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Weekend to do list: September 25-27

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Atlanta Rollergirls hosts the Southern Fried Smackdown roller derby tournament this weekend; it's your last chance to watch them roll this year. AJC file photo

May your weekend overflow with fun, not water. (If you’re looking for more music info, check out the Atlanta Music Scene list of weekend concerts.) — Jamie G.

FRIDAY

For families: Banned Books Week Kickoff Party reading, 4:30 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE.

Movies: Latin American Film Festival opens with “Insignificant Things,” 8 p.m., High Museum of Art’s Rich Theatre, Atlanta.

Music: Jazz Keyboardist Keiko Matsui performs, 8 p.m., Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlanta.

Opera: “The Seduction of King Solomon,” by Americolor Opera Alliance, 8p.m., Benjamin E. Mays High School Auditorium, Atlanta.

Sports: Atlanta Rollergirls host the Southern Fried Smackdown tournament, Sept. 25-27, Yaarab Shrine Center Auditorium, Atlanta.

Stage: “Changing Shoes,” starring Tina Sloan, opens, 7:30 p.m., 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta.

SATURDAY

Dance: 24-hour Dance-A-Thon to benefit Eyedrum, 5 p.m., Eyedrum, Atlanta.

Festival: Duluth Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Main Street, Duluth. FREE.

Festivals: Fall in the Fourth Festival, noon-7 p.m., Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Free for children ages 5 and younger.

Festivals: Sandy Springs Festival goes through Sunday, Heritage Green, Sandy Springs.

Festivals: WestFest, 1-1o p.m., Atlanta’s Home Park neighborhood, Atlanta. FREE.

History: Discussion and book signing about “Rage in the Gate City: The Story of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot,” 4 p.m., Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta. FREE.

Music: Bluegrass Bands and Helping Hands benefit concert featuring Mountain Heart, The Dixie Bee-Liners and others, 4:30-9:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Dalton.

Outdoors: Fee-free weekend runs at all U.S. Parks, include Kennesaw Mountain National Park, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. FREE.

Sports: Atlanta Football Classic Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M game, 3:30 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Stage: “The Black Man-O-Logues” opens, 8 p.m., 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta.

SUNDAY

Festivals: SkaterAid skate and music festival, 3-8 p.m., East Decatur Station near the Avondale Estates MARTA stop, Decatur.

Food: Final day of Inman Park Restaurant Week, various Inman Park eateries, Atlanta.

For families: Moore Family Walk, 9:30 a.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

For families: Final day of “Walking with Dinosaurs,” 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Gardens: Decatur Garden Tour final day, noon-5 p.m., Oakhurst Community Garden, Decatur.

Homes: Castleberry Hill Loft Tour’s final day, noon-5 p.m., Castleberry Hill neighborhood, Atlanta.

Parties: “Day of Wine and Roses” lawn party, 5 p.m., Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 5 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: “Teachers: The Musical,” 7 p.m., Kudzu Playhouse, Roswell.

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Jamie Gumbrecht

September 27th, 2009
10:05 am

Hi MH! Here’s my write-up and photos from the exhibit: http://blogs.ajc.com/inside-access/2009/09/26/photos-gold-opens-at-fernbank-museum-sept-26/

Without a doubt, my favorite part was “The Local Connection.” After all the science, history and eye candy, the room full of local artifacts made the entire thing more relevant. Glad you enjoyed, too!

MH Brown

September 27th, 2009
9:28 am

A fabulous exhibit at Fernbank Musuem (the one with the IMAX) opened Saturday called GOLD. It is all about gold, not just the mineral, but the uniquely human abstraction of it that makes us lie, cheat, steal and obsess about possessing it. Additionally, there is a side gallery, “The Local Connection,” that explains how Georgia was shaped by its own gold rush in 1828–the nation’s first, predating the California rush by twenty years. Lastly, this side gallery also includes various awards won by Georgian’s from Andre’ 3000 of Outkast to Brenda Lee. Don’t miss it!

Canna

September 27th, 2009
6:18 am

Southern Fried Smackdown Rollerderby Regional Tourney: Today (Sunday) is the last day to see teams battle it out for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places in the South Central Region. These are some of the best teams in the nation! Only the top 3 teams go on to the National Tournament in Philly in November to face the best teams in the nation.

Jamie Gumbrecht

September 26th, 2009
1:36 am

Thanks for the suggestions, GPark and Bill! We mentioned the ASO opener in an earlier to-do list, but it’s always good for folks to have a reminder. :)

ButlerDawg

September 26th, 2009
1:22 am

My Weekend T-Don’t List:
Watching Willie Martinez coach the Dawgs defense in Athens…P U!!!

Bill Paleveda

September 25th, 2009
11:36 pm

This weekend is also the beginning of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s season.

GPark

September 25th, 2009
10:34 am

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Don’t forget the Grant Park Tour of Homes this weekend!