Stage: “Motherhood, the Musical” takes a tuneful and loving look at the blessings and perils of being a mom. The show continues through Nov. 20 at the 14th Street Playhouse.
Fair: The ride-packed midway is calling as the North Georgia State Fair takes over Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. And don’t miss the concerts, which include Josh Kelley on Sept. 24 and the Band Perry on Sept. 29.The fair continues through Oct. 2.
Music: New wave powerhouse Blondie comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta at 8 p.m. Sept. 23.
Stage: “All Blues” tells the true story of Ray Sprigle, a white journalist who sets out to report on the black experience in the 1948 Jim Crow South first-hand, by disguising himself as a black man for 30 days. The show runs through Oct. 9 at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.
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 continues through Oct. 16.
Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical trip back to the 1920s. The show 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 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 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 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: 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: 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 completes the three-show repertory.
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.
Food, festival: Stone Mountain Park plays host to the Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off, an annual tribute to one of America’s favorite foods. They’re expecting more than 300 teams, so be prepared to chow down. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.
Festival: Fiesta Georgia celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a day of great music, tasty Latin food, arts and crafts and much more. It’s happening 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.
Music, festival: It’s probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think surf music, but the DeKalb County city of Clarkston will ring with reverb-drenched guitars and groove to the sandy beach blanket vibe at the Clarkston Surf Fest. The fun gets going at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Clarkston Community Center
Music: It’s back! Music Midtown returns in a new location, Piedmont Park, and headliners Coldplay and the Black Keys and a batch of up-and-coming bands. It happens 1-11 p.m. Sept. 24.
Festival, beer: If you’re hankering for a brew, check out the Grayson Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival, which will offer beer from more than 50 breweries beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in Grayson Park.
Festival: A parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 gets things under way at the Duluth Fall Festival. The activities and entertainment continue until 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and gets going again 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sept. 25 in Downtown Duluth.
Music, dance, folklore: The Atlanta Balalaika Society presents a 30th anniversary gala concert of Russian folk music, song and dance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center
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.
Festival, food: You can sample lots of great food from local restaurants at Taste of Johns Creek, but they’ll also have live entertainment throughout the event. It starts at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and takes place at Chattahoochee High School.
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.