Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA swings into Atlantic Station
Plus: See (and hear) abstract art at the Atlanterium AV Festival and unlock an evening of magic at Harry Potter(y) Night
Cirque du Soleil or "circus of the sun" is a Canadian-based entertainment company and the largest theatrical producer in the world. Cirque du Soleil - Luzia takes audience members on an imaginary adventure through Mexico, where "light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul." Performers present surreal visual surprises and acrobatic performances that bring to life the places, faces and sound that make up the richness of Mexican culture. Tickets start at $35. Sept. 14- Nov. 19. Atlantic Station, 20th St. 877-924-7783. www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Atlanta in three words? Booze. Food. Art. Culture Crawl Atlanta enhances the bar crawl experience with an "art walking" street map, allowing you to have a guided adventure into Atlanta's world of street art. Those in attendance also receive a souvenir cup as memorabilia. A portion of ticket sales is donated to Atlanta Beltline Partnership, which seeks to enable the Atlanta Beltline project. Free-$25. 2-10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Registration venue to be announced. www.culturalcrawl.com.
Alohomora! Unlock an evening of magic and creativity at Harry Potter(y) Night at All Fired Up, a relaxed "paint your own pottery" shop. A Harry Potter movie marathon will be playing as visitors of all ages create potions, drink butterbeer and nibble on snacks. $35. 5-10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 15. All Fired Up, 1562 N. Decatur Road. 404-270-9048. www.allfiredupart.com.
Proceed with caution, as the Unveil of Frankenstein's Creation is sure to leave many in fear. Frankenstein, the original novel by Mary Shelley, tells the story of a young scientist who creates a monstrous but sapient creature. Ross Rossin unveils a dramatic program of his interpretation of the story in celebration to the novel's 200th anniversary. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 19. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts,1700 Decatur Road N.E. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu.
"Sid the Science Kid," originally aired on PBS Kids TV, comes to life at Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Deluxe Exhibition. Familiar environments from the show are recreated to give little visitors the feeling of being in Sid's world of creation. Sid's room, kitchen, backyard and classroom are available for an interactive adventure. Free-$15. Sept. 16-Jan. 15. Mon.-Tues.,10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W. 404-659-5437. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
See (and hear) abstract art through a new perception with the final event of the Atlanterium AV Festival, a festival dedicated to providing a unique experience for audiovisual artists through nontraditional workspaces. Audiovisual artists explore and present their kinetic abstract art for two hours in a 20-foot dome at the Mammal Gallery. $5-$10. 9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad St. S.W. 678-744-7095. www.mammalgallery.com
It is said that art helps release emotion in a healthy manner to overcome feelings of sadness and anger. Open Mic Night: A Night To Heal - Community Canvas presents a safe space to share feelings through spoken word/slam poetry, writing, song and dance. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville and around the country, this event welcomes those of all age to come with the spirit of inclusion and become one community. Participants have five minutes to perform and there will be an opportunity to create a community painting. Beverages and light refreshments available. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Andy Davis Gallery at the Hood Art Center, 136 Hood St. 678-591-7744. www.hoodstreetartcenter.com.
Enjoy a cozy night under the stars at Outdoor Movie Night, hosted by Grant Park Parents Network, a nonprofit community organization that cultivates relationships between families in the community. Minions, the tale of three unlikely heroes that take on the most evil super villain in the world, will be screened. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Erin and Matt Miller's backyard. 622 Grant St. S.E. www.grantparkparents.org.
American Institute of Architects Atlanta presents URBANFronts Creative Expressions: Storefront Galleries. Modern works of art and multicultural entertainment with be featured as "helping beautify and enhance the built environment through the temporary adaption of empty retail storefronts in the city with thought provoking works of art." $5-$20. 7-10 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 14. Atlanta City Studio. 2311 Cascade Road S.W. 404-623-6585 www.aiaatl.org.
Women of color are encouraged to feel empowerment and exhilaration at Black Girl Beautiful, a beauty, wellness and self-care experiment. A conversation series featuring leading African-American creative, entrepreneurs, wellness professionals and influencers will take place, as well as a curated health and beauty marketplace. Featuring portraits, cocktails, snacks and lady DJs. $15-$40. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Ambient + Studio, 585 Wells St. S.W. 404-436-1360. www.blackgirlbeautiful.com.
Drawn & Disorderly, a quarterly art market hosted by local artist Urbnpop, presents a beautiful collaboration with beer and art at Red Brick Brewing Company. Visitors are welcome to support local artists, crafters and independently run small business at their booths while sipping on a brew. Cheers! Free. 2-7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16. Red Brick Brewing Co., 2323 Defoor Hills Road N.W. 404-355-5558. www.redbrickbrewing.com.
Communication is key with any relationship, and each human communicates in a different way. InterPlay, an artform that celebrates individual expression and has recently begun gaining momentum, invites all to spend an evening communicating through "marvelous flexible language of movement, voice, storytelling and stillness" at InterPlay: Moving Through and Reflecting on 5777. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 15. Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 Lavista Road N.E. 404-315-6446. www.atlantainterplay.blogspot.com