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Arts Agenda 

CL's guide to dance, spoken word, classical music and visual arts
(* indicate critics' picks)

Classical Music
ASO New Mornings Robert Spano conducts music by Ravel, Del Tredici. Fri., April 11, 11 a.m. $22-$32. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano conducts music by Rachmaninov. Lisa Saffer, soprano and Louis Lortie performs on piano. April 10, 8 p.m.; April 11, 8 p.m.; April 12, 8 p.m. $18-$52. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Emory Chamber Ensembles Thu., April 10, 8 p.m. Free. Emory Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050.

Kate Ransom, Keiko, Ko, William Ransom Performing Ransom Notes. Fri., April 11, 12 p.m. Free. Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo St. 404-727-4282.

Vincent Dubois Winners of the competition perform an organ recital. Sat., April 12, 8:15 p.m. $20. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-961-3683.

Dad's Garage Theatre Comedy improv. Sundays, 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. $12. Ask Dr. Frapples. Your problems become our improv. Fridays, 10:30 p.m. $12. TheatreSports. Atlanta's popular improv comedy show. Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. $12. Micetro Theatre. Improv, 12 mice start, who will win? Sundays, 8 p.m. $12. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Dave & Buster's, Marietta The Missing Rubies of Nepal. Murder Mystery Players new dinner theater comedy. April 12, 8 p.m.; May 3, 8 p.m. $32.95. 2215 D&B Drive. 770-951-5554.

Funny Farm Joel Lindley. Stand-up. April 11, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; April 12, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $13.50. StarTime Enterainment, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 404-467-4242.

The Punchline Basile. Stand-up. Wed., Thur., 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; April 20, 8 p.m. Continues through April 19. $10-$14. 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-5233.

Uptown Comedy Corner Open-mic. Hosted by Tyler Craig from def jam. Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Ladies Night. Hosted by Magic Man of V-103. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Apollo Night w/ Nard. Featuring Honest John. Sundays. Open mic. Blacktop Circus, Shawty Shawty Amatuer Night. Tuesdays, 9 p.m. 2140 Peachtree Road. 404-350-6990.

Whole World Theatre Award-winning improv comedy theater. Tue., Thur., 8 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. $10-$19.50. 1214 Spring St. 404-817-0880.

Modern Atlanta Dance Festival * Full Radius Dance hosts the festival showcasing works by CORE Performance Co., Elizabeth Dishman & Amanda Lower, Gathering Wild, Zoetic Dance Ensemble and others. April 11, 8 p.m.; April 12, 8 p.m. $8-$12. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-724-9663.

National Ballet of Great Britain Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Tue., April 15, 8 p.m. $35-$55. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

Northeast Atlanta Ballet Cinderella. April 11, 7:30 p.m.; April 12, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 2 p.m. $8-$12. Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Arts Center, Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-4966.

Several Dancers Core "Lunchtime in the Studio," presents modern dance performance and discussion. Third Wednesday of every month, 12-1 p.m. Free, lunch provided. Several Dancers Core Studios, 133 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-373-4154.

Atlanta History Center Georgia's Funny Man: Cartoonist Jack Davis Comes Home. 100 works by the Mad Magazine illustrator. Ice Cream: the Whole Scoop. Exhibition documenting the history of ice cream and its evolution. Metropolitan Frontiers: Atlanta, 1835-2000. Permanent exhibit. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5:30 p.m. $7-$12. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000.

Atlanta International Museum The Moulthrop Legacy: three generations of innovation in wood. Wood designs by the Moulthrops. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 3. $3. 285 Peachtree Center Ave., Marquis II Tower. 404-688-2467.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Ancient Microworlds. High-magnification photographs that look at fossils. Mon.-Sun. Continues through May 1. $10-$12. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400.

High Museum of Art * Ansel Adams: The Story of a Winery. 10 photographs from the Sterling collection, The Story of Winery. For This World and Beyond. African art from the Fred and Rita Richman collection. Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow. 76 French paintings of the 17th-20th centuries. Rodin and French Sculpture of the Late 19th Century. New acquisition, a sculpted portrait of Victor Hugo by Rodin, along with works by Medaro Rosso, Albert-Ernst, Carrier-Belleuse and Jules Dalou. Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8-$15. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444.

High Museum of Art Folk Art & Photography Gallery * Faces and Places: Picturing the Self in Self-Taught Art. Group show of works in mixed media by Thornton Dial, Mattie Lou O'Kelley, Ruby Black, Andrea Badami and others. Land of Myth and Memory: Clarence John Laughlin and Photographers of the South. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 9. Free. 30 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. 404-577-6940.

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art The Dreamer's Companion. Five painters' surrealistic paintings: Scott Belville, Jill Biskin, Dennis Harper, Kathy Yancey. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through May 4. $3-$5. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. 770-528-1444.

Michael C. Carlos Museum * Arts of India and the Himalayas: Recent Acquisitions. Rotating exhibits focusing on Asia's vast geography. George Platt Lynes: Ballet Photographs. Photographs of the American Ballet Company. Permanent collection. Largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East and the ancient Americas. Collections of 19th and 20th-century sub-Saharan African art and European and American works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. $5 donation. 571 S. Kilgo St. 404-727-4282.

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