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ART + DESIGN
Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. The artist, best known for her large-scale paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and acrylics, presents an exhibition of new work organized by the Aspen Art Museum featuring photographs, film and video. Artist talk February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Exhibition through May 20. Spelman Museum of Fine Art.
Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915–1950. A new exhibition reveals how early 20th-century American artists sought inspiration, not just in the cities but in wide-open spaces and small towns across the United States. Featured artists include N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Jacob Lawrence, Grandma Moses, Hale Woodruff, Bill Traylor, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz and Peter Sekaer. February 12–May 7. High Museum.
Emory Jazz Fest 2017. Emory presents Teodross Avery with the Gary Motley Trio and the Emory Big Band in the university’s annual celebration of jazz music. February 10–11. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Young singers from across the Southeast vie for the opportunity to compete in one of the opera world’s most prestigious contests, the National Council Audition Finals, held on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. February 12 at 2 p.m. Spivey Hall.
’Night, Mother. Leigh-Ann Campbell and Carolyn Choe perform in Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1983 drama focusing on a mother–daughter relationship after the daughter calmly announces she plans to commit suicide. Through February 18. Out of Box Theatre.
Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Seminar. Theatrical Outfit artistic director Tom Key in partnership with Dad’s Garage adapts Walker Percy’s satiric 1983 book about the self-help phenomenon. Through February 26. Theatrical Outfit.
Brit Bennett, The Mothers. The author reads from her debut novel, a lyrical drama set within a contemporary black community in Southern California. February 13 at 7 p.m. Wrecking Bar.
Jiréh Breon Holder. The author, Emory’s 2016–18 Fellow in Playwriting and winner of the Alliance’s 2017 Kendeda Award, reads from his work. February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Woodruff Library, Emory University.
because you believe in something. Atlanta dance company glo opens a new series of durational performances with a first installment at Interlocking Tower, the gate of Atlanta’s former grand Terminus Station. February 12 at 5 p.m. Mitchell Street Bridge and Elliot Street.
Snow White. The Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble performs Bruce Wells’ one-hour kid-friendly ballet version of the classic fairy tale. February 11–12. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Scarface. As part of an ongoing series of American gangster films, SCAD screens the iconic 1983 film about a Cuban refugee who becomes a powerful Miami drug kingpin. February 10 at 7 p.m. SCADshow.
Sweet Smell of Success. As part of a Tuesday night film noir series, the Landmark screens the 1957 classic about a powerful newspaper columnist who uses his connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems unworthy of her. February 14 at 7 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.