Best Bets: May 1-6


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.

Performing arts: The music of the Gipsy Kings meets dance in Zorro, running through May 5 at the Alliance Theatre. Read a preview of the show here.

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.

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

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.

Theater: Office life is examined in the play "Assistance," being performed through May 4 at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre in Atlanta.

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

Music: Rockers The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips perform May 2 at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta.

Comedy: Comedienne Maria Bamford brings the funny April 2-5 to Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta.

Music: Soul legend Gladys Knight performs with Howard Hewett May 3 at Wolf Creek Amphitheatre in College Park. Read about more live music picks for the week and weekend here.

Performance arts, music: The Atlanta Opera comedy "The Italian Girl in Algiers" runs May 3 and 5 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. Read more about the performance here.

Music: Singer-songwriter Iris Dement plays May 3 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. Read an interview with Dement here.

Music: 500 Songs for Kids, celebrating 100 of the greatest unplugged songs of all time, features local musicians playing for charity May 3-4 at The Earl in Atlanta, May 9-11 at Red Clay Theatre in Duluth and May 17-18 at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta.

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


Festival, family: Enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts and food at May-retta Daze May 4-5 in Glover Park in Marietta.

Health, festival: Get information on green living, natural products and wellness at the Alive! Expo May 4-5 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Activities include fitness and cooking demonstrations, kids' fitness stations, cooking classes, health lectures and more than 100 vendors.

Music: Country stars Willie Nelson and Aaron Lewis play their hits May 4 at Chastain Park Amhpitheatre in Atlanta.

Festival: Enjoy arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment at the City of Forest Park Swing Into Spring Festival May 4

Music: Jazz piano takes center stage during Jazz under the Stars with Ramsey Lewis May 4 at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. Read a preview of the performance here.

Festival: Hosted by the Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition, the Great American Pot Festival May 4 in Freedom Park in Atlanta features a march, music, speakers and food.

Music: Indie and folk music will be featured at the Shaky Knees Music Festival May 4-5 at Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta. The list of performers includes The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Jim James, Drive By Truckers, the Joy Formidable and Heartless Bastards. Read a preview of the show here.

Festival, family: Handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment at Snellville Days May 4-5 in Briscoe Park.

Nature, family: Butterflies take center stage at Butterfly Bash May 4 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. Activities include a live butterfly tent, a butterfly life cycle demonstration, the Georgia Bubbleman, buttefly crafts and more.

Pets, family: Get Fido decked out for the Atlanta Dog Jog May 4 at Piedmont Park. The run and walk features a 1-mile and 2-mile course, and proceeds go to VetHeart of Georgia and Canine Assistants.

Festival, family: Lords and wenches can get their period garb on for the Georgia Renaissance Festival, running through June 2 at the Georgia Reniassance Fairgrounds in Fairburn.


Holiday: There are plenty of options to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, including a blcok party at Teela Taqueria. Check out a full roundup of events here and a full list of Cinco de Mayo deals here.

Sports: Need somewhere to show off your giant derby hat? Check out our roundup of Kentucky Derby events happening in and around town.

Music: Classic rock vets Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent play May 5 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Music: Indie rockers Airborne Toxic Event perform May 5 at Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Festival, music: The Oak Groove Festival is a new music, food and arts festival celebrating the Oak Grove area May 5 at Vista Grove Shopping Center in Decatur.


Music: UK singer Olly Murs performs April 6 at Center Stage in Atlanta.

Compiled by Yvonne Zusel,