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Weekend best bets: April 6-8

Go find those eggs. I think there's one in that tree over there. There will be plenty of hiding and seeking of eggs this weekend, including gatherings in Canton and Kirkwood. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com.

Go find those eggs. I think there's one in that tree over there. There will be plenty of hiding and seeking of eggs this weekend, including hunts at gatherings in Canton and Kirkwood. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com.

FRIDAY
Stage: Catch the world premiere of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a new musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, directed by Susan V. Booth with musical direction from T Bone Burnett. It continues through May 13 at the Alliance Theatre.

Stage: Georgia Perimeter College presents Pearl Cleage’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” which opens April 6 and runs through April 15 at the school’s Clarkston Campus.

Music: Roswell Presbyterian Church will offer a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. April 6. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7:10 p.m.

Music: Soprano Dawn Upshaw will offer a program featuring the works of Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and William Bolcom. The concert begins at 8 p.m. April 6 at the Emerson Concert Hall in Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Stage: “Speed-the-Plow,” David Mamet’s look at the ruthlessness of the movie industry, is the latest production from Pinch ’n Ouch Theatre. It continues through April 29 at the company’s new home at 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. in Atlanta.

Stage: Center for Puppetry Arts presents a new take on “Peter Pan” adapted and directed by Michael Haverty. It runs through May 27.

Stage: A defrocked minister tries to outrun his past in a seedy Mexican hotel in Tennessee Williams’  “The Night of the Iguana.” This latest Theatre Emory production runs through April 15 at the Mary Gray Munroe Theater on the Emory University campus.

Stage: “Much Ado About Nothing” is the latest installment in the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s chronological run through the Bard’s comedies. It continues through April 29 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

History, visual arts: “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is an updated version of an exhibit that had an earlier run at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. It features more than 200 artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the ill-fated ocean liner. See our preview of the show, which opens April 6 and continues through June 30 at the Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station.

Stage: The Little Sisters of Hoboken return to put on another show in“Nunsense 2: The Second Coming,” which runs through April 15 at  New London Theatre in Snellville.

Stage: “Motherhood the Musical” takes a tuneful and loving look at the blessings and perils of being a mom. It’s at the 14th Street Playhouse through May 20.

Stage: A group of British women fall under the spell of Italy in “Enchanted April.” The Lionheart Theatre Company production continues at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center through April 8.

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 through April 8.

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 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’s in the Turner Field Gray Parking lot through April 8.

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.

SATURDAY

Holiday: The hunt begins at 1:15 p.m. April 7 at the Canton Easter Egg Festival, but there are many more activities planned for the afternoon, including photos with the Easter Bunny and live music. the fest gets under way at 1 p.m. April 7 on Marietta Street in downtown Canton

Holiday: At the Kirkwood Family Find, children under 12 will hunt for eggs in five different age groups. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. April 7 in Bessie Branham Park.

Holiday, families: An Easter tradition continues at Roswell’s Barrington Hall with Tea with Beatrix Potter, with actress Holly Stevenson portraying the author of the tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends.  The stories begin at 1 p.m. April 7.

Stage: “Then, You Stand” is the story of a newlywed couple whose unborn child is diagnosed with a disability that leads them to question their relationships and beliefs. The performance is at 6 p.m. April 7 at 14th Street Playhouse.

SUNDAY
Holiday, religion: The Stone Mountain Ministerial Association presents the 68th Annual Easter Sunrise Service, which offers two simultaneous, non-denominational Easter services at the top of the mountain and at the base of the mountain on the Memorial Lawn. Services begin at 7 a.m. April 8  but park gates open at 4 a.m. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one-day permit or $35 for annual permit.

For more Easter-related events, check out our list of egg hunts, Easter services and more.

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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Mister Pants

April 6th, 2012
5:04 pm

Miss Pants will be ironing my pants.