Candide. The Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony present a new production of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical. May 9–20. Symphony Hall.
Blush and Burn Medicine Show. Impulse Repertory Company presents a variety show, dance party and fundraiser. May 11 at 7 p.m. Windmill Arts Center.
Ripcord. Donna Biscoe and Jill Jane Clements star in a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2015 comedy about contentious roommates in a nursing home. May 10–June 3. Aurora Theatre.
Sordid Lives. Outfront Theatre presents a new production of writer Del Shore’s cult classic comedy about the sordid lives of residents of small-town Winters, Texas. Through May 20. Outfront Theatre Company.
XPT. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents an evening of experimental, cutting-edge puppetry for adults. May 10–13. Center for Puppetry Arts.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York. Atlanta Theatre Club presents a new production of Halley Feiffer’s 2016 black comedy about a divorcing couple whose mothers become roommates in the cancer ward at Sloan Kettering. Through May 22. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre.
In Lieu of Flowers. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Atlanta playwright Daphne Mintz’s play about a mysterious woman who shows up at a family funeral. Through May 20. Onion Man Productions.
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Rachel Parrish directs Alice Birch’s anarchic meditation on how language molds our experience of sex and gender. Through May 13. 7 Stages.
Lazybed. Aris Theatre opens a new production of Scottish playwright Iain Crichton Smith’s quirky metaphysical comedy. Through May 13. 7 Stages.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Jon Ludwig directs a puppet version of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s musical adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss’ children’s story. Through May 13. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Anita Baker. The legendary singer performs a series of shows at the Fabulous Fox. May 10–13. Fox Theatre.
ASO on the BeltLine. Assistant conductor Stephen Mulligan and associate concertmaster Justin Bruns lead the Atlanta Symphony in an all-Italian program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algeri and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.” May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Historic Fourth Ward Park on the Atlanta BeltLine.
Mavis Staples and Buddy Guy. The renowned gospel singer Mavis Staples performs with the blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy. May 11 at 8 p.m. Wolf Creek Amphitheater.
Bach to Broadway. Atlanta Ballet presents a mixed program of works by George Balanchine, Helgi Tomasson and Maxim Petrov. May 11–13. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Modern Atlanta Dance Festival. Full Radius presents a program of modern dance by Atlanta-based artists including Okwae Miller, Core Performance Company and Meaghan Novoa. May 11–12. Balzer Theatre at Herren’s.
Joseph Crespino, Atticus Finch: A Biography. Emory professor Joseph Crespino considers the life of Harper Lee’s real father and her beloved fictional father from To Kill a Mockingbird. May 8 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.
Khaled Beydoun, American Islamophobia. The author considers the origins and impact of Islamophobia in America. May 9 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.
RBG. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a new documentary considering the life and work of feminist icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May 10 at 7:30. UA Tara Cinemas.
Lovelive! Sunshine! Hakodate Unit Carnival. The Plaza Theatre screens a concert from Hokkaido’s Hakodate Arena featuring CYaRon! AZALEA, Guilty Kiss and Saint Snow. May 13. Plaza Theatre.
Racer and the Jailbird. A gangster and a race car driver fall in love in Michaël R. Roskam’s new Belgian drama. Opens May 11. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
ART + DESIGN
National Public Gardens Day. The Atlanta History Center offers free admission to its Goizueta Gardens and Cherokee Garden Library featuring talks and tours in honor of National Public Gardens Day. May 11. Atlanta History Center.
Undoings – Existents: A Collaborative Body. New abstract paintings and mixed-media works from Priscilla Alarcon and Rose M. Barron consider gender and identity in the modern South. Opening Reception May 12 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through June 1. Kibbee Gallery.
Dressing for Dystopia. A new exhibition explores designer Ane Crabtree’s costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale. Through August 12. SCAD Fash.
Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, a new exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16. Atlanta History Center.
Tyler Beard: Contours & Casework and Lauren Sanders: Interiors & Props. Georgia State University hosts two concurrent shows: visiting instructor Tyler Beard’s carved ceramic objects and paintings displayed within a modular room designed and built by the artist; and Knoxville-based artist Lauren Sanders’ sculptures, drawings and textiles curated by ArtsATL contributor Logan Lockner. May 10–September 7. GSU Welch School Galleries.
Unraveled. A new group exhibition features individual and collaborative work from Luca Barolli, Lauren Betty, Andrew Catanese and Igor Korsunskiy. Through July 8. Blue Mark Studios.
Jean Larson. The painter shows new work influenced by the natural environment. Through July 14. Alan Avery Art Company.
The Wonder of it All. A new exhibition features works by Susan Cofer and Jerry Siegel along with other artists in MOCA GA’s permanent collection. Through June 30. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Art of Nature. An outdoor art exhibition at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve features work by Laura Bell, Sonya Yong James, Maria Ava Totina Ramos, Sachi Rome, Shannon Willow and Alison Hamil. Through June 1. Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future. A retrospective exhibition with designs borrowed primarily from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris considers the seven-decade career of the French designer. Through September 30. SCAD Fash.
Rachel Evans: Amorphous: Cloudscape Paintings. The Atlanta-based painter shows new canvases depicting cloudscapes. Through May 31. Brickworks Gallery.
Susan Cofer: Drawings. The renowned Atlanta-based artist shows new drawings at Poem 88, her first solo show at the gallery. Through May 24. Poem 88.
MELT: A Queer Photo Show Opening. A new group show features work by Pierre Pastel, Maggy Swain, Jon Dean, Savana Ogburn, LaRue Calliet, Mo Castillo, Patrick DiRito, Jody Fausett and Johnnie Ray Kornegay. May 12 at 7 p.m. Facet Gallery.
M.C. Escher +. An exhibition of prints by the legendary graphic artist accompanies contemporary work by Dick Esterle, George Hart, Miranda Herrick, Paul Hildebrandt, Akio Hizume, Marc Pelletier, Clark Richert, Erin Sledd, Fabien Vienne and Scott Vorthman. Through June 9. Different Trains Gallery.
Alfred Conteh: Visions of a Cultural Commentator and Dylan Pierce’s Legacy of Hope: Studies in Africa. Two new exhibitions focus on the work of Atlanta-based artists: a retrospective show of Alfred Conteh’s body of work encompassing realistic portraiture and symbolic abstraction and Dylan Pierce’s work inspired by his travels to Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa. Through June 17. Marietta Cobb Art Museum.
Walker Keith Jernigan: Broken Artist Dreams. The artist shows painting, sculpture, installation and performance, as he continues to work in the gallery, interact with visitors and add to the exhibition throughout its run. Through May 26. Mammal Gallery, 217 Mitchell Street.
Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. Through June 7. Gallery 72.
Charmaine Minniefield: Black Angels. The artist explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Through June 24. Carrie McPheeters Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library.
Imaginary Friends. A new group exhibition shows work by Britt Spencer, Carlyle Wolfe, Michael Porten and Laura Dargan. Through June 1. Spalding Nix.
Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama. The photographer presents new and recent images of Alabama. Through July 7. Jackson Fine Art.
Andrew Boatright: Be Not Afraid. The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner presents a new sculptural installation alongside the work of finalists David Armistead, Wihro Kim, Julianne Trew and Vanessa Brooke Williams. Through May 17. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. A new exhibition shows 25 photographs captured by the late Declan Haun, a Chicago freelance photojournalist assigned to cover the King funeral in Atlanta. Through November 4. Margaret Mitchell House.
William Downs: Inhuman. The artist and GSU professor presents new work. Opening reception May 11 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through June 9. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
George Long: Omnium Gatherum. The Atlanta-based artist installs a 40-foot-long pile of drawings depicting an imagined mental landscape. Through May 12. Marcia Wood.
Frederick D. Jones Jr. and the Social Surreal. An exhibition of works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection considers the work of Chicago artist Frederick D. Jones Jr. in relation to the art movement known as social surrealism. Through May 25. Clark Atlanta University Museum.
Interrupted. MINT Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibition. Through May 26. 92 Peachtree Street.
Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917–1918. A centennial touring exhibition from the National War Museum and Memorial features contemporary photographs by Michael St. Maur Sheil capturing the battlefields of the Western Front. Through July 5. Atlanta History Center.
Images of Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Pakistan and Afghanistan. A new exhibition curated by UGA associate professor of art history Nicolas Morrissey highlights the Buddhist artistic heritage of ancient Gandhara. Through June 17. Georgia Museum of Art.
A Journey Through Time: Works of the American Guild of Judaic Art. A juried exhibition presents works from the American Guild of Judaic Art including paintings, weavings, quilts, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Through May 10. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.
Mark Steinmetz: Terminus. The Athens, Georgia-based photographer turns his lens on the Atlanta airport and its surroundings as part of the High’s ongoing Picturing the South series of commissions. Through June 3. High Museum.
Designing Playful Cities. An interactive exhibition considers the many ways designers incorporate spaces for play and fun into urban environments. Through May 13. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age. An exhibition originated by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, shows furniture designs from throughout the career of innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman. ArtsATL’s Gail O’Neill interviewed the designer as the exhibition opened. Through May 13. High Museum.
Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. An exhibition of more than 90 objects from the ancient Egyptian collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Carlos Museum explores wild and domestic cats and dogs, feline and canine deities, animal burial practices and luxury items decorated with feline and canine features. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.
Lucinda. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents an exhibition of works by Lucinda Bunnen from its permanent collection, including a recent new portfolio acquisition as well as four new works from her Nicaragua series. Through May 19. MOCA-GA.
Easy Air. A new group exhibition features work by Ridley Howard, Scott Ingram and Christina West alongside two solo exhibitions, Craig Drennen’s Painters and Tyler Beard’s Shorelines. Through May 12. Hathaway Gallery.
Deborah Roberts: The Evolution of Mimi. A new exhibition of the artist’s work features more than 50 collages, paintings and hand-painted serigraphs considering girlhood, self-image and the dysfunctional legacy of colorism. Through May 19. Spelman Museum of Art.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. A new exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.