Cars: Check out more than 500 new 2012 vehicles and get a sneak peek at some 2013 prototypes at the Atlanta International Auto Show. It continues through March 18 a the Georgia World Congress Center.
Stage: “Billy Elliot” is the Elton John/Lee Hall musical version of the film about a young boy who wants to dance, despite social pressures and a reticent father. It runs through March 18 at the Fox Theatre. See our review of the production.
Stage, music: Capital City Opera Company presents “Il Trittico,” Puccini’s trilogy of one-act operas. Shows are at 8 p.m. March 16-17 and 3:30 p.m. March 18 at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Center for the Performing Arts.
Stage: Curtain Call Youth Players present the beloved C.S. Lewis tale “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Through March 18 at the Art Place-MountainView in Marietta.
Stage: Process Theatre Co. returns with another installment of the popular “Designing Women Live,” in which male actors portray the women of Sugarbaker Designs in a stage version of actual episodes from the television series. Through March 18 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.
Stage: “The [Expletive] With the Hat” is Stephen Adly Guirgis’ provocative play that concerns a mysterious hat that leads to accusations of infidelity. The Tony-nominated Broadway hit runs through April 14 at Actor’s Express.
Stage: “Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale” is Aurora Theatre’s musical take on the story of the infamous romancing robbers. It runs through April 8 at the Lawrenceville venue.
Stage: Stage Door Players present the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody March 16 through April 8.
Dance: Innovative contemporary performance troupe Pilobolus straddles the line between dance and living sculpture. The group performs at 8 p.m. March 16 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.
Comedy: Former Miss North Carolina Jeanne Robertson is a humorist, professional speaker and radio personality. She’ll appear at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. March 16.
Stage: After being swept away from her parents, Little Noodle must journey across the grocery store to find her way home in “Adventures of Little Noodle.” It continues through April 1 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Stage: In “I Just Stopped By to See the Man,” three lost souls collide with a musical landscape choked with the loss and beauty of the Delta blues. The show continues through April 8 at the Alliance Theatre.
Fair, families: Hit the midway and take a ride on some classic attractions at the Atlanta Fair, from the Ferris wheel and the merry- go-round to more thrill-inducing rides. And don’t miss the deep- fried decadence of the food. It continues in the Turner Field Gray Parking lot through April 8.
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company continues its chronological run through the Bard’s comedies with “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The show continues through April 1 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.
Stage: Three older gentlemen who share a large home need to rent out their fourth bedroom to help with the rent in “The New Kid on the Block.” Their problem seems answered when Will shows up, except Will turns out to be a woman. It runs through March 25 at Act1 Theater in Alpharetta.
Stage: In Synchronicity Theatre’s “Brilliant Traces,” a bedraggled young woman in full bridal gear breaks into a remote Alaska cabin, belts down some whiskey and faints. The young man she’s disturbed is amazed and bewildered, and annoyed at the forced cohabitation. The show continues through March 25 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
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 30.
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, 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 runs through March 25 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Flowers: Spring is in the air and it’s popping out of the ground at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during “Atlanta Blooms.” Catch the profusion of hyacinths, crocuses, tulips and daffodils at this second annual floral tribute to the season of rebirth. Check the Garden’s website to see what’s in bloom. The event continues through April 29.
Stage: Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage examines the lives of four female former slaves in “Flyin’ West.” The women search for a better life in the West, away from the uncertainties of the post Civil War South. It continues through April 8 at Theatre In the Square in Marietta.
Music: The Gwinnett Choral Guild offers an evening of “Mostly Mozart … All Music” at 7 p.m. March 17 at Lilburn Community Church.
Music: Irish vocalist and accordion master Liam O’Connor comes to the Buckhead Theatre to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The concert begins at 7 p.m. March 17.
Music: Latin jazz is the specialty of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, which performs at 8 p.m. March 17 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Music: Dutch baroque violin virtuoso Antoinette Lohmann joins New Trinity Baroque for “Baroque Concertos & Sacred Cantatas” at 8 p.m. March 17 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
Recreation, sports: The Atlanta Rollergirls are back with their second home games of the season at 5 and 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the Yaarab Shrine Center.
Festival: Gather at Lawrenceville’s Gwinnett historic Courthouse for the Spring Green Festival. The fest begins at 10 a.m. March 17, but the pre-festival races start at 8 a.m.
Parade, festival: The 2012 Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival gets going at noon March 17 and runs down Peachtree Street from Ralph McGill Boulevard to Marietta Street/Decatur Street, Atlanta.
Comedy: Ralphie May, one of the most successful comedians to emerge from the television competition “Last Comic Standing,” returns to town for a show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. March 17. Check out Rodney Ho’s interview with May, where he discusses his 2011 brush with death.
Comedy: It’s a gathering of comedy kings and queens with the Royal Comedy Tour, feautring Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Mark Curry and Tony Rock. The show starts at 7 p.m. March 17 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Music: Atlanta pop-punk quartet Freshman 15 wraps up a tour at Marietta’s Swayze’s on March 18. The show starts at 7 p.m., but the band is headlining, so they’ll go on a little later. The band is about to head to the U.K. for a string of dates and then returns in April for a tour with Bowling for Soup. Tickets to Sunday’s show are $10.
Music: The combined choirs of Church of the New Covenant and North Decatur Presbyterian Church perform Fauré’s Requiem at 3 p.m. March 18 at Church of the New Covenant in Doraville.
Music: Glenn Chancel Choir Concert features mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór, who performs Lili Boulanger’s “Pie Jesu.” Arvo Pärt’s “Ein Wahlfahrtsleid” (Psalm 121) will be sung by Timothy Miller and Stephen Ozcomert. Choral works include “Misericordia Domini” by Mozart. With the Vega String Quartet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Elisabeth Remy Johnson and Timothy Albrecht. Steven Darsey is the conductor for the concert, which begins at 4 p.m. March 18 at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church.
Music: Passion of the Christ: The Musical Stations of the Cross features Zach Hemenway and Scott Atchison, who will convey the story of Christ’s life from the two sanctuary organs. This year they will be joined by WABE’s John Lemley to provide narration. It begins at 7 p.m. March 18 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Music: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are back at Philips Arena to kick off their latest tour, which comes on the heels of a new album, “Wrecking Ball.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. March 18.
Music: Atlanta Chamber Players celebrate the music of Beethoven and Mendelssohn with “Ludwig & Felix” at p.m. March 18 at Spivey Hall in Morrow.
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.