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MUSIC

Four of Atlanta’s elite chamber music players will perform an all-Beethoven program Sunday, October 17, at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue’s Srochi Auditorium at 3 p.m. The Dr. Jerome and Betty Berman Memorial Concert will feature Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and violinist David Coucheron, cellist Charae Krueger, and pianists Julie Coucheron and William Ransom. The concert is free, but registration is required. Proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test is required to attend.

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Progressive bluegrass icons Leftover Salmon perform at the Variety Playhouse Saturday, October 16. The band is approaching its third decade and helped pioneer the jam band scene. Founding members Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman are still with the band, augmented by Andy Thorn on banjo, Greg Garrison on bass, Alwyn Robinson on drums and Erik Deutsch on keyboards. Keller Williams opens the show. Tickets start at $35. Proof of vaccination is required.

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Veteran blues/rock singer Diane Durrett hosts the second annual Atlanta Women in Blues concert October 15 at 7 p.m. by the railroad tracks in Stone Mountain Village. The event is co-hosted by the Atlanta Blues Society and the Tunes By the Tracks series. The concert is outdoors, and social distancing and masks are recommended. Free.

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THEATER

Atlanta Shakespeare Company is amid what it is calling The Shakespeare Binge Fest, giving folks who missed their dose of the Bard when the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse was shuttered earlier in the pandemic a chance to get a dose. Already running on different nights are The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, with Macbeth joining the rotation October 21. Two Gentlemen will be the last to close, on November 28. Masks required. Unvaccinated patrons are encouraged to stay home.

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Starting Friday, the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Family Series continues with Everybody Loves Pirates, presented by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, Maine. It tells the tale of two kids exploring for buried treasure who keep encountering a gang of bumbling pirates that they don’t, uh, dig. New ocean-dwelling friends such as Lobster Boy, Crabby and an overgrown sea monkey swim to their rescue. Features 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and an eight-foot papier-mâché pirate ship. (Ages 2-12) Through October 24. Masks required.

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Synchronicity TheatreToni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, at Synchronicity Theatre, has been extended a week, to October 24. The drama features the powerful Atlanta debut of Niara Simone Robinson, a recent New York University graduate, who brings heartbreaking vulnerability to a character much younger than the actress, an 11-year-old Black girl struggling with racism in small-town 1940s Ohio and her dysfunctional parents. ArtsATL critic Benjamin Carr called Robinson’s performance “subtle and remarkable.” Read the full review here. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours are required.

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DANCE

Butoh is a form of unique, stylized Japanese dance theater. Performers traditionally wear heavy white makeup and execute slow, hyper-controlled movements. Dr. Rosemary Candelario of Texas Woman’s University will give a lecture, Butoh and Nature: Dance as Ecological Methodology, about the ways Butoh dancers make connections between their work, ecology and local landscapes. Free, no registration required. Monday, 7:30 p.m. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory campus. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test result required.

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ART+DESIGN

Exquisite wood-turned vessels by Philip Moulthrop and his son Matt are being featured at the Signature Shop & Gallery, whose founder Blanche Reeves discovered and championed the work of Philip’s father, the pioneer Ed Moulthrop. The gallery continues to represent the family under the leadership of owner Carr Cuiston, who started working there as a teenager more than 60 years ago. The exhibition opens Friday with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m.

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Silver Living Legacies Extraordinaire: Women of Distinction (SLLEWD) features portraits and lifestyle photos by the award-winning photographic artist Nafisa Valita Sheriff. Exhibit opens Friday. In-person opening reception Saturday from 1-4 p.m. On display through January 2022. Auburn Avenue Research Library, in the large downstairs gallery. Free.

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Kai Lin ArtThe current group show Fantastical at Kai Lin Art features 23 contemporary artists who mine the unreal, unlikely and amazing in a variety of ways: a shy nude with flowers for hair, a large elephant sitting in a tiny boat, abstract and three dimensional, sculptural work. Artists include Spencer Herr, Tracy Murrell, Marryam Moma, Todd Anderson, Jeremy Brown, Lela Brunet, Kevin Palme, Greg Noblin, Elliston Roshi, Jason Kofke, Chloe Alexander, Johnny Warren, Cameron Bliss and Lisa Hart. Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m. or by appointment. Through November 12. Free.

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