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Sideways Contemporary Dance Company believes in the connection of dance and life, and with EVOLUTION: NO FIXED POINTS hopes to make even more connections. The performance will be a multimedia affair, with live music and video projections providing a special ambience to the dance performances. This production's theme traces the relationships between man and woman over the years. Through May 24. $10-$15. 8 p.m. 7 Stages Theater, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. (David Lee Simmons)

May 22 Thursday

ABIGAIL WASHBURN's (right) fairy tale croon breathes new and fantastical life into the traditions of Americana with brittle elegance that finds common ground somewhere between the hills of Appalachia and the hills of rural China. Her singing occasionally slips from English to Chinese without warning. The warm, frenetic strings of her quartet – which is rounded out by the all-star lineup of banjo-playing superstar Béla Fleck, fiddler Casey Driessen and cellist Ben Sollee – are truly global in their pursuit of rustic music. $20-$22.50. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. (Chad Radford)

May 22 Thursday

Death, destruction and love are all embodied in the presentation of KATRINA, KATRINA: LOVE LETTERS TO NEW ORLEANS. Pearson Widrig Dance Theater presents a collaborative effort to teach, retain and demonstrate how one event can cause so much pain but bring together the compassion of many. The evening features a powerful documentary recollecting stories and memories from displaced New Orleanians after Hurricane Katrina. The dancers gracefully pour out emotion to replicate the sentiment of those who have lost. Free. 8 p.m. Presser Hall, Gaines Chapel, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave. 404-373-4154. (Tiffany Roman)

May 23 Friday

This summer one of the most highly anticipated movies is none other than mega-chick flick Sex and the City. With so much buzz swarming around the fate of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, it seems only right that Atlanta's movie mockery show, Cineprov!, should get a few jabs in before opening night at CINEPROV! PRESENTS SEX IN THE CITY – all in the name of fun, of course. Samantha's dialogue alone would lend to hours of good material. Who could forget her classic quip, "I'm a trisexual; I'll try anything once." $5-$10. 8 p.m. Relapse Theatre, 380 14th St. 404-914-4579. (Alicia Wages)

May 24 Saturday

Georgia politics is often an exercise in restraint: the restraint to suppress a gag reflex. Enter Amy Goodman. The Democracy Now! creator and host travels to our fine city to speak at the BIRDBLAST, a 40-year anniversary party for Atlanta's original underground newspaper, the Great Speckled Bird. The event also includes live music, jugglers, fire sculpture, and historic exhibits of Great Speckled Bird articles and graphics. Proceeds benefit WRFG-FM (89.3) and Atlanta Progressive News. $7. 2-10 p.m. B-Complex, 1272 Murphy Ave. (Amber Robinson)


MAY 29 X L.A.'s rock 'n' roll foursome comes to the Variety Playhouse.

MAY 30 THE CLEAN HOUSE Makes its Atlanta debut at Horizon Theatre Company.

MAY 30-JUNE 1 AVP CROCS TOUR The closest thing to a sandy beach Atlantans will see, this three-day event features the best women and men in pro beach volleyball.

JUNE 1 ROCK AND ROLL MONSTER BASH Starlight Six Drive-In presents an all-day affair chock-full of music, hot rods and movies.

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