Boom for Real. Filmmaker Sara Driver’s new documentary explores the prefame teenage years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Opens May 18. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Macbeth. The National Theatre in London broadcasts its latest production of Macbeth starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff. May 17 at 7 p.m. Area movie theaters.
The OOD: A Field Guide to Apocalyptic Worlds for _________ Children. Danielle Deadwyler in collaboration with Minka Wiltz and Yakini Horn presents a new performance art piece meditating on black motherhood. May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Synchronicity Theatre.
sanctuaries and fortresses. Choreographer Anicka Austin presents an evening-length disco ballet featuring music by Sister Sai and Chris Gravely with lighting by Jane Foley. May 17-20. The Bakery.
Enter the Circle. Room to Move Dance presents a mixed program featuring original music by composer, cellist and vocalist Robert Een. May 17-20. 7 Stages.
Gina Breedlove. The Oakland-based singer-songwriter performs an Atlanta concert. May 17 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Joy Williams. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, formerly of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, performs a solo set on a bill with Anthony Da Costa. May 14 at 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.
Primus and Mastodon. The metal titans tour together. May 16 at 7 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Chris Thile: Live From Here. Chris Thile brings his popular NPR variety show to the Fabulous Fox with guests Father John Misty, Neko Case, Comic Rory Albanese and Madison Cunningham. May 19 at 5:45 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Raju Raja Ram Aur Main. A revived Hindi version of the popular Marathi play Sahi Re Sahi arrives in Atlanta for a special one night performance. May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Center Stage.
Critical Crop Top Enters the Multiverse. A woman stumbles upon a parallel universe and must decide whether she wants stay there in a new show by the comedy troupe seeking to give women, people of color, LGBTQ and other underrepresented voices a place to tell their stories. May 18-20. Highland Ballroom.
Living on Love. Stage Door presents a new production of Joe DiPietro’s comedy about a famous husband and wife maestro and diva who hire attractive young ghostwriters to tell the story of their lives. May 18–June 10. Stage Door.
Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo. Dad’s Garage parodies the Hamilton craze with a part-fact, part-fiction musical spoof based on the life of founding father Ben Franklin. May 18–June 9. Dad’s Garage.
Citizens Market. Horizon’s Jeff Adler directs a new production of Cori Thomas’ comedy about a group of immigrants forming a makeshift family at the neighborhood market. May 18–June 24. Horizon Theatre.
Del Shores’ Six Characters in Search of a Play. The Sordid Lives playwright performs a new one-man show about six oddball characters who have never made it into one of his plays. May 20 at 7 p.m. Outfront Theatre.
Candide. The Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony present a new production of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical. Through 20. Symphony Hall.
Ripcord. Donna Biscoe and Jill Jane Clements star in a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2015 comedy about contentious roommates in a nursing home. Through June 3. Aurora Theatre.
Sordid Lives. Outfront Theatre presents a new production of writer Del Shore’s cult classic comedy about the sordid lives of residents of smalltown Winters, Texas. Through May 20. Outfront Theatre Company.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York. Atlanta Theatre Club presents a new production of Halley Feiffer’s 2016 black comedy about a divorcing couple whose mothers become roommates in the cancer ward at Sloan Kettering. Through May 22. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre.
In Lieu of Flowers. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Atlanta playwright Daphne Mintz’s play about a mysterious woman who shows up at a family funeral. Through May 20. Onion Man Productions.
Thomas Ricks, Churchill & Orwell. The bestselling military historian considers the lives of famed English contemporaries and anti-fascists George Orwell and Winston Churchill. May 16 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.
Mark Bittman, How to Grill Everything. The renowned cookbook author and New York Times food writer discusses his latest book about mastering the art of the grill. May 17 at 7 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
ART + DESIGN
Bloom Where You’re Planted. A new exhibition features highlights from the collection of Deen Day Sanders including paintings by Severin Roesen, Thomas Sully, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran, John G. Brown, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Ernest Lawson.May 19–July 29. Georgia Museum of Art.
Pastiche Lumumba: Don’t @ Me. The Brooklyn-based artist and former Atlantan shows new work combining painting, sculpture and internet memes alongside work by Nandi Love, Jenson Leonard and Zach Fox. Opening reception, May 19 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through June 9. Wish Gallery.
Leigh Ann Culver: Human Nature. The Georgia native artist shows new charcoal drawings. Through June 12. South Fulton Arts Center.
Candice Greathouse: light as a feather. The Atlanta artist creates a new 72-hour installation explorating the childhood game “Light as a Feather.” Opening reception May 17 at 7 p.m. Day & Night Projects.
Matt Haffner: Harmonic Dysfunction. Whitespace presents a new solo exhibition by the Atlanta-based photographer and mixed-media artist alongside Long-Lasting Chew by CC Calloway in the gallery’s whitespec space.Through June 16. Whitespace Gallery.
Golden Hour. Dashboard U.S. with guest curator Oshun Layne presents new site-specific installations at Oakland Cemetery by Plastic Aztecs, Khalilah Birdsong, InKyoung Chun, Ben Coleman, Paula Cuevas, Henry Detweiler,Sara Jimenez, Eto Otitigbe, Justin Rabideau, Ruth Stanford and Karen Tauches. Opening event May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Installations on view through May 27. Oakland Cemetery.
Wondernight. Wonderoot hosts its annual fundraising event at the Fox Theatre. May 18 at 7 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Undoings – Existents: A Collaborative Body. New abstract paintings and mixed media works from Priscilla Alarcon and Rose M. Barron consider gender and identity in the modern South. Through June 1. Kibbee Gallery.
Dressing for Dystopia. A new exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.
Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, a new exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16. Atlanta History Center.
Unraveled. A new group exhibition features individual and collaborative work from Luca Barolli, Lauren Betty, Andrew Catanese and Igor Korsunskiy. Blue Mark Studios.
Jean Larson. The painter shows new work influenced by the natural environment. Through July 14. Alan Avery Art Company.
The Wonder of it All. A new exhibition features works by Susan Cofer and Jerry Siegel along with other artists in MOCA GA’s permanent collection. Through June 30. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Art of Nature. An outdoor art exhibition at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve features work by Laura Bell, Sonya Yong James, Maria Ava Totina Ramos, Sachi Rome, Shannon Willow and Alison Hamil. Through June 1. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future. A retrospective exhibition with designs borrowed primarily from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris considers the seven-decade career of the French designer. Through September 30. SCAD Fash.
Rachel Evans: Amorphous: Cloudscape Paintings. The Atlanta-based painter shows new canvases depicting cloudscapes. Through May 31. Brickworks Gallery.
Susan Cofer: Drawings. The renowned Atlanta-based artist shows new drawings at Poem 88, her first solo show at the gallery. Through May 24. Poem 88.
M.C. Escher +. An exhibition of prints by the legendary graphic artist accompanies contemporary work by Dick Esterle, George Hart, Miranda Herrick, Paul Hildebrandt, Akio Hizume, Marc Pelletier, Clark Richert, Erin Sledd, Fabien Vienne and Scott Vorthman. Through June 9. Different Trains Gallery.
Alfred Conteh: Visions of a Cultural Commentator and Dylan Pierce’s Legacy of Hope: Studies in Africa. Two new exhibitions focus on the work of Atlanta-based artists: a retrospective show of Alfred Conteh’s body of work encompassing realistic portraiture and symbolic abstraction and Dylan Pierce’s work inspired by his travels to Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa. Through June 17. Marietta Cobb Art Museum.
Walker Keith Jernigan: Broken Artist Dreams. The artist shows painting, sculpture, installation and performance, as he continues to work in the gallery, interact with visitors and add to the exhibition throughout its run. Through May 26. Mammal Gallery, 217 Mitchell Street.
Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. Artist Talk May 17 at, 7 p.m. Through June 7. Gallery 72.
Charmaine Minniefield: Black Angels. The artist explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Through June 24. Carrie McPheeters Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library.
Imaginary Friends. A new group exhibition shows work by Britt Spencer, Carlyle Wolfe, Michael Porten and Laura Dargan. Through June 1. Spalding Nix.
Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama. The photographer presents new and recent images of Alabama. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.
Andrew Boatright: Be Not Afraid. The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner presents a new sculptural installation alongside the work of finalists David Armistead, Wihro Kim, Julianne Trew and Vanessa Brooke Williams. Through May 17. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. A new exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.
William Downs: Inhuman. The artist and GSU professor presents new work. Through June 9. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
Frederick D. Jones Jr. and the Social Surreal. An exhibition of works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection considers the work of Chicago artist Frederick D. Jones Jr. in relation to the art movement known as social surrealism. Through May 25. Clark Atlanta University Museum.
Interrupted. MINT Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibition. Through May 26. 92 Peachtree Street.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917–1918. A centennial touring exhibition from the National War Museum and Memorial features contemporary photographs by Michael St. Maur Sheil capturing the battlefields of the Western Front. Through July 5. Atlanta History Center.
Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Pakistan and Afghanistan. A new exhibition curated by UGA associate professor of art history Nicolas Morrissey highlights the Buddhist artistic heritage of ancient Gandhara. Through June 17. Georgia Museum of Art.
Mark Steinmetz: Terminus. The Athens, Georgia-based photographer turns his lens on the Atlanta airport and its surroundings as part of the High’s ongoing Picturing the South series of commissions. Through June 3. High Museum.
Designing Playful Cities. An interactive exhibition considers the many ways designers incorporate spaces for play and fun into urban environments. Through May 13. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.
Lucinda. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents an exhibition of works by Lucinda Bunnen from its permanent collection, including a recent new portfolio acquisition as well as four new works from her Nicaragua series. Through May 19. MOCA-GA.
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi. A new exhibition of the artist’s work features more than 50 collages, paintings and hand-painted serigraphs considering girlhood, self-image and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Through May 19. Spelman Museum of Art.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. A new exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.