Vanilla is the flavor of choice for "Gertie" who tagged along with Jim Hoffman of Roswell.
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

What to do in Atlanta | Aug. 26-Sept. 2

Things heat up for the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival, but you can cool down with a sing-along screening of "Frozen" and a celebration of ice cream in Roswell.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC. 

“Brain: The Inside Story.” Through Aug. 23. $16-$18. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E. 404-929-6300, www.fernbankmuseum.org.

“Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden.” A British artist famed for using light as an artistic medium, Munro will create six site-specific installations around the Atlanta Botanical Garden and its conservatories, some set to music. Runs through Oct. 3. $22.95, $15.95 ages 3-12 on Fridays-Saturdays; $19.95, $13.95 children on Wednesdays-Thursdays and Sundays. 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Hummingbird Banding Event. 8-11 a.m. Aug. 29. $5-$10. Smith-Gilbert Arboretum, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. www.smithgilbertgardens.com

National Beer Mile. 10 a.m. Aug. 29. Atlantic Station, 232 19th St., Atlanta. www.nationalbeermile.com.

“Frozen” Sing-along. Part of the Fox Theatre Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. 1 p.m. Aug. 29. $10. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. foxtheatre.org.

Simmer Down Block Party. 3-8 p.m. Aug. 29. Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St., Atlanta. www.facebook.com/events/.

Atlanta Ballet Block Party. 5 p.m. Aug. 29. Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Blvd. N.W., Atlanta. www.atlantaballet.com. Read more about the event here.

ACAC Art Party. 7 p.m. Aug. 29. $50-$1,000. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. N.W., Atlanta. thecontemporary.org/artparty/.

Pancake and Booze Arts Show. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Aug. 29. Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W., Atlanta. www.facebook.com/events

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Aug. 29-30. Grant Park, 840 Cherokee Ave. S.E,, Atlanta. www.summershadefestival.org.

Southern Craft Brewing Symposium. Aug. 29-30. $75-$145. Courtyard Marriott Decatur Conference Center, 130 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. www.georgiacraftbrewersguild.org/.

11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’. 2 p.m. Aug. 30. $6; families (up to 6) $20. Roswell Town Square, 616 Atlanta St., Roswell. www.missmarysicecream.org.

Dragon Con. Sept. 4-7. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 from the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue. Memberships: $150 for all four days — available online store.dragoncon.org. Memberships for Sept. 4 and 6 ($40), Sept. 5 ($50) for Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 ($30) available at the door only. In downtown Atlanta. dragoncon.org.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival. Sept. 4-6. Free. At venues around downtown Decatur. www.decaturbookfestival.com.

Art in the Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5-7. Free. Glover Park, 50 Park Square, Marietta. artparkmarietta.com.

PERFORMING ARTS 

"Memphis." The Tony-winning musical is a co-production with Theatrical Outfit. Through Aug. 30. $30-$65. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.comRead our review.

“The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables.” Through Sept. 20. $16.50 Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

“Peter Pan.” Presented by Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Through Aug. 30. $38-$58. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. atlantalyrictheatre.com.

Gallagher with Artie Fletcher and Bob Nelson. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $35-$40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

“Driving Miss Daisy.” OnStage Atlanta presents Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, Atlanta-set play. Aug. 28-Sept. 5. $15-$20. 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. www.onstageatlanta.com.

“Sharpstone’s Treasure.” 10 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. $7. Aurora Theatre, 136 W. Pike St., Lawrenceville. www.auroratheatre.com.

Step Afrika: “Symphony in Step.” 6 p.m. Aug. 29. $20-$45. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre." Aug. 28-Sept. 6. $15-$39. Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.shakespearetavern.com.

“Previously Blue: A Poetic Summit on the Mystery of Disaster, Resilience & Beauty.” 8 p.m. Aug. 28-29; 5 p.m. Aug. 30. $22.50. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.7stages.org.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Sept. 2-20. Tickets start at $20-$55. Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.alliancetheatre.org.

Jim Jefferies. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. $38.50. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com.

MUSIC 

Tamia. 8 p.m. Aug. 26. Sold out ($25-$35). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Under the Sun Tour featuring Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. 7 p.m. Aug. 26. $29.50-$49.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

MODOC. Aug. 27. $8 in advance.  Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Kacey Musgraves, Humming House. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Sold out ($36-$38). The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatre.com.

Asha Bhosle, Talat Aziz. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $41.20-$114.90. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

The Mavericks, Los Lobos. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $45. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.concertsinthegarden.org.

Melissa Ferrick. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $23.50-$28.50. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. eddiesattic.com.

Hal Ketchum. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $30-$35. Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749, www.eddieowenpresents.com.

Boyz II Men with Bell Biv Devoe. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $35.50-$89.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

Planet of the Abts featuring members of Gov’t Mule. Aug. 28. $12 in advance.  Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Lily Rose and Trey Broussard with David Cone. Aug. 29. $8 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Rick Springfield with Loverboy and the Romantics. 7 p.m. Aug. 29. $29.50-$79.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

Keb’ Mo’. Aug. 29. $25-$75. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4900, www.atlantasymphony.org.

Grown Folks Music Festival. With Deniece Williams, Ken Ford and Glenn Jones. 6 p.m. Aug. 29. Mable House Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. www.grownfolksmusicfestival.com.

Imagine Music Festival. Aug. 29-30. $89-$299. Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park, North and N. Angier avenues, Atlanta. imaginefestival.com

Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $20-$125. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. www.philipsarena.com.

Robbie Fulks. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $15. Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749, www.eddieowenpresents.com.

Marcus Miller. 8 p.m. Sept. 4. $35-$40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Cece Peniston with Robin S and Sybil. 11:30 p.m. Sept. 4. $35-$40. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Chris Brown with Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap and Teyana Taylor. 7 p.m. Sept. 5. $25-$125. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

“Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical.” 7 p.m. Sept. 5. $65-$75. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

VISUAL ARTS  

“The Waters and the Wild”: Alen MacWeeney Photographs of Ireland. Includes images inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Through Jan. 3. $6-$8. Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E., Atlanta. www.carlos.emory.edu.

“Outside In.” Graffiti artists with an Atlanta connection. Through Sept. 25. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Mason Fine Art, 415 Plasters Ave., Atlanta. 404-879-1500, www.masonfineartandevents.com. Read our review here.

“Chinese Master Artist I-Hsiung Ju.” Through Oct. 18. $12; $10 senior citizens, students and military; free for kids under 10. Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-0900, www.thegateatlanta.com. Read our review here.

“Filming the Camps, John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg.” Through Nov. 20. $16.50 adults, $13 seniors 65+, students 13+, $11 youth 4-12, free for members and children under 4. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW. 404-814-4000, www.atlantahistorycenter.comRead our review here.

“Alex Katz, This Is Now.” Through Sept. 6. $19.50, adults; $16.50, students and seniors; $12, ages 6-17; free, children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.orgRead our review of "Alex Katz, This Is Now" here.

“Seriously Silly! The Art & Whimsy of Mo Willems.” Through Jan. 10. $12-$19.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. high.orgRead more about Mo Willems here.

“Los Trompos” (“The Spinning Tops”). An installation from Mexican designers Ignacio Cadena and Héctor Esrawe featuring more than 40 three-dimensional, larger-than-life tops/rides in a variety of colors and shapes. Through Nov. 29. Free. Outside the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.high.orgRead more about Los Trompos here.

“Bobby Jones: The Game of Life.” Through Nov. 30. Free. Schatten Gallery at the Robert Woodruff Library, Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. web.library.emory.edu 

“Bodies … The Exhibition.” Ongoing. $16-$24. Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., Atlanta. 866-866-8265, www.atlanticstation.com.

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