Family, recreation: Family fun is the name of the game at the annual Atlanta Fair, which opens March 4 with more than 40 attractions and continues through April 3. And don’t miss the food, which may not be health-conscious, but it’s sure to be tasty.
Stage: “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is a modern revenge comedy set in North Georgia and inspired by a violent stage direction in Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” The Synchronicity Theatre production continues through March 27 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Stage: Mix Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with Elvis Presley and you’ll get the Act 3 production “All Shook Up.” It continues at the theater company’s Sandy Spring home through March 13.
Stage: “Stomp,” the pounding and percussive powerhouse performance that’s been moving audiences for more than 15 years, returns to the Fox Theatre through March 6.
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 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 runs through March 20.
Stage: Southside Theatre Guild offers an adaptation of Mitch Albom’s best-selling memoir “Tuesdays With Morrie.” The show runs through March 6.
Comedy: Tom Rhodes may be best known for his Comedy Central special, “Viva Vietnam: A White Trash Adventure, ” and other work with that cable channel. He’ll be at the Punchline in Sandy Springs through March 6.
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: 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.
Visual arts: Take a visual journey back to turn-of-the-century Paris with “Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection.” Catherine Fox calls it “a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive exhibition celebrating a great artist.” See the rest of our review. It continues through May 1 at the High Museum of Art.
Flowers, family: Natural beauty blooms at the Atlanta Botanical Garden even in the chilly days of winter with the opening of “Orchid Daze: Liquid Landscapes.” It continues through April 10.
Stage: In “The Brand New Kid,” Lazlo S. Gasky starts second grade in a new city in a new country and feels awfully lonely until popular Ellie McSnelly decides to look beyond his “funny” accent and give him a chance. The musical based on the book by Katie Couric presented by Synchronicity Theatre through March 27 at 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points.
Stage: The beloved, long-running Atlanta-based stage comedy “Peachtree Battle” returns through March 30 at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Atlanta.
Music: Now in its fourth season, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and works by Astor Piazzolla at Johns Creek High School Theater at 8 p.m. March 5.
Music: If you’re ready to Twist again, join ’60s hitmaker Chubby Checker at 8 p.m. March 5 at Marietta’s Jennie T. Anderson Theater, which is part of the Cobb Civic Center Complex.
Dance: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre presents “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and works from the repertory at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 5 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.
Stage: Theatre in the Square’s latest production is “The Little Foxes,” Lillian Hellman’s classic drama about two scheming brothers and their conniving sister, who plot to get control of her husband’s wealth. Previews are March 6 and 8, $12. The show opens March 9 and runs through April 10.
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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