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Culture notes: Swan Coach House to open ‘Price Is Right’; ‘Little Shop’ at Jerry’s Habima

VISUAL ART
Work by 18 artists at ‘Price Is Right’ show

The Swan Coach House Gallery opens its fifth annual “The Price Is Right: Art Under $1,000″ exhibit on Thursday, tempting viewers with work by 18 emerging and well-established Atlanta artists.

The show provides an alternative for art lovers who might not be able to budget a major work by an established artist they’ve followed. Instead, they may find a work on paper or a smaller painting by that same artist at a more affordable price. Swan Coach House also has a track record for helping launch the careers of young artists first shown in “The Price Is Right.”

Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Through April 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 3130 Slaton Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-266-2636, www.swancoachhouse.com/gallery. HOWARD POUSNER

THEATER
Jerry’s Habima tunes up for ‘Little Shop’

Having celebrated its 20th anniversary as Georgia’s only theater troupe led by professionals that features actors with special needs, Jerry’s Habima Theatre returns with a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” starting Feb. 27 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

“It gives me such joy to witness all of the lives that have been deeply touched by this remarkable theater and to see how far it’s come in 21 years,” troupe benefactor Lois Blonder said. She praised the actors “who pour their hearts into each production” and audiences that respond with emotion of their own.

Director Dina Shadwell mixes in professional actors with her special needs cast. Members of the latter group, all ages 18 and up, “achieve new levels of self-confidence, motivation and socialization from the intensive three-month process of rehearsals and performances,” she said.

Opening night for the musical falls during Jewish Disability Awareness Month, an observance that, among other goals, promotes awareness-raising and meaningful inclusion.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 1; 3 p.m. March 2; 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 8; and 3 p.m. March 9. Tickets: $35; $15 ages 12 and under. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4002, www.atlantajcc.org/boxoffice. HOWARD POUSNER

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