NOVEMBER 30 THURSDAY
Fresh off a nationally televised collaboration with Tony Bennett, JOHN LEGEND embarks on a cross-country tour. Today he brings his three Grammy awards worth of blissful R&B vocal and piano skills to Atlanta, ready to melt a few hearts during his performance. With several top 100 singles, two top 10 albums and multiple guest appearances in various genres under his belt, Legend's moniker becomes increasingly apt every day. $35-$36.50. 7:30 p.m. The Tabernacle. 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. (JA)
DECEMBER 2 SATURDAY
By Nov. 1 the Kmarts and Targets of the world had already begun their yule-style holiday prep. Now that we've finished our turkey and stuffing and entered into December, the holiday cheer feels slightly less forced. Today the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta CHRISTMAS PARADE marches around Centennial Olympic Park with antique cars, clowns, balloons, marching bands, dance groups and costumed animals. Proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. $10. 10:30 a.m. Peachtree and Baker streets. 404-785-8815. www.choa.org. (Frank Reddy)
DECEMBER 3 SUNDAY
Get a great holiday-card photo of your pup with Santa (or Chanukah Harry for Jewish pooches) at Animal Action Rescue's HOWLIN' HOLIDAY ROCKFEST. Indulge Spot with some professional glamour shots and a doggie fashion show. A silent auction benefits the rescue organization and local bands Long Knives, the Sweetloves, Georgia Fireflies, Mary O. Harrison and Hubcap City all perform dog-friendly acoustic sets. For humans 21 and up. Canines of all ages permitted. $10. 2-8 p.m. MJQ Concourse. 736 Ponce de Leon Place. 404-870-0575. www.animalactionrescue.org. (Pamela Smithson)
DECEMBER 3 SUNDAY
Why watch them on TV when you can see some of daytime's hottest stars up close and personal at today's ABC FUN IN THE SUN TOUR? Some of your favorite soap stars from "All My Children" (Aiden Turner, and Jeff Branson, above), "One Life to Live" (Bree Williamson and Kamar de los Reyes) and "General Hospital" (Natalia Livingston and Tristan Rogers) battle the cold to deliver some hot holiday cheer at Atlantic Station. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Central Park. 245 18th St. 404-733-1221. www.atlanticstation.com. (Sibongile Lynch)
DECEMBER 4 MONDAY
Author RICHARD FORD decided that his beloved protagonist, Frank Bascombe, needed to scratch that 10-year itch (more or less). Ford's New Jersey Realtor debuted in the 1986 novel The Sportswriter and made a triumphant return in what became Ford's Pulitzer Prize winner: 1995's Independence Day. Bascombe is back again in The Lay of the Land, anticipating both Thanksgiving and the 2000 presidential election. Tonight Ford reads from and signs copies of this October release. Free. 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House & Museum, 990 Peachtree St. 404-249-7015. www.gwtw.org. (David Lee Simmons)
DECEMBER 6 WEDNESDAY
Schmooze with writers and journalists at the 14th annual ATLANTA PRESS CLUB HOLIDAY AUTHOR PARTY. More than 400 of Atlanta's journalists, reporters and media professionals join 30 local and national authors for this literary soiree. Local favorites Mike Luckovich, Rebecca Burns, Mary Kay Andrews and Hank Klibanoff, among others, will be in attendance. $20-$35. 6-9 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-577-7377. www.atlantapressclub.org. (Charleen Wilcox)
•DEC. 8 FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER reads from and signs his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org.
•DEC. 9 MIDTOWN SANTA PUB CRAWL shows you what really makes Saint Nick so jolly. www.atlantabuzz.com.
•DEC. 13 STEVE FORBES puts in his two cents at this year's Georgia Economic Outlook Series held the Georgia World Congress Center. www.terry.uga.edu/exec_ed/economic_outlook.
•DEC. 17 CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER hams it up at the Tabernacle. www.livenation.com.