Best bets | March 12-18

What to do, where to go in and around Atlanta this week
The Atlanta International Auto Show runs March 13-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Credit: Nelson Hicks

Credit: Nelson Hicks

The Atlanta International Auto Show runs March 13-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center.


Visual arts: Contemporary abstract art comes to life in the exhibit Sammy Peters: Recent Paintings at Alan Avery Art Company through April 20.

Stage: Inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, Million Dollar Quartet runs at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. March 13-16, also 2 p.m. March 16 and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 17. Check out a preview of the show here.

Music: Get swingin' with the Rat Pack Show features favorites from Sammy, Dean, Joey and others March 14-17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Check out other weekend concerts here.

Cars, family fun: Drive right up to the Atlanta International Auto Show, happening March 13-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Read a preview here.

 Visual arts: See works by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and husband  and muralist Diego Rivera in "Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting," which continues through May 12 at High Museum of Art. Check out our preview of the show and our gallery of the works being uncrated, inspected and set up at the museum.

Flowers, family fun: Spring is in the air at the Atlanta Botanical Garden as "Atlanta Blooms" continues through April 30.

Nature, family fun: The Atlanta Botanical Garden presents "Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty" through April 14. Get a little preview of the show here and see some photos here.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company presents an encore run of its successful 2011 show "The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365." It runs through March 17.

Visual arts, family fun: Top fine craft artists present their latest handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor at the American Craft Council Craft Show, happening March 15-17 at Cobb Galleria Centre. Read a preview of the show here.

Film: If you've already plowed through this year's Oscar nominees, check out the Atlanta Film Festival, running March 15-24 at Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages, with a handful of screenings at other locations. Check out a preview of the event here.

Opera, performing arts: "The Secret Agent," an opera opera based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad, runs at 8 p.m. March 15-16 and 3 p.m. March 17. Read a review of the show here.

Festival: Flowers are in bloom at the Southeastern Flower and Antiques Show, running March 15-17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Read a preview of the show here. Find a visual display of everything going on around town this weekend here.


Stage: The Fern Theatre presents "The Baltimore Waltz," Paula Vogel's tale of the love and adventures of a brother and sister, written in response to Vogel's brother's death. It runs through March 16 at 7 Stages Backstage Theatre.

Parade, family fun, holiday: Celebrate the Luck o' the Irish at Atlanta's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Kicking off at 11:30 a.m. March 16, the parade will rumble south on Peachtree Street, from Ralph McGill Boulevard to Five Points. Check out four more family friendly St. Patty's Day events here.

Festival, family fun, holiday: Get green at ShamRock the Station March 16 at Atlantic Station. Free, family-friendly events couple with musical acts including U2 tribute band Desire and Tonic.

Festival: Get your drink on at the Suwanee American Craft Beer Festival noon -5 p.m. March 16. Check out more upcoming beer festivals here.


Holiday, family fun: Celebrate the holiday at Passover Family Fun Day at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta March 17, featuring games, songs, crafts and matzah making.


Music: The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony performs at 8 p.m. March 18 at Emory University.