M.C. Escher, Day and Night, 1938, woodcut. (Detail, © The M.C. Escher Company B.V., Courtesy Different Trains Gallery)
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What to see, hear and do this week, April 9–15

ART + DESIGN

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. Opening reception April 14 at 5 p.m. Exhibition through June 9. Different Trains Gallery.

Imaginary Friends. A new group exhibition shows work by Britt Spencer, Carlyle Wolfe, Michael Porten and Laura Dargan. Through June 1. Spalding Nix.

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. Opening reception April 14 at 6 p.m. Exhibitions through June 17. Marietta Cobb Art Museum.

C4 Spark Awards. Atlanta arts organization C4 honors artist entrepreneur of the year Tiffany Latrice and artist champion NCR at an awards luncheon featuring keynote speaker Kate Atwood and master of ceremonies Doug Shipman. April 11 at 11:30 a.m. Embassy Suites Centennial Park.

Elyse Defoor: Unbridled. In sculpture, photography and other media, the artist explores various human experiences including marriage, restraint, death, rebirth and freedom. Opening reception April 12 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through June 7. Gallery 72.

Charmaine Minniefield: Black Angels. The artist explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Opening reception April 15 at 3 p.m. Through June 24. Carrie McPheeters Gallery, Auburn Avenue Research Library.

An Exploration of Her Ritual. Paula Cuevas curates a new group exhibition featuring work by women of color focusing on personal, cultural and historic rituals. Opening reception April 13 at 7 p.m. Wish ATL’s The Gallery.

Four Women. Atlanta Contemporary celebrates the opening of new exhibitions by four women artists: Dena Yago, Sheida Soleimani, Irini Miga and Krista Clark. April 12 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Marc Brotherton: Insert Coin to Continue. The Atlanta artist shows new abstract silkscreen paintings using `80s video games as points of departure. Opening reception April 12 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through May 5. Day & Night Projects.

Andrew Moore, Dollhouse at Lyon Hall, Demopolis, AL, 2016 (Courtesy the artist, Jackson Fine Art)

Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama. The photographer presents new and recent images of Alabama. Opening reception April 13 at 6 p.m. Exhibition 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. Opening reception April 12 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through May 17. Swan Coach House Gallery.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The popular, free outdoor Atlanta event celebrates its 82nd year with artists’ booths, music, food and a performance from Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre. April 13–15. Piedmont Park.

Emerging Artist Exhibition. The City of Atlanta shows work by emerging Atlanta artists Charlina Rose Smith, Bella Dorado and Lauren Peterson. Opening reception April 12 at 6 p.m. Through April 27. Chastain Arts Center.

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.

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.

Choice + Peter Bahouth: Recognition. Atlanta Photography Group presents two concurrent exhibitions: Choice, a group show featuring self-chosen work by more than 30 artists, and Recognition, a site-specific installation featuring new stereoscopic portraits by Peter Bahouth. Through April 28. Atlanta Photography Group.

Interrupted. MINT Gallery presents its fifth annual juried exhibition. Through May 26. 92 Peachtree Street.

Kit Reuther: New Abstractions. The self-taught, Nashville-based painter and sculptor shows new abstract paintings. Through May 5. Sandler Hudson Gallery.

Pete Schulte: The Lamplighter. The artist unveils new works on paper and a wall installation in the main gallery at Whitespace and site-specific projects in both of the gallery’s ancillary spaces, whitespec and shedspace. Through May 5. Whitespace Gallery.

Mexicantown, A Liminal Blur. Renowned Atlanta-based practice Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam Architects present their firm’s contribution to the United States Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennale: a proposal for renewal in the Mexicantown neighborhood of Detroit. Through April 27. Stubbins Gallery, Georgia Tech.

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.

Dale Niles: Life Revisited. The Georgia artist presents a new exhibition of photographic collage. Through April 18. Brickworks Gallery.

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 19171918. 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.

Head of Buddha, 5th century CE, from Hadda, in present-day Afghanistan. Stucco. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; gift in memory of Ambassador John M. Steeves by his family, including his grandson UGA Professor John C. Bergstrom (Courtesy GMA/UGA)

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.

Le Chic. A group show presents seven women artists — Carol John, JoAnne Paschall, Justine Rubin, Sharon Shapiro, Hannah Tarr, Zuzka Vaclavik and Erin Vaiskauckas — exploring pop sensibilities. Through April 14. Poem 88.

Inner City Urban: Vine City. Photographer Rose Smith presents her images documenting Atlanta’s Vine City community. Through April 29. Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Visions of the Imagination. Russell Carter Jones and Kodac Harrison collaborate on an exhibition of paintings and photography. Performance of spoken word and song by Kodac Harrison, and artist talk by Russell Carter Jones on April 14 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through April 30. The Defoor Centre.

All That Is Holy. A group show features new work by Rose M. Barron, Daniel Biddy, Elyse Defoor, Deborah Hutchinson, Charity Lindop and Robert Sherer. Through April 28. Blue Mark Studios.

Designing Playful Cities. An interactive exhibition considers the many ways designers incorporate spaces for play and fun into urban environments. Museum of Design Atlanta.

Hood Alchemy. AD “Kaya” Clark and Ralph “rEN” Dillard curate a group show of Atlanta photographers. Through April 21. South Fulton Arts Center.

The Future of America. A group show curated by Rebecca Dimling Cochran focuses on youth culture and features work by CYJO, Ruth Dusseault, Lauren Greenfield, Rania Matar, Forest McMullin, Bryan Melts and Darnell Wilburn. Through April 28. Hudgens Center for the Arts.

The Finnish Illusion. A new exhibition shows work by contemporary Finnish artists Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. Through April 28. Spruill Gallery.

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.

The Paul R. Jones Collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia presents an exhibition of selections from one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th-century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by the late collector Paul Raymond Jones. Through April 14. MOCA GA.

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.

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.

Laura Wilson: That Day. An exhibition of more than 60 large-scale images of the American West by the former assistant to Richard Avedon. Through April 29. Booth Western Museum of Art.

Carrie Mae Weems: From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. Hammonds House exhibits the artist’s 1996 work based on found archival photographs of enslaved people in the American South, alongside People of A Darker Hue, Weems’ 2016 film about police violence. Through April 29. Hammonds House Museum.

¡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.

“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography. An installation of more than 40 photographs primarily drawn from the High’s permanent collection reflects on the 50th anniversary of a tumultuous year in Civil Rights history. ArtsATL‘s Kelundra Smith reviewed the show. Through April 29. High Museum.

MUSIC

Robert Spano performs Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring this week with original choreography by Staibdance and ImmerseATL. (Courtesy the artist)

The Rites of Spring. Pianists Robert Spano and Elena Cholakova perform Stravinsky’s classic work with original choreography by Staibdance and ImmerseATL on a program with Vivaldi’s “Spring” from the Four Seasons performed by the Vega String Quartet. April 14 at 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Talent Development Program Spring Recitals. The students of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program perform a free annual concert. April 14–15. Symphony Hall.

Out of Darkness, Two Remain. The Atlanta Opera presents a production of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new operatic theater piece focusing on the stories of two Holocaust survivors. Through April 15. Theatrical Outfit.

Luisa Miller. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its production of Verdi’s opera starring Placido Domingo. April 14 and 18. Area movie theaters.

Peter Serkin. The renowned pianist performs a concert at Emory. April 15 at 7 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Rafał Blechacz. The Chopin Society of Atlanta presents the young Polish pianist, winner of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award. April 15 at 5 p.m. Symphony Hall.

Savannah Music Festival. A celebration of music across all genres brings world-class musicians to Savannah, GA, for two weeks of concerts and events. Through April 14. Various venues, Savannah.

THEATER

Buddy Holly in a publicity photo from Brunswick Records. A new production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens at Georgia Ensemble Theatre this week. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Georgia Ensemble presents a new production of the popular jukebox musical about the life and music of Buddy Holly. April 12–29. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Ashes of Light. After a five-year absence, a young man with a buried secret returns home after his father’s death in Marco Antonio Rodriguez’s play. April 13–14. West End Performing Arts Center.

Ripe Frenzy. Jennifer Barclay’s award-winning new play tells the timely story of a school shooting. April 13–May 6. Synchronicity Theatre.

Murder at the Strand. An immersive world-premiere theatrical mystery set in Marietta’s historic Strand Theatre challenges audience members to solve the who-dun-it. April 12–15. Strand Theatre, Marietta.

Wayang Kulit. The Emory Gamelan Ensemble accompanies master musician and puppeteer Pak Midiyanto in a shadow puppet retelling of an episode of the Ramayana Epic. April 14 at 8 p.m. Emory University’s Schwartz Center Performing Arts Studio.

Always, Patsy Cline. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of the classic jukebox musical about the life and music of country singer Patsy Cline. April 13–29. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

A Little Night Music. Georgia State University Opera Theater presents a new student production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical. April 13–14. Rialto Center for the Arts.

The Odyssey. Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents a new production of Mary Zimmerman’s theatrical version of Homer’s epic. April 10–21. Gainesville Theatre Alliance.

El Gran Día de la Madre/The Great Mother’s Day. Irma Cristancho, Joselin Reyes and Limara Meneses Jimenez perform in Aurora Theatre’s production of Chascas & Quintanilla’s comedy about three generations of women as they have a Mother’s Day reckoning in the family mausoleum. In Spanish with English supertitles. Through April 29. Aurora Theatre.

Eclipsed. The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival presents an encore production of Danai Gurira’s play about a group of women in war-torn Liberia. April 12–22. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

A Woman Killed with Kindness. Resurgens Theatre Company presents an original practice production of Thomas Heywood’s 1603 tragedy directed by Dr. Brent Griffin. April 9–13. Shakespeare Tavern.

The Jew Catcher. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of David L. Fisher’s drama about a Los Angeles Jewish community’s reaction when a Holocaust survivor spots a man from her past. Through April 22. Onion Man Productions, Chamblee.

Pearl Cleage

Hospice + Pointing at the Moon. As part of its on-the-road season, the Alliance Theatre presents the world premieres of two one-act plays by playwright-in-residence Pearl Cleage at the Southwest Fulton Arts Center. Through April 15. Southwest Fulton Arts Center.

Play the Play with Cat the Cat. Alliance Theater reprises its children’s production based on Mo Willems’ beloved CAT the CAT series. Through April 29. Alliance Black Box Theatre.

Love’s Labour’s Lost. Three young men try to honor a pledge to avoid the opposite sex, food, drink and sleep, for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Through April 22. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.

Mass Appeal. Stage Door presents a new production of Bill C. Davis’ two-character play about a complacent elderly pastor and an idealistic young deacon. Through April 15. Stage Door Players.

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.

Freaky Friday. Horizon presents a new production of the Disney family musical about a mother and daughter who switch places. Through April 22. Horizon Theatre.

Mamma Mia. Aurora presents a new production of the ABBA jukebox musical. Through April 22. Aurora Theatre.

DANCE

MaryGrace Phillips’ new collaborative dance piece Weather premieres this week at the Work Room. (Photo by Kelly Blackmon)

Weather. Lucky Penny presents a new dance work by MaryGrace Phillips with collaboration from sculptor Justin Rabideau. April 12–15. Work Room.

Tu Tu & More. Atlanta Ballet presents a mixed program of works by Stanton Welch, Tara Lee and Ohad Naharin. April 13–15. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

BOOKS

Atlanta chef Eddie Hernandez has a new cookbook. (Image courtesy the author)

Eddie Hernandez with Susan Puckett, Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen. The chef behind popular Atlanta restaurant Taqueria del Sol presents recipes combining Mexican spices with Southern ingredients. April 12 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Nasty Women Poets. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art presents an evening of readings from Georgia poets Julie E. Bloemeke, Karen Head and J.C. Reilly, from the recently published anthology, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. April 11 at 7 p.m. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

FILM

Andrew Young presents Memphis: Facing the Cross. Ambassador Andrew Young presents the film documentary of his first-person account of Martin Luther King’s final days and legacy. April 9 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.

Final Portrait. Geoffrey Rush plays Italian artist Alberto Giacometti and Armie Hammer plays American critic James Lord in Stanley Tucci’s new film about the creation of Giacometti’s final masterpiece. Opens April 13. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

Bradford Young and the Visual Art of Black Care. Atlanta-based research group Liquid Blackness hosts a public screening and an artist talk with award-winning cinematographer and installation artist Bradford Young (Arrival, Selma, Pariah, Solo). April 15 at 3 p.m. Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, Georgia State University School Of Music.

Atlanta Film Festival. The 42nd annual event presents 58 feature-length films and 150 short films from 56 countries. April 13–22. Various Atlanta venues.

I Am Big Bird. The Center for Puppetry Arts screens Dave LaMattina and Chad N. Walker’s 2014 documentary about Caroll Spinney, the man behind iconic Sesame Street character Big Bird. April 14 at 8 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts.

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