If you’ve seen the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company Recently, it wasn’t in Atlanta — the company was last here in 1939. Finally, the ensemble is back for one performance comprising three works: Diversion of Angels (1948), Graham’s buoyant celebration of love; Errand into the Maze (1947), Graham’s masterpiece set to music by Gian Carlo Menotti; and a new production of canticle For Innocent Comedians, which Graham described as “a dance of joy, in praise of the world as it turns.” Artistic director Janet Eilber talked with him ArtsATL‘s Gillian Anne Renault about keeping Graham’s rich legacy alive. Sunday, 3 pm Pre-show talk with Atlanta choreographer George Staib at 2 pm Rialto Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $46. Students $5, available at box office only.
If the title Cabbage in the concrete intrigues you, head over to the Emory Performing Arts Studio Saturday or Sunday to see this contemporary dance work performed by Ala Dance, an Atlanta ensemble founded and directed by Atarius Armstrong. Also on the program is Armstrong’s nest and his new work Where the Heart Is. Dancer-choreographer Patsy Collins will present her new work Sciath. Check out Robin Wharton’s preview on ArtsATL. Saturday 7:30 pm Sunday 2 pm General admission $30.
A film of the performance A Time With Isadora that took place in Inman Park last September will be available to livestream From Friday 6 pm until Sunday 6 pm It will feature historic works by Isadora Duncan and José Limón, works by Douglas Scott and Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, and a discussion about Duncan’s impact on the dance world. Film created by Mollie Robertson. $10.
Antigone ’23, A modern adaptation of the classic Greek play, opens this weekend at the PushPushArt Theater Annex continues throughout February. Directed and adapted by PushPush co-founder Tim Habeger, this retelling asks us to consider the issues facing our nation and how we can solve them in a thoughtful fashion for the good of all. Tickets start at $10. 3716 Main Street, College Park.
7 Stages Theatre and PushPushArt present High Risk, Baby! & Other Reproductive Rights Recipes This weekend only at 7 Stages Theatre. High Risk, Baby! is an hourlong play directed by Ellen McQueen and written and performed by Shelby Hofer, addressing themes such as the inner child, infertility and sex education — all wrapped up in bold comedy. Afterward, a collection of shorter pieces about reproductive rights will take the stage, performed and hosted by a variety of guests. Tickets start at $35 with discounts available.
Who was the real Marvin “Bo Legs” Arrington Sr., and what did he do for Atlanta? Find out on Friday at the City of South Fulton Southwest Arts Centerwhere you can catch a screening of the independent biopic film Bo Legs. The film was written and directed by the Rwandan American documentarian Adelin Gasana and includes commentary from a number of influential Atlantans. 7pm Tickets are $20.
Guitarist Larry Campbell Toured with Bob Dylan for eight years, then spent seven years in Levon Helm’s band, in addition to playing with Phil Lesh, Little Feat and Jorma Kaukonen. His recent focus has been on his own group with vocalists Teresa Williams. The duo’s second Americana-flavored album, Contraband Love, contains songs of addiction, survival and old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Campbell and Williams perform at Eddie’s Attic Sunday at 6 pm Tickets are $30.
Freshly minted Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Natalie Stutzmann returns tonight and Friday at 8 pm for her first Symphony Hall concerts of 2023. The program features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and guest cellist Edgar Moreau performing Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. Moreau made his concert debut at the age of 11 with the Teatro Regio Orchestra, and has since appeared at major concert halls across the world, including Carnegie Hall. Tickets start at $23.
Acclaimed author (and Clark Atlanta University professor of African American studies) Daniel Black will discuss his new book Monday at 7 pm at the Atlanta History Center. Black On Black: On Our Resilience And Brilliance In America is Black’s first book of cultural criticism and looks at issues that range from police brutality to the AIDS crisis to queer representation in the Black church. He is the author of three novels. Tickets start at $10 for non-members.
The group exhibition Black American Portraits opens next Wednesday at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Spanning over two centuries, the exhibition will feature 120 works that chronicle the ways in which Black Americans have used portraiture to envision themselves in their own eyes. The show is co-curated by Spelman’s Executive Director Liz Andrews and Tate’s Britton Family Curator-at-Large Christine Y. Kim, and focuses on Black American subjects, sitters and spaces, placing Black female portrait artists center stage. New to the exhibition at Spelman will be four acquisitions: a new painting by Calida Rawles, two works by Augusta Savage and a photograph of Spelman alumna Stacey Abrams by Sheila Pree Bright. Free.
for the last three years, 378 gallery, tucked behind the Flying Biscuit café in Candler Park, has been exhibiting work by artists in the community. But the fun is over. The gallery is closing. its final exhibit, last Call, opens Friday and features artists Susan A. Cipcic, Gina Edmonds, Aileen Loy and Katherine Mialkowski. Through February 25. Opening reception 6 pm to 9 pm Music from CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones kicks off at 7 pm
Life and the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Art from the Senusret Collection opens Saturday at the Carlos Museum. Visitors will learn about the rich funerary rituals, customs and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, and also about the life of ancient objects over time. Several objects in the exhibition highlight student and faculty research, technical and scholarly collaboration. The collection was gifted to the Carlos in 2018 by the George Ricard Foundation. Special Exhibitions Galleries. General admission $8. Discountsavailable.
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