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THEATER

Hamilton has hit town, it’s no secret. You may have thought that the (American) revolution had started without you — i.e., that all tickets are sold out. But it turns out there is still availability in the Broadway in Atlanta run at the Fox Theatre through September 26. The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton has snagged Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Read the ArtsATL review on Friday. Tickets start at $80.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts has kicked off its fall-winter schedule with Mother Goose, a Family Series (ages 2 and up) show that features favorite nursery rhyme characters Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, and Jack & Jill (through September 26). But there is a wide array of programming ahead for audiences of all ages, including a virtual conversation via Zoom on August 29, of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Meet the Creature Shop Creatives. $18 for members; $22 for non-members.

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Song and Dance, opening at Aurora Theatre on August 28, finds the Lawrenceville company taking its turn staging the celebrated Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Act 1 is told entirely in song, featuring India Tyree in the role that scored Bernadette Peters her first Tony. Act 2 uses the language of dance, featuring choreography by Angela Harris, executive artistic director of Dance Canvas, with Noah Johnson on cello. Through September 12.

ART+DESIGN

What kinds of houses and cities do we need to build to survive climate change? The traveling exhibition Survival Architecture & The Art of Resilience that opens this week at the Museum of Design Atlanta may have the answer. The show features the work of many well-known visionary architects and designers who have thought about this a lot. Open for members beginning Thursday, non-members on Friday. $10.

Achim Menges’ HygroSkin-Meteorosensitive Pavilion at the Museum of Design Atlanta

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The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University opens two exhibitions this weekend: This Mortal Coil includes Martha McDonald’s “The Weeping Dress,” a crepe paper garment hand sewn and dyed according to Victorian mourning rituals. She’s one of 17 artists in the show. If mourning is not for you, expect family history and youthful memories in This Labor of Remembrance, 21 works by fabric artist Louise Bourgeois. Opening reception for both shows Saturday 4-6 p.m. Free.

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For many of us 2020 was a year of contradictory emotions and experiences – loneliness and too much togetherness, love and loss, fear and courage. The Carlos Museum at Emory is exhibiting recent photographs from its collection that bear witness to and reflect on these and other unprecedented realities. Resonance: Recent Acquisitions in Photography opens Saturday, when the gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $8. Seniors, students, children 6-17, $6. Free for Emory students, faculty and staff. 

MUSIC

The force that is Mother’s Finest returns to the stage with shows Friday and Saturday at City Winery. The Atlanta-based band has never topped the charts, but its blazing live performances have kept audiences dancing to the beat for nearly four decades. Baby Jean, Doc and Moses Mo still know how to put on an electrifying concert. Tickets begin at $35.

Mother’s Finest remains one of rock music’s best live bands.

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The CarefreeBlackGirl cookout and concert takes place Saturday beginning at 3 p.m., featuring headliner India Shawn and top female DJs from Atlanta. The festival, at 400 Northside Drive, celebrates Black womanhood, and will also feature vendors, a glam bar and Black art. $20.

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Exquisite Gender, billed as Atlanta’s only all-transgender rock band, performs Saturday night in the music room section of Smith’s Olde Bar. The band performs original material and features music from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Athens folk singer/songwriter Cathleen Thomas opens. $10 advance, $15 the day of the show.

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