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The best things to do around Atlanta this week

BEST of the BEST

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces hosts this festival of arts and crafts, now in its third year. Artists and artisans will display their works along paths in the park. Activities on Saturday include an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop.  The Imperial Opa Circus will perform. Sunday includes a Sunday Funday Corn Hole Tournament. Both days include art, live music, family fun, food trucks and the Summer Craft Beer Experience. 10 a.m. Aug. 17; 11 a.m. Aug. 18. Free. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive N.E., Atlanta. www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

Bronner Brothers International Hair Show. Over 60,000 hair stylists, exhibitors, distributors and cosmetology students are expected for this four-day beauty convention and hair fashion extravaganza. Billed as the largest beauty and trade show of its kind, the show celebrates African-American pride and amazing, creative hair. $40-$125 at the door. Aug. 17-20. Georgia World Congress Center. www.bronnerbros.com/shows/show201308/  RELATED: Photos of 2012 Bronner Brothers International Hair Show.

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Aug. 17. $8; $5 ages 4-12; ages 3 and under free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. 770-394-3322, www.dunwoodynature.org.

Six Flags Celebration. With Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Red and more. 8 a.m. Aug. 17. $32.99-$109.99. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway S.W., Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

Grillin' & Chillin' Festival. Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 18. $5. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. N.W., Atlanta. 404-355-5222, www.aasynagogue.org.

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FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

"Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time." Through Aug. 18. $15.50-$17.50. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-929-6300, www.fernbankmuseum.org.

"Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life." Through Oct. 31. $18.95; $12.95 ages 3-12. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

2013 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Through Aug. 29. $5-$10. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show. Aug. 17-18. $4-$5. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 888- 729-6904, www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Etowah Valley Humane Society Bow Wow Meow Family Festival. Animals for adoption, vendors, games, speakers, performers and animal education 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 17.Free; donations welcome. Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St., Cartersville. 770-383-3338, www.etowahvalleyhumane.org.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. 10 a.m. Aug. 17; 11 a.m. Aug. 18. Free. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive N.E., Atlanta. www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

Health and Wellness Reggae Music Festival. 12 p.m. Aug. 17. $10;  ages 12 and under free. Wren's Nest House Museum, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W., Atlanta. 678-448-6048.

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Aug. 17. $8; $5 ages 4-12; ages 3 and under free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Atlanta. 770-394-3322, www.dunwoodynature.org.

Grillin' & Chillin' Festival. Noon-3 p.m. Aug. 18. $5. Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. N.W., Atlanta. 404-355-5222, www.aasynagogue.org.

MUSIC

Norcross Summer Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Free. Thrasher Park, Buchanan Street and Park Drive, Norcross. 678-421-2025, www.norcrossga.net.

Caroline Herring. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. $15; $12 in advance online. Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-418-6777, www.steveslivemusic.com.

Jake & the Beanstalk, Parker Smith, Melissa Bukovinac. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. $7; $5 in advance. Red Light Café, 553 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., Atlanta. redlightcafe.com.

Callaghan. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. $15-$20. Eddie's Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. www.eddiesattic.com.

Los Enanitos Verdes. 9 p.m. Aug. 16. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

Will Downing and Najee. 7 p.m. Aug. 16. $25-$89. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.classicchastain.com.

The Acacia Strain. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16. $13. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.

A Weekend of Beatles with PleasePlease Rock Me. Aug. 16-17. $12. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

The Silver Comet, Super Water Sympathy, Raves & Wolves. 9 p.m. Aug. 16. $10; $8 in advance. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, Rachelle Ferrell and Hiroshima. 6 p.m. Aug. 17. $25-$89. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.classicchastain.com.

The Cult. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $26.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

Chicago. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $79.50-$29.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com.

The Whiskey Gentry, American Aquarium, Radiolucent. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $17; $15 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

The Choral Guild of Atlanta's Summer Sing. 10 a.m. Aug. 17. St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Atlanta.www.cgatl.org.

Six Flags Celebration. With Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Red and more. 8 a.m. Aug. 17. $32.99-$109.99. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway S.W., Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

5th Annual Tim Redovian Memorial Fund Summer Concert. 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Free. Dunwoody Baptist Church Chapel, 1445 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 678-488-6929, www.timredovian.org.

Roxie Watson. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $12-$17. Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. www.eddieowenpresents.com.

Fiddler's Green Coffeehouse Concert Series. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $6. Anthony's Pizza & Pasta, 3155 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Scottdale. 404-444-2334, www.aaffm.org.

Greco, New Terminus, Maria Earabino. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $10; $7 in advance. Red Light Café, 553 Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta. , redlightcafe.com.

The Packway Handle Band. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $14. Eddie's Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. www.eddiesattic.com.

Justin Hayward. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Sold out. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com.

Tommy Talton Band. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Free; tables $50. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Rd. Southwest, Mableton. www.mablehouse.org.

Passerine, City Mouse. 8 p.m. Aug. 17. $12; $10 in advance online. Steve's Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-418-6777, www.steveslivemusic.com.

Josh Groban. 8 p.m. Aug 18. $79.50-$69.50 reserved; $49.50 general admission lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

Black Kids. 8 p.m. Aug. 18. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com.

New Atlanta Philharmonic Summer Concert. 6 p.m. Aug. 18. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.coplandedu.com.

Roger Hodgson. The voice of Supertramp. 8 p.m. Aug. 18. $51.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

The Band Of Heathens. 8 p.m. Aug. 18. $12-$16. Eddie's Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. www.eddiesattic.com.

Philip Anselmo and the Illegals. 7 p.m. Aug. 20. $22. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.masq.com.

Diarrhea Planet, the So So Glos. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $10; $8 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Soul Asylum, the Wailers, Matthew Sweet. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $49-$25. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.classicchastain.com.

Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Tribal Seeds. 7 p.m. Aug. 21. $40: $35 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

Urban Female Entertainment's 8th Year Anniversary: Time 2 Shine Concert Series. Aug. 21. $15. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Scott Weiland. 9 p.m. Aug. 21. $34. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com

Bruno Mars, Fitz & the Tantrums. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $40-$94. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. www.philipsarena.com.

Superchunk. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $20-$18. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com.

Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, DJ Pauly D. 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $89-$29. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

Copious Jones. Aug. 22. $10. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

An Evening With Jars of Clay. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $20. Rev Coffee, 1680 Spring St. S.E., Smyrna. www.revcoffee.com.

Micah Dalton. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $10. Eddie's Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

PERFORMING ARTS

"Peachtree Battle." Long-running Atlanta-based show. Through Aug. 25. $26-$35. Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1193, www.ansleyparkplayhouse.com.

"Every Tongue Confess." By Marcus Gardley. Through Aug. 25. $20-$30. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.

"Young Frankenstein." The musical by Mel Brooks. Through Aug. 17. $13-$23. OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-897-1802, www.onstageatlanta.com.

"Les Misérables." Through Sept. 8. $30-$40; Wednesday matinees $20. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.

"Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical." Through Aug. 18. $20-$25. The Wildflower Meadow at Serenbe, 9065 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-1110, www.serenbeplayhouse.com.

"Rumpelstiltskin." Through Sept. 8. $16.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow ... Someone Dies." Through Nov. 6. $65-$68.50. Agatha's: A Taste of Mystery Dinner Theatre, 161 Peachtree Center Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.agathas.com.

"Danger! The Show." Thursdays through Aug. 29. $5. The Village Theatre, 349 Decatur St. S.E., Atlanta. 404-688-8858, www.villagecomedy.com.

"Play It Again, Sam." By Woody Allen. Presented by Centerstage North. Through Aug. 17. $15. The Art Place - MountainView, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770-331-0079, www.centerstagenorth.org.

"Nunsense." Presented by Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Through Aug. 18. $10-$15. City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251, www.elmstreetarts.org.

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)." Through Sept. 1. $15-$36. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.shakespearetavern.com.

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight." Through Aug. 25. $15. Aurora Theatre Studio, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. www.auroratheatre.com.

"A Piece of My Heart." Through Aug. 17. $15-$100. Act3 Playhouse, 6285 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 770-642-5500, www.act3productions.org.

"Sullivan And Sons" Cast: Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed. Through Aug. 17. $22.50. The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive N.E., Sandy Springs. 404-252-5233, www.punchline.com.

Keith Ablerstradt. 8 p.m. Aug. 16-17. $20. Atlanta Improv Comedy Club, 56 E. Andrews Drive N.W., Atlanta. 678-244-3612, www.theimprovatlanta.com.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes." Through Aug. 18. $15-$25. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105, www.artstation.org.

Jen Kober. Aug. 16-18. $15-$25. Laughing Skull Lounge, 878 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 877-523-3288, laughingskulllounge.com.

"The Miracle Worker." Aug. 16-Sept. 1. $20; $16 in advance. Renaissance Project, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. 678-250-4800, www.trp-atl.org.

Tyrone Davis. Aug. 16- 17. $12. Bonkerz Comedy Club, 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 770-992-5688, www.BonkerzAtlanta.com.

VISUAL ARTS

HomeGrown Decatur Semi-Annual Studio Sale. Aug. 22-26. HomeGrown Decatur, 412 Church St., Decatur. www.homegrowndecatur.com. 

"Picturesque: A Contemporary Photography Exhibition." Through Sept. 6. Free. The DeFoor Centre, 1710 Defoor Ave. N.W., Atlanta. 404-591-3741, defoorcentre.com.

"Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis." Through Sept. 29. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org.

"Drawing Inside the Perimeter." Through Sept. 22. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4200, www.high.org.

"Project Mah Jongg." Through Sept. 15. $12. $8 senior citizens; $6 students. The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. www.thebreman.org.

The Hudgens Prize Finalist's Exhibition. Through Sept. 7. $3-$5. Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org.

"XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design." Through Sept. 2. $5-$10. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.museumofdesign.org.

Spruill Arts Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition. Through Aug. 17. Spruill Center Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Atlanta. 770-394-4019, www.spruillgallery.blogspot.com.

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." Through Aug. 18. $16-$24; $16 ages 4-12; $22 senior citizens. Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 1-866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.

"Bodies … The Exhibition." Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.