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Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 282017

From March 30-April 23, 2017, Straight of Gibraltar will be at Synchronicity Theatre.

Per the summary: “What starts off as a typical romantic comedy quickly spirals into a suspenseful thriller about terrorism in Andrea Lepcio’s Strait of Gibraltar. Miriam, a Jewish woman, meets Zameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, and the two instantly fall in love. However, when Zameer reveals that he’s in the country illegally, Miriam comes to the earth-shattering conclusion that everything is not what it seems. Smart, riveting and profound, Strait of Gibraltar examines love, truth and prejudice in the age of the Patriot Act.”

Want to see Straight of Gibraltar on the cheap?

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to Strait of Gibraltar, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (February 28), discount tickets are available for most performances from April 1-23, 2017.
  • General admission tickets to Straight of Gibraltar are regularly $27-$31 for adults for most performances, and discount tickets are available for students, seniors, & military with ID. FYI–If you opt for the preview performance on March 30, 2017, you can score tickets for $11 each. And Pay-what-you-can Industry nights performances will take place on Wednesdays plus Monday, April 10, 2017

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 272017

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.

The A Conspiracy of Icons: The Art of Donald Locke exhibition, on view through April 24, 2017, highlights Locke’s multicultural exploration through a selection of paintings and sculptures. And you’ll find five images making up the Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit on view outside of the Greene Family Learning Gallery through March 12, 2017. 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, which opened on earlier this month.

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.”

For a hands-on experience, check out Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon, on display in Sifly Piazza through March 5, 2017. The large-scale outdoor works are always worth exploring, especially if you have little ones with you.

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 March 4 & 5, 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 March 12, 2016.

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.

5) Friday, March 10, 2017 is Teen Night at The High Museum of Art. There’ll be live music, gallery tours, a poetry slam, hands-on art-making workshops, theatre performances, & more. Admission is $5 with a high school ID.

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view March 4–May 21, 2017: Daniel Arsham: Hourglass
  • On view March 4–June 11, 2017: The Spirit of the Place: Photographs by Jack Leigh
  • On view April 1, 2017–January 21, 2018: Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan
  • On view June 11–September 3, 2017: Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
  • On view June 24–November 26, 2017: Merry Go Zoo (Sifly Piazza)
  • 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. Here are a few:

  • Friday, March 3, 2017: First Fridays. During March’s event, there’ll a drop-in art-making workshops, Talk A Curatorial Conversation on Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art (1915–1950), drawing in the galleries, & more.
  • Friday, March 17, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring David Potter
  • April 1-2 & 7-8, 2017: Studio Spring Break at The High. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. each day, there’ll be art-making workshops & more featuring a “Build It” theme. Free with museum admission.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: Friday Jazz featuring Jason Collier

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 272017

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, 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. In March, you’ll create a mini clay character inspired by the landscapes in Cross Country exhibition. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for upcoming Open Studio events, which take place on the first Friday of the month:

  • April 7: Make a block print of your favorite pattern in the Modern and Contemporary collection
  • May 5: Paint a masterpiece inspired by your favorite work of art

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

Feb 242017

Darn, this deal has expired.

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From March 3-April 2, 2017, 9 to 5: The Musical will be at OnStage Atlanta.

Per the summary: “The outrageously entertaining and always timely 9 to 5: The Musical follows the hilarious adventures of three female office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. When his abusive behavior becomes too much for them, the three take matters into their own hands, kidnapping him and running the office themselves. As they take charge, they find out there’s nothing they can’t do…even in a man’s world. Coming to OnStage Atlanta, this crowd-pleasing musical comedy–based on the hit 1980 film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton–boasts music and lyrics by Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, who also wrote the film. Parton’s score was nominated for a Tony, and the titular theme song won two Grammys and was nominated for an Oscar.”

Want to see it on the cheap? While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of 9 to 5: The Musical, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (February 24), discount tickets are available for select performances from March 10-April 1, 2017. FYI–Discount tickets are starting to sell out, so don’t procrastinate.

Tickets to 9 to 5: The Musical are regularly $25 each at the door on Fridays & Saturdays and $18 at the door on Sundays; you’ll save $3 when you order tickets in advance online. In addition to the advance purchase savings, students & seniors can take advantage of an extra discount on tickets for Friday & Saturday performances.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 232017

From March 9-April 16, 2017, The Bridges of Madison County will be at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire, and everlasting love. Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this dazzling production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman’s The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at Aurora Theatre’s Main Stage in Lawrenceville.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You have a few ways to save on tickets to The Bridges of Madison County:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of The Bridges of Madison County, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (February 23), discount tickets are available for most performances during the run, but don’t procrastinate–I expect the discount tickets to sell out.
  • Tickets to most performances of The Bridges of Madison County are regularly $40-$65 each; student & senior discounts are available for most performances.

Bonus 1: From 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, you can indulge with free taco samples before the show, courtesy of La Cazuela.

Bonus 2: From 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Wine Down Wednesdays, you can imbibe during the free pre-show wine tasting, courtesy of Local Republic.

The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street, Lawrenceville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 222017

magic-negro-hertz-goldstarThe Magic Negro and other Blackity Blackness, as told by an African-American Man who also happens to be Black, will be on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage from March 24-April 15, 2017. Not only does it look like a fun night out at the theatre, but you can score ticket deals, some with no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “This hilarious one-man show by Dad’s Garage’s Mark Kendall–also a leader in Atlanta’s growing African-American comedy network–shows a performer at war with himself. Dissecting common themes in representations of the African-American experience, Mark makes us laugh and ask ourselves why we are laughing. From race cards to white flight, Aunt Jemima, and even Black Jesus—you will laugh until you cry and cry until you laugh. This subversive show is the reason Atlanta artists are defining African-American comedy today. The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness was developed by the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab and is the first project from the Lab to receive a full production on the Hertz Stage.”

The deals:

  • While they last, you can get discount tickets to select performances of The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (February 22), the deal is available for performances on March 24 & 25, 2017.
  • For most performances at the Alliance Theatre, you can buy $20 Rush tickets on the day of the show. For students with ID, the Rush ticket price drops to $10. Rush tickets go on sale after 5:00 p.m. for evening shows and at noon for matinees. Call before you go to check availability (404-733-5000).
  • Members of the military can show their ID at the box office to save 15% on regularly priced tickets to Alliance Stage and Hertz Stage productions.
  • Middle or high school students can show their valid school ID at the box office to get their tickets for just $10 each. A maximum of four tickets may be purchased with this discount.

The Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 212017

I can almost smell the funnel cake now:

From February 24-April 2, 2017, the Atlanta Fair will be at Turner Field, which also means that spring is essentially here—woot!

Though it’s ridiculously easy to spend a small fortune at any fair, there are plenty of deals for the Atlanta Fair, from coupons to unlimited rides. Here are a few ways to save:

Admission to the Atlanta Fair is $5 for anyone 36″+ on Fridays, Saturday from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sundays. On Monday-Thursday, admission is $3 for anyone 36″+, and it’s $8 for anyone 36″+ after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $1 anyone under 36″. FYI–Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21+ to enter the Atlanta Fair on Friday & Saturday evenings.

The Atlanta Fair opens at 5:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday, and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday; it closes at 10:00 p.m. on weeknights & 11:00 p.m. on weekends.

The Atlanta Fair will take place in the Grey Lot at Turner Field, located at 655 Central Ave SW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 212017

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.

And it’s a fun time to go. You can celebrate Winter Fest with live music, fun activities, & more at the Georgia Aquarium through March 2017.

The deals:

And don’t miss out on these events:

  • During Winter Fest, you can start each day with a Dock of the Bay opening ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium. The folk-style show starts at 10:30 a.m. daily.
  • From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Fridays through March, you can enjoy live music & specialty cocktails during Friday Nights at the Georgia Aquarium. Friday Nights at the Georgia Aquarium is included in regular admission.
  • From 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on February 25, 2017, you can head out for a Coral Carnival event at the Georgia Aquarium. You’ll learn about Caribbean culture through Carnival-inspired interactive and educational coral activities.
  • Sips Under the Sea returns with a St. Patrick’s Day theme on Friday, March 17, 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: Cinco de Mayo on May 5, Glow in the Dark party on August 4, Pajama Jam on September 22, & New Year’s Eve on December 31.

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 162017

Hamilton will be at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta from May 22-June 10, 2018.

That said, you need to know about this fact in February 2017 because the only guaranteed way to get seats for Hamilton is to buy Broadway in Atlanta’s 2017-2018 season ticket package, and those tickets are on sale now. And if its run on Broadway is any indication, Hamilton will be a hard ticket to come by in Atlanta.

I just bought mine. I opted for Tuesday night season tickets, as those tend to be the best deal. And while it’s not cheap (especially since you’re buying tickets for seven different shows), you are getting your tickets at a discount when you purchase season tickets–subscribers saved an average of 41% for the 2015-2016 season.

The season:

  • The King & I: September 26-October 1, 2017
  • The Color Purple: The Musical: October 24-29, 2017
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, The Phantom Returns: November 28-December 3, 2017
  • Rent: February 20-25, 2018
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: March 13-18, 2018
  • Something Rotten!: April 17-22, 2018
  • Hamilton: May 22-June 10, 2018

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

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Feb 142017

shaky-knees-2017If you missed out on the Early Bird ticket deal or if you didn’t have room in your schedule for a three-day music fest & were planning to skip out, you’ve got new options for attending the Shaky Knees Music Festival:

For a limited time, you can snag Advance tickets to the Shaky Knees Music Festival, happening at Centennial Park from May 12-14, 2017. Three-day general admission tickets are $185 + fees each and one-day general admission tickets are $99 + fees each at the Advance rate; prices will likely go up again closer to the event, so get yours while they’re (relatively) cheap.

As for the lineup, I’m looking forward to 2017’s mix of performers. Friday features LCD Soundsystem, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Highly Suspect, & more. On Saturday, the XX, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Shovels and Rope, Bishop Briggs, & others will take the stage. And on Sunday, Phoenix, The Shins, Ryan Adams, Third Eye Blind, Bleachers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Saint Motel, Warpaint, & Fruit Bats, to name a few, will close out the weekend.

The Shaky Knees Music Festival will take place at Centennial Park, located at 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski