Above: It’s festival time again! The Lantern Parade is just one part of the Decatur Arts Festival, May 24-26. Courtesy of DecaturArtsFestival.com.

The Arts

Meet the Master of Barbecue Steve Raichlen

Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. The James Beard Award winning author and PBS star shares his handbook for mastering brisket, “The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat.” Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A silent auction and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, 10 College Street, Norcross 30071. Get details and learn about more events by calling 770-978-5154 or visiting gwinnettpl.org.

The Music of Chicago and the Beach Boys

Saturday, May 11, 8-11 p.m. The Georgia Players Guild presents the music of these two legendary bands. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. VIP tickets are available. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060. Visit earlsmithstrand.org or call the box office at 770-293-0080.

Jill Biden book coverA Page from the Book Festival: Jill Biden, Where the Light Enters

Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. The former second lady of the U.S. from 2009 to 2017 and Northern Virginia Community College professor Jill Biden shares her spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles in her new book, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.” Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338. For tickets, more upcoming events and info, visit atlantajcc.org or call 678-812-4002.

Robin Williams Tribute

Robin Williams tributeSaturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. David Born is an exact clone of the late Robin Williams in look, sound and style! A four time Las Vegas Award Winning Impersonator of Robin Williams, he is considered by many to be the best in the world. Tickets are $25.75 for seniors, $28.84 for adults and $20.60 for students. Chestatee High School Theatre, 3005 Sardis Road, Gainesville 30506. For tickets and more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit TheArtsCouncil.net.

A Raisin in the Sun

Runs May 31-June 9. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square presents Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play about dreams and family. The Younger family gets an insurance check from the death of the father, and tensions increase as each member of the family has their own idea how the money should be spent. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Get details and tickets at theatreinthesquare.net or by calling 770-426-4800.

LIVE! In Roswell presents Balsam Range with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble

Saturday, June 8, 8 p.m. Balsam Range has become one of the bluegrass genre’s most award-winning acts in recent years. In 2018, Balsam Range embarked on a collaboration with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble to create Mountain Overture, an album that takes the band’s most-loved songs and elevates them. Tickets are $30; $25 for seniors, military and students. Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075. For more info, visit RoswellCAC.com or call 770-594-6232.

Learn Something

Pixabay handsThe Loving Approach Family Education Series on Dementia

Wednesday, May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. This dementia skills education series, begun in December, is still open to family members and caregivers of people with brain change. It offers invaluable knowledge while providing guidance and a forum for questions and discussion. Free; registration is required. Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur 30033. Register by emailing wecare@orchardseniorliving.com or calling 404-775-0488. More at orchardseniorliving.com/brookhaven.

How to Write a Will

Will pixabayThursday, May 16, 6 p.m. Join the Gwinnett Chapter of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and Gwinnett Legal Aid for this will workshop. Attorneys will be on hand to go over the basics of estate planning strategies and assisting in filling out a will form. Free, but registration is required by emailing events@gwinnettpl.org. Gwinnett County Public Library, Hamilton Mill Branch, 3690 Braselton Highway, Dacula 30019. Get details and learn about more events by calling 770-978-5154 or visiting gwinnettpl.org.

Chattahoochee River Crossings

Thursday May 16, 7 to 8:30p.m. Join Friends of Lost Corner and local historian Clarke Ottenfor a lecture about the Chattahoochee River. For several centuries the river was part of the boundary of the Creek and Cherokee lands and has long presented a barrier and an opportunity to those who live on its banks. Many have made a name for themselves by meeting that challenge. Suggested donation of $5; pre-registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs 30328. For info and registration, go to friendsoflostcorner.org.

Family Forest Walk and Craft at Big Trees Preserve

Friday, May 24, 9-10:30 a.m. Come see some of the tallest trees in Sandy Springs, including Tulip Poplar and American Beech with Sandy Springs Naturalist Roseanne Guerra. Then, enjoy a short, guided walk through Big Trees Preserve. Free. Big Trees Preserve, 7645 Roswell Road, Atlanta 30350. Pre-registration requested at registration.sandyspringsga.gov.

Festivals

Decatur Arts Festival

Friday-Sunday, May 24-26. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Decatur once again celebrates the arts with an event that includes an ArtWalk, Artists Market, Kids Art, music, even a Friends of the Library book sale at the Decatur Public Library. General admission is free. For details on events and locations, click on decaturartsfestival.com.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

VaHi Summerfest logoFriday-Sunday, May 31, June 1 & 2. Friday, 8-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Acoustic Street Party on Friday kicks off Summerfest with the band Moontower as it performs favorites from the Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and more. The music continues throughout the 3-day festival, and there’ll also a 5K road race, Artists and Maker’s Markets, KidsFest, and plenty to eat and drink. Admission is free. Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive and John Howell Park. Details at vahisummerfest.org.

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