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Weekend best bets: Oct. 28-30

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Zombies will fill the streets of Marietta this weekend, just like they do in AMC's "The Walking Dead." You can also catch several zombie flicks at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on Saturday both before and after the hordes take to the streets. Photo: John Spink,

Music, stage: Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Oct. 28-30. It’s been called the next best thing to seeing the Beatles perform live.  Get the story behind the recreation of these classic songs.

Stage: The murderous musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is presented by Fabrefaction Theatre Company through Nov. 13.

Stage: In “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” 16-year-old Kenny cares for his little sister Edith on an isolated farm in middle America after being abandoned by their father. As Kenny and his best friend Benji begin falling in love, the three form an unlikely family. There are previews Oct. 27-28 and opening night is Oct. 29. The show continues through Nov. 26 at Actor’s Express.

History, visual arts: “Carter’s Quest for Tut,” a fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc., has many original Egyptian artifacts, dioramas showing life in days of King Tut, a gift gallery with Egyptian-themed art and souvenirs and more. It continues through Nov. 18 at the Dancentre South facility in Woodstock.

Halloween: Imagine being cast in a zombie flick as humans chased by the undead. Now in its second year, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse transforms a sprawling abandoned truck stop into a haunted attraction. Catch the brain-eaters at Safety Wolf Recreation Outpost  in Conley through Oct. 31.

Halloween: Relive your worst nightmares in the smoke-filled, strobe-lit darkness at Frightmore, which continues through Nov. 5 at 1912 Mt. Zion Road, Building 1865 C, in Morrow.

Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House is Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house and was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. See it at 8 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31 at the Masquerade.

Stage: In “Freud’s Last Session,” Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising Oxford professor C.S. Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud’s death. The Theatrical Outfit production runs through Nov. 13 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Stage: “Golda’s Balcony” follows the life of Golda Meir – from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher to the epicenter of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Tovah Feldshuh stars in this one-woman show, which brought her a Tony Award nomination in 2004. It’s at the Alliance Theatre through Oct. 30.

Stage: With eerie stories, spooky songs and devilish dances, audience members will be taken to a world that is beyond this mortal plane in “The Ghastly Dreadfuls.” The Center for Puppetry Arts production is for ages 18 and up and continues through Oct. 29.

Stage: The Bram Stoker classic “Dracula” comes to undead life on the stage at the New London Theatre in Snellville. The show runs through Oct. 31.

Stage: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet at a bar in  Paris in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a play by Steve Martin. The OnStage Atlanta production continues through Nov. 5 at the company’s  Decatur space.

Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House’s custom Hollywood-quality sets and special effects have contributed to the haunt being named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. It continues through Nov. 5 at the Netherworld site in Norcross.

Exhibition, visual art: “The AIDS Memorial Quilt” was founded in 1987 as a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. With more then 40,000 panels, the blocks on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta will be changed out each month through Jan. 1. See our interview with the curators of the accompanying exhibition, “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters.”

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Macbeth,” a tale of betrayal and the lust for power and one of the bard’s best known works. The show runs through Oct. 30 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Stage: A mother struggles to hold on to her family, a son struggles to let go and a daughter struggles to find her way in the world in this Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Georgia Shakespeare presents the beloved classic at Oglethorpe University through Oct. 30.

Stage: Three Civil War re-enactors clash with a theater critic and radio commentator in the new comedy “Gray Area.” The show continues through Oct. 30 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

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.

History: “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” is a multimedia exhibition that spotlights the New York City landmark’s powerful impact on the entertainment business. It  continues through March 4 at the Atlanta History Center.

Visual art: The High Museum of Art explores some of the highlights of the art of the 20th century with “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters.” the show opens Oct. 15 and runs through April 29. See our review of the show.

Halloween: The dead walk again in Marietta this weekend, both on the screen and in real life at the Marietta Zombie Walk. The Strand will screen several zombie films, taking a break at 5 p.m. so that the zombie hordes can gather on the square for a stumble through the city streets.

Pets, family: If you’re prepared for cuteness overload, head on out to PugFest 2011. Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption’s fundraiser features best-of contests, homemade and store-bought costume contests, pet pictures, pet grooming, microchipping, a kissing booth and much more. The fest begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.

Music: Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the U.S. premiere of composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Nyx.” The orchestra will also perform work by Rachmaninov and Scriabin. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music, stage: The Atlanta Opera’s first ever commissioned work is “Rabbit Tales,” a children’s opera based on the Brer Rabbit stories of Joel Chandler Harris. This premiere takes place at the museum that was the author’s home until his death in 1908. 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at the Wren’s Nest House Museum.

Music: The Johns Creek Symphony’s fifth season premiere includes works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Haydn and happens at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Johns Creek High School Theater.

Stage: Conceived and directed by Rosemary Newcott, “The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta” is a new musical created from interviews with ‘tweens in our community. It runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 13 at the Alliance Theatre.

Music: The Gwinnett Community Symphony Orchestra’s family concert includes Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and Saint-Saëns’ “Le Carnaval des Animaux.” It begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Kids, family, stage: Grab the kids and head to the Fox Theatre for “Yo Gabba Gabba Live: It’s Time To Dance” at 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Dance: France Atlanta 2011 presents “Asphalte,” a contemporary multi-media creation by French choreographer, Pierre Rigal. It weaves together elements of hip-hop, popping and krumping enhanced by a light show. 7 p.m. Oct. 30 a the Rialto Center for the Arts.

For more things to do this weekend, don’t miss our list of fall fun ideas, including pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

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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Friend of Friends

October 27th, 2011
1:06 pm

Zombies are stupid and Atlanta is a horrible city. I really want to move somewhere that doesn’t suk so much. San Diego or Sarasota would be nice. There are so many stupid people here. ZOmbies? Really?


October 27th, 2011
1:12 pm

FoF’s – Well stated. It’s sophomoric & bizarre that these weirdos “enjoy” going about like “zombies”. Beyond taking the kids trick or treatin’ or handing out candy, I don’t see the attraction of Halloween (for adults). These mugs need to grow up…or perhaps seek psychiatric help.

You SHOULD Move...

October 27th, 2011
3:58 pm

everything is dum & i’m stoopid. waaaaaaaaaaah!
halloween is dum 2, everyone should grow up and realize they live in a sukky city.
i hate myself and want to die!


October 27th, 2011
11:30 pm

This city does SUK! I wish a zombie would eat my brain so I can get out of this miserable town!


October 28th, 2011
9:34 am

I disagree with the comments above. I think Atlanta is a great city and i have had so many great opportunities here. You may say it S**** BUT all you have to say is you dislike it. If you do not like it here…here is a thought MOVE! No one says you have to stay. You should be happy no matter wherever you are. YOU have the power to change what is do not like in your life. And Halloween is a holiday …it is FUN and everyone has their opinion but i love Halloween. I work with kids and they love it and i love it too.

i love ATLANTA

October 28th, 2011
9:36 am

Thank you AJC for posting what is going on in Atlanta. Atlanta is a fun city and has so much to do here. =)


October 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

I do so much here in Atlanta and have a blast! I’ve got friends in Los Angeles, NY, and Miami that keep wanting to move here because they have so much fun! ATL is a different scene than many cities, but I love how down to earth people are and the diversity. Its a young city that continues to develop with new projects and opportunities. Maybe the other two posters above should get off the couch and experience what the city has to offer. To say Sarasota is a better city, that’s God’s Waiting Room, and I’m definitely not that boring or 90 yrs old retired! Live Life!


October 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

yo gabba gabba