JANUARY 4 THURSDAY
Two weeks ago, Mayor Shirley Franklin released a report that recommended turning a Coke-donated site near the Georgia Aquarium into a $100 million center to house the King papers and interactive Civil Rights exhibits. Today she leads a Q&A about the proposed CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS' location, mission and financing. There's no guarantee that this public hearing regarding the center will answer all questions, but Franklin has promised to try. Free. 4-6 p.m. Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. 404-330-6004. www.atlantaga.gov. (Scott Henry)
JANUARY 5 FRIDAY
Brazilian singer (and New York City resident) BEBEL GILBERTO (next photo) is a world music superstar. She sells out theaters around the globe thanks to music that updates bossa nova with down-tempo and electronic beats, and collaborations with similarly eclectic musicians such as David Byrne and Thievery Corporation. Tonight and tomorrow, she performs with the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The event prefaces Memento, a highly anticipated third album set for release later this year. $27-$54. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall Atlanta, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. (MR)
JANUARY 6 SATURDAY
SHARON ENGELSTEIN and ALLEN PETERSON, both sculptors who also create in other media, approach the art form with decidedly different visions. Engelstein's smooth, bulbous shapes have an innately feminine quality. Peterson's work, on the other hand, cultivates a much heavier and more masculine feeling. Differences aside, it appears that the two do share a penchant for a good sci-fi theme. Free. Through Jan. 27. Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Romo Gallery, 309 Peters St. 404-222-9955. www.romogallery.com. (Debbie Michaud)
JANUARY 7 SUNDAY
Gen. "Old Blood and Guts" Patton had a soft spot for horses. When Nazis invaded Vienna and threatened the elite LIPIZZANER STALLIONS' (pictured) existence, Patton came to their rescue. The breed, most closely associated with Vienna's Spanish Riding School, is highly renowned for its "Airs Above Ground." These impressive moves were originally created for battlefield defense, and include leaps and balancing acts that would make a ballerina jealous. $22-$37. 2 and 6 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. (DM)
JANUARY 10 WEDNESDAY
CURTIS ELLER and his AMERICAN CIRCUS proudly celebrate the great American traditions of snake handling, yodeling and banjo picking with hootenanny-ready ditties. Eller, a former juggler and acrobat, sings wistfully about Abe Lincoln, Buster Keaton and P.T. Barnum. The olde-tyme rock 'n' roll mixes folk, bluegrass and even a little bit of zydeco for music that sounds straight out of Appalachia rather than New York City. One-man band and fellow banjo enthusiast Al Duvall opens. $5-$6. 9 p.m. 10 High, 816 N. Highland Ave. 404-873-3607. www.tenhighclub.com. (DM)
•JAN. 12 STYX, famous for rock anthems such as "Come Sail Away," plays at Wild Bill's. www.wildbillsatlanta.com.
•JAN. 12-13 AUTHORS GIL ROBERTSON AND CLARENCE NERO discuss their writing at Outwrite Bookstore in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. www.outwritebooks.com.
•JAN. 13 GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS bring award-winning Chinese acrobatics and dance to Atlanta Symphony Hall. www.atlantasymphony.org.
•JAN. 20 ROD STEWART spikes his hair and purses his lips for a Philips Arena performance. www.ticketmaster.com.