Parris Sarter and Grant Chapman perform in Angels in America at Actor's Express. The production enters the final performances of its run this weekend. (Photo by Ashley Earles-Bennett)
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What to see, hear and do this week, February 15–21

THEATER

Angels in America. The Actor’s Express production of Tony Kushner’s monumental 1992 play with a cast including Carolyn Cook, Joseph Sykes, Robert Bryan Davis and Parris Sarter enters its final weekend. ArtsATL critics Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer reviewed Parts One and Two. Through February 17. Actor’s Express.

Big Apple Circus. The New York-based company, which seeks to recreate the intimacy and artistry of the early circus, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a touring big top of classic clowns, acrobats and animals. Through February 25. Verizon Amphitheater.

SheWrites. Synchronicity Theatre, in association with Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis and Atlanta’s Working Title Playwrights, presents a national playwriting competition for women with workshop productions of new works by Daryl Lisa Fazio, Kathryn Walat and Kimberly Monks. Through February 24. Synchronicity Theatre.

Merry Wives of Windsor. Sandy Springs’ Act 3 presents a new production of Shakespeare’s comedy, set in the 1950s in the classic style of television comedies like I Love Lucy. Through February 25. Act 3 Playhouse.

King Hedley II. True Colors presents a new production of August Wilson’s play about an ex-con struggling to start a new life in 1980s inner-city Pittsburgh. Through March 11. Southwest Performing Arts Center.

The Jungle Book. The Alliance Theatre presents a new family-friendly production of Rudyard Kipling’s novel adapted by Tracey Power with music by S. Renee Clark. Through March 4. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

UniverSoul Circus. The exuberant, international circus celebrates 25 years with a show featuring acts from Russia, Trinidad, South Africa, Mongolia, Cuba, China and Ethiopia. Through March 11. Turner Field.

Ontario Was Here. Brittany L. Smith and Seun Soyemi star in Darren Canady’s drama about a pair of social workers who find themselves at odds about the best interests of a little boy. Through March 4. Aurora Theatre.

Good People. OnStage Atlanta presents a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s drama about a woman from a poor South Boston neighborhood who decides to call on a successful former boyfriend for financial help. Through February 18. 7 Stages Theatre.

The Meeting at Marietta’s Theatre in the Square (Courtesy TiS)

The Meeting. Kerwin Thompson and Jael Pettigrew perform in Jeff Stetson’s drama about the brief but historic meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. and Malcolm X. Through February 25. Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.

Looking. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Norm Foster’s comedy about four middle-aged singles brought together by a blind date. Through February 25. Onion Man Productions.

It Shoulda Been You. Out of Box Theatre presents a new musical comedy about the clash between the families at a wedding between a Jewish bride and Catholic groom. Through February 24. Out of Box Theatre.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of the 2004 musical comedy based on the popular 1988 MGM film about con men on the French Riviera. Through February 25. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

The Followers: A Retelling of the Bacchae. Michael Haverty directs a new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae by Margaret Baldwin featuring music by Klimchak and choreography by Ofir Nahari. Through February 25.  7 Stages.

The Mystery of Love & Sex. Out Front Theatre presents the Atlanta premiere of playwright Bathsheba Doran’s drama about the romance that develops between two friends of different races who grew up together in the Deep South. Through February 18. Out Front Theatre.

Brave New Works. Theater Emory highlights new work and adaptations from leading playwrights with three weeks of readings and performances. Through February 25. Theater Emory.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Synchronicity Theatre presents Dwayne Hartford’s new adaptation of the children’s book by Kate DiCamillo about a vain porcelain rabbit who learns how to love. Through February 25. Synchronicity Theatre.

Picnic. Stage Door presents a new production of William Inge’s classic 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Through February 18. Stage Door Players.

Rainforest Adventures. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new kids’ production by Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes about the animals that inhabit the delicate ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest. Through March 4. Center for Puppetry Arts.

The Ballad of Klook and Vinette. Horizon offers the American premiere of a new musical starring Amari Cheatom and Brittany Inge. Through February 18. Horizon Theatre.

Dinosaur! The Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young reprises its collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for an interactive production introducing kids to the wonders of the prehistoric world. Through February 24. Alliance Theatre Black Box.

BOOKS

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts)

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. The current US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner gives a reading of her poems. February 17 at 4 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

James Diedrick, Mathilde Blind: Late-Victorian Culture and the Woman of Letters. The Agnes Scott Professor of English Literature reads from his critical biography of the German-born British poet. Book signing to follow. February 15 at 7 p.m. Alston Campus Center, Agnes Scott College.

Erica Danylchak, Grave Landscapes. The author and preservationist launches her new book, co-authored with the late James R. Cothran, about the 19th-century rural cemetery movement. February 20 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional Competition. Area high school students compete through memorization and performance of the written word. February 18 at 1 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Paul Finkelman, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court. The historian discusses his book delving into the personal and political ideas held by the Supreme Court Justices who upheld the institution of slavery in ruling after ruling. February 18 at 3 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta. The Georgia State University professor of African American Studies presents his latest book, which challenges the long-held view of the city as the mecca for black people by examining the gulf between the city’s poor and the political elite. February 21 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

DANCE

(Courtesy Compagnie Hervé KOUBI)

Compagnie Hervé KOUBI. The critically acclaimed all-male French-Algerian dance troupe makes its Atlanta debut. February 17 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Director’s Collection. The Georgia Ballet performs “Haydn Concerto” and “Carmen Suite.” February 17–18. KSU Dance Theater.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The world-renowned company presents a series of mixed programs, each ending with Ailey’s monumental classic Revelations, at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox. Through February 18. Fox Theatre.

FILM

Florence Kasumba plays Ayp in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther (©Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther. The latest Marvel Studios superhero action film tells the story of the Black Panther, king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Opens February 16. Area movie theaters.

The Philadelphia Story. Turner Classic Movies screens George Cukor’s 1940 romantic comedy starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart. February 18 and 21. Area movie theaters.

Black Is…Black Ain’t. Renowned filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ final film mixes performances with critical commentary to explore notions of black identity. February 21 at 7:30 p.m. White Hall 208, Emory University.

Black History Month Movie Series. A series of free screenings considers the many ways African Americans have impacted history. Through February 23. Scott Candler Library.

ART + DESIGN

Joris Laarman (Courtesy Joris Laarman Lab)

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. Artist talk February 17 at 4:30 p.m. Exhibition February 18–May 13. High Museum.

Eyedrum Town Hall Meeting. Eyedrum hosts a community meeting to discuss the gallery’s plans for the future after the sale of the building it leases and after a fire in the neighborhood. February 17 at 11 a.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Keris Salmon: We Have Made These Lands What They Are. The Brooklyn-based photographer’s work combines words and images to reflect on African American and familial history. Through April 6. Arnika Dawkins Gallery.

Richard Thomas Scott Artist Talk. The renowned Georgia-native artist of post-contemporary figurative paintings and writer on aesthetic theory speaks about his work. February 15 at 6 p.m. Atlanta Gallery Collective.

The Kissing of Gods: Craig Dongoski. The Atlanta-based artist shows new work aimed at depicting and documenting time. Opening reception on February 16 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through March 24. Whitespace Gallery.

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. Opening reception February 17 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through April 28. Hudgens Center for the Arts.

Katja Tukiainen’s work will be featured in The Finnish Illusion at Spruill Gallery. (Courtesy the artist/Spruill Gallery)

The Finnish Illusion. A new exhibition shows work by contemporary Finnish artists Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. February 15–April 28. Spruill Gallery.

City of Atlanta Placemaking Q&A Session. The City of Atlanta hosts a Q&A session about its new placemaking program through which individuals, artists and organizations can apply for funding to transform underutilized streets and public property into active and vibrant public spaces. February 21 at 6 p.m. Central Library.

Face Jugs/People Pots: Southern Tradition, Global Human Impulse. John Burrison, author of the book Global Clay, gives a lecture about the tradition of jugs with human faces — now icons of Southern folk art — within the near-universal global distribution of humanoid vessels. February 15 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.

Portfolio 2018. An annual juried photography exhibition includes new work by Vanessa Filley, Michael W. Hicks, Kasey Medlin, Dale Niles, Erin L. Scott and Cherie E. Truesdell. Through March 17. Atlanta Photography Group.

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.

Ron Saunders: Pivot. The SCAD-Atlanta professor shows new abstract paintings. Exhibition through March 10. Besharat Museum Gallery.

Something Out of Nothing. A show of self-taught artist Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan’s layered mixed-media works and Sabre Esler’s sculptures and installations that seek to depict patterns of thought. Artist talk March 3 at 2 p.m. Exhibition through March 10. Chastain Arts Center.

Martha Cooper: Then & Now. A new gallery curated by Living Walls’ Monica Campana opens with a solo show by the New York street photographer. Curator talk with Monica Campana on February 17 at 4 p.m. Panel discussion with Atlanta street artists on February 24 at 4 p.m. Exhibition through March 2. The Gallery.

Venske & Spanle: Panda 750. The New York- and Munich-based artists present their fifth Atlanta show at Marcia Wood. Through March 17. Marcia Wood.

Orchid Daze. The Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center, the largest orchid center in the US, exhibits thousands of orchids in bloom during its annual celebratory event. Through April 1. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Charles Keiger, Landscape with Rabitt, 2017, oil on canvas (Courtesy the artist/Tew Galleries)

Richard Downs and Charles Keiger. California artist Richard Downs shows new sculpture, and Atlanta’s Charles Keiger shows new paintings. Through March 3. Tew Galleries.

Atlanta Gallery Collective. A temporary pop-up gallery exhibiting a rotating selection of work from 10 top Atlanta galleries extends its run through March 31. ArtsATL previewed the project as it opened in October. Through March 31. Ponce City Market.

Bruce Johnson: Exercise in Restraint. The Atlanta-based artist paints images of arrested civil rights leaders and advocates from the 1950s. Through March 29. Gallery 72.

Michele Schuff: On the Edge of Forever. The Atlanta-based artist shows new encaustic works inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. Through March 17. Sandler Hudson.

Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future. A new exhibition of the acclaimed fashion photographer’s work. Through March 17. Jackson Fine Art.

Andre Kertesz: Girl Before a Mirror. Jackson Fine Art shows work from the Hungarian-born photographer’s classic Distortions series. Through March 17. Jackson Fine 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.

Trevor Reese: And yet.*/the squid and the whale. The Savannah-based artist exhibits two bodies of work. Through February 17. Day & Night Projects.

The Ashcan School and Their Circle. Oglethorpe offers an exhibition of works by early-20th-century artists depicting gritty scenes of old New York including John Sloan, Reginald Marsh, George Luks, Robert Henri and George Bellows culled from private collections within the Atlanta metro area, the High Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Through March 4. Oglethorpe 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.

Kosmo Vinyl: Cisco Kid vs. Donald Trump. The former manager of The Clash, now a visual artist, shows work from his ongoing series of images mocking the Trump candidacy and presidency. Through March 3. Different Trains Gallery.

Deborah Roberts, A Conversation with Beauty, 2017, Collection of Alton and Ann McDowell (Courtesy the artist/Spelman 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.

Convergence. New abstract work from Joe Camoosa, Jason Kofke, Ashley L. Schick and Lucha Rodriguez. Through March 2. Kai Lin Art.

Terri Dilling: Blue. The Atlanta-based artist shows new cyanotypes. Through March 23. Stanley, Bearman & Sears.

Alli Royce Soble: When the Levee Breaks. The Atlanta-based artist shows new mixed-media works on paper. Through March 2. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

¡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.

Corrine Colarusso: Light & Weather. The Atlanta-based painter shows new landscape paintings. Through February 24. Poem 88.

Reconstructions. Karen Tauches curates a group show of Atlanta artists including Joe Bigley, Evelyn Breit, Krista Clark, Meta Gary, Katie Hargrave, Rusty Miller, Martha Whittington and Zena Zakanycz. Through February 16. Swan Coach House Gallery.

More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War. A new exhibition highlights the Atlanta History Center’s collection of more than 250 Vietnam War-related oral histories with photographs, documents and artifacts from Atlanta veterans. Through March 18. Atlanta History Center.

Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? The High Museum presents the first museum survey in the US to explore the career of American artist Al Taylor, with more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints. In her review, ArtsATL critic Cathy Fox says the exhibition draws “overdue attention to this idiosyncratic artist.” Through March 18. High Museum.

“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. Through April 29. High Museum.

MUSIC

Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto. The Grammy-nominated bossa nova singer, daughter of João Gilberto, performs a concert at Ponce City Market’s City Winery. February 19 at 8 p.m. City Winery.

Gil Shaham. The renowned Israeli violinist performs a concert including works by Bach, Dorman and Franck accompanied by pianist Akira Eguchi. February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.

Noa. The Israeli singer-songwriter performs an Atlanta concert in support of her new album Love Medicine. ArtsATL‘s Gail O’Neill speaks with the singer about her venerable career. February 17 at 8 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Peachtree String Quartet. The quartet performs a winter program including works by Ginastera and Schubert. February 18 at 3 p.m. Garden Hills Recreation Center.

Georgian Chamber Players. Colleagues from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform classic works in chamber ensemble. February 18 at 3 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Rewind: The First Five Years. The Atlanta Women’s Chorus celebrates its first five years with a concert of audience and singer favorites. February 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Druid Hills Presbyterian Church.

Alexandra Shatalov. The Atlanta oboist and Emory teacher performs a free concert. February 16 at 8 p.m. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

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