My picks for the top events at Spoleto 2015

2015ParadiseInterrupted_web1Tickets for Spoleto 2015  go on sale today, and I’ve lined up my own Top Ten picks for the best bets at this year’s fest:

1. Shakespeare’s Globe Romeo and Juliet

2. Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona

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Spoleto announces lineup for 2015

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Memphis street dancer Lil Buck is among the acts slated for Spoleto 2015. (Kyle Cordova)

The lineup for Spoleto 2015 was announced recently, and tickets go on sale January 20. I wrote a preview story for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about some of the most newsworthy shows in store for this summer’s fest. Before tickets go on sale, I’ll also publish my own Top Ten Picks for Spoleto 2015 especially for readers of this blog.

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The year in classical music

Photo by Thom Baker

Photo by Thom Baker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked me to list a few of my picks for the most memorable moments in classical music in Atlanta in 2014. Here are my selections.

Onward to an even better 2015!

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Top 10 shows of 2014

Hey, Atlanta theater fans… What were your favorite shows of 2014?

Here’s the ArtsATL list, 164685_507116979345283_1646016360_nwhich fellow theater critic Jim Farmer and I created together.

Enjoy… and happy 2015!!

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January’s Top Five

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

5. The 15 Project at the High Museum, Jan. 9
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Dr. Gary Radke lectures at the High Jan. 10

G26514We often like to think that a sense of hierarchy and competition are somewhat anathema to creativity, but is it possible that an environment that demands artists outdo each other actually helps fuel innovation?

That’s one contention of Dr. Gary Radke, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University and Consulting Curator for Italian Art at the High Museum of Art. Radke will give a free lecture at the High Museum on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. about the famous competitions (and collaborations) of Renaissance Italy in a talk titled “Competition and Collaboration: How Early Renaissance Artists and Patrons got the Best from One Another.” I heard Radke speak briefly at the press preview for the opening of  ”Make A Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral,” and though his talk was brief, it was enough for me to know that this upcoming lecture is an unmissable one for Atlanta art lovers.

The lecture is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. For more information or to reserve your seats, visit the High Museum.

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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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