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Archive for August, 2013

Culture notes: Award for poet Kevin Young; Out on Film, Emory Dance’s lineups out; High curator Siegel departing

LITERATURE
‘Grey Album’ golden for Kevin Young

Emory University professor of creative writing and English Kevin Young has won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award for his book “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness.”

The award is given by the PEN American Center “for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color” published in 2012.

Judges called “The Grey Album” (Greywolf Press, $25) “an ambitious, exhilarating, impassioned work of black literary and cultural criticism, unlike any other — an inspired, sweeping book that deserves to be savored and celebrated.”

Earlier this year, “The Grey Album” was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.

Young is the author of seven books of poetry and editor of seven other collections, including “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels” (2011), winner of an American Book Award.

More information: www.pen.org/literature/2013-pen-open-book-award.

FILM
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Culture notes: Art parallel parks at Contemporary; St. Philip Choir in England; walking the BeltLine on TV

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

VISUAL ART
Parking lot show at Contemporary

Closed until mid-October for renovation, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is hosting an art happening in its parking lot from noon to 7  p.m. Saturday. During “Trunk Show,” artists, curators and other adventurous folks will use their vehicles (from dashboards to trunks, perhaps even under the hood) for an impromptu art show and sale. Haggling encouraged. Admission: $8; $5 students and seniors; free for 5 and under. 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta.404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org.

MUSIC
‘Goosebumps’ for St. Philip Choir in England

Atlanta’s Cathedral of St. Philip Choir has had a moving — in more ways than one — end to summer.

The singers are lifting their voices in 15 choral services over two weeks in England: 44 performed Aug. 5-11 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; and then 35 are doing the honors Aug. 12-18 at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. Somewhere in there, it’s managing two …

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Atlanta environmental artist wins $50,000 Hudgens Prize

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Pam Longobardi, an Atlanta artist concerned with the pollution of the world’s oceans, has won the $50,000 Hudgens Prize.

The Georgia State University art professor was to be announced as the prize winner at a Saturday night ceremony at Duluth’s Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, the organizer of the competition that drew 370 statewide applicants.

Longobardi, the subject of more than 40 solo exhibits in the U.S. and internationally, considers her work a form of art “intervention.” She collects, photographs and exhibits artfully arranged pieces of plastic trash that have traveled in, and been transformed by, ocean currents.

“I have made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches and making collections from all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it in exhibition context for examination,” she said in her artist statement for the Finalists Exhibit now on view …

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Theater of the Stars cancels ‘13-14 season; future uncertain

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Theater of the Stars on Thursday cancelled its 2013-14 season, and it is unclear if Atlanta’s longest-running stage company will return.

Operating with a $650,000 debt, the 61-year-old troupe in late June said it was cash-strapped and appealed to Atlantans for $1 million by Aug. 30 to launch its five-play subscription season plus a special presentation of “Stomp.” The company set a deadline to raise $500,000 by July 12 and another half-million by Aug. 30 or said it would be forced to cease operations.

But fund-raising proceeded slowly, with the theater raising only $100,000. That was not enough to leverage a match of an undisclosed, but said to be substantial, amount offered by Roger Bobb, president and CEO of Bobbcat Films, an Atlanta-based production company.

After canceling its first three shows in recent weeks, TOTS officials decided this week to pull the plug on the fund-raising drive and to cancel its final two season shows, …

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