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Archive for December, 2013

High Museum to exhibit Italian Renaissance art treasures

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The High Museum of Art has announced that it will import prized pieces of Italian art next fall in an exhibition of three marble panels that sculptor Luca della Robbia produced for the Florence Cathedral’s cantoria in the 1430s.

Depicting children singing and playing music, the reliefs and other related objects will come to the U.S. for the first time in “Make A Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music from Florence Cathedral.” The exhibit will be on view Oct. 25 to Jan. 11, 2015.

To provide context for these musical history treasures, the High plans an extensive partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The ASO will present a series of organ and choral performances within the exhibit galleries as well as around Atlanta.

Read more this afternoon on myajc.com (subscriber site) or in Tuesday’s Living section.

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CityPass offers package deal to Atlanta’s top attractions

By Christopher Quinn
cquinn@ajc.com

The presents are opened, the wrapping paper in the trash bin. The kids are getting antsy already.

If you’ve never been to the High Museum of Art or have not checked out the new penguin babies at the Georgia Aquarium, this could be the time.

And if you bundle a few trips to some of Atlanta’s best-known sites, you can save money with a combo ticket that is not much known, except maybe to convention hawkers.

The Atlanta CityPass will get you into five of the city’s seven biggest tourist draws for one price. It’s good for the aquarium, the CNN studio tour, and the World of Coca-Cola; it also will get you into either the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and either Zoo Atlanta or the Atlanta History Center.

You can buy a CityPass online at www.citypass.com/atlanta, or at the attractions. The cost for the multiple-entry booklet of tickets is $74 for adults and $54 for children 3 to 12 (42 percent savings).

The tickets …

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New on view at Tellus museum: moon rock collected during Apollo 15 mission in 1971

It weighs only four ounces, but a new-on-exhibit moon rock looms large at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville.

Tellus claims its long-sought lunar sample is the largest moon rock on exhibit in Georgia. Collected by Astronaut Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, the original rock weighed about 21 pounds. Officially designated Lunar Sample 15555, it was nicknamed “Great Scott” in honor of its collector.

The mother rock was sliced for analysis and to create exhibits like the one in Cartersville. The sample given to Tellus was prepared in the Lunar Sample Receiving Lab at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, and transported by museum staffers Amy Gramsey and Julian Gray.

On permanent exhibit in Tellus’ Science in Motion Gallery, the moon rock is being shown alongside three Apollo artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum: an Apollo Lunar Module ascent rocket engine, a lunar sample return container and a geological …

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Culture notes: Art exhibit is one positive about Hartsfield-Jackson Airport holiday delays; details on Nexus, Artadia awards

VISUAL ARTS
Creativity takes wing in airport exhibit
We wouldn’t wish a delayed or canceled flight on anyone this holiday season. But if you are traveling domestically and find yourself with time on your hands at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in coming days, you can check out a strong survey exhibition of Atlanta art that has received positive response from travelers this year.

Curated by Hope Cohn, “E-Merge: Contemporary Atlanta Artists,” in the T-Gate Gallery, features some of the metro area’s top visual talent, including Kevin Cole, Bethany Collins, Brian Dettmer, Craig Drennen, Gyun Hur (who will have a solo show opening at Get This gallery on Jan. 4), Kyoungmin Park and Michael Reese. You can scan QR codes on the text panels and go to the artists’ web sites to find out more about them.

Comprising 60 works of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installation-based works, “E-Merge” has just been extended through April. 404-382-2478,

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Calder sculpture outside High Museum to wave goodbye in mid-January

Alexander Calder’s “Three Up, Three Down” mobile has been such a fixture on the front yard of the High Museum of Art, contrasted with Richard Meier’s landmark white-paneled building, most people thought the museum owned it.

But the High has announced that Calder’s 23.5-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, which has been on loan from the Calder Foundation since 1988, will depart Peachtree Street after Jan. 12. The 1973 work is headed for a summer 2014 exhibition of the late American artist (1898-1976) at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

As it mulls options for a statement work of art to replace “Three Up, Three Down,” the High will install Calder’s 12-foot-long hanging mobile “Untitled” (1947) in the Modern & Contemporary Art galleries in sometime in 2014 (exact date to be determined). Last exhibited in 2001, that piece is part of the permanent collection.

More details on myajc.com (subscriber site) Thursday afternoon and in Saturday’s Living section. HOWARD POUSNER

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Highlights of 2014 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival announcement

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, running Jan. 29 through Feb. 20 at various metro locations, posted its full 2014 schedule today at www.ajff.org, with highlights including:

  • The fest will screen six features submitted as official Oscar best foreign language film entries by their home countries for 2014: “Bethlehem” by Israel; “The German Doctor,” Argentina; “In the Shadow,” Czech Republic; “Omar,” Palestinian territories; “The Third Half,” Macedonia; and “Transit,” Philippines.
  • “Run Boy Run,” commanding the prestige opening night slot, Jan. 29 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. German director Pepe Danquart’s film dramatizes the true story of a 9-year-old boy who escapes the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland, into the woods, where he survives until World War II’s end.
  • “Jews and Muslims: Intimate Strangers,” the North American premiere of a four-part, 208-minute French documentary, exploring 14 centuries of shared history …

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High Museum announces holiday programming, hours, deals

Seeking to be a part of Atlantans’ holiday plans, the High Museum of Art has announced special holiday programming, extended hours and admission discounts.

Now on view

  • “Go West: Art of the American Frontier From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West” (through April 13).
  • “The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden”(through Jan. 19).
  • “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” (through Jan. 5).
  • “The Bunnen Collection” (through Feb. 2).

Events

  • “Jerry Pinkney Storytelling by Wren’s Nest Rambler Mama Koku,” 2 p.m. Dec. 26, 28 and 30.
  • Jerry Pinkney Read-In events, 3 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29.
  • Art-making for Families, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 21 and Dec. 26-30.
  • The Object Group performing “Western Passage” (a Go West!-themed performance), 2 p.m. Dec. 27 and 29.

Special hours, admission

  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (free for ages 17 and under).
  • Dec. 26: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 28: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: noon-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 30: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (free admission on “Give …

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‘Bull Durham’ musical to premiere at the Alliance in 2014

By Melissa Ruggieri / mruggieri@ajc.com

The eminently quotably “Bull Durham” will be transformed into a musical and premiere at the Alliance Theatre in September as part of its 2014-15 season.

Based on the 1988 Kevin Costner-Susan Sarandon movie which celebrates the Church of Baseball, the production will have a book by Academy Award-nominee Ron Shelton, the director and screenwriter of the film.

“Bull Durham,” the musical, will be directed by Kip Fagan, who has directed off-Broadway’s “The Revisionist” and “Asuncion.” Renowned folk singer-songwriter Susan Werner will provide music and lyrics.

Shelton loosely based the story of veteran catcher “Crash” Davis coming to play for the minor league Durham Bulls in North Carolina to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh to pitch in the majors, on his own experiences. The story, of course, also includes Annie Savoy, who plucks a player each season to turn into an all-star by sharing her wisdom, experience and bed.

In the film, …

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Georgia bluesman Chick Willis, 79, dies

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

Georgia bluesman Robert. L. “Chick” Willis, who played with his cousin Chuck Willis and Elmore James before making a name for himself with a particularly adult take on the blues, has died.

Willis passed away on Dec. 7, according to his official web site (www.chickwillis.com). Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at Antioch Baptist Church, 1096 Old Cabaniss Road, Forsyth.

Born in Monroe County, where he resided for most of his life, Willis was 79.

In a rambling essay he penned for the Web site www.blueshalloffame.com seven years ago, Willis boasted, “I am the blues.”

The essay addressed many of the ills inflicting the genre. Willis concluded it with: “I could write a book about the Blues that most people that listen to the Blues don’t know, but that would take me a long time because you see I have so much to say just like many many Blues Artists that went to Blues Heaven. I bet they are sitting around telling their BLUES story to …

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After 14 years, Atlanta Ballet lead dancer still believes in ‘Nutcracker’

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

Audiences from sea to shining sea adore “The Nutcracker,” but what about the professional dancers who have performed in the holiday favorite every year since they could barely reach the barre?

Do they share the audience’s ardor, or are they so weary of the E.T.A. Hoffmann story that they harbor secret desires to haul off and smack the Mouse King in the snout?

Alessa Rogers, one of four Atlanta Ballet dancers playing the lead role of Marya at the Fox Theatre through Dec. 29, is in the first camp.

“I can’t really speak for every dancer of course, but I’m one who really loves ‘Nutcracker,’” the 26-year-old said. “I don’t love hearing the music in every book store and coffee shop and mall that I go into, but I really do have a lot of fun doing ‘Nutcracker,’ and especially doing a role like Marya.”

For Rogers, who danced in her first “Nutcracker” as a 12-year-old North Carolina Dance Theatre student, part of the enjoyment is measuring her …

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