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The Mountain Goats, Chomp & Stomp, election-night parties

NOVEMBER 3 FRIDAY

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS (right) are the acclaimed project of writer and musician John Darnielle. Some may recognize Darnielle's name from his groundbreaking indie-rock magazine Last Plane to Jakarta. Others know him through recent albums such as last August's haunting Get Lonely. Either way, tonight's concert at the Earl, featuring the playfully melancholy singer/songwriter Jennifer O'Connor, should make for an insightful evening. $10-$12. 9:30 p.m. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (MR)

NOVEMBER 4 SATURDAY

Contribute to the steady revitalization of one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods at the fourth annual CABBAGETOWN CHOMP & STOMP CHILI COOK-OFF AND FESTIVAL. Proceeds benefit the new Cabbagetown Park, a safe greenspace for children and adults to play and relax. Activities include a 5K run, live bluegrass music, artists' booths and, of course, a chili cook-off with a $250 first-place prize. Free-$25. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 692 Kirkwood Ave. www.chompandstomp.com. (Charleen Wilcox)

NOVEMBER 4 SATURDAY

36-24-36-HUT! Today the WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE holds its championship game between the Houston Energy (National League champions) and the Dallas Diamonds (American League champions). These women are all suited up in full pads for the real deal, so don't come expecting some cheesy lingerie bowl. The WPFL may give new meaning to the word tailgate, but T.O.'s got nothin' on these gridiron girls. Tailgate: 5 p.m. Game: $6-$15. 7:05 p.m. Roswell High School Stadium, 11595 King Road, Roswell. www.womensprofootball.com. (Juanita L. White)

NOVEMBER 7 TUESDAY

Vote! Then party with the politicians. They've inundated you with nasty ads, so why not crash their "victory" celebrations? ELECTION-NIGHT PARTIES feature alcohol, celebrity-spotting and real kitschy Americana. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Taylor holds his wake, er, party at the Marriott Renaissance, and Gov. Sonny Perdue gets down at the Westin Buckhead. The polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and the parties get started about an hour later. Free. Taylor: 8 p.m. 590 W. Peachtree St. 404-881-6000. marktaylor.com. Perdue: 8 p.m. 3391 Peachtree Road. 404-365-0065. www.votesonny.com. (Ken Edelstein)

NOVEMBER 8 WEDNESDAY

JEFF SHAARA is one growling dog of war. He's crossed swords in the Revolutionary War (Rise to Rebellion), packed muskets in Gods and Generals, and crossed the pond for World War I (To the Last Man). But he speaks tonight on The Rising Tide, the opening shot of a World War II trilogy that introduces such looming figures as Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Patton and Omar Bradley. Free. 7:15 p.m. DeKalb Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. www.georgiacenterforthebook.org. (David Lee Simmons)

NOVEMBER 8 WEDNESDAY

Darkness descends a little early tonight during the first MERCURY TRANSIT since 1993. The Fernbank Science Center hosts a viewing session to watch as Mercury passes between Earth and the sun. Occurring on average only 13 times each century, Wednesday's event is sure to bring out the budding astronomer in all of us. Free. 2-5 p.m. 156 Heaton Park Drive. 678-874-7102. www.fernbanksciencecenter.org. (CW)

Upcoming

NOV. 11 THE HEAD DOCTOR'S DINNER THEATER SHOW has classic punany poetry, exotic dancing and audience interaction at the Apache Cafe. www.punanytickets.com.

NOV. 11 TELLABRATION continues the oral tradition this year with four Georgia authors. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org.

NOV. 11-20 ALL THE WRITE STUFF is the Marcus Jewish Community Center's huge 44-author book festival. www.atlantajcc.org.

NOV. 12 MY MORNING JACKET plays unpredictable dance-friendly jams at the Tabernacle. www.ticketmaster.com.

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