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SATURDAY/17 

BENEFIT FOR CINEFEST -- This is a fund raiser for the terrific little repertory movie theater at GSU, so who better to perform than some of the most cinematic and theatrical bands in town? Headlining act Greasepaint is like a phantasmagorical Fassbinder nightmare starring Tom Waits and William Forsythe. Second-billed Bitch resembles a remake of This is Spinal Tap as engineered by Julia Roberts' sleazoid kid brother; opening acts F.E.M.A. and Reverie Salvage are the sonic equivalent of curtain-raising cartoons. All that's missing is Mike Meyers announcing, "Now comes the part in Sprockets where we dance!" Star Bar (Nicoll)

Comedy
She's been called the world's most famous fag hag, so it's appropriate that Margaret Cho will have a drag queen on stage when her new show, THE NOTORIOUS C.H.O., comes to Atlanta NOV. 17. Her pal (and fellow Burkhart's regular) Kitty Le Claw makes a special cameo in Cho's follow-up to her wildly successful show and movie, I'm the One That I Want. This time, the comedian draws humor from her foreign-born parents and struggles with depression (a laugh riot, actually) while paying homage to the strong sistas of hip-hop. $27.50-$38.50. 8 p.m. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. -- Tray Butler

Dance
PHILADANCO's last performance at the Rialto was sold out, so don't be surprised if the NOV. 17 show does the same. This time around, Philadanco (short for Philadelphia Dance Company) offers Labess II (set to the music of Zap Mama, a female a capella vocal ensemble), Exotica, My Science and Hand Singing Song. The last piece explores the concept of hand gestures -- specifically the "dap," the hand-to-fist greeting popular during the Black Power movement. $25-$45. 7:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org.

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