A new opera based on the life of eccentric Georgia artist Eddie Owens Martin, better known as St. EOM, will be performed at the Atlanta Contemporary on January 11 to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of his paintings. Martin is pictured here at his home in Pasaquan near Buena Vista, Georgia. (Image courtesy Pasaquan)
Atlanta Contemporary Exhibition Openings. Atlanta Contemporary celebrates the concurrent opening of six new shows: Kamrooz Aram, Joe Minter, Sable Elyse Smith, Alex C. Kerr, Tau Lewis and Eddie Owens Martin. The opening night reception includes a performance of composer James Ogburn’s new opera Eddie’s Stone Song: Odyssey of the First Pasaquoyan about Georgia artist Eddie Owens Martin, better known as Saint EOM. January 11 at 6 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary.
Bill Orisich and Benita Carr: ground.loop. The Atlanta-based artists create a new video installation for Whitespace Gallery. Opening reception January 13 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through February 10. Whitespace Gallery.
Push-Pin Opening Reception. Atlanta Photography Group and Atlanta School of Photography host the 31st Annual Push-Pin party, for which photographers are invited to pin up their best prints. January 12 at 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Photography Group.
¡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.
Corrine Colarusso: Light & Weather. The Atlanta-based painter shows new landscape paintings. Opening reception January 13 at 6 p.m. Artist talk February 3 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through February 24. Poem 88.
linn meyers: gazing has its limits. The Washington, D.C.-based artist creates a site-specific wall drawing for the colonnade on the main floor of the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Visitors can see meyers at work on the site through January 13. Exhibition through June 17. Columbus Museum.
Free Admission at Atlanta History Center. The Atlanta History Center, including the Margaret Mitchell House, offers free admission in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special programs including book signings, performances and discussion events. January 15. Atlanta History Center.
The Ramayana Anti-Hero. Dr. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, professor of religion at Emory, discusses the cement images of Ravana, the antagonist of the Ramayana epic tradition, which stand at many village and urban neighborhood centers in the plains of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Carlos Museum.
Lost Parts and Found Narratives. A new joint exhibition shows work by two Atlanta-based artists: dennis campay’s paintings and Steven Steinman’s found-material metalwork sculptures. January 13–March 25. Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art.
Susan Robert: Gray Scale. The Atlanta native and Atlanta College of Art graduate shows new abstract paintings. Opening reception January 12 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through January 27. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
Reconstructions. Karen Tauches curates a group show of Atlanta artists including Joe Bigley, Evelyn Breit, Krista Clark, Meta Gary, Katie Hargrave, Rusty Miller, Martha Whittington and Zena Zakanycz. Through February 16. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Candice Greathouse: Ain’t No Party. Eyedrum unveils a new installation by the Atlanta-based artist that creates an atmospheric party-like environment. Artist talk on January 14 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through February 3. Eyedrum Gallery.
Robert Sagerman: Totalizations. The painter’s hypnotic, abstract canvases consist of tens of thousands of dabs of oil paint. Extended through February 3. Marcia Wood.
Jeffrey Paclipan:Puzzling World.The self-taught Atlanta-based artist uses thousands of found puzzle pieces to create textured, wave-like surfaces on canvas. Through January 13.Hathaway Gallery.
Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-Writing History. The Brooklyn-based artist considers traditional European depictions of femininity in lush photographs and paper sculptures. Extended through January 20.Alan Avery Art Company.
More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War. A new exhibition highlights the Atlanta History Center’s collection of more than 250 Vietnam War-related oral histories with photographs, documents and artifacts from Atlanta veterans. Through March 18. Atlanta History Center.
Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? The High Museum presents the first museum survey in the US to explore the career of American artist Al Taylor, with more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints. In herreview, ArtsATL critic Cathy Fox says the exhibition draws “overdue attention to this idiosyncratic artist.” Through March 18. High Museum.
“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. Through April 29. High Museum.
The Opera House. A new documentary by filmmaker Susan Froemke chronicles the creation and opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s storied home at Lincoln Center. January 13 and 17. Area movie theaters.
Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. The Georgia Center for the Book screens a new documentary about author Wendell Berry and his rural home community in Henry County, Kentucky. January 11 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
The Magic Flute. The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour presents a special one-hour kids’ version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute created in collaboration with the Center for Puppetry Arts. January 13–14. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Leonard Bernstein and the Beethoven Seventh. Concertmaster David Coucheron performs Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, and guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Atlanta Symphony in performances of Fancy Free by the 25-year-old Leonard Bernstein and of the last piece Bernstein conducted before his death at 72, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. January 11–13. Symphony Hall.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Music director, vocal soloist and Atlanta native Nick Hilscher leads the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in performances of classic tunes including “Moonlight Serenade,” “American Patrol” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” January 14 at 3 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Native Guard. The Alliance Theatre reprises its 2014 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, staged amidst the Atlanta History Center’s Civil War collection. ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander reviewed the 2014 production at the Alliance. January 13–February 4. Atlanta History Center.
Angels in America. Actor’s Express presents a new production of Tony Kushner’s monumental 1992 play with a cast including Carolyn Cook, Joseph Sykes, Robert Bryan Davis and Parris Sarter. January 12–February 17. Actor’s Express.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. A new one-woman show about Billie Holiday’s final performance at a seedy bar in Philadelphia in 1959 features Atlanta actress Terry Burrell as the legendary singer. January 11–February 4. Theatrical Outfit.
Maytag Virgin. Courtney Patterson and Brad Brinkley star in Audrey Cefaly’s 2015 play about a year in the life of a recently widowed high-school teacher and her mysterious new neighbor in rural Alabama. January 11–February 11. Aurora Theatre.
Tenderly. Actress Rachel Sorsa plays the lead in a jukebox musical telling the story of the life and music of singer Rosemary Clooney. January 11–28. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Women’s Shorts. Out of Box presents an evening of short plays written by women about women over 50 in honor of Jo Howarth Noonan, a beloved Atlanta actress who passed away in 2015. January 12–20. Out of Box Theatre.
The Comedy of Errors. The Shakespeare Tavern offers a new original practice production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, starring J.L. Reed and Adam King. Through January 28. Shakespeare Tavern.
Dinosaur! The Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young reprises its collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for an interactive production introducing kids to the wonders of the prehistoric world. Through February 18. Alliance Theatre Black Box.
Silence! The Musical. OnStage Atlanta presents the regional premiere of a new musical satire of The Silence of the Lambs. Through January 21. OnStage Atlanta.
Gregory C. Ellison II, Fearless Dialogues. The associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory’s Candler School of Theology discusses his new book focusing on Fearless Dialogues, his organization that seeks to create space for conversations on taboo and difficult subjects. January 11 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
African Dance and Drumming. The all-woman dance and drum ensemble Giwayen Mata performs an evening of West African movement and rhythm. January 12 at 6 p.m. Stonecrest Library.
Wasabassco Burlesque. The New York-based troupe brings its retro burlesque and variety act to Atlanta. January 13 at 8 p.m. City Winery.