Thursday, February 26, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Your Destiny Awaits

Follow Theatrical Dreams to AWP Performing Arts Camp

And now, for something completely different, fun, creative and life changing. Are you and your children tired of the same old ho-hum summer camps? Atlanta Workshop Players invites you to have an unbelievably artistic good time at Destiny Performing Arts Camp this summer. 2009 marks “Destiny’s” 28th year of providing an inspiring dramatic experience in which campers with a variety of talent levels are accepted, valued and nurtured. Participants between the ages of 6 and 18 are invited to spend an unforgettable time of performing, friendship and fun this summer at this unique camp produced by the dynamic Atlanta Workshop Players.

This performing arts camp goes way beyond acting! AWP’s Summer Camp curriculum pumps up the fun quotient with many types of dance, improvisational comedy, acrobatics, circus arts, video projects, special FX makeup, TV/film, stage combat and other wildly explosive shenanigans. Students come from all corners of the globe to partake in the “Destiny” experience, sharing their talents and being mentored by internationally known master instructors. Advanced performers will have the opportunity to audition for Top Agents and Casting Directors.

The camp is focused on enriching children’s lives through the medium of the performing arts. Experienced counselors spend quality time instructing and encouraging the children with their positive, inclusive attitudes. As instructors focus on nurturing and inspiring children to artistically express themselves, the students blossom and gain confidence in everyday life as well as onstage. Nationally known film, television, and Broadway personalities will instruct and perform with our campers.

“Destiny” is one of the many programs offered by the Atlanta Workshop Players. The foundation of The Atlanta Workshop Players is the aspiration to cultivate talent in a supportive, non-competitive environment. The curriculum is designed to challenge performers to reach their potential in a nurturing ambience that infuses everyone with optimism. An atmosphere of contagious fun ensures that the children feel accepted, included, and empowered by their participation in the amazing energy of the world of performing arts. Students also learn cooperation and other important life skills.

Session #1 Day Camp June 8-12 Ages 7-17, 9:00am-6:00pm ($399)
Session #2 Day Camp June 15-19 Ages 7-17, 9:00am-6:00pm ($399)
Session #3 Residential Camp June 21-26 Ages 8-18 ($799)
Session #4 Residential Camp June 28-July 3 Ages 8-18 ($799)
Session #5 Performing Arts Adventure Day Camp July 13-17 Ages 6-11 ($199) 9:00am-1:30pm Session #6 Performing Arts Adventure Day Camp July 20-24 Ages 6-11 ($199) 9:00am-1:30pm
Session #7 Advanced Performing Arts Adventure Day Camp July 27-31 Ages 11-16 ($199) 1:30-6pm daily

Day camps are held at The Studio of the Arts in Alpharetta. Residential camps (3 and 4) are held at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.

AWP Artistic Director Lynn Stallings has an impressive resume, including theater, 100+ commercials, television shows, and radio dramas. Lynn’s dynamic energy also allows her to be an acting coach, an accomplished talent manager with many successes to her credit, and a writer/producer of 23 educational musicals on social issues. “The greatest successes at Destiny are not even related to performing success”, declares Stallings. “Witnessing, first-hand, the kids whose confidence has soared, the life-long friends that were made and the sharing of creativity are the best benefits. Destiny inspires children to follow their dreams with their priorities and self-image intact.”

The Studio of The Arts is located at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, Alpharetta GA 30022. Please call (770) 998-8111 for information or email Oglethorpe University is located at 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30319.

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UGA Presents Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People

A four-part series chronicling the history of one of Earth’s oldest mountain ranges and its inhabitants will be shown March 2-3 on the University of Georgia Campus. On Monday, March 2, the first half of Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in 102 Miller Learning Center. The second half is slated for Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in 171 Miller Learning Center. Filmmakers Ross Spears and Jamie Ross will be present to introduce and discuss the film. The showing is free and open to the public.

According to the film’s producers the James Agee Film Project, the Appalachian Mountains and its people provide the most revelations about the ancient history of America. In addition, more that is believed to be true about this area is false than in any other region in the country.

The film event is co-sponsored by the EcoFocus Film Festival (a production of the Odum School of Ecology), the history department, the anthropology department and the Institute of Native American Studies.

“These films are a great example of the kind of film the EcoFocus environmental film festival would like to highlight at the festival and through our year-round programming,” said EcoFocus managing director Sara Beresford. “This is a really unique opportunity to see these films on a large screen and have the filmmakers present. We’re thrilled to co-sponsor this event.”

The series is narrated by Sissy Spacek with commentary by several UGA faculty members. Ten years in the making, the film series weaves together the fields of science and humanity in telling the story of how the mountains have shaped the inhabitants and vice versa.

For more information on the series, see the official film Web site at:

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Monday, February 23, 2009

High Welcomes New Works to Louvre Atlanta Exhibition

George de la Tour’s “The Card-Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds” and Drawings by Pisanello Join The Louvre and the Masterpiece

The High Museum of Art recently welcomed a 17th-century painting to “The Louvre and the Masterpiece,” as well as 12 drawings by the artist Pisanello. George de la Tour’s “The Card-Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds,” a work that has never been seen in the southeastern United States, will be on view at the Museum through September 6, 2009. The Pisanello drawings will be on view through May 10, 2009, when they will be replaced by a group of prints from the Louvre’s famous Edmond de Rothschild Collection, including works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Antonio Pollaiulo, and Martin Schongauer.

George de la Tour’s “The Card-Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds”

George de la Tour’s “The Card-Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds” was discovered in Paris between 1925 and 1930 by Pierre Landry, a French tennis player and art collector. It was acquired by the Musée du Louvre in 1972. The action of “The Card-Sharp” takes place in a tavern during a game of cards. The wealthy young man at right is about to become the victim of the older man sitting opposite, shown withdrawing an ace of diamonds from under his belt. The cheat is depicted against the light; he looks out cunningly, as if to involve the viewer in his dishonesty. The courtesan seated in the middle appears to be acting in collusion with the servant, who offers a glass of wine. The artist’s brilliant use of light—illuminating the figures against the darkness—heightens the drama and tension of the scene. Although this painting appears to depict a scene from everyday life, it bears a moral similar to the parable of the Prodigal Son: the game of cards, the wine, and the courtesan are all assembled here to bring about the ruin of the naïve youth.

The French painter Georges de La Tour (French, 1593–1652) was very successful in his time. He received many important commissions from the French aristocracy and in 1639, was appointed court painter to King Louis XIII. However, soon after his death La Tour’s style fell out of fashion and he was virtually forgotten. In 1914, a German art historian rediscovered La Tour’s work and published a short study. The artist’s pared-down geometric compositions soon found renewed appreciation with a twentieth-century audience. Though only about sixty paintings are attributed to him today, La Tour is now the most recognizable of all the seventeenth-century French masters.

Pisanello Drawings

In 1856 the Louvre acquired the so-called “Codex Vallardi,” a bound album containing 482 drawings attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519). At the time, connoisseurship of Leonardo’s drawings was just beginning and many mistaken attributions were made. Today, only seven of the drawings from the Codex are accepted as being by da Vinci. Among the others, about forty are attributed to the circle of Leonardo and to other sixteenth-century artists. The rest are by Antonio Pisanello, a gifted painter from Pisa who had fallen into obscurity. Twelve of these drawings are now on view at the High.

Forgotten for nearly 400 years, Pisanello was one of the most revered Italian artists of his day. He worked for the most important courts in Italy—the Visconti in Milan, the Este in Ferrara, the Gonzaga in Mantua, and for the King of Naples, Alfonso V of Aragon. Unfortunately, only a handful of Pisanello’s works survived, just four paintings, three frescoes, and the drawings currently on view, many of which reveal the artist’s groundbreaking use of foreshortening to accurately render figures in space. Today, Pisanello is counted alongside Leonardo as one of the greatest draftsmen of all time.

The Louvre and the Masterpiece

In the final year of “Louvre Atlanta,” “The Louvre and the Masterpiece” explores how the definition of a “masterpiece,” as well as taste and connoisseurship, has changed over time. The exhibition features ninety-one works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre’s collection areas, spanning 4,000 years. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and drawings reflect three major themes: the changing historical and cultural definitions of a masterpiece, authenticity and connoisseurship, and the evolution of taste and scholarship. In addition to text labels, audio guides and docent tours, the exhibitions are enhanced by interactive tools organized by the High, together with MuseumLab, an international alliance initiated by the Louvre for which the High serves as the only U.S. partner.

Louvre Atlanta

The High Museum of Art launched its unprecedented three-year partnership with the Musée du Louvre in October 2006 to critical acclaim, continuing the High’s long-standing strategy of collaborating with international institutions to bring great art to Atlanta. “Louvre Atlanta” is bringing hundreds of works of art from Paris to Atlanta through a series of long-term thematic exhibitions exploring the range, depth, and historic development of the Louvre’s collections. “Louvre Atlanta” opened on October 14, 2006, with the exhibitions “Kings as Collectors,” “The King’s Drawings” and “Faces of History and Myth: Busts from the Musée du Louvre.” For its second year, exhibitions included “The Louvre and the Ancient World,” “The Eye of Josephine,” and “Houdon at the Louvre: Masterworks from the Enlightenment.” On January 30, 2009, the High welcomed the 1-millionth visitor to “Louvre Atlanta.”

Lead patronage for the project has been provided by longtime High Museum 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 the Forward Arts Foundation, Frances B. Bunzl and Tull Charitable Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Rich Foundation serves as Planning Partner for the partnership. This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cirque du Soleil Set to Complete KOOZA Engagement on Sunday, March 1

Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank Atlanta for the incredible hospitality it has shown in welcoming KOOZA to the city. More than 165,000 people have experienced the excitement and energy of KOOZA in Atlanta. With less than two weeks until the Atlanta run of KOOZA ends, this is your last chance to see this celebrated show before it travels to Baltimore.

Proudly presented by iShares, KOOZA performs through Sunday, March 1, under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (big top) in Atlantic Station. Tickets are available online at or by calling 1-800-678-5440.Performance Schedule through March 1:

• Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. (only on February 16)
• Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.
• Thursdays thru Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank our media partners, sponsors and especially everyone in the Atlanta area for their enthusiasm and support in making this a successful and memorable engagement.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Dogwood Gallery to Feature Tin Roof Films and Jerry Harwell of Harwell Photography

6:30 – 9:30 P.M., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009.

In conjunction with the Dogwood Gallery and Framer, The Southern Arc® publication, arts&expressions® MAGAZINE, celebrates the arts with an event that is open and free to the public.

Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone will be the event location for a community arts celebration, including a 10-minute film short by Tin Roof Films, shot at Riverwood Studios in Senoia, GA, and the wedding photography of Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography, Senoia, GA., at the 7-year Anniversary and launch of the Spring 2009 issue of arts@expressions® MAGAZINE, the Southern Arc’s only totally creative arts publication. The event is 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2009. It is free an open to the public. The Gallery is adjacent to the Legacy Theatre.

Tin Roof Films has a very clear goal: to tell good stories – stories that families can enjoy together, that connect people and transcend the human experience. Showing promptly at 6:45 p.m., Tin Roof Films will present their 10-minute short film, Last Bullet, a story that centers on two friends whose courage is tested during their tour of duty in Viet Nam.

Jeremy Harwell of Harwell Photography, Senoia, GA, spent 8 years at Ralph Lauren, where he was the Creative Director for the New York stores, as well as shooting fashion and interiors. Jeremy approaches weddings from a fine-art, fashion point of view.

Dogwood Gallery features fine art in painting, sculpture, photography, and glass art from both local and national artists. "As part of our effort to support the arts community in the Southern Crescent, we are delighted to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2009 arts&expressions MAGAZINE and their 7-year Anniversary. A number of area artist’s work will be on display at the event."

The evening will include "meet and greet the artists," refreshments, and fabulous gift give-aways. Dogwood Gallery is located at 1175 Senoia Road, North, Tyrone, adjacent to the Legacy Theatre. For information call 770-774-3524 or visit
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Georgia Council for the Arts Adjusts Budget

First, Georgia Council for the Arts is making further adjustments to its administrative budget. The news from this session of the Georgia General Assembly is not good. The continuing slide of state tax revenues confirms a $3 billion deficit and that there will be additional substantial cuts to the Governor’s proposed budget for FY2010, which begins in July.

GCA is reviewing every option and assessing all expenditures. An already lean administrative budget is undergoing additional cuts: GCA is functioning with only 67.1% of its required workforce. In compliance with the Governor’s mandate to cut agency budgets by 10%, FY2009 grants were reduced by 3.5% in August of 2008. Agency administrative cuts made up the remaining 6.5% .

This month, GCA e-News contains the results of a survey conducted by GCA that provides an overview of the effect of the economic crisis on Georgia’s arts industry. While the media has focused on corporations, the results of this survey provide a reminder that the arts industry also feels the effects of a struggling economy. This edition of the GCA e-News * focuses on the economic recession and it’s impact on the arts and GCA, the latest projections from various experts, and news from other states. GCA hopes you find the information helpful.

Second, the next grant application deadline is March 9. Phase one of the application submission process provided many important lessons, including a realization that a number of applicants are still not clear on how to correctly attach components of the Grants Proposal Package to e-Grant. To assist with the process, GCA has created a document for download and review, available via the home page of the website, that outlines the procedure step-by-step. Remember, every applicant is required to apply for all grants through the e-GRANT SYSTEM.

As always, contact the staff of GCA is there is a need for any additional assistance. Your comments, suggestions and feedback are always welcome.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Robert Osborne Announces Special Guests for 2009 Film Festival

Actors Talia Coppola Shire, Fred Willard and Michael Hitchcock will join director Guy Hamilton, film restoration expert James C. Katz, film noir specialist Alan Rode and Turner Classic Movies’ vice president Tom Brown as special guests at Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival, March 19-22, at the Classic Center in Athens.

“Our guests this year include two Academy Award winners, as well as other amazing industry veterans,” said Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. “We are honored to welcome them all to Athens.”

Talia Coppola Shire’s career includes acting, producing and directing credits. She has appeared in a variety of films since the late 1960’s including the Rocky and Godfather series. She had a starring role in The Godfather which will be shown at the festival on Saturday, March 21.

Fred Willard will join the festival this year as co-host and festival guest for the screening of Funny Girl which will be shown Friday evening, March 20. Willard is known for his improvisational comedy skills and his roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentary films This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and the latest Guest film, For Your Consideration which will be shown at the festival on March 21. He also received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series in Everybody Loves Raymond.

Michael Hitchcock has appeared in the four most popular Christopher Guest directed films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and this year’s film festival pick, For Your Consideration. In addition to his film and television work as an actor, he has served as a producer and writer for MADTV.

Director Guy Hamilton was at the helm of four James Bond films, Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and the Man with the Golden Gun.Hamilton’s first Bond film, Goldfinger, is the film festival’s opening film screening on Thursday, March 19.

E.T. star Dee Wallace will greet the festival audience through a specially taped interview for the festival’s closing film on Sunday, March 22. Wallacestarred as Elliot’smother in theSteven Spielbergfilm. She also had key roles in popular cult filmsThe Hills Have EyesandThe Howlingand appeared inThe Stepford Wives. Wallace has appeared in more than 85 films.

Fans of the festival’s free Friday matineewill see a restored version ofRear Window. The film screens on Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. Festival guest James C. Katz is the man responsible for the magnificent restoration of the film.Among his film preservation and reconstruction projects areLawrence of Arabia,Spartacus,My Fair Lady, andAlfred Hitchcock’sVertigo.

Sunset Boulevard, a film noir classic,directedandco-writtenbyBilly Wilder will screen on Saturday, March 21. Alan Rode, film noir historian and specialist, is set to discuss this highly celebrated film which stars William HoldenandGloria Swanson. A winner of three Academy Awards, this classic is often cited as one of the most noteworthy films of American cinema.

Thegroundbreaking1933 filmKing Kong will be screened on Friday, March 20. Turner Classic Movies’ Tom Brown will discuss the film and thepioneeringspecial effectsusingstop motionmodels andanimatronics.Brown oversees all original programming at TCM.

Guests will appear on stage after screenings for a candid discussion with hosts Osborne and Willard and members of the audience. Guests present on Friday morning, March 20, will appear on a panel discussion, “Film Festival Fare - Independent Film-Making and Its Influence on Hollywood” with Osborne. The panel discussion is free, open to all and will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Classic Center Theater.

The movie lineup for the festival includes Goldfinger, King Kong, Rear Window, Funny Girl, Sunset Boulevard, For Your Consideration, The Godfather and E.T.

“As 2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the festival we look forward to the audience sharing in our celebration of these classic films with our highly acclaimed and notable guests,” said Pamela Kohn, festival director.

For the four day festival, the 2,000-seat Classic Center theater will be transformed into a world-class movie palace with the installation of a motion picture screen and state-of-the-art 35mm projection and sound systems.

“It’s an exciting adventure to see these films the way they were meant to be seen,” said Osborne. “The big screen gives a different dimension and vitality to these extraordinary films.”

All films, with the exception of the Friday matinee showing of Rear Window, will require a paid ticket for admission. The matinee will be free and open to the public, but requires tickets that can be picked up at the Classic Center box office.

Festival tickets can be purchased separately or as a package at the Classic Center box office, online at, or by calling 800/918-6393. Ticket prices are $10 per individual film or $60 for a pass to all films and panel discussions. Students and UGA Alumni Association members can purchase individual film tickets for $8 or a pass to all films and the panel discussion for $45 with valid identification. Special $5 tickets for children 12 and under will be available at the box office for Sunday’s showing of E.T.

Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival is an annual nonprofit event of the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Nate Kohn, professor of telecommunication at Grady, serves as executive producer of the festival.

For more information, see Note that the guest list is subject to change.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Gullah Geechee Gathering on UWG Campus February 16

The University of West Georgia and the Office of Minority Affairs will present a Gullah Geechee Gathering on Monday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Jim and Pat Bacote, historians and cultural preservationists, and the Geechee Kunda team will enlighten the audience with an exciting understanding of the Gullah culture, dialect and traditions.

The Gullah/Geechee of the Southeast coast, descendents of West Africa, have a unique culture, language, arts and rituals that have been maintained for centuries. They have a remarkable story to tell.

Isolated on island communities from southern North Carolina to northern Florida, the Gullah Geechee are known for a strong sense of community built on extended family units and for living off the land and water.

They have remained deeply connected to the roots of African culture that include its colorful art, crafts, foods and religious rituals and speak a distinct Creole language.

An educational exhibit will be open for viewing at the Campus Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A show packed with the music and the colorful art of the Gullah will be performed by the Kunda team at 7 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-5400.

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UGA College of Environment and Design Circle Gallery presents A Pleasant Territory: Grasslands in the Southeast

Philip Juras (MLA 1997, BFA 1990) will exhibit his paintings of the southeast grasslands in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design Circle Gallery March 2-27. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, March 6, from 5-8 p.m.

“There are qualities to be found in natural grassland settings that are unparalleled in the southeastern landscape,” Juras said. “When you gaze into the unobstructed open space, your view is flooded with light and atmosphere and its interplay in the fine textures in the ground plane. Your open field of vision offers pathways for your mind to wonder at the lay of the land, the arrangement of trees and clouds, the patterns of vegetation, and even what lies beyond the horizon.

“It may begin to occur to you that these sublime arrangements of nature are no accident. In fact they specifically describe the underlying natural conditions and record a history of repeated disturbance such as fire, flood, and/or drought. In the southeast, where fire in particular has been removed from the landscape, the existence of grasslands as a widespread environment has been largely forgotten. In the rare instance where disturbances have persisted, there is an opportunity to glimpse the pre-European southeast, a territory in which fire was particularly widespread,” Juras added.

According to Juras, some idea of the pre-settlement environment can be gleaned from descriptions by early explorers such as Bartram, Lederer, Lawson, Spangenberg and Byrd. Juras combined their accounts with an examination of modern grassland remnants to paint a picture of the “pleasant territory” explored in this exhibit.

The Circle Gallery is located at G14 Caldwell Hall and is open 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. This exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Public Media Conference Features Documentary and Photo Archive

Filmmaker Presents Screening At Conference

The Integrated Media Association’s (IMA) Public Media ’09 Conference announces the screening of documentary and multimedia project, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People at the IMA Conference on Saturday, February 21 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. The Public Media Conference is the largest gathering of public broadcasting and digital media professionals in the country. Public Broadcasting Atlanta is co-sponsor of this year’s event.

Filmmaker and creator Thomas Allen Harris will host the screening and invites African-Americans to share family photos that reflect the social, political, economic and historic realities of African-Americans from 1840 to modern day.

Through a Lens Darkly represents a new participatory model of nonfiction filmmaking. African-American residents of Atlanta are invited to share a few of their favorite family photos from different eras in history. Images will be scanned and added to an online archive called The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion. All photos scanned will be examined and considered for potential inclusion in the film Through a Lens Darkly.

In keeping with IMA’s mission to create a strong public service presence on emerging new media platforms, IMA and PBA warmly support this special multimedia project. More information about this project is available at The event is free.

WHAT: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 11 am – 1 pm

WHERE: Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
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The Center for Puppetry Arts and NACA-Atlanta present A WEEKEND OF CHINESE CULTURE

The Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA) and the National Association of Chinese Americans-Atlanta (NACA-Atlanta) are pleased to present a Weekend of Chinese Culture, March 7 & 8. The weekend will feature performances of Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales, by Dragon Art Studio (Tigard, OR), one of the few professional Chinese puppetry companies in the United States, as well as special tours highlighting the Chinese hand puppet collection in the Center’s global puppet Museum, Puppets: The Power of Wonder and other fun-filled activities focused on Chinese culture.

Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales is presented as part of the Center’s 2008-09 Family Series, and runs March 3 – March 15, 2009. In this compilation of five traditional and non-traditional tales of Ancient China, stories of compassion, consideration, and the greatest ping-pong match of all time, are told with the grace and precision that only classically trained, veterans of the puppetry stage can tell. Critically acclaimed puppeteer, actress and Beijing Opera singer, Yuquin Wang and master puppeteer and graduate of the Beijing Puppetry Art School, Zhengli Xu, perform short vignettes that are told with beautiful music, ornate characters and, remarkably, no dialogue!

In addition to the performances, the schedule for the weekend includes guided tours of Puppets: The Power of Wonder by Museum Curator Jeremy Underwood at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. This tour highlights the Chinese hand puppets in the permanent collection. As an added treat on Sunday from 4-5pm, there will be a Dragon Art Studio backstage tour (included with admission to 3pm show) given by Brenda Xu. This behind-the-scenes peek gives an in-depth look at how Dragon Art Studio successfully blends puppetry and music with elegance, humor, and special effects to create a uniquely entertaining theatrical experience.
Old Man and the Monkeys & other Chinese Tales will be presented in the Downstairs Theater. Showtimes are: Tues – Fri @ 10:30am & 12pm; Sat @ 11am, 1pm, & 3pm; Sun @ 1pm & 3pm.
Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $14.82 + tax for the general public and $8.33 + tax for Members.

The All-Inclusive ticket price includes a performance, the Create-A-Puppet Workshop,* and admission into the permanent Museum exhibit Puppets: The Power of Wonder, and special exhibits including Jim Henson: Wonders from His Workshop. *Dual/Family Level and above.
During this special Weekend of Chinese Culture, the All-Inclusive ticket price includes all of the above plus the special tour of the Chinese hand puppet collection on a first-come, first served basis (limit 20 people per tour). Please visit for more information on the Museum.

Order your tickets “FEE-FREE” online at or call the Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391. The Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, with extended hours during evening performances. The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, across the bridge from Atlantic Station, is accessible from MARTA, and has limited free parking.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Included in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Members of the House and Senate conference committee completed their negotiations of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with $50 million designated to assist the nation’s arts and cultural workforce through funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. The bill proceeds next to both the House and the Senate floors for final votes before being sent to the president for signing into law.

NEA Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell said,

"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, I am pleased that the agency has garnered the confidence of members of Congress to participate in addressing this national economic crisis. With the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the agency is honored to serve the American people by supporting its cultural workforce and businesses.

"The arts and culture industry is a viable sector of the economy. Its employees pay taxes and mortgages as members of the American workforce and are being profoundly impacted by the economic downturn."

The agency is working to finalize guidelines and procedures based on current grant-making practices and will make awards that result in job retention. To understand how grants awarded by the Arts Endowment will have a stimulative effect, it is important to note that virtually all NEA-supported arts projects require the efforts of professionals -- whether through direct employment or contracts -- to carry out the work.

For example, by awarding grants to arts education programs, the NEA can help grantees employ teaching artists and administrators. Through grants to art festivals, the NEA can help the festival employ staff to manage the event and artists to perform or exhibit there. By funding new productions, the NEA can help an arts organization provide work for carpenters, electricians, caterers, ushers, custodians, lighting designers, seamstresses, parking attendants and others as well as artists.

More information will be available at the NEA web site, in the next several days.
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Get Creative, Inspired, Relaxed with Callaway Gardens' Weekend of Workshops

Be good to yourself or give as a gift to someone special. On February 28, 2009, Callaway Gardens will offer an array of creative hobbies to try. No special skill, artistic level or equipment is needed. You might just find a new interest and an opportunity to share your creative talents with future gifts for others.

Offerings include:

Precious Metal Clay Jewelry: In this fun and easy process, create unique, silver jewelry pieces. Each participant will receive enough silver clay to create two medium size pendants or one small pendant with matching earrings.

Session 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Quillen
Fee: $90 ($65 + $25 materials)

A Fun and Easy Introduction to Digital Photography: How to Take Great Pictures: Yes, you can have fun while you learn how to get the most from your camera. In a non-technical manner, learn how to use the flash effectively, master the macro feature and many more techniques. The beauty of Callaway Gardens is the perfect place for the photo session. Tips on "how to take great photos of any subject" will be included.
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jim Henderson
Fee: $70: includes lunch and course syllabus

Mixed Media Earrings of Sterling Silver and Copper Sheet: Spend a fun-filled day creating your own unique beautiful pair of earrings from sterling silver wire and sheets of copper as you learn the secrets of jewelry making.

9:00 a.m. - Noon
Instructor: Patricia Varnon
Fee: $90 ($75 + $15 materials)

Gemstones and Freshwater Pearls Jewelry Design Workshop: Create your own custom-designed necklace made from a variety of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls arranged in a pattern with silver and copper beads.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Patricia Varnon PMC (cert. Level 1) Stained Glass Artisan / Instructor
Fee $115 ($90 + $25 materials)

Botanical Illustration and Journal: Learn to how to record the beauty seen in nature with botanical illustrations and journaling. Botanical illustrator Linda Fraser will share methods, tips and uses for illustrations such as note cards.

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Session 2: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Fraser. Visit <> for more info.
Fee: $75

Enjoy these workshops with a friend, mother or daughter or give as a gift to someone special. Class sizes are limited to provide for individual attention.

An added bonus on February 28th is the opening of a new artistic exhibit "Botanical Illustrations: A Walk Through the Calendar Year." Botanical illustrator Linda Frasier will be on hand to meet guests and discuss her work.

In addition, enjoy hints of Spring and take the time to explore the Gardens on a bike; witness our Birds of Prey show; rejuvenate with a walk to see early-blooming flowers; experience the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and the beautiful indoor gardens of the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center. End the day with a treatment at Spa Prunifolia.

To register, contact the Callaway Gardens Education Department at <> or 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5153. Space is limited so register today.

Make a relaxing weekend as you create exquisite objects d'art weekend with a special room rate of $99 per night, per room in the Mountain Creek Inn. Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

Callaway Gardens®, a premier travel and meeting destination in the South, is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation(tm) (ICCF). Within the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens is a resort, preserve, residential community, nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 931 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, shooting club, gardens, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and additional attractions. For more than 50 years Callaway Gardens has provided "a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world" for millions of visitors. Callaway Gardens is committed to its mission of environmental education and land stewardship for the benefit of future generations.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, visit or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Alliance Theatre Recieves a 2008 Arts in Education Award

Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre has been awarded a $1.1 million 2008 Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant from the U.S. Department of Education through its Office of Innovation and Improvement. The grant money will be distributed over a four-year period and will be used in planning, researching and implementing programs to introduce young English Language Learners (ELL) to the theatre art form and build verbal communication abilities. There were 74 applicants for the grant nation wide. The Alliance ranked first out of 15 awardees.

“The Department of Education’s award of this grant validates the Alliance’s commitment and hard work in strengthening the role of the Arts in schools while reaching out in a big way to our youth in the Atlanta community,” said Sharon Brewer, Director of Education at the Alliance. “We are determined to develop an efficient and impactful model that can become a standard for assisting young academically at-risk students nation wide.”

The grant funds a unique collaboration between the Alliance Theatre’s Wolf Trap program, Georgia State University and Fulton County Schools. It is designed to create an adaptation of the previously developed arts integration model to address the language learning needs of young English Language Learners at risk for academic failure and to support the professional development of their teachers. The Department of Education awarded the Alliance Theatre Education Department $275,000 for 2008 as a planning and research year. They also awarded $275,000 per year for three implementing years—2009, 2010 and 2011.

This federal grant will finance 100 percent of the total costs of the program with no funds by non-government sources.

The 2008 grant will address the wide achievement gap separating language minority children from their English-only speaking classmates and will result in an enriched model designed to assist other theatres, arts agencies, school systems and Wolf Trap Early Learning sites across the nation that serve young children. Locally, the project will serve 1,440 kindergarten students in 24 classrooms in Fulton County, providing more than 28,000 student contact hours of arts programming.

Key components of the 2008 grant program include expanded professional development for kindergarten teachers; field trips to Alliance Theatre productions; and bringing arts to schools through extended classroom residencies.

In 2008, the Alliance Education Department completed the third year of an $800,000 grant awarded in 2005. That grant funded the creation, expansion and empirical testing of a model program of arts integration for young children in Fulton County Schools. It involved professional learning opportunities for teachers through almost 70 in-school residencies and impacted more than 1,200 low-income students by providing approximately 16,000 contact hours of instruction. Preliminary evidence from the 2005 project demonstrated that the new model enhanced the development of language and emotional understanding of kindergarten children.

Data collected over the three-year period showed that participating students enjoyed significant improvement in semantics (word meaning), syntax (grammar) and story writing ability. These results suggest the Georgia Wolf Trap program enhanced kindergarten students’ language development and that this enhancement will result in improved academic performance in the long term.

Under this grant, the Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators/Georgia Wolf Trap Program serves 15 kindergarten teachers and classrooms in three Fulton County schools where approximately 74 percent of the students receive free/reduced school lunches. It is expected that the expanded program will serve more than 45 classrooms by the end of the grant period.
The Alliance is affiliated with the National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and is one of 16 sites nationwide. All of the results and materials developed as part of the grant program will be made available to Wolf Trap sites through the country.

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants Program supports the further development, implementation and expansion of standards-based education programs and the integration of arts instruction into the core curriculum. Grants are awarded to both local education agencies (LEAs) and non-profit arts organizations that work in partnership with LEAs.
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Friday, February 6, 2009

A Chorus Line and a Girls Night Out!

Throw on your favorite high heels, pull out the lipstick and round up the troops for a Girls Night Out at the hottest restaurant in Midtown, Ecco, followed by a spectacular Broadway musical performance at The Fabulous Fox Theatre on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.

Through an exclusive package offer, Ecco Restaurant invites the ladies of Atlanta out to enjoy a decadent two-course dinner featuring Long Live the Queen cocktails sure to sweeten up the night and a performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, A CHORUS LINE, at The Fox Theatre, presented by Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America-Atlanta.

The package menu at Ecco features mouth-watering dishes to choose from, including oak-grilled asparagus and marinated tomato salad, roasted mussels with saffron and chilies, and fried goat cheese with honey and black pepper in the first course. For the second course, diners can indulge in the bold flavors of either chili-braised pork with garlic and homemade pappardelle, San Marzano tomato pizza with house made mozzarella and basil, or roasted organic chicken thighs with salsa verde and spinach.

The Girls Night Out package continues the party at The Fox Theatre, as A CHORUS LINE, one of the most highly anticipated Broadway shows of the year, takes the stage. Winner of nine Tony® Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A CHORUS LINE showcases a group of working dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical while revealing their individual stories, personal joys and disappointments. A CHORUS LINE is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

For more information and to reserve the special Girls Night Out package, please visit, email or call 404.881.2000.

What: Girls Night Out

When: Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5

Where: Ecco Restaurant, 40 7th Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Cost: $70
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Atlanta Ballet's 80th Season, 50 Years of Nutcracker, John McFall's 15th Year

America’s longest continually operating ballet, and, one of Atlanta’s premier institutions has a big year coming up. Atlanta Ballet, known for always breaking ground and setting new trends announces its exciting 2009-2010 Season, celebrating its 80th year with a line-up of shows at the Cobb Energy Centre never presented by the Company before... Click to read: Atlanta Ballet's 80th Season, 50 Years of Nutcracker, John McFall's 15th Year

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Entry Deadline Extended for University of Mobile Juried Art Exhibition

The University of Mobile has extended the deadline to Feb. 16 for its annual Juried Art Exhibition. The competition is open to visual artists working in any media, and only original artwork is accepted. Artists must either be born in or currently live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee or Texas.

An entry form and rules may be downloaded from the University of Mobile website at or contact Phillip Counselman, assistant professor of art, at (251) 442-2283 or . The entry fee is $25 for the first work and $5 for each additional entry. All works must be original and completed during 2007 or 2008.

Melissa Crum Morgan, executive director of the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Fla., will serve as juror.

Prizes include a $1,000 award for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third, $200 for the Southern Humor Award, and three $100 prizes for honorable mention. The show will be open to the public May 3-30 at Thomas T. Martin Hall on the University of Mobile campus. A reception will be held May 3 from 2-5 p.m. in Martin Hall.

More than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the University of Mobile in the College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Performing Arts, Center for Adult Programs, and schools of business, Christian studies, education and nursing. For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or contact Enrollment Services at (251) 442-2273 or
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Susan Copeland Appearing on WABE’s “City Café” on Sidney Lanier’s Birthday

Clayton State University Professor Dr. Susan Copeland’s professional interests are, without a doubt, eclectic.

In recent years she has undertaken, among other things, acting as the faculty advisor for the student Circle K service club, hosting a visit to campus by a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, discussing the famous “Goat Man,” and writing a narrative of a German POW’s experiences in Georgia during World War II. Now, she’s appearing on WABE radio’s (90.1 FM) “City Café” program to talk about Sidney Lanier.

Copeland’s interview with “City Café” host John Lemley will be airing at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, Lanier’s birthday. Copeland has previously written the article on poet/musician/namesake of large lake Lanier for the New Georgia Encyclopedia (
“American literature is my specialty,” she admits, although it’s clear that Copeland, a professor in the Language and Literature Department of Clayton State’s College of Arts & Sciences, is likely to be involved in almost any endeavor.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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The Golden King Partners with the Golden Arches to raise funds for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Organizers of “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” at the Atlanta Civic Center announced Friday the “To Give is Golden!” partnership with Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, which kicks off on February 2. Beginning in the month of February, more than 260 participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Atlanta area will provide customers with discount coupons for $5 off regular-priced adult tickets to the King Tut exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center. For each coupon redeemed, exhibition organizers will donate $5 to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, with a minimum donation of $10,000 pledged by exhibition organizers. The total donation amount will be determined at the end of the promotion, when all coupons have been redeemed.

The coupons, which are good for use until April 1, can be redeemed through, or at the King Tut box office at the Atlanta Civic Center. People can purchase up to eight tickets with the discount on If purchasing tickets at the box office, there is a limit of one discounted ticket per customer.

“Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is grateful for the support of The King Tut exhibit. Their generous support will help to provide a ‘home away from home’ to families of ill and injured children staying at Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses,” says Linda M. Morris, president/CEO of ARMHC.

Additionally, to celebrate the promotion, employees of the participating McDonald’s restaurants will be entitled to a 50 percent discount off regular-priced adult tickets during the month of February.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that is committed to providing support to children, families and the community,” said John Norman, president of Arts and Exhibitions International. “This partnership provides families the opportunity to see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition and, as a result, help raise funds that will allow Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to continue its mission of supporting families devastated by the illness or injury of a child.”

The exhibition opened at the Atlanta Civic Center on November 15, 2008 and will remain in Atlanta until
May 25, 2009.


Premiering November 15, 2008, to May 25, 2009, at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” features striking objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from the 4th Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. – 660 B.C.). Derived from a variety of contexts, including temples and royal and private tombs, many of these artifacts have never before visited the United States.

Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty and ruled during a crucial, turmoil-filled period of Egyptian history. The boy king died under mysterious circumstances around age 18 or 19, in the ninth year of his reign (1323 B.C.).

The exhibition highlights more than 50 treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb and more than 70 artifacts representing other pharaohs and notables, along with the latest scientific research about King Tut. The storyline follows the splendor of the Egyptian pharaohs, their function in the earthly and divine worlds, and what kingship meant to the Egyptian people.

Four galleries devoted to King Tut correspond to the four rooms of his nearly intact tomb, where the treasures were discovered by British explorer Howard Carter in 1922. Legendary artifacts from the antechamber, the annex, the treasury and the burial chamber include Tutankhamun’s golden sandals, jewelry, furniture, weaponry and statuary.

The final gallery features CT scans of Tutankhamun that were obtained as part of a landmark, Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by National Geographic, that will CT-scan the ancient mummies of Egypt. The Tutankhamun scans were captured through the use of a portable CT scanner, donated by Siemens Medical Solutions, which allowed researchers to compile the first three-dimensional picture of Tutankhamun and discover more about his life and death.


Tickets to the exhibition at the Atlanta Civic Center can be purchased for visits every day of the week, on the half-hour from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (galleries close at 7 p.m.). Single tickets range from $16.50-$32.50 and are available at the exhibition box office, 1-877-TUT-TKTS (1-877-888-8587) or Group tickets for 10 or more are available at 1-866-52GROUP (1-866-524-7687) or Audio tours ($7) and tickets for “Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies” ($5) can be added at the time of purchase or at the exhibition.


Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of critically ill and injured children being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite and Egleston and by awarding scholarships to qualifying high school seniors. Atlanta’s first Ronald McDonald House, the fourth in the world, located at 792 Houston Mill Road featured 16 bedrooms and hosted more than 24,000 families since opening in 1979. This facility closed May 1, 2008 as the new 50-bedroom Gatewood facility opened on June 9, 2008 less than a mile away. In June of 1994, the second house opened at 5420 Peachtree Dunwoody Road which includes 11 bedrooms and has hosted more than 8,000 families.

At the Ronald McDonald House, families can enjoy many of the comforts of home, receive nutritious meals prepared and served by volunteers and obtain emotional support through contact with other families experiencing similar situations. No family is turned away if they cannot afford the $20 per night requested contribution and many of these families stay at the Ronald McDonald House for weeks and sometimes months while their children receive treatment at local children’s hospitals.
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