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Culture notes: MODA celebrates genius of everyday design; O’Neal Singers toast 25th; Madison hosts antiques

VISUAL ART
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

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Gala …

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Classical and Americana music merge in KSU concert by Dinnerstein, Merritt

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 …

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How Ailey dancers, circus performers dealt with snow, ice, idleness

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com
and Rosalind Bentley / rbentley@ajc.com

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 …

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Atlanta Ballet cancels Thursday ‘Romeo’ performance; instructions for exchages/refunds

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 patronservices@atlantaballet.com 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 patronservices@atlantaballet.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:

Please return to the place of purchase to initiate an …

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Rapper T.I., artist Fahamu Pecou and High Museum curator talk about hip-hop, art

By Rosalind Bentley / rbentley@ajc.com

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 …

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Atlanta Film Festival lists 15 documentaries selected for lineup

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

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 …

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4 exhibits opening today: Hobbs’ storage unit installation; two at High Museum; Dashboard’s big group

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

Here’s a quick look at four art exhibits opening Saturday (Feb. 8):

Self-storage units harbor artful compulsions

Atlanta artist Sarah Hobbs, who transformed three W Atlanta-Midtown hotel rooms into a site-specific installation on travelers’ phobias and worries in late 2012, is back at it. Her installation “Repository” will open 4-6 p.m. Saturday in four units at 14th Street Self Storage.

The installation further explores human obsessiveness. This time, according to presenter Solomon Projects, it’s “the concept of individuals creating a completely private space for themselves within a public facility in order to house a compulsion, difficult aspect of their life, or a surreptitious sanctuary.”

Viewing hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Feb. 22. 151 14th St. N.W., Atlanta. Free. www.facebook.com/SolomonProjects.

Two Atlanta artists in High spotlight

The High Museum of Art will open two exhibits by Atlanta …

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ArtWorks! Gwinnett names Fusion Award winners

By Howard Pousner / hpousner@ajc.com

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 bit.ly/LNnPbw (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.

Season …

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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, www.ludwigsymphony.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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