Hey guys! It’s Friday, it’s cold outside, but it’s almost the weekend. I don’t know what Atlanta did to have their spring privileges revoked. It’s also Good Friday(although not according to my hangover when I woke up).
Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration (225 North Ave) is today, free and open to the public, featuring eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn.
SweetWater 420 Fest kicks off today in Centennial Olympic Park, I don’t know what happens today because I’m pretty sure Sublime are playing tomorrow, but at the very least there’s beer. Tickets start around $10 and go up to over $100.
It’s Salsa Dance Night at the Fernbank Science Center (156 Heaton Park Drive) tonight, at 6:30 for $13, learn how to dance and drink martinis at the same time, then catch something at the IMAX after!
It’s also Half-Price Jazz Fridays at the High Museum this evening around 8, with live jazz music and half-price admission, plus extra late museum hours.
Tennessee Queer opens at The Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce) tonight, about the “struggle of gay teens facing society’s not ready to embrace change.” The director will be there for a Q&A tonight and tomorrow after the movie, and tickets are $10.
The Alliance Theater (1280 Peachtree St) has Slam Poetry tonight at 7pm, sharing the best slam poetry from local poets. Free admission.
The WonderRoot (982 Memorial Drive) has WonderComedy with Gilbert Lawand, who recently opened for Aziz Ansari! $5, all ages, byob. 8:30pm.
At Java Vino tonight philosophy professor Dr. Shay Welch from Spelman College will be leading a philosophical discussion about Trauma and Desperation, followed by open mic poetry. Free coffee and snacks, 7pm.
The Masquerade (695 North Ave) has both a punk showcase and a hip hop showcase tonight! Punk starts at 6 in heaven for $12, and hip hop is $15 in purgatory at 7pm. Six punk bands or eleven hip hop artists, both shows are all ages.
Maiden Atlanta is tonight at Star Bar (437 Moreland Ave) with a local Iron Maiden cover band playing through Maiden’s first two albums in full. 9pm.
If you aren’t a metal fan, get down to the Variety Playhouse ( 1099 Euclid) around 8pm to see Beatlemania cover The Red Album from start to finish, $20 tickets at the door.
500 Songs for Kids is at The Earl (488 Flat Shoals) tonight again! Music starts at 8:20, and admission is pay-what-you-want, all going to charity! 21+, despite the name, non-smoking show. Belle and Sebastian are going to be there tonight!!
Victor Pons and Links Duo present Ampere 2.0 at The Goat Farm (1200 Foster St) tonight, which is “a solo percussion program comprised entirely of works for vibraphone and live electronics,” as well as solo works from both artists. $5 at the door, 8pm.
At 10pm Invent Room Pop is back at the Beep Beep Gallery (696 Charles Allen Drive) for their 36th installment, three solid years! Six musicians get their names pulled out of a hat and paired together to play. Always a ton of fun at the end of the night, right in the heart of Midtown.
The Village Theatre (349 Decatur St) has the Gentleman Callers Comedy Tour stopping there tonight, five comedians embarking on a ten city tour from New Orleans up to Pittsburgh and tonight’s their night in Atlanta. Tickets are $10, but you can get in for $5 with a college or military ID.
More shows tonight:
- Protomartyr at the 529, $8, 10pm. A blend of post-punk, indie, and garage rock.
- Violent Reaction at the Drunken Unicorn, $7, 9pm. Punk band, they look insane.
- Future Rock at The Masquerade Hell, 9pm, $15, 18+.
- Carl Dylan at Center Stage, 9pm, $12.
- Conspirator at Terminal West, $15, 11:30pm.
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I’m going to go to 500 Songs for Kids tonight and see how that goes, and then make my way back to Midtown for Invent Room Pop. Java Vino sounds cool though, and so does the Gentlemen Caller’s Comedy Show. Protomartyr will put on a great show, I’ve been listening to their new album all morning, if I leave 500 Songs for Kids early I might stop into the 529 and see them. Let me know what you guys get up to and what turns out to be fun!
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Next few days:
- SweetWater 420 Festival is all weekend long in Centennial Olympic Park, with Sublime headlining tomorrow.
- The GA Rennaisance Festival starts on Sunday in Fairburn.
- Record Store Day is tomorrow with live music all day long in Little Five Points.
- The Great Atlanta Pot Festivalis on Sunday in Candler Park
- Streets Alive is also Sunday at Gordon White Park in the West End