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This Month's Must-See-And-Do Events In Atlanta

By Claire Harper | March 5, 2020 | Lifestyle

14TrainaBrainCC-0002.jpgThe Train a Brain fun house invites visitors to arrange puzzlelike pieces atop a sensor to create pictures of common everyday objects.

Through 5/3: Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Fernbank Museum’s highly experiential exhibition opens the mind to the unknown as you venture through 11 fun-house spaces that force you to trust your senses. Exploring a virtual garden through the eyes of a bee, walking through illusion-filled spaces and testing your ears during an audio collage are just a few of the ways Our Senses delves into how our brains work. It explores how everything we perceive around us is a product of our mind, and how humans have been, until recently, oblivious to various signals of nature. Tickets from $27, Fernbank Museum

PaaJoeGrossFriedrichsburg2-0002.jpgPaa Joe, “[Fort] Gross-Friedrichsburg” (1683 Brandenburg, 1717-24 Ahanta, 1724 Neths, 1872 Britain, 2004–2005 and 2017, emele wood and enamel)

Through 5/31: Paa Joe: Gates of No Return

The High Museum of Art presents the moving work of master craftsman Joseph Tetteh-Ashong, also known as Paa Joe, in its current exhibition, featuring a series of seven large-scale, painted wood sculptures that represent the architectural models of the Gold Coast castles and forts between the 16th and 19th centuries. Also on view: a selection of archival documents and recordings, including photographs and short films by an award-winning filmmaker and a celebrated art historian. Tickets $15, High Museum of Art

3/7-15: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Inspired by the 1920s Charleston community Cabbage Row, the Depression-era opera follows the love story of Porgy and Bess as they face addiction and social injustice. Listen as The Atlanta Opera’s top talents sing timeless tunes like “Summertime” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” led by conductor David Charles Abell—your ears will thank you. Times vary, tickets from $45, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

3/9: Fashion a Cure

Community members flock to the touching fashion show fundraiser featuring courageous cancer survivors and people affected by cancer as they strut down the runway wearing clothes donated by local boutiques. Attendees also have a chance to go home with some of the coveted clothing, given by the boutiques and various donors, during the silent auction and raffle. Now in its eighth year, the annual event has raised over $1 million to advance research in cancers affecting women. Tickets from $250, The St. Regis Atlanta

SNPPNEAB2016SleepingBeauty052033OA1-0002.jpgA scene from the Northeast Atlanta Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

3/13-15: Sleeping Beauty

The Northeast Atlanta Ballet performs the classic story of love conquering all during its stunning production filled with a fairy-tale princess and her prince, a wicked witch and fairies dancing to the music of Tchaikovsky, performed by The Gwinnett Symphony. With lavish scenery and elegant costumes, the imaginary tale comes to life onstage. Tickets from $19, Infinite Energy Center, Duluth

3/14: Preservation Gala

Since 1984, The Georgia Trust has hosted its annual Preservation Gala at historic homes and venues around the state, and this year is no different. Held at the notable Pink Castle—designed by renowned architecture firm Hentz, Reid & Adler—the anticipated community event honors preservationists around the state during an evening of dancing, drinking, dining and celebrating. This 36th go-round is guaranteed to be a night to remember. Tickets from $100, Preservation Gala

3/18-21: High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

Now the largest charity wine auction benefiting the arts in the U.S., the 28th annual event—themed Open The Bottle, Start Something—celebrates the artistry of the winemaker through a series of events. From winemaker dinners to the Ladies Luncheon and, of course, the grand finale, Live Auction, this event is attended by the who’s who of Atlanta and is not to be missed. Times, tickets and locations vary by event

3/20: Skyland Trail Associates Spring Luncheon

Hosted and organized by the incredible Atlanta women of volunteer group Skyland Trail Associates, the annual fundraiser luncheon features a fashion show of the latest spring trends followed by a powerful keynote presentation on mental health. Monies raised benefit an area of need, which is selected by the associates each year. 11:15AM, tickets from $120, tables from $1,200, Piedmont Driving Club

3/21: Wings for Mercy Ball

Don your black-tie finery for an evening of fundraising at the 31st annual Wings for Mercy Ball. Featuring a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and a high-energy band to keep attendees on the dance floor, the annual gala supports Mercy Care’s vital efforts in the community. 6pm, tickets from $500, The St. Regis Atlanta

3/26: Fine Art + Fashion

Art and fashion go hand in hand at National Black Arts Foundation’s anticipated event benefiting youth arts education programs. Funds raised at the annual benefit, hosted by Neiman Marcus and now in its 14th year, help provide educational opportunities for emerging black artists and promote artistic expression in under-resourced communities. 6pm, tickets from $500, Flourish Atlanta

3/31-4/4: Hamilton

The Broadway musical sensation makes its way to Atlanta for five high-energy shows featuring a score that blends hip-hop, R&B, jazz, blues, rap and Broadway into one incredible performance. Following the journey of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, the one-hour show tells the story of his life from an immigrant to the nation’s first treasury secretary. Tickets from $80, Fox Theatre

Photography by: Photo © AMNH/C. Chesek | © Paa Joe, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York | Scott Nilsson