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ART + DESIGN
Art Party. One of the most popular events of the Atlanta art season is this annual fundraising party for the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, which features open studios, music, food, drink and more. August 26 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Statue Unveiling. The state of Georgia replaces the likeness of 19th-century politician and newspaperman Tom Watson, a white supremacist, on the northeast quadrant of the Capitol grounds with an eight-foot statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. created by Atlanta artist Martin Dawe. August 28 at 10 a.m. Georgia State Capitol.
Mammoths and Mastodons. A temporary exhibition, now in its final week, explores how mammoths and mastodons lived with other giant creatures like short-faced bears and saber-toothed cats millions of years ago. Through August 27. Fernbank Museum.
Jortsfest. An annual music festival celebrating the glory of the jeans-shorts confluence includes performances this year from Nana Grizol, Baby Baby, Lingua Franca, Loner, Taylor Alxndr, Lunar Vacation, Chelsea Shag and Yukons. August 26. Mammal Gallery.
A Lesson Before Dying. Dominion Entertainment Group presents a new production of the theatrical adaptation of Ernest J. Gaines’ 1993 novel based on the true story of an innocent black man sentenced to die in the state of Louisiana. Through September 3. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center.
Mother Goose. The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Theater for the Very Young offers a sing-along show for ages two and up featuring rod and glove puppets. Through September 17. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Staibdance: X. Emory Dance Professor George Staib’s company celebrates ten years with a retrospective evening of dances from the company’s first decade. August 25–26. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Dance Studio.
Savitri. The KSU Departments of Dance and Opera present a one-act opera by Gustav Holst based on the story of Hindu heroine Savitri, who seeks to win back the life of her deceased husband from the god of death. August 25–27. Onyx Theatre at Kennesaw State University.
Fall Book Preview. Representatives from America’s largest publishers talk about the new books that will be published this fall in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and more. August 29 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
Peter McDade, The Weight of Sound. The Atlanta-based author discusses his new memoir detailing his ten years touring as a drummer with the band Uncle Green. August 26 at 8 p.m. Kavarna. Read ArtsATL critic Jess Bernhart’s interview with the writer.
How to Live in the City: The Story of the American Music Show. Film Love presents the first in a series of screenings honoring The American Music Show, a bizarre Atlanta-based cable access television show that ran for 25 years. August 25 at 8 p.m. Whitespace Gallery.
The Spanish Earth and The 400 Million. As part of a new weekly series of films centering on the theme Resisting Fascism, Emory’s Cinematheque presents a free double feature of documentaries by groundbreaking Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, including 1937’s The Spanish Earth written by John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway, who also provides voiceover. August 30 at 7:30 p.m. Emory University’s White Hall 208.