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The week’s best bets: “The Dark Crystal” and “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

Tess Malis Kincaid as Nora in A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Actor’s Express. (Kevin Harry)

THEATER

A Doll’s House, Part 2. Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere of Lucas Hnath’s hit play imagining the characters from Ibsen’s classic 15 years after the action of A Doll’s House. September 1–30. Actor’s Express.

National Puppet Slam. The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts original short-form puppetry by artists from across the United States. August 31September 2. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Love, Sex and Marriage. Tre Floyd’s new stage play is a prequel to his YouTube series focusing on the life of a closeted gay male celebrity signed to a homophobic music label. August 31–September 2. 7 Stages.

Unforgettable. A new musical dramatizes the lives of singer Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. September 1 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.

ART + DESIGN

A new exhibition shows drawings, prototypes and puppets from Jim Henson’s 1982 film The Dark Crystal. (Image courtesy The Jim Henson Company)

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth & Magic. The Center for Puppetry Arts unveils a new exhibition featuring original artwork, animatronic prototypes and puppets from Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic fantasy film. Opens August 31. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Block Party and Vote for Painted Crosswalk. City of Atlanta hosts a block party at which participants will vote for their favorite proposal for a painted crosswalk at Broad and Poplar Streets in downtown Atlanta. August 30 at 5 p.m. Intersection of Broad and Polar Streets.

Chimera: Andy Warhol through the 1980s. A new exhibition curated by Carlos Museum’s curator of works on paper Andi McKenzie shows Polaroids, silver gelatin prints and screenprints from the museum’s collection. Through November 25. Carlos Museum.

Photo Buckhead. A new juried show presents works by Atlanta Photography Group member-photographers as part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography series of events. August 29October 29. Buckhead Library.

Live Forever Miya. Atlanta artist Miya Bailey presents new work. Through September 2. Notch 8 Gallery.

Off the Wall. The Alliance Theatre hosts a community conversation featuring Pearl Cleage, Phillip DePoy, Carlton Molette and Karcheik Sims-Alvarado as part of WonderRoot’s upcoming Off the Wall mural project. August 29 at 7 p.m. Selig Family Black Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center.

This is America. A new pop-up art show features artists considering the current American political moment in their work. August 31 at 8 p.m. The Bakery.

Dragon Con. The hugely popular mega-event features all things sci-fi, fantasy, comics, movies, pop culture, gaming, cosplay and more. August 30–September 3. Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

FILM

The documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood opens in Atlanta this week. (Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary considers the life of Scotty Bowers, procurer to the stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Opens August 31. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

The Little Stranger. Charlotte Rampling and Domhnall Gleeson star in Lenny Abrahamson’s psychological thriller based on Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel. Opens August 31. Atlanta area theaters.

Elaine Stritch: At Liberty. Atlanta’s historic Plaza Theatre screens Broadway star Elaine Stritch’s 2002 one-woman show about her life in the theater. September 12. Plaza Theatre.

KID STUFF

Art in the Park. Marietta hosts the 32nd annual Art in the Park festival with artists’ booths, a chalk spot, children’s art area, an art gallery tour, food trucks, music and more. September 13. Marietta Square.

TinyCON hosts tiny fantasy, comics and sci-fi fans at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta alongside downtown’s annual Dragon Con. (Courtesy Children’s Museum)

TinyCON. Children’s Museum of Atlanta hosts its second annual kids’ fantasy and sci-fi convention alongside the weekend’s Dragon Con events, featuring costumes, activities, games and more. September 1 at 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

LudaFam Day. Ludacris and the Ludacris Foundation host the second annual community outdoor fun day with family-friendly activities including music, rides, food vendors, kids’ activities and complimentary health and wellness screenings. September 1. Friendship Field.

The Tortoise, the Hare and Other Aesop’s Fables. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents Michael Haverty’s adaptation of the classic animal fables of Aesop. Through September 23. Center for Puppetry Arts.

Earthflight. A 3D nature documentary uses state-of-the-art aerial techniques and cameras to document different species of birds on their seasonal journeys. Through December 13. Fernbank Museum.

Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Fantastic creatures made of plants bring the Atlanta Botanical Garden to life. Through October 28. Atlanta Botanical Garden.

BOOKS

Decatur Book Festival. The country’s largest book festival features readings, panels, a vendor’s market, art, performances and more. August 31–September 2. Decatur.

Rachel Devlin, A Girl Stands at the Door. The associate professor of history at Rutgers University discusses her new book focusing on the girls and women who led the fight to desegregate America’s schools. August 30 at 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House.

MUSIC

Michelle Malone performs at Decatur’s Vista Room this week.

Michelle Malone Band and Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks. Atlanta rocker Michelle Malone performs with Nashville-based roots rock act Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks. August 31 at 8 p.m. Vista Room.

Forrest Isn’t Dead. The Atlanta-based artist, singer and producer Forrest performs tracks from his 2018 release What It Means to Me with opening act Frank Mayson. September 1 at 8 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar.

ONGOING

Class Pictures. Teresa Bramlette Reeves curates six figurative works from the Zuckerman’s permanent collection paired with the work of five contemporary artists: Melissa Basham, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Yanique Norman and Don Robson. August 25–December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Figure Forward. Sarah Higgins curates three Atlanta-based artists who interrogate the nature of portraiture and identity: Jill Frank, Jamie Bull and William Downs. August 25–December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Book of Will. Decatur-native playwright Lauren Gunderson’s hit play about the friends and colleagues of William Shakespeare coming together to publish the First Folio after his death makes its Atlanta premiere. Through September 9. Theatrical Outfit.

rather than some things appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta’ mercy. Hudgens Center for Art and Learning presents a new movement-based, site-specific installation by 2017 Hudgens Prize winner Lauri Stallings and her company glo. Through October 6. Hudgens Center for Art and Learning.

Aida. Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a new production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical based on Verdi’s classic love story set in Ancient Egypt. Through September 2. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Marietta.

Meditation in Space and Time. An exhibition curated by Marianne Lambert shows new textiles by Junco Sato Pollack. Through September 21. Swan Coach House Gallery.

For Home and Country: World War I Posters from the Blum Collection. A new exhibition shows World War I propaganda posters from the collection of the late UGA professor and entomologist Murray Blum. Through November 11. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Alex C. Kerr: Gruesome Grin. The ceramicist and MINT Leap Year artist shows new work. Through September 22. MINT Gallery.

Larry Walker: The Later Years. A new exhibition, the second in a two-part retrospective, considers the later years of the Atlanta-based artist, GSU professor and father of Kara Walker. Through October 27. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Book as Art: Pulp. A new juried show celebrates the book as art, with handmade volumes, sculptural works and conceptual pieces. Through September 28. Decatur Library.

Lucia Riffel: Interspaced With. A new installation from the Tallahassee-based artist combines miniature landscapes, light-refracting materials and projected video to create a meditative environment. Through September 1. Day & Night Projects.

As We Dream. Atlanta-based artist and curator Kevin Sipp selects works from the Hammonds House collection. Through September 30. Hammond House Museum.

Ruth Dusseault: The Creatives. The Atlanta artist shows photographs documenting isolated utopian communities living off the grid around the United States. Through September 1. Whitespace.

Golden Legacy. An exhibition developed by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature shows more than 65 original illustrations from Random House’s Little Golden Book series, which includes works by artists from the European émigré community, alumni of the Walt Disney Studios and other American artists. Through September 7. Georgia Tech’s Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Pinch ‘n’ Ouch presents a new production of Edward Albee’s 1962 classic. Through September 29. Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre.

One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through January 26, 2019. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Kirstin Mitchell: Miecznikowski. The Working Artist Project award winner, formerly known as performance artist Kiki Blood, presents work at MOCA GA. Through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Bastiaan Woudt: Mukono. The acclaimed self-taught Dutch photographer shows images from Mukono, Uganda. Through September 7. Jackson Fine Art.

First-Person-Plural. Iman Person curates work from Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot’s professional artist development program. Through September 8. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Outliers and American Vanguard Art. An acclaimed exhibition from the National Gallery of Art considers the ways self-taught outsider artists have influenced the mainstream art world. Through September 30. High Museum.

Yuri Suzuki: Sonic Playground. Renowned Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki presents a playful installation of colorful sculptures that modify and transmit sound in unusual ways. Through October 7. High Museum.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The High Museum becomes the first stop in the US for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition exploring the lasting legacy of the characters created by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard. Through September 2. High Museum.

Embodied Beauty: Sculptures by Karen LaMonte. An exhibition features 32 dress sculptures across various media including glass, bronze and iron. Through September 2. Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga.

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart. An exhibition organized by Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts shows the photographs of country music star Marty Stuart, including images of fellow singers and songwriters, American landscapes and the Lakota Tribe of North Dakota. Through November 18. Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville.

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.

Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through June 16, 2019. Atlanta History Center.

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism. An exhibition explores how contemporary artists and crafters are employing traditional crafts in political activism and social justice movements. Through September 9. Museum of Design Atlanta.

Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun. An 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.

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.

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. An exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.

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