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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242017

Attention, Gen Xers: From July 7-August 13, 2017, Heathers: The Musical will be at OnStage Atlanta.

As a fan of the movie, I’m looking forward to seeing the stage version of Heathers. Per the summary: “Before there was Mean Girls, there was Heathers, the delightfully dark ’80s teen comedy that starred Winona Ryder as a high school girl who joins forces with a hot rebel (Christian Slater) to take on a group of popular divas–all named Heather. Now the cult classic comes to Decatur in a live musical adaptation that features all your favorite lines from the movie, plus music and lyrics from the composers behind Legally Blonde and Reefer Madness. The story centers on Westerberg High, a school terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio of Heathers–the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the sexy stranger J.D., who has his own deadly plan for the clique. Catch Heathers: The Musical as it serves up a delectable dish of youthful romance, shameless laughter and outrageous revenge on the Webber Stage at OnStage Atlanta.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Heathers: The Musical, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (May 24), discount tickets are available for most performances from July 7-August 13, 2017.

Tickets to Heathers: The Musical are regularly $25 each at the door on Fridays & Saturdays and $18 at the door on Sundays; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online. In addition to the advance purchase savings, students & seniors can take advantage of an extra discount on tickets for Friday & Saturday performances.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 242017

From June 2-25, 2017, Incorruptible will be at OnStage Atlanta.

This looks like it’ll be a fun evening out. Per the summary: “Set in medieval times, this bawdy black comedy centers on a rag-tag group of financially irresponsible French monks whose patron saint seems to have deserted them. Desperate for a way to save their monastery from economic ruin, the monks appear to be rescued when a cunning, one-eyed traveling minstrel teaches them an outrageous new way to fill their coffers. In crafting this clever comedy, award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger (Opus) drew inspiration from the true exploits of two feuding French monasteries in the 9th century and the widespread practice of buying, selling, stealing and faking holy relics in the early days of Christianity, when souvenirs from the saints were big business.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Incorruptible, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (May 24), discount tickets are available for most performances from June 2-25, 2017.

Tickets to Incorruptible are regularly $23 each at the door on Fridays & Saturdays and $18 at the door on Sundays; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online. In addition to the advance purchase savings, students & seniors can take advantage of an extra discount on tickets for Friday & Saturday performances.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 222017

If 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 6 & 7: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course
  • June 13 & 14: Trolls and Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • June 20 & 21: Monster Trucks and Penguins of Madagascar
  • June 27 & 28: Rio 2 and The Boxtrolls
  • July 4 & 5: The Secret Life of Pets and Sing
  • July 11 & 12: Kubo and the Two Strings and Ratchet & Clank
  • July 18 & 19: The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water and The Adventures of TinTin
  • July 25 & 26: Happy Feet 2 and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Storks and The LEGO Batman Movie

Participating metro-Atlanta locations include Regal Avalon 12, Alpharetta; Regal Stadium 22, Austell; Regal Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20, Buford; Regal Carrollton 10 Cinemas, Carrolton; Regal Hamilton Mill Stadium 14, Dacula; Regal Dawson 10 Cinemas, Dawsonville; Regal Arbor Place Stadium 18, Douglasville; Regal Hollywood 15, Gainesville; Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium 18, Johns Creek; Regal Town Center Stadium 16, Kennesaw; Regal McDonough Stadium 16, McDonough; Regail Georgian Stadium 14, Newnan; & Regal Cherokee 16, Woodstock.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 222017

The Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will take place on May 27-29, 2017.

There’ll be pottery wheel demonstrations & hands-on clay experiences, make-and-take crafts for the kids, & more. And, of course, you can shop the works of local artists, indulge with festival foods, & listen to live music.

If you’re heading out for the music, here’s the lineup:

Saturday, May 27

  • 11:00 a.m.: Andrea Hummel
  • 12:15 p.m.: Wade Hudson
  • 1:30 p.m.: Daniel Hardin
  • 2:45 p.m.: Julie Gribble
  • 4:00 p.m.: Hot Flash

Sunday, May 28

  • 11:00 a.m.: Bach to Rock
  • 12:15 p.m.: Craig Gleason
  • 1:30 p.m.: Ben Wade
  • 2:45 p.m.: J. Kyle Reynolds
  • 4:00 p.m.: Hugh Vaughan

Monday, May 29

  • 11:00 a.m.: Ken Hess
  • 12:15 p.m.: Undercurrent
  • 1:30 p.m.: No Solution
  • 2:45 p.m.: Tullamore Road
  • 4:00 p.m.: Project Detour

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest will take place in the Alpharetta Historic District, 2 South Main Street.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 222017

Free-PaintingIf you’re looking for ways to get creative on the cheap, you’ve got a few options. Throughout the month, you’ll find free & cheap crafts at Michaels & 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

May 192017

The largest Shrine Circus & Midway Carnival in North America is coming to town.

From May 20-29, 2017, the Yaarab Shrine Circus will be at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. With the high-flying trapeze acts, Red Devil Clowns, Sea Lion Splash Show and Kachunga’s Alligator Show, Real Steel Riders, Lew-E Comedy Circus Show, & more, it’s a fun day for the family. Bonus: On Saturday nights (May 20 & 27), there’ll be a fireworks display.

FYI: The Midway opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19, but you’ll need to wait until May 20 if you’d like to see the circus performances while you’re there.

As with anything with Midway, the outing can get expensive quickly, especially if you like to ride rides. Gate admission to the circus + access to the Midway Carnival is $7 for adults and free for children age 10 & under. Take advantage of one of the ticket specials to save:

  • On Friday, May 19, $10/person buys unlimited rides.
  • On Monday-Thursday, May 22-25, $18/person buys unlimited rides. From Friday-Monday, May 26-29, unlimited rides passes are $20/person.
  • Tuesday, May 23, is Car Load Night. With the deal, $50 covers parking, park admission, circus admission, and unlimited rides for that day only for the occupants of any car with up to seven people legally and safely buckled up in their own seat.
  • Ride tickets are $1.25 each, and rides require 2-5 tickets. You can buy 21 ride tickets for $20, 55 ride tickets for $50, or 120 ride tickets for $100 at the gate.
  • For a limited time, you can get advance tickets & Midway Carnival ride packages at up to 50% off at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. With the deal $20 covers general admission at the gate & unlimited carnival rides on any one day.

Jim R. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, S.W., Marietta. Parking is $5.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 192017

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):

  • May 21: Trae Pierce & The T-Stones, Sazerac, Peter Searcy
  • May 28: Memorial Day Weekend
  • June 4: James Town Revival & Colter Wall
  • June 11: John Paul White & Lera Lynn
  • June 18: Meg Mac, Noah Kahan, & The Georgia Flood
  • June 25: Surfer Blood, Winter, & Small Reactions
  • July 2: Rubyvelle & the Soulphonics
  • July 9: Blair Crimmins
  • July 16: Whiskey Gentry, Pony League, & Little Country Giants
  • July 23: The Howling Tongues, Sunny South Blues Band, & Urban Soil
  • July 30: Quaildogs, Ben Millburn, & Andrea Colburn
  • August 6: Radio Birds & Cordovas
  • August 13: Bad Bad Hats
  • August 20: Girls Guns & Glory & Cold Heart Canyon
  • August 27: Kick The Robot
  • September 3: Tropidelic
  • September 10: Wes Cook & Zale
  • 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

May 172017 a month from May through September, you can get your shopping fix at Alpharetta Art in the Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on select Saturdays, you can shop the outdoor artists’ market in Old Milton Park, located at 35 Milton Avenue at the corner of Milton Avenue and Main Street. Art in the Park will take place on May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 23, 2017.

For a little something extra while you’re out, make time to stop by the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, which is located at the corner of Milton Avenue & Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta. You can shop the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through the fall.

Bonus: While you’re in downtown Alpharetta, stop by Sis & Moon’s, located at 24 Milton Avenue; it is such a fun shop–vintage finds, art by local artists, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017

It’s free movie time, y’all. Movies in Central Park gets underway on Thursday.

For the 2017 season, Atlantic Station is featuring films from 1990-2000–my immediate reaction was “Yay! Nostalgia Night at the movies!”, but the longer I look at the dates, the more wonder if these films are now considered “classics.” Gen-Xers, did we officially cross over into old? #notready

If you’re not familiar with Movies in Central Park, you can grab a blanket or a lawn chair, pack a picnic, & hang out in Central Park to watch a free flick on Thursday evenings all summer long.

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

  • May 18: Tremors
  • May 25; Beauty & the Beast (1991)
  • June 1: Fried Green Tomatoes
  • June 8: The Fugitive
  • June 15: The Little Rascals (1994)
  • June 22: Sabrina
  • June 29: Twister
  • July 6: As Good As It Gets
  • July 13: Pleasantville
  • July 20: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • July 27: No Movie
  • August 3: Miss Congeniality

Movies starts at dusk. Keep an eye out for Movies in Central Park dining deals at participating Atlantic Station restaurants, which will help you save a bit while you’re there if you’re not in the mood to bring your own eats.

As always, be sure to check Atlantic Station’s Facebook page for last-minute updates in the event of inclement weather.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017

I’m a member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but were I not, I’d take advantage of a deal to go, as there’s plenty to see & do.

On view through October 29, 2017, The Curious Garden exhibition features 11 site-specific installations by artist Adam Schwerner. Per the summary: “Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature. In some cases, art objects are suspended, piquing the curiosity even more when forced to look up at the magnificence of tree canopies and brillant skies.”

To see The Curious Garden in a different light, head out for Cocktails in the Garden, happening on Thursday evenings through September 28, 2017. Admission to Cocktails in the Garden is free for members & included with Garden admission, but nonmembers can still save a bit: While they last, $29 buys two general admission tickets to Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the newly renovated Lou Glenn Children’s Garden. Little ones can “paint” on the water wall, explore the tree house, build something new in the balsa wood construction area, dance to the beat of their own drum while playing the outdoor instruments, cool off on the splash pad, & more.

Tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Garden are regularly $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under age 3.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown.

–Jennifer Maciejewski