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Weekend best bets: Aug. 3-5

69899670Georgia’s own Phillip Phillips, winner of the latest season of “American Idol,” will join the rest of the Top 10 finishers for “American Idol” Live at the Gwinnett Arena on Sunday, Aug. 5. Photo: Getty Images

FRIDAY
Stage: Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville offers a fresh take on “Sweet Charity,” the classic musical best known for the songs “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” It runs through  Sept. 2.

Stage: Serenbe Playhouse’s premieres the musical “Time Between Us,” a tale of two best friends attempting to balance professional success and personal fulfillment across 30 years. The show continues through Aug. 18.

Stage: The bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain” has been a fixture at the now-shuttered Theatre in the Square, but the Atlanta Lyric Theatre has taken up the torch and will be performing the show at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. It  runs through Aug. 5.

Stage: “The Adventures of High John the Conqueror” offers stories and music celebrating one of America’s earliest, and often forgotten, folk heroes. It’s being presented by Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s through Aug. 12.

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

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. See our review of the play.

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: 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. Final performance of “The Local” is Friday, Aug. 3, “Bat-Hamlet” closes Saturday, Aug. 4, and Evelyn in Purgatory” wraps up its run on Sunday, Aug. 5. Performances are at Actor’s Express. Take a look at our preview of the fest and our reviews of “Evelyn in Purgatory” and “Bat-Hamlet.”

Stage: Revisit a slew of childhood favorites with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ take on “The Tortoise, the Hare and other Aesop’s Fables.” It continues through Sept. 9.

Stage: “Swimming with Jellyfish” explores the seemingly perfect life of a suburban family with a few dirty little secrets. The show runs through  Aug. 5 at the Art Place — Mountainview in Marietta.

Stage: ART Station’s latest production is the Neil Simon play “I Ought To Be In Pictures.” It continues through Aug. 19 at the  Stone Mountain venue.

Comedy: Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Colin Quinn brings his stand-up comedy to the Punchline Aug. 3-4.

Performing arts: Experience short form puppet theater at the 2012 National Puppet Slam, a showcase of puppet slams from across the country, nominated by their respective slams and curated by the Puppet Slam Network and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Show are at 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

otis 1Have a doggone good time at the Rockabilly Luau at the Holiday Inn Northlake on Saturday, Aug. 4, and help out a couple of organizations that are rescuing animals in need.

SATURDAY
Music, entertainment: The second annual Rockabilly Luau is a blend of tiki culture, tropical cocktails and food and rockabilly. This year’s theme, “The End of Summer, End of the World,” has inspired a volcano sacrifice at the end of the night. Proceeds will benefit Friends to the Forlorn and Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue. It happens noon-10 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Holiday Inn Northlake.

Music: Praise in the Park, hosted by Yolanda Adams, offers performances by Regina Belle and Darlene McCoy. It happens noon-8 p.m. Aug. 4 in Centennial Olympic Park.

Parade, festival: Expect floats, clowns, classic cars, military units marching bands and flying candy at the 60th annual Old Soldiers Day Parade, a salute to veterans of all wars that begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 4 near Alpharetta City Hall.

Festival: Dog Dayz of Summer Festival and Community Yard Sale will include a bake sale, dog activities, kids activities, blessing of the dogs and a hot dog picnic. The fun takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Aug. 4 at Church of the New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Doraville.

Stage: Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates presents Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning “Art,” which explores friendship and aesthetics. the show opens Aug. 4 and continues through Aug. 19.

SUNDAY
Music: Georgia’s Phillip Phillips, this year’s “American Idol” winner, and the rest of the Top 10 finishers will take the stage at Gwinnett Arena for “American Idol” Live at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. Check out  Rodney Ho’s interview with Phillips.

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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UGH!

August 3rd, 2012
2:29 am

If that Pants guy responds I’m serioulsy gonna lose it! I’m so tired of his stupid comments about ironing pants that I might explode. Go get a life and quit trying to garner attention by acting like you have a boring life. No one cares that you are “acting” like you are ironing your pants when we all really know that is not what you are really doing all weekend.Do you really think any one believes you are ironing pants all weekend? NO WE DON’T!!!

Mister Pants

August 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

I will be folding my new pants.

urban redneck

August 3rd, 2012
11:36 am

wouldn’t that wrinkle your new pants?

Mrs. Pants

August 3rd, 2012
12:10 pm

I will be buying pants this weekend.

Yummy!!!

August 3rd, 2012
3:25 pm

LOL UGH!!!!!!!! I Was kind of thinking the same thing…….

king conz

August 3rd, 2012
5:43 pm

What about the Higher Choir at Smith’s Olde Bar? Hottest show of the weekend by far….

Cat Pants

August 5th, 2012
11:24 am

Mrs. Pants, could you please keep an eye out for size 4 cat pants? Something in “summer” colors; maybe seersucker if you run across them. Thanks!