The Arts

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band

Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m. Jimmy Buffett brings his “I Don’t Know” tour to Atlanta for one night only. Tickets are $75 for lawn and $146 for reserved seats. Verizon Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta 30009. Go to for details and tickets.

Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live!

Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. Rob Lowe has created an all-new, peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades. Tickets range from $45-$200, plus applicable fees. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-745-3000.

Choral Guild of Atlanta Presents “The Glory of Mendelsson”

Sunday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. Choral Guild of Atlanta, now in its 78th year, performs Mendelsson’s Sacred Works: “Hear My Prayer,” excerpts from the oratorio “Elijah”; and “Sacred Anthems,” works for piano and organ. Tickets are $15. Discounted tickets, $12 for seniors and $5 for students, are available at the door. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta 30305. Tickets and info at

Yanni 25 — Live at the Acropolis Anniversary Concert Tour

Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. Legendary performer and composer Yanni will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Live At The Acropolis,” released in 1994, with a world tour. Tickets start at $49.50, plus applicable fees. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308.For info and tickets, visit, or call 855-285-8499.

Stirring the Pot with Superstar Southern Chefs

Wednesday, May 2, 7:30-9 p.m. Part of the Page from the Book Festival, this panel discussion brings together chefs Hugh Acheson, Eddie Hernandez, Todd Richards and Virginia Willis. All of them have new cookbooks that push the bounds of how we think about comfort food and Southern cooking. A Q&A, book-signing and dessert reception follows the discussion. Cost for Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta members is $18; cost for community members is $24. MJCCA-Zaban Park, Brill Rooms, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Learn more and register at

What War Zone: The Comedy of Benji Lovitt

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. Benji Lovitt presents a hilarious picture of Israel by deconstructing cultural differences and the immigrant experience in Israel. His energy and enthusiasm will make you laugh out loud as he sheds light on embarrassing Hebrew mistakes, Jewish holidays and exactly what makes Diaspora and Israeli Jews different from each other. Cost for Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta members is $18; cost for community members is $24. MJCCA-Zaban Park, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. is the place for details and to reserve your seat.

Special Events

Atlanta Dogwood Festival Mimosa 5K

Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. Celebrate spring with a morning run and mimosa toast. The 5K follows a charming course through historic Midtown. After the race, runners can enjoy a fresh mimosa in Piedmont Park (for runners 21+) and stay for the Dogwood Festival, which opens at 10 a.m. $25 fee through March 9, $35 after that. No registration on the day of the race. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr., Atlanta 30309. Runners will gather at the corner of Charles Allen Drive and 10th Street. To register, go to and type “Dogwood” in the search bar.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day, April 14 to June 3, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival grounds are reminiscent of 16th century England and offer a delightful backdrop to non-stop entertainment, music, rides, demonstrations, food and shops. Tickets are $23.95 at the gate and $19.95 online for adults, $11.95 at the gate and $9.95 online for kids 6-12 years old. Georgia Renaissance Festival, 905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn 30213. For tickets, special offers, group discounts and info on themed weekends, visit

Ask Granny Seminar

Saturday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. The seminar is designed to help Grandpas and Grannies get information about their family (and their spouse’s family) down on paper — no computers involved. Everything needed to create your family tree will be provided free of charge, including a special pencil. Just bring your memories! Join Athens genealogist and “Ask Granny” founder Judy Russell for this innovative program. Free. Space is limited; reservations required. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Reserve your spot by calling 404-814-4150. For more information, call 404-814-4042 or visit; click on Programs and scroll to Genealogy Programs.

Roswell Area Park Fishing Derby

Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Fishermen and women of all ages are invited to compete. Various prize categories are available for different age groups. Grand prizes will be awarded for the heaviest catfish and bass. Fee is $6 for Roswell residents, $9 for non-residents. Roswell Area Park Lake, 10495 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 30075. For more info and a link to register, go to the Event Calendar at

Cars and ‘Q for the Cause

Saturday, Apr. 21, 4-7 p.m. Now in its ninth year, Cars and ‘Q raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while you enjoy tasty BBQ, your favorite brews and live music while checking out more than 100 stellar cars. Advance tickets are $20 for event entry and dinner; $40 for entry, dinner and drinks (legal age permitting). Tickets at the door are $30 and $50. Choate Construction, 8200 Roberts Dr., Atlanta 30350. For tickets and more info, go to

Learn Something

Canning 101

Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library in partnership with UGA Extension Gwinnett. Get hands-on experience on food preservation by canning your own apple preserves. Cost is $10 per person; payment will be taken on the day of the event by cash or check. Gwinnett County Public Library, Suwanee Branch, 361 Main St., Suwanee 30024. Participants must register by April 11 by emailing or calling 678-377-4010. Click on to find out more.

Aging with a Healthy Brain

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Join Family & Consumer Science Agent Ines Beltran to learn about ways to prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Learn about the risk factors and how to get started on a healthier lifestyle to age with a healthy brain. Take a personal assessment to determine your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Gwinnett County Public Library, Five Forks Branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Rd., Lawrenceville 30044. For details about events at the Gwinnett Public Libraries, visit

Medicare Supplement Plans

Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Dr. Marcia McIntosh presents information about Medicare Supplement plans, also called Medigap. Medicare Parts A and B pay for many of your health-care services and supplies, but it doesn’t pay for everything. Unlike Original Medicare, a Medicare Supplement plan is offered through private insurance companies and have plans to help pay some of the hospital and medical costs that Medicare doesn’t cover, such as copayments, coinsurance and yearly deductibles. Free; Registration required. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082, 770-801-3400. For more info and to register, go to

Spring Cleaning Your Diet: Spring Salads

Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Spring is here, and with that comes a renewed opportunity for fresh, satisfying salads. Cobb Senior Services’ dietician Jobcy Alexander will show the basis of creating a satisfyingly delicious balanced salad. Free. Registration required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101, 770-975-7740. Visit to register and find more events.