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Culture notes: An encore for Theatre du Reve’s ‘Red Balloon’; Saturday reception for civil rights mural, video

THEATER
Theatre du Reve’s
‘Balloon’ flies again
After a sold-out run a year ago, Atlanta’s French drama troupe Theatre du Reve is bringing back “The Red Balloon,” the story of a young boy and a magical balloon with a mind of its own, based on the beloved 1956 French film. The adaption that opens Friday at Back Stage Theatre at 7 Stages has been tweaked to focus more on the topical theme of bullying. Through Feb. 12. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. $27, students $16.20, ages 65 and up $21.60 (plus ticketing fee). 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-3829, www.theatredureve.com. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Saturday reception for civil rights mural, video

Atlanta artist B. Kendall wanted to commemorate a lesser-known chapter of the civil rights movement, how children participated in Birmingham protest marches in 1963, with her 12-foot-long mural “And the Children Marched,” now on view at the Buckhead Branch Library. Her attempts to educate continue on Saturday, when a video featuring civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian is premiered there at 2:30 p.m. as part of a 2-4 p.m. public reception (children welcome) featuring talks, music and treats. Kendall ultimately hopes to contribute the video and her mural, which features a serpentine length of fire hose snaking menacingly through a colorful collage of childhood whimsy, to a regional museum or institution. 269 Buckhead Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-814-3500, www.lifeizcolorful.com (click: Mixed Media Projects). HOWARD POUSNER

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