Stage: They won’t be bringing the distinctive tents this time around, but the fanciful Cirque du Soleil folks will still inspire wonder and amazement with “Dralion,” their latest production. The show is at Philips Arena this week and at Gwinnett Arena next week.
Music, arts: Nophest is a showcase for up-and-coming talent and left-field experimentalism in music and art in East Atlanta Village. It’s happening nightly through Aug. 27. $7.50 one-day passes in advance, $10 at the door. All venues are on Flat Shoals Avenue, including 529 at 529 Flat Shoals Ave. N.E., Atlanta.
Comedy: Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and star of “Weeds” Kevin Nealon brings his stand-up comedy to the Punchline in Sandy Springs Aug. 26-27.
Festival: Get your fill of the tasty treats (and live entertainment) at Kennesaw’s annual Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival. The free event takes place at Adams Park Aug. 26-27.
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: 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.
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.
Festival: An artists’ market, food vendors, live performance stages and a children’s fun center highlight the ninth annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Get a taste of some great local food and wine at the ticketed Corks & Forks event. Aug. 27-28. Free; tickets for Corks & Forks — A Fine Food & Wine Event are $35 per day, or $60 for both days.
Families, wildlife: Learn about those slithering and often misunderstood reptiles at the Cochran Mill Nature Center’s Snake Day Festival, which begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Palmetto facility.
Music: The second annual One MusicFest features Chrisette Michele, the Pharcyde, Anthony David, the Cool Kids, the Foreign Exchange and Anoop Desai. 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at Park Tavern in Atlanta.
Festival, beer: Quench your thirst at the German Bierfest Atlanta, happening in Woodruff Park 2-7 p.m. Aug. 27.
Food, families: Taste more than 100 flavors of homemade ice cream at the seventh annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’. There will also be ice cream eating and stacking contests, music, popcorn, face painting and children’s games at this benefit for the Drake House. The fun begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 on the Historic Roswell Town Square.
Music: Genre-busting Detroit rocker Kid Rock returns to Atlanta, bringing along one-time duet partner Sheryl Crow. The pair had a Top 10 hit in 2003 with “Picture.” The show starts at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood with Leroy Powell and the Messengers.
Movie: “Flesh and the Devil,” the silent film classic starring a radiant young Greta Garbo, screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta at 3 p.m.Aug. 28.
Music: Christian music ministry Truth has been re-activated for a 40th Anniversary tour, which comes to Dunwoody Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Aug. 28. This is a free show, but an offering will be received.
Music: Beloved Christian singer Sandi Patty is joined by Larnelle Harris, Wayne Watson, Heather Payne and the Mount Paran Choir for a concert at Mount Paran Church of God. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
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.