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Attend: Things to see and do around Atlanta, February 7-16

Nandipha Mntambo: "Mlwa ne Nkunzi," 2008, Purchased with support from Vicki and John Palmer in honor of The 15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative
Nandipha Mntambo: "Mlwa ne Nkunzi," 2008, Purchased with support from Vicki and John Palmer in honor of The 15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative
Nandipha Mntambo: “Mlwa ne Nkunzi,” 2008, Purchased with support from Vicki and John Palmer in honor of The 15 x 15 Acquisitions Initiative

Museums are always looking for new ways to engage their audiences. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art invited 50 participants –students, faculty, staff, alumnae, supporters — to select a work from among 350 items in the permanent collection and to share their thoughts through labels, video statements and social media. Everybody is a critic; is everybody also a (good) curator? See for yourself: “Multiple Choice: Perspectives on the Spelman College Collection” opens with a 6:30 p.m. February 7 and runs through May 18. CF

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ART + DESIGN: Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity. A look at the impact of kosher victuals, organized by the Jewish Museum of Baltimore. Through May 26. Breman Museum.

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BOOKS: Richard Ford. The Pulitzer-winner appears in conjunction with the paperback release of his latest novel, Canada. 6:30 p.m. February 7. Savannah College of Art and Design (1600 Peachtree St. campus).

BOOKS: Annual McEver Poetry Reading. Thom Ward, Laura Newbern and Atlanta Review founder Dan Veach perform readings as part of Poetry@Tech’s first 2013 event. 7:30 p.m. February 7. Institute of Paper Science and Technology.

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THE ARTS: James Elkins. Key art historian and theorist delivers a lecture titled “Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder.” 2:30–4 p.m. February 8. Troy Moore Library at Georgia State University.

THE ARTS: Banned Music in the Nazi Era. Kennesaw State University’s Laurence Sherr delivers a lecture, and cellist Nan Maddox performs one of Sherr’s compositions. 7 p.m. February 8. Gloria Shott Auditorium (Dahlonega).

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MUSIC: The Sounds of Spain: Music, Poetry, and Dance. Classical guitar great Pepe Romero teams with pianist Alberto Urroz for a chamber recital including works by Granados and Boccherini; the middle event in this series. 8 p.m. February 8. Kopleff Recital Hall.

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ART + DESIGN: Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design. University of Texas at Austin professor Christopher Long discusses this important 20th-century designer and architect. 2 p.m. February 9. Hill Auditorium.

THE ARTS: ART PAPERS Art Auction. The 14th annual fund-raiser for this Atlanta-based publication combines a silent auction of more than 250 pieces of art and a huge party. 7–10 p.m. February 9. Mason Murer Fine Art.

THEATER: Steven Wright. One of the most cerebral of American comedians makes a rare visit to our fair city. 8 p.m. February 9. Variety Playhouse.

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ART + DESIGN: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting. More than 75 works by the storied art couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera constitute this exhibition. February 14–May 12. High Museum.

THEATER: Watching Chekov Watching. New stage and film adaptations of short stories by the master of the form, Anton Chekov. February 14–24. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. “Revelations” is to be among the works performed by this pioneering and transformative troupe. February 14–17. Fox Theatre.

FEBRUARY 16

ART + DESIGN: bowl, home, energy, culture, corner, table, earth, space, embrace, everything. Opening reception for the first solo show of watercolors and oils by painter and Walthall Fellow In Kyoung Chun. 7–9:30 p.m. February 16; exhibition through March 30. {Poem 88}.

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