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Asian Cultural Experience, Strings and more


The warm aromas of hot tea and spicy food, exotic hand-crafted costumes and the titillating art of Thai massage are just a few things to explore at the ASIAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE. Dance, fashions and even vegetable-carving techniques highlight traditions from 12 countries including Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Here's a chance to discover what Angelina's raving about. Through July 15. Free-$12. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. (Trista Edwards)


The year 2004 was a bumper one for marionette cinema. Remember Team America: World Police, in which the creators of "South Park" used marionettes to satirize American jingoism and celebrity activism? But unless you're Danish, you probably don't remember STRINGS, a quasi-Shakespearean epic about a dead king and his heroic son. Voiced in English, Strings is by all accounts a visual feast – the marionettes intensely and subtly expressive, the filming rich, moody and beautiful. $7-$9. Reception: 6:30 p.m., screening: 8 p.m. Center For Puppetry Arts, 1401 Spring St. 404-873-3391. (Andisheh Nouraee)


ESPN's "Streetball" combined NBA-caliber athleticism with trash-talking and chain nets. During today's BALL4REAL STREETBALL TOUR at Philips Arena, the game's hottest players team up to play the urban phenomenon that made the show a hit. The post-game Block Party features a range of entertainment options including a live DJ, car show, prizes, merchandise and a showcase for local ballers to flaunt their skills. $12-$67. 7:30 p.m. 1 Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. (Brian Gilton)


JULY 20 MORRISSEY Visits Chastain Park Amphitheater.

JULY 20-21 DANNY BONADUCE Former child star and adult reality-TV personality appears at the Funny Farm.

JULY 25-29 International Soul Music Summit Event dedicated to saving soul and neo-soul music through live performances, workshops and networking.

JULY 27-28 CREATIVE OUTLET DANCE THEATRE OF BROOKLYN Performs as part of the National Black Arts Festival.

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