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Weekend best bets: June 10-12

Gregory Peck and 9-year-old Mary Badham study their lines during a break on the set of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird," which will screen as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 11. AP File Photo.

Gregory Peck and 9-year-old Mary Badham study their lines during a break on the set of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird," which will screen as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, June 11. AP File Photo.

Music: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” comes home as the Charlie Daniels Band plays Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9 p.m. June 10.

Stage, family: “Fairy Circus” is a showcase for turn-of-the-century trick puppetry presented by Tanglewood Maironettes. It’s part of the Roswell Summer Puppet Series and takes the stage at 10 a.m. June 10-11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Music: Loretta Lynn, one of country music’s living legends, comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7:30 p.m. June 10.

Comedy: He’s been a sitcom sidekick for years, but comedian Billy Gardell is now one of the leads in the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly.” He’s still doing stand up, though, and that’s what brings him to the Punchline at 8 and 10 p.m. June 10-11. See Rodney Ho’s  interview with the busy actor and comedian.

Visual art: “Agency & Structure” spotlights paintings by Scott Dupree. The show opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. June 10 at Blue Mark Studios in Atlanta.

Comedy: TV host Chelsea Handler’s latest tour, known as the “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me Tour,” also brings comedians Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf and Brad Wollack to Chastain Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. June 10.

Convention: No need to wait for Labor Day weekend’s Dragon-Con to get your science fiction con fix. This weekend, the Sci Fi Summer Con is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter  June 10-12.

Stage: “Mrs. John Marsh —The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell” is a one-woman play by Melita Easters starring Tennessee-based actress and former Miss Mississippi Kandace Christian. It continues through June 19 at Ansley Park Playhouse.

Stage: Serenbe Playhouse presents “Ordinary Days,” the Southeastern premiere of new musical that tells the story of four young New Yorkers. It continues through June 25 in the Serenbe community. Check out our review of the show.

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.  The show continues through June 19.

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  continues through July 3 at the company’s facility between Little Five Points and Inman Park. Read our review of the production.

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.

Movie: The Coca-Cola Film Festival continues with the Johnny Depp-voiced animated feature “Rango” at 2 p.m. June 11 at the  Fox Theatre.

Movie: The Coca-Cola Film Festival brings the classic Southern tale “To Kill a Mockingbird” back to the big screen at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at the Fox Theatre.

Books: Sixty dealers come together at the 19th annual Fine & Collectible Book Fair, a sale and exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, autographs, prints, maps, finely bound volumes and ephemera. 10 a.m. June 11; 11 a.m. June 12 at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta.

Festival: The Peachtree Corners Festival is a new festival that offers music, art, food, a car show and much more. It happens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 11 at the Corners Parkway, one block west of Peachtree Parkway in Norcross.

Festival: Admission to the Brookhaven Beer Fest includes beer tasting, a commemorative glass and music from Ian Schumacher and High Fidelity and benefits the Brookhaven Arts Alliance. 3-8 p.m. June 11 at 1251 Apple Valley Road (near the Brookhaven MARTA station) in Atlanta.

Music: The Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by vocalist Gwen Hughes for  “The Livin’ is Easy, the Music is Lively” at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur.

Music: Persian singing sensation Sima Bina performs at Pace Academy with Lian Ensemble at 8 p.m. June 11.

Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings on a long list of guests perforers for Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Performances at 8 p.m. June 11 and 3 p.m. June 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Visual art: “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is a group exhibition with interpretations of the theme in a variety of media. There will be an opening reception 5-10 p.m. June 11 at the Decatur Market & Gallery. The show continues through June 30.

Pets: If you have a soft spot for felines, don’t miss the Atlanta Phoenix Cat Society Regional Show at 10 a.m. June 11-12 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.

Music: It’s a really big show at the home of the Gwinnett Braves as Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown comes to Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Joining Willie are  Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. The music starts at 3 p.m. June 12.

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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June 10th, 2011
12:24 pm

You forgot to add “The Hangover Part 2″ is playing. My cousin is one of the main characters who dies and comes back to life.

Stacey O.

June 10th, 2011
1:59 pm

A comedy show at Chastain is going to be disastrous … Chastain is a bowl and you can hear everyone talking so trying to hear jokes will be next to impossible.
If this show was at the fox or tabernacle instead I would have bought tickets.


June 10th, 2011
7:37 pm

Stacey O – I so agree. It’s sad, but I won’t go to any performance at Chastain, because I’ve been to too many where everyone around me preferred to have a conversation rather than actually listen to the performer. I’m surprised that more performers don’t object and refuse to come back — if I were them, I would.


June 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

I hope all those overweight drunk chastains goers choke on their whole foods chicken and fall over their stupid costco coolers.