Open since 1991, the Star Bar celebrates its anniversary tonight with a special performance of Rocky Horror music by owners Cap'n Dave Parker, Jim Stacy, Gary Yoxen and their pals performing as THE SATANIC MECHANICS. An all-star cast of characters from some of Atlanta's rockin'est bands have banded together for demonic mayhem JAN. 29. Parker stars as Dr. Everett V. Scott, Stacy as Dr. Frank N. Furter, and Yoxen as Eddie. Special guests include Mitsu Parker, from local band Boss, as Janet Weiss; Truckadelic's Ted Weldon as Brad Majors; and Shawn Thacker from the Rock City Dropouts as Rocky Horror. Call for price. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net.
Norwegian duo KINGS OF CONVENIENCE could soundtrack a dewy Sunday morning or a whimsically flavored coffee commercial with its dulcet acoustic guitar pop and tender harmonies. The bright '60s folksy sound echoes bands such as Peter, Paul & Mary, and their intertwined vocals recall Simon & Garfunkel. It can be pretty to a fault and often bittersweet in sentiment, though never maudlin thanks to the duo's lyrical panache. It's been three years between albums, making the twosome's transatlantic visit a bit special. $10. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar, 1580 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com.
Art in da house
Though they may fight for customers and dollars the rest of the year, every winter the Atlanta art community is all air-kisses and high fives. A coalition of the city's galleries have joined forces for the second year to create ATLART, a 11-day, citywide event that includes 70 exhibitions, a host of lectures and even a show house in Buckhead. Standout receptions include the JAN. 27 opening of Gas, Food and Lodging - a joint exhibition with a roving reception between Agnes Scott's Dalton Gallery, Eyedrum and GSU's Welch School of Art and Design galleries - and gallery openings JAN. 28. Through Feb. 6. For participating galleries, see Arts Agenda, p. 49, or visit www.ATLart.com.
January 27 - Thursday
Adding chills of a different sort to the frigid new year, 7 Stages recounts a Navajo ghost story in the world premiere of Murray Mednick's SKINWALKERS, in which a pair of L.A. documentarians awaken a vengeful spirit in the New Mexican desert. $20-$25. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Through Feb. 20. 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. (CH)
January 28 - Friday
Brash local indie label STICKFIGURE RECORDS hosts a two-day showcase featuring a smattering of artfully uneven acts. With performances from Airoes, Blame Game, Deer Hunter and more, the event promises a blast of rock, rhythmic extremes and pure noise. $5. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 29. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-870-0575. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. (Chad Radford)
January 29 - Saturday
Expect plenty of crunchy, catchy, infectiously memorable pop and a boatload of charm when MAGNAPOP celebrates the release of Mouthfeel, its first album in nearly nine years. After the free show at Criminal Records, it's rumored that they'll stick around to say howdy. See Vibes, p. 76. 2 p.m. 466 Moreland Ave. 404-215-9511. www.criminal.com, www.daemonrecords.com. (Lee Valentine Smith)
January 30 - Sunday
The SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR brings uplifting songs and rhythms of South Africa to Atlanta in this U.S. tour. Joyful, engaging gospel music with tribal roots, sung in local languages, shares the stage with familiar tunes from traditional and contemporary American gospel. $25-$35. 5 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.org. (Mark Gresham)
January 31 - Monday
Hunky Fab Fiver KYAN DOUGLAS rides the Carson Kressley wave, signing a beauty-guru tome of his own, Beautified: Secrets for Women to Look Great and Feel Fabulous. Whether the girls attending will be there for the coveted tips on better living through better products or to simply take a gander at Douglas' chiseled features is anyone's guess. 7 p.m. Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com. (Layla Bellows)
February 1 - Tuesday
What's not to love about a musical chock full of bright, happy, catchy tunes about a man-eating vampire of a plant? LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens today at the Fox, and while we're guessing you know the tunes, we've heard that the Jim Henson Workshop-designed plant, able to rise 20 feet into the air, is also worth checking out. $21-$54. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m. Through Feb. 6. 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (LB)
February 2 - Wednesday
Feel free to begin the office bets as to whether satellite technology and Doppler radar will do a better job of predicting the remainder of our winter season than Yellow River Game Ranch's Gen. Beauregard Lee. The furry forecaster is the animal preserve's main attraction every Groundhog Day. $7-$8. 6-8 a.m. 4525 Highway 78, Lilburn. 770-972-6643. www.yellowrivergameranch.com. (LB)