Weekend Arts Agenda: Into the Woods kicks off at Aurora Theatre March 10 2016

Plus, the well-known drag queen group, the Armorettes, stop by the ART Station.

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Adapted from James Lapine’s playwright, composer Stephen Sondheim’s highly touted, late ’80s six-time Tony Award-winning musical, Into the Woods, comes to the Aurora Theatre with the opening reception kicking off Thurs., March 10, at 8 p.m. 

Directed by Justin Anderson, and starring Natasha Drena, Brandon O’Dell, Diany RodriguezWendy Melkonian, Bernardine Mitchell, and Christopher L. Morgan, the play combines plots from several Brothers Grimm fairytales, and centers around a baker and his wife who are cursed for stealing magic beans from a vengeful witch. 

Into the Woods runs thru April 17

›› First Baptist Church of Decatur welcomes the inspirational lecturer and author Shaka Senghor for an artist talk Fri., March 11, from 7-9 p.m. Senghor, who was imprisoned for second-degree murder at the age of 19, discusses his book, Writing My Wrongs, and speaks out against the injustices of the criminal justice system. Senghor works with #Cut50, a national bipartisan initiative founded by Alicia Keys that aims to reduce the U.S. prison population. 

›› The Armorettes, the self-proclaimed infamous drag queens of the South, make their way to the ART Station for Camp Drag Sat., March 12, at 7 p.m. The unforgettable show blends female impersonation, various acts of comedy, and outrageous fashion, featuring Lori Divine, Kellie DivineAutumn Skyy, and Trashetta Galore. The proceeds of the show benefit HIV/AIDS research, as the Amorettes have raised more than $2 billion for AIDS support services. 

›› The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents a special screening of the 1926 critically acclaimed silent film 
BEN HUR A Tale of the Christ Sun., March 12, at 3 p.m. The film is based on the 1880 novel written by Lew Wallace, and stars Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman. In addition to the film, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s house organists Ron Carter and Larry Davis provide music. 

Spencer Sloan solo exhibit at Spalding Nix Fine Art Gallery (Mon.-Fri., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 30)
Matthew Desmond Book Signing at Jimmy Carter Library and Museum (Thurs., March 10, at 7 p.m.)
Artist Talk: Alexis Pauline Gumbs at Charis Books
(Thurs., March 10, from 7:30-9 p.m.)
Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox Book Discussion at Chairs Books (Fri., March 11, from 7:30-9 p.m.)
Don Cooper’s Fire Within at Sandler Hudson Gallery (Opening reception Fri., March 11, from 7-9 p.m., Tues.-Fri., from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. through May 7)
Family Fun Festival at Woodruff Arts Center (Sun., March 13, from 1-4 p.m.)
The Ramen Samurai and The Ramen Girl Screenings at SCADShow Performing Arts Theater (Sun., March 13, from 1-6 p.m.)
To Pass Through and Be Gone at Hammonds House Museum (Wed.-Fri., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun., from 1-5 p.m. through Aug. 15)