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If you can't find something of interest at this year's National Black Arts Festival, then, hell, you aren't even trying. Titled Generation to Generation: Master, Mentor, Muse, the July 15-24 festival encompasses music, poetry, film, theater and visual arts. Highlights include the opening night Neville Brothers concert (Fri., July 15), a conversation between legendary writer Maya Angelou and her son, Guy Johnson (Tues., July 19), and Will Powers' hip-hop theater piece Flow (opening Thurs., July 21) (left). Additionally, the Pan African Film Festival offers a slew of promising documentaries and visual arts in venues throughout the city that are featuring challenging work by African-American artists. See Arts p. 51; Flicks, p. 67; and Vibes, p. 95 for more coverage. For a complete schedule of events, visit
–Felicia Feaster

"Divine inspiration" takes on a whole new meaning with The Decalogues, Whole World Theatre's festival of 12 30-minute plays inspired by the Ten Commandments. The theater's first short play festival opens JULY 14 and features a total of 40 actors and eight directors in a month-long repertory of plays written by both regional and national playwrights. $11-$22. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through Aug. 20. Whole World's Third Space Theatre, 1214 Spring St. 404-817-PLAY.
–Curt Holman

Ribbing from a redneck

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy may be a self-described "redneck," but let's be clear: He's not the Deliverance-type of redneck. So don't look for the star of "Blue Collar TV" to make anybody "squeal like a pig" - Foxworthy is much more likely to make people howl with laughter over tales of NASCAR, Coors Light and monster trucks. Net proceeds from his latest Atlanta-area concert will contribute to medical expenses for Gip Gayle, a State University of West Georgia student who suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the head. $39.75. 7 p.m. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 404-249-6400.
–Carlton Hargro

Seriously independent women

Ah, Destiny's Child. The group started as a foursome, ditched a couple members, picked up a couple more, and then shrunk to a trio. Then they made lots and lots of money off lots and lots of hits. But after the Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It Tour ends, Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle part ways, survivors, independent women. So follow that bootylicious desire to nab tickets to the JULY 15 stop, since the group won't be back. Well, we suspect Beyonce might return, but not the other two. $39.25-$69.25. 7 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000.
–Heather Kuldell

July 14 Thursday
Just what would it be like to be a computer genius whose only claim to fame is as the guy who helped Steve Jobs invent the Apple? the computer wore flat-soled pumas offers a wacky tale about one such character. Created by Christian Danley, who spends his days drawing for the Cartoon Network's "Sealab 2021," the play is an experiment in improvisation, featuring archetypal characters such as the "Dorky Kid" and the "Government Agent," with actors creating all dialogue on the spot. Opening tonight, the plot also includes sentient computers and evil government operations. $13. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Dad's Garage Top Shelf, 280 Elizabeth St., Suite C-101. 404-523-3141. (Layla Bellows)

July 15 friday
What's more delicious than a movie about chocolate? A movie about chocolate that also stars Johnny Depp. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens today. Rather than falling in step with the omnipresent remake factory, director Tim Burton chose to base his latest offering more closely on Roald Dahl's dark children's book than the 1971 Willie Wonka film. See Flicks, p. 73, for local movie times. (Casey McIntyre)

July 16 Saturday
Can't get enough of Bo and Carrie? Fear not. The finalists from this year's "American Idol" hit Gwinnett Center tonight as part of the American Idols Live! tour, featuring performances from the top 12 "American Idol" finalists singing the pop and R&B songs that made them (semi-)famous. Think of it as a chance to see professional karaoke stars in action. 6 p.m. $37-$47. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 404-249-6400. (CM)

July 17 Sunday
Roller derby is back, with leagues in New York, Minneapolis, L.A. and Austin. Now Atlanta is getting in on the action: The Atlanta Rollergirls hold their first bout this evening. Three teams are squaring off: the Apocalypstixs vs. Sake Tuyas vs. Denim Demons. Fists will fly. Knees will be skinned. Nails will be broken. $10-$12. 6 p.m. All American Skating Center, 5400 Bermuda Road, Stone Mountain. 770-469-9775. (Coley Ward)

July 18 Monday
She has scales, breathes fire, and uses the Dewey Decimal System. Don't mess with the title character of The Library Dragon, opening tonight at Theater in the Square. Based on the book by Decatur native Carmen Agra Deedy, the kids show features librarian Miss Lotta Scales, who gives new meaning to the term "You're fired." $7-$10. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Through Aug. 6. 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-422-8369. (Andrew Simon)

July 19 Tuesday
For all the ladies (and fellas) holding onto fond memories of rolling around Skate Land and getting totally stoked to hear "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio," it's go time. The wild boys of Duran Duran return to mix nostalgia with cuts from its latest adult-pop odyssey, Astronaut. $58.50-$68.50. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. (Chad Radford)

July 20 Wednesday
First lady of hip-hop FAITH EVANS performs tonight at EarthLink Live. The former Bad Boy diva is known as a sultry yet sophisticated songbird with gospel undertones. Now with Capitol Records, Evans is currently on the second leg of her first solo tour. Set to rip cuts like "Again," "Mesmerized" and "Jealous" from her fourth CD, Evans is not catching a case, but moving the crowd. $29. 8 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. (Sonia Clark)

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