Thursday, February 23
ART + DESIGN Ben Davis. Burnaway presents the New York-based critic and artnet News contributor speaking about the role of art in contemporary society. February 23 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
MUSIC Conductor Michael Francis and Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in ASO Debuts.
The British pianist makes his ASO debut with Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Guest Conductor Michael Francis on a program that also includes works by Aaron Copland and Vaughan Williams. February 23-25. Symphony Hall.
DANCE Life Interrupted. CORE dance company of Decatur presents a new evening-length work considering the experiences of US citizens of Japanese descent interred during World War II. February 23-26. 7 Stages.
DANCE “Let’s Go to Work!”: The Spread of Chicago Steppin in Atlanta. Cultural sociologist, stepper and Emory alumna Anjulet Tucker moderates an evening of dance and discussion considering the influence of Chicago-style step-dancing in Atlanta. The event takes place in support of the exhibition Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism, and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch at Emory’s Rose Library. February 23 at 6 p.m. Woodruff Library, Emory University.
Friday, February 24
FILM Two Films by Horace Ové. Atlanta’s Film Love screens two seminal films by the renowned British documentarian: one documenting a 1969 appearance by James Baldwin and Dick Gregory at London’s West Indian Student Centre and the other considering the political significance of reggae’s emergence in Britain in the late 1960s and early 70s. February 24 at 8 p.m. Gallery 992.
Saturday, February 25
Staff Pick, Laura Relyea
BOOKS George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo. The renowned short fiction writer and National Book Award finalist presents his first novel focusing on the death of President Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie and his struggles in the afterworld. February 25 at 7 p.m. Highland Inn.
BOOKS Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional Competition. The public is invited to watch Atlanta area students compete to make the State Finals in a new program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through performance. February 25 at 1 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
FILM Funny Bones: The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin expert and physical comedian Dan Kamin explores the legendary film comic’s legacy through lecture, performance and film clips accompanied by Steven Ball on Spivey Hall’s renowned Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ. February 25 at 3 p.m. Spivey Hall.
ART + DESIGN Art Papers Auction. One of Atlanta’s most anticipated annual art events is a lively fundraising auction and party for the venerable Atlanta-based print publication Art Papers. February 25 at 6 p.m. Ponce City Market.
MUSIC Rusalka. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Mary Zimmerman’s new production of Antonín Dvořák’s classic tale of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince. Georgia native Jamie Barton performs as the evil witch Ježibaba, and Atlanta-based artist Shara Hughes’ work is displayed at the Met and used as poster art for the show. February 25 at 12:55 p.m. Area movie theaters.
Sunday, February 26
THEATER Taj Express. Viabhavi Merchant captures the spirit of Bollywood in a colorful multimedia theatrical revue featuring dance, film and music. February 26 at 7 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
THEATER The Temple Bombing. The Alliance Theatre presents a world premiere adaptation of Melissa Fay Greene’s 1996 non-fiction book about the 1958 bombing of Atlanta’s Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple. Through March 12. Alliance Theatre.