Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Atlanta Beltline presenting slate of theater, dance, music, more Saturday and Sunday

  • 8:02 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Art on the Atlanta Beltline, the 10-week outdoor event featuring 100 art installations, also presents an array of free performances on select weekends, including the one coming up.  Here’s a schedule of coming attractions (times, acts subject to change; more details at

Sept 20 at Historic Fourth Ward Park Outdoor Theater
o 4:15 pm: TONI MARIE YOUNG: Class on the Grass [Dance Class]
o 5:30 pm: EDELIEGBA: Dance [Dance]
o 6:15 pm: KOLLABORATION ATLANTA PRESENTS: Kingsmen and Kavi Vu – The Wizard of the BeltLine [Theater]
o 7:30 pm: [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]

$50,000 Hudgens Prize competition returns; entries open to Georgia artists now being accepted

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Georgia visual artists, take note: The biennial Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition is returning and will again feature a cash award of $50,000, one of the largest given to an individual artist in the U.S., plus a solo exhibition at Duluth’s Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The 2015 Hudgens Prize competition is open to any Georgia artist, age 18 and up, residing full time in the state. Artwork of any medium will be considered, but all pieces must have been completed within the last two years (works previously shown at the Hudgens are ineligible). For a $30 non-refundable fee, each artist [More]

Massive expansion ahead for ambitious WonderRoot arts group

  • 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]

Highlights for child, teen readers at Decatur Book Festival

  • 2:46 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The Decatur Book Festival boasts extensive offerings for young readers, all free, this weekend.

Highlights include:


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]

High Museum receives $2.5 million gift for folk art curatorial position, initiatives

  • 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]

More than 100 artists to ‘Elevate’ downtown Atlanta with public art

  • 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]

Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Conroy at AJC Decatur Book Fest

  • 12:18 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

The ethereal Joyce Carol Oates, a very substantial presence on the literary scene since 1963, has detailed every extreme of the human condition in more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, including the 1987 essay collection, “On Boxing,” considered a landmark of the genre.

Oates, 76, is the keynote speaker at the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival, a yearly Labor Day weekend event that continues to gather steam. More than 600 authors will speak or appear on panels at this year’s festival and plenty of new elements have been added to the mix, including an outdoor kitchen for cooking demonstrations and [More]

Georgia Aquarium voted best

  • 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.