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Performing Arts Get Own Stage At Decatur Book Festival

Sep 3, 2015


The Serenbe Playhouse adaptation of ''The Secret Garden'' is one of many offerings for children at art|DBF.
Credit BreeAnne Clowdus / Serenbe Playhouse

You might call art|DBF a festival within a festival.

For the third year, a variety of performing arts, cultural events and related discussions have been scheduled to complement the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

For the first time, Atlanta PlanIt, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s arts and cultural calendar service, is curating the art|DBF program. Many events are taking place at the Community Bandstand and the art|DBF Atlanta PlanIt Pavilion located at the MARTA Decatur station plaza.

At the pavilion, a dozen or so Atlanta arts organizations will provide information about their programs, exhibits and other events.

Soul Food Cypher brings the art of freestyle lyricism to art|DBF.
Credit Soul Food Cypher

Art installations also will be located throughout the festival area.

The art|DBF offerings will include theater sketches, children’s storytelling sessions, street and public art performances, a mobile image gallery and musical interludes, all dovetailing into the festival’s literary focus.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap:

To start out on Saturday, Serenbe Playhouse will be presenting “The Secret Garden” about a young English girl forced to navigate the world without her parents. Performance: 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, Community Bandstand.

Alysia Burton Steele is a former photographer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Credit Alysia Burton Steele

Also on Saturday, former Atlanta photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele will be giving a talk about her new book, “Delta Jewels.” Her subjects are more than 50 female elders at African-American churches in Mississippi. Steele has been interviewed about the book on WABE’s “City Lights.” Presentation: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Decatur First United Methodist Church.

Atlanta-based Soul Food Cypher uses the art of freestyle lyricism to connect with individuals and communities. The organization has a membership program, conducts workshops and tailors “cypher” events to meet specific needs. Emcees and invited audience members will be demonstrating how the craft of rapping has many constructive purposes. Performance: 1:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Community Bandstand.

Mary Beth Bryant, Jessica Messere, Nan Kemberling and Erin Cassel form Atlanta Celli.
Credit Atlanta Celli

If you like chamber music with a heavy dose of cello sounds that go beyond traditional classical fare, the all-female quartet, Atlanta Celli, ought to fill the bill. Performance: 1-1:45 p.m. in “pop-up” locations around the art|DBF Pavilion.

Other organizations participating in art|DBF are the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Alliance Theatre, 7 Stages, Atlanta History Center, Théâtre du Rêve, Synchronicity Theatre, High Museum of Art, ARTSAtl, Atlanta Shakespeare Company and the Decatur Arts Alliance.

All art|DBF events are free. For a complete schedule, visit the art|DBF site.