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Walk with zombies, eat doughnuts with the Thrashers

OCTOBER 4 THURSDAY

The gore-dripping indie extravaganza known as the ATLANTA HORROR FEST returns this weekend with music, art, a parade and the undead. More than 20 bands, including Total Fucking Destruction, Weedeater and the Loose Skrews are scheduled to perform, in addition to a horror film fest featuring local and independent movies, as well as the much anticipated (if stiff) Zombie Walk. The weekend's excitement is divided up between three venues, Lenny's Bar, Highland Inn and the Earl, so come in costume to avoid steeper covers. Through Oct. 7. $10-$30. Zombie Walk: Free. Sat., 11 a.m. Lenny's Bar, 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721. Festival: Times, dates and locations vary. www.atlantahorrorfest.com. (Clay Duda)

OCTOBER 5 FRIDAY

The keg may have already been tapped in Munich, but Oktoberfest is just getting started in Atlanta. This weekend, the German Cultural Institute hosts the 2007 ATLANTA OKTOBERFEST, a three-day festival celebrating the famous Bavarian beer-guzzling tradition. The weekend includes live German music from Bavarian Express, a bratwurst-eating contest and, of course, plenty of German beer. Grab your lederhosen and head over to Atlantic Station for a stein (or two). Prost! Through Oct. 7. $10-$40. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., 1-8 p.m. Central Park, 171 17th St. 404-892-2388. www.oktoberfestatlanta.com. (Emily Hansen)

OCTOBER 6 SATURDAY

Celebrate the start of the 2007 hockey season with the Atlanta Thrashers BLUELAND BLAST-OFF PARTY at Krispy Kreme in Roswell. Fans can hang out with the players, the team mascot, the Ice Girls and the Blue Crew, as well as spin the prize wheel for a chance to win autographed Thrashers memorabilia. Don't forget the doughnuts: Krispy Kreme's famous dipping station is open for custom Blueland doughnuts, too. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 791 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-998-0779. (CD)

OCTOBER 6 SATURDAY

Vaudeville has not been an especially popular form of live entertainment since FDR's second term, but despite being down, the live variety show refuses to die. Tonight's YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW touts itself as a "patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll," and promises a night of fire eating, sword swallowing, dancing ladies and "sunset hobo poetry." Aficionados of hobo culture take note: The group's founder is the author of the modern hobo classic, Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.yarddogsroadshow.com. (Andisheh Nouraee)

OCTOBER 6 SATURDAY

The 15,000 volunteers expected to participate in today's HANDS ON ATLANTA DAY would make it the nation's largest service event. Either independently or teamed up with organizations, folks can help clean up parks, feed the hungry, tutor students ... the list goes on and on. All the hard work is rewarded at the end of the day with food and music at the Celebration of Service. Volunteering: 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Locations vary. Celebration of Service: 12:30-3 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park, 285 International Blvd. 404-979-2800. www.handsonatlanta.org. (Debbie Michaud)

OCTOBER 6 SATURDAY

Sexual desire, especially male sexual desire, drives technical innovation in the visual arts. In recent years, erotic artists have used computer-imaging software like Photoshop to obliterate the line between erotic photography and illustration. HARVEST '07 gathers the work of more than 50 erotic photographers and illustrators and unites them with DJs and burlesque performers for an evening of intense visual stimulation. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. $15. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.harvestartshow.com. (AN)

OCTOBER 9 TUESDAY

A few times a year, the Fernbank Museum and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience partner to host a NEUROSCIENCE FILM AND LECTURE SERIES. 2001's A Beautiful Mind portrays the true story of Nobel Prize-winning genius mathematician John Nash, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a screening of the film, Dr. Elaine Walker, an Emory professor and expert on the subject, will discuss what neuroscience has learned concerning the often misunderstood mental illness. Advance registration required. Free. 6:45-10 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org. (Meghan Gleason)

Upcoming

OCT. 12-27 BOO AT THE ZOO Turns the zoo into an enchanted town run by magic trees Fridays and Saturdays in October. www.zooatlanta.org.

OCT. 13-14 TASTE OF ATLANTA Has celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, and food from more than 70 local restaurants. tasteofatlanta.net.

OCT. 17 THE SHINS Play the Atlanta Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com.

OCT. 21 AIDS WALK ATLANTA Snakes through downtown to raise money for programs and services benefiting men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. walk.aidatlanta.org.

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