Highlights of Nov. Events

By Tripp Liles
If you have a pulse then surely you are a fan of Monty Python, right? I mean what’s not to love? Beyond their numerous hilarious movies and TV shows they were also a stage troupe and Python legend John Cleese will be performing in Atlanta on Nov. 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Cleese has a long history of success starring in numerous sitcoms and movies but will always be known for his work in Monty Python. He is on the road celebrating Monty Python and the Holy Grail as he waxes nostalgically through all things Python.

This is a great opportunity to see a comedic legend in person as he hits the stage sharing stories of his life and career plus a Q&A with the audience. You may finally find out the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow! Before John silly walks, the audience will get to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail on the big screen prior to his show. The worst that could happen is you’ll get a flesh wound. For tickets and info visit www.johncleeselive.com.

The holiday season approaches, and with it, come opportunities to see a different side of local life. This is the time of year when community is emphasized and there is no better example of that than all of the events and activities the folks at the Roswell CVB have in store.

In November you can kick off the holidays with a trip to the Roswell Visitors Center. No, you don’t have to be a visitor to visit. As a matter of fact, it’s a great place to learn about stuff that is right under your nose and you probably had no idea it was here. Over the next two months they will feature a variety of celebrations in numerous locations. The three historic homes are dressed in seasonal splendor and open for tours. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get a close look at history. Beyond that there are festivities in the shopping districts, music, dance, art, and theatre all to explore. To discover all that they have, stop by the visitors center located on the Historic Square in Roswell at 617 Atlanta Street in Roswell or visit their site at www.visitroswellga.com.

If you’re not quite ready for the holidays and are looking for something different, there is still plenty to do in November.

If you are into retro stuff then a trip up to Cumming is in store for the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12 for the 16th Annual Cumming Steam, Antique and Gas Engine Expo. They will feature a wide variety of working machines such as sawmills, cotton gins… you name it. This is a great opportunity for kids to explore the old-school technology. Before long we will all be in electric cars so get out and touch history. The event is held at the Cumming Fairgrounds at 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming. For more info visit www.capa-ga.com.

And if that isn’t enough retro for you then a trip to the Atlanta Steampunk Exposition is in order. Held at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest Nov. 17–19, this is an event that celebrates all that is fun and exciting about old stuff. Whether you’re a dyed in the wool enthusiast complete with top hat and monocle or a newbie that is curious, this convention will have it for you.  They will have panels discussing the various happenings within the Steampunk world, authors of numerous books, guests who revel in talking about their craft and love for all that is steampunk, and vendors selling everything from A to Z. For more info visit www.atlantasteampunkexpo.com.

If Jazz is your thing then the Marriott in Buckhead has you covered on Nov. 18th with a special performance by national recording artist Chris Mitchell. His repertoire includes jazz standards such as “The Girl From Ipanema,” instrumental covers of big-band tunes such as “Fly Me To The Moon,” and silk-smooth versions of R&B/Contemporary hits such as “I Will Always Love You.” His latest effort is titled I Found Forever, a collection of romantic Bossa nova Jazz, including the album’s lead single “Tequila Nights”. He will be performing with five-time Grammy nominee pianist Philip Cornish. This is a family-friendly concert and a great time to introduce kids to great music. You can meet Chris before the show at 7 p.m. with the concert following at 7:30. The Marriott Buckhead is located at 3300 Lenox Road in Atlanta, it’s that place south of us with all the big buildings.