Don't be blue
Van Gogh and his Dutch friends have packed up and headed back to Europe. But not to worry, the High Museum already has another mega-show ready for you. Opening FEB. 5, THE ART OF ROMARE BEARDEN celebrates an American artist known for vibrant, kinetic collages that often meld Cubist and African influences (shown, Romare Bearden, J Mood, c. 1985, a collage of various papers with ink on fiberboard). The show features 130 works in Bearden's diverse oeuvre, not to mention some guaranteed celebrity sightings: To commemorate the exhibition's opening, Branford Marsalis will play compositions inspired by Bearden's work. The Feb. 8 program, titled Bearden's Blues and Other Colors, highlights Bearden's continuing inspiration for artists in various media. Exhibition: Call for price. Through April 24. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. Bearden's Blues: $25-$55. 7:30 p.m. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
Still got the beat
Originally formed in 1978, THE GO-GO'S have endured hit songs, shake-ups, breakups, makeups, drugs, egos and an eye-opening VH1 "Behind the Music" exposé. Their most recent album, God Bless the Go-Go's, was a critical success in 2001 and they continue to tour periodically. FEB. 9, they'll revive their biggest hits from those carefree, new wave '80s at EarthLink Live. Expect "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," and a few surprises. Currently, guitarist/singer/songwriter Jane Wiedlin is enjoying her own new wave of notoriety as a cast member of VH1's iconoclastic "Surreal Life" series. See Vibes, p. 85. $35. 8 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. www.earthlinklive.com.
Lee Valentine Smith
Eat your heart out
I'll admit it: I have not yet donated money to tsunami relief efforts. So far it hasn't kept me up at night and I don't think I'm alone. But those who haven't helped by FEB. 8 should collectively hide their faces in shame. More than 100 restaurants throughout Atlanta, including establishments as affordable as Chipotle, as pricey as Bacchanalia, and as swanky as MF Sushi, are banding together for DINE-OUT FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF. Since you have to eat, why not dine out on a night when 20 percent of all sales go to CARE? The organization's efforts have always been geared toward disaster recovery and poverty relief - naturally, their efforts are currently focused on Asia. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.dineoutfortsunamirelief.com. For information on CARE, visit www.care.org.
Although DWIGHT YOAKAM's chart-topping days are probably behind him (2002's career-spanning box set and a move to an indie label pretty much predicted that), Yoakam's newest under-the-radar album of originals, Population Me, is one of his best. Mixing pure honky-tonk, country and blues with one of country's most recognizable voices, Yoakam's show FEB. 5 is likely to be a rip-snorting crowd-pleaser. And even if he only plays his hits and grinds those hips, it's enough to get your money's worth. $20-$40. 10:30 p.m. Cowboy's, 1750 N. Roberts Road, Kennesaw. 770-426-5006. www.cowboysatlanta.com.
February 3 - Thursday
Hip-hop and intellectualism needn't be mutually exclusive. Michael Eric Dyson, author of Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, joins the Emory College Council at its fifth annual State of the Race Debate, "HIP-HOP CULTURE AND ITS EFFECT ON RACE RELATIONS." We wonder: Will Dyson freestyle? Free. 7 p.m. Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-6169. (Rebecca Ford)
February 4 - Friday
After her father's death, a teenage photographer renews ties with her estranged mother in Aurora Theatre's regional premiere of WAVING GOODBYE. The bittersweet coming-of-age drama features notable local actors including Dan Triandiflou, Patricia French, Chris Moses and Joan Croaker. $18-$25. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Through Feb. 13. 3087-B Main St., Duluth. 770-476-7926. www.auroratheatre.com. (Curt Holman)
February 5 - Saturday
Beads, beer, bands and (if you're lucky) maybe even a nearly bare breast will be at the Mardi Gras-themed 99X SINNER'S BALL. The purple, gold and green sin fest features music from Better Than Ezra, locals Y-O-U and cabaret troupe the Doll Squad. $15. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Kenny's Alley, Underground Atlanta. 404-497-4700. www.99x.com. (Jaiye Andrews)
ALIVE IN LITTLE 5, actor Tim Cordier's live monthly talk show, welcomes actress Amanda Bearse. You may know Bearse for her 11 years as Marcie D'Arcy on "Married with Children" or for coming out as a lesbian in 1993 - thus paving the way for Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen Degeneres. $7. 11 p.m. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. (CH)
February 6 - Sunday
We hear that Eagles fans who are not also fans of a good pummeling should head to Rocky Mountain Pizza to check out the SUPER BOWL action, where an "E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!" will purportedly be chanted once every 30 seconds. For Falcons fans still too sad to go out, the Loaf recommends turning to our new Sports List, p. 111, for at-home viewing information. 1005 Hemphill Ave. 404-876-8600. (Coley Ward)
February 7 - Monday
The Delta International Series brings the internationally recognized PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to the Fox Theatre tonight. Conducted by Petr Altrichter, the symphony performs pieces by Dvorak and Chopin. $28-$39.50. 8 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (JA)
February 8 - Tuesday
To celebrate Black History Month, the APEX Museum has re-created W.E.B. Du Bois' EXHIBIT OF THE GEORGIA NEGRO. The prize-winning show was originally conceived for the Paris World's Fair's Exhibit of American Negroes in 1900. The exhibition includes more than 50 charts and graphs and over 300 photographs and portraits created by Du Bois and his students at Atlanta University. $3-$4. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. 135 Auburn Ave. 404-523-2739. www.apexmuseum.org. (JA)
February 9 - Wednesday
Creative Loafing's live talk show, POLITICAL PARTY, returns to Dad's Garage Theatre with a focus on faith in public life. Guests include Bishop Jim Earl Swilley from Church in the Now, Dr. Michael Battle, president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, and CL's own John Sugg (Fishwrapper), among others. Free. 8 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (Carlton Hargro)