5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: October 25-31

Award-winning plays, a film festival dedicated to all things musical, and an early Halloween celebration
The Color Purple
Carla R. Stewart (Shug Avery) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple

Photograph by Matthew Murphy

The Color Purple
October 24 to 29
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $33.50 to $138.50
Details: One of the Fox’s favorites has made its way back to Atlanta for a six-day stop. With a soundtrack influenced by jazz, gospel, and blues, this Tony-winning musical (based off Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel) follows the journey of Celie, a 14-year-old rural Georgian who is forced by her abusive father to marry an equally abusive farmer, “Mister.”

Alliance Theatre’s Hand to God
October 20 to November 12
Where: Dad’s Garage Theatre
Cost: $42
Details: The Alliance crew is bringing this Tony-nominated, dark comedy to Atlanta for the first time. When his father dies, Jason creates a puppet, Tyrone, to cope. But everything is thrown into chaos when Tyrone suddenly develops a terrifying personality of his own. The play combines the best parts of the Halloween season—the creepy and the silly.

ATLarge Music Film Festival
When: October 27 to 29
Where: Multiple downtown locations
Cost: $8 to $50
Details: This local indie music film festival has one particular goal—to give enlightenment on what “music film” actually is. The festival will have workshops, Q&As with Academy Award-winning directors, and dozens of documentaries, shorts, music videos, and silent films on display, including Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Fall Festival at Cumberland Mall
 October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Cumberland Mall
Cost: Free
Details: Take the kids out for an early Halloween celebration at Cumberland Mall this weekend—along with face painting and fall crafts, each kid will also get a bag of candy. If you haven’t set a pumpkin on your doorstep yet, here’s a chance to decorate one with the family.

Ibeyi at the Variety Playhouse
October 30, 7 p.m.
Where: Variety Playhouse
Cost: $22 to $26
Details: The High Museum of Art’s “Making Africa” exhibition partners with France-Atlanta 2017 for a concert featuring the Franco-Cuban musical duo Ibeyi. Raised in Paris, the twins have an eclectic sound that explores their Afro-Cuban heritage, with songs in French, English, and Yoruba, a Nigerian language brought to Cuba through the slave trade.