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AUGUST 31 THURSDAY

Put your game face on and kick off a new college football season with babes and ice-cold beers at 790 the Zone and Budweiser's second annual PIGSKIN PALOOZA. Watch South Carolina play Mississippi State on two 20-foot projection screens, while jamming out to Atlanta's own Drivin' N' Cryin'. $10-$15. 5 p.m. Atkins Park in Smyrna Market Village, 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 404-237-0079. www.790thezone.com. (Laura DeSoto)

AUGUST 31 THURSDAY

This weekend, the INDIGO GIRLS (above) play two benefit concerts at Eddie's Attic. Tonight's show aids Janet McLaughlin, a singer/songwriter who has shared the stage with several high-profile musicians, including this show's headliners. After suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage last year, McLaughlin faces high medical bills. So the Girls, along with Trina and Tomi from Three5Human, Sandra McCracken and Matthew Kahler, are helping her out. Tomorrow's performance benefits the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault. Sold out. Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. (MR)

SEPTEMBER 1 FRIDAY

The word is out. The written word, that is, thanks to this weekend's inaugural AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL. Atlantans Pearl Cleage and Karin Slaughter, along with 98 other world-class authors, are here to discuss, read and sign their works. Notable wordsmiths also making an appearance include keynote speaker Arianna Huffington and AJC political cartoonist Mike Luckovich. See Arts for story. Continues through Sept. 3. Various citywide locations. Check website for complete schedule. www.decaturbookfestival.com. (LD)

SEPTEMBER 1 FRIDAY

Finally, a day off that doesn't waste precious PTO. Celebrate with music, food and art at the MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL ATLANTA. The diverse lineup shouldn't disappoint, with performances by R&B artist Anthony David (above), folk-rock artist Doria Roberts and funkmasters State of the Art featuring Sonny Emory, among others. Night owls, take note: Select clubs are hosting an after-hours club crawl until 4 a.m. Now, about work Tuesday... . 6 p.m. Free; late-night club events, $25-$35. Continues through Sept. 3. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St. www.underground-atlanta.com. (Debbie Michaud)

SEPTEMBER 2 SATURDAY

Get your fill of monsters, movies and musicians this weekend at DRIVE INVASION 2006. The tiki-themed event includes cult classics like Godzilla, and bands that like to sing about him (Blue Öyster Cult). A pre-1965 car and hearse show, the Atlanta Roller Girls and Big City Burlesque should keep you entertained between all the band performances and film screenings. "Go go Godzilla!" See Vibes for story. $30-$50. 9 a.m. Continues through Sept. 3. Starlight Six Drive-in, 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786. www.driveinvasion.com. (DM)

Upcoming

· SEPT. 7-10 DANIEL TOSH brings his musical comedy to the Punchline. www.punchline.com.

· SEPT. 7-10 THE OTHER SOUND FESTIVAL Year No. 2 for Atlanta's first-ever indie label festival. othersound.wordpress.com.

· SEPT. 9 CHRIS BROWN, NE-YO AND DEM FRANCHISE BOYZ lean wit' it and rock wit' it at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. www.ticketmaster.com.

· SEPT. 8-12 2006 TRAVERSE CITY PROSPECT EVALUATION TOURNAMENT Newbies try out for the Thrashers in a series of games against Detroit, New York and Tampa Bay. www.atlantathrashers.com.

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