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What are you doing this weekend? February 27-March 2

Cardboard-clad costumers, storytelling marionettes, and a whole lotta crawfish

March is finally roaring in this weekend, and with it comes not only the promise of spring but celebrity chefs, art exhibits, and offbeat tributes.

Creativity Conversation 
The so-called Warhol of Walmart, painter Brendan O’Connell, joins the chair of Emory’s chemistry department and the director of the College Center for Creativity & Arts to discuss how the three areas (art, science, and creativity) intermingle. At Emory’s Carlos Museum. Thursday 4 p.m. arts.emory.edu

Karen Russell 
The acclaimed author of Swamplandia! discusses her new book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories, at the Margaret Mitchell House. Thursday 7 p.m. atlantahistorycenter.com

Coloring 
In the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center show, five artists showcase ways that color can “investigate formal, phenomenological, cultural, and historic issues.” Not sure what that means? Here’s an example: Anne Lindberg’s installations (see example above) that use threads to create cloud-like color masses. Through March 8. thecontemporary.org

Alton Brown 
The Atlanta-based TV host/chef/mad scientist brings his Edible Inevitable tour to the Fox. Friday 8 p.m. foxtheatre.org

Cardboard*Con 
The event describes itself succinctly being “about making cheap science-fiction and fantasy cardboard costumes and roaming among Downtown hotels.” Saturday 7 p.m. cardboardcon.com

Strolling of the Brides 
While many bridal exhibits take place in big convention centers or hotels, this weekend’s “Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll” will include a wine tasting and a chance to wander between a variety of vendors in hip loft spaces. Sunday, 12-6 p.m. eventbrite.com/e/castleberry-hill-bridal-stroll

Great Expectations 
If while reading this 1861 literary classic in high school­­ you ever thought, “Hey, this novel could really use some marionettes,” then your dream has finally come true. Puppeteer David Simpitch brings his hand-carved figures to the Center for Puppetry Arts this weekend, and yes, Miss Havisham looks as spooky as you’d expect. Through Sunday. puppet.org

Johnny Mercer Celebration 
Vocalist Carmen Bradford and trumpeter/vocalist (probably not at the same time) Joe Gransden join Georgia State’s Jazz Band at the Rialto Center to pay tribute to one of Savannah’s treasures. Friday 8 p.m.  rialto.gsu.edu

Mardi Gras Crawfish Boil 
Atlanta is nearly 500 miles away from Bourbon Street, but you’re guaranteed a few area restaurants and bars will be still be celebrating, including this shindig at Big Easy Grille that promises ample crawfish, drink specials, live music, and “general debauchery.” Saturday 11 a.m. facebook.com/bigeasygrille

Talking Heads’ Speaking in Tongues 
Local artists will be burning down the hou— err —Goat Farm with their interpretations of the 1983 album. The Good Food Truck will even be offering items themed around the record. Saturday 9 p.m. atl-collective.com

Sistagraphy
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the program that combines photographic arts, community outreach, and education for African American female photographers, an exhibition in the Atrium Gallery of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will present works from its members’ first decades, a preview of a book to be released in July. Through March 19. sistagraphy.wordpress.com