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Events and Performances taking place this month

February 1 - 24
Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
Sychronicty Theatre
The musical Bob Marley's Three Little Birds is written by the late reggae legend's eldest daughter Cedella. The story centers on Ziggy (Patrick Coleman), a shy Jamaican child who hides from his fears of hurricanes, mongooses and evil spirits at home, watching TV. A bird, his mom and his nagging neighbor coax him out to face his demons and enjoy life. Cedella Marley's story brings, "a little bit of Jamaica to kids who probably never heard of it," and shares Bob Marley's message of peace and love with a new generation of songbirds.

February 2, 5, 8 & 10
Dead Man Walking
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
A true story that spawned a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking tells of Sister Helen Prejean and her time as spiritual advisor to Joseph de Rocher, a murderer on death row. Dead Man Walking is the most performed new American opera of the 21st Century. Don't miss this magnificent work that will penetrate your heart and mind, starring superstar mezzo-soprano and Georgia native Jamie Barton as Sister Helen and Michael Mayes as de Rocher.

February 7 - 23
Porcelain
Out Front Theatre Company
Porcelain takes a look into the life of John, a 19-year-old gay Chinese-British man in London, who works for his immigrant father's restaurant. His performance on his "A level" exams has granted him acceptance to an upcoming term at Cambridge University, but he is restless, lonely and unsure of his identity. As a result, he takes temporary solace in hooking up with strange men in public bathrooms. Chay Yew's racially charged thriller was originally produced at London's Etcetera Theatre. Tickets at outfronttheatre.com.

Friday & Sat February 8 & 9
Emory's Jazz Fest 2019
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Revered as both a torchbearer and a storyteller, jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin possesses a voice hailed for crystalline clarity, hearth-like warmth, and playful lioness sass. The Cleveland native takes the stage on Friday, February 8th at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with the Gary Motley Trio to kick off Emory University's Jazz Fest 2019. Tickets for Vanessa Rubin are $20 and can be purchased at arts.emory.edu/boxoffice. The general public is also invited to observe free jazz master classes on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. Jazz Fest 2019 closes on Saturday, February 9 with Emory's Big Band, led by Gary Motley and joined by Kenny Davis, and Winard Harper. Tickets to Saturday's concert are free, but required.

Thursday, 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 atlantabg.org.

Saturday, February 16
Itzhak Perlman
The City of Sandy Springs, in partnership with the Sandy Springs Society and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, present a recital by renowned artist Itzhak Perlman. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry but also his irrepressible joy of making music.

Opens Friday, February 22
Cyclorama: The Big Picture
Atlanta History Center
The restored Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting is the centerpiece of this multi-media experience. This 132 year old hand painted work of art stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, weighs 10,000 pounds, and is only one of two cycloramas in the United States. The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting is a full-color, three-dimensional illusion designed to transport viewers onto the battlefield. The 1886 painting was a visual story about the Battle of Atlanta, but over time it has evolved into an artifact with its own fascinating story. Cyclorama: The Big Picture provides a 360-degree perspective of history through the lens of Atlanta's largest painting. Visit atlantahistorycenter.com.

Saturday, March 9
Brunch Festival
Atlantic Station
The 4th 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 Mary's, 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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