From live the­ater to art ex­hibits to con­certs; 9 events you don’t want to miss

GA Voice - - Spring Arts Preview -


Spring in the ATL isn’t just a beau­ti­ful time of the year but a busy one as well. The arts world has much to of­fer in all sorts of medi­ums this sea­son, from the tri­umphant re­turn of Cirque Du Soleil to a gath­er­ing of Rupaul’s drag per­form­ers to a rare ex­hibit of note­books from revo­lu­tion­ary artist Basquiat. Here are our top 9 picks for shows not to miss.

‘Kinky Boots’

Billy Porter’s big Tony win­ner fi­nally makes it to the ATL. Based on a film that be­came the toast of Broad­way in 2012, it also has lyrics by Cyndi Lau­per and a book by Har­vey Fier­stein. When Char­lie Price in­her­its a shoe fac­tory from his father, he is forced to go into part­ner­ship with Lola, a drag queen, and cre­ate a line of high-heeled boots. Play­ing Lola is ac­tor J. Har­ri­son Ghee - look for our on­line in­ter­view with the per­former soon. March 29 – April 2 Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St. NE, At­lanta, GA 30308 www.foxthe­

Basquiat: The Un­known Note­books

He made a name for him­self as a street artist in the early ’80s and be­came a celebrity in the art world be­fore pass­ing away in 1988. Jean-Michel Basquiat was be­lieved to be gay. The High Mu­seum of Art is cur­rently ex­hibit­ing eight of his note­books, pro­vid­ing a glimpse into the mind of the ge­nius. Through May 29 High Mu­seum of Art 1280 Peachtree St., N.E. At­lanta, GA 30309


When out di­rec­tor Brian Clow­dus and his Serenbe Play­house tackle a new pro­ject they don’t half-ass it. In pre­sent­ing Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s mu­si­cal “Carousel,” Clow­dus will be stag­ing his own out­door car­ni­val, com­plete with cot­ton candy and plenty of vi­su­als. It will be a great warm up to Serenbe’s “Miss Saigon” later this sum­mer. Cyndi Lau­per comes to the At­lanta Sym­phony in sup­port of her new al­bum, ‘De­tour’ on June 5. Serenbe Play­house tack­les Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s mu­si­cal ‘Carousel.’ March 24 – April 10 Serenbe Play­house 9110 Sel­borne Lane Suite 210, Chat­ta­hoochee Hills, GA 30268 www.seren­be­play­


“Ku­rios” is the lat­est trav­el­ing show by Cirque Du Soleil. A num­ber of gay per­form­ers are part of the ac­ro­batic acts that make up this 2014 pro­duc­tion, just open­ing lo­cally. One of the hottest is the Aerial Straps num­ber, in which a pair of sim­u­lated Si­amese twins fly high above the stage, some­times as a pair and other times in­di­vid­u­ally. Through May 17 Grand Chapiteau at At­lantic Sta­tion 1380 At­lantic Drive, At­lanta, GA 30363 www.cirque­du­

Cyndi Lau­per at the At­lanta Sym­phony

The “True Col­ors” artist, one who has al­ways been pas­sion­ate for LGBT equal­ity, re­turns to per­form with the ASO. It will be in sup­port of her new al­bum “De­tour,” Lau­per’s 11th stu­dio al­bum, which finds her putting her own spin on a dozen clas­sic coun­try songs from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

This lat­est “Drag Race” re­union brings to­gether a slew of con­tes­tants from the beloved re­al­ity com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing Michelle Vis­age, Adore De­lano, Alaska Thun­der­fuck, Court­ney Act, Ginger Minj, Miss Fame, and Phi Phi O’Hara. Last year’s cham­pion, At­lanta’s Vi­o­let Chachki, will also be a part of the event. May 13, 9 p.m. The Buck­head Theatre 3110 Roswell Road, At­lanta GA 30305 www.the­buck­headthe­

Belinda Carlisle at Cen­ter Stage

She was the lead vo­cal­ist for The Go-Go’s, one of the great fe­male bands of all time, but she also had a suc­cess­ful solo ca­reer as well with songs such as “Mad About You” and “Leave a Light on for You.” Carlisle vis­its Cen­ter Stage for a walk down mem­ory lane. April 2, 9 p.m. Cen­ter Stage

The At­lanta Bal­let has an un­usu­ally ro­bust spring, with three per­for­mances, in­clud­ing “20/20 Vi­sion­ary” this week­end and “MAY­hem: Kissed in May,” but the big event is the re­turn of their 2012 hit “The Princess and the Gob­lin,” chore­ographed by the leg­endary Twyla Tharp. It’s adapted from the 19th cen­tury fairy tale by Ge­orge McDon­ald with an orig­i­nal score by Richard Burke. April 15 – 17 Cobb En­ergy Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre 2800 Cobb Gal­le­ria Park­way, At­lanta, GA 30339 www.cobben­erg­ey­cen­

Chi­huly in the Gar­den

Af­ter his smash show here in 2004, artist Dale Chi­huly re­turns with a new ex­hibit at the At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den. This time he has 21 in­stal­la­tion sites set against the out­door beauty of the gar­den. April 30 – Oc­to­ber 30 At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den 1345 Pied­mont Ave., At­lanta, GA 30309­

March 18, 2016

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