Weekend Arts Agenda: Christmas With the ASO December 11 2014

Plus, Peter Bahouth’s ‘Red Planet,’ Fahamu Pecou at MOCA GA, and Root City Market returns


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  • ‘TIS THE SEASON: The Morehouse College Glee Club will be among the performers at this year’s Christmas With the ASO.

Christmas came a little early for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this year. After more than two months of being locked out in a labor dispute the ASO musicians were able to reach an agreement with management, and thanks to their compromise, the 70th season is in full swing. Fortunately, the lockout ended in time for the annual performances of Robert Shaw’s Christmas With the ASO. More than 400 musicians, including the ASO Chorus, Morehouse Glee Club, Gwinnett Young singers, and ASO artist-in-residence Thomas Russell, will join in to bring the “Greatest Story Ever Told” to life. Showtimes/dates: Thurs., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket info here.


A couple weeks back, we told you about Peter Bahouth and Matthew Gamber’s New Takes show at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery. Tonight, the gallery is celebrating Bahouth’s half of the exhibition, Birth of a Red Planet, which is: the story of a young boy named Henry who leaves Earth in search of more hospitable world. Inspired by the 1950’s View-Master series The Adventures of Sam Sawyer, and Sam Flies to the Moon, the exhibit includes seven illustrative scenes made with handcrafted miniature models and several maquettes. Bahouth will hold a press conference and holiday party from 6-8 p.m., at Hagedorn. Joining Bahouth are Art Papers Editor Victoria Camblin, artist Craig Drennen, and Sidewalk Radio founder and host, Gene Kansas. Details here.


  • Courtesy MOCA GA/Fahamu Pecou
  • Fahamu Pecou’s “Phoenix,” 2014

As part of MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project (WAP), Fahamu Pecou is ready to unveil his first solo museum exhibition. Titled, GRAV•I•TY, the 2013/2014 WAP uses “saggin” as “an allegory to talk about Black male mobility and agency.” Ultimately, the exhibition looks to challenge viewers into asking questions like: “But what if we resisted this idea of gravity? What if we believed in Black boys instead of belittling them? Could they... Would they fly? Could we defy gravity and it’s limitations?” With an opening recpetion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Info here.


  • Courtesy Artists Rights Society and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
  • One of 10 sculptural paintings from José Parlá’s Segmented Realities

As a precursor to the forthcoming exhbition Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, José Parlá’s Segmented Realities showcases 10 scuptural paintings at the High Museum of Art that “bear witness to waves of history that seem to be inscribed on their surfaces, told in an expressive and poetic language of the street.” Parlá will be in attendance for the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Details here.


  • Courtesy Root City Market

Chances are you’re still scouring the mall and Internet for thoughtful gift ideas for the holiday — stop. The Root City Market returns with a holiday pop-up at Stove Works in Inman Park, which means from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the quarterly event that hails itself as the “London weekend market meets Brooklyn Flea” will showcase 30-plus Southern “makers” and their products, including the Bitter Southerner, Plywood People, Arrows Designs Co., and Methane Studios. Grab a friend, that holiday bonus, and check it out. More info can be found here, including an $800 makers giveaway.


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  • MIDDLE CHILD: Carys Jeffrey (from left), Justin Thompson and Tyler Sarkis in MJCCA’s Alexander

In the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Justin Thompson plays the title role of a young man having the worst 24 hours ever. Sunday marks the end of the show’s run at the Morris and Rae Frank Theatre. Grab tickets here.

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