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Weekend best bets: Oct. 12-14

101212 apple season_2The Georgia Apple Festival gets under way this weekend in Ellijay and continues next weekend. Guests are allowed to each pick apples straight off of the trees at Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard. Photo: Red Apple Barn at Little Bend Orchard

Festival: The annual Atlanta Pride Festival takes place all weekend, but the big event is Sunday’s parade down Peachtree and 10th streets, which ends in Piedmont Park.

Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents the premiere of Alfred Uhry’s new play “Apples and Oranges.” It continues through Oct. 28.

Stage: Go through the change in song with the women of “Menopause the Musical,” which continues through Oct. 14 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Stage: Georgia Shakespeare revisits the 1936 Orson Welles production of “Macbeth,” which moved the action to the Caribbean with an all African-American cast. The show runs through Oct. 28 on the Oglethorpe University campus.

Stage: “Lovecraft’s Nightmares” offers a different story written by or inspired by the master of classic horror, H. P. Lovecraft, each weekend in October. Presented by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company through Oct. 28 at the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.

Stage: Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” explores the seven-year infidelity of married couple Emma and Robert and their “close friend” Jerry. It runs through Oct. 28 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Stage: The Center for Puppetry presents the final performances of its annual Halloween special “The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast.” It runs through Oct. 27.

Stage: Center Stage North presents Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Driving Miss Daisy.” It opens Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 21 at the Art Place —Mountain View in Marietta.

Stage: A beloved cult classic gets a makeover with “The Rocky Horror Puppet Show.” It’s at the Basement Theatre in Buckhead through Oct. 27.

Performing arts, families: Characters from “Brave,” “Tangled” and more bring the music to the rink at “Disney on Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After,” which continues through Oct. 14 at Philips Arena.

Festival, holiday: Stone Mountain Park’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival features a pie eating contest, costume dance party and trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. The event runs through Oct. 28.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company presents the fresh-from-Broadway play “Time Stands Still.” The show continues through Oct. 14. Check out our interview with the stars of the show.

Stage: Bram Stoker’s horror classic gets a modern musical update in “Dracula: The Rock Opera,” which runs through Oct. 14 at 7 Stages Theater.

Haunted house: It isn’t even October, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait for Halloween scares. Netherworld Haunted House is already going strong and the award-winning haunt will continue through Nov. 3 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.

Stage: A writer revisits several old girlfriends before his upcoming nuptials in Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s).” The Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre production runs through Oct. 21.

Stage: A politician weaves a tangled web of lies in the farce “Out Of Order,” presented by the Stage Door Players at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody through Oct. 14.

Stage: “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will,” by Del Shores (”Sordid Lives”), is a fast-paced comedy about a Texas family gathering to await the imminent death of their patriarch. The OnStage Atlanta production continues through Oct. 20.

Festival: The leaves are turning and the apples are coming in so it must be time for the annual Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. It’s happening Oct. 13-14 and 20-21.

Festival: The Candler Park Fall Fest is headlined by Yacht Rock Revue (with Rick Derringer and Derek St. Holmes) and Francine Reed.  It begins at noon Oct. 13-14.

Festival: The 15th annual Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival includes art, music, kids’ activities and a parade at 2 p.m. It takes place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Harmony Park in Decatur’s Oakhurst Village.

Festival: Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Family Block Party includes more than 50 attractions, from craft booths to a mobile petting farm, interactive sports games to pony rides and alpacas, live music to storytelling.  It’s happening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mercer University’s Atlanta Campus.

Festival: Ballethnic Dance Company wraps up its series of “Cheney Street Cultural Cul de Sacs” with its Fall Festival, a block party-style fest that will include performances by Ballethnic’s professional dancers, its students and other local artists. There will also be vendors, music, children’s play activities and home-made treats. It happens noon-6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the company’s home in East Point.

Festival: The Carrollton Fine Arts and Crafts MeccaFest is presented by the Carrollton Artist Guild  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13-14 at the Carrollton Cultural Art Center.

Festival, music: Sweet Auburn Music Fest takes place in downtown Atlanta Oct. 13- 14.

Families: Dynamic Kids Expo will have entertainment, fun hands-on activities and products and services for kids from toddlers to young teens. It starts at noon Oct. 13 at the  Gwinnett Center in  Duluth.

Music: Atlanta Sacred Chorale opens its 28th season with a program titled “It’s About Time” at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Music: English baritone Simon Keenlyside makes his Spivey Hall debut with a program heavy on British composers at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 13.

Dance: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents three free performances of the classic tale of a toy maker and his dancing doll, “Coppelia” at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Comedy: Comedian Sinbad, who plays the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, launched his career on talent show “Star Search” back in the mid 1980s. He’s at the Cobb Energy Centre Oct. 13.

Festival: Harvest on the Hooch includes garden tours, entertainment, garden games and samples  of cuisine featuring fresh seasonal produce. It takes place 3-6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Music: The Michael O’Neal Singers perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Georgia Regional Girls Choir; dancers from the Roswell Dance Theatre; and soprano Sherri Seidan, tenor  Adam Kirkpatrick and baritone  Brent Davis. The performance begins as 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at Roswell United Methodist Church.

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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Mister Pants

October 11th, 2012
7:56 am

I will be ironing my pants.

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T. Rex

October 12th, 2012
10:41 am

This Saturday, Oct 13th, FERNBANK SCIENCE CENTER will have it’s 3rd annual celebration of National Fossil Day from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. There will be fossil displays, make and take activities, a talk on paleontology, and a drawing for paleo-prizes. No admission charges to FSC or Fossil Day activities. Regular prices for the planetarium shows. Please go to for more information!

T. Rex

October 12th, 2012
10:44 am

I know, it should be “its” instead of “it’s”… don’t let that keep you from FSC Fossil Day!


October 12th, 2012
10:48 am

GREEEEEAAATTT…..Now promoting an immoral, disgusting public display of someone’s own business that no one wants to see a “Best Bet”? You in the media can try to indoctrinate us to have an ‘open mind’ all that you want, but the smart people left in society won’t be moved any more than you will. Call me a bigot or a homophobe (which by the way I’m NOT afraid of you) or uneducated all you want……the truth still isn’t on your side. Homosexuality is an immoral lifestyle with inevitable consequences that doesn’t deserve anyone’s respect, let alone a showing of ‘pride’.

Glad I am not bobo

October 12th, 2012
11:00 am

I can’t believe people like bobo still exist. Go get some chic fill a and crawl back under the rock where you live. It must be a sad place there where you have to worry about the way people live there lives, when I can guarantee yours is not perfect. Let people celebrate and have a good time just because you don’t support does not mean you should try and ruin it for the people that do. They would not have this event unless a lot of people wanted it and cared about it

A straight supporter


October 12th, 2012
11:29 am

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October 12th, 2012
12:12 pm

Great comeback Bobo… proving Glad’s comment. Can you not find your rock??????? Glad you’re not afraid of me… cause the fact that people like you still exist scares me plenty.


October 13th, 2012
9:12 am

“Homosexuality is an immoral lifestyle with inevitable consequences”

Ummmh, what “consequence” would that be? We are all God’s children so don’t drag out old tired religious rhetoric.