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Tuesday May 20, 2014 02:25 pm EDT

  • © 2013 Shepard Fairey
  • GREAT MILEAGE: The work of Shephard Fairey will be paired with the work of fellow artist (and former South Carolinian) Jasper Johns, one of many events and exhibitions planned during Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA.

As everyone knows now, Charleston has plenty of Southern charm, but the city is actually never more charming than during Spoleto, the massive summer...

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Friday May 16, 2014 09:00 am EDT




The Atllanta Ballet's season-closing MAYhem premieres this weekend, featuring a ballet's bouquet of first and lasts. (The ballet more simply declares it "a no holds barred explosion of creativity and energy.") MAYhem will see the world premiere of Three, by Artistic Director John McFall (his first in five years); the final performance by 19-year Company veteran Christine Winkler; an encore...

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Thursday May 15, 2014 04:00 am EDT
We're seeing double at the cinema this summer | more...

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Tuesday May 13, 2014 11:15 am EDT

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  • RADIO DAYS: City Café Host John Lemley will play the role of "Radio Announcer" in the play "End of the Rainbow" at Actor's Express opening this weekend.

John Lemley, the velvet-voiced host of WABE 90.1's City Café, is getting ready to announce some big news about Judy Garland.

No, the popular radio host hasn't lost his mind. Lemley will...

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Friday May 9, 2014 09:00 am EDT

  • Courtesy Mason Murer
  • LeeAnna Repass



Mason Murer is turning 10 and Stephen Bach, Dennis Campay, Babak Emanuel, William Entrekin, Barbara Fisher, Carl Holzman, Patrick Johnson, Mia Merlin, Steve Morrison, Virginia Parker, Isaac Payne, William Mize, LeeAnna Repass, and Sally Tharp are coming to celebrate. Owner Mark Karleson said the last decade has seen massive change in the local art...

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Wednesday May 7, 2014 10:14 am EDT

  • Photo by Salome Gvelesiani/ Courtesy Everything Georgian Inc.
  • GEORGIA ON MY MIND: The Georgian Cultural Festival celebrates the culture and history of Georgia.

Visitors who show up at the Georgian Cultural Festival in John Howell Park in Virginia-Highland this weekend expecting peaches, peanuts and Coca-Cola are in for a bit of a shock. The outdoor festival offering "Everything Georgian"...

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Friday May 2, 2014 09:00 am EDT

  • Courtesy Kibbee Gallery
  • Rich Gere



Rich Gere is a printmaker, by trade but his career is shadowed by a second, three-dimensional body of work. These are the pieces he'll be exhibiting in Power Failure, opening at Kibbee on Saturday - found object-y sculptures; an audio installation; a lot of flashlights. "They really underlyingly investigate how we manage power while we are on the planet...

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Thursday May 1, 2014 04:05 am EDT
Why local performance groups are ditching the theater for parks, cars, and warehouses | more...

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Wednesday April 30, 2014 10:28 am EDT

A monthly listing of critic Andrew Alexander's picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

1. Kongo Across the Waters, a major traveling exhibition of objects from the Royal Museum for Central Africa at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, May 15 - September 21.
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Friday April 25, 2014 09:00 am EDT

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  • Kellie Romany



Kellie Romany will lead an "informal" talk appended to her von Luschan series of recent paintings at the Stan McCollum Gallery, which closes May 10. Romany is an abstractivist (or, if you prefer the compound, an abstract materialist) but she isn't apolitical: her paintings, marked by signature drips and texture, incorporate social and gendered...

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Wednesday April 23, 2014 10:03 am EDT
I've loved the work of author and illustrator Edward Gorey ever since I first saw the animated versions of his famous pen-and-ink drawings in the opening credits of PBS's Mystery! series way back in the day. It's one of the reasons I'm so curious about the performance of the Trey McIntyre Project dance company this Saturday evening, April 26, at Atlanta's Rialto Center for the Arts. With the... | more...

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Friday April 18, 2014 09:00 am EDT

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  • Lydia Anne McCarthy



Lydia Anne McCarthy's I Will Be the Void has its reception at Twin Kittens, in the middle of its months-long exhibition. "Working in color and experimenting with repetition, multiple exposure and light, I remove my subjects from their original context and exploit the idea that photography may be able to capture a world we cannot readily see with our...

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 10:40 am EDT



Terminus, the new production from Atlanta-based theater company Saiah, opens today at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur. The work is an immersive theatrical experience set during the Civil War that allows viewers to choose one of three paths through the story.

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Saiah is the company behind 2012's Rua | Wülf at the Goat Farm Arts Center which Creative...

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Friday April 11, 2014 09:00 am EDT


  • CHARLIE MCCULLERS
  • Emily Cook in "Hamlet"



Old story, new tricks: The Atlanta Ballet will perform Shakespeare's Hamlet this weekend at the Cobb Energy Centre after a 10-year hiatus. The show is choreographed by Stephen Mills in a blend of classicism and the contemporary; the show is scored by Philip Glass with an obvious blend of the same. The show is also subtitled "an evening to die...

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Wednesday April 9, 2014 11:42 am EDT

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  • SUGARBAKER AND ASSOCIATES: Atlanta playwright and Osborn winner Topher Payne (lower right) plays Julia Sugarbaker in "Designing Women Live." The popular fundraising event at OnStage Atlanta also stars Johnny Drago as Mary Jo, Tony Smithey as Charlene, and DeWayne Morgan as Suzanne.



Well, I declare. Only in Atlanta...

Onstage Atlanta had to...

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Tuesday April 8, 2014 12:00 pm EDT
Photographer goes through the looking-glass | more...

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Tuesday April 8, 2014 09:00 am EDT

  • Charlie McCullers
  • TO BALLET OR NOT: Atlanta Ballet's performance of Shakespeare's classic Hamlet will take on an otherworldly style



This weekend, the Atlanta Ballet takes on the tragic story of Hamlet set to the otherworldly, brooding music of Philip Glass at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from April 11-13. We caught up with music director and conductor of the Pennsylvania Ballet...

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Friday April 4, 2014 11:43 am EDT

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  • Micah and Whitney Stansell, still from "Scarlet Air," 2014



Georgia natives Micah and Whitney Stansell's Scarlet Air opens for the month at whitespace, with a reception from 7-10 p.m. The Stansell's focus isn't - they embrace plurality in multimedia, having produced sculptures, paintings, video and more. Scarlet Air combines audio, film and video stills to trace the...

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Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:20 am EDT

A monthly listing of art critic Andrew Alexander's picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

5. gloATL performs at Howard Finster's Paradise Garden (Free bus with suggested donation departs from the Goat Farm Arts Center at 3pm), Saturday, April 5
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4. Paris Crayton III's The Best Game continues at Porter...

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Friday March 28, 2014 10:55 am EDT

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  • Greg Mike, "Organized Chaos," acrylic on canvas, 58x46 in.



Artist, designer, and ABV gallery owner Greg Mike has a new show opening: Heavy Mental is "by far his most personal and vivid collection of work to date" (according to the event itself). And also: "Heavy Metal is alive. The pieces breathe and seethe, they scream out with emotion and invention, barreling forward...

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Friday March 21, 2014 10:19 am EDT



Mammal Gallery opens Sapere Aude, in partnership with the N.E.M. art collective and Ex Somnium, both about which you should probably know nothing before attending the show. "So much of this requires a kind of element of mystery and having an audience who is trying to experience the pieces with no preconceived notions," says Ex Somnium Artistic Director Timothy A. Hand. "However, what I can...

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Wednesday March 19, 2014 12:57 pm EDT

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Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee is currently in the process of choreographing her fourth work for the company, which has been changing its focus in recent years to present more new works by contemporary choreographers. Her latest piece the authors will appear in a mixed program, Modern Choreographic Voices, at the Cobb Energy Center from March 21-23, also featuring work...

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Monday March 17, 2014 11:00 am EDT
Mike Stasny and Maggie Ginestra are orchestrate a perfect storm of restaurant, bar, and art gallery | more...

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Friday March 14, 2014 09:00 am EDT
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Thursday March 13, 2014 01:53 pm EDT

  • Courtesy ASO
  • FACE/OFF: Donald Runnicles and Robert Spano team up to play piano transcriptions of "La Valse" and "Rite of Spring" this weekend.

It's been a long, tough winter, and we've all been cooped up inside for what seems like ages. But finally the sun is starting to come out a bit more, it's getting warmer, and everyone can step outside again at last. In other words, it's the perfect...

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Thursday March 13, 2014 04:00 am EDT
How a free open mic night, on Mondays, in a Little Five Points rock 'n' roll dive, became the most respected and least predictable regular comedy gig in Atlanta | more...

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Tuesday March 11, 2014 10:00 am EDT
Fashion and drama converge at the Goat Farm for So Coco"" | more...

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Monday March 10, 2014 10:00 am EDT
Curating and participating in the new exhibition The Brightness | more...

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Friday March 7, 2014 03:54 pm EST

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  • Left: Erin Palovick. Right: Jared Kelley



Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, at MINT, you are invited to relax. The relaxing part is actually very important for Zzz zzz zzz zzz zzz, a collaboration between Jared Kelley and Erin Palovick. Palovick told me, "We've collaborated with musicians, poets, visual artists and performers, herbalists and dancers to cultivate a night of...

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Wednesday March 5, 2014 02:07 pm EST

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  • From "A Walk in The Valley" by Ruth Stanford

The incompetent and short-sighted decision by Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp to censor artwork for the opening of the new Zuckerman Museum was disheartening beyond words. With a single action, he turned what was to be a hopeful, exciting, celebratory occasion into a dreary...

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Tuesday March 4, 2014 10:00 am EST
Barrier breaking artist breathes fire into Gounod's classic | more...

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Monday March 3, 2014 09:33 am EST
7 Stages and KSU present a hallucinatory interpretation of the classic Civil War novel | more...

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Friday February 28, 2014 12:39 pm EST

  • Dustin Chambers



Tomorrow night the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art will open its doors with a Grand Opening celebration. The featured exhibit, See Through Walls, was planning on featuring work by 14 local and national artists that explored concepts of space and location. That number has dropped to 13 now that the work of Ruth Stanford has been removed.

Stanford, Atlanta artist and...

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Friday February 28, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Dustin Chambers
  • Zuckerman Museum of Art



Kennesaw State's $3 million, 9,200-square-foot "jewel," the Zuckerman Museum of Art (so-named for Dalton Carpet exec Bernie Zuckerman), is opening Saturday with a performance-filled evening - two years after its announcement and almost 18 months of construction. "When we started thinking about an opening, what emerged was not only to highlight...

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Wednesday February 26, 2014 12:33 pm EST

A monthly listing of art critic Andrew Alexander's picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

5. Kennesaw State University's Zuckerman Museum of Art opens March 1
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4. Sanford Biggers' Shuffle, Shake and Shatter at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts, March 28...

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Friday February 21, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy Arnika Gallery
  • Allen Cooley, "Deconstructed #2"



SCAD professor Allen Cooley will open Courtney: A Visual Depiction of a Love I Don't Completely Understand at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery this Friday, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. (and an artist talk in the middle, at 7:15 p.m.). Cooley is a noted magazine photographer, having shot for Essence, Jet, and others, though this...

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Wednesday February 19, 2014 03:47 pm EST


Legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013) will get a cinematic tribute at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Fri., Feb. 21, beginning at 8 p.m.

Film Love curator Andy Ditzler will project several of the films Andy Warhol made of Reed and the Velvet Underground. The idea, Ditzler says, is to recreate an environment similar to the one in which the films originally screened. "It won't be a...

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Friday February 14, 2014 09:28 am EST

  • Courtesy MINT
  • Left: An outfit Alessandra Hoshor will be wearing for her performance piece. Right: portrait by Austin Power



"Technology today allows an unprecedented kind of user experience. Anyone can be a content creator." This is how curator Chanel Kim explains Steal This Bike, which opens this weekend at MINT. "The title is directly a reference to copyright - think metaphor for the...

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Wednesday February 12, 2014 11:11 am EST

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  • BLOOM'S DAY: Orlando Bloom recently played Romeo opposite Condola Rashad as Juliet in a Broadway production of "Romeo and Juliet." Atlantans will have the chance to check it out when the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens a filmed version of the show Feb. 13 and 16. It's just one of several opportunities this Valentine's weekend to see...
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Monday February 10, 2014 04:00 am EST
Alliance Theatre's award-winning comedy goes for laughs at the expense of insight | more...

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Friday February 7, 2014 09:00 am EST

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  • Kevin Byrd, detail



What is COSMS? I don't know. Well that's not quite true. I do know it's being put on by Dashboard Co-op and that it includes Andre Keichian, Paper Frank, Zopi Kristjanson, Martha Whittington, Lindsey Wolkowicz, Elizabeth Riley, and more. They're 12 new artists "that are killing it in their respective fields or media," according to Dashboard's...

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Wednesday February 5, 2014 09:00 am EST


Even though I don't follow sports, it was exciting to hear a few weeks ago that Renée Fleming would be participating in something called the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was even more exciting to wake up Monday morning and find out that she totally won! Congrats, Renée! Haters gonna hate, but she truly is the people's diva.

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Friday January 31, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Heather Hendricks
  • Stefani Byrd and Wes Eastin, "No One Is As Cruel, As All Of Us"



Last year's Art Papers auction, featuring dozens and dozens of works of art (plus hors d'oeuvre), looked like this. What will this year's event, the 15th, look like at Mason Murer Fine Art? More of the same, plus more - the 2014 auction includes 250-plus artists. Proceeds benefit Art Papers' programming....

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Wednesday January 29, 2014 04:01 pm EST

A monthly listing of art critic Andrew Alexander's picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

5. True Colors Theatre Company presents David Mamet's Race, Feb 25 - March 23
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4. Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory presents Shakespeare's R & J, Feb 13-March 3...

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Tuesday January 28, 2014 04:00 am EST
Rialto's dance biennial returns to Downtown | more...

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Friday January 24, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy C4
  • Robert Sherer, "Still Life Arrangements"



C4 Atlanta's show Triage (juried by Stuart Shapiro, Louise Shaw, and CL's Wyatt Williams) tackles "broad issues of health and wellness, exploring its presence or absence." That theme emerged from Arts Health Day 2013, a collaboration between C4, WonderRoot, and Alternate ROOTS. The show is "all-media" and the list of 14 artists isn't...

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Wednesday January 22, 2014 02:59 pm EST




  • Welcome to my humble abode.

It's a proven fact that mansions suck: They suck up utilities. They suck up maintenance. They suck up cash. But that hasn't stopped nouveau riche rappers and boxers from swapping money pits like celebrity arm candy.

The latest boxer-turned-rapper-owned mansion could belong to none other than Ricky Rozay, aka Rick Ross "the Bawse," who may have recently...

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Wednesday January 22, 2014 04:00 am EST
Publishing industry Goliath's epic battles with detractors throw monkey wrench in his own pop theory | more...

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Monday January 20, 2014 10:47 am EST

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  • SING TO ME, O, MUSE: Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will participate in a live reading of Homer's Odyssey this weekend. The free event takes place over three days, January 24-26, at Emory's Carlos Museum to celebrate the work of artist Romare Bearden.

Some well-known Atlanta civic leaders, media personalities and performers and will get their muse on this weekend...

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Friday January 17, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy New African Grove Theatre Company
  • James Womack, left, and Keith Franklin



The New African Grove Theatre Company will produce the Atlanta premiere of Gus Edwards' Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking at the Southwest Arts Center; it's your first weekend to see it. Its main characters, Henry and Abe "sit somewhat bewildered by the world in front of them, by the news, the...

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