3 fun things


“The Hound of the Baskervilles”

You’ve seen Sherlock in many forms, from Robert Downey Jr. to Benedict Cumberbatch, perhaps even from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett. But have you ever seen him as a comic hero? That’s the spin put on the classic detective in Art Station’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” The comedy centers on the aristocratic family haunted by a horrifying hound until its heir apparent finally calls in the consulting detective to explain it all. Featured players Bryan Brendle, Clinton Thornton and Matt Baum promise a show that is anything but elementary.

8 p.m. April 17 and 18; 3 p.m. April 19. $23-$27. Art Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105, artstation.org.


Big Shanty Festival

This is the 39th year for Kennesaw’s annual Big Shanty Festival, and it promises to be a big one. The action kicks off early Saturday with a parade featuring local high school bands and floats. A Civil War re-enactment camp will provide a glimpse into the city’s history, and more than 250 crafters and artisans will set up booths for attendees to browse. There’s an extensive live entertainment lineup that includes Brian Ruth’s Masters of the Chainsaw and Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers Show. More than 40 food booths will keep you feeling full and ready to party into the dinner hour.

9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 18; noon-5 p.m. April 19. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, near the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-423-1330, kennesawbusiness.org.


McDonough Arts Fest

The Southside city celebrates all things artistic during this festival. The event features numerous locals in the artists market, where attendees can find all sorts of items, from jewelry and pottery to paintings. A student art market will showcase works from youngsters in Henry County schools. Live music, craft demonstrations and “the tastiest pound cake in the world” competition are also part of the fun. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support the local arts community.

Noon-5 p.m. April 18. Free. McDonough Square, 5 Griffin St., McDonough. 770-898-9311, mcdonougharts.net.