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LOBBY HERO For its second production, young Atlanta company Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre stages this acclaimed tale of a young security guard who becomes involved in a murder in his building. Playwright Kenneth Lonergan wrote and directed the terrific little film You Can Count On Me. Nov. 3-28. $15-$30. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738. www.pnotheatre.com.
THE NACIREMA SOCIETY REQUESTS THE HONOR OF YOUR PRESENCE AT A CELEBRATION OF THEIR FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS Acclaimed Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage returns with a world premiere comedy about the African-American debutantes and organizers who encounter surprises at a major social function in Montgomery, Ala. Directed by Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan V. Booth. Oct. 20-Nov. 14. $20-$40. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4650. www.alliancetheatre.org.
NIGHT BLOOMS This world premiere by Margaret Baldwin follows two families, one black, one white, in Selma, Ala., in 1965. Featuring Lala Cochran, Jill Jane Clements and Tom Thon. Sept. 24-Oct. 24. $20-$30. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com.
THE ODYSSEY: A JOURNEY HOME Joe Knezevich plays Homer's heroic castaway who contends with nymphs, witches, monsters and rival suitors in his long quest to reunite with his wife Penelope (Tess Malis Kincaid). Oct. 7-31. $15-$50. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Georgia Shakespeare, 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-264-0020. www.gashakespeare.org.
TWIST The Alliance Theatre opens its 42nd season with the musical Twist, but don't get out your old Chubby Checkers records. This new musical offers a fresh spin on the tale of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, and the title Oliver! was obviously taken. With a book by The Wiz author William F. Brown and music and lyrics from Grammy-winner Tena Clark, Twist relocates the hapless orphan to 1928 New Orleans. Twist will be directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, renowned for Fame and previous collaborations with the Alliance Theatre. Through Oct. 3. $25-$45. Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4650. www.alliancetheatre.org.
ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY October means Atlanta Celebrates Photography. The 2010 edition features more than 150 photography events, including exhibits, lectures and an art auction. Prices and locations vary. www.acpinfo.org.
CONVERGENT FREQUENCIES i45 collective, which includes Barbara Archer Gallery, Henley Studios, Whitespace Gallery, and Wm Turner Gallery, presents another site-specific ArtBox installation at the intersection of Krog Street and Irwin Street/Lake Avenue from artists Matt Gilbert, Nat Slaughter and Matt Haffner. Fri.-Sun., Sept. 17-19. 6 p.m.-midnight; live performance Sat., 9 p.m.
CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS: JEFF KOONS Artist discusses the influence of Salvador Dalí on his work. Oct. 5. 7 p.m. High Museum of Art, Sifly Piazza, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
DISCURSIVE DOCUMENTS: PERFORMING THE CATALOGUE A meditation by art collective John Q's (Joey Orr, Andy Ditzler and Wesley Chenault) on cataloguing and preservation beyond the printed format. Oct. 2-Jan. 8. Opens Sat., Oct., 2. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free-$5. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MOCA GA, Education/Resource Center, 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. www.mocaga.org.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE A group show featuring Jennifer Cawley, Zuzka Vaclavik and Cara Enteles, looks to be a sincerely cool endeavor into the fantastical that delves beyond Lewis Carroll. Through Oct. 23. Free. Opens Fri., Sept. 10, 7-10 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Emily Amy Gallery, 1000 Marietta St., Suite 208. 404- 877-5626. www.emilyamygallery.com.
EMANATE CAR SHOW Oakland-based artist Veronica de Jesus is bringing the automotive love with Emanate Care Show, a gathering of dreamy drawings and paintings. Through Jan. 8. Free. Opens, Sat. Nov. 20, 7-11 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Get This! Gallery, 662 11th St. 678-596-4451. www.getthisgallery.com.
JOE TSAMBIRAS AND JASON BUTCHER This is a local art power duo if there ever was one. You could lose yourself for days in Tsambiras and Butcher's exciting, mind-boggling work. Through Dec. 5. Free. Opens Sat., Nov. 13. 7-11 p.m.; Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs. 1-6 p.m. Beep Beep Gallery, 696 Charles Allen Drive. 404-313-5722. www.beepbeepgallery.com.
KNOCK ON WOOD Folklore and emblems of luck are on the menu at Knock on Wood, the collection of 50 paintings and drawings by Sanithna Phansavanh. Through Oct. 26. Opens Sept. 11, 7-11 p.m. Free. Sun.-Thurs., noon-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-9 p.m. Young Blood Gallery and Boutique. 636 N. Highland Ave. 404-254-4127. youngbloodgallery.com.
O' SAY CAN YOU SEE Laura Poitras breaks through tired 9/11 art clichés by mixing Ground Zero imagery with audio from the Yankees come-from-behind World Series victory in October 2001. Through Dec. 12. Opens Oct. 9, 6-10 p.m. $5. Tues.-Wed. and Fri-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. thecontemporary.org.
PULL Under the wing of master printer Timothy McDowell this summer, artists Kim Anno, Kate Javens, Joanne Mattera, Don Pollack, Katherine Taylor and McDowell created a series of intaglio prints exhibited here in a portfolio edition. Show runs alongside McDowell's solo painting exhibition Kingdom Come. Through Oct. 6. Opens Sat., Sept. 11. 6-9 p.m. Free. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Marcia Wood Gallery, 263 Walker St. 404-827-0030. www.marciawoodgallery.com.
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