October At The Fox: Aretha, Shopkins And More

Midtown Atlanta is home to the Fabulous Fox Theatre and plenty of fab restaurants. How about dinner (or brunch) out and a really big show?
  • Yes, the Queen of Soul will be in town. (Courtesy of Fox Theatre/Matthew Jordan Smith photo)
    Yes, the Queen of Soul will be in town. (Courtesy of Fox Theatre/Matthew Jordan Smith photo)
  • All those Shopkins kids will be in Atlanta.
    All those Shopkins kids will be in Atlanta.
  • Prepare to laugh as the Fox welcomes David Sedaris. (Ingrid Christie photo)
    Prepare to laugh as the Fox welcomes David Sedaris. (Ingrid Christie photo)
  • PJ Masks are coming to fight crime in Atlanta.
    PJ Masks are coming to fight crime in Atlanta.
  • See Celie and Shug, again, when "The Color Purple" comes to the Fox. (Matthew Murphy photo)
    See Celie and Shug, again, when "The Color Purple" comes to the Fox. (Matthew Murphy photo)

If you love Midtown and you know it, check this out. Among the many things we Atlantans love about Midtown is our Fabulous Fox Theatre. Making Midtown even better are all the fantastic bars and restaurants in Atlanta’s heart of the arts. Starting with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” the October lineup at the Fox offers family fun, satire and beloved shows. Take a look.

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” Sept. 26 through Oct. 1
    Be sure to whistle a happy tune on the way to see this classic.
    Where to eat: Surin of Thailand, of course, in Virginia-Highland. 

  • Shopkins Live!, Oct. 7
    Those lovable toys come alive on stage. Jessiecake will be there, along with Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate and all the rest.
    Where to eat: Einstein’s, perfect for family dining.

  • Aretha, Oct. 13
    Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T, folks.
    Where to eat: Ecco – Only an eatery once voted the best new restaurant in America will do for the Queen of Soul.

  • Thugs and the Women who Love ‘Em,” Oct. 14 and 15
    Based on Wahida Clark’s popular book (and the series that follows), this one is for adults only.
    Where to get a cocktail, which you might need after this salty show: Choose from the 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Midtown

  • 2017 Christmas Cantata, Oct. 16
    The Gracias Christmas Cantata is one big message of hope.
    Where to eat: In the spirit of the show, share a plate at Community Smith

  • Cabaret for a Cause, Oct. 19
    Atlanta’s Courtenay Collins performs in the Egyptian Ballroom at this fund-raiser for the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
    Where to eat: Since the show is a benefit for kids, we think The Varsity is a great choice. 

  • PJ Masks Live!,” Oct. 21
    The TV series comes to life, complete with Watch Cowboy, Owlette, Gekko and The Baddies.
    Where to eat: Taco Mac, a hit with the kiddos. 

  • David Sedaris, Oct. 22
    Yes, it’s the master of satire and storyteller extraordinaire.
    Where to eat: Lobby Bar & Bistro because it seems like the kind of place Mr. Sedaris might like. 

  • The Color Purple,” Oct. 24 through Oct. 29
    Celie’s story never gets old, and we love to see it again and again.
    Where to eat: Hmm, someplace Celie would like. Perhaps Mary Mac’s Tea Room.

If you decide to take in a matinee instead of an evening performance of any of these shows, then consider brunch in Midtown.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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