SEPTEMBER 8 SATURDAY
Wide-ranging genres and booming young talent characterize Georgia's music scene. This year's GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS attest to that, honoring such diverse artists as R&B heartthrob Usher, Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and jazz artist Freddy Cole. The event features live performances and benefits the Georgia Music Talent Search, which assists aspiring musicians. $75. 6:30 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 770-934-0906. www.georgiamusic.org. (Samantha Simon)
SEPTEMBER 12 WEDNESDAY
After sustaining deep wounds from being dragged by a car, WINSTON (pictured) has finally regained the bounce in his step. The 2-year-old, 15-pound miniature Pinscher mix is a happy-go-lucky guy who loves to explore. He's looking for a home with a fenced-in yard, a gentle owner and some like-minded, energetic doggy companions. Visit Winston 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. (Helen Herbst)
SEPT. 13 INTERNATIONAL BLACK DOCUFEST A documentary festival focused on Africans and the African diaspora. www.internationalblackdocufest.com.
SEPT. 15 LARGER THAN LIFE COMEDY SHOWDOWN Features Eddie Griffin, Earthquake and more at the Atlanta Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com.
SEPT. 17 BJÖRK Performs at the Fox Theatre. www.foxtheatre.org.
SEPT. 17 JOHN DEAN, former counsel to Richard Nixon, speaks at the Carter Center. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org.