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Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 222017
 

A musical based on The Silence of the Lambs? I’m intrigued.

From January 5-28, 2018, Silence! The Musical will be at OnStage Atlanta.

Per the summary: “In the hit thriller film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane Dr. Hannibal ‘The Cannibal’ Lecter to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to decipher Lecter’s clues before another innocent young woman is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. Now the laugh-out-loud, raunchy satire Silence! The Musical brings back the creepiness with a whole lot more fun! The saucy (and very adult) stage show features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs, who narrate the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully kidnaps hapless Catherine Martin at a hoedown. Even Dr. Lecter makes an appearance, singing about the life he’d like to lead someday outside his prison walls. See the winner of the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical when it comes to OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.”

Like the movie, Silence! The Musical is intended for adults.

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of Silence! The Musical, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (December 22), discount tickets are available for select performances from January 5-21, 2018.

Tickets to Silence! The Musical are regularly $25.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 222017
 

From February 2-25, 2018, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will be at Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is more than just the tale of a wayfaring toy rabbit–it’s a story about being loved and learning to love. Based on the award-winning book by beloved children’s author Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux), this moving stage adaptation follows Edward, an elegant porcelain rabbit who’s snatched from the arms of the little girl who adores him. His easy existence becomes an epic, sometimes painful journey that touches the lives of everyone he meets–from an old fisherman to a little boy protecting his sister.”

Want to see The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane on the cheap?

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (December 22), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run.
  • General admission tickets to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane are regularly $20-$21 for adults for most performances, and discount tickets are available for students, seniors, educators, & military with ID. FYI–If you opt for the preview performances on January 31 & February 1, 2018, you can score tickets for $10 each.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 222017
 

From January 18-February 4, 2018, Dearly Beloved will be at the Theatre in the Square in Marietta.

Not familiar with the work? Here’s the quick summary: “The feuding Futrelle sisters put the ‘fun’ in dysfunction in Dearly Beloved, a Southern-fried wedding comedy coming to Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. The rumor mill in Fayro, Texas, has been working overtime from the moment siblings Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink started planning the “wedding of the century.” No surprise there–the trio have been Town Topic No. 1 since the breakup of their almost-famous gospel singing group, The Sermonettes. But now caught up in a Texas twister of gossip, God and gunfire, they desperately attempt to pull off the Gone with the Wind-themed nuptials for Frankie’s daughter…even as the bride herself goes missing.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You can get discount tickets to Dearly Beloved:

  • While they last, you can snag discount tickets to Dearly Beloved on Goldstar. As of today (December 22), discount tickets are available for most performances from January 19-February 4, 2018.
  • Tickets to Dearly Beloved are regularly $25+fees for adults. For most performances, discounts are available for seniors, students, & children.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 222017
 

fancy nancy musicalFrom March 2-4, 2018, Fancy Nancy: The Musical returns to Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “Toss on your favorite feather boa, pour a spot of tea and get ready to enjoy the most elegant children’s musical of the year. Fancy Nancy the Musical follows Nancy and her friends as they prepare for their very first school recital. Nancy is positive–that’s ‘fancy’ for ‘100 percent sure’–that she’ll be selected to be a mermaid. But when another girl wins the coveted role, leaving Nancy stuck playing a dreary tree, she’s determined to bring flair to the mundane role. Based on the best-selling children’s picture books by Jane O’Connor and adapted for the stage by Susan DiLallo and Danny Abosch, this fun family musical features great songs, clever lyrics and valuable lessons.”

Want to see Fancy Nancy: The Musical on the cheap?

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 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 & other events 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

Dec 192017
 

I just took advantage of this deal:

For a limited time, you can snag Early Bird tickets to the Shaky Knees Music Festival, happening at Central Park in Atlanta from May 4-6, 2018. Three-day general admission tickets are $159 + fees each at the Early Bird rate; prices will go up closer to the event, so get yours while they’re (relatively) cheap.

As for the lineup, well…that won’t be announced until next year. That said, I’ve been to the Shaky Knees Music Festival several times, and I’ve always enjoyed the mix of performers, as they tend to feature the bands I listen to on 99X & ALT 105.7.

The Shaky Knees Music Festival will take place at Central Park, located at 400 Merritts Ave NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 172017
 

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. Though they haven’t announced the lineup for 2018 yet, 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.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 132017
 

If you’re planning to head out to Philips Arena to watch the Harlem Globetrotters when they come to play in March, you may want to take advantage of one of these deals for discount tickets:

Philips Arena is located at 1 Philips Dr, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 132017
 

If you’re planning to head out to Infinite Energy Arena (formerly known as the Arena at Gwinnett Center) to watch the Harlem Globetrotters when they come to play in March, you may want to take advantage of one of these deals for discount tickets:

Infinite Energy Arena is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 072017
 

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 currently on display & coming soon that look like they’re well worth the trip.

I’m looking forward to the Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design exhibition, on view through January 7, 2018. Per the summary: “The High Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, the works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more.

The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. The exhibition also illustrates how the artists use their work to effect significant economic, social, and political change.”

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. Plus, the A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography exhibition, on display through May 27, 2018, explores the era of Dr. King’s leadership, the year of his death, and contemporary reflections on the Civil Rights Movement’s enduring legacy.

Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night exhibition, on view through March 4, 2018, looks fascinating; the multi-layered photographic project explores the psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement. And through March 18, 2018, you can check out the Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? exhibition, which features more than 150 sculptures, drawings, and prints drawn from several of the artist’s major series over nearly two decades.

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) While they last, $27.25 buys a Family Day Out package, which includes two tickets to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and High Museum of Art and a $20 gift card to Gordon Biersch, thanks to a deal on PoshDealz.

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 December 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).

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view February 17–May 13, 2018: Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age
  • 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, December 10, 2017: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as a ‘Freedom Over Me’ presentation, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.
  • Friday, December 15, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Brian Hogans.
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017: The Art of Gospel Jazz. From noon-5:00 p.m., the Atrium will be filled with the sounds of gospel jazz.
  • December 26-30, 2017: Winter Art Break. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. each day, you can stop by and make a lantern during the hands-on workshop.
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: First Fridays. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, holiday karaoke, a photobooth with E.K. Sluder, gallery tours, & more.
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, such as ‘Freedom Over Me’ presentations, Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Ashley Bryan story times, & more.
  • Friday, January 19, 2018: Friday Jazz featuring King Baby.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski