Above: The Swinging Medallions will perform on August 18 at Summer MusicFest 2018, one of several events planned by the Arts Council. Photo courtesy of the Arts Council.

The Arts

Book Talks & Signings at Atlanta History Center

Tuesdays, July 10, 8 p.m. & July 17, 7 p.m. On July 10, Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author of “The Middle Place,” will talk about her collection of essays on the 12 powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships, “Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say.” Latin cuisine expert Sandra Gutierrez will discuss her book “The New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes that Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South” on July 17. Tickets are $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Go to atlantahistorycenter.com (click on Programs, then Author Programs) for tickets and additional info.

The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party

Runs July 12 through 29, Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; and Weds., July 25, 10:30 a.m. The girl group is back, with fun, sun and great songs they sang on the Jersey Boardwalk in 1964, when they won the Belmar Beach Talent Contest in their bikinis. You’ll be transported back to a simpler time with favorites like “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and “It’s Raining Men.” Tickets prices are $28, adults; $24, seniors. On July 25, all tickets are $15. ArtStation, 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain 30083. Tickets and info at ArtStation.org, or the box office, 770-469-1105.

Jazz on the Lawn

Friday, July 13: Joe Gransden; Friday, July 27: Bradford Rogers; and Friday, Aug. 10: Bob Baldwin. Concerts run 7:30-9:30 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. Callanwolde’s Jazz on the Lawn features a mix of classic and contemporary jazz in a perfect setting for summer concerts. General admission is $25 online, $30 at the door. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta 30306. Season tickets and more info at callanwolde.com.

CANCELLED: Bestselling Author Brad Thor

Author Brad Thor has had to cancel his upcoming tour due to a family emergency. For info on a rescheduled tour, please visit Brad’s twitter page:  https://twitter.com/BradThor.

Concert in the Courtyard Summer Series: Kurt & Kernum

Thursday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment from local artists with complimentary adult beverages and appetizers. It’s all happening in the beautiful courtyard at Somerby Sandy Springs, 25 Glenlake Pkwy., Sandy Springs 30328. To RSVP (by July 17, please!) or learn more, email Jennifer Franks at jfranks@somerbyliving.com. More at SomerbySpark.com.

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre

Friday, July 27, 10 p.m. “Night of the Living Dead” kicks off the film festival, in celebration of the classic horror film’s 50thanniversary. Other events include: “Saturday Morning Cartoons” (10 a.m.) and “Iron Man” (7 p.m.) on Saturday, July 28; “Funny Girl,” also celebrating a 50-year anniversary, on Thursday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.; and “Grease Sing-a-long” on Thursday, Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Ticket and reservation info at FoxTheatre.org or 855-285-8499.

Neil Diamond Tribute Show

Saturday, Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m. If you love the legendary voice of Neil Diamond, you’ll enjoy Connor Lorre’s tribute performance. The show features stunningly accurate recreations of Neil’s greatest hits from “America” to “Sweet Caroline,” and includes an appearance by the West Cobb Players. A BBQ dinner will be catered by Williamson Bros. before the show. This is a fundraiser for West Cobb Senior Center. $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Tickets go on sale July 31. West Cobb Senior Center, 4915 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs, 30127. Find out more and purchase tickets at cobbcounty.org or by calling 770-528-8200.

Back in Time
Photo courtesy of the Arts Council

Summer MusicFest 2018

Saturdays, Aug. 4 & 18, 8 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. The Arts Council’s 2018 Summer MusicFest line-up continues with Back In Time on Aug. 4 and the Swingin’ Medallions on Aug. 18. Tickets for the 9-piece rock-n-roll band Back In Time are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. Tickets for Swingin’ Medallions, known as the ‘Party Band of the South,’ are $28 general admission. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville, 30501. Call 770-534-2787 or visit TheArtsCouncil.net for tickets and more info.


Learn Something

Writers’ Workshop: Decoding the Query Process

Saturday, July 21, 1 p.m. Emily Murdock Baker, editor and founder of EMB Editorial, will decode the querying process and provide special focus on choosing the correct comp (comparative/competitive titles) for your manuscript. Also learn best practices for querying, which agencies to query, guidelines and more. Free and open to the public. Gwinnett County Public Library, Lilburn Branch, 4817 Church St., Lilburn 30047. Go to gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154 for more info.

Georgia Historic Newspapers

Monday, July 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For people interested in local and state history, there’s no better source than ‘old news.’ Vintage ads, dispatches from military campaigns and editorial views on then-current controversies make fascinating and insightful reading, and it can all be read on the screen of your computer or device. Sewell Mill Library branch manager Bruce Thompson will guide you into the historic newspapers. Free, registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. Visit cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-5355 to register and get details.

Wellness for Women Seminar

Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:45 p.m. WellStar Health System offers programming that will help you to live a life well-lived. The topic for July 24 is Your Sexual Health.In addition to a keynote speaker, educational materials and giveaway items, participants will also enjoy a healthy dinner, dessert and complimentary valet parking. Registration fee is $10; registration is required. WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Letton Auditorium, located in the Health Pavilion, 3320 Parkway Dr., Atlanta 30312. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to register.



National Hot Dog Month Celebration

Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July is National Hot Dog Month, so celebrate with one of America’s favorite foods. Learn the history of the hot dog from Andy Katelik and enjoy a delicious beef hot dog with toppings and sides, catered by Skips Chicago Dogs. Music provided by DJ Greg Picciano. $12 for Cobb residents, $15 for non-residents. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. Call 770-509-4900 or visit cobbcounty.org for more info.

KnowlEdgewise Speaker Series

Thursdays, July 12 & 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) invites everyone to listen to expert speakers as they give fascinating presentations on a variety of topics ranging from history and international affairs, to wellness and current events. Free and open to the community. Berman Commons, 2026 Womack Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Find out more by visiting atlantajcc.org/knowledgewise or contacting Earl Finley at 678-812-4070 or earl.finley@atlantajcc.org.

Splash into Shabbat Ice Cream Social

Friday, July 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) at the Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad to celebrate the summer. Bring your own picnic lunch and join other families for an afternoon of splashing. Challah, grape juice and ice cream pops are provided. Open and free to the public, must register. Old Fourth Ward Splash Pad, 800 Dallas St., Atlanta 30308. Get additional info and register at atlantajcc.org.

Aloha to Aging Inaugural Gala

Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m. Aloha to Aging is a 501c3 organization that empowers aging family members, their caregivers and the community with quality, targeted programming. The group’s gala will honor Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus of Kennesaw State University. The reception and silent auction begin at 5 p.m.; the dinner and program start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds will fund programs and services for enhanced quality of life for seniors, their care partners and the community. KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw 30144. For tickets and more information, visit alohatoaging.org and click on the Inaugural Gala link, or email info@alohatoaging.org.