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Weekend best bets: Feb. 18-20

Johnathan Lee Iverson is the first African American and the youngest ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Photo: Heinz Kluetmeier

Johnathan Lee Iverson is the first African-American ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. He was also the youngest ringmaster when he signed on with the circus in 1998 (at age 22). Photo: Heinz Kluetmeier


Circus, family: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns with “Barnum’s Funundrum,” its latest production. This weekend, the show happens at Philips Arena Feb. 18-21. Next week, beginning Feb. 24,  it’s at Gwinnett Arena. Take a look at our preview of the circus, including an interview with ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Leader of the Pack,” a celebration of the life and times of songwriter Ellie Greenwich, with a sampling of some of her best-loved songs, including “Chapel of Love,” “Da Do Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby,” “Hanky Panky,” Do Wah Diddy,” “And Then He Kissed Me” and “River Deep, Mountain High.” the show opens Feb. 18 and continues through March 6 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre  in Marietta.

Stage: Théâtre du Réve’s “The Red Balloon” is a new stage adaptation of the children’s story inspired by the 1956 French film about a balloon that follows a young boy through the streets of Paris. Performed in a combination of English and French at 7 Stages Theatre through Feb. 27.

Circus, family: Atlanta’s Universoul Circus is famous for drawing crowds to their feet, and for infusing pop, hip-hop, R&B and jazz into the program. For more on this hometown success, see our interview with founder Cedric Walker. Through Feb. 27 in the  Green Lot at Turner Field.

Stage: Meet the Johnson sisters as they try to navigate sisterhood, business and love. New African Grove Theatre Company’s production of “Sisters” opens Feb. 18 and continues through Feb. 27  at Theatre in the Square’s Alley Stage in Marietta.

Stage: Men take on the roles of television’s beloved designers from Atlanta in “Designing Women Live.” They’ll bring their own versions of actual scripts from the show to the stage in this fundraiser for Process Theatre Company. The show takes place at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur Feb. 17-19.

Dance: Balé Folclórico da Bahia, a 38-member folk dance company from Brazil, will take the stage at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta Feb. 18-19.

Music: Brilliant young jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton performs as part of the Emory Jazz Fest. 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Stage: In “The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon & Mrs. Levine,” you’ll share in the madness through a series of letters exchanged by two people who, although thousands of miles apart, are still too close for their own good. The show opens Feb. 18 at ART Station in Stone Mountain and goes through March 6.

Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is joined by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is also on the program. 8 p.m. Feb. 17-19 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Stage: “Carapace” is a portrait of a flawed man on a collision course with fate one cold Minneapolis winter night. This winner of the 2010 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition was written by David Mitchell Robinson and directed by Judith Ivey. Through March 6 in the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Studio Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center.

Stage: Two brothers find themselves at odds over what to do when their dad remains in his home even as his health and his neighborhood are deteriorating in “Broke-ology,” presented by True Colors Theatre Company and starring Afemo Omilami, Eric Little, Enoch King and Jasmine Guy. See our review of the production for more. The show continues through Feb. 20 at the  Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s 12th annual production of “Romeo and Juliet,” the Bard’s play about ill-fated young lovers, welcomes lovers through March 6 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

Stage: Theatrical Outfit presents Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “The Young Man from Atlanta,” the story of a couple confronting the loss of their only son. It runs through Feb. 20 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Stage: Comedian Manny Oliveira ponders the difference between being lonely and being alone in “I’m the Man You Meet Before You Meet the Man You Marry.” The show runs through Feb. 27 at 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown.

Stage: “Bring It On: The Musical” is  set in the world of competitive cheerleading and inspired by the 2000 movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, though the musical tells a different story. Our review calls the show “one of the most exciting Atlanta world premieres in many years.” It  runs through Feb. 20.

Stage: In “The Body Detective,” Detective Sam Flat Foot sleuths his way through Bodytown, boning up on his knowledge of the skeletal system. Through March 13 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Check out our interview with Center for Puppetry Arts artistic director Jon Ludwig.

History, visual art: With the Atlanta History Center’s “Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections,” you’ll learn that the Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern author was also an accomplished photographer. The exhibition runs through May 8.


Science, history, family: The Fernbank Museum of Natural History explores the real inspirations for creatures that populate our myths and legends in “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids.” It opens Feb. 19 and runs through Aug. 14.

Stage: “Celebrity Autobiography” is an Off-Broadway phenomenon that features an ensemble of actors and comedians performing excerpts from celebrity autobiographies. Among the performers at the Atlanta stop are Scott Adsit, Lucy DeVito , Cady Huffman, Tim Kazurinsky, Laura Kightlinger, Eugene Pack and Luke Perry. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Visual arts: “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” explores the work of one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. It opens Feb. 19 at the High Museum of Art and continues through May 29.

Recreation, family: You get a line and I’ll get a pole and we’ll meet down at the Great Southern Fishing Show. It’s happening 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 20 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Comedy: Outrageous, outspoken comedian and actress Margaret Cho brings her show to Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Take a look at our interview with the part-time Atlanta resident.


Music: Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta hosts the Music on the Hill chamber music series, which offers trios by Brahms, Fauré and Haydn at 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. 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.
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February 18th, 2011
1:22 pm

How bout Georgia Tech baseball! Add that to the list!

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