By ED HALL email@example.com
APRIL 23 – MAY 4
BOOKS Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday. A panel discussion and a display of posters by students are planned for this celebration of the Bard, along with birthday cake and lemonade. 3 – 5:30 p.m. April 23. Barnes & Noble at Emory University.
MUSIC Devin the Dude. A hip-hop balladeer who devotes love songs to weed, the Dude does his laid-back, cool-stoner thing; with Potluck, Cool Nutz, J Hornay and Berner. 7 p.m. April 23. The Masquerade.
ART + DESIGN Deconstructing Binaries. Five visual artists are to take part in this discussion of “a community-based public art project that will explore and challenge binary representations of gender identity on public restroom signage.” 7:30 p.m. April 23. Charis Books and More.
ART + DESIGN Herbert Weiss. A senior fellow at New York’s Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies, Weiss delivers a lecture titled “Art, Oppression, Protest and Survival: The Pende in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” as part of Africa Atlanta 2014. 4 – 5:30 p.m. April 24. Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.
ART + DESIGN Gloria Wilson. An artist and educator, Wilson presents “Center of Gravity: Assimilation, Self-determination, Resistance, and the Black Art Teacher” as part of the Black Box series. 6:30 p.m. April 24. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
MUSIC Britten’s War Requiem. Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as guest soloists and the Gwinnett Young Singers, in performances of Benjamin Britten’s haunting choral work. 8 p.m. April 24 and 7:30 p.m. April 26. Symphony Hall.
DANCE Emory Dance Company Spring Concert. Students majoring or minoring in dance perform the nine parts constituting an original choreographic work titled Pluto’s Renaissance. April 24 – 26. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
ART + DESIGN Little Deaths. MFA candidate Jessica Locklar shows her recent work exploring female sexuality through oils and “highly graphic tschotskes.” Opening reception, 7 – 10 p.m. April 25; exhibition through April 27. Further Art.
THE ARTS Atlanta Arab Festival. The ninth annual fest is to include food, folk dance, music, a traditional fashion show, calligraphy, henna, games, a souk for shopping and other diversions. April 26 – 27. Alif Institute.
ART + DESIGN Staring at the Sun and Aqua Mapping. Artist and academic Craig Drennen curates a group show of abstract painting, works on paper and sculpture; simultaneously on view is Avantika Bawa’s solo show of new works. Opening reception, 7 – 10 p.m. April 26; exhibitions through June 14. Saltworks.
DANCE Trey McIntyre Project. For its farewell tour, this company presents a work choreographed to music by Freddie Mercury and Queen, as well as one based upon The Vinegar Works by Edward Gorey. 8 p.m. April 26. Rialto Center for the Arts.
MUSIC Rafał Blechacz. A past winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition, Blechacz is to perform a work by Bach, one by Beethoven and several by his countryman Chopin. 8:15 p.m. April 26. Spivey Hall.
MUSIC Journeys in Asian Music and Musical Animals. These two programs occur back to back on the Emory University campus and entail, respectively, performances of works by Lu Wen Cheng, Huang Haihuai and Gu Guan Ren; and of works by Prokofiev and Saint-Saens. Journeys, 2 p.m. April 27 at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts; Animals, 4 p.m. April 27 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
THEATER Mass Transit Muse. Spoken-word artist Michael Molina writes and stars in this show about the streets of New Orleans; directed by Heidi S. Howard. May 1 – 18. 7 Stages.
BOOKS Free Comic Book Day 2014. Comics publishers large and small provide the freebies for this annual celebration of the medium, with items for kids of all ages; among the local purveyors participating are Oxford Comics, Odin’s Comics and Criminal Records. May 3. Various times and locations.
BOOKS Electronic Corpse Book Release. M. Ayodele Heath, editor of Electronic Corpse: Poems From a Digital Salon, brings together contributors including Collin Kelley, Theresa Davis and C.G. Brown for solo and tandem readings. 4:15 p.m. May 3. Poem 88.
THE ARTS Jews in the Garment Industry. Adam Mendelsohn, a professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, lectures on the historical role of Jewish merchants in selling dry goods; a tour of the Return to Rich’s exhibition is included. 2 p.m. May 4. William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum.
THE ARTS Office of Cultural Affairs 40th Anniversary Party. Mayor Kasim Reed is to play host at these festivities honoring four decades of the OCA; with performances by the Good Times Brass Band and a multimedia exhibition. 4 – 6:30 p.m. May 4. Oakland Cemetery.