Forget sweet innocence. The Center for Puppetry Arts brings you “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe,” which features “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Raven,” adapted for the stage by Bobby Box and Jon Ludwig. Through March 3. CF
ART+DESIGN: David Calvin Laufer. The author of Dialogues With Creative Legends discusses interviewing such design giants as Paul Rand and Charles and Ray Eames for that book. 6:30 p.m. February 12. Museum of Design Atlanta.
BOOKS: Robert Sherer. This Atlanta artist discusses and signs his volume reproducing works created from his own blood. 7–9 p.m. February 12. Eagle Eye Book Shop.
ART + DESIGN: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting. Atlanta is the only U.S. stop for more than 75 works by the storied Mexican art couple. Through May 12. High Museum.
BOOKS: Amy McDaniel and Bruce Covey. These Atlanta poets read from works that include, respectively, a novel-in-progress titled What Coincides and the poems in Elapsing Speedway Organism. 6:30 p.m. February 15. Ivy Hall.
MUSIC: Freddy Cole. Longtime Atlantan and jazz singer-pianist-treasure performs as part of the annual Roswell Roots festival. 8 p.m. February 15. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
THE ARTS: Black Herman: An Extraordinary Life of Magic and Mystery. This community discussion delves into the life and work of Jim Crow-era prestidigitator Benjamin Rucker (aka Black Herman) with help from one of his descendants. 3 p.m. February 17. Auburn Avenue Research Library.
DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. New works and old favorites (“Revelations”) by this pioneering and transformative troupe in its annual Atlanta visit. February 14–17. Fox Theatre.
ART + DESIGN: Streaming Spirits panel discussion. Artists Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond talk about the prints they created for this exhibition. 6 p.m. February 19; show through March 9. Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta (1600 Peachtree St. campus).
CINEMA: Sport de Filles. Marina Hands and Bruno Ganz star in this drama that examines the intertwined passions (as its English-language title suggests) “Of Women and Horses”; part of the French Film Festival. 7 p.m. February 19. Alliance Francais.
CINEMA: The Hidden Fortress. A screening of the Kurosawa masterpiece, starring Toshiro Mifune, occurs 7 p.m. February 20, in White Hall Room 208; Salman Rushdie takes part in a panel discussion of the 1958 film and its influence on “Star Wars,” 1:30–3 p.m. February 22, in White Hall Room 205.
THE ARTS: Shirin Neshat. SCAD’s annual deFINE ART series honors this Iranian-born artist and filmmaker, who delivers its keynote address. 6 p.m. February 21. Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta (1600 Peachtree St. campus).
MUSIC: Daniel Bernard Roumain. The violinist-composer who leads the Sphinx Orchestra makes several appearances: he gives a lecture-demonstration involving etudes and hip-hop, 10–11 a.m. February 22; and performs “Filter” with members of Sphinx, 8 p.m. February 22. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
MUSIC: Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood. Violin virtuoso Bell and pianist-composer Haywood appear in concert to perform works by Prokofiev and others. 8:15 p.m. February 23. Spivey Hall.