Tomatoes are everywhere, even on top of some heads, at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, which happens on July 14.
Photo: Eric Meadows
Photo: Eric Meadows

Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 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 Comic Con. Noon-midnight July 12; 10 a.m.-midnight July 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14. $30-$60. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta. atlantacomiccon.com.

»»RELATED: Read more about what’s happening at the Atlanta Comic Con

Atlanta Field Day. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 13. Historic 4th Ward Park, 665 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. atlfieldday.com.

Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Chef Ford Fry is back with the 11th annual installment of the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. It’s a benefit for Georgia Organics, an Atlanta-based non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable foods and local farms in Georgia. 1-5 p.m. July 14. $75-$205. Westside Provisions District, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. killertomatofest.com.

»»RELATED: Get more on the Killer Tomato Festival and other July food events

AgLanta Eats. An evening of tastings prepared by top local chefs, farm fresh food, access to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, live music, garden tours, tasty beverages and more. 5-8 p.m. July 15. $15-$100. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. aglanta.org.

Georgia Mountain Fair. The 69th annual fair showcases North Georgia’s rich history and culture with attractions, arts and crafts, carnival ride and musical performances from artists including Ricky Skaggs, Neal McCoy and Pam Tillis. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (concerts begin at 8 p.m. on select nights). July 19-27. $12-$90, children 12 and younger are free. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706-896-4191, georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

Atlanta African American Book Festival. More than 100 authors of fiction, non-fiction, romance, young adult fiction will convene with editors, publishers, literary critics and scholars to offer panel discussions and workshops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 20. Georgia State University, 55 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta. aaabookfest.com.

PeachFest. An evening of peach-inspired drinks and dishes. 4-7 p.m. July 21. $70-$100. Peachtree Center, 225 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. peachfest.org.

»»RELATED: Learn more about this year’s PeachFest

William S. Murphey (from left), Ellen McQueen and Rob Cleveland star in Georgia Ensemble Theatre's "Driving Miss Daisy."
Photo: Dan Carmody

PERFORMING ARTS

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

“As You Like It.” Through July 14. $20-$42. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299, shakespearetavern.com.

“Max Makes a Million.” This family-friendly theatrical adaptation of Maira Kalman’s book follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get from New York to Paris. Through July 21. $5-$15; free for ages 2 and under. Hertz Stage at Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-4650, alliancetheatre.org.

“Driving Miss Daisy.” Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the Alfred Uhry play in partnership with Oglethorpe University. Through July 21. $35. Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. get.org.

“Hair.” Serenbe Playhouse brings back this production to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Through Aug. 18. $35-$60. The Wildflower Meadow, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. serenbeplayhouse.com.

»»RELATED: Check out our review of Serenbe Playhouse’s “Hair”

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” Inspired by the Neil Simon’s experience as a young staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows.” Through Aug. 4. $33; senior citizen, student and youth discounts available. Stage Door Players at the North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.770-396-1726, stagedoorplayers.net.

“Hairspray.” Tracy Turnblad heads to “The Corny Collins Show” in the Tony-winning musical based on the John Waters film. July 12-21. $30-$62. City Springs Theatre Company at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. cityspringstheatre.com.

“Children of Eden.” This musical about love, family and the power of forgiveness revisits the book of Genesis with music by Stephen Schwartz. July 18-Sept. 1. $24-$60. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

Moe Mitch from the Bert Show. 8 p.m. July 18. $20. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

RuPaul’s Drag Race. 8 p.m. July 20. $42-$120. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Luke Combs will perform at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on July 12.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

MUSIC

Built to Spill. 8:30 p.m. July 12-13. $36-$41. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566, terminalwestatl.com.

Luke Combs. 7 p.m. July 12. $36-$76. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. livenation.com.

Khemmis. 7 p.m. July 12. $13. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Dave Hollister. 7 and 10 p.m. July 12. $35-$45. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Departure (Journey tribute). 8 p.m. July 13. $20-$25. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Rarity. 9:30 p.m. July 13. $10-$12. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. thedrunkenunicorn.net.

The Connells. 8 p.m. July 13. $24-$27. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Panteon Rococo. 8 p.m. July 13. $42.50-$54.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Anberlin. 8 p.m. July 14. $28.50-$35. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums. 7 p.m. July 14. $39.50-$79.50. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Gold Route, Tranquility. 7 p.m. July 15. $10. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Light the Torch. 6 p.m. July 16. $20. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Prettymuch. 7 p.m. July 16. $32-$50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Irrelevant Music Festival. Four nights of local music. July 17-20. $5-$25. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, and the EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. irrelevantmusic.net.

Howard Jones. 8 p.m. July 19. $38.50-$49.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra: “Music from the Stage and Screen – big & small.” With pianist Robert Strickland and his trio. 8 p.m. July 19. $15-$32. Marvin Cole Auditorium at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus, 555 N Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 678-891-3565, www.dekalbsymphony.org.

Eddie B. 8 p.m. July 20. $30-$50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Spin Doctors, 10,000 Maniacs. 8 p.m. July 20. $30-$45. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 1-877-725-8849, amphitheater.org.

Iron Maiden. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $35-$125. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

L.A. Guns. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $25. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Emily Wolfe. 8 p.m. July 20. $13-$16. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

“Universe” by David Radersdorf is among the works on view in Kudzu Art Zone’s “Creative Spirit.”

VISUAL ARTS

“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.

“Creative Spirit.” Works by Miriam Gaisner, Carol Luttenberg, Maryann Rachelson, David Radersdorf, Melonie Sheldon, Sam Tapley, Wanda Watson and Ujjar Singh Wassan. Through July 27. Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. 770-840-9844, kudzuartzone.org.

“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”

“European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection.” Through July 14. 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 above; free for children 5 and younger and members. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.

“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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