Luminary Awards. Comedian Mark Kendall hosts the 2018 Luminary Awards with performances from Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and cellist Okorie Johnson as we honor philanthropist Robert G. Edge, choreographer Sue Schroeder, Out On Film, the mural artists who halted a city ordinance against public art and administrators Virginia Hepner and Myrna Anderson-Fuller for outstanding work in the Atlanta arts community. January 28 at 6 p.m. City Winery.
Citywide Conversation: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.Organizers host an open discussion as they seek public input in developing an Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan for the Atlanta BeltLine. January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Sarah Emerson: Are We the Monsters and Tomashi Jackson: Interstate Love Song. The Zuckerman Museum opens two concurrent solo exhibitions: Atlanta-based artist Sarah Emerson’s combinations of geometric patterns and mythic archetypes and Cambridge, Massachusetts artist Tomashi Jackson’s mixed-media paintings and videos. Exhibitions start January 27. Zuckerman Museum.
Bodies of Thought. A group show includes new work from Hannah Burton, Hannah Helton, Bridget Nelson, Emily Tomlinson, Iman Person, Olivia Rado, Katie Troisi and Erin Vaiskauckas. January 25 at 6 p.m. Flat Iron Building.
Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future.A new exhibition of the acclaimed fashion photographer’s work. Opening reception January 26 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through March 17. Jackson Fine Art.
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. A new exhibition of materials recovered from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters and painstakingly preserved by the National Archives tells the dramatic story of the Jewish community in Iraq. Opens January 29. Breman Museum.
The Inspired Gardener. The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts a day-long gardening symposium featuring expert speakers. January 27. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Andre Kertesz: Girl Before a Mirror.Jackson Fine Art shows work from the Hungarian-born photographer’s classic “Distortions” series. January 26–March 17. Jackson Fine 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.
Trevor Reese: And yet.*/the squid and the whale.The Savannah-based artist exhibits two bodies of work. Through February 17.Day & Night Projects.
Kosmo Vinyl: Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump.The former manager of The Clash, now a visual artist, shows work from his ongoing series of images mocking the Trump candidacy and presidency. Through March 3.Different Trains Gallery.
Convergence. New abstract work from Joe Camoosa, Jason Kofke, Ashley L. Schick and Lucha Rodriguez. Artist talk February 10 at 4 p.m. Exhibition through March 2.Kai Lin Art.
Alli Royce Soble: When the Levee Breaks. The Atlanta-based artist shows new mixed-media works on paper. Through March 2.Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
The Ashcan School and Their Circle. Oglethorpe offers an exhibition of works by early-20th-century artists depicting gritty scenes of old New York including John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, George Luks, Robert Henri and George Bellows culled from private collections within the Atlanta metro area, the High Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Through March 4.Oglethorpe Museum of Art.
Bill Orisich and Benita Carr: ground.loop. The Atlanta-based artists create a new video installation for Whitespace Gallery. Through February 10. Whitespace Gallery.
¡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.
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. Artist reception January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition from January 25 to May 19.Spelman Museum of Art.
Corrine Colarusso: Light & Weather. The Atlanta-based painter shows new landscape paintings. Artist talk February 3 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through February 24.Poem 88.
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. Artist talk February 4 at 2 p.m. at Auburn Avenue Research Library. Exhibition through April 29.Hammonds House 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. Through March 25. Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art.
Susan Robert: Gray Scale. The Atlanta native and Atlanta College of Art graduate shows new abstract paintings. 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. Through February 3. Eyedrum Gallery.
Robert Sagerman: Totalizations. The painter’s hypnotic, abstract canvases consist of tens of thousands of dabs of oil paint. Through February 3. Marcia Wood.
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 her review, 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.
Portrait Concert: The Music of Charles Knox. A concert celebrates the music of Atlanta composer Charles Knox. January 28 at 3 p.m. Kopleff Hall.
Jazzmeia Horn. The Atlanta Jazz Festival presents the young jazz vocalist, winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. January 27 at 8 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center.
Atlanta Reggae Revival. A lineup of bands including Rhythm Earth, AndLove, Artizen, The Instructors, Mario Diaz, Nomadic Culture, Sound Culture and Trent in the Trees helps keep wintertime warm with an evening of reggae revival. January 27.Masquerade.
The Music of Prince. Conductor Brent Havens and vocalist Marshall Charloff backed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a full band explore the eclectic body of work created by Prince. January 26 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. Music Director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 and bassist Michael Kurth’s Everything Lasts Forever. January 25 and 27. Symphony Hall.
Miguel Zenon Quartet. The Ferst Center presents the Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, composer and saxophonist. January 27 at 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Don Mclean. The “American Pie” singer-songwriter performs at Ponce City Market’s City Winery. January 27 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Deniece Williams. The famed singer performs an evening of classic soul. January 27 at 9 p.m. St. James Live.
Tosca. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its elaborate new production of Puccini’s classic opera starring Sonya Yoncheva in her role debut in the title role. January 27 and 31. Area movie theaters.
Picnic. Stage Door presents a new production of William Inge’s classic 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. January 26–February 18. Stage Door Players.
Big Apple Circus. The New York-based company, which seeks to recreate the intimacy and artistry of the early circus, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a touring big top of classic clowns, acrobats and animals. January 26–February 25. Verizon Amphitheater.
Historical Enactment: The Lives of Susie King Taylor and Carrie Steele Logan. Storyteller LaDoris Bias-Davis brings to life the stories of Susie King Taylor, America’s first black army nurse, and Carrie Steele Logan, founder of the Carrie Steele Orphan Home in Atlanta. January 27 at noon. Lithonia-Davidson Library.
Clark Gable Slept Here. Stone Mountain’s ART Station presents a new production of Michael Mckeever’s comedy about the scandal that looms when a corpse is found in a star’s hotel room during the Golden Globe Awards. January 31–February 11. ART Station.
Dearly Beloved. A new production of the contemporary comedy about a wedding in small-town Texas. Through February 4.Theatre in the Square.
Rainforest Adventures. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new kids’ production by Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes about the animals that inhabit the delicate ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest. Through March 4.Center for Puppetry Arts.
Native Guard. The Alliance Theatre reprises its 2014 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by former US 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. Through 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. Through February 17. Actor’s Express.
Falling Off the Edge. A world premiere comedy by Paul Donnelly tells the story of two single women who meet a man at a resort in Costa Rica. Through January 28.Onion Man Productions.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. A 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. Through February 4. Theatrical Outfit.
The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Horizon offers the American premiere of a new musical starring Amari Cheatom and Brittany Inge. Through February 18.Horizon Theatre.
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. Through 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. Through January 28. Georgia Ensemble 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 24. Alliance Theatre Black Box.
Bryant Simon, The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives. The author’s new nonfiction book recounts a devastating accident at a chicken-processing plant in rural North Carolina as a way to examine the consequences of the modern American convenience diet. January 25 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Wussy Queer Sex Issue: Release Party and Reading. Atlanta-based LGBTQ publication Wussy celebrates the release of its new print edition with cocktails and readings. January 25 at 6 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Burns Night Celebration. Aris Theatre celebrates the life and poetry of Robert Burns with music, readings and performances featuring Adam Bern, Kelly Brzozowski, Rosalind Buda, John Liles, Judy and Winslow Thomas and Caitlyn and Matthew Trautwein. January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Manuel’s Tavern.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, Real American: A Memoir. The author discusses her new book reflecting on her experiences growing up as a biracial black woman in America. January 30 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
An arabesque in histories. Atlanta dance company glo unveils a new series of performance interventions beginning at downtown Atlanta’s Zero Mile Marker. January 28–February 3. Downtown Atlanta.
DanceATL Community Meeting. The organization initiates a group discussion to determine the community’s needs over the next few years. January 27 at 4 p.m. CORE Dance Studios.
Koresh Dance Company. The Koresh Dance Company, founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh, performs in Atlanta. January 27 at 8 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The annual festival screens over 70 films including features, documentaries, classics and kids’ films plus panels, guest appearances and opening and closing night gala events. Through February 15. Various Atlanta venues.
Roots. As part of a series of screenings considering “Black Lives on the Small Screen,” Emory Cinematheque shows episodes of the 1977 television miniseries based on the 1976 book by Alex Haley. January 31 at 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208, Emory University.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. A new film based on Peter Turner’s memoir about his romance with American film actress Gloria Grahame stars Jamie Bell as Turner and Annette Bening as Grahame. January 25. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Birdboy. A new Spanish animated coming-of-age film written and directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero follows the title character, a shy outcast in a post-apocalyptic society, and his friend Dinki, a teenage mouse fleeing her island home. Opens January 26. Plaza Theatre.