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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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. April 24-November 9. High Museum.
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. Opening April 24. High Museum.
Museum Week. Over 30 museums offer buy-one-get-one admission for the first ever Museum Week event in Atlanta. April 25-May 1. Atlanta Museums.
Design for Healthy Living. A new exhibition explores the impact of the built environment on human health. April 19-August 9. Museum of Design-Atlanta.
Mona Kuhn: Private and Matthew Pillsbury: New Work. Photography exhibitions of Kuhn’s quiet studies and Pillsbury’s long exposures. March 21-May 8. Jackson Fine Art.
Ephemeral Eternity: Memory, Ritual, and Myth. An exhibition focusing on the power of myth and ritual includes new work by Robin Bernat, Jessica Scott Felder, Karen Tauches and Wendy Phillips. In an interview about the exhibition, ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill ponders the show’s themes with curator Kevin Sipp. Through May 1. Gallery 72.
Maren Hassinger: Dreaming. A 40-year retrospective. In her review, ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill says that “Hassinger’s work sets the stage for the kind of thoughtful daydreaming that can put lasting change in motion.” Through May 16. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
GYRE: The Plastic Ocean. An exhibition at the CDC in association with the Smithsonian combines art and science to examine the global problem of discarded plastic. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jeff Stafford says it’s an exhibition that can “educate, confront, inspire or even outrage.” Through June 19. David J Sencer CDC Museum.
Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds. A retrospective of the eminent (late) Cuban artist, who fused western art movements, Afro-Cuban symbolism and Santería. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum calls the exhibition “singularly enlightening presentation of a startlingly beautiful body of work.” Through May 24. High Museum of Art.
New Worlds: José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou. Brooklyn-based Parlá and Atlanta-based Pecou respond to the work of Lam. Through May 24. High Museum of Art.
Azadi va Edalat: Stories Retold by Contemporary Iranian Women Artists. Three contemporary Iranian women artists offer their visual interpretations of traditional Persian storytelling. Through April 30. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. A major exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art explores the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with African art. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz calls an intelligent and exhilarating look at man’s relationship with the celestial from ancient times to the present.” Through June 21. Carlos Museum.
Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson. Emory’s Carlos Museum exhibits the work of the late African-American artist Mildred Thompson. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum says that the exhibition demonstrates her “fascination with the many dimensions of visibility and invisibility.” Through May 17. Carlos Museum.
T.C. Boyle, The Harder They Come. The best-selling author’s latest explores the connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son and the son’s paranoid, much older lover. April 21 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Public Library.
Jonah Bokaer’s Other Myths. One of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers performs a free public dress rehearsal of his piece Other Myths, which will have its American premiere at a private event of the American Alliance of Museum’s 2015 conference. April 27 at 8 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Nicole Livieratos, PATH. The Atlanta-based choreographer and performance artist presents new work at Whitespace gallery’s Whitespec in collaboration with Technical Director Chip Gooding. April 11-May 2. Whitespec.
Up Right Atlanta. Artist Nick Cave presents a Flux Projects commissioned performance featuring his soundsuits with movement by Spelman professor and Atlanta-based choreographer T. Lang. April 24-26. Ponce City Market.
An Honest Liar. A new documentary examines the life of famed illusionist, the Amazing Randi. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray calls the film “fascinating and entertaining.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Peachtree String Quartet Spring Concert. The quartet performs works by Arriaga and Debussy. April 26 at 3 p.m. Garden Hills Recreation Center.
Benjamin Grosvenor. The young British pianist performs a program including works by Rameau, Bach, Chopin and Granados. April 26 at 3 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Christopher Theofanidis’ Creation/Creator. The Atlanta Symphony performs the world premiere of contemporary composer Christopher Theofanidis’s ambitious composition for soloists, chorus and orchestra. April 23-25. Symphony Hall.
Ian Bostridge. The renowned tenor performs Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise, a subject the singer examined in his recent book, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession. April 25 at 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its new production of opera’s most enduring double-bill: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. April 25 at 12:30 p.m. Area movie theaters.
Die, Mommie, Die! Atlanta playwright and actor Topher Payne performs as Hollywood grande dame Angela Arden, a campy role made famous by the show’s playwright, drag legend Charles Busch. May 1-23. Process Theatre.
Grand Concourse. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer says this contemporary dramatic comedy set at a Brooklyn soup kitchen commendably addresses weighty issues, but “packs way too much implausibility into Act II.” Through April 26. Horizon Theatre.
King of Pops: The Post-Apocalyptic Musical. Dad’s Garage presents a new musical comedy about the popular Atlanta popsicle vendor, King of Pops. April 23-May 30. 7 Stages.
Blues for an Alabama Sky. The Alliance presents a new production of best-selling author and award-winning Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage’s play set in 1930s Harlem on the 20th anniversary of its premiere. April 15-May 10. The Alliance Theatre.
The Breakers. 7 Stages presents a world premiere of Michael Haverty’s psychological thriller which allows viewers to wander to watch the drama unfold in a transparent house. April 16-May 10. Goat Farm Arts Center.
My Fair Lady. Georgia Ensemble presents a new production of the classic musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. April 9-26. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Norman, Is That You? An update of the hit 1970 farce about a father who comes to New York after his wife leaves him only to discover that his son is gay. April 17-May 2. Out of Box Theatre.
Las Mujeres Verdaderas Tienen Curvas/Real Women Have Curves. Teatro del Sol, the Atlanta area’s only Spanish-speaking theater company, performs a show about a young woman in a sewing factory in East L.A. who dreams of going to college. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith interviews the show’s director Luis Hernandez about standards of beauty and the show’s political implications in a preview. In Spanish with English supertitles. Through April 26. Aurora Theatre.
Storefront Church. Artistic Director Tom Key stars in a new production of the concluding play in John Patrick Shanley’s “Church and State” trilogy that began with Doubt and Defiance. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says though the production “contains some of Atlanta’s finest acting talent, the play itself is so leaden they can’t lift it off the ground.” Through April 26. Theatrical Outfit.
Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, author of Choir Boy and In the Red and Brown Water, tells the story of Marcus, a young man dealing with his sexuality and his family’s secrets. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander admires “the playwright’s ability to dramatize the way in which an interior struggle connects to a larger world.” Through May 3. Actor’s Express.
Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Grand Opening. A new Botanical Garden facility in Gainesville celebrates its opening with a weekend of family activities including live entertainment, games, crafts, face painting, dress-up fun, woodland trail walks and more. May 2-3. Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville.
The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office. An exhibition of work by nine White House photographers includes rarely seen images from the Kennedy years to the Obama Administration. Through June 7. Booth Museum.
The Constant Thread. An exhibition of artwork by Hambidge Fellows who use fiber in their work. Exhibition through May 30. Hambidge Center Weave Shed Gallery, Rabun Gap.
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