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Culture notes: High plans artful Friday nights; Booth Museum’s Cowboy Gathering, Commerce’s Folk to Fine Art this weekend

High launching Friday evening hours

The High Museum of Art is switching nights it will stay open late, from Thursday to Friday, starting this week.

To launch the extended hours, in which the museum will remain open until 9 Friday nights, the High will offer “Pay as You Wish” admission from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday and present live music and exhibit tours.

Starting March 14, the High will offer half-price admission from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays.

In another move, the Woodruff Arts Center will will offer free parking in its garage to High patrons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through May 28. HOWARD POUSNER

Cowboy Gathering at Booth Museum

If you’ve been meaning to round up your posse and head to Cartersville’s Booth Museum to see the exhibit “Today’s West: Contemporary Art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West” (which complements the High Museum of Art’s “Go West: Art of the American Frontier,” also from the Buffalo Bill Center), here’s some extra motivation. The Booth will host the 11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering from March 6 to 8.

A quick sampling of what’s in store: chow down during the Chuck Wagon Cook-off; take a gallery walk with featured artist Martin Grelle; tap your feet to the Western sounds of Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell; turn the kids loose to participate in children’s activities.

$10, $8 age 65 and up, $7 students with an ID, $3 age 12 and under. Edwards-Mitchell concert, 7 p.m. March 8 at Grand Theatre: $30. The Booth is at 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, HOWARD POUSNER

Folk and fine art blend in Commerce
The Commerce Civic Center will be chock-full of pottery, paintings and found-object creations during the third Folk to Fine Arts Festival, March 7-9.

Look for works by John “Cornbread” Anderson, Betty Bivins Edwards, Marie Elem, the Meaders family and Steve Turpin, among other Georgia makers.

The show opens 5-9 p.m. March 7, with a meet-the-artists reception featuring entertainment, drinks and appetizers ($15, includes weekend readmission). It continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 8-9 ($7; free for 10 and under), with artist demonstrations throughout the weekend.

110 State St., Commerce. 706-335-6417, HOWARD POUSNER

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