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Archive for September, 2013

MODA toasts Italy with exhibit, lectures

The Museum of Design Atlanta has interesting events lined up in conjunction with “Barrique: Wine, Design and Social Change,” its exhibit (through Oct. 13) about a wine barrel recycling project in Italy in which residents of a treatment center for drug addiction and social exclusion learn professional skills including wood working. The events include:

  • “Design Conversation — Designing Rome’s Trevi Fountain,” a lecture by Katherine Rinne, author of “The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City,” 6 p.m. Oct. 1. $10.
  • “Hands on Design: The Parma Menu,” a cooking school lesson (and a meal) in the style of one of Italy’s gastronomic centers, at Tuscany at Your Table, 6 p.m. Oct. 2. $45.
  • “Festa Italiana,” Italian fare, cocktails and music, 7 p.m. Oct. 5. $50.
  • “Design Conversation — Aspiring to Slowness: The Slow Food Movement in Italy and Beyond,” a talk by Julie Schaffer of Slow Food USA, 6 p.m. Oct. 10. $10.
  • “Hands on Design: Wine …

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High extending hours this weekend before ‘Girl With a Pearl’ departs

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Atlanta’s date with Vermeer’s fetching “Girl With a Pearl Earring” will end this weekend. But the High Museum of Art is expanding hours, and even offering some discounts, through Sunday to give more Atlantans a chance to be in her mysterious presence.

Here is the expanded schedule:

  • 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Open late for “Thirsty Thursdays,” an extended happy hour with art. Half-price admission from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Half-price admission from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

While most are drawn for the rare opportunity to see Vermeer’s circa 1665 oil on canvas, “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis” contains 35 Dutch Golden Age paintings, including important works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.

They are drawn from the highly esteemed collection of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, the museum-in-a-palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

“Girl” hasn’t reached …

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“Book of Mormon” tickets on sale Sept. 22

“The Book of Mormon” is the definition of a hot ticket, still drawing capacity crowds on Broadway and with a national tour that is selling furiously.

The nine-time Tony winner visits the Fox Theatre as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season, Jan. 28 through Feb. 9, 2014. With 16 shows in an expansive 4,678-capacity house, there is a good chance there is a ticket available for you. With single tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 (advance sales for American Express card-holders continue through that same day), the question is how good a one you will score and what you will pay. (Broadway in Atlanta has instituted dynamic pricing for its shows that might raise prices closer to opening.)

Tickets will be available at the Fox Theatre box office (660 Peachtree St. N.E.), www.foxatltix.com or 1-855-285-8499. More information: http://atlanta.broadway.com.

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Culture notes: ‘39 Plaza sign to be restored; Emory’s arts honorees; Bo Bice’s art on view

ARCHITECTURE
Restoration for Plaza’s landmark sign

The Plaza Theatre’s chevron-shaped sign, which has greeted moviegoers to the Ponce de Leon Avenue movie house since 1939, will soon undergo a restoration and update, compliments of the former movie palace up the street. The Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach program of the 1929 Fox that bestows funding and lends restoration expertise to smaller historic theaters across Georgia each year, has announced plans to convert the Plaza marquee from fluorescent to LED lighting and to rehabilitate areas on the sign affected by rust. The Fox Institute also will help do a complete reconstruction of the President Theatre’s facade in the west central Georgia town of Manchester. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Emory’s Creativity & Arts honorees

The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts bestowed its annual Creativity & Arts Awards, recognizing Emory and metro community members who have made significant contributions to the arts, on Sept 6. Among …

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5 things heard or overheard at Dragon Con

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Dragon Con organizers were predicting attendance of 57,000 over the four-day Labor Day holiday weekend, but anyone moving with the coursing sea of humanity on Sunday had to feel that at least that many Stormtroopers, assorted “Star Trek” characters, various skimpily clad vixens and other costumed creatures were out in force.

Each year, the science-fiction, fantasy and pop culture extravaganza commands more downtown real estate, and each year it’s never quite enough. For this edition, for instance, the merchandise vendors moved across Peachtree Street to AmericasMart exhibition halls that were instantly jammed with folks who seemed anxious to part with disposable income.

As usual, the costumed attendees were a gawk-worthy show unto themselves, an exploding pop culture universe populated by Marvel characters from Captain America to Deadpool, “Dr. Who” denizens, refugees from “Elf” and “The Walking Dead” escapees.

Amid the madness, exposed flesh …

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