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BB july 18, 2021
Detail of Diane Solomon Kemper's "Books and Bundle" installation (2018-21) MOCA GA. It's made of clay, wood, photographs, paper and thread.

Best Bets for July 15-22: Clay, light, lens art; ALA Dance debut; Katz, Mars music


From Then to Now, a solo exhibition by renowned sculptor Diane Solomon Kempler, continues at MOCA GA through July 24. Kempler has been a practicing artist for more than 30 years and is retired from Emory University where she taught ceramic sculpture. From Then to Now draws from the past and looks into the present to create new relationships between clay and photography. MOCA GA is open noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $4 non-members HERE.

BB july 15 2021
At the High Museum: “Super Lamp” (1981-88); fiberglass, enamel, steel, rubber, 40-watt bulbs.

Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting, which opened recently at the High Museum of Art, continues through September 26. The High is the exclusive Southeast venue for the show, the first large-scale exhibition to consider electrical lighting and its role in design in the past 100 years. The High is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday. $16.50 non-members HERE.

Albert Watson: The Light Behind the Lens is now open at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and continues through October 17. The prolific Watson has photographed some of the most iconic images of our time, merging fashion photography, celebrity portraiture and fine art. His photos — from Andy Warhol to Kate Moss to Hollywood royalty — have been seen on more than 100 covers of Vogue and 40 covers of Rolling Stone. This show, his first solo U.S. museum exhibition, features 50-plus works from his extensive archive.  11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $10 HERE.



Michael Dobbins and Randal Roark discuss virtually the book they cowrote with Leon S. EplanAtlanta’s Olympic Resurgence: How the 1996 Games Revived a Struggling City — at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 21). This discussion is part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series. All three authors are urban planning professionals, and the book delves into how Atlanta came to host the 1996 Games, and then leveraged them to become a city of international prominence. Free. Reservations required.



ALA Dance presents its debut performance, Prefixed RE: Friday–Sunday (July 16–18 at the B Complex. The company was founded by artistic director Atarius Armstrong, who moved to Atlanta in 2016 after training with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, David Dorfman Dance and Thodos Chicago. Guest artists Dominique Kinsey and the Atlanta Dance Collective are featured. Friday and Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. $15 HERE.



Charlie Mars

Acclaimed blues/jam-band keyboardist Bruce Katz returns to metro Atlanta with his solo band for a 7:30 p.m. show on Saturday (July 17) at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta. Katz has performed with such blues-based icons as Gregg Allman, Ronnie Earl, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton and Duke Robillard. $34 HERE.

Americana singer/songwriter Charlie Mars performs at Eddie’s Attic at 7 p.m. July 22. He’s best known for his Texas Trilogy series of albums recorded in Austin using local musicians. He was born in Mississippi, now lives in New York and his latest album is 2018’s Beach Town. $20 HERE.



Dad’s Garage Theatre Company reopens its doors beginning Friday (July 16) for improv shows at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Scandal: Sealab leaves the virtual world and returns to the stage on Fridays. Dad’s Garage’s longest-running improv show, TheatreSports, happens Saturdays (no 10:30 p.m. shows just yet). Both shows are for mature audiences. Limited capacity, open seating, masks required, cash strongly preferred, bar/concessions will be open. Scandal tickets are $16.50; TheatreSports are $14.50.