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Culture notes: Jewish Film Fest breaks record; Aquarium dolphins on Web; art at Lenox Macy’s; Booth revisits Civil War; classical music premeire at Emory

Fest breaks record

The recently concluded 11th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival set an attendance record, up 6,000 to 26,000. Audience award winners “The Round Up” (best narrative) and “Crime After Crime” (best documentary) will be given encore screenings March 20 (times to be announced) at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16. “Round Up” dramatizes French government collusion in the Holocaust; “Crime” chronicles an Orthodox Jewish attorney’s efforts to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence in California. 404-806-9913, HOWARD POUSNER

Dolphins get their close-up

A new “webisode” — a short vignette about various elements of AT&T Dolphin Tales, the Georgia Aquarium’s $110 million attraction set to open April 2 — is being showcased each week until the grand opening on the aquarium’s website. This week’s feature, debuting  today,[3/2] is about the transporting of some of its new dolphins from Hawaii’s Dolphin Quest to Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER

Installation at Lenox Macy’s

It may be colorful, but the installation that began this week outside the Macy’s store at Lenox Square has little to do with fashion. Instead, it’s the beginning of an art installation, “Spring Hiatus,” by Gyun Hur, the South Korea-born artist who won the $50,000 Hudgens Prize last year. The Flux Projects-commissioned piece will continue Hur’s series of intricate rainbow-rowed installations in which shredded silk flowers inspire recollections of her past and ties to South Korea and her family. Mall-goers are invited to view the artist’s work in progress. The completed installation will be displayed March 12-25. The first of three documentaries by Proper Medium on “Spring Hiatus” may be viewed at Hur will discuss her work with audience members 2-5 p.m. March 12. HOWARD POUSNER

Booth Museum revisits Civil War

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States, Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum will debut the exhibit “Mort Künstler’s Civil War Art: For Us the Living” on April 2. The exhibition will feature 40 paintings by the artist from Oyster Bay, N.Y. The Booth owns four of Künstler’s Civil War paintings, one of which is the signature work in the museum’s Civil War gallery, which shares its name, “War is Hell.” The 5-by-8-foot painting depicts Gen. William T. Sherman and his Union soldiers in Atlanta as the town burns on Nov. 15, 1864. The exhibit, through Sept. 4, will explore Künstler’s process, displaying 80 of his preliminary sketches. 770-387-1300, HOWARD POUSNER

World premiere at Emory

Composer Richard Prior’s Symphony No. 3 receives its world premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday[3/3] by the Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) in a free concert at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, brass, percussion, two harps and strings, the symphony combines moments of Romantic exuberance with dark lyricism. Prior, conductor of the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rome Symphony Orchestra, wrote a number of parts for specific students within the 100-member EUSO. 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Details: 404-727-5050, HOWARD POUSNER

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