Autumn Arts in Atlanta

Enjoy autumn arts in the ATL.
  • The Sharks and the Jets bring "West Side Story" to the stage with the Atlanta Opera. (Lynn Lane)
    The Sharks and the Jets bring "West Side Story" to the stage with the Atlanta Opera. (Lynn Lane)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents everything from Mozart to Harry Potter. (Jeff Roffman)
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents everything from Mozart to Harry Potter. (Jeff Roffman)
  • Here's one drawing from the "With Drawn Arms" exhibit opening at the High Sept. 29. (Kaino)
    Here's one drawing from the "With Drawn Arms" exhibit opening at the High Sept. 29. (Kaino)

Love the arts? Here's your guide to artsy events in Atlanta this fall.   

  • 7 Stages Theatre
    "The Electric Baby" by Stephanie Zadravec, a darkly comic story of sad endings, strange beginnings and the unlikely people that get you from one place to the next, shows through Sept. 30

  • Alliance Theatre
    In the play “Nick’s Flamingo Grill,” two friends who are ex-GIs from World War II are now jazz musicians. After performing in Paris for a decade, they’ve returned to the United States – to 1950's Georgia. Inspired by the true story of the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta, the play is a story of hope and brotherly love. “Nick’s Flamingo Grill” runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 28 on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance.

  • Arts Festivals
    The National Black Arts Festival runs through Sept. 29 in Piedmont Park. The Out on Film Festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 7. Both the Brookhaven Arts Festival and the Fall Festival on Ponce are set for Oct. 20 and 21. If you just love any festival, take a look at October festivals in Atlanta

  • Atlanta Opera
    The Sharks and the Jets return to the streets of New York, and Tony and Maria fall in love all over again when the Atlanta Opera presents “West Side Story” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Nov. 3, 6, 9 and 11.

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

    • Pianist Lang Lang joins the ASO for an evening of Mozart Sept. 26. The orchestra presents a special concert at the First Presbyterian Church Sept. 28 and 30.

    • The Harry Potter Film Concert Series features the second film in the Harry Potter series Oct. 5, 6 and 7. The ASO performs John Williams’ score from the film while the entire film plays on a 40-foot screen.

    • It’s "Vive la France" on Oct. 11 and 13 when guest conductor Jun Märkl presents Berlioz’s “Benvenuto Cellini Overture,” Vieuxtemps’ "Violin Concerto No. 5" and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé.”

    • On Oct. 25 and 27, the ASO performs Britten’s “War Requiem.”

      Parents with children ranging in age from infants through 5 years old will want to check out the Music for the Very Young series, which features Peter & Friends, inspired by Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Parents with older children note that Oct. 28 brings Halloween at Hogwarts. Kids are welcome to come in costume.
  • Elevate
    The temporary public arts festival sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs this year brings its visual art, performances and cultural events to the Cascade Heights neighborhood. It all happens Oct. 14 through 21.

  • High Museum of Art
    If you think NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the sports world’s current struggle for civil rights in our country, think again. Fifty years earlier, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest human rights abuse around the world. The High Museum exhibition, “With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith,” features sculptures and drawings that speak to current events involving racial injustice in America. The exhibition runs Sept. 29 through Feb. 3, 2019.

  • In October, the High unveils its newly reinstalled collection galleries and redesigned Greene Family Learning Gallery, and that’s just ahead of its Nov. 18 opening of the blockbuster exhibit, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.”

  • Horizon Theatre
    Horizon invites guests to check into the “Nomad Hotel,” a comedy/drama about inclusion and understanding, through Oct. 21.

  • Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
    The exhibition, “Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone,” tells real-world stories about buildings that are designed and created with and for the people who use them. MODA visitors may gain a new understanding of the ways in which design shapes our lives. Opening Sept. 23, the exhibit runs through Jan. 20, 2019.

  • Schwartz Center at Emory University
    Composer and musician Max Richter opens the 2018-2019 season. The tour, featuring the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, features “Infra,” inspired by T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.” The concert occurs at 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

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Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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