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Calendar Editor Lauren Leathers’ weekly roundup of arts events happening around the city.


Margriet Smulders Artist Talk. There’s something about abstract art that requests viewers to look a little deeper. The Dutch photographer talks on her floral still lifes, which seek beauty in disorder. October 17 at 6:30 p.m. Spalding Nix Fine Art.

Architecture that Heals: Michael Murphy, executive director of MASS Design Group. The cofounder and CEO of MASS Design Group will showcase a production model that approaches architecture through deep study and understanding of each project, building design that improves the well-being of patients and communities, low-impact and environmentally conscious construction to better the community and evaluation of each design’s impact on life improvement. October 18 at 7 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center.

Shook! Comics, Hip-Hop and the Black Gothic Image. The exhibition, curated by Kevin Sipp and John Jennings, reframes existing works crafted by contemporary artists. October 4–28. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Photo Battle. Photographers go head-to-head with nothing but their thumb drives presented to the audience as slideshows. To keep the mood light, the battle will be accompanied with dance tunes and quick bites to munch on. October 19 at 6 p.m. Ambient+Studio.

Kelli Kaufman: Third Coast, Landscapes of the Gulf SouthThe latest solo show for the Louisiana-based artist. Kaufman’s southeastern living is deeply rooted in her work, drawing influence from boating on the marsh, including insects, birds, fish and other life that emerges from the foggy waters. Opening October 19 at 6 p.m. Runs through November 2. Huff Harrington Fine Art.

ACP Special Exhibition: The Art of Motion Picture Still Photography. A group show of photographers seeking to capture moments amid the chaos of a film set, often arousing past memories when viewing the developed end product. Opening October 20 at 7 p.m. Runs through October 27. Westside Cultural Arts Center.

(Forced From Home, Courtesy of Doctors Without Borders)

Forced From Home: An Interactive Exhibition on the refugee crisis. As we travel deeper down the path of political discord, Doctors Without Borders presents an interactive exhibition confronting the refugee crisis. Guided walkthroughs seek to educate the public on the global crisis. October 21–28. Georgia World Congress Center, building C.


Edgar A. Poe Experience. In the name of all that is spooky, Serenbe Playhouse invites visitors to a haunted, experimental journey deep into the mind of the grandfather of thriller. Opening October 19 at 8 p.m. Runs through October 31. The Wren’s Nest.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cult classic comes to life. Our protagonists are stuck with a flat tire during a storm that leads to a series of misfortunate events. Every Friday at midnight. Plaza Theatre.

School of Rock: The Musical. Though Jack Black may not be in this adaptation, the classic tale of young rockers comes to life on stage. October 16–21. Fox Theatre.

Cabaret. The Oglethorpe University jazz orchestra will play alongside this season’s performance of Cabaret. October 19–20 and October 25–28. Oglethorpe Theatre.


Unladylike (Courtesy of authors Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin)

Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Unladylike. The authors discuss their new book, which acts as a field guide to smashing the patriarchy, one catcall at a time. Personal meets political as Unladylike unpacks gender baggage to reclaim space. October 16 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.

Jamie Susskind, Future Politics. The author discusses and signs her latest book, which confronts how digital technology will shape and transform politics and society. October 17 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Library.


Movement in Focus: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Film. Hammonds House Museum has partnered up with Destination Dance Ailey Atlanta to present a film screening and post-screening dialogue with Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell and WABE’s Rose Scott. October 19 at 6 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

Carnival of Souls. Herk Harvey’s 1962 horror classic follows a woman, the sole survivor of a car crash, who starts having visions of fiendish men. Spoiler alert: She is drawn to a carnival of the dead, realizing she’s actually one of them. October 18 at 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre.

The Guilty. A Danish thriller that follows a disgraced former street cop who is forced to spring back into action after receiving a disturbing phone call. Opens on October 19. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Movies on the Lawn: Ghostbusters. The Ghostbusters spring into ghost-hunting action on the big screen. Costumes encouraged. October 17 at 6 p.m. Woodruff Park.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Big Screen Bloc Party. A new three-part celebration of film and storytelling led by Atlanta’s emerging sustainability leaders begins with the Benh Zeitlin’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated film Beast of the Southern Wild. October 18 at 7 p.m. Westside Cultural Arts Center.


(Courtesy of Peachtree String Quartet)

Peachtree String Quartet. The quartet enters its seventh season of bringing the highest level of chamber music to the community. Alcides Rodriguez, clarinetist and bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, will join in this performance. October 21 at 3 p.m. Garden Hills Recreation Center.

Javed Akhtar — Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon with Raman Mahadevan & Jahnvi Srimankar. The musician provides listeners an exclusive look into the creation of his songs, which use anecdotes to pull on heartstrings. October 21 at 7 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Hands Across the SeaHosted by Georgia State University, guest conductor Anna Leena has traveled from Finland to present the sounds this evening. October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50th Anniversary. The Byrds cofounders, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, will perform the album in its entirety and tell the stories that brought it to life 50 years ago. October 21 at 8 p.m. City Springs.


Ailey II official season image (Photo by Kyle Froman)

Ailey II. Exploding with color, energy and passion, the young dancers combine a rigorous touring schedule with community outreach. October 20 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performs at Five Points MARTA station. MARTA’s Artbound MOVES Program partners with the Serenbe Institute to bring the ballet to life in a nontraditional setting. October 18 at 4 p.m. Five Points MARTA station.


Little Five Points Halloween Parade. As twisted as it is captivating, the annual festival returns for another year of fright. Ghouls, ghosts, vampires and beyond will march the streets of Little 5 Points while craft vendors, musicians and more entertain the evening. October 20. Parade starts at 4 p.m. Little 5 Points.

(Courtesy of Little Five Points Halloween Festival)

Tenth-Annual Fall Festival on PonceThough hurricane Michael has brought a vicious downpour the last few days, rid yourself of cabin fever at an outdoor arts and craft festival. The family-friendly festival contains more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts and folk and outsider art. October 20–21. Olmsted Linear Park.

Brookhaven Arts Festival. Since 2004, the juried event has provided fine arts and handcrafts by more than 135 artists from across the nation. October 20–21. Brookhaven.


The Taming of the Shrew and Lysistrata. Impulse Rep presents repertory performances of two classic works focusing on the role of women in society. Through October 20. Windmill Arts Center.

Evil Dead. Out of Box presents its third-annual production of George Reinblatt’s musical comedy based on the classic zombie film. Through October 20. Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.

Far From Home: Stories of Refugee Girls. A new exhibition features photography, video and interactive installations by artists who have documented the stories of refugee children around the globe: Kate Adelung, Jakob Dall, Simon Duncan-Watt, Josh Estey, Nancy Farese, Raegan Hodge, Brooks Lee, Laura Noel and Kathleen Prior. Through October 20. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Zipporah Camille Thompson: Black Cloud Prism. The Atlanta-based artist shows sculpture, two-dimensional work and installation art in her first solo show at Whitespace. Through October 20. Whitespace.

Joe Knezevich and Courtney Patterson perform in the Alliance Theatre’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Photos by Greg Mooney)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Alliance presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy directed by David Catlin of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. Through October 21. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Nell Gwynn. Synchronicity presents the Atlanta premiere of Jessica Swale’s hit play about 17th-century rags-to-riches heroine Nell Gwynn. Through October 21. Synchronicity Theatre.

Nomad Motel. Horizon Theatre presents the Atlanta premiere of Carla Ching’s new play about the unlikely friendship between a “parachute kid” and a “motel kid.” Through October 21. Horizon Theatre.

Photo Buckhead. A new juried show presents works by Atlanta Photography Group member-photographers as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography series of events. Through October 29. Buckhead Library.

Lucinda Bunnen: Gathered. The acclaimed Atlanta-based photographer shows prints from her recent book exploring her personal collections of strange and fascinating objects. Through October 27. Mason Fine Art.

Larry Walker (Photo by Jerry Siegel)

Larry Walker: The Later Years. A new exhibition, the second in a two-part retrospective, considers the later years of the Atlanta-based artist, GSU professor and father of Kara Walker. Through October 27. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Steven L. Anderson: Grass Roots. Atlanta-based artist and Day & Night codirector Steven L. Anderson shows new drawings and paintings on paper based on the forms and systems of plant roots. Through October 27. Day & Night Projects.

Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Fantastic creatures made of plants bring the Atlanta Botanical Garden to life. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Nick’s Flamingo Grill. Tinashe Kajese-Bolden directs the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Phillip DePoy’s new work about Atlanta’s first integrated jazz night club. Through October 28. Alliance Theatre.

Peter Pan. Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new production of Michael Haverty’s puppet adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. Through October 28. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Prologue to the MJCCA Book Fest. A series of author events anticipates the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Book Festival. Through October 29. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

(Courtesy of Spalding Nix)

Jerry Siegel: Reveal. The Atlanta photographer shows new portraits of Atlanta drag artists alongside new work by Margriet Smulders and John Dean. Through November 2. Spalding Nix Fine Art.

Rachel Reese Selects + Rose Barron: Sweet Dreams and Nightmares. Atlanta Photography Group presents two concurrent exhibitions as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography: a solo exhibition by Atlanta-based photographer Rose Barron and photographic works selected by Rachel Reese, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at Savannah’s Telfair Museums. Through November 3. Atlanta Photography Group.

Kevin T. Kelly: Kicking Against the Pricks. The Cincinnati-based painter shows new work. Through November 3. Alan Avery Art Company.

The musical digs deep into the music of Nina Simone, and how it relates to women today. (Photos courtesy True Colors Theatre)

Nina Simone: Four Women. True Colors presents a new musical drama focusing on the life and work of jazz legend Nina Simone. Through October 21. Southwest Arts Center.

Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. An exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.

COVER-UPs. Swan Coach House Gallery presents new collaborative photography by David Baerwalde and Alex Martinez. Through November 7. Swan Coach House Gallery.

Forest McMullin. The SCAD professor and photographer presents new images of the South. Through November 10. Thomas Deans Fine Art.

Little Raindrop Songs. The Alliance Theatre presents Michael Haverty’s interactive theatrical and puppet performance for the very young. Through November 10. Black Box Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.

For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Blum Collection. A new exhibition shows World War I propaganda posters from the collection of the late UGA professor and entomologist Murray Blum. Through November 11. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Shaking the Wind. Atlanta actress Minka Wiltz shares the joys and tribulations of growing up as a black girl in Atlanta in her new one-woman show, which will be performed in a series of living rooms across the city. Through November 17. Out of Hand Theater.

Bojana Ginn. MOCA GA Working Artist Project recipient Bojana Ginn presents a solo show of installation work blending art and technology. Through November 17. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Star-Quellers. A photography exhibition by Jill Frank and Adam Pape in which photos create conversation about social rituals, play, public space and discovering mystery in plain sight. Through November 17. Camayuhs.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart. An exhibition organized by Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts shows the photographs of country music star Marty Stuart, including images of fellow singers and songwriters, American landscapes and the Lakota Tribe of North Dakota. Through November 18. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville.

Chimera: Andy Warhol through the 1980s. A new exhibition curated by Carlos Museum’s curator of works on paper Andi McKenzie shows Polaroids, silver gelatin prints and screenprints from the museum’s collection. Through November 25. Carlos Museum.

Picturing Justice. As part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Legal Aid Society hosts an exhibition of photographs reflecting on themes of social justice, featuring work by Dustin Chambers, Daniel Edwards, Melissa Golden, Andrew Lichtenstein, Robin Rayne and Beate Sass. Exhibition through November 30. Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough. Georgia State University shows an exhibition by the Cairo-born, New York-based artist, who creates work that deals with social issues, female identity and Islamic culture. Through December 3. GSU’s Welch School Galleries.

(Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York)

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Spelman Museum presents the U.S. premiere of an acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs by South African artist Zanele Muholi. Through December 8. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

Transformers. A new exhibition curated by Dorothy Moye shows work by artists who transform everyday objects and ordinary materials in their work: Temme Barkin-Leeds, Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Elyse Defoor, Bryant Holsenbeck, Jess Jones, Susan Lenz, Eddy Lopez, Pam Longobardi, Amy Orr, Joe Peragine, Karen Searles, Gregor Turk, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga and John Westmark. Through December 8. Dalton Gallery.

When East Meets West: Three Centuries of Artistic Discourse. A new exhibition considers the cross cultural influences between Japanese and Western artists between the late 17th and late 19th centuries. Through December 9. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Earthflight. A 3D nature documentary uses state-of-the-art aerial techniques and cameras to document different species of birds on their seasonal journeys. Through December 13. Fernbank Museum.

Class Pictures. Teresa Bramlette Reeves curates six figurative works from the Zuckerman’s permanent collection paired with the work of five contemporary artists: Melissa Basham, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Yanique Norman and Don Robson. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Figure Forward. Sarah Higgins curates three Atlanta-based artists who interrogate the nature of portraiture and identity: Jill Frank, Jamie Bull and William Downs. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Meghann Riepenhoff and Abelardo Morell. Jackson Fine Art opens two concurrent solo shows of new work by the acclaimed contemporary photographers. Through December 22. Jackson Fine Art.

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. An exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. A new exhibition allows kids to play, sing, explore and pretend in some familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Through January 6, 2019. Children’s Museum.

Frederic Remington, Buffalo Hunter Spitting a Bullet into a Gun (Courtesy of Frederic Remington Art Museum,
Ogdensburg, NY, Public Library Collection) 

Treasures of the Frederic Remington Art Museum & Beyond. A new exhibition brings together more than 60 works spanning Remington’s career across various media including bronze sculpture, paintings, illustrations, watercolors and writing. Through January 13, 2019. Booth Museum.

Design for Good. Architect and author John Cary curates an exhibition showcasing the work of designers who create buildings with and for the people who use them. Through January 20, 2019. Museum of Design Atlanta.

Marc-Antoine Coulon: Unapologetic Lines. SCAD FASH presents the first museum show of the acclaimed French fashion illustrator. Through January 27, 2019. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.

Building Emory’s African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. BurkettA new exhibition shows acquisitions from throughout the more than two-decade career of Randall K. Burkett, Emory’s first curator for African American collections. Through February 3, 2019. Woodruff Library, Emory University.

One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through February 10, 2019. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through September 29, 2019. Atlanta History Center.

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