Theater, dance artists discuss ‘Hamlet’
With “Hamlet” on the boards at Georgia Shakespeare through Oct. 27 and to be performed by Atlanta Ballet in April, the two arts institutions have decided to share notes on the tragedy with audiences following the 2 p.m. performance for the next three Sundays. The free 5 p.m. talks include: play director Richard Garner and choreographer Stephen Mills on Oct. 13; actor Joe Knezevich and dancer John Welker, both of whom portray Hamlet, on Oct. 20; and Kendall Simpson discussing his score for the play and Philip Glass’ score for the dance on Oct. 27. $15-$40. Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-504-1473, gashakespeare.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Atlanta Symphony bassist dies
Retired Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bass player Ralph Jones died Wednesday after a courageous fight with cancer. The ASO posted the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beloved
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent Capitol ceremony, Gov. Nathan Deal honored 15 individuals and organizations in the second Governor’s Awards in the Arts and Humanities, recognizing contributions to the state’s cultural vitality.
The honorees are: Kay Beck, director of Georgia State University’s Digital Arts Entertainment Lab; Linda Crowe Chesnut of Athens, a volunteer and philanthropist who has aided institutions including the Georgia Museum of Art in the decorative arts; John Ferling of Carrollton, an author and retired University of West Georgia historian; Atlanta author Melissa Fay Greene; Tim Howard of Chatsworth, a Murray County educator and historian; Marianne Lambert, contemporary art advocate and Swan Coach House Gallery curator; rock ‘n’ roll keyboardist and environmentalist Chuck Leavell of Dry Branch; fiddler Frank Maloy of Tifton; Merryll Penson of Athens, a leader in developing collaborative and digital publishing initiatives to share arts and
The Museum of Design Atlanta has interesting events lined up in conjunction with “Barrique: Wine, Design and Social Change,” its exhibit (through Oct. 13) about a wine barrel recycling project in Italy in which residents of a treatment center for drug addiction and social exclusion learn professional skills including wood working. The events include:
By Howard Pousner
Atlanta’s date with Vermeer’s fetching “Girl With a Pearl Earring” will end this weekend. But the High Museum of Art is expanding hours, and even offering some discounts, through Sunday to give more Atlantans a chance to be in her mysterious presence.
Here is the expanded schedule:
While most are drawn for the rare opportunity to see Vermeer’s circa 1665 oil on canvas, “Girl With a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis” contains 35 Dutch Golden Age paintings, including important works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen.
They are drawn from the highly esteemed collection of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, the museum-in-a-palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.
“Girl” hasn’t reached
“The Book of Mormon” is the definition of a hot ticket, still drawing capacity crowds on Broadway and with a national tour that is selling furiously.
The nine-time Tony winner visits the Fox Theatre as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season, Jan. 28 through Feb. 9, 2014. With 16 shows in an expansive 4,678-capacity house, there is a good chance there is a ticket available for you. With single tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 (advance sales for American Express card-holders continue through that same day), the question is how good a one you will score and what you will pay. (Broadway in Atlanta has instituted dynamic pricing for its shows that might raise prices closer to opening.)
Restoration for Plaza’s landmark sign
The Plaza Theatre’s chevron-shaped sign, which has greeted moviegoers to the Ponce de Leon Avenue movie house since 1939, will soon undergo a restoration and update, compliments of the former movie palace up the street. The Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach program of the 1929 Fox that bestows funding and lends restoration expertise to smaller historic theaters across Georgia each year, has announced plans to convert the Plaza marquee from fluorescent to LED lighting and to rehabilitate areas on the sign affected by rust. The Fox Institute also will help do a complete reconstruction of the President Theatre’s facade in the west central Georgia town of Manchester. HOWARD POUSNER
Emory’s Creativity & Arts honorees
The Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts bestowed its annual Creativity & Arts Awards, recognizing Emory and metro community members who have made significant contributions to the arts, on Sept 6. Among
By Howard Pousner
Dragon Con organizers were predicting attendance of 57,000 over the four-day Labor Day holiday weekend, but anyone moving with the coursing sea of humanity on Sunday had to feel that at least that many Stormtroopers, assorted “Star Trek” characters, various skimpily clad vixens and other costumed creatures were out in force.
Each year, the science-fiction, fantasy and pop culture extravaganza commands more downtown real estate, and each year it’s never quite enough. For this edition, for instance, the merchandise vendors moved across Peachtree Street to AmericasMart exhibition halls that were instantly jammed with folks who seemed anxious to part with disposable income.
As usual, the costumed attendees were a gawk-worthy show unto themselves, an exploding pop culture universe populated by Marvel characters from Captain America to Deadpool, “Dr. Who” denizens, refugees from “Elf” and “The Walking Dead” escapees.
‘Grey Album’ golden for Kevin Young
Emory University professor of creative writing and English Kevin Young has won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award for his book “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness.”
The award is given by the PEN American Center “for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color” published in 2012.
Judges called “The Grey Album” (Greywolf Press, $25) “an ambitious, exhilarating, impassioned work of black literary and cultural criticism, unlike any other — an inspired, sweeping book that deserves to be savored and celebrated.”
Earlier this year, “The Grey Album” was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
Young is the author of seven books of poetry and editor of seven other collections, including “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels” (2011), winner of an American Book Award.
More information: www.pen.org/literature/2013-pen-open-book-award.
By Howard Pousner
Parking lot show at Contemporary
Closed until mid-October for renovation, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is hosting an art happening in its parking lot from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. During “Trunk Show,” artists, curators and other adventurous folks will use their vehicles (from dashboards to trunks, perhaps even under the hood) for an impromptu art show and sale. Haggling encouraged. Admission: $8; $5 students and seniors; free for 5 and under. 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta.404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org.
‘Goosebumps’ for St. Philip Choir in England
Atlanta’s Cathedral of St. Philip Choir has had a moving — in more ways than one — end to summer.
The singers are lifting their voices in 15 choral services over two weeks in England: 44 performed Aug. 5-11 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; and then 35 are doing the honors Aug. 12-18 at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent. Somewhere in there, it’s managing two
By Howard Pousner
Pam Longobardi, an Atlanta artist concerned with the pollution of the world’s oceans, has won the $50,000 Hudgens Prize.
The Georgia State University art professor was to be announced as the prize winner at a Saturday night ceremony at Duluth’s Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, the organizer of the competition that drew 370 statewide applicants.
Longobardi, the subject of more than 40 solo exhibits in the U.S. and internationally, considers her work a form of art “intervention.” She collects, photographs and exhibits artfully arranged pieces of plastic trash that have traveled in, and been transformed by, ocean currents.
“I have made scores of interventions, cleaning beaches and making collections from all over the world, removing thousands of pounds of material from the natural environment and re-situating it in exhibition context for examination,” she said in her artist statement for the Finalists Exhibit now on view