5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: January 23-27

Broadway shows, puppetry premieres, and battling marching bands



The Band's Visit things to do in Atlanta
The Band’s Visit

Photograph by Matthew Murphy

The Band’s Visit
When: Though January 26
Where: Fox Theatre
Cost: $35-$119
Details: The Tony Award-winning musical makes a short stop in Atlanta this weekend, telling the story of an Egyptian police band that becomes stranded in a small Israeli desert town, exploring the ways in which their lives and the lives of the townspeople intertwine.

A conversation with New York Times 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones
January 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College
Cost: Free
Details: New York Times editor Nikole Hannah-Jones will give a free talk at Morehouse about the New York Times Magazine‘s groundbreaking 1619 Project, a series of essays, articles, curriculum, and a podcast that examine slavery’s legacy, published in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves to America.

Honda Battle of the Bands
When: January 25, 3 p.m.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Cost: $10+
Details: The annual HBCU marching band extravaganza will feature performances from Benedict College, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Hampton University, Jackson State, North Carolina A&T State, Prairie View A&M, and Tennessee State.

Lunar New Year at Atlanta Chinatown Mall
When: January 25 and 26
Where: Atlanta Chinatown Mall
Cost: Free
Details: Celebrate the Year of the Rat with a lion and dragon dance, trivia, cultural activities, and of course, plenty of food (including free moon cake samples).

When: Through March 8
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
Cost: $19.50
Details: The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts the world premiere of this adaptation Janell Cannon’s children’s book about a baby bat taken in by a family of birds. Tickets include museum admission and opportunity to make your own Stellaluna puppet. Author Cannon will also host a VIP book signing this Saturday, along with a post-show conversation with artistic director Jon Ludwig and a meet-and-greet; tickets for those special events can be purchased here.