By Howard Pousner / email@example.com
The Atlanta Film Festival has announced the films that will command the prestigious opening and closing slots of the 38th annual fest, March 28-April 6.
The opening night feature will be “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage as a hard-living ex-con who meets a hard-luck 15-year-old boy and becomes an unlikely protector and role model. Based on the novel by the late Mississippi writer Larry Brown, the Texas-set drama is directed by David Gordon Green (HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” “Pineapple Express”), who will appear at the screening.
The closing film is “The Double,” a black comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as timid, isolated Simon, whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), who shares his appearance but is his opposite in terms of confidence, charisma and ease with the opposite sex. Also featuring Mia Wasikowska, “The Double” is directed by Richard
Atlantans can view Oscar-nominated shorts
Been catching up on your best picture contenders in preparation for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony?
Lefont Sandy Springs also will offer the chance to screen all five nominees in the best documentary short category at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. $15. 404-255-0140, www.lefonttheaters.com.
Meanwhile, Landmark’s Midtown Art continues its daily run of separate programs of Oscar-nominated animation and live action short films. 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. $10.50; $8 ages 62 and up and under 12. 404-879-0160, www.landmarktheatres.com. www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts. HOWARD POUSNER
Jewish festival prevails over winter weather
Two winter storms during its 23-day run couldn’t derail the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which attracted 31,000 amid snow and ice that required 18 screenings (including opening night at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre) to be hastily rescheduled.
“Our team worked
Work by 18 artists at ‘Price Is Right’ show
The Swan Coach House Gallery opens its fifth annual “The Price Is Right: Art Under $1,000″ exhibit on Thursday, tempting viewers with work by 18 emerging and well-established Atlanta artists.
The show provides an alternative for art lovers who might not be able to budget a major work by an established artist they’ve followed. Instead, they may find a work on paper or a smaller painting by that same artist at a more affordable price. Swan Coach House also has a track record for helping launch the careers of young artists first shown in “The Price Is Right.”
Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Through April 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 3130 Slaton Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-266-2636, www.swancoachhouse.com/gallery. HOWARD POUSNER
Jerry’s Habima tunes up for ‘Little Shop’
Having celebrated its 20th anniversary as Georgia’s only theater troupe led by professionals that features actors with special
Catching up on two news items from late last week …
Lyle Ashton Harris wins Driskell Prize
The High Museum of Art named artist Lyle Ashton Harris as 2014’s recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. Harris is the 10th to receive the annual prize, which honors contributions to African-American art and art history.
Harris has a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media and collage to installation and performance. His works were previously on view in the Atlanta metro area in his spring 2013 exhibition “Accra My Love” at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Horodner leaving ACAC for Kentucky
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s artistic director, Stuart Horodner, has announced his departure to become director of the Art Museum of the University of Kentucky in June.
Last year Horodner helped oversee a renovation and expansion of the Contemporary, and the return of its popular annual fundraiser, the Art Party. A search for his replacement
Exhibit on genius of everyday design
Paper clips. Corkscrews. Umbrellas. Egg cartons. Light bulbs. Zippers.
Ho-hum, you might say.
But the Museum of Design Atlanta is treating these mundane things as nothing short of heroic in the exhibition “Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things.”
MODA, the Southeast’s only museum focused on design in its many forms, is hosting the touring exhibit that conveys the design stories behind 36 classic objects that have, in their own humble fashion, revolutionized the way we live.
Here’s a digital gallery of some of the items whose development is explained in the show.
Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, it will remain on view through May 11.
MODA hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. $10; $8 seniors, military and educators; $5 ages 6-17 and college students. 404-979-6455, www. museumofdesign.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Julliard-trained Brooklynite Simone Dinnerstein, a classical pianist, and North Carolina-raised singer-songwriter Tift Merritt would seem on the surface to have little in common.
Yet on one of last year’s more unexpected and category-defying CDs, “Night,” they artfully bridged disparate musical worlds. One critic called the album a “triumph of critical risk”; others praised its introspective late-night vibe.
Dinnerstein and Merritt bring their collaboration to Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center on Feb. 21, capping the school’s three-evening Festival of New Music (details: www.kennesaw.edu/newmusicfestival).
The musicians met in 2008 when they were set up for an interview for Gramophone magazine and Merritt’s own public radio show “The Spark with Tift Merritt.” They quickly realized they shared a passion for music and performance, and, in 2010, began playing and honing the “song cycle” that became “Night.”
The CD includes several
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
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Principal dancer Alicia Graf Mack from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre took it as a bad omen when she hit a Midtown grocery store Monday and found it “ransacked.”
The 30 dancers, plus 20 crew members and staffers for the famed New York dance troupe heard there might be bad weather before leaving Washington for their annual stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
Atlanta’s weather “event” has played havoc with the schedules of the Ailey dancers, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Big Apple circuses, the Alliance Theatre, and other touring and hometown troupes.
The Ailey troupe canceled a school matinee performance Thursday, and that evening’s opening program was hastily rescheduled for Sunday night. In six years with the company, Mack can remember one or two cancellations.
“We were kind of bummed,” Mack said. “Knowing we won’t perform until Friday, I think it’s going to
This just in from Atlanta Ballet …
Due to inclement weather, Atlanta Ballet has canceled the Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 8 p.m. performance of “Roméo et Juliette” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Atlanta Ballet will resume performances on Friday, Feb. 14.
Message to Patrons:
For patrons that purchased tickets for this performance from Atlanta Ballet’s Box Office or atlantaballet.com:
To exchange into the Friday, February 14 or Saturday, February 15 performances of Roméo et Juliette at 8 p.m., please email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately with your name, phone number, and patron ID number (if available).
To exchange into a different show this season or address other concerns, please email email@example.com next week, February 18-22, with your name, phone number, and patron ID number (if available).
For patrons that purchased tickets from Ticketmaster or Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre:
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By Rosalind Bentley / firstname.lastname@example.org
From his early works until now, Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou has always explored the intersection of hip-hop culture and fine art.
And as guest editor of the current “Art x Hip Hop” issue of Art Papers magazine, Pecou has brought together some of the nation’s up-and-coming artists, scholars and MCs to explore topics from appropriation of black style to a meditation on rapper Kendrick Lamar. On Feb. 24, Pecou expands the “Art Papers” project with “InterSessions: ArtxHip-Hop Dialogues,” a conversation between rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) and Michael Rooks, High Museum curator of modern and contemporary art. It’s the first of a series, moderated by Pecou, that will bring together some of Atlanta’s top hip-hop artists and notable arts figures. It is free, though tickets are limited.
The inaugural event, which was sold out, was postponed by Atlanta’s SnowJam a couple of weeks ago. It was to have happened just days
By Howard Pousner
The Atlanta Film Festival has released a list of 15 documentaries that will be shown during this year’s cinema extravaganza, March 26-April 6 at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.
Two of the 15 films are products of Georgia filmmakers: “Limo Ride” and “Mayan Blue.”
Here is a listing of the 15, constituting a sampling of the fest’s documentaries, with descriptions provided by the festival…
“15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story,” directed by Nadine Pequeneza
Kenneth Young, the product of a drug-infested community, is seeking a second chance at life in one of the most punitive states in the country. Until 2010, Kenneth believed he would die in a Florida prison. The U.S. Supreme Court’s banning of mandatory life sentences for juveniles has impacted more than 2,300 inmates who were sentenced as children. Kenneth now has a chance to prove his rehabilitation through a powerful testament of a child’s remarkable capacity for change.
“120 Days,” directed