Atlanta Opera stages “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird” at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce, with the title role performed by Martin Bakari. (Lawrence Brownlee, pictured, played Charlie Parker for Opera Philadelphia.) Photo by Dominic M. Mercier.

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Visual art: Dandy Warhols

The Michael C. Carlos Museum’s Works on Paper collection presents an exhibit of lesser-known works by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, including Polaroids, silver gelatin prints and screenprints.

“Chimera: Andy Warhol Through the 1980s.” Through Nov. 25. John Howett Works on Paper Gallery, Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Emory University. 404-727-4282.

Theater: Well met by moonlight

The Alliance Theatre begins its 50th anniversary season with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of romance and magic, with an open-air staging at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, adapted and directed by David Catlin of Chicago’s innovative Lookingglass Theatre.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Sept. 5-Oct. 21. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-733-5000.

Family fun: Lawrenceville Ghost Tours

Aurora Theatre actors give thrill-seekers a fun, chill-down-their-spine scare to the core with this spooky tour around Lawrenceville, featuring real stories and places. Tour begins and ends at Aurora Theatre and runs weekend nights through September, with tours continuing every night in October.

Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets online, please visit or call 678.226.6222.

Food: Savory Sundays – Planes, Trains, and Food Trucks (Oh My!)

College Park UMC’s Savory Sundays offers food trucks, games, live music and more. Sunday, Sept 9, 6 to 8 p.m.

College Park United Methodist Church, 3667 Main St, College Park, GA 30337,

Music: Still crazy after all these years

In his seventh decade, singer-songwriter Paul Simon continues to be a unique musical chronicler of American life, with his 13th solo album “Stranger to Stranger” making his highest debut on the “Billboard” charts.

Paul Simon. Sept. 12. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090.

Fashion for a cause: From noon to night

For the fourth year, Avalon’s main thoroughfare will be turned into fashion central, complete with runway, cocktails and bites from local restaurants. The four-hour festival of style features local celebs showing off the latest fall collections from Avalon’s top retailers. The evening benefits Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit that supports chronically ill children and their families.

Noon to Night: Fall Fashion Benefit, Sept. 13. 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-2000,

Theater: Working hard all day

“9 to 5: The Musical,” based on the classic 1980 film, is brought to the Georgia Ensemble stage by musical director S. Renee Clark and director Shelly McCook. In the story, three fed-up secretaries plot revenge on their boss. Dolly Parton, who starred in the comedy with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, also wrote the music and lyrics for the stage production.

“9 to 5: The Musical.” Sept. 13-30. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest Ave., Roswell. 770-641-1260.

Theater: Real talk

Javier Avila’s 70-minute show has made him a spokesman for the Latino community. In this performance, he explores the elements of American society through arts and culture, including poetry and humor.

“The Trouble with My Name,” Sept. 15. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-426-4800,

Literary: Author talk

2014 Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow will discuss and sign copies of his work, “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist.” The book tells the story of Derek Black, a former leader of the white nationalist movement whose beliefs change dramatically.

Eli Saslow, Sept. 20. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta. 678-812-4000,

Music: Rock sensation

Grammy Award-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz has helped us get our groove on for decades. The eternally young 53-year-old arrives with special guests for a concert of past hits and his newly released album “Raise Vibrations.”

Lenny Kravitz. Sept. 21. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

Music: Birdman

“Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,” with music by Daniel Schnyder and libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberley, offers a unique, lightly fictionalized tribute to the legendary jazz saxophonist. Atlanta Opera will turn Paris on Ponce’s Le Maison Rouge into a New York jazz club for the immersive show.

“Charlie Parker’s Yardbird”. Sep. 27-Oct. 7. Le Maison Rogue, Paris on Ponce, 716 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-881-8885.

Class: Brew haha

The metro area’s blooming craft beer business has inspired more fans to try their hands at creating their own brews. Learn the secrets to great suds from the experts at Beer and Wine Craft during this two-hour class. Attendees also receive 10 percent off equipment and ingredients purchases.

Beer-making class, Sept. 22; also offered Oct. 20 and Nov. 24. Beer & Wine Craft, 220 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-252-5606,

Theater: Godspell revised

This Broadway bash from 1971 got an update in 2012, but the story that revisits the Biblical parables is still a favorite of theater-goers. The cast of this Act3 production presents the revised show, complete with games, songs and comedy.

“Godspell.” Through Sept. 23. Act3 Productions, 6285 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 770-214-1905,

Food: Gouda time

For the chance to sample more than 500 cheeses from over 100 cheesemongers and other artisans, enjoy the sixth annual Cheese Fest Atlanta at Old Fourth Ward Park. Proceeds go to The Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides emergency support to restaurant workers.

The Cheese Fest Atlanta. Sept. 28. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 665 North Ave.

Music: Country music treat

An Ohio police department’s viral video of Lady Antebellum’s song “Need You Now” for a lip sync contest last summer demonstrates the creative reach of the Grammy Award-winner’s music. They rolls into Alpharetta along with Kip Moore and Russell Dickerson for a performance of their top hits.

Lady Antebellum, Sept. 27. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010,

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