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Weekend best bets: March 18-20

This sexy bike from Agusta is among the beautiful two-wheelers on view in the Museum of Design Atlanta's “Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle," which opens Sunday. Photo: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

This sexy bike from Agusta is among the beautiful two-wheelers on view in the Museum of Design Atlanta's “Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle," which opens Sunday. Photo: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

FRIDAY
Stage: “A Chorus Line” takes a memorable and tuneful look behind the scenes at the auditions for a Broadway musical. It won both the Pulitzer
Prize and the Tony Award for best musical. Catch it at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre March 18-20. Meet “keeper of the keys” and one of the inspirations for “A Chorus Line” in our interview with Baayork Lee.

Music: Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams returns to Atlanta Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. March 18.

Dance: “Flyin’ West” is a new work from Ballethnic Dance Company based on the play by Atlanta playwright and author Pearl Cleage. Performances are March 18-20 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts

Stage: Theatrical Outfit presents the world premiere of “Travelin’ Black,” a musical that combines dance, poetry, story and song to explore how African-American music has helped to shape and define a nation’s cultural identity. It continues at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta through April 10.

Stage: Michael John LaChiusa’s “See What I Wanna See” is a musical about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption. The show is in previews March 17-19 and opens March 20. It continues through April 16 at the Actor’s Express Theatre in the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta.

Stage: There are two productions of Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” in the metro Atlanta area. this weekend.  See it March 18-19 at Atlanta’s  Northside United Methodist Church, or at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village (formerly Towne Lake Arts Center) in Woodstock.

Family, recreation: Family fun is the name of the game at the annual Atlanta Fair with more than 40 attractions. It continues through April 3. And don’t miss the food, which may not be health-conscious, but it’s sure to be tasty.

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.

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: 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 27. Read our review.

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

Stage: Still a regular presence in America’s living rooms via Fox comedy “Raising Hope,” 84-year-old Oscar and Emmy winner Cloris Leachman recounts her professional and personal triumphs and tragedies in “Cloris! A One Woman Show.” At 8 p.m. March 19 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Comedy: Demetri Martin, best known from his Comedy Central series “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” comes to the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. March 19.

Dance: The venerable Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Atlanta at 8 p.m. March 19 for a performance at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Dance: Academy Dance Company presents “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 and 7 p.m. March 19 in Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Theatre in Marietta.

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.

Family, hobbies: Make tracks to the Cobb Galleria Centre this weekend for the Model Train Show. It’s happening at 10 a.m. March 19 and 20.

Music, art: At the Dust-to-Digital Listening Party & Launch, Dust-to-Digital’s Lance and April Ledbetter present and discuss their recent publication of vintage music-related photographs and 78s from the collection of artist and composer Steve Roden. At 11 a.m. March 19 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta.

SUNDAY

Art, design: The Museum of Design Atlanta inaugurates its new space with “Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle,” which opens at 11 a.m. March 20 and continues through June 13.  The museum’s new location is at 1315 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. Check the front of Sunday’s Living & Arts section of The Atlanta Journal Constitution for more on the exhibition.

Performance: “Sonata Mulattica” offers a reading by Rita Dove and performance by William Fitzpatrick (violin) and William Ransom (piano). At 7 p.m. March 20 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Music: The Roswell Cultural Arts Center will be filled with the sounds of innovative composer Igor Stravinsky as the Atlanta Wind Symphony presents “Remembering Stravinsky.” The concert, which happens at 3 p.m. March 20, commemorates  the 40th anniversary of his death (on April 6, 1971).

Music: He’s been mistaken for the noted film composer of the same name more than once, but John Williams is arguably the greatest classical guitarist of our time. He’ll perform at 3 p.m. March 20 at Spivey Hall in Morrow.

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PlantingtheSeed

March 18th, 2011
12:39 pm

SUNDAY, 20 March 2011: church. Attend church somewhere, it’s one near you :)

Col. Sanders

March 18th, 2011
4:24 pm

I’ll be at Church’s Chicken!