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Weekend best bets: July 8-10

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"Rock of Ages" rocks the Fox Theatre this weekend. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Stage: Pining for the days of big hair and big riffs? “Rock of Ages” is a celebration of the great rock music of the 80s, being performed at the Fox Theatre through July 10. Read our review of the show.

Comedy: Chad Daniels has performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, on the Late Late Show on CBS and is one of 13 comedians who performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He’s bringing to the funny to the Laughing Skull Lounge through July 10.

Stage: “Love Is, Love Ain’t” has a thematic focus on what love looks like and how it manifests in the lives of black women, currently and historically. Presented by the NALO Movement at the PushPush Theater in Decatur, the show runs through June 9.

Visual arts: “Aspiration and Artifice: The Constructed Visage” feature photographs taken during Vogue photographer Greg Lotus’ 20-year career. It’s on display at the Bill Lowe Gallery in Atlanta through Aug. 22.

Visual arts: The National Black Arts Festival kicks off this weekend with several exhibits featuring multimedia art, photography and painting, including Atlanta artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier’s “Douglass’ Douglasville: A Journey Project.”

Music: Dead Confederate brings their brand of psychedelic, grizzly rock to The Earl at 9 p.m. July 8.

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. It’s being presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company through July 31 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

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

SATURDAY

Music: Idina Menzel has performed on Broadway in “Wicked” and “Rent” and appeared on the first season of “Glee.” The vocal powerhouse will perform at 7 p.m. July 9 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park Amphitheater.

Food: If your stomach is grumbling, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market might be worth checking out. The monthly event features food, gifts and other items from local vendors starting at 2 p.m. July 9. Three-hour walking tours of the market are also avaalable.

Family: Nick Jonas and Quaker Chewy Search for the Next Singing Superstar is looking for the next singing sensation amongst kids 8 to 14. The mobile recording studio will make a stop at Atlantic Station from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Read our interview with Jonas.

SUNDAY

Music: Can’t get enough of ’80s hair rock? Motley Crue will headline a night of big music, celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band. Poison and The New York Dolls will also play. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. July 10 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

Family: Even if you’ve been to rodeos, you’ve probably been to few like the Down N Dirty Rodeo Tour,  a colorful conglomeration of cowboys and cowgirls ranging from African-American and Hispanic to Native American and Caucasian. The fun kicks off at 2:30 p.m. July 10.

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.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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ozzfest

July 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

Dead confeder-who? Try the INDIGO GIRLS tonight and tomorrow at the Botanical Gardens.
And after those two shows I will be prepared to SHOUT AT THE DEVIL on Sunday at Lakewood.

Frank

July 9th, 2011
2:12 pm

The best show in Atlanta tonight… Saint Francis with vonGrey. VonGrey is four sisters ranging in age from 11-16. They are awesome. Tight vocals and great players. Saint Francis features Scott Baston of Moonshine Still, Mark van Allen on pedal steel…a sick band. Don’t miss it. http://www.covnergenceartistproductions.com

Greg

July 11th, 2011
7:47 am

Motley Crue was spectacular! I have seen 1000s of bands in clubs & concerts this was as good as anything I have ever seen. If you can find pictures, you should check them out!