Wabi Sabi, Atlanta Ballet’s contemporary dance ensemble, opens its summer season on Thursday, June 18, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. CONTRIBUTED BY BONNIE MORET

Don't miss these arts and culture events in August

The Atlanta weather isn't the only thing heating up this Agusut. The arts and culture scene around town is in full swing. Check out these events below and get cultured, Atlanta. 


"Michi Meko, Pursuit: Almost Drowned.” Through Aug. 8. Alan Avery Art Company, 315 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-237-0370, www.alanaveryartcompany.com. Read our review of “Michi Meko, Pursuit: Almost Drowned" here.

“Filming the Camps, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg.” Through Nov. 20, 2015. $16.50 adults, $13 seniors 65+, students 13+, $11 youth 4-12, free for members and children under 4. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW. 404-814-4000,www.atlantahistorycenter.comRead our review here.

“Alex Katz, This Is Now.” Through Sept. 6. $19.50, adults; $16.50, students and seniors; $12, ages 6-17; free, children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.orgRead our review of "Alex Katz, This Is Now" here.

“Seriously Silly! The Art & Whimsy of Mo Willems.” Through Jan. 10. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. high.orgRead more about Mo Willems here.

 “Los Trompos” (“The Spinning Tops”). An installation from Mexican designers Ignacio Cadena and Héctor Esrawe featuring more than 40 three-dimensional, larger-than-life tops/rides in a variety of colors and shapes. Through Nov. 29. Free. Outside the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.orgRead more about Los Trompos here.

“Bodies … The Exhibition.” Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.


Wabi Sabi's ballet performances. 7 p.m. Aug. 21: “Whim” amid the High Museum of Art’s outdoor “Los Trompos” installation. Free. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta.5 p.m. Aug. 23: “Whim” at Serenbe Open Air Function Room. $30. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills.5:30 p.m. Aug. 29: Atlanta Ballet Block Party at Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre. Free (suggested donation of $20 will support the Dancers’ Resource Fund). 1695 Marietta Blvd. N.W., Atlanta. www.atlantaballet.com/wabisabi

Step Afrika! “Symphony in Step,” 6 p.m. Aug. 29. A Washington D.C.-based company, Step Afrika!, specializes in the step dance tradition popularized in “Drumline”: $30 and up ($20 students); Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW. www.stepafrika.org


Youth Ensemble of Atlanta Gala, "A Taste of YEA." 7 p.m. Aug. 8 (VIP event begins at 5 p.m.). Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW. Evening includes a recpetion, the honoree's ceremony for actress Wendy Racquel Robinson, and a YEA performance. Tickets start at $35. www.rialtocenter.org/buytickets

Engelbert Humperdinck. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Tickets start at $39.50. Find tickets here. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org

Keb’ Mo’. 8 p.m. Aug. 29. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Tickets start at $25. Find tickets here. 404-733-4900. www.atlantasymphony.org


"The Tortoise, the Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables." Aug. 13-Sept. 20: Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m; Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.$9.25 for members, $16.50 for non-members. www.puppet.org

“Rent.” Through Aug. 9. $20-$45. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta. www.actors-express.com.

“Uprising.” Through Aug. 23. $25-$35. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.horizontheatre.com.

“Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.” Presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Through Aug. 8. $15-$30. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-641-1260, get.org.

“Once Upon a Mattress.” Through Aug. 9. $15-$18; $10 for everyone on Aug. 6. Act1 Theatre at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. act1theater.com.

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Is an August arts event missing from this list? Email me at adam.carlson@ajc.com