The Color Purple has come through Atlanta before, but never with former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino on stage. The Fox Theatre announced today special ticket prices for this popular musical: $39.50 tickets for select performances — Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. The prices are available for all seats except the VIP seating. To get this ticket price, you must make your purchase at Publix locations with Ticketmaster outlets. Keep in mind, though, that Fantasia is not performing on Sundays throughout the show’s run.
The Color Purple opened on Broadway in 2005 and ran for two record breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker and the movie by Steven Spielberg.
Atlanta Music Scene blogger Suzanne Van Atten has posted a great deal: Two great bands, one great price — FREE. Check it out.
Two of Atlanta’s favorite homegrown bands play a free concert in Centennial Park Sept. 5 when ESPN’s College GameDay comes to Atlanta for the Alabama vs. Virginia Tech game at the Georgia Dome. Both bands have new albums. Drivin n Cryin’s first record in 12 years,”Whatever Happened to the Great American Bubble Factory” (Vintage Earth Music), comes out Sept. 29. Collective Soul’s eponymous CD on Road Runner comes out Aug. 25. Details on the show are sketchy. Watch this space for updates.
On tap at Octane Coffee House’s Wednesday tasting are three from Sweetwater — Motorboat, IPA and Sweetwater Blue. The tasting is free, from 5-7 p.m.
Chicago @ The Fox
This is a reminder about the discounted tickets soon to be available for Chicago the musical starring Jerry Springer at the Fox Theatre. For the shows on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday, Sept. 9, 50 percent off tickets can be purchased at Publix locations with Ticketmaster outlets. Ask for the discount at the customer service desk. The musical runs Sept. 8-13.
$10 Atlanta Dream Tickets
Using promo code ‘halfoffdepot’ you can purchase $25 tickets for three of the Atlanta Dream’s remaining four home games at Philips Arena for just $10. The Dream is vastly improved since last year, having won six of its last seven games and in the hunt for a playoff berth. The remaining weekday home games applicable for the discount: vs. San Antonio on Thursday, vs. Sacramento Aug. 25 and vs. Connecticut Sept. 11.
Not included in the deal is Sunday’s 3 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Sparks, starring Candace Parker and Lisa Leslie. There are still $10 tickets available for that game, but the seats aren’t as good. A greater incentive might be the appearance and post-game talk by Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. The Lady Vols graduated two of the best players who’ll be on the court: Parker and the Dream’s Chamique Holdsclaw.
In the market for a baby car seat? Now’s a good time to make the investment, as stores move inventory to make room for new models. The Living As Mom as highlighted a Maxi Cosi car seat that is 50 percent off at Target. I mention it because of the depth of this discount.
South City Kitchen Midtown
The $7 Summer Sandwich Special is back at South City Kitchen Midtown, much to the delight of folks who like great food on a bargain. The special runs today through Sept. 4, and features only a southern kitchen could deliver: the SCK Pimento Cheeseburger. The restaurant is located at 1144 Crescent Ave., Atlanta.
Among the free downloads on iTunes U is a lecture by the Dalai Lama and conversations with author Alice Walker, both on itunes.emory.edu, reporter Jennifer Maciejewski on Atlanta on the Cheap. Georgia State’s gsu.edu/itunes features attractive options as well, including a forum on childhood obesity and discussions on globalization and business practices. Read more on this topic on Jennifer’s blog.
Concentrics Restaurant Week
One restaurant weeks rolls right into another. Concentrics starts Saturday and continues through Aug. 28. Participating restaurants: ONE.midtown kitchen, TWO urban licks, TROIS, TAP, PARISH, Murphy’s, Lobby at Twelve, ROOM at Twelve, STATS, 30 Tables and Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria. All except Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria include a three-course prix-fixe menu for $25. Max’s is three courses for $15.