A monthly list of art critic Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top events in Atlanta.
5. Salman Rushdie reading and book-signing, September 17, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
I interviewed acclaimed Israeli film director Eran Riklis in advance of his two-week residency at Emory. Check it out on ArtsATL.com.
Listen to Me, Marlon is a new documentary about actor Marlon Brando that takes an unusual approach. British documentarian Steven Riley culled through hundreds of hours of audiotape that Brando made throughout his life, and he uses them in the film to allow Brando to narrate his own story. Check out my review.
Dance is among my favorite subjects to write about, and I have two stories this week. I have a preview of Erik Thurmond’s show Monument, in which the Atlanta-based dancer leaves his comfort zone and adds singing to the mix, and a review of the dance elements of Portalism, the Walthall Fellows show at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Atlanta dance fans won’t want to miss the upcoming performance of Wabi Sabi, the Atlanta Ballet’s contemporary chamber performance group, when the dancers appear in a free show on the outdoor Sifly Piazza at the High Museum on Friday, August 21, at 8 p.m.
At the theater, I reviewed Pinch ‘n’ Ouch’s new production of Annie Baker’s The Aliens and also the world premiere of Lillian Likes It, part of the annual Essential Play Festival at the West End Performing Arts Center.
I reviewed the new documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence, and I also had a look at Jonathan Bouknight’s art film Nightingales currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
I keep hoping Woody Allen will make another film as great as Blue Jasmine. Unfortunately, his latest, Irrational Man starring Joaquin Phoenix, isn’t it. Check out my review in Creative Loafing.
I’ve been adjusting back to life in Atlanta after an intense couple weeks at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
I have recent interviews with tap dancer Savion Glover and with High Museum Curator Michael Rooks in Creative Loafing. I reviewed Nelle’s Story, a new one-woman show based on the life of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee at Synchronicity Theatre for ArtsATL. Lastly, Catherine Rush of Wussy Mag wrote a wonderful review of the show I curated in June. More soon!
The Met Live in HD is rebroadcasting the most popular productions from its live broadcasts to cinemas of the past few seasons. You can check out the Encore presentations wherever you normally see the shows (In Atlanta, they’ll be at Perimeter Pointe, Hollywood 24 at I-85 in Chamblee and elsewhere).
The broadcasts take place Wednesday nights in July at 7 p.m.
July 8 at 7 pm– La Traviata
July 15 at 7 pm-- La Fille du Régiment
July 22 at 7 pm-- The Merry Widow
July 29at 7 pm-- Aida
I’ve seen all of these and can pretty much recommend them across the board as worth seeing. For more info about the shows and casts, or to purchase tickets, visit Fathom Events.
I’m usually writing arts stories, but this time, for a change, I’m in them. ArtsATL has a story about its critics that includes an update about my participation in the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. And dance writer Kathleen Wessel interviewed Blake Beckham and me for a preview story about my curated dance event Honey, You Know Where to Find Me, which takes place this Friday, June 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m.
For those headed to the performance on Friday, our venue will be as hot as, well, a midsummer night dance show in Georgia. We plan to have ice cold drinks for you. See you soon!