Breaking News: Nine week Atlanta Symphony lockout comes to an end

The lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is over: the musicians and Woodruff Arts Center’s management announced on Saturday that they have agreed on a deal that ensures modest pay raises, a slight increase in health care benefits, and builds the orchestra back up to 88 musicians. The players, who have been locked out of […]

Breaking News: Atlanta Symphony President Stanley Romanstein resigns; interim director appointed

Stanley Romanstein has resigned as president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately, the latest casualty of the acrimonious relationship between the orchestra musicians and its management, which led to a lockout now more than three weeks long. “I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our […]

Music Review: Locked-out Atlanta Symphony musicians take to the stage at Kennesaw State

Locked-out musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the moniker “ATL Symphony Musicians,” performed a pair of back-to-back free concerts of music by Beethoven and Dvořák in the Bailey Performance Center’s 620-seat Morgan Hall at Kennesaw State University Friday night. The musicians engaged Michael Palmer to conduct, just as they had for two performances during […]

Book Review: Essays in Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage are personal, universal

Whether Ann Patchett discourses about the merits of opera or recounts her adventures in a rented RV, her compelling new book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Harper, 320 pps.), hums with the pitch-perfect prose evident in her best-selling novels Bel Canto and the recent State of Wonder. This 2013 compilation of previously […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Art Review: Atlanta High Museum’s “Go West!” finds sweet spot where popular appeal and substance meet

ATLANTA – Mention Western art, the genre featured in the High Museum’s “Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,” and you are likely to encounter enthusiasm and disdain in equal measure. There are those who are attracted to both the accessibility and the content. The artists, Rockwells […]

Arts News: ArtsATL editor wins prestigious award

Congratulations are in order for Catharine Fox, the executive director and editor of our sister publication ArtsATL, for having won an important award from Emory College. Here’s the story from Atlanta. ATLANTA – Catherine Fox, ArtsATL’s executive director and editor, has received the 2013 Community Impact Administrator Arts Award from the Emory College Center for Creativity […]

Kendeda Fund boosts ArtsATL with $10,000 grant

I am pleased to announce that the Kendeda Fund has awarded ArtsATL a $10,000 grant. “The Kendeda Fund has long acknowledged the importance of a vibrant local arts community in bridging the many facets of Atlanta,” says a spokesman for the fund’s anonymous donor. “By providing topical and current commentary, ArtsATL helps drive attendance, participation […]

Aaron Diehl, Ambrose Akinmusire, Miguel Zenon complete Jazz Festival lineup

Pianist Aaron Diehl, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and saxophonist Miguel Zenon are among the final additions to the 36th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. Singers Julie Dexter, Alexandra Jackson and Ginou, as well as saxophonist Uri Gurvich, are also slated to perform on one of two stages during the three-day […]

Essay: The night I danced with Atlanta Ballet and caught a flying ballerina

ATLANTA – I went to the dress rehearsal for Atlanta Ballet’s “New Choreographic Voices” Thursday night to live-tweet, not to dance. I was stationed in the front row at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre — an advantage of being at the dress rehearsal — with a tweet on my phone ready to send out. […]

For 2013-14 season, could it be magic for Barry Manilow and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre?

ATLANTA – Last year, the Alliance Theatre brought in the star power of John Mellencamp and author Stephen King. Next year, that star power will come in a new musical co-written by pop music star Barry Manilow and a show that features tap dance legend Maurice Hines. The Alliance unveils its 2013-14 season today. The season will […]

Preview: 37th annual Atlanta Film Festival keeps sharp eye on local talent

The titles in the 37th annual Atlanta Film Festival, happening March 15-24, can take you as far away as Argentina and Cambodia. But a large number of the shorts, features and documentaries center on our own city. That’s intentional. “We have been a lot more aggressive this year about trying to find films that represent Atlanta in […]

Essay: Academy Theatre, Julia Roberts’ parents laid foundation for blossoming of theater in Atlanta

I kissed a girl, and 10 yards away a Buick exploded. I was on the back of a flatbed truck that had been converted into a swamp. I was a fox. The girl was a terrapin. We were in Atlanta, it was a very nice summer day in 1965, and I was 15 years old. […]

Composer and ArtsATL critic Mark Gresham on the art of writing an original chamber composition

ATLANTA – I often say I have too many hats and not enough heads. ArtsATL readers primarily know my work as a music journalist and critic, but some also know about my work as a composer. I’ve been given this opportunity to write about the music I create, in particular a composition called “Piano Trio” that […]

Review: High Museum mixes passion, politics and myth with ‘Frida and Diego’ show

Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait as Tehuana Diego in My Thoughts” (1943), oil on masonite, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. Two of the most important Mexican artists of the 20th century take center stage in Atlanta with “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” on view through May 12 at the High Museum of […]

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Nashville’s vibrant arts scene has kept the editors, writers and interns of ArtsNash busy. Since the beginning of this season, we have posted more than 300 stories and reviews. Naturally, we have written about many of Nashville’s major cultural institutions – the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera […]

ArtsNash Launches Internship Program Fundraising Campaign

From ArtsNash Co-Founders John Pitcher and Evans Donnell Dear Readers, At ArtsNash we certainly strive to inform, but we also want to educate. It’s our hope that arts lovers will continue to read about the groups and artists they love from a new generation of writers. And our nonprofit organization needs your help to do that. Giving […]

Review: Atlanta Ballet’s “Dracula” is a breathlessly dark and sensual masterwork

ArtsNash is now delighted to feature articles on a regular basis from our new partner Its writers cast their journalistic eyes on the vibrant arts scene in Atlanta. Follow on Facebook and Twitter. Kathleen Wessel is the author of this review. Atlanta Ballet, with the return of British choreographer Michael Pink’s “Dracula,” deliciously mixes […]