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Atlanta Pride has created a 1,000-foot living rainbow on the sidewalks in Rose Circle Park (900 Rose Circle SW), on the Westside trail of the BeltLine. The park’s paths will be brushed with eco-friendly powder in the pride colors. The organizers envision that the powder will blend together as people walk across it. Dogs, kids and strollers welcome. Local gay artist Matthew Terrell helped create the installation. Part of ELEVATE Atlanta this weekend only. Friday through Sunday. Free.

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Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery is celebrating its new space with “Sensuary” a three-day multimedia experience for body, mind and spirit. Musician Gage Gilmore will perform Friday and kick off a dance party with DJ Taradactyl and spiritualist Alberto Roman. Musical improvisation is on tap Saturday with Tom Heil on piano and Deisha Oliver on cello. On Sunday, ease your soul with a playful, soothing sound meditation, and much more. Inside the gallery is the video exhibit Ego Te Absolvo, curated by artist Kirstin Mitchell. Friday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. Sunday 2-5 p.m. Eyedrum requires vaccinations to enter the gallery, and masks are mandated. 

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The Mario Petrirena solo exhibit this, that and the other at Sandler Hudson Gallery features works in various media, from clay to paper and collage. A native of Cuba, the well-established artist includes images of his mother’s Virgin Mary statue in several pieces. His focus is on conflict and division, but manifested in beautifully crafted works. Also included is his hand series and homage to artist Nellie Mae Rowe. Through December 11.

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DANCE

This is the last weekend to catch Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre in their critically-acclaimed work Roam at Serenbe. The stage is outdoors in a cove of trees at the end of Wildflower Meadow (could a location sound any more romantic?) and the dancers move in and out of the natural surroundings, bringing to life a work that is variously romantic, playful and elegiac. Friday 5 p.m., Saturday 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. $35 general admission. Students $15. 10690 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto, 30268.

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New works by some of Atlanta’s busy and emerging contemporary dance makers will be performed in Zachary Todd’s In The Face of Fear Dance Showcase. The title certainly speaks to our times. The collaborative program will feature thought-provoking works by Kareem Best, Indya Childs, Xavier DeMar, Zuri Ford, Veronica Silk, Thulani Vereen, Jamal Kamau White and Kaleigh Woodruff. Free but RSVP is required. Part of ELEVATE Atlanta. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. B Complex, 1272 Murphy Avenue SW.

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Komansé Dance Theatre

Komansé Dance Theatre performs “Permanent” at a free outdoor show Friday.

Komansé Dance Theater will perform Permanent, A Couple In Prospect Park as part of a unique collaboration between ADAMA ATL, Komansé Dance Theater and the High Museum of Art. The performance will be accompanied by original music from Okorie “OkCello” Johnson and AshaTune. Following the performance there will be a talk back with Permanent co-creators Fahamu Pecou and Raianna Brown. It is free, but an RSVP is required. Part of ELEVATE Atlanta. Friday 7 p.m. Free. Outdoors at Fort Macpherson, 1788 Hardee Avenue, SW. 

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MUSIC

A unique juxtaposition of Beethoven and Big Band music will be the focus Saturday of a concert at Schwartz Center for the Arts presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society. The concert will open with Beethoven’s “Archduke Trio” performed by violinist Helen Kim, cellist Charae Krueger and pianist William Ransom. Then after intermission, the Joe Gransden Big Band will take the stage. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. The concert is free, but registration is required.

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Jazz vocalist Alexis Cole does a two-night stand October 29-30 at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta. Billed as perhaps the most talented singer to ever hold top-secret military clearance, Cole sang with the U.S. Army’s Big Band for seven years. Since ending her tour of duty, Cole has performed with the New York Philharmonic, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and the Boston Pops. Tickets are $39. Due to Covid, the club is seating at 30 percent capacity with tables six feet apart. Masks are encouraged when not eating or drinking. Tickets are $39.

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra takes a break from Mozart and Beethoven to get an early start on Christmas when it performs the score during a screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 29 and 30. The film was released by Disney in 1993 based on a story and characters by Burton. The orchestra will be led by conductor Lawrence Loh. Masks are required, as are either a Covid vaccination or a recent negative test. Tickets are $69.50.

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Cowboy Mouth performs at the Variety Playhouse Friday night.

Hailing from New Orleans, Cowboy Mouth brings its musical gumbo of rock ’n’ roll and roots music to the Variety Playhouse October 29. Known for the hit song “Jenny Says,” the four-piece band formed in 1992 and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The band’s name was taken from a play by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith, and means “one with a loud and raucous voice.” That’s a great description of a great band. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required. 

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THEATER

After a 19-month break from live theatrical performances due to the pandemic, Out Front Theatre Company decided to return with a show as fluffy as cotton candy. “I think we need Xanadu now because we need smiles,” artistic director Paul Conroy told ArtsATL. The show is a co-production with Georgia State University, with GSU students serving as understudies during the run through November 6 and then taking center stage November 10-14. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test no more than 48 hours old is required, as are masks.

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“You’ll laugh your head off,” promises the Center for Puppetry Arts’ online ads for The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Silly Hollowwhich is kinda sickly funny for a show aimed at ages 2 through 12. Starting Friday, this comedic take on Washington Irving’s classic short story is being presented by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine. Headless Horseman features 20 handcrafted hand-and-rod puppets along with shadow puppetry. Through November 7. Masks required.

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The Lawrenceville Ghost Tour continues this weekend.

With Halloween happening Sunday, the next few days are primetime for ghosts. There are plenty of those detailed during the Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, 90-minute, multistep spins through the Gwinnett County seat’s charmingly walkable historic downtown. The Aurora Theatre guides turn the ghost stories — some humorous, some a mite frightful — into something approaching a theatrical event. For tales a little scarier in nature, reserve a spot for Aurora’s Haunted Cemetery Tours. Masks encouraged for both tours.

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