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Nothin' to sneeze at
Not to be confused with popular allergy drug Allegra, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S ALEGRíA opens MARCH 25 for a dazzling three-week run. Don't snooze on this one: Tickets may be hard to get for the two-plus hours of freaky contortionists and crazy contraptions despite multiple shows on the weekend. Nothing is simple at Cirque. Tumblers don't just tumble, trampolines concealed within the set propel them around like pin balls smacked by paddles. There are also acts on the trapeze, high bars and fire-and-knife dances enhanced by movie-caliber costumes and dramatic lighting. Alegría's director, Franco Dragone, also directed the Las Vegas-based "O" and Mystére. $35-$70. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 and 5 p.m. Continues through April 18. Check website for additional Thursday show times. Cumberland Galleria, 800-678-5440. Heather Kuldell

Collaboration station
Prominent Atlantans and constant creative forces The Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers and Amy Ray collaborate with the Atlanta Ballet for SHED YOUR SKIN/THE INDIGO GIRLS PROJECT, opening MARCH 25. The singer/songwriters will play live onstage as dancers perform Margo Sappington's choreography. The opening act features George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante. See Vibes, p. 97. $20-$66. 7:30 p.m., Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m. Through March 28. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. HK

Live music
That's Ms. Diva
The "Verizon Ladies First Tour" ushers in a powerful trio of strong black women MARCH 28. Headliners BEYONCe KNOWLES, ALICIA KEYS and MISSY ELLIOTT collectively have sold 30 million records and won 18 Grammys. The elder stateswoman, the 32-year-old Elliott, even has a new reality series that seeks out a new hip-hop megastar. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, this is the first tour that features a backup band that, on its off days, foils carjackings. Seriously -- during rehearsals in Florida, Beyonce's boys spotted a 91-year-old geezer getting jacked and they chased the culprit down. Said the drummer to reporters, "We gotta protect society as much as we can." See Vibes, p. 100. $62.50-$77.50. 6 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. -- Steve Fennessy

Short List

March 25 - Thursday
Alliance Theatre presents Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Tony Award-winning drama pours out a battle of wits when New Englanders George and Martha invite a young couple over for drinks. $20-$45. Tues.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 18. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. (HK)

March 26 - Friday
After the pioneering R&B duo Groove Theory parted ways in the late '90s, keyboardist Bryce Wilson took up acting and starred in cheesy movies like Trois. Thankfully, vocalist AMEL LARRIEUX stuck to what she does best and on April 26 performs cuts from her second solo album, Bravebird, for us ATLiens.$22. 8 p.m. (doors.) EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. (Carlton Hargro)

March 27 - Saturday
In case you were wondering, there is an opera based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein novel, called FROM FRANKENSTEIN. The 30-minute staged song cycle uses projections of DNA sequences, German expressionist lighting and large paintings, but it probably won't include a tap dance to "Puttin' on the Ritz." A screening of Thomas Edison's 1910 Frankenstein follows. $5. 8 p.m. Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. (HK)

March 28 - Sunday
PAULY SHORE bit me when I met him after a show several years ago. It was a flirty bite, not a vicious werewolf bite. Either way it scared me. And now whenever there's a full moon, I feel the need to speak with weird syllable pauses like the Weeeeeaa-sel. $25. 7 and 9 p.m. The Punchline, 280 Hildebrand Drive. 404-252-LAFF. (HK)

March 29 - Monday
For those who want candy, Jelly Belly presents CANDY UNWRAPPED.The exhibit explores the evolution of the chocolate bar, medicinal properties of candies, the development of extreme candies like Mega Warheads and many more sugar-centric feats. $6-$9.50. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon- 5 p.m. Continues through May 9. SciTrek, 397 Piedmont Ave. 404-522-5500 ext. 249. (HK)

March 30 - Tuesday
HARVEST FOR THE HELPLESS benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Madhousers and other local homeless shelters. If you bring non-perishable food items, building supplies or clothing, you're admitted free to see belly dancer Za Reena, music by Tracy Woodard, Buffalo Jill and more. $5 (or donation). 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828. (HK)

March 31 - Wednesday
EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON speaks about his experience with HIV after a community health fair. The event is free, but registration is required. Free. 3:30- 5 p.m. (health fair). 5-6:30 p.m. (community forum). Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. 888-212-4684. (HK)

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