Monday, March 31, 2008

Local Poet and Creative Writing Professor Brigitte Byrd to Read Her Poetry and Sign Books

The Fayette County Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. with a visit from award-winning poet Brigitte Byrd. Brigitte will read selections from her recently published collection, “The Dazzling Land.” The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. The author will sign copies of the book, which will be on sale at the event.

A native of France where she was trained as a dancer, Brigitte Byrd is also the author of “Fence above the Sea,” a poetry collection published in 2005. Her third collection, “Song of a Living Room” is scheduled for fall 2009. Brigitte’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. She was the first-prize poetry winner of the St. Petersburg (Russia) Summer Literary Seminar 2000. Brigitte received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 2003. She currently lives in Fayetteville and teaches Creative Writing at Clayton State University.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.

Offshoot Embarks on Fourth Year of Touring Children’s Shows

Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions, the oldest professional theatre on the Southside, soon begins its tour of anew, company-developed play for children, Tales from Near and Far. After its April 24 debut at the Fayette Family YMCA in Fayetteville, the cast heads out to venues from Jackson to Lithonia to Carrollton. If past experience is any indication, the play will excite children about theatre and storytelling as the company performs for schools, libraries and camps.

The stories, often accompanied by original songs, originated all over the world. “This is an opportunity to stretch the audience’s horizons,” said Offshoot producing artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. “There’s lots of action, quirky characters, animals with human traits, and some humans with animal traits! The actors are having a great time, as is clear in their performances.”

Tales from Near and Far will be presented twice on April 24, at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. As seating at the YMCA Lodge is limited, early ticket purchase is recommended. Admission is $8, with a special $7 ticket for children, full-time students and senior citizens. Groups of 15 or more may take advantage of the $6 per ticket group rate, which must be arranged and paid in advance.

Tickets are on sale at the Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend Road, (770) 631-2520; the Fayette Family YMCA, 215 Huiet Road, (770) 719-9622; and online at www.offshoot.org.

For additional information, group reservations, or inquiries about booking a show, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com.

Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Happenings

Janice Pittsley, drawing exhibit, April 4 - 25 in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Roush Family Gallery. For more information call 770-838-1083.

The Carrollton Artist Guild, spring exhibit, April 4- 25 in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Galleria. Opening Reception Friday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Billie Mathis Three Day Watercolor Workshop for ages 16 to Adult on Monday-Wednesday, April 7-9, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch) at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Classroom #1 This workshop will emphasize design, value and color. Each student is individually monitored. Classes are geared to enhance creativity and the intuitive self in expressions on paper. Critiques will be held at the end of class. Instructor will paint two demos each day. Participants at all levels of ability: beginner, intermediate, and advanced are welcome. Fee is $150 for the three-day workshop. Supply lists are available at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. Instructor, Billie Mathis. Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Acting Up - a theatre acting class for children ages 7-12 in five week sessions on Thursdays, April 10-May 8. from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Classroom, #3. Jenny Lyle, Instructor. Fee: $50 per child. Some sessions will end with a performance. Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Carrollton High School Performing Arts presents The Sound of Music Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre. Directed by Brenda Sue Holcombe. Tickets are $7. Call 770-834-2116 for more information or tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the Cultural Arts Center. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled wih her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. When the Nazis invade Austria the family escapes over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II. This final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

Tiny Tunes Music Class for ages 2-5 and a participating adult. Jenny Lyle, Instructor. On Mondays from 10:30 -11:00 a.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Room. Participants will learn child appropriate music through group singing and playing musical instruments in a fun and friendly environment. $25 per child. All materials provided. (Sessions: April 14-May 19 .) Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Adult Pottery Class - Adults ages 16 and up. In six week sessions on Tuesdays, April 15-May 20. from 6-9 p.m. at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Classroom # 2. Heidi Lewis, Instructor. $100 per participant plus a $25 supply fee paid to the instructor. Additional wheel time by appointment at no added charge. Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Acrylic Painting - for ages 16 to adult on Wednesdays from 3-5:00 p.m. in Classroom #2. Alan Kuykendall, Instructor. Supply list available at registration. Fee: $40 per participant for each six week session. (Sessions: April 16-May 21) Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Watercolor Classes for adults, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in Classroom #4. Fee: $50, Patsy Monroe, instructor. Supply list available at registration. Beginning Watercolor Classes on Wednesdays in six week sessions on April 16-May 21. Advanced Watercolor Class on Thursdays in six week sessions April 17-May 22. Register on line at www.cprcad.org or call 770-838-1083.

Carroll County Community Chorus presents a spring concert series “Our Favorite Songs” on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre. Charles Allen Conductor. Tickets are $10. For more information call 770-838-1083.

Children’s Hour Spring Concert on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre. The concert will feature performances by participants in CPRCAD Cultural Arts programs. Free. Call 770-838-1083 for more information.

The Georgia District of Kiwanis Art and Talent Showcase will be held April 26 at 3:00 p.m. at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $5. The showcase is a capstone event that features students that have won local competitions that were held by Kiwanis Clubs throughout the State of Georgia.The District Showcase is sponsored by the Georgia Kiwanis Memorial Foundation and it is hosted by Division 20 of the Georgia District of Kiwanis, and the Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Division. For more information call 770-838-1083

JERSEY BOYS Makes Its Atlanta Debut (May 27 – June 21, 2009)

Special Four-Week Engagement Co-Presented by Broadway Across America – Atlanta and Theater of the Stars

Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta partners with Theater of the Stars to present the much-anticipated Atlanta premiere of Broadway’s latest smash hit, JERSEY BOYS, which comes to The Fabulous Fox Theatre for a special four-week engagement during the 2009 season from May 27 – June 21. This infectious Tony Award-winning musical tells the unforgettable story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

“We are thrilled to once again bring the very best of Broadway directly to Atlanta audiences,” comments Stephanie Parker, Vice President of the Mid South Region for Broadway Across America. “We have no doubt the Jersey Boys premiere will be a huge draw for Atlanta theatre-goers in 2009.”

“This rags-to-riches tale of pop icons The Four Seasons is classic story telling at its best, and the music is sensational,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “We are delighted to partner on this show and look forward to audiences here experiencing this powerful and energetic musical.”

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!” proclaims Time Magazine.

Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award® -winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Tickets to JERSEY BOYS can be secured by purchasing Broadway Across America – Atlanta’s 2008-2009 Season packages, which are on sale now with prices ranging from $105.00 – $399.00. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public closer to the engagement. Subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-800-278-4447 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Season Tickets for Theater of the Stars 2008 Season are on sale NOW by calling 404-252-8960. Discover the many benefits of being a subscriber such as personal service, premium seating and ticket exchange privileges. A full schedule of the season – and some “extras” - along with seating options and seating charts, is listed on our web site at: www.theaterofthestars.com.

Broadway Across America (Producer): Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and led by Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 42 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Current productions include A CATERED AFFAIR, PASSING STRANGE, SPAMALOT, GO DIEGO GO and THE BACKYARDIGANS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Theater of the Stars celebrates our 56th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about our history of excellence, visit www.theaterofthestars.com

Community-based Soap Opera Targeting Clayton County Teenagers

Thanks to the partnership with FYI Events, Inc. a community based 501(c) 3 and Georgia’s Art Council Grassroots Arts Program, Enough Entertainment, a public relations, advertising and event planning agency, is excited to introduce a free Teen Soap Opera Production Camp Audition for adolescents [ages 10-17] on April 6, 2008 at the Clayton County Headquarters Library in Jonesboro, Georgia from 1:00pm-5:00pm. The FREE production camp on April 7th- 12th is designed to entertain and inform selected participants as they learn how to produce a soap opera series that represents their community.

The mission of the program is to teach camera and lighting techniques, acting cues, scriptwriting, audio and production design tips that motivate our adolescents especially females to learn teamwork, conflict resolutions, social skills and basic writing rules. “We believe our series of shows can inspire participants to have confidence, express diverse opinions and explore careers behind the scenes of the entertainment industry”.

The President and CEO of Enough Entertainment began to see the effects of the entertainment industry on the spirits of adolescents in our Southern states and wondered how she could help. Realizing there were still few programs teaching youth in rural communities how to be confident adults, she decided to create a series of shows that encourages adolescents especially females to feel comfortable in their skins, make a smooth transition into adulthood and to be confident when following their passion [LIGHT] in life. “Our program’s content is on subject matters not traditionally taught in school systems but have a significant impact on the adolescent’s decision making process, self-esteem and integrity”.

Enough Entertainment plans to expand this free production camp throughout the Southern region of the United States and the Guadalajara, Mexico area. Targeted populations are parents below the two-hundred percent poverty level, ex-offenders, foster care and college-educated parents of middle class African American and Latin American adolescents. Kesha Barajas (Program Director) states, “We believe this innovative approach can promote social change that inspires our youth to openly tell the world their solutions.” Our free camp is designed to accomplish three main objectives:
Strengthen the teamwork and self-acceptance among adolescents.
Help build the participants’ confidence and integrity.
Produce age-appropriate programs and positive exposure for our sponsors.

With the expertise of Kesha Barajas (Program Director) and Tandi Productions, a video, film and television production company we plan to administer workshops, seminars, and hands-on demonstrations to teach adolescents how to effectively express an opinion using real life experiences. “Our dedicated staff and parent volunteers will work together to provide guidance and direction to the teams as they compete to win performance awards, prizes, and the opportunity to become a paid contributing writer for the program’s official online publication: This Little Light of Mine Magazine” states, Kesha Barajas.

Sponsors include: Clayton County Public Libraries, Georgia’s Art Council Grassroots Arts Program, Tandi Productions Enterprises, Freestyle Productions, Personal Touch Nail care, Keshia Jackson [Fusion Salon and Spa] and Enough Entertainment, LLC.

For more information on Enough Entertainment’s services and series of shows [KeRae’s Common-Sense Tips; KeRae’s Cooking 101; KeRae’s Dance Class; Public Service Announcement (PSAs); Teen Soap Opera and Music Spotlight], please call 404.446.7240 or visit www.enoughentertainment.com.

Enough Entertainment, LLC is a creative public relations, advertising and event planning agency specializing in progressive communication ideas. Since 2000, we have been committed to managing and executing events, providing brand enhancing solutions and implementing cost-effective campaigns for our clients. Our experience has allowed us to work with various product and service companies, entertainment groups and non-profit organizations. In addition to providing our clients with first-class service and positive exposure, we offer grassroots promotions, image consulting, consumer research and a variety of print/video productions. Our core methods focus on listening, researching and implementing a strong plan of action that can enhance our clients’ brand in the community. Our mission is to be an innovative leader in providing personalized marketing strategies, quality events, and cost-effective advertising solutions that strengthen the community and increase our clients’ bottom line. The official Web page is scheduled for an April 2008 debut.

HOW DID WE NAME ENOUGH ENTERTAINMENT?
It all began several years ago when our insightful leader decided to move to Dallas, Texas after graduation. Why Dallas? Well, after deciding to test her talents in the real world- she covered her eyes and Dallas was the first city her finger touched. She had no idea that this adventure would become the birthplace of her legacy. Like most college graduates, bills were piling up and she had no idea what direction to take her life. In a panic she began waiting tables in a prestigious part of Dallas called Beltline. One day a woman sat in her section and changed her life. The customer was rude, cheap and condescending to the point where she said, “Enough”! The next day Ms. Crockett established Enough Entertainment. Yes, she eventually quit, but not before convincing a manager to sponsor her company’s first event: “Can Food Drive for the Homeless.”

Two More Photography Classes in Fayette County

May 1, 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Beginning Digital Photography
Learn to use your digital camera! Topics covered include, settings, basic composition, taking photos of people, simple lighting, black & white and macro photography. Bring your camera, manual, and a couple photos to the class. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. Call the art center at 770-631-2780 or email the instructor at donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. This is the last time this class will be featured until September.

May 2, 10 to noon Photoshop Elements for Beginners
Have a Digital Darkroom on your computer -- use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital images. Use this program to restore old cherished family photos. Learn black and white conversion – even adding or deleting a person from a photo. Learn scrapbooking tips, many more effects demonstrated for you and written steps provided. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. Call the art center at 770-631-2780 or email the instructor at donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. This is the last time this class will be featured until September.

Dramatic Floral Photography -- Introduction to Lensbaby Magic

Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 3pm, Donna Rosser leads you through a workshop that will open your eyes to the simple beauty in your own backyard. Learn how to take breathtaking photos of flowers that will become dramatic decorating pieces for your home, cards for friends, or create you own book.

This workshop includes work with point and shoot cameras as well as SLR-type cameras. The workshop will also feature the Lensbaby lens. Lensbabies™ are selective focus SLR lenses that bring one area of your photo into sharp focus with a “sweet spot” surrounded by gradually increasing blur. You can move the sweet spot by bending the lens. Donna’s latest addition to her camera bag is a Lensbaby 3G with the telephoto, wide-angle, and macro accessories. There will be some Lensbabies on hand for you to demo.

The class will be at The Fayette Art Center and Gallery. Cost of this one-day-only, special class is $75 for art center members and $95 for non members. If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to email Donna (donna@thebarefootphotographer.com). You can sign up by emailing Donna or calling the Fayette Art Center at 770-631-2780.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Happenings at the High - May

MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS

Masterpiece of the Month: Sarcophagus of a Cat, Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Virginia Shearer, the High’s Associate Chair of Education, will discuss the Sarcophagus of a Cat in the “Louvre and the Ancient World” exhibition. (pg. 3)

Exhibition Opening: “Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright” May 3 (pg. 2)

Exhibition Closing: “Georgia O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle” and “TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art” May 4 (pg. 2)

Exhibition Closing: “Louvre Atlanta: The Eye of Josephine” May 18 (pg. 2)

Book signing with Zonya Brewton, Saturday, May 3, 2 to 4p.m.
Join Zonya Brewton, author of “Poems to our Daughters” for a book-signing at the High’s main Museum Shop. "Poems to Our Daughters" is an inspirational book of narrative poetry dedicated to all women, mothers and daughters. (pg. 3)

Celebrate Mom at the High for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, 12 to 5 p.m.Treat your mother to a special day she’ll never forget—enjoy gallery viewing as well as special Mother’s Day gift selections and discounts in the Museum Shop. Buy one adult ticket; get one free; always free for members (pg. 4)

The Artful Garden Tour, Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
The Artful Garden Tour provides spectacular views of seven of Atlanta’s finest gardens in Loring Heights, Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills and Inman Park. The self-guided tour includes gardens that feature traditional garden art, modern outdoor sculpture, and whimsical art in contemporary, traditional, formal and informal garden environments. (pg. 4)


Special EXHIBITIONS

Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright
May 3–August 10, 2008
This dynamic new body of work by Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright will debut at the High Museum of Art in May 2008. “Young Americans” is a portraiture project exploring the attitudes and opinions of young Americans (18–25 years old) toward their nation and their identity as Americans. Individual relationships to the nation as a whole are of increasing relevance as political engagement comes to the foreground in the 2008 election year. The themes explored in “Young Americans” also echo those of the Civil Rights Era, as examined in “Road to Freedom: 1956–1968” and “After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy,” which will be on view simultaneously beginning June 7.
“Young Americans: Photographs by Sheila Pree Bright” is organized by the High Museum of Art with generous support from the AETNA Foundation.

Georgia O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle
Through May 4, 2008
“Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle” places the iconic work of O’Keeffe in the fresh context of artistic predecessors in the circle of her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The exhibition reveals how various women artists in the Stieglitz circle paved the way for O’Keeffe’s emergence in 1915. The exhibition features approximately 90 works—including paintings, drawings and photographs—by Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as by Pamela Colman Smith, Katharine Nash Rhoades, Georgia Engelhard, Gertrude Käsebier, Anne Brigman, and Alfred Stieglitz.
“Georgia O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle” is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius” initiative. Additional funding has come from the National Council of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and The Burnett Foundation. This exhibition is generously supported by The Buckhead Community Bank, Corporate Environments, Larson-Juhl, and SmartSamantha.com. It is a part of the “Women in Art” series, sponsored by Turner Broadcasting, which celebrates the significant contributions of women in the arts.

TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art
Through May 4, 2008
Including new and recent work by 48 artists from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, “TRANSactions” highlights the diverse and cross-cultural nature of Latin American and Latino artists who work in all media and across disciplines, both within the United Sates and throughout Latin America. Featuring 50 works, the exhibition showcases a large group of artists who, despite their differences, have commonly explored the question of identity through their own cultures and life experiences. Artists included are Francis Alÿs, Los Carpinteros, Alfredo Jaar, Ana Mendieta, Vik Muniz and others.
“TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art” is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. The exhibition is made possible by the generous contributions of MCASD’s International Collectors, the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture, and The James Irvine Foundation.

Louvre Atlanta: The Eye of Josephine
Through May 18, 2008
“The Eye of Josephine” reassembles more than 60 masterworks from the collection of Greco-Roman and Egyptian antiquities installed by Empress Josephine Bonaparte at Malmaison, her residence on the outskirts of Paris. In 1802 King Ferdinand IV of Naples gave Napoleon Bonaparte a collection of antiquities unearthed at Herculaneum and Pompeii as a peace offering, which Napoleon in turn gave to his wife, Josephine. The exhibition, which reunites Josephine’s antiquities for the first time since their dispersal among the Louvre’s various collections in 1814, features fragments of frescoes, bronzes, marbles, an extensive group of Greek vases and a small number of Egyptian sculptures.
Lead patronage for the project has been provided by longtime Board Member Anne Cox Chambers. Accenture is the Presenting Partner. UPS, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and AXA Art Insurance are Lead Corporate Partners for “Louvre Atlanta.” The Foundation Partner is The Sara Giles Moore Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Forward Arts Foundation, Frances B. Bunzl and Tull Charitable Foundation. The Rich Foundation serves as Planning Partner for the project. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and 70s
Through August 10, 2008
This permanent collection exhibition will feature photographs by Garry Winogrand, Danny Lyon, Susan Meiselas, and Dennis Carlyle Darling made in America in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition comprises three well-known photographic essays created between the years of 1963 and 1975—Winogrand’s “Women Are Beautiful”, Lyon’s “The Bikeriders”, and Meiselas’s “Carnival Strippers”—as well as a series of portraits of Chicago motorcycle gangs by Dennis Carlyle Darling never before displayed at the High. Each body of work examines social groups living on the fringes of mainstream culture during the critical decades in American history that witnessed the Women’s Liberation Movement, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, and the emergence of the American counterculture. “Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and 70s” is organized by the High Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible with generous support from W Atlanta Midtown.

Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Ancient World
Through September 7, 2008
This exhibition features masterpieces from the founding cultures of Western civilization and includes more than 70 works from the Louvre’s unparalleled Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman antiquities collections. Showcasing works dating from the third millennium BC through the third century AD, the exhibition examines the rise of the museum and its collections of antiquities under Napoleon, the discoveries and decipherment of hieroglyphs and cuneiform and the Louvre’s leading role in excavating the cradle of civilization at the end of the 19th century and during the 20th century. A special installation showcases the colossal ten-foot-long “Tiber”—one of the largest sculptures in the Louvre’s collections. The statue, which has not left the museum since it was acquired in 1804, personifies the river Tiber, Rome’s main trade artery.
Lead patronage for the project has been provided by longtime Board Member Anne Cox Chambers. Accenture is the Presenting Partner. UPS, Turner Broadcasting Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and AXA Art Insurance are Lead Corporate Partners for “Louvre Atlanta.” The Foundation Partner is The Sara Giles Moore Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Forward Arts Foundation, Frances B. Bunzl and Tull Charitable Foundation. The Rich Foundation serves as Planning Partner for the project. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.


SPECIAL EVENTS & lECTURES

Masterpiece of the Month: Sarcophagus of a Cat in the “Louvre and the Ancient World” exhibition
Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. Hill Auditorium
Virginia Shearer, the High’s Associate Chair of Education, will discuss the Sarcophagus of a Cat in the “Louvre and the Ancient World” exhibition.
Free with museum admission and free to members

Fulton County Free Saturday
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, the High Museum of Art welcomes Fulton County residents to the Museum for free. Fulton County residents who show proof of residency may view our current exhibitions as well as the Permanent Collection.
Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

Book signing: “Poems to our Daughters” by Zonya Brewton
Saturday, May 3, 2 to 4 p.m. Main Museum Shop
Join Zonya Brewton, author of “Poems to our Daughters” for a book-signing at the High’s main Museum Shop. "Poems to Our Daughters" is an inspirational book of narrative poetry dedicated to all women, mothers and daughters. "Poems to Our Daughters" offers support, motivation and inspirational teachings through descriptive, narrative storylines pulled together in a fun and poetic way. This book has life situations that all women will relate to and be able to share not only with their daughters but also with their girlfriends.

Art in the City: Thursday Nights at the High
Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Relax and rejuvenate at the High after work! The Museum offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. including events such as guided tours, lectures, gallery talks, music, wine-tastings, book-signings, and more. This is a great way to see special exhibitions and avoid the weekend crowds. A guided tour of Permanent Collection highlights is offered at 6:30 p.m.
Free with museum admission and free to members

Celebrate Mom at the High for Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 11, 12 to 5 p.m.Treat your mother to a special day she’ll never forget—a visit to the High on Mother’s Day to view extraordinary antiquities from the Louvre Museum in Paris including those owned by Empress Josephine. Enjoy gallery viewing, special Mother’s Day gift selections in the Museum Shop, and more!
Members will receive an additional 10% discount in the Museum Shop. Also in the Museum Shop, receive a $25.00 gift certificate on purchases of $250 or more.
Buy one adult ticket; get one free; always free for members

Artist in Conversation: Jack Whitten
Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m. Hill Auditorium
Join NY-based painter Jack Whitten for a candid talk about his life as a contemporary artist and influences on his work. This program is a joint partnership between The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the High Museum.
Free with museum admission, free to High Museum and A.C.A.C. Members

Friday Jazz
Friday May 16, 5 to 10 p.m.
The Melvin Jones Quintet is May’s Friday Jazz performer. Melvin Jones possesses a stylistic philosophy, an almost hypnotic sound, and technical facility found among few trumpeters his age. Whether he's playing lead trumpet, screaming on top of a professional horn section, performing serious classical repertoire, or stepping out in front of a quartet and leading a jam session, this young man proves to be quite capable of capturing the attention of any audience. Held on the third Friday of every month, Friday Jazz includes live musical performances, art-making activities and gallery tours. Food and drink available for purchase. Media partner is WJZZ Smooth Jazz 107.5.
Free with museum admission and free to members

The Artful Garden TourSaturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
The Artful Garden Tour provides spectacular views of seven of Atlanta’s finest gardens in Loring Heights, Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills and Inman Park. The self-guided tour includes gardens that feature traditional garden art, modern outdoor sculpture, and whimsical art in contemporary, traditional, formal and informal garden environments. Several of the gardens have been featured in magazines such as Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle and Better Homes and Gardens. Hosted by the High’s Art Partners Membership group, all proceeds will benefit the High.
$20: $25 at the door; $18 groups of 10 or more. Free for children 15 years and younger when accompanied by adult; Strollers not permitted

HIGHlights Tour
Tuesday–Sunday, 1 p.m.; Thursday 6:30 p.m.
Get to know the new High! All tours are guided. Meet in the Wieland Pavilion Lobby.
No registration required. Free with museum admission.


fAMILY PROGRAMMING

Toddler Thursdays
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center
Experience this popular pre-school art education program! Parents and their children ages 2 to 4 are encouraged to look at works of art within the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collections as well as to create a masterpiece to take home. Drop by any time and stay as long as you like. A treat for parents and toddlers! No registration required. Sponsored by Carters/ OshKosh.
No registration required. Free with museum admission.

Saturday Studio
Saturday, May 3, 10, 17, 24; 1 to 4 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center
Visit us with your family to explore the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Then join us for a variety of fun art making activities in the Education Center’s art workshops. Drop in anytime between 1 – 4 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Greene Family Education Center
Children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions may visit us and explore the Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions. Join us for a variety of fun art making activities. Select dates inspired by “Louvre Atlanta.”
No registration required. Free with museum admission.

Weekend Family Tour
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Meet in the Greene Family Learning Gallery.
Explore the new High as a family on this interactive guided adventure in the galleries.
No registration required. Free with museum admission.

Greene Family Learning Gallery
Ongoing
The Greene Family Learning Gallery comprises five hands-on activity areas: Building Buildings, Transforming Treasure, Making a Mark, Sculpting Spaces and Telling Stories. These discovery activity areas are inspired by some of the most popular objects in the Museum’s collection. Located on the first floor of the Stent Family Wing, the Greene Family Learning Gallery is designed to serve children from pre-school through ten years of age, their families and caregivers through exhibitions that will change periodically in connection with the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.
No registration required. Free with museum admission.


FiLM Series

All films begin at 8 p.m. and are screened in the Richard H. Rich Theatre. The theatre is located in the Memorial Arts Building, adjacent to the High at Peachtree and 15th Streets in midtown Atlanta. All films are in their original language(s) with English subtitles. The public may call the High’s film hotline at 404-733-4570 for up-to-the-minute information about visiting directors, receptions, changes or cancellations and a free subscription to the quarterly film calendar. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for Museum members, senior citizens and students. Patron-level members enter free. For in-depth film series descriptions, click here or call the films hotline.

Film Festival of India:
The High Museum of Art will present “Film Festival of India” beginning May 9 and running through May 31. The seventh Film Festival of India is co-sponsored by the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and the Indo-American Film Society.

“The Voyeurs” Friday, May 9
Two computer nerds install a camera to spy on their neighbor, an aspiring Bollywood actress. Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta infuses his critique of the culture of surveillance with humor and magical realism. (India, 2007, 115 minutes.)

“Before the Rains” Saturday, May 10
In the lush landscape of India’s southwestern Kerala state, Henry Moore (Linus Roache), a married Englishman with a colonialist’s sense of entitlement, plans to build a spice plantation. The year is 1937, but here road-building is still done with laborers and elephants, and Moore relies upon his right-hand man, T. K. (Rahul Bose), to run the show while he romances his lovely housekeeper, Sajani (Nandita Das). Their taboo relationship is eclipsed by the arrival of his wife and son from England. In the events that ensue, Moore finds that his fortress of privilege and power can’t shield him from the community’s outrage. In the Toronto Film Festival catalogue, Cameron Bailey praised director Santosh Sivan’s (The Terrorist) marrying of striking photography and period details with film-noir plotting: “Rahul Bose . . . is the heart of the film: here is the Indian man navigating all the harsh choices that came with colonization.” (U.S., 2007, 98 minutes.) In English and Malayalam with subtitles.

“The Eclipse” Friday, May 16
Director Mohan Krishna Indraganti won the Indian National Film Awards debut film award for this unnerving study of mysticism, superstition, and misogyny that centers on the relationship between a landowner’s wife and a teenaged student. (India, 2004, 96 minutes.)

“Outsourced” Saturday, May 17
In this comedy, Todd (Josh Hamilton) learns lessons not taught in business school when he’s outsourced to a village outside Mumbai after his employer transfers the company’s call center. (U.S. 2006, 98 minutes.)

“Amal”, Saturday, May 31
This fable-like movie follows a generous auto-rickshaw driver in New Delhi who picks up a cranky, seemingly homeless man. The following events reveal the best and worst of human nature. (Canada, 2007, 101 minutes.)

Starring Javier Bardem:
This series pays tribute to the charismatic Spanish actor who recently electrified audiences with his Oscar-winning performance in “No Country for Old Men.” The series continues in June.

“Before Night Falls” Thursday, May 8
Julian Schnabel’s second film is an unconventional portrait of the exiled Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who was persecuted for both his art and homosexuality. He fled to New York, where he died in 1991. As Stephen Holden observed in his “New York Times” review, the film “conjures up fragments of Arenas’s consciousness inbrilliant, disconnected flashes . . . reconstructing crucial moments as a succession of bright, feverish illuminations.” Anchoring the film’s inspired imagery is Bardem’s driven performance, which is filled with hunger, force, and fury. (U.S., 2000, 133 minutes.) In English, Spanish, French, and Russian with subtitles. This film is not appropriate for children.

“Live Flesh” Thursday, May 22
Less giddy but more gripping, Live Flesh signaled a new artistic depth for director Pedro Almodovar, who cast Javier Bardem in the starring role of David, a policeman who is shot in the line of duty. Unable to walk, David transforms himself into a wheelchair basketball star and marries former junkie Elena, who has turned her life around. Their life together seems secure until Viktor, a macho guy infatuated with Elena and convicted of wounding David, is released from prison. In the “New York Times”, Janet Maslin called the film “a richly detailed tale of passion, perfidy, and revenge.” (Spain/France, 1997, 103 minutes.) In Spanish with subtitles. This film is not appropriate for children.


GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION

Museum Hours
Mondays CLOSED
Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.
*Friday Jazz (3rd Friday of every month, except Dec.), 5 to 10 p.m.
Check www.High.org for special extended hours during special exhibitions and events.
Closed January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and December 25.


Ticket Information
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000, online at www.High.org or in person at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office. Service charges apply for phone and online purchases.

General admission:
Adult $18
Senior citizens and college students with ID $15
Children ages 6 to 17 $11
Children under age 6 and Members Free
*All pricing includes free audio-guide tours.

Groups of 10 or more receive discounts:
Adult Group $15/person
Senior or College Group $13/person
Student Group $6/person

Groups receive added benefits:
10% discount in the Museum Shop
Free bus parking
Vouchers for discounted car parking
Advanced reservation privileges

Contact Group Sales at 404-733-4550 or groupsales@woodruffcenter.org.

Services for Persons with Special Needs
The High offers guided tours to groups with sight, hearing or physical disabilities. For additional information or to request a tour, call the Museum’s Education Department at 404-733-4468 at least three weeks in advance. The TDD number is 404-733-4465.

Membership at the High:
All General Member Levels Enjoy:
Unlimited free admission to the Museum collections, special exhibitions, and Friday Jazz
Invitations to members-only previews and events
Special discounts on Museum lectures and programs, Museum Shop, Café, and Table 1280 Restaurant & Tapas Lounge, and select Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performances.
For more information on membership at the High, visit www.high.org/join/membership or contact Member Services at 404-733-4575 or hmamem@woodruffcenter.org

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Classical Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Dance Camp

June 2 - 26, 2008
Two- and Four-Week Programs Available
Dance Fun and Training for Ages 4 Years to Adult
Includes a special performance at the conclusion of Week 4.

Ages 4 - 6 Years:
Creative Dance/Ballet/Jazz/Story Time/Choreography
Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ages 7 - 10 Years:
Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Choreography/Story Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Elementary II, Ages 8 - 12 Years:
Ballet/Jazz/Choreography
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Elementary III, Ages 9 - 12 Years:
Ballet/Pointe/Jazz/Modern/Yoga/Stage Makeup/Dance History/Healthy Eating
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 - 4:00, Dancers bring their own lunch.

Intermediate/Advanced:
Ballet/Pointe/Variation/Modern/Jazz/Yoga/Character/Stage Makeup/Dance History/Health Eating
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Dancers bring their own lunch

Teen Ballet/Theatrical Jazz
Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Non-refundable registration fee due by April 1st.
Fee balance is due by May 17.

For more information, including fee information, please contact Classical Dance Theatre at 770-252-5515 or visit www.classicaldancetheatre.com.
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Monday, March 24, 2008

Roush Family Gallery Presents "Drawings" by Janice M. Pittsley

The Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center presents “Drawings” by Janice M. Pittsley, Professor/School of Art, Arizona State University, Foundation Drawing Coordinator. Her work combines a variety of traditional drawing materials: graphite, charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, and erasers. She says her intention is to use their diverse physical qualities to create a harmonious and engaging material presence. The processes and the materials she uses reflect visual contrasts: the hard edge achieved with sharpened pencil combined with the blurred edge of pastel, the opacity of many layers with the transparency of one, the somber palette of charcoal with the pure pigment of pastel combine allowing representation and abstraction meet.

Ms. Pittsley says, “My drawings are developed from a variety of sources and interests. For the past nineteen years I have lived in the desert Southwest. The vast spaces and elegant simplicity of the desert landscape have influenced the vocabulary of form and space in my drawings. Ongoing study of traditional Eastern art and culture continue to be important influences. In particular, Eastern perspectives on nature, landscape, space, and beauty have expanded my visual vocabulary and conceptual realm.”

The Galleria will host the Carrollton Artist Guild’s spring exhibit “Monochromatic.” The intention of this display is to explore the possibilities of one color. Perfect for watercolors, the meaning of the title is to stretch the base color from pure, straight out of the tube pigment to the color of the surface. Imagine Red watercolor from the tube watered down until it becomes the paper only. From dark red to medium to light red, to pinks- the white paper beginning to show through, to tinted shades until it becomes just the white of the paper. Black and white photography is another prime example, charcoal sketches, or pencil drawings are monochromatic, simply one on one. The simplicity of “the one” leaves room for imagination to seek its own interpretation.

The Guild will host a reception in the Galleria on Friday night, April 4th from five until seven p.m. The public is invited to come meet the artists and view their work.

Galleries are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 1-4 p.m. For more information call the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center at 770-838-1083.

Festival's Georgia Mountain Marketplace Offers Selections from Some of Region's Best Artists

The Georgia Mountain Marketplace is traditionally a major aspect of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival coming up Friday through Sunday, April 18-20.

The upcoming 12th annual festival is following that tradition, featuring a remarkable collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade art and crafts. The 2008 festival, held in and around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, is once again presenting the juried work from an impressive group of top quality artists.

The Georgia Mountain Marketplace, held on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, has attracted several folk artists this year, including Billy Roper of Talking Rock, Ken (Blacktop) Gentle of Rome, Southern rural scenes painter Maurice Cook of Birmingham, AL., and Robert Perry of Murphy, NC, as well as folk art gourds from Tim and Karen Chambers/TKC from Highlands, NC. Also available will be framed screen paintings and urban drawings.

Other booths will contain a wide selection of work from furniture makers, musical instrument makers, potters, and quilt makers, plus a selection of gourds, jewelry, wood items, whirligigs, crocheted tablecloths, brooms, homemade jams, jellies and relishes, handmade soaps and lotions, natural honey products, photography, cutting boards, and baskets. There will also be a gold panning demonstration, booths from music organizations including the Southeastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA), the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association, and The Wiggins Group for Traditional Music, and exhibits from major sponsors of the festival.

A description of Bear on the Square major events; schedules of things to see and do including Mainstage music performances, Doc Johnson's Traveling Miracle Medicine Show, the popular Gospel Jam, a street dance, family activities, and music workshops; biographical information and photos of the music headliners, and listings of all participating artists and festival sponsors can be found at www.bearonthesquare.org.

This year's Bear on the Square festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, with an Appalachian Jam on the lawn of the Gold Museum and a flatpicking guitar workshop. The jamming by local and visiting musicians continues day and night throughout the weekend.

Friday night, the annual Live Country Auction featuring extensive Appalachian folk art and crafts from many of the Marketplace artists and specialty items from Dahlonega shops and restaurants will be held in a large tent at Bear Central in Hancock Park.

Performances by the Mainstage music headliners will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the tent in Hancock Park, and the park will also be the location of a heritage center demonstrating mountain traditions. The lineup includes nationally-known, regional and local performers including legendary old-time musicians Norman and Nancy Blake, who will appear on stage with famed fiddler James Bryan and his daughter Rachel, and the dynamic Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Inc., which stages the show each year, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization whose mission is to preserve and celebrate the culture of the Southern Appalachians through the presentation of music, traditional craft, and folkways. Tax deductible donations are welcome and can be sent to P.O. Box 338, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Co-sponsor of the festival is the Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.

GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE’S SHAKE AT THE LAKE RETURNS TO PIEDMONT PARK

Back by popular demand, Georgia Shakespeare returns to Piedmont Park to present Shake at the Lake, May 7 – 11 at 7:30pm. This year’s offering of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters will be presented free and under the stars on the Lake Lawn of Piedmont Park, located behind the Visitors Center at 12th Street. Although free, tickets are required and may be picked up beginning at 10am on the day of the performance at the Piedmont Park Visitors Center or at the Conant Performing Arts Center box office (4484 Peachtree Rd., Oglethorpe University). For more information, visit www.shakeatthelake.com or call the Georgia Shakespeare box office at 404.264.0020.

“The Servant of Two Masters will be our fifth free production in Piedmont Park,” said Georgia Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner. “Shake at the Lake has established itself as Atlanta’s unofficial kick-off to spring. Each year, people line up earlier and earlier to get their tickets to this widely anticipated event. Even with the new drought restrictions, audiences can anticipate the same high quality performances of years past. The new regulations require only minor changes to our yearly setup.” Shake at the Lake is sponsored by The Kendeda Fund and Peachtree TV. Additional support provided by Bank of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Directed by Dan McCleary, The Servant of Two Masters is a new take on Goldoni’s classic commedia sketch that combines slapstick comedy, clowning, and juggling, with hysterical rhetorical comedy infused with wit, sarcasm and satire. In a comedic style with an improv feel, topical references and local dignitaries become punch lines, jokes, and puns.Heading up the stellar ensemble cast is Chris Ensweiler, as the clowning servant, Truffaldino, who will be reprising his role from Georgia Shakespeare’s 2007 mainstage production of Servant. Wendell Brock of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touted that performance stating that "Ensweiler outdoes himself here — giving one of the most outrageous and ingenious performances of the year.”

In addition to Ensweiler, the cast of colorful characters includes Hudson Adams (Lombardi), Rob Cleveland (Master of Revels), David Quay (Deputy Master of Circus Revels), Carolyn Cook (Beatrice), Crystal Dickinson (Brighella), Amelia Hammond (Clarice), Chris Kayser (Pantalone), Park Krausen (Smeraldina), J.C. Long (Deputy Master of Music Revels), Daniel May (Florindo), and Zechariah Pierce (Silvio).

The design team for Servant includes Kat Conley (scenery), Dr. Doug Koertge (costumes), Mike Post (lighting), and Clay Benning (sound).

BRING THE FAMILY FOR A SPECIAL SATURDAY EVENT!
On Saturday, May 10 Georgia Shakespeare presents Celebrate Shakespeare Family Day from 11am – 2pm. Free and open to the public, this fun-filled day includes arts and crafts, dancing, and performances. Events take place on the Lake Lawn of Piedmont Park (located behind the Visitors Center). No tickets are required. Celebrate Shakespeare Family Day is sponsored by the Junior League of Atlanta.

Following Shake at the Lake, Georgia Shakespeare returns to its home at the Conant Performing Arts Center (4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Oglethorpe University) to produce the romantic comedy As You Like It (June 11 – August 1), The Merchant of Venice (June 26 – August 2), All’s Well That Ends Well (July 10 – August 3), the classic folktale Tom Thumb the Great (July 18 – August 2), and Antigone (October 9 - November 2).

For ticket information, call 404.264.0020 or visit www.gashakespeare.org.

The law firm of Alembik, Fine, and Callner is Georgia Shakespeare’s Season Sponsor/Sustaining Patron. Additional support comes from Turner Broadcasting. The Summer Repertory is sponsored by CornerCap Investment Counsel. As You Like It is sponsored by Corporate Printers. Tom Thumb the Great is sponsored by Target. Georgia Shakespeare is supported in part by the DeKalb Office of Arts Culture and Entertainment. It is also supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Oglethorpe University is the host institution of Georgia Shakespeare.
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

31st ANNUAL ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FUTURE OF JAZZ COMPETITION VII WINNERS

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs announced today the six winners of the Future of Jazz Competition VII. The Future of Jazz Competition was created in 2004 by Tammy Allen along with the Office of Cultural Affairs, to showcase Atlanta’s undiscovered jazz talents and provide them with an opportunity to perform their original compositions at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. “Jazz is a true American art form,” asserts Office of Cultural Affairs Director, Camille Russell- Love, “The Future of Jazz competition provides insight into where future generations will take this genre."

Partnering with Atlanta Party Starters and SmoothAtlanta.com, this year’s competition spanned six weeks beginning January 29th at Sambuca Jazz Café in Buckhead and ending March 4th at Star Jazz and Blues in the Castleberry Hills District. Jazz enthusiasts were able to enjoy fine dining and great ambiance while listening to live music from future jazz greats. Each night three bands battled it out for the ultimate prize; performing on stage at the 31st Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in front of thousands upon thousands of avid jazz lovers. “There was an incredible amount of talent in this year’s competition,” says competition founder Tammy Allen, “it’s always a bummer when you have to choose a winner - they’re all good.” Six winners were selected by a panel of industry and celebrity judges and were chosen from six jazz sub-categories. Each of the winners will receive a $500 prize from the Atlanta Jazz Festival and will play in the festival’s 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. time slots each day.

The six winners of the Future of Jazz Competition are as follows:
January 29th: Contemporary Jazz Instrumental - ZON 3
February 5th: Contemporary Vocal Jazz - Heather Johnson
February 12th: Nu Jazz – Bradford
February 19th: Straight Ahead Instrumental - Mace Hibbard
February 26th: Fusion Jazz - Genetic Drift
March 4th: Straight Ahead Vocal - Kemba Cofield

ABOUT THE ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Atlanta Jazz Festival, an annual musical showcase, celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats in venues throughout metro Atlanta during the month of May and culminates in a 3-day music festival on Memorial Day Weekend. It is the mission of the Atlanta Jazz Festival to expose and entertain a diverse audience of jazz aficionados, young jazz enthusiasts and musical artists to the rich heritage and variety of jazz as an authentic form of traditional music. The 2008 Atlanta Jazz Festival builds on the success and heritage of previous festivals by continuing its expansion with a 31-day schedule. For more information on the Atlanta Jazz Festival, please call the information hotline at 404.853.4234 or visit the website at www.atlantafestivals.com.

Carrollton High School Performing Arts presents The Sound of Music

Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre. Directed by Brenda Sue Holcombe. Tickets are $7. Call 770-834-2116 for more information or tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the Cultural Arts Center.

When a postulant proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. When the Nazis invade Austria the family escapes over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II. This final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse offers Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Be a guest at the wedding reception of the century as Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation presents Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre each Friday in April at 7 p.m. This original “who-dun-it” murder mystery will be held at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in historic downtown Lawrenceville.

“The event begins as a wedding reception does, with the happy bride and groom entering the reception. As guests enjoy dinner, a member of the bridal party mysteriously drops dead which throws the reception into a tailspin,” states Amy Szymanski, Program Supervisor at the historic Courthouse. “I play the high-strung wedding coordinator who tries to keep the reception on schedule—from cake cutting to bouquet tossing—despite the obvious ‘missing’ person.”

J-Squared, a local theatre production company led by Jay Holl and Jay Wright, wrote and will direct the entertainment portion of the event. In addition to Holl, Wright and Szymanski, the murder mystery will feature a slew of local talent portraying members of the bridal party and other wedding party members.

The historic Courthouse, a popular wedding venue in Gwinnett, will be decorated for the event by Stacey Sparks Events. A buffet-style meal will be supplied by Country French Catering (April 4 and 18) and Big Sha Bang (April 11 and 25).

The cost for the event is $25 per person. Paid admission must be received each Wednesday prior and includes dinner and wedding cake for dessert. Registration is also available online at www.gwinnettparks.com.

The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St. in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-5450.
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Happenings at the High

FILM SERIES: ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6
The Italian Film Festival at the High is presented in conjunction with the Miami-based Italian Film Festival. Through this partnership, Atlanta audiences will be able to get a taste of some of the newest and best-received films coming out of Italy right now. For additional information including film descriptions and running times please visit www.cinemaitaly.com.

Italian Film Festival Schedule:

“The Days of Abandonment,” Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
“One of Two,” Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
“Manual of Love 2,” Friday, April 4 at 9:00 p.m.
“Sorry You Can’t Get Through,” Saturday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.
“The Fever,” Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.
“What Will Become of Us,” Sunday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m.
“Letters from the Sahara,” Sunday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.

All films are screened in the Richard H. Rich Theatre, located in the Memorial Arts Building, adjacent to the High at Peachtree and 15th Streets in midtown Atlanta. All Italian Film Festival features are in Italian with English subtitles. For in-depth film series descriptions, click here, visit www.cinemaitaly.com, or call the films hotline at 404-733-4570. The Italian Film Festival at the High Museum of Art is presented in conjunction with the Miami-based Italian Film Festival. 35mm projection facilities in the Rich Auditorium were provided by a gift from George Lefont. All programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Special Ticketing for Italian Film Festival
Additional information can be found at www.cinemaitaly.com. Tickets for each film during this special event are $10 general admission; $8 students, seniors and Museum members, including Patron-level members. Tickets can be purchased in advance by going online at www.High.org, visiting the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, or by calling 404-733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the screening. Phone and internet orders will incur a service fee of $1.00 per ticket.

ART IN THE CITY: Thursday Nights at the High
Thursday, April 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
On April 3, enjoy a Masterpiece of the Month lecture on “Paternity Test,” a work currently on view in the “TRANSactions” exhibition (details below). The Museum offers extended hours every Thursday until 8 p.m. This is a great way to see special exhibitions and avoid the weekend crowds. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

LECTURE: Masterpiece of the Month: “Paternity Test” by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.; Wieland Pavilion, second floor
Jeffrey Grove, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's “Paternity Test,” a visually stunning piece that superimposes the dynamics of art, science, and cultural identity. Free with Museum admission and free to members.

FULTON COUNTY FREE SATURDAY
Saturday, April 5
On the first Saturday of every month, the High Museum of Art welcomes Fulton County residents to the Museum for free. Fulton County residents who show proof of residency may view our current exhibitions as well as the Permanent Collection. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

SAVE THE DATE: Studio Spring Break: West African Drums
April 8 – 13, 1 to 4 p.m.; Greene Family Education Center
Over your spring break, drop by the Greene Family Education Center and create your own drum out of found materials inspired by the exhibition “Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art: Featuring the Bernard and Patricia Wagner Collection.” Free with Museum admission and free to members.
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Red Carpet Season Brings THE BEST of Broadway to Atlanta in 2008-2009

Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta rolls out the red carpet for a season of blockbuster shows and Atlanta premieres in 2008 – 2009 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Atlanta theatre-goers will finally get the chance to see Broadway’s latest mega-hit, JERSEY BOYS, along with four other highly-anticipated debuts. The 2008-2009 season also answers overwhelming demand from fans with the return of WICKED, which played to sold-out audiences and broke box office records at The Fox Theatre in 2006.

WICKED will kick off the 2008 – 2009 season in October with a four-week engagement at The Fox Theatre. This spellbinding musical phenomenon brings to life the untold story of the witches of Oz.

In November, Broadway Across America – Atlanta presents the Atlanta debut of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis of American Idol fame. In its 30th anniversary tour, this soulful revue will sweep you away to 1930’s Harlem.

Broadway favorite, A CHORUS LINE returns to Atlanta in March to dazzle a whole new generation of audiences. This beloved singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever!

Later in March, put on your varsity sweaters and leather jackets! Happy days are here again with HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical, featuring the unforgettable characters you know and love from Paramount Pictures’ hit television series.

Next up, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will soar into Atlanta for its premier engagement! The beloved story, based on the original motion picture, features a magical car that will whisk you away on a high-flying, family-friendly adventure!

Wrapping up the season is JERSEY BOYS, Broadway’s newest smash hit, making its Atlanta debut at The Fox Theatre. This infectious Tony Award-winning musical tells the unforgettable story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. JERSEY BOYS is co-presented with Theater of The Stars.

WICKED

October 8 – November 2, 2008

The Fabulous Fox Theatre
Back by “Popular” Demand. The New York Times calls WICKED “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster,” and when it first played Atlanta in May, 2006, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 15 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards®, WICKED is sure to create more box office magic when it flies back to Atlanta. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for “the most completely satisfying new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
November 18 – 23, 2008

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

The 30th Anniversary Tour of the 1978 Tony™Award-winning Best Musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ stars 2003 American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, 2003 American Idol contestant and star of RENT on Broadway. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930’s Harlem is showcased in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway’s most well-crafted shows of all time – sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry, with moments of heartwarming beauty. AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ is simply unforgettable!

A CHORUS LINE
March 3 – 8, 2009

The Fabulous Fox Theatre
In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed -- to have the chance to dance. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. Winner of nine Tony Awards®, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, this singular sensation is the longest-running American Broadway musical ever. Now A Chorus Line returns. Come meet the new generation of Broadway’s best. “A Chorus Line is back, and it’s thrilling!” - John Lahr, The New Yorker. www.AChorusLine.com

HAPPY DAYS
March 31 – April 5, 2009

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable "king of cool" Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures' television series, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical reintroduces one of America's best loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops, and jukebox sock-hoppin'. Directed by Gordon Greenberg, HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical features a book by the legendary Garry Marshall, music and lyrics by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams and choreography by Michele Lynch.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

April 21 – 26, 2009

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

You’ll believe a car can fly! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is everything you could want in a musical – and more. Sensational sets, stunning special effects, an irresistible story, and an unforgettable Sherman Brothers score, including memorable classics like “Truly Scrumptious”, “Hushabye Mountain”, and, of course, the Oscar®-nominated title song, all add up to a Broadway blockbuster the whole family will love. This enthralling adventure has been a family favorite since the original motion picture captivated the world’s imagination in 1968.

JERSEY BOYS

May 27– June 21, 2009

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

“Too good to be true!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS, winner of the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES!” proclaims Time Magazine. JERSEY BOYS is co-presented with Theater of The Stars.

The 2008-2009 Broadway Across America – Atlanta Season includes:

WICKED October 8 – November 2, 2008
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ November 18 – 23, 2008
A CHORUS LINE March 3 – 8, 2009
HAPPY DAYS March 31– April 5, 2009
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG April 21 – April 26, 2009
JERSEY BOYS May 27 – June 21, 2009

Broadway Across America – Atlanta’s 2008-2009 Season packages are on sale now with prices ranging from $105.00 – $399.00. Season ticket prices will vary depending on the number of shows chosen, the number of performances, show time, day of the week and seating location. A renewal order form has been mailed to current Season Ticket Holders allowing them to confirm or change their seat locations. New subscriptions may be ordered over the phone by calling 1-800-278-4447 Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; by fax at 1-800-535-2929; or online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2008-2009 Season are not available for purchase at this time. Single-show tickets typically go on sale to the general public 6-8 weeks prior to Opening Night. However, Season Ticket Holders have the unique opportunity to purchase additional tickets before they go on sale to the public. For more information on the 2008-2009 Season, or to order online, please visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Reservations for groups of 20 or more for individual shows can be made at this time by calling 404-881-2000.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (All times are subject to change). An audio described performance for the visually impaired and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance for the deaf are available for each pre-determined Saturday matinee of each presentation.

Broadway Across America (Producer): Owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and led by Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman), Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 42 North American cities. Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Current productions include A CATERED AFFAIR, PASSING STRANGE, SPAMALOT, GO DIEGO GO and THE BACKYARDIGANS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
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Art Students Win at Competitions

Art students at Fayette County High are capturing the eyes of art critics throughout Georgia.

Senior Hannah Lee was selected as one of 50 finalists whose artwork was featured in a juried exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)-Atlanta. Her oil pastel self-portrait received a bronze award and she was awarded a $3,000 scholarship to SCAD that is renewable each year.

Hannah's artwork was also featured in the Atlanta WaMu juried exhibition where her drawing in ebony pencil, "The Winds," was selected for a special exhibit at the Spruill Art Center. Less than 10 works of art out of 250 entries received the special recognition.

Additionally, juniors Brittany McCall and Mitchell Thompson were also accepted into the into the Atlanta WaMu exhibition.

Hannah Cherry, a junior at the school, along with art teacher Pamela Woodworth-Watkins, has been accepted to a student-teacher juried exhibition, "Art from Georgia Schools," held at North Georgia College and State University. The show runs through March 21.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ansel Adams Photographs for Auction

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction will offer 6 vintage photographs for bid – 4 by Ansel Adams and 2 by Pirkle Jones – from The Story of a Winery series during several events throughout Auction weekend (March 26 – 29, 2008). The exhibition, including these photos, is on view through April 14, 2008, at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP located at 171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, in Atlantic Station.

In 1963, Pirkle Jones, who for over 60 years chronicled the landscape and people of California, and Ansel Adams, one of the last century’s giants of photography and environmentalism, were invited to make a series of photographs of all aspects of the production of wine as an interpretive picture essay. It was felt that the blend of the old winery and beautiful Saratoga, California, vineyards would provide an excellent presentation of the steps involved in winemaking. The series was first shown by the Smithsonian Institution in 1962. Photographs from this exhibition have been donated to the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction for exhibition and auction, courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Robert Yellowlees with arrangements by Lumiere Gallery.

A selection of twenty-four photographs from the series is on view in Atlantic Station at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, as part of the Wine Auction. Three of the photographs will be up for bid in the Live Auction on the 29th, one will be offered at the Gala Silent Auction on the 28th, and two will be up for bid in the Silent Auction on the 29th. Absentee bidding is available; for details, please visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org.

Pirkle Jones and Ansel Adams
For more than 60 years, photographer Pirkle Jones chronicled the landscape and people of California. His collaborations included major projects with Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Minor White as well as his wife, Ruth-Marion Baruch. Jones was one of the first students at the California School of Fine Arts’ photography program initiated by Adams. Jones was a long time friend of Adams, one of the last century’s giants of photography. As one of the most honored photographers in history, Adams received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Both Adams’ and Jones’ work has been exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums and both are the subject of numerous books and scholarly works. Photographed between 1958 and 1962, the images in The Story of a Winery series represent a collaborative effort between these two master photographers, utilizing a blend of the old winery and beautiful vineyards to provide an excellent presentation of the steps involved in winemaking.

Last November, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Co-chairs and select committee members had the honor to visit Pirkle Jones in his striking redwood home in Mill Valley, California. Jones, at the age of 94, is still active in support of the medium to which he has dedicated his life’s work. In California, the group reviewed many of the images in the original series while Jones explained their details and the stories behind them.

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction celebrates its 16th anniversary with the theme “The Sensational Sixteenth High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: How Sweet It Is!” Beginning Thursday, March 27, and continuing through Saturday, March 29, 2008, the auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station.

The centerpiece of the Auction weekend is the Live Auction, where more than 85 auction lots will be sold this year, including rare and collectible wines, exclusive wine-related trips and dining events and works of art. This year’s auction catalogue can be previewed online at www.atlanta-wineauction.org, which also includes information on sealed and telephone bidding.

The 2008 Wine Auction events are organized by co-chairs Liz Lazarus and Joan Marmo. A Trade Tasting and 16 Winemakers Dinners will be held on Thursday, March 27. Events on Friday, March 28, include Premier Tasting Seminars and a Gala Dinner Dance. Saturday, March 29, features the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction and concludes with The Big Finish event, a wine weekend finale for the next generation co-sponsored by the Museum’s volunteer organization Art Partners.

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High and ranks as the top charity wine auction in the country benefiting the arts, drawing prominent winemakers from the U.S. and around the world. The funds generated by the Wine Auction, which amount to more than $12 million over the last 15 years and $2.2 million in 2007 alone, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and educational programming.

Wine Auction Special Guests
The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Special Guests of Honor are celebrated Burgundy vintner Alex Gambal and California Central Coast winemaker Joseph Davis. Special Guest Chefs for the Gala Dinner include world-renowned Southern Star chefs Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King of Atlanta’s Aria with Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia; Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina; and Todd Richards of The Oakroom in Louisville, Kentucky. Members of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), these chefs exemplify the SFA mission to document and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the American South. Austin Hope, winemaker for his family’s Treana Winery and for his own Austin Hope Winery, will serve as Special Guest for The Big Finish.

Wine Auction Support
The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is made possible through the generous support of the exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Premier Corporate Sponsors include Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, Geographics, Wachovia Wealth Management, KPMG, Montaluce and The Streets of Buckhead/Ben Carter Properties. Delta Air Lines is the official airline. Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers are the automobile sponsor. Media partners include Flavors, Restaurant Forum, and Skirt! magazines. Atlantic Station is the Site Sponsor.

Invitation to the Fayette Society of Fine Art Art Show

You Are Cordially Invited To Attend The
Fayette Society of Fine Art
Art Show

Hosted By ExecuServe Office Suites and Business Center

Saturday March 29, 2008
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fayette Executive Center
110 Habersham Drive
Fayetteville, Georgia

Contact Sharron Singletary
For Additional Information
(770) 371-5000

Admission Is Free
Featuring Local Artists From Fayette County

“This Program Is Supported In Part By The Grassroots Arts Program Of the Georgia Council For The Arts Through Appropriations Of The Georgia General Assembly And In Partnership With Arts Clayton”.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Gordon College Art Exhibition on Display at Lamar Arts

The annual Gordon College student and faculty art exhibition will be on display through the weekend of April 26 at Lamar Arts in the Barnesville Depot.

An opening reception for the show is Friday, April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

This art show is a joint presentation between Lamar Arts and Gordon College and features artworks from art students and faculty members. It will include oil paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, photographs and drawings.

A number of alumni will also have work on display in conjunction with the Gordon College Alumni Weekend April 11-13, according to Masoud Nourizadeh, curator of the show.
Lamar Arts is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Lamar Arts at 770-358-5888 or visit the website lamararts.org.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR SPRING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS AT CHASTAIN ARTS CENTER

Spring classes and workshops at Chastain Arts Center, 135 W. Wieuca Rd., NW, begin the week of March 24, and continue for ten weeks; there are classes for children as young as 2 years old, as well as for adults. Classes range from the traditional fine arts, like drawing, painting, and printmaking, to crafts such as pottery and jewelry. More unusual offerings include Tai Chi, Silk Painting, and Fabric Arts classes. Several workshops are also scheduled for the spring session, including two week-long pottery workshops with noted artist Rick Berman, and a three-day plein air painting workshop with Phil Sandusky, visiting artist from New Orleans. For more information about any of the classes, call the Center at (404) 252-2927, visit our website at www.ocaatlanta.com, or drop by the center and pick up a class catalogue. Registration for spring classes is ongoing.

In the Gallery at Chastain Arts Center, Sights and Insights is on view through April 11. Sights and Insights, the 2008 Southeastern Regional Biennial Exhibition of 2-D artwork, was juried by Joseph Peragine, and is presented by The Dunwoody Fine Arts Association in collaboration with Chastain Arts Center.

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, has operated Chastain Arts Center since 1968, making it one of the oldest community arts centers in the metro Atlanta area.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION RANKED NUMBER FIVE NATIONALLY BY WINE SPECTATOR

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has been named fifth in a national ranking of the Top 10 charity wine auctions in the United States by Wine Spectator Magazine in its March 31, 2008, issue. Each year, Wine Spectator gathers information on charity auctions throughout the country and ranks its Top 10. In 2007, the results of 40 charity wine auctions were tracked to compile the rankings.

The 2007 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction set records as the most successful live auction in its 15-year history, bringing in revenues of more than $1.8 million. Combined with silent auction proceeds, a Paddle Raise in support of youth education at the High and record-breaking support from donors, benefactors and corporate sponsors, total event revenues rose to more than $2.2 million (a 27% increase from 2006).

When speaking on the 2007 ranking, Woodie Wisebram, Wine Auction Manager, noted that: “In addition to our number five ranking in the Top 10, our Auction is also the largest charity wine auction in the country that specifically benefits the arts.”

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction kicks off its 16th year, celebrating its anniversary in 2008 with the theme “The Sensational Sixteenth High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: How Sweet It Is!” Beginning Thursday, March 27, and continuing through Saturday, March 29, 2008, the auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station.

The centerpiece of the Auction weekend is the Live Auction, where more than 85 auction lots will be sold this year, including rare and collectible wines, exclusive wine-related trips and dining events and works of art. This year’s auction catalogue can be previewed online at www.atlanta-wineauction.org, which also includes information on sealed and telephone bidding.

The 2008 Wine Auction events are organized by co-chairs Liz Lazarus and Joan Marmo. A Trade Tasting and 16 Winemakers Dinners will be held on Thursday, March 27. Events on Friday, March 28, include Premier Tasting Seminars and a Gala Dinner Dance. Saturday, March 29, features the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction and concludes with The Big Finish event, a wine weekend finale for the next generation co-sponsored by the Museum’s volunteer organization Art Partners.

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High and ranks as the top charity wine auction in the country benefiting the arts, drawing prominent winemakers from the U.S. and around the world. The funds generated by the Wine Auction, which amount to more than $12 million over the last 15 years and $2.2 million in 2007 alone, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and educational programming.

Wine Auction Special Guests

The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Special Guests of Honor are celebrated Burgundy vintner Alex Gambal and California Central Coast winemaker Joseph Davis. Special Guest Chefs for the Gala Dinner include world-renowned Southern Star chefs Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King of Atlanta’s Aria with Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia; Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina; and Todd Richards of The Oakroom in Louisville, Kentucky. Members of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), these chefs exemplify the SFA mission to document and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the American South. Austin Hope, winemaker for his family’s Treana Winery and for his own Austin Hope Winery, will serve as Special Guest for The Big Finish.

Wine Auction Support

The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is made possible through the generous support of the exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Premier Corporate Sponsors include Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, Geographics, Wachovia Wealth Management, KPMG, Montaluce and The Streets of Buckhead/Ben Carter Properties. Delta Air Lines is the official airline. Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers are the automobile sponsor. Media partners include Flavors, Restaurant Forum, and Skirt! magazines. Atlantic Station is the Site Sponsor.

High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

The Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is the largest arts center in the Southeast as well as one of the four largest in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines five visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Founded in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.
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Annual Spring Art & Craft Show

The Newnan-Coweta Art Association, Inc. (NCAA) announces its annual Spring Art & Craft show around the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Newnan. A variety of fine art and crafts including watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, sculpture, photography and more will be on display. A special themed “Reflections of Coweta County” exhibit is also planned. Meet the artists and spend the day in Newnan’s charming downtown area! Admission is free. Saturday, April 19, 10:00am – 6:30pm; For more information, contact Show Coordinator Ina Jones, 770-716-6559 or dijones@earthlink.net, www.NewCaa.com
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ONE. midtown kitchen to Host Wine Dinner to Benefit Georgia Shakespeare

ONE. midtown kitchen will host a Wine Dinner, Monday, March 17 at 7:00 PM with proceeds benefiting Georgia Shakespeare. Producing Artistic Director, Richard Garner, along with cast members from Eurydice (Georgia Shakespeare’s co-production with the Alliance Theatre), will be on hand to mingle with patrons.

Diners will partake of an exclusive menu prepared especially for the event by Chef Tom Harvey. The multi-course meal will be coupled with wine pairings, hand picked by Tom Murphy of Murphy’s Restaurant.

Located in Morningside, ONE. midtown kitchen is known for its urban atmosphere and innovative approach to food with Chef Tom Harvey recently featured on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. While Murphy’s trendy Virginia Highland’s location has made it a long-time favorite of the neighborhood. These two restaurants, both managed by Concentrics Restaurants, have teamed up to provide a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Tickets are $100, of which $50 is tax-deductible. The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17 at 7:00 PM at ONE. midtown kitchen located at 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. The event is being co-chaired by Georgia Shakespeare’s Board of Trustees members Debby Kelly (who is also the Board’s president) and Leanne Shaw.

To purchase tickets, contact Georgia Shakespeare’s Development Manager, Sarah Robinson at 404.504.3404 or visit www.gashakespeare.org.
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Monday, March 10, 2008

"Line and Color" - redefining the painted surface

MudFire Gallery's exhibition Line and Color asks what happens when drawing and painting departs from a two dimensional canvas format into the third dimension, etched permanently on functional and sculptural ceramics. The ten artists included in Line and Color - Annette Gates, Cara Gilbert, Courtney Martin, Courtney Murphy, Diana Fayt, Jay Jensen, Julia Galloway, Kelly Sullivan, and Liz Zlot Summerfield - stand out in the field of studio ceramics with their mastery of this exhibit's namesake formal design elements. By redefining the painted surface, these artists create fine art located at the intersection of painting, sculpture, and utility.

Line and Color is on view at MudFire Gallery April 5 - May 3, 2008. The opening night reception will be held from 5-9 pm on Saturday, April 5, 2008.

Each of these artists speaks with a unique color sensibility and character of line to tell a different tale, resulting in an exhibit richly informed by the sprawling aggregate of their experiences. As a whole, the group tends toward a mark-making minimalism and intermittent blocks of vibrant color, leaving space for the form itself to add to the narrative.

Courtney Martin's life in the woods of western North Carolina is reflected in soothing greens and browns and the soft flowing lines of her daily landscape. Diana Fayt's San Francisco studio inspires cool deco colors, jagged city lines, a bold sparseness, and bits of floral and insect motifs. Kelly Sullivan's background in printmaking reflects consistency and precision of line, as well as intentional subtle variations between each edition. For Julia Galloway, color has a semiotic role of triggering associations with other things - nostalgia for nature in an urban cityscape. Liz Zlot Summerfield's diminuitive focus yields small treasures with layers of texture and playful alternation between matte and reflective surfaces.

The goal of the ceramic artist is to create a compelling surface that reinforces and draws from the form, without simply covering it. The process begins with three dimensional design with an eye toward eventual embellishments. The canvas's creation itself presents not only aesthetic but technical decisions. Mineral oxides, glass formers, fluxes, and refractory materials are blended to achieve the desired effect. Like the master painters of old, the artist must also source and process materials to craft their pigments - stains, glazes, terra sigillatta, lusters, overglaze, and other studio arcana. At the end the work is ready for a magical transformation as the intense heat of the kiln plays its own tricks and wizardry, boldy claiming for itself the rights to the final appearance.

To paint on clay is to be equal parts alchemist, technician, gambler, and artist. The artists selected for this exhibition collectively express the stunning diversity and vitality that clay is capable of as canvas.

The Line and Color exhibition will be posted on-line at http://www.mudfire.com/line-and-color.htm
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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School presents…Little Shop of Horrors

Performances will be in the Mercy Auditorium Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th at 6:30 PM both nights. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. To reserve tickets, please call 770-461-2202. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School is located at 861 Evander Holyfield Hwy, Fairburn.