October 2009

Five Points: What's worth your while this month

1. Vincent Laforet

Buckhead’s Matre Gallery hosts the work of world-renowned, Pulitzer-winning Vincent Laforet, a contract photographer with the New York Times particularly heralded for his aerial shots using a “tilt-shift” technique. The result—a lack of depth of field—gives the photos a surreal, miniature scale-model effect and a colorful vibrancy that is sometimes lost when everything is in focus. This exhibition is in conjunction with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography photo festival, which will host a lecture by Laforet at SCAD–Atlanta on October 7. (10/8–11/3)

2. Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers
If you’re expecting a laugh-a-minute stand-up show from comedian Steve Martin, be warned: He’s solely here to pluck, hammer, pick, and grin. Accompanied by Asheville’s Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin—who has played the banjo since youth—will perform bluegrass favorites as well as songs from his Billboard-charting album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (10/9)

3. Leonard Cohen
If Cohen is your man, you won’t want to miss this rare chance to see the influential songwriter, novelist, and poet live (a New York appearance earlier this year was his first U.S. concert in fifteen years). Cohen, seventy-five, may “ache in the places I used to play,” but he still plays just fine. He and his backing band will likely perform hits such as “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah” for several hours at the Fox Theatre. (10/20)

4. Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius
Da Vinci may have considered sculpting “of lesser genius than painting,” but his influence on the art is significant. This High Museum of Art exhibition presents da Vinci sketches and studies as well as work by his students and contemporaries. Many of the pieces (culled from museums in Paris, England, and Italy) will be making U.S. debuts. (10/6–2/21)

5. Silver Scream Spook Show
Hosted monthly by “Professor Morte” and his henchman, “Retch,” at the Plaza Theatre, this variety show (which includes shimmying by Blast-Off Burlesque) is followed by a horror or sci-fi film. This time it’s White Zombie, with Bela Lugosi. (10/31)

Little Five Points: Also on the calendar

1. The Elixir of Love, Atlanta Opera
(10/3, 6, 9 & 11, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre)

2. Taste of Atlanta, food festival
(10/10–11, Technology Square)

3. Robin Williams, comedian
(10/16, Fox Theatre)

4. The Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival
(10/17, Decatur Square)

5. Atlanta Pride Festival, parade and more
(10/31–11/1, Piedmont Park)

Photograph courtesy of Vincent Laforet