ABOUT TOWN: Art, dance, and history in January
Spend your time wisely
British Printmakers, The WADDI — The exhibition “littles” is on now at a new Inman Park gallery,The WADDI, until late Jan.. As the title suggests, “littles” features smallish pieces by a slew of mostly British names such as Anne Desmet, a Liverpudlian member of the Royal Academy of Arts who works on wood engravings, linocuts and mixed media collages; Leonie Bradley, a multidisciplinary printmaker; mixed-media specialist Eben Dunn; the “bawdy and brash” Fernando Feijoo; abstract artist Ruth Franklin, who has twice been voted Best Visual Artist by Creative Loafing readers; Eric Goulden (aka musician Wreckless Eric); art historian Amy Jeffs; David Robertson, who works in print, film, sculpture; poet and painter Gary Goodman; cultural curator Kosmo Vinyl; printmaker Chris Pig, and Marek Tobolewski, whose work The Guardian described as having “aesthetic gracefulness” despite its “relentless organic abstractions.” The WADDI is run by Shawn Vinson, a mainstay of the east side art scene who also manages Different Trains Gallery in Decatur.
Free. Open Thursday - Saturday: 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment until Sat., Jan. 22, 2022. The WADDI, 26 Waddell St. N.E. differenttrainsgallery.com @TheWaddi
Through the Lens: Photographic Art from Beginners to Pros, Art-Haus Gallery — An exhibition showing the work of three distinct local photographers is kicking off the 2022 season at Grant Park’s Art-Haus Gallery. “Through the Lens: Photographic Art from Beginners to Pros” features Debbie Young, who says winning a zoo photo contest at age 10 motivated her to take up the art as an adult. Young, who owns the DayC photography company, adds, “I have found ways to show how I see the beauty in the world. I love to travel and catch those little candid moments that you find when you aren’t looking.” Secondly, Alex Simon’s subjects revolve around nature, raw journalism images, portraits of friends and family, and fashion. His inspiration comes from the likes of Brian Duffy, Ansel Adams and Tyler Mitchell. Then there is Sandy Richardson, the most prominent of the trio, whose photographs range from “being static to creatively showing the energy and vibrancy of Atlanta, nature, and musicians playing music, which are subjects I love,” she says.
Free. Opening reception Sat., Jan. 8, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ongoing: Sat., Jan. 8 - Sat., Feb. 5. Open Wednesday - Saturday: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and by appointment. Monday and Tuesday by appointment only; Wednesday 10-1p.m. and by appointment; Thursday-Fri., Saturday 10-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.& by appointment; Sunday by appointment only
Art-Haus Gallery & Creative Space, 332 Ormond Street, S.E. 404-771-5540 myart-haus.com @arthausgrantpark
TOOTSIE: The Musical, Fox Theatre — The Broadway musical “Tootsie” is making its way to Atlanta, taking over the Fox Theatre for six days in late Jan. after being twice-delayed. Based on the 1982 hit movie with Dustin Hoffman in the title role, a struggling actor who has burned a few bridges and adopts the identity of a woman in order to get a job. Things get complicated when he finds himself caught between a female friend and lover, an actress he falls for whose father fancies him, and a needy male co-star. Originally, the plot involved a daytime soap opera, but a musical play is the setting for this adaptation. Music and lyrics are by David Yazbek, composer of “The Full Monty,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and winner of two Drama Desk awards for “Tootsie” in 2019. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up due to occasional adult utterances.
$38-166. Tue., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 28, 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 2:00 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 8:00 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 30, 1:00 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. foxtheatre.org @TheFoxTheatre
The Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery film, Johns CreekHigh School — A small cemetery in Johns Creek is where a number of slaves and their descendants, all farm workers, are known to be buried. The Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery was neglected for decades but is now being restored, with 14 headstones and several footstones already repaired and reset; the Johns Creek Historical Society has embarked on a mission to identify many of those left in unmarked graves. A four-part documentary about the site’s long history and its restoration, funded by a Georgia Humanities grant, has been produced by local students and is being screened to the public.
Free. Thu., Jan. 27, 5:00 p.m.; Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. johnscreekhistory.org @SLJohnsCreek
Tentacle Tribe, Marietta Dance Theater — The Montreal-based dance company Tentacle Tribe is bringing its original production of “Ghost” to Atlanta in Jan. in a presentation of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance. “This new work combines elements of contemporary dance, street dance, and martial arts in a physical score that echoes the subtle pulse of respiration,” the official blurb says. Tentacle Tribe is a Swedish-Canadian creative alliance between choreographers Elon Höglund and Emmanuelle Lê Phan. The shows take place on campus at the Marietta Dance Theater, the only venue in Georgia constructed explicitly to provide the technical and performance requirements of the art.
$15 - 20. 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 29, 8:00 p.m. Marietta Dance Theater, 860 Rossbacher Way, Marietta, 30060 arts.kennesaw.edu @kennesawstate