What to see, do and hear: ASO, Atlantic Records tribute, “New Worlds” and more


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings back one of its signature works Thursday and Saturday to Symphony Hall: Brahms’ A German Requiem. The piece’s history in Atlanta goes back to famed Music Director Robert Shaw, and the orchestra and chorus performed the work at Carnegie Hall and recorded an acclaimed album. Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will lead the ASO and Chorus in the performance. Also on tap is Adolphus Halstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, written in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets start at $23. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)


Singer-songwriter, and now bestselling author, Margo Price comes to the Variety Playhouse Tuesday at 8 pm Both in her music and in her book, Price tackles topics that range from substance abuse to acceptance of the past to abortion. Her recent acclaimed memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, delves into many of the same topics. Since her debut album in 2016, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, Price has become one of the key voices in the Americana/alt-country world. Tickets start at $26.50.


Between the 1940s and 1970s, Atlantic Records was the home of cutting-edge R&B music that ranged from Big Joe Turner to Ray Charles to Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin. On & Off The Record, presented by Nerananeh and ATL Collective at the Atlanta History Center, will celebrate the record label with live performances of its classic music, along with narrative elements that explore the social significance of the work. The concert is Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets start at $47.92.


What happens when people face new terrain and the opportunity for reinvention? How does the human spirit move beyond tragedy? Choreographer George Staib and staibdance delves into these questions in ARARAT, the beginning. The first iteration of the work will be performed at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Studio, Thursday through Saturday. Staib’s inspiration sprang from his Armenian-Iranian heritage and the diaspora that occurred after the 1915 Armenian genocide. Staib tells ArtsATL’s Cynthia Bond Perry that he was also influenced by the story of Noah’s Ark, fabled to have been located on Mount Ararat, and the ongoing, post-pandemic restart. ArtsATL Senior Editor Gillian Anne Renault will join Staib for a post-show discussion Friday and Saturday. 7:30pm Tickets $25. Discountsavailable.


Metal sculptor and mixed-media artist Corrina Sephora will be in conversation tonight with Tom Blue Wolf, a Native American tribal ambassador and spiritual guide. They will discuss her exhibit Echoes of Ecology—Prayers & Rituals. In this new body of work, Sephora focuses on the four elements, earth, air, water and fire, developing them to express aspects of family, memory and personal history. Exhibit runs through February 27. Reeves House Visual Arts Center in Woodstock. 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Anila Quayyum Agha’s “My Secret Garden,” 2023, courtesy of artist, Sundaram Tagore Art Gallery, NYC, NY + Talley Dunn Art Gallery, Dallas, TX. Photography by Anila Quayyum Agha, courtesy of Atlanta Contemporary.

New Worlds: Georgia Women to Watch opens Saturday at Atlanta contemporary. For the 2023 chapter of the ongoing Women to Watch series, the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts invited guest curators Sierra King and Melissa Messina to select five woman-identifying Georgia-connected artists for the exhibit: Anila Quayyum Agha (Augusta), Namwon Choi (Savannah), Victoria Dugger (Athens), Shanequa Gay (Atlanta) and Marianna Dixon Williams (Augusta). Through June 4. Artist talk Saturday 12 pm to 2 pm


When is a box not a box? When it’s the creation of artist Kevin Palme. His solo exhibition Paper Boxes delves into the concept of memory and impermanence and will open Friday at Kai Lin Art. It’s the gallery’s first show of 2023. Through February 3. Opening reception Friday 7 pm to 10 pm


Edgewood’s comedy club Dynamic El Dorado will feature Tamar Rubin on Thursday evening for Late Night with Shay Dominguez. Rubin, a standup comedian, has performed sets at the Laughing Skull Lounge, the Red Clay Comedy Festival and the 1 am Secret Show at Smith’s Olde Bar. Host Shay Dominguez is a comedian, rapper, and singer known for producing, writing, and hosting a live talk and sketch show. Tickets are $10.


perennial favorite riverdance celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend — Friday, Saturday and Sunday — at the Fox Theatre. Producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have reimagined the show with new lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Tickets start at $34.


If you missed it last year, visit the Shakespeare Tavern for the final weekend of The Merry Wives of Windsor. This comedic favorite about marriage, adultery and other matters of the heart is directed by Kenneth Wigley and stars Vinnie Mascola as lecherous Sir John Falstaff and Peyton Johnson as Mistress Ford. Tickets start at $15.


The Plaza Theater will present a screening of the short film Viral on Sunday evening. Written and directed by Ahmed “Magnum” Lindsay, starring Shalom Obiglo as Khalil and Pierce Williams as Benjamin, Viral is a cautionary tale of two men who wanted social-media fame—until they actually had to pay the price. Tickets are $30 and include a meet and greet with cast and crew, red carpet ceremony and silent art auction.

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