Music: Patti LuPone, one of Broadway’s most celebrated performers, joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a two-night stand just days after her brief appearance on the “Glee” season finale. See our interview with the theater legend. She performs at 8 p.m. May 27 and 28 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Stage: Imagine finding the most perfect man in the world — muscular, beautiful and unable to speak — nearly naked on a street corner in New Orleans’ French Quarter. That’s what happens to two drag queens in Jim Grimsley’s “Mr. Universe,” which returns to the main stage at 7 Stages. Previews are May 26-27, and tickets are $13-$18. Opening night is May 28, with tickets at $60. The show continues through June 19 with regular ticket prices at $20-$25.
Stage: Pinch ’n Ouch Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Tape,” a play by Stephen Belber. Friends Jon and Vince reunite on the eve of Jon’s first film premiering at a local festival. The night should be a triumph for Jon, but Vince never let go of an incident involving a mutual high school girlfriend, and has chosen tonight to resolve it once and for all. It continues through June 5 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Stage: Clifton Guterman and Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley star in “The Judas Kiss,” David Hare’s take on the relationship between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, as Wilde faces trial on indecency charges. It continues through June 11 at Actor’s Express in the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta.
Stage: The neighbors are nice on “Avenue Q,” the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or just trying to find your way in life. Horizon Theatre Company presents this upbeat, puppet-filled musical for grown-ups. It opens May 20 and continues through July 3 at the company’s facility between Little Five Points and Inman Park.
Stage: In Theatre in the Square’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a group of aspiring actors in an acting class, strangers at the beginning, attempt to create characters while revealing a great deal about their own lives. It continues at the troupe’s Marietta home through May 29. For more on the play, see our review.
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.
Stage: In the heart of an Italian-American neighborhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sunday dinner at the Gianelli’s house is the main attraction in Aurora Theatre’s “Over the River and Through the Woods.” It continues through June 5 at the theater’s Lawrenceville home.
Stage: Stage Door Players present “A Grand Night for Singing,” a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. It continues through June 5 at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody.
Stage: Kenny Leon and Jasmine Guy star in Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” a tale of obsession, love, denial and the relationship between two people who can’t live with or without each other. Presented by True Colors Theatre Company through June 11 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.
Festival: The annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park offers two days of free music in the great outdoors with a Midtown backdrop. Regina Carter and Ninety Miles are this year’s headliners. It kicks of at 11 a.m. May 28 and 29.
Festival: The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival gets started with a parade that begins at noon May 28 on West Peachtree Street at the Civic Center MARTA station and continues to the festival site at Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.
Festival: The arts, crafts, tales and music of Native Americans are celebrated all weekend at the American Indian Festival, but don’t miss the grand entry of the dancers each day (and twice on Saturday). The festival opens at 10 a.m. May 28, 29 and 30 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.
Festival: Downtown Decatur will buzz with music from Von Grey, Doria Roberts, Delta Moon and many others, as the work of more than 160 artists lines the streets at the Decatur Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29 on the Old Courthouse Square.
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.
Music, Memorial Day: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church presents “We Will Never Forget,” a patriotic concert, with music from the choir, soloists and a bagpiper and an address from 89-year old WW II Army veteran Robert Turpin. The event will also feature a presentation by six of New York City’s Fire Department first responders, who were present during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Memorial day ceremony: Roswell Remembers marks Memorial Day with displays, music and an address from Donna C. Rowe, U.S. Army Nurse Corps 1964-1969. The event takes place at Roswell’s City Hall complex, with displays open to the public at 10 a.m. May 30 and the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. For more Memorial Day events, check out our list of some highlights. There’s even more on our Memorial Day page.
Memorial Day parade, festival: The Dacula Memorial Day Celebration includes the annual parade, with the theme “Land That I Love,” which begins at 10 a.m. May 30. The festival starts at 9 a.m. and takes place in downtown Dacula.
For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. 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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