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Weekend Agenda

August 30, 2007

Wow, this weekend is looking crazy packed with fun things to do. So much that I can only do about half of them, but here’s what I’m thinking:

Friday night:
ISP is having their last show (sadly, they are closing their doors), with a few bands including the best indierock band in town – The Preakness – and the ever-lovely songstress Kitty Snyder. If I can get away from work then you’ll probably find me there…

OR at Eyedrum for the 11:11 Teahouse benefit show. 11:11 is one of my favorite local hangs; they’ve been very supportive of the indie music and art scene over the last couple of years. But to remain a fixture on the scene music-wise, they really need a PA system, and Eyedrum was cool enough to come to their aid with this benefit show. Several bands that I’ve never heard of are playing, along with Magic Apron whom I’ve been curious to see, a Subliminator impersonation contest which sounds rather interesting, and visuals by Bean Summer of Lenny’s fame.

But wait, there’s more… also on Friday night, recent Atlanta transplants Fernandina hold their CD release show at the Red Light Cafe. Fernandina features Amy Coccia on guitar and vocals, and they do the indie-folk thing sort of along the lines of Rilo Kiley’s countrier moments. Very good stuff.

Saturday:
… is the Decatur Book Festival. Last year I braved the rain to take in some of this, and it was really a lot of fun. I’m hoping to attend even more of it this year, as Hollis Gillespie is participating in several panels. Here are the ones I thought sounded interesting; see the full schedule at the book festival’s website:

Letitia Pate Evans Hall (Evans Dining Hall) Terrace Level, Room ABC
9 – 9:50a
After the Writing
In which we discuss the journey of your finished manuscript, from
editor to publicist to best-seller list, and what new responsibilities
writers will encounter along the way.
Hollis Gillespie
Sarah Reidy, Soho Press

10 – 10:50a
The Sort of Famous Me
Writers and editors talk about the alter ego they are generating
through their blogs, MySpace pages, and traditional publicity. A
primer on how to build your fame and your audience.
Hollis Gillespie
Sheri Joseph
Amanda Stern

11 – 11:50a
How to Break into Hollywood Screenwriting
Jeffrey Stepakoff, a writer and producer for shoes like “The Wonder
Years” and “Dawson’s Creek” and the author of Billion Dollar Kiss,
talks about writing for the Hollywood screen – from a home base in the
Atlanta area.
Jeffrey Stepakoff

5 – 6p
Writing, The Game Show
In which writers and editors share their wisdom on the topic through
the completely awkward vehicle of a “Hollywood Squares”-like game
show.
John Warner
Jeffrey Stepakoff
Hollis Gillespie
Amanda Stern

Saturday night:
11:11 is hosting a good-bye show for ISP, and while I’m not sure of the exact line-up yet, I do know it includes my friends North Elementary from Chapel Hill, and they bring it. Think Flaming Lips meets Sparklehorse meets Wilco, sort of. Psychedelic yet very catchy indierock.

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  1. August 30, 2007 12:11 pm

    I wish I was going to be here this weekend. Looks like lots of fun stuff!

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