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Weekend best bets: April 29-May 1

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams plays the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. Photo: James Minchin III

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams plays the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29. Photo: James Minchin III


Music: 500 Songs For Kids brings 500 artists to Smith’s Olde Bar over the next two weeks to perform the 500 greatest feel-good songs of all time. The money goes to the Songs for Kids Foundation, which brings musicians together with kids in need. Nightly through May 7.

Film: The 35th Atlanta Film Festival happens April 28-May 7 at three venues: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive N.E.; Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E.; and Lefont Cinema Sandy Springs: 152 Sandy Springs Circle N.E.

Music: The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Divas 2: Opera Revisted” at 8 p.m. April 29 and 2 and 8 p.m. April 30 at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.

Music: Critically adored singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. April 29. Check out our interview with Williams.

Stage: The big green ogre gets tuneful in “Shrek the Musical,” with shows at 8 p.m. nightly through May 1 at the Fox Theatre.

Stage: You’ll find dueling fairies, enchanted woods and a love triangle that turns hexagon in the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the bard’s most beloved comedies. It continues through May 29 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown.

Art, shopping: Stock up on one-of-a-kind gifts, get something for yourself or just browse at the Spruill Center for the Arts Education Center’s fifth annual Pottery and Art Sale, happening April 29-May 1 at the Dunwoody facility.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Festival, music: Lawnaroo Music Fest and Fundraiser includes performances from Kevn Kinney, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Catbird Seat and more. It begins at 5 p.m. April 30 on the  Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn

Festival: The Fulton Science Academy International Heritage Festival offers a trip around the world without leaving town. The fun begins at 11 a.m. April 30 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Festival, arts: Sweet Ps Arts Festival brings together the work of many fine artists and craftsmen and also helps support local families in need. It happens 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 30 and noon-5 p.m. May 1 at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Marietta.

Festival: There’s more international food and fun to be had at the Atlanta Arab Festival, which takes place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 and noon-5 p.m. May 1 at the Alif Institute in Atlanta.

Food, festival: Paula Deen, the Neelys and Giada De Laurentiis headline the Atlanta Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show April 30-May 1 at the Cobb Galleria
Centre this weekend. Many local chefs will show their skills and offer tips, too.

Festival: The Inman Park Spring Festival, one of Atlanta’s favorite springtime celebrations, marks 40 years with an always entertaining gathering of music, art,
performances and a tour of homes April 30-May 1.

Festival, sports, recreation: Get on your bikes and ride at the Roswell Cycling Festival. The city hosts two days of two-wheeled fun, beginning with Mountain Bike Day Saturday and continuing with the Roswell Criterion on Sunday.

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.


Festival: Cinco de Mayo comes a few days early to Centennial Olympic Park with live music on two stages (headlined by War), arts and crafts and Latin food vendors at Fiesta Atlanta 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1.

Festival, food: It’s the 18th year for the annual Taste of Marietta, but the edible treats are just part of the fun, as the music and cooking demonstrations happen all day, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. May 1 in Glover Park.

Music: Mother’s Day is still a week away, but that doens’t mean you can’t do something nice for mom aa little early. Take her to the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra Cherry Blossom Mother’s Day Tribute at 4 p.m. May 1 in the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

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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