A perfect prelude to Halloween, this screening of “Nosferatu,” the classic silent horror film, will feature guitarist Felipe Barral’s original score played by Barral and his band. 9 p.m. October 25–27 at the Goat Farm Arts Center.
ART & DESIGN: Back to the Future. Large-scale watercolors by Forward Arts Foundation prize-winner S. Patricia Patterson constitute this show. Also on view are works by finalists for the 2012 award. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. October 25. Through November 10. Swan Coach House Gallery.
THEATER: Assassins. Our review calls this new production of Stephen Sondheim’s dark 1990 musical about U.S. president-killers (and failed ones) “stellar.” 8 p.m. October 25. Through November 11. Fabrefaction Theatre Company.
THEATER: The Devil Tree. The Collective Project conjures an “authentically creepy” atmosphere in this play, which our review compares to “‘Our Town’ retold as … Southern Gothic.” 8 p.m. October 25. Through November 3. Goat Farm Arts Center.
CINEMA: The Mahogany Masquerade. Short films, a panel discussion and costuming, all in (or about) the so-called steamfunk style, which imparts an African American spin to steampunk. Part of the Alien Encounters symposium. 6:30–9 p.m. October 26. Auburn Avenue Research Library.
DANCE: The Sutra Project. This multimedia presentation combines live jazz, colorful prayer flags, onstage painting, recitation of ancient Buddhist texts and dance by Gathering Wild. 8 p.m. October 26–27. 7 Stages Theatre.
ART & DESIGN: Susan Cofer. Three decades of the Atlanta artist’s delicate, painstaking drawings are the centerpiece of the retrospective “Draw Near.” 10 a.m.–8 p.m. October 27. Through January 27, 2013. High Museum. Her quirky portrait sculptures are on view in “Susan Cofer’s People” at Terminus Gallery Walk through November 14.
ART & DESIGN: Elevate South Broad Mural Festival. The closing event for Elevate 2012 celebrates five new works of public art with a street party including performances by Atlanta Music Project and Pierre Rigal Dance. 4–8 p.m. October 27. South Broad Street, between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Mitchell Street.
CINEMA: International Animation Day. This annual screening of shorts by local animators and by ones representing various nations also includes programming for kids and a panel on the form’s influence. 2 p.m. October 28. Plaza Theatre.
MUSIC: The King’s Singers. A contemporary choral ensemble known for its playfulness and musicality performs works by Elgar, Henry VIII and others. 3 p.m. October 28. Spivey Hall.
THEATER: Betrayal. Last chance; our review applauds lead actor Tess Malis Kincaid for her impressive way with playwright Harold Pinter’s “weighty, almost sculptural use of everyday language.” 8 p.m. October 28. Aurora Theatre.
DANCE: Pierre Rigal. Laurie Stalling’s Tanz Farm series kicks off with French dancer and choreographer performing a solo work titled “The Standing Man.” 8:30 p.m. October 29. Goat Farm Arts Center. Read our preview.
[POSTPONED] BOOKS: Camille Paglia. The author of Sexual Personae lectures in connection with her new volume, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.
POSTPONED ART & DESIGN: Modern Musings. Glenn Lowry, director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and High Museum Director Michael Shapiro discuss the exhibition “Fast Forward,” among other topics.
BOOKS: Robert Olen Butler. This Pulitzer-winning novelist appears on tour for his new book, The Hot Country, whose setting is 1914 Mexico. 7:15 p.m. October 30. Decatur Library.
ART & DESIGN: Painting Non-Painting: Medium as Message. An exhibition of images “conjured by … Reverend Zenkai Taiun Michael Joseph Elliston Roshi in collaboration with sumi ink and the fundamental forces of nature.” 1–5 p.m. Saturdays–Sundays. Through November 18. Atlanta Soto Zen Center.
THEATER: Two Drink Minimum. William Balzer’s new comedy traces a mother-son relationship over several decades. 7:30 p.m. October 24. Through November 18. Theatrical Outfit.
ART & DESIGN: Laurel Nakadate: Photographs, Videos & Performances. The New York artist risks leaving her comfort zone, and takes you with her, in work built on encounters with strangers. See our interview. Through December 16. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
ART & DESIGN: Fast Forward. From New York’s Museum of Modern Art, a history of modern art from the perspective of six different moments between 1913 and 2012. Sarah Sze, Katharina Grosse and Aaron Curry represent the present. Through January 20, 2013. High Museum of Art.
ART & DESIGN: ‘For I Am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art. “Shamanism’s confrontations with paradox and anomaly are spectacularly evident” in this exhibition of 116 objects, according to our review. Through January 5, 2013. Carlos Museum.
By ED HALL