Things to do Sept. 14-16 : Opera, jazz, East Cobber parade and the Atlanta Ballet

Hurricane Florence is expected to bring little rain to parts of metro Atlanta this weekend, but there’s still a lot to keep you entertained.

There’s ballet, a parade and festival in Cobb County, jazz and opera.


The Atlanta Ballet returns with a fall lineup that includes one of dance visionary Jiří Kylián’s signature celebrations of dancers’ physical limits, “Return to a Strange Land,” during performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre Sept. 14-16.

Rising Brazilian choreographer Ricardo Amarante, recognized for his emotionally-charged, purely neoclassical style, complements the program with a world premiere.

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Atlanta Ballet will also welcome a special performance by Czech National ballet of Vertigo, a pas de deux by Mauro Bigonzetti.

Atlanta Ballet: “Return to Fall.” 8 p.m. Sept. 14. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16. $20 to $130. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. or


The 23rd Annual East Cobber Parade and Festival will be held on Sept. 15 in the south parking lot of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature crafts, food, carnival games and entertainment.

Before the festival begins, though, there will be a parade that starts at 10 a.m. at 1223 Johnson Ferry Rd. and travels one mile south, ending at Olde Towne Parkway.

East Cobber Parade and Festival. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at 1223 Johnson Ferry Rd. Festival begins at 11 a.m. in parking lot of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd.


Come out and enjoy food, music and other activities at the “2018 Taste of Smyrna, ” which will be held Sept. 15 at 2800 King St. S.E. Smyrna.

The annual event will be held near the Smyna Community Center and includes food from dozens of vendors including We just added Stockyard Burgers & Bones and Taco Mac.

Taste of Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sept. 15. 2800 King St. S.E. Smyrna.

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Jazz violinist Ken Ford will perform Sept. 15 at City Winery Atlanta

Ford, has an evocative playing style and has played with Cee-Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan and Ledisi on stage or in the studio.

He is signed on independent label Twelve Music Group and will soon release his latest album, “State of Mind.”

Growing up in a home filled with the diverse sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B, from the records his dad spun as a DJ to hearing the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire and other acts in concert, Ken was born in St. Louis and lived in Detroit before his parents settled in Atlanta.

Ken Ford. 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) Sept. 15. $24-$30.City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Avenue, Ponce City Market. 404-946-3791.


Renowned opera singer, Angela Brown, will perform Sept. 16 at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

Brown will present a concert of opera favorites, spirituals and little-known solo works. 

Her successful Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of “Aida” captured instant attention and catapulted her onto the world’s prestigious opera and symphonic stages.

She sang on the Grammy-award winning recording, “Ask Your Mama.” In October, she is singing with the Atlanta Opera’s current show, “Charlie Parker’s Yardbirds”, a role she debuted in 2015.

Angela Brown. 3 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive N.E. 404-876-7396.

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