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Lack of quality women? Yes, says I Need a Wife book

15 Jun

There are men who want to say “I do,” but a lack of quality women often makes them say “I won’t,” according to a new book by psychotherapist and author Jack A. Daniels.

Daniels will share some of the insights he learned while researching and writing I Need a Wife: Where Are the Real Women? on Saturday, 7-9 p.m., at the Green Room Actor’s Lounge.

After sold-out events in Macon and Knoxville, I’m sure Daniels is hoping for a strong turnout in the ATL. With dating and relationships being an ever-popular topic, from films — I met Daniels at the Atlanta premier of marriages-can-make-it docutainment movie Still Standing — to magazines, it’s a reasonable expectation.

It helps that I Need a Wife flips the script, with men expressing sentiments often shared by women. Daniels interviewed 1,000 men, and they tell “why they’re still single and the major role women play in this dilemma,” according to press materials.

Are the book and its related events self-serving? Daniels says he’s “sincere” in his promo video, and it’s possible that this started as a personal quest to find a quality woman to settle down with.

But there’s a part of me that feels suckered — like, of course any woman with hopes of getting married wants to hear that there are plenty of men ready to tie the knot. It’s a ready-made, Steve Harvey-proven market.

Check things out for yourself on Saturday. The event is free.

Get tatted up for a good cause: Stars for a Cure at West End Tattoo

7 Jun

West End Tattoo owner Tyrone “Red” Cooley is passionate about tattooing. And after seeing his mom suffer from lupus, he’s been just as serious about finding a cure for the auto-immune disease.

Cooley will be tattooing for 24-hours straight for the third annual Stars for a Cure fundraiser Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10, starting at 1 p.m.

For each star tattoo — pick whatever color you like, but the theme is red in honor of his mom’s favorite hue — Cooley is asking a $40 donation. All proceeds will be given to the Lupus Foundation of America-Georgia Chapter.

His goal is to raise at least $4,000. Contributions of all amounts are welcome, even if you decide a tattoo isn’t for you.

If you want to get tatted up for a cause, though, pre-register as soon as you can. The time slots are limited, so the earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your preferred time slot. I recommend the 9 p.m.-midnight slot, which will include Cooley’s birthday celebration.

But then again, Cooley is raffling off a $200 gift certificate to West End Tattoo for anyone who registers for slots between 2-9 a.m.

Sponsors P’Cheen and One Flew South will be providing complimentary food and beverages at the height of the event.

For more information on the event and West End Tattoo, check out the respective Facebook pages.

Postscript: Cooley’s mom lost her battle with lupus late last year. Make it a priority to come support him.

Elevate pool party starts Sunday

24 May

I love Memorial Day weekend for a variety of reasons — my birthday falls on it most years, there’s bound to be a barbecue somewhere, and it’s the start of the Elevate pool party.

Chris Nicholson and Mike Zarin have hosted the event at the W hotel downtown since 2009. Local and international DJs create the poolside vibe. Attendees run the gamut from fashionably fabulous to freshly hungover. All are welcome to don a bathing suit and swim, dance, take in the 16th-floor view, sip luxuriously (read: expensive) yummy cocktails or do it all.

Zarin says there’s been an uptick in the number of condos sold in the building over the last year. In an effort to let the ballers who bought there get their fair share of sunshine, the event will be held from 4-10 p.m. It’s also going monthly.

So schedule the last Sunday of every month for sunbathing and beats at Elevate. Free with RSVP. There’s a capacity limit, so arrive early.

Sunday School moves to new location tonight

20 May

Tonight, Salah Ananse moves his weekly Sunday School soiree to the Sound Table after nearly a year at the Reserve atop Cafe Circa.

I’m more excited about the event now that it’s at the Edgewood Aveune favorite, just a few doors east of Cafe Circa. Expect fewer cigars, a bit less pretense — although there have always been friendly faces and no formal dress code — and maybe more dancing.

The weather’s gorgeous (and will remain in the 70s till later), so check it out tonight and every Sunday at 8 p.m. until late. No cover.

The Gathering helps raise funds for Year of Boulevard project

4 May

TED is an annual conference of sorts that asks the world’s greatest minds to share what they’re passionate about, broadcasting these “ideas worth spreading” live and across all mediums.

For more than two years, Atlanta has hosted its own independent TEDx events, inviting Georgia-based thinkers and advocates to speak on an impactful theme such as “community.” That was the theme for March, when I attended. (I was mainly inspired and impressed. Check out my Tweets from the event on March 13.)

Out of that session came an initiative to move TEDx out from the Westside consulting agency where it’s held and into the community.

The Year of Boulevard is a project spearheaded by the Atlanta councilman for the area, Kwanza Hall. Hall is a strong supporter of economic equality and culture — you’re just as likely to see him leading a neighborhood clean-up in the Old Fourth Ward as you are chilling at the Sound Table.

Now you know Boulevard can be a straight mess. “Live Mas”? Not if I have to get food from the Taco Bell off Parkway. Let’s not even get started on the gas station off North, or the corner store just south of Edgewood.

According to the TEDx site, “the TEDxAtlanta Community is working to bring a Summer of Possibility to the kids of the Boulevard corridor through summer-camp scholarships, internships and entrepreneurial mentoring. … Our most immediate challenge is to raise the money needed to cover summer-camp tuition for the kids of Boulevard. It costs an average of $110 to send one child to camp for a week.”

Yes, $110 is steep. But you can contribute by donating a few bucks at the Gathering tomorrow night at Space 2. Kai Alce and Ramon Rawsoul are spinning, along with guest DJ Jamie 3:26 from Chicago.

The $5 admission does not include a donation to the Year of Boulevard, so bring a little extra.

Noot d’ Noot, Cloudeater at Star Bar tonight

27 Apr

Decisions, decisions. I bet you could check out Noot d’ Noot, Cloudeater and Glenn Underground if you timed it right.

Cloudeater is probably my favorite Atlanta-based band outside of Mastodon. I first heard them at a park in West End, copped the CD for a couple bucks, and the next thing I know, they’re opening for Little Dragon at the Masquerade. In the big room.

And of course, Noot d’ Noot has been holding down the funky disco music for a minute. Mathis Hunter is the ringleader of a big band where everyone looks and sounds like they are having a good time. You will, too.

$8. Doors at 9 p.m. So go to Star Bar first, check out Cloudeater’s opening set, get warmed up dancing with Noot d’ Noot, then head over to the Sound Table.

Glenn Underground DJing at Sound Table tonight

27 Apr

Chicago has been making a big showing in Atlanta recently, with Terry Hunter having played here on Saturday, and Glenn Underground playing Sound Table tonight for his first Atlanta appearance.

Kai Alce’s monthly Distinctive has brought some legendary DJs through town, and Alce is a force in his own right, many times opening up for the guest DJ or spinning solo.

“Glenn is part of the second generation of pioneers coming from Chicago, right behind legends such as Lil Louis , Larry Heard and Marshall Jefferson,” Alce says. He’s most impressed by Underground’s production — and the Friday-night set is a big deal considering the self-taught keyboardist’s beliefs often prevent such bookings.

$10 all night. Doors at 10 p.m., but you may want to come a wee bit later so that Sound Table’s dinner crowd clears out and you have room to dance.

Tambor welcomes Terry Hunter tonight

21 Apr

Tambor is on tonight at 595 North with special guest DJ Terry Hunter of Chicago. Residents Stan Zeff and DJ BE hold things down before and after. It’s $10 before midnight for Tambor members, $20 otherwise. ChanteSez don’t miss this party!

SpeakerFoxxx album release show tonight at El Bar

16 Apr

It’s the best lil bar in Atlanta … and according to OTL, she’s one of the best lil DJs in Atlanta.

Check her out for the album release of Dopegirl Anthems tonight at El Bar.

SoulPoetic goes down for free at Southwest Arts Center

13 Apr

Found out about this listening to DJ Tabone’s “Soul Chamber” show on WRFG-FM (89.3) on Wednesday. Jazz vocalists Alex Lattimore and Valencia Robinson will be joined by spoken word artist Okeeba Jubalo for this free event.  I’m not sure how Evolve! Artists Live was able to pull that off — perhaps with help from the Fulton County Arts & Culture office, and our tax dollars that contribute to it — but regardless, take advantage.