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CHOW DOWN! A SOUTHERN FOODWAYS FESTIVAL! (SEPT. 14)
How does your region influence your foodways? And what are foodways, anyway? CHOW DOWN! teaches how location (in place and in time) affects a culture's eating habits. With plenty of cooking demonstrations on traditional and modern Southern food, Seminole cuisine, Civil War-era meals and more; hands-on crafts; and mouth-on edibles, this is one festival that will satisfy both body and mind. Free-$15. Noon-5 p.m. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.com.
ATLANTIS MUSIC CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL (SEPT. 17-20)
Now in its 11th year, the networking event crossed with a rock concert offers a platform for fresh, unsigned talent. More than 130 artists are already on board to perform over the course of the weekend, which also includes panel discussions by industry professionals such as music directors, top producers and indie labels. Prices, times and locations vary. 770-499-8600. www.atlantismusic.com.
INTERNATIONAL BLACK DOCUFEST (SEPT. 18-20)
Three-day documentary film festival focused on the diversity of black lives around the world. McCollum's Lens features Atlanta-based photographer Shannon McCollum, who's snapped official photos for OutKast, dead prez and Lil Jon. Homeland follows a Rwandan woman on a quest to learn about her country's history and legacy. A photography exhibit runs simultaneously with the film fest. Free. Times vary. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 678-687-9149. www.internationalblackdocufest.com/festival.html.
NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR (SEPT. 18-28)
City living can be so tame. Luckily, just north of our bustling metropolis in the far reaches of Marietta, the annual North Georgia State Fair's got a chain-saw carving auction, pig races and an alligator show. Not enough for ya? Catch a bit of the beautiful baby contest and then grab a funnel cake and hop on the Ferris wheel. Times vary. Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. 770-423-1330. www.northgeorgiastatefair.com.
CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL (SEPT. 19-OCT. 18)
Dad's Garage first produced Cannibal! The Musical 10 years ago, before it was a Broadway hit. Now, in honor of the show that helped the theater find its current success, Dad's Garage is bringing it back to the stage. Based on the 1996 film by "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker, the show boasts plenty of song, dance, American historical near-facts and gratuitous blood. $15-$25. 8 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.
EAST ATLANTA STRUT (SEPT. 20)
It's time to work it, y'all. EAV's scrappy neighborhood fest shows community spirit with a 5K run/walk, live music, artists' market and can't-miss rag-tag parade. The Kids' Village keeps the little ones entertained with arts and crafts stations and giant inflatables. Proceeds benefit organizations, charities and local businesses in the East Atlanta Village. 5K: $20-$25. Festival: Free. Flat Shoals Road and Glenwood Avenue. www.eastatlantastrut.com.
DAVID BYRNE (SEPT. 20)
Most rock stars reach David Byrne's age – 56 – and content themselves with irrelevant reunion tours and rehashed greatest-hits CDs. But his upcoming Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno Tour will feature songs from their whimsical new release Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, as well as music from the three Eno-produced Talking Heads albums, and their 1981 release, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Byrne has compiled a nine-member band for the first leg of the six-month tour that makes Atlanta its fourth stop. $28.50-$48.50. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-845-0378. www.chastainseries.com.
MARIETTA ANTIQUE STREET FESTIVAL (SEPT. 20)
Marietta Square's Glover Park transforms into a showroom for more than 75 statewide antiques dealers to hawk collectibles, fine furniture, glass, porcelain, linens and more. The Southeast Tourism Society recognized the festival as one of 2008's top 20 events in the Southeast. Guests can also enjoy the Hubcaps and History Car Show, the Trash or Treasure Booth and live acoustic music. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770-794-5710. www.mariettahistory.org.
JIM GAFFIGAN (SEPT. 20)
He went Beyond the Pale in 2006, and this fall the comedian brings his version of sexy back to Atlanta with his "Sexy Tour." Gaffigan's deadpan humor and hatred of Hot Pockets has earned him a regular spot on TBS' "My Guys" and appearances on Comedy Central and "The Late Show with David Letterman." $40.75. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
DEAD CONFEDERATE, WAX FANG, TWIN TIGERS (SEPT. 20)
Following an EP release in January and a still-talked-about performance at SXSW in March, Athens' Dead Confederate's first full-length, Wrecking Ball, is due out Sept. 16. Each song on Wrecking Ball goes through a gradual procession, building more steam until reaching full intensity and finally exploding into your eardrums. Fellow Athenians and psychedelic players Twin Tigers and futuristic glam rockers Wax Fang complete the bill for DC's CD-release show. $8-$10. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.