If you want to get to the nitty-gritty of creating monumental sculptures, you’ve got until 5 p.m. Saturday to see “Ayokunle Odeleye: Thirty-Two Years of Public Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Pencil drawings and wood or metal models — all wrought as carefully as if they were the final pieces — and shop plans trace the artist’s process in designing his sculptures and wall-reliefs. Photographs document the fabrication process. An added bonus for Saturday visitors: A panel discussion about public art at 2 p.m. Participants are Odeleye, Curtis Patterson, Maria Artemis and Matt Haffner. Lisa Tuttle will moderate. C.F.
CINEMA: Trailer War. Last chance to see this compilation of trailers (movie-house ads for “coming attractions”) created to promote films that are outré and/or exploitative. 9:30 p.m. January 10. Plaza Theatre.
ART + DESIGN: Glenn Ligon. In conjunction with “Fast Forward,” which incorporates Ligon’s racially and linguistically attuned work, he delivers a lecture as part of the Conversations with Contemporary Artists series. See our interview. 7 p.m. January 10. Rich Theatre.
MUSIC: Scheherazade. Pianist Juho Pohjonen joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano for performances of works by Prokofiev and others. 8 p.m. January 10–12. Symphony Hall.
ART + DESIGN: The Dark Pavement and Nice to Meet You. The opening reception for these two exhibitions (of works, respectively, by Alix Pearlstein and by Tony Labat and Tad Savinar) is to incorporate video, multidisciplinary material and local architecture, 7–10 p.m. January 11; Pearlstein delivers an artist talk, 11 a.m.–noon January 12. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
DANCE: Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. This touring group of international dancers, singers and musicians kicks off the new year at Georgia Tech’s performance showcase with works including “Encuentro.” 5 p.m. January 13. Ferst Center for the Arts.
BOOKS: Rose Styron. Widow of novelist William Styron appears for a discussion and signing of a book compiling letters by the Pulitzer-winning author. 7 p.m. January 14. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
THE ARTS: The Poet’s Love and Life. U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey reads from her work in alternation with performances of songs by Schumann, sung by Bradley Howard. Noon January 18. Carlos Museum.
THEATER: BlackTop Improv Group. This African American ensemble, whose trip to fame (on HBO, Comedy Central and elsewhere) began in Atlanta, appears as part of the Funny Fridays series. 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. January 18–19. Aurora Theatre.
DANCE: Touch. Full Radius Dance performs the title work and the comedic “Dames & Delinquents” by Douglas Scott, plus a new work by Lori Teague. 8 p.m. January 18; 2 and 8 p.m. January 19. 7 Stages.
MUSIC: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Pianist and Grammy-winning bandleader O’Farrill leads his ensemble in an evening of, yes, jazz. 8 p.m. January 19. Rialto Center for the Arts.
THE ARTS: Assemblage: A Culture Shock Event. Faye Webster, Lonnie Holley and Cicada Rhythm are some of the musicians to play amid the exhibitions “Fast Forward” and “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.” 8–11:59 p.m. January 19. High Museum.
MUSIC: Emory Community Choral Festival. Eric Nelson leads the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and the Lanier Chamber Singers in this holiday weekend performance. 8 p.m. January 19. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.