Literary & Performing Arts


Runs Apr. 14-29. Apr. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m.; Apr. 16 and 23 at 3 p.m. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. Act 3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs 30328. Tickets and details at, 770-241-1905.

Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Sunday, Apr. 23, 7:30 p.m. From Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Widow Clicquot”, comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) A Page from the Book Festival Author Talks + Signings. Tickets are $15 per person; $10 for MJCCA members; $15 for community. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Call the MJCCA box office at 678-812-4005 or visit

Spend the Night with Billy Crystal

Thursday, Apr. 27, 8 p.m. “This show is unique. There’s stand up, and ‘sit down’ which gives me great freedom to tell stories, show film clips and talk about my life and career and the world as I see it,” said Crystal. “It’s loose, unpredictable and intimate. The most fun I’ve had on stage in a long time.” Tickets start at $55.50 per person. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308. Details and ticket info at; for tickets, call 855-285-8499.

Ellis Marsalis Quintet

Thursday, Apr. 27, 8 p.m. The Urban Residential Development Corporation presents the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, featuring sons Jason and Delfeayo, in performance for Santa Fe Villas, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for people in need. Tickets start at $75.00. Rich Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. Visit or call the box office at 404-733-5000 for tickets and info.

Choral Guild of Atlanta Presents “Celebrating Leonard Bernstein”

Sunday, May 7, 4:00 p.m. Selections include: Chichester Psalms, six psalms sung in Hebrew; Missa Brevis, sung in Latin, originally incidental orchestral music from “The Lark”, a play based on the life of Joan of Arc; and selections from West Side Story, an updated version of the Romeo & Juliet story. Tickets are $15; discounted senior and student tickets available at the door. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta 30305. Tickets and info at


Special Events

A Taste for Art—Silent Auction, Tapas and Wine Tasting

Saturday, Apr. 8, 7-9:30 p.m. Featured original artworks will include florals, landscapes, still life and abstracts in a full range of mediums. Enjoy a variety of wines and chef-made tapas as you make your selection and place your bids. A donation from sales will be made to the Roswell Arts Fund. Help art continue to thrive in Roswell. Tickets are $5 per person. The Gallery, 9100 Fouts Rd., Roswell 30076. Find out more at or by calling 770-640-3253.

Bonus Bingo

Monday, Apr. 10, 1-3 p.m. Bonus Bingo will have a $50 prize for the game of ‘Cover All’. This is a Friends of Freeman Poole fundraiser to benefit Freeman Poole Senior Center. $3 for Cobb residents; $4 for non-residents. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082. Learn more at, or call 770-801-3400.

8th Annual Cars and ‘Q for the Cause

Saturday, Apr. 29, 4-7 p.m. Join Choate Construction for this highly anticipated event featuring 100-plus stellar cars, tasty BBQ, continuous pours of your favorite brews, silent auction and live music, all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation. Advance tickets are $15 for event entry and dinner; $30 for entry, dinner and bar access (legal age permitting). Tickets at the door are $20 and $40. Choate Construction, 8200 Roberts Dr., Atlanta 30350. Visit for tickets and details.

Dancing Stars of Atlanta Dance to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, May 6, 6-11 p.m. Mirroring the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, this event pairs local Atlanta residents with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night dance competition. Area residents can vote online for just $1 prior to the event with all proceeds benefitting the Georgia Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. Cobb Galleria Center, 2 Galleria Pkwy. SE, Atlanta, 30339. Event tickets and more information at


Learn Something

Preventive Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine
            Monday, Apr. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Learn about the traditional Chinese medicine and the preventive benefits for many common and chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol. Presented by The Tang Acupuncture Team. Free; registration required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. Get more information at or by calling 770-509-4900.

Georgia Cares: Long Term Care and Medicare

Thursday, Apr. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Long-term care is a range of services and support for your personal care needs. Most long-term care is not medical care, but is help with basic personal tasks of everyday life. Learn more about Medicare coverage and long term care options. Free; registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. Call 770-528-5355 or go to to find out more.

The Real You: Ancestry 101

Thursday, Apr. 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Presented by the Acworth Library, this seminar will teach you how to use a variety of ancestry resources to learn more about your family history. Laptops will be provided during this seminar. Free; registration required as space is limited. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101. For more info, call 770-975-7740 or go to

Lunch ‘n Learn with Atlanta Rabbis

Thursday, Apr. 27, 12-1 p.m. Every month, the community is invited to join local Rabbis for a lively class and discussion. The JCC’s Lunch ‘N Learn sponsored by Berman Commons features Atlanta rabbis who share unique perspectives on topics of their choice. This month features Rabbi Harvey Winokur (Reform).Free and open to the entire community. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta—Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Go to to learn more.

Family Reunion Workshop

Saturday, Apr. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Alpharetta’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau’s family reunion specialist will help attendees gain insight into the planning process of a family reunion. The workshop and lunch are complimentary; one lucky attendee will receive a digital camera. Guests will also learn how to plan other types of gatherings. Free. Hampton Inn & Suites, 16785 Old Morris Rd., Alpharetta 30004. Register and find out more at



Marietta Tree Keeper Sip n’Stroll

Friday, Apr. 21, 5 p.m. Marietta Tree Keepers experts lead a tour and discussion of the trees on and near the Marietta Square. They illustrate issues of tree health, selection, appropriate placement and value to the community during a stroll around the downtown Square. Bring your own beverage and unwind from a hard day with a great discussion about trees. Free. Glover Park, Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta 30060. More info at

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Makers Market

Runs Apr. 21-23. Friday, Apr. 21, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The historic Druid Hills neighborhood welcomes neighbors and visitors to tour homes featuring architecture from renowned architects, experience award winning interior design, enjoy southern fare, hear local musicians, see Georgia artists and explore Emory Village. Proceeds from the tour, events and merchandise benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Advance tickets are $25 for an individual and $20 per person for a group of 6 or more. Purchase tickets and learn more at

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