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An abstract collaged image by Larry Walker
(Image by Larry Walker, courtesy MOCA-GA)

The week’s best bets: Larry Walker at MOCA and an Albee classic at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch

August 6–12


Larry Walker: The Later Years. A new exhibition, the second in a two-part retrospective, considers the later years of the Atlanta-based artist, GSU professor and father of Kara Walker. August 11–October 27. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Book as Art: Pulp. A new juried show celebrates the book as art, with handmade volumes, sculptural works and conceptual pieces. August 10–September 28. Decatur Library.

Andrew Dunkleberger: Decompression. The artist presents a new interactive art piece designed to help viewers relax. August 11 at 6 p.m. Mammal Gallery.

Lucia Riffel: Interspaced With. A new installation from the Tallahassee-based artist combines miniature landscapes, light-refracting materials and projected video to create a meditative environment. Opening reception August 9 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 1. Day & Night Projects.


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Pinch ‘n’ Ouch presents a new production of Edward Albee’s 1962 classic. August 10–September 29. Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre.

Batman holds a skull in the style of Shakespeare's Hamlet
Bat Hamlet (Image courtesy Out of Box)

Bat Hamlet. Jordan Pulliam’s comedy mashes up the origin story of Batman with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. August 10–25. Out of Box Theatre.

Thus Spoke the Mockingbird. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Joanie McElroy’s two-woman play about the life of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. August 10–25. Onion Man Productions.

On the Third Day. An Atlanta family must decide the fate of their eldest son’s killers in Amina S. McIntyre’s new drama. Through August 19. Windmill Center.

Dave Foley. The famed comic from Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio joins forces as a guest with the Dad’s Garage troupe for two nights of improv comedy. August 10–11. Dad’s Garage.

Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. An annual festival presents four new musicals by Atlanta-based theater artists. August 6–14. Out Front Theatre.


rather than some things appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta’ mercyHudgens Center for Art and Learning presents a new movement-based, site-specific installation by 2017 Hudgens Prize winner Lauri Stallings and her company glo. August 11–October 6. Hudgens Center for Art and Learning.


Men wait behind bars in a prison
Shot on location, A Prayer Before Dawn tells the true story of boxer Billy Moore. (Courtesy Front Row Filmed Entertainment)

A Prayer Before Dawn. French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s new film tells the story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand’s most notorious prison. Opens August 10. Plaza Theatre.

Dark Money. Filmmaker Kimberly Reed’s new award-winning documentary examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Opens August 10. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.


George Yancy, Backlash. The New York Times bestselling author presents his new chronicle detailing the controversy that ensued after the publication of his book Dear White America. August 7 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.

Keri Leigh Merritt, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. Analyzing land policy, labor and legal history, the historian’s new work considers what happens to excess workers when a capitalist system is predicated on slave labor. August 12 at 3 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library.


(Image courtesy John Downer/BBC)

Earthflight. A 3D nature documentary uses state-of-the-art aerial techniques and cameras to document different species of birds on their seasonal journeys. Through December 13. Fernbank Museum.

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.


Talent Development Program 25th Anniversary Recital Series. The Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, which provides training and development to black and Latino student musicians, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a recital at Morehouse College’s Friendship Baptist Church. August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Friendship Baptist Church.

Bob Baldwin. Callanwolde presents a concert by the jazz musician and radio host as part of its summertime outdoor Jazz on the Lawn series. August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Doria Roberts performs at City Winery this week.

Doria Roberts. The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and spoken word artist performs a concert at City Winery. August 12 at 8 p.m. City Winery.


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. Through September 1. Whitespace.

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.

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. Through August 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. Through August 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 playwriting competition, about two friends, black and white, who find they clash when a calamitous event casts their different backgrounds into a new light. Through August 26. West End Performing Arts Center.

Built to Float. Georgia playwright Rachel Graf Evans’ 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.

How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Horizon Theatre presents ‘da Kink in My Hair playwright Trey Anthony’s 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.

One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An 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, presents work 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.

A woman reclines dramatically in the style of old films
Cindy Sherman’s 1977 Untitled Film Still #6 is included in the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art at the High Museum (Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York)

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.

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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