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A few words of advice to those headed to the DOGWOOD FESTIVAL APRIL 11-13: Take MARTA, it's smarta. Because the only sure way to keep those feet fresh for all that walking around in Piedmont Park is hopping the free shuttle from the Arts Center station. That said, the 67th go-round of this grand Atlanta tradition ought to be worth its weight in Epsom salts. One of the largest and most diverse artists' markets in the country hosts more than 250 artists from Atlanta, the Southeast and elsewhere, showing sculpture, paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. Fifty or so local and national acts are set to entertain the (hopefully) sun-baked throngs on three outdoor stages; marquee talent includes the bluesy Derek Trucks Band, B-52's singer-gone-solo Cindy Wilson, local Americana darlings Sugarland, and enduring funk-rockers Mother's Finest (for a complete live music listing, see Vibes, p. 99). Canines take to the air for the DISC-DOG SOUTHERN NATIONALS, climbers can have a crack at the 24-foot rock wall, and the little angels will find plenty to keep them occupied at the Kids Village. Take a break from the crowds with a walking tour of Midtown's choicest digs for the MIDTOWN TOUR OF HOMES, or browse the Community Corner, a showcase for 15 pre-selected charities. Free. Fri. noon-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-7 p.m. Piedmont Park. 404-329-0501. www.dogwood.org. Midtown Tour of Homes: $15-$20; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.; 404-875-0342; www.midtownhometour.com.

-- Hobart Rowland

Live Music
Social butterflies

World music lovers fell all over themselves over the sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club a few years back. But Juan de Marcos Gonzalez is out to prove that Cuba's musical evolution didn't end in the '60s. The founder/director of the AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS arrives in Atlanta APRIL 12 with some of Cuba's hottest young talent, who share the stage with older stars (see Vibes). The All Stars embrace a myriad of styles, including classic son montuno, contemporary timba, swinging big-band guajira, Afro-Cuban jazz, danzon, bolero, the pure tribal rhythms of abakua, and more. It's music meant for dancing, so make some room in the aisles. $30-$50. 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org.

-- Jerry Portwood


Literary event
Books on wheels

When you spot a vintage Airstream trailer parked in front of Eyedrum APRIL 14-15, don't assume it's some itinerant retirees camped out at the underground art space. It's actually the touring exhibition PROJET MOBILIVRE, or the Bookmobile Project, which works to increase exposure for artist-made books, independent publications and 'zines. The Bookmobile's traveling collection includes an eclectic line of around 300 art-books, from photocopied collections to one-of-kind creations and small press publications. The Bookmobile also offers a free 'zine-making workshop, so locals can get in on the action. Noon-7 p.m. Reception: Mon. 7 p.m.; $5, free for members. Workshop: Tues. 1-3 p.m. Eyedrum, 190 MLK Jr. Drive. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

-- Tray Butler


April 9 Wednesday
Ansley Park Playhouse pays tribute to 9-11 with Anne Nelson's THE GUYS. In the play, a journalist (Lauren Mitchell Ruehring) helps a New York City fire captain (Vince Higgins) write the eulogies for eight of his men killed in the World Trade Center attacks. Continues through May 18. $18; $10 for firefighters and policemen. Wed.-Thurs. 8 p.m.; Sat. 5 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St. 404-875-1193. www.ansleyparkplayhouse.com. (Curt Holman)

April 10 Thursday
Jon Ludwig's DINOSAURS combines super-realistic body puppets with erupting volcanoes and other special effects for an educational romp through history. It's enough to make any kid yearn to be a paleontologist. Continues through June 1. $6-$12. Tue.-Fri. 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 3 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (JP)

April 11 Friday
Sure, it's possible that local comic book and fantasy fanatics will skip the annual ATLANTA COMICON -- just like it's possible Faith the Vampire Slayer will get her own UPN series, or the forthcoming X-Men movie won't totally screw up Storm again. It's possible -- but, like, in an alternate universe or something. Continues through April 13. Daily pass $10; three-day pass $20. Fri. 1-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Gwinnett Civic Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-623-3496. www.atlantacomicon.com. (TB)

April 12 Saturday
A multimedia arts fest replete with fashion, food and fun, the FUNKJAZZ KAFE has become an Atlanta staple. Always hush-hush about the lineup of visual artists and musicians, organizers usually surprise revelers with celebrity guests. And there are rumors that hometown heroes Joi, Donnie and India.Arie may attend. $15-$25. 10 p.m. SciTrek Museum, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-842-3865. www.funkjazzkafe.com. (JP)

April 13 Sunday
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter WYNTON MARSALIS joins the LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA, one of jazz's most renowned house bands, for a mix of historic and newly commissioned works for big band. $30-$65. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.or. (JP)

April 14 Monday
PAUL HENDRICKSON
builds his new nonfiction work, Sons of Mississippi around a single photograph. But what a powerful image it is -- a 1962 Life magazine snapshot showing seven white Southern lawmen brandishing a billy club prior to the beating of a black student during a thwarted integration attempt at the University of Mississippi. Hendrickson reads and signs copies of his book. Free. 7 p.m. Chapter 11 Discount Books, Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Ave. 404-872-7986. www.chapter11books.com. (TB)

April 15 Tuesday
OK, so it may seem like an oxymoron: Image Film & Video's LESBIAN FASHION assembles shorts that focus on accessorizing and style. The six works were culled from L.A.'s Outfest and other prominent film festivals. $5. 8 p.m. Red Chair Restaurant and Video Bar, 550-C Amsterdam Ave. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org. (JP)

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