Bob Marley Celebration, Valentine's Day events


The late international reggae legend inspired BOB MARLEY'S 62ND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, a black music showcase organized by local promoter Uptown Top Rankin. Erica Newell, a vocalist with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, previews tracks from her debut album, My Day, with New Orleans soul singer Kelly Love Jones, Atlanta roots vocalist Ras Kofi (pictured), Virgin Islands performer Spla "I" Jah, Sista P. Selassie and selector Aba Shaka rounding out the bill. $12-$15. 9 p.m. Apache Café, 64 Third St. 404-876-5436. (MR)


It's a Lucky Charms kind of weekend in Alpharetta, where the 2007 ATLANTA IRISH MUSIC COMPETITION takes place today. Musicians and singers are ready to compete with fiddles and uilleann pipes and sing in both Irish and English. So grab a lassie, get your jig on and fill that craving for shepherd's pie. A concert with performances from the award-winning judges follows at Roswell's Red Door Playhouse. Competition: Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alpharetta High School, 3595 Webb Bridge Road. Concert: $10-$15. 7-9 p.m. 587 Atlanta St. 678-372-9494. (CM)


Local nonprofit Happy Tails Pet Therapy holds its fifth annual WARM HEARTS COLD NOSES VALENTINE'S GALA tonight to raise funds for its animal-assisted therapy programs. Since 1991, the organization has focused on the human-animal bond to offer Atlantans healing and relief from physical and emotional illnesses. Dr. Randy Martin and John Pruitt of WSB-TV/Channel 2 co-host the event, which also features jazz musicians Lonita Walton and Charlie Robinson, as well as live and silent auctions. $75-$140. 6-9 p.m. Villa Christina, 4000 Summit Blvd. 770-740-8211. (DM)


FEB. 8-11 ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, Shakespeare's timeless lover's tragedy performed by the Atlanta Opera, comes just in time for Valentine's Day.

FEB. 10 PASSION & POETRY 9: SOMETHING SWEET brings jazz, R&B and spoken word to Center Stage.

FEB. 10 LA CALAVERAS POP, an exhibition exploring the human skull's cultural significance, opens at Foundation One Studios.

FEB. 10 GROUNDHOG DAY JUGGLER'S FESTIVAL includes a competition presented by the Atlanta Jugglers Association.



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