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Culture notes: Anti-Defamation League launches series on art of ‘Defiance’; Out on Film highlights announced

ADL launches series on culture of ‘Defiance’
The Anti-Defamation League will present “Celebrating Defiance,” a series of nine concerts, exhibitions, lectures and film screenings exploring the work of composers, visual artists, writers and poets who used their art to chronicle and transcend the dire circumstances of their lives under the Nazi regime.

The events kick off Aug. 29 at the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, with a panel of artists discussing the role of art in illuminating tragedy, and continue through Nov. 5 with a lecture and concert at the Kennesaw State University School of Music. The Breman also opens the exhibit “Theresienstadt Remembered” on Aug. 29, featuring items that survived the Terezín Concentration Camp such as art glass, personal letters and documents (on view through Oct. 26).

The series centerpiece is an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performance on Oct. 11 of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” a multimedia concert that tells the story of the Jewish prisoners at Theresienstadt who gave 16 performances of the Verdi Requiem Mass in 1943 and ‘44 before most were transported to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. (The concert is expected to be rescheduled if current contract negotiations between ASO management and the musicians are not resolved by the concert date.)


Out on Film highlights announced
Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBT film festival, has announced the opening night feature and a few other highlights of its 25th edition, Oct. 4-11 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema.

Opening the fest on Oct. 4 will be Jonathan Lisecki’s comedy “Gayby,” about old friends Jenn and openly gay Matt who decide to have a child together the old fashioned way, fulfilling a long-ago promise. Also booked: Thom Fitzgerald’s “Cloudburst,” showing Oct. 6, starring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as a lesbian couple that hits the road to Nova Scotia to get married legally; and the festival closer on Oct. 11, Doug Langway’s “BearCitycq jamming 2: The Proposal,” described as a hirsute “Sex and the City” and co-starring Kathy Najimy.

The full festival schedule should be posted soon at HOWARD POUSNER

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