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Tuesday October 12, 2010 03:00 pm EDT
Joe Knezevich soldiers on through the production with a standout performance as Odysseus | more...

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Monday October 11, 2010 02:15 pm EDT



Dave Stone is disarmingly hilarious. The Atlanta-based comic who looks like a trucker and thinks like a scholar is officially about to blow up; though his act includes several food-related jokes, I meant "blow up" professionally, not physically. Performing regularly from Georgia and anywhere else in between both coasts, Stone is garnering a lot of national attention. He also lends his comedic...

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Monday October 11, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Johnson delivers the Atlanta Queer Lit Fest's keynote address Sat., Oct. 15 | more...

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Friday October 8, 2010 10:47 am EDT

  • Joeff Davis


Lauri Stallings and Big Boi make a Best of Atlanta awesome sandwich in Woodruff Park, MOCA GA and The Contemporary open exhibitions, and multiple meanings of ACP are explored. More details after the jump.

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Friday October 8, 2010 08:00 am EDT

  • Andrew Alexander
  • The Atlanta Ballet warms up to give a preview of "Moulin Rouge" in a studio at its new headquarters.



Atlanta got its first glimpse of the Atlanta Ballet's new production of “Moulin Rouge” yesterday at a preview party at the company's new headquarters on Marietta Boulevard in west Atlanta. It's the first show to be rehearsed in the Ballet's new space, which is happy news...

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Friday October 8, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Infinite Moments at the ACA Gallery of SCAD is an exquisite and tightly curated exhibit | more...

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Thursday October 7, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
A photo essay of festival winners and other favorites that captured the spirit of city | more...

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Thursday October 7, 2010 10:15 am EDT



When there’s something strange in Atlanta art, who ya gonna call? Well, local artist Dave Cook is often the culprit when it comes to comical depictions of zombies, ghosts, rollergirls and the like. His latest show opened Oct. 5 as part of the Plaza Theatre’s Art Opening and a Movie series, with appearances by Atlanta Rollergirls, zombies, pinup girls and a screening of the 1984 horror comedy...

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Thursday October 7, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Online Media Assistant Bobby Feingold found the French to be a bit testy | more...

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Wednesday October 6, 2010 01:01 pm EDT



Unless you've been hiding out with former University AD Damon Evans for the past five weeks, you're well aware that the Georgia Bulldogs football team isn't playing very well.

The Dawgs are 1-4 so far this season—their worst start since 1993—and Bulldog Nation is less than pleased.

Everyone from the AJC's Mark Bradley and Jeff Schultz to this guy has shared their opinion on why the Georgia...

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Tuesday October 5, 2010 08:00 am EDT
Evenly Yoked at Spelman Museum of Fine Art | more...

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Tuesday October 5, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Send us a vacation snapshot to win a pair of Taste of Charleston tickets | more...

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Tuesday October 5, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Eric Jordan Young taps Sammy Davis Jr. and Adrienne Reynolds, Bessie Smith for two current productions | more...

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Monday October 4, 2010 01:30 pm EDT



Josh Harris's comedic range is as wide as his resume is impressive. That's why the Atlanta native, who has been a fixture on the local scene for a few years, is rapidly becoming "one to watch" on the national scene. Combining frat-boy silliness with a trap-star mentality, Harris delivers his cleverly written punchlines with a raw energy that takes over the room. One of the few local comics...

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Friday October 1, 2010 01:08 pm EDT



Today's guest on Another Comedy Podcast is urban comedy's cult-legend, Honest John. In town all weekend to perform at Uptown Comedy Corner, John stopped by to talk about how he became a favorite in the black-comedy community, why just a little bit of marijuana before a show helps his performance, and how his master's degree in psychology plays into his art.

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Friday October 1, 2010 09:00 am EDT

  • Lima Lives at Flux 2010


Graphic designers take to the Goat Farm, John Q returns with documents at MOCA GA, and one hell of a public art party goes down in Castleberry Hill. Try to pace yourself this weekend, Atlanta. Details after the jump.

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Wednesday September 29, 2010 01:58 pm EDT

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I'm not one who has ever been a big proponent—or even a passive onlooker—of reality television.

The idea that otherwise nondescript people could somehow offer an alternative and illuminating perspective on life simply by carrying out their everyday, mundane routine seems...

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Tuesday September 28, 2010 03:52 pm EDT

If you're like me, then you get really excited about something when food's involved.

Lucky for us, two events this week pair food and art. Tonight, the UH-mazing chef Linton Hopkins is partnering with local author Susan Rebecca White and creating a Southern feast at Restaurant Eugene. White, the author of Bound South and, most recently, A Soft Place to Land, will be at the table for an...

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Tuesday September 28, 2010 11:23 am EDT



Whether the key to a long life is laughter or medicine, comedian and doctor, Lavar Walker, can take care of you. That's right - the man known for doing the best T.I. impression in America also has a doctorate degree in pharmacy. His dynamic combination of book and street smarts have made Walker one of the most sought-after performers working the urban circuit today. Fortunately for Atlanta's...

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Monday September 27, 2010 01:38 pm EDT

For those of you who have been living under a rock (or OTP. Same diff'), last month's Living Walls street art and urbanism conference brought together dozens local and international artists and thinkers to pour out murals on our city streets and spout off lectures about the changing urban landscape and art's place in it. It was pretty rad.

While the main event was over a month ago, the party...

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Monday September 27, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
Margaret Baldwin's play succeeds with familiar material | more...

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Friday September 24, 2010 12:59 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



The iconic Dom Irrera is in town performing at the Punchline this weekend. Today he stopped by Another Comedy Podcast to share his secrets to a long career in comedy, explain his lack of motivation to do anything else, and also talk Mike Vick (he's an Eagles fan).

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Friday September 24, 2010 11:55 am EDT

  • Iain MacArthur



Free museum tickets for everyone! Free museum tickets for everyone! The Smithsonian drops Museum Day amongst a busy weekend for the arts in Atlanta. More details after the jump.

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Thursday September 23, 2010 03:47 pm EDT



Comedian Pierre helped make being light-skinned cool all throughout the '90s. He took some time away from the industry, moved to Atlanta, and is now ready to stage a comeback. He visited Another Comedy Podcast today to talk about his new book, "My 100 Homies & Phonies of Hollywood," tell us the real reason he moved to Atlanta, and prove what a terrible speller he is.

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Wednesday September 22, 2010 12:49 pm EDT

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Drafted number one overall in the 2001 NFL Draft, Vick quickly became the city's most recognizable athlete thanks to his thrilling play on the field and his...

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Tuesday September 21, 2010 11:33 am EDT

The Atlanta Braves' away game last night versus the Philadelphia Phillies was interrupted during the seventh inning when a fan wearing a red bodysuit and mask stormed the field.

Stadium officials gave chase but couldn't catch up to the imaginative character. Luckily, Braves outfield Matt Diaz knew how to gracefully put an end to the madness.

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Friday September 17, 2010 04:01 pm EDT

TheatreSouth Atlanta become a resident theater company at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center, which includes both a 500-seat mainstage and a 150-seat black box theater. Founded in 2007 by Herman LaVern Jones, TheatreSouth has announced its line-up through the December holidays:

Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Sep. 23-Oct 10). A touring production from Lamman Rucker's...

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Friday September 17, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Comedian Donnell Rawlings, best known for his role as Ashy Larry on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show," is in town performing at the Funny Farm all weekend. Today he stopped by Creative Loafing's Another Comedy Podcast to explain the meaning of his newly-trademarked acronym T.I.T.F, try to get me in trouble with the N-word, and recall the time a gay heckler almost ruined his career. | more...

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Friday September 17, 2010 10:41 am EDT

  • Michael Oliveri



Shipping containers become a pop-up gallery on Krog St. this weekend while the Westside Arts District packs in a schedule of speakers. More after the jump.

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Friday September 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
The Alliance Theatre's Twist, a riff on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, bears the subtitle An American Musical. This could be to readily distinguish the new play from Oliver!, the beloved British musical which stormed stage and screen in the 1960s. Director/choreographer Debbie Allen, book writer William F. Brown, and Grammy-winning lyricist Tena Clark, who co-wrote the music with Gary Prim,... | more...

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Wednesday September 15, 2010 01:13 pm EDT

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The 2010 college football season is now underway, but it isn't electrifying touchdowns or bone-jarring tackles that has fans talking, coaches complaining and players watching their collective backs.

No, the most talked about storyline of this year's college football season has been the one thing that the players aren't allowed to have, but somehow always seem to get: Money.

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Tuesday September 14, 2010 02:14 pm EDT

  • Brittany Parris
  • Jeremy Abernathy, founder of BURNAWAY

The future of arts writing in Atlanta just got a lot rosier. Our friends at BURNAWAY and ArtsCriticATL as well as veteran critic Jerry Cullum were just named recipients of $30,000 grants from a brand new arts foundation, Possible Futures.

The foundation is yet another project from Louis Corrigan, best known as the founder of Flux...

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Tuesday September 14, 2010 08:00 am EDT
Staibdance performs with Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom at Emory Sept. 23-25 | more...

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Monday September 13, 2010 02:22 pm EDT



Gilbert Lawand is a likeably odd mix of things. Born in Iraq and raised in Warm Springs, Georgia, he is a comedian, and an accountant. Despite freelance consulting by day, the oxy-moronic Lawand plays a pivotal role in Atlanta's comedy scene at night. He runs the Comedy Gold room out of the Landmark Diner in Buckhead every Friday and Saturday; he also organizes a monthly Comedy Gold show at...

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Monday September 13, 2010 04:00 am EDT
A pop-up gallery made of 4-ton steel shipping containers? We're not making this up. | more...

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Friday September 10, 2010 11:09 am EDT

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  • Timothy McDowell



New work from some Atlanta's most talented opens this weekend. Ann-Marie Manker, Blake Beckham, and others deliver the goods. More after the jump.

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Wednesday September 8, 2010 01:47 pm EDT

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Although it came as no surprise to yours truly, the Atlanta Braves have relinquished their 99-day reservation atop the National League's Eastern Division—and it doesn't appear that they'll be reclaiming it anytime soon.

The team's ultimate descent can be attributed to a plethora of issues that have, until now, been nullified thanks to the team's overachieving All-Stars and surprisingly...

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Tuesday September 7, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Mapping the Present Just Went By at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center offers a community collage | more...

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Tuesday September 7, 2010 12:56 pm EDT



Karen Hilton is a fixture of Atlanta's underground comedy scene. Years ago, she was simply one of Atlanta's biggest comedy supporters, attending any and every local room around, lending her laughter to the performers. Eventually though, Hilton worked up the moxie to go from the seats in the crowd to spotlight on stage, and it's a good thing she did. After getting her start at the Relapse...

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Friday September 3, 2010 12:00 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



Atlanta, meet the comedic ball of energy that is Eric Andre. On Saturday night he will be headlining at Comedy Gold, but today he came into CL for Another Comedy Podcast where we discussed his lack of acting skills, how black-nerd comedy became a genre, and why he doesn't do dick jokes anymore. Take a ride into the very strange and entertaining fro-hawked mind of Eric Andre....

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Friday September 3, 2010 10:05 am EDT

  • Johnny Waggener


"Experimental Writers" and "Great American Novelists" mix in Decatur while Cornbred gallery serves up ribs and a solo show. Details after the jump.

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Thursday September 2, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Atlanta's no New York - and that's a good thing | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:05 am EDT
Eight of Atlanta's most interesting talents to follow this fall | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Ann-Marie Manker is among the busiest artists in Atlanta. Aside from teaching at SCAD and directing the new Kibbee Gallery, her drawings and paintings showed at the Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle earlier this summer, and are currently on view at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. And all this while she works on a new body of work for Whitespace Gallery called Softcore... | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Best bets for plays, exhibits, film fests and more | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Barely seven months after public arts organization Flux Projects produced its first official event, it's hard to imagine the Atlanta art scene without it. While the recession has forced some arts organizations to cut back, executive director Anne Archer Dennington has helped the Louis Corrigan-founded organization set a new agenda for public art. In doing so, she has assumed an ambitious... | more...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

One of the animating forces behind the early punk scenes in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., was the fact that many of the musicians made almost no distinction between themselves and their audiences. In those DIY days, the musicians were on stage not because they were doing something you couldn't do, but precisely because they were doing something you could — and often did — do.

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Atlanta actress Jill Hames doesn't exactly run away from her stage image as a bubbly wisecracker. She wears a "Cutie Pie" T-shirt to an interview and, whether in person or on Facebook, makes jokes with the frequency of a wacky neighbor on a sitcom. You feel like a laugh track should follow her around.

For years, Hames has proven her musical chops in lighthearted shows ranging from Once Upon a...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

On stage, Kevin Gillese finds it easy to switch into "party guy" mode. The 29-year-old Canadian director, poet and improviser can comfortably portray loud, oblivious, floppy-limbed Will Ferrell types who brim with beery bravado. Off stage, he tries to keep his energies focused and disciplined as Dad's Garage Theatre's new artistic director.

Gillese moved from the wind chill of Edmonton,...

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Thursday September 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT

"The solar annulus is the intact anus of her body at eighteen years to which nothing sufficiently blinding can be compared except the sun, even though the anus is night," reads the last line of Georges Bataille's "The Solar Anus," the surrealist text for which authors Blake Butler, Jamie Iredell, and Amy McDaniel named their upstart reading series in October 2008.

The three writers were...

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Wednesday September 1, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Doomed romances make spectacular theater at Actor's Express | more...

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Tuesday August 31, 2010 11:14 am EDT

  • Whirligig by R.A. Miller and two works of Tramp Art



The term "folk art" gets thrown around too often. It's a broad term, of course, meant to encompass a wide variety of styles and skills and approaches that don't fit comfortably in the canon of western art. Lately though, it brings to mind the imitators cranking out work for the shopping mall style booths at neighborhood festivals,...

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Monday August 30, 2010 01:48 pm EDT



Comedian Patton Smith is a Good ol' boy with a silly side. The always animated, Alabama-born comic has fun on stage mixing it up with well-balanced sets of social satire, spontaneous zaniness and intelligent foolery. Smith tip-toes the line of confident and cocky well, remaining likeable even in sarcasm. In 2008, he won the "Funniest Human in Chattanooga" contest, and he has been making...

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Monday August 30, 2010 12:55 pm EDT



As Georgia State University's inaugural football season approaches, many people—CL included—are still questioning the school's desire to start a football program.

With the increase in student fees and the falsely assumed triviality of collegiate athletics in general, it's easy to understand why current GSU students might not be quite as "football-giddy" as the throngs of alumni anxiously...

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Friday August 27, 2010 12:32 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



John Caparulo is a football-watching, beer-drinking, "man's man" of a comic... who just happens to be on E! A regular on the networks "Chelsea Lately," and an alumnus of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Next Generation," Cap is in town all weekend to headline the Punchline. This morning he stopped by CL for Another Comedy Podcast where we discussed why shitting his pants at age...

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Friday August 27, 2010 09:18 am EDT

  • Nic*Rad and Brock Scott explore dreams at MINT Gallery tonight


Home videos of Basquiat, dreaming boys at MINT Gallery, and subterranean cinema at Eyedrum this weekend. Details after the jump.

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Thursday August 26, 2010 12:22 pm EDT

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  • Falcons linebacker Coy Wire (right) not only brings the hammer on the field, but off it as well

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Coy Wire may look like your prototypical football player.

He's intense, he's built like a fire hydrant and he's bald—not sure whether or...

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Tuesday August 24, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Online Producer Alejandro Leal visits a luxurious South American monastery | more...

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Tuesday August 24, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Paul Mooney brings his politically charged act to the Cobb Energy Centre | more...

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Monday August 23, 2010 02:59 pm EDT



As I sat inside the Georgia Dome press box before kickoff of the Falcons first preseason game of the 2010 season, there was an undeniable sense of energy and excitement stemming from the 65,726 fans in attendance—and this was just a preseason game.

Less than two miles away, 38,602 baseball fans filed into Turner Field to watch the first-place Braves take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Monday August 23, 2010 12:10 pm EDT



Comedian Ronnie Jordan is a big man doing big things. A native of southwest Atlanta, Jordan has been a hot comedy commodity since he first took the stage in 2001, being named Uptown Comedy Corner's "Rookie of the Year." He then went on to win the Miller Lite "Kings and Queens of Comedy Search Tour" in 2003. His flame of fame is still burning bright as he is currently one of the most booked...

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Thursday August 19, 2010 10:01 pm EDT

  • Twin Kittens gallery opens Saturday night



This weekend is packed full of artist / curator talks, mixed in with a few gallery openings, an experimental film festival and a shot of nudity—in case all that intellectual crap gets boring.

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Thursday August 19, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Theatrical Outfit offers an awkward but generally pleasing world premiere production | more...

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Thursday August 19, 2010 04:05 am EDT
Foul-mouthed performer and Drop Dead Diva star finds inspiration in the ATL | more...

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Wednesday August 18, 2010 11:56 am EDT

Theatrical Outfit and Theater Emory something in common this year, as both companies use the Pulitzer Prize as a unifying theme for their 2010-2011 season.

Theatrical Outfit applies the Pulitzer label a bit loosely. Its season began last week with A Confederacy of Dunces, artistic director Tom Key's adaptation of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer winning novel. It ontinues Jan. 26-=Feb. 20 with...

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Monday August 16, 2010 06:00 pm EDT
Process Theatre takes a chance on Mark Ravenhill's play and succeeds to mixed effect | more...

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Monday August 16, 2010 03:30 pm EDT
Discarded rubber works and photogravures examine the artist's process and place | more...

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Monday August 16, 2010 01:55 pm EDT



One of Atlanta's most consistent performers for the last decade, comedian Dan Mengini has jokes, on jokes, on jokes. Nicknamed "The Machine" for his rapid-fire delivery, Mengini's shows move at a frenetic, but entertaining pace. While most of the UGA alumni's material is a family-friendly mix of one-liners and funny stories about his Italian father, Mengini is a big draw on college tours, and...

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Friday August 13, 2010 02:51 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



Today comedy icon and podcast extraordinaire Marc Maron stopped by the office to ask the greatest of all questions - What the fuck? Working as one of the most fearless comedians out for more than two decades, Maron now takes his cynicism and commentary from the stage to the airwaves, as the host of the very popluar WTF with Marc Maron podcast. We were delighted to have him as...

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Friday August 13, 2010 09:14 am EDT

  • Jason Murphy


International street artists are pouring into Atlanta this weekend and that's not even half of it. Check out all the details after the jump.

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Friday August 13, 2010 09:05 am EDT
Street artists are descending on the city for a weekend of mural-painting and trouble-making. Will Atlanta even notice? | more...

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Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:47 am EDT

  • "Dali's Mustache" by Philippe Halsman
  • 3,534 people?! Damn!

Clearly I was out of mind to think that last Saturday's Surreal Soiree, an opening party for Dali: The Late Work at the High with a wearable-art fashion show by local artists including Sister Louisa, R.Land, Andy Moon Wilson, Lucha Rodriguez, Cooper Sanchez, Kelly Teasley, and HC Warner among others, would be low key.

My sister and...

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Wednesday August 11, 2010 10:13 am EDT

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  • Falcons rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon says that he knows a thing or two about 'Hotlanta'



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That's the reaction from newest Atlanta Falcon Sean Weatherspoon when asked about his initial feelings after being drafted 19th overall by his new team back in April....

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Monday August 9, 2010 05:30 pm EDT
Stage adaptation rises to the challenge of the film version | more...

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Monday August 9, 2010 03:32 pm EDT


Mia Jackson may have started her career as a timid, aspiring comic in Athens' open-mic circuit, but today she can be seen confidently performing all over Georgia. Her ability to take broad, generally playful material to any crowd and clean it up, or edge it up, as necessary, has made her one of the most sought-after comics in the city. When Mia isnt hitting the stage solo, or adding to her...

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Monday August 9, 2010 01:20 pm EDT



The Braves (64-47) managed to take three out of four from the visiting San Francisco Giants (63-49) over the weekend and in doing so, improved their league-best home record to 39-15.

However, another mundane performance from Atlanta closer Billy Wagner prevented the Braves from the four-game sweep and a more comfortable three-game division lead.

Wagner hasn't been quite as dominant of late...

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Friday August 6, 2010 01:15 pm EDT

(DISCLAIMER: My sincerest apologies to redheads and stepchildren for the disparaging comparisons in the following article. Being one of the latter myself, I'm fully aware of the hardships that my fellow "multi-parented" individuals have long endured. The following remarks were not meant to offend anyone of fair skin tone or people who celebrate every holiday twice.)

When you type the phrase...

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Friday August 6, 2010 12:45 pm EDT

  • Joeff Davis



Internationally-acclaimed Canadian comic, Jeremy Hotz, is in Atlanta this weekend to perform at the Punchline. This morning he forgot to take his Ritalin before stopping by CL to explain why he encourages heckling. We also discussed Canadian/American differences in comedy while he inexplicably continued to engage ACP's mic-less producer, Alejandro Leal, in conversation....

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Friday August 6, 2010 09:00 am EDT

  • A detail from "Assumpta Corpuscularia Lapislazulina," which hasn't been exhibited publicly since 1959



So, you might have heard about this exhibition at the High with paintings by that Spanish guy with the moustache? Dalí and more in Atlanta this weekend.

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Thursday August 5, 2010 01:26 pm EDT


The Braves won their first series in nearly two weeks on Wednesday night after a 8-3 victory over the New York Mets and have miraculously maintained their division lead in the N.L. East.

And while Atlanta's struggles with runners in scoring position have been well-documented, there seems to be one key area where the Braves are struggling that few people have recognized.

We all know that...

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Wednesday August 4, 2010 03:47 pm EDT



What's a MFA graduate got to expect these days? A good job waiting tables? A decent-sized debt? A profile on CNN?

SCAD student Stephen Hayes's installation at Mason Murer Fine Art has been getting well-deserved attention from local critics, and now he's got national coverage thanks to a feature on our local cable news network.

You can check out Cash Crop for yourself at Mason Murer until...

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Tuesday August 3, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Hurricane Katrina's five-year anniversary informs three new exhibits | more...

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Monday August 2, 2010 12:40 pm EDT
Tanner Inman is one of comedy's undiscovered gems, though Atlanta's underground scene has relished his antics for years. A fearless and unique performer, Inman is deliberately the artistic genius and village idiot all at once. Whether he's lugging a guitar case on stage to laboriously open it and take out a kazoo, reciting a two-page love letter that he wrote to a can of tuna fish, or cockily... | more...

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Monday August 2, 2010 12:17 pm EDT



After Atlanta's worst nine-game stretch (3-6) since late April—when they lost nine consecutive games—there isn't too much for Braves fans to get excited about (making my job harder).

But here goes nothing.

Thanks to an extra-inning victory on Friday night and a Brad Lidge blown save on Saturday, Atlanta avoided a 2-7 road trip and what would be a microscopic division lead of just 0.5...

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Friday July 30, 2010 11:43 am EDT



The Braves lost their second consecutive series for the first time in nearly three months this week in Miami and Washington, D.C., respectively.

This abrupt streak of losing—notice the refrain of the term 'losing streak' as the Braves haven't lost three games in a row since June 22-24 against the White Sox—has caught most fans off-guard, but if you take a closer look at the recent...

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Friday July 30, 2010 08:25 am EDT

  • Dayna Thacker


Catch up with some of the summer's best shows before they close this weekend and then head over to Gather Atlanta like you know what you're talking about. All the details after the jump.

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Wednesday July 28, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Local playwrights Peter Hardy and Gabriel Dean reveal inspiration for new plays | more...

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Tuesday July 27, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Solo show at Twin Kittens examines the psychology of the watcher | more...

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Monday July 26, 2010 11:39 am EDT

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Comedian Karlous "da Jokeman" Miller is never too proud to act a damn fool. Though the Oxford, Mississippi native is a strong writer, and talented story teller, Miller is at his best when he's creating hilarity from improvised rants and unplanned crowd participation. Known for very rarely doing the same set twice, Karlous gets...

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Friday July 23, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Is Atlanta positioning itself to be the next big city of comedy? | more...

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Friday July 23, 2010 01:58 pm EDT

  • Alejandro A. Leal



Atlanta's own comic-on-the rise, Andy Sandford, stopped by CL to discuss how pitch and pace affect punch lines, why "The Regular Guys" audience hates him, and what his facial hair has to do with a new comedy revolution.

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Friday July 23, 2010 11:30 am EDT



The Braves (56-39) reclaimed the National League's best record following their midweek series win over the San Diego Padres (55-39) on Thursday afternoon.

In what very easily could have been a three-game sweep for Atlanta, had it not been for Billy Wagner's fourth blown save of the season, the Braves more or less dominated the weak-hitting Padres who managed to score only seven runs...

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Friday July 23, 2010 09:02 am EDT

  • Plastic Aztecs are among the artists showing at the Goat Farm on Saturday


Dashboard Co-op hosts some Fresh Meat at the Goat Farm and gloATL performs twice over the weekend at the Woodruff Arts Center. More details after the jump.

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Thursday July 22, 2010 01:09 pm EDT

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  • Don't let Medlen's innocent demeanor fool you—hidden beneath that ballcap is a shining beacon of wizardry



At first glance, Braves pitcher Kris Medlen may look like your average, everyday baseball player.

Weighing in at 190 pounds of Herculean body mass and...

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Monday July 19, 2010 12:48 pm EDT

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When people hear the name Reggie Jackson they usually think about a black man that hits home runs, not a white woman that tells jokes. However, if the curvy comedienne continues working the comedy circuit at the pace she has for the last five years, there's no telling who will own greater claim to the name when all is said...

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Monday July 19, 2010 11:43 am EDT



Two impressive wins sandwiched around two lousy losses equaled one dissatisfying weekend series for the Braves as they returned from the All-Star break looking to maintain their place atop the National League East.

While Atlanta has yet to lose a series at home in over two months, splitting its series against an underachieving Milwaukee team has to somewhat mirror the experience of a...

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Sunday July 18, 2010 01:59 pm EDT

  • The Color of Hope, 2010



Chakaia Booker's massive, intimidating sculptures are composed almost entirely from used car tires. They may have been on the wheels of a Honda, driven a thousand times from home to work and home again on a boring daily commute from the suburbs. They could have been part of semi-truck, ferrying loads of lettuce from California to Florida in a never-ending caravan...

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Friday July 16, 2010 11:20 am EDT

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Southern comedy legend and Good ol' boy extraordinaire Tim Wilson is in town performing all weekend at the Punchline. This morning he stopped by Creative Loafing to banter about Southern accents, being partially Libertarian, Ted Bundy, and why Mid-Westerners make the best comedy crowds. Before leaving, Wilson also broke out the trusty acoustic and gave us a...

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Friday July 16, 2010 07:47 am EDT

  • Gyun Hur performs at Get This! on Saturday


Exhibitions are coinciding with The National Black Arts Festival all across town and the Westside Arts District unleashes a horde of events for this month's art walk. All the info after the jump.

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Thursday July 15, 2010 03:00 pm EDT
The High Museum's Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer is the sleeper photographic exhibition of the summer. A contemporary of Walker Evans and a student of Berenice Abbott, Sekaer was well-known in the 1930s and '40s but slipped through the cracks after his death in 1950, only to be rediscovered in the last few decades. Under its outgoing curator of photography, Julian Cox, the High has... | more...

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Thursday July 15, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Platinum Championship Wrestling stages a theater of the scars | more...

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Thursday July 15, 2010 04:00 am EDT
'PCW is art' | more...

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Wednesday July 14, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Douglas Tappin's play encompasses the influence of the civil rights icon | more...

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Monday July 12, 2010 12:21 pm EDT



The Atlanta Braves (52-36) head into the All-Star break sitting in first place in the N.L. Eastern Division and winners of four consecutive inter-divisional series.

But their Sunday afternoon performance against the second-place Mets in Flushing, N.Y., was—rather ironically—a stinker.

Cue the proverbial disappointing horn sound:


In what has been a miraculously entertaining and remarkably...

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Monday July 12, 2010 11:28 am EDT

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Dan Weeks has been a staple of Atlanta's local comedy scene since 2006, soaking up stage time at any venue available. His comedy is a transcendental trip through Happyland, making it hard not to laugh at everything he says because he's amiable even in angst. With material that...

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Friday July 9, 2010 04:39 pm EDT



In town to headline the Laughing Skull Lounge this weekend, the hilarious, insightful and ultra-candid Ian Harvie came by CL to answer our extensive list of questions about being a transgendered comedian. The interview is a very informative listen for anyone that's ever had genuine questions about sexual identity, or silly ones like what it's like to be in a big-ol'-boobied woman's body, but...

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Friday July 9, 2010 11:25 am EDT


Comedienne Heather McDonald, from E!'s "Chelsea Lately," is in town this weekend performing at the Punchline. This morning she stopped by the Loaf to gab about doing celebrity impressions, private planes, and the 27 years she spent as a virgin that inspired her new book, You'll Never Blue Ball In This Town Again.

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Friday July 9, 2010 09:41 am EDT

  • Shana Robbins



The Contemporary starts the weekend off with a massive opening, Poncey Highlands gets two new group shows from Kibbee and Young Blood, and more. All the details after the jump.

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Thursday July 8, 2010 01:00 pm EDT
Horizon succeeds in Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery | more...

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Thursday July 8, 2010 11:47 am EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
1. What's the rush to 50 W's?
2. Eric Hinske
3. Matt Diaz

—The Braves took two out of three from the three-time defending N.L. East Champion Philadelphia Phillies and, in the process, gave themselves a Chino Cadahia F.U.P.A.-sized cushion of three games over the New York Mets.

This is the fastest that Atlanta has reached the 50-win plateau since 2003—finishing with a record...

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Thursday July 8, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Managing Editor T. Chante LaGon takes a birthday trip to Riviera Maya | more...

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Monday July 5, 2010 11:00 am EDT
Artist readies for the biggest exhibition of her career | more...

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Saturday July 3, 2010 03:35 pm EDT

  • Daniel Weir


When Creative Loafing dropped by Eyedrum yesterday evening, artists were still hard at work on their drawings for this year's edition of Chalk Off, a chalk-only exhibition that the gallery hosted once before in 2008. Daniel Weir's piece in the corner of the main gallery was especially eye-catching, as he was hand-smearing the chalk to give it a paint-like texture and glow....

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Friday July 2, 2010 12:32 pm EDT

  • Alejandro A. Leal
  • Atlanta comic Clayton English



Local comedian Clayton English stopped by Creative Loafing this morning to blaze the mic and discuss groupies, the comedy grind, and his new Monday-night radio show, Atlansterdam.

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Friday July 2, 2010 09:25 am EDT

  • Courtney Burton


Our nation's birthday isn't stopping Aurora Coffee, Eyedrum, and MINT Gallery from putting on a weekend full of killer group shows while Dodekapus raises funds for Living Walls. Check out the details after the jump.

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Friday July 2, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, curator and participating artist for Seepages, invited six artist friends and colleagues from both Atlanta, where she used to live, and her present hometown of Philadelphia to join her in the exhibition at Whitespace Gallery. As the title suggests, ideas pass back and forth between artists, and techniques seep into one artist's work through connections with others.... | more...

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Thursday July 1, 2010 12:47 pm EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
1. Troy Glaus
2. Yunel Escobar
3. Vuvuzelas

—Glaus, the National League player of the month for May, is batting .125 (6-for-48) since June 13 and was hitless in the series against the Nationals.

Once tabbed as the Braves' unemployed, basement-dwelling uncle, Glaus has seemingly laid claim to that pullout sofa in the Atlanta clubhouse once again as his average has now dropped...

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Monday June 28, 2010 05:00 pm EDT
Shrew: the Musical and Love's Labour's Lost run in repertory at the playhouse | more...

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Monday June 28, 2010 03:39 pm EDT

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  • Braves looking to prove that Strasburg, 21, despite his 100-mph fastball, is still just a kid



The Stephen Strasburg Tour hits Atlanta tonight as the young fire-baller looks to continue his absurd domination of "professional" baseball players.

Strasburg is 2-1 with...

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Monday June 28, 2010 12:46 pm EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
1. Tommy Hanson
2. Lady Luck
3. Jason Heyward

—For the second cynical recap in a row, "Big Red Letdown" finds himself batting leadoff in the "Cynicism Lineup".

Hanson's performance over his last two starts (21 hits, 15 runs allowed in 7.1 innings pitched) would normally be enough by itself to put him up there, but it's his mental state that has The Cynic concerned.

Hanson,...

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Monday June 28, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Graphic novel The Trap-Door Maker offers interesting prequel to popular musical | more...

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Friday June 25, 2010 01:23 pm EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
1. "Big Red" letdown
2. Good outings wasted
3. Andruw gets last laugh

—Tommy Hanson has "gingerly" taken a gigantic step backwards following his impressive rookie campaign that catapaulted him into the third slot in the 2010 starting rotation.

Hanson went 11-4 in his 21 starts in 2009 and posted a boastful 2.89 ERA while striking out 116 in just 127.2 innings of work.

So...

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Friday June 25, 2010 09:00 am EDT

  • Sean Desmond's Tenderloin Project opens at ABV Gallery tonight



ABV Gallery shows The Tenderloin Project during the Studioplex art walk, Living Walls raises funds and celebrates badasses, and more this weekend. Details after the jump.

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Monday June 21, 2010 02:24 pm EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
1. Jair Jurrjens
2. Dayton Moore
3. Troy Glaus

—Kenshin Kawakami isn't very good.

But with the return of staff ace Jair Jurrjens seemingly on the not-to-distant horizon, Braves fans may not be subject to Kawakami's batting practice performances for much longer.

And with "KK" out of the fifth spot, the rotation should look something like this:
Hudson (2.34 ERA)
Hanson (86...

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Friday June 18, 2010 10:48 am EDT

Cynicism Lineup:
—Kenshin Kawakami
—Hitting with runners on base

When Kenshin Kawakami steps onto the pitching mound, you can expect two things to happen: the Earth will continue its orbit of the sun and the Braves will lose.

Atlanta has won just three of KK's 13 starts in 2010 and his role as the team's fifth starter is quickly becoming an open casting call—especially with the imminent...

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Friday June 18, 2010 09:19 am EDT


The Westside Art District returns with another art stroll, BurnAway hosts a fundraiser at the Goat Farm, Atlanta Printmakers Studio hosts a members exhibition, and more this weekend. Check out the details after the jump.

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Thursday June 17, 2010 05:48 pm EDT

  • In Your Own Words, 2010

In Dayna Thacker's artist statement for her current solo show at Barbara Archer, she says, "Supposing our psychological/spiritual selves are formed by what we think — the same as our bodies are composed of what we eat — modern-day souls are made not only of responsibilities shouldered, love shared, curiosities and daydreams, but also the immense amount of information...

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Thursday June 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Company stages a vivacious remount of the musical comedy | more...

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Wednesday June 16, 2010 09:00 am EDT
New novel surpasses his career-defining work in beautiful, timely nihilism | more...

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Monday June 14, 2010 05:51 pm EDT


Cynicism Lineup:
—Brian McCann
—Chipper Jones

It should come as no surprise that the Braves No. 3 and 4 hitters find themselves front and center on the "Cynic Radar" this week following yet another underwhelming performance in the Twin Cities.

Run-scoring opportunities are wasting away thanks to weak ground outs, pop ups and...

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Monday June 14, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Collections explore different types of obsession | more...

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Friday June 11, 2010 09:00 am EDT

  • Anya Liftig will be at The Contemporary this weekend.


Castleberry Hill's ArtStroll continues with their street food collaboration tonight, Whitespace screens a new film, Matt Relkin continues his ruminations on September 11th at Beep Beep Gallery, Sister Louisa paints an art car at the High Museum, and more this weekend. All the details after the jump.

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Friday June 11, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Company's production of Neil LaBute play shows ambition, energy | more...

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Wednesday June 9, 2010 05:23 pm EDT
It's such a bummer when one of the good ones gets away. You try to be good to them and give them love and support but in theimage-1end, they leave you for the good-on-paper guy. That's how it feels when any of Atlanta's creative players ditches us for Brooklyn. In January, we got our little art hearts broken when Art House flew the co-op and relocated to New York. But regardless of being a... | more...

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Tuesday June 8, 2010 03:57 pm EDT

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Many of Atlanta's young, lowbrow galleries are seemingly devoted to the group show, often packing in a bunch of artists (or sometimes just a few) rather than asking a single artist to fill the space. In many ways, it's a good policy. More artists can be exposed to a larger audience and, besides, it gives the opening parties a spirit of collaboration and collective success.

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Tuesday June 8, 2010 11:00 am EDT
Local playhouses have a hot season in store for audiences | more...

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Monday June 7, 2010 08:55 pm EDT
The late playwright August Wilson inaugurated his 20th century theatrical decalogue with Jitney | more...

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Monday June 7, 2010 02:29 pm EDT

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  • Jason Heyward


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  • Kenshin Kawakami


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  • Martin Prado's left hand





"The Chosen-- Blind One" struggled all weekend in Los Angeles and as a result saw his batting average drop from a respectable .287 to a wimpy .269---thanks to a 2-for-17 series where Heyward struck out eight, count 'em, EIGHT times.

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Friday June 4, 2010 12:58 pm EDT

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Artlantis takes over the Poncey-Highlands on Saturday while nearby galleries Young Blood and Kibbee get in on the action. More details after the jump.

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Friday June 4, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Buckhead, Castleberry Hill and the Westside dominate the city's rising trend | more...

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Thursday June 3, 2010 02:37 pm EDT

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  • Nate McLouth


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  • Brian McCann


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  • Peter Moylan





Nate "The Not So Great" McLouth went 0-for-5 against the Phils, dropping his average down to a minuscule .178---over 100 points lower than starting pitcher Tim Hudson's .286 batting average.

McCann, last year's team RBI leader (94), went 1-for-9 and is on pace to drive in less than 70...

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Tuesday June 1, 2010 07:14 pm EDT

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June is going to kick my ass in the best way. Between a month's worth of Art on the BeltLine performances and installations, and, like, everyone having a gallery opening, it's shaping up to be a deliciously exhausting month. The big kick-off: ARTLANTIS coming back to sing praise to the underground art gods on the stoop of Druid Hills Baptist Church on Saturday, June 5. Come get...

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Tuesday June 1, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Slasher and The Change offer comedy with guts | more...

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Saturday May 29, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Artist tackles abstraction with gusto for the painted surface | more...

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Friday May 28, 2010 02:38 pm EDT

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MondoHomo and the Decatur Arts Festival dominate this weekend's arts offerings. More details after the jump.

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Thursday May 27, 2010 11:46 pm EDT

Grab yer mama and all yer cousins and be downtown in June because it's BeltLine Fest 2010!

Okay, I made that name up. No one is calling it that. But essentially that's what it is: with the Art on the BeltLine installations having been completed, the BeltLine folks have announced an extensive lineup of music, art, family, and historical events along the BeltLine corridor for early this...

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Wednesday May 26, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Building an organization around the idea of provoking change, not with sandwiches, but with art | more...

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Tuesday May 25, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Queer event becomes part of the establishment on its own terms | more...

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Tuesday May 25, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Exhibition at Emily Amy Gallery doesn't entirely live up to the scope of its own billing | more...

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Monday May 24, 2010 07:06 pm EDT



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Getting a complete picture of the art scene in Atlanta is about more than the finished product; it's one thing to attend gallery openings, art parties and stay abreast of political issues that concern the arts in our fair city, but to get a real idea of the life blood of the arts community, you have to go where the artists are.

One place where the artists are these...

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Saturday May 22, 2010 09:29 pm EDT

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The multimedia collaboration currently showing at Whitespace Gallery, Unless & Until, began as a series of paintings by Julie Püttgen that inspired a story to correspond with them by JS van Buskirk, a childhood friend of Püttgen. Lyrics from that story were later adapted to music by James Carlson, a colleague of Püttgen's at Sewanee in Tennessee. Then, through a call for help...

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Friday May 21, 2010 06:13 pm EDT

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The Cheap Paper Collective returns with a massive collaboration at MINT, Whitespace hosts a multi-media collaboration, Terry Hardy explores religion and hypocrisy at Eyedrum, and more this weekend in Atlanta. All the details after the jump.

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Thursday May 20, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Series of exhibitions experiment with lines | more...

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Monday May 17, 2010 01:15 pm EDT

image-1Cynicism Nutshell: The Braves (18-19) inched closer to the ever elusive .500 mark over the weekend with their series victory over the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks (15-23).

A rather fortuitous late-inning victory on Friday night and a 13-1 rout on Sunday afternoon were adequate diversions from the Braves' glaring weaknesses despite winning 10 of their last 15 ballgames.

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Sunday May 16, 2010 11:52 pm EDT

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The culinary arts were on display during last Friday's Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. The Atlanta Street Food Coalition brought in four vendors to offer up quick bites between the galleries. The group is still working to get restrictive vending ordinances changed so that awesome, street-side food like this can be the typical, rather than exceptional, offering in Atlanta. There was...

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Friday May 14, 2010 04:42 pm EDT

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Castleberry Hill is teaming up with the culinary artists of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition tonight for a street-food packed art stroll tonight, the Goat Farm hosts a Living Walls Conference fundraiser, and the Westside Arts District holds it down all day Saturday. Check out the details after the jump

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Thursday May 13, 2010 01:21 pm EDT

image-1Cynicism Nutshell: For the second time this season, the Atlanta Braves (16-18) were somehow able to pull off a three-game sweep.

And boy did they need it.

Losers of two consecutive series and four of their last six games, the Braves entered Monday's series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers in search of offensive consistency and, more importantly, some wins.

Fortunately...

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Thursday May 13, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Designer Julia Kubica flexes her fine art muscle in Sprout | more...

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Tuesday May 11, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Decatur author explains genius that hurts your brain | more...

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Monday May 10, 2010 01:45 pm EDT

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Cynicism Nutshell: Following two consecutive inter-divisional series losses, the Braves (13-18) now sit in last place in the N.L. East and are six games behind the division-leading Phillies.

The Atlanta offense ranks 15th (out of 16 teams) in the National League with a .232 team batting average but ranks first in gut-wrenching disappointment—not an official statistic,...

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Friday May 7, 2010 02:26 pm EDT

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Eyedrum is packing in two openings, Sister Louisa is bringing her disgrace to Aurora Coffee, San Francisco takes over Marcia Wood,  and more this weekend in Atlanta. All the details after the jump.

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Thursday May 6, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Pop surrealist" work is movie-inspired" | more...

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Monday May 3, 2010 03:15 pm EDT

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Cynicism Nutshell: Well it's over. The Braves' nine-game losing steak that hung over the baseball fans of Atlanta like an ominous, black cloud for the past week and a half finally ended with a three-game sweep of the equally abysmal Houston Astros.

No longer does Atlanta claim to have the league's worst offense as the Braves saw their team batting average jump 10 points to...

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Monday May 3, 2010 12:40 am EDT

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This delightfully cynical sign might be the most immediately legible piece in VISPO, Eyedrum's juried show of visual poetry. Those big block letters mounted on a real-estate-type corrugated signage are paired with videos, a mobile sculpture, a container of burned book covers, and other playful twists on the border between image and text. Jeff Dahlgren said Eyedrum's literary...

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Friday April 30, 2010 04:03 pm EDT

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Male dancers, visual poems, disasters, and sprouts: what more can you ask for Atlanta? Check out all the details for the art scene this weekend after the jump.

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Friday April 30, 2010 02:00 pm EDT

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Supposedly no two people are alike – so why do so many biographical stage plays share DNA? Practically the same genetic code underwrites shows about the lives of famous musical entertainers, especially when written for three actors or less. The signature compositions frame a series of anecdotes that begin with the subjects' humble upbringing and find a crescendo at the height...

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Friday April 30, 2010 04:00 am EDT
As long as Mitchell sings, Sparrow soars | more...

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Thursday April 29, 2010 10:32 pm EDT

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The Series Cynic/D.O.W.



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  • The Atlanta Braves have lost nine consecutive games and just wrapped up an 0-7 road trip---their first 0-7 road trip since 1949.


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  • Their record sits at 8-14 which is good for last place in the NL East.


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  • A .228 team batting average is the worst in the National League


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  • Jair Jurrjens fell to 0-3 and saw his ERA balloon...
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Wednesday April 28, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Photographers Detroit series understands the beauty of decay | more...

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Tuesday April 27, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Cartoon Madness V: The Lunchbox Show satisfies | more...

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Monday April 26, 2010 02:00 pm EDT

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Nutshell of Cynicism: Losers of two consecutive series and five games in a row, Atlanta (8-10) isn't making my search for cynicism very easy. As the Braves continue to disappoint fans with feeble hitting and amateurish disregard for the rules of the game, my job of ignoring silver linings to unearth the team's fundamental flaws has become near impossible.

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Friday April 23, 2010 03:52 pm EDT

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MOCA GA will open enough new exhibits for a whole neighborhood tonight, Skies Over Atlanta plans to stop time in an abandoned church over the weekend, and Eyedrum closes the Obscura show with a special performance featuring "LASERS! CEREMONY! MISSING PERSONS! SOUNDS! ULTRA-VIOLET! FLASHES!" and so forth. All the details after the jump.

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Friday April 23, 2010 02:00 pm EDT

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Nutshell of Cynicism: The Atlanta Braves offense continues to sputter and their .229 team batting average-tied for second-lowest in the National League-is a clear testament to that.

Despite hitting two of the most unpredictable home runs in recent memory, Troy "Big Lazy" Glaus and Lil' Nate McLouth remain gaping holes in the Braves' lineup.

It's becoming increasingly...

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Monday April 19, 2010 05:00 pm EDT
Artists collaborative Kiang Gallery show is a natural wonder | more...

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Monday April 19, 2010 02:19 pm EDT

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This past weekend series against the Colorado Rockies (6-6) was an up-and-down affair for the Atlanta Braves (7-5) inside the friendly confines of Turner Field.

Atlanta enjoyed two victories sandwiched around one rather forgettable loss that seemed to further reveal the Braves' most crippling deficiency at this point of the 2010 season: an epically anemic offense....

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Monday April 19, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Christina Darling | more...

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Monday April 19, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Former Atlantan goes suicidal on Starz | more...

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Friday April 16, 2010 07:59 pm EDT

;image-1 The first road trip of the 2010 season came to a mercifully overdue conclusion last night for the Atlanta Braves.

Posting a 3-3 record over a six-game stretch against the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, the Braves endured a 13-inning marathon, a four-hour rain delay and a 15-run blowout loss.

Not exactly ideal circumstances.

Sure, spending the week...

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Friday April 16, 2010 03:09 pm EDT

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Atlanta's art scene brings you flights of dance, cult films of death, and so, so much poetry this weekend. What more could you ask for? All the details after the jump.

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Tuesday April 13, 2010 01:01 am EDT




Evander Holyfield is old -47 to be exact - but that doesn't mean he's going to - prevent further brain damage - retire anytime soon.

Following his 8th-round TKO defeat of fellow senior citizen Frans Botha, 41, this past Saturday night, it appears that Holyfield may never step out of the ring - willingly at least.

Holyfield - the only four-time heavyweight champion in boxing history...

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Monday April 12, 2010 04:00 pm EDT
Retrospective of photographer's work remembers life before hippies in San Francisco's Fillmore district | more...

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Monday April 12, 2010 03:00 pm EDT
Koltes' elliptical take on Hamlet doesn't translate | more...

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Saturday April 10, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
Queens-born artist tackles themes of militarism and its global fallout | more...

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Friday April 9, 2010 02:53 pm EDT

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Openings and events in Castleberry Hill, the Contemporary, Beep Beep Gallery, Alcove, and more this weekend.

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Monday April 5, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Acrobatics make Lewis Carroll's story even more twisted | more...

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Friday April 2, 2010 06:30 pm EDT

OPENING TONIGHT!

Collaborative art show The Wonderful World of opens tonight from 7-10 p.m. at Aurora Coffee in L5P. Participating artists include: Jasmine Boston, Mreeuh Chang, Branden Collins, G Edwards aka Infamous Jean Claude, Sean Fahie, Sophia M Graves, Nikita Gale, Zaneta Hodari, Vek Neal, Jamal Otolorin aka MOXIEJOE and Stephaun Pender.

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Friday April 2, 2010 06:00 pm EDT
New show reverses many of an art exhibition's conventions | more...

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Thursday April 1, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Trey McIntyre Project performs Sat., April 10 at the Rialto Center for the Arts | more...

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Tuesday March 30, 2010 03:00 pm EDT
John Q collective goes public with Memory Flash | more...

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Friday March 26, 2010 03:40 pm EDT

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Dancing robots, working class photographers, and beer label abstractions descend on Atlanta's art scene this weekend. We've got all the details on great openings at Barbara Archer , MINT, and more after the jump.

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Friday March 26, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Daisey calls to mind Spalding Gray in his solo show at the Alliance Hertz Stage | more...

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Wednesday March 24, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Exhibit Through the Woods offers delicious conundrum | more...

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Monday March 22, 2010 05:00 pm EDT
Two plays find similar callings on stage | more...

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Monday March 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT
One-man show gives millennia-old stories contemporary significance | more...

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Monday March 22, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Skloot appears at various venues around Atlanta Thurs.-Mon., March 25-29 | more...

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Sunday March 21, 2010 11:30 pm EDT

image-1The Living Walls Conference will bring the thoughts and work of street artists from around the globe to Atlanta. The event is still months away - it gets going in August - but the organizers have issued a call for street artists to participate:

We are calling for street artists to submit posters with no constraint on quantity or size. Art work from an international selection of...

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Friday March 19, 2010 03:14 pm EDT

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You'll have to make some choices this weekend, especially on Saturday - which is packed full with events across Atlanta at Eyedrum, Blue Tower Gallery, and all across the Westside Arts District. Check out the details after the jump.

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Friday March 19, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
The Annunciation...sort of: Mary says 'no' runs March 25-28 at 7 Stages | more...

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Wednesday March 17, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Dad's Garage takes a many-tentacled approach to Greek mythology | more...

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Recent book DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop puts hip-hop's visual legacy in perspective | more...

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Tuesday March 16, 2010 04:00 am EDT
Bizarro Sat Morn series showcases his rare film collection | more...

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Monday March 15, 2010 06:49 pm EDT

Some great videos have cropped up from this past weekend. If you missed out on the action, here's your chance to catch up with a few SCAD students, Plastic Aztecs, and the new Serenbe Photography Center.

During Friday night's Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, SCAD students David Fields, Chris Wright, and Will Young created a giant, undulating installation in Castleberry Point called "Blue...

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Friday March 12, 2010 01:00 pm EST

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Whether you stroll in Castleberry Hill or "Grow" at the Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta's got enough art to keep you strutting around town all weekend long. Check our picks for the weekend after the jump.

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Friday March 12, 2010 04:00 am EST
Artist's photographic drawings have reflective, dreamlike qualities | more...

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Thursday March 11, 2010 04:00 am EST
Aurora Theatre's regional premiere offers rich performances despite lackluster material | more...

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Monday March 8, 2010 04:00 am EST
Tailing NEVER as he leaves his mark on the Westside | more...

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Monday March 8, 2010 04:00 am EST
Ling, Bo and Hong Zhang work shows solidarity and individuality | more...

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Friday March 5, 2010 03:31 pm EST

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Young Blood, Aurora Coffee , Picaflor, and the Contemporary all have group shows opening this weekend. More details after the jump.

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Friday March 5, 2010 04:00 am EST
Local author's latest book comes with a new publishing model | more...

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Friday March 5, 2010 04:00 am EST
Life is short, but Thornton Wilder's message endures | more...

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Monday March 1, 2010 04:00 am EST
Sixty comedians perform over four days for serious prizes | more...

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Saturday February 27, 2010 11:00 am EST
Ingram learns from the past in Solomon Projects' ...Through Line... | more...

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Friday February 26, 2010 02:06 pm EST

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Another weekend of great art events in Atlanta. Highlights include the Zhang sisters at Whitespace tonight, short films from Martin Scorsese at Eyedrum, and Here We Hide at Mint Gallery. More good times after the jump.

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Friday February 26, 2010 04:00 am EST
Both Rachel May and the theatre have gone through many changes in the five years since the play's debut | more...

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Saturday February 20, 2010 10:00 am EST
The New York-based company performs to a sold-out show at Emory Feb. 24-26 | more...

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Friday February 19, 2010 04:45 pm EST
Ludwig helms a voodoo version of the classic at Theater Emory | more...

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Friday February 19, 2010 03:42 pm EST

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Break out the walking shoes this weekend. The Westside Art District will be leading crowds from gallery to gallery for a sequence of artist talks and the Wonderroot folks are calling out for artists and art-lovers to help with their pedestrian friendly project, Art Sign the Beltline 2.0 at Eyedrum. Clare Rojas quietly opens a show this weekend at the ACA gallery, too. Check out a...

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Thursday February 18, 2010 04:00 am EST
Exhibit is a study in contrasts as much as art's endless possibilities | more...

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Monday February 15, 2010 04:00 pm EST
Iconic album artwork covers Spruill Gallery | more...

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Saturday February 13, 2010 04:00 am EST
Kendeda competition winner Ismail Khalidi serves mixed results | more...

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Friday February 12, 2010 06:39 pm EST

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This is the sort of weekend that can make you fall in love with Atlanta's art scene. The latest collaboration from Lauri Stallings and glo ATL will premiere in the arteries of the Lennox Square Mall, Castleberry Hill's always-dependable Art Stroll happens tonight, Eyedrum is screening erotic films all weekend long, and the list goes on.

Check out our weekend agenda after the...

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Tuesday February 9, 2010 03:00 pm EST
Two men in their early 30s who take more satisfaction from video games than their real lives | more...

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Sunday February 7, 2010 10:00 am EST
Saltworks Gallery pops with Blue Peony and Impure Thoughts | more...

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Saturday February 6, 2010 11:00 am EST
The opportunity to make an impact is there, the time to do it is now | more...

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Friday February 5, 2010 08:38 pm EST

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Last fall, Art House's Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman announced they'd be moving their home base from Castleberry Hill to Brooklyn, NY. Last weekend's Sketchbook Project show was the gallery's last hurrah in the A before heading north of the Mason-Dixon. We asked the guys to bid adieu to Atlanta by sharing the things they'll miss most about the city.

1. The People

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Friday February 5, 2010 05:01 pm EST

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If you've ever pondered the significance of Space Invaders in the canon of Western art, this is a good weekend for you. A symposium on The Art of History of Games kicks off today and continues throughout the weekend, thanks to some serious planning from Georgia Tech and SCAD. Art Papers is hosting their annual art auction, Justin Riechel will show some 'sweet' works at Young Blood,...

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Monday February 1, 2010 04:00 pm EST
Theatre in the Square doesn't skimp on silliness for Roy Cooney's play | more...

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Monday February 1, 2010 04:00 am EST
How are artists adapting to a changing critical media landscape? | more...

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Friday January 29, 2010 06:23 pm EST

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It's your last chance to see work from John Paul Floyd and Stephanie Dowda and the group show "Leftovers" at Aurora this weekend. Not everything is ending, though. Pine Magazine is kicking off the weekend with their inaugural Portfolio Series tonight. Check out more events after the jump.

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Thursday January 28, 2010 05:20 pm EST
image-1Unless you live under a rock, heck even if you live under a rock, you know the New Orleans Saints are on their way to their first Super Bowl in franchise history next Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Given each city's pride in its respective teams, as well as the grand tradition of sports trash talking, what, pray tell, are these pigskin-obsessed metropoles doing to get into each... | more...

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Thursday January 28, 2010 12:00 pm EST
Guy has increasing stage presence in Atlanta | more...

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Wednesday January 27, 2010 04:00 am EST
Memorial service takes place Feb. 1 at the Canon Chapel | more...

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Friday January 22, 2010 05:51 pm EST

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Friday January 22, 2010 04:00 am EST
The play makes up for its cliches with large doses of effervescence | more...

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Thursday January 21, 2010 08:03 pm EST

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Emory's Hunt Gallery will open an exhibit of work from Art and Margo Rosenbaum tonight. Art Rosenbaum, professor emeritus at UGA, is perhaps best known for his work documenting and recording rural music for the past fifty years. His paintings often depict characters and musicians from that search.

Art's wife Margo is an accomplished documentary photographer whose black and...

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Wednesday January 20, 2010 04:00 am EST
The fresh, complex script invigorates the Lawrenceville playhouse | more...

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Monday January 18, 2010 04:00 am EST
Actor's Express production is by far the best of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's scripts produced in Atlanta | more...

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Friday January 15, 2010 07:37 pm EST

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Harbingers. Disobedience. (Richard) Flood. Solar Anus. There is something ominous about the art events happening this weekend. If those names are signs of an impending apocalypse, I have only one bit of advice: get out and see some art before the world ends.

Preview works from the Westside Art Walk, Beep Beep Gallery, and more after the jump.

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Thursday January 14, 2010 11:00 am EST
Theater troupe turns Chaucer classic into brew-ha-ha | more...

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Thursday January 14, 2010 04:00 am EST
Chak's The Boxes Project pictures the common stereotypes | more...

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Wednesday January 13, 2010 10:00 am EST
New blood is needed to push the city forward in the next decade | more...

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Saturday January 9, 2010 11:00 am EST
The former poet laureate will deliver the keynote address at Georgia Perimeter College's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration | more...

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Friday January 8, 2010 10:11 pm EST

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Monday December 28, 2009 02:00 pm EST
Curt Holman counts down the year's best theatrical productions | more...

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Tuesday December 22, 2009 10:00 am EST
Theatrical Outfit offers an alternative to the perennial holiday plays | more...

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Monday December 21, 2009 11:00 am EST
More Mergers and Acquisitions is as much about who owns the objects as it is about what they are | more...

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Friday December 18, 2009 06:53 am EST

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I know what you're thinking. You've picked out your favorite ugly sweater, chugged a few rounds of eggnog, and now you're looking for the right thing to do. Atlanta's got plenty of options for you this weekend, not the least of which is the Westside Arts Walk. WAD got a nice write up in the New York Times last month, suggesting a bit of rivalry between this "upstart" scene and...

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Monday December 14, 2009 09:30 pm EST

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As an artistic event, Nutcracker does practically everything but crack nuts. The Tchaikovsky ballet provides a holiday tradition for families, a rite of passage for aspiring young dancers, and a kind of outreach program for ballet companies nationwide. This year's Atlanta Ballet production of Nutcracker features about 250 young area dancers in small roles, in addition to the...

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Monday December 14, 2009 04:00 pm EST
The annual performance remains a holiday tradition for families | more...

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Friday December 11, 2009 08:44 pm EST
Atlanta Falcons starting defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux facing felony drug charges after traffic stop late Thursday night. | more...

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Friday December 11, 2009 08:38 pm EST

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Clean your paintbrushes, dust off your cameras and put on your 'creativity' hat 'cause it's the weekend and the art world is waiting.

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Friday December 11, 2009 11:00 am EST
7 Stages invites the devil to Christmas dinner | more...

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Monday December 7, 2009 01:00 pm EST
The Five Lesbian Brothers examine male-female dynamics | more...

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Monday December 7, 2009 09:00 am EST
Gaiman speaks and signs books Dec. 14 at Agnes Scott | more...

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Friday December 4, 2009 09:32 pm EST

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Whether you want to relive your Atari-playing days or are looking to purchase some alternative art services there’s something going on for you.

FRIDAY (you know, today)

GutterPOP! artist James Curran will host Atari, a retro-inspired mixed media exhibition of his work. Come dressed in your ’80s best and remember the days when Galaga, Frogger, Ms. Pacman and...

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Friday December 4, 2009 04:00 pm EST
Ten Panthers of Kwangtung combines kung fu, Civil Rights and pop culture | more...

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Monday November 30, 2009 02:00 pm EST
The hacker facility doesn't look that different from a punk warehouse, but instead of political zines, their common library is filled with volumes on circuit analysis | more...

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Friday November 27, 2009 05:12 pm EST

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The Thanksgiving week might have slowed down openings this week, but plenty of good shows are continuing throughout this weekend. The best bets come from a diverse selection of photographers: Sarah Hall, Oraien Catledge, and Tierney Gearon. This is also the last weekend to catch work from Monica Cook and Howardena Pindell. Fill up your weekend plate with these tasty leftovers....

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Wednesday November 25, 2009 06:14 pm EST
Ruff Ryder's First Lady stars as rival singing troupe coach in tonight's episode of 'Glee' | more...

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Wednesday November 25, 2009 04:00 pm EST
Marietta tries to man up for a holiday drag show | more...

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Monday November 23, 2009 12:00 pm EST
New book and exhibit show the old neighborhood in its gritty, grimy glory | more...

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Friday November 20, 2009 09:12 pm EST

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TGIF, the weekend is here! Get some of your workday yayas out at one of these art events. This week's agenda is loaded with nostalgia, celebrity, and packs some artist punch ... literallly. As usual, read on for the rundown.


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Friday November 20, 2009 01:30 pm EST
Spoof songs provide the highlights of Peach Drop, Stop and Roll | more...

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Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:06 am EST
New Moon vampires sink their teeth into the Twilight phenomenon | more...

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Tuesday November 17, 2009 10:00 am EST
Gift baskets themed to local arts, comedy, highbrow culture, action, girly content and geek stuff | more...

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Monday November 16, 2009 03:00 pm EST
Primatologist Dr. Frans de Waal, the director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, dreaded the thought of actors in chimp costumes in a stage version of his book Chimpanzee Politics. In fact, the cast of Out of Hand Theater and Theater Emory’s Hominid wear dapper suits and short dresses while speaking English. Audiences who don’t know the new play’s source... | more...

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Monday November 16, 2009 09:00 am EST
In photographer Tierney Gearon's latest series EXPLOSURE, currently on view at Jackson Fine Art, boulders are rendered lighter than air, shadows crawl toward the sun, and ghostly forms cheerfully mingle with the living. "Frame 18" watches two worlds collide within a single image: A gray-haired businessman gasps as the sidewalk dematerializes into thin air, while a bikini-clad swimmer stands... | more...

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Friday November 13, 2009 08:59 pm EST

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As usual, here are a few arts events to add to your weekend roster. Also, don't forget about the Hense exhibition at The Rail Yard and the Kvares show at Beep Beep. This weekend's art scene is chock-full so enjoy.

FRIDAY (Today)

Head to Castleberry Hill's tattoo parlor/art gallery City of Ink to check out John Hairston Jr.'s vivid, realistic graffiti-style art. His latest work,...

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Wednesday November 11, 2009 04:00 am EST
Smart world premieres establish Atlanta's theatrical voice | more...

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Saturday November 7, 2009 11:00 am EST
Daniels brings his renowned countertenor to Orfeo & Euridice at the Atlanta Opera | more...

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Friday November 6, 2009 08:41 pm EST

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Add some extra excitement to this beautiful weekend by heading to these free art events. See what's going on around town after the jump.


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Thursday November 5, 2009 07:00 pm EST
Alliance Theatre offers a lavish production of the intimate, two-actor tribute to the performing arts | more...

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Wednesday November 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
The Men Who Stare at Goats' four-legged scene-stealer is no kid | more...

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Wednesday November 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
Controversial Love Jerry playwright returns with Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant | more...

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Monday November 2, 2009 04:00 pm EST
After a near-death experience, Eyedrum is poised for a revival | more...

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Friday October 30, 2009 08:23 pm EDT

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The Atlanta art scene serves up some seasonal spooky shows as well as some great opportunities to meet local artists this weekend. Read on for the rundown.


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Monday October 26, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta History Center, Rialto Center and Mundo Hispanico celebrate Dia de los Muertos | more...

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Saturday October 24, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The 28-year-old Canadian takes over Dad's Garage Theatre as its fifth artistic director | more...

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Friday October 23, 2009 09:12 pm EDT

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Here's the weekly rundown of the fiercest arts events happening around town this weekend.

TONIGHT (Friday)

Tweet Design presents their Second Annual "Day of the Dead" art show at Eyedrum. The show features over 80 mini-coffins decorated by artists from all over the country. See this cool tribute to the departed and join them from 8pm-12 am for their opening night...

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Monday October 19, 2009 07:00 pm EDT

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Phileas Fogg, the English gentleman who journeys around the world in 80 days in Jules Verne’s novel of the same name, resembles a modern, 21st-century traveler circumnavigating the globe of 1872. Punctuality and exactitude define Fogg, and he’s capable of such precise estimates of travel times, it’s like his head contains a Wi-Fi connection to Travelocity. In his...

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Monday October 19, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Budget cuts claim 29 jobs from the university library system | more...

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Monday October 19, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
Clint Thornton directs a high-spirited adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel | more...

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Friday October 16, 2009 08:58 pm EDT

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This weekend's arts calendar is jam packed with a little something for everyone, whether you're into wearable art or are fascinated by DNA and all things genetic.

TONIGHT (Friday)

Beep Beep Gallery presents Pretty Awesome at Aurora Coffee L5P, a combo art auction/concert/fund aiser. In an effort to host more all ages shows (and keep up their rep as the 2009 Best of...

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Thursday October 15, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Law Abiding Citizen director puts character first in his latest film | more...

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Tuesday October 13, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Black Dynamite's creative duo sheds light on blaxploitation films | more...

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Monday October 12, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
Company delivers a muted message in its bloody staging of Shakespeare's political melodrama | more...

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Thursday October 8, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Rock and Long straighten out the makings of Good Hair | more...

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Monday October 5, 2009 09:35 pm EDT

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A white plume passes between two young dancers in the Atlanta Ballet's rehearsal hall. Company members Christian Clark and Nadia Mara playfully hand the feather back and forth to convey the soaring love of young Tamino and Pamina in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Choreographer Mark Godden watches the young dancers as they rehearse the opening show of the Atlanta Ballet's 80th season....

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Monday October 5, 2009 02:30 pm EDT
Comedy troupe tries too hard to emulate a TV sketch as it lampoons the global economic slowdown | more...

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Monday October 5, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The dance company celebrates as America's longest continuously operating ballet company | more...

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Wednesday September 30, 2009 06:00 pm EDT
A Craigslist ad for a no-strings hookup leads to an apocalyptic dilemma | more...

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Monday September 28, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The public art all-nighter returns for year two | more...

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Friday September 25, 2009 05:30 pm EDT
Hit local graphic novel leaps to the big screen in a single bound | more...

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Tuesday September 22, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The world-renowned dancer/choreographer talks candidly about her inspirations for Come Fly with Me | more...

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Tuesday September 15, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
Late playwright Wendy Wasserstein's final work offers intriguing King Lear parallels | more...

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Monday September 14, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
Pop culture seems to be experiencing a collective acid flashback to the late 1960s. The film Taking Woodstock and other commemorations marked the 40th anniversary of “three days of peace and music.” Video games and digital music restoration have conjured up Beatlemania for a new generation. And the musical Hair, which put a starry-eyed face on the decade’s counterculture, has opened 7 Stages’... | more...

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Sunday September 13, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Georgia's poet laureate talks about family, aging, and an upcoming book | more...

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Friday September 11, 2009 10:59 pm EDT

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This photograph is so crisp and luminescent, and so warm despite its silence, I've decided to post it at the maximum size. The moment anticipates a miracle — an event that's special not necessarily because of divine intervention, but because human beings have gathered to celebrate and partake in something beautiful.

I have five reasons to expect new life for arts in...

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Friday September 4, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
Tom Key passes his perennial show to an actor of a younger generation | more...

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Friday September 4, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Soth's Black Line of Woods hopscotches through an epic Southern landscape | more...

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Wednesday September 2, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
New York Times best-selling author makes three stops in Atlanta | more...

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Monday August 31, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The Atlanta-based author talks about his sense of place, his theatrical project and how he nearly became a victim of the Baader-Meinhof gang of German terrorists | more...

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Monday August 31, 2009 02:00 pm EDT
A tale of two Edies adds hints of scandal and madness to the Kennedy mystique | more...

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Monday August 24, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
We sifted through the calendar to help you navigate the massive four-day fest | more...

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Monday August 24, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The colossal literary fest consumes the Decatur Square on Labor Day weekend | more...

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Monday August 24, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
Flying Carpet Theatre Co. offers a hoodwink and a smile | more...

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Friday August 21, 2009 09:05 pm EDT

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MINT Gallery celebrates its 3rd annual MIXT show this Saturday, August 22 from 8-11 p.m. Each year the exhibit gathers a swarming list of local artists (some of whom are also noted music personalities) and crowds the room with two-part installations: an original work of art paired with a mix tape created as its "sound track." That's right: There will be...

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Thursday August 20, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
Though notorious as the cursed “Scottish play,” Macbeth has been lucky for Rick Miller. The Canadian actor/comedian’s popular one-man show MacHomer casts the Shakespearean tragedy with about 50 voices from “The Simpsons.” Miller brings MacHomer to Georgia Shakespeare Wed.-Sun., Aug. 26-30. He discusses the show’s cocktail of high and low culture and why casting Barney Gumble as Macduff is more... | more...

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Friday August 14, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The Savannah Disputation finds humor in religious tension between Catholics and evangelicals | more...

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Wednesday August 12, 2009 07:15 pm EDT
The Real Atlanta Housewife speaks out | more...

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Monday August 10, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Faced with a heavy financial burden, the nonprofit looks to the community for help | more...

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Monday August 10, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
The Notion of Family and Documents: City Life chronicle timeless themes of relationships | more...

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Tuesday August 4, 2009 06:00 pm EDT
Residents come together in an effort to reclaim their neighborhoods through art | more...

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Sunday August 2, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The award-winning comedian appears at Relapse Theatre Aug. 8 | more...

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Thursday July 30, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The lawyer/potter discusses how craft meets art | more...

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Thursday July 30, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
Entourage' star hawks cars in new film The Goods | more...

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Friday July 24, 2009 04:47 pm EDT

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Just two quick highlights, for social justice geeks and fans of local music, art, and basketball:

1. I'm curious to hear more about Audacity of Hoops, a public art exhibition in Mechanicsville — a neighborhood far, far away from Atlanta's mainstream districts for the arts — organized by the Dirty Truth Campaign and artist Lisa Tuttle. Several large-scale color...

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Friday July 24, 2009 02:30 pm EDT
The Horizon Theatre production offers a contemporary riff on the classic African-American drama A Raisin in the Sun | more...

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Friday July 17, 2009 10:30 pm EDT



Events at Beep Beep Gallery have featured live DJs, local bands including Judy Chicago and Noot d' Noot, and even live storytelling performances. On a good opening night, conversations typically spill out onto the sidewalk, sometimes into the street. Enthusiasm runs high.

But the gallery's also open during the day. You might be surprised at the finer details, and nuances of meaning,...

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Friday July 17, 2009 04:30 pm EDT

Playwright Vynnie Meli’s Jim Crow and the Rhythm Darlings draws from a seemingly bottomless wellspring of drama. Winner of the 2009 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for Georgia playwrights, Rhythm Darlings depicts an all-woman, mostly African-American jazz band and the hostility they face due to their race and gender in WWII-era Mississippi.

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Thursday July 16, 2009 09:00 am EDT
Tom Key and Kenny Leon star in the apartheid-era drama | more...

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Thursday July 16, 2009 04:00 am EDT
A typical exhibition at Emily Amy Gallery devotes most of its copious wall space to a fairly specific brand of decorative abstract paintings. In Buy Local: A Group Show Celebrating Atlanta’s Emerging Talent, the gallery broadens its scope by featuring a half-dozen artists whom the gallery touts as “rising young stars” of the Atlanta art scene. The result is an earnest but uneven attempt to... | more...

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 07:00 am EDT
Georgia Shakespeare stages a memorable production of the Bard's most notorious tragedy | more...

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 07:00 am EDT
Former Arrested Development member discusses her newest book PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life | more...

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Tuesday July 14, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
Speed is of the essence in Dad's Garage Theatre's evening of sketches inspired by They Might Be Giants | more...

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Monday July 13, 2009 10:00 am EDT
When Wall Street’s house of cards caved in last fall, scores of Sunday morning spinmasters pinned the Great Recession on us as our rightful national comeuppance. For years we spent more than we earned, so someone somewhere had to pay the bill, right? But even as the rest of the economy had shifted into overdrive, the vast majority of those who make art for a living never had it all that easy.... | more...

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Sunday July 12, 2009 07:00 am EDT
The Chinese artist discusses family, relationships and her work on view now at Spruill Gallery | more...

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Friday July 10, 2009 09:38 pm EDT

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There's something about R. Land's Pray for ATL design that inspires feelings of love. Those weathered hands seem so earnest. Especially when they're covered in scales.

This weekend features not one, but two exhibitions uniting art, film, and … fish. The first is Alcove Gallery's Big Tuna anniversary celebration tonight, July 10, from 7 p.m.-midnight. Why's it called Big...

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Thursday July 9, 2009 02:30 pm EDT
Fantasy in art is often bridled by the need to point out flaws in the human condition, absurdities of modern culture, or the destruction left in the wake of human pursuits. Given that there are so many targets out there, the near absence of a political message may be the most enticing element of the Intergalactic Strongthang Competition. For the lastest work from young Atlanta art collective... | more...

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Monday July 6, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
Essential Theatre struggles to find a tone to suit the play | more...

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Monday July 6, 2009 09:00 am EDT
R. Land's gone fishin' with Zaat-themed work for Art Opening and Movie's current installment | more...

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Sunday July 5, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
Rich's graphic textile works are on view at Callanwolde through Aug. 28 | more...

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 07:39 pm EDT

Atlanta artists gathered at Eyedrum on June 28 to create over a hundred signs. In an effort to raise awareness of the propsed Beltline project, they then placed the signs at 108 different locations along the Beltline on June 30. Check out a photo gallery of both events on our Photos & Video page.

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The Hurt Locker actor discusses his explosive career | more...

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Monday June 29, 2009 02:00 pm EDT
Georgia Shakespeare's grand production puts the Tennessee Williams play in the company of the classical canon | more...

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Thursday June 25, 2009 08:04 pm EDT

image-1It seems almost everyone in these parts has a favorite memory of the Georgia Theatre, the iconic Athens, Ga., landmark that burned to the ground last Friday morning. For me, it was David Byrne's 2001 solo show. Never has running in place been so fun.

In honor of all the good times had, and in the hope of good times to come, Georgia Theatre benefits are popping up all over. The Whigs,...

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Monday June 22, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
With the departure of artistic director Kate Warner earlier this year, the playhouse finds itself at a turning point | more...

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Saturday June 20, 2009 11:00 am EDT
The drag queen appears at Primal on June 25 at a fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion, which benefits AID Atlanta | more...

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Friday June 19, 2009 11:04 pm EDT

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To my surprise, not one but several colleagues have brought this tidbit to my attention: The new art show at the Bench, an "urban lifestyle" boutique and gallery, was created by the graffiti writer known as Never. The guy's quite prominent, as you can see from the number of his pieces that have been photographed and reproduced online, not to mention the fact that he was a principal...

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Friday June 19, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
A backstage concept sets the tone for an entertaining but cluttered production of A Midsummer Night's Dream | more...

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Tuesday June 16, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Mach 5's Corey Davis gets his hustle on | more...

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Monday June 15, 2009 03:00 pm EDT
The Prohibition-era musical gets so steamy you'll want either a cigarette or a cold shower afterward | more...

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Monday June 15, 2009 09:00 am EDT
When everything human has at last failed, nature is allowed to return unfettered in Silvey's paintings | more...

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Friday June 12, 2009 09:45 pm EDT

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Short and sweet this week: I have one main recommendation for everyone. This Sat., June 13, from 8-11 p.m., Beep Beep Gallery will host the opening of Fear Kills Pursuit, the much-awaited sequel to Comfort Kills Pursuit, Michi Meko's solo exhibition at Eyedrum Gallery last summer. Comfort Kills was heady, brave, and dynamic. (See also Michi Meko's Br'er collaboration with Dosa...

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Monday June 8, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
The Shakespeare Tavern stages an affectionate spoof | more...

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Sunday June 7, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival takes place June 12-14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Perimeter | more...

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Friday June 5, 2009 09:42 pm EDT

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Saturday's not even here yet, but I'm already exhausted by all of it's possibilities.

First things first: ARTLANTIS. ARTLANTIS is Beep Beep Gallery's outdoor ode to the underground. The lowbrow gallery celebrates all things subterranean and artistic this Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with a free festival on the lawn of the Druid Hills Baptist Church on Ponce. From the horse's...

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Wednesday June 3, 2009 10:35 pm EDT

First the Braves let Smoltzy walk as a free agent in the offseason, and after an injury prune return home, are bidding farewell to Tom Glavine, the last of the three great hurlers that dominated the National League in the late 90s and early 00s for the Bravos.

You'd think they would keep the guy as a veteran presence in the clubhouse or something, but to out right release the guy? Where's...

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Wednesday June 3, 2009 09:02 pm EDT

As in mutts and poodles. The Atlanta Braves are giving fans yet another chance to bring their dogs to Turner field on Wednesday, June 10th, for their night game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tickets are $25 and are good for you and your pooch, plus a donation to various animal care non-profits. Additional "human" tickets are $12.

Pre-registration is required and can be done through...

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Wednesday June 3, 2009 01:55 pm EDT
The workshop theater takes on the late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter | more...

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Monday June 1, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
A family's post-9/11 anxieties become the stuff of raucous humor | more...

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Friday May 29, 2009 08:16 pm EDT

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I'd like to draw your attention to two WonderRoot exhibitions by emerging artists. I say this, of course, keeping in mind my typical distrust of the phrase, emerging artist: When exactly does a creative person, whether a musician, writer, film director, or visual artist start and stop emerging? I suppose, as long as the term retains marketing value for you, you could...

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Friday May 29, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Comedian smokes out the Laughing Skull June 4-7 | more...

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Saturday May 23, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
Former Funny Farm owner Marshall Chiles runs an intimate, one-of-a-kind venue | more...

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Friday May 22, 2009 09:22 pm EDT

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The next two openings at Inman Park's Whitespace Gallery both have something to do with Japan. Although I'm sure that observation sounds rather pedestrian, like 1+1=2, it gains a more depth once you consider the fact that at least two other exhibitions in town are the work of Japanese photographers: Ayano Hisa at Naomi Silva Gallery and Masao Yamamoto at Jackson Fine Art.

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Friday May 22, 2009 12:30 pm EDT
Sports journalist turned runaway best-seller presents a play about the collision of the afterlife and the Academy Awards | more...

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Wednesday May 20, 2009 10:00 am EDT
The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers such a relaxing environment, even  the monumental sculptures of Moore in America look more laid-back. Through Oct. 31, the Atlanta Botanical Garden displays 20 pieces from the famed English sculptor Henry Moore, including his massive trademark Earth Mother figures, as well as ones resembling playground equipment or dinosaur bones. ABG Executive Director Mary... | more...

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Monday May 18, 2009 02:00 pm EDT

The Actor’s Express Theatre musical Zanna, Don’t! relies on a premise one might expect from “The Twilight Zone” had it originated on the Logo network. At Zanna, Don’t!'s Heartsville High School (and, implicitly, in the rest of the world) gay is the norm, while straight people are an oppressed, closeted minority.

??Creator Tim Acito (who also wrote the musical The Women of Brewster Place)...

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Monday May 18, 2009 01:00 pm EDT
The event weaves photography, painting, sculpture and other forms into the festival's tapestry of raucous queer voices | more...

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Saturday May 16, 2009 11:00 am EDT
Castor and Pollux, the twins from Greek mythology who inspired the name of the Gemini constellation, come down to contemporary Earth to kick some ass in Olympus, a new comic book series illustrated by Christian Ward and written by Nathan Edmondson of Macon. A graduate of Mercer University, Edmondson, 23, will sign copies of Olympus #1 at its release party Wed., May 20, 4-7 p.m. at Criminal... | more...

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Friday May 15, 2009 05:05 pm EDT

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Dear friends,

If you can't make it to the Westside Saturday for the third WAD art stroll, there's still plenty of art to see Elsewhere.

For example, Candler Park's Moog Gallery hosts a photography retrospective on Little 5 Points. The show will feature "local celebrities, regulars, business owners, and places that have given the neighborhood a face" over the years. Chad...

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Tuesday May 12, 2009 07:31 pm EDT

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The modern exhibition space is a strange beast. Some venues, like Atlanta's Civic Center, are like giant cardboard dioramas; the building itself is an oversized rectangle filled with semi-permanent partitions that, depending on the current show, can be altered and retooled to suit the needs of the moment. Smart curators spend hundreds of hours planning the layout, spacial pacing,...

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Monday May 11, 2009 08:00 am EDT
The Harlem Renaissance, like the era of the founding fathers, looms so large in America's cultural history that any criticism of it can sound almost sacrilegious. True Colors Theatre Company's Blues for an Alabama Sky, written by Pearl Cleage, earns credibility for its skeptical depiction of artists and social activists in 1930s Harlem. The play drops famous names like Langston Hughes, but... | more...

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Saturday May 9, 2009 11:00 am EDT
As a popular, sleepy-voiced prop comic in the 1980s, Joel Hodgson turned his back on success as a stand-up comedian. He found renewed fame as the creator and first host of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” In the cult hit TV series, Hodgson’s hapless human and a pair of wisecracking robots heckled some of the shlockiest movies ever made. Hodgson left “MST3K” in 1993 but has returned as a movie... | more...

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Friday May 8, 2009 11:12 pm EDT

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During last year's drought, the State of Georgia entertained a grudge over the water supply along the border with Tennessee, a row that was as much a waste of time as it was eerily antiquarian. Fortunately, recent trends in our local arts community show otherwise: The Peach State can get along with its neighbors, after all.

This Sat. May 9 from 8-11 p.m., Beep Beep Gallery...

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Monday May 4, 2009 02:00 pm EDT
Theatre in the Square’s comedy Tradin’ Paint, like the theatrical chestnut Educating Rita, depicts a working-class woman who finds empowerment and confidence through learning. While Rita takes place in a university professor’s office in Liverpool, Paint’s action primarily occurs amid the stock car races of Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway.??Written by Catherine Bush, Paint sets a contrast... | more...

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Friday May 1, 2009 09:04 pm EDT

image-1All’s not lost in Requiem for a Paper Bag (In honor of A&E Assistant Wyatt Williams' last day — he'll still be contributing regularly to the paper and blog — I present to you one of his great recent blog posts.)

‘Snoutbreak’ is the word of the week (Jon Stewart coins a new term for the swine flu.)

The Televangelist: ‘Lost’ episode 14 (The...

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Friday May 1, 2009 07:25 pm EDT

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Saturday's the fourth biannual SK8 or DIE show at Young Blood Gallery on North Highland Avenue. The last one took place at YB's Grant Park location, where grungy youth (along with die-hard skaters now in their 30s) joined your typical smartly dressed gallery hoppers (of all ages) to haggle over a room full of skateboards-turned-artwork by local and national artists.

I've had a...

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Thursday April 30, 2009 02:10 pm EDT
"Information Randomized Mix-up #4" is an encyclopedia. The artwork, a scintillating grid of tiny inkjet images by Atlanta video artist and VJ Ben Worley, contains a world. Everything from elephants to earthworms to an ironic-looking guy with a beard rolls across the surface in a Red Bull- and NoDoz-fueled mesh of nervous animation. The work also happens to be a literal encyclopedia — at least... | more...

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Wednesday April 29, 2009 10:15 am EDT

Theatre in the Square's Speech & Debate depicts high schoolers in Salem, Ore., who frequently draw comparisons to the Salem, Mass., witch hunts when they discuss censorship or other forms of public persecution. In real life, America's teens in towns named Salem doubtless play that overly dramatic card every chance they get, too.

Speech & Debate playwright Stephen Karam appreciates the...

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Monday April 27, 2009 01:00 pm EDT

The Flying Dutchman can frighten people, and not just because he’s a centuries-old ghostly captain, doomed to sail the seven seas eternally.

??Richard Wagner’s supernatural nautical romance The Flying Dutchman, like many heavyweight operas, can intimidate audiences because of its running time and language barrier, not to mention the grandeur of the feelings involved. Opera arguably traffics...

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Friday April 24, 2009 12:15 pm EDT
Lauretta Hannon celebrates dive bars, fishin' holes and other prime pieces of real estate on the wrong side of the tracks in The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life. Hannon's book combines family stories from the gritty, quirky corners of Savannah, Atlanta and Warner Robins, along with tongue-in-cheek motivational passages about the "Way of the Cracker Queen." A National Public... | more...

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Tuesday April 21, 2009 06:43 pm EDT

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After witnessing secondhand another critic's less-than-positive reception of Saltworks' Cumanana show ("art whose list of materials reads like the inventory of a homeless lady's shopping cart"), this writer is more than a little curious to see what's next.

Enter ELSEWHERE: a group show at Saltworks Gallery opening Sat., April 25 from 7-9 p.m. On one hand, the press materials...

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Monday April 20, 2009 03:30 pm EDT

Synchronicity Performance Group presents a different kind of murder mystery with its production of 1:23.

Playwright Carson Kreitzer's drama draws on elements of police procedurals like "Law & Order" in its investigation of the crimes of Susan Smith and two other notorious mothers who killed their children. In 1:23, we know whodunit, so the more pressing question becomes, "Why did they do it?"...

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Monday April 20, 2009 10:00 am EDT
Author and activist Alice Walker has long championed the quilt. For the narrator of her story "Everyday Use," quilts aren't simply objects of beauty and handiwork, but industrious articles meant to be used as well as learned from. Walker's writing has reinforced the symbol of handmade blankets in American history, calling attention to the ways culture and tradition have passed through the hands... | more...

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Friday April 17, 2009 09:29 pm EDT

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State of Play's thrills put reporters above the fold (Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck star in this political thriller. Curt's verdict? Click to find out.)

The Televangelist: 'Lost' episode 13 (In Allison's words, "Ah yes, the long awaited Miles episode!")

New Movies & TV page (CL has a lovely new home for all your big and small screen needs.)

Bench Press: Weekend...

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Friday April 17, 2009 05:53 pm EDT

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Horizons continue to expand westward, due to the recent addition of Georgia Tech's Robert C. Williams Paper Museum to the membership of the Westside Arts District.

This month, the Contemporary opens four standalone exhibitions by four artists, including Mark Wentzel, Rae Goodwin, Tamy Ben-Tor, and Nancy Popp. Don't miss the final viewing of Ben Roosevelt's mysterious...

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Friday April 17, 2009 05:00 pm EDT
A timely, almost bittersweet subtext informs The Mad Generation: A Lowbrow Tribute to the Art & Artists of Mad Magazine at the Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo. The 56-year-old satiric humor magazine goes from monthly to quarterly publication with its April issue. Sometimes it's hard to see the lighter side of the slumping print business model. ??Nevertheless, Mad shaped generations of creative... | more...

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Friday April 17, 2009 10:00 am EDT
I can only assume that curators of African art are under contractual obligation always to paint the walls of their galleries terra cotta orange. Desert Jewels, an exhibition of North African jewelry from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès collection currently on display at the ACA Gallery of SCAD trots out such clichéd decor, but fortunately offers more than enough visual flair to make the experience... | more...

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Monday April 13, 2009 07:02 pm EDT

Our local daily released the official list of staffers accepting buyouts today. Among them, a number of features reporters and, more notably, arts critics.

CL's Scott Henry reports, saying,

The paper also appears to be clearing house of its arts critics: visual arts critic Cathy Fox, theater critic Wendell Brock and classical music critic Pierre Ruhe, as well as Sonia Murray, who...

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Thursday April 9, 2009 02:30 pm EDT









??You can probably tell more about people based on their hairstyles than on factors such as astrological signs, political party affiliations or favorite TV shows. Horizon Theatre’s comedy And Her Hair Went With Her takes place at an African-American hair salon and at one point, two stylists judge personality types based on their hairdos. A tall, natural afro signifies health and...

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Tuesday April 7, 2009 02:34 pm EDT

Last month, the Atlanta Ballet announced that executive director Barry Hughson would be leaving his post to lead the Boston Ballet beginning June 1. Today, the Ballet announced Virginia Hepner as the interim executive director. Hepner spent 25 years with Wachovia and retired from the bank in 2005.

More on Hepner from the Atlanta Ballet's press release:

Hepner has been one of...

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Sunday April 5, 2009 08:00 am EDT
Director Victor Fleming is sometimes remembered as the most famous pinch-hitter of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He took over back-to-back directing duties on arguably the two greatest films of the studio era: The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. Baltimore Sun film critic and New Yorker contributor Michael Sragow has written a biography to rehabilitate the reputation of one of America’s most... | more...

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Friday April 3, 2009 09:00 pm EDT

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Art House Co-op opens Sketchbook Project at MODA (Art House Co-op breaks the mold by taking indie art on the road.)

League does justice to lit history (Curt delves into the third volume of the League of Extraordinary Gentleman graphic novels, Century, from Watchman writer Alan Moore.)

Adventureland finds charm in the mysteries of Pittsburgh (The director of Superbadtakes...

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Friday April 3, 2009 06:20 pm EDT

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In Haruki Murakami's short story, "Tony Takitani," the title character experiences discomfort due to his strange, foreign-sounding name (the Tony part). While it's true that Tony makes a relatively smooth phonetic translation into Japanese, the cultural estrangements of an Asian child of mixed descent are significant, even in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Masato Seto, whose...

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Friday April 3, 2009 10:00 am EDT

Every city has its communities that the local tourism impresarios would
rather visitors not know about. (Summerhill, anyone?) Photographer Titus Brooks Heagins captures Durham, N.C.'s disowned area of East Durham in Durham Stories: Not Hell But You Can See It from Here, currently on view at Composition Gallery. The result is a trenchant living document of a community both entirely unique and...

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Monday March 30, 2009 10:30 pm EDT

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Traveling exhibitions — such as Louvre Atlanta, or the ongoing (though nearly concluded) museological battle between King Tut and China's first emperor — are typically reserved for Atlanta's larger, higher profile institutions. While there's such a thing as a nationally calibrated indie arts tour, rarely does one ever originate here.

Art House Co-op breaks the mold...

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Monday March 30, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The audience never tunes out while watching The Extremists at 7 Stages. At first we sit back and laugh at the doublespeak as CJ Hopkins' media satire takes potshots at some easy targets. By the end, we find ourselves squirming as if we're the ones in the hot seat, mentally justifying our own choices and behaviors. After a stealthy first half, the production confronts the viewers like it's a... | more...

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Monday March 30, 2009 07:00 am EDT



From a restored farmhouse in Dunwoody, the Spruill Gallery offers a quaint oasis of culture among the strip malls, giant restaurant chains and fancy condo complexes. The current exhibit PLAY, on view through April 25, showcases the lighthearted facets of creativity from more than a dozen artists, including Avantika Bawa, Barrett Feldman, Jason Fulford and Staci Stone. As Hope Cohn observes...

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Sunday March 29, 2009 08:00 pm EDT

We’ve officially gone urban. As of last year, more people in the world lived in urban environments than not, according to the United Nations. So it comes as no surprise that the artists in Poised, now on view at Solomon Projects, have channeled our collective confrontation with all things architectural in surprising and satisfying ways.
 
Poised is curated with a minimalist's hand, and wisely...

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Friday March 27, 2009 10:00 pm EDT

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Violence runs in veins of three new plays (Curt Holman takes a closer look at three plays that all share a common thread.)

The 1950s creature features that spawned Monster vs. Aliens (The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Blob and The Fly ... oh my!)

The Televangelist 'Lost' episode 10 (It's "Lost" people, how am I expected to describe it in one dinky sentence?)...

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Friday March 27, 2009 06:42 pm EDT
image-1Inman Park's Whitespace Gallery has earned a reputation for its architectural charm and its stable of idiosyncratic photographers, sculptors and painters. In lieu of a new exhibition, the venue launches a three-week series of underground film screenings, collectively titled At Loose Ends, curated by Brad Lapin. The festivities begin tonight at 9 p.m. with Mary Jordon's Jack Smith and... | more...

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Thursday March 26, 2009 05:30 pm EDT









??When mental patient Catharine Holly declares “I just think I’m dreaming this. It doesn’t seem real,” she offers convenient advice on how to watch Suddenly, Last Summer. ??The 1958 play qualifies as one of the weirdest in Tennessee Williams' canon. It's the go-to work for detractors who want to decry the playwright’s penchant for overheated extremes of human behavior. When Suddenly...

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Monday March 23, 2009 07:10 pm EDT

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The scope of professor Saskia Sassen's research is, in a word, international. How international, you ask? Her work is so cosmopolitan, she's comfortable lecturing on both sides of the Atlantic. Sassen currently serves as the Robert S. Lynd professor of sociology at Columbia University, as well as a centennial visiting professor at the London School of Economics (where,...

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Monday March 23, 2009 04:00 pm EDT
The classic paradox of violence is that no matter how much you abhor it, you can’t look away from it. Ancient Greek dramatists seized audiences' attention with beheadings or blindings, and then hammered their themes of social instruction. Three new plays by young Atlanta theater artists similarly use violence, or its implications, to provoke the viewer into considering some offbeat ideas.... | more...

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Friday March 20, 2009 09:31 pm EDT

image-1The Westside Arts District (WAD) celebrates its second monthly art stroll tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. at Kiang Gallery. After an optimistic reaction to last month's event, the district — including Octane Coffee Bar and Lounge and seven participating galleries — plans to host the event the third Saturday of each month.

Here's a preview of events scheduled Saturday, March...

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Friday March 20, 2009 08:00 pm EDT

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Lux Interior benefit Cramps the Graveyard's style (The Graveyard was transformed into a virtual shrine to Lux, the late Cramps frontman.)

Hollywood Product: I Love You, Man (This flick partners Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in what is surely not another dirty bromance comedy ... right?)

The Televangelist: 'Lost' episode 9 (It's back! And so the speculation can resume —...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 07:00 pm EDT
Thinking about selling your soul? With the economy the way it is, it's probably a better deal than what the banks are offering, but you still might want to think twice. Local actor Timothy Hand has been working with the Vanguard Artist Alliance to update the original deal-with-the-devil tale. He premieres his one-man show Digital Faust Wed.-Thurs., March 18-19 at Eyedrum. Local musicians Track,... | more...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 06:34 pm EDT
Last week's cover story, "Atlanta's arts organizations brace for crisis," offered a fairly bleak and depressing look at the struggle for survival in which local arts organizations – both non-profit groups and private galleries – now find themselves as a result of a shrinking economy. The article looked at the dwindling audiences, reduced grants and a fall-off in individual donations... | more...

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Wednesday March 18, 2009 05:30 pm EDT
New York-based composer Phil Kline isn't afraid of experimentation. He's written music for boombox orchestras and iPod ensembles, as well as for string quartets and Medievalist vocal troupes. He's perhaps best known for the annual production of Unsilent Night, a DIY performance piece in which he passes out tapes to attendees with cassette players, and then they all go electronic Christmas... | more...

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Tuesday March 17, 2009 10:00 am EDT

Every film buff knows that children turned creepy in the 1970s and haven't looked the same since. Australian-born photographer Vee Speers continues in the long tradition of The Omen's Damien, those twins from The Shining, and all the other children of the corn in The Birthday Party, Speers' solo gambit at Jackson Fine Art.

Each of The Birthday Party's 21 large-format cibachrome prints depicts...

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Monday March 16, 2009 05:45 pm EDT
Though he's a native Egyptian, Zahi Hawass is no stranger to Atlanta. The city's become a hotbed of Egyptian activity thanks to the Emory Michael C. Carlos Museum's dedication to the subject, as well as the popular exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs currently on view at the Atlanta Civic Center. As a result, the Egyptologist has likely spent as much time here as on some... | more...

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Friday March 13, 2009 09:11 pm EDT

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ILLUSTRATION/POP ART

Cartoon Madness continues at Alcove Gallery. Read Curt Holman's feature here and view lovely pictures by Liz Barclay here.

Dosa Kim's metaphorical Diet opens at Beep Beep Gallery Saturday night. Check here for a sneak peak.

Birds of a Feather continues at Young Blood Gallery (see also the interview with co-owner Maggie White at BurnAway)....

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Thursday March 12, 2009 07:25 pm EDT

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Atlanta Ballet executive director Barry C. Hughson will finish his tenure May 17. Hughson leaves to take the reigns of the Boston Ballet as of June 1.

From the Chronicle:

During his two-year tenure at Atlanta Ballet, Hughson oversaw the organization’s move to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, completed the sale of 1400 West...

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Thursday March 12, 2009 03:00 pm EDT

When I walked into Marietta's Strand Theatre to see The It Girl, I had an instant flash of what live theater could use in these hard times. Popcorn!

The Strand opened in 1935 as an art deco movie house, but stood vacant for years on Marietta's historic town square (roughly catty-corner from Theatre in the Square). The newly restored venue proves cozier than the Fox Theatre but has a little...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 10:00 pm EDT
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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Given labels such as “Ballet Mavericks” in the press, the Trey McIntyre Project uses ballet technique as the jumping-off point for emotionally charged dance performances. Trey McIntyre of the North Carolina School of Arts, the Houston Ballet Company and the New York City Ballet founded the company in 2004. Executive director John Michael Schert describes the Trey McIntyre Project’s approach to... | more...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Evil clowns famously fuel kiddie nightmares, just as sad clown paintings on black velvet inevitably trouble the dreams of art critics.

Alcove Gallery owner H.C. Warner genuinely loves the greasepaint and sawdust, however, and the word “trapeze” even figures in his e-mail address. For his birthday every February, the Decatur-based artist goes to the circus. “The circus usually comes through...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Donnell Rawlings turned a natural ability to be funny into a craft that pays the bills. He's served in the armed forces, coined a pop-culture catchphrase ("Chappelle's Show's" "I'm rich, bitch!") and appeared in several hit shows, but he's not done yet. He performs at the Vortex's Laughing Skull Lounge March 12-15. Here, Rawlings speaks about what got him into the industry, and what his plans... | more...

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Tuesday March 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT

From 2006-2008, the Cartoon Network’s “Class of 3000” was the brainchild of André Benjamin, who voiced the main character and provided appropriately funky compositions that could be described as OutKast Jr.

The show also embraced surreal sight gags that would seem to defy translation from animation to live theater, but Alliance Children’s Theatre artistic director Rosemary Newcott didn’t...

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Monday March 9, 2009 11:55 pm EDT

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The Atlanta Ballet’s current show begins with a skin-crawling prologue. Wolfish, costumed dancers surround a sleeping man’s bed; a happy wedding repeatedly turns into a mournful funeral; and booming, insistent knocks resound throughout. The rapping sounds suggest Poe’s raven tapping at the chamber door. The images evoke Goya’s nightmarish paintings, and the...

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Friday March 6, 2009 05:30 pm EST
In 7 Stages' The Love Project, Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor bring their considerable talents to explore that many splendored thing that makes the world go 'round. Love is an impossibly broad subject — it's like devoting a show to everything and nothing — but Jones and Ackamoor prove to be such consummate entertainers that they can delight audiences no matter what their... | more...

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Thursday March 5, 2009 06:20 pm EST

image-1 that takes place in Quebec City every two years during May and June. Fortin's been tapped to curate the 2010 edition. According to the press release, she "will announce the theme of the 5th Manif d'art in Quebec City in late-March. She will also host of series of workshops and conversations in Atlanta, starting in mid-April."

Fortin joined the Atlanta-based contemporary art...

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST
After more than 20 years, DC Comics' Watchmen will make the quantum leap from comic book page to live-action film with its release this Friday. If hype and anticipation translate to even a fraction of box office success, Watchmen will affirm the popularity of superheroes — and even R-rated antiheroes — as Hollywood's saviors. The blockbuster could join the ranks of such record-breakers as... | more...

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 04:00 am EST

At least one historian has described the Peruvian song form called cumanana as descuidado, or careless. He meant that in the best way, referring to the form's random, haphazard meter. Likewise, the group exhibition Cumanana currently on view at Saltworks showcases art that feels casual, thrown together and improvisational.

The 13 artists assembled by curator William Cordova all have long...

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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 25, 2009 12:04 am EST

Honey, I shrunk the art.

When it came to art in the 20th century, bigger was better. All Small Redux at Agnes Scott College's Dalton Gallery, however, reconsiders the conundrum of scale by looking through the other end of the telescope. Nothing in All Small exceeds 6 inches in any dimension, or about a minute in length for video works. The hundreds of works by 47 artists range from itty-bitty...

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Wednesday February 25, 2009 12:04 am EST

Horizon Theatre's romantic comedy The 13th of Paris sets up a battle between the modern-day American and classic French conceptions of love, which promises to be a mismatch of David vs. Goliath proportions.

Suave boulevardier Jacques (Mark Kincaid) extols the grand passions and gestures of Gallic romance, while his mixed-up American grandson, Vincent (Chad Martin), helplessly counters with the...

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Wednesday February 18, 2009 12:04 am EST
Dad's Garage Theatre's darkly comic play Mojo suggests that pub-crawlers and bobby-soxers should steer clear of Ezra's Atlantic, a London nightclub in the midst of 1958's rising rock scene. After a potentially big deal goes horribly wrong, Ezra's employees and spongers hole up in the club to sort out their predicament and figure out who's on whose side. One cockney hustler declares, "One of us... | 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
The Atlanta Ballet's current show begins with a skin-crawling prologue. Wolfish, costumed dancers surround a sleeping man's bed; a happy wedding repeatedly turns into a mournful funeral; and booming, insistent knocks resound throughout. The rapping sounds suggest Poe's raven tapping at the chamber door. The images evoke Goya's nightmarish paintings, and the whole disturbing tableau dispels any... | more...

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Wednesday February 11, 2009 12:04 am EST

If the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition serves as the Alliance Theatre's Research and Development Department, then its latest world premiere production, Julia Brownell's Smart Cookie, may represent an alteration in the secret formula.

Inaugurated in 2003 and endowed by the Kendeda Foundation the following year, the program invites students of 30 graduate playwriting programs across 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

Actor's Express' twisty thriller Mauritius turns on a question of authenticity: Is a pair of rare stamps really worth a seven-figure payout? Theresa Rebeck's play explores issues of forgery and perceived value, questions that could be applied to Mauritius itself, which initially resembles a facsimile of American Buffalo.

David Mamet's 1975 classic depicts a trio of losers in a hole-in-the-wall...

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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

Next time you're at the corner of North Avenue and West Peachtree Street, notice the sunlight shining on All Saints Episcopal Church. It's the red stone edifice on the northwest corner across from the MARTA station. The light isn't an accident. Landscape architect Edward L. Daugherty put it there in 1977.

Daugherty may not have physically moved photons through space, but his efforts that year...

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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

By the time the ink on this article dries, the nation will have sworn in the president with the catchiest catchphrase since Eisenhower's "I like Ike." If ever there was a time for art to explore political language, it's now.

Beep Beep Gallery's Popaganda attempts to tackle the visual language of politics without all the messiness of actual politics. Organizers Mark Basehore and James McConnell...

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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.

The 2009 festival...

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Wednesday January 14, 2009 12:04 am EST
Jill Jane Clements and Steve Coulter may be the best possible couple of Atlanta actors to cast in an "opposites attract" romance like Georgia Ensemble Theatre's Southern Comforts. Clements can turn even a staid role into a firecracker, infusing her dialogue and body language with funny interpretations and curlicues. Her women always seem to be vividly "present," while Coulter often excels at... | more...

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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 14, 2009 12:04 am EST

Painters of a certain stripe know that their best work is sometimes their fastest work; pictures that emerge in a sudden rush with no time for second guesses or backward glances.

Mergers & Acquisitions, a wide-ranging group exhibition currently on view at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, benefits from a similar sense of urgency and shortness of time. Due to a last-minute cancellation, curator...

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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.

First,...

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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

In El Bicho: 2008/2009, Cuban painter Tomás Esson takes a detour around the well-behaved superego and instead drives straight for the pulsing flesh of the id. The Hammonds House Museum exhibition comprises 60 of the artist's sexiest, nastiest, most sublime works in an orgiastic feast surveying Esson's creative output over the last 20 years.

A personal menagerie of half-human beasts and beings...

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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
Audiences could be forgiven for worrying that True Colors Theatre Company's Black Nativity might evoke a high school's annual birth of Jesus holiday pageant. The perennial musical's first half takes place "When Christ was born" and hits all the requisite beats of the first Christmas: angels, shepherds, Magi, etc. Plus, True Colors follows a similar approach as its recent holiday productions of... | 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 17, 2008 12:04 am EST

At the end of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Ariel becomes a walking, talking human and weds the prince under a rainbow. That's not how Hans Christian Andersen would remember it.

The Danish author's original version concludes with the prince marrying someone else and the mermaid throwing herself into the sea, where she dissolves into foam and becomes a spirit. Many of Andersen's classics follow...

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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
Given the sheer volume of stuff bursting Flickr's virtual seams and tumbling out of studios belonging to everyone from fine artists to part-timers at Sears, is there anything new to discover about the overexposed, early 21st-century human form? Self-taught photographer Thomas Dozol wades into this glut of human images in a new solo exhibition at Opal Gallery. And with some aplomb he manages to... | more...

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Wednesday December 10, 2008 12:04 am EST

PushPush Theater's memorably titled screwmachine/eyecandy depicts an ordinary middle-class couple, Dan and Maura Brown (Randy Havens and Claire Christie), who find their marital trust, personal dignity and faith in the American way of life tested under enormous pressure. The venue? A TV program called "The Big Bob Show" in Burbank, Calif.

Subtitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big...

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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.

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Wednesday December 3, 2008 12:04 am EST

Of all the versions of the Scrooge stories on stage this season, Dad's Garage's Invasion: Christmas Carol is the only one where you'll hear words like "bacne" or "turduckephant."

Created by the theater's improv ensemble and directed by Dan Triandiflou, the Christmas Carol satire rejiggers the "invasion" concept the theater used in last year's Invasion: Our Town. Both shows turn a theatrical...

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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
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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...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
Did the bubonic plague extinguish Europe's feudal caste system and trigger the rise of the middle-class bourgeoisie? Did yellow fever end the trafficking of African slaves to the New World? Did the Spanish flu halt World War I? According to Outbreak: Plagues that Changed History, currently on view at the CDC's Global Health Odyssey Museum, the answers are maybe, maybe and maybe. And although... | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
Something about radio seems particularly suited to the holidays, perhaps because we grow up with the tradition of radio stations switching to all-Christmas formats after Thanksgiving. Several theaters, including Theatrical Outfit and the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company, are staging holiday plays that tap into the live radio format. Even if a performance isn't going out over the airwaves, the... | more...

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Wednesday November 26, 2008 12:04 am EST
Gangly, charmingly quirky character actor and blogger James Urbaniak became a familiar face to indie-movie audiences thanks to breakthrough roles in American Splendor and Hal Hartley's Henry Fool. He's most respected for his Drama Desk-nominated turn in the acclaimed one-man show Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), but may be most beloved as one of the lead voice actors on Adult Swim's "The Venture... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
The paintings in Proliferate, Marc Brotherton's solo exhibition at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Gallery, map both the potential and the limits of an artist's engagement with his medium. All 11 works are executed in acrylics, most augmented with ink. And although a few paintings generate both heat and light, just as many run aground as the materials and technique fall short of their intended... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST

Theatrical Outfit's production of A Lesson Before Dying initially resembles a study in dated theatricality. Romulus Linney's death-penalty drama, set in Louisiana in 1948, feels like the kind of clunky, midcentury social-issues play that spells out and repeats its themes in the most blatant possible terms.

It's kind of a shock to remember that Ernest J. Gaines published the acclaimed novel in...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
Ballethnic Dance Company co-founders (and spouses) Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II referred to their homegrown take on Tchaikovsky, Urban Nutcracker, as "A Holiday Tradition in the Making" when they first staged the ballet in 1992. Urban Nutcracker has subsequently become an Atlanta tradition and returns Nov. 21-23 at the Ferst Center for the Arts with performances that will undoubtedly... | more...

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Wednesday November 19, 2008 12:04 am EST
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Friday November 14, 2008 09:45 pm EST

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A Lesson Before Dying takes place in 1948 Louisiana. Sixty years later, as I write this in Georgia on Sep. 22, 2008, in less than 24 hours, Troy Davis maybe put to death by lethal injection fo rhe 1989 murder of Savanahh Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail — a murder which many believe he may not have commited. For Officer MacPhail, Mr. Davis, for their...

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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST

Nov. 5 may have been either the most or the least opportune night for the Atlanta premiere of True Colors Theatre Company's Swimming Upstream, a star-studded evening of stories, songs and spoken-word poetry about Hurricane Katrina and the women of New Orleans.

Everyone in the 14th Street Playhouse seemed charged with excitement over the previous night's election of Barack Obama as president of...

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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST
Actor and humorist John Hodgman isn't some kind of human computer, although he plays the PC on Apple's popular "I'm a Mac" ads. He does qualify as a font of obscure knowledge and "fake facts" in his recurring appearances as a "Resident Expert" on "The Daily Show" and through such books as his latest, More Information Than You Require, which he'll be signing at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble on... | more...

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Wednesday November 12, 2008 12:04 am EST
The Shakespeare Tavern has ambition and resources to attempt projects few theater companies would dare. In November of 2003, the company staged all four plays in Shakespeare's Henriad (Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V). Five years later, the Tavern tackles Shakespeare's earlier, seldom produced three-play Henry VI cycle, which artistic director Jeffrey Watkins likes to call "the Pulp... | more...

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Wednesday November 5, 2008 09:50 pm EST
image-1Halloween is over but new blood will pump up vampire fans this month. Nov. 14 sees the Atlanta release of Sweden's Let the Right One In, a spooky drama and  international film critics' hit about a starcrossed friendship between a young vampire and a human, and then Nov. 21 marks the nationwide bow of the film version of Twilight, based on the popular Young Adult novel series of forbidden... | more...

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Wednesday November 5, 2008 12:04 am EST

After a backward look at 20th-century gay history this past spring via Terrence McNally's Some Men, Actor's Express looks to the present and future with The New Century. Director Alan Kilpatrick and three of Atlanta's funniest actors rise to the level of playwright Paul Rudnick's hilarious script and exceed the simple, sentimental notions of the play's latter half.

The New Century begins with...

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Wednesday November 5, 2008 12:04 am EST

Complete the following sentence: The resurgence of the Betty Page pin-up look a) killed feminism faster than Ally McBeal's gigantic eyes and tiny miniskirt, or b) salvaged feminism for a whole new generation that knows how to wield its sexuality like a blowtorch.

Peter Bahouth's Sadie's Choice at Marcia Wood Gallery suggests that the b's have it. Bahouth's latest solo outing comprises a dozen...

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Wednesday October 29, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Class, a high school election comedy currently on the ballot at Dad's Garage Theatre's Top Shelf, examines a hotly contested political dynamic torn from the proverbial headlines. Class playwright Lauren Gunderson pits Mallory (Alison Hastings), an ambitious blonde with an endless list of extracurricular activities, against Collin (Theroun Patterson), a less experienced African-American who... | more...

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Wednesday October 29, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Perhaps no image sums up the undead spirit of Halloween better than the dancing skeleton. Toe-tapping skeletons with xylophone vertebrae provide the backbones of any Mexican Day of the Dead parade. On film, animated skeletons go back at least as far as the 1929 Walt Disney cartoon "Skeleton Dance," which finds a lavish, high-tech counterpart in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas,... | more...

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Wednesday October 29, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Corsets, dolls, bungee cords and clawfoot bathtubs provide part of the repertoire in Dirty Pretty, Zoetic Dance Ensemble's latest feat of athletic modern dance playing Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at 7 Stages. Ellen McCollister, a member of Zoetic's all-female ensemble for eight years, talks about the demands of being a dancer and the development of Zoetic's playful signature imagery. McCollister graduated... | more...

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Saturday October 25, 2008 11:14 am EDT
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Wednesday October 22, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Feisty widow Maxine Levine celebrates her 71st birthday during the Alliance Theatre's new comedy Managing Maxine, but Jana Robbins plays her as the youngest septuagenarian you've ever seen. Robbins describes herself as "at least a decade younger than Maxine" and rules the play like a tart-tongued empress, alternately poised and ingratiating, vivacious and vulnerable as she begins dating after... | more...

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Wednesday October 22, 2008 12:04 am EDT

If you head out to Castleberry Hill the evening of Oct. 24, beware: You may get mobbed. A nomadic band of paparazzi photographers may accost you, detonate flashbulbs in your face, stick microphones at you and then turn suddenly to swarm the next unsuspecting noncelebrity.

If you're fortunate enough to be caught in the melee, then you've stumbled into "Paparazzi Flash Mob," a work of guerilla...

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Wednesday October 22, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The swans come home to roost when the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra returns to perform live accompaniment for Swan Lake, the Atlanta Ballet's first show of the 2008-2009 season at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 23. The Atlanta Ballet had switched to prerecorded music in 2006 over budgetary disputes with the orchestra, but donors recently stepped in to ensure that the 48-piece... | more...

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Monday October 20, 2008 05:06 pm EDT

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ART FUSION 40 CELEBRATED WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER’S 40TH  YEAR: Atlanta’s moneyed art patrons are notoriously conservative and uptight.

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Decades before Madison Avenue suits were defining the "look" of Obama's and McCain's presidential bids, Emory Douglas presided as the godfather of the Black Panther Party's visual identity. Douglas' posters, illustrations, flyers and other ephemera are instantly recognizable for the late-60s, power-to-the-people aesthetic they helped create. Douglas will be reviewing his work during the Party's... | more...

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Words like "honor" and "treason" get tossed around like beanbags in election years, especially this one. The weight of those words, let alone the concepts they signify, seldom register in the flurry to score points in the news cycle.

Sophocles' Antigone, currently playing at Georgia Shakespeare, offers such a powerful object lesson about dissent and sacrifice, it's as though ideals like...

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Brian Eno, one of electronic music's leading lights, famously excoriated computers in a 1995 interview with Wired magazine: "The problem with computers," said Eno, "is that there is not enough Africa in them." Mr. Eno, meet Danielle Roney.

Roney's Genesis Trial: Johannesburg at MOCA GA is a wide-ranging collection of installations that includes video, digital imagery, sound and large-scale...

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Wednesday October 15, 2008 12:04 am EDT
You've probably never seen Bob Bergen before, but chances are you've heard his voice. For 25 years, the Los Angeles-based voice actor has worked in film, television shows and commercials, and is probably most famously known as the current voice of Porky Pig. Atlantans will get the rare opportunity to lay eyes on Bergen when he brings his one-man show to the Basement Theatre on Oct. 17. He also... | more...

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Tuesday October 14, 2008 09:51 pm EDT
image-1<span style="font-size: 10pt;font-family: "Bookman Old Style&quot&quot&quot&quot">Just in time for Election Day, Arts Engine Inc. releases the documentary Election Day and nine other DVDs as part of its Ten Year Anniversary Collection boxed set. Arts Engine Inc. produces socially conscious documentaries and advocates such projects as MediaRights.org, an &#147;on-line commons&#148; for... | more...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Investigative journalist and Harper's Washington editor Ken Silverstein wanted to find out how low Capitol Hill lobbyists would go for a buck (or at least a couple hundred thousand). So he went undercover as a corporate middleman representing the Stalinist dictatorship Turkmenistan and found that there were actually people willing to influence public policy and opinion for a regime deemed "one... | more...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons lets you know exactly where she stands the moment you set foot in the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The following epigram is inscribed near the museum's entrance: "Six things are difficult in this world: to be a woman; to be black; to be Cuban; to believe in love; to believe in people; and the possibility that the world can be better."

Message received....

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT
It's hard to imagine a person less eager to get into the White House than Alonzo Fields, narrator of Theatre in the Square's one-man show Looking Over the President's Shoulder. Played by Barry Scott, Fields claims early on that he never sought the position of White House butler, even though he eventually served at the U.S. president's residence for 21 years and four administrations. "I didn't... | more...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT

While all the other kids were out playing ball and stuff, I used to stay in my room and imagine that there was a camera in the wall. And I used to really believe that I was putting on a television show and that it was going out to somewhere in the world.

– Andy Kaufman as quoted in Michael Largo's new novel Genius and Heroin: The Illustrated Catalogue of Creativity, Obsession, and Reckless...

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Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:04 am EDT
One of Atlanta's most acclaimed young stage directors, Joe Gfaller haunts the Alliance Theatre by day as associate director of marketing and brand management. He's directed terrific productions of plays by David Mamet and Caryl Churchill for 7 Stages, and is currently helming Steven Dietz's adaptation of Dracula, which opens Oct. 9 at Aurora Theatre. He talks about his research into the lore of... | more...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT

"And now here is my secret. A very simple secret. Repeat after me so you will always remember it. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly ... What is essential is invisible to the eye."

– The title character of The Little Prince, a stage adaptation of the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, playing through Oct. 26 at 7 Stages

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT

The Alliance Hertz Stage's comedy revue The Second City: Too Busy to Hate ... Too Hard to Commute begins with a young couple driving South for a vacation in Atlanta. Before they cross inside the I-285 Perimeter, they remark on the pleasant driving conditions and anticipate their visit: "I want to enjoy the city the way the natives do – on foot!"

Maybe you can see where this is going....

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT

Renowned sculptor Jun Kaneko had barely heard of the opera Madama Butterfly, let alone heard it, when Opera Omaha asked him to design a production of the Puccini masterwork. While the Omaha, Neb.-based artist developed his own vision for Madama Butterfly, the essential difference between visual and performing arts struck home.

"Every time I make a piece, that's a visual statement. When...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT
The Second City: Too Busy to Hate ... Too Hard to Commute, playing at the Alliance Hertz Stage through Oct. 26, will test Atlanta's ability to laugh at itself. The comedy revue combines new material about Atlanta with classic sketches from Chicago's legendary Second City troupe, for decades an incubator of future comedy stars from Fred Willard to Mike Myers to Steve Carell. Second City veteran... | more...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Besides authoring more than 40 plays over the years, Lewis Black has built a comedic empire calling "bullshit" on everything from politics to pop culture to religion. Currently, he mediates debates on the merits of beer vs. weed and sororities vs. strip clubs, among other vices, on Comedy Central's "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil." And while he may be best-known for acerbic rants such as "Back... | more...

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Wednesday October 1, 2008 12:04 am EDT
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Wednesday September 24, 2008 12:04 am EDT

GOD SQUAD: The Altar Boyz get down for Jesus.

Everybody loves a bad boy. Bad men, not so much.

Our literature and pop culture tolerate and even glorify troublemakers, from the Little Rascals to perpetually mischievous celebrities such as Jack Nicholson. The younger ne'er-do-wells can symbolize our instincts to take risks, avoid boredom, crack dirty jokes and test boundaries. And, out of...

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Wednesday September 24, 2008 12:04 am EDT

On a somewhat lonely stretch of Marietta Street among a row of neglected and converted industrial spaces, a billboard sits above the pink stucco box of an adult entertainment club. The billboard features the head of a dazed-looking young man with a military haircut, lying sideways on a slab surface. The single word "soldier" occupies the wide empty space to the right.

"Bruno" is the work of...

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Tuesday September 23, 2008 09:10 pm EDT

image-1The Atlanta Ballet announced yesterday that a live orchestra will accompany a selection of its 2008-09 performances. The ballet made the switch to digital music in 2006 to save money. According to the press release:

Swan Lake, the October season opener, February&#146;s Dracula, a favorite of Atlanta audiences, and the May world premier of John McFall&#146;s Don Quixote will feature...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Comedian stands up for sexy | more...

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Wednesday September 17, 2008 12:04 am EDT
Annette Cone-Skelton leads the way | more...