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Coming attractions in & around Atlanta April 21 2014

Join MacArthur Foundation Award–winning artist Julie Mehretu at the High as she discusses her career and work.
Join MacArthur Foundation Award–winning artist Julie Mehretu at the High as she discusses her career and work.
Photo by Teju Cole Courtesy of The High Museum

This week’s events feature a number of music performances, including a couple heavyweights on the same day. Here’s what’s coming up:

In and around Atlanta
In and around Atlanta
Graphic by Jae Walker, III

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Starting off the week Monday April 21st at the High Museum is artist Julie Mehretu, who discusses her latest work and the museum’s latest acquisition Mogamma. This is a second part installment painting of four parts that illustrates the artists’ style of multi-layered imagery and dynamic formal complexity. http://www.high.org/Programs/Programs/Events/2014-Events/Lectures/Julie-Mehretu.aspx On Thursday, April 24th, catch the Easy Star All-Stars Dub Side of the Moon Anniversary Tour at Terminal West. All the headliners are top international Reggae acts http://www.terminalwestatl.com/event/504417-easy-star-all-stars-dub-side-atlanta/ If Jazz is more your flavor, head on over to Suite Lounge to catch Joey Sommerville in concert, hosted by Doc Robinson on Thursday, April 24th. This is going to be an engaging and dynamic performance filled with funky musical gumbo of Jazz, R&B, Gospel and World Music influences. http://joey-sommerville.com/ Also on Thursday, April 24th and again on Saturday the 26th is the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Britten’s War Requiem performing at Woodruff Arts Center. aso.org/britten

Head back over to Terminal West Friday, April 25th for a CD Release/Concert by Indie Electro Pop group Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun. Through a successful Kickstrater campaign, they completed this CD through a loyal fan base that will take them from opening act to main attraction. http://www.todaythemoon.sqsp.com/ So, where’s the comedy? It will be at the Atlanta Civic Center when the David and Tamela Mann aka Mr. Brown and Cora Tour rolls into town, hosted by Cee Dunlap II. https://www.facebook.com/events/383942945071628/ For fans of DJ Spontaneous Mix, Friday April 25th something just different. The fact it’s called JUST DIFFERENT Presents: Remixed - The New Normal is just coincidence and is hosted by Just Different. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-different-presents-remixed-the-new-normal-tickets-11357808511?aff=jdfacebook Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, come out for Over The Edge, a benefit for Special Olympics Georgia. This is for a worthy cause and you can get some exercise while doing it. Visit specialolympicsga.org for complete information and event details. Have a case of Spring fever but need inspiration. You’re just in time for the 44th annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at the Palazzo Rosa in Buckhead, from Saturday, April 26th to May 18th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit decoratorsshowhouse.org.

At last, the events you’ve been waiting on, even if they happen on Saturday, April 26th. Bruce Springsteen at Aaron’s Amphitheatre and Santana at Chastain Park. No need for me to tell you who these legends are, just go to livenation.com for tickets. If you can’t get into either of those concerts, check out Trey McIntyre cutting-edge dance performance at the Rialto Center for the Arts. This is for those who really love dance because of Trey’s passion and vibrancy in his work. rialto.gsu.edu There’s an eclectic performer you got to see called Unknown Hinson at the Masquerade. This Rock-A-Billy concert is not for the faint of heart but for the movement of feet. http://www.songkick.com/artists/200418-unknown-hinson

If you feel like you want to dance, there’s two things new on the radar. Mash Up The Place: Live Music, Fashion and Model Showcase at Legends in Doraville https://www.facebook.com/events/439932866139412/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming and April "OSS" Event [Old School Saturday®] at the Crowne Plaza Perimeter at Ravinia, both on Saturday, April 26th. https://www.facebook.com/events/501260013259943/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&suggestsessionid=e22bbcbcc4a282e10729fe3561950ade

Repurposed is a visual arts installation at the Kibbee Gallery. Featuring the works of Casey McGuire and Justin A. Rabideau, it’s about transformation of old to new when it comes to everyday materials in any domestic households. There’s dialogue between mediums including audio, video and other sculptural components. Now through April 26th. http://www.kibbeegallery.com/ The historic Hammond House is having The Gathering on Sunday April 27th. Come celebrate 25 years of quality exhibitions and installations. hammondshouse.org

More visual events

The High Museum continues with their variety of art installations you need to see and be involved with. Now on view is Molly Hatch: Psychic Garden which is a commissioned installation about ceramics in the world of “plate painting” on various source materials. Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door is still on display until May 18th, about how he photographs new ways of looking at everyday objects and harnessed the basic principles of optics to create unexpected and mesmerizing photographs. http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Abelardo-Morell.aspx. There’s also Civil Rights Photography: 1956-1968 until June 1st. Countless images have been displayed about this subject but what’s on display this installment numbers more than 250 photographs. Some familiar subjects include Rosa Parks arrest, the Freedom Rides and the march on Washington, D.C. The photos rotate every six months. Now until June 1. http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Civil-Rights-Photography.aspx

Three exhibits going on now through June 8th, is Medford Johnston: Counterpoise joining two interrelated bodies of work form the Atlanta-based artist, Splendor: The Work of Jim Waters by another Atlanta-based artist is about his work from the past five years as he features drawing and installation which are two related aspects of his application, and Bangles to Benches: Contemporary Jewelry and Design about design, manufacture and appreciation of the art of jewelry making and wearing from different prospective.

Two exhibits going on now through June 15th are A Decade of David C. Driskell featuring a long and distinguished career of influence and style that resulted in the establishment of the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art, and Paper & Ink: New Print Acquisitions from the High Museum of Art exhibition that features recent print acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection. Rounding out the High’s ongoing installations is African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye that celebrates the tradition and social relevance of African masks and masquerades in Kikuyu, Samburu, Masai cultures and throughout Kenya and Tanzania.

The High Museum also has Free Parking Wednesdays, Toddler Thursdays (until April 24) and Half-Priced Friday Nights at the High. From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Fridays, the Museum offers extended hours at half price, and a guided tour of Permanent Collection highlights is offered at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the High Museum exhibits go to www.high.org

Ongoing events

This coming Saturday, April 26th is the Silver Screen Spook Show. If you’re into horror films, this is the place to be for classics and the avant-garde. http://www.silverscreamspookshow.com/HOME.html Ending Sunday, April 20th is Lonnie Holley: It's Like Coming Home at the Cash Rojas Projects gallery. Featuring works from his 1996 shows Souls Grown Deep to new works. For more information call 404-797-0195. Also running from now until May 1st is Heavy Mental featuring Greg Mike’s incredible visual arts characters that have a mind of their own. This is his most personal collection to date. At the ABV Gallery/Studioplex. http://www.gregmike.com/blog2/2014/3/4/heavy-mental-at-abv-gallery Gone South running now through May 31st is New York-based artist Simone Leigh’s most recent work. As she investigates the female body as it goes through stages such as motherhood, pain and pleasure, this is a multi-layered visual event at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. http://www.thecontemporary.org/

Ending this Monday, April 21st is SUMPTUARY the hyper-saturated series of installation, performance, and social encounter commissioned through guests’ incremental donations on food and drinks. The Mint Gallery is located at 636 N.Highland Ave. Call 404-946-8982 http://www.sumptuaryarts.com/ or MINT@mintatl.org

Maurice Hines Tappin’ is still live at the Alliance Theatre until May 4th. Catch this rare, thrilling performance that also features the talents of tap-dancing brothers John and Leo Manzari and other performers backed by an all-female powerhouse ensemble, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. This is more than a dance recital but its stories, songs and smooth choreography is truly a family-friendly event. AllianceTheatre.org/tappin Nevermore and Topophilia until May 10th at the Get This! Gallery is a dual solo photography exhibition. Although this is the work of Tommy Nease (Nevermore) and Stephanie Dowda (Topophilia), they both explore the human experience from our natural environments. Tales of the Conjure Woman runs until May 17th, and is the work of Renée Stout, who brings together painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, glassblowing, installation, and compelling storytelling. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Lane. http://www.atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=54782 or call 404-270-5607.

Wednesday WindDown is every Wednesday from April to September at Southern Company Amphitheater from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. This is a free event featuring a host of eclectic, mainstream and local musicians and DJ’s in the city’s longest running Wednesday concert series. http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/springsummer-events/wwd The Center for Puppetry Arts presents Charlotte’s Web until May 25th. This adaptation of the classic children’s novel about a spider named Charlotte and the adventure to make her friend Wilbur the pig famous is sure to delight the entire family. http://www.puppet.org/perform/charlottesweb.shtml 500 Songs for Kids is a special annual concert that brings in over 500 musicians to perform the top 500 songs of all time. This cause is presented by The Songs for Kids Foundation, which assists children’s hospitals and special needs children’s organizations at Smith's Olde Bar, The Earl, The Loft. Disney’s Lion King is now performing until the 27th at the Fox Theater. With an unforgettable score by Elton John and visually stunning sets and animal characters, this is truly an event not to be missed. FoxTheatre.org

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