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Archive for January, 2014

Atlanta Film Festival announces first 15 films of lineup

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The Atlanta Film Festival has released a list of 15 films that will be shown during this year’s cinema extravaganza, March 26-April 6 at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.

The list should be taken as a sampler platter of the full lineup still to come, an indication of the diversity Atlanta’s oldest film fest typically delivers, not necessarily the most significant films in the fest’s lineup. The films that will be featured in the prestige opening and closing night slots will be announced later.

“We are pleased to announce the first wave of narrative features — an incredibly diverse group of films, ranging from local filmmakers and up-and-coming American indie auteurs to hyper-imaginative animation and foreign language festival hits,” said Kristy Breneman, the festival’s programmer for features and special programs.

Probably the most recognizable title in the initial group is “1982,” starring Hill Harper (”CSI: NY,” “Soul Food”) as an …

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Atlanta Symphony, High and other snow cancellations

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has canceled its Thursday concert featuring violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg. The concerts on Friday and Saturday are  expected to take place as scheduled. Beginning Friday, ticket holders may visit the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree streets, or call 404-733-5000 to either obtain refunds or exchange tickets for another concert this weekend. Subscribers should call the Season Tickets office at 404-733-4800.

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opening night Wednesday at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Wednesday night postponed. New date TBD.
  • High Museum of Art’s conversation between T.I. and curator Michael Rooks on Wednesday night also canceled.
  • Opening of  ”Cross-Reference”  at EmoryVisualArts Gallery postponed one week, to Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

For other Wednesday-Thursday arts and entertainment closings, go to www.accessatlanta.com and click on The Music Scene.

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WhiteSpace’s Susan Bridges wins 5th Nexus Award

Susan Bridges, owner of WhiteSpace gallery, has been named recipient of the fifth annual Nexus Award, created by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond.

Contemporary artistic director Stuart Horodner praised Bridges for her “thoughtful and provocative” Inman Park gallery and for being “a tireless supporter of other arts organizations and initiatives.”

In addition to providing guidance to a host of up-and-coming and mid-career artists, she has served on the boards of Art Papers, burnaway.org, i45, Flux Projects and the Atlanta Preservation Center.

She will receive the award during a Contemporary ceremony on May 6.

HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: Callanwolde brings festival in from cold this weekend; photographer takes walk on N.Y.’s wild side

EVENT
Callanwolde brings festival in from the cold

Atlanta is a festival-smitten city, with funnel cake-scented outdoor events humming year-round except during the depths of winter.

For those feeling crafts-deprived though, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is launching an indoor alternative this weekend: the Callanwolde Arts Festival.

Held inside the expansive 1920 Candler mansion on the edge of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, the 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday fest will feature 80-plus painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. It also will offer artist demonstrations, music and dance performances, plus food trucks.

The arts center partnered with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces in organizing the inaugural event. Tickets: $5. 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. Information: 404-872-5338, www.callanwolde.org.

HOWARD POUSNER

BOOKS
Photographic walk on N.Y.’s wild side

Tod Seelie’s “Bright Nights: Photographs of …

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Culture notes: Free folk concert Saturday at History Center; arts website scores $15,000 grant

MUSIC
Free folk concert at History Center

The leader of Meridian Herald, the Atlanta folk music-worship group, will fly solo for a free hour-long concert Saturday at the Atlanta History Center, “Sing the Wind — Folk Songs with Steven Darsey. Darsey will perform in the balladeer tradition of Tommy Makem and Burl Ives, with the 4 p.m. program likely to include folk chestnuts such as “Danny Boy” and Darsey’s setting of Sidney Lanier’s “Song of the Chattahoochee.” Free, with donations supporting Meridian Herald. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. www.meridianherald.com. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Arts website scores $15,000 grant

ArtsATL.com has received a $15,000 grant from the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Foundation chairman Robert Edge called the web site “an important new resource in our community” for its work in informing Atlantans about exhibitions, performances and other events. HOWARD POUSNER

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Groups rally as Fulton County considers 30 percent arts cut

UPDATE: AJC Fulton County reporter David Wickert reports in Friday’s Metro section (find the full story on the AJC’s subscriber site, myajc.com)…

With a deadline fast approaching, Fulton County commissioners still haven’t made tough budget decisions affecting library hours, meals for seniors and funding for Grady Memorial Hospital.

Commissioners are weighing millions of dollars in cuts to those and popular services against a property tax hike that could anger many residents as well as state lawmakers who say Fulton can’t raise taxes under a new state law.

On Wednesday commissioners discussed their options but were noncommittal about how they’ll balance their 2014 budget. Under state law, they have until the end of the month. They’ll meet again Monday to try to reach a consensus. …

Commissioners have heard plenty from advocates for various programs. … On Wednesday advocates for the arts asked commissioners to restore $1.5 million in proposed cuts….

EARLIER STORY:

By Howard …

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Culture notes: Keaton comedies to screen with live music Monday; Emory series exploring global aspects of French cinema starts Wednesday

FILM
Give a listen to Keaton silent classics

Making its first appearance in Atlanta, Not So Silent Cinema will present four Buster Keaton silent comedies accompanied by live music from the New River Ensemble on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday). The 8 p.m. program at Eyedrum in downtown Atlanta will feature four 1920s films set to roots music scores by Brendan Cooney: “The Haunted House,” “The Electric House,”[ “Cops” and “One Week.” Tickets, $10, at www.brownpapertickets.com. Eyedrum is in FUSE Arts Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E. More info: www.notsosilentcinema.com. HOWARD POUSNER

Emory series explores global aspects of French cinema
Emory Cinematheque, Emory University’s free weekly series of 35mm film screenings, returns to address the theme of “Global French Cinema” starting Wednesday night (Jan. 22). Jean Renoir’s 1937 war film “Grand Illusion” kicks off the 11-title series at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall, room 205, on Emory’s campus. The …

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Alliance Theatre hires general manager from Baltimore’s Centerstage

The Alliance Theatre has appointed Mike Schleifer, who has worked for 13 years for Baltimore’s Centerstage, as its new general manager, beginning March 3.

Schleifer was Centerstage’s production manager for the last five seasons, and also worked at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at New York University and the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, N.Y.

“Mike’s extensive experience gives him a unique and thorough understanding of the internal operations of a large theater company at every level of the production process,” Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth said in a statement. “We are confident that his leadership will be a great asset to the Alliance’s mission of shared theatre for diverse audiences.”

He replaces Max Leventhal, who was named to the new role of Owners’ Representative to the Woodruff Arts Center in September after a decade at the Alliance.

HOWARD POUSNER

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Booth Museum hosts openings for two exhibits on Thursday

Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum starts the new year with two new exhibits:

  • Opening Thursday, “Taking the Reins! The Art of Donna Howell-Sickles” is a show by the native Texan who is one of the more prominent female artists in Western art. Howell-Sickles is known for graphic paintings and prints of spirited cowgirls with horses, dogs, bulls and other Western animals. Her works, according to the Booth, “inhabit a realm between history and mythology.” Through April 27.
  • Already on view, “Windows of the Soul: A Portrait of America” presents more than 30 mixed-media works, including assemblage boxes, photographs, encaustic paintings and sculpture, by Johns Creek artist Susan K. Friedland. She will give an Art for Lunch talk at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 5. Through April 6.

An opening reception for both shows will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Howell-Sickles will lead a gallery tour at 4:30 and discuss her career in the Booth Theatre at 7 p.m.

Continuing its long run at the Booth:

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Culture notes: WonderRoot announces artists for third CSA; Essential picks Playwriting Competition co-winners

VISUAL ART
WonderRoot announces third art CSA

WonderRoot, the Reynoldstown arts nonprofit, has announced the artists who will participate in its third CSA (community supported art) project. A model for selling and purchasing artwork, the WonderRoot CSA is a twist on the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

For the third edition, 40 investors will purchase “shares” in artwork by six notable and emerging local artists for $600 ($200 less than “Season 02″ for the same number of works).

The commissioned artists will be Meg Aubrey, Nikita Gale, Jason Kofke, William Massey, Michael Stasny and Marcia Vaitsman.

Artwork will be distributed over the first half of 2014 at a series of three “Pick up Parties,” each featuring artist talks. The works will range in medium — including photography, painting and printmaking.

The ideas behind Atlanta’s first art CSA include to support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work; to help keep local talent in …

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