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.
AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 6
FILM The Chase. Robert Cummings stars as a poor ex-GI who finds work with a successful businessman (Steve Cochran) and his brooding sidekick (Peter Lorre), but then gets mixed up with the boss’s trophy wife (Michele Morgan) in this underrated film noir gem from 1946. 7:30 p.m. Emory Cinematheque.
THEATER Chainz/Broken. Playwright Paris Crayton III, one of ArtsATL‘s “30 under 30″ artists to watch, explores themes of urban violence in two world premiere one-act plays. Through September 14. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center.
THEATER 2014 National Puppetry Slam. Artists from around the country perform short-form pieces of adult puppet theater. 8 p.m. Through August 30. Center for Puppetry Arts.
ART + DESIGN Second Annual Walthall Fellowship Exhibition: Part 1. WonderRoot’s Walthall Fellows Class of 2014 exhibit work showing the culmination of their year in the prestigious program. Part 1 includes new work from Iman Person, Antonio Darden, Jessica Caldas, Onur Topal–Sumer, Aubrey Longley–Cook and Julie Sims. Through September 13. Gallery 72.
BOOKS The Decatur Book Festival. The largest independent book festival in the country features lectures, panels and signings from more than 600 authors, including a keynote address from Joyce Carol Oates. A side festival, artDBF, features art installations and performances. Through August 31. Various venues, Decatur.
DANCE Wabi Sabi. The Atlanta Ballet’s contemporary chamber group performs at the High Museum installation Mi Casa, Your Casa. 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
DULY NOTED DragonCon. Sci-fi, fantasy, comics, gaming and all things related take center stage at this enormous annual convention which features panel discussions, films, performances and a costume parade through downtown. Celebrity guests this year include actor Patrick Stewart and director Terry Gilliam. Through September 1. Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
MUSIC Lyle Lovett. The Grammy-winning country music singer and songwriter performs an outdoor concert on the Great Lawn at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. 8 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
ART + DESIGN Nippur Deluge Tablet. Emory exhibits an ancient cuneiform tablet which recounts the Noah-like story of a great flood. Through July 26, 2015. Michael C. Carlos Museum.
BOOKS Natasha Trethewey. The poet laureate and Emory professor reads from her Pulitzer Prize-winning work Native Guard. 6:30 p.m. The Atlanta Cyclorama.
BOOKS David Laskin. The author discusses his new non-fiction work The Family which examines the great upheavals that affected Jews in the 20th century: immigration, world wars and the founding of Israel. 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
FILM Gun Crazy. A well-meaning husband is convinced to go on an interstate robbery spree by his depraved wife in this revered and often-copied 1950 film noir classic. 7:30 p.m. Emory Cinematheque.
THEATER Bull Durham. The highly-anticipated musical based on the 1988 film opens for a week of previews at the Alliance. 8 p.m. Official opening night September 13. Through October 5. Alliance Theatre.
ART + DESIGN Walthall Fellowship Exhibition Gallery Talk. Artists Iman Person, Antonio Darden, Jessica Caldas, Onur Topal–Sumer, Aubrey Longley–Cook and Julie Sims discuss their work as WonderRoot Walthall Fellows. 6:30 p.m. Gallery 72.
THEATER Curious Encounters 2. Michael Haverty curates an evening of short, interactive performances combining elements of theatre, ceremony, dance and video. 7 p.m. Through September 7. 7 Stages.
THEATER Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Actor’s Express opens its new season with a production of Christopher Hampton’s play based on the 1782 novel by Choderlos de Laclos. 8 p.m. Through October 5. Actor’s Express.
MUSIC The Merry Widow. A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country in Capitol City Opera’s production of Franz Lehár’s 1905 operetta. English translation by Christopher Hassall. 8 p.m. Through September 7. Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.
ART + DESIGN Esoteric Lore: Rights of Passage. Africa-Atlanta presents a two-location multimedia exhibition of works examining the oral storytelling traditions of Africa and the black diaspora at whitespace gallery and downtown’s Central Library. Opening reception, 6 p.m. at whitespace gallery.
DULY NOTED The Lantern Parade. A new season of Art on the Beltline kicks off with this fifth annual evening parade on foot down the eastside trail with homemade lanterns. 7:30 p.m. Begins at BeltLine corridor between Irwin Street and DeKalb Avenue.
MUSIC Hansel and Gretel. Capitol City Opera presents a condensed child-friendly version of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera in English. 2 p.m. Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts
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