Football season is finally over, the country is still trudging through six more weeks of winter, and you’ve still got a few days before you panic and realize it’s the night before Valentine’s Day and you still don’t have a reservation. (Go call it in now, trust us.) So what is there to do on this fairly nondescript February weekend? Plenty, in fact, especially if you’re a fan of the arts.
Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!
The cat’s hat is obvious. But if you pause to consider Dr. Seuss and headwear, other examples stack up as quickly as Bartholomew Cubbins’s 500 toppers. Not only did Seuss—aka Theodor Geisel—feature headgear in his artwork, but he also collected hats, hundreds of which he stashed in a secret closet in his home. The artist’s estate put together a traveling exhibition—Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!—that includes rare artwork and twenty-six hats from Geisel’s collection. It stops at Ann Jackson Gallery through February 16. drseussart.com
The stand-up comedian drops by the Civic Center for two gigs on his “Growth Spurt” tour. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. atlantaciviccenter.com
Emory Jazz Fest
The three day event showcases student and staff talent with performances and classes, culminating in the “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” concert, which celebrates the history of the long-running festival. Thursday-Saturday. arts.emory.edu
An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel
Simon’s other half, back on tour after years of vocal cord problems, will bring more than just music to Rialto—he’s also expected to tell a few tales and answer audience questions. Friday 8 p.m. rialto.gsu.edu
Spotlight On Art
Trinity School’s annual market shows work by top emerging and established artists. Through Saturday. spotlightonart.com
Roméo et Juliette
The Atlanta Ballet stages the Southeast premiere of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s version of the classic, with Jean-Christophe Maillot as guest choreographer. At the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through February 15. atlantaballet.com
Large-scale photographs of African American suburban homes by Sheila Pree Bright set in antebellum Barrington Hall, part of the Roswell Roots black history festival. Through February 28. roswellroots.com
Brave New Works
Another Emory festival, this one focused on play readings and theater workshops, will bring three events this weekend: selections from Emory playwriting fellowship candidate Edith Freni, a workshop that will bring a book by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to life, and a forum on artful risk taking. Festival runs through February 15; Freni: Thursday 7 p.m.; Trethewey: Friday 7 p.m.; Risk: Saturday 5:30 p.m. theater.emory.edu