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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 choreographers

Jan. 31, 2015: Urban Bush Women, African-American dance theater

Feb. 14, 2015: Red Baraat and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, concert in which “Bollyfunk” meets Bourbon Street

Feb. 17, 2015: “Piano Battle” between German virtuosi Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis

Feb. 28, 2015: CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig, French hip-hop dance

March 14, 2015: Cirque Alfonse, a Quebec acrobatic troupe presenting its lumberjack-inspired show “Timber”

March 28, 2015: Kodo, Japanese drumming troupe

April 10 and 12, 2015: GSU Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra

April 17, 2015: Michael Abene, jazz pianist-composer with GSU Jazz Band

April 18, 2015: Capitol Steps, political satire

April 26, 2015: Joe Alterman (piano) with special guest Houston Person (saxophone) and the Hot Sardines (Dixieland jazz by way of Atlanta and Brooklyn)

Subscriptions are on sale, with single tickets available Aug. 1, at the Rialto box office (80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta) or 404-413-9849, www.rialtocenter.org. Purchase four or more shows and receive a 15 percent discount, six or more and receive 20 percent off. Subscriptions also include invitations to Rialto VIP events and receptions. Free parking is provided for all Rialto Series events at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ARTS
Gallery owner Bridges to receive Nexus award

Susan Bridges, owner of WhiteSpace gallery, will receive the fifth annual Nexus Award during an Atlanta Contemporary Art Center ceremony at 7 p.m. May 6. Alan Avery, owner of Alan Avery Art Company, will speak about Bridges’ impact on Atlanta.

The center created the awards to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond.

When Bridges’ honor was announced, contemporary artistic director Stuart Horodner praised her for her “thoughtful and provocative” Inman Park gallery and for being “a tireless supporter of other arts organizations and initiatives.”

Tickets: $50. 535 Means St. NW, Atlanta.  404-688-1970, thecontemporary.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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