'Eclipsed' opens at Synchronicity Theatre
Plus: High hosts a Warhol Factory Party and Atlanta Contemporary takes on the creative process
SURVIVOR: Danai Gurirabs Tony-nominated Eclipsed makes its Southeast debut at Synchronicity Theatre June 2-25.Angela AquinoWhile perusing an article about the Second Liberian Civil War in the New York Times, actress Danai Gurira (bThe Walking Deadb) was inspired by a photo of Black Diamond, a Liberian freedom fighter. Gurirabs inspiration led her to write Eclipsed, the first all-black creative team and female cast to perform on Broadway. Enter Bessie, Helena, Rita and Maima, the captive wives of a rebel officer who must use their insight to survive the war. The regional premiere of the Tony-nominated Eclipsed brings a moving story of survival to the Synchronicity Theatre stage. $23-$45. June 2-25. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-484-8636. www.synchrotheatre.com.http://www.synchrotheatre.com.
The Zuckerman Museum of Art hosts an opening reception for Racecar, a multidisciplinary group exhibition that "examines the nature of a limited and cyclical existence, and our attempts to escape it." Guest curated by P. Seth Thompson, the exhibition features 12 artists, including Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Marlene Lillian Hawthrone and Tori Tinsley, among others, whose work examines escapism such as memory, domesticity, fantasy, cinema, communication and travel. Free. 6-8 p.m. Sat., June 3. Zuckerman Museum of Art, 492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. 470-578-3223. zuckerman.kennesaw.edu.
Join the High Museum of Art for the Warhol Factory Party in celebration of its newest exhibition, Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, opening June 3, which features more than 250 prints by Andy Warhol. As part of its First Friday series that features art-making and live performances, the Warhol Factory Party goes mod with drop-in screen printing, tunes by DJ Teknology, a photobooth, Warhol-inspired Screen Tests, Cult Carts cotton candy and more. Be sure to dress as your favorite Factory regular b think Edie, Candy Darling, et al b for your 15 minutes of fame. Free with museum admission. 6-10 p.m. Fri., June 2. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.
In conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, this Thursday's Speaking of Making, a conversation series about the creative process, highlights Adam Frelin and Breathing Lights at the Atlanta Contemporary. Frelin, recipient of AIR Serenbebs 2017 CoEsistere Focus Fellowship, will speak about his artwork, which has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, as well as his role as lead artist on Breathing Lights, a multi-city, temporary public art installation that illuminated hundreds of abandoned buildings with a breathing effect created with light. Free. 6-8 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means St. N.W. 404-688-1970. www.atlantacontemporary.org.
Georgia Public Broadcasting hosts a screening of Real Boy, a coming-of-age story about Bennett, a trans teenager who dreams of musical stardom. While transitioning and working to repair the strained relationship with his family and friends, Bennett meets celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens, who takes Bennett under his wing.B Free (ticket required). 7 p.m. Mon., June 5. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. 404-685-2488. www.plazaatlanta.com.
For more than three decades, Virginia-Highland Summerfest has celebrated music and arts with an unofficial pregame to the summer months. This year, the festival features an artist market with work from more than 200 artists, 5K road race and Tot Trot, kidsfest area, and live music spread across three stages. A Friday night kick-off party features the Apple Scruffs covering hits from the Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead. Free. Kick-off party: Fri., June 2, 8-11 p.m. Festival: Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive. www.vahi.org/summerfest.''
Since 2005, Indie Craft Experience has brought together local makers to sling their wares, eschewing the big-box shopping experience for a more intimate gathering where shoppers can connect with the people behind the shops one-on-one. This yearbs Summer Craft and Vintage Market features more than 90 vendors stretched over two days at a new location: Colony Square. Vendors include 2QueensVintage, Admiral Row, Bluedrop Studio, bones&blooms, Crafts & Love, Doux South, Flora/Fauna ATL, LuLa Naturals and many more. In addition to the goods, the two-day event will also feature local food, tunes by DJ Zano and swag bags for the first 250 attendees each day. Free-$5. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., June 3-4. Colony Square, overlooking the plaza, 1197 Peachtree St. N.E. www.ice-atlanta.com.
Head over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights this Sunday, and join the LGBT Institute, Touching Up Our Roots and Atlanta Pride to explore Atlanta's LGBT history with the Touching Up Our Pride Roots Trolley Tour. Narrated by local LGBT historian Dave Hayward, this two-hour tour-by-trolley (the first of two scheduled tours, the second of which will take place June 17) will focus on Little Five Points and Midtown, featuring some of the first openly gay bars like Mrs. P's on Ponce, as well as the site of the raid of the Atlanta Eagle. $15.45. 1-3 p.m. Sun., June 4. Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 678-999-8990. www.civilandhumanrights.org.
Additional reporting by Nyasha Drakes.