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Theatrical Outfit's Balzer Theater at Herren's will look like this when "Fires in the Mirror" opens Friday night. Set design by Pamela Rodriguez-Montero.

Best Bets for June 10-16: Spano finale, “Fires” at the Outfit and more


Natural Forces, a solo exhibition by Atlanta artist/architect Amy Landesberg, opens Saturday (June 12) at Whitespace with an all-day reception. Landesberg will be on-site from 3 to 5 p.m. She uses photography, GPS data and scientific illustrations to study patterns created by the effects of water onto works of ink on paper. Opening Saturday in the adjacent Whitespec + Shedspace is Taking Place, a two-channel video installation by Mary Stuart Hall. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in effect. Both shows run through July 17.



Authors Gwen Strauss and Jennifer Rosner will discuss their new Holocaust-centric books at noon Wednesday (June 15) as part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series. Strauss’ The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany focuses on nine female resistance fighters, led by Strauss’ great-aunt, who escaped a German forced-labor camp. Rosner’s The Yellow Bird Sings is a novel about a Jewish mother who hides from the Germans with her young daughter, a musical prodigy. It was a finalist for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award. Virtual and free. Registration required.



Synchronicity Theatre and Dance Canvas are partnering to present In Her Voice: A Night of Women Choreographers at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 11). Dance Canvas’ Angela Harris, Tamara Irving, Dana Woodruff, Indya Childs and Mary Beth Stinson are the choreographers. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including social distancing, temperature checks and mask requirements. The audience will be capped at 50 people. $20.



Robert Spano will close out his 20-year tenure as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s music director at 8 tonight (June 10) with a virtual performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Because COVID restrictions have eased, the concert will feature the full orchestra. Also on the program: soprano Jessica Rivera singing Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” Spano will return next season as the orchestra’s music director laureate as the ASO continues searching for his successor. $20.

Chandra Currelley (the hit “Love Again” on the Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack) performs at 8 p.m. Friday (June 11) at City Winery. Currelley, formerly lead singer of the S.O.S. Band, is in the cast of Tyler Perry’s Bruh sitcom on BET+. She has released three solo albums, has been seen onstage at metro theaters and has performed at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. $20 and up.



The New Yorker described Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman Fires in the Mirror as “quite simply, the most compelling view of racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.” A nine-performance run of the show, a documentary–theater piece subtitled Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identitiesopens at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 11) at Theatrical Outfit. The staging commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Brooklyn riots between African Americans and Chabad Hasidic Jews, touched off when a Jewish man’s car veered onto a sidewalk and killed a 7-year-old Caribbean American boy. January LaVoy (Native Guard at the Alliance Theatre) is the sole cast member, playing more than 20 roles. She codirects with Adam Immerwahr of Theater J in Washington, D.C. Livestreaming at 7:30 p.m. Friday–Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday through June 27. Tickets begin at $26.40.