By Howard Pousner
‘Go for the Gold’ on Saturday at History Center
Atlantans who have spent entirely too much time parked in front of the TV recently devouring the 2012 Olympic Games in London can get moving on Saturday as the Atlanta History Center presents an Olympic celebration, “Go for the Gold.”
The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. program will include the chance to meet Olympic veterans Kimberly Batten (hurdles) and Sada Jacobson Baby (fencing); demonstrations of Olympic sports; participatory long jump, cycling and rowing activities; and guided tours of its Centennial Olympic Games Museum.
“Go for the Gold” will be included in history center general admission: $16.50; $13 students 18 and older and seniors 65 and older; $11 ages 4-12. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road; Atlanta. 404-814-4000; www.atlantahistorycenter.com/family.
PushPush headed in new direction
PushPush Theater has announced that it is vacating its performance/education space and headquarters of nearly a decade at East Decatur Station on the border of Decatur and Avondale Estates by October and entering a two-year period of transition and redefinition.
“We’re ready to focus more directly on our work,” PushPush co-founder Shelby Hofer wrote in a Facebook posting. “Too much time, money and other resources have gone into maintaining a traditional arts facility. We want more of our energy and income to bolster new programming and people.”
With partial funding from a National Endowment for the Arts new media grant, PushPush will develop an episodic filmed series titled “GRFX,” telling the story of “a new creative class and the battle between higher aspirations and commercial realities.”
PushPush plans to continue to present artists, workshops and performances, partnering with arts organizations, studios, galleries and other spaces in and beyond Atlanta.
Act3 previews 2012-13 season
The Sandy Springs community theater Act3 Productions will host an open house and performance showcase at its state-of-the-art black box theater at 8 p.m. Aug. 17.
Act3 will present readings and performances of musical numbers from each show in its 2012-13 season, which opens Sept. 13 with “Our Town.” Guests will be able to meet the troupe’s professional staff and actors and find out about classes and youth programming. Refreshments will be offered. Tickets ($10, $5 students) are available at www.act3productions.org. 6285-R Roswell Road (behind Trader Joe’s in the Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center). 770-241-1905.