Call it self-taught, outsider or just plain folk, but there will tons of art at the FOLK FEST 2001 AUG. 17-19. Featuring works from more than 85 galleries, Folk Fest will contain pieces by such popular favorites as Howard Finster, Mary Proctor, Lanier Meaders and many more. More than 10,000 people are expected to turn out to peruse the pottery, paintings and productions of these untrained artists' work. $15. Aug. 17, 5-10 p.m.; $6 Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 19. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. For more information, call 770-932-1000 or visit www.selftaughtart.com.
Atlanta's music scene continues to seek approbation and contracts as the SOUTHEAST MUSIC SHOWCASE begins AUG. 17-18. The two-day event will feature more than 25 unsigned regional rock, soul, gospel and hip-hop talent including Cloud 10, Bliss, Buttonhook and Cappucino. $10 per night. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. For ticket information, contact 404-853-7349.
Art, feminism, color and light; just some of the themes running through Heather McDonald's DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE presented by Synchronicity Performance Group. Telling the story of the women of the impressionist movement and their struggle to be recognized as artists, the show opens AUG. 17 and runs through Sept. 2 at 7 Stages. Along with the play, InVISION is a concurrent exhibit at the 7 Stages Gallery of female artists celebrating the female form, including works by Carolyn Carr, Shelia Turner and Ninetta Violante. Tickets range from $12-$15 and can be reserved by calling 404-284-1151. 1105 Euclid Ave. For more information, visit www.mindspring.com/~synchrotheatre