Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film version of the August Wilson drama, drops at 12:01 a.m. Friday (December 18) on Netflix. It’s the first, chronologically, in the Pulitzer Prize winner’s 10-play Century Cycle. The setting is 1927 Chicago. Tensions bubble between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman in his final role) and white managers determined to control the single-minded “Mother of the Blues. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe directs. Read our review HERE.
The Elusive Divide exhibition, a partnership between the Hambidge Center and organizing artists Michael Reese and Gregor Turk, continues at the Cross Pollination Lab on Piedmont Road (across from Zesto’s). Atlanta’s location on the Eastern Continental Divide is the impetus for the show, which features work from eight artists — Mitchell Biggio, Amie Esslinger, Mark Liebert, Tracy Murrell, Esteban Patino and Sara Santamaria, along with Reese and Turk. Open 1–5 p.m. Thursday–Saturday. Masks required; hand sanitizer available. Through January 30 (closed December 20–January 6).
Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces From Persian Lands continues at the High Museum of Art. The exhibit celebrates the artistic traditions of Persian civilization (largely an extended version of what Iran is today) from the sixth century to the 19th century. See carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork and jeweled objects. Through April 18.