Atlanta Weekend: Best Bets for November 1-5,2012

Halloween has passed but there is still time to visit a haunted house to get spook on. Perfect time to get a head start on Atlanta’s most beloved tradition: a ride on the Pink Pig at Macy’s.

Stage: Cirque du Soleil’s Totem sets up the big tent in Atlanta, with shows continuing through Dec. 30 near Atlantic Station at 20th and Market streets. Read the review of the show.

Stage: Cirque du Soleil’s Totem sets up the big tent in Atlanta, with shows continuing through Dec. 30 near Atlantic Station at 20th and Market streets. Read the review of the show.

Holiday: The Pink Pig, one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions,  is back. Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and her friends. Daily through Jan. 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) at Macy’s Lenox Square.

Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House is Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house and was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. See it at 8 p.m. nightly through Nov. 3 at the Masquerade.

Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House is still going strong and the award-winning haunt will continue through Nov. 3 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.

Stage: “Next to Normal” is a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that concerns a family dealing with mental illness. It continues at the Alliance Theatre through Nov. 11. Check out a review of the production.

Stage: See the original stage show that inspired the cult movie as Next Stage Theatre presents “The Rocky Horror Show.” It continues through Nov. 3 at Next Stage Theatre’s Alley Stage in Marietta.

Stage: Theatrical Outfit presents the world premiere of “Two Drink Minimum,” which explores the changing dynamics of a relationship between mother and son. It runs through Nov. 18 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s. Check out a  look at playwright William Balzer and  interview with actress Susan Larkin.

Stage: “Assassins,” Steven Sondheim’s musical about famous assassins, is the latest production from Fabrefaction Theatre Company. It runs through Nov. 11. See our review of the show.

Music: Canadian trio Rush, a recent nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performs at 7:30 p.m at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Read our interview with guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Stage: “The Divine Sister” is Charles Busch’s twisted tale tells the story of a Mother Superior trying to cope with a young postulant experiencing “visions,” a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. The Process Theatre production at OnStage Atlanta continues through Nov. 17.

Festival: Celebrate Native American culture at the Stone Mountain Park Indian Festival & Pow-Wow, which runs Nov. 1-4.

Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs works by Mozart, Strauss and Wagner. Karen Gomyo is the soloist for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. The concerts begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 1-3 at  Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: The Aspen String Trio — violist Victoria Chiang, cellist Michael Mermagen and violinist David Perry — performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University.

Stage: “The Summer of Daisy Fay,” Marietta Theatre’s first production, is based on Fannie Flagg’s semi-autobiographical first novel, “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.” The show opens Nov. 1 and continues through Nov. 25 at the company’s home at 11 Whitlock Ave., the former home of Theatre in the Square..

Stage: Ad Hoc Productions, Emory University’s only musical theater student group, presents  “Spring Awakening.” It opens Nov. 1 and continues through Nov. 10 at the Black Box Theater in the Burlington Road Building on the  Emory campus.

Music: The English Beat began as one of the second-generation ska bands in the wake of punk in the late ’70s, crafting memorable tunes such as “Save It for Later, ” “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.” They’ll play the Variety Playhouse at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

Music: Lyrical rapper Nas is joined by unpredictable yet immensely talented R&B chanteuse Lauryn Hill for a show that begins at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Tabernacle.

Art, jewelry: Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show will offers 28 contemporary jewelry artists  presenting their handcrafted work. The show opens at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 and 3 at the DeFoor Centre.

Stage: “Legally Blonde the Musical.” is the latest production from Act3 Playhouse. It opens Nov. 2 and continues through Nov. 17.

Stage: Polk Street Players present the British farce “Winter Glory” at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta.

Festival, competition: Learn all about a noble beast at the Royal Alpaca Challenge, which happens at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers Nov. 3-4.

Festival, holiday, shopping: Get a jump on that holiday shopping list at the Marist Holiday Traditions Arts and Crafts Show. It takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Marist School.

Festival: Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival will fill Cabbagetown with delicious food and great music. A 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Nov. 3, and the festival gets under way at 11 a.m.

Festival: Enjoy fine arts and crafts, a children’s area and local food and music at the award-winning  Chastain Park Arts Festival Nov. 3-4.

Pets: The Home-a-Thon Adoption Event will be held at the Duluth Petco on Pleasant Hill Road 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Homeless pets will be in attendance from the local animal shelters and rescue organizations including  Save-a-litter, Ginny Millner Foundation, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, FurKids Inc, Colbert Veterinary, Bullseye Rescue and Adopt a Greyhound Atlanta.

Festival: The Woodstock Art and Wine Festival combines two of life’s finer things on Nov. 3 and 4 at Woodstock City Park.

Festival: Enjoy food, fun and entertainment at the multi-cultural Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival on Nov. 3 and 4 along Historic Auburn Avenue.

Festival, pets: For the Love of Dogs Pet Festival serves as a benefit for the Villalobos Rescue Center as seen on Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” The show’s host, Tia Torres, will also appear. It begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at Dogma Dog Care in Smyrna.

Benefit: Paint the Town is an evening of great food and fine art to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pure Imagination Charity. It happens at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Vinings Gallery in Smyrna.

Music: Mac Powell of Third Day will perform music from his recent self-titled solo debut at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Variety Playhouse.

Music: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform to kick off fundraising efforts to build “smart homes” for local heroes Army SFC Michael Schlitz and Marine Cpl. Todd Love. The show starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. Check out our story on the concert and learn about the two disabled veterans that it will help.

Music: Southern Ground Tailgate Show with Zac Brown Band serves as a benefit for Camp Southern Ground. It starts at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Southern Ground Amphitheatre (formerlyVillages Amphitheater) in Fayetteville.

Music: The Christian McBride Trio, led by the acclaimed jazz bassist and recent Grammy winner, makes its Spivey Hall debut at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 3.

Expo: Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo will showcase all the things you need to make that special day perfect. It happens 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta Capitol Conference Center.

Music: The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “A Beethoven Fall Fiesta” at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Music: One of Brazil’s most enduring musical forces, Gilberto Gil plays the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University at 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Music:Take a musical journey to the Emerald Isle (and other Celtic locales) with the singers of Celtic Thunder at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Fox Theatre.

Music: One of the British Invasion’s greatest and most enduring bands, the Who returns to town. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Source: Best of the Big A

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