-- Nikhil Swaminathan
Fans of the freakshow Comedy Central series "Strangers with Candy" will foam at the mouth over WIGFIELD, the new book by the show's creators. Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris serve up a twisted roster of characters from a fictional small town on the brink of extinction. Appropriately, the comedians are eschewing a normal book tour and instead have created a more theatrical reading, channeling the book's grotesquely hilarious population for a truly unusual stage event MAY 30-31. $30. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 4 and 8 p.m. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738. www.tix.com.
-- Tray Butler
MARGARET CHO likes to talk about asses. With her latest tour, Revolution, in Atlanta MAY 29, the controversial comedian celebrates various tush-related taboos as she to takes on the formidable task of merging gay and straight sensibilities, along with issues of the body and personal freedom. Whether Cho is offering a play-by-play account of her first colonic, explaining how to bring men to orgasm faster (strategically placed fingers work nicely), or describing her Korean mother's shock and awe over gay porn, what comes out the other end is always funny. $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-249-6400. www.margaretcho.com.
-- Jerry Portwood
May 29 Thursday
It may be a retelling of the oft-dramatized nativity story, but John Adams' EL NIÑO ain't your normal Christmas fare. And it's not about a mighty wind either. The ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA's Southeastern premiere of Adams' work includes Latin American poems and imagery, and employs Robert Spano and the ASO Orchestra and Chorus . $18-$52. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. (JP)
May 30 Friday
Midtown's newest nightclub, Dragonfly, plays host to Flavourset's fourth annual SPRING FANTASY BALL. That means lots of tight dresses, expensive shoes and enough attitude to keep that hair straight without the gobs of mousse. Oh, and DJs Jefferson Tyler, Chris Baker, Brian Dotson, J-Luv and Martin Fry spin. $10. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Dragonfly Nightclub and Lounge, 67 12th St. 678-362-6465. www.flavourset.com. (JP)
The local contemporary dance scene gets another shot in the arm with THE NERVE SERIES. Six choreographers present solo and group work. $10-$12. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. The Beam, 750 Glenwood Ave. 404-931-0212. (JP)
May 31 Saturday
An R-rated night with no strings attached, XPERIMENTAL PUPPETRY THEATER features puppeteers, artists and others showing off their strange and foul-mouthed puppets (including a new creation by Jason Hines, known around town for his puppet band, Clobber). And remember: You gotta be 18 or older to experience it. $8-$10. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 8 and 11 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (JP)
June 1 Sunday
The Fox Theatre's SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL kicks off with the world premiere of The Adventures of Ociee Nash, a feature film shot in Orchard Hill, Ga., and locally in Inman Park. It stars Keith Carradine and Mare Winningham, and includes cameos by Atlantans Tom Key and Ty Pennington from "Trading Spaces." $7. 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (JP)
June 2 Monday
MIDSUMMER MAMBO heats up Commune's outdoor courtyard with salsa, meringue, samba and (of course) mambo throughout the summer. Julian Meija and Salsa Casino offer complimentary dance lessons, and mojitos keep you cool. 7 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 25. Commune, 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-609-5000. www.communeatlanta.com.
June 3 Tuesday
Turner Classic Movies' popular outdoor classic film festival, SCREEN ON THE GREEN, kicks off with the Elvis classic, Jailhouse Rock. Free. Tuesdays through July 1. Begins at sunset. Piedmont Park, on ball fields nearest Piedmont Avenue and 14th Street. 877-262-5866. www.digitalcity.com/screenonthegreen.
June 4 Wednesday
Folk-pop mainstay JOAN ARMATRADING brings her intimate acoustic confessionals to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for its outdoor concert series. It's the first stop of a tour behind her newest album, Lovers Speak (see Vibes, p. 103). $40. 7 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 866-468-7630. www.ticketweb.com. (JP)