Today

Charlotte Hughes, author of the bestselling book "Nutcase," will be at the Waldenbooks in the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. For more information, visit www.readcharlottehughes.com.

Saturday

The Atlanta Opera will present Verdi's Il trovatore at 8 p.m. Saturday and March 6, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. March 8 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.atlantaopera.org.

March 7

The Center for Puppetry Arts and the National Association of Chinese Americans-Atlanta host a Weekend of Chinese Culture March 7 and 8 at 1404 Spring St. in Atlanta. For more information

on tickets, visit www.puppet.org or call 404-873-3391.

March 14

The Arts Council hosts a performance by The John McAndrew Trio at

8 p.m. on March 14 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

March 22

Internationally renowned concert pianist Enrique Chia will perform a benefit show for St. Vincent de Paul Society at

4 p.m. March 22 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For tickets, visit www.woodruffcentertickets.org or call 404-733-5000.

April 17

The Arts Council hosts a performance by the Joe Grandsen Quartet at

8 p.m. on April 17 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

Sept. 29

The Atlanta Opera will host The Atlanta Opera Ball at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at St. Regis Atlanta, 88 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit www.atlantaopera.org.

Ongoing events

The Atlanta Ballet will present "The Firebird" for five performances March 26 to 29. For more information, call ticketmaster at 404-817-8700.

The ART Station will host works by Carol Washburn and a feature a new exhibit entitled "Inspired" by Barry Gregg through March 21 at the ART Station Contemporary Art Center, located at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

The Synchronicity Performance Group will perform "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Saturdays through March 8 at 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information on tickets and show times, call 404-484-8638 or visit www.synchro

theatre.com.

The Big Apple Circus will present "PLAY ON!" through March 7 at Stone Mountain Park. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

The High Museum of Art Atlanta presents "The Treasure of Ulysses David" through April 5 at the Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.high.org or call 404-733-4200.

The High Museum of Art Atlanta presents "The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army" through April 19 at the Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.high.org or call 404-733-4200.

The High Museum of Art Atlanta presents "Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Masterpiece" through Sept. 6 at the Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.high.org or call 404-733-4200.

The ART Station Theatre presents "Tea at Five" featuring Katharine Hepburn starting Sunday through March 15 at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays. For information on tickets, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Stone Mountain Park's Memorial Hall Museum hosts "Courage of Conviction: The African-American Soldier" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 31. For more information, visit www.stone

mountainpark.com.

Theatrical Outfit presents "Tent Meeting" from March 11 through April 5 at 84 Luckie St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.theatricaloutfit.org.