WELCOME TO OUR weekly curated column. Feature photo: The Atlanta Streets Alive event in April attracted over 120,000 attendees. Experience the next open streets event on June 9. Photo by Wild Grain Photography for Atlanta Streets Alive.

This weekend only

Beethoven’s Fidelio. June 6 & 8. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the famous composer’s only opera with the ASO and conductor Robert Spano for two nights only. The first performance of Fidelio took place at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna in 1805 and was conducted by Beethoven himself. The opera is based on a libretto by the French lawyer and writer Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, and tells the story of a woman willing to risk all to rescue her husband from political oppression. Tickets and info on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra website. 

Tunes from the Tombs at Oakland Cemetery.

Tunes from the Toombs. June 8. Oakland Cemetery. Celebrating its ninth year in 2019, Tunes from the Toombs is a one-day festival that has something for everyone! The event features three stages of local talent, craft beer and local food trucks, free mini-tours, and a one-of-a-kind artist market. Tickets and more info on the Oakland Cemetery website.

Atlanta Streets Alive. June 9. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. From 2pm to 8pm on June 9, over ten miles of Dekalb Ave/Marietta St/Howell Mill will be closed to cars (with cross traffic exceptions) for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy a car-free afternoon exploring the city! Streets Alive is free and open to everyone no matter age, ability, or neighborhood. Read more about Atlanta Streets Alive and the concept of open streets on the Atlanta Streets Alive website.

Opening this weekend

Oliver! Through June 23. Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The Atlanta Lyric Theatre brings the streets of Victorian England to life! Oliver, an orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. When Oliver escapes to London he finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets until taken in by a benevolent benefactor and has the chance to know the true love of a family. This classic Tony and Olivier Award-winning show based on the Charles Dickens classic novel is widely regarded as a true theatrical masterpiece. Info and tickets on the Atlanta Lyric Theatre website.

Hands of Color. Through June 30. Synchronicity Theatre. When Thomas unexpectedly becomes part of Robert’s family, he gains a new identity and is forced to consider the world from a new perspective. This funny and powerful new play examines what it’s like when your world is turned upside down, and boldy asking questions about redemption and forgiveness. Don’t miss Synchronicity’s special events: including Inside Scoop! (engage in a post-show discussion coupled with a scoop of free ice cream), Industry Night (PWYC) (theatre industry professionals pay-what-you-can), PWYC Wednesdays (every Wednesday night performance, pay-what-you-can for your ticket), Free Drink Friday! (each ticket holder gets a drink voucher good for any beverage of their choice). Tickets and more info on the Synchronicity Theatre website.

Closing this weekend

Alexandria Joy and Marcus Terrell Smith in Ragtime. Photo by BreeAnne Clowdus.

Ragtime. Through June 9. Serenbe Playhouse. Join Serenbe Playhouse for this Tony Award-winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel of the same name. The show portrays the nation’s hopes and pains at the turn of the 20th century, telling diverse stories of African Americans, immigrants, and the elite upper-class. The cast features real-life historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, and J. P. Morgan. See the county on the cusp of a new era on stage like you’ve never seen before — in the style of Vaudeville under a giant Atlantic City tent! Tickets and info on the Serenbe Playhouse website.