Gwinnett Braves catcher J.C. Boscan, age 32, catches for a relief pitcher in the bullpen during their game against the Buffalo Bisons at Coolray Field Thursday morning in Lawrenceville, Ga., May 10, 2012.
Photo: Jason Getz / AJC
Photo: Jason Getz / AJC

3 fun things to do in metro Atlanta


Gwinnett Braves vs. Durham Bulls

The Braves take on a team that was immortalized in the 1988 flick “Bull Durham.” It’s the fifth season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. And like most minor league outfits, they keep promotions and special events rolling steadily. The team’s alumni bobblehead giveaway continues at this game. The first 2,000 fans through the gates get one fashioned after a former Gwinnett Braves player, pitcher Kris Medlen. Of course, Medlen is now a starting pitcher for the big league version of the Bravos. Lucky guests can clutch the effigy while reciting lines from “Bull Durham” and cheering on the home team.

7:05 p.m. July 6. $6-$40. Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. 678-277-0340,


Bert Kreischer at the Punchline

A 1997 Rolling Stone article changed comedian Bert Kreischer’s life. The subject of a feature story, the long-term college student and reveler was dubbed “the number one partier in the nation.” He was then thrust into the spotlight, and his goal of becoming a stand-up comic quickly materialized. Kreischer’s tale was transformed into the “Van Wilder” movie series, and he eventually began scoring his own TV gigs. Some fans may recall the reality series “Bert the Conqueror” on the Travel Channel starring Kreischer himself. He continues living his stand-up dream, and grabs the mike this weekend for a string of shows.

8 and 10 p.m. July 5; 7, 9 and 11 p.m. July 6; 8 p.m. July 7. $22.50. The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive, Atlanta. 404-252-5233,


Toni Byrd and Walk Up Jazz at the Georgia Shrimp Company

A mashup of traditional and modern jazz gets unpeeled at this seafood haven known by regulars as “the Shrimp.” There’s a good chance customers will be sipping libations and nibbling on the popular crustaceans and other seafood as this quartet performs. Vocalist Toni Byrd channels a bit of Ella Fitzgerald by way of Anita Baker. The rest of the group rounds things out on bass, drums and piano. The live music is gratis.

7 p.m. July 7. Free. The Georgia Shrimp Company, 100 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. 770-631-9114,

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