One of the pops at Mokipops during the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival.
Photo: Lauren Booker/For the AJC
Photo: Lauren Booker/For the AJC

Things to do in and around Atlanta: July 19-27

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.

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

WWE Presents NXT Live. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $30-$150. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Adult Field Day Live. Each ticket includes admission for a team of eight, access to the Tavern Buffet, a pretty rad t-shirt, parking validation, bottled water, and a donation to The Giving Kitchen. Games include jousting, an obstacle course, bull riding and more. Noon-5 p.m. July 27. $250. Live! at the Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave. SE, Suite 600, Atlanta. thegivingkitchen.org.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27. Free admission. Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

»»RELATED: Learn more about the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl. This event features multiple pubs on the North Highland Avenue stretch, on-site zombie make-up artists, special guests, an Atlanta Zombie Pin-Up Contest and more.4-11 p.m. July 27, Diesel Filling Station (registration), 870 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. atlantazombiecrawl.blogspot.com.

City Springs Theatre’s musical “Hairspray” features Jennifer Massey (left) and Greg London. CONTRIBUTED BY MASON WOOD
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PERFORMING ARTS

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

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” July 19-Aug. 11. $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. Through July 21. $30-$62. City Springs Theatre Company at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. cityspringstheatre.com.

“Sweet Water Taste.” Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousin, Charlie Beckford, and demands to be buried in the “family cemetery.” Through Aug. 25. $27-$35. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. horizontheatre.com.

“East Texas Hot Links.” Greed, corruption and Jim Crow intertwine in the tense thriller set in 1955. Through Aug. 11. $20-$50. True Colors Theatre Company at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. truecolorstheatre.org.

“Head Over Heels.” This musical romp, featuring the songs of the Go-Gos and Belinda Carlisle, follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom. Through Aug. 25. $20-$40. Actor’s Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-607-7469, actors-express.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.

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

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

The Try Guys promote their new book in New York, NY.

The Try Guys. 7:30 p.m. July 23. $32-$82. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

MUSIC

Irrelevant Music Festival. Four nights of local music. Through July 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.

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.

Ana Barbara. 8 p.m. July 21. $55-$75. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Ra Ra Riot. 7 p.m. July 22. $29.50-$99.50. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Gordon Lightfoot. 8 p.m. July 22. $45-$120. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Singer Bettye LaVette performs on stage during the David Lynch Foundation Honors Ringo Star "A Lifetime of Peace & Love" event held at the El Rey Theatre on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Photo: Paul A. Hebert

Bettye LaVette. 8 p.m. July 23. $25-$32. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Dave Matthews Band. 8 p.m. July 23. $45.50-$115. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. livenation.com.

Miss May I and the World Alive. 6 p.m. July 23. $18. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Peace & Love Tour. The Paisley Craze Band plays the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Who and more. It’s a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. 7 p.m. July 23. $22-$61. Infinite Energy Theater, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. infiniteenergycenter.com.

Daniel Sloss. 7 p.m. July 24. $36.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White gets his groove on during the EWF/Chicago show Aug. 4, 2015, at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. MELISSA RUGGIERI / MRUGGIERI@AJC.COM
Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

Earth, Wind & Fire. 8 p.m. July 24. $40.25-$60.25. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Nelly, TLC, Flo Rida. 7 p.m. July 24. $25-$125. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Amy Black. 8 p.m. July 25. $20-$25. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Fishbone, Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf. 7 p.m. July 25. $35-$75. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Together Pangea, Tijuana Panthers. 7 p.m. July 25. $16.50. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

Muscadine Bloodline. 8 p.m. July 26. $16.50-$25. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Luke Bryan performs during Watershed 2017 at the Gorge Amphitheatre on July 30, 2017 in George, Washington. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)
Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage

Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Jon Langston, DJ Rock. 7 p.m. July 26. $45.25-$135.25. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

Capitol City Opera: “On the Light Side.” A musical “indoor picnic fundraiser.” 8 p.m. July 26; 1 and 8 p.m. July 27. $40. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. ccityopera.org.

Banda MS de Sergio Lizarraga. 8 p.m. July 27. $49-$319. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. infiniteenergycenter.com.

ABBA the Concert. 8 p.m. July 27. $36-$80. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

The Georgia Players Guild presents the Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Grateful Dead. 8 p.m. July 27. $30-$40. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. earlsmithstrand.org.

Blink-182, Lil Wayne. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $37.50-$127.50. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. livenation.com.

In her Spring/Summer 2012 “Flower Fields” collection designer Mary Katrantzou revels in the beauty of nature but uses industrial fabrication to create her designs. Contributed by SCAD
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VISUAL ARTS

“Finster Forward: Art by Howard Finster and the Finster Fest Artists He Inspires.” Curated by Howard Pousner, the longtime Atlanta arts writer and editor who has organized the Finster Fest artist market since 2017. Opens July 20; meet-the-artists reception 5:30-8 p.m. Main Street Gallery, 51 N. Main St., Clayton. 706-782-2440, www.mainstreetgallery.net.

“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

“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. Krista Clark, through Aug. 24. 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

“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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