Above: The Atlanta Boat Show will be at the World Congress Center January 10 through 13. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Boat Show.

The Arts

Brad Taylor authorMeet Author Brad Taylor

Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m. Brad Taylor is the New York Times bestselling author of over 12 novels. His latest, “Daughter of War,” is another heart-pounding thriller starring Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Gwinnett County Public Library, Peachtree Corners Branch, 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners 30092. Get details by calling 770-978-5154 or visiting gwinnettpl.org.

Callanwolde Artist Market

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27. Preview Party: Friday, 6-9 p.m. Market: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The market includes jury-selected artists from around the Southeast as well as from Callanwolde’s visual arts programs whose work appeals to sophisticated patrons. A wide variety of media will be represented among the original, yet affordable, artwork. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds support the center’s mission and programs. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30306. Call 404-872-5338 or visit callanwolde.org for more info.

Atlanta Radio Theatre logoAtlanta Radio Theatre Company Live

Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company performs live audio drama for adults at a wide variety of events such as DragonCon, Mythic Journeys and the World Fantasy Convention. They’ve been performing for 24 years with specific focus on science fiction, horror and fantasy. Come hear performances of adaptations and original literary favorites. Gwinnett County Public Library, Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024. Find additional info and more events at gwinnettpl.org.

An Evening of Lost and Found Jewish Musical Treasures

Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Joyce and Ramie Tritt Family Foundation and Congregation Etz Chaim invite you to a concert featuring our Scholar-in-Residence, Hankus Netsky, with vocalist Miryem-Khaye Siegel and violinist Abigale Reisman. Hebrew National Salvage is an evening of Hassidic melodies, gems from the Yiddish theatre, Klezmer dance tunes and Yiddish folksongs. Tickets are $20. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. Call the box office at 770-293-0080 or visit earlsmithstrand.org for tickets and additional info.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Friday, Feb. 1 & Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m. This is the only unscripted theatrical awards show, with fresh songs and scenes every night. Each show is different since it’s improvised. Master improvisers gather hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music and laughter. The audience then votes for their favorite song and the cast turns it into a full-blown musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plenty of plot twists. Part of the Performing Art Series. Tickets are $25 to $45. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs 30328. Call the box office for tickets and info at 770-206-2022 or go to citysprings.com.

Spruill Jewelry Market11th Annual Spruill Center Jewelry Market

Sunday, Feb. 10. The Student & Instructor Jewelry Market is a must-attend event for anyone who appreciates and supports art. The event falls just a few days before Valentine’s Day, and jewelry makes a great gift. You’ll also be shopping for a cause as the jewelry market is a fundraising event for Spruill Center for the Arts. Buy some beautiful jewelry and feel good about your purchase. Spruill Center for the Arts, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30338. Check for times and other details at spruillarts.org.

Learn Something

Afford Your Medication and Stay Out of the Donut Hole

Thursday, Jan. 10, 10-11 a.m. How do you find out through Medicare.gov what the best prescription drug plan is for you? Learn how to work with your doctor to formulate a plan for this year. Free; registration required. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082. Call 770-801-3400 or visit cobbcounty.org for more information.

Retirement planning graphicSocial Security Pre-Retirement Program

Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. & Friday, Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. Presented by Gwinnett County Public Library. Get tips from a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist and receive information about benefits and tools for you and your family. This is a great pre-planning opportunity to hear a specialist and get answers to your questions. The program will be held on Jan. 12 program at the Suwanee Branch, 361 Main Street, Suwanee 30024, and on Jan. 18 at the Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville 30043. For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit gwinnettpl.org.

Marist Evening Series

On-site registration on Monday, Jan. 14, 6-7 p.m. Online registration is open through Sunday, Jan. 13. Classes held on Mondays, Jan. 14, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m. The series offers three evenings of courses for adults with topics that include: religion and spirituality; self-discovery, art history; photography; history and culture; and technology. Onsite registration held in the Marist School cafeteria. Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta 30319. Detailed course catalog with costs and online registration at marist.com/eveningseries. If you have any questions, contact Katie Brown at brownk@marist.com or call 770-936-6491.

Publix Cooking SchoolEuropean Bakeshop

Thursday, Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn diverse baking techniques and tackle challenging recipes from the other side of the Atlantic. European pastry is more than croissants and scones! $45 per seat. Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta 30005. Call 770-751-8560 for details and to reserve your spot.

Training the Brain

Thursday, Feb. 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how brain-based therapy exercises and chiropractic neurology treatments could improve physical and mental function for people with movement disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and other health problems by creating new neurological pathways in the brain. Free; registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. To find out more, call 770-528-5355 or visit cobbcounty.org.

Special Events

Atlanta Boat Show2019 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show

Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 10-13; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For the show’s 57th year, visitors will find nearly 700 new boats, including houseboats, and enjoy interactive features and activities for families, boaters and anglers of all experience levels. Special eventsinclude the Boats & Brews Happy Hour, Nautical Knowledge Career Day and a new Touch-a-Boat Tour. There’ll also be seminars hosted by professional fishermen, sailors and boaters as well as dealers offering special pricing for show visitors. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older; youth 12 and under are free, when accompanied by a paid adult. Discounts of $3 are available for advance online tickets and for military, law enforcement and firefighters, with valid ID. Georgia World Congress Center, Hall A, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta 30313. For tickets and more info, visit AtlantaBoatShow.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at AHC: Free Admission All Day

Monday, January 21, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center and Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Special programming is featured that spotlights the contributions and stories of African-Americans in Atlanta. Among the highlights is a 1 p.m. screening of Frederick Lewis’ documentary “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask,” about the life and legacy of the first African American writer to achieve national and international fame, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. Free. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta 30305.Visit AtlantaHistoryCenter.com to learn more.

Vitaly BeckmanAn Evening of Wonders starring Vitaly Beckman

Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) presents one of Canada’s top illusionists. Reputed as one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today, Vitaly will breathe innovation and artistry into the field of magic at the MJCCA for two shows only. Ticket prices are $20 to $28. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. For more info, visit atlantajcc.org/boxoffice or call 678-812-4002.

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