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Fall 2017

This Fall, Star Wars and More with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Also Inside: “It’s Your Party” this Season at Georgia Ensemble Theatre • Season tickets are still available for the Alliance Theatre’s 2017/18 season “on the road!” • Atlanta Ballet Kicks Off 2017-18 Performance Season • The Rialto’s Next Century Starts Now with Spectacular Entertainment Former Alvin Ailey Dancer Laura Rossini Named Studio Manager of TADA The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Has Your Story! ShowGuide Spotlights Performance Listings September - October 2017 ShowGuide Venues & More


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This Fall, Star Wars and More with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Creative Process: “It’s Your Party” this Season at Georgia Ensemble Theatre By Holley Calmes

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Season tickets are still available for the Alliance Theatre’s 2017/18 season “on the road!”

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Atlanta Ballet Kicks Off 2017-18 Performance Season

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The Rialto’s Next Century Starts Now with Spectacular Entertainment By Suzy Blough

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Former Alvin Ailey Dancer Laura Rossini Named Studio Manager of TADA By Julie Herron Carson

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The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Has Your Story!

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Atlanta ShowGuide Spotlights

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Performance Listings September – October 2017

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Atlanta ShowGuide Venues and More

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Star Wars ASO 2016 Verizon Amphitheatre Photo by Chris Eason Photography 2016 Robert Spano Leads Tchaikovsky with special guest Joshua Bell Photo by Jeff Roffman


This Fall, Star Wars and More with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 2016 Great American Music, Photo by Chris Eason Photography

his September, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opens their 2017-18 classical season with Paris on Peachtree, featuring megastar Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the piano and a performance of Gershwin’s famous An American in Paris. Also on the program this September, Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE presents an encore presentation of Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead this concert featuring the very best of John Williams’ legendary film scores, including pieces from Hook, Harry Potter and the Star Wars series — including selections from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE concerts will also feature world renowned musicians and entertainers, many of which will be joined by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. If you’re a fan of pop, rock, country and everything in between, then you’ll love all that Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE has to offer. This September, the Orchestra performs alongside one of rock music’s most beloved party bands, The B-52s, on September 14 and 15, and with native Atlanta favorite, the Indigo Girls, on September 27. 

Looking for a special to bring the kids to? The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Family Series is on sale now. Your child/ grandchild/godchild/innerchild will be thrilled by the surround sound experience that can only be experienced with a full orchestra. Perfect for preschool and early elementary school children and their families, these concerts include: Halloween Haunts with Harry, Hedwig and Hexenritt!, Family Holiday featuring The Snowman Movie and Seuss at the Symphony. Closing out a stellar September, Rufus Wainwright, one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation, heads to Atlanta Symphony Hall. Wainwright has collaborated with artists like Elton John, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Burt Bacharach, and now, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this performance on September 30. And lastly, come October, Shakespeare meets Italian opera in Verdi’s Otello. Music Director Robert Spano and an all-star cast, including famed American tenor Russell Thomas, leads this performance of Shakespeare’s stormy seas, a soaring love duet, the tender “Ave Maria” and the opera’s crushing conclusion. Join us this fall at Atlanta Symphony Hall!

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CREATIVE PROCESS:

“It’s Your Party” this Season at Georgia Ensemble Theatre By Holley Calmes

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have always experienced that being an Artistic Director for major theatres has been a bit like being a Pied Piper,” states Robert Farley, the creative force behind Georgia Ensemble Theatre for the past 25 years. As his prior history includes the Artistic Directorship for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and posts at multiple other major theatres, this “Pied Pipership” has been honed to perfect pitch as GET launches its Silver Anniversary Season this September. Performing at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, GET presents a season on their Main Stage including productions based on musical icons such as Buddy Holly and Rosemary Clooney. “Great music created by great musicians is, to me, iconic,” Farley explains. “It is a central element in touching all the right buttons that bring out empathy in all of us. Their music is our music, their story is our story.” Patrons will be offered another music-themed experience as they enjoy an “outrageously funny farce,” according to Farley. “A Comedy of Tenors,” a companion piece to the well-loved “Lend Me A Tenor,” is a greatly anticipated Southeastern premiere. Another premiere, one specifically commissioned for GET, is “Morningside,” a comedy set in one of Atlanta’s oldest “burbs” featuring a baby shower, nine women with secrets, and a case of champagne. What could possibly go wrong? “Birthing a new work (such as ‘Morningside’) for the stage is always exhilarating,” says Farley. GET is one of only 4 professional theatres

Georgia Ensemble Theatre , Artistic Director Robert Farley

operating outside Atlanta’s perimeter in the entire state of Georgia. “In 1990, it was clear to me that there was not only a huge audience OTP, but with successful programming that people really wanted to experience, we could attract patrons from far and wide,” Farley states. His clarity proved to be crystalline: his mastery of successful play selection a key element of success. “This has been a good and successful formula that has attracted thousands of seasoned and new patrons. The rationale behind play selection, for instance, is not that different now than when I was at the Alliance in the late 80’s.” Farley’s tenure at the Alliance produced one of the most celebrated productions of the century, “Driving Miss Daisy.” Farley concludes, “This season’s theme of ‘It’s Your Party!’ serves some of the most loyal patrons and supporters in the Atlanta Metro area. Our subscribers, donors, volunteers, and sponsors…..each show in this 25th Anniversary Season is a raising of the glass to them!”

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Alliance Theatre’s 2017-18 Shakespeare in Love, Photo by Greg Mooney

Season tickets are still available for the Alliance Theatre’s 2017/18 season “on the road!”

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he Alliance is taking all the shows of the 49th season on the road to multiple venues around the city while the current theater space undergoes a complete renovation, and season ticket packages are the best way to join the theater on the trip! Each production in the season is carefully selected to match its venue, like SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Center for the Performing Arts, the former home of Georgia Shakespeare, and CROSSING DELANCEY, the heartwarming play that looks at two generations of JewishAmerican culture, at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. And there’s HAND TO GOD, the hilarious and irreverent puppet comedy, at Dad’s Garage, and Natasha Tretheway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, NATIVE GUARD, that examines lost stories of African-American Union troops at the Atlanta History Center just steps away from their extensive Civil War collection. The Alliance will co-produce a concert staging of the Tony Award-winning musical CANDIDE in

Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, plus an outdoor adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Alliance will also produce this year’s Alliance/Kendeda Competition winner at Actor’s Express, two one-act plays by Pearl Cleage at the Southwest Arts Center, three plays for youth and families, and its annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Cobb Energy Centre. In addition to the Alliance’s season on the road, the Alliance will produce four Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young productions and one play space at the Woodruff Arts Center. Theatre for the Very Young produces professional productions designed for children ages infant-5 years old. The Alliance plans to return to its new theater space in time for its 50th anniversary season in late 2018. Season tickets and single tickets for the 2017/18 season are on sale now. For more information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org.

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With exhilarating Caribbean rhythms, this romantic musical makes for a breathtaking theatrical experience.

Sept 14th – Oct 1st 2017 By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Directed and Choreographed by Ricardo Aponte Musical Direction by S. Renee Clark

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Atlanta Ballet, Production MINUS 16, Photo by Charlie McCullers

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Atlanta Ballet Kicks Off 2017-18 Performance Season of Marius Petipa’s famous Swan Lake, as well as a captivating world premiere by choreographer Craig Davidson. In April’s Tu Tu & More, the Company will revive internationally-acclaimed dance maker Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16,” a mesmerizing crowd favorite that blends improvisation with elements of Naharin’s innovative dance language — known as ‘Gaga’ — to liberate creative movement. Atlanta Ballet veteran dancer Tara Lee will create a world premiere on the Company that will showcase the Company’s global and artistic range. Finally, the dancers’ superb technique will be on display throughout Stanton Welch’s “Tu Tu” — a witty and playful illustration of classical ballet. The season will conclude with Bach to Broadway, a remarkable program featuring George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” — a dynamic work set to the radiant melodies composed by George Gershwin. Rounding out the final production, the Company will perform San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s “7 for Eight” as well as a world premiere from Mariinsky Theatre’s Maxim Petrov. For more information about Atlanta Ballet’s 2017-18 season, please visit www. atlantaballet.com.

tlanta Ballet is gearing up for an exciting 2017-2018 performance season featuring a balanced mix of traditional favorites and inventive new works. From classical and neoclassical ballets to contemporary masterpieces and multiple signature commissions by some of today’s top-tier choreographers, Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin’s second season with the Company is set showcase a wide spectrum of dance styles. The season will kick off at The Fox Theatre with Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. After 21 years and 488 performances, audiences are invited to enjoy choreographer John McFall’s version of this beloved holiday tale for the last time before a new Nutcracker production debuts in 2018. In February, Atlanta Ballet will present famed choreographer Yuri Possokhov’s charming take on the classic Don Quixote – a different version than the Company performed in 2009. The season’s final three programs will offer a rich and versatile repertoire, giving longtime dance enthusiasts and newfound supporters alike the opportunity to witness the unique artistry and intrinsic understanding of excellence that Gennadi brings to the Company. Highlighting the rich legacy and promising future of classical ballet, the March program, titled Black Swan, will present Act III

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superstar, Eva Yerbabuena, ensure a delightful menu of magnificent dance. For those seeking “mystical music with a modern edge,” Niyaz, “The Fourth Light Project,” an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music and dance, premiers a revolutionary and immersive multi-media sensory experience. World music at the Rialto would not be complete without the illustrious Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars, or South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s unique uplifting harmonies and rhythms. Grammywinning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer featured in “20 Feet From Stardom,” will take center stage; there will also be a special free screening of the documentary. Atlanta’s Joe Gransden and Francine Reed brilliantly perform The Johnny Mercer Tribute, while D.C.’s celebrated Capitol Steps will delight in an evening of “unpresidented” musical political satire ripped right from the headlines. What better way to round out the 2017-2018 Series than with Larry Harlow and The Latin Legends Band, who will fire up the Rialto stage for the closing night Salsa Party celebration. Tickets are now on sale at rialto.gsu.edu or (404) 413-9TIX (9849).

he Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University presents its 2017-2018 Rialto Series, featuring a dazzling lineup of the very best in jazz, world music, dance, and more. Celebrating over 100 years as an anchor for the arts in downtown Atlanta and more than 20 years as Georgia State University’s performing arts center, the Rialto promises an extensive repertoire of spectacular entertainment. “Not only do we have several surprises to delight our audiences as we continue our time-honored tradition of introducing stellar new artists to Atlanta, we also have legendary world music and dance performers who will captivate and fascinate during this special season,” said Leslie Gordon, Director of the Rialto. Known for emblematic performances by jazz greats, contemporary dance and groundbreaking international musicians, the Rialto Series opens in style with the universal sax-appeal of legendary tenor-man, Pharoah Sanders while Ailey II, The Next Generation of Dance, ushers in the dance series. Likewise exhilarating architects of international movement: Argentina’s Tango Fire; Frances’s Compagnie Hervé Koubi’s spellbinding all-male dance troupe from Algeria; and Spain’s flamenco

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Photo by Basil Childers, courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – The Winter in Lisbon by Billy Wilson.

Former Alvin Ailey Dancer Laura Rossini Named Studio Manager of TADA By Julie Herron Carson

with Ailey II for three years. In 1992, she joined Donald Byrd/The Group and performed internationally with the company for seven years. In 2000 she was invited to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she performed throughout the U.S. and globally. “I am thrilled that Laura has joined our team not only as teaching faculty, but to assist in building our local and national presence in the dance community,” said Jacobson. “There are very few dance professionals in the Atlanta area with her depth of experience in both teaching and performing. Laura and I trained together as young dancers with Southern Ballet and share the same vision for creating an inclusive dance experience for people of all ages and abilities. She consulted with me as I designed the studio space and has been teaching at TADA since our Grand Opening. I’m very excited to have her on staff both as an administrator and teacher.” Throughout her career, Rossini has taught ballet, modern and contemporary dance to adults and children. She is also a certified yoga instructor and received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta.

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or the fortunate few who achieve their dream at a relatively young age, it can be challenging to find a satisfying “second act”. Not so for dancer Laura Rossini. After enjoying years of performing around the world with two of the country’s most prestigious dance companies, Rossini has returned to her hometown to inspire the next generation of dancers at TADA — The Atlanta Dance Academy in Midtown (www. tadaatlanta.com). In addition to teaching a variety of classes at the studio, she has also been named Studio Manager, and will work with TADA Founder Kara Jacobson to identify and recruit nationally-recognized guest teaching artists, foster strong relationships with other Atlanta arts organizations and assist with the day-to-day operations of the dance studio. Rossini began her dance studies locally with Southern Ballet of Atlanta and at Terpsichore Theater. In 1986 she received a Ford Foundation full merit scholarship to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York, and was invited to dance

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ith a diverse line-up of artists drawn from around the globe to around the corner, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival of “40 plays in 4 days” is hardly enough time to preserve and share the stories of the African diaspora. In just six short years the ABTF has presented over 200 live events and providied opportunities for over

1,300 of the most prolific literary, visual and performing artists of our time. This annual event pays tribute to the most colorful tales of triumph and tragedy with salient humor and humanity. So, whether you love classic, traditional or theatre with an urban edge, this popular festival will become one of your favorite things to do in Atlanta! The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival kicks off with the ABTF Children’s Playfest on Saturday, September 30, 2017 (ideal for ages 5-12) at the Fulton County West End Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. The main events take place on Wednesday – Saturday, October 4 -7, 2017 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

Programming is family friendly during the day with a little added spice in the evening. Ticket prices range from free to $40. All Access VIP passes are available for $200. Visit the website for a full schedule and details at www. AtlantaBTF.org or call 470-251-2283. 




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ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS Ailey II Featured as Part of Destination Dance Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. On October 21 at 8pm, they will perform at Rialto Center for the Arts as part of Destination Dance — the Ailey organization’s initiative to collaborate with Atlanta’s arts and civic organizations, using dance as a centerpiece for engagement. This season, Ailey II Artistic Director Troy Powell has commissioned a new work by Atlantabased choreographer Juel Lane. Lane’s work, Touch & Agree, is a work about connecting with love — how we process it, and how we might live comfortably to understand it. Ailey II will also perform as part of ELEVATE on October 20 (details TBA).




The Alliance Theatre presents Shakespeare in Love Described as “an absolute joy from beginning to end,” Shakespeare in Love tells the fictional story of young Will Shakespeare’s search for inspiration — one that ultimately leads to his greatest masterpiece. Based on the film that won seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture, this new adaptation has delighted audiences in London and Ontario. Georgia Shakespeare Artistic Director Richard Garner directs this love letter to Shakespeare in his company’s former home at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center while the Alliance Theatre undergoes a complete renovation. August 30 – September 24, 2017. www.alliancetheatre.org/shakespeareinlove Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a Special Treat for Early Birds at the Star Wars and More Show this Year Come early to get a picture with your favorite Star Wars character! We are excited to welcome back the 501st Georgia Garrison, official Star Wars cosplayers at this year’s Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams. Who knows? You might get a photo with the Dark Lord himself! atlantasymphony. org

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off 2017/2018 Season Alabama Shakespeare Festival begins 2017/2018 with Tennessee Williams’, The Glass Menagerie; followed by A Christmas Carol; and a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s, Snow Queen. ASF celebrates Alabama’s bicentennial with three plays focusing on native heroes: Fly, inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen; Bear Country, about the life of Paul “Bear” Bryant; and The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller’s journey out of darkness. Repertory season shines Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night. The summer stage features Annie and a world-premiere, Starstruck. Join us for a wonderful season at ASF in historic Montgomery. Tickets are on sale now at asf.net!


Enjoy a Beautiful Rendition of Fiddler on the Roof in Cumming Fiddler, “A joyous celebration, of roots, culture, and life itself”. Your spine will tingle with Sunrise Sunset, Miracle of Miracles, Do You Love Me and If I Were a Rich Man. Fiddler is set in Imperial Russia in 1905. The story centers on

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ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS Tevye, father of 5 daughters, and his attempt to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three daughters, who wish to marry for love  and with the Tsar’s edict that evicts the Jews. The original Broadway production was the first musical  to surpass 3,000 performances. For more contact us at 770-781-9178, www.playhousecumming.com Fall for Decatur! It’s festival season for music, books, art, craft beers, and wine. In September enjoy free concerts on Wednesdays at noon, jazz nights on Thursdays, and every Saturday night

at 7:30. Browse Best of Atlanta favorites like Coco and Mischa (best new gift boutique), Treehouse Kid & Craft (best kids store). Our culinary standouts include Brush Sushi Izakaya (best yakitori), Kimball House (best oysters), Billy Allin, Cakes & Ale (restaurateur of the year), and @ chefkevingillespie, Revival (most fun follow). It’s all just minutes away via MARTA. Stop by the Visitors Center at 113 Clairemont Ave. for local tips and pocket-size guides to all of the best that Decatur has to offer. 
 Arts@Tech: Amazing Start to a New Season Good improv makes everyone laugh when Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company comes to town on September 16, marking the start of the 2017-18 Arts@Tech season at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. Next on the Ferst stage you’ll see the Three colors: Turquoise PMS 326, Red-orange PMS 173, Purple PMS 242


Atlanta debut of singer/ trumpeter Spencer Ludwig on September 29, bringing the great sound that landed his song “Diggy” in a national commercial for Target. The season also features the Arts@Tech signature: unique work at the innovative intersection of art, science, and technology when Japan’s SIRO-A takes the stage on October 27. This high-tech dance troupe was a 2015 semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent. See details on all the comedy, music, dance, and theatre this season at www.arts. gatech.edu. Georgia Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 25th Silver Anniversary Season Georgia Ensemble Theatre starts off its 25th Silver Anniversary Season party with a

smash hit Broadway musical Once on this Island. We are beckoned to the sunny and starlit Caribbean, where GET will bring the house down with a rousing Calypso-flavored score and highly charged dance from Atlanta’s most revered musical theatre director and choreographer, Ricardo Aponte. Picture The Lion King and The Little Mermaid brought together with exhilarating Caribbean rhythms. Experience this romantic theatrical experience right here in Roswell before its upcoming Broadway revival. get.org Thrive in Georgia State University School of Music’s Degree Programs  Georgia State University School of Music enrolls over 400 students. Approximately 360 of the students are in bachelor’s degree programs, 70 in master’s degrees, and the remainder in other programs, including a Ph.D. program in music education. Faculty serves students in concentrations including

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ATLANTA SHOWGUIDE SPOTLIGHTS performance, music education, music management, music technology, composition, and jazz studies. Studying music in Atlanta gives you opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. You’ll learn from faculty who are members of the Atlanta Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras as well as Grammy award winners. You will receive world-class musical training unparalleled in the Southeastern United States. Music.gsu.edu Dazzling Lineup Scheduled for 2017-2018 Rialto Season The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University presents the 2017-2018 Rialto Series, featuring a dazzling lineup of the very best in jazz, world music, dance, and more. Celebrating over 100 years as an anchor for

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the arts in downtown Atlanta, The Rialto’s Next Century Starts Now with an extensive repertoire of spectacular entertainment. Described as the place “Where Atlanta Meets the World,” the Rialto continues to introduce stellar new international artists to Atlanta, including: the captivating dance of French-Algerian Compagnie Hervé Koubi; Argentina’s Tango Fire; along with the muchanticipated return of South Africa’s legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 


 Happy 20th Birthday to Synchronicity Theatre It’s Synchronicity Theatre’s 20th Birthday! Join us for the launch of our 20th anniversary season with Kate Hamill’s playful adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, opening September 22nd. The Dashwood sisters are in a precarious position (and at the center of gossip) after the sudden death of their father. Practical Elinor and playful Marianne must both find husbands to secure their finances and social standing. But finding love in a society where appearances are everything can be...well, it’s complicated. Jane Austen’s beloved novelTrue is brought to life with a sparkling contemporary voice in this highly character theatrical adaptation. synchrotheatre.com comes  

 from The Hunchback of Notre Dame Takes the Stage at Theatrical within. Outfit A co-production with Aurora Theatre, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical retelling of the beloved medieval love story by Victor Hugo featuring a lush score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid,

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Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). BOY explores the tricky terrain of loving oneself and others amidst the confusion of gender identity as one very special young person simply yearns to be himself.  www. theatricaloutfit.org/678.528.1500 Urban Realities Come to Life Inspired by the Music of Tupac Shakur in Holler if Ya Hear Me An American musical inspired by the music and lyrics of late rapper Tupac Shakur. The music of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices comes to life in this nonbiographical musical about friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope. ‘On our block we still pray’ (Tupac Shakur — “My Block”) is at the heart of this moving original musical. Peek into a window of urban realities as inner city families struggle for peace against daily challenges that are relevant issues in our society today.  For more info visit us at www. truecolorstheatre.org

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KIDS SHOWS THE JUNGLE BOOK 9/16 – 9/30/2017 Price:$10 Georgia Ensemble Theatre 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075 TIX:770.641.1260 get.org CHARLOTTE’S WEB 9/19 – 10/22/2017 Price:$11.25 to $19.50 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-873-3391 puppet.org PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE 9/24/2017 Price:$29.50 to $56.50 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 TIX:770-916-2800 cobbenergycentre.com THE 3 LITTLE PIGS & MORE 10/24 – 11/5/2017 Price:$11.25 to $19.50 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-873-3391 puppet.org MISS NELSON IS MISSING! 10/28 & 11/4 &11/11/2017 Price: $10 Georgia Ensemble Theatre 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075 TIX:770.641.1260 get.org

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE 8/30 – 9/24/2017 Price:$10 to $75 Alliance Theatre at Conant Performing Arts Center 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 TIX:404-733-5000 alliancetheatre.org THE GLASS MENAGERIE 8/31 – 9/17/2017 Price:$12 to $30 Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square Theatre in the Square 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064 TIX:770-426-4800 theatreinthesquare.net THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 9/7 – 9/17/2017 Price: $18-51 Theatrical Outfit at Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 TIX:404-413-9849 rialtocenter.org MOMMA’S BOY 9/8 – 9/9/2017 Price:$44.50 to $76.50 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 TIX:770-916-2800 cobbenergycentre.com LOVE’S LAST EPISODE 9/10/2017 Price:$20 to $30 Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center 3181 Rainbow Dr., Decatur, GA 30324 TIX:fivo-entertainment--productions.ticketleap.com

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HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME 9/12-10/8/2017 Prices:$15 to $35 True Colors Theatre Company Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd., Atlanta TIX: 877-725-8849 truecolorstheatre.org

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW 8/26 – 9/17/2017 Price:$15 to $39 Atlanta Shakespeare Company 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 TIX:404-874-5299 shakespearetavern.com

THE CHRISTIANS 9/13 – 10/15/2017 Price:$20 to $37 Actor’s Express 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta, GA 30318 TIX:404-607-7469 actors-express.com

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ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE FALL BUYER & CELLAR 9/14 – 9/17/2017 Price:$15 Out Front Theatre Company 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 TIX:404-448-2755 outfronttheatre.com

SOMETIMES… PATSY CLINE 9/23-24/2017 Prices: $35-$60 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 TIX: 800-841-4273 www.asf.net

SENSE & SENSIBILITY 9/22 - 10/15/2017 Price: $26 to 48   Synchronicity Theatre (at Peachtree Pointe) 1545 Peachtree Street NE, Suite #102, Atlanta TIX: 404-484-8636 www.synchrotheatre.com

THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE 9/28 – 11/5/2017 Price:$25 to $30 Serenbe Playhouse, 9065 Selborne Ln., Palmetto, GA TIX:770-463-1110 serenbeplayhouse.com THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY 9/28 – 10/15/2017 Price:$20 to $30 Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064 TIX:770-426-4800 theatreinthesquare.net

PROJECT DAWN 9/22-10/29/2017 Price: 25 to 45 Horizon Theatre Company 1083 Austin Ave NE 30309 TIX: 404-584-7450 horizontheatre.com  

BOY 9/28 – 10/15/2017 Price:$18 to $51 Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta TIX:678-528-1500 theatricaloutfit.org THE GLASS MENAGERIE 10/13-11/5/2017 Prices: $35-$60 Alabama Shakespeare Festival One Festival Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 TIX: 800-841-4273 www.asf.net MORNINGSIDE 10/26 – 11/12/2017 Price:$29 to $38 Georgia Ensemble Theatre 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075 TIX:770.641.1260 get.org

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND 9/14 –10/1/2017 Price:$33 to $43 Georgia Ensemble Theatre 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA 30075 TIX:770.641.1260 get.org MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET 9/20 – 9/21/2017 Price:$39 to $79 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 TIX:770-916-2800 cobbenergycentre.com THE GHASTLY DREADFULS 10/11 – 10/28/2017 Price:$24 Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-873-3391 puppet.org FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 10/13 - 11/ 5/2017 Thur,Fri,Sat. 8pm, Sun. 3pm Price:$27.50 - $30 BK Productions The Cumming Playhouse 101 School Street, Cumming, GA 30040 TIX:770-781-9178 www.playhousecumming.com

CONCERTS GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY ATLANTA CHAMBER WINDS AND SONARÉ CHAMBER WINDS PERFORMING IN “CZECH, PLEASE” 9/11/2017, 7:30pm Guest Artist Lily Afshar, guitar 9/13/2017, 7:30pm UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 9/20/2017, 7:30pm SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE 9/21/2017, 7:30pm WIND ORCHESTRA 10/ 3/2017, 7:30pm FINNISH / AMERICAN BRASS COLLABORATION 10/10/2017, 7:30pm

TRUMPET, HORN, AND TROMBONE EXTRAVAGANZA 10/11/2017, 7:30pm JAZZ FACULTY WITH GUEST ARTIST IGNACIO BERROA 10/12/2017, 7:30pm UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 10/18/2017, 7:30pm FALL CHORAL SHOWCASE 10/21/2017, 7:30pm JAZZ COMBOS 10/ 22/2017, 3:00PM BRASS CHOIRS October 23, 7:30PM OCTUBAFEST 10/24/2017, 7:30PM JAZZ COMBOS 10/25/2017, 7:30PM NEOPHONIA 10/26/2017, 7:30PM Prices: FREE Georgia State University School of Music Florence Kopleff Recital Hall 15 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta GA, 30303 TIX: 404-413-5914 music.gsu.edu UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE TOURING COMPANY 9/16/2017Price: $32-$38 SPENCER LUDWIG 9/29/2017 Price: $22 SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA 10/13/2017 Price: $36-$57 ARTS@TECH Ferst Center for the Arts 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta GA 30332 TIX: 404-894-9600 arts.gatech.edu LALAH HATHAWAY, AVANT, AVERY*SUNSHINE & JON B 9/16/2017 Price:$36 to $116 The Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 TIX:404-881-2100 foxtheatre.org

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ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE FALL STAR WARS AND MORE: THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS 9/16/2017 Price:$29.50 to $190 Atlanta Symphony at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30004 TIX:404-733-5013 atlantasymphony.org

DARIUS RUCKER 9/23/2017 Price:$29 to $272 Atlanta Symphony at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta, GA 30004 TIX:vzwamp.com

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET AND AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 9/21- 9/23/2017 Price:$32 to $108 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-733-4900 atlantasymphony.org

SHAKESPEARE MEETS ITALIAN OPERA IN VERDI’S OTELLO 10/7 –10/10/2017 Price:$22 to $97 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-733-4900 atlantasymphony.org

THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS 9/22/2017 Price:$42 to $85 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 TIX:770-916-2800 cobbenergycentre.com

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PHAROAH SANDERS QUARTET 10/14/2017 Price:$47 to $84 Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 TIX:404-413-9849 rialtocenter.org SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE 10/17/2017, 7:30pm Price: FREE Georgia State University School of Music Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 TIX: 404-413-5914 music.gsu.edu NASHVILLE HITMAKERS 10/21/2017 Prices: $35 to $75 Infinite Energy Theater 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097 TIX: 770-813-7600 www.InfiniteEnergyCenter.com  

THE MICHAEL O’NEAL SINGERS Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell GA 30075 TIX: 770.594.7974 www.mosingers.com LA LA LAND - IN CONCERT WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 10/25 – 10/26/2017 Price:$39 to $89 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-733-4900 atlantasymphony.org TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS 10/27 – 10/28/2017 Price:$39 to $89 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 TIX:404-733-4900 atlantasymphony.org

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ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE FALL MS. LISA FISCHER AND GRAND BATON 10/28/2017 Price:$34 to $69 Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta TIX:404-413-9849 rialtocenter.org

DANCE ATLANTA BALLET 2 PRESENTS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 9/29 – 10/1/2017 Price:$10 to $57 Infinite Energy Theatre 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097 TIX:770-813-7600 infiniteenergycenter.com AILEY II: THE NEXT GENERATION OF DANCE 10/21/2017 Price:$34 to $69 Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta TIX:404-413-9849 rialtocenter.org SIRO-A 10/27/2017 Price:$20 to $45 Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta TIX:404-894-9600 arts.gatech.edu

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FESTIVALS & MORE! ATLANTA BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL 9/30/2017 ABTF Children’s Playfest 10/4-10/7/2017 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. Prices: $7 to $45 Micah 6-8 Media, LLC Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur TIX: 470-251-ABTF (2283) atlantabtf.org DECATUR HAS A FESTIVAL FOR THAT! AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL (Sept. 2-3), YEA! EVENT FOR YOUNG EMERGING ARTISTS (Oct. 1) OAKHURST PORCHFEST (Oct. 14) DECATUR CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL (Oct. 21) DECATUR WINE FESTIVAL (Nov. 4) CONCERTS: Wednesday and Saturday performances at the community bandstand on the square, Thursday Jazz Nights in Oakhurst Village EXHIBITS: THE BOOK AS ART (Aug. 11-Sept. 29) ARTS ALLIANCE GALLERY SHOWS ONGOING: Milagros MARTA Mural, The Decatur Artway outdoor sculpture collection, Signal Box Paintings City of Decatur Visitors Center / Arts Alliance Gallery 113 Clairemont Ave. Decatur, Georgia 30030 678-615-0915 visitdecaturgeorgia.com MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET 9/21/2017 Price: $350 – tax deductible ArtsBridge Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 TIX: 770-916-2803, www.artsbridgega.org FAMILY DAY/CULTURE FEST 9/23/2017, 10am to 5pm  Prices :Free Presented by: Sweet Auburn Works, National Black Arts Festival, National Park Service and Georgia-Pacific Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312,  nbaf.org


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