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Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172018
 

I’m in:

From April 23-29, 2018, you can indulge with $5 burgers at 40+ restaurants during Atlanta Burger Week.

Burgers will be served a la carte (translation: sides are extra). And as demand will likely be high (because, seriously, $5 burgers), please be patient if your wait time at the restaurant runs a bit on the long side & remember to tip well.

Bonus for 2018: ATL Burger Week is partnering with Evan Williams Bourbon to offer a tasty deal: You can score a peach cocktail & a burger for $10 during ATL Burger Week.

Here’s the list of 2018’s participating restaurants: Alluvia at Cheetah, Argosy, Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Bantam Pub, Big Tex, Black Bear Tavern, Cala Bar, City Winery, Dakota Blue, Dark Horse Tavern, Farm Burger (Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody, Grant Park), Graveyard Tavern, Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Decatur, Memorial Drive, Piedmont, Sweet Auburn), Grub Burger Bar (Akers Mill, Druid Hills), HOBNOB (Brookhaven, Midtown), The Imperial, Little’s Food Store, Madre Mason, Midway Pub, Neighbor’s Pub, Ormsby’s, Poke Burri, Publik Draft House, Smith’s Olde Bar, Square Pub, Sublime Doughnuts, The Glenwood, Torched Hop Brewing Company, Village Burger (Dunwoody, John’s Creek, Tucker), & Zesto (EAV, Little 5, Piedmont).

If you snag a Burger Week Passport (they’ll be available at the restaurants & online) & get 5 or more stamps during ATL Burger week, you can mail in the passport for a chance to win prizes.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172018
 

From April 18-22, 2018, Lemonade Days returns to Brook Run Park in Dunwoody.

The annual festival is a fundraiser for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and it features activities for the whole family–carnival rides, a petting zoo, an antique car show, festival foods, Made in Dunwoody products, local music, & more.

Admission to Lemonade Days is free, but some activities will cost you a bit. If you’re planning to ride the carnival rides, you can snag an unlimited rides wristbands for $20 on Wednesday & $25 on Thursday-Sunday. Want to save even more? You can download & print a coupon or show it on your phone to save $5 on unlimited ride wristbands; the coupon is valid any day during Lemonade Days.

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

Thursday, April 19

  • New Artist Spotlight with performances at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., & 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 20

  • 5:00 p.m.: Fluxfall
  • 6:00 p.m.: Will Pile
  • 7:00 p.m.: Cavareza
  • 8:00 p.m.: Bile Lane
  • 9:00 p.m.: “Battle of the Bands” Winner: Lucy and the Glassmen

Saturday, April 21

  • 10:00 a.m.: Friction
  • 11:00 a.m.: PCMS Jazz Band
  • Noon: The Bad Neighbors
  • 1:00 p.m.: Hypnotic
  • 2:00 p.m.: Bending Light
  • 3:00 p.m.: Horse
  • 4:00 p.m.: Anne-Marie Perry
  • 5:00 p.m.: Lexi Street
  • 6:00 p.m.: Whistler Lane
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dunwoody Idol contest
  • 8:00 p.m.: Vega
  • 9:00 p.m.: Sucker Punch

Sunday, April 22

  • 1:00 p.m.: The Sunroom
  • 2:00 p.m.: Blue Mischief
  • 3:00 p.m.: Goodfires
  • 4:00 p.m.: No Can Do

Free parking for Lemonade Days will be available at Kingswood United Methodist Church, Peachtree Middle School, St. Patrick’s Episcopal, St. Barnabas, & Crossroads Church of Dunwoody (some lots may not be available on Sundays due to church schedules). ADA Parking is available in the park at the parking lot behind the skate park.

Brook Run Park is located at 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172018
 

Looking for something fun to do with little ones? The Cat in the Hat will be at the Center for Puppetry Arts through May 20, 2018.

All-inclusive tickets to most Family Series performances at the Center for Puppetry Arts start at $19.50 for nonmembers & $9.75 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 Cat in the Hat, 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 make 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 & $12.50 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.

And on Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays, Fulton County residents, students, and Fulton County Government employees will receive free Museum admission, plus you’ll save 25% off of tickets to a Family Series performance (includes show ticket, Create-A-Puppet workshop, & museum admission). Upcoming Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays event will take place on July 14 & October 13, 2018.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172018
 

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

Apr 132018
 

Actor’s Express’s production of The Color Purple will be at the King Plow Arts Center from June 16-July 29, 2018.

This remains one of my favorite musicals. The quick summary: “Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel bolts joyously to life at Actor’s Express with its memorable music and characters. The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, a Southern woman in the first half of the 20th century, who stares down adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice. The original Color Purple, as you might know, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in 2004, eventually running 17 months on Broadway. The more intimate version, which suits the Express space, had a 14-month Broadway run (2015-17) and won the Tony Award for best musical revival. At AE, Latrice Pace plays Celie, with Kevin Harry as Mister.”

Want to see The Color Purple on the cheap? You have discount ticket options, no coupon code required:

  • While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to select performances of The Color Purple, thanks to an offer on PoshDealz. As of today (April 13), discount tickets are available for select performances from June 13-July 12, 2018.
  • You’ll get the cheapest regular-priced tickets to The Color Purple if you head out on weeknights, plus there are senior (age 62+), military, & student discounts available. Even better: Tickets for preview performances on June 13-15 are $21.60 each.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 132018
 

The Aurora Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia! will be at The Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta from June 9-24, 2018. I’ve seen it before, and I plan to go again. You can sum up Mamma Mia! in one word: Hilarious. But here’s what I really want to know: When did I get old enough to start identifying with the mom & her friends?

The quick summary: ABBA lives! The Swedish supergroup’s music, a soundtrack for the 1970s and ’80s, provides the framework for Mamma Mia!, the story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover her dad’s identity brings three men from her mother’s past back into her life for the first time in 20 years. And it all takes place on a Greek island. The score includes ‘Take a Chance on Me,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘S.O.S.,’ and a whole lot more.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to select performances of Mamma Mia!, thanks to an offer on PoshDealz. As of today (April 13), discount tickets are available for select performances from June 9-24, 2018.

Tickets to Mamma Mia! start at $30. Discounts are available for students with ID.

Bonus: The Aurora Theatre has reserved one of the Ferst Center for the Arts’s parking decks, so you’ll get free parking when you head out for the show.

The Ferst Center for the Arts is located at 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 132018
 

Actor’s Express’s production of The Flower Room will be at the King Plow Arts Center from April 21-May 13, 2018.

This has all of the makings for a fun night at the theatre. The quick summary: “The world premiere of a madcap comedy, The Flower Room features Ingrid, an uptight academic who researches sexual behavior in primitive cultures while remaining completely closed off from her own sexual self. Kind of ironic, right? When she loses her university job, she flips a 180 and turns to writing erotica to pay the bills, unleashing her own journey of sexual discovery. If you’re dying to flip through her pages, get ready to watch your imagination run wild at Actor’s Express in Atlanta.”

Want to see The Flower Room 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

Apr 132018
 

From June 8-23, 2018, Marietta Theatre Company’s production of [title of show] will be at the Lyric Studio on the Square in Marietta.

Not familiar with the work? Here’s the quick summary: “[title of show] follows two struggling writers and their friends on a journey to write a show in three weeks in order to submit it to a new musical theatre festival. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival, learning lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists along the way. Enjoy this love letter to musical theatre and the joy of collaboration from the Marietta Theatre Company at Lyric Studio on the Square.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to [title of show]:

Lyric Studio on the Square is located at 12 Powder Springs Street, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 132018
 

From June 1-24, 2018, The Taming will be at Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “Will a Miss America contestant, a liberal blogger and a conservative senatorial staffer successfully re-write the Constitution and resolve partisan politics? Worth a shot, right? Lauren Gunderson’s outrageous play has laughs for both sides of the aisle. American politics gets delightfully absurd when she mixes two political rivals, a beauty queen and a kidnapping. Gain a different perspective on we, the people, when inventive political farce The Taming comes to Synchronicity Theatre.”

Want to see The Taming on the cheap?

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to The Taming , thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (April 13), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run.
  • General admission tickets to The Taming start at $27 for adults for most performances, and discount tickets are available for students, seniors, educators, & military with ID.
  • Bonus 1: If you opt for the preview performance on May 31 or the performance on June 11, you can score tickets for $11 each.
  • Bonus 2: Every Wednesday night performance are PWYC Wednesdays, and you can pay what you can for this ticket.
  • Bonus 3: Every Friday is Free Drink Friday. Each ticket holder gets a drink voucher good for any beverage of their choice.

Synchronicity Theatre is located at One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 122018
 

ga renfest grouponThe Georgia Renaissance Festival returns to Atlanta from April 14-June 3, 2018. We go every year, and the girls & I always have a fabulous time.

There’s quite a bit to do at the GA Ren Fest, my favorite being watching the shows. We typically make time to see some of our long-running favorites, like the Barely Balanced Acrobatic Show, The Tortuga Twins, & Hey Nunnie Nunnie, plus there’ll be jousting, Maypole dancing, photos with the King & Queen and the Fairy Queen, wandering minstrels, & the list goes on.

Most recently, we had perfect weather, and the shows didn’t disappoint. 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).

Planning to go? You have options to get discount tickets to explore the GA Ren Fest on the cheap, no coupon code required:

FYI–Other ticket deals will likely be released closer to the date, especially for Memorial Day weekend & the closing weekend.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski