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Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America opens Friday (August 20) at the High Museum of Art and features more than 60 works from major collections around the country. Among the 12 artists represented are John Kane, Horace Pippin and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses. The show will illuminate how these artists overcame the obstacles of class, race, and gender to enter the mainstream art world. Members free; non-members $16.50. Through December 11.

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Inspired by poet Mary Oliver, Makeda Lewis is curator of the mud at our feet, opening Thursday (August 19) at Swan Coach House Gallery and featuring works by Komikka Patton and Sarah Nathaniel. Patton uses collage, printmaking and illustration to evoke connection to — and potential origins within — the immaterial world. Nathaniel’s large-scale installations, created with materials such as rope and tape, direct our attention to what grounds us. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Free. Through September 23.  

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MUSIC

Trumpet master and vocalist Joe Gransden performs Friday beginning at 6 p.m. on Sifly Piazza outside the High Museum of Art. And on another stage at the Orkin Terrace, The John Sandfort Duo will perform. Grandsen has released 16 albums and is one of the most recognizable names on the Atlanta jazz scene. He’ll perform with a quartet that includes Tyrone Jackson on piano, Neal Starkey on bass and Chris Burroughs on drums. Free for members; $25 for non-members. 

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Georgia native Sonia Leigh comes home Saturday to Eddie’s Attic for two shows, one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m. The singer/songwriter is closely associated with the Zac Brown Band, and co-wrote two of their singles, “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie.” She hit the country charts in 2011 with her single “My Name Is Money,” and her sound incorporates influences that range from country and alt-rock to pop and hip hop. Gina Venier opens. $14.

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DANCE

Core Dance celebrates the last month of its enCore: Dance on Film series with a watch party Friday at 8 p.m. in the Core Dance alleyway in Decatur, between the Core Dance Studios and the next-door office buildings. (In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Check the Core Dance website for updates.) The program features short movies by dance filmmakers from around the world and explores the possibilities and boundaries of the art form. Tickets $5 advance, $7 at the door.

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BOOKS

Anna Qu will discuss her book Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor as part of the Atlanta History Center’s Author Talks series in a virtual event August 25 at 7 p.m. Qu’s book explores her journey as a Chinese American, looking at trauma and survival in immigrant families. She will be in conversation with The New York Times writer Sopan Deb. Free, but registration is required.

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THEATER

If you love musicals, you might just twirl a top hat and bounce a cane at the idea of a loving send-up of Jazz Age musicals featuring lots and lots of song and dance. In The Lyric’s The Drowsy Chaperonea fictitious 1928 musical comes to life. The winner of five Tony Awards blends in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theater producer (is there any other kind?), two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and more. A madcap production is promised at Jenny T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. Through September 5. $38-$63.

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Eileen Koteles plays Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth at Stage Door Theatre, but it’s not her first time, so to speak. Koteles also portrayed the dynamic sex therapist and media personality at Artistic Civic Theatre in Dalton in 2020, right before the pandemic shut down the world. She’s excited about reprising the role, calling Dr. Ruth “a strong, positive, tenacious woman who remains so to this day.” Directed by George Fox, the production opens Thursday (August 19) and continues in Dunwoody through August 29. $15-$35.

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The SheATL Summer Theater Festival features three new shows over three nights at Windmill Arts Center in East Point: Four Wives and a Will by Bernette Sherman (Wednesday, August 25) is described as a mix of the old TV shows 227 and The Golden Girls updated for the 2020s, “complete with weed, woke folks and wisecracks” along with a serious message. And God Forbid It Should Be So (August 27) by Roz Sullivan-Lovett is “a gender play for fairy-tale girls and the foxes that eat them.” Finally, To Free a Mockingbird (August 28) by Grace Aki is billed as a combo of storytelling and stand-up that riffs on generational trauma. You also can purchase a digital ticket, making the productions available online for five days. The stagings benefit SheNYC Arts. Minimum donation per ticket: $15.

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