LAUGHING MATTERS The South's longest running improv company performs new comedy shows every first Sat. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. July 4 to Nov 27. 8 p.m. $10. 404-874-4050.
MOOREPICS CAFE Open-mic comedy list opens at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $3 for comedians, $5 general admission. 227 Mitchell St., between Forsyth and Spring St. Every Sun. 404-880-0084.
OPEN-MIC COMPETITION Eddie's Attic holds "Comedy Combat" night, at which comics of all skill levels compete for cash prizes or a chance to perform for pay. Hosted by Alyssa Barnett and Jessica Rose. 515-B North McDonough St. Every fourth Tues. $5. 404-386-0431.
THE PUNCHLINE Ted Alexandro makes his Atlanta debut as he headlines. 290 Hilderbrand Drive. Oct. 3-7. Wed.-Thurs. 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 8 p.m. $10-$14. 404-252-LAFF.
ATLANTA BALALAIKA SOCIETY ORCHESTRA A Fall Fantasy of Music, a concert of Russian folk music including local vocalists and balalaika soloists. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Oct. 6. 7:30 p.m. $10. 770-977-8537.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conductor William Eddins leads the orchestra in selections by Korngold, Rota, Sain-Saens, Waxman and Bernstein. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Oct. 4-6. 8 p.m. $19-$57. 404-733-4900.
BEETHOVEN "The Complete Sonatas for Piano" performed by Philip Thomson with a pre-concert lecture by Emory professor Ben Arnold. Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road, Emory. Oct. 5. 8:15 p.m. $15. 404-727-5050.
DON ANGLE Harpsichord recital sponsored by the Atlanta Music Club. Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur. Oct. 8. 8 p.m. Free. 404-636-7558.
APACHE CAFE Free Forum Exchange presents spoken-word, poetry, performance art and jazz performances by Black Rice. Hosted by Son-Christopher. 64 3rd St. Every Sun. 9 p.m. 404-876-5436.
COSMOPOLITAN SOUL Features open-mic and live jazz. The Crescent Room, 1136 Crescent Ave. Every third Mon. 8 p.m. $5. 404-875-5252.
E.S.P. The Experimental Spoken Word Performance is hosted by Yohannes Sharriff, who provides an exploratory space for the local spoken-word movement. A-HOP, 840 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Every Wed. night. 404-752-6030.
EXPRESSIONS JAZZ CAFE Poetry and open-mic along with jazz every Thurs. Wesley Chapel Road adjacent to 3 Dollar Cafe. Aug 1 to Dec 25. 7 p.m. 404-289-8897.
INTERNATIONAL PAN-EF Wind Down Wednesdays, spoken word, open mic with guest bands and djs. Flea Market Plaza, 4974 Buford Hwy. Every Wed. 9 p.m. $5. 404-579-3701.
MOOREPICS Renaissance Mondays, Tuesday Night Poetry Slam, Thursday night Vibe Sessions all give local spoken wordsmiths a chance to try their work in front of live audiences. Open-mics fill up so call ahead to find out more details. 227 Mitchell St. Mon., Tues., Thurs. 404-227-0036.
PENROSE Presents open-mic and live music. 712 Ponce Place. Every third Sat. 10 p.m. $5-$7. 404-892-7352.
POET'S LOUNGE Spoken word artist accompanied by live musicians. Open Mic. Shark Bar, 571 Peachtree St. Every Tues. 7-11 p.m. $5. 770-944-6286.
POETRY POD The Decatur Poetry Pod meets at Joe Coffee on East Lake Road. Call Dwight for more information. Every second and fourth Thurs. 7-9 p.m. 404-377-2405.
A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR Tennessee Williams' play about the dreams of four women on a summer afternoon in 1930s St. Louis. Alliance Theatre Mainstage, 1280 Peachtree St. Previews begin Oct. 4. Oct. 11-Nov. 4. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $18-$57. 404-733-5000.
AMY'S VIEW David Hare's satire of a generational struggle between a strong mother and loving daughter. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Oct. 3-Nov. 11. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Wed. & Sun. 2:30 p.m. $20-$27. 770-422-8369.
FOR THE LOVE OF ME! Based on a true story, the play tells of a woman who experiences bad relationships and finds happiness eventually. 14 Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. Oct. 5-7. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 4 and 8 p.m. $15-$20. 404-589-4682.
MAKING PORN Blake Harper featured in this special engagement of the play about the gay porn industry. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. Oct. 3-21. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 7 and 10 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $25-$30. 866-468-7630.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE Tennessee Williams classic Southern play is presented by ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Oct. 3-28. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. $16-$22. 770-469-1105.
THE TURN OF THE SCREW A two-person adaptation of the Henry James mystery novella. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. Oct. 6-28. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 6:30 p.m. $10-$26.50. 404-874-5299.
2001 - A SPACE ODDITY Agatha's - A Taste of Mystery Dinner Theater presents this audience participatory comic murder mystery. Peachtree and 3rd, across from the Fox Theatre. Through Nov. 7. Tues.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $40-50. 404-875-4321.