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Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

zoo atlantaAttention, 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.

Looking for a little something extra to do while you’re there? Head out for one of the special events, which are free with admission. On September 9, you can learn how to Play the Animal Way, and Boo at the Zoo returns October 21-22 & 28-29, 2017. Got a favorite critter? Visit on their “Day” for to learn more with interactive activities all about them–Red Panda Day is September 16 and World Lemur Day is November 4, 2017.

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

Sep 052017

If 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 September 10, 2017, you can check out the Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation exhibition, which sounds like a fun exhibition. Per the summary: “This retrospective exhibition, encompassing over 250 works on loan from Portland-based collector Jordan D. Schnitzer, establishes Warhol’s innovative graphic production as it evolved over the course of four decades. The exhibition explores his nearly singular use of the silkscreen process, once largely a commercial format that Warhol elevated to the status of fine art.

The series and portfolios on view highlight Warhol’s obsession with repetition and with printmaking as a mechanical means of artistic reproduction. In this convergence, Warhol famously blurred the distinctions between original and copy and employed print multiples as a medium for conceptual rebellion and experimentation.

As a result of Warhol’s fascination with popular culture, the exhibition also chronicles American life in the second half of the twentieth century, from glamour icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe to the violent imagery of the Birmingham civil rights protests, political posters of the 1970s, and 1980s ad campaigns. Warhol’s work also addressed his own identity as a gay man in a time when homosexuality was stigmatized and persecuted.

In total, the works on view offer a bellwether of postwar American life and foreshadow our culture’s frenzied obsession with celebrity, fashion, sensationalism, and scandal.”

While you’re there, you can check out the next part of The High’s series of picture-book art exhibitions: Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, which will be on view through January 21, 2018. The vibrant Technicolor exhibition, featuring new works by Jamie Hayon, will be on view in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing through October 15, 2017. Plus, Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo exhibition, also on display through October 15, features three decades of the artist’s work, including new works created for the exhibition.

And through November 26, 2017, the kids can explore the Merry Go Zoo exhibition in Sifly Piazza.

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 October 7 & 8, 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 September 10, 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 September 8, 2017–March 4, 2018: Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night
  • On view October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
  • On view November 17, 2017–March 18, 2018: Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?
  • 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:

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as a Freedom Over Me performance by the Alliance Theatre, art-making workshops, Ashley Bryan story times, live music, & more.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Melvin Jones
  • Friday, October 6, 2017: First Fridays. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, live performances by Atlanta-area artists, gallery tours, & more.
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Georgia Wildlife Journey with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as Around the World in Thirty Days-themed activities, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

Abigail/1702 will be at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville from September 21-October 15, 2017.

As a former English teacher, I’m intrigued by this quasi-sequel to The Crucible. Per the quick summary: “Ten years after she cried ‘witch’ and sent the town of Salem into a frenzy, the woman who started it all, Abigail Williams, is seeking redemption with a new name and a new town. But in Abigail/1702, she’ll discover that her past has a powerful hold on her, with the day of reckoning looming ahead. Can Abigail find redemption or will the devil have his just due? This intense, complex drama comes from Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa, who was a writer for Glee and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You have a few ways to save on tickets to Abigail/1702:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Abigail/1702, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (September 5), discount tickets are available for select performances from September 21-October 10, 2017.
  • Tickets to most performances of Abigail/1702 are regularly $20-$55 each; student & senior discounts are available for most performances. Even better: tickets start from $16 each for the 10:00 a.m. matinee performance on Tuesday, October 3, 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

Sep 052017

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

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays in September, 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:

  • September 9: Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Ragband
  • September 16: The Haraway Bros.
  • September 23: Grant Green, Jr.
  • September 30: Diggity

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

Live music fans, take note:

Every Friday through October 27, 2017, swing by Avalon in Alpharetta for a free concert. From 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., you can unwind in the Plaza during Avalon Nights Live.

Here’s the lineup for this week and the rest of September:

  • September 8: Thin Ice
  • September 15: Mike Veal Band
  • September 22: Jessie Albright & Foster Blues
  • September 29: Brian Wiltsey Band

FYI–As always, the lineup is subject to change.

Avalon Nights Live concerts will take place at the Plaza at Avalon, located at 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

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

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

  • September 13: The Beulah Boys
  • September 27: Jason Pomar

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

From September 21-October 15, 2017, Sense and Sensibility will be at Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “Of all the romantic comedies ever written, those by Jane Austen are not only among the most romantic, but also the most fiercely and originally comic. And you’ve never seen Austen quite like this before. Her keen sense of humor and deep humanity shine at their brightest in Kate Hamill’s playful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, hailed as ‘the greatest stage adaptation of [Sense and Sensibility] in history’ by The Huffington Post. Follow the Dashwood sisters as they discover that the course of love, though true, does not always go straight, with this fresh, humorous and emotional adaptation at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre.”

Want to see Sense and Sensibility on the cheap?

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to Sense and Sensibility, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (September 5), discount tickets are available for most performances from September 22-October 15, 2017.
  • General admission tickets to Sense and Sensibility are regularly $27-$31 for adults for most performances, and discount tickets are available for students, seniors, educators, & military with ID. FYI–If you opt for the preview performance on September 21, 2017, you can score tickets for $11 each.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 052017

Million Dollar Quartet will be at the Cobb Energy Centre on September 20 & 21, 2017.

Per the summary: “Sometimes the stars align. On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to Memphis’ Sun Records. The rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by 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:

  • While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to Million Dollar Quartet, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (September 5), Goldstar has discount tickets available for performances on September 20 & 21, 2017.
  • Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet are regularly $39-$79 each. For a limited time, you can use coupon code “GASSOUTH” to save 35% on select tickets during the run.

Cobb Energy Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 042017

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, you’re armed with a stun blaster and real-time gaming elements while traveling on a rotating vehicle through Metropolis. And new for 2018: Twisted Cyclone, which will feature a classic wooden structure combined with a modern, steel track.

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.

And it’s not too late to beat the heat at White Water, which is open weekends through September 24, 2017.

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

The deals:

  • Reminder: 2018 season passes are now on sale, and through September 4, 2017, you can take advantage of the Flash Sale and get the best deal of the year on passes. With the deal, your season pass is $53.99 each, and it includes a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Pass, which includes unlimited admission & parking to both Six Flags Over Georgia & White Water for the rest of the 2017 season as well as 2018, plus a bonus Holiday in the Park friend ticket, extra Bring-A-Friend Free ticket days, & more. You’ll need to buy your passes during the Flash Sale and activate them at the park by September 24, 2017, to get the perks.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • And if you have a 2017 or 2018 Entertainment book or a current membership, you can log in & purchase discount tickets to White Water. I just checked (September 4), 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.
  • 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

Aug 252017

If you thought it was too late in the season for water park fun, you’re in luck: LanierWorld’s Summer Adventure at Lake Lanier Islands is open weekends through October 1, 2017.

There’s plenty to see & do there: You can soak up the “getaway vibe” while lounging on the sandy white beaches, check out over a dozen water rides & slides, play in the Wild Waves wave pool, unwind with interactive games & all-ages shows, & more.

Want to check it out on the cheap? You’ve got a few options:

Bonus event: New for 2017, LanierWorld is hosting Bark in the Waterpark on October 7. Admission is free for both you & your four-legged friends. There’ll be pet-related arts & crafters, live music, a Dog & Disc competition, a Halloween-themed costume party for your pooch, lake access & beach games, & more.

Lanier Islands is located at 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway in Buford, GA.

–Jennifer Maciejewski