The Arts Of Atlanta
The arts play an important part of expressing what's at the heart of this storied city while providing its own interpretation of how Atlanta sees and exhibits the artisan offerings of the world. Whether in town for a short visit or a local looking for some "culture", be sure to include these venues on a one time itinerary or for consideration on your leisure activity rotation. Some will leave you with a feeling of connection and insight into the world of which we live or simply a side splitting belly laugh, which can be one in the same for the soul.
1280 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Atlanta
The award winning buildings, expanded by renowned architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, that comprise the High Museum of Art are a draw in itself, even before you enter the contemporary styled white walls of what is considered to be the premier art museum of all the Southeastern U.S.. Inside you will find a compilation of over 11,000 pieces both classic and modern alike. 18th and 19th century collections start at the base of the 4 levels and move in an upward yet linear fashion with the most cutting edge contemporary works found at the apex of this marvel of a museum for the arts. The surrounding Woodruff Arts Center and neighboring community connects brilliantly to the High Museum Of Art and makes for a pleasurable walk around the grounds from building to building. We recommend that you devote a whole day to the exploration of this fascinating artisan society within Atlanta.
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA
The Fox Theatre has entertained the masses since the late 1920's is one of the most recognized live entertainment venues in Atlanta, an official historical landmark and is home to more than 300 performances per year. Practically every long standing citizen in Atlanta has a fond memory of an evening spent at the Fox Theatre. Bronze and gold tones accent the baroque styled whipped plasters and paintings within and serve as a pre-show and intermission delight as you can't help but analyze every intricate detail. It borders on over-the-top without ever crossing the boundary and exudes sophistication. Long story short, the establishment alone is a unquestionable work of art.
Whether you are there to see the symphony, a stand up comedy routine, or Shrek - The Musical, the Fox Theatre has a show to entertain everyone in your circle. Outside of scheduled events, tours of the Fox Theatre are also available for adults at $10 and students/seniors at $5 at 10AM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (additional Saturday tour at 11AM).
For events, show times, and additional information visit the Fox Theatre here.
Dad's Garage Theatre Company
280 Elizabeth Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA
The word "sophistication" doesn't exactly come to mind when discussing Dad's Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta, and that's the point. Check your suits and evening gowns at the door (actually don't bring them at all) as Dad's Garage is all about the art of theatre fun, bordering on weird at times, which again is the point of our recommendation. Interesting scripted works are a part of the potluck at Dad's but improv is where its at and what you'll want to see with an eclectic cast that's downright genius if not psychologically disturbed (both perhaps). For those that want to try their hands at the craft, improv classes are available at Dad's Garage while their own team is available for hire for entertainment, team building workshops, private instruction and a few of the fellas may be into dancing at staggetes if you pay them enough. Be sure to visit Dad's Garage Theatre Company for an extraordinary experience of the arts in Atlanta.
Click here for show times and upcoming events.
Ballet isn't for everyone. That is until they come across the performance that touches their soul. For some it's a time honored performance that accentuates the master works of a composer, for others its a holiday affair such as The Nutcracker, for others its a contemporary twist that combines modern dance with this classical art form of expression. Rest assured, there is something for everyone at the ballet, they just have to give it a chance. Nowhere is this more true than at the prestigious but versatile Atlanta Ballet. Their performance schedule holds an interesting compilation that includes soulful rhythms with the likes of Fusion: Lambarena and the Rite of Spring or accentuates childhood fairytale dreams with their version of The Sleeping Beauty. Atlanta Ballet also encourages and showcases young and up and coming talent and choreographers with its 2011 scheduled Ignition: New Choreographic Voices.
Atlanta Ballet performs at the following venues:
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway at Akers Mill Road, adjacent to I-75 inside I-285, Northwest Atlanta
Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE., Atlanta
1404 Spring Street Northwest, Atlanta
Delving into a more specific genre, this Atlanta arts institute enlightens audiences and attendees about the art form known as puppetry in a most entertaining manner. What's not to love about puppets? Sure, marionettes might creep out some of us (pretty much ALL of us at the YAHglobal.Com office) but as the Center for Puppetry Arts "About Us" tagline says, they're "much more than marionettes!". Good, we're safe.
The Center has been housing performances, workshops, distance learning, outreach programs and a museum since 1978 and has lured millions of people through its doors. The periodically displayed Jim Henson Exhibit is a favorite for all and allows us a look into the world of the Muppets, Fraggle Rock and even the cultish hit Labyrinth. Around Christmas time be sure to venture on in to check out the Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer exhibit too for a real taste of nostalgia. Performances are varied with family favorite renditions such as Beauty & The Beast to the Adult (18+ only) focused Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT!). The Center for Puppetry Arts is far beyond a children's attraction although it does bring out the child in all of us, and just to put the like minded at ease, you can be assured that none of us were harmed by any of the marionettes on site...yet (we have a sneaking suspicion that one snuck aboard one of our carry-on bags).