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Culture notes: Tellus stages own ‘Night at Museum’ sequel; literary two-fer for kids; arts fest in Ponce parks this weekend

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Tellus stages own ‘Night at Museum’ sequel

There’s no “Night at the Museum” sequel at multiplexes this summer, which could be a good or bad thing depending on your appetite for Ben Stiller hijinks.
But there will be a “Night at the Museum 3” at Tellus Science Museum  Aug. 6. The Cartersville attraction drew 900 people for its first “Night at the Museum” event in 2009 and nearly 1,500 last year.
This year’s event will focus on science fiction vs. science fact, with more than 50 actors portraying “Star Wars” characters, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Ripley from “Alien.” On the fact side of the coin, there will be appearances by the likes of Albert Einstein, Mary Shelley and the Wright Brothers. Kids can fill up free autograph books, watch “mad scientists” doing demonstrations in the theater and view free, shortened planetarium shows.
Reserve tickets, $20, by calling 770-606-5700, ext. 431. 100 Tellus Drive (Exit 293 off I-75), Cartersville. www.tellusmuseum.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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Literary two-fer for kids

Midtown neighbors the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum offer dog-days relief for young readers. Through July 31, the puppetry center is presenting “Martha Speaks,” based on Susan Meddaugh’s best-selling “Martha” books, by the Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, Mo. (1404 Spring St., 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org). And through Sept. 4, the Breman is presenting “Express Yourself!” an interactive exhibit (appropriate for all faiths) that uses popular picture books such as Barney Saltzberg’s “Beautiful Oops!” to encourage creativity (1440 Spring St., 678-222-3700, www.thebreman.org). HOWARD POUSNER

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Arts fest in Ponce parks

Two of the revitalized, historic, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks that run along Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta will be the site of a new arts event this weekend, Festival on Ponce. The fest will feature some 100 artists and crafters peddling their wares, entertainment, a children’s area and refreshments. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. In Springdale and Virgilee parks along Ponce between Briarcliff and Oakdale roads. 404-845-0793, www.festivalonponce.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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