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Culture notes: Treasures coming in History Center’s Apollo Theater exhibit; Atlanta Shakespeare to restage 39-play canon

Glittery details of History Center’s fall Apollo Theater exhibit

The Atlanta History Center has released details about its major fall exhibition, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment,” and it looks promising for anyone with even a passing interest in pop culture.

Presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the Apollo Theater Foundation, the touring show will make its only Southeastern stop at the Buckhead museum, Oct. 8-March 4. It’s billed as the first exhibit to examine the history and cultural significance of the legendary Harlem theater, from its origins as a segregated burlesque hall to its major role as a showcase of African-American entertainment and American popular culture.

Rarely displayed artifacts in the exhibit will include:

  • James Brown’s cape and jumpsuit
  • Michael Jackson’s fedora
  • The Supremes’ dresses
  • Cab Calloway’s baton
  • Sammy Davis’ childhood tap shoes
  • Tap dancer Peg Leg Bates’ peg leg
  • Duke Ellington’s score for “Black and Tan Fantasy” (1927)
  • Ella Fitzgerald’s dress
  • Miles Davis’ flugelhorn
  • LL Cool J’s jacket and hat
  • Celia Cruz’s dress

Information: 404-814-4000, HOWARD POUSNER

Tackling Bard’s canon again

Having taken 26 years to complete the Bard’s canon earlier this year, Atlanta Shakespeare Company is planning an encore with its multi-year “Shakespeare Evolution Series” beginning Aug. 4 with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The troupe will perform the 39 plays some experts (there’s disagreement) attribute to Shakespeare at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown, starting with the comedies in their order of composition, moving then to the tragedies, tragicomic romances and history plays, while sprinkling in plays from different genres throughout for leavening. Information: 404-874-5299, HOWARD POUSNER

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