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When Harry met Elton

The bitch is back -- but this time he's got a little competition. Sometime Atlanta resident ELTON JOHN is in town NOV. 19 for a concert at Gwinnett Center Arena. And on NOV. 18, fellow singer/pianist/personality HARRY CONNICK JR. va-va-vooms across town at the Fox. (Scandal!) We would like to offer you, the concert-going public, a visual aid explicitly designed to ease your decision-making woes. And remember, you could always just go to both. Elton John: Gwinnett Center Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth; 404-249-6400; www.gwinnettciviccenter.com. Harry Connick Jr.; Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St.; 404-881-2100; www.foxtheatre.org.-- Steve Yockey

Live Music
Thorn in Cox's side
United in protest against media consolidation and unfair trade practices, outspoken Brit-folkie Billy Bragg, twang-rocker Steve Earle and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills join Lester Chambers (of '60s rock-R&B icons the Chambers Brothers) and Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) for an evening of what musicians do best: play music. The NOV. 16 stop on the TELL US THE TRUTH tour stands to bridge a sub-genre or two as it takes its swipes at corporate evil. And for those of you confused about the identity of the Nightwatchman mentioned on the fliers, it's Morello. And he's angry as ever (see Vibes p. XX). $22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.-- Nikhil Swaminathan

Theater
Love is in the air
Atlanta playwright Sandra Deer offers a thoughtful, moving, at times humorous depiction of Alzheimer's disease and family dynamics with the world premiere of THE SUBJECT TONIGHT IS LOVE NOV. 14. The play stars Brenda Bynum and is directed by Kenny Leon in his first directorial work for the Alliance Theatre since stepping down as its artistic director. $20-$27. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 21. Hertz Stage, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.-- Curt Holman

SHORT LIST

Nov 13 - Thursday
Halloween may have passed, but spooks know no season. INFO DEMO, the semi-monthly oddball lecture series/music show, skims the supernatural for "Identifying Ghosts and Other Supernatural Creatures." Featured guests include YUMTASTIC! poet James Sanders, Man Martin, RadioRockStars' Lila King and Lara Mathes, along with music from Gusto (aka Mike Geier) and Monkey Zuma. Donations accepted. 8:30 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.jsassociate.com. (Tray Butler)

Nov 14 - Friday
Can you say TONY HAWK'S BOOM BOOM HUCKJAM 10 times fast? Not only can the aging Hawk say it, he's still rippin' it up. Seriously, he can land 900s. The Anarchy Orchestra rocks out while pro-skaters, BMX riders and Moto X freestylers navigate a mess of ramps -- which means if anyone falls, you won't hear their bones break. $27-$77. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. www.boomboomhuckjam.com. (Jessica Blankenship)

Nov 15 - Saturday
CHOMP & STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL merges two of man's greatest creations: chili and beer. Local chili artisans compete for cash prizes, and a mere $5 gets you all the chili you can eat. Bluegrass bands and artist booths allow digestion time between bowls. 1 p.m. Cabbagetown Park, Kirkwood Avenue and Tye Street. 404-589-4826. www.chompandstomp.com. (HK)

Nov 16 - Sunday
Tonight's your last chance to catch the dirty fun of URINETOWN. The Fringe-Festival-darling-cum-Tony-Award-winning-Broadway-smash concerns a city where everyone must pay for bathroom privileges. $15-$46. 8 p.m. Nov. 13-16. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. (SY)

Nov 17 - Monday
San Francisco's CAPTURED! BY ROBOTS consists of one man and the three robots that have enslaved him to do their bidding -- which mostly involves drumming. No, really. Check them out as they provide musical re-enactments of scenes from the film version of The Ten Commandments. $7. 10 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (SY)

Nov 18 - Tuesday
COLSON WHITEHEAD has become one of those young buzz writers whose name gets dropped at dinner tables of a certain segment of literate society. Maybe it's because his first novel, The Intuitionist, was an Ernest Hemingway/PEN Award Finalist, or because his follow-up, John Henry Days, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Free. 7 p.m. Joseph W. Jones Room 311, Woodruff Library, Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle. 404-727-6123. www.emory.edu. (TB)

Nov 19 - Wednesday
This TOYS FOR TOTS AND ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK BENEFIT is the first in a series that will run through December. Look for music from the Funky Monks, Lucky Stray, U.P., Keli Mercadante and Zues Henderson, as well as a flurry of poets and comedians. Free; toy or food donation requested. 8 p.m. The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100. www.myspot.com. (SY)

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