ART + DESIGN
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. A new touring exhibition looks at contemporary African design with works by more than 120 artists including sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps and digital comics. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith writes about the show and its intriguing new look at an often misunderstood continent. Through January 7. High Museum.
Atlanta Gallery Collective. Ponce City Market showcases works from 10 top Atlanta galleries in a busy space near its popular Central Food Hall. ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander previews the highly visible new pop-up and interviews some of the participating gallerists about what the new opportunity might mean for the Atlanta art scene. Opening weekend October 28–29. Ponce City Market.
The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers a live performance of the score to Tim Burton’s classic 1993 movie alongside a screening of the film. October 27–28. Symphony Hall.
Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton. The Grammy-winning singer performs her mix of soul, jazz, rock, gospel, pop, folk and classical backed by her band. October 28 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Morningside. Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s new comedy about a baby shower gone wrong. Through November 12. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Hand to God. As part of its on-the-road season, the Alliance presents a new production of Robert Askin’s Tony-nominated 2011 Off-Broadway hit about a possessed Christian ministry puppet. Through November 12. Dad’s Garage.
Regina Bradley, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South. The ArtsATL contributor and assistant professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University discusses her new book of short stories addressing issues of race, place and identity in the post-Civil Rights American South. November 1 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.
Karen Cox, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South. The author presents her new work of nonfiction, a tale of a local feud, killing, investigation and trial that unfolded in 1930s Natchez, Mississippi. November 1 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Human Landscapes. Decatur’s CORE Performance Company performs a new dance work with choreography by Germana Civera and score by Didier Aschour. October 26–29. B Complex.
Siro-A. The popular Japanese collective performs with video-mapping, light animation, laser effects and 3D video projection. October 27 at 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Dina. Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ acclaimed new documentary focuses on the love story between Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, and her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, whom she invites to move in with her. Opens October 27. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
The Tin Drum. As part of an ongoing series of screenings entitled Resisting Fascism, Emory Cinematheque presents Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 film version of Günter Grass’ 1959 novel. November 1 at 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208, Emory University.