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Dec/Jan 2005

A Sneak Peek at 2005
A Guide to Atlanta's Events and Attractions
by Elizabeth Yuan

Treasures to find in 2005: (Clockwise from top right) The Invisible Man, Daniel May in MacBeth, Hairspray, and Broadway performer Patti Lupone.
An estimated 360 people move to Atlanta each day. Whether or not you are brand new to the city, becoming familiar with Atlanta's cultural offerings goes a long way towards making it feel like home.

For newcomers, discoveries sometimes involve just digging a bit. Many of the city's gems are there, just hidden underneath the surface at smaller venues or events-but you can find everything and anything to do in Atlanta. That is what makes our city unique.

To get you started, here is a sneak peek at all the fun that the new year brings.


Broadway on Ice, Fox Theatre. Starring Nancy Kerrigan and Rudy Galindo. The famous ice skaters join Broadway musical star Leslie Uggams in performing favorite Broadway musical numbers from Rent to Phantom of the Opera. Jan. 1, 404-881-2000

V for Victory: Georgia Remembers World War II, Atlanta History Center. Highlights the personal experiences and snapshots of Georgians and others who endured the trauma of World War II. Through Jan. 2, 2006, 404-814-4000

Wagner's "Ring" Cycle, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. These selections will provide a preview for August 2005, when ASO Maestro Spano will lead the Seattle Opera's production of the complete Ring des Nibelungen. Jan. 6 - 8, 404-733-5000

The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, Alliance Theatre. President Jimmy Carter wrote for his own children this children's tale about a lonely boy who befriends a kind sea monster. For all ages. Jan. 8 - 30, 404-733-4600

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Theater of the Stars. The classic tale as old as time, with such characters as Belle, a clock named Co g sworth; Lumiere, the lovestruck candelabra; and Mrs. Potts, a wise teapot. Jan. 8 - 16, Ticketmaster, 404-817-8700

Atlanta Boat Show, Georgia World Congress Center. The 43rd annual show will display the latest and greatest in water sports. Jan. 12 - 16, 770-951-2500

A King Celebration, International Chapel, Morehouse College Campus. Conductor Robert Spano joins Morehouse College Glee Club and the Spelman College Glee Club for the 13th Annual Celebration Concert Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 13, 404-733-5000

One Man Star Wars Trilogy, ART Station Theatre. One man, one hour, and a blast through the first three Star Wars films. Charlie Ross does all the characters, including Luke, Yoda, Chewie and Han Solo. Jan. 13 - 16, 770-469-1105

Bobcat Goldthwait, The Funny Farm. Jan. 13, 14, & 15, 770-817-4242

Van Gogh to Mondrian, High Museum of Art. An exhibition of 84 well-known but rarely lent masterpieces by 19th and 20th century masters, including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian from the collection of the Kr^ller-Muller Museum in Holland. Through Jan. 16, 404-733-4444

STOMP, Theatre of the Stars. The international percussion sensation returns to the fabulous Fox Theatre. Jan. 18 - 23. Ticketmaster, 404-817-8700

The Firebird, Center for Puppetry Arts. The Stravinsky-inspired Russian folktale of young Prince Ivan and his troubled quest for the legendary Firebird. Jan. 19 - 23, 404-873-3391

Chanticleer, Spivey Hall. This Grammy Award-winning ensemble has a remarkable reputation for vivid interpretation of vocal literature from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to new music. Jan. 21 & 22, 770-961-4200

Faith Prince and Tom Wopat in Over the Rainbow: Celebrating a Century of Harold Arlen, Ferst Center for the Arts. Broadway stars Faith Prince and Tom Wopat celebrate the 100th anniversary of composer Harold Arlen's birth with classics, "Stormy Weather," "Get Happy," "Over the Rainbow," and more. Jan. 21, 404-894-9600

Day of the Kings, Alliance Theatre. A tale of romance and intrigue in 1800s Cuba. World premiere of the first-ever winner of the Alliance Theatre Graduate Playwriting Competition. Jan. 21 - Feb. 27, 404-733-4600

Feast of Color: Paintings from the Noro Foundation, High Museum of Art. Almost none of the 20 paintings and two drawings, including works by Picasso, Monet and Pissarro, have traveled to the U.S. before. Through Jan. 23, 404-733-4444

The Eye of Greece: Athens in 19th Century Photographs, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Rare glimpses of Athens, the Acropolis and ancient monuments before the advent of the automobile and the urban sprawl of the 20th century. Through Jan. 30, 404-727-4282

Soweto Gospel Choir, Ferst Center for the Arts. Atlanta premiere for this awe-inspiring vocal ensemble from South Africa. Jan. 30, 404-894-9600

ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Find out what gave birth to the American superhero icons of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Captain Marvel. Through Aug. 28, 678-222-3700


Winter Orchid Daze, Atlanta Botanical Garden. Bask in tropical paradise at the Fuqua Orchid Center, where orchids will be in full bloom. The Center will also host Orchid Nights, with candles, a bar and hors d'oeuvres. Feb. - Mar., 404-876-7472

Little Shop of Horrors, Broadway in Atlanta. This boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-word production is New York's biggest MONSTER hit. Feb. 1 - 6, 404-881-2000

Urban Bush Women, Rialto Center. UBW celebrates its 20th anniversary season in 2004-05 with Walking with Pearl, a new work by Founding Artistic Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Feb. 4, 404-651-4727

Joshua Bell, Spivey Hall. Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has wowed audiences for more than 20 years. Feb. 5, 770-961-4200

Urban Bush Women, Schwartz Center, Dance Studio. A memorable evening not to be missed. Feb. 5 - 6, 404-727-5050

Aquila Theatre Company in The Invisible Man, Ferst Center for the Arts. Atlanta premiere. Feb. 5, 404-894-9600

The Art of Romare Bearden, High Museum of Art. The most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of one of America's preeminent 20th century artists. Feb. 5 - Apr. 24, 404-733-4444

Masterpieces from European Artists' Colonies, 1830-1930, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. 70 masterpieces from the famous European artist colonies of the mid-19th and early 20th centuries are displayed for the first time in the United States. Works include those by Camille Corot, Camille Pisarro, Paul SÈrusier, Herman Hesse and Charles-FranÁois Daubigny. Feb. 6 - May 22, 404-364-8555

Symphony 360: A New Way to Experience Classical Music, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. ASO League Conducting Fellow Laura Jackson leads the orchestra in the first movement of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." Feb. 10, 404-733-5000

La Boheme, The Atlanta Opera. Feb. 10 - 13, 404-881-8885

NHL All-Star Weekend, Philips Arena. Features the 55th All-Star Game to be played on Feb. 13, with the SuperSkills competition and YoungStars game the previous night. Feb. 12 - 13, 404-584-7825

Hairspray, Broadway in Atlanta. Set in 1962, a big girl, with big dreams-and even big hair-sets out to try and change the world. Feb. 15 - 27, 404-881-2000

Hand to Hand: Two Grand Masters of Suzhou Embroidery, The Carter Presidential Library & Museum. The sole venue for this show outside China, featuring 32 pieces by Gu Wenxia, Grand Master Embroiderer of China, and her protÈgÈ, Yu Fuzhen. Feb. 19 - June 11, 404-865-7100


Marvin Hamlisch, Rialto Center. This composer, who scored over 40 movies, has won three Oscars, four Grammy's, four Emmy's, a Tony, three Golden Globes and the Pulitzer Prize. Mar. 5, 404-651-4727

Anuna: St. Patrick's Day Concert.
Swan Lake, Atlanta Ballet. Tchaikovsky's enchanting fairytale of everlasting love. Mar. 10 - 19, 404-892-2303

2005 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, Georgia Dome. See March Madness live! Mar. 10 - 13,

Cirque Eloize in Rain, Ferst Center for the Arts. Blending acrobats, circus, theatre, dance and music, the gravity-defying performances of Cirque Eloize take the audience on an unforgettable, show-stopping journey of the imagination. Mar. 11 - 12, 404-894-9600

Anuna: St. Patrick's Day Concert, Spivey Hall. Anuna is dedicated to exploring the music of the Celts while also performing traditional Irish music. March 17, 770-961-4200

Snow White, Atlanta Ballet. The Atlanta Ballet celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season with this beloved classic. Mar. 19 & 20, 404-817-8700

Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Atlanta, Mar. 19,

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Alliance Theatre. Alabama-born playwright Rebecca Gilman wrote this Alliance Theatre-commissioned stage adaptation of Carson McCullers' beautiful 1940 classic. Mar. 23 - Apr. 24, 404-733-4600

Movin' Out, Broadway in Atlanta. This production brings 24 Billy Joel classics to electrifying new life as it tells the story of five life-long friends over two turbulent decades. Mar. 29- Apr. 3, 404-881-2000

Symphony 360: A New Way to Experience Classical Music, At lan ta Symphony Orchestra. Former ASO assistant conductor Alexander Mickelthwate leads a discussion of composer Aaron Copland and the making of his Pulizer Prize-winning ballet score for Martha Graham Appalachian Spring. Mar. 31, 404-733-5000


Braves Baseball Opening Day, Turner Field. Week of Apr. 1st,

Emory Javanese Gamelan, Performing Arts Studio. This orchestra has drawn standing-room only crowds for years with its magical and mysterious percussion sounds that date back 1200 years. Apr. 2, 404-727-5050

Sleeping Beauty, Russian National Ballet, Fox Theatre. Apr. 5, 404-817-8700

This Jazz Century, 7 Stages. Join Standard Deviation for a special jazz concert to celebrate the 25th season of 7 Stages. Apr. 7 - 10, 404-523-7647

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Georgia Ensemble Theatre. This Atlanta premiere production pays a crowd-pleasing tribute to one of America's most beloved performers, with favorites like "Strangers in the Night," "New York, New York" and "My Way." Apr. 7 - 24, 770-641-1260

Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park at 14th Ave. Atlanta's premiere outdoor event marking the arrival of spring, the blooming of dogwood trees and free music from over 50 bands. Apr. 8 - 10, 404-329-0501

Shear Madness, Alliance Theatre. The hilarious and extremely popular murder-mystery set in a hair salon brings the audience onboard. Apr. 8 - May 15, 404-733-4600

Harold Lloyd Silent Films with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rialto Center. Catch a silent film, while the PRO performs blues, operatic parodies, marches and popular songs of the era. Apr. 9, 404-651-4727

Fidelio, Atlanta Opera. The only opera Beethoven ever composed, Fidelio celebrates human freedom and the power to overcome oppression. Apr. 14, 16-17, 404-881-8885

The Georgia Renaissance Festival, I-85 at Exit 61. Time to get medieval and feast like the king and queen you are. Jugglers, minstrels, knights and swordplay will take you back to the 15th century. Weekends Apr. 16 - June 5, including Memorial Day, 770-964-8575

Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Michael C. Carlos Museum. This historic exhibition will draw upon the most important finds of Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie, "the Father of Egyptian Archaeology." The University College London's collection of Egyptian antiquities is one of the world's most renowned. Apr. 16 - Nov. 27, 404-727-4282

Salvatore Licitra, Spivey Hall. The opera singer is now billed as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti. April 17, 770-961-4200

Cinderella, Atlanta Ballet. The Atlanta Ballet celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season with this fairytale of elegance and romance. Apr. 21 - 24, 404-817-8700

Mozart, Mahler, Britten, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Donald Runnicles is both on the podium and at the piano in an extraordinary evening marking the ASO debut of 2004 graduate of Centennial High School and former Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra member Sarah Gibson. They and third pianist Robert Henry will perform Mozart's Concerto for Three Pianos. Apr. 28-30, 404-733-5000


Atlanta Jazz Festival, various venues across the city. The city celebrates the unifying power of jazz all month long. Most events are free and open to the public. Check for dates,

The Shoes We Use, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Explore the theme of shoes as both functional and cultural objects. May - Aug., 404-659-5437

Locomotion in the Garden: Trains Across Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Garden. G-scale model trains will be traversing the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in and around beautiful replicas of Atlanta and Georgia landmarks. Similar attractions have been hits in Chicago and New York. May - Oct., 404-876-7472

The Atlanta Ballet at Ferst Center.
Atlanta Ballet, Ferst Center for the Arts. This springtime phenomenon will host the newest work from the creative minds of the Atlanta Ballet. May 6, 404-894-9600

Alan Morrison, Spivey Hall. This red, white and blue all-American program celebrates Mother's Day. May 8, 770-961-4200

Adams, Theofanidis, Del Tredici & Bernstein, featuring the ASO and the world-renowned ASO Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Featuring the world premieres of Christopher Theofanidis' ASO-commissioned work and Pulitz er-Prize winner David Del Tredici's "Paul Revere's Ride." John Adams' "On the Transmigration of Souls" contemplates September 11th, while Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" gives voice to the joy of living. May 12-14, 404-733-5000

Marietta Greek Festival, Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy, festive dancing, plates breaking, homemade Greek delicacies and lots of fun at this 16th annual festival. May 13, 14 & 15, 770-924-8080

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This hands-on exhibition, including a burp machine, helps us understand why our bodies do the gross things they do. May 28 - Sept. 5, 404-929-6300


Aquafina On the Bricks, Centennial Olympic Park. This summer concert series delivers chart-topping talent against Atlanta's spectacular skyline every Friday night through August. 404-222-7275

Making a Case for Reading, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Annual literacy program to encourage reading at an early age and summer reading for young school children. All of June, 404-659-5437

Music Midtown. Atlanta's largest music festival, with an Artists' Market, a Cultural Stage and Film Tent. Check dates at

Wizzer Pizzer, 7 Stages. Picture Judy Garland as Dorothy, except that "Judy Garland" is the name of a depressed drag queen who's checked herself into Dr. Nora's Reparative Therapy Clinic. Like the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Man, the other patients bear a striking resemblance to Dorothy's old friends at her drag show. June 2 - 26, 404-523-7647

Atlanta Film Festival, various venues across the city. Features more than 170 films and videos from around the world, concluding with an Awards Ceremony. June 10 - 18,

Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Georgia Shakespeare kicks off its 20th Anniversary Season with Shakespeare's madcap circus of confusion. June 10 - Aug. 7, 404-264-0020

Atlanta Pride Celebration, various venues across the city. A celebration of Atlanta's diversity of its citizens. June 24 - 26, 404-929-0071

A Streetcar Named Desire, Georgia Shakespeare Festival. Daniel May and Carolyn Cook star in this sultry, American classic. June 24 - Aug. 6, 404-264-0020


National Black Arts Festival.
Peachtree Road Race, Peachtree Road. The 10 km annual July 4th Atlanta tradition, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. July 4,

Independence Day Celebration, Centennial Olympic Park. The park's July 4th festivities provide a variety of music, children's activities, game and fireworks against the downtown skyline July 4, 404-222-7275

The Cherry Orchard, Georgia Shakespeare Festival. A buoyant masterpiece performed by Georgia Shakespeare's most renowned ensem ble of actors. July 8 - Aug. 5, 404-264-0020

National Black Arts Festival, multiple venues. A celebration of the rich and diverse artistic contributions of people of African descent and their impact on world cultures. July 15 - 24, 404-730-7315

Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living, ART Station Theatre. Hear the stories of Bailey White, her Georgia neighbors and, of course, her Mama as heard by millions on National Public Radio. July 15 - Aug. 14, 770-469-1105

Summer Fest, Virginia Highland. Welcome the beginning of Summer with great food, diverse arts, live musical performances and much more. Call for dates, 404-222-8244

Screen on the Green, Piedmont Park. Each Tuesday evening at sundown Piedmont Park's film festival allows moviegoers to take in some of Hollywood's classic films on the lawn. Call for dates, 877-262-5866


Braves Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Turner Field. This annual event honors the players, managers, coaches, executives and other individuals who made an exceptional contribution to the Atlanta Braves. Call for date, 404-614-2311


NFL Season Opener, Georgia Dome. The Atlanta Falcons begin a new season. Sept. TBA.

Yellow Daisy Festival, Stone Mountain Park. Voted the number one arts and crafts festival in the nation, this annual event features more than 450 artists and crafters who display their work for appreciation and purchase. Sept. 8 - 11, 770-498-5633

Oktoberfest, Helen Georgia. Located in the quaint Alpine village of Helen, this annual tradition is one of the nation's longest running Oktoberfests. Sept 15 - Nov. 5, 800-858-8027

Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic, Georgia Dome. Sept. 17, 404-525-6220

Pumpkin Festival, Stone Mountain Park. Great food and fun for families. Weekends Sept. 23 - Oct. 30, 770-498-5690


Atlantic Station. The long-awaited 140-acre shopping, entertainment and residential district opens in Midtown.

Oakhurst International Arts & Music Festival. This annual festival features dancing, an artists market, children's activities, musical performances and much more. Early Oct.,

Georgia Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet, Oglethorpe University. Shakespeare's most famous love story! Oct 7 - Nov. 6, 404-264-0020

Arthur's World, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Brings to life the characters and settings of the popular and Emmy award-winning children's show and books by creator Marc Brown. Late Oct. - mid Jan. 2006, 404-659-5437

Tour of Southern Ghosts, Stone Mountain Park. Join in as the spooky glow of candlelight sets the mood for eerie Southern tales of old. Call for dates, 770-498-5633


Lighting of the Great Tree, Lenox Square. An Atlanta holiday tradition since 1948, the annual lighting of the Rich's Great Tree officially kicks of the holiday season. Highlights include fireworks display and musical guests. Call for dates, 404-233-7575

Anticipated Opening of the "New" High Museum of Art. Its $130 million expansion project will more than double the museum's size with three new buildings and a piazza designed by famed architect Renzo Piano.


SEC Football Championship Game, Georgia Dome, Dec. 3,

Holiday In Lights, Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy Atlanta's famous park as a winter wonderland of dazzling lights with an ice skating rink. Through January 4, 404-222-7275

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, Fox Theatre. No holiday season is complete without the magic of the Nutcracker. Call for dates, 404-249-6400

Festival of Trees, Georgia World Congress Center. Stroll through 150,000 square feet of designer-decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and vignettes at a fund-raiser for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Call for dates. 404-785-8815

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert.
Kid's Holiday Concert, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. A family-oriented concert with the ASO's Youth Orchestra. 404-733-5000

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. More than 400 musicians and singers tell the inspiring five-part story of Christmas. 404-733-5000

The Nutty Nutcracker, Atlanta Ballet. A guaranteed evening of flat out fun as Atlanta Ballet spoofs the holiday classic. 404-817-8700

A Southern Christmas, Stone Mountain. The Christmas event brings the season alive with Christmas dÈcor, live shows, holidays treats and activities for all ages. Through Dec. 30, 770-498-5690

Noteworthy Happenings in 2005
Bulldozers and cranes will be busy in 2005. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will break ground for its new $240 million home. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the designer of the Athens Olympic Stadium and its famed roof, is at the helm of designing the Symphony Center, which is slated for opening in 2009.

Atlanta locals and visitors will greet two new additions to the city by the end of the year: the Georgia Aquarium and Atlantic Station.

The 400,000 square foot aquarium will house some 50,000 aquatic animals, representing some 500 species from around the world and contain more than five million gallons of fresh and salt water.

The 138-acre Atlantic Station district will open for business, shopping and living, helping thousands of Atlantans cut commutes and enlivening the downtown area after work-hours with a mix of world-class restaurants, retailers and accommodations.

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