Dance and art

What to see, do and hear: Fêtes de la musique, "Homos", Dancy exhibition, Toddler Takeover

MUSIC

Two of Atlanta's best music festivals - the Sweetwater 420 Festival and Shaky knees - were each thrown off the regular schedule due to the pandemic, which helps explain how they each landed on the same weekend this year. The 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park kicks off Thursday and features The string cheese incidentthe Trey Anastasio's group, Gary Clark Jr., Oeil and his friends and others. One-day tickets start at 89 $. The Shaky Knees festival kicks off Friday in Central Park and features Nine inch nails, Green day and My morning jacket. One-day tickets start at 100 $.

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Long time Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Senior Guest Leader Donald Runnics will conduct two pieces by Debussy with the ASO Women's Choir on Thursday and Saturday. The performances will conclude with the contemplative Duruflé Requiem, with melodies derived from Gregorian chant. Tickets start at 28 $. Masks are encouraged, but not required.

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THEATER

Nicolette Emanuelle will perform "What Are You?" on Saturday and Sunday in the McDonough Boulevard tunnel of the Atlanta BeltLine's Southside Trail (Photo by Christopher Burk).

A new outdoor iteration of Nicolette Emanuelle What are you? - an exploration of what it means to be mixed-race in America - will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by 7 steps in the context of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Asking "What are you?" most of her life, Emanuelle has roots in the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. Her performance in the McDonough Boulevard Tunnel along the Southside Trail combines aerial movement, shadow play, music and personal testimony to explore the struggles of multiracial people while honoring their resilience. It also features Squeeze the Clown (Meredith Gordon) and aerial artist Jaylynn Haywood. Free (no reservations required). No protocol listed.

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Is monogamy only monotony? This is one of the provocative questions that Homos, or everyone in America à Theater in front, opening May 5, seeks to answer. Jordan Seavey's play is told through interwoven glimpses into the lives of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted with a vicious crime. When it opened in the Big Apple in 2016, it was a New York Times Critic's Pick and was named one of the New York The magazine's top 10 theatrical events of the year. Through May 21. Proof of vaccination required (or, for those with a vaccine exemption, a negative PCR test from within 48 hours); masks not required.

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ART+DESIGN

A solo exhibition by renowned artist Deborah Dancy opens Saturday at Marcia Wood Gallery with a conversation between the artist and curators Karen Comer Lowe and Melissa Messina. Bringing together several bodies of recently created work, Body of evidence provides a comprehensive survey of Dancy's explorations in various mediums, including painting, sculpture, and photography. His work delves into the pernicious currents of American history. Artist talk from 3-5pm on Saturday. Opening 7-9pm Online registration and masks required.

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First it was the immersive Van Gogh exhibit, then Picasso, their works projected on the walls, ceilings and floors for a 360-degree experience. Now there's O'Keeffe : one hundred flowers created by the Atlanta-based company Illuminarium. There are also scents that help bring Georgia O'Keeffe's famous flower paintings to life. Open Thursdays from 11 am to 5 pm. Check the website for additional days and hours. 550 Somerset Terrace, on the Eastside Beltline. Tickets start at 25 $. Masks not required.

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After a brief closure, Hammonds House Museum reopens with the exhibition No Justice, No Peace: Protest Photography from 1967 to 2022, illustrating Black America's ongoing quest for justice, freedom and equality. Featured photographers include Dr. Doris Derby, Jim Alexander and Julie Yarbrough. The museum's upstairs gallery will feature a series of virtual reality films, In protest: Basic stories from the front lines. Together, the exhibitions represent a new direction for the historic house museum. Opening Friday 6-8:30pm Free. Online registration and masks required.

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FILM

The 11 days Atlanta Film Festival continues throughout the weekend with in-person screenings at Plaza Theatre, Dad's garage and other sites. One of the features ArtsATL critic Steve Murray found the most intriguing in his reviews of 10 of the festival's films is The soul of a beast, which shows at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza. "Whether you love it, hate it, are baffled by it, or maybe all three, Soul is most likely to spark long, animated conversations after the screening," Murray wrote. He also favored the "haunting and haunting" drama Hands that bind, screening at 7:15pm Sunday at the Plaza. Many titles are also available for streaming - details HERE.

"Hands That Bind" will screen at 7:15 p.m. Sunday at the Plaza Theatre as part of the Atlanta Film Festival.

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DANCE

Want to see the next generation of dancers? Senior students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in collaboration with an Atlanta-based ensemble Kit modewill present PluckATL Friday. This is the first time students from the university's Pluck initiative have brought their work to Atlanta as well as New York. Windmill Art CenterEast Point. 7:30 pm Free. Masks optional.

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The American Ballet Theatre has done it. So have England's Royal Ballet and Australia's Queensland Ballet, among others: a ballet based on Prokofiev's famous 1936 work Peter and the wolf. Now we have our own home-made version thanks to Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, Alliance Theatre and musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. April 30 and May 1. Multiple sessions between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as part of Toddler Care Festival. Sifly Piazza, Woodruff Arts Center. Free.

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BOOKS

Author and Atlanta native Sanjena Sathian will talk about his novel, Gold diggersThursday at 7:30 pm at Atlanta History Center. Sathian's book is set in Bush-era suburban Atlanta and follows a character named Neil Narayan as he struggles with the weight of expectations from his family and their Asian American enclave. Tickets start at 10 $ for non-members; masks are required. The event will also be streamed live on the center's YouTube channel.

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