This Weekend In Atlanta: Jazz; Greatest Showman; BBQ; & More

Decatur's 18th annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival is Saturday in Harmony Park.
Decatur’s 18th annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival is Saturday, Aug. 11 in Harmony Park. Photo courtesy of Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival.

This weekend Atlantans can celebrate performing arts and a new venue for them in Sandy Springs, take in bluegrass music and barbecue in Decatur, or watch a free, outdoor screening of “The Greatest Showman” in Roswell.

See dance and art collide with Lauri Stallings’ newest venture at Duluth’s Hudgens Center, or sip mimosas in Miami Circle at an art opening for an exhibit celebrating female artists.

Hear jazz music on the lawn at Callanwolde, or sip beer among the puppets during an adult-only night at Center for Puppetry Arts.

Finally, see what happens when Batman and Shakespeare collide in a new play.

Wherever your weekend takes you, have fun exploring the arts in Atlanta!


Jazz on the Lawn

When: Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Amphitheater

Cost: $25 to $400

What to Expect: Pack a picnic and a blanket and head over to Callanwolde on Friday to hear contemporary jazz music by Bob Baldwin. He has been in the business for more than two decades, and some of Baldwin’s popular projects include musical odes to Michael Jackson, Thom Bell and Stevie Wonder. Lawn admission is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests can bring in outside food, but there will also be a cash bar and Fox Bros. BBQ for sale.

Pack a picnic for Callanwolde's "Jazz on the Lawn" concert on Friday.
Pack a picnic for Callanwolde’s “Jazz on the Lawn” concert on Friday. Photo by Christian David Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.


City Springs Day

When: Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: This daylong celebration include performances and activities for all ages taking place on the City Green and in the Studio Theatre. Enjoy the street party/carnival mash-up while relishing talented local artists and organizations, including Act3 Productions, Atlanta Ballet 2, the Atlanta Opera, Dance it Off, Roswell Dance Theatre, Franklin Pond Chamber Music and more.


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When: Opening: Aug. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., Event: Through Oct. 6: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Catch Lauri Stallings’ newest site-based work set in the galleries of the Hudgens Center. What used to be an exhibition area for paintings and sculpture will become a gathering space and a place for movement.


Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival

When: Aug. 11 from 2 to 9 p.m.

Where: Harmony Park

Cost: $20

What to Expect: This annual festival brings together Decatur’s best BBQ and music for one afternoon in the Oakhurst neighborhood. Encounter the sights, sounds and smells of classic Southern BBQ along with over seven hours of original live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local, regional and national acts.


Roswell Free Family Movie Series: “The Greatest Showman

When: Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

Where: Riverside Park

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening under the stars filled with great music, playground fun, and the family film “The Greatest Showman.” Food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand.


Feminine. A Women’s Group Show.

When: Opening Reception: Aug. 11 from 12 to 3 p.m., Exhibit: Through Sept. 1: Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Alan Avery Art Company

Cost: Admission is free

What to Expect: Miami Circle’s Alan Avery Art Company offers mimosas this Saturday afternoon at the opening for its new group exhibition featuring works by 12 women artists. The show is curated by Athea King and Benjamin Deaton, and it is meant to be a celebration of femininity and strength.  RSVP>

Center for Puppetry Arts' adults-only "Puppets and Pints" night includes live music, beer and wine for purchase and games as well as the opportunity to see the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.
Center for Puppetry Arts’ adults-only “Puppets and Pints” night takes place Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Image courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts.


Puppet Party Series: Puppets and Pints

When: Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts

Cost: $20 adv, $25 at the door

What to Expect: Adults can experience the Worlds of Puppetry Museum in a relaxed environment during this special event. Also enjoy the music of The Possum Kingdom Ramblers, beer and wine for purchase, plus free lights bites and bar games.


Bat Hamlet

When: Aug. 10 through 25: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: Out of Box Theatre

Cost: $15.90 to $23.32

What to Expect: What if Shakespeare had conceived the melancholy Dane as a costumed crime fighter? Bat-Hamlet tells the tale of a Dark Knight that emerges from betwixt the pages of Shakespeare to exact revenge on his murderous uncle, King Jester. Once resolved to avenge beloved King Police Commissioner Gordrick’s death, Hamlet dons the persona of Bat-Hamlet, a flashier and much cooler version of his brooding youth. See what happens as the universes of Shakespeare and Batman collide.

"Bat Hamlet" runs Aug. 10 through 25 at Out of Box Theatre.
“Bat Hamlet” runs Aug. 10 through 25 at Out of Box Theatre. Photo courtesy of Out of Box Theatre.


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