Looking for Something to Do this Weekend. Don’t have to Look Far!

 What a variety of entertainment and fun things to chose from, two musicals, a bbq festival, an outdoor concert, or an artist market — all rolled up in the next three days. Chose one or two and enjoy your weekend.  Events are described below.

Picture1f9a72c510e83THU, FRI, SAT, SUN: 22, 23, 24, 25 “Footloose The Musical” (8pm) at the Strand Theatre One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. Earl Reece is working his magic once again here in Cobb County.  The executive director of the Strand has brought Footloose – The Musical to the Strand – Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun the weekend of August 23-25.  When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for is a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher. The musical stars KMHS’S Zack Seabaugh as Ren McCormack, and fellow student, Shelbea Owen, in a featured part as WendyJo. Zack and Shelbea have performed together in several shows both at the Strand and at their schools as they have been growing up.  They are freshmen at KMHS and both are extremely talented. Tickets: On sale now! $35-$20 Assigned seating. Call the box office Monday – Friday between the hours of 9-12 and 1-4 at 770-293-0080 or order on line at www.earlsmithstrand.org.


FRI, SAT, SUN, AUG 23-AUG 25 THE PRODUCERS Broadway Veteran, Cobb County Native Meg Gillentine Headlines The Producers. Atlanta Lyric Theatre announces the return of hometown actress Meg Gillentine in Mel Brooks’ hysterical Tony Award-winning THE PRODUCERS. THE PRODUCERS once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit!  THE PRODUCERS skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” This is the last weekend: playing August 23rd through the 25th at the Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta). Tickets and information available at www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com or 404-377-9948.

A1AFRI, AUGUST 23 The Glover Park Concert Series (8-10pm) Jeff Pike and the A1AJIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE BAND. At an A1A performance you can expect to hear all of your Jimmy Buffett favorites and then some. You will also be treated to some classic Reggae as well as some original A1A Trop Rock music. All mixed together in one big Caribbean beach party musical gumbo!
Since 1992 Jeff Pike and A1A have been Internationally recognized as The Official and Original (Yes, the FIRST) Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show. The band holds the crown as being the ONLY Tribute Show ever sanctioned by Jimmy Buffett himself.
The concerts are free of charge. Blankets and lawn chairs only may be set up in the park after 4 p.m. Personal tables are not permitted in the park, however they may be set up on North Park Square after 6:00 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner (beer and wine are permitted) or dine in one of the many fine restaurants located on the square.

jewelrySAT AUG 24 MARIETTA ARTIST MARKET 9-2 The Marietta Square Artists Market is each 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, conveniently located on Mill Street just across from the Farmer’s Market. The Artists Market features talented and unique artists from all the arts. Spend the day taking in all that Downtown Marietta has to offer and top it off by shopping local at The Artists Market; the perfect place to find locally handcrafted gifts and artworks.For more information about how to participate in the market, visit www.ArtistsMarketMarietta.com or contact Connie Nelson, Connie@ArtistsMarketMarietta.com.



FRI & SAT AUG 23-24 PIGS&PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL. Grills and smokers of all shapes and sizes will be at Adams Park on Friday and Saturday, August 23-24 for the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.  More than seventy-five cook teams, comprised of pitmasters from across the southeast, are set to compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights in a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition and Backyard BBQ amateur contest. The KCBS event is also an official Georgia State Barbeque Championship. Over 150 booths will be on hand. Vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbeque, beer and other festival foods as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. Live music will be offered on both days. Friday’s lineup includes the Lefty Williams Band and Seven Handle Circus. Hannah DeLane, Rolling Nowhere and Slippery When Wet, an Atlanta-based Bon Jovi tribute band, are scheduled to perform on Saturday.
Festival hours are Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more information about the festival, visit www.pigsandpeaches.com, or call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714. See front page of the Kennesaw/Acworth August paper