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Weekend best bets: Feb. 10-13


Ryan Walden plays Harry Boychick in Company J's “The Boychick Affair,” an interactive play about a young Bar Mitzvah boy who aspires to be a rap star. Walden is joined by, from left, Amy Feinberg, Grace Hancock and Sylvee Legge. The show continues through Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody. Photo: Heidi Morton

Dance: Atlanta Ballet presents the world premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “The Princess & the Goblin,” a  full-evening ballet co-produced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Performances begin Feb. 10 and continue through Feb. 19 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Nature, exhibition: “Wildlife Rescue” explores the efforts of everyday people dedicating their lives to helping animals survive. Discover how waterfowl are being saved from oil spills, how orphaned elephant calves and baby orangutans are being raised and released back into the wild and more in this interactive exhibition, which runs through May 6 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Performing arts: The Atlanta-based Universoul Circus returns home for a three-week run in the Green Lot At Turner Field. The show continues through Feb. 26.

Flowers: Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts “Orchid Daze: Hanging Gardens,” in which the lush, fragrant orchids seem to float above you. Check it out in the Fuqua Orchid Center, home to the largest collection of species orchids in the U.S., through April 15.

Music: Trumpeter Chris Botti returns to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a two-night stand with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The show begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11.

Music: Love is in the air at Park Tavern for “The Love Boat of Smooth: A Night of Silly Love Songs with Yacht Rock Schooner.” Catch the boat at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

Music: The Emory Jazz Fest begins with vocalist Sachal Vasandani and the Gary Motley Trio at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and  concludes with Big Band Night at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Stage: “Ruth and the Green Book” is Jon Ludwig’s adaptation of a book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey and Floyd Cooper which follows an African-American family as they travel from Chicago to Alabama in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. After being turned away from hotels, gas stations and restaurants, 8-year-old Ruth and her parents are introduced to “The Green Book,” a pivotal publication that guided African Americans to establishments where they would be welcome. The show continues through Feb. 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Stage: The Southside Theatre Guild in Fairburn presents Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed family drama “A Raisin in the Sun.” It runs through Feb. 26.

Comedy: His hair and his voice may be a little odd, but Emo Philips has been making them laugh with his stand-up comedy since the ’80s. He’s at the Laughing Skull Lounge Feb. 9-12.

Stage: In the Lionheart Theatre Company production “Bleach,” an exterminator is on a misguided quest to keep his life clean. The show opens Feb. 10 and continues through Feb. 19 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

Performing arts, competition: Love is in the air at the Valentine’s Day edition of the Puckin’ Fuppet Show, a competitive puppet slam event that offers cash prizes to the top three winners, as voted on by the audience. The show begins at 11 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Basement Theatre in Buckhead.

Film: The three-week  Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues at theaters in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Marietta through Feb. 29. Check out our look at the festival’s diverse offerings.

Stage: “Red” is John Logan’s dramatic portrait of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The Theatrical Outfit production will preview Feb. 3 and opens Feb. 4. It continues at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta through March 11.

Stage: Atlanta Shakespeare Company offers its annual Valentine to Atlanta with a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” It runs through March 8 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Stage: Moscow seems like a fairytale to 20-year-old Annie, an American in search of her roots. But when the lines between Russian fairytales and Annie’s reality start to blur – and then vanish – things get dicey in “Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls.” It opens Feb. 3 at the Alliance Theatre and runs through Feb. 26.

Stage: “Coming Apart” is a romantic comedy about a couple, both successful writers and both claiming to want a divorce, even though they don’t. It’s presented by the Polk Street Players Feb. 3-18 at the Stellar Cellar at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Marietta.

Stage: In the Actor’s Express production “Next Fall,” 20-something Luke, who believes in God, is deeply in love with the slightly older Adam, who believes in everything but. When a tragic accident interrupts their perfect life, Adam must turn to Luke’s friends and deeply religious family for support — and answers. The show continues through Feb. 11 at the company’s stage in the King Plow Arts Center.

Stage: Théâtre du Rêve revisits its popular 2011 production, “The Red Balloon,” inspired by the classic French film, which comes to life with puppetry, live music and more. It continues through Feb. 12 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.

Stage: A couple wakes up in a cottage surrounded by water in “A Body of Water,” but they don’t know who they are. The show continues at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through Feb. 12.

Stage, music: The Stage Door Players pay tribute to one of America’s best loved entertainers with “My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” It runs through Feb. 12 at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company brings back its successful 2011 production,  “Avenue Q, “ an upbeat, puppet-filled musical that is most definitely for grown-ups. It  runs through Feb. 26.

Exhibition, religion: “Passages” is a traveling exhibition of the world’s largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.  It continues at the Perimeter Expo in Dunwoody through May 13.

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 runs through April 29. See our review.

Stage: A husband’s efforts to deny his visit to the Moulin Rouge lead to mistakes and plausible presumptions in “The Ladies Man,” a Theatre in the Square production of a play based on a French farce by Georges Feydeau.  See our review of the show. The show continues through Feb. 26.

Nature, exhibition: “Wildlife Rescue” explores the efforts of everyday people dedicating their lives to helping animals survive in this interactive exhibition. Discover how waterfowl are being saved from oil spills, how orphaned elephant calves and baby orangutans are being raised and released back into the wild and more. It opens Feb. 4 and continues through May 6 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Stage: 11 years after his sold-out run of “The Gospel of John,” Brad Sherrill returns to Marietta’s Theatre in the Square with “Red Letter Jesus,” which brings new life to Jesus’ words as written in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Previews are Feb. 5 and 7, and the show continues through March 4.

Visual arts: “The Art of Golf” explores 400 years of golf through paintings, drawings, and photographs, including objects from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, as well as the largest collection of Bobby Jones portraits ever assembled. It opens Feb. 5 and runs through June 24 at the High Museum of Art.

Visual arts, design: “Stories in Form: Chair Design by the Portfolio Center” spotlights works created as part of Portfolio Center’s course “Modernism: History, Criticism and Theory,” which explores design history as a catalyst for new design ideas. It opens Feb. 5 and runs through June 3 at the Museum of Design Atlanta.

How about some oysters? There will be plenty of these tasty ocean treats at Park Tavern this weekend for Oyster Fest. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

How about some oysters? There will be plenty of these tasty ocean treats at Park Tavern this weekend for Oyster Fest. Photo: Renee Brock / Special

Festival: They’re flying in Malpeques and Blue Points for the Oyster Fest at Park Tavern beside Piedmont Park. Get your fill of those delicious bivalves and some great music. The fun starts at 1 p.m. Feb. 11.

Music: The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra offers “A Beethoven Romance for Valentine’s Day” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Music: One of the most acclaimed contemporary classical pianists, Norway’s Leif Ove Andsnes returns for a performance at Clayton State College’s Spivey Hall in Morrow at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 11.

Visual arts: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Decatur Market & Gallery presents the group show “Love, Lost & Found.” The opening reception is 5-10 p.m. Feb. 11 and the show continues through Feb. 29.

Stage: In “The Boychick Affair,” audience members mingle, eat, sing and dance with the rest of the “guests,” and enjoy a  meal at the ‘reception’ for Harry Boychick’s Bar Mitzvah. This interactive comedy follows a young rap wannabe as he becomes a man in front of his wacky, but loving family. This Company J production runs through Feb. 12 at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody

Stage: Debra Ehrhardt’s “Jamaica, Farewell” is a one-woman play based on the story of her journey from Jamaica to America during the Manley Era. The show continues through Feb. 19 at Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.

Comedy: Comedian and actor Mike Epps brings his “I’m Still Standing Tour” to the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, less than a week after wrapping up his duties as an official Super Bowl XLVI ambassador in his native Indianapolis. He’ll do shows at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 11.


Filmmaker Emily Hubley will be on hand for a screening of her film "The Toe Tactic," which melds live action and hand-drawn animation, at the Clarkston Community Center on Feb. 12.

Film: “The Toe Tactic” is writer, director and animator Emily Hubley’s hand-drawn tale of a young woman dealing with loss and the mystical events that take place over the course of a magical weekend, with a score by Yo La Tengo. The film combines Hubley’s hand-drawn animation with live action. There will be a screening and a reception with the filmmaker from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Clarkston Community Center. The screening is part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Music: The William Baker Festival Singers present their Black History Month Concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Music: The Gwinnett Community Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Performing arts: The Enchantment Theatre Company joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for “The Fabled Cinderella,” a family-friendly performance combining music, puppetry, masks and more. Shows are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

February is Black History Month, so check out our look at some of the arts and cultural events that celebrate the contributions of African-Americans, happening through the month of February.

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.

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