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Archive for February, 2014

Rapper T.I., artist Fahamu Pecou and High Museum curator talk about hip-hop, art

By Rosalind Bentley /

From his early works until now, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou has always explored the intersection of hip-hop culture and fine art.

And as guest editor of the current “Art x Hip Hop” issue of Art Papers magazine, Pecou has brought together some of the nation’s up-and-coming artists, scholars and MCs to explore topics from appropriation of black style to a meditation on rapper Kendrick Lamar. On Feb. 24, Pecou expands the “Art Papers” project with “InterSessions: ArtxHip-Hop Dialogues,” a conversation between rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) and Michael Rooks, High Museum curator of modern and contemporary art. It’s the first of a series, moderated by Pecou, that will bring together some of Atlanta’s top hip-hop artists and notable arts figures. It is free, though tickets are limited.

The inaugural event, which was sold out, was postponed by Atlanta’s SnowJam a couple of weeks ago. It was to have happened just days …

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Atlanta Film Festival lists 15 documentaries selected for lineup

By Howard Pousner

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

Two of the 15 films are products of Georgia filmmakers: “Limo Ride” and “Mayan Blue.”

Here is a listing of the 15, constituting a sampling of the fest’s documentaries, with descriptions provided by the festival…

“15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story,” directed by Nadine Pequeneza
Kenneth Young, the product of a drug-infested community, is seeking a second chance at life in one of the most punitive states in the country. Until 2010, Kenneth believed he would die in a Florida prison. The U.S. Supreme Court’s banning of mandatory life sentences for juveniles has impacted more than 2,300 inmates who were sentenced as children. Kenneth now has a chance to prove his rehabilitation through a powerful testament of a child’s remarkable capacity for change.

“120 Days,” directed …

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4 exhibits opening today: Hobbs’ storage unit installation; two at High Museum; Dashboard’s big group

By Howard Pousner /

Here’s a quick look at four art exhibits opening Saturday (Feb. 8):

Self-storage units harbor artful compulsions

Atlanta artist Sarah Hobbs, who transformed three W Atlanta-Midtown hotel rooms into a site-specific installation on travelers’ phobias and worries in late 2012, is back at it. Her installation “Repository” will open 4-6 p.m. Saturday in four units at 14th Street Self Storage.

The installation further explores human obsessiveness. This time, according to presenter Solomon Projects, it’s “the concept of individuals creating a completely private space for themselves within a public facility in order to house a compulsion, difficult aspect of their life, or a surreptitious sanctuary.”

Viewing hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Feb. 22. 151 14th St. N.W., Atlanta. Free.

Two Atlanta artists in High spotlight

The High Museum of Art will open two exhibits by Atlanta …

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ArtWorks! Gwinnett names Fusion Award winners

By Howard Pousner /

ArtWorks! Gwinnett, a non-profit arts organization encouraging Gwinnett County’s arts infrastructure,  held its third annual Fusion Art Awards ceremony on Monday. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre not only hosted the awards and provided some of the evening’s entertainment, but also was a recipient. The list…

Fusion Awards 2014 winners

Lifetime Achievement Award: Caryn McGarity

Vision Award: Nancy Harris

Arts Educator of the Year: Clayborn Knight

Arts Volunteer of the Year:Linda Murphy

Corporate Arts Citizen, Individual: Lisa Anders

Corporate Arts Citizen, Organization: Peach State Federal Credit Union – Marshall Boutwell

Community Impact, Community Partnership: Barefoot in the Park

Community Impact, Arts Leader: Suwanee Public Arts Commission

Community Impact, Community Arts Program: Gwinnett County Public Library “Pulp Art” exhibit

Community Impact, Creative Business: Sign Creations

Community Impact, Literary Artist: Chanda …

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Just announced: Atlanta Opera’s 2014-15 season at a glance

Here is the Atlanta Opera’s 2014-15 lineup, announced at a Tuesday evening reception. For the full AJC story, with quotes from the opera’s new chief Tomer Zvulun, go to (subscriber site):

“Choral Silver Celebration,” honoring chorus master Walter Huff’s 25th anniversary year, 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center.

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Nov. 14 , 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 3, 8 p.m. March 6, 3 p.m. March 8 at Cobb Energy.

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” 8 p.m. April 4, 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 10, 3 p.m. April 12 at Cobb Energy.

“Three Decembers,” a chamber opera by American composer Jake Heggie, 8 p.m. May 15-16, 6 p.m. May 17 at a venue to be announced.

Season …

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Ludwig Symphony wants you to be its Valentine

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra  will unwrap “A Romantic Valentine’s Day” program on Feb. 8 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

The 7:30 p.m. performance will feature tenor saxophonist James Houlik performing Russell Peck’s “Upward Stream” saxophone concerto, soprano Megan Mashburn interpreting two Donizetti arias and Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada guest conducting Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Maestro Thomas Ludwig will lead the 80-piece orchestra in Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor.

WABE-FM’s John Lemley will serve as master of ceremonies. In this early Valentine’s Day celebration, every woman will be given a rose.

Tickets: $22; seniors $19; students (under age 22) $12. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-623-8623, HOWARD POUSNER

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