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Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 272015

paradise-boat-rentals-sweetjackHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (March 27) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Toby Keith at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix at Lakewood Amphitheatre, The Wilderness at 7 Stages Theatre, Shaky Boots Music Festival, Peter Pan at Fabrefaction Theatre, Designing Women #9 at OnStage Atlanta, Three Decembers at The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Damn Yankees at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, Blues for an Alabama Sky at The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Barnum at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, Man of La Mancha at the Labyrinth at Serenbe, tickets to performances at the Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro at Cobb Energy Centre, Actor’s Express’s Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at the King Plow Arts Center, Theatrical Outfit’s Storefront Church, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 272015

damn yankees goldstarFrom April 10-26, 2015, Atlanta Lyric’s production of Damn Yankees will be at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre.

Per the summary: “Swing for the fences with the hit baseball musical Damn Yankees and experience the story of Joe Boyd, a die-hard fan who sells his soul to the devil to become a star player for his beloved Washington Senators. He quickly becomes a sensation, transforming the hapless team and putting them into a pennant race against the Yankees. But Joe’s success is hard-won–as the Senators’ stats soar, he realizes he’s losing his wife. As Joe tries to get close to her, the devil uses the skills of a seductive temptress named Lola to try and keep him away. This Atlanta Lyric Theatre production of the home run musical features a memorable Richard Adler and Jerry Ross score, including audience favorites like ‘Whatever Lola Wants,’ ‘Those Were the Good Old Days’ and ‘(You Gotta Have) Heart.'”

Want to see Damn Yankees on the cheap? You can save:

The Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre is located at 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 272015

marcus actors express goldstarActor’s Express’s Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet will be at the King Plow Arts Center through April 26, 2015.

If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “Set in a New Orleans housing project days before Hurricane Katrina strikes, this Actor’s Express production of Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet follows a young man named Marcus, whose startlingly ‘sweet’ dreams feel more like bad omens. As the Louisiana air thickens, Marcus sets out to discover the ‘secret’ of who he really is, and he begins asking questions about the father he never met. From Tarell Alvin McCraney–the wildly talented writer of Choir Boy and In the Red and Brown Water–this authentic, provocative and uncommonly magical play will transport you to a theatrical world unlike any other.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You have discount ticket options, no coupon code required (FYI–They’ll likely sell out):

  • While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (March 27), discount tickets are available for the preview performance on March 27 & most performances during the run.
  • While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to select performances of Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, thanks to an offer on Poshdealz. As of today (March 27), discount tickets are available for select performances from April 1-12, 2015.
  • Tickets are regularly $26-$45, but you can save if you head out early in the run. You can pay $20 per ticket to attend the preview night performance on March 27, 2015. If you miss out on the early deals & discount vouchers, you’ll get the cheapest regular-priced tickets on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Plus, you save a $2 processing fee by purchasing tickets online, and students and seniors save $5 on tickets to most performances.

Actor’s Express performs at The King Plow Arts Center, located at 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 272015

midtown men goldstarOn May 3, 2015, The Midtown Men will be at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta.

The Midtown Men reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys–Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer. The group blends iconic rock ‘n’ roll hits of the ’60s with four-part harmony arrangements, all accented by “dynamic choreography and indisputable panache.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can discount tickets to The Midtown Men, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (March 27), discount tickets are available for Orchestra/Front Mezzanine, Rear Mezzanine/Front Grand Tier, & Grand Tier price levels.

Cobb Energy Center is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 272015

cirque italia fountainThis looks like a fun show:

From April 16-19, 2015, Cirque Italia will bring its aquatic circus performance to Browns Bridge in Gainesville. The show features a stage holding 35,000 gallon of water to create dancing fountains & water curtains during the show plus a myriad of circus acts–contortionists, aerial acts, hand balancers, & more.

Want to check it out on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to Cirque Italia at Browns Bridge, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. The deal is available for Price Level 1 and 2 (Gold and Blue) adult & child tickets for most performances.

And it’s not there yet, but if you check Cirque Italia’s Facebook page closer to the date, you’ll likely find a coupon.

Cirque Italia will take place under the big top at Browns Bridge, located at 2293 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 262015

have fun be cheap 200px-01I’m more than ready for the weekend. Looking for something fun to do? Check out these five events (or browse Atlanta on the Cheap’s calendar of events to remind yourself of other can’t-miss events happening in the ATL):

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 262015

medieval timesThough my kids have been to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament a few times, they want to go back. The knights, the princess, the jousting, you name it–it’s perfect for them. It’s almost like giving them a chance to experience a live version of their pretend play.

Want to visit Medieval Times’ Atlanta castle on the cheap? You can save a bit, thanks to these deals (some with no coupon code required):

In keeping with tradition, you’ll feast on a four-course banquet served in true medieval fashion (translation: your hands are your fork and knife). While you pick at your food, you’ll feast your eyes on a tournament and watch as six “Knights of the Realm” engage in a variety 11th-century inspired entertainment, including live jousting, sword fights, equestrian skill and falconry.

Medieval Times is located at 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) to make a reservation.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 252015

brookhaven cherry blossom festThis weekend, the inaugural Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival will take place at Blackburn Park.

From March 27-29, 2015, there’ll be an Arts & Crafts Market, live music, stunt dog shows, a Children’s Village, & more, plus the cherry blossom trees should be starting to bloom.

If you’re heading out for the music, here’s the lineup:

Friday, March 27

  • 4:15 p.m.: Wesley Cook
  • 5:30 p.m.: Soon Heo, Kayakum String Musician
  • 6:00 p.m.: Mirani-Kania Taiko Dance Company
  • 7:00 p.m.: Housebroken
  • 8:30 p.m.: The Return

Saturday, March 28

  • 9:30 a.m.: Creative Movement and Dance
  • 10:00 a.m.: Montgomery Elementary School Chorus
  • 11:00 a.m. Lilac wine
  • Noon: Ashley Tivera
  • 1:30 p.m.: Hoosier Daddy
  • 2:30 p.m.: Children’s Village: Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness Show
  • 3:00 p.m.: Nine Times Blue
  • 5:40 p.m.: Heavy Chevy
  • 7:00 p.m.: The Coasters
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Drifters

Sunday, March 29

  • Noon: Sentimental Journey Barbershop Quartet
  • 1:00 p.m.: Nathan Sheppard
  • 1:30 p.m.: Children’s Village: Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness Show
  • 2:00 p.m.: Eric Thomas and Elevate the Quest
  • 3:00 p.m.: Children’s Village: Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness Show
  • 3:30 p.m.: Myles Brown
  • 5:30 p.m.: Joe Gransden Quintet

Blackburn Park is located at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 252015

blues alabama sky goldstarBlues for an Alabama Sky will be at the Alliance Theatre from April 15-May 10, 2015. Planning to go? For a limited time, you can get discount tickets to Blues for an Alabama Sky, some deals with no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “The creative high of the Harlem Renaissance gave way to the devastating low of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. Written by Atlanta’s own Pearl Cleage, Blues for an Alabama Sky captures the spirit of this unique period in history, exploring the music, culture, and hardships of the time through the eyes of four friends facing turning points in their lives. Gorgeous blues singer Angel has lost her job at the famed Cotton Club, along with her best friend Guy, a costumer who dreams of designing dresses for Josephine Baker in Paris. Their neighbor, Delia, is trying to open a family planning clinic, while their friend Sam, a doctor, works at Harlem Hospital and delivers bootleggers’ babies on the side. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cleage’s landmark drama, which remains as timely today as when it first premiered on the Alliance Theatre stage in 1995.”

The deals:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Blues for an Alabama Sky, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (March 25), the deal is available for most performances from April 15-19 & May 5-10, 2015.
  • On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evenings during the run (excluding April 22), $76 buys two tickets to Blues for an Alabama Sky plus a $20 gift card for Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, Lure, & Ecco are within a mile of the Alliance Theatre). To get the deal, use code “DSCARD” when you order tickets online or by phone, 404-733-5000. If the Fifth Group gift cards sell out, gift cards for Here to Serve restaurants may be offered instead.
  • On Tuesday, April 21, you can take advantage of the Play After Work deal for Blues for an Alabama Sky. For $25, you’ll get complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks during happy hour at Article 14 (at 1180 Peachtree Street) plus admission to that evening’s performance of Blues for an Alabama Sky. To get the deal, use code “BLUES25″ when you order tickets online or by phone, 404-733-5000.
  • Need a babysitter? The 2:30 p.m. performance on April 25, 2015, will double as a Parents Day Out for Blues for an Alabama Sky. Once you buy your tickets to the show, you can opt to register your child for acting workshops. The activities are open to kids in grades K-5, and it’s $10 per child. You’ll be prompted to register for the Parents Day Out activities when you order tickets online, or you can register your child by phone, 404-733-5000. You’ll need to register by April 24, 2015, in order for your child to participate in Parents Day Out.
  • For most performances, you can use coupon code “BLUESDM10″ to save $10 on tickets. And you can buy $20 Rush tickets on the day of the show. For students with ID, the Rush ticket price drops to $10. Rush tickets go on sale after 5:00 p.m. for evening shows and at noon for matinees. Call before you go to check availability (404-733-5000). And veterans, active military, & their families are eligible to receive discount tickets to select performance on the Alliance & Hertz Stages.

A few tips:

  • Weeknights are typically lighter nights at the theatre, so opt for those if you’re taking advantage of rush tickets to improve your odds of snagging orchestra level tickets.
  • One of the last times we went to The Alliance, we bought our rush tickets as soon as they went on sale & then headed over to Table 1280 at the Woodruff Arts Center for a pre-show dinner. The prices were reasonable (I was surprised, as I expected them to be much higher & I’ve paid much more for the three of us to eat out at a chain) & the food was delicious.

The Alliance Theatre is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Mar 252015

NE cobb egg drop 2015This spring, kids can get their egg hunt & helicopter fix at the same event:

The Northeast Cobb Community Egg Drop will take place at Sprayberry High School on April 4, 2015. The festivities start at 10:00 a.m. & last until 5:00 p.m., and there’ll be music, candy, pictures with the Easter Bunny, & more.

The “Egg Drop” is a lot like an Easter Egg Hunt in that kids will hunt for eggs on Sprayberry High School’s football field. But in addition to the thousands of eggs that’ll already be on the field, thousands more will be dropped from a helicopter onto the field.

Hunts will take place by age:

  • 11:30 p.m.: Pre-K (age 3 & under)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Helicopter Drop
  • 1:45 p.m.: Ages 4-7
  • 3:30 p.m.: Ages 8-10

The event is well attended–almost 22,000 turned out last year & more are expected for 2015, but with 50,000 eggs & 100,000 pieces of candy, there should be plenty to go around.

Sprayberry High School is located at 2525 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski