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Weekend best bets: March 11-13

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Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel takes the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on March 11. Photo: Sergio Kurhajec

FRIDAY

Stage: Bethenny Frankel — former star of the “Real Housewives of New York” and the star of two other Bravo shows — shares stories of marriage and motherhood (and maybe some tips from her line of SkinnyGirl cookbooks). Check out our interview with the star to prepare for the event.

Visual arts: The American Craft Council Show is the  Super Bowl of the fine craft movement, with vendors featuring ceramics, basketry, furniture, glass and jewelry. Want to browse in peace? Drop the kids off at the Craft4Kids area.

Music: If you’re looking to get a practice jig or two in before St. Patrick’s Day, The Chieftans will likely provide the perfect soundtrack. The Irish musical group brings its brand of blarney to the Woodruff Arts Center March 11-12.

Family, recreation: Family fun is the name of the game at the annual Atlanta Fair 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. Read our review.

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: 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. Read our review.

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. Read our review.

Stage: Atlanta poet and journalist Pearl Cleage drew on her own experiences with abuse, racism and sexism to write Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth, continuing through March 13 at 7 Stages Theatre.

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.

SATURDAY

Comedy: What’s the deal with stand-up comedians who come to town bringing their trademark observational humor with them? Maybe Jerry Seinfeld will enlighten you this weekend at the Fox Theatre.

Music: Melinda Doolittle might not be as well-known as fellow “American Idol” alum Carrie Underwood, but she has carved out a niche for herself with her Aretha-style R&B stylings, which she’ll have on display at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Festival: St. Patty’s Day isn’t until next week, but it’s never too early to start celebrating. St. Patrick’s Festival at Underground Atlanta pays tribute to the holiday with live music, food and vendors.

Sports: The Atlanta Hawks face off against the Portland Trailblazers at Philips Arena. Come for the basketball, stay for the foam fingers.

Stage: Seasons of Love IX: Music Icons pays tribute to musical greats including Cher, Madonna, Elvis and Barbara Streisand. The event is also a benefit for homeless youth.

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.

SUNDAY

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

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Mike

March 10th, 2011
5:39 pm

Molly

March 11th, 2011
12:28 pm