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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!”

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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.

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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”

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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.

GHETTO LIFE!

TwilightCitizen Alert: I was just “Glamored” at the Ghetto Kroger! Oh yes, in the Pet Food aisle. A guy approached me and acted like he knew me. “I know you from Kinetics?” he said. “No, I don’t go to Kinetics,” I say. He proceeds, “Are you from Forsyth?” “Aren’t you on TV?” Pathetic ploys to engage me in a convo. It was eerily reminiscent of that cheesy pickup line, “Haven’t we met before?” He’s now working me with flattery…glamoring me like a vampire. But Blinded Me With Science he did not. I may be shallow, but I’m not stupid. I DON’T know this guy and tell him so. “I have to go and feed my dogs, nice to meet you,” I say. Then he hit me with his best shot, “I saw you in the parking lot and followed you in here. Man, I just got out of jail, can you give me a few bucks for a taxi?” He was hustling me and freaking me out all at once! I wanted to go Ninja on him, but I, like any good Christian said, “Sorry, I don’t have any cash.” Times are tough for us ALL. Like the old saying goes, Desperate times call for desperate measures….the crooks are working alternative routes. So kids, watch out when you pop in to the grocery to pick up that pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia you’ve been craving …you might get fleeced.

The Pied Piper of SoChi failed miserably at the whole Father’s Day game. My kids have flown the coop for the summer leaving me to fend for myself in celebrating the only day that father’s are celebrated. This is an annual occurrence. My wife says she gives me the best Father’s Day gift ever: Peace & Quiet. But, on this particular day I always feel like a bachelor. So, when it comes to Father’s Day, Is Peace and Quiet really the perfect gift?

NIP/TUCK's Christian TroySpeaking of gifts, I received one this week that really raised some eyebrows! I’m at Chadwick Hudson Salon waiting on Jack Adams to cut my hair. I’m talking to Victoria Wright about life’s goings-on and thinking she’s really in to what I’m saying. Mid-sentence she interrupts me with, “Let me fix your eyebrows.” She’s not listening to a thing I’m saying, but dissecting my imperfections. After pulling the dagger out of my chest, I yield to her browbeating. Granted she’s the Brow Guru of Macon…I’m still uneasy about this…I have visions of NIP/TUCK’s Christian Troy dancing in my head….BTW, his “fixed” eyebrows creep me out! Victoria eases my troubled mind and rips out the imperfect hairs. Three minutes later my eyebrows were perfect..in a very NON-Christian Troy type of way. I know what you are doing right now. You are raising YOUR eyebrows!

The Masquerade
Peter Murphy RetrospectiveTour09Ok, I totally dig a good concert and that is exactly what I did Tuesday night. Goth Rocker, Peter Murphy played The Masquerade, an old mill turned into a very unique nightclub, in Atlanta. He has so got that whole British vampire game down and I frankly don’t know why he’s not singing the soundtrack for the “Twilight” films and “True Blood” TV series. Nobody sounds more haunting than Peter! I’m just saying. His INDIGO EYES are enough to glamor anyone.

Who’s Hungry?

Modern American comfort food & edgy industrial architecture collide to create an amazing new Atlanta restaurant: 4th & Swift. Located on North Avenue across the parking lot from The Masquerade. Foodies, 4th & Swift is a must! This place looks like it just stepped out of the pages of Wallpaper* Magazine. And coming from me, you can’t get any better than that.

Ok, here’s my HOT tip of the week. Try the Habanero Pimento Cheese sandwich @ Fountain of Juice. WOW! Just be sure and order a tall glass of water to go with it.

OK, now off to enjoy tonight’s dinner of Kroger’s Rotisserie Chicken Salad & Wheat Thins while listening to tunes on Blip.Fm. How’s that for a glamorous life?

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hungFind out just how Hard it is to make an indecent living: HUNG Season Premiere, HBO. Sun @ 10p following True Blood.
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Y-O’S Poetic Peace Open Mic @ The 567 Every Tuesday. 7p – 10p. 567 Cherry St.

Drag Queen Bingo @ The Hummingbird every 1st & 3rd Wednesday.

Thirsty Thursday @ The Patio behind the Hummingbird. Live music. Cash Bar. Thursday @ 5pm.

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 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. For more info go to http://www.mikeweaver.org

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile. Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day. They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

I WANT TO ROCK-N-ROLL ALLNITE!

depeche mode 2009Josh Carson CD Release Concert @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Saturday, June 27th. 8pm. $10 advance / $12 day of show.
Tori Amos @ Chastain Park. July 27th
Depeche Mode @ Lakewood. Sept. 1st
Pet Shop Boys @ Chastain Park. Sept. 12th

SLIDING MIRRORS

Like the sands of the hour glass, so are the days of our lives. OK, I’ve walked through 3 decades in the past 2 weeks. Not in some computer geek “Back To the Future” sort of time machine, but through a Disco, a Moonwalk and a Mattress. 70's Elementary

It began with The Studio 54 Party. Putting a themed event like that together, you really get “into it.” Well, the “it” was the 70’s. The retro lingo, clothing, period advertisements …gosh, If I could teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…I’d buy them all a Coke. Well, I just don’t have that sort of time, so I’ll just concentrate on throwing a party here and there. They can bring their own coke, I’ll supply the vodka.80s-legend

Last weekend we Moonwalked down to the Cox Capitol Theatre for the 80’s Reunion Party. Man was it ever the 80’s minus the big hair and party at The Krystal. As The Smiths sang, “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” but overall most folks looked somewhat similar and still looking for a good time. Big shout out to Lawson Brown who put this event together from Nashville, TN with his Facebook page. If this doesn’t prove the power of social networking, I don’t know what does.blog3

The following night, I landed right back in the here and now. Planted firmly in a cushy seat at The Macon Little Theatre I watched in shear delight as my two kids sang, danced and acted their way through the stage production of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. I have to say, I think I like my life best right here & now in the “mattress” decade!

Let’s Get Phallical, Phallical, I want get phallical, let’s get into phallical! (wonder how many times Olivia Newton John has heard that one?) OK, a new TV series is about to hit the airways this Sunday night. It’s called HUNG. And it’s about using the ASSets God gave you to make it through these troubled economic times. With the tagline “It’s Hard To Make An Indecent Living” you gotta give it a test run. Premieres Sunday @ 10pm on HBO, immediately following TRUE BLOOD.

Who’s hungry? You gotta try the prik @ Lemongrass Thai. I’d suggest the Moo Pad Prik King … It’s more than a mouthful and is bursting with flavor! It goes down smooth with a Thai in a Glass, their signature cocktail.

Looking for a gift for the dad who has everything and a little more? Professional Fitness Trainer Ricky Cain is offering a special on Personal Training classes. Ten 30min sessions for $280 & Ten 1 hour sessions for $440. Gateway Fitness Studios. 478-257-6428

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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Thirsty Thursday @ The Patio behind the Hummingbird. Live music. Cash Bar. Thursday @ 5pm.

Theatre Macon’s “A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING” Musical Revue. June 18, 19, 20 @ 8pm. June 21 @ 2:30pm. $15. For tickets, call 746-9485.

Art Tastes Good! FALLEN FRUIT: UNITED FRUIT @ LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 6522 Hollywood Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA. One of the artists, Austin Young, was recently in Macon photographing the stars of the upcoming film STUCK! This exhibition features a series of photographs and video installations exploring the social, political and pop history of the banana. Exhibition dates: June 17 – Sept 27.

Drag Queen Bingo @ The Hummingbird every 1st & 3rd Wednesday.

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

Y-O’S POETIC PEACE OPEN MIC AT THE 567 EVERY TUESDAY 7PM TIL 10PM 567 CHERRY ST.

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

The Macon Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2010 festival! Tell your filmmaker friends.

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile. Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day. They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!

Wet Willie @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Saturday, June 20th. $25.
Mose Davis “SUNSHINE” CD Release Party. July 26th. 6-9p. The SoChi Gallery. $10.
Josh Carson CD Release Concert @ the Cox Capitol Theatre. Saturday, June 27th. 8pm. $10 advance / $12 day of show.
Tori Amos @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre. July 27th.
Pet Shop Boys @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Sept. 12th

Grand Entrances

priscillas-entrance3“You walked in to the party like you were walking onto a yacht.” OK, people have you EVER been to a party @ The SoChi Gallery? Seriously, Priscilla Esser is the living embodiment of that verse sung by Carly Simon. This past Friday was The Studio 54 Party. Priscilla, dressed as “Bianca Jagger,” made her dramatic Cleopatra-style entrance atop a Tiger skin palanquin carried by 4 saronged boys: Anthony Ennis, Scot Cooley, Troy Tarpley & Pat Frost. ME-OW! WOW-WOW!

The SoChi Gallery was transformed into Studio 54 with a limo out front, the Velvet Ropes at the door, a line of folks in a que waiting to get in, nightclub lighting, a disco ball atop the amazing DKH Entertainment’s DJ setup, the authentic Studio 54 logo projected onto the wall by Macon Lights, the iconic Moon & Coke Spoon and a Warhol on the wall. Official Paparazzi included: Anna Scott and Gilbert Lee

NoChi dweller Daly Smith said, and I quote, “”If you’d told me 5 yrs ago I’d be at a party on Second Street and would have a problem finding parking spot I’d say you are crazy! Cheers to you for accomplishing the impossible!” I’ll take it. 54-party-shot2

This party was proof that Andy Warhol’s “Everyone’s Famous for 15 Minutes” quip rings true! Most of the guests were dressed in Retro-Fabulous “Disco Attire” but there were a few standouts that I must give props to. Craig Hamilton rocked it as “Iggy Pop,” Priscilla Esser, of course, as “Bianca Jagger,” Starling Thornsberry & Anna Stripling were gorgeous in their glittery frocks & very big hair, Christopher Brooks’ “Village People Indian,” Kim Sandefur’s maxi-lashed “Raquel Welch,” Mitch Kersey defined Glitter as “Studio 54” with disco ball septer in hand, “Porn-Stached Marcus Simmons and Jenn Hayslip’s “Supermodel Gia.” Jessica Garcia really POPPED in her Bubble Wrap dress. Jason Ancho was a perfect “Club Kid.” The Tampa foursome, Tommy & Alicia Rossiter and Todd & Kimberly Davis, blew into Macon ready to Disco-down…and they ALL looked the part.

As the clock struck Midnight and the moon jumped over the coke spoon, confetti was thrown down from the catwalk…making everyone just a little more sparkly!

The glitter faded and the sleep deprivation set-in on Saturday. What makes for good hangover food? The Fish Taco from Acapulco’s Mexican Restaurant! Yum, Yum. Especially if paired with their top shelf margarita. The hair of the dog, as they say.

Family Day Sunday was spent with the Atlanta Braves & Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field. Braves won 8 to 7.

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Macon Little Theatre Kid’s Production of “ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.” Performances: Friday, June 12 – 7:30PM; Saturday, June 13 – 2:30 & 7:30 PM; Sunday, June 14 – 2;30 pm

TRUE BLOOD Second Season premieres Sunday on HBO @ 9pm. true-bloodseason2-teaser-poster1

Y-O’S Poetic Peace Open Mic@ the 567 Every Tuesday. 7p til 10p. 567 Cherry Street.

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

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

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile. Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day. They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

SO CAMPY!
Camp Discovery at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. June 8-26 and again July 13-31. Children must have completed kindergarten, but cannot have completed the 6th grade. Museum members receive a discount for camps, and a $20 discount is given to families registering more than one child. 478-477-3232

Summer Kids Flicks @ AmStar Movie, Popcorn & a Drink for only $3. Every Tuesday & Wednesday @ 10am.

Looking for a cool summer camp for your kiddos? Well check this one out: Macon Clay Hand-building clay classes for ages 6 & up. 478-731-1376

Rock Star Camp! The 2nd Annual Otis Redding Singer/Songwriter Camp June 22-26, 2009. Geared for ages 12-17. The camp is $100 and includes lunch. Applications are available online at http://www.georgiamusic.org/ or at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Museum.

As the Disco Ball Turns

Call me a hedonist, but I love a great party – and I’m not ashamed to admit it! Hell, I live to party. Lucky for me I do it for a living. And by “it” I mean plan parties and events. I also admit that I’m attracted to shiny things and nothing says shiny like a big, beautiful Disco Ball! bianca2

In the late ‘70s there was no bigger party than Studio 54, the most famous nightclub in the world. Studio 54 ruled the night and for the creatures of the night, Studio 54 was Mecca. It was there that Bianca Jagger mounted a white horse and famously rode it through the velvet ropes and into legend, becoming an icon of the disco era.
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Well, folks, listen up … 1977 is back with a hedonistic vengeance. Burn, Baby, Burn. The SoChi Gallery is turning into a Disco Inferno this Friday night. And the SoChilites are about to ignite! Put on your boogie shoes and meet me at The Studio 54 Party and let’s Do the Hustle.

There is a new foodie spot in town and its name is Lemongrass. Thai baby Thai. Ok, I must admit I have a weakness for the Indonesian cuisine, but I must say I’m so happy to have a local access. A “must” is the “Thai in a Glass” Signature Cocktail. One just makes you yearn for another .. and another. Lemongrass has the feel of a big-city “IT” place and makes a nice addition to the Cherry Streetscape. Thai food is my fave…so much in fact that Thailand was my honeymoon destination. Their Shrimp Basil Roll on the Tapas menu is a must. lemongrass-logo

This past Sunday we celebrated “Family Day” at Six Flags. OK, the secret to success is to purchase the Gold Flash Pass in addition to the admission ticket. The price varies depending on how many are in your group. For a party of four it’s about $40/person. The pass will eliminate all wait times and make you a very happy camper.

TRUE BLOOD: The Complete First Season” is out on DVD. Catch up on the Fang-banging before to the second season of TRUE BLOOD premieres June 14th on HBO.

SO CAMPY!

Looking for a cool summer camp for your kiddos? Well check this one out: Macon Clay Hand-building clay classes for ages 6 & up. 478-731-1376

Rock Star Camp! The 2nd Annual Otis Redding Singer/Songwriter Camp June 22-26, 2009. Geared for ages 12-17. The camp is $100 and includes lunch. Applications are available online at http://www.georgiamusic.org/ or at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Museum.

Camp Discovery at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. June 8-26 and again July 13-31. Children must have completed kindergarten, but cannot have completed the 6th grade. Museum members receive a discount for camps, and a $20 discount is given to families registering more than one child. 478-477-3232

Summer Kids Flicks @ AmStar Movie, Popcorn & a Drink for only $3. Every Tuesday & Wednesday @ 10am.

Future Love Paradise

Famed Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon Photography Exhibit @ The International Center of Photography, New York City. Now through Sept. 6th.

DISCO NEVER DIED. It was just Resting Up for US! STUDIO 54 PARTY @ The SoChi Gallery is a ‘To Be Real’ deal. Friday, June 5th. 9pm until.

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

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile. Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day. They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

I Want to Rock-N-Roll All Night!
Goth Rocker Peter Murphy @ The Masquerade in Atlanta, June 23rd

Whiskey & A Go-Go

plez-smallWhiskey A Go-Go is a famous nightclub in Los Angeles, but this L.A. Story happened right here in Macon. The last few weeks our city has been an outpost for the Hollywood set.  Steve Balderson’s  women in prison film “STUCK!” wrapped production on Sunday.

The films lead actresses included Starina JohnsonKaren Black, Cult Film Queen Mink Stole,  Bob Dylan’s daughter-in-law Susan Traylor, Lead Guitarist of The Go-Go’s Jane Weidlin, Stacy Cunningham (who’s parents now live in Macon) and L.A. Belly dancer Pleasant Gehman.

kim-sandefur-the-gogos-jane-wiedlin-terrell-sandefur-indie-film-queen-mink-stole-stuck-partyKim & I hosted the cast & Crew party at my house on Friday night. Can I just say the house was crawling with some very cool cats. L.A. celebrity photographer Austin Young flew in to shoot portraits of the cast and luckily came to the dinner. I Had A GO-GO in my home!  Still wrapping my head around that while at the same time freaking out a little! A little advice on entertaining Non-Southerners…they love the BBQ from Pig in a Pit!  And just to satisfy the vegetarians, I picked up some Tomato Tarts from Fountain of Juice. All I have to say is there were no leftovers!

Saturday night was a Hollywood reprieve…The Jazz Association of Macon’s garden party was delicious. Hosts Ned & Priscilla Esser and of course Mother Nature created a perfectly perfect event…aside from the pavement diving granny.  But hey, it ain’t a party ‘til there’s some blood shed!

stuck-wrap-party-the-sochi-galleryI hosted the film’s Wrap Party on Sunday @ The SoChi Gallery. Ok, the film IS about women in prison and they are all on death row.  The main character, Daisy, is sentenced to hang so of course I had to make a statement with my signature cocktail: The “Hangin’ Daisy.” It was lethally yum and soothing to the throat.  But I have to say the highlight of the event was having one of the film’s stars (and world-renowned belly dancer) Pleasant Gehman entertain us all with a eye-popping dance.

One more thing I must say is that all the cast & crew absolutely loved Macon!  Several did not want to leave.  So, we can all be proud of the fact that we live in a beautiful & welcoming city! We are hoping that “STUCK!” will premiere at MAGA 2010…if so it will definitely be the place to Go-Go!

See you @ the Cox Capitol Theatre on Friday. My kids are desperate to see TWILIGHT (again!)

Future Love Paradise
Mary Cassatt Traveling Exhibit @ The Georgia Children’s Museum Museum.  May 12 – 22, 10:30a-5:30p.  $3 Admission ages 2 an up.

“Twilight” @ the Cox Capitol Theatre Friday, May 15, 2009 Showings @ 7:00p & 9:45p.  Tickets are $5.00

Macon’s Midnight Rider “Trolley Bar Crawl. “Friday, May 15 begins @ 8p

College Hill Corridor’s Movie In The Park: “The Graduate” May 17th @ 8:30p. FREE Event.

Tina Turner Tribute Concert starring Las Vegas performer & Macon native Michelle Marshall.  May 23rd @ The Douglass Theatre. 7:30 pm. $20 Adults, $10 Children.  For Tickets call: 478-742-2000.

DISCO NEVER DIED. It was just Resting Up for US!  STUDIO 54 PARTY @ The SoChi Gallery is a ‘To Be Real’ deal! Friday, June 5th.  9pm until.

DISCO & DIVA’S STUDIO 54 PARTY with SHIRLEY Q LIQUOR @ Club Synergy.
Friday, June 12th. 70′s themed event so come dressed as your favorite 70′s Diva or Dude.  Cash prize for the best dressed. $10 advance tickets, $12 @ the Door.

Check out my new column in Macon Magazine called The SoChi Life premiering in the June/July issue.

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile.  Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day.  They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

“STUCK!” & the Art of SoChilizing

If you don’t already know, Hollywood has come to Macon.  One of the films currently in production is a women-in-prison film noir (Black & White) directed by Steve Balderson called “STUCK!” I’ve had the pleasure of being an extra in several scenes.  But today’s shoot was Creepy-licious! Not quite like the swine flu, but it did involve me wearing a pig mask & a suit!  I can’t really go into it but..Wow!  I’m hoping that the film will make its debut at the Macon Film Festival.
You know about First Friday, right?  It’s the FIRST Friday of every month in Downtown Macon. Beginning at 5pm all the art galleries, shops, bars, restaurants are abuzz with lots of fun folks & SoChilizing.
This First Friday began for me at the Macon Arts’ opening of artist Nancy Huggins’ “SEEN” exhibit.  I had my eye of the Tricycle & the Dead Bird piece.  I know, sounds odd but go check it out.  The exhibit is on display through the end of May.

alan-gibson-artNext on the agenda was Alan Gibson’s Art Show @ The SoChi Gallery hosted by Macon Magazine. The show drew a huge crowd of big spenders.  Apparently this crowd is recession proof because the art was flying off the wall. The show almost sold completely out! At the end of the evening someone said that it looked like The SoChi Gallery was being looted – the crowd was departing and all were carrying artwork in their arms! A happy-ending indeed.

So good in fact that a confession was in my immediate future. The Street Corner Confessions booth was a fun new addition to the First Friday celebration. Of course, I can’t reveal what I confessed…aside from the fact that I loved the “I Confessed” sticker that I got to wear afterwards.  It was quite the conversation starter!

My night ended at the Tic Toc Room with Carey Pickard, Chris Howard, Mechel McKinley Aiello, Jesse & Sarah Gerwig-Moore and some very Delish Tuna!  The tuna was the dinner special and man, it’s just about the best thing I’ve ever had there. Red & Raw perfection.  TRY IT!

This past Sunday we celebrated FAMILY DAY by attending the closing performance of “FOOTLOOSE” @ Theatre Macon. http://www.theatremacon.com Standout performances by Jake Adams, Jake Grisamore, Rachel Giannattasio & Denver Pickard made the musical quite terrific!
Happy Mother’s Day to all your mother’s out there!

Future Love Paradise
“The Beauty of Place” art opening reception @ Frameworks Gallery Featured works of Karen Lawrence, Bill Suttles & Jane Gibout.    Thursday, May 7th.  6-8pm.  1205 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste 110; Marietta

IT’S 5 o’clock SOMEWHERE Party Friday, May 8th, 5-10pm @ Cherry St. Plaza.  Live Music featuring A1A…cash prizes for Best Parrothead costumes.  $35 in advance/ $40 @ the door.

Moondance 2009 presented by Friends of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, May 8th @ 7pm Hors d’oeuvres, Music & entertainment
Tickets: $50, $40 for Friends of the Trail. For Tickets call: 722-9909.

Tina Turner Tribute Concert starring Las Vegas performer & Macon native Michelle Marshall, May 23rd @ 7:30pm @ The Douglass Theatre, $20 Adults, $10 Children. For Tickets call: 478-742-2000

DISCO NEVER DIED. It was just Resting Up for US!  STUDIO 54 PARTY @ The SoChi Gallery is a ‘To Be Real’ deal. Friday, June 5th.  9pm until.

DISCO & DIVA’S STUDIO 54 PARTY with SHIRLEY Q LIQUOR @ Club Synergy. Friday, June 12th. 70′s themed event so come dressed as your favorite 70′s Diva or Dude.  Cash prize for the best dressed. $10 advance tickets, $12 @ the Door.

Check out my new column in Macon Magazine called The SoChi Life premiering in the June/July issue.

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile.  Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day.
They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

The Pied Piper & The Fabulous Bastard . . .

Last week I was “White Trash.” This week I’ve acquired two equally complimentary names: “The Pied Piper” and “SoChi’s Fabulous Bastard!” Can’t determine which I love the most! More on that later.

Macon’s biggest Pot Party was a smoking success! The FIRED WORKS Preview Party was a HIT. If you didn’t make it Friday night, you missed a great time. Beer, wine, food, music and lots of fun people……but no worries…the pottery show & sale is on through April 26th. Go check it out. Of the many terrific potters a few of my faves are Mark Knott, David Posner, Michael DeBarry, Jim Peckham & Michael Schmidt. Lots of serious talent under that one fabulous roof of the Round Building. Can I just give a shout out for a second? I must say that Beth Dunwody was the Beautiful Butterfly of the evening. Absolutely Stunning!

So, the fam went to see the Zac Efron flick “17 AGAIN” on Saturday night. The highlight was the trailor for “MY SISTER’S KEEPER.” I mean, in 3 minutes it had me crying. The evening took a turn south once the Zac Attack began. I’m just not that into predictable teen flicks….but the kids loved it. “LESS THAN ZERO” was made mention of in an 80’s flashback, so that made me happy.

What’s up with all the labels? Larry Najera called me “The Pied Piper” this week. The following day Priscilla Esser called me “SoChi’s Fabulous Bastard.” I took them both as compliments, is that wrong?

Now the peacocking matador in me loves this, but … Can a “Fabulous Bastard” still be a “Pied Piper?”

The Pied Piper of Hamelin and I have had common things happen to us. And I have taken a Rat out…but what about the children? MY children SPECIFICALLY. This complimentary “title” made me start thinking what kind of Pied Piper am I Really? For my kids, I mean. They tell me, as all kids tell their dads, “you’re the best dad in the world.” But I know it isn’t so. I don’t spend enough time with them. Do they really buy-in to what I’m selling? I couldn’t even talk them into going to the Second Sunday Jazz in the Park on Sunday. My now well-known eBlast is the reason for the Pied Piper title in the first place..but my kids don’t read that. So it’s up to me to connect with them.

Yesterday we decided to begin “FAMILY DAY” every Sunday. Some kind of family activity that we all do together…Bowling, Picnics, Tennis, Braves game, Museums, playing at the River Walk, etc….something fun that we do together. LOVE. LOVE will Keep Us Together!

tS

Future Love Paradise . . .

DRIVE. DRINK. ZINGO. $20 plus $2 per mile. Way cheaper than a DUI & no driving around looking for your car the next day. They pick you up in your car and drive you home. 478-254-6555.

The Red Tomato’s Spring Outdoor Concert featuring The Neo Kats. April 24th , 6pm – Concert @ 7 PM 7pm, $15 for Concert only
$30 for Dinner Concert
For Reservations, call: 478-994-6336

DISCO NEVER DIED. It was just Resting Up for US! STUDIO 54 PARTY @ The SoChi Gallery is a ‘To Be Real’ deal. Friday, June 5th. 9pm until.

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