JANUARY 10 THURSDAY
The Contemporary Arts Center's WINTER FILMS & DIALOGS series continues with tonight's screening of Francis Bacon: Peintre Anglais, a Swiss-made documentary from 1963 featuring the British figurative painter all liquored-up and talking about art. On Friday, fast-forward 20 years to Manhattan's East Village as graffiti art was giving way to neo-expressionism for Downtown 81. The Edo Bertoglios film chronicles the scene with Jean-Michel Basquiat as a key player. Discussions follow both screenings with special guest artists and musicians. Free. Thurs. and Fri., 7 p.m. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org. (Debbie Michaud)
JANUARY 11 FRIDAY
Talk to local political progressives (we happen to know a few) and they'll tell you one of the main reasons conservatives thrash them at ballot boxes here in Georgia is organization. Conservatives are way better organized, they say. Hence gatherings such as GEORGIA PROGRESSIVE SUMMIT, a seminar and workshop to network the state's left-of-center activists and political groups. This year's schedule includes a speech on faith in politics by the Rev. Joseph Lowery, and workshops on topics including war, racial justice and social media. Through Jan. 13. Times and locations vary. $20-$50. 404-653-1199. www.gps2008.org. (Andisheh Nouraee)
JANUARY 12 SATURDAY
Just because it's winter doesn't mean Braves fans can't go out and support their favorite team. BRAVES FANFEST 2008 showcases former and current players, including Jeff Francoeur (pictured) and Chipper Jones signing autographs, Braves memorabilia, baseball skills challenges, and hall-of-fame displays commemorating the greatest names in baseball history. The fest benefits the Atlanta Braves Foundation, which supports various community-based organizations in Atlanta. Through Jan. 13. $8-$20. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 800-326-4000. www.braves.com/FanFest. (Stephanie Junca)
JAN. 16-21 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SERVICE SUMMIT Hosted by Hands on Atlanta in honor of the Civil Rights leader. www.handsonatlanta.org.
JAN. 18-19 HOLY HIP-HOP ARTIST SHOWCASE AND AWARDS The eighth annual event comes to Center Stage this year. www.holyhiphopweek.com.
JAN. 19 SINBAD Performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
JAN. 19 SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS Come to the Variety Playhouse on tour in support of 100 Days 100 Nights. www.variety-playhouse.com.