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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017

Mamma Mia! will be at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta from June 13-18, 2017. 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 basics: If you’ve seen the movie, you know the plot: 20-year-old Sophie is getting married on a Greek island. She doesn’t know who her father is, and when she comes across her mother’s diary & discovers that there are three possibilities, she sends them all invitations to the wedding. As she’s naive, she thought she’d “know” her dad on sight. She doesn’t, and hilarity ensues, all to the beat of ABBA’s hit songs, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Take a Chance on Me”, & “Mamma Mia.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Mamma Mia!, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (May 16), Goldstar has tickets available for performances on June 13-15, 2017.

Tickets to Mamma Mia! start at $30.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017

Robin Hood will be at The Farmer’s Market Hideaway at Serenbe from June 2-August 13, 2017.

Serenbe’s open-air production will add a fun touch to this timeless tale. Here’s the quick summary: “Embark on a swashbuckling journey to Nottingham with a thrilling adaptation of the classic Robin Hood. Robin abandons his life of comfort to rob from the rich and give to the poor with his Merry Men. In the outdoor space, his green attire camouflages the outlaw hero as he takes on the power-hungry Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and rescues the beautiful Maid Marion. Under the direction of Broadway’s Paul McGill, characters fly through Serenbe’s magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go. Catch all the high adventure in Robin’s natural element at Serenbe Farmer’s Market Stage in Chattahoochee Hills.”

Tickets are regularly $20 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, & $10 for children age 11 & younger.

But while they last, you can save on tickets to select performances of Robin Hood, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (May 16), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run. The deal will likely sell out, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.

Robin Hood will take place at the Farmer’s Market Hideaway at Serenbe, located at 9110 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017

wildwoods-nature-stories-fernbankNow’s the time to explore Fernbank Museum of Natural History on the cheap: While they last, you can get discount tickets to Fernbank, no coupon code required.

As always, you can check out the dinosaurs, investigate the natural world via hands-on activities and live animals in Fernbank NatureQuest, learn about Georgia’s natural history, & more during your visit to Fernbank Museum of Natural History. And it’s an excellent time to explore WildWoods, an outdoor experience that includes everything from vantage points high in the trees to ground trails and a wetland. I wish I still had little ones, as they’d love the Nature Stories playground (pictured above) & a Sensory Wall that they’re actually allowed to touch, but my older kids & I still have plenty to do in WildWoods, from checking out the ever-changing art exhibitions in the Nature Gallery to walking the trails.

Mark your calendars: The Mammoths and Mastodons exhibition will be on view from June 17-August 17, 2017. Per the summary, “Journey back in time millions of years ago when mammoths and mastodons roamed the earth. Explore how mammoths and mastodons lived with other giant creatures like short-faced bears and saber-toothed cats. Joust with mammoth tusks. Touch the teeth of the colossal mastodon, and feel mammoth fur between your fingertips. Create your own cave art and learn why early humans both hunted and honored these majestic animals. Live among these larger than life creatures for a day, in the most captivating, interactive exhibition since the Ice Age.”

And movie fans are in luck: The IMAX theatre has been renovated. Now known as the Giant Screen theatre, it features state-of-the-art 4K digital projection with both 2D and 3D capabilities on a new screen, plus new seats, floors, & sound system.

Admission to the exhibitions is free for members, $18 for adults, $17 for seniors (age 65+), & $16 for children (ages 3-12). Don’t have a membership? You can save a bit on admission to Fernbank Museum of Natural History with these deals:

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 042017

The 2017 season of Candler Park Movie Nights is underway.

Want to go? Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the season:

  • May 6: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • August 5: Sing
  • August 19: The Jungle Book (2016)
  • September 9: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Picnic festivities start an hour before dusk in front of the pool house, and the movie starts at dark. Blankets & picnics encouraged, but no glass is allowed.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 042017

georgiaaquarium3If you’re looking for discount tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, you’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to get in free or on the cheap, no coupon code required.

The deals:

And don’t miss out on these events:

  • Sips Under the Sea returns with a Cinco Day May theme on Friday, May 5, 2017. General admission tickets are $19.95+tax for members & $28.95+tax for nonmembers, and VIP admission is $24.95+tax for members & $48.95+tax for nonmembers. Sips Under the Sea is a 21+ event. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for VIP admission & 7:00 p.m. for general admission. You must purchase tickets in advance to attend. Can’t make it? Head out for another Sips Under the Sea event in 2017: Glow in the Dark party on August 4, Pajama Jam on September 22, & New Year’s Eve on December 31.
  • On Friday, May 19, 2017, you can head out for Endangered Species Day at the Georgia Aquarium. From 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., there’ll be endangered species-themed events & activities in the atrium, scavenger hunts, & more.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 032017

tiovivo high atlIf you haven’t been to The High Museum of Art in a while, now’s an awesome time to go. There are quite a few special exhibitions on display that look like they’re well worth the trip.

Through May 21, 2017, you can check out the Daniel Arsham: Hourglass exhibition, which sounds fascinating. Per the summary: “Hourglass comprises three related, site-specific installations, each infused with mythology and striking color. In one area, the artist will create a complete Japanese Zen garden with traditional pagoda, tatami mats, and raked sand, all rendered in bright blue. Arsham will transform a second gallery space into a purple amethyst cavern composed of sports equipment. The final installation consists of a set of large hourglasses filled with crushed blue crystals and sculptural casts. Performers will move through the gallery periodically, subtly altering different elements of the space.”

While you’re there, you can experience the natural beauty of the American South as captured by photographer Jack Leigh in the The Spirit of the Place exhibition, on view through June 11, 2017. The High’s series of picture-book art exhibition continues with Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, on view through January 21, 2018. Plus, five of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals will be on view in the High’s Anne Cox Chambers Wing through May 7, 2017–the sixth is part of the Cross Country exhibition.

Speaking of, the Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915–1950 exhibition is fantastic. On view through May 7, 2017, Cross Country brings together 200+ works by 80+ artists. The exhibition is arranged geographically, and it highlights artists “who channeled the power of American places outside of city limits between 1915 and 1950. Shortly after World War I, the U.S. population became increasingly urban rather than rural, but where artists lived did not necessarily dictate where they worked. In addition to developments in infrastructure and industry—such as the automobile and the interstate system—grants, commissions, the lure of newly established art schools and artist colonies, and various Depression-era government agencies stimulated artists to explore far-flung locales.”

Want to explore the High Museum of Art on the cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) Bank of America cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month, thanks to the Museums on Us program (discount applies to cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will be May 6 & 7, 2017.

2) On Second Sundays at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m., and there’ll be special activities & workshops. The next Second Sundays free admission day will take place on May 14, 2017.

3) All active & veteran military personnel as well as one guest will receive free admission to The High Museum of Art & free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Proof of service includes valid military, retiree, military/retiree dependent identification card or a DD Form 214 (Report of Separation).

4) While they last, $30 buys two tickets to The High Museum of Art + a $20 gift card to Fifth Group Restaurants (South City Kitchen, La Tavola, The Original El Taco, & more), thanks to an offer on Poshdealz.

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view June 3–September 3, 2017: Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
  • On view June 24–October 15, 2017: Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo
  • On view June 24–October 15, 2017: Technicolor
  • On view June 24–October 22, 2017: Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale
  • On view June 24–November 26, 2017: Merry Go Zoo (Sifly Piazza)
  • On view October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
  • On view November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Want a little something extra while you’re there? Head out for an event at The High, most of which are free with museum admission. Here are a few:

  • Friday, May 5, 2017: First Fridays. During May’s event, there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, drawing in the galleries, Talk: “Multiple Moderns: American Art and Artists During the Great Depression” with Erika Doss, live performances by Dad’s Garage & the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, & more.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.: Revelations Celebration community workshop in Sifly Piazza. You’ll learn excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations in a dance workshop conducted by former Ailey company member Nasha Thomas, with live music by an Ailey percussionist.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.: Revelations Celebration community workshop in Sifly Piazza. You’ll learn excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s Revelations in a dance workshop conducted by former Ailey company member Nasha Thomas, with live music by an Ailey percussionist. Bonus: This is a Second Sundays free admission day.
  • Friday, May 19, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Tyrone Jackson, William Menefield, Alex Gordon, and Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack
  • Friday, June 2, 2017: First Fridays: Warhol Factory Party. During June’s event, there’ll drop-in screen-printing workshops, & more. Costumes encouraged–dress as your favorite Warhol Factory regular (Candy Darling, Basquiat, the Velvet Underground, or Edie Sedgwick, to name a few).
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Jingle Writing Workshops with the Ukulady, an ABC’s Photobooth in Sifly Piazza, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, story times, & more.
  • Friday, June 16, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Faith Carmichael

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 032017

childrens museum of atlIf it’s been a while since you’ve been to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, now’s the time to head back. The recently renovated space is now home to Gateway to the World, Step Up to Science, and Fundamentally Food exhibitions, as well as a Let Your Creativity Flow area, complete with a new Arts Studio, paint wall, sand tables, & a stage.

Plus through May 29, 2017, kids will be able to investigate the science of how things move by land, sea, and air via the From Here to There exhibition. And from June 10-September 4, 2017, they can march to their own beat while experiencing the Blue Man Group: Making Waves exhibition, a multi-sensory exploration of sound that brings together science and art.

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 is regularly $14.95 + tax for everyone age 1 & up. FYI–When you purchase tickets, you’ll need to select both a date & an arrival time, so plan accordingly.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022017

It’s May, which means it’s time for the spring 2017 season of Concerts on the Square in Decatur.

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays in May, stop by the community bandstand in Decatur Square to listen to free concerts.

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

  • May 6: Banded (Modern Top 40)
  • May 13: The Geeks (Party Band)
  • May 20: AFS Rhythm (Motown/Funk)
  • May 27: Mango (All-Time Top 40)

Can’t make it? The Concerts on the Square series returns in the fall. Performances are scheduled for September 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2017.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022017

If you’re in the Decatur area on Wednesdays in May, you’ve got a good excuse to spend your lunch hour in the square.

From noon-1:00 p.m. each week, there’ll be free concerts at the community bandstand in the Decatur Square. Here’s the lineup for the May 2017 season of Blue Sky Concerts:

  • May 3: Kevin Dunbar
  • May 10: TBA
  • May 17: Tim O’Donovan
  • May 24: TBA
  • May 31: TBA

Can’t make it? The Blue Sky Concerts series returns in the fall. Performances are scheduled for September 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 022017

The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be at the Shakespeare Tavern from May 26-June 11, 2017. Given my affection for the rom-com genre, I need to make time to head out for this show. It looks like it’ll be a fun night at the theatre.

Per the summary: “Leave it to Shakespeare to hit a home run with his first crack at bat. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona helped launch both his career and the rom-com genre. In fact, Two Gentlemen offers up just about everything you could ever want in a romantic comedy: moony and misguided guys, smart and resourceful gals, a road trip, a hilarious bit with a dog, and plenty of cross-dressing. Watch all the fun of this love-fueled farce, in which two best friends fall for the same woman, by way of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse.”

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 most performances of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, thanks to a deal on Goldstar.
  • For regular-priced tickets, you’ll get the best deals on Thursdays & Sundays, 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. And general admission tickets are $15 each for the preview performance on May 25, 2017.

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