FEBRUARY 17 SATURDAY
It doesn't have to be a joke anymore when you talk about your two tickets to the gun show because the ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE ARMS SHOW starts today. The Southeastern Antique Arms Collectors Association organized the event, which features weapons and equipment through World War II. It's sure to be a bang. $6-$10. Sat., 9 a.m.--5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.--1 p.m. Cobb County Civic Center, Hudgins Hall, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-664-5015. prca.cobbcountyga.gov. (Jake Gantz)
FEBRUARY 20 TUESDAY
Plastic beads are a valuable commodity once a year. Yes, Mardi Gras is upon us, and the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association, an organization dedicated to keeping New Orleans traditions alive and well in Atlanta, is throwing a FAT TUESDAY PARTY. The slightly wacky Atlanta Swamp Opera and fiddle virtuoso Mick Kinney perform while you learn how to dance the cripple-chicken jitterbug. $7. 7-10 p.m. Garden Hills Community Center, 337 Pinetree Drive. 404-273-2558. www.aczadance.org. (Renee Strevens)
FEBRUARY 21 WEDNESDAY
New York Times best-selling author AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS comes from a childhood wrought with sexual confusion, mentally ill parents and an illicit May-December relationship with his 33-year-old foster brother. He's laid it all out for public consumption since 2002 with a series of memoirs including Running with Scissors, Dry and Magical Thinking. The three books piece together the seemingly preposterous stories that are, in fact, Burroughs' life. He speaks tonight as a SCAD Atlanta writers series special guest. Free. 7:30 p.m. SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-3100. www.scad.edu/events/index.cfm. (Debbie Michaud)
FEB. 24 LISA LAMPANELLI tells you things your mother never wanted you to hear in her stand-up performance at the Roxy Theatre. www.ticketmaster.com.
FEB. 24 TOUR DE BEER helps to raise funds and awareness for Georgia Bikes and safer cycling conditions. www.georgiabikes.org.
FEB. 24 ATLANTA WINE FESTIVAL, an evening of high-end wines and champagnes, benefits Hospice Atlanta/Visiting Nurse. www.atlantawinefestival.com.
FEB. 25 OSCAR NIGHT AMERICA, Atlanta's only official Oscar party, indulges in the 79th annual Academy Awards. www.thecfr.org.