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Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

chase netherworldIf you’re looking for coupons to Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, you’re in luck: You have a few ways to get discount tickets to one of the top haunted houses in the U.S., some with no coupon code required.

Netherworld remains on my shortlist of favorite haunted houses. It’s a lot of fun, and I can definitely understand why it’s often rated as one of the best haunted houses in the nation. The level of detail is impressive. I don’t scare easily, but they “get” me a few times when I walk through, especially when anything resembling a statue turns out to be a real person. The teen girls remain the most hilarious part of the night though, as quite a few scare easily. I didn’t know they could run that fast, but apparently they’re motivated to move when chased by creatures of the night.

Want a taste what you’ll experience while you’re there? Here’s the summary for 2014:

Season of the Witch: “They’ll put a spell on you! Ancient, evil things from the outer void have sent the Dead Ones to destroy us for forgetting the old ways, but the witches think they can save mankind by making us suffer! Monsters, curses and horrors beyond reckoning will mark Season of the Witch! New Features: The Necromancer and his Army of Corpses! The Soul Seeker! The Ruins of Cronus! The Hexan Horseman! In the House of the Giant! The Primeval Jungles of YS! Chainsaw Bisection! The Laughing Corpse! Flesh Eating Mega Fauna! The Cursed! The Lava Monster! The Tomb Monkeys! Flying Warlocks! The Hidden Ogre! The Dryads! The Red Room and the Snake Dragon are only a few of the hideous things you will experience in Netherworld: Season of the Witch!”

Spliced: “The Mangler’s vile cloning experiments unleash bizarre, blood maddened monsters in this Sci-Fi horror gore fest! Under the direction of the insidious MANGLER, PlasmaCorp Enterprises had begun creating human clones and harvesting their organs, blood and tissue for the medical black market. Using an amped up version of the zombie resurrection drug Necromutun 7 to accelerate their growth proved disastrous however, as the clones mutated into massive monsters and began destroying the facility and infecting and consuming the entire staff. You must enter PlasmaCorp and seal the lab before they escape and contaminate everyone in their path! New Features: The Bottomless Escape Shaft! The Crimson Beam Decontamination Tunnel! Blood Maddened Clones! The Flesh Vats! Morphing Monsters! The Radioactive White Room! The Mega Spawn! The Multi Beast! The Fiend from Inside! The Envelopers! The Extermination Squad and even more mind-melting, high-powered science fiction gore than you can imagine!”

The deals:

  • On opening weekend (September 26 & 27, 2014), you can experience both haunts–Season of the Witch & Spliced–for $20, no coupon required.
  • You can snag coupons for Netherworld Haunted House at participating Subway locations, and you’ll find Netherworld coupons in issues of Creative Loafing. I’ll update the post with details when I snag a coupon, but both coupons generally offer the same deal, typically for extra savings on combo tickets. FYI–No coupons are accepted on Fridays & Saturdays in October or on Halloween, so plan your trip accordingly to save.
  • On any night EXCEPT for Friday & Saturday, tickets are $22 each for Season of the Witch or $28 for a combo ticket for Season of the Witch & Spliced. On Friday & Saturday, tickets are $25 each for Season of the Witch or $35 for a combo ticket for Season of the Witch & Spliced. On select nights, $50 buys a SpeedPass for Season of the Witch & Spliced, letting you skip the line.

Netherworld Haunted House is located in the Georgia Antique and Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross. The haunt will be open on September 26-27, October 3-November 2, & November 7 & 8, 2014.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

candler park fall fest 2014On September 27 & 28, 2014, the Candler Park Fall Fest will take place at (you guessed it) Candler Park.

It looks like a fun way to spend the weekend. There’ll be an Artists’ Market, a Kids’ Zone, live music, & more. Here’s the entertainment lineup:


  • Noon: LINapalooza
  • 2:00 p.m.: Heidi Pollyea
  • 3:30 p.m.: The Stems
  • 4:45 p.m.: Andrew and the Disapyramids
  • 6:00 p.m.: Guru Fish
  • 7:00 p.m.: The Western Sizzlers


  • Noon: Candleroo
  • 2:30 p.m.: Fixertrope
  • 3:30 p.m.: Home Made Jam
  • 4:45 p.m.: The Backyard Birds
  • 6:00 p.m.: Eliot Bronson and Yonder Orphans
  • 7:30 p.m.: Francine Reed

Candler Park is located at the corner of McLendon Ave & Candler Park Dr, about a 1/2-mile east of Little 5 Points.

FYI–If you plan to go on the Candler Park Tour of Homes on Sunday, September 28, be sure to buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are $20 in advance & $25 if you purchase them at the CPNO tent during the festival.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

center-for-puppetry-arts-1017162-2298542-regularThe Center for Puppetry Arts has several shows coming up that look adorable:

  • The Old Man & The Monkeys & Other Chinese Tales: September 24-October 5, 2014
  • The Wizard of Oz: October 8-26, 2014
  • The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow: October 28-November 9, 2014

Want to see them on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to the puppet shows, no coupon code required, thanks to these deals:

  • While they last, you can save 50% on tickets to select shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts, thanks to a deal on Sweetjack. $16.50 buys a voucher good for two tickets to Family Series performances, including The Old Man & The Monkeys & Other Chinese Tales, The Wizard of Oz, The Headless Horsemen of Silly Hollow, & more. The promotional value expires on May 24, 2015, giving you plenty of time to redeem the voucher. FYI–You can purchase one voucher + one more as a gift; the voucher is not valid from November 11-December 28, 2014.
  • Tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts are regularly $16.50 each for nonmembers, but members can get tickets for $9.25 each.

Want to skip the show & just check out the Jim Henson exhibitions & other puppets in the museum? You have free admission options:

  • From 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, it’s free to tour the museum.
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014, is the next Fulton County Free Museum Day; admission to the museum is free for Fulton County residents, government employees & students. If you opt to see the show while you’re there, you can save 25% on a ticket.
  • And the Center for Puppetry Arts recently launched a Georgia Public Libraries Passport to Puppetry program. If you have a library card, you can check out a Passport to Puppetry at any participating public library in all Georgia counties. The Passport to Puppetry gives a family of four free admission to the Center for Puppetry Art’s museum. If you want to see a show while you’re there, you can buy same-day tickets for 25% off, excluding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

WWD 2013After work on every Wednesday from April through September, you can skip the gridlock and hang out at Centennial Olympic Park to listen to free Wednesday WindDown concerts.

From 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., you can listen to live music at the Southern Company Amphitheater. If you’re planning to head out during the 2014 season, quit procrastinating. Wednesday WindDown wraps up on September 24th with a performance by J-Fly.

Bring a low-back chair or a blanket to lounge in the grass. And you can pack a picnic & make it a night out on the cheap.

FYI #1: If you buy online in advance, you can get $5 parking in the Red Deck.

FYI #2: According to an email update from Centennial Park, Wednesday WindDown will become a ticketed event in 2015, making this your last shot at attending a free Wednesday evening concert at Centennial Park.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

lego monsterIf you’re looking for ways to get creative on the cheap, you’ve got a few options. Throughout the month, you’ll find free crafts at Michael’s, Lowe’s, & Home Depot; free events at Bass Pro Shops; free decorating classes at Pottery Barn; free cooking techniques classes at Williams-Sonoma; free mini-model builds at Lego stores; & more.

Here’s the schedule of free crafts & events for this weekend:

And mark your calendars for other upcoming free & cheap craft days:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 232014

aaron orchards hodHere 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 (September 23) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna at Atlantic Station, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Chicago at Cobb Civic Center, The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad at 7 Stages Theatre, The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe Playhouse, Lasso of Truth at Synchronicity Theatre, puppet shows at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, Driving Miss Daisy at the Aurora Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at King Plow Arts Center, The Sugar Bean Sisters at OnStage Atlanta, Extreme Dinosaurs and Bodies…The Exhibition at Atlantic Station, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 222014

atlantastreetsalive2012Part bike tour, part block party, Atlanta Streets Alive will take place along Highland Avenue this weekend.

From 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014, a 4.5-mile loop along Highland AVE, Boulevard NE, & North Ave will be car-free. During Atlanta Streets Alive, you can walk, bike, & play in the street.

There’ll be plenty to do, including playing hockey and soccer games on a mini turf field, reaching new heights on the climbing wall, taking advantage of the bike fix-it station, listening to live music at a pop-up park, participating in dance classes, & more.

Be sure to dress up yourselves & your bikes & ride in the Atlanta Streets Alive Bicycle Parade, which starts at 2:00 p.m. Line-up at 1:30 p.m. at Virginia & Highland Ave. if you want to participate. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free mustache. You’ll ride the route clockwise, with the parade ending at Manuel’s Tavern.

New this year: From 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on September 28, you can hang out at the Masquerade for King of Pops’ Endless Summer, the official Atlanta Streets Alive after party. There’ll be DJ dance parties, drag queens, beach balls, an art auction, a bike raffle, a weloveatl photo truck, & more. There’s a $10 cover charge & all proceeds benefit Atlanta Streets Alive.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 222014

east atlanta strutI’d like to spend at least part of Saturday in EAV:

On September 27, 2014, the East Atlanta Strut, will take place in East Atlanta Village at the intersection of Glenwood and Flat Shoals Road.

There’ll be an Artist Market, a parade, multiple stages of live entertainment, & more. Here’s the music lineup:

AM1690 The Voice Of the Arts Stages, EARL parking lot

  • Noon: The Kooties
  • 2:00 p.m.: Parade
  • 3:45 p.m.: Book of Colors
  • 5:20 p.m.: Jeffrey Butzer & The Bicycle Eaters
  • 7:05 p.m.: Moonbase

EARL Stage, EARL parking lot

  • 11:00 a.m.:Norman Frank and Ghost Dance
  • 1:00 p.m.: Gemini XIII
  • 2:00 p.m.: Parade
  • 3:00 p.m.: Michael Bradley
  • 4:30 p.m.: Bahnhof
  • 6:10 p.m.: El Cheapo
  • 7:00 p.m.: Georgia Soul Council

EAV Radio Stage, behind Macy’s

  • Noon: Chicken and Pigs
  • 12:45 p.m.: Jackwagon
  • 1:30 p.m.: Hermits of Suburbia
  • 2:00 p.m.: Parade
  • 3:00 p.m.: Ye Flask
  • 3:40 p.m.: Sammy Kay
  • 4:20 p.m.: Caleb Warren
  • 5:00 p.m.: Weary Heads
  • 5:40 p.m.: Scarlett Mistress
  • 6:20 p.m.: Fifteenth Summer
  • 7:00 p.m.: Feather Trade
  • 7:40 p.m.: Attention System
  • 8:20 p.m.: Cusses

Kid’s Village Area

  • 11:45 a.m.: Mark and Lady Outlaw
  • 1:10 p.m.: The Sweetdick Jane
  • 2:00 p.m.: Parade
  • 3:00 p.m.: Rust Label
  • 4:05 p.m.: Front Porch Session Players
  • 5:20 p.m.: B*TCH
  • 6:30 p.m. Hair of the Dog

The 2014 Strut Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. at Patterson & Glenwood and continues to the intersection of Glenwood & Brownwood.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 222014

amaluna goldstarCirque du Soleil’s Amaluna will be at the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station from October 3-November 30, 2014.

I’ll post discount tickets & coupon codes for Amaluna in Atlanta as I find them, as it’s on my short-list of must-see shows for the fall. I’ve seen several Cirque du Soleil productions, and the performances 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 pull off night after night. Amaluna gets bonus points, as it’s inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Right now, most of what I’m seeing are ticket & concession combo deals and a few small price breaks. I’m hoping more deals will be released, but until then, here are a few ways to save:

  • While they last, you can take home a souvenir of your evening and enjoy popcorn, a drink and candy with the special refreshment package that comes with your Amaluna ticket, thanks to a deal on Living Social. As of today (September 22), Living Social has tickets for select performances in October & November.
  • Through November 30, 2014, you can save 20% on a family four-pack of tickets to Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. The deal is valid for select price levels & tickets. Your order must include a minimum of four tickets (including one child ticket), but you can buy a maximum of 8 tickets. FYI–To get the deal, click through & then click “select your ticket type.” Use the “Book Now” option next to “Family 4-Pack” & that’ll let you choose tickets at the Family 4-Pack rate (it’ll say Adult F4P, Child F4P above the prices). The prices may not look discounted, but they are; you can compare prices for your preferred show time by opening a new browser tab & choosing “Book Now” next to “Regular Tickets.”
  • On Atlanta Magazine Concierge, you’ll find a dinner & a show option for Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. The deal includes a ticket + your choice of a $20 gift card valid at either Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola Trattoria, Ecco, the Original El Taco, Alma Cocina, or Lure) or Here to Serve Restaurants (Aja, Prime, Coast Seafood & Raw Bar, Noche, Shucks, Smash, Twist, or Goldfish).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 222014

taste of atlantaIf you’re looking for discounts for Taste of Atlanta, you’re in luck: While they last, you can snag discount tickets to the event, no coupon code required.

The Taste of Atlanta will be in Midtown at Tech Square on October 25 & 26, 2014. At Taste of Atlanta, you can sample the specialties of 90+ Atlanta restaurants, get cooking tips & inspiration at The Kitchen Workshop & The Chef’s Table, whip up something fun in the Family Food Zone, & more.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance, and each admits one & includes 10 Taste coupons. Kids age 13 & under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult, but they’ll need their own Taste coupons to sample the fare. Extra Taste coupons can be purchased at Taste of Atlanta, and most menu items cost between 1-3 coupons each.

VIP tickets are $75 in advance, and each comes with 10 taste coupons + admission into the Wine + Beer + Cocktail Experience (exclusive to the VIP Experience, & a commemorative glass. And the first 300 VIP ticket holders each day receive a Taste of Atlanta gift bag filled with special goodies. You must be age 21+ to purchase VIP tickets.

FYI: Taste of Atlanta will host a Friday Night Kick-Off Party on October 24, 2014. General admission tickets are $70 in advance ($90 for VIP), and you must be 21+ to attend. The evening features live music, cold beer & cocktails, & specialties served up by local chefs, including Ron Eyester, Ford Fry, Kevin Rathbun, Jay Swift, Suzanne Vizethann, & more.

Want to go on the cheap? You’ve got a pair of ways to save:

Taste of Atlanta takes place at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta, located at 5th & Spring Streets. It’s a short walk from the North Avenue MARTA station. But if you drive, keep this in mind: When we go to Taste of Atlanta on Sundays, we park on the street since street parking is free on Sundays.

–Jennifer Maciejewski