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The South Got Something to Say digital summer 2021
Alfred Conteh's portrait series "Terrance" at 235 Peachtree St. N.E. is part of "The South Got Something to Say."

Best Bets for June 17-23: Digital art, film and Human Lights festivals, much more


The South Got Something to Say, an outdoor digital exhibition celebrating Atlanta’s visual culture continues daily through July 31 in downtown Atlanta. The work of 10 Atlanta artists is featured on digital signs at 235 Peachtree St. near John Portman Boulevard, 10 Marietta St. N.W. at Cone Street, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Pryor Street and 89 Centennial Olympic Park Drive near Magnum and Elliott streets. The featured artists are Sheila Pree BrightJurell CayetanoAlfred ContehAriel DannielleShanequa GayKojo GriffinGerald LovellYanique NormanFahamu Pecou and Jamele WrightKaren Comer Lowe, just named executive director at Hammonds House Museum, curated.



Former Boston Globe reporter Curtis Wilkie will join the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series at 7 tonight (June 17) to discuss his new book, When Evil Lived in Laurel. Wilkie’s book tells the story of a FBI informant who helped bring down the Ku Klux Klan chapter responsible for a brutal civil rights-era killing of a NAACP leader in Mississippi. Wilkie will be in conversation with Emory University’s Hank Klibanoff. Free. Registration is required.



Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will present its first-ever Solstice Series at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (June 20). It will  at 8:30 p.m. It will feature works by Corian Ellisor, Jillian Mitchell and Jerylann Warner. Warner conceived the show as a way to present works and works-in-progress created during the pandemic but never seen by audiences. Warner and Ellisor teach at Callanwolde’s dance school; Mitchell is the founder and artistic director of Kit Modus, which is in residence at the center. At the Callanwolde Amphitheater.  $15.



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Leprosy-fighting chemist Alice Ball is the subject of the short film “The Ball Method.”

Synchronicity Theatre and the BronzeLens Film Festival will present the Soar Film series at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 19). Four short films will screen at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the theater. All explore what it means to take flight. BlacKorea by Christine Swanson explores a biracial family in 1980s Chicago. GLITCH: Escaping Plato’s Cave, created and choreographed by Thulani Vereen, with Georgia Tech professor Francesco Fedele uses movement to show the journey to the true nature of being. The Ball Method by Dagmawi Abebe and Javier Carmona. It follows Alice Ball, an African American chemist in 1915 Hawaii, as she fights racial and gender barriers to find a treatment for leprosy. Flight by Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald follows a Jamaican boy who sets out to fly to the moon. A post-show talkback with two of the filmmakers follows the 4 p.m. showing. Free. Registration required. 1545 Peachtree St. N.E. in the One Peachtree Pointe building.



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Keith Washington

Georgia Public Broadcasting will debut the documentary In the Key of Bach at 4 p.m. Sunday (June 20), a collaboration between filmmaker Hilan Warshaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Foundation. The film features extensive performance footage by the ASO, and delves into the life of Bach as an individual and a creator.

City Winery will host R&B singer Keith Washington for shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 23). Washington is probably best known for his hit “Kissing You,” which earned a 1992 Grammy Award nomination for best male R&B vocal performance. “If You Were With Me Now,” his 1991 duet with Kylie Minogue, charted in the U.K. and Australia. The Detroit native’s music also has been heard on the long-running soap opera General Hospital. $40–$45.



Human Lights Festival: A Curious Encounter7 Stages’ seven-day summer event opens Friday and runs weekends through June 27. The event will feature live performances and virtual experiences, hoping to chart a  trajectory of empowerment in sevens stages: Awakening, Rage, Rebellion, Deconstruction, Hope, Reconstruction and Change. In-person performances will take place inside and outside the Little Five Points theater. Virtual performances, films and conversations will be organized in an immersive 3-D map of the theater’s interior. More than 30 works will be presented, including physical theater, dance, short films and an installation. $14–$27 HERE or at the door.

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Once on This Island, which streamed in concert in April from Marietta’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, returns in drive-in form at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 19). The uplifting, heartbreaking 1990 Lynn Ahrens–Stephen Flaherty musical follows a young orphan named Ti Moune, who — with the help and hindrance of the gods — finds love in a world of prejudice. One performance only. Cobb County Civic Center parking lot, 548 S. Marietta Parkway S.E., Marietta. $50 per vehicle. Tickets HERE.