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CD, club concert keep Atlanta Symphony music playing amid lockout

  • 8:51 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

With the scheduled Sept. 25 start of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 70th anniversary season increasingly in doubt due to fractured contract negotiations, Atlantans might wonder when they will hear the musicians making fresh music again.

Sooner than you think, if a CD and a benefit concert featuring a chamber version of the ASO are acceptable substitutes for a full ensemble appearance in Symphony Hall.

In what could be seen as the worst or best of times for a release, ASO Media issued the all-Ralph Vaughan Williams two-CD set last week just two days after the ASO’s musicians were [More]

Fay Gold Gallery announces it will close Sept. 16

  • 12:11 pm Sunday, September 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Fay Gold Gallery, which made a splashy return to Atlanta’s visual arts scene last year, opening up a space inside the new Westside Cultural Arts Center, is closing again.

Gold, who was a major presence on the gallery scene for nearly three decades before shutting her Buckhead gallery in 2009, sent customers an email announcing that her exhibit of photographers Mike and Doug Starn, originally intended to run through Sept. 27, would instead close Sept. 16.

“I will no longer be associated with the Westside Cultural Art Center,” Gold wrote, without providing further details. “I have succeeded in my mission to [More]

Orchestra’s size resonates as big issue in Atlanta Symphony dispute

  • 3:11 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management determined to halt a decade of deficit operations in 2012, its locked-out musicians grudgingly agreed to a contract in which their pay was cut by an average of 14 percent and their full-time ranks were trimmed from 95 to 88.

The second ASO musician lockout in two years is again about money — salary, benefits, number of weeks of employment for the musicians; balanced books for management. But an equally big issue, looming larger this time, is the orchestra’s size.

Seeking a sustainable operating model, management wants to control the number of musicians [More]

Salvage is today, and here are 2 other vintage sales where everything old is new

  • 9:10 am Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

If it’s old, it’s gold at three upcoming vintage sales.

First up is Salvage, to be held Saturday at Ambient Plus Studio south of downtown Atlanta. And right behind it this fall are the Revival, Sept. 27-28 outside Decatur High School in Decatur; and the Country Living Fair, Oct. 24-26 at Stone Mountain Park.

Here’s a quick look at what those with a lust for rust will find:

Orchestrated by the Atlanta outfit Indie Craft Experience, Salvage is billed as “a modern vintage marketplace” and features jewelry, clothing, furniture, collectibles and home goods, some repurposed with a crafty hand, from more than 40 [More]

Works by Bearden, Johns, Christenberry top list of recent High Museum acquisitions

  • 9:09 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

As a general museum with seven curatorial departments, the High Museum of Art has built an ever-evolving permanent collection of more than 14,000 works that represent diverse art expressions.

Still, as a leading Southeastern art museum, the High continues to put some emphasis on acquiring and exhibiting work by artists with roots in the region.

In announcing recently that it has added more than 600 works in fiscal 2014, the High spotlighted pieces  Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry: Romare Bearden, Jasper Johns and William Christenberry.

PHOTO GALLERY: To view 11 of the High Museum of Arts’ recent acquisitions, click [More]

Here are 9 new fall books for your reading list

  • 3:13 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Just as summer brings out lots of fun, frothy novels of romance and intrigue for poolside reading, fall delivers weightier books more suitable to the cooler, hearth-bound months. With no lawn to tend or vacations to plan, what’s left to do but ride out the cold weather and stall the holiday madness with a few thought-provoking books? Here are nine Southern titles we recommend, including a biography of a raucous rock ‘n’ roll pioneer penned by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; a dark, surreal short story collection about desire, anxiety and wonder; a close-up look at a groundbreaking [More]

Locked out ASO musicians receiving chorus of support nationally, locally

  • 12:59 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Nationally and locally, there have been growing expressions of support for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians, who were locked out by management Sunday morning when extended negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement did not lead to a new contract to replace the expiring one.

Like the statement from the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra released Tuesday, supporters of the ASO musicians have particularly strong words for ASO management for locking the musicians out for the second time in as many years.

On Sunday, ASO president and CEO Stanley Romanstein said the lockout was necessary because the two sides had spent [More]

Busy art weekend: Gwinnett gallery opens, Art Party, last lap for High’s ‘Cars,’ Art Papers exhibit, more

  • 6:48 am Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Gwinnett County gets new art gallery — garden, too

Atlanta’s northern suburbs gain another art gallery as R Alexander Fine Art in Peachtree Corners celebrates with grand opening receptions 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Though the location is new, partner Robert Harris has been an art dealer for three decades, specializing in an array of international work.

The debut exhibition’s title, “New Roots: A Celebration of New Beginnings,” alludes to its artist introductions but also to a newly installed 2.5-acre botanical garden intended to make R Alexander a Gwinnett County attraction. The garden features a waterfall overlooked by a nearly one-ton Marton Varo [More]

Chicago Symphony musicians issue statement ‘deploring’ lockout of ASO players

  • 10:52 am Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday released a strongly worded rebuke of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management for locking out ASO musicians Sunday morning when the two sides could not agree to a collective bargaining agreement before the old contract expired.

“We particularly deplore ASO management’s decision to use the harshest possible hardball labor tactic, the lockout,” the statement said in part, “instead of working with the musicians to reach a labor agreement in an atmosphere of good faith and respect.”

It marked the second time in as many years that ASO musicians have been locked out by the [More]

Without a contract, ASO musicians locked out as sides ponder next move

  • 7:51 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

For the second time in as many years, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians have been locked out by the orchestra’s administration after the players’ collective bargaining agreement expired without a new deal being reached between the two sides.

The inability to agree to a contract by the 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline was not a surprise. Management and the musicians had talked for eight months but, despite small progress, their positions remain polar, their partnership fraying.

Management said its latest proposal was for a four-year deal with an escalating salary increase topping out at 4.5 percent in the final year. [More]