At this week’s HIGH Frequency Friday event, the High Museum of Art and several partners will present the world premiere of a film featuring an original dance performance and orchestral score inspired by the Radcliffe Bailey painting EW, SN (2011), which is in the High’s permanent collection. The museum’s partners are the African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA), Komansé Dance Theater and Orchestra Noir. The event will launch Permanent Project, an initiative to create new interpretations of visual art by Black artists in the High’s collection through one-of-a-kind, multidisciplinary experiences. Permanent: EW, SN screens at 7 and 8 p.m. Friday (July 2) with talkbacks to follow. Seating is first-come, first-served in the Rich Theatre. Members free; $20 non-members. Preregistration strongly encouraged HERE.
Davion Alston’s Another Bird of Paradise, which is generating a fair amount of buzz around town, continues through July 24 at MOCA GA. The German-born, Atlanta-based artist is the museum’s 2020–21 Working Artist Project fellow. Of his exhibition, Alston says: “Not necessarily knowing how to love, I collect thoughtfully like a bird of paradise and create out of the desire to be loved. I use still-life and assemblage to build worlds that reflect the constraints during this time of isolation and distance. This allows for my work to be more intimate, quiet and collective.” MOCA GA’s Working Artist Project supports midcareer or established artists in the metro area. Tour Alston’s exhibition virtually HERE. Museum open noon–4 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday.
Disability advocate Rebekah Taussig will discuss her memoir-in-essays Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body virtually at 7 p.m. July 8 as part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series. Prescott founded @sitting_pretty on Instagram to raise awareness of disabilities and tell stories that express the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn’t fit. “Taussig’s refreshing, matter-of-fact tone makes it clear that she’s not asking anyone to feel sorry for her,” Publishers Weekly said in its review. “Rather, she’s asking for just the opposite — to not be defined by her wheelchair. Free. Registration required.
Many consider Del McCoury the greatest living bluegrass singer. Sons Ronnie and Rob played in his band for years and now have their own act, the Travelin’ McCourys. The group has substantial rock influences that merge with bluegrass in what Rolling Stone has described as “a sublime combination of rock and bluegrass, contemporary and classic, old and young.” The McCourys perform at 7 and 9 tonight (July 1) at Eddie’s Attic. $27.50–$130 HERE.
Country music icon Wynonna Judd comes to City Winery for unplugged concerts at 6 and 9 p.m. Friday (July 2). She launched a solo career in the 1990s after finding stardom a decade earlier as half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds. The story of the Judds, as told in the country–music podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones, is one of dysfunction and abuse, but Wynonna remains one of the great country singers of a generation. $50–$60 HERE.
North Carolina’s popular Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival begins its 40th season Monday (July 5) under the artistic directorship of William Ransom, who also leads the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. This year’s lineup includes violinist Cho-Liang Lin, harpist Bridget Kibbey (“the Yo-Yo Ma of the harp”), pianist Michael Gurt, the Rasa String Quartet and cellist Zuill Bailey. The final concert will feature the Eroica Trio with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist David Coucheron. The festival has a new home in Cashiers’ Village Green. $35 single shows; packages available. Through August 8.