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‘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]

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]

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]

Erector sets featured in free toy show that’s bridge to past

  • 2:45 pm Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

At 60, Calhoun attorney Randy Sauder feels like a kid again when he builds things out of Erector set parts, some nearly a century old.

But Sauder doesn’t just throw together basic bridges or stale skyscrapers. His Coney Island Fun House, featuring more than 2,000 moving parts, won the best model award last year at the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society national convention in Chicago. That was neat since the gathering celebrated the centennial of the founding of the company that brought the world Erector sets, American Flyer trains, chemistry and magic sets, dozens of other educational toys and an array of [More]

4 noteworthy visual art shows opening this weekend

  • 7:00 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Radcliffe Bailey curates at Gallery 72

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Cyclorama will present “Art Against the Wall,” a group exhibit opening Saturday at downtown Atlanta’s new Gallery 72 that will examine the consequences of the Civil War and wars in general. It’s being curated by Radcliffe Bailey, the nationally noted Atlanta artist who frequently layers images, found objects and text to explore themes of ancestry, race and memory.

Through Aug. 22. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. 2 City Plaza, 72 Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-546-6815, www.ocaatlanta.com.

‘Be Here Now’ at the Contemporary

The three artists in this [More]

Atlanta artistic directors try on new roles this summer

  • 6:02 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Artistic directors usually hang backstage or in the back of the theater on opening night, checking how the thousand details that have to come together to make a play work are dovetailing.

This week, however, three of Atlanta’s theater leaders will be moving under the spotlight as actors. We talked to Georgia Shakespeare’s Richard Garner, True Colors Theatre Company’s Kenny Leon (fresh off his Tony win for best director) and Stage Door Players’ Robert Egizio about kicking it out onstage and leaving the directing to someone else.

To read the complete report, go to our subscriber site, MyAJC.com.

ONSTAGE

Georgia Shakespeare: “One Man, [More]

Young Atlanta voices resonating across Europe this summer

  • 6:56 am Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Young, talented metro Atlanta singers from three groups are getting the experiences of their lifetimes this summer on European tours. Some more seasoned Atlanta singers are going to get in on the act, too:

Atlanta Boy Choir recently returned from a June tour to Poland and the Czech Republic, and the highlights were many for the 40 men and 40 boys under the direction of maestro Fletcher Wolfe.

They were invited to perform in Poland in honor of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. A longtime favorite of John Paul, the choir sang many times at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome [More]

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