Music & Performing Arts

With a Song in My Heart

Friday, May 12, 8 p.m. Presented by Michael O’Neal chorus with the Tyrone Jackson Jazz Trio Music from the golden age of popular American song. The Golden Age included composers like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, and performers like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. The Tyrone Jackson Jazz Trio adds its unique and supportive artistry to the evening’s program. Tickets are $22, adults; $17, seniors & students. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell 30075. Info and tickets at

Sounds of the Big Bands

Saturday, May 13, 8 p.m. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra’s Season Ten finale. Two big bands will perform: Joe Gransden’s Big Band, featuring special guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, and the Georgia State University Jazz Ensemble conducted by Dr. Gordon Vernick. Tickets are $32, adults; $27, seniors 55+; $16. students/children. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek 30097. For more info, call 678-748-5802 or visit

La Gringa

Runs May 18-June 4. Actors of Georgia and Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square present “La Gringa,” a play by Carmen Rivera about a young woman’s search for her identity. Mari­a Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and plans to connect with her homeland. Tickets range $10-$30. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Details and tickets at

Jim Brickman Pure Piano The Greatest Hits

Friday, May 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Award-winning pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman will wow audience members with his hits, including “Valentine,” “If You Believe,” and “Love of My Life”. Tickets are $35.00 and up. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta 30303. For tickets, call the Rialto Center Box Office, 404-413-9849, or go to

A Tribute to Janis Joplin and Sly & the Family Stone: Soul Revolution

Saturday, May 20, 8-10 p.m. This live music event will bring the 1960s back to life. Tickets are $20-$25; $2 of every ticket supports The Strand’s renovation and operation. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. Visit or call the box office at 770-293-0080.



Hearing Screening

Friday, May 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Have your hearing checked out and get a free screening from Dr. Bret Greenblatt. First come, first served. Free, no registration required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066 Call 770-509-4900 or visit for details.


Ongoing through Tuesday, June 13. Senior Services North Fulton hosts Step On It!, an eight-week wellness program to help keep older adults active and independent. Any North Fulton resident age 60+ can participate. Free; each participant gets a pedometer while supplies last. Sandy Springs Senior Center at the Dorothy Benson Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs 30328. Get more info at or call 770-993-1906, ext. 227.


Special Events

Mother’s Day Tea

Thursday, May 11, 12:30- 1:30 p.m. Celebrate with a spot of tea, a delightful lunch and a bit of sweet indulgence during a spring accessorizing demonstration. Bring your mother, grandmother or daughter. Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta 30068. RSVP by calling 770-722-7641 or email More at

A Spring Garden of Violets

May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by the African Violet Club of Greater Atlanta. Beautiful African Violets will be displayed and available for sale, and three seminars about violet basics are scheduled. North Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church St., Decatur 30030. Contact Kathy Spissman,, 770-939-5289, for more information.

Rockin’ at the River

Saturday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of food, music and cocktails. Honorary Chair Walter Reeves brings a green theme to this annual gala and celebration. Tickets are $125, VIP tickets are $250. Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell 30075. Visit or call 770-992-2055, extensions 226 or 225, for information.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 9 a.m. The Memorial Day ceremony honors those who have sacrificed in defense of our nation. Seating starts at 8:30 a.m. Twentieth Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King St., Smyrna 30080; in the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna 30080. For info and updates, visit



Into the Wylde: A Tour of Gardens

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, May 7, 12-5 p.m. An exhilarating tour of some of the most beautiful public and private gardens in the greater Decatur and Atlanta areas. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 on the day of the tour. Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur 30030. Tickets and details at


Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Benefitting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 10 lush gardens at private homes in Buckhead, Midtown, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs will be on view. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $28 in advance, $35 on days of the tour, and are valid both days. For tickets and details, visit

Marietta Square Supper Tour

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-9 p.m. Savor 12 appetizing food tastings and 5 flavorful beverages during a guided evening culinary adventure of 5 locally-owned restaurants. Tickets are $75 per person and include food and beverages offered at the tasting. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit