What to see, do and hear: Atlanta Opera, Larkin Poe, Dorrance Dance and more

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THEATER

Perspectives on history clash in The Niceties, onstage Saturday and Sunday at Stage Door Theatre. Written by Eleanor Burgess and focusing on a college student and history professor’s contrasting (and heated) opinions, The Niceties is a poignant reminder of the subjectivity in American life. Starring Natalie Karp as Janine the professor and theater newcomer Christalynn Hamer as Zoe the student, the play features a “script full of fascinating ideas and brilliant touches,” says ArtsATL critic Benjamin Carr. Tickets start at $35.

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Shakespeare TavernPericles, Prince of Tyre closes its run at the Shakespeare Tavern Saturday. It features Andy Offutt Irwin as the narrator, Charlie T. Thomas as Pericles the Elder and Daryel T. Monson as Pericles the Younger among a full ensemble cast. Love, riddles, thunderstorms, misadventures and all the makings of “ terrific, twisted fun,” in the words of ArtsATL critic Benjamin Carr, are part of the show. Tickets start at $15.

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Out Front Theatre’s final performance of one in two is Saturday. Written by Donja R. Love and based on the author’s struggles with HIV, the play introduces us to three queer Black men as they await the good or bad news. Cast members include Patrick Hamilton, Michael Ward and Robert King Jr., with King and Hamilton taking on several roles. ArtsATL critic Luke Evans says one in two is “a hard-hitting piece about the silence, alienation and shame suffered” and “something anyone with any interest in the queer community should make a point of going to see.” Tickets start at $17.55.

FILM+TV

Out on Film will present a special limited spring festival Monday through Thursday at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. The spring fest will feature five films, with two of which — Little Richard: I Am Everything and Kokomo City — are screening in Atlanta for the first time. All five have created a buzz on the national film festival circuit. Tickets start at $12 each.

MUSIC

The Atlanta Opera’s Discoveries series returns this weekend with three performances of The Anonymous Lover, an opera written in 1780 by Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The French-language opera is an early prototype of the rom-com, the story of a young widow who receives love letters from an anonymous source. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College. Saturday’s show will be live streamed free. Tickets start at $35.

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Larkin Poe, the Georgia born sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are guiding forces in the new generation of roots music. The group’s latest album, Blood Harmony, is fueled by Rebecca Lovell’s soul-fueled voice, Megan Lovell’s scorching lap steel guitar and well-crafted songs. Born in Calhoun, the sisters began their career as teenagers in a family bluegrass band and then branched out on their own. They’re one of the few artists to have performed on the Grand Ole Opry and at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. They are on a spring tour, which brings them to the Variety Playhouse Saturday. Tickets start at $29.

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Loudon Wainwright III is a songwriter’s songwriter, revered by his contemporaries but largely ignored by the mass record-buying public. His sometimes quirky songs have a knack of hitting to the heart of the matter, and his latest album Lifetime Achievement is no different. Wainwright, in his mid-70s, is one of the few songwriters who is using his music to explore and make sense of his own aging process. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Mose Allison and many others. Wainwright performs tonight (Thursday) and Friday at Eddie’s Attic. Tickets start at $47.50.

ART+DESIGN

Kindred, a new exhibit at Black Art in America, features the works of Kevin Johnson and Akinola Taoheed. Johnson is best known for his evocative portraits of Black individuals, while emerging Nigerian artist Taoheed’s paintings explore the African experience and identity. Through April 29. Opening reception Saturday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5.

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Two exhibits are opening at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art this weekend: Quilting the Pandemic: A Community Quilt Project and Entwineda group exhibit of textile and fiber art. For the quilting exhibit, the museum partnered with community organizations to collect stories, memories, feelings and moments in time from the years of the pandemic. Hundreds of people submitted squares that were sewn together in more than 12 quilts. Entwined displays art by more than 15 contemporary artists. Their sewing, weaving, felting and more reflect their history, heritage and identity. Through June 4. Opening reception for both exhibits is on Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free for members; guest tickets $10.

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Another opening this weekend takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at MOCA GA.  Crawlspace features work by Caleb Jamal Brown, a self-described multidisciplinary artist and plumber. He says his work is inspired by old vernacular photos from family members, hand-me-down clothes, kitschy décor and more. And he contemplates how the lives of elders past and present are preserved and celebrated through these kinds of objects and artifacts. Through May 27. Tickets are $5.

DANCE

Ballethnic Dance Company presents Enter the Jungle Act II at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center this weekend. The company is known for its signature style of ballet technique fused with the grounded dynamism of African dance. This interactive production of music and dance will celebrate community.  Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2:30 p.m. General admission $40. VIP seating $50.

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We don’t see much tap dance in Atlanta. Acclaimed New York-based Dorrance Dance, led by MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, comes to the Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday. Atlanta native Aaron Marcellus composed the music for 45th and 8th, one of two works on the program. Read ArtsATL’s interview with him. The music will be live. The dancing will be an exuberant, contemporary take on this traditional American form and it’s all designed to instill joy. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.10. (Photo by Steven Pisano)

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Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company, founded last year by dancer-choreographer Lauren Overstreet, will perform Breathe this weekend at 7 Stages. The company website describes the evening’s inspiration: “Feel. Grieve. Just sit and let it all rip you apart. And then get up and keep breathing. One breath at a time. One day at a time.” Thursday through Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m. Tickets $29.50; students $15.



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