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Out & About in Atlanta (May 16 -22)

Compiled by Stan Washington | 5/16/2014, 1:39 p.m.
Your arts & entertainment calendar for metro Atlanta. This is an abbreviated listing. Listings may change without notice. Send your ...
May 16-17: Funk Fest 2014. Friday: Heads of State – Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Goodie Mob, SWV, (Others TBA) Saturday: Isley Brothers, Musiq Soulchild, Monica, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, EU. Wolfcreek Amphitheatre, 3025 Merk RD SW Atlanta.

EXHIBITIONS

 May 9-Aug. 2 “Fresh Blood” Mason Murer Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition. 6-9 p.m. Opening reception. 199 Armour Drive. Masonmurer.com.

Now through July 15: The Kinsey Collection, the world’s largest private collection of African American historical artifacts. The Atlanta History Center. Wells Fargo Free Admission Weekends are Saturdays and Sundays, May 17 & 18, June 21 & 22.

Now through May 18: “Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door”. Stunning and creative photography from this world noted artist. High Museum of Art.www.high.org

Opening May 21: “Dream Cars” . The major exhibition of innovative automotive design will showcase 17 groundbreaking concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including some of the rarest and most imaginative cars designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. www.high.org.

Now until June 1: “Civil Rights Photography: 1956-1968. The works on display are a small selection of the collection, which numbers more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the march on Washington, D.C. The city of Atlanta – the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – was a hub of civil rights activism and figures prominently in the collection. The photos rotate every six months. High Museum of Art. www.high.org.

Now Open: “Arms Race to Embrace: James Pate’s KKK Series, Kin Killin’ Kin. A visually stimulating exhibition addressing the epidemic of gun violence in urban communities nationwide. CAU Art Galleries, Trevor Arnett Hall, 2nd floor, 223 James P. Brawley Drive. SW. Atlanta.

Now Open. “Renee Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman Exhibition.” Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College. Donation: $3.00.

ATTRACTIONS/EVENTS

Yarab Shrine Circus & Fair, May 16-26. Jim R. Miller Park, Marietta. www.circus2014.com

Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes. May 17. 5k run/walk, live music, BBQ competition. Art booths, kids area. Bessie Branham Park. www.kirkwoodfling.com

11th Annual East Atlanta Beer Festival. May 17. Live music, food and over 175 craft beers from across the globe. Brownwood Park. www.Eabfonline.com

Atlanta Jazz Festival. Thirty days of jazz concludes in Piedmont Park with a diverse line-up of local and national musicians. A third stage has been added for local acts. A wide variety of food. Admission is free. Line-up includes: Ahmal Jamal, Ester Rada. Russell Gunn’s Krunk Jazz Orchestra, Freddy Cole Quartet, Bill Frisell, Edmar Castaneda Trio, Somi, Cyrille Aimee and many more. Friday, May 23 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, May 24 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, May 25 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. www.atlantafestivals.com

Decatur Arts Festival. May 23-25. One of metro Atlanta’s largest arts festivals in the square downtown Decatur. New this year a dance festival, live music, literary arts performances. www.DecaturArtsFestival.org.

Peachtree Hills Arts Festival. May 31-June 1. Gourmet food trucks, live musicians, children’s area arts and crafts from 125 artists. Peachtree Hills Park. www.peachtreehillsfestival.com

The Georgia Renaissance Festival, now - June 8. (Saturdays and Sundays) 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn. GARenfest.com. 770.964.8575.

19th Annual Heritage Arts and Soul Festival, July 25 – 27. Underground Atlanta, 50 Alabama St. www.heritageartsfestival.net. Free.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, May 29 – June 1. Different than Taste of Atlanta. More seminars and private tastings. Midtown. Headquarters: Loew’s Hotel. Atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

HATtitude featuring Howard Hewitt. The Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St. Riverdale. 11 a.m. Fundraiser for children’s charity. $30 in adv. $40 door. Ticketalternative.com

Old School Saturday, May 24, 9 p.m. Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland St.

Jazz @ 781, thru June 8: 12 week series at St. Mark United Methodist Church Chapel, 781 Peachtree St. 6:30 p.m.

72nd Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus & Fair. May 16 – 26. Jim Miller Park, Marietta, GA. www.circus2014.com

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, “Whales: Giants of the Deep”, Through Aug. 24. 767 Clifton RD, NE. Atlanta. 404.929.6400. fernbankmuseum.org.