People visit a booth during the 12th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival in 2017. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Things to do in and around Atlanta: Aug. 30-Sept. 7

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 Black Pride. This Labor Day tradition continues through Sept. 2, with events in various venues around town, including the Georgian Terrace, which is this year’s host hotel, and the clubs Compound (1008 Brady Ave. NW) and Revel (1778 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd.). Georgian Terrace, 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. atlantaprideweekend.com.

Dragon Con. 85,000 attendees are expected to take over the five host hotels and the AmericasMart buildings No. 1 and No. 2. The weekend-long festivities include the famed parade, panels, vendors, gaming and so much more. Aug. 29-Sept. 2. $160; daily memberships $15-$50. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Atlanta. dragoncon.org.

»»IF YOU GO: Our guide to navigating Dragon Con

Art in the Park. The 33rd annual three-day, family-friendly event includes the Chalk Spot street art display, food trucks, entertainment and more Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Free. 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. artparkmarietta.com.

»»IF YOU GO: Find out more about Marietta’s Art in the Park 

AJC Decatur Book Festival. The biggest book festival in Atlanta and one of the biggest in the country, the 14th annual event will bring hundreds of authors to downtown Decatur and will attract up to 80,000 attendees. 5-10 p.m. Aug. 30; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 31; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 1. Downtown Decatur, 101 E Court Square, Decatur. decaturbookfestival.com.

»»IF YOU GO: Highlights of the 2019 AJC Decatur Book Festival

»»FOOD FOR THOUGHT: See what’s happening at the book fest’s culinary stage

Taste of Soul Festival Atlanta. Noon-9 p.m., Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Free. Atlanta’s West Downtown, 10 Northside Drive at N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. tasteofsoulatlanta.com.

Yellow daisies blooming at the top of Stone Mountain in late August 2019.

Yellow Daisy Festival. More than 400 artists and crafters from 35 different states display their works. Sept. 5-8. Free; vehicle entry to the park is $20 for a one-day permit or you can get a $40 annual permit. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com.

Dahlonega Trail Fest. Sept. 6-8. Free. Dahlonega Square, 1 Public Square N., and Hancock Park, Hawkins Street, Dahlonega. dahlonegatrailfest.org.

Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival. The fest features more than 20 competition teams cooking kosher beef brisket, beef ribs, chicken and chili. They’ll also have live music, vendors, a kids area and a silent auction. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 8. Free; tasting tickets $1 each. City Green at City Springs Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. theatlantakosherbbq.com.

Brad Raymond (center) plays God in the musical “Children of Eden” at Aurora Theatre. CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY GARDNER
Photo: For the AJC

PERFORMING ARTS

“War Paint.” Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this musical about the professional rivalry between cosmetics icons Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.Through Sept. 1. $38-$68. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (at the Cobb Civic Center), 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 404-377-9948. atlantalyrictheatre.com.

»»RELATED: Read our review of “War Paint”

“The True Story of Pocahontas.” Through Sept. 1. $13-$25. Serenbe Playhouse, 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

“Children of Eden.” This musical about love, family and the power of forgiveness revisits the book of Genesis with music by Stephen Schwartz. Through Sept. 1. $24-$60. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

“The Jungle Book.” Through Sept. 29. $18-$25. Serenbe Playhouse, 8420 Atlanta Newnan Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

"Our Town" and "The Laramie Project." Theatrical Outfit brings together two American classics, performing them in repertory with the same cast. Through Sept. 29 ("The Laramie Project" begins on Sept. 10). $15-$45. Theatrical Outfit, Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678-528-1500, theatricaloutfit.org.

The Adventure Zone podcast. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $37.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

My Brother, My Brother & Me podcast. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $37.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

“Becoming Nancy.” The Alliance Theatre’s world premiere premiere of a musical set in 1979 about David Starr, a South London 12th-grader who loves Blondie and Kate Bush, who is cast as Nancy in his school musical, “Oliver!” Sept. 6-Oct. 6. $25-$85. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org.

»»RELATED: Read more about “Becoming Nancy” and the rest of Atlanta’s fall theatrical season

“And That’s Why We Drink” live. 7 p.m. Sept. 7. $31.50-$71.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

"Todd "Speech" Thomas, leader of the Grammy-award winning hip-hop group Arrested Development, brings his band to City Winery. TYSON HORNE/Special
Photo: Tyson Horne

MUSIC

Arrested Development. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $25-$40. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Charlie Wilson. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $45-$65. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Strangelove: The Depeche Mode Experience. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. $20-$25. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Rezur. 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Oso Oso. 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $14. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Trashclub, Willie & the Bandits, Soda Jerks. 9 p.m. Aug. 30. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

The Barefoot Movement. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $25. Serenbe, 9015 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. chatthillsmusic.com.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $12. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Hot Tuna. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. $31-$51. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $65-$149. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Glass Cannon. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $30. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Valerie June. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 $21-$25. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

The Whispers, Ruben Studdard, Evelyn “Champagne” King. 7 p.m. Aug. 31. $41-$58. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. mablehouse.org.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show. 8 p.m. Sept. 1. $30.50-$53.50. A. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Grits & Biscuits. 9 p.m. Sept. 1. $20. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Jason Charles Miller. 10 p.m. Sept. 1. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Trvpbeez, Stevie Miles, Moon the Great. 8 p.m. Sept. 1. $15. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

CeCe Peniston. 8 p.m. Sept. 1. $45-$55. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. 8 p.m. Sept. 2. $35. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Arkona. 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $20. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Kerosene Halo, Phil Madeira. 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $15. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Marbin. 8 p.m. Sept. 3. $12. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth. 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $49.50-$99.50. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. livenation.com.

Lil G. 8 p.m. Sept. 4. $25-$35. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Mark Knopfler. 8 p.m. Sept. 4. $62-$92. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

ProgPower USA. Sept. 4-7. $95-$210. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Toxic Foxtrot, Close Enough, The Long Deaf Pig Dog. 9 p.m. Sept. 5. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Babymetal, Avatar. 9 p.m. Sept. 6. $49.50-$99.50. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.cocacolaroxy.com.

Spencer Crandall. 9:30 p.m. Sept. 6. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Gipsy Kings. 8 p.m. Sept. 6. $33-$82. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Northlane, Erra. 6 p.m. Sept. 6. $18. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Cindy Wilson of The B-52s plays her bongos at the start of the Chastain concert. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

The B-52’s, OMD, Berlin. 8 p.m. Sept. 7. $40-$125. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our list of notable fall pop concerts coming this fall

Freddy Chops, Heart Fortress, The Newsreels, Joe Garner. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

The Jacksons. 8 p.m. Sept. 7. $39.50-$109.50. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road SW, Atlanta. wolfcreekamphitheater.com.

VISUAL ARTS

Sonya Yong James: “Loud Magic.” Sept. 6-Oct. 19. Free. Whitepsace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 404-688-1892, whitespace814.com.

»»RELATED: Find out more about the show above and see more visual arts highlights coming this fall

“Refuge or Refusal.” Created by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University in 2018, this exhibit is a view into five key moments which emerged as turning points in U.S. immigration policy. Through Sept. 12. Free. Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. dekalblibrary.org.

“Any Great Change: The Centennial of the 19th Amendment.” Commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Through Jan. 31, 2021. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

“Spotlight on Artists: Group 6.” Works by Anne Labaire, Brenda Ehly, Carole Chalmers, John Fronza, Paul DiRito and Sharon Boudreaux. Through Sept. 7. Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. 770-840-9844, kudzuartzone.org.

“Kaleidoscope Katrantzou: Mary Katrantzou, 10 Years in Fashion.” Through Sept. 22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Labor Day. $5-$20. SCAD FASH, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-3132, scadfash.org.

»»RELATED: Read our review of “Kaleidoscope Katrantzou”

“Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.” This exhibition explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons. It includes guitars played by Bo Diddley, Kurt Cobain, James Hetfield, Jack White and St. Vincent. Through Sept. 29. $4-$10. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. museumofdesign.org.

“Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn From Atlanta.” Through Sept. 29. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400, www.high.org.

Georgia Working Artist Project exhibitions. Myra Greene, Sept. 11-Nov. 2. Cosmo Whyte, Nov. 16-Jan. 11. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta. 404-367-8700, www.mocaga.org.

“Recent Drawings.” Through Aug. 31. Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-817-3300, www.sandlerhudson.com.

»»RELATED: Learn more about the three shows above in this roundup

“The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children.” Through Sept 15. $14.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

“Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin.” Through Nov. 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $14.50, ages 6 and older; free for children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, high.org.

»»RELATED: Read our review of the High Museum’s “Strange Light”

“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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