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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

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

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

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 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 042017

carlos museumWant to check out the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the cheap? You’re in luck.

While they last, you can get discount tickets to the Carlos Museum, no coupon code required:

While you’re there, you can check out a mix of exhibitions at the Carlos Museum. On view through August 26, 2018, the Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America exhibition, on display in the Art of the Americas’ galleries, “explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.” The Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles exhibition, which highlights indigenous American fiber arts ranging from weavings in cotton and camelid hair to feather work and items made from plants, closes on December 17, 2017. Plus sports fans, take note: And Something Magical Happened: Baseball Photographs by Walter Iooss will be on display through January 7, 2018.

And be sure to browse the Carlos Museum’s other works–The new African galleries are now open, the Egyptian collection remains a favorite with my kids, and I’m partial to the Greek & Roman collection.

Plus, mark your calendars for the upcoming Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt exhibition, on display February 10-November 11, 2018.

Want to check it out for free? Mark your calendars: You can get free admission to the Carlos Museum from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on select dates as part of the 100 Free Days promotion. Upcoming free admission dates include December 17, 2017, & January 21, February 18, March 25, and April 22, 2018.

Admission is regularly $8 for adults & $6 for students and seniors with ID plus children ages 6-17. Emory University students, faculty, & staff admitted free with Emory ID. Audio guide rental is available for $2.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is located at 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 032017

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 (Wild Huts and Hollows will be on view through February 11, 2018) to walking the trails.

Plus the Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum exhibition will be on view through January 7, 2018. Per the summary, “Building on the larger-than-life legends of gladiators, the exhibit explores the world these men inhabited, from the regiment of training, discipline and constant peril to the fame, wealth and freedom that greeted the very best gladiators. The exhibit unfolds on two paths, revealing two protagonists interwoven by destiny: the gladiators themselves, and the colossal, complex stage where their fate was determined—the Colosseum. The story is told through original artifacts, modern replicas, interactive technology, and immersive environments.”

While you’re there, check out the Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World exhibition, on display through January 7, 2018. Per the summary, the annual event “features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols.”

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