Last week's full slate of shows and events got trumped by another storm of ice and snow, so this week is even bigger thanks to some postponements. There were noteworthy openings at several local art galleries last week, so if you missed them, be sure to check out "Suprematicism: Cultural and Aesthetic Whiteness" at the Low Museum, "The Brightness" at Beep Beep Gallery, "Zalop: Illusory Correspondence Art" at Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, and "Steal This Bike" at Mint Gallery.
From now on, the DBW Weekly will include a "Record of the Week," highlighting a recently released local album that we recommend. Here's out first:
Record of the Week: Yardsticks for Human Intelligence by Red Sea
It's not very often that a short release like an EP or a 7" can make a lasting impression. But Red Sea's 2010 debut, a 4-song EP called Weird Problem, managed to reach epic proportions of art-rock in less than sixteen minutes. Now, after a few years of remaining relatively quiet, Red Sea have returned with yet another stellar 4-song EP that packs so much sonic adventure into such a small space. These songs, which had been recorded almost two years ago now, are a little darker and noisier, but they are more a sequel to Weird Problem than a departure. Give it a listen, and pick it up digitally for whatever price you want:
Here's what's happening this week that we recommend:
Monday, February 17:
Bleeding Rainbow // Hunters // Del Venicci // Sioux City Sue @ 529
This show is intriguing because it serves as a record release for Del Venicci, a new local supergroup which features members from Carnivores, Lille, Dog Bite, and The Clap. There seems to be a lot of promise from this incarnation based on the songs they've released so far. Here's their latest music video, which is pretty awesome all by itself:
Tuesday, Feb 18:
Writers Exchange @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
"Writers Exchange allows writers to share work aloud for 10 minutes and get impressions, observations and analysis from other writers for 5 minutes. All genres and disciplines are welcome. Both inexperienced as well as practiced writers are encouraged to attend. It's an opportunity to connect with other Atlanta writers and experiment with different voices and different genres."
Vicious Circle Writers Group @ Java Vino
"I'm sure everyone did some writing while Atlanta was buried in ice. Now bring that work to the blazing light of critique! Bring a piece you've written (less than 2000 words) that you want critiqued to Java Vino for insightful feedback, coffee, wine, and excellent company. You don't have to bring your writing to participate, but it's always more fun if you do!"
Wednesday, Feb 19:
RAW Artists Atlanta Presents PIXELS @ Terminal West At King Plow
"RAW:natural born artists (www.RAWartists.org) is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. RAW operates in over 80 cities internationally, including Atlanta. Every other month we select approximately 40 up-and-coming Atlanta creatives to feature in a collaborative art showcase including music performances, fashion shows, performing arts, visual artwork, photography, a host, DJ, and more. Come check out some of the hottest indie talent our city has to offer. FASHION | MUSIC | VISUAL ART | PHOTOGRAPHY | PERFORMING ART | MAKEUP | HAIR | ACCESSORIES | FILM"
Tanz 2: series III: FEED | Museums as Performance Institutions @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
"Installations and live performance are pushing traditional gallery spaces to their limits. Contemporary performance is challenging the confines of traditional stage. Join Atlanta editors Catherine Fox and Cinque Hicks for a lively conversation with Atlanta's museum curators and gallerists, on visual art spaces deepening relationship with ephemeral work and the public’s growing desire to be drawn inward by visceral, live experiences. Panelists: Annette Cone-Skelton, Co-founder, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia | Teresa Reeves, Chief Curator, Zuckerman Museum of Art | Michael Rooks, New Wieland Family Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art | Rebecca Stone, Faculty Curator of Art of the Ancient Americas, Michael C. Carlos Museum."
Douglas' Street Team, Subsonics, Shantih Shantih + DJ Jared Swilley @ 529
Black Lips' Jared Swiley's newest project, Douglas' Street Team, is a super group of garage-punk heroes. Combined with local legends Subsonics, there's no doubt this will be a fun show.
WRITE CLUB ATLANTA CHAPTER 32: WHISKEY AND ROSES (for real this time) @ Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge
"WRITE CLUB is: 3 bouts of 2 opposing writers, 2 opposing ideas, 7 minutes apiece. Audience picks a winner. Proceeds to charities of winners' choosing. This month: Jesse Price (ALONE) v Kara Cantrell (TOGETHER) Myke Johns (LOVE) v Randy Osborne (LUST) Ellaree Yeagley (DOMINANT) v Adam Lowe (SUBMISSIVE)"
Thursday, Feb 20:
NOMEN NOVUM / OTHER COLORS / TANTRUM @ Capsule
This "may or not be" the "soft release party" for a new EP from Atlanta's most underrated and innovative musical artist, Nomen Novum.
OPENING RECEPTION: Looks Good on Paper @ Spruill Gallery
"Spruill Gallery is proud to be rekindling the Looks Good on Paper exhibit. This exhibit has a wide variety of established and rising artists whom have produced works on paper that makes this exhibit so popular and unique. From a wide range of styles and mediums it will be hard to not be swept away by Georgia’s local talents."
Team luis presents: TIKKA | CUTE BOOTS | REVERENDS | NOBRA NOMA @ Star Bar
Really killer lineup of four great musical artists from Atlanta.
Friday, Feb 21:
Invent Room Pop 34 @ Beep Beep Gallery
"Six musicians are invited to play in duos and trios determined at random, with names drawn out of a hat. This installment includes Daniel Klag - electronics, Andy Pruett - flippertronics, Lindsay Smith - chord organ, Heather Olsen - keyboards, Bryan Fielden - drums, Mercer West - guitar"
Broad Street Bash @ Mammal Gallery
"Performances from the following Atlanta acts: Acapoco, Come On Shelly, Killing Kuddles, Lux Noise, PLS PLS, BearKnuckle"
Push Pin Show 2014 @ APG Gallery
"Photographers are invited to showcase their latest visual creations by bringing their un-matted images and pinning them up in the gallery. Prints are attached to the wall with push pins (provided by the gallery) in this freeform exploration of the photo arts."
Saturday, Feb 22:
Live to Lathe @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
"The centerpiece, a limited edition lathe cut single release, is the result of a collaboration between Atlanta’s folk super group BOOK CLUB, artist MOLLY ROSE FREEMAN (The Creatives Project Artist-in-Studio Resident), STRAW HAT PRESS, THE COTTAGE as well as BANG! ARTS. Patrons will be able to experience a long set of music from BOOK CLUB and will also get the chance to witness the construction of a 7” single from cut plastic to handmade front and back covers. MOLLY ROSE FREEMAN will live paint a piece on the back of 30 7" singles hand cut by THOMAS BARNWELL that will then be broken into 30 original pieces of playable art. Print Masters STRAW HAT PRESS will live- screen print the back cover, as well as exhibit work from the artists that they contract work for, including Jason Kofke and Nikita Gale. THE COTTAGE, East Atlanta’s “most delicious” recording studio and venue will provide the sound engineering for the evening. And last but not least, local mad music scientist THOMAS BARNWELL will lathe cut additional plastic into 7-inch squares live!"
D I R T Y S O U T H : a reading series @ CouchCouch
"the first installment of a reading series channeling the South in all of its strange, gnarly glory: collard greens, ice cream cone face tattoos, fried twinkies, airbrushed BFF spring break t-shirts, coca-cola for breakfast, sacred harp singing---all buttered-up & battered-down, deep-fried & glazed-up, tossed in sauce, wrapped in foil, & thrown under a heat-lamp.
readings by: Amy McDaniel, Andi Rogers, Bruce Covey, and Scott Daughtridge"
FACES of South Broad Street Closing Reception @ The Mammal Gallery
"Musical soundscapes for the closing reception will be provided by Atlanta musicians: Stuart Gerber, Chris Childs, Adam Babar and Chris White. Prints of FACES will be available for sale at the closing reception. Grab one before we ceremoniously white wash the walls at the end of the night."
Sunday, Feb 23:
"Announcing the return of a double feature so nice they held it twice!!!! OMIGOD and Vida Voce pair up for the single most important poetry and performance event of the century, if not all time!
First is Vida Voce, curated by the lovely Sherri Caudell! See performances by: Jessica Blankenship, Stephanie Dowda, Maggie Ginestra, Rolodex
Then, hop on board for OMIGOD HELLO HOW ARE YOU: a penicillin-resistant STI for the pulsar-smitten love crystal! See performances by: Chase Kersey, Sasha Klupchak, Michael Hessel-Mial, Allison Rentz, Daniel Beauregard, Justin Andrews, Matthew Sherling, Daniel Bailey"
By Davy Minor
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