The best of what to see, hear, and do in Atlanta this week
Love Fear Loss. The Atlanta Ballet opens its 2019-20 season with a mixed program featuring works by Ricardo Amarante, Liam Scarlett, and Claudia Schreier with a special guest appearance by Complexions Contemporary Dance Ballet. September 20-22. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Joshua Bell Returns. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season with a performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto featuring Joshua Bell under the baton of Music Director Robert Spano. This week, Joshua Bell contributes a piece to The Alexander Report about the history of his violin. September 20-22. Symphony Hall.
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. September 20-October 27. Horizon Theatre.
Becoming Nancy. The Alliance opens its 2019-20 season with a new musical based on the book by Terry Ronald. Through October 6.Alliance Theatre.
Skintight. Actor’s Express opens its 2019-20 season with a production of Joshua Harmon’s 2018 comedy about our culture’s obsession with sex, beauty, and youth, featuring Chris Kayser and Wendy Melkonian, directed by Freddie Ashley. September 18-October 13. Actor’s Express.
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, taking the reins from company founder Kenny Leon, directs. Performances feature live original music from jazz trumpet Russell Gunn. September 24-October 20. True Colors Theatre.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Georgia Ensemble presents a new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 classic with Joe Sykes as Brick and Kate Donadio MacQueen as Maggie the Cat. The Alexander Report spoke with MacQueen about playing Maggie under the direction of her father, director James Donadio. Through September 29. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
The Laramie Project. Theatrical Outfit presents a production of Moisés Kaufman’s 2000 play consisting of interviews conducted by members of Tectonic Theater Project with people in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, shortly after the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Through September 29. Theatrical Outfit.
Our Town. Theatrical Outfit presents a new production of Thornton Wilder’s 1939 classic. In his review, Report founder Andrew Alexander says, “the strong cast brings out some fascinating aspects of the play, but the production’s more elaborate elements in other realms add clutter where there should be sparseness.” Through September 29. Theatrical Outfit.
STYLE & DESIGN
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. Opening reception: Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. Exhibition 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. Opening reception September 18 at 7 p.m. Exhibition 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 profiles of people and places from his past. Through February 2. High Museum.
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.
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.
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.
Myra Greene: Interval. The Atlanta-based artist and Spelman art professor shows new work utilizing fabric, dye, silk screening, photography, and sewing to explore representations of race and the body. Through November 2. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
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.
Tori Tinsley and Ally White: The Perpetual Stranger. Georgia-based painters Tori Tinsley and Ally White show work at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. Opening reception September 21 at 6 p.m. Exhibition Through December 15. Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.
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.
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.
Last Year at Marienbad. The Landmark screens Alain Resnais’ elegant, dreamlike 1962 existential classic in a new 4K digital restoration. September 17 at 7:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Ms. Purple. Award-winning filmmaker Juston Chon’s third feature film focuses on a sister and brother, raised in Koreatown, Los Angeles, abandoned by their mother, now caring for their dying father. NPR calls it “a beautiful portrait of a fractured but resilient family.” Opens September 20. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
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.