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Decatur Book Festival. The 11th annual event, now one of the largest book festivals in the nation, welcomes hundreds of authors, kicking off with a keynote panel on journalism featuring National Public Radio host Brooke Gladstone. September 1–3. Decatur.
Mark Pendergrast, City on the Verge: The BeltLine in Atlanta’s Past, Present, and Future. A panel discussion marking the publication of Pendergrast’s new book about the creation and impact of the Atlanta BeltLine includes the author, BeltLine innovator Ryan Gravel and Yale Professor and city planner Alexander Garvin. August 31 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Medium. A new exhibition has artists considering the many ways that intangible vestiges of the past haunt the present. Exhibition through December 3. Reception September 16, 6–8 p.m. Zuckerman Museum.
Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. Emory’s Carlos Museum showcases a portion of its extensive collection of American fiber arts ranging from weavings in cotton and camelid hair to feather work and items made from plants. Through December 17. Carlos Museum.
Blues Fish Fry with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins. The 78-year-old Atlanta-native blues legend performs a concert of her music alongside a traditional Friday-night fish fry. September 1 at 8 p.m. Stagga’ Lee’s Goodtime Emporium.
Martin David Jones and Clara Park. The classical pianists, both professors of music at Augusta University, perform a free concert at Spivey Hall. September 5 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.
The Glass Menagerie. Emil Thomas directs a new production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play. Through September 10. Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.
Shakespeare in Love. Alliance Theatre presents the first mainstage production of its season beyond its usual Woodruff Arts Center home, currently undergoing major renovation: a theatrical version of the Oscar-winning 1998 film about a young William Shakespeare at Oglethorpe’s Conant Performing Arts Center. Through September 24. Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University.
Dance Fever with Geetha Kapur. A dance championship showcases several categories of Indian dance including folk, classical and Bollywood. September 2 at 10 a.m. Infinite Energy Centre, Duluth.
Mean Girls. Atlanta’s Wussy Mag hosts a screening of Tina Fey’s 2004 teen comedy starring Lindsay Lohan about a popular high school clique. September 6 at 8 p.m. Plaza Theatre.
The Mortal Storm. As part of a weekly screening series entitled Resisting Fascism, Emory Cinematheque screens Hollywood director Frank Borzage’s 1940 melodrama starring James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan and Frank Morgan about a German family during the growth of Nazism in Germany. September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Emory University’s White Hall 208.