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Puddles Pity Party, “Miss Saigon,” Elevate: Summer and more things to see and do this week, July 21-28

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Editor’s Note: Every week we’re striving to help you get the most out of our city by helping you plan the week ahead. For more events happening in Atlanta, check out our calendar page

MUSIC

Diane Durrett. The Atlanta-native jazz guitarist performs an outdoor concert as part of the Jazz on the Lawn series at Callanwolde. July 22 at 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Puddles Pity Party. The sad clown with the golden voice, aka Atlanta-based musician Big Mike Geier, performs a concert of the songs that helped make him a YouTube star. July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Center Stage Atlanta.

ART + DESIGN

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Fauna. In a variety of materials, Atlanta native Heather Lancaster depicts the strange beauty of the ostrich. Through July 30. Spalding Nix Gallery.

Elevate: Summer. The City of Atlanta initiates the change of its Elevate public art program from an annual event to a year-round series with a kick-off celebration featuring spoken word, music, dance and a performance by Speakerfoxx and Bosco. July 22 at 3 p.m. South Broad Street.

THEATER

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Miss Saigon. Serenbe Playhouse unveils a new site-specific production of the hit 1989 musical— one that features the landing of a real Vietnam-era helicopter during the performance. July 21-August 7. Serenbe.

Babies in Space. The Kathy & Ken Bernhardt  Theatre for the Very Young and grassroots visual arts organization Dashboard Coop collaborate on an interactive outer-space playscape and performance especially designed for newborns to 24-month-olds. Through September 3. Alliance Theatre.

BOOKS

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Bruce Means, Over the Rainbow: Exploring South America’s Lost Worlds. The author discusses his 30 years of exploring the tepuis of the “Lost World,” a group of isolated, ancient mesas just above the equator in deep jungle where the northern tributaries of the Amazon join with the headwaters of the Orinoco. July 26 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

George Hirthler, The Idealist. The author discusses his new biography of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the French visionary who founded the modern Olympic Games. July 27 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.

DANCE

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Red Hill River. Atlanta dance company glo ends its three-week journey to various “hidden” sites along the Chattahoochee River with a performance at Standing Pitchtree, the site of the oldest Native American settlement in Atlanta. July 22 and 24 at 6 p.m. 2630 Ridge Wood Road.

Oxblood. New Orleans theater ensemble New Noise presents its panoramic outdoor dance performance about land, labor and home in the contemporary South. July 22-24. Serenbe.

FILM

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Sneakerheadz. The High presents a screening of the 2015 documentary about avid sneaker collectors in conjunction with its exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture. July 22 at 7 p.m. High Museum.

BE DOWNTOWN Film Festival. The Rialto Center for the Arts celebrates its 100th year with a film festival that includes movies that screened at the venue in its original incarnation as a downtown movie theater: Night of the Living Dead, Shaft, Enter the Dragon and more. July 22-23. Rialto Center for the Arts.

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