Short List: Romeo & Juliet, Steve Harvey and more 

February 4 Wednesday

Attention all aspiring writers: TOM BIRD, who's renowned as the industry's top authority on writing and getting published, will teach two evening classes at Emory University. A former publicist for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bird has given more than 3500 lectures at 100 different colleges and universities, and has given thousands of authors the opportunity to have their work published. $115. Through Feb. 5. Wed.-Thurs., 6-9:30 p.m. 201 Dowman Drive. (Andy Nelson)

February 5 Thursday

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Shakespeare Tavern presents its 10th anniversary of ROMEO & JULIET. Watch the famous star-crossed lovers play out their doomed love and drown your sorrows in hot apple crisp and a pint of ale. On select nights, audience members can enter a raffle to be dressed in Elizabethan garb and read the play's famous spoiler alert prologue for that evening's performance. Through March 1. $12. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m. 499 Peachtree St. 404-874-5299. (Lizzy Encarnacao)

February 5 Thursday

Southern humorist TOPHER PAYNE's Necessary Luxuries has all the essential elements of a decent novel: Martha Stewart, gay Native Americans, a porn set, an alley fight in Ireland, sky diving and a transgender wedding. Payne will discuss and sign this funny and moving memoir that chronicles his quarter-life crisis and the chaos he endured after the demise of a five-year relationship. Decatur folk-music duo the Wayne Fishell Experiment also appears. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-378-7166. (Deaundra Cash)

February 7 Saturday

Support your friendly local artists at RAD STUDIO CRUISE 2009, a tour of the Rail Arts District studios that winds through Scottsdale, Avondale Estates and Decatur. The tour has four stops, all a two-minute drive apart, and features Academy Theatre, Mudfire ClayWorks and Alcove Gallery, among others. At each site, artists will give demonstrations on painting, pottery throwing, working with raw metal and shaping liquid glass. On top of all of that, there will be music, magicians and improv actors. Free. 5-10 p.m. See website for locations. (Gloria Love)

February 9 Monday

Comedian, actor, radio personality and philanthropist STEVE HARVEY can now add Atlanta resident and author to his long list of credentials. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is his new, no-nonsense book that answers women's perplexing questions about how to deal with the opposite sex. Harvey signs books and shares insight and wisdom on what makes men tick. Free. 7 p.m. Borders at Stonecrest, 8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia. 678-526-2550. (Christie Jarrett)

February 10 Tuesday

DEAD MAN hails from Örebro Närke, Sweden, and the band's progressively haunted rock excursions waiver between bouts of sparse tension and baroque, aural majesty that captures the essence of its icy homeland. The group owes a bit to the acid-drenched doom of its '60s rock ancestors – Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull – but Dead Man reaches toward much more scenic destinations on the outer limits of the inward journey. Ocha La Rocha and Radio Moscow open. $8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. (Chad Radford)


FEB. 11 RECKLESS KELLY The Austin, Texas, alt-country quintet visits Variety Playhouse.

FEB. 13-22 OVER THE TOP Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular at Philips Arena.

FEB. 14 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Brings the intricate rhythms and harmonies of South African musical traditions to the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.

FEB. 14 LUSTING FOR LOCAL FOOD Georgia Organics, Slow Food and host a green-themed Valentine's Day benefit featuring cocktails, a family-style dinner and dancing at the Gardens at Kennesaw.



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