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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Dana Haugaard: no here more than here. The artist’s interactive sound and sculpture installation amplifies viewers’ voices to vibrate a metal water table creating ripples and patterns. Through November 22. MINT Gallery.
Raymond McCrea Jones: Birth of a Warrior. The photographer follows the lives of 162 young recruits during their first military training at Fort Benning. ArtsATL critic Virginie Kippelen calls the photos “an astonishing document of the ‘civilian-to-soldier’ transformation” in her review. Part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Through October 31. Arts Exchange.
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. More than 120 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent drawn from the Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker. October 10-January 3, 2016. Carlos Museum.
Oscar de la Renta. SCAD-Atlanta launches its new fashion museum with an exhibition featuring more than 60 garments designed by the renowned couturier. Through December 31. SCAD FASH.
Elevate. This annual week-long celebration of public art in Downtown Atlanta features an opening night block party, art installations, music and dance, this year curated by Atlanta artist Fahamu Pecou with the theme FILA, Forver I Love Atlanta. October 15-23. Downtown Atlanta.
Habsburg Splendor. Masterpieces and rare objects from the imperial collections of the Habsburgs housed y in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna arrive in Atlanta in this travelling exhibition. October 18-January 17, 2016. High Museum of Art.
Wash & Wax: A Collaboration. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill previews an exhibition of collaborative work by fiber artists Virginia Greaves and Leisa Rich with an interview with the artists. Through October 16. Abernathy Arts Center.
Divine Feminine. A new exhibition, part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2015, presents work by Brazilian artist Linda Costa Cheranichit who uses spontaneous experimental photography and lighting techniques to ‘paint’ on her photographic work. Through November 1. Hammonds House Museum.
Joe Peragine: Love Me Till My Heart Stops. The Atlanta-based artist returns to Marcia Wood Gallery with a show of paintings, drawings, dioramas and taxidermy. In her review, ArtsATL critic Donna Mintz admires the “engagingly personal exhibition” for its works that “focus on different ways of envisioning nature.” Through October 10. Marcia Wood Gallery
Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future. A new exhibition explores 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. September 19-January 10, 2016. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Masao Yamamoto and John Chiara. Jackson Fine Art opens two concurrent photography exhibitions: Yamamoto’s haunting, painterly monochromes and Chiara’s Mississippi landscapes in color. Opening reception September 18 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through October 31. Jackson Fine Art.
The Sorrow of Too Many Joys. An exhibit examineing satire and caricature utilized by artists in 19th-century France In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum calls the exhibition “a visually enriching” and “engaging” historical survey. Through December 6. Oglethorpe University Art Museum.
Nathan Lewis: Dreams, Discord, and Desire. A solo exhibition presents a selection of 11 works by California-born painter Nathan Lewis. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum explores the artist’s “distinctly contemporary sense of ambiguity.” Through December 6. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
Howardena Pindell. A solo exhibition features the artist’s oblong and unstretched canvases, as well as her experimentation with hole-punched dots, hand drawn arrows, printed text and personal postcards. Spelman Museum of Art.
Five exhibitions. Anamnēsis, a collection of the work of artist Maria Artemis; Maria Artemis Selects Ruth Zuckerman; RITES, featuring the work of four African-American male artists; Forget Me Not, a group show focusing on the process of memory through forgetting; Marking Time, Beth Lilly’s interactive sculpture based on the ancient tradition of cairns; and Introductions, showcasing new KSU faculty members. In his review, ArtsATL critic Dan Weiskopf says the Forget Me Not show “seems surprising and fresh as a first kiss.” Through December 6. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Aleksandra Domanović, John Riepenhoff, Marlon Mullen. Three solos shows: Domanović’s examination of the phenomenon in ex-Yugoslovian republics of public statues which memorialize Hollywood stars, Riepenhoff’s large-scale plein air paintings of the night sky and his collaborative figurative sculptures, and Mullen’s abstract canvases based on found images. In her review, ArtsATL critic Faith McClure explores how the exhibitions show the new curator’s “cautionary strategy toward more gradual institutional change,” while seeming “to keep in step with the spirit of ACAC’s exhibition history over the last few years.” Through November 7. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Donald L. Miller, From Page to Screen: Bringing Masters of the Air to Life. The author discusses his book Masters of the Air about the Eighth Air Force during World War II and the process of bringing its contents to the television screen for a ten-part series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. October 7 at 6 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Paul Theroux, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads. The world-renowned author discusses his latest book about his travels in the rural South in a conversation led by Editor Chuck Reece of the Bitter Southerner. Read our preview by ArtsATL’s Gail O’Neill. October 8 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.
Ken Druse. The Atlanta History Center celebrates the 40th year of its Cherokee Garden Library with a visit from gardening guru and author Ken Druse. October 17 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Mike Luckovich. The Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution lectures in conjunction with Oglethorpe University Museum’s exhibition of 19th-century French satirical drawings. October 14 at 7 p.m. Oglethorpe University.
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, 2016. Woodruff Library at Emory University.
Coppelia. Georgia Ballet performs the classic ballet based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. October 9-11. Roswell Performing Arts Center.
STREB: Forces. Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action Company meld dance, boxing, rodeo, and Hollywood stunt-work. October 8-9. Ferst Center for the Arts.
LIT: Variation #9. T. Lang Dance presents a free performance at the High Museum’s Sifly Piazza, a work exploring the ritual movement of a ring shout re-imagined for the 21st century. October 16 at 7 p.m. High Museum of Art.
Search Engine. Atlanta dance company glo presents a new work which begins with a round-the-clock, week-long performance of choreographed movement. October 11-17. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble. One of the world’s most renowned modern dance companies performs in Atlanta. October 17 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
The New Girlfriend. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray finds some faults in the latest film from François Ozon, but admits the French director “is a seductively skilled entertainer.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Made in Europe. A new documentary follows Turkish immigrants in three European cities as they seek permits or live in hide-outs, dealing with the humiliation, insecurities and betrayals that come with their vulnerable position. October 8 at 6 p.m. Gallery 72.
Out on Film. Organized by ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer, this annual festival of LGBT-related films includes dramas, comedies, documentaries and shorts. October 1-8. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
A Brilliant Young Mind. In his review, ArtsATL critic Steve Murray says this new British drama about a brilliant but socially awkward young mathematician may be somewhat formulaic, but just as in math, “the formula works.” Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Runnicles Leads Beethoven 8. Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles conducts the Atlanta Symphony for a performance of Beethoven’s playful Eighth Symphony on a program that also includes Mozart, Debussy and Schubert. October 8-11. Symphony Hall.
Christine Brewer. Spivey’s 25th Anniversary Season opens with the famed soprano Christine Brewer performing works by Bach, Handel, Gounod and Puccini accompanied by Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs. October 10 at 3 p.m. Spivey Hall.
Conrad Tao. The renowned 22-year-old composer and pianist, hailed as “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York, performs at Emory. October 16 at 8 p.m. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Aaron Neville. The Aaron Neville Quintet performs in concert with special guest Kristina Train. October 15 at 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.
Atlanta Black Theater Fest. This annual fall celebration of theatre and the performing arts continues to present “40 plays in 4 days” as it moves to a new venue on the campus of Morehouse College. October 8-11. Morehouse’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.
In a Forest, Dark and Deep. A new production of Neil LaBute’s 2011 play about a middle-aged brother and sister confronting their pasts as they clean out a country cabin she owns. October 9-24. Out of Box Theatre.
Deathwatch and The Maids. The Seedling Project presents two Genet plays in rep. Through October 11. Big House on Ponce.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. A production of Christopher Durang’s comedy which ran at the Horizon Theatre in June moves to Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre for October. In his review of the Horizon show, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer called the production “one of the season’s best treats.” Through October 25. Aurora Theatre.
Tiger Style. Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition winner Mike Lew presents a new comedy about siblings who were prodigies as children but are failures as adults. Through October 18. Alliance Theatre.
Buckminster Fuller: The History and Mystery of the Universe. Tom Key performs a one-man show as R. Buckminster Fuller, engineer, environmentalist, futurist, poet, philosopher and inventor of the geodesic dome. October 1-25. Theatrical Outfit.
A Steady Rain. Two Chicago policemen push their moral boundaries to the breaking point against an increasingly violent and troubling inner city in playwright Keith Huff’s award-winning new play. In a preview story, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer interviews Jeff Perry, who plays White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene on television’s Scandal, about directing the new production at the Alliance. Through October 11. Alliance Theatre.
Stupid F*cking Bird. Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere of Aaron Posner’s hit comedy, an in-your-face update of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander laments that there are so few productions of Chekhov’s work in Atlanta, but says that the new show nonetheless offers a “quick, straight-forward and funny trip into the playwright’s world.” Through October 11. Actor’s Express.
In the Next Room. Synchronicity reprises its hit 2011 production of Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-nominated play about the historical invention of the vibrator in the 19th century. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says that although he’s not a fan of the playwright’s work, the production is “an appealing show that mixes the fun fustiness of historical period dramas like ‘Downton Abbey’ with the ribaldry of contemporary sex comedies along with a dash of feminism.” Through October 18. Synchronicity Theatre.
The Playboy of Western World. Aris Theatre unveils a new production of J.M. Synge’s Irish classic. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says that Aris has created “a funny and charming comedy that doesn’t shy away from some of the harsh aspects of the story.” September 24-October 11. Aris Theatre.
Divorciadas, Evangélicas y Vegetarianas. Gustavo Ott’s dramatic comedy tells the story of three eccentric single women. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Through October 18. Aurora Theatre.
Seeking Justice. A new exhibition and related events consider the infamous lynching of Leo Frank on its centennial anniversary. Through November 22. Southern Museum, Marietta.
Ralph Chessé. A new exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, puppets and works on paper by the 20th-century African-American artist and puppeteer. Through October 4. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
Flannery and Fashion at Mid-Century. A new exhibition at Andalusia, the home of Georgia writer Flannery O’Connor, features the property’s collection of textiles including clothes made for O’Connor by her mother, Regina, a talented seamstress. Through November 1. Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville.
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