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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 “Fusion.” March 25-27 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Music: Experience music at its most spiritual with Sweet Honey In The Rock, performing in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. March 25 in the King Chapel At Morehouse College.

Comedy: Can we talk? Well, you better believe Joan Rivers can, and that’s what she’ll do at Atlanta Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. March 25.

Stage: The tensions at St. Edward’s Academy heat up as a short-sighted bet between two upperclassmen fails in “Academy,” a musical inspired by Goethe’s “Faust.” It continues at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through April 10.

Stage: “The Colored Museum” is offers satirical stories that illuminate race relations in America. It’s the latest production from  True Colors Theatre Company. and continues through April 17 at Porter Sanford Arts Center in Decatur.

Stage: “Burn The Floor” is a two-hour ballroom dancing extravaganza that travels from Broadway to the Fox Theatre, running through March 27.

Stage: Created by Ray Stricklyn and Charlotte Chandler and based on Chandler’s original interviews with Tennessee Williams, “Confessions Of A Nightingale” is a one-man show starring Sid Shier. It’s at the 14th Street Playhouse through April 24.

Stage: In Process Theatre’’s world premiere of “Kiss of the Vampire,” Arthur and Vince are the perfect gay couple, or they would be if Vince hadn’t been bitten by a vampire bat. Arthur only has days to prevent Vince from transforming into one of the undead in this new play by Johnny Drago. It opens March 25 and runs through April 16 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

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.

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.

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.

SATURDAY

Festival, food: If you’re into beer, bacon and fun, you can’t beat BaconFest, the annual fund-raiser for Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. This one’s definitely for the adults. 1-6 p.m. March 26 at  Dad’s Garage Theatre in Inman Park.

Festival, food, music: There’ll be good eats at the Oyster & Crawfish Festival at Park Tavern beginning at 1 p.m. March 26, but the music is a good reason to go, too. Headliner Cowboy Mouth takes the stage at 6 p.m.

Festival, family: Natural beauty and cultural understanding are two of the cornerstones of the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, which offers many opportunities to learn about Japanese culture. The free festival takes place March 26-27 Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.  Parking is $5, or $8 for both days.

Music: Jazz vocalist Rene Marie is joined by pianist Kevin Bales, bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Quentin Baxter for a performance at the acoustically superior Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow at 8:15 p.m. March 26.

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

Music: The Cobb Wind Symphony presents its first “Young Person’s Concert” at 2:30 p.m. March 27 at Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center. You’ll hear the symphony, along with various small ensembles and get a chance to see the instruments up close.

Dance: Nrityagram Dance Ensemble blends the classical dance forms of India with contemporary concepts. They’ll perform at 7 p.m. March 27 in the Ferst Center for the Arts, at Georgia Tech.

Family, food: In celebration of the new limited-edition spring bottles, Mrs. Butterworth’s will serve up a complimentary pancake and waffle breakfast along with that tasty syrup at the Mrs. Butterworth’s Family Breakfast Ball at Piedmont Park’s Magnolia Hall lawn from 9:30 a.m. until noon March 27.


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