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Best bets: Jan. 8-14

ShatnersWorld2William Shatner brings his one-man show, “Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It,” to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Jan. 13. Photo: Joan Marcus

FRIDAY
Kids, visual arts: “Young Architects: Designing the Future” is an interactive exhibit inspired by famous architects. It runs through Jan. 19 at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford.

Visual arts: “Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association: The Art of the Landscape” is on view at the Chattahoochee Nature Center through Feb. 15.

Stage: In this bilingual Mexican folktale “Brother Coyote and Sister Fox,” Brother Coyote conspires to eat Doña Conchita’s plump chickens, but Sister Fox is one step ahead. The Thistle Theatre of Seattle production runs through Jan. 27 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Performing arts: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the premiere of “Swell Party,” a new mystery by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne.  It continues through Jan. 27 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The play is part of a round-up of upcoming productions on Atlanta stages.

Recreation: It’ll be spring before you know it. Get ready at the Atlanta Boat Show, which runs through Jan. 13 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “The Tempest,” the bard’s tale of a magical island. It continues through Jan. 27. at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Laura Aldan premieres Michael Gandolfi’s “The Nature of Light,” a piece written for her. Pianist Juho Pohjonen joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: Guster presents A Night Of Acoustic Music featuring The Guster String Players at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Variety Playhouse.

Stage: “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a re-imagining of our seventh president as a rock ‘n roll maverick. The Actor’s Express production previews at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 and opens 8 p.m. Jan. 12. It continues through Feb. 17. The play is part of a round-up of upcoming productions on Atlanta stages.

Music: Von Grey, a quartet of sisters from Johns Creek, could be Georgia’s next big thing. Catch them on the way up. The play Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs at 7:30 p.m.  Jan. 11.

Stage, music: Peach State Opera presents Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Cole Auditorium of the Fine Arts Building at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston.

Visual arts: Bill Lowe Gallery presents “New Works by Thornton Dial” with an opening reception 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11.

Comedy: Bobcat Goldthwait brings his stand-up show to the Laughing Skull Lounge at the Vortex in Midtown Jan. 11-13. Read our interview with the comedian.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company presents an encore run of its successful 2011 show “The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365.” It runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 17.

Comedy: Former “Talk Soup” host and current emcee for “Wipeout” John Henson is at the Punchline in Sandy Springs Jan. 11-12.

Stage: “Harabel” is Jonida Beqo’s autobiographical tale, told through a series of poetic snapshots, tracing the journey from the war-torn Balkans to the American South. Catch it at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at Theatrical Outfit at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s.

SATURDAY
Kids, family: The force will be strong at Legoland Discovery Center for Star Wars Days Jan. 12-13.

Music: Rock out with the metallic retro rock of the Darkness at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Masquerade,.

Pets, family: The first of four Repticon Atlanta reptile events scheduled at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds this year happens  Jan. 12-13.

Music: Acclaimed British singer and songwriter Emeli Sande plays the Variety Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Performing arts, radio: The retiring Neal Boortz takes a live victory lap with “Boortz’s Happy Ending” at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Comedy: Brian Regan, one of the country’s most successful stand-up comedians, is at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 7 p.m. Jan. 12.

Recreation: Hit the slopes at Snow Mountain, where it’s always a winter wonderland. The annual attraction at Stone Mountain Park continues through Feb. 18.

SUNDAY
Performing arts: Spend an evening with William Shatner in “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It.” It happens at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. check out Rodney Ho’s interview with the 81-year-old star.

Music: Since you can’t have the real thing, check out the Machine performing the music of Pink Floyd at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Variety Playhouse. See our story on the Machine and other tribute bands playing around Atlanta this month.

Music: Georgian Chamber Players offer an afternoon of  “Viennese Masterpieces” beginning at 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

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

January 11th, 2013
10:58 pm

I will be buying short pants.