By Howard Pousner
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.
‘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 days off to exercise legs (as tourists) and rest vocal chords.
Atlantans can catch up with the group on the St. Philip website, where it has been posting blog reports (and some photos) from its “pilgrimage”:
Early in the trip, Canon for Music Dale Adelmanncq noted that it was “unusual and sobering” to find at least 500 people listen in on the choir’s daily rehearsal in the St. Paul’s Quire, then to have many of them decide to stay for Evensong.
“These visitors, each of them pilgrims in their own ways, literally come from all over the world, and it is our privilege and thrill not merely to share our singing with them, but to realize that many, indeed, probably most of them, come from countries where there are no choirs that sing and worship as we do,” Adelmann wrote on the trip’s third day.
Later in the first week, decani alto Marion Hopkins posted, “Someone asked me this week if I was nervous about singing in this iconic landmark. I feel too well prepared for that, but the experience has been an emotional one. The music has given me goosebumps; some prayers have made me cry; the art and architecture have filled me with wonder, the memorials, with gratitude and admiration; and the fellowship with my fellow choir members and supporters is heart-warming. All of it good for the soul.”
L.A. public TV gives admiring look at BeltLine
Atlanta BeltLine was favorably featured recently on the “City Walk” series of the Southern California public television station KCET. Burbank-based KCETLink is carried nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH, but Atlantans can catch up to show online at www.kcet.org/shows/citywalk. The 10-minute BeltLine report airs after segments on walking in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.