Kickoff for Emory University’s active arts season tonight
By Howard Pousner
Emory University’s Creativity & Arts Soiree on Friday night is the school’s art season kickoff party, and, as in recent years, Emory indeed has plenty to kick off.
But first … the third annual Community Impact awards will be bestowed at the 5:30-7:30 p.m. gathering, free to the public, at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
This year’s honorees this year are Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang; Blake Beckham, co-artistic director of the Lucky Penny (an arts presenter), a choreographer and member of Agnes Scott College’s dance faculty; and Out of Hand Theater co-artistic director Ariel Fristoe, an actress-director and member of Emory’s theater studies faculty.
The annual awards honor those who have made significant contributions to the campus or beyond while working or residing in DeKalb or Fulton counties.
Here are but a few of the highlights of Emory’s September arts schedule launched with the Creativity & Arts Soiree:
- The Michael C. Carlos Museum opens the exhibition “‘For I Am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art” on Saturday, highlighting works from its permanent collections that embody that state. From the earliest times to today, indigenous peoples of the Americas have valued shamanic visionary trance as a source of healing and one of their most important cultural and religious experiences.
The exhibit’s title is based on a quote from a contemporary traditional Taulipang shaman of northern Brazil: “Call upon me for I am the black jaguar … I drive away the illness.” Many of the fantastical works depict the visionary shaman transforming into an animal such as a powerful black jaguar, an enormous whale shark, a predatory owl or a venomous rattlesnake.
The show continues through Jan. 5. carlos.emory.edu.
- The 31st edition of Emory’s organist recital series opens with “Bach Live!” at 4 p.m. Sunday. Emory organist Timothy Albrecht performs Johann Sebastian Bach on two instruments created for the Schwartz Center by American organ builder Daniel Jaeckel, including the Graves Memorial Portative Organ, a continuo instrument that debuts at the concert. Full details on the free series: tinyurl.com/8f9quvz
- Beginning with an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Schwartz Center’s Dance Studio, New York-based choreographer and performer Monica Bill Barnes will create a new work to be showcased by Monica Bill Barnes & Company at the Emory Dance Company fall concert, Feb. 28-March 2. Full details on Emory’s dance season: tinyurl.com/ccpaswz.
- The Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series presents “An Evening with Branford Marsalis” at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Schwartz Center’s Emerson Concert Hall. The saxophonist-composer and his quartet (Joey Calderazzo, piano; Eric Revis, bass; Justin Faulkner, drums) perform their first U.S. concert since the August release of their well-received CD “Four Mf’s Playin’ Tunes.” Candler series details: arts.emory.edu/calendar/candler/index.html.
- Dario Fo’s “The Comic Mysteries (Mystero Buffo),” a street-theater-style comedy that addresses contemporary attitudes about spirituality and politics using ancient comic techniques, opens Theater Emory’s season Sept. 27-29 in the Schwartz Center’s Theater Lab. Full details on the season, which also includes stagings of Chekhov and the Grimm Brothers: tinyurl.com/9pvjgpc.
The Schwartz Center is at 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. Information, tickets: Arts at Emory box office, 404-727-5050; arts.emory.edu.