‘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.
LGBT festival announces titles
The lineup for the 26th Out On Film festival, planned Oct. 3-10 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, has been announced.
The opening night film will be Darrencq Stein’s “G.B.F,” a comedy, described as a gay “Mean Girls,” about a high school student (Michael J. Willett) whose coming out sends repercussions through the school. The supporting cast includes Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne.
The closing night film is Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s (“Designing Women”) “Bridegroom,” a documentary about Shane Bitney Crone, who lost his partner Tom Bridegroom in an accident and was banned from the funeral by his partner’s parents. Crone made a YouTube video about the incident titled “It Could Happen to You” that went viral and lead to Bloodworth-Thomason’s film. He is expected to attend the screening.
The eight-day festival will feature more 75 feature films, documentaries, short films and premieres from U.S. and international cinema.
Other screenings include “I Am Divine,” a look at Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, who became a star in John Waters’ films; Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) portraying Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings”; and “The Rugby Player,” Scott Gracheff’s film about United 93’s Mark Bingham and his relationship with his mother, Alice Hoagland. Gracheff and Hoagland are expected to attend.
Information: 678-237-7206, www.outonfilm.org.
Emory focuses on evolution of movement
Emory Dance Program’s just-announced 2013-2014 season, including performances, lectures, workshops and screenings, explores the evolution of movement languages. Highlights include:
Nov. 21-23: Emory Dance Company’s Fall Concert, an evening of contemporary dance created by dance faculty members Anna Leo, George Staib and Lori Teague and guest artists Emily Johnson and Kristin O’Neal. The Spring Concert, April 24-26, will feature new works created by students.
Oct. 1: In the first in a “Moving Exchange” series of workshops led by dance faculty, Sally Radell presents a Gyrokinesis Movement Training Class for movers of all levels. Also: Anna Leo offers an evening of Iynegar-based yoga on Oct. 29; and George Staib leads “Dance and Music: Workshopping the Love Affair” on Nov. 5.
Dec. 6-8: In “pre-suf-fixes,” Gregory Catellier, artistic director of Catellier Dance Projects, looks back at previous work and forward to its next evening-length work, “Corpus Mysteriis.”
April 3-6 and 9-13: “Free/Fall: Exploration of Inner and Outer Space,” a collaboration between Theater Emory artistic director Janice Akers, choreographers Staib and Teague and composer Kendall Simpson.
Information: 404-727-5050, http://bit.ly/14zgqz6.
Assistant curator Siegel departing High Museum
Lily Siegel, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the High Museum of Art is departing Atlanta to become associate curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, artsATL.com reports. See the story here.