Around Town
Events and Performances taking place this month

January 31 - February 23
The Hobbit
Synchronicity Theatre
Synchronicity Theatre's production re-imagines J.R.R. Tolkien's classic masterpiece with five actors, acrobatics, and exciting fight scenes – all with a decidedly steam punk twist. Perfect for young and old adventurers alike, The Hobbit spins a tale of how with a little courage, even the smallest creatures can become heroes. Visit synchrotheatre.com.

Thursday - Sat February 6 - 8
Emory's Jazz Fest 2020
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Saxophonist Bob Mintzer, longtime member of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets, is what's known as a triple threat musician. He is equally active in the areas of performance, composing/arranging, and music education. The New York native takes the stage with the Gary Motley Trio to kick off Emory University's Jazz Fest 2020 on Friday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. Mintzer is joined by pianist and band leader Gary Motley, bassist Kenny Davis, and percussionist Emrah Kotan. The general public is also invited to observe free jazz master classes on Thursday, February 6 and Saturday, February 8. Saturday features a free ticketed big band event. Tickets at schwartz.emory.edu.

Saturday, February 8
Oyster Festival
Park Tavern
The Oyster Festival is a day long event that features live music from local bands, DJs, cold beer and other tasty beverages and tons of fresh raw, steamed, and fried oysters with plenty of cocktail sauce and crackers. Tickets include admission into the event and entertainment (bands and DJs). Food and beverage not included with ticket price. Tickets at parktavern.com.

Monday, February 10
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns for its 20th Anniversary season Monday, February 10. The Opening Night World Premiere of Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance, explores the historic relationship among civil rights pioneers, including many notable Atlanta leaders. A preshow reception, for sponsors and members only, will feature a food tasting with some of Atlanta's finest chefs. Visit ajff.org.

Thurs, Friday February 13,14
Valentine's Shows
Dad's Garage
Dad's Garage Valentine's Day Improv & Variety begin on the 13th with improv games based on audience stories of love gone right or wrong. Then on February 14th Vavianna Vardot's Valentine's Sex Party takes over the stage with burlesque and improve at 8pm followed by the lovable Sweater Puppies at 10:30pm. Visit Dadsgarage.com.

Saturday, February 16
Swann Princess
Cobb Energy Centre
Atlanta Ballet's production of The Swan Princess features all of the mystery and magic of the beloved classic Swan Lake, but fits the treasured story into a one-hour format for children that serves as a perfect introduction to ballet. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save Odette, the beautiful swan princess, from the reaches of the wicked Von Rothbart? The one-hour family ballet may be designed for audiences ages 12 and under, but will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Visit atlantaballet.com.

Friday, February 14
Valentines in the Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy an elegant evening of music, dancing, cocktails, desserts and orchids at the most romantic spot in Atlanta. Take a stroll through the tropical conservatories, sample heart-melting treats from top caterers, sip specialty cocktails from cash bars, dance to live music. Visit their website atlantabg.org for tickets.

Wednesday, February 26
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Fox Theatre
The Peabody Award-winning hit TV comedy comes to the Fox Theatre with an all-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Join show creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, and the world's greatest movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you on an exhilarating roller coaster ride through some of the cheesiest films ever made. Tickets at foxtheatre.org.

Saturday, March 7
Brunch Festival
Atlantic Station
The 5th annual Atlanta Brunch Fest will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 12-4pm, with VIP entry at 11am.
Close to 50 restaurants will be participating in the event and they will all bring their tastiest brunch items for the crowd to sample. There will be Bloody Marys, mimosas, Brunch Punch, as well as a selection of beer and wine to choose from. Live music as well as everyone's favorite, DJ Q-Tip, will get the crowd moving. Visit their website atlantabrunchfestival.com for list of restaurants and menu items.

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