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Thursday, February 23

He may be 73 years old, but Willie Nelson has always been one to evolve with the times. Not only did he contribute a song to the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack, he also just released a new single on iTunes called "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly (Fond of Each Other)." The liberal legend kicks off his two-night stint at the Tabernacle, and if you don't have tickets already, tonight's show is your last chance -- tomorrow is sold out. $45-$55. 8 p.m. 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com. (TD)

Friday, February 24

Since forming in 2002, noise-rock band Untied States has commanded a loyal following fueled by a pair of self-released discs (including 2004's Ineffable By Design) and salutary acclaim in Creative Loafing's annual "Best of Atlanta" issues. The group celebrates the arrival of a new disc, Retail/Detail, with a concert at the Earl. The night's headliner, Luigi, has its own album to celebrate in Found on the Forest Floor; Moresight opens the show. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (MR)

Saturday, February 25

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, but if you can't make it to the French Quarter, let 99X bring the French Quarter to you. The 99X SINNERS BALL is back and promises notorious antics courtesy of the Painted Girls (we'll let you do the Playboy math) and dirty games including naughty dice and spin the bottle. Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys will keep your booty shaking all night. $20. 9 p.m.--2 a.m. Compound, 1008 Brady Ave. 404-872-4621. www.compoundatl.com. (TD)

Sunday, February 26

George Lucas could have saved a lot of money on his movie-making if only he had hired Charles Ross, whose reprise performance of the ONE MAN STAR WARS TRILOGY closes today. We wonder if he uses the force to re-create all our favorite characters and battles in a mere 60 minutes. $19-$25. 3 p.m. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105. www.artstation.org. (Allison Keene)

Monday, February 27

DJANGO makes its own play to bring Mardi Gras to the ATL, with a four-day festival of food, music and dancing. The party started Feb. 25 and lasts until midnight Tues., Feb. 28, the official day of Mardi Gras. Chase away your Monday blues by celebrating the Big Easy's biggest party. Call for price. 495 Peachtree St. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. (Layla Bellows)

Tuesday, February 28

THRESHOLDS opens today at the Arts for All Gallery in downtown Atlanta. To create the exhibit, professional artists led five residents of Joe's Place -- a transitional shelter in Atlanta for homeless men -- through a series of art-making sessions. The result is artwork that documents the residents' personal experiences in the form of a book. Free. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 57 Forsyth St. 404-221-1270. www.vsaartsga.org. (AK)

Wednesday, March 1

So, she's not as famous (or should we say infamous?) as the Bush twins, but she's still a pretty interesting gal. Al Gore's eldest daughter, KARENNA GORE SCHIFF, makes an evening appearance at the Atlanta History Center to read from and discuss her new book, Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America, which tells the story of nine women who tackled inequality and fought for change. Free. 8-9:30 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlhist.org. (AK)

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