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Culture notes: Printmakers show at Young Blood; Jiha Moon receives prestigious grant; Aurora Theatre tapping N.Y. talent for March musical

VISUAL ARTS
Making an impression

More than 40 artists and outfits will participate in the exhibit “Go South: Southern Printmakers,” opening with a 7-10 p.m. reception Jan. 7 at Young Blood Gallery.

The show, including Atlanta printmakers Terry Dilling and Methane Studios as well as Yee-Haw Industries of Knoxville, Tenn., promises a broad survey of contemporary printmaking techniques, from reliefs to intaglio printing. Through Jan. 28. 636 N Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-254-4127, www.youngbloodgallery.com.

Jiha Moon honored
Atlanta artist Jiha Moon has been awarded a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant of $25,000, the first metro artist to be so honored in many years. Moon will have a solo show at Midtown’s Saltworks gallery opening on April 14.

Atlanta artist Alejandro Aguilera, also represented by Saltworks, will be featured in a High Museum solo exhibition, “About the Modern Spirit,” opening Feb. 18. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Help with gangster musical

Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre is tapping some Broadway help for the Atlanta premiere of “Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale,” coming in March.

Lonny Price (director-co-author of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “A Class Act” and an Emmy winner for his PBS film of “Sweeney Todd”) will direct the musical by Broadway stars Hunter Foster and Rick Crom. Josh Rhodes, who has worked on the show through its development, will choreograph. Aurora associate producer Ann-Carol Pence, who discovered the gangster musical while attending the New York Musical Theatre Festival, will be the musical director.

“What originally spoke to me about ‘Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale’ was its irreverent comic sensibility and laugh-out-loud humor,” Pence said in a statement. “Ironically, the Depression-era sentiment toward our government and the banking industry mirrors the frustrations of the very people sitting in our theater.”

The show will run March 15-April 8. Information: 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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