Sometimes it's hard to tell when the seasons change down South. If the thermometer were your only guide, it might not feel like autumn until Thanksgiving. Luckily, Atlanta's cultural scene is rich enough to draw the line between summer and fall. From state fairs to Swan Lake, Oktoberfest to Halloween, David Byrne to James Bond, this season has something for the high-culture lover in you, as well as its beer-chugging doppelganger.
AUGUST WILSON FULL CIRCLE (THROUGH SEPT. 28)
The Alliance Theatre dedicates its fall season to African-American playwright August Wilson, and stages his final two plays, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. Directed by Kenny Leon and Kent Gash, respectively, and performed in rotating repertory with the same company of actors, the shows mark the completion of Wilson's Century Cycle – 10 Wilson plays produced at the Alliance over the last 20 years. $25-$35. Times vary. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS (THROUGH OCT. 4)
Star 94's sixth annual Movies Under the Stars brings favorite children's movies to local parks throughout the fall. It's a smaller-scale version of Screen on the Green, and this fall's lineup includes Bee Movie, The Princess Bride and Juno. Free. Times and locations vary. 404-261-2970. www.star94.com.
YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL (SEPT. 4-7)
More than 500 artists from 38 states and two countries will showcase their crafts and folk art at the 2008 event. From live entertainment and clogging to festival foods, there's a little something for everyone at the four-day fest. Free with park entry. Thurs.-Fri. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Stone Mountain Park, special events meadow, U.S. 78. 770-498-5690. www.stonemountainpark.com/yellowdaisy.
FALCONS SEASON OPENER (SEPT. 7)
The last few years have been pretty rough for the Falcons. For the second year in a row, the team has a new head coach, Mike Smith, and a new quarterback, Matt Ryan. Maybe this time around it'll work out for owner Arthur Blank and all of us poor fans of the home team. The dirty birds start off their 2008 season at home against the Detroit Lions in a winnable game. This will be a good litmus test for what kind of season the Falcons will have. $45-$119. 1 p.m. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive. 770-965-3115. www.atlantafalcons.com.
FIESTA GEORGIA (SEPT. 7)
Kick off the Hispanic heritage month with Fiesta Georgia. Salvador de Lara, the consulate general of Mexico, will welcome the crowd to celebrate Latino culture with music and lots of food, including tortillas, tacos and empanadas. Three popular Mexican music groups will perform – Beto y Sus Canarios, Frasteros de San Luis, and Montéz de Durango – as well as other local musicians. Free. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Duluth Town Park, 1710 Defoor Ave. 404-350-0200. www.fiestageorgia.com.
CORNMEAL, DEJABLUE GRASS BAND (SEPT. 7)
They may be characterized under the same genre, but Chicago-based Cornmeal and Southern boys DejaBlue Grass Band carry two very different tunes. An acoustic-electric quintet, Cornmeal is cross-genre bluegrass, dippin' into improvisational rock, newgrass and folk that's routinely accented with show-stealing fiddle. Quickly becoming the kings of Atlanta bluegrass, the DejaBlue Grass Band separate themselves from the pack with well-oiled three-part harmonies and toe-tappin' covers. The group took a break in August after a hectic summer that included releasing its first album, Bucket Full of Rain, gigging around Georgia, and placing second at the 35th annual Telluride Festival. $10. 7 p.m. Smith's Ole Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
OTHER SOUND FESTIVAL (SEPT. 11-13)
The annual Other Sound fest returns for its fourth year to celebrate the local indie music scene. Dozens of local acts, including Chopper, Dropsonic and the Preakness are scheduled to perform at Wonder Root, Star Bar and the Earl. $5-$12. Times and locations vary. www.myspace.com/othersound.
BURN AFTER READING (OPENS SEPT. 12)
If the Coen brothers have a favorite genre, it's the chaotic noir film with strangers trying to swindle and possibly kill each other. (That counts as a genre, right?) They've mined the form for suspense (Blood Simple), humor (The Big Lebowski) and both at once (Fargo). After the bleak intensity of their Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men, the pendulum swings back to comedy for Burn After Reading, in which a pair of dim-witted gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) attempt to blackmail a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich). The high-tension hijinks include George Clooney and Tilda Swinton.
ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL (SEPT. 12-14)
Unlike Screen on the Green, the Dogwood Festival and the Peachtree Road Race finish line, the Atlanta Arts Festival remains at Piedmont Park in 2008. The annual event showcases paintings, photographs, sculptures and hand-blown glass works by more than 200 artists from around the country. Preview party: $15-$20. Festival: Free. Sept. 12, 4-8 p.m.; Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 400 Park Drive. 770-941-9660. www.atlantaartsfestival.com.
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