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Culture notes: Musical ‘Duckling’ takes wing at Puppetry Center; High Museum will mount turn of century ‘Elegance’

THEATER
Harmonic emergence

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” the story of a homely bird who finds his wings with the help of forest sprites, gets a music-enhanced telling at the Center for Puppetry Arts through Sept. 18. Our little hero’s journey, just right for the youngest theatergoers, is highlighted a landscape of instruments planted by Atlanta composer and multi-instrumentalistKlimchak. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Turn of century ‘Elegance’

“Embracing Elegance, 1885–1920: American Art from the Huber Family Collection” will be on view at the High Museum of Art this fall, the museum has announced.

Running Sept. 24-Nov. 27, the exhibit will showcase turn-of-the-century American art collected by Atlantans Russell and Jack Huber over 25 years.

The 35 paintings, pastels and drawings, reflecting an apolitical art for art’s sake approach, will include works by Cecilia Beaux, Frank W. Benson, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Robert Henri, Lilla Cabot Perry, John Singer Sargent, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, John Henry Twachtman and J. Alden Weir.

The Huber collection “provides an illuminating window into the dramatic cultural changes of the era, from the phenomenal growth of the cities and mass immigration to changing gender roles,” High American art curator Stephanie Heydt said in a release.

Showing concurrently will be “Beaux Arts and Crafts: Masterpieces of American Frame Design 1890-1920.” On loan from New York frame collector Edgar O. Smith, the exhibit comprises 15 frames — works of art unto themselves — by American makers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. HOWARD POUSNER

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