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Weekend best bets: July 20-22

071912b52bThe B-52s bring their 35th anniversary tour to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, July 21.

FRIDAY
Sports: Catch some quality tennis in the heart of Atlanta at the BB&T Atlanta Open. This annual event is the first ATP tournament in eight-tournament series leading up the US Open, which begins Aug. 27. Quarterfinals are July 20, semi-finals July 21 and the final takes place July 22.

Stage: Out of Box Theatre presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” which offers up all 37 plays in 97 minutes, at the Alley Stage at Next Stage Theatre (in the former home of Theatre in the Square). It runs through July 21.

Stage: Georgia Shakespeare presents “The Emperor and the Nightingale,” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a Chinese emperor transformed by the song of a nightingale. It continues through Aug. 3 at Oglethorpe University.

Stage: Two daring paleontologists turn back the clock to discover how dinosaurs came to rule the Earth in “The Dinosaur Show,” which is at the Center for Puppetry Arts through July 29.

Festival: The Atlanta Summer Arts Festival offers music, performing arts, sculpture, painting, jewelry and more. It’s happening at Greenbriar Mall July 20-22.

Music: The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue features Steely Dan’s  Donald Fagen, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. The show begins at 8 p.m. July 20 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Music: Paula Cole, best known for her hit “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and the theme song from “Dawson’s Creek,” performs at the Variety Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. July 20.

Stage: Newnan Theatre Company presents “The Laramie Project,” taken from real interviews conducted by the Techtonic Theatre Project with people from a town in Wyoming where gay student Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in 1998.

Stage: The musical “Hairspray” tells the story of pleasantly plump teen dancer Tracy Turnblad. It’s the latest production from New London Theatre and runs July 20-Aug. 5.

Movie: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the film “Deliverance.” The Fox Theatre will host a special screening with Ed Spivia, Georgia’s first film commissioner, at 7:30 p.m. July 20. Spivia and writer Charles Bethea will discuss the film’s history and its role in establishing the film industry in Georgia.

Stage: Phylicia Rashad and Afemo Omilami star in True Colors Theatre Company’s new stage adaptation of  the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” It tells the story of a white woman who brings her successful black fiance home to meet her parents. Check out our preview of the production. The show continues through July 29 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Stage: The biblical tale of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” as re-imagined by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is the latest production from Legacy Theatre in Tyrone. It continues through July 29.

Stage: In “Forever Plaid,” four young singers killed in a car crash in the 1950’s on the way to their first big concert. The quartet is  miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. The show is staged at the Cumming Playhouse through Aug. 5.

Stage: Great Cole Porter tunes are a big part of the charm of “High Society,” based on the MGM musical film of the same name and Philip Barry’s classic play, “The Philadelphia Story.” The Stage Door Players production continues through Aug. 5  at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody.

Stage: Walt and Ruthie are throwing a homecoming party for son Trane, a rising hip hop star, in the Atlanta-set “Sheddin’.” The Horizon Theatre Company production  runs through Aug. 19.

Stage: A childhood classic comes to life on the stage as Act I Theater presents “The Wind in the Willows.” The show runs through Aug. 5 at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.

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. See our review of the show.

Stage: Decatur’s OnStage Atlanta presents the rousing musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” It 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. Take a look at our preview of the fest and our review of “Evelyn in Purgatory.”

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: 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.

History: The 148th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta will be commemorated with B*ATL from through July 22 (the actual anniversary date) in neighborhoods that now occupy the site of the battle. They’ll have van, bike and walking tours, musical entertainment, living history exhibitions and more. Many events are free; charges for some events.

SATURDAY
Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is joined by Classical Mystery Tour, which features former “Beatlemania” cast members, for “Celebrate the Beatles,” a run through one of the most beloved catalogs in pop music. the show begins at 8 p.m. July 21 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Music: The Athens-formed party band the B-52s will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a tour that brings them to the Fox Theatre this weekend. The show is at 8 p.m. July 21.

Movie, music: Hampton Grease Band co-founder and longtime Atlanta musician is the subject of the documentary “Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret.” Hampton will also perform after a screening of the film. The evening begins at 8 p.m. July 21 at Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Festival: The African Summer Fest is a cultural showcase with food, contemporary fashion designs, live music, kids’ entertainment and  more. It takes place at the Clarkston Community Center 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 21.

SUNDAY
Festival, food: JCT Kitchen’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival is annual celebration that will feature nearly 40 chefs and 12 mixologists preparing dishes and beverages that spotlight the tomato. Check out our post about the fest on the Food & More blog. It takes place 1-5 p.m. July 22.

Music: Atlanta singer-songwriter Richard Bicknell will debut some new songs with his band the Shakedusters. Fayssoux McLean will also perform. the show begins at 8 p.m. July 22 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.

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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July 20th, 2012
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