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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

free comic book day 2016It’s almost the first Saturday of the May, which means it’s time for Free Comic Book Day.

Like the name implies, if you stop by participating comic book stores on May 7, 2016, you can get a free comic book (or a few). When we’ve gone, we’ve picked up everything from full issues to teasers.

Even better, some comic book stores pair major sales or superhero appearances with Free Comic Book Day.

For instance, from noon-2:00 p.m., Dr. No’s Comics & Games SuperStore (3372 Canton Rd, Suite 104, Marietta), comics creators will be signing & meeting fans. Guests include Mark Bagley, Kristina Deak, Francesco Francavilla, Drew Geraci, Joseph Michael Linsner, Dean Motter, Wayne Vansant, and Marcus Williams.

And Criminal Records (1154 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta), has an awesome lineup, too. From noon-4:00 p.m., there’ll be in-store signings with John Lewis + Andrew Aydin, Van Jensen, Jason Flowers, & Red Rocket Farm. Plus, they’ll be offering other deals, like 20 for $1.00, $1.50 comics, used items marked 50% off, deep-discount clearance sales, non-“clearance” items marked 30% off, & more.

Use the store locator to find a comic book store near you & check out their special events.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

may-retta daze 2016I suspect we may stop by & browse Saturday morning…I love the quality of the works at this festival:

On May 7 & 8, 2016, the May-retta Daze Arts & Crafts Festival will take place in Glover Park in Marietta Square.

From 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday & 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, you can shop the works of 100+ artists & crafters, including everything from paintings & pottery to glass & metal works, & more.

As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.).

Also, bring some extra cash for local eats & goods–the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market will be on the Square from 9:00 a.m.-noon on Saturday morning & noon-3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

sweet auburn springfestFrom May 6-8, 2016, head to Auburn Avenue for the Sweet Auburn Springfest.

All weekend long, you can celebrate the history of Auburn Avenue with live music, local vendors, festival foods, a Kids Fantastic Fun Zone, ziplines, Nerf Wars, & more.

The entertainment line-up includes GABE, Timothy J. Wilson, THAI96, B.U.S., Shadina, Brittnee Camelle, Clark King, 1-A-Chord, & Low Key, to name a few.

The Sweet Auburn Springfest will take place in the Historic Auburn Avenue District, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

cots-decaturIt’s May, which means it’s time for the spring 2016 season Concerts on the Square in Decatur.

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays in May, stop by the community bandstand in Decatur Square to listen to free concerts.

Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the month:

  • May 7: The Gold Standard Band (Motown, soul, Carolina beach music)
  • May 14: Villain Family (Americana, folk, bluegrass) with special guests Halem Albright Band (cover band)
  • May 21: Flat Rock Swing (Americana, country, rock)
  • May 28: Bogey & The Viceroy 5 (Motown, soul, funk)

And mark your calendars: Concerts on the Square will return for the fall season in September; concerts are scheduled for September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2016.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

blue-sky-concerts-16If you’re in the Decatur area on Wednesdays in May, you’ve got a good excuse to spend your lunch hour in the square.

From noon-1:00 p.m. each Wednesday in May, there’ll be free concerts at the community bandstand in the Decatur Square. Here’s the lineup for the May 2016 season of Blue Sky Concerts:

  • May 4: Joshua Fletcher (Americana, rock)
  • May 11: Alex Cummins and Todd Prusin (folk, old-time, bluegrass)
  • May 18: Alex Gordon Radio (LIVE) (children’s variety)
  • May 25: Max Godfrey (country-blues, old-time)

And mark your calendars: Blue Sky Concerts returns in September. There’ll be concerts on September 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2016.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

improv park atl stationNeed a laugh break?

Improv in the Park‘s 2016 season got underway in April. On the first Wednesday of each month through September, you can pack a picnic, grab a blanket, & head to Atlantic Station’s Central Park for a free improv comedy show featuring Whole World Improv.

The next hour-long performance will take place at 8:00 p.m. on May 4. Can’t make it? Upcoming Improv in the Park performances are scheduled for June 1, July 6, August 10 (second Wednesday this month), & September 7, 2016.

Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to check Atlantic Station’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

Atlantic Station’s Central Park is located at 245 18th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

avalon-thepunchline-comedyThis spring & summer, you can unwind with free laughs in Alpharetta.

On the first Monday of the month through October, head to Avalon for Punchline Comedy Night.

From 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., you can watch live comedy acts perform in Palmer Plaza. The next Punchline comedy night features Jeff Dauler, and it will take place on Monday, May 9, 2016 (rescheduled from May 2 due to rain). Can’t make it? Upcoming Punchline Comedy Nights will take place on June 6, July 11 (on the second Monday due to July 4th), August 1, September 6 (on Tuesday due to Labor Day), & October 3, 2016.

Bonus: Colletta is offering deals during the comedy series, including $5 beer & glasses of wine and $5 off all pizzas from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Punchline Comedy Nights.

Punchline Comedy at Avalon will take place in Palmer Plaza, located between Oak Steakhouse and Colletta. The event is subject to cancelation due to weather, so be sure to check Avalon’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022016

hotlanta glassblowing paperweightHere 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 (May 2) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios at Atlantic Station, Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story at the Alliance Theatre, Beauty & the Beast at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s West Side Story at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre, Ballethnic’s Visage D’Afrique at the Southwest Arts Center, Into the Woods at Legacy Theatre, Sotto Voce at the Aurora Theatre, Hall & Oates with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Gwen Stefani with EVE at Encore Park, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Kenny Rogers at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Fabrefaction Theatre’s Oliver! at 7 Stages Theatre, Actor’s Express’s Significant Other at the King Plow Arts Center, The Light in the Piazza at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Equivocation at Shakespeare Tavern, improv comedy shows at Dad’s Garage, stand-up comedy shows at The Punchline, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 012016

kurios atlCirque du Soleil’s Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities will be at the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station through May 8, 2016.

Cirque du Soleil’s productions never cease to amaze me–the gorgeous costuming and choreography make each show feel like a work of art, and I remain in awe of the complex circus arts the performers manage to pull off night after night. Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities gets bonus points, as it has a steampunk vibe: “Step into the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station and find yourself in the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious.”

We saw the show last month, and it was a fun afternoon out. The costuming & set design made familiar moves feel new, from the contortionists’ fluid movements as electric eels to the chair stacker’s floor-to-ceiling & ceiling-to-floor tricks. And the clown scenes were among my favorites to date, especially the cat sequence.

Want to see Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:

The Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station is located at 171 17th Street NW, Atlanta

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 292016

starbucks bday frappuccinoDeals for a few of my favorite things–ice cream, books, & music:

  • From May 3-15, 2016, you can indulge on the cheap during the Frappuccino Happy Hour at participating Starbucks locations. From 3:00-5:00 p.m. each day, you can save 50% on Frappuccino blended drinks, no coupon required. Bonus: Starbucks Rewards members can take advantage of the deal early; members-only Frappuccino Happy Hour days run through May 2, 2016. And Rewards members get a second bonus: You’ll get an extra hour (5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) to save during Frappuccino Happy Hour.
  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016, is free cone day at Häagen-Dazs. From 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., you can stop by for a free kiddie-size cup or cone at participating locations.
  • It’s almost time for the Scholastic Books Big Event Warehouse Sale, where you can stock up on books marked for clearance at 25%-80% off. Bonus: When you register, you’ll receive a coupon good for an extra $10 off a $50+ purchase or $25 off a $100+ purchase. The sale is for school & district employees, homeschoolers, Book Fair chairpeople & school volunteers (I register as a volunteer). Metro-Atlanta has several warehouse sales scheduled during May 2016, including Covington on May 3-14, Duluth on May 11-13, & Kennesaw on May 12-14.
  • During May 2016, you can grab breakfast & lunch on the cheap at participating Subway locations. If you buy a sub before 9:00 a.m., you’ll get a free 6-inch breakfast sandwich.
  • For a limited time, you can expand your MP3 collection on the cheap, thanks to the music deals on Amazon, including hundreds of albums discounted to $5 & $6.99 each, plus you can save on singles, too, when you shop the ever-changing mix of 69¢ songs.

–Jennifer Maciejewski