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Archive for September, 2010

Usher’s OMG Tour to kick off this fall

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Usher is heading back out on tour. The Atlanta R&B star has announced on his website that he’ll take his show on the road this fall.

The OMG Tour kicks off in Seattle and includes 25 dates.

After kicking off on the west coast on Nov. 11, Usher will make his way back back east, and will perform for a hometown crowd on Dec. 5 at Philips Arena.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 17.

We got a little sneak peek at what fans can expect, when Usher took the stage on Aug. 6 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre during a charity event benefiting his foundation. He sounded great and seemed happy to be on stage, energized by the enthusiastic crowd.

See full details about his upcoming tour here.

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Jennifer Aniston sighting!

Jennifer Aniston had dinner at Chops last night, we hear.

The A-lister is in town for the filming of a film called “Wanderlust,” with Paul Rudd.

Our tipster spotted the lovely Aniston and some associates with the film, including director David Wain. She had the sole.

Now as you may also have heard her former honey John Mayer’s here too and stopped by Eddie’s Attic for a surprise set last night. They deny rumors of their romance rekindling, though.

Naturally, we will keep our antennae up for any more Jen-John news!

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Site: T.I. is back in town, performing at club

T.I.'s mugshot, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office

T.I.'s mugshot, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office

Following his latest brush with the law, T.I.’s lawyers said he would be coming back to Atlanta to deal with the legal implications of another arrest.

A video on the hiphopblog.com website seems to indicate that the rapper is indeed back home. This clip posted on the website is billed as “T.I. performs at club in Atlanta after his arrest in L.A.”

The AJC is trying to learn more about exactly where and when the video was shot. A few readers have responded with tips on the location: either The Velvet Room or Club Ritz. We’ve contacted both establishments to ask.

Were you there?

The clip shows T.I. rapping along with music at what appears to be an impromptu performance.

Authorities say that several pills found on the Grammy award winner and his new wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were a type of ecstasy, a drug used at raves and clubs to enhance sense of self-confidence and energy.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department …

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Cheers! Labor Day libations

Are you ready for some football...themed cocktails? Here's one for LSU fans, left, an UNC fans, at the downtown Ritz-Carlton

Are you ready for some football…themed cocktails? Here's one for LSU fans, left, an UNC fans, at the downtown Ritz-Carlton

Ready to toast the end of summer? We checked out a few specialty cocktails this week to help you plan how to raise a glass to fall.

First, the downtown Ritz-Carlton has Louisiana State University and our fellow University of North Carolina fans covered with “Bayou Brew” and “Real Deal Tar Heel” cocktails. They’ll be on the menu at Lumen, the hotel’s bar, this weekend to commemorate the Saturday LSU-UNC game at the Georgia Dome.

Bayou Brew is made with Southern Comfort, Bacardi, Triple Sec, Berry Fusion Pucker, sour mix and cranberry juice. The “Tar Heel” features Stoli, Bacardi, Triple Sec, Blue Curacao, sour mix and Sprite.

Morgan Fose, here to serve at the W Hotel in Midtown

Morgan Fose, here to serve at the W Hotel in Midtown

Over at the Midtown W, mixologist Morgan Fose has created a number of elegant concoctions featuring Grey Goose vodka. The pear-tini, with Grey Goose La Poire, …

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Gate-crasher thwarted at Fashion Cares

Front row at Fashion Cares. Far as we know these folks were all on the up and up.

Front row at Fashion Cares. Far as we know these folks were all on the up and up.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares is air-kissing Atlanta’s annual rite of fall, reuniting socialites who have been rent apart by European trips and destination spa getaways over the summer.

Reassembled for this yearly celebration of fashion and philanthropy, they zip about in a glad frenzy, their scarlet Christian Louboutin soles flashing. We entered the glittering scrum this week and can report that the fall social and charity season has officially kicked off.

Chaired by Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams, the event featured designs of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler (the takeaway: green is the new black). Sara Blakely served as honorary chair.

Jenn Hobby, left, and Jamie Annarino. The *real* Jamie Annarino.

Jenn Hobby, left, and Jamie Annarino. The *real* Jamie Annarino.

Speaking of chairs, we had to laugh when some aspiring parvenu showed up claiming to be celebrity publicist Jamie Annarino and demanded her seat. The only problem …

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Georgia Trend celebrates its 25th with gift

09_10_annivGeorgia Trend magazine is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a special gift.

The statewide publication, headquartered in Norcross, is donating its papers to the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Publisher Neely Young and wife Kathy, along with their son, associate publisher Ben Young and wife Temple, welcomed a group of Georgia Trend staff members and friends, along with representatives from the library, at a luncheon last week at the Commerce Club downtown.

“The history of business in Georgia really is the history of Georgia,” said university librarian William Potter. “For us, Georgia Trend is the perfect blend of business, politics and journalism.”

Celebrating with the Youngs were business consultant and political commentator Bill Crane; longtime journalist and pundit Bill Shipp; Dink NeSmith, president of Community Newspapers Inc. and a past president of the UGA Alumni Association; developer …

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Georgia Music Hall of Fame to induct Black Crowes

“We’re the least career-minded group of people who ever got a band together,” said Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson, giving us a sneak peek at his acceptance speech for next weekend’s Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards.

Kidding!

Robinson, who hails from Cobb County, was gracious enough to grant Buzz an interview on the occasion of his band being selected for induction into the Hall this year. He called the honor “a super cool thing. I’m totally excited to be in.”

Coming together in the 1980s, the Black Crowes were “a bunch of art school drop-out, bohemian weirdos,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t about fitting in. Then when we made ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’ our lives changed.”

The Black Crowes, recording and touring again after a hiatus, will hit the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. Robinson said that after all these years, he’s thrilled to still be making music and is excited about the Hall of Fame event. “The ‘music’ comes before the …

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Black Gay Pride festival begins with vigil

47444_1509972021858_1011078506_1489645_5225986_nAtlanta Black Gay Pride begins tonight with a candlelight vigil. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Metropolitan Community Church at 1379 Tullie Rd.

Most of the festival’s events will take place at the Loew’s Hotel, with workshops planned at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead and a pool party at Piedmont Park.

Pre-registration and a VIP reception will be held Thursday and the official opening ceremony is Friday night, followed by outings at several locations and a “Fire and Desire Mini-Ball.”

After full days of events on Saturday and Sunday, including a marketplace, fashion show, health workshops and film festival, things wrap up late Sunday night with “Rickie’s Midnight Cabaret.”

For full event details see the official Web site.

Atlanta police are investigating the recent shooting death of Atlanta Black Gay Pride organizer Durand Robinson. They have not yet determined a motive, and Robinson’s family members told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution they suspect the crime was …

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