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Archive for January, 2013

Culture notes: Pearl Cleage receives three-year Mellon playwright residency; public art that welcomes the new year

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Atlantan Pearl Cleage has been awarded a three-year residency by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand her work with the Alliance Theatre.

The playwright-novelist already is the Artist-in-Dialogue at the Alliance, where her credits have included “The Nacirema Society Presents…,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Flyin’ West” and “What I Learned in Paris,” the world premiere that opened the current season. But as part of the Mellon Foundation’s initiative, she will join the full-time staff, with salary and benefits.

“I’ve been working in theater for a long, long time and there’s a moment when you kind get tired of being a gypsy — going from one theater and town to the next, always trying to find a place to develop something,” Cleage said Tuesday. “This gives me a place to really dig in and work with the other people there, and that’s great.”

The goal of the $3.7 million project, which will provide …

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Culture notes: Bunnen to receive 4th Nexus Award; Waffle House Museum hosts ‘Palace’ event

VISUAL ARTS
Photographer to get Nexus Award
Long-time Atlanta photographer and arts patron Lucinda Bunnen has been named recipient of the fourth annual Nexus Award, created by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to acknowledge individuals who have made a significant contribution to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond.

Contemporary artistic director Stuart Horodner called Bunnen, who has supported and served Atlanta arts groups including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and Atlanta Celebrates Photography, “a successful photographer, passionate collector and generous patron of the arts and culture in Atlanta.”

Bunnen, in fact, helped found the Contemporary’s predecessor, Nexus arts center, in 1973. She will receive the award during a Contemporary reception on May 7.  HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Waffle House fact, fiction meet
Waffle House has come aboard as a sponsor of Horizon Theatre’s encore run of “The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365.” …

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