MOCA GA‘s 2021 Spring Benefit Exhibition spotlights the work of three longtime Atlanta artists — photographer Lucinda Bunnen, multimedia artist Susan Cofer and fiber artist Tina Dunkley — through May 15. They are honored for their artwork, their philanthropy and their many other contributions to the field. In the words of at least one patron, the exhibition is “gorgeous.” Through May 15. Members free; non-members $5. Registration required HERE.
Author Anjali Enjeti will discuss her debut novel, The Parted Earth (Hub City Press, 272 pages), with GPB’s Virginia Prescott at 7 p.m. May 4 as part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series. Anjeti has written for Harper’s BAZAAR, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera and ArtsATL. She also has a second new book, titled Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance and Social Change (University of Georgia Press, 232 pages). The virtual event is free. Registration required HERE.
Atlanta Ballet returns to the stage for the first time in a year with a live in-person performance tonight–Sunday (April 29–May 2) as part of the Georgia Tech Arts Skyline Series. The outdoor performance features Pleiades Dances, a new work by choreographer-in-residence Claudia Schreier, and pieces created by company dancers. A food truck will be on-site for pre-show dining. $100 for two-person pods; $200 for four-person pods is $200. Tickets HERE. The program returns May 7–9.
7 Stages will host its first in-person performance of 2021 with Charmed Ones, a dance festival conceived by performance artist–choreographer–drag artist Corian Ellisor at 7:30 p.m. tonight–Saturday (April 29–May 1). The ensemble includes queer performers Alex Abarca, Leo Briggs and Patrick Otsuki. The show will be in the parking lot behind the theater on Euclid Avenue in Little Five Points. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own seating. Pay what you choose: $5-$25.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns at 8 tonight (April 29) for a virtual concert as part of its Behind the Curtains series. Music director Robert Spano leads an all-Brahms program with guest artist Robert McDuffie, an internationally renowned violinist based in Macon. One-time viewing $20; full virtual memberships include the orchestra’s spring season. Tickets HERE.
One of the early gems from lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty streams live as a staged concert this weekend from Marietta’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Once on This Island, a fable set in the French Antilles, follows a peasant girl (L’Oréal Roaché) who uses love to bring together people of different social classes. The musical has had three Broadway productions, including a 2017–19 staging that won the best revival/musical Tony Award. This stream is notable for some of its cast members and its director, Suzi Bass Award-winning actor Kevin Harry (Actor’s Express’ Sweeney Todd). 8 tonight–Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (April 29–May 2). $10. Tickets HERE.