3 fun things in metro Atlanta


Boo With a View: Costume Party at Earl Smith Strand Theatre

The upstairs outdoor patio at this meticulously refurbished theater keeps its “Brew With a View” events on tap. Guests converge on the patio, celebrating the sudsy and consumable art of hops and barley, and gaze out into the Marietta Square. Like a werewolf on a full moon, it transforms into a costume party in honor of the Halloween season. A live DJ spins a festive playlist while guests donning their creative best cut the spooky rug on the dance floor. A cash bar offers liquid treats. You won’t find any food at the party, so make sure to coat your stomach before haunting the hall. The Strand invites those 21 and older, and organizers say the party will last until the guests decide it’s time to go home.

6 p.m. Oct. 18. Free. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080, www.earlsmithstrand.org.


Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

This band of Russian and Eastern European folk musicians drape themselves in traditional outfits while playing old-school Russian instruments. This time the orchestra presents “From the Volga to the Chattahoochee,” a celebration of Russian and gypsy music and dance. Watch conductor David C. Cooper pluck the balalaika, a three-stringed instrument with a fretboard and triangular body. Angelina Galashenkova-Reed solos on the lute-like domra, Alla Melnik handles the bayan accordion and John Huston showcases his skill on classical guitar. Guest vocalist Irina Zagornova steps up to the microphone, and dance team Valentina Kvasova and Boulat Moukhametov spin and soar across the stage.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. $20; $18 students and seniors; $7 ages 12 and younger. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232, www.atlantabalalaika.com/BuyTix.htm.


Yoga at Salem-Panola Library

Feeling stiff, tense and stressed? Steffanie Haggins may have the cure for what ails you. This master trainer hosts a special yoga and meditation class in the library’s meeting room. Before you can say “downward dog,” the one-hour session might have you on a journey toward physical and mental serenity. And if the session sparks a newfound interest in yoga, you can always check out a book on the subject while you’re there.

11 a.m. Oct. 19. Free. Salem-Panola Library, 5137 Salem Road, Lithonia. 770-987-6900, www.dekalblibrary.org/branches/salem-panola.html.