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The new documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami opens in Atlanta this week. (Archival fashion photo by Andrea Klarin)

What to see, hear and do this week, April 23–29


Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Sophie Fiennes’ new documentary considers the life and music of singer and fashion icon Grace Jones. Now playing. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Claire. The historic Plaza Theatre hosts the world premiere of Brian Mitchell’s new quartet adaptation of Anne Richardson’s original music for Atlanta filmmaker Milford Thomas’ 2001 silent movie. April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre.


Famous Carmens of the Past from The Victrola Book of Opera (Detail, Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Carmen. The Atlanta Opera’s production of Bizet’s classic opera stars Varduhi Abrahamyan as Carmen and Gianluca Terranova as Don Jose. April 28–May 6. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Prokofiev and Beethoven. Guest Conductor Carlo Rizzi leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and the ASO’s Elizabeth Koch Tiscione performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. April 26–29. Symphony Hall.

Larry Harlow’s Latin Legends Band. The Rialto closes out its 2017–18 season with a performance from the seminal salsa artist with special guest Oscar Hernandez. April 28 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Gerald Finley. The Canadian bass-baritone performs a recital including works by Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky accompanied by pianist Julius Drake. April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.


Georgia-native artist Amy Sherald, who was commissioned to paint an offical portrait of Michelle Obama, is the High Museum’s 2018 Driskell Prize Winner. (Photo courtesy the artist and Justin T. Gellerson for the New York Times)

David C. Driskell Prize Dinner. The High Museum of Art’s 18th annual Driskell Prize honors Georgia-native artist and Michelle Obama portraitist Amy Sherald. April 27 at 7 p.m. High Museum.

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. Opening reception April 27 at 5:30 p.m. Exhibition 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.

Design ADAC. A series of lectures, discussions and panel events by leading designers focuses on new developments in design. April 24–26. Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

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.

Rachel Evans’ cloudscape paintings are at Brickworks Gallery through May 31. (Courtesy the artist/Brickworks)

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. April 28 at 7 p.m. Exhibition 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. 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.

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.

Peter Bahouth, Corabelle (Courtesy the artist/Atlanta Photography Group)

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: 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.

Joris Laarman, Diagonal Resin Makerchair, 2014 (Courtesy Joris Laarman Lab)

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.

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.

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.


Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Rachel Parrish directs Alice Birch’s anarchic meditation on how language molds our experience of sex and gender. April 26–May 13. 7 Stages.

Lazybed. Aris Theatre opens a new production of Scottish playwright Iain Crichton Smith’s quirky metaphysical comedy. April 26–May 13. 7 Stages.

Rob Lowe: Stories I Only Tell My Friends. The Hollywood star shares personal anecdotes in a one-man show. April 27 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

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. Through 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.

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.

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.

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.


The dancers and musicians of Berdolé Flamenco (Image by Erik Voss)

Emoción. Berdolé Flamenco presents a collaborative evening of traditional flamenco dance and music. April 28 at 8 p.m. Emory University Performing Arts Studio.

Inman Park Dance Festival. As part of the Inman Park Festival, one of Atlanta’s longest-running dance festivals presents performances from Atlanta Ballet Center Theatre, Ballethnic, Catellier Dance Projects, Full Radius Dance, Georgia Ballet and ImmerseATL. April 28 and 29 at 4 p.m. Inman Park Trolley Barn.

WOMB: an incubation. The Spelman Department of Dance presents a new student work created in collaboration with marimbist Donna Davidson and visual artist Sarina Shane. April 23 at 6 p.m. West End Dance Lab.

I Am Tango. Copa Airlines presents an evening of classic tango dance and music from Argentina and Uruguay. April 26 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

B E I N G. Atlanta Dance Collective presents a mixed program featuring work by Britt Whitmoyer Fishel, Sarah Stokes, Gray Stoner, Mallory Baxley, Sarah Emery and others. The performances will be followed by a screening of dance films at 9 p.m. April 28 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Balzer Theatre at Herren’s.

walk. CORE under the artistic direction of Sue Schroeder creates a performance work in tandem with the community, in and around a labyrinth. April 28 at 8 p.m. The field on the corner of Commerce and W. Trinity Place, Decatur.

Emory Dance Company Spring Concert. Emory Dance Company performs new works by student choreographers. April 26–28. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.


Author Rick Bragg says his mother is The Best Cook in the World. (Courtesy the author)

Rick Bragg, The Best Cook in the World. In his new book, the acclaimed Southern writer shares recipes and stories from “the best cook in the world,” his mother. April 26 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.

Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens. Staci L. Catron, director of Cherokee Garden Library, and historic preservationist Mary Ann Eaddy present their new book in conjunction with a new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center. April 25 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Charles Frazier, Varina. In his fourth novel, the writer returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain. April 24 at 7 p.m. Carter Center.