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Weekend best bets: June 29-July 1

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The “Dancing Machine” sequence from Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, which comes to Philips Arena this weekend.

FRIDAY
Performing arts: Cirque du Soleil celebrates the music of the late King of Pop in “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” an elaborate production taking over Philips Arena for three performances at 8 p.m. June 29 and 30 and 4 p.m. July 1. Check out our preview.

Festival: Old Five Points, at the intersection of Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads, is the place to experience cuisines from around the world at the Taste of the World Fest. they’ll also have an artists’ market, music and more. It happens noon-10 p.m. June 29-30.

Music: If the movie “Rock of Ages” has you longing to relive the rock of the ’80s, This weekend’s Def Leppard and Poison concert is a great place to do that. The show begins at 7 p.m. June 29 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood with opener Lita Ford. Read our interview with Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Tattoos: The 16-year-old Atlanta Tattoo Expo will welcome vendors, host seminars and, of course, offer tattooing. It’s happening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter Northwest June 29-July 1.

Benefit, music: Publicist, mother, wife and all-around fine human being Elise Tedeschi is battling cancer, so many of her Atlanta friends are joining forces to help alleviate the financial burden that comes with her treatment. The Feel the Love Elise concert and benefit begins at 7 p.m. June 29 at Velvet Underground at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Atlanta. Check out this Food & More blog post for more about the event.

Music: The beautiful grounds at Callanwolde are the setting for the Jazz on the Lawn series, which welcomes trumpeter and vocalist  Joe Gransden and vocalist and actress Maria Howell for a performance at 7:30 p.m. June 29.

Stage: The Bard’s fanciful comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” gets an idyllic outdoor setting in this Serenbe Playhouse production, which continues through July 15.

Stage: Performing Arts North presents Shakespeare’s “Scottish play,” the tragic “Macbeth.” It runs through June 30 at the Dancing Goat Theatre in Johns Creek.

Exhibition, history: “Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age” is an exhibition at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody that explores 90 years of the coming-of-age ritual for Jewish girls. It continues through Sept. 19.

Stage: Love overcomes all obstacles in the  Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” which is being performed by Georgia Shakespeare at Oglethorpe University through Aug. 4.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Gypsy,” the tuneful tale of stage mother Rose and her ambitious plans for her singing and dancing daughters June and Louise. It runs through July 1 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Stage: From the mind of Center for Puppetry Arts artistic director Jon Ludwig comes “The Little Pirate Mermaid,” a seafaring adventure based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale with a swashbuckling musical twist. It continues through July 15.

Stage: “Illyria: A Twelfth Night Musical” is a tuneful take on the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy of errors. It’s presented by Georgia Shakespeare at Oglethorpe University through Aug. 5.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company stages the world premiere of  “The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365,” a new play by  by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee. It runs through July 1. Take a look at our preview of the show.

Stage: Serenbe Playhouse in Palmetto debuts a new adaptation of the beloved Lewis Carroll tale “Alice in Wonderland.” It continues through July 28. Check out our review of the production.

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 is on view at the Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station.

Visual arts: In “Create, Destroy, Rebuild,” artists are asked to take a completed work (either old or new), destroy it in whatever fashion they wish, and then re-assemble the remains to create a new piece of art. It continues through June 30 at Beep Beep Gallery.

SATURDAY
Festival: Peachtree Corners will celebrate its newly won status as a city at the Peachtree Corners Festival. The festival, now in its second year, also offers music, food, art, a car show and much more. The festivities take place 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 30 and noon-5 p.m. July 1 at the Corners Parkway and Woodhill Drive.

Festival: Great food and live music on part of the package at the annual Mississippi Picnic in the Park, which takes place 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 30 in Chastain Park.

Festival, music: Catch a wave in Douglasville this weekend at Surf Fest. There won’t be an ocean or actual waves, but the reverb-laden instrumental music will conjure up the coast. It happens 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. June 30 in O’Neal Plaza.

Music: “Celebrate America” with a program of patriotic favorites from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The concert begins at 8 p.m. June 3 0n the Green at Kennesaw State University, and is followed by fireworks.

SUNDAY
Military tribute: Fox Sports South and the Braves will honor more than 150 members of our nation’s military, many of whom will soon redeploy to global military posts, with a Tribute to the Troops celebration at Turner Field. It begins at 11:30 a.m. with a red-carpet entrance and continues with pre-game ceremonies on the field that will feature our military men and women lining the bases to be honored and recognized.

And for those of you planning for the July 4 holiday, check out our list of some of the big events celebrating Independence Day in and around Atlanta.

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.

2 comments Add your comment

Mister Pants

June 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

I will be shopping for cooler pants.

Miss Pants

June 29th, 2012
1:23 am

Mister Pants, Can I watch you try on your new pants?