Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Gallery Night @ The Independent News

ROCKER ART This Gallery Night is going to rock … literally. Support original music at the Independent News-sponsored CD release party for 60 Cycles of Sound.

TK101 will set up shop outside.

Local musician Davey Hooligan will have his stained-glass work on display and Jason Holstein will showcase his vagina-inspired metal sculptures.

The fellas from 60 Cycles of Sound—guitarist/vocalist Rodney Ueberroth, bassist Holstein and drummer Ben Bogan—have crafted a true indie rock gem with their self-titled debut. Armed with an arsenal of power-pop anthems, the new release is chockfull of radio-friendly tunes including “Pop, Anti-Pop” and “Dear You.” Raising the bar a few notches for local musicians, it’s the most promising record our crack music staff has listened to in years.

HIGHLIGHT: Remember their beach ball experiment at our IN Music Awards ’06 showcase? Our pals from 60 Cycles of Sound won this year’s “Best Live Show” IN Music Award for a reason. Expect a few surprises—like a flying mannequin with fairy wings holding a guitar. Don’t ask.
YOU’LL LIKE IT, IF YOU LIKE: Art, beer and rock ‘n’ roll.

5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17


Independent News
124 S. Palafox Place
438-8115 or

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Photos of singer-songwriter Eric Himan

One of my favorite up-and-coming singer-songwriters is Eric Himan. He stopped by Loaded Gun headquarters a few weeks back to tape a segment for "IN Your Head Radio."

Click here to see the photos.

Fire Your Boss

An angry woman stormed into the Independent News' offices the other day upset about what she thought was a blatant attempt by the Pensacola News Journal to make a swipe at President Dubya.

It seems that the Gannett-owned daily accidentially placed a sticky-note advertisement over the photo of President George W. Bush speaking at the Pensacola Civic Center on Monday, Nov. 6. The clincher: the ad reads "Fire Your Boss."

Bradshaw is "Lightning In A Bottle"

Even when that proverbial overnight success takes 10 years, things happen fast in the music business when the movers and shakers encounter a future superstar. In the case of country singer-songwriter Woody Bradshaw, George Burton, President of Primoris/Universal Records, truly felt he was capturing "Lightning In A Bottle" the name of the Pensacola native's debut album, set for release on November 21.

Bradshaws first single, the heartfelt mid-tempo ballad The Last Thing You Do,” has been shipped to major and secondary country stations all around U.S. in mid-October. The singer has been on a major radio road trip ever since, visiting stations in Texas (Dallas, Waco, Fairfield, Corpus Christi), Louisiana and Alabama and is slotted to stop in Pensacola and surrounding areas where he will have his first of 3 album release partiessince Pensacola is hometown for Bradshowas well as outlets in Georgia and Tennessee over the next few weeks.

He will follow-up with album release parties in Nashville on November 15 and in Findlay, Ohio on November 17, hometown of Burton.

Click here for details.

"Lillie & Leander" correction

Here's an e-mail from "Lillie & Leander" producer, Alice Brewton Hurwitz:

Who was your source for the piece you put up on your blog about "Lillie & Leander" as there were details that were incorrect about the film. The film has only been submitted to Sundance - not accepted to premiere. Also - only a 4 min. trailer was screened to the African American Heritage Society. Your blog made it sound like the whole feature was screened at a private film festival screening which it wasn't.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Emmitt Smith makes "Dancing" finals?

Who could've imagined that ABC's crew of waltzing celebs—like former teen star Joey Lawrence, soap star Harry Hamlin and actress Vivica A. Fox —parading around in frilly outfits and ballroom dancing would attract football legend and Pensacola native Emmitt Smith?

Definitely not us.

In the most contested race on TV Tuesday night, ABC's reporting that Smith, Joey "WHOA!" Lawrence and Mario "Saved By The Bell" Lopez are all tied in first place with 59 out of 60 points on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

Now it's up to the voters.

In 2005, the 36-year-old Smith retired from the National Football League as the all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards and a record 164 touchdowns.

ABC will announce who made the cut tonight.

Can you hear me now?

A well-known wireless telephone company's slogan led to the arrest of a Pensacola man this afternoon after he took a media crew's microphone and stashed it in a backpack.

Donald George Yeo, 27, of 46 Manner Dr., was charged with grand theft.

The incident occurred 1:30 p.m. while Pensacola Police officers were working security outside the Pensacola Civic Center during a political stop involving President George Bush. Officer Pearce Baker was one of the officers monitoring protesters at the intersection of Alcaniz and Gregory streets.

Meanwhile, WEAR reporter Dan Thomas and cameraman Rodney Lambert were also at the intersection doing a story and waiting for the President to arrive. Baker said Thomas had placed a wireless microphone on a power box behind the group of protesters in an effort to get audio on them as the President's motorcade arrived.

When Thomas went to check on the microphone, he noticed it was gone. Thomas then notified police.

Baker, Officer Jim Bell and Sgt. Robert Hurst then approached the protesters and asked if anyone had the microphone - but no one said anything. In an effort to find the microphone, Lambert turned up the audio on the camera across the street.

Hurst then walked among the protesters repeating the Verizon Wireless slogan, "Can you hear me now?" and watching Lambert, who was listening and indicated when he could hear Hurst talking.

The microphone was found in a backpack on the ground but no one admitted owning the backpack.

Officer Brad Burrus, who was in a vehicle about 30 yards away, was also watching the group. When he saw the officers among the protesters, he called and asked what was wrong. Burrus then said he had seen the suspect remove something from the power box and place it in the backpack.

The wireless microphone, valued at approximately $600, was recovered and Yeo was taken to jail.

Pensacola Film Fest recap

There was more bark than bite coming from the rumored backlash surrounding a few of the featured films at last weekend’s Pensacola International Film Festival.

Heidi Ewing, co-director of the controversial “Jesus Camp” who was in town with her fiancĂ© for the Pensacola premiere, stopped by our invite-only VIP party held at the Independent News on Friday, Nov. 3.

“I was hoping for some protestors,” she muses, standing outside our office. As she was talking, a duo of young evangelists handed the NYC-based filmmaker a “Road to Heaven” Bible tract.

When asked about the male prostitute controversy surrounding Rev. Ted Haggard—a featured player in “Jesus Camp” and former head of New Life Church--Ewing didn’t seem surprised. “Out of all of the people I had in front of my camera for an entire year, he was the most combative,” she adds.

As far as reports that Pastor Becky Fischer, director of the “Kids On Fire” retreat chronicled in “Jesus Camp,” is closing her doors after recent acts of vandalism directed at the church, Ewing seemed shocked.

“I recently talked to Becky,” says Ewing, expressing obvious concern for Fischer. “I haven’t heard about that.”

There was some behind-the-scenes chatter surrounding the private party for the filmmaker of “Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence, “ a feature-length documentary film that examines the case of a black man suspected of raping and murdering a white woman at the turn of the 20th century in Pensacola.

While investigating the rape and murder of great-great aunt Lillie Davis, Alice Brewton Hurwitz stumbles upon an explosive family secret. While newspaper accounts of the time reported the vigilante lynching of Lillie’s suspected assailant Leander Shaw in fascinating detail, Hurwitz discovers that the men in her family exacted their own 25-year-long system of revenge.

The film, featuring interviews with Assistant State Attorney Russ Edgar and local African-American historian Ora Wills, has been submitted to the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Loaded Gun’s sources, Hurwitz ended up pulling the explosive trailer for “Lillie & Leander” off her website after receiving threatening e-mails.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Horror Fest coming to Pensacola's Rave 16

Halloween may be over, but the spine-chilling will continue for horror fans in Pensecola with "8 Films to Die For: After Dark Horror Fest 2006," a weekend of never-before-seen terrifying films. From Nov. 17-19, horror film fans in Pensecola and across the country will simultaneously get the scare of their lives as Horror Fest 2006 debuts the eight films in 35 cities over the course of three days, establishing itself as the largest film festival of its kind.

Created by After Dark Films’ Courtney Solomon (writer/director/producer of “An American Haunting”), the first annual Horror Fest will nationally release horror films that would ordinarily be deemed too controversial or graphic to the public (listed below with an eight film to be announced soon). Three of the eight films are productions from Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio.

Here's the list of films:

Unrest”: A medical student collapses upon sensing a presence about her cadaver. Her fears are strengthened by a mysterious death and she must find out the truth behind it before an angered spirit can wreak its vengeance.

“Penny Dreadful" (starring Mimi Rogers and Rachel Miner): Young Penny goes on a retreat with her psychologist. The intention is to help her overcome her phobia of cars. But, rather than easing her nerves, the events find her in a nightmarish situation where her worst fears end up coming true.

“The Grave Dancers”(starring Dominic Purcell): A group of friends' lives are invaded by a trio of hostile ghosts after they engage in a drunken bout of grave dancing during a wake for an old chum.

“The Hamiltons”: A picture-perfect American family is always kind, loving and respectful to their neighbors … except when they wind up killing them.

Reincarnation (Rinne)”: A suspenseful, psychological horror film from the director of "The Grudge" and "The Grudge 2.”

“Dark Ride” (starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler): Ten years after he brutally murdered two girls, a killer escapes from a mental institution and returns to his turf, the theme park attraction called "Dark Ride.”

“The Abandoned”: A film producer who was adopted as a baby and sent to America returns to the family farm in her native Russia. Once there, strange things begin to happen.

Camp featured in documentary closes

The owner of Evangelical Christian camp Kids On Fire, which was featured in the Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady documentary "Jesus Camp" (premiering at the Pensacola International Film Festival 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, has announced the camp is closing its doors.

The Christian Post spoke with camp owner Pastor Becky Fischer about the closing, and the recent acts of vandalism directed at the church. Camp administrator Reverend Winston Titus blames the release of the film for directing hostility toward the Assemblies of God organization. "Right now, we just want it to be over, any publicity just stirs things up," Titus says.

Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Perfectly Aged calendar

Wanna see Pensacola's older community leaders almost naked? Of course you do.

The 2007 Perfectly Aged calendar is back and features classic, black-and-white photographs of Pensacola Bay Area community leaders.

"We are very excited about this year's project. The models have really gone all out this year to express their spirit and vitality. We also owe a lot to last year's models who set the bar high and got the project off to a great start," say Jeff Nall, vice-president of marketing communications for Council on Aging.

This year's models include cover couple Capt. Flack and Mrs. Kathleen Logan; Conner Cagle, of Olive Drop Martini Bar; Dona Usry, Council on Aging board member and community volunteer; Roger MacDonald; John B. Clark, President/CEO of Council on Aging; Glenys & Malcolm Ballinger of Ballinger Publishing; Robin Martin of Distinctive Kitchens; Rocky and Lynn DeSimone; Wayne Peacock, Circuit Court Administrator; Bill Green of Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop; Carol Law of Drug Free Workplace and Joe Gilchrist of FloraBama Lounge.

The calendar will be unveiled 7-11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at a private club located at 1897 Cypress Street in downtown Pensacola. Click here for details.

Mediacom dropping WEAR?

Mediacom Communications announced earlier this week that it had begun notifying its cable subscribers that they could lose the ability to view local broadcast stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group--including our local ABC affiliate, WEAR-TV-- beginning Dec. 1

Mediacom also filed an emergency retransmission complaint at the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday, asking the agency to force Sinclair to “immediately commence negotiations in good faith.”

Under “customer updates,” Mediacom insists that it was Sinclair that “decided to pull its stations” off Mediacom systems beginning Dec. 1. The updates called Sinclair’s demands for “millions of dollars” in payments to continue to carry the stations “outrageous” and urged subscribers to call the TV stations’ managers to protest.

John Mayer returns to Pensacola

John Mayer returns from his international tour to begin a series of U.S. dates in support of his third studio album, "Continuum."

According to his website, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform at the Pensacola Civic Center on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 9.

Before hitting the road, Mayer discussed on his widely-read blog his excitement to tour again and debut songs off the highly anticipated "Continuum." "It's a brand new show," Mayer wrote on "Even the old tunes are new."

Click here for the lowdown.
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