The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will unwrap “A Romantic Valentine’s Day” program on Feb. 8 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
The 7:30 p.m. performance will feature tenor saxophonist James Houlik performing Russell Peck’s “Upward Stream” saxophone concerto, soprano Megan Mashburn interpreting two Donizetti arias and Jose Luis Hernandez Estrada guest conducting Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Maestro Thomas Ludwig will lead the 80-piece orchestra in Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor.
WABE-FM’s John Lemley will serve as master of ceremonies. In this early Valentine’s Day celebration, every woman will be given a rose.
Tickets: $22; seniors $19; students (under age 22) $12. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-623-8623, www.ludwigsymphony.org. HOWARD POUSNER
By Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Film Festival has released a list of 15 films that will be shown during this year’s cinema extravaganza, March 26-April 6 at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.
The list should be taken as a sampler platter of the full lineup still to come, an indication of the diversity Atlanta’s oldest film fest typically delivers, not necessarily the most significant films in the fest’s lineup. The films that will be featured in the prestige opening and closing night slots will be announced later.
“We are pleased to announce the first wave of narrative features — an incredibly diverse group of films, ranging from local filmmakers and up-and-coming American indie auteurs to hyper-imaginative animation and foreign language festival hits,” said Kristy Breneman, the festival’s programmer for features and special programs.
Probably the most recognizable title in the initial group is “1982,” starring Hill Harper (”CSI: NY,” “Soul Food”) as an
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has canceled its Thursday concert featuring violinist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg. The concerts on Friday and Saturday are expected to take place as scheduled. Beginning Friday, ticket holders may visit the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree streets, or call 404-733-5000 to either obtain refunds or exchange tickets for another concert this weekend. Subscribers should call the Season Tickets office at 404-733-4800.
For other Wednesday-Thursday arts and entertainment closings, go to www.accessatlanta.com and click on The Music Scene.
Susan Bridges, owner of WhiteSpace gallery, has been named recipient of the fifth annual Nexus Award, created by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to contemporary visual art in Atlanta and beyond.
Contemporary artistic director Stuart Horodner praised Bridges for her “thoughtful and provocative” Inman Park gallery and for being “a tireless supporter of other arts organizations and initiatives.”
In addition to providing guidance to a host of up-and-coming and mid-career artists, she has served on the boards of Art Papers, burnaway.org, i45, Flux Projects and the Atlanta Preservation Center.
She will receive the award during a Contemporary ceremony on May 6.
Callanwolde brings festival in from the cold
Atlanta is a festival-smitten city, with funnel cake-scented outdoor events humming year-round except during the depths of winter.
For those feeling crafts-deprived though, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is launching an indoor alternative this weekend: the Callanwolde Arts Festival.
Held inside the expansive 1920 Candler mansion on the edge of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, the 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday fest will feature 80-plus painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. It also will offer artist demonstrations, music and dance performances, plus food trucks.
The arts center partnered with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces in organizing the inaugural event. Tickets: $5. 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. Information: 404-872-5338, www.callanwolde.org.
Photographic walk on N.Y.’s wild side
Tod Seelie’s “Bright Nights: Photographs
Free folk concert at History Center
The leader of Meridian Herald, the Atlanta folk music-worship group, will fly solo for a free hour-long concert Saturday at the Atlanta History Center, “Sing the Wind — Folk Songs with Steven Darsey. Darsey will perform in the balladeer tradition of Tommy Makem and Burl Ives, with the 4 p.m. program likely to include folk chestnuts such as “Danny Boy” and Darsey’s setting of Sidney Lanier’s “Song of the Chattahoochee.” Free, with donations supporting Meridian Herald. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. www.meridianherald.com. HOWARD POUSNER
Arts website scores $15,000 grant
ArtsATL.com has received a $15,000 grant from the Charles Loridans Foundation.
Foundation chairman Robert Edge called the web site “an important new resource in our community” for its work in informing Atlantans about exhibitions, performances and other events. HOWARD POUSNER
UPDATE: AJC Fulton County reporter David Wickert reports in Friday’s Metro section (find the full story on the AJC’s subscriber site, myajc.com)…
With a deadline fast approaching, Fulton County commissioners still haven’t made tough budget decisions affecting library hours, meals for seniors and funding for Grady Memorial Hospital.
Commissioners are weighing millions of dollars in cuts to those and popular services against a property tax hike that could anger many residents as well as state lawmakers who say Fulton can’t raise taxes under a new state law.
On Wednesday commissioners discussed their options but were noncommittal about how they’ll balance their 2014 budget. Under state law, they have until the end of the month. They’ll meet again Monday to try to reach a consensus. …
Commissioners have heard plenty from advocates for various programs. … On Wednesday advocates for the arts asked commissioners to restore $1.5 million in proposed cuts….
Give a listen to Keaton silent classics
Making its first appearance in Atlanta, Not So Silent Cinema will present four Buster Keaton silent comedies accompanied by live music from the New River Ensemble on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday). The 8 p.m. program at Eyedrum in downtown Atlanta will feature four 1920s films set to roots music scores by Brendan Cooney: “The Haunted House,” “The Electric House,”[ “Cops” and “One Week.” Tickets, $10, at www.brownpapertickets.com. Eyedrum is in FUSE Arts Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E. More info: www.notsosilentcinema.com. HOWARD POUSNER
Emory series explores global aspects of French cinema
Emory Cinematheque, Emory University’s free weekly series of 35mm film screenings, returns to address the theme of “Global French Cinema” starting Wednesday night (Jan. 22). Jean Renoir’s 1937 war film “Grand Illusion” kicks off the 11-title series at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall, room 205, on Emory’s
The Alliance Theatre has appointed Mike Schleifer, who has worked for 13 years for Baltimore’s Centerstage, as its new general manager, beginning March 3.
Schleifer was Centerstage’s production manager for the last five seasons, and also worked at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at New York University and the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, N.Y.
“Mike’s extensive experience gives him a unique and thorough understanding of the internal operations of a large theater company at every level of the production process,” Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth said in a statement. “We are confident that his leadership will be a great asset to the Alliance’s mission of shared theatre for diverse audiences.”
He replaces Max Leventhal, who was named to the new role of Owners’ Representative to the Woodruff Arts Center in September after a decade at the Alliance.
Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum starts the new year with two new exhibits:
An opening reception for both shows will be held 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Howell-Sickles will lead a gallery tour at 4:30 and discuss her career in the Booth Theatre at 7 p.m.
Continuing its long run at