Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Sneak a peek at our Fall A&E Preview

  • 2:58 pm Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Get ready to fill up your social calendar! The AJC’s Fall A&E Preview is chockablock with our recommendations for the hottest plays, concerts, festivals and art shows coming up this season. Check out our 12 Top Events and six People to Watch, as well as deeper looks at what’s coming in theater, dance, classical music, pop music, festivals and visual arts. Available in print and on Aug. 24.

High Museum extends ‘Dream Cars'; new Museum of Design exhibit focuses on graphic design

  • 12:15 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

High extends ‘Dream Cars’ one week
The High Museum of Art announced Monday that is extending its popular exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” one week, through Sept. 14. Featuring concept cars, along with conceptual drawings and scale models, by automakers such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche and General Motors, the show has drawn more than 130,000 visitors since opening May 21. The High also announced that it will be open on Labor Day (Sept. 1) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special ticket discounts, and that hours will be extended on “Dream Cars’” closing weekend: 10 a.m. to 9 [More]

Wabi Sabi returns for new round of nurturing dance in great outdoors

  • 5:44 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Even if you’ve never connected to contemporary dance, it’s hard to not be persuaded after witnessing Wabi Sabi perform at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, with the audience following the dancers to different spots on the manicured grounds for each piece on the program.

The dancer-driven Atlanta Ballet offshoot, whose mission is to showcase rising choreographic talent, gives the first of five performances at three outdoor settings on Aug. 21 at the Midtown garden, where it will return Sept. 18. In between there will be appearances at the High Museum of Art (as part of the design installation “Mi Casa, Your Casa” [More]

At Folk Fest, one sculptor helps another with the mettle to create

  • 1:50 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Funny, the two artists who will be among those presenting their wares at the 21st annual Folk Fest this weekend don’t look related.

But Charlie Lucas, one of the undisputed folk masters manning one of the 90 booths that will show and sell mainly rustic-styled art at North Atlanta Trade Center starting Friday night, insists that fellow Alabama native Chris Beck is his son.

This despite the fact that Lucas, 62, is African-American, and Beck, 38, is, well, white.

There are other differences, too:

>>Though he radiates smarts and is represented in museum collections across the U.S., Lucas completed only a fourth-grade education. He [More]

Coming to High Museum: Gordon Parks’ black and white South, in color

  • 10:09 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The High Museum of Art lays claim to one of the most significant civil rights photography collections in the nation, comprising more than 300 black-and-white prints.

The exhibition announced Tuesday by the museum, however, is something altogether different: Opening Nov. 15, “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” will feature 40 documentary images taken by the trailblazing photographer in 1956 Alabama in vibrant color.

Coinciding with the exhibit, the High will acquire 12 of the color pictures, most unseen for more than 50 years, for its rapidly growing permanent collection of photography, now numbering more than 5,800 prints.

Parks created the work on assignment for Life [More]

Andy Cohen co-headlines Book Festival of MJCCA

  • 4:09 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Andy Cohen, producer of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise and host of the late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live,” is one of the headliners for the Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Nov. 1-18. The author of “The Andy Cohen Diaries” appears at 8 p.m. Nov. 15. Among the 40-plus participating authors are novelist Anna Quindlen (“Still Life With Bread Crumbs”), comedian Bob Saget (“Dirty Daddy”) and New York Times food writer Mark Bittman (“How to Cook Everything Fast”). Tickets go on sale Sept. 2.

Bunnen Gallery sharpens focus on High Museum’s photography collection

  • 1:30 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

When the High Museum of Art announced in April that it had received nearly $4 million to support its photography initiatives, it said it planned to add a dedicated full-time gallery space to showcase prints from its 5,500-work photo collection.

And, in short order, that wedge-shaped space, newly named the Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography, has opened on the Skyway level of the Wieland Pavilion.

The debut installation, “The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection,” is a grouping of 23 images drawn from the High’s holdings of experimental photography. The thread linking the photographers — including Vik Muniz, Dawoud Bey, David [More]

Updated!: Dragon Con’s stars are aligned for Labor Day weekend

  • 7:18 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Update Aug. 19: Dragon Con keeps on adding guests. Added to its star list in the last week: Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the “Harry Potter” movies), Manu Bennett (the pale orc in the “Hobbit” movies and the baddie in “Arrow”) as well as additional cast members from Syfy’s “Warehouse 13.”

The convention also announced that the Atlanta Community Food Bank will be its official charity this year. Attendees can bring canned or boxed food items to registration in the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel when they pick up their membership badges.

Update Aug. 13: Just when it appeared that the top of the [More]

Art on the Beltline announces fall season

  • 4:55 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

Art on the Atlanta Beltline, one of the largest temporary public art exhibits in the Southeast, returns Sept. 6 through Nov. 15, featuring nearly 100 works of visual and performance art. The yearly exhibit takes place outdoors, along the abandoned rail bed that has been reclaimed as a necklace of multi-use trails and public parks.

The sculpture, dance, murals, outdoor concerts and theatrical presentations transform the corridor into an outdoor gallery space. The season kicks off on the evening of Sept. 6 with the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade. Exhibits during the fall will be concentrated on the northern eastside interim hiking [More]

Museum of Design Atlanta announces 2015 schedule of exhibits

  • 4:25 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

The Museum of Design Atlanta recently announced its 2015 exhibition schedule. The Midtown Atlanta institution will present four exhibits that focus on the ways that design can change housing, communities, manufacturing and even politics. They include:

“Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature,” Jan. 18 to April 5, 2015 — Animals and humans use ingenious strategies to adapt to their environments, sometimes to the detriment of both dweller and environment. The exhibit shows design techniques that can protect the natural world.

“Designing Healthy Communities: Active Design and Its Impact,” April 26 to July 19, 2015 – Design affects our well-being, but [More]