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Culture briefs: Dali’s ‘Persistence,’ ‘Laramie’ arrive early

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

VISUAL ART
Dali’s early arrival

Salvador Dali’s famed melting-watches painting “The Persistence of Memory” will go on view at the High Museum of Art on Friday,[10/12] four days earlier than originally announced. “Persistence” is now joining the exhibit “Salvador Dali: The Late Work” in time to help the High celebrate the fifth anniversary of its expansion. There will be free admission from 5 to 10 that night, free cupcakes for the first 500 visitors and museum shop and membership discounts. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

THEATER
‘Laramie’ moves up

Following the suicide of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi in late September and a series of headline-grabbing bullying incidents, the Sandy Springs youth and community theater Act 3 Productions has decided to move up its production of “The Laramie Project.” Act 3 had originally scheduled the drama about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard for next February, but will now present it Dec. 2-5.

“Here we are, 12 years after the murder of Matthew Shepard, hearing about the suicides of other gay students, including Tyler Clementi,” said Act 3 co-founder Patti Mactas. “It’s upsetting on so many levels, and demonstrated to me that we all must continue to talk about treating each other with tolerance, respect and kindness.  We have moved up the performance dates of ‘The Laramie Project’ to reach out to people in the wake of Tyler’s tragic suicide, and following reports of bullying incidents nationwide.”

Information:  www.act3productions.org.

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