Extra helping of culture with that cause
Most benefits for arts groups dish up good food and drink and a dose of diversion in support of a good cause, but few would promise a “labyrinth of arts experiences with installations and performances revealed in the most curious places,” as does a press release for the Wonderglo gathering Saturday night at the W Atlanta-Midtown. Haven’t heard of an arts group called Wonderglo? It’s a merger of two of the city’s emerging arts nonprofits, WonderRoot arts center in Reynoldstown and gloATL, the modern dance troupe based at the Goat Farm — both of which have helped make the arts more accessible to Atlantans, sometimes literally in the middle of streets and other public spaces.
Here’s the skinny on Wonderglow: Atlas Sound (the side project of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox) will headline music offerings. Collaborating artists include Fahamu Pecou, Gyun Hur, Scott Ingram, Todd Murphy, Lonnie Holley, gloATL, Sonic Generator, Jason Kofke, Justin Rabideau, JD Koth, Atlanta Opera, A Collective, Atlanta Music Project and DJ Vicki Powell. Some of Atlanta’s most noted chefs will create the seated dinner for 300, including Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Richard Wiggins of Spice Market, Joseph Kawach of Basil’s, Joe Truex of Watershed and Jason Shelley of Ocean Prime, with dessert from Piece of Cake and spirits from HIGH Liquors.
Live and silent auctions focused on cultural and culinary experiences are also planned. Dinner/performance tickets, $250; performance only tickets, $50. Purchase at www.wonderglo.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Shankar on own path
Norah Jones received a lot of attention last weekend at South by Southwest for playing her entire new album, “Little Broken Hearts” (due out May 1). Meanwhile, Anoushka Shankar, though not as well known as her half-sister, is winning attention for a new CD of her own. A sitar player like her father Ravi Shankar, Anoushka plays the Rialto Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday behind “Traveller,”CQ which melds Indian and Spanish flamenco music. 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849, www.rialtocenter.org. HOWARD POUSNER