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Thursday, October 13

Dad's Garage Top Shelf Theatre opens its 2005-2006 season with a sneak preview of Atlanta playwright (and author of Creative Loafing's "Steve's Words of Warning") Steve Yockey's Sleepy, featuring four surreal short plays set during a restless night in a large city. Watch out for Godzilla. $7.50-$15. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through Nov. 5. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (CH)

Friday, October 14

Comedian Brett Butler is best known as the character Grace Kelly in the ABC series "Grace Under Fire." Still known for her popular, matter-of-fact and acrid observations on womanhood, a failed marriage, and Southern life, it rings awfully similar to her '90s-era TV show. That leads us to wonder: Despite the number of years that have passed, has anything really changed? $20-$25. Thurs., 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 and 10:30 p.m. Funny Farm, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-817-4242. www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com. (LB)

Saturday, October 15

It's no secret that the lofts in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood are legendary for their swanky, hip residents and a high dose of style. Get a voyeuristic peek inside during the Castleberry Hill Loft Tour. And try not to drool on the designer couches. See City Homes, p. C14. $12-$15. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 404-307-8127. www.castleberryhill.org. (LB)

Sunday, October 16

Though the live performances are basically improvised jam sets, don't confuse acid mothers temple with a certain hippie favorite that begins with "Ph." The Japanese band combines synthesizers, guitar, vocals and drums with any number of wild-card instruments -- a didgeridoo here, some bells there -- to create a coolly psychedelic sound that ranges from white noise to ambient. $10-$11.75. 8 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (LB)

Monday, October 17

Despite the dirty-sounding name, THE New Pornographers are not an adult film company. Often thought of as a side project for alt-country chanteuse Neko Case, the group's full, lush indie-rock sound -- as exhibited on their latest, Twin Cinema -- is actually the brainchild of vocalist and guitarist A.C. Newman. See Vibes, p. 103. $15-$17.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. (HK)

Tuesday, October 18

Fresh from AIDS Walk Atlanta and still looking for ways to educate yourself about the impact of the disease? Downtown's Youth Art Connection gallery is currently exhibiting Stories of survival, selections from the AIDS Memorial Quilt created by and about youth. Free. Through Oct. 28. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. 63 Auburn Ave. 404-614-6233. www.youthartconnection.org. (LB)

Wednesday, October 19

It may not actually be inhabited by ghosts, but we couldn't imagine a more haunted-looking place than Rhodes Hall, or "The Castle," on Peachtree Street. Throughout the remainder of October, the Georgia Trust hosts 13 nights in the castle, evening events featuring lantern tours, spooky history and tales of haunted Atlanta. $7-$13. Evenings (usually 7 p.m.) through Oct. 31. 1516 Peachtree St. 404-885-7800. www.rhodeshall.org. (LB)

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