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Culture notes: High Museum free on Christmas Eve; ‘Fela’ to return in Feb.; poet York dead at 40

High gift: free on Christmas Eve

Typically closed on Mondays, the High Museum of Art says happy holidays on Christmas Eve by not only opening but offering free admission. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that day and then again the following Monday, New Year’s Eve (regular admission applies). In between, it will have extended holiday hours (except: closed Christmas day). The big exhibits through the holidays are “Fast Forward: Modern Moments, 1913-2013″ (highlighting a century of major art developments and drawn from the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection) and “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” (a retrospective of the Alabama self-taught artist). 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER

‘Fela’ to return in February

“Fela,” the Tony-winning musical that played Atlanta last year, will return Feb. 28-March 3 at the Fox Theatre. Former Atlantan Sahr Ngaujah, who became a star in the role, has moved on to ABC’s “Last Resort.” Adesola Osakalumi, who played the role during matinees at the 2011 Atlanta Civic Center stop, now stars. Tickets, $38-$63.50, available at and the theater’s box office, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER

Poet York dead at 40

Poetry lovers and AJC Decatur Book Festival organizers are mourning the death of Jake Adam York, an Alabama-born poet who appeared at the festival in 2011 and who was a visiting faculty scholar at Emory University in 2011-12. York, 40, died of a stroke in Colorado on Sunday.

“He was a good friend to many of us around Decatur and Emory, and we’re all heartsick,” DBF executive director Daren Wang said in an e-mail to the AJC.

York was the author of three poetry volumes” “Murder Ballads” (Elixir, 2005), “A Murmuration of Starlings” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008) and “Persons Unknown” (SIU Press, 2010).

At Emory, he was a scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, where he began a critical study of artistic responses to the Civil Rights movement. More on York: HOWARD POUSNER

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