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Archive for November, 2013

High Museum tries to lasso post-Thanksgiving guests with event

To help art lovers digest all that turkey and dressing and to complement its current exhibit “Go West: Art of the American Frontier From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,” the High Museum of Art will host an “Arts & Rec” event from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Homestead Atlanta, a group that promotes heritage practices and sustainable-living approaches, will present artists, crafters, other makers and survivalists demonstrating skills such as canning, metalsmithing, hide tanning and yarn spinning. Admission will be waived for ages 17 and under Friday.

Extended hours over the holiday weekend: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: Atlanta Music Project leader in Ebony’s Power 100; Dashboard Co-Op picks 12 artists for 2014

MUSIC
Ebony magazine names Atlantan to Power 100

Joining President Obama and Oprah Winfrey among other notables, Atlanta Music Project co-founder and executive director Dantes Rameau has been selected for Ebony’s Power 100.

Leading a nonprofit that provides intensive music training to underserved youth, Rameau and the other “game-changers” are featured in the magazine’s December/January issue. He  is included in the Community Crusaders category.

Rameau said the call from Johnson Publishing CEO (and former White House social secretary) Desiree Rogers took him by surprise and he didn’t fully believe it until an invitation to a New York gala feting the honorees arrived in the mail.

“It’s fantastic that a major national publication recognizes the impact that an organization such as the Atlanta Music Project is having on our youth and communities,” Rameau said.

To check out the Power 100: www.ebony.com. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Dashboard Co-op announces 2014 artist …

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High ‘14 exhibit to let guests enter photographer’s ‘Universe’

The High Museum of Art announced Tuesday that it will exhibit a retrospective of Cuban-born American photographer Abelardo Morell in 2014.

Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the High, “The Universe Next Door” will be presented Feb. 23 to May 18 and will include new works commissioned by the High as part of its ongoing “Picturing the South” initiative.

Morell is a master of the camera obscura technique, which transforms rooms into giant cameras, projecting the outside world into an interior space where he records the juxtaposition. The photographer plans to turn the lobby of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing into a camera obscura, so that guests will walk into a Morell creation. www.high.org.

HOWARD POUSNER

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Chris Kayser to make final bow as Scrooge at Alliance Theatre

Chris Kayser, who has played Scrooge for 16 of his last 20 seasons in the Alliance Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” plans to make this year’s production his final one in the demanding role.

“After this year, it’s time to pass on the role of Scrooge to someone else,” Kayser said in an Alliance release. “Given the deep, rich talent pool in Atlanta and the sure hand of (director) Rosemary Newcott, I’m confident that the project will go on re-energized and better than ever.”

The 60-something actor, who has rarely missed a performance in a nearly three and a half decade career, is likely to return to “Carol” in a different role.

This year’s run is Nov. 29 through Dec. 29. 404-733-5000, www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. HOWARD POUSNER

Here’s a 2010 interview with Kayser about the rigors of the role of Scrooge:

‘I can outlast them’
Chris Kayser has amazing record of ‘Carol’ performances.
Even recent injury doesn’t sideline him.

By Howard Pousner / …

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Suzi Awards to honor 7 Stages founders Hamilton, Allen; 13 nominated for playwriting award

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, who founded 7 Stages theater in 1979, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at Monday night’s Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s version of the Tonys.

Among metro theater leaders endorsing the duo for the honor, director Kenny Leon wrote: “Their productions have reminded us that the world is a better place when everyone’s story is told. They represent the soul of the Atlanta arts scene.”

Additionally, this year’s Suzi ceremony will again bestow the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, recognizing a new play by a local playwright (given a production during the previous season). Thirteen productions were nominated this year, a record:

  • “Angry Fags” by Topher Payne, produced by 7 Stages
  • “The Ghastly Dreadfuls” by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hinezmeyer, produced by the Center for Puppetry Arts
  • “The Great McAnigan” by Dave Lauby, produced by the Collective Project
  • “Mighty Myths and Legends,” adapted …

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Culture notes: Classical tribute to premiere at All Saints; Ludwig Symphony opens season

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Work commissioned by Atlantan to premiere
When Frank Thomas heard a piece by Tarik O’Regan on the radio three years ago, the impressed Atlanta attorney had to pull to the I-85 shoulder to scribble the composer’s name.

In an unlikely chain of events, Thomas got in touch with the London-born O’Regan, who resides in New York and Cambridge, England, and commissioned him to create a choral work honoring Ray and Beth Chenault, choirmasters and organists at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

And so O’Regan’s “Blessed Are They” will be given its world premiere during All Saints’ Holy Eucharist services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday (open to the public). The composer will attend, and Ray Chenault will conduct the accompanying string quartet.

634 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-0835, www.allsaintsatlanta.org. HOWARD POUSNER

Ludwig Symphony launches 17th year
T
he Ludwig Symphony Orchestra opens its 17th season with “An International Festival Concert” at 4 …

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