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Weekend best bets: July 22-24

Bernardine Mitchell (from left), Amber Iman and Crystal Fox play the title roles in Horizon Theatre Company's "Three Sistahs." Photo: Horizon Theatre Company

Bernardine Mitchell (from left), Amber Iman and Crystal Fox play the title roles in Horizon Theatre Company's "Three Sistahs." Photo: Horizon Theatre Company

FRIDAY
Stage: Chock full of memorable songs, the current national tour of the musical theater classic “Fiddler on the Roof” returns to the Fox Theatre stage through July 24.

Stage: In August Wilson’s acclaimed “Seven Guitars,” friends gather in 1948 to mourn for a blues musician who died just as his career was taking off. the show is presented by New African Grove Theatre Company at Theatre in the Square in Marietta. It opens July 22 and continues through July 31.

Comedy:
Chelsea Handler returns to Atlanta to make up a postponed show from June. She’ll be joined by “Chelsea Lately” contributors Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf and Brad Wollack. The show is at 8 p.m. July 22 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Movie: “Lawrence of Arabia,” the classic David Lean film starring Peter O’Toole, will screen at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta at 8 p.m. July 22.

Comedy: Rob Riggle, best known for his stints on “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live,” brings his stand-up show to the Punchline July 21, 22 and 23.

Comedy: The accordion-toting love goddess of comedy, Judy Tenuta, comes to the Laughing Skull Lounge July 22-24.

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. Check out our review.

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

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.

SATURDAY
Festival, arts: The inaugural Festival on Ponce arts and crafts event takes place in the shady Olmstead Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood. The free fest happens 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 23 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 24.

Festival, beer: More than 40 breweries will be represented at the Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, but there will also be great food and live entertainment. Noon-8 p.m. July 23 at Suwanee Town Center Park.

Music: It took more than nine years for sweet- voiced R&B adventurer Bilal to follow his terrific debut, but 2010’s “Airtight’s Revenge” was worth the wait. He’ll headline at Variety Playhouse at 9 p.m. July 23, with N’Dambi opening the show.

Festival, community: Growing Clarkston: Food, Farming and Fun is a celebration of food culture and urban agriculture designed to generate enthusiasm for a future farmers’ market in Clarkston. It begins at 11 a.m. July 23 at the Clarkston Community Center.

Music: Huey Lewis and the News racked up 12 Top 10 hits from 1982 through 1988. The band brings that chart-topping catalog to  Chastain Park Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. July 23.

Stage: Puppets aren’t just for kids anymore, and the anything goes, open mic nature of  “The Puckin’ Fuppet Show” is most definitely a grown-up take on the adventurous genre. 11 p.m. July 23 at the Basement Theatre in North Buckhead near Chastain Park.

SUNDAY
Music: This week’s Unplugged in the Park features Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, a increasingly popular local band that infuses Dixieland jazz with rock ‘n’ roll zeal. the show starts at 7 p.m. July 24 at Atlanta’s Park Tavern.

Pets: Help out our four-legged friends and the places that shelter them at the PAWS Atlanta Adoption Fair. It starts at noon July 24 at PAWS Atlanta’s Decatur location.

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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Bared Zombie

July 22nd, 2011
4:13 pm

Stage – Zombie Prom at Fabrefaction Theater is sure to be fun as well. Zombies, Prom, 50’s rock n’roll what else could you want. Friday night, Saturday Matinee, and evening as well as Sunday Matinee. This is a great little theater without a bad seat. Do something different!