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Archive for November, 2012

Culture notes: Nov. 11 concert extends healing arts tradition; 2 History Center events highlight cultural diversity

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

MUSIC
Atlanta Music Festival Concert reaches out, back
The “2012 Atlanta Music Festival Concert: Songs of Aspiration, Hope and Progress,” 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in the First Congregational Church sanctuary, has connections to an important event in the city more than a century ago.

Intending to unite communities and bridge traditions, Rev. Dwight Andrews of First Congregational Church and Steven Darsey of the Atlanta music-worship group Meridian Herald launched the Atlanta Music Festival in 2001.

It was something of a homage to the Atlanta Colored Music Festival Association’s debut concert in 1910 that drew 2,000 blacks and whites (seated in separate areas) to Atlanta’s Auditorium and Armory for a concert performed by African-American artists. One of the missions of that event was to encourage social healing after the Atlanta race riot of 1906.

Sunday’s concert will feature performances by spinto tenor Timothy B. Miller, the First Church …

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Culture notes: ‘Bodies of Art’ fundraiser; BronzeLens to unspool 50 films

EVENT
Benefit supports arts dialogue
The Atlanta arts web site artsatl.com is hosting a 7:30 p.m. Thursday fundraiser at the Goat Farm Arts Center that offers a performing arts sampler plus food and spirits. “Bodies of Art” will feature “Fire Woman,” a multimedia installation by Felipe Barral; a Wabi Sabi contemporary dance premiere; and Atlanta Music Project teaching artists playing. $60. 1200 Foster St., Atlanta. www.xorbia.com/e/artsatl/bodiesofart. HOWARD POUSNER

 FILM
Showcase for people of color
The BronzeLens Film Festival presents nearly 50 films – plus panels, classes and a luncheon honoring “Women Superstars” – Thursday-Sunday at various Atlanta sites. The opening night film is the “Otelo Burning,” about three South African teens who catch a wave of freedom while surfing (7:30 p.m. Thursday, World of Coca-Cola). Shorts will be featured on Friday, international films on Saturday and movies with social justice themes on Sunday. www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com. HOWARD …

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