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Weekend to do list: March 12-14

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At this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Atlanta, keep an eye out for green and plaid, then see it all at the Irish-inspired festival at Underground Atlanta. AJC file photo

I just love how Atlanta has something for every interest. Please just look at the lineup for Friday: there’s ballet, hockey, free art, lessons about bugs, modern dance, a craft show and a wrestling convention. TRUE.

There’s a smidgen of music down there, but if you’re really looking for info on live shows, check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

And if you’ve got more suggestions for the weekend, please add ‘em to the free AccessAtlanta.com calendar, and share them in the comments! — Jamie G.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

Art: Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, 6-11 p.m., various galleries and locations, Atlanta. FREE.

Crafts: American Craft Council Show opens, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Cobb Galleria, Atlanta.

Dance: Southern Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth.

Dance: Crossover Movement Arts and Zentropy present “Your Head is Full of Stars,” 9:30 p.m., Eyedrum, Atlanta.

For kids: Bio-buggies presentation, 1:30 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: “Spring Awakening” continues,  8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

Wrestling: Legendsmania pre-party opens the wrestling convention, 6 p.m. registration, Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport, College Park.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13

Books: Author John Yow discusses “The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds,” 3 p.m., Bound to be Read books, Atlanta. FREE.

Comedy: The Royal Comedy Tour with D.L. Hughley, J. Anthony Brown, Sommore and Don “D.C.” Curry, 8 p.m., Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta.

Dance: BalletFest Atlanta 2010 features 19 companies, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Southern Polytechnic State University Student Center Theatre, Marietta.

Festival: Third Annual Celtic Celebration with music, dance and costumes, 1-4 p.m., Henry County’s Cochran Public Library, Stockbridge. FREE.

Festival: St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, Noon, Peachtree Street to Underground Atlanta, Atlanta. FREE.

For families: Storytelling at The Wren’s Nest as part of Phoenix Flies, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., The Wren’s Nest, Atlanta. FREE. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Sports: Harlem Globetrotters play, 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Rollergirls season opener, 5 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center Auditorium, Atlanta.

SUNDAY, MARCH 14

Comedy: Late-night host Craig Ferguson performs, 7:30 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

For kids: Laughing Pizza performs, 3 p.m., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta.

For families: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance of “Green Eggs & Ham,” 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.

Exercise: Hunger Walk/Run 5K to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other non-profits, noon-4 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Music: Cobb Symphony presents “Carousel,” 8 p.m., 3 p.m., Murray Arts Center, Kennesaw.

Music: Ladies Rock Camp showcase, 5:30 p.m., The Five Spot, Atlanta. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 5 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

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33 comments Add your comment

Where are the Arts?

March 12th, 2010
3:50 pm

Look at what you just said: we are the hub of the South and we have the world’s busiest airport. The hub of the South also means nothing. I really don’t think a bunch of rednecks living within a 6 hour drive of Atlanta means anything related to The Arts. I also have never understood why people are so dang proud of the “worlds busiest airport” moniker. When people talk about how great NYC, Paris, London, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Munich, Geneva, etc are, how often do you think they mention the airport? Next are we going to start bragging about how many lanes our highways have?

Lori

March 12th, 2010
3:43 pm

Why can’t we compare ourselves with NYC, Chicago, DC, etc? We are the hub of the South and we have the world’s busiest airport. If we had more “stuff” to do, maybe some of the people who just simply fly through here would stay for a while.

Lori

March 12th, 2010
3:41 pm

Typical of the Breed – Why are you commenting in an Atlanta newspaper if you obviously aren’t from here?

But, definitely we have nothing to do here. I went to the High recently and was vastly disappointed. The Zoo is crappy unless you like gorillas, the Aquarium is too expensive. It’s really sad to me that I have nowhere to take my son for some extra-curricular education. Buckhead and Underground have gone way downhill, and there is no real good family entertainment. The theaters suck, including the Fox, which was built as a movie house, so the stage really isn’t suited for watching plays, etc because unless you have balcony seats you can’t see. Need I continue…. We really need to get competitive with other cities.

Bubba Gump

March 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

If you want culture, go to Savannah.

lol on lol

March 12th, 2010
3:32 pm

lol: move LOL

Where are the Arts?

March 12th, 2010
3:29 pm

You say there is a lot to do, but its not very cultured. When is Atlanta going to develop the arts like other major metros have done? Our symphony is awful. That ballet you mentioned is bush league. The High is decent at best. The first post is unfair because we can’t really compare ourselves to NYC, LA, Chicago or DC but look at the next tier of cities. Dallas just opened an AMAZING arts district that is one of the best I’ve ever been to and that’s in addition to what Ft Worth already had. I just got back from Pittsburgh and they have dozens of little pocket theatres in their downtown, almost as widespread as Houston. What do we have? Jack.

I know Georgians love their dang sports and clubs but I have to believe that we have more demand for the arts than we currently fulfill

Mr. Nobody

March 12th, 2010
3:27 pm

I will be at the good ol Irish Parade…green beer! Underground….Ugghhhhh…may have to punch the bums for harassing me.

Typical of the Breed

March 12th, 2010
3:23 pm

You are just sooooo right. Atlanta just doesn’t have anything to do (LOL). You were being kind when you named just 8 cities that are better than Atlanta. And I hear the education in Georgia is just soooo terrible (LOL) and that everyone there is a redneck and drives a pickup truck (LOL).

As everybody knows, Atlanta and Georgia are just two of the woooooorrrrst places to live in the entire universe (LOL).

Well, I gotta go now and grab a latte at the Starbucks (half decaf since it is the afternoon you know, lol).

Did I mention LOL?

At Work

March 12th, 2010
3:19 pm

^^ yeah really. if atlanta has a lot to do, then why am I so bored all the time. not like I could get off work anyway.

lol

March 12th, 2010
3:05 pm

I wouldn’t call the Thrashers “hockey”. The Rangers are ok so I guess there’s that…

And if you think Atlanta has a lot to do, you clearly have never been to NYC, LA, Chicago, Dallas, Philly, DC, Houston, Miami, etc.