HOT? Well, I’m Burnin’ Up! …On Fire, Actually… Hot Child in the City! “I’m Melting, Melting” as the Wicked Witch of the West would say. Or as Michael Jackson sang so eloquently, “I’m Melting…I’m Melting mah… like hot candle wax…sensation..ah sensation…lovely where we’re at (ooh)”….What’s the deal with these soaring temps? I am not a fan. I was freaking out earlier this week that I was going bald…but now realize that I’m just “shedding” because it’s so damn HOT!

Well sadly, this week we shedded two of the hottest things to ever walk the earth: Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson.

farrah-fawcett19761Farrah Fawcett was my favorite “Angel.” Actually, I think she was one of my most favorite things…Ever! In the ‘70’s not only did I have THE POSTER hanging on my bedroom wall, I had a t-shirt with the iron-on that I wore until the image flaked off. I made a scrapbook filled with her photos that I cut out of every magazine I could find with her photo in it. Do you call that scrapbooking? If so, I was ahead of the curve on this trend. Farrah Fawcett Shampoo by Faberge, I used it. I was 13 and she was my first celebrity crush. She Rocked My World! The inspiration of Jiggle TV is gone…but an Angel eternally! And Eternally HOT!

michael-jackson Michael Jackson wanted to “Rock With You” but ended up bringing the whole world along with him as he Moonwalked to KING OF POP superstardom and rocking EVERYONE’s world in the process. As far as the “IT” factor goes, he had it in spades. You couldn’t get any hotter than Michael Jackson. The man could write, sing & dance like nobody’s business. I will forever regret that I never saw him in concert. I went through the whole “white sock/black loafer” fashion phase obviously inspired by MJ. Granted, Mike got freaky in the last decade or so, but hey, I admire his DON’T STOP ‘TIL YOU GET ENOUGH attitude. Saturday night cocktails at The Tic Toc Room was a Michael Jackson music marathon. Though he has been out of the public eye for quite a few years, you have give the man credit…his songs make up the soundtrack of our lives. My drinking buddies weren’t as entertained as I…until they saw me Moonwalk out of the bar…Literally! Man, I was impressed that I could still do it.

See you at the THRILLER DANCE in downtown Macon this Halloween. Thank you to The 11th Hour for this annual tribute. The King of Pop has left the building! God Bless the King.

Ok, I’m hooked…like heroine-addict to Blip.Fm. Have you checked it out yet? It is Super Hot! Go BLIP yourself. You’ll dig it.

Dinner Parties are Hot! I was fortunate to be invited to two this past week. Thank you to Ned & Priscilla Esser for the first and Carey Pickard & Chris Howard for the second. Though I can Moonwalk, I cannot cook…so I’m very appreciative of the invitations. Keep ‘em coming!

Speaking of hot, read Priscilla’s Tales of the PATTED bra at The Fabulous SoChi Life.

I’m Leavin’ On a Jet Plane tomorrow…so my next post will be on “island time.” In a place far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain. And not so HOT. Thankfully!

“Lovely Is The Feelin’ Now
Fever, Temperatures Risin’ Now
Power (Ah Power) Is The Force The Vow
That Makes It Happen
It Asks No Questions Why (Ooh)
So Get Closer (Closer Now)
To My Body Now
Just Love Me
‘Til You Don’t Know How (Ooh)
[Chorus]
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

First Friday’s Independence Day Beach Blast! July 3rd. 5-7 pm: Beach Party in Third Street Park. Music, Sandcastle Building & Beach Balls! For a complete listing of First Friday events, please visit http://www.newtownmacon.com.

Twilight Fans TwiTour July 10 – 12 @ the Westin Buckhead

The Bolingbroke Southern Jam benefiting Beau Slocumb. “An evening of great (Southern) music under the stars in beautiful Bolingbroke, GA.” July 25th. 4p – midnight.

Mose Davis “SUNSHINE” CD Release Party. July 26th. 6-9p. The SoChi Gallery.

PARTY @ THE PARTHENON, a Greek-themed costume party. July 31st @ The SoChi Gallery.

DOCS WHO ROCK! Macon Arts’ Taste of Music. August 15th @ The Blacksmith Shop. 7p-10p. If you are a doctor who’d like to be a celeb chef at this year’s event, contact Macon Arts @ 478-743-6940.

Weaver’s Weekend, August 29th. The Armory Ballroom. 8p-Midnight. $35 er person, open bar, meal included and music by John Dunn and the Jazzmen. All of the proceeds go to support Vine Ingle and the Mike Weaver Scholarship fund.

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