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Culture notes: Br’er opera commissioned; Mad Hatter family fun Saturday; Millennium Gate art donation

OPERA
Songs of Br’er

The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a one-hour children’s opera based on Joel Chandler Harris’ Br’er Rabbit stories from Atlantans Madeleine St. Romain (libretto) and Nicole Chamberlain (score). The first commission in the company’s history will be performed by the Atlanta Opera Studio in elementary schools Oct. 24-Nov. 18 and Feb. 13-March 30, 2012, with a public premiere Oct. 29 2011 at the Wren’s Nest as part of National Opera Week. Information: Emmalee Iden, 404-881-8883 or eiden@atlantaopera.org. HOWARD POUSNER

EVENT
‘Mad’ family fun

The performing and visual artists of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences division are more familiar to metro school kids than they are to their parents. But from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, kids of all ages can get in on the act during the 2011 Mad Hatter event at the Woodruff’s Memorial Arts Building. Eric Litwin, Laughing Matters, Pickleshoes and Havana Son will provide the entertainment, and there will be plenty of art-making activities. The Young Audiences benefit is $12 advance, $15 door. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.woodruffcenter.org. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ARTS
Millennium donation

Atlanta attorney-artist Emily Grigsby has donated 30 of her paintings as well as works by Georgia artists Lamar Dodd, Athos Menaboni, Wilbur Kurtz and Constantine Chatov to the Millennium Gate and Museum. Grigsby’s landscapes and abstracts and the other pieces have been placed on permanent view at the Atlantic Station attraction. Museum founder Rodney Cook called Grigsby, who also has modeled and and performed opera, “a true Renaissance woman” and praised her for helping expand the history-cultural museum’s focus. 395 17th St., Atlanta. 404-881-0900, www.thegateatlanta.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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