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.
ART + DESIGN Make a Joyful Noise. Three marble panels from sculptor Luca della Robbia’s famed organ loft, known as the Cantoria, or singing gallery, trace the Renaissance master’s growing skill during the seven years it took to complete the project. A first in the U.S. Through January 11. High Museum of Art.
THEATER Steel Magnolias. Top-billed star Annie Potts had to drop out due to health reasons, but the Alliance’s production of the Southern comedy classic goes on, full steel ahead, with its official opening night. 7:30 p.m. Through November 9. Alliance Theatre.
ART + DESIGN Afro-Panamanian Altars + Shrines. Curated by Emory sociologist Kali-Ahset Amen, this exhibition will explore the traditions of altar making among Panamanians of African descent. Through March 31. Hammonds House.
THEATER How I Learned What I Learned. Actor Eugene Lee performs as August Wilson in the playwright’s last work, an autobiographical monologue in which the writer of Fences, The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom shares the early experiences that helped shape him as an artist. Through November 2. Southwest Arts Center.
ART + DESIGN Mi Casa, Your Casa. The High Museum’s Sifly Piazza installation closes with several days of family-friendly, Mexican Day of the Dead-themed celebrations from Instituto de México. Through November 2. High Museum.
THEATER Pinter Fest. Emory’s fall series of events honoring the late Nobel-winning British playwright Harold Pinter kicks into high gear with a busy weekend of performances, readings, lectures and discussion events. Through November 2. Emory University.
THEATER West Side Story. Fabrefaction Theatre presents a production of the Broadway classic featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 8 p.m. Through November 9. Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory.
BOOKS MJCCA/Atlanta Book Festival. More than 40 authors, from historian Walter Isaacson to food writer Mark Bittman and novelists galore. Through November 19. MJCCA.
MUSIC Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili performs her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress in the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast to movie theaters worldwide. 12:55 p.m. Area movie theaters.
THE ARTS gestures that soon will disappear. The dancers of gloATL and the visual artists of the Paper-Cut-Project collaborate on a performance at MOCA-GA that will run continuously during museum hours. Through December 20. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
MUSIC Opera with an Edge. The Atlanta Opera presents a free concert event to preview its upcoming season, an evening hosted by General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun and opera aficionado Bob Edge. 7 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
THEATER Suzi Bass Awards. A gala evening recognizing the best in Atlanta theater with awards in 25 categories. 7 p.m. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.
ART + DESIGN Inspiring Beauty. Designs culled from the past 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair tell the story of that groundbreaking traveling fashion show, which brought European couture fashions to the African-American community. Through January 4. MODA.
BOOKS A Celebration of the Letters of Samuel Beckett. Emory celebrates the publication of a new volume of Beckett’s letters with readings by renowned Irish actor Barry McGovern, as well as Atlanta actors Carolyn Cook, Brenda Bynum and Robert Shaw-Smith. 8 p.m. Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
ART+DESIGN Blurred Lines: Contemporary Self-Taught Meets the Masters. The exhibit pairs 65 works by such self-taught artists as Thornton Dial, Sr. and Jimmie Lee Sudduth with Modern Masters such as Claes Oldenburg and Pablo Picasso. Also featuring an homage to Rev. Howard Finster. Through December 30, 2014. Hudgens Center for the Arts.
BOOKS The Letters Festival. A three-day festival of independent literature with writing workshops, discussion panels, a book market and readings. Through November 8. The Goat Farm Arts Center.
FARTHER AFIELD The Kiawah Island Jazz Festival. The coastal beach and golf resort presents a weekend of jazz performances from Natalie Cole, Trombone Shorty, Earl Kugh, David Benoit and others. Through November 8. Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
BOOKS Sarah Kay. The spoken word artist and poet performs as part of the Serenbe Artist-in-Residence program. Serenbe.
FILM Through the Image: Recent Documentary Work from the Visual Scholarship Initiative. Film Love screens three documentaries that rely primarily on images, rather than spoken word, to tell their stories. 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
MUSIC Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Allen Toussaint. The famous band continues with its mission to preserve the original New Orleans jazz sound, this time in collaboration with fellow Big Easy jazz musician Allen Toussaint. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.
FILM I Vitelloni. Federico Fellini’s 1953 comedy about five aimless young Italian men helped launch the career of Italian actor Alberto Sordi and later served as the inspiration for Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner. Screening in 35 mm. 10 a.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
MUSIC Madama Butterfly. The Atlanta Opera opens its 2014-15 mainstage season with a production of Puccini’s tragic love story directed by the company’s General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun with Russian-born soprano Dina Kuznetsova as Cio-Cio San and American tenor Adam Diegel as Pinkerton. 8 p.m. Through November 16. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
THEATER Murder Ballad. Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere of this off-beat musical, a hit in New York in 2012, about an affair that ends in murder. Through December 7. Actor’s Express.
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