Former Unicorns alumni Nick Diamonds (vocals, guitar) and J'aime Tambeur (drums) bring their new group ISLANDS back to Atlanta for a Halloween show with synthesized, psychedelic indie pop in support of their latest release, Vapours. Anticon cohorts Why? mesh nasally, spoken-word bouts with quirky and reflective indie rock. Former Be Your Own Pet front lady Jemina Pearl performs a set of reckless and irreverent new wave/pop-afflicted rock songs. Au is also on the bill. $12. 9 p.m. Lenny's Bar, 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721. www.lennysbar.com. (Chad Radford)
Despite the constant apocalyptic warnings from economists and media outlets regarding the state of the U.S. economy, experts with a positive outlook still remain. ZACHARY KARABELL, Global Leader of Tomorrow, glass-half-full enthusiast and author of Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It, comes to Atlanta to discuss how "Chimerica" will not be the end of us, after all; in fact, it might just be the key to our prosperity. Free. 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7109. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. (Kelly Quimby)
NOV. 4-7 ATLANTA QUEER LITERARY FESTIVAL Includes a poetry slam showcase, author readings, workshops and more. atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com.
NOV. 5-22 HILLARY CLINTON GOT ME PREGNANT Synchronicity Theatre returns to its home at 7 Stages with a one-woman comedy. www.synchrotheatre.com.
NOV. 6-8 AISHA TYLER Visits Laughing Skull Lounge. www.vortexcomedy.com.
NOV. 7 CHOMP & STOMP Cabbagetown's annual park fundraiser features a chili cook-off and bluegrass. www.chompandstomp.com.