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Departure, a virtual exhibition by Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, continues through August 1 at Hammonds House Museum. Departure, Palmer says, is a retrospective of 30 years of art infused with experience, an identity crisis, divided states, eminent domain, introversion and a deepening appreciation for Black beauty. Some of the work has never been seen before, some was created for this show. The exhibition’s opening-night activities are on view through May 15. Details about the rest of the run are forthcoming. $7; members free. Details HERE.

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DANCE

Atlanta Ballet returns to the live stage for the first time in more than a year with a second weekend of its Silver Linings program at the Georgia Tech Arts Skyline series. Pleiades Dances, a new work by choreographer-in-residence Claudia Schreier highlights the program. It also features the final Atlanta Ballet performance of Jackie Nash, who’s leaving to join Terminus Modern Ballet Theater. 8:30 p.m. Friday–Saturday (May 7–8); 6 p.m. Sunday (May 9). Two-person pods $100; four-person pods $200. Tickets HERE.

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FILM

Best Bets May 6, 2021

The Dreamgirls (from left): Anika Noni Rose, Beyoncé and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

The 2006 feature film Dreamgirls (with Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, and Anika Noni Rose) will screen outdoors at 8 p.m. Saturday (May 8) in a one-night-only benefit organized by Out on Film and AID Atlanta. The event, marking the 15th anniversary of the movie, will be held at the Springs Cinema and Taphouse on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The evening includes a costume contest and raffle prizes. Snack bar available. $50 one carful, $65 VIP carful, $200 ultra VIP carful. Raffle tickets extra. Tickets HERE.

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MUSIC

The season’s final Cooke Noontime Series Concert will be livestreamed at noon Friday (May 7) from Emerson Hall in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University. The concert, presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, will feature Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor performed by pianist William Ransom and members of the Vega Quartet. Free. No registration needed. Available for online viewing any time after the live performance. Details HERE.

Best bets may 6 2021The Atlanta Opera’s Big Tent series continues through Sunday (May 9) with The Threepenny Carmen and The Threepenny Opera outdoors at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Both shows feature longtime stage actor Tom Key, and are shortened and reimagined stagings of the original works. ArtsATL reviewer Jim Farmer called the shows “innovative” and said The Threepenny Opera takes on the look of a graphic novel. $37-$99; seating in pods. Masks required. Very limited tickets remain. Go HERE.

WABE-FM’s Lois Reitzes and H. Johnson host City Lights Live: Georgia Blues at 8 p.m. Tuesday (May 11) as part of the Georgia Tech Arts Skyline series Musicians from the ATL Collective will perform blues standards with Georgia roots. Single tickets for two-person and four-person pods are $25–$37.50.

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THEATER

best bets may 6 2021DATAa world premiere by Brooklyn-based playwright Matthew Libby, opens at 7 tonight (May 6) as part of the Alliance Theatre Anywhere series. The drama follows a brilliant entry-level programmer in Silicon Valley who’s torn by idealism and family and company loyalty. DATA is the 2021 winner of the Alliance’s prestigious and coveted Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting CompetitionDATA, filmed with green screens, is a live, interactive staging with a lot of ping-pong. It runs Thursdays–Sundays through May 23. Curtain times vary. Virtual tickets $5–$100 HERE. Kendeda season includes streamed readings of plays by four finalists May 16–21. Details HERE.

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“Drive-in improv. Your car. Our parking lot.” That’s the come-on Dad’s Garage Theatre Company is using with its latest pandemic programming. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (May 9) and continuing Saturdays at least through June 26, the company’s improvisers will go onstage outdoors. Cars and masks required. Space is limited. You’re advised to get tickets in advance. $16.50-$26.50 depending on number of car occupants. Tickets HERE.

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