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

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 ($18.95, includes one complimentary cocktail). 404-876-5859, HOWARD POUSNER

Nominees sought for two awards

  • Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts is seeking nominations for its 2012 Flourish Awards, honoring individuals and organizations who support, promote or participate in the arts in metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia.

The four categories are: arts leader, arts educator, public/community service and nonprofit arts organization/company. Deadline for nominations (via email to or fax, 678-797-2426) is 5 p.m. June 29. The awards will be presented at the college’s annual fund-raising luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For information on nomination requirements, call 770-499-3214 or (click the “Flourish Luncheon” link and then “Flourish Awards”).

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia is putting out a call for its 2012-13 Working Artist Project. Guest juror Julie Rodrigues Widholm, associate curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will select three metro Atlanta visual artists who will be supported with an exhibition (plus a catalog), promotion, a studio assistant and a stipend to create work over a year’s time.


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