Literary & Performing Arts

Smoke on the Mountain

Show runs March 2-19. Presented by Actors Theatre of Georgia and Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, “Smoke on the Mountain” tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family. Ticket prices range $10 to $45, with discounts for students, seniors and military. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta 30064. Details at


The Wizard of Oz

Show runs March 9-19. This classic is ideal for all ages. It’s the 24th production presented by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Jerry’s Habima Theatre, Georgia’s only theatrical company featuring actors with special needs, directed and produced by professionals. General admission: $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under; MJCCA members: $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. To purchase tickets, call 678-812-4002 or go to or



Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. The cast of VoicePlay has taken the timeless sound of vocal music and re-imagined it as a full stage show. The amazing and humorous harmonies, spanning many eras and styles, are laced with inventive and often hilarious on-stage theatrics. Tickets range $22 to $25. Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Hwy., Buford 30518. Get tickets and more info at, or call 770-945-6762.


Author Talk + Signing: Bruce Feiler, “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us”

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Part of MJCCA’s Page from the Book Festival. From Bruce Feiler, the New York Times bestselling author of “Walking the Bible” and “Abraham,” this book explores how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships. Fee is $15; $10 for MJCCA members. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. For information, call the MJCCA Box Office at 678-812-4005 or visit


Special Events

St. Patrick’s Luck o’ the Irish Green Party

Thursday, March 16, 12-2 p.m. Come dressed in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a delicious meal at this fundraiser to benefit Freeman Poole Senior Center. Kathleen Donohoe, Irish singer and dancer, performs live. Please bring non-perishable food items, such as canned green beans or green peas, to benefit Must Ministries. Cost is $12 for Cobb residents, $14 for non-residents. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082. Find out more by calling 770-801-3400 or visiting


Remember When

Friday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. The Marietta Museum of History’s newest program is the Remember When Club, which encourages the audience to participate and share memories of what life was like in Cobb County. Coffee is provided. Remember When events are held the fourth Friday of every month. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Museum tour, before or after the event, is $5, free for members. Marietta Museum of History, 1st Floor Virginia Tumlin Room, 1 Depot St., Marietta 30060. Contact the museum at 770-794-5710; more info at


Roswell Beer Festival

Saturday, March 25, 2-6 p.m. Over 300 craft beers, food and live music. This is the only beer festival in the Southeast organized and managed by a non-profit; proceeds support at-risk youth in North Fulton. General admission is $50; VIP tickets are $100; Designated driver tickets are $20. The festival will be held at Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell 30075. For more info, contact the Roswell CVB at 770-640-3253 or go to


ShamRockin’ for a Cure

Saturday, March 25, 7 p.m. Help cure Cystic Fibrosis with a night filled with music that will rock the stage while you dance the night away. Regular tickets include food, beer, wine, cocktails and giveaways. Exciting live and silent auctions will be packed with trips, dining, adventure, jewelry, gift certificates and a raffle. Verizon Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta 30009. Call Molly Taggart at 404-325-6973 or visit for details.


High Tea: A Taste of Ireland

Saturday, April 1, 4-6 p.m. Join Chef Judith McLaughlin of Shamrock & Peach at Barrington Hall as she throws a high tea in honor of her native Ireland. Cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell, 30075. To register and learn more, call 770-640-3855 or email



 Estate Planning Made Simple

Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. Most people think estate planning is about deciding who should get your belongings, but a good estate plan can do much more. You’ll be walked through the basics of creating a plan and get answers to important questions. Whether you have a plan in place or you’re starting one from scratch, this information is essential. Presented by the University of Georgia Extension. Cost is $10 per person; preregistration is required since space is limited. Johns Creek Environmental Campus, 8100 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Alpharetta 30022. To register, call 404-613-7670 or email


Tea Time

Wednesday, March 15, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn about tea, the most widely consumed beverage in the world, next to water. Terri Carter, from Cobb/UGA Cooperative Extension Services, demonstrates and discusses tea basics in addition to how to make and brew your own tea blends. Free; registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064. Call 770-528-5355 to get details and register, or visit


Latin & Salsa Dance 101

Class starts Thursday, March 16 and runs through April 10. Learn the secrets of salsa and Latin ballroom dancing, including mambo, cha cha, rumba and samba. There’ll be an opportunity to learn a routine from “Dancing with the Stars.” Cost is $60 for 6 weeks; $12 for drop-ins. Preregistration is encouraged. Ashford Park Building, 2980 Redding Rd., Brookhaven 30319. For more info or to register, call 404-637-0512 or go to


Scarf Tying and Accessory Workshop

Wednesday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Scarves are a great way to update an outfit. You’ll learn some of the ways to tie the latest fashion scarves, including tricks with infinity scarves. Presented by Bonita Prigmore with Comforting Arms. Free; registration required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101. To register learn more, call 770-975-7740 or visit

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.