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Weekend best bets: Feb. 25-27

Shawn Megorden belts out the '60s classic "River Deep, Mountain High" in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's production of "Leader of the Pack. Photo courtesy Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Shawn Megorden belts out the '60s classic "River Deep, Mountain High" in the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's production of "Leader of the Pack." Photo courtesy Atlanta Lyric Theatre

FRIDAY

Gardening, family: The 24th Southeastern Flower Show, an annual harbinger of spring, has a musical theme this year. “In Tune With Blooms” will stoke your spring fever with sights and sounds to inspire you for the coming growing season. It’s at the Cobb Galleria Centre Feb. 25-27. Take a look at our preview.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre revisits “Inherit the Wind,” a fictionalized account of the 1925 trial of John T. Scopes, who was convicted for teaching evolution in a Tennessee school. It opens Feb. 24 and continues at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center through March 13.

Stage: In Horizon Theatre Company’s “Superior Donuts,” the neighborhood, the donut shop and Arthur have all gone to pot. When young Franco Wicks busts in with fresh dough and even fresher dreams, even Arthur can no longer pretend he doesn’t care. The Tracy Letts-penned play opens Feb. 25 and runs through March 20.

Stage: Southside Theatre Guild offers an adaptation of Mitch Albom’s best-selling memoir “Tuesdays With Morrie.” The show runs Feb. 24 through March 6.

Circus, family: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns with “Barnum’s Funundrum,” its latest production. After a stint at Philips Arena, the show moves to Gwinnett Arena Feb. 24-27. 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 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” continues through Feb. 27 at Theatre in the Square’s Alley Stage in Marietta.

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 continues at ART Station in Stone Mountain through March 6.

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: 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: 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: 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.

Visual arts: “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” explores the work of one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. At the High Museum of Art through May 29.

SATURDAY

Movies: Need to catch up on this year’s Oscar nominees for best picture? AMC Parkway Pointe 15 is showing all of them beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 26.

Music: Country hitmaker Craig Morgan performs at Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

Food, music: It’s a feast for the ears and the taste buds at this year’s Steamhouse Oysterfest featuring Georgia Satellites and Generation Now. It begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 26 and 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Steamhouse Lounge in Midtown. Tickets are $20 for both days; $10 Sunday only.

Comedy: Former sitcom star and current talk show host George Lopez returns to the craft that first brought him fame, stand-up comedy. He’ll be at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

Music, stage: The Atlanta Opera presents “Porgy & Bess,” the beloved Gershwin classic best known for the sultry Southern beauty of “Summertime.” Performances are 8 p.m. Feb .26 and March 4; 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 3 p.m. March 6.

Music: The 85-year-old jazz drummer Roy Haynes brings his Fountain of Youth band to town for a show at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

SUNDAY

Music: The Atlanta Chamber Players continue their “Chamber Music in Sacred Spaces” series with “Reeds, Hammers & Strings” at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Buckhead at 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

Music: Spelman College’s Harreld-James Organ Recital Series celebrates the majestic Holtkamp pipe organ originally installed in the school’s Sisters Chapel in 1968. At 4 p.m. Feb. 27, Emory University’s Timothy Albrecht is the featured player.

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.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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