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Atlanta artist George F. Baker III will create a mural that reflects the city’s Adair Park neighborhood in an event for all from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (June 5). The event will include food from vendor La Bodega and music by Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams. All will take part at Adair Park II, 866 Murphy Ave. S.W., one of three parks in the area,

Another Bird of Paradise, the just-opened exhibition by Working Artist Project fellow Davion Alston, continues through July 24 at MOCA GA. The German-born, Atlanta-based artist use still-life and assemblage to build worlds that reflect the constraints during this time of isolation and distance. Another Bird of Paradise explores, he says, the health crisis, protests and loss. Open noon–4 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday. $5. Members free. Note: There is an artist talk at 7 p.m. July 13.

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BOOKS

BB june 3 2021Martin Padgett will discuss his new book — A Night at the Sweet Gum Head: Drag, Drugs, Disco and Atlanta’s Gay Revolution — which documents the beginnings of Atlanta’s queer culture. In the 1970s, Atlanta became a beacon for gays and lesbians who grew up in homophobic Southern towns and cities. The Sweet Gum Head was the club for achieving drag stardom. Padgett, who lives in Atlanta, will talk with OutWrite Books founder Philip Rafshoon as part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series. Free. Registration required.

Dr. Jen Gunter, who’s been called “the world’s most famous — and outspoken — gynecologist,” will discuss her latest book at 8 p.m. Tuesday (June 8) in a virtual conversation with Charis Books & More and The Lola womxn’s club. In The Menopause Manifesto, Gunter counters the myths and misunderstandings about menopause with historical perspective and expert advice. She’ll be talking with award-winning health and medical writer Michele Cohen Marill. Free. Registration required.

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MUSIC

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Miguel Harth-Bedoya

The new-music group Bent Frequency performs at 5 tonight (June 3) in its final streamed concert of the 2020–21 “SUSTAIN” season. The concert will feature works by Yvonne Wu, William Susman, Gilda Lyons and Katherine Young. Musicians include Sarah Kruser Ambrose on flute, Katherine Young on bassoon, Jan Berry Baker on saxophone, Erika Tazawa on piano and Stuart Gerber on percussion. The concert will stream on Georgia State University’s YouTube channel.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to the virtual stage at 8 tonight (June 3) with guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya leading a Latin-flavored program. The concert will feature guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing Aaron Zigman’s Tango Manos, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Also on the bill is composer Jimmy López’s thumping party piece Fiesta!, inspired by the Peruvian club scene. Streamed as part of the ASO’s Behind the Curtain series. $20.

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THEATER+FILM

This is the final weekend to stream Labzik: Tales of a Clever Pupa bilingual Yiddish-English puppet film with subtitles from Theater EmoryLabzik is adapted from a book of children’s stories by leftist Yiddish author Chaver Paver intended to help young readers engage with social issues. It follows the (mis)adventures of a mutt named Labzik and the working-class Jewish family that adopts him. Atlanta theater/film artist Jake Krakovsky adapted the screenplay, directed the short film and performs the puppetry — which features 189 hand-built paper puppets. On demand through Saturday (June 5).

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