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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National Black Arts Festival Gallery Hop. Subscribers are bused to three galleries–Bill Lowe, Alan Avery and ZuCot–all with work that explores the intersection between art and dance. July 17 at 6 p.m. Participating Atlanta galleries.
Ladylike. A new group photography exhibition showcases queer and feminist perspectives on “girlhood,” presenting portraits of individuals from Atlanta and the Southeast. Opening reception July 17 at 7 p.m. Through August 8. Eyedrum.
The View from Collier Heights. A series of photographs by Lydia A. Harris captures the residents and landscapes of Collier Heights, an upscale African-American Atlanta neighborhood founded in the 1950s. In her article about the exhibition, ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith considers the history of the neighborhood and Harris’ approach to photographing it. Through August 24. Hammonds House Museum.
Undiscovered Territory. Juror Susan Bridges of Whitespace Gallery selects work from 25 photographers in this group show by Atlanta Photography Group. Opening reception, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. Juror talk, July 11 at 2 p.m. Exhibtion through August 15. Tula Art Center.
CROWN. A group exhibition curated by Metatronic, the collective formed by Beep Beep Gallery owners Mark Basehore and James McConnell. Opens June 27. Beep Beep Gallery.
Alex Katz: This is Now. A new exhibition explores the development of landscape in Katz’s career, from a seminal subject in his earliest work to its prominence in Katz’s art of the last twenty-five years. ArtsATL critic Faith McClure speaks with Katz in an interview. Through September 6. High Museum.
Rachel’s Killin’ It. Atlanta arts cooperative Dashboard Co-op presents an exhibition celebrating the organization’s first five years featuring work by Mike Stasny, Ben Wolf, Mike Black, Lee Deigaard, Nikita Gale, Osman Khan, Melanie Manos and Nathan Sharratt. Opening reception June 27 at 6 p.m. Through July 26. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Corrina Sephora: Emergence from the Waters. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum says that this retrospective of the metal artist’s sculpture, painting and video “forms a unified body of personal symbolism based on family history” and that its repeated symbols “add up to a rich mixture of imagery of departure, transition and arrival.” Through July 9. Gallery 72.
Martha Whittington: Exchange. Dashboard Co-op presents an installation by Martha Whittington reflecting on themes of assimilation and absorption of native cultures. Through July 18. 31 North Avenue.
Southern Pottery. An exhibition curated by Marianne Lambert includes more than 50 local artists. Through August 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden. The British artist has created site-specific installations using hundreds of miles of optic fiber. Our video interview with the artist. Through October 3, 6-11 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Michael Lin: Utah Sky 2065-40 (blue curve). The acclaimed Shanghai-based artist covers the floor of the High Museum’s Robinson Atrium with a monumental, site-specific painting. High Museum.
Los Trompos. A new site-specific installation by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, located on the Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza, takes its inspiration from the colorful tradition of Mexican spinning tops. Through November 9. High Museum.
Flight Patterns and Velocity. Two concurrent textile exhibitions, Flight Patterns curated by Dorothy Moye and Velocity of Textiles celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. Reception June 4 at 5 p.m. Exhibition through July 31. Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries Georgia State University.
Bruce Davidson: In Color and The Brooklyn Gang. Concurrent exhibitions by the renowned photographer focus on works in color and on his series depicting New York City youth street culture in 1959. Through August 1. Jackson Fine Art.
Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press. An exhibition examines the 28 years of Nexus Press, an innovative Atlanta-based printer of artists’ books, which ArtsATL critic Catherine Fox described as “a hub of joyously experimental creative activity and an artist’s book publisher of international repute before it was shuttered in 2003.” Through July 25. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Martin Clark, The Jezebel Remedy. Married couple and law partners Lisa and Joe Stone in Henry County, Virginia investigate a possible murder that seems to involve a corporate conspiracy in the latest novel by Clark, a Virginia circuit court judge. July 7 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Joe Ricker, Walkin’ After Midnight. The author reads from and signs his short story collection focusing on hard luck characters in New England. July 7 at 7 p.m. A Capella Books.
Daniel Silva, The English Spy. The New York Times bestselling author presents his latest espionage thriller in conversation with CNN’s Nadia Bilchik. July 8 at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Final Competition. The National Black Arts Festival partners with Youth Speaks, the nation’s leading spoken word organization for youth, in its 18th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. July 18 at 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement. The National Black Arts Festival presents a day-long symposium led by Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz examining the history and global impact of dance forms spanning from the 18th century to the present. July 18 beginning at 9 a.m. High Museum of Art.
Master Class with Savion Glover. The renowned tap artist teaches a master class in advance of his performance July 19 as part of the National Black Arts Festival. July 18 at 12 p.m. High Museum of Art.
Chains: Love Stories of Shadows. Renowned Indian dancer Savitha Sastry, who utilizes traditional Bharathanatyam dance in her contemporary productions, makes an Atlanta appearance with her latest show about the difficult balance between freedom and compromise for modern women. July 11 at 4 p.m. Joe Mack Wilson Auditorium, Marietta.
Jurassic Park. As part of a series of screenings focusing on the director’s work, SCAD-Atlanta presents Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster about cloned dinosaurs running amok at a theme park. July 11 at 7 p.m. SCADshow.
Music Centers Of Atlanta Present Summer Student Showcase. Community Music Centers of Atlanta students, alumni, faculty and friends take the stage for an evening of jazz, rock and folk music performances. July 10 at 7 p.m. Variety Playhouse.
La Traviata. The Metropolitan Opera presents an encore screening of its production of the Verdi classic. July 8 at 7 p.m. Area cinemas.
La Fille du Regiment. The Met broadcasts Laurent Pelly’s production of Donizetti’s opera starring Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the ‘daughter of the regiment,’ and Juan Diego Flórez as the young man in love with her. July 15 at 7 p.m. Area cinemas.
Chasin’ Dem Blues. A new musical tells the story of Paramount Records, the Wisconson-based label best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues in the 1920s and early 1930s. July 7-August 2. True Colors Theatre.
A Night of Twisted Tales. A new production by the Weird Sisters, an Atlanta-based company focused on providing opportunities for women in theater, offers an evening of short plays where classic Fairy Tales collide with the modern woman. July 10-11. Aurora Theatre.
Nelle’s Story: The World of Harper Lee. Carolyn Cook directs actress Mandi Lee in this one-woman show about To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee. July 9-19. Synchronicity Theatre.
Mystery of Edwin Drood. A 1985 musical based on Charles Dickens’ final novel, an unfinished mystery, ends by asking the audience to vote on the solution. July 10-August 2. Stage Door.
Rent. Actor’s Express presents a new production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical about a group of Bohemian characters in New York’s East Village during the height of the AIDS epidemic. July 10-August 9. Actor’s Express.
The Addams Family. OnStage Atlanta presents a new production of the 2010 Broadway musical based on Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons and the 1960s TV series. July 10-August 16. OnStage Atlanta.
The Collision Project. Area high school students work with renowned author Pearl Cleage as they produce a performance based on their reactions to the classic work Inherit the Wind. July 10-11. Alliance Theatre.
Avenue Q. Horizon Theatre reprises one of its most successful productions, the Tony award-winning musical comedy in which young people in New York are played by both actors and puppets. Through July 12 at Conant Performing Arts Center.
Secret Garden. Serenbe Playhouse presents an outdoor production of a world premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle based on the classic book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says the production is “especially notable for its sense of intimacy and the unhurried confidence of its narrative.” Through August 2. Serenbe.
Anthony Bourdain. The popular chef, author and television personality makes an Atlanta appearance. July 11 at 8 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Black Like Who? A new exhibition considers the representation of African-Americans in American art. July 11-November 1. Birmingham Museum of Art.
Ralph Chessé. A new exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, puppets and works on paper by the 20th-century African-American artist and puppeteer. July 11-October 4. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
Lands Beyond: Otherworldly Landscapes and Visionary Topographies. Tom Patterson, author of St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan and Howard Finster: Stranger From Another World, curates this exhibition of visionary and self-taught artists of the Southeast focusing on landscape. Through August 30. The Bascom. Highlands, North Carolina.
CreATL. A new event at the High Museum held every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. invites families to the outdoor Sifly Plaza for fun and free activities. High Museum.
Flannery and Fashion at Mid-Century. A new exhibition at Andalusia, the home of Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor, features the property’s collection of textiles including clothes made for O’Connor by her mother, Regina, a talented seamstress. Through November 1. Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville.
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