Erin Paulson, dressed as Princess Mary, entertains the crowd before the gates open on the first day of a recent Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn. This year’s festival will run April 13 through June 2. CONTRIBUTED BY STEVE SCHAEFER
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

Things to do in and around Atlanta: April 12-20

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

“Cyclorama: The Big Picture.” Featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta.” $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our podcast on the restoration of the Cyclorama

“Barbecue Nation.” Through Sept. 29. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

Atlanta Fair. Through April 14. $1-$8; ride tickets $1.25 or $25 for unlimited arm band. Turner Field - Grey Lot, 655 Central Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-913-3247.

Atlanta Film Festival. Through April 14. $10-$12 for individual screenings, $50 for opening and closing screenings, $125-$725 for badges. Various locations including Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta and The Highland Inn, 644 N Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-352-4225, atlantafilmfestival.com.

»»RELATED: Read more about the Atlanta Film Festival, focusing on local productions

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. April 12-14. Free. Piedmont Park, along 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. 404-817-6642, dogwood.org.

Big Shanty Festival. April 13-14. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-423-1330, kennesaw-ga.gov.

Georgia Renaissance Festival. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day. April 13-June 2. $20-$24; $10-$12 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Road, Fairburn. 770-964-8575, garenfest.com.

Taste of Forsyth. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20. Free admission; samples $1-$4. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. cummingfair.net.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. April 20-21. Free. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. 770-730-5600, sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.

Rachel Potter, Taylor Hicks and the cast of "Shenandoah" at Serenbe Playhouse.

PERFORMING ARTS

“Shenandoah.” The musical stars “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks and “The X Factor” finalist Rachel Potter. Through April 14. $35-$70. Serenbe Playhouse, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Palmetto. 770-463-1110, serenbeplayhouse.com.

»»RELATED: Read Rodney Ho’s interview with “Shenandoah” star Taylor Hicks

“Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Through May 26. $25. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. puppet.org.

“The Wizard of Oz.” Based on the beloved classic by L. Frank Baum. Through April 14. $5-$32. Alliance Theatre, Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org.

“Falsettos.” When Marvin leaves his wife Trina for a guy named Whizzer, they all determine to salvage something from the resulting fallout to form a new kind of family. Through April 28. $20-$45. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-607-7469, actors-express.com.

»»REVIEW: Get the verdict on the Actor’s Express production of “Falsettos”

“Angry, Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous.” This new Pearl Cleage play will premiere on the Alliance’s newly renovated Coca-Cola Stage. Through April 14. $10-$80. Alliance Theatre Company, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. alliancetheatre.org.

“Secrets of a Soccer Mom.” Three women reluctantly take the field in a mothers vs. sons soccer game. Through April 14. $15-$33. Stage Door Players at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726, stagedoorplayers.net.

“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End.” Through April 14. $15-$35. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

“Pipeline.” Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who she sends her only son to a private boarding school. Through April 21. $20-$45. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-584-7450, horizontheatre.com.

“Angry Fags.” Atlanta writer Topher Payne has updated his 2013 play for this new production. Through April 14. $15-$28. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-523-7647, 7stages.org.

Theater Emory’s “The Tatischeff Cafe,” an homage to French filmmaker Jacques Tati, features Hannah Church (from left), Tim Harland, Mary Lynn Owen and John Ammerman, who also wrote and co-directed the show. CONTRIBUTED BY ANN WATSON
Photo: For the AJC

“The Tatischeff Café.” Theater Emory presents the premiere of John Ammerman’s homage to French filmmaker Jacques Tati. Through April 14. $15; $5 students. Mary Gray Munroe Theater, 605 Asbury Circle (in the Dobbs University Center on the Emory campus), Atlanta. 404-727-5050, theater.emory.edu.

»»RELATED: Read our review of Theater Emory’s “The Tatischeff Café”

“Approval Junkie.” A solo piece by TV and radio journalist Faith Salie. Through April 28. $20-$80. Alliance Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org.

Shen Yun. Through April 14. $85-$235. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

“I Love to Eat.” William S. Murphey plays culinary expert James Beard in the one-man comedy. Through May 5. $15-$45. Theatrical Outfit, Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678-528-1500, theatricaloutfit.org.

“Hamlet.” Through May 5. $15-$47. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299, shakespearetavern.com.

“The Hero’s Wife.” Through May 5. $24-$38. Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. (in the Peachtree Pointe complex), Atlanta. 404-484-8636, synchrotheatre.com.

“The Drawer Boy.” A young actor from a Toronto theatre group visits the rural Ontario home of two elderly farmers to research farm life for a new play. Through April 21. $10-$17. Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Ave., Newnan. 770-683-6282, www.newnantheatre.org.

“Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical.” Based on the film by Woody Allen. Through April 28. $33-$52. Georgia Ensemble Theatre at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. get.org.

Derek Hough. 8 p.m. April 12. $49.50-$85. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

»»RELATED: Read Rodney Ho’s interview with Derek Hough

“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” A family-friendly musical based on Charles Schulz’s classic comic characters. April 12-27. $25. Lyric Studio on the Square, 12 Powder Springs St., Marietta. mariettatheatre.com.

“Singin’ in the Rain.” April 12-28. $38-$68. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (at the Cobb Civic Center), 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 404-377-9948, atlantalyrictheatre.com.

Comedian Aziz Ansari, seen here in Atlanta in 2014, returns for two nights at the Fox Theatre. (BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL)

Aziz Ansari. 7:30 p.m. April 18-19. $35-$87. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

John Cusack (and a screening of “High Fidelity”). 7:30 p.m. April 19. $42.75-$153. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

MUSIC

Bad Suns. 8 p.m. April 12. $20-$25. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Joan Osborne. 8 p.m. April 12. $38-$50. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Joan Baez. 8 p.m. April 12. $39.50-$125. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

»»RELATED: Read Melissa Ruggieri’s interview with Joan Baez

Jamey Johnson. 8 p.m. April 12. $26.50-$76.50. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

DMX. 8 p.m. April 12. $33-$45. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Delta Sleep. 8:30 p.m. April 13. $15. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. thedrunkenunicorn.net.

Zomboy. 9 p.m. April 13. $25-$30. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Framing Hanley. 7 p.m. April 13. $10-plus. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Mavis Staples, seen here in Coachella in 2016, wil headline the Amplify Decatur festival this weekend. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
Photo: Frazer Harrison

Amplify Decatur Music Festival. With Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Julien Baker, Kevn Kinney and The Bitteroots. 4 p.m. April 13. $45-$249.50. Downtown Decatur, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur. www.amplifydecatur.org.

»»RELATED: Get all the details about the growing Amplify Decatur fest

This Wild Life. 6 p.m. April 14. $16. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Vijay Prakash. 4:30 p.m. April 14. $31-$252. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

Kim Waters. 8 p.m. April 15. $25-$35. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Hatebreed. 5:30 p.m. April 16. $25. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Cheryl Pepsii Riley. 8 p.m. April 17. $26-$38. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Plini. 7 p.m. April 18. $22. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Cassadee Pope. 8 p.m. April 18. $16-$41. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

Nicole Henry. 8 p.m. April 18. $22-$30. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Glenn Hughes. 8 p.m. April 18. $35-$145. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Hunter Hayes. 8 p.m. April 18. $40-$45. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

The Brevet, The Unlikely Candidates. 7 p.m. April 19. $12. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

The Subdudes. 8 p.m. April 19. $36-$42. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Four-time Grammy winner and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit seem here at the Fox Theatre in 2018, plays the Sweetwater 420 Festival on April 21.
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video/RobbsPhotos.com

Sweetwater 420 Fest. With Widespread Panic, the Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and many more. April 19-21. $85-$448. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W. NW, Atlanta. sweetwater420fest.com.

Neha Kakkar, Sonu Nigam. 8 p.m. April 19. $54-$204. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

Lord Huron. 8 p.m. April 20. $30.50-$37.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

The Tallest Man on Earth. 9 p.m. April 20. $35-$60. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

The Church. 8 p.m. April 20. $30-$100. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

Rahsaan Patterson. 7 and 9 p.m. April 20. $32-$42. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Lil Baby, seen here at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena in January, is back onstage in Atlanta on April 20. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest / EA SPORTS BOWL)
Photo: Getty Images

Lil Baby. 8 p.m. April 20. $39.50-$55. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Dungeon Family Tour with Big Boi and Goodie Mob. 8 p.m. April 20. $35-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Whitesnake. 8 p.m. April 20. $27.50-$199 (no coolers or carry-ins allowed). Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. livenation.com.

VISUAL ARTS

“Louder than Words.” Works that focus on conveying ideas and meaning through nonverbal means. Through May 5. Free. Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, 492 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw. 470-578-3223, arts.kennesaw.edu/zuckerman.

Frank Sharp: “Australia & New Zealand.” Photos from down under by local photographer Frank Sharp. Through April 30. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 Lavista Road, Tucker. dekalblibrary.org/branches/tuck.

Frank Sharp: “Panama Caribbean Trip.” Through June 6. Pinckneyville Park Community Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake. bit.ly/PinckneyvilleRecCenter.

Fahamu Pecou: “Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.” Through April 28. $6-$8. Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta. carlos.emory.edu.

“Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic.” Explore how Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created “The Dark Crystal’s” mythical world of Thra. Museum admission is $12.50, but it’s free with a ticket to the Center’s Family Series shows. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

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