Beat box Like a dose of cultural Viagra, the High Museum of Art will be popping a little youth-centric energy when it plays host to Art, Beats and Lyrics on APRIL 8. The five-hour cram session in Hip-Hop 101 featuring DJs, breakdancers and visual artists Dubelyoo, Dosa, Fuze Green, UrbanMedium (shown) and MICHI, who, in addition to unloading their comic/propaganda poster/graffiti/Asian pop culture/folk art/'70s blaxploitation-influenced imagery on their viewers, may even slip some political content in for flava. See Arts, p. 47. $5-$10. 7 p.m.-midnight. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.
Behold the blossoms The 70th annual ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL, held APRIL 8-10 at Piedmont Park, is a sight to behold. Admission is free and the whole park blossoms with art, music and activities for fun-lovin' kids of all ages. In addition to its well-known Artist Market, there's the 2005 edition of the U.S. Disc Dog Southern Nationals (a ferociously entertaining canine competition) and three full days and nights of musical entertainment, featuring a diverse bill of family-friendly crowd-pleasers like country supergroup Sugarland, Shawn Mullins and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Martha Reeves. See Vibes, p. 97. Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. 404-817-6642. www.dogwood.org.
Uncovered in glory Performance artist Tim Miller, one of the famed "NEA Four" denied National Endowment of the Arts grants in 1990 for vulgar content (he later took the case to court and won), presents his latest autobiographical monologue, Glory Box, at Kennesaw State University's Stillwell Theater April 8. Taken from the Australian term for hope chest, Glory Box focuses on different aspects of gay marriage and gay identity in America. He'll also probably get naked, as is his wont. $10. 8 p.m. Wilson Building 31, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. 770-423-6650. www.kennesaw.edu.
Marathon man Those who are more into kicking virtual ass rather than the real thing will be glad to know that Galactic Con Quest is back April 8-9. The 34-hour marathon event is a mecca for gamers, with more than 30 different organized games to play, prizes, all the soda you can drink, and "Galactic Waffles" for those who make it till morning. This year, Con Quest will have its first-ever Halo II tournament on Saturday evening, so even you Halo-heads can partake in the festivities. Free. 11 a.m. Galactic Quest, 3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite D-7. 770-339-3001. www.galacticquest.com.
Get served Are you a breakdance enthusiast? Can you move with more skill than Wade Robson? Do you actually own the director's cut of You Got Served? If so, get to Greenbriar Mall or the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall on APRIL 9 and enter the Hip-Hop dance off. Judged by big-time celebrities including Bone Crusher and Evander Holyfield, the contests pit dancers against each other for the chance to jam on stage at the Fox during the May 7 debut of Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular. Participants must be between 6 and 21 years old and must supply their own music in CD format. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Greenbriar Mall, 2841 Greenbriar Parkway. Also, 1-3 p.m. The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org/fox_kids.htm.