The High Museum of Art on Friday delves into the decades-long friendship between the artist Romare Bearden and the choreographer Alvin Ailey. The evening is bookended by preview performances of Ailey II’s Saa Magni (at 7 and 8 p.m.). Between them, Ailey’s Troy Powell and Mary Schmidt Campbell, an art historian, former curator and Spelman College president, discuss the artists’ connection. Free with museum admission ($14.50) and for High members. Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis HERE. The High’s Bearden exhibit, Something Over Something Else, continues through February 2. Ailey II dances at the Rialto Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday ($39–$74).
Poem 88 holds an opening reception for Brendan John Carroll: Stained Glass and Stucco at 6 p.m. Friday. The exhibition at the gallery on Zonolite Road runs October 26–December 7 (with an artist’s talk at 1 p.m. December 7). The New York-based painter digs into themes of navigating and accommodating tradition and modernity, illusion and reality and heroes and myths in pieces that mix the qualities of stained-glass windows, frescoes, abstract expressionism and graffiti.
Arnika Dawkins Gallery holds its fall open house Saturday (11 a.m.–4 p.m.) and invites you to take in Ervin A. Johnson‘s new exhibition #InHonor: Monoliths. The gallery, in Atlanta’s Cascade Road area, presents art from both emerging and established photographers, specializing in images by and of African Americans. Johnson’s show runs through February 7.