December’s Top Five

A monthly listing of Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta: 

5. Flavors and Colors of Haiti at Rialto Center for the Arts, December 11.

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Pucci was a dawg

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Italian designer Emilio Pucci is closely associated with a certain ’60s jet-setting, “Mad Men”-style glamor: Jackie Kennedy loved his work, Marilyn Monroe was even buried in a silk jersey dress of his design and Beyoncé worked the old Pucci mystique when she wore a boatnecked black gown from the house of Pucci at Obama’s inauguration.. But what’s less well-known about the designer was the fact that as a young student, Pucci attended the University of Georgia and he maintained connections to the institution and to the state throughout his life.

A fascinating new exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art examines Pucci’s connections to the US. Read all about it in my column for Creative Loafing.

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Review of the Atlanta Opera’s “Madama Butterfly”

Dina Kuznetsova and Adam Diegel perform with members of the Atlanta Opera chorus in a new production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through November 16. (Jeff Roffman)

Dina Kuznetsova and Adam Diegel perform with members of the Atlanta Opera chorus in a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through November 16. (Jeff Roffman)

My review of the Atlanta Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will run in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution print edition on Thursday, November 13. Online subscribers can also read the review on the web now on the AJC‘s newly-redesigned site. The show, which I thoroughly enjoyed, runs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through November 16.

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Reviews of two new films

Mark Landis, art forger and subject of the new documentary film "Art and Craft." Photo: Sam Cullman, courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories

Mark Landis, art forger and subject of the new documentary film “Art and Craft.” Photo: Sam Cullman, courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories

November is a great time to take in some movies, and this week I have reviews of two new films.

I take a look at Art and Craft, a documentary about small-time art forger Mark Landis for Burnaway, and I also have a review of Icelandic singer Björk’s new concert film Biophilia in Creative Loafing.

Enjoy… and see you at the movies!

 

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November’s Top Five

A monthly listing of Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

5. Deer Bear Wolf’s Phoenix Festival, November 15
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One more chance to catch Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth

Soprano Anna Netrebko in the Met’s new production of Verdi’s Macbeth really is every bit as incredible as the reviews say. I was lucky enough to catch the performance when it was broadcast live from the Met to movie theaters around the world last Saturday afternoon. Wow.

Opera fans, including those in Atlanta, have one more chance to catch Netrebko in the role, which will surely go down as one of the great performances in opera history. On Wednesday, October 15, the Met will re-broadcast an encore screening of Macbeth at 6:30 p.m. local time. Movie theaters in the Atlanta area screening the performance include the Alpharetta North Point 8, the Fork and Screen in Buckhead, the Hollywood 24 in Chamblee and Perimeter Pointe 10. For more information, visit the Met. Do not miss it!

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Film review: “I am Ali”

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For the new documentary I am Ali, filmmakers were given unprecedented access to the personal family recordings of Muhammad Ali.

Check out what the recordings tell us about the great man and read my review of the film in this week’s Creative Loafing.

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October’s Top Five

A monthly listing of Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:

5. The Met Live in HD 2014-15 season begins with Verdi’s Macbeth, October 11

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Julian Sands performs the work of Harold Pinter at Emory

65325I interviewed British actor Julian Sands about the performance he created with John Malkovich honoring the poetry of Harold Pinter.

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Best of Atlanta, 2014

BOA14_Teaser_430x230.pngI’m happy to report that Creative Loafing readers have voted me Atlanta’s Best Local Art Critic  for the second year in a row in the 2014 Best of Atlanta issue.

Thank you, ATL! You’re the best!

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