The Paul Dresher Ensemble present SOUND STAGE, a new music theater experience featuring a two-story instrument that dominates the stage. Every surface on the structure, from pendulums to plastic tubing, creates sound with the help of five performers that climb, crawl and maneuver through the instrument. After the concert, audience members are invited to explore the structure for themselves and create their own sounds. $8-$20. Fri. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University, 1700 N. Decatur Road.
Choreographer Anna Leo created TRIPTYCH FOR V in honor of her daughter Vita. The performance, which seeks to explore the bond between mother and daughter, includes three pieces performed by Emory dance faculty and guest artists. Original music accompanies the piece, including a score by local gadget musician, Klimchak. Free. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Virginia Woolf is getting plenty of screen time currently with Nicole Kidman's Oscar-nominated performance in The Hours, but for a live-action opportunity to experience the woman of letters, the SITI Company presents a one-woman show, ROOM. Based on Woolf's novels, memoirs and essays, the show features actress Ellen Lauren with her own interpretation of the author -- sans the nose job. $10-$25. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle.
If you still have any energy left after trying to catch the lineup of events, take a load off with the EMORY CHAIRS PROJECT. The juried exhibition of 37 outdoor chair sculptures includes works by Emory and guest artists. But wait, there really is no time to rest. You've got to pick up a brochure indicating the location of the chairs throughout the campus and get out there to find them for yourself. Free. Opening reception Fri. 5-8 p.m. Through April 17. Visual Arts Building, 700 Peavine Creek Drive.
-- Jerry Portwood
One of the Atlanta art community's most highly anticipated events, the 2003 ATLANTA BIENNIAL, opens MARCH 21 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center with a reception 7-9 p.m. Curated by New York-based art critic and curator Franklin Sirmans, the show highlights the work of 25 of the hottest artists working within 100 miles of the ATL. Among those selected from more than 500 contenders are Alejandro Aguilera, Emily Diehl, Hope Hilton, Sara Hornbacher, Scott Ingram, Donald Locke ("Crab-Dog," 2001, right), Eric Mack, Traci Malloy, Kathryn Refi and Larry Walker, to name a few. A surprising dearth of video and new media submissions results in a show that focuses primarily on painting and sculpture. Through June 7. $5 general admission, $3 students/ seniors/children, free to members. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org.
-- Suzanne Van Atten
Performance & Film
Rage against the man
Millions are trying to give peace a chance, but some are tapping into their inner rage. Women are often viewed as the more demure sex, but Estrofest Productions explores the darker side of femininity when they present THE RAGE PROJECT MARCH 21-30, an exploration of anger, aggression and violence in women told through theater, dance, performance art, film and photography. New Orleans-based artist Kathy Randels performs her one-woman piece, Rage Within/Without, that tells the story -- through movement, personal narratives and historical facts -- of women who kill or dream of killing. Unlike Chicago, which celebrates the vampy murderesses on death row in song, the feature film Blind Spot: Murder by Women takes a less glamorous approach by combining interviews with six women murderers who discuss what it's like to take a life. The following weekend includes a series of short films as well as Fume, a world-premiere performance art piece by local artists. To round out the experience, African-American women's photography collective Sistagraphy presents a collaborative photography exhibit, The Rage Project Photography Exhibit. Rage Within/Without: $10-$14. March 21-22, 8 p.m. Blind Spot: $6-$8. March 23, 8 p.m. Fume & film shorts: $10-$14. March 28-30, 8 p.m. 7 Stages Backstage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-797-0489. www.estrofest.org.
March 19 Wednesday
Atlanta native Chan Marshall's CAT POWER returns home with a full-band lineup, including former members of Smoke and a long-awaited new album, You Are Free. Tickets, however, will cost you. $13-$15. 7:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-521-1786. www.variety-playhouse.com. (Roni Sarig)
March 20 Thursday
Currently, Canadian-based KATHLEEN EDWARDS' biggest asset is being compared to Lucinda Williams. She has the raspy, mature voice of a serious, alt-country star-to-be, and her debut album Failer has the hooks to get her there (see Vibes, p. 101). Roots-rock, Americana guitarist John Eddie opens. $10-$12. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354 www.variety-playhouse.com. (JP)
March 21 Friday
George Cartwright, composer, saxophonist, bandleader and producer, performs with a roster of renowned jazz musicians in FIRE ANT MUSIC: EXTENSION -- MUSIC FOR SUPPER. Guitarist Davey Williams, bass player Adam Linz, Bruce Golden (on drums and electronics) and Chris Parker on keyboards stretch out, improvise and leave their imprint on original works. $8. 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Drive. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (JP)
March 22 Saturday
Lucky Yates hosts another no-holds-barred, late-night PUPPET SLAM. This go-round includes the puppet machinations of Curious Moon, Lorna Howley, Rosco Chap, and Scott Warren. Could be funny, could be gross. Could be totally stupid. Free-$5. Midnight. Dad's Garage Theatre,280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (JP)
March 23 Sunday
Friends and family of the late Georgia author gather for AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE OF JAMES KILGO, celebrating the life of the UGA professor and nature writer who died in December. Authors Judson Mitcham and Philip Lee Williams read at the event sponsored by The Spoken Word (see Arts, p. 63). Free. Reservations required. Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree St. 404-946-2868. www.spokenwordproductions.org. (Tray Butler)
March 24 Monday
Poetry at Tech continues its run of importing influential literary voices with its presentation of PATRICIA SMITH, diva of the slam scene and a longtime opinion columnist. The four-time National Grand Slam champion offers work from her forthcoming book, Bob Thunderous. Free. 7 p.m. 14th St. Playhouse. 404-385-2760. www.iac.gatech.edu/poetry.html. (TB)
March 25 Tuesday
For a double-whammy of local independent film, start with IMAGE Film & Video Center's SHORT LIVED! ... A SHORTS SLAM. The audience and a panel of judges decide the fate of the shorts. Once the crowd gets roused and realizes they can heckle to their hearts content, some films don't get beyond the opening credits. That leaves plenty of time to head over to the monthly WELLFAIR event. The band Envie starts the evening off and is followed by a feature film and then a series of uninhibited short films 'til midnight. Short Slam: $5. 8 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-352-4225. Well Fair: Free. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-524-4269. www.wellfair.net. (JP)