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You’re not being paranoid, Gen. William T. Sherman really is eying you on the Beltline

  • 7:20 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Howard Pousner

In time for the Battle of Atlanta’s 150th anniversary today, General William T. Sherman is back.

Do not run for cover, good citizens. It’s only Sherman’s stern visage that has returned in “Apparitions,” artist Gregor Turk’s temporary public art installation commissioned by Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Art on the Beltline.

Sherman’s eyes stare down from five different billboards clustered together along the Atlanta Beltline adjacent to Piedmont Park (a quarter mile north of the intersection of 10th Street and Monroe Drive), and have since March.

This is actually the third phase of Turk’s project. In the first phase, which went up last [More]

Confederate collection speaks volumes in history center exhibit

  • 10:26 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Standing amid the new exhibition “Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Collection,” Atlanta History Center senior military historian Gordon Jones is surrounded by many weapons of battlefield destruction — rows of rifles, swords and bayonets, four cannons, ammunition.

Yet it’s a modest handmade coat in the middle of all this armament that commands Jones’ attention and causes him to pull closer.

It’s a crimson-stained frock coat worn by 17-year-old Pvt. Benjamin Schumpert of the 3rd South Carolina Infantry, a simple, lightweight garment sewn out of striped cotton ticking. The Americus teenager was wearing it in September 1863 during the Battle of Chickamauga [More]

‘Homeless’ for 16 years, Synchronicity Theatre taking over Midtown spot

  • 1:05 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

One of Atlanta’s many itinerant theater troupes for its entire 16-year existence, Synchronicity Theatre is taking over the former Ansley Park Playhouse space in the Peachtree Pointe building in Midtown in time to open its 2014-15 season.

The nonprofit troupe, which recently lost its rental home at 14th Street Playhouse when it was sold to SCAD, is launching a $475,000 campaign to pay for renovations and related setup costs at the 140-seat facility.

It will open its season in what is being renamed Synchronicity Theatre on Sept. 26 with a world premiere, “Lasso of Truth.”

Peachtree Pointe owner Dewberry Capital, aware [More]

Get free tix for Joyce Carol Oates on Aug. 5

  • 11:07 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

The 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 29, with a keynote address by Joyce Carol Oates, who launches her new short story collection, “Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories.”

Tickets to the event at Emory University’s Schwartz Center are free and limited to two per person.

Starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 5, tickets can be obtained by calling the Arts at Emory Box office at 404-727-5050 or visiting tickets.arts.emory.edu.

Tickets are also available at the following locations: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books and Little Shop [More]

Producers of Kenny Leon-directed ‘Holler’ trying to raise $5 million to keep show on Broadway

  • 6:44 pm Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Atlanta director Kenny Leon’s hip-hop musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” continues to struggle to find a sufficient audience on Broadway, and producers are trying to raise $5 million to keep the show open in hopes that its box office will improve.

Hollywood veteran Eric L. Gold, lead producer of the musical that sets a fictional survival story around a score by the late Atlantan Tupac Shakur, told Variety, “It’s week to week right now. I can’t tell you if it’ll be two weeks or two months. It’s an expensive game, and I’m the guy carrying the load financially. I [More]

Alliance Theatre scripts a new form of outreach to develop Atlanta projects, talent

  • 6:18 pm Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab program announced by the Alliance Theatre on Thursday grew out of a series of national feedback sessions in which individual theater artists were asked by leaders of the country’s largest cultural institutions, well, what they wanted.

The answers came “loud and clear,” said Alliance artistic director Susan Booth, especially when she brought home the idea for the national dialogue initiated by the theater service organization Theatre Communications Group and focused it on Atlanta.

The Alliance heard that the metro area’s theater artists yearned for an artistic home, wanted to be welcomed into the Alliance “whether we’re on [More]

High Museum’s ‘Mi Casa’ installation to be summer-fall outdoor home for the arts

  • 10:34 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

When Italian architect Renzo Piano’s three-building expansion for the High Museum of Art opened in 2005, the project came with a handsome outdoor plaza better connecting the museum with the rest of the Woodruff Arts Center.

Woodruff and High leaders have always seen great potential in Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza as a Midtown civic gathering space, performance place and a front door to the arts center’s varied offerings. The possibilities have been suggested in scattered performances by groups including gloATL and Sonic Generator. The piazza was even turned into a pseudo French park, complete with cafe tables and large planters, the [More]

Amanda Kyle Williams talks crime

  • 11:27 am Friday, June 27th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Atlanta crime novelist Amanda Kyle Williams marks the launch of her new book, “Don’t Talk to Strangers” (Bantam Books), with a live video interview conducted by Doug Robinson of Eagle Eye Bookshop. The event takes place 7 p.m. July 8. Reserve a space

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: 150 years later

  • 12:38 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gen. Wm. T. Sherman’s tactical loss (but strategic success) against Confederate troops in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, visitors to the National Park this weekend can witness musket and cannon demonstrations, an outdoor presentation of a documentary film and musical performances. All will take place at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Thursday through Sunday, June 26-29. Information: www.nps.gov/kemo

Writers plan tribute to Maya Angelou

  • 5:07 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Collin Kelley will host a reading of poems and passages by the late Maya Angelou, presented by local poets and writers at Decatur Library on July 15. Among the confirmed readers are Opal Moore, Alice Lovelace, Theresa Davis, Teri Elam, Karen Head, Malkia M’Buzi Moore, Megan Volpert, Rupert Fike, Amena Brown Owen, Christopher Martin, Lita Hooper, Karen Paul Holmes and Cherryl T. Cooley.

Free and open to the public, the event is presented by Poetry Atlanta, Georgia Center for the Book and Charis Books and More.

7:15 p.m. July 15. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. Admission free.