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.
JULY 23-AUGUST 2
FILM The Endless Summer. If only all summers could be endless. Live the dream with a screening of a remastered version of Bruce Brown’s legendary surfing documentary. 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
BOOKS The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. New York Times op-ed editor Clay Risen lectures on the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
ARTS Dearly Departures. The Lucky Penny’s latest dance performance features a specially-built split-flap display departure board. Through August 2. DramaTech Theater at Georgia Tech.
FILM Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick’s timeless dark comedy screens at Atlanta’s favorite movie venue in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
THEATER The Sojourner Washing Society. The National Black Arts Festival presents a free reading of Thulani Davis’ play about a group of spirited black women in Atlanta in the years just after the Civil War. 7:30 p.m. Alliance Theatre.
THEATRE Oklahoma! Director Brian Clowdus promises a grittier take on the American classic in a site-specific production utilizing the environment at Serenbe, including a barn built in 1905 and live horses. Through August 10. Serenbe Playhouse.
ART + DESIGN The Shape of a Pocket: Parallel Thoughts in Contemporary Practice. According to art critic John Berger, “a pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. With that in mind, curator Kelly Kristin Jones presents a series of contemporary art pairings that explore intersections between gallery-represented artists and those artists making work outside of a traditional gallery model. Opening reception 7 p.m. Exhibition through September 6. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
MUSIC Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The preeminent jazz trumpet player performs as a part of the National Black Arts Festival. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall.
MUSIC Art Garfunkel. Half of Simon & Garfunkel performs an intimate concert featuring best-known hits, solo songs, covers and a Q&A. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall.
DANCE Lift. An annual showcase primarily featuring the work of Atlanta-based African-American male choreographers celebrates its fifth year with new work from Allyne D. Gartrell, Jeremy Green, Daryl Foster, Lauren Ashley Debrick, Corian Ellisor and Brandon Forrest, all exploring this year’s theme of community. 8 p.m. Alliance Theatre.
MUSIC Manon Lescaut. Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais star in this encore broadcast of the new Royal Opera House production of Puccini’s classic, given a bold new staging by renowned London theater director Jonathan Kent. Area Movie Theaters.
FILM Gone with the Wind. We’ve heard that this 1939 film may have some sort of connection to Atlanta. 7 p.m. Fox Theatre.
BOOKS Wicked Atlanta. Author Laurel-Ann Dooley discusses her book detailing the seedier side of Atlanta’s history. 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
ART + DESIGN Be Here Now. Artists Mike Black, Andrew Boatright and Sandra Erbacher show new work investigating issues of presence, form, and function. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
THE ARTS Portraits of Flannery. Atlanta-based writers including Jared Dawson, Johnny Drago, Brooke Hatfield, Laura Relyea, Nicholas Tecosky and Amy Pence read work inspired by artists’ portraits of Flannery O’Connor. 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.
THE ARTS The Salon. The National Black Arts Festival presents a showcase of writers, poets, visual artists and musicians including visual artist Fahamu Pecou, playwright Michael Molina, vocalist Brenda Nicole Moorer and spoken word artist Jon Goode. 7 p.m. Hammonds House Museum.
ART + DESIGN Strawberry Letter 23. Sharon Shapiro’s watercolors lie way beyond Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in her second solo exhibition at the gallery. Poem 88.
THEATER Pillow Talk sur l’oreiller. Théåtre du Rêve presents a site-specific performance inspired by its setting, the High Museum installation Mi Casa, Your Casa. High Museum of Art.
THEATER Wisdom of the Cypher. Performer Toni Blackmon unveils the world premiere of her hip-hop-infused one-woman show as part of the National Black Arts Festival. 8 p.m. The Loft at Center Stage.
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