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Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 202017
 

emory 9 lessons carols atlEmory University’s Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols will take place on December 1 & 2, 2017.

The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is based on the traditional Christmas service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England. It features the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir as well and scripture with readings from special guests in the Emory community.

Want to go? While they last, you can save about 50% on tickets to the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols at Emory University, dropping the price to $10 each + fees, thanks to a deal on Goldstar.

Tickets are regularly $20 for general admission. Discounts for students, seniors, faculty & alum are available by phone (404-727-5050) or in person only.

Glenn Auditorium is located at 1652 North Decatur Road, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 202017
 

ga-ballet-nutcracker-goldstarGeorgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be at Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre from December 1-3, 2017.

Planning to go? You can get discount tickets to select performances of The Nutcracker, no coupon code required:

The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 172017
 

christmas carol auroraThis looks like an interesting twist on a holiday classic:

The Aurora Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a one-man show. Back for its eleventh year, Anthony Rodriguez “focuses on the classic art of storytelling, using his voice and mannerisms to bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts found in the greatest Christmas story of all time.”

Want to see it on the cheap?

A Christmas Carol will be at the Aurora Theatre from November 24-December 23, 2017. The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street, Lawrenceville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 172017
 

12-dates-of-christmas-goldstarIf you need a few laughs this holiday season, this may be the show for you:

The 12 Dates of Christmas is a one-woman show starring Renita James. Per the summary: “When Mary sees her fiancé making out with his co-worker on national TV at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, she dumps him and drops her engagement ring into a Salvation Army kettle. She then spends the next year being set up, hooked up, strung up, and fed up as she navigates her life ‘alone’ as a New York actor in her thirties.”

Want to see it on the cheap?

The 12 Dates of Christmas will be at the Aurora Theatre from November 25-December 23, 2017. The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 Pike Street, Lawrenceville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 062017
 

christmas-at-callanwolde-grouponYour Christmas at Callanwolde experience just got a bit more festive:

From November 24-December 12, 2017, you can get into the holiday spirit at the Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House.

Not only will the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion be elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, but you can shop the artist market, take advantage of themed events for all ages, check out live entertainment, & more. And each evening, you’ll see the 12-acre campus of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in a new light–every building on the grounds shines with professional light displays by Illuminating Design.

Tickets to the Christmas at Callanwolde Designer House Show are regularly $20 in advance & $25 at the door.

But for a limited time, you can get in on the cheap:

Callanwolde is located at 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 192017
 

atl history folk artIf you’ve been meaning to visit the Atlanta History Center, you’re in luck. You’ve got several ways to get free admission or discount tickets, no coupon code required.

In addition to exploring everything from one of the nation’s largest and most complete Civil War exhibitions in the DuBose Gallery to more than 500 folk art artifacts in the Goizueta Folklife Gallery, while you’re at the Atlanta History Center, you can check out a myriad of temporary exhibitions.

You can learn about the life, art, music, & ceremonies of the state’s original inhabitants while exploring the Native Lands: Indians and Georgia exhibition, on view through December 31, 2018. The exhibition “shares the history and stories of the state’s original inhabitants beginning with the Mississippian peoples and continuing with their descendants, the Creeks and the Cherokees.”

To gain insight into World War I, check out the Uncle Sam Wants You! WWI and the American Poster exhibition, on view through December 3, 2017. And you’ll glimpse the post-war experience via the photographs and silent film footage in the Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924 exhibition, on view through September 30, 2017.

Plus, mark your calendars: More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War will be on view from November 11, 2017-March 18, 2018. The exhibition pairs an exclusive selection from 650 oral histories preserved in the Atlanta History Center’s Veterans History Project with dozens of photographs, documents, and artifacts from the era. You’ll see everything from a telegram and a nurse’s field jacket to an AR-15 rifle and a Montagnard crossbow crafted by native Vietnam inhabitants.

The deals:

Admission includes all History Center exhibitions, interactive experiences, explorations at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and twenty-two acres of gardens and trails. Bonus: Admission to the Margaret Mitchell House is free with your ticket if you go within 9 days of your visit to the Atlanta History Center.

The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017
 

college football hall of fame grouponIf you’ve been meaning to check out the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, you’re in luck. While they last, you can get discount tickets, no coupon code required.

The College Football Hall of Fame features a 45-yard indoor field where visitors can test their throws, a Helmet Wall with football helmets from all 768 teams, an inside look at the game through the feature film The Game of Your Life in the Game Day Theater, a 52-foot long touchscreen Chick-fil-A Why We Love College Football gallery, interactive displays in the Hall of Fame, & more. And for a limited time, you can check out odd finds in Attic Treasures, a Specialty Exhibit delivered by UPS; you’ll see everything from a football made out of alligator skin produced to commemorate the Gator Bowl to dirt from the field where the first college football fame was played.

Tickets are regularly $21.99 for adults & $17.99 for children ages 3-12. Seniors (age 65+) & students can show their ID at the box office to purchase tickets $18.99 each. Active duty & retired military service members receive free admission with ID.

Want to save? Take advantage of one of these deals:

And you can head out for special events, too:

The College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is located at 250 Marietta St., N.W, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Sep 122017
 

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 from September 30, 2017-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.”

And the Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World exhibition returns from November 17, 2017-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

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

Aug 082017
 

castleberry hillOn the 2nd Friday of the month, it’s time for the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. For one night each month, the art galleries stay open late, giving you a chance to browse the works of emerging & established artists.

The next 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll will take place from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on August 11, 2017. Participating galleries & shops include Besharat Gallery, Escape Gallery, The Granite Room, No Mas! Hacienda, Zucot Gallery, Mindzai Creative, & Iridium Atlanta, to name a few.

Before you head out, browse the 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll’s Facebook page to check out highlights for the event, which typically includes post-Art Stroll karaoke at Bottle Rocket Sushi & Burgers (starts at 10:30 p.m.), entertainment at various spots along the stroll, & more. This month, I’m heading out for Atlanta Metal Arts’ Iron Pour at Elliott St. Pub. They’ll be making art out of guns from the Fulton Sheriff’s Gun Buy Back program. Bonus: The works created will be auctioned off to benefit the program.

While you’re there, you can see some of the Living Walls murals. You’ll find them at 142 Walker Street, 165 Walker Street (Haynes side of the Walker Street Mini Storage building), & 333 Peters St.

Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, plus Castleberry Point’s parking deck and the lot across from 161 Mangum both offer free parking during the Strolls.

–Jennifer Maciejewski