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Basket Mouth Uncensored” 19th Annual Nigerian Arts Culture and Music Festival
Friday July 3, 2015 7:00 pm
7:00pm – 11:00pm Basket Mouth Uncensored” 19th Annual Nigerian Arts Culture and Music Festival
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2015 Miss Nigeria in America Pageant
Saturday July 11, 2015 6:00 pm
This Pageant identifies Nigerian women in the US who exemplify beauty, talent, supremacy and intelligence. It aims to create new role models who through the organization will serve as ambassadors that will define a new Nigeria, enrich the beauty of the Nigerian Woman and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women.
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Laughs For Habs 2015
Saturday August 29, 2015 7:30 pm
Support Habitat for Humanity. Buy Tickets. Have a Fun Night With Laughter and Charity.
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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company and Pre-performance Conversations, Spotlight Series Performance
Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00 pm
For its 30th season anniversary celebration in Atlanta, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company has selected signature works from its repertory to tell the story and mark the extraordinary history of its ascendancy as one of the leading modern dance companies in the United States.
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Malpaso Dance Company and Pre-Performance Conversation
Saturday September 19, 2015 8:00 pm
NBAF and Georgia Tech Office of the Arts have partnered to present the acclaimed modern dance company Malpaso from Cuba. Members of the company will engage in a timely, moderated discussion about the state of dance in Cuba today.
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Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra
Friday September 25, 2015 8:00 pm
Sparks fly and rhythms ignite as mambo and salsa bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente, Jr. brings a modern edge to the timeless music of his Latin heritage. On a journey to keep the musical legacy of his late father alive, this vibrant entertainer wows audiences with his unique musical style and passionate performance.
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Huang Yi & KUKA
Thursday October 1, 2015 7:30 pm
Friday October 2, 2015 8:00 pm
Acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi and his robot companion KUKA bring razor sharp precision and stunning artistry to the stage, harmoniously weaving together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering. HUANG YI & KUKA is a poetic work that flawlessly intertwines modern dance and visual arts with the realm of robotics.
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STREB: Forces
Thursday October 8, 2015 7:30 pm
Friday October 9, 2015 8:00 pm
Thursday October 8, 2015 11:00 am
STREB stretches the limitations of the human body. Choreographer and MacArthur genius grant recipient Elizabeth Streb is an “extreme action architect” with an eight-member company of “action heroes.” Part aerial dance, part daredevil act, they combine gravity-defying movement with imaginative machines to produce a thrilling display of larger-than-life feats.
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An Evening with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad
Saturday October 10, 2015 8:00 pm
The host of public radio\'s Radiolab discusses science, storytelling, the creative process, and “gut churn” in this evening that explores the secrets of creative success. Jad Abumrad is founder of Radiolab, one of public radio\'s most popular shows that examines big questions in science, philosophy, and the human experience through compelling storytelling.
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Sister Outsider
Friday October 16, 2015 8:00 pm
Poets Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman are Sister Outsider, standing at the intersection of art and activism and using poetry as a tool for social change. Through spoken word they connect deeply personal stories to a diverse range of social and political issues, particularly around race, gender and sexuality. Inspired by the life and work of Audre Lorde, these two artists and educators come together under one vision.
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Spanda Dance Co. Past Forward
Sunday October 25, 2015 4:00 pm
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Welcome to Night Vale
Sunday November 1, 2015 7:00 pm
he creators of the popular podcast \"Welcome to Night Vale\" discuss and sign copies of their book, based on the podcast.
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Sandra Wright Shen
Thursday November 5, 2015 8:00 pm
Friday November 6, 2015 8:00 pm
Saturday November 7, 2015 8:00 pm
Pianist Sandra Wright Shen, winner of the International Piano Competition of France and the Taiwan National Piano Competition will participate in a residency at Georgia Tech that includes her solo performance at the Ferst Center and a performance with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany.
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Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne: Solid Soul
Wednesday November 18, 2015 8:00 pm
The solid rock of American music for six decades, Mavis Staples is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A seven-time Grammy nominee best known for her hit song "One of Us," the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest. This tour marks their first collaboration!
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DJ Spooky: Peace Symphony – 8 Stories
Thursday November 19, 2015 8:00 pm
Inspired by the everyday stories of the last remaining survivors of the nuclear bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky has created Peace Symphony: 8 Stories. The idea behind this electronic and acoustic musical portrait came from Miller’s personal interaction with eight survivors on Peace Boat’s 83rd Global Voyage where Miller recently served as a guest educator and artist-in-residence.
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Jake Shimabukuro
Friday November 20, 2015 8:00 pm
Jake Shimabukuro continues to redefine what it means to play the ukulele. Declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, he is renowned for his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary technique. He is a genre-demolishing artist who plays jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock. A fan favorite, he returns to the Ferst Center this season for another amazing show.
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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday December 12, 2015 8:00 pm
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards and re-envisioning jazz classics. A fearless explorer, pioneer, and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy winner won the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Her many theatre credits include her Tony Award-winning role as Glinda in The Wiz in 1975.
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The Soul Rebels
Friday December 18, 2015 8:00 pm
This eight-piece New Orleans brass ensemble incorporates soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, and pop music in an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in the party-like atmosphere of a dance club. The Soul Rebels started with an idea between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc to combine pop music with the New Orleans brass band tradition they grew up on.
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Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King
Friday January 15, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday January 16, 2016 8:00 pm
History, poetry, and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to the controversial trial verdict, the L.A. riots, and his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting, improvised performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman, and by extension reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present. Smith's acting credits include the Spike Lee films Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and Summer of Sam, the film American Gangster, and the HBO series K Street and Oz.
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Mark Gindick: Wing-Man
Tuesday January 19, 2016 7:30 pm
Wednesday January 20, 2016 7:30 pm
Thursday January 21, 2016 7:30 pm
Friday January 22, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday January 23, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00 pm
Wing-Man is a laugh-out-loud hilarious and surprisingly poignant “one-clown show” that explores our obsession with social media. In the tradition of Keaton, Chaplin, Irwin and Shiner, award-winning performer Mark Gindick wordlessly battles a series of unexpected 21st century obstacles with only a stage-size interactive computer screen, his IPhone, and a winning tech-savvy audience. Gindick is the winner of Best One Man Show award at the 2011 United Solo Theatre Festival and three NY Downtown Clown Golden Nose Awards.
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PostSecret: The Show
Saturday February 6, 2016 8:00 pm
PostSecret: the Show is a visual, auditory and emotional journey through the beauty and complication of our deepest fears, ambitions and confessions. With the assistance of projected images and video, three actors guide the audience through a narrative of the stories sourced from over a million anonymous and artful secrets mailed on postcards to artist, curator and internet phenomenon Frank Warren. With the bravery of RENT and the surprising honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: the Show reaches beyond the confines of the stage, reminding audiences that no matter what you may be facing, you are not alone.
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Thursday February 11, 2016 8:00 pm
The international street dance sensation takes the raw energy and athleticism of street dance and combines it with high-end production values for a show that’s perfect for the whole family. Wowing more than 300,000 people across the globe, Blaze features a cast of 16 dancers and music by Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, David Guetta, and Snoop Dogg. Directed by West End director and choreographer Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act) Blaze is a show that’s “impossible not to enjoy” (Daily Telegraph).
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Cyrille Aimée
Saturday February 20, 2016 8:00 pm
As a child growing up in rural France, jazz singer Cyrille Aimée was captivated by the music of gypsies and would sneak out of her house to join them in song. Today, gypsy swing is only one part of the French-Dominican singer’s repertoire, which now includes Brazilian songs and classic jazz standards. A winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, The Wall Street Journal has called Aimée “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.”
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Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic
Wednesday February 24, 2016 8:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2016 8:00 pm
Friday February 26, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday February 27, 2016 8:00 pm
Bronx Gothic reveals an impassioned coming of age story as notes are surreptitiously passed between two pre-teen girls. Using song, stories, and movement, Okpokwasili chronicles the sexual awakening and exploits of two 11-year-old girls living in the Bronx. This solo performance features direction and visual design by Bessie award-winner Peter Born. Recalling the West African griot storyteller tradition, the show features an intensely physical solo performance by Okpokwasili.
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Maya Beiser
Saturday March 5, 2016 8:00 pm
Throughout her adventurous and versatile career, Maya Beiser has reimagined the concert experience, creating new music for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today’s leading composers. The founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Beiser has collaborated with such composers as Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Mark O’Connor.
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Dorrance Dance
Wednesday March 9, 2016 7:30 pm
Thursday March 10, 2016 7:30 pm
Dorrance Dance honors tap dance's uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context. The theatrically witty company pushes tap forward into the 21st century, rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Street, club, and experimental dance forms all awake to the sound of furious rhythms, and find their boundaries missing. The work of Dorrance Dance has garnered critical acclaim, including winning a Bessie Award for "blasting open our notions of tap."
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Zap Mama
Friday April 1, 2016 8:00 pm
Known to her fans as Zap Mama, Marie Daulne is more than just a singer — she alternates between storytelling and organic creative expression utilizing the tonality of the human voice. Since first bursting on the scene almost 20 years ago, the Belgian-Congolese diva has wowed audiences around the world with her unique sound, which seamlessly blends African, American, and European cultural influences and effortlessly mixes genres such as R&B, hip-hop, and jazz with indigenous and tribal sounds.
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An Evening with Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00 pm
One of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation, Joseph discusses the ideas that guide his work and travels, from his shows and the community-based outdoor festival LIFE IS LIVING, to the research he gathered on recent travels to South Africa for a new show about soccer: /peh LO tah/. Joseph is working on a two-year residency project with Arts@Tech.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Saturday April 9, 2016 8:00 pm
Sunday April 10, 2016 2:00 pm
Celebrating 40 years as an international dance sensation, this all-male troupe blends humor with athletic artistry to create performances filled with parody and virtuosic technique. With their clever choreography and admirable technique, this troupe takes their dancing seriously and delivers a performance that everyone can enjoy.
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Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental: Red-Eye to Havre de Grace
Wednesday April 13, 2016 8:00 pm
Thursday April 14, 2016 8:00 pm
Friday April 15, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday April 16, 2016 8:00 pm
Set in September 1849, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace follows Edgar Allan Poe and the odd details surrounding his mysterious last days. Director Thaddeus Phillips of Lucidity Suitcase joins with musical duo Wilhelm Bros. & Co. for this new musical, informed by 19th Century train routes, historical accounts, and Poe's own writing to create a haunting and spellbinding tale.
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Earl Klugh
Saturday April 23, 2016 8:00 pm
Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh explores Latin music in the final year of his three-year collaboration with Arts@Tech. Since the release of his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument, with 24 albums on Billboard’s Top 10 Jazz list, and six that hit the No. 1 spot. Klugh’s recordings have received 13 Grammy nominations and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 1980.
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