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Weekend best bets: Sept. 17-19

Ricardo Flores and his Fearless Flores Thrill Show returns for the entire run of the Gwinnett County Fair. Photo: Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Ricardo Flores and his Fearless Flores Thrill Show returns for the entire run of the Gwinnett County Fair. Photo: Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

FRIDAY

Fair: Livestock competitions, clowns, death-defying stunts, beauty pageants, free concerts and lots of rides are all part of the fun at the Gwinnett County Fair. Through Sept. 26 at the Gwinnett Country Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.

Music: The soft, soothing sound of smooth jazz will fill the air at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton when the 2010 Atlanta Smooth Music Festival takes the stage Sept. 17-18.

Music, stage: From “The Ed Sullivan Show” to “Abbey Road,” follow the Fab Four’s progression in the live musical homage “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles.” 8 p.m. Sept. 17; 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 18; 1:30 and 7 p.m.  Sept. 19 at the Fox Theatre in Midtown.

Kids: “Sesame Street” has been making kids learn and love it for many years and it’s even better when the kids get to see it on stage with “Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine with Elmo & Friends.” Sept. 17-19 at Philips Arena.

Festival: There will be music, arts and a look at the history of the town when the Hapeville Happy Days Festival gets under way Sept. 17-18 at Jess Lucas Downtown Park in Hapeville.

Participate: Join in for “10 Billion Beats: A Global Drumming Event,” a global drumming event in which participants drum for one hour in their own time zone, creating a 24-hour wave of drumming around the planet. Bring your drum. The free event starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the parking lot at Marietta Health Foods Healing Arts Center in Marietta

Stage: Daisy and Violet Hilton are conjoined twins who change from a common circus act to famous stage performers in the 1930’s in the musical “Side Show.” Sept. 17-Oct. 16 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company tackles “Henry VIII,” the Bard’s tale of the oft-married Tudor king, which continues through Oct. 24 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta.

Stage: It’s the final weekend for Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s “The Boys Next Door.” It continues through Sept. 19 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. See our review.

Stage: Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” is relocated to 1920s-era New Orleans in “Twist, An American Musical,” the tuneful tale of an orphan. Through Oct. 3 at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta.

SATURDAY

Festival: The East Atlanta Strut offers an artists’ market and lots of entertainment at this 13th annual event. There will also be a parade (at 2 p.m.) and a 5K run in the morning. 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sept. 18 in East Atlanta Village

Festival: The Convention Center at Gwinnett Center is the home for this year’s installment of JapanFest, the annual celebration of Japanese art and culture. “Discover Japan” is the theme for the fest, which starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 18-19.

Music, benefit: The yearly Concert in the Quarry raises money for the Forsyth County Schools’ music and arts programs. The concert features Atlanta trumpeter Joe Gransden with guests Big Mike Geier and Annie Sellick. At 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Martin Marietta Forsyth Quarry, Suwanee.

Festival: Arts and crafts are back in Piedmont Park with this weekend’s 4th annual Atlanta Arts Festival. The free event starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 18-19.

Festival: Georgia’s own John Berry will perform and there will be nearly 200 vendors offering art, crafts and festival food at the Suwanee Day Festival. the fun begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 and concludes with fireworks in Suwanee Town Center Park.

Festival: Handmade arts and crafts and fine bluegrass music are the stars at the Shakerag Arts and Crafts Festival, happening 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18 and noon-5 p.m. Sept. 19 in Peachtree City.

Comedy: He’s probably best known as Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” but Aziz Ansari is one of the hottest touring stand-up comedians at the moment. His 7:30 p.m show at the Tabernacle on Sept. 18 sold out and second was added at 10:30 p.m.

Music: Traditional Persian musical ensemble Homay and Mastan Ensemble performs at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Sept. 18.

Visual arts: Take a stroll through one of the fastest growing area’s of Atlanta at the Westside Arts District 3rd Saturday Art Walk. 11 a.m. Sept. 18 Check the Westside Arts District’s map for locations.

SUNDAY

Festival: Get a taste of the past at the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folk Life Festival. The fest begins at noon Sept. 19. and is included in the cost of general admission, which is $16.50 for adults, with discounts for students and senior citizens.

Festival: Fiesta Georgia celebrates Georgia’s Latino community with family fun, lots of music, food, entertainment, arts & crafts, culture and activities. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

Music: Former Jump, Little Children frontman Jay Clifford plays one of his solo acoustic shows at Smiths Olde Bar at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

If you have info on an event we’ve missed, please share it in the comments. The more, the merrier. And for more upcoming music, check out the Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

4 comments Add your comment

boots

September 17th, 2010
12:41 am

Looking forward to seeing Rain with the family this weekend. It should be a great show.

Jack Sartain

September 18th, 2010
8:43 pm

Don’t miss Big Band Capital City Xpress at Music for MIssions Sunday the 19th at 7 at Lawrenceville Road Uniuted Methodist Church 3142 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker. 6/10ths mile outside 285. Admission by donation. Info 770 856 1377

Jack Sartain

September 18th, 2010
8:46 pm

Next Sunday, Sept 26 hear Big Band Sentimental Journey at 7 p.m. at Music for MIssions. Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church in Tucker 3142 Lawrenceville Highway 6/10th mile outside 285. Admission by donation. Info 770 856 1377

destiny

September 21st, 2010
5:40 pm

wow thats whats up