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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

have fun be cheap 200px-01I’m more than ready for the weekend. Looking for something fun to do? Check out these five ATL 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

Jul 242014

mary poppins poshI’ve seen Mary Poppins both on Broadway & at The Fox, and it’s such a fun show that I may need to see it a third time while it’s at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

My girls & I absolutely love the show. When we’ve seen it, they’ve woven in plenty of magic throughout the production. “Supercalifraglisticexpialidocious” & “Step In Time” remain my favorite songs, as they’re perfect for complex choreography. But as always, don’t expect to see a stage reproduction of the movie; there are several points where the plot/characters change—the suffragette movement is replaced with a focus on the changing relationship between George and Winifred Banks, the adventures during “Jolly Holiday” are different, etc. But the familiar songs remain, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and it’s typically a magical time at the theatre.

Mary Poppins will be at The Aurora Theatre through August 31, 2014. Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to the show, no coupon code required:

The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street in Lawrenceville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

UnpluggedATLThe 2014 season of Unplugged in the Park, the popular free concert series, is underway at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

The free concerts feature stripped-down acoustic performances of everything from rock to bluegrass.

Want to go? Here’s the lineup for this week & next:

  • July 27: Christopher Alan Yates
  • August 3: The Black Cadillacs
  • August 10: Ballroom Thieves
  • August 17: David Mayfield Parade
  • August 24: Callaghan
  • August 31: Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
  • September 7: Michael Tolcher
  • September 14: Season Finale TBA

The festivities start at 6:00 p.m. Though Unplugged in the Park is a 21+ concert series, children will be admitted when accompanied by a parent. Park Tavern is located at 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

oklahoma serenbeOklahoma! will be at Serenbe Playhouse from July 24-August 17, 2014. Want to go? You can get discount tickets to Oklahoma!, no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “Does he or doesn’t he? Will she or won’t she? We’re talking about Curly and Laurey, of course, the stormy sweethearts at the center of the groundbreaking musical “Oklahoma!,” part of the fifth summer season at Serenbe Playhouse. Rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, set in the Indian territory just after the turn of the 19th century.” The score includes “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” & “People Will Say We’re in Love,” to name a few. As with all productions at Serenbe, Oklahoma! will be staged outdoors.

The deals:

The Hay Barn at the Inn at Serenbe is located at 9065 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, entrance at The Nest Homes. Since it’s an open-air production, you’ll need to bring your own seating (low-back chairs or blankets). That said, when we went to see The Velveteen Rabbit last summer, Serenbe provided a few chairs, and they even offered us bug spray when we gave them our tickets. 770-463-1110

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

cheesecake factory nat 2014A few deals for National Cheesecake Day, Free Tea Day, Krispy Kreme, Regal, & more (psst…if you haven’t subscribed for email updates to Atlanta on the Cheap yet, now’s a good time to sign up):

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 242014

krispy kreme grouponHere 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 (July 24) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to Mary Poppins at the Aurora Theatre, Guyi-Guyi: The Other Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts, “Chainz” and “Broken” at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna at Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at OnStage Atlanta, Oklahoma! at Serenbe, Atlanta Lyric’s Cats, Extreme Dinosaurs & Bodies…The Exhibition at Atlantic Station, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Serenbe, The Frog Prince at Conant, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 232014

coca cola film festivalIf you’re planning to head out for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta & you’re looking for discount tickets, you’re in luck: You can get a deal on tickets, no coupon code required.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of this season’s Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival:

  • Thursday, July 24, 7:30 p.m.: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Saturday, July 26, 7:00 p.m.: Gone With The Wind (Reserved seating: $10-$20)
  • Sunday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.: Gone With The Wind (Reserved seating: $10-$20)
  • Thursday, June 31, 7:30 p.m.: The Philadelphia Story
  • Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.: Saturday Morning Cartoons
  • Saturday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.: Mamma Mia!
  • Sunday, August 3, 2:00 p.m.: Double Feature: Young Frankenstein & Blazing Saddles ($15 in advance, $20 day-of)
  • Thursday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.: Double Indemnity
  • Sunday, August 17, 2:00 p.m.: Mary Poppins Sing-A-Long ($15 in advance, $20 day-of)
  • Thursday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.: The Women

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $10 + fees in advance & $12 + fees on the day of.

Though you’ll save a bit by buying tickets in advance, you can also get a discount on select films, thanks to this deal on Scoutmob: While they last, $8 buys your ticket to the following films: Dr. Strangelove (50th Anniversary), The Philadelphia Story, Mamma Mia!, Double Indemnity, & The Women.

The Fox Theatre is located at 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 232014

micasasucasa highWant to explore the High Museum of Art on the Cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) While they last, $19 buys two full-day adult admissions to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, thanks to a deal on Groupon. Or $65 buys a one-year dual or family membership to The High Museum of Art, thanks to a deal on Sweetjack.

2) From 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014, you can get free admission to The High if you have a smartphone & RSVP to participate in HIGHly Social. While you’re there, you’ll be using #HIGHlySocial to tweet or instagram your impressions of the Dream Cars exhibition.

3) Through August 31, 2014, you can get free or cheap parking in the Woodruff Arts Center parking garage with admission to The High. From 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on weekdays, parking is $5 for members & $8 for nonmembers; must show proof of High Museum admission upon exit from the garage to get the deal. And seniors (age 65+) can park free from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday; must show proof of High Museum senior admission upon exit from the garage to get the deal.

4) With the Fast Track Lunch deal, $17 buys one adult admission to Dream Cars at The High, and a sandwich or salad plus a Coca-Cola soft drink or Dasani water at High Cafe or C.J.’s Coffee Cart. The Fast Track Lunch is a walk-up only deal, and it’s available from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday through August 31, 2014.

5) Thanks to the Blue Star Museums program, all military, including active duty, National Guard, reserves, & veterans, as well as up to five family members receive free admission to The High Museum of Art. The deal is valid through September 1, 2014. Plus, all military receive 20% off regular-priced items in the Museum Shop. You must show a valid military ID to get the deal.

6) During Friday Night Lates, you can get half-off admission every Friday from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Even better: The half-price admission deal is valid for Friday Night Music Remix, too, which takes place on the third Friday of the month & showcases live music by artists of all genres. The August 15, 2014, concert is a songwriter showcase featuring Tim James and Phil O’Donnell.

7) Fulton County residents & students get in free from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month; valid ID required. The next free day is Saturday, August 2, 2014. Plus, Bank of America cardholders get the free admission on the first full weekend of the month (discount applies to cardholder only).

8) Other ongoing discounts: Zoo Atlanta members save $3 off adult admission or $10 off a membership. If you have a PBA Advantage card or an ASO or Alliance Theatre subscriber card, you’ll save $3 off admission. ARTSCard members get $2 off admission.

9) 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.

Curious about what you’ll see while you’re there? Here are a few of the exhibitions at The High:

  • On view through September 7, 2014: Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
  • On view through September 14, 2014: African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye
  • On view through November 2, 2014: Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz
  • On view through January 4, 2015: Top Drawer, a selection of drawings from four of the museum’s curatorial departments
  • On view through January 2015: Wynn Bullock: Revelations

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

Bonus: On select days, you can head out for Mi Casa, Your Casa Performances on Sifly Piazza. Here’s the lineup for the first few weeks:

Friday, July 25:

  • 8:00 p.m.: Alliance Theatre’s musical theatre camp performs “Lord of the Flies” (inspired by William Golding’s classic novel and featuring the music of the Ramones)

Friday, August 1:

  • 7:00 p.m.:  Théâtre du Réve, Atlanta’s French-language theater company, presents “Pillow Talk sur l’oreiller”

Friday, August 8:

  • 7:00 p.m.: “Home Bodies” by The Object Group, who expands and explores the vocabulary of puppetry and the language of theater

Friday, August 15:

  • 7:00 p.m.: “Home Bodies” by The Object Group

Friday, August 22:

  • 7:00 p.m.: Alliance Theatre Teen Night Performance Preview
  • 8:15 p.m.: Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi’s “En Route”
  • 9:00 p.m.: Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi’s “Yours is Mine”

Saturday, August 23:

  • Time TBA: Alliance Theatre’s Teen Night performance

Friday, August 29:

  • 8:15 p.m.: Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi with live music by Sonic Generator

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 232014

MAN 2013Work near Centennial Olympic Park?

If so, brown bag it every Tuesday and Thursday through October and spend your lunch break listening to a free Music @ Noon concert at the Southern Company Amphitheater. From noon to 1:00 p.m., your favorite local artists take the stage, performing a variety of pop, jazz and R&B.

Though the full lineup hasn’t been released yet, here’s the Music @ Noon schedule for this week through the first part of August:

  • July 24: Brianna Sotillo
  • July 29: Myles Brown
  • July 31: Sugar on the Dashboard
  • August 5: Vintage Nation
  • August 7: Joe Yeoman
  • August 12: Jeannie Caryn
  • August 14: The Stephen Lee Band

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 232014

school-suppliesEven though we’ve done the bulk of our back-to-school shopping, I’ll be taking advantage of this deal to pick up a few new clothes for fall + replace the household laptop:

Georgia’s Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday will take place August 1-2, 2014. What does that mean for you? You’ll skip the sales tax when you buy qualifying school supplies (selling for $20 or less per item), clothing and footwear (selling for $100 or less per item), and personal computers and accessories (selling for $1000 or less per item).

Even better: Stores often tie their sales to GA’s sales tax holiday, so browse this weekend’s flyers in the AJC to find the best deals maximize your savings on Friday & Saturday, August 1 & 2.

–Jennifer Maciejewski