The Arts & Entertainment Notebook

Edited by Stan Washington | 2/28/2014, 6 a.m.
The Academy Awards should be full of surprises.
Miss CAU with Marlon Wayans.


The Academy Awards should be full of surprises.

All attention in film will be on the Academy Awards, Sunday, March 2 (7 p.m. ABC). A number of Actors of African descent are up for nominations because of the troubling film, “12 Years A Slave”. Its director Steve McQueen, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, actress Lupita Nyong’o are all from England. Screenwriter John Ridley is from the states. Barkhad Abdi of Captain Phillips now lives in the United States but he is from Sudan. Pharrell and his hat may walk away with an Oscar for his catchy tune “Happy” which is from the “Despicable 2” soundtrack. http://oscar.go.com.

Marlon Wayans promotes new film at Clark Atlanta University

The colleges in The Atlanta University Center is slowly being recognized as an important audience when it comes to boosting the box office in Atlanta. The people at Rainforest Films know this after successfully promoting a couple of films there including “Think Like A Man”. Marlon Wayans recently made a stop at Clark Atlanta University to promote his upcoming film “A Haunted House 2”. Over 400 students filled the student center auditorium for a meet-and-greet with Wayans. The film opens in April.


“Non Stop” starring Lian Neeson is an old fashion mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. This film is not like any of the other action films that have taken place on an airliner. And this is not “Taken 3” on an airline. The film is more mystery than action and it holds your interest. The film opens Friday. Speaking of “Taken 3” word is that a portion of it will be filmed in Georgia.


“Aberlardo Morell: The Universe Next Door”

The High Museum of Art is exhibiting (now through May 18) two floors of the stunning work of noted photographer Aberlardo Morell. This the first major retrospective of his work in 15 years, which includes works that span his career presented alongside new works the Museum commissioned in 2013 for its ongoing “Picturing the South” series. Morell will give an artist talk, Thursday, March 6, 7-8 p.m. at Rich Auditorium. See an interview with the artist at: The Atlanta Voice.com.

For more information go to: High.org.

“One Day In January” photo exhibition extended

Photographer Horace Henry’s photo exhibition “One Day In January” has been extended to April 6 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library downtown. The exhibition features photographs from the first Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service. Henry will give an artist talk and book signing, Saturday, April 5, 3 p.m. at the library.

Shrek delights at the Alliance Theatre

“Shrek: The Musical” now playing on the mainstage of the Alliance Theatre until March 9, is a fun time at the theater for all ages. Don’t let the family offering slip by you for it runs only until March 9. Be forewarned that there is no intermission, so take the little ones to restroom before curtain call.

Opening March 12, on the smaller Hertz Theater downstairs will be “The Tall Girls” directed by Susan Booth. The play centers around the girls of Poor Prairie, a tiny town drowning in dust during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. One way decide one way to escape their doom town is to form a basketball team and to hit the road.


Tamala Mann receives top honor at Stellar Awards

Singer/actress Tamala Mann was emotionally moved after receiving the Entertainer of the Year Award at the recent Stellar Awards in Nashville, TN. For non-gospel fans, Mann is recognized for her role on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns” sitcom. Mann also presented with her “Meet The Browns” co-star and husband David Mann. The crowd was kept in a good mood by co-hosts Rickey Smiley and Sherri Shepard. (Check local listings for the airing of the Stellar Awards in your area.)

Caption: Tamala and David Mann. (Moses/LinxImages)


The Atlanta Dogwood Festival coming in April

Hopefully, the time the 78th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival comes to Piedmont Park, warm weather will be here to stay. The dates for this year festival are April 11-13. If you come to the park remember to leave Fido at home. No dogs or large pets in the park during a festival. Now if we can get people to leave those monster-size strollers at home. www.dogwood.org.