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JANUARY 11 THURSDAY

This weekend, powerboats, fishing boats, sailboats, houseboats and various other nautical wonders drop anchor at the 45th annual ATLANTA BOAT SHOW. Ask about baggywrinkles and jibbooms, then peruse the latest in boating products and accessories. And, in honor of the anniversary, 45-year-olds get in for 45 cents -- that's a 10-year jump on the senior citizen discount! $4-$8. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 404-223-4000. www.atlantaboatshow.com. (NG)

JANUARY 12 FRIDAY

To honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts two authors concerned with the impact of HIV/AIDS on African Americans. Syndicated columnist and NPR regular GIL ROBERTSON discusses his new book, Not in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community, a collection of essays with contributors including Al Sharpton and Patti Labelle. CLARENCE NERO, a native of New Orleans' Ninth Ward, presents his second novel, Three Sides to Every Story, a book that has already caught Maya Angelou's attention. Free. Gil Robertson: Fri., 8 p.m. Clarence Nero: Sat., 8 p.m. 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com. (DM)

JANUARY 13 SATURDAY

In the early '80s, Boston band MISSION OF BURMA (pictured) was a key member of the American post-punk renaissance (along with R.E.M., the Minutemen and many others), influencing countless bands with volleys of feedback noise, tape loops and uneven guitar rhythms. Best remembered for classics such as "Academy Fight Song," the band split up in 1983, and then surprisingly reunited in 2002 for a short national tour. It's now a functioning group again and recording albums, including last year's acclaimed The Obliterati. Some Soviet Station opens. $20. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (MR)

JANUARY 13 SATURDAY

Life for children with special needs can be extra challenging, so the local nonprofit Dream Makers Youth Foundation strives to provide extraordinary opportunities for its members. Tonight's CELEBRITY BASKETBALL WHEELCHAIR JAM gives the young athletes an opportunity to play with some of the best, including original Harlem Globetrotter Jumpin' Jackie Jackson, Atlanta Hawk Josh Childress and former Cleveland Brown Tony Jones. $7-$10. 6-9 p.m. Campbell Middle School, 3295 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 678-398-6693. www.dreammakersyouthfoundation.org. (DM)

JANUARY 13 SATURDAY

Hebei, China's GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS (pictured) cartwheel their way into Atlanta Symphony Hall tonight, performing a spellbinding blend of traditional Chinese dance and acrobatics. The folk art form dates back more than 27 centuries, making it the oldest of its kind. Equipped with incredibly colorful costumes and sets, the acrobatic troupe captivates audiences with its beautifully choreographed routines. $27-$48.60. 8 p.m. Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. (Casey McIntyre)

JAN. 19 DANCEBRAZIL combines Afro-Brazilian moves with capoeira martial arts and modern dance. www.dancebrazil.org.

JAN. 20 HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU, a film by MacGillivray Freeman, opens at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

JAN. 20 TOUR DE CHAMPAGNE pops the tops of more than 20 champagnes and cognacs. www.tourdechampagne.com/atlanta.htm.

JAN. 21 MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, Atlanta's longest-running musical, has its final curtain call. www.menopausethemusical.com.

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