Jazz on the Lawn at CallanwoldeBy Collin Kelley & Britton Buttrill

Summer is usually the time when arts groups take a break, but many of the city’s theaters and venues will bringing plays, music and more throughout the warm months.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events happening the next three months. As always, visit www.AtlantaINtown.com to find out about the latest events.

Callanwolde Jazz on the Lawn
Callanwolde’s summer series presents special outdoor concerts featuring many of the area’s best musicians with a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, blues and R&B. Make sure to bring a blanket and a picnic. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The line-up includes Kodac Harrison (June 18), Jim Pearce Band (June 25), Marsha DuPree (July 9), Modoca & Company (July 30) and Gwen Hughes (Aug. 13). Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Members will receive a discount if the show ID at the door. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Callanwolde’s indoor courtyard. 980 Briarcliff Road. www.callanwolde.org

Slasher at Actor’s Express
The theater company closes its 22nd season with Alison Moore’s comedy about a young woman cast in a slasher flick filming in her tiny Texas town and her mother’s pill-induced hostility that leads to violence on the set. Continues through June 19. 887 W. Marietta St. www.actors-express.com.

Essential Theatre Play Festival
The summer festival returns July 8 through Aug. 8 with three premieres: Qualities of Starlight, a comedy about a young astronomer who brings his wife home to visit is meth-addicted parents; Former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove’s Darker Face of the Earth, which re-imagies Oedipus as a slave in the American South; and Sally and Glen at the Palace, about the friendship between two college students working at a1970s movie theatre in a southern university town. The plays will be staged at Actor’s Express. www.essentialtheatre.com.

Concerts in the Garden
The annual series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden kicks off with Emmylou Harris on June 25. Other shows include She & Him (July 9), John Hiatt (July 25), Joan Baez (July 30), Delbert McClinton (Aug. 20) and Johnny Lang (Aug. 27). Tickets are available at www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

New American Shakespeare Tavern
The Bard’s classics come to life at the Midtown venue all summer long, including Coriolanus (June 5-27) and the irreverent Hamlet! The Musical! (July 9-Aug. 8). 499 Peachtree St. www.shakspearetavern.com.

Georgia Shakespeare
The Conant Performing Arts Center on the campus of Oglethorpe University hosts four shows from the Georgia Shakespeare company, which is marking its 25th anniversary. The season includes Shrew: The Musical (June 9-Aug. 8), Love’s Labour’s Lost (June 24-Aug. 6), King Lear (July 8-Aug. 7) and The Legend of the Sword in the Stone (July 20-Aug. 7). 4484 Peachtree Rd. www.gashakespeare.org.

Horizon Theatre
The 2010 season continues with True Love Lies (through June 20), a snappy comedy about a content suburban housewife and mother whose world is rocked when a lover from her past reappears, and a revival of Shay Youngblood’s Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery, about a girl’s passage into womanhood. 1983 Austin Ave. www.horizontheatre.com.

Loot at OnStage Atlanta
This saucy comedy by famed British playwright Joe Orton follows a wannabe hood who robs a bank on the eve of his mother’s funeral, while the nurse who took care of her plots marriage to the woman’s husband. June 4-26. 2597 North Decatur Road. www.onstageatlanta.com.

Chastain Park Amphitheatre
The venue plays host to two summer series – Delta Classic Chastain and the Live Nation Chastain Concert Series. The Delta series opens with Diana Ross on June 4 and continues through September with Liza Minelli, Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Art Garfunkel, Train, The B52s and Blondie. Visit www.classicchastain.com to purchase tickets. The first part of the Live Nation series includes Backstreet Boys on June 3 and includes Jeff Beck, Harry Connick Jr., Sting, Pat Benatar and more. www.chastainseries.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.