Audiences will love the “hattitude” on display during the current run of the gospel musical, “Crowns,” at the Southwest Arts Center.
The play, directed by Golden Globe winning playwright Regina Taylor, runs through June 10.
It’s adapted from the book, “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Craig Marberry and photographer Michael Cunningham.
The play celebrates the stand-up-and-be-counted African-American tradition that has evolved out of a legacy of pain, pride and survival.
Centered on a young girl as the main character, Yolanda, the plot follows her journey down south from Brooklyn after the death of her brother. There, she finds strength in the stories of the town’s women and the rituals connected to their hats that they call crowns.
The cast of “Crowns,” which is playing at the Southwest Arts Center.
“Crowns” is directed by Thomas W. Jones II and stars actress Terry Burrell, Tyler Prynce ,Sandra Jones , Jennifer Myles , Brittany Inge as Jeannette and Andrea Connor . Eric Moore will take on the various male characters that appear throughout the production.
Crowns. Through June 10. $15 to $55 (before fees). Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd. S.W. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3186154. 404- 613-3220.
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Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
What’s summer in Atlanta without a Maze featuring Frankie Beverly concert?
The "Joy and Pain," singer comes to State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park on June 2.
The show features special guest Anthony Hamilton.
Audiences love both acts and know they will get a solid performance.
Frankie Beverly and Maze, initially known as Raw Soul, doesn’t pop out a new CD every year.
They have a dedicated fan base who jam every year to a list of favorites including “Southern Girl,” “We Are One,” and “Before I Let Go.”
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. 7:30 p.m. June 2. $69.50-$99.50. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. www.chastainseries.com. 404- 733-5012.
Wild Rivers in Concert, Roswell
The Canadian group Wild Rivers will bring their Americana folk-pop sound to the Roswell Riverside Sounds Free Concert Series on June 2.
The concerts are produced by the city of Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department. Concert goers can share their photos using the hashtag #WhenInRoswell and #RoswellRiversideSounds.
Guests can bring their own picnic and lawn chairs.
Wild Rivers. 7 p.m. June 2. Free. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705. www.roswellriversidesounds.com.
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
The Chattahoochee Nature Center will hold its “19th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival” June 2-3 in Roswell.
Enjoy the beauty of butterflies during the Chattahooche Nature Center's “19th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival” June 2-3 in Roswell.
The theme of this year's celebration is Monarchs and Milkweed. The air will be filled with butterflies set free during the releases. There will also be face-painting, crafts, live music, yoga classes and food.
The "Butterfly Encounter" tented exhibit allows visitors to hand-feed free-flying butterflies. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on attracting pollinators to your garden.
Butterfly Festival. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 and noon to 5 p.m. June 3. $8 -$12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Roswell. 770-992-2055, wwwchattnaturecenter.org.
Pamela Druckerman book signing
The New York Times contributors and bestselling author, Pamela Druckerman, will discuss and sign copies of her new book, "There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story," on June 3 at the Margaret Mitchell House.
Druckerman is also the author of “French Children Don’t Throw Food” and “Bringing up BeBe”
In her new book, Druckerman investigates the mystery of the middle age “40s.” i Using a series of humorous essays, she explores life at this transitional age and how drastically the 40s have changed in recent years. She also guides readers through coming to terms with 40s friendships, working while 40, and managing both young children and older parents.
5 p.m. $5-$10. Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave. N.E. 404-249-7015. www.atlantahistorycenter.com/explore/destinations/margaret-mitchell-house
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