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  • Felicia Feaster

    Editorial Contributor

    Felicia Feaster has worked both ends of the art and culture beat from newsprint to glossy as a staff writer at Creative Loafing and as a senior editor at the Atlantan. She holds a master's degree in film studies from Emory and was born in Jimmy Stewart's home town of Indiana, Pennsylvania. A resident of the twenty-first-century Mayberry—College Park—Feaster was named one of "Atlanta's 50 Most Creative People" by CommonCreativ magazine. Feaster is the winner of three Green Eyeshade Awards for Excellence in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

Q&A with Kenny Leon

Guess who's back in Atlanta?

There aren’t many American stage directors who can also boast of People magazine Most Beautiful status. But Kenny Leon has always had a knack for straddling two worlds. The Tony-nominated Atlantan has balanced high-art material like the MLK Jr. drama The Mountaintop with mainstream fare like a forthcoming remake of Steel Magnolias with an all-black cast. Leon’s latest project is the stage debut of the 1967 race issue film Read more...

The Dance Movement

Atlanta's migrating dance ensembles have an underlying connection

Atlanta dance is having a moment. Performers are suddenly undulating through parks, cemeteries, churches, and art museums—even stopping traffic at Midtown intersections. Funded by a hodgepodge of grants, commissions, donations, and income, Atlanta’s dance scene is as intertwined as a game of Twister, with players moving back and forth between companies—not to mention thriving programs at Emory, Kennesaw State, and Spelman. Here’s how some connect.  Read more...

The Orly Crash Forced Atlanta's Art Scene to Grow Up Fast

A tribute to Atlanta's fallen artists

Like the alkaline dust that coated lower Manhattan for months after the Twin Towers crumbled, the 1962 disaster at Orly Field near Paris hung in Atlanta’s atmosphere for years afterward. On June 3 of that year, a Boeing 707 carrying 106Atlantans—some of the city’s most passionate arts patrons, returning from an art tour of Europe—crashed on takeoff, killing everyone aboard except for two flight attendants. Gone were Atlanta’s cultural elite—its artists, collectors, and those who sustained the still-embryonic High Museum and its school, the Atlanta Art Institute. Read more...

Georgia’s Got Game

The local video game industry is hotter than the latest Call of Duty

Mayor Kasim Reed isn’t one to play games. But during a recent tour of Thrust Interactive’s 4,500-square-foot Inman Park office, he tested the company’s just-released iPad title "Boomblastica"—a retro-style shooting game with Japanese anime graphics. His host that day, Jesse Lindsley, thirty-eight, represents a new breed of Atlanta CEO: an aspiring digital entertainment mogul, clocking eighty-hour weeks between rounds of Ping-Pong and Xbox. Read more...

Stephen King and John Mellencamp's New Musical

The horror master and the rocker join forces to unveil a Southern gothic musical at the Alliance

From Faulkner to Dickey, stories about the South often suckle at the teat of scary, with batty relations and pitch-black secrets leading the way. In other words, a perfect stomping ground for author Stephen King. The horror writer is one-third of an unholy trinity of Americana—along with musician John Mellencamp and musical director T Bone Burnett—who have made their way to Atlanta to debut their long-time-coming musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County." Read more...