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Freaks and shrieks
Just like Christmas, Halloween starts earlier every year. If you passed the age of begging for treats door-to-door, check out some of these events (after you bully a bag o' goodies from a random middle-schooler):

NETHERWORLD resurrects its annual scare-fest with two new themes. Dark Harvest features the Harvestman, hunting in an ancient burial ground for sacrifices. In Vault 13, visitors must escape an underground military base full of mutated creatures. Our suggestion: Knock back a couple martinis and see how lost you can really get. $14-$20. 7 p.m. (doors). Nightly through Nov. 2. Georgia Antique and Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. 404-608-2484.

NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE and TOM SAVINI'S CRYPT OF TERROR are two scares housed in one convenient building. The crypt of terror's walls heave with rotting corpses and severed limbs, so don't lean on them. $15-$22. Sun.-Thurs. 7:13-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7:13 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Nightly through Oct. 31. 600 Wharton Circle. 404-696-5024.

If you prefer your haunts to be less interactive, the Silent Film Society of Atlanta presents the 1922 classic vampire tale NOSFERATU OCT. 26. Organist Ron Carter accompanies the film on the digital theatrical organ and Aeolian pipe organ. Not appropriate for children under 5. $10. 6 p.m. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

Kids (and kids at heart) can party down at L5P HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AND PARADE OCT. 25. It kicks off with RUN LIKE HELL at 8 a.m., a five-mile race from Freedom Parkway through Oakland Cemetery, ending on Euclid Avenue. Festival activities -- including casket races -- begin at 11 a.m.; parade starts at 5 p.m. Free. Little Five Points, corner of Euclid and Moreland avenues.


Funny, funny men
Couch potatoes now have a reason to get off their butts thanks to COMEDY CENTRAL LIVE STARRING DAVE ATTELL AND LEWIS BLACK, starring two of television's funniest jerks, which arrives here OCT. 23 (see Arts, p. 55). The balding, 5 o'clock-shadowed Attell is the connoisseur of all things lowbrow. The last time the host of "Insomniac" roared though our town, he ordered a Blondie special at the Clermont -- the real attraction of our city. Black, the spectacled sometimes-news-anchor on "The Daily Show," specializes in angry rants that make blood pressures rise and the veins in his head pop out. Is anger funny? Fuck yeah, it is. $29.50-$39.50. 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022.

-- HK

Light my fire
REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT announces Obie-winning playwright Jose Rivera in the title of his magic realist play. Maybe it's the way those clocks drape so languidly over the tree branches. In Synchronicity Performance Group's sexy and surreal production opening OCT. 24, a coyote, a cat and the moon all speak as a passionate housewife Gabriela (Denise Arribas) awaits her husband's return from the Gulf War. $15-$20. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. After a week-long Halloween break, it continues Wed.-Sun., Nov. 5-23. 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-325-5168.

-- Curt Holman

Oct 23 - Thursday
Now you too can wow the trailer-park beauties with your eau de NASCAR! DALE EARNHARDT JR., that oh-so-illustrious figure in Southern sports, will sign bottles of Drakkar Noir spray. Hot damn, Bubba! Free. 5 p.m. Rich's-Macy's, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-231-2951. (Jessica Blankenship)

Oct 24 - Friday
The newest incarnation of the influential 1960s rock group, DOORS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, lacks the allure of the late Jim Morrison's mysterious persona and stage presence, not to mention original drummer John Densmore. But while the Cult's Ian Astbury ain't no Lizard King, he can mug and wail with the best of 'em. $36.50-$69.50. 6:30 p.m. (doors). Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-233-2227. (Chris Browning)

Oct 25 - Saturday
Tell your loved ones not to wait up for you when MARK FARINA slips his funky deep house into Atlanta. It promises to be a long night with one of the hottest and most original DJs still spinning; $3 import draughts and a piqued sound system make it that much sweeter. $20. 10 p.m. Crescent Room, 1136 Crescent Ave. 404-875-5252. (CB)

Oct 26 - Sunday
With a sophisticated pop sound like quality alcohol spilled over some kid's Candyland game board, BELLE & SEBASTIAN roll into town to perform songs off their new disc, Dear Catastrophe Waitress. $26. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. (Steve Yockey)

Oct 27 - Monday
Here is a quick primer on Danish dance-pop duo JUNIOR SENIOR: One of them is younger, one of them is older, one of them is straight, one of them is gay. And they will want you to jump around and dance when they open for retro-rockers ELECTRIC SIX with guest host MC WONDA BREAD. $10. 9 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. echolounge. (SY)

Oct 28 - Tuesday
The creepiest thing going on tonight doesn't involve the rent-a-ghouls at some ramshackle suburban haunted house -- it's WELLFAIR'S HALLOWEEN SHOW. The monthly roundup of local filmmakers and artists offers a darkly disturbing menu of shorts, along with feature-length films and music by Myssouri. Free; donations accepted. 9 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. (Tray Butler)

Oct 29 - Wednesday
It seems the honorable ROY E. BARNES has found a way to accomplish the daunting task of remaining productive post-governorship. In what promises to be the trial of the 16th century, Barnes goes head to head with lawyer Bruce Harvey (of Gold Club infamy) in a high-profile mock trial of The Tempest's Prospero. $60-75. 6:30 p.m. Oglethorpe University Conant Performing Arts Center. Georgia Shakespeare Festival. 404-264-0020. (JB)

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