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Fall Arts Events 

Classical Music
Allison Swensen, Kurt-Alexander Zeller, Michiko Otaki Mezzo-soprano, tenor and piano. Fri., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

The American Tenors American tenors Nathan Granner, Daniel Montenegro and Marcus McConico sing. Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $28-$45. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.

Andras Schiff with Panocha String Orchesta Sun., Oct. 24, 3 p.m. $40. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

ASO with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Golijov's lush, guitar-driven Oceana features the Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza. The ASO and Chorus perform the sumptuous and sensual Daphnis et Chloe in its entirety. Part of Classic Concert series. Nov. 11, 8 p.m.; Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; Nov. 13, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

ASYO Fall Concert Sun., Nov. 21, 3 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Atlanta Baroque Orchestra Sat., Sept. 25, 8:15 p.m. $25. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The ASO closes Mable House's Summer Series B with entertaining selections for the whole family. Sat., Sept. 11, 8 p.m. $15-$40. Mable House Amphitheatre, Mableton.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pianist Lang Lang performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Principalcellist Chris Rex plays the quixotic hero in Strauss's tone poem based on the Cervantes classic Don Quixote. Robert Spano conducts. Part of the Classic Concert series. Sept. 16, 8 p.m.; Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Sept. 18, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Robert Spano conducts Beethoven's Second Symphony and Elliot Carter's Allegro Scorrevole. Pianist Louis Lortie performs Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2. Part of the Classic Concert series. Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 8 p.m.; Sept. 26, 3 p.m. $19-$58. Music director Robert Spano leads Beethoven's Second Symphony and Elliot Carter's Allegro Scorrevole. Come early for free coffee and pastries. Part of the New Mornings series. Fri., Sept. 24,11 a.m. $16-$32. Alexander Mickelthwate leads Strauss's effusive Don Juan and Eroica. Principal trombone Colin Williams performs Creston's Fantasy for Trombone. Part of the Classic Concert series. Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Classical Concert with performances of Stravinsky, Grieg an Tchaikovsky. Featuring pianist Orili Shaham and conductor David Robertson. Oct. 14, 8 p.m.; Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Rarely heard Mozart and Dvorak are coupled with Stravinsky's Firebird. Ilan Volkov, the Music Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony leads the ASO, and Principal Oboist Jonathan Dlouhy is showcased in Mozart's Oboe Concerto. Oct. 21, 8 p.m.; Oct. 22, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Ilan Volkov, the Music Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony, leads the ASO in Dvorak's The Wood Dove and excerpts from Stravinsky's Firebird. Come early for free coffee and pastries. Part of the New Mornings series. Fri., Oct. 22, 11 a.m. $16-$32. For his final subscription concert as Music Director Emeritus, Maestro Yoel Levi has chosen Mahler's towering symphony of love, death, and transcendence. Part of Classic Concert series. Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Pianist Horacio Gutierrez performs Brahms' Piano Conerto No. 1. Jun Maerkl, in his ASO debut, leads Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' Hungarian Piano Quartet. Part of Classic Concert series. Nov. 4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Nov. 6, 8 p.m. $19-$58. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Benjamin Verdery Guitar. Sat., Oct. 30, 8:15 p.m. $25. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Bravo Hollywood with the ASO Michael Krajewski conducts Tony Award winning artists to celebrate Hollywood hits. Part of the Suntrust Superpops series. Nov. 26, 8 p.m.; Nov. 27, 8 p.m. $21-$53. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Camerate Sweden with Levon Chilingirian Chamber. Sun., Nov. 7, 3 p.m. $30. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Capital City Opera Tue., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.

Choral Concert w/ Conductor Alan Raines Sat., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

Christopher Parkening Pre-eminent classical guitarist performs. Sat., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $28-$45. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.

Clayton State Collegiate Chorale Sun., Nov. 21, 3 p.m. Free. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Collin Raye with the ASO The country & western superstar returns with new and classic material. Fri., Sept. 10, 8 p.m. $20-$45. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400.

David Goode Halloween organ performance. Sun., Oct. 31, 3 p.m. $20. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Douglas Wheeler Percussion. Wed., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Edward Minjarez Guitar. Thu., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.

Edwin McCain with the ASO The native South Carolinian returns to the Classic Chastain series after last season's sold-out performance. Sat., Sept. 11, 8 p.m. $20-$45. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400.

Enchantment Theatre Company with the ASO Stravinsky's Firebird. Jere Flint conducts. Part of Coca-Cola Family Concert series. Sun., Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. $15-$20. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

George Lucktenberg and Nancy Schechter Harpsichord, piano and violin. Sun., Sept. 26, 3 p.m. Free. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.

Georgia State University Singers Sat., Nov. 6, 8:15 p.m. $15. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Georgia Tech Chorale Fri., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. $15. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Jeannine Morrison and Joanne Rogers Piano duo. Sun., Nov. 7, 3 p.m. Free. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.

Lee Harper & Dancers with the ASO Halloween concert. Jere Flint conducts. Part of Coca-COla Family series. Sun., Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. $15-$20. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

LYRA String Quartet Callanwolde's chamber music quartet-in-residence performs with Norma carol and Christopher French. Sun., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. $18-25. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

Michael Schade Fri., Nov. 12, 8:15 p.m. $30. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Peter Cincotti with the ASO Part of Suntrust Superpops! Concert series. Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Oct. 9, 8 p.m. $21-$53. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Renay and Joseph Joubert Thu., Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska. 770-720-5600.

Sylvia McNair Soprano performs cabaret. Sat., Oct. 9, 8:15 p.m. $60. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Featuring conductor Robert Ambrose and works by Holst, Shostakovitch, Galbraith. Fri., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

Takacs String Quartet Chamber. Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m. $30. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Trio Mediaeval Early music. Sat., Nov. 13, 8:15 p.m. $30. Spivey Hall, 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

University Symphony Orchestra Featuring conductor Michael Plamer. Performance pieces include Respighi's Trittico Botticelliano, Haydn's Symphony No. 104, Harbison's Remembering Gatsby, and Liszt's Les Preludes. Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

Dance
America! Question Several Dancers Core presents this international collaboration with Tanzcompagnie Rubato and CORE Performance Co., which examines how individual actions have collective ramifications across cultures. Opens Sept. 10. Sept. 10, 8 p.m.; Sept. 11, 8 p.m.; Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $10-$15. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

Bale Folclorico da Bahia The 38-member Brazilian troupe of dancers, musicians and singers performs a repertory based on Bahian folkloric dances of African origin. Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 16, 8 p.m. $32-$56. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

Dracula The Atlanta Ballet 75th Anniversary season opens with a vivid adaptation of Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece. Opens Oct. 28. Oct. 21, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 8 p.m.; Oct. 30, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

An Evening of Native American Music and Dance Join the Plainsmen Drum and Dance Troupe as they demonstrate both traditional and special social ceremonial dances from tribes across the nation. Thu., Aug. 19, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300.

Gajamukha The 12-member cast of dancers and musicians perform a musical temple dance from India. Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. $26-$52. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

Live Flamenco Show Dinnertime performance by Perla Flamenca. Last Wednesday of every month, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30. Gilbert's Mediterranean Cafe, 219 10th St. 404-872-8012.

Lunchtime in the Studio Sample Decatur's finest dance and dining as CORE Performance Co. hosts this series of monthly dance performances and discussions. Free admission and lunch provided to the first 40 audience members. Sept. 8, 12-1 p.m.; Oct. 20, 12-1 p.m.; Nov. 17, 12-1 p.m. Several Dancers Core Studios, 139 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-373-4154.

Ming, Gu, Xian The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company presents folk, classical and contemporary Chinese dance all in one show. Opens Sept. 11. Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 12, 3 p.m. $10-$15. Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Arts Center, Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-4966.

Pilobolus Internationally acclaimed dance company mixes acrobatic dexterity with wit and imagery to create sculptural expressions. Sun., Oct. 17, 5 p.m. $28-$45. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.

A World of Silents Fly-by Theatre and Duende Dance Theater present a collaboration of silent film stars and comedians in dance theater. Opens Sept. 18. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10. $15. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave.

Museums
Atlanta History Center Gone with the Girdle: Freedom, Restraint and Power in Women's Dress. Examines the silhouettes and experiences of Atlanta women from the city's early days to the present. Wide range of clothing and accessories, as well as photographs and stories. Continues through Aug. 31. Metropolitan Frontiers: Atlanta, 1835-2000. Permanent exhibit. Native Lands: Indians and Georgia. Explores 500 years of Native American history in Georgia through images, texts, narrative, audiotapes and videos. Continues through Sept. 19. One Hundred Years: German Consulate in Atlanta. Documents the role German Americans have played in the history and culture of the American Southeast. Opens Sept. 10. Continues through Dec. 31. V for Victory: Georgia Remembers World War II. Examines the individual stories and experiences of Georgians and others who experienced the war years from 1941-1945. Opens Nov. 11. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Jan. 2. $7-$12. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000.

Booth Western Art Museum Jim Ford and Jodie Sinclair. Sculpture and photography. Opening reception Aug. 19, 5-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10. West by Southwest. Highlights from the collection of the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. Opening reception Aug. 7, 5-9 p.m. Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Beauty from the Earth. Discover how people around the world have used plants, animals and minerals to create everyday and special-use items. Continues through Jan. 5. The Genomic Revolution. Comprehensive exhibition on genomics. Peachtree Creek: A Natural and Unnatural History. Exhibit of photographs by Dave Kaufman exploring the urban evolution of Atlanta through its waterways. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 16. $10-$12. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300.

Georgia Museum of Art Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Sculptor of the Gilded Age. Sculpture. Continues through Sept. 26. Classic Ground. Mid-19th century American painting and the Italian encounter. Opens Oct. 23. Continues through Jan. 2. Masterworks from the New Britain Museum of American Art I and II. Includes portraits by Joseph Badger, John Singleton, more. Opens Oct. 23. Continues through Jan. 2. The Wise and Powerful Wizard. Prints by John Stockton deMartelly. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue., Thur.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5. 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens. 706-542-4662.

High Museum of Art African Gold from the Glassell Collection. African gold work and royal regalia from Akan cultures, featuring over 130 works of gold jewelry, gold-leaf-covered textiles, figurative sculpture and other objects. Continues through Sept. 19. Feast of Color: Paintings from the Noro Foundation. 21 Paintings and two drawings by artists including Picasso, Monet and Pissaro. Continues through Jan. 23. Glories of Ancient Egypt. Broad overview of Egyptian art, including funerary art and objects of daily life. From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Continues through Sept. 19. Hale Woodruff in Atlanta. The first solo exhibition of Woodruff's paintings in Atlanta since his death in 1980. Continues through Sept. 26. Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kroller-Muller Museum. Features twenty paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh as well as other modern artists. Opens Oct. 19. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 16. $6-$10. 1280 Peachtree St. NE. 404-733-4400.

High Museum of Art Folk Art & Photography Galleries Secret Games. Works by Wendy Ewald. Opens Aug. 28. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27. 30 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. 404-577-6940.

Jimmy Carter Library & Museum After 9/11: Messages from the World and Images of Ground Zero. Letters, poems, paintings, drawings, quilts, photos and other gifts that poured in after Sept. 11, 2001. Sundays, 12-4:45 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Continues through Jan. 2. 441 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7100.

Marietta Museum of History Remarkable Women of Marietta and Cobb County. An exhibit in tribute to the development of women's rights on a national, state and local levels and outstanding women citizens from the 1800s to the present. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Continues through April 22. 1 Depot St., Suite 200, Marietta. 770-528-0431.

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art 11th Annual International Southeastern Pastel Society Exhibition. Collection of juried artwork done in the pastel medium by artists from around the world. Continues through Sept. 26. An American Quilt,. Pat Drew paintings, mixed media. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Cathedrals of Man and Nature. Opens Oct. 9. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21. $3-$5. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. 770-528-1444.

Michael C. Carlos Museum Arts of India and the Himalayas: Recent Acquisitions. Rotating exhibits focusing on Asia's vast geography. The Eye of Greece: Athens in 19th-Century Photographs. To celebrate the reopening of the Galleries of Greek and Roman art, a group of forty 19th-century photographs of Athens, the Acropolis and the surrounding countryside are on exhibit. Opens Sept. 18. Continues through Jan. 3. The New Galleries of Greek and Roman Art. Reopening after extensive remodeling, the new galleries present the museum's signature collection along with 100 recently acquired works on display for the first time. Opens Sept. 18. No Ordinary Land: Encounters in a Changing Environment. Large-scale photography by Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee explores the way people interact with landscape. Opens Sept. 25. Continues through Nov. 14. Permanent collection. Largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East and the ancient Americas. Collections of 19th and 20th-century sub-Saharan African art and European and American works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $5 donation. 571 S. Kilgo St. 404-727-4282.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia ART=LIFE. Exhibition of works created by Atlanta area youth under the guidance of local professional artists created during the ARTSCooL Summer Arts Program. Opens Aug. 20. Continues through Sept. 3. Striking Comparisons: From the MOCA GA Permanent Collection. More than 40 works from MOCA GA's permanent collection will be on display during the summer exhibition. Continues through Aug. 21. Transitions II. Guest curator Karen Comer Lowe juxtaposes early and later works by a small group of Georgia artists, illustrating the impact of experience and the artist's response to environment. Opening reception Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27. 1447 Peachtree St. 404-881-1109.

Museum of Design Japanese Design Today: 100. Contemporary Japanese product design. Opens Sept. 9, 6:30-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23. Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses & The Cannon Chapel. Includes scale models, drawings from the Paul Rudolph archive, and period photography by noted architectural photographer, Ezra Stoller. Opening reception Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30. Talking Furniture Designs. The exhibition features the work of 18 outstanding Southeastern studio artists and furniture designers. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m. Continues through Aug. 28. 285 Peachtree St., Marquis II Tower. 404-688-2467.

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art Nicholas Roerich: The Mystical Journey. Oglethorpe University Museum hosts a private collection of 20th century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, including the first Western paintings of Tibet and Central Asia.Opens Sept. 19. Thur.-Sun., 12-7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19. 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-364-8555.

Spelman College Museum Of Fine Art Carrie Mae Weems. Multi-media works The Louisiana Project and Dreaming in Cuba will be on display. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25. 350 Spelman Lane. 404-215-2583.

Music
August
The Dead, Warren Haynes, Thurs., Aug. 19, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, $43.50-$53.50

Shawn Mullins, Sat., Aug. 21, Variety Playhouse, $15

Al Jarreau, Fri., Aug. 27, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $23-$48

Village People, Fri., Aug. 27, Mable House Amphitheatre, $15-$30

Butch Walker, American Hi-Fi, Fri., Aug. 27, $16-$18

Clint Black, Sat., Aug. 28, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $23-$45

John Mayer, Maroon 5, Sun., Aug. 29, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, $35.50-$45.50

Further Seems Forever, Tues., Aug. 31, Cotton Club, $12.99

September
Sting, Annie Lennox, Thurs., Sept. 2, Philips Arena, $41.50-$127

Musiq, Thurs., Sept. 2, Tabernacle, $10

Gloria Estefan, Sat., Sept. 4, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $57-$127

Reverend Horton Heat, Sat., Sept. 4, Cotton Club, $14.99

Acoustic Planet Tour w/ Bela Fleck & Flecktones, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sat., Sept. 4, Fox Theatre, $27.50-$35

Snow Patrol, Tues., Sept. 7, Cotton Club, $9.97

London Symphony Orchestra, Tues., Sept. 7, Philips Arena, $31-$87

Siouxsie, Sat., Sept. 11, Variety Playhouse, $32.50

Gov't Mule, Sat., Sept. 11, Masquerade, $25

Edwin McCain w/ the ASO, Sat., Sept.11, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $24.50-$57.57

Ryan Adams, Wed., Sept. 15, Tabernacle, $26

Tony Bennett, Fri., Sept. 17, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $38.50-$58.50

Van Halen, Fri., Sept. 17, Philips Arena, $90

Blue Ridge Harvestfest w/ Bob Weir & Ratdog, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, more , Fri.-Sun., Sept. 17-19, Cherokee Farms, LaFayette, $85 (early bird 3-day pass)

The Doors, Sat., Sept. 18, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $36.50-$68.50

Ani DiFranco, Dan Bern, Sun., Sept. 19, Tabernacle, $27.50

Wilco, Thurs., Sept. 23, Fox Theatre, $27-$32

Allman Brothers Band, Fri.-Sun., Sept. 24-26, Fox Theatre, $42.50-$82.50

October
Toby Keith, Fri. Oct. 1, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, $32.75-$64.75

Perpetual Groove, Fri., Oct. 1, Variety Playhouse, $12

David Allen Coe, Fri., Oct. 1, Cowboys, $15-$20

Incubus, Sat. Oct. 2, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $34.50

Usher, Sun., Oct. 3, Philips Arena, $49.50-$69.50

Blonde Redhead, the Liars, Tues., Oct. 5, Echo Lounge, $16

The Cramps, Hank III, Gargantua, Tues., Oct. 5, The Roxy, $19.99-$22

Social Distortion, Mon., Oct. 11, Tabernacle, $25

The Pixies, Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 13-14, Fox Theatre, sold out

Beastie Boys, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $32.50-$43

Brian Wilson, Sat., Oct. 16, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, $35.50-$45.50

Juan Gabriel, Sat., Oct. 16, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $55-$125

Nu Jazz Festival w/ the Roots, Common, De La Soul, Slum Village, Mon.-Tues., Oct. 18-19, EarthLink Live, $25

Ruben Studdard, Wed., Oct. 20, Earthlink Live, $25

Erykah Badu, Fri., Oct. 22, DeKalb Atlanta Center, $35

Jill Scott, Sat., Oct. 23, DeKalb Atlanta Center, $35

Brooks & Dunn, Sun., Oct. 24, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, $19.50-$59.50

Monica, Mon., Oct. 25, EarthLink Live, $25

Jurassic 5, Tues., Oct. 26, EarthLink Live, $25

Arrested Development w/ Cali Comm, Wed., Oct. 27, Earthlink Live, $25

Queensryche, Wed., Oct. 27, Tabernacle, $27.50

George Clinton, Thurs., Oct. 28, Earthlink Live, $25

Bette Midler, Thurs., Oct. 28, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $57.50-$127.50

Chaka Khan, Fri., Oct. 29, DeKalb Atlanta Center, $35

Josh Turner, Fri., Oct. 29, Cowboys, $15-$20

Lauryn Hill, Sat., Oct. 30, DeKalb Atlanta Center, $35

November
American Music Club, Tues., Nov. 2, Echo Lounge, $10-$12

Holly Golightly, the Woggles, Fri., Nov. 12, The Earl, $8-$9.50

Metallica, Sat., Nov. 13, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $57-$77

Captured! By Robots, Pilot to Gunner, Tues., Nov. 16, The Earl, $8-$9.50

Steven Curtis Chapman, Sat., Nov. 20, Arena at Gwinnett Center, $25-$40



Opera
Capitol City Opera Featuring familiar arias from operas. Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. South of France, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-325-6963.

Carmen The Atlanta Opera Company presents Bizet's opera about a seductive gypsy and the men who court her. Opens Sept. 23. Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 3 p.m. $19-$145. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-881-8885.

Don Giovanni The Atlanta Opera Company presents Mozart's opera about a seducer constantly in search of new conquests. Nov. 4, 8 p.m.; Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12, 8 p.m.; Nov. 14, 3 p.m. $17-$145. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-881-8885.

Readings & Signings
Adam Sun Signs fantasy novel The Mountain Man Volume I: The Power of the Marina Stone. Sat., Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Borders, 1929 Scenic Highway SW, Snellville. 770-982-0454.

Al Jarreau Fri., Aug. 27. Borders, 3637 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. C. 404-237-0707.

Amy Sohn Discussion and signing of My Old Man. Reception at 6 p.m. Wed., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Dr. Virginia Spencer Carr Discussion and signing of Paul Bowles: A Life. Reception at 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Ellen Langas Campbell Meet the author of the Girls Know How series. Includes a free kids career workshop, drawing activities, and book signing. Sun., Aug. 22, 2-4 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 7660 North Point Parkway, Suite 200, Alpharetta. 770-993-8340. Mon., Aug. 23, 7-8 p.m. Borders, The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-565-0947.

Emily Herring Wilson Author signs No One Gardens Alone. Lecture precedes signing at 10:30 a.m. Sat., Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $15. Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain. 800-225-5292.

Gail Collins Discussion and signing of America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. Reception at 6 p.m. Tue., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

George Singleton Discussion and signing of Why Dogs Chase Cars. Reception at 6 p.m. Thu., Sept. 16, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Jay Parini Author discusses and signs One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner. Reception at 6 pm. Tue., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Joel Godard Late Nite With Conan O'Brien's Joel Godard appears with Robert Wayne, the Atlanta-based author of the award-winning Europe in Context travel series, to sign Royal London In Context and Venice in Context. Thu., Aug. 19. Barnes & Noble, 48 Fifth St. 404-894-2515.

Julia Reed Discussion and signing of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena. Reception at 6 p.m. Thu., Aug. 26, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Ken Foskett Discussion and signing of Judging Thomas. Sun., Aug. 29, 2 p.m. DeKalb County Public Library - Decatur Branch, 215 Sycamore St. 404-370-3070.

The Known World Discussion of the book by Edward P. Jones. Tue., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Wesley Chapel Public Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur.

Kristin Gore Discussion and signing of Sammy's Hill. Reception at 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Linda Bloodworth Thomason Author signs Liberating Paris. Luncheon event ends at 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 22, 12 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Lisa Endlich Discussion and signing of Optical Illusions: Lucent and the Crash of Telecom. Reception at 6 p.m. Thu., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Mary Kay Andrews Author signs Hissy Fit. Reception at 6 p.m. Tue., Aug. 31, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Meryl Truett Photographer discusses and signs Thump Queen and Other Southern Anomolies. Thu., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Barbara Archer Gallery, 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite #A102. 404-523-1845.

Pat Conroy Author discusses and signs The Pat Conroy Cookbook. Reception at 6 p.m. Tue., Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

The Piano Tuner Discussion of the book by Daniel Mason. Mon., Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Northlake-Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road, Tucker. 404-679-4408.

Poetry Reading: Robert Giannetti Performs from his latest book, Drawn by the Creek. Wed., Sept. 8, 8:15 p.m. $2-$3. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

Susanna Clarke Author signs Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Reception at 6 p.m. Thu., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. $8. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015.

Wanda Urbanska and Frank Levering Discuss their book Nothing's too Small to Make a Difference. Tue., Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Haversack Books, 18 Power Springs St., Marietta. 770-794-8141.

Spoken Word
Apache Cafe FFX spoken word open mic w/ Son & Kimani. Also performance art and various musical acts. Sundays, 8:30 p.m. $7. First Word. Open mic for the under-21 set. Last Sunday of every month, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 13. $2. 64 Third St. 404-876-5436.

Ashton's Cafe Eclectic-Soul III: A New Beginning w/ host Ntellect. Open-mic poetry, spoken word and live music. Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. $3-$5. 314 East Howard, Decatur. 404-378-6310.

Barnes & Noble Open-mic poetry w/ Collin Kelly. Sign up begins at 7 p.m. First Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 48 Fifth St. 404-894-2515.

Barnes & Noble Open-mic poetry. Read original work or that of a favorite poet. Second Sunday of every month, 3 p.m. 5141 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 800, Norcross. 770-209-4244.

Black Lion Cafe Open mic w/ JahQues, Demure, DJ Mintal. Self-expression for poets, MCs and musicians. Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Nov. 19. free. 253 Auburn Ave. 404-217-3935.

Borders Poetry Discussion. Led by Carlos Valdes. Last Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 24. 1745 Peachtree St. NE. 404-237-0707.

Borders Poetry discussion forum. For established poets. Led by Carlos Valdes. More info carlos.valdes@conted.gatech.edu. Last Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. 3637 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. C. 404-237-0707.

Cafe 290 Love Jones Poetry. Spoken word, R&B, Neo-soul, comedy and hip-hop. Taped for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. Mondays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16. $5. 290 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 770-444-0994.

Cajun Crabhouse One Love Wednesdays. Hosted by Soul Plane Slam Finalist Ms. Gigi and Atlanta's Arlene. Sign up begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4. free. 8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia. 770-484-3802.

Callanwolde Coffee House Poetry Reading. Wednesdays, 8:15 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25. $3. 980 Briarcliff Rd.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Storytelling: Emerging Voices. A showcase of stories, storytellers and storytelling traditions. Fri., Sept. 10, 7 p.m. $1-$3. 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

Divine Perfections Hair Salon Faith Forum Expression. Open mic, spoken word. Proceeds go to the Love Outreach Foundation. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6:30 p.m. $5/$3 for talent. 571 Garden Walk Blvd, College Park. 770-997-7540.

Endenu Eclectic Soul Evolution. Eboni Productions presents African drums, neo-soul and spoken word. Cosmopolitan Dress. Third Friday of every month, 9 p.m. $10-$15. 393 Marietta St. 404-522-8874.

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery Language Harm. Experimental poetry and language art, Atlanta Poets Group and featured guests. This month's theme is Remakes. Doors 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. $3. Language Harm. Experimental poetry and language art, Atlanta Poets Group and featured guests. Doors 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 17, 8:30 p.m. $3. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655.

Five Spot U-N-I-Verse w/ hosts Malik Salaam and DJ Jon Goode. Mondays, 8:30 p.m. Donations. 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100.

Gallery Bistro Spoken word. Featured poets and DJs. Fridays, 8 p.m. $3-$7. 4225 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Decatur. 404-284-4300.

Hidden Talent Bookstore Literary Cafe & Poetry Reading. Artist Showcase, book discussions, poetry readings and networking. First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. 1 Galleria Parkway, SE. 770-850-0200.

House of Poetry Love Jones w/ hosts Delwayne and Precious Love. Spoken-word artists, comedians and R&B singers. Taped for "Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam." Thur., Sat., 8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16. $5. 1247 Concord Road, Smyrna. 770-444-0994.

Irish Bred Scribes and Vibes Poetry Suite. Weekly open mic. List opens 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9 p.m. Underground Atlanta. 404-429-0949.

Jake's Toadhouse Kodac's Beatnik Buffet w/ host Kodac Harrison. Third Wednesday of every month. 2272 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 404-633-4111.

Java Monkey Java Monkey Speaks. Open mic w/ host Kodac Harrison. Sundays, 8 p.m. 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-5002.

The Limelight Brain Food. Lyricism and music for the soul. Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 7. 544 North Angier Street.

Lush Life Cafe Open-mic poetry show w/ host Phillipe. Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2. Free. 1405 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. 404-758-8737.

The Mambo Room at Bridgetown Grill Friday Night Live. Organized Rhyme Family presents a neo soul, hip-hop spoken-word open mic. Cash prizes. Sign up begins 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Continues through Nov. 11. The Early Show. Comedy, live band showcase. No cover until 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 15. 689 Peachtree St. 404-873-5361.

The Mary Gay House Poetry Slam. NARAL Pro-Choice GA presents its first annual poetry slam. Proceeds benefit TORCH, a teen mentoring nonprofit organization. Thu., Aug. 26, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. $11. 716 Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-378-4538.

NCCI Open Mic, Open Mind. Positive and cultural spoken word, song and rap that airs on Cable Channel 25. No explicit lyrics. Every first Saturday 10 p.m. Free. 3901A Covington Highway, Decatur. 404-286-5869.

Red Light Cafe House of Poets. Poetry open mic and slam featuring hosts PhoenixYZ and Amanda Kail. Sign-up begins at 7:45 p.m. First Monday of every month, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 5. 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828.

SafeHouse Spoken word and Conscious Hip-Hop. Features DJ Ox. Last Friday of every month, 9 p.m. $4. 89 Ellis St. 404-312-4392.

The Sequel Black Expressions. Open mic, spoken word and performance hosted by My Brothaz Keeper, showcasing GBLTQ youth of color. Sign up at 9:30 p.m., show begins at 10:30 p.m. 708 Spring St. 404-874-8125.

Tower II Cliterati. Grrl spoken word. Second Thursday of every month, 8 p.m.; Fourth Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. 735 Ralph McGill Blvd. 404-523-1535.

Wood Is Wonderful Art Gallery Spoken Word w/ host Ray "Slo" Jones. Sundays, 6-8 p.m. $3. 2312 Benjamin Mays Drive. 678-793-3250.

Words of Life Christian Bookstore Word of life speaks. Open mic. Sign up at 7:30 p.m. Fourth Saturday of every month, 7:45 p.m. Donations. 5251 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-714-5035.

Theater: Openings
25 Years of Gilbert & Sullivan Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents a Gilbert & Sullivan musical journey featuring Georgia Tech's symphony orchestra and the Atlanta Festival singers. Opens Nov. 5. Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; Nov. 7, 2 p.m. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.

43 Plays for 43 Presidents In honor of election time, Dad's Garage presents a remount of its most successful show ever. Mon., Nov. 1. Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7100.

9th Annual World Domination TheatreSports Tournament The best teams from around the world converge on Atlanta for the heaviest throw-down of improv skills in the Western hemisphere. Wed.-Sat. Continues through Sept. 4. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Alive in Little Five Live late night talk show with host Tim Collier. First Saturday of every month, 11 p.m. Continues through May 1. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

The Apartment...aka The Men in 304 JBU Productions presents the story of four men who share an apartment and are all leading double lives. Opens Aug. 20. Aug. 20, 8 p.m.; Aug. 21, 8 p.m. $20.50-$23. Peachtree Playhouse, 878 Peachtree St. 404-875-1193.

Bye Bye Birdie Iconic 1950s rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted and teenage America goes mad. (Any resemblance to Elvis is purely intentional.) Opens Sept. 10. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 24. Cobb Playhouse and Studio, 4857 North Main St., Suite 240, Acworth. 770-565-3995.

Cafe Puttanesca A musical cabaret. Opens Oct. 15. Sundays, 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450.

Chicago Broadway in Atlanta presents the steamy musical about a wannabe starlet who kills her husband. Opens Oct. 5. Oct. 5-9, 8p.m.; Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Oct. 10, 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

The Color Purple Alliance Theatre presents the world premiere musical adaptation of Alice Walker's saga of hope, inspiration and triumph. Opens Sept. 9. Sundays, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17. $20-$50. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000.

Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical Dad's Garage Theatre Company presents the story of Debbie and her cheerleader friends as they try to raise enough money to make it to Dallas. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Don't Dress for Dinner Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents a comedy about Bernard who has cooked up an elaborate scheme to meet his mistress and occupy his wife. Opens Sept. 9. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $16-$33. Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260.

Dr. Bob's Improv Psychiatry Dad's Garage Theatre Company presents Dr. Bob and his team of psychology graduate students. Begins Sept. 10. Fridays, 10:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Dying for Laughs A comedian hires two unemployed TV comedy writers to create new material for his act and chaos ensues. Opens Sept. 10. Thur., Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $8-$18. Stellar Cellar Theatre, St. James Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta. 770-218-9669.

The Fourth Wall Alliance Theatre presents a comedy about Peggy, who rearranges her living room furniture, sparking an investigation by her husband, her best friend and a local college professor. Opens Oct. 27. Wed.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 21. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000.

From Door to Door Regional premier of a story about three generations of Jewish women. Wed., Thur., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14. $$18-$26. Morris and Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-3250.

Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy Synchronicity Performance Group presents Atlanta's only all-women, all-comedy, all-the-time improv troupe. Aug. 31, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8, 8 p.m. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave.

The Guys A dramatic play which attempts to articulate emotions and longings many people have faced since 9/11. Opens Sept. 16. Thur.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $14-$17. Main Street Players, 115 North Hill St., Griffin. 770-228-0796.

Gypsy Presented by the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. Opens Nov. 9. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 21. $14-20. Hosch Theatre, Brenau University, Academy St., Gainesville. 770-718-3624.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Theater of the Stars presents Jon Secada in the story of Joseph's rise to power. Opens Aug. 24. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

Killer Joe Actor's Express presents the regional premiere of this x-rated black comedy. Killer Joe Cooper, part-cop, part-assassin, seeks down-on-his-luck Chris Smith. Opens Sept. 9. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sept. 12, 5 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m.; Sept. 26, 5 p.m.; Oct. 3, 5 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 16. Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Ste J-107. 404-502-6655.

Language of Angels Synchronicity Performance Group presents the regional premiere about a girl disappearing in a cave in rural North Carolina in an eerie ghost story. Opens Oct. 22. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21. $15-$20. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-325-5168.

Las Casa de Rigoberta mira al Sur 7 Stages presents the American premiere of a young girl mourning her family and trying to heal. Opens Nov. 11. Nov. 11; Nov. 12; Nov. 13; Nov. 14. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

Late Nite Catechism Presented by Broadway in Atlanta. Comedic take on adult catechism classes, for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Opens Sept. 9. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000.

Long Johns Chicago-style long form Improv: one audience suggestion fuels an hour of riffing improv insanity. Fridays, 12 a.m. Continues through Dec. 17. Dad's Garage Top Shelf Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Macbeth Georgia Shakespeare presents the the haunting tale of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. No performances Oct. 17 and 27. Sundays, 2 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Oct. 9, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. $10-$35. Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-264-0020.

MacBeth PushPush Theatre presents Shakespeare with a sense of humor and relevance to our current political climate. Opens Sept. 2. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9. PushPush Theater, 121 New St., Decatur. 404-337-6332.

A Man of No Importance Theatre Gael presents a show is set in Dublin that follows the comic misadventures of a small theater company as they struggle to produce an Oscar Wilde play. Opens Sept. 10. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17. $16-$22. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000.

Maria Kizito 7 Stages presents the world premiere of Sister Maria Kizito's helping, then slaughtering refuge Tutsis in Rwanda. Opens Sept. 30. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 24. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

M*A*S*H A youth one-act production based on characters from the movie and TV show. Opens Sept. 30. Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 2, 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 2 p.m. $5. The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770-509-2700.

Mighty Nice Solo performance by Paul Zaloom of the television show "Beakman's World". Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13. $16-$20. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Much Ado About Nothing The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents the story of Benedick and Beatrice fighting their love for one another. Opens Sept. 2. Thur.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $19.50-$24.50. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

The Odd Couple Classic comedy by Neil Simon. Show includes dinner. Opens Sept. 17. Fri., Sat., 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 2. $25. Holly Theatre, 69 West Main Street, Dahlonega.

Oliver! Broadway in Atlanta presents the musical version of Dickens' famous orphan. Opens Nov. 9. Nov. 9; Nov. 10; Nov. 11; Nov. 12; Nov. 13; Nov. 14. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

On Golden Pond Ethel and Norman Thayer are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 44th year. Opens Sept. 17. Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 16. $12-$15. Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-897-1802.

Over the River and Through the Woods Family dedication is put to the test in this comedy about Italian-American grandparents determined to keep their unmarried grandson at home. Opens Sept. 24. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 17. Stage Door Player Theatre, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726.

Pulp Actor's Express presents the regional premiere of a sexy comedy paying homage to 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Opens Nov. 4. Thur.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 18. Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St., Ste J-107. 404-502-6655.

Red, Hot and Cole Take a swellegant stroll through the life and times of composer and lyricist Cole Porter. Opens Oct. 7. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 17. Atlanta Lyric Theatre, 1030 Marietta St. 404-572-2244.

Richard II Shakespeare Tavern presents the story about a king's downfall. Preview Sept. 30. Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Thur., 7:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30. $10. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

Spooky Puppet. . .The Beginning Prequel to The Spooky Puppet Horror Show. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30. $16-$20. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Stage Door Canteen Features cast members from last season's Ain't Misbehavin', guest artists and a sneak preview of the upcoming holiday show. Fri., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Stage Door Player Theatre, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-1726.

Story Theatre: A Day for Women Several of Atlanta's premier storytellers from the Women's Imaginative Guild of Storytellers will present hilarious and touching story performances. Sat., Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

The Subject Was Roses A son who went away to war as a mama's boy returns as a man in his own right, and the effect on his parents is devastating. Opens Sept. 3. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25. $15-$18. Class Act Theatre, 25 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-579-3156.

Talullah and Hattie: Dead at the Pearly Gates Cafe A rockin' musical revue set at a cafe near heaven. Tallulah Bankhead and Hattie McDaniel sing it out in a spot just outside the pearly gates. Wed., Sept. 1. Onstage2, Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-897-1802.

Topdog/Underdog Alliance Theatre presents a drama about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, playing a dangerous game of sibling rivalry. Opens Nov. 12. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 19. Hertz Stage, Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

The Weird Just in time for your Halloween debauchery, a series of visceral pulp horror shorts from the author of Say You Love Satan and Weird Comic Book Fantasy. Fri.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 31. Dad's Garage Top Shelf Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Wilde, at Heart: Three Fairy Tales by Oscar Wilde Theatre Gael presents a staged reading of local playwright Evan Guilford-Blake's adaptation of Wilde's classic fairy tales. Opens Sept. 18. Sept. 18, 2 p.m.; Sept. 19, 2 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 22. $10. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000.

The Winter's Tale Shakespeare Tavern presents the Bard's rarely produced play about a man whose unfounded jealousy loses him his wife, children and best friend. Opens Nov. 4. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Dec. 5. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

A World of Silents Fly By Theatre presents a modern dance and physical theater improv performance. Opens Sept. 18. Mon.-Thur., 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10. $15. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.

Theater: Ongoing
The Amen Corner Class Act Theatre presents a drama about a self-ordained female preacher in a store-front church in Harlem who is forced to confront her past as her ministry comes under scrutiny. A poignant story sprinkled with humor. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22. $15-$18. Class Act Theatre, 25 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-579-3156.

Avanti, Da Vinci! Or The Secret Adventures of Leonardo da Vinci Chronicling the adventures of the original "extraordinary gentleman." Opens Aug. 5. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22. $16-$20. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Cats Have 7 Lives PushPush Theater presents a unique new tale about the comic and touching day and life of one modern woman. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 21. PushPush Theater, 121 New St., Decatur. 404-337-6332.

Charley's Aunt Neighborhood Playhouse presents the story of two Oxford grads planning to woo and wed young ladies until their chaperone, Charley's aunt, is detained. Opens July 29. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22. $14-$24. Neighborhood Playhouse, 430 W. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-373-5311.

Comedy improv Presented by Dad's Garage Theatre. Thur.-Sat., 10:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 3. $12. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Actors Theatre of Atlanta presents a play that covers all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28. $10-$35. Actors Theatre of Atlanta, 4075 Paces Ferry Road. 404-479-8491.

Driving Miss Daisy Theatre Gael presents the classic comedy of Atlanta life. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29. $16-$22. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000.

Exremeties Whole World's Third Space Theater presents the Tony Award-winning play about attempted rape. Contains adult situations. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28. Whole World Theatre, 1216 Spring St. 404-817-0880.

Improv comedy Six shows weekly. Call for dates and times. $5-$19.50. Whole World Theatre, 1216 Spring St. 404-817-0880.

Improv Comedy Weekly show. Saturdays, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $10. The Basement Theatre, 175 West Wieuca Road. 404-277-3071.

Macbeth New American Shakespeare Tavern presents a tale of treachery, back stabbing and family chaos. Part of "A Shakespeare Supernatural Spectacle." Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. $19.50-$24.50. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

A Midsummer Night's Dream New American Shakespeare Tavern presents the classic tale of fairies interfering with two couples' relationships. Part of "A Shakespeare Supernatural Spectacle." 19, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. $19.50-$24.50. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

Miss Mortality U.S.A. Agatha's a Taste of Mystery presents a dinner theater presentation about the annual Miss Grade A USA pageant held in the cattle-town of Fort Worthless, Texas. A killer is eliminating the contestants and the body count is rising higher than Miss East West Virginia's IQ. Tue.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3. $45-$55. Agatha's-A Taste of Mystery, 693 Peachtree St. 404-875-4321.

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's merry romp about love and honor. Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $10-$34. Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-422-8369.

Murder, Ahoy! Rock the Boat Theater Company will present this murder mystery with dinner. Mon., Sun., 7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31. $34.75. 708 Spring Street. 770-919-7010.

Peachtree Battle Longest running show in Atlanta history. Comedy/drama centering on a blueblood, Buckhead wedding. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. $23.50. Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St. 404-875-1193.

Ragtime: The Musical In Concert Onstage Atlanta presents a musical about life in turn of the century America. Sundays, 4 p.m.; Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28. $12-$15. Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-897-1802.

Scandal!: The Space Station Dad's Garage Theatre Company presents an improvised soap opera based in a space station in the distant future. Fridays, 10:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Slide Glide the Slippery Slope Synchronicity Performance Group presents the story of 36-year-old identical twins meeting for the first time. Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 12. $15-$20. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-325-5168.

The Tempest New American Shakespeare Tavern presents a the crew of a weather-beaten ship in mysterious and magical circumstances. Part of "A Shakespeare Supernatural Spectacle." Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. $19.50-$24.50. New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299.

TheatreSports Atlanta's popular improv comedy show. Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. $12. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Three Days of Rain Dramatic play by Richard Greenberg. Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27. Actors Theatre of Atlanta, 4075 Paces Ferry Road. 404-479-8491.

Two Queens, One Castle Horizon Theatre Company presents a new autobiographical musical about a woman who discovers her husband lives a secret life. Stars T.C. Carson of "Living Single". Continues through Aug. 29. $20-$27. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450.

The Wizard of Oz Dorothy's journey through a fantastic world presented with the beloved Harold Arlen/Yip Yarburg score. Fri., Sat., 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28. Cobb Playhouse and Studio, 4857 North Main St., Suite 240, Acworth. 770-565-3995.

Theater: Children's
Charlotte's Web Charlotte the spider tries to saving Wilbur the pig from an unfortunate end. Opens Sept. 23. Sundays, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.,1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12. $12. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Colonel FuddyDuddy's Bestest Circus Ever Dad's Garage presents Colonel FuddyDuddy in his quest to put on the best circus ever. Each week he will take up the challenge with a series of special guest stars and recurring characters. Opens Aug. 28. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Continues through May 27. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141.

Eats and Giggles The Odd Family presents dinner theater for children including clown waiters. Fridays, 7 p.m. $12-$16. Startime Entertainment, 608 Holcombe Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-993-5411.

Free to be You and Me Synchronicity Performance Group presents the story that looks at gender roles, identity and friendships by Shel Silverstein, Marlo Thomas and Judy Blume. Opens Aug. 21. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 12. $10. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-325-5168.

How High is Up? Synchronicity Performance Group presents the story of a courageous girl who sets out to find the meaning of love. Opens Oct. 30. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Sundays, 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21. $10. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave.

The Miracle Worker Alliance Children's Theatre presents the story of deaf, blind and mute Helen Kellar and her teacher Annie Sullivan. Opens Oct. 16. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 14. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000.

Pinocchio An imaginative twist on the story of Gepetto and his puppet. Opens August 24. Sundays, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.,1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Continues through Sept. 19. $12. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Sleeping Beauty National Marionette Theatre presents this classic tale. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.,1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Continues through Aug. 22. $12. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Sleeping Beauty Wonderquest presents an adaptation set in Asia. School performances available at special times and discounted rates. Fri., Sat. Continues through Oct. 2. $6-$8. Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 1 Centennial Circle, Gainesville. 770-718-3624.

The Velveteen Rabbit A boy and his stuffed bunny are best buddies who enjoy the simple comforts of friendship. Snubbed by his mechanical toy companions, the rabbit has just one wish: to become "real." Opens Nov. 26. Tue.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. & 12 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.,1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Continues through Dec. 12. $7-$12. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Young King Arthur The magician Merlin hides Arthur and matches wit and magic with his formidable sister, Morgan le Fay. Sat., Sun., 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 3. $7. Kudzu Playhouse, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-594-1020.

Visual Arts
Atlanta Artists Center Grandview Gallery A National View. The AAC 2004 National Juried Exhibition. Judged by Stephen Wicks, Curator of Collections and Exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art. Opening reception Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30. Performance Pieces. Juried exhibition of works open to all media. Judged by Cherry Baird. Opens Oct. 16. Continues through Nov. 4. Photospective. Juried exhibition of photography as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Continues through Nov. 4. Form and Function. Juried exhibition and sale of works in various media from local artists. Judged by Suzanne Talbot. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 2. 2979 Grandview Ave. 404-237-2324.

Atlanta College of Art Gallery John Largaespada. Works combining photography and computer technology. Opening reception Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m., artist lecture at 6 p.m. Thur., Fri., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Tue., Wed., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28. 1280 Peachtree St., Woodruff Arts Center. FREE. 404-733-5050.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Team Lump. Lump gallery/projects presents a large-scale group exhibition. Opening reception Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8. House of Cards. Portraits of British royalty in various media by Hew Locke. Artist's reception Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m. Artist's talk, 6-7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8. From Galesburg to Atlanta. Works by Chris Verene, curated by Helena Reckitt. Opening reception Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. Artist's talk Sept. 11, 6-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23. House of Cards. Multi-media portraits of British royalty by Hew Locke. Opening reception Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m.; artist's talk 6-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8. $3-$5. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970.

Atlanta Photography Group Gallery Only in 2004. New photography created in 2004. Opening reception Oct. 1, 7:30-10 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 12-4 p.m. Continues through Nov. 5. TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St., B-1. 404-605-0605.

Barbara Archer Gallery Thump Queen and Other Southern Anomolies. Photography by Meryl Truett, explores the characters of the South. A book by the same title accompanies the exhibition. Opening reception Oct. 8, 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 30. 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite #A102. 404-523-1845.

Brook Run Park The Moving Wall. Dunwoody's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10822 and the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association present this traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Opens Aug. 22. From 9 a.m. until dusk. 4770 N. Peachtree Road.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Little Family. Paintings by Pat Magers examine family dynamics. Opening reception Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 8. 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

The Cultural Arts Center of Douglasville Theological Paintings. Works by Dr. Calvin Miller. Opening reception Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 28. Douglasville Celebrates Photography. Photographs selected by Susan Todd-Raque. Opening reception Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. 8852 Campbellton St., Douglasville. 770-949-2787.

Eclectic Electric Gallery The Enlightened Works of Jeff Sigler. Lighting by gallery co-founder Jeff Sigler. Opens Sept. 18. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Oct. 31. 1393 N. Highland Ave. 404-875-2840.

Fay Gold Gallery Carolyn Carr. New paintings. Opens Sept. 10. Tue.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 6. 764 Miami Circle. 404-233-3843.

Galerie Timothy Tew Chuck Bowdish. New paintings. Also showing drawings by Isabell Melchor and Kimo Minton. Preview Aug. 26, 7-9 p.m. Opening Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25. Sal Brownfield. Paintings of breast cancer survivors, one-week showing as part of the "Celebration of Healing." Opening benefit Oct. 7 w/ proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Continues through Oct. 15. Jean-Pierre Bourquin. Large abstracts and works on paper. Also showing atmospheric landscapes by Marie Garcia. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13. 309 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-869-0511.

Gallery 100 Drama Queen. Prints by Stephanie Smith. Opening reception Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 8. Shana Robbins. Paintings. Opens Sept. 9. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 15. Justin Slattery. Paintings. Opens Sept. 16. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 22. Aimee Rydarowski and Jess Bowling. Digital video. Opens Sept. 23. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 29. Jeremy Jones. Digital art. Opens Sept. 30. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 6. Mechal Roe-Barber. Digital art. Opens Oct. 7. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 13. Marisa Avila. Paintings. Opens Oct. 14. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 20. Dan Curran. Paintings. Opens Oct. 21. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27. Audrey Ward. Sculpture. Opens Oct. 28. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3. Jeremy Chance. Paintings. Opens Nov. 8. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Nov. 10. Kelly Gorman. Painting. Opens Nov. 11. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Nov. 17. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5008.

Georgia Institute of Technology Recent Works. Works by Cynthia Thompson at the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking. Opening reception Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 24.

GSU Welch School of Art & Design Strange Planet. GSU's gallery presents five renowned international artists exploring cultural commodity and globalization. Opening reception Sept. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Exhibition also showing at Saltworks gallery. www.gsu.edu/artgallery. Mon.-Sun. Continues through Nov. 5. I Wish to Say. Artist Sheryl Oring talks to Atlantans and uses a vintage typewriter to record their messages on postcards that are then sent to the President. Voter registration available onsite. Times and locations vary. Thu., Sept. 30. Georgia State University, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. 404-651-0489.

Heaven Blue Rose Confluence. Dawn Welker. Opening reception Sept. 11, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30. Reach. Wendy James. Opening reception Nov. 06, 6-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. 934 Canton Road, Roswell. 770-642-7380.

Lagerquist Gallery Light in Contrast. Paintings by Atlanta artist Geoffrey Johnson. Opens Sept. 9. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25. 3235 Paces Ferry Place. 404-352-8114.

Lambert Gallery of Art Pushing Pixels. Group show featuring the work of innovative digital artists. Reception Aug. 19, 6-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 25. 805 Lambert Drive. 404-897-1109.

The Lowe Gallery Group Show. Works by Debra Fritts, Jason Murphy, Mark Perlman, Ferdinand Rosa, more. Opening reception Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21. Group Show. Works by William Morris, Udo Noger, and Joseph Rossano. Opening reception Oct. 22 6-9 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 15. 75 Bennett St. NW, Space A-2. 404-352-8114.

Mable House Cultural Center Messeueir's D/Art. All medium group show by local male artists. Opens Aug. 23. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 24. 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-3285.

Mason Murer Fine Art Cloudscapes and More. Works by James Way. Opening reception Sept. 10. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. 199 Armour Drive. 404-879-1500.

Moving Spirits Studios & Gallery Eilis Crean. Votives, painting and drawings by the Georgia-based artist. Opening reception Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m. Tue.-Sun., 12-7:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 19. 1025 Edgewood Ave. 404-525-2171.

MudFire Pottery Center Stoked!. Wood-fired pottery by Mark Peters. Opening reception Aug. 19, 6-10 p.m. Sat., Sun., 12-8 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 12-10 p.m. Continues through Sept. 12. 1441 Dresden Drive, Suite 250. 404-969-3260.

Rialto Center for the Performing Arts I Wish to Say. Artist Sheryl Oring and documentary photographs by Sarah Barrick. Opens Oct. 7. Continues through Nov. 5. Astrid Backstrom: Recent Weavings. Swedish weaver presents large-scale works in conjunction with the Scandinavian Festival at Spivey Hall. Opens Nov. 11. Continues through Jan. 14. 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-0489.

Saltworks Gallery Strange Planet. Saltworks gallery co-hosts GSU exhibition featuring five renowned international artists exploring cultural commodity and globalization. Opening reception Sept. 2, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. www.saltworksgallery.com. Continues through Nov. 5. Kojo Griffin, Alex Kvares, Charles Nelson. Collaborative and individual projects with an emphasis on drawing. Opening reception Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 25-Dec. 7 & Dec. 24-Jan. 3. Tue.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 15. 635 Angier Ave. 404-876-8000.

Schatten Gallery AVODA: Objects of the Spirit. Exhibition of Jewish ceremonial objects created by New York artist Tobi Khan. Reception Aug. 29, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 1-9 p.m.; Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 15. Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle. 404-727-6861.

St. Brigid's Catholic Church Sacred and Performing Arts Series. Pianist and composer George Skaroulis will present a program featuring music from his new CD release, "Athena." For more information please call 678-393-0060 or visit www.georgeskaroulis.com. Sat., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. $10.

Thomas Deans & Company, Fine Art Dreams of Arcady. Paintings by New York artist Marianne Gagnier. Opening reception Sept. 10, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 2. 75 Bennett St., TULA Art Center. 404-352-3778.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Four person show. Includes Bella Vista tiles by Lisa and James Tevia Clark, watercolors by Edwin Rudd, contemporary steel art by David Borden and painted tiles by Lisa Shinault. Opens Sept. 2. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 29. 1911 Cliff Valley Way. 404-634-5134.

Vinson Gallery Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Group exhibition of gallery artists. Opening reception Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m. Fri., Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wed., Thur., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28. 119 E. Court Square, #100, Decatur. 404-370-1720.

Young Blood Gallery Justin Davis and Friends. Group artists will hop freight trains from New York to Atlanta, gathering materials for their show along the way to be assembled over the next month in Atlanta. Opening Sept. 4, 7-11:00 p.m. Fri., Sat., 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 26. Anya Liftig. Artist will cover gallery walls, ceiling and floor with her photographs. Opening Oct. 2, 7-11:00 p.m. Fri., Sat., 12-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31. Brian Bishop. Paintings and drawings. Opening Nov. 6, 7-11:00 p.m. Fri., Sat., 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28. 629 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-0393.

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