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Michael Knight, Eveningland. The author discusses his new book of short stories with ArtsATL editor Laura Relyea. April 12 at 7 p.m. Wrecking Bar.
Junot Diaz. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and creative writing professor at MIT delivers this year’s Goodrich C. White Lecture and Reading at Emory. April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emory University.
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Sheep to Shawl. Various demonstrations throughout the day showcase the traditional methods of making cloth, from shearing of the sheep to the dyeing, spinning and weaving of the garment. April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Atlanta History Center.
A Conspiracy of Icons: The Art of Donald Locke. An exhibition including sculpture, ceramics, painting, collage and drawings considers the life and work of the Guyanese artist and former Georgia State University professor who grappled with the legacy of colonialism and the dawn of independence in the Caribbean. Through April 23. High Museum of Art.
Randy Brecker. The renowned Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter performs backed by the Georgia State University Jazz Band. April 6 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
John Luther Adams. Atlanta chamber ensemble Bent Frequency hosts a three-day residency with the renowned contemporary composer including several free events and performances, culminating with a ticketed concert of his work. April 7–9. Rialto Center for the Arts and other Atlanta venues.
Olivia Newton John. The beloved top-selling singer performs hits from her four decades in music. April 9 at 7 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Strait of Gibraltar. Synchronicity presents a world premiere play by Andrea Lepcio about a Jewish woman and an undocumented Muslim man from Morocco who fall in love in the age of the Patriot Act. Through April 23. Synchronicity Theatre.
The Bridges of Madison County. Aurora Theatre presents a new production of the Tony-winning 2014 musical with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Marsha Norman based on the 1992 novel by Robert James Waller. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jim Farmer says that in spite of strong leading performances, the new production “can’t conceal the frailties in the material.” Through April 16. Aurora Theatre.
Memorial Drive. ArtsATL contributor Cynthia Perry moderates a panel examining the history of site-specific dance in Atlanta with Emory Dance Program Director Lori Teague, Artistic Director of Beacon Dance and Company Manager of CORE D. Patton White, contemporary dance artist Lee Harper and founder of glo Lauri Stallings. April 6 at 7 p.m. Woodruff Library, Emory University.
Family Time. A conservative Yemenite Israeli father and his wife take their three sons on a transformative trip to the Grand Canyon in Nitzan Gilady’s 2012 film, part of a series of screenings of films by the visiting Israeli director. White Hall 205, Emory University.
After the Storm. Renowned Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film tells the story of a deadbeat father struggling to win back the love and respect of his estranged wife and son. Opens April 7. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.