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Weekend best bets: April 13-15

Topher Payne plays Mame and Kate Graham is young Patrick Dennis in the Process Theatre Company production of "Auntie Mame." Photo: Tom Gillespie

Topher Payne plays Mame and Kate Graham is young Patrick Dennis in the Process Theatre Company production of "Auntie Mame." Photo: Tom Gillespie

FRIDAY
Stage: Process Theatre Company puts a gender-bending twist on the classic “Auntie Mame,” with Atlanta playwright and actor Topher Payne taking on the title role. The show opens April 14 and continues through May 5 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: Everyone’s favorite gun-toting granny finds employment at a retirement home in “Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job.” The show runs April 13-15 at the Fox Theatre.

Stage: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Ring of Fire,” a musical celebrating the songs of Johnny Cash. The show runs through April 29 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Stage, music: Mozart’s opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” (”The Marriage of Figaro”) is performed by the Georgia State University Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. April 13-14 and 3 p.m. April 15 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Music: Violinist Gil Shaham joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for concertos by Bach and Stravinsky. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 14 and 2 p.m. April 15 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Stage: “A Wrinkle in Time,” based on the award-winning children’s sci-fi adventure novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is the latest production from Theatrical Outfit. The show runs through May 6 at the Balzer Theater at Herrens in downtown Atlanta.

Stage: The Henry Players offer the musical tale of pleasantly plump teen dancing queen Tracy Turnblad with “Hairspray.” The show runs April 13-15 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough.

Stage: New African Grove Theatre Company stages Pearl Cleage’s tribute to Coretta Scott King, “A Song For Coretta,” April 13-15 at the Southwest Arts Center.

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 runs through April 15 at the school’s Clarkston Campus.

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. 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: “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 15 at the Lawrenceville venue.

SATURDAY
Festival: Grab a turkey leg and take a trip back in time with the knights and maidens of the Georgia Renaissance Festival. The fest opens April 14 and continues through June 3 in Fairburn (just off of I-85 at Exit 61).

Festival: Last year’s debut of Festival on Ponce was such a success that the organizers have made the festival a twice-a-year thing.  The spring version begins at 10 a.m. April 14 and 11 a.m. April 15 in Olmsted Linear Park. The fall edition happens Sept. 15-16.

Festival: The streets of downtown Alpharetta will be filled with jazz and acoustic music, great food and original art from around the U.S. during the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. Things get under way at 10 a.m. April 14 and 15.

Festival: The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell hosts the Earth Day Kids Fest, a day of eco-fun with appearances by Captain Planet and music from Laughing Pizza.

Festival: Cobb County’s “Lake City” is home to one of the area’s new festivals, the Acworth Art Fest. Acworth’s Main Street will be filled with the work of 120 artists and a kids play area. The fest begins at 10 a.m. April 14 and 11 a.m. April 15.

Festival: Peachtree City’s Shakerag Knoll is the place to be for the Fayette County Earth Day Festival. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. April 14.

Festival: The Atlanta History Center’s annual Sheep to Shawl includes demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making and much more at Smith Family Farm. The day begins at 10:30 a.m. April 14.

Music, festival: Atlanta’s Greatest Hits Birthday Bash celebrates the radio station’s anniversary with a show headlined by Yacht Rock Revue. Vendor booths open at noon and live music begins at 3:30 p.m. April 14 at Suwanee’s Town Center Park.

Music: It’s a bluegrass weekend on the Georgia Tech campus as the Ferst Center for the Arts hosts performances by Claire Lynch (at 5 p.m. April 14), the Grascals (at 8 p.m. April 14) and Dailey and Vincent at 5 p.m. April 15.

Music: The Johns Creek Symphony invites you to spend “An Evening with Oscar & Tony,” fe4aturing songs from the silver screen and the Broadway stage. The performance begins at 8 p.m. April 14 at the Johns Creek High School Theater.

SUNDAY
Music: The 110 voices of the Georgia Festival Chorus come together to celebrate “The Majesty and Glory of Sacred Music”. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.

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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Mr Pants

April 13th, 2012
9:16 am

Miss Pants will be ironing my pants.

Ella

April 13th, 2012
12:23 pm

Atlanta Steeplechase is on Saturday! http://atlantasteeplechase.org/

Borat

April 13th, 2012
1:08 pm

It’s like doing it with my sister.

bluzgirl

April 13th, 2012
1:28 pm

Also, on saturday, the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is having their 4th annual celebration of Sean Costello and fundraising event at Northside Tavern from 7:30 – 2:00! See http://www.seancostellofund.org for details.

Yummy!!!

April 13th, 2012
1:46 pm

Freaknik was suppose to be this weekend………

Toot

April 15th, 2012
5:58 pm

The exciting stage play “The Lost Son” at the Rialto Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 22, 2012, @ 4pm. http://www.rialtocenter.org