Painting the Blues

The High Museum of Atlanta is presenting a retrospective of the works of Romare Bearden. The exhibition opens tomorrow. If you’ve never heard of Bearden, the related report by WABE’s Elina Fuhrman is worth a listen.


Bearden’s work was highly influenced by jazz and the blues. In that spirit, the Woodruff Arts Center is offering an accompanying concert by Bradford Marsalis and his Quartet entitled “Bearden’s Blues and Other Colors.” The event will be hosted by Elvis Mitchell and will feature appearances by Charles Dutton and Law & Order‘s S. Epatha Merkerson. Dutton and Merkerson will be reading and enacting scenes written by playwright August Wilson, who was himself inspired by Romare Bearden.

The concert will be at Symphony Hall next Tueday, February 8th, and tickets are available online.

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