The Marietta Greek Festival features Greek food, pastries, dancing, live entertainment and shopping May 17-19 at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta.
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The best things to do around Atlanta this week

FRIDAY

Theater: The nostalgic comedy "Lark Eden" is performed at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through May 26. Read a review of the show here.

Theater: The collapse of the Berlin Wall is examined in "Lay Lady," running through May 19 at 7 Stages in Atlanta.  

Theatre: Hits from the 50s and 60s are part of the plot in "The Marvelous Wonderettes," running through May 18 at The Cumming Playhouse.

Theater: "If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise" plays May 15-18 at Norcross Presbyterian Church.

Visual arts: Nature and wildlife images take center stage in the exhibit "Inhabited" through July 5 at Kai Lin Art Westside in Atlanta. Read a review of the exhibit here.

Performing arts: Adults get in on the puppetry action during Xperimental Puppetry Theatre May 16-19 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

Comedy: "Spank: The Fifty Shades Parody" whips its way to town May 14-19 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Music: 500 Songs for Kids, celebrating 100 of the greatest unplugged songs of all time, features local musicians playing for charity May 17-18 at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta.

Music: Singer-songwriter Kip Moore play Atlanta at 8 p.m. May 17 at The Tabernacle.

 Music: The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show come to town at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Music: Country stalwarts Alabama play May 17-18 at Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Check out a preview here.

Comedy: Laughter and zombies converge in "The Laughing Dead," through May 18 at Sketchworks Theatre in Scottdale.

Festival, cultural: The Marietta Greek Festival features Greek food, pastries, dancing, live entertainment and shopping May 17-19 at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta.

Performing arts: Stories about Brer Rabbit are retold with puppets in "Brer Rabbit & Friends," running through May 26 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Read a preview of the show here and see photos here.

Nature, art: Check out "Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life," at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Featuring a menagerie of magical creatures resembling giant topiaries, the show runs through October. Check out a preview of the show here and photos here.

Museum, family: Take a walk on the wild side at Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta through Aug. 18. See photos of the exhibit here and read more about it here.

Art, history: See the work of the women from Gee's Bend, an African-American hamlet in Alabama in the exhibit The Quilts of Gee's Bend, on display through May 31 at Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro.

SATURDAY

Festival, family: Enjoy a 5K, food, arts and crafts, live entertainment and a car show from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 18 at Mableton Day at Mable House Complex in Mableton.

History: Our Heritage: Atlanta's Family History Conference features classes of geneaology, DNA research and a community indexing project from 10 a.m.-5 p.m May 18 at the Atlanta History Center.

Music: Party in the Park features Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit and Grouplove at 3 p.m. May 18 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

Music: Rapper and former Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah performs at 10 p.m. May 18 at Terminal West in Atlanta.

Festival, arts: Suwanee Arts in the Park features art from local vendors, live entertainment and a chalk walk competition from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18 at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Wine: The Smyrna Wine Stroll features more than 60 wines from around the world, food samples from local restaurants and live music from 2-5 p.m. May 18 at The Wine Cellars in Smyrna. Proceeds go to Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption.

Festival, cultural: Check out Middle Eastern food, church tours, dance, music and children's activities at the Mid-East Food Festival from noon-9 p.m. May 18 and noon-5 p.m. May 19 at St. John Chrysostom Mellkite Catholic Church in Atlanta.

Festival, arts: The Canton Festival of the Arts features an artists' market, gardening demonstrations, children's activities, food and live entertainment from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18-19 at Brown Park in Canton.

Music: Country star -- and former "Hootie and the Blowfish" frontman -- Darius Rucker plays with Justin Moore and Jana Kramer May 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Festival, cultural: The Romanian Spring Festival May 18-19 in Lilburn features dancing, food and entertainment.

SUNDAY

Festival, bikes: 2.7 miles of Peachtree Street from downtown to Midtown will be closed to automobile traffic, and opened to bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, shoe leather and other human-powered locomotion from 2-4 p.m. May 19 for Atlanta Streets Alive.  The event, coordinated by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, will offer music, a bicycle parade and other activites

Music, religious: Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents "Mourning Into Joy," featuring a collection of motets expressing sorrows and joy May 19 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. 

MONDAY

Music: Singer Sara Bareilles performs at 8 p.m. May 20. at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. 

Compiled by Yvonne Zusel, yzusel@ajc.com

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