Week of 2 March 2009
Friday - March 6, 2009
Class of 3000
Back in 2006, the Atlanta-based Cartoon Network premiered an animated series which had the unique distinction of having been created by Andre 3000 of the group OutKast. The show cast its creator as jazz and blues superstar Sunny Bridges, who returns to his home town of Atlanta and finds himself teaching music at a middle school for the performing arts. Now, Class of 3000 is making a break from the small screen onto the live stage at the Alliance. We paid them a visit and spoke with Andre 3000—or Andre Benjamin if you will—and director Rosemary Newcott about this hometown partnership. Class of 3000 opens tonight on the Alliance stage and runs through March 29th.
A Good Children’s Book
All this week we’ve been asking what’s a good book to read to kids and why; and here are the results. City Café thanks all the dozens of people who phoned in.
Thursday - March 5, 2009
AHC Southern Music
For ten years, the Atlanta History Center presented a popular concert series under the banner, “Nothin’ But the Blues.” Now the Center is producing a new after-hours series of live music targeted at a “younger and edgy” audience in an alternative venue setting. The new series, Southern Music: Shaken & Stirred, explores what the Center calls “four corners of Southern music—soul, southern rock, jazz fusion, and blues.” Each month features a roster of both up-and-coming artists and local legends who are among the best in their fields and whose music is deeply rooted in the South. Joining us now to talk about the series, Leigh Massey from the Atlanta History Center.
AJC - Shane Harrison
AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.
Wednesday - March 4, 2009
Miss Evers’ Boys
The name True Colors Theatre Company reflects a promise to search for truth and clarity. With this month’s production of the Pulitzer nominated play Miss Evers’ Boys, Artistic Director Kenny Leon takes on material that really flex the muscles of that promise. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat with Leon to talk about the show and its difficult subject matter—the Tuskegee Study—and his desire to keep a wider perspective on it. Miss Evers’ Boys opens at the Southwest Arts Center this Wednesday and runs through March 21st.
Tuesday - March 3, 2009
Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical
An annual Atlanta tradition since 2003, Orchid Daze highlights the Garden’s world-renowned orchid collection. The collection is the largest of its kind in the United States and features approximately 10,000 specimens. They include both the Garden’s collections as well as special acquisitions. Also, during this exhibition on the first weekend of both March and April you can shop the Orchid Market; and Orchid Care Clinics will be given on the first Saturday of each month.
A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist David Lee Simmons, including a showing of short films at the Plaza Theatre.
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival - March 4th & 5th - Tara Theatre
Banff Mountain Film Festival - March 23rd - Ferst Center of the Arts
Monday - March 2, 2009
Westside Arts District
There’s a move a foot to bring art awareness to the Westside of Atlanta. A rejuvenation of the Marietta corridor- and the migration of a number of art galleries— have increased the potential for this area to become the new up and coming arts destination. Susan Mittleman went to check it out.