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Speaking out: Your comments on Screen on the Green and Elton John

No more ‘Transformers’ to save Screen on the Green
Re: “‘Dreamgirls’ provides only drama at Screen on the Green” (www.thegavoice.com, June 19)

I attended [the] ‘Dreamgirls’ viewing. I have to say that not only was I pleased that there was more police presence, but also that they were friendly and courteous. I hope that Screen on the Green organizers will take note and provide more movies geared towards adults. In my opinion, unsupervised teens at these events is what has garnished such violence.

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Screen on the Green gay audience target of melee?

Dreamgirls will show at Screen on the Green next week

The same day the Atlanta police chief finalists met in a town hall forum, the popular “Screen on the Green” movie showing in Piedmont Park ended abruptly after several fights broke out and there were unconfirmed reports of gunfire.

Jesse Rhodes, who is openly gay, said what happened at Screen on the Green on June 3 was an “insult” to the people of Midtown, including its gay residents. He lives at Post Parkside and walked to the park with a group of gay friends. While the fights and rowdy behavior broke out around them as they tried to watch “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” he and his gay friends felt very vulnerable, he said.

“We felt like sitting ducks,” he said. “They were definitely targeting gay people. One of my good friends, who is gay and works at Swinging Richards, got jumped by five people and beat up.”

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Atlanta police: No report of ‘hate crime’ at Screen on the Green

Update: The June 10 Screen on the Green showing of "Dreamgirls" has been postponed due to last night's melee. The series will resume with "Dreamgirls" on June 17, according to Peachtree TV.

"The Piedmont Park Conservancy, Peachtree TV, the City of Atlanta and other sponsors are committed to continuing this summer tradition in the city's landmark park, and are working together to ensure that it remains a safe and fun family event," according to a statement on Peachtree TV's website.

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Jazz in the park

The Atlanta Jazz festival, the largest free festival of its kind in the country, kicks off today in Piedmont Park.