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ArtWorks! Gwinnett names Fusion Award winners

By Howard Pousner /

ArtWorks! Gwinnett, a non-profit arts organization encouraging Gwinnett County’s arts infrastructure,  held its third annual Fusion Art Awards ceremony on Monday. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre not only hosted the awards and provided some of the evening’s entertainment, but also was a recipient. The list…

Fusion Awards 2014 winners

Lifetime Achievement Award: Caryn McGarity

Vision Award: Nancy Harris

Arts Educator of the Year: Clayborn Knight

Arts Volunteer of the Year:Linda Murphy

Corporate Arts Citizen, Individual: Lisa Anders

Corporate Arts Citizen, Organization: Peach State Federal Credit Union – Marshall Boutwell

Community Impact, Community Partnership: Barefoot in the Park

Community Impact, Arts Leader: Suwanee Public Arts Commission

Community Impact, Community Arts Program: Gwinnett County Public Library “Pulp Art” exhibit

Community Impact, Creative Business: Sign Creations

Community Impact, Literary Artist: Chanda …

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Just announced: Atlanta Opera’s 2014-15 season at a glance

Here is the Atlanta Opera’s 2014-15 lineup, announced at a Tuesday evening reception. For the full AJC story, with quotes from the opera’s new chief Tomer Zvulun, go to (subscriber site):

“Choral Silver Celebration,” honoring chorus master Walter Huff’s 25th anniversary year, 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center.

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 8 p.m. Nov. 14 , 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” 8 p.m. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 3, 8 p.m. March 6, 3 p.m. March 8 at Cobb Energy.

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” 8 p.m. April 4, 7:30 p.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 10, 3 p.m. April 12 at Cobb Energy.

“Three Decembers,” a chamber opera by American composer Jake Heggie, 8 p.m. May 15-16, 6 p.m. May 17 at a venue to be announced.

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Ludwig Symphony wants you to be its Valentine

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, HOWARD POUSNER

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Atlanta Film Festival announces first 15 films of lineup

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 …

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Atlanta Symphony, High and other snow cancellations

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.

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opening night Wednesday at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Wednesday night postponed. New date TBD.
  • High Museum of Art’s conversation between T.I. and curator Michael Rooks on Wednesday night also canceled.
  • Opening of  ”Cross-Reference”  at EmoryVisualArts Gallery postponed one week, to Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.

For other Wednesday-Thursday arts and entertainment closings, go to and click on The Music Scene.

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WhiteSpace’s Susan Bridges wins 5th Nexus Award

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,, i45, Flux Projects and the Atlanta Preservation Center.

She will receive the award during a Contemporary ceremony on May 6.


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Culture notes: Callanwolde brings festival in from cold this weekend; photographer takes walk on N.Y.’s wild side

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,


Photographic walk on N.Y.’s wild side

Tod Seelie’s “Bright Nights: Photographs …

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Culture notes: Free folk concert Saturday at History Center; arts website scores $15,000 grant

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. HOWARD POUSNER

Arts website scores $15,000 grant 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

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Groups rally as Fulton County considers 30 percent arts cut

UPDATE: AJC Fulton County reporter David Wickert reports in Friday’s Metro section (find the full story on the AJC’s subscriber site,…

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….


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Culture notes: Keaton comedies to screen with live music Monday; Emory series exploring global aspects of French cinema starts Wednesday

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 Eyedrum is in FUSE Arts Center, 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E. More info: 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 …

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