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Live Music
Blues mama

ETTA JAMES may be getting along in years, but she still knows how to get an audience on its feet when she lays it down. The "Matriarch of the Blues" is one of the most emotionally charged vocalists around. And MAY 14, this national treasure sings classics from her incredible career, including "Roll With Me, Henry" and "At Last." $29-$50. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org.

-- Jerry Portwood

Comedy
No he didn't

When DAVE CHAPPELLE (right) comes to town MAY 18, don't expect to see the lovable pot dealer he played in Half-Baked. On his Comedy Central program, "Chappelle's Show," he likes to say the n-word and stick his thumb up pretty women's butts. He emphasizes the importance of huge breasts. He makes fun of crackheads. His jokes about stereotypes aren't just politically incorrect, they're offensive. In other words, he's really fucking funny. $33.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com.

-- Heather Kuldell

Theater
Sox in the Fox

Maybe the best way to enjoy SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL is to hash out your plans beforehand. I mean, red fish, pot fish, blue fish. Wait, no. He-he ... um ... oh yeah. Cathy Rigby (above), the perpetually perky gymnast and Tony-nominated actress, takes to the stage as the Cat in the Hat MAY 14-18 (after missing the opening performance May 13 due to a death in the family). Here's your chance to experience the wacky residents of Whoville live and in the flesh. Yeah. $20-$45. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com.

-- JP

Books
Erin Go Braugh

The Margaret Mitchell House is celebrating St. Patrick's Day a couple of months late this year. For the appearance of Irish-American author ALICE MCDERMOTT MAY 15, the Center for Southern Literature is letting its hair down for an Irish Happy Hour. McDermott, winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Charming Billy, reads from and signs copies of her new novel, Child of My Heart, and Fado Irish Pub offers a cash-bar assortment of Irish whiskey, beer and cuisine. Whiskey drinking at The Dump? Margaret would surely approve. $8. 6 p.m. happy hour, 7 p.m. reading. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org.

-- Tray Butler


May 14 Wednesday
The Goethe-Institut continues its "Crossing the Border" French-German film series with LE COUP DE GRACE. Based on a novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, this black-and-white tale of love, heartbreak and violence is in German and French with English subtitles. $3-$4. 7 p.m. Colony Square, Plaza Level, 11197 Peachtree St. 404-892-2388. www.goethe.de/atlanta. (JP)

May 15 Thursday
The fifth installment of the somewhat-monthly INFO DEMO series offers "Tips for Running an Orderly Household." The evening features performance artist KT Kilborn, music by Hallie & Scott, and the always-memorable Kevin J. Hoth discussing "The Big Hole Under My House." Free. 8:30 p.m. ArtSpot, 704 McGruder St. 404-659-0088. www.jsassociate.com. (JP)

May 16 Friday
Rob Mallard and Andrew Burnes, part of the original GOLD SPARKLE BAND that made its mark on the Atlanta in the mid-'90s, return to the fold this week, joining fellow GSB founders (and current members) Roger Ruzow, Charles Waters and Andrew Barker for a series of reunion shows outside of New York's downtown free-jazz world. $7. 8:30 p.m. First Existentialist Congregation, 470 Candler Park Drive. 404-622-3355. (Roni Sarig)

May 17 Saturday
See the spaces downtown dwellers have carved out for themselves during the eighth annual DOWNTOWN TOUR OF LOFTS & LIFESTYLES. The event features a tour of 20 residential properties. At the same time, the DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVAL takes to the streets of the Fairlie-Poplar area with vendors, art and children's activities. Tour: $15-$20. Festival: free. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park. 404-658-1877. www.atlantadowntown.com. (JP)

May 18 Sunday
Oglethorpe University is once again the setting for the ATLANTA CELTIC FESTIVAL. Activities include sheepdog demonstrations, falconers and Gaelic football. Both days include music by the Elders, Hadrian's Wall, Isla and the local Buddy O'Reilly Band. $3-$10. Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-572-8045. atlantacelticfestival.com. (JP)

May 19 Monday
For the annual 48 HOUR FILM FESTIVAL, 36 Atlanta teams scramble to write, shoot and edit the best short film. The completed films premiere today and screen all week. $7. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Lefont Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.48hourfilm.com. (Curt Holman)

When Bill Brent hosts an EVENING OF EROTICA, there's no telling what will happen. After all, he is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men (that's all men, by the way). Free. 7:30 p.m. Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. (JP)

May 20 Tuesday
The EAGLES may not be the most spontaneous bunch on stage, but they're always good for an evening of note-perfect reproductions of their '70s hits. Somehow Don Henley can still nail those kamakazi high notes at the end of "The Last Resort" -- and it's always nice to see him roll up his sleeves and take a seat behind the set. $47-$177. 8 p.m. Philips Arena, Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. (Hobart Rowland)

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