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Culture notes: Artist Grade explores water with environmental sculpture at Emory; ‘Hans Christian Andersen’ returns

VISUAL ART
Water art at Emory

As an Emory University artist in residence through Saturday, Seattle environmental artist John Grade is creating two sculptural installations, one aloft in tree branches on the main quad and the other floating on Cander Lake in Lullwater Preserve, both out of melted water and soda plastic bottles. The “Piedmont Divide” project, intended to spark a community dialogue about environmental awareness, is part of an Emory Center for Creativity & Arts campus-wide exploration of the connection between water and humanity during the current academic year. In addition to volunteering on the installation, Atlantans can hear Grade discuss ideas behind his project at two free events this week: a “Creativity Conversation” at the Carlos Museum, 5 p.m. Wednesday; and an informal dinner and panel discussion 6:30 p.m. Thursday, “The Intersection of Art, Science and Sustainability,” at the Emory Visual Arts Gallery. Full details: www.visualarts.emory.edu. HOWARD POUSNER

DANCE
Reborn holiday tradition
“Nutcraker” is not the only Atlanta holiday dance tradition. “Christmas with Hans Christian Andersen” premiered in Atlanta in 1972, running for a decade and a half. Then it was resurrected by Decatur’s Vista Grove Dance Centre in 2000. Directed by Coby Richardson, Vista Grove will present the holiday favorite, featuring several performers from the early productions, Saturday and Sunday at St. Pius High School, 2674 Johnson Road N.E., Atlanta. Laura Rossini, the early ’70s Thumbelina who went on to a career with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, has returned to help coach Act II. Tickets, $8-$15, 404-633-2144, www.vistagrovedancecentre.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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