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René Marie. The Grammy-nominated vocalist and former Atlantan performs a concert backed by the Georgia State University Jazz Band led by trumpeter Dr. Gordon Vernick. April 20 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass. The Oglethorpe University Singers, joined by Georgia’s own Chuck Nation Bluegrass Band, perform an all-bluegrass lineup. April 19 at 8 p.m. Conant Performing Arts Center.

Annual Atlanta Sacred Harp Concert. The Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers offer a free and informal participatory day of traditional shape note singing. April 21. Rock Spring Presbyterian Church.

Dick Dale. The legendary “King of the Surf Guitar” performs in Atlanta. April 17 at 8 p.m. The Earl.

Music in the Park. One mile of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in the West End neighborhood closes to cars and opens to people, with multiple live music stages. April 22 at 2 p.m. West End.

Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour. Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, perform as Black Violin with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra. April 22 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Nicola Benedetti Plays the Beethoven Concerto. The acclaimed violinist performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Matthias Pintscher. April 19 and 21 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Kreutzer Sonata. Violinist and ASO concertmaster David Coucheron and pianist William Ransom perform Beethoven’s Concerto-Sonata. April 20 at noon. Carlos Museum.

Arcadia. Atlanta Baroque Orchestra performs two concerts of music from 17th- and 18th-century Rome in a program featuring selections from Arcangelo Corelli’s beloved Concerti Grossi. April 20 and 21. The Cathedral of St. Philip and St. David’s Episcopal Church.

Octets at the Tavern. Atlanta Chamber Players present an evening of octets featuring Stravinsky’s Octet for wind instruments and the Georgia premiere of Oliver Caplan’s Krummholz Variations. April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern.

Luisa Miller. The Metropolitan Opera rebroadcasts its production of Verdi’s opera starring Placido Domingo. April 18. Area movie theaters.


Pierre Cardin, Pursuit of the Future at SCAD Fash (Photography Courtesy of SCAD)

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.

O’ Freedom, My Beloved. A new group exhibition shows work exploring the way black women reclaim their time, their bodies and their humanity, with work by Georgette Baker, Tiffany Charesse, Angela Davis Johnson, Rochelle Johnson, Carolyn Mazloomi, Tracy Murrell, Charlotte Riley-Webb, Dawn Williams Boyd and Reisha Williams. Zucot Gallery.

Maria Korol: La Casa de Ariadna. The Argentinian-born artist reinterprets ancient Greek myth, with the labyrinth existing in Ariadne’s mind. Opening reception April 20 at 6 p.m. WonderRoot.

Sue Wasserman, Wandering in Wonder. The writer and photographer speaks about her work as a nature photographer. April 18 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Hidden Midtown: Radical Roots. Former journalists with seminal Atlanta progressive underground newspaper The Great Speckled Bird host a talk and scavenger hunt through old haunts in Midtown on the 50th anniversary of the paper’s founding. April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.

Rachel Evans: Amorphous: Cloudscape Paintings. The Atlanta-based painter shows new canvases depicting cloudscapes. Opening reception April 21 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through May 31. Brickworks Gallery.

Atlanta artist Susan Cofer will show new drawings at Poem 88. (Image courtesy the artist/Poem 88)

Susan Cofer: Drawings. The renowned Atlanta-based artist shows new drawings at Poem 88, her first solo show at the gallery. April 19–May 24. Poem 88.

Evening of SEAD Artists. An evening of performances and installations features work at the intersection of science, engineering, art and design. April 21 at 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.

Ni Aquí Ni Allá. An evening of film, sculpture, poetry, visual art, performance, music and dance celebrates Atlanta’s emerging Latinx artists. April 19 at 7 p.m. The Bakery.

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. The Los Angeles-based arts writer and curator speaks about her work. April 16 at 6 p.m. Georgia State University’s Creative Media Industries Institute, Screening Room 306.

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.

Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. 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.

An Exploration of Her Ritual. Paula Cuevas curates a new group exhibition featuring work by women of color focusing on personal, cultural and historic rituals. Through May 3. Wish ATL’s The Gallery.

Marc Brotherton: Insert Coin to Continue. The Atlanta artist shows new abstract silkscreen paintings using `80s video games as points of departure. Through May 5. Day & Night Projects.

Britt Spencer, Vanilla Water, acrylic on canvas (Courtesy the artist/Spalding Nix)

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.

Emerging Artist Exhibition. The City of Atlanta shows work by emerging Atlanta artists Charlina Rose Smith, Bella Dorado and Lauren Peterson. Through April 27. Chastain Arts Center.

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.

George Long: Omnium Gatherum. The Atlanta-based artist installs a 40-foot-long pile of drawings depicting an imagined mental landscape. Through May 12. Marcia Wood.

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.

Choice + Peter Bahouth: Recognition. Atlanta Photography Group presents two concurrent exhibitions: Choice, a group show featuring self-chosen work by more than 30 artists, and Recognition, a site-specific installation featuring new stereoscopic portraits by Peter Bahouth. Through April 28. Atlanta Photography Group.

Interrupted. MINT Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibition. Through May 26. 92 Peachtree Street.

Kit Reuther: New Abstractions. The self-taught, Nashville-based painter and sculptor shows new abstract paintings. Through May 5. Sandler Hudson Gallery.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 19171918. 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.

A Journey Through Time: Works of the American Guild of Judaic Art. A juried exhibition presents works from the American Guild of Judaic Art including paintings, weavings, quilts, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Through May 10. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Inner City Urban: Vine City. Photographer Rose Smith presents her images documenting Atlanta’s Vine City community. Through April 29. Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Mark Steinmetz, Untitled, 2016, gelatin silver print (Courtesy of the artist and Jackson Fine Art © Mark Steinmetz)

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.

The Future of America. A group show curated by Rebecca Dimling Cochran focuses on youth culture and features work by CYJO, Ruth Dusseault, Lauren Greenfield, Rania Matar, Forest McMullin, Bryan Melts and Darnell Wilburn. Through April 28. Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Visions of the Imagination. Russell Carter Jones and Kodac Harrison collaborate on an exhibition of paintings and photography. Through April 30. The Defoor Centre.

All That Is Holy. A group show features new work by Rose M. Barron, Daniel Biddy, Elyse Defoor, Deborah Hutchinson, Charity Lindop and Robert Sherer. Through April 28. Blue Mark Studios.

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.

Hood Alchemy. AD “Kaya” Clark and Ralph “rEN” Dillard curate a group show of Atlanta photographers. Through April 21. South Fulton Arts Center.

The Finnish Illusion. A new exhibition shows work by contemporary Finnish artists Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. Through April 28. Spruill Gallery.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age. An exhibition originated by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, shows furniture designs from throughout the career of innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman. ArtsATL’s Gail O’Neill interviewed the designer as the exhibition opened. Through May 13. High Museum.

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.

Pete Schulte: The Lamplighter. The artist unveils new works on paper and a wall installation in the main gallery at Whitespace and site-specific projects in both of the gallery’s ancillary spaces, whitespec and shedspace. Through May 5. Whitespace Gallery.

Mexicantown, A Liminal Blur. Renowned Atlanta-based practice Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects present their firm’s contribution to the United States Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale: a proposal for renewal in the Mexicantown neighborhood of Detroit. Through April 27. Stubbins Gallery, Georgia Tech.

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.

An installation view of works by Christina West and Scott Ingram at Hathaway Gallery (Courtesy the artists/Hathaway)

Easy Air. A new group exhibition features work by Ridley Howard, Scott Ingram and Christina West alongside two solo exhibitions, Craig Drennen’s Painters and Tyler Beard’s Shorelines. Through May 12. Hathaway Gallery.

Dale Niles: Life Revisited. The Georgia artist presents a new exhibition of photographic collage. Through April 18. Brickworks Gallery.

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.

Laura Wilson: That Day. An exhibition of more than 60 large-scale images of the American West by the former assistant to Richard Avedon. Through April 29. Booth Western Museum of Art.

Carrie Mae Weems: From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. Hammonds House exhibits the artist’s 1996 work based on found archival photographs of enslaved people in the American South, alongside People of A Darker Hue, Weems’ 2016 film about police violence. Through April 29. Hammonds House Museum.

¡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.

“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography. An installation of more than 40 photographs primarily drawn from the High’s permanent collection reflects on the 50th anniversary of a tumultuous year in Civil Rights history. ArtsATL‘s Kelundra Smith reviewed the show. Through April 29. High Museum.


Broadway star Shuler Hensley with students at the annual Shuler Hensley Awards (Photo by Ben Rose/

Shuler Hensley Awards. The ArtsBridge awards ceremony for excellence in Georgia high school musical theater celebrates its 10th year. Televised April 19 at 7 p.m. GPB.

Something Rotten. A touring production of the hit Broadway musical comedy about two Elizabethan brothers who rise up against Shakespeare and his popularity to create the world’s first musical. April 17–22. Fox Theatre.

Leaving Iowa. A middle-aged writer has flashbacks to family road trips as he drives his father’s ashes across Iowa to find a final resting place for them in Onstage Atlanta’s production of Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s comedy. April 20–May 6. Art Station, Stone Mountain.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Georgia Ensemble presents a new production of the popular jukebox musical about the life and music of Buddy Holly. Through April 29. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Ripe Frenzy. Jennifer Barclay’s award-winning new play tells the timely story of a school shooting. Through May 6. Synchronicity Theatre.

Always, Patsy Cline. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of the classic jukebox musical about the life and music of country singer Patsy Cline. Through April 29. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

The Odyssey. Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents a new production of Mary Zimmerman’s theatrical version of Homer’s epic. Through April 21. Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

El Gran Día de la Madre/The Great Mother’s Day. Irma Cristancho, Joselin Reyes and Limara Meneses Jimenez perform in Aurora Theatre’s production of Chascas & Quintanilla’s comedy about three generations of women as they have a Mother’s Day reckoning in the family mausoleum. In Spanish with English supertitles. Through April 29. Aurora Theatre.

Eclipsed. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival presents an encore production of Danai Gurira’s play about a group of women in war-torn Liberia. Through April 22. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

The Jew Catcher. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of David L. Fisher’s drama about a Los Angeles Jewish community’s reaction when a Holocaust survivor spots a man from her past. Through April 22. Onion Man Productions, Chamblee.

Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Alliance Theater reprises its children’s production based on Mo Willems’ beloved CAT the CAT series. Through April 29. Alliance Black Box Theatre.

Love’s Labour’s Lost. Three young men try to honor a pledge to avoid the opposite sex, food, drink and sleep, for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Through April 22. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Jon Ludwig directs a puppet version of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s musical adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss’ children’s story. Through May 13. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Freaky Friday. Horizon presents a new production of the Disney family musical about a mother and daughter who switch places. Through April 22. Horizon Theatre.

Mamma Mia. Aurora presents a new production of the ABBA jukebox musical. Through April 22. Aurora Theatre.


Kennesaw State University Dance Company performs student works this week. (Image courtesy KSU Dance)

Student Dance Concert. Kennesaw State University Dance Company presents an evening of senior projects created during the 2017–18 academic year. April 20–21. KSU Dance Theater, Marietta Campus.


Elle Luna, Your Story is Your Power. The author presents her new book exploring the empowering impact of women telling their own stories. April 16 at 7 p.m. Hill Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center.

Anne Farris Rosen, Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist. The journalist and professor, daughter of newsman John Herbers, discusses her deceased father’s newly published memoir about reporting for the New York Times during the Civil Rights Movement. April 19 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.


Basim Magdy, No Shooting Stars, 2016. Coproduction by Jeu de Paume, Paris, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques and Plastiques et CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (© Basim Magdy, 2016)

Down Here There Are No Shooting Stars. A screening of short films and a conversation with artist Basim Magdy. April 18 at 4:30 p.m. Room 102, Stephen C. Hall, Georgia Tech.

My Time with Kings. The Carter Library screens a short film about Associated Press reporter Kathryn Johnson, the only reporter allowed into the King home the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s shooting, followed by a discussion event between Johnson and AP archivist Valerie Komor. April 17 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.

Atlanta Film Festival. The 42nd annual event presents 58 feature-length films and 150 short films from 55 countries. Through April 22. Various Atlanta venues.

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