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Weekend best bets: Aug. 19-21

Jill Scott brings her powerful voice to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for two nights this weekend. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Jill Scott brings her powerful voice to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for two nights this weekend. Photo: Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

FRIDAY
Visual arts: The 18th annual Folk Fest brings work from more than 100 galleries from across the country to the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. Take a look at our guide to some of the things you’ll find at Folk Fest.

Music: Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Doug E Fresh join the soulful Jill Scott for a two-night stand Aug. 19 and 20 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre dubbed the Jill Scott Summer Block Party. See our interview with the singer.

Stage: In the days of Jim Crow laws, the Green Book let black tourists know where it was safe to stay. In the new drama “The Green Book,” a black military officer, his wife and a Holocaust survivor meet in one of those tourist homes in 1953. The Theatrical Outfit production continues at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta through Sept. 11. Check out our preview of the play.

Stage: The rousing and tuneful musical “Guys and Dolls” is set in the New York underworld of the prohibition era. The touring version of a recent revival is at the Fox Theatre through Aug. 21.

Stage: In Pinch ‘n Ouch Theatre’s “Body Awareness,” “Body Awareness Week” at Vermont’s rural Shirley State College gets a jolt when a photographer shows up with his passel of images of naked women. The show continues at 7 Stages Theater through Aug. 28.

Stage: Theatre in the Square presents “On Golden Pond,” best known from the film version with Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. The show continues through Sept. 11 at the company’s home on the square in Marietta.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company begins a new project. They’ll be doing all of Shakespeare’s comedies in the order in which they were written, and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” is up first. The show continues through Sept. 30 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. “The Taming of the Shrew” is the second of Shakespeare’s comedies, and it joins “Two Gentlemen” in repertory through Oct. 1.

Movie: The movie version of the musical “Hairspray” screens at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Kids, festival: Get prehistoric at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Birthday Bash Weekend. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 and at noon Aug. 21.

Stage: Fishy tales are told in “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself),” the latest production from Serenbe Playhouse in  Chattahoochee Hills. The show continues through Aug. 27.

Stage: Take a look behind the scenes as Broadway hopefuls audition in “A Chorus Line.” Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre does the memorable Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which runs through Sept. 4.

Stage: “The Ugly Duckling” gets an update and a lakeside setting — which incorporates the water — in this Serenbe Playhouse production. Through Aug. 28 in the Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills.

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 show  continues through Aug. 28 at the Horizon Theatre Company’s Little Five Points home. Check out our review.

SATURDAY
Festival, arts: The inaugural Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival will brighten the dog days of summer, filling Midtown’s playground with art, music, food and more in an event created by artists for artists.

Music: Adventurous Kentucky rockers My Morning Jacket bring the lovely and talented Neko Case along as they play Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Aug. 20.

SUNDAY
Music: “Keyboard Conversations” with pianist Jeffrey Siegel is a series of  concert-plus-commentary programs held in the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre in Dunwoody. The 4 p.m. Aug. 21 concert,  “A Beethoven Bonanza,” kicks off the season and explores the many moods of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

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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