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Young Singer Finds Comfort In Opera

Jun 28, 2017
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How many sixteen year old opera singers do you know? Well, add Leah Duval to the list.

Duval is a student at Howard High School in Macon who just wrapped up her third year at the annual Otis Redding Music Camp. She may be a veteran camper, but opera is new to her.

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The High Museum of Art recently received 54 works made by contemporary African-American artists from the South as part of a gift/purchase from Souls Grown Deep Foundation. This gift will debut in 2018 as part of the museum’s permanent collection reinstallation. We talk with curator Katherine Jentleson about one incoming piece by artist Thornton Dial.

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When Kathryn Mayo decided to pursue an art project in her hometown of Selma Alabama, she was afraid she might not speak the language anymore.

 

“One of the things that's happened since I've moved to California is that I've lost a lot of my accent,” Mayo said.

 

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If you live in the South, you are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 51 Georgians will contract the virus in their lifetime.

Atlanta is considered to have a "concentrated HIV epidemic," largely due to poverty and high-risk behaviors such as injectable drug use.

A new public art exhibition opening Valentine's Day at Centennial Olympic Park illustrates Atlanta's growing HIV infection rate.

It's called "Atlanta's HIV+ Population Now."

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Southwest Georgia’s phantasmagorical homestead known as Pasaquan opens to the public Saturday after a two-year, multi-million dollar restoration.

The seven acre site is the life’s work of eccentric artist Eddie Owens Martin.

Pasaquan is hard to describe. You pull off a flat, tree-lined road down a gravel driveway and the first thing you see is a tall pagoda and long, high wall covered with brightly colored designs.

“Dope,” is the first reaction from University of Georgia art graduate student Katherine Miller.

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Thomas Struth captures larger-than-life photographs that take people places they don't normally get to see – like space stations and physics laboratories. His images often focuses on technology and man-made landscapes and he encourages viewers to see the world differently.

Do Southern Artists Get Enough Respect?

Aug 24, 2016
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Paris and New York are considered capitals of the art world, but why not Atlanta? Artists from the South have never received the same level of acclaim as their counterparts in other parts of the U.S. and the world. Starting Saturday, the Atlanta Biennial returns after a nine-year hiatus to shine a spotlight on Southern artists.

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Every 107 seconds from now, someone will be sexually assaulted in the U.S, according to federal data analyzed by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Atlanta artist Jessica Caldas is getting beyond the numbers and statistics by taking to the city's streets with a piece of chalk and an important message. She marks the ground with an X every 107 seconds to represent those affected by sexual violence.

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There are lots of tools for reviving a dying neighborhood. There are tax incentives, chasing deadbeat property owners and non-profits to rebuild houses to name a few.  

In Macon-Bibb, another tool, this time public art, is at the heart of an effort to renew the city's Mill Hill neighborhood. A few weeks ago, that effort hit a snag: the first two artists in residence here were fired. As to why, that is still not clear, but events leading up to their dismissal might raise questions about how well the art-based scheme fits this neighborhood.

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The Bragg Jam Music Festival and Concert Crawl is on one day, Saturday, July 30. With 80 bands on 20 stages, it can pose a logistical challenge to even the most die hard fans. To help you get a start on a manageable plan, have a listen to Sarah and Justin Schanck of Macon. You can find the Bragg Jam schedule at the festival's site.

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Audrey Munson is a familiar face found all across the country in various works of art. She posed for iconic sculptures, including the ‘Triumph of Peace’ found in Piedmont Park. Her career was shrouded in mystery for years until author James Bone identified Munson as the "first American model." 

We listen to Bone share a few tales about Munson’s whirlwind career from his book, “The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous and Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel.”

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Look through the lens of photographer Walker Evans, and you'll find a poignant and poetic view of American life. Evans is considered one of the most influential American photographers of the 20th century. A new exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum looks back at his 50-year career. We talked with the show’s curator, Brett Abbott and Atlanta-native Alex Harris, who studied photography under Evans.

Out Of the Box: The Rise Of Sneaker Culture

Jun 14, 2016
Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum

A new exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art celebrates footwear. “Out Of The Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” is a collection of unique and artful sneakers from famous brands like Nike, Converse and Adidas.  It’s a display that makes sneakerheads like Layla Turner drool.  

Turner and curator Sarah Schleuning walk us through the exhibit and talk us through how sneaker culture has grown up alongside industry, music and fashion trends.  

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Marianne Ganem Poppell, co-editor of Savannah Master Calendar, and Marcia Banes, events editor of South Magazine, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

 Marcia’s picks:

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Not long ago, “Two Way Street” producer Jenny Ament told me she thought we ought to do an interview with Dr. Dax. Dax, for all of you out there who are as clueless as I was, is one of the best-known Atlanta graffiti writers to make a splash on the national scene.

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For Southerners who have lived and struggled with the issue of race all their lives, it can be tough to see it with fresh eyes.

Sometimes you need an outsider. When it comes to race in one Southern city, Macon, Ga.,  playwright Mark Mobley is just that.

The play “What Color Is Your Brother?” is the product of Mobley taking his outsider's view into conversations with Macon locals on the issue of race. The project grew out of Mobley's longtime friendship with a Macon native, renown violinist Robert McDuffie.

Just Off The Radar: Leslie Stein's Mixtape

Feb 22, 2016

New music this week selected by our latest guest, Comic book artist, Leslie Stein, calls in for an all new edition of the Just Off The Radar Mixtape.