ArtsATL and Atlanta PlanIt bring you the most complete guide to arts and cultural activities in the metro area. Pair Atlanta PlanIt’s comprehensive calendar (click on the green logo) with our weekly highlights, listed below.
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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. A major exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art explores the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with African art. January 31-June 21. Carlos Museum.
Gordon Parks, Steve Shapiro, Andrew Moore. Three photography exhibits, linked by their focus on the South, open Friday with a 6-8 p.m. reception. Shapiro and Moore will speak on Saturday at 11 a.m. Jackson Fine Art.
Landon Nordeman: Out of Fashion. An exhibition of the photographer’s work shooting the chaotic world backstage at the Fall 2014 fashion shows. January 29-March 21. Hagedorn Foundation Gallery.
Zuzka Vaclavik: Thirst. Vaclavik’s mixed media paintings combine elements of ancient mandalas and modern graffiti. Through February 14. Poem 88.
Forty Part Motet. Janet Cardiff’s mesmerizing sound installation, which plays composer Thomas Tallis’ Forty Part Motet on 40 speakers, one for each singer in the choir. Through February 15. High Museum.
Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature. A new exhibition examines the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through diverse structures. Through April 15. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Lucinda’s World Part II: Collections. The second in a trilogy of exhibitions exploring the work of Atlanta photographer Lucinda Bunnen. Through February 20. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson. Emory’s Carlos Museum exhibits the work of the late African-American artist and former Art Papers editor Mildred Thompson. Through May 17. Carlos Museum.
A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden. The High celebrates the recent acquisition of one of Bearden’s only known self-portraits, Profile/Part II, The Thirties: Artist with Painting and Model (1981), which will be exhibited alongside eight other works by the artist from the permanent collection. Through May 31. High Museum.
Helen Levitt: In the Street. A new exhibition featuring more than 30 works by documentary photographer from the collections of the High and Savannah’s Telfair Museum. Through May 31. High Museum.
Grav•i•ty. In a solo exhibition encompassing drawing, painting, sound and text, Fahamu Pecou “excavates young black men from the gravity of social invisibility, allowing his audiences to envision their unencumbered flight,” ArtsATL critic Faith McClure said in her review. Through February 14. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Segregation Story. An exhibition of Life staff photographer Gordon Parks’ color photographs of segregated Alabama in 1956. In his review, ArtsATL critic Anderson Scott praises the “superb body of work” for its lush, carefully composed studies of individuals and subtle commentary. Through June 7. High Museum.
Where the Wild Things Are. Preliminary sketches, finished artwork and interactive displays celebrates and illuminates the work of children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. In her review, ArtsATL critic Dinah McClintock considers the way in which Sendak’s personal biography shaped his work, describing his outlook as “ahead of its time. Through July 5. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.
Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar. Baszile reads from her novel about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. January 31 at 3 p.m. Hammonds House.
Tess Geritsen, Die Again. The mystery writer reads and signs her latest thriller which brings back her popular sleuthing team of Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. January 27 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.
The Humbling. Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig and Dianne Wiest star in a new film adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2009 novel about an aging stage actor dealing with a career in decline. January 23-29. Plaza Theatre.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Kicking off with the opening night documentary Above and Beyond about the foreign airmen who helped defend the early Israeli state, the festival this year will include more than 65 films from 26 countries at seven venues around the city. January 28-February 19. Various Atlanta movie theaters.
Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature. The New York City Ballet dancer, widely considered one of the greatest and most singular ballerinas of her generation, gives a retirement performance in which she dances with four contemporary choreographers chosen to “push her out of her comfort zone.” January 27 at 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Urban Bush Women. The contemporary African-American women’s dance troupe celebrates 30 years. January 31 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Swan Lake. The Bolshoi broadcasts its meticulously traditional production of the quintessential ballet to movie theaters worldwide. January 25 at 12:55 p.m. Atlanta area movie theaters.
Attic. Emory Dance Professor George Staib’s company Staibdance presents a new work for 12 dancers reflecting on the nature of memory and how we hold or bury remembrances of the past. January 22-24. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Dance Canvas. Ten young, emerging Atlanta choreographers present their work in this annual dance showcase which moves to the Rialto for the first time after ten years at the Woodruff Arts Center. January 23-24. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings. TheatreEmory hosts several weeks of staged readings of new work by 13 contemporary global playwrights. (Above: Zhu Yi’s I am a Moon) January 21-February 21. Emory’s Schwartz Theater Lab.
Tuck Everlasting. The musical version of the best-selling, award-winning young adult novel by Natalie Babbitt has its world premiere on the Alliance mainstage. January 21-February 22. Alliance Theatre.
Bad Jews. Young Jewish siblings fight tooth and nail at their grandfather’s funeral in this wickedly dark comedy by Joshua Harmon, a hit in New York in 2013, directed in its Atlanta premiere by Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley. January 22-February 22. Actor’s Express.
Pizza Man. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre inaugurates its new home in the Candler Park neighborhood with Darlene Craviotto’s contemporary comedy about a pair of women who decide to take out their frustrations with men on a random guy, the pizza delivery man. January 22-February 15. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch.
One Slight Hitch. The titular hitch throws a wrench into a family’s plans for a perfect wedding for their eldest daughter in this new play by comedian Lewis Black of The Daily Show fame. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer describes the show as a disappointingly generic sitcom, a farce that “never meets its potential.” Through January 25. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Les Misérables. Police Inspector Javert obsessively (and tunefully) hunts down former prisoner Jean Valjean once again as Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre remounts its successful production of the popular musical. Through March 1. Aurora Theatre.
Angel Street. Better known by the name of its 1944 film adaptation Gaslight, this classic 1938 theatrical thriller by British playwright Patrick Hamilton has a husband reassuring his new wife that the strange occurrences around their London home are figments of her imagination. Through January 31. Onstage Atlanta.
Leon Russell. The legendary singer-songwriter returns to perform a Song for You and other classics in a rare set of intimate Atlanta concerts. January 26-27. Terminal West.
Dwight Andrews. The musical theorist and composer speaks about his work as part of Spelman’s ongoing Signature Conversations in the Arts. January 29 at 7 p.m. Spelman College.
Wagner, Beethoven and Mozart. Pianist Inon Barnatan performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, and Guest Conductor Matthias Pintscher leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a program including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. January 22-25. Symphony Hall.
Les Contes d’Hoffman. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the lead role in the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Offenbach’s 1881 opera to movie theaters around the world. January 31 at 12:55 p.m. Atlanta area movie theaters.
24 Hour Opera Project. Contestants are given 24 hours in which to write, rehearse and perform a short opera. Judges for the final performances, which take place at Theatrical Outfit, include ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander. Performances on January 24 at 8 p.m. Theatrical Outfit.
Bonaventure Quartet. Led by vocalist Amy Pike of the Lost Continentals, the group creates a classic retro jazz sound. January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center.
St. Olaf Choir. The renowned 75-member a capella choir visits Emory as part of its 2014-15 tour. January 25 at 3 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Elvis Lives! Champions and finalists from the worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest perform the king’s timeless classics in an elaborate multimedia extravaganza. January 31 at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Caroline Collins. The childhood home of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter author Carson McCullers in Columbus, Georgia, presents a reading by Georgia-based poet Caroline Collins from her new book Presences. January 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Carson McCullers Center, Columbus, Georgia.
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Art of Painting. An exhibition considering the relationship between Winston Churchill’s political life and his hobby of painting includes more than 30 of his works, many of which have never been exhibited before. Through February 1. The Millenium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station.
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