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DJ
One very stylish guy
Turkish-born, French-bred DIMITRI FROM PARIS is the sultan prince of swing, who spent the '90s capturing a continental cocktail party vibe in his jet-set jams. Along the way he's established himself as an insider's connoisseur who carries a hefty crate of deep garage house/disco thump and retro-funk boogie bump. The Playboy Mansion-endorsed Dimitri makes his auspicious Atlanta debut NOV. 28 in the intimate setting of downtown's Mark ultra-lounge for an evening of peaks as soft and sumptuous as a woman's body that will leave you shaken and stirred. $20-$25. 11 p.m. The Mark, 79 Poplar St. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com.-- Tony Ware

Dance
Hang ten
Seattle's Lelavision creates an intriguing spectacle of sculpture, dance and music in THE VESSELS PROJECT that opens NOV. 28. Acrobats weave their way through suspended vessels in an elaborate aerial dance, while ancient music is performed on new instruments. And new doesn't mean just newly purchased, it means skirts made of bells, harps made of Styrofoam and a steel volcano. Accompanying the performance is KIDS IN REMBRANDT'S STUDIO, an exhibit of paintings by budding artists in grades 4-8 at The Atlanta School. The Vessels Project: $10-$50. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun., 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 7. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. Kids In Rembrandt's Studio: Thurs.-Fri. 7-10 p.m., Sat. 2-10 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. 7 Stages Gallery.-- Heather Kuldell

Musical benefit
Want fries in that tank?
Three of Atlanta's loudest, noisiest bands are playing a benefit show NOV. 28 at the Earl to raise awareness (and money) for fellow musician and co-owner of Zero Return Studios Rob Del Bueno's burgeoning biodiesel movement. The bands, HEX ERROR, THE LIVERHEARTS and AIROES want to turn Atlanta's hardcore scene onto Del Bueno's DIY method of making fuel out of used restaurant grease. All proceeds go toward Del Bueno's fight against The Man. $7. Call for time. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. -- Michael Wall

Live music
Geek chic
Amongst the proliferation of post-Backstreet Boys singer/songwriters, JASON MRAZ may be the cuddliest of the crew. His gangly, farm-boy-makes-good looks and witty, wordy tunes ("The Remedy," "You and I Both") translate to an engaging live show NOV. 30. Be prepared for a lot of vocal improv in his act, including random jazz riffs, operatic falsetto and a pumpkin pie-sweet rendition of "The Rainbow Connection." $25. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com.-- Bill Addison

Nov 27 - Thursday
Welcome to the holiday season! Guests Lee Ann Womack and Darius Rucker join host Monica Kaufman for the annual LIGHTING OF THE RICH'S-MACY'S GREAT TREE. This year's tree, initially perched atop the mall on Nov. 16, stands 75-feet tall, will have 50 flashing strobe lights, 60 teddy bears, 1,500 ornaments and a 7- foot star. Tree owner Alpha Kay Lyles couldn't be prouder of this holiday juggernaut. Free. 7 p.m. Lenox Square mall, 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-233-6767. www.simon.com. (Steve Yockey)

Nov 28 - Friday
It's opening night for the Alliance Theatre Company's annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Singing, dancing and hyper-authoritarian ghosts are the hallmark of this always-enjoyable classic, even for the Scrooges out there. $20-$45. 8 p.m. Call for dates and times. Continues through Dec. 28. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org (SY)

Nov 29 - Saturday
After a spat with their boss at the North Pole, elves Gino and Frankie head to New York to make chic shoes in THE SHOEMAKERS AND THE ELVES. Socialites and celebrities kick off their Manolo Blahniks in favor of the pair's creations in a puppet adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. $7-$12. 1 and 3 p.m. Call for dates and times. Continues through Jan. 4. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.(HK)

Nov 30 - Sunday
NUTCRACKER AND TEDDY BEAR BRUNCHES bring together Atlanta Ballet dancers, Santa Claus and storytellers while your family enjoys breakfast. Teddy bear donations earn kids free grub. Follow up the digestive powers with a matinee of THE NUTCRACKER. Brunch: $9.95- $18.95. Noon-2 p.m. Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. The Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St. 404-898-8350. www.thegeorgianterrace.com. The Nutcracker: $21-$63. 2 p.m. Opens Nov. 29. Call for times. Continues through Dec. 27. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.atlantaballet.com. (HK)

Dec 1 - Monday
Bright light! Bright light! No, remain calm. It's just the 12th annual FANTASY OF LIGHTS at Callaway Gardens. Hordes of people have already experienced this 8 million light glittering phenomenon. Have you? Current studies indicate that light can help with seasonal-affective disorder. You could be happy! $6.50-$15. 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28. Callaway Gardens, U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 800-225-5292. www.callawaygardens.com. (SY)

Dec 2 - Tuesday
Twas the month before Christmas and all through the museum were famous holiday poems and kids lined up to see 'em. According to family legend, Clement C. Moore wrote "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS" for his children on Christmas Eve in 1822." View one of the four known manuscripts of the poem handwritten by Moore. $7-$12. Mon.- Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sundays noon- 5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com. (HK)

Dec 3 - Wednesday
Inspired by the Thrashers standing atop the Southeastern Division? Strap on a pair of ice skates and head for the OUTDOOR SKATING RINK. The surface is coated with three inches of ice to practice snow-plow stops and hip checks, but brawling on center ice is frowned upon. $2 (skate rental), $5. Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-10 p.m., Fri., 4:30- 11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Hours change Dec. 18. Continues through Jan. 5. Centennial Olympic Park, 220 International Blvd. 404-222-7275. (HK)

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