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Archive for June, 2012

Culture notes: Remembering Mr. Imagination with BBQ, suds, Mom; Flux’s latest project gains national attention

VISUAL ART
Friends gathering Friday to praise Mr. Imagination
Gregory Warmack, the folk artist who was known as Mr. Imagination, only lived in Atlanta for three years, but he managed to strike some deep friendships nonetheless.

Warmack died in late May at 64. His comrades will gather at his local neighborhood bar and restaurant, Hottie Hawgs BBQ, on Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. They will swap stories, admire his art for sale and visit with his mother and other relatives.

The event, hosted by the Riverside Neighborhood Association, also is a benefit to help pay for Warmack’s final expenses. For $30, there’s all-you-can-eat food, draft beer, music and, of course, memories.

Hottie Hawgs BBQ is at 2065 Main St N.W. (off Bolton Road), Atlanta. Information: riversidekate@gmail.com. The restaurant’s phone number is 404-794-5224.

To read Warmack’s obituary by AJC writer Michelle Shaw: http://bit.ly/K38IlU/ HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Look, in the sky, it’s public art!
If you happened to …

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Culture notes: Fay Gold hosting art-filled estate sale; WonderRoot names 12 Walthall fellowship honorees

VISUAL ART
Fay Gold hosting art-filled moving sale
Attention, art shoppers: Fay Gold, a grand dame of the Atlanta art scene, will host a moving sale at her Buckhead home this weekend.

All sorts of artsy stuff will be available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday from the holdings of Gold, who apparently is downsizing to new digs.

The exact location of the sale will be listed after 9 a.m. Thursday at www.estatesales.net/estate-sales/304023.aspx.

Here’s the inventory that’s listed there:

“Entire contents – Beautiful Kawai baby grand piano, Jean-Michel Frank style 11 ft table, set of 8 (1950’s) vintage Norman Cherner pretzel chairs, Warren MacArthur table/4 chairs, large scale early Radcliffe Bailey, Joe Peragine, Thornton Dial, Ginny Ruffner glass, Robert Jessup drawings, Tony Hernadaz [sic], Marlene Rose Buddha …

“Prs. of leather and club chairs, set of 4 1950’s leather & chrome chairs, industrial expresso [sic] machine, many misc modern sofas, chairs, coffee tables, king size …

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Culture notes: 2 Finster exhibits, 4 other folk art shows make tempting getaways

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Somewhere in heaven, Howard Finster must be smiling.

The northwest Georgia folk artist died in 2001, leaving a legacy of more than 46,000 numbered works of art as well as what many consider his masterpiece, the Paradise Garden art environment near Summerville. Finster’s found-object garden has been in the headlines in recent weeks, its new owner, Chattooga County, having been awarded a $445,000 restoration grant by ArtPlace America.

Further spreading the fire-and-brimstone messages that Finster inscribed on all his creations are two exhibits by the self-proclaimed “Man of Visions” that will be showing this month in Savannah and Rome.

The bigger of the duo is the nationally touring “Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster,” a career survey that opens on FridayJune 29 at the Jepson Center, the contemporary art showcase of Savannah’s Telfair Museums.

Reviewing the show at its last stop, at Akron Art Museum in Ohio, Cleveland …

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Gwinnett Ballet on move, planning expanded facilities in Lawrenceville

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is planning to move its headquarters from Snellville to Lawrenceville by the fall, into a state-of-the-art facility at MacLeod Avenue and Sugarloaf Parkway, across from Gwinnett Technical College. The 19,000-square-foot space will include five spacious studios, offices, a student study area, dressing areas with showers, a costume shop and set and costume storage areas.

“It will be a quality facility for quality dance training,” artistic director Wade Walthall said in a statement.

GBT board chairman Len Diprima said that the company had outgrown its Snellville space and sought to be more centrally located within the county to attract additional students. The new location also is closer to its performance home, the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

The company plans to expand its programming to include more classes, a conservatory program and educational events as well as extend its community outreach, including to …

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Culture notes: Cathy Rigby will fly into Fox to open TOTS season; dreamy vampire turns 111 on Wednesday

THEATER
Rigby flies again
Peter Pan may be the boy who refuses to age, but Cathy Rigby is right there with him. At 59, the stage actress and former Olympic gymnast will take flight in a new production of the show that will open Theater of the Stars’ 60th season, Aug. 7-12 at the Fox Theatre, it was announced Tuesday. Rigby garnered a best actress Tony nomination for Pan way back in 1991. Tickets, $25-$65, and are on sale at 855-285-8499, www.foxatltix.com. HOWARD POUSNER

FILM
Number of the day
111
–Birthday that Edward Cullen, dreamy vampire in the “Twilight” series, is celebrating Wednesday. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” arrives in theaters Nov. 16. Starting Wednesday morning at 8:30, fans can view a new trailer for the final chapter at www.epk.tv. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: Wabi Sabi to dance at Botantical Garden; two call outs for arts honors

DANCE
Atlanta Ballet (out)side project

Wabi Sabi, a modern dance chamber performance group started by Atlanta Ballet dancer John Welker last year to showcase emerging choreographers, returns for a performance during Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cocktails in the Garden on June 21.

The evening will feature world premieres from Atlanta Ballet dancers-turned-choreographers Peng-Yu Chen, Jonah Hooper and Tara Lee. Pieces by three guest choreographers also will be performed: Nathan Griswold, a former Atlanta Ballet dancer now with BallettCQAugsburg in Germany; Jimmy Orrante of BalletMetCQ in Columbus, Ohio; and Rachelle Scott, a Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet member in New York City.

The show marks Jacob Bush’s final performance with fellow Atlanta Ballet dancers before he departs for Ballett Augsburg.

Cocktails in the Garden runs 6-10 pm, with Wabi Sabi performances staged throughout the evening in different areas of the Midtown garden. Performances are free with Cocktails admission …

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Three metro theater companies announce 2012-13 seasons

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Click on your calendars. Three metro theater companies have announced their 2012-13 lineups:

Georgia Ensemble Theatre

GET will revisit its roots in its 20th anniversary season, but also stretches in some new directions with a world premiere and the Roswell company’s first classic Broadway musical. The lineup:

  • Sept. 6-23: “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” More than 100 shows after debuting with the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy “You Can’t Take It With You,” GET opens its 20th season with the duo’s classic comedy about an overbearing celebrity who takes over a crazy middle American household at Christmas. Wendy Melkonian and Allan Edwards lead a cast of more than 25.
  • Nov. 8-18: “A Taffeta Christmas,” a revival of Rick Lewis’ musical, staged by GET a decade ago, where Christmas classics and newer holiday songs get a 1950s girl group harmony treatment.
  • Jan. 10-27, 2013: “Swell Party,” a world premiere comedy by prolific Atlanta …

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Culture notes: Cirque offers details on tickets for fall’s ‘Totem’; 1958 Menaboni mural resurfacing at Decatur’s Brick Store Pub

ENTERTAINMENT
Tickets to Cirque’s ‘Totem’

Cirque du Soleil has released ticketing details for “Totem,” a big top show coming to Atlantic Station for a run beginning Oct. 26. Tickets for the circus, about the evolution of the human species from amphibians to man’s desire to take wing, will go on sale to the public on June 29 (via www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem). But Cirque Club members can purchase now for any of the 44 shows scheduled through Dec. 2 (join for free at www.cirqueclub.com). Tickets: $48.50-$153.50; ages 2-12, $36.50-$111.50. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Menaboni mural resurfaces

There’s a renaissance of interest in the work of the late Atlanta bird painter and muralist, Athos Menaboni, the subject of a major exhibit at Kennesaw State University’s Don Russell Clayton Gallery through June 28. The DeKalb History Center will celebrate the installation of a 1958 mural by the Italian-born artist who died in 1990 at Decatur’s Brick Store Pub with a fund-raising reception, …

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Culture notes: ‘Clybourne Park’ actors coming to Georgia Shakespeare; Woodruff adds board members

THEATER
From Tony to Atlanta

Two of the actors celebrating “Clybourne Park’s” Tony Award for best play Sunday night not only have worked in Atlanta theater but will return to star in Georgia Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” this fall. Crystal A. Dickinson is one of “Clybourne’s” stars, and her husband, Brandon Dirden, is an understudy in the comedy-drama examining race and class in America (extended through Sept. 2 at the Walter Kerr Theatre). They will play Lady Macbeth and Macbeth at Georgia Shakespeare, Oct. 4-28. www.gashakespeare.org/macbeth. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Woodruff Arts Center’s new trustees
Woodruff Arts Center board chair Larry Gellerstedt III and president and CEO Joseph R. Bankoff recently announced the election of 12 new members to the organization’s Board of Trustees, including:

  • Juanita P. Baranco, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Baranco Automotive Group
  • Jerry Couvaras, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Bread Company
  • Sylvia Davidson, …

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Read Pearl Cleage’s tribute to Atlantans who perished at Orly in 1962

A highlight of the Woodruff Art Center’s recent commemoration of the 122 Atlanta arts patrons who lost their lives  50 years ago in plane crash at Paris’ Orly Airport was the reading of a new poem by Atlanta playwright-author Pearl Cleage.

Cleage, the Alliance Theatre’s Artist in Dialogue whose playwriting credits include “The Nacirema Society Presents…,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky” and “Flyin’ West,” premiered the poem penned for the occasion.

For AJC readers, the Alliance Theatre now shares the full text …

“Wish You Were Here (In Memoriam)”

A Poem by Pearl Cleage

One:

There are moments that the brain cannot fathom.

That the mind cannot hold fast.

That the heart cannot let go.

There are moments when everything shifts and shudders

And changes so completely that in years to come,

We will mark time in before and after that moment.

We will remember what we wore to church that Sunday morning.

What time we put the roast in the oven.

We will remember what we were doing when we …

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