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Fans, musicians brace for demise of two music venues

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Music fans are already lamenting an Atlanta without two of its most durable concert venues. A few days ago, a developer bought the property surrounding the Masquerade, the concert hall housed in an old mill on North Avenue.

And Smith's Olde Bar is getting the boot from its new property owner in Midtown, following the death of the previous longtime owner.

"Nirvana, David Bowie, Warren Zevon..." Steve LaBate is ticking off the names of venerable acts that have played at Smith's and the Masquerade. The musician and music publicist is standing on the Atlanta Beltline, overlooking the venue.

LaBate says the spirit of the Masquerade is fueled by its lively history. The gritty property hosting an electronic music festival this weekend may be hosting apartments and trendy eateries before long.

Smith's Olde Bar ordered to vacate; building up for sale


ATLANTA -- An Atlanta bar with decades of history - in a building continuously owned by the same family for many more - is getting the boot as the historic building goes up for sale.

Smith's Olde Bar sits at the apex of Piedmont and Monroe in building familiar to locals for 90 years. But now, the future of the bar - and the building - is unknown.

"It could be residential, it could be office - it's a very cool old building," Tim Holdroyd of City Realty Advisors said.

He's in charge of the sale of the building.

"This building was built before Morningside was in the city of Atlanta," he said.

'The Biggest Loser' casting in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Casting directors for "The Biggest Loser" will be in Atlanta this weekend, looking for a new batch of contestants who want to lose weight, get healthy and potentially win $250,000.

Open call auditions will be held Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown.

"The Biggest Loser" is looking for teams of two -- husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, best friends and co-workers. Those who have as least 80 pounds to lose are encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit thebiggestlosercasting.com.

The Georgian Terrace Hotel is located at 659 Peachtree Street NE.


Are you tired of the same old morning routine? Do you want a fresh new start to your day? Look no further!

On Wednesday, July 15 Daybreaker returns to Atlanta at the Castle on 87 15th Street Northeast from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy the sounds of s​oulful beats and live improvisation by some of the best local musicians. Show off your moves and meet new people by participating in the pre-dance yoga by Charlie Baxter Graham of KOP's Yoga in the Park. The Fresh Prince of Atlanta, Wil May will also be attending.

Delicious coffee from Octane, fresh pressed juices and KIND breakfast snacks will be provided.

For more information and ticket purchases visit www.dybrkr.com.

Atlanta Rollergirls to host All Star Showdown

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Rollergirls will host a grudge match this weekend, where teams captained by two of the league's superstars will go head to head for bragging rights.

The All Stars Red vs. Blue match-up will be half of Saturday's doubleheader. The evening will begin at 5 p.m., when the undefeated Sake Tuyas take on the Denim Demons.


The all star match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with the participating teams led by Creative Loafing Readers' Choice Favorite Local Athletes Queen Loseyateefa (2014) and Wild Cherri (2013).

iPhones stolen from Midtown Atlanta AT&T store

ATLANTA -- Several iPhones and a fake tablet were stolen from a Midtown Atlanta AT&T store Thursday morning.

The items were taken during a burglary at AT&T's Ansley Mall location in the 1500 block of Piedmont Avenue. Atlanta Police said the suspects threw a rock through the store's front window to get inside.

The suspects' car, a white Dodge Charger, was reported stolen in College Park. It was later found at the Etheridge Court Apartments in northwest Atlanta. Police said the fake tablet was left inside the car, but the iPhones were missing.

The burglary is under investigation.

No injuries in two-alarm restaurant fire in Midtown

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Atlanta Fire crews responded to a two-alarm blaze Tuesday afternoon at the Howell House Restaurant at 720 Peachtree Street, just north of the Fox Theatre.

According to Janet Ward with the Atlanta Fire Department, the blaze was called in shortly before 4 pm. When the first crews arrived, they called for a second alarm due to the heavy smoke they found.

However, they found that the heavy smoke was a result of the fire suppression system inside the restaurant, and that there was very little damage that resulted inside.

Crews checked out the area to make certain that the flames were completely extinguished. No injuries were reported.