Out & About: Intown calendar highlights for April

“Liyana” is one of many screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival, April 13-22. (Photo by Aaron Kopp)

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“Liyana” is one of many screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival, April 13-22. (Photo by Aaron Kopp)


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

Music: When the going gets weird

Need a laugh on tax day? Spend April 15 at the Tabernacle with Weird Al Yankovic, whose career as an irrepressible pop music parodist has been going strong for more than 40 years, from “My Bologna” to “Word Crimes.”

Weird Al Yankovic. April 15. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. tabernacleatl.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

Theater: Say it with flowers

A world premiere comedy by Daryl Fazio, “The Flower Room” stars terrific Atlanta actress Stacy Melich as an unemployed professor who turns to writing adult literature to pay the bills.

“The Flower Room.” April 21-May 13. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107. 404-607-7469. actors-express.com

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

Theater: Great Shakes

Borrowing its title from a line from “Hamlet,” “Something Rotten!” offers a breezy satire of classic theater from John O’Farrell and Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick. In 1595 London, two brothers write the first musical play to outshine the era’s rock star dramatist, William Shakespeare.

“Something Rotten!” April 17-22. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. foxtheatre.org

Opera: Bull by the horns

Mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyam makes her U.S. debut in the title role of “Carmen” at the Atlanta Opera. The Georges Bizet classic features baritone Edward Parks as matador Escamillo and Gianluca Terranova as the obsessed Don Jose.

“Carmen.” April 28-May 6. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. cobbenergycentre.com

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

Theater: Poor Richard

Shakespeare wrote some of his greatest poetry for the tragedy of “Richard II” (with Lee Osorio in the title role), a cerebral, self-centered monarch who finds himself overthrown by the rush of history.

“Richard II.” April 28-May 13. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299. shakespearetavern.com