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What to do in Atlanta | April 8-15


FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC. 

You'll find our annual guide to spring festivals here.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. April 10-12. Free. Backyard Barbecue & Brews: $25-$35. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive N.E., Atlanta. dogwood.org. Take a look at our gallery of photos from Dogwood Festivals past, from 1965-1994.

Sheep to Shawl. 10:30 a.m. April 11. $11-$16.50; ages 3 and younger free. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W. 404-814-4000, www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

Hapeville Spring Festival. 11 a.m. April 11; parade 10:15 a.m.  Tom E. Morris Sports Complex, 3415 Claire Drive, Hapeville. www.hapeville.org.

Hogs And Hops Festival 2015. 1 p.m. April 11; VIP entry noon. $55; $45 in advance. VIP $85; $75 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. www.hogsandhopsatlanta.com.

Festival on Ponce. Artist market, music, food, children’s area. April 11-12. Free. Olmstead Linear Park, 1451 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. festivalonponce.com.

Atlanta Blooms. 300,000 bulbs explode with glorious hues of pink, yellow, purple and red. That’s 44,000 more bulbs than last year. Peak times vary and are expected to last through April. atlantabg.org.

Caboose Days. 10 a.m. April 11-12. Included with museum admission ($5-$8). Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Peachtree Road, Duluth. 770-476-2013, www.srmduluth.org.

Acworth Art Fest. April 11-12. Acworth Arts Festival, Acworth. acworthartfest.splashfestivals.com.

Repticon Atlanta Reptile & Exotic Animal Show. April 11-12. $5-$12. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. www.repticon.com/atlanta.

Day of Holocaust Remembrance (Yom HaShoah) at the Besser Holocaust Memorial. 3:30 p.m. April 12.  Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta. www.atlantajcc.org.

Georgia Renaissance Festival. April 18-June 7. $22; $10 ages 6-12; $20 ages 60 and older; free ages 5 and younger. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn. garenfest.com.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. 150 artists and crafters, interactive arts stations, music, children’s play area. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19. Free. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive N.E., Sandy Springs. 404-873-1222, sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.

Bear on the Square Mountain Festival. A celebration of Southern Appalachian culture. There will be bluegrass and old-time music, arts and crafts and kids activities all around the historic square. Bear on the Square’s tale-spinning slate, organized by the Southern Order of Storytellers, has been designated the Southeastern Regional Spotlight Event this year by the National Storytelling Network. April 18-19. Dahlonega. Free. 706-348-1370, www.bearonthesquare.org.

 
PERFORMING ARTS 

“Rounding Third.” Stage Door Players present an odd-couple comedy about two Little League coaches attempting to reconcile sharply contrasting approaches. Through April 12. $30, with discounts for seniors, students and youth. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726, www.stagedoorplayers.net.

“Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.” Through April 26. $26-$45. Actor’s Express at the King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta Street Suite J-107, Atlanta. www.actors-express.com. Read our review of "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet" here.

“The Explorers Club.” Through April 19. $20-$40. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com. Read our review of "The Explorers Club" here.

“Man of La Mancha.” Follow Don Quixote’s dizzied and unyielding pursuits throughout the winding paths of Serenbe’s rolling hills and countryside. Through April 11. $25-$30. Serenbe Playhouse, 10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-1110, serenbeplayhouse.com. Read our review of "Man of La Mancha" here.

“Edward Foote.” A stranger comes to town, looking terribly familiar to the residents of a tiny rugged Appalachian community in the 1930s. Through April 19. $33-$38. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.alliancetheatre.org. Read our review of "Edward Foote" here, and get a look at the play's origins in an interviuew with playwright Phillip DePoy.

“Grand Concourse.” A comic-drama with heart set in an urban soup kitchen. Through April 26. $20-$30. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com. Read our review of "Grand Concourse" here.

“Marisol.” Jose Rivera’s play is set in post-apocalyptic New York. Through April 12. $16-$20. Theater Emory, Mary Gray Munroe Theater, 605 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. arts.emory.edu.

The Atlanta Opera: “The Marriage of Figaro.” April 10 and 12. $25-$125. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com. Read our review of the Atlanta Opera's "The Marriage of Figaro" here.

Blue Man Group. Through April 12. $30-$110. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. foxtheatre.org. Read our preview of the Blue Man Group's Atlanta performances here.

"Storefront Church." Through April 26. $30-$35. Theatrical Outfit, the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St, Atlanta. www.theatricaloutfit.org.

Festival Of Laughs With Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Adele Givens. 8 p.m. April 11. $53.50 -$129. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. www.philipsarena.com.

“Blues for an Alabama Sky.” April 15-May 10. $25-$68. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.alliancetheatre.org.

Dana Gould. April 16-19. $20-$25. Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree St. Atlanta. laughingskulllounge.com.

"Boeing Boeing." Presented by Gypsy Theatre Company. April 16-May 3. $17-$25. Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. www.bufordcommunitycenter.com.

Dave Chappelle. 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 17-19. $57. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Atlanta Ballet: "Modern Choreographic Voices." April 17-19. $18-$124. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.atlantaballet.com.

"Seussical." Presented by the Theatre Project at the Mable House Arts Center. April 17-19. $8; ages 12 and under free if accompanied by an adult. Mable House Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. www.mablehouse.org.

“Norman, Is That You?” April 17-May 2. $17-$25. Out of Box Theatre, Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Parkway S., Suite C-1, Marietta. 678-653-4605, www.outofboxtheatre.com.

MUSIC

Whiskey Shivers. April 9. $8 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Matthew Ryan and the Northern Wires. 8 p.m. April 8. $18; $14 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. www.eddiesattic.com.

Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique. 8 p.m. April 8. $22 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Brandy Clark. 8:30 p.m. April 8. $25. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com. See our interview with Brandy Clark here.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Emanuel Ax plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. April 9, 11 and 12. $24-$99. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta. www.atlantasymphony.org.

Amanda Palmer. 8 p.m. April 9. $25-$28. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com. See our interview with Amanda Palmer here.

Libera. 8 p.m. April 10. $25-$60. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantasymphony.org.

James McMurtry. 8 p.m. April 10. $20-$22.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

The Decemberists. 8 p.m. April 10 and April 11. $33-$38. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. tabernacleatl.com.

The Last Waltz Ensemble. Liz Brasher and Sugarfoot opening. April 10. $12 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

500 Songs For Kids. Now spread out over five weeks (and four venues), this annual benefit for the Songs for Kids Foundation features local and national musicians perform Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  April 10-11. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.badearl.com, www.songsforkidsfoundation.org.

Shawn Mendes. 8 p.m. April 10. $32.50. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Steep Canyon Rangers. 8:30 p.m. April 10. $17-$20. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com.

Matt Pond PA. 9 p.m. April 11. $15; $13 in advance. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

A Tribute to Lou Reed: The Skylarks, Blake Rainey & His Demons, Bottlekids, Noel Summerall, Weary Heads. 9 p.m. April 11. $10. The Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 157-962-3708, starbar.net.

AJ Ghent Band (CD release). April 11. $12 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

The Bangles. 8:30 p.m. April 11. $35-$40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

39th Annual WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival. Noon April 11. $6-$15. Clarkston Community Center Activity Field, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. 404-523-3471, www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org.

Tzu-Yi Chen, piano. Presented by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta. 3 p.m. April 12. A meet-the-artist reception will follow the recital. No ticket needed, but a donation of $15 requested.  St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-667-4700, www.MozartAtlanta.com.

Edwin McCain. 6 and 8:30 p.m. April 12. $42; $35 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St. Decatur. 404-377-4976, eddiesattic.com.

Georgia Festival Chorus. 3 p.m. April 12. Free. Hillside United Methodist Church, 4474 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock. 404-234-3581, tgafc.org, www.hillsideumc.org.

The Ting Tings. 9 p.m. April 13. $20-$22. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. 9 p.m. April 13. $13; $11 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.badearl.com.

Waxahatchee, the Goodbye Party. 9:30 p.m. April 13. $12. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. thedrunkenunicorn.net.

Jeremy Enigk. 7 p.m. April 14. $13 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry. 7:30 p.m. April 14. $25 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

OK Go. 8:30 p.m. April 14. $20-$22. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com.

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio. 8 p.m. April 14. $22.50-$25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Jarabe de Palo. April 14. $30 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Young Fathers. 9 p.m. April 15. $13 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Tesla with NoMara and Sledd. 7:30 p.m. April 15. $22.50-$32.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. tabernacleatl.com.

The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra: “A Night at the Opera.” 7:30 p.m. April 16. Free. Ferst Center for the Arts, 350 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.

Ari Hest, Dana Holmes. 8 p.m. April 16. $18; $14 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St. Decatur. 404-377-4976, eddiesattic.com.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. 8:30 p.m. April 16. $20; $18 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.badearl.com.

30th Annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival with Ignacio Berroa. 7:30 p.m. April 17. $8-$18. Townsend Center at University of West Georgia, 1601 Maple St., Carrollton. www.townsendcenter.org.

Restless Heart. 8 p.m. April 17. $30-$40. Mill Town Music Hall, 1031 Alabama Ave., Bremen. www.milltownmusichall.com.

Electric Hot Tuna. 8 p.m. April 17. $30-$32.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Stop Light Observations. April 17. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Bryan Adams. 8 p.m. April 17. $19.50-$99.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com.

Runaway Gin. April 17. $8 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Five Eight. 9 p.m. April 17. $5. The Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 157-962-3708, starbar.net.

500 Songs for Kids. Now spread out over five weeks (and four venues), this annual benefit for the Songs for Kids Foundation features local and national musicians perform Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. April 17-18. Pay what you can. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com, www.songsforkidsfoundation.org.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: "Classic Soul." 8 p.m. April 17-18. $25-$65. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantasymphony.org.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: "Symphony Safari." 11 a.m. April 18. $20-$40. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantasymphony.org.

The Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. 7:30 p.m. April 18. $20-$40. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. www.stphilipscathedral.org.

Dweezil Zappa Guitar Master Class. 3 p.m. April 18. $75. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Zappa Plays Zappa. 8 p.m. April 18. $37.50-$40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Sunny Ledford (matinee show). April 18. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Front Country. 8 p.m. April 18.  $20. Serenbe Pavillion, 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. www.chatthillsmusic.com.

Bria & Chrissy with Poppy’s Field. April 19. Smith’s Olde Bar – The Music Room. $8 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

The Waterboys. 8 p.m. April 19. $35-$40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Diana Krall. 8 p.m. April 19. $49.50-$125.50. Rescheduled from Dec. 8. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta. www.atlantasymphony.org.

 

VISUAL ARTS  

“Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds.” Through May 24. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.org. For more about this exhibit, go to the AJC's Arts & Culture blog. 

“Imagining New Worlds: José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou.” Through May 24. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.org. For more about these exhibits, go to the AJC's Arts & Culture blog. 

“The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office.” Through June 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (until 8 p.m. Thursdays), 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $10, $8 age 65 and up, $7 students with an ID, free age 12 and under. Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org.

“Bobby Jones: The Game of Life.” Through Nov. 30. Free. Schatten Gallery at the Robert Woodruff Library, Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. web.library.emory.edu.  

“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.” Through June 21. $6-$8. Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.  Read our review of "African Cosmos" here.

“Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson.” Through May 17. $6-$8. Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-4282, www.carlos.emory.edu.  

“Maren Hassinger … Dreaming.” An exhibit by the sculptor, performance artist and director of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rinehart School of Sculpture. Through May 16. Suggested donation: $3. 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta. 404-270-5607, museum.spelman.edu.    

“A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden.” Through May 31.  $19.50; $16.50 ages 65 and older and students (ID required); $12 ages 6-17. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org. 

“Dox Thrash: An American Journey.” Through May 10. $19.50; $16.50 ages 65 and older and students (ID required); $12 ages 6-17. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

“Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures.” The exhibition returns to Atlanta with new content and a focus on literacy. Through July 5. $4-$12. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 678-222-3700, thebreman.org. 

“Gordon Parks: Segregation Story” and “Leonard Freed: Black in White America.” Through June 7. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.org. 

“Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Northeast Brazilian Art Exhibit.” Through May 18. Free. Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta. 404-978-2003, www.auctr.edu. 

“Two of Each: The Nippur Deluge Tablet & Noah’s Flood.” Through July 24. Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E., Atlanta. www.carlos.emory.edu. 

“Bodies … The Exhibition.” Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.


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