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Archive for March, 2011

Weekend best bets: April 1-3

The cast of "Happy Days: the Musical," presented by Jerry's Habima Theatre. The show marks the 18th season for this company, a troupe that is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals featuring actors (ages 18 and up) with developmental disabilities

The cast of "Happy Days: the Musical," presented by Jerry's Habima Theatre. The show marks the 18th season for this company, a troupe that is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals featuring actors (ages 18 and up) with developmental disabilities. Photo: Dina Shadwell

FRIDAY

Comedy: He’s not fat, he’s fluffy. Catch comedian Gabriel Iglesias (aka Fluffy) at the Punchline in Sandy Springs at 7 p.m. April 1.

Comedy: “Christopher Titus: Neverlution” is the former sitcom star’s stage show. He’ll be at the 14th Street Playhouse at 8 p.m. nightly through April 2. His appearances are a kick-off for the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, which happens April 6-10.

Family, history: The old-school Stone Mountain Park Lasershow Spectacular opens April 1 and runs nightly through April 9. After that day, it will happen each Saturday until Memorial Day weekend when the brand new Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision opens. Read our story on the coming …

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Best meat-and-three (or -two)

Meatloaf, sweet potato souffle and Hoppin' John are just a few of the choices at Mary Mac's Tea Room, an Atlanta tradition and your pick for best meat-and-three (or -two). Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

Meatloaf, sweet potato souffle and Hoppin' John are just a few of the choices at Mary Mac's Tea Room, an Atlanta tradition and your pick for best meat-and-three (or -two). Photo: Elissa Eubanks, eeubanks@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
You say, “Mary Mac’s Tea Room – best for taste, family atmosphere, and value” and “A Southern tradition.”

2. Carver’s Country Kitchen
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. The Colonnade
5. Busy Bee Café
6. Doug’s Place

The tasty collard greens at Greenwood's on Green Street in Roswell. Staff photo.

The tasty collard greens at Greenwood's on Green Street in Roswell. Staff photo.

OUR PICKS
1. Greenwood’s
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “At Greenwood’s, you can’t go wrong — everything on the menu is fresh and delicious.  My favorites are the scrumptious pork chops with sage butter served with collards and creamed corn just like my grandmother made.”

2. Home Grown GA
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. Mary Mac’s Tea Room
5. Busy Bee …

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Weekend best bets: March 25-27

If you head to the Atlanta International Auto Show, keep an eye out for Kermit. He was there two years ago in a tricked out PT Cruiser, as you can see. Staff photo.

If you head to the Atlanta International Auto Show, keep an eye out for Kermit. He was there two years ago in a tricked out PT Cruiser, as you can see. Staff photo.

FRIDAY

Cars, family: The Atlanta International Auto Show features more than 500 new 2011 import and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles. There will be factory and dealer representatives on hand at the Georgia World Congress Center to answer questions. Noon-10 p.m. March 25; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. March 26; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 27.

Stage: “Paul Robeson” chronicles the life of a great American artist and civil rights advocate. The one-man show stars acclaimed actor Avery Brooks. Presented by Georgia Shakespeare through March 27 at Oglethorpe Universiy’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

Dance: Traditional African rhythms and dance blend with Bach in “Lambarena” and the company performs the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s new take on “The Rite of Spring” in the Atlanta Ballet’s …

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Best live theater

The Henry Players, your choice for best live theater in and around Atlanta, has one more show left in its 20th season. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will come to the stage of the Henry County Performing Arts Center June 23-26.

There's one more chance to catch the Henry Players, your choice for best live theater in and around Atlanta, this season. The company's final show of its 20th season is "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which comes to the stage of the Henry County Performing Arts Center June 23-26.

YOUR PICKS
1. The Henry Players
You say, “I think one of the most unrecognized great theatre companies in the metro area is the Henry Players. Located in McDonough, these players are made up of a diverse group of people. While many companies in Atlanta put on great shows, I would expect them too. That’s what they get paid to do. The Players all do their shows out of a love for the arts and the community, and yet still produce some of the highest quality work I have seen in the whole of metro Atlanta.”

2. Alliance Theatre
3. The New American Shakespeare Tavern/Atlanta Shakepeare Company
4. Actor’s Express
5. Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Ryann Redmond as Bridget (left) , Jon Rua as Twig (center) and Gregory Haney as La Cienega (right) in this season's world premiere of "Bring It On: The Musical" at the Alliance Theatre. Photo: Greg Mooney

Ryann Redmond as Bridget (left) , Jon Rua as Twig …

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