The Navigator is kind of a big deal. Literally: 7 Stages' production combines projection, puppetry, and video; off-site locations doubling as oceans, tundra, and tornadoes; and a mix of super/natural locales, steampunk, and a plot about a race against a race against time (I think). It's a lot, and it's being mounted at The Goat Farm, a space which does not traditionally lend itself to theatricality, and so seems all the more appropriate. Previews start this weekend with $10 tickets. Tickets for the Sept. 30 and Oct. 9 shows, meanwhile, are pay what you want (first-come, first-serve). Adapted, from Eoin McNamee's YA trilogy, and directed by Michael Haverty. There will be walking. As the above video advises, "Be sure to wear comfortable shoes." More details and ticket info here.
Picks for the weekend, after the jump.
Summer feels like it's been over for a while - but, alas, not until this coming weekend, with the equinox. Suitably, The High's Drawing Inside the Perimeter is also on its last weekend, after opening all the way back in July. The exhibit features more than 40 drawings from the permanent collection, plus two exclusive drawings by HENSE and Rocio Rodriguez. The works "act as a road map to the crisscrossing avenues of artistic production." There is little order but much variety, one inverting the other. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
More for your weekend, after the jump.
Wendy Given has new work with Claw, Shine Gloam and Vesper, which opened Thursday night and runs through Oct. 12 at whitespace. The pieces blend the macabre, the supernatural, and the occult - a distinction here with real difference. Or, as it's officially phrased, "Nature is prescribed as a foundation of power, verity and mystery." This is Given's second solo show at the gallery, following 2010's Turn Your Back to the Forest, Your Front to Me. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. There is an artist talk with Given on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Three more picks after the jump.
A lot of cool exhibits are closing. A lot of cool exhibits are also opening. See John Westmark's Flight and Fancy first, opening Friday at 2 Rules. A dichotomous exploration of male/female, Westmark's paintings use sewing paper applied directly to canvas; his discursive images compare/contrast garment-making and engineering while denying the viewer the satisfaction of a conclusion. As he says in his statement, "Essentially, patterns and templates are the genesis of assembly." Opening reception from 5-9 p.m.
Three more things (closings, celebrations) for your weekend below.
So you know how the Decatur Book Festival is going on? Saturday is a particularly keen day for festival-ites, especially if you point your eyes and feet toward the Library stage, which will play host to a variety of panels ("Hauntings and Healings" and "Women On the Verge of a Breakdown/Breakthrough") and performances throughout the day. Most oooh-worthy is Hidden Away: The Library at Night, created by Nicole Livieratos and Phillip DePoy, which is playing Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and is "designed to enchant children and adults alike."
Also! The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center will be out for the DBF in force, bringing together artists for a temporary exhibition called WORD!, featuring "obsessive handwriting in a spiral, phrases on a coffee cup, instructions stitched on a badge, greetings printed on wearable buttons, dates rendered on a paper mache mask, descriptions of photographs not taken" and a lot else in the ACAC's 20x20 booth.
Two more Things To See, after the jump.
With its new home on Monroe Drive, Get This! is opening a new exhibit: Drew Conrad's Backwater Blues, which features no less than what seem "the somber ruins of a once vital place." Conrad works with raw materials, producing sculptural spaces that are the more fractured for their assemblage - and which include at least one taxidermied ram. Opening Saturday, from 7-10 p.m.
Four more picks for your weekend after the jump.
Cardinal, a group exhibition curated by Rachel Reese, opens simultaneously at Marcia Wood Gallery and Twin Kittens tonight Fri., June 14, at 7 p.m. We caught up with Reese earlier this week to ask her a few questions about the exhibition and her work as editor of BURNAWAY. Check out her interview for more details.
More arts events for the weekend after the jump.
Rashid Johnson's solo exhibition Message to our Folks, his first for a major museum, opens at the High this weekend. Johnson is the 2012 David C. Driskell Prize, a honor established by the High Museum to celebrate work in African American art. The exhibition will run through September 8.
More after the jump.
The annual art and music festival Artlantis returns to Poncey-Highland on Saturday for a full day of tunes and artists tents on the corner of Ponce de Leon and North Highland. Artlantis has the distinction of being run by the good folks behind Beep Beep Gallery (and Mother in O4W), making it the only festival of artists tents in Atlanta where you are more likely to find an exhibiting contemporary artist than a guy who carves fish into driftwood. More details.
More arts events of the weekend after the jump.
The Decatur Arts Festival returns to Old Courthouse Square with 165 exhibiting artists showing work throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Their website has the full rundown of programming.
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