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Archive for May, 2014

Arts and Culture blog has moved; here’s our new address

We’ve moved. But we haven’t gone far.

You can now find the AJC’s Arts and Culture blog at http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com.

Please bookmark the new address. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Atlanta Ballet choreographer explores new terrain; long-time ballerina takes last bow

 Atlanta Ballet choreographer in residence Helen Pickett's "The Exiled" will be given its world premiere this weekend. CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLE MCCULLERS.

Atlanta Ballet choreographer in residence Helen Pickett's "The Exiled" will be given its world premiere this weekend. CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLE MCCULLERS.

Helen Pickett’s ‘The Exiled’ draws Atlanta Ballet closer to new identity

BY CYNTHIA BOND PERRY / FOR THE AJC

There is electricity in the air in one of Atlanta Ballet’s Westside studios as Helen Pickett, in her second year as choreographer in residence, rehearses “The Exiled” with a handful of dancers. The sparks are firing due to the fact that these artists are working with the choreographer to build a ballet unlike anything they’ve danced before.

Pickett, whose works are increasingly being presented by international companies, is choreographing her first narrative ballet. It’s a piece of significant dramatic heft and a departure from more lyrical works. And in another first, and perhaps most courageous, Pickett has developed a script — a necessary step, though not without risk.

Inspired by the Existentialist …

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‘Imaginary World’ plant giants grow on Atlanta Botanical Garden visitors

The giant cobras are back at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the summer sequel to the "Imaginary Worlds" exhibit. HYSOUB  SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The giant cobras are back at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the summer sequel to the "Imaginary Worlds" exhibit. HYSOUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Heavy downpours and high winds temporarily left the Atlanta Botanical Garden looking a little less than its usually pristine self last week. Delayed by the weather, employees scurried to put final touches on the sequel to last spring and summer’s hit exhibition “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life.”

Checking out the progress, garden president and CEO Mary Pat Matheson stepped carefully along still-damp walkways punctuated with fallen leaves and small branches pruned by Mother Nature.

“The one thing about rain, it makes lush gardens,” Matheson said, trying to look on the sunny side even as towering trees in Storza Woods did the hula. “I feel like I’m in ‘Jurassic Park.’”

While the garden may have seemed particularly jungle-like at that moment, there were no rampaging dinos to be found. …

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Two new galleries, plus one celebrating a decade, welcome visitors this weekend

Two new Atlanta galleries open this weekend, while another launches a 10th anniversary show.

  • Atlanta’s Cultural Affairs office opens downtown space

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs inaugurates Gallery 72 in the lobby of the former Atlanta Journal-Constitution building downtown with the exhibit “Foreword,” opening with a 6-8 p.m. Thursday public reception.

The art gallery, in the building renamed 2 City Plaza and now home to the city of Atlanta offices, was designed by the Atlanta firm Stanley Beaman & Sears following a competition organized by the Office of Cultural Affairs in 2012.

The lobby renovation separates the 3,400-square-foot space into three distinct zones — a south gallery, a north gallery and entry area. The south gallery will showcase a variety of art forms; the north gallery will focus on digital artwork. There also is a small sculpture garden out front.

“Foreword” includes works by Craig Drennen, Nikita Gale, Pablo Gnecco, InKyoung Chun, …

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Center for Puppetry Arts plans busy 2014-15 season during expansion

Boston puppeteer Bonnie Duncan brings the children’s show “Squirrel Stole My Underpants” to the Center for Puppetry Arts, May 27-June 8. The show launches the puppetry center’s 2014-15 family series. CONTRIBUTED BY LIZ LINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Boston puppeteer Bonnie Duncan brings the children’s show “Squirrel Stole My Underpants” to the Center for Puppetry Arts, May 27-June 8. The show launches the puppetry center’s 2014-15 family series. CONTRIBUTED BY LIZ LINDER PHOTOGRAPHY

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Even as it undergoes a major expansion to accommodate a museum focused on Jim Henson and international puppetry, the Center for Puppetry Arts will be kicking up more dust with a busy 2014-15 season lineup.

Two international troupes will perform as part of the center’s expansive family series, Periferia Teatro de Titeres of Spain and Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre. The Midtown attraction also will mount a Theatre for the Very Young world premiere, Amy Sweeney’s “Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose.”

A highlight of the New Directions Series for adults and teens will be “Anne Frank: Within and Without,” presented in cooperation with the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.

The schedule …

Family …

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Fox Theatre waxes nostalgic with Summer Film Festival lineup

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Atlanta’s most historic movie theater has announced a most retro lineup for its 2014 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, including nine movies celebrating big-number anniversaries.

They include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Gone With the Wind” and “The Women” (each 75th anniversary); “Double Indemnity” (70th); “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” and a sing-a-long version of “Mary Poppins” (each 50th); a double-feature of “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” (40th each); and “Field of Dreams” (25th).

As is the tradition at the 1929 movie palace, the screenings will include a pre-show sing-along with the Mighty Mo organ and a vintage cartoon.

The lineup, which has included a few contemporary films in recent summers, goes fully nostalgic this year:

7:30 p.m. June 19: “Field of Dreams” (featuring a special pre-show performance by Atlanta Braves organist Matthwe Kaminski)

2 p.m. June 22: …

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Culture notes: International music a high note of Rialto 2014-15 season; Whitespace’s Bridges to receive Nexus award Tuesday

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts annually presents a heady blend of jazz, world music and, especially strong in recent years, dance.

The recently unveiled 2014-15 Rialto Series is particularly strong in world music, the 18th annual series including visits by, among others, Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento, Chicano rockers Los Lobos, Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo and even a “Piano Battle” to be waged between two German piano virtuosi in which the audience audience votes the winner.

The lineup:

Oct. 11: Sweet Honey in the Rock, a cappella group on 40th anniversary tour

Oct. 18: Vertigo Dance Company, Israeli contemporary dance

Oct. 19: Laurent Coq Dialogue Trio, French jazz

Oct. 25: Los Lobos, Los Angeles-based Latino rockers

Nov. 23: Milton Nascimento, Brazilian singer-guitarist

Dec. 6-7: GSU School of Music 17th annual Gala Holiday Concert

Jan. 27, 2015: “Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature,” the ballet legend in duets with four …

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Culture notes: 7 Stages hosts two public ‘conversations’; Turner, Woodruff Arts Center launch Kent Fellowship

THEATER
7 Stages hosts two ‘conversations’ on arts, activism

In addition to the just-opened show “Mass Transit Muse” on its boards through May 18, 7 Stages is hosting two public “conversations” this month.

At 7 p.m. May 7, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves will discuss the place of arts in the county’s increasingly tight budget (free).

Then at 6:30 p.m. May 28, it will host a “Private to Public: The Art of Activism” session with panelists including playwright Topher Payne and B98.5 radio host Melissa Carter and the audience helping the Little 5 Points theater develop an anti-bullying program. Tickets, $10-$15, benefit the program.

1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-523-7647, www.7stages.org. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Turner, Woodruff Arts Center launch Kent Fellowship

Turner Broadcasting System and the Woodruff Arts Center recently announced the Phil Kent Creative Fellowship.

Each year for the next four years, a Kent Fellow will be named by the Woodruff and underwritten by Turner …

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Actor’s Express announces 2014-15 season

BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC

Actor’s Express’ 2014-15 lineup, announced Thursday morning, launches in the fall with a classic, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and concludes next May with the venerable troupe presenting “The Whale.” It’s the first Atlanta production by one of today’s top emerging voices, Samuel D. Hunter.

Before its 27th season kicks off in September, the Express will present a summer production, the kicky “The Rocky Horror Show,” July 10 through Aug. 9.

The season, Actor’s Express’ eighth under the artistic direction of Freddie Ashley (with descriptions provided by the troupe):

  • Sept. 6-Oct. 5: “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

By Christopher Hampton (based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)

Directed by Melissa Foulger

Two rivals and ex-lovers play a dangerous game of sexual conquest in pre-revolution France. The intrigue mounts as they trample innocent hearts in their wake. Based on the scandalous 1782 novel and later adapted into an Oscar-winning film, Les …

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