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Michael Rooks

Michael Rooks

The High Museum of Art‘s Artful Notes series continues at 6 tonight with modern and contemporary art curator Michael Rooks and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Coucheron discussing the music and artistic practice of Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Kjartasnsson’s installation The Visitors, on view through May 9, uses music and imagery in a nine-channel video considered his masterwork. This is a Zoom event. Members free; $14.50 non-members. Read ArtsATL contributor  Deanna Sirlin‘s review. Tickets HERE.

Wellspring, the spring show at Spalding Nix Fine Art, features new abstract paintings by Atlanta artists Evan Blackwell-Helgeson and Athens-based Susan Hable. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. Through May 14.

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BOOKS

former ATL Mayor Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin

The Atlanta History Center will host Andrew Feiler and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin in conversation about Feiler’s book A Better Life for Their Children at 7 tonight. The book chronicles through photography and text the program initiated by Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald in 1912 to build public schools for African American children. The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who attended a Rosenwald school in Alabama, wrote an introduction for the book before his death. Feiler, a prominent photographer, co-owns Brickworks Gallery. A solo exhibition of these photographs will be on display at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in May. The talk is free. Registration required HERE.

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DANCE

Core Dance presented a live performance of No Time to Lose for a limited live audience at The B-Complex last weekend, which ArtsATL reviewer Gillian Anne Renault called “a powerful reminder of how important live dance is.” Core Dance brought in a dozen artists from two continents and gave them 12 days to create the piece. A recorded stream of No Time to Lose, filmed by Felipe Barral, can be seen for free on the Core Dance Facebook page.

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MUSIC

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Paulding County native and American Idol finalist six seasons ago, performs shows at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday at Eddie’s Attic. Hutchinson mixes a pure country background with influences that range from pop to Southern rock to hip-hop. His first EP was produced by Sugarland cofounder Kristian Bush. $20–$100. Seating is limited due to pandemic precautions.

The Vega Quartet will be joined by guest first violinist David Coucheron, along with violist Paul Murphy and cellist Roy Harran for an Emerson Series Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. The group, the quartet-in-residence at Emory University, will perform Czech composer Bohuslav Jan Martinů’s “Madrigals” for violin and viola and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir of Florence” for string sextet. The concert, presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, will livestream from Emerson Hall on campus. Free. After the concert, the video will be available for viewing.

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THEATER

Thumbelina at KSU

“Thumbelina” at Kennesaw State.

Kennesaw State University presents Thumbelina, a world-premiere family musical virtually and on campus at 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; and 8 p.m. April 9. The piece features a cast of 12 and an all-new score of folk, R&B and a cappella music composed by Amanda Wansa Morgan. Even better, it’s directed by Rosemary Newcott, the longtime leader of the Alliance Theatre’s Young Audiences and Theatre for the Very Young programs. Stillwell Theatre. Free. Live reservations HERE. Virtual reservations HERE. KSU COVID-19 guidelines HERE.

Horizon at Home launches Southbound: True-Life Tales From the ATL and Beyond at 8 p.m. Monday. The monthly Monday-night event, online only for now, will include stories, songs and spoken word from Atlanta artists and celebrities. Atlanta-based actors Megan Hayes and Brittani Minnieweather host Monday’s kickoff with featured guests O’Neil Delapenha, two-time Suzi Bass Award winner Mary Lynn Owen, actor-singer-writer Chase Peacock, singer-actor Maggie Salley, storyteller Sherri D. Sutton and writer–visual artist Shay Youngblood. Free. Link for Zoom podcast HERE.

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