Today

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will close the 2008 Arts Council Peace Series at 8 p.m. today at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Call 770-534-2787 to purchase tickets.

Saturday

The Atlanta Workshop Players and The Dancer's Studio are sponsoring the Rivermont Square Festival, a kick-off of fall performances and classes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rivermont Square, 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, Alpharetta. For more information, call 770-998-8111 or visit www.atlantaworkshopplayers.com.

Aug. 9

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is hosting a Plant Lovers' Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9. Iris, daylilies, begonias, African violets and related gesneriads will be on sale. Mini-seminars will be held throughout the day with experts from each plant group presenting. Entry to the plant sale included with garden admission.

Aug. 22

Broadway actress Jasmine Guy will present the Tony-Award winning production of "For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" from Aug. 22 through Sept. 7 at the 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St., Atlanta. For tickets, visit www.ikamproductions.com. For more information, contact 404-733-4738.

Aug. 23

Victoria's Friends invites Don Piper, author of "90 Minutes in Heaven - a True Story of Death and Life" at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at the City of Refuge Inc. at 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. (formerly Simpson Road), Atlanta. Cost is free. For more information, call 678-614-0045 or visit www.victoriasfriends.com.

Aug. 30

Premier Exhibitions Inc. will exhibit "Dialog in the Dark" from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Station Exhibition Center. The exhibit will open Aug. 30 and tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors/military and $16 for children. For more information, contact www.dialogtickets.com.

Sept. 1

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is celebrating its second anniversary Sept. 1 by opening an exhibition of folk pottery representing cultures around the world. The exhibition is temporary and will be on display for one year. The museum, located on Georgia Highway 255, is open from 10 a.m. to

5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 706-878-3300 or visit www.folkpotterymuseum.com.

Sept. 5

"Snake Eyes," a new exhibition of photographs by Jody Fausett, will be on display from Sept. 5 through Oct. 11 at Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Avenue, beginning with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment.

Sept. 12

The Atlanta Arts Festival will return to Piedmont Park. The festival will run from Sept. 12 to 14. Tickets cost $15 in advance for the Friday preview party, $20 at the door, Saturday and Sunday admission is free. Call 404-577-8686 for more information or info@360media.net.

Sept. 20

Flowery Branch is hosting its 5th annual Car Show and Chili Cook Off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 on Main Street. There will be two types of chili competitions - an open category and one for CASI chili. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for the car show and the cook off. Call Charlotte at 678-698-1387 for more information. All proceeds go to Coats for Kids.

Sept. 27

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will hold a Dahlia Show from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Blue ribbon dahlias of every size and color from pompoms to dinner-plates and from white to purple-black will fill Mershon Hall. After the show, 500 blooms will be given out to garden visitors for free.

Garden of Eden Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 27 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Oct. 4

The fifth annual Art in the Square art festival will take place Oct. 4 in Gainesville's historic downtown, Main Street. The one-day event will feature artwork, professional artists and children's activities. For more information, contact Joe Burnett at 770-297-1141 or Anne Brodie Hill at 770-718-7586.

Oct. 11

Taste of Atlanta 2008 will be held at Atlantic Station, 17th Street, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12. There will be live entertainment, local and national celebrity chefs and a wine experience for VIP ticket holders. Visit www.tasteofatlanta.com.

Ongoing events

The ART Station Theatre presents "Bingo: The Winning New Musical" at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 17. The theater is located at 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain Village. Tickets are available online at www.artstation.org or by calling the ART Station Box Office at 770-469-1105.

The ART Station Contemporary Arts Center will present three new exhibitions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 23 in the ART Station Galleries. The new exhibitions are ART from the Heart-Portraits of Georgia's Fallen Heroes, Off the Edge art by Bob McGill and ART Station Member Juried Exhibition. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or e-mail hillaryh@artstation.org.

"Cocktails in the Garden" will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 25 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission is $12 for non-members and free for Garden members. Full cash bar is available. Sign up to receive monthly e-vites at www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Art Gallery Photography Exhibition of "Georgia's Last Wild Places" by photographer Marc Del Santro will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The work will be located in the Art Gallery in the Center for Conservation and Education adjacent to the Fuqua Orchid Center.

"The Louvre and the Ancient World" will be on display through Sept. 7 at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. The exhibit is part of the Paris at the Woodruff and Louvre Atlanta series. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.parisatthewoodruff.org.