Cobb play season
From the the Beatles hit parade that is “Rain” to the horn-blowing, drum-pounding propulsion of “Blast,” Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s 2011-2012 Gas South Broadway Series will bring a healthy helping of music along with a season-ending dose of comedy.
The schedule, announced Wednesday: “Rain,” Oct. 28-30; “My Fair Lady,” Dec. 8-11; “Blast,” Jan. 19-22; “Young Frankenstein,” March 29-April 1.
As a perk, series subscribers will be eligible to purchase priority seating for “Billy Elliott” at the Fox Theatre, March 14-25. Subscriptions are available via 770-916-2852, www.cobbenergycentre.com/broadway. Single tickets will go on sale in late summer. HOWARD POUSNER
Dose of design
Settling into its new Midtown location across the street from the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta has inaugurated Thursday evening Drink in Design events mixing viewings of the current exhibit “Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle,” complimentary wine or beer and gallery talks and other programs.cq, they’re not all talks
The 6-8 p.m. program on April 21 features Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design professor Wayne Li sharing anecdotes about motorcycle design. On April 28, Italian motorcycle enthusiast Richard Brandeis talks about the history of those sexy bikes. The talks are around 7 p.m.
Adults $10, seniors and military $8, students with valid ID $5. 1315 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-979-6455, www.museumofdesign.org. HOWARD POUSNER
ASO honors MLK
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual “A King Celebration” Concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr., postponed in January due to icy roads, has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. April 28 at Symphony Hall.
A free pre-concert lecture and recital featuring musicians from Morehouse and Spelman colleges as well as the ASO’s Talent Development Program is set for 7 p.m. in Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium.
Music director Robert Spano conducts the orchestra and ASO Chamber Chorus in a program (to be repeated on April 30) exploring interpretations of life and death. It will include three ASO premieres — Bach’s Cantata No. 106, Mahler’s Totenfeier and the March from Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary — as well as compositions by Puccini and Jennifer Higdon.
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Tickets, $20-$78, via 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org. HOWARD POUSNER