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Black Nerd opens at Dad's Garage this week. (Image courtesy Dad's Garage)

The week’s best bets, July 9–15


Black Nerd. Playwright Jon Carr presents a new semi-autobiographical comedy about the challenges of being a black man who’s into science fiction and comics. July 13August 4. Dad’s Garage.

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Bert V. Royal’s acclaimed play re-imagines the characters from the Peanuts cartoons as dysfunctional teens. July 1215. Out Front Theatre.

The Color Purple. Actor’s Express presents a new production of the musical based on Alice Walker’s classic novel. Through July 29. Actor’s Express.

Ring of Fire. Georgia Ensemble Theatre brings back its musical production based on the life and music of Johnny Cash. July 1228. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

Enchanted April. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project presents its production of Matthew Barber’s 2003 play based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel about two London housewives who pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy. July 1329. Out of Box Theatre, Marietta.

Radio Golf. New African Grove Theatre presents a new production of August Wilson’s 2005 drama, the last play in his famous Pittsburgh Cycle. July 1322. South Fulton Arts Center, College Park.

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. July 13August 26. Horizon Theatre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Shakespeare Tavern presents a new original practice production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Through July 29. Shakespeare Tavern.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe. The Stage Door Players present a new production of the jukebox musical featuring the songs of Leiber and Stoller. July 13August 5. Stage Door, Dunwoody.


The Alliance Theatre’s production of Winnie-the-Pooh has been extended through July 15. Actors Isake Akanke (Rabbit), Caleb Baumann (Christopher Robin), Grant Chapman (Pooh), CJ Cooper (Roo), Maria Rodriguez-Sager (Kanga), Joe Sykes (Eeyore) and Mabel Tyler (Piglet). (Photo by Greg Mooney)

Winnie-the-Pooh. The Alliance Theatre presents a family musical based on A.A. Milne’s classic children’s stories in conjunction with the High Museum of Art’s Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition. Through July 15. Rich Theatre, Woodruff 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.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new production based on the award-winning book by Doreen Cronin about what happens when Farmer Brown’s cows learn to type and go on strike. Through July 29. Center for Puppetry Arts.

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.


Ludovico Einaudi performs at Symphony Hall on July 11.

Ludovico Einaudi. The bestselling Italian pianist and composer performs in Symphony Hall. July 11 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Joe Gransden. The Atlanta jazz artist performs outdoors as part of Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn series of summer concerts. July 13 at 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.


These Foresights. Atlanta dance company glo and choreographer Lauri Stallings present a new series of public performances in collaboration with spoken word artist Big Rube. Through July 11. Various Atlanta locations.


Yellow Submarine was released 50 years ago this summer.

Yellow Submarine. A screening of the 1968 animated film featuring the music of the Beatles marks the 50th anniversary of its release. July 9 at 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Giselle. The Bolshoi Ballet rebroadcasts its production of the classic ballet to movie theaters around the world. July 9 at 7 p.m. Area movie theaters.


India Hicks, A Slice of England. The designer and New York Times bestselling author discusses her latest book about English country house design. July 12 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Amber Brock, Lady Be Good. The author’s new novel explores the life of a status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate in the 1950s. July 12 at 7 p.m. Wrecking Bar Brewpub.


Kirstin Mitchell has a new show opening this weekend at MOCA GA.

Kirstin Mitchell: Miecznikowski. The Working Artist Project award winner, formerly known as performance artist Kiki Blood, unveils a new installation at MOCA GA. Opening reception July 13 at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Bastiaan Woudt: Mukono. The acclaimed self-taught Dutch photographer shows images from Mukono, Uganda. July 13September 7. Jackson Fine Art.

First-Person-Plural. Iman Person curates work from Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot’s professional artist development program. Opening reception July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart. A new 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.


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.

Won’t Lovers Revolt Now. A new group show curated by Birmingham collective The Fuel and Lumber Company includes work by Ben Estes, Rubens Ghenov, Iva Gueorguieva, Dana Haugaard, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Lisa Iglesias, Matt Phillips and Sarah Smith. Through July 28. Whitespace.

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.

Know South/No South. Richard McCabe, curator of photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, curates a new group show of photographers whose work explores the idea of Southern identity in the 21st century. Through July 14. Atlanta Photography Group.

Rusty Miller: The compassionate eye in forgotten Atlanta. Susan Todd-Raque curates works by Rusty Miller, an Atlanta street photographer who died in 1992. Exhibition through August 10. Gallery 72.

Amelia Carley & Ally White: A daydream will last along into the night. A two-person exhibition shows new work from the Atlanta-based painters. Through July 21. Hathaway Gallery.

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. A new exhibition features 32 dress sculptures across various media including glass, bronze and iron. Through September 2. Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga.

Time Like the Present. Sarah Higgins curates selected works by printmakers who consider historical narratives in the processes of traditional printmaking. Through July 29. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Them from the Planets, ATL. A new group exhibition inspired by musician Dexter Wansel and his album Life On Mars features work by artists inspired by sci-fi, fantasy, futurism and jazz. Through July 13. Southwest Arts Center.

Dressing for Dystopia. A new exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.

Larry Walker: The Early Years. A new exhibition, 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, a new exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16, 2019. Atlanta History Center.

Jean Larson: Permanence and Impermanence. The painter shows new work influenced by Iceland’s natural environment. Through July 14. Alan Avery Art Company.

Welcome To Atlanta: Charles H. Nelson, A Retrospective. Fahamu Pecou curates  a new retrospective of works by Atlanta-based multimedia artist Charles H. Nelson. Through July 15. Hammonds House Museum.

Bloom Where You’re Planted. A new exhibition features highlights from the collection of Deen Day Sanders including paintings by Severin Roesen, Thomas Sully, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Thomas Moran, John G. Brown, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam and Ernest Lawson. Through July 29. Georgia Museum of Art.

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism. A new 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. A new 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. A new exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.