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Corian Ellisor will tell the city what’s on his mind when his new work On My Mind has its world premiere at 7 Stages this weekend. (Courtesy Corian Ellisor/The Lucky Penny.)

What to see, hear and do this week, November 2–8


On My Mind. Atlanta-based dancer, choreographer and drag artist Corian Ellisor presents a new performance meditating on race and sexuality in the South. November 3–5. 7 Stages.

Hz. Atlanta dance collective Fly on a Wall reprises its work based on binaural beats, an auditory illusion created when tones are played at different frequencies. Participants are asked to bring a pair of headphones and a mobile device to the performance. November 3–5. Atlanta Contemporary.


Blade of the Immortal. Japanese director Takeshi Miike presents a new live-action film based on the popular manga series by Hiroaki Samura about a cursed samurai who must kill a thousand evil men to gain immortality. Opens November 3. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Most Beautiful Island. Ana Asensio writes, directs and stars in a new film about an illegal immigrant in New York who finds that a promising work opportunity leads down a dark path. Opens November 2. Plaza Theatre.


Omar Victor Diop’s Aminata from The Studio of Vanities. (Courtesy of Galerie Magnin-A, Paris © Omar Victor Diop.)

Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Omar Victor Diop. The renowned Senegalese photographer speaks about his work. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith wrote about the High Museum’s Making Africa exhibition, which includes Diop’s photographs, and critic Andrew Alexander reviewed Diop’s first-ever museum show at SCAD-FASH in April. November 3 at 7 p.m. High Museum.

Nancy Floyd: Weathering Time. A new exhibition features selections from photographer Nancy Floyd’s 35-year archive of photographs documenting her daily life. November 3–December 2. Whitespace Gallery.

The Collector’s Eye: Masters of 20th Century Photography. An exhibition of photographs from the collection of Robert Yellowlees includes work by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Arnold Newman, Alexander Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston. Through December 21. Lumiere.

Zac Posen. Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta presents the renowned designer, who will speak after a screening of the 2017 documentary House of Z, which chronicles his rise to fame. November 2 at 6:30 p.m. SCADshow.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. A new touring exhibition looks at contemporary African design with works by more than 120 artists including sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps and digital comics. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith writes about the show and its intriguing new look at an often misunderstood continent. Through January 7. High Museum.

Atlanta Gallery Collective. Ponce City Market showcases works from 10 top Atlanta galleries in a busy space near its popular Central Food Hall. ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander previews the highly visible new pop-up and interviews some of the participating gallerists about what the new opportunity might mean for the Atlanta art scene. Ponce City Market.


Catalina Cuervo

Falla’s El Amor Brujo. Guest Conductor Jun Märkl leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Colombian-born soprano Catalina Cuervo in performances of Falla’s El Amor Brujo. Pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Richard Strauss’ “Burleske,” and the ASO closes the program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. November 2–4. Symphony Hall.

The Flying Dutchman. The Atlanta Opera presents a new production of Wagner’s opera directed by Tomer Zvulun and starring renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris. November 4–12. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


Atlanta playwright Topher Payne

Morningside. Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s new comedy about a baby shower gone wrong. Through November 12. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

The Anointing of Dracula: A Grand Guignol. Theater Emory presents a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula written and directed by Brent Glenn in the gruesome style of the Grand Guignol. Through November 5. Theater Emory.

A Benefit Reading of Our Town. True Colors Theatre founder Kenny Leon directs a live benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts, starring organizer Scarlett Johansson along with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo. November 6 at 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.

Crossing Delancey. As part of its on-the-road season, the Alliance presents a new production of Susan Sandler’s 1985 play, which became a hit 1988 arthouse film, about a single young woman whose 80-year-old “Bubbie” is determined to see her granddaughter married before she dies. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer says that actress Mary Lynn Owen as Bubbie steals the show in a funny, touching performance. Through November 25. Marcus Jewish Community Center.

Hand to God. As part of its on-the-road season, the Alliance presents a new production of Robert Askin’s Tony-nominated 2011 Off-Broadway hit about a possessed Christian ministry puppet. Through November 12. Dad’s Garage.


The 26th Annual MJCCA Book Festival. This year’s lineup of events includes appearances by Dan Rather, Al Franken, Dave Barry, Reza Aslan and an opening night talk by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill lists her picks for the top can’t-miss events of the festival. November 4–20. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Morgan Babst, The Floating World. The New Orleans native writer presents her new novel about a Creole family as they attempt to reassemble their lives following Hurricane Katrina. November 7 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.