Review of the Atlanta Opera’s “La Bohème”

la-boheme-poster-bigCheck out my review of the Atlanta Opera’s new production of Puccini’s La Bohème in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The show runs through October 11.

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Catching up with some recent stories

1374263_10153287679125487_582346675_nI haven’t had the chance to post on this blog lately as much as I’d like to, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been covering the arts… Just the opposite! I’ve had my nose to the grindstone these past few weeks.

Check out my recent theater reviews of Aris Theatre’s Playboy of the Western World, Synchronicity’s In the Next Room, the Alliance’s A Steady Rain, Actor’s Express’ Stupid F*cking Bird, Théâtre du Rêve and 7 Stages’ Celles d’en hautthe Alliance’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Rising Sage’s Class Act.

I also interviewed Georgia-native and Atlanta resident mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton about enjoying the spoils of her recent rock-star-level success for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And I did another story for the AJC about contemporary chamber ensemble Chamber Cartel’s construction of a special set of instruments, the sixxen, for a recent concert. I also reviewed the Atlanta Opera’s inventive production of Winter Journey for the AJC.

It was also my privilege to profile bass Jane Little who has been playing with the Atlanta Symphony for an incredible 70 years for Encore magazine. Onward!

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From small town to big stage: Leah Partridge in the Atlanta Opera’s “La bohéme”

Boheme-poster1It was such a pleasure speaking with soprano Leah Partridge. Partridge is an Atlanta resident and Lincolnton, Georgia-native who grew up singing in her church choir. Check out my piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Atlanta Opera’s La bohéme opens tonight, October 3, and runs through October 11.

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Atlanta Opera’s “Winter Journey” preview in the AJC

AO Winterreise-20140310-1709I previewed the Atlanta Opera’s Winter Journey, an inventive new production that adds visual projections to Franz Schubert’s famous 24-song cycle Winterreise. 

Read it online or catch it in print in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on September 10.

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Review of Marcy Starz: Cold Comfort

IMG_5594-e1441405879868-623x636I had a look at painter Marcy Starz’s exhibition Cold Comfort at Atlanta’s Beep Beep Gallery.

Check out my review on Burnaway.

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Sprawl, y’all.

eyeoftheoceanI had a look at the new exhibition Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines at the High Museum.

Check out my review on Burnaway.

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September’s Top Five

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.


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Q&A with Israeli director Eran Riklis

Eran-Riklis-on-set-A-Borrowed-IdentityI think the first person I try to convince is myself.” –Eran Riklis

I interviewed acclaimed Israeli film director Eran Riklis in advance of his two-week residency at Emory. Check it out on

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Review of “Listen to Me, Marlon”

arts_flicksb_marlon_2-1_17Listen 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.

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Dance, Dance, Dance


Photo by Lina Gugucheva

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.

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