Atlanta Arts and Culture Blog 

Previews, reviews and commentary on Atlanta's cultural scene

Atlanta’s best fall arts events of 2014

  • 3:58 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Suzanne Van Atten

Check out our recommendations for this fall’s Top 12 Events, Six People to Watch and the Best of the Rest in our special Fall A&E Preview section available in print Aug. 24 and here right now!

Georgia High School Musical awards (the ‘Shulers’) to hit prime time on Saturday

  • 7:43 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

The scheduled Aug. 16 telecast of the sixth annual Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards offers a rare chance to catch a star on the rise.

Sure you’ve no doubt heard that pitch before in conjunction with this high-energy, high-intensity competition, also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

But while those Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre shows overflowed with talent, they didn’t feature Jai’len Josey. The Tri Cities High School student followed up her best actress win in the April event by taking the best actress prize at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in June in New York.

The two-hour broadcast [More]

WonderRoot wins approval to expand into Memorial Drive schoolhouse

  • 9:15 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

WonderRoot, the decade-old Atlanta grass-roots arts nonprofit with a strong social change mission, is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.

The Atlanta Public Schools board on Monday night approved an agreement with the community arts center, which will take over a 54,000-square-foot former schoolhouse across the street at 1043 Memorial Drive. It has occupied a converted Reynoldstown house for seven years and outgrown it.

Opened as John F. Faith Elementary School in 1922 and renamed C.D. Hubert Elementary in 1963, the red-brick building most recently was home to the Tech High public charter school, which closed in 2012.

WonderRoot will turn 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]

High Museum to shine light on modernist Wifredo Lam in early 2015

  • 7:40 am Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Cuban-born modernist painter Wifredo Lam is not as well-known as some of the artists and writers who served as his inspirations, including Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Federico García Lorca, Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel García Márquez. An exhibit coming to the High Museum of Art next February seeks to remedy that.

The High announced on Monday that it will host the retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds,” featuring more than 40 paintings, as well as a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera.

Lam (1902-1982), who studied in Madrid and worked in pre-World War II Paris before returning to Cuba, is considered a key [More]

Get your toes wet with SculpTour, fountain

  • 12:05 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by jvejnoska

By Jill Vejnoska

Feel like taking a dip into public art? Consider a trip to Suwanee, where two of the biggest draws at Town Center Park are the interactive fountain and an outdoor sculpture walking tour.

Fourteen sculptures are on temporary display, ranging from the powerful “Pick,” that’s inspired by well worn tools, to the whimsical “Who Let the Dogs Out.” It’s the third time Suwanee has organized the popular “SculpTour,” which invites people to vote on which piece(s) the city should purchase, using privately donated funds.

Meanwhile, if you ask kids of all ages, the “Big [More]

Review: Wynton Marsalis lights up Atlanta’s Symphony Hall

  • 9:05 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by Jamila Robinson

One expects a great performance from a jazz and classical great such as Wynton Marsalis. Friday’s sold-out performance at Symphony Hall featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra left jazz lovers immersed in  trumpets, trombones and saxophones and the diversity of jazz with music from Vaudeville to New Orleans Second Line.

As a spotlight event of the 2014 National Black Arts Festival, Marsalis, performed a nearly two-hour set that was as much of a live music history class as it was concert, entertaining the audience with toe-tapping, eyes closed and head-nodding music but also engaging them in the broader context for the compositions. DJ-style, Marsalis would [More]

Three ‘Working Artists’ win fellowships from MOCA GA

  • 10:44 pm Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

A filmmaker, a photographer and a muralist are recipients of fellowships from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, intended to support local artists, and to keep them, by the way, local.

Winners of Working Artist Project grants were announced Tuesday night at the Midtown museum, where alumni from previous fellowships gathered to congratulate their new colleagues.

Chosen for the grants were multimedia artist and filmmaker Jonathan Bouknight, painter Sarah Emerson and portrait photographer Sheila Pree Bright.

The project was created to support artists from the 23-county metro area. Each year it grants three established artists a monthly $1,250 stipend, a $3,000 salary [More]

Kenny Leon-directed ‘Holler’ to close on Broadway on Sunday

  • 11:45 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014 by AJC Staff

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI /mruggieri@ajc.com

After only 55 performances, “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the musical that pulled from the catalog of rap great Tupac Shakur, is closing on Broadway. Its final show will be Sunday.
“Holler”‘s Atlanta-based director, Kenny Leon, confirmed the show’s early demise in an email late Monday night.
“I have never been more proud of a project or group of artists, nor the audiences that found their way to the Palace Theatre to see this groundbreaking musical theater piece,” Leon said.
As recently as Monday morning, Leon was promoting the show on the Tom Joyner radio show. Producers had hoped [More]