Griffith James helped his five-year-old daughter Kelci add flavoring to her Kona Ice as local artisans and national classics presented their best products at the 4th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Saturday, July 26, 2014. There was a variety of health /wellness agencies, fitness routines, vendors, entertainment, bands and fun family activities. (Photo by Phil Skinner)
Photo: Phil Skinner
Photo: Phil Skinner

What to do in Atlanta | July 22-29

Chill out with the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival at Piedmont Park, or take a look back at the Battle of Atlanta with events happening in and around East Atlanta.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC. 

Atlanta African Dance & Drum Festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 24-26. Tri-Cities High School, 2575 Harris St., Atlanta. 404-669-8200. www.aaddf.org.

Slide the City. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 25. 100 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. www.slidethecity.com/events/decatur-ga/.

5th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25. Admission is free. Piedmont Park near the 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive entrance, Atlanta. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

Drum Corps International Atlanta Southeastern Championships. Gates open 10:30 a.m.; show at 2 p.m. July 25. $30-$60. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.gadome.com, www.dci.org.

Repticon Atlanta Reptile & Exotic Animal Show. 10 a.m. July 25. $10; $5 ages 5-12. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. www.repticon.com.

6th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. July 25. Meet at Diesel Filling Station, 870 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.zombiecrawlatlanta.com/.

National Dance Day Celebration. 9 a.m.-Noon July 25. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta. 770-765-2000. www.experienceavalon.com/happenings/news/featured-events/eventitems/national-dance-day-athleta/

Battle of Atlanta. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25. Various events around East Atlanta, Flat Shoals Avenue and Glenwood Avenue. www.batlevent.org.

"Ghostbusters." Part of the Fox Theatre Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. 7:30 p.m. July 30. $10. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.orgRead more about the Fox Summer Film  Festival lineup here.

Gwinnett Center International Film Festival. July 31-Aug. 2. $15-$35. Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Old Soldiers Day Parade. Parade goes along Roswell Street and ends at the American Legion post. 9:15 a.m. Aug. 1. Free. American Legion, 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000, www.alpharetta.ga.us.

PERFORMING ARTS 

“The Secret Garden.” Presented by Serenbe Playhouse. Through Aug. 2. $10-$20. 10496 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. www.serenbeplayhouse.com. Read our review here.

“Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.” Through July 26. $16.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-873-3391, www.puppet.org.

“The Motown Sound.” Through July 26. $20-$25. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. www.earlsmithstrand.org.

“Chasin’ dem Blues: The Untold Story of Paramount Records.” Through Aug. 2. $20-$35. True Colors Theatre Company at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849,www.TrueColorsTheatre.org. Read our preview and review.

“The Dixie Swim Club.” Through July 26. $15-$27. Art Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. www.artstation.org.

“Two Trains Running.” Through July 26. $20. Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. www.newafricangrove.com.

“Rent.” Through Aug. 9. $20-$45. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107, Atlanta. www.actors-express.com.

“The Addams Family.” Through Aug. 16. $13-$23. OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. www.onstageatlanta.com.

“Footloose.” Through Aug. 2. $15-$25. The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone. www.thelegacytheatre.org.

“Steel Magnolias.” Through Aug. 2. $20-$25. Gypsy Theatre Company at Sylvia Beard Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. www.gypsytheatre.biz.

“Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom.” Through July 26. $10. Newnan Theater Company, 24 First Ave., Newnan. newnantheatre.com.

“Blackpool and Parrish.” Through Aug. 1. $17-$25.  Out of Box Theatre at the Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Parkway, Suite C-1, Marietta. www.outofboxtheatre.com.

“Uprising.” Through Aug. 23. $25-$35. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.horizontheatre.com.

“The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson.” 8 p.m. July 31. $20. Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 North Central Ave., Atlanta. academytheatre.org.

“Once Upon a Mattress.” Through Aug. 9. $15-$18; $10 for everyone on Aug. 6. Act1 Theatre at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. act1theater.com.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Through Aug. 2. $15-$36. Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. www.shakespearetavern.com.

“Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.” Presented by Georgia Ensemble Theatre. July 23-Aug. 8. $15-$30. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-641-1260, get.org.

"Memphis." The Tony-winning musical is a co-production with Theatrical Outfit. July 23-Aug. 30. $30-$65. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.

The Essential Theatre Play Festival. “Lillian Likes It,” by Joshua Mikel, and “The Old Ship of Zion,” by Columbus native Natalia Naman, in repertory. July 24-Aug. 23. $10-$25. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. www.essentialtheatre.com.

Comedy with Kapil & Family. 8:30 p.m. July 24. $58-$503. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Anjelah Johnson presents Bon Qui Qui. 8 p.m. July 27. Sold out. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

“The Reluctant Dragon.” July 28-Aug. 9. $16.50.  Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

Cirque du Soleil: “Varekai.” July 29-Aug. 2. $40-$145. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. www.gwinnettcenter.com. Read our review here and see photos from the show here.

MUSIC 

Jayne County, Lust, Blast Off  Burlesque. 8 p.m. July 22. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.badearl.com.

Claire Holley, Kate Campbell. 7:30 p.m. July 23. $15. Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749, www.eddieowenpresents.com.

Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic. 7:30 p.m. July 23. $51.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.concertsinthegarden.org.

Idina Menzel. July 24. $35.50-$105.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

The Vamps with Before You Exit and the Tide. 7 p.m. July 24. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Beach Boys. Led by Mike Love & Bruce Johnston. 8 p.m. July 24. $65.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.concertsinthegarden.org.

Kem, Meli’sa Morgan, Ken Ford. 8 p.m. July 24. $55-$130. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road S.W., Atlanta. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.

Dave Koz, Rick Braun and Kenny Lattimore. 8 p.m. July 24. $45-$85. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Queen Nation: A Tribute to Queen. 8 p.m. July 24. $25-$40. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. www.amphitheater.org.

The Ray City Rollers. 9 p.m. July 24. $12; $10 in advance. Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hildebrand Drive, Sandy Springs. www.steveslivemusic.com.

Migrant Worker with Josh Roberts and the Hinges with Emily Hackett. July 24. $8 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Capitol City Opera: “On the Light Side: The Music of Gershwin.” 6:30 p.m. July 24-25. $35. Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. www.ccityopera.org.

Chattahoochee River Country Music Festival. With Corey Smith, Lorrie Morgan, Deana Carter, The Kentucky Headhunters and many more. July 24-26. Free admission (available at the festival’s website; parking $10 in advance, $20 onsite; camping options available. VFW Fairgrounds, 1625 Bankhead Highway, Carrollton. www.crcmf.com. 
Sugarcane Jane. 8 p.m. July 25. $20. Bosch Experience Center at Serenbe, 10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbe.com/events.

ATL Collective: Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” 9 p.m. July 25. $12-$20. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta. www.terminalwestatl.com.

Keith Sweat with After 7, Troop and Shai. 7 p.m. July 25. $29.50-$79.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.classicchastain.com.

Chamber Cartel: Music by Berio, Hurel, Lang and Thomalla. 8 p.m. July 25. $10 suggested donation. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St. N.W., Atlanta. www.chambercartel.com.

Blood, Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice. 8 p.m. July 25. $25-$35. The Southern Ground Amphitheater, 301 Lafayette Ave., Fayetteville. www.southerngroundamp.com.

Mudcat. 9 p.m. July 25. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. www.badearl.com.

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson. 7 p.m. July 25. $20-$65. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

Susi French Connection. 7 and 9:30 p.m. July 25. $15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. eddiesattic.com.

Runaway Gin. July 25. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Jeezy with surprise guests. 8 p.m. July 25. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org.

The Original Wailers. July 26. $20 in advance; $100 VIP Tables. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Rich O’ Toole. July 26. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Every Time I Die with Real Friends, Counterparts, Gnarwolves, Brigades and Gathers. 5:30 p.m. July 26. $20-$25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Slipknot with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White. 7 p.m. July 26. $16-$63. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

Miguel. 8 p.m. July 29. $29.50-$36.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. tabernacleatl.com.

KMFDM. 8 p.m. July 29. Variety Playhouse. $26-$28.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival featuring Slayer, King Diamond, Devil Wears Prada and more. 1 p.m. July 29. $33.33-$66.66. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. 8 p.m. July 29. $48-$150. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.chastainseries.com.

Faith No More, Refused. 6 p.m. July 30. $48.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Mad Decent Block Party. 2 p.m. July 31. $48. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Shinedown. 8 p.m. July 31. Sold out. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. tabernacleatl.com.

Best Brothers Band with Reuben’s Bell and All the Rest. 8:30 p.m. July 31. $10-$12. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Donna Hopkins Band and Bome Back Alice with Johnny & The Love Seats. July 31. $12 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Rocky Votolato and Dave Hause with Chris Farren. 8:15 p.m. Aug. 1. $12-$14. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

The Steppin Stones with Forje and Paige McCauley. Aug. 1. $7 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.

Kristian Bush. 8 p.m. Aug. 1. $25-$30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Shania Twain. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1. $46-$136. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. www.philipsarena.com.

Outcry Tour with Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, Crowder, Bethel Music, Passion, Lauren Daigle, Trip Lee, DJ Promote and DJ Biz. 6 p.m. Aug. 1. $24.50-$49.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com.

Phish. 7 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1. $45-$65. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

VISUAL ARTS  

“Michi Meko, Pursuit: Almost Drowned.” Through Aug. 8. Alan Avery Art Company, 315 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-237-0370, www.alanaveryartcompany.comRead our review of “Michi Meko, Pursuit: Almost Drowned" here.

“Rachel’s Killin’ It” and “8-Bit Fictions.” Through July 26. Free. Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, 492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. 470-578-3223, zuckerman.kennesaw.edu. Read our review of these shows here.

Bruce Davidson: “In Color” and “The Brooklyn Gang.” Through Aug. 1. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Jackson Fine Art, 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta. 404-233-3739, www.jacksonfineart.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 

“Two of Each: The Nippur Deluge Tablet & Noah’s Flood.” Through July 24. Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, 571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E., Atlanta. www.carlos.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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