By Howard Pousner
Theater of the Stars, which is amid an emergency $1 million fund-raising campaign, has canceled “Dreamgirls,” which was to have run Aug. 2-11 at the Fox Theatre.
The musical starring Broadway veteran Jennifer Holliday is the second show that the 61-year-old troupe has cancelled at the beginning of its 2013-14 season. It earlier pulled the plug on “Buddy,” a jukebox musical on the life of Buddy Holly, which was to have opened at the Fox this month.
TOTS said in a statement Wednesday that it is in conversations with investors to support the production of “The Little Mermaid” scheduled Sept. 7-15 at the Fox.
It also acknowledged that the Fox has terminated TOTS’ lease so that it can fill the vacancy left by the “Dreamgirls” cancellation and that the two parties have “agreed to move forward with an at-will usage arrangement,” as the statement termed it.
In late June, TOTS announced that it needed to raise $500,000 by July 12 and another
Residency makes art of unplugging
Artists, like all of us, navigate daily through a world full of wired and wireless stimulus.
Dashboard Co-op’s “No Vacancy, An Alternative Residency,” in which two artists are holed up in an undisclosed vacant Atlanta property for three weeks, is an effort to turn it all down and to see what kind of art develops in the relative silence and isolation.
While Atlanta artists Henry Detweiler and Ben Coleman have no phone, TV, Internet or transportation during the residency, Dashboard is tending to their needs — both of the well-being and art-making sort. With a stated mission to “activate raw space with radical contemporary art to inspire neighborhood development and cultural awareness,” the nonprofit arts presenter arranged the duo’s 4,000-square-foot live-work studio and is providing $1,000 for material requests.
From 7 to 11 p.m. July 20, the final day of the residency, the public will be invited to the
‘Titanic’ to sail into sunset
If you’ve been meaning to check out “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at Atlantic Station, now would be the time. Presenter Premiere Exhibitions has announced that the 200-object exhibit, which opened in April 2012, timed to the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking, will end its run Aug. 18. This is the exhibit’s third mounting in Atlanta and there are no plans to show it again. 265 18th St., 2nd Floor (Escalator 5), Atlanta. Tickets, $16-$24, via www.titanicatlanta.com. HOWARD POUSNER
By Howard Pousner
The emergency “Save Theater of the Stars” fund-raising campaign has received a big boost.
On Wednesday, the 61-year-old troupe announced that a major gift from Roger Bobb, president and CEO of Bobbcat Films, an Atlanta-based production company, had lifted fund-raising to more than $350,000. The amount of the Bobb gift was not disclosed.
Late last month, the theater announced that it needed to raise $500,000 by Friday and another half-million by Aug. 30 or that it would be forced to shut its doors.
The company is operating with a $650,000 debt, but officials said the bigger issue is that it needs cash to launch its season. It canceled “Buddy,” a jukebox musical on the life of Buddy Holly, which was to open the season at the Fox Theatre, July 9-14.
If sufficient funds can be raised, the season instead will open with “Dreamgirls,” starring Jennifer Holliday, Aug. 2-11 at the Fox. HOWARD POUSNER
By Howard Pousner
The two local art galleries that represented Scott Ingram over the past decade both folded, leaving him without one for the past eight months. That would be a bummer for an Atlanta artist who regularly shows in other cities, except that great opportunities keep presenting themselves here.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Tuesday night announced the selection of Ingram, E.K. Huckaby and Fahamu Pecou for its 2013-14 Working Artist Project. Its honorees each will receive a $12,000 stipend and a studio assistant to support the creation of an exhibition at MOCA GA over the next year. Also, a work from each show will be added to the Buckhead museum’s permanent collection.
For Ingram, this follows closely on his work being purchased by the High Museum of Art and included in its group exhibition “Drawing Inside the Perimeter,” which has fueled two additional purchases by collectors.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Ingram,
By Howard Pousner
Delta Air Lines announced Friday that its company museum in two historic 1940s hangars on its corporate campus near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will undergo a $6.3 renovation funded by a Delta Air Lines Foundation grant.
Enhancements for what will be renamed the Delta Flight Museum will include a new welcome theater, installation of an elevator and construction of a mezzanine level. It also will become one of the largest full-service event rental spaces in the metro area.
The project is scheduled to be completed before Delta’s 85th anniversary of commercial aviation service on June 17, 2014.
The museum, which showcases historic planes and displays on the air line’s history, is expected to remain open by appointment during renovation: 404-773-1219, www.deltamuseum.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Group tickets will be refunded in the same method of payment used to originally purchase tickets. All group payments made by check will be refunded by check within five to 10 business days. For group questions, please call 404-881-2000.
While its artistic director Kenny Leon is back in the news with the Tupac Shakur project he has nurtured for several years, his True Colors Theatre Company has announced a three-play 2013-14 season. Leon is currently in New York helming a workshop production of “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a musical based on Shakur songs, in hopes of securing a 2013-14 Broadway run.
Meanwhile, True Colors plans this lineup for the upcoming Atlanta season: George C. Wolfe’s “Spunk” (Sept. 17-Oct. 13); the regional premiere of David Mamet’s “Race” (Feb. 25-March 23); and Bernard Slade’s “Same Time Next Year,” starring Phylicia Rashad and Leon (July 8-Aug. 3).
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7 Stages announces 2013-14 season
The current 7 Stages season has been one of transition, with Heidi S. Howard and Mack Headrick taking over the leadership roles of artistic director Del Hamilton and producing director Faye Allen, who co-founded the Little 5 Points company in 1979.
But for the recently announced 2013-14 season, the troupe’s 35th and first full one under the artistic guidance of Howard and new associate artistic director Michael Haverty, it’s even easier to see the fingerprints of the new leadership team.
Take, for instance, the fall season opener, “The Navigator,” adapted by Haverty from the young adult novel by Irish writer Eoin McNamee and to be staged in a roving, large-scale production utilizing multiple venues at the Goat Farm. Described as an “interactive adaptation” in which audiences are encouraged to become part of the show, the world premiere promises giant puppets, film and shadow projection, actors, music and otherworldly
Jay Hakes, the Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, will step down at the end of July.
Hakes, who has held the position 13 years, wants to devote more time to writing and speaking about energy issues.
“Jay has been a wonderful director,” said former President Jimmy Carter. “Rosalynn and I appreciate all that he has done for the library and will miss working with him and his wife Anita.”
Hakes and his wife plan to split their time between Atlanta and New Orleans.