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Art festival
Screw the desert
Why migrate to the dusty, sandy Burning Man festival when you can check out RIPE ATLANTA ART FESTIVAL on MAY 15? Make no mistake, this isn't a craft festival full of tables hocking Popsicle stick baskets or lawn gnomes, this is an evening of strictly noncommercial art to celebrate creativity and raise funds for the Metropolitan Public Arts Coalition. And they mean all sorts of arts, from fire sculptures like the Giant Zippo Lighter that shoots flames 60 feet into the air, to performance by groups such as Michael Saab and the Modern Gypsies (pictured), not to mention acrobatics, puppet shows, video jockeys and more. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume and participate. Tickets available online or at Wax N Facts and Criminal Records in Little Five Points. $15-$20. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. City View Sculpture Park, 650 Murphy Ave. 678-637-1323. www.ripeatlanta.com.-- Heather Kuldell

Live music
Call her
If you have a CBGB T-shirt in your wardrobe but you've never been to the club, seeing BLONDIE on MAY 13 may quell the stench of your poser aroma. But only a little. Chances are, if you own that T-shirt and are under the age of, oh, let's say 43, you probably need this advice, too: Punk-rock clout is not determined by the amount of hot pink and black plaid skirts or leather wristbands in your wardrobe. And Blondie lost a lot of their punk-rock clout when Debbie Harry did a commercial for Sara Lee French bread back in the '80s. But in fairness, she can still rock and that bread really was good. $38-$40. 8 p.m. (doors). EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com.-- HK

Festival
Time to pay the piper
As a daughter of a bagpiper, I feel obligated to explain what "paying the piper" really means so you can practice this fine tradition at GEORGIA CELTIC DAY on MAY 15. One properly pays the piper by pouring whiskey into a quaich, which is a shallow half-goblet, half-bowl. The piper is supposed to drink all the whiskey and kiss the bottom of the quaich. What's the point? To see how many quaiches he can drink before he passes out, leading those still standing to do impersonations of the greatest line from Mike Myers' So I Married an Axe Murderer, "We've got a piper doon!" And yes, there will be pipers at the festival, as well as other Celtic music, family activities and workshops. $5-$10. 10-2 a.m. Meehan's Ale House, 11130 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-475-2468. www.atlantacelticfestival.org.-- HK

Short List

May 13 - Thursday
Hometown boys THE FORTY-FIVES continue rumbling across the Southeast just before the band's new album, High Life, High Volume, hits the streets June 29. The garage-rock foursome plays the Echo Lounge with the Dirtbombs and Mishka. $10. 9 p.m. (doors). 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge.(Lea Holland)

May 14 - Friday
>Tonight, summer battle epic TROY opens, featuring some yummy male leads. Brad Pitt stars as the virtually undefeatable Achilles, and Orlando Bloom stars as Paris, the prince of Troy who stole Helen, the queen of Sparta, from her husband and her country. Can't say that happens much anymore. See Flicks, p. 62. (HK)

May 15 - Saturday
If Krystal Pups or Chiks make you burst into poetry, try it in front of the cameras. The fast-food chain seeks KRYSTAL LOVERS to sample their new Jumbo Spicy Wings for upcoming commercials, recorded live at various locations around the city, including Little Five Points, Underground Atlanta and Perimeter Mall. Call 404-589-9888 for more info. www.krystal.com. (HK)

May 16 - Sunday
Pack up your coolers and lawn chairs -- warm weather means MONDO MOVIE NIGHT at the Starlight Six Drive-In. The second event of the season features Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Soylent Green (1973). $6. Movie starts at dusk. 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786. www.starlightdrivein.com. (LH)

May 17 - Monday
Show me an indie-rock band who's going to vote for Bush, and I'll stroll down Flat Shoals Avenue wearing those "new clothes" that one emperor was raving about a while back. D.C. indie-experimentalists TRANS AM don't like Bush. In fact, they wrote an album about it. What happened to complaining about girls, parents and Clear Channel? $10. 8 p.m. (doors). Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge. (Nikhil Swaminathan)

May 18 - Tuesday
GREAT AMERICAN LOVE STORY will be available for public contributions after author Patti Callahan and high-end retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky add their lines to the romance story started by Candace Bushnell. The 2-foot-tall, 1,000-page book is attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records entry for novel with most contributing writers. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Continues through June 8. Mont Blanc, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-231-4810. www.montblanc.com. (HK)

May 19 - Wednesday
The Center for Southern Literature presents JOHN MAY, author of Poe and Fanny, as he discusses his novel that claims that poets Edgar Allan Poe and Fanny Osgood were romantically involved. Free (members), $8 (nonmembers). Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. www.gwtw.org. (HK)

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