For the past two decades, Uptown Comedy Corner's small stage has hosted big acts such as Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle, as well as weekly up-and-coming comedic talent. While watching performers' standup routines, guests can sip on cocktails and indulge in hearty American cuisine such as wings, half-pound hamburgers, and onion rings.
One of the great surprises about Atlanta is its bustling local theater scene. Actor’s Express is one of the most reliable and innovative groups in town, always focusing on challenging, creative work. Located in the King Plow Arts Center in West Midtown, the theater itself is rather intimate. You can easily spot the actors in the lobby after the show to congratulate them on a job well done, but the quality is equal to that of Atlanta’s larger, haughtier venues. Founded in 1988, Actor’s Express has always believed in pushing the boundaries of the local theater scene, as evidenced by recent productions like the sexy drama Venus in Fur and the historical rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. They also incorporate classics like Equus and Kiss of the Spider Woman into their seasons. Annual subscriptions are available, which make for an inexpensive and interesting gift.
Blue Mark Studios thrives inside the refurbished halls of century-old St. James Church by regularly hosting exhibitions of newly discovered artists from around the U.S. In addition to traditional art exhibitions, Blue Mark's resident artists load the studio's calendar of events with countless openings, fashion shows, dance parties, and art lessons. They craft their works in private studios on the premises, ranging from ceramics to visual FX and 3D media. They often sell their pieces to people wishing to display art in their home or on their bumper.
Sprawled across more than 300,000 square feet inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Bracket Town Refreshed by Coca-Cola Zero unites hoops fans of all ages during Final Four weekend with four full days of family-friendly fun and activities. Throughout each day of the event, iconic coaches and former college stars stop by to supe up sports memorabilia with autographs. Three-on-three tournaments, youth clinics, and various other games challenge participants' athletic skills, and live video chats with team personnel illustrates how basketball will be coached in the future. On Saturday, surefire NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will be on hand for the Legends Game, and on Monday, sharpshooting prowess gets put to the test during a massive round of Knockout. Live performances throughout the weekend ensure crowds remain energized, serving up doses of inspiration with spirited jams and a chorus of referee whistles.