Black Politics Act One, featuring new work from Afro-French painter Frank Schroeder, opens Friday at September Gray Fine Art Gallery. These paintings, being seen in Atlanta for the first time, show deep black roots from the past and present — reimagining a future through an illustrative visualization of traditional African face masks. “It’s strange,” Schroeder says, “to see how descendants of African people in the U.S. are treated in regards to racism.” Opening reception 6:30–9:30 p.m. Through January 19.
Longtime Atlanta actor Chris Kayser plays the title role in King Lear at Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern through November 24. Other notables in this tragedy about the ties that bind and destroy include J. Tony Brown, Chris Hecke, Tamil Periasamy, Maurice Ralston and Gina Rickicki. $22–$45.
The Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival celebrates filmmakers, films and fans for a 14th year with three days of shorts and feature-length stories tonight, Friday and Saturday. At Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown. $12–$50.