Perhaps Billy Corgan realized that Zwan's sunny, carefree music didn't suit his increasingly ghoulish complexion. For his solo debut, The Future Embrace, he retreated to more morose territory. But those hoping for Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream-era guitars will have to wait. Corgan chose to explore the Pumpkins' more electro tendencies, and while some tracks recall New Order, many others will disappear into the space rock ether. Still, the album's high points make his June 22 show worth catching - as long as he doesn't recite selections from his recently published poetry collection as an encore. Sold out. 8 p.m. EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com.
- Jonathan Garrett
Renaissance man returns
Mild-mannered inventor Leonardo Da Vinci uses his scientific and artistic know-how to become a masked superhero and save muse Mona Lisa from the evil Borgia family in Avanti, Da Vinci! The Secret Adventures of Leonardo Da Vinci at the Center for Puppetry Arts. One of the best theatrical shows of 2004, Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines' risque romp gooses Renaissance history by adding (what else?) comic book-style fight and chase scenes. $14.82-$20.37. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Through July 3. 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.
Overnight stay required
Sporting nearly 150 bands with sounds ranging from college rock to transcendent pop, AthFest has something for everyone. Favorites including the reunited Pylon (shown), Elf Power and the Whigs play on the free outdoor stage June 23-26, while new acts including the infectious and busy calculator funk of We Versus the Shark play venues around the city. The purchase of a wristband offers unlimited access to participating venues and discounts to special events associated with the festival (think music video screenings). Oh, and the drinks are cheaper there, too. But no driving afterward. See next week's Vibes section for further details. Wristbands: $10-$15. Times and venues vary. Check website for full lineup. 706-548-1973. www.athfest.com.
June 16 Thursday
What's scarier than watching thousands of birds form a massive assault on humankind? Watching the ornithological onslaught outdoors. Screen on the Green provides a change in scenery from the living room to the meadow, seriously increasing the scare factor of The Birds. Bring a picnic and a blanket, but beware: They don't call Georgia's state bird the thrasher because it's good at hockey. Free. Sunset. The meadow at 10th Street and Monroe Drive. 404-878-2600. www.turner.com/screenonthegreen. (Andrew Simon)
June 17 Friday
Today, landlocked Decatur hosts the annual DECATUR BEACH PARTY, a sandy celebration of all things summer and fun. There'll be 60 tons of sand in the square, wading pools, a boardwalk for kids, an outdoor screening of Finding Nemo, palm trees, souvenirs and a huge stage at East Ponce with music perfect for dancing in the sandy street. $5 (children 12 and under free). 5 p.m.-midnight. 404-371-8262. www.decatur-ga.com. (Lee Valentine Smith)
June 18 Saturday
Get yer motor running for the first ATLANTA HOT ROD FEST at Underground Atlanta. Why simply stare at the bevy of hot rods when you could actually enter your own? Registration takes place the day of the event and prizes will be given for Best Rat Rod, Best Muscle Car and Best Vintage Rod. Further visual stimulation comes in the form of the Hot Rod Hottie contest and the Alley Cat Girl dunking booth, while Nashville Pussy headlines a day of rockin' music. Free ($50 to register hot rods). Noon-midnight. 678-904-2514. www.alleycatclub.com. (LVS)
June 19 Sunday
Hear no evil, see no evil, but speak with wild abandon and then send it to the printer. Tonight, celebrate the release of Java Monkey Speaks, Volume One, an anthology of the popular spoken word event's first two years of featured poets with weekly host Kodac Harrison. Free. 8 p.m. 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-5002. www.poetryatlanta.com. (Thomas Bell)
June 20 Monday
CL's pop quiz for the week: What was Ned Flanders' job before he opened the Leftorium? Who was the founder of Springfield? And what was the name of Milhouse's first girlfriend? If you know the answers to any of these questions, well, you watch way too much television. But it might pay off: Mellow Mushroom in Midtown offers "Simpsons" trivia every Monday night. Free. 7:30 p.m. 931 Monroe Drive. 404-874-2291. (AW)
June 21 Tuesday
Maybe you're used to "Living After Midnight," but you might want to start a little early today since JUDAS PRIEST plays much earlier in the evening in support of its recent album. Angel of Retribution once again features the classic lineup, with Rob Halford on vocals and Glenn Tipton on guitar. Queensryche shares the bill, so expect a solid smokin' slab of theatrical metal and hot, sticky leather. $58.50-$33.50. 6 p.m. HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com. (LVS)
June 22 Wednesday
If you refer to movies as "films" and/or irritate all your friends with random cinematic factoids, here's your chance to prove yourself a true film geek. Tonight, Manuel's begins its three-night run offering the final chance to take part in the Independent Film Channel's FILM FANATIC CHALLENGE. Free. 9 p.m.-midnight. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. 404-525-3447. www.ifctv.com. (Daniela Chen)