Things to do in Atlanta: A Whitney Houston tribute, Michael McDonald and all the ice cream you can eat


South African singer Belinda Davids gives a powerful musical tribute to her  idol, Whitney Houston in “The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute Starring Belinda Davids,” on July 27 at Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

The show, which been on tour for six years, honors the music and memory of Houston, who died Feb. 11, 2012 in Los Angeles. Davids is accompanied by a live band, background vocalists and dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, vision and theatrical effects.

In addition to her solo career, Davids has worked with The Temptations, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Monica and Johnny Gil.

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute Starring Belinda Davids. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $29-$49. Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-733-5000.

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Music lovers can chill under the stars at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and listen to the soulful vocals of Grammy-winning singer Michael McDonald.

McDonald will perform during “Concerts in the Garden” at 8 p.m. July 27.

The former Doobie Brothers frontman, is touring to promote  the release of “Wide Open,” his first album of original music in 17 years.

Michael McDonald plays a solo show at Symphony Hall on Oct. 13, 2013. Photo: Danny Clinch

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Michael McDonald in concert, 8 p.m. July 27, $51.50-$53.50, Atlanta Botanical Garden. 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859.

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Felton Eaddy, the Atlanta-based author of three books of poetry, will be at the Hammonds House Museum on July 27.

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Lovers of the word can come out for an evening of poetry with poets from throughout the community. Other poets will join him.

Felton Eaddy's Poetry Kitchen. 8:30 p.m. July 27. free for museum members. $5 for non-members. Hammonds House, 503 Peeples St. S.W. 404-612-0481


Summer heat may make this one of the coolest events to attend in Atlanta this weekend.

Here’s the scoop: The 8th annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival will be held at Piedmont Park on July 28.

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Visitors can enjoy local ice cream, gelato, games and activities for the whole family, including an ice cream eating contest for children. There will also be free wellness screenings.

Atlanta Ice cream festival. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 28. Free. Piedmont Park, close to Charles Allen Drive.

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Juvenile, Scarface, Too Short, DJ Quik, 8ball & MJG, Project Pat, Pastor Troy and others will headline the “Legends of Hip Hop” concert at Wolf Creek Amphitheater onJuly 28.

The outdoor venue in south Fulton County offers tables, reserved seating and lawn seating.

Legends of Hip Hop 6:30 p.m. July 28. $54-$104. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Rd. S.W. 404-443-5000.


Here’s how you can get your walk on and learn a bit of history.

Historian and curator, Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, presents an outdoor photography exhibit on the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside and Westside trails that focuses on city’s contribution to the civil rights movement .

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It stretches across four miles on the Beltline; making it perhaps the longest public photography exhibition on civil and human rights in the United States.

The exhibit of black and white photographs runs through  Dec. 1.

Open-air exhibit based on book "Images of America: Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968." free. Runs through Dec. 1. Eastside and Westside trails of the Atlanta Beltline.

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