Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre will open its doors on Sunday, August 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to offer performing arts lovers the opportunity to obtain information and purchase subscriptions for the 2011/2012 season presented by the Centre’s three resident companies, Gas South Broadway Series, The Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet. Each resident company will have special “Access the Arts” subscription offers available only at this two-day event. Additionally, the event offers arts patrons an opportunity to visit the venue and “test-drive your seats” in the theatre.
The special “Access the Arts” offers from the resident company are:
• Gas South Broadway Series will offer a complimentary ticket to the “Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday” show for every subscription purchased at the event.
• The Atlanta Opera will waive the $15.00 handling fee when purchasing a series.
• Atlanta Ballet season subscribers will receive a limited edition Atlanta Ballet poster from the Charlie McCullers “Steel Toes” collection. Full premiere series package buyers will additionally receive 50% off all add-on performances, including Belk Presents Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker.
• ArtsBridge will offer a one lucky K-12 classroom tickets to an ArtsBridge performance of their choice. Register on site for a drawing.
Attendees will enjoy a festive atmosphere, entertainment, giveaways, food and beverage sampling from the Centre’s own Executive Chef, M.G. Farris and the following local restaurants: Sunday – Cinco Restaurants, Copeland’s, Ted’s Montana Grill; Monday – Cinco Restaurants, Copeland’s, Ted’s Montana Grill, P. F. Chang’s, Crepe Revolution Restaurant, Buckhead Pizza Company and Sip Wine at Riverside.
Sunday will also feature fun, family friendly activities including:
• The Atlanta Opera will be presenting live stage combat demonstrations by stage combat expert, Marcus Durham. Guests will also have the opportunity to see how characters from its 2011-2012 season will be brought to life through stage-make-up demonstrations by make-up artist, Aida Scuffle.
• Gas South Broadway Series will offer two fun opportunities, storytelling time with Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady, one of the four Broadway shows of the 2011 – 2012 season and a chance to dress up in costumes from this season’s shows and have a complimentary photo taken.
• ArtsBridge will feature Alice telling the beloved children’s story Alice in Wonderland, one of the offerings of the ArtsBridge education program for students.
• Atlanta Ballet will provide a sampling of dance with a Hip Hop Class by Anwar Nasir and an introduction to ballet class taught by a member of the teaching staff of the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education
Attendees will also be able to register for the Grand Prize drawing that includes tickets to opening night of each of the four shows of the Gas South Broadway Series, and a pair of tickets to one performance of the Atlanta Ballet, and one production of The Atlanta Opera at the Centre. Once attendees have registered, they need not be present at the time of the drawing to win.
Self -parking at the Centre for this event will be free.
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN ATLANTA – THE BACKSTAGE BEAT WILL BE THERE SUNDAY SO STOP IN ANS SAY HELLO!
Rain and Fire in Sedona
A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography.
What to do, what to do.
Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!
The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.
When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold.
We were about to become glass blowers!
Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.
Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”
Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.
Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.
Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.
Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.
They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor.
Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing!
Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.
If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!
How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!
Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!
Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver @BackstageBeat
NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!
Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.
We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!
One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.
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