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Wednesday January 15, 2014 07:57 am EST

  • Andrew Alexander
  • WHITE NOISE: The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is currently exhibiting Rutherford Chang's installation "We Buy White Albums."



A newly installed sign above the front door of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center may come as a surprise to visitors over the next few months. Its bright red neon letters spell out: WE BUY WHITE ALBUMS.

The sign is part of an installation by New...

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Friday January 10, 2014 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy the artist
  • Ally White, "Brown-Banged," 2013



I'm going to be honest here, y'all: Friends of mine are exhibiting at MINT's first annual Live Amateurs, which opens with a reception Saturday night. Good news! These friends are really talented. But ignore them. Juried by Craig Drennen, the exhibit collects "the work of 55 of the most exciting emerging artists currently living and...

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Thursday January 9, 2014 04:01 am EST
Finding the myriad meanings in this year's theme, Race | more...

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Thursday January 9, 2014 04:00 am EST
Third Place | more...

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Thursday January 9, 2014 04:00 am EST
First Place | more...

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Thursday January 9, 2014 04:00 am EST
Second Place | more...

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Wednesday January 8, 2014 07:48 am EST

  • Andrew Alexander

If there were a media list of "Atlanta artists most likely to be included on a lot of media lists this year," playwright Topher Payne would definitely be on it. We're only about a week in, and he's already got a pretty good start. Payne is, of course, the cover star of Creative Loafing's 20 People to Watch in 2014 issue, and his new play The Only Light in Reno, opening...

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Tuesday January 7, 2014 03:34 pm EST



Poor Evander. Last time the former heavyweight boxing champ was in the news, it was over the bank auctioning off his former 109-room Fayetteville home last November after he lost it to foreclosure in 2012.

So now, besides being in debt over unpaid back taxes, alimony and child-support, according to the New York Times, he's all over the Internet looking like neanderthal man this week...

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Friday January 3, 2014 09:00 am EST



Here are some questions: "Have you ever started talking? Have you ever stopped? Do you find yourself in a constant state of rational paralysis?" And here is the WonderRoot show these questions describe: Without Knowing, by Erin Palovick and Jared Christopher, which is closing Friday with the whole thing (starting at 7 p.m.) - including live music and an artist talk, which is also being called...

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Wednesday January 1, 2014 08:14 am EST


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4. Topher Payne's Only Light in Reno, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, January 9-26
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1. Gyun Hur's A System of Interiority at Get This! Gallery, January 4-February 15
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Wednesday December 25, 2013 07:51 am EST

Critics can't see everything, but with a little effort, they can come pretty close. I undoubtedly missed some important work, but I believe I saw much of what was presented in Atlanta this year across the arts.

Like many arts writers during the holidays, I've been asked to write several "Top Ten" and "Best of" and "Year in Review" lists for various publications. But the following list is...

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Friday December 20, 2013 09:00 am EST



I really tried to avoid cliches about the season, dear readers. Really. And yet: The next in "a continuing series of winter-defying aural festivities," Respite from the Cold self-markets simultaneously as cozy and cuddly and gently psychedelic. The night will be full of music from Hopi Torvald, Nomen Novum, Moth Manos, Box Elder, Snowbride, Grant Evans, Motion Sickness of Time Travel, and...

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Wednesday December 18, 2013 07:34 am EST

  • Ken Howard/The Metropolitan Opera
  • DELICIOUS DISH: When he's not whipping up a mean risotto, baritone Ambrogio Maestri is performing the lead role in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Falstaff." Atlanta audiences can see him do both when the Met re-broadcasts last Saturday's Live in HD performance to movie theaters tonight, Wednesday, December 18.

Audience members always leave a Met...

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Monday December 16, 2013 04:00 am EST
Atlanta Lyric Theatre reunites for an Atlanta holiday tradition | more...

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Friday December 13, 2013 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
  • Trine Søndergaard, "Monochrome Portrait #12, #30, #9" (from left), 2009 Digital C-Print, 23.62x23.63 in.



Trine Søndergaard's Monochrome Portraits are exactly what they sound like - a simplicity that doesn't dilute their effect. Many of the figures are posed in cliche half-turns, faces half-hidden by shoulders or hair or backs, but they seem to have...

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Thursday December 12, 2013 04:02 am EST
How to stay classy at the cinema this holiday season | more...

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Wednesday December 11, 2013 08:00 am EST



The weather has been pretty miserable lately, but we nonetheless had some fun outdoors when we happened upon the Zachary Coffin piece Rockspinner, a public artwork that was recently installed at the corner of 10th and Peachtree. The Midtown Alliance has leased the work, consisting of a ten ton granite boulder from the Nevada mountains attached to a spinning base, from the Atlanta-based artist...

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Tuesday December 10, 2013 04:00 am EST
Georgia State seniors live and exhibit in the space | more...

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Friday December 6, 2013 09:00 am EST


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Beep Beep's third annual group show, involving a lot of triangles and a lot of sizes and a lot of artists, has returned. Here's what last year's show looked like. The future is pointed. Anything is possible. Includes work by Allen Taylor, Ashley Anderson, EMER, Mike Germon, Metatronic, Rachel Berstein, and many, many others. Opens at 7 p.m.

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Wednesday December 4, 2013 08:12 am EST

  • Andrew Alexander
  • CHRISTMAS COVER: Dancer Erik Thurmond recently showcased a work-in-progress in the studios of the Atlanta Ballet. His new show "Two" with Mary Grace Phillips is one of several performances this weekend that have nothing to do with Christmas.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against Rudolph, the Nutcracker or Tiny Tim. But for those of us who enjoy live performances and...

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Wednesday December 4, 2013 04:00 am EST
A local artist's appropriation of another artist's work raises questions about the line between fair use and plagiarism | more...

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Monday December 2, 2013 04:00 am EST
The local author's third books collects his recent essays | more...

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Friday November 29, 2013 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy Vinson Art
  • Wreckless Eric, "Kodak #2", acrylic on board, 24x24 in.



There are two things I like about Wreckless Eric's first solo show, at Upstairs and to the Left. One is the location, because not enough art shows, I find, are held above pubs. Also the show's title, Paintings by an Antique English Pop Musician, which has a delicious precociousness piled atop an obvious entendre -...

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Wednesday November 27, 2013 07:30 am EST

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  • "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks, about 1833.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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I've always loved this 1833 painting by Edward Hicks entitled "The Peaceable Kingdom," and it always puts me in mind of Thanksgiving. The painter originally apprenticed as a painter of horse-drawn coaches in early American rural...

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Tuesday November 26, 2013 04:00 am EST
The prolific short-story writer delivers an admirable first novel | more...

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Monday November 25, 2013 04:00 am EST
The current renovations should be finished in April of next year | more...

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Friday November 22, 2013 09:00 am EST

  • Courtesy Macey Ley
  • Macey Ley, "All the Places I've Never Been and Some I Have (One-Person Room Series)," 2013, 108x36x36 in.



Why Things Fall, at Further Art, is about why things fall. Admire the polarity of this self-explanation: the exhibit shows how "rules of gravity and of society play primary roles in each of the works on display." Or, as artist Macey Ley explained to me, "Each of our...

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Wednesday November 20, 2013 08:06 am EST

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  • NEW SHELL: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of British composer Benjamin Britten with a performance of Arvo Pärt's "cantus in memory of benjamin britten" this weekend. Pictured above is the stainless steel sculpture "The Scallop" by artist Maggi Hambling, which is dedicated to Britten and stands...
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Monday November 18, 2013 04:00 am EST
Posing Beauty exhibit considers black beauty in America from all angles | more...

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Friday November 15, 2013 09:00 am EST

FRIDAY

  • Courtesy One Twelve Gallery
  • Diana Prescott Sandrini, "Headlight Scooter"



How do you feel about charcoal drawings? Diana Prescott Sandrini has a whole series of them to show off, in her new exhibit at One Twelve Gallery called Love and Ping Ping, which opens tonight from 7-9. I find the pieces delightful in a way that feels simultaneously basic and dynamic - like, I could do that...

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Thursday November 14, 2013 04:00 am EST
The founders of the new indie lit festival are hoping to create an annual tradition | more...

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Thursday November 14, 2013 04:00 am EST
The Actor's Express production balances surface and depth | more...

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Thursday November 14, 2013 04:00 am EST
Playwright Kenneth Lin lives up to Alliance Theatre's vote of confidence | more...

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Wednesday November 13, 2013 07:28 am EST

  • Courtesy Laurent Grasso/SCAD
  • EAGLE-EYE: A still from the 2009 video "On Air" by Paris-based artist Laurent Grasso, currently on exhibit at SCAD's Trois Gallery.

The installation of works by Paris-based artist Laurent Grasso, currently at SCAD-Atlanta's Trois Gallery through January 3, centers on a large projection of high-definition video of a falcon fitted with a camera flying over remote...

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Friday November 8, 2013 09:00 am EST

  • Bobbi Jo Brooks Photography.
  • Helen Hale in "Sanity Ceremonies"



This weekend is your last chance to learn way too much about choreographer and dancer Helen Hale. Her one-woman show, Sanity Ceremonies, is a multimedia exploration of fundamental artistic questions. Where does she come from? "Of what mettle am I made?" Ceremonies looks for answers, marrying dance, video animation, costuming,...

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Thursday November 7, 2013 04:00 am EST
Artists begin life as outsiders. Then they learn the rules. | more...

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Thursday November 7, 2013 04:00 am EST
Five questions about the artist Lonnie Holley | more...

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Thursday November 7, 2013 04:00 am EST
Looking at drag culture through the controversial portraits of Legendary Children | more...

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Thursday November 7, 2013 04:00 am EST
Could the next big destination for Atlanta's arts scene be in the suburbs? | more...

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Thursday November 7, 2013 04:00 am EST
The 2013 Arts Issue | more...

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Wednesday November 6, 2013 07:45 am EST

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  • GREAT BRITTEN: Tenor Nicholas Phan will sing the work of composer Benjamin Britten this Saturday night at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The relationship between composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears is one of the great love stories of the 20th century. It...

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Friday November 1, 2013 09:00 am EDT

  • SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY
  • Pam Longobardi



Hudgens Prize winner Pam Longobardi exhibits ENDLESS at Sandler Hudson Gallery. Her sculptural work, made primarily from "vagrant plastic removed from the ocean, sea caves and beaches of the world," will be exhibited alongside recent paintings and works on paper. An opening reception will be begin at Fri., Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. More details at Sandler...

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Thursday October 31, 2013 04:00 am EDT
The one-woman monologue is being performed at homes around the city | more...

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Wednesday October 30, 2013 07:36 am EDT

  • Gadi Dagon
  • ROOM WITH A VIEW: Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor will perform "Two Room Apartment" at Atlanta's Goat Farm Arts Center from November 1-3.

"Revival" isn't a word one typically associates with contemporary dance. But Israeli performers Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor have recreated the seminal 1987 work "Two Room Apartment," which helped put Israeli dance on the map. The pair meticulously...

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Wednesday October 30, 2013 04:00 am EDT
Author John McMillian puts a new spin on an age-old debate | more...

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Tuesday October 29, 2013 04:00 am EDT
Helen Hale's solo performance explores the practices that keep us sane | more...

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Friday October 25, 2013 09:00 am EDT



Excluding the expert designistas among us, you probably won't immediately recognize the name Paul Rand. But you almost certainly know his work: Rand is the eye behind logos for IBM, ABC, UPS, and more. In a new exhibit at MODA, Defining Design lays out the arc of Rand's career and examines the design principles that would come to influence not just a generation of graphic designers, but a...

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Thursday October 24, 2013 04:00 am EDT
A tip of the hat - and head - to Serenbe's Sleepy Hollow adaptation | more...

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Wednesday October 23, 2013 08:45 am EDT

Last year, National Opera Week had a ton of cool events all over the country and a snazzy kick-off message from none other than Aretha Franklin herself. So far this year, there's just a web page telling companies how to submit an event and a link to last year's message from the Queen of Soul. Well, whatever. I'm still totally celebrating, and everyone's invited.

National Opera Week is October...

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Tuesday October 22, 2013 04:00 am EDT
Chuck Reece and Dave Whitling set the record straight with new Southern-themed website | more...