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Weekend best bets: July 15-17

The classic film "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will screen at the Verion Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday, as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provides the score. AP photo.

The classic film "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will screen at the Verion Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday, as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provides the score. AP photo.

FRIDAY

Performing and visual arts: The National Black Arts Festival concludes this weekend with events in Centennial Olympic Park and many other venues around town. Check out our list of highlights.

Music: Many great country artists emerged during the 1980s, but Randy Travis is arguably the finest male singer to come out of that decade. He’ll bring his greatest hits to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. July 15.

Stage: “Three Sistahs” is a blues and pop musical set in 1969 about three sisters – an idealistic activist, a suburban housewife and a diligent professor – as they gather for the third year in a row for a funeral. The shows opens July 15 and continues through Aug. 28 at the Horizon Theatre Company’s Little Five Points home.

Movie, music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play the score live as the classic 1942 film “Casablanca” screens at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta at 8:30 p.m. July 15.

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.

Stage: The Sanders family returns in the old favorite “Mount Pleasant Homecoming.” The show continues through July 24 at Marietta’s Theatre in the Square.

Festival, music, health: The Atlanta Gospelfest Music, Health & Wellness Festival takes over the Georgia World Congress Center July 15-17.

Pets: In celebration of Petfinder.com’s 15th birthday, nearly 1,500 shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. and Canada are hosting adoption events at their facility during the Big Birthday Adoption Event. Fulton County Animal Services will be participating 11-6 p.m. July 15 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16-17.

SATURDAY

Festival, outdoors: Enjoy live music, create arts and crafts, have butterflies painted on your face and catch one of four butterfly releases at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell during the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, which happens July 16-17.

Music: Celebrate good times with Kool & the Gang at 7 p.m. July 16 at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

Music: ’80s-era R&B takes center stage at the Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town Center in Riverdale when Vesta Williams and the SOS Band perform at 8 p.m. July 16.

Stage: In “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” antagonism between a gay man and the widow of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to understanding as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha in this quirky two-person comedy. This production from Dunwoody’s Stage Door Players continues through July 31.

SUNDAY

Food, festival: Some of the Southeast’s best chefs and farmers join forces to create a tomato dish at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at JCT. Kitchen. The July 17 event benefits Georgia Organics.

Music: Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj take the stage at Philips Arena this weekend. There are some opening acts and the whole show gets going at 7 p.m. July 17.

Stage: The musical “Edges” tackles classic coming-of age issues while promoting introspection, confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships. The final two shows of the Center Theatre Teen Summer Stock Production are at 2 and 7 p.m. July 17 at the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community 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.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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