Friday, June 6th

Hey guys! It’s Friday and it’s an absolutely packed weekend up ahead. If you’re into comedy you have an absolute plethora of choices tonight, and there’s several weekend-long festivals too.

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If you didn’t go to the Atlanta Fringe Festival yesterday, you’ve got until Sunday to make it happen! Above is Daniel Glenn from Portraits of People I’ve Never Slept With which is being performed at The Big House at 9:30 and looks hilarious. Tickets are $13 a show, or $40 for six shows, full details here, there are all kinds of deals. Your ticket comes with a button that gets you some great deals all year long too!

There are 20 shows happening today, click the link for full details on all of them, but here’s what I’d go to:

  • 6:30 - Start at 7 Stages (1105 Euclid) and see The Mutants of Astorville, “daytime TV host Loni Saperstein is going to the small town of Astorville, secluded from the rest of the world ever since a well-known toxic substance turned the town into hideous mutants, to show America that these horribly deformed monsters are just like you and me.”
  • 8:00 - Go over to The Big House (368 Ponce) for Moon, a production about a modern kind of guy; a lover of romance, Mountain Dew, and road trips.
  • 9:30 - Head over to the Highland Inn Ballroom (644 North Highland) (1105 Euclid) and see Desperate Church Wives, a performance set in modern times about Prophet Hosea who believes that God has told him to marry a prostitute.
  • 11:00 - Stay at the Ballroom afterwards for The Chronic Single’s Handbook, a chronically single guy takes a trip around the world looking for the woman of his dreams. The show features exotic locales, gooey blisters, humorous erotica, and a body spa called The Curious Finger.

All-Weekend stuff!

Olmstead Linear Park has the Festival of Chariots 2014 today from 2pm-6pm, and runs through Sunday. There’s a parade around downtown showcasing all the different cultures Atlanta has to offer, plus all the usual festival stuff. Completely free!

31st Annual Virginia-Highlands Summerfest is today through Sunday, starting at 8pm tonight there’s an acoustic street party as well as art from over 200 vendors, street food, and all that stuff. Tomorrow at 8am there’s a 5k race so if you’re interested in that you probably need to register now.

Comic Book Drawing Weekend is this weekend starting at 6pm tonight, and all day Saturday and Sunday! Meet at Binder’s Art Supplies (3330 Piedmont Road) and work together with amateurs and professionals to create your own comic book! $35 tickets.

Comedy stuff!

Dad’s Garage (1105 Euclid Ave) has the second weekend of their first one-woman show called What’s Wrong With You? by Amber Nash. 8pm, tickets are $13. Repeat performances tomorrow and Saturday night, as well as next weekend. Amber voices Pam from Archer!

The Laughing Skull Lounge hosts Todd Glass tonight through Sunday, tickets are $18-$20.

The Atlanta Improv Comedy Club (56 East Andrews) has Ali Wong performing at 8 and 10pm, you might know him form John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show. $20.

The Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce) has Chelsea Peretti performing live standup as part of the American Treasure tour. You might know her from her golden-globe winning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. $20, 8pm.

The Hangar (151 Sampson St) has Shark Party Improv tonight at 8pm, $5 cover for a set of short-form improv followed by long-form improv based on true stories from the improviser’s lives.

The Village Theater (349 Decatur Street) is holding their monthly Underwear Comedy Party, lots of stand-up comics performing in their pants. $10 cover, or free if you’re only wearing underwear. 11pm

Outside stuff!

The Beltline has a Sunset Hike along the Westside trail this evening at 7:30, the hike is around 4-5 miles long, and meets at Washington Park. Register on the website, free.

Food stuff!

Wine Show (339 Nelson St) has a Neighborhood Night Wine Tasting tonight at 7pm, $3 a taste.

Historic Oakland Cemetery (248 Oakland Ave) has Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History tonight at 7pm, a tour that covers the history of Atlanta beer brewing. It looks like today is sold out but there are tickets for tomorrow and the 12th still available, $12.

Art stuff!

The High Museum has Friday HIGHlights Gallery Talk tonight at 6:30, which will feature a short 30-minute lecture about something from their permanent collection. Free with museum admission, meet next to the gift shop

The DooGallery (205 Holtzclaw) has an art show called This Little Light of Mine tonight, featuring art from Lindsay Archer, free, featuring a musical performance by Melissa Jean Ann Freeman.

Other stuff!

The Atlanta History Center (130 West Paces Ferry) has renowned art collector and historian Bernard Kinsey giving a lecture called What You Didn’t Learn in High School History, in which Kinsey “takes you on a journey of discovery through many untold stories of African American history, accomplishments, and contributions.” Tickets are $10. 6pm.

Famous Pub (2947 North Druid HIlls) has a dance party tonight called From Glam to Goth: Glitter in the Gutter at 10pm, you have to go behind the pub in a secret entrance to get to the party, it sounds cool just for that. $5 cover, 21+.

It’s the 20th anniversary of The WonderRoot (928 Memorial Drive) today, there’s a new art installation featuring loads of old flyers for all the stuff they’ve done in the past 20 years, as well as live music from several bands, and food. Free!

Live Music stuff!

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Above is The Rock*A*Teens who are performing a sold out show at The Earl tonight at 10pm. The legendary Cabbagetown band are back at last for two sold-out nights in a row in Atlanta, followed by a night at the 40-Watt club in Athens, if you like lo-fi garage rock at all you owe it to yourself to check them out, how they never made it huge I don’t know.
RIYL: Pavement, The Replacements, garage rock, Atlanta

Ringo Deathstarr at the 529 tonight, 10pm, $10 cover.
RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Jesus & Mary Chain

Tides of Man at the Drunken Unicorn tonight at 9pm, $10 cover, 18+.
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Of The Vine

World Party at the Variety Playhouse tonight, 7pm, $25 cover.
RIYL: The Waterboys, Ben Folds Five

Al Jarreau is at Chastain Park Ampitheater tonight at 8pm, tickets are $30-$350,  this man had a golden voice back in the day. Check out his live cover of Take Five. RIYL: George Benson, Quincy Jones

The Lizardmen at Smith’s Olde Bar, tonight at 8pm, $8 cover.

For more live music happening tonight, keep your eyes on Wyld Bill’s Picks

Seemingly-Daily-Cancellation-News: Peter Murphy cancelled his scheduled performance at Terminal West tonight.

Also check out the recurring Friday events!

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#SaveWRAS! There’s only 22 days left until the takeover.

Poll: National Sushi Day is June 18th. Where’s the best Atlanta sushi?

Listen to that Al Jarreau song. Do it. It’s amazing. I’m going to the Rock*A*Teens tomorrow night but if it hadn’t sold out so quickly I’d be at both. Ringo Deathstarr sounds great for tonight, and I’m hoping to be able to check out the Castleberry Hill yard sale for a little bit if I’m not too busy in the morning. The WonderRoot 20th Anniversary sounds cool too.Let me know what you guys get up to and if you take a cool picture, email it to me at Cain@ATLToDo.com and I’ll put it on the blog tomorrow!

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