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Glitter balls to the wall
A feast for the eyes, ears and groin, FISCHERSPOONER combines Vegas-style flash, performance art and electroclash to offer at least three variations of their touring show. The stocky Warren Fischer pumps the beats, while flashy party monster Casey Spooner delivers the funk and the noise, oozing the sort of sex appeal that, in a town like ours, should net him all kinds of after-party fun. Bring an open mind and maybe a poncho. $25. 9 p.m. EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. Swaminathan

The chair is not my son
Nonsense knows no borders when 7 Stages presents The Chairs, the absurdist classic by Romania's Eugene Ionesco, directed by Bulgaria's Prodan Dimov and designed by China's Ming Chen. It stars Michael Tatmon and Shontelle Thrash as an elderly couple trying to provide chairs for hundreds of invisible houseguests. The production will tour China as part of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. $15-$25. Through Oct. 26. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. -- Curt Holman

Theatre/Visual Arts
Fashion worship
Milliners and haberdashers of Atlanta unite! On OCT. 8, the Alliance Theatre unboxes CROWNS, writer/director Regina Taylor's treatise on the power and symbolism of Sunday hats and the Southern women who wear them. An unparalleled plethora of chapeau fashion, this gospel-laced production explores family, faith, love and loss with a cast that features veteran Broadway talent. Patrons also can admire the elaborate hats in the corresponding photography exhibit CROWNS: PORTRAITS OF BLACK WOMEN IN CHURCH HATS next door. Each photograph features an accompanying testimonial on the subject's relationship with her favorite head accessory. Crowns: $18-$48; through Nov. 9; Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.; Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St.; 404-733-5000; Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats; $4-$8; through Nov. 9; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.; High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St.; 404-733-4400; Steve Yockey

Oct 2 Thursday
Author LARRY BROWN is known for juggling large casts of poor, uneducated, dope-smoking, hard-drinkin' Southerners in trashy, tragic storylines. He discusses his latest novel, The Rabbit Factory, in which the characters have little in common until their paths cross -- or in some cases, end -- in Memphis. $8. 6 p.m. (reception). Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. (Heather Kuldell)

Oct 3 Friday
Which song is more patriotic: TOBY KEITH's "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" or Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be an American"? Our tip of the 10-gallon hat goes to Keith for standing up to censorship. Not everybody agrees with the cowboy -- but dang it, he's got the right to sing it. $27.75-$57.75. 6 p.m. (doors). Hifi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. (HK)

Oct 4 Saturday
Chen Xieyang conducts the 80-member SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in a little Mozart, a little Beethoven and a whole lot of stylized aerial-battle action, with excerpts from the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack. $40-$50. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. (SY)

Oct 5 Sunday
Tired of waiting around in fifth position and working on that turnout? BALLET NACIONAL DE CUBA shows us how it's really done in a technically powerful, pure and precise, full-on remix of the classics featuring dances from Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. $20-$45. 5 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. (SY)

Oct 6 Monday
RADIOHEAD saunters into town with its voice modulators, blip controllers, old-fashioned electronics and (this time out) guitars in tow for what is easily one of the fall's most anticipated concerts. This is the most you'll ever see the Echo Lounge kids pay for a show. $40-$46.50. 6 p.m. (Doors). Hifi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. (NS)

Oct 7 Tuesday
Lemonhead EVAN DANDO's return from the brink of epic pharmaceutical excess has left him with renewed creative initiative and a somber, sluggish post-rehab solo release, Baby I'm Bored. Seems life's no longer one big party and all. Shame. But even a semi-sober Evan can charm the panties off the ladies live. Vic Chesnut opens. $15. 8:30 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. (Hobart Rowland)

Oct 8 Wednesday
The AJC's Cynthia Tucker and City Councilman H. Lamar Willis join other guests for what's sure to be a typically rambunctious audience for Creative Loafing's POLITICAL PARTY. It's free, fun and informative. And Dad's Garage serves alcohol to help put a stopper on pretense. CL Editor Ken Edelstein moderates. Free. 8 p.m. Dad's Garage, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. party.html. (SY)

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