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.
Cyrille Aimée. The French-Dominican singer performs her singular combination of gypsy swing, Brazilian songs, classic jazz standards and original pieces. February 20 at 8 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts.
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell. Grammy Award-winning singer Patty Griffin performs an Atlanta concert supported by Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell in a special “singers-in-the-round” show featuring all three artists on stage together throughout the evening. February 18 at 8 p.m. Egyptian Ballroom, Fox Theatre.
Sacred Sounds. The Jones Family Singers– five sisters, two brothers and father– along with Susana Behar and Azar Mehmood perform a rousing concert of gospel classics. February 20 at 8 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts.
A Valentine’s Romance. Husband and wife duo, guitarist John Pizzarelli and singer Jessica Molasky, perform romantic songs backed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. February 12-14. Symphony Hall.
Bobby Caldwell. The smooth jazz vocalist performs with Atlanta’s own Ms. Toni Redd. February 12 at 7 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Miloš Karadaglić. The renowned Montenegran classical guitarist appears in his Spivey Hall debut. February 13 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Marc Broussard. The Southern soul singer performs an Atlanta concert in support of his sixth studio album, A Life Worth Living. February 13 at 8 p.m. SCADshow.
René Marie. The jazz singer performs a concert in tribute to the legendary Eartha Kitt. February 12 at 8:15 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Emory Jazz Festival. The 2016 line-up for Emory’s annual jazz fest includes a tribute to Benny Goodman from the Julian Bliss Septet, a big band night and a performance by Anat Cohen with the Gary Motley Trio. February 6-13. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Woman of the Year. A new comedy sketch show written by the women of Dad’s Garage has its world premiere at the company’s new home in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. February 12-March 12. Dad’s Garage.
Anna Deavere Smith. The actress and playwright, best-known for her one-woman, multi-character shows that blend journalism, oral history, social commentary and theater, speaks about her work. February 18 at 7 p.m. SCADshow.
Domestic Damages. Seven women share their stories of domestic abuse in Synthia Williams’ world premiere play. February 19-28. South Fulton Arts Center.
The Strawberry Girl. The members of a German family living in Poland have their lives transformed after they meet an unusual Jewish girl. February 10 at 7 p.m. Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.
Failure: Lab. Storytellers share tales of personal failure. February 18 at 7 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Five Faces for Evelyn Frost. Five friends vie to increase their status through what they reveal on the internet’s most notorious and beloved websites in a new show from DramaTech, Georgia Tech’s student theater group. February 19-27. Ferst Center for the Arts.
American Buffalo. Three small-time crooks make plans to rob an old man of his coin collection in David Mamet’s 1977 play. February 9-March 5. Southwest Arts Center.
Start Down. A software developer creates a computer-based teaching application that goes against the deeply held beliefs of his teacher girlfriend in Eleanor Burgess’ new play, winner of the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. February 13-March 6. Alliance Theatre.
The Toxic Avenger. The hit 2008 Off-Broadway musical based on the 1984 cult film gets an Atlanta production. Through March 13. Horizon Theatre.
Two Rooms. An American professor at a university in Beirut is captured by a militant faction and held in a tiny cell for three years while his wife is left to deal with the situation at home in Lee Blessing’s 1990 play. February 12-27. Out of Box Theatre.
Five Course Love. Three actors play fifteen different characters in five different restaurants in Greg Coffin’s musical love story. February 5-20. OnStage Atlanta.
I Hate Hamlet. In Paul Rudnick’s 1991 comedy, a New York actor who hates Hamlet is offered the role, and his dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost. Through February 21. Stage Door Players.
Brave New Works 2016. A festival of new work presented by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory includes readings of plays by Jim Grimsley, Johnny Drago, Ann Hughes and more. Through February 13. Theater Emory.
Moxie. A world premiere play by Brian Kurlander and Lane Carlock follows the path of an unfinished book by an American marine as it makes a journey around the world touching the lives of those who come into contact with it. Through February 21. Theatrical Outfit.
I and You. Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s play has a young boy showing up at a lonely teen’s apartment claiming he has an unusual homework assignment they must complete together. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says “director Jaclyn Hoffman gives this lovely little two-character drama a touching production at Aurora’s black box space.” Through February 21. Aurora Theatre.
Disgraced. The Alliance presents the Atlanta premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. In their review, ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer discuss various aspects of the production, calling it a “don’t-miss show.” Through February 14. Alliance Theatre.
Sweeney Todd. Actor’s Express presents a new production of the Sondheim classic starring Kevin Harry as Sweeney and Deborah Bowman as Mrs. Lovett. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander calls the production “competent, if flawed.” Through February 28. Actor’s Express.
ART + DESIGN
Art AIDS America. An exhibition exploring the spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS. ArtsATL Executive Editor Laura Relyea reports on the show’s Southern debut and the supplementary programming for Atlanta. Opening reception, February 20 at 6 p.m. Through May 22. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Where We Are Going, Where We Have Been. MINT Gallery unveils its third annual juried exhibition, this year judged by Atlanta-based filmmakers Whitney and Miccah Stansell. Opening reception, February 20 at 7 p.m. Through March 20. MINT Gallery.
Documentum. A guest-curated periodical and exhibition archiving and examining the cultural ephemera of our time. The first issue and related exhibition examine the phenomenon of Instagram through the eyes of photographers, artists, writers and cultural thinkers who are using it for creative expression or practice. February 20-March 26. Poem 88.
deFINE ART. SCAD presents the seventh edition of the university’s annual fine and contemporary art showcase featuring lectures, exhibitions and public events. February 16-19. SCAD-Atlanta.
Inky Mixtape Volume 1: A Giant ATL Lovefest. A painting and screen printing collaboration between Atlanta artists Kyle Brooks, Brett Miotti, Kevin Abeyta and David Broughton. February 13 at 8 p.m. Goat Farm Arts Center.
Axis Mundi. An exhibition of experimental sculpture and two-dimensional work by Quinn Wolff-Wilczynski. Westside Cultural Arts Center’s Collective One Gallery.
Andrew Moore, William Klein, Maude Schuyler Clay. Jackson Fine Art presents concurrent exhibitions by three photographers: Moore’s Dirt Meridian with a selection of the photographs Moore began taking along the Hundredth Meridian in 2005, Klein’s Paris + New York + Roma with his classic silver gelatin and chromogenic prints and Schuyler’s Mississippi History with intimate color portraits taken over the course of 30 years in her native Mississippi. Opening reception on February 5 at 6 p.m. Artist talk with Andrew Moore on February 6 at 11 a.m. Book signing and artist talk with Maude Schuyler Clay on March 10 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through April 16. Jackson Fine Art.
Larry Jens Anderson: The Past is Never the Past. An exhibition of more than 50 drawings, sculptures and paintings by the Atlanta-based artist. February 12-April 2. Kai Lin Art.
Jess T. Dugan. The photographer, who has documented members of the LGBTQ community for the past ten years, speaks about the trajectory of her work. February 10 at 4 p.m. Troy Moore Library, Georgia State University.
Krista Clark: At the Corner of the Sublime. In his review, ArtsATL critic Dan Weiskopf says the first solo show by this GSU MFA candidate “convincingly makes the case that it’s worth watching to see how Clark’s vision develops.” Through March 4. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Jonathan Becker and Daniel Lismore. SCAD’s new fashion museum hosts concurrent exhibitions of Becker’s photographs and Lismore’s designs. Through April 1. SCAD-Fash.
Narratology. An exhibition curated by Selvage Collective considers the ways in which major international artists get their start. Through February 26. Welch School Galleries, GSU.
The 5th of July. A new exhibition examining “the day after” includes painting, photo, video, ceramics and large-scale sculpture. Through May 1. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
What is Near: Reflections on Home. An exhibition looking at the ways in which artists have explored issues of identity and memory in the context of home includes works by Beth Lilly, Angela West, Paula Chamlee, Sheila Pree Bright and Sarah Hobbs. Through May 22. High Museum of Art.
Between the Sweet Water and the Swarm of Bees: Works by Susanne Wenger. Nine screen prints and one wax batik by Austrian artist Susanne Wenger, who lived and worked in Nigeria for nearly 60 years. Through May 15. Carlos Museum.
João Enxuto and Erica Love: Prospects for a Labor of Love. The culminating project of the artists’ fall residency at GSU documents a 40-minute wait at Atlanta’s Central Library for a public computer station. Through February 18. Georgia State University’s Welch School Galleries.
Black Chronicles II. An exhibition curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy of London-based arts agency Autograph ABP explores the black presence in late 19th-century Victorian Britain through the prism of studio portraiture. Through May 14. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
Atlanta in 50 Objects. A new exhibition tells the history of the city with 50 significant objects, from Priscilla the Pink Pig to a teletype machine from the city’s oldest African-American newspaper. ArtsATL critic Jeff Stafford previews with an interview with Director of Exhibitions Don Rooney. Through July 10. Atlanta History Center.
Cuba: Then and Now. A new exhibition of photographs by Atlantan Susanne Katz documents the past ten years in a changing Cuba. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill interviews Katz. Through March 15. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Nymphs & Shepherds Come Away. Inspired by the Henry Purcell pastoral song, “Nymphs and Shepherds Come Away,” ten women artists explore secular images and themes from the Renaissance. In his review, ArtsATL critic Dan Weiskopf says “the repeated classical iconography of the work often feels tame and mannered.” Through February 14. Poem 88.
Paint or Projection. A new group show featuring both photographic prints and video projections. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz says not to miss the final evening of performance associated with the exhibition on February 11. Swan Coach House.
Portfolio 2016. Guest juror Lisa Sutcliffe, curator of photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum, selects work for this group show from Atlanta Photography Group. Through February 20. Tula Art Center.
Mimi Hart Silver: Territories/Kingdoms. The painter, one of ArtsATL‘s “30 Under 30” artists, exhibits new work. The show runs concurrently with Athens-based artist Zipporah Thompson’s show Dark of the Moon in the gallery’s Whitespec space. ArtsATL critic Grace Thornton previews. Through February 13. Whitespace.
Bird Watching. Thirteen contemporary artists continue the long tradition of incorporating bird imagery into their work. Through March 17. Gallery Walk at Terminus.
Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. The High Museum organizes its first fashion exhibition with 45 outfits from 15 collections by the innovative Dutch designer. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill previews the show. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum admires the way Van Herpen’s “designs incorporate sculptural art and transfigure the boundaries of technological possibility.” Through May 16. High Museum of Art.
Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future. An exhibition exploring projects, both large and small, in which 3D printing technology is being used in innovative ways, from fabricating lighter components for airplanes to designing custom prosthetics. In his review, ArtsATL critic Michael Kahn says the exhibition is “an excellent example of the museum’s mission to highlight the convergence of creativity and functionality.” Through February 14. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Rashod Ollison, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl. The pop music critic discusses his latest, a memoir about his love for soul music fostered by his father. February 20 at 6 p.m. A Capella Books.
Teen Open Mic. VOXATL and Atlanta Word Works host their first open mic for teens of 2016. February 13 at 6:30 p.m. Charis Books and More.
Jim Wallis, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. The bestselling author and theologian speaks about his latest book, which seeks to offer a deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism ingrained in American society. February 11 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Pete Laurence, Becoming Jane Jacobs. The author’s latest is an intellectual biography of writer Jane Jacobs who wrote the classic text on urbanism The Death and Life of Great American Cities between 1958 and 1961. February 16 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
Artists’ Books and Archives: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Nexus Press. A rotating exhibit features artists’ books and other archival material from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Nexus Contemporary Art Center and Nexus Press, recently acquired by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory. Through May 15. Woodruff Library at Emory University.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The beloved dance company returns to Atlanta with new works and repertory favorites including, at all performances, Revelations. February 10-14. Fox Theatre.
Sleeping Beauty. In conjunction with its major production of Moulin Rouge, the Atlanta Ballet presents a short children’s version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet choreographed by retiring Artistic Director John McFall. February 13-14. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Moulin Rouge. The Atlanta Ballet revives its hit production of Jorden Morris’ story ballet set against the backdrop of 19th-century Paris and the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret. February 5-13. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.
Goin’ to Chicago. A free screening of George King’s documentary about the Great Migration followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. February 9 at 4 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Disco Dancer. Buford Highway Foreign Cinema hosts an evening of food and film with a buffet dinner and a screening of the 1982 Bollywood hit about a young street performer and wedding singer who becomes a disco star. February 26 at 6:30 p.m. Himalayas Indian Restaurant.
Jane Wodening in Person. The former Jane Brakhage, subject of the films of Stan Brakhage, speaks about her life in and out of cinema. February 13 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
45 Years. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says that this film, for which Charlotte Rampling has been nominated for an Oscar as best actress, “feels less like a film than a poem.” Lefont Tara.
French New Wave: Classics and Rediscoveries. Emory Cinematheque hosts a free Wednesday night series of screenings of French New Wave cinema. ArtsATL critic Jeff Stafford interviews curator James Steffen. Wednesdays through March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Emory University, White Hall 208.
Jewish Film Festival. Atlanta’s largest film festival launches its 16th annual event including features, documentaries, classics and more. Through February 17. Area theaters, Atlanta.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says “the obvious love and skill that have gone into the moviemaking compensate for any niggling twinges of disappointment.” Area movie theaters.
The Mandrake. The drama department at the University of Georgia presents its production of the Renaissance Italian philosopher Machiavelli’s only play. February 18-27. Fine Arts Building, University of Georgia, Athens.
Amelia Island Book Festival. Authors Andrew Gross and Steve Berry headline a three-day weekend of readings, lectures, workshops and events. Amelia Island, Florida.
African-American History Tours. In honor of Black History Month, the Historic Oakland Foundation and City of Atlanta host free guided African-American History walking tours of Oakland Cemetery. February 6-23. Oakland Cemetery.
Cherokee Basketry: Woven Culture. A look at the early basket-making history of the Cherokee, including the early-20th-century revival of the craft and the work of modern Cherokee basket makers. January 23-April 17. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
Ansel Adams: Before & After. An exhibition exploring the work of Ansel Adams and his influence includes 30 original Adams images. Through March 20, 2016. Booth Museum, Cartersville.
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