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Weekend best bets: Feb. 24-26

Synchronicity Theatre presents "Petite Rouge," a musical take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood with a Cajun twist, at 7 Stages beginning Saturday, Feb. 25, and continuing through March 25. Renita James plays the title character. Photo: Synchornicity Theatre

Synchronicity Theatre presents "Petite Rouge," a musical take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood with a Cajun twist, at 7 Stages beginning Saturday, Feb. 25, and continuing through March 25. Renita James plays the title character. Photo: Synchornicity Theatre

FRIDAY

Stage: Charlie’s shyness renders him helpless in conversation – so when a friend covers for him by telling the other guests in a rural Georgia mountain lodge that he speaks no English, Charlie ends up hearing more than he should in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production of “The Foreigner.” It continues through March 11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Wrestling: Universal Championship Wrestling’s Pro Wrestling “Payback” pay-per-view taping features many former WWE, WCW, TNA and ECW stars. The action begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the  North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Music: Formerly half of the phenomenally successful country duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn is back in solo mode and comes to Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 24.

Stage: In “Our Time Has Come,” Solomon Chambers defies the odds of poverty and discrimination and becomes a lawyer. When his uncle is murdered in Mississippi, he serves as a witness for the prosecution. The play continues through March 4 at 14th Street Playhouse with former “American Idol” contestant Tamyra Gray and “Family Matters” star Darius McCrary.

Stage: The self-described “giant nerds” at Dad’s Garage explore the eccentric and outlandish realm of sci-fi fandom in “Wrath of Con.” It runs through March 16.

Stage: New African Grove Theatre Company presents “Pill Hill,” a play set between 1973 and 1983 about six African-American mill workers searching for an elusive American Dream. It runs Feb. 24-26 at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.

Comedy: “The Daily Show” correspondent and comedian John Oliver brings his show to the Punchline Feb. 24-25.

Circus: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to town with “Fully Charged,” which is at Gwinnett Arena through Feb. 26. Check out our preview of “Fully Charged” and the Universoul Circus, which continues near Turner Field.

Stage: The Tony Award-winning Fats Waller-inspired musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is the latest production from Atlanta Lyric Theatre. It continues through March 4 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Stage: “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom” line blurs between virtual reality and actual reality. It’s the latest production from Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre and continues through March 4.

Stage: “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a show-within-a-show about a die-hard musical fan who plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit, and the show magically comes to life. It continues through March 10 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: An efficiency expert applies his business methods to his family in “Cheaper by the Dozen.” The show plays at the New London Theatre in Snellville through March 4.

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

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.

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 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’s at the Alliance Theatre through Feb. 26.

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 April 1.

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.

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. The show continues through March 4.

SATURDAY

Stage, families: A swamp chorus sings backup in “Petite Rouge,” a foot-stomping, family-friendly zydeco musical steeped in hot sauce and based on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The Synchronicity Theatre production opens Feb. 25 and runs through March 25 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.

Extreme sports: Riders compete in 17 action-packed rounds at Monster Energy AMA Supercross at the Georgia Dome. Defending champion Ryan Villopoto, two-time winners Chad Reed and James Stewart and 2010 champion Ryan Dungey appear. The main event is at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, but doors open and qualifying begins at 12:20 p.m.

Benefit, pets: Mardi Gras 4 Paws includes live music by Tommy Thompson and Greg Hester, beer and wine, a low-country shrimp boil and a Mardi Gras dog parade. The event is a benefit for the Barking Hound Village and begins at noon Feb. 25 at Milltown Arms Tavern in Cabbagetown.

Music: Violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Thomas Adès’ Violin Concerto. The orchestra also performs works by Debussy, Wagner and Haydn. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: Recent Robert Plant sideman and longtime country songwriter and musician Darrell Scott comes to the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth as part of the Eddie Owen Presents series at 8 p.m. Feb. 25.

Music: The Jupiter String Quartet will perform works by Ravel, Bartok and Mendelssohn at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 25 at Spivey Hall in Morrow.

Music: The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra offers up a program of  “All Beethoven” at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Johns Creek Baptist Church.

Kids, families: Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences Mad Hatter Event will include artist performances, raffles and hands-on fund for the entire family. It gets going at 10 a.m. Feb. 25.

Stage, families: The Alliance Theatre brings the Frank Baum classic “The Wizard Of Oz” the the stage Feb. 25 through March 11 at the Woodruff Arts Center.

SUNDAY

Visual arts, shopping: Spruill Center for the Arts 4presents its fourth annual Student and Instructor Jewelry Market beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Dunwoody facility.

Music: The Georgia Chambers Players perform chamber music by Ravel, Franck and Fauré in “Vive La France: French Chamber Music.” The concert starts at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta.

Music: Michael O’Neal Singers combine forces with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra to explore “The Brilliance of Beethoven.” Concert begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Roswell United Methodist Church.

Music: Eddie’s Attic in Decatur hosts its annual Black History Celebration with the wonderful and talented Francine Reed doing two shows at 6 and 9 p.m. Feb. 26.

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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