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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 202017

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through August 27, 2017.

This looks like it’ll be a powerful night at the theatre. Per the quick summary: “Victor Hugo’s epic tale of a deformed bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film’s Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the form: Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Combining the best parts of both the book and the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel, as the deformed Quasimodo grapples with society’s cruelty and protects the lovely gypsy Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You have a few ways to save on tickets to The Hunchback of Notre Dame:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (July 20), discount tickets are available for performances from July 21-August 9, but don’t procrastinate–the discount tickets are starting to sell out.
  • Tickets to most performances of The Hunchback of Notre Dame are regularly $30-$65 each; student & senior discounts are available for most performances. Even better: tickets are $20 each for the 10:00 a.m. Tuesday matinee performances on August 1 & 15, 2017.

Bonus 1: From 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Taco Tuesdays, you can indulge with free taco samples before the show, courtesy of La Cazuela.

Bonus 2: From 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Wine Down Wednesdays, you can imbibe during the free pre-show wine tasting, courtesy of Local Republic.

Bonus 3: From 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thirsty Thursdays, you can try something new with free wine & craft beer samples before the show, courtesy of Universal Joint.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 202017

The 2017 season of Georgia Movies in the Park is underway.

On select dates this summer, you can bring a blanket or low-back chair & watch free flicks in Woodstock, Canton, & Cumming.

The movies start at the kid-friendly sundown, NOT dark/dusk. Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the season:

The Chill Hill, 5860 South Vickery Street (off of Post Road), Cumming; park by the YMCA

  • July 25: Trolls

Brown Park, Elizabeth Street (next to police station), Canton

  • July 22: LEGO Batman Movie
  • August 26: The Boss Baby

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheatre at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock

  • July 21: Moana
  • August 25: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 202017

Want to save a few bucks when you’re out & about? Here are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites.

Extra Savings




Theatre, Concerts & Sports
Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (July 20) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to select shows, including these & more:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

bbt atl open 2016Heads up, tennis fans: The BB&T Atlanta Open will return to Atlantic Station from July 22-30, 2017. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s one of the first tournaments in the series leading up to the U.S. Open.

Want to go? You can take advantage of ticket deals or attend other fun events during the BB&T Atlanta Open. Here’s are a few of the highlights:

  • From 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on July 22-29 plus noon-5:00 p.m. on July 30: Free activities in Family Zone in Atlantic Station’s Central Park. Kids can hit tennis balls on the USTA 10 and Under 36’ tennis courts and learn more about the sport from USTA staff members.
  • Saturday, July 22: Kids Weekend. Kids 18 years of age and under can attend the day’s matches for free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
  • Sunday, July 23: Kids Weekend. Kids 18 years of age and under can attend the day’s matches for free when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Sunday evening’s exhibition match featuring Venus Williams vs. Genie Bouchard is a separate ticketed event.
  • Monday, July 24: Opening ceremonies & ALTA Night.
  • Tuesday, July 25: College Night. College students with valid IDs can purchase one ticket and get one free at the gate.
  • Wednesday, July 26: Post-match concert
  • Thursday, July 27: Ladies Day
  • Friday, July 28: USTA Georgia Day & post-match fireworks
  • Saturday, July 29: Fan/Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • Sunday, July 30: BB&T Champions Day

Tickets to the BB&T Atlanta Open start at $15 on Qualifying Weekend, $39 for Weekday rounds, $62 for Semifinals, & $65 for finals. In addition to the Kids Weekend & College Night deals, you can use coupon code “GASSOUTH” to save 25% on Gold level tickets to the July 24-28 day sessions.

Bonus: During the tournament, guests can show their BB&T Atlanta Open ticket at participating Atlantic Station restaurants & retailers to take advantage of exclusive offers. And be sure to save your receipts: If you collectively spend $100 at Atlantic Station retailers and restaurants, you can show your receipts at the Concierge (located at Stairwell 6) to get a free Atlantic Station LOVE sport shirt.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

Tickets = acquired: Music Midtown returns to Piedmont Park in Atlanta on September 16 & 17, 2017.

FYI–Unlike the Friday & Saturday format of the past, Music Midtown switched to a Saturday & Sunday event for 2016, and it’s keeping that arrangement for 2017. That said, it should be a fun weekend. This year’s lineup includes Bruno Mars (a.k.a. my reason for purchasing this ticket), Mumford & Sons, Future, Blink 182, Wiz Khalifa, Weezer, Big Sean, Haim, Young the Giant, Bastille, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Judah & the Lion, Joywave, The Strumbellas, Collective Soul, PVRIS, & more.

Want to go? For a limited time, you can get weekend passes to Music Midtown for $135 each. Prices will go up closer to the date, so get yours soon to get the best deal.

Side note: Last year, Music Midtown was evacuated due to weather. Hopefully, they learned a bit about crowd management during that experience & will be better prepared for 2017. We were at the secondary gate (i.e., not the one on the main stage side), and we (along with thousands of our closest friends) started lining up for re-entry as soon as they announced it was happening on social media. A half-hour later, we were effectively trapped in place–the crowds extended in every direction as far as we could see, and they still had not come to the gate to start re-entry. When they finally got to our side of the park, we were nearly trampled when they opened the gate & allowed a free-for-all mad-dash back in to ensue. That said, I’m giving them one more chance. Here’s hoping they deserve it.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

Actor’s Express’s production of Little Shop of Horrors will be at the King Plow Arts Center through August 20, 2017.

This has all of the makings for a fun night at the theatre. The quick summary: “It’s everyone’s favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story, and it’s coming to the stage of Actor’s Express in Atlanta. Little Shop of Horrors takes you on 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 you can enjoy a night of bloody good fun at this show with a pop-rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, featuring songs like ‘Skid Row,’ ‘Somewhere That’s Green,’ ‘Feed Me,’ and ‘Suddenly, Seymour.’ You’ll eat up this fun musical…if it doesn’t devour you first.”

Want to see Little Shop of Horrors on the cheap? You have discount ticket options, no coupon code required:

Actor’s Express performs at The King Plow Arts Center, located at 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

The 2017 season of the summer movie series, B at the Movies, is underway. Want to go? On select Saturdays through the end of August, you can watch a free movie under the stars at a mix of locations throughout metro Atlanta.

Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the 2017 season:

  • June 24–Postponed; Rain Date TBA: Pet Night. Bring your dog for The Secret Life of Pets at Glenloch Recreation Center, 601 Stevens Entry, Peachtree City
  • July 22: The LEGO Batman Movie and Captain America: Civil War at Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave, Suwanee
  • July 29: Moana at Custer Park, 600 Kenneth E Marcus Way in Marietta
  • August 5: TBA at Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Rd, Woodstock
  • August 19: TBA at Veterans Memorial Park, 240 Constitution Blvd, Dallas
  • August 26: TBA at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Brookhaven

For most events, movies begin at dusk, and pre-movie fun starting at 7:30 p.m. On double feature nights, the first movie starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by the second flick at 9:15 p.m., and there’ll be pre-film festivities starting at 5:30 p.m. Picnics & coolers are welcome, but follow local ordinances re: open containers & glassware.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

This remains my favorite free concert series in Atlanta:

The 2017 season of Sunset Sessions is underway at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

Want to go? Sunset Sessions takes place from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Sundays through October 1, 2017. It’s free to attend Sunset Sessions, but it is a 21+ event.

Here’s the lineup for this week & the rest of the 2017 season (some performers still TBA):

  • July 23: The Howling Tongues, Sunny South Blues Band, & Beau + Luci
  • July 30: Quaildogs, Ben Millburn, & Andrea Colburn
  • August 6: Radio Birds, Cordovas, & Fox Trot & the Get Down
  • August 13: Thomas Wynn & the Believers
  • August 20: Girls Guns & Glory, Cold Heart Canyon, & Madison Lewis
  • August 27: Kick The Robot & Hardcastle
  • September 3: Tropidelic
  • September 10: Wesley Cook, Lily Rose, Jeff Crosby, & Jessica Lynn Simpson
  • September 17: No Summer Sessions (Music Midtown is happening that weekend)
  • September 24: TBA
  • October 1: TBA

Park Tavern is located at 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jul 182017

concert 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

Jul 142017

six flags over georgiaIf you’re looking for ways to save at Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water during the 2017 season, you’re in luck. For a limited time, you can get your season pass on the cheap.

Need an extra reason to go? Six Flags Over Georgia has a new ride this season: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. On the 4D interactive ride, which opened last month, you’ll be armed with a stun blaster and real-time gaming elements while traveling on a rotating vehicle through Metropolis.

And if you have little ones, you’ll want to visit Bugs Bunny Boomtown at Six Flags Over Georgia, which includes the first-ever DC Super Friends kids area & offers pint-sized experiences themed after popular Super Heroes and villains.

Over at White Water, you can head out for weekly Dive-In Movies, which start just after 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights on the Atlanta Ocean Stage. Dive-In Movies are free with admission. Bonus: You’ll get free refills on your 2017 Souvenir Sports Bottles and 2017 Souvenir Popcorn Buckets during the film; the deal is valid from 7:00 p.m. until the end of the movie.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of the month:

  • July 20: Zootopia
  • July 27: Moana

Want to go on the cheap? You’ve got options:

The deals:

  • For a limited time, you can take advantage of the Superman Sale & get a good deal on season passes. With the deal, your season pass is $66.99 each when you buy four or more, and it includes a free upgrade to a combo pass, which includes unlimited admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water.
  • Season Dining passes are on sale, too. We opted for the Combo Premium Dining Pass, which is valid at Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water, includes a free sports bottle good for free refills all season long, & more, plus it’s valid through December 2017. We purchased this last season, and it made life so much easier (and cheaper!). When the girls went to the park with their friends, we didn’t have to worry about sending them with any money; their food & drinks were covered, and it more than paid for itself.
  • And if you do have a season pass, don’t forget to take advantage of the perks, like Bring-A-Friend Free days, discount tickets for friends, & more. Even better: The coupons are now available online or via an app, letting you skip keeping track of a coupon book. Bring a Friend Free dates at Six Flags Over Georgia include Wednesdays in July (choose one date). At White Water, you can Bring a Friend Free on Wednesdays in July (choose one day).
  • Just want to go for the day? Through July 16, 2017, you can take advantage of the Summer Sale & get a good deal on one-day passes. With the deal, you can buy a one-day pass to Six Flags Over Georgia for $39.99. You’ll need to buy your ticket during the sale and use it by September 4, 2017, to get the deal.
  • And if you have a 2017 Entertainment book or a current membership, you can log in & purchase discount tickets to White Water. I just checked (July 14), and Entertainment’s discount is better than the advance purchase ticket offers from White Water. Once you buy the book, you’ll gain access to bonus offers online, giving you a chance to start saving immediately.
  • After the Summer Sale ends, if you buy your ticket online at least one day in advance, you’ll save up to $20 per ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • If you donate blood at Six Flags Over Georgia on September 23 or 24, 2017, as part of the Fright Fest Blood Drive, you’ll receive a free same-day admission ticket; existing season pass holders will receive a free voucher to one of the haunted attractions or two exit passes for your favorite attraction. Up to 60 free tickets will be given out each day. The blood drive starts at 11:30 a.m. each day, and the park opens at noon.
  • November 11 & 12, 2017, are Military Appreciation Days at Six Flags Over Georgia. Current (active) military members and up to three dependents will receive free admission to Six Flags Over Georgia. If a military service member is currently deployed during this day, a spouse and up to three dependents can receive complimentary admission with a current military ID card. Additional tickets for military members and general admission tickets for retired military veterans can be purchased at the Six Flags Over Georgia front gate for 50% off. Valid military ID required.

–Jennifer Maciejewski