Ricky Ricardo, move aside
Bang those feet and stomp those drums. Wait, reverse that. The Fa'Nyere Fa' Dance Collective presents the fifth annual AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM CONFERENCE. Running JULY 24-27, the event features an impressive lineup of international dancers, choreographers and musicians. Among the loads of activities: dance and drum workshops, a meet-and-greet session with the instructors, and a showcase performance of RHYTHM OF AFRICA. The conference's honored guests are the Lost Boys of Sudan. $7-$15. Fri. 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 8:45 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Clark Atlanta University Gym, Fair Street. 404-753-2500. www.fanyerefa.com.
-- Meiling Arounnarath
No lie, she's leaving
Why do Atlanta authors always flee the city? Add MARY KAY ANDREWS -- nee Kathy Hogan Trocheck -- to the list of literary luminaries who've kissed the ATL good-bye. The much-adored mystery author, who shifted gears for a chick-lit audience last year, is moving to Raleigh, N.C., next month. She signs her latest novel, Little Bitty Lies, JULY 28-29. So catch her before she leaves. Free. 7 p.m. Chapter 11 Books, Briarcliff Village, 2100 Henderson Mill Road. 770-414-9288. Also appearing July 29 at 7 p.m. Highland Plaza, 3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770-971-0744. www.chapter11books.com.
-- Tray Butler
Better late than never
Hot dance names du jour LARRY TEE and FELIX DA HOUSECAT have been a staple in DJs' record crates for years -- even if it took awhile before hipster club-goers recognized their names. Larry Tee pioneered bouncy electroclash, while Felix brings funky synthesized house à la his acclaimed release, Kittenz and Thee Glitz. Dress to dance and sweat. And remember: You can't dance with an apple martini in your hand. It will spill. $10. Sat. 9 p.m. (doors). Crescent Room, 1136 Crescent Ave. 404-875-5252. www.thecrescentroom.com.
July 24 Thursday
Bat Boy sprung to the public eye through the pages of the tabloids, only to be immortalized in BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL. Sadly, the blood-thirsty freak must remove his fangs from Atlanta's proverbial neck as the show's extended run comes to an end this Saturday. $12-$20. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404.523.3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (Debbie Michaud)
July 25 Friday
CHROMA AND LIGHT showcases Summer Sullivan's recent works, expressions of emotion and sensation through the use of space, color and light. Opening JULY 25, the exhibit employs abstract paintings as "metaphors for natural elements, such as water, earth, wind or fire." Think she's ever watched the Captain Planet cartoons? Free. 7 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. (MA)
July 26 Saturday
PHISH phans rejoice! After phour long years of waiting, the boys are back with a new album, Round Room, and tour. The phaithful will phollow the band up the East Coast, the summer road trip culminating in a two-day phestival in Maine. Sold out. 6 p.m. (gates). HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com. (HK)
July 27 Sunday
Join 10-year-old slave Kyle as he flees a Southern plantation and heads for New York in UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, NOT A SUBWAY. Rod puppets, hand puppets and wood cutouts are used to recreate the abolitionist movement's most famous escape route. Ticket price also includes a create-a-puppet workshop and museum tour. In conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival. $12. Fri. 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; Sat. noon, 2 and 4 p.m.; Sun. noon and 2 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (HK)
July 28 Monday
You can catch old "Simpsons" episodes, but how well do you really know the Simpsons and their fellow townspeople? You know Apu works at the Kwik-E-Mart. But can your spell his last name? Can you spell it? N-A-H-A-S-A-P-E-E-M-A-P-E-T-I-L-O-N. Test your cartoon smarts at SIMPSONS TRIVIA. Free. 7:30 p.m. Mellow Mushroom, 931 Monroe Drive. 404-874-2291. (HK)
July 29 Tuesday
Wow an audience with your best rendition of "Respect" at MARYOAKE. But remember karaoke etiquette: No screaming into the microphone and never, ever twirl it by the cord. Too many boos and host CJ will cut you off. Free. 10 p.m. Mary's, 1287 Glenwood Ave. 404-624-4411 (HK)
July 30 Wednesday
With a combined work history that includes stints with Tool, Guns N' Roses and Marilyn Manson, the members of A PERFECT CIRCLE could make a valid claim on the supergroup title. The band's second CD, Thirteenth Step (out Sept. 16), should prove whether this dark alt-metal outfit can contend with the Audioslaves and Zwans of the world. $27.50. 9 p.m. The Roxy, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-233-7699. www.atlantaconcerts.com. (Nikhil Swaminathan)