INtown High FiveLabor Day weekend is upon us, which means there’s activities galore. Narrowing down our High Five list of weekend events wasn’t easy, but we think you’ll find something to tickle your fancy. Set your phasers on stun…here we go.

1. Read all about it: The annual Decatur Book Festival returns tomorrow through Sunday with hundreds of authors and thousands of literature lovers descending on the city for readings, workshops and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Jonathan Franzen, who will launch his new novel, Freedom, at the festival. Franzen, who won the National Book Award for The Corrections and spurned Oprah’s offer to be part of her book club, will speak at 8p.m. tomorrow night at Agnes Scott’s Presser Hall.

2. Is that a lightsaber in your pocket… Sci-fi and fantasy lovers of all ages will be freaking and geeking all weekend as the 24th annual Dragon*Con touches down in Atlanta with hundreds of authors, film/tv stars and comic book illustrators. You can meet Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers), Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek), Brandon Routh (Superman), Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) and Barbara Eden (Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie). And remember, what happens at Dragon*Con, stays at Dragon*Con.

3. Late night improv: Sometimes the movie trailers are the best part of the show, so Dad’s Garage in Inman Park is playing off that conceit for its Sneak Preview improv show on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. Three trailers will be shown for movies yet to be released and the audience will pick the worst and then the Garage troupe will act out the rest of the movie. This ain’t no Disney sing-a-long, so find a babysitter.

4. Let’s twist again… The Alliance Theatre is getting ready to send another big show to Broadway with the world premiere of Twist, a musical set in New Orleans during the Roaring ’20s about an orphan who finds unexpected family on Bourbon Street. The show opened Wednesday and continues through Oct. 3. Debbie Allen directed and choreographed the show, so you know these actors are paying in sweat.

5. Blues and BBQ: Atlanta’s indie radio station WRFG 89.3FM is holding its 25th annual Labor Day Blues BBQ at Park Tavern on Monday from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Motor City Josh and Big 3 headline the event with ‘que and stew provided by Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.

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.

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