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Archive for March, 2010

‘The Allure of the Automobile’ at the High Museum of Art

Exhibit review

“The Allure of the Automobile”

Through June 20. $18; $15, students and seniors; $11, children 6-17; free for children 5 and under and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays; until 8 p.m. Thursdays (half-price 4-8 p.m.); noon-5 p.m., Sundays. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

Bottom line: Call them rolling sculptures. Call them identity in motion. The iconic autos are feats of design and engineering, and they are a lot of fun to see.

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By Catherine Fox

Legendary auto entrepreneur Preston Tucker aimed to build a safer car. He added padded dashboards and a center headlight that pivoted with the wheels. He wasn’t so careful about the English language. But one of his famous garbled expressions — “Put your foot on the exhilarator” — was not so far off the mark. Automobiles, after all, are more than mere conveyances. They are potent symbols of power, sources of pleasure and markers of …

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Dog Chapman at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Book signing
Duane “Dog” Chapman
8 p.m. Saturday, March 27. $28.60 in advance, $30 day of event admission includes book. FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., No. 138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989, www.foxtalebookshoppe.com, www.dogthebountyhunter.com.

Dog Chapman Photo: Scott Gries

Dog Chapman Photo: Scott Gries

By Candice Hannigan

The phone’s been ringing off the hook at FoxTale Book Shoppe, a 2,000-square-foot independent bookstore in downtown Woodstock.

Duane “Dog” Chapman is coming to town, and die-hard Dog fans from as far as Florida and South Carolina have been calling for directions.

“Woodstock is on fire about this event. This is huge, huge, huge for Woodstock,” said FoxTale Book Shoppe’s Ellen Ward, who shares ownership of the store with Karen Schwettman and Jackie Tanase. “It will be our biggest event to date.”

They’ve reserved the gazebo and town park in front of the store, where the crowd will gather to wait for Chapman’s 8 p.m. arrival. Then the fans will file into …

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‘The Allure of the Automobile’ at the High Museum of Art

Gallery preview
“The Allure of the Automobile.”

Exhibit features 18 rare custom-built cars from the 1930s to ’60s.
Models by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari are featured, including a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Roadster formerly owned by Clark Gable and a 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster once owned by Steve McQueen.

The first exhibition to consider the stylistic development of automobiles in the context of prominent design movements, “Allure” traces the evolution of cars, covers the influence of decorative arts and design, and charts changes in styling and engineering before and after World War II.

March 21-June 20. $18; $15, students and seniors; $11, children 6-17; free for children 5 and under and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays; until 8 p.m. Thursdays (half-price 4-8 p.m.); noon-5 p.m., Sundays. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.

Cecil D McCall, Jr., Nita Cofer, Chip Cofer. Photo: Brant Sanderlin

Cecil D McCall, Jr., Nita Cofer, Chip Cofer. Photo: Brant Sanderlin

By …

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‘The Gospel of John’ and ‘Prophets’ at Conant Performing Arts Center

Brad Sherrill. Photo: Mark Hickman

Brad Sherrill. Photo: Mark Hickman

Theater preview
“The Gospel of John” and “Prophets”
“Gospel,” 7:30 p.m. Wed. March 24 and Fri. March 26.  2:30 p.m. Sun. March 28. “Prophets,” 7:30 p.m. Thur. March 25, Sat. March 27 and Sun. March 28. 2:30 p.m. Sat. March 27.  Through March 28. $10-$35. Georgia Shakespeare, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-264-0020, www.gashakespeare.org.

By Wendell Brock

All kinds of random things go through our heads when we are waiting in line at the grocery store or filling up our gas tanks. Brad Sherrill often finds himself running lines from the Bible.

For the past 10 years, the 48-year-old Atlanta actor has performed his one-man show “The Gospel of John,” putting on more than 600 shows for audiences in 40 states, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland — playing to tiny churches in towns with one traffic light, as well as the majestic cathedrals of kings and queens.

A 22-year member of the Georgia …

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Two books about the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition

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“Race and the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition of 1895”  by Theda Perdue  $26.95 University of Georgia Press

Theda Perdue
8 p.m. Wednesday. $5-$10. Reservations required. The Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4150. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

“The Atlanta Exposition” by Sharon Foster Jones $21.99 Arcadia Publishing

Sharon Foster Jones
5:30 p.m. Sat., March 27. Eagle Eye Books, 2076 N.
Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-486-0307. www.eagleeyebooks.com

4 p.m. Sat., April 3. Borders in Buckhead, 3637 Peachtree Road 404-237-0707. www.borders.com

2 p.m. Sat., April 17. Outwrite Books, 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com

By David Aaron Moore

Opening on Sept. 18, 1895, the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition attracted throngs of visitors to the city and generated national and international press attention. Just 31 years after Atlanta burned, the exposition catapulted the city into the limelight as never before.

“The …

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Book Review: ‘The Girl Who Chased the Moon’ By Sarah Addison Allen

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Fiction
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
By Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam Books, $25, 288 pages

By Gina Webb

“Welcome to Mullaby, North Carolina. Home of ghost lights, giants, and jewelry thieves,” newcomer Emily Benedict tells herself on her first night in the sleepy, Southern town.

Other than that, life in Mullaby looks like it’s going to be pretty predictable.

Every morning, Emily’s grandfather Vance Shelby — who happens to be 8 feet tall — eats breakfast at J’s Barbecue, where Julia Winterson, the new owner, bakes a daily cake for her customers. Every night, the Coffey family shuts itself up in the house — the members have never been seen out at night that anyone can remember. During the past year and a half, Sawyer Alexander, Julia’s old high school flame, has eaten dinner with Julia’s landlady every Thursday, mainly to catch sight of Julia.

When teenager Emily arrives in town, she hopes to learn more about her mother, Dulcie, who grew up there. Shy, and …

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Book Review: Burning Bright By Ron Rash

Burning Bright

Fiction
Burning Bright By Ron Rash.  Ecco/Harper Collins, 224 pages, $22.99

By Gina Webb

Ron Rash brings his poet’s eye to an unforgiving world in “Burning Bright,” a finely crafted, understated collection of 12 stories set in bleak Appalachian outposts where human kindness has grown as scarce as the food on the tables.

The lives of Rash’s characters unfold against the kind of somber backgrounds often found in dreams — twilight, darkness, snow and drought-stricken fields. In most of the stories, farming is dying away and factories and sawmills have closed. The old ways of thriving have all but disappeared, their relics on the way to the pawnshop. Some people have managed to hang on to more than others, but there are other losses they’ll never get over.

What’s left is a red gas can. A “fine blue thread” to repair a homemade quilt. Snowy woods. A scarlet oak in the backyard. Rash doesn’t need much to tell a story — in fact, emptiness brings out the best …

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Signature Shop and Gallery

Peter  Lenzo: "Joe's counting up, I'm counting down" Photo: courtesy of gallery

Peter Lenzo: "Joe's counting up, I'm counting down" Photo: courtesy of gallery

Signature Shop and Gallery. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. 3267 Roswell Road. 404-237-4426. www.thesignatureshop.com

By Catherine Fox

Founded in 1962, the Signature Shop remains the best place in town for crafts. You can always count on a display of the Moulthrop men’s exquisite turned bowls, distinctive jewelry and ceramics that range from humble coffee mugs to outrageous sculpture, best represented at the moment by contemporary face jugs festooned with found objects by Peter Lenzo.

The current ceramics inventory is a bit heavy on the whimsical, with a heavy dose of animal sculptures verging on cute. Even Andy Nasisse’s clay sculptures, which once projected a faint menace, have softened into clown-faced innocence, though the surfaces are still rich and lively.

But there’s plenty to sink one’s teeth into. Lauren Gallaspy uses a stylus pencil to make elegant, detailed, discomfiting …

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‘From Beijing to Atlanta: Ling, Bo and Hong Zhang’ at Whitespace

Hong Zhang, "Three Graces" charcoal  Photo: courtesy of gallery

Hong Zhang, "Three Graces" charcoal Photo: courtesy of gallery

“From Beijing to Atlanta: Ling, Bo and Hong Zhang.” Through April 3. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Whitespace, 814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892. www.whitespace814.com.

By Catherine Fox

Ling Yan Zhang sites her “Butterfly Series” in a world somewhere between the ideal landscapes of traditional Chinese painting and a dream, inhabited by giant butterflies and Tibetan monks.

Bo Chun Zhang’s “Treasures” are immaculate lithographs in which antique Chinese bowls decorated in colorful traditional designs are juxtaposed with the utilitarian fixtures of American bathrooms.

Hong Chun Zhang makes hyper-real, large-scale charcoal drawings of disembodied tresses, which might flow Rapunzel-like on long vertical scrolls or cover a rectangular one like an abstract painting.

But for their last names, a viewer might not even notice that the three artists who share Whitespace are sisters. The connections born of …

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‘Ethan Frome’ at Theatre in the Square

Ellen McQueen, Robin Bloodworth and Erica Honeycutt in Theatre in the Square's "Ethan Frome. Photo: M.J. Conboy

Ellen McQueen, Robin Bloodworth and Erica Honeycutt in Theatre in the Square's "Ethan Frome. Photo: M.J. Conboy

Theater review
“Ethan Frome”
Grade: C-
Through April 11. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 2:30 and 7 p.m.  Sundays. $22-$33. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-422-8369. www.theatreinthesquare.com.
Bottom line: A dreary story, told drearily.

By Bert Osborne

When the most arresting development in the play involves a broken pickle dish, or when some of its more memorable characters take shape as makeshift tailor’s dummies with prerecorded voices, something is clearly amiss about Theatre in the Square’s bleak “Ethan Frome.”

Part of the problem, no doubt, is Dennis Krausnick’s slight and sloppy adaptation of Edith Wharton’s foreboding 1911 novel, in which a woebegone New England farmer, trapped with a domineering wife, falls for her comely nursemaid. But director James Donadio’s static Square staging — with largely lackluster …

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