What’s happening in the world of Atlanta’s arts scene this weekend? Here’s our roundup of happening for stage, screen, music, and art.


Head Over Heels

Location: Actor’s Express
Dates: Through August 25
Discount tickets: PoshDealz.com
Direct from Broadway! If you want to be part of THE party of the summer, get thee to Actor’s Express for the hilarious, sexy Broadway hit Head Over Heels, featuring the music of the iconic 80s band The Go-Go’s! Full of campy fun and romantic entanglements, this wildly entertaining musical romp follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom and follow their hearts. (from Actors-Express.com)

Essential Theatre Festival

Location: West End Performing Arts Center
Dates: Through August 25
Named Best New Play Incubator by Atlanta Magazine in 2018, Essential Theatre has given Georgia playwrights a voice for the past 21 years. The 2019 Essential Theatre Play Festival premieres the work of two brand-new talents:  Emily McClain’s Slaying Holofernes and Ben Thorpe’s Babyshower for the Antichrist.  The Festival runs July 26 – August 25. (From EssentialTheatre.com)

Br’er Cotton by VanguardRep

Location: Windmill Arts Center
Dates: Through August 18
Tickets: Start at $25. Available on Eventbrite.
Lynchburg, Virginia, on the former site of a cotton mill. Fourteen-year-old Ruffrino is struggling to make sense of his place in an impoverished world filled with seemingly random killings of young black men. As his anger towards reality grows, he moves further away from his family. Losing himself online, Ruffrino’s world sinks around him while he battles to wake up the zombies and prove by any means necessary that Black Lives Matter. (From VanguardRep.com)


Baldwin at 95: Remembering A Life of Intellect and Activism

Location: Auburn Ave Research Library
Date: Sunday, August 4 | 2:30pm
Tickets: Event is free and open to the public!
The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in partnership with the Baton Foundation, Inc., will host a double film screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket and I Am Not Your Negro honoring the life, intellect, and activism of James Baldwin.  (From Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System website)

5th Annual Cobb International Film Festival

Location: The Strand Theatre
Dates: Various showtimes August 1 – 4
Tickets: Start at $15. Available on Eventbrite.
Held in the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on beautiful Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia each year, this festival is a meeting place for filmmakers and people who are interested in the world in all its variety and different approaches to life. The festival offers filmmakers a platform to introduce their work and discuss topics shown in the film as well as the filmmaking process to encourage and create dialogue between people. The Festival accepts feature-length films, short films and documentary films of all lengths from filmmakers at all different levels. (from CobbFilmFestival.com)

80s Family Film Festival

Location: Center for Puppetry Arts
Date: August 2 – 4
Tickets: Films are free with daily Museum admission, but reservations for each film are required.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is taking families back to the 1980s. Wear your bangle bracelets, pull your hair up in a banana clip, and come enjoy some of the best puppetry movies of the 1980s. Films include  Short Circuit, The Neverending Story, The Muppets Take Manhattan. (From puppet.org)


Tedeschi Trucks Band: Wheels of Soul 2019

Location: Fox Theatre
Dates: August 2 & 3 | 7:30PM
Tickets: Start at $25. Available online.
Tedeschi Trucks Band rolls out Wheels of Soul 2019! The 5th annual summer tour makes a double header stop at the Fox Theatre and includes special guests Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope! (From FoxTheatre.org)

Harvest Moon: The Music of Neil Young

Location: Venkman’s
August 4 | 7PM
Start at $12. Available online.
Harvest Moon was formed to pay tribute to the legendary career of Neil Young. Drawing on his time with Buffalo Springfield, Neil’s extensive solo career, CSN&Y and the electrifying albums with Crazy Horse, there is a lifetime of music to explore. Comprised of seasoned veterans of the Atlanta music scene, Harvest Moon was formed in 2018. With 4 part vocal harmonies and an instinctive feel for the music and vibe of Neil Young, Harvest Moon brings these songs to life. (From Venkmans.com)

12th Annual Jerry Day

Location: Terminal West
Dates: August 4 | 3PM
Tickets: Start at $26. Available online.
Celebrating the life and music of Jerry Garcia – “the music NEVER stops” with 9 bands on 2 indoor stages. Featuring Papa Mali (Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Killer Bees) along with some of Georgia’s finest bands and musicians including: Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect), String ’n Bones, gr8FLdüde & frenz, Honeywood, Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders, The Warlocks, Ray’s The Dead, Cardboard Willie. Sponsored by Vida-Flo and Terrapin Brewing Co. Produced by GR8FLDUDE and TDawg Presents. (From TerminalWestAtl.com)


Frequency Friday: 80s Night

Location: High Museum of Art
Date: August 2 | 6PM
Tickets: Free with museum admission or for museum members
Turn up the volume at the High with great music, signature drinks, and our reimagined galleries on the first Friday of every month. Our galleries stay open late for special tours, drawing demonstrations, live music, and featured guests. It’s happy hour meets art party from 6 to 9 p.m. (From High.com)

On Singing the Body Formless and Electric

Location: whitespace
Dates: Opening reception on August 2, open through August 31
Artists include Hannah Adair, Eleanor Aldrich, Catherine Lucky Chang, Hannah Ehrlich, Larkin Ford & Joe Hadden, Carrie Hawks, Michelle Laxalt, Parker Thornton. Curated by Lisa Alembik. (From Whitespace814.com)


Location: Kai Lin Art
Date: Opening reception on August 2, open through September 20
Our fifth exhibit for 2019, Embolden will feature the work of Atlanta artists Lela Brunet, Phillip Harris, Joe Camoosa, Lucha Rodriguez, Jeremy Brown and Stan Clark. The artworks of Embolden feature strong, saturated colors, sweeping movements of abstract forms and inventive combinations of materials and processes. (From KaiLinArt.com)