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MUSIC

Shaky Knees, which has quickly grown into one of the city’s premiere music festivals, returns this weekend to Central Park with an eclectic lineup headlined by the Foo Fighters (above), Run The Jewels and The Strokes. Also in the lineup for the three-day festival that kicks off Friday are Modest Mouse, Alice Cooper, Peach Tree Rascals and Phoebe Bridgers. A one-day ticket starts at $99, and a three-day at $219.

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Randall Bramblett, one of the South’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters, returns to Eddie’s Attic on Friday  with a show at 7 p.m. A native of Jesup who now lives in Athens, Bramblett is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a sideman in the bands of Gregg Allman and Steve Winwood. But he has been making consistently strong albums of his own music for the last 20 years, with songs that are lyrically poetic and musically inventive. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test are required for entry. Tickets are $18.

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Matisyahu blends influences from the unlikely mix of Orthodox Jewish themes, reggae, rock and hip-hop beatboxing for a sound that is unique and often improvised with a jam band aesthetic. He and his band have released six studio albums and five live albums since 2004, and he works his voice into the band’s improv grooves with wordless melodies. He performs at City Winery on Friday and Saturday. Attendees must show proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test. Tickets start at $40.

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THEATER

A woman of today wakes up in Frida Kahlo’s bathtub with no recollection of how she got there. That’s the setup for What the Water Gave Me, a one-act play exploring the themes of caregiving and motherhood; a workshop presentation will be performed for free at 7:30 p.m. October 27 at Synchronicity Theatre. Written by Emily McClain, it’s an offering of Synchronicity’s Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project in conjunction with Some Bodies Theatre Co. Reservations required. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours are required.

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PushPush Arts ventures from its College Park headquarters over to Candler Park’s 378 Gallery for two performances of High Risk, Baby, in conjunction with the gallery’s Beyond the Gallery of the Dolls exhibit. Written by and starring Shelby Hofer, the piece is about where babies come from and many more mysteries of life for the character Lenora. Being performed downstairs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, it’s described as “a 70-minute autobiofictional journey and theater experience.” Masks required; capacity limited to 25 each night.

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In The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, the Alliance Theatre gives a full Hertz Stage production to seven scripts originally commissioned and produced in 2014 for a New York festival. Inspired by the killings of unarmed Black people by police, the plays can feel a little dated in the wake of the Breonna Taylor case, Black Lives Matter protests and other more recent developments. Yet ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith says the production packs a punch: “With this production running at an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, no one can escape it,” she wrote, “driving home the message that it will always be about race until it isn’t.” Read the full review here. Through October 31. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required.

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ART+DESIGN

On Saturday, Atlanta Celebrates Photography continues with an artists’ reception featuring Shawn Campbell and José Ibarra Rizo at MINT Gallery. Both photographers explore portraiture as a source of identity and storytelling. Moderated by Stephanie Dowda DeMer, the dialogue will reflect on their practice and the ways they are influenced by pop culture and classical image making. Reception 2-4 p.m. Discussion 2:30-3:30 p.m.  

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DANCE

Moving in the Spirit is a jewel of a program that uses dance to teach kids the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive. The nonprofit is celebrating its new center — at 1458 LaFrance Street N.E., next to MARTA’s Edgewood/Candler Park station — with activities in its outdoor, community greenspace. Bring your dancing shoes to join in the communal dance accompanied by drummers. Enjoy performances by students and alumni, and music by a DJ. Tours of the new facility require an RSVP and adherence to Covid protocols, including masking. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

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“Trailings,” featuring choreography by Lisa K. Lock, will be shown as part of Mad on Film.

The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD) is 27 years young and the only professionally juried dance festival in the Southeast. This year, no surprise, the event is on film — livestreaming at 7 p.m. Saturday, with access through October 30. MAD on Film features work by choreographers Perlizbeth de Leon, Charray Helton, Lisa K. Lock, Loren McFalls, Miche’ Smith and a performance by Full Radius Dance. Known for its inclusivity, Full Radius features able-bodied dancers as well as those with disabilities.  

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