By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, who founded 7 Stages theater in 1979, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at Monday night’s Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s version of the Tonys.
Among metro theater leaders endorsing the duo for the honor, director Kenny Leon wrote: “Their productions have reminded us that the world is a better place when everyone’s story is told. They represent the soul of the Atlanta arts scene.”
Additionally, this year’s Suzi ceremony will again bestow the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, recognizing a new play by a local playwright (given a production during the previous season). Thirteen productions were nominated this year, a record:
Work commissioned by Atlantan to premiere
When Frank Thomas heard a piece by Tarik O’Regan on the radio three years ago, the impressed Atlanta attorney had to pull to the I-85 shoulder to scribble the composer’s name.
In an unlikely chain of events, Thomas got in touch with the London-born O’Regan, who resides in New York and Cambridge, England, and commissioned him to create a choral work honoring Ray and Beth Chenault, choirmasters and organists at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
And so O’Regan’s “Blessed Are They” will be given its world premiere during All Saints’ Holy Eucharist services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday (open to the public). The composer will attend, and Ray Chenault will conduct the accompanying string quartet.
634 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-0835, www.allsaintsatlanta.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Ludwig Symphony launches 17th year
The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra opens its 17th season with “An International Festival Concert” at 4
By Howard Pousner / email@example.com
Two Georgia arts advocacy organizations, ArtsGeorgia and the Georgia Arts Network, have jointly drafted a declaration encouraging support of an increase in state funding for the arts for fiscal year 2015.
The document notes that the Georgia Council for the Arts’ budget has been cut from $4 million in 2008 to $586,466 today, placing the state at the bottom nationally in per capita arts support.
Here’s the full text of the declaration:
CALL FOR AN INCREASE IN STATE ARTS FUNDING
The Georgia Council for the Arts budget was severely cut in 2008 from $4 Million Dollars to its current level of $586,466. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the available programs and services that the GCA is able to deliver to the arts industry in Georgia. The current budget profoundly limits the grants program, leaving some of Georgia’s valuable arts organizations without well-deserved and much-needed support. It caused Georgia to be ranked 50th in
“Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life,” the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s hit exhibit, ends on Thursday. But the 25-foot-tall Earth Goddess sculpture will remain a long-term fixture in the garden.
With thousands of tiny lights replacing plants, she will be transformed during the seasonal light show “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” (opening Nov. 16 through Jan. 4) into Ice Goddess.
The two giant “Imaginary Worlds” cobras similarly will morph into Candy Cane Cobras.
More than 162,000 guests visited “Imaginary Worlds” from May through September, doubling attendance over the same period last year, according to a garden spokesperson. Meanwhile, membership has increased 30 percent, to more than 25,000 households. HOWARD POUSNER
By Howard Pousner
Having gotten good mileage out of an exhibition of custom-designed, limited-edition automobiles in 2010, the High Museum of Art is getting back in the car business.
It announced Thursday that it will mount an exhibit of 19 concept cars from the 1930s to the 21st century in “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas,” on view from May 22 through Sept. 7, 2014.
The show will pair the futuristic cars from Europe and the U.S. with conceptual drawings, patents and scale models. The thrust of the exhibit is to show how experimental design oiled the gears of progress, elevating the automobile from a functional object to a symbol of future possibilities.
Concept cars typically are not limited by marketplace considerations. They are created as showcases of innovative design and styling and as opportunities to experiment with new technology.
“Dream Car” star attractions will include:
When “Inspired Georgia: 28 Works From Georgia’s State Art Collection” opens at Gainesville’s Quinlan Arts Center Thursday night, two Atlanta-based outfits will enhance the happening as part of week-long residencies.
Here is an AJC story that appeared Sept. 21 announcing the “Inspired Georgia” tour:
Exhibit to travel to nine locales
Works by some of Georgia’s iconic artists will make the round
Nine Georgia communities will host a
The France-Atlanta 2013 exchange program, kicking off this week, includes an intriguing arts component that has brought Toulouse, France, dance ensemble Association Manifeste here for a two-week residency/collaboration with CORE Performance Company.
Highlights include a free salon for a work-in-progress by the two groups at 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at CORE’s studios, 139 Sycamore St., Decatur; and a free Association Manifeste outdoor performance of “Point of View on the Street Corner,” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Forsyth and Poplar streets in downtown Atlanta. The latter also is being presented as part of the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affiars’ public art program Elevate Week 2013.
By Howard Pousner
Elevate Week 2013, the City of Atlanta’s public art commissioning program taking place downtown from Oct. 18 to 26,will revolve around the theme “Transit: Time, People and Places.”
The installations, murals and events orchestrated by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs will unfold along North and South Broad Street and the Broad Street Plaza/Five Points MARTA station.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra can’t solve the government shutdown, but it plans to provide some free music therapy to furloughed federal workers.
The ASO announced Tuesday that it will offer federal employees with government IDs two free tickets to classical concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday or a concert at 8 p.m. Friday by vocalist Chris Mann and the ASO. Mann is known for his appearances on NBC’s “The Voice.”
All three concerts will be in Symphony Hall.
The tickets — also available to veterans and military familes — must be claimed in advance at the Woodruff Arts Center box office. The offer will stand even if the impasse is resolved this week.
1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.aso.org. HOWARD POUSNER
NUMBER OF THE DAY
– The High Museum of Art’s landmark building on Peachtree Street designed by Richard Meier opened three decades ago, on Oct. 15, 1983. The glistening white-tiled edifice with its crisp, curving lines contributed to Meier winning the 1984 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. In 2005, what’s now known as the Stent Family Wing was featured in a series of U.S. postage stamps saluting 12 masterworks of modern American architecture. HOWARD POUSNER