At first, the JUNE 8 pairing of the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and SNOOP DOGG might seem odd. Think about it, though: The Chili Peppers always have incorporated hip-hop elements into their genre-bending rock/funk/pop style. Then there's the obvious So-Cal connection between these weathered L.A. vets and the Long Beach-reared Snoop -- who recently flexed his hard-rock muscle on MTV, singing on Metallica's "Sad But True." But the real ace in this lineup could be the Cali-by-way-of-El Paso outfit MARS VOLTA, the more experimental of the two groups to rise from the ashes of onetime indie-rock hopes At the Drive-In. $38-$48. 7 p.m. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Freeway. 404-249-6400. www.hob.com.
-- Nikhil Swaminathan
Another spring weekend, another reason to buy folk art and funnel cake. Held JUNE 7-8, the VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST features more than 200 juried artists. The local live music lineup includes Dodd Ferrelle & The Tinfoil Stars, the Drexlers and Ben Wakeman. Free. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Along Virginia Avenue. 404-222-8244. www.vahi.org.
JUNE 7, the CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL breaks from the predictable neighborhood fest routine, offering quirky, homespun attractions along a blocked-off portion of Carroll Street. Entertainment includes country, rock and gospel groups, an Elvis impersonator, a dog parade, and the grand dame of Atlanta drag, Diamond Lil. Free. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Littles Grocery Store, 198 Carroll St. 404-577-5325.
-- Jerry Portwood
Movies big and small
The ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL showcases cutting-edge independent film JUNE 6-14 as well as the quirkiest of kiddie films, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. It screens JUNE 7 at Centennial Olympic Park. This weekend also plays host to some of the best -- and biggest -- films ever made. JUNE 7, the High Museum screens THE SEVEN SAMURAI, Akira Kurosawa's oft-imitated masterpiece of a master-less samurai defending a village from marauding bandits. JUNE 8, the Fox offers a matinee showing of modern animated Oscar-winner SPIRITED AWAY. Later that evening, it's David Lean's epic to end all epics, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. And this planet isn't big enough for Stanley Kubrick's otherworldly 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, presented at Piedmont Park's Screen on the Green JUNE 10.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Free. Costume contest at 4 p.m. Vintage cartoons begin at 5 p.m.; movie at 6 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park. 404-222-7275. www.centennialpark.com.
The Seven Samurai. $5. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
Spirited Away and Lawrence of Arabia. $7 (each). 3 and 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org.
2001: A Space Odyssey. Free. Sunset. Piedmont Park ball fields near Piedmont Avenue and 14th Street entrance. 877-262-5866. www.digitalcity.com/screenonthegreen .
-- Curt Holman
June 5 Thursday
An interesting evening for cerebral music fans: the Blue Valentines present a Tom Waits tribute, followed by the retro-Euro sounds and cabaret flourishes of locals TWITTERING MACHINE. $7. 9 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com. (JP)
June 6 Friday
THE BIG ROCK concert series' next lineup is about as oddly matched as they come. Local hip-hop group PSYCHE ORIGAMI is followed by THE STREETS' U.K. garage rock. Geek-pop institution THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS headlines. Free; $7 park entrance fee. 6 p.m. (gates). The Meadow, Stone Mountain Park. www.99x.com. (JP)
Whole World Theatre gets sketchy with its own brand of comedy in WHAT THE HELL IS THIS LIVE, based on its public access TV show, "What the Hell is This." $15. 8 p.m. Whole World Theatre, 1214 Spring St. 404-817-7529. www.wholeworldtheatre.com. (JP)
"Saved by the Bell" update: Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) now appears on "NYPD Blue." Kelly (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) shows up on Fox's "Fastlane." And Skreech, aka DUSTIN DIAMOND, has taken his comedy act on the road. And apparently he's still the same lovable nerd we knew and tolerated. $13.50. Fri.-Sat. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Funny Farm Comedy Club, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 404-467-4242. www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com. (Tray Butler)
June 8 Sunday
Gardenhouse founder and artistic director Nicole Livieratos premieres RAW, in which four R.E.M. songs are used as a backdrop for spare contemporary dance and movement. $5 suggested donation. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. The Beam, 750 Glenwood Ave. 404-373-4520. (JP)
June 10 Tuesday
Roller skating in the Fox may sound like an usher's nightmare, but it'll be a nightly reality at Andrew Lloyd Webber's STARLIGHT EXPRESS. If that's not enough, this Theater of the Stars production also includes 3D film sequences. $20-$55. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.theaterofthestars.com. (JP)
June 11 Wednesday
The rootsy proto-grunge of NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE ought to be the perfect pick-me-up after an opening set from LUCINDA WILLIAMS, who's mellowed considerably since the precisely executed folk-rock of 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. While her latest, World Without Tears, features a full band and settles nicely into its reflective groove, a balls-out exercise it ain't. And that could spell trouble when going up against the Horse. $58.50-$78.50. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com. (Hobart Rowland)