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Music and arts: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

If you’d like to get out and about in metro Atlanta this weekend, you’ll be able to choose from plenty of events planned throughout the area. Music- and arts-related events are scheduled, and if you’d like to get sporty, you’ll find a 5K as well as a fly fishing show.

Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:

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Dancing with the Stars of Marietta. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. $20 and up. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta.

Local community leaders dance in hopes of winning the mirror ball trophy. The event is a fundraiser for Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre.

Nicholson Help Our Stars Shine 5K and Fun Run. 7 a.m. registration and number pickup, 8 a.m. fun run, 8:30 a.m. 5K, 9:30 a.m. award ceremony, Saturday, Feb. 1. $20-$35. Nicholson Elementary School, 1599 Shallowford Road, Marietta.

Run a USTAF-certified course to chase an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying time and help buy technology for Nicholson Elementary School.

America, Vol. 6. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. $10-$32. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-429-2390.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra presents selections that represent the wide diversity of American music, including Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.”

Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. $60 to participate, Free admission to listen. Bailey Performance Center – Scott Hall, 488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw.

Kennesaw University’s School of Music hosts the 2020 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, which will feature trumpet artists from across the region and country. Register to perform or simply come and enjoy the show. 


“USS Smalls.” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Adults $12, students $6. DeKalb School of the Arts, Kyle Theater, 1192 Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates.

“USS Smalls” follows the story of a deckhand slave in the Confederate army who steals a ship and escapes to save his friends and family. This original play was written by the creative writing students of the DeKalb School for the Arts.

Hearts & Soles 5K. 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. $10, free for members of Atlanta Track Club. Georgia State University/Perimeter College, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur.

The Heart & Soles 5K has a new course this year and is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier. 

Eileen Braun exhibit. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, 
Feb. 1. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770-394-4019.

The Spruill Gallery opens an exhibit of Eileen Braun’s sculpture starting this Friday. The Atlanta artist’s work appears suspended or as if it’s coming from the ground. 

Brookhaven/Chamblee Special Item Recycle Day. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 1. Many items recycled for free, some have a charge. Lowe’s parking lot on Peachtree Road across from Whole Foods.

Hard-to-recycle items will be collected in this event that’s hosted by the city of Brookhaven, Keep Chamblee Beautiful and CHaRM (the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials). Check the website to see what’s collected and whether a fee is involved. 

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North Fulton

Big & Little Chef: Sweets for Your Sweets. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. $75 for parent/child combo. Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-751-8560.

Bring your little chef age 5-12 and make sweet treats such as chocolate-covered strawberry brownies to take home. 

Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. Tickets $17-$20, children 3 and under free. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-3705.

Celebrate Black History Month with music from the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band. 

“The Color Purple: A Concert.” 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. $30-$35. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232.

Actor’s Express presents a concert version of “The Color Purple,” which is based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winner.

Opening Reception for People, Places and Thingamabobs. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Roswell Fine Arts Alliance, Arts Center on Fouts, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell.

An opening reception for the annual show, “People, Places and Thingamabobs” will feature art for sale at attractive prices. 

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Lawrenceville Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Admission $8 for one day or $12 for two days. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-963-6522.

Learn new techniques, participate in make and takes, visit exhibits, and buy products in a weekend of fun for art stamp, cardmaking, paper crafts and scrapbooking enthusiasts.

Fly Fishing Show. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Adults $15 for one day, $20 for two; kids 6-12 $5, age 5 and under free; military with ID $10, Scouts under 16 in uniform free. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’ll find something to enjoy or learn at the 4th annual Fly Fishing Show. Get a casting or fly tying lesson, take part in other seminars and learn from the experts.

Night at the Museum. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. $5. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC), 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 770-904-3500.

Play carnival games, go on a scavenger hunt, hear campfire stories, see a special exhibit and more as you find out what happens after dark at the GEHC.

Comedy on the Clay. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. $20 in advance, $23 day of the show. Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749.

Enjoy an evening of laughs with comedy from Angela Miller and Gary Cargal. 

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