Circus: Marietta is in for 10 days of fun and frivolity as the annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Carnival returns to Jim R. Miller Park with more than 40 rides and lots of
thrilling circus acts. It runs through May 1.
Music: Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski makes his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4. 8 p.m. April 21-23 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Dance: North Atlanta Dance Theatre tells the tale of “Carmen,” set to Bizet’s music. At 7:30 p.m. April 22-23 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.
Music: Georgia State University Jazz Band welcomes saxophonist Joe Lovano for a concert at 8 p.m. April 22 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Stage: Michael Haverty recalls his mother, outsider artist Keturah Curbow, and her struggle with bipolar disorder in “The Colour of Her Dreams. ” This theatrical production runs through May 8 and combines puppetry and live action. See our behind-the-scenes look at the show.
Music: Six Flags Over Georgia’s Christian Music Weekend offers two days of songs of praise, with Newsboys, Kutless, Disciple and Revive on April 22; and Jeremy Camp, Matthew West and Phil Stacey on April 23.
Stage: Alex Moreno, a Mexican-American boxer, dreams of fighting his way out of poverty in “Barrio Hollywood.” When Alex is injured, his family’s dreams are deferred in this gritty drama about bi-racial romance, family loyalty and the true pursuit of happiness. This is the Spanish language premiere of the play and will be presented in Spanish with English supertitles by Teatro del Sol, Aurora’s Spanish language theater initiative. The show continues through May 1 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
Stage: Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” is presented by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. It continues through May 1 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.
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: 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.
Home and garden, fundraiser: Lotus House, a new Bill Baker-designed home in Buckhead, is the setting of this year’s annual Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra fundraiser that features rooms created by more than 20 designers. The home will be on view through May 8 at 1945 W. Wesley Road in Buckhead.
Benefit, stage: “Think Global/Act Local: A Benefit for Japan and Actor’s Express” will raise funds to help the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami and the financially struggling local theater at 8 p.m. April 23 at Avondale Estates’ Academy Theatre.
Kids, family: Have an eggs-cellent time with games, music and more at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Egg Hunt. The fun starts at 10 a.m. April 23.
Kids, family: Wear your Easter bonnet to the Canton Easter Egg Hunt and Festival and enjoy live music, lawn games and more fun stuff beginning at 10 a.m. April 23 in downtown Canton.
Comedy: He got his big break on “Star Search” and went on to star in “A Different World,” but Sinbad’s stand-up comedy, which brings him to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. April 23, has kept him working all these years. See our interview with the comedian and new reality TV star.
Festival: Have an anachronistic good time at the Georgia Renaissance Festival. This annual time-traveling fest offers jesters, jousting, juggling and more. It runs Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) through June 5.
Stage: The beloved, long-running Atlanta-based stage comedy “Peachtree Battle” returns through May 22 at the Ansley Park Playhouse in Atlanta.
Religion, family: Stone Mountain is the setting for the 67th annual Easter Sunrise Service, a non-denominational event which is actually two services, one on top of the
mountain and one at Memorial Hall Terrace. At 6:15 a.m. April 24.
Visual arts: “Daniel Minter: A Heavy Grace, A Shallow Home” showcases this Georgia native’s work. Opening reception 2-5 p.m. April 24. The show continues through June 26 at Hammonds House Museum and Resource Center of African American Art in 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.
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