Theatrical Outfit's artistic director Tom Key and author Barbara Brown Taylor discuss the intersection of religion and theater in Theatrical Outfit's performance of ''Storefront Church.''
Generally, we think about a separation of church and state, but John Patrick Shanley’s “Church and State” trilogy interweaves the church with more secular institutions like the military and commerce. One of the plays in the series is Shanley’s most well-known work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Doubt."
Theatrical Outfit is currently performing the last play in the trilogy, "Storefront Church." Instead of a harrowing tale of suspicion and accusation, "Storefront Church" has some laughs but also delves into conversations at the crossroads of spiritual experience and social action.
Thanks in part to the ubiquity of social media, the age-old game of the scavenger hunt has returned to Atlanta’s streets.
For instance, there is “Free Art Friday,” where local artists offer small versions of their work for free. The work is often dropped along city streets or parks, posted on Twitter or Instagram, and then the hunt is on.
A new participant to this playful art project puts a literary twist on the game by dropping notebooks in hidden spots around the city.
If you like Django Reinhardt, you will love Atlanta’s own Bonaventure Quartet, and you’ll be happy to learn that there are several opportunities to hear the ensemble performing live this spring in places like Inman Park, Decatur, Alpharetta and other locations around Atlanta.
On Tuesday's edition of "City Lights," two members of the Bonaventure Quartet ─ founder, guitarist and composer Charles Williams and Atlanta’s sweetest and sassiest vocalist Amy Pike ─ talked about their inspirations, recordings and upcoming Atlanta performances.
Jared Callahan's new documentary focuses on his grandmother Janey, who writes plays for her community theater in Rio Vista, California. Callahan interweaves the struggle of putting on a community play with the struggle a small town faces in the aftermath of the recession.
Compared to a lot of people in Atlanta's forever-expanding film scene, Jared Callahan is a recent addition to Atlanta independent filmmaking. He moved here last year and spent the last few months of 2014 editing his first documentary feature, "Janey Makes A Play," which screened at the Atlanta Film Festival.
The film centers on 90-year-old Janey, who is the playwright and director of the community theater in Rio Vista, California. She is also Callahan's grandmother.
Instead of cake and ice cream, Eudora Welty might prefer a slice of key lime pie with a side of pimento cheese for her birthday. The great Southern author passed away in 2001 at the age of 92, but we are celebrating her 106th birthday Monday.
Welty lived most of her life in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, but she often traveled around the United States to give lectures and to write. Recognized as a great talent, she was on the book reviews staff for the New York Times. Amongst several literary awards, Welty also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
You might see them near freeway exits, at the corner of intersections or on the side of streets: little yellow signs with black lettering and an arrow.
These signs are put up by production companies filming all around Atlanta.
But if you’ve paid attention to what’s written on these signs, you’ll know that they don’t just say the name of the movie or TV show being filmed. Instead, they’ll have some seemingly unrelated word or collection of letters and numbers.
In his inexhaustible style, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote 27 piano concertos, a dozen of which he wrote over the course of two years, and world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax is in Atlanta this weekend playing No. 14.
Ax has toured the world as a soloist and chamber player. He grabbed the world’s attention in the 1970s as a young performer, winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and also the Avery Fisher Prize.
Jaqai Mickelsen, left, and Omar Beach, right, became friends in 1992. In 2012 Mickelsen set out to make a documentary on sickle cell anemia with Beach as the subject. On this 1994 photo, the pair said, ''We have embraced its lameness.''
In 1992 in San Diego, ninth grader Jaqai Mickelsen met 11th grader Omar Beach. They became life-long friends despite the high school age difference.
The normalcy of friendship tomfoolery, however, was often disrupted by a debilitating disease called sickle cell anemia. Beach has spent his life in and out of hospitals because of the disease with Mickelsen mostly as a friendly bystander.
In 2012, Mickelsen had the inspiration to turn Beach's experiences into a film. Specifically, a documentary they are calling "Spilled Milk."
Author Robin Oliveira's novel ''I Always Loved You'' focuses on the tumultuous relationship between painters Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. She says that Degas helped Cassatt find her artistic focus, maternal love. This is Cassatt's 1902 painting ''Mère et enfant.''
The working title of Robin Oliveira’s recent novel was "I Never Loved You," but when the time came to decide the official release title, she ended up changing it to "I Always Loved You."
The contradicting titles are appropriate, as the novel follows the tumultuous romantic relationship between two prolific artists, Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, whose relationship was anything but clear.
This weekend you might be tempted to pull out your special striped blazer, but wait just a minute before you do. Apparently, there's a general rule that you're not supposed to wear seersucker – the puckered cotton suits – before the Easter holiday.
"The conventional thinking is, yes, Easter Sunday would be the first acceptable time to don your white linen and/or seersucker, and it should not be done before then," said Ashton Greene, a salesman at H. Stockon, a traditional clothing store in the Atlanta area.
The United States Postal Service’s new Forever stamp features the legendary poet and author Maya Angelou.
The man behind the image on the stamp is Atlanta artist Ross Rossin. He has painted world leaders, celebrities, and ordinary people over his decades long career.
Angelou’s image on the stamp, which is so vivid it looks like a photograph, was taken from Rossin’s 2013 oil-on-canvas painting of her. That painting is now part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery collection.
Rossin spent several days with Angelou in the spring of 2013 before painting her.
This weekend, the Atlanta Opera begins a four-performance run of Mozart's wildly popular opera, "The Marriage of Figaro." Mozart with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte adapted the opera from Pierre de Beaumarchais' play of the same name.
It is one of the most-performed operas of all time perhaps because of its relatability. Essentially, it's about a bunch of people with relationship problems.
At least, that is the argument of baritone John Moore, who will perform as the infamous seducer Count Almaviva.
This weekend’s joyous Easterfestivities celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
The Psalms have held an honored place in such religious services since Jews sang them at the Temple over 2,000 years ago – and Christians later included them in the Bible. For Easter, many Christians read or sing Psalm 118. It has lines like: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This sacred text has seen thousands of years of languages and musical styles, and has outlived almost any other music in human history.
Four months after announcing they had received a $38 million grant, officials at the Woodruff Arts Center said this week that fundraising for what they’re calling the "Transformation Campaign" has generated another $24 million in pledges.
Commitments totaling $62 million will be used for endowments, renovations and expansion of arts and educational programs for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre.
In 1978, a frog and a man cut the red ribbon at a new, one-of-a-kind organization devoted to showcasing puppetry, performing puppet shows and displaying puppets from around the world. The the Center for Puppetry Arts was born.
Of course, the ribbon-cutters were Kermit the Frog and renowned puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets and Sesame Street.
Victor Wooten is recognized for his five Grammy awards and his touring globally with the likes of Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea, but he also has a sideline to his musical career that his fans may not know much about.
The acclaimed bass guitarist – a founding member of the “blu bop” instrumental group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – is gearing up for another spring, summer and early fall of musical instruction and inspiration in the outdoors of middle Tennessee.
All of "Water for Elephants" author Sara Gruen’s novels feature animals: horses, elephants and apes. Her new novel, however, tackles a different sort of creature: the Loch Ness Monster.
The novel, "At The Water’s Edge," focuses on a wealthy Philadelphian woman, Maddie Hyde, who has never had a healthy, loving relationship – not with her parents, any friends or even her husband. Instead, she has endured perpetual emotional abuse, been deprived of any form of self-expression, and watched her interests discouraged and self-worth demeaned.
Joe Pickett rides again, and this time the tale is deeply personal.
Fans of the mystery novels of Wyoming-based writer C.J. Box have a 15th book to savor in the series named after his protagonist.
Like its predecessors, “Endangered” is set in the Black Hills, where Pickett is a game warden. The story revolves around the disappearance of his 18-year-old adopted daughter, whose body is found in a ditch and who remains in a coma.