July 30–August 5
Ruby Lal, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan. Historian and Emory professor Ruby Lal discusses her new book about Nur Jahan, the only woman to acquire the stature of empress in the male-dominated world of the 17th-century Mughal Empire. August 2 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.
Authors You Should Know. ArtistFirst Radio Network’s Doug Dahlgren interviews Georgia authors David Butler, Alayne Smith, Michael W. Paul and Tori Bailey. August 3 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Eyedrum presents a screening of the German expressionist silent classic, with live music by Paul Mercer, Gabe Monticello, Aileen Loy and Paul Stevens. August 4 at 7 p.m. Plaza Theatre.
McQueen. A new documentary examines the life and work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Opens August 3. Atlanta area movie theaters.
Funny Girl. The Fabulous Fox screens the classic musical starring Barbra Streisand on the 50th anniversary of its release. August 2 at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
ART + DESIGN
Golden Legacy. An exhibition developed by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature shows more than 65 original illustrations from Random House’s Little Golden Book series, which includes works by artists from the European émigré community, alumni of the Walt Disney Studios and other American artists. Through September 7. Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.
As We Dream. Atlanta-based artist and curator Kevin Sipp selects works from the Hammonds House collection. Through September 30. Hammond House Museum.
Ruth Dusseault: The Creatives. The Atlanta artist shows photographs documenting isolated utopian communities living off the grid around the United States. Opening reception August 3 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 1. Whitespace.
How to Be an Immigrant. In Atlanta playwright Gillian Royes’ new play, a Jamaican immigrant to the United States finds her hard-fought life crumbling when her business fails and her sons turn against her. August 2–19. Academy Theatre, Hapeville.
Blackbird. The Walking Dead’s Jayson Warner Smith performs in David Harrower’s celebrated 2005 play about a man confronted by a woman he sexually abused when she was a little girl. August 3–19. Robert Mello Studio Blackbox, Doraville.
Woke. Essential Theatre presents the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Avery Sharpe’s new play, winner of the company’s annual playwright competition, about two friends, black and white, who find they clash when a calamitous event casts their different backgrounds into a new light. August 3–26. West End Performing Arts Center.
Peter Pan. Serenbe Playhouse presents a new outdoor world premiere version of author J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. Through August 26. Serenbe.
Food: Our Global Kitchen. An exhibition from New York’s American Museum of Natural History considers the many ways of food cultivation, transportation and preparation across cultures and throughout history. Through August 19. Fernbank Museum.
Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Fantastic creatures made of plants bring the Atlanta Botanical Garden to life. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
OkCello. Atlanta-based cellist Okorie Johnson aka OkCello performs original compositions fusing jazz with classical, dance, reggae and funk. August 1 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Built to Float. Georgia playwright Rachel Graf Evans’ new play tells the story of a woman trying to hold her life together even as her dysfunctional family crumbles apart. Through August 25. West End Performing Arts Center.
Dot. Denise Burse stars in True Colors’ production of playwright Colman Domingo’s comedy about a family matriarch struggling with a failing memory. Through August 12. Southwest Arts Center.
Black Nerd. Playwright Jon Carr presents a semiautobiographical comedy about the challenges of being a black man who’s into science fiction and comics. Through August 4. Dad’s Garage.
How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Horizon Theatre presents ‘da Kink in My Hair playwright Trey Anthony’s new dramatic comedy about two very different first-generation American sisters caring for their ailing mother who immigrated from Jamaica as a young woman. Through August 26. Horizon Theatre.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe. The Stage Door Players present a new production of the jukebox musical featuring the songs of Leiber and Stoller. Through August 5. Stage Door, Dunwoody.
Owl Lantern Workshops. Artist Chantelle Rytter offers workshops on how to make an owl lantern for the Parliament of Owls Lantern Parade taking place in Midtown Atlanta on August 3. Through July 31. Owls’ Nest, Promenade II Tower.
One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. A new exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through January 26, 2019. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
Stacie Rose: Euphoria. The Atlanta-based artist shows new abstract paintings. Through August 25. Poem 88.
Kirstin Mitchell: Miecznikowski. The Working Artist Project award winner, formerly known as performance artist Kiki Blood, unveils a new installation at MOCA GA. Through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Bastiaan Woudt: Mukono. The acclaimed self-taught Dutch photographer shows images from Mukono, Uganda. Through September 7. Jackson Fine Art.
First-Person-Plural. Iman Person curates work from Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot’s professional artist development program. Through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Outliers and American Vanguard Art. An acclaimed exhibition from the National Gallery of Art considers the ways self-taught outsider artists have influenced the mainstream art world. Through September 30. High Museum.
Yuri Suzuki: Sonic Playground. Renowned Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki presents a playful installation of colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual ways. Through October 7. High Museum.
Jay Dusard: A Retrospective View, Camera to Digital Derringer. A retrospective exhibition features more than 60 photographs spanning five decades of work by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer. Through August 19. Booth Museum, Cartersville.
Rusty Miller: The compassionate eye in forgotten Atlanta. Susan Todd-Raque curates works by Rusty Miller, an Atlanta street photographer who died in 1992. Through August 10. Gallery 72.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The High Museum becomes the first stop in the US for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition exploring the lasting legacy of the characters created by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard. Through September 2. High Museum.
The Summer Swan Coach House Invitational. An annual group show curated by the Swan Coach House’s Karen Tauches presents ceramics, fibers and folk art. Through August 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Embodied Beauty: Sculptures by Karen LaMonte. An exhibition features 32 dress sculptures across various media including glass, bronze and iron. Through September 2. Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga.
Dressing for Dystopia. An exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.
American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart. An exhibition organized by Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts shows the photographs of country music star Marty Stuart, including images of fellow singers and songwriters, American landscapes and the Lakota Tribe of North Dakota. Through November 18. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville.
Larry Walker: The Early Years. Part one of a two-part retrospective considers the early years of the beloved Atlanta-based artist, GSU professor and father of Kara Walker. Through July 31. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future. A retrospective exhibition with designs borrowed primarily from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris considers the seven-decade career of the French designer. Through September 30. SCAD FASH.
Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16, 2019. Atlanta History Center.
Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism. An exhibition explores how contemporary artists and crafters are employing traditional crafts in political activism and social justice movements. Through September 9. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. An exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. An exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.
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