Festival: The Yellow Daisy Festival, one of Atlanta’s most popular festivals, is celebrating its 43rd year with arts and crafts from more than 400 artists from 38 states and two countries. There will also be live entertainment, a Children’s Corner and demonstrations throughout the four-day event. The fest5 takes place in Stone Mountain Park Sept. 8-11, and though the festival is free, vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one-day permit or $35 for an annual permit.
CANCELED: The Heroes Music Festival has been canceled.
Kids, family: Sesame Street Live returns to Philips Arena Sept. 8-11 with “Elmo’s Super Heroes,” in which Elmo (as Captain Fuzzy) helps his pal Super Grover recover his “superness.”
Arts: Get a taste of the 2011-2012 Arts at Emory season with the Creativity & Arts Soiree, which offers free performances and activities presented by the arts departments, the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory Woodruff Libraries. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Stage: The Polk Street Players’ comedy “The Red Velvet Cake War” takes place during a family reunion in Texas. the show opens Sept. 9 and continues through Sept. 24 at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta.
Comedy: Actor, impressionist and respected stand-up comedian Kevin Pollak takes the stage at the Punchline in Sandy Springs at 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 9; 7 and 9 p.m. Sept. 10.
Stage: The Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is the latest production from the Norcross-based Lionheart Theatre Company. The show opens Sept. 9 and continues through Sept. 25.
Stage: In Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s “Lakebottom Proper,” social climbing plans go terribly wrong. Presented by Process Theatre Co., the show opens Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 1 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.
Stage: The Capitol City Opera Company presents “Cinderella,” the sole Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television, at 8 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center.
Stage: “Spring Awakening” is the 2007 Tony-winning best musical about teenage friends coping with their burgeoning sexuality. The show is the season opener for Actors Express and continues through Oct. 1 at the theater’s King Plow Arts Center facility in Atlanta. See our review of the show.
Stage: Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is a musical take on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. It continues at Alliance Theatre through Oct. 2.
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 and it’s been extended through Sept. 25. Check out our preview of the play.
Stage: A bachelorette celebration goes awry with two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor and a bathtub of booze in “Bachelorette.” Presented by Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre through Sept. 18 at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.
Stage: The Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid,” a comedy set in the old West written by film and Broadway star Jeff Daniels. The show runs through Sept. 18 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
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. “The Comedy of Errors” rounds out the first trio of comedies, and it rounds out the repertory beginning this weekend.
Festival, food: Chill out at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, which happens at the Charles Allen Gate at Piedmont Park noon-6 p.m. Sept. 10.
Stage: In “The Boys Next Door,” four mentally handicapped men live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere but increasingly despairing social worker. The Renaissance Project production opens Sept. 10 and continues through Oct. 2 at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur.
History, visual art: This weekend, be among the first to see the new Michael C. Carlos Museum exhibition “Life and Death in the Pyramid Age: The Emory Old Kingdom Mummy.” Acquired from excavations at the site of Abydos in Middle Egypt in 1920, this is the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere and one of no more than half a dozen known to exist in the world. It opens Sept. 10 and will be on view through Dec. 11 at the Emory University-based museum.
Festival: Take a trip back to an earlier time at the Atlanta History Center’s annual Fall Folklife Festival. The fest begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 10.
History, lecture: Learn about Atlanta old movie palaces and the organs that provided their music with “Pipes on Peachtree – Atlanta’s Theatre Organs.” This educational look at an often overlooked part of Atlanta’s history happens at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Music: The Texas Guitar Quartet will perform works by Albéniz, Bach and Vivaldi as part of Northside Drive Baptist Church’s Music on the Hill series at 3 p.m. Sept. 11.
Music: “Bach Live!” is part of the Emory University Organist Recital Series and will include Emory University organist Timothy Albrecht performing his own take on the Bach chorale “O Eternity” as a 10th anniversary memorial tribute to the victims of 9/11. 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
We also have a list of 9/11 10th anniversary memorial events taking place this weekend.
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.