Aurora hosts two events for the weekend


Photo: Metro Jazz Club On Saturday, the Aurora Theatre hosts Swing Nights with Metro Jazz Cub performing songs from the Big Band Era, and funk and rock 'n' roll classics

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If you need to laugh off the week or enjoy a night dancing with your honey, the Aurora Theatre has you covered this weekend.

As part of its Funny Fridays season finale, the venue invited three comedians to take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight. Headlining the show is Andy Sandford. He's known for playing himself on Adult Swim's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." Sandford has also has shared the stage with some big names of comedy, like Brian Regan, Emo Phillips, Greg Proops, Margaret Cho and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Accompanying Sandford tonight is Mia Jackson, a comedian who has recently appeared on Oxygen's "Girls Behaving Badly" and TLC's "Wild Weddings." She was also a writer on BET/Centric's re-launch of the "Soul Train Awards."

Emcee for the evening is Debra Cole, who is known to Atlanta comedy enthusiasts for her wry humor and rapid-fire style. She is known to chat about everything from combating chronic dry eye to being rejected by eHarmony.

Tickets are $15.

Saturday is set for the dancers. At 8 p.m., the Aurora is hosting a Swing Nights "Rock, Roll & Remember" concert with music played by the 17-piece Metro Jazz Club. The night is filled with the most popular selections from the Big Band Era as well as funk and rock 'n' roll hits from the '70s and '80s.

Metro Jazz Club is led by jazz sax player Gary Dalton with Jason Joines and Amanda Richards belting out the tunes.

Leading as the emcee of the night is the Aurora's Associate Producer and resident Musical Director Ann-Carol Pence. Accompanying Pence through the evening is guest vocalist Michael Stiggers, who is no stranger to singing on stage. He has performed on the Aurora's stage recently in the children's musical "Petite Rouge," and is playing the role of Marius in the season opener of "Les Miserables."

Tickets are $18. For more information about the events, visit www.auroratheatre.com.