Megan Hayes and Topher Payne star in Jordan Pulliam’s “Bat-Hamlet,” which is part of the Essential Theatre Festival. Photo: Nancy Johnson
Music, stage: The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s “Mo’ Motown” is a musical revue revisiting the beloved label’s hits. It happens at 8 p.m. July 6-7 and 3 p.m. July 8.
Festival: The 17th annual Heritage Arts Festival offers more than 50 national and international booths featuring one-of-a-kind African artifacts, jewelry, beauty products and more. The event takes place 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 6-7 and noon-6 p.m. July 8.
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company continues its chronological run through the Bard’s comedies with “Twelfth Night.” It runs through July 29 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.
Stage: Georgia Shakespeare takes a break from the Bard for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It continues in repertory through Aug. 3 at Oglethorpe University.
Stage: Decatur’s OnStage Atlanta presents the rousing musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” it opens July 6 and runs through Aug. 4.
Stage: This year’s Essential Theatre Festival of new work features “Bat-Hamlet,” Jordan Pulliam’s re-imagining of the Shakespearean character as a caped crime-fighter; “The Local,” a collaborative work about our city by local authors; and “Evelyn in Purgatory,” by Topher Payne about a play about five school teachers awaiting possible disciplinary action. The shows run in repertory through Aug. 5 at Actors Express.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Festival: Sandy Springs Artsapalooza includes a children’s play area, local musicians, and as many as 150 arts and crafts participants. the fun starts at 10 a.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. July 8 at 174 Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.
Music: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis also has a solo country career, which brings him to Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. July 7.
Music: Clarinetist Shaquille Southwell and cellist Khari Joyner will present a recital of works by Paganini, Brahms, Britten and more at 1:30 p.m. July 8 at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Southwell, former principal clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, is currently studying at The Julliard School of Music.
Music: The Jacksons will never be the same without Michael, but there are still plenty of good reasons to see the other Jackson brothers do their thing. Most of those reasons dominated the pop charts during the first half of the ’70s, from “I Want You Back” to “Dancing Machine.” the show starts at 8 p.m. July 8 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
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.