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Weekend Arts Agenda: ACAC's Art Party

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This has been a long week, hasn't it? Let's celebrate! We have good reason, too: the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is turning 40 and is debuting its remodel and it's bringing back its art party, last seen back in 2002. This means several things all at once: the opening of Fallen Fruit of Atlanta and Energy Strategies; performances by Salah Ananese and Nonsense and more; craft cocktails and catering; and more. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and $25 for members. Buy them here.

The weekend's highlights after the jump.

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FRIDAY



It's the first weekend to catch By the Way, Meet Vera Stark after it opened at the Alliance earlier this week. Lynn Nottage - who won a Pulitzer in 2009 for Ruined - based her work on the life of Theresa Harris, an African-American actress at the dawn of the sound age in Hollywood, whose credits are littered with appearances in films that have rightfully/not been memorialized (Skip her in Jezebel; not in I Walked with a Zombie.) Vera Stark does not promise the same kind of spiritual ferocity - or scarring - as Nottage's previous work, but it will surely compensate elsewhere. Runs through Nov. 10; click here for tickets.

SATURDAY

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True story: I like the Office of Cultural Affairs' annual public art show, Elevate - but our own Wyatt Williams has a better summary in fewer words I: "This year, the event is organized around the idea of 'Transit,' a fitting theme considering the proximity to the Five Points MARTA station, and will include artists and performers creating large-scale works and performances. The lineup ranges from local favorites Sheila Pree Bright and Sarah Emerson to French dancing jugglers the G. Bistaki Dance Company." Runs from Oct. 19-26

SUNDAY

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  • WonderRoot
  • A Morris Clan Collaborative, "Welcome Home"



From 1-3 p.m., through the Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown neighborhoods, WonderRoot is encouraging you to a) grab a map; and b) explore. They're calling it "Public Atlas." There's another element to this, as exploring increases your chances of collecting atlas pages, which double as works of art and which are done by a variety of artists including Cate Hilenski, Olive Shaner, Kelbi McCumber Morris, Johnathan Welsh, the Sketch Book Crew, and others. Does that sound scavenger hunt-y? It is! (I checked with the WonderRoot authorities.) Maps are available in specially-marked containers at the corner of Estoria at Krog street, Ester Peachy Park, Park Grounds, and the Beltline entrance on the Wylie Krog Street Tunnel. "Public Atlas" is organized in association with "Fallen Fruit of Atlanta," a new exhibit opening during ACAC's party (see above).



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