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Archive for October, 2010

How Kenny Leon persuaded Phylicia Rashad to reteam

By Howard Pousner

Opening Nov. 9 at the Arena Stage’s new Kogod Cradle space in Washington, the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s “every tongue confess” reunites star Phylicia Rashad with Atlanta director Kenny Leon. They’ve previously been on Broadway with August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” “Confess” is built around a series of church burnings in the South in the 1990s.

 Rashad told the Washington Post, “He said to me, ‘I want you to read this script and say yes.’”

Leon’s comment: “She knows I would only lead her to a good place. And I know Phylicia has eight or nine ways to play any emotion. Her tool kit is full of so many different tools; she has scissors and scalpels and hammers. She can do it all. People don’t realize that Clair Huxtable was just an interruption of her greatness.”

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Emory says ‘boo!’ with fun Halloween events

By Howard Pousner
Emory University is up to tricks and treats this week:
  • The Michael C. Carlos Museum is presenting a “Mummies and Milkshakes” program at 7 p.m. Friday,[10/29] including a look at real mummies in the Egyptian galleries followed by mummy cartoons and Abbot and Costello’s “Meet the Mummy” screened on the quad. $5 (Jake’s milkshakes extra). 404-727-0519.
  •  At 8 p.m. Saturday,[10/30] Timothy Albrecht (”Count Dracula”) plays Halloween organ music at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ Emerson Concert Hall, followed by a candy reception. Free. 404-727-5050.
  • Then at 4 p.m. Sunday,[10/31] at the Carlos Museum, the Vega String Quartet will play a family concert of scary-fun music, including selections from Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, at the Carlos. $4. 404-727-5050.


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Top (pumpkin-carving) chefs square off Thursday at Botanical Garden

By Howard Pousner

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin-Carving Contest leaves the sharp objects – knives and power tools — to the pros. 

On Thursday night,[10/28] Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead chef (and defending champ) Victor Dagatan will take on Gwinnett Technical College chef instructor Andrew Miller, James Gregory Paine of Avante Catering and Tony Alberto of Mabuhay Store. 

The contest is  7-8 p.m. on the Great Lawn stage during Fest-of Ale, an event featuring autumn-themed specialty beers and wine. The carved pumpkins will be sold during a silent auction immediately afterwards.

 Garden admission: $15; $12 seniors and ages 3-17; free under 3. 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859,

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High receives gift of 90 19th century American paintings, sculptures

By Howard Pousner

The High Museum of Art has received a major gift of 90 19th century American paintings and sculptures, helping establish it as an important resource for works from that period.

The Atlanta-based West Foundation donated the 49 paintings and 41 sculptures, including landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church and Jasper Cropsey, portraits by Rembrandt Peale and William Sydney Mount, and sculptures by Hiram Powers and Chauncey Bradley Ives.

“As one of the most significant gifts to the department of American art in the museum’s history, this collection distinguishes the High as a major center of neoclassical sculpture and 19th century American paintings,” High director Michael Shapiro said.

The acquisitions will go on view Oct. 29 in the permanent collection galleries on the second and third floors of the Stent Family Wing.

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Antiques from five decades go up for sale at Commerce Club

By Howard Pousner

After five decades near Five Points downtown, the Commerce Club is moving to the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, and many of its furnishings will go on public sale on Oct. 23-24.

18th and 19th century English and American antiques, Atlanta memorabilia, paintings and prints, holloware and flatware, Chinese and English ceramics and more will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the community. Many of the items have a provenance of long-time Atlanta and Georgia families, including the Woodruffs and Alstons.

The sale is at 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 34 Broad St. N.W. (at Marietta Street). Questions: e-mail

Here’s a partial list of items that will be available,  provided by Litchfield Carpenter and Shirley Wender, who are conducting the sale:

English antique pub and tavern signs

American southern walnut and yellow pine sideboard, circa 1810

Welsh cupboard

English 18th century inlaid …

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Public art curator gives free talk Tuesday at Contemporary

By Howard Pousner

Nato Thompson, chief curator of Creative Time — the temporarily public art presenter that created the vertical columns of light that shine yearly in Lower Manhattan in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (”Tribute in Light”) — will give a free talk at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday.(10/19)

Thompson’s credits also include “Waiting for Godot in New Orleans,” a post-Katrina project in that city.

Presented with Flux Projects, which itself has brought a wave of temporary public art to Atlanta, it inaugurates a Contemporary Talks series featuring thinkers and doers in contemporary art and culture. 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-688-1970,

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Musical on life of Madam C.J. Walker opens next week

By Howard Pousner

Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) led a storied life as a hair-care entrepreneur and philanthropist who is believed to be the first African-American female millionaire.

After successful stagings in New York and Decatur, Theatre South Atlanta presents an encore of “Madam: A Musical Based on the Life of Madam C.J. Walker” to Stone Mountain’s Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts for shows Oct. 21-24.

Tickets ($20; $10 students) are available through, 404-298-4222.

Founded in 2007 by Herman LeVern Jones, Theatre South is a resident theater company at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in south DeKalb County.

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Raves for Georgia-born director of off-Broadway’s ‘Gatz’

By Howard Pousner

The nearly seven-hour off-Broadway production of “Gatz” that’s earning rave reviews for the experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service is directed by Georgia-born John Collins of Vidalia.

Called a “work of singular imagination and intelligence” by New York Times chief theater critic Ben Brantley, “Gatz” is centered around an office worker who reads every word of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” aloud, transforming into the novel’s narrator as scenes are dramatized by office coworkers.

Collins caught the theater bug as a Yale undergraduate, and formed the troupe in 1991.

Brantley termed Collins’ production “brilliantly paced” and added: “All normal rules for measuring time are suspended in that beautiful twilight zone that exists between words on paper and the mind’s eye.”

Other critics have been equally enthusiastic in their praise; the Chicago Sun-Times called the production “strangely …

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3 metro sites on Georgia Trust’s Places in Peril list

By Howard Pousner

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday released  its 2011 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state, including three in metro Atlanta.

That metro trio on the sixth annual list are Rex Village in Clayton County; and Craigie House (DAR Building) and Medical Arts Building, both in Atlanta.

Tiny Rex was in the news last year after it was discovered that first lady Michelle Obama is related to a slave named Melvina who once lived there. Melvinia is Obama’s great-great-great grandmother, genealogists contracted by The New York Times to trace Michelle Obama’s ancestry discovered.

The other Georgia sites on the list are  Zion Church in Talbotton, John Ross House in Rossville, Harrington School in St. Simons Island, Fairview Colored School in Cave Spring, Martin House in Columbus, historic buildings of Sparta in Hancock County and Berrien County Courthouse in Nashville.

Places in Peril is designed to raise awareness about …

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Philippine, British, Argentine, Russian performers to play Fox Theatre

By Howard Pousner

The Fox Theatre has announced four shows for its 2010-’11 Delta International Series, with a fifth act to be added later.

The schedule for the 21st annual season:

Nov. 9: Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company.

Nov. 15: BBC Concert Orchestra. Keith Lockhart, conductor.

Feb. 28: Tango Buenos Aires dances “Rire and Passion.”

March 28: Russian National Ballet Theatre performing “Chopiniana” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Tickets are on sale. Prices and other information:

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