B-52’s frontman Fred Schneider himself phoned Buzz Central to give us the inside scoop on his next Atlanta DJ gig: The 17th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit set for Aug. 31.
The vocalist has agreed to be the celeb spinner at the evening’s after- party at the W hotel downtown.
“I’m real busy with the B’s but I couldn’t say no to such a great cause,” Schneider spills to Buzz. “Besides, you know I always love an excuse to get back to Atlanta and Georgia.”
The evening’s beneficiaries, The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta and the AIDS Partnership Fund also played a role in snagging the singer.
As Atlantans know, Schneider has previously treated the city to his eclectic record collection via gigs at Bazzaar in Midtown. He says he’s awaiting word from the evening’s organizers on whether he’ll be flying into the city with “my dance or my loungy stuff.”
One thing’s for sure: Schneider will treat locals to a spin of The Superions‘ new single, “Totally Nude Island.” Schneider provides the “demented ’60s travelogue” voice work on the unexpected college radio and iTunes hit, a side project with musician pals Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall.
“The lyrics just sorta popped out of me!” laughs Schneider. “It wasn’t really planned. It was just a one-off thing that we thought would be funny to put on iTunes. People seem to like it.”
Longtime Fashion Cares supporter and Dave FM midday-host Mara Davis is psyched by the addition of Schneider and young fashion designer Jason Wu to this year’s line-up (Wu became an overnight rock star in the fashion world this year when first lady Michelle Obama showed up to the inaugural balls in one of his designer frocks).
“I’m a huge B-52’s fan,” Davis told us. “Every year the star power of this event just gets bigger.” Davis also told us that Schneider has an open invitation to co-host her popular wacky weekday musical free-for-all, “Radio Free Lunch” while he’s in town this summer.
Fashion Cares will take place at 55 Allen Plaza downtown at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31.
For more info: www.jeffreyfashioncares.com/atlanta/ or 404-745-0293.
Saluting a couple of ‘Spirits’
In these tough times, good arts supporters can be hard to find and harder to keep. Georgia Shakespeare has two in Bob and Margaret Reiser, and has named couple recipients of the inaugural Spirit of Will Award. The Reisers will be honored Saturday night during the theater’s annual fund-raiser, “Bard’s Bash 2009: A Mad Hatter Gala,” at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the Oglethorpe University campus.
The couple have been active on multiple cultural boards across the city, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre. “Bob and Margaret are true believers in the impact the arts have on our everyday lives as well as the power the arts can have on an individual, a school, or a city,” producing artistic director Richard Garner said.
Tickets for the gala, $150, benefit Georgia Shakespeare’s educational programs. Information: 404-264-0020 or gashakespeare.org.
Braves Baseball 101 for ladies
Atlanta Braves Matt Diaz, Peter Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty and Buddy Carlyle have, er, bravely agreed to be the guinea pigs/instructors at a ladies-only Baseball 101 seminar scheduled for June 6 at Turner Field. At the fan-friendly clinic sponsored by Publix, the boys will offer fun tutorials on batting, fielding and pitching skills. We’re told that women are encouraged to register as soon as possible since space is limited. Also, the registration will include two tickets to that night’s 7 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Brewers, ($80 for the upper box package and $110 for the outfield package) with proceeds going to the Atlanta Braves Foundation and the Doris Shaheen Breast Health Center at Piedmont Hospital. Plus, you score lunch, a Baseball 101 T-shirt, and a Braves gift bag with an autographed item. Ladies 18 and over can register now at www.braves.com/baseball101 or contact the Braves Community Affairs Department at 404- 614-1435.
But please be advised: none of the participating players’ cell phone digits are included with the registration fee.
Actor Anthony Geary is 62. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 59. Composer Danny Elfman is 56. Actress Annette Bening is 51. Guitarist Mark Lee of Third Day is 36. Cartoonist Aaron McGruder (”Boondocks”) is 35. Singer Melanie Brown (”Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 34.
Contributing: Howard Pousner and news services.
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