By ED HALL email@example.com
MARCH 5 – 15
BOOKS Tracy K. Smith. A poet whose science-inflected verse (Life on Mars) won the Pulitzer Prize, Smith delivers the annual Feminist Founders’ Reading, 6:30 p.m. March 5, in the Oxford Road Building; and she appears in conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, 7 p.m. March 6, in the Michael C. Carlos Museum (both locations on the Emory University campus).
ART + DESIGN Abelardo Morell. This Cuban-born photographer discusses his approach to the medium as part of the Conversations with Contemporary Artists series. 7 – 8 p.m. March 6. Read our review of Morell’s High Museum exhibition, The Universe Next Door. Rich Theatre.
BOOKS Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Known for vivid portrayals of life in her native Nigeria, the best-selling author of Purple Hibiscus appears in connection with her latest novel, Americanah. Read our interview. 7 p.m. March 6. First Baptist Church Decatur.
FILM Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues. The lives and times of such essential roots musicians as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith are the subjects of this documentary; with a post-screening dialogue facilitated by historian Nasir Muhammad. 7 p.m. March 6. Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum.
FILM Visitors. The latest cinematic collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi) once again has the intersection of humanity and technology in mind. March 7 – 13. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
ART + DESIGN Phoenix Flies. The Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual series of events devoted to “saving, shaping and enjoying” our city kicks off this year with a show depicting 40 historic properties that have been protected and documented; other events include talks, walks and site visits. Opening reception, 6 – 9 p.m. March 7 at the L.P. Grant Mansion; other events through March 23. Various locations.
MUSIC Alfredo Rodriguez Trio. On tour in conjunction with the release of his new recording, Invasion Parade, this jazz pianist appears in concert with bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Henry Cole. 8 p.m. March 7. Ferst Center for the Arts.
THEATER Sweeney Todd. Shane Desmond-Williams stars as the demon barber of Fleet Street in a new Capitol City Opera Company production. March 7 – 9. Conant Center for the Performing Arts.
ART + DESIGN Ebb and Flow. Kineticism and chromaticism are central to this show of abstract works by Stacie Rose and Paul Rodecker. Opening reception, 6 – 10 p.m. March 8; exhibition through March 29. Kibbee Gallery.
ART + DESIGN Iconned. Six artists belonging to the New Evolutionary Movement collective contribute works in various mediums to this show examining power structures, whether real or perceived. Opening reception, 7 – 9 p.m. March 8; exhibition through March 28. Artmatch Gallery.
MUSIC Audra McDonald. The Tony Award-winning actor/singer headlines the annual gala that raises funds for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which also performs. 7:30 p.m. March 8. Symphony Hall.
MUSIC St. Vincent. Singer-songwriter Annie Erin Clark, better known as St. Vincent, serves up her ethereal vocals as part of her “Digital Witness” tour. 8 p.m. March 8. The Tabernacle.
MUSIC Emanuel Ax. The Avery Fisher Prize-winning piano virtuoso appears in concert to perform works by Mazzoli, Dean and Brahms. 3 p.m. March 9. Spivey Hall.
ART + DESIGN Etienne Jackson. Time, Experience, Wisdom is the title for the artist’s new solo exhibition of sculpture and works on paper. 2 – 5 p.m. March 9, reception; 3 p.m. March 9, artist talk; exhibition through May 4. Hammonds House Museum.
ART + DESIGN American Craft Council Atlanta Show. This annual marketplace of things expertly handmade – including jewelry, clothing and furniture – returns with more than 200 vendors. preview party, 6 – 9 p.m. March 13; show, March 14 – 16. Cobb Galleria Centre.
MUSIC Alex Bugnon. The Atlanta Francophonie Festival opens with pianist Bugnon playing jazz with a fellow Swiss performer, singer Elise Witt. Concert, 7 p.m. March 14; festival, through March 30. Alliance Française.
DANCE Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. Full Radius Dance again plays host to various companies and choreographers – this year including SWADance Collective, Emily Cargill and Anicka Austin. 8 p.m. March 14 and 15. Balzer Theatre.