Great news! I’ve been selected to participate in the Art Writing Workshop, a partnership between the International Art Critics Association and the Creative Capital-Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
The signs outside the small town of Weeki Wachee, Florida read “The Only City of Live Mermaids!” just as they have since 1947 when the roadside attraction the Weeki Wachee Mermaids first opened, featuring young women in fishtail costumes performing in the area’s naturally clear spring water pools. From December 5-22, the Weeki Wachee Mermaids will be performing their show at the Georgia Aquarium.
Charleston’s Spoleto Festival has officially unveiled its 2014 line-up. If you have an online subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, you can check out my choices for the top eight shows (also listed below). Or visit the Spoleto website for a complete listing and to purchase tickets beginning December 9.
A monthly listing of Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five arts events in Atlanta:
5. Weeki Wachee Mermaids perform at Georgia Aquarium, December 5-22
This won’t be playing in Atlanta, but I thought it sounded fantastic nonetheless. British theater collective 1927, which wowed audiences (and me) at Spoleto with its production of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” in 2011, is directing a new production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the LA Opera. Check out the adoring review in the New York Times.
In the new film “Kill Your Darlings,” actor Daniel Radcliffe plays the part of a sensitive, bespectaled young misfit who leaves behind a troubled home-life to study at a Gothic-halled school, where he meets a group of intriguing new friends and eventually discovers his own extraordinary capabilities… Allen Ginsberg.
Shakespeare created some of the greatest roles for women of all time, though during his own lifetime every last one of them was played by a man. The Fern Theatre’s new production of “Macbeth” at 7 Stages in Little Five Points turns that concept on its head by casting a woman in every role in the Scottish play. Check out my review on ArtsATL.
This fall, Atlanta-based dance company gloATL went on a public art tour of Georgia along with the urban muralists of Living Walls. The tour culminated with a performance installation at the historic Rhodes Theatre near Peachtree Street in midtown Atlanta.
At the beginning of Steve Yockey’s new play “Pluto,” the character Elizabeth announces her intention to simply have a normal day. It’s not just her troubled, distant college-aged son Bailey who thwarts this uncomplicated wish. It’s the talking dog, the voices on the radio that address her personally, and the mysterious visitor who seems determined to invade her house by crawling out from inside the intermittently shaking refrigerator. Check out my review of the surreal world premiere dramatic comedy at Actor’s Express on ArtsATL.