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Archive for March, 2011

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 …

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Best outdoor concert venue

Earth, Wind and Fire entertain the crowd at Chastain Park Amphitheater, your pick and our pick for best outdoor venue. Despite a few reservations about crowd noise and other issues, when conditions are right, it's still our favorite. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Earth, Wind and Fire entertain the crowd at Chastain Park Amphitheater, your pick and our pick for best outdoor venue. Despite a few reservations about crowd noise and other issues, when conditions are right, it's still our favorite. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS

1. Chastain Park Amphitheater
You say, “Chastain is Atlanta’s sentimental and legacy favorite. Over the years I’ve enjoyed many great moments there, including meeting my first wife. But its mostly a social gathering place and only the headliners get the attention of the audience” and “the setting is actually the nicest we have in Atlanta.”

2. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
3. Atlanta Botanical Garden
4. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre
5. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

OUR PICKS

1. Chastain Park Amphitheater

Keeper of the Best of the Big A and Live Music Picks writer Shane Harrison says, “Sure, it has issues, but most of them have to do with chatty audiences and parking hassles, not …

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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

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Best indoor concert venue

Train performing at Star 94's "Not So Silent Night" at Center Stage in December. The venue was your choice for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Train performing at Star 94's "Not So Silent Night" at Center Stage in December. The venue was your choice for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Center Stage
You say, “You can sit or stand depending on your ’style,’ it’s small enough to feel intimate, and the seating areas and extra room around the outer part of the venue are great.”

2. Fox Theatre (tie)
3. The Tabernacle (tie)
4. Smith’s Olde Bar
5. Variety Playhouse

Janelle Monae performing at Variety Playhouse in November. The Variety is our pick for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Janelle Monae performing at Variety Playhouse in November. The Variety is our pick for best indoor concert venue in and around Atlanta. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Variety Playhouse
Keeper of the Best of the Big A and Live Music Picks writer Shane Harrison says, “It isn’t so much the physical venue that makes this place special. It’s the way it lives up to its name. Windstorm Productions, the Variety’s in-house booking and promotion team, brings in a stunningly diverse array of …

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