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Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 152018

From February 15-25, 2018, The Meeting will be at the Theatre in the Square in Marietta.

Not familiar with the work? Here’s the quick summary: “Two iconic African-American leaders meet in a Harlem hotel room in 1965 to debate the future of the Civil Rights Movement. This charged and emotional encounter between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X never actually happened, but playwright Jeff Stetson channels the two men’s psyches and egos with rare insight and unsettling power as they argue their differing visions for nationwide change. As their no-holds-barred conversation expands and deepens, the two contrasting personalities come to learn much about one another and–together–discover common ground.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to The Meeting:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to The Meeting on Goldstar. As of today (January 15), discount tickets are available for most performances from February 15-25, 2018.
  • Tickets to The Meeting are regularly $30+fees for adults. Discounts are available for seniors, students, & children for most performances.

Marietta’s new Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 152018

childrens museum of atlIf it’s been a while since you’ve been to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, it’s time to head back. With the Gateway to the World, Step Up to Science, and Fundamentally Food exhibitions as well as a Let Your Creativity Flow area, complete with an Arts Studio, paint wall, sand tables, & a stage, there’s plenty for kids to see & do while they’re there.

Plus from January 27-May 28, 2018, kids can check out the Healthyville exhibition.They can shop at the Good Foods Market & Cafe, play at Healthyville Park, study x-rays & check out a giant nose at the Healthyville Care Center, & more.

If you’re planning to treat the kids to a day of play at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta in the coming weeks, you’re in luck: You’ve got a few ways to get discount tickets (or better yet, free admission), no coupon code required:

Admission for everyone age 1 & up is regularly $12.95 on value days, $15.95 on regular days, & $15.95 on peak days when you order tickets in advance online. If you wait until you’re at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to purchase tickets, prices go up to $15.95 on value days, $16.95 on regular days, & $18.95 on peak days.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 142018

Attention, Zoo Atlanta fans: You have a few ways to check out the pandas & my favorite, the red panda, for free or on the cheap. For a limited time, you can snag discount tickets, no coupon code required.

The deals:

If you order in advance online, you’ll save on general admission tickets: They’re $22.99+tax & fees for ages 12+, $16.99+tax & fees for ages 3-11, and $18.99+tax & fees for seniors (age 65+) with ID. At the gate, general admission prices go up to $25.99+tax for ages 12+ and $17.99+tax for ages 3-11. College students and seniors (age 65+) with ID will receive a discounted rate of $21.99+tax at the gate. All active-duty, reserves, and retired members of the Armed Forces with ID will receive free admission at the gate; regular admission rates apply to family members and other guests.

Zoo Atlanta is located at 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 142018

atl history folk artIf you’ve been meaning to visit the Atlanta History Center, you’re in luck. You’ve got several ways to get free admission or discount tickets, no coupon code required.

In addition to exploring everything from one of the nation’s largest and most complete Civil War exhibitions in the DuBose Gallery to more than 500 folk art artifacts in the Goizueta Folklife Gallery, while you’re at the Atlanta History Center, you can check out a myriad of temporary exhibitions.

You can learn about the life, art, music, & ceremonies of the state’s original inhabitants while exploring the Native Lands: Indians and Georgia exhibition, on view through December 31, 2018. The exhibition “shares the history and stories of the state’s original inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees.”

To gain insight into the ways that Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos, check out the ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South exhibition, on view through December 31, 2018. Per the summary, “Nuevolution is a Spanglish mash-up of words—nuevo, meaning new in Spanish, and evolution, meaning growth and development in English. Together they suggest transformational change. Through videos, interactive displays and original artworks, the exhibition considers the complex issue of identity and historic tensions accompanying immigration. It looks at how music and culinary norms are influenced by blending cultures, and how in–migration is breathing new life into declining Southern towns, not just burgeoning cities such as Atlanta.”

And the More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War exhibition will be on view through March 18, 2018. The exhibition pairs an exclusive selection from 650 oral histories preserved in the Atlanta History Center’s Veterans History Project with dozens of photographs, documents, and artifacts from the era. You’ll see everything from a telegram and a nurse’s field jacket to an AR-15 rifle and a Montagnard crossbow crafted by native Vietnam inhabitants.

Bonus: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15, 2018), you can take advantage of free admission to the Atlanta History Center. The day’s events include Freedom Ride interactive theatrical simulations; living history experiences with activist Connie Curry, who trained volunteers with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, & Rosalyn Walton, one of the “Atlanta Nine” students that integrated Atlanta’s Schools; screenings of The Big March & March on Washington; activities; & more.

The deals:

  • Admission is regularly $21.50 for adults, $18 for students age 13+ & seniors age 65+, & $9 for youth ages 4-12).
  • All active duty and retired military personnel with ID receive free admission for up to two adults.
  • If you buy an Entertainment book, you can access online coupons, too; log in & print a coupon that’ll let you buy one ticket & get one free to the Atlanta History Center. Bonus: Through January 15, 2018, you can use coupon code “THIRTY” to save 30% on the purchase of an Entertainment book & get free shipping.
  • On the first full weekend of the month, admission to the Atlanta History Center is free for Bank of America cardholders (free admission deal applies to the cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will take place on February 3 & 4, 2018.

Admission includes all History Center exhibitions, interactive experiences, explorations at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and twenty-two acres of gardens and trails. Bonus: Admission to the Margaret Mitchell House is free with your ticket if you go within 9 days of your visit to the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 142018

Monster Jam will be at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 24 & 25, 2018.

Planning to go? You’ve got a few ways to get into Monster Jam on the cheap:

  • Tickets to Monster Jam start at $20 when you buy in advance online, no promo code required.
  • Starting January 29, 2018, you can stop by participating Chick-fil-A locations & pick up coupons good for up to $15 off select tickets and participating Circle K/Kangaroo stores to get buy one, get one free coupons good for adult tickets, valid for select price levels. And beginning February 2, 2018, participating Great Clips locations will have coupons good for 20% off select tickets. You’ll need to redeem your coupon by the day before the event to save.
  • Need new glasses? If you spend $69.95 on eyeglasses or contacts at America’s Best, you’ll get a free ticket to Monster Jam; restrictions apply.
  • Bonus 1: From 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on February 24 & 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., you can head out for a pre-show Pit Party to check out the trucks up close, get autographs, & more. Pit Party tickets are $20 each. You’ll need an event ticket to attend the Pit Party.
  • Bonus 2: From 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on February 22, Big Kahuna will be at Toys R Us (2955 Cobb Parkway) for a free event.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 112018

UniverSoul Circus will be at the Gold Lot at the old Turner Field from February 7-March 11, 2018. Discount tickets to UniverSoul Circus are available, but even without them, it’s a fairly inexpensive day out, no coupon code required.

The deals:

FYI: UniverSoul Circus does have live animals in its circus. If that concerns you, this is not the show for you.

UniverSoul Circus will be at the Gold Lot at the old Turner Field, located at 521 Capital Avenue, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 112018

RENT will be at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from February 20-28, 2018.

Per the summary: “Back in 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production, and it’s making a stop in Atlanta. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters: love.”

Tickets to RENT start at $30+fees. Want to see it on the cheap? You can save:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to RENT, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (January 11), discount tickets are available for select performances from February 20-28, 2018.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Jan 022018

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, high schoolers can head to the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art for a free Open Studio event.

During Open Studio events, teens can get creative while working with a variety of materials, from charcoal & paint to metal & fabric. The projects vary each month, so be prepared to experiment. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey Green, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for one of the the next Open Studio events, which take place on the first Friday of the month. Upcoming Open Studio events include February 2, March 2, April 6, & May 4, 2018.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Open Studio events are open to high school students only.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 282017

The Comedy of Errors will be at the Shakespeare Tavern from January 6-28, 2018.

If you didn’t read the play in high school, here’s the quick summary: “One of Shakespeare’s fastest, funniest and wildest plays, The Comedy of Errors is a farce that centers around two sets of twins, both separated at birth, who circulate in the same city over the course of one very crazy day. Multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale, while slapstick, puns and clever wordplay all add up to a singularly entertaining experience. This production of The Comedy of Errors at Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is filled to the brim with wild elements like madness, infidelity, wrongful beatings and even demonic possession.”

If you haven’t been to Shakespeare Tavern before, a tip: It’s an intimate venue, so you really can’t go wrong with any seats–I’ve tried all three price levels (Main Floor, Box Seats, Balcony), & I’ve had a good view of the production from each vantage point. The food is quite good, too–the apple crisp served during intermission is worth every calorie. Yum.

Want to go? You’ve got a few ways to save on tickets:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of The Comedy of Errors, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (December 28), discount tickets are available for select performances from January 7-21, 2018.
  • For regular-priced tickets, you’ll get the best deal on Thursdays, plus students & educators save $5 on adult tickets (excluding Saturday nights), and seniors (age 65+) & military with ID save $3 off the adult ticket price for most performances. If you can make it, you can snag $15 general admission tickets to the preview performances on January 4 or $20 general admission tickets to the preview performance on January 5, 2018.

FYI re: parking: Unless it’s a Sunday or another exempt time, they’re enforcing the meters in front of the theatre, so make sure to pay if you use them. Or you can park in the Emory parking deck across the street. If you give them your ticket stub when you leave, parking should be $5.

Shakespeare Tavern is located at 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 282017

From January 26-February 25, 2018, Million Dollar Quartet will be at the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.

If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkin,s and Elvis Presley to Memphis’ Sun Records. The rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet takes inspiration from this legendary recording session–the first and only collaboration between these true iconoclasts, each of whom had an undeniable influence on American music. This thrilling production takes you inside the studio with the four major talents who came together as a red-hot band for one unforgettable night, and features such enduring hits as ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ ‘Great Balls of Fire,’ and ‘Hound Dog.'”

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

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to Million Dollar Quartet, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (December 28), discount tickets are available for performances on January 26 & 27, 2018, but act fast if you plan to get yours: Discount tickets are likely to sell out.
  • Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet 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