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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 262015

catch me if you can goldstarFrom February 13-March 1, 2015, Atlanta Lyric’s production of Catch Me If You Can will be at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre.

Per the summary: “Based on the hit DreamWorks film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer–living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Catch Me If You Can will make its regional premiere at The Lyric.”

Want to see Catch Me If You Can on the cheap? You can save:

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 262015

silent sky goldstarFrom February 12-March 1, 2015, Silent Sky will be at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s.

Per the summary: “Atlanta native Lauren Gunderson’s riveting exploration of the life and career of real-life celebrated astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868-1921) takes us on a humorous, heartwarming and motivating journey as this one-of-a-kind superstar fearlessly asserts herself in the turn-of-the-century world of Harvard’s male-driven observatory, ultimately touching the wondrous outer reaches of our very universe–proof that the human mind and heart truly knows no limits!”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to Silent Sky, some with no coupon code required:

The Balzer Theater at Herren’s is located at 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 262015

tuck everlastingTuck Everlasting will be at the Alliance Theatre through February 22, 2015. Planning to go? For a limited time, you can get discount tickets to Tuck Everlasting, no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “If you could live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, this original production of Tuck Everlasting is connected to a list of all-stars: It’s directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot), featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde) and music and lyrics by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys). When a young girl looking for adventure meets a family with a fabulous secret, their chance encounter will change them all forever. It’s a world premiere musical about everlasting love, never-ending life and discovering what it means to truly feel alive.”

The deals:

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

Jan 262015

banningmills 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 (January 26) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Train at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Detroit ’67 at Southwest Arts Center, Little Shop of Horrors at OnStage Atlanta, Pretty Hurts: The Musical at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center,  StinkyKids: The Musical at Synchronicity Theatre,  Monster Energy AMA Supercross at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta Ballet’s Camino Real at Cobb Energy Centre, Angel Street at Onstage Atlanta, Actor’s Express’s Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at the King Plow Arts Center, Peach State Opera’s The Elixir of Love, Atlanta Ballet’s Romeo et Juliette at Cobb Energy Centre, Rainforest Adventures at The Center for Puppetry Arts, 4000 Miles at The Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Catch Me If You Can, Theatrical Outfit’s Silent Sky, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 232015

georgiaaquarium3If you’re looking for discount tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, you’re in luck, as you’ve got a few ways to get in free or on the cheap, no coupon code required:

  • While they last, $57.50 buys two Total Ticket admissions to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, thanks to a deal on Groupon. The Groupon is valid for admission through March 20, 2015; limit five Groupons per person & five more as gifts.
  • Through April 2, 2015, you can take advantage of the Me & Mommy deal at the Georgia Aquarium–the deal includes dads, grandparents and caregivers, too. For $39.95 plus tax, you’ll get one adult Total Ticket and up to four children’s Total Tickets (ages 5 and under). The deal is valid Monday to Thursday only, and it can be purchased online or at the door.
  • I’m going to check this out: From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, you can indulge with Sips Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium. Sips Under the Sea is a 21+ event, giving you a kid-free way to explore the aquarium. General admission is free for members & $21.95 for nonmembers. VIP tickets, which include 2 drink tickets & 2 tapas plates, are $24.95 for members & $46.95 for nonmembers.
  • For a limited time, you can take advantage of an Early Bird online discount & save up to $7 per ticket. To get the deal, purchase tickets online and select and arrive during the first hour of the day. This, by the way, is an excellent way to experience the Georgia Aquarium without fighting the crowds.
  • If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Atlanta, take advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS to save almost 50% on admission to five Atlanta-area attractions. The Georgia Aquarium ticket includes a Deepo Pass with Expedited Entry, Deepo’s 4-D theater, and the Dolphin Tales show (based on availability). The World of Coca-Cola ticket includes admission, the 4-D theatre, and a free keepsake bottle from the museum. Other attractions included are Inside CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank (includes IMAX, too) OR High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta (includes All-Rides Wristband) OR Atlanta History Center. It’s valid for nine days, and if you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions.
  • If you bring your ID or a copy of your birth certificate, you’ll get a free Total Ticket to the Georgia Aquarium on your birthday.
  • You can save a bit on Georgia Aquarium tickets or annual pass purchases, thanks to an offer from Gas South.

And I enjoy wandering around Atlanta to see this:

Dolphins on Parade is a public art project featuring more than 50 fiberglass dolphin statues with unique designs. You’ll find Dolphins on Parade in several parts of Atlanta, including Centennial Olympic Park area, Pemberton Place, Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. Check out the map to plan your route & see them all.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 232015

beehive fbI will be shopping this sale this weekend:

The Beehive’s bi-annual warehouse sale starts on Saturday, January 24, & runs through February 1, 2015.

During the warehouse sale, you’ll save 40%-90% on handmade goods created by 50+ designers, including everything from jewelry and apparel to home accessories and food.

Inspired to make your own? While you’re there, you can score a deal on some of the craft supplies & products that the designers use to create their wares.

Head out early to indulge with a few treats while you shop: Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, you can get free donut minis from Revolution Donuts while they last.

The warehouse sale will take place inside the Beehive at 1250 Caroline Street, Suite C120, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 232015

callaway-gardens-829521-1822761-regularIf you’re in the mood to spend some time exploring the great outdoors, this is the deal for you:

Through February 28, 2015, you can get into Callaway Gardens for free on weekdays–no coupons, promo codes, or tickets required. Just show up, and you’ll receive free admission to the gardens. The deal is valid on Monday-Friday only, excluding Presidents Day (February 16, 2015).

Can’t make it during the week? Callaway Gardens is also offering free admission on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Callaway Gardens is located at 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, Georgia.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 212015

FEB15-Lego-Space-Shuttle-MiniModelIf 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 the next few days:

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 202015

georgia-ren-fest-regularThe Georgia Renaissance Festival returns from April 18-June 7, 2015. We go to the Georgia Renaissance Festival every year, and the girls & I always have a fabulous time. Planning to go? You can get discount tickets to explore the GA Ren Fest on the cheap, no coupon code required.

While they last, you can save 50% on adult tickets to the Georgia Renaissance Festival, thanks to a deal on DoubleTake Offers. If you’re planning to attend, act quickly to snag the deal, as I expect it will sell out. The voucher is valid for any regular operating day during the 2015 season.

If the DoubleTake Offer sells out, check Groupon: While they last, $11 buys a one-day ticket to the Georgia Renaissance Festival; the voucher may only be redeemed on April 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3, 2015.

There’s quite a bit to do at the GA Ren Fest, my favorite being watching the shows. They’re still working on 2015’s lineup, but you’ll typically find jousting, the Barely Balanced Acrobatic Show, The Tortuga Twins, Birds of Prey, Maypole dancing, photos with the King & Queen and the Fairy Queen, wandering minstrels, & the list goes on.

Even a few years ago was still fun, despite the fact that strong afternoon thunderstorms forced us to leave several hours early (we could have waited it out, but by then my youngest was over-tired & soaked, so it was a good time to go). Last year, we had perfect weather, and the shows didn’t disappoint.

GA Ren Fest tickets are regularly $22 for adults, with discounts available for kids & seniors. Here’s a list of the discounts & themed weekends they’ll be offering for the 2015 season:

  • April 18 & 19: Opening weekend. Buy one adult ticket & get one free. The offer is available online & at the gate.
  • April 25 & 26: Roman Weekend plus pet friendly. There’ll be Roman riding & chariots during the new Equus Maximus Joust & costume contests for your dogs & cats.
  • May 2 & 3: Kids Free Weekend. One child (age 12 & under) will get free admission per paid adult.
  • May 9 & 10: Highland Weekend plus Mother’s Day. Celebrating all things Celtic, from the Haggis Eating Competition to the Atholl Highlander Pipe & Drum Band.
  • May 16 & 17: Time Warp Weekend. Costumes from every era encouraged, from storm troopers to superheroes.
  • May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend. No promises, but they may release a discount closer to the date.
  • May 30 & 31: Pirates Plunder Weekend. Pirate costumes encouraged for swashbucklers & scalawags of all ages.
  • June 6 & 7. Last Huzzah Weekend. No promises, but they may release a discount closer to the date.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located at 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn. Parking is free.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 202015

littleshop atlFrom February 20-March 28, 2015, Little Shop of Horrors will be at OnStage Atlanta.

Per the summary: “It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story: Little Shop of Horrors. Take a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Full of delightfully demented humor, this long-running off-Broadway musical comedy is based on Roger Corman’s B-movie and was later turned into a Broadway show and an Academy Award-nominated film starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. Now OnStage Atlanta performs this campy classic with a book and lyrics from Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. Enjoy a night of goofy fun with doo-wop inspired songs like ‘Skid Row,’ ‘Somewhere That’s Green,’ ‘Feed Me,’ and ‘Suddenly, Seymour.'”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to Little Shop of Horrors, no coupon code required:

  • While they last, you can save about 50% on adult tickets to most performances of Little Shop of Horrors at OnStage Atlanta, thanks to an offer on Goldstar.
  • Tickets to Little Shop of Horrors are regularly $16-$23 each at the door; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online. Plus, students & seniors can save a bit on tickets to most productions, and discounted child tickets are available, too. If you miss out on the Goldstar ticket deal, head out for a Sunday matinee to get the cheapest full-price tickets: Sunday matinee tickets to Little Shop of Horrors are $13 + fees for adults & $10 + fees for children when you order in advance.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2969 E Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur.

–Jennifer Maciejewski