Bring in da aspirin
Audiences might want to be sure they've fully recovered from that New Year's hangover when STOMP's ear-splitting crash-bang opera clangs into the Fox Theatre JAN. 7-12. What began as a street performance in Brighton, England, has evolved into a multinational phenomenon, its influences seeping into a variety of offshoots. The percussionists in this innovative modern "dance" troupe tap, crack, flip and tickle instruments ranging from hubcaps to brooms to Zippo lighters for a visual and aural kaleidoscope of sound. $20-$48. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5 and 9 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org.
-- Tray Butler
The funny thing is ...
The Shakespeare Tavern prides itself on an authentic Globe-like theater experience, replete with meat pies and tankards of ale. But it seems the Bard didn't pen too many musicals -- so the company has turned to the living American musical genius Stephen Sondheim. JAN. 3-FEB. 9, the Tavern presents A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, its first dip into musical-theater waters. No tights, but plenty of togas all around. $10 preview Jan. 3-5, 7. $19.50-$24.50. Tues.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 6:30 p.m. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com.
Big mouth strikes again
Actor Tim Cordier rings in 2003 with a new name and venue for his live late-night talk show JAN. 4. Formerly called "The Culture Barn Show" and held at the Art Farm, "ALIVE IN LITTLE FIVE" takes place at 7 Stages in Little Five Points. The "first episode" includes local artist R. Land, Southern author Terry Kay and the eight-member, all-female a cappella band Yes Virginia. Cordier wrangles the personalities of his diverse guests, taking questions and trying not to piss anyone off. $5. 11 p.m. Every first Saturday. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647.
-- Curt Holman