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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


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 changes.

Stage: Brothers Brady and Denis resort to burglary to save their house from the bank in the premiere of  “Spoon Lake Blues,” a play by former Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist Josh Tobiessen. It runs at the Alliance Theatre in the Woodruff Arts Center April 1-24.

Wrestling: Wrestlemania Axxess offers a fun-filled day of autograph and photo sessions with your favorite WWE stars along with memorabilia, live matches, Q&As, the Kid Zone, WWE Shop and more in the days leading up to Wrestlemania XXVII. Through April 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Catch Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at BrandsMart’s Doraville location from 10 a.m.-noon April 2.

Home, family: If you’re in remodeling mode, or just want to see the latest ways to keep your home in tip-top shape, the Atlanta Home Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre is the place to be.  350 companies provide information on products and services for your home April 1-3.

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” 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: 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 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 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 has been extended and now runs through April 17.

Art, design: The Museum of Design Atlanta inaugurates its new space with “Passione Italiana: Design of the Italian Motorcycle,” which continues through June 13.  The museum’s new location is at 1315 Peachtree St. in Atlanta.


Step show: Sprite Step-Off II is one of six regional stepping showdowns and it takes place at the Fox Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. April 2. The first place fraternity and sorority winners from each regional event will travel to the championship event in Washington on May 21.

Kids, family: All aboard this nostalgic trip back to the days when trains still had those little red cabooses at the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Caboose Days on April 2 and 3. the fun is included with the $5-$8 admission to the Duluth museum.

Family, recreation: Festival food, kids’ activities, arts and crafts and the opportunity to shop for boats in their natural environment. That’s what you’ll get at Buford’s Lake Lanier Islands Resort Arts & Craft Festival and In the Water Boat Show April 2-3.

Outdoors, family: Learn about Atlanta’s wildlife inhabitants and celebrate Southwest Atlanta’s urban forests at the Fifth Annual Urban Forestry Festival at 11 a.m. April 2 at the Outdoor Activity Center. The free event is hosted by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and National Wildlife Federation.

Music: Musical cultures meld when world music ambassadors percussionist Zakir Hussain, banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck and double bassist Edgar Meyer converge at the Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta. The show starts at 8 p.m. April 2.

Stage: Head back to the 1950s with “Happy Days: The Musical,” based on the beloved television series and presented by Jerry’s Habima Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre April 2-10. The troupe is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals featuring actors (ages 18 and up) with developmental disabilities.

Music: Don’t miss Salt-n-Pepa’s Legends of Hip Hop Tour, where the first ladies of ’80s (and early ’90s) hip-hop will host an all-star lineup that includes
Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, Chubb Rock and Rob Base. 8 p.m. April 2 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.

Music: Atlanta’s community radio station WRFG hosts the Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival, one of the station;s major fundraisers, at the Clarkston Community Center. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. April 2 and the music starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m.

Stage: The beloved, long-running Atlanta-based stage comedy “Peachtree Battle” returns through May 22 at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Atlanta.


Music: Furthur is about as close to the Grateful Dead as you’re going to get these days, as it includes Dead mainstays Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. The show is at 7 p.m. April 3.  at the Fox Theatre.

Music: Contemporary jazz pioneer and brilliant guitarist Lee Ritenour has been making music for many decades, starting his career as a teenage session musician in the late 1960s.  He’ll perform at Variety Playhouse 7:30 p.m. April 3.

Music: Punk’s sensitive pin-up boy Chris Carrabba performs under the name Dashboard Confessional. This tour finds him revisiting his 2000 debut album, “The Swiss Army Romance,” which he’s playing in full. 6 p.m. April 3 at the Masquerade.

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ATL Music Lover

March 31st, 2011
7:10 pm

Here’s another music event for this Sunday:
Atlanta Freedom Bands – Bravo! A Night at the Opera
Sunday, April 3
4:00pm – 6:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (next to the High Museum)
1328 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

From their Facebook page: Atlanta Freedom Bands invites you to a celebration of timeless music from the operatic stage. From delightful overtures to stirring marches to ringing arias, your GLBT community band will present the drama, passion and pageantry of this art form. We will present “Bravo!” with musicians from Charlotte to Chicago and Phoenix to Philly as a regional event with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association.

Mr. John Lemley, host of WABE’s “City Café” and “Afternoon Classics” will be our special guest host for the concert, telling the stories behind these great works.

The program includes pieces from a wide variety of composers and styles, including:
Wagner’s “Lohengrin”
Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”
Verdi’s “Nabucco”
Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride”
Berlioz’s “Damnation of Faust”
Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon”
Puccini’s “Turandot”
Bizet’s “Carmen”