MAY 24 THURSDAY
Legendary beat poet and co-founder (with Peter Martin) of San Francisco's world-famous City Lights bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti changed the face of American poetry, helping pave the way for Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. FERLINGHETTI'S ROUTINES at Eyedrum explores the space in between high-brow theater and pure improvisation and includes "vulgar language, full-frontal nudity and hyper-sexual situations." Through May 26. $12-$25. 8:30 p.m. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (Debbie Michaud)MAY 26 SATURDAY
If the black death ever hits Atlanta, Sideways Contemporary Dance Company will be ready. Its upcoming show titled DANSEOMANIA references a medieval-era term that refers to dancing to relieve stress and avoid the plague. The company's first repertory show comments on modern world affairs, from war to drug abuse, by basing its pieces around photos that represent each topic. Dress rehearsal: $5-$7.50. Thurs., 8 p.m. Regular show: $10-$15. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. 7 Stages Theater, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. (Taylor Barnes)
MAY 26 SATURDAY
As a first-year event in a region not often associated with Caribbean culture, the GEORGIA MUSIC FEST brings an unusually ambitious slate of talent. Its headliners range from singjay stars such as Turbulence and Rupee to reggae legends such as Luciano and Marcia Griffiths and calypso king Mighty Sparrow. Local artists such as Ras Kofi, Messenjah Selah and Little Pinchers help make this an essential event for world music fans. $35. 1 p.m. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. 678-528-9233. www.georgiamusicfest.com. (Mosi Reeves)MAY 29 TUESDAY
SCOOTER (pictured) knows how some people think – cats are too moody, too aloof – and he's here to change that. The dapper, tuxedo-clad 3-year-old is very playful and loving. He has no trouble making friends, whether human or feline, and looks forward to finding a permanent home. Visit Scooter and his friends Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 1-4 p.m. Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, 720 14th St. 404-815-6680. www.atlantapetrescue.org. (DM)
MAY 31 SCREEN ON THE GREEN Returns with Casablanca thanks to Turner Classic Movies. www.piedmontpark.org.
MAY 31 BLOC PARTY, NOISETTES AND THE MACCABEES Play the Tabernacle. www.ticketmaster.com.
JUNE 2-3 MODERN ATLANTA DANCE FESTIVAL The 13th annual event features local choreography from Duende Dance Theatre, Good Moves Moving On, Full Radius Dance and more. www.fullradiusdance.org.
JUNE 2-3 VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST A huge, kid-friendly street celebration featuring artists' booths, food vendors and top-notch local bands. www.vahi.org.