- 9:46 am Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Howard Pousner
A decade ago, when three Atlanta friends in their early 20s were launching WonderRoot as a non-profit community arts group with a strong social mission, its bold, recently announced expansion plans would have been inconceivable.
“You know, when you’re 20 years old, both everything and nothing seems possible, right?” WonderRoot co-founder and executive director Chris Appleton said recently, standing outside the 54,000-square-foot Memorial Drive former schoolhouse that will be retrofitted soon into its new home. “But while we always had big dreams and big goals, the support and community’s embracing of WonderRoot has exceeded any expectation that we would’ve had.”
The extent of that [More]
- 2:46 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The Decatur Book Festival boasts extensive offerings for young readers, all free, this weekend.
Jon Scieszka, author of “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales” and the brand-new “Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor,” opens the proceedings with the “Kidnote” address at 5 p.m. Friday at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall. No ticket required, but seating is first come, first served.
Whistle Blower Parade, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, led by Kebbi Williams and Music in the Park. Parade lines up on the DeKalb County Courthouse’s south lawn (556 N. McDonough St.) and proceeds to the Children’s Stage. Participants are encouraged [More]
- 7:37 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The High Museum of Art has received a $2.5 million gift from Atlanta patrons Dan Boone and his late wife Merrie Boone to support and expand the museum’s folk and self-taught art initiatives, including the endowment of a permanent, full-time curatorial position to lead the department.
With the addition of the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, all seven of the High’s collecting departments will have a full-time endowed curatorial position.
The museum is conducting a national search to fill the post, according to Thursday’s announcement.
The new curator will oversee the study, exhibition and care of [More]
- 2:40 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Two years after rancorous contract negotiations, a lockout and a narrowly averted postponement of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season, ASO management and its musicians face a Sept. 6 deadline to strike a new collective bargaining agreement.
Both sides are holding their cards close, saying they don’t want to negotiate in public, in hopes of forging a new deal that would allow the 70th anniversary season to open as scheduled on Sept. 25. But there are clear indications that management is seeking further concessions from the players, who claimed when the two-year agreement was announced in September 2012 that the cuts they [More]
- 9:22 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Emory University’s Cinematheque, a reliable source of art films, international cinema and titles generally residing outside the mainstream, plans a busy fall, presenting three series of free screenings, with details still to come on a fourth.
The first series is the “UCLA Festival of Preservation,” showcasing American classics and lesser-known gems that have been recently restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The 12-film series kicked off Aug. 27 with the 1946 film noir “The Chase.”
The second series to launch will be “Screenplay by Harold Pinter,” three films written by the late playwright-screenwriter, starting with the 1963 British drama about [More]
- 7:02 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
“Social City” is the theme for Elevate 2014, just announced by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and taking place at various downtown sites from Oct. 17 to 23.
More than 100 artists will seek to engage the public with living sculptures, interactive gadgetry, portable art and dance performances, artist panels and more.
Among the highlights:
The Goat Farm Arts Center, working with more 20 artists and designers, will transform 10 dumpsters into galleries, installations and sculptures. Located in alleyways and parks, the galleries will include a Secret Garden where visitors can make a wish and a Giant Synthesizer where they can make [More]
- 11:38 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Bo Emerson
The Georgia Aquarium was voted the best in the country this week in a USA Today and 10Best poll.
Readers of the newspaper and website chose among 20 nominees provided by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Coming in second was the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. In third place was the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and fourth was the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga finished fifth.
- 7:52 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Here are three upcoming family-friendly festivals that go beyond the usual crafts and funnel cakes (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to creatively explore different cultural aspects.
Meet the Past turns history into theater
Over the past two years, the Atlanta History Center has brought unheard voices from the dusty shadows of the city’s and region’s history through a program it calls Meet the Past.
These living-history performances, intended to give a more diverse picture of the area’s past and how it informs the present, have unfolded in the center’s historic homes (the Smith Family Farm and Swan House), inside the museum [More]
- 7:12 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Theatrical Outfit has dubbed its 38th season, launching tonight with the dramatic comedy “The Savannah Disputation, ” as its “Season of Compassion.”
Producing artistic director Tom Key calls the 2014-15 season opener by Georgia-born playwright Evan Smith “the toughest comedy I know of, ” and thinks it’s the perfect response to an increasingly divisive political climate.
Smith’s script takes off with two plain-as-potatoes sisters of the Roman Catholic persuasion who lose their Southern charm when a peppy evangelical Christian appears at their door. Directed by Tess Malis Kincaid, the show is described as a debate about religion, life, convictions and finding [More]