Not just jazz anymore, MONTREUX ATLANTA MUSIC FESTIVAL expands its musical horizons to incorporate 11 days of blues, rock, reggae, salsa, soul, hip-hop, world and folk music AUG. 24-SEPT. 1. R&B artist Eric Benet , Halle Berry's hubbie, performs at the Tabernacle Aug. 24 at 8 p.m., and a free week of noon brown bag concerts take place in Woodruff Park Aug. 27-31. The festival culminates in a free concert weekend in Piedmont Park Sept. 1-3, including performances by Celia Cruz, Mandorico, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh and the Cowboy Junkies. For more information and schedules, visit www.atlantafestivals.com or call 404-817-6851.
And you thought your home life was bad? Out of Hand Theater begins its inaugural season with Jean Cocteau's LES PARENTS TERRIBLES (INDISCRETIONS) AUG. 24. Translated from the French by Jeremy Sams, Cocteau's farce is the tale of a family held together by fantasy and deception. The show runs through Sept. 16 at 7 Stages Theatre's Backstage. $12-$15. 1105 Euclid Ave. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 9, 16 at 5 p.m. For ticket information, contact 404-522-6194 or visit www.outofhandtheater.com
Virgil Tibbs didn't know what he was getting into when he came down South. In the classic 1967 film, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, starring Sidney Poitier, you can discover how the Philly detective gets wrangled into a homicide investigation with a small-town sheriff, whom he eventually befriends.
The screening concludes the Summer Sizzles series at the Atlanta History Center AUG. 24. The grounds open at 6 p.m. with music and food, and the screening begins at 8 p.m. $12 for non-members/$9 members gains you entrance to the museum as well as the film. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. For ticket information, contact 404-814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.org.
You won't have time to squirm or get up to pee during the SHORT ATTENTION SPAN FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL AUG. 24. The ninth annual festival (see Flicks, p.XX) features 59 super-short -- we're talking two minutes or less -- films and videos. They span a range of styles and genres, so if you don't like one, don't worry, the next will roll along soon enough. 8 p.m. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. For more information, contact 404-688-1970 or visit www.shortspan.com.