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Archive for July, 2012

Culture notes: Doo-wop meets hip-hop in comic ‘Sheddin” at Horizon; 14 projects announced for fall’s Flux 2012

THEATER
Comic riffs in ‘Sheddin’’

When generations collide in an Atlanta back yard in “Sheddin’,” premiering July 13 at Horizon Theatre, playwright Thomas Jones II promises some of the classic comic rhythms of Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx to help find laughs in all the dysfunction. In Jones’ sequel to his 2009 hit “A Cool Drink of Water,” Walt (Jones) welcomes hip-hop-singing son Trane (Enoch King) back from a successful tour, angling with his doo-wop buddies to be Trane’s throwback opening act. 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
14 projects commissioned for Flux 2012

Flux Projects has announced 14 projects involving 80 artists for Flux 2012, its one-night event
on Oct. 6 in the streets and empty spaces of the Castleberry Hill district.

In its third year, the public art event, modeled on other international celebrations such as
Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, will concentrate on fewer …

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Culture notes: Fernbank Museum to mark 20th with Kahn; dinos reinhabit puppetry center

Fernbank Museum of Natural History has announced that it will celebrate its 20th anniversary
with the exhibition “Genghis Khan,” chronicling the Mongolian conqueror’s rise to power and
assessing his enduring mark on the modern world, opening Oct. 5.

The show is billed as the largest touring collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever
assembled, including some never before exhibited. The more than 200 relics will include gold
jewelry, ceramics, coins, armor, weaponry, silk robes, costumes, religious pieces, a mummy.

Khan came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia, and his Mongol
Empire grew to span more than 11 million square miles across Eastern Europe and Asia. The
exhibit considers Khan innovations such as the opening of trade across Asia, his encouragement
of education and meritocracy, but also the brutality of his warrior forces.

“It’s a powerful experience to step back in time, see real artifacts from hundreds of …

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gloATL’s Liquid Culture series starting Friday: a ‘utopian’ blend of movement, place, some music and you

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Atlantans are still buzzing about gloATL’s series of inspired performances last summer in four ultra-public places ranging from the Lindbergh Center MARTA station to the Little Five Points shopping district.

Lauri Stallings’ movement troupe (the word “dance” doesn’t seem liquid enough to describe it) on Friday (July 6) kicks off another free series of “Liquid Culture” encounters with Atlanta architecture and people.

Here’s your planner for this “Utopia Station Series”:

8-9 p.m. Friday (July 6): 15th and Peachtree streets, Colony Square Plaza, in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble-in-residence Sonic Generator

5:30-7 p.m. July 11: MARTA Lindberg Station

6:30-9 p.m. July 14: Little Five Points storefronts

8:30 p.m. July 20-21: Sol LeWitt’s “54 Columns” installation, Highland Avenue at Glen Iris Drive, in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, in collaboration with the Atlanta Opera. These …

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‘The Scent of Scandal’ By Craig Pittman

Book Review
Nonfiction
“The Scent of Scandal”
By Craig Pittman, University Press of Florida, 304 pages, $24.95.

By Gina Webb

Pittman“If you have a story that seems worth telling, ” Dashiell Hammett once said, “and you think you can tell it worthily, then the thing for you to do is to tell it, regardless of whether it has to do with sex, sailors, or mounted policemen.”

Try orchids.

Or, to be more specific, a rare slipper orchid, its bloom as big as a man’s hand, its “petals as broad as a boulevard, their color a shade of pinkish purple [that] looked like a frozen explosion, a freeze-framed blast of raspberry fireworks painted on the richest velvet.”

Even before it had a name, “the most beautiful orchid in the world” was worth as much as $10,000 on the black market. Behind the scandal it caused at one of the world’s most reputable scientific institutions — the venerable Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota — is a story with as many twists and turns as Hammett’s “Maltese Falcon, ” …

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Poet laureate apointee Tretheway working on a memoir

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey, named U.S. poet laureate for for 2012-13 in June, is writing a memoir.

Ecco,  an imprint of HarperCollins, announced on Monday that it had acquired the rights to the still-to-be-titled memoir. The book is expected to be published in 2014.

A Mississippi native, Trethewey, 46,  is the daughter of a white father and black mother. The memoir will tell of her childhood in the South in the 1970s and ’80s, according to the publisher.

Trethewey, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007 for her collection “Native Guard,” starts her one-year term as the 19th poet laureate this fall. She also will be the keynote speaker at the AJC Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend.

A Trethewey poetry collection, “Thrall,” is expected out later this year.

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Culture notes: Fernbank Forest access limited; free Atlanta screenings of ‘Dirty Dancing’ for 25th anniversary

ATTRACTIONS
Fernbank Forest access limited

Self-guided tours of Fernbank Forest have been suspended as the Fernbank Museum of Natural History conducts a master plan for the 65-acre old growth Piedmont Forest. The museum took over management of the forest on Sunday, after the DeKalb County School System’s 48-year lease expired. While ecologists, biologists, landscape architects and experts create a stewardship plan, a process certain to span months, Fernbank will offer some guided tours and bird walks. Check www.fernbankmuseum.org for dates as they are confirmed. HOWARD POUSNER

FILM
Putting Baby in a free corner

Sweets maker Skinny Cow has a sweet offer in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of “Dirty Dancing”: six free screenings of the swoony spectacle, July 17-19. The showings are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. each night at AMC Parkway Pointe 15, 3101 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. There will be free Skinny Cow treats and other swag. To reserve tickets:

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