Critic's Notebook: May's Top Five

Top Atlanta cultural events for the month of May

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

5. Lucinda’s World, Part III: Weathered Chromes. May 21-June 20. Marcia Wood Gallery.

The renowned Atlanta-based photographer Lucinda Bunnen continues with part three of a cycle of four exhibitions, each one at a different venue. This edition takes place at Marcia Wood Gallery's new Midtown space.

4. Michael Rooks honored with Nexus Award. May 19. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Rooks, whose tenure as curator of modern and contemporary art at the High Museum of Art since 2010 has been marked by an effort to connect the institution to Atlanta-based artists, is the recipient of the 2015 Nexus Award given by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to honor individuals, groups, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the city’s arts landscape.

3. Leila Josefowicz and John Adams. May 7-9. Symphony Hall.

Composer and conductor John Adams and violinist Leila Josefowicz bring their latest collaboration to the Atlanta Symphony Hall stage with Scheherazade.2, Symphony for Violin and Orchestra.

2. Ship of FoolsNiv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor. May 21-24. Goat Farm Arts Center.

The Israeli dancers present their 2011 work Ship of Fools.


1. Atlanta Opera's Three Decembers. May 29-31. Alliance Theatre.

In the intimate venue of the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Opera presents contemporary composer Jake Heggie's chamber opera with text by Broadway playwright Terrence McNally about a glamorous actress and her family whom we see over the course of three Decembers, each a decade apart.

Photo Credits: Joeff Davis/CL File, Lambert Orkis, and Brett Croomer for Houston Grand Opera.