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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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.
I’ll Die High: Nick Madden. Through kinetic and interactive sculptures, Madden explores the loss of his parents to cancer and Alzheimer’s. Through March 27. Eyedrum Gallery.
Smashed Landscapes: Steve Pomberg. New abstract paintings by the Atlanta-based painter and photographer. Through March 28. Beep Beep Gallery.
Now More Than Ever: Dana Haugaard. A new sound and sculpture installation by Emory’s artist-in-residence will include movement by Atlanta-based choreographer Blake Beckham. Performances March 5-6 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Emory Visual Arts Building.
In Transition: Works by Charlie Lucas. The self-taught artist also known as the “Tin Man” creates figurative paintings and sculptures made from found objects and salvaged materials. Through March 22. Mint Gallery.
Wilfredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds. A retrospective of the eminent (late) Cuban artist, who fused western art movements, Afro-Cuban symbolism and Santería. 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.
Michael Murrell: Connections. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz admires the sculptor’s ability “to find the unique form” in his material, be it wood, metal or bone, in this “thoughtful and moving” show. Through March 6. Chastain Arts Center.
Pratfall Tramps. Curated by Rachel Reese, the exhibit explores funniness through the work of four female artists. Jamie Isenstein will give a performance at the Feb 6 opening and speak about her work on Feb. 7. February 6-April 11. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Dialogue: Conflict/Resolution. An exhibition incorporating installation, performance, theater and public art explores the psychological toll of human conflict. February 13-March 20. Opening February 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. Dashboard Co-Op.
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. January 31-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.
A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden. The High celebrates the recent acquisition of one of Bearden’s only known self-portraits, Profile/Part II, The Thirties: Artist with Painting and Model (1981), which will be exhibited alongside eight other works by the artist from the permanent collection. Through May 31. High Museum.
Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature. An examination of techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through diverse structures. In his review, ArtsATL critic Taylor French argues that though the hands-on elements are compelling, the exhibition ultimately “falls flat when it comes to the greater arguments for sustainable design.” Through April 15. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Scott Stossel, My Age of Anxiety. The Atlantic editor and author appears in conversation with Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, about his new book which examines his own long-standing battle with anxiety. March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Laura Lippman, Hush, Hush. The New York Times bestselling mystery author brings back her popular private detective Tess Monaghan for a new case. March 3 at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Compagnie Käfig. The high-energy Brazilian troupe fuses elements of hip-hop, circus and martial arts. February 28 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
a world too wide. Core Performance Company presents a world premiere work choreographed by Artistic Director Sue Schroeder and Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer, set to live Baroque music by the ensemble Mercury Houston. March 7 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Identified: A Queer Variety Show. Atlanta artists Amber Bradshaw and Corian Ellisor present a world premiere work mixing dance, theater, drag and burlesque. February 26-28. 7 Stages.
Emory Dance Alumni Concert. Emory Dance alumnae Elizabeth Dishman (’95) and Christine Suarez (’94) each present evening-length works. Fold Rhapsody by Dishman, February 26 and 28 at 8 p.m. Mother by Suarez, February 27 at 8 p.m. and February 28 at 2 p.m. Dance Studio, Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray calls the new documentary focusing on American feminism in the 1960s and ’70s “timely and engaging.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Many Steps. A new documentary examines the historical and cultural context of stepping, an amalgam of African, African-American and military movement that has become an important component of African-American Greek life. February 26 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Cyclorama.
Rigoletto. The Atlanta Opera presents Verdi’s 1851 opera about a hunchbacked jester obsessed with vengeance in a new production directed by artistic director Tomer Zvulun. February 28-March 8. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Klimchak’s Cooks Notes. A “performance art cooking show” in which the Atlanta-based musician will build instruments out of kitchen equipment and perform music live on them while cooking a complete meal for the audience to eat. March 5-15. Goat Farm Arts Center.
The Chieftans. The acclaimed Irish musicians continue to make irresistible music after more than 50 years together. February 27-28. Symphony Hall.
Silent Sky. Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s play dramatizes the life of the historical figure Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Harvard’s first female astronomer. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander calls the show “a lively, funny, accessible play that’s alive with interesting ideas.” Through March 8. Theatrical Outfit.
Catch Me if You Can. A new musical based on the 2002 film about con artist Frank Abagnale, Jr. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer says the show seems “rushed,” “doesn’t translate to the stage” and “works better as a film.” Through March 1. Atlanta Lyric Theatre.
Detroit ’67. Motown music and the infamous riots indelibly mark the lives of two siblings in playwright Dominique Morisseau’s 2014 Kennedy Drama Prize-winning work. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith interviews the author for a preview story. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says the play “never quite evokes the emotion, singularity and intensity of the music it honors or the tumultuous time it depicts.” Through March 8. True Colors Theatre.
Anne Frank: Within and Without. A puppetry version of the Anne Frank story adapted by Bobby Box and directed by Mira Hirsch. Through March 8. Center for Puppetry Arts.
CA Lyons Project. The 11th winner of the Alliance’s prestigious Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition tells the story of how the members of an African-American dance troupe in New York keep the company going as the charismatic founder dies of AIDS. February 13-March 8. Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage.
Loaded Guns: The Markey Moose Club. A new show by sketch-comedy team Twinhead Theatre imagines what happens when the kids from a popular Mousketeers-like television program grow to become adults. February 27 at 8 p.m. Highland Ballroom.
The Shape of Things. Neil LaBute’s popular, misanthropic 2001 play gets a new Atlanta production. March 5-29. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre.
Wicked. The hit Broadway musical purports to tell the backstory of Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Through March 8. Fox Theatre.
Les Misérables. Police Inspector Javert obsessively (and tunefully) hunts down former prisoner Jean Valjean once again as Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre remounts its successful production of the popular musical. Through March 1. Aurora Theatre.
The Constant Thread. An exhibition of artwork by Hambidge Fellows who use fiber in their work. Opening Reception February 28 at 4 p.m. Exhibition through May 30. Hambidge Center Weave Shed Gallery, Rabun Gap.
Orchid Daze: Pop! The largest tropical orchid center in the U.S. hosts a colorful floral showcase in which the displays are inspired by famed Pop artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein. Through April 12. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Their Contemporaries. An exploration of small-format 17th-century paintings brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris. January 31-April 26. Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama.
Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond. Two members of the Guerrilla Girls, the group who famously championed feminism and social change through institutional interventions in the ’80s and ’90s will participate in a panel discussion on Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Exhibition through March 1. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
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