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Thursday, March 2

After you read "The class of Yin Yang Cafe," this week's cover story about the history of Atlanta's "neo-soul" scene (p. 28), come experience the music live at the HARLEM BAR. Join the folks at CL for a celebration of soul featuring music by DJ Larmarrous (spinning funk, rare grooves, afro-beat, hip-hop and more), a live performance by Julie Dexter (right), the queen of U.K. soul, and a ton of other surprises. Free. 7:30 p.m. 262 Edgewood Ave. 404-588-0014. (Carlton Hargro)

Friday, March 3

You probably know actor Leslie Jordan from his guest appearances on television shows including "Will & Grace," "Boston Legal" and "Ally McBeal." But if you're in the know, you'll remember him from last year's LIKE A DOG ON LINOLEUM, the one-man autobiographical play about things like growing up gay in the South, alcoholism and drug abuse. He returns for a reprise run at 14th Street Playhouse beginning tonight. $45-$55. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Through May 21. 173 14th St. 404-733-5000. www.woodruffcenter.org. (LB)

Saturday, March 4

If you've ever dreamed of entering a hardcore, no-holds-barred dodgeball competition a la Ben Stiller's movie of the same name, then dream no more. Monster.com and Creative Loafing are hosting Atlanta's first-ever WORKINGMAN DODGEBALL CHALLENGE on March 18 at Oglethorpe University's Schmidt Center. So sign up now, suit up on the 18th and get ready to be bruised up. To register, call 404-614-2535 or visit atlanta.creativeloafing.com. (LB)

Sunday, March 5

Death to Smoochy. Big Daddy. The Faculty. Doogal. These are just some of (OK, most of) the cinematic achievements of Jon Stewart, and you can expect him to make a self-deprecating remark about at least one of them when he hosts the 78th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS show. And if you're a betting man (or woman), you can pretty much put your money on Brokeback Mountain and Reese Witherspoon, who we expect to win practically everything. Airs at 8 p.m. on ABC. (Curt Holman)

Monday, March 6

A beautiful Indian dancer, a noble warrior lover and an evil rajah set to ruin it all: The plot of LA BAYADERE has all the makings of a blockbuster Bollywood musical. But it happens to be a Russian ballet first performed in 1877. The Russian National Ballet is in town for one night only to perform this tale of love and loss. $35-$55. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (AK)

Tuesday, March 7

Have you ever wondered what the artwork of a runaway nun would look like? Short answer: absurd and slightly folksy. Long answer: See for yourself at the unveiling of the SISTER LOUISA show at Octane Coffee Bar. Sister Louisa is the insanely interesting alter-ego of Grant Henry, CL columnist Hollis Gillespie's cohort in crime (incidentally, Hollis is also signing copies of her books). All are welcome to this show because, as Sister Louisa's art says, "Jesus loves atheists and crackwhores." Free. Opening: 7-10 p.m. Regular hours: Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-midnight; Fri., 7 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-midnight. Through March 30. 1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.sisterlouisa.com. (Tom DeFreytas)

Wednesday, March 8

Shortly before Is This It hit stores in fall 2001, critics and fans hailed New York quintet THE STROKES as the next great rock band. And though the greatness has cooled off, the band still commands an enthusiastic following, as judged by two sell-out shows here in less than two months, including tonight's concert at the Tabernacle. A supergroup led by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age curiously titled Eagles of Death Metal opens. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com/tabernacle.html. (MR)

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