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Weekend best bets: May 20-22

"The Wind Up Boy," a film from the folks at New Puppet Order, will debut as part of the Center for Puppetry Arts' Xperimental Puppetry Theatre this weekend.

"The Wind Up Boy," a film from the folks at New Puppet Order, will debut as part of the Center for Puppetry Arts' Xperimental Puppetry Theater this weekend.

FRIDAY
Performing arts: The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Xperimental Puppetry Theater brings together artists of all disciplines to create bold, original experiments in puppetry for adult audiences. 8 p.m. May 20-21; 5 p.m. May 22. Tickets are $12.

Music: Kenny Chesney continues to cement his position as one of country music’s all-time greats, recently scoring his 20th No. 1 hit. Georgia’s own Billy Currington and Chesney’s frequent collaborator Uncle Kracker are also on the bill. 7 p.m. May 20 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

Sports, recreation: May 19 and 20 are the days for qualifying rounds in the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour at Lake Allatoona and both days are free to the public to watch. Saturday’s final is a ticketed event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 20; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 21. Admission for May 21: $13 (or $7 in advance online before noon today); ages  6-12, $5; age 5 and under free. the event takes place at Dallas Landing Park  in Acworth.

Movie: Marietta’s Earl Smith Strand Theatre hosts a screening of the 1987 film “The Princess Bride” at 8 p.m. May 20.

Stage: Clifton Guterman and Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley star in “The Judas Kiss,” David Hare’s take on the relationship between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, as Wilde faces trial on indecency charges. It continues through June 11 at Actor’s Express in the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta.

Stage: The new touring production of “Hair” is at the Fox Theatre through May 22.

Dance: Flux Projects presents Zoetic Dance Ensemble’s “Catch & Release,” a free site-specific performance that will integrate Centennial Olympic Park’s Fountain of Rings as an active participant. 12:45 and 6 p.m. May 20; 3 and 6 p.m. May 21.

Stage: The neighbors are nice on “Avenue Q,” the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or just trying to find your way in life. Horizon Theatre Company presents this upbeat, puppet-filled musical for grown-ups. It opens May 20 and continues through July 3 at the company’s facility between Little Five Points and Inman Park.

Miller Union's Steven Satterfield will lead a session on canning and preserving at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Photo: Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

Miller Union's Steven Satterfield will lead a session on canning and preserving at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Photo: Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

Festival, food: The inaugural edition of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offers tastings, demos and dinners with local and nationally known chefs, including Miller Union’s Steven Satterfield (left), who offers a seminar on canning and preserving. Tickets for various events run $65-$500 and it’s happening at locations in and around Midtown, including the Festival Welcome Center at 10th Street and Peachtree Walk.

Comedy: Craig Shoemaker will bring his hilariously creepy alter ego “The Lovemaster” back to the Punchline for a night of laughter May 20-22.

Stage: In Theatre in the Square’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a group of aspiring actors in an acting class, strangers at the beginning, attempt to create characters while revealing a great deal about their own lives. It continues at the troupe’s Marietta home through May 29. For more on the play, see our review.

Design, benefit: The inaugural Art & Design Show House in Marietta will highlight top interior designers in a benefit for the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. The house will remain on view through May 22, with regular admission at $15. On May 22 from 5-7 p.m., there will be a cooking demo and lunch with Johnnie Gabriel, with tickets at $40.

Stage: You’ll find dueling fairies, enchanted woods and a love triangle that turns hexagon in the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the bard’s most beloved comedies. It continues through May 29 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown.

Stage: In the heart of an Italian-American neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sunday dinner at the Gianelli’s house is the main attraction in Aurora Theatre’s “Over the River and Through the Woods.” It continues through June 5 at the theater’s Lawrenceville home.

Stage: Stage Door Players present “A Grand Night for Singing,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. It continues through June 5 at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody.

SATURDAY
Festival: Canton Festival of the Arts offers art, entertainment and edibles, but the event’s two-day Literary Celebration is what really sets it apart. It’s happening May 21-22 at Canton’s Brown Park.

Festival,  music: Tunes From The Tombs is a new music-centric festival in historic Oakland Cemetery that will also include free mini-tours of the grounds, psychic readings and food and beverages from local vendors. 11 a.m. May 21-22.

Festival: The flowers are just part of the fun at the annual Geranium Festival, which begins at 10 a.m. May 21 on McDonough’s Historic Square.

Festival: North Gwinnett Arts Association and City of Suwanee present the second annual Arts in the Park, beginning at 11 a.m. May 21 in Suwanee Town Center Park.

Festival, kids: It’s a tropical treat for the young ones at the Atlanta Caribbean Children’s Carnival. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21 in Lithonia’s  Salem Park.

Kids, recreation: “Turtles & Trowels” is a celebration of World Turtle Day and Archeology Month at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May 21. The event is included with admission to the center: $3.50-$10.50.

Festival: Sample some fine craft beers and hear great local music at the East Atlanta Beer Festival. 1-6 p.m. May 21 in Brownwood Park.

Festival: The GrassRoots BBQ Festival is a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project. A day of music and kid-friendly activities begins at 1 p.m. May 21 at Meehan’s Public House in Sandy Springs.

Wine: Sample more than 60 different kinds of wine at the sixth annual Smyrna Wine Stroll. It gets going at 2 p.m. May 21 at the Wine Cellars – Fine Wine, Gifts & Wine Café.

Festival: Draft on Taft brings good food, great music and cold beer to the streets around Piedmont Park. Proceeds from the event benefit Bert’s Big Adventure. 3-10 p.m. May 21 at 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.

Music: New Trinity Baroque visits the Classical era with “Mozart Meets Hadyn.” 8 p.m. May 21 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Kids, music: Disney TV’s kid-rock band Imagination Movers play “In a Big Warehouse” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 2 and 5 p.m. May 21.

Festival: Have an anachronistic good time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. This annual time-traveling fest offers jesters, jousting, juggling and more. It runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) through June 5.

Stage: The beloved, long-running Atlanta-based stage comedy “Peachtree Battle” returns through May 22 at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Atlanta. The show will take a hiatus for the month of June and return in July.

SUNDAY
Music: American composers get the spotlight at the Decatur Civic Chorus Spring Concert. 3 p.m. May 22 at First Baptist Church Of Decatur.

Music: The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra explores musical expatriates with “Musica Transalpina: Italians in 18th Century London.” 4 p.m. May 22 at Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Kids, family: Join everyone’s favorite tank engine at “Thomas & Friends Live: Thomas Saves The Day.” 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

3 comments Add your comment

ContactBuzz

May 19th, 2011
10:09 am

Is this feature replacing the Live Music picks?

Shane Harrison

May 19th, 2011
1:14 pm

Not at all. This was just accidentally posted in two places (it’s always on our Best of the Big A blog, but it just got double posted this week. The Live Music Picks are up now, too.

ContactBuzz

May 19th, 2011
4:41 pm

Thanks, keep up the good work.