3 fun things to do in metro Atlanta


The Model Train Show at Cobb Galleria Centre

Chugging back to life is this annual revelry for the model railroad operated by the Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association. The first stop is the dealer’s room where more than 250 vendor tables sell and display just about anything a model train enthusiast needs. Train cars, kits, sets and accessories will be in abundance, but you’ll find more than that. The show provides a good excuse to sell railroad videos, train-inspired art, clothing and other items linked to choo choos. The kids and grandkids may be digging on Thomas toys while older collectors might consider buying a display case for their collections. Various model train clubs and manufacturers will be showing off their train layouts. Younger fans have a hands-on opportunity to control the action in the Kid’s Operating Layout area. Happen to have any extra trains or model railroad accessories cluttering the attic or garage? You can bring them to sell. The staff will peddle them for you at the event and take a 15 percent commission for the task.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18. $8; free ages 12 and younger. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.themodeltrainshow.com.


“Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale” at Aurora Theatre

This musical is set for a world premiere, Tommy guns loaded. With a book by Hunter Foster and music and lyrics by Rick Crom, the production first caught the eye of Aurora back in 2009. Originally dubbed “Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale,” it was renamed in order to step away from the typical. While other takes on the true story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s early-’30s crime spree focus on the darker aspects, this one goes for the comical and cheeky. Broadway veteran and Emmy Award-winning director Lonny Price leads the charge with J.C. Long and Laura Floyd in the title roles. The song savvy of Aurora’s Ann-Carol Pence comes in to play as she serves as music director. Keep a lookout for Bart Hansard’s over-the-top J. Edgar Hoover.

8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. April 4 ($16). March 15-April 8. $25-$35. Aurora Theatre, 153 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.


Atlanta Chamber Players at Spivey Hall

This group, which has been performing the classics since ’76, makes its annual stop at Spivey Hall with a program they call “Ludwig & Felix.” Selections from the work of German giants Beethoven and Mendelssohn make the set. The players present Beethoven’s “Quintet for Piano and Winds, Opus 16” with piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. The group’s artistic director, Paula Peace, handles the ivories. Guest pianist Elena Cholakova, a native of Bulgaria, takes over for Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio in C Minor, Opus 66.”

3 p.m. March 18. $30; $15 students. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200, www.spiveyhall.org.