In the 1980s, television stations, magazines and newspapers were covered with images of African children with distended bellies and flies covering their faces. This was the time of Live Aid and Michael Jackson's "We Are the World," – large-scale recordings and concerts to send money to the poor and starving in Africa.
The High Museum of Art has been lauded for their many special exhibitions, but their ever-growing permanent collection holds many priceless and important works of art, not least of all in their collection of folk art.
The High began collecting folk art in the 1970s, and in fact they’re the first general museum in North America to have — starting in 1994 — a full-time curator devoted to folk and self-taught art.
The women of Greater Atlanta Hadassah who helped make this Saturday's art event, ''The Big Reveal,'' happen. Pictured here from left: Holly Strelzik, Joan Solomon, Barbara Lang, Susan Proctor and Sue Rothstein.
Walk through a modern art museum, and you’re sure to find naked women on the canvases that line the walls. Artists have been drawing, painting and photographing the nude female body for centuries. For just as long, artists have been presenting ideals of what the female body should look like.
He is utterly unknown, but the 20th century Russian musical heavyweight Dmitri Shostakovich described his work in this way: "Music of beauty and enormity … it is a perfect masterpiece … it is a hymn to humanity … to the international solidarity of those who, subjected to the most terrible evil, stood up against fascism."
In 2008, the officers of the Georgia Chapter of the American Harp Society saw a picture of a large-scale harp concert. And they thought, "Well, why can't we do something with multiple harps? Because the harp is a lonely instrument," as Mary Ann Flinn, the vice president of the organization, recalled.
You’ll hear it on the streets of Buenos Aires, in the towns of northern Mexico and also in the Hispanic immigrant communities here in Atlanta. It’s called Cumbia, and it’s one of the most popular musical genres in the Latin American world.
But while Cumbia is part of mainstream music culture in many Latin American countries today, it started out as the music of only the lower class in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region.
In 2015, it seems normal for burgeoning artists to self-fund their projects online and through fundraisers. In 2007, however, online platforms like Kickstarter didn’t even exist.
So, when pianist Simone Dinnerstein raised her own funds for her first solo album, which features Bach’s "Goldberg Variations," it was a truly revolutionary move. That album ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week.
Who is Kate Alcott? Well, the answer to that question is more literal than existential.
Patricia O’Brien is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, but she changed her name to Kate Alcott for her books after a publishing house rejected one of her novels when she was Patricia. But, as Kate Alcott — Alcott, of course, from the author of "Little Women" — it was accepted in a flash.
Since graduating from Georgia State's film program in 2009, Mike Morgan has fallen into a world of horror. Independent horror film, that is.
Morgan worked on the crew for James Sizemore’s "The Demon’s Rook." On crew, he was obliged to play some extra parts as well, which meant he had the privilege to die twice in this Southern, gothic tale of demons, blood and guts.
Currently, Morgan is the assistant director for Tim Reis’ upcoming horror film "Bad Blood." This time around, instead of demons, the great beast of the film is a werefrog.
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.
When you enter the Alliance Theatre’s Black Box, you see Yankl, played by Jake Krakovsky, sitting on top of what looks like the skeleton of a very large barrel. He appears to be reading some sort large, aged book.
In Chelm, a town in Poland, Yankl had the important job of making sure no swine entered the village. But now, he and the stories within him are the only things left.
A British poet laureate is scheduled to give a free reading at Emory this weekend.
The university says award-winning Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy will give a free reading at Glenn Auditorium on the school's campus Saturday at 4 p.m. No tickets are required, but seating is limited in the auditorium.
Books will be available for purchase, and a signing event will be held immediately after the reading.
By trade, Alan Lightman is a physicist, but he has traversed that tricky space between science and the humanities and has written award-winning novels.
His 1992 novel "Einstein’s Dreams" is an international bestseller. Along with having been translated into thirty languages, artists have adapted it into plays, dances, musical compositions, and paintings. It is also an educational tool and can be found in university classrooms across the globe.
Another one of his novels, "The Diagnosis," was a National Book Award finalist.
In a symphony orchestra, perched behind the smaller stringed instruments, sit about eight unreasonably large double basses.
But, contrary to how one might think size should work, bigger does not mean louder. And while it might seem that the bass section generally has an easier part in a symphonic piece than the violinists, “easy” is actually a problematic word.
In the audio story above, you heard a selection of orchestral works, solos, and concertos that epitomize the student years of the double bass experience.
"Actions count, words matter, music heals" is the mantra of an upcoming performance by violinist Robert McDuffie and actor-playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
McDuffie and Smith first collaborated at the Aspen Ideas Festival a few years ago. Smith performed Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” while McDuffie played a selection of pieces from folk songs to classical repertoire, including “How Great Thou Art,” “Ashokan Farewell,” and Handel’s “Largo,” amongst others.
An exhibit of classic radios is set to open next week at a University of Georgia library.
The school says the exhibit of radios from the early 1900s will open Feb. 20 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The collection of tube radios, external speakers and other items dating from 1913 to 1933 was restored by Claude L. Pennington Jr. of Macon. Pennington was a doctor who specialized in microsurgery of the inner ear and was fascinated by the tube radio.
Each week on "City Lights," we are joined by our mystery guest, Michele Ross, who is the crime fiction columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and former book editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Keeping couples in mind in time for Valentine's Day, Ross reviews a book series featuring a pair of detectives.
When they moved from Los Angeles, California to Atlanta in 2005, Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson couldn’t find much local produce. The farmers market culture of California had yet to take off in Georgia, but they soon realized that it wasn’t because of lack of trying.
“We got involved with an organization called Georgia Organics that was working to promote organic farming and farmers in Georgia, and we went to them and offered our services pro bono,” Anthony said.
Lauren Gunderson is an award-winning Atlanta-born playwright. Her work has been produced nationwide, and here at home by Synchronicity Theater and the Weird Sisters Theater Project. And now, Theatrical Outfit is staging a production of her show "Silent Sky," the true story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt.
Gunderson joined us at member station KALW in San Francisco, and WABE's Lois Reitzes spoke to her about the real story behind the play.
In the second installment of "24 FPS," we go inside Atlanta's music scene through the camera lens.
In film school, filmmaker Greg Harding focused on narrative film (fiction, for those unfamiliar with film terms), but after working on a documentary for a nonprofit, he quickly fell in love with that style.
His latest project is a documentary short that focuses on Atlanta producer and musician Kamal Gillespie, or his stage name, SpeakerKiller.
The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta next week. From Feb. 11-15, the company will perform some of its most well-known pieces, including Alvin Ailey’s celebrated "Revelations." It will also bring an entirely new performance to Atlanta audiences called “Odetta.”
For this edition of "24 FPS (Frames Per Second)", we hear from local filmmaker Brantly Watts. She is primarily a documentary filmmaker but is now venturing into the fiction film realm.
One of her biggest projects was a documentary feature, called "AKA Blondie," which focuses on one of the strippers at the iconic Clermont Lounge. She talks about that and other projects in this segment.
Three times a year in three different cities across the U.S., Coffee Fest brings together new coffee technologies, coffee classes, coffee professionals and coffee enthusiasts to bask in the glory that is coffee.
It’s the largest coffee trade show in the U.S., and this weekend, it comes Atlanta. This is the first time it’s been here in seven years.
Some of its popular attractions are the competitions: best espresso, best coffee house and best … latte art?
Kathy Hogan Trocheck's byline was a staple in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the 1980s. She left the AJC to write fiction full-time in 1991, and has authored a number of best-selling books under the penname "Mary Kay Andrews."
This March 14, 1963, file photo shows Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ''To Kill a Mockingbird.'' Publisher Harper announced Feb. 3, 2015, that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel Lee completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. It will be her second published book.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.
Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that "Go Set a Watchman," a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14. Rediscovered last fall, "Go Set a Watchman" is essentially a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird," although it was finished earlier. The 304-page book will be Lee's second, and the first new work in more than 50 years.