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August/September 2010

On With the Show
Atlanta's Show-Stopping Arts & Entertainment Scene
by Cynthia Turner
Atlanta Ballet
Atlanta Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Photo: C. McCullers, Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet

In a city filled with original shows, world-renowned exhibitions and spectacular performing arts facilities, audiences are looking forward to another season of innovative arts and entertainment. Here is a look at where you can find some of the best and brightest shows and exhibits—those that make the city’s arts and entertainment scene a show-stopping success.


Alliance Theatre
The Alliance Theatre (404-733-4650, www.alliancetheatre. org) at Woodruff Arts Center continues to bring new works, celebrated directors and shows that range from musical comedies to classic dramas. The 2010-11 Season boasts eleven productions, six world premieres and five wildly unique musicals.

The Center for Puppetry Arts
A unique cultural treasure, the Center for Puppetry Arts (404-873-3089, offers year-round performances for all ages including original adaptations of classic stories, new works and innovative shows. The Center also is known for its creative workshops and hands-on museum where visitors can experience the wonder of puppetry through permanent and special exhibits, including the ongoing Jim Henson exhibit featuring many of the puppets that Henson performed and created.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The first major performing arts facility to be built in Metro Atlanta in four decades, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (770- 916-2800, is a $145-million project that includes a 2,750-seat theater and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, making it an ideal venue for ballet performances and corporate meetings alike. The centre features performances by the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Broadway Series, and popular concerts.

Ferst Center for the Arts
At the Ferst Center for the Arts (404-894-9600,, located in the heart of Georgia Tech’s downtown campus, audiences have been dazzled by national and international performers for 18 years. The 2010-2011 season includes Debbie Reynolds and Michael Bolton among the Center’s music, dance and comedy performances. New this year, patrons can select Club Seating at Jazz Performances.

The Fox Theatre
Making its place in history as the theatre where Gone With the Wind debuted, the Fabulous Fox Theatre (404-881-2100, was originally built as an outlandish, opulent, grandiose monument in the Roaring 20s, and since continues to run a series of movies, plays, musicals, dance performances and concerts. Both Theater of the Stars and Broadway Across America bring world-class shows to the Fox, as well as a number of concerts and performances.

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb County’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (770-528-8490, www.prca.cobbcountyga. gov) is a performing arts stage at the Cobb County Civic Center that hosts concerts, plays, recitals and other events. Its Encore Series each year brings in some of the top performing acts in the nation.

Rialto Center for the Arts
The world is at your fingertips at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts (404-413-9849,, where international performers introduce Atlantans to art in all of its cultural manifestations. The Center worked with Atlanta’s Loridans Foundation to help put Atlanta on the dance “map.”

Spivey Hall
Located at Clayton State University, Spivey Hall (678-466-4200, presents jazz and classical music in one of the best acoustical settings in Atlanta. The hall’s chandeliers, balcony and luxuriously appointed setting have a European feel and lends to the concert settings’ beauty.

Theatre in the Square
Now in its 28th season, Theatre in the Square (770-422-8369, reaches over 50,000 people a year via five Main- Stage shows, two holiday shows, a summer show, a children’s show and a children’s theatre arts camp. The remainder of 2010 includes productions of Stealing Dixie, Conversations with My Wife, A Tuna Christmas and the Theatre for Youth production How I Became a Pirate.


Atlanta Ballet
Entering its 81st season, Atlanta is home to the oldest professional dance company in America, the Atlanta Ballet (404-873-5811, www.atlantaballet. com). Applauded for classics such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet since it gained professional status in 1967, the Atlanta Ballet is now noted for its versatile and inventive repertoire.

Atlanta Opera
In more than 250 performances and 75 productions since 1979, the Atlanta Opera (404-881- 8801, has entertained more than 800,000 people while providing the highest in musical and theatrical standards. The 2010-2011 season includes La bohème, Porgy and Bess, and Così fan tutte.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The 2010-2011 season of the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (404-733-4900, celebrates the 10th season of artistic partnership for Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. It will also be the Orchestra’s 66th season, with more than 200 concerts planned and a newly opened 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.

Broadway Across America
The national production company Broadway Across America (800-278-4447, offers the hottest tickets in town. For more than 25 years, Broadway Across America has brought blockbuster shows direct from the Great White Way to Atlanta.

Georgia Shakespeare
Oglethorpe University’s 509-seat Conant Performing Arts Center is home to Georgia Shakespeare (404-264-0020, www.gashakespeare. org), the professional theater company of Atlanta’s finest artists who have been showcasing the works of the master dramatist since its founding in 1985.

Theater of the Stars

Theater of the Stars brings productions like CATS to Atlanta.
Photo: G Creative.

Founded more than 50 years ago to produce and present the Broadway musicals to regional theaters, the best of Broadway calls the Fox home with Theater of the Stars (404-252-8960, Productions of CATS, Sound of Music, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, and 9 to 5 highlight the 2010 season.

Theatrical Outfit
The Theatrical Outfit (404-577-5257,, for almost 35 years, has been producing classic and contemporary theater with an emphasis on work indigenous to the culture of the American South. This August sees the world premiere of an epic comedy, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, adapted for the stage by Tom Key.


Atlanta History Center
With its permanent and temporary exhibitions; its hands-on activities, lectures and workshops; and its 33 acres of gardens, the opulent Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm, the Atlanta History Center (404-814-4000, www.atlhist. org) offers more than enough to keep visitors engaged and happy. The Center also oversees the Margaret Mitchell House (404-249-7015,, the birthplace of celebrated author Margaret Mitchell, who penned the classic Southern tale Gone With the Wind.

Booth Western Art Museum
The state’s second-largest art museum, downtown Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum (770-387-1300,, is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Permanent galleries American West Gallery, Cowboy Gallery, Faces of the West, Heading West, The Modern West, Sagebrush Ranch, James and Carolyn Millar Presidential Gallery, War is Hell, and a Sculpture Court are being joined by an Ansel Adams temporary exhibit starting in September.

The city’s two renowned science museums, Fernbank Museum of Natural History (404- 929-6300, and Fernbank Science Center (678-874-7102, www., make children of all ages “ooh” and “aah” through the museums’ corridors. From large-scale dinosaur fossils to the fivestory- high, 72-foot-wide IMAX movie screen to the planetarium and observatory, science reigns supreme at Fernbank.

Gone With the Wind Museum
Visit “Scarlett on the Square” in a Marietta museum dedicated to the beloved Southern classic. The Gone With the Wind Museum (770-794-5576, features an extensive collection of memorabilia, including the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, promotional pieces and collectibles, rare foreign copies of the novel, as well as Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes.

High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art (404-733-5000, www. has long attracted attention as the leading Southeastern art museum. Patrons can look forward to works by Dali in August and Titian coming this fall, in addition to the always compelling permanent collection.

Imagine It! Children’s Museum
A place for toddlers and young children to discover through play, Imagine It! (404-659-5437, has consistently been ranked by national parenting magazines as one of the best children’s museums in the country. All hands will be engaged in the museum’s art centers, crawl spaces, water discovery, dress up areas, a play grocery store and other exhibits aimed at letting children discover and explore.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

  Michael C. Carlos Museum
  The Michael C. Carlos Museum showcases 16,000 artifacts from
ancient Egypt to the present.
Michael C. Carlos Museum (404-727-4282, at Emory University made headlines when it discovered held the lost mummy of Pharaoh Ramesses I in its collection— and then returned it to Egypt. Continuing to bring history to life, the Carlos Museum draws on collections from around the world.

Tellus Science Museum
One of Georgia's newest museums, the Tellus Science Museum (770-606-5700, in Cartersville brings the past, present and future to life in four unique galleries. Kids will cower beneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, become mad scientists in The Collins Family Big Backyard, and get up close and personal with sparkling gems and minerals, a steam-powered locomotive, a helicopter and a jet cockpit.


Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education
Since its founding in 1996, the Centre (404- 873-5811, has become one of the top ten dance education facilities in the country. Offering classes for twoyear- olds to pre-professionals and adults, the Ballet recently formed a relationship with Kennesaw State University to give students at the Centre the opportunity to pursue dance degrees.

Alliance Française d’Atlanta
Through AF’s Bébé Alliance and Petite Alliance programs (404-875-1211,, kids from 12 months to five years old enjoy learning the French language through various activities.

Applause for Kids
Applause for Kids Performing Arts Studio (404- 459-0409, teaches acting, singing and dancing to children ages three years and up with a unique emphasis on instilling self-esteem - while having lots of fun.

National Museum of Patriotism
Addressing the question “Where will the next generation learn what it means to be an American?” Atlanta’s National Museum of Patriotism (404-524-0755, is the only museum in the nation dedicated to promoting the history of patriotism in America.

Sophie Hirsh Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum
An interactive museum for children, the Sophie Hirsh Srochi Discovery Museum (678-812- 4000, is part museum, part theatre, and all hands-on. Children explore Jewish values, traditions, holidays and heritage.


Atlanta History Center

Children's Museum of Atlanta
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