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The week’s best bets: Onyxcon, Rosmersholm and Puppyprov

The Oba by Eric Wilkerson graces the poster of this year's Onyxcon. (Detail, courtesy the artist)

ART + DESIGN

Onyxcon. An annual convention celebrates the impact and presence of the African diaspora in comics and science fiction. August 24–26. Southwest Arts Center.

Art Party. One of the most anticipated annual events on the Atlanta arts calendar is a fundraising party for Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, this year featuring new exhibitions by Charles Harlan, Jacolby Satterwhite, Allison Janae Hamilton and The Sunroom, plus open studio tours by artists of the Studio Art Program. August 25 at 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Louis Delsarte Artist Talk. The acclaimed artist and professor of fine arts at Morehouse College speaks about his work in the context of the exhibition Passion and Poetry: The Art of Louis Delsarte. August 25 at 2 p.m. September Gray Fine Art Gallery.

Tender R/age :: Rabia Tierna. The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State, Faces of Feminism and WonderRoot present a popup art project addressing the forced separation of migrant and refugee children from their families. Artist talk on August 24 at 6 p.m. Exhibition August 25. WonderRoot.

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.

THEATER

Puppyprov at Dad’s Garage pairs improv artists with adoptable pets from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. (Courtesy Dad’s Garage)

Puppyprov. Dad’s Garage teams up with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue to present a show in which improvisers use adoptable pets in their scenes. August 25 at 8 p.m. Dad’s Garage.

Rosmersholm. The Poor Players present a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic in a version by Frank McGuinness. August 23–26. Synchronicity Theatre.

See Rock City. Theatre Buford presents the sequel to Arlene Hutton’s acclaimed play Last Train to Nibroc, following the characters May and Raleigh through the end of World War II. Through August 26. Buford Community Center.

DANCE

Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Nicole Johnson and Nathan Griswold of Atlanta dance collective Fly on a Wall celebrate their new creative home at East Point’s Windmill Arts Center this week. (Courtesy Fly on a Wall)

Fly on a Wall Housewarming. Fly on a Wall celebrates its new creative home at East Point’s Windmill Arts Center with a housewarming party. August 26 at 2 p.m. Windmill Arts Center.

World of Dance Regionals. The largest international urban dance competition with focus on the art of street dancing holds its regional competition at Atlanta’s historic Rialto Theatre. August 25 at 4 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.

Moving in the Spirit Open House. The Atlanta-based dance education nonprofit holds its annual open house with free classes, registration and kids’ activities. August 25 at 11 a.m. J.D. Sims Recreation Center.

BOOKS

Arjun Singh Sethi, American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. The community activist and civil rights lawyer discusses his book chronicling the stories of individuals impacted by hate before and after the 2016 presidential election. August 22 at 7 p.m. Carter Library.

Fall Book Preview. Representatives from America’s biggest publishing houses discuss the notable new books that will be published this fall including titles in the fields of biography, fiction, history, young adult, mystery, fantasy and more. August 21 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library.

KID STUFF

The reptile wrangler wrangles cold-blooded creatures at Aurora Theatre this weekend. (Courtesy Ken Panse)

The Reptile Wrangler Show. Reptile wrangler Ken Panse teaches kids about reptiles and shows off some of his favorite creatures. August 25 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Aurora Theatre.

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.

Peter Pan. Serenbe Playhouse presents a new outdoor world premiere version of author J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. Through August 26. Serenbe.

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

MUSIC

Anita Aysola. The Atlanta-based jazz singer-songwriter celebrates the release of her new album Beyond Our Dreams. August 22 at 7 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.

Gangstagrass. The New York-based ensemble blends the sounds of hip-hop with traditional bluegrass. August 21 at 8 p.m. City Winery.

FILM

A human figure in a tree
Toshi Sakai’s documentary Cimarronaje en Panamá, screening at the BronzeLens Film Festival this week, considers the history of enslaved Africans who escaped into the wilderness in the New World where they reclaimed their freedom and started communities of their own. (Courtesy Toshi Sakai)

BronzeLens Film Festival. An annual festival celebrates filmmaking by and about people of color with screenings, red carpet events, panels, talkbacks and an awards ceremony. August 22–26. Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Ecotopia. Whitespace Gallery screens Ruth Dusseault’s film about millennials living off-grid after the economic collapse. August 23 at 7 p.m. Whitespace Gallery.

ONGOING

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.

Bat Hamlet. Jordan Pulliam’s comedy mashes up the origin story of Batman with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Through August 25. Out of Box Theatre.

Thus Spoke the Mockingbird. Onion Man Productions presents a new production of Joanie McElroy’s two-woman play about the life of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. Through August 25. Onion Man Productions.

Woke. Essential Theatre presents the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Avery Sharpe’s new play, winner of the company’s annual playwriting competition, about two friends, black and white, who find they clash when a calamitous event casts their different backgrounds into a new light. Through August 26. West End Performing Arts Center.

Built to Float. Georgia playwright Rachel Graf Evans’ play tells the story of a woman trying to hold her life together even as her dysfunctional family crumbles apart. Through August 25. West End Performing Arts Center.

How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Horizon Theatre presents ‘da Kink in My Hair playwright Trey Anthony’s dramatic comedy about two very different first-generation American sisters caring for their ailing mother who immigrated from Jamaica as a young woman. Through August 26. Horizon 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.

Stacie Rose: Euphoria. The Atlanta-based artist shows new abstract paintings. Through August 25. Poem 88.

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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