David Sedaris rarely writes about politics, but his political leanings should not come as a surprise. He is, after all, a gay man who lives in France and writes essays that he reads on NPR.
So it wasn’t as if he came out of the closet exactly Wednesday night in a sold-out appearance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
But the first essay he read, unpublished and new to everyone but him, took on the 2008 election, California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban, and the image of America overseas a lot more overtly than Sedaris usually does.
As he traveled Europe in 2008, he said, he was constantly told by foreigners that the United States would never elect a black man as president. “Maybe not,” he told them, “but I’ll bet half of America could elect a half-black man.”
More typically of Sedaris’ humor, he wished that people wore campaign buttons “as big as plates, so you’d have more time to activate your scowl.”
The humorist, who has 7 million books in print and has become his own brand, also read a piece intended for “This American Life” (but never aired) on people who pretentiously master a foreign language, and a strangely wonderful piece that tied in a trip to Australia as an adult and being spanked by his father as a boy.
Sporting a pink neck-tie and with the sleeves of his white dress shirt rolled back to his elbows, Sedaris stood comfortably at a podium onstage and held forth for about 95 minutes, making notes on his pages even as he read. The pieces were so new, he explained, he was still revising them while touring.
‘Diva’ Extras Wanted
There’s a casting call this weekend at North DeKalb Mall for extras. According to reps, the open call will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm in the North Dekalb Mall located at 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur. Film reps will be in the Macy’s Wing, across from Ross: Dress For Less. No experience necessary.
All interested background extras need to bring a recent Polaroid-sized photo of yourself.
So what’s the series about, you ask? Here’s the short version sent to Buzz Central: “When beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe Deb (Brooke D’Orsay) has a fatal car accident, she suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven’s gatekeeper, Fred (Ben Feldman), who declares her a self-centered “zero.” Outraged, she attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, both personalities must learn to coexist in Jane’s plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.”
Cho’s rapid Atlanta fan base, meanwhile, may want to begin following the comic actress on Twitter as well. She frequently posts hilarious (and fyi, completely wrong ) tweets throughout her work day here. An example from Wednesday: “Maybe life here isn’t so dull. I have a new Hitachi, gonna see Katy Perry tomorrow, Eddie Vedder Thursday, the roller derby this weekend…”.
Braves Battle of the Bands Begins
The city’s sports and music fans have converged to help the Atlanta Braves select the finalists for the team’s Band of the Year competition. More than 250 bands applied for the 35 pre-game concert sets that began at Turner Field this week. More than 20 million music fans were recruited from each act’s fan sites to help persuade Braves reps to book their faves.
Among the musicians and bands competing for the crown: Julie Gribble, Thomas Tillman, Telluride, Jessica Urick, Ashley Rivera, The Fort Stewart Army Band, Megan Linville, Galen Crader, The Sun
Dogs, Krysta, The Breakdown, Brad Cox, South 70, Last November, Sundown, Block Party, Katelyn Pope, Ocean Street, Jason Coley, Courtney Dickinson, Bloodkin, Taj Motel Trio, Ben Deignan and Suburban Soul, Sundomingo, Sonia Leigh, Stereotype, Stephen Norwood, 17 South and Hightide Blues.
The winning Braves Band of the Year will win a free suite to the final home game of 2009. The team’s game entertainment staff will judge the groups based on combination of factors including crowd participation and enthusiasm.
And while we’ve yet to be treated to an actual performance from this band, Buzz’s personal favorite in the competition is based solely on the act’s name: Iron Mullet.
Contributing: Phil Kloer, Rodney Ho and news services.
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