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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
OutKast's André Benjamin remains the headmaster of "Class of 3000," even though Cartoon Network ceased production of the animated school daze comedy after 26 episodes. "Class of 3000" is transferring to a new medium, however, as the Alliance Children's Theatre presents the world premiere stage adaptation beginning Fri., March 6. Benjamin, the show's creator, executive producer and vocal star as... | more...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST
Unlike reality shows that revolve around big hair and elimination ceremonies, TLC's "L.A. Ink" follows the life and art of tattooist Kat Von D. A stint in South Beach on the network's "Miami Ink" garnered Von D enough of a following to return home for her own spinoff in 2007. From her shop's bubble-gum pink walls to her facial tattoos and rock star boyfriend (Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx —... | more...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST
Kristen Ashburn doesn't flinch. Training her lens on some of the hardest to look at sights in Iraq, Gaza and New Orleans, she's become versed in the art of not looking away. The photographer's most recent excursion found her in sub-Saharan Africa documenting AIDS-ravaged communities and families. The result, Bloodline: AIDS and Family, runs through March 6 at the Atlanta Photography Group... | more...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST

Film Love curator Andy Ditzler treats old short films, and even film projectors, with the care and attention most people reserve for their children.

Before screening "Movies of Local People: Kannapolis" in the basement studio of his Grant Park home, he uses a cotton swab to clean his 16-mm projector. "You should always do this. There's a lot of motion of the film inside the gate, where the...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST
Alvin Ailey's pioneering dance troupe, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Artistic director Judith Jamison has worked off and on (mostly on) with the company since 1965, when she joined as a dancer. She was hand-picked by Ailey and appointed as the company's artistic director shortly after Ailey's death in 1989. Jamison gushed about the troupe's... | more...

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Friday February 13, 2009 11:15 pm EST

MASTER-PEACE OUT: From the High Museum:

The last day to view Johannes Vermeer’s painting “The Astronomer” at the High Museum of Art is Sunday, February 15. This painting, on view as part of “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” exhibition, had never been seen in the southeastern United States before coming to Atlanta in October 2008. George de la Tour’s “The...

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Wednesday February 11, 2009 12:04 am EST
In The War Comes Home: Washington's Battle Against America's Veterans, Aaron Glantz reports on the crisis of neglect that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face. His first book, How America Lost Iraq, chronicled a devastating firsthand account of the Bush administration's misguided policies in Iraq. Currently a Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism at the Carter Center,... | more...

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Wednesday February 4, 2009 12:04 am EST

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are human beings. We can all agree on that. But does that disqualify them from being honorary cartoons?

True, they're not particularly exaggerated in appearance. Tim looks like the towheaded, pie-faced boy next door all grown up, while Eric's a bespectacled, sideburned galoot with plenty of height and a crooked smile. They were both born in Pennsylvania in 1976...

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST
If you've ever found yourself driving a Prius home from Whole Foods while calling a friend in Brooklyn on your iPhone, blogger and author Christian Lander owes you a "thank you." Stuff White People Like, his cheeky website and book of the same name, has become über-popular for its riffs on clichéd white-people favorites like expensive sandwiches and David Sedaris. Lander will sign books at the... | more...

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Wednesday January 28, 2009 12:04 am EST
In 2006, Theatrical Outfit staged one of Atlanta's most impressive world premiere Southern plays of the decade, Keeping Watch by Thomas Ward. For Going with Jenny, opening Wed., Jan. 28, at Theatrical Outfit, the playwright shares writing duties with his wife, Sherry Jo. The play's a semi-autobiographical, he said/she said account of dating and marriage starring Mandy Schmeider and Travis... | more...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST

Richard Fleming, a world traveler thanks to his career as a documentary sound recordist, had his "Eureka!" moment while walking in the hills of Haiti.

Given the weekend off from his latest film, he went backpacking on Haiti's remote mountain trails and found them to be anything but isolated. "I was walking along what amounted to a pedestrian superhighway. There were hundreds of merchants and...

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Wednesday January 21, 2009 12:04 am EST
Broadway and film composer and music director Louis St. Louis may be best known for his treatments of 1950s and 1960s rock 'n' roll with Smokey Joe's Café, Grease and Grease 2. For the Alliance Theatre's Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL (opening Jan. 21), he received permission from hit-making composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to reinterpret the rock opera through the prism of contemporary black gospel... | more...

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST

Every year since 2000, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has reliably presented the diversity of movies by Jewish artists or otherwise reflecting the Jewish experience. This year, films relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict range from Alan Dershowitz's legalistic documentary The Case for Israel to the family-friendly drama The Little Traitor, starring Alfred Molina.

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST
Nami Mun's debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, follows Joon, a Korean American teenager growing up on the streets of New York during the '80s. Mun, like the protagonist, came of age as a teenage runaway on the streets of the Bronx. These days, she's the recipient of a coveted Pushcart Prize and teaches creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago. She comes to A Cappella Books/Opal Gallery... | more...

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Wednesday January 7, 2009 12:04 am EST
Atlanta-based novelist Jack Riggs follows up his award-winning 2003 debut When the Finch Rises with The Fireman's Wife, an introspective tale involving a firefighter's strained marriage in small-town South Carolina in 1970. Writer-in-residence at Georgia Perimeter College's Writer's Institute, Riggs will discuss the book Thurs., Jan. 15, at the Decatur Library's Georgia Center for the Book.... | more...

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Wednesday January 7, 2009 12:04 am EST

Some of the best parts of Cirque du Soleil are the things that go wrong.

It's not that I have a sadistic impulse to see injuries or mishaps under the blue-and-yellow stripes of the Grand Chapiteau. The performers' reactions to accidents or slip-ups simply add an additional charge to the show. I caught two apparent mistakes on the opening night of Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Kooza.

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST

We know you're feeling down, maybe a little out. So, we thought it'd help to point out that 2008 hasn't been a complete loss. Atlanta achieved a lot this year in the way of the arts. Here, CL Theater Critic Curt Holman and Visual Arts Critic Cinqué Hicks take a look back to recall some of their favorite moments.

Georgia Shakespeare artistic director Richard Garner commuted a few miles down...

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Wednesday December 31, 2008 12:04 am EST
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bids farewell (and good riddance) to 2008 with the help of two powerhouse vocalists, soprano Teri Dale Hansen and tenor Eric Van Hoven, under the baton of conductor Michael Krajewski. Van Hoven made his New York debut with the New York City Opera and has impeccable classical credentials, while Hansen has won international recognition as a Kurt Weill specialist and... | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 12:04 am EST
Rabbit Hole Gallery's 2006 opening for Tyson McAdoo featured go-go dancers, a live DJ and half of the nation's PBR reserves. The festivities were a fitting launch for the underground space, which has featured a consistent set of pop surrealist, low brow and comics-influenced work by artists from Atlanta and elsewhere. Proprietor Bethany Marchman and business manager Joe Cruz will be closing the... | more...

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Wednesday December 24, 2008 12:04 am EST
Egypt's boy king takes on China's first emperor in a contest to see who'll rule Atlanta's historical art scene. It may be a mismatch to compare the lavish touring Tutankhamun show, on view at the Atlanta Civic Center until May 25, with the High Museum's smaller-scale but still impressive The First Emperor (through April 19). Nevertheless, King Tut and Qin Shihuangdi both established opulent... | more...

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Wednesday December 17, 2008 12:04 am EST
Ken Wright is literally putting his money where his mouth is, both as the first mayor of Dunwoody and as a supporter of the arts. President of health care software company eHealthcareIT, Wright has pledged to donate his first year's mayoral salary of $16,000 to Stage Door Players, a small, 24-year-old professional playhouse. Artistic director Robert Egizio says, "It will go into a general... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST
What was it like to work side-by-side with Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe? What did it take to earn Mick Jagger's trust? What was John Lennon doing in the hours leading up to his murder in 1980? Photographer Annie Leibovitz answers such questions and more in her new book, Annie Leibovitz: At Work, which chronicles her singular experiences capturing some of contemporary culture's most mythic... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST

As the home to the Cartoon Network, Atlanta contributes its own distinctive colors to the art and business of animation. Atlanta's "house" style has become synonymous with the scruffy, irreverent Adult Swim shows like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." This idiosyncratic cartoon attitude seems a far cry from the slick computer-animated features that command the contemporary cinema.

Atlanta animation...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
Beloved Atlanta performer Libby Whittemore brings her cabaret act – and loyal fan base – back to Actor's Express for Ho Ho Home for the Holidays and A Connie Sue Day Christmas from Dec. 6-21. For years Whittemore honed the show with longtime music director Robert Strickland at the now closed club Libby's, A Cabaret. A self-described "Christmas idiot," Whittemore sings secular holiday standards... | more...

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST
Relocated in fresh digs, Saltworks Gallery opened its new Westside space last month with Perfect Distortions, a solo installation show by Atlanta art world fixture Avantika Bawa. Bawa mines the territories of architecture and abstract sculpture. The current exhibit takes on a pair of Atlanta's Midtown icons: Ikea and Home Depot. Bawa is a professor in SCAD's School of Fine Arts and is based in... | more...