The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival begins on Wednesday with “Hava Nagila (The Movie),” an ode to the song that has spread joy around the world, and continues for 22 days of documentaries, dramas and comedies for audiences of all ages. As with bagels, you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this international array of films. Read our preview. Click here for information on screenings and other events. CF
MUSIC: Vilde Frang. An up-and-coming Norwegian violinist performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Gilbert Varga conducts. Symphony Hall.
CINEMA: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013. Three separate showcases that comprise Academy Award nominees in this year’s animated and live-action (documentary and otherwise) short-film categories. February 1–7. Midtown Art Cinema.
BOOKS: Al Gore. Environmentalist and former U.S. vice president discusses and signs his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. 7 p.m. February 1. Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
ART + DESIGN: Constance Thalken artist talk. The photographer talks about “1.2 cm =,” an exhibition incorporating self-portraits, and about the breast cancer and subsequent treatment that motivated the works’ creation. 2 p.m. February 2. whitespace gallery.
DANCE: Botanica. Dancer-illusionists of the company Momix delve into the natural world and the seasons in this new work. 8 p.m. February 2. Ferst Center for the Arts.
MUSIC: Mingus Big Band. The orchestra devoted to performing works composed by jazz titan Charles Mingus does its thing. 8 p.m. February 2. Rialto Center for the Arts.
THE ARTS: The Reveal Party. Organizers of the 2013 Atlanta Fringe Fest make public the list of performers for this June’s second annual festival at a “prohibition-style speakeasy.” 8 p.m.–midnight. Ambient + Studio.
MUSIC: Yefim Bronfman. Grammy-winning virtuoso pianist performs works by Robert Schumann and Sergei Prokofiev, among others. 8 p.m. February 2. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
ART + DESIGN: ART PAPERS Art Auction. The 14th annual fund-raiser for this Atlanta-based publication combines a silent auction of more than 250 works of art and a huge party. Collector’s preview, 7-9 p.m. February 8; main event, 7–10 p.m. February 9. Mason Murer Fine Art.
ART + DESIGN: Day Glow Night Mare. Last chance to see this “neo-psychedelic group show” that “assaults [viewers’] senses.” Noon–6 p.m. February 9. Beep Beep Gallery.