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Weekend best bets: April 8-10

The cast of "Travelin' Black" explores the impact of African-American music on America's cultural identity. The show's run concludes this weekend. Photo: Cristopher P. Kettrey

The cast of "Travelin' Black" explores the impact of African-American music on America's cultural identity. The show's run concludes this weekend. Photo: Cristopher P. Kettrey

FRIDAY

Sports, music, kids: Our Atlanta Braves have big plans for this weekend’s opening home games, including Friday night fireworks, lots of activities for kids and a
post-game concert with the Avett Brothers on Sunday.

Comedy: If laughter is the best medicine, metro Atlanta should be in fine health this weekend as the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival blankets the area with funny folks. The wide-ranging comedy showdown takes place in venues from Midtown to Roswell to Buford through April 10.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits: Vol. 1,” a musical revue with songs from “The Lion King,” “Les Misérables,” “Hairspray,” “Wicked,” “Mamma Mia,” “Cats” and more. The show continues at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center through April 24.

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 through April 24.

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.

Stage: This weekend’s performances of Theatre in the Square’s “The Little Foxes” have been canceled due to a death in the family of one of the cast member. The show has been extended through April 17 and next week’s performances will go on as scheduled. Check the theater’s website for updates and more information.

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.

Comedy: Charlie Murphy, best known for his hilarious appearances on “Chappelle’s Show,” comes to the Punchline this weekend, performing nightly through April 10.

SATURDAY

Stage: Don’t miss the 35th year of the Atlanta Passion Play, because this is the last season for this annual Easter tradition. See our preview of the long-running production’s final performances. All performances at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center April 9-17.

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 through April 10. The troupe is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals featuring actors (ages 18 and up) with developmental disabilities.

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

Music, stage: The Atlanta Opera brings Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte,” a memorably melodic tale of romantic indiscretion, to the stage of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Shows are April 9, 12, 15 and 17.

SUNDAY

Music: Ritornello Baroque Ensemble and Harmonie Universelle, two early chamber ensembles based in Atlanta, team with Lisle Kulbach, a member of Voice of the Turtle, to present renaissance, baroque and contemporary music at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Atlanta’s  St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Music: Musica Sacra Atlanta presents “Opposites Attract: Stravinsky and Faure” at 2 p.m. April 10 at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

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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Pharoah

April 8th, 2011
9:05 am

Fri – Afrique Electrique @ Social Restaurant & Bar
Sat – Annual All-White Party for a Purpose – London Bar & Bistro