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Weekend best bets: June 17-19

Kandace Christian stars as Margaret Mitchell in “Mrs. John Marsh —The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell,” which continues through Sunday at the Ansley Playhouse.

Kandace Christian stars as Margaret Mitchell in “Mrs. John Marsh —The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell,” which continues through Sunday at the Ansley Park Playhouse.

FRIDAY
Stage: “The Color Purple” is the musical based on the Alice Walker novel. The show is  at the Fox Theatre through June 19.

Music, family: The 25th annual edition of Atlanta Fest brings a vast array of Christian pop and rock acts to Stone Mountain Park, including Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, David Crowder Band, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North, Disciple and about 50 more. The fest continues through June 18.

Music: Symphony on the Green offers an evening of music in the open air with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. June 17 on the  Duluth Town Green.

Stage: “Red, White and Tuna” is the third installment in the Tuna trilogy and it’s being staged at Theatre in the Square through June 26.

Comedy: Georgia-born comedian Tim Wilson is back at the Punchline June 17-19.

Stage: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is an irreverent  high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours. The show is in previews June 17, with tickets at $12, and continues through July 31 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Stage: “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” opens  June 17 at Onstage Atlanta in Decatur and continues through July 16.

Stage, family: “The Dragon King” is an underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore presented by Tanglewood Maironettes. It’s part of the Roswell Summer Puppet Series and takes the stage at 10 a.m. June 17-18 and 1 p.m. June 17  at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

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: 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.

SATURDAY
Festival, music, food: Robert Randolph and JJ Grey and Mofro headline the musical offerings at the Red Stripe Midsummer Music & Food Festival, but the food component is a big draw this year, too, with more than 20 area food trucks setting up shop at the Candler Park fest, which beings at noon June 18.

Music, festival: Get a bit of island flavor at the Rockabilly Luau, which gets going at noon June 18 at the Masquerade Music Park.

Family: Safe Kids Gwinnett’s Safe Summer Event includes interactive demonstrations and information about car safety, fire safety, water safety and wheeled safety, plus tips on shooting and poisoning prevention. Children who receive a passport stamp in all six areas will earn a prize, while supplies last. 1-4 p.m. June 18 in the fFood court at Discover Mills in Lawrenceville.

Music: The annual Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash welcomes Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Lloyd, Rick Ross and more. The show begins at  7 p.m. June 18. at Philips Arena.

Music: Angela Winbush and Keith Washington kick off the South City Concert series at 8 p.m.  June 18 at the Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town Center.

Festivals, history: Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the United States (specifically, the date is associated with the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas in 1865). There will be celebrations in Marietta’s Glover Park 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 18 and at 3 p.m. June 18 at the Gwinnett Brave’s Coolray Field.

Music: It’s a rocking trip back in time when Def Leppard and Heart take the stage at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on June 18. See our interview with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.

SUNDAY
Music: The Summer Jazz Series at Villa Christina welcomes vocalist  Chandra Currelley. 4-8 p.m. June 19 at Villa Christina 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.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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