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Adelaide's MOSS.STREAM.SKY. is on display this weekend at Paris on Ponce.

What to see, hear and do this week, October 22–28

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


Adelaide: MOSS.STREAM.SKY. A collection set to act as a love letter to the Earth for being a conduit for healing in abstract form. Saturday, October 27 at noon. Monaco Gallery, Paris on Ponce. 

The Beauty of Everyday Thangs (Courtesy of Ken West)

Ken West: The Beauty of Everyday Thangs. The exhibition presents documentary photos that illustrate the natural beauty and power of normalcy and seek to display the truth and power in the world through simplicity and beauty. Opening reception on Thursday, October 25 at 6 p.m. A-side on display through November 16. B-side on display through December 31. Gallery 72. 

Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Deana Lawson. The American artist, educator and photographer, whose work revolves primarily around issues of intimacy, family, spirituality, sexuality and Black aesthetics, hosts a talk on her art. Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. High Museum. 

Nothing’s Coming Soon opens on October 26 at Whitespace Gallery (Clay Jordan)

Clay Jordan: Nothing’s Coming Soon. The Athens-based artist presents his debut monograph, which is inspired by Buddhist philosophy that “Life is Suffering.” Opening Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Runs through December 1. Whitespace Gallery. 

Ryan Coleman: A Beautiful Symmetry. Control and chaos collide in perfect symmetry with Coleman’s latest collection of paintings. Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Runs through December 1. Sandler Hudson Gallery. 


Kristoffer Diaz: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. Viewers follow the life of wrestler Macedonio Guerra into a world of racism and politics. But our protagonist finds the courage to leave it all behind once he steps onto the mat. Opens Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Through November 9. Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Macbeth. The classic tale returns with all the Scottish magic, tragedy and desire that we know and love. Friday, October 26. Runs through November 4. Shakespeare Tavern. 

The Ghastly Dreadfuls at the Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the arts-related Halloween events we’re most looking forward to. (Illustration by Saramiel Alavarez/Courtesy Center for Puppetry Arts)

Ghastly Dreadfuls. This annual cult classic production at The Center for Puppetry Arts is a compendium of grisly tales and Halloween-themed songs. Wednesday, October 24 at 8 p.m. Runs through October 27. Center for Puppetry Arts. 


Atlanta Opera: Our Walk to Healing. Imagine if the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Opera had a baby. Well, they kind of did. The immersive performance features narration by historian Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado and musical performances by sopranos Jamye Alilaw and Minka Wiltz. Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail, Eastside Trail. 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Halloween at Hogwarts. ASO Family Concert series presents the classic soundtrack of Harry Potter. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed. Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival brings the fright October 25–27. (Courtesy of Atlanta Horror Film Festival)


Atlanta Horror Film Festival. Proceed with caution to the 12th-annual festival of fright. Filmmakers from around the globe showcase their works of sci-fi, horror, thriller and more. October 25–27. Synchronicity Theater. 


Up Close and Personal. Choreographed by Full Radius Dance company members, the latest show presents an intimate show of new works. Bonus: guests can view a sneak preview of Douglas Scott’s newest work Gone Too Far This Time. Saturday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Dance Foundry.


Goldie Taylor hosts a book signing and launch for her latest novel, Paper Gods.

Meet Goldie Taylor. The author hosts a book launch and signing in celebration of her latest novel, Paper Gods. Wednesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. Manual’s Tavern. 

Rebecca Burns: Rage in the Gate City. The author hosts a candid conversation about the riot and its impact on the community where Dr. King grew up. Thursday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. 

Black Feminist Book Club Reads ZAMI by Audre Lorde. Following the reading of a series of Black feminist classics, the group will read Lorde’s ZAME: A New Spelling of My Name. Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Charis Books and More. 


Day of the Dead. Consul General of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture combine forces to present a Day of the Dead festival experience complete with traditional dancing, crafts, authentic Mexican food, entertainment and a viewing of altars to honor lost loved ones. Sunday, October 28 at noon. Atlanta History Center. 

(Courtesy of Atlanta Faire Market)

Marker Faire Atlanta. The largest gathering of artists, creators and inventors in the Southeast is back for an eighth year to showcase creative works from all over the city.  Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, October 28 at noon. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. 

Contemporary Kids. Artist Makiko Maekawa teaches youth how to use a variety of objects, paint and paper to create contemporary works of art. Sunday, October 28 at noon. Atlanta Contemporary. 

Scarecrows in the Garden. The garden is filled with creative scarecrows made by local businesses, artists, crafters, schools, youth groups and more. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.


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.

Forced From Home (Courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/Photo: Elias Williams)

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. Through October 28. Georgia World Congress Center, building C.

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.

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. Through October 27. Westside Cultural Arts Center.

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.

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. Through October 28. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

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.

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. Through October 31. The Wren’s Nest.

(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.

Kelli Kaufman: Third Coast, Landscapes of the Gulf South. The 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.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography. A2D photography takes refuge at Emory to present works by 20 photographers. Through November 2. Chace Gallery Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

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.

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

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.

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.

Woodland Spirits. Fernbank Museum of Natural History invites guests to proceed with caution to an exhibition of mystery, adventure, and lurking spirits. Several special events will take place throughout the duration of the exhibition’s stay. Through November 11. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows and lurk in the far reaches of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. (Courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

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.

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. Burkett. A 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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