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Archive for July, 2013

Culture notes: Georgia Shakespeare thinks bigger with ‘14 schedule; Fox adds 3 summer films

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

After a year of careful recalibration of its business model that led to a tightened 2013 schedule, Georgia Shakespeare plans to expand its offerings in 2014.

The just-announced season will feature five all-new productions.

“We’ve heard a great deal of feedback from our supporters who have made it clear that they want more theater from us and more Shakespeare from us,” producing artistic director Richard Garner said in a statement. “We are rebuilding in a smart, intelligent way that will make us truly sustainable. … We are ready to move forward with our freshest, boldest work yet.”

The ‘14 productions include (final dates still to be determined):

  • June: Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It.”
  • July: “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Richard Bean’s adaption of “Servant of Two Masters,” a 2011 hit on London’s West End that received seven Tony nominations after its Broadway transfer in 2012.
  • July: “The Frog Prince” (family show), Atlanta playwright …

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Theater of the Stars cancels third show, ‘Anything Goes’

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Attempting to raise $1 million in an emergency fund-raising drive by Aug. 30, Theater of the Stars on Friday cancelled “Anything Goes,” which was to have run Aug. 20-25 at the Fox Theatre.

It’s the third show of its 2013-14 season TOTS has cancelled. On Wednesday, the 61-year-old troupe cancelled “Dreamgirls,” as it had done with the season opener, “Buddy.”

That same day the Fox terminated TOTS’ lease but said it would work with the company to rebook shows as space allowed.

In a statement Friday, TOTS said it was continuing to fund-raise and “working very hard” to save the reminder of its season: “The Little Mermaid,” “Stomp” and “Cats.”

In late June, TOTS announced that it needed to raise $500,000 by July 12 and another half-million by Aug. 30 or that it would be forced to shut its doors.

The company is operating with a $650,000 debt, but officials said the bigger issue was that it needed cash to launch the season. (Donations can be made …

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Culture notes: Project 7’s next turn; Cyclorama special events

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

DANCE
A dozen dancers illustrate the strength of the female form

Befitting a program titled “SHE,” performances by Project 7 on July 19 and 20 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s will feature a dozen female performers — 11 members of the Atlanta contemporary dance group and one guest artist.

But “SHE” also is an acronym for “Seek. Hope. Evolve.,” a hint at the thread that ties the six works choreographed by director-choreographer Cherrise Wakeham.

Wakeham’s dances, portraying athleticism and strength in the female form, mesh ballet, contemporary and jazz disciplines. They are set to the music of Mumford &cq Sons, Delta Rae, the Wailin’ Jennys, Santigold, Beyonce, Lang Lang, Kate Bush and others.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. programs are $22 via 877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.. 84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. www.project7dance.com.

EVENT
Cyclorama hosts special events

The Cyclorama, the Grant Park attraction that showcases the 1886 …

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Theater of the Stars cancels ‘Dreamgirls’

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Theater of the Stars, which is amid an emergency $1 million fund-raising campaign, has canceled “Dreamgirls,”  which was to have run Aug. 2-11 at the Fox Theatre.

The musical starring Broadway veteran Jennifer Holliday is the second show that the 61-year-old troupe has cancelled at the beginning of its 2013-14 season. It earlier pulled the plug on “Buddy,” a jukebox musical on the life of Buddy Holly, which was to have opened at the Fox this month.

TOTS said in a statement Wednesday that it is in conversations with investors to support the production of “The Little Mermaid” scheduled Sept. 7-15 at the Fox.

It also acknowledged that the Fox has terminated TOTS’ lease so that it can fill the vacancy left by the “Dreamgirls” cancellation and that the two parties have “agreed to move forward with an at-will usage arrangement,” as the statement termed it.

In late June, TOTS announced that it needed to raise $500,000 by July 12 and another …

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Arts briefs: Dashboard Co-op, ‘Folk Art’ and Athens pottery

VISUAL ART
Residency makes art of unplugging

Artists, like all of us, navigate daily through a world full of wired and wireless stimulus.

Dashboard Co-op’s “No Vacancy, An Alternative Residency,” in which two artists are holed up in an undisclosed vacant Atlanta property for three weeks, is an effort to turn it all down and to see what kind of art develops in the relative silence and isolation.

While Atlanta artists Henry Detweiler and Ben Coleman have no phone, TV, Internet or transportation during the residency, Dashboard is tending to their needs — both of the well-being and art-making sort. With a stated mission to “activate raw space with radical contemporary art to inspire neighborhood development and cultural awareness,” the nonprofit arts presenter arranged the duo’s 4,000-square-foot live-work studio and is providing $1,000 for material requests.

From 7 to 11 p.m. July 20, the final day of the residency, the public will be invited to the location-to-be-announced — …

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‘Titanic’ exhibit to close Aug. 18 at Atlantic Station

ATTRACTIONS
‘Titanic’ to sail into sunset

If you’ve been meaning to check out “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at Atlantic Station, now would be the time. Presenter Premiere Exhibitions has announced that the 200-object exhibit, which opened in April 2012, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, will end its run Aug. 18. This is the exhibit’s third mounting in Atlanta and there are no plans to show it again. 265 18th St., 2nd Floor (Escalator 5), Atlanta. Tickets, $16-$24, via www.titanicatlanta.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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Theater of the Stars’ SOS fund-raising gets boost

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The emergency “Save Theater of the Stars” fund-raising campaign has received a big boost.

On Wednesday, the 61-year-old troupe announced that a major gift from Roger Bobb, president and CEO of Bobbcat Films, an Atlanta-based production company, had lifted fund-raising to more than $350,000. The amount of the Bobb gift was not disclosed.

Late last month, the theater announced that it needed to raise $500,000 by Friday and another half-million by Aug. 30 or that it would be forced to shut its doors.

The company is operating with a $650,000 debt, but officials said the bigger issue is that it needs cash to launch its season. It canceled “Buddy,” a jukebox musical on the life of Buddy Holly, which was to open the season at the Fox Theatre, July 9-14.

If sufficient funds can be raised, the season instead will open with “Dreamgirls,” starring Jennifer Holliday, Aug. 2-11 at the Fox. HOWARD POUSNER

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3 Georgia artists to create exhibits for MOCA GA

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The two local art galleries that represented Scott Ingram over the past decade both folded, leaving him without one for the past eight months. That would be a bummer for an Atlanta artist who regularly shows in other cities, except that great opportunities keep presenting themselves here.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Tuesday night announced the selection of Ingram, E.K. Huckaby and Fahamu Pecou for its 2013-14 Working Artist Project. Its honorees each will receive a $12,000 stipend and a studio assistant to support the creation of an exhibition at MOCA GA over the next year. Also, a work from each show will be added to the Buckhead museum’s permanent collection.

For Ingram, this follows closely on his work being purchased by the High Museum of Art and included in its group exhibition “Drawing Inside the Perimeter,” which has fueled two additional purchases by collectors.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Ingram, 44. “I think …

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