Picks include a patriotic play and plenty of puppets

Stay in patriotic spirit

Independence Day may have come and passed, but ART Station is looking to keep the patriotic atmosphere going strong with performances of "The Andrews Brothers." Telling of misadventures, mistaken identities and World War II heroes, "The Andrews Brothers" puts a new spin on the idea of supporting the cause.

The Andrews brothers - Patrick, Max and Lawrence - are unable to serve in the war because of health concerns, but they decide to pay tribute to the country as stage managers for a USO show. When the Andrews Sisters are forced to cancel their show, the brothers take charge, don wigs, dresses and a bit of padding, and hit the stage as replacements. Needless to say, this red, white and blue romp promises to deliver a good time.

"The Andrews Brothers" will be performed Wednesday through Aug. 12 at ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $19 for seniors and students. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Fox screens new, old classics

Every summer, the Fox Theatre opens its doors to big-screen favorites, with screenings of new and old classics during its Summer Film Festival. This week, the fabulous Fox will wheel down the big screen for three family flicks.

"Meet the Robinsons," the story of a futuristic family, will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by the tried-and-true "Wizard of Oz" at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and the entire knockout cast of the movie-musical "Dreamgirls" will hit the screen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Prior to each screening, a 45-minute sing-a-long with the Fox's famed Mighty Mo organ will be held. Tickets are $7. Call 404-817-8700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.foxtheatre.org.

Find beauty in puppets

Puppets are always fun, and when they are re-enacting a time-loved tale with a twist, it's even doubly so. The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will perform "Beauty and the Beast" through Sunday, but the center's retelling of the children's tale isn't what audiences are used to seeing.

Instead of emulating Disney's 1991 animated classic, the puppetry center has updated the play to reflect the current state of our world, with a modern, urban set, hip-hop tunes and Spanish phrases. The center has also turned trash into treasure, making the puppets from old shopping bags, umbrellas and brooms.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. Shows will begin at 10 a.m. and noon today; at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 and include the show, a create-a-puppet workshop and admission to the puppet museum. Call 404-879-3391 or visit www.puppet.org.