Liz, is that you?
When LIZ PHAIR decided to go mainstream, she probably never planned on opening for HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH. Such is life for the unbelievably hot MILF. The artistic sell-out will strut her toned body and new teenybopper, Billboard-ready fare for sensitive rock fans that just want you to "Hold My Hand" AUG. 8. It's $3 a head, so she isn't going to see the big bucks tonight, especially considering the bill also includes TONIC, THE CLARKS and BAIN MATTOX. 6 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park, 220 International Blvd. 404-222-7275. www.centennialpark.com.
-- Nikhil Swaminathan
Short and not so sweet
Drama meets film meets music in SOCIAL MALADIES: THE COMEDIES, a double bill of original theatrical vignettes and short films about life's major and minor annoyances AUG. 8-9. With titles like "Ode to Addiction: Abuse-ical the Musical" and "Manifesto of a Pissed Off Faggot," you know this isn't a Theatre of the Stars production. Instead, it's the inaugural production of Atlanta's new collective of young theater artists, No More Productions. $8. 9 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
-- Curt Holman
It's summer, Miami, 1984; cocaine and pornography are on everyone's lips. It's SCANDAL!, an improvised soap opera. Every week, a synopsis in the program allows audience members to jump right into the continuing escapades of porn director Buster Banks, quarterback Dan Mandarino, strung-out fem-cop duo Simpson & Snatch and all the rest of the demented characters. Plus, the evil genius of "The Commodore" is a truly awe-inspiring highlight. This make-it-up-as-we-go season seems to have only one rule: You will laugh until it hurts. There's still time to catch the last few episodes, if you can get a seat. $6-$12. Fridays through Aug. 22. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.
-- Steve Yockey
Aug 7 Thursday
For all those refined urbanites out there, SIPPING FROM THE VINE welcomes everyone from the novice wine taster to the most sophisticated connoisseurs of the grape. Four wines will be sampled this evening and the admission price guarantees a bottomless glass for the full two hours. However, be aware that this is not the place to get hammered. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be provided. $10. Every Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Spice, 793 Juniper St. 404-875-4242. (SY)
Aug 8 Friday
Every genre has its monster tour: Headbangers have Ozzfest, punk-rock kids have Warped Tour, and junglists have PLANET OF THE DRUMS. Veteran superstar DJs Dara, Dieselboy and AK1200 roll in with some seriously chaotic drum and bass. Wide-leg pants required. $15. 10 p.m. Riviera, 1055 Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. www.therivieraclub.com. (Heather Kuldell)
Aug 9 Saturday
HOT AUGUST KNIGHTS's frontman SoolaiMan really looks like Neil Diamond, which makes this cover band's act freakishly believable -- especially when they wear silver lame. CADILLAC JONES opens. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
Aug 10 Sunday
For dogs, being off their leash is like going on a luxurious vacation. Celebrate the off-leash area of Piedmont Park's designation as an officially permanent fixture with DOG DAZE. Doggie give-a-ways and $1 Dogwood Ales take the edge off the heat for human attendees, as does the musical stylings of The Subject. Free. 2 p.m. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive. 404-875-7275. (HK)
Aug 11 Monday
Former First Lady and current Sen. HILLARY RODHAM-CLINTON sets down in town to sign copies of her new autobiography Living History. The book, which debuted atop the non-fiction bestseller list and remains ensconced in the top 10, can be purchased for $28. Clinton's autograph will be free of charge, as long as you are respectful and don't piss off her Secret Service detail. Free. 11 a.m. Barnes & Noble, Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Road. 404-261-7747. www.bn.com.(SY)
Aug 12 Tuesday
Think you've got your finger on the pulse of popular culture? Think that people who read Entertainment Weekly are so second-hand news? Put your skills to the test and join the carnage of POP CULTURE TRIVIA. Take in the sheer wonder of tasty pub food, an antagonistic and often intoxicated host and, of course, the looming possibility of house-cash prizes. Random free drinks are an unexpected perk -- just don't expect them. Free. Every Tuesday 8:30 p.m. Flat Iron Grill, 520 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-688-8864. (SY)
Aug 13 Wednesday
KIP WINGER, oh, how I love you. Your perfect smile melted my 9-year-old heart and now you emerge from a time capsule buried in 1987. I'm appalled that WHITESNAKE is the headliner on this ROCK NEVER STOPS tour. Forget SLAUGHTER and WARRANT, you should be on stage the whole time. But dear Kip, my musical tastes have changed and I'll be at TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS. You, however, still rock my world. Rock Never Stops, $25-$45.50. 7 p.m. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, $35-$58. 8 p.m. Gwinnett Civic Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 800-224-6422. www.gwinnettciviccenter.com. (HK)