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Weekend best bets: Aug. 13-15

Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and Woody in "Toy Story 3," which will be shown Sunday as part of the Coca Cola Film Festival. Photo: Disney Pixar

Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and Woody in "Toy Story 3," which will be shown Sunday as part of the Coca Cola Film Festival. Photo: Disney Pixar


Festival, music and health: Atlanta Gospel Fest Music and Healthcare Festival brings the music and the message, but it also focuses on health screenings and wellness. At  4 p.m. Aug. 13-14 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta.

Stage: “Singin’ in the Rain” is a romantic comedy based on the classic movie musical with familiar songs such as “Fit As A Fiddle,” “Good Mornin’” and “Make ‘Em Laugh.” Continuing through Sept. 5 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Music: Charlie Daniels Band is back for a return engagement as one of the headliners at the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert. Joining the fiery fiddler are Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and contemporary Christian pop mainstay Michael W. Smith. At 7 p.m. at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Stage: Check out the world premiere of Tom Key’s adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The Theatrical Outfit production continues through Sept. 5 at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s, downtown Atlanta.

Music: Expect some sexy, seductive music as R&B singer Trey Songz plays the Fox Theatre. Atlanta’s own Monica opens the show at 7:30 p.m.

Convention: OnyxCon 2010 celebrates the African Diaspora’s influence and impact in comic books, games, animation, toys, fantasy, science fiction and more. Convention 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Aug. 14. $5; under 12 free. Professional conference and workshops 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 13; art exhibit 6-9 p.m. Aug. 13. At the Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

Visual art: It’s time for the monthly Castleberry Hill Second Friday Art Stroll, a free event that takes place at 7 p.m. in the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood, around the intersection of Nelson and Walker streets in downtown Atlanta.

Music: Big Mike Geier’s “Elvis Royale,” featuring Kingsized Orchestra and Dames Aflame, commemorates the passing of Elvis Presley each year around the date of his death. At 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13-14 at Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points.


Kids: The Wiggles are back with “Wiggly Circus” and the Aussie foursome will bring Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers to the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth for two shows, one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 4 p.m.

Music: The Moon and Pluto presents the Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival, a two-day survey of Atlanta’s local music scene, with more than 40 artists performing. 3 p.m. Aug. 14-15 at the Masquerade, Atlanta.

Visual art: “The Spiritual Visions of Salvador Dalí” will feature more than 200 works by the Spanish master including the complete collection of 99 woodblocks created to illustrate Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” Champagne reception 4-8 p.m. Aug. 14, attendees must RSVP; show opens Aug. 16 and runs through Sept. 30 at Regency Fine Art in Norcross.

Kids: Creeping, crawling and flying insects take over Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum for the Bug Out Festival, offering hands-on learning for those who dare from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Music: The Frank Vignola Trio plays at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell at 8 p.m. Acoustic guitarist Vignola’s style erases the lines between jazz, pop and classical.

Stage: The Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Center Theatre hosts Steve Solomon’s “Still in Therapy,” the sequel to his one-man show “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy.” Through Aug. 15.

Music: Follow the yellow brick road to Alpharetta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre where the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment to “The Wizard of Oz” at 8 p.m.

Comedy: The bawdy, celebrity-skewering tales of Emmy winner Kathy Griffin will fill the Fox Theatre for two shows at 7 and 10 p.m.


Cars, bikes and music: The Killer Creek Harley-Davidson Rockabilly Cruise ‘N Blues combines cool classic cars with live music from the Psycho DeVilles. The fun happens noon-5 p.m. and it’s free. At Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell.

Movie: “Toy Story 3″ is one of the biggest hits of the year and you can see it on one of the biggest screens in town at the Coca-Cola Film Festival at 1 p.m. in the Fox Theatre.

Sports, kids: On the Atlanta Braves’ All Star Sundays get autographs from Braves alumni or enjoy  entertainment and interactive games before the game. After the game kids ages 4-14 get to run the bases on the field. 1:30 p.m. Free with game ticket: $6-$78. At Turner Field, Atlanta.

Movie: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” screens as part of the Coca-Cola Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. in the Fox Theatre.

Music: Rock quintet O.A.R., formed at Ohio State University, had already built a major following through word-of-mouth buzz about its well-attended live shows, but remained a well-kept secret to most of the world. Then came 2008’s “Shattered (Turn the Car Around), “ the band’s first Top 40 entry, and everyone was a fan. The band plays Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, with Citizen Cope opening the show at 7 p.m.

Music: Civil Twilight and the Kicks will play as part of the free Unplugged in the Park series, starting at 6 p.m. at Park Tavern,  on the edge of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.

For more of the weekend’s best bets in music, check out our Live Music Picks. And, as always, if there is an event happening that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, tell us about it in the comments. Let everyone know about the cool events you’ll be attending this weekend.

19 comments Add your comment


August 13th, 2010
2:37 pm

Looks like I’ll be catching up on Season 2 of True Blood.


August 13th, 2010
2:39 pm

Why is the Hannity event not listed as ‘comedy?’


August 13th, 2010
2:40 pm

The most bang for your buck is happening in Midtown tonight. Jim Hodgson, Joanna Duff, Coventry Road and The Low June play the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar. When? 7 p.m. (doors) 8 p.m. showtime. — Price: $8 —

Nate McOut

August 13th, 2010
3:00 pm

Atlanta has TERRIBLE events on the weekends.


August 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

You didn’t mention Starship tonight (8-13) @ the Mablehouse/Barnes Ampitheater in Mableton.
Tickets are $20-$45.
And, you can bring your cooler.


August 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

Capital “L” for Hannity. I really wish someone would ask the guy that loves to run around saying, “you’re a great American” what he’s EVER done for his country. If he had the courage of his convictions, he’s have a military background. He’s BS “chicken-hawk”…..much like our former VP.


August 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

I would have loved to attend the Falcons game tonight, but paying for a exhibition game is stupid. I think it should be free, or at least half off the regular price.


August 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

Will they be passing out sheets & hoods at the Hannity event or do you have to bring your own? ;>


August 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

Real American

August 13th, 2010
4:11 pm

Let see Hannity made 30 million dollars off of you dumb bubbas that cant think for yourself.

Wow, Rush made 50 million last year, He most likely be here next month and tell you how he his fighting for the little man.

Conservatives cant be this dumb”"”"”


August 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

I think you have to bring your own. But I could be wrong. Better safe than sorry.


August 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

This weekend sucks. The Heritage Beerfest is the only good thing and its not mentioned here.


August 13th, 2010
4:44 pm

For those who live in Cumming, Saturday a free Back-To-School Bash will be held at the Midway Family Festival in Cumming starting at 5 PM. Free bags and goodies will be provided to school-age children at various locations throughout the complex. Events will include field games, face painting, karaoke, bounce houses and live music. Watermelon slices and ice pops will be provided. At 8:45, there will be a free outdoor movie showing of Where the Wild Things Are, with popcorn and glow necklaces. There will be fun activities for the whole family, as well as prizes and free treats! Midway Family Festival is located at 5095 Post Road, in Cumming, GA‎.

Real American

August 13th, 2010
5:07 pm

Now I know why Hannity hates Obama, Hannity droped out of two colleges has no degree,never been in the military but managed to work up dumb bubbas who cant think for them self, no wonder he loves America.


August 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

There are a lot of other activities going on in the mountains and metro area, but the AJC only focuses upon the events they can’t help but hear about. No one at the paper looks outside the same venues to list anything. And too bad Hannity isn’t as good of an american as Clinton, Jane Fonda or Obama (”For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country.”)


August 14th, 2010
11:10 am

Well, I moved to East Cobb from the northeast, and I’m just glad to see there are a few liberal thinkers here in the south.


August 14th, 2010
4:05 pm

All you liberal bed-wetters are so predictably shallow.


August 15th, 2010
3:08 am



August 15th, 2010
4:08 pm

Hannity bores me. But seriously, you Hannity bashers are as mindless as the ditto heads. Your accusations are far from reality but i bet your friends think you are really cool for hating Hannity and othe right of center people. Grow up!