This September, there’s something for all types of aficionados! Fine art by Claire Dunaway will be on display during Art Walk, and art aficionados at the Art in the Park festival can take a quick ice cold beverage break at The Strand’s roof top terrace. Musical theater lovers will be dazzled by The Will Rogers Follies and can show their support for local theatre at fundraisers and awards shows. And music lovers will tap their feet to the big band standards that have remained favorites for decades at a big band concert – more information below:
Sept. 4 – 20, Various Show Times. Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents: The Will Rogers Follies. The first show of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s 2009-10 season, this bright and breezy Tony Award-winning production focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, using as a backdrop the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined, and describes every episode in his life in the form of a big production number. The revue contains snippets of Rogers’ famous homespun style of wisdom and common sense to convey the personality of this quintessentially American figure whose most famous quote was “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Gorgeous show girls, rope tricks, big dance numbers and Will Rogers, what more could you ask for in a musical? Tickets range from $32 to $38 and are available through The Lyric box office at (404) 377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.
Sept. 4, 6 – 10 PM. Brew With A View/Art Walk. Arts aficionados can admire the fine paintings of Claire Dunaway, see the artist at work, and catch a glimpse of Glover Park while enjoying a cold beverage on The Strand’s roof top terrace bar during Marietta’s First Friday Art Walk.
Sept. 5, 1 – 10 PM. Brew With A View/Art in the Park. Brew With A View offers a beautiful aerial view of the Marietta Square’s Art in the Park Festival this Labor Day weekend. The Strand’s terrace offers festival-goers a chance to rest their feet and enjoy an ice cold beverage on the popular roof top after checking out hundreds of local artists. The bar will stay open after the festival is over on Saturday until 10 PM. No cover charge. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda, and bottled water available for enjoyment. Cash and credit accepted.
Sept. 6 & 7 1 – 5 PM. Brew With A View/Art in the Park. Brew With A View offers a beautiful aerial view of Art in the Park this Labor Day weekend. The Strand’s terrace offers festival-goers a chance to rest their feet and enjoy an ice cold beverage on the popular roof top after checking out hundreds of local artists’ work. No cover charge. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda, and bottled water available for enjoyment. Cash and credit accepted.
Sept 13, 6 PM. A Lyrical 30th Celebration. Benefitting the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre at a cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres on The Strand’s roof top terrace and with fabulous entertainment – a stage performance featuring renowned vocalist Dan Britt, the Lyric Combo band & Friends. This evening promises to be entertaining! Suggested donation is $30 in celebration of 30 years! Tickets available through The Lyric box office at 404-377-9948 or www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.
Sept. 26, 7 PM. Still Swinging: The Les Still Big Band. Unlike anything at The Strand since the reopening, this authentic 22-piece big band presents a spectacular concert of the most famous standards of the Swing Era. Swoon and jive to the best of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. You’ll swear you haven’t had this much fun since zoot suits and running boards. Tickets range $22 to $25.
Sept. 27, 6:30 PM. 2009 MAT Awards Ceremony. Awards Ceremony for Atlanta area semi-professional and community theaters. Hosted by Jeff McKerley. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. For tickets and more information, visit www.matawards.com.
Mondays & Fridays. Behind-the-Scenes at The Strand. Want to sneak a “behind-the-scenes” peek at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre? The Strand now offers guided tours of the historic theatre and event rental space. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the theatre dating back to the 1930s, recent renovation efforts and fun facts about the theatre business. Tours are offered Monday and Friday mornings at 10 AM. Tickets are $5.
More information is available at www.EarlSmithStrand.org or 770-293-0080, The Strand box office, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM or two hours before the show. Unless specified otherwise in the description above, tickets can be purchased at The Strand’s box office. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, Ga.