People can't wait to see Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, even if they absolutely hated The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Fortunately, apprentice Jedis scarred by memories of Jar Jar Binks burbling "Lookie-lookie!" can rest assured that Sith brings balance to the Force. George Lucas cuts the clunky talk to a minimum and pours on the high-tech space opera: Wookies shoot crossbows, Jedis ride big lizards and lightsabers go "vwoom-vwoom." Storming seemingly every cineplex in the area, Revenge of the Sith will scratch the movie-goer's itch for a cool sci-fi saga - even if it's no Empire Strikes Back. (See Flicks, p. 99.) See Movie Times, p. 106, for local shows.
Mastodon shatters the metal mold with unusual time signatures and breaks, snatches of melody, and a kitchen sink of eclectic sonic touches, all of which are couched in an intermittently sludgy, brutal attack worthy of bands such as Entombed or Morbid Angel. Like peers Dillinger Escape Plan, the pounding metal bottom-end serves as a jumping-off point for music that combines the prog sensibilities and technical proficiency of King Crimson with the unyielding force of Slayer. $12. 7 p.m. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.
Destination: summer fun
The pasty faces behind CL have spent months researching the best places for summer fun, and now it's time to celebrate. Creative Loafing's SUMMER GUIDE '05 PARTY on may 19 features live music by band Ian and Friends and DJs from Criminal Records spinning. Folks from Renewed Image offer mini massages, and goodies from Lollipop Adult Treats might just leave you feeling all hot and bothered. Free. 7 p.m. The Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100. www.fivespotatl.com.
May 19 Thursday
OK, Trekkies, here is your chance to have the last laugh. Tonight at MJQ, fan boys and other proud geeks can celebrate the downfall of Anakin at the Star Wars after-party. The masquerade ball features performances by Aireos and DJ Presto, art by UrbanMedium, drink specials, movies, music and a prize awarded to the best-dressed. We've been promised guest appearances by Darth Vader, Chancellor Palpatine and even Jabba the Hut. $5 with costume. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-870-0575. www.freewebs.com/cantinanight. (Erin Haber)
May 20 Friday
Eating at a favorite restaurant and indulging in desserts can be guilt-free if you're doing it as part of the March of Dimes' Dining Out. The charity event includes a three-course meal at one of 50 participating restaurants, and then head on over to the after-party at the Four Seasons for delectable sweets, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. $85-$125. 7 p.m. For participating restaurants, visit www.marchofdimes.com/georgia. (Anisa Lewis)
may 21 saturday
Weather and wind permitting, why not go fly a kite today? The first Atlanta Kite festival includes a kite parade, kite exhibits, kite competitions and, well, you get the picture. Taking place near Turner Field, the festival is designed to give families a taste of good old pastime fun. Vendors will line the park with food and arts and crafts, and a special demonstration will be given on kids and health. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cheney Field, two blocks East of Turner Field. 404-454-8830. (EH)
"American Idol" sweetheart and Gwinnett County resident Diana DeGarmo joins Shawn Mullins, Rik Emmett, Luna Halo and singer/songwriter Sam Thacker for ROCKIN' AT THE RIDGE, an all-day benefit concert for the Peachtree Ridge High School Foundation. The show will be presented on the school's football field. (Blankets will be allowed and additional seating is available in the stands.) $25. 2-9 p.m. 1555 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee. 877-725-8849. www.quincyentertainment.com. (Lee Valentine Smith)
may 22 sunday
Tonight is the final night to catch Atlanta Classic Theatre's Passing. In the evening of short plays, Atlanta-area playwrights Henry W. Kimmel, Letitia Sweitzer, Robin Seidman and Vynnie Meli riff on the theme of pretending to be something you're not. $12-$15. 8 p.m. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-4738. www.woodruffcenter.org. (CH)
may 23 monday
If you are in desperate need of childcare revamping, there's not much time left to get the ladies from "nanny 911" on the case. Casting directors for the Fox show complete a full 10 days spent in Atlanta, scoping out not-so-sweet babies, tots and other wee ones in need of a super nanny who can teach kids (and, we hope, parents) a thing or two about good behavior. For appointments, call Tami Brandel at 323-353-6441 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (EH)
may 24 tuesday
There are just a few days left to check out Yoshio Itagaki's color-drenched photographs in the Romo Gallery exhibit reflected desire. The New York artist's work uses photos of tourists and sets them against brand-new backgrounds, like the moon or the middle of a soccer field. In other works, horse-drawn carriages ride along Dali-esque landscapes and cows chill out in outer space. Tues.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Through May 28. 309 Peters St. 404-222-9955. www.romogallery.com. (LB)
may 25 wednesday
Tired of trying to figure out whose line it is? Turn off the tube and check out Dad's Garage, where improv and sketch groups from around the country perform as part of the second annual Atlanta Improv Festival. Beginning tonight, the four-day fest showcases sketch comedians from local groups including Laughing Matters, and troupes from far away locales including the Oops Guys from Orlando, Bassprov from Chicago, and Uphill Both Ways from San Fransisco. $5-$30. 8 p.m. Through May 28. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (AL)