Dana Haugaard‘s Edge Award-winning That breeze just keeps blowing over me opens Saturday at the Swan Coach House Gallery (the day’s opening reception is full). The show features portraits of people and their “sense memories,” created using color, line, shape and a drawing machine that Haugaard built. The abstract, ambiguous pieces show that a person was present and a memory was shared. Edge Award finalists Davion Alston, Fredrik Brauer, Eleanor Neal and Saige Rowe display work in the front gallery. Through May 25. Gallery hours by appointment HERE. Most Saturdays are for walk-ins.
Some Early Visionaries, featuring drawings and collages by multidisciplinary artist Lesley Dill, continues through Saturday at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Fine Arts Gallery. In a virtual talk at noon Friday, the Brooklyn-based Dill will discuss the power words have to cloak and reveal the psyche, including the writings of Emily Dickinson, Franz Kafka and Rainer Maria Rilke, among others. She turns them into works of paper, wire, horsehair, foil, bronze and music. Free. Registration required.
Agnes Scott College presents its 50th annual Writers’ Festival this week with a series of free online events (registration required). American poet and essayist Rita Dove will give the keynote address at 8 tonight. Agnes Scott alumna Jacqueline Goldfinger will read from her latest work, Devil’s Waltz, at 5 p.m. Friday.
New York Times best-selling author Claire Lombardo will take part in the Atlanta History Center’s virtual Author Talks series at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13. Lombardo, an alumna of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the 2019 character-driven family saga The Most Fun We Ever Had. She’ll be interviewed by Alison Law. Free. Registration required.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to its virtual stage at 8 tonight for its Behind the Curtain series, spotlighting two of its own as soloists — harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson and flutist Christina Smith. The program comprises Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, with principal guest conductor Donald Runnicles on the podium. $20. Virtual memberships available.
The Candler Concert Series presents cellist Camille Thomas virtually at 8 p.m. Friday. Thomas is the first cellist signed to a recording contract by the elite Deutsche Grammophon label in more than 40 years and has been called a “spellbinding” performer. She pre-recorded this concert in Belgium with pianist Julien Brocal. It will feature pieces from her recent album, Voice of Hope. Free. Registration required.
Beautiful Blackbird, previously part of the Alliance Theatre’s family series, goes under the tent for a concert version today through April 18. The 30-minute performance (no intermission) is based on Ashley F. Bryan‘s Newbery Award-winning children’s book and features a funk band with original music by Atlanta actor-composer Eugene H. Russell IV. 11 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. The new Under the Tent shows offer socially distanced seats in pods of two ($20) and four ($40). Answers to frequently asked questions HERE.