Top events in Atlanta this week: September 30-October 6

Featured image: Catalina Cuervo performs as Frida Kahlo in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Frida (Image courtesy Atlanta Opera)


Frida. The Atlanta Opera opens its 2019-20 season with soprano Catalina Cuervo in a production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s 1991 opera about the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The Alexander Report previewed the show for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 5-12. Sandy Springs Arts Center.

Tengku Irfan Makes his ASO Debut with Bartók. Malaysian pianist Tengku Irfan performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Robert Spano on a program that includes Wagner and Brahms. October 3-5. Symphony Hall.

Lewinale Havette’s The Prophet is one of the works in The High Rise Show, opening downtown this week. (Courtesy the artist/The High Rise Show)


The High Rise Show. A new exhibition presents works by more than 100 artists from Atlanta and around the Southeast. Opens October 4 at 7 p.m. Giraffe, 34 Peachtree.

An evening with Michael Stipe. Atlanta Celebrates Photography presents its 2019 marquee event, a talk by musician Michael Stipe about his new book of photographs Our Interference Times created in collaboration with author Douglas Coupland. October 2 at 7 p.m. SCADshow.


Chris Verene: Home Movies. Former Atlantan, now Brooklyn-based photographer Chris Verene shows images documenting his family and hometown in Galesburg, Illinois. Through October 12. Marcia Wood Gallery.

“Something over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series. The High Museum presents the first exhibition to reassemble Romare Bearden’s late-career Profile series of images of people and places from his past. Through February 2. High Museum.

Henri Dauman: Looking Up. Atlanta’s Breman Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the work of renowned photojournalist Henri Dauman, who photographed some of the most iconic figures of the 20th century including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, the Kennedys and many others. Through December 30. Breman Museum.

Warhol and the West. The first exhibition of its kind considers Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with the American West. Through December 31. Booth Western Art Museum.

A Route Campagne: Impressionist Works from the Melamed Family. A new exhibition features more than 35 works by late 19th and early 20th-century impressionists donated to Oglethorpe University over the past ten years by the Melamed family of Atlanta. The show includes paintings, drawings and prints by Bonnard, Boudin, Cézanne, Chagall, Corot, Matisse, Montézin, Pissarro, Renoir, and others. Through December 15. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Through a Glass, Darkly: Allegory and Faith in Netherlandish Prints from Lucas van Leyden to Rembrandt. A major new exhibition considers the form, function, and meaning of allegorical prints produced in the Low Countries during the 16th and 17th centuries. Through December 1. Carlos Museum.

The Call of Water. Atlanta photographer Rose M. Barron presents a new outdoor photography installation based around the theme of water. Through November 4. Reception October 5 at 3 p.m. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

Romare Bearden. A new exhibition shows works by the renowned 20th-century artist. Through November 9. Alan Avery Art Company.

Mildred Thompson: The Atlanta Years. A new exhibition considers the work made by Atlanta artist and Spelman professor Mildred Thompson between 1986 and her death in 2003. Through December 7. Spelman Museum.

Passage. Kai Lin Art presents new work by Atlanta-based artists Larry Jens Anderson, Steven L. Anderson, Hannah Adair, and Chattanooga-based artist Marc Boyson. Through November 15. Kai Lin Art.

Alex Katz: Coca-Cola Girl. A new Atlanta gallery opens with an exhibition of prints from acclaimed painter Alex Katz’s 2018 series depicting women from Coca-Cola advertisements. Through November 16. Maune Contemporary


The McEver Poetry Reading . A poetry event from “Poetry @ Tech” includes readings from Robert Pinsky, Ada Limón, and Bruce McEver. October 3 at 7:30 p.m. Kress Auditorium, Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Tech.

Synchronicity Theatre’s all-female adaptation of Macbeth opens this weekend.



MacBeth.  Synchronicity Theatre presents a new production of Erica Schmidt’s all-female, meta-adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, which premiered at Seattle Rep in 2018, about seven teenage girls in school uniforms who gather to practice and perform the Scottish play in an overgrown empty lot. October 4-27. Synchronicity Theatre.

Small Mouth Sounds. Alliance Artistic Director Susan Booth directs a new production of Bess Wohl’s 2016 drama about a meditation retreat where speaking is banned. October 4-27. Alliance Theatre.

Frankenstein’s Funeral. Found Stages presents a new immersive theatrical production based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. October 4-November 3. St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Paradise Blue. True Colors opens its 2019-20 season with a production of Dominique Morisseau’s play set in a gentrifying 1949 Detroit. The company’s new artistic director Jamil Jude directs. Performances feature live original music from jazz trumpet Russell Gunn. Through October 20. True Colors Theatre.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Horizon Theatre presents a new production of the Olivier and Tony-winning play based on Mark Haddon’s 2003 mystery novel about an autistic teenager searching for the killer of his neighbor’s dog. Through October 27. Horizon Theatre.

Sunset Boulevard screens at Emory Cinematheque this week.


Sunset Boulevard. Emory Cinematheque screens the 1950 classic starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson as part of a retrospective of the films of Billy Wilder. October 2 at 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208, Emory.

First Love. Japanese director Takashi Miike’s new noir-tinged yakuza film tells the story of a young boxer and a call girl who become involved in a drug-smuggling scheme. Opens October 4. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Judy. Renée Zellweger stars as actress and singer Judy Garland preparing to perform sold-out shows at a London nightclub towards the end of her life. The Alexander Report reviewed the film, saying, “Renée Zellweger delivers as Judy Garland, even as the script succumbs to the usual bio-pic pitfalls.” Opens September 27. Area cinemas.

Out on Film. Atlanta’s annual LGBTQ film festival continues with documentaries, feature films, shorts, panel discussions, festival parties, and more. Through October 6. Various Atlanta venues.


Any Great Change: The Centennial of the 19th Amendment. A new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House considers the history of women’s suffrage, with a special emphasis on Georgia women, including Emily C. MacDougald and her daughter, Emily Inman, owner of Swan House.  Through January 31. Atlanta History Center.

Traveling the Silk Road. A new traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History brings to life the Silk Road, which brought goods, technology, and culture from China through the cities and empires of central Asia into Europe. Through January 5. Fernbank Museum.


Form & Function: Shoe Art by Chris Francis. A new exhibition shows the work of self-taught Los Angeles-based shoe designer Chris Francis, whose creations combine street style with diverse influences including Bauhaus architecture and the DIY spirit of punk rock. Through December 8. SCADFash Museum of Fashion + Film.

Woodland Spirits brings figures by Atlanta sculptor and installation artist Laura Lewis to Fernbank Forest for Halloween.


Woodland Spirits. Ghostly figures created by Atlanta sculptor and installation artist Laura Lewis inhabit the woods of Fernbank Forest. October 5-November 17. Fernbank Museum.

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious. A new exhibition inspired by H. A. and Margaret Rey’s classic children’s books illustrated by Alan J. Shalleck allows kids to explore science, math, and engineering through hands-on interactive play. September 21-January 5. Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Space! Center for Puppetry Arts presents its original rock musical show introducing kids to the galaxy and the workings of outer space through puppetry. Through October 20. Center for Puppetry Arts.


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