3 fun things to do in metro Atlanta


Atlanta’s Jazz in the Garden at Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia

Some jazz fans are easing into the weekend and shaking off the work week by catching this music series. Bands perform amid the hotel’s lush gardens. This week it’s Eric Thomas and Elevate the Quest. Expect Thomas, with saxophone in hand, to lead the group through a range of jazz fusion, including cuts from its 2011 release “Take it Easy” and the forthcoming “Mix Tape.” Guests can nosh on food and tip back drinks. If it rains the music moves into the hotel’s lower level lobby. Parking is free.

7-10 p.m. July 26. $10. Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-395-7700.


Adult Night at Sparkles Family Fun Center

Grown folks lace up their skates and roll back the clock to their youth at this weekly skating event. Organizers say it’s the longest-running event of its kind in Smyrna, dating back to 1980. As the DJ spins tracks and music thumps from the ample sound system, guests glide around the oval track. New Jersey’s DJ Fly Ty is scheduled to provide this week’s soundtrack. Ages 21 and older are invited, and the concession stand will be selling beer and wine. Although skaters can bring their own wheels, quad and inline skates are available for rent.

8 p.m.-midnight. July 28. $7; $4 skate rental. Sparkles Family Fun Center, 666 Smyrna Hill Drive, Smyrna. 770-432-6222.


Skid Row at Wild Bill’s

A group that first sprang from New Jersey in the late ’80s, Skid Row doesn’t rest on its hair metal laurels. The Aqua Net may be a thing of the past, but the band continues to rock hard as it nears its third decade. Currently touring in support of its new EP “United World Rebellion — Chapter One,” the first of a three-part series, Skid Row will mix the new with the classic at Wild Bill’s. Founding bassist Rachel Bolan says to expect approximately 90 minutes of tunes. The crowd will likely join vocalist Johnny Solinger for some virtual karaoke when the band rips through classics such as “18 and Life,” “I Remember You” and “Youth Gone Wild.” The Dreaded Marco and Nigel Dupree Band open the show.

9 p.m. July 27. $20-$60 plus Ticketmaster fees. Wild Bill’s Atlanta, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 800-745-3000.