Critic's Notebook: April's Top Five

April is the coolest month

A monthly listing of Atlanta art critic Andrew Alexander’s picks for the top five events in Atlanta: 

5) The Breakers, April 16 to May 10. The Goat Farm Arts Center.
A new interactive production written and directed by Michael Haverty will allow viewers to wander through the drama unfolding in a house where all the walls are made of glass.

4) Isabel Leonard, Sat., April 4. Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
The popular Metropolitan Opera star (as well as Vogue model and "Sesame Street" guest) performs a concert with guitarist Sharon Isbin.

3) Blues for an Alabama Sky, April 15 to May 10. Alliance Theatre.
Best-selling novelist and popular Atlanta-based playwright Pearl Cleage's play about the Harlem Renaissance gets a new production at the Alliance on the 20th anniversary of its premiere there.

2) Ian Bostridge, April 25. Spivey Hall.
The British tenor performs Schubert's "Winterreisse," a topic he's very familiar with, having just published a critically acclaimed book focusing entirely on the piece.

1) Nick Cave and T. Lang's Upright Atlanta, April 23-26. Ponce City Market.
Not to be confused with the singer of the same name, artist Nick Cave creates elaborate sound-suits for public performances. His Atlanta piece, a Flux Projects commission for Ponce City Market, will be choreographed by local choreographer and Spelman professor T. Lang.