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Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend Arts Agenda: Broadening your horizons

Teenage girl in dress sitting on step #309, 1982 by Oraien Catledge
  • Teenage girl in dress sitting on step #309, 1982 by Oraien Catledge

TGIF, the weekend is here! Get some of your workday yayas out at one of these art events. This week's agenda is loaded with nostalgia, celebrity, and packs some artist punch ... literallly. As usual, read on for the rundown.

FRIDAY

Harry Shearer of the cult classic This is Spinal Tap, "The Simpsons," and "SNL" is holds a panel discussion of his recent video exhibition The Silent Echo Chamber on view at the Contemporary. The work features video footage of famous media and political personalities in the awkward moments before they go live.  The clips, which highlight moments of honesty and truth, are intended to contrast with our assumptions of the figures. Sunday marks the final day of this exhibition, on display since September 22, so see it while you can. Free (Call to reserve seats) 7 p.m. Hill Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center.  404-733-5000. www.thecontemporary.org.

It's time for the Studioplex Art Walk in Atlanta's historic old fourth ward. This month Paul Wolski's playful "Alter Ego Pop Art," Art Department Gallery's sleepy and ethereal "The Consent to Dreams," and Jack Art Gallery's  "Winter Mix" are highlights. Also, stop by lofts 103 & 104 to participate in a $20 wine tasting hosted by Wine Tonite! that will benefit Emergency Response Services for Latin America. Free. 6-9 p.m. www.Studioplexlofts.com.

SATURDAY

The Emory University Dance Department faculty's collaborative showcase Muscle Memory may float you away on a cloud of nostalgia. Performed by the students of the Emory Dance Company, the pieces explore the triggers, loss, creation, retention, and recollection of memory. Proceeds from the Saturday night performance and following reception benefit the Emory Friends of Dance Scholarship Fund. $5-12$ Fri., Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Emory Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 404-727-5050. www.dance.emory.edu.

You better be ready for some Hell up in Hotlanta cause the WWAF is coming to town.  The World Wide Arts Federation is staging a battle of wit and brushes where local artists can unleash their badd alter-egos. The most innovative reigns supreme. Free.  7-11 p.m. Stuart McClean Gallery. thewwaf.com.

Stroll the Westside Art District’s Art Walk for the November edition of this monthly tradition. In addition to the many galleries that are opening their doors Gary Hughes, a consultant for the Audubon Centennial Edition collection housed at Bobbe Gillis Gallery, will discuss the "Life and Art of John James Audubon." Fahamu Pecou will also give a talk about his neo-pop paintings in Whirl Trade at Get This! Gallery.  See the Westside Art Walk’s website for full details. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Westside Arts District. www.wadatlanta.org.

Opal Gallery presents Oraien Catledge: Cabbagetown, a show that illuminates the visually impaired photographer's documentation of Atlanta's historic mill district. Catledge was a Cabbagetown throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, and his portraits of a changing community have been featured in both the Atlanta and New York areas. He speaks about the exhibition and his experiences tomorrow afternoon. Free. Noon. Opal gallery. 678-717-8890.www.theopalgallery.com.

SUNDAY

Ever wanted to wield a blow torch with skill? Phoenix Metalworks will teach you how in their Blacksmith Workshops.  Students will cut, weld, and forge hot steel while learning about the history of the craft. Welding: $70. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Forging: $90 2-6 p.m.; $140 for both. Phoenix Metalworks.  404-753-6659. phoenixmetalwork.com.

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