Above: Aretha Franklin will appear at the Fox Theatre Oct. 13.

The Arts

Dunwoody Fine Art Month

Opening reception, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m.; art available for viewing and purchase throughout the month of October. During this annual event, over 30 businesses and 30 artists will showcase original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media and photography, all for sale to the public. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Dunwoody Arts Association and other selected area organizations. Opening reception at Fidelity Bank, 2 Perimeter Center East (at Ashford-Dunwoody Road), Dunwoody. Participating businesses are: Adult Day of Dunwoody; Blooms of Dunwoody;  Cafe at Pharr, Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dunwoody Animal Medical Center, Dunwoody City Hall, Dunwoody Photo, Early Autism Project, Edward Jones, Ernie’s Barber Shop, The Eye Gallery,  Feldman Law Offices, Fidelity Bank, Health Point Chiropractic, Huntington Learning Center, Ideal Health Medical Center, Jeff Rodgers, DMD, PC, Kapp Koncepts, Inc., Keller Williams, LifeSouth Community Blood Center, Lovely Nail Hair & Tan, MetroDerm P.C., MoonDogs, Steven G. Parnes, DDC, LLC, Physiotherapy Associates, Inc., Spruill Center for the Arts, Under the Pecan Tree and Village Orthodontics. Learn more about the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association at dunwoodyfineart.org.

Aretha Franklin

Friday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m. The Queen of Soul performs a repertoire that spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel at the Fabulous Fox. Get ready for a night of all the hits and the great diva classics. Tickets start at $69.50, plus applicable fees. Go to FoxTheatre.org or call 855-285-8499 for tickets.

David Sedaris

Sunday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. David Sedaris, author of the bestsellers “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Naked,” and regular National Public Radio contributor, will offer a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and post-show book signing. Tickets range from $45.50-$60.50, plus applicable fees. Get tickets and details at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499.

Meatloaf + Rocky Horror Double Feature

Saturday, Oct. 28, 9-11:59 p.m. The late-night double feature starts with a Georgia Players Guild concert dedicated to Meatloaf and the original Rocky Horror soundtrack. The night wraps up with a showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are $25 for the concert & movie; $20 for just the concert; $10 for just the movie. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Sq., Marietta 30060. Visit earlsmithstrand.org for details and tickets.

Face 2 Face: Elton John & Billy Joel Tribute Show

Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 p.m. This tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel is presented by a line-up of outstanding musicians and features Ronnie Smith as Elton John and Mike Santoro as Billy Joel. The interactive show includes all the hits, as well as beloved B-sides. Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Hwy., Buford 30518. For more info, go to bufordcommunitycenter.com, Shows & Events.

26th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA

Runs Nov. 4-20. There’ll be 45 authors over 2 epic weeks! Attending authors include award-winning novelists, historians, local icons and some of the most respected political minds of our time. Book topics cover everything from music, art and sports to World War II, Israeli legends and learning disabilities. Tickets can be purchased for individual events. Series passes are $120 for MJCCA members, $145 for community. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. For individual event pricing, tickets and other info, visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or call 678-812-4005.



Fall Craft Bazaar

Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Browse among 20+ vendor to find unique items such as bird houses, homemade soaps, jewelry, fine art pieces and much more. Hosted by the Roswell Ramblers Club in conjunction with the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Dept. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the new therapy pool for seniors and special needs. Indoors at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell 30075. For more info, call 770-641-3950 or visit roswellramblers.org.

Yiddish Vinkl

Fridays, Oct. 20 & 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you’ve got the chutzpah to chat in Yiddish, this is where it’s at! Visit the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), Zaban Park and enjoy lively conversation, jokes and stories in the mother tongue. Yiddish speakers of all ages, from expert to beginner, are welcome. Free for MJCCA members, and open to the community for $5 a session. MJCCA, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Contact Early Finley at 678-812-4070 or earl.finley@atlantajcc.org to find out more. Atlantajcc.org has info on many other events MJCCA offers.

Rediscover Your Spark

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2-4:30 p.m. It’s a special way to celebrate the weekend Sweetest Day, by finding someone to share it with. Somerby Sandy Springs hosts a speed-dating event for seniors in the area. Somerby Sandy Springs, 25 Glenlake Pkwy. NE, Atlanta 30328. For more information, contact Jodi Firestone at jfirestone@somerbyliving.com.

Haunted Sandy Springs

Friday, Oct. 27, 6- 10 p.m. Walk through the historic Sandy Springs Cemetery for a half mile of history and local folklore. Presented by Heritage Sandy Springs in partnership with the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church. $15 per person. Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs 30328. For more information, call Melissa Swindell at 404-851-9111 x2, visit heritagesandysprings.org.

Elegant Elf Marketplace

Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done early. The 7th annual Elegant Elf Marketplace, presented by the Sandy Springs Society, is an upscale gift market featuring more than 85 local and regional artists, craftsmen and unique vendors. $5 entrance fee; free for children 10 and under; free parking. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs 30328. Visit sandyspringssociety.org to learn more.

Profiles of Positive Aging Gala

Sunday, Nov. 5, 3-5 p.m. Honorees include Mel Pender, 1968 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist and Margerey Avery of Saint Anne’s Terrace. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Go to LeadingAgeGA.org for info and tickets.


Learn Something

AARP Smart DriverTEK Workshops

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. in Snellville; Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. in Norcross. Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with AARP, presents free Smart DriverTEK Workshops to help drivers understand new vehicle safety technologies and how to use them. This workshop is distinct from the AARP Driver Safety’s Smart Driver course. Oct. 10 workshop is at the Centerville Branch, 3025 Bethany Church Rd., Snellville 30039; Oct. 12 workshop is at the Norcross Branch, 6025 Buford Hwy., Norcross 30071. Both classes are free, but reservations are strongly advised. RSVP at events@gwinnettpl.org.  For more information, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Reduce Back Pain without Medication and Surgery

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Most of us experience back pain at some point. Learn the anatomy and mechanics of the back, as well as common injuries that lead to pain and how to treat it. Presented by Dr. Josh with First Step Physical Therapy. Free, registration required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. Call 770-509-4900 for details or visit cobbcounty.org.