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The Atlanta Opera is offering active and retired military personnel and their families free access to their streaming platform, Spotlight Media, and its library of feature-length operas, concerts and short films. This is a part of the company’s Veterans Program, which has offered military families free tickets to live performances since 2015. The opera’s streaming platform offers its Big Tent series of shows, plus special concerts and mini-documentaries.

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To celebrate the return to live performances in front of audiences at Symphony Hall, Robert Spano — the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra‘s music director laureate — will launch the new season with an opening night program of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Emperor Concerto with Garrick Ohlsson as guest soloist. The program runs September 9–11.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano conducts.

Robert Spano will lead his final season opener for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra September 9–11. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

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After a long hiatus, the Atlanta Jazz Festival returns to Piedmont Park Sunday and Monday. The largest free jazz festival in the country will be headlined by jazz legends Ron Carter and Archie Shepp. See our story for all the details, including our mini-profiles of the headline performers.

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ART+DESIGN

Original artwork by Atlanta artist, muralist and SCAD alum Brandon Sadler is part of the Afrofuturism in Costume Design installation at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film through September 12.  Front and center are unforgettable designs from Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter and her decades long career. If you’ve seen Black Panther, Selma or Do the Right Thing, you’ve seen her culture-shifting work. 

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The small but mighty Poem 88 gallery features HomeFront, a collection of works by Atlantan Kimberly Binns, a multi-disciplinary artist and producer working in digital media, architectural design, painting, drawing and photography. The exhibit explores her thoughts on the sanctity of the home for African Americans, what it means to her during the pandemic lockdown and what it meant to Black families during early 20th century government housing segregation policies. Through September 11.

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Nellie Mae Rowe

The art of the Georgia-born Nellie Mae Rowe is at the High Museum of Art.

Self-taught artist Nellie Mae Rowe grew up in Fayetteville and worked as a domestic in Vinings, where her home and yard became her canvas and “playhouse.” She’s now considered one of the most important American folk artists. Check out 60 of her works at The High Museum of Art’s Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe, opening Friday. It’s the first major presentation of her work in more than 20 years.

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THEATER

The Alliance Theatre opens its 53rd season on September 8 with Darlin’ Cory, a world premiere by Phillip DePoy. The Atlanta playwright and novelist (Edward Foote) based his story on an Appalachian legend about an ambitious young woman, a backwoods pastor and a mysterious stranger proffering tasty moonshine. Grammy Award-winning Kristian Bush of Sugarland wrote the folk-country music, and Bush and DePoy co-wrote the lyrics. Susan Booth directs. Through October 3.

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The Tiny Theater Company stages “Othello 2021.”

The Tiny Theater Company stages an ultra-contemporary twist on Shakespearean tragedy with Othello 2021, September 3-5 at the Windmill Arts Center in East Point. “Set in an HBCU frat, this remake of the classical tale will feature our culture, rhythm and dialogue,” according to a release from the Black-directed company, “as we follow the Moors through a strenuous couple of days.” The closing show of the troupe’s third season would carry the equivalent of a PG-13, the company says.

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Actor’s Express‘ 34th season is off to a winning start with Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo, but take note that this weekend is your last chance to catch the story of an Olympic swimming hopeful desperate to win at all costs. Artistic director Freddie Ashley calls the play, which premiered in 2013, “part thriller, part comedy and part indictment of modern America.” In her ArtsATL review, critic Alexis Hauk wrote, “Now, eight years later, in a much-altered world of art and sport consumption, Hnath’s Obie-winning, four-person, chlorine-soaked pressure cooker of a show is getting a gold-medal production.” Through September 5.

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DANCE

The amazingly resilient Core Dance has created multiple ways of making art during the shutdown. inside: out — Together is one of them. This film by Sue Schroeder and Adam Larson for yMusic and Town Hall Seattle features movement vignettes of dancers alone in their homes or outdoor spaces during 2020. Take in the watch party 8 p.m. September 3 at the Core Dance studio windows at 133 Sycamore Street, 30030, on the Decatur Square.  Free. Pre-registration encouraged, donations welcome. The footage will be streamed on Core’s front studio windows every weekend in September.

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