-- Jerry Portwood
The High Museum's latest coup, OLD MASTERS, IMPRESSIONISTS AND MODERNS, includes French masterworks from Moscow's State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The High is the only museum in the southeastern U.S. to host the collection, which is on display APRIL 5-JUNE 29. Of the 76 paintings, 52 have never been viewed in the States until now -- but many might seem awfully familiar. Among the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Modernist works are college dorm room favorites by Matisse, Monet, Degas and van Gogh, as well as works by Picasso, Renoir and Cezanne. If you don't buy the catalog, you gotta get the calendar. $8-$15. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.
Shut up and listen!
Everybody wants to be Neal Pollack's friend. We're Neal's friends. Do you even know Neal? Did you know that he writes really funny books and plays rock 'n' roll? Did you know that when he calls himself the Greatest Living American Writer, he's really making fun of celebrity writers who think they're all that? Neal isn't like that. He's famous, and yet he still hangs out with normal people like us. Do you want to hang out with Neal? You can, at what'll be the craziest book signing of the year. On APRIL 4, Neal reads from Beneath the Axis of Evil: One Man's Journey Into the Horrors of War and sings with some rock 'n' roll kiddies at THE VERY FIRST NEAL POLLACK BURLESQUE AND BEER BONFIRE OF ATLANTA. Also reading: J.S. Van Buskirk, and indie authors Jamie Allen and Ben Brown. Mutiny on the Ballyhoo -- made up of members of local nutzo bands Greasepaint, Kingsized and Gargantua -- supply loud music while costumed. Free. 7 p.m. until. Criminal Records, 466 Moreland Avenue. 404-215-9511. www.landofcalpernia.com.
-- Michael Wall
Girls got it
OK, so Ted in accounting is about as likely to start an NCAA women's basketball pool as he is to trade in his Humvee for a Toyota Prius. Not that it's of any concern to the more than 71,000 fans who are expected for this year's NCAA WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR APRIL 4-6 and APRIL 8 at the Georgia Dome. Related HOOP CITY events include grand opening ceremonies, a battle of the Women's Final Four bands, cheerleaders and mascots, youth education through sports clinics, and a three-on-three tournament. At press time, the brackets were still peppered with a few spoilers, including this season's biggest surprise, Notre Dame. Seeded 11th in the East, the team dispatched with No. 6 Arizona and No. 3 Kansas to make it to the Sweet 16. Elsewhere, lower seeds such as New Mexico and Minnesota join Penn State, LSU, Connecticut and other powerhouses to fill the remaining 15 slots. In a tourney where upsets are few and far between, this is the equivalent of high drama. So hold on tight. Games sold out; Hoop City tickets, free-$7. Hoop City events: Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Georgia Dome, One Georgia Dome Drive. www.atlantabasketball.com.
-- Hobart Rowland
April 2 Wednesday
The whole sing-along movie craze, hot in New York and London, hasn't really caught on in Atlanta yet. But, to celebrate the release of its special edition DVD, MGM brings to town the sing-along tour of WEST SIDE STORY. Spectators get a goody-bag of props, including wedding bags, whistles and American flags. The first 20 people who show up in costume get in free. Otherwise, tickets required. 7 p.m. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road. 404-266-2202. (Tray Butler)
April 3 Thursday
Local singer/songwriter MIMI HOLLAND is being catapulted up the ranks of the self-revelatory guitar-playing musical chain. She recently opened for David Gray at his February show at the Fox, and she continues to tour behind her latest album, Simple Words, which is packed with plenty of honest, earnest tales. $5. 9 p.m. Vinyl (inside EarthLink Live), 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-9198. www.vinylatlanta.com . (JP)
April 4 Friday
The official Earth Day may not be until April 20, but Earth Share of Georgia gets the party started with their annual PARTY IN THE PARK a couple of weeks early. The fundraiser includes music by the Nonessentials, food, drink and a focus on saving the planet for everyone. $25. 8-11 p.m. Magnolia Hall, Piedmont Park. 404-873-3173. www.earthsharega.org.
April 5 Saturday
Ah, spring! And a man's thoughts turn to ... maibock. And hefeweissen. Sample offerings from more than 150 micro- and macro-breweries for one admission price at the eighth annual CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST. Athens' Terrapin Beer Co. premiers two new beers; other microbreweries -- including Dogwood, Sweetwater, Copper Creek, Max Lagers, Buckhead Brewery and Grill, and Tuppers Hop Pocket -- pour throughout the day. $21.50-$25. 2:30-7 p.m. Classic Center, 300 N. Thomas St., Athens. 706-254-2739. www.classiccitybrew.com . (Jeff Holland)
April 6 Sunday
Working Title Playwrights hosts SCRIPTEASE, a public reading of new work that promises to be short. Daniel Walsh, Hank Kimmel, Karla Jennings and four others offer staged original works, all 10 minutes in length or less. Free. 5 p.m. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (JP)
April 7 Monday
Commune and Turner Classic Movies kick off another season of outdoor movies. Each Monday, COMMUNAL CLASSICS features Hollywood on a large screen in the restaurant's courtyard. It all begins with Casablanca. Through May 26. Free. Dusk. Commune, 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-609-5000. www.communeatlanta.com. (JP)
April 8 Tuesday
For its second annual JEWISH THEATRICAL BUFFET, Jewish Theatre of the South lays out an impressive spread of 10-minute plays by five Southern authors, including David Jay Bernstein, Vynnie Meli, Sondra Ilgenfritz and others. Both funny and serious, the content covers the gamut of life events, from birth through death. $5 one night; $8 both. Mon.-Tues. 7:30 p.m. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. 770-395-2654. (HR)