Top events in Atlanta this week: October 7-13

Featured image: Ervin A. Johnson, (Courtesy the artist/Arnika Dawkins Gallery)

VISUAL ART

OPENING:

Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor: Monoliths. The Chicago-based artist opens a solo show of his large-scale printed portrait photographs of black youth coated in paint, mud, footprints, and other substances. “Blackness is often seen as monolithic,” the artist says. “#InHonor: Monoliths is a literal take on that notion. Portraits are digitally collaged, bringing individuals of different and shared experiences together.” October 11-February 7. Arnika Dawkins Gallery.

InstallMINT. Jessica Helfrecht curates new site-specific installations by Ashton Bird, In Kyoung Chun, Brittney Hart, Megan C. Mosholder, Leisa Rich, Brittany Watkins, and Elise Williams. October 12-November 8. MINT Gallery.

Minor White (American, 1908-1976). Sculptured Birds, Cape Meares Oregon. 1964. Gelatin silver print. Lent by Lindsay W. Marshall. The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White © Trustees of Princeton University.

Minor White, Unburdened. A new exhibition features works by renowned photographer Minor White alongside a selection of photographs by contemporaries and friends including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Rose Mandel. October 12-December 15. Carlos Museum.

Davion Alston: The Literal is Unimaginative. The German-born Georgia artist presents his first solo show. October 10-November 2. Day & Night Projects.

Dreamscape and TRACES. Thomas Deans Fine Art celebrates the opening of two concurrent exhibitions: Dreamscape, an installation featuring video and photography by Mary Anne Mitchell, and TRACES, a group show featuring work by Allison B. Cooke, Carl Linstrum, and Eileen Braun. Opening reception Friday, October 11, at 6 p.m. Exhibition through November 9. Thomas Deans Fine Art.


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s score alongside a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at Symphony Hall on October 12.

FILM 

Psycho in Concert. A screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic includes a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s score by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The Plaza screens the silent German expressionist horror classic with live organ music from musician Ken Double. Sunday, October 13, at 5 p.m. Plaza Theatre.

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. Wussy Mag screens the devastating Fassbinder classic. Monday, October 7, at 7 p.m. Plaza Theatre.

Cotton Club Encore. Francis Ford Coppola re-edits and re-releases his 1984 drama starring Richard Gere, Bob Hoskins, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne and dancer Gregory Hines. Opens October 11. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Home Movies. Atlanta Celebrates Photography screens photographer Chris Verene’s documentary film focusing on his family and hometown of Galesburg, Ohio. A discussion panel after the screening features Verene, photographer Ashley Reid, and Ambassador of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition Mona Bennett, moderated by Atlanta critic Felicia Feaster. The Alexander Report recently spoke with Verene about his work. Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Empire. Film Love curator Andy Ditzler projects the entirety of Andy Warhol’s eight-hour epic Empire in its native format of 16mm film. Saturday, October 12, from noon to 8 p.m. The Works Upper West Side. 

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.


Atlanta Ballet honors American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland with its first ever Trailblazer Award. (Image courtesy Misty Copeland/ABT)

DANCE

Misty Copeland Receives Atlanta Ballet’s Trailblazer Award. The Atlanta Ballet honors American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland at its 21st Annual Corps de Ballet Fashion Show & Luncheon. October 7 at 11 a.m. St. Regis Hotel.

glo previews Florence Biennale. Atlanta-based dance company glo will offer a preview of its work for the Florence Biennale. October 8 at 5 p.m. Corner Studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center.


Atlanta Chamber Players perform the music of Clara Schumann this week.
(Image: Franz Munchen, Clara Schumann am Klavier via Wikimedia Commons)

MUSIC

The Schumanns. Atlanta Chamber Players open their 44th season with a program featuring Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet and Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of her birth, along with a short work by Atlanta composer Tommy Joe Anderson featuring Laura Ardan, ASO principal clarinetist. Sunday, October 13. at 3 p.m. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.

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. Through October 12. Sandy Springs Arts Center.

Magnificat. Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and Cathedral Schola team up for performances of Bach’s Magnificat. Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. Cathedral of St. Phillip, and Saturday, October 12 at 4 p.m. St. David’s Episcopal Church.


THEATER

OPENING:

Ghastly Dreadfuls. Center for Puppetry Arts presents its popular annual Halloween compendium of gruesome, comic puppetry shorts and songs for adults. October 9-26. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Volta. Cirque du Soleil presents its new show Volta under the big top at Atlantic Station. The Alexander Report will review for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. October 10-January 5. Atlantic Station.

CONTINUING:

MacBeth.  Synchronicity Theatre presents a new production of Erica Schmidt’s all-female, meta-adaptation of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, following seven teenage girls in school uniforms who gather to practice and perform the Scottish play in an overgrown empty lot. Through October 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. Through October 27. Alliance Theatre.

Frankenstein’s Funeral. Found Stages presents a new immersive theatrical production based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Through 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.


The historic Fox Theatre gets spooky this month with its annual Ghost Tours.

HISTORY

Ghost Tours. The Fox Theatre offers guests the opportunity to learn about the 90-year history of the Fox and the theater’s many reported “ghost sightings” from costumed characters who tell the stories along a spooky guided tour. October 9, 15, and 17 at 6 p.m. Fox Theatre.

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.


KID STUFF

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.


ONGOING:

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

The High Rise Show. A new exhibition presents works by more than 100 artists from Atlanta and around the Southeast. Through October 19. Giraffe, 34 Peachtree.

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.

Work by photographer Rose M. Barron is featured in an outdoor installation at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

The Call of Water. Atlanta photographer Rose M. Barron presents an outdoor photography installation based around the theme of water. Through November 4. 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

 

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