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Culture notes: 7 Stages gets $350,000 renovation grant; Def Jam talk at High on Wednesday; MOCA GA leader honored

THEATER
7 Stages renovation
The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation has made a $350,000 grant to 7 Stages, enabling the Little Five Points theater troupe to begin building renovations that will include a new roof, a new HVAC system and new bathrooms. The Atlanta foundation supported 7 Stages’ campaign in the 1990s that helped the company purchase its Euclid Avenue building, which also serves as a performance space for a number of “homeless” Atlanta performing arts groups. 7 Stages continues to raise funds toward its its renovation goal of $873,885. “This recent decision by Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to support our effort to improve and make our facility green is a challenge to folks in our community to step up and support 7 Stages,” artistic director Del Hamiton said. Information: www.7stages.org. HOWARD POUSNER

BOOKS
Def Jam at High Museum

In conjunction with the recent publication of the Rizzoli coffee-table book “Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label,” Bill Adler (founding label publicist) and Cey Adams (founding creative director) will speak at the High Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In this co-presentation with WonderRootcq arts center, the two Def Jam leaders will discuss how Def Jam nurtured the careers of LL Cool J, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. Books will be available for purchase at the Hill Auditorium talk/signing. Free (limit two tickets, per person, available through the Woodruff Arts Center box office, 404-733-5000). www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Local honors

  • Annette Cone-Skelton, president and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, recently received the 2011 Museum Art Educator of the Year Award from the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA). She was also honored earlier this year with the Fulton County Arts Council Artist Award for her work as an individual artist.
  • Twenty metro Atlanta students will perform alongside Broadway professionals (and with students from other cities) in the Broadway Dreams Foundation’s Third Annual New York City Benefit Performance on Nov. 21. The Atlanta students performing in the Florence Gould Hall concert are Katie Brunson, Carly June Cohen, Chase Crandell, Indigo Crandell, Brianna Datelle, Christina Daves, Lily Dickinson, Tori Drothler, Nicholas Eibler, Maddie Eibler, Leigh Ellen Jones, Carina Louchiey, Rico Le Bron, Josh Louchiey, Laura Steele, Emerson Steele, Sarah Stipe, Walker Stipe, Indy Tanner and Jackson Tanner. Information: www.mybroadwaydreams.com. HOWARD POUSNER

 

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