Weekend best bets: March 9-11
Stage: After being swept away from her parents, Little Noodle must journey across the grocery store to find her way home in “Adventures of Little Noodle.” It continues through April 1 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Stage: In “I Just Stopped By to See the Man,” three lost souls collide with a musical landscape choked with the loss and beauty of the Delta blues. The show opens March 9 and continues through April 8 at the Alliance Theatre.
Comedy: Tom Rhodes has been on HBO, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” filmed two half hour specials for “Comedy Central Presents” and hosted a late night talk show in Amsterdam for Dutch television. He’ll bring his stand-up comedy to the Punchline March 8-11.
Festival: Southeastern Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a celebration of the cowboy, his music, his poetry and more. There will be a chuck wagon cook-off along with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo contests. March 9-11 at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville.
Fair, families: Hit the midway and take a ride on some classic attractions at the Atlanta Fair, from the Ferris wheel and the merry- go-round to more thrill-inducing rides. And don’t miss the deep- fried decadence of the food. It continues in the Turner Field Gray Parking lot through April 8.
Flowers: Join the Atlanta Orchid Society for the annual Atlanta Orchid Show and Sale. It starts at 9 a.m. March 9 and continues through March 11.
Visual arts: Some of the nation’s top craft artists converge at the American Craft Council Atlanta Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre through March 11
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company continues its chronological run through the Bard’s comedies with “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” The show continues through April 1 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.
Stage: Snow White may get more than she wishes for in “Snow White’s Birthday Surprises” when the evil Queen returns just when the Prince throws her a surprise birthday party. It runs through March 10 at New Dawn Theater Company in Duluth.
Stage: Three older gentlemen who share a large home need to rent out their fourth bedroom to help with the rent in “The New Kid on the Block.” Their problem seems answered when Will shows up, except Will turns out to be a woman. It runs through March 25 at Act1 Theater in Alpharetta.
Stage: In Synchronicity Theatre’s “Brilliant Traces,” a bedraggled young woman in full bridal gear breaks into a remote Alaska cabin, belts down some whiskey and faints. The young man she’s disturbed is amazed and bewildered, and annoyed at the forced cohabitation. The show continues through March 25 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Stage: Charlie’s shyness renders him helpless in conversation – so when a friend covers for him by telling the other guests in a rural Georgia mountain lodge that he speaks no English, Charlie ends up hearing more than he should in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production of “The Foreigner.” It continues through March 11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Stage: The self-described “giant nerds” at Dad’s Garage explore the eccentric and outlandish realm of sci-fi fandom in “Wrath of Con.” It runs through March 16.
Stage: “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a show-within-a-show about a die-hard musical fan who plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit, and the show magically comes to life. It continues through March 10 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.
Stage: “Red” is John Logan’s dramatic portrait of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. The Theatrical Outfit production continues at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta through March 11.
Stage: Horizon Theatre Company brings back its successful 2011 production, “Avenue Q, “ an upbeat, puppet-filled musical that is most definitely for grown-ups. It runs through April 1.
Stage, families: A swamp chorus sings backup in “Petite Rouge,” a foot-stomping, family-friendly zydeco musical steeped in hot sauce and based on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The Synchronicity Theatre production runs through March 25 at 7 Stages in Little Five Points.
Music, stage: The Atlanta Opera presents “The Golden Ticket,” a new comic opera based on Roald Dahl’s classic book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” also the inspiration for the film “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Performances are at 8 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 11 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Flowers: Spring is in the air and it’s popping out of the ground at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during “Atlanta Blooms.” Catch the profusion of hyacinths, crocuses, tulips and daffodils at this second annual floral tribute to the season of rebirth. Check the Garden’s website to see what’s in bloom. The event continues through April 29.
Stage: Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage examines the lives of four female former slaves in “Flyin’ West.” The women search for a better life in the West, away from the uncertainties of the post Civil War South. It continues through April 8 at Theatre In the Square in Marietta.
Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs Bach’s choral masterpiece, “St. Matthew’s Passion,” at 8 p.m. March 10 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Music: Celebrate with one of Atlanta’s most beloved singer-songwriters at the Shawn Mullins Birthday Bash. There will be two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. March 10 at Eddie’s Attic.
Music: The Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta hosts Jazz on the Square with flutist Althea Rene and saxophonist Jeff Sparks at 6 and 8 p.m. March 10.
Music: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is joined by pianist Martina Filjak for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert begins at 8 p.m. March 10 at the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University.
Music: The four women of Anonymous 4 will bring their stunning harmonies and medieval sacred music to Spivey Hall at 8:15 p.m. March 10.
Dance: The Trey McIntyre Project will be dancing to the music of Etta James, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others beginning at 8 p.m. March 10 a the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Music: Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra’s “Something Old, Something New” includes a new orchestral composition by Joel Puckett (the son of SCSO conductor Michael Puckett) along with works by Stravinsky’s and Suppé. The concert begins at 3 p.m. March 11 at Spivey Hall in Morrow.
For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments. Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.