Nabbing the top spot in Jezebel Magazine?s Best of 2013 contest for best night club, Opera Nightclub presents old-fashioned red-curtain glamour. After cracking the dress code, VIPs can romp freely through all areas under the club?s 100-foot ceilings, including a VIP-only upstairs area with cozy private nooks. Cash in two drink tickets for a beer or a cocktail to delicately balance while finally perfecting the Super Bowl Shuffle, or take in the deck?s panoramic view of the city and its galactic ceiling. Opera?s crowd-charming DJs spin top 40 hits alongside genre-specific jams, catering to hip-hop hankerings and salsa appetites alike.
In its 25th season, the Georgia Shakespeare theater company continually ranks as one of Atlanta's critical favorites, producing bold, stirring renditions of Shakespearean classics, as well as works by the best writers of every generation. With today's deal, slip on your summer armor and pull Excalibur out of your Toyota's engine block for the theater's family-friendly performance of T.H. White's The Legend of the Sword in the Stone, part of the Family Classics Series, which portrays the relationship between the future King Arthur and the wise wizard Merlin.
If you're hungry for laughs, hunger no further than Dad's Garage Theatre Company, voted Creative Loafing's Reader's Pick for Best Theater Company and Best Improv Group five years in a row. Today's Groupon gets you and your friends (buy up to four Groupons to share) into any one of Dad's Garage Thursday through Saturday improv or scripted shows at Inman Park near Little Five Points, including:
Flush with cash during the Roaring Twenties, Atlanta's Shriners set out to build a magnificent monument for their headquarters, dubbed the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque. The structure was to feature grandiose architectural touches such as towering minarets and onion domes. When a teetering economy threatened construction, the Shriners sold the building to film mogul William Fox, who finished the space as a movie palace with virtually no changes to its extravagant design. As splendid as the exterior was, audiences were unprepared for the interior. After seeing it for the first time, one Atlanta Journal reporter breathlessly remarked on the "picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur" on display.
Crafted to resemble the courtyard of a Moorish castle, the main hall's decorations begin in the back with a faux canopy of plaster and steel stretching over the rear balcony. Stone parapets wrap around the sides, culminating in a towering proscenium arch illuminated by hanging lanterns and overhung with persian rugs. Above, a blue ceiling sparkles with hundreds of recessed light bulbs, which refract through three-inch crystals. Projected clouds drift across this simulated starry night and rain on anyone who texts during a show.
The final jewel in the theater's gilded crown is the The Mighty Mo Organ. The second-largest theater organ in the world, the Mighty Mo was custom-built in 1929 for the princely sum of $42,000 to accompany any movie or live production. The instrument’s richly textured sounds erupt from 3,622 pipes of varying length, with the smallest no larger than a pen and the largest spanning five feet in diameter. Adding to the Mighty Mo's sonic tapestry is an internal glockenspiel, marimba, and xylophone, plus a system by which the stage's grand piano can be played remotely. The Mighty Mo also mimics thunder, steamboat whistles, saxophones, and its parents' voices when they're not around.
For more than a century, the cheery red brick and stark white pillars of The Tabernacle have looked out upon Atlanta. Originally the Broughton Tabernacle, the 1910 building served as a Baptist meeting place until the dispersal of its congregation in the mid-?80s. The building reopened as a music venue in 1996. Now, The Tabernacle treads the line between its history and current use, with the grandiose main hall?s stage still backed by the towering tubes of a pipe organ, and the light from its stained-glass windows filtering in on ornate chandeliers and professional speaker systems.
After meticulous restoration, the Buckhead Theatre celebrates its one-year anniversary in a weekend onslaught of electric and eclectic talent that embraces the unalloyed musical heritage of the Southeast. Friday night’s festivities start at 7 p.m. inside Buckhead’s scenic Spanish-Baroque galley, where seminal Atlanta guitar-slingers Drivin’ N' Cryin’ headline an evening of unimpeachable anthems that make fists pump hard enough to give the atmosphere a black eye. Saturday, the party moves outside from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m., where the renowned Athens duo Chickasaw Mudd Puppies hitches a sonic ride across melodious swamps, spearheading 13 bands and 10 hours of family-friendly music, revelry, and architecture appreciation.