Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins will perform the multimedia dance work Black Velvet backstage at Symphony Hall this month. (Photo by Alex Apt/courtesy the artists)
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Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes. March 28–30. Symphony Hall.

Tanz Farm and glo showcase Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes, a performance work by visiting artists Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins. Black Velvet “aims to share and reflect on the colorfulness of blackness, especially in regards to black women, in a relationship of love, compassion and camaraderie.” The work will be performed in the raw backstage area of Atlanta’s Symphony Hall, and the artists will offer workshops and conversation events during their time in Atlanta.

Phoenix Flies. March 3–25. Various Atlanta locations.

With Phoenix Flies, the Atlanta Preservation Center hosts a month of tours and lectures allowing Atlantans a glimpse into the city’s architectural and historic past, with many of the sites not otherwise open to visitors during other parts of the year. From the Apex Museum to the Wren’s Nest and everything in between, more than a hundred buildings, homes and institutions participate. Many tours and events are free, but some require registration, and popular tours tend to fill up fast. Watch ArtsATL this week for our top picks for the best of the Phoenix Flies tours and events.

Rise Up, Robots. March 9 at 7 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts.

Welcome our new overlords, the machines. As part of the Atlanta Science Festival, Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts hosts an evening of talks and demonstrations from innovative thinkers in the field of robotics: Heather Knight, PhD, assistant professor of robotics at Oregon State University, founder of Marilyn Monrobot, the world’s first robotic jokester; Gil Weinberg, PhD, professor and founding director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, presenting Shimon, Georgia Tech’s marimba-playing robotic musician; and Stewart Coulter, PhD, engineering manager at DEKA Research & Development, project manager for the LUKE arm, a prosthetic bionic arm.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre will perform a new work by Danielle Agami. (Photo by Joseph Guay)

Next Door. March 30–31. KSU’s Dance Theater, Marietta.

Israeli-born, Seattle-based choreographer Danielle Agami creates a world premiere for the five former Atlanta Ballet dancers of Atlanta’s new Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. Strongly influenced by Ohad Naharin and his Batsheva Dance Company, where she performed for many years as a company member, Agami founded her own company Ate9 in Seattle in 2012. She says of her works, “I believe creation has to have an element of uncertainty, as if it is only now being formed for the first time. My goal is to leave the impression that the artistic experience is a unique and one-time only happening.”

The Harvey Milk Show. March 9–10. Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

To celebrate the theater’s 30th anniversary, Actor’s Express founder Chris Coleman returns to Atlanta to reprise his performance in the title role of the hit musical about the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, The Harvey Milk Show, first produced by Actor’s Express in 1992, with book and lyrics by Dan Pruitt and music by Patrick Hutchison. 

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