- 10:58 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by jvejnoska
By Jill Vejnoska
(Note: Donald McCaig will appear at the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House at 7 p.m. Friday to discuss “Ruth’s Journey,” his just-released, authorized prequel to “Gone With the Wind.” It’s not the first time McCaig’s shown up at the onetime apartment house where Mitchell churned out her award-winning saga of Scarlett, Rhett et al. In 2007, his first authorized novel, “Rhett Butler’s People,” was celebrated there with much hoopla, including “Rhett Velvet Cupcakes.” Here’s a story that appeared in the AJC at the time.)
Rhett’s back, hoping that we still care
The first time Rhett Butler [More]
- 5:29 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Construction dumpsters usually overflow with odd pieces of lumber, Sheetrock and cardboard, something that passers-by automatically try to edit out of their view.
But 10 of the lumbering metal containers are starting to command attention in downtown Atlanta. Instead of flotsam and jetsam of the building trade, however, they hold serious art expressions and pure whimsy, quiet reflection and interactive sound and light, eye-catching aesthetics and recycled funky stuff.
- 7:00 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by jvejnoska
It’s the indefatigable Scarlett O’Hara of books: “Gone With the Wind” continues to sell about 75,000 copies annually, more than three-quarters of a century after it first brought fame and fortune (and a Pulitzer Prize) to Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell.
And now comes another authorized sequel, the second by acclaimed Civil War novelist Donald McCaig (“Rhett Butler’s People” came out in 2007). Actually, “Ruth’s Journey” (Atria Books, $26), which arrives in bookstores Tuesday, is mostly a prequel. And, McCaig suggests, a much-needed fleshing out of one of the original book’s “three major characters” — the O’Hara clan’s indispensable, tough love-dispensing “Mammy.”
- 2:29 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Atlanta composer-conductor-educator Richard Prior has had an intimate view of the cacophonous drama that has accompanied the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musician lockout, and it’s filled him with mixed feelings.
Prior, whose Symphony No. 3 is scheduled to be performed by the ASO in late November, assuming a collective bargaining agreement is reached, conducted the locked-out players and ASO Chorus (billing themselves as ATL Symphony Musicians and Atlanta Mozart Choir) in two packed performances Friday night at Oglethorpe University.
And the Emory University Department of Music conducting chair and Emory Symphony Orchestra maestro will lead the ASO musicians again Tuesday night in another [More]
- 7:38 am Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The restoration over the last three years of the Rev. Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden folk art environment in the northwest Georgia town of Summerville also is proving to be a factor in a growing revival of interest in the work of the prolific artist more than a decade after his death.
The latest evidence is Finster’s powerful presence in a sprawling group exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on view in the documentary “Paradise Garden,” which will be screened at the Goat Farm Art Center on Nov. 18.
Meanwhile, the Paradise Garden Foundation is readying for “A Turn in [More]
- 7:31 am Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
The locked-out players of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, billing themselves as ATL Symphony Musicians, will be presenting concerts on Friday and next Tuesday.
Friday’s performances will be at Oglethorpe University‘s Conant Performing Arts Center at 7 and 9 p.m., with an audience reception with the musicians open to both audiences on the Conant’s picnic grounds at 8 p.m.
Richard Prior will conduct approximately 35 musicians in programs of Mozart’s Requiem — with the Atlanta Mozart Choir, a.k.a. some 75 members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus — and Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Prior is the Emory University Department of Music conducting chair as [More]
- 2:01 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
Chalk up the expansion of Marietta ChalkFest to popularity.
The free fest returns for its fourth edition this weekend, with more than 40 professional chalk artists from around the country, double last year’s number, coloring their masterpieces around the Marietta Square from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also will be a public non-professional juried chalk art competition for all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (entry fee required).
The variety band Prime will play a free concert in Glover Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and a vendor’s marketplace and kid’s activities will be available [More]
- 12:42 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Alexa Lampasona
The Whole World Improv Theatre celebrates 20 years in Atlanta this weekend with two events- an alumni show and anniversary party- that pay homage to the growth of the company.
What started as an improv group in 1993 by David Webster, Whole World has expanded over the past two decades to bring together long form improvisational comedy. Creative Director Chip Powell has seen significant development in the group since its induction into Atlanta’s theatre community.
“We have won just about every award out there for improv and theatre year after year, and that has secured our reputation as one of the [More]
- 3:32 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
After a 29-year run as one of Atlanta’s most respected theater troupes, Georgia Shakespeare announced Wednesday that it is closing its doors.
Last month, the company canceled its October production of “Henry V” and said its leaders would instead meet with potential funders. Their fundraising goal of $750,000 was earmarked to retire $343,000 in accumulated debt as well as to replenish operating funds and build a small reserve.
But a rescue was not to be.
“We had no major funders who were willing to make a lead gift,” Managing Director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said. “We had other people who were kind of waiting in [More]
- 1:36 pm Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Howard Pousner
In a Capitol ceremony on Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal honored 13 individuals and organizations in the third annual Governor’s Awards in the Arts and Humanities, recognizing contributions to the state’s cultural vitality.
Metro Atlanta honorees included: Leslie Gordon, director of Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts; Paul Hudson, historian-educator; Douglas Scott, Full Radius Dance Company artistic director; Atlanta Ballet; Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the music-worship group Meridian Herald.
Honored from elsewhere around the state: Syd Blackmarr, arts advocate, Tifton; Fred and Dinah Gretsch, president and CFO, respectively, of Gretsch musical instrument company, Savannah; the Activities Council of [More]