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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 calendar, and share them in the comments! — Jamie G.


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.


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.


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


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.

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.

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?

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.

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

lol on lol

March 12th, 2010
3:32 pm

lol: move LOL

Bubba Gump

March 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

If you want culture, go to Savannah.


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.


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.

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?


March 12th, 2010
3:51 pm

Lots to do? You left out muggings. But seriously, there is nothing to do in this crappy town unless you like to eat, shop, or watch others (probably why Atlanta is so fat). Can’t wait to get back out West, you Atlantans are clueless.

I wish I was in...

March 12th, 2010
4:08 pm

Boston for St. Pats!


March 12th, 2010
4:09 pm

You are all a bunch of bitter and sad little people. Do the rest of us a favor and end yourselves.


March 12th, 2010
4:18 pm

The ATL: the “all about me” town that praises mediocrity as if it were something. What a joke. There are more to do in Post Katrina New Orleans on a Wednesday morning, than a weekend of fun in Atlanta.


March 12th, 2010
4:20 pm

Wow, someone needs to move…

Gym Tan Laundry

March 12th, 2010
4:22 pm

Why don’t all of you people that hate this city go back to the places you came from. If you all actually lived in Atlanta and not the burbs you might like this place. I have a great time in this town, but thats because I am good looking, fit, and have money.LOL LOL. Go back to the North East with your ugly women and bad attitudes.


March 12th, 2010
4:22 pm

I have to agree with the majority of these posts. essentially, all we have to do is- eat out, or shop. I’ve been here 20 plus years- can’t wait to retire and leave this land of malls and suburban boredom

Where are the Arts?

March 12th, 2010
4:29 pm

ATL born and raised, Gym Tan Laundry. I don’t want to leave because I have friends, family and memories here; I want us to make Atlanta better.


March 12th, 2010
4:33 pm

No if yous want culture then take off for East Dublin, home of the Redneck Games. THAT is the hub of the south


March 12th, 2010
4:38 pm

The heart of downtown Atlanta is a foodcourt, scattered parking lots and buidings with no retail on the groundlevel. I just saw an aticle in the Atlanta Business Journal that indicated some 75k people will be coming to downtown hotels for a medical convention…the article said that in the past Atlanta was passed over becuase people were bored downtown, but now that downtown has been revitalized and has, I quote, “so many new clogged eateries” the convention will be held downtown.
I went to Underground on New Years Eve and after the peach drop there was absolutely nothing to do downtown, except the Hard Rock Cafe and Hooters.


March 12th, 2010
4:43 pm

You need more than a Hooters for entertainment?


March 12th, 2010
4:43 pm

I have arts/ music/ party/ fundraiser/ sports/ social events filling every line of my calendar for the next 3 months. Folks move to Georgia from other parts of the country and think there is nothing to do because they live in areas that were farmland just 10-15 years ago. Move to Atlanta people! Live in the city! I walk or bike exclusively on the weekends and can’t find enough time to take advantage of all the exciting educational and social events. GET INVOLVED!


March 12th, 2010
4:46 pm



March 12th, 2010
4:48 pm

what part of atlanta are ya’ll in that there is nothing going on?? Joe did you not think to maybe go to a bar or something after new years? your obviously a rookie if you thought to go to the hard rock or hooters..there is plenty going on in atlanta for those who actually try


March 12th, 2010
4:50 pm

The thing that’s wrong with Atlanta is that there is no dense area with things to do. Everything is too scattered and requires transportation to go from one place to another. Tourist don’t want to travel around all over in an expensive taxi ride or take the bus!


March 12th, 2010
4:55 pm

that is what MARTA is for, marc.


March 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

Who do you represent the Chamber of Commerce?


March 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

no way hose i am not getting on marta. if im going to get shot or stabbed i wanna be in a location where i can run away


March 12th, 2010
8:43 pm

Great list Jamie. So many things on this I want to do.


March 13th, 2010
10:29 am

Ben and Mr. Sunshine… you’re right on. This city is what you make of it. If you seek arts then look in your Creative Loafing at all of the events Atlanta has to offer-or the Sunday AJC. If you seek outdoor events then look around-we have Lake Lanier, Stone Mtn, weekly walks/runs-next week the Ing runs through the city. We are a progressive city that is evolving. If out west is what your spirit needs then go! It’s a beautiful region of the states that has its own merit. But why bash Atlanta? We have much to offer. I’m ITP and have many activities I can have ready access to- but if I lived in the suburbs I would certainly figure out a way to get to the events I would attend. Look around! There are things EVERYWHERE in this city to do.


March 13th, 2010
11:01 am

Yeah, Atlanta and GA as a whole is so terrible right? You must be here if you are commenting. Soooo please go back to where ever you came from maybe Miami, NYC, LA, Chicago or one of the other places that is so much better than Atlanta.


March 13th, 2010
4:59 pm

Hey Lori, do a little research before you shoot your mouth off. The Fox Theater was not designed as a movie house. It was a Yarrab Temple Shrine Mosque. If it’s so bad here, then why don’t you people leave or get involved and make it better? There is plenty to do but you have to find it. Research and go. No one is going to pick you up and take you. I’ve never seen such babies and whiners. Get a life.


March 13th, 2010
7:35 pm

Love NYC, Chicago, NO and Boston. Lots to do there and lots to see. Much history that is celebrated. But remember, Delta is ready when you are….