Thursday, May 25

MUSIC Donald Runnicles Leads an All-French Program. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leads a program of French music including Christina Smith performing Jolivet’s Flute Concerto and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus joining the ASO for Fauré’s Requiem. May 25 and 27. Symphony Hall.

Staff Pick, Haylee Anne and Laura Relyea
ART + DESIGN Atlanta Contemporary Open Studios. Open night that spotlights the 14 artists in Atlanta Contemporary’s Studio Artist Program. Meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection. May 25, 7 p.m. at Atlanta contemporary.

THEATER Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Shakespeare Tavern presents a new ‘original practice’ production of Shakespeare’s early comedy. May 25-June 11. Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern.

BOOKS Molly Brodak and Cory Martin. The two authors read from and discuss their works:  Brodak’s Bandit, a memoir about her father who robbed banks, and Martin’s Love Sick, a meditation on her attempts to navigate the world of dating while dealing with uncertain health. May 25 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.

Staff Pick, Susannah Darrow
ART + DESIGN Fall Line Talks: Michael David Murphy. An ongoing work-in-progress, SAME DAY is a photographic performance for right now, a slideshow exploration at the crossroads of global politics and an American family. May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Fall Line Press.

Friday, May 26

Staff Pick, Scott Freeman
DANCE Fly on a Wall. The Atlanta-based dance collective presents performances of “Dave” and “Herz Research” as part of the Hambidge Creative Hive at the historic midtown property Colony Square. May 26 at noon and 6:30 p.m. Colony Square.

ART + DESIGN Decatur Arts Festival. The City of Decatur presents its popular family-friendly arts festival including author readings, musical performances, dance and an artists’ market. May 26-28. Decatur.

Robert Glasper pushes the boundaries of jazz.

MUSIC Atlanta Jazz Festival. The City of Atlanta presents a free festival of jazz artists on three stages in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend. May 26-28. Piedmont Park.

FILM The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki. Director Juho Kuosmanen’s new black-and-white film tells the true story of famous Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Opens May 26. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.


Saturday, May 27

DANCE Breaking Ground. Beacon Dance and CORE Performance Company present a selection of new dance performances as part of the Decatur Arts Festival. May 27-28. Decatur Recreation Center




ART + DESIGN  The New South II. Kai Lin Art hosts its second annual juried exhibition of works on paper. Through June 2. Kai Lin Gallery.

THEATER How to Use a Knife. Carolyn Cook directs Will Snider’s new comedy about a chef in a Wall Street restaurant whose kitchen is thrown into chaos when immigration officers arrive to question his staff. Through June 25. Horizon Theatre.


Rainbow sandal, Salvatore Ferragamo; suede, gilded leather, leather and cork; 1938, Italy. Gift of Wanda Ferragamo, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Image courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London.)

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain. An exhibition from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum explores the cultural significance of footwear with more than 200 pairs of shoes from ancient Egyptian slippers to Christian Louboutin heels. ArtsATL critic Gail O’Neill interviews curator Helen Persson. Through August 13. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.

FILM Amazon Adventure. A new Imax film examines the biodiversity of the Amazon basin in 3D. Through August 27. Fernbank Museum Imax Theatre.

ART + DESIGN Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College. A new exhibition displays Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff’s series of six murals for Talladega College, Alabama, one of the first colleges established for African-American people in the United States, depicting noteworthy historical events including the Amistad slave rebellion and the opening of the college. Through September 12. High Museum.