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Culture notes: New play at Shakespere Tavern could be by bard; cafe opens at Callanwolde; changes at Hudgens Center

THEATER
Bard or not the bard at Shakespeare Tavern?

Having performed the last of what some believe to be the entire 39-work canon of the bard’s plays in March, the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern opens yet another work that some scholars believe to be at least partly his work. Included in Arden’s “Complete Works of Shakespeare” just last year, “Double Falsehood” is an action-packed tragicomedy thought to be based on a story in Cervantes’ Don Quixote that was first performed at London’s Theatre Royal in 1727. It previews Thursday,6/2 with a two-week run starting Friday.6/3 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-5299, www.shakespearetavern.com. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Cafe opens at busy Callanwolde arts center

The Callan Café, designed in the style of an Irish coffee shop, has opened at busy Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, the Gothic-Tudor-style mansion built in 1920 as the home of Coca-Cola heir Charles Howard Candler.

Open to students, parents and visitors, the second-floor cafe serves hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks and offers free Wi-Fi. An outdoor terrace, with a view of the formal gardens and 12.5-acre grounds, is coming soon.

Hours are 9-11:30 a.m. and 3-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta. Information: 404-872-5338, www.callanwolde.org. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Gwinnett Center to handle Hudgens rental spaces

As part of a new two-year agreement, the Gwinnett Center has taken over the roles of booking rental spaces and facility operations management at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts.

“These agreements with the Gwinnett Center will allow us to focus on our core mission of providing our community with the highest quality exposure possible as it relates to the arts,” Hudgens board chairman Stan Hall said in a prepared statement. “This relationship will allow us to work closely with the GCVB and the Gwinnett Center in areas of marketing, shared space and maintenance.”

Rental spaces within the Hudgens include the 2,200-square-foot Grand Hall, Black Box Theatre, the glass-walled Rowe Promenade and the 28,000-square-footcq outdoor Al Weeks Sculpture Garden.

Officials of the Gwinnett Center, which hosted more than 360 events in 2010 at the Gwinnett Arena, Performing Arts Center and Convention Center, believe the number of events and guests visiting the shared Sugarloaf Parkway campus will grow. HOWARD POUSNER

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