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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 272016
 

tubing 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 (May 27) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to The Wizard of Oz at The Fox Theatre, Charlotte’s Web at Serenbe Playhouse, Of Mice & Men at Serenbe Playhouse, The Swan: An Ugly Duckling Tale at the Center for Puppetry Arts, The Little Pirate Mermaid at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s West Side Story at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre, The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare Tavern, The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare Tavern, Fifth Harmony at Chastain Park, The Art of Rap Festival with Ice-T with Public Enemy, Naughty by Nature, & more at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Pitbull at Philips Arena, Brad Paisley with Tyler Farr and Maddie & Tae at Encore Park, I’m Not Rappaport at the Aurora Theatre, Mary Poppins at the Legacy Theatre, Actor’s Express’s Significant Other at the King Plow Arts Center, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at OnStage Atlanta, Smart People at Southwest Arts Center, Beehive at Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square, Enchanted April at OnStage Atlanta, stand-up comedy shows at The Punchline, improv at Dad’s Garage, the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 272016
 

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

May 272016
 

WWD_2015_coke_circleAfter work on every Wednesday from June through September, you can skip the gridlock and hang out at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta to listen to Wednesday WindDown concerts.

From 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. each week, there’ll be live music at the Southern Company Amphitheater. Here’s the lineup for the 2016 season:

  • June 1: Tulani, Klymaxx, Angie Stone
  • June 8: Purple Rain- Prince Tribute
  • June 15: Q Parker of 112 with special guests
  • June 22: The Rhythm Jets
  • June 29: No Wednesday WindDown
  • July 6: Reggae Show
  • July 13: The John Beale Collective
  • July 20: Salute to the DJ: DJ Jaycee, DJ Cowboy, DJ Majestic and DJ Jelly
  • July 27: Justin C. Gilbert, Latrese Bush, and Friends
  • August 3: Old School Hip-Hop Show
  • August 10: So So Def Celebration
  • August 17: TBD
  • August 24: Madoca
  • August 31: Jeff Bradshaw and Friends
  • September 7: P Funk Connection
  • September 14: Neo-Soul and R&B Show
  • September 21: TBD
  • September 28: No Wednesday WindDown
  • October 5: Kay Dené, Rosalee, Jeff Sparks

FYI: Though this used to be a free concert series, Wednesday WindDown is now a ticketed event. Tickets for most shows are $5 each, and they may be purchased online in advance or at the box office on the day of the show. If you’re a regular, be sure to snag the season pass for $60.

Plan to bring a low-back chair or a blanket to lounge in the grass and pack a picnic to make it a night out on the cheap. Beverages may be brought in sealed, unopened containers; no glass. Be sure to check the list of prohibited & permitted item before you go.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 262016
 

atlanta symph grouponLive music fans, take note: While they last, you’ll find discount tickets to select concerts on the deal sites.

Here’s a sampling:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 252016
 

toxic avenger piedmont parkThis is on my short list of things to do this summer:

The Horizon Theatre is reviving its production of The Toxic Avenger, and they’ll be bringing it to Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

Here’s the quick summary: “The Toxic Avenger, winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, is a hot toxic love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all—an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play…well, everyone else…bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers. Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey. Foiled by the mayor’s bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero. Affectionately known as Toxie, our new hero is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian in town.”

FYI–This play contains bawdy jokes (sexual innuendo) and adult language (including 2 uses of the f-word, uses of the s-word, and a song entitled “Bitch, Slut, Whore”) and is not appropriate for children. Teenagers may think you are the coolest parent ever if you bring them.

The best news: General admission tickets to The Toxic Avenger are free. If you wish to splurge, $15 buys reserved seating or $35 buys table seating. You’re welcome to pack a picnic & bring it with you, or you can snag a meal at one of the food trucks that’ll be there. No outside alcohol or glass allowed, but a bar will be on site.

The Toxic Avenger will take place at the Promenade green space in Piedmont Park (North end, near the Atlanta Botanical Garden) in Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 252016
 

mary poppins goldstarFrom July 8-August 7, 2016, Mary Poppins will be at the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.

If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll likely enjoy the stage version. Mary Poppins makes for a fun theatre outing. Here’s the quick summary: “Sized up with Mary’s own magical measuring tape, the Broadway musical adaptation Mary Poppins would definitely be ‘Practically Perfect in Every Way.’ Based on P.L. Travers’ stories and the classic Disney film, this high-flying extravaganza now lands at The Legacy Theatre with spoonfuls of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and an airborne nanny armed with a magic carpetbag. You and your family will be swept away by such favorite tunes as ‘Spoonful of Sugar,’ ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee,’ and, of course, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Be sure not to miss the magic of Mary Poppins, who teaches us that ‘anything can happen if you let it.'”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can save, no coupon code required:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to Mary Poppins, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (May 25), discount tickets are available for most performances from July 12-14 & 19-21, but act fast if you plan to get yours: Discount tickets are likely to sell out.
  • Tickets to Mary Poppins are regularly $30-$45 for adults, $25-$40 for seniors (age 60+) & students with ID, and $15 for children age 12 & under.

The Legacy Theatre is located at 1174 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242016
 

atl jazz fest 2014The Atlanta Jazz Festival remains one of my favorite festivals in the ATL–nothing beats live jazz music. I plan be there at least one day this weekend to relax in the shade and listen to back-to-back free concerts:

On Memorial Day Weekend, the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival will take place at Piedmont Park. Like most festivals, it has its share of things to do, but the best part is the music, and there’ll be multiple stages of it. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, May 27

Main Stage

  • 7:00 p.m.: Next Collective
  • 9:00 p.m.: JOI

Saturday, May 28

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Chargaux
  • 3:00 p.m. Tomeka Reid
  • 5:00 p.m.: Theo Croker
  • 7:00 p.m.: Jamison Ross
  • 9:00 p.m.: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

International Stage

  • 1:30 p.m.: Camila Meza Quartet
  • 3:30 p.m.: TBD
  • 5:30 p.m.: Mette Henriette
  • 7:30 p.m.: Etienne Charles

Locals Stage

  • 12:30 p.m.: Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars
  • 2:30 p.m.: Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • 4:30 p.m.: Mabu’s Ark Band
  • 6:30 p.m.: Alex Lattimore

Sunday, May 29

Main Stage

  • 1:00 p.m. Navy Band Southeast V.I.P. Protocol Combo
  • 3:00 p.m. Eugenie Jones
  • 5:00 p.m.: The Headhunters
  • 7:00 p.m.: The Benny Golson Quartet
  • 9:00 p.m.: Gregory Porter

International Stage

  • 1:30 p.m.: Assaf Kehati Trio
  • 3:30 p.m.: Tatran
  • 5:30 p.m.: Daby Touré
  • 7:30 p.m.: Elaine Elias

Locals Stage

  • 12:30 p.m.: Band Room Nation
  • 2:30 p.m.: Anonymous DaBand
  • 4:30 p.m.: Joe Alterman Trio
  • 6:30 p.m.: Chandra Currelley

Parking’s always tricky in the Piedmont Park area, so plan ahead & opt for MARTA, if possible. The Midtown & Arts Center stations are both just a few blocks from Piedmont Park. If you plan to park, you can save a bit if you purchase a parking pass online in advance.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242016
 

wizard of ozFrom June 21-26, 2016, The Wizard of Oz will be at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

This looks like a fun night out at the theatre. Per the summary: “Head down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, too, in this fresh and enchanting adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new tunes by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats). Based on the classic screenplay and featuring music from the Oscar-winning movie, this is the beloved story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys–and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow in her quest to find her way back home. The unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like ‘Over the Rainbow,’ ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard,’ and ‘If I Only Had a Brain.'”

Want to see it on the cheap? For a limited time, you can get discount tickets to select performances of The Wizard of Oz, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (May 24), Goldstar has tickets for performances from June 21-23, 2016.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242016
 

regal summer movie 2016If you’re looking for cheap ways to beat the heat this summer, check out this $1 movie deal at Atlanta-area Regal theaters.

The Regal Summer Movie Express runs for nine weeks. At 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, $1 buys your admission to select G or PG movies all summer long. Our Regal tends to be crowded on summer movie mornings, so I’d advise getting there a bit early to get a ticket before they’re gone. Here’s the lineup for most participating metro-Atlanta locations:

  • June 7 & 8: The LEGO Movie & Max
  • June 14 & 15: Goosebumps & The Iron Giant: Signature Edition
  • June 21 & 22: Pan & The Smurfs 2
  • June 28 & 29: Despicable Me 2 & Home
  • July 5 & 6: Minions & The Peanuts Movie
  • July 12 & 13: Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip & Curious George
  • July 19 & 20: The Book of Life & Hotel Transylvania 2
  • July 26 & 27: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 & Shaun The Sheep
  • August 2 & 3: The Croods & Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Participating metro-Atlanta locations include Regal Avalon 12, Alpharetta; Regal Stadium 22, Austell; Regal Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20, Buford; Regal Hamilton Mill Stadium 14, Dacula; Regal Dawson 400 Cinemas 10, Dawsonville; Regal Hollywood 15, Gainesville; Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium 18, Johns Creek; Regal Town Center Stadium 16, Kennesaw; Regal Mcdonough Stadium, McDonough; Regal Snellville Oaks Stadium 14, Snellville; & Regal Cherokee 16, Woodstock.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242016
 

swan ugly duckling puppetry artsThis show looks adorable:

The Swan: An Ugly Duckling Tale will be at the Center for Puppetry Arts through June 5, 2016. Per the summary: “Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s tale The Ugly Duckling is transformed into a whimsical performance with marionettes, sure to delight kids of all ages. When a swan egg is accidentally mixed in with a mother duck’s brood, the homely little hatchling endures more than its fair share of teasing until it grows into a beautiful swan. The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta presents this tale in a delightful, dialogue-free show filled with beautiful music, colorful sets and detailed puppets that bring the story to life.”

All-inclusive tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts are regularly $20.50 for nonmembers and $10.25 for members. Your ticket includes admission to the show, the Create-A-Puppet workshop, & admission to the puppetry museum.

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to The Swan: An Ugly Duckling Tale, thanks to these deals:

While you’re at the Center for Puppetry Arts, make time to explore the World of Puppetry Museum, which features the Jim Henson Collection as well as The Global Collection, showcasing puppets from around the world. Not only will you see awesome puppets (they have Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, & Labyrinth characters, to name a few, all of which makes me happy!), but the new museum includes interactive spaces where you can try your hand at puppetry.

If you’re only planning to visit the World of Puppetry Museum, admission is free for members & $10.50 for nonmembers. Tickets are timed for museum admission, and everyone must procure a ticket to tour the museum (for members, “procure a ticket” = make a free reservation for timed entry). While you’re there, you can add on a Create-a-Puppet workshop ($4.50 for members & $6.50 for nonmembers); to-go kits are available.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski