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Archive for January, 2013

Culture notes: Emily Amy Gallery closing; ‘Soar’ photo show takes wing; Decatur Book Fest names child/teen programmer,

VISUAL ARTS
Emily Amy Gallery closing

The shakeout among Atlanta’s private art galleries continues with the recent announcement that the Emily Amy Gallery will close.

“As I am sure you can imagine, the decision has been very difficult for me, as the gallery has been my life and my dream for the past five years,” Emily West, owner of the gallery in Westside’s Brickworks development, wrote in an announcement.

West said she will become director of Anne Irwin Fine Art and that a number of her artists will join the roster of that longtime gallery at 690 Miami Circle, Suite 150, Atlanta. Irwin plans to show them in the exhibit “Introductions,” opening with a 6-8:30 p.m. reception on Feb 22.

Emily Amy Gallery will remain open, with a group show on view, Thursdays through Saturdays through March. 1000 Marietta St. N.W., Suite 208, Atlanta. Information: 404-877-5626, www.emilyamygallery.com.  HOWARD POUSNER

Birds and more ‘Soar’ in photo show

One of Emily Amy …

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Culture notes: CORE to tell moving ‘Secret’ at Callanwolde; Shakespeare Co. leader’s global role

The Decatur contemporary dance group CORE will premiere a program of works that not only will take place at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center but was inspired by the Gothic-Tudor-style mansion completed in 1920 for the family of then Coca Cola Co. president Charles Howard Candler.

Choreographed by CORE artistic director Sue Schroeder and Houston-based guest artist Becky Valls, “Secret” will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

Accompanied by the Atlanta contemporary chamber music ensemble Bent Frequency, “Secret” will be performed in the manse’s Great Hall, Grand Staircase and Courtyard room as well as other spaces, some requiring the audience to follow the dancers. Daniel Solberg, organist and music associate at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, also will accompany the dance on the restored Aeolian organ.

Callanwolde is at 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. Tickets — $15; students and seniors, $10 — via 404-373-4154, www.coredance.org. HOWARD …

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Callanwolde names Peggy Still Johnson new leader

ARTS
New leader for Callanwolde

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, one of metro area’s busiest community arts centers, has named Peggy Still Johnson as executive director. Johnson, who begins Feb. 4, is a piano and vocal performer, composer and arranger who built the Peggy Still School of Music into a program with an enrollment of 600 at three metro locations before she sold it in 2011. She succeeds Sam Goldman, the DeKalb County arts center’s leader since 1998 who died last year. More than 5,000 take classes from dance to pottery-making at Callanwolde, housed in a 1920 former Candler mansion on Briarcliff Road, which estimates that it reaches 23,000 annually, including performances and functions. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: $10,000 in Idea Capital grants fund experimentation; ‘Ghost Brothers’ summer tour in works

ARTS
Grants to support experimentation
Idea Capital, an Atlanta independent arts funding group with the mission of supporting risk-taking performance and visual art in the metro area, considered 106 entries before it selected 10 artists and collaborative teams for its sixth annual round of grants. The 10 who will share in a total of $10,000 in grants include:

  • Aubrey Longley-Cook: Combining embroidery and animation, she will document Atlanta drag queens.
  • Elise Witt: Preceeded with opportunities for vocal workshops, Witt’s “Improv Flash Mob” will bring impromptu, “pop up” singing to unexpected locations around the city from Lenox Mall to Little Five Points.
  • Helen Hale: The Atlanta dancer-choreographer will create a theatrical dance performance examining human rituals and everyday behaviors.
  • Marcia Vaitsman and Seana Reilly: A large-scale installation, “Heisenberg Boulevard,” will focus on the chaos and explosive energy of natural phenomena including volcanoes, …

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Culture notes: Birmingham Museum dedicates symposium, gallery to ceramics; Schwartz Center celebrates 10 years

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Already boasting one of the Southeast’s largest ceramics collections, featuring more than 15,000 objects, Alabama’s Birmingham Museum of Art is positioning itself to make pottery an even larger priority and presence.

  • On Feb. 22-23, it will host its first international ceramics symposium, the Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium. The theme of the inaugural edition will be “Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form,” exploring the relationship between ceramics and the human body by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

Among the notable artists and scholars making presentations will be ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo, known for her hand-built, reduction-fired ceramics, giving the keynote address about her work on Feb. 22. The program on Feb. 23 opens with writer, critic and collector Garth Clark making a presentation on the past, present and future of the vessel form.

  • Coinciding with the …

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Alliance Theatre’s ‘Bike America’ confirmed for N.Y. run

THEATER
Alliance’s ‘Bike’ will roll to N.Y.

“Bike America,” the 2013 Alliance National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner, hasn’t had its world premiere yet at the Alliance Theatre, but already it has been confirmed for an off-Broadway run starting in October by the Ma-Yi Theater Company, the Alliance said Wednesday. Written by Mike Lew from the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, the play about millennial generation restlessness opens on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage on Feb. 1-24. Though four Alliance competition winners have gone on to play New York eventually, “Bike America” is the first to make the jump directly from Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: KSU hosts gallery walk on Thursday

VISUAL ART
Gallery walk for four KSU exhibits

Kennesaw State University opens four new exhibits with a gallery walk, 5-8 p.m. Jan. 17. A highlight is “Pedro: Menaboni’s Lost Story,” illustrations from an unpublished children’s book about a scarlett tanger’s migration by the late Atlanta bird artist-muralist Athos Menaboni. Also opening: “Southern Industrial Landscapes: Photographs of the Marietta Bell Bomber Plant, 1942-44” and annual faculty and student art exhibits. The free walk starts at the Clayton Gallery in the Bailey Performance Center (with free parking in adjacent lot E). 770-499-3223, www.kennesaw.edu/arts/galleries/exhibitions.html. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: WonderRoot recruiting new art collectors; Georgia Museum imports African art; classical composers compete

VISUAL ART
Opportunity to collect local art, support artists
Maybe you’ve heard of CSA (community supported agriculture) programs?

An enterprising intown arts center has a new cultural twist on that agricultural idea: the WonderRoot CSA (community supported art) program.

Instead of investing in organic vegetables, 50 investors will purchase shares in artwork by nine accomplished and emerging local artists for $300. They will receive a bounty of art, nine pieces that can be picked up at three parties over the year, beginning Feb. 1. Artwork ranges from photography and printmaking to sculpture and painting.

“We’re trying to innovate on what has been a way for people to collect artwork, for artists to make a living and for arts organizations to have self-sustaining business models,” WonderRoot executive director Chris Appleton said. “So it’s a win-win-win.”

The nine commissioned artists are Jessica Caldas, Bethany Collins, Henry Detweiler, Jill Frank, Michi Meko, …

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Culture notes: Aurora to stage ‘Les Miz’; Atlantan one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’

THEATER
Aurora to stage ‘Les Miz’
With “Les Miserables” having topped $100 million at North American movie box offices since its Dec. 25 release, there is no question it’s still a hot property. Thus Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre could not contain its excitement in announcing that it will become the first metro theater to stage a professional production of the 1980s musical. Aurora, which will launch its 2013-14 season in fall with the tale of French revolution and redemption, said it will announce the season’s other five plays in March. Meanwhile, it’s selling a mini season ticket for its final three 2012-13 shows ($49.95) that positions subscribers for the best “Les Miz” tickets in its 250-seat mainstage theater. www.auroratheatre.com. HOWARD POUSNER

DANCE
Lithe Atlantan is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”
Atlanta choreographer-performer Juel D. Lane has been selected one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013.

The 32-year-old Lane, who …

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Culture notes: Michelle Williams to star in ‘Fela’ in Atlanta

THEATER
Michelle Williams cast in ‘Fela’

Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child has been cast in the lead female role of  the touring production the Tony-winning musical “Fela” that returns to Atlanta Feb. 28 through March 3 at the Fox Theatre. Williams will play activist Sandra Isadore, love interest of Nigerian Afrobeat singer Fela Kuti. Duain Richmond, who attended Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park, will star as Kuti (with Adesola Osakalumi playing the role in some performances). Tickets, $38-$63.50, are available at www.foxatltix.com and the theater’s box office, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER

attending Benjamin Banneker High School

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