Looking for something cultural to do this weekend and beyond? Here are Encore Atlanta’s recommendations (in alphabetical order). 

Bach, Stravinsky & Poulenc. Renowned violinist Gil Shaham joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a program of concertos by Bach and Stravinsky, and Poulenc’s transcendent Gloria. Soprano Ailyn Perez is the guest soloist. Robert Spano conducts. 8 tonight and Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday. $21-$79. Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. www.atlantasymphony.org. 404.733.4900.

Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale. FINAL WEEKEND. You have only five more chances to see Aurora Theatre‘s brand-new Broadway-pedigreed show before Bonnie, Clyde and friends make their getaway. Critics have called the screwball musical “flawlessly produced and witty” and “a delightful and original work.” Final shows at 8 tonight and Friday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Please make sure tickets are available before you head to the theater!! $25-$35. Theater: 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Parking deck: 153 W. Crogan St.). Tickets here or at 678.226.6222. For Sunday discounts, visit poshdealz.com. (SNAPSHOT: Meet J.C. Long, Aurora’s Clyde Barrow.)

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. WORLD PREMIERE. Meg Ryan has seen it, have you? A genuine big deal. John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett are the creative forces behind this rock ‘n’ blues mystery about two brothers and a bullet, two lovers and a leap, and the ghosts who know the truth. Through May 13. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $45-$85. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Tickets: alliancetheatre.org, 404.733.5000.

The Motherf**ker With the Hat. FINAL WEEKEND. A rapid-fire, poetically profane tragicomedy about five flawed human beings dealing with substance abuse, sex, jealousy and accidental haberdashery. A Broadway hit from Stephen Adly Guirgis. NOTE: Contains extremely strong language and nudity. 8 tonight-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $25-$30. All tickets subject to tax and, if purchased by phone, a $2 processing fee. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St. Tickets here or at 404.607.7469. For discounts, visit poshdealz.com. (SNAPSHOT: Meet The Hat‘s Denise Arribas.)

Rua | Wülf. WORLD PREMIERE. The age-old story of Little Red Riding Hood goes wild in this site-specific staging by the creative folks from SAIAH, an upstart arts organization. Rua | Wülf is a migrating theatrical experience in which the audience will follow the performers throughout the 12 acres of industrial Victorian architecture at the Goat Farm Arts Center in West Midtown. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Each night’s audience is limited to 50. Intermission includes tea and snacks. The show begins at dusk (8 p.m.), but audience members must arrive by 7:30 p.m. Through April 29. Wednesday-Sunday. 1200 Foster St. $25. Tickets here.

Speed-the-Plow. A behind-the-scenes story of handshaking, deal-breaking and backstabbing as only Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet can tell it. Creative Loafing’s Curt Holman calls this Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre staging “lively and engrossing.” The three-actor cast is Jayson Warner Smith, Robert Mello and Jackie Costello. Through April 29. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. $10-$25. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre at Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. Tickets here or at 800.838.3006. For discounts, visit poshdealz.com.

A Wrinkle in Time. OPENING WEEKEND. Theatrical Outfit stages this child-friendly sci-fi adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning novel. It’s a dark and stormy night when awkward teenager Meg Murry takes a fantastical journey to rescue her scientist-father from the dark forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. Directed by Justin Anderson, one of the busiest and, for my money, best directors in town. Through May 6. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$35. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. N.W. Tickets here or at 877.725.8849. For discounts, visit poshdealz.com.

Yuja Wang Performs Rach III.  Pianist Yuja Wang (“a superhuman keyboard player with artistic excellence second to none,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle), joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to perform the demanding Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninov. Also on the program: The Comedians by Kabalevsky and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major. Roberto Abbado conducts. 8 p.m. April 19-21. $21-$79. Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E.  www.atlantasymphony.org. 404.733.4900.


Kathy Janich, Encore Atlanta’s managing editor, has been seeing, covering or working in the performing arts for most of her life. Full disclosure: She’s affiliated with Actor’s Express, mentioned above. Please email: kathy@encoreatlanta.com.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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