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The Plaza Theatre will host the Atlanta Film Festival in April. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

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The Plaza Theatre will host the Atlanta Film Festival in April. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Can’t-miss happenings around town

Books: Spicy reading

Taqueria del Sol executive chef Eddie Hernandez and co-author Susan Puckett read from their book, “Turnip Greens & Tortillas: A Mexican Chef Spices Up the Southern Kitchen,” as part of the Atlanta History Center’s spring author program. Tickets include small bites and cocktails featured in the book.

“Turnip Greens & Tortillas.” April 12. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Film: Hooray for Y’allywood

For its 42nd year, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases the diversity of cinema, including narrative features, documentaries, animation, music videos and more. Drawing from more than 6,000 submissions, this year’s lineup includes films from such countries as Canada, Iran, South Africa and Swaziland.

Atlanta Film Festival. April 13-22. The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. and various locations. 404-352-4225. AtlantaFilmFestival.com

Dance: It takes tutu to tango

Going beyond “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” Atlanta Ballet presents a playful program of three newly choreographed pieces, including a world premiere by company dancer Tara Lee, “TuTu” by Stanton Welch and “Minus 16” by Ohad Naharin.

TuTu and More. April 13-15. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. cobbenergycentre.com, atlantaballet.com

Festival: Our favorite planet

Go green with Georgia Tech’s free Earth Day Festival, which features more than 70 exhibitors as well as live music, eco-friendly giveaways, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange and organic popcorn.

Georgia Tech Earth Day Festival. April 20. Tech Green at North Avenue. 404-894-2004. earthday.gatech.edu

Music: Get this party started

Fresh from singing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl, ferocious singer Pink brings her provocative pop sensibility to Philips Arena on her “Beautiful Trauma” world tour.

Pink. April 21. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. Philipsarena.com

Music: Extreme violins

String violinists Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste combine the sensibilities of classical music and hip-hop as the duo Black Violin, bringing their Classical Boom tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Black Violin. April 22. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4900. atlantasymphony.org

Music: The sounds of salsa

Oscar Hernandez, bandleader and pianist of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, joins Lenny Harlow’s Latin Legends for an evening that celebrates 50 years of passionate salsa music.

Lenny Harlow’s Latin Legends. April 28. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-413-9849. www.rialtocenter.org

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