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All that shake makes my belly ache
Titillating belly dancers chronically pop up in music videos by artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Dr. Dre, but if you're ready to witness the real thing, BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS AND DESERT ROSES perform FEB. 25. The superstars shook their jelly for Lollapalooza 2003 and the current tour promises two hours of tribal, Egyptian and Cabareta styles. You know jam don't shake like that! $18-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. -- Carlton Hargro

Knowing me, knowing you
It's the best headline I can do. For two hours and 20 minutes, ABBA fans can indulge Broadway-style in Atlanta's MAMMA MIA! opening FEB. 24. The Swedish quartet's greatest hits are woven into love stories about a girl planning to marry, and her mother who must face the past. No word on when Ace of Base will compose its own musical. Maybe they didn't see a sign. $20-$64. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 7. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. Heather Kuldell

It's so-sigh-ity, man!
All right, you sighing cynics, we know you're still licking your Valentine's Day wounds. Stop taking love so seriously! Based on Aleksandr Pushkin's tragicomic satire of fin-de-siecle solipsists and soft-headed dreamers, Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN tells the love story of a world-weary urban aristocrat and a young woman overly fond of romance novels. The Atlanta Opera production opening FEB. 19 sings both the sad and silly of a society that lets philosophy get in the way of a good fling. $9.50-$71.50. Thurs., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 29, 3 p.m. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-881-8885. Thomas Bell

Short List

Feb 19 - Thursday
The Taste Network presents LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: PART II, a wine tasting featuring Riesling, Pinots and big reds paired with handmade cheeses. The event will be recorded for future broadcast by the Atlanta Channel, so make your wittiest comments. $20. 7-9:30 p.m. Defoor Centre, 1710 Defoor Ave. 404-591-3809. (HK)

Feb 20 - Friday
THE MIKADO, Atlanta Lyric Theatre's first-ever production in 1980, returns Feb. 20-22. For homework, rent Topsy-Turvy, Mike Leigh's loving behind-the-scenes period piece about Gilbert and Sullivan's creation of the light opera. $20-$45. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Georgia Tech's Ferst Center, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. (Curt Holman)

Feb 21 - SaturdayPrepare for foot stompin', hand clappin', flamenco fun when guitar great PACO DE LUCIA and his ensemble of cantaores, guitarists and X-treme clappers play the Rialto. Shout out your jaleos and toca your palmas to hypnotic 12-note polyrhythms in search of your inner duende. Sold out (standing room only). 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. (TB)

Feb 22 - Sunday
Cast off your bling-bling shackles and get off your low-rollin' dubs for the HIP-HOP FILM FEST. Indie filmmakers capture the roots and cultural influences of underground hip-hop in almost 50 films for seven days of screenings. Today's scheduled screenings include Digitize or Die: The Diary of Chuck D, Aftermath: The Unanswered Questions of 911, Anne B. Real and several others. $3-$5 per screening. $20 daytime screening pass. $40 full festival pass. Opens Feb. 20. Continues through Feb. 26. See website for schedule. Cinefest, GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St., Suite 211. 404-651-2463. (HK)

Feb 23 - Monday
TWO COW GARAGE and NATIONAL GRAIN billed together sound like menu items in a patriot-themed restaurant, don't they? But they aren't clever ways to say hamburger and bread, they're a pair of alt-country bands. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. (HK)

Feb 24 - Tuesday
JONNY LANG doesn't look like a tortured bluesman, but he sings like one. The fresh-faced 22-year-old received his first Grammy nomination at 19 and is touring on the release of his third album, Long Time Coming. $33.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. (HK)

Feb 25 - Wednesday
Is my memory failing me, or did the debut American Idol KELLY CLARKSON manage to avoid the catch phrases that plagued season two? Unfortunately for her tour counterpart, CLAY AIKEN, his fans' posters twist his name into the cheesy "Achin' for Clay." $37-$47. 7 p.m. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 404-249-6400. (HK)



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