Last chance to see “Back to the Future: New Works by S. Patricia Patterson.” Ruminations on memory, portraiture and family, the large-scale watercolors also emit hints of menace and dysfunction despite their delicacy. Exhibiting along Patterson, the 2012 winner of the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award, are fellow finalists Born, Jessica Blinkhorn, Margaret Fletcher and Seana Reilly. Through November 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.
THEATER: Katori Hall. The Olivier Award-winning playwright (no relation) of “The Mountaintop” appears twice on the Emory campus: she answers questions, 2 p.m. November 14, at the Calloway Center; she reads from her work and signs books, 6:30 p.m. November 14, in the Woodruff Library.
ART & DESIGN: Bodies of Art. A fund-raiser for this publication; slated for the evening are a dance premiere by Wabi Sabi, installation by Felipe Barral and performance by the Atlanta Music Project. 7:30–9:30 p.m. November 8. Goat Farm Arts Center.
THEATER: The Minotaur. Synchronicity Theatre company presents this riff on Greek Myth; our review calls it “lively, fun and strangely believable.” 8 p.m. November 8. Through November 11. Horizon Theatre.
MUSIC: Matthias Pintscher, Karen Gomyo. Pintscher, composer of “towards Osiris,” leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and guest violinist Gomyo in performances of his own work, as well as ones by Stravinsky and others. 8 p.m. November 8–10. Symphony Hall.
MUSIC: Bela Fleck & the Marcus Roberts Trio. These band leader-virtuosos (of the banjo and of jazz piano, respectively) come together on stage. 8 p.m. November 10. Rialto Center for the Arts.
MUSIC: Carmen. The Atlanta Opera opens its new season with Bizet’s masterpiece; Maria Jose Montiel sings the title role. 8 p.m. November 10. Through November 18. Cobb Energy Centre.
ART & DESIGN: The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge. This exhibition cum competition pairs designers of objects with designers of interior spaces to pepper the museum with “unimaginable vignettes.” Noon–5 p.m. November 11. Through March 31, 2013. Museum of Design Atlanta.
DANCE: Crossover Movement Arts and Interior. Outdoor performance by a local dance troupe as it interacts with “smash-up accumulative sculpture” by Karley Sullivan. 4 p.m. November 11. Arts Exchange.
BOOKS: Harold S. Kushner. The best-selling author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People discusses and signs his new book, The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person; part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s annual book fest. 8:15 p.m. November 12. Zaban Park.
CINEMA: Claire Denis. This accomplished French filmmaker (of 1988’s “Chocolat”) appears at the close of a series devoted to her oeuvre, which she discusses; also, her 2009 film, “White Material,” screens. 7:30 p.m. November 14. White Hall, Room 208.
ART & DESIGN: Off-the-Wall Pin Up Show + Sale. Members may attend this annual art party, use push pins to affix their art to the museum’s walls and bid on similarly posted work. 6–9 p.m. November 15. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
ART&DESIGN: Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Susan Cofer. The Atlanta artist and High curator Michael Rooks will discuss her body of drawings, in conjunction with “Susan Cofer: Draw Near.” 7 p.m. Galleries will be open until 9:00 p.m. November 15. High Museum.
MUSIC: Dr. Dog. Known for its loping melodies, this indy band visits Atlanta as part of the “Wild Race” tour. 8 p.m. November 16. The Masquerade.
CINEMA: Best of XPT. This showcase comprises eleven films from the “Xperimental Puppetry Theater” program. 7 p.m. November 17. Center for Puppetry Arts.
ART & DESIGN: The Art of Thornton Dial. This renowned, self-taught Alabama artist is the subject of the High Museum exhibition, “Hard Truths.” Through March 3, 2013 . Rich Theatre.
THEATER: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Jon Ludwig’s all-ages stage production conjures many of the characters and stories from the 1964 televised Christmas special of the same title. November 6–January 6, 2013. Center for Puppetry Arts.
THEATER: Two Drink Minimum. William Balzer’s new comedy traces a mother-son relationship over several decades. 7:30 p.m. Through November 18. Theatrical Outfit.
ART & DESIGN: Laurel Nakadate: Photographs, Videos & Performances. The New York artist risks leaving her comfort zone, and takes you with her, in work built on encounters with strangers. See our interview. Through December 16. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
ART & DESIGN: Fast Forward. From New York’s Museum of Modern Art, a history of modern art from the perspective of six different moments between 1913 and 2012. Sarah Sze, Katharina Grosse and Aaron Curry represent the present. Through January 20, 2013. High Museum of Art.
ART & DESIGN: ‘For I Am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art. “Shamanism’s confrontations with paradox and anomaly are spectacularly evident” in this exhibition of 116 objects, according to our review. Through January 5, 2013. Carlos Museum.