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What are you doing this weekend? April 17-20

Easter eggs, Earth Day, and some very special “bunnies”

You can literally have a “hoppy” holiday this Easter with SweetWater’s annual beer shebang or celebrate the old fashioned way with one of the city’s many egg hunts. Plus, a way to give back to the planet and travel back in time.

SweetWater 420 Fest
The hometown brewer celebrates its tenth annual festival with a move to a big venue: Centennial Olympic Park. Come for the craft beer, bands, artists, and food. Stay for the cutthroat cornhole competition. (We’re not kidding; it’s ruthless.) Friday through Sunday. sweetwater420fest.com

Eggstravaganza
Callanwolde’s annual egg hunt features a bake sale, arts and crafts, and, of course, the Bunny himself. Keep an eye out for the three golden eggs, which can be exchanged for prizes. Saturday 10 a.m. callenwolde.org

Naughty Egg Hunt and Family Easter Egg Hunt
Serenbe Playhouse hosts an entirely different type of Easter “bunnies” during its inaugural 21-and-over event, featuring games, prizes, and intriguingly, carrot juice cocktails. The theater hosts a polar opposite event the following morning—a kids’ egg hunt with the ever-wholesome Dorothy and Toto. Naughty: Friday, 8 p.m.; Family: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. serenbeplayhouse.com

Hop in the Park
If you’re exhausted by egg hunts, try this Atlantic Station Easter alternative, which features games and activities for kids with no extra candy/ultra-breakable plastic eggs to haul home. Saturday, 1 p.m. atlanticstation.com

Earth Day on the BeltLine
Yes, the bamboo along BeltLine’s Northeast Hiking Trail looks pretty, but it’s also invasive, which is bad news for natural ecosystems. Help clear it out just in time for our planet’s holiday. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. beltline.org

Georgia Renaissance Festival  
History buffs debate why the festival has so many medieval-themed activities. The rest of us wonder what makes those New World turkey "legges" appealing. Ren Fest returns with a new show, Sirena!—a mashup of undersea sirens and drumming. Because, why not? Saturday through June 8. garenfest.com

Spring Fling with Wild Things
A tour of the Fox Theatre alone is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with your kid. But a tour that also features animals from the Atlanta Zoo’s Zoomobile? Sign us up. Saturdays through May 17. foxtheatre.org


 

Preview: TLC’s Chilli gets bootylicious for “Celebrities Undercover”

The singer appears in Oxygen’s new reality series on April 22

Photograph courtesy of Oxygen

TLC member and Atlanta native Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas is no stranger to reality TV, but fans might have trouble recognizing her in latest gig on Oxygen’s Celebrities Undercover. The hidden camera show from executive producers Wendy Williams and Kim Kardashian transforms celebrities into everyday people using wigs and prosthetics and sends them into staged situations to discover what fans really say about them. In the episode premiering April 22, which also features former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon, Chilli transforms into Denise, a “bitchy and ornery” casting director hiring dancers for a TLC music video, in order to find out if the girls auditioning think the Grammy-award winning R&B group is “still a force to be reckoned with.” She later reveals true self to the dancers.

Here’s what she had to say about the episode:

On her disguise: I have a wonderful fat suit on. I’ve always dreamed of having a ginormous butt with hips to no end and all that goodness. It’s just nice, extra bootylicious everywhere. And I had on a prosthetic nose. That was a little challenging because you have to get used to it, a foreign object on your face.

On the wig: I’ll be honest with you—I don’t know how people wear wigs! How, oh my gosh, I think it is difficult because of the stocking thing that you have to put over your hair so that the wig is flat, but to me, that’s just more trouble. It’s like, forget it, just wear your hair out! That and it’s itchy, aw man! It’s crazy.

On Denise’s hair color: I tried to go blonde, but it just did not come across good next to my skin. You have to have the right undertones no matter what your nationality is to pull off blonde. And I really wanted to be a blonde with a fat ass.

On the one thing that went wrong: The only trouble I had was with the prosthetic nose. It was kind of lifting a little bit on the side, and I had to get another one. That little sucker. That’s why I didn’t want to get up too close to the dancers that were auditioning. I was so paranoid.

On the reveal: I got out there, and I kinda felt like, “You know what, let me show y’all how to do these TLC dances.” I started to do TLC stuff and unveil myself—I can’t remember if I snatched my nose off or my wig or something. I went all crazy. It was hilarious.

On reality shows: I don’t like all reality TV. Some of it I just will not watch. I like, for the most part, it’s as real as you can get. And that’s not always good for a lot of celebrities, for you to really be able to see the real person. Sometimes it’s just best for people to just know about your talents. But for me, I think some of the shows are just refreshing. That’s why I wanted to be a part of this show because I thought it was very different. There’s not a reality show on TV like this.

And while this particular experience was fake, TLC’s resurgence is not—Chilli and T-Boz will tour internationally this summer.

Check out a preview clip on Oxygen’s website.

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