Multidisciplinary Atlanta artist André Henderson exhibits, in its entirety, his years-in-the-making series The Journey at P2 @ Parlor in southwest Atlanta. The Journey, opening Saturday (July 24), honors the millions of Africans who died during the transport of slaves to the Americas. The large-scale works depict an otherworldly serenity that is visually incongruent with the travesty endured by men, women and children who lost their lives and recaptured their freedom in the same moment, in the depths of the ocean. Through August 25. Free.
Slime Time, now open at Camayuhs, is the last show the Peachtree Hills gallery will have before it closes. Stay tuned, says founder Jamie Steele. Slime Time features work by Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist Joshua M.G. McCormick and Atlanta-based artist/illustrator FRKO. FRKO’s life-size sculptures combine the energy of cartoons and children’s television with social satire. McCormick presents a performance as Moises Imbatchi, a fictional, time-traveling, saxophone-playing figure who reclaims artifacts and ideas that have been lost throughout history. Through August 14. Free.
The Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series will return to in-person events on Tuesday (July 27) with Atlanta novelist Vanessa Riley, who’ll discuss her book Island Queen in McElreath Hall. The historical novel is based on the true story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery on the Caribbean island of Montserrat to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies. Members $5; non-members $10 HERE.
Atlanta Dance Collective presents Exhale at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday–Sunday (July 24–25) at KEMRON Environmental Services’ industrial space on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard. The new work by Sarah Stokes was created during the pandemic shutdown. It has an original score by Xay Zoleil. $20. Tickets must be purchased in advance HERE.
Hope “Diamond” Deans worked as a supervising officer in the California penal system before leaving to become a jazz singer. Deans has spent more than 20 years performing and now fronts the Hope Diamond NuSoul Orchestra. She has a new album titled Awaken and performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday (July 23) at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta. WCLK-FM personality Rivablue will host. $34 HERE.
Jaden Hamilton is a product of the digital age. The singer-songwriter, a native of Prairieville, Louisiana, has built his budding career through TikTok clips, where he has more than 375,000 followers and almost 4 million likes. Hamilton performs an all-ages show at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur at 7 p.m. Saturday (July 24). $10 HERE.
Aurora Theatre inaugurates the new Lawrenceville Arts Center Courtyard with a two-night run of Christmas Canteen (in July), a summertime riff on its uber-popular holiday production. The original variety show features singer/actors Joe Arnotti, Hannah Church, Lamont J. Hill and India S. Tyree. Note: Restrooms, food and beverages will be available inside the facility. Aurora staff will be masked, and masks for all are encouraged. Only bring-your-own-chair tickets remain, at $20, and must be purchased in advance. 7:30 p.m. Saturday–Sunday (July 24–25). GPS address for free parking in city deck is 147 E. Crogan St. Tickets HERE.
Chess: In Concert reopens Marietta’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre for the first time since the pandemic at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 24). The 1988 musical, often seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, had a failed 68-performance Broadway run but has become a cult favorite. The score comes from Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and features 25 songs, including “Anthem,” “I Know Him So Well,” “One Night in Bangkok” and “Pity the Child.” You might remember a 1999 staging at the Alliance Theatre that featured moving, human-sized chess pieces.This one-night performance features a cast of 25, led by Kylie Brown, Maxim Gukhman and Juan Carlos Unzueta. Lilliangina Quiñones directs, with musical direction by Chris Brent Davis and choreography by Paige McCormick. All tickets are $20 HERE.