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Sat., June 21. Athens' alt-rock pioneers tour after the release of their most focused album in decades. Accelerate has catapulted the band back into the good graces of critics and fans alike. The album's lean arrangements and sharp hooks coalesce with dark moods that evoke the group's earliest years, while leaning on hard, fast rock 'n' roll. Modest Mouse opens. $35-$75. 5:30 p.m. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000. www.ticketmaster.com.
52 WRITTEN IMAGES
Sat., June 21. Fourth annual poetry festival featuring HBO Defpoet Beau Sia. Keisha Jackson hosts as performers Goode, L.I.F.E. and Venom take it to the mic. $15-$20. 7 p.m. Apache Cafe. 64 Third St. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info.
53 STONE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE WALKING AND WINE TOUR
Sat., June 21. Sample wines and munchies in the small-town atmosphere of Stone Mountain Village. An hour-long tour guides guests through village restaurants, shops and galleries while sampling wines from Sycamore Grill, Continental Coffee and Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant. Free. 6-8 p.m. 770-879-4971. www.stonemountainvillage.com.
54 BRAVES VS. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
June 23-25. Smoltzy, Chipper and the gang take on the Brewers, led by slugger Ryan Braun and pitcher Ben Sheets. $6-$75. June 23-24, 7 p.m.; June 25, 1 p.m. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive. 404-577-9100. atlanta.braves.mlb.com. Wanna attend this event for free?
55 EDDIE IZZARD
Tues., June 24. Hailed as one of the top stand-up performers of all time by Comedy Central, the free-versing, sometimes cross-dressing comic performs. $35-$55. 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
June 26-29. Celebration of independent arts, music and deep-fried tube steak thrives on a summer-fair vibe. In its 12th year (and second at its new location), the festival is going stronger than ever. Four-day lineup features everyone from Zoroaster, James Hall, Noot d' Noot, Dan Deacon, Janelle Monae, Proton, Snowden and the Georgia Satellites spread out over four indoor and outdoor stages. $50 four-day pass, $20 daily. Lenny's. 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. Wanna attend this event for free?
57 ESSENTIAL THEATRE POWER PLAYS FESTIVAL
Opens Fri., June 27. Essential Theatre's 10th anniversary repertory of local and world premiere plays features the comedy Valhalla by playwright Paul Rudnick; the powerful drama After Ashley by Gina Gionfriddo; and the world premiere of Atlanta playwright Letitia Sweitzer's West of Eden, a comedy about Adam and Eve at middle age. $15-$25. June 27-July 27. Visit website for showtimes. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.essentialtheatre.com.
Opens Fri., June 27. For the latest likely summer smash from Pixar, Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton tells the futuristic story of a gentle, sad-sack robot called "Wall-E" (for "Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class") who leaves the garbage-strewn wasteland of Earth for a space adventure. The trailer promises plenty of charming, character-based physical comedy, and Pixar probably has the best track record of any filmmaking group of our time.
June 28-29. Flashback to the initial episodes of "The Dukes of Hazzard" at Dukesfest 2008. Returning to Georgia after 30 years, Dukefest is full of music, celebrities and flipped police cars. $15-$35. 9 a.m. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Highway 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211. www.dukesfest.com.
60 SUMMERFEST ON THE GREEN
Sat., June 28. Annual patriotic celebration has games and activities, rock walls, hot air balloon rides, food and drinks. Includes performance with Crystal & the Cruizers and the Party Nation. Free. 6 p.m. Morrow Festival Field, 5917 Reynolds Road, Morrow. 770-968-1623. www.morrowtourism.com/summerfest2008.htm.
61 THE MONSTER SHOW
Opens Sat., June 28. A collaborative show in which 15 local artists create a cityscape of monsters inhabiting Atlanta. Free. Opening reception Sat., June 28. 7-11 p.m.. Free. Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-6 p.m. Through Sept. 15. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery. 290 MLK Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
62 GEORGIA AUTHOR BOOK BASH
Sun., June 29. First annual GABB is a party with live jazz music on the Margaret Mitchell House porch and a chance to mingle with 50 Georgia authors. They include Joshilyn Jackson, Emily Giffin, Marvin Arrington and CL's Hollis Gillespie. Tickets To be announced. Reception, 6 p.m.; author program, 7 p.m.; book signing, 8 p.m. Call for reservations. Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree St. 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org.
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