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Weekend best bets: Sept. 16-18

The Atlanta Arts Festival includes 200 artists from around the country, including Georgia-based Nigerian artist Nnamdi Okonkwo. The artist's "Kindred Spirits" is seen above, on display at the 2009 edition of the festival. Photo: Elissa Eubanks,

The Atlanta Arts Festival includes 200 artists from Georgia and across the country, including Georgia-based Nigerian artist Nnamdi Okonkwo. The artist's "Kindred Spirits" is seen above, on display at the 2009 edition of the festival. Photo: Elissa Eubanks,

Fair: Rides, music, food and lots more are on offer at the Gwinnett County Fair, but don’t miss the livestock competitions and the pageants. The fair continues through Sept. 25 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. For more on the Gwinnett County Fair, see our round-up of upcoming fairs in the area.

Stage: Get the story behind the witches of Oz in the tuneful musical “Wicked.” The touring show returns to Atlanta for a four-week run, playing at the Fox Theatre through Oct. 9. Check out our interview with Mark Jacoby, the Tennessee native and one-time Atlantan who plays the Wizard.

Stage: In Aurora Theatre’s “Underneath the Lintel,” a quirky Dutch librarian turns into a globe-trotting detective when he becomes obsessed about a book that is 113 years overdue. The show continues at the company’s Lawrenceville home through Oct. 2.

Stage: A mysterious cache of love letters leads a white professor of gender studies from the bayous of Baton Rouge to the Chicago doorstep of Leo, a divorced African-American chef, in “Tree.” The Horizon Theatre Company’s latest production opens  Sept. 16 and continues through Oct. 16.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical trip back to the 1920s. The show opens  Sept. 16 and continues through Oct. 2 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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.

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: “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. Take a look at our review of the show.

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.

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: A pet parade, a car show, an artists market and entertainment too please all ages keep fest fans coming back to the Sandy Springs Festival year after year. The fun begins at Sandy Springs’ Heritage Green at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18.

Festival: The Gwinnett Center in Duluth hosts JapanFest, an annual celebration of Japanese culture, now in its 25th year and the largest event of its kind in the Southeast. The event begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18.

Music, networking, seminars: “For Sisters Only,” a yearly information and entertainment event, celebrates 20 years with appearances by Cee Lo, Tyrese, Monica, Bell Biv Devoe, Yolanda Adams, Marsha Ambrosius and many more. It takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18.

Festival: 200 painters, photographers, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers and more will gather in Piedmont Park this weekend for the 5th annual Atlanta Arts Festival. The fest happens 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18.

Festival: A fundraiser for the Marietta Museum of History, the Marietta Streetfest spotlights Georgia antique dealers, artisans, attractions and more. The event begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 17 on the Marietta Square.

Festival: Local singers, dance companies and children’s entertainers join the many artists showing their work at the Roswell Arts Festival, happening Sept. 17 and 18 on the Roswell Town Square.

Festival: The Suwanee Day Festival was first held in 1984 with about 75 people. Now, organizers say, it’s closer to 40,000. Join the crowds at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at Suwanee Town Center Park.

Festival: Savor the flavor of the culinary diversity of a great DeKalb city at Taste of Chamblee. The tasty fest takes place 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sept. 17 around Chamblee City Hall.

Festival: Gather ’round Shakerag Knoll amid the pines of Peachtree City for the annual Shakerag Arts and Crafts Festival. It starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and noon Sept. 18.

Festival: Music is a big deal in East Atlanta and it’s a big deal at the East Atlanta Strut, too, but there will be plenty of other entertainment and activity options. Head over to East Atlanta Village anytime between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 17 to join the fun.

Music: Atlanta Smooth Music Festival is perfect for the mellow jazz vibe, with performances by Fattburger, Nick Colionne, Steve Oliver, Jackiem Joyner and Jeff Sparks. The show starts at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton. Get the story behind the festival.

Music, honors: The latest batch of inductees is welcomed into the fold at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show. It happens at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Music, competition: The search for the best church choir in the U.S. continues as “How Sweet the Sound” comes to Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Music: Jesús Adrián Romero gives contemporary Christian worship music a little Latin flair when he performs at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Stage: Center Theatre presents “Annie Get Your Gun,” the beloved Irving Berlin musical based on the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley. the show continues through Sept. 25 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre in Dunwoody.

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.

Music: The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra will play soundtracks from military conflicts of an earlier age with  “La Battalia! 17th-century Battle Music.” The concert begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Roswell Presbyterian Church

Music: The powerful voice and introspective songwriting of Ray LaMontagne will bring out the fans to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta at 7 p.m. Sept. 18.

For more music coverage, don’t miss our look at the fall season’s lineup of concerts, which also includes an interview with Blondie’s Deborah Harry.

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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September 15th, 2011
4:25 pm

Don’t forget the 5th annual Kirkwood Wine Stroll, 6-9pm. Enjoy the beatiful fall weather Friday evening in Kirkwood Village as local shops open their doors. Vist the website: