Michael Kurth pulls double duty, as a bassist with the Atlanta Symphony and as a composer. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)
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What to see, hear and do this week, March 19–25

MUSIC

Michael Kurth’s “Miserere.” Music director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus in an evening dedicated to Bach and the world premiere of ASO composer Michael Kurth’s newest work, “Miserere.” March 22–24. Symphony Hall.

Meshell Ndegeocello. The singer-songwriter and guitarist tours in support of her new covers album, Ventriloquism. March 21 at 8 p.m. Terminal West.

Baroque Passion. New Trinity Baroque celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a concert of music written for the Passiontide including works by Bach, Pergolesi and Corelli. March 24 at 8 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

Big Ears Festival. The annual music festival, praised for its “rare vision” by the New York Times, is dedicated to exploring connections between music, art and film. March 22–25. Knoxville, Tennessee.

La Traviata. Capital City Opera presents a new production of Verdi’s classic starring Julia Metry as Violetta and Justin Stoltz as Alfredo Germont. March 23–25. Conant Performing Arts Center.

The Vega String Quartet. Emory’s award-winning string quartet in residence performs quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and the world premiere of Richard Prior’s Quartet No. 3. March 24 at 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

THEATER

Terry Burrell and Tinashe Kinjese will star in two new one-act plays by Pearl Cleage. (Courtesy Alliance Theatre)

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. March 23–April 15. Southwest Fulton Arts Center.

Volpone. Resurgens Theatre presents an original practice production of Ben Jonson’s drama directed by Dr. Brent Griffin. March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare Tavern.

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. March 23–April 15. Stage Door Players.

Capitol Steps. Washington, DC-based comedy troupe has spoofed the nation’s politicians in skits and songs since 1981. March 24 at 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Anna Bella Eema. Vernal & Sere Theatre presents Lisa D’Amour’s mother-daughter musical ghost story set in a trailer park. Through April 1. Robert Mello Studio, Doraville.

In the Red and Brown Water. Theatre in the Square presents a new production of the first in the Brother/Sister trilogy of plays by Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney. Through March 25. Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.

Hook’s Revenge takes place aboard the pirate ship at former Atlanta landmark restaurant Dante’s Down the Hatch. (Courtesy Transgression/Deer Bear Wolf)

Hook’s Revenge. Deer Bear Wolf’s theater group Transgression presents the final installment of its series of interactive site-specific plays retelling the story of Peter Pan, with the pirate ship at Atlanta landmark restaurant Dante’s Down the Hatch standing in for Hook’s ship. March 22–31. Dante’s Down the Hatch, Underground Atlanta.

The Flick. Out of Box presents a production of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about three bored employees at a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts. Through March 25. Out of Box Theatre.

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.

As You Like It. The Kennesaw State University theatre department offers a new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Through March 25. Stillwell Theatre.

Bleach. A new production of James Beck’s comedy about a new employee for an exterminating company. Through March 25. Onion Man Productions, Chamblee.

Buyer & Cellar. Out Front presents a new production of Jonathan Tolins’ one-man play about an out-of-work actor who takes a job working Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement. Through March 25. Out Front Theatre.

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.

Waiting for Balloon. The Alliance reprises its Theater for the Very Young production about two childlike clowns waiting for a mysterious balloon. Through April 1. Alliance Black Box Theatre.

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

Barrymore. William Luce’s two-man play depicts stage-star John Barrymore late in life as he rehearses a revival of Richard III with a prompter. Through March 25. Shakespeare Tavern.

Sheltered. As part of its on-the-road season, the Alliance Theatre presents the world premiere of the 2018 Kendeda winner, Alix Sobler’s play about a Jewish couple in Nazi Germany seeking to arrange safe passage to the United States for 50 Jewish children. Through March 25. Actor’s Express.

A Comedy of Tenors. Georgia Ensemble presents a new production of the followup to Ken Ludwig’s musical farce Lend Me a Tenor. Through March 28. Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

BOOKS

Leesa Cross-Smith, Whiskey & Ribbons. The Kentucky-based writer discusses her debut novel with Atlanta author Jessica Handler. March 20 at 7 p.m. Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

Lost Southern Voices. The second annual literary festival allows contemporary writers to introduce attendees to favorite “lost,” forgotten or out-of-print Southern writers of the past. March 23–24. Georgia State University’s Dunwoody Campus.

Steve Berry, The Bishop’s Pawn. New York Times bestselling thriller author and Marietta native Steve Berry brings back his hero, former-Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, for further adventure. March 25 at 7 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

Katherine Clark, My Exaggerated Life: Pat Conroy. The author discusses her new book, which excavates the memoirs and autobiographical novels of Pat Conroy. March 25 at 4 p.m. Oglethorpe Museum.

DANCE

Dance Canvas celebrates 10 years. (Courtesy Dance Canvas)

Dance Canvas. The organization presents a mixed program of work by the region’s emerging choreographers, this year reflecting on themes of technology and innovation in collaboration with Arts@Tech. March 24–25. Ferst Center for the Arts.

KSU Synergy. The Kennesaw State University School of the Arts presents a free showcase of of dance, music, theater and visual arts for school students. March 21 at 11 a.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

FILM

Leaning Into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy. A new documentary follows British artist Andy Goldsworthy’s ephemeral and permanent work on landscapes, cities and his own body. Opens March 23. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

The Suicide. Moscow’s Theatre Art Studio, Stage Russia, broadcasts its production of Nicolai Erdman’s classic Soviet-era black comedy, which was banned for over 60 years. March 24 at 11:30 a.m. White Hall, Emory University.

ART + DESIGN

Cameron Lee, DEIDRIAN, from the series Flores Fatales (Courtesy the artist/Spectra 2018)

Spectra 2018. A new exhibition showcases new work by Atlanta queer-identified artists including Cameron Lee, Jon Dean, Savana Ogburn and Taylor Alexander. March 23 at 8 p.m. Revelator Coffee.

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.

Goat Farm Open Studios. The artists of the Goat Farm Art Center throw open their studio doors for tours with work for sale. March 2324. Goat Farm Arts Center.

Janet Biggs. The Brooklyn-based artist, known for her work in video, photography and performance focusing on extreme landscapes and situations, speaks about her work. March 20 at 6 p.m. Georgia State University.

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. March 20–May 19. MOCA-GA.

Pulp Reality. A new group show curated by Miya Bailey, Sharon Dennehy and Jack Michael features work by more than 20 artists. Through March 25. Notch8 Gallery.

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction. The High Museum’s largest fundraiser features a weekend of events, lectures and tastings leading up to a wine-lot auction. March 21–24. Various Atlanta locations.

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. Opening reception March 24 at 6 p.m. Exhibition through May 12. Hathaway Gallery.

Radcliffe Bailey. The renowned Atlanta artist returns to the GSU campus for a lecture following his year as an honorary Ernest G. Welch Artist-in-Residence. March 22 at 7 p.m. Centennial Hall, Georgia State University.

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

Michael St. Maur Sheil’s images at the Atlanta History Center capture the battlefields of World War I. (Image courtesy Michael St. Maur Sheil)

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.

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.

Phoenix Flies. The Atlanta Preservation Center hosts a month of tours and lectures allowing Atlantans a glimpse into the city’s architectural past, with many of the sites not otherwise open to visitors during other parts of the year. Through March 25. Various Atlanta locations.

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. 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.

Sandra Mujinga: ILYNL (It’s Like You Never Left). Atlanta Contemporary hosts the Norwegian artist’s video installation. Through April 1. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

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

Coarse. Hi-Lo Press celebrates its second anniversary with a show of new work from Oakland-based artist Cole Solinger and Atlanta’s Y. Malik Jalal. Through March 22. Hi-Lo Press.

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

Nikita Gale: Keynote Drift. The Los Angeles-based artist and former Atlantan creates a new installation for Atlanta Contemporary’s raw Chute Space. Through April 1. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Beyond Words. A new group exhibition curated by Hope Cohn considers how artists combine words and images, featuring new work from John Beadles, Jessica Caldas, Marcia Cohen, Bethany Collins, Craig Drennen, Jason Francisco, Mary Stuart Hall, Ruth Laxson, Christine Mi, Michael David Murphy, Sarah Nathaniel, Esteban Patino, Lesley Ann Price, Lauri Stallings + glo, Karen Tauches, John Tindel and Larry Walker. Through April 6. Swan Coach House Gallery.

Anatoly Tsiris, Two Piece Sculpture, Elm Tree (Courtesy the artist/Alan Avery Gallery)

Anatoly Tsiris: Pulp Addiction. Alan Avery shows works by the Ukrainian-born, Charlotte-based woodturner. Through April 7. Alan Avery Art Company.

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.

The Kissing of Gods: Craig Dongoski. The Atlanta-based artist shows new work aimed at depicting and documenting time. Performance March 21 at 6 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. 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. ArtsATL‘s Andrew Alexander reviewed the exhibition. Through November 11. Carlos Museum.

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.

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. ArtsATL‘s Kelundra Smith interviewed the artist. Through March 29. Gallery 72.

Deborah Roberts, We heard the thunder no.1, mixed media on paper, 2017 (Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort, New York)

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.

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

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.

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