For all you fun-lovers out there, motto of “Work Hard. Play Harder” may suit you to a capital T. If so, then jump into Fridays at this happy establishment on South Cobb Drive. Although probably best known for wings and superior bar food, J.R. Crickets serves an assortment of fresh seafood such as shrimp and tilapia. This place is downright laid-back and fun, but Friday nights feature the added lures of crab legs for $6.99 from 3 p.m. 9 p.m., cocktails for a five spot, and the piece de resistance (French for “the best part”) is energetic DJ Sir Charles, who funks up the vibe with party music. And if you’ve been jonesin’ to get up in front of a crowd and belt out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Dancing Queen,” the raucous Friday night karaoke at J.R. Crickets is calling to you. We double-dog dare you.
Marietta Square is hosting two fantastic events this weekend that are certainly worth the short jaunt up Atlanta Road. Brew with a View at the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre and Marietta’s First Friday Art Walk can be enjoyed in tandem on Friday night. Brew with a View is a popular springtime shindig happening on the rooftop Cobb Terrace of the Strand Theatre. Enjoy meeting friends and sipping adult beverages from the cash bar while overlooking Glover Park and Kennesaw Mountain. Acclaimed by several local sources as one of the best things to do in Cobb County, Brew with a View showcases the scenic Marietta Square. Friday night, hometown singer/songwriter Collier Daily will play his signature original sound of country and pop, while Saturday night features Smyrna native Brett Schieber’s. Schieber’s indie pop sound has been compared to Death Cab for Cutie, Sufjan Stevens, and John Mayer. Music begins at 6 p.m. and there is no cover charge. On Friday evening, peruse the square’s myriad eclectic galleries, museums and cultural venues from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the self-guided First Friday Art Walk.
If your home needs updates, remodeling, a makeover, or if you’re just keen on “window shopping,” the 33rd Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show this weekend is the source for ideas and inspiration. Happening at Cobb Galleria Centre Friday through Sunday, this one-stop shop for all your home needs offers more 350 participating companies exhibiting their wares and services. Cool exhibits include an Artists’ Showcase, the See-through House, and numerous prize drawings. One even offers a chance to win a Fire Magic Diamond Echelon stainless steel grill valued at $9,500. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. For free admission to Atlanta’s most bodacious show for all things home, register at this link: www.hometalk.com/atlanta
In Atlanta, Spring means almost summer. And summer lends itself to thoughts of the beach, which inevitably leads to seafood. in Vinings Jubilee invites you to get sweet and lowdown at the Low Down Lobster Boil every Sunday evening from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. As the good people of SOHO themselves say, “It’s about lobster, corn, and beer. It’s about family and laughter. It’s all about food, wine and people.” This veritable feast costs $25 per person and features a 1.5-pound Maine lobster accompanied by fresh corn on the cob, spicy Andouille sausage, creamer potatoes and green salad. The perfect frosty beverage with which to pair this abundance? How about special $3 pints of Sweetwater 420? Color us convinced, because you had us at “lobster.” SOHO, which offers a vibrant atmosphere and eclectic, inventive menu, also offers a Dining Rewards program for frequent customers.
Weekend gardeners, listen up! Sure, you can patronize big box garden centers for your gardening needs, but wouldn’t it feel good to buy local? Horticulture Department students study landscaping, growing and caring for plants, floral design, and horticulture careers. To demonstrate their hard work and talent, the CHS Horticulture classes are holding a plant sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the CHS Greenhouse. A beautiful variety of colorful, inexpensive plants will be available for purchase, including geraniums, impatiens, begonias and Gerbera daisies, and black petunias. Ground covers include rudbekia and fountain grass. Among the large hanging baskets offered are ferns, coleius, and double impatiens. And if you love to cook with fresh herbs but find their cost prohibitive, why not try growing them yourself? Basil, rosemary, thyme, and peppermint are available. The CHS Greenhouse is located behind the 2000 building on Ward Street. Prices are as follows: 4-inch pots $2 - $3; 5-inch pots $3 - $4; 6 packs $2.50; and flats of 36 are $15. For more information, call 678-842-6850.