Music: Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters will perform Sept. 21 in Piedmont Park for the first night of Music Midtown. Other acts performing at the two-day event include Garbage, Florence + the Machine, Ludacris and Girl Talk. Other music best bets: David Byrne and St. Vincent, Oct. 3 at Cobb Energy Centre; Miranda Lambert Oct. 5 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood; Esperanza Spalding, Oct. 19 at Cobb Energy Centre; The Who, Nov. 5 at Gwinnett Center; and Madonna, Nov. 17 at Philips Arena.
Visual arts: Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's painting "Girl with Ball" (1961) is one of the artworks featured in the High Museum's fall exhibition "Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 2013," Oct. 13-Jan. 20. Other best bets for visal arts: “Hard Truths: the Art of Thornton Dial,” Nov. 3-March 3 at the High Museum; “Brian Dettmer: Elemental,” Oct 20-Jan. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Atlanta; “Upon the Wheel,” Sept. 21-Oct. 27 at the Alan Avery Art Company; and “Collections in Clay: The Works of Eight Georgia Artists and Their Collections,” Sept. 11-Dec. 22 at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.
Theater: Danny Johnson, Kelsey Scott and Crystal Fox star in Alliance Theatre's world premiere, "What I Learned in Paris" by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage, Sept. 9-Sept. 30. More theater best bets: “Wolves” at Actor’s Express, Nov. 8-Dec. 2; “Two Drink Minimum” at Theatrical Outfit’s Balzer Theater, Oct. 24-Nov. 18; “War Horse” at Fox Theatre, Sept. 25-30; "Betrayal" at Aurora Theatre, Oct. 4-28; and “Macbeth” at Georgia Shakespeare, Oct. 4-28.
Dance: Jackie Nash performs with Wabi Sabi, a group started by Atlanta Ballet veteran John Welker which seeks to push the boundaries of ballet through new choregraphy, Sept. 20 during Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Other best bets for dance: Tanz Farm, a joint effort of choreographer Lauri Stallings’ group gloATL and the Goat Farm Arts Center, Oct. 29-Nov. 3; Crossover Movement Arts , a Decatur-based troupe that blends dance with martial arts and other forms of artistic experimentation, at various times along the Atlanta Beltline; Georgia Ballet re-stages George Balanchine’s “Serenade,” Oct. 20-21; and choreographer Pierre Rigal, Oct. 28, and his Compagnie Dernière Minute, a troupe of hip-hop dancers from France at Rialto Center for the Arts.
A hoop dancer performs in Cirque du Soleil’s evolution-themed big-top show “Totem,” Oct. 26-Dec. 2 at Atlanta Station. Other arts event best bets: Public arts show "Flux 2012," Oct. 6 in Castleberry Hill; “Genghis Khan,” Oct. 5-Jan. 21 at Fernbank Museum; Fall Into the Arts 2012, Oct. 7 at Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center; and the 10th annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium, Oct. 25-28 at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.