Flux Night 2012. This annual showcase of public art will feature dance, theater, music and multimedia installations. Always a great party, too. 8 p.m.-midnight October 6. Presented by Flux Projects. In the Castleberry Hill Arts District.
CINEMA: Out on Film. For its 25th anniversary, Atlanta’s festival of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films gazes backward and forward. Among the movies in its retrospective are “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Trick.” The festival opens with the new film “Gayby” and includes “Love Free or Die,” a documentary about openly gay Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson. 7:30 p.m. October 4. Continues through October 11. Read our preview here.
ART & DESIGN: Genghis Khan. This exhibition consists of more than 200 relics from the 13th-century conqueror’s reign. Many of the items — including coins, ceramics, costumes, armor and a mummy — have never been displayed before. It opens as Fernbank celebrates 20 years as a museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. October 5. Continues through January 21, 2013. At Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
BOOKS: Jasper Fforde. Fforde, creator of the literary detective Thursday Next, appears on tour for the latest of his metafictional adventures, “The Woman Who Died a Lot,” and for another novel, “The Last Dragonslayer,” which marks the start of a new series by the best-selling author. Presented by the Georgia Center for the Book. 7 p.m. October 5. At First Baptist Church-Decatur.
MUSIC: Alfredo Rodriguez. This Cuban jazz pianist brings a mischievous quality and Latin rhythms to the keyboard. 8 p.m. October 5. At the Bailey Performance Center on the Kennesaw State University campus.
THEATER: “Apples & Oranges.” The new play from Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer winner Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”) has its world premiere in Atlanta. Based on a memoir by Marie Brenner, it addresses familial love and estrangement through the relationship of an adult brother and sister who hold very different beliefs. With Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) and Tony Carlin (“The Best Man”). Directed by Lynne Meadow. Part of the Hertz Stage Series. October 5-28. At the Alliance Theatre.
CINEMA: Atlanta Korean Film Festival. “Masquerade,” a historical dynastic intrigue, opens Atlanta’s inaugural festival devoted to Korean and Korean-American cinema. Other movies included in this weeklong celebration are a harrowing, feature-length animated film, “The King of Pigs,” and “My Way,” an epic involving two Asian men who were captured wearing German uniforms in WWII. October 5-12. Times and locations vary; check website for details.
THEATER: “Lovecraft’s Nightmares.” Each weekend in October, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company will stage a live audio adaptation (styled after such radio dramas as “Lights Out”) of a different work by, or inspired by, H.P. Lovecraft, whom Stephen King calls “the 20th-century horror story’s dark and baroque prince.” First up: “The Rats in the Walls,” adapted by Atlantan Brad Strickland. 8 p.m. October 6 and 2:30 p.m. October 7. At the Academy Theatre.
MUSIC: Midori. The esteemed violinist opens the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony are on the program, conducted by Robert Spano. 8 p.m. October 4 and 6; 3 p.m. October 7. At Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
BOOKS: Natasha Trethewey. Our nation’s most recently named poet laureate discusses her new book, “Thrall,” as well as her new position, with the recently named director of Emory’s rare book archive, Rosemary Magee. A book signing and reception will follow. 7 p.m. October 8. At Cannon Chapel on the Emory University campus.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9
BOOKS: Stephan Pastis. Rat, Pig and the other cast members of Pastis’ syndicated comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” are the stars of the cartoonist’s latest book, “Pearls Freaks the #%# Out: A (Freaky) Pearls Before Swine Treasury.” 7 p.m. October 9. Presented by A Cappella Books. At Manuel’s Tavern.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
MUSIC: “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.” A concert-drama in which actors portray inmates at the notorious WWII concentration camp in Theresienstadt (also called Terezin), who learned and performed Verdi’s Requiem Mass by rote as an act of resistance. In addition to the musical performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the evening will feature period propaganda films and appearances by camp survivors. Murry Sidlin will conduct. Presented by the Anti-Defamation League. 8 p.m. October 11. At Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center.