The Art Gardner

Friday Jazz and Burnaway Fundraiser
June 17, 2010, 10:08 pm
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Lee Tesche's Edgewood


You are going to be busy this weekend, my art-loving peeps. Friday, get yourself to Friday Jazz at the High Museum. Thrill your senses with food, drink, art, and music. Saturday, you better not miss Burnaway’s Inaugural Fundraiser and Exhibition. Their curated show entitled Lot and Parcel features works by Atlanta artists depicting maps of local neighborhoods. Lee Tesche created a piece on Edgewood–my very own ‘hood (description below). Read the full Creative Loafing article here

Lee Tesche, Edgewood
“The idea behind my map was that my neighborhood (Edgewood) was much more than street lines and street names. It was the embodiment of the people who live there and could be better described in these moments or major events in their lives. Take my street for example. I don’t think of numbers or of the street name, I think about when a car caught on fire or standing in my driveway clutching a bottle of wine right after a breakup or sitting at my kitchen table sifting through bills trying to figure out what I can afford to pay. That’s Edgewood to me. To my neighbor it might be the moment the garbage truck backed into their car or where they were standing the moment they made a big life decision. Anyway, i’ve tried to capture that. We’ll see if I was successful. That’s why I’ve been tooling over this copy, it’s not my strongpoint so I’m hoping it comes off alright. It’s tricky. I can make anything look pretty, I’m just hoping it tells the stories in the correct way.”

All You Need Is Love
June 8, 2010, 9:32 am
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Celebrate the music of the Fab Four performed by the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. On July 9th and 10th, the chorus will team up with the professional dancers of Staibdance to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles. The AGMC will be working with original Beatles scores and adding a new dimension with their 100-voice crew to favorites like We Can Work it Out, With a Little Help From My Friends, A Hard Day’s Night, Let It Be, and Hey Jude, among othersTickets are available by calling The Rialto Center‘s Box Office at (404) 413-9849 or online.

Decatur Arts Festival May 29-30

Don’t miss the 2010 Decatur Arts Festival this Memorial Day weekend. My favorite part of the festival is always the artists market with 140 artists selling their wares. This year there’s something else I can’t wait for–Bonaventure Quartet plays on the performing arts stage Sunday at 2pm. Lovers of gypsy jazz and swing will appreciate Amy Pike’s singular vocals and you may just find yourself dancing to the Django Reinhardt-inspired rhythms. I also want to shout out congratulations to the group that designed the poster for this year featuring James Dean’s Pete the Cat. It’s about time–Pete IS Decatur. Love it!

Flying Blind With Google Grants

I’m at the Center for Puppetry Arts this week helping out with the Google Grant AdWords account. I was able to slip upstairs during lunch yesterday and catch the current main stage show, Stellaluna, based on the popular children’s book. Stellaluna is an adorable baby fruit bat undergoing an identity crisis. It’s cute and educational—true to form for the Center. For instance, I learned that fruit bats have night vision (unlike most other species of bat, which rely on echo-location to get around).

Back at my desk, I realized that I am sort of “flying blind” with the Google Grant. I sure could use some night vision right about now in order to maximize our gift from Google. So I thought I’d bounce it out to the online community (the human equivalent of echo-location) and see what comes back. I find the forums and online help a bit thin. Is anyone out there using their Google Grant successfully? There are a number of limitations (CPC rate most notably) and I’m wondering if any nonprofits out there have “cracked the code” and are getting maximum value?

Kiss Me Kate

I saw The Taming of the Shrew tonight at the Shakespeare Tavern. Since the only performance of this I had ever seen was compliments of Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in Moonlighting, I figured it was high time to experience it in the most authentic atmosphere available in Atlanta. The Tavern still delivers a great night out–and the apple crisp during intermission is to die for.

Sadly, The Taming of the Shrew is now done. Next up is Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus (runs June 5-27). I don’t know much about it, but it appears to be extremely bloody– i.e.  super cool. They have a contest going on through June 12th for creative Photoshoppers who want to submit pictures using left over press images of J.C. Long (Coriolanus) looking like he’s posing for a GWAR cover. The winning image gets 4 free tickets to any show. Got a great concept of something you want Coriolanus to spear? Check out the contest guidelines here. Relaunch
May 13, 2010, 6:44 pm
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Shake at the Lake

Now through May 9, you can get your bard on for free! That’s right, Georgia Shakespeare is bringing back Shake at the Lake. They will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Piedmont Park each night at 7:30 pm. While the performances are free, tickets are required. Tickets are distributed starting 10 am the morning of the performance at both the Piedmont Park Visitor’s Center and the Georgia Shakespeare Box Office. They may go fast. If you know someone who lives or works near the park, perhaps you can call in a favor. Each person can take up to four tickets.