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Archive for April, 2011

What if women went on a sex strike?

18475In Meg Wolitzer’s superb new book, “The Uncoupling,” a new drama teacher shows up in a small town and stages “Lysistrata,” the ancient Greek play in which women decide to ditch their fellas until they put an end to the Peloponnesian War. The play casts a spell on the town, and soon husbands and boyfriends are out of luck.

While the ladies have lost that loving feeling, though, they cling as ever to their techno-gear, and at times the entire town seems lit by computer screens.

‘The Internet is in a sense a spell. We’re all under these forces,” Wolitzer told us in an interview.”Being drawn to the blue green light of one’s computer screen is almost magical. I knew I didn’t want to just write a book about middle aged women complaining that their love lives had changed. That would be a very annoying book to read.”

She’ll discuss the book at at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Midtown.

the-uncouplingReading Wolitzer’s work is like watching a gentle snow fall. …

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Share your Johnny’s Hideaway stories

lvhideaway-1_362208_890573lJohnny Esposito, the founder of Johnny’s Hideaway nightclub, died Monday at age 79 after years of failing health.

Known to generations of Atlanta club patrons, Mr. Esposito was known as a genial host who loved the night life.

Earlier this year his club played a starring role in the movie “Hall Pass,” starring Owen Wilson and Jenna Fischer. The cast and crew of the comedy loved the place so much that they returned to Johnny’s just for fun last year after their scenes wrapped.

Tell us your Johnny’s stories and leave your condolences here.

- Jennifer Brett/jbrett@ajc.com/jbrett@ajc.com

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Tyler Perry, Chris Rock honored at Steve Harvey charity gala

Comedian Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie, from left, model Gelila Bekele and actor/director Tyler Perry at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday, April 4, in New York City. All photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation. Photos were provided to the AJC by W&W Public Relations, Inc.

Comedian Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie, from left, model Gelila Bekele and actor/director Tyler Perry at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday, April 4, in New York City. All photos by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Steve Harvey Foundation. Photos were provided to the AJC by W&W Public Relations.

Tyler Perry, Russell Simmons and Oprah BFF and talk show host Gayle King were among the many luminaries at the second annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala, held Monday in New York.

Steve Harvey, who calls Atlanta home now (part of the time at least!) co-hosted the fundraiser with Sherri Shepherd of The View.

Steve Harvey and Sherri Shepherd co-hosted the event.

Steve Harvey and Sherri Shepherd co-hosted the event.

Actor Boris Kodjoe (another Atlanta resident) and New York Giants player Justin Tuck were among the crowd of 500 or so.

Along with Perry, comedian Chris Rock and his wife, the global philanthropist Malaak Rock, and Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company all were recognized with Helping Hand …

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Drop Dead Diva needs your hot ride

“Drop Dead Diva,” the Lifetime show starring Brooke Elliott as a smart and sassy lawyer and comedian Margaret Cho as her wise colleague, films primarily in Peachtree City, but will be shooting in Buckhead this week.

Buckhead actually will play the role of Rodeo Drive for the scene. The legal comedy-drama is set in L.A., so the exterior scene will be set there, too.

Want in?

Bill Marinella Casting is looking for folks with upscale threads and fancy cars for a paid gig. E-mail photos of yourself and your ride to ddd3extras@gmail.com.

Put “Rodeo Drive” in the subject line.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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Sources: Matt Ryan ties knot

This photo of the happy couple is from http://www.sportsnipe.com.

This photo of the happy couple is from http://www.sportsnipe.com.

A handful of well-placed sources have told us that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got married over the weekend on the Georgia coast.

One source, whose family owns a place on Sea Island, told us Sunday that she had spotted Ryan leaving The Cloister, the resort on Sea Island.

Sea Island is a private island accessible via guard house only to resort guests, homeowners or people employed on the island. The site of the 2004 G-8 Summit, it’s a good place for a private event.

From the size of some of the wedding guests our source saw, it sounds like some of Ryan’s fellow NFL players attended. Before leaving, after valets loaded luggage into a big black Navigator, Ryan appeared and shook hands with all of the staffers.

Yet another source, who was attending a conference on adjacent St. Simons Island this week, told us that a clerk at an establishment down there told her they were getting ready for Ryan’s wedding as the …

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On eve of “Top Chef” victory, Richard Blais was giving back

Two days before his "Top Chef" victory aired, Blais got cookin' with Marcy Bass, from left, Joanne Birnbrey, Michal Ilai, Hilly Panovka and Peggy Roth. Photo by  Alana Zavett-Green

Two days before his "Top Chef" victory aired, Blais got cookin' with Marcy Bass, from left, Joanne Birnbrey, Michal Ilai, Hilly Panovka and Peggy Roth. Photo by Alana Zavett-Green

It’s two days before the big “Top Chef All-Stars” ending airs on Bravo.

You’re Richard Blais.

Hardly anyone knows you’re about to claim the crown.

So how do you spend your time in the 48 hours before you’re awarded the top toque and a $200,000 prize on national television? By lending your expertise to a charitable organization, of course!

“I’m getting ready to do a demo for the Jewish Federation,” Blais told us during a quick phone interview on Monday to talk about the impending “Top Chef” finale.

Indeed, Blais was the featured attraction at Monday’s “Blais-ing Through Passover” event for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, held at the Selig Center.

He demonstrated recipes such as a Mexican Pozole twist on matzo ball soup and beef cheeks with Asian pear puree and leek cannelloni for members …

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